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BY EMILY SORENSEN The San Diego District Attorney’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the allegations that saw Superintendent John Collins fired from the Poway Unified School District. This was revealed in a Jan. 3 filing by Collins’ attorneys, Paul J. Pfingst and Susan M. Hack, where they requested a stay into the district’s

civil lawsuit against Collins until the conclusion of the criminal investigation. Pfingst himself is a former San Diego County district attorney, serving from 1994 until 2002. Currently, no criminal charges have been filed. The documents said that Collins’ counsel has been informed that the district attorney’s office is

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investigating the allegations made against Collins in the civil lawsuit for possible criminal prosecution. “It is Dr. Collins’ John Collins intention to assert his rights under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution until a



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Water rate increases approved BY STEVE DREYER City Council members reluctantly, but unanimously, approved raising water rates following a lengthy public hearing and discussion Tuesday night. Rates are proposed to increase by 7.75 percent for water used, plus an 8.75 percent hike in the fixed meter charge. On a typical bi-monthly residential bill where 22 units of water are consumed, the increases will amount to $10.92, according to a staff report. Customers can expect to see their bi-monthly

water bill go up by another $16.50 on top of the rate increases because the city has stopped using general fund reserves to subsidize a “temporary drought recover surcharge” imposed to help cover a revenue shortfall generated by consumer water conservation efforts. The city allocated $400,000 last year as a general fund loan to the water fund. Taken together, the average household will pay an additional $27.42 for bi-monthly water service. The higher rates became effective Jan. 1 and will be reflected on bills sent out in March. SEE WATER, A11

determination is made whether criminal charges will be pursued,” the documents state. The application said that the school district’s attorney had recently served written discovery on Collins. This is a pre-trial procedure in a lawsuit in which each party can obtain evidence from the other party through a request for answers to SEE COLLINS, A11

Winter Fest is Friday, Saturday BY EMILY SORENSEN Enjoy sledding and ice skating Friday and Saturday at the Winter Festival in Poway Community Park. The festival will be open 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the park, 13094 Civic Center Drive. It will also be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for those with special needs and their families to enjoy the fun without the crowds of the regular event. Pre-registration is not necessary to attend the special needs time, only to sign in at arrival. Parking will be available at three off-site locations, with shuttle service running to and from each beginning when the festival opens and ending a half-hour after the festival closes. Park in the lots at Poway City Hall, the Poway Boys and Girls Club on Bowron Road, or in the parking lot on the corner of Tarascan and Poway roads and catch the free shuttle to the festival. The festival will include an artificial skating rink, with skates available to rent for free (skates can also be brought from home); a sledding hill, with sleds available to rent; two snow play areas, one for all ages and one for ages four years and under; arts and crafts; a free photo booth; a photo backdrop for taking family pictures with the festival’s moose and polar bear mascots; pony rides, food vendors and more. Teen volunteers will also be selling s’mores fixings and hot chocolate, with the funds benefitting the city’s teen programs. Some food vendors are cash-only and no ATMs are available on-site, so attendees should come prepared. For more information on the Winter Festival, call 858-668-4671 or visit

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BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK Del Norte High teacher Megan Gross is a 2017 National Teacher of the Year finalist. “It is amazing and surreal,” Gross said after it was officially announced on Monday that she is among four finalists to be honored this spring when the national contest winner is named in Washington, D.C. Gross said she has known she was a finalist since last month, but the news had to be kept secret until contest officials made the formal announcement. She has been a special education teacher at Del Norte High for the past four years, working with students in the campus’ Autism Spectrum Disorders program. Her work has focused on helping her students integrate into the campus community and learn the communication and life skills they need to enter college or work force after graduation. “I’m very excited for Megan and for her platform, which is based on inclusion,” said Del Norte High Principal Greg Mizel. “I’m excited for Del Norte and for Poway Unified School District. It’s really good.” He said the 4S Ranch campus was founded on the concept of including everyone and making all students and staff members feel like Del Norte is their home due to the “safety, support and belonging” they would feel at the campus. That meant embracing the campus’ diversity and celebrating what everyone has to offer, including students in the special education program. Gross has worked hard to make sure they are fully integrated into the Del Norte community. Mizel called Gross an educator “in perfect alignment” with the school’s goals of creating community and inclusion for all. The national winner will spend the next year traveling across the U.S. “to represent educators and advocate on behalf of teachers and students,” according to a press release. “The four finalists embody the character, knowledge, skills and passion of exemplary teaching,” according to a statement from the national contest’s selection committee. “Each of the finalists empower students to own their own learning inside and outside

Megan Gross of the classroom. The skills of these teachers transcend the classroom, as they also demonstrate the ability to engage with their peers, parents, community members and policy makers.” Last fall, after being selected to represent her campus and the Poway Unified School District, Gross was named a 2016-17 San Diego County Teacher of the Year and later a California Teacher of the Year. Gross said she does not perceive herself as a teacher to be celebrated because “I work with amazing, incredible colleagues.” She added, “I’m incredibly excited to be representing Del Norte, San Diego County and California.” She added that her speaking engagements before educators and others as the state winner are being scheduled to have as minimal impact as possible on her students, arranged to limit the time she is taken out of the classroom for these other duties. The other national finalists are a ninth grade humanities teacher from Massachusetts, a middle school instrumental music teacher and band director from Wisconsin plus a Maryland teacher who has her students partner with a theater company.

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BY PAUL LEVIKOW SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase their own salaries by more than $19,000 a year, despite public comment by dozens of opponents. “The formula for establishing supervisors' salaries has not been adjusted in decades,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said before the 4-1 vote. “Board members salaries have increased less than one percent over the last nine years, and the adjustment before us today is fair and reasonable.” Newly seated Supervisor Kristin Gaspar cast the lone dissenting vote, as did her predecessor, Dave Roberts, when the raise

was first proposed last month. The vote officially alters the way the supervisors' pay will be calculated. They were making 80 percent of the base salary of Superior Court judges in California, or around $153,000 per year. The new formula raises the mark to 85 percent on March 17 and 90 percent one year from now. The first increase amounts to a 12.5 percent pay raise. The pay hikes will cost the county an extra $17,688 in the remainder of the current fiscal year, and $88,438 for the next fiscal year. The supervisors will also get an increased pension when they leave office.


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Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic searching for sponsors, players BY EMILY SORENSEN Sponsors and players are being sought for the fourth annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic, which will be held on March 3 at Maderas Golf Club. The Poway Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., followed by an awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the golf club, 17750 Old Coach Road in Poway. Spaces for players and several sponsorship opportunities are still available. Cost is $175 for a single golfer, $350 for two, $525 for three and $700 for a foursome. The golf classic is being held in honor of former Poway Mayor Mickey Cafagna, who died in 2009. Cafagna was the third elected mayor of Poway, serving from 1998 until his death in 2009. During his time as mayor, he championed the construction of Poway’s City Hall and of the South Poway Business

Park on Scripps Poway Parkway and provided leadership during the 2003 Cedar Fire and the 2007 Witch Creek Fire. A portion this year’s profits will be donated to the Poway Firefighters Association, which maintains a relief fund that benefits those affected by fire, as well as other area charities. Several sponsorships are still available for the event, including the awards dinner sponsor for $2,000, the beverage sponsor for $1,500 and hole sponsorships for $250. This year’s title sponsor is Farmer’s Insurance/Cathy Peterson, the lunch sponsor is EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, Inc. and the cart sponsor is Kelchlin Construction Inc. For player registration or to become a sponsor, visit, call 858-748-0016 or email



The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club, City of Poway and Susie Mullin from the Christmas Ho Ho Ho project made Christmas happier for children of Marines stationed at MCAS Miramar by collecting toys for the youngsters. Accepting the toys on behalf of the families during the Rotary club’s Dec. 13 meeting were Marine Sgt. Andreina Escobar and Marine Sgt. Aaron Castro, pictured with Rotarian Sue Herndon and some of the toys.



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Region’s leaders share their focuses, plans for 2017 BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK With government entitities starting new sessions, the area’s elected officials at the county, state and federal level are sharing their goals and focuses for 2017. “This next year promises to be an especially busy and productive one for county government, said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, whose District 2 includes Poway. “As chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors in 2017, I plan to announce several initiatives in my Feb. 1 State of the County speech. I’m also eager to move forward on many on-going projects.” Jacob said these include construction of the new regional crime lab, tentatively set to be complete in 2018. The 150,000-square-foot facility will house crime scene evidence and forensic science equipment critical to cracking cases. She said county and Poway officials will continue working together to acquire land near Iron Mountain, with the goal of expanding the region’s trail network and increasing open space near Poway. She also will continuing working with the Marine Corps to open Stowe Trail, east of Miramar. ***** New county Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, sworn in on Monday for District 3, said, “I look forward to spending more time in ... Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch ... to understand your priorities and represent you well on the Board of Supervisors.” Gaspar said the health and safety of San Diego communities remains her top priority, which includes “(maintaining) our focus on

drug prevention, decreasing criminal activity and managing the side effects of the early release laws.” She said this includes investing in ways to help the homeless and struggling veterans. “To address the rise in homelessness throughout the county, we must strengthen a network committed to solving homelessness through leadership, collaboration, advocacy and strategic alignment of resources. Over the coming years, we will be working closely with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office in a collaborative effort.” She added, “It is imperative that the board continue to focus on maintaining and improving the fiscal health of the county’s $5 billion budget, which is critical to sustain quality of life throughout the region.” ***** Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, who represents the 77th District, said he will continue his focus on helping vulnerable populations in California, making government more transparent and the state a better place for students and small businesses. “I have focused on addressing many issues, including education, jobs, homelessness, mental health and animal welfare,” he said. “In 2017, I will continue working ... to protect our communities.” Maienschein said his Assembly Bill 15 could increase Denti-Cal funding “in a meaningful and responsible way” because it would increase reimbursement rates for the 15 most common prevention, treatment and oral evaluation services based on the

national average. It would also increase funding for preventative care and case management services, with the goal of achieving significant long-term cost savings, increasing provider participation and increasing the amount of children who receive dental care under the program. “Millions of people in our state, including five million children, struggle to access quality dental care,” he said. “Tooth decay and disease are associated with pregnancy risks, diabetes, and respiratory and heart disease. ... A lack of access to dental care can result in expensive emergency room visits, missed school days and ultimately poorer academic performance and lost job opportunities. My bill would increase reimbursement rates so that underserved California children can see a dentist for at least basic and routine care.” Other legislation he mentioned include increasing government transparency and benefiting education, animal welfare and small businesses. ***** New state Senator Toni Atkins, representing the 39th Senate District that includes Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch, said she has introduced Senate Bill 2 to create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing. “We must make housing more affordable for lower- and middle-income Californians, and there will always be a need for affordable housing for those with the lowest incomes, including those who are experiencing homelessness,” Atkins said. “A

safe and comfortable home is the foundation of a healthy society — it touches every other policy area you can think of in positive ways: public safety, physical and mental health, transportation, air quality, education and especially the economy. It’s impossible to overstate its importance. “Housing shares space at the top of my priority list with issues such as job creation and retention, sea-level rise caused by climate change, access to affordable healthcare, human trafficking, public schools and higher education, transportation and civil rights,” she said. Atkins added that being on committes that oversee policies in transportion, housing, natural resources, water, health, labor, industrial relations and rules “will allow me to be intimately involved in shaping policies that impact San Diego.” ***** “Legislatively, we have collected a lot of bill ideas that we are still processing,” said state Senator Joel Anderson, whose 38th District includes Poway. “The bill introduction deadline is at the end of February. Our focus has always been on our constituents, and we will work towards improving and exceeding in the areas we measure.” He said, “I look for opportunities to work across the aisle to pass legislation that improves the lives, and protects the rights and liberty, of my constituents and their families,” adding they can submit ideas via his website at or by SEE PLANS, A6




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BY EMILY SORENSEN A Poway resident has developed a prototype medical device that could make life a little more comfortable for elderly women. Naomi Travers, a nurse practitioner who studied geriatrics, has invented a device she is calling “Spessel,” for specimen collecting vessel. Still in the early stages, this device, if produced, would make it easier for medical practitioners to collected untainted urine samples from women, especially elderly women. Travers has created a prototype of her “Spessel” and is now looking to raise $200,000 to create a small run of her devices for clinical testing. It has been testing in a lab and is patent pending, she said. Travers said she was working at the UC Davis Medical Center, focusing on geriatrics, when she first noticed that a lot of the symptoms of urinary tract infections in elderly women were vague. The symptoms often include falling, confusion and sleeping more, which can be difficult to pinpoint as a UTI in that population, she said. It is also difficult to get a proper urine same in elderly women, she said, especially if they have dementia or aren’t mobile. The samples come


