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Volume 3, Issue 22

January 13, 2017

Budget hike nets positive results, sheriff says


Encinitas poet Patricia Dugger to read works at event. A7


City employees take new bicycles donated by Electra Bicycle Co. for a ride.

City begins eco-friendly employee bikeshare program BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY he City of Encinitas has started a bikeshare program for city employees aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Encinitas-based Electra Bicycle Co. donated four standard bicycles to the city for city employees to use to travel around the city, said Crystal Najera, the city’s climate action plan program administrator. Two electric bikes are expected to be donated in the coming months. The program is part of the city’s climate action plan, which currently does not have a budget, Najera said. The climate action plan includes 39 measures in different categories such as transportation, residential buildings, nonresidential buildings and some that are specific to municipal operations.

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The only costs to the city will be minimal, about $1,000 per year, to maintain the bikes, she said. “We sought support from local businesses and Electra stepped up,” she said. “The hope is that the employees are excited to check them out and use them all the time.” The bikes, which city officials picked up Jan. 4, came equipped with accessories like bike locks, lights, baskets and helmets. Robin Canedy, marketing manager for Electra, said it was an easy decision for the company to partner with the city. “At Electra, we like to say that we make bikes that make people smile… so we were definitely interested in helping the city get more people riding,” she said. “Additionally, we relocated our global SEE BIKES, A19

BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY The downtown Encinitas area has seen fewer arrests and calls for service since the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station’s budget was increased, Capt. John Maryon said at the city council meeting Jan. 11. In December 2015, the council approved a $150,000 increase to the Sheriff’s Department’s budget to allot for overtime, particularly in the downtown area. During his presentation, Maryon focused on the area south of West D Street, West of South Coast Highway 101, North of West K Street and East of Third Street. There were 124 arrests in the area last year, compared to 131 in 2015. Additionally, in 2016, there were 939 calls for service compared to 973 in 2015. “Decrease in arrests is a

good thing for all of us because it shows compliance, which is the goal,” Maryon said. Citations also increased from 775 in 2015 to 1,184 in 2016 because of parking citations generated by complaints from local businesses. The biggest problem hours overall were between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., Maryon said. In a city document, he said “there have not been complaints to the Sheriff’s Department about the downtown in a long time” and the department has been informally offered a space — at 149 W. D Street — for a substation downtown, showing the community’s trust in the department. Maryon said he hopes the station will be active by the SEE SHERIFF, A16

Council appoints Joe Mosca to fill vacant seat

Joe Mosca

BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY Joe Mosca is now a member of the Encinitas City Council after the council voted 3-1 to have Mosca fill the vacant seat at its Jan. 11 meeting. The seat became vacant Dec. 13 when Catherine Blakespear was sworn in as mayor. Mosca, who has lived in Olivenhain for SEE MOSCA, A17

Dill named San Dieguito Union High School district superintendent

Eric Dill

The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to one candidate, Eric Dill. Dill has been serving as interim superintendent of the district since July 1, 2016 following the departure of former superintendent Rick Schmitt. Dill joined the district in 2001. He was promoted to associate superintendent of

business services in 2010. Other positions he has held include executive director of business services and director of risk management. San Dieguito Union High School District Board President Amy Herman said, “We have been impressed with Mr. Dill’s leadership of the district since he assumed the responsibility of interim superintendent


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last summer and are pleased that he has agreed to fulfill this role permanently.” The superintendent search was put on hold last fall following an unsuccessful round of interviews — Dill did not apply for the position at that time. The board met with Dill in closed session shortly before the winter break and unanimously decided to SEE DILL, A19



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New San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar sworn into office BY KAREN BILLING New San Diego County District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar was sworn into office at a ceremony held on Jan. 9. Gaspar, the former mayor of Encinitas, celebrated her swearing-in with her husband Paul and three children Carson, Payton and Addison. “Even when I temporarily lost this election, my supporters were there telling me how proud they were of me but the truth is I was proud to have you behind me,” Gaspar said of the tight race between herself and incumbent Dave Roberts. “I’ll work every day to make you proud while I’m in office.” Gaspar said as supervisor she expects to tackle some challenging issues for the region, including homelessness, public safety, regional transportation, housing affordability and the creation of jobs. “My top priority is to create accountable plans, to clearly define a goal and to produce results in


Kristin Gaspar the challenging area of homelessness and regional public safety,” Gaspar said. She said she hopes to find solutions through collaboration with various organizations and agencies, advocacy and “careful” allocation and realignment of resources. Gaspar shared a quote from AOL co-founder Steve Case, that: “vision without execution is merely a hallucination.” “We, as elected officials, get credit all the time when our visions become reality. But the reality is we’re

not in charge of executing that vision. The people in charge of executing that vision are very special and those are our county employees,” Gaspar said. Gaspar said she knows that her tenure will be limited but said her goals will be achieved over her first term in office as long as her long-term plans are articulated and support is built through short-term successes. At a Jan. 10 organizational meeting the day after her swearing-in, Gaspar was elected the vice chair of the board.

City council votes for council pay raises starting in late 2018 BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY The future Encinitas City Council will be getting pay raises, after a 3-1 approval by the current city council on Jan. 11. Beginning in late 2018, city council members and the mayor will be paid $533.70 more per month. The increases will take effect on the elected city council members after the November 2018 general election, according to city officials. Two of the current sitting council members, Tony Kranz and Tasha Boerner Horvath, who aren’t up for re-election until 2020, will benefit from the increase. The other council members and Mayor Catherine Blakespear would be up for re-election before the raise would take effect. City council members currently earn a $1,186 monthly salary, while the mayor currently earns a $1,286 salary. Blakespear said the increases, which she described as “a hot coal nobody wants to touch,” were necessary because California law says that city salaries are set by population and council member pay had not been increased since 2008.

The raise consisted of 5 percent for each year the city council had gone without raises. She said council members deserve the raise because of the time they put into the job. “Put simply, we have weighty responsibilities that require long hours that are worthy of fair recompense,” Blakespear said. “To me, fair recompense is to follow the state law that dictates our pay.” The last time the city council had an agenda item in 2010 regarding a pay increase for the city council –$121 a month – it was denied because council members were concerned about the economy. Council member Mark Muir was the only person who voted against the increase, saying council members should do the job because they want to help the city, not because of a paycheck. He also suggested council members should not receive a pension. Council member Tasha Boerner Horvath, who does the job full-time, argued the pay should be increased to attract a wider range of candidates.




