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March 20, 2014
Local attorney brings privacy case to U.S. Supreme Court Pat Ford and other experts to examine how Fourth Amendment applies to smart phones
■ Local resident to accompany friend on a trip to mark 70th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu. A1.
By Joe Tash Should police be allowed to search the smart phones of anyone they arrest without first obtaining a search warrant? That issue is at the heart of a case that a Carmel Valley attorney will soon bring before the U.S. Supreme Court. Pat Ford has been practicing law in San Diego for three decades, and most of his work has centered on making appeals on behalf of those convicted of crimes in state and federal courts. On April 29, he will make his first appearance before the highest court in the land, on behalf of a young San Diego man convicted in a gang-related shooting. At issue, said Ford and other legal experts, is whether the Fourth Amendment prohibition against
unreasonable searches and seizures requires police officers to obtain a search warrant signed by a judge before searching through the smart phone of a person who is arrested. Ford contends that a warrant should be required, and the outcome of the Pat Ford case is significant on multiple levels — it could affect how police approach searches of smart phones and other digital devices throughout the United States, and also determine whether Ford’s client, David Leon Riley, re-
ceives a new trial. Riley is currently serving a sentence of 15 years to life in state prison for his conviction on charges including shooting at an occupied vehicle, along with an enhancement for gang involvement. “This is a good chance for the U.S. Supreme Court to examine citizens’ rights to privacy in the digital age,” said Ford, 55, who lives in Carmel Valley and maintains an office in downtown San Diego. “Technology for all its benefits is not a friend of privacy and we have to continue to balance safety and privacy interests.” “I think it’s going to be one of the most significant cases on Fourth Amendment rights in some time,” said Alex Kreit, an associate professor at San Diego’s Thomas
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Jefferson Law School. Since the 1970s, said Kreit, U.S. courts have recognized the right of police to search the “person” of an arrestee for weapons or contraband, even for an arrest on a traffic violation or other minor offense, without first obtaining a warrant. That search would include looking through the detainee’s pockets or wallet, and items in his or her immediate vicinity. The question is whether the same rule should apply to devices such as smart phones, which contain vast amounts of deeply personal information. A search of a smart phone “is arguably a much greater invasion of your privacy,” Kreit said. ”Some-
By Kristina Houck A month after voters passed Proposition B, the Solana Beach City Council on March 12 adopted the official results of the special election. Proposition B was adopted by almost 51 percent of voters Feb. 11, according to official election results from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The measure received 1,947 “Yes” votes and 1,875 “No” votes, easing restrictions on private parties at Fletcher Cove Community Center, which overlooks the ocean at 133 Pacific Ave. The council on Nov. 6 unanimously voted to call a roughly $200,000 special election instead of adopting the use policy. Originally slated for the consent calendar, comments from two members of the public pulled the item during the council meeting. “I just wanted to please ask the council to implement Prop B in an expeditious and fair way,” said resident Dan Cham-
bers. “We look forward to being able to use the community center.” Solana Beach resident Mary Jane Boyd — who helped put the initiative on the ballot along with former Solana Beach Mayor Thomas Golich and resident James Nelson — noted that almost 50 percent of voters headed to the polls or casted mail-in ballots, which she called a “high voter turnout.” “Proposition B was written so that the city could indeed test its provisions for several months and then, if necessary, use the June or November election to ask the voters to make adjustments,” Boyd said. “However, that choice has been removed. “Now that the election is over, we ask that you, as our City Council, provide the leadership to bring the community back together and move us forward in a spirit of reconciliation.” Councilman David Zito disagreed that almost 50 percent is
a high turnout, especially when compared to the city’s turnout in the November 2012 election. According to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 43.59 percent of Solana Beach voters casted a ballot in the special election, compared to 84.81 percent in the November 2012 election. “Having the election as opposed to a council adoption was incredibly appropriate given the closeness of the election,” said Councilman David Zito, who was the only council member who commented on the item. However, Zito added that more voters would have likely participated if the issue had been added to the ballot in June or November. “It would have not only saved money if we hadn’t been forced to call a special election, we would have had a much better representation across the entire city of what the actual opinion is of this particular issue.”
By Joe Tash A judge has ruled against the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club in the latest skirmish of a legal battle over the use of portions of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The club sued the California Coastal Commission in January, alleging that the commission violated state law when it approved two permits for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds. At issue is whether the fairgrounds can continue to use part of a dirt lot — called the east overflow lot — along Interstate 5 for parking, seasonal pumpkin and Christmas tree sales and other activities. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups believe a portion of the east overflow lot should preserved as wetlands. But the 22nd DAA, in a deal with the Coastal Commission, agreed to spend $5 million to restore its south overflow lot along Jimmy Durante Boulevard to wetlands habitat, in exchange for being allowed to continue to use the full east overflow lot. The commission approved the agreement and necessary permits in November. On Thursday, March 13, San Diego Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal denied the Sierra Club’s request for a stay and temporary restraining order regarding those Coastal Commission permits. “We were pleased (by the ruling) because the judge recognized that there wasn’t an imminent threat to sensitive resources,” said 22nd DAA board member David Watson. “We believe the permits were issued correctly and the Coastal Commission did the correct analysis when they issued the permits.” The Sierra Club’s attorney could not be reached for comment. The next hearing regarding the lawsuit is set for July 25.
