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Concerns raised over Double Track project

■ Local youth

seriously injured in skateboarding accident is on the mend.

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■ See what ‘Sam The Cooking Guy’ is up to now. See page 8

■ Local athletes continue to excel in a variety of sports. See pages 22-26.

BY KRISTINA HOUCK The San Diego Association of Governments is moving forward with plans to build a special events platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, double track a stretch of the railway and replace the bridge over the San Dieguito River, but many Del Mar residents have concerns. SANDAG Project Manager Linda Culp gave an overview of the multi-million dollar project to the City Council on Nov. 4, which was followed by a presentation from the San Dieguito Double Track Project ad hoc committee. After listening to both presentations and hearing from several community members, the council decided to send a letter to SANDAG to outline the city’s concerns. Councilman Al Corti recused himself from both presentations because he lives within 500 feet See PROJECT, Page 10

Halloween fun!

Students showed their creativity at Halloween parades held at several Carmel Valley schools Oct. 31. (Above) Sycamore Ridge students enjoy the day. See B section for more. Photo/Kristina Houck

Carmel Valley News writers win 16 journalism awards, including ‘Best in Show’ Carmel Valley News/Del Mar Times/Solana Beach Sun writers and photographers took home 16 more journalism awards — including “Best in Show” for education columnist Marsha Sutton — at the San Diego Press Club’s 40th annual “Excellence in Journalism Awards” event held Oct. 29 at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center. In the non-daily newspaper category, Carmel Valley News/Del Mar Times/Solana Beach Sun writers won four first place awards, six second place awards, and five third place awards. Education columnist Marsha Sutton also won “Best in

Douglas Manchester’s U-T Community News group buys DM Times, CV News, SB Sun U-T San Diego affiliate U-T Community News, LLC, bought Mainstreet Communications’ eight San Diegoarea community newspapers and their websites, it was announced Friday, Nov. 1. The transaction included acquisition of the Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News, Solana Beach Sun, Rancho Santa Fe Review, La Jolla Light, Poway News Chieftain, Rancho Bernardo News Journal and Ramona Sentinel. The U-T created a new division, U-T Community Press, to operate the papers. Phyllis Pfeiffer, current group publisher of Mainstreet Communications’ San Diego publications, will continue to lead the collection as vice president and general manager of the U-T Community Press division. The acquisition is part of an overall strategy to better serve the San Diego community through publishing hyper-local news that complements the more regional reporting of the flagship newspaper, U-T San Diego. “We are thrilled to be taking on the stewardship of these community newspa-

U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch pers,” said U-T San Diego Publisher Douglas Manchester. “We believe that community news is one of the hallmarks of strong local See U-T, page 10

Del Mar school district outreach group considers options to address enrollment issues

Carmel Valley News education columnist Marsha Sutton accepts her “Best in Show” award from Master of Ceremonies Dennis Morgigno. Courtesy

BY KAREN BILLING At the Oct. 29 Del Mar Union School District outreach group meeting, the committee looked at new options to tackle low enrollment at Ashley Falls School and enrollment far exceeding capacity at Sycamore Ridge due to the campus housing part of the district’s Child Development Center (CDC) and preschool. As there is a need for a permanent home for the CDC, options for the developing facilities master plan are to relocate the CDC to Torrey Hills School, making new development in East Pacific Highlands Ranch part of the Ashley Falls School boundary or constructing a ninth district school in Pacific Highlands Ranch. Superintendent Holly McClurg said these are imporSee SCHOOL, Page 20


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Del Mar designated a California Main Street community BY KRISTINA HOUCK The Del Mar Village Association was designated as a California Main Street community by the California Main Street Alliance Nov. 5 at L’Auberge Del Mar. CAMSA gives this award to cities, towns and neighborhoods that have reinvigorated the economic health of their historic Main Street central business districts. “It’s a special, national way of recognizing what we all, I think, are striving for — to revitalize and keep our downtown vibrant, interesting, happy and safe for everybody in the Village, and all of our visitors and our residents,” said Richard Earnest, president of the Del Mar Village Association and former mayor of Del Mar. To recognize the historic commercial district as a model for successful community revitalization, CAMSA Executive Director Laura Cole-Rowe presented the Del Mar Village Association with a certificate. San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts honored the association with a signed proclamation and declared Nov. 5 as “Del Mar Village Association Day” throughout San Diego County. “This is an extremely important day in the city of Del Mar,” Roberts said. “Del Mar is a really special place. They get it. They understand the importance of the residences, the businesses, the business and commercial business owners, and what really makes a thriving city.” Also in attendance were former County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and Del Mar council members, who met earlier in the day at the City Hall Annex to discuss the program. “Revitalization has been on the council’s mind for many, many years, and we have worked in various ways to try to get that to happen,” Mayor Terry Sinnott said. “This designation, I think, means that we really have a strong ally in the DMVA and a roadmap that can move us forward in the right direction.” To receive this designation, a community must meet all of the criteria outlined in CAMSA’s Main Street Four Point Approach, which the Del Mar Village Association has followed for nearly 10 years, Cole-Rowe said. This includes building a Main Street framework, promoting the commer-

Among those at the Nov. 5 ceremony held at L’Auberge Del Mar were: County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Del Mar Village Association Executive Director Jen Grove, California Main Street Alliance Executive Director Laura Cole-Rowe, Del Mar Village Association President Richard Earnest, Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott. Photo/Jon Clark cial district, evaluating the attractiveness of the business district and revitalizing the local economy. Jen Grove, Del Mar Village Association’s executive director, headed the lengthy application process, which was approved in less than a year. Del Mar is the 27th community in California to achieve California Main Street status. Other San Diego County members include Coronado Main Street, Downtown Encinitas Main Street Association, Leucadia 101 Main Street, Main Street Oceanside, North Park Main Street, Ocean Beach Main Street Association and Vista Village Business Association. “This is just the start,” Earnest said. “We’re looking forward to doing this and getting things moving even quicker and making it better for our residents, more exciting for our visitors and better for the city as a whole.” For more information about the Del Mar Village Association, visit For more information about the California Main Street Alliance, visit



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Veterans Honor Courtyard: A place for reflection, repose, and remembrance BY JEANNE FERRIS Around 1994, former Solana Beach Mayor and council member Tere Renteria was approached by the Mexican American soldiers who met once a month for lunch at Tony’s Jacal restaurant. They asked if she would represent them at a city council meeting with the intent to create a Veterans Memorial for the Mexican Americans from Eden Gardens who had served in the military. Renteria said she would help but that everyone from Solana Beach who had served should be honored as well. Council agreed and the plan moved forward. Joe Olson, now deceased and husband of former Solana Beach council member and Mayor Celine Olson, was instrumental in getting the memorial project off the ground. This city-approved memorial exists in the park today. In 2012, Renteria presented the idea to enhance the memorial at another council meeting and, this time, requested it to be a cornerstone site. She was surprised to find that improvements in the La Colonia Park Master Plan in-

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cluded an enhanced version already incorporated within it. However, funding had been put on hold due to the city not being allowed to keep Redevelopment funds for projects like this. Renteria suggested forming a committee with the purpose of fundraising. The city was receptive and appointed Lesa Heebner and Mike Nichols from the council as its ad hoc committee to assist Renteria and her community volunteers. “We need to raise approximately $200,000 before we can contract this project out for bids,” Renteria said. “The city of Solana Beach and especially the city council ad hoc committee have been instrumental in assisting our group in getting us to this point. They have now given our funding committee the sole responsibility of raising the money to bring the Veterans Honor Courtyard to fruition. “It’s important to remember to pay tribute to those who gave of themselves for America, the greatest country on earth,” Renteria added. “Our troops wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’” “According to Chuckles Hernandez, a long-time community activist, there were over 100 individuals that have served from Eden Gardens alone and something the Mexican community is very proud of,” said Renteria. “Only a few that served in WWII are still alive today.” Commemorative tiles will be available for a tax-deductible donation of $300 each on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach. These tiles will be placed within the proposed Veterans Honor Courtyard for people to visit in reflection, repose and in remembrance of citizen soldiers. An architectural rendering of the proposed memorial will be on display for attendees to view. Local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5431 and Commander Randy Treadway will lead Solana Beach in celebrating Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, which are free and open to the public. These ceremonies feature music from the Santa Fe Christian Band, the Young Marines Color Guard and the ceremonial release of white doves following the traditional sounding of Taps. Light refreshments will be served.

Congratulations to Ian Shanno for winning the October photo contest (top left) hosted by this newspaper. Ian submitted a photo titled “It’s a Puppy Pile” to our “Best Pet Photo” contest and will take home a prize. Second and third place were: (Left, middle) “Our Little Gardener” by Marilyn Burke and (left, bottom) “Hey... What’s Up” by Michele Leonard. Honorable mention were (center bottom) Ollie and the Baby by Alex Anas and (bottom right) Beach Sweeties by Zev Kluner. Thank you to all of our readers who submitted entries. Keep your cameras flashing, November’s theme is “Best Action or Sports Photo.” Submit yours today DelMarTimes/net/ Contests for a chance to win a prize.

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‘America’s Most Wanted’ host John Walsh talks Internet safety with local teens and parents BY KRISTINA HOUCK San Diego teen Steven Liu jumped off the bridge in front of Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista on Nov. 1. Friends said the 17-year-old was a victim of bullying. Some school officials said they don’t think bullying was the reason he committed suicide. Bullying and cyberbullying has become a hot topic, and was one of many issues “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh discussed during a “Girls World Expo” seminar Nov. 3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “I’m urging you to sit down and talk to your kids about bullying and make them feel comfortable that they should do something before they get into the period of where they want to hurt themselves or hurt somebody else,” Walsh said to the room full of parents with their daughters. From cyberbullying to sexting, Walsh discussed Internet safety during the seminar, which was sponsored by Cox Communications. He also asked a panel of four high school students questions about their Internet use. Internet use is doubling every two years. The average household has six devices connected to the Internet, according to a survey conducted by Cox and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Walsh encouraged parents to talk to their children about Internet safety, discussing what they do online and what they shouldn’t do. He explained that conversations about Internet safety are more common to-

John Walsh with the panel at the Nov. 3 seminar held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Courtesy photo day. In 2005, 1 in 4 teens said their parents talked to them about staying safe online. Today, 85 percent of teens said their parents talk to them about online safety, according to the survey. Still, according to the survey, 34 percent of tweens have lied to their parents about what they’ve done online. “We’re not trying to ruin your lives,” Walsh said. “We’re not trying to make sure that you never meet a boy or go out anywhere or do anything adventurous. We just want to make sure you’re safe.” Formerly a hotel builder, Walsh became an advocate for victims of violent crimes and the host of “America’s Most Wanted” after his 6-year-old son, Adam, was abducted and murdered in 1981. The television program ran for 25 years, and helped capture more than 1,200 fugitives and locate more than 50 missing children, including Elizabeth Smart. “It changed our lives forever, but all the things that we’ve been able to accomplish and change and try to do as we fought back was because people like you cared,” Walsh said. “I want to thank you for all the support for all these years. I said it every week on ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ you can make a difference. And so many of you have helped me make a difference.” Walsh continues to make a difference by being the spokesperson for Cox’s, “Take Charge!” Launched eight years ago, the initiative aims to teach parents and children about Internet safety. “I have three kids — I had four kids,” Walsh said. “I know you’re all immortal. I know you’re all bulletproof. I know you never make mistakes. I know you don’t think you’re going to die. That’s why we, as parents, have to saddle up and say, ‘Look, here’s where the dangers are.’” For more information about Take Charge!, visit www.

‘Technology Stories’ conference to feature Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs as keynote speaker Congregation Beth El, in conjunction with the San Diego Chapter of the American Technion Society, recently announced that Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, founding chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm Incorporated, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming “Technology Stories” conference on Sunday, Nov. 10. The purpose of the conference will be to focus on “Israel’s Influence in the U.S. and San Diego” and feature several panelists in addition to Dr. Jacobs, including: •Professor Craig Gotsman — founding director of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs TechnionCornell Innovation Institute (JTCII); •Roy Ronen — University California San Diego (UCSD) Computational Genetics researcher and Israeli PhD candidate; •Barbara Starr — Semantic Technology expert and National Science Foundation grant recipient working directly with Israeli companies; and •Chaim Avraham — an Israeli chemist specializing in soil and water science with world-wide expertise. “We are thrilled to offer the public this exciting opportunity to hear the behind-thescenes ‘technology stories’ from our esteemed panel of speakers,” said Hillel Katzeff, Congregation Beth El Israel Committee Member and Conference Organizer. “The impact of innovative technology with ties to Israel is truly unique.” The free conference will be held Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth El located at 8660 Gilman Drive in La Jolla. The public is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. To register for the conference, or for more information, visit: or contact Mark Greenberg, San Diego Chapter Director for the American Technion Society at (858) 750-2135 or

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Carmel Valley skateboarder recovers from fall without helmet

BY KRISTINA HOUCK Just a few weeks ago, Carmel Valley teenager Alex Hargis was in a coma. He’s now talking, walking and rehabbing so that he can come home for the holidays. “He’s had a miraculous recovery,� said Alex’s mother, Paige Hargis. “He’s doing really well.� An eighth grader at Carmel Valley Middle School, Alex was skateboarding without a helmet in front of his house on Sept. 19 when he fell and hit the back right side of his head, the same spot where we was injured as an infant and had multiple surgeries. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a seizure, which caused him to repeatedly hit his head on the street. A CT scan showed Alex suffered a fractured skull and brain damage. Doctors placed him in a medicallyinduced coma to minimize swelling. For weeks, he remained in a coma in the intensive care unit at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. On Oct. 14, with his great aunt by his bedside, Alex opened his eyes. He said, “I love you.� “He started waking up,� said Hargis, who was having lunch with her husband, Dave, when Alex woke up. “Before we knew it, he started talking and then he started walking.� The 13-year-old is now participating in the hospi-

Alex Hargis Courtesy of visit/alexhargis tal’s intensive in-patient rehabilitation program. He does four hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy, in addition to schoolwork, every day, Hargis said. He has recently transitioned from walking with a walker to walking with a cane. His “funny personality� is also back, Hargis added. “He’s been astounding the doctors and all the different therapists on how quickly he’s coming back,� Hargis said. “It’s extremely remarkable. The doctors are very impressed with his work ethic and tenacity.� For weeks, doctors didn’t know whether Alex would wake up or not. But Alex’s family, friends and community members didn’t give up. “They didn’t know. They couldn’t tell us,� Hargis said. “It was really scary, but we just kept praying and believing.� Dozens of family,

friends and community members gathered to pray for Alex and raise awareness about helmet safety during a candlelight vigil on Oct. 2 at a park across the street from Pacific Sports Resort in Carmel Valley. From organizing the vigil, to filling Alex’s room with cards and posters, Hargis said she is very thankful for the community’s support. “It’s really been uplifting to have so many people care about us and help us,� Hargis said. “It’s really meant a lot to us, and I really feel it’s played a very large part in his rapid recovery. “We’re incredibly grateful to the community and we’re looking forward to giving back to Carmel Valley.� Hargis and her family plan to promote helmet safety and reach out to skateboard manufacturers to ask them to encourage pro skaters to set an example and wear safety gear. For now, however, they are concentrating on getting Alex home for Thanksgiving. “He’s very anxious and motivated to get back home. He works extremely hard in all of his therapy,� Hargis said. “He’s really inspired me how he’s attacking rehab like a warrior.� For more information about Alex, visit http:// alexhargis.

