Residential Customer Del Mar CA, 92014 ECRWSS
Volume XVII, Issue 8
Feb 28, 2013 Published Weekly
‘Toast to Torrey’
Del Mar prioritizes, reviews $6.1M in upcoming projects
■ Canyon Crest Academy held its second annual Writers Conference. See page B8
Stan Bergum, Tim and Holly Coughlin and Doris Bergum at the Torrey Pines High School Foundation’s ‘Toast to Torrey’ event held Feb. 24 at the Pacific Sports Resort. The event precedes the Spring Auction fundraiser at the Belly Up on March 23. See page B12. PHOTO/MCKENZIE IMAGES
One Paseo a possible new home for North Coast Rep ■ Cathedral Catholic’s baseball team ranked No. 1 in the country See page 24
■ Brothers find creative way to honor Newtown shooting victim. Page B1
BY KAREN BILLING Could a new location for the North Coast Repertory Theater be a part of the proposed One Paseo development? According to Dr. Allen Moffson, president of North Coast Rep’s board of trustees, there have been very preliminary discussions with Kilroy Realty over the last few weeks about the company finding a new home at One Paseo. “There is nothing concrete, it’s just in its infancy right now. We’ve wanted to move into a bigger facility and [One Paseo] is certainly interesting because it’s such a good location,” Moffson said. “I have no idea where the project is going to go or if it’s going to be approved… I know it’s controversial but if it did go, it would be a great location to have a theater like ours.” See PASEO, page 6
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BY CLAIRE HARLIN With a few minor changes, the Del Mar City Council on Feb. 25 approved a city list of about 35 projects totaling about $6.1 million to be funded over the next five years, with parking management, new water meters, sidewalks and water master-planning being among the most budgeted and highest priorities. After departmental reviews, the proposed document will be distributed and reviewed by the finance committee in April, with workshops in May and adoption in June. Ninety projects were re-
viewed by city staff, with about 25 being deferred and 30 listed as unfunded in addition to those approved. In a separate list, councilmembers also identified their overall must-dos by ranking them and averaging the results. Top priorities were streetscape projects, construction of the North Torrey Pines Bridge and the city’s housing element, which is underway, with feedback expected from the state in March and City Council adoption anticipated in April. Almost all the street projects the city has See PROJECTS, Page 6
SB residents speak up on sustainability, circulation BY CLAIRE HARLIN Not only should the city mandate bike parking, but there needs to be more of it in Solana Beach, expressed attendees of a city workshop on Feb. 21 regarding the city’s first comprehensive update to its general plan. That input was gathered through an informal survey of the some 20 residents who filled the council chambers for the workshop, in which ques-
tions relating to land use and circulation were asked and respondents used keypads to give input and see results in real time. Proposed circulation changes aimed at increasing the city’s sustainability and accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists were also outlined, such as implementing specific bike path designations and reducing the size of vehicle paths to allow more room for cyclists and pedestrians. The city has also proposed a decrease from
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Genna Lee Malcangio and art teacher Julie Limerick attend a reception featuring the work of TPHS art students at the Del Mar Art Center on Feb. 24. See page B13 . PHOTO/JON CLARK
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High school district considers superintendent search firms BY KAREN BILLING As San Dieguito Union School District Superintendent Ken Noah recently announced his retirement, the district’s board of trustees is considering hiring a search firm to find his replacement. At its Feb. 21 meeting, the board directed staff to ask for proposals from three search firms. The cost of hiring a search firm is not known at
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four to two lanes on Stevens Avenue, as well other traffic calming measures. Solana Beach’s general plan was approved in 1988 and this is the first city’s first attempt at a comprehensive update since then. Chris Morrow, planning director at Project Design Consultants, explained that reducing reliance on automobiles is a primary goal of the update.
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this time, according to Noah. “Hiring a search firm does not mean that there are no internal candidates,” said Noah, noting that there’s a possibility an internal candidate could be selected to replace Noah as superintendent. In January, Rick Schmitt, the district’s assoSee DISTRICT, Page 6
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High school district monitors new school bond legislature The Grand Del Mar earns a trio of Forbes FiveBY KAREN BILLING San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) Associate Superintendent Eric Dill provided an update to the district board regarding a new state bill that places restrictions on school bonds that could affect their Proposition AA program. On Jan. 25, California State Assembly member Ben Hueso and San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister presented their school bond reform legislative measure that proposes all school bonds have a limited term of 25 years; requires all bonds with a term of 10 years or more to be callable; imposes a cap on debt service ratio of 4:1; and involves more oversight from the county level. “We’re looking at what a 25-year term will do to the structure, issuance and overall program,” said Dill as SDUHSD’s bond currently fits into 32 years. Dill said he thinks there’s a very good chance the bill will pass although it has yet to hit the assembly floor. He said they are keeping an eye on its progress and staff will bring back a revised bond issuance at a future meeting. “We think we will have solid instrument to issue and be able to keep on track at least in the short term,” Dill said.
Torrey Reserve construction underway BY KAREN BILLING Construction has begun on a 40,000-square-foot expansion of American Assets Trust’s Torrey Reserve office complex on El Camino Real in Carmel Valley (current addresses of the complex: 11452, 11512, 11622 and 11682 El Camino Real, San Diego, 92130). The construction phase includes three new buildings on the east side of El Camino Real: one 20,800-squarefoot building in front of the current ICW building; a 13,000-square-foot medical building next to the current Changes Plastic Surgery facility; and a 4,600-square-foot building on the edge of Arroyo Sorrento, near Bright Horizons pre-school. Completion is slated for August and then work would begin across the street on an additional 40,000-square-foot expansion. That phase will add two
Construction is underway on 40,0000 square feet of office buildings at Torrey Reserve. Photo/Karen Billing 20,000-square-foot buildings near California Bank and Trust. Additional underground parking is included for both sides of the street.
Star designations, AAA Five Diamond Award On the heels of its fiveyear anniversary, The Grand Del Mar has once again achieved a trio of Five-Star awards from Forbes Travel Guide for Lodging, The Spa at The Grand Del Mar and for Addison, the resort’s signature restaurant. Among an elite group of high-end resorts and hotels, The Grand Del Mar is the only hotel in San Diego, and one of just six hotels in the country to receive three Five-Star designations from Forbes in 2013. The others include Montage Laguna Beach, Calif.; The Broadmoor, Colo.; Mandarin Oriental, Miami; The Cloister, Georgia; and the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. Additionally, The Grand Del Mar is the only hotel in San Diego to ever achieve Five-Star status. This marks the second year that The Grand Del Mar has attained Five-Stars for Lodging; the third year that The Spa at The Grand Del Mar – a 21,000 square foot, Renaissance-inspired resort showpiece – has received Five-Stars; and the fifth year that its acclaimed signature dining venue, Addison, has earned the highly sought after designation. There are presently 58 ho-
The Grand Del Mar tels, 23 spas and 28 restaurants in the U.S. with Five-Star ratings. Adding to its growing award line-up, the resort retained its AAA Five Diamond rating for the fourth straight year, while Addison earned the AAA Five Diamond distinction for the fifth consecutive year. The resort celebrated its five-year anniversary in October 2012, and over a short time span has earned dozens of awards – but the trio of Forbes Five-Star accolades and the AAA Five Diamond status represent the pinnacle of its success. “Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond rankings set the industry standard, and earning them year after year firmly establishes us as a top world-class destination,” said Tom Voss, president of The Grand Del Mar. “We are immensely proud to achieve these designations and credit much of our success to our extraordinarily gracious and hardworking staff, who take true pleasure in providing topnotch service.” Formerly known as Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes Travel Guide has set the gold standard for the hospitality industry since 1958, providing objective, disciplined ratings for hotels, restaurants and spas. For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.startle.com.
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Del Mar Union School District to hold Town Hall Budget Forum March 11 The Del Mar Union School District Board of Trustees will hold a Town Hall Budget Forum on March 11 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Del Mar Hills Academy, located at 14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar, 92014. Selected participants from various stakeholder groups have been asked to take part in this Town Hall Budget Forum for the purpose of providing perspective to the governing board and superintendent on the proposed budget reductions for 2013/2014, specifically, budget solutions proposed by the superintendent on Feb. 27. The Del Mar Union School District is currently operating with a structural deficit. In the 2011/2012 school year, the district deficit spent approximately $2.4 million and is on pace to deficit spend approximately $4.5 million for the current school year. The board of trustees and superintendent have been fully aware of the structural deficit,
and reserves were purposefully utilized to maintain the district’s quality programs. However, the district cannot continue to deficit spend. If the district does not change course and reduce spending, it is on track to deficit spend approximately $4 million during the 2013/2014 school year. This spending would take the district well below the 15 percent reserve approved by the board of trustees. Prior to this Town Hall Budget Forum, significant efforts have been made to communicate the district’s budget and potential solutions, including outreach to community organizations, informational meetings for school staffs and school communities. This Town Hall Budget Forum is open to the public. — Submitted by the Del Mar Union School District
One Paseo meeting to be rescheduled The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board canceled its meeting originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to discuss the One Paseo project. The announcement was made Feb. 21 (after presstime for last week’s newspaper). Frisco White, chair of the Carmel Valley planning board, said that the meeting will be rescheduled to a date uncertain at this time. After facilities have been secured, White will announce the new date, time and location of the next One Paseo meeting. The new meeting date will be announced in this newspaper and at www.delmartimes.net (News category). The Carmel Valley planning board will now hold its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Carmel Valley Library at 7 p.m. The One Paseo project will not be on the agenda at that meeting.
SB’s Allie Moriarty earns place on Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music Berklee College of Music recently announced that Allie Moriarty of Solana Beach has earned placement on the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2012 academic year. To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.
At the ribbon cutting (l-r): Yehudi Gaffen, Howard Schachat, San Diego City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner, Jeffrey Essakow, managing partner, Flower Hill Promenade, and his wife Jill Essakow. Photo/Jon Clark
Flower Hill Promenade Grand Re-opening Flower Hill Promenade held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 27. The event, featuring San Diego City Councilmembers Sherri Lightner and Kevin Faulconer, kicked off the Grand Re-opening after a $30 million renovation that includes seven new restaurants, six new retailers, a play center for children, a parking structure, meeting spaces and a medical center. Flower Hill Promenade began renovations in 2011. The new center brings an additional 70,000 square feet of retail space and includes a four-level parking structure that provides 430 additional parking spaces. As part of its Grand Re-opening, Flower Hill is hosting events, giveaways and entertainment through March 3. For more information, visit www.flowerhill.com.
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At 86, former Del Mar Mayor continues to overcome and inspire â€˘ Pearson recovers from stroke, shares history and legacy through book â€˜Exceptional Fortitudeâ€™ BY CLAIRE HARLIN When doctors broke the news to Tom Pearsonâ€™s father in 1947 that the 21-year-old had polio and would never walk again, he decided not to tell his son because he knew he had the strength. Sure enough, Pearson was walking again within five months, and that was no miracle â€” it was a feat of his hard work and determination. Pearson went on complete five terms as mayor in Del Mar, where he became known for his charisma, courage and persistence, a leader who fought for human rights and protected the community against big development. And itâ€™s no wonder that after he suffered a severe stroke in 2005, he has steadily regained speech after doctors told him he would never talk again â€” and at 86, he has accomplished more since that near-deadly setback than many have in a lifetime. Despite being in a wheelchair and suffering communication restraints related to his stroke, he rallied the city to have a permanent bench installed three years ago near the Rock Haus on 15th Street, which he helped to design. The bench is similar to the one he frequently sat in for decades before it was removed to make way for the Del Mar Plaza in the late 1980s. His favorite spot, now known as â€œPearsonâ€™s Perch,â€? serves not only to remind his many friends and supporters of the mark he has left on Del Mar, but it will give locals a place to rest and relish that pristine view as he has enjoyed for years. Also since his stroke, Pearson bounced back from a broken hip and ruptured appendix, making him seem almost invincible amid his ongoing physical and speech therapy. Even more remarkable was his completion and publication of a nearly 500-page autobiography, which has been referred to as one of the most complete accounts of Del Marâ€™s history as it unfolded during the first 50 years of cityhood. And his critical medical condition was not even his greatest challenge â€” Pearson completed the book, â€œExceptional Fortitude,â€? despite losing nearly all of his photos and records in a fire. The former nuclear engineer was also honored in 2009 with a proclamation by the County Board of Supervisors, who declared Feb. 29, 2009 â€œTom Pearson Day.â€? Pearson is well-known in Del Mar, known as the man who saved Seagrove Park from being developed into a hotel; who fought for the rights of jailed peaceful protestors during the Vietnam War; who rode horses, graduated from MIT and Harvard, and forgot about his crutches and leg
didnâ€™t have a comprehensive plan or enough schools to accommodate rapid expansion. â€œPearson represents everything that is fair,â€? said Wingate. â€œHe is dedicated and persistent and even after he was mayor, he checked in regularly and still got involved when he needed to.â€? Pearson moved to Del Mar in 1959 to work on nuclear submarines for General Atomics, and it was the encouragement of his late wife, Christine, that sparked his involvement in city government, which began with the Planning Commission. In the first pages of Pearsonâ€™s book is a dedication to Christine, titled â€œA love that conquered all,â€? which attributes his involvement to her and tells about her initiative in signing him up to be a scoutmaster. Pearson also wrote that Christine was â€œthe most beautiful girl in the worldâ€? who was known for her city involvement and phenomenal crab dip. Christine didnâ€™t know Pearson before he had his crutches and leg brace, however, she never noticed them. Vangel Creech, a longtime friend of Pearsonâ€™s, remembers her first impression of meeting him one morning in 1995 like it was yesterday. Having coffee at the Del Mar Cafe, now Zelâ€™s Del Mar, he came up to her, asked if she was new in town and introduced himself. Then a real estate broker, Pearson and his colleagues gave her business cards when she said she was looking for a place. Upon finding out she was looking to lease instead of buy, she said none of the men called her back â€” except Pearson. Pearson helped her find her first apartment in the area, and she remembers the way he maneuvered up the steps of the Solana Beach and Tennis Club to her amazement. â€œAt first I went to help him but of course he didnâ€™t need it, and I never really noticed his crutches after that,â€? Creech said. â€œI was thinking, â€˜Who is this guy?â€™ and then the more I found out about him the more I was amazed by him.â€? Creech, a writer, became fast friends with Pearson, and began writing features for his local newspaper, â€œDel Mar Today.â€? Little did she know that, decades later, she would help him write his own memoir, and she said she is constantly impressed by and learns new things about him every day. In a recent interview with Creech and Pearson, he recalled saving up money to buy a Jeep to drive to school at Harvard right after his recovery from polio.
