Volume XV, Issue 34
Aug. 18, 2011 Published Weekly
Affordable housing project meets resistance Residents say ‘Pearl’ not a good fit for South Sierra
■ CCA student volunteers in Guatemala. Page 9.
BY CLAIRE HARLIN STAFF WRITER Nearly 100 community members packed the Solana Beach City Council chambers on Aug. 15 for what ended up being a heated and, at times, hostile public informational workshop regarding a controversial proposed mixed-use affordable housing project on the 500
block of South Sierra Avenue. The three-story project, called “The Pearl,” would include 54 parking spaces, 10 apartments and 1,300 feet of
commercial space, which developers hope to fill with a high-end neighborhood market or “boutique deli.”
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The proposed development on the 500 block of South Sierra Avenue would include 54 parking spaces, 10 apartments and 1,300 feet of commercial space. RENDERING COURTESY OF FOUNDATION FOR FORM ARCHITECTURE & DEVELOPMENT
‘Flowers and Foliage’ art show ■ Travel writer always on lookout for adventure. Page B1
How did 9/11 affect you? Most of our readers can vividly recall where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. As the decade anniversary of that worldchanging event approaches, we are asking “How did 9/11 impact your life?” We invite you to submit an essay of not more than 300 words for possible publication in this newspaper and online. Also, if you are holding an event in memory of the 10th anniversary, we would like to hear about it. Submissions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a color photo of yourself, sent as a jpeg attachment. The deadline to submit is Aug. 26 and Sept. 1.
Don Pallia, Pat Boyd and Emily Hilgendorf attend the reception for the annual Solana Beach Library Summer Art Show, titled ‘Flowers and Foliage,’ on Aug. 10 at the library. See page B13 for more. PHOTO: JON CLARK
Thousands of local students lack proof of whooping cough booster BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Writer As students in the San Dieguito Union High School District prepare to return to school on Aug. 30, a new requirement for admittance has only been met by half the district’s students. Assembly Bill 354, signed into law September 2010, requires all incoming seventh- to 12th-grade students to show proof of having received a whooping cough booster shot (also called Tdap) by the start
of the 2011-2012 school year. Acceptable proof is a copy of immunization records or a note from the student’s doctor. Even though this news has been widely disseminated, only about 5,800 of the district’s approximately 12,000 students have submitted proof to date, said Rick Schmitt, SDUHSD’s associate superintendent of educational services. Although a message from
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SB alters fee structure for toddler, preschool programs BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Writer The Solana Beach School District (SBSD) raised fees for its Child Development Center at its Aug. 11 board meeting, for its toddler and preschool programs. Unchanged is the cost of programs for elementary school-age children, which includes before-school, after-school, minimum-day, holiday and summer care. To remain self-supporting, the district must increase CDC fees to counter rising costs, according to the board report, which estimated that the new fees will generate between $101,000 and $194,000 annually in additional income. SBSD superintendent Leslie
Fausset said the old system was cumbersome because each family’s bills were calculated individually based on hourly and daily rates and each child’s irregular drop-in hours. “We need to know resources for staffing, and too much flexibility becomes a problem,” Fausset said. “We needed to wipe the slate clean and find a new system that’s simpler.” The new system, she said, standardizes costs and streamlines accounting procedures by changing from a daily to a monthly fee structure, which was determined after comparing fees charged by other competitive preschools, including
SEE FEE, PAGE 15
DM: Ramp could relieve fair traffic, but timing critical BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer The Del Mar City Council could make plans within the next six months for a direct-access ramp from Interstate-5 to the fairgrounds, dependent on securing funding for a traffic and environmental analysis. Such a project would coincide with the already planned widening
of I-5 to eight general purpose lanes, plus four managed lanes to accommodate the projected increase in traffic in the North Coast Corridor. “The time crunch is caused by the planning window for the I-5 expansion, which is about six months long,” said Del Mar Deputy Mayor
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Plans proceed for new middle school
BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Writer A San Dieguito Union High School District Facilities task force has recommended that the district exercise its option to purchase land in Pacific Highlands Ranch adjacent to Canyon Crest Academy, for a new middle school, the district’s fifth, to accommodate 1,000 students. District data for the two existing middle schools in the southern half of the district show that, in October 2010, there were 1,469 students enrolled at Carmel Valley Middle School and 704 at Earl Warren Middle School. Preferred capacity is 1,000
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at CVMS and 500 at EWMS. This puts the district over preferred capacity by 673 students. Long-range projections indicate that, without a third middle school, CVMS will hit enrollment of 1,675 and EWMS will see 803 students – nearly 1,000 students over capacity. The task force recommendation, based on housing projections showing continued development in Pacific Highlands Ranch and nearby communities, is to begin building the new middle school in four to five years. The initial opening would accommodate 500 students, and
gradually increase to 1,000 students in subsequent years. The land set aside for the middle school is adjacent to the athletic fields at Canyon Crest Academy, on the eastern side. The school board, at its Aug. 18 meeting, is being asked to approve an amended contract for master planning services for the proposed new middle school with Lionakis, an architectural, structural, sustainability and planning firm, at an additional cost not to exceed $50,200. The funding would come from capital facilities and Mello-
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Community Calendar Thursday, Aug. 18 • Solana Beach’s weekly Concerts at the Cove at Fletcher Cove Park continue. The concerts are held at 6 p.m. Coming up: Aug. 18: Justin Froese ; Aug. 25: Billy Watson. Saturday, August 20 • Del Mar races at the race track. Live racing will
be held five days each week on average — Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of a Labor Day Monday card — through Sept. 7. For more information on the season, visit www.dmtc.com. • The Belly Up: For a list of upcoming performances,
visit bellyup.com. Located at 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075; Ph: 858-481-8140. Tuesday, Aug. 23 • “Girl’s Night Out at the Pool,” 6:30 p.m., Pardee Aquatics Center, 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Shores Water Polo Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
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Del Mar schools’ new furry faculty member Solana Beach occupational therapist brings service dog to special needs children BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer Starting this fall, special needs students attending the Del Mar Union School District will benefit from a new learning tool — a furry, fourlegged one. Melissa Buckley, an occupational therapist who works with preschool and K-6 kids, will be traveling from school to school accompanied by Mr. T, a yellow Labrador retriever who graduated on Aug. 12 from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) assistance dog program in Oceanside. Buckley, a Solana Beach resident, works with kids in the district’s special education program who qualify for occupational therapy. Mr. T, short for his given name, “Teal,” will come into contact with 50 to 60 students per week, with diagnoses including learning disorders, attention deficit disorders, Cerebral Palsy, speech delay and many more. “Having Mr. T will help with motivation and reten-
tion of skills. Having a dog around, kids will meet their goals faster,” said Buckley, who was on a waiting list for a year and went through an extensive interview and training process before being handed the leash. Buckley said she has been interested in getting a service dog ever since she was in graduate school in Northern California. While observing a rehab center in Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she said she met a therapist who had a service dog named Alma. “I saw the impact a dog had on patients and I knew then that I had to have a dog,” said Buckley. “Everyone’s face would light up when Alma came in. Having her really worked.” Buckley’s therapy involves often challenging one-on-one work outside the regular classroom, so having Mr. T will serve to help kids look forward to their treatment sessions. She said Mr. T will also uplift kids and help them over-
come social challenges. “Sometimes they don’t want to stick out or be taken from the class,” she said. “It’s really hard for them.” Mr. T was raised in Colorado Springs by one of CCI’s many volunteer puppy raisers, and he was trained in Oceanside. CCI’s Oceanside facility has four graduations a year, and on Aug. 12 the organization gave diplomas to about 20 dogs, which were handed over to their lifelong companions at the event. Matt Cleland, a 16-yearold muscular dystrophy patient, came all the way from Michigan to be united with Byrd, a black Labrador retriever who will assist him by opening doors and picking up dropped objects.
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Left: Solana Beach resident Melissa Buckley, a Del Mar Union School District occupational therapist, will be accompanied by Mr. T in her treatments starting this fall. Mr. T was trained by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and united with Buckley on Aug. 12. Below: Alfredo Iglesias poses with his wife, Michelle, and new service dog, Jobin, who will assist him as he learns to walk again. PHOTOS BY CLAIRE HARLIN
Left: Matt Cleland, a 16-year-old muscular dystrophy patient, celebrates his first day with his new service dog, Byrd. PHOTO BY CLAIRE HARLIN
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San Dieguito Union High School District briefs BY MARSHA SUTTON SENIOR EDUCATION WRITER • San Dieguito Union High School District associate superintendent of educational services Rick Schmitt said enrollment will likely drop by 125 students for the 20112012 year, with most of the decrease in the northern part of the district. He also reported that 25 students enrolled in district schools may be living outside the district’s boundaries, and an independent outside agency is being contracted to investigate residency. • For the first time since the school opened in 2004, not all incoming ninthgrade students who expressed interest in attending Canyon Crest Academy will be permitted to enroll this fall. The Pacific Highlands Ranch high school admitted 510 ninth-graders, Schmitt said, with 271 still on the waitlist. Each prior year, last-minute changes have allowed all waitlisted students who did not make the lottery the option to enroll in CCA, but the district is doubtful the waitlisted students will be admitted this year. • Laurie Francis, principal of Carmel Valley Middle School, said she will have about 1,500 students in her seventh- and eighth-grade school this coming year, and Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach will have about 700 students. Both middle schools will each be staffed with one principal and one assistant principal. • According to a June board report, the district paid $588,665 to College Board for Advanced Placement exams given to the district’s AP students in May. College Board charges $87 per exam, and the district collects this money from students, plus an administrative overhead fee. • An Action Plan report given in June stated that declining enrollment and retirements have lessened the need to recruit teachers. This “made it possible to reduce the certificated personnel budget without significantly increasing class size,” according to the report. However, human resources has continued to concentrate on hiring staff for the more difficult-to-fill positions, including teachers specializing in computer programming, American sign language, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, chemistry and physics. • Three R-rated films are on the Aug. 18 school board agenda for approval to show in the district’s video film classes at each of the four high schools. The films are “Tombstone,” “Mississippi Burning,” and “Cinema Paradiso.” They are rated R for a variety of reasons, including brief sexual content, pro-
fanity, violence and scenes of limited drug use. These three join a list of over 40 other R-rated films approved for showing in English, social studies, world language and visual/performing arts classes. The list includes “The Killing Fields,” “Schindler’s List,” “Braveheart,” “The Matrix,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “Apocalypse Now” and many other popular films. The district’s board policy limits the showing of R-rated films to grades 9-12 and requires that parents be notified in advance for permission for their children to view the films. All R-rated films on the approved list strengthen course curriculum, the staff report reads. • The recommendation from SDUHSD superintendent Ken Noah to the board at the Aug. 18 meeting is to approve new fouryear contracts for the district’s three associate superintendents, running from August 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015, each for an annual salary of $162,265 plus benefits. The associate superintendents are Eric Dill (business services), Terry King (human resources) and Rick Schmitt (educational services). Healthy Kids survey The board is expected to approve on Aug. 18 an agreement with the University of California San Diego to continue to administer to district students the California Healthy Kids Survey, through March 31, 2013. UCSD’s Dr. Sandra Brown is the project coordinator for the survey, which asks students anonymously to answer dozens of questions pertaining to drug and alcohol use, eating habits, physical exercise, bullying and other topics related to physical and mental well-being. The Healthy Kids information is shared with principals, who review it with their staff, Schmitt said. The data hasn’t changed much over the years and confirms what the district mostly already knows, he said, which reveals behavior and attitudes fairly consistent with high schools throughout San Diego and the nation. “There are a handful of trends,” said Schmitt, noting that fewer kids are smoking cigarettes, binge drinking continues to be a problem, and some district schools are worse than others in certain categories. He said students at schools in the northern part of the district tend to drink a little more than the Carmel Valley and Del Mar kids. “Or maybe they just get caught more,” he said. Results supplement lessons taught in health and life sciences classes, reinforce the See BRIEFS, page 12
Free FBI child ID App available to San Diego San Diego FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter recently announced the launch of a free FBI Child ID app. The mobile application enables parents to store photos and vital information about their children on their iPhone, so in the event that a child goes missing parents can immediately show or email physical identifiers and photos to law enforcement officials. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe, as well as specific guidance on what to do in the first few crucial hours after a child goes missing. Currently the app is available for use on iPhones and can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes. The app is expected to be available on other types of mobile devices in the near future. The FBI does not collect or store information uploaded to the app. The information is only stored locally on the individual’s mobile device unless it is sent to authorities at a time of emergency. Parents are encouraged to refer to their mobile provider’s terms of service for information about the security of applications stored on device. The FBI also regularly distributes child ID kits in the San Diego community. Child ID kits are distributed at various San Diego community events throughout the year, including “National Night Out” and “Finish Chelsea’s Run.” The traditional child ID kits allow parents to collect and record their child’s photos, fingerprints, personal characteristics and DNA for use in an emergency. The FBI does not collect the Child ID Kits, but rather distributes them for use by parents and guardians. Child ID Kits will be distributed at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive Chick-fil-A night in Mira Mesa (10750 Camino Ruiz, San Diego, CA) on Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, please visit www.fbi.gov.