Local geologist co-stars in reality show
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By Kristina Houck A rock collector as a child, Eric Drummond never thought he would be doing what he loved on television. Now, the longtime local resident co-stars in Animal Planet’s “Ice Cold Gold,” a reality show that follows seven gold miners prospecting and digging in Greenland. “I couldn’t have imagined this happening,” said Drummond. “This is a fantastic experience!” Moxie Pictures claims its 29-member team is the first and largest television crew to produce a series in Greenland. The country’s
remote location, absence of roads, weather and 24hour sunlight are just a few of the challenges the group faces throughout the series. “It’s challenging. It’s very challenging,” Drummond said. “Prospecting is a very risky business, but when you find something, it’s hugely rewarding.” The second season kicked off March 6. For season two, the group returns to the “Red Zone,” a huge ruby deposit they discovered during the first season. “I won’t go into detail, but I guarantee that [viewers] are going to see some amazing things — not just
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PRIVACY continued from page AA1 one just has to think about what’s on their own phone to really understand that.” Ford said in Riley’s case, police could easily have obtained a warrant before examining his phone, because there was no threat to officer safety, or of destruction of evidence at the scene of the 2009 arrest in San Diego’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Riley was pulled over for having expired tags on his Lexus, and officers later determined his driver’s license was also expired. A search of the car before it was impounded turned up two loaded firearms. Based on text messages found on the phone and other evidence, police suspected Riley was a gang member, and they sought to connect him to a recent gang incident in which shots had been fired at an occupied vehicle, although no one was hit by the gunfire. Photos and videos found in the phone were used against Riley during his trial, including an image of him standing in front of a vehicle believed to have been used in the shooting. Ford said the prosecution’s case against Riley was
weak, because none of the four eyewitnesses to the shooting could identify him. But circumstantial evidence, including the material from the phone, was used to convict him. The goal of the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is to get a new trial for Riley, “where they would have to prove his guilt without any evidence they got from the phone,” Ford said. “We think they’d have a substantially weaker case without that evidence.” Ford declined to discuss his thoughts on Riley’s involvement in the shooting, or his possible gang ties. “(The case) is a statement that some things are more important than the truth,” he said. “We don’t want to live in a society where police can indiscriminately search our belongings and justify it after the fact by finding evidence of a crime.” “We’re looking for a finding requiring the police to apply for a search warrant before they search people’s cell phones,” he said. Ford has teamed up with a Stanford University law professor, Jeff Fisher, an experienced Supreme Court litigator who will actually present oral arguments before the high court. Ford will also attend
GEOLOGIST continued from page AA1 the show, Drummond had to leave behind his wife, job, two cats and life in San Diego to film in Greenland for two months. He left it all behind for another two months this past summer to film season two. “It’s a huge commitment,” he said. “It’s a huge sacrifice to just leave your home. “But as a geologist, getting the chance to go to Greenland and explore and prospect is an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s something I felt was perfect for me. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.” Drummond said he hopes viewers, especially young viewers, watch the
Eric Drummond (left) costars on Animal Planet’s “Ice Cold Gold.” Courtesy photo show and learn about geology. After all, he decided he wanted to go into the field when he was just a small child collecting rocks. “I hope they get an appreciation for what we’re doing and what Greenland is all about,” he said. “I’d like people to see us be suc-
the hearing. Just getting the court to hear the case was a major accomplishment, because each year, the court receives tens of thousands of petitions and only accepts a couple of dozen cases, Ford said. “It’s an unbelievable coup.” In his written brief — which has been joined by 11 supportive “friend of the court” briefs by a broad range of organizations — Ford wrote that the framers of the Constitution drafted the Fourth Amendment in response to an “odious” Colonial-era practice of soldiers rummaging through people’s personal effects and papers for any incriminating items they might find. “The information on smart phones… reveals the thoughts, wonders and concerns of a phone’s owner …. The protection the Fourth Amendment has always afforded to such writings and other expressions should not evaporate — more than two hundred years after the Founding — simply because that information can now be reduced to electronic charges in a computer chip and carried in one’s pocket,” the brief states.
cessful in our endeavors and prospects, but also I’d like to see young people learn a little bit about geology, maybe spark an interest in some young people and make them want to study science. That’s the real reward for me.” Ice Cold Gold airs at 10 p.m. on Thursdays on Animal Planet. “We’re doing this for real,” Drummond said. “We’re doing what we do. We’re not actors. We’re miners and construction workers and geologists and drillers. It’s a real situation. I’m proud of that and I think it will show well on TV.” For more information about the show, visit www.animalplanet.com/tvshows/ice-cold-gold.
Del Mar to apply for permit to install parking meters near Seagrove Park By Kristina Houck Visitors may soon have more parking access to Seagrove Park. In a 4-1 vote, the council on March 17 directed staff to proceed with an application for a coastal development permit to install six parking meters on the west side of Ocean Avenue, adjacent from the park. Staff noted the city received several calls and letters, as well as a petition, in opposition to the proposed installation of parking meters — mostly from nearby apartment residents who use the spaces. Although located by residences, the west side of the street, where the spaces are located, is not zoned residential. “I have mixed feelings about this because I think we need more parking and this is adjacent to the park,” said Councilman Don Mosier. “It’s unfortunate that residents will be impacted by this change … but the parking problem was created before we were even incorporated as a city. These buildings were built without sufficient parking capacity.” Councilman Terry Sinnott casted the sole dissenting vote. “I come down on the idea that this is a residential community, primarily,” he said. “The history is interesting. The apartment complex was there prior to Seagrove Park.” The coin and credit card meters would charge $3 for parking per hour for a maximum of four hours. Paid parking would be enforced from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The city’s planning and community development director will hold a hearing and make a determination regarding the application.
Del Mar City Council to consider regulating e-cigarette use By Kristina Houck Days after neighboring Solana Beach officially adopted an ordinance that bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, the Del Mar City Council requested staff to draft a similar ordinance. The item, which was approved 5-0, was included on the council’s March 17 consent calendar. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking, but do not contain tobacco. Users inhale vaporized liquid that may or may not contain nicotine and can include a variety of other flavors. Supporters argue e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, while critics contend they encourage use by young people. Although the actual health risks are a subject of debate, the American Lung Association has called for regulation of these devices to protect public health, citing two initial studies that show e-cigarettes emit chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Current state law prohibits e-cigarette sales to minors but does not regulate where the devices can be used. In addition to Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Poway and Vista have enacted similar regulations. El Cajon, Encinitas, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Oceanside and San Diego are currently developing new regulations or policies.
Solana Beach City Council to consider requiring retailers of electronic smoking devices to obtain a license By Kristina Houck After officially adopting an ordinance that bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, the Solana Beach City Council on March 13 agreed to consider requiring retailers of electronic smoking devices to obtain a license. The council on Feb. 12 voted to amend the city’s existing smoking ordinance to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, and all similar devices, in all public places where smoking is banned. A couple of speakers on March 13 urged council members to take an additional step and amend the city’s existing tobacco retail permit ordinance to require shops that only sell ecigarettes and similar devices to also hold a license. Concerned about similar stores opening up in Solana Beach, resident Peggy Walker pointed out that two stores in Encinitas do not sell tobacco, just e-cigarettes and other electronic devices. “Because they don’t sell tobacco, they’re not required to have a tobacco retail permit,” Walker said. “I’m concerned
and many people in the tobacco prevention and drug prevention community are concerned about this because … the simple device called the e-cigarette appeared on the scene a couple years ago and now adolescent smoking is on the rise again.” “You don’t have a standalone store yet in Solana Beach, so it’s very preemptive on our part to suggest it,” added Judi Strang, executive director of the San Dieguito Alliance for a Drug Free Youth. “But on the other hand, wouldn’t it be nice to just get it added to your tobacco retailer’s permit and be done with it?” At the direction of the council, staff will bring the issue before the council at a future meeting. “It’s an added step,” said City Attorney Johanna Canlas. “It’s a procedural process. We will have information on who they are, where they are, the type of business that they are doing.” “It makes them jump through another hoop,” added Mayor Thomas Campbell.
