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Man pleads guilty in plot to kill witnesses

‘White Nights’ La Jolla Music Society SummerFest’s ‘White Nights’ Gala was held Aug. 11 at the home of Jean and Gary Shekhter in Rancho Santa Fe (below). (Left, l-r) Gigi Fenley; Christopher Beach, Music Society president and artistic director; and Linda Howard enjoyed the event. See pages 16 and 20 for more.

Rancho Santa Fe woman among the four targeted BY CITY NEWS SERVICE A former Internal Revenue Service agent and tax preparer pleaded guilty to a dozen felonies recently in connection with a plot to murder four witnesses against him in a criminal fraud case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Steven Martinez, 51, entered his pleas to soliciting a violent crime, use of interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire, witness tampering, money laundering and mail fraud — among other charges. Federal prosecutors said the Ramona man admitted that in February he asked someone to kill four witnesses who were set to testify against him in a tax fraud case. The would-be ``hit man’’ reported the solicitation to the FBI. In a subsequent meeting between the defendant and the person who made the report, which was recorded by investigators, Martinez offered to pay $40,000 immediately following the murders and an additional $60,000 within 72 hours, according to the complaint. He also provided the unnamed individual with packets of detailed information about the intended vicSee PLOT, page 26



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RSF students can expect iPads — and rules BY KAREN BILLING Come the first day of school on Aug. 27, the Rancho Santa Fe School District will be entering a new era of technology with iPads in the hands of every middle school student. As the district has to take extra steps to ensure the new technology is taken care of, at its Aug. 9 meeting the board looked at a new set of rules for the use of the ipad that will be approved in September and will act as a contract signed by students and parents. Board President Jim Depolo said the rules are “pretty specific” and it is made clear that the iPads are to be used for educational purposes only. Trustee Marti Ritto asked about the rule that the

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ipads are not to be carried in students’ book bags as they can contain food, liquid and heavy or sharp objects that could damage the device. “Is that realistic?” Ritto asked. Superintendent Lindy Delaney said that they have to “assume the most care” to ensure that their investment is protected. Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub said she has seen many helpful tips from districts that have instituted school-wide ipads, such as using extra large freezer bags to transport the devices. Those tips will be distributed to students and parents. The summer has been a busy one technology-wise as the district also purchased 70 new computer monitors See iPADS, page 26

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Rancho Valencia has hired engineering firm to address neighbors’ complaints BY JOE TASH A Fairbanks Ranch couple has sued the Rancho Valencia Resort, alleging that noise from resort events has caused them pain and suffering, diminished their property value and violated county noise ordinances. Angel and Linda Mendez, who live on Avenida Las Perlas, filed

their lawsuit in Vista Superior Court on May 22. The lawsuit alleges that the problem has occurred since a group of investors purchased the resort, at 5926 Valencia Circle in April 2010. “Defendants, and each of them, have occupied, used, and maintained these premises in such a manner that the sound of music,

shouting and other accompanying noises generated by means of a loudspeaker, sound amplification system, public address system, or otherwise, during parties hosted by defendants, and each of them, travels well beyond the borders of the defendants’ property and into See LAWSUIT, page 26

Former RSF Association manager to leave county post BY CITY NEWS SERVICE The longtime chief administrative officer for San Diego County announced Aug. 8 that he will step down on Dec. 1. Walt Ekard made the announcement during the afternoon session

of the Board of Supervisors meeting. Ekard is a former manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association. Ekard said he is not retiring, but will seek other challenges. He has led the county government since 1999, making him the lon-

gest-serving person in the position in modern times. Board Chairman Ron Roberts said Ekard helped make the county one of the best managed local govSee MANAGER, page 26

Rylan Kargman gets a kiss from CindyLou, held by Jessica Gercke, during the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 40 anniversary celebration Aug. 8 at the Center Pavilion. PHOTO/JON CLARK

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Buzz: RSF Association board retreat

School board races set for November

BY PRESIDENT ROXANA FOXX, RSF ASSOCIATION BOARD PRESIDENT Last week the RSF Association Roxana Foxx board held its annual retreat to discuss our goals and priorities for the upcoming year. The retreat is a two-day planning session where the board gets the opportunity to sit down together and discuss issues facing the community, as well as potential community enhancement projects that we will need to address in the upcoming year. I was pleased to see that the entire board felt that everything we do should be looked at with the thought that we are all one community with a common goal and that goal should be to make the Covenant the most desirable place to live as possible. As community members and organizations, we sometimes get caught up in the thought of us and them and forget that we are all part of the same community. What is good for all of our community organizations, including the Community Center, Golf Club,

School board candidates have officially qualified for the November ballot. The deadline for filing candidacy was Aug. 10. While Del Mar Union School District’s election will be uncontested, there will be competitive races in the San Dieguito Union High School District, Rancho Santa Fe School District and Solana Beach School District. The Nov. 6, 2012 election’s candidate list includes:

Garden Club, Tennis Club, School, Historical Society, Riding Club, Art Guild, Historical Society, youth sports groups and the RSF Foundation, is good for all of us. If one of our organizations has a success we all benefit. With this in mind, as a part of our retreat this year we had a joint lunch between our board and the Golf Club Board of Governors. The intent of the meeting was to get to know each other better and explore ways that we can draw upon mutual resources to better serve the membership. A lot of the discussion centered on what a great asset the clubhouse dining facility is and how little it is used by Association members that do not belong to the Golf Club. One of the projects this year will be to get the word out that all Association members have the right to use the clubhouse restaurant and are encouraged to experience the wonderful new improvements to the menu and service. The main priority of the board for the upcoming year will be to focus our attention on improving community awareness of the Covenant. Improved awareness includes making our members aware of the tremendous amenities that our

community has to offer, as well as getting the word out in general about what a wonderful place the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant is to live. We hope that this increased awareness will promote better participation in the community, as well as an increase in demand that will in turn help to improve the real estate values for our members. Additional priorities include addressing the fire risk to our community due to the significant number of dead and dying trees as well as finding ways to make the Osuna Ranch and adobe house accessible to more of our members. We will also be devoting a great deal of time to working with the County to secure funding to improve our roads. The County will be completing the resurfacing of over 8 miles of roadways in the Covenant in August but many roads remain in poor conditions. It is a top priority of this board to secure funding to improve all of the roads in the Covenant. I was very pleased with the spirit of cooperation and enthusiasm during the retreat and I look forward to making some significant enhancements to our community in the upcoming year.

San Dieguito Union High School District (two openings) Joyce Dalessandro, incumbent Beth Hergesheimer, incumbent Graham Ledger, parent/conservative newsman Steve McDowell, parent/financial analyst

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Escondido Creek Conservancy racing to ‘save open space in Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove’ An opportunity has opened up to preserve the largest tract of remaining undeveloped land along Escondido Creek west of I-15 with the recent purchase agreement obtained by The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) and the property owner. To save Escondido’s skyline from development, TECC is now tasked with

finding the multi-million dollar purchase price before the agreement expires at the end of this year. “This spectacular area has been on our wish list for more than 15 years, said Steve Barker, TECC president. “But only now have all the pieces fallen into place – allowing TECC to lock up the parcels until the end of the year. This gives TECC time to broker a deal that

will protect the land for the benefit and enjoyment of all county residents, now and into the future.� The land, dubbed University Heights on development plans, due to its proximity to the California State University of San Marcos, and also known locally as “Sleeping Lady Ridge,� because the silhouette of the See SPACE, page 26




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RSF scientist survives charging bull in Spain, ready to tackle another adventure BY JOE TASH Hal Streckert of Rancho Santa Fe went out for a run last month, cracked his forehead on the pavement and needed three stitches. The story wouldn’t be all that unusual, except that when Streckert, a 57-year-old scientist, fell down, he turned his head to see a bull charging toward him from a few feet away. At the time, Streckert was in Pamplona, Spain, with hundreds of other people participating in the city’s famous running of the bulls. “I ran with (the bulls), then went down. That’s a bad thing. When I looked up, a bull was coming right toward me,” Streckert said. Streckert turned on his side and tried to roll away from the charging animal, and was struck in the back as it went by, driving his forehead into the ground. As he picked himself up, he saw blood dripping onto the street. “That’s when I knew, my run’s over,” Streckert said. He rolled under a barricade and received first-aid treatment from paramedics, then walked to a local hospital to get stitched up. Streckert, who works on developing products such as rocket nozzles, satellite batteries and bio fuels for General Atomics in San Diego, traveled to Pamplona in July with his son, Kyle, and a friend, Paul Clark of Vista. It was Streckert’s second visit to Pamplona for the bull run, and each time, he actually ran with the bulls on two separate mornings. When he’s not dodging large, agitated, horned animals, he enjoys tamer activities,

such as sky diving, scuba diving, base-jumping and, in the past, mountain climbing. “It’s exciting, it makes you feel alive. It’s one of those things in life that takes your breath away and you just have to do it,” he said. Streckert said that since 1924, 15 people have been killed during the running of the bulls in Pamplona; hundreds are also injured each year. His wife, Susan, “thinks I’m a little crazy,” but, “she understands this is something I do, something I need.” Streckert’s son, Kyle, 31, who also lives in Rancho Santa Fe, accompanied his father on both trips to Pamplona, and many other travel adventures. He noted that in all the activities the pair have undertaken, the only times they were hurt was when Kyle received a gash on his arm, and Hal’s recent encounter with the bull. “Once you start pushing the limit, you have to continue that. If you don’t, it’s like a demotion, like you’re cheating yourself,” said Kyle, who works as a server at the Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas in Del Mar Heights. In spite of his father’s injury during the Pamplona bull run, Kyle said, “I can’t wait till next year.” Also on the pair’s “to do” list: shark diving, without a cage, in South Africa. “We enjoy those things because they’re out there, they’re offered and everybody should try to experience them,” Kyle said. The running of the bulls is part of an annual festival, called San Fermin, which is held in Pamplona from July 6-14. The bull runs are held each morning at 8 a.m., starting the second day. According to Streckert, participants

(Above) Hal Streckert in the path of the bull! (Below) Kyle Streckert, Hal Streckert and Paul Clark in Pamplona, Spain, after Hal was almost trampled by a bull. Courtesy photos only need to duck under the barricade before the day’s run, and they can take part. Before the six bulls and six steers are released from the corral into the half-mile long, barricaded course, police check for people who are drunk or carrying cameras, and make them leave. Those under 18 also are not allowed to participate, but Streckert said enforcement is

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Art Jury Corner

‘Nobody will ever see it’ “Nobody will ever see it.” The Art Jury sometimes hears this statement from applicants and their designers. They are suggesting that if a project isn’t visible from off the property, the Art Jury shouldn’t care what it looks like. As explained below, there are many reasons why the Art Jury cares about an entire project. Applicants often believe that a project (or portion thereof) will not be visible to other residents, both near and far. Art Jury members have seen many projects from the earliest design stages through completion. From this experience over many years the Art Jury knows that, once built, developments can often be much more visible than generally expected. In fact, the Art Jury began requiring story poles a few years ago as an additional tool to allow the Art Jury and the community to determine the visual prominence of projects while still in the design stage. The Art Jury is responsible for upholding the Protective Covenant. Paragraph 46 of the Covenant states in part that the Art Jury is to “…insure a uniform and reasonably high standard of artistic result and attractiveness, in exterior and physical appearance…” The Covenant makes no exceptions for areas that are not currently visible from the street or neighbors. The Art Jury therefore looks at the entire project for artistic result and thus creates a fair and uniform review process that serves the entire community and maintains a uniform high standard of design throughout the Covenant. Designers often suggest that “nobody will ever see it” because the existing or proposed landscaping will screen views from neighbors and the road. This may or may not be true, but it may not be. Firstly, landscaping takes time to mature, and the growth rate varies from project to project depending on the level of care given. Some landscape installations have not performed well due to root-bound nursery stock or unanticipated soil conditions. Furthermore,

even mature landscape screening can decline with age; the infestation of the eucalyptus trees is a perfect example. The eucalyptus trees have been the foundation for much of the landscape screening in the Ranch since its inception, but the decline of the trees caused by the infestation has made some structures more prominent than they used to be. Additionally, twenty years of landscape growth can be eliminated in one weekend by a landscape crew. Furthermore, Fire Department regulations now require additional widespread vegetation clearing (even on neighboring properties). Due to all of the above, the Art Jury judges projects on the merits of the site planning and architecture alone. Landscaping is seen as an added benefit to a project, not a solution to visual prominence. Even when a project is not currently visible from neighbors, that visibility can change over time. New views of the property can be created by the construction of new homes or additions on neighboring lots. Visibility notwithstanding, the Art Jury must always be cautious not to set a precedent for inappropriate construction regardless of its visibility; when friends visit a home they may see a feature that they wish to construct on their property, but in a more prominent location. If the Art Jury does not approve the request to replicate the inappropriate feature, the Art Jury is accused of being inconsistent. Allowing something that the Art Jury does not feel is appropriate because “nobody will ever see it” could create a precedent for allowing the same thing on other lots where it will be seen by neighbors or the community. The Art Jury’s review of entire projects, regardless of current visibility, creates a fair process that serves the entire membership and results in the preservation of the community character that we all want to maintain and enhance. — RSF Art Jury

RSF Fire Protection District seeks volunteers to join emergency response team The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) is looking for residents interested in becoming part of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 fall session, which begins Oct. 2 in 4S Ranch. CERT is a nationally-recognized program designed to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, and workplaces in basic disaster response skills. During natural or man-made disasters emergency personnel are often stretched thin and may be unable to help residents in a timely manner. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional emergency crews, CERT members may be called on to assist their own families as well as their neighbors by applying their skills learned in training. This CERT class, a 24-hour program broken up into four sessions, is designed to be convenient for the resident with a busy schedule. One introduction to CERT night is offered, followed by three Saturday Skill Days. This class also has sections that are web-based and can be completed at home with a Q&A session at the following Saturday Skill Day. Topics include disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire safety and extinguishment, CERT organization, terrorism, disaster psychology and light search and rescue. The complete schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6 – 9 p.m., Introduction, and Disaster Preparedness Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Disaster Medical Preparedness Part I & Part II Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fire Safety and Light Search & Rescue Operations Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Final Drill and Graduation All sessions will be held at RSFFPD Station No. 2 located at 16930 Four Gee Rd, San Diego, CA 92127. The CERT program is absolutely FREE; however, you must be over the age of 16 to participate and live or work within the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. To enroll in CERT Training, please download an application from,, and mail or fax the completed form to Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, ATTN. Captain Dave McQuead, P.O. Box 410, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 or FAX: 858-756-4799