Naomi Travers back as contaminated from the lab, which puts medical personnel in a difficult place, she said. “Do you give antibiotics when they’re possibly not needed?” Travers asked. A “proper” sample for a UTI involves collecting the sample mid-stream, when any contaminants have been flushed from the urinary tract. Elderly women are often unable to do this on their own, either because of mobility issues or because they can’t understand the instructions. This means that sometimes a catheter needs to be inserted to gather a sample, which can be painful and frightening for the patient, Travers said. The “Spessel” would also make collecting samples easier for nursing staff, Travers, said, as the current

FROM PLANS, A4 attending events. Anderson said his goal “has always been to make government work for my constituents, and we measure all the aspects of our office that work toward that goal.” He said this includes responding to constituents, helping them resolve problems with state agencies and proactively reaching out to help them through various programs. He mentioned hosting community coffees, adding “I look forward to more opportunities to connect with Powegians in 2017.” ***** “A new year in Congress brings new opportunities to fight for priorities important to San Diego,” said Rep. Scott Peters of the 52nd Congressional District. “I have focused on supporting policies to bolster San Diego’s innovation economy like protecting the environment, mitigating climate change and supporting a life science industry that is making revolutionary breakthroughs in health care. “As a member on the Energy and Commerce Committee, I am in a new position to really fight for these priorities and more,” he said. “(Its) jurisdiction over energy is central to our ability to transition to a renewable energy future as well as

process is time-consuming. Travers said she began doing research into better ways to collect samples and sent out surveys to nurses and nursing homes looking for comments. “I got a lot of feedback. I think this touched a nerve,” she said. “Everyone agreed (the current process) was time consuming and inaccurate.” She began her work on the device while living in Australia, funding her development through a grant from the Australian government and winning several competitions, including a “Shark Tank” competition at the Nurses in Business Association’s national conference and a start-up pitch competition from Women in Bio SoCal. Travers said medical devices are one of the hardest things to fundraise for as it costs millions to bring one to market. “I picked the most difficult, ridiculously complex products to start with,” she said. “But it made me angry enough to do something. It’s a niche area but I know how important it is.” She is looking for more feedback from people in the medical industry on this issue and her product, she said. To give Travers feedback or to find out more, visit her website at

strengthening cybersecurity, water resources and disaster preparedness. (Its) authority over healthcare will put me in a position to address the needs and costs of care for San Diegans and support our world class research institutions, which are at the center of developing revolutionary treatments and therapies. (Also, its) oversight of commerce, manufacturing and trade will provide an opportunity to advocate for San Diego’s diverse and growing manufacturing sector including biotech, cleantech, defense and security systems, electronics, telecommunications and more.” Peters said district has companies making progress in all these areas. For example, he said Conatus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Rancho Bernado is developing clinical trials to commercialize treatments for liver disease. “The driving force behind my work in Congress has always been standing up for what’s right and doing what’s best for San Diego, and that will not change in the coming year,” he said. “As always, I will fight for priorities important to San Diego ... including fixing a broken Washington, D.C. and working across the aisle to create a government that works for the people and towards a more prosperous future for all Americans.”



How your hearing works: Sound enters your ear canal through the air.

Hearing Problem #1 The ear canal’s job is to funnel sound to your ear drum. Sometimes the canal becomes plugged with wax , which mimics a hearing loss because it blocks sound from reaching your eardrum. Use of a cotton swab will pack wax even more. We will check for impacted wax with a video ear camera to see if this is a problem.

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The eardrum is connected to the first of three tiny bones. These bones are hinged and each causes the one next to it to move.

Hearing Problem #2 The three tiny bones of your inner ear conduct sound between your ear drum and your cochlea. Otosclerosis is the calcification of these bones, resulting in conductive hearing loss. About 10% of people have this type of loss.

This movement vibrates against the oval window in your cochlea, sending sound waves through this snail shaped organ.

Hearing Problem #3 The Cochlea is a snail-shaped organ containing thousands of living hair cells called stereocilia. A condition known as Sensorineural hearing loss (nerve type hearing loss) occurs when any of the hair cells become damaged.

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Send the details (who, what, where, when, cost and contact information) in an email to The deadline is noon Friday. Items run on a space available basis. Questions? Call 858-218-7207.

Thursday, Jan. 12

■ DEMS TO MEET — Dr. Lawrence Sweet will review the impact of Donald Trump’s election on the Affordable Care Act during the 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Poway Democratic Club meeting. It will be in the Creekside Plaza Community Room,

■ MAKE GOLDEN YEARS SHINE — From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 14 get information and answers to common questions and concerns about your physical and mental health as you age, how to address care needs and get access to valuable planning tools and checklists to help keep “the gold” in your “golden years.” The free event, sponsored by, is for family members, caregivers and seniors. It will be held at AltaGolden, 16885 W. Bernardo Drive, Suite 212 in Rancho Bernardo. Space is limited. RSVP at 858-779-9254. ■ LIKE BIRDS? — Enjoy a brief talk followed by a hike to discover birds of the San Pasqual Valley from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive in Escondido. This program part of the Sikes Saturday Series. Cost: $5 per person (adults

and children). Space is limited. RSVP at ■ AVIATION HISTORY — Author Mark Carlson will present “Flights to Oblivion, Flights to Fame: The New York to Paris Race” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 in the Rancho Bernardo History Museum at Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo. He will describe the historic race to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air, which was accomplished by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 who was flying a plane built in San Diego. Admission is free. For details, go to ■ BE ARTISTIC — Children, ages 6 to 12, can learn how to draw by studying the contours of objects and then use watercolor to add color and dimension to their artwork from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive in Escondido. This program part of the Sikes Saturday Series. Cost: $5 per person (adults and children). Space is limited. RSVP at ■ LABYRINTH WALK — The All Faith Center will host a labyrinth walk from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 to “release the old, welcome the new.” Participants can bring a drum or use one provided, “let go of the old ideas” during a burning bowl ceremony and walk the labyrinth as part of the white stone ceremony “to hear what Spirit is calling us to do in 2017.” It will be held behind the house at 17762 St. Andrews Drive in Poway. RSVP at 858-487-8885 or Financial donations will be appreciated.

Sunday, Jan. 15

■ PLAY MAH JONGG? — Enjoy five

rounds of mah jongg, a continental breakfast, lunch, prizes and more at a mah jongg tournament at Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Road in Poway. It will be 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Cost: $40 for those who register by Jan. 6 and $45 for those who register from Jan. 7-15. No walk-ins accepted. To register, contact Debbie at 858-451-2228 or

Tuesday, Jan. 17

■ LEARN LEADERSHIP SKILLS — The North San Diego Business Chamber’s next Leadership Academy will focus on conflict resolution. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the chamber office, 10875 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 104 in Rancho Bernardo. Topics will include conflict resolution, reputation management, negotiation and effective communication. Space limited to 20 participants. Cost: $69 for chamber members. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register at or 858-487-1767. ■ RB AAUW — American Association of University Women member Toni Lopez will talk about the AAUW’s Tech Trek program at the 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 RB AAUW brown bag luncheon. Tech Trek lets girls spend a week experiencing their possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math. The luncheon will be held at the RB Swim & Tennis Club, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive. For details, go to ■ BUSINESS MIXER — The Rancho Bernardo Business Association will hold its 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 mixer at SEE CALENDAR, A18

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Oak Valley math teacher wins $25,000 award BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK An Oak Valley Middle School math teacher has won $25,000 in a national contest that seeks innovative lesson plans. Traci Jackson, who teaches eighth grade math on the 4S Ranch campus, won the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching from the National Museum of Mathematics. The competition “is designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in the upper elementary and middle school classrooms,” according to a press release. Jackson’s prize included a trip from Jan. 3 to 5 to New York so she could accept the $25,000 cash prize in person. She said there Traci are no conditions on use, so some of it Jackson immediately went toward membership dues in several mathematics organizations “so I can get all their journals again.” Before this she had to limit her memberships because “the dues get expensive,” she said. Jackson’s award-winning lesson plan was “Creating Color Combos: Visual Modeling of Proportional Relationships.” She said it uses commonly-found items, including food coloring and water, to teach students about equivalent ratios. It has various modifications so the same method can be used for sixth, seventh and eighth grade math concepts, including percentages. The lesson plan is being published by contest officials so teachers can use it in their classrooms. “It’s my fourth year doing that lesson,” Jackson said, adding her inspiration came while observing a color safety lab project in a science class. There, food coloring was used to show chemicals spilled on hands. Three years ago she joined the faculty at Oak Valley. “Traci is one of the finest math teachers at Oak Valley,” said Principal Casey Currigan. “She is constantly working to make sure students understand mathematics and how it’s relevant for them in their world.”

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POWAY’S NEW YEAR BABY The first Poway resident to be born at Palomar Medical Center Poway (formerly Pomerado Hospital) in 2017 is Fawzan Odunewu, pictured with his mother, Kafayat Odunewu. He was born at 4:48 p.m. on Jan. 3, weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces. The City of Poway will present a gift card to the family at an upcoming City Council meeting. The family could not be reached for further comment.

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Supervisor Dianne Jacob, whose district includes Poway, was sworn in Monday for a historic seventh term, breaking the record for longevity in county office. The District 2 representative has now held elective office longer than any person in San Diego County government history. “I am deeply grateful for the trust that East County voters have placed in me over the years,” said Jacob, who was first elected supervisor in 1992. “I will continue to do all I can to live up to that trust.” Jacob, who is poised to serve as this year’s chair of the board, announced she will deliver the 2017 State of the Supervisor County speech on Feb. 1 at the County Dianne Jacob Operations Center in Kearny Mesa. She plans to offer proposals to address several major challenges facing the county. The theme of the speech: “Seven in ’17: Seven ways to better serve the public and prepare for the future.” The former public school teacher and Jamul-Dulzura Union School District board member was re-elected supervisor in June, drawing 73 percent of the vote. Jacob, at her request, was sworn in today by Sheriff Bill Gore. She surpassed the years-in-office record held by David Bird, who served as supervisor from the 1940s to 1960s. Also sworn in were Supervisor Greg Cox and first-term Supervisor Kristin Gaspar. District 2 spans 2,000 square miles and includes Poway, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and Lemon Grove, along with the communities of Campo, Lakeside, Alpine, Jamul and others.


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Tuesday night's water rate hearing drew a full house, included four television news crews.

FROM WATER, A1 Sewer rates are not increasing this year. City officials cited several reasons for the water rate hikes, including an increase in the cost of untreated “raw” water piped in from the San Diego County Water Authority and the needs to fund maintenance and upgrades to the city’s aging water system and to increase the nearly exhausted water fund reserve account. “I don’t like it, but I don’t know what else we can do,” said Councilman Dave Grosch. Notices of Tuesday’s hearing were mailed in December to 14,137 municipal water users. Under state law, the rate hikes could have been stopped if 50 percent plus one of the users objected, either in writing or in person at the hearing. The meeting drew a roomful of spectators, 12 speakers in opposition, 78 protest letters and four television news crews. Speakers complained they had grown tired of annual water bill increases, especially since they have been significantly reducing their consumption through mandated conversation measures. They questioned why some ongoing operating costs were factored into the commodity rate instead of the fixed meter rate and suggested that maybe the city wasn’t doing all it could keep operational costs in line. Using phrases such as “We’re at the end of the pipe,” all five councilmen noted the city has no control over increases in water the San Diego County Water Authority charges for water delivered to the city’s treatment plant near Lake Poway. The county agency gets water from several sources, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (about 50 percent), the Imperial

FROM COLLINS, A1 interrogatories, request for production of documents and a request for admissions and depositions. Collins’s attorneys say he will assert his Fifth Amendment rights in the civil action in response to any discovery request or deposition questions where appropriate. “As such, staying the civil action until the conclusion of the criminal investigation is appropriate,” the application states. The application states that appropriate notice of this action was given to Maribel Medina, counsel for the district, via email on Dec. 9 and that Medina was served with the documents on Jan. 3. The documents state that the district is suing Collins for “declaratory relief, restitution, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of public trust, fraud, violation of California Government Code 12650, and

Valley and the new desalination plant in Carlsbad. Mark Weston, a Poway resident and immediate past president of the county agency board, told the council that SDCWA had invested extensively over the past two decades to upgrade water storage and delivery systems so the county can wean itself from “Metro” water. Part of the higher water costs being passed along to local water districts reflect the costs of financing those improvements. Rates are likely to climb consistently in coming years, he agreed. While expressing frustrations over the rate hike situation, the council discussed possible actions that could be taken next year to ease the financial strain of financing the delivery of water to residents who are buying less product due to conservation measures. Mayor Steve Vaus, for example, suggested maybe the estimated $500,000 annually paid by cellular phone companies to rent antenna space on water tanks and buildings could be deposited into the water fund reserve account instead of the general fund. Councilman Jim Cunningham ventured that it might be time to re-examine the city’s two-tiered rate structure in some manner that would not be legally challenged. Grosch wondered whether the city might be better off financially by bypassing the treatment plant and purchasing treated water from SDCWA, although Weston noted there are no nearby treated water pipelines. Councilman John Mullin said the most straightforward solution to the water fund issues would be to have customers buy more water. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know it’s going to get more expensive,” Mullin said. unjust enrichment.” Collins was fired on July 13 in a unanimous vote by the Board of Education members over an alleged $345,000 in overpayments and unauthorized payments, which were apparently uncovered during an audit of Collins’ contract conducted by VLS Forensic Services of Glendora. The civil lawsuit was filed by the district on July 15 and a trial date has not been set, according to the documents. Collins has denied these allegations and filed his own claim against the school district in September, claiming the Board of Education violated state law by not offering him a requested classroom teaching assignment upon his termination from the position of superintendent. Collins’ wife, Lisa Johnston-Collins, a teacher in the school district, also filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the school district in August.