Former Del Mar Mayor Tom Pearson and longtime friend Vangel Creech outside En Fuego in Del Mar. Photo/Claire Harlin brace, dancing the night away at company Christmas parties. He also outlawed billboards in Del Mar, served as scoutmaster of a local Boys Scouts troop, and planted Torrey Pine trees on 15th Street and throughout the city. Just as much as people in Del Mar know Pearson, Pearson knows Del Mar. In fact, he is like a living Encyclopedia of the city, said John Wingate, who owns En Fuego restaurant and has been friends with Pearson for decades. â€œThereâ€™s not a thing he doesnâ€™t know about whatâ€™s transpired in this town in the past 50 years,â€? Wingate said. â€œEspecially anything political, he knows it backwards and forwards. Iâ€™ve always checked in with Tom, like a barometer, a fair and balanced filter, to know whatâ€™s really going on.â€? He also said he thinks of Pearson every time he drives down 15th Street and sees the ocean view that would be obstructed had Pearson not been instrumental in thwarting plans to build a resort hotel there. A 1970 op-ed column by Pearson, written in the form of a letter to his son, also sparked discussions that led to a 10-year postponement of development in Carmel Valley, an area that at that time
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World War II hero Louis Zamperini enthralls large audience at local event BY KATHY DAY Sunday’s Village Viewpoints presentation in Rancho Santa Fe by World War II hero Louis Zamperini turned out to be a celebration of sorts – of his survival, service and faith as well as about others who have served in America’s military. Oh, and you couldn’t forget his beloved fellow USC Trojans. The gathering at the Village Church, which had people lined up well before the 5 p.m. opening of the sanctuary doors, began at 6 p.m. with a CBS segment narrated by Bob Simon shown during the 1998 Nagano Olympics coverage. It recounted the horrors of captivity and cruelty coupled with the forgiveness the young Air Force officer found once he heard the Rev. Billy Graham speak and his joy at carrying the Olympic torch into the village of Naoetsu where he had been imprisoned. When Zamperini, decked out in a USC baseball cap, a USA Olympic jacket, khakis and athletic shoes, walked out on stage – escorted by his son Lou – the applause was thunderous and the ovation sustained. Now 96, he kept the audience, ranging from veterans likely close to his age to high school students, on their seats’ edges, telling anecdotes about his captors. At times, you could sense some near tears; other times they laughed at his jokes. Looking smaller than when he was a rising track star who could perhaps have broken a 4-minute mile had he not been a POW, Zamperini was seated next to Village Church Pastor Jack Baca. When he was asked to-
Louis Zamperini Photo/Jon Clark wards the end of the program if he could change anything in his life what it would be, Zamperini looked up and said firmly, “Just try to be a better Christian. Though God has blessed me … I am just an average Christian. God has used my life, but I never knew why until the book” was published. That book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand,” tells Zamperini’s emotional story in vivid detail. It soon will be translated to film, in a movie directed by Angelina Jolie, who has met with the man whose story she will share. Since Unbroken’s 2010 publication, Zamperini said he has received thousands of letters from people who also have become Christians or overcome hardships because of his story. As he recounted bits of his experience and answered questions, Zamperini pulled the audience along with him. Zamperini grew up in Torrance, Calif., where even the police recognized his athletic talents – in part be-
cause they couldn’t catch the young boy who was known to be a local troublemaker — to his glory days as a track star at USC and in the 1936 Olympics. But it was a fateful day in May 1943 when the young second lieutenant was serving as a bombardier in the Air Force where his story becomes legend. On that day, aboard a B-24 that was known to be frighteningly unreliable, he and his crew crashed into the Pacific while on a mission to find a plane that had been shot down. When he came to, he and two others were the only survivors. They pulled themselves into a raft. Only Zamperini and Russell Phillips survived; their tail-gunner Francis McNamara died on the sixth day on the raft. After drifting for 47 days, Zamperini and Phillips landed on one of the Marshall Islands, only to be taken captive by Japanese soldiers. That’s where the greater story of survival and resilience began as they faced horrendous treatment at the hands of their captives, particularly one Mutsuhiro Watanabe. Dubbed “The Bird” by his captors, he was particularly tough on Zamperini, the former track star. The man’s face stuck with Zamperini – through recurring nightmares in prison and after his release. He didn’t understand at first that he had what is now called post-traumatic stress disorder, but his post POW experience included reliance on alcohol, rowdy behavior and dreams in which he strangled The Bird. It was when he awoke and “had my hands around my wife’s throat,” he said,
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PROJECTS continued from page 1 planned for the next seven years have a sidewalk element, said City Manager Scott Huth. The council made a few changes to the list of projects brought forth by the city. One particular item that was left off the funding schedule — a fence replacement along the bluff north of Sea Cliff Park — caused a stir with the council, especially Councilman Al Corti, who said that made him question the entire budgeting process. He said the fence, which he has observed on visits to that area, is falling down and presents a safety issue. “That’s immediate
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maintenance that we should be jumping on top of instead of having a discussion about,” Corti said. Mosier agreed that the fence is a liability to the city, and said he thinks it is more important than a land surveying project the city had proposed at $25,000. Huth said the surveying is important in that “we don’t have a well mapped out inventory of property” in the city. Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott also suggested the addition of an additional item, the removal of the maintenance building on the city-owned Del Mar Shores property. “It presents a safety issue,” said Sinnott. “I’m worried about it.” Huth agreed that it costs money to keep it
tendent as Noah was expected to devote more time to oversight and implementation of the Prop AA bond. Noah has been with the district since 2008 and will retire on June 30.
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there, and the city is looking to find the money to get the structure off of the property. Creating a Shores property master plan is also a top priority for the council, and Corti brought up the idea of rolling that initiative together with the master planning of the City Hall property, which has also been prioritized. But he acknowledged the warning of Jacqueline Winterer, who said nothing gets done when the city bites off more than it can chew. Sinnott also suggested that the city move a governance related to the fairgrounds up on the list of priorities, making it a mustdo. The item relates to ongoing discussions of creating a new governance model for the fairgrounds,
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grounding is also on the todo list, with the focus being put on a tank at 15th and Crest Road. The city is projecting a new website redesign to cost about $26,000 over the next two years, but Huth said the project will save the city $9,000 a year so it will be paid off in three years. Annual street maintenance has been costing between $30,000 and $50,000 but the city is projecting between $62,000 and $73,000 annually over the next five years to implement more sidewalk rehabilitation and management pavement issues, such as potholes. A water utility master plan is budgeted for $35,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, in addition to a $60,000 rate study, which
will help the city set its rates for the next five years. The Del Mar Shores master plan, which will cost an estimated $75,00 over the next two years, is also a priority and will dictate the redevelopment of the 5.3acre site, the use of which has been a subject of contention for more than a year. For a complete list of projects and their descriptions, visit http://www.delm a r. c a . u s / G o v e r n m e n t / City%20Council%20Meetings%202013/cc20130225_ Item02.pdf. To view the priorities, as ranking by the council, visit http://www. delmar.ca.us/Government/ City%20Council%20Meetings%202013/cc20130225_ Item03.pdf.
Spring programs offered at San Elijo Lagoon Spring is a time of renewal at San Elijo Lagoon, and a brilliant season in which to explore one of San Diego’s largest estuarine reserves—through guided discovery or selfguided adventures. Listen for the rising and falling warble of the Black-headed Grosbeak in riparian woodlands or the splash of mullet breaking the calm surface of the lagoon. Enjoy the colors of the season seen in the bright yellow
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which would likely include more local input from surrounding cities. “Not only is it important, but it’s urgent,” Sinnott said. He also said that the creation of a downtown parking management plan, which is listed as a “mustdo” is very related to residential parking issues, so planning should involve both those aspects of the city’s parking at the same time. One of the most expensive proposed projects on the list is the retrofitting of the city’s water meters to implement new meter-reading technology. Estimated at $850,000, the project is in its very preliminary stages and the city is currently talking to potential firms to work with. Utility under-
Forty percent of residents in attendance at the workshop expressed in the survey that they would like to see an in-street, separated travelway for cyclists with a minimum of three feet of separation from vehicular traffic on Lomas Santa Fe, which is exactly what traffic consultants working on the general plan update have proposed. Consultants also gauged opinions about ways to reduce automobile traffic associated with pickup and drop-off at schools, and residents responded that better connected sidewalks, a shuttle or bus ser-
PASEO continued from page 1 Currently North Coast Rep makes its home in Solana Beach, in a 194-seat theater on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Moffat said their goal for expansion has been to
blooms of the bush sunflower, red monkeyflower, and pale white ceanothus. Free, public programs will occur in the serene environment of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. This county and state regional park protects nearly 1,000 acres of habitat that hosts more than 700 species of plants and animals, many of them sensitive or Endangered. Eight trails wind through diverse vistas including salt marsh, riparian, and coastal sage scrub habi-
tats. From Family Discovery Days to Winter Wildlife Walks, there’s something for everyone. All programs are free. Registration is required for Lagoon Platoon. San Elijo Lagoon Guided Walk Saturdays: 10-11 a.m. at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Bring cameras and binoculars for birding and marine invertebrate sightings that provide an up-close view of life between the
tides. This easy walk, led by Conservancy naturalists, provides an overview of San Elijo Lagoon’s important features, and the connection of wetlands with our society. The ¼-mile Nature Center Loop Trail is ADA-accessible. Wildlife Walks in San Elijo Lagoon March 9, April 13, and May 11: 9-11 a.m. (second Saturdays) Rotating Trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Re-
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vice, and children accompanied by other children or parents (“walking school bus”) would be the top solutions. The top reasons parents drive their elementary-age kids to school are lack of sidewalks and bike paths, the speed of auto traffic and fear of stranger or crime, the survey showed. Urging the connectivity and completion of sidewalks and bike paths is a top priority of the circulation element, which previously focused on vehicular travel when it was created in the 1980s. With sustainability also being a big focus of the general plan update, consultants also asked residents about programs to
attract sustainable projects in Solana Beach. While most said expedited processing or reduced fees for green building projects would be helpful, requiring a “green checklist” and guidebook for developers, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) streamlining and amending the construction and demolition recycling ordinance were almost equally popular solutions. The majority of residents also said charging renters based on the water consumption of their individual unit rather than a flat fee included in rent would be a good program to encourage sustainable behavior. Other popular solutions were providing curbside collection of
compostable kitchen waste and initiating a city-wide campaign to increase the use of public transit, walking and biking while reducing energy and water consumption. In regard to improving public health, residents suggested allowing small farmers markets at places like schools, commercial parking lots or curbside would be effective, as well as adopting an organic community farm and garden ordinance for the planting of organic edible landscapes. For more information about the general plan or to watch the workshop in its entirety, visit the city’s website at www.ci.solana-beach. ca.us.
find a 350-seat theater. The theater does about seven main-stage plays a year, as well as four theater school youth productions. Their shows run Wednesday through Sunday. On its Monday and Tuesday off-nights the theater remains busy –“Vin-
cent,” a play by Leonard Nimoy running one night only on March 4, sold out in two hours. While Moffson said at this point there are no specifics as to where a theater would go in One Paseo or how big it would be, he said
it only makes sense that they do their due diligence in having the discussions about the potential opportunity. “I think it would add a lot of class and pizzazz,” said Moffson. “It would be a good cultural center.”
