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RSF Association plans to update open space policy

Teens, Jeans and Dreams

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Sept. 13, 2012

Rancho Valencia has a new look Renovated resort reopens Oct. 19

Board decides to post changes for a month before final approval BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association is looking to revise its open space policy to redefine its goals moving forward and establish a clear set of guidelines for boards making acquisition decisions in the future. The board was set to approve the changes for the new fund and policy, officially called the Covenant Enhancement Fund and Policy, at its Sept. 6 meeting but opted to post the changes for 30 days before final approval. “This is very important to the community and there are a lot of sensitivities about (open space),” noted board Vice President Anne Feighner in the decision to let the public review the policy changes before approval. “This is a major policy revision on something that’s so important and something we’re assessed for and I just think it’s the thing to do.” The policy will be posted online and will come back before the board on Oct. 4. The Open Space Fund was established in 1984 at a rate of 2 cents per $100 of assessed value with the goal of preserving and enhanc-


Solana Santa Fe turns 20!

(Above) Mary Miller, Ashlyn Mossy, Melisse Mossy and Lauren Grizzle are happy to be a part of Friends of San Pasqual Academy’s Team Penning event, “Teens Jeans and Dreams,” held Sept. 8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.The event benefits the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. See page 20. (Left) Sarah Ortel, Jordan Salter and Grace Creelman at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School’s “Back to School BBQ and 20th Birthday Party” Sept. 7. See page 24. PHOTOS/MCKENZIE IMAGES

BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Valencia Resort’s $30 million makeover is nearly complete and they are gearing up for an Oct. 19 reopening. Already the resort has hosted its first guests back during a soft opening — a wedding was held on Labor Day weekend and two more weddings held last weekend. “The guests said they felt like royalty,” said Nicole Sharp, director of marketing. While finishing touches are being made in some spots, much of the resort looks ready to go. The fountain is again trickling in the courtyard entrance with new outdoor fireplaces, new wood floors are glossed and green grass is again growing on the fa-

Publisher takes helm at three more newspapers Pfeiffer now in charge of eight SoCal weeklies RSF Review publisher Phyllis Pfeiffer has expanded her role with MainStreet Media San Diego to include oversight of the three inland division newspapers in addition to the five newspapers in the coastal division, which she currently publishes. Pfeiffer replaces Jeff Mitchell as the inland

group publisher. Mitchell is assuming the publisher role of the Santa Cruz Good Times. Anthony Allegretti, president Phyllis Pfeiffer and CEO of MainStreet Media Group LLC, which owns the eight newspapers in San Diego See PUBLISHER, page 30

The remodeled courtyard mous croquet lawn. Rustic lanterns, wrought iron details and beautiful sturdy wood doors See VALENCIA, page 30

County completes RSF road resealing

Celebrate Rancho Days Sept. 28-Oct. 7. See our special Rancho Days section inside this issue.

BY KAREN BILLING Resealing work on six Covenant roadways has been completed, according to Ivan Holler, RSF Association assistant manager. The Association has already begun working with the county on what roadways to include on the next round of resealing. Director Anne Feighner said some residents are envious about the work done on neighboring streets and have wondered what the process is for their street being considered. Holler said that while the county goes through a road evaluation process they do come to the Association for recommendations and top priority considerations. Holler said that if a resident has a road they would like the county to consider, they should write a letter to the RSF Association and the Association will be happy to add it to its evaluation.

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MiraCosta College president explains need for bond approval to RSF Association board BY KAREN BILLING MiraCosta College is looking for support of its general obligation bond on the November ballot. Called Measure EE (standing for Educational Excellence), the $497 million bond will be used for modernization and infrastructure improvements on facilities the district already has, while the remaining quarter will be spent on new construction. At a visit to the Rancho Santa Fe Association board Sept. 6, MiraCosta College President Dr. Francisco Rodriguez said the bond will have a cost to taxpayers of $19.64 per $100,000 of assessed value. The MiraCosta College District currently serves 18,000 students on three campuses and in its “flourishing” online education program. The MiraCosta board spent the last two and a half years developing a comprehensive master plan for school’s future. The study allowed them to pinpoint where they want and need to expand, most notably in their most popular programs of allied health, transfer and bio-technology. The bond will allow them to fully build out their San Elijo campus and create more 21st century classrooms and science labs. The space is needed, Rodriguez said, because as enrollment grows it has been difficult to get all the courses since there isn’t enough room, specifically in science classrooms. The district has approved bringing in portables for additional classroom space but they want to be able to offer more opportunities for their students. “We want to be able to have local residents complete their education locally,” Rodriguez said, a reflection of their motto “Stay

close and go far.” There are 112 two-year colleges in California serving 2.9 million students a year. Rodriguez said that MiraCosta’s enrollment has seen a 28 percent growth since 2007 as more people see the value of a two-year system as a transition from high school where students can take care of their general education courses while they figure out what they want to do. Sixty percent of their students transfer to a four-year institution and last spring, three out of 10 UC system grads began at a two-year state school. Another reason behind the growth in the two-year system is the cost—the $1,500 tuition is an option many families find affordable and California two-year schools have the lowest cost rates in the U.S. “It’s the best education value per dollar,” Rodriguez said. The last time Mira Costa went for a bond was in 1961—a $3.5 million bond to keep up with enrollment growth and allowed for the construction of the Oceanside campus. Taking note of the recent controversy in the Poway school district, Rodriguez said capital appreciation bonds (CABs) are not a part of the financing. A bond survey showed that 60 percent would support their bond measure—a 55 percent approval rating is required for the bond to pass and Rodriguez is excited and hopeful for their chances. “I think people understand the value between the education and the economy and the vitality of the community,” Rodriguez said. For more information, visit Miracosta. edu

RSF Association board approves funding for tennis club celebration BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association approved Sept. 6 a $17,000 funding request from the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club for its 50th Anniversary Celebration during Rancho Days. The Oct. 7 event will be a family barbecue catered by the RSF Golf Club and will feature a tennis exhibition with Tracy Austin, a two-time U.S. Open champion and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion. “We’re very lucky to get Tracy Austin,” said RSF Association Director Craig McAllister, a former tennis club board president.

“It’s going to be a nice day and a great event.” The club also expects appearances from former tennis pros Charlie Pasarell and Rod Laver. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16 in advance and $12 for adults and $6 for children at the door. An opportunity drawing will be held to win a free one-year tennis membership. (For more, see the Rancho Days special section in this issue of the RSF Review.) For tickets, call (858) 756-4459.

RSF Association files liens on severely delinquent properties BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association approved Sept. 6 the judicial filing of nine liens on severely delinquent property owners, the first step in the foreclosure process. With this filing, the parcel numbers will be made a part of the public record. “This is a pretty aggressive step for us,” said RSF Association Manager Pete Smith. Severe uncollectable accounts have been a fairly recent problem for the Association, with $326,000 worth of delinquencies in the last four to five years. The finance committee continues to look at the possibility of posting names and addresses in addition to the suspension of privileges and lien placement.

RSF Rotary Club changes weekly meeting date, location Beginning next week, the RSF Rotary Club will be changing its meeting day and location. The club will meet at noon on Tuesdays at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The RSF Rotary Club does local, national and international charity events and causes. Visitors are welcome to attend the weekly meetings. The cost is $25. For more information, visit





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RSF School District ordering more iPads BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe School District is in the process of ordering 20 more iPads and eight more computers due to increased enrollment at the school. The 20 more iPads are in addition to the 410 already purchased and the 170 new desktop computers added during the summer’s technology upgrade. The upgrade saw a few other expenditures such as $21,000 for four new servers and it’s possible they will need more. At the Sept. 6 school board meeting, Trustee Todd Frank asked Superintendent Lindy Delaney for a comprehensive look at how much more they will have to spend

and how close they are to their projected technology update costs. So far, $580,000 has been approved and $531,000 paid to date. Delaney said she gave an estimate for the overhaul at $550,000. Currently the schools’ iPads are spread out at a,1:1 implementation at the middle school level, six iPads per classroom at the K-6 level, 10 iPads for special education and one iPad per teacher. Delaney said she will report back at the district’s October meeting, which has been switched from Oct. 4 to Oct. 11. The meeting which will begin at 4 p.m.

Art Jury Corner

Horse keeping

Along with citrus groves, chaparral and eucalyptus forests, the pastoral vistas of grazing horses lends a distinctive rural character to our community. Many people, who are not equestrians themselves, enjoy seeing the horses and riders in our community and view this as an emblematic symbol of a rural community. If you enjoy equestrian sports, being able to keep horses on your property and ride our marvelous trail system is one of the distinctive advantages that the Covenant offers. The Art Jury is charged with reviewing applications to keep horses within the Covenant. As it does with all applications, the Art Jury looks at the aesthetics of the proposal, but a part of the review is to determine if the project can be properly managed (thereby avoiding future aesthetic problems). For instance, inadequate room for the storage of feed within a building results in the storage

of feed outdoors (often covered by a blue tarp), which is an aesthetic problem. When planning a horse facility, please keep in mind that it should be proportional to the size of the property as well as the number of horses. As with all new structures, stables should not be too visually prominent and blend with the natural features of the site. Your designer should create a stable that blends with the rest of the property and draws its distinction from quality design and materials rather than trying to create a prominent visual “statement” based on sheer volume. The Art Jury is also responsible for maintaining the standards of the Rancho Santa Fe Regulatory Code, including minimum lot size, minimum separations between horse keeping facilities and neighbor-

See HORSE, page 30

September 13, 2012


PBS special features CCA graduate and ‘2012 Globe Honors’ winner Nicolette Burton Nicolette Burton, a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy’s Class of 2012, is this year’s winner of the “2012 Globe Honors” for leading actress in a high school musical for her role in “Kiss Me Kate,”presented at the Carmel Valley school. Nicolette was honored with an all-expense paid trip to New York City to work with theater professionals for rehearsals, master classes, and interviews leading up to the Jimmy Awards. The Jimmy Award is named after legendary Broadway producer and theater owner James M. Nederlander and honors high school actors and actresses from across the United States that compete for the award and cash scholarships. This year more than 50,000 high school actors/actresses and over a 1,000 schools competed from around the United States for the chance Nicolette Burton to be one of the 60 chosen (30 males and 30 females) to compete in New York City at the Minskoff Theatre. The Jimmy Awards were held on June 25 in New York City, and Nicolette was runner up with her acting and singing from “Kiss Me Kate.” A three-part PBS special called “Broadway or Bust” began Sept. 9, and will air Sept. 16 and 23 and follows Nicolette and several other actors through the process that got them to Broadway. Nicolette is attending Montclair State University to pursue her BFA in musical theatre this fall. For a preview of the PBS special, visit

‘Game On’ theme for 2013 San Diego County Fair BY JOE TASH Coming off a record-setting year in attendance for the San Diego County Fair, fairgrounds officials on Tuesday, Sept. 11, approved “Game On” as the theme for the 2013 edition of the fair. Attendance at the 2012 fair, which ended on July 4, was 1,517,508. The governing board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which oversees the state-owned fairgrounds, expanded the fair’s run from 22 to 24 days for this year’s fair. The 2013 fair will also run for 24 days, the board decided on Tuesday. This year’s theme was “Out of this World.” Next year’s fair will open on Saturday, June 8, and end on Thursday, July 4, and the fair will be closed on the first three Mondays

during its run. In a report to the fair board, a staff member said the theme of “Game On” will be used for marketing, decorations, special exhibits, entertainment and other fair activities. The theme will encompass everything from classic board games to the latest in video and computer games, and appeal across both ethnic and generational lines, from the youngest children to seniors, according to the staff report. Partnerships and sponsorships with companies in the gaming industry will also be explored, according to the report. Fair board members unanimously approved both the theme and the dates for next year’s fair.



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RSF resident’s new gaming device provides entertainment value at lower cost BY JOE TASH A Rancho Santa Fe businessman is betting that a youthful appetite for downloadable video games, plus a trend of declining sales of video game systems and software, will translate into success for a new, portable gaming device. T. Scott Edwards, who has worked for such consumer electronics giants as Sony Electronics, Cricket Wireless and Hewlett Packard, launched his company, PlayMG, in July. He and former Cricket colleague Chris Choi are co-owners of the startup, and the two men are part of a founding team of nine people who are running the company. Their signature product, which is now undergoing final tests, is a portable device called the MG, which has a 4-inch screen and will sell for $169. Users will be able to play pre-loaded games, or download their own games from on the Wi-Fi-equipped device, which runs the Android platform. Many downloadable, digital games are free, while others cost from 99 cents up to $4 or $5, Ed-

Rancho Santa Fe businessman T. Scott Edwards with the MG, his new portable gaming device. wards said. He said the console vidThe advantage of the eo game industry has seen MG, said Edwards, is that declining sales for eight confamilies won’t have to pay secutive quarters, while the $40 or more for cartridge number of digital game games for game consoles, or downloads to mobile devices $40 per month that is typi- has exploded to more than cally charged for a data plan 15 billion each month. on a smart phone, which can Research and developalso be used to download ment for the new gaming and play games. device is being handled by a “Families are finding company in Korea, while the you can get the same enter- device itself will be manufactainment value for a lot less,” tured in China, Edwards Edwards said. said.

PlayMG plans to deliver its first devices in early November, and to have its device available for purchase at stores and online in time for the holiday season. The introduction of such a portable gaming device is definitely timely due to the rising interest in mobile gaming vs. the sales decline for console systems, said Scott Steinberg, head of the business consulting firm Tech Savvy. The key is whether the device can provide the quality of games that young consumers are looking for, Steinberg said. “If (game) selection is good and the price point is right and they are able to make enough noise,” the MG could prove successful, Steinberg said. “It’s certainly a rising concept out there,” he said. Selection should not be a problem, according to Edwards, as the Google’s Play Store contains some 60,000 downloadable games. PlayMG’s target market is the 52 million people in the United States under the age of 18 who don’t own a smart phone, said Edwards.

Many of those teens use their parents’ smart phones for playing games, leading to frustration on both sides, Edwards said. The new device promises to end that conflict in an economical way. The MG will also include software that allows parents to monitor and control both the use of the player and the amount of money spent on downloading games. One piece of software will send email activity reports to parents, showing what has been downloaded onto to the device, and how long the device has been used. Another — through a partnership with — will let parents set up a prepaid account, which can be reloaded, for their children to draw from. Edwards said the system essentially allows parents to provide a “gaming allowance,” which the children can manage by themselves. Ultimately, he said, the system will include a feature that allows children to earn more credit on their account by doing chores around the

house. PlayMG’s marketing strategy includes the use of social media such as Facebook and YouTube to publicize the new device, through such activities as contests for the best user-created videos. Gaming enthusiasts can pre-order the device on for between $99 and $149. Edwards said he’s enjoying his first start-up venture because he gets to be involved in so many aspects of the business. On the other hand, PlayMG has far fewer resources than the large companies he has worked for in the past. “I look behind me and there’s not an army anymore,” he said. But he does have a band of loyal supporters/advisers — his four children, ages 12 through 17. “They’ve all been really involved in every element of this,” he said. For more information, visit, then search for playmg.

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Beloved longtime RSF Library employee retires BY KAREN BILLING Ginny Dewey has worked at the Rancho Santa Fe Library for so long that no one is quite sure how many years it’s been. The best guess is 35 years for the faithful library employee, who celebrated a retirement party on Sept. 4. Friend Ginger Bord recalled spending many years in the library basement with Dewey, pre-remodel. Before the basement was the Book Cellar, Bord worked for the RSF Senior Center alongside Dewey for years before the center got its own location. “Ginny is such an institution here in the library,” Bord said. “She has really given so many years and that’s Rancho Santa Fe. She has a love for this community.” In her retirement, Dewey will have more time for her needlepoint projects and her dogs. (Right) Longtime Rancho Santa Fe Library employee Ginny Dewey, front row left, enjoyed a retirement party on Sept. 4 with Jo Moeller (front row, right), and (back row) Ginger Bord and Harry Bord. Photo/Karen Billing

Nativity School fourth graders in Daniel Costa’s history class are taking on a project at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Photo/Karen Billing

RSF Historical Society walking tour focus of unique Nativity School project BY KAREN BILLING Nativity School fourth graders launched an eight-week project at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society on Sept. 5. The youngsters will be filming a narration of the center’s walking tour. Their work will be accessible on the Historical Society’s walking tour pamphlet as a QR (quick response) code—visitors will be able to scan the code and listen to narration and history provided by the fourth grade students. Several schools around the country have been doing these kinds of projects with their local historical societies. “We like to do anything that will get kids to look at something that will be educational, understand Lilian Rice architecture, the Spanish colonial revival and understanding and gaining an appreciation for what a historical society does,” said Dana Evanson. Teacher Daniel Costa was the brains behind the project, looking for ways to make his instruction of California history a little

more interactive and exciting. “They’re all just bouncing off the walls, they’re so excited to learn,” Evanson said. The Historical Society’s walking tour starts at the historic La Flecha house and leads visitors to the original Santa Fe Land Improvement Company office, the Lilian Rice rowhouses, the original school, the original garden club and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, just to name just a few stops. The students will learn all about each location and provide history and interesting information. “In eight weeks, they should all be veterans,” Evanson said. The students’ first visit last week had them taking a look at the archives, seeing how delicate some of the material is and understanding that if they don’t take good care of it, it won’t exist. “This Historical Society is theirs,” said Evanson. “The buildings in Rancho Santa Fe are theirs and they are going to have to be the ones who help preserve it.”

