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VOLUME 27 NUMBER 28
JULY 14, 2011
Summer Serenades back in CV
John Schweizer and Kristina and Dylan Walsh enjoy the first concert of the Summer Serenades 2011 series. Atomic Groove (above right) played at Solana Highlands Neighborhood Park. The concerts, presented by the Carmel Valley Recreation Council and Pardee Homes, run from 5 to 7 p.m. The Corvettes will perform on July 17 at Ashley Falls Neighborhood Park. See page B12 for more. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
Transportation officials to pursue four-lane I-5 expansion BY JOE TASH Contributor State and federal transportation officials have decided to pursue a four-lane, $3.5 billion expansion of Interstate 5 between La Jolla and Oceanside, rather than a larger expansion plan that had been previously considered. Some who had opposed a larger, sixlane expansion of the freeway that was studied as part of the project’s environmental review hailed the July 7 announcement as a victory. But others remained unsatisfied, advocating for public transit improvements before more freeway lanes are built. “It’s certainly a step in the right direction toward the no-build option, but there’s a very strong sentiment in San Diego that transit must come before more major freeway building,” said Lane Sharman, a Solana
Book details couple’s battle to honor fallen soldiers Holleys’ efforts resulted in military policy change for airport reception BY PAT KUMPAN Contributor Carmel Valley residents Stacey and John Holley know a thing or two about grief, but even more about the battle to guarantee an honorable airport reception for their son and other fallen soldiers, during the final trip home. After their successful, but painful quest five years ago to change military policy regarding transportation and handling of such caskets, they have written a book, “Medals, Flags and Memories,” now available at Amazon. Thanks in large part to the Holleys’ protest, the military has
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now begun to charter small jets, such as Kalitta Charters out of Michigan, instead of commercial aircraft, for the final flight of a fallen soldier. The standard practice now includes military honors at the airport closest to the soldier’s hometown. The ups and downs of the Holleys’ journey began with the loss of their only son, Army Specialist Matthew Holley, a combat medic who died Nov. 15, 2005, when his Humvee struck an explosive device killing him and two others with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. Their book chronicles how they handled grief, the 10-month fight to change the transportation policy, their quest to help other Gold Star families (military families who have lost
Beach resident and member of Citizens Against Freeway Expansion. Sharman wants to see San Diego County establish a new agency headed by a directly elected board to oversee creation of a light-rail system to serve the region. Currently, transportation money generated by a voter-approved sales tax increase is administered by the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, which is governed by elected officials from local cities and the county. Widening I-5, said Sharman, is “not going to make San Diego a world-class city.” Rather, he said, San Diego should work with neighboring counties to create a transit system similar to the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, system in the San FrancisSee I-5, Page 6
DM school district picks lunch vendor BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer The Del Mar Union School District will contract with a private vendor to provide healthier school lunch fare. At a special meeting held on July 6, the board selected Choicelunch as the district’s new lunch program, following the trend of at least 20 other public school districts in the state that use a private meal provider, such as the Rancho Santa Fe School District. “We’re making changes that move us to the forefront of nutrition in the area and also make it better for our families and the kids,” said trustee Doug Perkins. Both district superin-
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tendent Jim Peabody and the Child Nutrition Committee endorsed Choicelunch as the top choice. “Choicelunch was the only vendor that met every criteria we asked for,” said committee member Jodie Block. Those eight criteria included: meals prepared from scratch daily; fresh fruit and vegetables not from a canned source; whole grains, vegetables and fruit; no artificial colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils; meals with hormone-free dairy; meats that are free of niSee LUNCH, Page 6
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Judge orders closure of Del Mar Medical Marijuana Dispensary BY JOE TASH CONTRIBUTOR A San Diego Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered the closure of Del Mar’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary, just over three months after it opened for business. Last month the city sued Patrick Kennedy, the owner of the 1105 Cooperative, as the dispensary is called, and the owners of the building on Camino Del Mar where the cooperative is located, seeking to shut the operation down. At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Judith Hayes issued a temporary restraining order directing that the cooperative be closed immediately. She also set a hearing for Aug. 4, when the city will argue its case for a permanent injunction to put the cooperative out of business, while Kennedy and his attorney seek to have the ruling overturned, which would allow the cooperative to reopen. “We have to do what a judge told us to do. We respect that. We don’t like it, but we respect it and we’ll have our day in court in two or three weeks,” Kennedy said. “I’m very sad for all of our patients that depended on us to provide their medication,” said Kennedy, 55, a father of three who also runs a construction and solar energy contracting business. “It’s a huge setback for safe access for medical marijuana patients.” Since the cooperative opened its doors on April 1, it has signed up 800 members who have recommendations from their doctors to use medical marijuana for a variety of conditions, Kennedy said. The city has been seeking the clo-
sure of the cooperative since the day it opened, when a city planning official hand-delivered a letter to Kennedy, notifying him that his business license was revoked and that the cooperative violated city zoning rules. Kennedy remained open in defiance of the city’s edict, amassing fines of more than $25,000, according to deputy city attorney Robert Mahlowitz. The lawsuit filed by the city alleged that Kennedy was operating without a business license, and that he violated city zoning laws. Del Mar’s current zoning laws do not allow medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. “He’s just chosen to ignore the city’s laws,” said Mahlowitz. The city’s lawsuit also named the building’s owners, Junie and Wayne C. Young. In order to legally operate such a business in Del Mar, Mahlowitz said, Kennedy would have had to go before the city Planning Commission to request a “determination of allowable use.” But Kennedy said no one at the city asked him to submit such a request; instead, he said, he filled out two different applications for a business license, paid his fees and was told the receipt served as his temporary license. The first business license was subsequently revoked, while the second application is pending. “I always told them I’d do anything they wanted me to do. The problem was they wanted me to leave town,” Kennedy said. Because no current zoning category exists for a medical marijuana dispensa-
ry in Del Mar, he said, “it’s a ban on medical marijuana.” The importance of the issue was driven home, he said, the day the city attorney came to the cooperative to deliver the lawsuit papers. Just as the attorney was leaving, Kennedy said, a caregiver wheeled in a patient suffering from prostate cancer. “The irony was unbelievable, the timing, like a sign from God that you should stay the course,” he said. While he believes he would ultimately win the legal battle, he said the cost of an appeal would be prohibitive, and he may not be able to take the case further than the Aug. 4 hearing before Judge Hayes. California voters approved Prop. 215 in 1997, allowing patients with conditions ranging from glaucoma to cancer to possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Marijuana’s benefits, according to some patients and caregivers, include relief of nausea and appetite stimulation for cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Mayor Don Mosier said the city will wait until the current litigation over the 1105 Cooperative is settled before considering an ordinance that allows and regulates medical marijuana dispensaries. “I think it’s an open issue,” as to whether dispensaries are allowed in the future, he said. Mosier said he has heard both support and opposition on the topic, and that the council would seek the opinions of Del Mar residents before moving forward with such an ordinance.
Proposal to remove Torrey Hills from District One to be discussed at planning board meeting Members of the Redistricting Commission have made proposals to remove Torrey Hills from San Diego City Council District 1. Although the first tentative map includes Torrey Hills in District 1, the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board plans to address this issue before the final map is presented on August 25. The issue will be discussed and possibly voted on at the planning board’s Tuesday, July 19, meeting to be held at the Ocean Air Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. (A Maintenance Assessment District Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m.).
CV News writers win more awards Carmel Valley News writers Joe Tash and Marsha Sutton recently won awards in the Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Chapter, journalism contest. Tash won a second place award for a story published in this newspaper titled “Local residents help Zambians make a living through ‘Zambikes”; and Sutton won a third place award (honorable mention) for a story published in this newspaper titled “TPHS student convicted of drunk driving speaks out.” Both writers and this newspaper have won numerous journalism awards over the years, including several national “General Excellence” awards.
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CV students raising money to help Joplin Elementary School District BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Three Carmel Valley siblings will host a lemonade stand in front of the Del Mar Highlands’ Ralphs this weekend to raise money for the Joplin Elementary School District, devastated during May’s deadly Missouri tornado. Siblings Taylor, who is almost 10, Ben, 8, and Sarah, 6, Niehart will sell their lemonade on Sunday, July 17, from 12-2 p.m. in front of the store. They hosted an additional sale this week and Ben said they want to raise “a lot of money” — their goal is $1,000 to $2,000. “We want to make a difference to people,” said Taylor.
The tornado struck Joplin on May 22 and all of the area schools suffered damage. Some, like Franklin Technology Center, Irving Elementary and Joplin High School, were completely destroyed. Seven district students, as well as one staff member, were killed in the catastrophe. Despite the devastation, the district is rebuilding and is determined to have more than 260 classrooms operational on the first day of school, Aug. 17. The Nieharts want to make sure the students have a great start to their year and hope to send school supplies in addition to funds. “We know what school sup-
plies they need because I’ve been in every grade in elementary school except sixth,” said Taylor. The Nieharts also want to send gift cards—the only stores still standing are a local Target and Office Max. The children’s project was inspired by a story that Taylor’s Ashley Falls School fourth grade teacher Pam Kyle sent home this year about a man throwing starfish into the ocean. In the story, an old man walked up and asked why he was throwing starfish, when there were so many on the beach. He told him he couldn’t possibly make a difference. But as the young man threw another into the ocean, he said
that it made a difference for that one starfish. “We talked about how we could make a difference in small ways,” mom Heidi Niehart said. “(The tornado) hit me really hard. It was so unbelievable to see the devastation afterward.” If you are unable to make it to the lemonade stand but still want to contribute, contact Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about rebuilding Joplin schools, visit brightfuturesjoplin.org.
Taylor, Ben and Sarah Niehart are raising money for students in Joplin. PHOTO: KAREN BILLING
Local doctor honored at UCSD Faculty Club Carmel Valley student receives top honors at Nativity School Local resident Dr. J. Rigby Slight was honored — just prior to leaving for the World Conference on Glaucoma in Paris — at the 2011 Residents and Fellows Graduation Dinner held recently at the UCSD Faculty Club. He was presented with the “Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award 2010-2011” in recognition of “Outstanding Contributions and Dedication to Residency Education.” In addition to his dedication to the education of younger physicians, Dr. Slight has maintained a continuing medical practice in Solana Beach since the 1960s. Look for a profile on Slight in an upcoming issue of this newspaper.
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Next Carmel Valley Summer Serenades Concert is July 17 The Carmel Valley Recreation Council and Pardee Homes are presenting the Summer Serenades 2011 concert series. Bring the whole family for a night of live music and fun. The concerts are held on Sunday evenings from 5-7 p.m. The Corvettes will perform on July 17 at Ashley Falls Neighborhood Park. Returning to Solana Highlands on July 24, you will be entertained by the reggae sounds of Upstream. Wrapping up the season on July 31 will be Eve Selis performing at Ashley Falls Neighborhood Park.
At the recent Nativity School graduation on June 10, Christopher Heffner, a Carmel Valley resident, won a $10,000 scholarship to St. Augustine High School. This scholarship is awarded based upon Christopher’s perfect score on the Explore entrance exam at St. Augustine. There are scholarships awarded to the top 10 Christopher performers on the test. Heffner In addition, Christopher was awarded the Augustine Medal. It is awarded to select incoming freshman that represent the values of the St. Augustine School, which are truth, charity, and unity. Christopher’s other achievements include the California Junior Scholastic Federation Gold Award for excelling in academics for all four semesters of his 7th and 8th grade years at The Nativity School. This award requires that students receive only one “B” per semester. Finally, Christopher received the History Award, and the Algebra Award, along with former classmate Allison Hesse. When Christopher transferred to The Nativity School, his mother, Kristine Heffner said, “It changed his life! The Nativity community is such a wonderful community! It both challenged him to be the best he could be, and nurtured him so he felt comfortable trying new things. They really helped him
grow into the young man that he has become. He absolutely loved being at that school, and will miss it!” Christopher also agrees. He said, “Nativity prepared me well for high school.” He added that the teachers took class time to help the students prepare for the Explore entrance test. They also had the opportunity to work in small groups in math so everyone could work at his own level. Kristine Heffner and Christopher also mentioned the Spanish program at Nativity. They said that it is strong enough so that he is able to start with Spanish 2 at Saints. The class was so small that it was like a family to him. It was a good experience because they had to learn to accept each other for who they are, and work out their differences. Following these accomplishments at The Nativity School, Christopher plans to stay active with football and music at St. Augustine. While Christopher looks back on his successful years at Nativity, including the Academic Decathlon team, sports teams, and his favorite teacher, Mrs. Dixon, he looks forward to, and hopes that, Saints will provide a similar environment for him. Nativity is a K-8 school that teaches “Christ-like values in a nurturing environment that is academically strong and rich in the spirit of life and love.” The Nativity School is located at 6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, near Fairbanks Ranch. School tours occur monthly at 8 a.m. Please call the school office for an appointment. For more information, visit www.thenativityschool.org.
