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San Diego’s mayoral runoff election set BY PAT SHERMAN Two San Diego City Council members (and San Diego State University grads) are vying to fill the vacancy left by disgraced former mayor Bob Filner in the Feb. 11 special runoff election. Republican Kevin Faulconer, representing Council District 2, received the most votes in the Nov. 19 special election (42.08 percent). Democrat David Alvarez, representing Council District 8, was the second-place finisher (at 27.13 percent). According to the city clerk’s office, the Nov. 19 election cost taxpayers nearly $4.7 million. The Feb. 11 mayoral runoff is estimated to cost an additional $4 million-$4.5 million. Of the 682,449 registered voters in the City of San Diego, 242,747 voted on Nov. 19 (or 35.5 percent). Though the race is technically nonpartisan, the candidates’ endorsements and financial contributions fall along party lines, with Faulconer receiving the lion’s share of business support (including former mayor and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders) and Alvarez supported by the city’s labor unions and Democratic leaders (including former city councilmember and mayoral staffer Donna Frye, who first alerted media to Filner’s pervasive harassSee ELECTION, page 20

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‘Fire & Ice Party’ rings in the New Year at RSF Golf Club

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RSF Association to move ahead with RSF Garden Club purchase RSF Association and RSF Golf Club members celebrated the New Year at the “Fire & Ice Party” held Dec. 31 at the RSF Golf Club. (Above, l-r) Among those who welcomed the arrival of 2014 at the event were: Muffy Walker and Dr. John Reed, Sharon and Skeets Dunn, Rhonda and Ron Wilson. See more inside. Photo/McKenzie Images; For photos online, visit

Mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer outlines campaign themes during media meeting BY JOE TASH San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer hit on his campaign themes of investing in neighborhoods, fiscal responsibility and public safety in a meeting with community journalists on Saturday, Jan. 4. The campaign for the Feb. 11 mayoral runoff election heated back up this week after a temporary lull during the holidays. Faulconer faces fellow Councilman David Alvarez in the runoff election to determine who

Kevin Faulconer will serve the rest of former Mayor Bob Filner’s term, following Filner’s August resignation in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal. Faulconer and Alvarez were the top two finishers in a November mayoral primary. “I’m someone who gets

things done and works with my colleagues on the City Council across the aisle. It’s about results,” said Faulconer, 46, a two-term councilman who worked for a public relations firm before his election to the council in 2006. Faulconer met with journalists in an informal session at one of his two San Diego campaign offices. By request of the campaign, journalists were permitted to take notes, but not use electronic devices to record the conversation. Faulconer is a Republi-

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BY KAREN BILLING More than 50 people showed up at the RSF Association board’s Jan. 2 meeting after a request was made from some Covenant members to discuss the delay of the RSF Association’s purchase of the RSF Garden Club, which was announced last March. Last year the RSF Association announced plans to purchase the RSF Garden Club building for $2.4 million to preserve the “village gem” as the Garden Club has struggled with the costs to maintain it. Rather than the club selling the building to an outside source, the RSF Association’s purchase could keep the iconic facility locally owned. An advisory vote of the RSF Association membership in April reported an 85 percent approval of the purchase of the club by the RSF Association. Jack Queen, a former RSF Association board president who spoke at the Jan. 2 RSF Association board meeting on behalf of 120 members who signed a petition, said the group was con-

cerned about the failure to finalize the agreement made more than nine months ago and wanted to hear the progress of the sale in an open session rather than closed executive session. Queen said he was pleased to hear that the terms of the deal had recently been finalized. “We’re very excited that the deal is about to be done,” Queen said. “We think the purchase will be extremely positive to the entire community.” As RSF Association Board President Ann Boon explained, the board was not trying to derail the purchase as some people might have thought, but instead took its time to craft a deal that honored the concept the community voted on and to fulfill the board’s fiduciary responsibility to conduct proper due diligence. She said she learned in the process of making the deal that the devil is in the details.

See PURCHASE, page 22


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The Buzz: Opening doors and letting the light in BY ANN BOON, RSF ASSOCIATION BOARD PRESIDENT At the last meeting of the RSF Ann Boon Association board, the main item of interest on the agenda was the status of the negotiations for the purchase of the RSF Garden Club. Although, as an item of contract, the negotiations had been held in closed sessions, members requested a discussion in an open meeting. The board reported that an agreement has been reached with the Garden Club and now it is up to attorneys to draw up legal documents for the purchase and lease arrangements. We will be presenting the details of those documents in open session as we receive them. Every future open session will have an update on the Garden Club purchase until the transaction is closed. The most exciting thing for me about the last meeting was hearing how inter-

ested our members are in having items discussed in open sessions. As in the past, topics that will continue to be discussed in open session will include: the possibility of extending either access to golf club memberships or full Association privileges to condominium owners; the study of a pool/ fitness center; the water project at the RSF Golf Club; and the replacement of dead and dying trees at the Golf Club and throughout the Covenant. In addition, we will be providing more detailed updates from the Finance Committee regarding Association budgeting and expenditures. Although the laws governing homeowners’ associations permit certain topics to be discussed in closed session, the current board will be taking our members’ concerns about openness seriously. We will be discussing everything possible in open session. For example, the Compensation Committee has been reviewing the compensation and benefit packages for our Association employees. The committee has

examined salaries; sick leave and vacation leave policies; as well as medical benefits. The purpose of the review has been at least two-fold: (1) to compare the salaries and benefits that our employees receive to the “industry standards” and (2) to project the costs of various policies and packages to determine a level that is sustainable. Currently, our personnel costs represent about 70 percent of the Association budget. Some parts of the benefit package are growing at a faster rate than our revenues. We want to make sure that our compensation and benefits are fair to employees, yet are also sustainable for members at current assessment rates. We will be presenting a status report in open session to educate members and to receive your comments. Individual employee information, of course, will always be kept confidential and will not be disclosed in open session. Items relating to an individual member, such as assessment payments that are in arrears or property issues

that are in violation of Covenant rules and regulations, have historically been discussed in closed session. Many issues pertaining to an individual property can legally be discussed in open session. Since there is such a demand from our members for more openness and transparency, the board will consider discussing some of these issues in open session as well. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Nominating Committee will be looking for a few good men and women to run for the Association board in the elections this spring. The three-year terms will begin July 1, 2014. If you are interested, please call the Association office (858-7561174) or email me at ann.

Scholarship to be presented at RSF Garden Club Awards Night Jan. 14 The RSF Garden Club Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the RSF Garden Club. Community members are welcome to attend the event. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner and wine, followed by the awards ceremony and a review of the RSF Garden Club building purchase by the RSF Association. The RSF Garden Club has had a goal for several years to increase its Endowment Scholarship Fund to enable the club to present a $500 yearly scholarship to a student pursuing studies in horticulture or environmental protection. The scholarship the RSF Garden Club is presenting to Mira Costa College on Jan. 14 will ful-

fill that goal. It is the club members’ belief that a scholarship, such as the one presented by Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, can provide a strong impetus to a student’s determination to achieve. RSF Garden Club President Helen DiZio will make the presentation to Linda Fergeson, executive director at the Mira Costa College Office of Development and College Foundation. Please RSVP by Jan. 12 to LaVerne Schlosser at 858756-4529 or maryannejam@ The RSF Garden Club is located at 17052 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067; www.rsfgardenclub. org.

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RSF Education Foundation launches ‘Speaker Series’ program The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation recently announced the kick-off of its new “Speaker Series” program on Jan. 10 with National Geographic speaker Kobie Boykins. A dynamic young engineer at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Boykins is on the front line of Mars exploration. Boykins designed the solar arrays that power the Mars exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Landing on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, Opportunity was designed to survive a mission lasting approximately 90 days. Remarkably, the rover continues to traverse the surface of Mars to this day, sending back valuable scientific data. Most recently, Boykins was responsible for the design of actuators on Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, which safely landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012. Boykins’ other projects have included work on the Mars Pathfinder mission and the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, making measurements by satellite of the Earth’s oceans. In 2002, Boykins joined a team of young scientists for a public education tour — dubbed “Marsapalooza”— to raise awareness of the Mars Exploration Project. Four years later he was featured in the JASONProject Expedition “Mysteries of Earth and Mars,” bringing his passion for space exploration to students and teachers worldwide. An engaging public speaker who puts a fresh face on America’s space program, Boykins will recount the challenges and triumphs of the Mars exploration rover missions, sharing remarkable images and discoveries that continue to come to us from the Red Planet. The RSF Education Foundation is excited to launch this special new initiative with Boykins, stated Evan Malter of the Education Foundation. “I am certain that his passion for his work and for education will leave an impact on our children and teachers that will last not only through the school year, but, for many, it will last for a lifetime. That is what we wish to accomplish with each speaker that we choose for our new Speaker Series.” Grades K-4th students will attend a 30-minute presentation and grades 5-8 will attend a one-hour presentation in

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the morning. Boykins will spend the rest of the day visiting and interacting with various classrooms and will lead a one-hour after-school program for the R. Roger Rowe Lego Robotics students.

RSF Girl Scouts earn Silver Award Girl Scouts from Rancho Santa Fe Troop #1106 have been awarded the second highest Girl Scout Award, the Silver Award. The girls obtained this award for their work on creating a new conservation project with Lake Calavera Trails in Carlsbad. The girls are looking forward to achieving the highest Girl Scout Award, the Gold Award, in the next few years of high school.