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Del Mar fair board commits $250,000 to planning for proposed concert venue BY JOE TASH The agency that runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds took the first step toward turning an underperforming satellite wagering center into a 1,900-seat concert venue, agreeing to spend $250,000 on preliminary planning for the conversion. The board of directors of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which oversees fairgrounds operations, voted unanimously to make the expenditure at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The vote followed a report presented at the board’s December meeting, by a team of California State University San Marcos business students, that the project which will cost an estimated $11 million in

up-front construction costs - makes financial sense. “The numbers they (the Cal State San Marcos team) presented show this does make sense for the 22nd DAA to re-purpose the SSRP to a 1,900-seat venue for music and entertainment,” said board member Stephen Shewmaker, who heads up a committee seeking new uses for the Surfside Race Place, as the satellite wagering center is called. The center is designed to allow patrons to bet on horse races beamed in by satellite from around the United States and even from other countries. The 22nd DAA has been struggling for years to find a new use for the satellite wagering

County supervisors get salary boosts BY KAREN BILLING The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a 12.5 percent raise for themselves at the Jan. 10 meeting, a salary increase of more than $19,000 a year. Newly-appointed board vice chair Kristin Gaspar, who represents District 3, was the sole vote against the raises. The new formula is based on the salaries of San Diego County Superior Court judges — the supervisors’ salary had been set at 80 percent of judges’ salaries. Per the approval, it will now shift to 85 percent from March 17-Dec. 7 and to 90 percent afterward. The regular supervisor salary will increase from $153,289 to $162,870 and then increase to $172,450. “The adjustment before us today is fair

The fiscal impact of the increases would be $17,688 for the remainder of 2016-17 and additional costs of $88,438 for 2017-18. In making her vote against the salaries, Gaspar explained that for many years, both in the public and private sectors, she has been responsible for overseeing and implementing employee compensation packages. “This is a duty I take very seriously because as I know, there are always competing priorities for our precious resources,” Gaspar said. The question she said she always asks herself when reviewing employee compensation for her own company or as an elected official is whether the compensation is appropriate for the work performed. SEE SUPES, A19

and it’s reasonable,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts. Roberts said San Diego is the second largest county in California but its supervisors aren’t compensated as such — seeing counties such as San Bernadino with higher compensation called into question the need for adjustment. He said the increases will put San Diego second in compensation but the county would still be “significantly” lower than Los Angeles and over 150 county employees would still earn higher salaries than the supervisors. The formula establishing the supervisors’ salaries has not been adjusted since 1998, according to Roberts, and salaries have been increased a total of 7.17 percent over the nine years since 2008.

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center, a 91,000-square-foot building that was completed in 1991 at a cost of $12 million in state funds. In recent years, both attendance and revenue have plummeted; in 2010, some 108,000 people visited the center, but that number had dropped to about 62,000 in 2014. Similarly, annual revenue generated by the center dropped from $471,771 in 2010, to $128,489 in 2014. The trend has continued - a report showed that both daytime revenue and attendance declined in December 2016 compared to the same month one year earlier. 22nd DAA officials have blamed industry changes, such as the rise of Internet gambling and Indian casinos, for the declines.

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Among the ideas considered and rejected for “re-purposing” the satellite wagering center were a high-end movie complex, a bowling and entertainment center and a mico-brewery. Officials then began considering the idea of a concert venue. After conducting research internally, the 22nd DAA commissioned the study by the CSUSM business students. “The team’s findings revealed that there is a demand for a concert venue of 1,900 seats in San Diego that has not been met by existing competitors. By analyzing the industry and the competitors in the local area, the team was able to determine that investing in a SEE VENUE, A18

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Confessional operated by The Lost Abbey - in the city’s Cardiff community. Tasting facilities serve only alcohol, no food. Portions will range from small, 3-ounce sipping cups to 16-ounce “full pours.” People also can purchase kegs to take home. Culture Brewing will only be serving its own products at the Encinitas site, Williams said. At the company’s Solana Beach location, Culture Brewing does host different food trucks each night to offer patrons varying dinning options, but logistically that would be challenging at the Encinitas location and there’s really no need for it, Williams said, adding that there are plenty of excellent restaurant options within walking distance. The ever-increasing number of alcohol-serving establishments along Coast Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas has been a source of SEE BEER, A18

Reward offered for information on theft suspects Authorities are offering a financial reward and seeking the public’s help in locating two men wanted on suspicion of stealing credit cards and identity theft from an Encinitas gym. Between noon and 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, a man broke into a locker at the LA Fitness located at 201 S. El Camino Real, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Then, at about 1:50 p.m., the victim’s credit cards were fraudulently used at the Target store at 1010 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas, authorities said. The man was seen on video surveillance with an additional suspect at the store. Authorities described the first suspect as a black man with a medium build and short hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect was described as a black man with a thin build who was last seen in a black jacket, black baseball cap with white


Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who they say stole someone’s credit cards and used them at an Encinitas Target store. print on the front, blue jeans with doughnuts printed on them and blue shoes. Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the North Coastal 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. — Submitted press release

City installs 10 new traffic cameras BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY The City of Encinitas has installed 10 new traffic cameras aimed at increasing responsiveness and getting better visibility on traffic operations, a city official said. The cameras, which add to seven cameras already existing in the city and were financed with $800,000 in federal funding allocated for traffic safety improvements, have already been installed and will be online by the end of January, said Luke Baker, city engineering specialist in the traffic division. The cameras are located at key intersections on El Camino Real, Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway 101.

The project includes replacing more than seven miles of outdated communications infrastructure with high-speed fiber optic cable, Baker said. The city will also update traffic signals with more modern, network-ready components. Baker said the camera feeds will be displayed on a video wall in the Traffic Management Center at city hall, and the city will be able to view the cameras throughout the day and make changes to the signals if they notice a problem. Traffic staff can also notify emergency personnel if public safety issues arise. Baker said the cameras will be used for traffic reasons only and will not be stored or recorded.


Sheriff’s Dept. to host reading event for kids A deputy from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station will read to children at an hour-long Reading Day event on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. The free event, at Barnes and Noble in Encinitas, 1040 N. El Camino Real, stresses the importance of reading to children and teaching them why they should read regularly. The event will also include a question and answer period with the deputy following the reading. — Submitted press release


A sheriff’s deputy reads to children at a past reading day event.


Mitchell Thorp Foundation will hold its largest fundraiser of the year, the eighth annual 5K Run/Walk, on Feb. 4 at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad.