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Local woman’s groundbreaking career to be recognized by the SD Police Foundation BY KATHY DAY Donna Pence credits a fictional character in part for helping her learn that she could do anything she wanted to do. She grew up in the South in a traditional family where careers like nursing and teaching were encouraged but, instead, Pence became the first female agent in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A Torrey Hills resident since 2001, she laughs as she tells about finding the book that made a difference in her life while shopping with her mother. She spotted a book cover with a red background and a woman in a catsuit. It was the first in the Melody Blaise series, written by Peter O’Donnell and based on a child raised during World War II. “She was like a female James Bond …” Pence said. “She was a kickass woman – not subordinate and not anyone’s sexual playmate.” She held those memories through the years as she pursued her career in law enforcement, which included 25 years with the Tennes-
see Bureau of Investigation (TBI). She retired from the TBI in 2001 when her husband Charles Wilson became senior director of the Chadwick Children’s Center at Rady Children’s Hospital. Today she has invested her more than 35 years of experience in Pence-Wilson Training & Consulting Inc., sharing her knowledge about child abuse, investigative techniques, teamwork and mental health. And, on March 13, Pence will be one of three women recognized by the San Diego Police Foundation at its Women in Blue awards luncheon “whose outstanding achievements in non-traditional careers have paved the way for today’s women leaders in San Diego.” Pence did not start out pursuing a career in law enforcement. While taking Nursing Math 101 at Vanderbilt University she realized that she didn’t have the aptitude for math and science “even though I looked good in white and loved the cap.” So she shifted to what they called “un-
Quick Facts Donna M. Pence: Owner, Pence-Wilson Training and Consulting and author. Pence has been involved in training hundreds of child protective service workers in Southern California and travels nationally and internationally to train and consult on such topics as child abuse investigation and interviewing; multicultural, multidisciplinary team development, and truth evaluation in forensic interviews. Distinction: First female special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; San Diego Police Foundation’s Women in Blue award recipient; attended FBI’s National Academy; established Tennessee’s Missing Child Program; author of numerous professional publications. Family: Husband Charles Wilson, executive director, Chadwick Children’s Center at Rady Children’s Hospital. Daughters Lauren, a Canyon Crest Academy and UCSD graduate, plans to attend law school in the fall; Alexis, a San Dieguito Academy and MTU graduate, manages Loss Prevention for Hibbetts Sporting Goods Distribution Center in Birmingham, Ala.; and Krista, who graduated from high school and college in Tennessee and is now a psychiatric nurse in East Tennessee. She has two children. Interests: Reading and shopping. “I am an information hoarder, buying books on topics that interest me.” Reading: Favorite book is “The Black Marble” by Joseph Wambaugh. Favorite films: “The Philadelphia Story.” Favorite getaway: Saladita, in the pool or hammock, with an interesting book. Favorite stress reduction: Autocross racing. Philosophy: My philosophy is “Adapt, Adopt, Become Adept.”
classified studies.” Married at the time to a tai kwon do instructor, Pence began taking self-defense classes from him and worked her way up to being a co-instructor in classes that included a number of police officers. They told her then-husband that he should join the Nashville Police Department. “I knew I wanted to be in a helping profession so I thought I’d try, too,” she said, noting that their exam scores were nearly equal and even one answer in the interview was identical because they were like minded about the job. When she was asked during her interview where she saw herself, she answered “patrol.” The interviewer had a different perspective, so he offered her a job as a dispatcher, explaining that since they were hiring her husband they couldn’t hire her. Instead, she went to work at Vanderbilt as a campus police officer where she learned to shoot and got some laughs out of being called “a campus pig” by her friends. The experience of being rejected brought out a side of her she hadn’t seen before. That was when Melody Blaise came back to her. “This character in the back of my head made me accept that I could do anything,” Pence said. Persistence paid off and Pence and four other women were accepted into the next police academy class six months later. But being accepted was only part of the battle, she recalled, adding that it was clear during the 17 weeks of basic training that the trainers’ mission was “to wash these women out … it was 17 weeks of hell week.” It didn’t work, though, as Pence finished the training. She was assigned to the parks patrol division where she honed her skills before moving to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) after making a connection through her husband’s chance encounter with the agency’s director over a break-in at their apartment complex. Initially the TBI didn’t know what to do with its first female special agent, but that, said Pence, was “good news. I got to do a variety of things the male agents didn’t get to do. “I wanted to improve the treatment of women and children,” she said. In addition to working narcot-
Donna Pence with her daughter Lauren. Courtesy photo ics and homicide cases, she specialized in serious abuse and child homicide cases, and trained others in investigative techniques. After 10 years undercover, she was moved to what she called a “plodding” assignment with the Medicaid fraud unit. About that time, new legislation on child abuse was proposed and a task force had been formed to evaluate it. “I hated it,” she said, in part because it focused only on returning children to their families when sometimes that isn’t the best solution. So in her spare time, she analyzed the proposal and sent her analysis to the director. “I was just venting since they hadn’t consulted law enforcement about what they would do,” Pence said. Impressed, her boss assigned her as his representative on the Child Sexual Abuse Task Force. It was there that Pence, now divorced from her first husband, met Charles Wilson, a social worker whose views on keeping families together when abuse has been alleged, were opposite of hers. They got to know and respect each other, but “it was the longest time before we saw each other socially,” she said. After dating for two years, they married in what friends said was “a marriage born of child abuse.” Their relationship has been one of sharing their job experiences, with both focused on finding answers – as Wilson puts it — “to why big people hurt little people.” Together they wrote the book “Team Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse: The Uneasy Alliance,” which she said helped build “the rules
of the game.” The book, according to Sage Publications, “focuses on how to develop, operate, and maintain effective investigative teams. It examines how law enforcement officers, child protection workers, prosecutors, medical professionals, and mental health clinicians can form coordinated investigative teams for fact finding, child protection, and criminal prosecution.” When Wilson took his job at the Chadwick Children’s Center, Pence stayed in Tennessee for a year so she could retire with 25 years under her belt, making her the first woman hired and the first woman to retire from the Tennessee bureau. When Pence landed in
San Diego, it was 2001. Although she first wanted to work as an investigator for the district attorney’s office, she landed a job as a child welfare training coordinator and researcher with what is now the Academy for Professional Excellence at San Diego State University. Last September, she decided to step out on her own, continuing to share her passion and knowledge. Through the years, she has gained perspective on the emotional impacts trauma has not only on those being investigated but on those who deal with the cases. She said she’s been lucky to be able “dump (her) toxicity” on her husband, but sometimes she’s turned to professionals for help. Other times she finds just taking time out for a manicure and pedicure helps – and occasionally she has resorted to more unusual tactics. One time after a particularly difficult case involving a child’s death, she said she found herself pacing around the house unable to focus. She picked up the microwave instructions, which said not to put a raw egg in the appliance. Wondering why, she said, “I have an ornery streak and set it for three minutes.” After 10 seconds, she said, “I knew it was really stupid.” Then came 30 seconds.
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Del Mar Hills students create auction-ready pieces for HillsFest Poppies, missions, desert scenes — and, of course, the bear from the California state flag. This month, Del Mar Hills 4th graders created two sets of serving platters and dessert dishes (thanks to the generous support of Ceramic Café) that they painted with images inspired by their California studies. The items will be auctioned off at HillsFest, the school PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. HillsFest will be held on March 23, starting at 6 p.m., at Arterra in the Del Mar Marriott. The evening — where, this year, guests are invited to wear their favorite wigs — will feature an auction, food and drink, and dancing. Tickets for the evening are $50 per person if bought in advance and $60 at the door. All proceeds help fund vital programs and equipment at Del Mar Hills Academy. The PTA is also welcoming advertisers for the event,
(Above) Riley Aiken and Gabi Siperstein; (Right) Grace Ziegel.
to be featured in the auction catalog. If you’d like to advertise or buy tickets, please contact Kim Bruch at kimbruch@ yahoo.com. Del Mar Hills PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Torrey Pines Players’ musical ‘Company’ a hit; Production runs through March 2 The Torrey Pines Players’ musical “Company” by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim opened on Feb. 20 at the Torrey Pines High School Black Box Theater. Under the guidance of artistic director Marinee Payne and student director Chad Johnson (11th grade) the cast of 14 brought energy, action, laughter and music to the stage. The live student orchestra, led by musical director Amy Wilcox and student music director Austin Shyu, was phenomenal, and kept the audience tapping their toes and humming the songs long after the play was over. Debut actor Matthew Henry Livingston (12th grade) shines in his portrayal of Robert — a single man turning 35. His friends are five married couples who share with him the ups and downs of marriage. Meanwhile Robert is juggling three girlfriends, looking
The Torrey Pines Players’ musical “Company” opened on Feb. 20 and runs through March 2 at the Torrey Pines High School Black Box Theater. for his perfect mate. The singing, the comedy, the dancing and the stunt moves keep the audience entertained, even if the topics brought up are more of a “grown up “nature. The entire production is student run — everything from the set design and construction, costume design, make-up, lighting, ticket sales, house management. “We are just here to help” says teacher Payne. Will Robert get married? Who will he marry? Come the TPHS Black Box Theater to find out! The show runs Feb. 27 — March 2. Visit tpplayers.com for ticket information on tickets. — Submitted by Bhuvana Ramanathan
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Family of young hero starts Samuel Razi Morris Memorial Scholarship Fund The Winston School in Del Mar recently announced that Samuel Razi Morris’ family has established a memorial scholarship fund in honor of their son who died last month trying to save his 92-year-old grandmother from a house fire. The 2007 Winston School graduate, died tragically but heroically after saving his 89-year-old grandfather and failing to come out again after re-entering to save his grandmother. The family established the Sam Razi Morris Memorial Scholarship for low-income students with learning differences so they would also have the opportunity to attend The Winston School. His family said he loved Winston and they believe his high school experience changed his life for the better. Morris attended Winston for four years and graduated in 2007. According to headmaster Mike Peterson, he overcame many challenges to become a good student, a twosport varsity athlete and a winner of a Winston School “W” in his senior year. Peterson is asking for support for the scholarship fund. “I especially urge those members of the class of 2007 and the surrounding years to remember their fellow Winston graduate. The scholarship is a way for us to recognize Sam every year and be reminded of his goodness. It is also a good way to transmit hope to others who struggle similarly with learning differences and keep Sam’s spirit alive in a
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(Above) Some of the local performers in “The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition.”
Local performers to appear in Actors’ Conservatory Theatre’s ‘The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition’ at Ocean Air School The award-winning Actors’ Conservatory Theatre (ACT- San Diego) continues its season with the beloved family musical adventure, “The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition” on March 8-10 at Ocean Air Elementary School. Fly over the rainbow with Dorothy as she rides a twister into the merry and troubled Land of Oz and learns that no matter how far our journeys take us – there’s no place like home. Director and choreographer Becky Cherlin Baird has assembled an outstanding cast of talented young performers. The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition includes all the beloved songs from the MGM motion picture and is presented in a shortened adaptation specially designed for elementary and middle school age children. This stage adaption is written by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Ocean Air School is located at 11444 Canter Heights Dr., San Diego, 92130. Showtimes: March 8: 7:30 p.m.; March 9: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; March 10: 2 p.m. Cost: VIP (1st row seating) $20; General Admission: $15. Tickets may be purchased at www.actsandiego.com or by calling (858) 777-9899. This version of the Tony award winning musical will feature several of San Diego’s most talented up-and-coming young performers — several that live in the Carmel Valley/Del Mar/Solana Beach area: Joshua Alper, Sarah bear, Marc berger, Toby Calhoun, Wyatt Chapman, Tyden Chinowsky, Sammi Dorfan, Emma Green, Katelyn Katz, Lincoln Katz, Grace Laliotis, Reagan Loew, Sophie Maretz, Tess Maretz, Isabella Martini, Lily Mcneely, Irelyn Mulvaney, Peighton Mulvaney, Cole Parker, Paige Parker, Alexandra Pisareva, Julia Price, Emma Spencer, Hershey Suri, Caitlin Tresse, Mo Vanderweil and Anna Ybarro.
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Construction begins on open air classroom BY KAREN BILLING Phase one of construction on the San Dieguito River Park’s trailside open air classroom has begun near the lagoon off Via de la Valle. According to Susan Carter, deputy director of the river park JPA, phase one of the construction will have to be finished by March 15 due to bird nesting season. Phase two will begin again in mid-September and will likely take three to four months to complete with an estimated opening by January 2014. The outdoor classroom will be carved out of a slope that is already on the site in between two trails, the Coast to Crest Trail and the upper pedestrian trail. The classroom will have tiered seating with a series of four rows and a stage at the bottom end. A shade canopy
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The San Dieguito River Park’s trailside open air classroom, now under construction, will have a “birdwing” shade structure. will be over the seating area that slopes upward like a bird’s wing. There will be permanent seating for 80 people but with temporary chairs on the stage area, the amphitheater could hold 120. New wood bridges built on the trail will lead into the classroom and salvaged boulders will be placed on the edges. The surrounding area will be planted with shrubs, Coastal Sage Scrub mix and riparian trees. A parking area will be created with 60 spaces on decomposed granite that will serve trail users, the classroom and a future lagoon nature center.
Friends of the Solana Beach Library accepting applications for three Solana Beach student scholarships The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are accepting applications through April 30 for three $500 scholarships. These will be awarded to students seeking Library Technician certification or students enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Library Science. Applicants must be residents of Solana Beach (live in zip code 92075), or be employed by or volunteer at the Solana Beach Library. Those interested are encouraged to leave a one paragraph description of their educational goals, documentation of their current registration in a qualifying program, and proof of residency or work address in the Friends of the Solana Beach Library book store or mail them to: Scholarships, Friends of the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, 92075.