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RAMP continued from page 1 Carl Hilliard. Alan Kosup, the California Department of Transportation’s I-5 Corridor director, said the widening will involve removing the existing undercrossing at Via de la Valle and replacing it with another bridge. “It’s a bottleneck right now and it has reached its economic life,” Kosup said.
HOUSING continued from page 1 The development would replace a city-owned beach parking lot that is less than a third of an acre in size. In January, the Solana Beach City Council approved a $630,000 loan for the $6 million project, said City Manager David Ott, which would satisfy the terms of a decades-old lawsuit against the city for re-
“Nothing in this business is for sure, but that’s the current plan.” The four managed lanes added to I-5 would cater to buses, carpoolers and FasTrak pre-paid toll customers. Kosup said those lanes would be elevated over the other I-5 lanes and feed directly into Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Similar to the I-15 Express Lanes, which are scheduled to be completed in 2012, the middle lanes on I-5 will run all the way to
Oceanside, with elevated access to the outside lanes at key points along the way. Now is the opportunity to look into long-term development, said Kosup, and the possibility of a direct-access ramp depends very much on the long-term plan of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “It goes hand in hand with what’s going on at the fair, and it’s a partnership between all the stakeholders,” said Kosup. “Via de la Valle is an odd situation be-
cause it’s actually in the City of San Diego. But Del Mar is directly to west, and the city that is most impacted by traffic would be Del Mar.” In addition to the freeway back-up caused by events at the Fairgrounds, Hilliard said the Flower Hill Shopping Center has expansion plans underway that will increase traffic on Via de la Valle. “It is clear that Via de la Valle cannot efficiently handle this increased traffic
load,” he said. “An obvious solution is to add a direct access ramp that will deliver traffic from the I-5 directly into the fairgrounds parking lot. Similar ramps are used at Disneyland and other high-volume venues.” Craig Adams, executive director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, said he doubts an adequate environmental analysis of the area can be done in six months. Building upward any higher than the struc-
ture that’s currently there would have a sizeable impact, visually speaking and also in terms increased shading and more noise. “The more cars there are, the more noise and the more pollution,” he said. “We need an analysis to draw any conclusions, but [building a direct-access ramp] would appear to have substantial additional impact on the lagoon, which we would like to have a rural feeling and character.”
moving affordable housing. The city has agreed to reimburse half of the developer’s expenses up to $315,000, said Ott, paying out the rest of the loan only if the project clears approval. So far, the developer has spent $123,000 and the city has spent $40,000 on the project. The meeting began with an introduction by lead developer Ginger Hitzke, president of San Marcosbased Hitzke Development Corporation, which special-
izes in affordable housing. Her introduction was interrupted by comments by audience members, such as “You’re hiding facts” and “I drove three hours to comment and I want an open forum.” “Who’s opposed to the project?” asked one audience member, prompting a majority of hands to shoot into the air. Another person responded, “Some of us are not opposed and are here for information.” Hitzke told the full room that she would share a PowerPoint presentation on the development plan, and that the workshop would be strictly informational, with community comments being saved for a public hearing. Officials said a public hearing will likely take place in September. “Where are we in the process? We came here expecting some public comment, some dialogue,” said audience member Marty Schmidt, who passed out informational handouts in opposition to the project. “If
this PowerPoint is just a marketing plan, then we will be offended. We are taking time out of our dinners to be here.” Ott agreed to change the format of the workshop and accept questions after the presentation. Hitzke said affordability does not equal low-income. For a household income of $150,000, an affordable rent would be $3,750 a month, she said. For an income of $25,000 a year, $625 per month for housing is considered affordable (30 percent of the household income). The proposed rental prices for The Pearl are about $730 for a one-bedroom up to about $1,200 for a larger family. Households that qualify as low-income bring in $17,000 to $47,000 a year, Hitzke said, naming several local job listings she found on Craigslist that would qualify. For example, a medical assistant at Dermatology Specialists, Inc., located at 530 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Suite D, makes $24,000 to $29,000 a year, and a mar-
keting assistant at Brian Tracy International, located at 462 Stevens Ave., Suite 305, makes $29,000 to $31,000 a year. Many senior citizens would also qualify, she said. Solana Beach City Attorney Johanna Canlas said that due to a preexisting lawsuit that was filed when mobile homes were removed from the area, the city has a legal obligation to replace 13 affordable units. Three have been replaced so far, and the proposed development would satisfy the rest of the terms of that settlement, which took place in the 1990s. Officials said there is a still need, however, for many more affordable housing units in Solana Beach to meet the requirements of the state of California. The regional housing needs assessment (RHNA) for Solana Beach, which takes into account the existing and projected needs of a community, suggests adding 85 very low-income units, 65 lowincome units, 59 moderateincome units and 131 above moderate-income units. “As an elected official of the council, we are trying to figure out how to not spend millions of dollars to come up with a solution,” said Solana Beach City Councilmember David Roberts, adding that it is the state that imposes much of the affordable housing requirements the city must come up with solutions for. The City Council, he said, mandated that the project not reduce the number of parking spots at the site. “We want to stop the lawsuits and settle the past,” said Roberts. “If you all want to keep spending taxpayer money on this, then we can figure out a different way. But this is what the city staff thought was the best option.” Schmidt and several other residents said their main concern about the proposed development is that it does not fit with its surroundings. The area is also
utilized as a drop-off for the annual Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, located at 111 S. Sierra Ave., which enrolls up to 100 students each session and is one of San Diego County’s longest running and most established water safety programs. Dorothy Snook, a 30year resident of the Seascapes Sur condos located across the street from the proposed development, said she is concerned about how increased traffic might pose safety and convenience issues, especially while the junior lifeguard program is in session during the summer. Marcia Ainsworth, who has lived on South Sierra Avenue since 1974, said The Pearl might be better suited in a larger, less residential space, possibly across from the post office. “On South Sierra it’s going to stick out like a sore tooth,” she said. She also said the traffic on that street is “high density,” and a housing development might add to the problem. “I don’t think they understand the traffic situation there,” she said. “Sometimes you can’t get out of the driveway.” Jon Collins, an engineer with Kimley-Horn & Associates, presented a traffic study done on South Sierra Avenue, and he reported that The Pearl would account for only 3.6 percent of the traffic capacity of the street. He said South Sierra Avenue is currently at half its traffic capacity. Schmidt is calling on developers to eliminate the commercial element of the project, stay consistent with the existing neighborhood, preserve access to the beach and make financial sense, among other requests. Spending public money on “10 housing units and possibly a failed commercial business in the long run, on its face, is suspect,” he said.
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Aug 22nd 5:00 p.m. Powerhouse Live: SAVOR 5:30 p.m. Inside Southern California: Junior Golf Instruction Aug 23rd 7:00 p.m. Yourself Presents (musical showcase) 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (concert) Aug 24th 9:00 a.m. Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch (workout program) 9:30 a.m. Someone You Should Meet episode 4 Aug 25th 8:00 p.m. Producers’ Showcase: Caring for the Skin You’re In 8:30 p.m. Writer’s Loft: Book Builders 9:00 p.m. Classic Movie: “The 39 Steps”
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Del Mar student is youngest presenter at a major mitochondrial meeting Del Mar resident Varun Sharma, a rising senior at the Bishopâ€™s School, had the extraordinary opportunity to be the first high school student to present his science project at a major meeting featuring Mitochondrial research in June of 2011. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell and responsible for energy production for our organs to function, to perform athletic activities and even for our brains to work effectively. Varun, who is also one of the top squash players of Southern California, has been interested in how the mitochondria may play a role in the benefits of exercise, especially on brain function. Last summer, Varun worked closely with his mentors Robert Naviaux, MD/Ph.D., and Victoria Risbrough, Ph.D. to test whether exercise may benefit emotional and higher brain function via changes in mitochondrial activity. This novel project combined the expertise of two separate labs at UCSD that had not previously worked together. Varunâ€™s project found that exercise in mice did indeed lead to less anxiety and better cognitive skills. Surprisingly, the exercised mice had evidence of improved mitochondrial function in the liver but not in the muscle or the brain. The investigators thus found a novel way how exercise may initially change liver function and that the combined integration of multiple organs may be necessary for improved brain function. The data was submitted to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation in Illinois. Among over 100 abstract submissions from leading investigators throughout the world, Varunâ€™s
many of the senior scientists who dropped by to hear Varun describe his research at his poster. These included several of the top scientists in the world in the field of mitochondrial medicine. They uniformly praised Varunâ€™s poise, professionalism, knowledge, and his interesting results. I am very proud of all that Varun has been able
to accomplish. He has been a great ambassador both for UCSD and for The Bishopâ€™s School.â€? Varun hopes to pursue his love of science, exercise biology, and squash during college and explore the integration of neurobiology with exercise physiology.
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Varun Sharma (right) with his mentor, Dr. Robert Naviaux of UCSD, in front of his research poster. abstract was selected as one of the top 40 and as the first author he presented the project in the poster competition. Leading investigators, such as Dr. Doug Wallace (chair of Pediatric Mitochondrial Medicine and Metabolic Disease at the University of Pennsylvania) found the work to be of great interest and were astounded by his skills and knowledge on a very difficult topic. Varun was very excited and honored to be able to present his work and discuss the findings with the top experts in the field of mitochondrial biology. In the words of his mentor, Robert Naviaux, professor of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism at UCSD, â€œWhen Varun was invited by the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation to present his summer research on the brain and metabolic effects of exercise at their annual meeting in Chicago, we were all thrilled. Varun is the youngest person ever to present his research at this prestigious meeting. I spoke to
Friends of the Powerhouse invite you to celebrate the lotâ€™s 10th birthday. The celebration is on Sept. 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Powerhouse Park. The party will include hot dogs, cold drinks and birthday cake along with face painting and games, provided by Pinkyâ€™s Big Top! The Friends are also celebrating the
groundbreaking of the Safety Center, scheduled to begin in September. Come and see the drawings of the new tower. Bricks are still available! For questions or more information, call 858-755-1641, or visit www. friendsofthepowerhouse.org. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 2012.