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Free outdoor films to be shown at Carmel Valley’s Piazza Carmel in August The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) recently announced that it will be partnering with the Piazza Carmel Shopping Plaza in Carmel Valley to present a series of free summer films and entertainment for the community. The summer film series will begin on a nostalgic note on Aug. 3 with the early ‘90s hit film “Hook,” starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, and will run every Wednesday evening throughout the rest of the month with different family-friendly films. Special guest Dante Basco, who plays the iconic Rufio in “Hook,” will be in attendance for a question and answer session during the kick-off event. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. and the film will
I-5 continued from page 1 co region. “We need to get started on this now.” The I-5 plan approved by both the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration involves adding four express lanes to the freeway’s existing eight lanes between La Jolla and Oceanside. The project would be built in phases, with construction of the first segment, from Manchester Avenue to State Route 78, to begin in 2013. “This alternative will improve the quality of life for I-5 travelers by offering new transportation solutions for the future and help to reduce travel times and congestion on the highway,” said Caltrans official Allan Kossup in a prepared statement. People in carpools and vanpools, along with solo drivers purchasing a FasTrak pass, would be able to use the new express lanes. The plan selected by Caltrans and federal highway officials has the smallest footprint, causes the least environmental disturbance,
SOLDIERS continued from page 1 loved ones in combat) and the establishment of the Matthew Holley Foundation. All profits from the book go to the foundation, which provides various scholarships including one for karate students. For details, go to www.matthewholleyfoundation. com. As Matthew became a teenager, the Holleys suspected their son would be Army-bound. As former military police officers, both Stacey and John Holley knew his reasons for enlisting. When he made the decision, Matthew told his parents, “I’ll be serving a cause greater than me.”
requires the fewest relocations of property owners and has the lowest construction cost of the four alternatives studied, said the Caltrans statement. According to draft environmental documents, the option selected by Caltrans will require the relocation of 50 residences and 10 businesses in Oceanside and Carlsbad, but no relocations in Solana Beach, Encinitas or San Diego. Caltrans anticipates the release of a comprehensive coastal protection plan for the project early next year, with a final environmental report to be issued in late 2012. The project requires approval from a number of agencies, including the California Coastal Commission, said a Caltrans spokesman. The freeway widening project is part of a larger effort called the North Coast Corridor Program, which will include double-tracking of rail lines from Oceanside to downtown San Diego, $200 million worth of environmental enhancement projects, and construction and improvement of bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Maybe something about the decision rang true for them, but they also knew he was probably headed to a war zone — and ultimately he was. When the doorbell rang that November day in 2005, the reality sunk in that John Holley was going to be told that Matthew died in combat, he said. After being notified, the Holleys started making arrangements for a funeral and asked the casualty office assigned to assist them, about their son’s transportation home. They were outraged to learn his casket would likely be left in an airport warehouse, transported by fork lift like cargo, before being driven to a San Diego mortuary.
start at 8 p.m. at the Piazza Carmel Shopping Plaza (outdoor food court patio), 3870 Valley Centre Drive San Diego, CA 92130. Film schedule: Wednesday, Aug. 3, “Hook” (1991): After Capt. Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. •Wednesday, Aug. 10, “E.T.” (1982): A group of Earth children help a stranded alien return home. •Wednesday, Aug. 17, “The Karate Kid” (Original) (1984): A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a
bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. •Wednesday, Aug. 24, “Toy Story 3” (2010): As Andy prepares to leave for college, his old toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys to return home. •Wednesday, Aug. 31, “The Goonies” (1985): A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. For more information about screenings, visit www.piazza-carmel.com, 760-630-6270.
LUNCH continued from page 1 trates and added hormones; meals that include local, seasonal and organic ingredients within budget; and no desserts. The district was picking between six vendors who submitted bids: Encinitas Unified School District; Preferred Meal Systems; Revolution Foods; Come on In! Café; Ki’s; and Choicelunch. Winning bidder Choicelunch was founded by three college friends, Keith Cosbey, Justin Gagnon and Ryan Mariotti, in 2003 with the aim of bringing “meaningful change” to the way kids eat school lunch. “We’re very excited to be working with Del Mar next year,” said Cosbey. Choicelunch prepares everything they serve up from scratch with exceptions made for local tortillas and artisan breads that are sourced. “No bright pink milk, no blue lips and purple teeth. No processed meat on sticks, no dinosaur-
Stacey and John Holley That mental image was almost too much to bear, knowing their son, often called “Doc” by others in his unit, had given his life for his country. The Holleys were told they could not be on the Lindbergh Field tarmac, it was not allowed; and there would not be an honor escort to greet their son, ren-
shaped nuggets” boasts the website. The vendor offers great variety with seven meat options, 12 vegetables and meals such as pasta marinara, Asian chicken salad and chicken noodle soup. Currently, Choicelunch has kitchens in Danville, San Jose and Huntington Beach — Del Mar’s food will come from the Huntington Beach location daily. “We are never late,” Cosbey promised, adding they also have back-up local vans and vendors just in case. Yana Mohanty, cochair of the Child Nutrition Committee, said a major focus of the committee’s evaluation of the vendors was making sure the program stayed revenue neutral. The district’s cafeteria fund pays for the food, staff salaries and benefits, and gasoline and maintenance for trucks. Revenue incoming includes food sales and Na-
der a salute, or guide his flag-draped casket into a waiting hearse. None of that was acceptable to the Holleys, who, along with their casualty officer, started making phone calls to arrange for the kind of honorable greeting they felt their son, or any other combat serviceman killed in action, deserved. Within eight hours prior to the flight with Matthew’s casket touching down in San Diego, people listened, including Senator Barbara Boxer, and everything the Holleys asked for became a reality. An honor guard arrived in full uniform wearing white gloves, saluted the 21-year-old Army medic as his casket was offloaded from a commercial
tional School Lunch Program reimbursements for each meal served. “What we learned is participation is crucial,” Mohanty said. “We focused on how to keep participation up.” Throughout the 201011 school year, participation was about 17 percent with a peak of 18 percent in November and dipping down to 15 percent in June. Participation in the school lunch program is the lowest it’s been since 2007, when the program had a participation rate of 35 percent. Mohanty said that the numbers show that as the price went up, sales went down, as well. In 2007-08, lunches cost $3, now they are $4.25. “Stabilizing school lunch prices, particularly district overhead, is vital to the future health of the cafeteria fund,” Mohanty said. She noted increased costs feed an unhealthy cycle—the lunch price in-
jet and guided his flagdraped coffin into a waiting hearse. Despite their grief, the Holleys decided that parents of fallen soldiers should never have to accept anything other than a fitting tribute to those who have given their lives while serving their country. The Holleys persevered through angry reactions from those who wondered what the couple was so upset about, some calling them “un-American.” “After we got Matthew his due, we could have said nothing, but it’s not about the politics, but honor,” John Holley said. Congressman Duncan L. Hunter, who at the time was chairman of the Committee on Armed Ser-
creases, which causes parents to buy fewer lunches, which drains the cafeteria reserve funds, which means the funds need to increase, driving the cost up for parents. Choicelunch was the second-lowest priced lunch at $3.24. Board member Scott Wooden expressed concerns that if participation doesn’t go up, the district might blow through its cafeteria fund balance by the end of the year. He wants to see the district re-visit how the program is doing. Cathy Birks, assistant superintendent of business services, said they will monitor the program but stated that the district was optimistic about the new vendor’s potential. “Based on the promises Choicelunch has made I feel confident that out numbers will increase and that will definitely help our fund balance,” Birks said.
vices, pushed for the change in policy, now called the Holley Provision, which allows for a dignified, honorable reception of military caskets containing those killed in action. The provision was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Holleys now live in Carmel Valley, but previously resided in Rancho Penasquitos from 2002 to 2007, during which time Matthew became a U.S. AAU National champion in karate, after studying with Sensei Ferdie Allas at his studio in Poway, thus the karate scholarship available through the Matthew Holley Foundation.
CV resident named to Barron’s ‘America’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors’ list Carmel Valley resident and Merrill Lynch Senior Financial Advisor, Senior Vice President Courtney Liddy was recently recognized on Barron’s “America’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” list in the June 6 issue of Barron’s magazine. Courtney Liddy Liddy was similarly recognized in 2004 as one of the Top 100 Most Exclusive Wealth Advisors in the nation by Worth Magazine. Her practice includes assisting her clients with concentrated stock strategies, liability management, estate planning, and institutional money management. Liddy has built a dedicated team of professionals to serve the diverse and dynamic needs of high-net-worth individuals, families, foundations, and businesses. She is a national speaker for Merrill Lynch and has appeared on both national and local television and radio programming. Liddy is a Certified Financial Manager and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. She received her
undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California where she studied finance and civil engineering. Liddy believes in community service. She has been involved in numerous community activities that include the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, the University of California, San Diego Cardiovascular Center; the U.S. Navy League, the Girl Scouts of America, and the San Diego Symphony, and Patrons of the Prado, which supports the local arts, among others. In 2007, Liddy received the YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry award for her leadership in San Diego business. She was named San Diego Woman of the Year in 1996 by the Leukemia Society of America, honoring her charitable efforts to assist children. As the spouse of a Marine reserve officer activated for combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Liddy received a Congressional Certificate of Appreciation by the Congress of the United States for her support of the Marine Corp Key Volunteer Network, which assists families of deployed service members.
‘Summer Movies in the Park’ to begin at Ocean Air park with showing of ‘Despicable Me’ July 29 “Summer Movies in the Park” will kick off at the Ocean Air Community Park on Friday, July 29, with a presentation of the hit film
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CV student to appear in ‘Annie’ Megan Spector from Solana Pacific Elementary School will perform in Moonlight Amphitheatre’s production of “Annie.” She plays the part of “Tessie,” the orphan that says “Oh my goodness” and also is the “Annie understudy.” The show will run July 20-Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. For tickets, address and more show information, visit www.moonlightstage.com.
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Next DM Twilight Concert is July 19 The Del Mar Foundation’s popular Summer Twilight Concert season continues on Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the music of Rockola. The concerts are held at the Del Mar Powerhouse Park.
On Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. - noon, San Diego County Supervisorial District Three candidate Steve Danon met with residents in front of Vons grocery store, located in Piazza Carmel on Valley Center Drive in Carmel Valley, for more than two hours listening to their concerns and discussing his plans for reforms at the County of San Diego. “We had very good conversations with many people and I really appreciated their input and advice,” Danon said. “Some of our conversations were very humbling as residents shared their fear about our economy – not only the loss of jobs – but, fearful of losing their own job.” Pension reform and the dismal local business atmosphere were other main concerns residents communicated to Danon. Danon discussed his pledge to work with local cities, chambers, trade associations and economic development corporations to retain and create a better business environment. That includes streamlining the planning department so companies and small business don’t have to wait so long for a permit to build or expand their operation for generating jobs and reforming the economy. In addition, there were dialogues on pensions and eth-
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Del Mar company designs portable bridge system for U.S. Army BY JOE TASH Contributor Engineers loaded 32 tons of steel plating onto an aluminum bridge erected in the parking lot of an industrial complex, just a bungee jump away from the throngs eating deep-fried Twinkies and riding roller coasters at the San Diego County Fair. The purpose of the exercise was to test whether the bridge, built and designed by ATA Engineering, Inc., of Del Mar, could actually handle the load as predicted by computer models during the bridge’s design. To the engineers and students who built the bridge, the test was the culmination of three years’ work, and maybe even as exciting as a day at the fair. “It was fun for them (the students) and fun for us,” said Gareth Thomas, vice president and technical director of ATA Engineering, of the bridge project. The company took on the task of designing a portable bridge system for the U.S. Army under the Small Business Innovation Research program, run by the U.S. Small Business Administration in conjunction with 11 different federal agencies, including the Department of Defense. The charge was to create a
Gareth Thomas of ATA Engineering is the principal investigator on a prototype lightweight, ultra-strong portable bridge. ATA Engineering has built it under a Small Business Administration contract for the U.S. Army. PHOTO: JON CLARK “bridge in a box,” that could be loaded into a shipping container, flown to a distant location, and erected in 30 minutes by just two people using specialized equipment, said Thomas, who spearheaded the project’s design. The result of the research — and several months of cutting and drilling aluminum beams by a team of UCSD engineering students paid $14 an hour — was a prototype bridge weighing 7,000 pounds, comprised of six interconnecting modules. The prototype bridge is 42 feet
long and designed to carry a load of 60,000 pounds, said Adam Price, an aerospace engineer with ATA Engineering who also worked on the project. The full-scale model of the bridge would span 66 feet and carry up to 100,000 pounds. “What we’ve developed is really a bridge system,” said Thomas. “This design can work for 50-ton tanks.” The bridge is designed to fold up like an accordion and fit into a standard shipping container, which in turn can fit in the hold of a C-130 cargo plane used by the military.
“If it’s in a (standard) container, it can ship by road, rail or air anywhere in the world,” said Thomas. The company rented a warehouse on Jimmy Durante Boulevard, next to the fairgrounds, where the bridge was built. It will now be packed up and sent to Michigan, where officials with the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, will evaluate it further and decide whether to order full-scale models. According to Price, the bridge is the largest project the Del Mar company — which has 90 employees, most of them engineers — has actually built from scratch; most of its work is for the aerospace industry, for which it conducts structural analysis of satellites, rockets and airplanes. The company also conducts structural analysis of roller coasters for Southern California theme parks, he said. The bridge resembles an oversized erector set, and because of its modular design, it can be adapted to various lengths, widths and load limits. While the Army commissioned the design for potential use in combat or humanitarian missions, under the federal program,
ATA Engineering retains intellectual property rights, and the bridge system could be used for civilian purposes. ATA has been contacted by a company that is considering whether the concept would work to reduce damage to sensitive habitat such as riverbeds during major construction projects, Thomas said. The project also offered a learning opportunity for local engineering students. Price said UCSD engineering students not only earned some money working on the project, but gained practical experience about materials used in fabricating engineering designs. Andy Youngstrom, a mechanical engineering student from Northeastern University in Boston, just completed an internship with ATA Engineering. One of his duties during the bridge project was to coordinate the schedules of students who worked on the bridge. Projects such as the prototype bridge, he said, gave him a wider range of experiences than many of his peers at Northeastern, and helped him understand the purpose of the abstract concepts he learns in the classroom. “I’ll go back to my classes and have a lot more motivation to be learning this stuff,” he said.