Community Serve Day Greta and Gavin help staff a lemonade stand at Solana Highlands Elementary School on Feb. 24. Since 2009, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (SBPC) has designated a day where it closes its worship doors on Sunday in lieu of serving the community through service projects all up and down the coast. One of the 150 projects the church identified was a Lemonade Stand to benefit Max’s Ring of Fire, a local non-profit that raises money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Carmel Valley residents and church members Andy and Melissa Mikulak founded Max’s Ring of Fire after their son Max Mikulak died in 2008 at age 7 from Neuroblastoma, a common form of childhood cancer. For more information on Community Serve Day, go to www.SolanaPres.org — and see page B14 for another event; Visit www.MaxsRingOfFire.org Photo/Jon Clark
The Miracle League of San Diego kicks off its 13th season on Saturday, March 9. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at Engel Family Field at San Dieguito Park for the North County League, followed by Opening Ceremonies at Green Field at Coronado High School at 3 p.m. for the South County League. “This season is our biggest yet! We are excited to announce that we have expanded this season to include 203 San Diego children in both leagues,” says Miracle League Co-President and Co-Founder Dan Engel. Jersey Mike’s Solana Beach is donating sandwich lunches for Engel Family Field and Which Wich Coronado is donating sandwiches for Green Field. New this season, the Miracle League of San Diego is now on Facebook and Instagram. To like Miracle League on Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/ MiracleLeagueofSanDiego. To follow Miracle League on Instagram, search @Miracleleaguesandiego. For more information go to www.miracleleagueofsandiego.org or call (858) 964-2222.
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Local mom a budding CPR trainer in the area BY CLAIRE HARLIN As a mother of two, Carmel Valley resident Beth Sullivan said she gets frustrated at the fact that she signs liability waivers when she puts her kids into the hands of others, even though they are often not trained in CPR. Even when it comes to sending her kids off on play dates, she has a vested interest in knowing those parents know emergency procedures. Being a longtime expert in calibrating and servicing hazardous material detectors, Sullivan knows about safety and she has been taking her business Response Ready Technical Services a step further by providing CPR, first aid and AED (automated external defibrillator) training to local schools and organizations that need to reinforce safety education. “At first I was thinking I would learn it and teach it to my friends,” said Sullivan, who has a degree in environmental health policy in 2006 and has been running her calibration business for 12 years. Starting off training organizations voluntarily, word of mouth let to Sulli-
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athedral Catholic High School’s “iPads in the Classroom” conference was held Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 at the CCHS Library. About 50 educators from as far away as Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Texas attended the event. At the conference, “Apple Distinguished Educators” (ADEs) showed educators what tools are available for use in their classrooms, and how to effectively work with the iPad in a school setting. Three tracks were provided during the conference. One track is for administrators with a focus on longrange planning and financing, teacher training and discipline issues. The track for teachers offers options on classroom management, going paperless, available apps and specific classes for topic areas, such as iPads in a math class. The final track is for those interested in the technical aspects – wireless network, support infrastructure, content filtering. All the classroom sessions at the conference are taught by Cathedral Catholic teachers. At least part of the day is spent observing classrooms. The event also featured a student roundtable where attendees had the opportunity to ask students questions and get their point of view. For more information, visit http://www.apple. com/education/apple-distinguishededucator/ PHOTOS/JON CLARK
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The award to architectural firm Lionakis on Feb. 7 of two San Dieguito U n i o n H i g h School Marsha Sutton District contracts worth a combined $2.8 million makes Lionakis’ $25,000 donation to San Dieguito’s bond campaign seem, on the surface, suspect. In a meeting with SDUHSD superintendent Ken Noah, deputy superintendent Rick Schmitt and associate superintendent for business services Eric Dill last week, I asked if this was “pay-to-play.” The answer, in essence, was, “They were already playing.” Noah explained, saying Lionakis and other major donors were “pre-qualified” and selected to do the work well before the $449 million bond measure was narrowly approved by voters in November 2012. The public can expect to see contracts awarded to most other big donors to SDUHSD’s Proposition AA bond campaign, for the same reason. For architectural services, Dill said the district advertised in Feb. of 2011 through a general, open Request for Proposals process. From the RFP, the district received responses from 25 firms, interviewed eight over six months, and selected four, he said. Without knowing in advance which projects or schools they would be working on, the applicants were asked by the district to give their professional qualifications. They were evaluated based on past projects, expertise with educational facilities, reputation in the industry, and fee structure. The job of the four selected firms was to work with the district in the preconstruction phase for projects at each of the school sites identified by the district’s facilities task force. This occurred over a year before the bond was finalized and approved by the school board. “We assigned them to work on specific schools to develop the preliminary master plans for each of those schools,” Dill said. This work, finished before the bond came before voters, was fully paid with
tal building funds in the district’s coffers, said Dill, adding that the district will not be reimbursed for these expenses with bond money. “Whether we had a bond or not, we knew we needed to do this work because we had … a vision,” he said. “We needed to develop master plans for each of our school sites.” The four architectural firms the district selected are Lionakis, MVE Institutional, Roesling Nakamura Terada, and Westberg & White. “All four did a great job so we decided that we would continue working with them,” Dill said. Westberg & White, MVE Institutional and Lionakis each contributed $25,000 to the Prop. AA campaign, while Ralph Roesling of Roesling Nakamura Terada contributed $1,000. Dill said the district is using the master planning process as a way to do a long-term interview, “to determine how they work with us, how their approach is to the work that they do, their creativity and problem-solving, and coming up with cost-effective solutions.” Construction firms and finance team pre-selected After the bond passed, each design firm was assigned to particular projects and asked to provide proposals. Lionakis is the first to be awarded contracts – $1.8 million for work on the new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch and about $1 million for work at Canyon Crest Academy. Dill said all the projects are still subject to negotiations on price and performance and the district reserves the right to shift work around as needed. “While we were pleased with the work they did, nothing is a done deal,” he said. California’s Division of the State Architect provides a scale of reasonable fees so districts can quickly identify firms out of line. For both the Canyon Crest and new middle school projects, the fees “are far below what the DSA scale rates are,” Dill said, by several hundred thousand dollars. The district will also judge how well the architectural firms work with construction managers, all of whom were also pre-selected before the bond was ap-
The district used the same process with construction firms. An RFP was issued in 2011, and 10 firms submitted proposals. “We ended up with five firms that we worked with in the pre-construction phase and cost-estimating,” Dill said. Two firms didn’t measure up, so the final list included three: Balfour Beatty, Erickson-Hall and Gilbane. Later, in October 2012, each firm made a contribution to the bond campaign: $11,000 from Balfour Beatty, $15,000 from Erickson-Hall and $25,000 from Gilbane. The district’s finance team was also “pre-selected.” Bond underwriter De La Rosa & Co., which contributed $25,000 to the Prop. AA campaign, was hired by the district in Feb. of 2012 to work on the pre-bond planning phase, but was also told the firm would be the district’s underwriter if the bond passed, Dill said. “That decision was made over a year ago,” he said. Financial advisor The Dolinka Group and two bond attorneys, DLA Piper and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, were also selected before the bond passed. De La Rosa contributed $25,000 to the bond campaign, Dolinka $5,000, and $5,000 was given by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. All four firms that make up San Dieguito’s bond finance team are contracted through the first issuance of the bond, which is scheduled for this April. There are no guarantees after that, Dill said. “Where we will be in 2015 when we anticipate going out for our second draw, it may be a different environment,” he said. “Things might happen with those firms between now and then. We’re evaluating the firms every day.” Underwriter De La Rosa may receive up to $800,000 for the first issuance, but Dill said that number is still being negotiated. “The cost of issuance is capped at 2 percent by law,” he said. “We’re at .829 percent.” Not pay-to-play Superintendent Ken Noah said that selecting vendors before the bond measure goes before voters is a more ethical, if less profitable, way to do business. “The more common experience we’ve seen in
school districts is contracts are awarded not before the fact like we did, but afterwards,” Noah said. “One could make an argument that … that is pay-to-play.” But San Dieguito’s scenario is completely different, he said, because the district picked vendors before the bond campaign began “who have proven their worth” and “who know that they’re going to complete that work when the bond passes.” So, “in fact, they were already playing, to use that term,” Noah said. “Of course they have an interest in seeing it pass because then the work continues,” he emphasized. “But it wasn’t, ‘I’m going to contribute so I can get the work.’” “We think this has been a really healthy way to go about this,” Dill said. Noah said if the district had not pre-selected vendors for the projects, there might have been 25 firms contributing to the campaign, thinking it would give them an advantage. So this pre-selection approach resulted in fewer dollars to the campaign, Noah said, because “to some degree [it] limited the number of people who might be interested in contributing.” When asked if the district discussed possible contributions to the bond campaign with the applicants before making its selections, Dill replied in an email, “Absolutely not. That was not an evaluation criteria, nor was it discussed with any [firm]. That is simply not our culture. “Because issues like this had been brought up in the media about other districts and their relationships with their vendors, we were very cautious in our interviews and subsequent discussions to stay clear of any conversations that could give rise to the very wrong conclusion that the district awarded contracts on the basis of political favors.” Appearance of impropriety Heightened sensitivity to the issue of pay-to-play and the rampant corruption within far too many governmental agencies has alerted the public to any appearance of impropriety. And frankly, the appearance of impropriety at San Dieguito is there, since major contributors to the bond campaign have been or will be awarded lucrative contracts on the taxpayers’ nickel. But it appears improper only until questions are asked and explanations giv-
en. When the public – and the media – pass judgment without allowing districts to comment on apparent irregular behavior, we condemn them without a proper hearing. Because San Dieguito’s bond is worth nearly $500 million, district officials are under intense public scrutiny, yet feel confident their ethics pass the test. It’s doubtful every district acts this way, so there is justifiable criticism when legitimate abuses occur. But voters did approve this bond, and vendors must be chosen – although in this case it didn’t necessarily happen in that order. However, there’s a larger issue here than exonerating San Dieguito. If a district asks for RFPs through an open process two years before a bond is placed on the ballot, and then selects vendors from many applicants based on an extensive evaluation process, it’s not pay-to-play. But those firms know in advance that they will get the work should the bond pass. So it’s in their self-interest for these “pre-selected” vendors to donate to a campaign, but not because they are vying for the job. Even when vendors are chosen on merit and the selection process is open and clean, it still feels like elections are being bought. What are we to make of a system that permits businesses and individuals not residing within the district to contribute huge sums of cash to a campaign to tax other people’s money so the donors can make a profit? These firms want bonds to pass not necessarily because it’s good for the community but because it’s good for their bottom line. From Oct. 1 through the final reporting period, $196,100 was given to San Dieguito’s Prop. AA campaign, and $185,000 were major donations of $1,000 or more from vendors all located outside San Dieguito’s boundaries. As it stands, it’s not wrong for these firms to give to bond campaigns. But clearly money unduly influences voting. The infusion of cash, even in this case from vendors long ago selected to do the work, affects the outcome of elections. Large war chests matter. That, it seems, is the real problem – not a school district playing by the rules, but that the rules are seriously flawed. Marsha Sutton can be reached at SuttComm@san.rr. com.
LAGOON continued from page 6 serve Conservancy naturalists lead Wildlife Walks on four distinct trails that rotate each season. Wildlife Walks are free, and are made possible through the membership support of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Wildlife Walks occur 2nd Saturdays from 9-11 a.m., rotating to a different trailhead every three months starting with Santa Inez (winter), followed by Santa Carina (spring), Rios Avenue (summer), and La Orilla (fall). More information is online: www.SanElijo.org/walks or call (760) 436-3944 x 701 Lagoon Platoon March 16, April 6 and 27, and May 18: 9 a.m.noon Locations Vary Join the thrill of handson conservation in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Lagoon Platoon, an all-volunteer community habitat restoration event, generally occurs monthly on 3rd Saturdays. All the tools we need for restoration are provided, and garden experience is not necessary. Restoration activities include: invasive weed removal, planting native species, debris removal, and trail maintenance. Register (ages 13+) online: SanElijo.org/restoration-events or call (760) 4363944 x 709 for more information. Groups of six or more please call for arrange-
February 28, 2013 ments. Spring EGG-ucation (Family Discovery Days) Saturday and Sunday March 23-24: 1-4 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Crack open clues to the secret lives of egg-laying animals in San Elijo Lagoon, through free events, arts and crafts, and nature hikes for all ages. Kids will get an up-close look at all kinds of critters that hatch from eggs. Families will be treated to an egg find, egg-themed crafts, and a Trivia Hunt around the Nature Center Loop Trail. At 2 p.m. both days, slither in to see the Live Reptile Presentation and learn more about the fascinating lives of egg-laying turtles and other reptiles you meet. Family Discovery Days is free, and is presented three seasons a year at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, located at 2710 Manchester Avenue in Cardiff-by-theSea. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and San Diego County Parks and Recreation present family Discovery Days; additional support is provided by San Diego County Parks Society and The City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant. For more information on Family Discovery Days, contact San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center at (760) 6343026 or visit www.SanElijo. org/family-days. For more information, visit www.SanElijo.org or call (760) 436-3944.
