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Question remains: Who will remove Valitar tent shows?

■ DM Foundation Children’s Committee throws Holiday Party. See page B13

BY JOE TASH At the 22nd District Agricultural Association meeting Dec. 11, Tim Fennell, fairgrounds general manager, updated the board on the Valitar equestrian show, which closed abruptly in November, leaving ticket holders, performers and horses in the lurch. The show had leased a section of the fairgrounds parking lot to erect a huge red tent to house the show, which still has not been removed in the wake of the show’s closure. Fennell said a benefit show last weekend raised $58,000 to help pay for the show’s stranded performers to get home. 22nd DAA board president Adam Day said the district and its food service con-

tractor received deposits of $130,000 and $50,000, respectively, so neither of the entities is facing financial losses as a result of the show’s closure. But an open question remains as to who will remove the complex of tents, which belong to the show’s producer. Research by district staff indicates removal costs for the tents will range from $300,000 to $500,000, Day said. The district may even seek to keep some of the smaller tents for use in future events, Day said. The board was scheduled to discuss the situation in a closed session following its regular meeting. “My No. 1 priority is to get that tent removed,” Day said.

5K for the benefit of local schools

■ Former TPHS star leads Tufts to NCAA title. Page 14

Runners begin the Carmel Valley 5K at Carmel Del Mar School. on Dec. 8. The event, which included a Kid’s Fun Run, benefits the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation. See page B12. PHOTO/JON CLARK

Ag. board approves funds to help save Modoc District Fair BY JOE TASH The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned Del Mar fairgrounds and oversees the annual San Diego County Fair, has come to the rescue of a tiny, beleaguered state fair in Northern California that was on the verge of shutting down for good. The 22nd DAA board

voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 11, to give $100,000 to its counterpart in Modoc County, to help it stay in business long enough to develop new money-making ventures that are designed to keep it afloat in future years. Without the gift, said Dannette DePaul, manager See FAIR, Page 6

SB council allows more time for resolution of land use plan issues BY KATHY DAY Sometimes, it’s just not over until the fat lady sings — and in the case of the Solana Beach Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan there’s still a ways to go before she takes the stage. With rhetoric toned down between blufftop homeowners represented by the Beach and Bluff Conservancy (BBC) and Condominium Owners of South Sierra Avenue (COOSA) and those advocating for greater beach access represented by the Surfrider Foundation, the Solana Beach City Council agreed unanimously on Dec. 5 to give a little more time to resolving outstanding issues on the draft plan that outlines development guidelines.

It could well be the last effort to resolve matters raised when the California Coastal Commission made changes last March to a plan previously approved by the council in June 2011. The council granted an extension in September in hopes that a resolution would be reached by this month. However, several sticking points remain, among them phasing out private beach access stairways, language surrounding replacement of homes destroyed in disasters, and details about blufftop retention devices. Outgoing Councilman Joe Kellejian, who did not seek reelection and was presiding over his last meeting See RESOLUTION, Page 6

LaSalle Hotel Properties purchases L’Auberge Del Mar for $76.9M ■ What does Magic Johnson do with success? Pass it on. Page B1

BY CLAIRE HARLIN Officials from the hotel investment company that recently purchased L’Auberge Del Mar for $76.9 million say there are no plans to make changes at the upscale hotel. The acquisition by LaSalle Hotel Properties, an-

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nounced on Dec. 7, follows a $26 million renovation the hotel wrapped up in 2009, making the hotel a valuable asset for the company, said CFO Bruce Riggins. “We don’t have plans for renovation because the hotel just underwent a reno-

vation,” he said, adding that Destination Hotels & Resorts will continue management of the hotel, also with no changes in operation. Riggins said the purchase was in the company’s “sweet spot,” as most of LaSalle’s 41 properties were bought in the $70 million to

$140 million range. On the high end was the company’s 2011 purchase of the Park Central Hotel in New York for $405.5 million. Set on 4.5 acres at 1540 Camino Del Mar, L’Auberge Del Mar opened in 1989. The recent renovation project included a full guest-

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room and lobby upgrade, as well as improvements of the meeting space, swimming pools and food and beverage outlets. The hotel has 120 rooms with an average size of 320 square feet, including eight suites that average See HOTEL, Page 6



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Del Mar planners hear input on affordable DM Fairgrounds master plan EIR lawsuit settlement finalized BY CITY NEWS SERVICE housing, continue discussion to Jan. 2 The 22nd District Agricultural Association, the cities of Solana Beach and Del Mar and BY CLAIRE HARLIN The outpouring of community input at the Del Mar Planning Commission’s public hearing on affordable housing on Dec. 5 sent a message to city officials that the community wants to get involved. The commission responded loudly and clearly by calling another public meeting, to be held on Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. “I want to hear more public testimony before we make a decision, and it seems like we’ve got a lot more to go,” said commissioner Sam Blick. As it was his first meeting as a Council-appointed member of the citizen advisory board, Blick said he was overwhelmingly impressed by the community’s sweeping participation and informed comments. The Planning Commission is charged

with reviewing the city’s draft housing element, which identifies the city’s housing conditions and needs, as well as establishes goals, programs and policies that will guide future growth for the 2012-2020 cycle. The document represents nearly a year’s effort, but there’s still a big hurdle to clear — figuring out how to accommodate 71 new housing units, 22 of which need to be affordable enough to serve the city’s lowest income bracket. Although the state mandates it — and some 25 percent of Del Mar residents qualify for it — affordable housing is currently non-existent in the city. That’s why the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has mandated that out-of-compliance cities like Del Mar See HOUSING, page 19

Area coyote, mountain lion sightings reported recently Reports have recently been made of coyote sightings in Solana Beach, and mountain lion and coyote sightings in Rancho Santa Fe. “These animals are native to the area and can be attracted around homes by leaving pet food out, the presence of small pets, etc. State Fish and Game warn people to not leave food or pets outside and keep a close eye on small children, especially during early morning or late afternoon times,” Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser said. “In addition, do not jog, bike or hike alone; do not approach a coyote, bobcat, or mountain lion. Sometimes the attraction of smaller wild animals attracts the bigger animals as well. “These animals are most active at dawn, dusk and at night. Often deer are attracted to the area because of food sources, same with opossums, raccoons, and other prey. These animals are often prey for larger animals.” Please take precautions to avoid coming in contact with these animals, Wellhouser said. Below are referral numbers you can call for more information. Refer to the websites below. Fish and game would like to know of sightings to track the activity. • San Diego County Wildlife Services 1-800-486-0010 • California Fish and Game – San Diego office 858-467-4201 • •

the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority held an official press conference/ceremony Dec. 11 to finalize the settlement of a lawsuit over the environmental impact report for the Del Mar Fairgrounds master plan. The settlement was reported in this newspaper several weeks ago (visit The association is the fairground’s state-run governing body. ``The settlement over our master plan EIR paves the way for the 22nd DAA to work towards the renovation of the fairgrounds’ old and outdated exhibit facilities, and at the same time implements additional measures beyond what is called out in the EIR, to mitigate concerns from the local communities on traffic, noise and environmental concerns,’’ Association Board President Adam Day said. Olga Diaz, the chairwoman of the river park’s JPA and an Escondido City Councilwoman, said she looked forward to upcoming environmental restoration efforts along the river.

Del Mar seeks volunteers for City Council Advisory Committees The City of Del Mar is looking for interested and qualified volunteers to serve on City Council Advisory Committees. Currently, the City is soliciting residents to fill vacancies on the Sustainability Advisory Board, the Traffic Parking Advisory Committee, and the Design Review Board. For more information on how to apply and deadlines, visit us/Government/Pages/CityAdvisoryCommittees.aspx or call 858-755-9313.

Suspected illegal immigrants detained in Carmel Valley BY CITY NEWS SERVICE More than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants were detained along Interstate 5 in Carmel Valley Dec. 10, police said. An officer spotted a van stopped on the side of the southbound side of freeway near Carmel Valley Road around 4:30 a.m., according to San Diego Police. The van was full of people who had wet and sandy shoes and pants as if they had recently been in the ocean, police said. The detainees were handed over to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Canyon Crest Academy places second in National Math Contest Canyon Crest Academy recently placed second in the 2012 Team Scramble, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing (http://www. Coach Brian Shay prepared students for the first major team competition of the academic year, on which students worked furiously as the entire school raced to answer 100 problems in a variety of mathematical topics in just 30 minutes. With so many questions and so little time, competitors needed not only strong mathematical skills, but also the ability to quickly decide which problems to solve and which to skip, as well as how to allocate the test questions amongst themselves to maximize their school’s score. This year, the top 25 scores ranged from 41 to 86. One of the best things about the largeteam format of the Team Scramble is that it allows for the inclusion of interesting-buttime-consuming problems that cannot appear on most other math competitions. Some of this year’s more complicated problems were one about the height of a pile of

beach balls, a logic problem in which five suspects were known to have each made exactly one true and one false statement, and a question about missing values of a data set with certain relationships between its mean, median and mode. Not resting on their laurels, Canyon Crest Academy will participate in National Assessment & Testing’s 2012 Ciphering Time Trials on Dec. 13 and the 2013 Fourby-Four Competition on Jan. 31. Each of these contests features ten rounds in which students have three minutes to answer problems, but the first requires students to work individually on three problems per round, while the second allows teams of four to tackle four problems in each round. National Assessment & Testing administers high-quality mathematics competitions for high schools by e-mail. Their contests cover a variety of formats, including individual and team tests, as well as a variety of difficulties, from an easier 100 problems in 30 minutes to a more complicated 15 problems in one week.

Del Mar Union School District budget meeting A special meeting was scheduled to be held Dec. 12 (after presstime for this newspaper) to discuss Del Mar Union School District budget issues. To read the story, visit The story will also be published in next week’s newspaper (Dec. 20 issue).

National race series for active pets and humans kicks off on Jan. 13 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds The 5K9 Walk Run national 10-race series kicks off at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, promoting healthy and fit living for people and pets and supporting local animal welfare organizations through the Petco Foundation. The event will feature a 5K and 1-mile walk run and a free healthy living expo for humans and pets. Registration is at 6 a.m.,m the 5K start is at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile start is at 9 a.m.. For more information or to register, visit To learn more about the Petco Foundation, visit www.

TPHS students part of team of women whose experiment will be tested at International Space Station Two Torrey Pines High School students are part of a team of women, affiliated with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), who will be running experiments on board the International Space Station. Pooja Bisarya, grade 9, and Meera Kota, grade 10, are part of an exceptional group of women who have been working together to make this happen. Their interest in science was cultivated early, and in 7th grade they joined the San Diego Science Alliance, which led to their affiliation with BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering). As members of BE WiSE, they were invited to apply to be part of this amazing opportunity. The application was long, and asked for examples of experiments they’ve done in the past, as well as examples of the projects they might do if they were chosen as part of the project team. In August, Pooja and Meera were notified of their selection to be part of the team of 15 San Diego County high school girls who would design and carry out an experiment on the International Space Station. The team started meeting in September and decided on the experiment they would perform and then divided up the jobs needed to accomplish it. The jobs included payload, public relations, communication, documentation, programmer, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Meera and Pooja were selected to work on payload. The experiment they chose was “When alum-saturated solutions are sent into space, will the shape and structure of the crystal differ from the control on earth?” Specifically, melting points will be tested, and an electron microscope will be used to compare to the control. For the experiment, different RGB lights (white, red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow) will be programmed to

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Earl Warren Beach Clean-up Earl Warren Middle School students recently held another successful beach clean-up. Despite the weather forecast, it turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon in Del Mar on Sunday, Dec. 2. Around 50 students showed up to help preserve the community beaches by picking up over 100 lbs. of trash. It is always quite surprising the random garbage that floats up on the beaches. This was the Ocean Club’s 12th beach clean up, which means Earl Warren students have helped to reduce over 1,200 pounds of trash from local beaches. Thank you to the Del Mar Lifeguards for their continued support providing trash bags, gloves, and at the end of the day picking up the large piles of trash collected. Thank you yearbook students for coming to take pictures for the yearbook. The Ocean Club was created to raise environmental awareness and to provide service learning. Krista Baldwin, a science teacher at Earl Warren, acts as the advisor.