Bank of America Student Leaders Mitchell Thorp Foundation program is accepting applications to hold 5K Run/Walk Feb. 4 If you are a junior or senior in high school and are working to make a difference in your school or community, Bank of America is supporting the next generation of community leaders Students accepted into the program will join the more than 200 other Student Leaders from around the country in Washington, D.C. in July for a Student Leadership Summit. As part of this week-long convening, students will discuss how to build a more diverse and inclusive society, gain a better understanding of how

cross-sector collaboration creates community impact, and become part of a network of community leaders that will support their citizenship and engagement. The students are joining a network of more than 55 student alumni from San Diego and an alumni cohort of more than 2,200 Student Leaders across the country. The application deadline to enter is Jan. 27. Call 1-800-218-9946 with any questions. For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit

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the 5K, which will feature a chip-timed race for runners and a beautiful park loop for walkers. In addition, a kids’ obstacle course with great prizes, warrior trophy awarded to largest team, music, and food will set the stage for a great day for the entire family. The funds raised from the event will benefit the families in these grave situations. “There are so many hurdles faced by these families and we are honored to be able to help them,” said MTF Co-Founder and Executive Director Beth Thorp. In addition to medical bills and emotional strain, statistically, 78 percent of married couples caring for a terminally ill child end in divorce or separation, often bankrupting them financially, psychically and spiritually. By direct contrast, MTF has a 100 percent success rate in keeping the families they serve together. “We are most proud of that fact,” said Beth.

The event is once again made possible by the support of sponsors, including Independent Financial Group, DATRON, Mission Federal Credit Union and NRG Energy. Information, online registration or to donate can be found at The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) is a public 501 (c)(3) organization, commemorating Mitchell’s shortened life of 18 years and his five-year heroic struggle against an undiagnosed illness. Mitchell’s strength and courage, along with the community’s support, collectively inspired the family to establish MTF that supports families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial, emotional and resources to their desperate situation. In addition, the MTF provides scholarships and awards to promising young athletes, like Mitchell.

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Encinitas poet Patricia Dugger to read works at event BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY Not long after losing her husband in 1998, Patricia Dugger found a new calling in life — poetry. Just prior to his death, her husband would drive his wife to late-night poetry meetings with the Carlsbad City Library Magee Park Poets. Shortly after, Dugger was published for the first time and her husband got to see the work before he died. “I found [poetry] as sort of a new focus in my life,” Dugger, 87, said. “It’s like my husband introduced me to my new life.” The longtime Cardiff-by-the-Sea woman has since joined multiple local poetry clubs — including being one of the first members of the Full Moon poetry group, which will hold a reading Jan. 14 with Dugger and three other local poets. Dugger, who was named Encinitas’ poet laureate in 2005, said she enjoys reading poetry often, but she doesn’t write her own poetry every day. But when inspiration hits, she’s hard to stop, said the author of three poetry books. “I write about everything,” she said, adding that she’ll look for prompts by hearing or seeing

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something interesting that might be included in a poem. Cardiff, where Dugger settled with her family in 1952, has inspired her because of how long she has lived in her home and how close she is to the ocean, she said. When asked whether her writing tended to be fiction or non-fiction, Dugger, who is influenced by poets like Tony Hoagland and Ted Kooser, said she believes “fiction doesn’t relate to poetry.” “Once, my granddaughter asked me, ‘Nana, is this true? Did this really

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happen?’” she said. “I told her, ‘Honey, it’s somebody’s truth.’ I do make up stuff. Once in a great while, I’ve had maybe five poems that have been gifts that sort of just slid out of my mind.” The most important criteria of a successful poem is that it evokes emotion, she said. For Saturday’s reading, Dugger said each poet will have about 20 minutes to read their work. Patrick Brady, Darius Degher and Jim Babwe will also read. Dugger expects to read about a dozen poems and offer background information for each one, which is something she said she has never done before. The free event, presented by 101 Artists Colony and taking place at 540 Cornish Drive, will begin at 6 p.m., with seating starting at 5:30 p.m.






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Plant Power Fast Food to offer vegan selections in Encinitas soon BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY An upcoming restaurant in Encinitas is hoping to revolutionize the fast-food industry. Plant Power Fast Food, which also has a location in Ocean Beach that opened in January 2016, expects to open a drive-thru style establishment in Encinitas by early May. All of the food will be free of meat, animal by-products and GMOs, officials said. “The idea behind Plant Power Fast Food is to be kind of a bridge,” said co-owner Jeffrey Harris, describing the restaurant as a “vegan McDonald’s.” “Obviously, vegans and vegetarians sniff us out, but Plant Power is really aimed at everybody who wants kind of a healthier choice in the fast-food segment.” He said vegan and vegetarian food has become popular in recent years because people want to benefit their health and leave a positive impact on their planet. Selections at Plant Power include vegan and vegetarian burgers (with “beefy” patties, black bean patties or tempeh soy patties), “chicken” tenders, fries, wraps, salads, smoothies and desserts. The restaurant will also offer “fun” food like the Big Zach, with its take on a vegan McDonald’s Big Mac and named after co-owner Zach Vouga. “We’re trying to give people the fun, super crazy, tasty fast food experience


Plant Power Fast Food, which expects to open a location in Encinitas this year, serves all-vegan and vegetarian food like hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. that a lot of us grew up on,” Harris said. The menu ranges between $3 and $9. Harris, who teamed up with businessman Mitch Wallis to open Plant Power about two years ago, said his favorite moments are when non-vegans and non-vegetarians try the food and describe it as “the best burger they have ever had.” Encinitas was the perfect city for the restaurant’s second location, Harris said.

“We wanted to find a location that was part of a community that we know early in our game will help us succeed,” he said. “Encinitas had the kind of qualities we really liked. There’s a history here of health and fitness, some vegetarian restaurants and spirituality.” The Encinitas location, at 411 Santa Fe Drive, will have a drive-thru and walk-up counter service outside. There will be a dining area outside but no seats

inside. Harris, who became a vegan 21 years ago for animal welfare, said he believes Plant Power has a “wow factor” that has been appealing to people who don’t live solely on plant-based diets. “Really, the bottom line for us is we know when someone drives into Plant Power, most people aren’t vegan or vegetarian,” he said. “They’re used to McDonald’s. I was a kid who ate McDonald’s. There’s a taste to Big Macs and Quarter Pounders. The wow factor is huge. If someone doesn’t have a great experience right away, they’re not going to come back. Based on what our customers are telling us, we think we have the best taste.” David Munoz, an investor in Plant Power, said he feels the restaurant is on the cusp of a new trend, in a service model that won’t go away anytime soon. “With the mobile society, there’s no way that convenient fast food isn’t going to be a part of society,” Munoz said. “It has to be.” Harris said the goal is to open more Plant Power restaurants across the country, adding he has already received requests from multiple cities. “These first two restaurants are really just concepts for what we envision is possible,” he said. “We want to revolutionize fast food. We want it to go from quick and easy but not necessarily good for you to something that’s quick and easy that’s actually great for you.”