Mission Federal Credit Union celebrates Grand Opening of Carmel Valley Branch on Feb. 23 Mission Federal Credit Union held a grand opening event to celebrate its new Carmel Valley branch on Saturday, Feb. 23. Mission Fed’s Carmel Valley branch is located at 3885 Valley Centre Drive (San Diego, 92130). Mission Federal Credit Union is federally insured by NCUA. To learn more, visit www.MissionFed.com. (Above, l-r) Assistant Manager Dawn Zabriskie and Manager Kirsten Dawson. Photo/Michael Ratigan
POLICE continued from page 7 At one minute, “I started giggling. At 1:20 it exploded and scared the heck out of me.” And then she started laughing. “The heaviness in my chest had burst with the egg.” The downside: It took an hour to clean out the microwave, “but by then I was calm.”
More normal tension relief comes from reading novels – or working on the one she’s writing in which all the people who have made her mad get killed off. She also enjoys autocross racing. “Driving really fast on a race course focuses my mind,” she said. With the issues she has dealt with during her career, it is not surprising that Pence has needed to find
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that he knew something had to change. Though she had filed for divorce, she attended a Billy Graham program with friends and was taken in by his message. She wanted Zamperini to go to one of the services, but he initially refused, he said. When she told him she would not get a divorce because of her conversion to Christ, he said he would go along. He went to one session but left. She reiterated she was not getting a divorce and urged him to go to another. “When people come to the end of their rope … they turn to God,” the old airman said, talking about that night. “By the time I got off my knees, I had forgiven all of the guards and The Bird.” A younger member of the audience asked how he could do that. “There is only one reason,” he answered. “…May I therefore be in Christ. I was a new person. It was a great feeling.” There were lighter moments, too, such as when he talked about how Hitler – who he met during the ’36 Olympics — had a bizarre appearance, saying that he “looked like a comedian … If he had come to Hollywood, Stan and Laurel (Hardy) would have been out of a job.” There was also his description of walking into a room with six Japanese officers, with one saying he, too, was a USC graduate. “He was the most obnoxious one,” Zamperini said. “I couldn’t believe he was a Trojan” and figured “he had to be a third-year transfer from UCLA.” Loud laughter followed. One of the questioners wondered how Hillenbrand had written such a powerful book, having met him only once in seven years. “She’s a genius,” he an-
swered, explaining that she started by asking him for the names of 50 college buddies and 50 war buddies who could talk about him. “She’s perfection.” When they met after talking for seven years on the phone, he said it was like “dad and daughter. … It was wonderful.” Zamperini’s warm and endearing personality with a tough crust came through when he turned the tables on the audience, asking first if there were any WWII vets in the crowd. A smattering of hands went up, followed by a standing ovation. The scene was repeated as he asked about Vietnam vets, Korean War vets, and those who had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. And, he added, he just couldn’t ignore the USC Trojans in the audience – which brought more laughter and applause. When the night ended, Jack Piegza, a Bishop’s School senior from La Jolla, who has read “Unbroken” and was there with his family, seemed to sum up the audience reaction. He said he was particularly taken in by Zamperini’s “outlook on life” despite having endured the POW camp. “I loved how he turned to God.” The Viewpoints event was co-presented by the Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Visit www.villageviewpoints.com. Learn more about Louis Zamperini: www.louiszamperini.net/ See the CBS video: www.louiszamperini.net/ video.php Read: “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand; “Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian’s Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II” by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin.
“I didn’t know about that, but I’d believe it,” said Creech. “Trust me, I’ve seen him do so many things that are just amazing … ” Creech has been instrumental in helping Pearson through regaining his speech. She said when he first began talking, to doctors’ surprise, they thought he was unable to form words, but Creech’s deep understanding of him helped her crack the code to his communication. “When he first started talking, you wouldn’t believe this, but he was talking in French,” she said. “He was trying so, so hard to talk, and I realized he used to live in France, and he’s fluent.” While speech is often difficult for Pearson, he can easily muster up the words to tell others how much he loves Del Mar, and how much he loved his father, Leon Pearson, who died in 1963. Pearson became teary eyed when he flipped to the chapter in his book dedicated to his father, a former NBC news correspondent, who Creech said was as noble and interesting of a character as his son. “It makes me want to cry,” said Pearson. “I still love him after many, many years. He’s such a great guy.” Creech has difficulty holding back tears and putting into words how amazed and inspired she is by Pearson, but she has a repertoire of stories about him that she uses as examples. For example, she tells the story of how he once removed his crutches
unique ways to release stress over the years. Child abuse and neglect happen on a much larger scale than most people realize, she said. “We picture the worst of the worst – broken bones or the little girl who is 10 and pregnant,” Pence said, adding too often ignored are the “day-to-day insults, a slap to the head, name calling, or the ‘I don’t love you and wish you were nev-
er born’ comments.” For Pence, being in a profession where she has seen horrific things continues to be a learning experience. However, she believes she’s made a contribution by helping her fellow law enforcement officers, social workers and even defense attorneys learn a new way of looking at the issues pertaining to child abuse and neglect.
continued from page 4 and threw himself into the ocean to prove to a boat full of reporters that water was safe amid criticism of poor water quality. She tells about how he started his own TV show, plays the guitar and once ran on crutches from downtown Del Mar to Torrey Pines as part of a fundraising event. Those who know Pearson will tell you that he always wears the signature bolo tie a former business partner had custom made for his 70th birthday, which bears the image of a sailboat he helped his brother build as a teenager in the 1940s. When asked how he’s doing, they may also tell you that Pearson has a signature response: “I’m still here.” Creech said when she hears Pearson repeatedly share those words with a smile, she’s reminded of this unyielding optimism and tenacity in how he “just keeps overcoming and continuing to overcome,” she said, adding that his tenacity is what inspired the name of his book, which she came up with. She said that Pearson is the biggest inspiration in her life and that he’s been an inspiration to so many others as well. “Just look at all he’s done and been through, and he’s so happy,” she said. “Whenever something seems wrong in my life, I think of Tom Pearson.” For more information on Pearson or to buy his book, visit www.tombpearson.com.
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Cathedral Catholic’s baseball team ranked No. 1 in the country BY GIDEON RUBIN The honors for Cathedral Catholic’s baseball team typically come in June, and just about like clockwork. This year, they’re coming in February. The Dons, who are in the midst of a San Diego Section dynasty, are the nation’s top-ranked high school team according to two major national preseason polls and are near the top of just about every reputable poll. The Dons are ranked No. 1 in USA Today and Collegiate Baseball. They are ranked third in Baseball America’s preseason poll. The Dons have won San Diego Section Division III titles in each of the last two years and four of the last five years, with five consecutive championship game appearances. They’ve won seven championships over the last 12 years (including three as University High) and have been to the finals in all but one year since arriving at their new Carmel
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(Above) Some members of the Cathedral Catholic High School baseball team: Hayden Grant, Michael Martin, Alex Schick, Andrew Wright, Stephen Gonsalves, Gabe Simpson. Photo/Jon Clark (Below) Team members celebrate. Courtesy photo
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Del Mar Powerhouse 12U RunnerUp in SCTBA Wood Bat Tournament The 12U boys played in their first wood bat tournament recently in Ramona, and just to make things a little tougher, played up in the 13U age division. The great equalizer of the wood bat and the age of the opponents did not slow down the Powehouse boys. Earning the #3 seed after pool play, the team rallied during elimination to knock off the #1 seed and play in a tight 3-1 championship game. In its 12th year of operation, Del Mar Powerhouse offers competitive baseball programs for children ages 7-14 in the Del Mar, Carmel Valley, RSF and surrounding areas. This year, Powerhouse is fielding eight highly competitive teams and is playing in tournaments throughout the western U.S. Tryouts for the 2013-2014 season will be held during the third week of June. Visit www.delmarpowerhouse.com
Carmel Valley’ resident Channah Zeitung, a 4-yearold martial arts champion, recently traveled to New York City to appear on Katie Couric’s ABC daytime show “Katie.” The theme of the show is “Katie’s Wonder Kids” and focuses on “Child Wonders.” The show is scheduled to air March 1 (visit http://www.katiecouric.com/). Channah, who trains at Carmel Valley’s Church’s M a r t i a l A r t s ( w w w. churchsmartialarts.com), appeared on the show with Trish Church.
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Solana Beach’s Debbie Higa to compete in Senior Tennis’ Premier International Team Competition The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recently announced that Solana Beach resident Debbie Higa will represent the United States at the 33rd ITF Seniors World Team Championships. The nation’s top women and men tennis players in five age groups from 35 to 55 will compete against teams from over 30 countries March 18-23. The event will be held in Antalya, Turkey. Over 1,000 athletes are expected to participate. Joining Higa, representing the United States at the 2013 ITF Seniors World Team Championships in the Young Cup for women 40 and over, will be teammates Stephanie Stone Carpinteria, Calif., Trish Riddell Lackland, Fla., and Vesna McKenna Hollywood, Fla. This will be Higa’s first appearance as a member of a USA National cup team. In 2012 Higa won the 40 Women’s World Doubles Championship and was a finalist in the 40 National Grass, Hardcourt and Indoor Doubles. She also won the 40 Indoor Singles National Championship. Her undergraduate degree is from UNLV with a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. She is presently project manager for D4 LLC. The United States medaled in 8 of the 10 Cups held last year in San Diego. For more information visit usta.com.
Nick Ruscetta steps down as SFC Head Football Coach Santa Fe Christian Athletic Director Tom Seitz announced recently that Nick Ruscetta has stepped down from his position as Head Football Coach, effective immediately, to devote more time to caring for his father. “Nick has been the backbone of our football program and a great mentor to hundreds of students at SFC,” Seitz said. “We will certainly miss Nick at SFC and we wish him the best in this next chapter of his life.” Ruscetta stated, “It has been an immense blessing to be part of the SFC family for the past 12 years. I know without a doubt that God cleared the path for me to find my way here. The families, teachers, administrators and mostly students have taught me so much. It is with a heavy heart that I need to say goodbye. I believe this school is special because of the emphasis we place on service and sacrificial giving. It has been such an honor for me to serve the stu-
dents at SFC as a physical education teacher and coach. It is now my turn to serve my immediate family. I will forever be an Eagle and will continue to pray for our incredible school and its students. My only ambition has been to serve Jesus and love our kids through athletics, and if I have done any good at all to God be the glory.” Ruscetta and SFC are coming off one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history, advancing to the Division IV State Championship Game. He has served as Head Coach for the last six years during which time he compiled a record of 39-13. He has also served as an assistant at SFC under former Head Coach Brian Sipe and has also served on the staffs of Escondido High School and San Diego State. A new head coach is expected to be named soon to continue the legacy at SFC.
Correction A story in a recent issue on UCLA student Tad McCardell incorrectly reported the high school he attended. McCardell is a Canyon Crest Academy graduate.
Solana Highlands Digital Dash Solana Highlands Elementary School recently held a Digital Dash. Funds raised will support technology programs and equipment at the school, such as DNN, new computers, and repairs and maintenance of existing technology. The event included hydration stations, healthy snacks, class photos and awards for most laps run and most money raised. Photos/Jon Clark
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Reception held for TPHS art students. See page B13
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
Upcoming Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire inspired by European events. Page B3
Boys use creativity to honor Newtown victim
Dr. Kristiina Vuori takes a lead in the cancer research field Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D. is a professor, Pauline & Stanley Foster Presidential Chair, and president and interim CEO of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. For the past 10 years, she has also served as director of Sanford-Burnham’s National Cancer Institutedesignated Cancer Center, a post she will hand over on Kristiina Vuori, May 1. Under her direction, M.D., Ph.D. the Cancer Center underwent a five-year renewal in 2010 with an “Outstanding” rating and an increase in grant funding. Dr. Vuori is part of a Stand Up to Cancer “Dream Team,” has served on several NIH and Department of Defense study sections, and serves on the boards of the American Association for Cancer Research and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Her research focus is unraveling the molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis. Who or what inspires you? My family, the faculty and staff I serve at the Institute and our supporters, and the patients that our medical research benefits. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite? I would invite the following true pioneers in their fields: Neil Armstrong, Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Amelia Earhart, Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, and Thurgood Marshall. What are you reading? I recently finished “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It is an illuminating book that provides clarity, and hope, to those seeking to demystify cancer. What is it that you most dislike? Dishonesty. What is your most-prized possession? The relationship I have with my family. What do you do for fun? Ask me when I retire! I enjoy hiking, skiing, traveling the world, discovering new restaurants, attending my son’s travel team baseball games, and cheering for the Padres! What is your philosophy of life? Give back more than you’ve taken, and listen more than you’ve said. What would be your dream vacation? I definitely enjoy summer (not winter!) vacations in my native Finland with its lakes, saunas and midnight sun.