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FAIR continued from page 1 of the Modoc District Fair, the organization would have run out of money and been forced to shut down by next June. The 22nd DAA’s gift will be matched by a $50,000 grant from a foundation with ties to ranching interests in Modoc County. “We’re not asking for charity,” DePaul told the board. “Just support to help us get into business mode.” Modoc County, which has a population of 9,700, is located in the northeast corner of the state. Its annual county fair runs for four days in August, and the fairgrounds is also used during the year for a variety of community activities, from weddings to horse shows to sporting events. The property is also used by firefighters as a base camp during wildfires. Until this year, the 34th District Agricultural Association, which runs the Modoc County Fairground, received about $230,000 from the state toward its an-

nual $355,000 budget. But state funding was cut off in 2012, leaving small fairs such as Modoc facing financial hardship. In contrast, the 22nd DAA operates on an annual budget of about $60 million. Diana Paluszak, of the state Department of Food and Agriculture, which oversees county fairs, said her agency supports Modoc’s request under a state adopt-a-fair initiative. She said it is her understanding the 22nd DAA’s $100,000 allocation complies with state laws and regulations, and could be a model for other fairs in the state. “We’re very excited about this,” Paluszak said. Currently, Paluszak said, 13 county fairs in California are on a watch list, meaning their reserves have dwindled. But she said she was not aware of any fair other than Modoc in imminent danger of closing. Paluszak’s support of the request from Modoc reassured 22nd DAA board members, some of whom were concerned about the precedent they were setting. District staff also strongly

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supported the $100,000 allocation. “I support it 150 percent,” said Tim Fennell, fairgrounds general manager and CEO. Fennell and other fairgrounds staff visited this year’s Modoc County Fair to offer support and help come up with plans to make the organization selfsufficient. DePaul outlined a series of ventures, including guided wagon tours, cattle drives with local ranchers, guided horseback tours and mountain bike races, that she said could net a combined $83,500. Modoc officials also want to offer amenities to the estimated 30,000 people who pass through their community on the way to and from the annual Burning Man fair over Labor Day weekend as a way of generating revenue. 22nd DAA directors also told fairgrounds staff to come up with a plan to raise money for Modoc and other cash-strapped small fairs, which will include an appeal for donations from attendees to the 2013 San Diego County Fair.

RESOLUTION continued from page 1 as mayor, reminded the audience that he had voted to reject the plan in September. “This process reads like a horror story,” he said, adding that City Manager Dave Ott had told him efforts to come up with a plan probably had cost the city more than $1 million since 2005. “I do not believe (continuing) the process will

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Torrey Pines Scrum Half Seth Hill runs the ball out of trouble in Saturday’s 24-0 victory over Patrick Henry. Photo/Aubrey Hill

TPHS Rugby defeats Patrick Henry in high school boys opener BY TIM PICKWELL Last season’s Torrey Pines Rugby Varsity was undefeated and almost un-scored upon. Despite losing several key seniors, and with two starters missing, the 2012 Varsity picked up right where they left off, with a 24-0 opening day victory over Patrick Henry. Junior Scrum Half Seth Hill led Torrey Pines with two trys, while Mike Cox and Will Johnson, added scores as well. “We are nowhere close to where we need to be to match last year’s team, but I like the attitude and athleticism of this group,” noted Torrey Pines Head Coach Matty Sandoval, a former USD All-American Rugby player. If the Torrey Pines Offense looked a bit rusty, the Defense was in mid-season form. Patrick Henry never got a whiff of the try-zone, couldn’t break any long runs, and every advance over mid-field was snuffed out. Patrick Henry had some fleet backs, but Torrey Pines defenders chased See RUGBY, page 19 change, but I’m hopeful,” he said. “If you’re not successful, I’ll be coming to you as a public speaker to tell you to stop.” With the two sides wearing their trademark Tshirts — yellow for blufftop homeowners and blue for beach access supporters — their representatives presented short arguments on their concerns. John Corn, representing BBC and COOSA, encouraged the council to continue, saying he believed resolution “could


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Dec 14th 4:00 p.m. Carlsbad Library: 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol 5:00 p.m. In Order to Better Serve: Stories from the Del Mar City Council 5:30 p.m. Someone You Should Meet episode 5

4:30 p.m. Kids News (kids newscast) 5:00 p.m. Community Band: our lives in music

Dec 15th 9:00 a.m. Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch (workout program) 10:00 a.m. The Garage (woodwork/ furniture) 10:30 a.m. The Piano Guy with Scott Houston (instructional)

Dec 19th 10:30 a.m. Hollywood and Horses with Joe Harper (lecture) 3:00 p.m. The Garage (woodwork/ furniture) 5:00 p.m. Paths to Wellness (healthy lifestyle)

Dec 16th 6:00 p.m. A Children’s History of Del Mar 6:30 p.m. Hollywood and Horses with Joe Harper (lecture) Dec 17th 4:00 p.m. The Nolen Plan: Vision, Politics and Memory

Dec 18th 4:30 p.m. Stairway to Fitness (senior exercise) 5:00 p.m. Psychic Experience (lifestyle)

Dec 20th 5:00 p.m. 1st Thursdays: Celino Romero (concert) 7:00 p.m. The Piano Guy with Scott Houston (instructional)

happen in the next week or two.” But he pushed hard for them to avoid another suggested option: Approve the document as it stands and attempt to negotiate amendments after the Coastal Commission adopts the document. “Adopt and amend later is a pipe dream,” he said. David Winkler, who has worked on past committees trying to come up with an acceptable framework for the land use plan, followed COOSA Chairman Tom Ryan to the podium. He said he was willing to meet as soon as the next morning “and get this over as soon as possible. … It’s tragic to throw this out … and tragic to adopt and amend.” Jim Jaffee of Surfrider, who like many has worked on the plan for years, called on the council to adopt the March 2012 plan that was already OK’d by coastal commissioners. “If you can’t do that, set some time aside to consider amendments later,” he added, urging the council to act before the new council is seated on Dec. 12 so the plan could be their legacy. Following the presentations, Councilman Mike Nichols, sad “it sounds like the two sides are getting closer” so it would be time well spent to keep talks going until February. He asked that Jaffee and Winkler be designated to join the talks with the city and Coastal Commission staff

The bBar, San Diego’s organic “vitality” bar opening Dec. 17, recently announced the appointment of award-winning chef Susan Sbicca as Executive Chef. (Look for a story on Susan Sbicca next issue.) Sbicca, the former coowner and executive chef of Del Mar’s iconic Sbicca restaurant and Meritage Restaurant & Bar in Encinitas, will develop the bBar’s unique and delicious raw food menu. Sbicca joins an expert team that includes cleansing authority Adina Niemerow and founder Lisa Odenweller, a former Oracle executive and health and wellness devotee. The bBar is located at 2683 Via de La Valle, Suite L Del Mar, in the shopping center across the street from Flower Hill Promenade.

HOTEL continued from page 1 about 500 square feet. LaSalle Hotel Properties is a leading multi-operator real estate investment trust. Of its 41 upscale full-service hotels, 39 are whollyowned. The company focuses on owning, redeveloping and repositioning high-end hotels located in urban, resort and convention markets. For more information, visit or www.laubergedelmar. com. very good process and have meaning,” he added. Councilman Tom Campbell was adamant that city staff “lean on these folks” — the Coastal Commission staff — to get a firm commitment that they will support any changes when the plan goes back before the full commission. Councilman Dave Roberts, who will soon be seated as a county supervisor, said he trusted that the current council had laid out a good process for the new council. Councilwoman Lesa Heebner drew a chuckle from the audience when she said she would support the motion and the idea of having Jaffee and Winkler “in the room” just as long as there were no attorneys present. “I just want clarity, clarity, clarity,” she added. Ott, who has met regularly with both sides and will continue to coordinate the city’s talks with the coastal staff, said, “The worst possible outcome for all parties would be to come out and have nothing.” Both sides, he added, “are truly committed to bring this to a resolution.”


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TPHS to host Under Armour Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Dec. 26-29

Back row, left to right: Sebastian Des Pres, Kelee Cornfield, Vardhin Manoj, Alexis Velela , Eric Cuellar; Front row: Christian Gomez, Billy Garton, Sean Connors, Jonathan O’Hara.

Manchester soccer players invited to elite soccer program Manchester Soccer club, based in Carmel Valley, is continuing to lead the way in the development of young soccer talent. Recently, nine players from the U14 , U15 and U16 teams were included in the Southern California Olympic Development Program (ODP) player pools for this season. This is an elite program that brings together the best soccer players in the state. Players are watched and scouted by the ODP scouts, then invited into the ODP training centers for practices camps and games. “We are extremely proud of the boys that made it. We believe we have other players that could have also made it, such is the strength in depths that we have at present in our boys program,” said Billy Garton, co-director of coaching at Manchester. “The players that were selected are amongst the very elite players in California. When you think how many kids are playing soccer in their age groups it makes you realize that making the ODP Pool is a major achievement. Both myself, co-director Jeff Illingworth, and coach Melvin Cuellar, who coach these boys, feel that they are deserving of the reward for their hard work, dedication and genuine love for soccer,” Garton said.

Del Mar Village Association offers holiday keepsake BY CLAIRE HARLIN Shopping local for Christmas gifts is a great way to support downtown Del Mar businesses, however, the Del Mar Village Association offers a gift idea that takes supporting the Village a step further — by memorializing the city’s past while putting money in the pocket of the organization that works to enhance its future. Launched last year, the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) offers a holiday ornament that features the historic Stratford Square, as it stood around 1927. The ornament is sold for $20, and is the first of what the DMVA aims to be part of an ongoing collection depicting iconic historical buildings in Del Mar. “Keeping history alive in Del Mar is very important to

the residents of this community,” said Jen Grove, executive director of the Del Mar Village Association. “Not only does the purchase of these gifts provide wonderful keepsakes, but a portion of the proceeds help fund projects de-

Torrey Pines High School is hosting its 23rd annual boys prep Under Armour Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament presented by Lucky Duck Foundation Dec. 26-29. Tournaments will be held in five divisions, with games played at Torrey Pines (National Division), La Jolla Country Day (American), Santa Fe Christian (Senator’s), Rancho Bernardo (Governor’s) and Carlsbad High School (Mayor’s). Teams from the United States and British Columbia, Canada will be in attendance, including California powers Salesian and Sheldon High Schools, St. John’s from Houston, TX and Lincoln from Tacoma, Washington. Top players competing in the tournament include Jabari Bird (Salesian), Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd), Justise Winslow (St. John’s), Kameron Rooks (Mission Hills) and Ahmaad Rorie (Lincoln). Tickets can be purchased at the door. For National Division games held at Torrey Pines High School, tickets cost $10 per day. Tickets at the other 4 schools will be $8 per day. Tournament passes will be available for purchase on the first day of the tournament and discounted tickets will be available for children and seniors. Games

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Solana Beach Holiday Sing-Along is Dec. 13 The Annual Solana Beach Holiday Sing-Along will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Fletcher Cove Community Center (133 Pacific Avenue, Solana Beach). Join family, friends & neighbors to share the joys of the season.