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Musician George Winston to perform at La Paloma Theater BY BRITTANY WOOLSEY Playing at La Paloma Theater has been a longstanding tradition for musician George Winston. The Santa Cruz-based pianist said he has been drawn to the Encinitas venue each year since 1982 because of what he considers the city’s “charm.” “I love the theatre, area and people,” he said. “It’s just a great place to play and to be. I just always appreciate always being able to come back. It’s really new to San Diego but it really has its own identity.” Winston will once again perform at La Paloma on Jan. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in a winter-themed show. The Saturday show is currently sold out, according to the theater, located at 471 S. Coast Hwy 101. About 15 original and cover songs will be performed during his set, and instruments such as piano, guitar and harmonica will be played. Some of Winston’s favorite pieces to play are Peanuts


Pianist George Winston will perform at La Paloma Theatre on Jan. 27 and 28. pieces from Charlie Brown by Vince Guiraldi. He described most of the pieces he’ll play as “rhythm and blues piano.” “It’s kind of a mixture of the melodic and the up-tempo, which feels just right,” he said. On top of regular admission, the musician, who has released 13 studio albums, invites guests to bring canned food to donate to Encinitas’ Community Resource Center. Proceeds from CD sales will also be donated to the

organization, he said. Winston has a history of supporting charities, as he released EPs that benefited cancer research and other causes. “I just want to help out,” he said. “It’s great to have the chance to play. That was sort of given to me. We all try to help out how we can.” Tickets to Winston’s performance are $10 each at A minimum $10 donation is suggested as well to assist in the renovation of the theater.

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One Wave Challenge returns with attempts to break world record FROM ONE WAVE REPORTS The world-record-breaking One Wave Challenge invites surfers to share a single wave for the benefit of Boys to Men Mentoring Network, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to guiding and supporting high-risk and fatherless boys on their journey to manhood. This year’s One Wave Challenge will attract surfers to La Jolla Shores on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 21, for the chance to smash the current world record for most surfers riding one wave, a feat accomplished seven years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, when 110 surfers rode a single wave to shore. The 2016 La Jolla attempt to break the record got close, with 97 riders on one wave. “The One Wave Challenge gives surfers, of all ages and abilities, the chance to participate in something much larger than themselves at the start of a New Year,” said Boys to Men Executive Director Craig McClain. “We see the event generating a spirit of excitement and possibility that will inspire our work throughout the coming year.” The second event will be limited to 180 participants. Surfers will be challenged to raise a minimum of $250 to participate, with proceeds benefitting Boys to Men’s life-changing mentoring programs. Surfers will be treated to a delicious breakfast, a schwag bag — including a commemorative

T-shirt, hat and rash guard — and a beachside concert performed by local beach-rock band, Sandollar. Running enthusiasts will have the chance to participate in a new wrap-around event: The Torrey Pines Adventure Run. Starting and finishing on the beach at La Jolla Shores, the five-mile run will have runners racing to the back fence of the iconic Torrey Pines South golf course. The scenic race route will showcase the beauty of the La Jolla coastline, while exposing runners to its rugged terrain and expansive vistas. Hosted by Easy Day Sports and timed to coincide with the One Wave Challenge, the adventure run will allow runners to finish their race and then watch the surfing spectacle unfold. The Torrey Pines Adventure Run registration fee is $60. A full-race entry refund will be given to any runner who raises $250 or more for the Boys to Men organization. Limited to 500 participants, the race features a men’s and women’s elite division, a general classification time-trial start, age-group awards and breakfast. The La Jolla Shores Business Association is planning a weekend of exciting promotions, events and activities designed to immerse community residents and visitors in the spirit of the One Wave Challenge. —Read more at


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FROM NCRT REPORTS North Coast Repertory Theatre continues its Season 35 with the San Diego premiere of “Marjorie Prime,” a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, written by Jordan Harrison and directed by Matthew Wiener. The New York Times called the play “an elegant, thoughtful, quietly unsettling drama.” “Marjorie Prime,” focuses on artificial intelligence that in the near future will treat dementia and depression in a surprising way. “Primes” — humanoid life-like robots — will be able to speak with patients in the form of lost loved ones and provide companionship for the lonely. The script has been adapted into a film that will debut at the Sundance Festival this year, starring Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Geena Davis and Lois Smith. Noted actress Dee Maaske said she is excited to portray Marjorie Prime in the NCRT production. Once a classical violinist, Maaske’s theatrical résumé spans performance halls in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She has had more than 50 roles in 21 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2004, she was asked by Horton Foote to play Carrie Watts for his 50th anniversary production of “The Trip to Bountiful” at Hartford Stage Company and the Alley Theatre in Houston. “Artistic director David Ellenstein called me about doing ‘Marjorie Prime’ at the North Coast Rep,” she explained. “I worked with his father, Robert Ellenstein, at the


Steve Froehlich, Dee Maaske, Elaine Rivkin and Gregory North star in the San Diego premiere of ‘Marjorie Prime’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Arizona Theatre company and he was a remarkable teacher and actor I admired, and I knew both of his sons when they were

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“The script and its content are interesting ... particularly now that there’s a lot of attention being paid to changing our lifestyles,” Maaske said. “We see inventions all over the country now with virtual, mechanical and new scientific things that will help our lives — some, people would never have dreamed of! Though this idea is a little creepy, to me it’s a ‘What if?’ What if someone near you passes away and you could provide another person in their life with 10 more years to be there for them! “This is a play that deals with character studies and it has interesting characters, I think that’s why it won a nomination for a Pulitzer,” Maaske said. “All three of the actors in this production are great to work with. Elaine Rivkin plays my daughter, who has moved me (at age 85) to her West Coast home, which she shares with her husband. She and I have twists and turns that are interesting. I think many of the audience members will find this thought-provoking and initiate some stimulating conversations after they leave the theater. “Sometimes people tend to forget that older people have sensuous thoughts — they like a good drink, joke, conversation — and the more we do such with them, the better off they are.” The cast also includes Steve Froelich and Gregory North. (Diana Saenger contributed to this report.) ■ IF YOU GO: “Marjorie Prime,” through Feb. 5 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets from $43. (858) 481-1055.

MCASD LA JOLLA IS CLOSED The Museum of Contemporary Art’s La Jolla location is undergoing an extensive expansion and renovation project that will quadruple current gallery space, making room to show MCASD’s 4,700-piece collection of world-class contemporary art. During the closure, MCASD will continue to deliver high-quality exhibitions and programming at its Jacobs and Copley Buildings at MCASD Downtown, located 13 miles south at 1100 Kettner Blvd.

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EVENT BRIEFS Bollywood dancing Payal Nanavati will teach bollywood dancing, a fusion of Indian and Western dance styles, as well as a cardio workout, on Jan. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. The month-long workshop, which take place every Sunday and began Jan. 8 and end Jan. 29, costs $60 for the month. The classes take place at 1465 Encinitas Blvd., suite A102. For more information, call 215-327-8691.

Caregiver workshop San Dieguito United Methodist Church presents a workshop for caregivers with educational programs, community resources and lunch on Jan. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Topics include Taking Care of the Caregiver, Care Options, Difficult Conversations, All About Dimentia, along with advice from a panel of caregivers. The free event is located at 170 Calle Magdalena. For more information and to register, call 858-268-4432.