CV Middle School hosts ’Jamba for Alex Day’ A “Jamba for Alex Day� fundraiser was held Oct. 29 at Carmel Valley Middle School in support of injured student and skateboarder Alex Hargis and his family (see story at left). Money was raised through proceeds from Jamba Juice sales. Photos/ Jon Clark; For more photos online, visit

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Carmel Valley’s ‘Sam the Cooking Guy’ hosts safari group in South Africa BY KRISTINA HOUCK Carmel Valley’s Sam Zien regularly shows locals how to cook simple recipes, but now several South African students know how to make his American sliders. A visit to a cooking school was one of Zien’s stops on a 10-day excursion through South Africa with his wife and a small group of fans. “When I say that my heart is still warm from that day, I truly mean it,” said Zien, also known as “Sam the Cooking Guy.” Zien taught students how to make mini burgers with a fried egg, bacon, crumbled blue cheese and grilled onions. Then he and his fellow group members prepped food and helped the 18- and 19 year-old students make a variety of local dishes, including chakhchoukha, a lamb stew. In addition to preparing the “hearty” food, Zien spent time talking with the students and answering their questions. Eziko Cooking School is dedicated to teaching underprivileged youth how to prepare for a career in food. To help raise money to support their tuition, the students created a restaurant out of shipping containers where they serve traditional African cuisine to the local community and to visitors. They asked Zien many questions, including how to stay motivated to follow their dreams — a question he found “fascinating.” Zien used to work in the biotech industry before leaving his job to pursue television. His cooking segments on San Diego TV became an Emmy Award-winning half-hour show. He’s since launched another series on Discovery’s Health channel and written three cookbooks. “I changed what I did,” Zien said. “I reversed my position in the ocean, turned my boat around and went another way. I could see it in their eyes — they wanted that.” The visit to the school in the Langa Township was just one of many stops on the trip, which was organized by Aardvark, a Solana Beach-based company that offers customized itineraries to 15 African countries. The idea for the trip came after the Ziens met the owner of Aardvark at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival last year. Zien has hosted three cooking-themed programs

Sam Zien on his 10-day excursion (above, front row, third from left) and above right with a “new friend” in the background. Courtesy photos on cruises to Mexico and Alaska, but said he was ready for a new adventure and his wife, Kelly, had always wanted to visit Africa. “Aardvark turned out to be absolutely amazing,” Zien said. “They put together just this incredible trip. “I wasn’t expecting what I found there.” After the itinerary was finalized and five others registered for the “Savory South Africa: Food, Wine and Wildlife,” the couple visited family in London for three days before flying with the rest of the group members on Oct. 11 to Cape Town in South Africa. The trip began in Cape Town where the group toured the area, from the penguins at Boulder’s Bay to the top of Table Mountain. Because the trip focused on the country’s food and wine, the group also enjoyed wine tastings at famed estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, visits to chocolatiers and cheese makers, and a meal at the Tasting Room. The group’s final stop was the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the private Timbavati Reserve on the edge of Kruger National Park. During the four-day safari, the group spotted elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, hyenas, zebras, warthogs and other wild animals.

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Mayoral candidates pitch priorities to Newcomers Club BY PAT SHERMAN Three candidates running to replace disgraced ex-mayor Bob Filner in the Nov. 19 special election — Democrats Michael Aguirre, David Alvarez and Nathan Fletcher — fielded questions during a “First Fridays” breakfast organized by the La Jolla Newcomers Club, Nov. 19 at Bernini’s Bistro in La Jolla. Republican candidate and District 2 City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer was invited, though his scheduler told this newspaper group he was too busy to attend. “We really wanted him to come as well, but he didn’t accept the invitation. I just wanted you to know that we made that request,” event co-chair Susan Wille told those in attendance. The three candidates attending each said public safety, neighborhood services and infrastructure are priorities for them, though they varied on their approach to fund and support these services. Alvarez, a former community organizer and native San Diegan who has represented City Council District 8 in Southern San Diego for the past three years said that, as a parent of immigrants, he often feels like newcomer. Alvarez said he wants to assure that his children have the same opportunities he was afforded growing up in San Diego. “I really feel strongly that the next mayor will determine what that future will look like … and we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Alvarez said, though noting work he said the city council has done to restore some public services, such as hours at libraries and recreation centers. “I’ve been working to make sure that we have a longterm water supply,” Alvarez added. “That’s the next big legacy project for the city is going to making sure that we actually have water available for future residents.” Aguirre, a former San Diego city attorney somewhat marred by the image of himself as abrasive and hard to work with, began by acknowledging that perception with humor. “As city attorney I was known as a person that had a very low-key personality — ‘mild-mannered Mike,’ ” he joked. Aguirre said his top priority would be using the city’s $1.1 billion operating budget to protect San Diegans’ safety and security, including fire and police services. Aguirre said bad roads not only cause wear and tear on vehicles, but “create liability for the city.” “When populations in communities don’t maintain their roads, that’s the canary in the coal mine that we’re in a period of decline,” Aguirre said. Aguirre, whose children attended The Bishop’s School, returned several times in his discussion to the subject of San Diego’s pension underfunding debacle — and an existing benefit structure known as the “double-dipping” Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) that he believes to be in violation of debt limit and conflict of interest laws. There are still 17,000 former and current city employees that use the old DROP formula, he said.

Aguirre alleged that the primary concern of current and former city council members and mayors was to “make sure that we fully funded their pension plans, so that they could get pensions as high as $300,000 a year.” “Pensions are not the only thing that we’re legally obligated to fund,” Aguirre said. “We’re legally obligated to fund the fire department; we’re legally obligated to fund the road repair; we’re legally obligated to fund the police. “Some of my opponents think it’s too dangerous not to fully fund the pension plan. I think it’s too dangerous not to fully fund the police department. You can pass a law that says we have to pay that much in pensions, yes, but you can’t pass a law that says we have enough money to pay (for them).” Aguirre said, going on to suggest that labor is backing opponent Alvarez “because they want to control both sides. “Our public officials are supposed to be guardians,” Aguirre said. “We’ve lost our way.” Nathan Fletcher, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, also began by addressing some perceived baggage — his rapid shift in political parties from Republican to Independent to Democrat during and after his run in the last mayoral election. “Those of you that I represented know I was never a very good Republican,” Fletcher said. “I didn’t fit in very well. They changed and I changed and I’m comfortable with where I am, but what’s never changed is what I think you need in a mayor — that basic focus on solutions, that willingness to work with anyone, the ability to get folks to the table to work out an agreement to actually get the job done.” Fletcher, who has been endorsed by Gov. Jerry Brown and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs (Fletcher currently works at Qualcomm) added, “There’s no job out there, no political position out there that I would leave my current life for, other than mayor, because I think we have such a huge opportunity in our city over the next few years to really do some great things. “In the last year at Qualcomm I’ve learned a lot about how large corporations are run and managed,” he added. “I’m ready to put all of that to work for you, focusing on solutions.” Fletcher said San Diego has gone from having the eighth worst roads in the country to having the fourth worst roads. If elected, he said will be presenting a plan to the public by the end of 2014 to rebuild the city’s infrastructure and public services.

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When it was his turn to speak, Aguirre countered, “When my brother Nathan talks about financing plans, he’s talking about borrowing more money. They want to borrow their way out of this — fully fund the pension with your tax dollars, and then borrow 40-year money to pay for 10 years worth of road repair. All of you that have any kind of financial background know that you don’t pay for operating costs out of your capital.” Fletcher said that during the last two years 37,000 calls to 911 were not answered in time. “We have a public safety system where you are less safety today than you were previously,” he said. “If we just cut the attrition of our (police) officers in half, we would save between $3 million and $6 million a year … because it’s really expensive to get them trained and get them through the system, and as soon as you do that, they leave.” Fletcher said the city continues to “lack a coherent, comprehensive economic plan.

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U-T continued from page 1 newspapers, and we intend to continue this legacy for many years to come. With these papers as a template, our strategy will be to launch additional community papers in San Diego’s larger communities and neighborhoods.”” U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch described a vision of weekly publications across the county, stretching from Chula Vista to Coronado to Vista. The community newspapers will operate with separate staffs supported by the U-T San Diego newsroom. The staff members that produce the Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News, Solana Beach Sun and Rancho Santa Fe Review will continue in their current roles, Pfeiffer said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lynch said the U-T can help the recently acquired papers grow by backing them with infrastructure such as IT support,

ad services and delivery efficiencies that would be expensive for the papers individually. “I think that so many of these newspapers, if they stand on their own, are going to have a tough time existing three, four, five years from now,” Lynch said. “This gives us such a strong base of operations here in San Diego, we’re going to have a very strong company for years to come.” Pfeiffer agreed, adding, “With the resources of U-T San Diego ownership, we believe we can be more effective than ever in serving our local communities. We look forward to expanding our reach and building upon our brand of news.” Alan Mutter, a media consultant and teacher at the University of California, Berkeley, said the move allows the U-T to reach the sweet spot in the industry: publishing news and advertising that is targeted at highly concentrated local communities. The trick will

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be for each weekly to remain authentic, he said, noting that readers must see that it is still covering the community and not simply piping in news from wire news services. The U-T isn’t the only major metropolitan newspaper to own weeklies in its home region. The Orange County Register operates 23 community newspapers. Mainstreet Communications LLC formed in 2009 when the ownership of the La Jolla Light, Del Mar Times and Solana Beach Sun merged with the group that owned the Rancho Santa Fe Review and Carmel Valley News. Mainstreet was owned by two private equity firms — The Brookside Group, of Greenwich, Conn., and Housatonic Partners of San Francisco. Lynch said community papers such as the La Jolla Light, Rancho Santa Fe Review, Carmel Valley News, Del Mar Times and Solana Beach Sun are largely supported by real estate ads and businesses that need to reach only one or two ZIP codes. He said the U-T is considering adding an automotive section to each of the papers for more advertising opportunities. The eight weekly newspapers have a total circulation of 99,431 copies. The Mainstreet Communications purchase is the second acquisition of a local news organization since U-T Publisher “Papa” Doug Manchester acquired The San Diego Union-Tribune in November 2011. In October 2012, the U-T purchased the North County Times from Lee Enterprises for $11.95 million. That paper has since been integrated into the U-T. But Lynch said the eight MainStreet newspapers would remain independently operated.

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PROJECT continued from page 1 from the project area. “I think that they’re sincere in listening to our community’s concerns,” said Councilwoman Sherryl Parks, who serves as a council liaison to the ad hoc committee, along with Deputy Mayor Lee Haydu. “I think that Del Mar deserves to be heard because this will have a substantial change of life for those who live around that area.” The project includes new double track bridge structures over the San Dieguito River to replace the current wooden trestle bridge built in 1916. The bridge could be raised up to 8 feet in some sections because it is currently in the flood zone. In addition, the project includes a 1,000-foot special events rail platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and two miles of track improvements, including the addition of 1.7 miles of new double track. SANDAG held an informational meeting on Jan. 22 and an open house on Oct. 30 to discuss and answer questions about the project. In addition to e-blasts, Culp noted SANDAG distributed two project newsletters to more than 4,000 residents and businesses along the project area. Still, some community members don’t feel that their concerns are being heard. “Many of us feel that the fate of this project was predetermined before we got here,” said Bill Michalsky, who co-chairs the ad hoc committee with Nancy Fisher. “The worst-case scenario for taxpayers is we fund a project that is totally unnecessary,” said Betsy Winsett, an ad hoc committee member. “The worst-case scenario

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Show” in the non-daily category for her piece “Because Hate Feels So Good.” The Rancho Santa Fe Review has won numerous national, regional and local awards over the years, including three first place national “General Excellence” awards. The writers and photographers who won awards at the event include: Marsha Sutton: Best in Show and First Place: Profile (“Because Hate Feels So Good”), First Place: Education, Third Place: Essay/Commentary/Opinion, Third Place: Series; Joe Tash: First Place: Multicultural, Second Place: Architecture and Design, Two Second Place Awards: Arts & Entertainment Reporting, Third Place: Science and Technology, Third Place: Military; Jeanne McKinney: First Place: Military; Karen Billing: Second Place: Sports; Kathy Day: Second Place and Third Place: Profile; Jon Clark: Second Place: Photography, Still — Live or Breaking.

for us in Del Mar and neighboring communities is that we have a rarely-used platform degrading the beauty of our environment and the quality of life for many years to come.” The council formed the committee in January to gain a complete understanding of the project, identify issues and problems, and identify and prioritize mitigation measures. Michalsky said the committee requested ridership data from SANDAG, but they never received the information. To offer and support better solutions, he said committee members need this information. They also need to know which special events would require use of the platform, he added. On behalf of the committee, Michalsky said members have concerns about noise and visual impacts from the double tracking and bridge, but most concerns are with the proposed platform and the impacts from lights, traffic, security and noise, especially from train horns and announcements. “The train tracks are there and the trestles are there. Changes to those aren’t as impactful, perhaps, because the elevation is going to happen,” Michalsky said. “But this platform is something that doesn’t exist in the community today, and it doesn’t serve our community. It serves visitors. That’s not a bad thing, but we believe it can be taken down a size.” To share the city’s concerns and possibly reduce any negative impacts, city staff, committee members and council liaisons will draft a letter and submit it to SANDAG this month. “I really am proud of the community for digging into this, figuring out what are going to be the problems,” Mayor Terry Sinnott said. “I appreciate the work so far, but we’ve got more work to do. We’ve got to really work with SANDAG to try to get some of these mitigations.” With the project still in an early design stage, SANDAG is currently working on a number of technical studies to support an environmental assessment, which is expected to be available for public review in April 2014. A second open house will also be held at that time. For more information about the project, visit Note: Following is a report by reporter Kristina Houck on an Open House SANDAG recently held on the special events platform project:

BY KRISTINA HOUCK Although the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) intended to hold an open house, Del Mar residents turned the Oct. 30 event at the Powerhouse Community Center into a question and answer session. SANDAG sought public input on plans to build a special events platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, double track a stretch of the railway and replace the bridge over the San Dieguito River via one-on-one questions and a comment box. But after SANDAG Chairman Jack Dale invited attendees to visit topic stations to talk with SANDAG representatives, engineers and consultants, a number of community members insisted on a more public approach. “This is not a dialogue,” said Solana Beach resident Don Billings. “We need a public question and answer session. Let’s ask questions right now.” The roughly $140 million project includes two miles of track improvements, including the addition of 1.7 miles of new double track. It also includes new double track bridge structures over the San Dieguito River to replace the current wooden trestle bridge built in 1916. The bridge could be raised up to 8 feet in some sections because it is currently in the flood zone. Most concerns were with the proposed 1,000-foot special events rail platform and the impacts from lights, traffic, security and noise, especially from train horns and announcements. “I’m concerned about the size of the platform,” said Bob Zizka, an eight-year resident of Del Mar. “It’s longer than the USS Midway.” SANDAG representatives said the platform is intended for special events, but he argued it was designed to be fully functional, not seasonal. “Ten-car passenger trains can carry 2,000 people,” he said. “That’s a lot of trash people will leave behind. That’s going to go into the lagoon. I don’t know who’s going to clean it.” Although she understood the need for a new bridge and double tracking, Del Mar resident Betsy Winsett questioned the need for a platform. Holding SANDAG’s October 2013 project newsletter, she noted SANDAG cites 66 percent of fair attendees said they would likely use a train platform, but See SANDAG, page 20


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Local owners win Breeders’ Cup races and rank among national leaders BY JULIE SARNO Racehorses owned by local residents won three of the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championship races at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. Two of the runners captured a second Breeders’ Cup victory. The two-day 14-race Breeders’ Cup was held at the Arcadia track for the second year in a row and seventh time since its first running in 1984. All are prestigious Grade 1 races. The 2014 Breeders’ Cup will be run at Santa Anita as well. The first locally-owned runner to make it to the Winner’s Circle was Mizdirection, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the seventh race on the Saturday program. She is owned by Del Mar resident Bill Strauss in partnership with Jungle Racing of sportscaster Jim Rome, Nish, Grohs, MSK Racing Ventures LLC and Beljak. Bill and his wife, Margie, were among the group in the Winners Circle. Mizdirection recorded her second victory in the GEICO Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The now-5-year-old mare is a two-time winner of the race, having won the prestigious Grade 1 event in 2012. The $1 million race drew only two female runners in a 14-horse field. The other filly in the race, Reneesgotzip, finished second. This victory gave winning jockey Mike Smith his third 2013 Breeders’ Cup win and a record 20th win overall. Mizdirection has now earned over $1.7 million for her owners. As the group races horses but does not retain them for breeding purposes, they entered the mare in the Nov. 4 Fasig-Tipton sale in Lexington, Kentucky. A daughter of the stallion Mizzen Mast, Mizdirection was recently sold for $2.7 million. “She loves it here,” said trainer Mike Puype after the race. “She loves Santa Anita. She’s seven-for-seven on the turf. She’s really tenacious, but it’s really quite sad that she is getting on a plane tomorrow and heading for the sales (in Kentucky.)” Saturday’s eighth race, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, also went to a locally-owned runner. Rancho Santa Fe residents Gary and Mary West won their first-ever Breeders’ Cup race, the G1 Juvenile, with New Year’s Day. Thoroughbred owners since the 1980s, the Wests had never before won a Breeders’ Cup race. See LEADERS, page 20