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Sage Garden Project donates cooking cart to Skyline School BY KAREN BILLING Skyline School was recently selected as the recipient of a completely stocked cooking cart from the Sage Garden Project, giving students a complement to their growing school garden and allowing them to try their hand at cooking in the classroom using vegetables they have grown on campus. The Sage Garden Project Foundation is based in Encinitas and specializes in bringing hands-on elements such as gardens and kitchens into schools to help students learn about nutrition and wellness. A grant from the foundation provided the cooking cart, as well as funded a garden aid position at the school. The marble-topped cooking cart is getting heavy use already by Judith Tillyard’s kindergarten, first and second grade combination class. The students made parsnip and carrot latkes on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Tillyard and her students are learning about

other cultures by studying “pancakes of the world.” Latkes represented a stopover in Poland, the students “visited” France by making crepes, and Tillyard also plans to make tortillas, Indian dosas and Swedish pancakes. With all of her recipes, Tillyard tries to tie in something from the garden, which the students spend time in every day. Working in groups of six and outfitted in chef’s hats and aprons, the young chefs peeled potatoes and carrots and snipped up chives. While the knives weren’t used Dec. 12, the cart comes with nylon knives that are sharp enough to cut up ingredients but won’t cut skin. “Isn’t this fun?” remarked student Millen. “I smell something good!” Students also got to crack and whisk up the eggs and add the flour, mixing all the ingredients for Tillyard to take it to the cart’s induction stovetop, which doesn’t get hot


Skyline students enjoy healthy, tasty treats thanks to a new cooking cart donated by the Sage Garden Project. Photos/Karen Billing

so it doesn’t burn little fingers. In addition to the stovetop, the cart also comes stocked with a blender and a NuWave Oven, a clear oven that allows kids to keep watch as food cooks inside. Students kept track of the cooking time on a timer and excitedly chanted “Time’s up! Time’s up!” when it went off. All of the students had the opportunity to taste their results, topped with dollops of applesauce or sour cream. Some were fans of the latkes, some didn’t like them as much, but all tried it. According to Sage Garden Project Director Dawn Mayeda, that’s the beauty of the cart, providing a connection from the garden to the table. It allows children to become familiar with the vegetables and they might discover they like them or identify them when they’re an option at the salad bar or dinner table. Sage Garden Project has provided three such carts to three local schools and has also funded a garden aid at Solana Vista School. Last year the Sage Garden Foundation provided funding for all of the students at Skyline to take two field trips to the Center for A Healthy Lifestyle in Solana Beach and participate in a cooking project. This year the Skyline PTA has taken on those trips and will fund them so they can continue, in addition to all classes having access to the cooking cart resource.

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Kenyan Maasai warriors/authors share experiences at Notre Dame Academy BY JOE TASH Two Maasai warriors from Kenya captivated students at Notre Dame Academy in Carmel Valley during a recent visit, describing a ritualistic lion kill, demonstrating traditional weapons and even teaching them a few words in Swahili. Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana are from the Maasai Mara area of southwest Kenya. They are in the midst of a three-month tour of the U.S. and Canada, both to promote their new book, a memoir called “The Last Maasai Warriors,” and drum up support for Free the Children, a nonprofit they work for in Kenya. They were invited to Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic school serving grades K-8, by Karen Moyer, a Notre Dame parent who had worked with Free the Children during a previous trip to Kenya with her son, Hutton, who was 16 at the time. The visit was meant to teach the children about another culture and kick off a campaign to raise $8,500 to build a school in Kenya, said Laura Perkins, the school’s assistant principal. The goal will be reached if each of the school’s 450 children brings in about $20 worth of change, she said. Free the Children was founded in 1995 by 12-year-old Craig Kielburger of Ontario, Canada, who had read a story about another 12-year-old in South Asia who died after speaking out on child labor issues. Today, Free the Children operates in 45 countries, where it has built schools and launched other educational initiatives aimed at moving children out of poverty and away from the exploitation of child labor. The organization was recently featured on the CBS news magazine show “60 Minutes.” Another goal of the organization is to mobilize young people in the developed world to make a difference. Wilson and Jackson, who are in their 20s, work with groups of visitors to Kenya, helping to keep them safe and teaching them about local culture, said Galen Kerrick of Me to We, a sister organization to Free the Children, who also attended the visit to Notre Dame Academy and spoke to the students. The two Kenyans wore traditional Maasai “shukas,” or tunics, which come to the knees, and plaid shawls wrapped around their shoulders. All of their clothing was colored red, which the men said connotes power, and decorated with metallic discs that jingled as they moved. They told the children about their upbringing in Kenya, and Jackson related how he had to interrupt his schooling once, when he was 12, to help his family care for their herd of cattle. Wilson said when he finished grade school, he wanted to go on to high school and university, but his father wanted him to train to become a Maasai warrior. They struck a deal: if Wilson killed a lion, his father told him, he would be allowed to continue his education, Wilson said.

Two Maasai warriors, Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana, from Kenya recently spoke to students at Notre Dame Academy in Carmel Valley. Wilson went to a camp where he trained for months, killing a buffalo and other animals in preparation for the lion hunt. When it was time, a group of warriors tracked a male lion in the forest, until they were close enough for the kill. Several warriors threw their spears at the lion, but his struck first, meaning he made the kill, Wilson said. While he was proud of his accomplishment, “I was most excited that it meant I could go to school,” he said. A publisher’s description of their book notes that Wilson and Jackson are the last generation of their people to engage in such rituals as killing a lion, a practice that has also been banned by the government of Kenya. They are also the first of their community to attend university, where Jackson studied botany and Wilson stud-

ied sociology. At the school assembly, the two men showed children traditional weapons such as a wooden club called a conga, arrows, a metal-tipped spear and a machete. They also taught the children Swahili words for hello and thank you — hujambo and asante sana. When one student answered a question correctly, he was given his own conga, drawing gasps of admiration from his classmates. From San Diego, Wilson and Jackson were headed to Los Angeles, then Seattle and New York City, before heading back to Kenya in mid-December. The two said this was their first overseas trip, and they have found the U.S. and Canada very different from home. “People are very welcoming,” Wilson said, adding that he has been impressed by the development and good roads he has seen in his travels. “We believe this is the way these countries have developed is because of education,” he said. “It’s the key to success.”

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Former TPHS star leads Tufts to NCAA title Former Torrey Pines star Chelsea Yogerst helped lead Tufts University to the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III field hockey championship in November. The Jumbos defeated Montclair State 2-1 in the final, played at Geneva in upstate New York, to a cap a Cinderella run for the national title that saw them upset a number of higher ranked teams. Tufts finished the season with 19 wins and only two losses, but many of the victories were nail-biters decided in overtime or by just one goal. Yogerst topped the team in scoring with 13 goals and 27 overall points – the junior forward’s best stats in nine seasons of field hockey going back to seventh grade at Carmel Valley Middle School. She scored in three of the team’s five NCAA playoff games and seven out of eight straight games leading up to the Final Four. After finishing second in their conference (NESCAC) to No. 1 ranked Middlebury and hovering at the lower end of the top 10 all season, nobody expected the Jumbos to make the Final Four, let alone take the whole thing. Tufts started its championship campaign with an

8-0 win over Castleton State in a driving snowstorm on the Jumbos home field near Boston. In the Sweet Sixteen, Tufts pulled off a 4-2 upset of No. 9 ranked William Smith. Then they booked their spot in the Final Four with a 2-1 upset over former national champ and No. 6 ranked Bowdoin. The Jumbos swept past DePauw 2-0 in the national semifinal and then took on No. 2 ranked Montclair State in the final. Tufts fell behind 0-1 early, but rallied for two second half goals to take the national trophy back to Boston. Four other Tufts players hail from California, including Solana Beach native Brittany Norfleet, who played her freshman and sophomore years at Torrey Pines before finishing high school back east, and La Jolla native Lia Sagerman, who played her high school ball at Bishops.

(Above) Chelsea Yogerst hoists the NCAA trophy after Tufts victory in the national championship game. (Below) Chelsea Yogerst moves the ball up the field against Castleton State in the “snow bowl” that kicked off their NCAA title run.

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Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U14 All Star soccer team tops at Mesa Tournament The Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U14 All Star soccer team won the Mesa Tournament this past weekend, held at Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa. The local girls were the only team out of 97 in the tournament that did not allow even one goal during the six games played over Saturday and Sunday, beating talented teams including Poway and Vista, who they played in the final, beating 3-0. It was a complete team effort, with stellar passing and assists from midfielders Courtney Jackson and Julia Little, eight girls scored 18 goals between them. Malvika Jain, Stavi Augur, Jaden Watkins, Abby Ausmus , Tamar Ervin, Christiana Rigopoulos, Brynn Froehlich, and Cami Doheny all posted one or more goals. Coaches Marianne Rigopoulos and Mark Watkins worked quickly with only four practices, to turn the girls into a tight knitted team, and the girls are now pleading to play in more tournaments. Stay tuned!


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Accomplished Canyon Crest Academy teen getting ‘extreme’ with martial arts BY ROB LEDONNE Fourteen year olds typically don’t have lofty goals; most just want to chill out. However, Canyon Crest Academy student Demitri de la Cruz isn’t like most 14 year olds. Since a young age, his goal has been to dominate the relatively new sport of extreme martial arts, and in the past few years has not only done just that, but is quickly turning into a nationally-known standout. “I think I was about 6 when I started watching this animated Jackie Chan TV Demitri de la Cruz show,” de la Cruz explains of how the seeds of doing martial arts were planted in his head. “At the time, I told my dad it was something I wanted to do. I thought it was pretty cool that you could do a flips and tricks, and beat up a bunch of bad guys. Of course I didn’t want to beat people up, but I was very interested in the form.” From there, he started taking a once-weekly class at Church’s ATA Martial Arts School in Carmel Valley, and a mere interest snowballed into something much greater. De la Cruz was immersed in the world of “Xtreme Martial Arts,” which is markedly different compared to traditional martial arts skills. “Usually with traditional martial arts, you learn the basic form, how to spar, contact fighting and other general techniques,” explains de la Cruz. “With Xtreme Martial Arts (or XMA), it gets much more varied. You learn punching, kicking, flips and tricks, in addition to life skills. So it’s

entirely different.” XMA rewards participants using a belt system (much like karate), and de la Cruz slowly worked his way up the ladder at Church’s, constantly trying to improve his passion and learn new, more difficult techniques: “When I was first learning how to do more advanced stuff like back flips, I was pretty excited,” he remembers. However on his first try, de la Cruz fell flat on his face. “It was pretty scary, but after practicing a bit more I started landing on my knees, and then after more time I was finally on my feet.” Demitri’s parents, Michele and Norman, noticed their son had a knack and love for the process of XMA, so they enrolled him to take classes at the sport’s World Headquarters in North Hollywood to expand his horizons. While there, he studies under Michael Chaturantabut (or Mike Chat), a former actor (best known for his role as one of the Power Rangers) turned martial arts expert who founded XMA. Chat, who was a mentor to “Twilight” actor Taylor Lautner during his early days, was just the person who could bring Demtiri to the next level. “Sure, it was challenging at the time, but we saw his talent and interest” explained Norman who knows all too well about the headache of driving back and forth to Los Angeles twice a week. “If there’s something your kids are successful and talented in, and also have a drive to succeed, I think most parents would support them.” Demitri echoes that sentiment: “I have the best parents in the world, because whatever I do they’re there 100 percent.” Since studying with Chat, Demtiri’s hard work appears to have paid off; he was recently a part of an official XMA demo team showing his skills around the country (which he says was “the best time” of his life), and recently became a third degree black belt, which is considered one of the highest honors in the sport. Demitri also has the distinction of

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CCA Envision Dance presents ‘The Echo of Dracula’ this month The Canyon Crest Academy Envision Dance Conservatory will present “The Echo of Dracula” for two weeks in December. Show dates and times are; Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at 4 & 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at 4 and 7 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 21, at 4 & 7 p.m. All shows will take place in Canyon Crest Academy’s Proscenium Theater located at 5951 Village Center Loop Road in Carmel Valley. The community is invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at “The Echo of Dracula,” an original story co-written by Dance Director Rayna Stohl and Ryan Tobin, explores our perceptions of good and evil, our fears of the unknown, and the struggle to overcome these fears to behave in ways that align with our own true character and values. In addition to the many original characters from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel — Mina, Jonathan, Lucy, Van Helsing, and Dr. Seward — “The Echo of Dracula” adds an all-knowing Bat, fairies (both dark and light), a kidnapped child, and a hip-hopping crew of humans. This show is appropriate for an audience of all ages and the runtime is approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Visit

KEEPSAKE signed to preserve Del Mar history.” In 1927, Stratford Square included a grocery store, beauty parlor, doctor’s office and a drugstore, complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain — a place where locals and visiting celebrities gathered. Designated a historical site by the city of Del Mar in 1978, Stratford Square was originally


continued from page 7 known as the Kockritz Building, named after Herman W. Kockritz, a friend of William Kerckhoff, one of the founders of Del Mar. After several ownership changes, Jim Watkins bought the building in 1966 and restored the building to its original English Tudor style. To purchase a limited edition ornament, visit w w w. d e l m a r m a i n s t r e e t . com/online-store.