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Pegasus Rising to hold Wine and Feed Fundraiser •Group provides equine programs to help veterans BY KAREN BILLING Pegasus Rising will hold its fourth annual Wine and Feed Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at a private home in Fairbanks Ranch. Pegasus Rising is an equine therapy group that serves predominately military personnel, many of whom have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Pegasus Rising serves between 1,000 and 1,200 people a year. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Vietnam-era veteran or a veteran of a current war, the horses make a connection,” said Gary Adler, president and CEO of Pegasus Rising. “They just connect with people and we watch that happen time and Pegasus Rising programs help military personnel, many time again without us doing of whom have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic a thing. Our motto is to Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. Courtesy partner horses and humans photos for healing and that’s really neglect to serving a noble ships work because horses what happens, the horses purpose. are hyper-sensitive animals, really do all the heavy lifting Pegasus Rising does not very sensitive to smells, as long as we provide a safe charge for its services and it sounds and movement and, environment where they runs entirely on donations. in many ways, combat vetcan explore each other.” “Every dollar we raise erans are similar as they The Feb. 1 event is $75 goes to the herd,” Adler have been in prey-predator a person and will feature a said. “We are a grass roots, mode in their deployments variety of wines, beer and mom and pop organization and are also hyper-sensitive. appetizers, a silent auction and we survive solely on doThe dominant veterans with items donated by local nations and support from tend to be drawn to the merchants and live music by the local community.” more dominant horses, the The Farmers. Several veterPegasus Rising has reclusive veterans to a quietans who have participated expanded on its weekly er horse — there’s an emin the programs will speak offerings of equine-assisted phatic connection between about the benefits of work- experiential health therapy the two that’s like a mirroring with the horses. programs. Pegasus Rising ing, according to Adler. Sponsored by PRP Wine holds group sessions with “The horses connect International, Stone Brewing the Navy’s OASIS group with combat veterans natuCompany, Whole Foods (Overcoming Adversity and rally, it’s just a beautiful Market La Jolla and the Stress Injury Support) for thing,” Adler said. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, returning and active duty Through walking the the event is horses, halterthe organizaing them and tion’s biggest exercises such fundraiser of as taking the year. them through “This is obstacle critical to our courses, Adler survival,” said the veterAdler said. ans are able to Pegasus connect and Rising was bond, gaining founded in the self-confithe Sacramendence to to area and interact with moved to the others. Valenti Ranch Tickets in Rancho Pegasus Rising does not charge for its services and it for the event Santa Fe in runs entirely on donations. must be pur2009. Irene chased in adValenti generously donates service members diagnosed vance. To register online, the use of the ranch free of with combat related PTSD; pay at http://pegasusrising. charge. Veterans Village of San Di- org/onlinedonation_1.php All 14 of the horses in ego; San Marcos Veterans and fill out the form at the Pegasus Rising herd were Center; and the Interfaith from a farm that Community Services’ Veter- us/ and reference WINE. could no longer care for ans Assistance of San Diego. Registrations can also be them. The horses’ own trauIn addition to its group mailed with a check made matic history allows them to programs, Pegasus Rising payable to Pegasus Rising be empathetic and mirror also provides couples and Project to P.O. Box 8562, the anxieties exhibited by family-based sessions for in- Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. people who have been ex- dividuals who are readjust- For more information, conposed to violence — the ing to civilian life. tact Gary Adler at gadler@ horses went from a life of Adler says the partner-

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RSF Community Center hosts ‘Hearts on the Table’ poker tournament Feb. 1 The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center will host a Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Community Center. Join poker celebrities and local sports luminaries for an exciting evening of No-Limit Teas Hold ‘em. All skill levels are welcome. The event is presented by Naiman Law, Group, PC, and will include a learners table, roulette, live music and hosted bar. Local wineries will be featured along with a local distillery and area restaurants will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be opportunity drawings for packages, including golf, spa, dining and travel. Player Passes are $250 per person; Spectator Passes are $100 each. Seating is limited and attendees must be 21 years of age and over. All proceeds will help fund the programs and services of the RSF Community Center a nonproft 501c3 organization serving Rancho Santa Fe. Put your hearts on the table for the Community Center and show your support by purchasing tickets today. Call 858-756-2461 or visit

Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 to perform at Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe presents Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Village Church Fellowship Hall. The Jesse Lynch trio will take concert-goers through 100 years of America’s musical “Artform” in song, words, and onscreen, featuring Jesse Lynch, piano; Joe Michaels, bass; Matt Smallcomb, drums. Come enjoy a beautiful century of jazz music from its roots in New Orleans, through the decades, finishing with present day compositions. Jesse Lynch is no stranger to Community Concerts of RSF. He has played piano for popular veterans Daniel Rodri-

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RSF Community Center to hold Adult Dodgeball Tournament The RSF Community Center will host an Adult Dodgeball tournament on Friday, Jan. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Community Center. The evening will include dinner, drinks and friendly competition among teams of eight. Gather your friends and form a team or sign up individually and be assigned to a team. The dodgeballs used are lightweight and Nerf-style, making the play fun for all. Cost is $35 per player, $280 for teams of 8, and $25 for spectators (prices include food & drinks). 21 and up admittance only. Contact Erin Browne at (858) 756-2461 or for more details and to register for play.

‘Hearts, Hats & Heels’ fashion show to benefit Kids Korps Kids Korps is also hosting the ‘Biggest Little Hearts’ essay contest Hearts, Hats & Heels is a benefit fashion show, lunch and vendor boutique – hosted by Kids Korps USA in partnership with FINE Magazine – in honor of celebrating the “Big ‘Little’ Hearts” in the community in the spirit of Valentine’s Day! Guests will gather on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Second Annual Hearts, Hats & Heels at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. A registration link can be found on the Kids Korps website at Tickets are $75 if purchased before Jan. 15 and $100 after this date. Sign up now. The first 50 guests to register by Wednesday, Jan. 15, will receive a special Valentine on the day of the event. Sponsorship Opportunities are available. 2014 Hearts, Hats and Heels Host Committee includes: Celeste Hilling, co-chair; Ilia Dickey, co-chair; Lena Evans, Lainie Ezeir, Michelle Alexander, Patsy Marino, Robin Stark, Stacey Valencia, Amy Leonard, Melissa Levin, Dana Knees, Brandi Zaslansky, Lisette Ferrell, Andi Neugarten, Ashlee Haynes and Lena Davis. Kids Korps is also hosting the “Biggest Little Hearts” essay contest. Kids Korps youth and family volunteers rank among a core group of volunteers that give of their time to help needy families and individuals, whether that involves collecting non-perishables, raising money through car washes, mentoring underprivileged kids or helping to build homes. The contest in a nutshell: In 500 words or less, say what your involvement with Kids Korps and community volunteering has meant to you, your family, and/or your community. You’ve got to be a Kids Korps member or alumni or become a Kids Korps member by enrolling as a mem-

ber by Jan. 15. Submissions must be received no later than Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. Email your essay to Please see the Kids Korps website for more details on the Fashion Show and essay contest at www.

perior Symphony Orchestra (Duluth, Minn.) and section percussionist of the Symphony in C (Philadelphia, Pa.), plus has performed with numerous acclaimed orchestras including the Seattle Symphony and New World Symphony. Smallcomb is also an in-demand drummer for pop and jazz acts and performs and records with artists including Daniel Rodriguez. In addition to his performing career, Smallcomb is also an active educator. If you love good jazz, good music, and talented musicians, this evening is for you! The doors open at 6:15 p.m. when you are invited to enjoy wine (generously donated by Northern Trust) and finger foods, while chatting with your friends and neighbors prior to the concert time of 7 p.m. Tickets may still be purchased by credit card through the Community Concerts of RSF website: Or, mail your check to Community Concerts of RSF, Box 2781, RSF 92067. Gail Kendall will be happy to answer any questions. Call her at 858-248-0892. (CCRSF is a 501(c) 3 organization.)

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‘Fire & Ice Party’ rings in 2014 at RSF Golf Club RSF Association and RSF Golf Club members celebrated the New Year at the “Fire & Ice Party” held Dec. 31 at the RSF Golf Club. Photo/ McKenzie Images; For photos online, visit

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R. Roger Rowe 4th grade students add sparkle to Camp Pendleton Holiday Party Just as the holiday season was kicking into full gear, all four 4th grade classes at R. Roger Rowe School — along with their teachers and some parent volunteers — took time from their busy schedules to hand-cut hundreds of sparkly red and silver snowflakes. The snowflakes were used to decorate 50 white tablecloths which were in turn used to adorn dinner tables for the Camp Pendleton Exceptional Family Mem-

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‘Book Cellar Angels’ appreciated for invaluable contributions BY MARY E. LIU, RSF LIBRARY GUILD When a customer comes into the Book Cellar to browse our shelves, they are often unaware of all the “angels” who work to make it as organized as it can be. Originally they were dubbed the “Book Cellar Slaves,” but a wise person changed the name to the “Angels” which is certainly more apropos. The Angels work in the Sorting Room where all the donated items come through to be categorized and priced. Some of our more valuable books are set aside, looked up online and sold on Amazon. Everyone is assigned a section which is their specialty (i.e. cookbooks, classics, nonfiction, trade size fiction) and the Angels sort accordingly and then shelve the books. Two angels by the name of Janie and Terry run the operation and keep things clicking along. Terry is our wonderful craft person and she makes all those gorgeous cards/crafts that we sell – come check them out! The primary reason I’m writing about the Angels is one of them is leaving us because she has finished building her new home and is sadly leaving us. Elaine has been a delight to work alongside and she has greatly improved the look of the Cellar with her innovative ideas.

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(L-R) top: Cheryl Vincent, Char Yingling, Terry Weaver; (L-R) bottom: Elaine Oswald, Jane Scallan It’s such a cohesive group of volunteers – Char, Shirley, Cheryl, Vivien, Joanna, and Sandy — to name a few of our angels. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Nan Werner who is another one of our Angels who is also moving to live with family. Nan has been on the Library Guild board for more years than I can recall, but she will be sorely missed too. Thanks to all of our Angels who volunteer tirelessly to help the Book Cellar running smoothly. You are priceless!

Best-selling author to speak at RSF Library Guild event Jan. 15 The RSF Library Guild will hold an “Exclusive Library Guild Member Event Winter Author Talk” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, featuring New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich. A former investment banker, Reich writes international espionage thrillers. He has authored nine books, and his latest, “The Prince of Risk,” is now available. The financial thriller is set in Wall Street, London and Shanghai. The Jan. 15 event at the RSF Library will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and will include a light lunch, author presentation, question and answer session, and signed copy of the book. Total fee: $40.