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Local resident to accompany friend on trip to mark 70th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu “My dad never talked about the war,” said Marsden, whose father served in K Company of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. “I knew he was in the war, but that was about all I knew. I only knew bits and pieces.” As his research unveiled a part of his father he never knew, Marsden said he has grown closer to his dad. “I didn’t have a real close relationship with my father. He was older when he had me and he already had four kids before me,” said Marsden, the fifth of six children. “I didn’t spend a lot of time with him, so I spent a lot of time with my mother. She defined who he was. It’s been a redefinition of who he is. In that, I’ve been able to redefine who I am.” Marsden has considered visiting Peleliu for the past two years. After sharing his idea at a local ManKind Project support group, Rudin volunteered to join him on his journey. “I’m not too impulsive, but I just said, ‘I’ll go,’” Rudin said. “I want to accompany John and be supportive of his process.” Marsden and Rudin will leave for their 16-day trip on Sept. 22. They plan to camp on the beach for a couple of days, and go kayaking and scuba diving. Other than that, they are not drawing up an itinerary. “What I’ve been working on doing is not putting too much expectation into it,” said Marsden, who noted he plans to do some-
(L-R) John Marsden holding a photo of his father Pfc. Robert Noel Marsden; Jonathan Rudin of Carmel Valley and John Marsden of Rancho Penasquitos will travel to the island of Peleliu in September to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu. Photos/Kristina Houck thing special to honor his father. “It’s more about the experience. What happens will happen.” The two have known each other for almost three years. While preparing for the trip, they’ve learned they have a lot in common. Both are currently health and safety instructors who have served in the military. Born in Michigan, Marsden, 48, spent six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear mechanic on submarines. A Virginia native, Rudin served in the Israeli Army for a year and a half. He will celebrate his 60th birthday during the trip to Peleliu. Having both served in the military, the pair looks forward to paying their respects to those who served in WWII. “Here are people, before their brains are fully developed, who rose up to the call of duty,” said Rudin as he gestured toward a framed photo of K Company. “They went and they served their country under horrific circumstances for reasons that defy logic, because this was not a real strategic goal. It was more of an ego-driven goal to take this island.” The Battle of Peleliu was a controversial battle because of the island’s questionable strategic value and the high casualty rate. “This battle was as fierce as Iwo Jima, but nearly never talked about,” Marsden added. “Right after they invaded, [Gen. Douglas] MacArthur invaded the Philippines, so MacArthur took all the headlines.”
Rattlesnake calls in the county triple with warmer weather The number of rattlesnake calls to the County’s Department of Animal Services (DAS) has more than tripled compared to the same time period last year. Since Jan. 1, DAS has received 78 calls from the community. Last year, only 24 calls came in during that time frame. “Our very mild winter and several heat spells are drawing the rattlesnakes out of their dens a little earlier this year,” said DAS Director Dawn Danielson.
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Eight Marines received the Medal of Honor for their service during the Battle of Peleliu — five were decorated posthumously. “War is hell. It’s connected with real people,” Rudin said. “Here, 70 years after that happened, there’s still healing. There’s still processing. That’s a long time, and there’s still unfinished chapters and ramifications to this day.” Marsden recently discovered that his grandfather, who died before he was born, served in World War I. After he returns from his trip to Peleliu, he plans to research his grandfather’s military history. “What happened in those trenches in France that affected my dad, and what happened on this island that affected me?” Marsden asked. “That war didn’t end in 1945. That war still goes on today. It’s fought in the battles of kids and grandkids and greatgrandkids. These battles never end.” “Maybe the shooting ends — ” Rudin added. “ — but the healing keeps going on forever,” said Marsden, who wears his father’s military tags around his neck.
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The United States Marines, including Pfc. Robert Noel Marsden, landed on the island of Peleliu during World War II almost seven decades ago. Sept. 15, 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu. Marsden’s son, John Marsden of Rancho Penasquitos, along with his friend, Jonathan Rudin of Carmel Valley, will travel to the island in September to commemorate the battle, which had among the highest casualty rates in the Pacific war. “I would love to have just an hour to talk to him about it and ask questions, but I’m never going to be able to do that,” said Marsden, whose father died at the age of 69 in 1991. “We’re going to be there 70 years after the battle. It’s kind of a cathartic experience for me.” Codenamed Operation Stalemate II, the Battle of Peleliu was fought between the U.S. and Japan from Sept. 15 to Nov. 27, 1944 on the island of Peleliu in present day Palau. Although it is considered an American victory, military records indicate that 1,252 Marines were killed and 5,274 wounded, and that 542 Army soldiers were killed and 2,736 wounded. Japanese deaths totaled more than 10,600. So they could learn more about his service, Marsden’s older brother requested their father’s military records after their father died. Using the records, Marsden began to learn more about the Battle of Peleliu and trace his father’s footsteps.
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Melero Boutique & Gallery closes its doors at Flower Hill By Kristina Houck A year after opening a second store at Flower Hill Promenade near Del Mar, both Melero Boutique & Gallery locations are now closing its doors. Ruth Melero opened the first Melero Boutique & Gallery in Little Italy more than four years ago. She opened her Flower Hill store last March, which also offered a variety of women’s apparel and accessories. She announced the closing of both locations early March. “We appreciate your eternal support these past five years,” read a March 5 post on the company’s Facebook page. The same message was sent to the company’s email list on March 6. “Both our locations will now be closed and all merchandise is now on sale at our Little Italy location.” Calls and emails to Melero were not returned by press time. The Flower Hill store has already been closed. The phone number still works for the San Diego store, which is located at 1918 India St., but calls go straight to the answering machine.