St. Therese of Carmel to feature Christmas play ‘Are you ready?’ It’s a wonderful time of year and, once again, the parish of St. Therese of Carmel is presenting its annual Christmas play, performed by the children of the parish. “Are you ready?” will take place on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 4355 Del Mar Trails Rd., in Carmel Valley. The play tells the story of what goes on in Heaven

when a little angel named Freddy misses the memo that the Messiah is about to be born. Freddy is played by Emily Osburn and the narrator is Elizabeth Ratcliffe. Thirty cast members are displayed in the ensemble activity. As always, the show is free of charge as are the refreshments and arts and crafts immediately following the

program. We welcome any families who wish to participate in a leisurely, restful afternoon amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. For more information, visit the website: or call the office at (858) 481-3232.

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Letters to the Editor/Opinion Thanks to all who provided Caveat emptor (buyer beware): Taxpaying buyers of the undisclosed Prop CC ‘projects’ must have been aware support for Prop CC As a parent of two young children in San Diego Unified School District on the •E ngaged community needed and encouraged to overcome challenges ahead When the election was certified on Dec. 4, Prop CC missed approval by 130 “yes” votes. Divided by eight schools, that’s a little more than 16 voters per school. It was very close. Those of us who worked for its passage would like to thank all who helped. Teachers, principals, administrators, staff, parents, residents, business owners, PTAs, and others gave hours of their time and money out of their wallets. It is no small thing to give to one’s community. Indeed, it’s what gives a community its character and worth. We’re thankful that Prop AA passed. Our community will see a new middle school, among other improvements. Voters across San Dieguito Union High School District’s boundary area opted for local control over local funds for local schools. Everyone will benefit. There is more hard work ahead. We have some real challenges now as budgets are decided and tough decisions are made. We hope for a unified approach and forwardthinking ideas. We need an engaged community to attend school board meetings, to get involved with their local PTAs, and to support the work of the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation. We hope the community comes together to work on behalf of the kids and the schools they learn in. Jen Charat, parent, Ashley Falls Elementary School Branden Belford, parent, Sycamore Ridge Elementary School Suzanne Hall, parent, Torrey Hills Elementary School Janet Handzel, parent, Sage Canyon Elementary School Kelly Bruhn, parent, Carmel Del Mar Elementary School Allison Healy-Poe, parent, Carmel Del Mar Elementary School

One Paseo project still needs to be scaled down As a member of the Del Mar area community of San Diego, I was disappointed to see the modest revision for the One Paseo project (slated for the Carmel Valley area just off the Del Mar Heights exit of I-5). It’s not enough. The project should be scaled back to confirm with the community plan — not given a special exemption by the city for a 3X or 4X size increase. My major concern is the traffic on an already overloaded Del Mar Heights Road. Carmel Valley housing developments have increased in the past 10 to 15 years, causing gridlock during commuting times for workers, shoppers, and those going to and from Torrey Pines High School. Need we mention the month of June during the County Fair or during the July and August racing season when the Del Mar Heights exit and the I-5 freeway are at a dead stop? I live on the west side of I-5 and because I live within San Diego City, my nearest fire station and police station are on the east side of I-5, just past the proposed over-sized One Paseo development. If the development is given a green light to exceed the community development plan by 3X or 4X, not only will the construction add a heavy burden of traffic on our already congested Del Mar Heights Road, but the increase in shoppers, apartment dwellers, and office workers will add to the congestion for the years to come. It’s difficult enough for emergency vehicles to get through during peak traffic times at this point. Who knows what will happen if the super-sized One Paseo project is allowed, by the city, to be developed? I hate to think that one home or one single life will be lost because the San Diego police or Fire Department are blocked by gridlock traffic. It’s a real danger to my community and neighborhood. If we need a Trader Joe’s, fine — I’m all for it. But make it conform to the size stated in the Carmel Valley Community Plan. That’s why we have a plan! Margie Lopata Del Mar

the Del Mar Union School District, I have been greatly conflicted about my personal voting choice and the outcome of the Prop CC measure intending to raise $76.8 million in funds for miscellaneous general and yet undefined projects. It is not hard to grasp and feel the pain how DMUSD needs to ease general fund deficiencies by finding new revenue sources. However, voters are getting wiser about bond measures such as Prop CC which partly explains why it failed. Forty years of property taxes under Prop CC was not so much about “projects” as it was a means to simply fill a budget gap. In reading the language of the Prop CC measure I found that there was nothing specific or imminent about any stated “listed project” that warranted 40 years of increased property tax payments. From a “needs assessment” point of view, it simply represented a desire of the DMUSD to supplant general fund maintenance and operation costs with a new tax revenue stream so it could shift general funds to education, administration and teachers’ salaries. While a noble cause for addressing budget constraints and raising new revenue, it is not one that meets the intent and purposes of a Prop 39 school funds ballot measure. Up front, I must admit a personal bias against Prop 39 school bond voter measures such as Prop CC. This is because school districts across the state are using this special Constitutional provision to irrevocably commit many billions of dollars in new longterm tax servitudes in an improper manner. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Voters’ willingness in passing Prop 39 to relax the ordinary two-thirds required passage rate for new taxes to 55 percent came with very strict requirements. What is required under the confines of a relaxed 55 percent majority vote is a predetermined and succinct “project list” arising from study of a multi-year needs assessments and implementation plan for school facilities. California voters approved Prop 39 amending the State Constitution and causing enactment of the “Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bond Act of 2000” to allow schools to get particular identified facilities or projects addressed (e.g., a new gymnasium or renovated building). Voters did not contemplate that relaxed voter pass rates would be regularly used as an open-ended discretionary new funding source for schoolwide facilities and infrastructure. However, this is how most school districts utilize Prop 39 today. My awareness of Prop 39 bond measure abuses arise from my involvement in a lawsuit whereby my client (Taxpayers for Accountable School Bond Spending) sued the

principal basis that its Prop 39 bond measure in 2008 (Prop S) did not list any projects to construct stadium lighting systems in school stadiums throughout the city. SDUSD proclaimed that its “San Diego School Repair and Safety Measure” would primarily be used to repair and update outdated facilities, as well as provide ADA improvements for its athletic facilities. Now on appeal, SDUSD argues to the courts that the words “field lighting” in boilerplate language regarding allowable costs, “incidental and necessary for construction of the listed projects,” as found on the second-to-last page of the 97-page ballot measure intended stadium lighting “projects” for all schools. The lunacy arising from this interpretation suggests that voters gave approval for using the restricted Prop 39 taxpayer funds for anything, as long as it is not used for administration, teachers’ salaries, or other educational programs. Voters are beginning to catch-on and reject the current expanding trend of school districts using open-ended facility improvement bond measures as a disguised means to simply raise revenue for such discretionary spending. School districts such as DMUSD with fairly modernized facilities need to regroup and rethink promoting bond measures after this defeat and decide how to garner public support for new and legitimate revenue streams. My preference for current financially hampered districts such as DMUSD is to have them more directly and honestly request voters enact an ordinary two-thirds approved measure to boost funding needs for a short-term number of financially lean years. Recognizing such need, the public may be more willing to impose new taxes on themselves. If that doesn’t work, pick a few new or replacement buildings or facilities that need special attention. Voters will be able to connect with these and evaluate the legitimacy of approving the same. But for now, taxpayers are becoming more aware of school districts’ incorrect use of these Prop 39 measures. I applaud DMUSD trustee Doug Perkins, educational columnist Marsha Sutton, and others who objected and/or reported the realities of how and why Prop CC was improperly constructed. Unless the abuses of Prop 39 tax measures get cured soon, we should continue to expect voter reticence and rejections on election day. Craig Sherman Craig Sherman is Carmel Valley resident and attorney who represents clients in administrative law, environmental, and property matters. He can be reached at

Public input needed to address affordable housing issue Del Mar City wrestled with the knotty Housing Element problem of providing affordable housing in the City, and prepared to adopt locations for such inclusion which raised an uproar with the majority voters who defeated Prop J in November. Why? The City wanted to include most of it in the downtown commercial zone! Yielding to such uproar, the City is holding further workshops to find a better solution. The following are some solutions to consider for the affordable units: 1. Challenge the 10 unit penalty added to the 12 allocation for the current period, leaving 12 instead of 22 required to provide. It appears the City didn’t do enough to challenge the penalty. This penalty was arbitrary – not based on pre-determined criteria, or applied evenly to all cities not meeting their allocation. Penalties have to be known, so they can be weighed against the decision to not comply. 2. Include the Public Facilities zones in the area for possible inclusion. One person recently suggested putting affordable housing at the tennis court location. If we have to provide affordable housing, that location should be a lot more beneficial to the Del Mar citiSee HOUSING, page 19


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Skeptical of responses by ‘political activists’ I was greatly amused by the responses written by Ms. Perl and Mr. Field (Carmel Valley News, Nov. 8, 2012) concerning the absence of their political protests on the corner of Del Mar Heights and El Camino Real these past four years. Ms. Perl states that “not every action is politically motivated” and that the rallies were “intentionally not political, but rather a reflection of a moral imperative.” They conducted a highly visible demonstration on weekend afternoons on the busiest intersection of Carmel Valley against President Bush’s “illegal” wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the “illegal” prison facility in Guantanamo Bay for months prior to the 2008 election and then ceased all activism once President Obama is elected. This is morally driven? Just how naïve do these political activists believe the residents of Carmel Valley are? Where were the protests against President Obama when he surged an additional 33,000 combat troops to Afghanistan in 2010? The facts are that, after four years as our Commander in Chief, President Obama increased the troop level to over 100,000 in March 2011 and only months prior to the recent 2012 election were the troop levels returned to those seen during President Bush’s term. If this war was, as our friendly neighborhood activists claim, “illegal” and “immoral” four years ago then it certainly continues to be. Why no protests against President Obama for continuing this war? Are “moral imperatives” assuaged by good intentions, or do our political activists have such a flexible sense of morality that this continuing war no longer outrages their sensibilities? Our local activists are quite proud of periodically raising a banner of protest deep in the heartland of industrial Poway on Thursday afternoons condemning the manufacture of military drones. Why not emerge from the warehouses, and make this protest public on our most trafficked intersection on a Sunday afternoon and rail against the White House policy which employs the drones? Is it politically inconvenient to protest against the President these days? Four years ago, our friendly neighborhood activists protested the existence of an “illegal” deten-

tion facility in Guantanamo Bay which Mr. Field claims makes “a mockery of justice.” After four years with President Obama running the country, Guantanamo Bay remains open with approximately 168 detainees. Over the past 10 years, more than 600 detainees from Gitmo have been released to their home countries. Those released were the best behaved, the least likely to continue hostilities, and those we simply lacked evidence that they acted as illegal combatants as defined by international law. However, the Department of Defense estimates that, of those released, approximately 28 percent have returned to the battlefield fighting and killing our troops, to include Sufyan bin Qumu who was involved in Al Queda’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Ben Ghazi this past Sept. 11. The Gitmo prison facility is required because our nation was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 — a war which our nation did not seek, did not create, and has done everything within our internationally justified power to finish. The harsh reality is that a radical Islamic fundamentalist faction, which indiscriminately attacks civilians, actively pursues the destruction of our nation and way of life. There is a moral high

ground, and our nation firmly occupies that territory. On the day when Mr. Field and Ms. Perl visit the grieving parents, children, and families of those who have been killed by Al Queda and their proxies and express their moral indignity at the facility which detains the perpetrators of these deaths, our local political activists might have a small claim to “moral imperative.” This is no mere theoretical exercise. With Camp Pendleton just minutes up the road and the Balboa Naval Hospital downtown, these grieving families live in our neighborhoods. I find it appalling that our political activists are more concerned with the health, welfare, and judicial disposition of Al Queda in Gitmo than with the surviving families and wounded warriors who live in our community. As I drive past the corner of Del Mar Heights and El Camino Real twice a day to and from work and numerous times on the weekends and note the absence of our political activists protesting President Obama’s foreign policy, I always smile at the foolishness, political hypocrisy, moral relativism, and naiveté of our former protestors. Trey Mitchell Carmel Valley