Annual Wellness Week Jan. 21-27 Wellness Week in Encinitas will be held Jan. 21-27. The event is a week-long program of events and special offers designed to engage the public in learning about and experiencing ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The week begins with the Wellness Week Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas, 92024). Enjoy dozens of exhibitors (in the library parking lot and inside), offering everything from free mini-treatments and samples to workshops and kids’ activities. Throughout the week, participating

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Music by the Sea: Hernandez Giacopuzzi Duo Violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi will perform at the Encinitas Library on Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Selections include Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in D Major, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro and Widmung, Liszt’s Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto. The event takes place at 540 Cornish Drive, and tickets are $14 at the door. For more information, call 760-633-2746.

Opening reception: Jason Adkins Painter Jason Adkins presents “Pretty Dirty Things” on Jan. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. The free event at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park, will feature colorful works that reference abstract gestures. For more information, call 760-943-2260.

The Hutchins Consort: Animals The Hutchins Consort will play songs about wildlife and animals Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. The free event will take place at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.

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Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers Market and Art Fair Enjoy fruit, vegetables and other fresh food, as well as handmade arts and crafts at the weekly Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers Market and Art Fair. The event, at Paul Ecke Elementary, 185 Union Street, will take place Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

R+D Conservatory with Lissa Corona Visual artist and educator Lissa Corona continues her 15-week course to help young artists develop their visual style Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. The courses, open to teens in grades seven through 12, cost between $375 and $475. They take place at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave. For more information, call 760-456-9294.

Botanic Garden to display Egyptian tapestries The San Diego Botanic Garden will display 24 garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses

Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt from Jan. 14 to March 31. The tapestries, originally developed as an “experiment in creativity,” were created beginning in 1952 by leading Egyptian architect Ramses Wissa Wassef, who believed everyone has artistic skills but these develop only when they practice the crafts as children, according to a news release. Eighteen wool and six cotton tapestries will be on display in the Ecke Building at the Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Jan. 14 through March 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Books, wall signs and a short documentary about the making of the tapestries and the aspirations of Wissa Wassef, will also be on display. Visit

Restaurant Week runs Jan. 15-Jan. 22 The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 22 for an edible extravaganza to ring in the New Year. With over 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving. San Diego Restaurant Week is also holding a very delicious partnership for January 2017 as many of the San Diego Restaurant Week restaurants team up with local Girl Scouts to celebrate the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego 100 years ago, as well as the 100th SEE BRIEFS, A13

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Following another successful December recital, Leading Note Studios is celebrating it’s 8th year of business by introducing a new program: Rock Band Recording Class. In this class, students will be working with Platinum Selling Artist Sameer Bhattacharya as he helps assemble material and bring the song arrangements together. Once the group is ready, they will spend

Writing workshop for those living with cancer San Diegans living with a cancer diagnosis can attend a free expressive writing workshop series sponsored by Scripps Health, beginning Monday, Feb. 6 at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines in La Jolla. “When Words Heal” is a six-week writing workshop series designed to help San Diegans with their difficult journeys through cancer, by means of expressive writing. Workshop sessions will take place Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will run through March 13. The workshop series will be led by Sharon Bray, a breast cancer survivor and respected figure in the expressive writing field. Workshop sessions will take place at Scripps Cancer Center in the

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donations The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives. Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. “Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Jay Winkenbach, Donor Recruitment director of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.” Find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites for more donors to give blood or platelets.

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Cut back your fuchsias in the ground and baskets to give you fuller plants with more flowers in the spring. All this wonderful rain turns the hills green and the weeds in your garden do grow like weeds. Small weeds in wet soil are easy to remove, especially with a hula hoe and an easy excuse for not cleaning up the garage or some other not-so-fun job. Snails sleeping in the branches and on the walls also wake up. Slugs love the rainy weather and are busy laying eggs to hatch in spring. Use small amounts of non-toxic snail bait. Skunks tear up your lawn looking for grubs to eat. Beneficial Nematodes work underground to destroy these grubs. Cold weather storms from Alaska bring freezing cold. Gather up the tender potted plants and baskets and bring them into warmer spots, or try covering them with frost cloth or even sheets. Succulents can freeze too. Add January color with pansies that bloom all winter and don’t freeze; cyclamen add color in shady areas and bloom almost forever. Count your blessings that you live here. You could be shoveling snow, scraping the windshield and fighting the slush as the snow melts. Enjoy the winter and spring will soon arrive.


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Tiger expert to speak Amit Sankhala, an expert on tiger conservation, will speak at the Scott Dunn USA office in Solana Beach on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sankhala is highly regarded within India’s tiger community for his passion and knowledge for ecotourism. His grandfather was known as “The Tiger Man of India” for his pioneering of tiger conservation, and his father led the way for local sustainable tourism. Sankhala is continuing the mission of tiger and nature conservation. He’s an active trustee of Tiger Trust and has three luxurious lodges in India, including a wilderness camp, Jamtara. Scott Dunn USA is located at 420 North Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 92075. RSVP to or call 858-345-1730. Visit

The Chamber Music Players of the North Coast Symphony Orchestra will present, “Musical Mélange” at the Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad Dove Library on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. The program will consist of the “Holberg Suite” by Grieg for strings conducted by Daniel Swem, and the “Czech Suite” by Dvorak for winds conducted by Bill Gilmer. Admission is free, donations accepted. Carlsbad Dove Library is located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, 92011.

Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club brunch and fundraiser jewelry sale A Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club brunch and fundraiser jewelry sale to raise scholarship monies for Pi Phi collegians at UCSD will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Kerry Luehring for more details at 858-613-3926.

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hile most high school students spent their winter break skiing, surfing or just hanging out with friends, more than a dozen students from La Costa Canyon High School packed two truck loads full of donations and headed down to Mexico. They delivered the goods to the Rancho de los Ninos Orphanage in the Guadalupe Valley in Baja, Mexico. Marnie Burnett, a junior at La Costa Canyon High School, started the school club, Casa de Vida, in September. “I just wanted to bring the joy of serving in the Mexican Orphanages to LCC, I just loved that spirit so much.” Marnie has worked in orphanages with her family all over the world, but her favorite is Rancho de los Ninos. “It’s just so close and only takes about two hours to drive there from San Diego. I love seeing the same kids when I go and I love that they recognize me too.” This year, the club did a sweatshirt drive at LCC. “We ended up with over 150 sweatshirts in all sizes,” explains Lahni Suzuki, an LCC junior, who is the vice president of Casa de Vida. “The Guadalupe Valley gets chilly in the winter and the kids loved the soft, warm sweatshirts. The experience was really beyond my expectations and seeing the kids so happy brought us all so much joy.” The club also collected toys and Christmas gifts that they wrapped and presented to the children.