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anuary is when gardeners and many non-gardeners take a hike to the nursery to see the season’s newest product arrivals. It’s also a great time to make new plant, people and plant people friends. It’s a universally known truth that gardeners make the best friends. We’re always happy to talk about our experiences. There’s not a rotten apple in the whole bunch of us. (Sorry) At the nursery, my first stop is the roses. We go way back … friends for life. Roses come in a wide variety of fragrances, colors and disease resistance. Some people put disease resistance on the top of their preference list. True, it can be difficult to fight powdery mildew, black spot fungus, rust, aphids and spider mites. However, a disease-resistant rose bush is not a disease-free rose bush.It is merely more resistant to disease. I usually select a rose color that I don’t already have. Fragrance is secondary and then comes disease resistance. Alive is my last requirement. Bottom line, pick what appeals to you. Whatever you choose, chances are that it will grow just fine and you will love it. Then, when I’m near my credit card limit, I head over to my buds, the bare root trees. Even though we have absolutely no room for

even one more fruit tree, either dwarf, ultra-dwarf or stump, I wonder just how badly we really need that swimming pool, or gazebo or waterfall. The harsh truth is that we don’t really have a waterfall. When picking out a bareroot tree, try not to be too fearful of its near-death appearance. Yes, they have no leaves, have weak limbs and look totally hopeless. Bare root actually means bare everything. When planting a fruit tree, remember these key factors: location (maximum sun, space and good air flow), pollination (some trees will need a partner for those lonely nights), good soil drainage, soil analysis (recommended, but I know nobody out there will likely analyze any dirt), soil amendments (e.g., calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen or a strong cup of coffee,) Perhaps a Pilsner, too. The Pilsner is for me, not the tree. Sorry for any confusion. Pay attention to chill hours. You will have better success with fruit trees that meet the recommended chill time. For instance, most cherry trees do better in cooler climates such as Ramona, Julian and British Columbia, Canada. If you like the Minnie Royal and Royal Lee trees, they are very low chill. I went with the ultra-dwarf Bing. It’s now 6 inches tall and blooming nicely. However, if we get

Roses come in a wide variety of fragrances, colors and disease resistance. no fruit, we will be moving north. Soil analysis is really not difficult. Simply stick a moisture/light/pH meter into the ground. If it says your dirt is lifeless, then back up the manure truck. Actually, it’s not quite that simple. Backing up any vehicle can be tricky. Please note that some trees are finicky. A few examples are almonds (they needs tons of water – could drain Lake Poway overnight), persimmons (they’re not water-loving trees) and mulberries. My Fuyu persimmon barely survived the truck ride home. I told the nursery expert that it looked deceased, but he assured me that it wasn’t quite dead yet. I should have gone with my gut, and eyes. My other friends are the knowledgeable nursery folks. Best advice: talk to a nursery person who

has PhDs in botany, horticulture and plant whispering. Each tree and plant is different. Ask lots of questions. No question is stupid. But the truth is, people ask some real knee-slappers. Ask anyway. A hearty laugh is good for the soul. I always ask tons of questions and before I know it, a security guard has joined the conversation. That’s usually when things go south real fast. Whatever tree or plant you like, go with it. Be brave. You can do this. What’s the worst that can happen? So the poor plant croaks and you feel totally embarrassed and don’t have the courage to face your friends. It’s OK. You have new friends waiting for you at the nursery. Schmidt is a Poway resident with over 40 years of gardening experience.






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e find it absurd that time and tax dollars are being wasted over what could be called The Great Water Bill Battle between the City of Poway and Palomar Health. After six months of fruitless talks, the city is now suing the public health district, owners of Pomerado Medical Center Poway (formerly known as Pomerado Hospital) for up to $800,000 the district was mistakenly undercharged for city water between 2008 and 2015. During that period, the city billed the hospital for only 10 percent of the water used. That’s because the city installed a new consolidated meter at the hospital in 2008, one with a face having six digits. The old meter had five digits. The city acknowledges making a mistake when adjusting the hospital’s account, failing to add the important sixth digit. Before the new consolidated meter was installed the hospital’s annual water bills averaged $150,000 to $200,000. That dropped to between $15,000 and $20,000 with the new “five-digit” meter. The city did not discover the error until mid-2015, a stunning seven years after the new meter was installed. But at the same time, no one in authority at the hospital questioned the fact that water bills had dropped by 90 percent. Gee, maybe they thought some new super-successful water conservation program was in effect. The situation was brought to Palomar Health’s attention last summer. Settlement negotiations went on for six months without a repayment agreement being reached. Early on in the negotiations, the district offered $150,000 to resolve the matter but the city turned it down. So now the city is taking the public hospital district to court. Color us naive, but why should the city be stuck with absorbing the cost for all - or at least a good portion - of the water used by Poway’s hospital? And, shouldn’t the hospital be held accountable for not notifying the city about the ridiculously low water bills? Maybe there’s still time to work out an agreement prior to a June 2 court date. Let’s hope so.

LOCAL LEADERS State Assemblymember: Brian Maienschein, 77th District; State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814. Phone: 916-319-2077. District office: 12396 World Trade Drive, Suite 118, San Diego, CA 92128. Phone: 858-675-0077. Email: State Senator (Poway): Joel Anderson, 36th District. State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. Phone: 916-651-4036. District office: 5000 Fesler St., Suite 200, El Cajon, CA 92020. Phone: 619-596-3136. Email:

OUR READERS WRITE Walk a mile Regarding Harvey Levine’s guest column (Jan. 5): I just want to say how strongly I agree with his position. Don’t some of our Native American nations have a very similar saying? “Walk a mile in my shoes.” It sure seems simple and easy. Alas, not so simple, not so easy. But I do believe that is what should be taught in our schools, our religious institutions and in all other places of learning. Therefore, our educators need to be educating themselves about this concept. Understanding is the key to accepting people’s differences. Once we learn and appreciate that “different” does not mean “wrong,” we may be well on our way to eliminating a lot of the hatred and violence that seems to permeate our 21st century lives. Louise Winheld Rancho Bernardo

Same standards? Dick Lyles’ Jan. 5 column, “Unstuck from stupidity,” would be funny if it wasn’t so full of irony. On the day his essay appears, which claims that we will become safer and more secure under Donald Trump, the CIA briefs Congress on Russian President Putin’s interference with our election. Trump, once again, belittles the intelligence agencies that have conclusively demonstrated this attack on our democracy, as well as the politicians (including many Republicans) who take this attack as seriously as they should. Yet Trump encouraged Russian hacking and has expressed admiration for Putin, who poses a threat to our allies. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had benefitted

from Russian interference, had expressed admiration for a foreign dictator, had claimed to have more knowledge of foreign affairs than our intelligence professionals and military leaders, and had tweeted her contempt for their efforts at keeping our country safe. Lyles would write she was unfit for office and call for Congressional hearings and for her to resign the presidency. Yet from Lyles we hear only praise for Trump and nothing about these disturbing issues. Going forward, it will be interesting to see whether Lyles will be objective and hold the new administration to the same standards as the previous one. Already he has seen fit to ignore Trump’s denigration of women, though he previously erroneously accused Obama of a “war on women.” We will see if Lyles is worthy of the moral high ground he claims to hold, or if he is simply an apologist for conservatives, no matter how they might behave. Kevin Hovel Poway

Stupid is as stupid does According to Dick Lyles’ Jan. 5 column, the results of the 2016 election indicate that we are now, “unstuck from stupidity.” He goes on to say that we are now on a path to a safer, law-abiding society. Let’s look at what Mr. Trump has shown us thus far. People were made aware of Trump’s business failures as well as his continued use of foreign labor and deceptive and discriminatory business practices, yet they voted for him anyway. People heard his crude language and rude treatment of women, minorities and the disabled, and SEE LETTERS, A17

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Life after the NFL


ere is the problem many Americans are having with all these National Football League players who have chosen to protest during the playing of the national anthem: We cannot hear what they are saying because what they are doing is too loud. No doubt the players are sincere in what they believe and are convinced they are doing the right thing in bringing attention to what they consider excessive use-of-force by the police against minorities. They assure us they harbor no grudge against veterans or the military. Their beef, they say, is with the cops. Unfortunately, they have erred in believing they can summarily dictate what does or does not offend someone

else. Umbrage taken is in the heart of the recipient, not the messenger. It is like the proverbial fisherman who casts his net over the side hoping for a record catch of tuna, but instead discovers to his dismay, drowned dolphins among the money fish. Many Americans do take umbrage with what the players are doing, regardless of what they say. For us, the flag is not simply a piece of cloth, no more than the Constitution is simply a piece of paper. I once described America as a large and quarrelsome family. If nothing else, this year’s presidential election should stand as proof positive of that. But even Herculean familial discords still have right and left lateral limits. Case in point. Many years ago, during one particularly enjoyable tour of duty in


New protection for homebuyers


o industry is more vital to the finances of vast numbers of Californians than real estate. With homes and buildings the largest assets of millions of families in this state, it’s vital the agents and brokers who buy and sell property do so with integrity. That means telling buyers all known flaws in any home or building they’re considering. It means giving them honest information about square footage of buildings and land. It means refusing to drive client buyers into panicked situations where they become so desperate they bid far above appraised values and asking prices. That’s common practice for most brokers, but sometimes has gone by the wayside in deals where the same agent or brokerage company represents both buyer and seller. Such breaches of what should be common sense ethics have now drawn the ire of the state Supreme Court in a decision based on California’s state constitution, not the federal one that’s usually interpreted by the U.S. Supreme