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Local teen holding lacrosse clinics for under-served youths Donations of new and used equipment needed BY DIANE WELCH Contributor In following his passion for lacrosse, Alexander Evans-Pfeiffer, 17, a midfielder for La Jolla’s Bishop’s Knights, is now sharing his lacrosse skills with other boys to help improve their game and to instill in them the same level of love that he has for the sport. Since last year he has conducted clinics in Rancho Santa Fe for younger boys, ages 9-12, with an average of 15-20 participants at each. “I love this type of teaching because the boys feel comfortable enough around me to have a lot of fun, but at the same time to respect me as a mentor in accepting my knowledge about the game,” said Alexander. Participants in his two-hour clinics have the opportunity to improve all aspects of their game. “We cover stick work, shooting, game time skills, and finish off with team play/competitive scrimmage. During all of the drills and games, I focus on specific oppor-
tunities to aid an individual or the group as a whole in order to give them focused and personalized coaching,” explained Alexander. Later this summer and through his senior year as his academic schedule allows, Alexander plans to give free lacrosse clinics for under-served youths at the San Diego Center for Children through the STAR/PAL program. Sports Training, Academics, Recreation/Police Athletic League is a nonprofit organization that provides over 10,000 youth services annually in inner-city neighborhoods throughout San Diego. According to its website, STAR/PAL offers free educational, athletic, and recreational programs which focus on promoting youth safety, positive life choices, and academic success. For these clinics Alexander needs donations of new and used equipment of all kinds –helmets, sticks, heads, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and balls. “If someone has gear in their garage that they no longer want, or new equipment that they have never used, please consider donating it,” he asked. Alexander’s passion for lacrosse started when he was in the
Scorer, 2011, 2010; Coastal League Champion, 2011; San Diego Union Tribune All Academic Team Scholar Athlete Award, 2011; and many more. His success at school also afforded him the opportunity to participate in the elite lacrosse programs, West Coast Starz, and RC (Regional) Elite. In running his own specialized clinics Alexander is aided by his mother, Lena Evans. “My mother is very tied into the San Diego community so she is assisting me with targeting charities that I can share my skills with and sponsors who will support our projects,” he said. Alexander strives to expose lacrosse to younger boys who have perhaps never thought of the sport. “I want to see California lacrosse gain the respect of traditional lacrosse hot-beds on the East Coast. With West Coast children starting at a young age, I think this goal will become a reality soon! I am happy to be contributing to this growth,” he said. To find out more about Alexander’s clinics, or to donate lacrosse equipment, visit his Facebook fan page Youth Lacrosse Clinic or email him at AlexanderEvansPfeiffer@gmail.com.
Alexander Evans-Pfeiffer eighth grade, “When I first picked up a stick,” he said. Alexander will be a senior at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, when school resumes in the fall. He was fortunate to have learned from some of the top lacrosse coaches in San Diego. “Coaches Steve Sepeta, Jono Zissi, Hamilton Pollard, Colby Rhodes, and Chuck Wagner have all contributed to my knowledge of the game and are the foundation of my success,” Alexander explained.
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Hot Shotz Sports Center moves next to Pelly’s, offers boot camp Free fitness and nutrition seminar to be held July 16 BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Hot Shotz Sports Center recently moved across the street from its Del Mar Fairgrounds home to create a new outdoor gym experience with a built-in ocean breeze. Hot Shotz, previously known for its batting cages, soccer, volleyball and basketball offerings, will now become the only private, outdoor boot camp facility in San Diego. Through its boot camp and self-defense class options, Hot Shotz hopes to provide people with “complete empowerment” as well as a spot to kick around a ball or hit some fastballs. “We want to get as
many people here as possible because we want to change lives,” said Matt Schotz, the center’s general manager. “When you’re healthier, you’re happier.” This weekend, Saturday, July 16, Hot Shotz is offering a free fitness and nutrition seminar at 9 a.m., followed by a free women’s survival self defense class at 10:30 a.m. for ages 13 and up. Both will be run by Abe Fuentes, a fitness expert and trainer who regularly appears on FOX 5 News. For the last four years, Hot Shotz has operated at indoor facilities out of the Del Mar Fairgrounds property, closing during the summer months to make room
ly’s Mini Golf. “Now we have outdoor facilities and people just love it,” said Schotz. The location features a wide open turf field, batting cages, a trapeze operated by Circus Fund’s Trapeze High and soccer nets—in the future they hope to set up a co-ed soccer league at the site. People can sign up for unlimited monthly use of the batting cages and opt to pair it with hitting instruction and a video swing analysis. Hot Shotz will also offer pitching instruction. “Our main attraction this summer is the boot camps,” said Schotz. Schotz, a member of
Hot Shotz Sports general manager Matt Schotz with trainer Abe Fuentes. PHOTO: KAREN BILLING for the fair and race season, and opening back up in the fall. This summer they moved to the property across the street next to Pel-
Torrey Pines High class of 2007, recently graduated from USC and is very excited that he is teaming up with Fuentes.
Schotz had visited boot camps before and found some to be disorganized and lacking the communal experience he was looking for. Fuentes, a former Arizona police officer who had trained SWAT teams and has run boot camps for 18 years, seemed to be a good fit for Hot Shotz. While Fuentes has run boot camps using just body weight and towels, he’ll have plenty of room and equipment at his disposal at Hot Shotz. Fuentes will constantly change up workouts and aim to “shock” the body— he will push campers hard as “the human body is 100 times more capable than whatever we put it through,” said Fuentes, noting that a 300-pound woman and an Olympic athlete have attended the same class and both gotten a great workout out of it. Each boot camp will come with complete nutri-
tional guidelines and support. “When you come here you are going to get results,” said Fuentes. “We’re going to change lifestyles.” While Fuentes will be plenty motivating, Schotz said people can also be motivated by working out in groups, building friendships and holding each other accountable for the work. “We really want to create a community, a physically fit environment,” said Schotz. They plan to have Baby Boomer boot camps, bridal boot camps and a special college boot camp for incoming college students this summer to prepare them to fight off the “freshman 15” and establish a healthy fitness and nutrition regime. “Instead of filling the space of homesickness with food, fill it up with physical fitness,” said Fuentes. Saturday’s self defense course also focuses on
changing a mindset, in not being a victim. With his background in martial arts and law enforcement, Fuentes doesn’t “sugar coat” potential threats. He said some people might be shocked that a 13-year-old is receiving the same instruction given to a Navy Seal but he believes all people should be prepared to fight back “The only way to overcome a situation facing a predator is to become a predator,” said Fuentes. He wants to get people out of that “Del Mar/Rancho Santa Fe bubble” and know that they have the ability to stand up for themselves and put up a good fight. For boot camp schedules or more information, visit hotshotzsports.com or call (858) 509 5400. The first boot camp class is always free. Hot Shotz is located at 15555 Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
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Honor Team Half-Year Sales Report North County Coastal Sales Comparison for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, to July 2, 2011 Community
Median % Diff Median Median Median Median # # # # # Sale Price 2010 to Sale Price Sale Price Sale Price Sale Price Sold Sold Sold Sold Sold 2011 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Del Mar homes (92014) Del Mar condos
136 $1,525,000 96 $1,527,500 128 $1,350,000 92 $1,337,500 79 $1,300,000 -3% 57 $815,000 40 $785,000 45 $555,000 43 $455,000 30 $480,000 5%
All SB homes (92075)
72 $1,237,500 68 $1,213,750 67 $1,075,000 89 $1,000,000 35 $1,010,000
All SB Homes > $1M
47 $1,475,000 46 $1,539,000 36 $1,577,500 45 $1,485,000 18 $1,350,000 -9%
WSB Homes (W of I-5) 39 $1,450,000 41 $1,640,000 42 $1,333,750 49 $1,162,500 20 $1,186,000
ESB Homes (E of I-5)
33 $1,020,000 27
LSF Homes (Santas)
Solana Beach condos
Cardiff homes (92007) Cardiff condos
$929,000 47 $466,750 44
$797,500 57 $475,000 40
$785,000 62 $452,500 47
$857,500 37 $440,000 24
$880,000 3% $377,500 -14%
Carmel V homes (92130) 431 $1,000,000 366 $957,500 375 Carmel Valley condos 339 $491,900 233 $462,000 258
$852,000 411 $890,000 206 $411,250 250 $410,000 113
$917,250 3% $399,000 -3%
Encinitas homes (92024) 390 Encinitas condos 141
$877,000 315 $775,000 338 $450,000 111 $421,000 139
$720,000 378 $753,000 174 $360,000 155 $413,500 83
$700,000 -7% $360,000 -13%
La Costa homes (09,11) 625 La Costa condos 297
$843,900 539 $765,000 610 $415,000 274 $375,000 301
$693,750 710 $706,500 336 $335,000 328 $337,500 144
$689,500 -2% $306,500 -9%
Carlsbad homes (08,10) 262 Carlsbad condos 156
$675,000 239 $580,000 255 $433,700 132 $417,000 166
$545,000 246 $595,621 141 $360,000 169 $365,000 71
$536,000 -10% $345,000 -5%
1980 $ 895,000 1670 $ 818,875 1830 $ 749,250 1988 $ 760,000 1008 $ 757,450
1125 $470,000 899 $411,000 1036 $378,450 1068 $382,000 508
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CCA assistant tennis coach recounts highlights of life impacted by family, competitive tennis, F. Scott Fitzgerald BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Contributor If Larry Belinsky could have had his way when he was 18, he would have been a cross between F. Scott Fitzgerald, the writer, and Jay Gatsby, the mysterious millionaire fictional character in Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age novel, “The Great Gatsby.” To Belinsky, retired furniture dealer, champion competitive tennis player, and founder of the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, Fitzgerald and Gatsby were the epitome of cool. Belinsky discovered the Gatsby novel while he was recuperating from a debilitating, life-threatening attack of spinal meningitis that interrupted his collegiate tennis career and his studies at San Diego State. “I became a F. Scott Fitzgerald fanatic,” he recalls. “I fell in love with the Jazz Era. It made me turn into a romantic. I
started dressing in 1920-style clothes. I wore a white hat with a thing around the brim, a pocket watch that my Grandpa Max gave me, tweed pants and two-tone shoes. “As crazy as it is and I don’t believe in this now, but back then, I thought maybe I was the reincarnation of F. Scott Fitzgerald and I was pretending I was Jay Gatsby.” “To this day, I know it influenced my life greatly.” “One of the main themes in the Gatsby book,” Belinsky said, “is ‘The American Dream,’ which is that freedom in this country includes the promise of the possibility of prosperity and success.” Gatsby, who, as it turned out, made his millions illicitly as a Prohibition bootlegger, was also obsessed with creating an order in his daily routine aimed at achieving what he wanted in life through hard work, exercise, con-
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and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same; …. yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it. And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my Son! ” It’s the same poem that Larry read to his son, Jordan, at his son’s Bar Mitzvah, 13 years ago, and that tennis players see before they emerge onto center court at Wimbledon. That’s another thing about Belinsky. He loves collecting quotes. On a wall of his home gym, he has one from the last paragraph of The Great Gatsby which reads: “Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.” Larry is the first born and eldest son of Arnold (“Fuzz”) Belinsky who founded Arnold’s Furniture and Interiors in San Diego in 1966 and over the course of 25 years, with his family, grew the business into one of the Top 100 furniture retailers in the United States. “We did a lot of advertising on TV and my mom would close off our commercials in her red hair and big smile with “From our family to yours.” Well, that was my mom.” Larry was raised in San Diego but was born in
Newport Beach, at Hoag Memorial Hospital, where his mother’s physician, Dr. Henry Bieler, author of the bestselling, pioneer nutrition book, “Food is Your Best Medicine,” had hospital privileges and delivered all three Belinsky children. “We were raised on raw milk and without polio vaccinations, small pox vaccinations, nothing. My mother was … way ahead of her time and so was her doctor.” Larry’s father, Arnold, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday surrounded by his family, was born in Detroit, Michigan. While serving in the Navy and stationed in San Diego, he met, Ethel, his future wife, at a Temple Beth Israel social gathering for young singles. Ethel’s father owned the Union Furniture chain of stores in San Diego and Mexico. After they were married, Arnold worked for his father-in-law for 10 years before launching his own business in 1966. Larry has a brother, Craig, who is 16 months younger, and sister, Sheila, who is six years younger. “All three of us worked in the business together. My father, of course, was the CEO. I was the president of the company.” His sister, Sheila, and her husband, ran the company’s upscale line called Arnold’s Showcase and his brother, Craig, ran the home entertainment department. “My father was very smart in that regard so each of us were not stepping on each other’s toes, because a family business is a very dangerous thing. Most of them don’t make it past the first generation.” Larry began working in the business as a teenager. “I worked part time, on and off, starting in the warehouse and in the office as a lamp buyer and accessory buyer and, on the floor, as a salesman. And I liked the business.” “I was a ‘comp lit’ major in college,” Larry said, “always knowing in the back of my mind that I was born and raised [to be] in the family retail furniture business.” After marrying and leaving college without completing a degree, he joined the family business full time, eventually serving as president until it was sold in 1991 — and, in 1993, with his wife, Judy, opened their own retail furniture store, Country Furniture Faire on Miramar Road, which they ran for 14 years before selling it and officially retiring in 2007. But, also from an early age, Belinsky developed a passion for tennis. Introduced to the sport at age 7 by his father, he has been an avid tennis player ever since for almost 50 years with 12 United States Tennis Association medals to prove it, including two gold balls as national doubles champion in 2000 and in 2004. He is also founder of the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame and is currently assistant tennis coach at Canyon Crest Academy. Throughout his business career, he played tennis two and three times a week while his competitors, who would often practice twice as much, were chagrined with how he could keep up his game. “And, I think, to this day, the reason why was that my enthusiasm made up for my lack of court time. I stayed in good shape, so that when I was on the court, I could perform to my optimum level.” At UC Berkeley, as a freshman, he made the men’s varsity tennis team; and after transferring to SDSU, where he was being groomed for the number one spot on the tennis team, he had dreams of possibly turning professional when he contracted spinal meningitis two weeks following his family’s first vacation to Acapulco. See PROFILE, page 19
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TPHS graduate Michael Kim receives Del Mar Rotary’s ‘Erik Scott Sorensen Service-Above-Self’ Award The Rotary Club of Del Mar Erik Scott Sorensen Service-Above-Self Award is presented to a Torrey Pines student who, though physically challenged, is an inspiration to fellow students because of his/her positive approach to life and readiness to volunteer, capturing the spirit of Erik Scott Sorensen and the principles of Rotary. Erik faced the progressive degeneration of Muscular Dystrophy and was the only wheelchair-bound student at Torrey Pines High School (at that time). Erik was greatly respected by both students and faculty for his amazing attitude and accomplishments. After Erik’s death in 1995, the Rotary Club of Del Mar named this award in his memory. This year’s recipient, Michael Kim, is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Michael,18, is a bilateral above-theknee amputee. He has been volunteering as the chess club director at the Carmel Valley Library and after-school arts/music/academic tutor at Logan Elementary for the past three years. He also volunteers at various projects as a National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation member. Michael has never let his disability get in the way of life. He enjoys playing the piano (he studied 10 years of classical piano and theory), tuba, jazz music, video games, reading and hanging out with his friends over a good meal. He will be attending UCLA this fall to study neuroscience. Photos/Jon Clark
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Physician brings unique experience to specialty in women’s health BY DIANE Y. WELCH CONTRIBUTOR After a 21-year career as a locum tenens physician (a physician who substitutes for other doctors), Dr. Timothy Bilash is planting his professional roots in Solana Beach. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Bilash is licensed in 11 states, but now his heart belongs to Southern California. Accustomed to change – Bilash has moved 35 times since high school – his marriage last July to Roya, a bridge engineer, brought Bilash to Del Mar and led to the practice he now has in Solana Beach. His new office reflects his desire to specialize in women’s health and to provide a relaxing environment, less like a doctor’s office and more like a spa. Working in numerous locations from military hospitals to HMOs, Bilash has a broad range of skills and experience and, as a result, has designed his own office to be “less institutionalized,” he said. Bilash says he’s a scientist at heart. He received his bachelor of science in physics from the University of Albany, then later completed Medical Scholars, an integrated, double-degree program, at the University of Illinois, receiving both his MD degree and MS in physics from the College of Medicine. His four-year residency in OB/GYN was completed at the Albany Medical Center in New York. Bilash specializes in female health-related issues such as fatigue, weight concern, depression, menopause, fertility and libido. For the last decade he has been concentrating on endocrine balance. “Medicine has had a misfocus, it has tended to emphasize genetics and laboratory medicine, and the scientific information is overlooked,” he said. Instead, Bilash concentrates on underlying mechanisms, such as physiology, pathology and the natural history of disease, using that information to make better decisions. He regards the hormone system as “the glue that ties things together.” The medical field should strive for clarity in the nature versus nurture debate, he believes, and should also look
at things like the environment rather than looking solely at genetic factors. The two endocrine areas Bilash has focused on are estrogen and thyroid. From his own research there appears to be almost an epidemic of thyroid disease, he said, a condition that he has had Dr. Timothy Bilash a lot of clinical success in treating and one that he has a passion for. He has also studied neurochemistry, and sex and adrenal steroid chemistries, as they relate to menopause, mood and health, and, as a result, he is a strong advocate for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Bilash is held in high regard by his peers, testaments show. One colleague wrote: “He is an extremely well-rounded human being of multiple interests and skills as well as a person of great medical and human insight.” Bilash will be ready for patients in August. Until then he offers free seminars on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at his offices (address below). Dates and topics include: July 21: Glucose, fructose and weight gain; Aug. 4: Fatigue and thyroid; Aug. 11: Good fat/bad fat; Aug. 18: Vitamin B12: the master vitamin; Aug. 25: Why you need estrogen. He also has a website that uses expert research and clinical information to highlight important health issues with an emphasis on nutrition, estrogen and thyroid. Visit www. DrTimDelivers.com to learn more. Dr. Bilash is located at 765 Academy Drive, Solana Beach, 92075; (858) 997-0212.