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This newer, Hacienda-style estate, located in the Covenant in Rancho Santa Fe, spans 7,235 square feet with 4 bedrooms all en suite, plus an extensive master suite. Designed for the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living, the residence features many inviting alfresco areas, terraces and courtyards. There is a stunning pool with water features and spa and a lounging terrace with fireplace. The property sits high on 4.05 acres, and is very private. In addition there is a one bed/one bath guest casita with kitchenette, laundry and patio.


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Original Listing Price: less than $3 million This submarket of Rancho Santa Fe real estate had the largest median sold price appreciation. 2013 median sold price was $1,775,000, 6.0% more than the 2012. Helping to support this price appreciation was a 6.5% declining inventory with sales increasing 14.8%. There appears to be little slowing demand over supply in this price segment.

The perfect single story, 5 bedroom, 3 bath classic Covenant estate on 2 tranquil, private and all usable acres. Located close to the RSF Covenant village with expansive views of the mountains and lush countryside. Recently updated with stone baths, granite kitchen and beautiful distressed wood flooring. The property is fenced with a pool and spa, fire pit, built in BBQ and wonderful gardens. There is a 3 car attached garage and a one car detached garage.

Original Listing Price: $3 million - $5 million This market had an outstanding 2013. The number of properties sold in this submarket for 2013 was 51.0% more than 2012. 51 properties were sold in 2012 while 77 properties in 2013. Not only did 51% more properties sell in 2013, but they also sold 21.3% faster on average. Better yet, they also created a 4.2% higher median sold price than that of 2012. Median sold price went from $3,000,000 in 2012 to $3,125,000 in 2013.


Original Listing Price: $5 million or more When assessing this submarket’s 2012-2013 performance, everything looks positive except its 41.4% sales decline. The number of properties sold in 2013 dropped to 17 from 29 properties in 2012. While this was a large relative decline in sales, the decline was to a prior year level. 2011 sales were 16 properties; 2010 were 19; 2009 were 19, 2008 were 14. It appears that 2013 simply failed to continue the crest of 2012. However, the rest of this submarket continues unshaken. In 2013, median sold price climbed 4.8% to $4,875,000 from $4,650,000 in 2012. Average marketing time also declined 30.5% from 596 days in 2012 to 414 days in 2013. The consistent, steady pace of improvement in this submarket should not be understated.

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ABOUT LINDA SANSONE Linda is a Rancho Santa Fe resident with 16 years experience representing residential buyers/sellers in Rancho Santa Fe. With a master’s in accounting, a CPA, and CFO experience for a large, prestigious architectural firm, Linda is a rarity in the real estate industry. She is ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the #2 highest selling individual agent in San Diego County. Yet, Linda’s client focus remains uncompromisingly one-on-one. This defines truly exceptional boutique service to Linda. Global expertise. Tailored service. Christie’s credibility. Willis Allen Real Estate, exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate

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Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and RSF Proposed sale of RSF Association boards reach agreement Garden Club to the RSF

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is pleased that recent actions taken by the boards of the RSF Garden Club and the RSF Association have resolved the outstanding issues related to the partnership and ownership of the Garden Club property. These latest developments augment the original agreement which was designed to preserve the iconic Garden Club building and parking lot for the community of Rancho Santa Fe and help pave the way for the Garden Club organization to return to its roots as a charity whose mission is to support our local community, particularly in its beautification and conservation efforts. “We envision a much greater community utilization of the building once the Association owns it, as it will be available for use by the entire community rather than just the Garden Club” said RSF Garden Club President Helen DiZio. “We can imagine town hall meetings, school events, concerts, art shows, fitness classes and, of course, the continuation of Cotillion and Roger Rowe School graduation.” A Covenant membership vote on the outline of this partnership was held last spring and achieved an unprecedented 85 percent approval of the Covenant members. The Talking Points distributed to everyone, included: (1) that the Association buy the building at a price determined by independent appraisal, (2) that the proceeds from the sale be put into a Community Enhancement Fund to be utilized by the community for projects benefiting the community, (3) that the Garden Club continue to use the facility in its historic manner — while freeing up 96 percent of building time and the parking lot for utilization by the community and, (4) that the Garden Club lease back a portion of the building — thus covering part of the operating cost of the facility. A point which was unresolved at the time of the Covenant vote had to do with the utilization of the building in its “historic manner.” At issue was the use of the building for the life of the Garden Club, without considering that some future potentially better use for the facility might arise which would conflict with the Garden Club’s rights. The boards have agreed that, if in the future there is a proposed change in the use of the Garden Club property which would not allow the Garden Club membership to continue its use, the change in usage would be permitted if approved by a vote of the Covenant membership. While there has been no change in the basic agreement, allowing flexibility for possible future change is a positive addition. The next steps are to complete the documentation and necessary government approval processes to finalize the agreement as previously envisioned. — Submitted by RSF Garden Club

RSF Garden Club property sale to RSF Association: Why is this happening? First off, I have to ask why this is happening? The RSF Garden Club property was donated and it is free and clear, they have a half-million dollars in the bank, and suddenly there seems to be a rush to sell the property, lease back the space for the Shoppe and get 15 days a year to operate events for some undetermined amount of term, set up an endowment with the sale proceeds and then distribute the earnings each year to other local charities. Sounds like the end of the Garden Club to me. Why not just lease the facility to the RSF Association or someone else who wants to manage the property for 350 days a year; the Garden Club would keep title to the property and use the rents to help pay for the expenses of maintaining the property along with the proceeds from the Shoppe and any other events for the 15 days they requested? A boost to their membership would help too. The details of the agreement between the RSF Association and the Garden Club are still largely unknown except to know that the lease requested by the Garden Club for 15 days of use in perpetuity was nixed and a new deal was recently signed by both board presidents that doesn’t define any lease term for the 15 days of annual use requested for office space upstairs except to say it is for $1 per year. The Shoppe space and the garage will have a 10year lease at some undisclosed amount payable in advance each year with details on renewal and cancellation of the lease with penalty. This is what you get for selling the building, the sole tangible asset of the Garden Club. The proceeds from the $2.4 million sale are to be given to the RSF Foundation for an endowment as requested by the RSF Association and then they want to help distribute the annual funds from the endowment to other local charities. Can anybody else make sense of all this? The sole property asset is gone and now you’re a tenant for 15 days a year upstairs and market rents for the Shoppe and garage downstairs, and all future Garden Club use of the property will be subject to change by mutual agreement between the RSF Association and the Garden Club. If the Garden Club board is not in agreement with the changes in use of the building/property, the RSF Association board will seek a vote of the RSF Association membership and both boards will abide by the simple majority of the voting membership. Good luck on that one. Again, why is this all happening? If the volunteers are tired of running the Club, hire a development person to run it. Just renting out the parking spaces at the rear of the property would probably pay for that. If the RSF Association wants the space and usage so badly, let them lease it for awhile and see how that works out. The current “agreements” are certainly not in the best interest of the Garden Club who end up with no building, no property, no endowment income and very limited use on undetermined leases. Marion Dodson Member of the RSF Garden Club and RSF Association

Association a win/win for all The proposed sale of the RSF Garden Club property to the RSF Association is a great idea for both organizations and 85 percent of us polled have agreed. A win/win situation is tough to come by, but in our little community it is a frequent visitor. We have seen such compromise and forward thinking between the school, the library, the community center, the fire department, the Sheriff’s office, the golf club, the foundation, and were seeing it again. Over the past few months, the fine points have been discussed in depth and resolved, and all are ready to proceed. Congratulations to both the Association and the Garden Club for orchestrating this joint use agreement. It benefits us all, and is further evidence of Rancho Santa Fe community cooperation, and good common sense. Marie Addario. Past President, RSF Association

Covenant members who moved to RSF within the past 10 years needed to serve on the Association board Dear Fellow Covenant Members, If you have moved here within the past 10 years, you pay around 75 percent of the RSF Association fee revenues. That’s correct. Your neighbors who have lived here longer, especially those who have resided here for 20-plus years, pay $200 to $800 annually while you pay $2,500 to $8,000 annually. Now, who is represented in most years on your Board of Governors? Well, some may correctly guess, those who pay little and demand much. If you all board your horses at Osuna and frequent the dinner and dances at the Garden Club you are getting your money’s worth. If, however, you use the Community Center with your children or want additional ball fields or want a pool or fitness center for you and your children, your Association fees don’t support those activities. Oh, in the case of the pool and the fitness center, they do not exist! You can change that. Like some of last year’s board candidates, all you need to do is go to the Association office and place your name on the ballot. You probably will not get a call from this year’s nominating committee, which has three members from “old” boards and two members from the current board. This system of nominating candidates for future boards perpetuates the current system of representation. If you sit at home and don’t volunteer, you will continue to have your Association fees used to purchase garden clubs and old adobes. You may even have your fees increased to fund the maintenance of these facilities. Please get involved. Jim Boon Covenant resident of eight years. LETTERS POLICY: Topical letters to the editor are encouraged. Submissions should include a full name, address, e-mail address (if available) and a telephone number for verification purposes. We do not publish anonymous letters and there are length limits. E-mailed submissions are preferred to Letters may be edited. The letters/columns published are the author’s opinion only and do not reflect the opinion of this newspaper.

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Local researchers study complicated grief BY KRISTINA HOUCK Everyone mourns differently, but some people are unable to heal. Complicated grief may affect as many as 1 out of 10 individuals who have lost a loved one, said Julie Avanzino, research coordinator for the San Diego site of a four-site complicated grief treatment study called “Healing Emotions After Loss,” or H.E.A.L. Complicated grief occurs when acute grief is prolonged, causing distress and interfering with functioning. Healing does not occur. “Our team feels that grief is a natural response to bereavement. It never completely goes away for anyone, but it’s a process,” said Avanzino, a Carmel Valley resident. “It begins acute, and as time progresses, eventually there’s acceptance. In this manner, acute grief becomes integrated and recedes into the background. You still experience it. It might come up again during

Complicated grief may affect as many as 1 out of 10 individuals who have lost a loved one, says a grief treatment study researcher. Courtesy photos

Researchers involved with the “Healing Emotions After Loss“ study are still accepting participants who think they may be dealing with complicated grief. the holidays, a birthday or an anniversary, but it doesn’t consume your day-to-day life.” For many years, the mental health community treated grief as depression. There is still some confusion about the condition in the mental health field, said Sidney Zisook, the principal investigator of the study’s San Diego site.