Brothers sell self-made cards, donate proceeds to animal shelter BY CLAIRE HARLIN Having little to start with didn’t stand in the way of two Solana Beach elementary school students’ desire to give — and a recent, unexpected and unforgettable pat on the back has only fueled their budding generosity. When Andres Josaitis, 10, and his brother Marcus, 8, heard about the Newtown school shooting in December, they had fear, anger and, most of all, questions. And their mother, Cecile Josaitis, struggled as much with those hard answers as her boys struggled with understanding them. “They wanted to know why,” said Cecile, a portrait painter who runs a daycare business out of her home. “We talked about the shooter. We talked about the helpers. We talked about the teachers. Most of all, they wanted to know about the children. They wanted to see them and learn who they were.” Cecile spent time with her sons reading stories online about the 20 young lives lost, and she said Marcus, a third grade student at Solana Vista Elementary, became particularly attached to the story of Catherine Hubbard, a 6-yearold, red-headed animal lover who rode a pony named Peanut and aspired to one day open her own animal shelter. Upon seeing that Hubbard’s parents were asking for donations to be given to the Newtown Animal Center in her honor, the boys were determined to help. Helping out is no new concept for the Josaitis brothers. For years, the boys have each put $1 from their $5 weekly allowance into what they call a “give envelope” and they pool together about $100 each holiday season and go on a toy shopping spree — only they shop for every kid but themselves, gathering items for boys and girls of every age and then dropping them off at a Toys for Tots donation site. In 2012, however, their give envelope was empty, as Cecile’s business had been hit by the recession and was slowly declining, making her unable to give her sons an allowance all year. But that was of no importance to Andreas and Marcus, who quickly came up with another idea that was particularly fitting for the season. The boys gathered card stock, paper, glue, scissors and glitter they had lying around the house, and spent an entire weekend making about 100 spark-
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Solana Vista third-grader Marcus Josaitis, left, and brother Andres, a Skyline fifth-grader, were honored Feb. 22 at an awards ceremony in Newtown, Conn. PHOTO/CLAIRE HARLIN
ly, feel-good Christmas cards, which they sold door-to-door to raise money for the shelter. “They were relentless,” said Cecile. “They went around our town, to their friends’ parents, to my neighbors, my friends, carrying around their little binder of cards with Catherine’s picture on the cover.” Andres, a fifth-grader at Skyline Elementary, came up with the pricing: $1 for one, $4 for five or $7 for 10. “Each one was different,” he said, adding that he and Marcus had made cards before and are “pretty good at it.” Marcus added, “I’m really good at abstract.” The boys raised a total of $77 and sent every penny to the Newtown Animal Shelter, along with a joint letter. The brothers alternated sentences, Andreas writing in black and Marcus in blue. “We know that Catherine Hubbard wanted to open her own animal shelter, but now she can’t, so our parents wanted us to donate to you,” Andreas wrote. “Maybe you can name your center as the Catherine Hubbard Animal Center. It would make her parents less sad.” Marcus added, “We raised $77 and we hope you can do something really good for the animals with it.” Six weeks passed, and on Feb. 18 the boys received a phone call from Aaron Carlson, the founder of www.NewtownKindness.org and father of one of Hubbard’s classmates. Little did Marcus
and Andreas know that their mother, Cecile, had nominated them for the Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness award, which was set up by the parents of another Newtown victim. I found out about the award from a friend who lives in Connecticut,” said Cecile. “Even if they didn’t win, I wanted to share their good deed … I figured that maybe they would get a nice email response and benefit from the unexpected positive reinforcement.” Carlson actually called to invite the boys to Newtown to be honored in an awards ceremony on Feb. 22. Because Cecile was not able to afford the trip, the boys connected with the audience of the ceremony — Hubbard’s family was in attendance — via Skype. Both brothers said the experience has further motivated them to perform more charitable acts in the future. Marcus said he likes to help those with cancer, and Andreas said he’d like to help the homeless. As for their recent act of kindness, however, they said helping out helped ease the pain they felt when they thought about the victims and their families. “I imagined what it would be like to lose a family member,” said Andreas. “If I even think about it for a second I feel horrified.” For more information on the award, visit www.facebook.com/NewtownKindness.org or www.NewtownKindness.org.
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One of the Top 10 Hottest Tickets of the Year! “Ranks among the most inspired and entertaining new musicals I’ve seen in years!” Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“Gorgeous, funny, and melodious. Jefferson Mays delights in every comic creation.”
Heather Ayers, Ken Barnett and Jefferson Mays. Photo by Joan Marcus.
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A World Premiere Musical Former Old Globe Co-Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak returns to direct this World Premiere musical of merriment and murder. When Monty Navarro finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way – all played by one incredible actor. This witty music hall comedy explores how low we’ll go to make it to the top. A co-production with Hartford Stage.
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Pianist/composer Hershey Felder: An American story reborn locally BY JULIE SARNO Pianist/composer Hershey Felder has brought the magic of composers George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, Ludwig von Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein to the stage at the Old Globe and theatres throughout the world. His most recent production, “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra,” has roots in La Jolla. Felder has a home in La Jolla which he refers to as “his composing house.” It is here that he spent October, November and December retooling “An American Story,” a production which he first took to the stage in Los Angeles. Through story telling and acting, Felder brings to life a composer or historical person. Audience members enjoy the sounds and the sights of the show while learning more about music and musical history. An American Story is told through he eyes of Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, a 23-year-old Union Army medic who first treated Lincoln following the shooting at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. While in La Jolla, Felder worked on the orchestration and “the finessing of this piece,” taking An American Story from being a large orchestral piece to a more intimate production in which he plays the central character accompanied by about 10 musicians. “It is a matter of story telling,” said Felder, who has a second home in Point Loma which he has rented on a long-term basis to use for business meetings. One of his professional staff lives there. “Story telling is so important. It gives a context to the music that not everyone knows.” Instead of the piano being a central character as it
Hershey Felder in his production of “George Gershwin Alone.” Photo/Mark Garvin was in the Composer Series, Felder features a small orchestra and sings solos from Stephen Foster songs and other 19th century American music. An American Story in its current iteration debuted at the Birch North Park Theatre in January and ran through Feb. 3. It opens in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre on March 7. The show features a book and score by Felder. Felder chose to open the show in San Diego as all the technical artists he selected to work with him are based here. They include Erik Carstensen, his co-producer and sound designer; Trevor Hay, director; Chris Rynne, Lighting Designer; Don Adams, stage manager; Abby Caywood, costume designer and Cynthia Caywood, dramaturg. Some had previously worked for the Old Globe, but all work for Felder now, and travel as needed to open An American Story in other cities. How did such a talented and creative artist evolve? Felder was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1968. His mother, Eva, was born in Budapest, Hungary. His father, Jacob, was born in Poland. “My parents were very supportive of my interest in music,” said Felder. “They were not musically oriented and wanted me to learn. They did not think it would be a career at first. “By the time I was 11, I knew music was a serious interest. I drove my family crazy practicing in the basement for six or seven hours a day,” smiled Felder at the memory. He acknowledged that practicing was not much fun until he had mastered the basics and could play more challenging music.
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Del Mar competition inspired by European â€˜dressage affairesâ€™
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BY CLAIRE HARLIN After competing in European dressage events, Kim Keenan Stordahl noticed how different they were than American horse shows, which she said happen more frequently and are often much less involved. â€œItâ€™s the difference between a horse show and a major production,â€? said the 43-year-old Orange County resident and owner of Keenan Production & Events. â€œIn Europe, there was so much entertainment associated and social activities for the riders, so much attention to detail in the presentation â€Ś There are horse shows all the time, but people look forward to a competition when itâ€™s a big, major event.â€? Her fascination with the European style of dressage competition was the inspiration behind starting her own production company and annual event, now called the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire, which will take place March 7-10. Since its beginnings in 2004, the event has been held at the Del Mar Horse Park, located at 14550 El Camino Real.
Kim Keenan Stordahl, organizer and founder of the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire, which will take place March 7-10 at the Del Mar Horse Park COURTESY PHOTO
â€œItâ€™s such a beautiful place to have the event and there is a high concentration of riders in that area,â€? said Keenan Stordahl, a former board member of the California Dressage Society who has been riding for three decades. In addition to attracting some 250 competitors from around the country, the event will feature three Olympic riders who will engage in a special, music-led performance. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy grandstand admission tickets or seats at VIP tables, where a plated champagne brunch will be served. Riders may attend a party at Rancho Valencia while supporting a great cause by purchasing a ticket to the invite-only USPEA Benefit Party on Thursday night, March 7.
Contact Sean Caddell at email@example.com for more details. The party, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be dedicated in large part to spreading the legacy of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, who passed away in his sleep last fall at age 22 from heart complications, only months after competing at the Paralympics in London, England. The Texan lived with cerebral palsy and was a huge supporter of the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire, in which he competed in 2010 and 2011. Proceeds from the U.S. Para-Equestrian Association event will go toward a scholarship to fund the endeavors of other disabled riders, especially those with aspirations of representing the U.S. in international competitions. â€œHe was so remarkable,â€? said Keenan Stordahl of her decision to dedicate the event to Wentz. â€œWhen we found out he had passed away, it immediately seemed like something we should do.â€? In addition, a fundraising event will be held on Friday, March 8, in which all competitors and spectators will be able to participate. The Grand Meadows Casino Night party will take place at 5:30 p.m. and will benefit the scholarship fund. Visit http://dressageevents.com/
Above: Jonathan Wentz and Richter Scale, the horse he rode in the London Olympics. COURTESY PHOTO
Left: Steffen Peters and Legolas, who will be competing on March 10 in the Grand Prix Freestyle competition. PHOTO: TERRI MILLER
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Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills; founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet Raman Ramakrishnan; and pianist Rieko Aizawa perform as the Horszowski Trio, presenting repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. Tickets: $35 member/40 nonmember www.ljathenaeum.org/chamberconcerts (858) 454-5872
Download a coupon at aquarium.ucsd.edu â€“ Save up to $30! Embark on an unforgettable journey with the ocean experts at Birch Aquarium at Scripps! Join aquarium naturalists for twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their round-trip migration from their Alaska feeding grounds to Baja California. Donâ€™t forget your camera! Cost: $37 weekdays, $42 weekends Youth: $18.50 weekdays, $21 weekends More info: 858-534-4109 or aquarium.ucsd.edu
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Alisa Weilerstein, cello Inon Barnatan, piano Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre One of the finest chamber orchestras in the world is joined by 2011 MacArthur â€œGenius Awardâ€? winner Alisa Weilerstein to perform Haydnâ€™s Cello Concerto in C Major and virtuosic pianist, Inon Barnatan in Bachâ€™s Piano Concerto in D Minor. Tickets: $97, $62, $42, $27 (858) 459-3728 www.LJMS.org
Film Screening: Andy Warhol's San Diego Surf Saturday, March 16 > 5:30 PM Andy Warhol produced more than 4,000 reels of film between 1963 and 1971. In the early 1980s a project began to preserve and re-release his films. San Diego Surf was filmed in La Jolla in May 1968 and was one of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement. www.mcasd.org Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 700 Prospect Street La Jolla, CA 92037
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Caffe Bella Italia ■ 1525 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach ■ (858) 273-1224 ■ caffebellaitalia.com ■ The Vibe: Elegant, romantic, intimate
■ Patio Seating: Yes
■ Signature Dishes: Wood-fire oven pizzas ■ Take Out: Yes ■ Open Since: 1999
■ Happy Hour: 4-6:30 p.m. daily
■ Reservations: Yes
■ Hours: 4-10 p.m. daily
Ravioli di Zucca is pasta stuffed with butternut squash in a butter sauce and sprinkled with poppy seeds.
The chocolate-filled Lava Cake is served with gelato.
Tagliata Rucola e Grana consists of a grilled rib eye, topped with shaved Parmigiano and arugula salad.
Salame al Cioccolato (or Chocolate Salami) is a soft dessert with crushed Italian cookies, butter, rum and lightly dusted with powdered sugar.
Calamari is filled with shrimp and served with fried polenta.
You won’t want to hurry the experience at Caffe Bella Italia BY KELLEY CARLSON n evening at Pacific Beach’s Caffe Bella Italia is not to be rushed. The establishment embraces the Slow Food movement, a return to traditional eating habits that eschews the fast-food dependence that has taken over numerous cultures. Promoting northern Italian cuisine, coowner/chef Stefano Ceresoli uses as many organic ingredients as possible from numerous local suppliers, and combines traditional with a more modern style of cooking. Among Ceresoli’s methods: roasting meat on low heat for long periods of time to preserve flavor and nutrients, and preparing foods from scratch. A number of his recipes are borrowed from his mother-in-law, a former chef from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Ceresoli takes time to explain his creations to guests, stopping by candle-lit tables as they dine on dishes such as the Pollo alla Parmigiana (chicken breast and provolone cheese layered with tomatoes) and the Ravioli di Zucca, pasta stuffed with sweet and tender butternut squash in a creamy, delicate butter sauce that is sprinkled with poppy seeds. His thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas (which can be made with gluten-free crusts) are especially popular, and include the namesake Bella Italia with San Marzano tomato, mozzarella, razor-thin slices of
The dining room at Caffe Bella Italia is warm and elegant. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON
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■ This week’s recipe: Bella Italia’s Zuppa di Barbabietola e Zenzero con Ricotta Acida Parma prosciutto and a handful of arugula. To top off the dinner, patrons turn to his freshly made sweets such as the Salame al Cioccolato (or Chocolate Salami) — a soft dessert that incorporates crushed Italian cookies, butter and rum, lightly dusted with powdered sugar and served with gelato — while sipping on Lavazza Italian bean coffees. All of this is experienced in a Tuscan/ Mediterranean setting that’s warm and romantic. The air is filled with the rhythmic sounds of Italian language (co-owners Ceresoli, his wife, Roberta Ruffini, and
Francesca Brusati, along with the staff, speak it fluently) and lounge music from acts such as Thievery Corporation and Patrick O’Hearn. Patrons also unwind on the patios. During the summer and other warm evenings, they tend to migrate to the outdoor patio, strung with lights. Meanwhile, large groups and parties often opt for the heated, covered patio, accented with bamboo and partitioned with curtains to provide privacy. Special events are held in these areas, including Painting & Vino (where patrons can create artwork while sampling the restaurant’s fare and wine) and cooking classes for 10 or more people. Also, wine dinners are presented the second Thursday of each month, with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring tapas such as calamari, bruschetta, Arancini di Riso (crispy risotto balls with green peas, mozzarella and tomato sauce), pastas, salads, vegetables and small portions of entrees. Four wines are highlighted, and each person receives two full glasses’ worth for $25. Helping to draw in the guests are weekly specials, whether it’s 50 percent off up to two bottles of wine per party on Sundays and no corkage fee on Tuesdays, or a pasta feast for $10 on Wednesdays and 50 percent pizzas at the bar and patio from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. A three-course menu is offered Sunday-Thursday for $29 per person.