Court in ways that favor businesses over consumers. So any appeal from it by large brokerages would likely prove fruitless. The decision in a case known as Horiike v. Coldwell Banker, handed down late last fall and overshadowed in news coverage by post-election turmoil and President-elect Donald Trump’s transition process, may be the most important from the state high court in decades. That ruling stemmed from millions of dollars’ worth of omissions held back from a Hong Kong businessman who in 2007 purchased a beachfront Malibu mansion with sweeping ocean views for $12.25 million. Two years later, he learned the four-bedroom, 5.5-bath house he thought contained 15,000 square feet actually held less than 10,000 – more than one-third under what he’d been told. Hiroshi Horiike spoke only Chinese and Japanese and felt fortunate when he found an agent who could communicate with him in Japanese. He didn’t know it was important that the seller was also represented by

another agent of the same brokerage. The agent for the seller, court papers said, used public records to learn that the house actually had a living area of 9,434 square feet, plus a guesthouse, a garage and a basement that brought the total area to “approximately 15,000 square feet of living space,” as one listing for the property put it. At a showing, the agent gave Horiike a flyer advising in small print that “Broker/Agent does not guarantee the accuracy of the square footage.” When he got a building permit for some remodeling two years later, Horiiki noticed a lower square footage number and sued the brokerage, which had a legal duty to pursue the best interests of the buyer as well as the seller, because both agents worked for the same company. It took more than seven years for the case to be decided in Horiike’s favor by the state’s highest court, which set a precedent for all other cases where agents from the same brokerage represent both buyer and seller. The ruling means Horiike,

the deep South, I bought a Confederate flag decal for the back of my pickup truck. I simply considered it an aesthetically pleasing combination of colors, lines and stars; a universally recognized symbol of southern pride. Colorful and pretty. But before I could apply it, a black friend shared with me his own perspective on the “Stars and Bars.” The decal promptly ended up in the trash instead of on the truck. Easy decision. Family members do not deliberately provoke one another. I think the NFL has its priorities catawampus. Quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was benched one game for failing to wear a tie. A Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was fined $15,000 for “twerking” in the end zone. Grievous crimes, to be sure. But players who have chosen to sit, kneel or give power during the national anthem are not only permitted to do so, they are celebrated by many as bold and heroic. By all means, continue to protest, debate, tweet, publish, post and march in the streets in solidarity against police brutality. It is our foremost right. I myself once experienced ridicule and abuse marching down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. with thousands of fellow demonstrators. It was a small price to pay. Our Founding Fathers demand we speak out against injustice. To not do so is whose damage claim against both the seller’s agent and the brokerage, can return to trial court, where his case was rejected years ago. Now he’ll be able to seek millions of dollars in both actual and punitive damages because the house he bought was not even two-thirds as large as advertised. Others who feel similarly wronged or deceived will also be able to sue. But the decision still leaves agents and brokerage firms able to legally represent both buyer and seller in any given transaction. They merely have to disclose all the information they possess to the buyer, amazingly not previously of their obligations. This obvious-seeming duty may create new paperwork for agents, who will probably have to give more details than before to prospective buyers. But it also offers large new protections to home buyers across California, who often use proceeds from selling one house to buy another. It will assure more honesty not just when billionaires buy mansions in Malibu or Marin County, but also for buyers of far smaller homes in Fontana, Redwood City, Madera, Auburn and every other California locale. It’s a bit of relief in an era when almost every appeals court and regulatory agency favors business interests over the customers they’re supposed to serve. Elias, a syndicated columnist, can be reached at

un-American. But why deliberately provoke millions who honor the flag with this incendiary, “in-your-face,” wrong-headed behavior? It serves only to infuriate. This was never the “freedom of speech” the Founding Fathers envisioned. Perhaps saddest of all is the collateral damage. I think my wife, Karen, captured it best when she remarked how the protests had succeeded only in sucking the joy out of the game. For 35 years, we loved watching football together. But after this season’s opener, when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during our national anthem, we changed the channel, said goodbye and quit football. There is good news. Turns out there is life after the NFL. During this season, I read four books, started learning two additional foreign languages and began a new physical fitness regimen. For not having watched even one single game, 2016 was a very good season. I wish the NFL and its many millions of fans nothing but the best for 2017. As for me and mine, we will be renewing our Padres seasons tickets this upcoming spring. Baseball is, after all, the all-American pastime. Cronin is a Poway resident and is the safety officer at MCAS Miramar.

FROM LETTERS, A16 understood that he had openly described his own numerous marital infidelities with no remorse. Trump has publicly denied the existence of climate change, evidence of Russian hacking, claims to “know more than the generals” or to have information that others do not have. Trump’s own books detail his manipulation, lies and bullying of people and yet his voters think he is the one to better their lives. As president-elect, Trump has “drained the swamp” right into his cabinet to run departments for which they have no background or which are ideologically contrary to their personal beliefs. Lyles predicts a safer society, but if Trump is not taking intelligence daily briefings because he’s “like a smart person,” how does that make us safer? To ignore these worrisome truths about Trump is not an indication of being “unstuck from stupidity.” As Mama Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Gina Zanolini Poway

Advice from Franklin I am responding to Dick Lyles' recent column, "Unstuck from Stupidity" in which he applauds the recent election of Donald Trump and foresees many positive changes in our government. It appears that Mr. Lyles thinks anyone who feels differently from him is “stupid.” In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin talked about the best way to inform and perhaps persuade others regarding political issues. Over time he developed “... the habit of expressing myself in terms of modest diffidence ... This habit I believe has been of great advantage to me, when I have had occasion to persuade men into measures that I have been ...engaged in promoting." He then added, "I wish well-meaning sensible men would not lessen their power of doing good by a positive assuming manner that seldom fails to disgust (and) tends to create opposition." It appears that Benjamin Franklin did not refer to those who disagreed with him as “stupid.” Keira Dillon Poway


NEWS BRIEFS EDCO service on Jan. 16 There will be no delay in waste and recycling collection services on Monday, Jan. 16 for EDCO customers. EDCO customer service offices, including its recycling centers and public disposal sites, will also remain open.

Jan. 19 is last chance to join RB Planning Board The Rancho Bernardo Planning Board is seeking candidates for its upcoming election, set for noon to 6:30 p.m. March 16. To be eligible, candidates must be at least 18 years old and have documented attendance at one entire board meeting within the last 12 months. Property owners (do not need to live in RB, just own property), renters and RB business persons can all seek board seats.

The last opportunity to fulfill the meeting attendance requirement will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 — not Feb. 16 as the board previously announced — at the RB Swim & Tennis Club, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive. Applications are due by the conclusion of the Feb. 16 meeting. For the candidate application, go to For questions, contact Sherry Guthrie at or Sonny Googins at

Child seat safety The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, which includes 4S Ranch, has a certified child safety seat technician on staff to conduct child safety seat checks. To schedule, call 858-756-5971. California law recently changed. Children must now be in a rear-facing infant or convertible car seat until age 2 unless over 40

Life Tributes Michael David Fender

March 6, 1966 - December 27, 2016 Poway — Michael David Fender, 50, son of David w. Fender and Joanne Sapp Fender, passed away on December 27, 2016, at his parents’ home in Poway after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Michael was born in San Diego and grew up attending school in Poway. He graduated from abraxas High School. as an adult, Michael pursued a life-long love of mining for precious gems and minerals in the San Diego back country. He enjoyed motorcycle and dune buggy rides in the foothills and desert, as well as skiing in the winter. His love of the outdoors extended to a passion for animals, particularly cats, both large and small. In his later years, Michael moved to Durango, Co, where he was employed by Home Depot. Michael is survived by his mother, Joanne Fender;

and leaves behind five brothers, four sisters; as well as his long-time sweetheart, Radosveta Slavova of Sophia, Bulgaria. a memorial gathering is planned for February 5, 2016, at his parents’ home in Poway. Please sign the guest book online at obituaries/pomeradonews.

The Poway High School Alumni Association is still looking for nominations for the 2017 Titan Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 15. Nominees need to have graduated with a diploma from Poway High School at least ten years ago and have attended the school for at least two years and have excelled in one of the following areas: academics, business, arts, community service, public service, science or athletics. To nominate an alumni, visit

Harry Horst Seyfert

august 1, 1929 - January 5, 2017 Poway — Harry Horst Seyfert passed away at his home in San Diego, Ca, on January 5, 2017. He was born august 1, 1929 in Posen, Poland, he was 87 years old. Harry was a pastry chef and baker for most of his adult life. He was owner of Tierra Santa Bakery from 1978 until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Retail Clerk’s Union, working for Safeway bakery for 15 years. Harry served as past board member of Los Rios owners association. He was a soccer fan and

enjoyed both playing and watching the game. Harry is survived by his loving wife of 57 happy years, Christel. He was a one of a kind man and will be missed. Memorial services are pending. Poway-Bernardo Mortuary is handling arrangements. Please sign the guest book online at obituaries/pomeradonews.

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■ GOP WOMEN — Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated is inviting all Republican women to its 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 luncheon meeting at its new meeting location, the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, 12280 Greens East Road. Since the meeting coincides with the presidential election the group will do something special to celebrate. The speaker will be Susan Shelley, a L.A. Daily News columnist. Cost: $23 for members, $25 for non-members. RSVP required with Rosalind Duddy at 858 485-1770 or ■ PLAY BINGO — The San Rafael Parish Women’s Fellowship is hosting bingo at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 in the Parish Center, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10. No reservation necessary. Open to all women and men. Call 858-674-1242 for details.

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Poway’s railway to nowhere


here were great plans for the small, remote town of Poway in the

1880s. In 1887, Chapin and Baird filed a map for the Piermont Subdivision for the area around where Old Poway Park is now located. We don’t know for sure whether Chapin and Baird was a company name or the name of two individuals. Their individual names don’t appear anywhere in the existing records and the 1890 national census records were evidently destroyed by fire in 1921. It is presumed that they were English, given the very English names they gave to the streets, avenues and courts. The map included hundreds of commercial and residential lots along a grid of streets (running east to west) and avenues (north to south). Among the surviving

street names are Adrian and Edgemore. The main thoroughfare was Midland Avenue. (The name was never officially changed to Midland Road, the usage just sort of evolved in the 1950s and 1960s.) Other original avenues include Sycamore and Brighton. A block was designated for a blacksmith’s shop and space was set aside for a public park and a nursery. A hotel had been constructed nearby. Most important in the planning, though, was an area off Irving Avenue (west of York) marked as “Reserved.” That was to be the railroad station and yards. Hopes and enthusiasm reigned, starting in the 1880s and lasting until about 1897, for a train to come through Poway. It would put the town on the map and be a boon for

farmers with crops to ship and for many other activities. In June of 1894, the weekly paper Poway Progress reported, “Some more talk of a railroad to Yuma, taking in Poway Valley in its course, a Southern Pacific project. We have had the talk a long time, and the surveys, too, now let us have the actual road.” Things were looking a lot less rosy by February of 1896, when the paper noted that construction of the Eastern and Valley Railroad, to run through Poway to Ramona, scheduled to start in March of that year, was having problems with a needed subsidy “by reason of the absence of large land owners.” The funding never did materialize and the plans for the railroad were put to rest. Absent a railroad, Poway

Col. John Porter on the "Robert E. Lee," which became part of the Poway Village & Rattlesnack Creek Railroad. Photo is from a 1966 issue of the News Chieftain. lost population and settled in for decades as a sleepy farming community. Col. John Porter and his wife, Helen, bought land on Midland in Poway in the 1940s, moving here after the end of World War II in 1945. An enthusiast of vintage vehicles, he accumulated a collection that included a 1918 fire engine, horse-drawn carriages and autos such as a 1934 Duesenberg, a 1930 Cadillac limousine and a 1933 Alpha Romeo. His passion extended to trains as well. In 1966, he acquired a Baldwin narrow-gauge locomotive engine, tender and car, intended as the star

attraction of a western-themed commercial development. He built a half mile of track and dubbed it the “Poway Village and Rattlesnake Creek Railroad.” It was just a few blocks from where the railroad originally planned. At the time, he estimated the cost of the train, (which had been rehabilitated in 1962), track, special buildings and equipment would approach $40,000 to 50,000. He added a passenger car and some mining cars in the narrow-gauge format. Porter’s “village” included a block of false-fronted “Old West” buildings, among

them was a bank, where the Poway Posse sometimes staged mock gun battles. There was a log cabin, livery stable and a variety of businesses that over the years included a barbershop, gun shop, real estate office, service station and a restaurant. Helen Porter had an antique shop, which would later burned down. Col. Porter died in 1979, his dream never fully realized. In 1987, his widow sold the property to the City of Poway, which turned it into Old Poway Park. Under city ownership, the tracks were repaired and upgraded and a train barn constructed. Operated by the Poway Midland Railroad Volunteers, the railroad soon became one of the park’s most popular attractions. The Baldwin engine, which brought the long-delayed railroad to Poway, is currently out of service, awaiting repairs that will cost close to 10 times the price of Porter’s entire original setup. Meanwhile, park visitors traverse the track on a “speeder” car and a vintage San Francisco cable car. Shepardson is vice president of the Poway Historical and Memorial Society.

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Titans top Broncos in early showdown BY MICHAEL BOWER The Poway High wrestling team flexed its muscles on Jan. 4 in an early Palomar League showdown, beating host Rancho Bernardo 45-15 in a battle between the top two programs in the county. The Titans, ranked No. 3 in the state, won 10 matches, including three by fall, to pick up a victory over the Broncos, who are ranked No. 8 in the state. Senior Scott Kiyono had the big win of the night, beating nationally-ranked sophomore Jaden Abas 5-1 at 132 pounds. Kiyono entered the match ranked No. 5 in the state at 126 pounds and Abas was ranked No. 1 in the state at 132 pounds. Poway’s Quentin Hovis, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 152 pounds, won by major decision. Jacob Allen (106 pounds) and Chase Zollman (126), both ranked No. 2 in the state in their respective weight classes, collected pins. Rancho Bernardo’s Chasen Blair, ranked No. 2 in the state at 182 pounds, pinned Poway’s Max Woods in the 190-pound match. Jaden Lee (122), Tyler Badgett (138) and Ryan Olivas (222) also picked up wins for the Broncos. Andrew Thomton has been dominating in the paint for the Rancho Bernardo High boys basketball team.