Although research centered on complicated grief began in the 1990s, mental health professionals are just now identifying it as a condition. In 2013, the condition was included for the first time in the DSM-5, the American Psychiatric Association’s guide to mental disorders. To further study the condition, H.E.A.L. launched

in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh and San Diego roughly four years ago. Researchers at Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, UC San Diego and the San Diego VA Medical Center set out to compare the effectiveness of antidepressants alone or in combination with complicated grief treatment in individuals who have been grieving at least six months and who meet criteria for complicated grief. Symptoms include a preoccupation with the person who has died, longing and yearning that does not substantially subside with time, and difficulty reestablishing a meaningful life. “This is, by far, the largest study of its kind ever done,” said Zisook, who serves as a distinguished professor of psychiatry and director of residency training at UC San Diego, and a research scientist at the San Diego VA Medical Center. “It’s a condition that very little is known about because it hasn’t really been recognized for very long, so it hasn’t been studied very much. It’s now being increasingly recognized as a chronic and debilitating condition for which there is help.” The study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and American

Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Researchers hope to recruit roughly 600 participants, Zisook said. Half of the participants are given complicated grief therapy, while the other half are given the therapy plus citalopram, an antidepressant also known as Celexa. The treatment phase lasts for 16 weeks, with follow-up assessments afterward. Although the study is still ongoing, researchers have already recognized several risk factors. Complicated grief is more common in women than men. People who lose someone suddenly or by suicide are also more susceptible, Zisook said. Parents who lose a child are at high risk. “Our hope is this will lead to treatments that are going to be used and available to help thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide,” Zisook said. “There’s lots of interest in this area and in this study.” The San Diego site is still accepting participants. If you are struggling from complicated grief and are between the ages of 18 and 95, you may be eligible to participate. If you are interested and think you may be eligible, call 858-552-7598. Visit or www.

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Accomplished CCA teenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing career continues to flourish BY KRISTINA HOUCK Playwright Devyn Krevat will soon see her script come to life. And sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only 17 years old. The Canyon Crest Academy seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairy Taleâ&#x20AC;? will debut in March during Playwrights Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 29th annual Plays by Young Writers festival, which features winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so rare to get something put on stage,â&#x20AC;? Devyn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a crazy opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Playwrights Project received 165 contest submissions from students across the state. Four scripts will receive full professional productions, and five scripts will receive staged readings. All contest participants who requested feedback received individualized written critiques. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting because winners get their play produced in a professional theater with professional actors and professional designers,â&#x20AC;? said Program Manager and Producer Derek Livingston,

Devyn Krevatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairy Taleâ&#x20AC;? will debut in March at the Plays by Young Writers festival. Courtesy photo who spearheaded the evaluation process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They get to go through the whole process of playwriting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; writing a play, having it chosen, sitting in on production meetings, working with the director, watching it in rehearsal and ultimately seeing it on stage in front of an audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no greater chance for a playwright of any age to develop as a writer than to go through that process. To do so at such a young age is tremendously helpful.â&#x20AC;?

The roughly 20-minute play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairy Tale,â&#x20AC;? features a narrator who fights for control as traditional fairy tale characters defy their prescribed roles. Devyn wrote a 10-minute version of the play two years ago, during a writing camp at Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education Program for Gifted Youth. She submitted a revised version to Playwrights Project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The narrator is trying to tell the story, but his characters are acting out against him because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

not happy with the situation that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re placed in,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of tired of it.â&#x20AC;? Founded in 1985, Playwrights Project reaches as many as 15,000 people each year through a variety of programs for children and adults. Devyn discovered her passion for playwriting when the nonprofit organization held a writing workshop at Solana Pacific Elementary School. Then a sixth grader, she won a staged reading of her first play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Case of the Missing Pencil Tips,â&#x20AC;? in 2007. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theater is the only art form where you have that connection with the audience â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to have them present and responding,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool to write a play and then see it put on.â&#x20AC;? Devyn is founder and president of her schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creative Writing Club, which launched its annual CCA Writers Conference in 2012. In addition to writing, she enjoys playing piano and guitar. She plans to study mathematics and

playwriting in college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devyn is a very bright young woman,â&#x20AC;? said Livingston, who has worked in theater for 25 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She really knows and has a sense of when things are working and when the story isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being told quite the way she imagined or hoped. It is very exciting to watch her because she is almost a professional at this point, having done this process before.â&#x20AC;? The festival will take place March 6-16 at The Sheryl and Harvey White Stage in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe. General admission tickets cost $20. Discounted tickets for seniors, students and military cost $15. Opening night and reception tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets, call 858-384-2970 or email write@playwrightsproject. org. For more information about Playwrights Project, visit www.playwrights

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Still time to register for for RSF Little League Registration is now open for Rancho Santa Fe Little League until Jan. 11, 2014. Register online only at Players registering for Majors, AAA, Minors, and Rookie/Machine Pitch need to attend an evaluation at Richardson Field. The purpose of the evaluation process is to ensure team parity. All players attending an evaluation should bring a glove and wear cleats if possible. Evaluations will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Make-up evaluations will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. T-ball players do not need to attend evaluations. Please see the website (www. for a detailed schedule. Little League season will officially open on March 8, 2014. Additional Opening Day information will be announced in January.

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Innovation Night at La Jolla Playhouse 2013 co-chair Ivor Royston of Forward Ventures

Roth tribute center stage at Playhouse Innovation Night La Jolla Playhouse presented its sixth annual Innovation Night on Nov. 20, 2013 in partnership with Qualcomm and hosted by co-chairs Don Rosenberg, EVP and general counsel, Qualcomm; Tim Scott, president of Pharmatek Laboratories; and Ivor Royston, managing partner of Forward Ventures. The event paid tribute to Duane Roth, the late CEO of CONNECT and co-chair of the Playhouse’s inaugural Innovation Night event in 2007. Photos by Daniel Norwood Photography.

Aerialists perform at Innovation Night at La Jolla Playhouse 2013.

Co-chair Tim Scott is interviewed by U-T TV at Innovation Night at La Jolla Playhouse 2013.

Innovation Night co-host sponsor Ian Campbell of Mission Partners, chair Tim Scott of Pharmatek Laboratories, Dr. Emily Scott, host committee member Jack DeFranco of Targeson, La Jolla Playhouse Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, and lead sponsor Kent Griffin of BioMed Realty

In the Irish tradition, a bottle of Templeton Rye, from his home state of Iowa, was reserved for the late Duane Roth, for whom the evening’s festivities were dedicated.

Nevins McBride, lead sponsor Karim Pirani of DonorNation and Playhouse Trustee Margret Guests from Procopio gather to network at Innovation McBride Night at La Jolla Playhouse 2013.

RSF Democratic Club and RSF’s Jamie Carr to hold Congressman Scott Peters to serve as guest speaker at RSF Democratic Club meeting Jan. 23 fundraiser for SD Mayoral Candidate David Alvarez Congressman Scott Peters will be the guest speaker at the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA, 92075. Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. “First elected in 2012, Peters currently serves on the House Committees on Armed Services & on Science, Space, & Technology Committee. “After a 15-year career as an environmental lawyer, Peters was elected to the San Diego City Council where he later became the City’s first City Council President (20062008). On the Council, Peters helped lead the $2 billion redevelopment of downtown San Diego, the cleanup of the city’s beaches and bays, and the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects. He pursued greater accountability and efficiency in government through the creation of a new Council/Mayor form of government with an independent budget review function. In 2001, the governor appointed Peters to the Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy. In 2002, the Speaker of the Assembly appointed Peters to the California Coastal Commission. “Peters also served as chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine that supports over 40,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans, with $3.3 billion in direct regional economic impact. “Peters earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and worked

The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club, together with Jamie Carr, will host an afternoon fundraising event in support of San Diego City Mayoral Candidate David Alvarez on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 3-5 p.m. The event will occur in Fairbanks Ranch (address provided upon RSVP). Requested contribution: Chair: $1,000. Sponsor: $500. Host $250. Supporter: $100. Friend $50. Please RSVP to Ashley at 858-449-2882 or

Scott Peters as an economist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency before attending New York University School of Law. He and his wife of 27 years reside in La Jolla, where they raised their son and daughter.” Please RSVP at Members: $15. Non-members: $25. Annual Dues: $50. Credit cards accepted with RSVP online. At door: Checks only. Payable to NC Unity. Questions: 858-759-2620.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus to perform Feb. 8, 9 The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will frame a performance of a piece by California composer Lou Harrison with music by two classical masters, Hector Berlioz and Brahms, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. The concerts take place at UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium. Hear Steven Schick conduct the orchestra and pianist Sarah Cahill in a rare performance of Harrison’s Piano Concerto, along with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, which concludes in an explosion of fireworks, and Brahms’ autumnal Symphony No. 4. Ticket prices are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors, and $15 for students. Call 858534-4637 or visit

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The Counter restaurant at Del Mar Highlands closes BY KAREN BILLING The Counter restaurant in Del Mar Highlands has closed. The custom-burger eatery had been open since 2011. According to Mary Park, who handles public relations for The Counter, three of the San Diego Counter locations are now closed but they plan to open a new store in Del Mar soon. Elizabeth Schreiber, the manager of Del Mar Highlands Town Center, said they are in talks with the restaurant’s owner regarding the status of the business. “We expect it may take a few weeks for the issue to be resolved,” Schreiber said. “In the meantime, we will continue to strive to give our customers the best shopping, dining and entertainment experience possible at the center.”