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1972 Israeli Olympic team survivor shares his experience at Munich BY KAREN BILLING It was 40 years ago this September at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games when an unthinkable tragedy invaded an event meant to symbolize friendship, peace and unity among nations. Eleven Israeli athletes were taken hostage and killed by a Palestinian terrorist Olympian and author Dan Alon/ Photo/Jon Clark group called Black September. Dan Alon, one of five survivors from the Israeli Olympic team, shared his painful story with Rancho Santa Fe Chabad on Aug. 7. “In ancient Greece, Olympia was a sacred place and anyone who entered with a force of arms was committing a sin against the gods,” said Alon. “In 1972, a group of people committed a sin against the gods and the world.” “For 34 years, I kept silent,” said Alon. “I didn’t talk about it, not to the media, to the public or to my family or friends. I was very shy and I felt a coward that I escaped. And I was very angry.” Alon only broke his silence after the 2005 Steven Spielberg movie “Munich” shed light on the Munich massacre and its aftermath. After the movie’s release, a Rabbi from Oxford University asked him to tell his story to his students and Alon accepted. While the experience was hard and Alon said he could barely talk, he soon accepted another speaking engagement at Yale University and found there was value in telling his difficult story. His book, “Munich Memoir,” was published two months ago and is available online. “It’s not certain something like this cannot happen again,” Alon said. “I became a messenger, that’s the only thing I can do. It’s very hard for me to talk about it still. After 40 years it’s still hard for me.” Alon went to compete in the 1972 Olympics as a fencer. He says he was born with a sword in his hand due to his father, a great fencer from Budapest. “From morning to night I was fencing at home, moving chairs and furniture to fence with my brother,” said Alon, whose first fencing coach was his father. He won his first championship at age 12 and at 16 was the Junior National Champion before joining the army at age 18. After his service he was crowned the Israeli National Champion at age 23, a title he kept for many years until Munich. He was 27 when he traveled to the Olympics with his fellow Israeli teammates, including Andre Spitzer, his good friend who served as a fencing coach. They arrived two weeks early to the Olympic Village and had their pick of the apartments in their building. Without hesitation, he and fencer Yehuda Weisenstein picked apartment #2 while Spitzer selected #1 to be separate. It was a fateful decision. “The opening ceremonies were a special day for me,” said Alon. “I felt so proud to be there for my father and to represent Israel. We were walking on German soil…I remember thinking ‘I will always remember this moment.’ It was my dream and I couldn’t realize or think that this dream would become a nightmare for me.” On the night of Sept. 4, the Israeli delegation went out together to see “Fiddler on the Roof,” meeting the cast backstage and

taking photos together, which would be their last. Alon went to sleep at 1 a.m., but he was woken by loud noises, explosions and shouting at 4:30 a.m. He didn’t know what it was, thinking maybe it was an Olympic celebration of some kind so he went back to sleep. About 20 minutes later he heard the distinct sound of machine guns. “The wall behind my bed was shaking and I knew something was wrong,” Alon said. The shooters had started in apartment #1, taking hostages, and went to all the other rooms except Alon’s — #2. At one point, Alon and his teammates snuck a peek and saw an armed terrorist speaking with a German police woman, telling her that they had taken hostages and were demanding Palestinian inmates be released from Israel. Alon and the others saw the body of the wrestling coach thrown out in front of the building. They contemplated an attack on the terrorists, using rifles from the shooting team, but they still did not know how many of them there were and whether it would incite a panic and get them and their fellow teammates killed. The five decided their only option was to escape on foot, one by one slowly creeping down wooden stairs and running into the night where German authorities were waiting. Along with the rest of the world, they waited to see what would happen next. After negotiations, the terrorists were transported with their hostages by bus to the Munich Airport where helicopters waited to take them to Egypt. Initially, the Israeli team was told that all the athletes were released and they were coming back. But that was not the case. “At 3 a.m., we got the bad news that all 11 athletes were dead, all nine hostages were killed at the airport,” Alon said. “It was for us a big shock and still very difficult to describe. The next morning we had to take all their belongings and fly with the coffins back to Israel.” It was particularly difficult going into the #1 apartment to collect his friend Spitzer’s belongings, discouraging his grieving wife not to enter the room because there was so much blood. “Again, Jewish blood in Germany,” said Alon. “It was really something I will never forget.” Thousands waited for the plane returning the team and the victims at the Tel Aviv Airport, thousands of people quiet and weeping, Alon said. The next day the funerals were held, followed by Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. “Apple and honey is still bitter for me,” Alon said of symbolic Rosh Hashanah customary food. After 1972, Alon gave up fencing competitively for many years because he lost the heart for it. He still continued to coach and at age 47 was convinced by his students to compete again. At age 47, he was able to win the National Championship. He has since taken up golf. The memory of Munich will continue to haunt Alon—two months ago he and the five survivors met again for the first time in 40 years to tell their story for an Israeli and German documentary. He said it was “terrible” to sit in front of a camera for hours and relive the tragic events, but he knows that his story is important to tell, if it encourages people to continue to live, to let the past make them stronger and to one day find a peaceful solution. “Israel did not surrender to terror,” Alon said. “We would send delegations for all Olympics to come.” To learn more about Dan Alon and his book “Munich Memoir,” visit

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RSF Education Foundation to Celebrity poker tournament to benefit Sentebale Charity host annual Back to School Coffee for parents Aug. 27 All parents are invited to attend a meet and greet at 9:15 a.m. with the R. Roger Rowe School Administration in the Performing Arts Center on the first day of school, Aug. 27. Administration and Foundation personnel will make brief presentations and distribute valuable information about this year’s school-related programs. The Foundation presents many opportunities for parents and families to participate and encourages early contribution in support of the Five-Star Education programs. Additionally, parents can visit with other families and enjoy fresh roasted coffee along with fresh baked mini-muffins all generously donated by Community Partner, Caffe Positano (

Volunteers needed to plant flags at ‘Silent Tribute’ event in Del Mar Sept. 11 “Silent Tribute” volunteers needed on Sept. 11 to plant 3,000 small flags at Del Mar Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, starting at 9 a.m. The Mayor of Del Mar, Carl Hilliard, will speak a 6 p.m. Taps will be played at 6:30 p.m.

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Doctor to discuss mental health initiative Aug. 27 Mauricio Tohen, M.D., of the University of Texas, will discuss “Transforming Mental Health Through Leadership and Collaboration: From Clinical Epidemiology to Clinical Trials,” on Monday, Aug. 27, from 7-8 p.m., at Sanford Children’s Research Center, 10905 Road to the Cure, building 12 (North Torrey Pines and Science Park Roads). The free lecture is hosted by the International Bipolar Foundation. Parking is also free. Reserve a seat via an email to For more information, visit

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Center for a Healthy Lifestyle to hold Gardenporium event Aug. 25 Center for a Healthy Lifestyle will hold a “Gardenporium” on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m.-noon. The Gardenporium is a celebration of all things healthy, homemade and homegrown. Part vendor market, part lecture series, but all wholesome fun. Peruse, purchase or join a lesson on gardening or cooking. The day will also include a silent auction, interactive kids’ activities, and more. Pat Welsh, Emmy-award winning garden-writer, book author, TV performer and renowned horticulturist, will speak at the event from 11 a.m.-noon. Susie and Melissa Teisl, co-owners of Chicweed in Solana Beach, will lead a make-and-take workshop on creating terrariums from 9:30-10: 30 a.m. All ages welcome. Join Amanda Curry, from the kids cooking show “The Good Food Factory,” for free kids cooking fun at the Kids Cooking Booth! The event will be held at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Center for a Healthy Lifestyle: 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 92075 (Little yellow cottage on the west parking lot). This event is free. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, visit

Cardiff Greek Festival 2012 is Sept. 8-9 Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, and more for the entire family at the 34th annual Greek Festival held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The event is located half-mile east of I-5 at the Manchester Avenue exit in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Free parking is available at adjacent Mira Costa College. For two days, the church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek dancing, and the warmth of Greek hospitality. The open marketplace typifies a traditional Bazaar with Greek imports, pottery, fine jewelry, artwork, Greek Deli specialty food items, a selection of special Greek wines, and an array of items at YiaYia’s (Grandma’s) Treasures. Visit the North County Greek School booth and learn to say and write your name in Greek. Then get a personalized T-shirt with your new name in Greek letters. While adults are shopping, the children can enjoy the Olympics themed Fun Zone with crafts, game booths and miniature golf. Tickets can be purchased at the festival or on the website at

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Accomplished eye surgeon grateful for a life filled with three great passions: family, medicine and sports

BY KATHY DAY Dan Coden likes to tell people he’s the only eye surgeon in San Diego who can “handle a surgical scalpel and a baseball bat with equal skill.” Oh, and by the way, he also can play a mean rhythm guitar and showed off that talent at his son’s bar mitzvah at the House of Blues when the family treated guests to a band featuring son Ben — “a sick rock guitarist — on lead guitar and his wife and daughters as go-go dancers. With Dan adding vocals, and joined by a professional drummer, they rocked out to the Guns N’ Roses song “Sweet Child of Mine.” The native of Southfield, Mich., a “typical idyllic suburb” outside Detroit, who has lived locally since 1990, didn’t set out to practice ophthalmology in San Diego. In fact, he didn’t set out to practice ophthalmology at all. He wanted to be an orthodontist because he “loved straight teeth,” he said. But Liz Nederlander Coden, then his college sweetheart at the University of Michigan to whom he has been married for 28 years, convinced him medical school was a better bet. (A devoted mother who has been involved in her children’s schools, their soccer leagues and the community, she became a Realtor a couple of years ago once their three children got older, he said.) So off he went to Wayne State University Medical School, which he said is “the largest medical school in the

Quick Facts Name: Daniel Coden, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Scripps Health Opthalmologist) Distinction: Senior Honor Award for Teaching, American Academy of Ophthalmology; named “Young Leader in Opthalmology,” Ophthalmology Management in 1989. Previously taught at UCSD School of Medicine and served as consultant to Veterans Administration Hospital and Naval Hospital San Diego. Team ophthalmologist for the San Diego Gulls hockey team as well as for the original San Diego Sockers. Currently sanctions fighters for the California Athletic Commission for boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. Family: Wife: Liz Nederlander Coden, college sweetheart, married 28 years, real estate agent (Windermere, Solana Beach). Children: Lauren, 23, USC Viterbi School of Engineering graduate; Jacqueline, 20, junior economics major at University of California, Santa Barbara; Ben, 15, sophomore at La Jolla Country Day School - High Honor Roll, three- sport athlete. Interests: Huge sports fan, especially baseball and football (Chargers’ season ticket holder since 1994); classic rock, financial investing, current events. Main interest is hanging out with my kids for as long as they’ll let me. Reading: Favorite book is “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry – over 1,000 pages about a cattle drive, but it’s so good you wish it was 2,000 pages. Last book read was “Calico Joe,” John Grisham’s latest book about baseball and father-son relationships – easy read and can be finished in one day. Favorite films: I can watch “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “Boogie Nights” and “American Beauty” again and again. “Stepbrothers” is great stupid humor to enjoy with your teenagers. Favorite getaway: I like to hide in my car where no one can find me. My newest favorite getaway is San Francisco. It’s easy to get to, and my oldest daughter (whom I miss immensely) lives there . My favorite recent trip was to Madrid, Spain. Philosophy: In the words of the great John Lennon., “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

The Coden family performing at the House of Blues. country … located in the dregs of Detroit.” Although he only had one week of exposure to ophthalmology while other specialties were given three months, he settled on it because “it was the only specialty where no one had to take their clothes off.” And then, with a bright sense of humor matched by his bright blue eyes, he added, “It suits me. I’m sort of obsessive compulsive, nitpicky and anal … it’s so detail-oriented and deals with numbers that it is a good fit.” Wayne State, he said, was “a great training ground. We saw drug overdoses, prostitutes, gangbangers – we got to do everything,” he recalled. He also had his car stolen twice and found twice, he added. From there it was on to an internship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. When it came time for the “match” to determine where he would do his residency, he got an envelope – it wasn’t computerized then, he noted – that said he was going to UCSD. “It was not one of the schools on the top of my list,” he said. But now, he looks back and realizes how lucky he was. He did a year-long fellowship in orbital, oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at the famed Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and considered an offer from his mentor to stay in New York City. Instead, he went back to Detroit for a year after their first daughter was born, thinking he would practice where his family was, and still is. But then he got a call from Art Perry and Steve Pratt at La Jolla Laser Vision & Eye Center, where he has been for 22 years. The practice, which formed in 1980, is located in the Ximed building located adjacent to Scripps Memorial Hospital, where Coden is a senior staff physician. “It was a gut-wrenching decision, knowing that all four grandparents were there,” he said. “We wrestled with it mightily.” But now, he said, he knows it was the right choice. “”They are the most wonderful guys ...they’ve been stable forever.” In the time he’s been practicing, he has seen dramatic changes in the technology available to them. Even so, technology wasn’t the answer to what was probably his most challenging case. He was called into an emergency surgery on a construction worker. “He had felt something hit his eye,” Coden said. That something turned out to be a 4-inch nail that had hit him after a co-worker tried to un-jam his nail gun by banging it on the concrete. The nail hit the man in the eyelid, closing it down over his eye. It went under the orbit of the eye, missed the eye and the optic nerve, a major blood vessel and lodged in his brain. “The neurosurgeon called the ‘eye guy,” he said. “It wasn’t something you read about in a book, but there it was.” Coden made a small incision below the eye and “found the nail” but then had to ask what could be used to extract it. With a Kocher clamp – sort of like pliers — normally used by orthopedic surgeons, he got on top of the man and

unscrewed the nail. “All of a sudden there was clear fluid (cerebral spinal fluid,” he said. “The neurosurgeon said, ‘Sew it up.” So he did, later repairing the fractured eye socket. Calling it an amazing case, Coden said the man had no brain injury, no viDr. Dan Coden with his family. sion loss and, in fact, had 20-20 vision when he was fully recovered. “If you see the X-ray, he should be dead or blind,” he added. In talking about changes in the science and practice of his specialty, the 54-year-old physician said, “I’m not that old” but he has seen advances more marked than in any other specialty. “The ability to do what we do now is so amazing.” The most exciting changes have been in cataract surgery, he added, giving a somewhat graphic description. It used to be that the surgeon made a 12 millimeter incision “and then squeezed the eye and it would pop out like a pumpkin seed.” “Fast forward 25 years and now we make a cut of less than 3 millimeters in diameter that is so small it seals itself and all the work is done through that tiny incision,” he explained. “In the old days we would hope the eye survived. Then, we hoped the eye would survive and see better. Now, patients can see better with the naked eye, and with multifocal lens implants we can make them see better at distances and near.” One of the newest improvements is the increasing use of laser technology, he added in a followup e-mail. “The FDA has recently approved a technology called LensX, which utilizes a laser similar to what we have been using to create LASIK flaps, to allow us to perform certain aspects of the cataract procedure with unprecedented precision. This will especially benefit our patients with astigmatism, and we are very excited to watch the future unfold.” As for laser vision correction, he said, “The growth has been explosive. When I started I never dreamed refractive surgery would evolve to what it is today. … (It) is an absolute life changer.” While Coden can talk a mean streak about eye surgery and why people should pay attention to their vision – especially after 40 – get him going on baseball and you’ll find out a lot more about how passionate he is about the sport. “I’d still be good if I played one game,” he said, but the next day and the next day, well not so good. He throws the ball around almost daily with his son, a baseball, soccer and football player at La Jolla Country Day, but it’s sharing tales about the six fantasy baseball camps he’s attended since he turned 40 that fires him up. He and his brother celebrated that birthday at a Detroit Tigers camp “with my boyhood heroes,” he said. On his brother’s 40th birthday, they went again. Since then, even though he’s not a Dodgers’ fan, he and a group of friends have gone to four of that team’s camps. “It’s a great way to have a whole lot of fun and a great way to get injured,” he said, without revealing any specific injuries of his own and preferring instead to talk about being fit in his 50s. “You play real baseball on a major league field, coached by ex-pros and major league umpires.” He also shared his love of the game – and other sports – through the years with his children. “I’ve coached everything for a zillion years,” he said. In those “zillion years,” he’s said taken heed of what a physician at Kaiser hospital told him were three pieces of a successful life: “Have one home, one wife and pay up your disability insurance.” “I’ve been privileged and lucky and blessed, he said. “They say it’s all about who you marry and where you live. … How lucky I am.” You can find Daniel Coden, M.D., F.A.C.S. at La Jolla Laser Vision & Eye Center, 9850 Genesee Ave., Ste. 310, La Jolla, (858) 457-3010.

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Concerns raised over impact of Ag. district employee pay cuts

Old Time Hockey wins $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (Grade II) Former Mexican President Vicente Fox made the trophy presentation to the connections of Old Time Hockey after the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (Grade II) at Del Mar on Aug. 11. Ridden by Joe Talamo, the 3-year-old gelding prevailed by a nose in a three-horse finish. My Best Brother, the favorite, held on for second by a head over Chips All In. Old Time Hockey covered the 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:40.55. He is owned by Glen Hill Farm and trained by Tom Proctor. Photo by Kelley Carlson

Tobacco and marijuana smoking an issue at racetrack concerts BY KATHY DAY Battles over smoking at the fairgrounds have moved to the racetrack where concertgoers have been lighting up – and not just tobacco. Joe Harper, president and general manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, beat several people to the punch on the issue on Aug. 14. They had come to the 22nd Agricultural District’s directors meeting to tell stories about what they say has been happening at the post-race concerts. “Smoking is an issue, smoking marijuana is an issue – and that’s against the law,” said Dean Scott, one of a group of regular attendees who pushed the fair board to declare the venue a non-smoking one — but to exempt the actual racetrack from the rules. However, the rules do apply to the concert series. But before Scott, who in June volunteered to serve on the board’s non-smoking

subcommittee, and the others had their say near the end of the meeting, Harper had already told the board that they thoroughbred club staff needed to work on the matter. He said they are increasing signage, announcing the rules from the stage and have reminded the 121 security staffers – that includes private Elite security as well as sheriff’s deputies – that they need to increase enforcement. While the speakers expressed their thanks that Harper was paying attention to the matter, they still raised the issue. Kathy Lippitt, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, and Judy Strang of the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, both were also critical of the bands. Lippitt said they “encourage debauchery” and that the events violate the trust of parents who believe their children are attending a smoke-free event.