Solana Beach to host ‘Paws in the Park’ The City of Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission in association with SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project) is hosting “Paws in the Park” on Sunday, April 6, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at La Colonia Park. Come! Sit! Stay! And enjoy a day in the park with your furry friend. You can “pawticipate” or just watch one of the exciting exhibitions taking place throughout this action-packed day. The entire family will enjoy the Flying Disc Dogs, fly-ball relays, and agility dogs. There will be plenty of pet pros on hand to offer their expertise on positive training methods and healthy pet foods. Meet local groomers, trainers, pet sitters, holistic and traditional pet practitioners. The SNAP Neuter Scooter will be on hand to provide low cost spaying and neutering and there will be a number of pet rescue groups with animals for adoption. Appointments for SNAP’s services at “Paws in the Park” must be placed in advance by calling: (866) 772-9287. For more information on the “Paws in the Park” event contact the Parks and Recreation Department at: (858) 720-2453. La Colonia Park is located at 715 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach. www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us
North Torrey Pines Bridge to close March 21 through March 25 North Torrey Pines Bridge will be closed March 21 through March 25. To allow for roadway improvements by Del Mar’s bridge contractor, Flatiron West, Inc., North Torrey Pines Road from the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot to Carmel Valley Road will be closed from 9 p.m. March 21 through 6 a.m. March 25. During this time, detours will divert southbound traffic to Carmel Valley Road and northbound traffic to Genesee Avenue, via Interstate 5. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be diverted around the closure via Carmel Valley Road and the Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot. To warn drivers of the impending work, traffic controls and flagmen are in place. Pedestrians are not to use North Torrey Pines Bridge or cross the railroad tracks in the area of the bridge during the project. For questions, contact Del Mar’s Public Works Department at GroupPublicWorks@ delmar.ca.us, or call Public Works Deputy Director Joe Bride at 858-755-3294 ext. 417.
Del Mar Mesa planning board briefs; March 13 meeting By Suzanne Evans “There will be no mandatory water conservation this year; San Diego has been great at conserving,” said the city’s public utilities customer advocate David Akin in a March 13 presentation to the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board. According to the city’s water conservation site, the Water Authority is not applying water-use restrictions this year; however, it continues to monitor hydrologic conditions in the southwest, encouraging residents and businesses to use water efficiently. For information on water conservation, meter reading, checking for a leak, or to pay a water bill electronically, visit www.sandiego.gov/water. If you think a meter charge is too high, contact David Akin: DAkin@sandiego.gov or 619-533-4275. To report a water line leak, meter leak or pressure problem, call the Water Department’s Emergency Hotline 619-515-3525. ***** Installation of an all-way stop sign at the corner of Del Vino and Rancho Toyon roads continues to be a priority for the Del Mar Mesa planning board. Board member Lisa Ross said she always stops at that intersection, and the other day, if her car had arrived 30 seconds earlier, a child speeding through the intersection on a bike would have been hit. “Someone will get killed,” she said at the board’s March 13 meeting. “In general, the San Diego Fire Department won’t approve stop signs because they reduce response time. But, Del Mar Mesa had specially designed “humps” that conformed to their emergency vehicles and they approved those for a dangerous blind intersection that also includes an equestrian crossing — we had to slow traffic down there. Boardmember Paul Metcalf is investigating whether that can be done now,” Ross said in an email after the meeting.
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By Jeanne McKinney Local resident Major General Melvin G. Spiese understands the business of being a military superpower. Spiese, who recently retired as deputy commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, spent more than 36 years leaving a lasting footprint, labeled â€œvisionaryâ€? and â€œimpactful.â€? He assesses the impact of the re-alignment and downsizing of all U.S. military services announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel from the Pentagon on Feb. 24, 2014. Question: Secretary Hagel stated, â€œWe are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies, and in space can no longer be taken for granted.â€? How do you read Sec. Hagelâ€™s statement? Is this indicative of a military in decline? Maj. Gen. Spiese (MGS): â€œNo, itâ€™s indicative of a proliferation of ever increasing threats. Weâ€™ve seen massive proliferation of anti-aircraft weapons now as a consequence of some of the things that have happened in Libya. We could see weapons of mass destruction make their way out of Syria. The Iranians are looking at long-range, antiship weapons â€“ we know the Chinese have been working very hard at anti-access, area denial capabilities. As weâ€™ve increased military capabilityâ€Ś[our] adversaries have been doing the same thing. We havenâ€™t yet developed all the weapons and capabilities and systems to put ourselves back in front in every respect.â€? Question: On March 01, 2013, steep and abrupt automatic spending cuts were imposed on DOD under the mechanism of sequestration. This amounted to $37 billion in more cuts. Can you explain how sequestration targets our military and redefines our ability to maintain dominance? MGS: â€œWe saw sequestration hit at a time we were trying to manage a reduction in the budget anyway. We simply werenâ€™t able to plan for it. There are certain things in the budget that are just impossible to work around and it took a lot of latitude and flexibility away from our leaders to manage things. For example, we have to pay manpower bills, period. These unforeseen reductions come from what are referred to as hard currency accountsâ€Śand those happen to be typically readiness accounts.â€? Question: In your Marine Corps tenure, how have defense spending cuts reduced or enhanced the success of military operations? MGS: â€œGenerally speaking, those [operations] have been funded OK because those are the people who are out on the line. What ends up happening, is everybody behind that suffers and thatâ€™s where we start getting [decreased] ability to train â€“ even to maintain our manning levels inside the services.â€? Question: Secretary Hagel said, â€œIn the short term, the only way to implement sequestration is to sharply reduce spending on readiness and modernization, which would almost certainly result in a hollow force, one that is not ready, one that is not capable of fulfilling assigned missions.â€? MGS: â€œThatâ€™s a very accurate assessment.â€? Question: In what ways will a sharp reduction in readiness and modernization affect our ability to project U.S. power? MGS: â€œWeâ€™re going to be pushed to the point where the focus of readiness is going to be on units that are in the cycle to deploy â€“ carrier battle groups, units that rotate overseas, and then some who are designated as contingency forces and [then] everything else starts carving out. Other things start happening as well. We canâ€™t maintain equipment, aircraft, and ships. So everything [goes] to those things that are forward deployed or on call [leaving] a huge gap for the next tier of capabilities.â€?
