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Volume XVII, Issue 31
‘Tis the season in Del Mar
Unidentified suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon in Del Mar ■ Nazi hunter speaks on the continuing importance of putting Nazi war criminals on trial. See page 5
■ SoCal Boys win National Championship, headed to Italy for International Championships. See page 23
■ Accomplished student’s latest book signing event also benefits children. See page 8
San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Encinitas station are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted for an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at Jimmy O’s Bar in Del Mar. On the evening of July 18, 22-year-old Tory Henry was at Jimmy O’s bar, located at 225 16th Street in Del Mar. At about midnight Henry felt a sharp pain in his lower back and fell to the ground. He got up and continued walking through the bar. He was told, by other patrons, that he was bleeding and left the bar to go home. At about 9 a.m., the following morning, Tory Henry noticed that the wound on his back was still bleeding. The victim went to a hospital for treatment of a stab wound. Investigators in this case are also asking anyone who witnessed the incident to please call the Encinitas Sheriff’s station. Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station at (760) 966-3500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
County suicide, prescription drug death rates up
(Above, left) The Western Regional Chili Cookoff returned to the Del Mar Racetrack on Aug. 3 at the Infield. (Left) Chili judge Jeff Hocker with Pony Boy. See page B23 for more. (Above, right) “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” fundraiser was held at the Hilton Del Mar on Aug. 1. The event benefits After the Finish Line, a group that assists in the rehabilitation and care of former racehorses until they are adopted, saving them from slaughter and neglect. (Above, right) April Treadwell, Karen Loshbaugh, Sarah Montrowl. See page B16 for more. More photos of both events can be found online at www.delmartimes.net. Photos/Jon Clark
Suspected drug traffickers caught after chase BY CITY NEWS SERVICE Two suspected drug traffickers in a small motorboat full of marijuana led federal agents on an ocean chase from the La Jolla area to near the Orange County line early Aug. 6 before being captured. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in a patrol aircraft spotted the skiff traveling to the north without required navigational lights about 12:45 a.m., then noticed that it was loaded with numerous suspicious-looking bales, CBP spokesman Ralph DeSio said. The personnel alerted a federal interceptor boat patrolling in the area about the possible in-progress smuggling run, and the government vessel caught up to the suspects near Del Mar, he said. The men aboard the skiff fled from the officers along the northern reaches of the San Diego County coast until the agents managed to stop them about 3:30 p.m., roughly 12 See CHASE, page 19
More than $5 million in artwork and jewelry stolen from Rancho Santa Fe home Sometime between 9 p.m. on June 17 and 6 a.m. on June 18, unknown suspects entered a home in Rancho Santa Fe and stole jewelry, paintings and other pieces of artwork valued in excess of $5 million, according to detectives. San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Encinitas station are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate the suspects wanted in connection with the burglary. There were 11 paintings from various artists, one Monet print and one Pissarro print stolen, all valued at more than $1 million, as well as four very elaborate gold, tourmaline, diamond, cabochon, citrine necklace and bracelet sets valued at approximately $100,000 per set. Also stolen were Chinese sculptures, but the majority of the artwork taken were sculptures by Andreas von Zadora Gerlof. A total of 20 pieces were stolen, valued at more than $3 million. (For photos of some of the items taken, visit www.rsfreview.com) Anyone with information on this case should call the Sheriff’s Department’s Encinitas Station at (858) 966-3500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
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BY KAREN BILLING For the second year in a row deaths due to suicide and prescription drug overdoses were at record highs in San Diego County in 2012, according to a report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner on July 23. The county recorded a record number of suicides, 413, and a suicide rate that rose for the sixth year in a row. The suicide rate is 13.1 per 100,000 people — the highest the county has ever recorded was in 1993 when the suicide rate was 14.5. The disturbing trend of prescription drug-related deaths also continued to rise, from 267 in 2011 to 269 in 2012. “Our office investigates every non-natural death in San Diego and, tragically, many of these deaths are preventable,” Chief Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas said in a statement. “The report reveals some of the serious issues and behaviors affecting San Diego County residents and visitors.” Excluding alcohol, methamphetamine is still the number one cause of drug-related deaths for the population as a whole. Meth was linked to 142 deaths in 2012 and was the most common substance in accidental overdose deaths between ages 40 and 69 years old. The most common drug in accidental overdoses in people ages 20 to 29 is heroin, a drug that has maintained a yearly increase since 2007. Tom Lenox, supervisory special agent with the Drug See SUICIDE, page 10