BY KATHY DAY Concerned that employees took yet another pay cut on July 1, 22nd District Agricultural Association Manager Tim Finnell told directors on Aug. 14 that the situation is hurting morale and forcing staffers to endure hardships. Since 2007, the district’s 175 employees – who run the Del Mar Fairgrounds and staff the annual San Diego County Fair – have not had a raise and have actually lost ground because they have been required to take furlough days and seen their personal leave programs reduced. Noting that the fair again set records for attendance and safety, Finnell said that just before this year’s fair he had given “a key person a glowing evaluation” for the fifth year in a row. But he could not give her a raise and had to tell her that she would have to work two more days during the fair’s extended season. The extra days, he noted, added to the hardship because it meant more expenses in babysitting and gas. “I’m starting to see the wheels come off,” he told the directors. In response, board member David Weston asked “why we can’t just contract out the operations” and have all of the employees hired by an outside entity. He pointed to the San Diego Zoo, where the land is owned by the city but run by a nonprofit organization. Director Russ Penniman also said he was worried about the situation, saying he Strang told the directors there were “egregious activities … beyond the bad language.” She said she couldn’t even read some of the complaints to the board because of the details. Another woman, Evelyn Hogan, whose 18-year-old son recently went to a concert, told the board he had to come home early because he has asthma and was affected by

feared that “headhunters will pick our people out.” In the past, he noted, when they tried giving incentives like gas cards, allowing employees to cash out vacation days or giving bonuses based on cash flow “that got shut down.” The concern was shared by other directors, including president Adam Day who said the operations committee is exploring alternatives and that they specifically asked that the matter be put on the board to draw attention to it. He said they will report back next month with potential options for the board’s consideration. “We’ve got to look inward … and get more flexibility to operate transparently with the best staff we can,” he said. “Our highest priority is that we don’t want to limit our options.” He said they are willing to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown’s staff, as well as consider the legalities of potential alternatives. Following the meeting, Day said, “Our employees are our No. 1 asset. We have been able to succeed year to year with revenue, attendance, safety and satisfaction simply because they are dedicated and hard working.” He added that it is the Ag. directors’ job to fight as hard as they can for them. Finnell said it was important for people to “keep in mind that (the district) is selffunded and depends on putting on events that are safe and well executed. We need the people to be able to do that.” all of the smoke. “You need to train security better and have more security,” she said, adding that when her son complained to the staff about the smoke, “he was told they had bigger problems.” Strang encouraged the directors to set up a meeting of the non-smoking committee, but they did not respond.

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Da-le Ranch: Not your usual animal farm Couple takes sustainable, friendly farming to another level BY CLAIRE HARLIN Leslie Pesic used to be a vegetarian, but when she and her husband, Dave Heafner, decided to go remote nine years ago and start a worm farm, he said he wanted to raise livestock for meat, and he wanted her to try it. “I gave her a bite of our first homegrown pig, and it took her a second, but her face lit up, all surprised,” said Heafner in an interview at his Lake Elsinore home, which is nestled on the 22-acre Da-Le Ranch — “Da-Le” meaning Dave and Leslie. Pesic added, “That was when I switched to omnivore, and at first I would eat it dead with no red, but now I eat it rawer than he does.” Pesic knows exactly what goes into her pork, beef, chicken and lamb because she cares for her animals day in and day out, feeding them things like alfalfa and organic vegetables from the farmers markets where she and her daughter, Ashlie, sell Da-Le Ranch meats. Those who frequent the Solana Beach or Rancho Santa Fe farmers

markets have likely spotted the meat enthusiasts standing by their freezer, and those who have chosen and taken home a cut have likely gotten a passionate lesson on local, humane, hormone-free farming. Or maybe Leslie Pesic has shared with you her motto: “God put animals on this Earth, and if you treat them well, they will feed us.” The Da-Le Ranch isn’t like commercial farms. Not only does Pesic name each and every sow and sheep, but she brings the baby animals inside when they are sick or when the weather is too cold or hot. Not one animal at the farm is confined in a small pen, except for the occasional rooster that goes into “time out” for fighting. “They are all like my pets,” said the North Carolina native who previously worked as a dog groomer and church administrator. Heafner, a South Carolina native, is in his third — “and hopefully last” — career, he said. He was a Marine for 20 years and then a financial planner for another 20. After falling ill for several years and losing his business, he and Pesic decided to move somewhere she could breed Lhasa Apso puppies, a passion of hers, and he could try a new venture — worm farming. “We wanted to move out in

Dave Heafner and Leslie Pesic, owners of Da-Le Ranch, are vendors at both the Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe farmers markets. Here they stand among their lambs on their 22-acre Lake Elsinore farm. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN the boonies,” she said. Selling worm castings (the excretion used as a nutrient for plants) proved successful until the economy took a hit in 2009. Around that time, the couple had an over-abundance of meat they had only been raising for personal use, so Heafner sold six pork shoulders to a nearby family for a large, six-family cookout. “They had a block party and each family cooked a pork shoul-

der in all different ways,” he said. “The following Monday I got a call from the manager of the Bonsal farmers market and he said ‘I had six different dishes made from your pork and it’s the most unique tasting pork I’ve ever had.’” Heafner agreed to sell at that farmers market, and soon he was contacted by one of the biggest San Diego farmers markets — Little Italy. Da-Le Ranch now has a pres-

ence in about a handful of weekly farmers markets, and many more seasonal markets. With only one full-time farmhand, the family stays busy as popularity grows. Heafner often only sleeps only a couple of hours a night on the weekend, when many of the markets take place, and Pesic serves as the animals’ primary caregiver, waking up around 6 a.m. daily to feed and water them. During the hot summer months, she replenishes water and hoses off the animals at least every other hour to keep them cool. Heafner, who is at least twice the size of very petite Pesic, describes his wife as “a miracle on two feet.” “She’s a tiny little person,” he said. “But when God made her, he put a heart my size in her little body.” For those interested in seeing where Da-Le Ranch meats come from, the couple gives tours several times a year. For more information, to set up a tour or to become a mixed-meat Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member, visit The Rancho Santa Fe farmers market takes place on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 16079 San Dieguito Rd., and the Solana Beach market is on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. at 410 S. Cedros Avenue.

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Upcoming events at the RSF Community Center The RSF Community Center’s Camp Rancho Finale Field Trip Week Aug. 20-24 is sold out, but never fear... Coach Mike is here! This will be your child’s last chance this summer for dunking, swishing, scoring, driving and blocking with Coach Mike’s popular basketball camp. Mini Hoops and Hoops Camp the week of Aug. 20-24! Coach Mike Rausa and his One on One Sports staff brings their awesome Hoops and Mini-Hoops camp to the RSFCC to keep your child at the top of their game. Coach Mike will combine fundamental skills instruction with organized team competitions with the goal of providing an enjoyable and educational summer athletic program. Please visit or give us a call at 858-756-2461 to register or for more information. Our Session 1 Fall Class Schedule is Now Online! Session 1 Fall classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. This is an eight-week session that runs Sept. 4 - Oct. 26. Whether your child loves fine art, martial art, dance, science or sports, we have you covered! Some of our exciting new classes will include Global

Beats, Extraordinary Experiments and Legomation! Get ready to fly to Never Never Land as our Community Theater class prepares to present a magical production of Peter Pan! All budding actors and actresses K5th grades are invited to audition (everyone gets a part) for this popular production. Your child won’t want to miss out on all the action at the RSFCC. Class spaces fill up fast so register today! Please visit our website at or call us at 858-7562461 for more information.

Local resident Lois Alter Mark wins ‘BlogHer Voices of the Year Award’ Local resident Lois Alter Mark has been named a “BlogHer Voice of the Year” for her article “It’s Time to Re-Think Pink.” The piece, which appeared on, is about the “pinkification” of breast cancer, and won the People’s Choice Award in the Op-Ed category. “This is such an important subject, and I’m thrilled that it resonated with so many people,” said Alter Mark. “The fact that it was selected by the readers themselves makes this honor even more rewarding.” Alter Mark is the co-founder of, for which she was selected, out of 100,000 applicants, to accompany Oprah Winfrey to Australia in 2010 as one of 150 Ultimate Viewers. The Voices of the Year Awards were held in New York on Aug. 3 at the eighth annual BlogHer Conference. More than 5,000 bloggers attended the event, which featured a live-via-satellite welcome address by President Obama and keynote speeches by Katie Couric and Martha Stewart. “It’s Time to Re-Think Pink” can be found at

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TPHS football program’s 17th Annual Summer Dinner/Auction and Golf Tournament is Aug. 20 Torrey Pines High School’s football program will host its 17th Annual Summer Dinner/ Auction and Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 20, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. This year’s event will feature Paul Rudy, of KUSI TV and the award-winning Prep Pigskin Report, as the live auctioneer and Jeff Detrow from the “Jeff n Jer Radio Program” as the Master of Ceremonies. Head football coach Scott Ashby and his coaching staff will be on hand to give attendees a peek into the upcoming season, one for which the Falcons have high hopes with a balanced roster of returning seniors and rising juniors. For those interested in playing golf, the tournament will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at noon and registration opening at 11 a.m. The annual event represents the Falcons’ most important fundraising event each year and helps the program to pay for the costs of running a high school football program. At a public high school, the program is entirely funded by voluntary donations from its families and the generosity of sponsors and donors in the community. So, whether you are interested in playing golf, being a sponsor, or just attending the evening’s festivities, all Torrey Pines Falcon Football supporters are invited. To register, please visit the program’s website at, or contact Chris Jaczko at for further information.

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Life near the racetrack ideal for longtime racehorse owners BY JULIE SARNO Bill Currin’s life has established a new rhythm. Bill used to train the horses he owned. He and his wife, Betty, returned to Los Angeles each year following the race meet to their beloved West Hollywood home, once owned by Clark Gable. After encountering a major health problem, Currin chose to retool his life, slow down and settle yearround in this area, near the racetrack the couple loves so dearly. “I’m known as the Senor of the race track and Senor of Scripps,” quipped Currin, now 76, referring to the medical facility which gave him the life-saving heart operation. He and his wife bought a summer home in Del Mar 35 years ago. A few years ago, they sold the first home and bought a larger one in which they now live. Currin says of the new location: “I can sit in my living room window and see if someone is sitting in my box at Del Mar.” They have fond memories of summers in Del Mar, enjoying the beach and the summer race meet when their son, Patrick, and daughter, Jamie, were young. Patrick is now an attorney in Pleasanton and Jamie lives in Portland, Oregon. Currin, whose speech still has traces of a Southern accent, was born in North Carolina. At 19, he moved from Oxford, North Carolina to Los Angeles to become a movie star: “Originally, I came out here under contract to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. They were starting a school to teach young actors.” Currin lived at the famed Chateau Marmont, which features luxury bungalows reminiscent of old Hollywood. The desire to earn a living soon brought the aspiring actor back to reality. “I needed to eat,” said Currin, “So I learned how to build houses.” Currin’s career as a developer was a lot more successful than his career in front of the camera. He built homes in La Mesa, El Centro, Blythe, Calexico and Pleasanton, Calif., among others. His success as a developer enabled him to pursue his interest in horses. Over the years, Cur-

Local resident Bill Currin, with his 3-year-old stakes winner, My Best Brother. Photo/Julie Sarno rin has had great success as an owner-trainer with major winners Outta Here, Memorette and Stormello. “Once Del Mar closes, my horses ship to Rancho Paseana (in Rancho Santa Fe),” said Currin. “When my young horses come in, they are broke there. I go over and watch them and make the major decisions. They are under the care of Cliff Sise, farm manager at Rancho Paseana.” Currin owns My Best Brother with longtime partner Alvin Eisman. The 3-year-old bay colt won the second division of the Oceanside Stakes on Del Mar’s Opening Day and finished second in the G2 La Jolla Handicap on August 11, a 1 1/16-mile race on Turf. “My Best Brother is very happy,” said Currin, watching the colt while at trainer Julio Canani’s barn at Del Mar. “He’s very sound. He does not like horses in front of him. I don’t like horses in front of him either.” Currin believes My Best Brother is as good as his full brother Stormello. Both were sired by Stormy Atlantic. They are out of the Carson City mare Wilshewed. Currin hopes My Best Brother will be even better at a distance. Stormello, considered one of the top 2-year-olds of 2006, also raced for Currin and Eisman and was trained by Currin. At age 2, Stormello won the Hollywood Futurity (G1) and the Norfolk Stakes (G2). He finished third in the Del Mar Futurity. At 3, he finished second by a nose in the Florida Derby (G1). Retired to stud in Kentucky with earnings of $700,100, Stormello died at age 7 in 2011 as a result of complications from colic. Currin fondly recalled another runner he trained, Memorette. Currin trained the filly, who raced for his wife, Betty. “I had not done my Christmas shopping one year,” began Currin. “I did not have time to go to the jewelry store. So I told my wife, ‘Just go and pick out a horse.’ The one she picked out was Memorette.” Memorette won four races, finished second six times and was third eight times from 32 starts over four full seasons of racing. Her victories included the G2 Beverly Hills Handicap and the Fran’s Valentine Stakes. She was retired in January of her 6-year-old season with earnings of $896,753. She is boarded at Cathy Parke’s Valkyre Stud in Georgetown, Kentucky, with the Currin’s other broodmares. Currin recalls winning the first Delta Downs Jackpot with Outta Here in 2002. Two-year-old Outta Here was shipped to the Vinton, Louisiana track. Currin had the advantage of Louisiana native and Racing Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux riding for him. “Kent had all his relatives there. We won and we all celebrated. I will never forget it. The purse was $500,000 then.” Outta Here also was co-owned with Eisman. At three, Outta Here finished fourth in Dubai’s UAE Derby (G2) and then finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby. He also raced in Japan. “We travelled a lot with our horses,” recalled Currin. “When you go for the big money, you travel a lot. Don’t want to brag. We’ve been very fortunate.”

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Mothers help daughters with autism ‘embrace their potential’ Blue Roses Girls achieves goals through ‘Community, Friendship, Support, Creativity, Celebration’ BY KATHY DAY Moms know that the day is coming when their daughter’s focus changes from playing to a more social type of engagement – talking about fashion, hair, boys, being cool. But for a group of local moms with autistic daughters, that day doesn’t come as naturally so they set out to do something about it. Remembering the days as a 9- and 10-year-old when she had relationships with her girlfriends prompted Jazel Peterzell to start thinking about how to teach her daughter “the girl code.” Her daughter, diagnosed with autism at 3 and a half, is now 11. “I knew I could teach her a lot, but how much more fun to have a bunch of girls share the experience,” she said. Because autism is a male-dominated condition, she could find only services “catering to the masses,” she said. “I asked myself, ‘Do I want her hanging out with older boys.’ ” Peterzell began search-

Learn more at ■ www.bluerosesgirls. com ■ www.crimsoncenter. com ■ Read about the origin of the group’s name at http://tinyurl. com/8j2zr25. ing for a social club to meet her daughter’s needs — a place where she and other autistic girls could learn about “puberty, dating, relationships and sexuality so by the time they were 18 they could have a handle on it.” Finding none, she posted a note on the special needs section within Valerie’s List, an informational website for parents, asking “Are there any other moms with girls like mine?” And she began talking to Karyn Lewis Searcy, who had read her posting. The director of the Crimson Center for Speech and Language, a nonprofit based in Mira Mesa which provides

services for children, teens and adults, she said when she heard about Peterzell’s idea, she thought, “That’s a good point she’s got.” Soon, other moms answered the question with one of their own: Yes, what can we do? One of them was Carol Fletcher, a Torrey Highlands resident who was also looking for a way for her 11-year-old daughter, who has atypical autism, to make friends. While she is very aware socially, very conversational and high functioning, she said, her daughter was “very aware she was different … and not comfortable with typical (the word used to describe children who develop “normally”) peers.” Another was Srividya Ananthanarayanan, a Carmel Valley mother who has a 10-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son with autism, as well as a typical daughter who is 11. She learned about Peterzell’s efforts – which came to be known as Blue Roses Girls — through Searcy-Bair.