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RSF Education Foundation’s Red Envelope Friday is Sept. 28 – contributions due

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RSF Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary board planning retreat held The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary kicked off its 2012/2013 season with a board member planning retreat at the Santaluz Club. The board retreat — led by RSF unit chairperson Sandra den Uijl — focused on ways to deliver an unprecedented fundraising year in support of its mission to advocate for the health and well-being of children and to increase community awareness and partnership with San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital. The Unit’s fundraising calendar commences on Oct. 1

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on the beautiful fairways of the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club with their 2nd Annual “Tee Up Fore Rady’s Golf Invitational” in partnership with The Ahern Franke Group at UBS Financial Services, Inc. The Invitational is followed shortly by the Unit’s walking with “Henry’s Hemophiliacs” at the Rady Children’s Hospital annual Shamu & You Family Walk on Oct. 6 at Sea World. For additional information on joining their efforts to help San Diego’s children, please visit their website at www. or “Like” them on Facebook at

Sept. 28 is the RSF Education Foundation’s annual Red Envelope Friday celebration, when all families are strongly encouraged to contribute their Fair Share, or to the best of their ability, in support of a world class Five-Star Education for their children at the Ranch School. Five-Star Education programs are now in place for 2012/13 and the funds are due immediately to cover their costs. Making your contribution is easy — on Sept. 28, volunteers will be at drop off and pick up lines at the school collecting pledge forms and contributions. Also, parents will notice red boxes at the office and around campus where they can drop their contributions, or contribute online at by clicking “Contribute Now.” All major credit and debit cards are accepted. Pledges for future contributions are encouraged and accepted if you cannot pay by Sept. 28. Be Proud to Participate Every child benefits from the Five-Star Education program, but it takes the support of all school families to maintain a successful Public-Private Partnership. Parents are asked to contribute at any level to the best of their ability, keeping in mind that the Fair Share cost per child is $1,609 ($1 million plus $30K expenses divided by 640 students). All contributors receive named recognition on the Education Foundation’s Thank You list which is published and distributed to all school families, as well as a free student directory and car decal. Donors that contribute at the higher Cap & Gown, Benefactor and Scholars’ Circle levels receive special recognition. All families should be Proud to Participate at any level. Rancho Santa Fe School’s Five-Star Education This year the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is committed to raising $1,000,000 (plus $30,000 in operating expenses) to fulfill a grant to the Rancho Santa Fe School in order to enhance the school’s operating budget to provide a superior education for all students. This grant is the cornerstone of a Public-Private Partnership that allows for an enriched public education experience that is among the best in the country. Ninety-six percent of Foundation funds provide for teacher salaries (allowing for small class sizes and specialized teachers), 4 percent for enrichment activities. Average class size is 18 students; without the Education Foundation, average class size would be 32. In addition to the many benefits derived from small classes, the Education Foundation grant allows the School to secure specialized teachers in Music, Art, Drama, Science and Technology among others, a Literacy Excellence program affiliated with the prestigious Columbia University, as well as Integrated Science and Differentiated Math programs. Red Envelope Friday on Sept. 28 will take place from 7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Drop off and pick up locations are at R. Roger Rowe School. For more information about Red Envelope Friday or to make a contribution, contact the RSF Education Foundation at (858) 756-1141 x208.


Village Church Community Theater to hold auditions for upcoming production Auditions for “A Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity” will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Village Church Community Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. “Star” is a retelling of the Christmas story in bluegrass style. Principal acting/singing roles for five men, five women, one boy and ensemble extras. Performances are Dec. 7, 8, 9. For audition information and appointment:

Rancho Santa Fe Community Center “All Fore the Community” Golf Classic Committee: (L to R) James Tone, Andy Pollin, Molly Wohlford, Linda Durket, Burnet Wohlford, Tyler Seltzer (Not pictured: Annie and Matt Golden).

RSF Community Center ‘All Fore the Community’ Golf Classic is Oct. 22 The Rancho Sante Fe Community Center will hold its 19th annual “All Fore the Community” Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 22. The tournament will feature an 18-hole scramble at the private RSF Golf Club and include a putting contest, lunch and tee prizes, as well as an “All Fore Fun” After Party featuring dinner, an awards ceremony and a live auction. Player cost is $325 each or $1,200 per foursome. All proceeds will benefit the RSF Community Center, a nonprofit organization. Major sponsors include Hoehn Motors, Northern Trust and Heritage Ranch Management. Sponsorships are still available. For player and sponsor information contact Linda Durket at 858756-2461 ext. 308, or visit

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Retiring Mayor Jerry Sanders reviews his legacy at local luncheon BY SHELLI DEROBERTIS Retiring San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders was the guest speaker at a brown bag luncheon Sept. 5 at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute where he shared details about the city’s “health” with about 100 people in the Fishman Auditorium. A group of women who call themselves “Group of 12 & Friends,” co-founded by Sanford Burnham pioneer Lillian Fishman, meet at the institute for monthly luncheons with a featured speaker. “They thought it was a good time to bring (Sanders) in,” said institute spokeswoman Kristina Meek, alluding to his final three months on the job. Sanders began making history at age 44 when he became one of the youngest police chiefs of San Diego. During a special election, seven years ago when the city was in financial crisis, he became mayor. He’s set to leave office in December. Sanders had the crowd laughing when he said working a week in the life of a police chief is like working one day as mayor. “But it was actually enjoyable being police chief,” he chuckled. “Though it’s been an honor to be the Mayor of San Diego, it’s frustrating, gratifying and hard work.” His last summer in office began with Sanders proclaiming June “Craft Beer Month,” to promote the local beer industry and entice other brewers to relocate to the city. He said one enjoyable aspect of his job was getting to sample lots of beer from White Labs, which produced a beer called “Ale to the Chief.” But there was nothing to toast when his first term began. “December 2005 was a dark time in San Diego and we were very close to bankruptcy. We faced the worst economic recession in 75 years,” Sanders said. The city is healthy now and this year has seen a bal-

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Mayor Jerry Sanders offers a recap of his seven years at the helm of America’s Finest City, the nation’s eighth most-populated. The job has a salary of $100,646. anced budget and a monetary reserve amount of 14 percent, he said. “When I started, we had a 2-percent reserve. Wall Street wouldn’t lend us money because they wanted an 8-percent reserve,” he said. “We now have a solid credit ratio and are starting to be viewed as a role model.” Sanders said previous cuts to city services were restored this year returning 13 more hours a week to libraries and recreation centers. Employment growth was also experienced in two fire academies that each accepted 50 people after years of a newhire freeze. “We haven’t had that since 2009,” Sanders said. But the balanced budget meant cutting costs and aligning government with the size of its revenue. This resulted in

8th annual SES Pro-Am draws top tennis pros and amateurs to Rancho Valencia The 8th Annual Sean Eduardo Sanchez (SES) fundraising Pro-Am will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 1 p.m., at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, located at 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, California. Proceeds will provide the children of Tecate, Mexico, with access to free tennis lessons, tennis equipment and cross border tournament transportation while also supporting the efforts of the Empty Cradle, a San Diego non-profit organization that helps parents cope with the loss of an infant before, during or after birth. There are currently 500 children enrolled in free tennis lessons at the SES Tennis Center, which has grown since inception in 2004 to include four regulation-size tennis courts. Sponsors of the Pro-Am as of this printing include: Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa; Geyser Holdings; Gerald Parsky; Mark Selland; Chris and Diane Shea; San Diego Self Storage; Donald R. Shepherd; Dr. Sean and Marjan Daneshmand; Ohana Café; Coffee Ambassador; Hanson Surfboards; Schubach Aviation; Valenti International, Wilson Sporting Goods; Kuba Kreations; Sushi in the Ranch; Daniella Huntchukova; Neville Billmoria; Louise Kermode; Rancho Valencia Villas; Andy Volkert and San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer. Returning this year to compete for the championship is former number one U.S. doubles tennis champion and five-time men’s doubles grand slam winner Rick Leach, along with Scott Davis, previous U.S. number 11 ranked top singles player and Todd Nelson, former top ranked 58th ranked singles player in the world. A highlight of the two-day event is a Sponsor Party on the evening of Friday, Sept. 14, that will be hosted by Dr. Sean and Marjan Daneshmand at their private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. The Sponsor Party includes a Polynesian buffet dinner provided by Ohana Café and Kuba Kreations, silent auction and entertainment by Polynesian dance

a 15-percent reduction to city employee pensions, and a pension downsize and overhaul for new hires • Gerald Robert Sandbeginning in 2009. ers is an American politiSanders said another cian, Mayor of San Diego savings in the works will and former Chief of Police come from using managed • Born: July 14, 1950, competition to lower the San Pedro cost of city employees per• Spouse: Rana Sampforming jobs that private son companies can do for less. • Education: San DiOne such job is residential ego State University trash services. San Diego city employees are paid to collect trash. Most other California cities contract with a private company and residents pay for their own trash services. “We don’t have to have government employees mow the laws in our parks. We don’t have to have government employees pick up trash,” Sanders said. Besides a healthy budget, some expansions that will be left in his wake include a $185-million library that is 60-percent completed. lt will feature 400 computers and a Trolley line to nearby schools. The San Diego Convention Center will also be expanded, complete with a 5-acre park on its rooftop. Sanders said the city is being sued by a union over a self-imposed room tax added to local hotels to fund the center expansion, which also needs approval from the California Coastal Commission. What lies ahead for Sanders in retirement? He said he plans to continue walking 70 miles each week and also to spend several months in Italy with his wife.

troupe Kepolani Ohana E Kai. Reservations may be purchased for $95 per person to attend the Sponsor Party on Sept. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The tennis tournament at Rancho Valencia on Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. includes a barbeque and trophy presentation for a price of Former #1 U.S. Doubles Champion $95 per person Rick Leach will return to compete (children under 10 for the winning title at the SES Proare welcomed at Am. $40 per child for this family-friendly event). A combined price of $185 is available to attend both events. Eduardo Sanchez, head tennis pro at Rancho Valencia who is organizing the fundraising event, was born and raised in the city of Tecate, Mexico and accomplished a lifelong dream to construct public tennis courts for use by all the citizens of Tecate, regardless of their ability to pay for instruction. He and his wife Amelia dedicated the project on June 4, 2004, in honor of their deceased son Sean Eduardo. For more information regarding the non-profit SES Tennis Center, or to purchase reservations to attend the events, please call (858) 832-8297, visit or email Details on the additional beneficiary, Empty Cradle, may be located at

Rosh Hashanah Dinner and High Holiday Services offered in RSF Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish year, and the anniversary of the creation of man. At the brink of a new year it is appropriate to reminisce and evaluate the past year. It is time for a comprehensive analysis of our lives thus far, and some spiritual accounting to plan the year ahead. Anyone interested is invited to join Chabad Jewish Center of RSF for a delicious Rosh-Hashanah Dinner in a warm and friendly environment. Sponsored by Dr. Bob Shillman Advance reservations are suggested. Events: Sunday , Sept. 16: Evening Services: 6:30 p.m., Rosh Hashanah Dinner 7 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 17, Morning Services: 10 a.m., Shofar Sounding: noon; Tuesday, Sept. 18, Morning Services: 10 a.m., Shofar Sounding: noon; Yom Kippur, Tuesday, Sept. 25; Fast Begins at: 6:23 p.m., Kol Nidrei Services: 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 26, Morning Services: 10 a.m., Yizkor Memorial Service: noon; Neilah Closing Service: 5:30 p.m., Fast Ends at: 7:16 p.m. Location: Morgan Run Resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho Santa Fe, 92091. For reservations or more information, please contact Rabbi Levi Raskin at Chabad -RSF Jewish Center: Phone 858756-7571;

‘Taste of Hope’ to be held at Rancho Valencia Sept. 23 The 10th Annual Taste of Hope event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. Guests will enjoy various culinary creations paired with wine and craft beer from some of the region’s best wineries and breweries. The event celebrates the many research accomplishments and extraordinary care of City of Hope ( Attend the day of the event or to register call 858-4526846 or visit

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Saving kids’ lives driving passion for Voices for Children and gala co-chairs BY KATHY DAY Longtime friends Lise Wilson and Debby Fishburn share a passion for giving back to their community. Now they’re sharing something else – with their husbands they are chairing the annual gala for Voices for Children, a nonprofit they say saves children’s lives. The 10th annual Starry, Starry Night gala on Sept. 29 will raise funds to support the organization that provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for the more than 5,600 children in the San Diego County foster care system. With its new venue at the Rancho Valencia Resort, which has just undergone an extensive renovation, the event will feature entertainment by blues guitarist Coco Montoya, who for a decade played with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers before starting his own band. “Through no fault of their own these children who are in the dependency court system need someone to speak up for them,” said Fishburn, a former executive with one of the nation’s top retail stores who served on the Voices board for nine years and as board chair. “It is hard not to be compelled by the mission.” Wilson, an attorney who was named to the VFC board only a year ago, said she was introduced to the nonprofit when she attended a previous Starry, Starry

Support Voices for Children • Starry, Starry Night Sept. 29 Starting at 5 p.m. Tickets $500 per person at • Or donate at www. Night gala where she heard from a teen foster child who “spoke quite movingly about her experience … I heard what could be done through CASAs.” CASAs, who undergo an intense training program and make an 18-month commitment, stand up for the children who are in foster or group homes, investigating legal, educational and health issues and working with all of the parties involved in the case. They make recommendations about the child’s placement, whether it is to remain in a foster home, be reunited or adopted. And many, Wilson noted, stay with their case children for years, even until they age out of the foster system at 18 or 19. Fishburn learned about the program when she was in the Junior League. One of their projects was reading court files on dependency court cases – a task now handled by Voices for Children. “Several of our mem-

Lise Wilson and Debby Fishburn bers were very active with Voices in its infancy,” she said. Then there was a small office in the juvenile court with a staff of two; now the staff totals 40 and while there’s still a small office in the Kearny Mesa courthouse to handle day-to-day court activities, there’s also a full suite of offices offsite for the administration, including CEO Sharon M. Lawrence, and supervisors who oversee the CASAs. Fishburn and Wilson met about 30 years ago when Wilson and her date Steven Strauss – and now husband — went to a party with a new group of young lawyers where their friend Wain Fishburn “introduced a new gal into the group of lawyers,” Wilson recalled.. Soon they were attending each other’s weddings and becoming fast friends. Through the years both

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have been involved in numerous charitable organizations, including Las Patronas, the philanthropy that raises funds for a number of causes throughout San Diego County. Fishburn served as president and co-chair of the organization’s Jewel Ball – one of the county’s premiere charity events. Wilson, who became involved with Las Patronas at her friend’s urging, also chaired the Jewel Ball, which is held each year at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Now they are putting their expertise in organizing charity events to work for Voices for Children’s Sept. 29 gala. While their excitement about the evening from the menu to the venue is evident, it’s the cause that has them working countless hours. From tasting what

they say will be an exciting menu put together by Rancho Valencia Resort’s executive chef Eric Bauer to the music and live and silent auctions, it is the cause that keeps them going — and the stories that will be shared bout the CASAs’ work. “Our focus is on Voices’ mission statement,” Wilson said, but the idea is to plan “a fun event that will make them want to come back, to involve people.” Fishburn noted that a successful fundraiser “showcases they agency. We only have people’s attention for a short time. We want to educate them and get their support.” Because Voices for Children is 99 percent privately funded, she added, “we are reliant on people contributing from our community. … This is our opportunity to shine a light on the issue and raise the profile going forward.” With 400 tickets available – slightly more than two dozen were left at press time – the two are hopeful they can raise a lot of money.. Fishburn said the organization is not easy to explain in one word – “We don’t cure cancer” – but it is a worthy mission. When Voices presents its orientation programs to prospective volunteers, one of the points they make is how many children are in foster care, representing the

Become a CASA Attend an orientation session: • Sept. 29 10:30 a.m. to Noon Escondido Public Library • Oct. 13 10 to 11:30 a.m. - San Marcos Branch Library • Oct. 17 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Kearny Mesa Learn more and sign up for a Volunteer Information Session at figure graphically in a drawing of a line of nearly 20 school buses filled with children. This year, Voices aims to enlist 482 volunteers to supplement the 800 already serving – not nearly enough to provide a CASA for every child. In the first two months of the fiscal year, they have recruited 85. “Our goal is to have every child in the system have a CASA,” Wilson said. She emphasized that her friends who are judges in the dependency court have told her how much they appreciate and respect the CASAs on the cases they hear. And she added, they are quite receptive to the See VOICES, Page 28

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Swimmer to tackle the English Channel in memory of beloved coach BY LINDA HUTCHISON When you’re a young woman returning from the funeral of another young woman, what do you think about? For some, it might be returning safely, quickly and gratefully to normal life. But if you’re Allison (Alli) DeFrancesco, a competitive swimmer, and you’ve just lost your favorite swim coach to cancer, you think in different terms – especially if you’re a cancer survivor yourself. Just a year after receiving a bone marrow transplant in 2010 to combat Hodgkin’s lymphoma, DeFrancesco attended the funeral of her NYU swim coach Lauren Beam, who died at 32 of colon cancer. On the long flight back to San Diego, DeFrancesco found herself exploring new territory. “I felt I had to do something,” she said. “I had to turn a negative into a positive. I wanted to do something personal, yet universally meaningful.” Why not swim the English Channel, also known as the Everest of swimming? What better way to celebrate the memory of

Want to know more? For news and progress reports about Allison DeFrancesco, visit: • Updates: • YouTube Video: her coach and her own recovery? “It was also a way of reclaiming my life and not letting cancer define it,” said DeFrancesco, who has been cancer-free for two years. Once back home in Del Mar, she mentioned the idea to her swim club coach Joe Benjamin and he encouraged her to go forward. She reserved the required pilot boat and time slot, Sept. 2324. (Because bad weather can delay English Channel swims, the date is not exact.) Just as DeFrancesco will plunge into the Channel, she plunged into her rigorous training routine: swim-

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Cancer survivor Allison DeFrancesco plans to swim the frigid waters of the English Channel Sept. 23-24 to honor her swim coach who died of colon cancer last year. COURTESY PHOTO “Growing up, I was always in the ocean, body surfing on the backs of my father and uncle,” she said. She went on to become a competitive swimmer in high school and at NYU, where she majored in art history. The same uncle who saved DeFrancesco 23 years ago, Richard Wheelock, Jr., will accompany her across the Channel, in the pilot boat with the captain and her athletic trainer, Brian

Finn. She’ll enter the water at Shakespeare Beach in England (next to the White Cliffs of Dover), where her mother will help send her off, and exit at Cap Gris-Nez in France. Although the straightacross distance is about 23 miles, swimmers must zigzag through unpredictable currents, which adds miles and can mean finishing as much as eight miles north or south of Cap Gris-Nez.