Award-winning restaurant Claire’s on Cedros announces weekend dinner service
Claire’s on Cedros LEED® Platinum certified, eco-friendly bakery and café located at 246 North Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, has added weekend dinner service to its existing breakfast and lunch offerings. The award-winning restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch (breakfast served Claire’s on Cedros all day) with the addition of continuous meal service from 6 a.m. co-owners Terrie Boley to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m. to 9 and Chef Claire Allison. p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for the summer months. Lunch service begins at 11:30 a.m. daily and dinner begins at 5 p.m. on the weekends, which includes items from their regular lunch menu along with nightly specials. Claire’s on Cedros opened in 2009 and has since received multiple awards in several categories: 2011 Top 40 Cheap Eats in America from Gayot (pronounced “guy-oh”); Critic’s Choice Best Breakfast 2011 San Diego Magazine; Best Eco and Dog Friendly restaurant, 2010 Reader’s Poll, Ranch and Coast Magazine and Best Pancakes 2010 Reader’s Poll, San Diego Magazine. Claire’s on Cedros serves a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes that incorporate fresh herbs, greens and fruit from their on-site garden with a menu that changes seasonally to take advantage of locally grown ingredients. The facility houses a scratch bakery that provides baked goods for the restaurant including gluten-free offerings. All baked goods and menu items are available for take-out and special order; onsite and off-site catering is also offered. Visit www.ClairesOnCedros.com or call (858) 259-8597.
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Opinion/Letters to the Editor: Country needs to stop feeling so entitled Why, why, why does the federal and state government always go to education first when there is a serious budget crisis? Doesn’t the numbers showing the United States being 26th in the world and the State of California being 48th in the nation with the worst test scores frighten anyone? There are so many other places to cut and should cut, but the government just does not have the backbone being afraid of making their constituents mad, resulting
in not getting re-elected. Speaking of which, there needs to be term limits on all public officials. All congressmen, Governors, City Council members, County Board of Supervisors and all other paid public officials should not be allowed to hold office more than 12 years. Since holding a public office is a “public service” and not intended to be a lifetime career, these officials should not be receiving a pension for doing public service once they
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leave office. Why should taxpayers continue to pay someone who is no longer serving as a public official? I understand that a City Council member serving the City of San Diego who serves only one term can receive $13,000 per year for the rest of their life. Who pays that? The taxpayer. Crazy. Next would be the billions of dollars going to countries that would love to wipe us — the United States of America — off the face of the Earth. Our government should not be giving Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia billions of dollars. As I understand, Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest countries per capita in the world so why are they receiving money from us? Next, government unions need to be disbanded. Government employees
should not receive any more special treatment than those working in the private sector, especially when it comes to receiving pensions. It seems like a contradiction that the taxpayers should continue to pay out of their own wages to public employees once they have retired. They are no longer working for the government. There should be a mandatory 401K retirement plan for each public employee that they draw off of once retired. No one is paying for anyone in the private sector when they retire. All private sector workers have to put their savings away for retirement. Many other places that would encourage growth, revenue and decreased spending would be to implement working welfare, limited off shore drilling
and encouragement for private sector to research alternative fuel — which is now happening. Revisiting the tax structure is mandatory. The tax system needs to more of a fair tax. Maybe looking at a consumer tax for a fair tax would be appropriate. The more people consume, the more they should pay — just a thought. There has been a lot of talk about taxing the wealthiest corporations at 70 percent. Should the wealthiest pay their share, yes, but not at the cost of discouraging companies to stay here. If all the companies that have out-sourced their jobs came back to the States, we would not have a national unemployment rate of 9.8 percent. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, make it inviting enough to ensure there is still plenty of
Local Rotary clubs begin a new year dedicated to ‘service above self’ By Sharyn Daly, president, Del Mar Rotary Club Welcome to the wonderful world of Rotary where friends gather to promote “service above self” activities and put them into action in our community. Rotarians are business and professional men and women who are community leaders united worldwide to conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is the world’s first and foremost service club. It originated in Chicago in 1905 and the name Rotary was chosen because the club then met weekly in rotation at each member’s place of business. The Del Mar Rotary Club was established May 4,1954 and is part of District #5340 consisting of 58 clubs in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Learn more about Rotary and join our 1.2 million members internationally who put humanitarian needs above themselves at Rotary.org. A new year begins each July and the new presidents extend an invitation to you to come join us for a “free lunch” and find out about us as we “Reach within to embrace humanity” which is this year’s vision from our international president, Kalyan Banerjee of India. Please read about The Del Mar Rotary Club on the web at DelMarRotary.org. President Sharyn Daly invites you on Thursdays for our lunch meeting at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall on 15th St. in Del Mar. In Rancho Santa Fe, president Alan Balfour (RanchoSantaFeRotary.org) invites you for lunch at noon on Mondays at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise President Kirk Collins (DMSBrotary.org) invites you for breakfast on Fri-
days (7:15 a.m.) at the Doubletree Hotel in Carmel Valley. The Rotary Clubs have a business meeting and an interesting speaker at each meeting. Each club is comprised of five areas of service: Community, International, New Generations, Vocational and Club service. These committees work hard to make a difference in the Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley areas, as well as internationally. Our fundraisers and generous sponsors support our good works. We also have lots of fun. Del Mar has just finished a Sunset Soiree at the Del Mar Plaza where silent and live auction items raised over $25,000 for the committee work while we watched a great sunset and danced with cocktails and appetizers supplied by local restaurants. The next fundraiser is the “free” Chili and Quacker’s challenge where locals and restaurants compete for the Chili Trophy while watching their “yellow rubber ducky” surf the waves and race toward the beach. The Del Mar lifeguards produce the fastest ducks who win great prizes. This local community park day is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3-6 p.m. Watch for opportunities to sponsor ducks and be a corporate sponsor for the event. Check it out at ChiliandQuackers.com or DelMarRotary.org. We look forward to meeting you and finding you a place in our organizations to enjoy participating in “service above self” activities and helping our community and world.
Correction In our June 30 edition we reported on the proposed new St. John Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church on El Camino Real. The church will be built on a 13.37-acre parcel, not a 113.37-acre parcel.
food on the plate. There are still so, so many areas that need to be evaluated, tweaked and streamlined to get this country back on track. It will take working as a country and getting over the “give me” attitude. We, as a country, need to get away from feeling so entitled. Greece is just a microcosm of what we, the United States, could turn into. If everyone is hired/benefiting for/from the government who would be paying the bills? Where would the revenues come from? There needs to be a small government, fewer government employees and a successful private sector to make this country function. A three-legged chair needs all three legs to stand. Corinne Hackbart
Torrey Pines Bank pledges $50,000 to San Diego Symphony Torrey Pines Bank, a leading, local commercial bank with offices throughout San Diego County, Los Angeles and The Bay Area, and an affiliate of Western Alliance Bancorporation, recently announced that it has pledged $50,000 to the San Diego Symphony as part of the Symphony’s Centennial Capital Campaign. The bank was also a recent sponsor of the San Diego Symphony’s “kick-off” celebration for the Summer Pops, the fourth annual Tux & Tennies Summer Bash held on June 25 at Embarcadero Marina Park South, with guest artist Creedence Clearwater Revisited. As a long-standing business banking customer with Torrey Pines Bank, the San Diego Symphony takes advantage of the bank’s specialized business banking services that support the arts, including guidance and advice that help the Symphony efficiently collect receivables, manage payables, monitor account activity, and invest excess funds, while minimizing fees and interest paid. In addition, Torrey Pines Bank affiliate Miller Russell Investment Advisors provides investment-advising services for the Symphony musicians’ pension plan. Visit www.torreypinesbank.com.
The Carmel Valley Library Corner By Julie Wong June 15 â€“ August 17 SUMMER READING PROGRAM Join the Summer Reading Program at your library. This year we offer children, teen and adult reading programs. The theme for children this year is One World, Many Stories. For teens, it is You Are Here. For adults, the theme is Novel Destinations At a Glance. Please sign up online on San Diego Public Libraryâ€™s website starting on June 15. For children and teens read 10 books or 10 hours. Parents can read to their children. Adults (18+) can earn prizes for reading: 5 books + 1 review or 5 books + 5 books read with a child. Read and collect prizes. Prizes are distributed beginning on June 22. Enjoy summer fun with reading, programs and childrenâ€™s crafts. Donate by Texting 1. Text LIBRARY to 20222 to make a $5 gift to support the San Diego Public Library. 2. Confirm your donation by entering YES. 3. Your donation will appear as a $5 tax deductible donation on your mobile phone bill. Donate up to six times per month by texting LIBRARY to 20222. Want to donate more? Visit SupportMyLibrary. org. Every Tuesday @ 4 p.m. AFTERNOON STORY TIME Mr. Ted will entertain
with stories, songs, and music. Every Tuesday @ 6 p.m. â€“ 7:45 p.m. SUMMER TUTORING FOR K-12 Need help with assignments, test preparations, reading skills, or other school related learning? Call the library or visit the main desk to reserve your spot. Tutors are from READ and Volunteer San Diego. Every Friday @ 10 a.m. INFANT /TODDLER STORY TIME (Infants â€“ Toddlers) Every Friday @ 11 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (3 â€“ 5 years old) Story time lasts for about 30 minutes and it includes stories, songs, music, fingerplays and a coloring page. Every Saturday @ 11 a.m. â€“ 1 p.m. SUMMER TUTORING FOR K-6TH GRADERS High school students will help K-6th graders with homework assignments and reading skills in the Young Adult Area from 11 a.m. â€“ 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 @ 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m FENG SHUI FOR YOUR CHILDâ€™S BEDROOM:
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â€œI was out for a good year and a half. I walked out of that hospital weighing 135 pounds down from 165-170 and I never regained that original weight.â€? It shattered any dreams he had of turning pro. â€œHigh depression. Feeling sorry for myself. I had to wear a back brace to keep my torso up because I couldnâ€™t support myself on my own. I couldnâ€™t bend down to tie my shoes. I couldnâ€™t climb steps. â€œBy the way, just before I got sick, I met my future wife, Judy (Olsher). I was 18 and she was 15-and-a-half and had just moved into the Del Cerro neighborhood with her family. Her folks, being part of the Jewish community, knew my folks,â€? he said, â€œOur first date was a blind date to the movies and our second date was a tennis lesson. She had never played tennis before â€ŚSo I could impress her with my tennis skills.â€? Throughout his illness and rehabilitation, Judy stuck by him. â€œI remember her motherâ€™s friend, who was trying to set Judy up with her own boys, criticizing me and saying â€˜Why does she want to be around a sickly boy.â€™â€? They married when Judy was 18 and Larry was 21. When the family sold Arnoldâ€™s Furniture in 1991, Belinsky â€œretiredâ€? for 18 months, giving him time to train for a spot on the U.S. Masters Maccabiah tennis team for the 1993 Israel World Maccabiah Games. He brought home a silver medal from Israel. â€œSo,â€? he chuckled, â€œI was the #2 best Jewish â€˜menâ€™s 35 playerâ€™ in the world.â€? It was, he recalled, two weeks to experience and a lifetime to remember. â€œAnd I was able to share it with my family and in-laws [who attended the Games and cheered him on.]â€? â€œI am what I am,â€? he said, recalling a line from a play. â€œI attribute that to my surroundings, to the people I grew up with and to the values that I learned mainly on the tennis court.â€? He just finished his third season as assistant tennis coach at Canyon Crest Academy. â€œI coach the girls in the fall for three months and, in the spring, I coach the boys.â€? Both the girlsâ€™ and the boysâ€™ varsity teams this year won the Valley League championships and the Boys Singles and Doubles Individual championships. And how does he regard his work as a tennis coach? Well, hereâ€™s another one of his favorite quotes; this one by another of his favorite authors, John Updike, from the novel, â€œRabbit, Runâ€?: â€œA boy (girl) who has his (her) heart enlarged by an inspiring coach can never become a failure in the greater game of life.â€? Asked if he plans to resume playing competitive tennis again, he said, â€œIâ€™d love to if this eye cooperates with me.â€?