Participants at the Blue Roses Girls summer camp. “We were just moms starting a social club,” Peterzell said. Searcy said she offered a space for them to meet for free. Her organization, founded in 2003, has become a sort of umbrella for other small organizations that are just starting out. She assists them with financial reporting and offers her

expertise on external resources and program execution. “I’m primarily there as a sounding board,” she said. The Crimson Center also gave Blue Roses Girls a place to meet and make plans. Once the moms — who asked that their daughters’ names not be used for this report — started getting together on a regular basis,

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AUTISM continued from page 18 ion. “For these girls, practice becomes routine,” said Ananthanarayanan. But that practice didn’t come easy for her daughter, who had always been a tomboy. At the rehearsals she was upset by the music and didn’t want to be a part of it. “She was so excited to do it … except she was in tears – and then I took her shopping,” she recalled. They went to the Macy’s shoe section and she told her daughter to pick any shoes she wanted to wear in the show. “She picked 6-inch, blue high heels and that was it,” Ananthanarayanan said, adding that they then

went and bought a matching blue dress. “The next day she was wearing it at practice and all the moms wanted her shoes. She became so popular overnight.” Now, she said, her daughter is “all about shoes. It brought out the feminine side of her.” The fashion show, which drew 200 to Barona for the April event, was a huge success, Peterzell noted, and plans are in the works for another one. About 30 girls, including “typically developing girls” and others with diagnoses ranging from anxiety disorders to cerebral palsy, participated. “We’re not just about autism,” she added. Blue Roses Girls is open to any “girls who experi-

ence social, sensory, cognitive and physical differences,” according to the website www.bluerosesgirls. com. Meanwhile, the moms, again working with the Crimson Center, put together a week-long Camp Dolls for the girls in July where they did Zumba, yoga and had makeup lessons with students from the Marinello School of Beauty. “The girls have developed amazing bonds,” Fletcher said. Although some like her daughter still practice “parallel play,” where they will play on their own with the others nearby, her daughter is always asking when the next play date is. “It’s been amazing to see the growth in her,” she said. “She loves yoga pants,

but we’ve been talking about the fact that she can’t wear them everywhere. … Now she’s starting to ask about jeans.” Next up for the Blue Roses Girls’ moms is a conference in November, “Spotlighting Safety for All Girls” at the DoubleTree Golf Resort and Hotel in Rancho Penasquitos. Peterzell said the “Roses in Bloom” event begins Nov. 2 with keynote remarks by Kim Stagliono, author of “All I Can Handle – I’m No Mother Theresa: Life Raising Three Girls with Autism.” The next day will include a full day of discussions on topics such as cyber safety, healthy dating and how to get children registered for first responders. “Being mothers of chil-

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dren with autism is as personal as it gets,” Ananthanarayanan said, encouraging others to attend the conference. “There are a lot of other mothers who want the same information we want.” And, like her, she said there are mothers of sons who may be seeking similar information or group interaction so she’s thinking about starting a group for

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boys to share their experiences, but she said, “Now we need the dads to get together.” But first things first: “Embracing potential” as the Blue Roses Girls’ website says through “Community, Friendship, Support, Creativity, Celebration.” For more information, visit www.bluerosesgirls. com and

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Local residents to be inducted into San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame SD Tennis Hall of Fame established by RSF resident Larry Belinsky BY KATHY DAY Tennis brought Marita Redondo and Terry Holladay together when they were 10 years old; on Aug. 25 they’ll be together again when they are inducted into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame. Redondo, the sports director at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, and Holladay, a Realtor with Willis Allen’s Rancho Santa Fe office, both lay claim to lengthy careers on the pro circuit having played on the Virginia Slims tour in the 1970s; Holladay continued playing until 1988. They’ll join Roy Barth, a “world class, college great, junior standout”; Dick Roberson, know as a premier official and for his community service; and former UnionTribune sportswriter Jerry Magee in the Class of 2012, said Larry Belinksy. A Rancho Santa Fe resident and Canyon Crest Academy assistant tennis coach, he came up with the idea in 2005 for the Hall of Fame that is housed at the Balboa Tennis Club at Morley Field. Holladay and Redondo both said they are honored to be selected. And they both said one of the best things they gained from tennis was their friendship. Redondo, who played on the Virginia Slims Tour from 1973 (a year before she graduated from Our Lady of Peace) to 1980 and twice qualified for the Tour championship, says she wouldn’t have had the career she did without the San Diego Tennis Patrons and the Balboa Tennis Club. Coming from a family of nine, she said she was “so lucky, so fortunate” to have their support and appreciates that the achievements of the local tennis community are saluted in the Hall of Fame. Most of her brothers and sisters still play tennis; her son John is the head pro at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club and son Gannon is one of the pros on the Big Island of Hawaii, while son Nick is more of a basketball guy. Redondo hasn’t played much lately because she was “breaking down,” she said, but still loves the game and occasionally watches on TV. Today’s game, she added, “is more of a business than when Billie Jean (King)

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and I and Chrissie (Evert) grew up. We traveled a lot on our own and some had coaches. Now it’s a full entourage.” Noting that she was never pushed to be a good player, she said, “I played because it was my passion. Today it’s a job for many.” Holladay, her fellow inductee and friend, also started playing when she was “10 or so.” Growing up in La Jolla, she played some at Morley Field, but primarily at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. She was on the La Jolla High tennis team and turned pro in 1974 just after graduation. That led to a successful career on the Virginia Slims Tour and, like Redondo, she also played World Team Tennis. Her oldest daughter Tasha, now her partner in Homes by the Holladays at Willis Allen, traveled with her on the circuit from the time she was three months old until she was 5. She has two other children, Louis and Maggie, and her first grandchild was born six months ago. While Holladay said she still “plays here and there” and competed in the 2011 Women’s 40 and Over nationals, she hasn’t been on a court for about six months,. Like Redondo, she gives much credit to Belinsky for his efforts with the Hall of Fame. “He’s a fantastic ambassador of the game of tennis,” Holladay said. “Arnie, his dad, and the whole family are good friends of the game.”

A tennis player himself who played at UC Berkeley and San Diego State, Belinsky felt that the local greats should be recognized and took his plan to the San Diego District Tennis Association shortly after he and his wife visited Newport, R.I., while on a trip to take their daughter the Rhode Island School of Design. There they were, he recalled, “in the tennis mecca, the International Hall of Fame. Until then I had subscribed to tennis periodicals and read a lot about small towns with their halls of fame. … I said to myself, ‘Why shouldn’t San Diego have its own?’ “ Known as one of the hotbeds of tennis and home to players such as Maureen Connolly Brinker, Ben Press and Karen Hantze Sussman, he figured the time had arrived to honor them. “I didn’t want to lose sight of the great names of San Diego tennis,” he said. Using his experience in the retail business – his family owned Arnold’s Furniture and he worked there and at its successor company, the Furniture Faire, for years – he “sold’ the idea to the SDDTA board. They bought in, he used his business contacts to get a trophy case built and signage donated, and the first class was honored in 2006. Still heading the selection committee, Belinsky freely admits the Hall of fame is “my little baby.” He single-handedly picked the See TENNIS, Page 26

Marita Redondo • Grew up in National City in family of nine -- “a big tennis family,” played junior tennis at Morley Field, graduated from Our Lady of Peace • Ranked fifth in U.S. in 1976; best world ranking was ninth • Won U.S. nationals in 14-under and 16-under; runner-up in 18 and under • Virginia Slims Tour 1973-1980, qualified for championships twice 1973 Wightman Cup doubles team with Chris Evert • World Team Tennis L.A. Strings and Seattle Cascades. • Inducted into San Diego Hall of Champions • Favorite memories: Beating Yvonne Goolagong Cawley in the semis in a tournament in Akron, Ohio; beating Chris Evert in a tournament in San Francisco in three sets that went to tie breakers. • Now sports director at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club; also worked at Handlery Swim and Tennis club and Frog’s Athletic Club

Terry Holladay • Grew up in La Jolla, brother and three sisters all play tennis; and graduated from La Jolla High; played at La Jolla Beach &Tennis Club, La Jolla Tennis Club and Morley Field • Joined Virginia Slims Tour in 1974, playing every year until 1988 except 1982 when pregnant with her first child • Highest world ranking 10th; made round of 16 at Wimbledon and U.S. Open in 1976 and 1980 • Career wins over Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Virginia Wade •World Team Tennis San Diego Friars and Boston Lobsters • Favorite memory: Two seasons playing World Team tennis with Martina Navratilova as her partner in Boston when they went 42-2 • With her late husband Dr. Phil Higginbottom, founded the Dina Humanitarian Foundation to provide experiences in infectious diseases fro residents at Scripps Green Hospital • Currently works with her daughter Tasha as a real estate team, Homes by the Holladays, with Willis Allen


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At 90, WWII combat fighter pilot working on memoir BY JOE TASH Selwyn Lurie never flew again after spending four years as a combat fighter pilot in North Africa and Burma during World War II. “I had enough,” said Lurie, a local resident, of his time in the cockpit of Hurricane and P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes. During his stint as a pilot in the South African Air Force, he crashed five times, all caused by weather or mechanical malfunctions. The last crash was the worst — he hit the ground at 170 mph without wheels or flaps, injuring his neck in the process. Lurie’s crashes occurred in friendly territory — “Thank God, otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” he said. These days, Lurie, who turned 90 on Aug. 7, works a computer keyboard instead of the controls of an airplane, as he writes a memoir about his life. So far, he’s completed about 150 pages. (While Lurie hasn’t piloted an airplane since WWII, he and his family marked his

WWII combat fighter pilot Selwyn Lurie with his wife, Barbara. PHOTO/JON CLARK Lurie and his wife, Bar90th birthday with a differbara, who have been marent sort of aviation experiried for 57 years, have three ence — a hot air balloon children and eight grandride.)


children, all of whom live close by. Lurie said he decided to write the book at the request of his grandchildren. He said he never knew his own grandparents, who died in the Holocaust. Lurie holds vivid memories of his wartime experience and keeps mementos, such as photos and models of the airplanes he flew, in his home office. He’s also kept his uniform, festooned with medals, and the aviator’s helmet he wore, complete with goggles and oxygen mask. His job as a combat pilot was mostly going in low to the ground, strafing military targets, or escorting bombers. He flew against the Germans in North Africa, and against the Japanese in Burma. One memento of his military service is a silk handkerchief imprinted with a map of Burma. Lurie said pilots carried such maps, sewn into the collars of their shirts, in case they had to bail out of their planes. A magnetized pin was also inserted into their collars, he said, which would point north when floated in water. Buttons on the pilots’ underwear were also magnetized and could serve as compasses in an emergency. Lurie and his wife met 65 years ago, when he started an accounting firm in his native city of Durban, South Africa, and she came to work for him as his secretary. Later, the couple, who are Jewish, lived in Israel, South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where their three children were

born. A fourth child, a son, was born in Israel and died at the age of 3. When asked what has allowed the couple to maintain such a long and happy marriage, Barbara said, “Just keep smiling and always be considerate to each other, just enjoy life in general.” After the war, Lurie embarked on a business career. After selling his accounting practice in Durban, he and his wife moved to Israel, where he helped plan the city of Ashkelon. In what is now Harare, Zimbabwe, he was CEO of steel and pharmaceutical companies, and later became CEO of a textile manufacturing conglomerate in South Africa, with 35,000 employees. In South Africa, he negotiated labor agreements with trade unions that for the first time based pay on skill and not racial grounds, as had previously been the case, he said. He also served as a justice of the peace in South Africa. Later, the couple moved back to Israel, and in 2001, they resettled in San Diego County to be close to their children. Lurie said he signed up for the Air Force because he heard in South Africa about how Hitler was persecuting Jews in Europe. He credited his wife, Barbara, with helping him adjust back to civilian life after the war, even persuading him to stop smoking. “She really got me back to normal living, one might say,” he said.


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A Ranch resident’s story: Shirley Berry Writer’s note: So many people in this community do not see all of the history that Rancho Santa Fe holds. Many of its residents have lived here for decades and have stories to tell. As a young person, I’ve always been intrigued by the generations that have come before me and what they have to offer. I am writing this column to help spread the stories of our community’s longtime residents. BY CHRIS RELLAS, TPHS SENIOR To the untrained eye, succulents may seem simple and almost lifeless; the mark of a sweltering desert. But to RSF’s Shirley Berry, the water-retaining plants open up a world of wonder, a world often under-appreciated by others. “If you look at a rose bush, you appreciate it because of its flowers, but it has no real form. But cacti and other succulents are beautiful in their shape,” Berry said. And one glance at her backyard could easily attest to her claim. Filled with potted succulents and a sizable greenhouse, her yard is a haven for the spiney plants. Unlike the manicured lawns of many of the homes in the area, Berry’s house is a testament to the wilderness, a silent nod of respect to nature. “When we moved here, it was absolutely stark and we loved it,” she says as she talks about herself and her late husband. “He only loved plants because I loved them. He was just a good person and very loved in the community.” As she walks around her yard, Berry is able to describe every plant in detail, discussing their name, where they are from and simultaneously pulling fallen leaves out of their prickly stems. She is not only appreciative of the beauty of succulents, but also remarkably well-read in the subject. She is sharp, resourceful, and always ready to relate her artistry in the garden with the happenings of the outside world. She knows when her plants need less sun, more water or to be planted in a larger pot. But she also understands nature and the role people play in it. After she checks on her plants, she walks beneath a large pine tree and refills a water bowl she sets out for the squirrels, birds, and other animals that pass through her yard every day. “The other very impor-

tant factor in my life is my appreciation of animals. I’m in constant wonder and delight. In fact, I can’t imagine a home without an animal,” she says, as she sits in her living room, her two siamese cats circling below the couch. To her, and the wildlife that visits her yard, her home is a sanctuary, a peaceful and uninterrupted place to go. Even her plants seem to be at peace, alive and well despite the intense heat. And with every new factoid or story, it seems as if Berry is an expert in the field. But her interests did not spur from professional desires. An art teacher by profession, Berry spent a good portion of her life as head of the Newport Harbor High School art department, a position that allowed her to spread her love of painting to young people. “Art is a great avenue for exposing your reactions to life around you and how it affects you.” As she aged, though, painting became harder and harder for her. And so, her plants became her new art form; a way for her to continue painting landscapes. “The forms of plants are so beautiful,” she says. “They are a great sculptural form. And when you put plants together, it’s how they complement each other.” And her plants are just that. With special care, she views them as sculptures, carefully pruning them and making sure that they are growing in the right direction. Her love for plants has not, however, been limited to her backyard. Long active in the RSF Garden Club, she is a member of the San Diego, Palomar, British, and African Cactus and Succulent Societies, as well as a winner of multiple succulent sweepstakes and shows. Now, though, she says that she has cut her succulent collection down. A yard that used to house thousands of succulents is now home to only a fraction of the plants she used to care for. She even parted with half of her succulent book collection. Still, her cabinets are filled with neatlymarked reference books, magazines, and slides, a testament to her knowledge of and passion for plants. “Find something you love to do,” she says. “And that will lead you to success.”