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Local attorney wins $1.99 million settlement from city for clients BY JOE TASH Rancho Santa Fe attorney Steven McKinley has won a $1.99 million settlement for his clients, who alleged in a lawsuit that the city of San Diego’s redevelopment agency acted improperly when it sought to obtain their downtown property. The settlement, which was finalized July 24 when signed by Mayor Bob Filner, ends a legal saga dating back to 2004. At that time, the San Diego Redevelopment Agency — which is now dissolved — told La Jollans Chris and Margaret LaFornara that it wanted to buy their property at 14th Street and Market in the East Village, as part of a project to build a mixed-use residential and commercial development over a full city block. Rather than pursue the acquisition, however, the redevelopment agency put its efforts on hold for about five years, leaving a cloud over the property and preventing the LaFornaras from selling to anyone else, said McKinley. In 2011, the LaFornaras lost the property to foreclosure, and the redevelopment agency then bought the property from the bank at a reduced price, McKinley said. “So they never took my client’s property. They negotiated with my client in bad faith and kept him strung out for six years until he lost the property to foreclosure,” McKinley said. The two-phase trial began last December before Superior Court Judge William Nevitt. In March, Nevitt issued a tentative ruling siding with the LaFornaras. In a tentative ruling, Nevitt wrote that the redevelopment agency’s behavior “constitutes coercive precondemnation tactics and unreasonable precondemnation conduct.” A second phase of the trial to determine damages to be paid to the plaintiffs was set for this October, but instead, the city and the LaFornaras agreed to the $1.99 million settlement, McKinley said. Of that amount, $647,000 is for See ATTORNEY, page 10
Sycamore Ridge’s founding principal Emily Morris resigns
Security fencing construction ongoing at Del Mar Heights School Work is underway this summer on new security fencing at Del Mar Heights School. According to Randy Wheaton, the Del Mar Union School District’s director of maintenance, the construction of the new fence, gates and new ADA access at the front of the school will be ready for the first day of school on Aug. 26. “We’re very happy that we’re able to take care of that,” Wheaton said at the July 24 Del Mar school board meeting. “It will provide the Heights with stepped up security, an overall enhancement of the school site and a better platform for students to enter and exit.” — Karen Billing
Gas leak fixed at shopping mall BY CITY NEWS SERVICE A construction crew accidentally ruptured a naturalgas line at a Carmel Valley shopping mall Aug. 2, forcing the evacuation of three commercial buildings for about 90 minutes. The non-injury mishap at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, located in the 12900 block of El Camino Real, was reported shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Utility crews had the leak under control by shortly after 11 a.m., said Gina Jacobs, a spokeswoman for San Diego Gas & Electric.
BY KAREN BILLING Sycamore Ridge School Principal Emily Morris has made the decision to resign her position effective Aug. 5. Morris’ decision to leave came after “great thought and consideration” over her father’s critical health condition and her commitment to her family. “I hope that my efforts as your principal will leave a legacy on the level of excellence at Sycamore. It is due to the fantastic efforts of our professional learning community and our collective belief in the adage that ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ that Sycamore has truly become a special place for learning,” Morris wrote in a letter to the school community. “Without the total effort and devotion of everyone I would not be able to say farewell to all of you with great pride in all that we have accomplished.” Morris has been with the Del Mar Union School District for 19 of her 26 years in education and served the last eight years as principal of Sycamore Ridge, presiding over the school
Emily Morris when it opened as a new district campus. Morris wrote that it felt like it was only yesterday that she was given the daunting responsibility of opening the new school and bringing staff, students and families together for the first time. “From that first day on, I have loved every day,” Morris wrote. Morris said that she will be involved in ensuring a positive start to the new school year on Aug. 26 and in a smooth transition for the new principal. “I am confident in mind and heart. Our Stallion community will continue to thrive,” Morris wrote.