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Front row: Nick Becker, Reagan Guthrie, Frankie Loretta, Jake Lefferdink, Jose Ramirez, Maurice Correia; Middle row: Chase Swortwood, Juan Duran, Cole Barry, Carter Hahn, Carlos Hank, Jett Jacobs, Nathan Gash; Back row coaches: Dave Gash, Ernie Hahn, Mark Loretta, Kim Correia
Trenton Thunder captures RSF AAA Little League division championship North Shore heads to States. Front Row: Anna Herrmann, Nikki Wood, Lauren Ziment, Keeley Ramseyer, and Lila Browne. Middle Row: Emily Bycott, Emily Krueger, Vivienne Franke, Jenna Remick, and Kate Mehta. Back Row: John Wood, Doug Franke, and Howard Ziment.
North Shore 8U gold all-star team earns spot at state tourney The North Shore 8U gold all-star team recently secured a spot at the State Tournament by winning four consecutive games at the North County Girls Softball District Championships. North Shore opened the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Ramona, then went on to beat Poway 6-5 in an extra-inning classic. The two teams battled throughout the game. In the top of the seventh inning, Poway was ahead 5-3. However, North Shore emerged victorious as they pulled off their biggest comeback of the season, thanks to RBI singles by Jenna Remick, Nikki Wood, and Lauren Ziment to win 6-5. Defense was key, as North Shore beat Vista 4-2. In the second inning with North Shore ahead 1-0, a perfect relay from Emily Bycott in right field to Remick to Wood erased Vista’s tying run at the plate. Vista attempted a comeback late in the game, but North Shore played solid defense to earn a spot in the winners’ bracket. A battle ensued between North Shore and San Marcos for a spot in the district finals and a berth in the State Tournament. North Shore pulled off a win to clinch both, thanks in part to a double play by Anna Herrmann, who caught a line drive to center field and then made a strong throw to first base in the third inning. Pitcher Vivienne Franke recorded her sixth strikeout of the game to preserve the 3-2 victory. “We played our best game of the season,” said North Shore manager Doug Franke of the battle against San Marcos. “Vivienne was brilliant in the circle, we played outstanding defense, and we got base hits exactly when we needed them.” San Marcos eventually made their way to the finals through the losers’ bracket. In Game 5 and Game 6, San Marcos beat North Shore 9-5 and 9-3 to take the District Championship. “It was a great weekend for these girls,” said North Shore manager Doug Franke. “Their effort in the first four games was nothing short of phenomenal. We are excited to represent North Shore in the State Tournament.” Whenever possible, North Shore’s 12U team, which also qualified for the State Tournament, was in the stands to cheer on the 8U team, as both mentors and fans. “During the all-star season, these two teams have really bonded,” said manager Franke. “It was great to see the two teams celebrating together.”
Second Annual Free to Breathe® 5K Fun Run/Walk is August 20 Register today for the San Diego Free to Breathe® 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held Saturday, Aug. 20. This is a fun event for the entire family that brings the community together to inspire hope and create change for everyone impacted by lung cancer. Together we can fuel the movement to defeat this disease, and help those diagnosed live longer, better lives. All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. www.freetobreathe.com Event information: 7 a.m. - Event day registration begins; 8 a.m. event starts. The event will be held at Liberty Station NTC Park, Farragut Road, San Diego, CA 92106.
After a slow start to the season with a 16-2 loss, The Trenton Thunder came together as a team all season long and at the beginning of June became champions of the RSF AAA Little League division over the Charlotte Knights. Both teams played initially after wins in the first round of the playoffs, which was capped by a three-run comeback by the Thunder, and ultimately a 18-14 win in extra innings. In the championship game, Cole Barry hit a 3-run homerun to get the Thunder back into the game. After getting down again by 3 runs going into the bottom of the 6th inning, The Thunder scored 4 runs with two outs capped by Jett Jacobs 2 run single that ended the ended the game in dramatic fashion. The Thunder were coached by Manager Ernie Hahn and Coaches Dave Gash, Kim Correia, and Mark Lorretta.
Front row: Matt Hadley, Bennett Williams, Grant Allgood, Alex Goskowicz, Karl Roloff, Hank Ontiveros, Kyle DeLeon, Coach Mike Ontiveros; Back Row: Nick Mahmood, Jonathan Sabouri, Connor Glaser, Anthony Piglovski, Dany Bessudo. Not pictured: Brandon Bay, Enzo Flores, Rory Link, Stephan May, Coach Shawn Beyer
RSF Attack B98 Green Team are champions! Rancho Santa Fe Attack B98 Green Team are champions of the BU13/14 Challenger Arena Soccer at Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas. The U12 boys, playing in an upper age bracket, went nearly undefeated during the season, and prevailed against a formidable Team KM in the finals.
BrewFest Encinitas offers food, fun and great beer samples BrewFest Encinitas will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, from 4-7 p.m. at Mira Costa College, San Elijo campus. Food, fun and great beer samples from some of San Diego’s finest breweries. Featured breweries include: *Stone *Karl Strauss *Pizza Port *Lightning *Ballast Point *Iron Fist *Mission *Back Street *Green Flash *Lost Abbey. In addition, four food vendors will serve a variety of food at the event: *MIHO GastroTruck *Devilicious *Flippin’ Pizza *Pub Cakes. This event will support six local charities: *Mira Costa College Foundation *Boys’ & Girls’ Club – Encinitas *Community Resource Center *Just in Time for Foster Youth *Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA *Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club. All the latest details on the event can be found at www.brewfestencinitas.com Tickets are $40, and are now on sale at the above website.-
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Back Row: Charlie Kosakoff, Wyatt Gardner, Nicholas Carlo, John Billington, Jesus Barzan , Coach Dave Currie; Front Row: Ryan Flather, Carson Malinowski, Elijah Zelkind, Brycen Monjazeb, Daniel Karam, Emir Arellano, Wesley Jackson
Surf Boys U8 White team wins So-Cal Cup The San Diego Surf Boys Under Eight White team emerged victorious at the So-Cal Cup Soccer Tournament held in Oceanside the weekend of July 9-10. With Coach Dave Currie at the helm, the boys captured the championship game 5-0 against Carlsbad Lightning at the beautiful Mance Buchanon Park in Oceanside. In the first half, Wyatt Gardner charged repeatedly through Lightningsâ€™ tough defense to earn a hat trick. The remaining two goals were scored in quick succession by Charlie Kosakoff in the second half. The game represented a quick turn-around, as Carlsbad Lightning had beaten Surf 2-1 in the round-robin play leading up to the championship game. Surf had dominated in the other round-robin games beating Oceanside Breakers 12-0 and FC Heat 9-1. More than half of the players on the 12-member squad scored at least one goal during these games. As witnessed by the final scores, Surf maintained a solid defense throughout the games. With this promising beginning, the team looks forward to a great season of developing new skills and teamwork.
Surf Soccer GU11 team takes first in SoCal Cup Classic Congratulations to the Surf GU11 team for winning the SoCal Cup Classic soccer tournament! The event was held in Oceanside on July 9-10. The team scored 13 goals in 4 games, and only allowed 1 goal scored against them in the tournament. The team is coached by Jay Luff. Congratulations to: Bottom left: Lexi deBoucaud, Kirra Fazio; Second row: Lauren Silva, Taylor Cottingham, Dayna Dyjak, Ally Wolchko; Third row: Ellie Auerbach, Teagan Stafford; Standing: Annalisa Flud, Jordan Heatherly, Sabrina Morse, Nicole Baglio, Stephanie Torres, Amy Blackburn.
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BY GIDEON RUBIN CONTRIBUTOR It’s probably appropriate that San Diego Jewish Academy volleyball standout Katie Sherman plays setter. The inherently unselfish role seems like a natural fit for the incoming senior, who’s known for putting others before herself in just about everything she does on and off the court. Sherman has spent parts of the last three summers doing charitable work in farflung locations such as Costa Rica, Australia and Thailand. And when doctors recommended she at least cutback her year-round volleyball after developing a debilitating shoulder injury, she gave up the more individually-focused club volleyball circuit so she could focus on her high school team. “I always take care of others before I take care of myself,” Sherman said. “I know that can be bad, but I’m working on it.” Sherman earlier this month returned from a two-week program in Thailand teaching small children how to swim on rice fields that often flood without warning. She’s spent parts of the last two summers cleaning polluted beaches in Costa Rica and Australia. The programs are run by Rustic Pathways, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting the development of life skills through community service. “Most of these kids don’t know how to swim and a lot of them drown in the rice fields, so one of programs was getting them comfortable swimming on their backs,” she said of her work in Thailand. “Just teaching them basic things to help them survive, it’s such a great feeling.” Sherman has experienced a different kind of exhilaration on the volleyball court. She’s a three-time All-San Diego Section Div. V selection and three time all-league selection (twice in the Citrus League West, and once in the Coastal League North). As a sophomore she helped lead the Lions to the program’s first appearance in the Div. V finals in 2010. The Lions became SDJA’s only team in any sport to advance to the state playoffs that year. Last season, she led the team in assists with 285 and was second in service aces (69), helping the Lions advance to the Div. V semifinals. Sherman has played her entire SDJA career with a shoulder injury she developed during a weight-lifting camp three years ago. The pain started in her right trapezius muscle, then spread to her left shoulder, and eventually her neck and back. She said doctors believe the injury is caused by her muscles not pulling at each other properly. “That’s what we think it is because of the location and the (pain),” she said. “There might be some nerves involved too, but we think (the injury) is muscle based.” The pain is present when she’s active and inactive. She said it’s moderate when she’s going through her daily routines, but flares up during strenuous activity. She takes anti-inflammatory medication and wraps her shoulder in ice after matches. “It’s tough because it’s something that’s out of your control and I like to have control over what I’m doing,” Sherman said. “The fact that we don’t know what’s causing it makes it really hard. If we knew, I’d be more settled.
Katie Sherman “I guess I’ve learned to accept that are some things that we can’t control. That’s probably the biggest thing I’ve learned from this.” Rothman was playing year-round at the time of the diagnosis for the Solana Beach Volleyball club team and SDJA. She initially ignored doctors orders to at least give up one, but eventually capitulated, dropping her club team when the pain got to be too much after her sophomore year. “I had such a connection with my school,” she said. “I’ve been going there since kindergarten and it was really important to me to support it.” Teammates say Sherman rarely complains about the pain. “You never even see it on her face,” said teammate and co-captain Gabi Rothman. “That’s what scares me, even if she hurt herself so bad she would never say it. The only time we noticed it was after one of the games. She literally could not stand up. She had ice packs on her shoulder, and she’d just played the whole game. Nobody knew that she was in pain the whole time.” Sherman’s toughness inspires teammates. “It’s just a big eye-opener,” Rothman said. “As a teammate when I’m feeling really tired and I want to take a break it kind of reminds me that there’s something else going on, that there are other people with much bigger injuries. “It really is very inspiring. It says a lot about her character and just the way she is.” Sherman, who along with Rothman are co-captains, said she’s embraced her leadership role, but she said she isn’t trying send any particular message playing through her injury. “I’m not striving to prove anything,” she said. “I’m just trying to show that I’m there for them, no matter what.” But through her actions, she’s sent a powerful message to her teammates, SDJA coach Melissa Maxwell said. “Her heart is huge and she has so much passion for the game,” Maxwell said. “You can teach skills but you can’t teach passion, you can’t teach attitude.” Sherman said her travels abroad have shaped her attitude towards the circumstances surrounding her injury. “Going on those trips just humbled me,” she said. ”I realized that even though my pain is sometimes unbearable, I have it so much better than a lot of people. I have to realize that if this is the one thing I have to deal with in my life, then I’m so lucky.”
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Yanov changes reality for inner-city teens After working with gang members for five years, Reality Changers founder Christopher Yanov felt that it was not right that most inner-city teenagers today know more people who have been shot or killed in the street than people who are on the road to college. As a response, Reality Changers began in May 2001 with four eighth-grade students at the Hispanic Presbyterian Church near downtown San Diego with the hope of building first generation college students. Starting with just $300 to its name, Reality Changers has given more scholarship awards to collegeChristopher Yanov bound students than any Photo/Alan Decker other single organization in San Diego County since 2006, according to its web site (www.realitychangers.org). Reality Changers opened two more chapters in Solana Beach (2004) and in City Heights (2006), with both new sites led by program graduates. Recently named by San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego’s new civic power brokers, Reality Changers President Christopher Yanov raised and awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to inner-city students before turning 30 years old. Yanov earned four college degrees in just five years. He graduated in two-and-a-half years from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish literature. Yanov also completed two master’s programs at UCSD with degrees in peace and justice, and international relations. Yanov was selected as an inaugural commissioner of the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, and is the chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Workforce Development Committee. He is also putting the finishing touches on his book “How to End Gang Violence in America.”