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Where are all the patriots? Where are all the patriots? When our country was created by the founding fathers, those super patriots, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and more, answered the British King George by stepping up and serving their new country. Now, 236 years later, while our country is struggling through a four-year recession, unemployment is at record highs,and our leaders are trying to divide us with class warfare rhetoric, I ask, where are all the patriots? When our political parties and their leaders openly speak of doing everything possible to defeat the other side and our Senate Majority leader refuses to even bring a budget resolution to the floor of the Senate since 2009, I ask again, where are all the patriots? When we are in the middle of a Presidential election and both candidates are polluting the airwaves with outrageous personal attack TV ads accusing the other candidate of causing the death of an American citizen or making outright false statements that even an elementary school student would know are false and misleading, again,

where are all the patriots? Instead of passing job creation legislation that would actually help people, our Congressional “leaders go home for five weeks while some politicians waste the taxpayers time by standing on the Senate floor and accuse a Presidential candidate of not paying taxes for 10 years!” So where are all the patriots? We certainly haven’t elected many patriots recently. We have career politicians who’ve been in Congress forever, some as many as 50 years! These are not patriots. They are self-indulgent elitists who line their pockets with insider deals and defy their constituents’ wishes. This is the poster child argument for Congressional term limits. So where are all the patriots? Who’s the next Thomas Jefferson or the 21st century Ben Franklin? Precious few now serving in our government are doing what’s right and best for the country. Look at our so-called leaders...there’s no integrity…and damn few patriots. We need some more patriots! Dex Allen, Rancho Sante Fe

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BY MARSHA SUTTON The Del Mar Union School District’s bid for voter approval of its $76.8 million General Obligation bond measure is reminiscent of President Richard Nixon’s “secret plan” in 1968 to end the war in Vietnam. It went Marsha Sutton something like this: “Vote for me, and after I win I’ll tell you the plan.” Although the DMUSD school board voted 4-1 last month to place the GO bond on the November ballot, no information has been released to date detailing how the money will be spent. To expect voters to support Del Mar’s bond with nothing but a pledge to be fiscally responsible is absurd. Compare Del Mar’s information vacuum to San Dieguito Union High School District’s very public discussion of the details of its GO bond, also to appear on the November ballot. Recognizing a long-range need, San Dieguito formed a facilities planning task force in 2008 with 28 members who met regularly and reviewed student demographics, economic trends, housing and other factors to determine the district’s facilities needs for the next 50 years. Well before SDUHSD’s school board voted on its bond last month, the district made public the amount of funding needed by project for each school site. [For a list of these amounts, see this story on] Additionally, this site — — shows San Dieguito’s Master Plan for each school and complete information on the bond, with fact sheets and survey results. Nothing Del Mar has done to support its bond effort even comes close. Besides Del Mar’s woeful lack of background material, its decision to place a GO

bond before the voters zoomed in at the last minute like a sucker punch to San Dieguito. By all accounts, SDUHSD folks, who have toiled on this effort for nearly four years, were stunned when former DMUSD superintendent Jim Peabody announced just last April that his district was suddenly considering a bond measure. Del Mar’s unexpected interest in a GO bond came as a surprise, said SDUHSD superintendent Ken Noah. “I know this was not on anybody’s radar,” he said in May. “I worry if we are competing.” Several SDUHSD staff members and trustees made phone calls to Del Mar board members, pleading with them to withdraw their bond push. To no avail. The potential tragedy here is that Del Mar’s bond may pass and voters may reject San Dieguito’s, because Del Mar is asking for $8.44 per $100,000 in property value while San Dieguito is asking for about three times that amount. Or they may both go down in defeat due to a crowded ballot, when San Dieguito’s might have won had it been on the ballot without Del Mar. San Dieguito should be commended for its due diligence and exhaustive process, which stands in stark contrast to DMUSD’s lack of preparation. The public may yet see some numbers from Del Mar, and they’d better be solid. Because right now its plan is last-minute, poorly studied, vague and ultimately indefensible. Secret plans and a “trust me with your money” attitude by elected officials and governmental bodies do not deserve support. Visit (Education Matters column) for the high school district’s estimated project costs per campus. List will be at the end of the column. Marsha Sutton can be reached at:

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LAWSUIT continued from page 1 the Mendez property,” said the lawsuit. “Plaintiffs have been hurt and injured in their health, strength, and activity, sustaining injury to their nervous system and person, all of which injuries have caused, and continue to cause, plaintiffs great mental, physical, and nervous pain and suffering,” said the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks an injunction barring the resort from generating noise that disturbs the Mendez family, such as amplified music, and unspecified monetary damages. In an interview, Linda Mendez said she and other neighbors have met with resort officials, and even called the Sheriff’s Department to complain about noise from weddings and other resort events, to no avail. The resort’s croquet lawn, where weddings and other parties are held, is several hundred feet from her property, she said, and the sound is loud enough to drown out the TV throughout her home. “We’ve tried to take the neighborly approach and ask them to stop it,” she said, but, “We have to defend our property now. We have to defend our right to be able to live here in peace and quiet.” The Mendez family is the only one to file suit, but some of their neighbors have also complained about noise from the resort. However, neighbors contacted by a reporter declined to comment for this article. Doug Carlson, managing director of the Rancho Valencia resort, acknowledged that the resort has received noise complaints from neighbors. In response, he said, the resort has hired URS Corp., an internationally-known engineering firm, to design a sound system that will allow the resort to continue to have live music at its events, but reduce the sound impact on neighbors. The resort has met with neighbors, he said, and other than the Mendez family, “They’ve ended up satisfied that our efforts that we’re putting forth have merit.” While he declined to comment directly on the lawsuit, he said, “We have developed some pretty strong plans with a thirdparty sound engineer which we think will be helpful and responsive to the complaints we’ve received.” The engineering company has designed a twopronged approach, said

Carlson. First, acoustic panels and a partial bandshell will be installed to absorb sound and contain it within the resort property. Second, a system of smaller speakers will be installed closer to where events are held, so that the main amplification system can be run at a lower decibel level. Equipment to monitor sound from resort events will also be installed. “It’s an important and large investment, but one that we’ve committed to do. And one that we think will work. Experts tell us it will work,” Carlson said. Work on the new sound system is taking place as the resort prepares to reopen following a $30 million renovation and upgrade project launched in January. The project includes changes throughout the resort, from logos and color schemes, to a new bar, restaurant and spa upgrades. Carlson said a date has not yet been set for the grand reopening. In their lawsuit, the Mendez family contends the improvements are designed to increase size of events, which will make the problem even worse. Carlson said that to his knowledge, the resort has not violated any county ordinances related to noise from its events, but its owners want to resolve the noise issue. “As neighbors, we’re committed to trying to work through the issue, and any issues that come up. That’s our style,” he said. Not everyone who lives on or near the resort has issues with the noise. Lauretta Prestera, who lives in one of the 30 or so private residences on the resort property, said she and her neighbors knew what they were getting into when they bought their homes, and they enjoy the excitement and amenities offered by living in a resort community. Over the years, she said, people have complained about all sorts of noise generated by the resort, including the pounding of tennis balls from its courts. “The general consensus here is we moved into this community because we wanted the resort lifestyle,” she said. “And we were fully aware they have parties, events, weddings. It’s part of what we do and how we live on a day-by-day basis.” “It’s excitement. It’s fun to be around a celebration,” she said.

TENNIS continued from page 21 10 people of the Class of 2006 and then began calling for nominations and having a selection committee help

vet the nominations. They select people in several categories: world class; college great and junior standouts; coaches, teaching pros and mentors; community service, philanthropy, officiating and media; and senior success. Once they name the inductees, Belinsky gets to tell them and gather some of their memorabilia for the trophy case. It’s always fun, he said, to get their reactions. Dick Roberson, now a Phoenix resident, “almost started to cry he was so touched,” he said, noting that Roberson and Barth, who lives in South Carolina, will be coming with their families to the event. They won’t be alone. Both Holladay and Redondo said their families will definitely be with them on Aug. 25 to share the honor – and the public is invited to join the fun as well, Belinsky noted.

BULL continued from page 3 sporadic. Participants know the bulls have been released when they hear a rocket shot off, and the entire run from corral to bull ring takes about four minutes. Some of the participants make it into the ring, where the first group of bulls is penned, before others are released into the crowd. Each night, bull fights are held, in which the six original bulls that participated in the morning’s run are killed. At the end of this year’s festival, four people who were injured during the running of the bulls remained hospitalized, and all were expected to recover, according to the festival’s official website. Some have protested the running of the bulls and subsequent bull fights, contending they amount to animal cruelty. In past years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has organized a “running of the nudes” to publicize its concerns, and held topless “lie-ins” on Pamplona streets.

iPADS continued from page 1 for teachers, 170 new student computer monitors, Apple TVs for all of the classrooms, iPads for all of the teachers and an additional six iPads in each K-6 classroom and 10 for special education.

Two optional iPad training sessions have been held for teachers, this summer with 22 teachers attending. “They were excited, obviously nervous but the feedback was the training made them more relaxed and feeling good about coming back,” Schaub said.

PLOT continued from page 1 tims, including photographs. The four witnesses were not identified, but the complaint says Martinez referred to women in La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe. In the original tax case, Martinez admitted that he stole $11 million total from his victims and used it to purchase a beach house in Mexico, home improvements, use of a private aircraft, make $2 million in investments and pay off around $2 million in loans and credit card debt, according to prosecutors. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the defendant created falsely inflated tax returns and had his clients write checks to a fake trust account instead of directly to the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board. He also had them file current year estimated taxes into the same account. He then converted the funds to his own use, prosecutors said. The tax forms he actually filed with the government indicated his clients owed little or no money. Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Hayes on Nov. 30. If the judge runs the sentences consecutively, he could be sentenced to nearly 100 years behind bars.

MANAGER continued from page 1 ernments in the country. ``It’s with a great deal of heartfelt pride that I just want to wish you the very best, the best to your family for whatever you decide to do,’’ Roberts said. ``I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to do things.’’ Ekard, whose wife and three daughters were in attendance, said he was privileged to have led the county staff. The chief administrative officer oversees 40 departments, manages around 15,000 employees and implements directives by the supervisors. No successor was immediately announced, but the

board was expected to go into closed session later that day to discuss how to proceed.

SPACE continued from page 2 land resembles a sleeping woman – consists of 502 acres south of San Marcos and west of Escondido. It takes in the summit, southern slopes and a secluded valley below Mt Whitney, a prominent local high point. This pristine landscape supports the many plants and animals of the chaparral, sage scrub and oak woodland habitats. Located between the trail systems of San Marcos and those of the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and County of San Diego Parks and Recreation lands, Sleeping Lady Ridge represents a tremendous opportunity for connected outdoor recreation for hikers, bikers and equestrians – without the need for long travel distances. At least two development schemes have been proposed for the land, with up to 1000 new homes suggested, the most recent ending in foreclosure — opening the door for TECC to preserve this valuable resource permanently. “Access to experiencing nature is an essential part of human happiness and health and TECC envisions these lands becoming part of a regional open space preserve. The close proximity to the densely populated North County Cities of Escondido and San Marcos will allow easy access, perhaps even a trail head at a nearby Sprinter station” Barker said. TECC’s task now is to assemble a coalition of green-minded investors to assist in closing escrow this year. The long-term goal is to transfer the acreage to County Parks and Recreation or a similar agency for permanent preservation. “Based on the natural value of this land and the interest by wildlife agencies in its preservation, we are very optimistic that long term permanent preservation is possible. Our critical challenge is to find the supporters for the near-term action to secure the land now” Mr. Barker stated. “All interested in helping out, in any way, no matter how small, should contact the TECC office on (760) 471 9354 or email information@escondidocreek. org.” For more information visit www.escondidocreek. org. — Submitted press release

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For local resident Tristan Prettyman, tribulations lead to musical triumph

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BY ROB LEDONNE Torrey Pines High School alumnus and Capitol Records singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman’s career is currently at a turning point. She’s in the midst of a promo tour for her third album, “Cedar + Gold,” and right now is catching her breath after performing a show in Minneapolis. “Yesterday we played on a beautiful lake for a few hundred people for a station here that has been a big supporter,” she explained from her Twin Cities hotel room. “Now we have a couple days to relax.” If advance buzz for “Cedar + Gold” is any indication, Prettyman’s not going to be able to relax for long. The album’s first single, “My Oh My,” recently landed a spot on the latest edition of the hugely popular “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilation series, alongside tracks by such heavyweights as Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and Usher. Additionally, the internet can’t seem to stop gossiping about the album’s allusions to her former relationship with fellow singer/ songwriter Jason Mraz, a fact Prettyman isn’t coy about. “One thing that drives me crazy is when someone in the public eye denies that something (they created) isn’t from personal experience, but everyone knows

that it is. I thought ‘Wow, I’m getting really specific,’ especially when I was writing about actual phone calls and voicemails. I think my job as an artist is to be there with a net and sort through everything I’m feeling.” Prettyman’s talents as a musician were honed during formative years in this area and she has vivid memories of her upbringing in the area, including walking to the former dirt field where the Del Mar Highlands Town Center now sits. “When I was a kid, me and my brother would go there and just run around,” she remembers. “When the McDonald’s was built, we used to walk from our house and make it a field trip.” Prettyman, who learned to surf at 15th street in Del Mar and bought her first CDs at the now defunct Warehouse at the Highlands, still has a strong affinity for the area. “Every time I fly into San Diego, I feel a little breath of relief and fresh air,” she explains. “I tried to entertain the idea of living other places, but it’s so amazing here. I love being able to stop by places like the Belly Up, and run into people that I know who don’t treat me differently. Regardless of how much the area has grown, it still feels

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like a small community.” While Prettyman’s parents still live in Carmel Valley and she calls Solana Beach home, the new album was created entirely in Encinitas. “My dad originally bought this house (in Encinitas) in the 1960s and after my parents moved to

Carmel Valley, they kept it as a rental. It was always my dream to remodel it, so we redid the backyard, floors, and kitchen.” At the same time following the release of her 2008 album “Hello...x,” she was toying with the idea of giving up music after feeling burnt out. “I was just

over it,” she says now. “I wanted to travel to find my anchor again and just kind of live and have experiences. I traveled for a year, which was amazing and didn’t even pick up a guitar.” When she finally decided to delve into songwriting again, doctors discovered polyps on her vocal chords, which is the kiss of death for any singer. The polyps were eventually removed, and Prettyman found herself falling for Mraz, who she had previously dated. Mraz himself was hot off the heels of the smash track “I’m Yours,” one of the most popular songs in recent chart history. Reuniting led to a fourmonth engagement, the implosion of which inspired the album. Said Prettyman: “When [the engagement ended], it was like the rug was swept from out under my feet. I noticed something stirring inside of me, and that situation made the writing just pour out of me. I had written 60-something songs before that point, but nothing I was excited about. Then, after the vocal surgery and the breakup, it got to a point where the river overflowed. I was bummed because I didn’t want to write a break-up record, but my gut feeling was to get out of the way and stop being

picky about what was coming out of me. The record sort of wrote itself.” Tracking Prettyman’s career thus far, it’s clear to see that her tribulations led directly to her triumph of completing her latest album, all of which rests on the bedrock of her life in the North County area. Despite her strifes however, Prettyman says she “doesn’t have a problem” talking about them: “This record is so personal; it’s important for people to know that no one is perfect. It doesn’t matter if you’re a songwriter, you’re human and still have to work on relationships.” “Cedar + Gold,” will be released by Capitol Records on Sept. 25. Its lead single, “My Oh My,” is available for download now. Prettyman will next be performing in the San Diego area next on Sept. 8 for Anthology & 102.1 KPRI’s Street Beat in Downtown’s Little Italy. For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.kprifm. com/pages/main For more information, visit www.tristanprettyman. com and

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The Sky Room at La Valencia Hotel

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Lamb with mushrooms, zucchini, garlic and rosemary.

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Raw scallop with watermelon, radish and cucumber. The dining room offers ocean views from every seat.


Dine ‘atop La Jolla’ in La Valencia’s view-studded Sky Room BY KELLEY CARLSON ith The Sky Room’s expansive ocean views and intimate, romantic atmosphere, guests may get the feeling that they are on Cloud Nine. Located on the 10th floor of the La Valencia Hotel, the restaurant is often the site of special occasions — anniversaries and engagements — and destination dining. And The Sky Room recently had its own reason to celebrate: after being closed for nine months due to elevator renovations, it reopened July 13. At that time, the establishment debuted a menu consisting of California-American cuisine combined with European technique from Chef Luke Johnson, formerly of Red Velvet Wine Bar. Guests relinquish control when ordering from Johnson’s tasting menu, which features anywhere from five to eight courses that “may expand or contract on a whim,” said Andrew Mosblech, director of food and beverage at La Valencia Hotel. Mosblech described the dishes as “clean, precise and modern,” but rooted in a simple approach and sensibility. He pointed out that it’s not food typically seen in San Diego, but is more likely to be found in culinary capitals such as San Francisco, New York and Chicago. The ingredients are complex, yet simple,


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■ La Valencia’s Tomato, Basil, Beans Manchego and come in multiple textures and variations. Guests will always know what is in their dish (for example, the lamb entree incorporates zucchini, mushrooms and garlic) but each of those ingredients may be prepared in different ways, creating unique combinations. “It’s a surprise of sorts,” Johnson explained. The summer-tasting menu includes raw scallop with watermelon, radish and cucumber; chilled tomato soup with heirloom beans, basil and manchego; and pork belly ravioli with corn and blueberry. Dishes are sized in small portions to allow for the complete tasting experience. Items can be ordered a la carte, but Mosblech

noted it takes about four courses on average to make a satisfying meal. The cost of the entire menu is $95, with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $55. Along with the food, part of The Sky Room experience is enjoying “unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla Cove,” Mosblech said. In the early evening hours, “we’re all about the light and the sea,” he said, as the lowering sun’s rays touch the 35-seat dining room, which is accented with florals and nautilus shells. During sunset, guests often step outside onto a small walkway and snap photographs of the golden-orange glow over the water. At night, the restaurant becomes soft, calm and intimate, with the surrounding mirrors and glass reflecting the candles and recessed lighting. Mosblech said reservations are highly recommended. Some patrons visit the restaurant for an after-dinner drink, since there are a variety of selections from the full bar, but Mosblech suggests making time for refined dining. “Enjoy happy hour (downstairs), then come up here and have the dinner of your life,” he said.