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Village Church Prescool celebrates upgrade The Village Church Preschool held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly remodeled preschool on Sept. 9. RSF residents Jere and Joyce Oren donated $500,000 for the remodel. Visit Photos/McKenzie Images

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Work by accomplished RSF artist on exhibit at Encinitas gallery Sept. 29-Oct. 13 The paintings of RSF resident and artist Anne Swan Moore are on show beginning Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 13 at Rhino Art Company’s Gallery 97 in Encinitas. Moore’s one-woman show titled “Sun Seekers” features 45 boldly colored and richly detailed paintings of fruits, vegetables, flowers and cacti. The works range in size from one foot square to four feet square. Writing in Artweek magazine covering one of Moore’s earlier shows, art critic Robert McDonald declared that her “color sense is sophisticated and pleasing, and her control of the brush is energetic and sure. Moore’s paintings create a feeling of compatibility with nature. They require examination both from a distance and up close, both straight on and from oblique angles.” In the Los Angeles Times, Leah Goldman praised Moore’s work as “evocative.” Moore’s paintings have been featured in 25 art gallery exhibitions over the past 20 years — in France, California, Texas and Florida. They hang in many private collections in New York, Maryland, California and Texas. From the age of 5 on, Moore played piano, flute, cornet and classical guitar. But, upon discovering painting, she found her true art form. Moore studied painting and drawing at San Antonio’s McNay Institute and various other private institutions. At the University of Houston, where she received a bachelor of fine arts, she felt privileged to study with John Alexander, James Surls and British pop artist Derek Boshier. For nine years, Moore had a studio in New York City’s Soho arts district, where her painting style evolved from landscapes and abstracts to dramatic, hard-edged fruits, vegetables and flow- Artist Anne Swan ers. For 15 years her work has hung in, and has been featured in, Moore and an example many shows at Houston’s Harris Gallery. She has just appeared of her work. there in “Art Houston,” an annual citywide art show. Moore’s paintings are contemporary compositions with classical themes, often influenced by the music to which she works. Fruits and flowers in different stages of their ripening lives are shown in various paintings. Her work was in a juried competition published in New American Paintings—a quarterly magazine directed mainly toward collectors, museums and galleries. The Encinitas show is Moore’s first in California since appearing in a La Jolla gallery over 20 years ago. Now that she currently is painting in Southern California, Moore is looking forward to also establishing a west coast representation in order to reach an expanded audience. Her work can be seen at the website A free opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29. Rhino Art Co. Gallery is located at 97 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, (760) 943 7440;

Next ‘Coffee and Conversation’ event is Sept. 19; Topic is ‘The politics of planning: A time for election and reflection’ Steve Kurtz, a vice president with Hartford Global, part of the Global Wealth Group that distributes investment products specifically designed for retirement, will be the next “Coffee and Conversation” guest speaker. The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 8-9 a.m. at the RSF Golf Club. With the 2012 presidential election year in the home stretch, much of the nation’s focus is on politics — who is running for office, and on what platform of ideas. The word “politics” comes from the adjective “politic” — to be shrewd or prudent in practical matters. So, as the media hypes all things politics, how can you remain “politic” in planning for your financial future? Learn about the cycles of investments and elections at the Sept. 20 event. To attend “Coffee and Conversation,” contact Deana Carter at (858) 756-1566 or The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club is located at 5827 Via De La Cumbre in Rancho Santa Fe.

Tickets on sale now for Taste of MainStreet in Encinitas Sept. 20 The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA) will present the 23rd Annual Taste of MainStreet on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Encinitas boasts an eclectic roster of eateries located in this historic district. This community event allows ticketed participants the chance to taste delectable sample-size offerings from 35 restaurants. The night will feature live music at several venues. The three-hour window allows participants to take their time as they walk down Highway 101 and provides opportunities to stop along the way to enjoy the music or to have a drink. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online. Tickets will also be available to purchase in-person at the DEMA office (818 S. Coast Hwy 101) after Labor Day. The Taste of MainStreet has limited capacity and demand for tickets never fails to exceed the 1,000 sold. For more information and tickets:

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After surviving cancer, local woman shifts focus to philanthropy BY CLAIRE HARLIN Having just celebrated five years of being a breast cancer survivor, Catherine Blair remembers well hearing the terrifying words “you have cancer.” However, what she realized as she went through treatment over the next many months was just how lucky she had been. She had the support of family, friends, and the funds and insurance to pay for the needed treatment. “I can’t imagine hearing those words and not knowing who to go to or not having the money to treat the illness,” she said. The experience inspired Blair to retire from her role as dean at The Bishop’s School and look for a way to help other women facing breast cancer. She got involved locally with the San Diego affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, joining the non-profit’s board of directors in 2009. After four years on the board and three years serving as chair of the organization’s grants committee, Blair is now serving as president-elect of the San Diego affiliate, which puts on the annual Race for the Cure, which brings in more than $1.2 million each year for local breast cancer initiatives and research. The five-kilometer

Catherine Blair introduces grant recipients at the 2012 San Diego Women’s Foundation Grants Celebration. Courtesy photo race will take place once again this ten confused with the national oryear on Nov. 4 in Balboa Park, and ganization that organizes the wellBlair will be leading her race team attended three-day walk for breast of about 40 people. For five years, cancer, which raises money specifishe’s headed a team sponsored by cally for research at a national levManpower, a staffing company she el. and her husband are co-owners of, “We want to make the comand the team has raised nearly munity aware of what we do local$20,000 each year, with about half ly in San Diego with the funds we of that coming from the sponsor- raise,” Blair said. ship. As chair of the grants commitBlair said the San Diego Susan tee, Blair helps decide what KoG. Komen Race for the Cure is of- men’s grant priorities will be each

year. The committee does this with the help of an outside entity that assesses where gaps in local services are. Komen’s board then grants money to programs providing uninsured women with mammograms, surgery, chemotherapy and living service. Seventy-five percent of money goes to local programs and 25 percent funds breast cancer research. Blair said it is incredibly fulfilling to be part of the grant process, and that carries over into her other major activity. The San Diego Women’s Foundation, which was started by her best friend, Linda Katz (also of Del Mar), who, with her husband, are the other partners in Manpower. Blair has been with the foundation since its beginnings in 2000. Like many of the philanthropic group’s 200 members, she simply paid her dues for many years and voted on where the money went. Since its inception, the foundation has granted close to $2 million to a number of a local arts, education, environment and health programs. But since her retirement, she has gotten more involved and serves on both the grants committee and board of directors. “You can be involved as much

or as little as you want,” she said, adding that the foundation is always seeking new members with fresh ideas. “One of the best things about being involved is that the women really energize and inspire me … They have some of the most interesting backgrounds and education accomplishments of any women I’ve ever met.” You’d think Blair would have her hands full, but she also started her own business in 2010, based on a newfound passion — making needlepoint canvases. The idea started with her own project of crafting Christmas stockings for her family, which she latched onto and didn’t want to stop. “I never thought of myself as artistic, but I realized I loved needlepoint and I loved designing and painting canvases.” Through her company, she is also able to support a cause she loves by donating up to 25 percent of each canvas sale to Komen San Diego. For more information on her business, visit To find out more about the entities Blair is active in, visit and

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Teens, Jeans and Dreams

Friends of San Pasqual Academy held a Team Penning event, “Teens Jeans and Dreams,� Sept. 8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to benefit the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Chairpersons for this competition were Rancho Santa Fe residents Bill and Connie McNally. Charger Quentin Jammer was the Honorary Chairperson. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that enriches the lives of foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Visit Photos/McKenzie Images

Laurie Joseph, Kathleen Connor

Karen Ventura, Honorary Chair Quentin Jammer, Gina Daley, Lois Jones

A calf is cut from the herd.

Teen volunteers Kaila Aguerre, Kate Swanson, Kristin Butler, Kennedy Erdossy, Julia Ankeny

Kyoko Mori, Donna Herrick, Micah Snyder

Gustavo and Camilo Tapia, Gabriela, Lucy, Maria and Jose Cardenas

Carol Stemmerman, Mary Brown

Toni Daley, Sharon Daley, Charlene and Terry Brown

In team penning, the calves are numbered. Madeline Javelet, Dana Falk, Jeff Javelet Event Chairs Connie and Bill McNally

A rider

Jeff and Jenna Daley

Brett and Christie Combs, Andrea and Jason Adams

A rider

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Canyon Crest Academy student receives scholarship as a 2012 Davidson Fellow Twenty-two bright young people named as 2012 Davidson Fellows exemplify the extraordinary work that can be accomplished by U.S. students who are given opportunities to excel. One of these gifted students is Canyon Crest Academy student Vaishnavi Rao, 17, who won a $10,000 scholarship. Vaishnavi’s science project, “Activity-dependent Regulation of Nitric Oxide Expression: Novel Form of Neurotransmitter Plasticity,” examines the role of nitric oxide Canyon Crest Academy student Vaishnavi Rao in physiological functions including sleep, feeding, memory, vision, olfactory regulation and sensorimotor integration. Imbalances in levels of nitric oxide are implicated in the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders including stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Vaishnavi’s findings suggest that nitric oxide levels can be regulated through alterations in electrical activity, ultimately restoring homeostasis. Her work could aid in the restoration of normal functioning people with neurological disorders. Vaishnavi is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy and hopes to become a neurosurgeon. The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, mathematics, literature, music and philosophy. The Davidson Fellows Scholarship has provided nearly $5 million in scholarship funds to 206 Fellows since its inception in 2001, and has been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & World Report. It is a program of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, Nev. that supports profoundly gifted youth. “The Davidson Institute is built on the belief that individuals, who have extraordinary intelligence and talents, when encouraged and supported, can improve the quality of life for us all,” said Bob Davidson, co-founder of the Davidson Institute. “We are delighted to recognize a group of resourceful and distinguished young people for their fascinating projects – projects that have the potential to benefit society.” The 2012 Davidson Fellows will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3. For more information visit

RSF Senior Scene: Mark your calendars for upcoming programs BY TERRIE LITWIN, RSF SENIOR CENTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lederer on Language On Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m., Richard Lederer will present “Conan the Grammarian,” a common-sense approach to grammar and usage. Dr. Lederer is usage editor of “The Random House Dictionary” of the English language and author of “The Write Way.” This humorous, 90-minute lecture will be followed by a book signing. Reservations are not required. Classical Music Appreciation with Randy Malin resumes Instructor Randy Malin leads a class featuring music composers and the music that has endured through the ages. Classical music fans and individuals who are less familiar but want to learn more, will Terrie Litwin find this class both informative and entertaining. The series begins Monday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. VA Federal Benefits for Veterans and Survivors Please join us at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. for an informative presentation by Adonis Relieve from the San Diego County Veterans’ Services office. Mr. Relieve is a military retiree from the U.S. Navy and has served for many years as a Veterans Advocate/Service Officer. He is accredited with the Veterans Administration and is recognized by nine national veterans’ organizations to represent veterans and their survivors. Topics that will be discussed include: Aid and Attendance benefit, VA Compensation (service related), and VA Pension (non-service related). Other topics related to VA benefits may be discussed if participants are interested. Mr. Relieve will be available to answer questions during and after the presentation.

Writing Workshop with Garrett Chaffin-Quiray 1st Thursday of the Month 10 a.m. to noon (Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6) Rancho San Café French Discussion Group 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Solana Santa Fe celebrates ‘Back to School’ and 20th anniversary Solana Santa Fe Elementary School held a “Back to School BBQ and 20th Birthday Party” Sept. 7. The celebratory event featured snow cones, music and food trucks. Photos/McKenzie Images

Pamela and Ana Soriano

Paige Harris, Ali Youel

Dina Chakamian, Silvana Saldivar, Rachelle Costa, Tanya Kovacik with Flynn Tardif

Solana Santa Fe Principal Julie Norby with Riley Sullivan and (front row): McKenna Topolovac, Campbell Bush, Isabella Costa

Lori Renda with Luke and Alex, Audrey Hamilton

Sarah Ortel, Jordan Salter, Grace Creelman

Tim Canty, Brittany Berry Mina and Will Kessler, Aidan, Isabella and Marcela Collins

The food truck was popular.

PTO President Lisa O’Coyne with Tatum and Sheridan

Andre Jabbour, Rylan and Kim Kim

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RSF Community Center: Upcoming events Boys Junior Dunkers Sign-Ups Now Happening! One of our most popular programs of the year is our One-on-One Junior Dunkers basketball league and we are now taking sign-ups! The fall boys league is open to grades 1st through 6th and the cost is $250 per child. Free basketball clinics will be held on Oct. 2 and 30 and Nov. 13 for all registered players. For $300 you can feel the pride of having your company name or family name imprinted on the back of your son’s team jerseys. The sign-up deadline is Friday, Oct. 12, and no late sign-ups are accepted so don’t miss out! Please visit our website at or call us at 858-7562461 for more player or sponsorship information. Back to School Bash Friday, Sept. 14, 3–5 p.m. Don’t miss our popular Back to School Bash! It’s a crazy good time right here at the Community Center and we are looking for volunteers to help out with all the exciting games that will be offered. We will have a volunteer shift schedule set up to give you time to enjoy the festivities as well. The fun will start right after school at 3 p.m. and lasts until your game tickets run out or 5 p.m. (whichever comes first). We need community support to help make this year’s bash even bigger and better than before. Many thanks to the Fernandez, PhillipsTone, Wohlford, Golden, Marshall, Shahri, Mossy and Ayyad families for sponsoring! And a special thank you to Jennifer Fernan-

dez. Jennifer generously offered once again to chair this event and she needs your help. If you enjoy good, ol’ fashioned carnival fun, then step right up and join us as a volunteer. Please give us a call at 858-756-2461 to volunteer or for more information. It’s Dodgeball Time Again! Don’t forget to sign up for Coach Mike Rausa’s fun, adrenaline-pumping Dodgeball Tournament! There are prizes and t-shirts for the winning team and pizza and water will be available for purchase. When: Friday, September 21 Where: RSF Community Center Time: 3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. - 3rd & 4th Grade 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - 5th & 6th Grade Cost: $20 per person/ $15 for siblings Please visit our website at or call us at 858-756-2461 for more information on all events and classes at the RSF Community Center.

Crystal Ball Gala Committee Members: Top row: Patricia Hodgkin, Mary Ann Bosanac, Judy Keys, Kim Grant, Sheri Hallis. Bottom row: Jan Reital, Kayleen Huffman, Sharon Stein, Karen Kogut, Jeri Rovsek.

Casa de Amparo Crystal Ball Gala set for Nov. 3 Casa de Amparo’s 14th Annual Crystal Ball Gala will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe starting at 6 p.m. The black tie event is a major fundraiser for Casa de Amparo’s programs and services supporting children and families affected by and at risk of abuse or neglect. “Our theme this year is ‘Celebration,’” said Sharon Stein, gala chair. “We are celebrating the opening of our new Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos where children removed from the home due to abuse or neglect are enjoying their cozy new homes and expansive outdoor space. We’re also celebrating Casa de Amparo being named the San Diego Chargers Courage House!” “Twenty-five supporters have been working on the Crystal Ball Gala volunteer committee since January to make this year’s event even bigger and better,” said Trina Godwin, special events coordinator. Committee members include Linda Alessio, Bruno Barbieri, Mary Ann Bosanac, Jolane Crawford, Judy Ferrero, Jessica Figueroa, Marilyn Goldstein, Claudia Gramm, Sheri Hallis, Kim Horner, Patricia Hodgkin, Kayleen Huffman, Judy Keys, Karen Kogut, Amasa Lacy, Dawn Leeds, Perrin Orr, Jan Reital, Jeri Rovsek, Dana Stein, Sharon Stein, Christy Stevenson, Penny Wing and Priscilla Wood. Highlights of the gala include an elegant cocktail reception, exciting auctions, a gourmet dinner prepared by Jeffrey Strauss, chef/owner of Pamplemousse Grille, and dancing to popular cover band, “The Kicks.” Tickets prices begin at $300 per person. VIP tables and underwriting opportunities are also available. Tickets are available now at Tickets may also be order by phone at 760-754-5500 or email

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TP Pop Warner Spirit Day Torrey Pines Pop Warner held its picture and Spirit Day Sept. 9. The family event included live bands, jumpies, food and a dunk tank for the coaches. Photos/McKenzie Images

Cheerleaders Nicole Hild, Stephanie Silva, Soleil Montemurro, Kaitlin Mohler

Matt and Chuckie Livingston

The football players were hungry.

Ryan Gianni, Luke Gianni, Gabriel Poland

Zach, Grant and Alex Moore

Board member Roland Wheeler with Aidan Mullin, Tyler Wheeler, Cole Shearson

Kristi Smith, Donna Wilson, Cindy Braun, Kristin Mullin, Leah Jackson

Grace Kish, Maria Kish-Filler

Coaches Brian Misak, Jeff Ward, Brook Svoboda, Mike Cox

School of Rock students provided the sounds.