Mike Smith celebrates aboard Mizdirection after the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Photo/Kelley Carlson

Gary and Mary West of Rancho Santa Fe, and Bob and Jill Baffert, who own a residence in Del Mar, hold up their trophies following the triumph by New Year’s Day in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Photo/Kelley Carlson

(Above) Mike Pegram, center, shows off the trophy after Secret Circle wins the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Photo/Kelley Carlson (Right) Margie and Bill Strauss of Solana Beach, coowners of Mizdirection. Photo/Kelley Carlson


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Local family raises funds to fight childhood cancer; Foundation named in honor of son BY KRISTINA HOUCK Max Mikulak was sitting in the nurse’s office, eating his lunch through a feeding tube, when a kindergartner came through the door in tears. The young girl had fallen on the playground and scraped her knees. Though just a year older and very sick, the first grader comforted the girl and gave her a hug. That’s how Melissa Mikulak remembers her son. “That’s the kind of kid he was,� said Mikulak, whose family has lived in Carmel Valley for 11 years. “He was very compassionate for others. Maybe it was because of all of the pain he had gone through himself.� Max died from neuroblastoma in 2008. Although he lost his four-year battle with the childhood cancer, his compassion lives on through Max’s Ring of Fire, a nonprofit organization Mikulak and her husband, Andy, founded after their son died at 7 years old. Through fundraisers such as the Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on Oct. 26 at NTC Park at Liberty Station, the organization

The Run to Fight Children’s Cancer was held on Oct. 26 at NTC Park at Liberty Station. Courtesy photo The Mikulak family at the Run to Fight Children’s Cancer (Max Mikulak is shown in a large photo on the left). Courtesy photo supports innovative neuroblastoma research and clinical trials. Nearly 800 runners and walkers participated in the recent event, which was started by Phoenix-based Grand Canyon University two years ago and has since raised more than $200,000 to aid in the fight against childhood cancer. The 5K, one-mile family run and survivors’ walk raised funds for both Max’s Ring of Fire and The Ronan Thompson Foundation, another organization dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma. “It was heartwarming to see all these people come together, but it was also heart wrenching that we even had to be there to try to raise money to fund research for childhood cancer because government doesn’t give enough and the big pharmaceuticals don’t give enough,� Mikulak said. Max’s Ring of Fire supports the Neuroblastoma and Me-

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Local Foundation helps secure grant to save endangered bird species in the Galapagos Islands BY JOE TASH If scientists are able to save endangered bird species in the Galapagos Islands from extinction, a charitable foundation with ties to Carmel Valley will deserve a share of the credit. The International Community Foundation recently announced that a $600,000, two-year grant was awarded to the Charles Darwin Foundation, a private, nonprofit conservation organization based in the Galapagos Islands, to conduct research aimed at protecting native birds from threats posed by invasive, non-native species. The ICF, which is headed by Carmel Valley resident Richard Kiy and based in National City, worked with the Darwin Foundation to secure the grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The money will allow scientists in the Galapagos and at U.S. universities to study the impacts of Philornis downsi, a non-native fly, on the unique bird species found in the Galapagos archipelago, a chain of islands some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in South America. The islands were a primary source of inspiration for naturalist Charles Darwin as he formulated his theories of evolution in the groundbreaking work, “On The Origin of Species.” “The more we can do to save this World Heritage biodiversity site… and protects its flora and fauna, the better,” said Kiy, president and CEO of the ICF, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. At least five small land bird species in the islands are facing extinction, with one species, the mangrove finch, down to only 80 individuals, according to the Darwin Foundation. The invasive fly species lays its eggs in the finches’ nests, where the larvae attack nestlings and suck their blood, often causing their death, said Swen Lorenz, executive director of the Darwin Foundation. In a telephone interview from his office at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, Lorenz said no bird species unique to the Galapagos has ever gone extinct. But land bird populations have declined significantly in recent years. “Very fundamentally, the grant is aimed at helping us understand the factors that are causing the decline in land birds in the Galapagos,” Lorenz said. Researchers at a number of institutions, including the

Richard Kiy, president and CEO of International Community Foundation. Courtesy photo San Diego Zoo, will help develop techniques to protect young birds from parasites such as the invasive fly species. For example, scientists are studying the use of highly selective natural enemies to suppress the fly, and methods of disrupting fly mating patterns. The $600,000 grant represents a large sum to the Darwin Foundation, which runs on an annual budget of about $3 million generated by donations, Lorenz said. “This is a very significant grant for us,” he said. Some 180,000 tourists visit the islands each year, in addition to their permanent population of about 25,000 residents, Lorenz said. While tourism supports research and conservation efforts, it also poses problems, such as invasive plant and animal species hitching rides on supply ships and airplanes. California ranks fifth among U.S. states in terms of the


number of residents who travel to the Galapagos each year. “Do come and visit Galapagos,” Lorenz said, but urged visitors to book their trips with companies certified for using sustainable practices such as renewable energy and recycling. The Darwin Foundation started working with the ICF about a year ago, both as a legal and financial conduit of donations from the United States, and as a means of reaching a larger pool of potential donors, Lorenz said. The ICF’s mission is to expand American giving to international organizations, with a focus on Mexico and Latin America, said Kiy. The ICF disburses some $5 million in grants each year, primarily in the areas of environment and conservation, health and education. The ICF checks out grant recipients to make sure they are using donated funds appropriately, and also serves as a vehicle to allow U.S. donors to make tax-deductible contributions to foreign nonprofits, Kiy said. The organization is an intermediary that links donors with worthy overseas organizations, he said. Among its projects, said Kiy, is helping to preserve hundreds of thousands of acres of land surrounding San Ignacio Lagoon on the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico, the birthing grounds of the California gray whale; providing scholarships to assist schoolchildren in Mexico; and reducing the spread of tuberculosis along the U.S.-Mexico border. “We’re about connecting people in communities to make a difference,” Kiy said. Kiy said his work has also had a positive impact on his family, including wife Monica and sons Derek and Daniel, both students at Canyon Crest Academy. He has brought his children with him on trips to visit various nonprofits, including an expedition to an island off the coast of Ensenada, where researchers were studying great white sharks. Kiy and his younger son even went down into a shark cage to meet the research subjects first-hand. “I feel very honored and blessed to work with so many amazing nonprofits and community donors around the world,” Kiy said. For more information, visit or

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Carmel Valley attorney Dino Paraskevopoulos honored by County Board of Supervisors Carmel Valley resident Dino Paraskevopoulos, who has been has been practicing law at the District Attorney’s office for the last 16 years, received an outstanding achievement award and proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declaring Oct. 8, 2013 as “Dino Paraskevopoulos Day” in San Diego County. The County Board of Supervisors honored eight prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Office for their work over the past year on cases involving murder, rape, child molestation and kidnapping. Paraskevopoulos was honored for obtaining a conviction in a child molestation case involving defendant Patrick Pawlicki. The three victims in the case ranged in age from 9 to 12. Look for a profile on Paraskevopoulos in an upcoming issue of this newspaper.

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Representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Education toured Del Mar Hills Academy on Oct. 31 to learn about the Del Mar Union School District’s integration of technology. Photo/Karen Billing sake, we really look at how does it apply to the curriculum,” Casey said. The visitors circulated between several classrooms as students worked on their Chromebooks on various projects. In the sixth grade they were working with spreadsheets and graphing. “I’m most impressed by the teachers’ skill set in how to use the computers and the knowledge they have about IT gadgets,” said Yosushi Ishino, a deputy head teacher from Japan. “Every student has a computer which is so different from Japan, we have to bring PCs on a cart to every classroom.” The Japanese visitors also received a special presentation from sixth grader Azu Kitagawa, who was born in Japan. She talked to them about all the different ways they can use their Chromebooks for school. “I like to do research on the computers, it’s just easier,” Azu said, Kitagawa’s parents also helped serve as translators. The Japanese group was heading next to Dallas on their U.S. tour.


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Letters to the Editor/Opinion Give voters the opportunity to vote on the Initiative Solana Beach residents may have seen an e-blast sent by the Party Policy proponents last week. Once again, the email is full of misleading information. The sponsors state that, “In the months since the Community Center has been open for special events there have been no wild parties, no alcohol incidents, no parking or noise issues.” Of course there have been no ramifications from the private rentals at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. The policy has been in place for only four weeks. Moreover, isn’t the fact that it is smooth sailing so far a testimony to the City’s policy? The policy proposed by the sponsors of the Initiative is far more intense than the current policy in terms of frequency, occupancy, noise and alcohol. The sponsors of the Party Policy Initiative refuse to accept responsibility for the special election. The only reason there is even the possibility of an election is that the Initiative sponsors refused to give the new Community Center Use policy established by the City Council a chance. Instead, the sponsors asked for a special election, gathered signatures for an election and turned in the signed petition early in order to ensure a special election. They even hired a high-powered election attorney from San Francisco to craft their campaign! Now they are trying to coerce the City Council into adopting their policy using the cost of the special election as leverage. It is ridiculous that in the sponsor’s e-blast they implied the adjacent neighbors want the Special Election; another attempt to shift the blame for this situation away from them! The Initiative sponsors are the reason we are now in this position. The City should not be run by a few wealthy individuals who want their way and are willing to spend whatever it takes to get it. If the City Council adopts the Party Policy Initiative, they will be rewarding the very people who got us into this mess. An adoption of this policy sends a message to everyone that our elected City officials aren’t really in charge and aren’t capable of making thoughtful decisions in the best interest of all the residents of Solana Beach. The City Council should not let the sponsors of the Party Policy Initiative back them into the corner. The right thing to do is give the voters the opportunity to vote up or down on the Initiative. It is wrong to adopt the policy and not give our residents a say. It is apparently what they wanted when they signed their names with the signature gatherers. Kim Burnett

Vote should be held on FCCC Initiative In the recent edition of this newspaper there were two pro Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC) party initiative letters to the editor. In one, the author suggests that the initiative be adopted because it could be adjusted with changes to the Municipal Code. The first party-related item in the initiative, one of the most controversial, requires that the FCCC be available for private parties for the entire weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, every weekend, 52 weeks a year. This could not be changed except by a city-wide vote. If that vote resulted in something that was a problem, this could require another vote. In the other letter, a quote is reproduced from the initiative that requires the City Council to immediately adopt the initiative or to immediately put it to a vote. The author claims that petition signers knew they were asking for “adoption, or else.” She suggests that anyone who thought they were asking for “a vote, or else” must be stupid. The efficient course is to vote on this poorly-concieved initiative, get rid of it, and return to a sensible trial period of the City Council policy, which was designed to match the special circumstances of the FCCC. Bill Howden Solana Beach


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Torrey Pines planning board to discuss One Paseo three alternatives in the recirculated DEIR at next meeting The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Del Mar Hills Academy on Mango Dr. to review and discuss the One Paseo three alternatives in the recirculated DEIR. Carmel Valley will not be holding a meeting on this due to timing. Public comments are due by Dec. 10. Kilroy’s project is designed to attract customers from a 10-mile radius into Carmel Valley. Del Mar Heights Road is our community’s lifeline to Fire Station 24 on DMHR across from the One Paseo site. We are requesting that Development Services — the lead agency for this DEIR — attend our TPCPB meeting to answer some questions and outline the process for the public input to the DEIR, etc. This meeting is not meant to be a rehash of topics covered within the “original” DEIR but rather the three alternatives. Dennis Ridz, chair, Torrey Pines Community Planning Board LETTERS POLICY: Topical letters to the editor are encouraged. Submissions should include a full name, address, e-mail address (if available) and a telephone number for verification purposes. We do not publish anonymous letters and there are length limits. E-mailed submissions are preferred to Letters may be edited. The letters/columns published are the author’s opinion only and do not reflect the opinion of this newspaper.


Veterans Day ceremony to be held Nov. 11 in Solana Beach The City of Solana Beach and Solana Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5431 will jointly host a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Avenue. The event is free of charge and open to the public. A “Feathers from Heaven” doves release will occur, Camp Pendleton Young Marines will be the honor guard, and the Santa Fe Christian School Band will perform patriotic songs. Also participating in the ceremony are Solana Beach Mayor Mike Nichols and Randy Treadway, Commander for VFW Post 5431. Special guest speaker, Major Linda Stanley, will address the community. Donation information, and design renderings of the proposed new Veterans Courtyard for La Colonia Park will be available for viewing. Light refreshments will be served. Docents from the Civic and Historical Society will be on hand to conduct tours of the Historical Museum. For more information, please call 858/720-2453.

Del Mar Rotarians find partners in La Paz, Mexico BY EMILY FIGUEIREDO, CLUB PUBLICITY CHAIR Maureen Ryan, former president and current member of the Bahía de la Paz Rotary Club in Mexico, recently visited the Rotary Club of Del Mar. Maureen is one of 20 active members in her Baja California Rotary Club, and her advocacy for the area has grabbed the attention of a few clubs in Southern California, including Del Mar. Maureen highlighted the club’s work with youth programs. Club members are especially proud to provide leadership workshops to motivate youth and support youth with toys during Christmas, dental services, scholarships for school tuition and school supplies. A major project revolved around Escuela Diana Laura, an elementary school in La Paz. The school project also grabbed the attention of Larry King, former president of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach and now a board member for the Rotary Club of Del Mar. Larry knew there was a great opportunity to partner with this club on an extremely valuable project “Fifteen years ago, while president of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach, I was involved in many joint projects with La Paz, including my oldest son attending a semester of high school in La Paz while living with the family of a Rotarian. I was thrilled to continue the relationship with the Del Mar club. The Rotarians in La Paz are wonderful — full of energy and good will, and

dedicated to giving the youth of La Paz a better opportunity to succeed in life through their many projects.” The goal for the partnership was to provide the students of Escuela Diana Laura with an area to eat their snacks and lunch. The school used to be a half-day school, but under the leadership of the current principal, also a Rotarian, it has become a full-day school. The afternoon sessions are now dedicated to subjects such as history, athletics and English. As it was, there was no place for the students to eat lunch except for a space under the direct noontime sun. The project grew from providing a shaded area with benches to now providing a full kitchen and cafeteria. With the aid of $2,000 from the Rotary Club of Del Mar and matching funds from the Redondo Beach club and the Bahía de la Paz Rotary Club, the project is near completion. For more information, visit The Del Mar Rotarians thank the recent supporters for the Chili & Quackers fundraiser, which enabled valuable projects like Escuela Diana Laura to become a reality.