“We brought over 200 toys which we organized, wrapped and cataloged the day before and then we arranged them on tables according to age and handed them to the kids as they came up. They were all lined up with the youngest in front and were so excited. We also made lunch for the whole orphanage and workers. We had a BBQ and served over 250 burgers and hot dogs and learned that they really like Coke,” says Maysen Hendricks, a junior at LCC. Another club member, LCC junior, Zoe Slipper adds, “I loved playing with the kids and helping them in any way I could. Serving with my friends was so special. It was also a great way to increase my Spanish skills as well as my social skills. I love this club and will never forget this trip.” When the students learned that there was a teenage boy orphanage down the road by 3 miles that didn’t get many visitors, they invited the boys to lunch and made sure each one received a sweatshirt. After lunch, a friendly game of soccer broke out and Lucas Thile, a junior at LCC, said that was his favorite part of the day. “The kids had no soccer equipment, proper shoes and just a really old flat ball, but they loved the game. As we played and laughed and competed, we all felt so connected and it didn’t matter that we were from different worlds, we felt like one.” Lucas plans to play collegiate soccer, but this winter break his favorite teammates were the kids from Rancho de los Ninos.

Marnie Burnett and Maysen Hendricks with a child in Mexico.

Rylee with kids.

One of the gift recipients.

A happy boy with his gifts.

Lucas center, Layla and Charlotte playing soccer with the kids.

Lahni and Rylee walking with one of the special needs adults in the orphanage.

Maysen Hendricks (far right) giving out gifts.


(L-R) Layla Slipper, Blaize Jenkins, Lucas Thile, Charlotte Mungovan, Maysen Hendricks, Marnie Burnett, Cami Cook, Lahni Suzuki, Rylee Shain, Mackenzie Mitchell, Lauren Heit, Aerie Davis, Zoe Slipper


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The play’s the thing for winning young writers BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT even aspiring playwrights will have their work shown as part of the 32nd annual Playwrights Project Festival of Plays by Young Writers, Jan. 19-29, at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Ranging in age from 12 to 18, they are the winners of the 2016 California Young Playwrights Contest, chosen from 385 entrants in a blind judging by local theater professionals. Of the six prize-winning plays (one is a collaboration), there will be four full-scale productions and two staged readings at the Globe, which has been hosting the festival for the past 18 years. Founded in 1985, Playwrights Project (PP) offers playwriting workshops in schools, produces community readings, and reaches out to about 10,000 people every year, nurturing writers and developing theater artists and audiences. Their annual festival is a chance to see plays by promising young people whose names may be up in lights someday. The Festival’s producer is Cecelia Kouma, PP’s executive director, who first came on board in 2000 as managing director in charge of school programs and took over from founding director Deborah Salzer a decade ago. What’s her favorite thing about the festival? “Watching the young writers’ reactions when they realize that the experts are taking their work seriously,” she said. “They’re treated as professionals here, even if they’re 12 years old.” Dramaturgs help the young writers get their


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The prize-winning playwrights, whose work can be seen at The Old Globe Theatre, Jan. 19-29, include Matthew Maceda, 17 (‘The Dumping Ground’), Cassandra Hsiao, 16 (‘Supermarket of Lost’), Katie Taylor, 18 (‘Pros and Cons’), Eliana Dunn, 16 (‘Hackathon’), Minh-Son Tran, 13, and Samantha Rafter, 14 (‘A Play on Words’) and Absinthe McDonald, 12 (‘Turtle on a Rock’). scripts ready for prime time, which includes fleshing out characters and trimming longer works down to no more than 30 minutes. This year’s main man behind the scenes is artistic director Ruff Yeager, an award-winning actor/director and theater professor at Southwestern College, who will be whipping the festival’s plays into final shape. Fun Fact: This is the fifth win for 17-year-old Matthew Maceda, who co-wrote his first winner with a fellow student at Mesa Verde Middle School in 2011, in a class taught by Playwrights Project founder Deborah Salzer. He never stops

writing, but recently decided, after studying the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” for scriptwriting techniques, that he wants to pursue a career in medicine. His current winner, “The Dumping Ground,” can be seen at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 and Jan. 27 or 2 p.m. Jan. 28. ■ IF YOU GO: Playwrights Project Festival of Plays by Young Writers runs Jan. 19-29 at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, San Diego. Tickets: $10-$25. Opening Night Jan. 21: $60. For schedule, description of plays and more details, call (858) 384-2970 or visit

■ 1) Josefina López (1987): Her winning one-act ‘Simply Maria,’ or the ‘American Dream’ became a PBS special and a great success at community theaters, establishing her as a major Latina writer and paving the way for even greater success with her full-length play ‘Real Women Have Curves,’ which was made into a movie, and a career that includes many awards for her stage and screen writing. ■ 2) Matt McKenna (1997): He became a writer/producer of popular TV shows, like ‘American Dad.’ ■ 3) Lauren Yee (2004): She went on to a B.A. in Theater at Yale and an MFA at UC San Diego, and starting with ‘A Man, His Wife, and a Hat’ (‘The Hatmaker’s Wife’) became a multi-award-winning Asian-American playwright whose works have been staged across the country. Her latest, ‘King of the Yees,’ will be coming to LA’s Kirk Douglas Theater this summer, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody, another UCSD/MFA.