Brendan, Wes and Wesley Huggett

Heidi Shafer and Carlos Bernitt with Sofia Bernitt and Maureen Shafer

Coaches Dave Crump and Ken Angel

Alix and Todd Juneau with Morea, Kanon and Koa the Lab

Colin Myers, Jonathan Ford, Gunnar Braun

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RSF Education Foundation invites you to be proud to participate Public education funds continue to be a source of angst for parents in California and across the country. Many parents feel confused about why education is seemingly a low priority and helpless as to how to help their children. In the Rancho Santa Fe School District, 15 years ago parents took matters into their own hands and created the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (RSFEF) which aids the R. Roger Rowe School (Ranch School). Why did they do that for a public school? Basic Aid District The Rancho Santa Fe School District is a Basic Aid District which means that State and Federal funds account for about 3 percent of our school’s annual budget. The District receives approximately 82 percent of funding from local property taxes. In 1978, Proposition 13 capped property taxes for all California homes purchased prior to 1978. This limited tax revenue to the school despite rising education costs. The current budget system is just not adequate to support the type of education that we all want for our children. In the last few years, many homeowners have reassessed their properties at lower levels and there have even been foreclosures, further reducing tax income for the school. Yet because of the RSFEF, children at the Ranch School returned to school with average class sizes of 18 and specialized teachers for subjects like art, music, science, technology and physical education, as well as library time each week. “The difference really is the private funding that comes about through the Education Foundation,” commented RSF Education Foundation Chair Glenn Oratz. “In the last three years property taxes as well as federal and state revenues have declined over $1 million. These negative developments create an urgent need to ensure that we are able to maintain existing and planned academic and enrichment programs in order to retain our position as one of the best public schools in the country.” $1 million pledge for one of the best public schools in the country This year, the RSFEF has pledged $1 million for the third year in a row to support its’ Five-Star Education program. “I’ve often been asked “if we didn’t get the money from the Education Foundation what would we do?” remarked Lindy Delaney, superintendent at the Ranch School. “And it’s very clear we would have to cut valuable programs from the budget. For example, our class sizes would go up, Literacy Support teachers would go away, special programs such as art, music, computers, drama and athletics might be cut, and elementary science teachers would be drastically reduced.” The $1 million contribution by the RSFEF this year is approximately 11 percent of the district’s budget. The RSFEF’s Five-Star Education program for 2012/2013 includes: •Small Class Size – average of 18 students; •Specialized Teachers – for Art, Athletics, Drama, Math, Music, Science, Spanish & Technology; •Literacy Excellence – specialists further reduce class sizes & assist classroom teachers with the Columbia University Reading & Writing Program; •Integrated Science – a program that uses the best practices of traditional & inno-

v a t i v e teaching i n c l u d ing hands-on experiences; •Differentiated Mathematics – specialists further reduce class sizes & provide instruction based on proficiency in grades 1 – 6, as well as additional classes and advanced instruction at the middle school level. “We have the advantage of being a one school district so every dollar contributed to the RSFEF goes to our school,” offered Leslie DeGoler, RSFEF marketing chair. “We want parents to understand that 94 percent of RSFEF funds provide for a class size average of 18 and specialized teachers through teacher salaries and 3 percent is for enrichment activities such as Red Ribbon Week, Science Discovery Day, Ocean Weeks and Field Day.”, she added. With only 3 percent in operating expenses almost every dollar raised by the RSFEF directly benefits students. Be Proud to Participate “As parents we should contribute to the Education Foundation,” said Tiffany Catledge, a parent and active RSFEF volunteer and contributor. “We’re basically getting a private school education here at a public school offering.” The RSFEF is asking that each family contribute their “Fair Share” cost per child of $1,609 ($1 million divided by 640 students) or to the best of their ability. This year the Cap and Gown level is $2,000 per student and the Benefactor level is $3,000 per student. The Foundation also relies heavily on the philanthropic contributions of the Scholars’ Circle. This group comprises 20 percent of the school’s families and local businesses who make multi-year commitments of $35K or more that fund 50% of the total grant to the school. Mr. Oratz noted, “We are very fortunate that the vast majority of parents as well as staff support the Education Foundation. We welcome and look forward to the day that 100 percent of this community supports us.” He added, “We welcome contributions at any level. Everyone should feel proud to participate at ANY level that is appropriate for your family and be a part of supporting our school.” Your Donation Needed by Red Envelope Day Please contribute to the RSFEF by Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 – Red Envelope Day. We encourage all school families to participate. Community and corporate donations are also encouraged. For questions or more information please go to or contact the Education Foundation at 858756-1141, x208. Be proud to participate. The difference is you! — RSF Education Foundation

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Boy Scout Drew Dohn with some of the benches that he and friends built for Torrey Pines State Park.

Guest column: Boy Scout Eagle project delivers benches to Torrey Pines State Reserve BY DREW DOHN I enjoy camping and hiking, and when I was 5 years old my Dad and I joined the YMCA Adventure Guides where we had many fun camping adventures. In the fifth grade, I joined the Rancho Santa Fe Boy Scout Troop 766, where I learned self-reliance, citizenship, and character development while participating in camping, hiking, and educational and career-oriented programs. I learned to apply the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” to all aspects of my life. When it came time to decide on a service project for my Eagle Scout project (Boy Scouts’ highest rank), I wanted to do a project where I could build something for a local park where walkers, runners, bicyclists and tourists visit and appreciate the vast beauty of Southern California. The scenic views, beautifully maintained hiking trails and the overall friendliness of Torrey Pines State Park made it a perfect venue for an Eagle Scout Project. My Dad and I met with the Torrey Pines Park personnel, and it was decided that I would build benches for the park’s visitors. The benches would be used on the park’s trails and in an area near the Park’s Visitor Center. We were given a schematic diagram for the benches, and my Dad and I, with the help of Frank Burham, a park volunteer, built a prototype one Sunday in July 2011. I then built one bench by myself to make sure I knew how to build the bench before I started to direct Scouts and school friends who would help me build the park’s benches. Over Christmas vacation and the first part of January 2012, Boy Scouts and school friends helped me build, sand, and paint nine benches for the Torrey Pines State Park. It was a project where I learned budgeting, coordinating the effort and work of others, leadership skills and finally delivering a product that met the expectations of the park rangers. When my Dad and I delivered the finished benches to Torrey Pines State Park, I felt upbeat as the benches would be in an area to help the park’s visitors enjoy the magnificent views, watch the seals and dolphins play in the ocean, and, in general, enjoy the park’s spectacular and unique beauty. Torrey Pines State Park is a natural wilderness within an urban setting, and I was happy that my project could help others enjoy this beauty.

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Beach and Country Guild to hold 43rd Annual Dia Del Sol fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy, San Diego The Beach and Country Guild’s 43rd Annual Día Del Sol, “Strike a Pose,” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The event promises to be a delectable luncheon fashion show sure to tantalize your palate and tickle your fancy! “Strike a Pose” will include incredible auction and drawing items from Tiffany, Hermès, Pelican Hill Resort, Gran Sueño Resort and the always-coveted “Dinner for 6 with the Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters.” This year’s gala celebrates with a special culinary menu created by Executive Chef Jesse Frost, which will give guests a scrumptious choice for their meal and a special champagne cocktail concocted by renowned sparkling author of The Bubbly Bar and soiree connoisseur, Maria Hunt. Guest will be treated to the “UCP Children’s Fashion Show,” sponsored by the Gap, and a designer runway fashion show with Mistress of Ceremonies Kimberly Hunt. Event proceeds go directly to United Cerebral Palsy, San Diego. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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‘It’s all about you’: RSF GOP Women to welcome guest speaker Warren Duffy at Sept. 19 event

The RSF Republican Women will host guest speaker Warren Duffy on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m., at Bentley’s Restaurant, 162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas. Duffy will speak on “The Truth Behind the United Nation’s ‘Agenda 21.’” how Agenda 21, if implemented, in his opinion “would destroy free market capitalism and supersede the Constitution in the name of keeping the planet green.” Duffy, a Christian and radio broadcasting veteran of nearly 50 years, is founder and president of CFACTSoCal (an environmental “truth telling” organization located in Washington, DC). Duffy was active in the CFACT “All Pain-No Gain” campaign to successfully defeat “Cap and Trade” in Congress in 2010. Enjoy dinner while listening to Duffy’s presentation: $25 cash or check. Please make your reservations by Monday, Sept. 17. For information: Sharon, or 858-756-3814. Mail check payable to RSFRWF, PO Box 1195, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

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Tickets are now available online for The Country Friends’ 57th annual Art of Fashion Runway Show, the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit volunteer organization that has funded human care agencies throughout San Diego County since 1954. Art of Fashion will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in partnership with South Coast Plaza. All event proceeds benefit more than 20 designated charities throughout San Diego County. The 57th Annual Art of Fashion schedule of events is as follows: 10:30 a.m. – Event begins. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Boutique shopping from South Coast Plaza retailers. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Luncheon on the lawn prepared by Executive Chef Todd Allison. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Runway Show begins promptly. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Apres Affaire Wine Tasting hosted by Falkner Winery, Lemon Twist and Allure Chocolates. The Runway Show will feature the fall/winter collections of: Brunello Cucinelli, Canali, Donna Karan, Escada, Emilio Pucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, MaxMara, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace. Throughout the day, the boutiques of South Coast Plaza will offer the latest trends in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and other accessories. A model on the runway Valet parking will be available at the event entrance. Parking and shuttle service also provided at the Village Community at last year’s Art of Fashion event. Presbyterian Church (located on Paseo Delicias), and First Church of Christ Scientist (located on La Flecha). Tickets begin at $225 for the fashion show and lunch, or $125 for the fashion show only. Guests can purchase tickets online at or by calling (858) 756-1192 ext. 4.

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The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital is teaming up with Henry’s Hemophiliacs for the Shamu & You Family Walk at Seaworld on Oct. 6 at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds will go to Henry’s Fund supporting the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Henry Reif, 10, a Hemophilia B patient, and his parents, Tracy and Leo Spiegel, are the founders of Henry’s Fund. Join Henry in support of the Rady Children’s Hospital and the Peckham Center. Sign up now at;

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Dullahan, who shipped from the East Coast, wore down favorite Game On Dude in the stretch to win the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (Grade I) on Aug. 26 by a halflength. Photo/Kelley Carlson

Del Mar wraps up another record-setting racing season BY JULIE SARNO The 75th Anniversary Season at Del Mar was one for the record books. The track opened with a record attendance of 47,339 and closed with records set by jockeys and trainers. Opening day set the pace for the 37-day race meet when a record number of people spun through the turnstiles to enjoy the first day of racing and the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest. On opening day, the record crowd included many in hats competing for prizes in the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats contest won by Daniella Lopez of Imperial Beach. San Diego resident and 2007 Grand Prize winner Lori Shelton created a spoton replica of the blue Del Mar 75th Anniversary logo from feathers, beads and flowers. My Best Brother, owned by Solana Beach resident Bill Currin and Alvin Eisman, won a division of the Oceanside Stakes and then went on to finish second in the La Jolla Handicap before winning the G2 Del Mar Derby. Jockey Rafael Bejarano won a record 13 stakes races during the Del Mar race meet, bettering the record of 12 in one season held by Laffit Pincay, Jr., Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens and Cory Nakatani. Jockey Joe Talamo, who finished second in the standings with 43 wins, won 12 stakes races. Trainer Bob Baffert, absent on closing day because of the death of his father, recorded his ninth stakes victory of the race meet when Rolling Fog won the Del Mar

Futurity. With 11 victories in the Del Mar Futurity, he has won more than any other trainer. Baffert also leads in stakes wins at the seaside oval with 102, far more than Ron McAnally and the late Charlie Whittingham, each with 74. Peter Miller topped the trainers’ standings, saddling the most winners at Del Mar to capture his first training title at a major race track. The race for the leading trainer title was settled on closing day. Miller saddled three winners of closing day to best Baffert, 21 wins to 20. “The 75th Anniversary Meet was in fact the Dream Meet,” said Joe Harper, a Del Mar resident, following the last race on closing day. “There were major increases in betting handles both on track and off track, the largest purse distribution for horsemen in our history, plenty of horses which led to an increase in the number of races and field sizes, a record number of pick 6 carry overs and another record opening day crowd. Except for some pesky elevators, a pretty smooth operation.” Throughout the season, the track’s storied history was celebrated. On Opening Saturday, a Bing Crosby look-a-like reenacted welcoming the first guest to the track, as Bing had done on July 3, 1937 when the track opened. Crosby was one of the most famous entertainers of his day. One of Bing’s grandsons, who looked more like his famous grandfather than the look-a-like, presented the trophy on Sunday, July 29, for the G1

Bing Crosby Stakes won by Amazombie. Entertainment, concerts and giveaways combined with competitive racing to draw casual and veteran racegoers from far and wide. For those who liked horse racing, there was plenty of good competition on the track, including the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic which drew a competitive field of 10 and was won by East Coast invader Dullahan, owned by Donegal Racing. The 3-year-old colt took on older horses to win the 1 1/4-mile test. Earlier this year, Dullahan had finished third in the Kentucky Derby. He is a half brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. A total of $23,000,368 was wagered on and off track on Pacific Classic Day, the fourth highest figure for that day, according to track Chief Financial Officer Mike Ernst. Donegal Racing ranked as leading owners at the meet by earnings, with the $600,000 in purse money from the Pacific Classic. Ranked second to Donegal was Jay Em Ess Stakes with $423,970 in purse money won. In races won, owners Glen Hill Stable and Doubledown Stable tied with five apiece. Each day, a HippityHop Derby added color at the track between races, supervised by the track’s director of simulcasting, Paul Porter, and featuring youngsters from Camp Del Mar. Fans clapped or cringed each day when an aspiring vocalSee RACING, Page 28

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VOICES continued from page 10 recommendations they make. It costs about $2,500 a year to support each volunteer, Wilson said, and while not everyone can be a CASA, she said she hopes people will “fund a CASA” – or half a CASA or even a part of one. “There is an amazing return on investment,” Fishburn added as Wilson chimed in, “It’s a bargain.” The two women understand the impact of charitable giving and with their husbands have done their share through the years. A practicing attorney until 1998 — and before joining Las Patronas and then Voices — Wilson had focused her efforts on the visual and performing arts, serving on the advisory board for The New Children’s Museum and working with the San Diego Performing Arts League , San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Symphony and the La Jolla Playhouse. In each of those groups, as well as at her children’s schools – The Gillispie School and The Bishop’s School – she has been at the forefront of many a fund-

Rancho Santa Fe Review raising event. Fishburn, too, has a long list of activities, including being on The Gillispie School board when they launched a capital campaign to rebuild the small La Jolla private school serving children from pre-K to sixth grade. She, too, has supported Bishop’s, the Preuss School at UCSD and the Sanford-Burnham Institute of Medical Research. She was honored by the Salvation Army as a Woman of Dedication. Their husbands are both partners at Cooley LLP, one of San Diego’s best known law firms. Strauss specializes in complex business litigation (his wife’s specialty was complex civil litigation) and Wain Fishburn, a founding partner of the firm, is in the business department, where he has worked with an array of public and private companies, many in the biotech and technology arenas. Strauss serves on the La Jolla Playhouse board and is a past president; Fishburn chairs the board of the Sanford-Burnham Institute and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance and has been active with CONNECT since its early years.

With their connections and experience, the two couples are aiming to attract some first-time attendees to join them on the Starry, Starry Night. “It is time and money well spent on a good organization,” Debby Fishburn said, as her friend nodded in agreement. “And the impact on our society is huge.” Editor’s note: Freelance writer Kathy Day is a Voices for Children CASA who joined the program after retiring from her post as editor of the La Jolla Light.

RACING continued from page 27 ist would “Sing with Bing,” giving an a cappella rendition of the first few lines of “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” the song played before the first race and following the last race each day. Fans enjoyed the special arrangements played each day by bugler Les Kepics prior to the last race. For those in the front office, it all comes down to the final numbers. During the 37-day race meet, total attendance on- track was 652,034, down 1.2 percent from 660,245 in 2011. Daily

average attendance for 2012 was 17,623. Total pari-mutuel handle on-track was $87,474,905, an increase of 13.3 percent over 2011, when the handle wagered on-track was $77,224,199. The race meet’s total parimutuel handle, (including all off-track and advance deposit wagering and uncommingled sources) was $458,519,873, for a daily average of $12,392,429. This is an increase of 6.6 percent over 2011 figure of $430,278,585. The increased handle allowed the daily average purses paid to horsemen to increase to a record $667,755. “We are delighted with the outstanding results of our 2012 race meet,” said Mike Ernst, DMTC’s executive vice president, finance and CFO. “Our racing, marketing and operations departments – as well as our entire staff – worked extremely hard on this memorable meet. With the tremendous support of our horsemen, our 75th anniversary marked a rewarding – and as is usually the case at Del Mar – entertaining summer of Thoroughbred sport.” The major blot on the summer meet is the equine

deaths, which this summer totalled 11, nine euthanized as a result of injuries and two dying from heart attacks. A new synthetic racing surface, Polytrack, was installed in 2007 which has reduced the number of fatalities. “There’s never a perfect meeting (regarding horse breakdowns), but I think it’s better than it was before the (Polytrack) surface was put down in 2007,” said Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board. “I think they’re getting much more experience at managing the track.” Trainer Jack Carava commented on the racing surface in the Del Mar Stable notes, “I thought Rich (Tedesco, track superintendent) did a good job with the track, kept the injuries down to a minimum and I thought it was a good meet all the way around ... Successful, obviously, for the handle and stuff like that. Field size was up and that was something we haven’t had for a long time. Having trouble getting horses in because there were too many entries as opposed to not enough was very different.” The kaleidoscope of

sights, sounds and smells that was the summer race meet at Del Mar is a memory. The wafting fragrance of the Kettle Corn, the brightly colored jockey silks, the dusky smell of the horses, the bugler’s call to post have faded, not to return until next July. For more information, visit

Local restaurants to hold Chicken Cook-Off September is National Chicken Month and, on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Mia Francesca and Davanti are hosting a friendly Chicken Cook-Off between neighboring restaurants: Davanti Enoteca, Mia Francesca, Rimel’s, Burlap and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Each restaurant will put forth samplings of its signature chicken dish and the people will judge! The event is free and open to the public. The Del Mar Highlands Town Center is located on the corner of El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights Rd. in Carmel Valley.