HOUSING continued from page 18 zens than the tennis courts! 3. Did you know that we have approximately $720,000 sitting in a Housing Fund? Why couldn’t that be used as a starter for developing the required units as suggested in #2? 4. It is continually said that we get credit for providing subsidized housing (to eight families at approximately $70,000/year), but the credit we get is not used to calculate the number of affordable units we are to provide for any period. So why not allocate that $70,000/year to providing the required units in #2, and those eight families can live there? 5. If government has the power to eventually require us to destroy our City of Del Mar through the Housing Element, there is another option – unincorporate and become part of the County. These periodical allocations of required affordable housing apply only to cities and the County, not neighborhoods like Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla and Del Mar. I’m sending these suggestions to the city. Be sure you send yours to them right away so we can handle the affordable housing in an agreeable way. Ralph Peck Del Mar


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them down before they became a scoring threat multiple times in the second half. “We are young and inexperienced, which really showed on defense, but I saw a lot of sheer will and that kept them from scoring,” continued Coach Sandoval. “It’s a challenge to us coaches to harness the energy and desire we saw today, and we could end up a good team.” Both Torrey Pines and Patrick Henry compete in the Southern California Youth Rugby High School League. There are 15 teams in San Diego County (up from 11 last year), and 31 throughout southern California. Recognizing that some programs are more established, the schools have been divided into “Gold” and “Silver” Divisions. Torrey Pines competes with eight schools in the Gold Division south. The “Gold” division includes rivals Cathedral Catholic, St. Augustine, and Fallbrook. Rugby is not currently a CIF-sanctioned sport. But, with growing awareness,


and the recent addition of Rugby Sevens to the 2016 Olympics, supporters of the world’s most popular contact sport believe it is only a matter of time until Rugby joins Lacrosse as a new addition to High School sports programs. Torrey Pines will meet St. Augustine Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9:30 a.m. in a game at “The Little Q”—a secret Rugby pitch hidden in the southwest corner of the Qualcomm Stadium parking complex. Admission is free. The game of rugby football developed from a version of football played at Rugby School, England, and was originally one of several different versions of football played at English Public Schools during the 19th century. Today, Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world. The Rugby Championship is the third most watched television sport in the world after World Cup Soccer and the Olympics. For high school standings, visit For more on the San Diego Mustangs Program, and the Club Season which starts in January, visit www.

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Brendan McManus 1985 – 2012 Brendan Michael McManus, age 27, died in Berkeley, California, on November 20, 2012. Born May 16, 1985, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brendan moved with his family to California in 1985 and was a lifelong

resident of Del Mar. Brendan attended Diegueno Country School before entering The Bishop’s School where he graduated in 2003. Brendan had a passion for science and was a Chemistry major at UC Berkeley. His special interest was protein chemistry and x-ray crystallography; he pursued these interests in fellowships at the Scripps Research Institute, Oxford University, the Karolinska Institutein Stockholm, Sweden, as well as in research laboratories at UC Berkeley. An avid sailor, Brendan sailed competitively for The Bishop’s School, UC Berkeley and at the San Diego Yacht Club. An accomplished classical guitarist, an enthusiastic outdoorsman and a self proclaimed expert on Belgian beer, Brendan will

live forever in the hearts of his family and friends. We will miss you forever Brendan. A memorial will be held for Brendan on December 15, 2012, from 1 to 4 PM with a commemoration at 2 PM at The Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar. Contributions to Copper Canyon Press (www. are welcomed. Please sign the guest book online at obituaries/delmartimes.

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Dirt Devils: First row, left to right: Maryjane Gonzales (ca), Kristin Bitter (2b); Second row, left to right: Valeria Caballero (p), Megan Gutierrez (ss), Rubie Wexler (3b); Third row, left to right: Macall Peed (1b), Ava Fargo (of), Bella Jandreski (of), Lindsey Miller (p), Hasti Kahksari (of), Allie Deere (of); Top, left to right: Team Mom: Lourdes Caballero, coach: Tom Deere, manager: Mike Moreno.

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The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys U12 All-Star team attacked again in the Mesa All-Stars Tournament, clinching their second straight tournament championship in as many weeks. The BU12 team scored an amazing 35 goals in the Mesa tournament, giving up just two goals, with 11 different players scoring over their seven game outing. Coach Rick Sanborn commented, “It was amazing to watch this group of recreational players, who have only been playing together for a couple weeks, to not only gel so quickly, but to play with such passion and execute flawlessly…it was simply spectacular!”

The North Shore Girls Softball Dirt Devils recently won the 12U Silver Division ECASA Winter Ball League Championship. The Dirt Devils went into the tournament as the No. 1 seed after placing first with 13 wins and 3 losses. During the three playoff games the Dirt Devils averaged 10 runs per game and allowed an average of four runs per game with some great defensive plays, power hitting and showing great heart and determination with a few players playing hurt for the team with no complaints. It was an unforgettable season for the players, coaches, team mom, and parents!

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2012 Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys U14 All-stars: Back row, left to right: Coach Bob Shopes, Bruno Ghetti (with game ball), Jason Helali Ryan Asaro, Eitan Acks Evan Shapiro, Patrick Shubat, Ryan Jenkins, Jakob Travis, Max Jackson and Chris Floeter; Front row, left to right: Tyler Chae-Banks, Eli Perlmutter, Bradley Libermensch, Chris Shopes, Ryan Parkes, Oscar Sanchez, Connor Simpson and Jon Shopes.

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From top left: Assistant Coach Steve Moglia, Andie Gately, Megan Moglia, Renza Milner, Galit Fux, Kyra Chan, Lily Khabie, Kana Jackson, Coach Brandon Poe. From bottom left: Alexa Laurie, Erin Poe, Ainsley Jackman, Emma Levy.

Sharks Gold U10 Team wins Mesa Tournament Championship The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Girls Under 10 All Star team finished their undefeated all star careers with a 2-1 victory over Encinitas in the championship match at the Mesa All Star Tournament on Dec. 8-9. During the past two tournaments, the Sharks Gold team scored 31 goals and allowed only four. A special thank you to the parents, Erin Misaki and Shannon MacMillan for their positive attitude and tremendous support. But all the credit goes to the players who worked so hard as a team on the field and became great friends off the field.

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The boys Under 14 Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks all-star team reigned in the 2012 MESA All-Star tournament on Dec. 9 by decisively beating rival Vista, 4-1, in the Finals. The Sharks are undefeated the last eight games, outscoring opponents 25-4. The MESA finals started as a hard-fought defensive battle, with Sharks up 1-0 at halftime. Vista evened the score 10 minutes into the second half. It looked like it might go to penalty kicks, when the Sharks broke though with three goals in ten minutes to put the game away. In the MESA tournament, Chris S, Chris F, Eli and Eitan led the team with a strong defensive core that never bent. Eitan wowed the crowd with a 60-yard scoring kick that arced over the outstretched arm of a shocked goalie. Ryan A, Ryan J, Oscar, Evan and Bruno led the offense with smart passing and on target shots. Oscar was even more brilliant than usual with two leading though balls that threaded the defense and led to goals. Connor, Tyler, Jason, Ryan P, Bradley, Max, Jon and Jakob, provided active midfield support with great energy. Patrick was solid as keeper always allowing only three goals in five games. “This team has worked hard and come a long way in a short time, winning two tournaments in consecutive weeks,”said Coach Shopes. “They support each other and have a lot of fun at the same time. Their parents should be proud not only that they put in a huge effort but what great people they are becoming in the process.” Coach Shopes also thanked the Vista team for a clean and competitive Final game.

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Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks - Girls U12 team wins two recent championships The Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks - Girls U12 team recently won championships at both the La Jolla All Star Tournament, held Dec. 1-2, and the Mesa All Stars Tournament, held Dec. 8-9. Back row (L to R): Head Coach J.C. Duncan, Sela Duncan, Carla Hansen, Kate Milmoe, Sofia Perri, Ashley Shafer, Sara Anderson, Maya Shukla, Chelsea Jones, Coach Eric Union; Front row (L to R): Paige Shields, Kathryn Sandberg, Josi Rooney, Charlotte Maher, Caitlin Sansone, Isabel Helfrich, Isabel Heaton, Torrey Van Ness.

Carmel Valley Manchester BU13 Academy wins Presidio Soccer League AAA Division championship Congratulations to Carmel Valley Manchester BU13 Academy for winning the Presidio Soccer League AAA Division championship! The team consistently outplayed competitors in the acclaimed AAA Division to clinch first place in the largest competitive youth soccer league in San Diego County. The boys are currently training for the Cal South 2013 State Cup. Pictured (Top, L-R) Coach Warren Barton, Triston Wu, Donny Casey, Cameron Crocamo, Reagan Kan, Jose Guadarrama, Michael Avila, Jeroni Bertran, Griffin Taylor, James White; (Bottom L-R) George Biddle, Julian Schonfeld, Luca Martinez, Sean Glatts, Connor Rittershofer, Kane Barton. Not pictured: Diego Cahua and Taylor DeGuzman.

Online registration now open for upcoming Paws in the Park event Online registration for the Escondido Humane Society’s 14th annual Paws in the Park dog walk is now open. The event will be held on Sunday, March 24, from 8 a.m.-noon at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido.

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Ocean views from all living areas. 3BR (5BR option), 4.5BA, 4000 SqFt estate designed by Stuart Resort, AIA with Frank Lloyd Wright characteristics. Elegantly finished with all the bells and whistles. Ideal for entertaining. Easy access to beach, village, Plaza and Race Track. $3,699,000

2BR, 2BA upstairs unit. Move in ready! Professional designer details. Stone flooring in the kitchen, downstairs bathroom, and both master suite bathrooms. Slate stone designer fireplace, granite counter tops in the kitchen, custom lighting, custom wood cabinets, A/C and skylights. A MUST SEE! $409,000-$439,000

Incredible ocean view home! From the custom Panto Italian mahogany windows and exterior doors, Hydronic under-floor heating system, Solar water and electric, programmable lighting system, audio, every inch unique and elegant. The grand living area and custom kitchen flow seamlessly to the outdoors to fantastic ocean and lagoon views. The adorable relaxing cottage retreat is set against Torrey Pines Preserve annex so your privacy is protected. This cottage features reclaimed flooring, and is totally self contained. 5BR, 5BA, custom built by Oakhurst Builders. $2,695,000


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DEL MAR VACATION RENTAL John Finley (760) 815-2266

Newer 4BR, 2.5BA, 2408 SF home in Portico. Fantastic condition! Beautiful wood floors and granite countertops. Outdoor area with firepit, BBQ & refrigerator. 2 car garage. Carmel Valley $745,000

Great floorplan – 3BR, 3.5BA, 2284 SF townhome with top row location. Upstairs and down Master Suites. Remodeled kitchen with granite counters, light maple cabinets and skylights. Hardwood floors in living and dining area. Motivated seller. Resort living at its best! $1,139,900

Comfortable spacious single story home on large corner lot in excellent neighborhood with 2 Bedrooms plus paneled library, 2 Baths.