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Del Mar resident to receive Reagan/Thal Legacy Award from Alzheimer’s Association By Kristina Houck Del Mar resident Sandy Braff will receive the Reagan/ Thal Legacy Award from the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at the 17th annual Memories in the Making Art Auction March 21 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Braff has led an Alzheimer’s Association-sponsored support group for caregivers for 25 years. “I still can’t believe it,” said Braff, who moved to Del Mar in 1983. “I love what I do. I love working with the caregivers. It’s become a total passion. I’ve fallen in love with this population. To be getting an award because I fell in love and love the work I do, it just seems like I’m getting a birthday present and it’s not my birthday.” Braff began leading the group when she was hired at a social services agency in Vista in the 1980s. The person who previously held her position founded the group more than 30 years ago. “I kind of fell into it,” she said. “It’s the best thing that happened.” The caregiver support group was going to be disbanded by the agency when Braff left to open her own practice about seven years later. Therefore, she continued to facilitate the group as a volunteer. “They were going to stop the group, and I couldn’t see that happening,” she recalled. “It’s so important for these people to have a place to come to — to pour out their hearts and talk about things that only the people in the group understand. People outside, their family and their friends, don’t really understand what a caregiver dealing with Alzheimer’s is going through.” Today, the group remains free and open to loved ones
Sandy Braff caring for family members living with Alzheimer’s disease. It meets from 1:303:30 p.m. every Thursday at Vista Gardens. “There’s a great sense of community in that group,” Braff said. “It’s a very cohesive, wonderful group.” A licensed marriage and family therapist, Braff began her career in early child development, a field she studied in her native country of South Africa. After a brief stint at a preschool in London, she moved to the United States in 1967 and later earned a master’s in counseling from
San Diego State University. “I always wanted to help people in some way,” said Braff, who co-authored “Staying Connected While Letting Go: The Paradox of Alzheimer’s Caregiving.” “I feel there’s a big part of me that can empathize and identify with people’s issues.” Since retiring from her practice eight years ago, Braff has continued to facilitate the weekly group she began leading 25 years ago. She also leads two monthly groups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Sunrise at La Costa, and from 1:30-3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Sunrise of La Jolla. Both groups are co-sponsored by the hosting facilities and the Alzheimer’s Association. “They’re basically having a daily crisis. There’s always something going on that they have to deal
with,” said Braff about her group members. “Yet underneath all this sorrow and sadness, I see a lot of strength, a lot of resilience. They get up and keep doing this.” The Memories in the Making Art Auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The event will feature a silent auction, live auction, food and drink stations, and live acoustic music by the local band, Ottopilot. Proceeds will support programs and services for the more than 60,000 San Diegans battling Alzheimer’s disease, as well as advance critical research for a cure. For more information about the San Diego/ Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or the event, visit www.alz. org/sandiego.
Armstrong Nursery Del Mar Manager to speak at March 27 Del Mar Rose Society meeting Del Mar Rose Society will welcome Armstong Nursery Del Mar Manager Jim Horacek to its next meeting on Thursday, March 27, at the Powerhouse Community Center on Coast Boulevard. Horacek’s presentation will cover “Selecting Roses, Caring for Roses, Rose Diseases, Preventing Diseases and Rose Pesky Pests.” Refreshments at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m. The public is invited. Please contact Thelma Gerome for any questions: 858-349-4799.
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From second left: Former San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Jonathan Luck, Kevin Wu, Grant Summers, Keshav Tadimeti, San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner; Front row: Catherine Wu, Brandon Zeng.
CCA Cyber Defense Team wins San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup For the first time, Canyon Crest Academy Cyber Defense Team, led by CCA teacher Michael Remington, won the San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup on March 15 at UC San Diego Supercomputer Center. The six members of CCA’s Cyber defense team attended the competition. The San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup defense competition is sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as one of its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach initializes. It is a challenging competition between teams of middle and high school students from all of California. Acting as network and local machine administrators, these students respond, protect and defend their network and computers against cyber-attacks. Using the same systems that professional network administrators train and certify on, these exceptional students exercise their impressive skills while learning teamwork, cooperation in a workplace-like environment, and leadership in a competitive environment. At the same time, they are challenged to a wide variety of cryography and computer forensics problems ranging from decrypting messages to recovering damaged files. The competition fosters a spirit of teamwork, ethical behavior, and effective communication both within and across teams. The finalists in March 15 competition represent the best of almost 30 individual teams from California. Todd Gloria, former interim mayor of San Diego, and San Diego City Council President, announced the first, second, third place awards.
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to pull your dog away if you encounter a snake. If you encounter one of the five varieties of rattlesnakes found in the county, give it space. Calmly back away from it, leave it alone and let it go on its way. If bitten, call 911 and remove any constricting clothing or accessories, such as rings or watchbands. To avoid encounters with rattlesnakes, the Department of Animal Services suggests these steps: •Wear sturdy hiking boots with ankle support so that your feet are protected. •Stay on paths and trails. Avoid tall grass, weeds and brush where snakes may hide.