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SANDAG continued from page 10 the agency only polled 367 people out of the 1.5 million fairgoers. “The methodology of the research and the questionable size of the sample really make me wonder whether or not the money being spent on the platform is worth it,” said Winsett, a member of Del Mar’s San Dieguito Double Track Project ad hoc committee, which the City Council formed in January. SANDAG initially held an informational meeting on Jan. 22. In addition to eblasts, Project Manager Linda Culp noted the agency distributed two project newsletters to more than 4,000 residents and businesses along the project area. “We want to coordinate this with any other projects the city has or the fairgrounds has,” said Culp prior to the impromptu question and answer session. “We want to be accessible to the community.” Nevertheless, many of the roughly 50 attendees said their concerns weren’t being heard and addressed. Del Mar resident Nancy Doyle said she was under the impression that “nothing was a done deal.” She also asked to know which special events would require use of the platform other than the fair and horse races. “Maybe that was a misspeak, but the facts is — it is a done deal,” Doyle said. Noting that details will be finalized in the future, Culp said the addition of the platform and the platform length is currently included in the designs. The project is part of the Interstate 5 North Coast Corridor Program, a comprehensive package of highway, rail and transit, and coastal access improvements, which spans 27 miles from Oceanside to La Jolla. Although it is not yet funded for construction, it is expected to be completed before 2030. An environmental assessment is expected to be available for public review in April 2014. A second open house will also be held at that time. For more information about the project, visit

SCHOOL continued from page 1 tant topics and they need input on the presented options to bring a good facilities master plan to the board in January. They hope to get community feedback on these options at the Nov. 6 town hall meeting. A big part in developing these latest options was looking at enrollment projections, prepared by the Dolinka Group. Ashley Falls is projected to further decline in enrollment, dipping to a low of 300 in 2016. While schools such as Carmel Del Mar, Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights are expected to grow in enrollment, enrollment at Torrey Hills is projected to decline, from 652 in 2012, dropping off every year to a low of 580 in 2022. Torrey Hills Principal Barbara Boone questioned why the school’s numbers would dip, given that construction cranes are visible from her campus blacktop on the construction of 384 new apartment units down the street. “Projecting student enrollment is a very challenging activity, a lot gets taken into consideration,” said Benjamin Dolinka, president of the Dolinka Group, noting they even factor in fertility rates. Dolinka said they looked at the apartment complex and other units around the district to find reasonable samplings. He said typically apartment units generate fewer children than single family detached homes. Per statewide averages, for every 10 homes, roughly four kids are produced for the district; for apartment complexes it takes 10 units to produce one child. The East Pacific Highlands Ranch community is expected to bring the first new students to the district in 2015 (16), 215 students by 2019 and 248 by 2022. By moving those students to the Ashley Falls boundary, that would help fill empty seats at the school. Re-locating the CDC to Torrey Hills would free up 10 classrooms at Sycamore Ridge, representing about 240 seats. Several committee members said ideally it would be great to have one location for the entire CDC rather than it being split. “We just don’t physical-

ly have enough space to support the program,” said Andrea Sullivan of LPA Architects, noting an additional challenge is that the structure needs to be single story. Some parents seemed discouraged that the options presented dealt with new structures for the CDC. “How much space do we really need?” one parent asked about the CDC. “I’m at an older school… shouldn’t we spend money on current schools instead?” Melissa Tirri, the coordinator of early childhood education, said the CDC supports district staff children first and then it is opened up to the public. Ashley Falls has the babies, 6 weeks old to two year olds; Sycamore houses children 3 to 5 years old and is open to the community. Tirri said 80 percent of the CDC at Ashley Falls is district staff children and at Sycamore, 70 percent is community children. The preschool helps funds things inside the district, including a portion of staff salary. The special education preschool is also required to have a certain number of regular education children so the special education children can be integrated with their peers. One parent said that if the district moves forward in building a new CDC facility it needs to be made clear what the CDC’s purpose is, what the goals are and why it is the way it is. The parent said if the district didn’t have to support such a big program, that could also free up classroom space. As East PHR is expected to generate just 248 students, many of the committee members agreed that the option to build a ninth district school might not be feasible. “As long as there are seats in the district it doesn’t makes sense to build a ninth school. Then the district would be operating two schools with lower enrollment,” said one committee member. Committee members also argued that funding the new school would take away from improvements needed at the district’s existing facilities.

Del Mar Pines student designs bracelet to raise funds for school and to raise awareness on the importance of recycling Del Mar Pines 6th grader Paige Macdonald is proof that one person can make a difference. Paige started a recycling program at Del Mar Pines last year and has not only raised awareness of the importance of recycling but has also raised over $500 for the school with the enthusiastic support of the DMP students and staff. Excited by the program’s success, Paige designed a bracelet using the logo she created for the DMP recycling program. Paige is selling the bracelets for $10 each and 100 percent is going to is a charity that

CANDIDATES continued from page 9 “I want to take the 2015 (Balboa Park) Centennial Celebration and not talk about the last 100 years, but talk about the next hundred years and redefine and rebrand ‘America’s Finest City’ as the ‘World’s Most Innovative City,’ the ‘World’s Most Creative City,” Fletcher said. “That’s the future of the economy, that’s where we’re headed, and we need to embrace it. Those opportunities are available to all and we’ve got to make sure that we have good working class and middle class jobs.” Asked by Newcomers Club member Ed Flom where the candidates believe city spending could be increased or decreased, Alvarez, who serves on the City

LEADERS continued from page 12 The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, for 2-year-old male runners, attracted a full field of 14. The winner receives 55 percent of the $2 million prize. As dictated by the rules, 5 percent of the owner’s share goes to trainer Bob Baffert and five percent to jockey Martin Garcia. Baffert and his wife, Jill, have a residence in Del Mar. New Year’s Day had only raced twice before the Breeders Cup, both times at Del Mar this past summer. The son of Street Cry finished third in his Aug. 17 debut and won a maiden special weight event on Aug. 31. New Year’s Day was purchased for $425,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Look for this colt on the Kentucky Derby trail next spring.

The Leaf by Paige Macdonald helps provide access to safe drinking water in Africa, South Asia and Central America. Paige’s goal is to raise $500 and she’s close to meeting that goal after only one month of selling the

bracelets. Paige is honored to be a junior ambassador for and help others see that with a little creativity one kid can make a difference. A budding artist, Paige will have one of her photographs featured at The San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts’ 8th annual juried youth exhibition, which opened Oct. 19. Out of 263 entries only 64 were accepted for display at their Balboa Park museum. The event runs through Feb. 2 and more information can be found at http://www.mopa. org/yx13.

Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, said the city is “in a much better position than we were just a couple of years ago.” “We did some of the smart things that you and I would have done in our own household budget that the city had not,” he said. “That’s elimination of things that are wasteful, like cell phones for employees or travel that was unnecessary.” Alvarez also said he championed the elimination of phantom positions in the city meant to hide money in the city budget. “They fund positions in different departments that actually are never filled. They just exist there,” he said. “Then they claim that there are savings at the end of the year. Those savings could be achieved at the be-

ginning of the year if you eliminate those vacancies.” Alvarez also said there are fees and costs that aren’t being recouped by the city, such as a “General Plan administration fee,” and fees for the use of Park and Recreation facilities. “We don’t, obviously want to make that something that’s not accessible to families in the community, but there are some fees associated with the use of some of our facilities in our parks, and we’ve gotta make sure that we are recouping those fees as well … instead of thinking about increasing general taxes.” To learn more from the candidates at this forum, read the entire story at

The victory in the Juvenile has catapulted the Wests into third place in earnings among Thoroughbred owners in North America. The West Stable has earned $4,390,686 in 2013 through Nov. 3. Their previous best was in 2012 when they ranked 12th at year’s end with stable earnings of just over $3.2 million. Two races later, trainer Baffert was back in the Winner’s Circle when Saturday’s 10th race, the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint was won by Secret Circle. Secret Circle is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. Secret Circle also is a repeat Breeders’ Cup winner, having won the inaugural Juvenile Sprint in 2011 as a 2-year-old. Pegram owns a home in Del Mar. The Sprint carries a purse of $1.5 million. The winning owners collect

$850,000, and, once again, the trainer and jockey Garcia each receive 5 percent. Secret Circle is a 4-year-old son of Eddington. Pegram owned earlier Breeders’ Cup winner Silverbulletday, winner of the 1998 Juvenile Fillies and, with Watson and Weitman, campaigned twotime Sprint (2007 and 2008) winner Midnight Lute. All were trained by Baffert. Baffert was the only trainer to saddle two Breeders’ Cup race winners this year. After the Championship races, Baffert currently ranks second in purses earned in 2013 by runners he trains with $14,029,072, behind New York-based Todd Pletcher, with $22,741,575. Baffert’s two Breeders’ Cup winners this year bring his total of Cup winners to 10, second only to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has 19.


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‘ASAP’ passing the baton at Canyon Crest Academy

TPHS field hockey teams participate in Komen 5K Race for the Cure Members of the Torrey Pines High School JV and varsity field hockey teams participated in the 17th Annual San Diego Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure on Nov. 3 in Balboa Park. The Falcons varsity field hockey team will complete regular season play on their senior night, Nov. 13, against Westview High School. They are currently tied for first place in the Palomar League with Canyon Crest Academy.

Canyon Crest Academy’s Girls’ tennis program is making a run in the CIF’s for their third year in a row. Having reached the CIF finals the prior two years, CCA is hoping that the third try will be a charm. Pictured at right is the number 1 doubles team at CCA directly after playing (and beating) their down-the-street rival, Cathedral Catholic High School, in the 2013 CIF Tennis Tournament. Amanda Presar (senior and team cocaptain, pictured on the right) is partnered with freshman Amanda Schiffman (tennis uniforms by lululemon), hence “ASAP” as they are cleverly known. CCA finished second in the Palomar League this fall season behind perennial Division 1 powerhouse Torrey Pines High School. Amanda Presar has played on the

CCA varsity girls tennis team since she was a freshman and has helped guide her doubles partner Amanda Schiffman along for a winning record season. Amanda Presar is also a published author who will be heading off to college next fall.

New Futsal indoor soccer clinics offered for kids and adults New Futsal indoor soccer clinics are being offered with coaches Jeff Illingworth and Mario Mrakovic at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito (3800-A, Mykonos Lane, San Diego, Ca 92130; Office: 858-720-2185). These clinics are targeted for all kids who are interested in learning or improving their soccer skills in a fun, safe and exciting environment using Futsal balls. The program will focus on individual age-appropriate skills, as well as team work and understanding of the game. All sessions will be conducted by Jeff Illingworth, CV Manches-

ter director of coaching, and Surf Soccer Grassroots Jr. Academy Director Mario Mrakovic. The program is designed to improve soccer skills and build confidence in young soccer players while having “a ton of fun.” Adult clinics are also being held. For schedules, a list of clinics, cost and more, visit; Office: 858-538-0578; email Register and pay by mail: SD Futsal, 13533 Bidwell Ct, San Diego CA 92129, or at the facility on the first day. Space is limited.

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Blue Lightning Girls Soccer Team tops at tournament Congratulations to the Blue Lightning Girls Soccer Team for winning the Sharks Division 5 Rec. Tournament! Great job girls! Front Row: Jenny Hu, Kylie Luo, Ashley Chammas, Amber Smoot, Molly Varela, Lily Khabie, Shea Kangleon. Back Row: Michaela Simble, Mason Usselman, Ella Sherman, Kaylen Powers, Maya Janese, Coach Josh Sherman. Missing from Photo: Asst. Coach Greg Kangleon

Del Mar American Little League 2014 Spring Baseball Registration now open! Del Mar American Little League recently announced the online registration for the Spring 2014 season, which began on Monday, Nov. 4. To register, please go to Only players new to DMALL or players who have moved outside the DMALL boundaries must attend the walk-in verification night on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ashley Falls MUR. If you have any questions, contact the Registrar at registrar@




2013 Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys U14 Champions: Back Row: Coach Bob Shopes, Jon Shopes, Max Jackson, Liam Austin, Manit Bishnoi, Jack Shimkin Coach Karl Francis. Front Row: Anson Liss, Chris Shopes, Alex Reisman, Daniel Lee, Josh Panikowski, Erik Francis, Keaton Elvins, John Finkelman and Chris Ward (not available: Paymon Haddad, Leroy Jenkins & Eli Smith).

Red Bulls win Tournament The Red Bulls were crowned champions of the boys under 14 division of the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks at the 2013 league tournament on Nov. 2-3 narrowly edging the White Ninjas in the final. Red Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the final game with a penalty kick in the first half. That score held up for the Red Bulls, thanks to a stingy defensive unit of Chris S, Keaton, and Anson, with goalie John F., which allowed only one goal all weekend and none in the last three games. Max and Jon S. led the Red Bulls offense with three goals and two assists each in the tournament. Liam was all over the pitch, playing sweeper to striker. Erik led the midfield platoon of Manit, Chris W., Jack, Daniel, Josh, Alex and Paymon and won many of the 50:50 balls. “It was a great tournament with each team a goal or two away from maybe winning it all. We were lucky things fell the Red Bulls way,” said Coach Shopes. “All the Sharks boys played soccer with a lot of sweat, and even a little blood, but no tears. They were superb examples of the Sharks motto of “Fun, Sportsmanship and Fair Play.” The boys on both teams in the under 14 finals exemplified this and their parents should be very proud.”



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San Diego Rowing Club Juniors win Silver Medal at Head of the Charles Over the weekend of Oct. 19 – 20, two women’s varsity athletes from San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) competed in the Women’s Youth Doubles event at the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) in Boston, MA winning a silver medal. The Women’s Youth Double consisted of Marissa Gibson – a senior at La Jolla High School and Alexandra (Lexie) Tatro – a senior at Torrey Pines High School. The HOCR, held annually in October, is the world’s largest rowing regatta with approximately 55 races and 9,000 athletes. The course stretches for 3 miles along the Charles River and attracts approximately 300,000 spectators. The HOCR is a “head race,” otherwise described as a time-trial competition, where rowers race to complete the course in the shortest time for their event. The rowers start times are staggered as they are racing against the clock rather than directly against each other. Gibson and Tatro beat the times of 29 other boats in the highly competitive event to win the silver medal. The girls are part of the SDRC women’s varsity team, coached by two-time Gold Medal Olympian, Susan Francia, who competed in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. Francia also competed at the HOCR as part of the US Rowing Team in the Championship Fours Women event winning a gold medal. SDRC also has a Junior Men’s team who were unable to attend the HOCR this year. The men’s varsity team is coached by SDRC’s Director of Rowing, Chris Callaghan. Callaghan is a former member of the US Men’s National Rowing team, winning a gold medal in the Eight at the 2007 Pan American Games and fourth in the Four at the 2006 World Rowing Championships in London. SDRC, originally formed in 1888 as the Excelsior Rowing and Swim Club, is one of the oldest organizations in San Diego. Renamed the San Diego Rowing Club in 1891, their first boathouse was built on pilings in San Diego Harbor where it remained for 79 years. SDRC became a significant recreational and social outlet attracting many decision-makers from the San Diego business, professional and government communities. After temporarily residing in the City of San Diego’s Recreation Center on Santa Clara Point on Mission Bay, SDRC moved to its current location, the Coggeshall Rowing Center at El Carmel Point, also on Mission Bay. The facility also houses the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and University of San Diego (USD), each in its own boat bay. SDRC’s membership has grown to nearly 300 men and women, consisting of juniors (middle and high school age), masters, seniors and recreational rowers. The men’s and women’s junior crew program participates in numerous local and regional regattas and receives interest from top college/university recruiting scouts nationwide. In addition to the year round program, SDRC offers Learn to Row events during the year and camps throughout the summer. For additional information, contact Coach Chris Callaghan at or go online to

(Right) In the boat (l-r) Marissa Gibson and Alexandra Tatro; (Above) Marissa Gibson, Coach Susan Francia, Alexandra Tatro.

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Two accomplished Carmel Valley high school athletes share passion for triathlon Leslie Zhang, a 14-yearold freshman at Canyon Crest Academy, recently won back-to- back triathlon races at Mission Bay: the Esprit de SHE, a women-only race on Oct. 20 and the Fearless Triathlon on Oct. 26 in the Super Sprint distance (375 m swim, 10K bike and 2.5 K run). Her sister Heather Zhang, a 15-year-old sophomore at the Bishop’s School, also fared well in the longer distance (750 m swim, 20 K bike and 5 K run) at these two races; she placed first in her age group of 15-19 years old at the Esprit de SHE and placed first again at the Fearless Triathlon for ages 19 and under. Both girls grew up watching their dad competing at Ironman distances along the East Coast. Ever since their move to San Diego two years ago, they started training with local triathlon club Formula Endurance (formerly known as TriJuniors) under the tutelage of elite triathlon coach and former professional triathlete Jim Vance. Recently, Leslie, with her training teammate and fellow elite triathlete, Heloise, founded a CCA Triathlon Club, a first of its kind with-


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Solana Beach Bike Safety Rodeo event is Nov. 9 A Kids’ Bike Safety Rodeo event will be held in Solana Beach on Saturday, Nov. 9. The event is cosponsored by BikeWalkSolana, Del Sol Lions, City of Solana Beach, Revolution Bike Shop and GoodOnYa Bars. Kids and parents are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets to the Solana Beach Bike Safety Rodeo any time between 10 a.m. and noon at Skyline Elementary School, 606 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Families arriving by bike or foot will receive a bonus prize. The Solana Beach Bike Safety Rodeo teaches elementary school students and their parents the importance of fun and safe bicycle riding through a series of interactive stations. The stations include a bike safety inspection, helmet fit check, and road skills emphasizing starting, stopping, bike handling, safe riding on streets, and having fun. It will take about 30 minutes to run through this learning experience, led by a League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor (LCI). The City of Solana Beach promotes active transportation. The bicycle can be used not only for its recreational benefits, but as an

alternative to the car for many trips in a compact city where all destinations are just a bike ride away, including getting children to and from local schools. At the Bike Safety Rodeo students and parents will learn how to make a healthy lifestyle choice by riding their bikes safely in the city. BikeWalkSolana is a local community group advocating for better and safer bicycling and walking facilities in Solana Beach. They serve to foster the growth of cycling and walking to improve the quality of life in the community by promoting it as a safe transportation alternative for residents and visitors. BikeWalkSolana meets monthly. See http:// and Facebook/BikeWalkSolana for meeting and event announcements. The Del Sol Lions Club is funding the Rodeo. The Del Sol Lions serve those in need and youth in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Carmel Valley. The club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. For more information, please visit For more information about the Rodeo, please contact BikeWalkSolana members Douglas Alden, chair, 858-3448255, or Karl Rudnick, LCI, 858-481-7910.