1. What brought you to this area? I came to San Diego in 1996 to attend UCSD. I majored in political science and Spanish literature, specifically choosing UCSD to be able to study in the border region.
Racing season ready to run BY KELLEY CARLSON Contributor It’s that time of year again — break out the tip sheets, dig into your pockets for some cash, hope that No. 3 will be the winner of the second race, try to look as cool as possible as you’re yelling at the top of your lungs — it’s Del Mar season. The horses will be off and running starting • Dates: July 20July 20, with Sept. 7 live racing • Location: Via de la five days Valle and Jimmy Dueach week on rante Boulevard average — • Post time: 2 p.m. Wednesdays Wednesday, Thursthrough Sunday, Saturday and days, with Sunday; 4 p.m. Frithe exception day; 1 p.m. Pacific of a Labor Classic Day (Aug. 28) Day Monday • Admission: $6 card — Stretch Run ($10 through Sept. Opening Day); $10 7. There will Clubhouse ($20 be eight Opening Day) Grade I • Parking: $10 events, draw• Information: (858) ing some of 755-1141; www. the nation’s dmtc.com top thoroughbreds. The meet’s signature race, the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (Grade I), is set for Aug. 28. Fields could potentially be larger this season, as Del Mar has started a “Ship and Win” program that awards incentives to owners from out-of-state who start runners at the track. More horses in a race usually mean better wagering opportunities and can lead to higher purses, said Tom Robbins, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s executive vice president for racing, in a news release. “We’re encouraged by the response we’ve gotten so far,” said Mac McBride, director of media for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “There’s at least a halfdozen trainers with serious strings (10plus runners). We’re ready to rock and roll.” There will be two new wagers during the meeting, in addition to the seaside oval’s usual types of bets. The Pick Five
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(Above) The paddock during the 2010 racing season. (RIght) Opening Day last year. PHOTOS ABOVE AND BELOW: KELLEY CARLSON; RIGHT PHOTO: JON CLARK
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Richard’s Kid wins the Pacific Classic in 2010.
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Restaurants set scene for music, laughter in ‘Five Course Love’ BY DIANA SAENGER Contributor The zany, romantic comedy “Five Course Love,” written by Gregg Coffin, has received glowing reviews in cities where it’s been staged. Rick Simas, a North Coast Repertory Theatre occasional director, returns to helm the show. He took time to talk about the summer production. How did this play end up in the season line-up? I found out about it through one of my students at San Diego State, Omri Schein, who has a role in the play. He told me to get the CD, and that it was a new musical. I got it, loved the songs and the story. Then another alum of mine, Kristen Mengelkoch, appeared in a production and mentioned it. When David Ellenstein (NCRT artistic director) asked for a recommendation for the season, I suggested “Five Course Love.” It’s a love story that takes place in five different themed restaurants, correct? Yes. The first scene takes place at Dean’s Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Barbecue Texas Eats. The next stop is Trattoria Pericolo, an Italian restaurant in
Starlite Diner, a kind of Happy Days-like malt shop, and the characters are bubble-gumish. Describe the show’s style. It reminds me of Sid Caesar’s “Show of Shows,” and later the “Carol Burnett Show,” where Harvey Korman and Tim Conway would do these outrageous sketches in different styles, and sing, as well. This show has country, operatic, German cabaret-style music, and the Mexican restaurant character is a take off on Zorro. The 1950’s diner has characters like in “Grease.”
Rick Simas returns to North Coast Repertory Theatre to direct ‘Five Course Love,’ playing through Aug. 7. COURTESY PHOTO
New Jersey where characters, like a mob boss and his dizzy girlfriend, speak with an Italian accent or sound like mobsters. In the third place, Der Schlumpfwinkel Speiseplatz, all speak with a course and demanding German accent. Ernesto’s Cantina is the forth stop, and where the actors speak with an Hispanic accent. The dessert stop is at the
Is comedy hard to pull off when it relies on the audience getting the joke at just the right moment? Absolutely. When you start working on a piece like this, that is very much about the comedy and physical timing and doing vaudeville turns, it’s funny to everyone as you’re reading through it the first time. But after two weeks of working to make it crisp and clean, it’s not funny to us anymore. I’ve directed more than 100 musicals and these shows depend on the audience and what they find funny. So those first few preview shows are critical to getting a sense
If you go What: ‘Five Course Love’ When: Matinees, evenings to Aug. 7 Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Solana Beach Tickets: $30-$47 Box office: (858) 481-1055 Web: northcoastrep.org
of how the audience responds and the changes we need to make. Tell us about the cast. I have terrific actors. Omri
Schein (Dean, Carlo, Heimlich, Ernesto) just did a European tour of “Grease,” and was in my shows at NCRT of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “The Big Bang.” Kristen Mengelkoch (Barbie, Sofia, Gretchen, Rosalinda, Kitty) is a New York-actor who came to the Rep to do “I Love You Because,” and she’s done this show before. Those two referred me to Kevin B. McGlynn (Matt, Gino, Klaus, Guillermo, Clutch), our third actor, because he’s done a lot of “Forbidden Broadway.” “Five Course Love” requires people who can do lots of different accents, sing in different styles, and move a lot. It’s demanding for the actors. What will audiences like about this show? It’s very entertaining, fastpaced and only 80-minutes with no intermission, however, due to some material, I would recommend it for mature teens and older. There is a connection between the first scene and the last restaurant that I think will surprise the audience. The show has great music, a nice romantic feeling, lots of laughs, and is just great for a fun night out. Laughter is important for all of us.
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July 14, 2011
‘Cardiff Kook’ meets the digital age with phone app
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BY JONATHAN HELLER Contributor It’s been dressed up as Cupid. It’s been devoured by a papier-mâché shark. It’s even been depicted as a ballerina. But now, those who wish to deface the infamous “Cardiff Kook” surfing statue don’t have to venture out in the middle of the night and risk jail time, or even climb a ladder. A local software designer has made it possible to put your face – or anyone’s face – on the Kook using an innovative app you can download on your iPhone. Randy Ullrich, CEO of RapDevPro, calls it “virtual vandalism.” The Cardiff Kook, whose given name is “Magic Carpet Ride,” was built in 2007 and almost immediately panned by the surfing community. Although the artist intended to portray a young boy learning to surf, local surfers thought the 16-foot, limp-wristed statue was awkward and downright goofy.
Since then, it has become something of a local sport to clothe the Kook in all manner of humiliating garb in honor of holidays, celebrities or even presidents. It was recently dressed up as Oprah. “You know, I didn’t have a strong opinion of the statue when it was put up, but I thought the community’s reaction to it was hilarious,” said Ullrich, 47. Ullrich, who had already developed an app that lets you put faces on everything from Mt. Rushmore to the Mona Lisa, thought it would be fun to apply the software code to the local icon. But he needed photographs of the statue in its natural, unclothed state, which were actually hard to get given how regularly the statue is vandalized. “After four tries, I figured out that the best time to go was mid-week, without any hint of a holiday in the near future,” he said. The app, named simply, “The Cardiff Kook,” in-
cludes 32 templates of the statue with a hole where the face should be. Users can upload an image of their face – or any face – and superimpose it atop the statue’s neck. The templates show the Kook digitally clothed in outfits for all the major holidays and even include several called “Dead Kook,” which depict it being hanged, nailed to a cross, about to jump off a building and being eaten by a shark. Although he has not launched a serious marketing effort yet, the app is already drawing praise on Apple’s App Store. “They did The Cardiff Kook justice. Nice!” wrote “Yoma,” who gave the app five stars. “As a local, I think this is hilarious!” opined “Tickledpink4453.” The app has also intrigued at least one local surfing enthusiast. “I think it’s sorta cool,” said Terry Rodgers, former surfing columnist for the San Diego Union-
Tribune. “I mean, the history of this piece of public art is that it’s inspired spontaneous parody and occasional sarcasm. It’s a lightning rod for what’s happening in the world and a canvas for social comment.” Ullrich, who has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from SDSU, is the sole employee of RapDevPro. He taps into the global workforce to operate his business, and has used contractors from China, India and Buenos Aires, in addition to the U.S. Ullrich said he is donating 5 percent of his proceeds to the San Diego County Public Library system. For more information on RapDevPro, visit www. rapdevpro.com.
Local software designer Randy Ullrich has created an iPhone app that lets users paste their faces on the Cardiff Kook. That’s Randy above about to be devoured by a shark.
13th Athenaeum Summer Festival Gustavo Romero, piano Sundays at 4 p.m. · July 17, 24 & 31 Gustavo Romero takes his technical prowess to the absolute limit with the exciting piano works of Franz Liszt. All concerts take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. Dinners immediately follow in private homes in La Jolla or at the Athenaeum. $30–45; $160 with dinner CALL FOR TICKETS (858) 454-5872 ljathenaeum.org
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Explore the underwater world with aquarium naturalists. Swim with schooling leopard sharks, smoothhound sharks, and guitarfish while enjoying the mild surf and gently sloping beach of La Jolla Shores. Ages 10+.
MCASD is launching its first summer camp for 9- to 14-year-olds. Each half-day of camp will follow an artistic theme inspired by the exhibition on view, High Fidelity. Campers will explore traditional mediums as well as create with styles used by artists in the exhibition, such as abstract, pop, relief, and light and space. (858) 454-3541 Mcasd.org
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Guerrero Negro Scallops with creamed corn, fried green tomatoes, padrón peppers and espellete
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Valrhona Chocolate Mousse and Caramel Cake with pear-tea caramel sauce
With the plate their canvas, and produce their paint, A.R. Valentien chefs turn out culinary masterpieces BY WILL PARSON on’t let the Lodge at Torrey Pines’ kilt-wearing doormen fool you; there’s a distinctly Californian feel at A.R. Valentien. The Lodge itself pays homage to the California Craftsman Movement, and its signature restaurant takes its name and inspiration from Albert Robert Valentien, an early 20th century Impressionist and San Diegan. Valentien’s open-air landscapes adorn just about every wall. Complementing the California cuisine — steeped heavily in local ingredients — the artwork brings guests closer to the fertile soil of San Diego’s farms. The clientele consists of more locals than you’d expect for a hotel restaurant outside of downtown La Jolla, and the seafood on the dinner menu is particularly popular. It’s currently represented by White Bass, Maine Lobster, Wild King Salmon and Guerrero Negro Scallops. And the surest way to appreciate executive chef Jeff Jackson and chef de cuisine Tim Kolanko’s farm-totable approach is with the weekly outdoor Artisan Table dinners. The restaurant gets most of its produce deliveries on Thursdays,
D Sit outside to get a closer look at the 18th hole at Torrey Pines.
Summer Squash and ricotta gnudi with fremont tangerine and arugula pesto
Artwork by the early 20th-century Impressionist A.R. Valentien hangs on the walls. PHOTOS BY WILL PARSON
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■ This week: Guerrero Negro Scallops with creamed corn, fried green tomatoes, padron peppers, espellete so every Thursday morning the chefs create a four-course menu based on the best ingredients of the day. Only when roughly a dozen guests are seated outdoors on the deck do they find out what they will be having for dinner. “It’s fun for me to … be able to go to the Artisan Table and say ‘Hey, I shook this farmer’s hand this morning an hour after he pulled this lettuce out of the ground, and that’s what you’re getting tonight,” said Kolanko. A bit of culinary adventure is a by-product of having an exceedingly fresh menu. The idea is to show off the best ingredients San Diego has to offer that day, and the intimate family-style
setting lets the chef talk with guests about every bit of their four-course meal. Every communal meal brings guests closer to their food, as well as to the former strangers seated in close proximity. The typical dining experience at A.R. Valentien is a more traditional affair than the Artisan Table, but still features the same ethos — even if the chef isn’t there to tell about special items, like the fennel pollen that Point Loma Farm harvested singularly at Kolanko’s request. It’s not too far of a stretch to imagine the food on your plate came from a place like the landscape hanging above your table.
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Local family performing in variety of theatrical productions BY KELLEY CARLSON Contributor This summer will be a dramatic one for four members of the Maretz family. Matt, 19; Tess, 8; and Sophie, 7; along with their mother, Heidi, will be performing in several plays throughout San Diego County. Heidi is making her first return to the stage in 30 years, with roles as a piano teacher and as a mother who beats her child in the Tony Award-winning “Spring Awakening.” The rock musical centers on teens who are on the road to self-discovery, experiencing an “awakening” in their bodies and souls. ACT San Diego’s production, directed by Leigh Scarritt, will run from Aug. 5 through 14. “I love ‘Spring Awakening,’ “ Heidi said. “It speaks to me and my teenage son; it’s very compelling.” A self-described “stage mom” for the last 10 years, Heidi said she has always enjoyed the theater. She acted in high school plays, but embarked on a career path that involved communications studies and law school. The Carmel Valley resident is currently corporate counsel for real estate company Oliver McMillan.
Heidi Maretz; Sophie Maretz, 7; Tess Maretz, 8; and Matt Maretz, 19 Heidi’s love for acting was rekindled when her husband, Peter, signed her up for an eight-week course at UCSD as a 25th wedding anniversary gift. The idea to audition for “Spring Awakening” occurred after Scarritt contacted Heidi’s son Matt about tryouts, but Matt had already landed a contract for San Diego Repertory Theatre’s “The Who’s Tommy,” and the dates conflicted. Heidi said that Scarritt knew of her passion and involvement with the theater and encouraged her to audition. “I’m excited — it’s a little scary, but it will be fun,” Heidi said.
Meanwhile, three of the four children in the Maretz family — with the exception of Danny, 17 — will also be on stage over the next month. Matt will play a Pinball Lad and several other ensemble parts in “The Who’s Tommy,” from July 16 through Aug. 14. The Tony Award-winning rock opera is about a traumatized boy who later falls in love with pinball and becomes a spiritual guru. Currently pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree at Syracuse University and living in the San Diego area for the summer, Matt has been in the business since age 9.