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Q&A: Former White House Social Secretary still flying high Beginning in 1983, Ruth Chandler was an international flight attendant for Continental Airlines, and later chief flight attendant for Al Neuharth, founder and chairman of USA Today. She’s traveled to 23 countries, including Vietnam, Moscow and Egypt. In between her flying careers, she was introduced to Ruth Chandler the exuberant world of Washington, DC social society when she worked for former White House Social Secretary, the late Gretchen Poston, and on Ronald Reagan’s second Inaugural committee. Chandler earned her bachelor’s degree in communications. The media coordinator for the La Jolla Historical Society, and past media consultant for the San Diego Air & Space Museum, she has done PR work for Scripps Oceanography’s annual Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, and she volunteers with the La Jolla Christmas Parade. Currently, Chandler is a member of the National Charity League with her daughters, and she also volunteers at The Gillispie School, All Hallows Academy and Stella Maris Academy. Who or what inspires you? I am surrounded by blessings and inspiration — my sister, Connie, for her incredible selflessness; my brother-in-law, Jerry Englert, for his business acumen; and my other brother-in-law, Eric Figi, for his faith. But no one tops my dad, Hap Chandler, who at 88-years-young, is the epitome of character, integrity, honor and awe-inspiring self discipline. Of course, I also draw inspiration from my two enchanting daughters, Chandler and Madison. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite? I’d include business dynamos and great moms: Sharman Dye; Moreen Fielden; Nancy Warwick; Wendy Segal; Erma Bombeck; Annie McBee; my “baby”sister, Alison Figi; and my mother, Marjorie Chandler. Since I’m only as good as the directions on the

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PUBLISHER continued from page 1 County, recently made the announcement. At the same time, Donald Parks, vice president of advertising, was named general manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Review, Del Mar Times, Solana Beach Sun and Carmel Valley News, responsible

VALENCIA continued from page 1 carry the hacienda feel, but the look is made fresh with hip details, such as a chandelier made of leather straps in a resort conference room, branded wooden bar chairs in the new bar The Pony Room, and studded white leather beams in the ballroom. “In the rooms is where you’ll see the biggest transformations,” said Sharp of the refreshed décor. The resort has 49 suites in individual casitas and no matter what size the room, all have the same spacious bathroom. The bathrooms were reconfigured to give guests sunken tubs, steam showers, a walk-in closet and heated toilet seats. Twenty-four of the suites come with their own private outdoor Jacuzzis, but all have their own private patio. New logo-stamped orange beach towels are already curled up on patio lounge chairs. The resort also has a three-bedroom hacienda that guests can rent with its own private yard and pool—the interiors of the hacienda have also received the new look. Clothing, jewelry and

SPACE continued from page 1 ing the rural character of the Covenant by acquiring undeveloped open space parcels. In 1996, the policy was changed to reflect the fund’s goal to create a greenbelt around the village. “That policy still remains in place although we all realize it is not a realistic goal or achievable,” RSF Association Manager Pete Smith said. The policy also states that the fund be used to acquire land for passive use, however, approximately $15.7 million of the $16.2 million of open space funds spent has been used to acquire parcels with active,

Rancho Santa Fe Review for dayto-day management of the busiDon Parks ness operations. He continues to report to Pfeiffer as does Lorine Wright, executive editor of the four newspapers. Pfeiffer has been group gifts are already on display inside the resort shop, Sheridan, run by longtime Flower Hill Promenade shop owner Irina Rachow. Rachow welcomed the first resort guests into her store last week—they signed the marriage certificate on her countertop and she gifted them with a bracelet with the geographical coordinates of the resort engraved in a metal plate on a leather strap. “People will find lots of special things in here,” said Rachow, mentioning they will carry high-end lines, including Roberto Cavalli, Sydney Evan jewelry, and Sophia and Chloe jewelry made exclusively for Rancho Valencia. Inside the new restaurant Veladora, there’s an amazing chevron print wood floor to match exposed beams, a pillows adorning big tables and booths to promote comfort and a central fireplace in a striking shade of blue. The restaurant serving up coastal ranch cuisine will also be home to a new $1.1 million Damien Hirst work of art, made of real butterflies. The resort’s spa will also reopen on Oct. 19 with a new yoga pavilion and expanded fitness center. Visit

not passive, use. Most notably is the Osuna Ranch, which includes several active uses, making the purchase inconsistent with the policy. Other active use open space acquisitions include the RSF Field, the Dacus property and Rancho Arroyo. The new Covenant Enhancement Fund and Policy aims to be clearer and more accurate. The types of use now allowed for acquisition include critical parcels for open space; purchase of parcels to allow the removal of existing development; purchase of buildings, land easements or development rights to preserve community features, landscapes or historic resources; partnership acquisitions of open space parcels; purchase of

publisher of the coastal division of MainStreet, including the La Jolla Light, Rancho Santa Fe Review, Del Mar Times, Solana Beach Sun and Carmel Valley News. Pfeiffer is now also responsible for the Poway News Chieftain, Rancho Bernardo News Journal and the Ramona Sentinel. A graduate of Cornell University, Pfeiffer started her newspaper career at the

La Jolla Light and served as its publisher from 1978 to 1987. She then became general manager of the San Diego County edition of the Los Angeles Times until the Times closed its San Diego operation at the end of 1992. The Pfeiffer family then headed north to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she served as president and publisher of the Marin Independent Journal

and senior vice president for the San Francisco Chroni- Lorine Wright cle. Pfeiffer returned to San Diego and weekly newspapers in 2008. Prior to joining MainStreet, Parks, a graduate of

the University of San Francisco, has been an advertising executive with the San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. “Don has demonstrated his leadership within the newspaper and the community and we are delighted that he is taking on broader responsibility,” Pfeiffer said.

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parcels for recreational needs; and expenditure of funds to renovate, enhance or improve Covenant resources or safety. Directors thanked the Trails and Recreation Committee and chair Jerry Yahr for the thoughtful and thorough work on the new language. “I think this is such an improvement because it reflects more what is actually being done,” Feighner said. Any other use would require consent from Covenant members. It is estimated that at the end of 2013, with the close of the sale on the Osuna Ranch house, the available open space funds will be $4 million.

HORSE continued from page 3 ing buildings for residential uses and maintaining the property in a sanitary condition. At a minimum, the Art Jury will normally request that you provide sufficient facilities for housing horses with separate tack and feed (usually a minimum of 12’ x 12’ spaces) within a building. Waste disposal will also need to be provided. Potential sites should have enough room to keep the horses in a manner that will not be a nuisance to neighbors. Please avoid animal keeping projects on steep

Inside the new Pony Bar slopes or in “cramped” locations. If you are contemplating keeping horses on a property that does not already have horse keeping facilities, please pick up a copy of the animal keeping regulations within Chapter 40 of the Regulatory Code available at the Association office. Two types of resources are available from the Association for members who are thinking of keeping horses. First, to provide practical advice on horse keeping, the Association has retained an expert horse keeping consultant. The Association’s horse consultant can assist Covenant members, free of charge, with practical considerations ranging from feed storage and pasture size

to fly control. Please call the Association office to make an appointment. Second, for advice on building a stable, laying out a facility or if you have any procedural questions regarding the application process or code requirements, please call the Association at (858) 756-1174 and ask to speak with one of the planners. After you have your horses, please be a good neighbor and maintain your facility in a neat, clean (odor free) manner. When maintained in proper condition, the appearance of a quality horse facility continues Rancho Santa Fe’s rural legacy and enhances the Covenant’s unique quality that we all enjoy. — RSF Art Jury

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Principal of The Monarch School for homeless children speaks to local teen volunteers BY MARSHA SUTTON The 2012-2013 kick-off event for the founding San Diego chapter of Teen Volunteers in Action featured a moving presentation by Joel Garcia, principal of The Monarch School, a public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are impacted by homelessness. Founded in 1988, The Monarch School offers a comprehensive educational program for homeless children, many of whom are two to three grade levels behind. The school also provides for other needs such as food, laundry and shower facilities, hygiene, clothing, school supplies, transportation and counseling. TVIA boys in grades 8-12 listened attentively as Garcia described the pain of homelessness and the great need for communities to care for homeless children. Nationwide, about 1.5 million children are affected by homelessness, with 15,870 living in San Di-

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‘Idol’ audition inspires local singer to set music career in motion • Torrey Pines High School grad releases pop single BY CLAIRE HARLIN After making it into the top 200 contestants on “American Idol” in 2010, Julianne Manalo said she was really down and discouraged when didn’t advance to the next round. But what seemed like failure to her was actually a jump start to her budding career as a vocalist. “That’s what really pushed me to start singing original music instead of covers to define myself as a musician,” said the Del Mar native. “I’ve always wanted to write my own music, but that pushed me to work harder.” Soon after her audition, the 20-yearold San Diego State University student started writing her first album. She then joined forces with a producer, and her efforts are starting to come to fruition. She recently released her first single, “The Afterparty,” which is available on iTunes and Amazon. A demo album is also in the Julianne Manalo recently released her first works, and Manalo has been keeping hersingle, ‘The Afterparty.’ self busy performing around San Diego. On Sept. 12, she sang the national anthem for about 2,000 spectators at a convention center conference and, in November, she’ll be performing locally at the Asian American Music Festival. She said her album defines her as a pop artist — a few ballads mixed in with mainly “fun and dandy” tracks. The inspiration behind her recent single is “letting go and letting the music take over,” she said. “It’s an anthem to get you out there and have some fun and be yourself,” she said, adding that other tracks on the demo are about experiences, relationships and people in her life. “Some are about the happy parts of love and some are about the times when it gets tough,” the Torrey Pines High School graduate said. Manalo writes all the lyrics and melodies of her songs, and her producer helps with the instrumentals. Her time in the studio is a hands-on, collaborative process. “It’s done on professional synthesizers with special effects,” she said. “I’m right there with my producer creating music.” Manalo has been passionate about music ever since she was a toddler, and she’s also been a natural performer who loves the stage. “When I was 3 years old, my dad used to play piano with me and taught me how to sing,” she said, adding that he plays and sings also. Around the age of 6, Manalo was singing a lot of karaoke, and was highly involved in her dance classes. When Manalo was 8, she sang Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” in front of 300 people at a family event, and it was then when she decided that she really loved to perform and wanted to pursue it. She continued performing and practicing throughout her childhood, and in high school Manalo held the role of lead singer for the Torrey Pines Jazz Band for four years. She was recognized as an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Seattle JazzFestival, and she also headed her school’s dance team. For more information on Manalo, visit and to see her perform, visit

ArtWalk On The Bay to be held Sept. 22-23 The 7thAnnual ArtWalk on the Bay, taking place Sept. 22-23 at the Waterfront Park at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, will bring more than 150 artists and thousands of spectators to “The Big Bay” in San Diego. During the festival, art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to peruse and purchase thousands of paintings, sculpture, photographs and other original works of art while enjoying a spectacular grassy setting along the waterfront. Sponsored by the Port of San Diego, the festival is known for its picturesque venue, located adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, with views that look out to Coronado Island and southern California’s active sailing and yachting community. The “little sister”of the West Coast’s largest fine art festival held in the spring, Mission Federal ArtWalk, ArtWalk on the Bay provides an intimate setting which allows art lovers an opportunity to engage one-on-one with the artists, discover the inspiration behind their work and make purchasing decisions that enrich one’s spirit and decor.Artists come from all parts of the western region to showcase their work.A special event feature, “Artes de Mexico”will bring culture-rich works of art created by Mexico-based artists. A full lineup of musical entertainment, “ArtWalk on the Bay Café” and a host of gourmet food and drink choices will enhance the festival’s popularity. Waterfront Park at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is located behind the San Diego Convention Center (and along The Big Bay) at1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92101. Convenient parking is available on-site. Cost:Free to attend. For more information, please visit or call 619-615-1090. For more information on Arts Month San Diego, visit

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Competitive world of real estate plays out in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

La Jolla Cultural Partners

BY DIANA SAENGER David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, opens at the La Jolla Playhouse under the direction of its artistic director Christopher Ashley on Sept. 18. In 2005, it garnered a Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Play.” The story centers on a group of real estate salesmen that employ every trick in the book to survive. Some of those tactics affect them and their goals of attaining The American Dream. The title comes from the names of two of the real estate developments being peddled by the salesmen characters, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms. Peter Maloney, who plays Shelly “The Machine” Levene, said the play is as relevant today as it was in 1984. “It’s timeless, and I think one of the best plays ever written,” Maloney said. “There’s a saying that ‘if one day someone invented a deck of cards, the next day someone would figure out how to cheat with that deck.’ This story is about an aging salesman who is desperate to succeed and does for a moment,

If you go What: ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ When: Matinees, evenings, Sept. 18–Oct. 21 Where: Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD campus Tickets: From $15 Phone: (858) 550-1010 Website: but then the opportunities are gone.” As a writer, director and actor, Levine knows story development from all angles. Some of his Broadway performances include such heavyweights as “West Side Story,” “Judgment at Nuremburg,” “Dinner at Eight,” “Carousel,” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” He’s appeared in 50 films and on TV. So why take on the role of Shelly Levene right now? “I love Mamet,” Maloney said. “There are pages and pages of dialogue, so it’s tough, but Shelly is one of the greatest characters I’ve had the chance to play during my 50 years in this business. When Howard Rosenstone, David’s agent,

died, David asked me to read the opening scene with Shelly at Howard’s memorial service. That confirmed what I already knew; Mamet was an excellent writer. I was stunned by the excellence of the play and saw it five times in New York.” Maloney knows Mamet is fascinated by the con. “This story is about power,” he said. “It’s about who’s on top. These men are like lions with the young ones nipping at the heels of their peers.” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” is well known for its excessive profanity and since this is the original script, theater patrons should be aware that the dialogue is full of vulgarity. “To me this play has the best writing in American theater,” Maloney said. “There’s not one word wasted. Mamet writes like a composer with a musical aspect to the words — especially in the rhythms. The profanity is there because that’s the way people talk. This is Chicago, and these are macho men working in a fraudulent business selling property to people who don’t need it or can’t afford it. It’s stories like this that kept viewers watching “The Sopranos” for seven years.”

Peter Maloney (Shelly Levene) and Johnny Wu (John Williamson) rehearse their roles in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ by David Mamet at La Jolla Playhouse. PHOTO/REBECCA JOELSON

Breast cancer author/expert to speak at Sept. 24 event

On Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., Linked by Lynn — a breast cancer support group founded by Carmel Valley resident Lynn Flanagan — and Agendia, a company that makes genomicbased breast cancer diagnostic tests and aims to help healthcare professionals find more personalized ways to treat patients, are hosting Dr. John Link, for a discussion and book signing. He is the author of “The Breast Cancer Survival Manual,” now in its fifth printing. A medical oncologist who specializes in breast cancer, he founded the Orange County-based Breastlink medical group in 1995. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego, 92130. RSVP required by Sept. 19 by e-mail to Include in subject line “Linked By Lynn event” Books available at the event or at

SEA Days Snapshots of Scripps Science September 15: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure as we reveal Scripps discoveries through the camera lens and welcome back special partner Canon. Peer at the important accomplishments of Scripps scientists through time with hands-on activities. Test top-of-the-line digital camera equipment inside the aquarium (please bring your own photo storage card). Included with admission.

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CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING Little Gems: Smaller Art Museums of Europe

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play Directed by Christopher Ashley

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Glengarry Glen Ross

Art historian James W. Grebl, Ph.D., will present a series of four lavishly illustrated lectures which explore a number of outstanding, though smaller or lesserknown, European art museums. These fabulous gems, chosen for their remarkable art masterpieces as well as their impressive architecture, represent some of the best art museums of Europe that don’t appear on every tourist’s must-see list.

By David Mamet September 18 - October 21, 2012

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First prize is a Cadillac. Second price is a set of steak knives. Third price is…you’re fired.

Shaolin Warriors Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre Tickets: $67, $52, $37, $27

MCASD La Jolla > September 16, 2012

Voice of the Masters Known throughout the world for their martial arts prowess, these Kung Fu masters delight audiences of all ages as they perform fantastical feats one thought only possible in the movies.

This groundbreaking exhibition offers an unrivalled opportunity to see American art from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum of Art. Each institution will feature artwork following one of three themes: Figures, Forms, and Frontiers. Frontiers opens at MCASD on September 16. Don’t miss the Members’ Opening at all three institutions on Friday, November 9.

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Behold, America!: Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums


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Grant Grill ■ 326 Broadway, San Diego ■ (619) 744-2077 ■ ■ The Vibe: Elegant, business casual

■ Hours:

■ Signature Dish: Grant Grill Mock Turtle Soup

• Sunday-Thursday: 6:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m.

■ Open Since: 1951

• Friday: 6:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30-10:30 p.m.

■ Reservations: Yes

• Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30-10:30 p.m.

■ Patio Seating: Yes ■ Take Out: Yes ■ Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday

The main dining room offers classic, art deco-inspired decor with plush booths and chairs.

• Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m. • Lounge is open 4-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday

Customers can relax and enjoy evening entertainment in the bar/lounge.

It’s sophisticated dining at Grant Grill in the Gaslamp BY KELLEY CARLSON n the 1950s and ’60s, the Grant Grill was dominated by San Diego’s high-profile businessmen — bankers, lawyers, judges, newspaper editors — who were guaranteed male-only power lunches until 3 p.m. daily. But in 1969, three female lawyers staged a “sit-in” and were successfully seated, paving the way for everyone to be able to experience the elegant ambience and awardwinning cuisine of this historic restaurant. Located on the first floor of the 101-yearold US Grant Hotel, today’s version of the Grant Grill provides several seating areas that can accommodate couples on dates, private parties, out-of-town visitors, families, and of course, entrepreneurs gathering for power lunches. There is the upper lounge, where guests can relax in cushioned chairs and couches and kick back with an intriguing read or engage in an intimate conversation. The lounge/bar, lit by chandeliers, is the main spot for entertainment, as rotating three-piece bands play jazz, blues, rock and pop starting at 8 p.m. Thursdays through


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Each week you’ll find a recipe from the featured restaurant online at Just click ‘Get The Recipe’ at the bottom of the story. ■ This week: Grant Grill’s Pastrami Spiced Albacore Saturdays. Patrons can also catch the latest news on the TV while sipping on their favorite cocktails from vintage glassware, or partake in Customs Nightly — with halfpriced drinks and desserts such as Peaches & Cream, S’mores, Strawberry Shortcake — from 10 p.m. to midnight daily. The main dining room has a classic setting with its cream-colored tablecloths and plush booths and chairs. Special occasions may be commemorated in the private dining room, which features a

skylight, fireplace, original woodwork and the restaurant’s wine collection. Outside is a small, shaded patio where customers can settle in a seat and observe the hustle and bustle along downtown San Diego’s Fourth Avenue. Dogs are welcomed with beds and water bowls. Grant Grill utilizes outdoor space in other ways, as well. In its rooftop garden, which overlooks Horton Plaza, vegetables and herbs are grown that are incorporated into the restaurant’s seasonal California fare. Whatever produce isn’t gathered there is obtained from area farms and markets. Main menu items may change once or twice a month, while tasting selections may switch every one to two weeks, according to Chris Kurth, chef de cuisine. This month’s tasting menu includes Chicken Liver Ravioli with corn, pickled vegetables, garbanzo beans and leek flowers; and Albacore with dashi, cipollini onions, young peanuts and maitake mushrooms. But there are some entrees that are available year-round, including Grant Grill’s signature dish, Mock Turtle Soup, which has

been served since the restaurant’s inception. Although the recipe originally used real turtle, it now consists of slow-braised rib, carrots, onion, tomato paste and about 20 additional ingredients, with no turtles harmed. It is brought to a table in a small copper pot and then poured into a bowl in front of the guest. The server proceeds to add sherry on top of it to “give it a distinctive flavor,” Kurth explained. A lunchtime favorite is the Grant Grill Grilled Cheese — melted aged fontina, La Quercia speck ham and balsamic tomatoes in between slices of toasted Rosemary bread. Grant Grill also offers brunch and breakfast, with dishes such as waffles topped with cherry apricot compote, vanilla cream, allspice oat streusel and strawberries; and a Farmer’s Frittata with rooftop garden greens, gruyere, beech mushrooms and citrus tomato sauce. The foldout children’s menu — which states fun facts about U.S. presidents and is coloring-friendly — has foods like Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes and Shamu-shaped waffles, along with mac ‘n’ cheese, spaghetti, fruit kabobs, burgers and fish ‘n’ chips.