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Clean 2BR, 2.5BA, 1231 SF end unit with 2 car garage. Private patio. Excellent location close to beach, shopping, restaurants. Community pool, spa, exercise room. $505,000

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LA COSTA RESORT LIVING! Ian Wilson (760) 525-6703

Awesome UC location. 2BR, 2BA townhome in University Towne Square. Incredibly clean and ready for move-in. Full size washer & dryer in unit. Two underground parking spaces. Near shopping, restaurants, grocery and more. $360,000

Represented buyer. Sunlit Mediterranean Retreat: 4BR, 3.5BA, 3400+ SF, .62 flat acre on cul-de-sac lot. Rich wood floors, high ceilings, skylights. TOP SCHOOLS! Courtyard with graceful fountains. Lush landscaping. $1,075,000

Penthouse with panoramic ocean views. Only 8 steps total. Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors. 2BR, 2BA, 1308 SF. Call Kyle for private showing! $840,000

Beautiful, peaceful & private single level townhome. 2BR, 2BA with high ceilings and open floor plan. Private patio with spa. Steps to world famous La Costa Resort Golf Course & Spa. Minutes to beaches. SOLD $335,000

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Local concert band celebrates 30 years of success. See page B5

LifeStyles Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Local author says nature is a key part of any fitness plan. Page B3


For Del Mar resident, SD Women’s Foundation an outlet for selfdiscovery as well as service BY CLAIRE HARLIN Del Mar resident Teresa Jacques has dedicated much of her time to the San Diego Women’s Foundation, from serving as an interim president to marketing chair of the 200-member organization. But recently, her step down from office to being a member-at-large and servTeresa Jacques ing on the foundation’s discovery team has resulted not only in the discovery of her community’s funding needs, but also her own self-discovery. “Getting involved in this process, it’s amazing what I am learning,” said the United Kingdom native, who joined the foundation to get a broader perspective on San Diego when she moved here in 2001. “Our mission is not just about supporting nonprofits. It’s about inspiring and educating our members.” Founded in 2000 by a few local women with big ideas, the San Diego Women’s Foundation each year identifies areas of need in one of several rotating focus areas — health and human services, civil society, education, arts and culture, and the environment. As the grants committees award funding in one area, raised from each member’s contribution of $2,000 or more, the discovery team is already researching the city’s needs in the next area. Right now, as non-profits across the city are being awarded grants relating to arts and culture, last year’s focus area, Jacques is knee-deep in learning about San Diego’s environmental needs to identify goals for the 2013 year. “The things that strike me the most revolve around water consumption issues … we are a desert at the end of the day, and it’s weird to be surrounded by water but to find out we are 90 percent dependent on water being transported,” said Jacques, who came to the United States as a global human resources executive. “Then, to find out that 45 percent of our water is spent on irrigation, that is eye-opening.” Her London background has also provided her the insight to look objectively and critically at American customs in identifying ways to make San Diego a better place. She said that public transit is an area she’d like to see improvement, and upgrades in that area could come full circle to improve the economy and environment. “Living in London, there was no way you could survive without the bus or train,” she said. “Here, you can’t survive without a car, and we continue with land use such as widening and building freeways. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a transportation system that would link us and help us get from ‘a’ to ‘z’?” Jacques said being part of the foundation has changed her life, and she loves that her involvement has complemented her career through the years beSee FOUNDATION, page B20

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Magic Johnson shares winning advice The best thing to do with success is pass it on, he says at Jewish Federation event BY KAREN BILLING Earvin “Magic” Johnson is about two things: Winning and giving back. At the Jewish Federation of San Diego’s 16th annual Men’s Event “The Magic of Caring for Others” on Dec. 6, the fierce competitor admitted that he still hates Celtics green and he regularly crushes his 17-yearold daughter in one-one one. The Lakers’ NBA Hall of Famer said he learned in his life that you have to work hard to win and earn success and once you’re blessed with that success you have to pass it on — but not too early on the break to Kurt Rambis (“he would travel every time,” Magic cracked). “I love helping people and it makes me feel really good to help,” said Johnson. “As you bless others you will be blessed and there’s nothing greater than that. You can’t take the money with you.” More than 900 men attended the Men’s Event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to hear Johnson speak as well as Gal Fridman, the only Israeli Olympic gold medalist. The event was free due to the generous underwriting by the Mizel Family Foundation. The foundation saw a leap in attendance from 250 attendees last year to the huge numbers last week. “This is an incredible opportunity to bring lots of people together to support a vital center of Jewish life in San Diego,” said Carmel Valley resident Alan Viterbi, one of the event co-chairs. “This organization is responsible for helping so many people in need throughout San Diego, throughout Israel, and throughout the world.” Viterbi said it was amaz-

Above: Magic Johnson speaks at the Jewish Federation Men’s Event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. PHOTO/ANGELA SOLANGE

Left: Event co-chairs Alan Viterbi, Steve Mizel, Olympian Gal Fridman, Ira Feinswog, Todd Kirschen, Ronnie Diamond and Ira Feinswog. PHOTO/KAREN BILLING ing to have two world-class athletes like Johnson and Fridman as guest speakers, both of whom have dedicated their lives to giving back to others. Fridman won the silver medal in windsurfing at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and won the gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Fridman said upon winning — the emotional moment when his national anthem played with people singing along so loudly he could not hear the recording — his mind flashed on words his coach had told him during training. “My coach had told me I needed to think about what sort of person I wanted to be after I won the medal,” Frid-

man said. He accepted his coach’s challenge and began working with underprivileged youth. In the last three years he has seen graduation rates grow in Israel and seen 90 percent go on to serve their country in the Israel Defense Forces. Johnson said his love of giving back started early. Growing up “very, very poor” in Michigan and with nine siblings, he learned early that he had to work for himself in order to earn any extra money. “My father said there’s a rake for fall and a shovel for winter and a lawn mower for summer,” Johnson said. He remembers one day going door to door to shovel snow in weather that was 7


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Local author says nature is the key ingredient in any fitness, weight-loss plan

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BY CLAIRE HARLIN For the past 14 years, Carol Tibbetts has been leading women through 6 a.m. nature hikes several days a week as part of their resort-style experience at Escondido’s Golden Door fitness spa. Though the longtime Solana Beach resident specializes in fitness, nutrition and yoga, hiking is actually her favorite activity, and she said helping her clients connect with nature has been a vital part of their wellness plans and weightloss journeys. “You’d be surprised the way people are changed when they see the sun rise in the morning,” said Tibbetts. “Especially people from places like New York City, who may not get to be with nature often, the hikes can really change people. They are a great balancer and they remind us of our senses, helping us to be mindful and realize that we are part of a whole universe.” The positive influence Tibbetts has experienced first-hand through incorpo-

Author Carol Tibbetts. Courtesy photo rating nature into fitness plans is what inspired her to write her first book, “Twelve Mindful Months,” which she released in October. By helping us be mindful, Tibbetts said, nature can make us aware of our goals and how we treat our bodies. For example, being aware of our senses can help us make conscious decisions about food consumption or to be aware of our muscles and movements while we are exercising. “Being present on the yoga mat or on the treadmill,

whatever exercise you are doing, you will perform better,” Tibbetts said. “You can pull more muscles into play and avoid injury, you can appreciate what you are doing for your body as you do it, and when you are walking, you can be thanking your feet and your heart and your lungs. When we are grateful, we are much happier people.” Tibbetts has a passion for photography, which is seen throughout the book. An avid hiker of local spots such as Torrey Pines and the San Dieguito and San Elijo Lagoons, she features numerous photos taken in nature, and she goes full circle to interpret some of nature’s many messages that she said benefit us throughout each season of the year. For example, she said seeing empty bird nests in July reminder her that we should let our children be independent, and we should also celebrate our own independence. “July is about the time parents prepare to send their kids to college, and they have to act like mother birds teaching fledgings to fly,” Tibbetts said. A native of the Boston area, where she owned an aerobics studio for years before moving to Solana Beach and joining the Golden Door in the 1990s, Tibbetts said she used to close her studio when it snowed, because the harsh weather is nature’s way of telling us to rest and break away from routine. “When all the trees are encloaked in ice, all their energy is being conserved,” she said. “It’s nature’s way of reminding us to rejuvenate our reserves too.”

She said also during the winter many tend to make resolutions, however, people should let nature be more dominant and not be too assertive about their goals. “Resolutions don’t last sometimes because we are going against the grain of nature,” she said. “Listening to nature in the winter — that doesn’t mean we need to hibernate like bears; It just means we need to make time to reflect and do some quieter activities.” Since the rise of computers and electronics such as smartphones, people are constantly drifting further away from nature, Tibbetts said. She also said we are increasingly becoming more affected by the media in a society that demands a perfect image. Geared toward women, in particular, her book aims to help people let go of their egos in order to love and better themselves. “Women in particular are always beating themselves up for not being the best,” she said. “Connecting with nature can make us more aware.” Being more aware, she said, can help us see the subtle changes in ourselves and appreciate them. “We can also find beauty in the imperfection of nature, just like we can in ourselves,” she said. “Improving ourselves is about looking at the simple things, like a dry leaf, and recognizing the beauty in those things.” For more about Tibbetts or to purchase her book, visit

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■ 4474 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach ■ (858) 490-2877 ■ ■ The Vibe: Beach casual, relaxed

■ Patio Seating: Yes

■ Signature Dishes: Classic Copper Pot ■ Take Out: Yes Carnitas, Spicy Tequila Ribs, Shrimp Pozole, Fat Fish Burrito On Fire, fresh fish entrees ■ Happy Hour: 4 p.m. to close, daily ■ Hours: ■ Open Since: 2011 • 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Saturday ■ Reservations: Yes • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

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The Crisp Avocado Taco and Chile Relleno combination plate includes a side of coastal rice and black beans.

Sierra Mar Grilled Sea Bass, served over avocado, roma tomato and Bermuda onion timbale, and drizzled with a white balsamic dijon chive vinaigrette

Tequila Lobster Bisque is topped with a puff pastry crust, Maine lobster and agave tequila float.

Seared Ahi Salad is tossed in a blood orange vinaigrette.

Ease on down to Fat Fish Cantina for good grub in a pub BY KELLEY CARLSON ere’s the skinny on Fat Fish Cantina Grill: It has an upscale menu, yet it maintains that casual Pacific Beach vibe. Located within walking distance from the sand and Crystal Pier, it’s almost customary for flip-flops to be part of guests’ garb at this restaurant, which offers “SoCal dining with a Latin flair.” But the fare leans toward contemporary Baja California cuisine rather than typical tacos from shops often found along the shore. By day, Fat Fish is often laid back and mellow, although Sundays during football season can be an exception, as fans cluster around flat-screen TVs in the sunlit cantina. During fair weather, patrons often sit on the wrap-around patio and sip Blood Orange Margaritas or other libations while relaxing to the sounds of artists like Jack Johnson. But the tempo picks up in the evening with Latin-fusion tunes, and the festive nighttime atmosphere tends to draw more of a crowd, chef Chris Bates noted. From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays on the patio, a band plays melodies reminiscent of the styles of Santana and the Gipsy Kings. In the dining room — which features a high-beam ceiling and skylight — the booths and tables are filled, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.


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■ This week: Fat Fish Cantina’s Shrimp Pozole And likely contributing to the restaurant’s popularity are the weekday specials in the cantina, which begin at 4 p.m. and continue through close. There’s the $5 Maine lobster tail on Mondays; Taco Tuesdays; half off all appetizers on Wednesdays; reduced prices on fish tacos and Pacificos on Thursdays; and $3 Tecates on Fridays. To get a true taste of the Fat Fish experience, Bates suggests pulling up a seat at the bar and selecting a starter such as the Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms, which are oven-roasted in a white wine and garlic-butter sauce, or the Fresh Corvina Ceviche, consisting of

The cantina is a popular location to watch sporting events or to take advantage of weekday specials. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON white fish marinated in squeezed lime juice with serrano chiles, sweet onion, cilantro, tomato and fried corn. To accompany the appetizers, try one of the cocktails — one possibility is the Drunken Mermaid, a sweet yet spicy concoction of pear vodka, cucumber, serrano chiles, lime juice, agave nectar and elderflower liquor. For entrees, diners may consider the Spicy Carnitas Lettuce Wrap — slow-roasted pork wrapped in romaine lettuce leaf with roasted pumpkin seeds, habanero pickled red onions and fresh lime garnish. There is also the Potato Wrapped White Sea Bass,

which is oven-roasted with a sun-dried tomato chile champagne sauce and served over a sweet corn cake and steamed asparagus; and the Shrimp Pozole, composed of Mexican black tiger shrimp poached in a dried red chile broth with hominy, oregano, shredded green cabbage and pork belly chicharron. Along with lunch and dinner, Fat Fish serves breakfast with items, such as pancakes, omelettes, French toast and “Baja breakfasts” with a side of refried beans and tortillas. “We give a great product for a very decent price, especially at the beach,” Bates said.