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Canyon Crest Academy Boys Soccer Holiday Greenery sale and fundraiser ongoing through Nov. 13 Canyon Crest Academy Boys Soccer team will be holding a Holiday Greenery Fundraiser now through Nov. 13. This is the highest quality greenery available and promises to be long lasting throughout the season. Holiday greenery can be purchased directly from any CCA Boys Soccer player. Pre-purchased items will be available for pick up at CCA on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 9 a.m.-noon. Players are selling holiday greenery, including 5-9 foot Douglas Fir, Nobel Fir and Grand Fir Trees. They will also be offering wreaths and garland by the foot. The trees and greenery are from Oregon and trees will be freshly cut within two days of delivery to guarantee freshness throughout the holiday season. Funds raised will help purchase new team uniforms and needed soccer equipment for the team. The Canyon Crest Varsity Boys soccer team had a remarkable season in 2012-13 in their first year in the competitive Palomar League, the toughest high school league for soccer in San Diego County. The team hopes to continue its record of excellence both on and off the field in 2013-2014. The CCA Boys Varsity Soccer team is generally considered one of the top teams in their division and were selected the CIF San Diego Section All-Academic team for soccer in San Diego county for the 2011-12 season. CCA Soccer has consistently participated in CIF playoffs under the direction of Head Coach Tom Lockhart. The Raven Boys Soccer program has over 70 players participating in three teams each season. This year the Ravens will be playing home games on their new turf field and looking forward to another successful season. For more information about the Canyon Crest Academy Boys Soccer Holiday Greenery Fundraiser or to purchase a tree, wreath or greenery, please contact Debra Schade at



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Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club supports ‘TEDx Youth San Diego Conference’ at Canyon Crest Academy Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary supports youth education, locally and worldwide. Among its local programs, DMSB Rotary encourages student education, community service, and leadership growth at Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) in Carmel Valley through annual scholarships and sponsorship of the school’s Interact Club. Interact clubs are Rotary’s service clubs for young people, ages 12 to 18, in 109 countries. Kevin Cahill, DMSB Rotary’s founding president, recently delivered checks totaling $1,800 to support the upcoming “TEDx Youth San Diego Conference” at CCA on Nov. 24. The TEDx Youth Conference is a program of inspiration, introspection and goal setting, organized and run by high school students from CCA, its Interact Club and other schools. At last year’s conference, student attendees wrote down how they wanted to change the world. These commitments were written on specially carved keys that are displayed in the lobby of the CCA Administration Building. This year, under the theme of “Unlimited,” the student organizers and advisors are

TEDx Conference 2013 Student Organizing Team members Glen Gordon (left) and Majok Ring (right) receiving checks totaling $1,800 from Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club’s founding President Kevin Cahill (Center). On their right are the keys on which are written commitments made by students at last year’s TEDx Conference. The keys are displayed in the lobby of the Canyon Crest Academy’s Administration Building. Photos/text Kevin Cahill working to inform and inspire an even larger assembly of high school students to unlimited growth. The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club works to make our local community and the world a better place. It meets over breakfast on Friday mornings at the Del Mar Marriott Hotel, 11966 El Camino Real. For more information, call Richard Fogg (858-693-7556) or

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Del Mar resident helps students launch online fundraiser to make documentary about gun violence BY KRISTINA HOUCK It’s been more than two years since High Tech High freshman Sean Fuchs was killed, but his presence is still felt on the Chula Vista campus. In honor of Fuchs, students created a mural at the school. A group of students now hope to make a documentary about gun violence. “Beyond the Crossfire” is dedicated to 15-year-old Fuchs and his 13-year-old brother, Kyle, who were both shot by their father on June 21, 2011. “Because of them, I want to make a change,” said 16-year-old Patrick Rouston, a close friend of the brothers’ since elementary school. “I want to inspire other students to make a change.” Through the documentary, Rouston and 44 other juniors at the public charter school are on a journey to answer one question: How can they help reduce the amount of gun violence in the U.S.? Del Mar resident and High Tech High humanities teacher Matt Simon and biology teacher Nuvia Ruland lead the class. Ruland’s best friend’s 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was shot and killed last December during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Some of the group’s other students have also been affected by gun violence. “You don’t want to think about it, but when you go to school, it might be the last time you see [your loved ones], “ said 16-year-old Ciera Ybarra, who noted she never met her uncle because he died in a shooting before she was born. “It’s just heartbreaking. I don’t want myself, my friends, my family or anyone to live in fear.” With the loss of the Fuchs brothers and Richman, gun violence has been a hot topic at the school, Simon said. Therefore, when the teachers met with the students to discuss project ideas, Simon said, “Gun violence naturally came up in those conversations.” “There was a lot of debate about what, if anything, young people could do to make an impact, and how far and wide that impact might be,” said Simon, who graduated from Torrey Pines High School. “The students debated the best approach to explore the subject matter and decided that a documentary would be the strongest thing to do.”

BY PAT SHERMAN One of the world’s leading geneticists and arguably the most famous UC San Diego graduate, J. Craig Venter, was thoughtful, direct and at times equally witty and outspoken during a presentation at UCSD’s Price Center Ballroom East on Oct. 28. Venter, one of the first scientists to sequence the human genome, and whose name will grace a $39 million, nonprofit genetic research institute opening on the UCSD campus this month, was at UCSD to promote his new book, “Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life,” about the emerging field of synthetic genomics. A self-described late bloomer who “almost flunked out of high school” and moved to Southern California to pursue a surfing career, Venter’s book uses speed as one of the themes tying it together. “I am probably an adrenaline addict. My doctoral thesis was basically on how adrenaline works,” said Venter, 67, who participated in last month’s Pedal the Cause bike ride and also once aspired to be a racecar driver. However, those dreams faded, Venter said, when he was “drafted off my surfboard and ended up as a corpsman in Vietnam,” where he was initially inspired to pursue a medicine (a path he grew bored with once he discovered genetics at UCSD). “Life is short,” he said. “We have a limited time to accomplish something, so speed is essential in trying to do things. … It would be a whole lot better for everybody if science went a whole


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Geneticist, author and UC San Diego alumni J. Craig Venter (left) discusses his career with moderator Roger Bingham of Salk Institute’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at UCSD’s Price Center Ballroom East. Photo/Pat Sherman lot faster. I argue that we should have 10 times the pace of discovery.” In “Life at the Speed of Light,” Venter discusses what he views as DNA and digital technology becoming rapidly interchangeable. “When we read the genetic code, I describe it as digitizing biology. … Now we can go the other direction. We can start with the digital code and reJ. Craig Venter create the DNA code from four bottles of chemicals,” he said. “In theory you can recapitulate all of life if you get back to the genetic code,” he said. “The implication for this is (that) we will be able to download biology from the Internet. … All of life as we know it can be sent as digital code through the Internet or as an electromagnetic wave.” Venter explained that experiments conducted by his colleague, Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist Hamilton Smith, shows that chromosomes from one species can be placed into the recipient cell of another species, transforming the host species into what was described by the genetic code placed into it. “We’ve shown that if you change the software, you change the species — and this has lots of implications for evolution,” Venter said. “Evolution is very messy. So all these people who want ‘intelligent design’ need to look to the future and not to the past. … We’re defragging the genome by taking this messiness away and organizing genes by function in a logical way … for this future phase of evolution that we’re now entering.” Though most scientific breakthroughs are achieved by taking risks, it is difficult to get funding for risky, ground-


breaking research, creating a catch-22 scenario. “The scientific establishment will try to steer you away from taking risks. NIH (National Institutes of Health) doesn’t take risks with funding. Most breakthroughs, every breakthrough that I’ve been associated with, came from independent funding, not from government funding.” Venter recalled trying to obtain funding from NIH Director Francis Collins for his team’s proposal to sequence the human genome with the shotgun sequencing (aka shotgun cloning) method. “They were so certain that it wouldn’t work that even when we presented evidence that it would a month before we published the paper, they still didn’t want to fund it,” he said. “But the second we published our paper, three government agencies stepped up to give us all the money we could ever want to do this. So, you can’t get money to do the risky experiment that changes (things). Once you change the thinking, you can get all the money you want to follow up on it. We need to change that.” Asked by Bingham if he felt President Obama had lived up to his promise to “restore science to its rightful place,” Venter said he believes the president’s main accomplishment in this regard was “when he got rid of the stem cell ban — just getting religion and science out of politics sent a strong message. “Since then, I’m not sure science has reached its rightful place … (where) science is no longer an option for society,” Venter added. “Our future is based 100 per-

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BY DIANE Y. WELCH Famed for her global nutrition and weight loss franchise centers, founder Jenny Craig, has added a new title to her resume: children’s book author. Craig’s book “I believe in Genevieve” — just released by Regnery Kids, a subsidiary of Regnery Publishing, Inc. — was launched at a lively champagne reception and book signing event at Warwick’s book store in La Jolla on Oct. 24. Warwick’s events coordinator, Julie Slavinsky, introduced Craig to a packed audience. Retelling her early days, being the youngest child of six born in New Orleans during the Great Depression, Craig told the rapt audience about the inspiration for the book that encourages children to achieve their own greatness. Its storyline draws upon Craig’s own life. Genevieve, the main character, is based on Craig who loved to ride horses as a child and who uses her given name for the story. Craig later changed her name to Jenny because she was not enamored with her French roots, she said. Genevieve’s sister is Trudy, who is Craig’s actual sister, and Craig’s horse trainer, John Sadler, is also the trainer in the book. The horse in the story, Candy Ride, is Jenny’s (and her late husband Sidney’s) thoroughbred stallion who was the winner of the 2003 Pacific Classic, breaking the track record at that time. The idea to write a children’s book was suggested by a friend of Craig’s daughter who works at Regnery Publishing, said Craig in a later interview. “I hadn’t thought of it before but when we talked about the idea I realized that I could get some positive messages across in the book using language that children understand.” Before Craig committed herself to the project she was shown work samples of the illustrator who would partner with her on the book. “I could not believe the talent of Wendy Edelson, the artist, and the fact that she is self taught,” said Craig. “Her work is absolutely beautiful, and when I saw her illustrations I immediately said, ‘I will absolutely do this!’” Edelson’s illustrations bring to life the message of “believing in yourself,” which uses Genevieve’s determination to compete in a horse show at the Rancho Paseana riding camp – based on Craig’s horse ranch in Rancho Santa Fe – as

the vehicle. Genevieve takes the necessary steps to be competitive by nourishing herself with healthy foods and keeping active by taking care of Candy Ride, who also grows fit and strong. By the end of the summer, win or lose, Genevieve learns the valuable lesson that by believing in herself she is already a winner. This was a message followed by Craig her entire life. She heard it repeatedly as a child. “My dad used to sit me on his knee and he would often say to me, ‘You can be anything and do anything if you are willing to work for it and if you have passion for it,’ which means the same as believing in yourself,” Craig said. In this way parents can be very powerful in helping their kids to develop a positive self-image, she added. Then joked, “I always said, ‘Gee I’m glad my dad didn’t tell me I could fly because I might have jumped off a building to try.’” “I Believe in Genevieve” also serves as a fun, healthyliving guide for children with simple nutritious recipes and exercise plans included in the book’s pages. The book may be purchased at Warwick’s in La Jolla and from online bookstores (such as amazon. com) or from the publisher at

Jenny Craig (top left and bottom) with the audience at the Oct. 24 champagne reception and book signing event held at Warwick’s. (Right) Craig’s book “I believe in Genevieve.” Photos/Diane Welch

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Seared albacore loin is wrapped in prosciutto, with basil pesto, balsamic reduction and pea vine tendrils.

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12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar/Carmel Valley ■ (858) 369-5700 ■ ■ The Vibe: Casual, classic, trendy

■ Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday

■ Signature Dishes: Crab Cake, Short Rib Hunter, Egg and Bacon Pork Belly

■ Hours: • Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday • Dinner: 5-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 5-10 p.m. ■ Open Since: 2013 ■ Reservations: Yes Tuesday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday ■ Patio Seating: Yes ■ Take Out: Yes

Bacon Bloomsdale Spinach Salad is presented in a spinach ‘bowl’ with mushrooms, balsamic and parmesan.

Mussels are soaked in a beer broth with rabe and tomato.

Del Mar’s Searsucker opens with focus on families BY KELLEY CARLSON hen Searsucker opened in Del Mar Highlands Town Center this summer, the idea was to create an atmosphere that was better suited to the community than its predecessor, Burlap. Burlap (like Searsucker, a member of Brian Malarkey and James Brennan’s Enlightened Hospitality Group) had evolved into a bar scene, and there wasn’t much separating the diners from the social drinkers. “We’re in a neighborhood in the suburbs; we’re trying to cater to families,” said Chef de Cuisine Andy “Dizzle” Philips. So while there is still a bar at Searsucker, it’s tucked into the side of the restaurant, and the main dining room is now the focus. Similar in style to the other Searsucker locations in downtown San Diego; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Austin, Texas; the Del Mar site incorporates round lights, ropes and antlers into its decor — a nod to Malarkey’s penchant for the West — along with the signature “Eat” signs. Searsucker Del Mar is the first to offer a kids menu, which ranges from a simple kale-based salad with tomato and “rodeo dressing” (aka ranch) to chicken meatballs. The meals are accompanied by a Cookie Monster Sundae. In the 300-seat restaurant, a private dining room is enclosed by glass so guests can enjoy a quieter experience, yet still observe all the activity. In the back of the establishment is a covered patio, where children can feed koi and groups often convene to celebrate special occasions. And in the bar — which has a newly added skylight — patrons can share bites at the community tables, gather around the fire pit, or lounge in couches while taking advantage of happy hour or Monday Night Football specials. Things kick up a notch with live


The main dining room at Searsucker

Bar-style seating is available in the main dining room. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON

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Searsucker’s Crab Cakes entertainment from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. The music genres encompass everything from blues and rock to classical and flamenco. Philips said he created the adult menu borrowing ideas from the Searsucker sites in San Diego and Austin, but with more of a surf-and-turf theme overall, paying homage to the nearby racetrack and the coastline. The guests’ dinner experience often begins when servers clad in searsucker aprons deliver small bites such as Cheddar Puffers or appetizers that include the skewered Farm Bird Lollipops, a blend of chicken and chorizo covered in a spicy sauce with bleu cheese crumbles; or mussels that are soaked in a beer broth with rabe and tomato. Or perhaps a patron might prefer a watermelon and mixed greens salad sprinkled with feta. The main dishes are served solo, but can be paired with sides that are sold separately. One suggestion is the Mahi “blackened” with chipotle, bleu cheese butter, tomatoes and bells, served with a bowl of jalapeñochorizo “corn off the cobb.” For some serious comfort food, there’s the

Crab Cake, Tabasco ‘Caviar’ and Tarragon Aioli aptly named Pork Butt — braised, tender meat with peach slices and bacon emulsion, which can be ordered with green beans, mushrooms and cream, a take on the casserole often served at Thanksgiving. There are plenty of other selections, from crowd favorites Scallops “diver” and New York “classic” steak to raw bar items such as oysters and the kobe carpaccio. Libations to accompany entrees include wines, which are half-priced on Tuesdays; local brews; and “infusion” cocktails such as the Lt. Dan, a potent mix of sweet tea vodka and lemonade; and the Jalaberry Strawpeño, which mixes strawberry jalapeño tequila with pressed lime and agave nectar. For health-conscious consumers, there are Sujas — raw, cold, pressed juices that combine fruits, vegetables and spices. There are a half-dozen desserts, including the bacon brownie with peanut butter chocolate mousse, bacon-peanut brittle and a scoop of malt chocolate ice cream. The restaurant also presents brunch on Sundays, and a lunch menu on weekdays that predominantly consists of salads, specialty sandwiches and burgers.