February 28, 2013
CV Souplantation the first of many to see renovation, menu additions BY CLAIRE HARLIN Believe it or not, it can be a little challenging for a restaurant to have a loyal customer base. Or so says Tammy Bailey, chief market officer for Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., which operates nearly 130 Souplantation stores. “People almost love it too much,” she said. “They don’t want it to change.” While many have grown up creating their own fresh salads and indulging in fresh-baked muffins at their local Souplantation — and they like it just the way it is — the brand is still due for an update, said Bailey, and Garden Fresh executives chose the thriving Carmel Valley store, located at 3804 Valley Centre Drive, to be the first of many to undergo what they call a “freshlift.” On Feb. 19, the store closed its doors and brought in crews for two days, working around the clock to implement sweeping upgrades that customers have been enjoying since the store reopened on Feb. 22. And on Feb. 28, from 6-8 p.m., the eatery will hold a formal grand opening event, featuring samples of new menu items, a live cooking demonstration, live music and gift giveaways, with 10 percent of sales that night benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito. Souplantation’s loyal customers may remember the traditional, black cafeteria-style dishware, laminate tables and booths divided by tall glass partitions. Now, the Carmel Valley store is sporting modern stainless steel dishware, contemporary wood tables, open spaces and communal eating areas for those dining solo or looking for a social experience. The restaurant’s outdated style hasn’t prevented customer retention — more than 1.5 million guests are in its loyalty club database — but Bailey said the company wants to pull in more new customers. “It’s an interesting dilemma,” said Bailey. “Many people come in six or seven days a week because there’s an abundance of choices and you can have a different meal at the same price every day. But we want to do what we do even better to bring in more customers while not alienating our current ones.” After conducting a number of extensive surveys and focus groups, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. found that the needs of two types of guests in particular were not being fulfilled — those looking for a hearty protein-filled meal, and those looking for a healthy
Tammy Bailey, chief marketing officer of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., which operates nearly 130 Souplantation stores, stands with Carmel Valley General Manager Alan Ryan, who has been with the company for 18 years. PHOTO/CLAIRE HARLIN
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‘The Mojave Local artist to speak at March 6 Miles of Solana Beach Garden Club meeting Desert: Wonders’ to be
Sketching the exotic plants as a way to keep track of her developing Solana Beach garden, artist Irina Gronborg found a new subject for her art. Her delicate botanical drawings attracted attention and she was invited to illustrate local and national magazines, to exhibit in local and national arboreta and galleries, and to teach botanical drawing and illustration. She currently teaches at the Athenaeum School of Art in La Jolla. You may see her drawings and take a tour of her well-known garden on her website: irinagronborg.com Gronberg will have her prints on display at the Solana Beach Garden Club meeting on Wednesday, March 6, and she will speak on “Art in the Garden.” The meeting starts at 7 p.m at the “Little Yellow
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On Tuesday night, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solana Beach Library, the Friends of the Library are hosting a presentation by David Jesse McChesney titled “The Mojave Desert: Miles of Wonders.” McChesney has photographed 54 of America’s national parks and has compiled a very compelling body of Mojave Desert images. He is the author of “Muir Woods: At One With the Wild” and a national harmonica champion. His presentations are lively and full of tales about his many adventures as a wildlife photographer and traveling lecturer/harmonica performer. The Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach; 858-755-1404. This program is free to the public.
Friends of Carmel Valley Bargain Book Sale is March 27 The Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will hold a bargain book sale fundraiser to benefit the library on Wednesday, March 27, from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to buy new materials for the library and to pay for children’s programs, art and music programs. The book sale will take place in the Community Room of the Library. Come and fill a bag with books for only $2 at this bargain booksale and support the Carmel Valley Branch Library. The Carmel Valley Branch Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, 92130; (858) 552-1668.
17th Annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament set for March 3 The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club will host the 17th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament this Sunday, March 3, at the Del Mar Horsepark. The event serves as the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club’s many youth and humanitarian projects. The “Mayoral Challenge” is always a highly anticipated part of the tournament, with the Mayors’ offices of Del Mar and Solana Beach competing in a friendly challenge. The Rotary Club will field 128 teams in the sold-out Round Robin tournament. There will also be activities for kids and a silent and live auction. To learn more about the fundraiser, go to www.DMSBRotary.com. Tournament registration: 9 a.m.; “Mayors Challenge” begins at 10 a.m. Location: 13550 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 92014. (Directly across from the Polo fields on El Camino Real and Via de la Valle. Look for the large inflatable Rotary Wheel on the most northern field.
Celebrate Women’s History Month at AAUW’s ‘Tea with Mrs. Roosevelt’ event March 9 The public is invited to celebrate Women’s History Month by enjoying “Tea with Mrs. Roosevelt,” an event sponsored by the Del Mar-Leucadia branch of the American Association of University Women. The afternoon tea and theater performance will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on March 9 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 334 14th St., Del Mar. Afternoon attire and hats are encouraged. The cost is $25 with proceeds to benefit AAUW Del Mar-Leucadia Scholarship Programs. Space is limited. Reservations or information: 760-918-6806 Eleanor Roosevelt and her close friend, investigative reporter Lorena Hickok, will explore Eleanor’s early years, her life with President Roosevelt, and her work with the United Nations. “Tea with Mrs. Roosevelt” is written by Sherrie Colbourn who will portray Lorena Hickok and conduct a Q&A after the performance. Annette Hubbell will portray Eleanor Roosevelt.
Solana Beach Community Senior Center to host Home Care & Housing Expo Solana Beach Community Senior Center is hosting a Home Care & Housing Expo on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Debin Hall, located at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, 92075. This event will help mature adults and their adult children gather information that will benefit you as you age safely in place or choose to move to a retirement community. Brief presentations include: How to choose a rental retirement community; What to look for in a “buy-in” community; Balance and Fall Prevention: Keys to Living Safely, and What to Know When Considering In-Home Care. Call 858-509-2587 or email email@example.com for any questions.
February 28, 2013
Tickets on sale for March 9-10 Family Winemakers of California’s wine tasting event
The Family Winemakers of California, an association of family-owned wineries in California, launched ticket sales recently for its annual tasting in Southern California. Taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Exhibit Hall on Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10, the two-day tasting features 150 of California’s small, family-owned wineries showcasing over 750 wines. Visit www.familywinemakers.org.
Spring Home/Garden Show at DM Fairgrounds March 1-3 The Spring Home/Garden Show will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds March 1 - 3. The event will feature hundreds of exhibits of home improvement products and remodeling ideas. For more information, contact: http://www.springhomegardenshow.com
SD Junior Theatre presents ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing’ San Diego Junior Theatre will present “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” March 1-17 at Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park. The production is part of SDJT’s 65th season. Based on author Judy Blume’s book of the same name (with music by Andrew Lippa), the production centers on the escapades of fourth-grader Peter Hatcher as he woefully deals with the mischievous antics of his little brother, Fudge. Directed by SDJT alumna Teri Weisenberg Ang, the show plays 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The March 16 performance will be presented with American Sign Language interpretation. Tickets, $10-$15, are available online at juniortheatre.com and by calling (619) 239-8355.
St. James Music Series to hold ‘Chanticleer’ concert St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla, a beloved venue for classical and contemporary live music performance, presents the world-famous Grammy Award-winning male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer on Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. St. James by-the-Sea is located at 743 Prospect Street, La Jolla. All tickets are $25. For tickets and information please call 858-4593421, x109. www.sjbts.org
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego & Jersey Mike’s Subs team up for month of giving in March Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is joining forces with 16 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the San Diego area for the 3rd Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 27. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant. For a list of participating restaurants in your area and for more information on our charity partners, visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog.
American Girl Fashion Shows benefit neonatal ICU The Scripps Performing Arts Academy will host more than 100 local costumed girls and their American Girl dolls walking the runway at the annual American Girl Fashion Show on March 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, in Sorrento Valley. The proceeds will benefit the UCSD Medical Center neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Call (858) 586-7834 or visit ScrippsPerformingArts.com
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Roger Cole, Ph.D. teaches weekend course at Yoga Del Mar Roger Cole, Ph.D. one of the best known Iyengar yoga teachers in the world will be teaching a workshop at Yoga Del Mar on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3. The workshop, titled “Power with Precision,” will include yoga sequences for athletes and dedicated yoga students who want a dynamic, challenging practice for strength, flexibility, and balance that they can continue for a lifetime. It will teach refined technique for physical and mental training, recovery and enhancement, including instruction on how to move through yoga poses safely while working deeply into your most inflexible areas. Cole, a psychobiology researcher, supplements his yoga skills with scientific knowledge to provide a safe and exceptionally effective practice experience in a low-pressure atmosphere. He teaches in a manner that allows one to move into poses with greater ease, alignment and a deeper understanding. Cole has trained thousands of teachers around the globe, taught yoga safety for the American College of Sports Medicine, and his extensive articles on yoga anatomy, physiology, and technique have informed many thousands more. For times and more information contact: Yoga Del Mar, 2652 Del Mar Heights Rd., Del Mar, 92014; 858-720-0076; www.yogadelmar.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winston School kicks off 25th anniversary festivities with a picnic and band performances March 9 The Winston School, which specializes in teaching students with learning differences, kicks off its 25th anniversary celebration Saturday, March 9, with a picnic and live music at the Del Mar Shores Park on the school campus from 12 – 3 p.m. Winston families and neighboring residents are encouraged to bring a picnic and beach chair. The Winston middle school and high school bands will perform along with the Big Band sound of the “American Fly Boys,” a new organization made up of professional, semiprofessional and amateur musicians. Winston students will also have a bake sale with everything priced at $1. Anniversary celebration activities will continue through the spring culminating with a 25th anniversary dinner at the Mission Tower, Del Mar Fairgrounds Saturday, April 20. Individual tickets for this family-friendly event will be available at the picnic for $50 and table of 10 for $450. Tickets are also available through the school’s website at www.thewinstonschool.com. All Winston students past and present, their families, teachers past and present, friends and supporters, are invited to both events. For more information on the school and its programs, or to order tickets to the 25th anniversary dinner, please visit www.thewinstonschool.com, or call 858-259-8155.
February 28, 2013
Popular dance instructor opens Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts BY KAREN BILLING Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts may be only two months old at its new location on Carmel Mountain Road, but the company and its owner, Jenna Saylor, have been a popular presence in Carmel Valley since 2010, hosting classes out of the Boys and Girls Club Polster branch. Saylor’s classes grew too large for the space at the Boys and Girls Club, so she was able to move to her own space and open a dance studio in January. “All of the students followed me over so I was lucky that I didn’t have to start from scratch, just got a brand new home to be in,” Saylor said. “I never expected at 25 years old to be able to do this. I feel blessed to be able to do it this quickly. I wouldn’t be able to it without the support of my family, the parents and the kids.” Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts offers youth classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, hip hop and acro. For young pre-school dancers there is a ballettap combination class. And for adults, the studio recently added salsa and Zumba classes. Saylor went from teaching all of the classes herself to now having five instructors on staff. Saylor started dancing when she was 3 years old and grew up dancing in a small town studio in San Luis Obispo County. She trained in all styles, including ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop, participated in the annual “Nutcracker” performance and competed regionally and nationally with the studio’s competition team. Despite the fact that she enjoyed performing, Saylor really wanted to teach. “I’ve always had a passion for teaching,” said Saylor, who started assisting teachers in the studio at age 16. She took on her own classes teaching beginning ballet and tap — and directed the youngest dance competition teams — when she was still in high school. When she moved to San Diego in 2008, Saylor worked as a nanny and taught preschool while teaching classes at local studios, all the while having the goal of opening her own studio one day. She was lucky to get the opportunity to open Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts classes at the Boys and Girls Club in 2010, her classes filling quickly. With the growth and need for more space, she obtained her space on Carmel Mountain Road, just before the intersection of Sor-
Jenna Saylor, owner of Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts, with some of her students. Courtesy photo rento Valley Road, next to the Corner House Café and Caliente’s Mexican Food. She completely gutted and redid the space — there are two dance studios with two-way mirrors so parents can watch but the children can’t see out and be distracted. A big lobby is decorated with stylish, cozy couches and chairs. In addition, fun, sparkling mini chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The students have their own dressing room, as well as a homework room that Saylor has made an enticing spot to be in, with bright pink and green walls, desk space and even a bright pink miniature chaise lounge. “I remember living at the studio so it’s important for me to provide kids with what they need,” Saylor said. “I want kids and families to feel at home here because of the
hours they spend here. It’s a comfortable and safe environment.” In the lobby, parents can also check out a small retail area with dancewear by Del Mar’s Details Dancewear, a boutique Saylor loves that designs all their competition costumes. “We used to just have a tiny hallway where parents could look into classes, now [parents want to stay] and that’s how I like it and how it should be,” Saylor said. One area where Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts has really grown is with its competition teams. Recently the teams went to the Nuvo dance convention in Long Beach where the dancers competed, and the older dancers took convention classes from master teachers, such as choreographers and dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance.” Her teams earned six golds and three high silvers. Recently, they competed at the OC Hollywood Vibe competition and convention where the teams took eight golds and one platinum. Inspired’s 7-year-old soloist Raquelle Romero took first place in the musical theater solo category. “Every competition our students go to they end up getting better and better and that progress is all I can ask for,” Saylor said. Saylor said her competition team is very young and as the team keeps improving, she is excited for what the future holds. Those not on competition team still get the chance to show off all they are learning in dance class. Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts will hold end-of-the-year recitals and this year for the first time they are staging the first act of the “Cinderella” ballet at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, set for June 23. With her classes brimming with dancers, Saylor finds small moments to revel in how far she has come in a little over two years. She said there have definitely been those “pinch yourself” moments of realizing she owns her own studio and has accomplished a dream by age 25. “I couldn’t be happier,” Saylor said Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts is located at 3323 Carmel Mountain Road, suite 101, San Diego, 92121. For more information, visit www.Imdpa.com; 858523-8874. Note: Business spotlights are developed through this newspaper’s advertising department in support of our advertisers.