“My interest in theater, believe it or not, came from a crush I had on a girl during a theater camp at San Diego Junior Theatre in Balboa Park, and in an attempt to get closer to her, I decided to audition for a show,” he said. “I have never been in any shows with her to this day, but that decision turned out to be a wise one.” Matt has won accolades for his performances, having recently been named an “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical” by the National Youth Arts for his role as Conrad Birdie in “Bye Bye Birdie.” In 2008, he was chosen “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical” in Elton John’s “Aida.” “My ultimate goal is either New York or L.A., doing Broadway or film,” Matt said. “I haven’t decided which one suits me best yet, but I will make that decision as I continue through my college life into my life as a potential actor.” The youngest Maretz family members have also shown a flair for drama, as both have roles in ACT San
Diego’s production of “Les Misérables” — Tess as Young Cosette and Sophie as Young Eponine. The saga follows the lives and interactions of several French characters, including a fugitive who attempts to evade capture by an inspector. “Les Misérables” is slated to run July 22 through 31. The show will be Tess’ sixth; her first role was in “The Sound of Music” about one-and-a-half years ago. For Sophie, who only started acting in January, it will be her second play. Heidi said Tess would love to be a performer for the Disney Channel and aspires to be like Selena Gomez. Sophie may have bigger aspirations, according to Heidi, but “we will see.” Meanwhile, the family is attempting to juggle schedules, with rehearsals and performances often occurring around the same time. “Some weekends we will be seeing three shows in one day, as all three shows have both matinees and evening performances,” Heidi said. “Also, my hus-
If you go • “The Who’s Tommy,” July 16-Aug. 14, Lyceum Stage; www.sdrep. org • “Les Misérables,” July 22-31, Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center; actsandiego.com • “Spring Awakening,” Aug. 5-14, Coronado School of the Arts; actsandiego.com band is incredibly supportive and is spending late nights and weekends helping drive and be with the girls so I can rehearse and be in the show.” Even when “Spring Awakening” ends its run, Heidi hopes to continue acting. “I’d totally do it — for free! — it makes me the best kind of actress,” she said with a laugh. “It’s something I love to do. If I survive this experience, I’m game for just about anything.”
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North County DanceArts to present annual showcase ‘The Time’
TPHS Cheer fundraiser to be held Aug. 20
Award-winning North County DanceArts, Inc. celebrates 31 years of providing the best in dance instruction in all of San Diego County closing with an annual showcase, “The Time.” The showcase is open to the public on Saturday, July 30, with a matinee performance at noon and an evening performance beginning at 6 p.m. at the UCSD Mandeville Auditorium located in La Jolla. Both performances are unique and vary in content. “The Time” July 30 showcase will include all styles of dance from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Dancers range from ages three years to adult, and include all levels of dance from beginning predance toddlers through professional levels. Award-winning original choreography of NCDA professional staff instructors and choreographers including Louis and Tanya McKay, Regan Nuchereno, Lauren Siino, Diana Nicastro, Sy Bartolome, Erica Patmon,
The Torrey Pines High School Cheerleading Program presents its 5th Annual Jr. Falcon Cheerleading Clinic on Aug. 20 facilitated by TPHS Cheer coaches Scott Chodorow and Suzy Chodorow. This fundraiser is to support the TPHS Cheerleaders and will be a full day of cheerleading for ages 8-15 and one half day of cheerleading for ages 5-7. •Sat., Aug. 20 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) ages 8 -15 — $70 per participant Photo courtesy of David •Sat., Aug. 20 (1-5 p.m.) ages 5 - 7 — $50 per participant Taylor *Participants will receive a Jr. Falcon Cheer Clinic t-shirt when signing in if pre-registered by 8/06/2011 (all t-shirts are ordered in advance so please pre-register no later than Aug. 6) Participants will enjoy learning the newest cheer routines, cheers, chants, & dance moves with music. Also receive critique and go over stunting, cheer jumps and cheer motions. At the end of the day (around 4:30 p.m.), parents, family & friends are invited to the TPHS football stadium to watch them perform what they’ve learned. Your support is appreciated! To request the registration form, please email: email@example.com NOTE: All t-shirts are ordered in advance so payment must be received no later than Aug. 6 to guarantee a t-shirt at check-in. Cost: ages 8-15 ($70) and ages 5-7 ($50) pre-registration by 8/06 (includes t-shirt at sign-in). Registration after 8/06/11 *please add $25 late fee (participant can pick up t-shirt one week later).
Robyn Shifren, Daniel Marshall and Kim Seiber will be on exhibit. North County DanceArts begins their 32nd year with a class schedule that includes new and exciting classes for all ages and dance levels such as Contemporary and Jazz Turns and Leaps with NCDA staff professionals Erica Patmon and Melissa Sanchez. The new Adult Morning Unlimited schedule provides popular forms of classical, contemporary and fitness dance especially designed for our adult students. For more information regarding “The Time” Showcase or to inquire about North County DanceArts’ class schedules and enrollment, please call (858) 792-9303 or visit www.northcountydancearts.com. Now is the time to ‘Join The Movement’. North County DanceArts is conveniently located on the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and Carmel Country Road, in the Carmel Country Plaza across from Oggi’s Pizza.
All invited to Free Flight exotic bird sanctuary’s ‘Summer Membership Celebration’ July 16 Free Flight, Del Mar’s one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary, will be having its 1st Annual Open House Event on July 16. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the facility and support Dr. Bob Stonebreaker’s life-long passion and vision for beautiful exotic birds. Enjoy free admission to the sanctuary all day (open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). There will be a kids’ area with crafts and fun activities. Meet all the Free Flight birds, maybe make a new best friend. Learn why becoming a member of Free Flight is so important to the sustainability of the sanctuary for the future. With a membership, you can visit Free Flight unlimited times all year, all while helping unwanted birds find forever homes. This event will be held at Free Flight in Del Mar on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (858) 481-3148 or email Freeflightbirds@live.com for more information.
‘All Bets on Burlap’ fundraising event to benefit California Thoroughbred ex-racehorses to be held July 19 CANTER California, an organization which provides retiring thoroughbred racehorses with opportunities for new careers, will be holding a fundraising event at BRAVO “Top Chef” Finalist and TLC Host Brian Malarkey’s new North County restaurant Burlap located at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center on Tuesday, July 19, from 6-9 p.m. The event, “All Bets On Burlap,” will host racing’s top jockeys and trainers, and a limited amount of ticket sales are available to the public and fans of CANTER. Event details include: a first taste of Burlap’s menu, a silent auction focused on racing memorabilia and the Del Mar community, door raffle prizes including Turf Club tickets to Del Mar Race Track, live music, and a “Burlap” carpet entrance. Tickets are $40 in advanced and can be purchased on the CANTER California website at www.canterusa.org/california, or $50 at the door if available.
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Foreign investors have both the money and desire to purchase Del Mar real estate. And they do. The question is, how do you attract their interest? How do you showcase your home or estate? The simple answer is, you target them where they get their news or information. And since they don’t live in the local area or read local newspapers, investors look at hyper-local websites like www.delmartimes.net searching for available properties. For example, the site attracts people from 99 countries in March, 2011, and generated 18,519 visits from countries worldwide. It’s interesting to note that the sites largest number of daily foreign visitors come from the United Kingdom, Canada, India,
To reach foreign investors, be sure your agent has a well-developed marketing plan To sell your home or estate quickly and for the most money possible, a thorough marketing plan is a must. So make sure your agent’s plan includes: Q Proper “staging” of your homeand property. Q Showcasing your home or listing in the local paper—like The Times. Q Holding open houses, including
“broker previews”. Q Adding your home to the local multiple listing service so buyers and agents will see it. Q Preparing and sending brochures or well designed flyers to potential buyers. Q Using Internet advertising such as www.delmartimes.net, which attracts tens of thousands of readers monthly from 99 countries worldwide. With a fully developed marketing plan, your agent is prepared to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price.
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What one person thinks “expensive”, isn’t so to another. Everything is relative. This is especially true for those purchasing local real estate with Euros, Loonies, Yen or Yuan. In fact, for many European, Canadian, or Mexican real estate investors, purchasing prime coastal real estate in Del Mar can now be done at an amazingly steep discount. All thanks to Mr. Bernanke, who as you know, has continued to cut points in the Fed rate, which has helped trigger further declines in the dollar versus other foreign currencies. And as of this writing, the US dollar against the Euro currently hovers around $1.39, which can be a dream or a nightmare; all depending upon the denomination of ones bank account. Del Mar real estate has long been the desired target of many wealthy foreign investors. But with the falling dollar, Del Mar real estate has now become a screaming bargain to foreign investors around the world.
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RACING continued from page B1 will involve selecting winners of the first five races, with a minimum 50-cent wager. There will also be a head-to-head bet during the featured race each Saturday; Del Mar’s racing office will select the two horses from which bettors can choose. The track will also offer a guaranteed Pick Six carryover on Sundays with $50,000 in the pool at the start. Concerts have a new, larger home at the far western end of the facility, known as the Seaside Stage. The 120,000-square-foot area contains foliage purchased from the “Jurassic Park” movie sets, according to McBride, and will have a large LED screen and 45 betting windows. Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Eat World and Ben Harper are just a few of the acts slated during the season. “This is absolutely by far and away the best musical lineup we’ve ever had,”
July 14, 2011 McBride said. There is no additional charge for the concerts, which are held following the last race of the day. However, guests who arrive to the track after the final race will have to shell out $20 for admission. Other areas around the oval that have received makeovers include the Pacific Classic Pub, formerly known as the Best Pal Pub, which includes race memorabilia and photos of all 20 winners; and the Celebrity Grill, now a gastro restaurant featuring foods such as sliders, bar snacks and specialty salads on the third floor of the clubhouse. Traditional Del Mar events such as Donut Days (July 23 and Aug. 13), Family Weekends, “Daybreak at Del Mar” breakfasts (weekends), handicapping and newcomers seminars, Ladies Day (Aug. 7) and Party in the Paddock (Sept. 7) will once again be back. Seniors age 62 and older can enter the track for free on July 21 and Sept. 1, and can get in at no charge on all other Thursdays with
the Diamond Club card. (Patrons can apply for the free cards at the track throughout the season.) Free & Easy Wednesdays — consisting of free admission, program and a seat, along with discounted food and beverages — are offered to Diamond Club card holders of all ages. Once again, there will also be Pizza ‘N Ponies Thursdays, in which $11 will buy a Stretch Run admission and reserved seat in that area, a program, an Oggi’s personal cheese pizza and a soft drink, with upgrades available. New this year will be the Gourmet Food Truck Festival on Aug. 20, along with a Pink Day at the Races supporting breast cancer awareness on Sept. 3. A day at Del Mar can be fairly inexpensive and provide a good “stay-cation” option, McBride said. “You can soak up the atmosphere and spend a day in the sun,” he said. “We’re hopeful that this will be a good season. We see positive signs.”
La Jolla Playhouse launches new ‘Spotlight Dinner’ series La Jolla Playhouse recently announced its new Spotlight Dinners, a series of five intimate events at private homes of Playhouse supporters to take place throughout the year. Each event features a sumptuous dinner and a presentation by members of the creative team of an upcoming Playhouse production. Limited to 50 people, these exclusive evenings raise money to support the Playhouse’s mission of serving as a safe harbor for unsafe work. The first Spotlight Dinner will take place on Monday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the stunning Rancho Santa Fe home of Playhouse board member Linda L. Chester and Dr. Kenneth Rind. In addition to an elegant poolside dinner with fine white wines and wild Atlantic salmon, guests will also be treated to specialty drinks by Tapanade Mixologist Tom Schlinski and entertainment by Sleeping Beauty Wakes creative team members Brendan Milburn (composer)
and Valerie Vigoda (lyricist). These two co-founders of the hip rock trio GrooveLily will offer an in-depth look at the creation of this exciting new musical, running July 19 – August 21 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. The next Spotlight Dinner will take place on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Playhouse board member Lucille and Ron Neeley. Participants can tour the Neeley’s one-of-a-kind concrete, wood and glass home, designed by Mexico City urban planner and architect Alberto Kalach, perched above Del Mar’s spectacular coastline. Guests will also enjoy dinner and a sneak peek into the creation of the Playhouse-commissioned work Milk Like Sugar, which will have its world premiere in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre from Aug. 30 – Sept. 25. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org/spotlight-dinner or call (858) 550-1070 x141.
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OPENING continued from page B1 Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous and Best Flowers/All Others. First place receives $300, while $200 is awarded to second and $100 for third. A grand-prize winner is chosen from among the four categories, and that contestant will win two flight vouchers redeemable for any American Airlines destination in the continental United States. Also, the first-place winner in the Most Glamourous category will receive a dual chain 24-karat gold-plated necklace from The Diamond Boutique. Entries will be taken from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
QUESTIONS continued from page B1 2. What makes your work special to you? Every moment of my work contains the opportunity to make an impact. Sometimes, the students of the program get caught up in what “might have happened” if Reality Changers didn’t exist — gangs, drugs, long jail sentences, or worse. “I know, I know...” I tell them quietly, trying to change the subject as quickly as possible. We’ve made better results happen and it’s better for them to stay focused on how they can change the future in special ways for the younger students in the program. 3. What would you still like to achieve professionally? I would like the books that I am writing to have as big an impact nationally as the Reality Changers program has had locally. 4. Who or what inspires you?
in the Plaza de Mexico near the fountain. A parade of hats follows at 3 p.m., and track announcer Trevor Denman will announce the finalists between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. The awards presentation will be made in the winner’s circle between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be the Coors Light VIP Opening Day Party. For $30, guests receive Clubhouse Admission and access to the tented “Coors Light Trackside Pavilion” on the west end of the track. Popular local reggae band Common Sense will provide entertainment. Tickets are on sale at (858) 792-4242 or www.dmtc.com. Singing the national an-
them, at 1:05 p.m., is 17-year-old Andrea Rosario, who performed the piece at last year’s Pacific Classic Day. Other activities planned include the Hippity-Hop Derby for children, after the sixth race, which features Camp Del Mar participants bouncing down the stretch on large balls; and Sing with Bing (Crosby), when special guests belt out “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” in the winner’s circle after the seventh race. And, of course, there are the horses. The feature will be the Oceanside Stakes, a one-mile turf event for 3-year-olds, to be run as the eighth race on the card.