Used Book Sale to be held at SB Library Aug. 25-27 The Friends of the Solana Beach library will hold a half-price used book sale from Aug. 25-27 at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach; 858-755-1404,
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BY KELLEY CARLSON Contributor In the first race during a recent afternoon at the Del Mar racetrack, the horses were being saddled in the paddock when suddenly there was a loud crash. A bay gelding named Fort William had flipped in his stall, possibly due to being spooked by an unfamiliar movement or noise. The 3-year-old horse regained his footing, but track veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead was immediately on the scene, checking to make sure there weren’t any obvious injuries, bleeding or impaired mental status. But as a precaution — and as with every flipping incident he observes — Stead recommended to the stewards that the horse be scratched from the race for further evaluation, to be examined for deep bone or muscle injuries that may have resulted. The job of the 30-yearold veterinarian is to protect the animals. From a young age, Stead knew he wanted to work with horses — he grew up in Glendale, riding cutting horses since age 10, and he would go to the racetrack with his grandfather, who owned racehorses from the 1960s to ‘80s. In 2007, Stead earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Colorado State University, focusing on large animals, and then spent a year in Texas on a private internship at a horse hospital. From there, Stead set up a private practice serving the Southern California racetracks; he became track veterinarian for Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park in October 2009. Stead lives in Pasadena most of the year, but rents a home in Del Mar during the seaside oval’s season. Arriving at the track around 7 a.m. on race days, Stead reviews a list of horses to examine that will be running that afternoon, and splits duties with two other veterinarians. There are typically about 70 to 80 horses that run on weekdays; the number increases to 90 to 100 during weekends, he said. “The horses will jog down and back about 50 feet,” Stead said. “We watch their movement, make sure they’re not lame, and take notes on how they travel. When they jog back, we feel their legs.” He added that the joints, tendons and ligaments are included in the vets’ focus — whether there’s swelling, heat, pain, etc. The most common injuries are found at the horse’s knee and below, in the front legs, in “80 percent to 90 percent” of the cases, Stead said.
The vets also check the horses’ identification, through lip tattoos. Those who fail the tests are not allowed to run later in the day. “We try to take care of scratches in the morning,” Stead said, which helps avoids problems at the betting windows. “A scratch in the afternoon is usually due to an accident or a failure to warm up properly.” Also checked in morning exams are horses being cleared off the vets list — having recently been listed as injured or ill — they are given a physical check-up and must work 5 furlongs in 1:03 or less on the track. Stead spends several hours conducting these exams before getting a break. About an hour before the races, he returns to fill out paperwork and then heads to the paddock to begin his afternoon. “I come in (there) and watch, waiting for something to happen,” Stead said. Along with checking horses who have flipped, he keeps an eye out for those who appear colicky, which sometimes can occur after the administration of Lasix, a bleeder medication administered on race days. Stead also observes the thoroughbreds for signs of dehydration and coughing. Once they are saddled, Stead follows the horses out of the paddock and onto the track. He takes notes in his racing program, watching for lameness. After the horses break away from the post parade and begin jogging, Stead gets into a van — equipped with an ice bucket, splints and the “green screen,” used when horses are euthanized on the track — and drives to a spot where he can continue to observe the horses’ action. “If anything looks (off) to us, we’ll ask the jockeys how the horses are feeling,” he said. The track chaplain, Eddie Meza, joins Stead in the van before the first race each day in order to say a prayer for the jockeys and to bless the starting gate and the track. At post time, Stead positions the van behind the gate as the thoroughbreds begin to load, ready to examine any who break through the front or flip over. Once the horses are off and running, an assistant starter hops into the van’s passenger seat, available to help in the event of an injury. The van takes off and cruises at about 45 mph around the track, along with an ambulance that offers Advanced Life Support for jockeys, as the thoroughbreds run a couple hundred yards ahead.
Dr. Dana Stead watches horses warm up before the start of a race. PHOTO: KELLEY CARLSON If a horse gets hurt, Stead is on the scene to help with stabilization, treatment and pain relief. In the event of a catastrophic breakdown, Stead said efforts are made to load the racehorse into an ambulance, but if necessary, he performs euthanasia on the track. Stead pointed out that the Polytrack surface has really reduced the number of catastrophic injuries. However, he said he finds more issues with the horses’ tendons and it’s a little tougher on the younger horses, but there tends to be more bone injuries with dirt surfaces. After the finish of the race, Stead drives to the clubhouse turn and stops the van, once again checking the horses for lameness, whip marks -- which can result in a jockey being fined or suspended -- or bleeding from the nose, caused by capillaries that have burst with the hard effort put forth. “(The bleeding) can be distressful and cause death,” Stead said. “It’s why we administer Lasix.” There is currently a move to ban race-day medications -- starting with this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Lasix will be banned in the 2-year-old races, and next year, it will not be permitted in any of the graded stakes events for that age group. Eventually, it may be banned throughout racing. “I think it needs to be a gradual change,” Stead said. “It needs to go back to the breeding level. It think it’s going to take some time, and it may (take) several generations of horses (to breed out the dependency).” The majority of horses today run on Lasix, which also acts as a diuretic. “I think it got so popular ... because it causes horses to urinate and lose 2 1/2 percent of their body weight, which is 20 to 30 pounds,” Stead said. “People feel it’s an advantage.” After the post-race check, Stead parks the van and returns to the paddock,
ready to start exams for the next race. The biggest challenge Stead said he faces in his position is his personal interaction with the trainers. “This is a business,” he said. “My job is protecting horses (who are hurt or sick) from running. A lot of times, opinions may differ.” He pointed out that a lot of financial effort is put forth by trainers and owners, who often travel to the track specifically to see their horse run. A lot of money is spent training, schooling and feeding the thoroughbreds, so when a horse doesn’t race, there goes potential funds that could’ve helped cover expenses or result in financial gains. “They (some of the trainers) try to avoid me,” Stead said. Yet he finds rewarding aspects to his job. Stead said that helping horses with heat stroke provides instant gratification. “They respond quickly to treatment and bounce back up,” he said. “When they collapse, you assume the worst. It’s not always immediately obvious (what’s wrong); I take in the condition of the horse and the kind of day it is, and I feel their legs and try to get the horse up.” He injects a fast-acting steroid — much like adrenaline — and douses the horse’s face and body with ice water. The thoroughbred usually responds within three to four minutes. Stead also recalls helping to save stakes winner Always a Princess, who took a bad step in the Santa Margarita Invitational (Grade I) at Santa Anita earlier this year and broke two sesamoid bones. “I was able to palpate the fracture of the sesamoids, and she was able to get up,” Stead said, who placed a Kinsey splint on her leg to immobilize the hoof. “She was very quiet and calm,” he said. “She was very classy.” Always a Princess has since recovered and was retired to become a broodmare.
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CCA student spends memorable time volunteering at Guatemala school BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Adam Woodnutt, 14, spent three weeks of his summer volunteering in Guatemala at a school for indigenous Mayan children. The incoming sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy logged 60 hours of community service from July 16 to Aug. 5 with Global Leadership Adventures (GLA), an international organization headquartered in San Diego that offers service-learning opportunities to high school students. “I feel like we made a difference and I think the kids will remember us.” Adam said. Adam researched many different kinds of service trips and picked GLA’s Guatemala trip for its focus on service and foreign language—he is fairly adept at speaking conversational Spanish. “I wanted to go on a trip that wouldn’t be like a vacation, I wanted to go on one to actually help people and learn things,” Adam said. Adam’s group included 36 students, mainly from the U.S., but also some from Europe. They stayed in a lodge outside of Xela and participated in an immersion curriculum designed to improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Throughout the week,
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as the market town of Chichicastenango, archeological ruins, organic coffee farms and the sacred lake Laguna Chicabal, located at the top of a dormant volcano. Adam learned about Mayan art, music and culture—he was struck by how vibrant the community was, with bright colors used in clothing and art, and the people very welcoming and so happy. At CCA this year, Adam hopes to get more involved with school service groups
and wants to find a cause to support and fundraise for. “I think (service) is very rewarding,” Adam said, He would “absolutely” recommend Global Leadership Adventures to his peers and hopes to be able to do another project in a future summer, perhaps GLA’s service trip to Ghana. To learn more, visit www.experiencegla.com.
Ask the editor We want to help you get answers to those questions that are puzzling you so this week we kick off a new feature: Ask the editor. E-mail us those perplexing or quirky questions about things in Del Mar and Solana Beach that concern you, such as what’s up with the new business down the street or safety concerns in your neighborhood. Or maybe you’re wondering about the history of a particular building or want to know what to do if your child hasn’t had a pertussis vaccination before school starts. Sometimes your question might turn into a full story; other times it might just be a short answer. We’ll do our best to investigate your queries in the next edition, so let us know what’s got you scratching your head and we’ll try and help. Send your questions to email@example.com.