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The Fish Market’s update enhances restaurant while maintaining popular elements BY KELLEY CARLSON More than 30 years after The Fish Market’s Solana Beach location opened, the management decided it was time to dive into renovations. For a more updated look, changes were made to the interior during an eightweek process that started Memorial Day weekend and was almost completely wrapped up by the start of the Del Mar racing season. The main idea for the project was to visually enhance the restaurant so it had a lighter feel, according to Dwight Colton, vice president of operations for Fish Market Restaurants. With designer David Robinson and contractor Greg Jenkins on board for the project —the first major dining room renovation since the site opened in 1981 — the essence of the classic fish house theme with teak and nautical elements was kept. A number of changes were made, including the replacement of the darkbrown cork ceiling with a lighter acoustic material to brighten the interior. “There’s not a feeling like something is right on

The upgraded Fish Market top of you,” Colton said. Some tables were substituted with booths, adding a feeling of warmth, he said. There is also new fabric, in which some of the original burgundy color was maintained, but brown and lighter tones were added. The walls are brighter, yet they continue to display black-and-white seafaring images. There is now more etched glass, as well. Artist Jay Curtis, who provided all the previous works in The Fish Market, created additional pieces with images such as marlin and tuna that were placed on doors

between the main and back dining areas, and partitions between booths. Furthermore, the main dining room and back room are now “more incorporated” so there’s not a tworoom feeling to the restaurant, Colton said. In the back, partitions were removed and booths installed, in an effort to make the area more “flexible” for different-sized parties. Up to 50 people can be accommodated. Finally, the private conference room was enhanced: Small tables were removed and replaced with a large, single table that can accom-

modate up to 14 people. The style of chairs was changed, and lighting was improved, providing a more “private, fun feel,” Colton said. During the period of renovation, 20 percent of the restaurant was closed at a time. It was accomplished without any disruptions, as it occurred during the San Diego County Fair — typically a slow period for The Fish Market. “We were able to accommodate everybody,” Colton said. A soft opening to debut the look was held July 18, and so far, the response has been positive. “The feedback has been tremendous,” Colton said. “People really like the booths and the lighter feeling.” He noted that many guests know something has changed, but they can’t really pinpoint what it is. “It’s different, but not dramatically different,” Colton said. That was one of the goals. “One of the mandates from the owners was that we don’t want to lose who we are,” Colton said. “Often, restaurants will remodel and

change who they are in the process. We love who we are, and we think our guests do, as well.” A special event to promote the new look is being planned sometime after the racing season ends on Sept. 5, according to Colton. Similar projects could be in store for other Fish Market locations, as well. Colton said the management will see how the changes at the Solana Beach site translates to the other restaurants. One is in San Diego; the remaining four are in the Bay Area. The local Fish Market is at 640 Via de la Valle in Solana Beach. Call (858) 755-2277 or go to

RSF Firefighters to host annual pancake breakfast and Open House

The Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Association (RSFFPA) and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) are hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. – noon, at RSF Fire Station 1, 16936 El Fuego in Rancho Santa Fe. District firefighters will be on hand to serve pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee for a requested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for kids. In addition to breakfast, the event will include an open house featuring station tours, photos with the firefighters, fire engine and ambulance displays, a chance to spray a fire hose with a firefighter, a Basic CPR class, and jump houses. Baked goods and T-shirt will be available for purchase to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. For more information, please visit or call 858-756-5971. The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is “To protect life, property, and environment through prevention, preparedness, education and emergency response.” Formed in 1946, the Fire District now spans approximately 38-square miles and protects over 29,000 citizens. The Fire District currently operates out of four full-time fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, and 4S-Ranch.



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Four-time Paralympic gold medalist/author and local resident join forces to help others BY KATHY DAY Bettie Youngs spent last Friday with a group of local cyclists and four-time Paralympic gold medal sprinter Tony Volpentest. It wasn’t just a social visit though. The Del Mar woman and the cyclists were part of a volunteer team from Fuller Center San Diego that was refurbishing two homes in Oceanside. Volpentest was on hand to share some words of inspiration with three young residents of the homes. Youngs is executive director of the local affiliate of the national organization started by her friends Linda and Millard Fuller. Before starting the Fuller Center, Millard had founded and headed Habitat for Humanity, but left in 2005 after he and the directors didn’t see eye to eye, Youngs said. “When he was fired he decided he wanted to go in a different direction,” she said, adding that he told her “I’m not done helping others have homes.” But instead of building homes and turning them and the mortgages over to the homeowners in need, this time he set out to find houses in disrepair, fix them up and rent them. “We stay present with the resident and continue to improve these homes in low-income neighborhoods,” Youngs said, noting that the homes are “very blighted so they chip away at the repairs.” That’s what they were doing on Friday. The Fuller Center Biking Adventure groups have been riding since July 25 throughout 31 states, working on homes around the country. The group of 27 that arrived in San Diego after riding down the coast from Seattle gathered in Oceanside where they split into two groups. At one home they painted the interior of the house, as well as the garage and fence and did general yard work, cleaning up what Youngs described as a “jungle.” They also showed up with a playhouse for the family’s two daughters. At the other, where Volpentest visited with the three young boys, the volunteers tore out the kitchen cabinets and replaced them with new ones donated by Novi Industries. Yardwork was part of the day there, too, as was power-

washing the house and fence. As part of the arrangement, Youngs and other Fuller Center volunteers visit the homes regularly to make sure the tenants are taking care of the properties. They also help when needed with temporary loans if they can’t make a utility bill or need other assistance, Youngs added. “This is not a handout,” she said. “These are good, gracious homeowners.” Youngs Volpentest with his new book, ‘Fastest said the work Man in the World: The Tony Volpentest day was a blessStory.’ PHOTO/JON CLARK ing, seeing the families celebrate the improvements on their homes and the smiles of satisfaction on the cyclists’ faces at the end of the day. Having Volpentest there was an extra treat, she added. A friend of hers, he is also a customer of her company, Bettie

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Psychiatrist’s groundbreaking book explores global religions World traveler Edward A. Siegel finds commonalities in his ‘Spiritual Odyssey to be with God’ BY DIANE WELCH Most everyone has had some sort of spiritual journey, many finding a path that becomes true for them, according to Edward A. Siegel, M.D. However, this notion raised two major questions for the Solana Beach-based psychiatrist. How did man, from his earliest epoch to modern-day, arrive with the concept of an ultimate creator, despite the limitations of the brain to understand how something was created from nothing? And how did that evolve into thousands of faith-based traditions? Siegel pondered these questions and asked friends about their religious opinions and experiences. It became obvious that despite the brain’s limitations, major religions—without exception—embrace the concept of an ultimate creator. Then on delving deeper into their varied belief-systems, Siegel observed distinct commonalities. What started as a curious notion to explore these variations has now been crafted into a ground-breaking book: “A Spiritual Odyssey to be with God (12000 BC-2012 AD) Despite Limitations of the Brain,” an anthology that presents the most personal retell-

ings of the common themes of religion contributed by 14 co-authors, many of them highly distinguished in their respective fields. Excerpts from the writings of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, provide an eloquent epilogue. The anthology’s concept emerged when Siegel, an independent world-traveler, was on an extended trip that took 40 days and 40 nights. “I thought, ‘Gee that sounds a little biblical. I wonder if I’ll have a revelation?’” he recalled. Then 37 days into his trip he spontaneously composed a dense 81word sentence, which he calls his “laconic synthesis.” This sentence states that all major religions provide a sense of belonging and identity, the expression of awe and faith, they teach us about gratitude and contrition, they offer opportunities to learn right from wrong, to have hope, and to help us celebrate life’s major events. Among the book’s co-authors are the internationallyknown entertainer and inspirational speaker Ben Vereen; India’s treasured Hindu Kathak dancer Purnima Jha; and the former President of Parliament for Benin, West Africa, the Hon. Kolawole Idji.

Dr. Edward A. Siegel with his book. PHOTO/JON CLARK Others include an Episcopal priest, a Libyan Muslim, a rabbi, Catholic and Presbyterian deacons, a Hindu psychiatrist, a Buddhist city engineer, and more. Each share an essential aspect of his or her religion, an aspect common to all religions. Former Solana Beach resident, Anne Siefert, Ph.D., contributed a chapter on religious confu-


sion. She was brought up Catholic and Mormon, attended a predominantly Jewish school on Long Island, then married a Methodist. In her adulthood she discovered an inner spirituality though meditation and, most recently, through the weekly Solana Beach community sing-alongs led by Siegel. “At the Community Sing I felt in touch with my soul,” she wrote. In preparation to craft her chapter, Siefert had to access her religious history, long since pushed into the recesses of memory. She found the process “painful, yet cathartic.” In reading the completed book, however, Siefert was delighted with how each author presented interesting religious perspectives, and then later described their own pathway to spiritual growth, she said. “The book itself is like a patchwork quilt. With each different religion, the reader almost walks in the shoes of the author as it is lived, learned, accepted or rejected.” Albert Einstein once stated that, “there is an order in the universe that is beyond comprehension,” leading him to famously state that “God does not play dice,” noted Siegel. Accordingly,


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Foster teens of San Pasqual Academy to benefit from ‘Teens, Jeans and Dreams’ equestrian event Sept. 8 Don’t miss an evening of excitement and thrills on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Put on your jeans and western boots and join in the fun. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is organizing a Team Penning Event to benefit the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Chairpersons for this competition are Rancho Santa Fe residents, Bill and Connie Mc Nally. Charger Quentin Jammer is the Honorary Chairperson. Committee members include Lois Jones, Ann Boon, Monica Sheets, Teri Summerhays, Kathy Lathrum, Andrea Reynolds, Heidi Hollen, Karen Ventura, Joanie Spence, Debby Syverson and Joan Scott. Sponsors of Teens, Jeans, and Dreams are Ken and Carole Markstein, Markstein Beverage, Art and Catherine Nicholas, Bill and Donna Herrick, Northern Trust, The Ecke Family, Jim and Ann Boon, Bill and Connie Mc Nally and Gene and Karen Ventura. Local riders riding in this event include Hap Hansen, Dave Allred, Gene Ventura, Hannah Ankeny, Caroline Thomas, Heather Moore, Hannah Fyckt, John Daley, Philip Wilkinson, Joy Bancroft, Melisse Mossy, Marcy Gehrke, Jenn Marun, Crosby Bennett, Bill Cuddeback, Ken Markstein, George Scott, Susie Kaplan, Anne Mc Cabe, Juliette Hendertrott, Kasey Mc Farlane, Renee Du Pont, Linda Gove, Scott Harrris, Joan Scott and many other competitors. What is team penning? This is a very exciting and fun activity to watch that involves horses, western riders and cows. It is

a timed competition, where a team of three riders on horses attempt to put three of the same numbered cows in a pen. The team that does this the fastest, wins! Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds. There are 30 numbered cows in a herd and each team must cut three specific cows that have the same number out of the herd. They must bring these cows down to the other end of the arena and put them in a corral. If more than four cows cross over a designated line, the team is disqualified. Many amusing things happen trying to accomplish this feat! Cost of a ringside VIP Sponsor box is $1,200, which includes dinner and beverages for six people, a VIP Wine Reception and a Silent Auction. There is a limited supply of VIP Boxes and they must be purchased in advanced by calling 858-759-3298. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, 12 and under. A “Calcutta” will start at 6 p.m. before the competition begins. This provides the opportunity to purchase a team that one feels will win the competition. The purse is shared by the highest bidder of the team that wins the Team Penning event. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that enriches the lives of foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. For further questions regarding this information, please call (858) 759-3298 or visit www.friendsofsanpasqualacademy. org. Donations can also be sent to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.


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Author discusses ‘Munich Memoir’ at RSF event


ne of the five Israeli Olympic survivors, Dan Alon, of the Munich Olympics in 1972 talked about his book “Munich Memoir” at an event hosted by Chabad Jewish Center of RSF on Aug. 7 at a private RSF residence. For more, see story on page A5. PHO-


Hathan Rosenblat, Mary Oblon, David Oblon, Abe Ordover

Author Dan Alon with Rabbi Levi Raskin

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Del Mar racetrack’s musical history long and storied BY ROB LEDONNE The year was 1994 when organizers at the Del Mar Racetrack took a chance. Instead of just relying on their world-famous horse racing, what if they invited a local band to perform, adding an extra element of entertainment and luring a younger crowd? Little did they know, that band (which was the Rugburns) was the first in a very long line of acts that has transformed the Del Mar track and helped turn it into a premier summer concert music venue. Chris Bahr, the current director of events and promotions at the track, was a seasonal worker back then and is a member of the team that ushered in this new musical era for Del Mar. “After that first year with the single band, the next summer we invited multiple acts to perform throughout the season,” he says, remembering the race track’s humble musical beginnings. Performances were held in the relatively small Plaza de Mexico, and organizers noticed how attendance would spike on band days, even though Bahr notes the roster back then “consisted of mostly local

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acts.” Between 1995 and 1997, four to five bands came to Del Mar, all relatively obscure but locally popular then. Every year more and more people attended, leading organizers to invite seven bands each summer between 1998 and 2000. However, a single performance in 2001 is all it took to catapult the concert series to prominence and turn it into a signature Southern California event. It was Aug. 17 when a then-little-known singer/songwriter named Jack Johnson was slated to appear. “I had seen Jack perform at a small beach festi-

val two months before,” explains Bahr. “There were only 50-100 people in attendance,” and at the time Bahr and his team were expecting the Johnson show at the track to be a typical event. “Up until that point we were having around 5,000 people come to the shows, but for Johnson 12,000 showed up. He blew up in a real short time.” Bahr and his team were overwhelmed with the turnout: “It was very rough operationally. Luckily his music wasn’t too hardcore.” It would have been impossible to know then, but it was the night that many say shot Johnson to stardom, and also served as proof to organizers that concerts at the track were something to invest in. Said Bahr: “That Jack Johnson show made us realize that we can really start filling attendance at the track with national acts, so the next year we increased our budget and began bringing in established groups.” Throughout the years, countless bands have performed at the track, including The B52’s, ZZ Top, The Flaming Lips, Alice in Chains, and Ziggy Marley (who is returning for his



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venues can host events any day of the week.” Bahr and his team have a certain criteria for choosing acts; all bands appeal to those between the ages of 18 and 35 and many have an alternative rock slant, though Bahr explains he’d like to see that change in the future: “Next year we hope to branch out and have some DJs, classic rock, and perhaps even some country.” Whatever Bahr and his team are doing seems to be working. Since that Johnson

show every year has brought bigger audiences, and the distinction of most popular event ever is credited to Weezer’s Aug. 21, 2010 performance. “The Weezer show brought in close to 25,000 extra people compared to a regular Saturday,” estimates Bahr. “Total attendance was around 43,000, which almost set our alltime attendance record for a single day.” As for exactly why musical acts at the horse track became so popular, Bahr can think of a few reasons: “It’s a fabulous day of entertainment at a great price. At other venues you’d pay $50 to see a bands that you can see here for $6 or, if you’re part of our club, it’s just $3. It’s also a great venue; our current stage is located towards the sunset, and the band starts playing at twilight. All in all, it’s kind of a magical feeling.” Adds Bahr: “We never thought it’d get this big.” For more information on this summer’s concert series, which includes upcoming performances by Ben Harper, Ozomatli, and Jimmy Cliff, visit the track’s home on the web: http://

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‘Animal Talk’: Local resident writes book about communication with animals BY CLAIRE HARLIN Debra Saum says she’s been talking to animals since she was a child. “As a kid I was always outside talking to the butterflies and I couldn’t understand why people couldn’t hear what they were saying,” said the local resident and author. “If I saw a lizard I would say, ‘Are you hot?’ If I saw a bird I’d say, ‘Are you happy?’ At a young age I always wanted to understand if the animals around me felt good, things like that.” Saum recently released the book “Animal Talk, What Do They Have To Say?,” a collection of animal portraits she has painted over the years and the amazing things she said these creatures have talked to her about. “Communicating with animals is the most natural thing. It happens every day between people and the animals they love,” she said. “My work simply celebrates that connection we all have with other species.” “Animal Talk” is designed for readers of all ages, and it’s an easy read full of short inspirational quotes and original paintings of the animals who Saum said shared those ideas with her. Most of the featured animals are those Saum was hired to paint, and in the process of painting those animals, usually from a photograph of someone’s pet. “I talk to them while I paint them,” said Saum, a San Diego native. “The premise is using telepathy, and telepathy takes place whether you are there or not. I can do animal communication sessions over the phone, and people say ‘How can you talk to my dog when you are not there with them?’” Saum explains it like so: Telepathy works on a frequency like brain waves, and animals predominantly communicate through body language or telepathy. “We can’t see thoughts but we can hear them,” she said. “We all have a sixth sense; it’s all a matter of learning how to use it.” “Animal Talk” isn’t Saum’s first book. Her book, “Horse As Teacher … The Path to Relationship” focuses specifically on the relationships between people and horses. It is available for purchase at Frustrated Cowboy, a Western boutique

Author Debra Saum with Romeo, the horse that inspired her book “Horse As Teacher … The Path to Relationship.” in the Del Mar Village, and was fashioned after Saum’s relationship with a horse she had for years, Romeo. The book features 10 successful horse women from around the world and the spiritual connections they have with their horses.