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Accomplished Scripps cardiologist devoted to identifying heart-related problems before they become life threatening By Kathy Day From the moment you meet Dr. John Rogers, you are taken by his good heart. And it’s not just because he’s a cardiologist. Just look around his office at Scripps Green Hospital and you’ll see Santa’s toy bag by his chair and a Santa suit hanging on his door so he’s ready when called on to be the hospital’s resident Jolly Old Soul. Or take a gander at his collection of Bugs Bunny animation cells – medicinerelated, of course. Better yet, listen to the longtime Carmel Valley resident talk about his patients, his family and the foundation that offers free cardiac screening for teens and you want to stick around and hear more. The son of a police officer and a nurse who grew up in south Orange County, he said he knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor. “I asked for doctor’s kits every year and I loved
Dr. John Rogers with the 10,000th teen screened for cardiac issues. Courtesy photo helping people,” he said, with a specialty in cardiac noting that at first he surgery. When he went to colwanted to be a pediatrician. But that changed in lege, he had a lot of fun medical school when he before realizing “you can’t had to treat abused chil- have all the fun you want,” dren. “I couldn’t find the he said with a wry grin. After compassion for parents getting a bachelor’s degree in biology at Point Loma who beat their children.” Instead, he fell in love College and a master’s in with pediatric cardiology science in physiology at San and, with a father-in-law Diego State, he headed off who was a cardiologist, he to University of Health Scishifted gears and finished ences/The Chicago Medical School where he earned his medical degree in 1990. He returned to San Diego to do an internship and EAL STATE IRECTORY residency at Scripps Clinic/ Green Hospital, where he Ann Brizolis | Paciﬁc Sotheby’s Int’l Realty, Del Mar A8 stayed until 1996 before Barry Estates, Inc. | Rancho Santa Fe A11 moving to Kentucky to practice for a few years. He Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties A15 returned to Scripps in 1999 Rancho Santa Fe to become director of the Cardiac Pacing and TachyarCathy Gilchrist-Colmar & Clinton Selfridge A24 rhythmia Device Therapy Paciﬁc Sotheby’s, Rancho Santa Fe group. He is especially interClotfelter Homes | Willis Allen Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe B20 ested in treating people with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage A23 heart rhythm problems, tryRancho Santa Fe ofﬁce ing to find out why they pass out or get dizzy, and Danielle Short | Coldwell Banker, Rancho Santa Fe A9 identifying problems before Colliers International | La Jolla A16 they become life threatening. He’s become known Eric Iantorno Paciﬁc Sotheby’s Int’l Realty, Del Mar AA1 throughout the country for Kilroy Realty Corporation | Carmel Valley Ofﬁce A5 the work he does and is often called to consult with Laura Barry | Barry Estates, Rancho Santa Fe A3 companies developing new Linda Sansone | Willis Allen Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe A12 & A13 ways to assist heart patients. He’s published a number of Melissa Russell | Willis Allen Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe A7 peer-reviewed articles and Nancy White | Coldwell Banker, Rancho Santa Fe A6 has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on Open House Directory B20 a number of device studies. Paciﬁc Sotheby’s Int’l Realty | Rancho Santa Fe AA4 “I’ve been doing this long enough and have relaShawn Hethcock & Shawn Rodger A2 tionships with people who Willis Allen Real Estate, Del Mar make devices that now they hear what I say,” he said. Showcase Homes B18 “Companies will listen to opinion leaders.”
As he spoke, he held up a small device about a third the size of an AAA battery – the world’s smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device. It enables wireless remote monitoring through the Carelink Network so that if the patient has any type of cardiac irregularity the doctor will receive an alert. In February, Rogers was the first physician to implant Medtronic’s LINQ ICM into a 71-year-old San Diegan who had a history of heart palpitations and a previous heart valve replacement. In the press release announcing the implant, Rogers said the man had a local anesthetic before the LINQ ICM was inserted through a 1 centimeter incision on his chest. “The entire process took about 10 minutes and he was able to go home immediately after.” Now, with the advent of cell phones that can receive the information, companies are even including phones with the device packages. “Technology allows us to diagnose more accurately and more quickly to get on to treating our patients faster and more directly,” he said. Ask him what he’s passionate about beyond being in the clinical setting and he’ll take you into the world of the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation (www.EPSavealife. org), a nonprofit that screens teens for cardiac issues. He helped establish the organization when a Scripps Green nurse’s son, Eric, died from sudden cardiac arrest – an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that can happen without symptoms or warning signs. After Eric’s death in 2009, he spoke to his mother Rhina “who had no answers about how to go on,” he recalled. From that sprang the foundation, which holds free EKG screenings for youth throughout the year and ultimately wants to equip all schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) and provide CPR/ AED training to staff and students. To date, Rogers said, they have identified about 100 teens with the potentially life-threatening condition. They get the word out through schools, with some coaches making the test mandatory and some teachers offering extra credit to students who complete it.
They also partnered with KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report and encourage people to tell others. “If 10 friends tell 10 friends, we can spread the word more easily,” Rogers said. “The foundation has been a calling for me. It is a lot of work and a lot of fun. While it is unfortunate that we have to tell parents their children may have a problem, it is rewarding because we can also tell them this can be fixed.” While his work might seem to get in the way of his ability to find personal time, Rogers puts his priorities in this order: family, God and country. His wife, Susan DeCristofaro Rogers, is department chair, associate professor and academic director of the Point Loma Nazarene University Early Childhood Learning Center. They have been married for 31 years and have a son and daughter, both college graduates. Rogers smiled, adding they also have a 14-year-old pug and three cats – well, almost three. The newest family member, an Abyssinian kitten, has yet to move in. A longtime Scout leader, he said one of his favorite things is teaching children’s baptism classes with Susan at their church. He also gets a kick out of reading comic books – the Hulk is his favorite, which one might figure out from the fact that he has a life-size caricature of the superhero standing in the corner of his office. “I didn’t like to read when I was younger,” he said. In an effort to get him to read the Classics, his father bought him a set of the Classics Illustrated in comic book form and he was hooked. “I still read comics to unwind.” He also enjoys scuba diving in La Jolla Cove, Coronado, Maui and Belize, or hiking in the rainforests of Belize and in Yosemite. “I wake up excited every day,” Rogers said. “I get to do surgery, see patients in my office and develop long-term relationships with them. I also get to run downstairs and help save lives. It’s the best of all worlds.” “Save Your Teen in 2014” upcoming screenings: •April 27 – Scripps Ranch High School; •June 1 – Granite Hills High School; •July 26 – The Rock Academy/Church, Point Loma; •Sept. 28 – La Jolla; •Nov. 2 – Spring Valley. Registration required at EPSavealife.org
‘Social Media, Sexting & Exploitation: It’s Not Going Away’ topic at Family Forum March 26 “Social Media, Sexting & Exploitation: It’s Not Going Away” will be the topic at the March 26 San Dieguito Academy Family Forum. The event will be held from 6:30-8:15 p.m. at the Media Center at San Dieguito Academy High, 800 Santa Fe Drive Encinitas, CA 92024. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from students, cyber-education specialists and counselors about components of digital life, social media profiles, responsibilities and one’s “digital trail “ in this panel presentation. There will be time for questions and answers. This event is free and open to the public. Middle school and high school students are welcome. Seating is limited – reservations are required. Spanish translation is provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the San Dieguito Academy Parent Foundation.