Pork Belly Pastrami with laurel scented broccoli and herb pesto is served with wheat berry risotto. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON

Scallops with lobster jus, miso glaze, sweet potato puree and herbed meringue.

Polenta Chorizo Ragu consists of burrata cheese, cheese, fried eggs and grilled onions.

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Holistic Horse Workshop held at Valenti estate Valenti International hosted the 1st Annual Southern California Holistic Horse Workshop at the Valenti Estate on Sept. 8 to benefit Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue. The workshop included demonstrations by San Diego’s alternative and complementary equine health care providers and served to educate horse owners on complementary methods applicable to equine fitness and well-being. The event featured a silent auction to benefit the horses of Falcon Ridge. Photos courtesy of Eva Stimson

Sabrina Kohoutek (E.C.I., E.S.M.T., Equisaage California), Irene Valenti (President, Valenti International), Nicki Branch (President, Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue)

Barbara DeBruine and Friday

Donna Delikat, Brigette Noel

Cindy Bieschewski, Jared Moon

Nora Milner, Kelsey Markee

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Kohoutek demonstrates Equissage treatment on Friday.

Gloria Santillo, Sandra Ramirez (Falcon Ridge volunteers)

Shores Cinema Series The third annual Del Mar Shores Cinema Series returned the first weekend after Labor Day (Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8) for two free movie nights at Del Mar Shores Park (9th St. and Stratford Ct.). This year, the Cinema Series kicked off Sept. 7 at sunset (around 7:30 p.m.) with a trio of awardwinning surf films, Abroad/Salmon Theory/Manufacturing Stoke, an unflinching and timely look at the surf industry today, with a special guest appearances by the filmmakers and founders of the San Diego Surf Film Festival. The Sept. 8 marquee kicked off with Amazing Jellies (official selection: San Francisco Ocean Film Festival), followed by Willem & The Whales, a look at a world without whales told through the eyes of a child. The feature presentation will be Universal Pictures’ Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. Photos/McKenzie Images

Linda Castille, Brett Wilcox, Matthew Wilcox, Lauren Jacobson

Leo Connell, Christina Benich, Danny Singley with Jackson and Hunter

Mike and Jacqueline Svoboda with Hunter and Landis


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RSF reception for Rockey Chavez RSF-area residents attended a fundraising reception Sept. 5 for Rocky Chavez, 76th Assembly District candidate. The successful event was hosted by endorser-attendees: Sen. Mark Wyland, Asb. Martin Garrick, Alyce & Jim Ashcraft, Leslie Barone, Nancy Bjornsen, Nick Dieterich, Paul Ecke, Gigi Fenley, and Susan Woolley. Photos/Nick Dieterich

Jim Ashcraft, Paul; Ecke, Alyce Ashcraft, Rocky Chavez. Chavez and Garrick

Guy Freeborn, Chuck Kendall, Asb. Martin Garrick, Jerry Beckwith

Jody Bray, Mark and Trina Abular, Nancy Bjornsen, Susan Woolley, and Gerda Snell

Brett Dieterich, Mary Humphrey, Rosemary Nauret, Jeanette Webb, and Gail Kendall

Asb. Martin Garrick, Max and Dr. Don Brandon

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Women leave from SB on cross-country bike ride to fight human trafficking BY CLAIRE HARLIN Since they pushed off from Solana Beach on Sept. 1 to embark on an ocean-toocean bike ride, Amanda Christmann Larson and Deb Hoenig have been better known as “Babes Blocking Traffic.” Sure, the two may find themselves in front of a car or two as they travel 3,093 miles, ending up on Oct. 16 in St. Augustine, Fla., but that’s not what they meant when they gave themselves that name. Larson, of Arizona, and Hoenig, of Alabama, are talking about human trafficking — more specifically, the child sex slave trade in Lake Volta, Africa — and they are raising money to free the more than 40 kids they met there by building a school high in the mountains seven hours away. “We knew we needed to do something to create awareness, and I love cycling, so the bike ride seemed natural,” said Larson. After meeting and talking to each of the child slaves in Ghana on their two-month-long trip, the two women confronted the slave owner, who said it was actually a hassle to keep them all. He said he would gladly let them go if they had somewhere to go to. The duo has just begun fundraising and has raised about $2,000 toward the $10,000 goal to build the home, but the bike ride is also meant to raise awareness, too. “Our message is that it does not matter what color skin someone has, where they go on Sundays or what flag flies over their country,” said Larson. “We all need to join together as human beings and decide that we will no longer tolerate children being sold and exploited for sex or labor.”

The name of the home to built is “Melor Vinyewo,” meaning “I love all children” in Ewe, the local language of Ghana. The home, on 7 acres of land donated by village chiefs, will house 16 kids to begin with, and they will receive medical care, educational and vocational opportunities, as well as art, music and other types of therapy. Larson and Hoenig are still looking for house parents to move to Ghana and care for the children. “Like everything else that has fallen into place with this project, we are sure the right people will come along,” Larson said. Hoenig, who has two daughters in college, quit her job as a nurse to make the cross-country road trip, which worried her, but her boss offered her another position upon her return. Larson is a freelance writer for a magazine in Phoenix and took a leave of absence. She also runs her non-profit, Compassionate Journeys, which is dedicated to the ending of child slavery in Ghana and creating awareness worldwide. She has three kids, and her youngest, 12, has been to Ghana twice and understands why his mom works so hard for the kids there, Larson said. Hoenig and Larson have partnered with a U.S. non-profit, StreetLightUSA, which focuses on trafficking in the U.S. The partnership is an effort to spread awareness that child slavery doesn’t just happen abroad. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that there are at least 100,000 children and teens trafficked in the U.S., but Larson said that number is likely even higher. “In the U.S., trafficking is the most common in the sex industry,” Larson said.

“It’s a lucrative business. Unlike trafficking in drugs or weapons, a prostitute can be sold over and over again. Most victims are girls, and they can come from anywhere.” Larson said the common thread is that the women are vulnerable for some reason, maybe the divorce of their parents or maybe they’ve run away from home and feel they need to help “pay the bills,” Larson said. “The notion that prostitution is a victimless crime is simply not true.” She added that the average age of being inducted into prostitution is 13 years old, and it can be through family members, friends, boyfriends — you name it. They are often kept in it through physical violence, and fear leaving their pimps for both physical and emotional reasons. This is often due to the grooming process in which pimps tell the girls they are beautiful and buy them nice things. They become dependent and, according to StreetLightUSA, it often takes an average of three months to realize they have been victimized due to the manipulation. Larson and Hoenig have gotten great feedback so far, even though they say there are a lot of people who think they are crazy — “and we don’t deny that,” Larson said. “We know it’s kind of out there for a couple of 40-year-old moms to be riding bikes across the country,” said Larson. “But we believe in what we are doing and are dedicated to giving kids a voice.” For more information, visit or

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Local resident on zoo team works to make sure pandas survive, thrive Panda baby is seen during Sept. 6 exam BY KAREN BILLING One of the more popular places at the San Diego Zoo right now is the monitor room in the panda building where several angles of Panda Cam are playing live on various TVs. Visitors can see mamma bear Bai Yun cutely cradle her cub son and snuggly baby bear vocalizations can be heard over the audio track. People working anywhere near the room find reasons to pass by. The zoo’s latest addition was born on July 29 under the watchful eye of the panda team, the most successful breeding program in the country. One member of the team is Suzanne Hall, a local resident who is a senior research technician for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research (ICR). While Hall’s job sounds pretty high on the dream job scale, she said it has its challenges just like any job: there’s always questions about funding and she spends a fair amount of time in front of a computer screen like most people. “One of the great things about my job, though, is it is the best place in the world to have a lunch break,” Hall said. “I just go sit and watch the bears because it can recharge your batteries.” Before the panda cub got all the attention, there were jaguar cubs to swoon over. “There’s always something going on at the zoo and it’s nice to be a part of it,” Hall said. Hall’s primary role is that of a researcher, specializing in bears. She focuses on maternal care and infant development but does other studies as well, such as one she’s working on about panda hearing. For a bear specialist, San Diego is not a bad place to be: Of the eight living bear species in the world, the San Diego Zoo is home to six of them.

“Very few zoos can say that they have that many species of bears under one roof,” Hall said. “We’re exceptional in that way.” Since a very young age, Hall always knew she wanted to do something working with animals. She initially wanted to be a veterinarian but once she started taking ecology courses at UC San Diego, she grew more Suzanne Hall interested in conservation issues. Through a combination of “luck and preparation” she landed at the San Diego Zoo, doing volunteer work on a polar bear project. She eventually was selected to work on a rhino project at the then-Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) under Ron Swaisgood, who is now the director of applied animal ecology of ICR. She made the transition to being a volunteer behavioral observation researcher and when an opening occurred on the panda research team in 1998, she applied and joined the staff. In addition to her work at the zoo, Hall is active in her community. The mother of three children serves on a local community planning board, the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Citizens Advisory Committee, is a junior member on the San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Commission and is the cochair of the “Yes on CC” campaign for the Del Mar Union School District’s November bond. Hall has been a part of the panda breeding program at the zoo pretty much from its inception. When they started, they knew so little about the lives of the panda species. She said she is proud of all the work they have done and all they have been able to learn.

“The panda is the only endangered bear in all eight species and it was really important to know as much as we could because how do you conserve an animal you know nothing about?” Hall said. “We’ve learned so much…We’ve come a long way in making sure the species will be around for my grandchildren to see.” Hall said it’s gratifying knowing that the research they complete and the knowledge gained allows them to make recommendations that make a difference in preserving the species. “I think what I like most about working with the bears is that we’ve really made a lot of progress and we’re still learning in the process,” Hall said. “In July when the most recent cub was born there were several moments when we all just looked at each other as a team, thinking ‘here’s another educational moment.’ There’s always something to learn. Science really is about discovery and as long as there’s discovery, it’s fun and motivating.” While Hall is constantly keeping watch on the bears, she does not interact with them. “My job as a behavioral researcher is to be wallpaper,” Hall said. “I don’t want them to notice me at all. I want them to go about their business and give me the best, normal natural behavior they can.” The sun bear is on Hall’s list for her next research project—they are not yet endangered but are definitely at risk as they lose about a football field a day of habitat in Southeast Asia. Hall is trying to build a project in Borneo to study how the bears are responding to all that human development and noise. Currently the San Diego Zoo is home to four pandas. Gao Gao, the father of five of the six cubs born at the zoo, is the “old man” of about 20 years old. Hall was involved in bringing Gao Gao to San Diego from the Wolong Giant Panda Research Cen-

The public will have the opportunity to vote on this panda cub’s name. ter, spending six months there observing him as a potential breeding partner for Bai Yun. “Once we got him here in early 2003 he came out of quarantine and within a month he was breeding, and a cub was born that year,” Hall said. “He’s quite a special guy, he’s the only natural breeding male in the U.S.” The only other zoos in the country with pandas (The National Zoo, Zoo Atlanta and the Memphis Zoo) have only been successful in breeding through artificial insemination. Some captive pandas have been able to breed naturally but the babies did not survive. Hall was with the zoo to see the first panda born in the United States in 1999 with the birth via artificial insemination of Hua Mei. Bai Yun has given birth to six pandas now: Mei Sheng, Su Lin, Zhen Zhen, Yun Zi and the newest cub. Due to the zoo’s research loan with China, pandas born in the U.S. are sent back to China when they turn 3 years old. “Some would like to see them stay, the public gets really attached to the cubs, but they aren’t contributing to the next generation of giant pandas if they just stay here with mom and dad,” said Hall.

Since Hua Mei has gone back to China, she has given birth to nine pandas. Su Lin also had her first cub last year in a semi-wild enclosure, proof that they are doing exactly what it is they are sent back to China for. Currently visitors can check out Gao Gao and the tree-climbing Yun Zi in the Panda Trek exhibit at the zoo but Bai Yun and the cub will stay in their den until December as they are not quite ready for their close-up just yet. Panda cubs are born altricial, meaning they are basically helpless. Pandas are only in utero for 50 days, so they still have not developed when they are born as little, pink “blobs.” The iconic black and white color doesn’t appear for two weeks. Even now, the cub’s eyes are not yet open and his ears are still sealed—he relies heavily on mom. “The cubs can’t thermo-regulate on their own, they need mom to hold them,” Hall said. “Pandas spend more time holding their babies than any other species.” What panda researchers have learned is that the mother and cub need solitude, quiet and no distractions after the birth of a cub. Being a panda mom and never putting the baby down is very demanding work, Hall said, and it’s important to have an environment that is low on stress and outside noises. Both pandas are available to view on the Panda Cam on the zoo’s website. Per Chinese tradition, the baby will not be named for 100 days, but as the 100-day mark falls on Election Day, Nov. 6, they are waiting until 107 days to make the name official. The public will be invited to vote on the cub’s name. Check out the Panda Cam at

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‘Carol Ann on Fire’ The Del Mar Art Center held a reception Sept. 8 for the “CarolAnn on Fire” Exhibit. Not since Yves Klein (19281962) has an artist so boldly harnessed fire as a medium to construct a human portrait. The sevenfoot tall anthropometry “CarolAnn on Fire,” by San Diego artist Robert Glick, is an abstract expose of the female spirit. The model appears to climb to new heights, poised in a delicate balance between uncharted boarders. Glick’s work has been shown at prestigious locations such as the Oceanside Museum of Art and Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York City.

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Tarbuton, Israeli Cultural Center offers a variety of programs for children and adults BY KATHY DAY Connecting children with the Hebrew language and their Israeli heritage became such a passion for local resident Jennie Starr that she turned her drive into the Tarbuton Israeli Cultural Center in Carmel Valley. Nearly eight years ago the mother of two decided she wanted her children to learn Hebrew proficiently, but there were no programs in San Diego to come to her aid. Today there is one that offers not just language classes for children and adults, but cultural programs such as dancing and singing, Hebrew story time, speakers, a movie club and a book club. “Even though my father was Israeli, he did not speak Hebrew at home,” said Starr, who grew up in Chicago. While her dad was born in Israel, her mother was an American who did not speak Hebrew and neither did Starr. When her grandmother would visit, she added, “I had no clue what they were talking about. I was not connected to these people ... ” Starr compared the experience to going to Italy “where you love the food and love the sites” but don’t understand the conversations around you. When her first child was born, she said, she had a similar experience all over again. Her American husband was fluent in Hebrew and spoke the language to their daughter. In an effort to increase her own skills, she said she decided to read Hebrew translations of books like Dr. Seuss with her child for an hour a day.

Dance is one of the many programs offered at the Tarbuton, Israeli Cultural Center. “I struggled ... I could read the words but I didn’t understand them,” she said. So she tried to learn by being around other Hebrew speakers. “When I heard someone speaking Hebrew, I would ask for their phone numbers,” she added. Then she started a Hebrew-speaking play group – which is now part of the Tarbuton program — and established her own culturalsocial network. Even then she only understood about 30 percent of what was being said and would have to call friends to ask what was said. Knowing that her children had no option to become proficient at Hebrew at home, Starr built on her own experience as an attorney and entrepreneur as a software product manager to start the Tarbuton. Much like San Diego’s Italian Cultural Center and the Persian Cultural Center, Tarbuton focuses on immersing the students in language and culture. Working with Maya Co-

hen, a child development specialist who was born in Israel and attended university there, they started with just a few children in one class. Now the Tarbuton has 200 to 300 people who participate weekly or monthly in its programs. Offerings include classes at the Ken Jewish Community Center on the San Diego Jewish Academy campus in Carmel Valley each Sunday and Monday evening, as well as after-school programs in the Del Mar and Solana Beach school districts. They also offer classes in which high school students can earn foreign language credits at their schools and are considering offerings in Encinitas, Carlsbad and La Jolla/Golden Triangle or Poway (all areas where people also come from to participate in the center’s programs). Tarbuton also recently announced the addition of Iris Noiman to the Tarbuton staff. Noiman will launch the Tarbuton Middle School Program guiding 6th-8th grade students in their criti-

cal year to two years around their bar/bat mitzvah age. For adults, there are book and film groups and even a weekly coffee meeting, “Café v’Ivrit,” where people can practice their Hebrew and socialize. They also plan special speakers, plays and Jewish holiday celebrations for families. Some classes are taught completely in Hebrew, while some students take certain classes in English, Starr noted. Iris Pearlman, a mother of four children ages 8 to 16 who have been taking classes at Tarbuton for two years, said, “The connection the kids have made, the feeling that you get, it’s hard to understand.” She said the Tarbuton provides a cultural experience that you can’t get elsewhere. “It is difficult to do even if you go to synagogue,” she said. “It is a different way of living and speaking and behaving. It has nuances you don’t get otherwise.” Starr and Pearlman, whose parents are both Israeli, each said that the Hebrew the children learn in religious schools is different because that is Hebrew for prayers. Cohen, Tarbuton’s training and curriculum coordinator, got involved with Starr early on when Starr’s children attended the preschool where Cohen is a full-time teacher. Her work with Tarbuton is part-time. “She wanted to bring the language alive through poetry, literature and music, but there wasn’t any-

thing for kids,” Cohen said. Today, she said, they take field trips where they speak Hebrew throughout the trip and take dance lessons and sing. In one class, where they were discussing Earth Day, the students were asked, “What do we wish for the world?” It was particularly exciting, Cohen said, to hear the high-level discussions and read the written answers all in Hebrew.” “Visitors can see the rhythm of the classes,” she said. “It is high energy, super creative – it’s like a force.” All of the teachers are “the best” and have bachelor’s degrees and curriculum development experience “so they understand the critical pieces of learning,” Starr said. Textbooks are those that are used in schools in Israel. That comes in handy, she noted, when a student moves back to Israel. Students are placed based on proficiency so there may be three or four levels being taught at various times. “Our students can read modern Hebrew, not just biblical Hebrew,” she added. “You won’t see prayers in our workbooks.” She emphasized that classes taught on the public school campus are language classes and there is no Jewish content in those classes. However, classes at the center do include some education on Jewish holidays. Starr uses her marketing background to understand the needs of the community and spread the word about what they do. When she started Tarbuton, she said, she had a tough time getting some people to understand the difference from what is done in synagogue. “There we learn how to pray,” she said. “We are not anti-prayer. We are an Israeli cultural center.” Sometimes, she said, the Jewish day school may join them for special programs. While students are primarily of Israeli heritage, she said they have had non-Jewish students, some of whom were attending seminary, and they have a number of interfaith families — and she emphasized that everyone is welcome. They make an effort to keep fees as low as possible, and with help from the Jewish Federation Innovation Grant and the Leichtag Foundation they have been able to reduce the fees and offer some assistance. Even so, Starr said, as a 501c3 nonprofit, they must raise funds to support the program and pay rent for classroom space. Now conversationally fluent in Hebrew, Starr remains passionate about language acquisition – and not just hers. Her children are enrolled in Spanish classes and she wants more children and adults to join them at Tarbuton to learn Hebrew. Classes start in September. Register or learn more at;; 858-245-9375.