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Created by two soccer moms, local concert band celebrates 30 years of success BY CLAIRE HARLIN It was 1982 and Judy Thum sat watching her kids’ soccer game one afternoon. Another soccer mom, Jan Turnage, noticed that Thum was wearing a musical note pendant around her neck and asked if she played an instrument. “I told her I played the clarinet and she asked if there were any bands around here to play in,” said Thum, 69, of Encinitas. At that time, there was a North Coast Orchestra, but no local band for those living in the North County coastal area. Turnage had just moved from Plano, Texas, where she helped organize a community band, so combined with Thum’s knowledge of the area and the music community, the two were set make history. “She and I talked and decided we need to form a band right here locally,” said Thum, who asked a local trombone player to be the band’s director and secured the San Dieguito High School band room as a place to practice. The director there also lent the school’s music and percussion instruments. She advertised for band members in local newspapers and word spread by mouth. Within less than a year, the 14-member Coastal Communities Civic Band was playing small concerts — such as parades, San Diego Fair shows and the opening of the Batiquitos Lagoon — and by the 1990s the award-wining band was traveling internationally and selling out venues holding more than 1,200 people. Thirty years later, Thum still plays in the 76-member ensemble, which has become well-respected in the musical community, and a staple in the north coastal com-

munity, partnering with a number of schools and charitable organizations and selling out concerts almost every year. On Feb. 17, the band — now called the Coastal Communities Concert Band — will hold a special 30th anniversary concert at 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Community Church. On Dec. 2 the band packed the Escondido Performing Arts Center, as it does every year, for its annual holiday concert benefiting Meals on Wheels. Thum said the band’s annual events often sell out because many locals have been going to the concerts for years. “When people come to a beautiful hall like that and hear exciting, fun, beautiful music, they want to hear us again,” said Thum. That’s why we have a reputation.” Much of the reputation also comes from the fact that the band is highly recognized and involved. They perform 10 concerts a year, award scholarships to kids, do music outreach in public schools, and they’ve even won an Emmy. The band’s members come from all walks of life, some retired and some working professionally in a variety of settings. Members include Susan Aaberg of Solana Beach, who teaches deaf children, Carmel Valley resident Andrea Mays, a self-taught musician and patent attorney at Qualcomm, and David Paa, a Del Mar pediatric neurologist. Many of the band’s members have played music professionally as well. “We are so very different as far as ages and experience levels and professions, but we all hear a piece of music the same way,” said band member Kate Takahashi, of Carmel Valley. “We are all on the same page when

The Coastal Communities Concert Band Courtesy photo

we have that collective sigh when we know a piece went very well.” The band has evolved and improved over its 30 years in existence, however, it sticks to its mission of promoting music in the community and sharing the pure artistry of classical music. “The more we play and the harder we play, the better musicians we attract so the better we would get,” said Thum. “We’ve changed conductors a couple of times, made the switch from white pants to grey pants and we changed our name once, but over the years, we’re really just the same band that keeps getting better and better and better.” For more information on the band, or to buy tickets to the 30th anniversary concert, visit www.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SPECIALS Monday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. Along with our seasonal dinner menu, enjoy à la carte Chef’s specials including Temecula Olive Oil Poached Maine Lobster and Horseradish Crusted Meyer Ranch Prime Rib.

CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET Tuesday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $44 per person, plus special children’s pricing. Celebrate the season with a holiday feast including Clam Chowder, Buchmann’s Ranch Poached Eggs Benedict, Slow Roasted Black Angus Beef Steamship, Almond Citrus Zest Crusted Butterfish, Caramel Gingerbread Pudding, a children’s station and more.

NEW YEAR’S EVE Monday, December 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. $65 per person Countdown to 2013 at The Shores Restaurant. Enjoy a four-course dinner with main course options of Country Meadow Lamb Chop, Angus Flat Iron Steak and Herb Crusted Albacore plus live music from the Stoney B Blues Band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Enjoy complimentary two-hour parking validation when you dine at The Shores Restaurant.

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Update on the market and the Fiscal Cliff to be held at Dec. 18 event The Ina Wealth Management Group (UBS Financial Services Inc.) will hold a free informative and interactive meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to address upcoming tax changes, the current financial environment, and implications of the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. The event will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Arterra Restaurant in Carmel Valley (11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, 92130). A complimentary meal will be served. RSVP to Gabriella Sheffield, CFP®, Registered Client Service Associate, 858-947-7989 or Visit

Del Mar Foundation presents Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst ‘Bluegrass & Beyond’ performance Dec. 16 The Del Mar Foundation’s Cultural Arts Committee will present two highly-acclaimed bluegrass musicians, Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst, in a special duo performance at the Del Mar Powerhouse on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 pm. Described as “a meeting of two of the mightiest musical powerhouses around,” this special performance features two artists whose roots are in bluegrass music, but who peform music that reaches far beyond the bounds of a single genre. As the 14-time winner of the “Dobro Player of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Ickes is the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the IBMA Awards. In 2010, Rob was awarded a United States Artists fellowship, an $50,000 grant awarded annually to 50 of America’s finest artists working across eight disciplines (music, theater arts, visual arts, dance, literature, media, crafts/traditional arts, and architecture/design). Jim Hurst, who has twice been named IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, and brings strong vocal and songwriting talent to the stage along with phenomenal guitar chops. He last appeared at the Del Mar Powerhouse with the highly-acclaimed Claire Lynch Band. Tickets are available at Check the website on the day of the event to see if tickets will be available at the door.

The San Diego Museum of Art to host interactive art exhibition

Traveling from the Centre Pompidou art museum in Paris, France, an interactive, all-ages art exhibition titled “Journey Through the City: Beneath the Moon II” will make its United States debut at The San Diego Museum of Art on Dec. 15, 2012. This free exhibition will be the first in a new, permanent welcome center at the Museum, which will rotate art and activities throughout the year. This center will be devoted to providing visitors with alternate

ways of engaging with and interpreting art, with an emphasis on the museum’s own permanent collection. The San Diego Museum of Art is located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, 92101. General Information: (619) 2327931 Group Sales: (619) 696-1935 Website: Twitter: @SDMA Facebook:

Variety of regional Holiday events offered Magical Ballet •San Diego Ballet’s “Nutcracker” will take the stage at the UCSD campus in La Jolla at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, and 7:30 p.m. on Friday Dec. 21. Tickets: From $20. (619) 294-7311. •Joined by the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Children’s Choir, with special guest star American Ballet Theatre’s Corey Sterns, the California Ballet will present Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece, “The Nutcracker,” 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23; 7 p.m. weekdays Dec. 19-21 at the Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave, downtown San Diego. Tickets: From $25. (858) 560-6741. Final Curtains It’s your last chance to see “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre. The critically acclaimed new musical closes Dec. 16. (858) 550-1010. Christmas Puppets Watch an elf build a snowman, the cutest little cookies dance out of an oven, and a frisky mouse nibble on a Gingerbread House in “The Merry Christmas Show,” performed by Millie Patterson at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-16 in Balboa Park. Tickets: $5. Whale of an Afternoon Catch a glimpse of the annual gray whale migration from Birch Aquarium’s Tide-Pool Plaza, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, as part of a SEA Days presentation at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Get up close to real whale baleen and learn

why these mega marine mammals swim more than 10,000 miles each year. Scripps Oceanography scientists will share stories of their research. Tickets: $9.50-$14. (858) 5343474. Music of the Season Bach Collegium San Diego will present “Hodie! Christus Natus Est,” a sequence of choral music for Advent and Christmas sung by candlelight, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the San Diego History Center, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park. Tickets: $20-$40. (619) 3411726. Grinch on Stage The 15th annual production of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” has its holiday run, matinees and evenings through Dec. 29 at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Tickets from $24. (619) 2345623. Piano Concert La Jolla Music Society will present a piano concert by Yefim Bronfman, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. At 7 p.m. Steven Cassedy, UCSD professor of literature and a classically trained pianist, will present a preconcert chat titled, “The Sonata: From Startup to Overdrive.” Tickets: $25-$75. (858) 459-3728. Holiday fun at SeaWorld With special holiday-themed animal shows, real snow, reindeer, festive décor and more, SeaWorld is the place to be this Christmas or call (800) 25-SHAMU.

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Glassblowing classes make hot, hot, hot holiday gifts BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT If you’re looking for outof-the-ordinary gifts this season, how about this: an ornament-making class at Stone and Glass in Rancho Bernardo? Or a special group tour of Garry Cohen’s Glass Ranch in Escondido — bring your own group — including glassblowing demos? No one on your gift list will say they have one of those! And you can’t beat the hot glass experience, watching someone twirl a fiery blob of molten sand on the tip of a slim metal rod, and plunge it into the “glory hole” of a 2000-degree furnace to keep it pliant. Next, tweak it with tools that look like they came from the Iron Age, thrust it back into the glory hole, tweak it and pull it and paddle and thrust it, again and again, always twirling, in a mesmerizing fire dance that could easily end with a “Floor Model” — a shattered mess of toocooled-down glass — but comes instead to a grand finale with the rod held aloft to show off a beautifully col-


Contact the Glassmakers James Stone: Stone and Glass • On the grounds of Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo • www.stoneandglass. com/ (858) 485-7701 • Holiday Ornament Classes: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 13-16 and Dec. 20; make one ornament ($45) or two ($80). Garry Cohen: The Glass Ranch • 20307 Beech Lane, Escondido • (760) 7457020 • Free tours and demos for groups of 15+ through Dec. 21; ask about private instruction and special events ored and shaped piece that’s ready to be tempered overnight in a 900-degree kiln. Even more exciting (though not quite as graceful) is getting to do it your-

Two North County craftsmen, with spaces, equipment, and apprentices reminiscent of Renaissance masters, are known for opening their studios to watchers and doers, giving novices a chance to try their hands at off-hand glassblowing, an art form that dates back more than 2,000 years. James Stone, who set up his Stone and Glass studio at Bernardo Winery a dozen years ago, has been blowing glass for almost three decades. “I know the glassblowing experience changes your life,” he said. “It changed mine. I got hooked at Palomar College, like just about every glassblower in San Diego County, and every week I drink out of that first glass I made with my teacher, Garry Cohen, to remind me I’m still on the journey.” A Jersey boy who started out as a prop-maker for TV and movies, Stone had to leave the trade after a serious injury. He made his way to San Diego, where he now creates fantasy hot glass furniture, sculptures, and pieces

of public art and enjoys sharing his passion with interested students, both young and old. “Kids are fearless,” he said. “They’re not afraid of the fire. Adults come in, and they’re afraid. For me, it’s all about taking them on the journey, so when they go out, everyone has a smile on their face.” In the world of San Diego glassblowers, all roads lead to Garry Cohen, head of Palomar College’s glassblowing program for the past 20 years. It’s a small world; Cohen calls it “The Brotherhood of the Burning Sands.” And it all began with Val Sanders, who started the program in 1969. Cohen began as a potter and jeweler, but once he discovered hot glass, he was hypnotized by the process. He opens his studio and gardens to the public two weekends a year, at Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day, so hundreds can have the Glass Ranch Experience for themselves. “It’s my Field of Dreams,” he said. “If you build it, they will come.”

Garry Cohen and John Pourroy, his assistant since 2005, at the Thanksgiving weekend Glass Ranch Experience.

James Stone, at his Stone and Glass studio, with one of the chairs from his fish-centered series ‘Last Call Before We Eat Them All.’


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Carmel Creek Reflections Carmel Creek Elementary School students recently participated in the Reflections Program, which is a fun and friendly annual contest, sponsored by National PTA. This program provides another outlet for students to be creative and use their cognitive skills to relate their artwork to the annual theme. This year’s theme is “The Magic of A Moment.” School principal Terri Davis (with K-4th grade) said she is very proud of her students, as this year entries were received for all six areas: Literature, Music Composition, Visual Art, Photography, Film and Dance Choreography. “I enjoyed looking at and listening to their artworks. They all show such incredible creativity in producing their work. You can see their enthusiasm and voice in their creations.” Photos/Leda Swegles

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See more photos, page B21 San Dieguito Chapter of NCL marks 15 years


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‘Water for Christmas’ “Water for Christmas” is an annual, local fundraising event that raises money for clean water projects in communities that don’t currently have access to clean water. The event is sponsored by One Billion Thirsty (www.onebillionthirsty. org) and was held at Woody’s in Solana Beach on Dec. 5. Visit www. PHOTOS/JON CLARK

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he Carmel Valley 5K and Kid’s Fun Run benefiting the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation was held Dec. 8. Funds raised from the event help provide schools with specialists in art, music, PE, technology and science. The scenic three-mile course began at Carmel Del Mar School and traveled along the CVREP bike trail along SR-56. The Kid’s Fun Run was a one-mile course for kindergarten through sixth-graders at the Carmel Del Mar School. For more information, visit PHOTOS/JON CLARK

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LEGAL NOTICES Legals FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031175 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Dentistry for You b. Dentistry for You With Care Located at: 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd. #G, San Diego, CA, 92126, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was 11/1/12. This business is hereby registered by the following: Mitra Javidan D.M.D., PC, 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd. #G, San Diego, CA 92126, CA. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/29/2012. Mehran Mazdyasni. DM820. Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE CASE NUMBER: 37-2012-00152698-PR-PW-CTL Superior Court of California County of San Diego 1409 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 Madge Bradley Estate of: ROBERT MATHEW IRISH, Decedent To all heirs, beneďŹ ciaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROBERT MATHEW IRISH, aka BOB IRISH. A Petition for Probate has been ďŹ led by MICHELE IRISH in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.