Solana Beach speaker to talk about ADHD and auditory processing Fusion Academy presents speaker Maria Bagby, director and owner of the Therapeutic Literacy Center, in a discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 14, about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and auditory processing. Participants will learn a new way to think about ADHD and how to help their child and themselves deal more effectively and efficiently with ADHD and attention challenges. Information about auditory and cognitive processes, and how they relate to attention will be presented. Options of nonmedication-related therapies will be presented and explained. Bagby will also address concerns with focused attention and self-esteem. The discussion runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 512 Via de la Valle, Suite # 201, Solana Beach. R.S.V.P. to 858-668-8366 (phone/text) or

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Local resident Lois Alter Mark wins two writing awards

Solana Beach Cardinals to hold 14U competitive baseball spring tryouts Jan. 12

And the winner of Blogger Idol 2013 is … Lois Alter Mark! The Carmel Valley resident who launched her new website, Midlife at the Oasis, last summer, recently won the global writing competition which is considered the premier contest for bloggers. “This was the most competitive year yet,” said Heather Reese, of My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream, who founded Blogger Idol in 2011. “More than 220 bloggers auditioned, and the judges rated them based on originality and how well they stood out.” Mark made it into the original Top 13 in September, and spent three months completing weekly assignments with prompts like “Reveal a secret you’ve never told anyone” and “Write a eulogy for yourself.” “Blogger Idol was a challenging, exciting and stressful experience which totally pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to write about topics that were very different for me,” Mark said. “I was really touched by the outpouring of support from my readers and was so proud to have ended the journey with Jennifer Schario Hicks, of Real Life Parenting, who is a great

baseball spring tryouts on Sunday, Jan. 12, from noon-3

Lois Alter Mark with a friendly elephant.


Oceanside Days of Art extends call to artists Applications will now be accepted until March 15 for the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and the Oceanside Days of Art Committee call to artists for the 22nd annual Oceanside Days of Art event, which will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26-27. ODA is a juried fine art festival featuring artists selling paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more. Visit oceanside-days-of-art for applications and additional information.

John Halsey “Jay” Brickley, Jr. 1949 – 2013 Jay passed away on November 24, 2013, after a very long and valiant fight with cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family while watching the Chargers game against Kansas City, which the Chargers won. He was the son of John Halsey “Jack” Brickley, Colonel, USMC and

Jean Henderson Brickley, both deceased. Jay was born in Vallejo, California on Feb. 15, 1949 and moved to Coronado CA, his freshman year of high school where he played on the basketball team. He attended several community colleges and graduated from San Diego State University. Jay had a great kindness and love for life and an easy ability to make friends. He was a devoted father to his children, Ben and Briana. He was the type of man that would do whatever was needed of him, from being a great neighbor to the best dad ever. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2pm at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Please sign the guest book online at www. ranchosantafereview.

Obituaries call Cathy Kay at 858-218-7237 or email:

writer and someone I’m happy to now call a friend.” Mark won immunity the week she got the highest score for her fictional post about being arrested for protesting at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, and she received a perfect score from the judges for “Lesson Learned,” about her high school experience with FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), which was later picked up by The Huffington Post. Last week, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop named Mark “Humor Writer of the Month,” and reposted her winning Blogger Idol piece, “Amster-damn.” “What an honor that is!” Mark said. “Erma Bombeck has always been one of my idols. Best of all, it proves to my kids that someone thinks I’m funny.” Visit Lois Alter Mark’s website at midlifeattheoasis. com.

The Solana Beach Cardinals will hold 14U competitive p.m. at Santa Fe Christian School, Turf Field. Please register at: Take your game to the next level by joining The Solana Beach Cardinals. The Cardinals organization is looking for players that have the drive to succeed at baseball. As a developmental baseball program, the Cardinals aim to help athletes reach their personal and athletic goals as the Cardinals prepare them to compete at high school and collegiate levels. Over the past two years, The Cardinals Program has helped place more than 30 Cardinals players in collegiate baseball programs. Many are D1 schools such as UCLA, USC, USD, Purdue and Kent State. For more information, visit

Informational breast and ovarian cancer awareness event to be held Feb. 11 Join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for an informational breast and ovarian cancer awareness evening on Feb. 11. Breast surgeon Dr. Michele Carpenter and geneticist Sandra Brown will be joined by Lynn Larkin Flanagan, a 17-year breast-cancer survivor, and Naomi Whitacre, an 11-year ovarian cancer survivor, for a discussion of such topics as risk, lifestyle modifications, symptoms, detection and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. The event begins at 7 p.m. at 12701 Torrey Bluff Drive, 92130 in Carmel Valley.

In Loving Memory of Our Little Buddy Aiden Hunter Karches August 28, 2012 - December 26, 2013

You are our angel. We miss you and love you. Kelli, Jason & Madeleine Karches


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ELECTION continued from page 1 ment of women). Faulconer, 46, is in his second term on the city council, representing many of San Diego’s beach communities. Alvarez, 33, has been on the council three years, representing lower-income communities south of Interstate 8. For more information about the candidates, visit their websites: • • To vote by mail: call the Registrar of Voters to apply for a mail ballot; complete the application card on the back of the sample ballot and voter information pamphlet; or mail a request. Applications should be sent to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 5600 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123. Applications may also be faxed to (858) 6942955. Written requests for a mail ballot must contain name, registered address in the City of San Diego, signature and address where the ballot is to be mailed. The deadline to request a mail ballot for the special election is Feb. 4. Election deadlines

Rancho Santa Fe Review •Jan. 13: First day mail ballots will be available; first day early voting is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday, San Diego County Registrar of Voters office, 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego •Jan. 27: Last day to register to vote •Feb. 4: Last day to apply for a mail ballot, request due to Registrar’s office by 5 p.m. •Feb. 11 (Election Day): • Polls and Registrar’s office open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Where to catch a candidates’ debate Alvarez and Faulconer have planned six debates leading up to the Feb. 11 special runoff election. Each will be broadcast on television or radio and moderated by media hosts, with questions coming from the moderator or a panel. •Jan. 15: 1 p.m. taping (broadcast time TBD), KGTV 10 News (Channel 10) and KPBS News (89.5 FM/Channel 11) • Jan. 17: 2:30 p.m. taping (broadcast time TBD), KUSI News (Channel 9/51) • Jan. 23: 6 p.m. broadcast, NBC 7 San Diego (Channel 7/39) • Jan. 26: 9 p.m. broadcast (taping January 25 at 3 p.m.), San Diego 6 the CW (Channel 6) • Jan. 30: 11 a.m.


broadcast, KFMB (760 AM and Channel 8) • Jan. 31: 6 p.m. broadcast (taping at 5 p.m.), Univision San Diego (Channel 17) Poll locations There will be 573 polls in the City of San Diego (including 22 in La Jolla). Your poll will be shown on the back cover of your sample ballot and voter information pamphlet. You may also determine your poll location by calling (858) 565-5800 or by checking the Registrar’s website at Poll workers needed Poll workers are needed in all locations. They must have transportation to their assigned polling location and, depending on the job assignment, may also need Internet access to take an online training and attend a two-hour class. Poll workers receive a stipend of $75 to $175, depending on the assignment. Those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if they are assigned to fulfill a Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese assignment at a poll. To become a poll worker, call (858) 565-5800 or visit

‘To be a Jew’ in modern society topic of next Rohr Jewish Learning Institute course in RSF The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present “To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History,” the institute’s new six-course Winter 2014 session. Rabbi Levi Raskin of the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe will conduct the classes at 7 p.m. Mondays starting Feb. 3 at Morgan Run Resort. “A recent Pew study exposed that 22 percent of Jews identify as ‘Jews with no religion,’ and for many, this is a clear indication that the landscape of Jewish identity is changing rapidly,” said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. “Our objective with this course is to initiate a discussion about Jewish identity, why it is still relevant, and what we can do to make it something our children and grandchildren will cherish for generations to come.” In “To Be a Jew in the Free World,” participants will confront questions of allegiance and issues in which Judaism and contemporary society appear to be in conflict. Looking into the past, the course explores a series of fascinating case studies, such as arguments made in the 1650s to persuade Oliver Cromwell to readmit Jews to England and how Ulysses S. Grant’s 1862 expulsion of the Jews became a defining issue in his presidential election. “To Be a Jew in the Free World” is unique in that it will likely represent the first nationwide effort to bring the Jewish community together to address these important issues since the findings of the Pew report were released in October. “The subject of identity is close to the hearts of many in our Jewish community, yet it’s a subject that is rarely discussed nowadays.” said Rabbi Levi Raskin, the local JLI instructor in RSF. “The course provides a rare opportunity to address this issue that will benefit the wider community of RSF, and we invite everyone to attend.” Like all JLI programs, “To Be a Jew in the Free World“ is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship. Interested students may call 858-756-7571 or visit for registration and other course-related information. JLI courses are presented in RSF, CA in conjunction with the Chabad Jewish Center of RSF.

2014 Health Fair to be held in Solana Beach Jan. 15 The Solana Beach Community Senior Center presents its 2014 Health Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave. in Solana Beach. The event starts at 10 a.m. in Debin Hall and includes free screenings, giveaways, door prizes, a free lunch and entertainment. Call 858-509-2587 for more information.