Saum also wrote the book “Animal Joy,” which, like “Animal Talk,” celebrates her concept of “talking art” and features messages from some of her favorite clients. “Sometimes humorous but always inspiring, these vibrant paintings and pearls of wisdom will touch your heart and open your mind,” wrote Saum on her website. Saum said the things animals have talked to her about are varied, both serious and simple. For example, Saum said a chinchilla named Jasmine once told her she was uncomfortable when her owners would pick her up because they had a funny smell. “The image I was getting in my head was of someone washing their hands in what looked to be cake flour,” said Saum. “I told the owners this, at the risk of them thinking I am nuts.” But Saum said they pointed out a container of chinchilla dust, which chinchillas roll around in to clean themselves, and she put the pieces together — that Jasmine wanted her owners to wash their hands in the dust. “I always let the animals know that no matter how weird it may seem, I will always convey what they tell me to their people,” Saum said. For more information on Saum, visit www.debrasaum. com or email her at

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The Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm Program provides senior citizens with free smoke alarms and installation. Fire service personnel from various fire departments throughout the county and other volunteer groups assist the Burn Institute year-round in installing the smoke alarms. To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older, own your own home, and not currently have a working smoke alarm. To sign up, call the Burn Institute at (858) 541-2277. Visit

The City of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting the 8th annual Beach Blanket Movie Night at Fletcher Cove Park on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The evening begins with live music by Kevin Miso followed by “Lost and Found,” a short children’s film by Oliver Jeffers. BBMN’s feature presentation is “One California Day” by filmmakers Mark Jeremias and Jason Baffa. BBMN offers plenty of refreshments (popcorn, ice cream, cookies and brownies) and a raffle with big ticket prizes — including a Firewire surfboard, beach cruiser bicycle from Revolution Bike Shop, Surf Ride Complete Skateboard, and a Billabong wetsuit. Raffle and refreshment tickets will be available inside the park for a suggested donation of $1 per ticket. All proceeds from BBMN will be used to benefit future Solana Beach Parks and Recreation projects or events. So bring a blanket, pack a picnic and head on down to Fletcher Cove Park on Aug. 25 for a fun-filled evening of movies under the stars. Fletcher Cove Park is located at 111 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach.

Regional events Santa Anna Condition John Valadez, considered the most significant artist to develop a realist pictorial language recording the Chicano experience in Los Angeles during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, is exhibiting his work through Sept. 2 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: $5$10. Free 5-7 p.m. on third Thursdays (Aug. 16). The Sculpture Garden is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. (858) 454-3541. New on the Scene The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s 21st annual Juried Exhibition continues through Sept. 1 at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, showcasing the work of 48 local artists. This year’s selections were chosen by jurors Ben Strauss-Malcolm (Quint Contemporary Art) and Jill Dawsey (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego). Admission is free, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. (858) 454-5872. Fashion and Fun The 35th annual Haute with Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (a nonprofit training center for developmentally disabled adults in East County) runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd. Tickets: $90 ($185 for VIP). (619) 442-5129, ext. 115. Fairy Tales in the Park San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will stage its fourth annual family event with performances 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 in the Casa del Prado Theatre, 1800 Village Place, Balboa Park. Doors open 30 minutes before each 45-minute show. This year’s tales: “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Beauty & the Beast,” narrated by a storyteller and interpreted by student dancers and guest artists. Tickets: $10. (619) 2333060. SummerFest Concerts La Jolla Music Society’s chamber music concert series continues through Aug. 24 with free-to-the-public rehearsals and musician encounters, evening performances and preludes at Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. This week, hear Beethoven’s “Other Masterpieces,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17; Viva Tango! An Evening with Pablo Ziegler, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18; The Hoffman Family Affair in classics, 3 p.m. Aug. 19; Schubert III, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21; The Complete Brahms Trios, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Tickets: $50 and $75. (858) 459-3728. View the schedule at Epically Speaking … “An Iliad” has its regional premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, posing the question, “Has anything really changed since the Trojan War?” The show is tour-de-force performance by actor Henry Woronicz (pictured) as The Poet. Also stars the music of Mark Bennett, played by bassist Brian Ellingsen. Matinees and evenings to Sept. 9, Mandell Weiss Forum, UCSD campus, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. Tickets from $26. (858) 550-1010.

Upcoming concerts •Sat., Aug. 25, Zel’s Del Mar, 8-10 p.m. , Robin Henkel and Kellie Rucker play award-winning blues and jazz (guitar/vocals and harmonica, respectively), 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar (858) 755-0076. Free, but purchase suggested — all ages • The Grand Del Mar’s “Summer Concerts At The Grand” eight-concert series runs every Sunday through Sept. 2 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and show times beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling 800-820-9884. •The City of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern summer “Concerts at the Cove” events are held every Thursday from 6-7:45 p.m. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 858-720-2453. •The Del Mar racing season’s concert schedule can be found at or

Chorus auditions coming up La Jolla Symphony Chorus will hold auditions for openings in all sections on Saturdays Aug. 25 and Sept. 8. The 125-voice chorus rehearses on Monday evenings at the UC San Diego, Conrad Prebys Music Center. Concerts are given throughout the season on the UCSD campus, as well as at San Diego venues. Chorus membership is open to community members with music training and to students at UCSD. For an audition appointment, singers may call chorus manager Mea Daum at (858) 243-2045 or send an e-mail to For more details on the audition process, click on “Chorus Auditions” at The chorus repertoire for the 2012-2013 season includes masterworks by Brahms, Britten, and Vaughan Williams.

La Jolla Literary Festival coming Sept. 21-23 Experience the 1st Annual La Jolla Literary Festival Sept. 21-23 at the Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, featuring keynote speaker Mitch Album. The La Jolla Literary Festival will gather more than a dozen notable authors who are experts on subjects ranging from art to international affairs. Featured authors include Martin Amis, Ridley Pearson, Lee Woodruff, Jeffrey Lyons, and other luminaries who will be discussing and signing their books. Presentations promise to be engaging and offer warmth and humor as well as intellectual ideas. Passes to the festival are $550 each and include catered breakfast on Friday and Saturday in the spectacular water view Coast Room, and a gourmet picnic lunch on Saturday to be enjoyed at the park across from the museum, on the beach outside the museum, or downtown. Discounted parking, Warwick’s onsite bookstore, and complimentary gift wrapping are among the pleasantries pass holders enjoy. In addition, gracious and accommodating staff will make attendees feel welcome and insure they are well served. For more information call (858) 866-6635 or go to

Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show is Aug. 25 The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA) recently announced that its 5th Annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event, showcasing the diverse and unique fashions of local retailers, will be held in the cavernous garage of Encinitas Foreign & Domestic Auto Repair (901 2nd Street , at H Street). The evening begins with an adults-only outdoor reception at 5:30 p.m., featuring wine, beer, appetizers from nearby restaurants, and live music. The party moves indoors at 7 p.m., where the runway models will be accompanied by the music of DJ Gabe Vega and video by Tregtronics. Tickets ($25 general admission, $40 VIP) are on sale at the DEMA office and at www.encinitas101. com. All proceeds benefit the DEMA High School Scholarship Fund.

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Rare orchids up for bid at annual auction An opportunity to bid on and purchase orchids not usually seen in local nurseries presents itself at the annual orchid auction held by the Palomar Orchid Society, 11a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Lake San Marcos Pavilion/Community Center, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. The orchid previews begin at 11 a.m., the bidding starts at noon. Expect to see orchids from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador and Hawaii. Hybrid orchids as well as species will be sold. Society members will be on-hand to answer questions about orchid culture and cultivation. For more information, go to

Del Mar Mud Run is back for its third year San Diegans are getting down and dirty where the “surf meets the dirt” on Oct. 6 as VAVi Sport & Social Club charity opportunities and adult sports leagues, presents its 3rd Annual Del Mar Mud Run 5K at the historic Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds. More than 4,500 have already signed up! The Del Mar Mud Run is 5k race of action-packed fun with more obstacles per mile than any other mud run. This year includes unique over the top obstacles including monkey bars, rope swings, rope bridges and more. It also includes improved versions of old favorites including a large mud

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Lucky Duck Foundation’s annual soiree set for Sept. 10 • Local couple match proceeds raised at the event BY CLAIRE HARLIN What began as private corporate party to raise awareness and fundLocal residents Pat and ing for those living Stephanie Kilkenny. with Falconi anemia, is now an annual event that’s open to the pubic and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The Lucky Duck Foundation on Sept. 10 will host its 4th Annual Swing & Soiree, which consists of a golf tournament and dinner party to follow. While the golf event is almost full, tickets to the 6 p.m. soiree are still available. Entry is $100 but gets you way more than $100 worth of party favors, said Del Mar resident Stephanie Kilkenny, who runs the Lucky Duck Foundation with her husband Pat, who matches every penny raised out of his own pocket. Event proceeds support several causes that are close to the couple’s hearts: The Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Father Joe’s Villages and the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. The soiree will feature heavy appetizers, an open bar, and silent and live auctions. Auction items include VIP backstage passes to the TV show NCIS, a trip on a private plane, various tickets to sporting events, and

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Nonprofit develops new mentoring program for youth using wheelchairs HeadNorth, a local nonprofit providing essential support and resources to individuals and families affected by a spinal cord injury while championing a cure for paralysis has just developed a new twist to their current Peer Mentoring program. This program is aimed at Youth who use a wheelchair for mobility. The program is called “Roll Models” and will launch on Thursday, Aug 23, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at SeaWorld Park. The purpose of Roll Models is to give youth, under 17, living with an injury or disability, who use a wheelchair for mobility, a peer bonding experience by spending a day with an inspirational adult peer mentor. Mentors have all experienced the challenges of reintegrating post-injury/illness back in to life and will be inspirational to this next generation, as they do the same. Youth will meet their mentors for the first time at SeaWorld and both will participate in a day of behind the scenes experiences and programs as well as enjoying the park with their new buddy. The day includes lunch, an ice cream social, lots of entertainment, and most of all a day of memories as they kick off this new peer relationship. San Diego County has approximately 120 new spinal cord injuries each year, many of which are the result of sports-related injuries, vehicle accidents or injuries while in the line of duty such as military or police service. The first year average expenses for paraplegics starts at $270,000 and $478,000 for quadriplegics. Support to these individuals is greatly needed. For more information, visit or or call (858) 350-5199.


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VCA Pacific Petcare Animal Hospital offers comprehensive animal care — with the personal touch BY KAREN BILLING When you walk into VCA Pacific Petcare Animal Hospital in Carmel Country Plaza, it’s possible that one of the two hospital cats, Spiccoli or Jacks, will be there in the lobby ready to greet you. Friendly faces are a specialty at Pacific Petcare, as much of the staff has been there for eight to 17 years. “It may sound cheesy but you don’t often find a hospital where every single person is that invested in the clients and animals and they genuinely care,” said Dr. Leah Smith, medical director. “I’m amazed because that hasn’t been my experience at other places. I can honestly say that their hearts are just in it.” The hospital, decked out in beachy décor, offers a full menu of care for dogs and cats, including typical annual, doctor, sick and wellness exams, full surgery, spay and neuters, arthroscopic surgeries, ultrasounds, digital x-rays, emergency care, endoscopy, in-house lab work and diagnostics, grooming and boarding. The hospital merged with VCA about a year ago, bringing on the addition of three new doctors: Smith, Dr. Geoff Ball and Dr. Karen Soares, who used to be at All Creatures Animal Hospital. Smith, a former member of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, has been with the VCA hospital group for the last four years. She said there is always some concern that VCA is a “big, corporate entity” but that is not the case. “They don’t go in with the intent of changing things, just bringing the hospital into the fold, providing internal support but allowing the hospital to function as a hospital. That’s what drew me to VCA. VCA hos-

pitals retain their personality and doctors are allowed to practice quality medicine the way they see fit.” While still relatively new, the doctors go to an extra effort to build relationships with clients and are extremely hands-on. “I don’t like to have only five or six minutes with clients,” Smith said. “I want to be in there. If it’s my one chance a year to talk to them I want to know what their concerns are. I know with any doctor visit, human or animal, patients don’t really know what questions to ask. I see it as our job to be a little bit more of an investigator for you and uncover problems you didn’t even know you had with your pet.” One of the busiest areas of the hospital lately has been its dental suite. “We do a lot of dentistry here, it’s one of our focuses and one of the improvements made with the new doctors,” said Mari Quinn, hospital manager. Dentistry is a specialty of Dr. Ball’s and with a background in preventative medicine, Smith also places a lot of emphasis on the mouth, which can be the source of several diseases and chronic infections. Smith is trying to bring about a shift in owners’ perceptions about the importance of dental care, making sure pets’ teeth are brushed as much as their own. “The focus is overall dental care and what owners can do at home, to educate them and help them realize that a large part of their pet’s health lies in their hands and in that toothbrush every night,” Smith said. “We practice what we preach: Yes, I brush my pet’s teeth every day.” Another thing VCA hospitals bring are their best care packages. There are great

The staff of VCA Pacific Petcare Animal Hospital. Photo/Karen Billing deals in plans for puppies and kittens, an annual check up plan and senior care plan. The plans go a step further than the normal exam for pets with blood work, heartworm tests, fecal tests and urinalysis, all going back to Smith’s focus on preventative care. “Hopefully the pet gets a clean bill of health but if not, we’re catching things early and addressing the issue before it becomes a problem,” Smith said. The hospital’s hours make it easy for clients to bring pets in—they are open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. “We’re never too busy for any pet,” Quinn said. VCA Pacific Petcare is located at 12720 Carmel Country Road, suite 100. For more information, call (858) 481-1101 or visit

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New Wisdom Warriors Class takes off at Yoga Del Mar Class started in April 2012 for people over 50 BY RICK LEBEAU If you didn’t know better, you could walk into Desirée Rumbaugh’s class at Yoga Del Mar on Wednesday afternoons and think you’d discovered the fountain of youth — or at least some lost tribe of people with superior flexibility genes and the strength of people half their age. That’s because Rumbaugh’s class of “Wisdom Warriors” is comprised of people over 50 who smile and laugh and share their way through a two-hour session of yoga that may be for the young at heart, but definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. Rumbaugh started the class in April 2012, and already has as many as 30 or more yoga practitioners spreading their mats side-byside for 120 minutes of intense poses interspersed with more joy and camaraderie than you will see in any other yoga class. In starting the class targeted toward advanced yogis age 50 and above, she hoped to provide a setting where her peers (both in age and ability) could relax and leave their inhibitions at the door, enabling them to enjoy the yoga experience in a different way than the more tra-

Desirée Rumbaugh’s Wisdom Warriors class. ditionally stoic and serious environments of most yoga settings. If you’ve observed or practiced yoga before, it is easy to notice the contrast in the Wisdom Warriors class. The music is more up tempo, the mood is less somber, the solemn whispers of the normal yoga setting are replaced with joyful interaction and encouragement all along the way. The connections in the class are not just confined to two hours each Wednesday, either. The yogis meet regularly for picnics and potlucks and the occasional gathering highlighted by instruction in how to prepare tasty raw food cuisine.