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Del Mar resident’s unique travel experiences basis for book on how to ‘push past your fears’ BY KAREN BILLING Del Mar’s Danny Flood recently spent seven adventurepacked months traveling through Southeast Asia. His experiences on the trip included getting into a cage with a tiger; watching hundreds of lanterns light up a Thailand night sky; riding through Vietnam via motorbike; studying Tai Chi and Muay Thai; learning to play a bamboo flute; and swapping travel tips with fellow travelers he met from all over the globe. A self-described entrepreneur-adventurer, Flood is in the midst of writing a travel guidebook to encourage others to just book a ticket and go. “What the book talks about is how to push past your fears,” Flood said. “My first week in Thailand I felt totally liberated.” Flood’s book will share tips not just on hitting the road and the best off-the-beaten-path destinations, but practical advice such as how to budget; how to have a mobile lifestyle; time management; and different ways to fund your travels, such as creating a business that supports you on the road. Flood is able to travel due to his online advertising and marketing business, LavaLink, which allows him to work remotely from his vacation spots. He designs websites, and has built mobile apps and created the WordPress Design Institute, a training course teaching people how to build websites and how to successfully market them. Flood’s wanderlust crept in after he graduated from college and realized he’d never really been anywhere. He had that “quarter-life crisis” feeling about being done with college and jumping into the job world. He took travel baby steps at first — traveling domestically, taking a trip to Hawaii and venturing out of the country to Mexico. He then took a big step, spending four months in Latin America. He backpacked through Brazil and the Andes and lived in Buenos Aires for a spell, immersing himself in a young, lively culture and taking tango lessons five times a week. Southeast Asia was calling him and Flood did not hesitate.

(L-R) Del Mar’s Danny Flood at the falls of Kuang Si in Laos; Danny Flood with children in a Laos mountain village; Danny Flood in Angkor Thom, Cambodia. Courtesy photos. “I booked a one-way ticket to Bangkok with no plans, no itinerary,” Flood said of his trip, which lasted from November 2012 to June 2013. Stumbling onto an itinerary was easy as Bangkok is “a huge revolving door of people” as many travelers go through Bangkok and stay there, Flood said. He said it’s easy to make friends and those friends are full of ideas and stories about potential destinations. He took travel advice and became travel companions with folks from Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Germany and Thailand to name just a few. Even without a planned itinerary, he lucked out on timing being in Chiang Mai, Thailand during the Loi Krathung

festival in November, where hundreds of lanterns are launched into the sky. He was around for Songkran, the Thai New Year celebration in April, which includes a threeday water fight. Luang Prabang was the most memorable place Flood visited; a city in Laos where the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers intersect. The city has numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries and Flood ended up staying for 10 days. The food was a highlight: Every night he would go to the market where you could pile up your plate with food for 10,000 kip, which is the equivalent of $1.25 American. He went to Thai boxing matches, rode an elephant, hiked, and learned to play a bamboo flute. One of the hikes

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Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach earns ‘Honor Club’ Award The Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach received an “Honor Club” Award from Optimist International at a recent Optimist California South Quarterly Meeting. The honor award is based on service to the youth in local communities through the various projects and programs sponsored by the Club to help “Bring Out the Best in Kids,” and an overall increase in Optimist Club membership. Also receiving recognition at the convention were Audrey and David Eller as ‘Optimists of the Year” for the District which is comprised of 28 clubs in Southern California, and over 900 members. Audrey was also recognized as “Optimist of the Year” for Zone One of the District. Audrey has been the District Childhood Cancer chairperson for the past four years, and David served as president of the local club over the last three years. Audrey also serves on the Optimist International Childhood Cancer Advisory Panel. The Optimist Club is a service organization devoted to aiding and encouraging the development of youth,and the giving of one’s self to the service of others. The many service

Jon Vance, president of the Optimist Club of Del MarSolana Beach. projects of the Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach include a significant Childhood Cancer Campaign, Optimist Family and Friends Team walk in the ‘Shamu Walk’ at Sea World to benefit Rady Children’s Cancer Research, Children’s Challenge Award Program, Dollars for Scholars, area Scouting programs, Essay and Oratorical Contests, the Miracle League team sponsorship, Solana Beach Library programs, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum Children’s Education program, Scholarship support to Winston School, Boostamonte Mountain Boarding event for Foster Children, support and participation in the Casa De Amistad Holiday Party for the children, Internet Safety, and a music recital featuring the talents of young guitar students of Glenn Pudick for the benefit of Rady Children’s Hospital. Club members Jim Parrotte and Gwenn Robinson are working with the

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CalSouth District “Optimists of the Year” David and Audrey Eller. Canyon Crest Academy JuniorOptimist Octagon program that the club sponsored last year, and are currently formulating a similar club at Torrey Pines High School. Jon Vance, newly elected club president, said “We welcome new members as they bring energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas to our club. We have been in the Del Mar-Solana Beach Community for over 30 years, and our new members will provide the leadership, and direction for our club in the future.” Twelve new members joined the club during the past year: Kevin Nelson, Kristen Zanoni, Louis Verhoog, Judy Trendel, Ruby Edman, Victor Svistoonoff, Maria Bagby, Eugene Schwartz, Glenn Pudick, Gary Wilson, Gwenn Robinson, and Wesley Norris. The club meets on the first, second, and fourth Wednesday of the month at Denny’s Restaurant on Via De

La Valle from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for a breakfast meeting, and at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on the third Wednesday of the month for a dinner meeting, which also includes a “Speaker of Interest” to the members of the Optimist Club and community. Speakers of note during the past year have included: Joe Kellejian, John Lynch, Joe Harper, Dan McAllister, and Jerry Sanders. The Optimist Year is concluded in October with an Annual Youth Fund Golf Tournament featuring a four person “scramble format” at the Lomas Executive Course, including a barbecue lunch, silent auction tables of items donated by many local merchants, table gift drawings, and a “post golf” party with sandwiches hosted by Jersey Mike’s. This is a fun golf tournament for all participants. Please contact David Eller at 858-755-2222 if you are interested in being a sponsor, donating a silent auction item, playing in the golf tournament, or learning more about the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club. Or, visit the website: www. optimistdelmarsolanabeach. com.

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The Theatre School@ North Coast Rep presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Authenticity, remembrance and resonance are at the heart of The Theatre School@ North Coast Rep’s new production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which opens Nov. 21, and features a gripping new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman from the original stage play by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett that weaves newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank with survivor accounts. Authenticity comes from the hours the cast of local 9- to 19-year-olds are spending time watching documentaries about Anne Frank (a 13-year-old Dutch girl who recounted her family’s struggles as they hid from the Nazis for two years), visiting the San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) and hearing the stories of Holocaust survivors, some of whom will tell their stories at the performances. The production was made possible by the City of Solana Beach. Remembrance comes through the production’s participation in The Butterfly Project, a hands-on art project created by SDJA in 2006 to memorialize the Jewish children killed in the Holocaust. The project in-

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Del Mar’s Abby DeSpain as Anne Frank. Photo/Aaron Rumley volves making 1.5 million ceramic butterflies worldwide in honor of the children’s memory. Theatergoers will have the chance to paint ceramic butterflies for a permanent display at the Theatre School. After the performances, audiences will hear from Holocaust survivors such as Fanny Krasner Lebovits, who was born in Lithuania and was liberated after living in four concentration camps. The great-grandmother will speak after the Nov. 23 matinee at 2 p.m. Abby DeSpain, from Del Mar, plays Anne Frank and is joined by other local performers, including Phillip Magin (Mr. Van Daan, from Solana Beach) and Geoff Geissinger (Mr. Dussel, from Carmel Valley). The Diary of Anne Frank opens Thursday, Nov. 21. Performances are Nov. 21 at 5 p.m., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for ages 17 and under. To purchase tickets, call 858481-1055 or visit


Del Mar resident sells pies to provide food for people with HIV/AIDS or cancer BY KRISTINA HOUCK Del Mar resident Marion Perlman began volunteering as a Girl Scout. Now, instead of selling cookies, she’s selling pies. At 87, she is the oldest and frequent top seller for Mama’s Kitchen annual pie sale. Funds raised benefit the nonprofit organization, which delivers free healthy meals to San Diegans with HIV/AIDS or cancer. “I do it for the satisfaction of helping people who aren’t in as good a circumstance as I am,” said Perlman, who has lived in the community for 20 years. The ninth annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale kicked off Oct. 7 and runs through Nov. 24. Perlman has almost reached her 90-pie goal, already selling 84 pumpkin, apple, Dutch apple and pecan pies. Last year, she sold about 100 pies and raised roughly $2,000. “She’s an amazing volunteer,” said Executive Director Alberto Cortés. “She’s a go-getter.” Every year, Perlman starts off by contacting everyone who purchased a pie from her the previous year. “Then I call my doctor, I call my dentist, I call my accountant,” said Perlman, as she laughed. “I go through my Rolodex and I hit them all.” One pie buys six meals for a Mama’s Kitchen client. Last year, Mama’s Kitchen delivered three meals a day, seven days a week, to nearly 1,400 people living in San Diego County. “Our ability to do that is because of the engagement of the community, in every aspect, from making individual contributions to volunteering,” Cortés said. “That’s why we’re able to do what we do.” Perlman has volunteered at Mama’s Kitchen for 17 years. After her children lost a friend who died from AIDS, Perlman began transporting meals every week from the kitchen in downtown San Diego to a church in Oceanside for North County clients. In addition to selling and distributing pies, she continues to help prepare and package meals every Wednesday. Volunteers like Perlman run the organization, which was founded in 1990.

Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale. Courtesy photo Mama’s Kitchen has 14 paid employees, including three part-time employees, and about 900 volunteers, Cortés said. Last year, volunteers worked more than 30,000 hours and traveled about 120,000 miles to deliver food throughout the county three times a week, he added. “The volunteers are absolutely a critical piece of our operation,” Cortés said. “They’re the heart of our organization.” Pumpkin and traditional apple pies cost $20 each. Pecan pies and the newly

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San Diego Museum of Art docent to discuss ‘Women As Portrayed by Men’ at Nov. 18 art lecture in Del Mar Mary Kay Gardner, San Diego Museum of Art docent, will discuss on Monday, Nov. 18, how the way women have been portrayed reveals the culture of a particular time and place. The lecture meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar, 15th & Maiden Lane (across from the Del Mar Plaza). Free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members and first-time guests. $5 for others. Information: 760-704-6436.

The Old Globe to present Barry Edelstein in conversation with Jack O’Brien, The Globe’s Artistic Director Emeritus, on Dec. 2 The Old Globe will present a one-night-only event, Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O’Brien, on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. This special discussion between Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Old Globe Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O’Brien will explore the history of The Old Globe and O’Brien’s new memoir about his early years in theater, Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director. After the presentation, O’Brien will also sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase at the theater. Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O’Brien will take place on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets are $7 for subscribers and full-time students and $10 for general audiences and can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival to be held Nov. 18-24 The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held Nov. 18-24, the event benefits culinary arts and enology schlorships awarded by The American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit companies, 70 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants and 30 gourmet food companies participated in the 2012 Festival. For more information visit www. Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions. For more information call 619-312-1212.

Fundraiser to be held Nov. 9 at ‘Dirty Dogs’ for North County Dance Arts Competition Team North County Dance Arts Competition Team will host a fundraiser at “Dirty Dogs” in Torrey Hills (4639 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92130, #101, 858-259-3647; www. on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9-3 p.m. The team will wash your dog for $20. Please support the Competition team as they raise funds to pay for entry fees, costumes, etc.

Tuesday Night Alibi Barbershop Quartet to perform at the Carmel Valley Library Nov. 13 November’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in its community room. It will feature the Tuesday Night Alibi Barbershop Quartet. Its members are Tony Coe, Lonnie Folsom, Ernie Lippe, and Kerm Taylor. The Quartet has been together for over 23 years. During that period it has performed many times for the Padres, Chargers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, well as for the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls. It has also sung in parks, churches, theaters, libraries, private homes, RV parks, and retirement homes, and has appeared in many musical productions, including The Music Man. It is best known for its signature song, a rousing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. Its motto is: “We get lots of requests, but we sing anyway.” The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For further information call (858) 552-1668.

San Diego Asian Film Festival runs Nov. 7-16; Some films to be shown at Del Mar Highlands Cinepolis Noted as “One of the Top Ten Reasons to Visit San Diego” by USA Today’s Pop Traveler, Pacific Arts Movement recently announced the 14th San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), which runs Nov. 7-16, at various locations throughout the County and at the Digiplex Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108). As one of the largest film exhibitions of its kind in North America, with more than 140 films from 15 countries, the Festival includes World, North American, U.S., and West Coast premieres, screening locations throughout San Diego County, a tribute to UCSD alumni digital media pioneers Wong Fu Productions, and a red carpet Gala Awards Dinner. SDAFF expands its screening locations, reaching North County, Uptown and becoming a city and county-wide film festival. For the first time since 2001, six different locations will serve as hosts to Festival films including Opening Night at the Birch North Park Theatre, Taiwanese Film Showcase at UCSD Price Center Theater, Digital Gym Cinema, Cinepolis Del Mar, Closing Night at the New Central Downtown Library, and Encinitas Public Library. The central theater location will be located at Digiplex Mission Valley in Hazard Center. For ticketing info, full film details, and schedule, visit or contact 619-400-5911; |


The Old Globe to present ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Nov. 16-Dec. 28 The Old Globe recently announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s 16th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The holiday musical will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Nov. 16 – Dec. 28. Previews run from Nov. 16 – Nov. 20. Opening night is Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The Grinch is directed by James Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien with Additional Lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, Additional Music by Albert Hague and original choreography by John DeLuca. Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under). Performances are restricted to children 3 years and up except for the 11 a.m. performances for which tickets can be purchased for children of all ages. Everyone must have a ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Del Mar Antique Show coming Nov. 15-17 The Del Mar Antique Show will be held Nov. 15-17 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (O’Brien Hall). The event will feature 65,000 square feet of antiques, vintage collectibles and decorator items. These exhibitors will be selling the finest in antiques and collectibles, including all types of glass, pottery, paper ephemera, crystal, jewelry, art, silver, Americana, primitives, American and European furniture, and much more. Visit

North San Diego Antique, Art, and Collectibles Show is Nov. 10 The North San Diego Antique, Art, and Collectibles Show showcases antiques, artisan creations, vintage items, unusual collectibles, and more. The show is held the second Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The next shows are Nov. 10, Dec. 8, and Jan. 12 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Parking and admission are free. Professional verbal valuations for your treasures are offered between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for $5 per item (limit of three per customer). Vendor space is available by calling Jane Krohn at 760-580-1505. Visit the website for more information.

Bridge games held at several area locations The following bridge clubs are held in the Del Mar area: 1) Camel Valley Library (free): Every Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m. 2) Del Mar Library (free): Every Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. 3) Del Mar Powerhouse ($2 for coffee and snacks): Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All these games are in party bridge format. Not for beginners. No lessons are given. For any questions, send an E-mail to

The Brandeis National Committee, San Dieguito Chapter to present a High Tea and ‘Fashion Through the Ages’ The Brandeis National Committee, San Dieguito Chapter, invites the community to a High Tea and vintage clothing fashion show. “Fashion Through the Ages” will be presented by the Women’s Museum of California on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 12:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, Grand Pacific Avenue, Carlsbad. Boutique vendors will also be present for holiday shopping. Proceeds will benefit the Brandeis University project “Sustaining the Mind: Scientific Research and Scholarships.” This three-year fundraising effort supports researchers and students working on a cure for neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases of the brain. For more information, please call 858-309-8348.