Honestly, it’s the students who have not made it into Reality Changers who inspire me to work harder. For example, one of the subjects of my books is a young man named Gabino, who was sentenced to life in prison when he was just 16 years old. What if Reality Changers had been stronger and had more resources to pull him up and out of the lifestyle he led? That’s what keeps me up at night.
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5. If you hosted a dinner party for 8, whom (living or deceased) would you invite? Considering that I still have to raise just about all of the money for Reality Changers, I’d invite seven donors seeking to make a transformative, tangible change in San Diego. And as I would want my guests to truly enjoy their meal, for my eighth person I’d invite a chef. 6. Tell us about what you are currently reading. I have been reading
7. What are your favorite films? The best movie about why kids get wrapped up in gangs is a little-known movie called Squeeze. My personal faves are Back to the Future and LA Confidential. And everyone is always telling me that there should be a movie made about Reality Changers, but it was only recently that I developed a Hollywood-level story line: think Dead Poets Society, but grittier. 8. What is your favorite vacation destination? The best feeling in the world is driving down to Ensenada, Mexico, for a weekend or longer. And don’t worry... the only risk about going down there is the risk of not wanting to come back! 9. Please describe your greatest accomplishment. My hope is that it hasn’t happened yet!
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Botanic Garden offers kids a mix of nature, art, summer fun BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Contributor Quail Gardens’ new name, San Diego Botanic Garden, may not be as appealing, but under its more official-sounding title, the 40-year-old destination for nature-lovers is looking better than ever. Its mission is to connect plants and people, and for families on the lookout for summer activities, this 37-acre oasis is the place to go. It’s a sure cure for Nature Deficit Disorder, which according to local author Richard Louv, affects many of our children, not to mention ourselves. Besides the pleasant walking trails that meander through bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest (complete with waterfall), native coastal sage, and attractively laidout plantings of herbs, succulents, and fruits from all over the world, there are two areas especially designed for kids: Seeds of Wonder, and the Hamilton Children’s Garden. Seeds of Wonder is meant primarily for toddlers, but has attractions for older kids, too, including animal topiary, a miniature train, and places to just plain play in the dirt. The Hamilton Garden, opened two years ago, was mostly funded by longtime board member Frances Hamilton White, and designed by Deneen Powell Atelier, who also helped design the San Diego Zoo’s award-winning Elephant Odyssey. It’s a great spot for kids of all ages, whose many delights include a climbable
Evan, Alex, and Ashley Woodworth make a little music at the Children’s Garden. We love it here!’ said their mom. ‘And we’re a military family, so we get in free this summer.’
If you go What: San Diego Botanic Garden Where: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Summer Thursdays: open to 8 p.m. Admission: $6-$12 Parking: $2 (4 in a car, park free!) Web: SDBGarden.org Seeds of Wonder: Weekday morning programs for ages 1-6. www.sdbgarden.org/ seeds_wond.htm Tree House (in a huge, faux banyan tree with live plant accoutrements), a caterpillar/butterfly Bed & Breakfast, a make-your-own-music garden with a variety of imaginative percussion instruments, a Spell & Smell garden, a foxtail maze, a
stream for sailing paper boats, and some whimsical sculptures by the King of ZjhunkMetalArt, Paul Wilton — one of 26 regional artists whose works are now on display throughout SDBG. (Ask for a sculpture map at the entrance.) Summer Thursdays are Family Fun Nights, with arts and crafts activities from 4:30-6 p.m., followed by a broad range of interactive entertainments in the Lawn Garden, including singalongs, storytelling, puppets, live bird shows, and more. Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and don’t miss the popular “kid-folk” duo, Hullabaloo (July 14 and Aug. 25); Dance Around the World, with Nikola Clay (July 28); and Fabulous Funny Fairy Tales (Aug. 4). Whatever your plans for this summer, think green — and be sure to put the Garden on your list.
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This exceptionally rare, one-of-a-kind Paraiba Tourmaline ring featured in the photo at left, is available at Martin Katz in Rancho Santa Fe. Paraiba tourmalines were discovered in 1989 outside of Paraiba, Brazil. This stunner is prized for its Mediterranean-blue shades created by copper oxide. Extremely rare, its price per carat can be higher than some diamonds. Because Paraiba tourmalines have such exceptional brilliance, they will actually sparkle even in dim light. Diamonds and other valuable gemstones also do this, but it is unusual for deeply colored stones like this one to have this property. The Paraiba tourmaline can only be called such, if it is mined in Paraiba, Brazil. Martin Katz is located at 6016 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067; (858) 759-4100; www.martinkatz.com.
Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist known for his ‘Sinatra sound’ coming to Club M at The Grand Del Mar Club M, The Grand Del Mar’s sophisticated new nightclub, continues its first summer concert series with Steve Tyrell – Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist best known for his Sinatra sound delighting audiences across the country. A true renaissance man, Tyrell has spent over four decades in the music business as an artist, producer, songwriter and music supervisor. All seven of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 5 status on Billboard’s Jazz charts. He will perform the following dates: •Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30 •Friday, Aug. 5 & Saturday, Aug. 6 •Friday, Sept. 2 & Saturday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day Weekend) Tickets are $85 per person. Performances start at 7 p.m. Please call 858-314-2700. Club M at The Grand Del Mar (adjacent to the resort’s signature restaurant Addison) is located at 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, 92130; www.thegranddelmar.com/club-m/
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Entrants wanted for ‘Miss Cougar Del Mar’ contest On Friday, July 29, horses at Del Mar will race in the Cougar II Handicap, the 1-1/2 mile, longest distance stakes race. Meanwhile, the beautiful ladies of the racetrack will be participating in their own contest, to be crowned “Miss Cougar Del Mar.” Ladies at least 40 years young are encouraged to participate in the third annual event. Individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by another. Those interested should submit a photo, sentence explaining qualifications and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. The top finalists will receive a “Day at Del Mar” package. For more information regarding dates and requirements, visit the Del Mar Scene website at www.delmarscene.com.
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BY CATHARINE L. KAUFMAN Contributor Hereâ€™s a primer on racetrack eats to give you an edge as you approach the betting window â€” especially on opening day, July 20. Foods for Focus You need to filter out distractions, like thoroughbreds with their blinders. Be alert and stay focused, keeping brain cells on their toes. Eating whole grains and fruits like avocados can amp up blood flow, offering an easy, breezy way to fire-up gray matter. At the starting gate, try an appetizer of guacamole and housemade salsa roja with tri-color tortilla chips. For a classic dose of brain food, beef up on omega-3s best in wildcaught, deep-sea fish and seafood like salmon, whitefish, scallops, crab and spiny lobster. Chef Barry Schneider of the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track has plenty of foods for focus on the opening day menu, with a motherload of locally grown and seasonal fare. Do Del Marâ€™s classic jumbo shrimp cocktail or grilled wild king salmon with pineapple jasmine rice, baby bok choy, mango salsa, and Thai green curry sauce. While caffeine will give you a buzz and help you concentrate on your picks, too much of a good thing might give you the jitters. Instead of guzzling coffee, need I twist your arm with divine bittersweet chocolate? This palatal bliss has powerful antioxidants, and contains natural
Southwest Seafood Cocktail One of Bingâ€™s faves was a killer seafood cocktail thatâ€™ll surely put you in the Winnerâ€™s Circle. Ingredients: 1-pound large shrimp, peeled, cooked 1/2-pound jumbo scallops, cooked, halved 1/2-cup white wine 1/4-cup fresh limejuice 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon crushed arbol chiles 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 1 small red onion, diced 2-cups ripe tomatoes, diced 1-cup avocado, diced 2 Persian cucumbers, diced Method: In a large bowl, marinate the seafood in juice, wine, garlic, chiles, cilantro and onion for one hour. Blend in tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, and chill for another hour. Serve in martini glasses with corn chips and plenty of ice water. caffeine stimulants to enhance concentration. The menu offers a â€œchocolate barâ€? for your just desserts â€” a mousse â€œcandy barâ€? on a chocolate cookie crust with a raspberry coulis, and seasonal berries, a dose of fructose, which will also sharpen your faculties. No Horsing Around Like the nags, you want to eat foods thatâ€™ll make you eager and energetic, not logy or lethargic. Start opening day with a
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A Trojan Horse Foods that zap you of energy or are soporific and make you want to take a catnap, should be avoided. Above all, donâ€™t eat like a horse â€” big meals tend to make you drowsy. Grazing throughout the day helps maintain steady energy levels. Other no-nos include the evil twin Sisters: White Sugar and White Flour. Eating quantities of refined sugar and simple carbs will boost you up, then make you crash. So do brown instead of white rice, whole-wheat instead of white bread, and hearty grains like quinoa and buckwheat. High fatty foods make your blood do a beeline to your gut to help digestion, so choose lean protein like chicken or fish, instead of fried and processed foods. A perfect choice is the grilled bistro chicken breast with cranberry quinoa pilaf. You Can Lead a Horse to Water Keep well-hydrated to ward off headaches and dizziness. Drink alcohol in moderation as too much will impair your judgment. Survey the line-up of delicious drinks, and select your favorite, remembering mixed drinks tend to spike blood-alcohol levels higher than other libations. On the bar menu are assorted cocktails, like the low-cal SkinnyRita, the classic Del Margarita, the Red Bull-Fecta, the Bloody Del Mar and the Del Martini.
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Atomic Groove performed at the first Carmel Valley Summer Serenades concert of 2011.
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La Jolla Music Society opens SummerFest BY SUSAN DEMAGGIO sdemaggio@lajollalight. com Celebrating its 25th year of presenting chamber music festivals, the La Jolla Music Society will open SummerFest 2011 with a salute to Mozart and Bottesini at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art. “We’ve got some amazing nights of music ahead,” said Music Society Executive Director Christopher Beach of the festival that runs Aug. 5-26. “This year we’re offering 15 concerts with composer-driven and artist-driven programs, superstars, serenades and romances, commissions and premieres. We do a lot and it’s all in SummerFest.” In a nutshell, the festival features 70 world-class musicians, who come to La Jolla to perform beloved works, give interviews about their careers, work with the program’s fellowship musicians, and open rehearsals to the public. It’s all about sharing
• A three-concert tribute to Mozart. • New works by superstar composers John Williams and Joan Tower. • Pianists Olga Kern, Marc-André Hamlin and cellist Alisa Wielerstein, and violinist Midori in the “An Evening with…” Series, demonstrating the heart of their virtuosic talents.
La Jolla Music Society Executive Director Christopher Beach and music director Cho-Liang Lin. great music, and to that Since its inception in end, the third annual 1986, SummerFest has wel“SummerFest Under the comed more than 600 reStars” concert is set for nowned artists and ensem7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Scripps bles, four artistic directors Park at La Jolla Cove. and nearly a quarter mil“This free concert was lion audience members to conceived as our gift to the venues in San Diego and public to kick off the festiover the airwaves nationval,” Beach said. “Music di- wide. rector Cho-Liang Lin will This year’s festival lead SummerFest artists highlights include: and special guest, the San • A three-concert Diego Youth Symphony’s opening weekend, Aug. International Youth Or5-7, with Cho-Liang Lin, chestra, in a wonderful Andreas Haefliger, Augusopen-air evening of mutin Hadelich and Gil Shasic.” ham.
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• Free events, including special “Encounters” at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, “Open Rehearsals” and “Coaching Workshops” with the Festival’s Fellowship Artists at the Riford Library.
Mozart Tribute “I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Jan. 27, 1756–Dec. 5, 1791) Three SummerFest concerts will feature the music of Mozart: “Soul of a Genius,” (Aug. 9) showcases his Piano Quartet in G Minor and Divertimento in E-flat Major. “The Sublime Spirit” (Aug. 16) includes Mozart’s wind masterpiece Gran Partita, plus the seldom-performed Grande Sontate in E Major, Op. 19 by Franz Xavier Wolfgang Mozart, the youngest of Mozart’s six children and one of the two that survived infancy. “Quintet Masterpieces” (Aug. 23) Clarinet Quintet in A Major and Beethoven’s ‘Magic Flute’-inspired works: Variations on Bei Männern and Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen.
Rancho Santa Fe home tour to be held July 16 The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will hold its annual home tour on Saturday, July 16, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Featured are homes designed by notable architects, including Lilian Rice. Born in National City, Rice was one of the first prominent female architects in California. From 1922 to 1928, she designed many of the key civic, commercial and residential structures in the village. The Society’s sole fundraising event of the year will help cover operating costs for its missions to preserve local history and educate the public. Tickets and maps for the self-guided tour are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. They may be purchased at La Flecha House, the Society’s office and museum at 6036 La Flecha. Call 858-756-9291 for more information.
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Local business hosts launch party for Wish Upon A Wedding BY LIZ SCHNEIDER Contributor From the elaborate decorations to the acoustic guitar music in the air, the June 28 launch party for the San Diego chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding at the Ocean Travel and Business Center in La Jolla, had all the makings of a fairy-tale event. For those in attendance, however, the evening was all business. The organization, which grants weddings to people who are terminally ill or have other life-altering circumstances, was both celebrating the start of its San Diego chapter as well as recruiting “wish granters,” the wedding-industry professionals whose
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Solanapalooza a festive fundraiser Solanapalooza was held June 27 in Solana Beach. Guests enjoyed live music, Brazilian dancers, free food and wine, and more. The USC Trojan Marching Band made a special appearance. Proceeds from the party benefit the San Diego Center for the Blind and Operation Rebound, a program that provides opportunities and support to military service members and first responders. The event also honored cancer survivors, Joe Kellejian,Solana Beach deputy mayor; Frida Silveira, SB Chamber of the blind, and military veterans, and Commerce executive director; Adam Carruth, owner of Winery on Cedros; and introduced the launch of a new family of companies. Photos/Jon Clark Carolina, Sierra and Gail Powell David Carroll, SB Chamber of Commerce president
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