San Diego Surf Girls Under 8 win 11th annual Blues Cup

Top row (L-R): Amy Rodriguez, Mia Savage, Peyton Johnson, Kai Pitt, Madison Simpson, Coach Steveo Leacock, Alanah Ramirez, Paige Buchner, Kayla Inniss; Bottom row (L-R): Kate Dalton, Nora Gauvreau, Soleil Dimry, Taylor Edwards, Bailey Lapidow, Katie Toomey

The San Diego Surf Girls Under 8 won the 11th annual Blues Cup held in San Juan Capistrano Labor Day weekend Sept. 1-3 in the Girls Under 8 Division. This is the team’s third tournament championship this summer. The Blues Cup is one of the largest soccer tournaments in Southern California for this age group and attracts many of the most competitive girls teams in the United States. USA Women’s Soccer Team forward Amy Rodriguez #8 of Lake Forest, Calif., who has won two gold medals playing in the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, presented the Surf girls with their medals and trophy at the awards ceremony. Under coach Steveo Leacock, the Surf U8 team won four games straight before heading into the final game on Monday Sept. 3. Surf beat West Coast Futbol Club of Laguna Hills, 1-0, in game one, then beat Carlsbad Lightning Red of Carlsbad, 3-1, in game two. On the second day of the tournament, Surf beat Strikers Futbol Club of Huntington Beach, 3-1, and then faced San Diego Crusaders Soccer Club of San Diego in the semi-final to win 2-0. The girls went up against Carlsbad Lightning Red again in the championship on Monday, winning 3-0. During the game, forward Kate Dalton was able to break away and score the first goal for Surf. Forward Paige Buchner finished a corner kick from mid-fielder Soleil Dimry to make the game 2-0. In the second half, with an assist from Dimry, Buchner again scored to cinch the championship win. “The girls have started the season very well. It’s been an excellent summer and for any team to win West Coast and Blues Cup in the same year means it’s a special team, “ Coach Leacock commented. “I can only see this growing and getting a lot stronger. Great job girls!”

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Your Family Matters: Psychological death BY DR. KEITH KANNER Often, we are enlightened and amazed with the discoveries of modern medicine. In fact, it seems that within every decade another five or so years are added to the average life expectancy. However, this part of life expectancy refers to the physical, not the mental. In other words, people stay alive longer and live longer whether or not their minds like it Dr. Keith Kanner or not and, often times, the body outlives the mind and it can get very complicated. If you are reading this column and you are middle aged, you likely have either lost a parent or they are in the geriatric stage of life where everything is slowing down from both the physical to the mental. This is when the adult children must come to terms with the mortality of their parents and often switch position and take care of their parents in some more indirect or direct manner. But, what happens when aged parents leave us psychologically before physically ? This becomes an emotional hurdle for most healthy adults because it makes one have to deal with something I call “active loss.” Active loss is about having to say goodbye before “really” saying goodbye. It’s about having to observe a change directly, have no control over it, and come to terms with the fact that this person that you have known for years is dying before your eyes. They may still be able to walk, talk, communicate, and even spend time with you, but they have changed. They are not the same person you have known for the majority of your life. To make matters worse, if they are aware of their demise, they may not like their changes either and have little they can do to modify it. I am not just referring to conditions such as Dementia or some other form of neurological organic disease. I am referring to normal mental or neurological atrophy. In other words, the body and mind both age, slow down, and die. It’s a natural process. We can do many things to extend this process (more at this time in the field of general medicine than psychiatry ), but, nevertheless, when most people consider dying, the reference is usually physical, not psychological. In fact, death is pronounced when the body dies, not the mind. We see the forerunners of mental death all the time in middle age such as memory changes. Short-term memory goes before long-term memory. As time passes the brain changes and memory is then not as easily retrievable as it used to be. If people live long enough then long-term memory starts to erase, as well. We have medications now to slow down the process, but it’s just a matter of time. So, what can we do to get ready for “psychological death?” First, get prepared. If you have an elderly person in your life, be prepared for them leaving you mentally before physically if their physical health is adequate. Second, as upset as you might feel, that elderly person is sad and frustrated that they are drifting away and can’t stop it, so be empathetic and try to help them focus on

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There’s nothin’ fishy about Birch Aquarium’s 20th anniversary BY SHELLI DEROBERTIS September marks 20 years that Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography has drawn visitors to tour its marine tanks and award-winning museum at Expedition Way. Among the many celebrations it plans to commemorate two decades of marine education is free admission for UC San Diego students, faculty and staff, Sept. 16-22. It’s also the final month (in a year-long celebration) that the aquarium has offered half-off admission on the 20th to residents living in ZIP codes 91901-92199 (with valid ID), limit two children per paid adult. “We strive to be an asset to the community,” said Nigella Hillgarth, executive director at the aquarium for more than a decade. Hillgarth said attendance this year of 436,000 visitors has been the highest number re-

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A child touches a sea star at Birch Aquarium’s outdoor, living tide pools. Lowe Family Foundation. “We are setting up a special area for breeding them,” she explained. “The seadragons are from Australia and very little is understood about them.” Another exhibit in the works is a showcase called “Deep Ocean,” which was spearheaded by public interest, Hillgarth said. It will include deep-ocean research facts by scientists at

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BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord, and dinner like a pauper.� — Ancient proverb Food gurus, school administrators, teachers, athletes and smart moms realize that breakfast, hands down, is the most important meal of the day for fueling the body and shifting the brain into high gear. September is National Breakfast Month, just in time for the back-to-school crowd. Sew your Wild Oats According to health food honcho Dr. Andrew Weil, it’s important to start the day with some carbohydrate to jump-start the brain. Every breakfast should include a slow burning or complex carb for a dose of well-paced nourishing fuel to fortify a body until lunch. A slice of whole grain toast or bagel dressed with organic cream cheese or al-

mond, sunflower or walnut butter — healthy proteins loaded with fiber, Vitamin E, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids — is a good start. Hearty, steel-cut oatmeal topped with potassiumpacked banana slices, or ironrich raisins and a splash of almond milk, makes a scrumptious energy-boosting option, rich in soluble fiber to put the skids on cholesterol. Serve seasonal fresh fruits, another form of complex carbs, instead of highsugar fruit drinks that wallop the pancreas. Kiwi is a super fruit that dials-up more Vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas. Blueberries, an immune boosting purple gem, has a motherlode of antioxidants and Vitamins A, B, C and E, while watermelon is bursting with electrolytes and potassium that are lost through sweating during morning activities. Be a Culture Vulture Certain dairy, like cottage cheese and yoghurt, are loaded with protein and calcium to boost strength and density for young and aging bones. Just a cup of organic yoghurt gives a whopping one-third of the daily-recommended calcium and 17 percent of the protein. Multi-tasking yoghurt is also a natural probiotic to promote intestinal health and pump up the immune system. Breakfast Bites • Cereal is the top breakfast food in the USA:

Cheerios — the people’s first choice. • 1.5 billion cups of tea are sipped everyday around the world, while 1.6 billion cups of joe are chugged down. Coffee is the most popular beverage in the USA — 65 percent consume coffee during breakfast. • French toast originated in the Middle Ages when cooks used leftover scraps of bread, milk and eggs to fortify their poor families during rough times. Rise and Shine from Coast-to-Coast American breakfasts across the land serve a diverse smorgasbord of hot and cold dishes running the gamut from fatty southern comfort foods, including fried green tomatoes with country ham, red eye gravy with grits and biscuits, to lean California cuisine of white egg omelets accompanied by fresh local fruits and veggies. Some good all-American choices include PB&J stuffed French toast, bacon and egg scramble with home fries, and deli-inspired New York fare of bagels, cream cheese and lox. How Locals Dish It Up The new Cusp restaurant in the legendary Hotel La Jolla serves sweeping views of the Pacific along with Chef Donald Lockhart’s breakfast faves — “Blueberry Ricotta Pancakesâ€? with house-made ricotta and caramelized bananas; a savory “Open Faced Pastrami Egg Meltâ€?; and the lighter option




Tim and Sharon Considine of Rancho Santa Fe, celebrated their T 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, August 18, 2012. They re renewed their vows at the Church of the Nativity with their nine grandchildren as their attendants and were escorted down the aisle by their mothers, Thalia Kelly Considine and Elaine Lois Culver. Monsignor Lawrence Purcell performed the ceremony. Following a chance meeting at a grocery store 52 years ago, they began dating. Both were students at San Diego State and, following Tim’s graduation in 1962, they were married at the ,PPDFXODWDDW86'ZLWK%LVKRS&KDUOHV%XGG\RIÀFLDWLQJ Their wonderful family includes their three children, Kevin, Kenneth and Kelly and their spouses, Sally and Elizabeth; and WK WKHLUWHUULÀFJUDQGFKLOGUHQ%HQ=DFN(PLO\.U\VWLQD/LVDDQG Brian Considine and Hailey, Whitney and Victoria Ralston.

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Breakfast Pizza A Go-Go Ingredients 4 slices thinly sliced Italian or French bread or bagels (halved) 1 heirloom tomato, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon capers 1/2 pound smoked salmon (lox) 4 ounces feta cheese 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, thinly sliced 1 Meyer lemon

Method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the bread on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Brush with oil, sprinkle the cheese, then layer with salmon, tomatoes, onions and finish with capers. Heat until toasted and warmed through. Squirt lemon juice on top.

of “Uncle Frank’s Quinoa,� an egg-white scramble blending mushrooms, spinach, oven-dried tomatoes and the gluten-free Incan grain. Dinner for breakfast? Check out Brian Malarkey’s “Breakfast Pizza� at La Jolla’s Herringbone. The pie is topped with breakfast regulars of bacon, eggs, Swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce. Little Italy’s Davanti Enoteca does savory and sweet delights, such as “Calzone del Mezzadro� incorporating scrambled eggs, potato hash, sausage and provolone between folded pizza dough, while “Calzone di Frutta� has an apple and cherry compote stuffing with mascarpone cream topping. True Food Kitchen goes light for “Quinoa Johnny Cakes,� with fresh blueberries and Greek yoghurt. And La Jolla’s Brockton Villa serves “The Puerto Huevos Steamer,� combining soy chorizo, steamed egg whites, black beans, brown rice, avocado and house made salsa. For more breakfast recipes, e-mail kitchenshrink@ or visit


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Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary to hold Tropical Sunset fundraiser Mark your calendars for Free Flight’s cornerstone fundraising event, “Tropical Sunset,” an evening with the birds. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary (2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 92014). Enjoy a night out in Del Mar, while supporting the one-of-a-kind non-profit bird sanctuary. The event will include a Brazilian BBQ dinner, live band, silent auction, wine tasting, and more. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 858-4813148.

Dyslexia association to hold motivational youth symposium The San Diego branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) will host an ‘Empower Youth’ symposium for children, ages 10-18, and their parents, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 6 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater, 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla. The goal of the event is to empower and inspire pre-teen and teen students with learning differences such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), auditory processing disorder and non-verbal learning disabilities, who struggle to succeed academically and emotionally. As much as 20 percent of the population has some form of a learning disability, which can cause a person to have trouble learning and using certain skills, according to the IDA. This can affect a person’s self-image, leaving students feeling less capable than they actually are. The symposium is designed to help build the students’ confidence and self-esteem, featuring motivational speakers who share some of the same challenges. Tickets are $25-$35 at (858) 362-1348 or or www.empoweryouth. org

Emilio Nares Foundation presents the 9th annual Harvest for Hope at Stingaree Harvest for Hope is a fundraising event bringing together some of the finest chefs in San Diego to create unique dishes and pair them with some of the finest wines and spirits in the world. The result is a beautiful fun afternoon of great food, wine, music and friendship benefitting the Emilio Nares Foundation. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 3-6 p.m. at Stingaree, 454 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Richard and Diane Nares lost their only child, Emilio Nares, to cancer. Turning tragedy to hope, the Nares family created the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF). ENF provides information, programs, and services for low-income, underprivileged families whose child is battling cancer. ENF serves over 5,000 patients and families annually in San Diego and Orange County. RSVP online:

Fall Home/Garden Show coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 14-16

The 23rd-annual Fall Home/Garden Show will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 14-16. The show runs Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; children under 12 are free. Seniors 55+: only $1 on Friday only. After 3 p.m. daily, all tickets are $6. Discount tickets on the website are $6. For more information, visit or The event exhibits will include a six-room interior design walk-thru display featuring the work of talented San Diego American Society of Interior Designers (A.S.I.D.) members. “Celebrity Room Design Challenge” poses the same-size-room dimensions to each designer, who then chooses a favorite celebrity as inspiration for their design theme. Celebs range from Julie Andrews to the returning veterans in Veterans Housing Initiative—all of them heroes and celebrities to designer Anne Kellet and her team of several young designers. As an added bonus for show-goers, participating designers will be available during most of each day to answer questions and take part in any mini-consultations with showgoers who have a design challenge at home.

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

sions of old favorites including a large mud slide, mud pits and a new improved shower system which is something mud runners would love to experience. The obstacle course, on the historic Del Mar Race Track, begins through the Race Track start gates. The course is a fun challenge for all fitness levels, and most teams and individuals complete the course in 45 minutes to an hour. For more information, visit

Mia Francesca in Del Mar to hold interactive cooking class Mia Francesca in Del Mar is offering a fun and interactive cooking class on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at noon and 6 p.m., where diners have the opportunity to not only wine and dine, but learn how to make the best dishes on the menu. Chef Woody Benitez will offer a four-course cooking class with tips and tricks on how to prepare the following Italian favorites. •1st course – Lentils e Spinaci & Asparagi Salad •2nd course – Pasta Sardi •3rd course – Pollo Limon •4th course – Cannoli Guests who reserve a spot in Mia Francesca’s cooking class will score not only a full belly, but also all recipes from the class and a complimentary glass of wine and Limoncello after-dinner sipper. Reservations can be made for $60 by calling 858-519-5055.

Regional events: Art exhibits, Restaurant Week, ‘Haute La Jolla Nights’ and more Meet the Artists A reception/award ceremony for the third annual “Black & White Juried Art Exhibition” will be held 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, La Jolla Shores. The show and sale features original painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, mixed medium, sculpture, etc., created only with shades from back to white, selected by the juror, San Diego printmaker Angelika Villagrana. First place winner receives $400; second place, $200; third place $100; juror’s recognition award, $100. View the show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to Oct. 7. (858) 459-1196. Steppin’ Out? Ready for some music, food, drinks and shopping discounts? Find out what you’ve been missing at the next Village Merchants Association’s “Haute La Jolla Nights,” a free event filled with street music, art openings, shopping and dining, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 throughout the downtown area. A sidewalk sale is new this time, along with a Pub Crawl on a 16-passenger, Dutch-style bicycle that is powered by its riders. Visit Tasty Tryouts San Diego Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-21, features price-fixed menus for both lunch ($10, $15, $20) and dinner ($20, $30, $40) at hundreds of area restaurants, many of them in La Jolla. No tickets or passes are required. For a list of participating eateries and menus, visit Modernist Movement San Diego Museum of Art presents “The Human Beast,” highlighting the bequest of 48 German Expressionist paintings, drawings, and prints from the estate of Vance Kondon and Elisabeth Giesberger. The exhibit runs through Nov. 11 and also features three of the most significant Expressionist films: “M” (1931), showing Mondays and Fridays; “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920), Tuesdays and Saturdays; and “Nosferatu” (1922), Thursdays and Sundays. The Museum is closed Wednesdays, open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. Admission: $4.40-$12. (619) 696-1947. Used Book Sale Browse through art, music and design tomes priced to sell and benefit the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. (858) 454-5872.