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FROM MOSCA, A1 two-and-a-half years and has sat on the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Commission since 2015, was elected after a 3-1 vote, with Council Member Mark Muir voting against his appointment. Mosca’s term became effective Jan. 12 and ends in November 2018. Mosca, manager of major projects at San Diego Gas & Electric, previously served on the Sierra Madre City Council from 2006 to 2011, including one year as mayor. The Encinitas City Council made its decision after hearing presentations from 12 applicants for the council spot — originally 16 people applied, but three recently withdrew their names and one was absent. Several residents recommended Mosca to the council. Fellow parks commissioner Marge Kohl praised Mosca’s work Wednesday night and told the City Council that he has given her new ideas for city trail routes. Bob Nichols, founder of the nonprofit Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, told the council that Mosca would be an outstanding addition to the council, saying he was very respectful toward others and a visionary who deeply cares about his community. Mosca, a married father of two boys, said he was excited to be appointed. “There was an impressive group of candidates who applied, and I’m honored to be the council’s choice,” he said. “I think this choice really showed the council really wanted an experienced person who can hit the ground running and really focus on some of the challenges we have before our city. ... Hopefully we’ll continue to bring people together and think of the common goals and the solutions moving forward.” He said he is committed to preserving and acquiring open space, trails and park lands; enhancing the quality of life for everyone in the community; and ensuring a proper level of public safety for the community. Mosca was the topic of conversation amongst council members at the meeting and fielded questions regarding possible conflicts, including whether or not his employment with SDG&E could influence his decisions and an alleged attempt to have him recalled in Sierra Madre. Councilman Tony Kranz, who later in the evening said he would like one more week to review the materials presented by the 16 applicants before selecting a person for the post, asked whether Mosca felt he would have a conflict with his employer if he was appointed to the council post. Encinitas currently is exploring whether to set up a community choice energy program, an alternative to using SDG&E. Mosca ensured the council his decisions would be his own and he would recuse himself if there were any conflicts of interest. “If selected, I would always be representing our community, not my employer,” he said. According to news reports from outlets that cover Sierra Madre, Mosca was almost recalled and criticized for his votes regarding development. Mosca voted against Measure V, which allows citizens the right to vote on the city’s Downtown Plan, according to Mountain Views News. Although the measure passed, more than 1,600 people signed a petition to have Mosca recalled, citing disappointment with his decision, the newspaper reported. The petition was ultimately unsuccessful when it fell short by about 150 signatures, according to Mountain Views News. The Sierra Madre Weekly also reported that residents were unhappy with increased water rates that helped finance bonds used to pay for the water system upgrades. “Mosca bore the brunt of citizens’ complaints,” the newspaper reported. Addressing the concerns, Mosca referred to the petition as an effort by “about 20 people” that “never got it off the ground.” Mosca eventually stepped down from the Sierra Madre City Council in November 2011 to go with his family to Italy so his husband, an HIV researcher and physician, could pursue a dream job. Blakespear said she motioned to appoint Mosca because of his “relevant experience.” “He had a number of people speak about how he works collaboratively and is a smart decision maker who has the type of temperament that is positive and solution-oriented,” she said. “The fact that he won two elections shows me he understands the complex process of both running and serving.” Muir, who recommended selecting applicant Tony Brandenburg, a 55-year resident, for the council spot, said his vote was not necessarily against Mosca, but he preferred a candidate who had been in the city longer. “I just think the fact that you’ve lived here for two years may not give you the opportunity to know this community like other people do,” Muir said. “But I’ll work with him just like I work with anybody else.” — San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Barbara Henry contributed to this report.



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eart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States, taking the lives of 610,000 Americans every year. While conventional medicine can offer heart patients the very latest technology in terms of medications, surgeries and interventional procedures to treat heart attacks and other acute heart conditions, preventing those problems is often less precise and sometimes more complex. “Certainly risk factors such as family history, blood pressure, Dr. Poulina cholesterol levels and genetics are important, but often there are Uddin other, less obvious aspects involved as well,” said Poulina Uddin, M.D., an integrative cardiologist who will be seeing patients at the Scripps Women’s Heart Center when it opens in San Diego in January. Here are five things to know about integrative heart care, which focuses on caring for all aspects of a person’s health. 1. Look beyond the physical symptoms. “If someone comes in with a heart attack, I ask what happened that day. Were they angry with someone? Was there a stressful event?” Uddin said. “All of the physical risk factors are important, but why did it happen on this particular day? And the majority of the time, there is some emotional or environmental trigger.” According to Uddin, who is board certified in both cardiology and integrative medicine, an integrative approach to heart care takes all of those factors – physical, emotional, psychological and social – into consideration when determining

FROM BEER, A5 community consternation in recent years. People who live near the roadway have called for the city to stop issuing permits for new alcohol-serving restaurants and brew pubs, arguing that downtown is about to become the San Diego region’s next Pacific Beach. They’ve raised concerns about late-night noise, vandalism, drunken driving and other alcohol-related criminal activity. In response, the city has stepped up police enforcement in the area and the Planning Commission recently ordered a staff report assessing the status of alcohol-related establishments along the city’s entire stretch of Coast Highway from northern Leucadia to southern Cardiff. That report is expected out next month. While there have been calls for the city to stop issuing permits for new alcohol-serving establishments, opposition to Culture Brewing’s proposal at the Jan. 5 meeting was muted. Most of the nine public speakers said they favored the project. Even opponents said they doubted that this project would substantially increase downtown’s troubles because it’s a small facility — no more than 49 people are allowed inside at any one time — and it would close at 10 p.m. nightly. Proponents said the new tasting room will draw a more mature, earlier-to-bed crowd than the nearby brew pubs and sports bars. One patron said people drop by the company’s Solana Beach operation

treatment and crafting an individualized care plan for each patient that reflects and acknowledges their unique lifestyle. 2. Make nutrition and exercise realistic and achievable. Physicians often instruct heart patients to eat well, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, but patients may not have the knowledge and tools they need to follow through on those instructions, Uddin says. A patient who is depressed, for example, is unlikely to stick to an exercise program unless the depression is addressed. Nutrition and cooking classes, for example, can help patients learn to make heart-healthy meals. Uddin recommends being very specific about dietary recommendations. “I actually ask the patients what they are eating, make a list, and then give very specific recommendations for substitutions, portions, and problem foods,” she said. “For example, replace your white rice with brown rice or quinoa, or eat only half of what you have taken on your plate. This gives makes it much easier for people to get started in the process.” 3. Learn effective ways to manage stress. Stress and anger can be major risk factors in heart disease, and learning to deal with these negative feeling can lower risk and benefit overall wellness. “I am a big proponent of dealing with stress. I send plenty of patients to acupuncture or healing touch, a therapy that focuses on the energy field surrounding the body. And I teach breathing exercises in my office,” Uddin said. “I often recommend yoga, and I recently became a certified yoga instructor myself because I want to be able to set up classes for my patients who are apprehensive about doing it on their own. A lot of patients just need that support.” 4. Complement conventional medicine rather than replace it.

right after work and the place is nearly dead quiet by 9 p.m., while others said tasting rooms typically attract beer experts, not people who want to get drunk fast. “Their customers tend to be older, more family-oriented,” former Solana Beach city councilman Peter Zahn said, as he described how his city has benefited from having Culture Brewing’s tasting facility and brewing operation in town. Encinitas planning commissioners said they were impressed by the company’s Solana Beach operation and said the new facility will be a fine addition to Encinitas’ downtown. “I think it’s a great business for the town -- I think it’s proven itself,” Commissioner Greg Drakos said. Commissioner Al Apuzzo said it was just the sort of company the city ought to be encouraging — a small, successful local business. Commission Chairman Glenn O’Grady said he wasn’t that pleased with the remodel design, saying he didn’t like its proposed roll-up door, but said the facility would be a good addition to the downtown. However, he said, the commission does need to worry about the fact that downtown Encinitas is becoming an “entertainment zone” with very few retail shops. “Are we creating an environment that retailers stay away from?” he asked, adding that he was glad the staff report on alcohol-serving establishments will be done soon. --Barbara Henry is a writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Uddin noted that the integrative approach complements rather than replaces conventional heart care. For a generally healthy patient who may be slightly overweight and have high cholesterol, lifestyle changes such as improving their nutrition, exercising and managing stress may be enough to lower their risk, and having a personalized plan to follow makes that more realistic. If after six months there is no improvement, it may be time for medication – and that often raises questions about prescription versus supplements or “natural” products. 5. Use natural supplements wisely. Natural supplements such as fish oil and turmeric have a proven anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can help reduce risk, but for someone who has already had a heart attack or a stent placed in an artery, standard medications such as aspirin and statins are part of the recommended treatment. Some patients, however, may be reluctant to take prescription drugs, preferring instead to use herbs or supplements. While these alternatives may do the same thing as prescription medications, they tend to be far less regulated and tested for safety and effectiveness than prescription drugs. “Red yeast rice, for example, can be a substitute for statins, but the chemical effect on the body is essentially the same, and you’re still taking a pill that may or may not be as safety-tested as a prescription,” Uddin said. Successful integrative heart care starts with an open, honest dialogue with your physician, and creating a care plan that addresses your unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual health. “To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps. For more information, please visit or call (858) 207-3299.