February 28, 2013
Fundraising concert to be held in Carmel Valley
A concert to help raise funds for the commission of a new piece for harp solo by composer Michael Byron will be held on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in a Carmel Valley residence. Tasha Smith Godinez will perform a program of music for solo harp by American composers and give a short lecture about the composers and about the new commission. The composer of the new commission, Michael Byron, has a unique compositional style that is a sophisticated confluence of complex virtuosity and ethereal beauty, elements that are Tasha Smith Godinez well suited to harp performance. A work for harp by Byron would be an important addition to the repertoire of modern harp music. Smith Godinez is a graduate San Diego State University
and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France. She performs extensively throughout southern California and Mexico and has performed throughout Europe. She is a specialist in the performance of new music and has organized and taken part in various other commission and world premieres. Her most recent commission is a piece for solo harp by Argentine composer Andres Martin, to be premiered in May 2013. Aside from performing, Smith Godinez is the President of the American Harp Society, San Diego Chapter and founder of the San Diego Harp Academy. Attendees at the concert will enjoy an elegant champagne reception with hors dâ€™oeuvres. There will also be an opportunity to win a beautiful hand-crafted filigree sterling silver LUZMA harp pendant, valued at $150. The fundraising goal for the commission is $3,000. The suggested donation for the concert is $50 per person. Seating is limited. Please contact Tasha Smith Godinez at email@example.com or (619) 300-6228 to make a reservation and obtain information about the location of the concert. For more information please visit www.harpbytashasmith.com.
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upporters of the Torrey Pines High School Foundation gathered at Pacific Sports Resort (formerly Pacific Athletic Club) in Carmel Valley on Feb. 24 for a “Toast to Torrey.” The reception was a Torrey Pines High School kick-off event for its Spring Auction fundraiser on March 23 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. For more information, visit www.torreypinesfoundation.org
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7991 $ AUTO, POWER SEAT, MOON ROOF, ALLOY WHEELS, VIN#7R208597 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9991 â€™07 HONDA PILOT EX-L $ AUTO, LEATHER, VIN#7B030069 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,993 â€™11 VOLKSWAGON JETTA SE $ AUTO, 6-SPD W/ OVERDRIVE & TIPTRONIC, PREMIUM SOUND, VIN#BM057982 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,992 â€™06 BMW 330i $ SPORT PKG, PREMIUM PKG, VIN#6KR80650 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,993 â€™04 LEXUS RX 330 $ AUTO, NAIGATION, BACKUP CAMERA, VIN#40042412 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,591 â€™06 BMW X3 3.0i $ LEATHER, MOON ROOF, VIN#6WD34818 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,991 â€™10 Volkswagen Jetta TDI $ Automatic, 6-SPd DSG, Cold Weather Pkg, Dual Power Seats, Leather, Moon Roof, Vin#AM098533 . . . . . . . 16,991 â€™06 BMW 750Li $ AUTO W/ STEPTRONIC, NAVIGATION, PREMIUM WHEELS 19â€?+, VIN#6DT37333 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19,492 â€™09 MINI Cooper Hardtop S Hatchback $ Automatic, 6-Spd w/ Steptronic, Sport Pkg, Panorama Roof, Vin#9TW83739 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,881 â€™09 BMW 328i $ VIN#9MN30788. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,993 â€™11 BMW 328i $ Automatic, 6-Spd w/Overdrive & Steptronic, Premium Pkg, Moon Roof, Vin#BNM74914 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,992 â€™06 BMW M5 $ LOGIC7 PREMIUM SOUND, NAVIGATION, PREMIUM WHEELS 19â€?+, VIN#6B584188. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,882 â€™12 BMW 328i COUPE $ AUTO, 6-SPD W OVERDRIVE & STEPTRONIC, MOONROOF, ALLOY WHEELS, VIN#CJ106060 . . . . . . . . . . . . 32,994 â€™09 BMW 750Li $ Navigation, Parking Sensors, Backup Camera, Premium Wheels 19â€?+, Vin#9CY61356. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,991 â€™12 BMW 650i Coupe $ DRIVER ASSIST PKG, COLD WEATHER PKG, PARKING GUIDANCE PKG, VIN#CDV77277 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75,992 V6, 3.5L, Automatic, Heated Seats, Dual Power Seats, Leather, Moon Roof, Alloy Wheels, Vin#65085487 . . . . . . .
â€™07 Ford Fusion SEL
BMW of Encinitas 1302 Encinitas Blvd 10 minutes from anywhere in San Diego
â€™09 BMW 328i
20,993 â€™10 BMW 328i $ AUTO, 6-SPD W/ OVERDRIVE & STEPTRONIC,LEATHER, MOON ROOF, VIN#ANM36842 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,993 â€™09 BMW 335i Coupe $ Automatic, 6-Spd w/Overdrive & Steptronic, Sport Pkg, Sport Suspension, Navigation, Vin#9P044874 . . . . . 23,993 â€™11 BMW 328i $ PREMIUM PKG,LEATHER, MOON ROOF, VIN#BA441335. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,993 â€™10 BMW 128i Convertible $ Vin#AVH81918 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,991 â€™10 BMW 335i $ Sport Pkg, Vin#ANL89003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29,991 â€™09 BMW 335i Coupe $ SPORT PKG, PREMIUM PKG, LOGIC7 PREMIUM SOUND, VIN#9P046500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29,993 â€™11 BMW 135i Coupe $ Premium Pkg, Heated Seats, Alloy Wheels, Vin#BVM111341 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30,991 â€™10 BMW 528i $ Automatic, 6-Spd w/Overdrive & Steptronic, Premium Pkg, Alloy Wheels, Vin#AC128671 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31,991 â€™10 BMW 335d $ PREMIUM PKG, LEATHER, MOON ROOF, VIN#AA777992 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31,992 â€™11 BMW 328i Coupe $ Automatic, 6-Spd w/Overdrive & Steptronic, Premium Pkg, M Sport Pkg, Navigation, Vin#BE754645 . . . . . . 32,991 â€™11 BMW 528i $ 8-Spd Automatic W/Steptronic, Premium Pkg, Navigation, Vin#Bc739720. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,994 â€™10 BMW 535i $ PREMIUM PKG, SPORT PKG, NAVIGATION, VIN#AC165112 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35,992 â€™10 BMW X5 xDrive30i $ Premium Pkg, Navigation, Panorama Roof, Vin#AL380576 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36,992 A/C, Moonroof, Vin#9Nl77901 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
BMW Ultimate Service TM
â€™10 BMW 550i Gran Turismo Sedan
38,883 PREMIUM PKG, PREMIUM SOUND, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, VIN#BC803588 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41,993 â€™10 BMW X5 xDrive48i $ Automatic, 6-Spd w/Steptronic, Climate Pkg, Cold Weather Pkg, M Sport Pkg, Navigation, Vin#AL311234. . . 41,994 â€™11 BMW 535i $ Premium Pkg, Navigation, Vin#BC605571 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42,881 â€™10 BMW 535i xDrive Wagon $ Premium Pkg, Navigation, Panorama Roof, Vin#AC237852. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42,991 â€™10 BMW X5 xDrive35d $ SPORT ACTIVITY PKG, TECHNOLOGY PKG, NAVIGATION, BACKUP CAMERA, VIN#ALT77107. . . . . . . . . . . . . 42,992 â€™11 BMW 535 Gran Turismo XDrive $ 8-Spd Automatic W/Steptronic, Premium Sound, Navigation, Vin#Bc337744. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42,994 â€™10 BMW X5 xDrive35d $ Automatic, 6-Spd w/Steptronic, Sport Activity Pkg, Technology Pkg, Navigation, Vin#ALT77107 . . . . . . . . . . . 43,992 â€™11 BMW 535i $ Premium Pkg, Navigation, Vin#BC600374 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,881 â€™11 BMW X5 xDRIVE 35i $ TECHNOLOGY PKG, SPORT PKG, NAVIGATION, BACKUP CAMERA, VIN#BL402141. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,992 â€™10 BMW 750i $ HEADS UP DISPLAY, AUTO, 6-SPD W/ OVERDRIVE, NAVIGATION, BACKUP CAMERA, VIN#ACY35790 . . . . . . 45,991 â€™10 BMW 750i $ Premium Sound, Navigation, Backup Camera, Vin#ACY35790 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46,991 â€™11 BMW 740Li $ Cold Weather Pkg, Navigation, Heated Seats, Vin#BC574589 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47,992 â€™10 BMW 750i $ Navigation, Vin#ACY35851. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47,994 NAVIGATION, BACKUP CAMERA, VIN#AC209189 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
â€™11 BMW 535i
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February 28, 2013
el Mar Foundation, Del Mar Community Connections and the City of Del Mar cosponsored a “Welcome Reception” on Feb. 21, introducing recently elected national, state and local officials. The event was held at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. PHOTOS/JON CLARK
Julie Allison, Judd Halenza, Barbro Kirkpatrick, Alex Kirkpatrick Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott and Marilyn Sinnott
Brad Allison, Bruce Allison
Richard Earnest, Ken Olson
Nate McCay, Kathy Finnell
Marty Block, Tim Fennell, Lee Haydu, Fred Schenk
Gretchen Schmidt, Claire McGreal, Phyllis Mirsky
Steve McDowell, Jennifer McDowell, Barbara Zucker
Bruce Bekkar, Peter Zahn, Adam Kaye Scott Huth, Sam Black
Sherryl Parks, Donna Shaw
Chiquita Abbott, Jay Stegman
Mark Muir, Gretchen Crowson, Fire Chief Scott Henry
Nancy Sanquist, Al Corti
Lynn Kunkle, Bill Michalsky
Carla Hayes, Julie Allison, Barbara Healy
Don Mosier, Ken Olson
Chiquita Abbott, Lee Haydu
Jan and Mac McMillan
February 28, 2013
Take the pedicure challenge in Rancho Santa Fe: Studio Felando provides luxury pedicures in a Pibbs pipeless pedicure chair A trip to the salon should be blissful, not worrisome. With all the stories in the news about the risk of infection from poorly maintained equipment, how can you be sure the pedicure you’re getting is safe? A revolutionary new spa pedicure chair can put your mind at ease with pipeless technology that delivers a much healthier environment for your feet. At Studio Felando in Rancho Santa Fe, nail technician Vu Le offers luxury salon pedicures in the Pibbs chair where you’ll experience three levels of massage. The water used to soak your feet is delivered in a disposable tub with a massage element underneath the water. No jets are present to harbor bacteria and no harsh chemicals are used to clean the equipment. When the pedicure is done Vu lifts the tub of water, empties it, and disposes of the recyclable liner. Each client gets a new liner with a fresh basket of water for their foot soak, eliminating the possibility of germs and bacteria lurking in the equipment. Vu Le has a decade of experience as a nail techni-
At Studio Felando in Rancho Santa Fe, nail technician Vu Le offers luxury salon pedicures in the Pibbs chair. cian, and recently returned to his hometown of San Diego after living in Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked with celebrity clientele. He provides personalized nail services in a serene, comfortable environment. “You never have to feel embarrassed when your feet are in my hands,” said Le, “your time in the chair is your moment and I’m here to help.” His specialty nail services include: • No odor acrylic nails • Shellac polish • Gel polish nails • Acrylic nails • Manicures/pedicures for men and women For an appointment with Vu, call or text him directly at (858) 397-3377. Studio Felando is located at 16921 Via De Santa Fe, Suite B, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067; 858-756-5602; www.studiofelando.com. — Business Spotlight
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February 28, 2013
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