Canyon Crest Academy student Adam Woodnutt volunteered at a Guatemalan school for three weeks with Global Leadership Adventures. the students restored a classroom at a local Mayan school. They built up the new classroom and even installed faucets. “I had built things before but not anything of that scale,” Adam said. “The hardest part was probably chiseling out part of the wall. It was just rock and it took like 30 minutes just to get a little done.” The group painted the outside of the classroom building, as well. Adam had plenty of
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SPOTLIGHT on LOCAL BUSINESS Worldview Travel offers unique services for a wide variety of travel possibilities BY KELLEY CARLSON CONTRIBUTOR Step into a Worldview Travel office, and an employee will make sure you feel right at home. “Their job is to welcome you as if you came to their house and you sit down with a nice cup of coffee,” company founder Ricci Zuckerman said. Established in 1974, Worldview is a “very hands-on, personal” agency that assists customers in vacation planning and throughout their trip, according to Zuckerman. The company’s advisers speak 12 languages collectively and are well-traveled; most are destination experts. With Worldview, guests can plan yachting trips to the Panama CaWorldview nal or Costa Rica, or sail on an elegant, midsize ship to Alaska that feaTravel founder tures complimentary room service and country club-casual ambience. Ricci Zuckerman The travel possibilities are endless. The agency specializes in servicing corporate accounts, as well — in San Diego, many of these consist of biomedical companies. Worldview consultants ensure that they understand a company’s travel policies and procedures when planning a trip. They can provide professional event, group and conference management services; meet-and-greet services; restaurant and event reservations; upgrade to priority wait lists and clearance; pre-trip reconfirmation of air, car and hotel reservations; visa and passport service; and preferred airline seating quality control. In addition, Worldview is a member of the by-invitation-only Virtuoso network, which provides clients with exclusive travel offers and amenities not available to the general public. Zuckerman said that the agency soon plans to promote multigenerational trips to various vacation destinations. “This generation doesn’t like to leave their children at home,” she said. “Parents want
to enjoy time with their family.” She also noted that economic times are tough — people are feeling a lack of confidence, a lack of pleasure, and worry. “We do as much as possible to ease the trepidation,” Zuckerman said. “It’s about, how are you, how’s your family ... You can never replace a warm word and a promise.” Worldview’s headquarters is in Santa Ana, but the company has six additional branches in Southern California and two on the East Coast. Three are in San Diego County: La Jolla, which opened 12 years ago; Solana Beach, which was established a year later; and Rancho Santa Fe, which is three years old. There is an average of 10 agents at each of
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Pilates People adds exciting new classes and staff Pilates People is celebrating their 10th year in business by offering a whole host of new and exciting fitness classes, and to make it all happen, they brought in some hired guns! New to the all-star lineup of seasoned trainers and therapists are trainers Holly Walker, Nikki Mullen, Ginny Kaufmann, and physical therapists Jeremy Nelson MPT, and Kelli Funkhouser MPT. Pilates People offers a huge range of classes to suit everybody’s goals and personal style. They offer Pilates classes and privates with the precision and control of the traditional Pilates style, as well as new cardio infused “Cardio Pilates” classes taught by Holly Walker and Nikki Mullen. These boot camp style classes will test your limits, but will leave you stronger and more toned than ever! If you are in need of special consideration due to a bad back, they also offer, ”I Love My Back” class, taught by Luisa Elizondro MPT. Luisa’s skill and experience as a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor for the past 15 years makes this an ideal choice for many to experience an effective and safe workout…and to finally fix that old aching back! Pilates People knows how busy you are and to better meet your busy schedule they offer classes first thing in the morning, evenings, Saturdays, and now in the afternoons as well. Instead of your usual lunch, how about a lunchtime Pilates “Core Circuit Class”? This class utilizes multiple pieces of Pilates equipment and employs a new,
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August 18, 2011
Early morning TV co-anchor brings international flair to viewers BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Contributor Growing up in Skokie, Illinois, the last thing in the world Kaushal Patel thought she would become was a television journalist and anchor. If youâ€™re an early riser who clicks on television news with your morning coffee, you undoubtedly have seen her do her thing as co-anchor of 10News This Morning on weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., and 10News Midday at 11 a.m with veteran newscaster Bill Griffith. She pronounces her name Kaushal, â€œlike â€˜socialâ€™ â€” â€œAnd I am,â€? she says, and Patel, like â€˜Mattelâ€™ the toy company.â€? She joined San Diegoâ€™s ABC affiliate, KGTV, about a year ago having served as a CNN International anchor/ correspondent in Atlanta and Hong Kong, after initially honing her skills as reporter and anchor in El Paso, Texas, and Yuma and Tucson, Arizona. Hard to imagine, but growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents from India, Patel recalls, â€œI was shy most of my life and not very outspoken, very studious, but I really never knew what I wanted to do.â€? Patel was born in Evan-
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ston, Illinois. Her father is a scientist and director of a kidney transplant laboratory. She has a younger brother who is an engineer and lives in San Diego. We interviewed the outgoing and articulate coanchor recently in the conference room at Channel 10 after she completed her morning shift in the studio and as the Dow Jones was plummeting 634 points in the latest round of gyrations on Wall Street. Sort of a momentous occasion. But, not to worry. Patel is confident the market will recover, eventually, as will her 401k. â€œIf you told me when I was 5, 10, 15, any of those ages, that I was going to be
a journalist or TV broadcaster, I would have looked at you like you were very strange. â€œMy parents, like many Asian parents, want their children to excel, but they want you to become a doctor, an engineer, or have a business degree, something that would always provide and keep you prosperous throughout your life. Having Mom and Dad instill that in me, I did go to nursing school for a year and then ended up getting my business degrees.â€? She was in her senior year at the University of Texas at El Paso, studying marketing and management, when she accidentally experienced a eureka moment in her life. â€œI wanted to see how the marketing department worked at a television station. How did they market to viewers? So I went to the local TV station, (NBC affiliate) KTSM-TV. Well, they didnâ€™t have an internship program for the station, but they had an internship program for the news department.â€? She applied, got the internship, and while accompanying a reporter â€œto see how they put together storiesâ€Ś I fell in love instantly with what a reporter does.â€?
She had been planning to enter the corporate world. â€œI had offers from a couple of Fortune 500 companies right out of college, but I decided to just take a chance, take a chance on something I felt passionate about and I really never looked back and I canâ€™t imagine doing anything else.â€? She worked her way up from the internship, to part-time assignment editor, weekend reporter and then full-time reporter. Deciding she wanted to become an anchor and looking for an opportunity, she focused on stations in smaller markets
and won a slot as a reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate KYMATV in Yuma, Arizona, eventually becoming the stationâ€™s main anchor. â€œYuma is where I learned to write as a television journalist. I had a wonderful news director, Bruce Kirk, who taught me how to write conversationally and write it so people will pay attention and want to watch the news,â€? she said. Also, while in Yuma, she won Associated Press Awards for Best Newscast and for investigative reporting into prescription drugs that were banned in the U.S. as being unsafe but were being sold in pharmacies across the border in Mexico. After four years in Yuma â€” and being single, mobile and focused on advancing her career â€” she moved on to CBS affiliate KOLD-TV in Tucson, â€œjust up the road, in a bigger market,â€? and three years later to KTVT-TV in Dallas, Texas, an even larger and growing market. â€œI was there for a couple of years, but my dream was always to go to CNN,â€? she said, â€œbecause when I started in the business, we all watched CNN. And I watched CNNâ€™s Headline News ever since I was young. â€œI have an agent. And he said you might have an opportunity. CNN was looking for an anchor for CNN See ANCHOR, page 12
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International. It’s not the domestic CNN network,” she explained. It’s CNN’s international English language network watched by more than 200 million international viewers in more than 200 countries. Patel joined CNN International in 2008, initially anchoring from CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and then from Hong Kong doing a daily two-hour, sometimes three-hour, single-anchor international news show. On occasion, she did reporting as well because “I was in Hong Kong when the whole tainted milk outbreak happened and dozens of kids died … and the issue with tainted chickens and a minibond scam involving a branch of Lehman Brothers.” Returning to the States in early 2010 and wanting to settle in California, she freelanced for six months at FOX affiliate, KSWB-TV, San Diego, before joining Channel 10 in September 2010. She gets up at 2:30 a.m.; her first newscast begins at 4:30 a.m. and she works until noon. “I’ve always been an evening anchor, so this has been quite an adjustment for me,” she acknowledged. She especially likes working with co-anchor Bill Griffith. “Bill is a veteran. He’s been in this market for 35 years. In this day and age, you never find anybody [like that]. He pushes me to be a better anchor … and I continue to learn every day. “I anchor three-and-a-half hours worth of news and I write a lot of my stuff.” She enjoys delivering “hard news” in a concise, nononsense manner that can be understood by everyone, “from a 9-year-old to a neurosurgeon.” “People, in the morning, want to get their news and get out the door. They don’t want all the fluff. ” Interests outside of work? “I love to cook. Cooking’s my passion. I cook a new recipe every week from scratch — everything, but especially anything with seafood. Love to travel. Any adventure. Something new. Love to try new things. I’m a big foodie. I like to go and try new restaurants, attend music festivals and events in town. I like being involved in the community. I like to see what’s going on. I love it here.”
‘Beach Blanket Movie Night’ The Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a “Beach Blanket Movie Night” on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6-10 p.m. at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. For more information regarding this event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (858) 720-2453.
“He’s going to be a great companion,” said Cleland. “I’ve been waiting for a dog for three years, so this is a great day for me.” Alfredo Iglesias of Encinitas said he never knew how smart dogs could be until he met Jobin, his new service companion. Alfredo suffered a spinal cord injury in 2008 while on his honeymoon in Mexico. He relocated to North County from Miami to be part of Project Walk, a Carlsbad recovery program he hopes will put him on foot again. Jobin is trained to help Alfredo with a number of tasks, including crawling into his lap to push him back into his wheelchair if he falls forward. “I’m absolutely blessed to have Jobin,” Alfredo said. “Just in the past week that we’ve been training I can’t believe the independence I’ve gained.” For information on the Alfredo Iglesias Foundation, visit www.alfrediglesias.blogspot.com. For information on CCI, visit www.cci.org.
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Better alternatives needed The article by Claire Harlin regarding the possible,” Direct Access Ramp to Fairgrounds” and “Studies at Caltrans indicate that would be the best thing to relieve traffic there” has prompted me to respond with my comments. Of course Caltrans’ job is to build roads and the proposal is to be expected, but what is ludicrous is the Coaster runs right by the Fairgrounds and still there is no mention of any fixed plans (to my knowledge) of a Special Events station being built. Year after year, trains roll by the Fairgrounds, they could be moving thousands of people and yet the blindly obvious, common sense need is never addressed! We really need to begin to provide better alternative, convenient and comfortable ways to reach the Fairgrounds, and actually do something to reduce the number of cars on Highway 5 trying to reach the Fair. A convenient, frequent and reasonably-priced Coaster or alternative special rail service scheduled for Fair events should be the first priority. Environmentally, the train station location would have minimal if any impact when you consider the huge net positive benefits through removing a large number of cars off the road, not to mention eliminating the need to build another highway interchange monster in the already threatened river valley. I vote for the station, just bin Caltrans ideas. Hugh Cree
BOOSTER continued from page 1 schools notified parents that students will not receive their high school class schedules during Readiness Days this week unless proper documentation is submitted, Schmitt said that’s not quite true. AB-354 gives students until the first day of school to meet the requirement. And with the later passage of a second bill granting a deadline extension, information on the district’s Web site stating that students must show proof of the booster in order to start school is also not completely accurate. Senate Bill 614, passed after AB-354, grants districts the option to extend the deadline for 30 more days from the first day of school, making the actual deadline in San Dieguito Sept. 30. “Ultimately no kid is going to be kept out of class on Aug. 30 if they don’t present evidence of a waiver or a vaccine,” Schmitt said. But he said the district will strictly enforce the requirement if stu-
dents still do not have proof by Sept. 30, and will exclude them from attending school. “We’re not going to have something happen that somebody gets exposed,” he said, expressing confidence that all students will be able to meet the deadline. Schmitt said the district is trying to motivate families to submit the proper documents before the start of school to avoid a last-minute rush or a potential expulsion. “Like any other vaccination that families are required to do, they have to do this one too,” he said. “It’s the same as when they show up for kindergarten, and they have to do it. It’s no different.” Booster by age 7 Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is particularly serious in children. Information on the district’s Web site states: “In recent years, whooping cough has been increasing in the United States. In 2010, whooping cough was epidemic in California.” Having had whooping cough does not protect children against future infection, so a booster shot
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Del Mar Hills Nursery, Santa Fe Montessori, Carmel Valley Montessori, Notre Dame Academy, KinderCare Del Mar, The Learning Tree, Aspirations and Solana Beach Presbyterian. The switch from a daily to a monthly structure makes cost comparisons difficult, Fausset acknowledged. Comparisons are further complicated by the decision to increase the programs for half-days by 30 minutes, either starting a half-hour earlier or ending a half-hour later. Effective this September, the new monthly cost for toddlers ranges from $340 to $480 for Tuesday/ Thursday, $520 to $710 Monday/ Wednesday/Friday, and $835 to $1160 for five days per week – all depending upon whether the program runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For preschool, the new monthly costs will range from $315 to $395 for Tuesday/Thursday, $440 to $595 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and $790 to $990 for five days per week – depending upon whether the program runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Toddlers are 18 to 36 months old, and preschoolers are ages 3 to 5. The CDC is licensed for 180 children – 109 will continue on from last year, and 77 new students are on the list to be enrolled, Fausset said. Comparisons between the old and new rates show that some options will increase CDC income up to 19 percent while other options actually decrease income. Fausset said the predicted increases in revenue are a best-guess estimate based on historical usage by families. The district has communicated the proposed changes with families
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and has received no negative feedback, she said. The new rates apply to new, incoming families this fall but do not apply to existing families in the preschool program or until the children transition from the toddler to the preschool program. Fausset said the CDC programs are not restricted to families residing within Solana Beach School District boundaries. School #7 In other news, the Solana Beach School District is moving forward on plans for School #7 in Pacific Highlands Ranch, after approval by the school board at its June 28 meeting to purchase 10 acres of land from Pardee Homes that was set aside for the district in 1997. The site is located adjacent to a five-acre park owned by the city of San Diego, north of Carmel Valley Road and east of Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway. Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price will be $806,245 per usable acre or the current appraised value, whichever is less. The school board also approved entering into a contract with Barnhart Balfour Beatty for pre-construction services for the school, at a cost not to exceed $35,000. These services — which include constructability, modeling, preliminary estimates and value engineering — “are a precursor to a future contract for a construction contract,” according to the board report. Barnhart was selected after interviews with three school construction firms. The contract ends December 30, 2011.