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Poway High-Westview game to highlight local league openers BY TERRY MONAHAN Having survived, for now, the loss of its All-Palomar League first-team point guard, Poway is closing in on another league opener. It will come against a very familiar foe. The Titans, who have won their last two games entering this week, host Westview on Jan. 18. Poway (11-4) and Westview (9-4) have been playing twice-a-year in league play for the last dozen years so there should not be any secrets on display that night. Plus, Westview coach Bob McHeffey was an assistant for Poway coach Jay Trousdale for a number of years. “Whenever we play Westview, the coaches know each other so well and the players have seen each other a number of times,’’ Trousdale said. “Bob and I kind of cancel each other out. It will be up to the girls that night.’’ Trousdale pointed to the three-headed point guard system of Dana Stewart, Sophia Real and Emma Powers as being the reason for the fast start, especially after Shanel Jamison transferred out of Poway. “They’re doing a great job there,’’ said Trousdale, who is No. 1 in the San Diego Section for career wins. “Ashley Pyle has become our do-everything type player. Pyle has been super consistent at both ends of the floor and was named all-tournament in the SoCal (Holiday Prep Classic).’’

Trousdale also praised the play of senior forward Kinley Williams. “She’s been our defensive stopper,’’ Trousdale said. “If you’re a good offensive player, you’re not going to like having Kinley guarding you.’’ The one thing Trousdale would like to see is his team improve at the offensive end. “I want us to improve our motion offense,’’ Trousdale said. “We need to get a little better at that, so maybe we need to add a few new wrinkles because we do need to score more points.’’ Rancho Bernardo, now 12-3, opens league play against Del Norte, which brings a 6-8 record into the game at Del Norte. The Broncos have won two straight games after suffering two losses during the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic. With two losses in the last three games, Del Norte is still trying to find a winning groove. “There’s no clear-cut favorite in the league this year,’’ Trousdale said. “Health will be a big issue. Stay healthy and you that might put you over the edge. All I can say is we’ll battle for the next six weeks or so. That’s all I can ask of my girls.’’ Maranatha Christian has won two consecutive games, improving its record to 7-4. The Eagles open Pacific League play Jan. 17 at Orange Glen, a team they beat 69-17 in the Eagles Classic Tournament. Monahan is a freelance writer.

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Nighthawks off to fast start, set for Palomar League opener against RBHS BY TERRY MONAHAN Heading into its first girls water polo season in the Palomar League, Del Norte High coach Andy Avila’s team keeps surprising him. Just two years removed from a 5-8 season, the Nighthawks have bettered the start of the last two years when they went 17-12 in 2014-15 and 15-9 in 2015-16. While Avila thought his team was ready for a good season, he never envisioned such a spectacular start. With an 18-8 win on Jan. 4 over Clairemont, the team that eliminated the Nighthawks in last year’s Division II quarterfinals, Del Norte has raced to an 8-1 overall record. “So far, I can’t say anything surprises me about our start,’’ said Avila, whose team will open the Palomar League by hosting Rancho Bernardo on Friday at 12:30 p.m. “The girls really want to be better than they’ve ever been. This is the first year some of the players discuss practices with me, about what we’re doing and why we’re doing certain things.’’

The Del Norte High girls water polo team after one of its victories earlier this season. According to Avila, the biggest change is his team has fully bonded over the offseason. A wave of maturity has struck the Nighthawks beyond what he imagined. Also, the Nighthawks, for the first time, are doing things outside of the pool during their fifth-period class together. They weight train, run the stadium track and

play catch with medicine balls. “They’ve been exposed to things that will make them stronger in the pool to play on an even level with some of the elite teams around,’’ Avila said. “And they did it willingly. It came at a good time with the Palomar League on the horizon, but we’re here to compete.


“Our goal, pure and simple, is to follow the example of the girls volleyball team in the fall and win the Palomar League.’’ Among the returning starters, Avila singled out the progress made by juniors Dagmara Czajka and Sophia Zamoyski as the new team leaders. Both Czajka and Zamoyski are being recruited

by a handful of Division I colleges, including UCLA and Stanford. That, Avila is hoping, becomes a trend for future Nighthawks. “We’re hoping this becomes infectious and the other girls, even the freshmen, look at this as a reachable opportunity,’’ Avila said. “They all want to go play water polo at a good college.’’ In its short history, Del Norte has already claimed one league title from the Valley League and one from the Avocado East before moving into the Palomar League. The Nighthawks are still looking for their initial San Diego Section championship. That search begins with league play and the opener against the Broncos. “They won’t let us off the hook for any reason,’’ Avila said. “I don’t think we’ve ever played RB at the varsity level before. No one expects us to win league and CIF titles like our volleyball team did, but it sure would be nice to try.’’ Not even that would surprise Avila. Monahan is a freelance writer.


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BHCC CROWNS ITS WINNERS AFTER YEAR-LONG TOURNEY A year-long golf competition at Bernardo Heights Country Club ended in December with Rancho Bernardo residents Ken and Carol Packer and Ron and Sharon Oliver being crowned. Ken and Carol were the winning couple for most points during the year in the monthly tournaments. The tandem amassed 57 points. Carol and Ron, pictured above, were the winning couple of the final tournament, as the two outlasted Rick and Joyce Berzle, Glen and Charlene Richardson and Peter and Susan Van Cott in a playoff after shooting a net score of 61 through 18 holes. Couples who won at least 10 points over the year were eligible to compete in the year-end tournament.

FROM THOMTON, B1 after practices up there. In the handshake line I started hearing it again. Only fair because if we had won I would be the one giving it to them.’’ This year, after a 21-9 season in 2015-16, the Broncos are off to another fast start as Palomar League play is on the near horizon. A loss to Mission Hills snapped a seven-game winning streak behind the play of JJ Overton, named the MVP of the Holiday Hoops Classic for the champion Broncos, and Thomton, playing in the rough-and-tumble world of center. Rancho Bernardo is ready for league play after a 10-3 start.

Registration for the 2017 Poway Youth Lacrosse season is now open for first-eighth grade boys with regular-season practices beginning in February. For more information or to register, visit RB Rec Soccer spring season registration is open through March 1. For more information, visit Poway Youth Basketball League online registration is open for kids from 3rd to 12th grade and Challenged Athletes. Visit to sign up. Girls full-court, 3-on-3 basketball has begun on Wednesday evenings at Twin Peaks Gym. Players ages 9-15 welcome. For more information, visit Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club will host “Neighborhood Thursdays” on Thursdays between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Food, fun and friends, including food truck, music and lawn games will be offered. For more information, call 858-487-9224. U.S. Baseball Academy is announcing the opening of Spring Training 2017 in Spring Valley. The program will be directed by Frank Coit, head coach of Mt. Miguel High School, with the help from a staff of the top coaches around San Diego. Proceeds from the program benefit amateur baseball in Spring Valley. The session at Mt. Miguel High will be held from January 15 - February 22. Player-coach ratio will be 7 to 1. Registration is and more information is available at or by calling 866-622-4487. The Rancho Bernardo Inn Men’s Golf Club is looking to add new members who enjoy the game of golf. The club holds approximately 46 tournaments a year on the beautiful championship golf course at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Members play for special, reduced green fees and are eligible to win prizes for tournament play. In addition, members enjoy special, discounted food and beverage prices at the Inn after each tournament. For more information, visit or contact Jerry Canning at 858-679-1450 or San Diego County Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the United States Tennis Association to offer adult tennis instruction at 4S Ranch Sports Park. Free tennis lessons from a certified instructor are available on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 858-673-3900. The Oaks North Senior Men’s Golf

“We play a lot of teams with good centers and Andrew has slap marks and bruises after each game from playing in the paint,’’ Rancho Bernardo coach Marc Basehore said. “He’s just kind of gotten used to everything going on in there.’’ Not without a lot of work, though. Thomton used to be the tallest guy in class. He was also the skinniest too. In his only season at Camarillo, Thomton dreaded practicing against the JV. “They had some really big guys - 6-foot, 6-inch, 250 pounds - and I got pushed around a lot,’’ Thomton said. “I had enough. I went to the weight room to get bigger. Before, I used to just go to 24 Hour Fitness and play pickup basketball games.’’

The Poway Polo team is gearing up for a strong showing in the United States Polo Association’s 2017 Interscholastic Tournament. The Poway Polo Club will be hosting the Western Regional Preliminary Tournament from March 3 - 5. Andrew Scott, the lone returner from last year’s team, will captain the varsity and play with Niki Mobtaker, Maddie Graydon and Ian Schnobelen. The junior varsity includes Gwenyth Bennett, Mikayla Chapman, Shayna Chapman, Michael Proulx and Taylor Nasland. Both teams are coached by Parker Scott. For those interested in watching, the team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Poway Valley Rider’s Association, 14366 Tierra Bonita Road. Club invites men, 55 years and older, to join the club, which plays every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Oaks North Golf Course located off Pomerado Road in Rancho Bernardo. Annual dues are $30. For more information, call Roger Mark at 858-487-4070. If you are interested in playing 9 holes of golf with a fun group of ladies, join the Oaks North Ladies 9-Hole Tuesday Golf Group. They start each Tuesday at 10 a.m. All player levels are welcome. Annual dues are $15. Call or just show up ready to play on Tuesday. For more information, contact Angela Schmidt at 858-217-6006. The Bernardoettes invite you to join them for a fun game of golf. This friendly group of women golfers plays 18 holes of golf every Wednesday morning at the Oaks North Golf Course, an executive course located in Rancho Bernardo. For more details about the Bernardoettes and a free round of golf, please contact Lloyd Porter, Oaks North head professional, at 858-487-3021. Sports Scoops run on a space available basis. Please submit scoops to sports editor Michael Bower via email at

Now Thomton can dead lift 355 pounds, his squat is up to 420 pounds and he is ready for whatever happens in the paint. “I started playing basketball in elementary school just to have fun,’’ said Thomton, who has not picked a college to continue playing. “It didn’t become serious until they took away handing out participation trophies every year. “I’ve learned over the years to just focus out there. I can’t worry about fouls or expect the refs to call fouls. My favorite part of playing inside is trying to see who is the strongest guy in the paint.’’ The Broncos’ guy inside is winning a lot of those battles. Monahan is a freelance writer.


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EAT YOUR VEGETABLES A financial planner telling a client to save more money for retirement is like a parent telling a child to eat more vegetables. I get to serve in both roles frequently, and the looks I get in both circumstances are almost identical. It is the look that says, “Yes, I know what you are telling me is probably good for me, but I don’t really want to, maybe tomorrow.” For me personally, there are certain vegetables that I would pay money to not eat. As I write this I’m thinking that maybe the next time I see caulif lower on my dinner plate, I will offer to fund a retirement account for my wife. Of course, the risk is my smart wife will serve me even more of my least favorite vegetables (brussel sprouts, radishes, etc) untiI her retirement accounts are fully funded. The added kicker is that it will cost me even more because she hit the age of 50, which means she is eligible for catchup contributions.

If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution, consider setting up one of these automatic withdrawals from your checking account, even if it is only $50 a month. Just as no one is suggesting that you should only eat vegetables, no one is suggesting that you should save every possible dollar. By starting with a small dollar amount, you are less likely to see an impact on your finances, which ultimately means a greater chance of success.

I am happy to meet with you and review your current financial situation. It is never too early or too late to take charge and make a plan. If you are well on your way to funding the retirement you envision, a simple retirement review will validate that and point out ways to minimize potential risks. It can help answer the question if your retirement assets are invested in line with your objectives.

Given that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, or in this case the avocado doesn’t fall far from the tree, my kids dislike vegetables as much as I do. Once again my smart wife, who no doubt got some of her intelligence from the fact that she loves vegetables and always has, at times tries to hide the vegetables in our food. My favorite is when she presents my kids and I with a distinctly green colored shake and announces that she has made us a berry shake. The running joke in our family is trying to determine which one of us got the lone berry she added to qualify this a berry shake.

If you are concerned about your retirement, a retirement review will offer ways to improve your future. The fear of outliving your money is a common one, and a retirement review can help identify the key factors in your retirement and what risks are unique to your situation. Everyone’s retirement looks different, so it is very important that your retirement road map is consistent with the journey that you want to take.