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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2012-00058885-CU-PT-NC SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO North County Division, 325 S. Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 PETITION OF: Cindy Whitmarsh on behalf of minors for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Cindy Whitmarsh on behalf of minors ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name a. Cindy Jean Whitmarsh to Proposed Name Cindy Jean Whitmarsh-Sweeney; Present Name b. Jaden Nicole Whitmarsh to Proposed Name Jaden Nicole Sweeney-Whitmarsh; Present Name c. Kendall Lee Whitmarsh to Proposed Name Kendall Lee Sweeney-Whitmarsh. 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 ďŹ le 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 ďŹ led, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Jan. 29, 2013. Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 3. 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: 12/3/12. Aaron H. Katz Judge of the Superior Court DM815. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012


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MAGIC continued from page B1 help.â€? He learned from his mom and dad to have balance in his life and to do your part for your community. He said his father was the only hero he’s ever had and he still talks to him on the phone every Tuesday. Johnson worked hard at his game to become “Magic,â€? and his work was rewarded as he was drafted as the number one pick in 1979—he was pleased to note he was drafted shortly after winning the NCAA championship over Indiana State and career-long rival Larry Bird. Johnson recalled a moment during his rookie season in the NBA, when his Lakers team was disheartened flying to Philadelphia to play in game six of the finals without their leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “I was a rookie and I didn’t know anything about losing‌I told my teammates, ‘Never fear, Magic is here’,â€? Johnson said. “At some time in your life somebody’s going to doubt you. They told me we couldn’t win. I had to take it on myself and show the world we could still win without our leading scorer. This little 19-year-old rookie had 42

32nd Street Suite 441, Yuma, Arizona 85364, Arizona. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/30/2012. Kenneth M. Bettencourt. DM811. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030740 Fictitious Business Name(s): Entree Nous Located at: 2081 Sea Village Circle, Cardiff, CA, 92007, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was 01/01/2000. This business is hereby registered by the following: Jessica Leibovich Veseskis, 2081 Sea Village Circle, Cardiff, CA 92007. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/26/2012. Jessica Leibovich Veseskis. DM809. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030757 Fictitious Business Name(s): One Sun Located at: 4636 Florida St. Suite 6, San Diego, CA, 92116, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Brett Schutte, 4636 Florida St. Suite 6, San Diego, CA 92116. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/26/2012. Brett Schutte. DM808. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-029633 Fictitious Business Name(s): Recovery Polishing Systems Located at: 3051 Dalen Pl., San Diego, CA, 92122, San Diego County.

points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.� The Lakers won the championship. “When your back is against the wall just come out strong with knowledge and have a game plan,� Johnson said, who would win five championships with the Lakers and make it to the finals nine times in 12 years. In his life after basketball, Johnson works as a commentator on ESPN, was part of a group who purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year, and in business has been busy bringing quality retailers to urban America to provide jobs. He found success with Magic Johnson Theaters and with Starbucks—he opened 105 franchises in urban markets. “It put people to work and brought a sense of pride to the community and taught other retailers that they can come into urban America,� Johnson said. With Magic Johnson Enterprises, he invests in urban-based businesses and with the Magic Johnson Foundation he partnered with HP to build 25 technology centers throughout the country in underserved areas. His foundation also

This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Kevin R. Nelson, 3051 Dalen Pl., San Diego, CA 92122. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/09/2012. Kevin R. Nelson. DM807. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030429 Fictitious Business Name(s): Protect Your Light Located at: 259 Stratford Ct., Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The ďŹ rst day of business was 11/1/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Robert Quintas, 259 Stratford Ct., Del Mar, CA 92014, Kenneth J. Carter, 259 Stratford Ct., Del Mar, CA 92014, Lauren Quintas, 259 Stratford Ct., Del Mar, CA 92014. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/19/2012. Robert Quintas. DM805. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-029759 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. The G.I.G. b. The Grass is Green Located at: 11772 Carmel Creek Rd., Apt. 304, San Diego, CA 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Jon Dwyer, 11772 Carmel Creek Rd., Apt. 304, San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/13/2012. Jon Dwyer. DM800. Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 2012

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monsters. Get a Leg Up Die-hard dark meat, leg, wing and skin lovers need to keep abreast of their birdeating habits. Since domesticated turkeys are flightless, they use their legs for trotting, causing the thigh and leg muscles to become rife with myoglobin proteins. This makes the flesh a darker color along with a higher caloric and fat content. But the skin’s the thing, winning the prize for the most fat (3.5 ounces contain almost 500 calories and 44 grams of fat compared to the leanest, skinless breast meat with 161 calories and 4 grams of fat). So chuck the skin, choose white meat over dark, and avoid the wing altogether, which packs a whopping 13 grams of fat. If you prefer a more elegant bird for holiday dinners, choose Rock Cornish hens or quails over the gamier, fatter fowls like duck or geese. As a heart-healthy bird alternative, serve grilled or poached, omega-3 rich wild-caught salmon with a crunchy almond crust for an added oomph of omega-3s, along with fiber and friendly mono and polyunsaturated

BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN ’Tis the season for packing on pounds — from Halloween’s candy orgy through to New Year’s cocktail culture with some fatty, carbo-loading pit stops in-between — Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanza and Christmas — not to mention the assorted holiday parties. Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine have reported that the average person gains over a pound during this period, while 10 percent actually put on five to seven pounds of holiday cheer. Make this one a healthier, slimmer season, just as divine as repasts of the past, but minus the high calorie, artery-clogging celebratory

Clam Bam Thank You Ma’am — A Garden Mary Mocktail Ingredients: 2 cups clam or vegetable juice 1 cup carrot juice 1 English cucumber (unpeeled, cubed) 2 tablespoons lemon juice (I prefer Meyer) 2 to 3 teaspoons white horseradish 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 jalapeno (stemmed, seeded) 1/2 teaspoon celery salt 1 sweet red pepper (seeded) Sea salt and black pepper to taste Directions: Puree cucumber in a food processor then strain the juice fats. Use your Noggin’ Trim down some faves like decadent eggnog by swapping out cream for skim milk, sugar for agave, rum and brandy with extracts of vanilla and rum, and whole eggs for egg substitutes. For canapÊs and hors d’oeuvres,

through a fine sieve. Discard pulp. Add juice and remaining ingredients to processor, and puree. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with toothpick-skewered caper berries, or carrot and celery sticks. go lean and light with cruditĂŠs and assorted hummus and baba ganoush dips instead of creamy, fatty ones, grilled veggie or shrimp skewers, and steamed gems like a variety of pot stickers. Kibosh deep-fried, breaded munchies and baconwrapped anything or sub with turkey bacon.

Be Carb-Conscious You can still enjoy all your scrumptious holiday sides, just rejigger them using friendly fats, complex carbs, and fiber-rich, low fat grains. When sautĂŠing veggies for stuffings and other dishes, put butter on hiatus and use organic olive oil instead. Make stuffings with whole wheat or multi-grain breads rather than pasty Wonder White. Or concoct a cholesterol-busting oatmeal, prima vera blend with shredded zucchini, carrots, peppers and broccoli loaded with antioxidants and fiber. Rice is always nice, especially wild or B-complex rich brown with assorted mushrooms, dried cranberries and toasted pecans, or high protein quinoa with nutty, aromatic notes for an elegant change-up. Slim down mashed potatoes blending in Greek yoghurt, goat cheese or rice milk instead of the bazillion calorie butter and cream combo. As for the gravy, do mushroom or vegetablebased instead of traditional fatty giblet. Sweeten the Deal When baking holiday pies, choose pumpkin, apple,

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With the election behind us, most of the uncertainty that held U.S. markets in suspense is gone. Much of the good news lifting consumer confidence is in the housing sector, which is showing strong signs of stability and recovery. The rate of home ownership has returned to a more sustainable 65.4 percent, the same as the mean set in 1997, according to the U.S. Census. “National credit scores are the highest they’ve been in 12 years,” says David M. Cabot, CEO of Prudential California Realty. “The housing market is returning to normal, with more qualified borrowers adding stability and increasing demand.” Benchmark 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rates hovered near all-time lows in November, making borrowing costs for housing compared to other forms of credit irresistible. Home prices have risen nationwide for seven straight months and housing inventories are below six-month levels, found the National Association of REALTORS®. In California, housing supplies are critically short. September sales volume was down 5.2 percent from August on a tight 3.7-months’ supply, reported the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.). The median price of a single-family detached home in

he Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR) held a culmination event for its holiday drive. The event was held Dec. 6 at this year’s “Holiday House” aka The Driftwood — a beautiful 4-bedroom home for sale in Olde Del Mar. “Thanks to the generosity of numerous people and businesses, Holiday House will make the holidays brighter for individuals and families across San Diego County who are less fortunate than many of us,” SDAR President Donna Sanfilippo said. “SDAR’s Holiday House is only in its second year, but it already has become an important community tradition that will continue to grow. It’s a great way to give back.” Last year’s holiday drive delivered over $10,000 in donations and gifts to San Diego’s children, military families, homeless and seniors. PHOTOS/JON CLARK

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California was $345,000 in September 2012, up 19.5 percent from $288,700 the previous year, according to DataQuick. Median California home prices peaked at $484,000 in 2007, hit bottom at $221,000 in 2009 and are currently at $287,000, the highest level since August 2008. “There’s still good news for buyers,” observes Leeann Iacino, COO of Prudential California Realty. “While California prices were rising rapidly, the typical mortgage payment for borrowers remains 63.9 percent lower than the 2006 peak. It’s an excellent time to buy a home.”

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Todd Burton, Byron Harlan



$1,395,000 3BR/2.5BA

701 Crest Road Betty Escobio- Pacific Sotheby’s

$1,885,000 5BR/4.5BA

13676 Mira Montana Drive Joseph Sampson-Sampson CA Realty


Maria Weiss, Catherine Jones, Liana Spear

Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (619) 954-6881 Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 699-1145


$1,275,000-1,339,876 404 Santa Helena 7BR/3BA Robyn Raskind-Prudential CA Realty RANCHO SANTA FE

Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 395-7525

Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 229-9131


$2,495,000 3BR/3.5BA

15740 Puerta del Sol Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm J. Lawless Christ/hosts: B&J Campbell-Coldwell Banker (858) 449-2027

$3,650,000 5BR/6.5BA

15852 The River Trail Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm J. Greene/hosts: P&S Linde- Prudential CA Realty (858) 776-7681

To see open house listings that came in after we went to press, go to and Debbie Graner, Diane Rath

Vicki Campbell, Emma Mecurio



g d daniel greer


December 13, 2012



Featured Property

In Escrow !

Seahuas – La Jolla 2br, 2ba, Den, Upgraded Kitchen,1827 sqft Listed at $729,900

Dell M D Mar M Mesa – Carmel Valley Panoramic Views, Privately Gated, 5+ br, 5 ba, 5631 sqft, Gourmet Kitchen One Acre Lot, 4 Car Garage, Beautifully Detailed and Upgraded Throughout Seller will entertain offers between: $2,399,000 - $2,500,000

Kensington – San Diego 4br, 3ba, Private Guest Suite, 2272 sqft Listed at $899,000

In Escrow !

Ventana - La Jolla 3br, 2.5ba, 2593 sqft Listed at $798,000

May the Peace and Joy of this Holiday Season be yours through the New Year! Happy Holidays from,

www.danielgrecom 858.480.3603

/ danielgreerhomes



Carmel Valley News 12.13.12  
Carmel Valley News 12.13.12