Roos funds. Lionakis already has a contract to provide services for Canyon Crest, Carmel Valley MS and Earl Warren MS. “Staff would like to begin the master planning of that middle school site so that the district is positioned to act on construction of a new middle school when enrollment projections justify it,” reads the board report. Another piece of property set aside for a future middle school in the northern part of the district, in La Costa Valley in Carlsbad, was purchased in 1999. Due to flat enrollment numbers in the north, the property has not been developed for a middle school. To avoid paying the state an Unused Site Fee, which according to the district is over $150,000 a year, staff is proposing that the board approve the development of the La Costa Valley land on an interim basis for athletic fields, a parking lot and a building for adult education. To this end, an amended contract with MVE Institutional, which is contracted to perform master planning work for schools in the northern portion of the district, is proposed, for an additional amount not to exceed $22,000. Upgrades for schools The Aug. 18 agenda for the San Dieguito school board meeting includes an overview of a July 2011 Facilities Plan-
is still required, according to authorities. Waivers are available for parents who for religious reasons choose not to immunize their children with the Tdap booster. According to the SDUHSD Web site, any child who has received the Tdap booster shot at age 7 or later will be considered to have met the requirement. Documentation submitted to the schools is still necessary. Schmitt said the district can refer cash-strapped families to clinics that charge on a sliding scale. Questions can be directed to San Dieguito school nurse MaryAnne Dittman (760-753-6491, extension 5587). The San Diego Immunization Program Web site [www.sdiz.org] offers links to resources and services for the Tdap and other vaccinations. The California Department of Public Health also offers information on the Tdap requirement for students at the following Web sites: www.shotsforschool.org and www.getimmunizedca.org.
ning Workshop which itemized the work needed at each of the district’s nine schools to bring facilities into compliance with state and federal safety standards. The report, issued by the district’s Facilities task force, also noted which campuses need upgrading for technology, labs, classrooms, athletic fields, parking, arts-related construction, and other issues related to parity and improving the learning environment. The four schools in the southern half of the district require a total of about $146.5 million in work, according to the preliminary estimate. Torrey Pines High School, built in 1974, requires the most attention, with about $73 million in upgrades needed in nearly every category. Canyon Crest Academy, which opened in 2004, is estimated to need about $36 million in upgrades, mostly for athletic fields and improvements for sustainable “green” design. Earl Warren Middle School, which opened in 1955, needs upgrades and improvements in almost every category, at an estimated cost of about $32 million. Carmel Valley Middle School, built in 1999, is estimated to require about $5.2 million in improvements, mostly for learning environment standards, theater and performing arts, “green” design, and circulation and parking issues.
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Terrific Twosome: Luo, Choi, continue Falcons tradition of excellence BY GIDEON RUBIN CONTRIBUTOR Torrey Pines junior golfing standouts Minjia Luo and Hee Wook Choi are two of the San Diego Section’s most dominant golfers. But they also happen to be close pals, and both insist their friendship trumps small details such as individual section titles and other elite competitions. They’re both equally adamant about not being referred to as “rivals” in any context, friendly, or otherwise. “When we compete, it’s not like (regular) competition,” Luo said. “We just try to do our best, and whoever wins we’re happy about that.” “We both know that there is competition between us, but we really don’t care about it,” Choi said. “We want to play our best, but in the end we’re not really like ‘I can’t believe you played better than me because I’m better than you. “We don’t want to ruin our friendship because of something we both love to do.” The then sophomores tested their friendship when they went down to the wire in the hotly contested San Diego Section finals last season. Luo trailed Choi by a stroke after the first round of the two-day tournament, but rallied for a twostroke win, with Choi finishing second. And their friendship passed the test with flying colors. “I was OK with it because our team won overall,” Choi said. ”I wasn’t really mad at her at all. “We’re just really good friends,” Choi emphasized. The unforgettable section finals was part of a magical Falcons season. They went on to complete an unbeaten season by winning a state championship – their second in seven years. The Falcons have also won nine of 11 state section titles since the sport’s inception. The friendship between the team’s two top golfers typified the attitude of a team that pulled for each other throughout the season despite a glaring disparity between its abundance of talent and shortage of available playing slots. The Falcons had 19 players on a team, nearly all of whom would have been among the top players on most teams in the state. “All of our teammates are really close and we just want each other to play well,” Choi said. The Falcons open their title defense next month with a
“Sandy” Hee Wook Choi and Minjia Luo after they helped lead Torrey Pines to a state title at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. team that figures to be in the mix for another state championship. In addition to Choi and Luo, key Falcons returnees include seniors Stacey Rayo and Emily Stephens, and sophomores Jennifer Peng, Sarah Cho and Georgia Lacey. A strong incoming freshman class that features several nationally ranked players projects to make an impact too. Choi and Luo form arguably one of San Diego County’s strongest one-two combinations, ever. Choi is ranked 47th in the nation in the girls’ circuit by Golfweek Magazine, and Luo is ranked 86th in the same poll. Luo was a runner-up in the San Diego Section finals her freshman year. “They’re best friends and they’re both incredible golfers,” Torrey Pines coach Chris Drake said of his terrific twosome. But Choi and Luo are no carbon copies. Choi, who’s known to teammates as “Sandy” but goes by Hee Wook, her official name, for ranking and recruiting purposes, is taller in stature and the more outgoing of the two.
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Choi was born in Korea and moved to Vancouver, Canada, when she was 7. She was in seventh grade when she moved to the Carmel Valley. Her career highlights include winning the American Junior Golf Association sanctioned Sean O’Hair Junior All-Star Championships last summer at Texas Tech University. She also placed third at the last summer’s Callaway Junior World Golf Association Championships at Torrey Pines Golf Course. “What makes them special is that they’re kind of opposites,” Torrey Pines coach Chris Drake said. “Sandy’s more outgoing, chatting all the way down the course until she gets to the ball. Minjia is more focused through entire round. She doesn’t let anything faze her.” Choi said winning the state championship as a team was especially exciting for her because she’d always played golf as an individual in Canada. “Before I decided to go to Torrey Pines I didn’t know about the golf team,” Choi said. Choi learned about the Falcons golf program while practicing at a local driving range. Her friendship with Luo formed soon after both made the varsity as freshmen. Luo was a San Diego Section runner-up her freshman year, and became known affectionately around campus as “Minjia the Ninja,” a nickname she said “is pretty cool.” Both believe they’ve helped each other improve their games. Choi said she was shy before meeting Luo, who helped her come out of her shell, enabling her to be more relaxed on the course. Luo said Choi’s sense of humor has made golf more fun. “Sandy’s a really a funny person so I always have fun with her,” Luo said. “When I play with her I can concentrate better.” Both players acknowledged that as their careers progress and the stakes involved in their matches grow, it’ll be hard not to view each other to some extent as competitors. But they insist they will always be friends first. “Well, I guess there is competition as we grow older and as we get better and play in bigger tournaments,” Choi said, “but we’re always going to support each other and we’re always going to have fun.”
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Solana Beach Stingrays win championship Manchester’s BU8 Academy team with Billy Garton, director of coaching. Top row: Laird Tassara, Tye Barton, Daniel White, Alex Glynn, Mikey Sherlock, Frankie Garton; Bottom row: Erik Risher, Kai Walsh, Dean Sandler, Andrew Mitchell. Not pictured: Coach Steve Hill.
The Solana Beach Stingrays came back from two consecutive losses. (2 1 run losses on Saturday) to win four consecutive games on Saturday and take home the championship title! Pictured: bottom row: Fiinn Sullivan, Matthew Fleck, Max Van Posern, Gus Patrick; Second row: Coach Geoff Bryan, Scotty Gange, Griffen Johnson, Evan Ianniciello, Jack Hargis, Beau Morgans, Manager Kenny Patrick, 3rd row Coach Lance Morgans.
Manchester Boys U8 Academy win Participate in San Diego Max’s Ring of Fire Lemon Run and help raise funds to battle childhood cancer the Carlsbad Wave Coastal The Manchester Boys U8 Academy team have now captured their third trophy of the summer! After playing four games over the weekend, the boys walked away as champions after beating the Carlsbad Lightning Red team by a score of 4-1 in the final. The Manchester boys breezed through bracket and semi-final play with high-scoring, entertaining soccer and without allowing a single goal against them. In the final, after a slow start, they were able to jump ahead to a 2-0 lead in the first half. In the second half, Lightning got back into the game by scoring on a corner kick to make it 2-1. However, the Manchester boys showed their fight, regained control of the game, and pulled away to a 4-1 victory. The Manchester BU8 Academy team is coached by Steve Hill.
Gymboree Play & Music of Solana Beach to host ‘End of Summer Open House’ Gymboree Play & Music of Solana Beach will host an “End of Summer Open House” on Sunday, Aug 28, from 3-6 p.m. The open house is for children 5 years of age and younger. Hullabaloo will also be doing a live performance at 4 p.m. and there will be raffles for prizes from merchants throughout Lomas Santa Fe Plaza. This event is free for currently enrolled members and only $5 per family for those not enrolled. The Solana Beach location is now offering five different types of classes including Play & Learn, Music, Art, School Skills and Sports. For more information on Gymboree Play & Music programs, you can call the Solana Beach location at 858-764-0500, visit gymboreeclasses.com, or find them at facebook.com/GymboreeSolanaBeach.