I have my own version of a berry shake. What if you can put money aside for retirement, but didn’t have to see it coming out of your checking account? If you are employed by an employer who offers a retirement plan, there is a very good chance that they offer a plan to automatically deduct deferrals from your wages. By never seeing the money come into your checking account, you are not as likely to spend it on something else. If you are already doing this and want to save even more, kind of like having a second helping of vegetables, you can set up an automatic withdrawal from a checking account to fund an after-tax retirement account.

Think about this, people are living longer lives due to advances in medical care. Part of this is due to medical breakthroughs, but also better diets (Once again, vegetables enter the discussion). Social Security faces an uncertain future and I certainly don’t see any scenario where the benefits improve. All this means is that the burden to fund your retirement is shifting even more to you as an individual as you face a longer lifespan with fewer benefits provided to you. I’ve yet to meet a person who saved too much for retirement.

In addition to monthly contributions, you can also allocate one time inf lows such as tax refund checks and employment bonuses to retirement. The added benefit of contributing to a retirement account is the tax savings aspect. My prior articles have highlighted the tax benefits of choosing between a traditional retirement account and a Roth account. Either way, there are tax advantages of saving for retirement.

Brian Basinger was raised in Rancho Bernardo. He graduated from Poway High School in 1986 and UCLA in 1990. Brian earned his CPA while working in public accounting before heading east and receiving his MBA at Duke University. He worked for 10 years as both a f loor trader on the f loor of the American Stock Exchange and principal member of a proprietary trading firm. He has spent the last 10 years in financial planning. In addition to his CPA and MBA, Brian is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and Certified Senior Advisor®. Brian is happy to offer a 1 hour complementary personal financial consultation to any readers and can be reached at or 858-381-3443.


FACES OF THE FUTURE Outstanding Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Del Norte high school seniors are being honored with membership in the Fraternity of Academic and Civic Excellence (FACE), sponsored by the Poway News Chieftain, Rancho Bernardo News Journal and Visual Photography. These students are selected by their schools for outstanding academic and community service.

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The Poway Senior Center is an active community center for seniors living in Poway and surrounding area. It is at 13094 Civic Center Drive in Poway Community Park, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. It has plenty of groups and activities including line dancing (ages 18 and up), card playing, jewelry, knitting, bridge, mah jong and more. It also offers blood pressure checks, hearing screening, grief support, yoga and feeling fit exercise. Bingo starts at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. every Saturday. Prizes are up to $1,199 and its open to everyone age 18 and up. For details, call 858-748-6094 or go to

North County Inland Center

The North County Inland Center, 15905 Pomerado Road in Poway, is the place to be on Mondays and Wednesdays for fitness, friendships, films and more. Membership is $40 for an entire year ($50 for couples) and entitles members to attend most activities for free. A hot, kosher catered lunch is $5. Adults 60-plus can take part in a specially designed fitness class from 10 to 11 a.m. The 11 a.m. Showcase features a variety performances, lectures or workshops. Lunch is served at noon followed by a yoga, tai chi or a current film. Upcoming programs (all held from 11 a.m. to noon)

Ed Brown Center for Active Adults

The Ed Brown Center for Active Adults is a center for the next generation. Its doors are open to anyone age 18 and up, offering more than 35 different classes and activities each week — ranging from art to Zumba — that stimulate both body and mind. EBC offers ballroom dance with Mel Carillo, as well as tappercize, watercolor and Zumba. If you’re musically inclined, join the ukulele or guitar classes. Boot Camp, fitness and yoga classes are especially popular, and it also offers tai chi and qigong. Try the arthritis and balance classes to ease pain and increase flexibility in those aching joints. The class is for anyone with mobility issues and meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays. A support group for those with macular degeneration and related blindness issues meets at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Call Rosalie at 858-487-1103 for the location and details. The public is invited to play bingo every Friday at 1 p.m. for only $12 per person. EBC members receive an extra card to play, which gives them more chances to win cash prizes. For details, call 858-487-9324, view the calendar of events posted at or stop by the center at 18402 W. Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.

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The Poway Adult Day Health Care Center is now in its 15th year serving adults in Poway and beyond. Located at 12250 Crosthwaite Circle in the Poway Business Park, it offers affordable respite for caregivers through its day programs. For details, call 858-748-5044. Seniors enjoy the social day program at the center, which provides a structured, individualized program of therapeutic and social activities designed to enhance cognitive and physical functioning in a comfortably air conditioned building. Bingo, yoga, pet therapy and music are some of the favorite activities. The center also provides physical, occupational and speech therapies as well as nursing, personal care and dietary services. A nutritionally-balanced lunch is included and transportation to and from the center is available when needed. A four-hour, half-day program is also available. Those interested can receive a complimentary visit day during January. Its monthly Caregiver Support Group, now endorsed by and collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Association, will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. Social Worker Liz Landram will facilitate a discussion on coping with challenging behaviors. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month. Complimentary adult day care is provided during the meeting. Call Nicole Aguillon at 858-748-5044 to RSVP if care is needed.

Christopher William Hume of Poway graduated magna cum laude on Dec. 10 from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He had a double major in finance and accounting and a minor in economics. East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma announced that Bryan Santy of San Diego received a master’s degree during ceremonies held on Dec. 10. Christiana Coulapides of San Diego, who graduated last month from Biola University in La Mirada, was accepted into Epsilon Kappa Epsilon, the university's baccalaureate honors organization. The university also announced that Poway resident Samantha Belgum and San Diego residents Christina Coulapides, Brianna Mele, Taylor Trosper and Clayton Yip were named to the dean's list for the fall semester. Megan Levi of Rancho Bernardo qualified for the fall semester Dean's List at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Victor Lopez of Poway was named to the dean's list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Charles D. Ensley, son of Dedrick Ensley of San Diego has been named to the dean's list at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

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Welk’s ‘My Fair Lady’ is just ‘loverly’ Musical is playing in Escondido through April 2 BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK A “loverly” time is in store for those who attend the Welk Resort Theatre’s production of “My Fair Lady,” playing through April 2 in Escondido. Welk newcomers Shaina Knox and Lance Arthur Smith, an Actors Equity Association member, lead the cast of 16 in Lerner and Loewe’s 1956 musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 “Pygmalion.” For those unfamiliar with the stage musical or 1964 film version, it is set in London during the early 1900s, a time known as the Edwardian era. During that period there was great difference among the social classes and upheaval in political and social life, so the musical is as much a commentary on the changing times as it is a story about two unlikely people who over the period of six months impact each other in ways inconceivable to themselves before. Eliza Doolittle (Knox), a Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins (Smith), a linguistics professor, have a chance encounter when he is caught privately notating her speech patterns as she tries to sell flowers to



Linguistics professor Henry Higgins (Lance Arthur Smith) holds out a chocolate to entice flower seller Eliza Doolittle (Shaina Knox) to agree to his conditions on giving her English lessons in the Welk Resort Theatre’s production of “My Fair Lady.” pedestrians. She gets upset, fearing he is a policeman even though she has done nothing wrong and is “a good girl.” Colonel Pickering (Ralph Johnson) intervenes and soon Pickering, another linguist, and Higgins realize each is the man the other admires and

was hoping to meet. This leads to a conversation in which Higgins brags to Pickering that within six months of speech training he could turn Eliza into someone who could pass as a duchess. Wanting to improve her lot in life — due to

her Cockney speech she is relegated to selling flowers on the street instead of a shop where proper English is required — Eliza finds her way to Higgins’ home and asks if she can pay him to teach her. Intrigued by the proposition and spurred by a bet he makes with Pickering, Higgins agrees. Since what Eliza can pay is nowhere near Higgins’ going rate, Pickering offers to pay for the lessons and all costs associated with Eliza living in Higgins’ home so he can work with her round-the-clock for six months, under the watchful eye of his housekeeper Mrs. Pearce (longtime Welk veteran Susan Boland) and Pickering. The two men — confirmed bachelors — treat Eliza differently. Pickering is polite and treats her like a lady, while Higgins is a brutish boor. Of course, Higgins says he sees nothing wrong in his treatment of Eliza since that is how he treats everybody. Smith excels in portraying the arrogant, misogynic Higgins who in both “I’m an Ordinary Man” and “Hymn to Him” espouses the superiority of men over women — as he sees it — and asks “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Knox is equally successful in her role, especially in mastering the multiple accents required as her character’s speech improves. Her vocal talents, variety and range are shown off during numbers such as “Wouldn’t It Be SEE REVIEW, B9

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Opened four years ago by Glen “Hatch” Duffy Jr., this family-owned and operated business is in a 100-square-foot kiosk and offers a wide variety of hot dogs and smoked bratwurst. Duffy, who is a retired veteran who served in the Navy as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman (serving as a combat medic for the Marine Corps), said that during his last tour in Afghanistan he made himself a promise. “If I come back alive, I’ll open a hot dog stand,” said Duffy. The most important business partner is his dog Agave, who is the restaurant’s customer service representative and is the ongoing employee of the month. If you have a problem with your hotdog, she’ll take care of you. The hot dogs are made of Vienna beef. The Chicago dog is sold exactly as it is in Chicago. Pickles, poppy seed bun and all. It’s a real favorite for Chicago transplants. Last summer, smoked bratwursts were introduced. In addition to the stand, Duff’s Doggz has a mobile catering cart that can bring hot dogs to your event. Duff’s Doggz is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, visit


FROM REVIEW, B8 Loverly?” “Just You Wait,” “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Show Me.” She also excels in showing how Eliza transforms in personality, gaining enough confidence to eventually stand up to Higgins. As for the supporting cast, notable performances include that of Welk veterans Randall Hickman, who plays Eliza’s father, Alfred Doolittle; and Ben Williams, cast as Eliza’s aristocratic suitor, Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Both successfully embrace their chance to shine, Hickman with “Get Me to the Church on Time” and Williams with “On the Street Where You Live.” Director Kathy Brombacher — the producing artistic director for 32 years at Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista — does a successful job in staging this show in the Welk’s intimate setting. Her work combined with the choreography of Orlando Alexander — one of his many standout numbers is the dancing for “With a Little Bit of Luck” — makes the musical something worth seeing. “My Fair Lady” can be seen at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays through April 2 at the Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive in Escondido. Tickets are $51 and an optional pre-show plated meal is $21. To purchase, go to or call 888-802-7469. For group pricing, call 760-749-8501. A children’s discount (ages 4 to 13) is also available. Parking is free.


Broadway icon Ben Vereen presents his concert “Steppin’ Out Live” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets range from $39 to $69 and are available at, by calling 858-748-0505 or at the box office. The San Diego Folk Heritage presents Lisa Sanders with the Levi James Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Templars Hall, Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road in Poway. Tickets are $18 ($15 for SDFH members) and are available at the door or in advance on The Poway Library presents Sunny Side Strings, an all-acoustic bluegrass group based out of Ramona, performing a free concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the library, 13137 Poway Road. For information call 858-513-5900. The San Rafael Bell Ringers will perform at the Rancho Bernardo Library at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 as part of the library’s Discovery Concert Series. The nine-member ensemble will be performing with English handbells. This concert is free and open to the public. The Poway Unified School District Choral Department presents the PUSD High School Choral Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Poway Center for




the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets range from $10 to $15 and are available at The Fabulous Thunderbirds will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets range from $22 to $54 and are available at, at the box office or by calling 858-748-0505.


DancInspiration, a benefit dance concert featuring six Southern California dance schools, is being held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling Elaine Bishop at 602-971-9170 or emailing


The North County Society of Fine Arts is holding an art exhibit through Jan. 28 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. A reception is being held at 1 p.m. Saturday, all are welcome. Viewing hours for the show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The center’s gallery is free and open to the public. The Poway Arts & Crafts Guild’s Boardwalk Craft Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of


PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre presents the comedic drama “Mothers and Sons,” opening Friday, Jan. 27 and running through Sunday, Feb. 26 at 13250 Poway Road. Tickets $22 adults, $20 students, seniors and military and are available at There is a $2 surcharge for opening night. Bernardo Heights Middle School presents the musical “Seussical Jr.” Jan. 26, 27 and 28 at the Rancho Bernardo High School Performing Arts Center. Shows are 7 p.m. Jan. 26-28 and 2 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids, children 3 and under are free. For tickets visit The Welk Theatre presents the musical “My Fair Lady” running through April 2 at the 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive in Escondido. Tickets are $51 or add a pre-show meal for $21 more. For tickets and information call 888-802-7469 or visit


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Persian music to be featured in RB on Sunday BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK Learn about Persian classical music and the setar on which it is played this Sunday in Rancho Bernardo. Kourosh Taghavi, a Rancho Bernardo resident for the past decade who emigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 1984, said he started playing the setar in 1989. It is an Iranian musical instrument in the lute family. “It is a very old instrument, half in a pear shaped box,” he said. “It’s not an easy instrument, by any stretch of the imagination, but like with all instruments, with enough practice you can love it,” Taghavi said. Taghavi said he was attracted to the setar the first time he heard it played. “The first strums on the strings touched my soul,” he said. “I was thinking of becoming a doctor, by that changed it and I became devoted to music.” He has performed in venues across the United States, Europe and Asia and is composing music for an upcoming tour that will include stops on the East and West coasts, he said. Taghavi also teaches Persian classical music at San Diego Unified School District campuses through a program with the Center for World Music, at San Diego State University and at a few private schools in the Poway area. When Taghavi performs at the Ed Brown Center for Active Adults as part of its 3 p.m. Jan. 15 installment of its “Sunday Afternoons @ 3” series, he will not only play the setar, but share with the audience a little history of

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Persian classical music, he said. According to Taghavi it will likely be a new experience for attendees since “I doubt in mainstream (music) they have come across it.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at the show or in advance between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays by calling 858-487-9324 or going to the center at 18402 W. Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.