By Karen Billing The Secret Car Club is perhaps the worst kept secret in Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding communities, as many people are big fans of the collection of beautiful classic cars that converge on the Rancho Santa Fe village every weekend. On Saturday mornings, Avenida de Acacias and Paseo Delicias is lined with a variety of cars, from a 1910 Maxwell to the newest Mercedes. Motorcycles too. The cars may be flashy but the club is notâ€”itâ€™s lowkey and all-inclusive, according to founder Chris Erickson. â€œWeâ€™re here for the love of the cars,â€? Erickson said. Erickson is a realtor with Willis Allen who has been working in the area for more than 21 years â€” the last six years his office has been on Paseo Delicias. The idea of the club started after talking about cars with several of his clients. â€œWith a lot of car clubs thereâ€™s so much politics and the car world can be very clique-ish,â€? Erickson said. â€œWe just wanted to start something casual with some of our friends and get together on Saturdays.â€? It started with just four car enthusiasts meeting up on a Saturday in Rancho Santa Fe, but then it kept growing week by week. The weekly meeting event started to become a destination, attracting everyone from classic car owners in Los Angeles to residents wandering into the village from a Saturday morning walk on the trails. Erickson said the club has become a really interesting mix of people, free of politics, where everyone is on the same page. It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re a millionaire or a mechanic. One week they had a Minerva, a car from the early 1920s that was sold for nearly $2 million. Erickson said the car was stunning, with its â€œsweeping fenderâ€? and khaki tan canvas top. While the cars can stun, thereâ€™s more to the group than just the cars. One local teenager used the club to pick
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Secret Car Club in Rancho Santa Fe attracts a wide variety of car lovers at weekly event
The Secret Car Club meets in the Rancho Santa Fe village on Saturday mornings. Courtesy photos the brains of fellow car lovers to help restore an old Land the odd-woman out. Rover. â€œThis is somewhere that they can fit right in,â€? said Another local coupleâ€™s grandson takes his grandfa- Erickson. therâ€™s Model A car out to the club whenever heâ€™s in town Erickson encourages those who are interested to come from college. Itâ€™s an opportunity to give the car some ex- out and visit them. â€œItâ€™s a fantastic group of people and ercise and the entire family comes out for the morning. cars that you be hard-pressed to find in a museum,â€? Erickâ€œItâ€™s grown into a social group more than anything son said. â€œYou never know who is going to show up and else,â€? Erickson said. what theyâ€™re going to bring, thatâ€™s what makes it special.â€? The club has a lot of women as well, women who race For more information on the Secret Car Club, find them cars, who can turn a wrench and are just car-lovers who on Facebook or call Chris Erickson at (858) 775-2161. want a venue where they can hang out and not feel like
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Education Matters: Commentary/Opinion Teacher training in Del Mar: In search of balance and principals – as a need. By Marsha Sutton As a final follow-up to the recent series on professional development in the Del Mar Union School District, DMUSD superintendent Holly McClurg explained why some teachers are out of their classrooms for training more than others. All DMUSD teachers spend two to five days a year, for three years, in Cognitively Guided Instruction staff development, she said, to prepare for Common Core State Standards which are being introduced this fall. In addition, some teachers across all grades, those in their third year of CGI training, are also Common Core lead curriculum teachers. Shelley Petersen, DMUSD’s assistant superintendent for instructional services, said the lead curriculum teachers have several functions: understand the new standards, determine when certain stan-
dards should b e taught d u r ing the three t r i Marsha Sutton mesters of the school year, identify available resources that support the standards, and create student assessments. Petersen said these lead curriculum teachers, 21 for English/language arts and 21 for mathematics, represent an average of three per grade level (kindergarten through sixth). She said one lead curriculum teacher, a sixthgrade teacher from Del Mar Hills School, is also involved in collaborative work with the San Dieguito Union High School District, writing curriculum to smooth the transition between sixth and seventh grades. In addition, she said there are three other sixth-
grade teachers (from three other Del Mar schools) also working with San Dieguito and other feeder elementary districts but who are not Common Core lead teachers. “The purpose of this collaborative work is … to ensure students are wellprepared to transition from elementary to middle school,” Petersen said in an email. Because the San Dieguito articulation team involves a few sixth-grade teachers, these teachers will have more absences from their classrooms. Articulation from sixth to seventh grade needs to be seamless, McClurg said, “so you can see the necessity to have some crossover.” The articulation team, she said, was formed “specifically in response to the needs of our sixth-graders in mathematics. It’s something we’ve definitely heard from our community – our teachers and parents
“We obviously want to and need to be a part of that. We have been working very closely with San Dieguito on getting that to happen. So it will be very beneficial.” But that means two days of CGI training, three days of lead teacher work, and then an additional three days this spring working with San Dieguito, for that teacher, McClurg said. Other teachers might be absent for CGI training and for San Dieguito articulation work, while still other teachers will only be absent for CGI training. McClurg said the district tries to schedule some of this work in the summer – and after school, on weekends and in the evenings. But much depends upon teacher availability and voluntary participation since after-hours work cannot be compulsory, even when pay is offered. The district’s lead curriculum teachers do meet
after school on occasion, but because there are so many (21 in each group), finding a time when they can all meet is challenging, McClurg said. Petersen said it’s important for the entire group to be together for the work, to ensure a smooth transition between grades. “We had a previous experience when grade levels worked independently, and we had gaps and holes from one grade level to the next,” she said. “The articulation piece is critical, even more so now because Common Core is new.” Correcting a point made earlier, Petersen said the district has no teachers who have finished their three-year CGI training yet and none are training other teachers. The district’s Common Core lead teachers “may be asked in the future to assist with delivering professional learning to their colleagues, [but] this has not occurred during this school year,” she said. Substitute teachers One byproduct of all this teacher training and