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Presentation in Del Mar to highlight how domestic violence survivors ‘Leap to Success’ BY KRISTINA HOUCK Ruth Batton was taken to a secluded area in Kansas City, Mo., and shot at several times. The mother of two had been in a loving relationship for four years before her boyfriend became physically and emotionally abusive. “He took me up into the mountains and would tell me he could kill me out there and they wouldn’t find me until spring,” Batton, 58, said. Because of the empowerment and leadership training she received through Leap to Success, Batton now speaks about her experience with domestic violence to encourage other women to seek help. Representatives from the organization will share how Leap to Success is helping victims like Batton during a presentation Aug. 19 at the Del Mar Community Building. “I’m a survivor,” Batton said. “Any woman that comes out has to be strong. I’ve had to be strong to even live through it. But you don’t realize that. At the time, you feel like nothing because that’s what you hear. Leap to Success helped me dig inside me and pull me back out.” Through Leap to Success’ Transformation Leadership program, Batton learned how to speak about her experience. “At the beginning, I was terrified,” said Batton, a San Diego native. “I felt shame that I even went through such a thing. I felt weak because I didn’t get out of it sooner. A lot of emotions came through. “Now I can speak of it with power. This is what I’ve been through; this is not me. It doesn’t define me.” The Transformation Leadership program helped Batton build confidence and public speaking skills. The program also helped with her job search and interview preparation. “I learned that I was worthy and that I was somebody,” Batton said. “We had a beautiful time building ourselves back up and learning to love ourselves. We had other women, also in the same boat that we were in, so we weren’t alone.” Leap to Success launched in 2008. Founder Dana Bristol-Smith noticed women who gained public speaking skills through her company Speak for Success were often promoted at their jobs. “That led me to work with domestic violence survivors
(Left) Dana Bristol-Smith and Ruth Batton. (Below) Leap to Confidence graduation. Courtesy photos
— women who have lost their voice, and as a result, lost their way in life,” said BristolSmith, who lives in Oceanside. In partnership with the San Diego Family Justice Center and YWCA of San Diego County, Bristol-Smith tested the professional development program she designed with domestic violence survivors in 2008. Fewer than 10 people participated in the pilot program. “We saw that there was a huge need for this kind of program for women who were rebuilding their lives,” Bristol-Smith said. “I was incredibly amazed how wonderfully well the women did who went through the program. It not only changed how they felt abut themselves, but it really changed their whole lives.” Today, Leap to Success provides support and training to more than 100 women per year through its six-week Leap to Confidence program and yearlong Transformation Leadership
program. With the support and skills she gained from the program, Batton now works as a caregiver and is a few classes away from earning her master’s degree in behavioral science. She has opened her home to other victims of domestic violence and is caring for four children. Batton hopes to one day open a shelter for women who have been affected by domestic violence. “Leap to Success is important because women that have taken the step to leave a domestic violence situation are very fragile and they need support,” Batton said. “A woman without support is a woman that will possibly fail. If she fails, she’ll end up going back.” Bristol-Smith and Lauraine Brekke-Esparza, former Del Mar city manager and Leap to Success board member, will lead the presentation from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 at the Del Mar Community Building, located at 225 9th St., Del Mar. To register for the event, call 858-792-7565. For more information about Leap to Success, visit www.leaptosuccess.org.