Arsenic prompts closure of some area hiking trails BY CITY NEWS SERVICE Some hiking trails in the Black Mountain Open Space Park between 4S Ranch and Rancho Penasquitos were closed last weekend after city officials discovered higher than normal arsenic readings at an abandoned arsenic mine. Trails in close proximity to the mine were closed on Jan. 6 to allow researchers to conduct further testing, sampling and monitoring of the mine and trails in the area. Public access to the mine and surrounding area is prohibited, including a portion of the Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail, city officials said. Research and thorough testing was expected to take several months, so hikers were advised to follow all signage and ranger instructions in the park. There is no conclusive evidence that there has been or is an imminent threat to the health of the public, plants or wildlife in

and around the mine or along nearby trails as a result of this discovery, officials said. The Black Mountain Arsenic Mine is located on the north slope of Black Mountain at an elevation of 1,000 feet and was mined for naturally occurring white arsenic in the 1920s for about eight to 10 years. Many remnants of the mine operation still exist on the site, but the mine has not been in use for more than eight decades and there are no designated trails that lead the public to the mine in the open space. Access to Black Mountain Peak is still available to the public along with western portions of the park, and rangers will continue to patrol the area as before, officials said. An updated map indicating the locations of the trail closures is available to the public at Black Mountain Open Space Park as well as online at

FROM CALENDAR, B9 residents Saturday mornings at Poway’s Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center. Trained guides will share the culture, history and botany of this five-acre archeological jewel for free from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at 13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trail (formerly Silverlake Drive). For information, go to The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society runs a



Bernardo Heights Middle School is presenting the musical “Seussical Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27, plus 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Rancho Bernardo High School Performing Arts Center, 13010 Paseo Lucido. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 3 and younger. Purchase in advance at The show has been double cast and has more than 125 students involved in the production. Among the performers are Olive Benito as The Cat in the Hat, Kailin Binswanger as Jojo and Elizabeth Palmer as Thing 1. For information on becoming a sponsor or to purchase a program ad, contact Gennifer Myles at

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-030802 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. San Diego Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Located at: 16935 West Bernardo Dr., Ste 110, San Diego, CA 92127, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 11835 Carmel Mountain Road, #1304-214, San Diego, CA 92128-4609. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Christina Palmquist Marshall, 14317 Aedan Ct., Poway, CA 92064. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business was 12/01/2016. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/01/2016. Christine Palmquist Marshall. RB1729. Dec. 29, 2016 Jan 5, 12, 19, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-033002 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Sticker Guru Located at: 7224 Sherbourne Ln, San Diego, CA 92129, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 7224 Sherbourne Ln, San Diego, CA 92129. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Lisa Zhou, 7224 Sherbourne Ln, San Diego, CA 92129. b. Lucy Zhou, 7224 Sherbourne Ln, San Diego, CA 92129. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. The first day of business was 12/01/2016. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/30/2016. Lisa Zhou, General Partner. RB1737. Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-031594 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Ranch and Coast Property Management b. Ranch and Coast Brokerage Located at: 16520 Corte Paulina, Poway, CA 92064, San Diego County. Mailing Address: PO Box 675986, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Philip Metrovich, 16520 Corte Paulina, Poway, CA



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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032084 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More San Diego North b. Big Frog San Diego North Located at: 9917 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92129, San Diego County. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Ponddom Incorporated, 10254 Wateridge Circle, #214, San Diego, CA 92121, California. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. The first day of business has not yet started . This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/19/2016. Stephen Kirkpatrick, CFO/ Secretary/Treasurer. RB1727. Dec. 29, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032096 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Dakshin Indian Restaurant b. Dakshin Biryani Located at: 16411 Bernardo Center Dr., SanDiego,CA92128,SanDiegoCounty. Mailing Address: 11979 Kersey Pl., San Diego, CA 92128. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Siri Sampada LLC., 11979 Kersey Pl., San Diego, CA 92128, California. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. The first day of business has not yet started . This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/19/2016. Swathi Karella, Vice President. RB1730. Dec. 29, 2016 Jan 5, 12, 19, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032368 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Non Ita b. The Core Collective Located at: 11197 Calenda Road, San Diego, CA 92127, San Diego County.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-031512 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. SoCal Survival Gear Located at: 15121 Luis St., Poway, CA 92064, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 15121 Luis St., Poway, CA 92064. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Stephen Forshee, 15121 Luis St., Poway, CA 92064. b.Tye Barringer , 1120 Lake Ridge Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078. This business is conducted by: Copartners. The first day of business has not yet started . This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/12/2016. Stephen Forshee. P5102. Dec. 22, 29, 2016 Jan. 5, 12, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032274 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. RJS Equipment Service b. Regional Journeyman Services Located at: 645 E. 9th Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025, San Diego County. Mailing Address: PO Box 630, Ramona, CA 92065. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Robert Geissinger, 645 E. 9th Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025. This business is conducted by: an Individual. 12/20/2016. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/21/2016. Robert Geissinger. RB1731. Dec. 29, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032037 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. San Diego Force Futbol Club b. San Diego Force FC Located at: 17143 Albert Avenue, San Diego, CA 92127, San Diego County. Registered Owners Name(s): a. 4S Ranch Youth Soccer Association, 17143 Albert Avenue, San Diego, CA 92127, California. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. The first day of business was 12/19/2016. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/19/2016. Jesse Aragon, Vice President. RB1733. Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032918 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Assertive Family Solutions b. One for Each Other Located at: 16494 Ramada Dr., San Diego, CA 92128, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 16494 Ramada Dr., San Diego, CA 92128. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Maty FeldmanBicas, 16494 Ramada Dr., San Diego, CA 92128. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business was 01/01/2014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/29/2016. Maty Feldman-Bicas. RB1736. Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2017-000149 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Cruise Planners Located at: 17461 Bernardo Oaks Dr., SanDiego,CA92128,SanDiegoCounty. Mailing Address: 17461 Bernardo Oaks

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032116 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. JM Services dba Stratus Business Solutions Located at: 14851 Del Diablo Lane, San Diego, CA 92129, San Diego County. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Jay E. Michael, 14851 Del Diablo Ln., San Diego, CA 92129. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business has not yet started . This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/19/2016. Jay E. Michael, Owner/ Operator. RB1728. Dec. 29, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2017-000367 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Bhogal Transport Located at: 11077 Catarina Lane, San Diego, CA 92128, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 11077 Catarina Lane, San Diego, CA 92128. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Paramjit Singh Bhogal, 11077 Catarina Lane, San Diego, CA 92128. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business has not yet

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032235 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Gor Gai Thai Eatery Located at: 16490 Paseo Del Sur, Ste. 125, San Diego, CA 92127, San Diego County. Registered Owners Name(s): a. 1UpFoods, LLC., 11110 Melton Ct., San Diego, CA 92131, California. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. The first day of business has not yet started . This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/21/2016. Kanit Pongpitaksopon, Manager. RB1742. Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-030914 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. All Hours Plumbing b. All Hours Plumbing Services Located at: 3121 Chamoune Ave., San Diego, CA 92105, San Diego County. Registered Owners Name(s):

County. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Julio Marquez, 3121 Chamoune Ave., San Diego, CA 92105. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business has not yet started . This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/02/2016. Julio Marquez. RB1725. Dec. 29, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-030916 Fictitious Business Name(s):


Fictitious Business Name(s): a. JCR Cleaning Services Located at: 4081 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104, San Diego County. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Juan Escobar, 4081 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104. b. Rebecca Escobar, 4081 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. The first day of business has not yet started . This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/02/2016. Juan Escobar. RB1726. Dec. 29, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2017.



FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032795 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Acqua Azul Located at: 13001 Bowron Rd., #51, Poway, CA 92064, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 13001 Bowron Rd., #51, Poway, CA 92064. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Juan Martinez, 13001 Bowron Rd., #51, Poway, CA 92064. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business was 04/20/2016. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/28/2016. Juan Martinez. P5110. Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032887 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. My Best Partner Located at: 11639 Boulton Ave., San Diego, CA 92128, San Diego County. Registered Owners Name(s): a. De La Casa Services, Inc., 11639 Boulton Ave., San Diego, CA 92128, California. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. The first day of business was 08/01/2013. This statement was

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2017-000029 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Splendid Earth Organics Located at: 10930 Red Rock Drive, San Diego, CA 92131, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 10930 Red Rock Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Karen Cahill, 10930 Red Rock Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business was 09/01/2013. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 01/03/2017. Karen Cahill. P5113. Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2017-000218 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. NC’s Nails Located at: 257 N El Camino Real, Ste C, Encinitas, CA 92024, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 11123 Ice Skate Pl, San Diego, CA 92126. Registered


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2016-032069 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Wildflower Solution Consulting Located at: 11322 Merritage Ct., San Diego, CA 92131, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 11322 Merritage Ct., San Diego, CA 92131. Registered Owners Name(s): a. Lesli Eichel, 11322 Merritage Ct., San Diego, CA 92131. This business is conducted by: an Individual. The first day of business was 12/19/2016. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder / County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/19/2016. Lesli Eichel. RB1741. Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 2017

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DEDICATE AN INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education, of the POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, on December 13, 2016, adopted a Resolution of Intention to Dedicate to San Diego Gas and Electric an easement in real property of this District located at Willow Grove Elementary School. A legal description, purpose of the dedication, and other particulars are on file and may be examined in the Facilities, Maintenance and Operations’ office of the Poway Unified School District, or online at in the public notices section. On January 17, 2017, at 6:00 P.M., at the Poway Unified School District Office, Community Room, located at 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, California, a public hearing will be held on the question of making such dedication, at which time interested persons may appear and/or protest. PUSD Ntc of Intent. P5111. 1.12.17 APN: 314-193-31-00 TS No: CA01000206-16 TO No: 95310424 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED June 3, 2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM, at the entrance to the East County Regional Center by statue, 250 E. Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020, Special Default Services, Inc., as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on June 10, 2005 as Instrument No. 2005-0491001 of official records in the Office of the Re-

official records in the Office of the Re corder of San Diego County, California, executed by LUCAS F. MONTEJO AND MARTHA SALAZAR, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for GREENPOINT MORTGAGE FUNDING, INC. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 13664 ADRIAN STREET, POWAY, CA 92064. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $132,007.79 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by con-

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SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 PETITION OF: CLARISSE GAILE DE JESUS ANGELES for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR A CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: 37-2016-00045513-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS Petitioner(S): CLARISSE GAILE DE JESUS ANGELES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Present Name : CLARISSE GAILE DE JESUS ANGELES to Proposed Name: CLARISSE GAILE ANGELES MACKAY THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: Feb. 17, 2017 Time: 8:30am Dept: 46 The address of the court is: 220 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Rancho Bernardo News Journal Date: Dec. 28, 2016 Jeffrey B. Barton Judge of the Superior Court RB1734. Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017

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t’s funny how we find some seeds annoying and unappealing like the bitter ones we accidently bite into from oranges and lemons, the black ones we embarrassingly spit out from watermelons, and the tiny ones that get stuck between our teeth from blackberries, while other seeds are divine in both savory and sweet dishes. On my recent trip to Toronto, a cosmopolitan melting pot of cuisines, I noticed how foodies creatively incorporated a variety of seeds into a wide range of ethnic dishes. In Eastern European cafés, poppy seed strudel and buns are a favorite sweet. At delis, caraway seeds enliven rye breads. In Middle Eastern eateries, dukkah is a delicious condiment of nuts, seeds and herbs to dial up everything from flat breads and hummus to soups, eggs and pastas. While In Chinatown, black sesame seeds are ground to a fine powder and blended in a green tea brew for an aromatic nutty flavor, and antioxidant boost. Whether pressed into a healing oil, pulverized into a rich multi-purpose paste (tahini), crushed into a blissful confection (halvah), or used as its seedy self to add cachet and flavor (not to mention nutrition) to bagels, bread sticks, stir fries, salads, sushi, grilled fish or chicken — sesame is the king of seeds.