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Local doctor uses unique business model If you’ve been to the doctor’s office lately, you might wonder why it can take so long and cost so much. Dr. Matt Kurlan explains how his new walk-in clinic in Encinitas is different. “To me, it seems ridiculous to spend more time on the paperwork than the interaction between doctor and patient.” Kurlan says he designed his new office based on his prior experience as an emergency department director. “My job was to improve efficiency and satisfaction scores. I looked at the whole process and identified what steps could be taken to streamline the experience for both patients and those providing care. I used the same approach in designing ASAP Urgent Care.” Dr. Matt Kurlan The new practice is earning 5-star reviews, although the business model is unconventional in that they do not participate in any insurance plans. “By eliminating extra paperwork, there’s more time for what’s really important — listening to the patient, making a correct diagnosis, and discussing treatment options,” Kurlan said. “And by eliminating the huge expense of processing claims, we are able to pass big savings on to our patients.” (For those patients with insurance, he provides a form with billing codes to submit for reimbursement.) “I don’t think people should have to trade off the quality of their care in order to save themselves time and money,” Kurlan said. “Our patients are in and out the door within 30 minutes, on average. For them it’s worthwhile to pay $67 to see a physician and not have to spend hours in the waiting room or worry about receiving an unexpected bill for something not covered by their co-pay.” Kurlan trained at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, completed his emergency medicine residency at Midwestern University in Chicago, and obtained boardcertification in 1996. He practiced in the Midwest for 15 years as a full-time emergency physician and department director prior to launching his urgent care practice. Kurlan is also the author of “The Pearl Dictionary,” a training handbook for residents in primary care and emergency medicine. He has also appeared on the TV show “RESCUE 911” hosted by William Shatner. Kurlan is a member of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine. ASAP Urgent Care is located at 519 Encinitas Blvd. in Encinitas. The practice focuses on acute medical problems that are urgent but not serious enough to warrant hospital services. They can also dispense prescriptions, such as antibiotics, in order to save you a trip to the pharmacy. For more information, visit


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Popular Zel’s Del Mar ready for third anniversary celebration BY KATHY DAY Jenn Powers and Greg Glassman thought about throwing a party after their restaurant, Zel’s Del Mar, had been open for a year. And they thought about it after the second year but, again, it didn’t happen. Now, at the end of their third year at the corner of Camino Del Mar and 13th Street, they are gearing up for a celebration on Aug. 19, the couple said. Their venture into the restaurant business has been an interesting one, said Greg, who noted they opened in the heart of the downturn and without a liquor license. Eventually they got that in a license lottery. “As any restaurant does, we had to spend time figuring out who we were and defining ourselves,” he added. Picking a name was the easy part. They had only to look to Greg’s grandfather, Zel Camiel, who owned one of the first liquor stores in Del Mar where Del Mar Plaza now stands. The honorary mayor of the city, he was known as a great guy and philanthropist who led the drive to raise money for Seagrove Park. The name, Greg said, gives the place “a lot of soul” and also draws a lot of stories out of longtime Del Mar residents who visit the restaurant, with its inviting outdoor patio. The rest of the process in finding an identity took a bit longer. Greg credits their customers for helping them do that: “We have become the locals’ place. … We’re one of the best kept secrets in Del Mar, and our customers want to keep it that way.” But the secret of what they call their “coastal neighborhood restaurant and bar” is getting out. Chef Alex Boswell, who trained at the San Diego Culinary Institute and worked

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These whales have a big presence in the summertime SoCal has the blues, aquarium exhibit has their voices BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT The largest animal on earth is the blue whale, which can be 100 feet long and weigh 150 tons. According to John Hildebrand, head of the whale acoustic lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, one of the best places to see this endangered species is right here, between San Diego and Santa Barbara. “We’ve seen them just two miles from the end of Scripps Pier!” he said. The big blues, hunted close to extinction by 20th-century whalers, seem to be making a comeback along the SoCal coast, with about 2,500 drawn by plentiful supplies of krill, the tiny, shrimp-like plankton they consume by the millions every day. Blue whales are only one of the species featured in “Voices in the Sea,” an interactive exhibit that debuted at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach in 2003, developed in partnership with SIO. Now in a newly expanded format, the award-winning exhibit allows visitors to listen to whale calls, watch rare footage of endangered cetaceans, even get a chance to make whale calls themselves. It is on view at seven institutions

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Legals FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-021457 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Specialty Dog Training b. Shelter to Soldier located at: 11821 Innis Point, San Diego, CA., 92126, San Diego County. Mailing Address: Same as above. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Graham Bloem, 11821 Innis Point, San Diego, CA., 92126. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on 8/10/2012. Graham Bloem. RF263, Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sep. 6, 2012 Trustee Sale No. 254657CA Loan No. 1236200813 Title Order No. 1005230 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S

SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3-21-2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 09-06-2012 at 10:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 03-27-2007, Book NA, Page NA, Instrument 2007-0204360, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of SAN DIEGO County, California, executed by: MOHSEN REIHANIFAM, UNMARRIED MAN, as Trustor, JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee


as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE EAST COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER BY STATUE, 250 EAST MAIN STREET, EL CAJON, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $2,350,694.66 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 18143 CAMINO DE ESTRELLAS RANCHO SANTA FE, CA 92067 APN Number: 265-492-25-00 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 08-132012 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee MARIA MAYORGA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA24379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-8926902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting. com NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following two companies: LPS Agency Sales & Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www. (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting & Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site (Click on the link for “Advanced Search” to search for sale information), using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. P971294 8/16, 8/23, 08/30/2012. RF262 TS# 2910010 TO# 6516740 / (DARIEN MCDONALD) APN: 303100-24-00 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED DECEMBER 28, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that GALT HOLDINGS, INC., a California corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust dated DECEMBER 28, 2007, recorded on JANUARY 2, 2008 as instrument #2008-0001786 of the Official Records of the County of San Diego, State of California, executed by: ALB PROPERTIES, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, under the power or sale contained therein, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at the time of sale) ON AUGUST 28, 2012, 10:00 AM AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE EAST COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER BY STATUE, 250 E. MAIN STREET, EL CAJON, CA 92020, all rights, title and interest conveyed to and now held under said Deed of Trust in the subject real property situated in said County and State and as is more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. In addition to Cash (lawful money of the United States of America), the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state of federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings

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association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this State. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimates costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $3,632,131.25. Said sale will be made, in an “AS-IS, WHERE-IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, all advances thereunder, with interest as provided therein, and the unpaid principal of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The beneficiary may elect, in its discretion, to exercise its rights and remedies in any manner permitted under Section 9501 (4)(A) II of the California Commericial Code, or any other applicable section, as to all or some of the personal property, fixtures and other general tangibles and intangibles more particularly described in the Deed of Trust, Guarantees, UCC’s and/or Security Instruments. The street address(es) and other common designation(s), if any, of the subject real property described above is purported to be: APN 303-100-24-00, 14747 ROXBURY TERRACE, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067; the legal description of which is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and incorporated herein by this reference. EXHIBIT “A” THE LAND REFERRED TO HEREIN IS SITUATED IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, (UNINCORPORATED AREA), COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO AND IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: PARCEL 1: LOT 24 OF COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO TRACT NO. 4865, IN THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ACCORDING TO MAP THEREOF NO. 13355, FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, AUGUST 29, 1996. PARCEL 2: AN EASEMENT AND RIGHT OF WAY FOR INGRESS, EGRESS, DRAINAGE AND PUBLIC UTILITIES OVER, UNDER, ALONG AND ACROSS LOT 28 OF COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO TRACT NO. 4865, IN THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ACCORDING TO MAP THEREOF NO.

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Diego County on 07/20/2012. Ariel Berko. RF255, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019958 Fictitious Business Name(s): Charles Dorsch Shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent, Inc. Located at: 1981 Main Street, San Diego, CA., 92113, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was: 12/01/2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Charles Dorsch, Shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent, Inc., 1981 Main Street, San Diego, CA., 92113. State of Incorporation/ Organization: California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/25/2012. Russell Bruce Thornburg. RF254. Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMEN File No. 2012-018388 Fictitious Business Name(s): From Above Productions located at: 6370 Paseo Aspada, Carlsbad, CA., 92009, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The ďŹ rst day of business was: July 5, 2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Phil Barron, 6370 Paseo Aspada, Carlsbad, CA., 92009. #2. Sam Wells, 3660 SeaďŹ&#x201A;ower Lane, Oceanside, CA., 92056. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/06/2012. Phil Barron. RF253, Jul. 26, Aug. 2, 8, 16, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019501 Fictitious Business Name(s): Sandras Sculpture Studio Located at: 8165 La Milla, Rancho Santa Fe, CA., 92067, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 908, Rancho Santa Fe, CA., 92067. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Sandra Eng, 8165 La Milla, Rancho Santa Fe, CA., 92067. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/19/2012. Sandra Eng. LJ1167, Jul. 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019432 Fictitious Business Name(s): Susan Stone Kummer Located at: 1175 La Moree Rd., San Marcos, CA., 92078, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 1175 La Moree Rd. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Susan Stone Kummer, 1175 La Moree Rd., San Marcos, CA., 92078. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/19/2012. Susan Stone Kummer. RF252, Jul. 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019022 Fictitious Business Name(s): Better Than Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Located at: 535 Broadway #205, El Cajon, CA., 92021, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 13465 Camino Canada, Ste. 106, PMB 427, El Cajon, CA., 92021. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The ďŹ rst day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Better Than Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LLC., 535 Broadway #205, El Cajon, CA., 92021. State of Incorporation/Organization: California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/16/2012. Sheri Wareham. RF251, Jul. 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 2012

Aug. 23 trunk show to benefit local womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter Family of Raanya owner learning to live with Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease BY CLAIRE HARLIN Shahin Pirani and her husband, Karim, had never heard of Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease until their 9-year-old daughter, Karina, was diagnosed last year, only months before opening Raanya eyebrow threading and henna studio in downtown Del Mar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was most heart breaking and difficult to see a very healthy child who enjoyed living her life to the fullest, enjoyed foods, soccer, art, dance, and was called by her teacher â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;queen bee,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; now all of a sudden not able to eat any normal foods the other kids ate,â&#x20AC;? said Pirani, who lives in Carmel Valley. It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been easy for Pirani to get her business off the ground while adapting to cooking an entirely different grain-free, dairy-free diet for Karina so she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experience the symptoms of Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which include constant nausea and bloody stools. But she wants to promote awareness about the disease so people who know others with Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be conscious and sensitive to the debilitating side effects and often young life expectancy. A first step for Pirani in getting the word out will be in the form of an event to take place on Thursday, Aug. 23, at her brow and henna studio, located at 1105A Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brows and Baublesâ&#x20AC;? will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., and she will be offering complimentary threading and henna, with donations accepted to directly benefit the Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Colitis Foundation (CCF). In addition, her studio will be covered wall-

to-wall with the latest jewelry designs from Stella & Dot. Ten percent of proceeds from jewelry sales will also be donated. Wine and light snacks will be served. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a very Karina Pirani debilitating illness and getting as much support from friends, neighbors and especially school staff is super important,â&#x20AC;? said Pirani. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In many cases, children are not comfortable talking about this and do not want any of their friends to know about it.â&#x20AC;? To learn more about Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and how you can help, visit CCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at For more information on Stella & Dot, and Lara Silver, the host of this trunk show, visit silver/profile. Raanyaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is

Art of Skin MD Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening The award-winning dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Melanie Palm recently opened her new state-ofthe-art private practice, Art of Skin MD, in the beautiful coastal setting of Solana Beach. On July 19, more than 100 guests enjoyed live music, a silent auction, and prizes featuring services and products from Dr. Palm and other community businesses. Proceeds benefited Angel Faces, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with burn/trauma injuries. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce and Solana Beach Mayor Joe Kellejian were there to commence the ribbon cutting for the grand opening. Dr. Palmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is located at 437 S. Hwy 101, Suite 217 in the Beachwalk Center. You can visit their website at www. or call them at 858-792-7546.

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MEDAL continued from page B7 prepared to head to London and signed books Friday night at Movinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shoes in Encinitas, where he was joined by Youngs and many of the Fuller Center cyclists. Now a resident of Phoenix who retired from competition in 2001, he said in a phone interview on Aug. 11 that he recently went back into the gym and has started running on new â&#x20AC;&#x153;bladesâ&#x20AC;? like those worn by South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who became known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blade Runner.â&#x20AC;? While he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met the man who made history in London,

they have talked about their lives and Pistorius is quoted in his book, Volpentest said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I had gotten my new running legs a year ago,â&#x20AC;? he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I might have made it to London.â&#x20AC;? He said he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided if he will compete again, but knows that he wants to use his platform to share his message and develop his newly formed nonprofit, the Helping Others Live Determined Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to help other amputees with the desire and spirit to achieve and overachieve,â&#x20AC;? he said. As an example of what he can do, he told of being â&#x20AC;&#x153;chased downâ&#x20AC;? in Costco by

a mother with a son who was born with no feet. She told him her son â&#x20AC;&#x153;wanted to know where I had my prosthetic and shoes made.â&#x20AC;? So he connected the family with his prosthetist and helped their son get a set made. As he relaxed beside the pool at a Newport Beach hotel on Saturday afternoon, Volpentest said hopes that sharing his story will help others understand that â&#x20AC;&#x153;being determined and focusing on the small things day to day makes the big things happen.â&#x20AC;?

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WISDOM continued from page B20 •The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman, Ph.D. and Nan Silver, Ph.D. This is an advice column and is not meant to be a substitute for therapy. Diana Weiss-Wisdom, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Rancho Santa Fe. Specializing in marriage counseling, stepfamilies, and personality testing, she does private counseling as well as marriage enrichment retreats. (858) 259-0146 •Jessica Buss, Ph.D. is a licensed psychological assistant working under the supervision of Dr. Weiss-Wisdom She works with adolescents, couples, and does biofeedback for stress reduction, anxiety, and emotional regulation. She has a sliding scale. Our next Hold Me Tight Marriage Retreat is be Feb. 1-3, 2013 and April 26-28, 2013 at the Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca. 92067

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French Country influences capture quality and craftsmanship in this 5br/5ba home with 180 degree spectacular views

Fairway of RSF G.C. offering lovely views, beautiful finishes, hickory floors, tumbled travertine, extensive wine cellar and more!

Nestled on 6.86 tranquil acres allowing for 9 horses, the 5br home is centered around a lovely courtyard and pool.

RSF/The Bridges-$4,595,000

Rancho Santa Fe Meadows-$4,200,000

Fairbanks Ranch-$3,475,000

Single level Tuscan estate with superb design elements giving attention to beauty and comfort. 5br/5ba, 9150 sq.ft.

Quality and location in a custom, single level 5br/6ba home on 4.70 gorgeous, beautifully landscaped acres.

Lavish 5 bedroom Mediterranean home designed for grand-scale entertaining set on 2 lush, manicured acres.

Highland Valley- $1,895,000


Cardiff Cove-$529,000

Spectacular hilltop 3br Hacienda with pano views on 19.4 acs. guest house, equestrian facilities: 4-stall barn, and dressage ring.

Gorgeous Custom 5br home with wood and slate floors and professional kitchen opening to great room and patios.

Elegant turn-key condo with complete remodel from top to bottom, 2br/2ba, 1274 sq.ft. with greenbelt views.


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