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Nazi hunter speaks on the continuing importance of putting Nazi war criminals on trial BY JOE TASH Efraim Zuroff, perhaps the world’s foremost Nazi hunter, said he’s often asked why he continues to vigorously pursue Nazi war criminals nearly 70 years after the end of World War II. “The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers,” said Zuroff. “Every one of the victims deserves that an effort be made to find their killers.” Zuroff lectured about his career as a Nazi hunter and current efforts to track down elusive Nazi war criminals at a July 30 event sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe. The lecture and reception were held at the home of Rancho Santa Fe residents Andrew and Diana Benedek. Even though the suspects are in their late ‘80s and ‘90s and many are in poor health, Zuroff said it is still important to put them on trial for their alleged crimes, both as a means of recognizing the suffering of their victims and to counter deniers of the Holocaust, when Nazis and their collaborators in Europe systematically killed 6 million Jews, along with gypsies and political opponents. “These are the last people on Earth who deserve sympathy,” said Zuroff. “They showed no sympathy for their victims, innocent men, women and children.” Zuroff is director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization that fights anti-Semitism and provides education about the Holocaust. In late July, the group rolled out its latest effort to track down Nazi war criminals who have escaped trial and punishment. “Wanted” posters were put up in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne as part of a campaign called “Late. But not too late! Operation Last Chance II.” The campaign offers rewards of up to $33,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Nazi war criminals. Zuroff, who signed copies of his book, “Operation Last Chance: One Man’s Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice,” after his talk, said he and his colleagues believe there are still
Guest speaker Efraim Zuroff with Rabbi Levi Raskin. Photo/Jon Clark several hundred former Nazis living who should be tried for their crimes. “We need financial help and for people to work politically to try to put pressure on countries like Hungary,” he said. (Last month, thanks in part to Zuroff’s efforts, Hungary charged 98-year-old Laszlo Csatary with Nazi war crimes. He was placed under house arrest and is awaiting trail.) During his talk, Zuroff said that over his 30-plus-year career as a Nazi hunter, the hardest part has not been to find the perpetrators, but to convince governments to put the suspects on trial. Many countries lack the political will to carry out the trials, he said. Some notorious Nazis eluded capture and died without ever being held accountable for their crimes, Zuroff said, giving the example of Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor infamous for conducting medical experiments on Jews in the concentration camps. Mengele, dubbed “the Angel of Death” for his grisly experiments, escaped after the war to Brazil, where he died swimming in the ocean in 1979. Zuroff said it was a tragedy that Mengele was not brought to justice. One of the most important war criminals whom Zuroff helped catch was Dinko Sakic, commandant of the Jasenovac concentration camp in what is now Croatia. Researchers believe as many as 100,000 Jews, gypsies, Serbs and other opponents of the fascist regime were murdered at Jasenovac between 1941 and 1945. Sakic was tracked down to Argentina, where he had lived for 50 years. He told an interviewer, “You don’t understand the problem with Jasenovac. They didn’t let us finish the job,” according to Zuroff. At the time of Sakic’s arrest and trial in the late 1990s, he was considered a hero by some Croatians because of his nationalist stance, Zuroff said. However, after being extradited to Croatia, he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison, where he died in 2008. Zuroff recalled a case in which he got a tip about a woman living in Vienna who had reportedly been a guard at a Ravensbruck, a concentration camp for women in Germany, and at another camp in Poland. Among her duties had been taking prisoners to the gas chambers, and guarding them so they couldn’t escape. After a successful effort to convince Austrian authorities to open an investigation, Zuroff said, the woman died before she could be brought to trial. “I’m the only Jew in the world who prays for the health of Nazi war criminals,” he said, at least the ones who are being brought to trial. Rabbi Levi Raskin, of the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe, said events such as the Zuroff lecture help raise awareness of important issues and also provide a social forum. “Our message is that the way to make sure this [the Holocaust] doesn’t happen again is to do good,” Raskin said.
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Carmel Valley residents bring unique skills to HomeAid San Diego board Carmel Valley residents Charlie Abdi and Rich Alexander will take on new professional roles with HomeAid San Diego, an organization that builds and maintains facilities that help homeless San Diegans get back on their feet. Abdi will serve as board president and board development chair for HomeAid San Diego. Day-to-day, Abdi is the founder and managing partner of Finest City Realty Advisors, and is responsible for and directs all development, acquisition, and broker relation efforts. Rich Alexander will serve on the board of directors and is owner of Kick Content, Inc., a San Diego-based web development and content production company. He has nearly 10 years of professional experience in web design and development and online marketing and has worked on projects in a variety of industries including fitness, pharmaceutical, real estate, retail, non-profit, legal and hospitality. For more information on HomeAid San Diego, visit www.homeaidsd.org or call 858-793-6292.