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By Karen Billing The San Dieguito River Parkâ€™s â€œBirdwingâ€? open air classroom is taking shape near the lagoon in Del Mar; construction continued quietly last week to a soundtrack of the wetlandsâ€™ singing birds. The facility borrows its name from the wing-like design of the rustic metal shade structure that covers rows of concrete bench seating for environmental education; the open air affording scenic views out across the carefully restored wetlands. According to Dick Bobertz, executive director of the San Dieguito River Park, finishing touches on the classroom off Via de la Valle will be in place by April and it will open to the public in mid-May. It is already scheduled for numerous events for the first several months and a grand opening ceremony has been set for Tuesday, May 13, at 10 a.m. â€œThe Birdwing will be the River Parkâ€™s first permanent venue for group presentations and will greatly expand our public education program capacity,â€? Bobertz said. â€œOne of our most important objectives is to help kids make a physical connection with the environment, so we will be bringing school classes to the Birdwing as much as possible.â€? The classroom is being built with $330,000 of donor funds, $112,000 of which coming from the county and former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. The Birdwing phase of the project broke ground in October 2013, with Southwest General Contractors of Escondido doing the work. The classroom is carved out of a slope in between two trails, the upper and lower portions of the Coast to Crest Trail through the lagoon. Four curved rows of concrete seating terrace down to a â€œstageâ€? area at the bottom. The classroom can accommodate 80 people with its permanent seating but with temporary chairs on the stage area, it could hold 120 people. New wood bridges built on the trail will lead into the classroom and salvaged boulders will be placed on the edges. Some of the boulders are already in place marking the trail. Volunteers were hard at work last week planting the surrounding areas with shrubs, Coastal Sage Scrub mix and riparian trees. A parking area is also in the works. About 60 spaces in the decomposed granite lot
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Grand opening for San Dieguito River Parkâ€™s â€˜Birdwingâ€™ open air classroom expected to be held mid-May
The â€œBirdwingâ€? open air classroom in the San Dieguito River Park lagoon is expected to be finished in April, with a grand opening celebration in May. Photo/Karen Billing adjacent to the site will serve trail users, the classroom and a future lagoon nature center. A public design process for the nature center was completed in 2009 and it is proposed to be located about halfway between San Andreas and the Birdwing. According to Bobertz, the capital program to get the funds necessary for the nature center is expected to begin in May. For more information, visit sdrp.org
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Display case at Solana Beach Library recognizes Persian New Year DEFENSE By Kristina Houck International Day of Nowruz is March 21, a day after the first day of spring. Nowruz, which translates to â€œnew day,â€? marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. To recognize the Persian New Year, Farzaneh Mobine installed a display at the Solana Beach Library. â€œThere is quite a large Persian group in North County and throughout San Diego,â€? Mobine said. Born in Iran, Mobine immigrated to the United States in 1973. She first lived in La Jolla, then moved to Australia for 14 years and later returned to California. She has lived in Solana Beach since 1994. â€œItâ€™s nice to get involved with the community library and be together,â€? she said. â€œWe donâ€™t want to separate ourselves. We want to mingle with the people. This is an occasion everybody can join.â€?
Farzaneh Mobine next to a display in recognition of the Persian New Year at the Solana Beach Library. Photos/Kristina Houck Historical evidence dates the holiday back to early Zoroastrianism. Now widely a secular cultural celebration, Nowruz is celebrated by different ethnicities across the Middle East and around the world. Families that celebrate the holiday set up a Haft Sin table, which features seven symbolic items, each starting with the letter â€œs.â€? The display case at the library also features these items, which include seeb (apples) for beauty; sir (garlic) for good health; sabzeh (sprouted wheat grass) for rebirth and renewal of nature; serkeh (vinegar) for patience; sumac (crushed sumac berries) for joy; senjed (dry fruit of the lotus tree) for love; and samanu (wheat pudding) for fertility and the sweetness of life. â€œUnity, peace, spring â€” thatâ€™s what I hope people take from this display,â€? Mobine said. The items were put on display March 17, where they will remain for the next couple of weeks, Mobine said. The Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Ave.
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Back row: Cats Director Dave Corsi; Middle row: Mark Prince, Zander Samarasinghe, Conner Hollenbeck, Jackson Dalu, Alex Jenkins, Head Coach Anthony Bradley; Front row: Seam Murray, Johnny Gonzales, Tyler Fernandez; Not pictured: Luke Halpern.
Solana Beach Cats – 5th Grade Winter League Champs The Cats White Team started the season with a 1-3 record, struggling as they played for the first time in the Top Gun Bball League. They have a lot of new players so it was taking a little time to develop and start playing well together. They entered the playoffs, held this past weekend at Canyon Crest Academy, with a 4-3 record and a 4th seed in the tournament. They played in the quarter-finals against the #5 seed – La Jolla Riptide – and won, 29-12. Next, they played in the semi-finals against the #1 seed – 1 on 1 – and beat them 36-18. In the finals, the Cats played against the #2 seed – Top Gun Central – and beat them 44-23. The Cats Team played relentless defense and opportunistic offense to win the tournament. The Cats motto that defense wins championships proved true. They have one of the best programs in the County for training and developing young players to one day play high school basketball. In the meantime, they continue to play well and have a great time. The Cats White Team ended the season on a roll – with a 6-game winning streak, and a final record of 7-3. Coach Anthony Bradley has done an amazing job of developing the players into a championship team while keeping it fun and exciting. He is able to get each one of them to play their best when it really counts. The players and parents really love him as their coach. What a great season for all — congratulations to the entire team.
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Torrey Pines High School announced March 17 that former assistant coach Ron Gladnick has been hired for the vacant football head coaching job. Gladnick was head coach at Clairemont High School for the past two seasons, where he led the Chieftains to their first play-off victory in 20 years. Gladnick is a former high school and college player who had a “cup of coffee” with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. A CEO and retired business owner, Gladnick lives in Fairbanks Ranch. His stepson, Vinny Arvia, played for Torrey Pines High School. Look for a more detailed story in next week’s paper. — Tim Pickwell
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Girl Scouts host World Thinking Day at DM Heights
armel Valley and Del Mar Girl Scouts participated in World Thinking Day March 15 at Del Mar Heights Elementary School. About 170 Girl Scouts were expected to attend the event. The Girl Scouts teamed up with the International Rescue Committee for the theme â€œEducation opens doors for all girls and boys.â€? Refugees living in San Diego delivered the keynote address at the event. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net.
Annie Salz, Avery Steele and Lexi Martinez of Troop 1735, Carmel Valley
Carmel Valley Troop 1776 represents India at World Thinking Day.
Leyla Erkam, Shivanee Kooner of Troop 1732, Solana Highlands
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Carmel Valley Troop 1831 represents Israel.
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Torrey Hills students took part in the Rubiks cube competition held March 15 at Cal State San Marcos. This was part of the Super STEM Saturday which officially kicked off the weeklong San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. This Festival of Science is billed as â€œthe largest celebration of innovation and Science education in Southern California.â€? The students, from grades 2 -6, worked in teams of eight and competed to solve a total of 25 cubes in a matter of minutes. They also competed in a solo event where each student was timed to solve one cube. Sixth grader Shreyank Kadadi placed first in the solo event. Students have been practicing every week for the past two months and they were mentored by the Cubing Club of Mira Mesa High School.
Cathedral Catholic Girls Softball Team tops at Cougar Classic Sixth grader Shreyank Kadadi placed first in the solo event.
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