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Evolutionary revelations B Y MARSHA SUTTON When I received this email message from my Marsha Sutton cousin – “We’re doomed; we’re just so utterly doomed.” – I figured it was his usual cynical hyperbole. But after clicking the link and reading the article, I confess I share some of his gloom. The Pew Research Center’s recent survey on evolution found that 60 percent of Americans accept the principle of evolution of the human species while 33 percent don’t. [The remaining respondents were undecided.] The question was phrased to ask whether respondents believed humans have evolved over time or existed in their present form since the beginning. [http:// w w w. p e w f o r u m . org/2013/12/30/publicsviews-on-human-evolution/] The difference in opinion on this issue between Republicans and Democrats is striking. In 2009, 54 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats embraced the principle of evolution. Today. it’s 43 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats. That means the majority of Republicans and onethird of Democrats don’t believe humans have evolved over time. Of those who identify as Independents, 28 percent reject evolution. Women are 10 percentage points more likely than men to disagree with evolution, with 55 percent accepting and 38 percent rejecting (65 percent of men accept evolution and 28 percent reject it). Pew also found that the older one is, the less likely they are to support evolutionary science. Saying humans have evolved over time are 68 percent of those 18-29 years old, 60 percent of those 30-49, 59 percent of those 50-64, and 49 percent of those 65 and older. Education is also a factor. Saying they agree with evolution are 72 percent of college graduates, 62 percent of those with some college education, and 51 percent with a high school diploma or less. The survey was based on telephone interviews of 1,983 adults 18 years or old-

er, from all 50 states, between March 21 and April 8, 2013. I want to attribute the unsettling findings to the notion that scientifically-oriented people don’t respond to anonymous telephone surveys. But I’m grasping at straws. Another straw, that the margin of error might be unusually high, is also just as flimsy, because it’s only the standard 3 percentage points. So what are we to make of this survey? Just a theory? As we move to implement the new national Common Core standards in our schools, which seek to address the deficiencies in America’s education system, one wonders how educators plan to improve the academic achievement of our children when so many among us believe it’s acceptable to reject overwhelming scientific evidence about human origins in favor of an allegorical creation story. We’ve heard the argument that evolution is just a theory; therefore, it is not proven. But disputing the theory of evolution is like disagreeing with the theory of gravity. Asking people if they “believe” in evolution betrays a bias in the question itself. Would you ask someone if they “believe” in gravity? This is the definition of the word “theory,” according to “When used in non-scientific context, the word ‘theory’ implies that something is unproven or speculative. As used in science, however, a theory is an explanation or model based on observation, experimentation, and reasoning, especially one that has been tested and confirmed as a general principle helping to explain and predict natural phenomena. “A scientific theory summarizes a hypothesis or group of hypotheses that have been supported with repeated testing. If enough evidence accumulates to support a hypothesis, it moves to the next step – known as a theory – in the scientific method and becomes accepted as a valid explanation of a phenomenon.” The news over the years is peppered with reports of biology textbook controversies in state after state – notably and most recently in Texas, where self-described creationists on the state Board of Education are objecting to biology textbooks that teach evolution, Charles Darwin’s findings on the origin of our species, natural selection, DNA and fossil evidence, and the geologic age of the earth. Because Texas is so large, and its adoption of textbooks has ramifications nationally, it matters, even to far-away states like ours. When we teach our children to respectfully challenge notions that have not been rigorously substantiated and verifiably supported with well-founded scientific evidence, then we are teaching kids how to respect their natural curiosity and to be good scientists. But when we teach our kids to ignore science and reject meticulously-tested evidence, in favor of personal beliefs unsupported by any logical or objective methods, we are teaching them to disregard truth, embrace unscientific ideology, and close their minds to the reality of the world around them. As we try to elevate the intellectual power of our youth, religious convictions in fact-based science textbooks are contra-indicated for success. With Darwin’s theory of evolution universally accepted by the scientific community, teaching children alternate versions of reality is not teaching – it is indoctrination. Locally, in the San Dieguito Union High School District, we can thank trustees, the superintendent, principals, and department chairs for ensuring that science is taught, religion is respected, and both can co-exist peacefully – just not together in the classroom. God’s timepiece Americans are a deeply religious people. But that doesn’t mean religion and science have to be incompatible. According to the Pew poll, of the 60 percent who said humans have evolved over time, 32 percent say evolution is “due to natural processes such as natural selection” while 24 percent say God or a supreme deity played a role in evolution. Of all Pew’s findings, this one is the most encouraging, because it indicates that a large segment of the population (well, 24 percent of 60 percent) is able to distinguish between science and faith, and have both co-exist, each in its

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PURCHASE continued from page 1 Boon said that what was written to members in the ballot materials and the intent of the sale were “not clearly one and the same” and that disconnect was at the heart of the discussions had with the RSF Garden Club last year. “The Garden Club expected access to the building and to keep the office space in perpetuity,” Boon said, noting it was a surprise to the board and they couldn’t agree to buy a building that was encumbered in that way. Hitting that stumbling block of the terms “in perpetuity,” the RSF Association went back to the RSF Garden Club to arrange a compromise to lease the office space and that if any future RSF Association board wanted to change the club’s use of the building, it would have to go to a vote of the membership and the club would be given a year to vacate. “I don’t know if I’ve clearly stated how difficult this was,” Boon said of the process to work through all of the outstanding issues. “It took a long time to do it.” Now that the negotiations have ended, RSF Association Director Heather Slosar made a motion to have another community-wide vote on the purchase. It failed 3-4 with only Slosar, Craig McAllister and Boon voting in favor of another vote. Boon said that the community voted in April on just the “skeleton concept” of the deal and now that there’s more flesh on it, the community should be allowed to vote again rather than give the community members personal assurances that the agreement is faithful to what they voted on. “I do feel it’s important to have the community vote on the specifics and not just the concept,” Boon said. RSF Association Director Larry Spitcaufsky disagreed and said the letter of intent spelled it out accurately and not one change has been made to the deal other than the eight days per year that the club would like to use the building being upped to 15. RSF Association Director Jerry Yahr said the board did stumble over the terms “in perpetuity” but everyone worked tirelessly to come up with a solution. “The current deal on the table satisfies our conditions and fairly represents what the community voted on last April. I don’t believe

Rancho Santa Fe Review we need another vote at this time,” Yahr said. “It takes a long time to put these transactions together… I personally feel we’re ready to move forward.” RSF Association Director Rochelle Putnam said they went into a bit of a “rabbit hole” on the office space issue but it has now been resolved and she doesn’t believe there is anything new in the deal that the community hasn’t already voted 81 percent in favor of. The purchase documents will next be submitted to attorneys for a fairness appraisal; then the documents must be approved by the Attorney General of California. It is the hope that the approval and close of escrow would be complete by April. During public comment, people shared opinions on both sides on whether a new vote was necessary. Dean Curtis, a member of the RSF Association Finance Committee, said in the interest of full disclosure, if the terms of the deal have changed then it needs to be brought back to the membership for an honest report of what’s going on. Some wondered if the vote was taken too soon, before all the deal’s wrinkles were ironed out. Many argued that the lease is a strong enough point and that the community should re-vote. Other Covenant members felt it was time to move on. “This deal, this opportunity to buy this corner and preserve it for Rancho Santa Fe and future generations is one of the most positive opportunities we’ve had since the Covenant Enhancement Fund started,” said former board member Anne McCarthy, urging the board to get the deal done. RSF Garden Club President Helen DiZio wanted it to be clear that by purchasing the building, the RSF Association is not “saving the Garden Club.” “What we are is a charitable foundation but it hasn’t been able to be that charitable organization because of the building… We’ve spent a lot of time taking care of this building and that’s not what we’re about.” The RSF Garden Club once had more than 2,000 members, but now has around 300 members and some Covenant members say it no longer makes sense for the club to have a building of that size. “[The building] makes sense for the community as a whole, it should be main-

tained for the community,” Dizio said. The club will continue to use the building for events 15 times a year, utilize the office space and run The Upscale Resale Shoppe, under a 10-year lease with the RSF Association. As stated in last year’s letter of understanding between the RSF Association and RSF Garden Club, proceeds from the purchase price will be deposited into a special Community Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and an oversight panel will be in charge of awarding grant monies to Rancho Santa Fe’s nonprofit organizations. The average net annual return on funds at the Foundation for the last 10 years has been a very positive 6.4 percent, according to RSF Foundation Executive Director Christy Wilson. Based on a 6.4 percent payout rate, the amount of funds available to community groups annually could be $152,000. The projected net annual cost of operating the club, including reserve requirements, is $55,000 and will be covered from funds allocated to the Covenant Enhancement Fund, which is 2.5 cents from the 14-cent assessment rate. In the current fiscal year, that fund will generate $958,000. As far as how the RSF Association board communicated the status of the deal to the public, former RSF Association Board President Bill Hinchy noted it’s a lot more difficult to let people know what’s going on when the board meets only in executive session and now meets only once a month. RSF resident Deb Plummer said she recently read that the RSF Association staff is busier than ever and yet there are 50 percent fewer open meetings, giving the appearance that things are being done behind closed doors. Boon said she agreed that they should have had more public conversations but said the board chose to keep the discussions in executive session. “I’m a very big proponent of transparency of the board and discussions that are open to all points of view,” Boon said. “We’ve done a less than perfect job communicating to members and I hope we can correct that.” Boon also said they had hoped that having one meeting a month would help out the staff but admitted it’s been difficult to conduct business and might not be the best way proceed going forward.

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can and Alvarez is a Democrat, although the mayor’s office is officially non-partisan. Faulconer said he can appeal to a broad range of San Diegans due to his ability to work with members of both parties to achieve the city’s goals. But he faces a demographic challenge, as Democrats enjoy a substantial registration advantage over Republicans in San Diego. According to the county Registrar of Voters office, 39 percent of the city’s 652,429 registered voters are Democrats, 26 percent are Republicans, and 28 percent indicate no party preference. “It’s not about being a Republican or Democrat, but what’s best for San Diego. That’s how you win elections,” Faulconer said. Faulconer does enjoy an advantage in one statistical measure — campaign funds. Recently filed campaign statements showed Faulconer raised $1.4 million in 2013, compared to $524,000 for Alvarez. During his tenure on the council, Faulconer said he has worked to make the city more financially stable, including efforts to reform employee pensions and require city employees to compete for contracts against private firms, a process called “managed competition.” Pension reforms have included a 2012 ballot measure, in which city voters approved the elimination of guaranteed pensions for new city workers other than police officers, replacing them with a 401k-style retirement savings plan. Still, the city’s pension costs continue to climb. This year’s city pension contribution is $275 million, from a $2.8 billion total budget. When he took office, said Faulconer, the annual pension contribution was $165 million. The city has also moved to implement managed competition and, according to Faulconer’s staff, will save $10 million per year thanks to the five competitions held so far, all won by city employees, including such services as fleet maintenance and printing. Additional competitions are planned for such services as trash pickup. Another priority if elected, said Faulconer, is streamlining the development review process so that plans for new construction and remodeling projects, whether for businesses or residents, are reviewed with-