Goodguys 3rd Fall Del Mar Nationals to be held Nov. 22-24 The Goodguys 3rd Fall Del Mar Nationals will be held Nov. 22-24 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Goodguys 3rd Fall Del Mar Nationals, presented by Meguiar’s, is a colorful hot rod and custom car festival featuring over 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks through 1972 vintage. The show is the “little brother” of the annual Goodguys Del Mar Nationals held each April at the same location. In addition to the car show, the event includes vendor exhibits, a swap meet and cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas, Goodguys Autocross (to test vehicle agility and performance), model car show, kids face painting, a “Nitro Thunderfest” (featuring vintage top fuel dragsters), a special Woodie display and lots of fun for the entire family! The event officially closes out the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association’s 19-event national tour for 2013. The Goodguys with assistance from the US Marine Corps League will conduct a “Toys for Tots” toy drop during the event. Attendees who bring a new, unwrapped toy will get a coupon good for $3 off admission. For more information, visit or

Robin Henkel to perform at Zel’s Del Mar Award-winning blues and jazz musician Robin Henkel will perform from 8-11 p.m. on Nov. 9 and Nov. 23 at Zel’s Del Mar, 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar; 858-755-0076.


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Addison at The Grand Del Mar to host Krug Find unique items at Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society’s Holiday Boutique Nov. 9 Champagne Tasting Dinner Nov. 14 The 60th Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society annual Holiday Boutique will be held

Chef William Bradley welcomes Lara Sailer Long, the new U.S. Krug brand ambassador, to Addison at The Grand Del Mar for an exceptional evening on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m.. A welcome reception starts the experience, followed by a five-course dinner to remember, paired impeccably with coveted Krug Champagne — the world’s first luxury champagne house-selections. The evening’s highlights will include King Grande Cuvee served during the reception; Krug 2000 Vintage served with Dover Sole “Amandine”, cabbage and curry; and Krug Collection 1989 Vintage paired with Tarte Fine Aux Pommes, dates, ginger and brown butter. $350 per person, exclusive of tax & gratuity. Seats are limited. Reservations: 858-314-1900.

Le Dimora to hold ‘Holiday Home Decor Workshop and Soiree’ Join Le Dimora’s designers for a “Holiday Home Decor Workshop and Soiree” on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy wine and fabulous appetizers by Roppongi catering as you learn how to compose your holiday decor and shop for all the trimmings. The festive evening will feature tabletop, mantel and entry decorating demonstrations — full of tips and how — tos from their design pros. Drawings will be held for a Thanksgiving centerpiece, an Arte Itlaica hand-painted Italian Christmas tray and a luxurious blanket by Peacock Alley. Le Dimora will have its hall decked, and its trees trimmed displaying its largest holiday collection ever. RSVP:; 858-759-2709; Location: 16089 San Dieguito Rd., Rancho Santa Fe, 92067.

from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at La Colonia Community Center (715 Valley Avenue in Solana Beach. The Arts/Crafts Committee of the Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society has been working since January to create many new and delightful objects de’ arte for your holiday decorating, gift giving or for your own personal enjoyment. Fresh floral arrangements, new wood designs, jewelry, fun quilts, unique holiday decor, stationary goods, clothing for adults and children, a beautiful collection of gifts for teachers and a wide variety of items for everyone on your holiday list will be featured at this year’s event. One special and thoughtful gift that will be available at the Boutique will be two books on the history of Solana Beach. A perfect item for the person who has everything. The ever-popular Bake Sale will offer again a beautiful array of irresistible homemade treats. The very best bakers in San Diego County are members of the Solana Beach C&H Society and you will be delighted with whatever you choose. Additionally, every person will have the opportunity to win a beautiful batik, art quilt wall hanging. Invite your friends to come with you to the most fun sale of the season in Solana Beach. Admission is free. There will be friends to welcome you and free coffee and tea to enjoy on the patio. This is a major fundraiser for Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society with the money being used to support numerous city projects throughout the year.

Next Friends of Jung lecture in Del Mar is Nov. 8 Friends of Jung will present “The Quantum Quandry” by guest speaker Christofe Le Mouel, PhD at its next lecture on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at The Winston School (215 9th St. Del Mar 92014). Admission Fees: $10 full time students, $15 FOJ members and seniors, $20 non-members. E-mail Friends of Jung is a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization.

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Torrey Pines High School students rehearse for the play “Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts” in The Black Box Theatre. Photo/Jon Clark

Torrey Pines Players to present ‘Argonautika’ starting Nov. 13 Torrey Pines High School is currently working on its upcoming production of Mary Zimmerman’s Argonautika. The cast, under the guidance of teacher/director Marinee Payne and student director Cat Canedy, has been practicing daily after school. The story is based on the Greek tragedy Jason and the Argonauts. Payne makes this an all-student production. Everything from the lighting, set construction, make-up, costumes, and house managing is all done by students. The show opens on Nov. 13 and runs Wednesday to Saturday for two weeks. Tickets will be available at

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Rosina restaurant serves traditional, authentic Italian food in a family-like atmosphere BY KAREN BILLING When you walk through the door at one of Rosina Gangale’s restaurants you are stepping into several years worth of tradition, into a place where you will be treated like a member of the family and fed like one too. Gangale’s second Rosina restaurant opened in Santaluz in March, following up on the success of her Oceanside location that celebrated five years in August. The menu stays true to her heritage, serving up traditional, all-homemade and all-authentic Italian food. “It is what you would be eating if you were lucky enough to be in Italy right now,� Gangale said Gangale was born in Italy, into a large family with seven siblings and a mother who was an excellent cook. “The Italian culture revolves around food because it is what brings everyone together,� Gangale said. “It is part of who we are as people.� All of the children were taught to help out in the kitchen and her earliest kitchen memories involve making bread at age 10. She remembers tables of 20 family members gathering for a meal on Sundays. She has upheld that wonderful tradition of family dinners; her restaurants are always closed on Sundays so the family can be together. Rosina’s family moved to San Diego from Italy in 1982 and in 1983 opened When in Rome in Luecadia, which she ran with her siblings Salvatore and Rosemary. Gangale moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, to raise her children and only returned to San Diego six years ago — in Sun Valley the family operated Salvatore’s restaurant. When they opened When in Rome, Gangale did not have children. Now she has two sons, Giancarlo and Gianfranco, and they serve as cooks in her two Rosina’s locations, following the family tradition. “They know what the food is supposed to taste like, what it is supposed to look like,� Gangale said. “It’s in their

The family faces behind Rosina’s restaurant: Rosina Gangale and one of her sons, Giancarlo. Photo/Karen Billng DNA.� At Rosina’s, she promises that the pasta is perfectly cooked al dente and not overly sauced. While the printed menu is full of highlights —“Close your eyes and point because anything you choose will be delicious,� Gangale says — every night there are lots of specials to choose from. They do an Insalata alla Siciliana, a Sicilian salad with a California twist, the addition of avocado to English cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and ricotta cheese. Their Burrata alla Panna antipasti comes with fresh creamy Mozzarella

and heirloom tomatoes. Her “melt in your mouthâ€? lasagna features pasta made by hand and Gangale said people always tell her that her Bolognese dish is the best they’ve ever had. The Mare e Monte is a dish with shrimp, scallops and calamari sautĂŠed with wild mushrooms in a very light, fresh tomato sauce so as not to overwhelm the fish. “It’s all about the quality of the ingredients and the freshness of them,â€? Gangale said. On Mondays, the restaurant has no corkage fees, Wednesday is gourmet pizza night and Thursday is lasagna night. Tuesday is craft beer night where they offer craft beer or wine flights — the restaurant has high quality craft beers on tap, such as Chimay and Boont. Rosina’s also offers take-home dinners that are perfect to pick up any night of the week. Customers choose a freshly prepared salad, pasta and protein dish to enjoy at home. “It adequately feeds four people and it’s a killer deal, especially now that we’re all so busy,â€? Gangale said. Gangale said while the Santaluz location may be a little hard to find, once people find it, it’s a treasure. She has decorated the space in warm, inviting colors and her family smiles out from framed photographs on the wall. “It’s a lovely little restaurant, it’s a very nice area and people are very appreciative of having a great restaurant in their neighborhood,â€? Gangale said. “It’s almost like Sunday dinners every night when people come in, my customers are like extended family.â€? Rosina’s is located at 14701 Via Bettona (San Diego, 92127) in Piazza Santaluz, off Camino del Sur. For more information, call (858) 759-4300 or visit Note: Business spotlights are developed through this newspaper’s advertising department in support of our advertisers.


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Thriving singer/songwriter Mason Jennings to release new album and perform at The Belly Up on Nov. 13 BY ROB LEDONNE With a new album coming out, a national tour underway, and a ton of promotion to take care of, suffice it to say singer/songwriter Mason Jennings has been busy. “I have kids at home, so what I’ve been doing is playing four cities at a time and flying back out,” explained Jennings via phone on the while road. “I wind up touring a few weeks every month.” Luckily for North County, Mason’s show rolls into Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern on Nov. 13, and the rock club happens to be a venue he’s fond of. “I’ve played there before and like it a lot,” he notes. “The thing about touring now for me is that while I like the playing part a lot, the traveling part is getting pretty intense. I’ve been doing this for about 13 years straight.” In an age where artists come and go, Jennings’ resilience and resulting success is impressive. He’s certainly come a long way from his humble beginnings; Jennings was born in Honolulu, grew up in Pittsburgh, and later moved just outside of Minneapolis. “When I was younger I loved writing short stories and music, so I just combined them (into writing songs). I wound up dropping out of high school and traveling around... I was always pretty sure music was what I wanted to do.” Despite Jennings’ success and rabid national following, he still calls Minneapolis home. “There’s a balance there between the woods, the city, and open

Mason Jennings Photo/Benson Ramsey spaces that leaves you in kind of this neat intersection in the middle of a great arts, radio, and writing scene,” he explains. “I also really like having seasons a lot.” Perhaps that’s the reason why he recorded his latest album “Always Been” (which will be released the day before the Belly Up show on Nov. 11) during a long Minneapolis winter. “I basically made my last couple of records in front of a computer, but for this album I wanted to try a different approach. I got rid of all the electronic stuff and just sat in a room with a guitar, piano, and cassette recorder.” The album’s rustic nature is easy to pick up on, which is part of the reason why “Always Been” is already getting major buzz. Its lead single, “Wilderness,” recently premiered on, and the subject matter of a few songs are raising music critics’ eyebrows, including the track “Patti and Robert.” Said Jennings: “I was in New York performing at a Neil Young tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, and I heard that [legendary artist] Patti Smith was backstage asking for me. She was so sweet and complimentary, and I was really inspired by her. Shortly after, I read her autobiography and it really moved me.” The resulting song focuses on Smith’s relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Overall, 38-year-old Jennings shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “When I’m writing these songs, mostly every day, I try at some point to get my hands on a guitar or piano. I’ll work on playing other stuff or practicing, and months might go by without writing anything new. Then something could just flow out. I go with the feeling.” Mason Jennings performs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern. Visit



Discover endangered bonobos at the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out with anthropologist Debbie Sandler What are bonobos and why are they important to us? Learn about a member of the great ape family that is one of humans’ closest living relatives. Find out why the bonobos are the least known and the most rare. Join anthropologist and Solana Beach resident Debbie Sandler as she introduces event attendees to this member of the great ape family and shares her hands-on experience spending time with bonobos in their native Democratic Republic of Congo. Sandler’s presentation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Warren Hall at the Solana Beach Library. The library is located at 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075. The presentation is

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Carmel Valley resident fueling Girl Scouts’ aviation career dreams More than 60 local Girl Scouts explored careers in aviation and aerospace during “You Can Be ‌ a Pilotâ€?— a one-day camp hosted by Women in Aviation International-San Diego chapter and Air Group One Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Event organizer Paris Clement of Carmel Valley — director of community outreach for Women in Aviation International-San Diego — is a former Girl Scout who earned a Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest honor. She credits Girl Scouting with helping her develop the self-confidence, determination, perseverance and leadership skills needed to succeed in life. “My Girl Scouting experiences motivated me to become part of something bigger than myself, which drew me to the aviation community,â€? Clement said. “To help me recognize and achieve my goals, I sought out mentors from Women in Aviation International, many of whom volunteered at ‘You Can Be ‌ a Pilot.’ Coordinating the camp was an astounding way to give back to the Girl Scout movement and my community before I embark on my journey into the United States Air Force as an officer. The Girl Scouts left the camp realizing that with a little hard work, you truly can become anything you set your mind to be, including a pilot!â€? The event was part Girl Scouts San Diego’s “You Can Be ‌ “ series designed to in-

Girl Scouts Naomi Gipson (standing) and Mila McCoy explore the cockpit of a 1968 Cessna 172 with pilot Eline Kok.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Paris Clement helped Girl Scouts connect with high-achieving female aviation professionals at “You Can Be ‌ a Pilot.â€? troduce girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. “We’re helping girls connect what they learn in the classroom with real world opportunities — to prepare them for future leadership positions in the workforce,â€? said Stephanie Dawes, Girl Scouts San Diego program specialist. Volunteers and instructors included guest speakers Denise Wilson, CEO of Desert Jet, Betty Koschig, a senior investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C., and Sandra Knight-Mayes, Airport Plan-

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Darlene Burton, College and Career Center coordinator (center), with Canyon Crest Academy students. Courtesy photo

Canyon Crest Academy Foundation announces major donation to Career Center The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation recently announced a $114,000 donation to its 10th Anniversary Raven’s Challenge by Katherine White. The money is being donated to the College and Career Center. White’s son Zachary is a senior and has benefited from the center and its staff. Foundation VP of Fundraising Amy Caterina said, “We are thrilled to receive this large donation that will keep the College and Career Resource Center staffed for the next five years. Donations such as these demonstrate the strong commitment that our parents have in supporting our Foundation and its mission to enrich every student every day.� CCA is the only high school in the district that has dedicated staff at its College and Career Center. It is staffed by Darlene Burton, College and Career Center Coordinator and was designed to be an integral part of the Counseling Department. Burton assists the counselors in providing current information to students and families exploring colleges and careers and navigating the college search and application processes. During fall, the center is busy with college rep visits. Recognition of CCA’s strong academic and art programs makes CCA a priority destination for many private and public colleges/universities. College visits provide CCA students with opportunities to obtain information about student life on campus, application requirements, institutional scholarships, housing options and majors/program of study in a personal, small-group setting. Also at this time

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SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 220 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 Central PETITION OF: MICHAEL ESCHWEGE for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00073758-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: MICHAEL ESCHWEGE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Present Name MICHAEL ESCHWEGE to Proposed Name MICHAEL ESCHWEGE MARKIDIS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: DEC. 20, 2013 Time: 8:30 AM Dept 46. The address of the court is same as noted above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Del Mar Times. Date: NOV. 01, 2013. Robert J. Trentacosta Judge of the Superior Court DM1034. Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-030938 Fictitious Business Name(s): Regent Partners Located at: 11260 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was January 15, 2013. This business is hereby registered by the following: John Stiska, 5484 Chelsea Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/31/2013. John Stiska, Owner. CV520. Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 325 South Melrose Drive Vista, CA 92081 North County Regional Center PETITION for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00071686-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: DRAGAN MILETIC filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Present Name DRAGAN MILETIC to Proposed Name DRAGAN MILETICH. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing

indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Dec 03, 2013 Time: 8:30 AM Dept 26. The address of the court is same as noted above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Del Mar Times. Date: Oct. 17, 2013. K. Michael Kirkman Judge of the Superior Court DM1033. Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-030613 Fictitious Business Name(s): Neighborhood Realty Located at: 2794 Gateway Road, #118, Carlsbad, CA, 92009, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business was 04/30/2009. This business is hereby registered by the following: Pacific Coast Real Estate Group, Inc., 2794 Gateway Road, #118, Carlsbad, CA 92009, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/28/2013. Skip Reed, President. DM1032. Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-028668 Fictitious Business Name(s): Heavenly Cab Located at: 1065 Fresno St., #2, San Diego, CA, 92110, San Diego County. Mailing Address: same above. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Farhad Nourmohammadi, 1065 Fresno St., #2, San Diego, CA 92110. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/07/2013. Farhad Nourmohammadi. DM1029. Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-030366 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. The Benedict Trading Company b. Noraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Closet Located at: 2020 Christy Lane, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business was 9/1/13. This business is hereby registered by the following: The Benedict Group Corporation, 2020 Christy Lane, Del Mar, CA 92014, CA. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/24/2013. James M. Benedict, President. DM1030. Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-028365 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Brainswitch b. GotPostered c. GotPostrd d. FovoFoto Located at: 3812 Mykonos Lane, #10, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Married Couple. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Maria Neresa C. Fajardo, 3812 Mykonos Lane, #10, San Diego, CA 92130