LJ Symphony Chorus open auditions La Jolla Symphony Chorus will hold open auditions on Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 for experienced singers of all voice types. Under the leadership of conductor David Chase since 1973, the Chorus is known for its varied repertoire and excellent performances. Open auditions will be held by appointment at UCSD in La Jolla. Singers with excellent music reading skills and a serious commitment to music are invited to audition. For an audition appointment, interested singers should contact chorus manager Mea Daum by email at email@example.com or by phone at 858-2432045. More info. at www.lajollasymphony.com.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Max’s Ring of Fire (MROF) will team up for the first time to host the MROF Lemon Run, a 4.6-mile run/walk and family fun run, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m. The event, which will take place at Lake Miramar in Scripps Ranch, will bring together athletes of all calibers to run or walk the lake’s full distance of 4.6 miles in honor of the 46 children who are diagnosed with childhood cancer each week day. Last year, MROF hosted its first run before joining forces with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for the 2011 event. For more information on the event, to volunteer, register, or become a sponsor, visit www.AlexsLemonade.org. Additionally, questions can be directed to Elizabeth Gustavson at (310) 855-4851 or L.Gustavson@AlexsLemonade.org.
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Bottom row (left-right): Drew Cottingham, Liam Duignan, Ben Haynie, Scott Belin, Jagger Filippone, Dylan Wolchko; Second row (left-right): Kyle Cornell, Dominic Khattar, Timothy Kelly, Ben Stewart, Ryan Jacobs, Billy Cherres, Tejas Gupta ( not pictured), Coach Gary Condliffe.
DM/CV Sharks GU15 Nike Athletic Super Cup Champions Congratulations to the Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks GU15 Nike Athletic Super Cup Champions. The tournament was held Aug. 13,14 in San Juan Capistrano. The girls made nine goals during the tournament and only gave up one. Front row (l-r) Kelsey McGowan, Elizabeth Gillingham, Erika Thoeny, Megan McCord, Kylie Fehrenbach, Kate Mahony, Madison Agnew; back row (l-r) Franzisca Komar, Giovanna Brunetto, Megan Golba, Kyra Grove, Eshwinder Dhaliwal, Tori Manzano, Hanna El-Jof, Coach Goran Nastic.
Surf Boys U-9 Premier team tops at tournament Congratulations to the Surf Boys U-9 Premier team who recently won the Championship for the Encinitas Rotary Cup Soccer tournament held Aug, 6 - 7 in Encinitas. The team, coached by Gary Condliffe, won in the championship game 3-0 against the Encinitas Express to take home the trophy. â€œThey came back after a slow start and a loss the first day and showed great determination and character by getting to the final and avenging the loss to Encinitas the previous day. Congrats to the boys again for their hard work and their â€˜never say neverâ€™ attitude in winning the Encinitas Rotary Cup,â€? said Coach Condliffe. The boys are looking forward to continued success during the upcoming season. Way to go Surf!
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Fernando Aguerre rides waves to global success Fernando Aguerre was born in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, Argentina. He was groomed by his father (an attorney and ranch owner) and his mother (an attorney and psychologist) to become an entrepreneur and ocean-lover. He is proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and has a basic knowledge of Italian and French. In 1969, at age Fernando Aguerre 12, his brother Santiago introduced him to surfing, a passion that has since encompassed his life. His first business was a surfboard repair shop. But in 1977, the military dictatorship banned surfing in his hometown. Aguerre founded the Argentinean Surfing Association and organized a lobby for lifting the ban. He got the ban canceled a few months later and a surf boom followed. He also founded the first surf and skate magazine in Argentina, and opened Ala Moana, the first beach clothing store in Mar del Plata. In 1978, Aguerre entered law school while he continued to run the ASA and his surf shop. In 1984, he completed law school. Degree in hand, he turned down offers from his father and friends to join their firms, resigned as president of the ASA, and left for California to join his brother. By early 1985, the Aguerre brothers were into something new: beach sandals. From its beginning as a two-man/one-desk operation selling 3,000 pairs, the brand “Reef” originated, eventually becoming the No. 1 sandal company, and one of the world’s leading surf labels. In 2005, the brothers sold Reef to VF, the largest apparel company in the world. In May 1994, Aguerre was elected president of the International Surfing Association. He led the ISA in obtaining recognition by the International Olympic Committee in 1997, and the increase in national federations. The ISA sanctions three annual events: the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, and ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. The ISA also directs development programs: Adaptive Surfing; Surf Scholarships; Coaching & Judging; and a Surf School Register dedicated to the safety
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Travel scribe Joe Yogerst of CV thinks people are predisposed to roam BY JOE TASH Contributor When he’s working, Joe Yogerst might find himself bungee-jumping from 13 stories above Auckland Harbour in New Zealand or interviewing witch doctors in Madagascar. At home, he’s the father of a middle-schooler and college sophomore who lives in a gated community in Carmel Valley. “It’s like living in a parallel universe,” said Yogerst, 55, an award-winning travel writer about the juxtaposition of his private and professional lives. But his wanderlust may have been pre-ordained. He is descended from Huguenot French who went to England to escape religious prosecution, then immigrated to Virginia in 1620, where they helped found Jamestown. Over the next few centuries, he said, they continued moving west until they reached California and the Pacific Ocean. So he suspects his own predilection for travel might be hereditary. “I honestly think it’s genetic. I think people have a genetic predisposition to roam,” said Yogerst. Whatever the cause, the result is a body of work chronicling people, places and things in remote destinations around the globe. Yogerst has visited some 120 countries over his writing career, and is the author of numerous articles for magazines and newspapers, along with travel books, murder mystery novels and television scripts. Among his recent publications was “10 Best of Everything National Parks” for National Geographic. Soon to come out will be “Honeymoon Chic,” about great places to honeymoon in Asia, and “100 Places That Will Change Your
Joe Yogerst in Vanuatu Child’s Life” for National Geographic. The books are or will soon be available at Amazon. com and Barnes & Noble. Yogerst grew up in San Diego, and attended University High School, where he wrote about sports for the school newspaper. He majored in geography at UCLA, and continued writing for the Daily Bruin. His first job out of college was as an editor at Soccer America magazine. But his burning desire was to work as a foreign correspondent. He wrote to newspapers across the country, but only
received rejections. So he quit his job, sold his belongings and bought a one-way ticket to South Africa, where he made a living as a freelance writer. He said that year was one of the best of his life “just from pure high adventure.” In all, he spent 14 years living overseas, including stints as a reporter in London, and magazine editor in Hong Kong and Singapore. He met his wife, Julia Clerk, in London, and the couple has two daughters: Chelsea, 18, and Shannon, 13. Clerk is a writer for Business Leader magazine.
Yogerst returned to the San Diego in 1994, and spent the late 1990s writing television scripts for such shows as “Silk Stalkings.” Then, in 1999, National Geographic called and asked him to write a book about driving the PanAmerican Highway from Texas to Argentina. “It was a dream assignment. Just drive down the highway and see who you run into and what happens. It was a Hunter Thomspson-esque experience minus the drugs,” he said. To Yogerst, travel writing is an adrenaline rush tinged with the fear of not being able to deliver the promised article or book, a fine line between excitement and apprehension. “Being dropped into a place you’ve never been before and figuring out within a couple of hours how you’re going to survive and accomplish your goals. It’s my own personal reality show,” he said. “Walking around aimlessly without a plan or with a vague plan is what I like to do to discover a place,” he said. This fall, Yogerst has an assignment for Islands Magazine to travel to Okinawa and nearby islands to investigate the longevity of people who live in the region. Two former residents of the area made the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living people, and the islands have a high concentration of centenarians. Some of the people attribute their longevity to sleeping for 24 hours and staying awake for 24 hours, rather than the traditional eight hours of sleep per night. Others, Yogerst said, claim that drinking rice wine each day from an early age contributed to their long life spans. While he has written
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Local residents find fulfillment in women’s philanthropy group BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer In families that contribute money to charities, it is often the women who are making philanthropic decisions — how much to give and to whom — but many major boards are dominated by men. Enter the San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF), a group that nurture’s women’s abilities as leaders in philanthropy. “Women really enjoy the collaborative model,” said foundation board member Catherine Blair, a Del Mar resident who has been with SDWF since its beginnings in 2000. Pooling resources to make noticeable and effective change is the idea behind the San Diego Women’s Foundation, a local philanthropic group of about 200 that has awarded more than $2 million since its beginnings. Each woman pledges $2,000 annually for a minimum of five years, and each woman gets one vote in deciding where the foundation’s resources go. “It’s a totally egalitarian group,” said Blair, a former Junior League of San Diego president. “There are no ju-
nior members or senior members. We all give the same amount and we all get one vote. We are truly a democratic organization.” The foundation recently awarded $181,650 in grants to a handful of local programs: The San Diego Center for Children: “Therapeutic Music Program” ($45,000); Playwrights Project: “Writing Lives” ($29,650); San Diego Opera: “Words and Music” ($50,000); California Center for the Arts Escondido: “My Story: Literacy Through the Arts” ($25,000); and Eveoke Dance Theatre: “REFUGE in the Arts” ($32,000). But the foundation doesn’t only change the lives of those who benefit from its grants, it changes the lives of its members. Take for instance Del Mar resident Teresa Jacques, the foundation’s vice president, who moved to San Diego from England years ago and didn’t know one person here. She said joining the foundation allowed her not only to put her money where it counts, but also to gain lasting friendships with good-hearted fellow foundation members. “I worked in a male-
dominated world, and I had never heard of anything like this that was all women, all as a group,” said Jacques, who has more than 20 years of global executive experience within the telecommunications, oilfield services and professional services sectors. Del Mar resident Julie Ruedi, who retired after more than 25 years of doing biomedical research at The Scripps Research Institute, said being part of SDWF is like having a new career after retirement. Working on the grants committee, Ruedi looks into the community to find out where there are unmet needs and she helps review grant proposals and decides where to place funds. Members of SDWF also go on site visits to each entity that applies for grants. “From my experience, my line of work thrives off grant money,” said Ruedi, whose first 10 years of research was dedicated to exploring human immunodeficiency’s, including some very early pioneer work on establishing biomarkers for AIDS patients. “Working on the grants committee lets me do what I really like to do.”
From left: Julie Ruedi, Catherine Blair and Teresa Jacques serve on the 20-member board of the San Diego Women’s Foundation. The three Del Mar residents say being part of the philanthropic group has made numerous positive changes in their lives. PHOTO BY CLAIRE HARLIN
Ruedi, Blair and Jacques — like the other members of SDWF — have all come together for a common cause: to continually grant funding and encouragement to accessible artistic and cultural experiences which engage and educate underserved K-12 youth. “Our programs tend to go towards kids because that’s where we can really
about legacy, continuing to have a robust operating agency.” Not only does the foundation want to be able to award more grants to deserving organizations, but it is always seeking the energy and input of new members. To join or find out more information, visit www.sdwomensfoundation.org.
make an impact,” said Blair. “That’s the future.” The foundation also values securing its own future, and has set up an endowment that will allow the organization to be a fixture in the community for years to come. “When we’re long gone, we still want to be making a difference in the community,” said Blair. “It’s really
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Artist overcomes health adversity to publish graphic novel
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BY JOE TASH Contributor Jon Ascher’s new graphic novel, “Neil,” is full of ups and downs, much like the author’s own life. The book’s protagonist is a young man trying to find his place in the world. Along the way, he struggles with drug addiction, paranoia and suicidal thoughts. At the end, he must choose between jumping into the void, or embracing love. In Ascher’s case, adversity came in the form of multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis he received at age 16. At one point, the neurological disorder left him temporarily blinded and unable to practice his main passion in life, drawing. Ascher, a Torrey Pines High School graduate who spent his childhood in New York and his teenage years in Carmel Valley, worked on the book for 10 years. The main character is loosely based on a high school friend who actually committed suicide, said Ascher, but the 110-page book is a work of fiction that show-
Jon Ascher cases his talents as an illustrator. “It’s kind of a psychodrama, but it’s also a black comedy. It’s dark but it’s pretty funny at the same time’” said Ascher, 34, who now lives in Oregon with his girlfriend and infant daughter. Devon Devereaux, who published the book in July under his Cackling Imp Press imprint, compared the work to an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” the 1960s science fiction TV series that starred Rod Serling.