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Carmel Valley resident named one of San Diego’s ‘Men Who Make a Difference’ Chris McGrath, president of the board of San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to thousands of low-income San Diegans annually, has been named by SD METRO magazine as one of 17 “Men Who Make A Difference” in the San Diego community. McGrath, his wife, Felice, and their two children live in Carmel Valley. McGrath, who is also a partner at the law firm of Paul Hastings in addition to being the volunteer leader of SDVLP, was selected by SD METRO for his role in helping more than 5,000 of San Diego’s most vulnerable citizens, 80 percent of whom are women and children, receive free legal services. SDVLP is celebrating its 30th year of service in 2013 and is the largest provider of pro bono (free) legal services in San Diego. Additionally, McGrath was also honored for his role in supervising young attorneys at his firm who handle pro bono asylum cases for Casa Cornelia in San Diego, which assists victims of human and civil rights violations. A lawyer for 23 years, McGrath’s practice encompasses securities and complex litigation. His clients include pharmaceutical companies, defense and security contractors and retirement systems. Among his career highlights is serving as co-counsel on a case that was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. McGrath is a Master in the America Inns of Court and regularly hosts first-year oral argument competitions for
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Solana Beach resident joins La Jolla Symphony & Chorus board La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) recently announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the board for the 2013-2014 Season are Arthur Wagner of Solana Beach and Catherine Palmer of Pacific Beach. Wagner was a founding member of the UCSD Theater Department and, along with his wife Molli, continues to play a major role in the growth of the university. Wagner also sits on the board of the La Jolla Playhouse. “We are very pleased to welcome both Arthur and Catherine to our board of directors,” said president Stephen Marsh. “Their skills in the nonprofit arena will add greatly to our board’s capabilities.”
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New pet service combines â€˜professional, nurturing care with state-of-the-art technologyâ€™ Wag West, a professional pet service that offers customers free GPS tracking via a smart phone app, launched last month in the North County Coastal area. Wag West owner, Adam Zucker, a Del Mar resident, differentiates himself from competitors not only with the GPS technology, but also by offering a convenient online scheduling and billing service. In addition, customers receive an email exactly at the time their petâ€™s walk begins and ends. After carefully evaluating the industry, Zucker, a former New York City restaurateur and San Diego sales manager, began setting the stage for what is now a professional, comprehensive pet service, including dog walking at beaches, parks or local neighborhoods, pet sitting, dog training, cat visits and even a pet taxi service. â€œSince the pet care industry is largely unregulated and there are no required professional standards, virtually anyone can do it,â€? says Zucker, who left a high paying corporate job to follow his passion. Adding that he is fully licensed, bonded and insured, he says he knew he was taking a risk. â€œI knew I had to differentiate myself if I was going to be successful. I definitely possess the business skills that exceed most of my competitors, so that made me a little more confident,â€? he says. â€œI made sure I did things right by getting a full background security check by the San Diego Sheriffâ€™s Office and a first aid certification, which helps customers feel more confident.â€? Clients who sign up for a Wag West dog walking plan can expect Zucker, or one of his specially trained walkers, to enter their home where a QR code (usually placed on the fridge) gets scanned. This prompts an email to be sent, notifying the client the walk has begun. A smart phone app then enables the client to view a real time map of the exact location and
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Adam Zucker with Jenny. route of the walk, and even whether their dog pooped, peed or both! â€œI like that clients know exactly when and where their dogs are being walked,â€? says Zucker. â€œThis puts full accountability on the part of Wag West, and
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provides 100 percent peace of mind for the owner, which is my primary concern since I believe most pet owners tend to be as neurotic about their animals as I am,â€? he adds. A lifelong dog lover, Zucker says he would take care of pets on the side, but started getting more referrals from friends who said he was the only one they trusted with their dog. â€œI knew I was onto something, so I made the decision to turn my â€˜hobbyâ€™ into a profession,â€? he says. â€œIn addition, I carefully select my dog walkers. They must be animal lovers and have experience with pets, but they also must have a great work ethic, pass a background check, and be serviceoriented and reliable. Having hired and trained hundreds of managers over my professional career, I feel confident that our staff will be the best in the industry.â€? Zucker was born and raised in Manhattan, and moved to San Diego close to 15 years ago. He is a lifelong dog owner of a number of breeds, including Viszlas, mixed breeds, Shih Tzus, and Bulldogs. He holds a B.A. in economics from Vassar College and lives in Del Mar with â€œJenny,â€? his 11-yearold German Shepherd/Yellow Lab mix. For more information visit www.wagwest.com.
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