San Diego Musical Theatre to present ‘Footloose’ San Diego Musical Theatre recently announced the third production of its 2012 season, “Footloose,” to run Sept. 28 - Oct. 14 at the Birch North Park Theatre. One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. This heartfelt story is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Group discounts for parties of 10 or more are available by calling the administrative office at 858-560-5740. For individual tickets contact the administrative office at 858-5605740 or visit SDMT online at

Del Mar Village Association to hold Vintner Dinner at Jake’s The Del Mar Village Association will hold a Vintner Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 6-8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Jake’s Del Mar, 1660 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar. Held in a private area of Jake’s Del Mar, the evening offers a fine dining experience showcasing the talents of Jake’s Executive Chef Dustin Anselm, and featuring wine pairings from some of the finest local and international vineyards. Cost is $85 per person or $75 per person for a group of eight or more. Price includes all food, wine, hot tea, iced tea, soda, gratuity, and tax. RSVP to (858) 755-1179 or visit

Del Mar Taste and Art Stroll slated for Oct. 7 The annual Del Mar Taste and Art Stroll will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tastes from 1-4 p.m. The event features local artists and restaurants along with live music, kid-friendly activities and a dog stroll. The location of the event starts at 15th St. and Camino Del Mar in Del Mar Village and runs south down Camino Del Mar. For more information, visit

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Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN Football: A frantic fourth quarter rally helped Torrey Pines topple a San Diego County football goliath. The Falcons scored 17 unanswered points in a decisive fourth quarter to defeat local rival and five-time San Diego Section Division III champion Cathedral Catholic 24-17 in a nonleague game on Sept. 7. The Falcons trailed 17-7 going into the fourth quarter. Chase Pickwell rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries to help lead the Falcons ground game. Mike Detrow rushed for 71 yards on eight carries. Jack Bailey looks for running room. The Dons were led by Xavier Wil- Photo/Anna Scipione liams, who rushed for 67 yards and one touchdown on five carries. ***** Santa Fe Christian rebounded from its Week 1 loss with a vengeance, as the Eagles trounced Coronado 35-0 in a nonleague game on Sept. 7. Tony Miro rushed for 83 yards on 11 carries to lead the Eagles and Cole Needham contributed 46 rushing yards on five carries. Darrian Borboa led the Eagles defensively with seven tackles and Slater Howe added five tackles. ***** San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Calipatria 36-0 in a nonleague opener on Sept. 6. Lions quarterback Micah Weinstein completed 7 of 14 pass attempts for 78 yards with one interception. Cross Country: Torrey Pines standout Tal Braude won the Division I boys’ heat of the Bronco Invitational on Sept. 8. Braude ran the two mile course at Kit Carson Park in nine minutes and 51 seconds. Cathedral Catholic’s Patrick Bourke (10:08) placed ninth in the same race. On the girls’ side, Anne Charles won the Division II race, clocking a 12:00. CCA’s Bridget Eastwood (13:28) placed 14th. Torrey Pines’ Nicolette Sorensen (11:56) placed eighth in the Division I race. ***** Field hockey: Torrey Pines defeated Del Norte 4-0 in a nonleague game on Sept. 6. Clare Young and Madi Coughlin each scored one goal and contributed one assist to lead the Falcons. Falcons goalie Grace Trup had two saves. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 2-0. ***** Canyon Crest Academy defeated Fallbrook 3-0 in a nonleague game on Sept. 6. Haley Schroeder scored two goals to lead the Ravens, who improved their overall record for the season to 2-1-1. ***** Water polo: Cathedral Catholic opened its season with a 14-7 victory over Dos Pueblos of Goleta (Santa Barbara County) in a nonleague game on Sept.. 7. Cody Smith poured in seven goals to lead the Dons, and Jordan Colima added four goals. And two assists. Dons goalie Joe Cleary had 11 saves. ***** Golf: Torrey Pines made easy work of its opponents in a three-way nonleague match, shooting a 198 to defeat La Costa Canyon (245) and El Camino (353) on Sept. 6. Sandy Choi shot a four-under par 33 score to lead the Falcons on a nine hole course at La Costa Resort and Spa. Shiyang Fang added a 34 score for the Falcons. The victory followed a 192-232 nonleague win against Poway on Sept. 5 on a nine hole course at Stoneridge Country Club. Sarah Cho shot a one-under par 36 to lead the Falcons and Minjia Luo and Jennifer Peng each added 38 scores. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 4-0. ***** Cathedral Catholic defeated West Hills 260-307 in a nonleague match on Sept. 6. Christina Savaglio shot a 47 to lead the Dons on a nine-hole par-36 course at Burbank Golf Course. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 2-2. ***** Canyon Crest Academy lost to Poway 234-238 in a nonleague match on Sept. 6. Yubin Huh and Lauren Barth each contributed 42 scores in defeat for the Ravens. ***** Tennis: Torrey Pines narrowly defeated La Costa Canyon in a match that decided by games (78-75) after the two teams were tied 9-9 in match play. No. 2 singles player Kelsey Chen went 3-0 to lead the Falcons, outscoring her opponents by a combined 18-6. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 3-0.

On Sept. 8, the Jr Midget Falcons (D2) of Torrey Pines defeated the Oceanside Pirates 27-8 at El Camino High School.

Torrey Pines Falcons defeat Oceanside Pirates, 27-8 BY BILL BUTLER In a Palomar Conference league game on Sept. 8, the Jr Midget Falcons (D2) of Torrey Pines defeated the Oceanside Pirates 27-8 at El Camino High School. In some ways, this game was closer than the score indicates; however, the margin of victory could have been greater but for a couple of Falcon miscues. The Falcons lost two fumbles as a result of hard tackles by Oceanside defenders. These turnovers presented scoring opportunities for the Pirates, but they were unable to take advantage. The lone Oceanside touchdown came as a result of a long kickoff return following a Falcon field goal. This was the only time in the game that the Pirates threatened the Falcon goal line. Torrey Pines scored first on a field goal by Tucker Pike to take a 3-0 lead. Oceanside countered immediately by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. A two-point kick followed, and Oceanside led 8-3. The score remained the same until the final 30 seconds of the first half. Jackie Plashkes hit Brandon Ray with an option pass down the right sideline good for 26 yards. With 14.1 seconds remaining, quarterback Conner Whitton followed with the first of his two touchdown passes for the afternoon, hitting Ray in the end zone with a 23-yard strike with 8.3 seconds remaining. Tucker Pike was good with his first of three extra point kicks (each good for two points) to make the halftime score Torrey Pines 11, Oceanside 8. The third quarter ended without further scoring, but with the Falcons at the Pirate 20 yard line. A Zac Friedland run picked up a first down at the 10. Another run placed the ball at the Pirate 6 before Whitton threw a bullet to Kevin Misak, who had cut across the field from his tight end position on the right side to find a hole in the Pirate coverage. Seconds later, the score became 19-8, and the Falcons had a bit of breathing room. Oceanside had to pass if they had any hope of getting back in the game. The Falcon run defense had just been too strong for the Pirates to hope to score enough to win the game by running the ball. On the next series of plays, the Falcons stopped a Pirate run for a first down on 4th and 1 from the 40. After each team failed to move the ball, Zac Friedland intercepted a Pirate pass at the 43-yard line and took it back 57 yards for a Falcon TD. A kick later and the Falcons led 27-8. This would be the final score, as Falcon defenders Nick Clapp and Garth Erdossy each intercepted passes for the Falcons.

Surf GU11 win Strikers Cup Coach Shana Carr and her GU11 team continue their summer tournament winning streak with an impressive win at the Strikers Cup in Huntington Beach over the weekend of August 25. Congratulations girls! Top row, from left to right: Veronica Portillo, Sara Evans, Emma Galloway, Scarlett Williams, Kylie Stirling, Lauren Cameron, Carly Diehl, Sarah Kowack, Peyton Steele. Bottom row, left to right: Emma Herrera, Briana Serrato, Lucy Reed, Alina Pollner, Malia Douglas.


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September 13, 2012

Rancho Santa Fe Review

Scott Union reconnects to La Jolla with highest price condo sale in town’s history Is the real estate market recovering? That seems to be the question of the day since sales activity began picking up earlier this year. Well, the answer seems to be a resounding YES! Scott Union of Union West Real Estate has been involved in 30 percent (three out of 10) of the over $4,000,000 sales this year according to Sandicor MLS including the largest residential condo sale (photos at left) in La Jolla’s history on Coast Boulevard for $6,200,000 Union began his real estate career just down the street at 321 Coast Boulevard in 1980, initially as a sales person and later as Director of Marketing and Sales at Casa De La Playa. After moving his office to Rancho Santa Fe in 1995 he lost touch with the La Jolla market until returning with a flourish this year as evidenced by sales of $4,600,000 in La Jolla Farms and $4,100,000 on Lookout Drive in addition to the record -setting $6,200,000 on Coast Blvd. Union says “in previous market downturns La Jolla seemed to always lead the other markets back, so I felt I was important to reconnect with my La Jolla roots and take advantage of the excellent values currently available, especially in the higher price points. With the stock market nearly back to it’s original value, bonds returning low yields with ever increasing risks, bank deposits paying sub 1 percent and gold well over $1,500 an ounce the smart money is returning to real estate.” Union can be reached at 858-756-0362 ,Ext #1; www.

This condo on Coast Boulevard sold for $6,200,000.

PRINCIPAL Diego County, California, Date of Sale: 10/4/2012 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the entrance to the east county regional center by statue, 250 E. Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $1,803,387.56 The property heretofore is being sold “as is.” The street Address or other common designation of real property is purported to be: 16817 Going My Way, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Legal Description: As more fully described on said Deed of Trust. A.P.N.: 267-180-66-00 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county

recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 573-1965 or visit this Internet Web site, using the file number assigned to this case 2012-02467. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: 8/31/2012 Integrated Lender Services, a Delaware Corporation, as Trustee 2411 West La Palma Avenue, Suite 350 – Bldg. 1 Anaheim, California 92801 (800) 232-8787 For Sale Information please call: (714) 573-1965 Linda Mayes, Senior Trustee Sale Officer P981583 9/13, 9/20, 09/27/2012 RSF268 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-023310 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Marguerites b. North County Gourmet located at: 18185 Via Ascenso, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, San Diego

County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7272 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The first day of business: Has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Marguerite L. Farr 18185 Via Ascenso, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. James E. Farr, 18185 Via Ascenso, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on 08-30-2012. Marguerite L. Farr. RSF267 Sep. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-022677 Fictitious Business Name(s): FreeSane Publishing located at: 17022 Matinal Road, San Diego CA, San Diego County 92127. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was: 01/01/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: James Ruane, 17022 Matinal Road, San Diego CA, 92127. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/24/2012. James Ruane. RF266, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-021656 Fictitious Business Name(s): Freestyle Global Investors Located at: 1250 Prospect Street, Suite 200, La Jolla, CA., 92037, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The first day of business was: 08/01/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Ptolemy Advisory, LLC., 1250 Prospect Street, Ste. 200, San Diego, CA., 92037. State of Incorporation/Organization: Delaware. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/13/2012. Michael Stone, RF265 Aug. 23, 30, Sep. 6, 13, 2012

continued from page B1 ego County. Last year the number was 13,240. Many of these children are at risk for malnutrition and obesity, as well as ear infections, dental needs and other physical ailments, Garcia said. Homeless children living in poverty often also suffer social and emotional distress. Unstable family lives, temporary and uncertain shelter, and the upheaval of frequently changing schools impact achievement and learning, Garcia said. The average length of stay at The Monarch School,

he said, is six months. One fifth-grade boy has attended 10 different schools in his lifetime, with many students changing schools two or three times a year. These “tough transitions” are tremendously disruptive on children’s lives, he said. Garcia, who has a teaching credential and began his teaching career at San Diego Juvenile Hall, said many of his students repeatedly witness domestic violence. As a result, “some kids model this behavior at school.” Because most students require interventions and emotional support, the school provides a therapist on campus. Despite the unstable


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living conditions of many students, the attendance rate is a high 92 percent. “They want to come to school,” Garcia said. Before Garcia spoke, the audience of hundreds of TVIA teens and their parents watched a short video of Garcia being honored for his work on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. One of the only schools of its kind in the country, The Monarch School is a public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project which raises private donations for the school. It currently serves 146 students and is at maximum capacity in its 10,000-squarefoot building. Last year the school turned away 65 kids due to lack of space. To address the capacity limitations, about $14.4 million was raised, mostly from private donations, for a new 60,000-square-foot facility in East Village which is expected to be ready in 2013. The new school will offer green space, currently lacking at the existing facility, and will be able to serve 300 students. Garcia told the TVIA boys that volunteers matter and what the teens do to help their community

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September 13, 2012


Rick Vesci joins Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate as Gloria Steinem to speak at event in Carmel Valley Oct. 3 Director of the Resort & Investment Division

Rick Vesci, a real estate specialist since 1985, has joined Real Living Lifestyles Fairbanks Ranch. According to Steve Rodgers, president/CEO/coowner of Real Living Lifestyles, “Rick brings tremendous knowlRick Vesci edge and talent from his many years of premier client service and providing counsel for all of their primary, secondary and commercial investment needs. I am honored that he is on our team and will be heading up a newly organized Resort & Investment Division for the company. The new division will utilize the company’s extensive national and international marketing and sales resources to market its resort and investment offerings worldwide Vesci has numerous awards and recog-

nition for his sales and marketing efforts from the National Association of Homebuilders, the Building Industry Association and the American Resort Development Association. He also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License and a Series 22 Securities License. “I specialize in “lifestyle investment” properties such as luxury primary and second homes, vacation and resort properties and other investment real estate. Over the past 25 years, I have worked for premier real estate organizations such as Prudential US/ México, Coldwell Banker New Homes in Mission Viejo, Argus Hospitality Group in San Clemente, Club Corporation of Dallas, Texas and Four Seasons Real Estate Group in Carlsbad,” said Vesci. “Having previously worked with Steve Rodgers, I share his vision for what a real estate company should be and what it should offer its clients,” said Vesci. Contact Rick Vesci at 888-588-5856 or on the web at for more information about the company’s offerings and services.

Back-to-school time for seniors at Osher Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego will hold a New Member Information Meeting, Saturday, Sept. 22, on the UC San Diego Extension Campus in the Rubinger Center, Building D at 9600 North Torrey Pines Road and Muir College Drive. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the presentation will start at 10 a.m. Free parking is available adjacent to the UCSD Extension Campus. Fall quarter classes begin Monday, Oct. 1. This quarter, there will be approximately 100 lectures around the themes of Science and Medicine, Arts and Humanities, and Law and Society. There is also a series on the critical 2012 elections and one highlighting China in the 21st Century. Additionally, there is a Live Music series. The Osher Institute is an adult education program with a curriculum designed for those who are at least 50 years of age. For more information, call (858) 534-3409 or e-mail or visit


Dancin’ Away With Your Heart Rancho Santa Fe Covenant With magnificent verdant views of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course across your 330 feet of frontage, this property will dance away with your heart the moment you step inside. With two outdoor fireplaces, you will be celebrating both sunrises and sunsets. Watch horses gallop by on the RSF trail while you sip your morning coffee and enjoy hot air balloons floating overhead with your evening cocktails. This is a golfer’s paradise—just drive your golf cart directly down your personal golf cart path to the course. Ranch single story 5Br, new pool and spa.

Gloria Steinem, an accomplished and world-renowned writer, lecturer, editor, feminist and social justice activist will appear at Congregation Beth Am in Carmel Valley on Oct. 3 from 7:15 p.m.-9 p.m. Celebrating 40 years since she founded Ms. Magazine, Steinem is currently at work on “Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered,” a book about her more than 30 years on the road as a feminist organizer. Don’t miss this dynamic and engaging speaker discussing her iconic life. Congregation Beth Am is located at 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130. For tickets and more information, visit www.betham. com, or contact CBA at 858-481-8454; Hillel of San Diego is a community partner for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented by Congregation Beth Am’s Inspiring Minds Speaker Series.


4517 Calle Mar De Armonia Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Joseph & Diane Sampson-Sampson CA Realty (858) 699-1145

$929,000 5BR/3BA

5657 Willowmere Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Joseph & Diane Sampson-Sampson CA Realty (858) 699-1145

$979,000 5BR/3BA

13016 Chambord Way Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Charles & Farryl Moore-Coldwell Banker (858) 395-7525

$1,125,000 5BR/3.5BA

3982 Corte Mar de Brisa Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm J. Greene/host: R. Patrize-Prudential CA Realty (760) 707-6140

$1,189,888 5BR/4.5BA

5427 Foxhound Way Kent Dial-Coldwell Banker

$1,199,000 5BR/3.5BA

12815 Chaparral Ridge Rd Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Charles & Farryl Moore-Coldwell Banker (858) 395-7525

Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 336-2828

DEL MAR $1,695,000 5BR/5BA

13785 Nogales Drive Debbie Carpenter-PS Platinum

Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 794-9422

$1,925,000 5BR/4.5BA

13676 Mira Montana Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Joseph & Diane Sampson-Sampson CA Realty (858) 699-1145

$2,250,000 3BR/3.5BA

134 Little Orphan Alley Wendy Ramp-Prudential CA Realty

$2,450,000 3BR/3BA

2123 Balboa Ave Sharyn Daly-Coldwell Banker

Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 735-0992 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 449-0936


Offered at $3,395,000

$1,085,000 4BR/3BA

3921 Avenida Brisa Shannon Biszantz-Coldwell Banker

Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (619) 417-4655

$1,799,000 4BR/4.5BA

8245 The Landing Way Ashley Roberts-Prudential CA Realty

Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (619) 559-0571

$1,990,000-$2,450,000 4BR/5.5BA

6619 La Valle Plateada Bill Talbott-The Sterling Company

Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (760) 285-5137

$2,495,000-$2,895,000 5BR/5BA

6550 Paseo Delicias Sat/Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Gallagher & Gallagher-Prudential CA Realty (858) 775-9817

$3,895,000 6BR/6.5BA

15852 The River Trail Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm J. Greene/hosts: S. & P. Linde-Prudential CA Realty (760) 585-5824

$5,450,000 5BR/5.5BA

18011 Avenida Alondra Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm K. Ann Brizolis/host: T. Kohn-Prudential CA Realty (858) 756-6355

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September 13, 2012

Rancho Santa Fe Review

Rancho Santa Fe Covenant-$7,995,000


Endless possibilities and investment opportunities for horses allowing for several riding disciplines. Four legal parcels under 6 APN’s, 30.91 acres. 6,000 sq.ft. main house, tennis & pool.

Extraordinary elegance with Mediterranean and French Country influences from a spectacular lot capturing 180 degree views giving quality and craftsmanship in this 5br/5ba home.

Rancho Santa Fe Covenant-$5,500,000

Rancho Santa Fe Covenant-$5,200,000

Superbly located on the Westside of the Covenant, rarely does a single story home of this size, style and quality become available on a coveted lot of 2.860 acres. 3br/3ba.

Exceptional, gated horse ranch on elevated 5.2 acre westside location with lovely views. Picture perfect with lush grounds, pool gazebo, gardens and full barn.

RSF/The Bridges-$4,595,000

Del Mar/Beach Colony-$3,499,000

Rancho Santa Fe Covenant-$2,995,000

Elegant, single level Tuscan style estate with superb attention to beauty and comfort. 5br/5ba, 9150 sq. ft. of luxury.

Ocean views from the deck and great room, 3br/2ba, 2 car garage + parking for 8 in the driveway.

Custom built, French country 5br family estate offering pool/spa, orchards, horse facilities and elevated views.

Twin Oaks Valley-$2,295,000

La Jolla-$2,145,000

Highland Valley-$1,895,000

Situated on 8.74 flat acres is an equestrian dream offering every horse amenity available. A beautiful Spanish style 3br/4ba.

Modern Craftsman with panoramic ocean views from hillside setting located in the Village. 5br/4ba, 4000 sq.ft of charm.

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

Olivenhain- $1,675,000


Fairbanks Ranch Lot-$1,000,000

Brightly remodeled 4br home with first floor master on prime, 3.390 acre equestrian property.

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

Extremely private location with potential to create the ultimate dream estate on 1.19 acre.


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