FROM VENUE, A4 concert venue would be profitable,” said the executive summary of the business students’ report. The students also determined that the 22nd DAA would recoup its initial investment in about five years. The study based its financial assumptions on an average ticket price of $45, with 90 shows booked per year. It also recommended that the 22nd DAA partner with the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach to book talent for the new concert venue. As the 22nd DAA moves forward with its plans, the $250,000 appropriation will be used for such tasks as exploring financing options and completing engineering drawings. One official said full construction plans could cost as much as $800,000, but Shewmaker said the board will have to approve any costs over the initial seed money authorized Jan. 3. The district will also have to work with the California Coastal Commission to determine if the new use for the building will require an amendment to a previously obtained coastal permit. Director David Watson said an amendment may not be needed, because the size of the building will not change, and it is already permitted for up to 5,000 people per day. Current daily attendance at the satellite wagering center is far below that number. Officials said a portion of the building would be reserved for satellite wagering after the renovation. Board president Russ Penniman said the district has set aside $5 million for re-purposing the satellite wagering center, and officials will be looking at a number of options for financing the rest of the project. Officials stressed that the Jan. 3 vote was not a final go-ahead for the project. Penniman said the board will want to know more precisely how much the renovation will cost, where the money will come from and what will be required by the Coastal Commission. “Once we get answers to those questions, then there will be a board discussion on moving forward,” Penniman said. That discussion could take place within the next six months, officials said. If the district does move forward with the concert venue project, officials said they will hire a project manager to oversee the work.


WEEK IN SPORTS Boys basketball: La Costa Canyon lost to Poway 48-42 in a in a nonleague game on Jan. 6. Graham Cook led the Mavericks with 12 points. The loss followed a 76-56 nonleague win against Escondido two days earlier in which Cook scored 13 points and Logan Wazny added 10 points. The Mavericks fell to 12-4 overall for the season. *****

Canyon Crest Academy defeated Rancho Buena Vista 54-18 in a Del Norte New Year’s Tip-Off Classic tournament game on Jan. 7. The victory was the Ravens’ seventh straight. Girls basketball: La Costa Canyon defeated Poway 40-38 in a nonleague game on Jan. 6. Kaylee Berry scored 14 points to lead the Mavericks. The Mavericks improved their overall record for the season to 12-4. – Reported by Gideon Rubin


making in yourselves,” said Lileana Robles. Deanna Myers asked the supervisors to consider walking a mile in her shoes — she has worked for the county for 30 years and as an office assistant she tops out at $17.49 an hour. “You live on that salary,” she challenged, noting that the average housing in San Diego is now $1,800 a month. “County employees would love to have a 12.5 percent raise. If you can do it for yourself you darn well better come with it for San Diego County employees…There’s so many things we need, we don’t need to spend $90,000 a year on your retirement when we, as a community, are suffering.” Rancho Penasquitos resident Isabella Firth asked the board members to “check their priorities” after watching last summer when the board was asked to spend reserves investing in needs like homelessness, foster care, mental health services and criminal justice and did not. “And yet you’re able to grant yourselves an annual increase that is more than many families have to live on. That failure to invest in San Diego families diminishes us as a county,” Firth said. “And your willingness to vote to increase your own comfort adds insult to that injury. You can say that in a budget as big as San Diego’s this is just a drop in the bucket. But these acts tell us where your priorities are and who you serve.” Jacob said the board listened very carefully to the many “compelling” arguments people made. She said when the supervisors get to the budget for next year, she thinks the board will adjust priorities appropriately and have adequate public hearings. “They’re tough decisions to make but we do our best to carefully allocate the resources that we have control over,” Jacob said. “Let’s all work together and not create divisiveness in our community because, in the end, that’s not going to help us come to good decisions.”

“Awkwardly I sit here having been sworn in just 24 hours ago and I can be the first to admit that I don’t know how to get past that first fundamental question, so I won’t be supporting the motion on the floor today,” Gaspar said. Gaspar’s predecessor, former District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts, also voted against the salary increase at December’s first reading before he left office. Some in the audience began to yell as the supervisors prepared to vote, one woman shouting “shame on you!” Board chair Dianne Jacob had to quiet the audience before they could continue, stating that even though there may be disagreements there should always be respect and that outbursts and “unfortunate personal attacks” aren’t helpful. “Let’s continue to work together as a community,” Jacob said. “I think you’ll find this board in the past and in the future willing to work with all San Diego citizens in trying to address the priorities.” During public comment of 25 speakers in opposition, many argued that taking money away from people who are suffering is not fair or reasonable. Members of the Invest in San Diego Families Coalition and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACE) spoke about how the salary increases seem wrong in light of how many in the community are struggling. They referenced a recent report showed that the percentage of people homeless in San Diego County is higher than it was during the great recession eight years ago, there is a housing crisis and San Diego has the fourth highest homeless population in the nation. “The county needs to address affordable housing, it is out of reach for many. We ask you to make the same investment in the county’s families and safety-net services as you are

FROM DILL, A1 offer him the position permanently. Herman added, “Mr. Dill transitioned into the superintendent role effortlessly. He is the right person to lead the district, continue our traditions of excellence, and build upon the student success for which our district is

FROM BIKES, A1 headquarters from Vista to downtown Encinitas in the summer of 2015. We wanted to do what neighbors are best at — helping each other out.” Canedy said the total value of the bikes and accessories came up to about $3,000. Interested city employees will have to attend mandatory training sessions and sign waivers before riding the bikes, which should be available for use by early February,

known.” The board of trustees will formally consider Dill’s contract in open session at its next regular board meeting on Jan.19. Dill’s appointment as permanent superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District will be immediately effective upon approval by the board of trustees. – Submitted press release Najera said. Once the bike program is in place, the bicycles will be used indefinitely as long as they are being ridden, she added. Additionally, the city is looking at implementing a master bike plan to add bike lanes around the city and encourage residents to commute alternatively, either by bike, transit or carpooling. Najera said the city also encourages residents to retrofit their homes with solar panels or drive electric vehicles.


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