in a set period of time. Too often, he said, projects have been unnecessarily delayed due to ponderous processing by city departments. Amid an electrifying playoff run by the San Diego Chargers, Faulconer said that as mayor he would support a proposal for a new Chargers stadium if it makes financial sense, and if it is approved by voters, possibly at either the city or countywide level. He would not commit to being either for or against the use of public funds to help pay for a new stadium. “I’m not convinced we need to use public funds,” he said. “My priority is using public funds for our neighborhoods, and not for a new stadium.” Another priority, Faulconer said, is increased staffing and retention for the San Diego Police Department, which he said is short by 130 officers. On the contentious issue of medical marijuana dispensaries, Faulconer said he supports access to the drug for people who need it, along with protections for San Diego neighborhoods. He said a revised medical marijuana ordinance is expected to come before the City Council soon. Faulconer did not offer a position on One Paseo, a controversial proposed mixed-use development in Carmel Valley, but said the city should weigh community concerns with clearly delineated development rules in an open and transparent process. And he also would seek to resolve the issue of noxious odors caused by animal waste in and around La Jolla Cove, which led to a lawsuit filed against the city last month by frustrated business owners. Any solution must make sense for both the environment and neighbors, he said. “I’m not sure what that is but we need to be creative and figure that out,” he said. Faulconer criticized a steep hike to the city’s “linkage fee,” imposed on developers to pay for affordable housing, which was approved by a divided City Council in November. Alvarez supported the measure and Faulconer opposed it. “We should be making it easier for businesses to expand,” Faulconer said. “The damage it will do while we are trying to create jobs is a huge reason I was opposed to it.” Note: A feature on candidate David Alvarez will run in an upcoming issue of this newspaper.

REVELATIONS continued from page 21 own realm. A Catholic nun I once met told me she fully endorsed the theory of evolution as fact, based on all the incontrovertible scientific evidence. But she also said that science and religion need not be mutually exclusive. Although she firmly believed that God made the world and all things in it in six days of creation, her way of reconciling the two positions was this: “We just don’t know what kind of a watch God has.” However, George Coyne, a Roman Catholic priest and former director of the Vatican Observatory who holds a Ph.D. in astronomy, issued a statement in 2005 about what’s called “intelligent design,” saying it “isn’t science even though it pretends to be. If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science.” Many religious schools teach evolution as part of their science curriculum and teach the biblical stories of creation in classes on religion. The hoped-for result is that students come away with a scientific understanding of the universe and how life on earth was formed, and are able to successfully integrate their faith-based beliefs to complement rather than undermine the science. I’m reminded of famous astronomer Carl Sagan who, when speaking about the majesty of the universe, said the beauty of the cosmos and the laws of nature allow space for a belief in God. However, Sagan also said, “It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” Evolution need not threaten religious faith. But let’s not allow religious beliefs to threaten instruction in science. Teach our children science in biology classes – and leave religion for theology lessons and for churches, synagogues and mosques. — Marsha Sutton can be reached at SuttComm@san.rr. com.

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Area residents ‘plunge’ into the New Year Del Mar Lifeguards and brave area residents “dove” into the New Year during the annual Penguin Plunge on Jan. 1. The event was held at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street. Photos/Jon Clark; Online:

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Participants rush into the water at Del Mar Beach for the annual Penguin Plunge. Mary Zobell, Karen Zobell, Zoe Zobell, Whitney McFaldden

Zachary and Kelsey O’Neil

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Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge 2014

Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge 2014

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Local dance icon celebrates birthday with a unique show

La Jolla Cultural Partners

BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT For 40 years, from the groundbreaking Three’s Company to the multi-dimensional San Diego Dance Theater, Jean Isaacs has been a major force on the local dance scene. Now the award-winning choreographer is celebrating her 70th birthday with a dance extravaganza on the UCSD campus where she taught for 25 years. “There the Dance Is,” coming to the Mandell Weiss Theatre Jan. 17-19, offers a mix of stylish and impish choreography, live choral and cabaret music, and features students and colleagues from Isaac’s long and productive life in dance. Onstage, along with eight company members from SDDT, whose artistic director Isaacs has been since 1997, will be six UCSD dance department alumni. Besides Isaacs’ own choreography, the program will include a new piece by Monica Bill Barnes, a New Yorkbased performer/choreographer, who studied dance with Isaacs two decades ago while working toward her B.A. in Theater and Philosophy. Barnes, whose work celebrates the humor and theatricality of everyday life, expanded her fan base last year when she toured with NPR’s Ira Glass in “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” She calls San Diego her

San Diego Dance Theater artistic director Jean Isaacs, rehearsing with her assistant Blythe Barton in 2012. (Photo/Kira Corser) “second home, artistically,” and maintains a close relationship with Isaacs, contributing pieces to Isaacs’ annual “Trolley Dances” and teaching summer classes at SDDT. Her new piece, which will kick off the show, is set to a trio of songs sung by Judy Garland. Following Barnes will be something completely different: an Isaacs piece set to the soaring

sounds of “O Magnum Mysterium,” sung by the 24-voice choral ensemble SACRA PROFANA. The second part of the program will be a selection of Isaacs’ “Cabaret Dances,” reimagining a pre-WW II cabaret in Berlin. One of the highlights will be a solo “on pointe” by Dance Theater‘s Trystan Loucado, just back from an 18-month tour with

music will be all Kurt Weill, including such favorites as the “Whiskey Bar” song from the 1930 Brecht/Weill opera, “Mahagonny,” and “September Song,” from the 1938 Broadway musical, “Knickerbocker Holiday.” Musical accompaniment will be provided by pianist Steve Baker — dean of arts at Grossmont College and SDDT’s music director, who also happens to be Isaac’s husband — and local jazz singer Rachel Drexler. The show is a happy return to the UCSD campus for Isaacs, who retired from the dance department in 2007, but is still going strong at the helm of SDDT. “I’m resurrecting some of my old pieces and creating new ones,” Isaacs said. “I feel privileged to be able to be able to sustain the energy to do it this long.”

Jean Isaacs, in 1974. (Photo/Jim Coit) Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male company famous for its parodies of classical ballet. Another notable solo will be Isaac’s “White Dress,” originally created for Terry Wilson, now professor of dance at City College, who re-set the piece on Isaac’s daughter, Liv Isaacs-Nollet. “It’s exciting to pass the dance on to the next generation,” Isaacs said. The cabaret will be emceed by recently-retired UCSD theater professor Jim Winker, and the

If you go: What: “There the Dance Is,” from Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater When: 8 p.m. Jan. 17-18; 2 p.m. Jan. 19 Where: Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD Campus Tickets: $15-$40 Box Office: (619) 225-1803 On the Web: sandiegodance

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The soundON Festival of Modern Music 2014 brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. We present concerts featuring San Diego New Music's ensemble-in-residence NOISE, San Diego's modern choral ensemble Sacra Profana, guest artists soprano Alice Teyssier and the McAllister-Keller Guitar Duo, and we celebrate the release of two new recordings featuring NOISE artists: Morris Palter and Matthew Burtner, both featuring music first heard at soundON!

This archival project of MCASD and the La Jolla Historical Society examines the evolution of their respective buildings at 700 and 780 Prospect Street in La Jolla. See this exhibition before it closes on January 12 .

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Mainly Mozart’s 26th season to kick off in Rancho Santa Fe Jan. 24 Mainly Mozart’s 26th season includes concerts by some of today’s most exciting chamber musicians. Beginning Jan. 24, Mainly Mozart will present seven performances at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club (the series is also held in La Jolla and Carlsbad). One of San Diego’s leading producers of chamber music, Mainly Mozart has produced its Spotlight Chamber Series since 1996. The Spotlight Chamber Series evenings take place January through June in three venues throughout San Diego: the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, Rancho Santa Fe; The Auditorium at TSRI (formerly The Neurosciences Institute), La Jolla; and St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carlsbad. During the 2014 festival, Spotlight concerts take place in May and early June. Mainly Mozart’s 2013-2014 Spotlight Chamber Series is overseen by series curator Anne-Marie McDermott, internationally renowned piano soloist and artist of the famed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This series offers memorable chamber music concerts ranging from solo recitals to trios, quartets and quintets, and conversations with top artists. The 2014 Mainly Mozart Festival, which opens May 9 with the Spotlight series and concludes June 21 with the final Festival Orchestra concert, continues with the new Festival Series format that met with much success in summer 2013. Offering concerts and events in five different series, the festival features the crown jewel, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the sought-after Spotlight series, and three new series introduced by the organization this past season: Mozart & the Mind, Chamber Players and Evolution. For subscriptions, tickets or more information, call the box office at 619- 466-8742 or visit The concert information for all the performances follows below – please note that times vary: MAINLY MOZART 2014 Spotlight Series January 23 - June 1, 2014 (Formerly referred to as Spotlight - Winter Jan. 23 April 27 and Spotlight during the Mainly Mozart Festival May 9 - June 1) (Artists, repertoire, locations, times subject to change) Concerts at Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, Rancho Santa Fe •Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 7:30 p.m. Spotlight Concert The McDermott Trio Mozart: Piano Trio in Bb, K. 502 Zwilich: Piano Trio Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8 •Saturday, March 1, 2014 6 p.m. Spotlight Concert Mandelring Quartet Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in d, K. 421 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in f#, Op. 108 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in a, Op. 132 •Sunday, March 30, 2014 6 p.m. Spotlight Concert Steven Copes, violin; Yura Lee, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, bass; Anna Polonsky, piano Post-concert Artist Talk-Back from stage Schubert: Sonata in a for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 Mozart: Adagio in b, K. 540 Schubert: Piano Quintet in A “The Trout”, D. 667 •Sunday, April 27, 2014 John Lill, piano 6 p.m. Spotlight Concert Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F, K. 332 Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C, Op. 53, “Waldstein” Prokofiev: Toccata in d, Op. 11 •Friday, May 9, 2014 7:30 p.m. Spotlight Concert Anne-Marie McDermott and Stephen Prutsman, two pianos Mozart: Sonata in D for two pianos, K. 448 Schumann: Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, WoO 31 Copland: El Salon Mexico Prutsman: Tryptich Ravel: La valse •Sunday, May 18, 2014 Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, Rancho Santa Fe 6 p.m. Spotlight Concert Orion String Quartet Windscape Mozart: String Quartet No. 20 in D, K 499,”Hoffmeister” Bach: Die Kunst der Fugue (The Art of the Fugue) BWV