But it’s also a project near and dear to Ascher’s heart, who meticulously painted every page of the book on 20-by-30-inch panels. “No matter what he does after this, I don’t think he’ll ever create anything as close to his heart as this book was,” said Devereaux, who is also a close friend of Ascher’s. “If you read through it you can see the love he put into it, you can tell it’s an honest piece of work.” The book’s pages
chronicle Neil’s story as he wanders along a sort of mental tightrope between fantasy and reality, and sanity and craziness. The illustrations also vary from dark and disturbing to a twopage panel in which Neil and his girlfriend admire a sunset above a cityscape painted in deep purples, pinks and splashes of sky blue. Ascher began drawing as a toddler, he said, and knew by high school that he wanted to pursue a career in art. After high school, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and graduated in 1999. He then went to work as a digital illustrator for a San Diego web design company, but had to stop working after several serious MS attacks. He began receiving a disability pension, and also worked on his graphic novel. While he is able to walk on his own, the disease has left him with short-term memory loss, a speech impediment and balance problems, Ascher
said. He also suffers from bouts of fatigue. “It’s all stuff I can live with and function with, but it’s a little unpredictable,” said Ascher, who hasn’t had a severe MS attack since 2003. For now, he is staying at home and caring for his daughter, Sasha, building up a portfolio to use for attracting freelance drawing work, and thinking about his next book project. He’s also working with Devereaux to promote “Neil,” which included staffing a table at the recent Comic-Con event in
San Diego. Devereaux said he will be promoting the book later this month at Fan Expo in Toronto, which is Canada’s biggest pop culture event, along with the New York Comic-Con in October. “It’s going to be a grass roots thing, word of mouth, from the ground up, people are going to catch on to it,” Devereaux said. “It needs proper time and space to find its audience.” “It’s dark, it’s personal, but it’s one of the best comics you’ll read in 2011 for sure,” Devereaux said. Ascher’s father, Richard, a Carmel Valley resident and retired attorney, said, “My wife and I are overjoyed that he’s finally got this published.” “I admire the determination that he showed, the ‘he will not be stopped’ attitude,” said Richard Ascher. “He deserves to have a break in life after all he’s been through.” “Neil” is available for $15 at www.cacklingimppress.com and barnesandnoble.com.
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■ Take Out: Yes
■ 1404 Camino del Mar, Del Mar ■ (858) 755-1660 ■ www.bullysdelmar.com ■ Happy Hour: • 3-7 p.m. daily,
■ The Vibe: Casual, relaxed ■ Signature Dish: Prime Rib
• 10 p.m. to close Sunday-Thursday
■ Open Since: 1967
■ Hours: • Breakfast and Lunch
■ Reservations: No
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
■ Patio Seating: Yes
■ • Dinner
4:30 p.m. to midnight daily
Bully’s old-school vibes keep this venerable pub packed BY KELLEY CARLSON f you’re a horseracing fan, odds are that you may enjoy a visit to Bully’s, a steakhouse in the heart of Del Mar. First opened in La Jolla by racing enthusiasts George Bullington — whom the restaurant is named for — and Lester Holt in 1967, a second location was set up a couple of miles from the racetrack two years later. After more than 40 years, little has changed at Bully’s, according to manager Sharon Delmonico. While the La Jolla site has since closed, the Del Mar branch still has the same thoroughbredthemed decor and is run by Holt’s daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Charlie Becker. “People like coming in and seeing the old-school vibe,” said Nora Nido, office manager. The entrance is through a large wooden door with a carved image of a racehorse, shaded by a black awning with the restaurant’s name and white thoroughbreds galloping along the bottom. The inside is dimly lit; the tables and bar stools closest to the entrance reflect patches of multicolored light filtering in through stained glass. Off to the right is the bar, where patrons perch on stools or sit in one of a handful of red leather booths. Four TVs are tuned in to sporting events and TVG, the Television Games Network, which telecasts horse races from around the country. Paintings and photos hang high — among them is an autographed photo of Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet, and a collage of famous racers that includes Man O’ War and Secretariat. The Kentucky Derby silks of the horse Don B. — who finished sixth in the 1968 edition of the race and was trained by Holt — are framed behind the bar. Circle around to the other side of the room, which is divided by additional booths and images of
Prime Rib (Full Cut) is the signature dish at Bully’s.
California Omelette with home fried potatoes is one of the popular breakfast items.
Images of racehorses on etched glass appear above red leather booths.
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racehorses in etched glass, to the main dining area. There are pictures of the city of Del Mar in its early days and more racetrack images, including an autographed picture of jockey Bill Shoemaker’s 7,000th victory aboard Royal Derby. The covered patio (with screened windows offering ocean views) is open for lunch and reserved parties of up to 30 people. Plants flourish in the corners and along the wood-paneled walls; there are fans and heat lamps to keep the temperature comfortable. Tiny white lights are strung along the ceiling; two more TVs provide sports entertainment. According to Delmonico, Bully’s dining and bar areas tend to be busiest after 6:30 p.m., especially during the San Diego County Fair and racing season — something to keep in mind, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s a busy late night bar crowd, as well. A doorman checks IDs after 9 p.m. Fridays and
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A â€œSilent Tributeâ€? will be held on Sept. 11 at Powerhouse Park, starting at 8 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Flags are planted in memory of each victim of 9/11. Once planted, observance continues throughout the day. The mayor will speak and taps will be played at 6:30 p.m. This day holds historic or personal significance for all. Volunteers are needed to â€œplantâ€? the small flags. Everyone is welcome to participate. With 2,973 flags planted, 300 rows long, the impact is memorable. Powerhouse Park is located at 1700 Coast Blvd., Del Mar.
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Burgers ‘n’ Blues — The Joe Satz Trio returns to Delicias Restaurant Aug. 25 The Joe Satz Trio, playing some of the world’s finest jazz standards, will return to Delicias Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe on Thursday, Aug. 25, for a night of “burgers and blues.” The Trio is now a quartet with the addition of Susie Lotzof, a vocalist in the best tradition of torch singers Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald. “She doesn’t just sing – she performs,” said bassist Rocky Smolin. “She knocked their socks off when we played at the City Ballet Gala last fall.” “But the thing which really changed us musically was her interpretation of great blues standards like Stormy Monday, Hey Sweet Man, and Guilty. So we’ve added a lot of blues standards to our regular mix of jazz standards.” Thursday night is Burger Night at Delicias. Delicias Burger Night offers a variety of burgers for every burger palate. From Kobe to Garden Burgers, turkey, bison, lamb – there’s a burger for everybody – with sides of herbed or sweet potato fries, onion rings and house-made chips. “It should be a real party — more fun, more casual and a bit easier on the pocketbook”, said Branden Rinker, night manager of the upscale Rancho Santa Fe eatery. The quartet’s unique repertoire of blues and jazz standards has made the group sought after locally for private parties, fundraisers and sophisticated background music at high-end restaurants and other social affairs. Keyboardist Joe Satz began playing piano when he was 7 years old and played the Catskills as a college student. He moved from the east coast to La Jolla in 1979 and started playing professionally again in 2005. Drummer Lee Sarokin, a Rancho Santa Fe resident since 1996, graduated from
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Aloha spirit flows at Luau & Longboard Invitational Dennis Carson to be honored BY KATHY DAY Sunday culminates a year of hard work by more than 100 volunteers who have been working to make the annual Luau & Longboard Invitational happen. It’s also the day that Dr. Dennis Carson, who this year went back to the lab after eight years as director of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center will be honored at the event that has raised more than $5 million. He’s now working on finding drugs to treat breast and ovarian cancer and leukemia at the UCSD facility, one of only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation designated by the National Cancer Institute. Carson, known for discovering and pushing through to clinical use a novel anti-cancer agent marketed as Leustatin, will accept the Rell Sunn Award given each year to “the person or persons who best embody the true aloha spirit and display the qualities shared by Rell and the Luau & Longboard Invitational — the battle against cancer, combined with unselfishness, compassion and a dedication to helping others,” according to the event website. At 32, Sunn was diagnosed
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A new wine bar to crush on Ranch resident brings Chico fave to Solana Beach
Above: Crush’s 4,800-square-foot space seats up to 160 guests at a time. Left: Crush’s roasted mussels are served with spicy tomato broth, basil, fennel, caramelized shallots and garlic aioli. COURTESY PHOTOS
Left: Crush bruschetta with burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes and basil pesto. Above: Meat and cheese board with salomi, cheese, olives, mustard, pickles and crostini. COURTESY PHOTOS BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer Crush Italian Cuisine and Lounge, which opened this month at 437 S. Highway 101, offers a happy hour just like many places in Solana Beach. But it stands out above the rest for offering what could be considered a “happier hour” on Wednesdays through Saturdays — with late-night happy hour prices from 10 p.m. to midnight, and live contemporary and jazz music all night. The new addition to the Solana Beach dining scene is an extension of a sister restaurant of the same name in
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(Left) Burns, on the inside, drove through an opening in the stretch and scored a neck victory over Lil Bit O’Fun in the La Jolla Handicap (Grade IIT) for 3-year-olds on Aug. 13 at Del Mar. Thirtyfirststreet was a half-length farther back in third. Burns, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.36 on the firm turf. He is trained by Barry Abrams and owned by Madeline Auerbach in partnership with Alfred Pais. — Kelley Carlson
Jockey thrilled to be back ‘on track’ after injury BY JULIE SARNO Contributor Jockey Joe Steiner has a long history with the Del Mar Race Track. From the Pacific Northwest, Steiner rode his first race in 1981 at Del Mar. The jockey owns a condo in Solana Beach. He calls the seaside town his home, even though riding at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park takes him to the Los Angeles area for much of the year. Born in Renton, Wash., Steiner is part of a racing family. He grew up near Longacres, a race track which is now defunct. His parents, Joe and Sally, run the track kitchen at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. Steiner is one of four children. His brother, Jack, is in the import-export business. His sister, Kelli, gallops for trainer Vann Belvoir and sister, Karrie, is a dental hygienist in Seattle. Steiner’s grandfather was a jockey. After he retired, he became a trainer. As a boy, Steiner helped him, cleaning stalls and grooming horses. “I knew from the time I was 5 years old that I wanted to be a jockey,” said Steiner.