#2. Tito Vincent R. Fajardo, 3812 Mykonos Lane, #10, San Diego, CA 92130 This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/03/2013. Maria Neresa C. Fajardo. CV519. Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2013 CITY OF DEL MAR NOTICE OF ORDINANCE INTRODUCTION An Ordinance of the City of Del Mar amending Chapter 30.24 of the Del Mar Municipal Code, the North Commercial Zone to include emergency shelters as one of the allowed uses within the North Commercial Zone and to establish parameters and review procedures for emergency shelters. The above referenced ordinance was introduced by action of the City Council on October 21, 2013. Adoption of the above listed ordinance will be considered on November 18, 2013. Mercedes Martin, City Clerk Date: October 22, 2013 OrdNtro200. DM1028. 11/7/13 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-030140 Fictitious Business Name(s): Irydescents Located at: 5712 Baltimore Dr., #462, La Mesa, CA, 91942, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was 10/22/2013. This business is hereby registered by the following: Aaron Hands, 5712 Baltimore Dr., #462, La Mesa, CA 91942, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/22/2013. Aaron Hands. CV518. Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-030056 Fictitious Business Name(s): Wells Consulting Located at: 4581 Da Vinci St., San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Stacy Ray Wells, 4581 Da Vinci St., San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/22/2013. Stacy Ray Wells. CV517. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO North County Division 325 South Melrose Dr. Vista, CA 92081 PETITION OF: LEONARD J. JAPPELLI for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00072133-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: ANN KATRIN PETERSEN and ROBERTO JAPPELLI filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Present Name LEONARD JONATHAN JAPPELLI to Proposed Name LEONARDO PETERSEN JAPPELLI. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Dec. 10, 2013 Time: 8:30 AM Dept 26. The address of the court is same as

noted above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Del Mar Times. Date: Oct. 21, 2013. K. Michael Kirkman Judge of the Superior Court DM1027. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 11, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029716 Fictitious Business Name(s): In With the New Located at: 3119 Howard Ave., Unit D, San Diego, CA, 92104, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 3119 Howard Ave., Unit D, San Diego, CA 92104. This business is conducted by: Co-Partners. The first day of business was 10/01/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Alexandra Roehr, 3119 Howard Ave., Unit D, San Diego, CA, 92104 #2. David Gittleson, 3119 Howard Ave., Unit D, San Diego, CA 92104 This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/17/2013. Alexandra Roehr. DM1025. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029820 Fictitious Business Name(s): CrossFit 531 Located at: 5931 Sea Lion Place, Ste. 109, Carlsbad, CA, 92010, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: CrossFit 531 Inc., 5931 Sea Lion Place, Ste. 109, Carlsbad, CA 92010, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/18/2013. William J. Tirado, President. DM1024. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029866 Fictitious Business Name(s): Pacific Disaster Relief Protective Service Located at: 2683 Via De La Valle, G-301, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2905, Del Mar, CA 92014. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business was 10/17/2013. This business is hereby registered by the following: United States Service Command of America Inc., 2683 Via De La Valle, G-301, Del Mar, CA 92014, Illinois. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/18/2013. Kenneth Bettencourt, COO. DM1023. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029735 Fictitious Business Name(s): Amsan Designs Located at: 463 La Mesa Ave., Encinitas, CA, 92024, San Diego County. Mailing Address: same as above. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Amy Trexler, 463 La Mesa Ave., Encinitas, CA, 92024 #2. Susan Carlton, 463 La Mesa Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024

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November 7, 2013 This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/17/2013. Amy Trexler. DM1022. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029439 Fictitious Business Name(s): Old Grove Shell Located at: 185 Old Grove Rd., Oceanside, CA, 92057, San Diego County. Mailing Address: same. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business was 05/01/2003. This business is hereby registered by the following: Old Grove Service, Inc., 185 Old Grove Rd., Oceanside, CA 92057, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/15/2013. Steve Thomas, President. DM1021. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029543 Fictitious Business Name(s): Affinity Cloud Connections Located at: 13164 Winstanley Way, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. Mailing Address: same. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was 10/3/2013.


This business is hereby registered by the following: Maureen Lindsey, 13164 Winstanley Way, San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/16/2013. Maureen Lindsey. CV516. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029707 Fictitious Business Name(s): Garage Doors Directory Located at: 13256 Benchley Rd., San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Marc Myerson, 13256 Benchley Rd., San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/17/2013. Marc Myerson. CV515. Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 2013 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 PETITION OF: TAE JIN KIM and HAE RAN KIM for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE




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FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00070361-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: TAE JIN KIM and HAE RAN KIM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Present Name JI YOON KIM to Proposed Name JUNE-SUMMER JIYOON KIM. b. Present Name YOON SEO KIM to Proposed Name DANIEL YOONSEO KIM. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes

described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Nov. 22, 2013 Time: 8:30 AM Dept C-46. The address of the court is 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Carmel Valley News. Date: Oct. 09, 2013.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-027212 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. The Financial Educators Network of San Diego b. Presidio Capital Management Located at: 12626 High Bluff Drive, Suite 450, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Dustin TenBroeck, 12626 High Bluff Drive, Suite 440, San Diego, CA 92130 #2. Matthew Poole, 12626 High Bluff Drive, Suite 440, San Diego, CA 92130 #3. Patrick Mead, 12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 145, San Diego, CA, 92130 This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 09/21/2013. Matthew Poole, Owner. CV514. Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-029332 Fictitious Business Name(s): DLK Systems Engineering Located at: 12887 Caminito Del Canto, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Donald Logan Keith, 12887 Caminito Del Canto, Del Mar, CA 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/14/2013. Donald Logan Keith. DM1020. Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 2013

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-028882 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Made In Del Mar b. MIDM Located at: 13416 Mango Dr., Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: John Gallagher, 13416 Mango Dr., Del Mar, CA 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/08/2013. John Gallagher. DM1019. Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-028805 Fictitious Business Name(s): Miao Investments Located at: 13655 Pine Needles Dr., Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2191, Del Mar, CA 92014. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was 09/09/2013. This business is hereby registered by the following: Melissa Miao, 13655 Pine Needles Dr., Del Mar, CA 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/08/2013. Melissa Miao. DM1017. Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-027225 Fictitious Business Name(s): Harte Pacific Located at: 854 Cofair Ct., Solana Beach, CA, 92075, San Diego County. Mailing Address: same. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was 05/01/2013. This business is hereby registered by the following: Elissa Harte Klaus, 854 Cofair Ct., Solana Beach, CA, 92075. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 09/21/2013. Elissa H. Klaus. DM1015. Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 2013

Del Mar Kiwanis Club members deliver Halloween gift bags Two Del Mar Kiwanis Club members, (l-R) Leslie and Pacey Jackson, delivered 67 Halloween gift bags to the children at the Solana Beach Head Start program, which is held at St Leo’s Mission. The gift bags contained healthful snacks and games and were custom assembled by Kiwanis Club members at their weekly meeting at the Fish Market. The bags were then transported to the Head Start office to be distributed to the “Gremlins and Goblins” by the Head Start staff. This is just one example of the many community outreach projects conducted by the Del Mar Kiwanis Club. The next project will be directed to

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The Redskin Ruckus and other Culinary Controversies The Kitchen Shrink

BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN If you’re not a sports fanatic, you probably haven’t heard the recent hoopla over the National Football team called the Washington Redskins. The media is in an uproar (come on, after all these years) over the allegedly disparaging name that is considered a politically incorrect slur against Native Americans. The solution is a simple one. Make the team’s mascot a redskin potato. Which brings us to the food community with a slew of insulting innuendos of its own. Some of these will really give you something to beef about. Let’s start with the redskin potato, (the skin hue really closer to pink, rosé or magenta), which is on an even playing field with the Washington Redskins. Isn’t this lowly spud also the victim of an offensive nomenclature? In addition, there is absolutely no allegiance to Native American cuisine, as the main carbohydrate

of choice is maize or corn. Then there’s red onions, red grapes, red beets, red wine and red caviar giving them an unfair tie-in with Communism and the red scare. While blueberries, blue cheese and blue corn might be insensitive to those suffering from depression, and bananas can refer to other psychological problems. Green Giant brand foods along with jumbo sea scallops and extra large eggs could be viewed as insulting to tall or large folks, while shrimp, baby (carrots, spinach, corn, cucumber, and broccoli), miniature squashes, Brussels sprouts and munchkin pumpkins could be seen as offensive to the little people. Let’s not forget about Tom Thumb or baby redskin potatoes, which are a double affront. String beans, shoestring potatoes, thin mints and thin spaghetti have a negative connotation for skinny people, while Ugli fruit pokes fun at the physically unattractive. We’re talking age discrimination with Granny Smith apples, old cheeses (particularly Parmesan and cheddar), preserved and pickled vegetables along with vintage wines and other gracefully aging alcoholic drinks. Finally, tender young peas, spring chickens, extra virgin olive oil, honey, sugar, cheesecake and hot tamales are possibly caught in the crosshairs of sexual harassment. You get the picture. Now, back to those redskins (potatoes, not players, of

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course). Of the more than 5,000 varieties of potatoes, the redskins make up the lion’s share. The thin-skinned, white waxy fleshed, robust flavored spuds range from small to medium-sized and round to oval-shaped, including the Ida Rose, French Fingerling, Pink Pearl, Red Pontiac, Lady Rosetta and Ruby Crescent. These versatile tubers of Peruvian origin can be roasted, fried, baked, boiled, blended in soups or stews, or made into a potato salad as they hold their shape well after cooking. They absorb aromatic flavors, complimenting both comfort foods and exotic dishes, and are equally as scrumptious served hot or cold. This low fat, high carb powerhouse is rife with vitamins and minerals, along with a goodly amount of protein. They are especially loaded with stress-busting B6’s, immune boosting Vitamin C, bone and blood’s ally, Vitamin K, riboflavin and folate. There’s more. Redskins are a good source of copper and potassium for dialing up energy, with smaller amounts of magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and selenium. Keep this classic comfort recipe for redskin mashed potatoes at your fingertips when quarterbacking your upcoming holiday menu. You’ll truly score some points with this dish.


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Coastal Premier Properties DOCUMENTARY welcomes Mark Edwards to Continued from page B1 the Gore Real Estate Team The class launched a

Coastal Premier Properties is proud to welcome Mark Edwards, a buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent for the Gore Real Estate Team. A San Diego native, Mark exhibits true dedication to his clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a true professional and so down-to-earth,â&#x20AC;? explains co-owner Susan Meyers-Pyke. In an everchanging real estate market, he operates with the highest level of knowledge and expertise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark works hard and really devotes himself to your needs,â&#x20AC;? adds co-owner Amy Green. For more information,

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BOOK Continued from page B1 cent on science. And we have a huge group of people in Congress and in government that, being described as anti-intellectual, would be giving them too much credit. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore science; we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore education. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretend the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not changing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was born in 1946. There are now three people

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Before he became a teacher, Simon spent six years working in the entertainment industry. He was an associate producer on the television show â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Name is Earlâ&#x20AC;? when he decided to switch careers. He taught middle school and high school in Los Angeles for four years before coming to High Tech High, where he has become known for his discussionbased classes and inspirational speeches. Using his industry experience and connections, Simon wants to help his students create a film they can be proud to share with others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can do this right, it will be something that people can pick up and view years from now,â&#x20AC;? said Simon, who graduated from NYU film school in 2002. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their desire is to have as many people, specifically in our country, see this as possible.â&#x20AC;? Students hope to raise $18,000 to purchase film equipment and editing software. If they raise $40,000, the team plans to travel to Chicago or another city to meet with high school students who are dealing with gun violence. If they raise even more, they want to acquire additional HD camcorders and hire a professional editor, cinematographer and producer to help produce the film. After the Kickstarter campaign ends, the class plans to be in production in the spring and post-production in the fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just taking a test to know information; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually doing something to utilize the information and make a difference,â&#x20AC;? Ybarra said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to do something this year that we hope will have a positive impact on Chula Vista, Del Mar and beyond.â&#x20AC;? For more information or to donate to the campaign, visit

TRAVEL Continued from page B5 he took with friends he made from Mexico and Germany led them to a little village where they were welcomed by many local children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was my favorite place Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been to, I had an amazing experience there,â&#x20AC;? Flood said of Luang Prabang. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of those days, I wondered â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What would I be doing if I was back home?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? After returning to Bangkok for Christmas, he eventually ventured off to Cambodia and Vietnam. He bought a motorbike in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;franticâ&#x20AC;? Ho Chi Minh City and set off to explore the country. His most intense day was riding to North Vietnam and the old demilitarized zone (DMZ). He was endlessly impressed with the mountain landscape, waterfalls every 100 feet or so and he kept stopping to take photos which amused his French traveling partner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole stretch was stunning,â&#x20AC;? Flood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could see pockmarked land left over from the war, the ground still scorched where nothing would grow on it.â&#x20AC;? Flood almost got hit by a truck on his way to Hanoi and lost his wallet in the fall. He eventually sold his bike to a Dutch man and flew to Bangkok, and then briefly was in Malaysia where he broke his foot in a

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fall when he lost his balance on a hike. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In seven months I stayed in over 50 places and it takes a toll,â&#x20AC;? Flood said of the spill which prompted him to return home. Flood learned many lessons on his trip that he is eager to share. Much can be learned about things not going according to plan (if you have one). As an example, for a good chunk of his journey he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a camera as his ipad was stolen out of his Vietnam room while he was in the bathroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You learn itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just stuff. The adventure is worth far more than that,â&#x20AC;? Flood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps teach you about adversity. Your fears about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst that could happen can paralyze you but you realize when it happens you can still go on, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the end of the world. A lot of people have those fears. Just do it, stop thinking about it so much.â&#x20AC;? For his next trip, be it Nepal to the Mount Everest base camp or to Indonesia, he wants to do things a little bit differently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I travel from now on, I feel like I need to have a purpose behind it,â&#x20AC;? Flood said, noting that he would like to look into more volunteering opportunities.

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Amy Cook, Realtor, RE/MAX Ranch & Beach, receives prestigious FIVE STAR Agent Award for the sixth year in a row Amy Cook, one of North County’s premier realtors with RE/MAX Ranch & Beach, has been recognized with the elite FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent award for 2013, for the sixth year in a row. “It is such an honor to receive this recognition,” says Amy. “Just as it’s an honor to work with my amazing clients. Whether buyers or sellers, I put myself in their shoes to achieve the best value and price for homes.” And she says this year saw a major recovery in home sales. “Market prices have jumped this year, and we are still experiencing a sellers’ market, as the inventory of available homes remains low. We do look forward to the market balancing out this Spring when more sellers become ready to move,” says Amy. “Amy’s commitment to excellence in every detail throughout the process makes her one of the most valued members of our team,” says Al Haragely, owner and broker of RE/MAX Ranch & Beach. “RE/MAX has the well-deserved reputation for outstanding agents and business practices, and Amy helps continue that tradition.” The FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent award is limited to fewer than 7 percent of all agents within the San Diego area. Surveys were conducted with more than 30,000 San Diego homebuyers, as well as mortgage and title companies. Agents were nominated based upon nine criteria: customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiation, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.

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Encinitas, 4BD/3BA • $739,900 Quiet and peaceful neighborhood, stunning upgrades.



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