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Nov. 7, 2013
Concerns raised over Double Track project
■ Local youth
seriously injured in skateboarding accident is on the mend.
See page 6
■ 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
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 www.delmarmainstreet.com. For more information about the California Main Street Alliance, visit www.camainstreet.org.
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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. cox.com/takecharge.
‘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: www.cbe.org or contact Mark Greenberg, San Diego Chapter Director for the American Technion Society at (858) 750-2135 or email@example.com.
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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. Heâ€™s now talking, walking and rehabbing so that he can come home for the holidays. â€œHeâ€™s had a miraculous recovery,â€? said Alexâ€™s mother, Paige Hargis. â€œHeâ€™s doing really well.â€? 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 Childrenâ€™s Hospital in San Diego. On Oct. 14, with his great aunt by his bedside, Alex opened his eyes. He said, â€œI love you.â€? â€œHe started waking up,â€? said Hargis, who was having lunch with her husband, Dave, when Alex woke up. â€œBefore we knew it, he started talking and then he started walking.â€? The 13-year-old is now participating in the hospi-
Alex Hargis Courtesy of www.caringbridge.org/ visit/alexhargis talâ€™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 â€œfunny personalityâ€? is also back, Hargis added. â€œHeâ€™s been astounding the doctors and all the different therapists on how quickly heâ€™s coming back,â€? Hargis said. â€œItâ€™s extremely remarkable. The doctors are very impressed with his work ethic and tenacity.â€? For weeks, doctors didnâ€™t know whether Alex would wake up or not. But Alexâ€™s family, friends and community members didnâ€™t give up. â€œThey didnâ€™t know. They couldnâ€™t tell us,â€? Hargis said. â€œIt was really scary, but we just kept praying and believing.â€? 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 Alexâ€™s room with cards and posters, Hargis said she is very thankful for the communityâ€™s support. â€œItâ€™s really been uplifting to have so many people care about us and help us,â€? Hargis said. â€œItâ€™s really meant a lot to us, and I really feel itâ€™s played a very large part in his rapid recovery. â€œWeâ€™re incredibly grateful to the community and weâ€™re looking forward to giving back to Carmel Valley.â€? 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. â€œHeâ€™s very anxious and motivated to get back home. He works extremely hard in all of his therapy,â€? Hargis said. â€œHeâ€™s really inspired me how heâ€™s attacking rehab like a warrior.â€? For more information about Alex, visit http:// www.caringbridge.org/visit/ alexhargis.
CV Middle School hosts â€™Jamba for Alex Dayâ€™ A â€œJamba for Alex Dayâ€? 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 www.delmartimes.net
Annie Chen, Holly Vermilyea, Jackie Busch, and Samantha Skinner helped serve Jamba Juice at Carmel Valley Middle School at the Jamba for Alex event.
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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.
“It’s everything in the “Lion King” that’s the “Circle of Life” — right there in front of your eyes, not on a screen,” Zien said. From the cuisine to the wildlife, Zien said he enjoyed the entire experience, especially getting to know the people of South Africa as well as his fellow travelers. “The spirit of the South African people is just wonderful,” Zien said. “And it was cool to see other people enjoying stuff and to hear their viewpoints. It heightens your own excitement. “It was really special, really special. I’d do another hosted trip in a heartbeat.” For more information about Sam the Cooking Guy, visit www.thecookingguy.com. For more information about Aardvark Safaris, visit www.aardvarksafaris.com.
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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 keepsandiegomoving.com. 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
November 7, 2013
Local family raises funds to fight childhood cancer; Foundation named in honor of son BY KRISTINA HOUCK Max Mikulak was sitting in the nurseâ€™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. Thatâ€™s how Melissa Mikulak remembers her son. â€œThatâ€™s the kind of kid he was,â€? said Mikulak, whose family has lived in Carmel Valley for 11 years. â€œHe was very compassionate for others. Maybe it was because of all of the pain he had gone through himself.â€? Max died from neuroblastoma in 2008. Although he lost his four-year battle with the childhood cancer, his compassion lives on through Maxâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s Cancer on Oct. 26 at NTC Park at Liberty Station, the organization
The Run to Fight Childrenâ€™s Cancer was held on Oct. 26 at NTC Park at Liberty Station. Courtesy photo The Mikulak family at the Run to Fight Childrenâ€™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 survivorsâ€™ walk raised funds for both Maxâ€™s Ring of Fire and The Ronan Thompson Foundation, another organization dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma. â€œIt 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 doesnâ€™t give enough and the big pharmaceuticals donâ€™t give enough,â€? Mikulak said. Maxâ€™s Ring of Fire supports the Neuroblastoma and Me-
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