Hall of Fame jockey John Longden often visited. “He and my grandfather were good friends. Mr. Longden said to me, ‘As soon as you learn how to ride, come see me.’” At 15, Steiner began working for Longden, then a trainer, at Santa Anita. He finished high school at the insistence of Mrs. Longden. Steiner rode his first winner in 1981 at Del Mar on a horse named Hillside Ruler. His riding career took him back to the Pacific Northwest and then to Kentucky. Steiner returned to the Southern California circuit in 1999. He suffered a serious injury in a 2005 spill at Santa Anita. After his injury, Steiner worked for the Jockeys’ guild, then in real estate. Then for two years, he worked horses for top trainer Bob Baffert. Steiner did not ride in a race again until this spring. Steiner recalled his return as a jockey: “I was on a 35-1 shot at Santa Anita and I got beat by a head. I rode for Joe Herrick. It was like I was watching a movie. It had been six years since I had rid-
Trainer Sam Semkin in the paddock at Del Mar with jockey Joe Steiner prior to a race. den a race. I had ridden for Joe in the past. He believed in me.” Steiner’s first win upon his return as a jockey occurred on May 28 at Hollywood Park. Steiner was aboard Slane Castle, a 3-yearold filly trained and coowned by Bob Leonard. Steiner had ridden for Leonard over the years. Most notably, Steiner rode Saratoga Passage to victory in the 1987 Norfolk Stakes (Grade
1) at Santa Anita. “Slane Castle went off at 71-1 and paid $143,” recalled Steiner. “Track announcer Vic Stauffer was ready, ‘It’s Joe Steiner’s first win in six years, three months and two days.’” Steiner won his first race of Del Mar’s 2011 meet on Aug. 13 aboard Spartan Jet. Spartan Jet is also trained by Herrick. Steiner has ridden 10,050 races in his career, won 969 races, second in
1,006 and third in 1,080. Why did Steiner work so hard to make a comeback as a jockey? “The bottom line is, I was empty inside when I wasn’t around the horses and away from the track,” said Steiner. “Working horses brought me back to life – my enthusiasm and passion for it.” As for being a jockey, Steiner is enjoying it more than ever. “I appreciate every minute now. I feel that I can be more of an asset to a horse during a race. I’m stronger than I was before physically and mentally.” Fitness is a priority with Steiner, 47, who works out and keeps a careful eye on his nutrition. In terms of weight control and nutrition, Steiner credits Hall of Fame retired jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., with helping him. Steiner says he starts the day with a Power Bar and water. After working horses in the morning, often he makes an omelet, consisting of two egg whites and a whole egg, some spinach and some sunflower seeds, cooked in oil,
not butter. Another Power Bar is a snack in the afternoon. Avoiding dairy and carbs are key to his nutrition regime. Steiner’s dinner often includes fish and vegetables. The jockey colony at Del Mar features top jockeys. The competition for mounts is fierce. Steiner has no agent. Now that Steiner has returned to being a jockey, he approaches it like a business venture. He sets up his morning schedule in advance and works horses for different trainers. Then, Steiner hopes to be named as the jockey on the horse when it races. “When I work a horse for someone, they have more confidence in me,” said Steiner, who acknowledges he practices the old Avis Rental Car slogan — he tries harder. He will show up to work a horse in the morning whereas a big name rider might not. “Developing a young horse is the most rewarding thing there is – working with them and teaching them,” Steiner said.
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All welcome at ‘Pacificfest’ fundraiser for former racehorses BY DIANE Y. WELCH Contributor Each year Bing I. Bush Jr. opens up his Del Mar offices on the historic stretch of Camino del Mar to the public. In this gesture of goodwill, each Holiday Season, he organizes a festive event — Decemberfest — to not only help locals celebrate the Holidays, but to also benefit the St. Germaine Children’s Charity through donations of gifts and funds by attendees. This summer Bush has planned a seasonal sister event he calls Pacificfest. Monies collected at this open house party will benefit After the Finish Line, a nonprofit group started in 2007 by Carmel Valley’s Dawn Mellen, that provides funds to other charities dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of former thoroughbred racehorses, finding them second homes after their competitive careers have peaked. The party is scheduled to coincide with the Pacific Classic, the most preeminent horse race of the Del Mar racing season and is set for Aug. 27, the evening before the big race. This race has significant meaning to Bush, an attorney whose specialty is equine law. Notably Richard’s Kid, the horse of one of Bush’s clients (His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Al-Maktoum), won that race last year. Bush manages the Prince’s Dubai-based stable, Zabeel Racing International. He also represents most of the jockeys on the Southern California circuit, some of whom compete in the race, he said. In support of After the Finish Line, Bush will provide the venue and fund the catering by Tacos Y Gorditos, and live music by Haute Chile. He invites each adult to bring, “Your favorite Mexican beer or wine,” in addition to a minimum of a $10 donation that will go directly to the charity. There will be plenty of volunteers present, some from the racetrack, and some from Bush’s own office, to act as bar-
tenders and food servers. While part of Bush’s law business involves personal injury work, as well as estate planning, the majority of his work focuses on equine law as it pertains to the thoroughbred racing industry, one that he holds dearly to his heart. Bush has a rich and diverse history with horses. It started when he was a child, growing up in Lexington, Kentucky. “We had a small farm, close to the horsepark, so I grew up riding hunters and jumpers,” he said. Bush was active in 4H and the Pony Club, then later gave riding lessons to others, broke yearlings, roped cattle, played polo, galloped on the racetrack, and trained racehorses, he said. As a young adult, Bush attended the University of Kentucky, studying law, but took a year off when his love of horses had him questioning his chosen career path. He did return, however, with the realization that he could combine the two and incorporate equine law into his legal practice. He continued his law education at Cambridge University in England, then opened a practice in Lexington, which still operates today. A strong affinity to Southern California brought Bush to settle permanently in San Diego County in 1987, and to Del Mar three years later as he was naturally drawn to be close to the racetrack, he said. The move seemed predestined as Bush’s father, Bing Bush Sr. was named for Bing Crosby, by his parents, Howard and Virginia Bush, “Who loved the crooner,” Bush explained. It was Bing Crosby’s passion and funding that aided the completion of the Del Mar Racetrack, and made the formation of the Del Mar Turf Club possible. On arrival in Del Mar in 1990, consequently, Bush felt like he was home. “I initially looked for a place to rent in Saratoga West, directly across from the track, and the second I walked in [to
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San Diego Polo Club offers a Nature inspires at Botanic Garden’s ‘Expressions’ variety of upcoming events Join in the excitement of Sunday Polo as ponies and players take to the main field at the San Diego Polo Club located at 14555 El Camino Real on the border of Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $10 per adult (children under 12 are free), with VIP tickets available for $25, reservation required. Parking is $5 per car and tailgating spots are $25 per car and include match entry. The upcoming schedule includes: Aug. 21: Fernando Gutierrez Memorial Cup Finals, SD Polo welcomes Ivy League Alumni Group Aug. 28: USPA Rossmore Cup benefiting Kids Korps Sept. 4: USPA Rossmore Cup Finals, The White Party — a Labor Day celebration Sept. 11: Willis Allen Memorial Cup, Celebrating Heroes Sept. 18: Willis Allen Memorial Cup Finals, benefiting San Diego Opera & San Diego Symphony Sept. 25: USPA Spreckels Cup, Vintage Day Oct. 2: USPA Spreckels Cup Finals, Closing Day For more information, visit SanDiegoPolo.com.
The Del Mar Village Association presents ‘Final Course of the Season’ Join the Del Mar Village Association on closing day, Sept. 7, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., as it wraps up the season with its tastiest event to date. Enjoy delicious foods served by Del Mar’s finest restaurants at the One Last Taste at the Track Festival. Free concert by Super Diamond is at 7 p.m. $25 ticket price includes: Admission to the Racetrack and program; Table seating in the trackside Seaside Tropical Cabana at the top of the stretch with no-host/cash cocktail bar, television monitors and mutuel windows; Tastes from Del Mar’s Finest Restaurants; Admission to Party at the Paddock where Super Diamond will perform. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.delmarmainstreet.com.
BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Staff Writer Talk about plein-air! This weekend, San Diego Botanic Garden is staging its third annual “Garden Expressions” event, bringing 27 regional artists into its green and pleasant spaces to show, create, and perhaps sell some of their nature-inspired work. On display will be gourds, glasswork, mosaics, pottery, paintings, jewelry, plant-dyed textiles, pineneedle baskets, and several booths full of imaginative recycled art. Don’t miss “Snowflake,” a 5-foot dinosaur made by Paul Wilton, the King of Zhjunk, whose work can also be seen in the Hamilton Children’s Garden. Another must-see is Kris de Young, president of the La Jolla Art Association for the past three years, whose paintings bring native plants to vibrant life. Check out her “Mojave Agave,” based on a beautiful bloomer she saw and photographed at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
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Paul Wilton with ‘Snowflake the Dinosaur: the Before picture.’ See the completed sculpture and more fantastical old-tool-and-scrap-metal creatures at the Zhjunk Art booth. LONNIE HEWITT
If you go What: Garden Expressions When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20-21 Where: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas Admission: $6-$12 (free to military families through Labor Day) Parking: $2 (4 in a car, park free!) Web: www.SDBGarden.org But don’t stop there. At the SDBG entrance, everyone will receive a passport. Getting your passport stamped by all participating artists makes you eligible to win one of the pieces of art donated by each of them. So why not be sure to visit every booth and give yourself a fair chance? Besides the opportunity to engage in person, in pleinair, with local artists, there will be lots more going on at Garden Expressions. Here are some of the other attractions in store over the weekend. • Music, music, music! Listen to Native American flute and didgeridoo by Bob Ballentine & Friends in the Australian garden both days, harp and flute by Willowood
in the Gazebo on Sunday. • Join the art-makers! Make your own art out of carefully-collected bottlecaps and recycled wood in Palm Canyon, as part of a community sculpture by folk artist Rodney Rodrigo. When completed, the piece will be offered for sale or put on display in the Children’s Garden. Saturday: learn plantprintmaking with the Botanical Printers, whose cards grace the garden’s gift shop. Sunday: try your hand at origami with Nicole Ma, a talented young garden volunteer from Torrey Pines High School. • Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe! Snack on organic, locally-grown veggie delights from The Flavor Chef, Lance Roll, who says he uses Love as his ultimate spice in the food he creates. • Hubbell Speaks! On Sunday, renowned architect/stained glass designer/ watercolorist/sculptor James Hubbell, whose art has always been inspired by nature, will give a talk on “Gardens: the Bridge between the Wild and the Order.” If you’re a Hubbell fan (and who isn’t?) you won’t want to miss it. Hubbell will also be the honoree at the Garden’s 12th annual gala on Sept. 10. • More art! Pick up a Sculpture Map at the entrance, and check out the works by 26 regional artists (including Hubbell) in the fourth annual “Sculpture in the Garden” exhibit.
4th Annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show to be held Aug. 27
& spirituality Traditional Latin Catholic Mass Traditional Latin Sacraments Confessions and Rosary before Mass St. John Bosco Mission 858-433-0353 Sundays at 4:00 PM Deer Canyon Elementary School 13455 Russet Leaf Lane Rancho Peñasquitos
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The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association will present the 4th Annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Bliss. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music, art, trunk shows, food and drinks will be available from 6-7:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show is a community event that highlights local fashion designers, boutiques, salons, artists and models. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. $10 children’s tickets are available as well. Bliss is located at 101 687 S. Coast Hwy 101 in downtown Encinitas. Please visit the DEMA website www.encinitas101.com for additional information on the show, local boutiques, and other sponsors.
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