Foodies creatively incorporate seeds into a wide range of ethnic dishes. One of the oldest crops grown and cultivated for its rich oil supply, these precious peewees are one of the most nutrient-dense crops on the planet blessed with an abundant store of proteins, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, especially copper, magnesium, calcium, folate, zinc, iron and B6. This translates to a slew of health benefits from relieving creaky arthritic joints, amping up heart health, putting the skids on anemia, insomnia and type 2 diabetes to boosting collagen production for a youthful complexion, improving bone density, respiratory and oral health, and testosterone levels to ratchet up male libido. Another petite powerhouse is the pin head-shaped, jet black poppy seed from the

dried pods of the poppy (opium) plant. Fortunately, poppy seeds do not have any narcotic properties like their opium cousin that are derived from the same plant. Although, as portrayed in the “Seinfeld” episode when Elaine Benes ate a poppy seed muffin, and tested positive for opiates during an employment drug test, it is best advised to refrain from eating them at least two days before taking any laboratory tests as trace amounts of the notorious alkaloids are present in the seeds. But who can resist those delicate oilseeds that burst in your mouth with a sweet nutty flavor and chewy texture when indulging in poppy pastries, biscotti, quick breads, scones, rolls and cakes, as well as a condiment for sprinkling and dipping, a vinaigrette dressing for green and fruit salads, and a paste for thickening gravies and sauces. Of Eastern Mediterranean origins cultivated more than 3,000 years ago, both the seeds and oil have been used by ancients for its culinary and healing attributes. The mighty poppy seed is both a beauty and a health aid — it tempers a fever, keeps the constitution regular, provides a supply of essential minerals and omega-3s to keep moving and non-moving parts (including the heart) humming, while treating assorted skin and scalp disorders. Hemp seed, much like the poppy, has been wrongly maligned for hundreds of years. While George Washington farmed hemp crops, alas, the cultivation of these is currently banned in this country. However, organic seeds are imported from our Canadian neighbors. Although it comes from the same plant as marijuana — Cannabis Sativa — hemp, a hybrid with a different genetic make-up,

Banana Seedy Smoothie ■ Ingredients: • 1 frozen banana • 1 cup almond, coconut, soy or hazelnut milk • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds • 1 tablespoon seeds of choice (hemp, chia, flax) or raw oats • 1 tablespoon almond butter • 1 tablespoon honey ■ Method: Add ingredients to a blender and puree to desired consistency. Garnish with additional seeds. should not be confused with its dopey cousin. The latter is laced with high amounts of the active ingredient THC (5 percent to 20 percent), while hemp’s trace amounts (0.3 percent) will not create any psychoactive side effects. So hemp up with this Herculean seed packed with protein, (all 20 amino acids), dietary fiber, and an ideal proportion of heart-healthy omega 3s and 6s, along with stress-relieving Bs. Hemp alleviates inflammation and boosts the immune system, wards off assorted cancers, balances hormones, aids digestion, improves metabolism, and dials up skin, hair and nail health. Reminiscent of the buttery rich flavor of pine nuts, hemp seeds are a versatile add-in to cereals, yoghurts, soups, sauces, pastas and taboulis, crushed and used as a breading for chicken and fish, or a change-up for nuts in pesto dishes. The rest of the “seedy” story continues next week.

Health and wellness tips for 2017 TO YOUR HEALTH


recent informal survey of Scripps pediatricians across San Diego County revealed five key issues that were frequently raised by parents about their children’s well-being in 2016. Read more about those issues, and resolve to address them in 2017 using the advice outlined below.


One of the most common worries that Scripps pediatricians heard from parents in 2016 was what to feed their children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to think about their nutritional choices as health decisions. “With so many different messages about nutrition out there, it can be understandably confusing for patents to know what is best to feed their children,” says Jenny Davis, M.D., a pediatrician at Scripps Clinic, Rancho Bernardo. The AAP recommends taking a broad, whole-diet approach to nutrition, avoiding highly processed foods and using small amounts of sugar, salt, fats and oils to enhance the flavors of nutritious foods. Serve high-quality protein, such as lean meats, fish, nuts and eggs; vegetables; fruits; grains; and low-fat dairy. Most children and teens need to eat every three to four hours throughout the day to meet current daily nutritional guidelines. Younger children need to eat three meals and at least two healthy snacks, while older kids need to eat three meals and at least one snack a day.

“Eating while on the go or while distracted by TV, phones and tablets may result in less healthful choices and portions,” explains Dr. Davis. She recommends a more structured eating schedule, with mid-morning and after-school snacks, and serving healthy items, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat Greek yogurt.

Teen anxiety and depression

A study published in the December issue of Pediatrics found that major depression is on the rise in adolescents, particularly among girls. Looking at data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health from 2005 to 2014, researchers found that major depressive episodes increased in adolescents by 37 percent. “It can be challenging to know if your teen is going through a temporary phase or is experiencing anxiety or depression,” says Gurinder Dabhia, M.D., a pediatrician at Scripps Clinic, Rancho Bernardo. “However, there are signs that parents can look out for, and the good news is that both anxiety and depression are treatable.” Parents can help by: o Talking with your teen frequently o Offering support by letting your teen know that you are there and willing to provide support o Confirming your teen’s feelings

Deferring Vaccines

Concerns about vaccine safety are still causing parents in the United States to delay some vaccines for their children, according to Dr. Dabhia. “Vaccines are one of the best ways to ensure your child stays healthy, and the reason so

many shots are given so close together is that this is when your children are most vulnerable to dangerous diseases,” she says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official vaccination schedule, supported by the AAP, targets 14 serious diseases, including whooping cough, polio and meningitis, and is very specific to keeping children as safe as possible until they are fully protected. According to the AAP, there is no safe way to adjust the schedule and know that your child will be safe from potentially life-threatening infections. Talk with your pediatrician if you have questions about vaccines or feel strongly about delaying certain immunizations. Other key health issues cited by Scripps pediatricians include:

Screen time

The AAP released updated guidelines on television and digital media use in children and teens in October, noting that today’s children are spending an average of seven hours a day on screen media, such as television, computers and phones. While the AAP recommends specific guidelines for different age groups, they advocate that parents should act as media mentors no matter what the age of their children. Visit to view the recommendations (in the AAP Press Room, news release dated Oct. 21, 2016).

Weight and obesity

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, and in 2012 more than one-third of children ages 6 to 11 and

Gurinder Dabhia, MD adolescents ages 12 to 19 were overweight or obese. Obesity can cause a broad range of health problems, such as asthma, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. Children who are obese are also more apt to experience a negative body image, depression and low self-esteem. Parents can help avoid weight problems by being a good role model, preparing healthy meals, removing calorie-rich snacks and staying physically active with their kids. “To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health. For more information, visit or call 858-207-4317.


St. Michael’s hosts 5K/10K for Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan

St. Michael’s Catholic Church held its third annual Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan 5K/10K on Sunday. Proceeds from the event, amount not available by press time, were designated for the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan Foundation to help those living in San Diego County. The event also included a birthday celebration since many of the Lost Boys and Girls — now all adults — do not know their real birthday and they have adopted Jan. 1 as their birth date. Participants walked or ran around the church property in a symbolic journey that represents the distance the boys walked to flee their warn-torn homeland of Sudan when their villages were attacked by warring factions in 1987. That was when

Sudanese boys were being kidnapped for use as frontline troops in battle zones or to walk through minefields, according to the foundation’s website. The children, most ages 4 to 14, had to walk about 1,000 miles to reach safety at refugee camps in Ethiopia. A government change in Ethiopia in 1991 forced them to flee again, this time to Kenya. Many did not survive. Of those that did, around 3,000 resettled in the United States, including San Diego. St. Michael’s former pastor, the Rev. John Dolan, has been their spiritual adviser, which is how in 2014 the Poway-based parish ended up adopting the Lost Boys as one of its charitable causes.


Ukang Yamun, Nyapour Yamun and Lily Ponceout blow out the candles on the birthday cake. All Lost Boys and Girls celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1 since most do not know their real birthdays.

Mary Ukang, Dr. Lisa Petronis, Simon John and John Lueth. Ukang, John and Lueth are members of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan.

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The Rev. John Dolan, left, and some members of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, with participants behind, get ready for the walk/run.


Reported restaurant bill surcharges under city review

Ask Mr. Marketing BY ROB WEINBERG

Patience is a virtue

Complaints received after SD minimum wage increased SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Attorney's Office has announced that it is looking into the legality of a surcharge being levied on some restaurant customers in response to San Diego's minimum wage increase. City Attorney Mara Elliott said the investigation was launched after complaints about the practice were received on a consumer hotline. The added cost was not made known to customers beforehand and was falsely billed as being mandated by the government, she said. The minimum wage in the City of San Diego increased on Jan. 1 from $10.50 to $11.50 an hour, per a law passed by the City Council and ratified by voters last June. The new figure is above what's required statewide, including neighboring cities such as Poway. “Some diners are surprised to learn that they're being charged as much as 3.5 percent above and beyond what the prices on the menu indicate,” Elliott said at a news conference. “Many of these diners did not learn of this so-called surcharge - which is not mandated by any governmental entity - until they received their check,” Elliott said. “At that point, of course, it was too late to send the food back.” The City Attorney's Office declined to divulge how many complaints were received, but revealed that more than a dozen

establishments could be subjected to an investigation for false advertising under the state Business and Professions Code. Business owners have had ample time to think through the ramifications of the minimum wage law's ramifications and make necessary lawful adjustments, Elliott said. She said they should consult with their attorneys on how to present the extra charges to customers. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, well-known eateries like the Bali Hai, Tom Ham's Lighthouse, the Brigantine and those in the Cohn Restaurant Group - including The Prado and Corvette Diner - have added surcharges. Stephen Zolezzi, president of the Food & Beverage Association of San Diego County, which advises restaurants on labor costs told the newspaper that around 30 restaurateurs planned to add a surcharge. “These are mandated increases to the cost of doing business that we have absolutely no control over,” Zolezzi said. Assistant City Attorney John Hemmerling said he hasn't noticed “any collusion or conspiracy” among restaurant owners to levy the surcharge. The city's consumer hotline at 619-533-5600 operates weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Complaints can also be filed online at


ear’s end is when I examine how to improve my life. Each year I vow to become more patient, usually with mixed results. I usually find myself marveling at those with the temperament to be in retail. After all, the retail sales experience can make a person crazy. Customers with bad attitudes show up making unreasonable demands. Sales representatives must grit their teeth and smile, or risk losing the sale and the future revenues that customer represents. This explains why my own retail career was frighteningly abrupt. You didn’t know that early on I tried my hand at both sales and customer service? Neither was my strong suit, as I was unwilling to deal with those who were like me. Handling difficult, annoying customers isn’t always easy. A particular personality type is needed to successfully pull it off. Folks in retail are at the front line of the insanity, especially during December. People are cranky, rushed, or confused. Plus, parking’s nearly impossible. Which might explain why lots of people don’t like the holiday season. In addition to customers, retailers must deal with displays, co-workers, inventory, marketing, and the competition. Finding an employee who can handle it all

with aplomb is rare. Thus it was I found myself on Dec. 31 at my eye doctor’s office, hustling to use my medical insurance before the clock ran down. Awaiting my appointment, I listened to a patient in the next room debating about ordering contact lenses without exceeding her insurance benefits. The customer representative repeatedly walked through numerous options as the customer argued over $5. I found myself reaching for my wallet and wanting to shout “Just BUY the stupid things!” Still, I held my tongue while considering the lessons to be learned from the exchange. Every organization has a simple objective: increase revenues and admirers. After 30+ years in marketing, this showed me the real secrets to business success: patience, active listening, product knowledge and a persistent drive towards making the sale. Deal with anger, stress and frustration without losing your cool and you’ll make both your customer and your bottom line much happier. Do it once and you’ll have a good day. Do it every day and you’re guaranteed to have a successful 2017. With that said, I wish you a week of profitable marketing. Learn lots of other marketing tips at

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