1080 (arr. Samuel Baron) Contrapuncti III, IV, XIII, VIII, XIV, XVIII, XIX, IX, XX Chorale Prelude on Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit, BWV 668 •Sunday, June 1 – Rancho Santa Fe – 6: p.m. Romance of D’Ambrosio Mozart Duo No. 1 in G for Violin and Viola, K. 423 D’Ambrosio String Quintet, Op. 8

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Book-signing event to be held for local author Chantal Sicile-Kara’s new book ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Complete Guide’ A book publication and signing event with Carmel Valley author Chantal Sicile-Kira will be held Tuesday, Jan 14, from 5-7 p.m. at Cozymel’s in La Jolla (UTC: 4303 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122; Sicile-Kira is the author of the new book “Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Complete Guide” (Penguin, Jan 7, 2014). This award-winning guide covers every aspect of understanding and living with autism today. Sicile-Kara is the award-winning author of five books, a columnist, a national speaker and the founder of, which provides practical information to parents and educators. Come get a book signed, and enjoy free appetizers. All book proceeds to benefit NFAR. (NFAR’s mission is to help in the development, expansion and support of autism programs and services that improve the quality of life for children and young adults with autism in the San Diego region. To date, NFAR has awarded nearly $1 million in grants and direct services throughout San Diego County.) The event is presented by Shannon Vajda (Pacific Coast Partnership) and Robin Champlin, Esq.


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Falafel Crab Cake is accompanied by lemon caper aioli and a celery root salad.

Chandler’s ■ 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad ■ (760) 683-5500 ■ ■ The Vibe: Upscale casual, relaxed ■ Reservations: Yes ■ Signature Dishes: Lobster and ■ Patio Seating: Yes ■ Take Out: Yes Shrimp Tacos, Baby Kale Salad, ■ Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily Porcini-Dusted Diver Scallops, Crab-Crusted Sea Bass, Pretzel■ Hours: Crusted Skinless Chicken Breast 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday ■ Open Since: 2012

Baby Kale Salad includes strawberries, julienne of green apple, avocado, cacao nibs, a sunny-side up egg and a redwine vinaigrette.

Porcini-Dusted Diver Scallops comes with heirloom potatoes, artichoke hearts and Bloomsdale spinach, covered with almonds and a peppercorn beurre blanc.

Chandler’s serves comfort food with contemporary twists On The Menu Recipe Each week you’ll find a recipe from the featured restaurant online at Just click ‘Get The Recipe’ at the bottom of the story.

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Chandler’s Falafel Crab Cake

Chandler’s outdoor patio provides an ocean view.

BY KELLEY CARLSON handler’s is a standout in south Carlsbad. First, it is the only restaurant in that part of the city that faces the Coast Highway (aka Carlsbad Boulevard). As part of the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, it offers guests an opportunity to dine on coastal regional cuisine and imbibe specialty cocktails, such as the Espresso-tini, while watching pictureworthy ocean sunsets. Second, the establishment is fairly spacious with 200 seats among the Craftsman-style dining room and outdoor patios. Walk-ins can usually be accommodated, but reservations are still recommended, especially on weekends, according to Executive Chef Pascal Vignau. People enjoy gathering around the outside fire pit and fireplace, and many are lured by local artists playing lively music from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Another unique aspect of Chandler’s is its menu. The French-born Vignau (former owner/chef of Savory in Encinitas and executive chef at Four Seasons Resort Aviara) specializes in simple “comfort” foods that are contemporary. Dishes change seasonally, based on the available ingredients. Daily breakfast items range from egg dishes and cereals to breads and smoothies, while lunch focuses on light fare such as soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches. Among the midday standouts are the Chicken Noodle Soup, a blend of broth, chicken and pasta; the Baby Kale Salad with strawberries, julienne of green apple, avocado, cacao nibs and a sunny-side up egg, dressed with red wine vinaigrette; the moist, gluten-free Falafel Crab Cake in a lemon caper aioli; and the sauce-free White


The dining room and bar at Chandler’s features a contemporary design mixed with wooden beams in the Craftman’s style. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON Flatbread with toppings of artichokes, goat cheese, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan flakes and garlic. For dinner, there’s the soft and buttery Porcini-Dusted Diver Scallops with heirloom potatoes, artichoke hearts and Bloomsdale spinach, covered with smoked almonds and a peppercorn beurre blanc; the tender CrabCrusted Sea Bass on a bed of spinach and mushrooms in buerre blanc; and the AirDried 12-oz. Rib-Eye Steak with parmesan truffle fries and a peppercorn sauce. Dessert options include the Crunchy Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar consisting of layers of chocolate mousse, salted caramel chocolate ganache and a crispy bottom; and the Creme Brulee of the Week in flavors such as coffee, amaretto, ginger and vanilla.

Chandler’s aims to make weekends special with Saturday afternoon tea and Sunday brunch. Tea time is observed 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, as patrons sip on classic varieties and exotic blends, ranging from Earl Grey to Green Mango Peach. To accompany the hot drinks, there are buttery scones with Sultana raisins that are baked as needed and served warm with Vignau’s lemon curd and rose petal jam, along with bite-sized desserts. Reservations are required. Among the specialties of the plated Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) are the signature Bloody Marys (including the BLT), Duck Confit Hash, Fresh Daily Quiche, 92011 CA Poached Eggs and the Monte Cristo. ◆

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Young musician to play at Museum of Contemporary Art BY KRISTINA HOUCK Kayla Iwane turned to music when she and her family had to flee Japan to escape the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now a part-time local resident and a senior at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the 18-year-old will perform alongside her classmates Feb. 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music very much helped me,â&#x20AC;? said Kayla, who has played the violin for 13 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I feel lost, music is the only thing that keeps me going.â&#x20AC;? Born in Japan, Kayla was attending Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school in Michigan when the Fukushima facility started releasing radioactive material in March 2011. To be closer to her family, she returned to Japan and enrolled in an arts school in her hometown of Wakayama. Less than 400 miles away from the plant, the city wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t devastated from the nuclear accident. Nevertheless, Kaylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Cathy Iwane, found high levels of contamination in fish and trace elements of contamination in milk. Using a Geiger counter, a tool that measures ionizing radiation in the atmosphere, she tested her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food for a year before she and her husband decided it was time to relocate their family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was affecting all the food, so

Violinist Kayla Iwaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family left Japan to escape the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Courtesy photos we had to leave,â&#x20AC;? Kayla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really sad because I lived in Japan for 16 years. All my friends are there. I came here without knowing anybody in San Diego. It was hard in the beginning.â&#x20AC;? Kaylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother and 14-year-old sister, Alyssa, live in Del Mar. An activist for safety, Cathy Iwane fought the effort to restart the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Kaylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father still lives part-time in Japan, where his company is based. Kayla is one of 300 students enrolled at the boarding arts high school in Idyllwild. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love performing because of the adrenaline,â&#x20AC;? said Kayla, who enrolled as a junior at the academy in September 2012. She plans to attend a music conservatory after high school.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like that feeling and reacting to the audience. I just love it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my favorite thing to do.â&#x20AC;? Featuring Kayla and her peers, the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra is set to perform a selection of concert pieces, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Julietâ&#x20AC;? by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prelude and Scherzoâ&#x20AC;? by Dmitri Shostakovich during a free concert on Feb. 2. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. in the Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my first time performing in San Diego,â&#x20AC;? Kayla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited! It will be fun.â&#x20AC;? For more information, call 951659-2171 Ext. 2343 or visit www.

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Athenaeum hosts reception for two new exhibits Matthew Hebert creates works that deal with technology and its effects on the environment and the human sense of place. His latest exhibition, “Cover to Cover,” will be shown Jan. 11-Feb. 15 in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery and the North Reading Room at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall St, La Jolla. An opening reception will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Hebert’s awardwinning work has been shown internationally. In “Cover to Cover” (on loan from the collection), he presents a new body of work that draws inspiration from artists’ books in the Athenaeum’s collection. Developed during a period of study at the Athenaeum, Hebert found sources for sculptural interventions within the library. These interventions incorporate lighting, motion, and sound in an effort to represent and/or reinterpret the original materials. In addition to these site-specific interactions with the Athenaeum, Hebert will exhibit six

Jeanne Dunn, “Entwined,” oil on canvas, 36 x 80 inches, 2013.

Jeanne Dunn works on installation piece for her Athenaeum show. Courtesy photos opaque displays. These are sculptural objects that house mechanical dioramas depicting works of postminimalist art. These pieces will serve as an introduction to Hebert’s work and set the stage for visitors’ subsequent experience within the Athenaeum. Hebert received his B.A.

in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; and his MFA at California College of the Arts. He has taught at several schools including the University of Wisconsin — Madison, CalArts and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an Associate Professor of Furniture at San Diego State

University. Also showing Jan. 11– Feb. 15 and sharing the opening reception is Jeanne Dunn’s “Wild Walk,” in the Rotunda Gallery. “Wild Walk” is a painterly examination of the simultaneous fear-and-thrill of going into the wild. “My canvases and drawings explore the

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Locally-based Moms Making Six Figures goes international It started as a local business. Heidi Bartolotta quit her job and founded Moms Making Six Figures with two other women in December 2009 to allow women to stay at home and either replace or supplement their income. Four years later, the San Diego-based company now helps moms work from home across the United States and overseas. “It’s amazing what’s happened in that amount of time,” Bartolotta said. “I knew there were other women like me, but I didn’t realize how many.” Bartolotta worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for 12 years. After having two daughters, she no longer wanted to work late and travel. She wanted to be home. “Women are looking for different avenues,” said Bartolotta, whose daughters are now 7 and 10 years old. “There are so many women that would like the flexibility to have their schedule be their own schedule.” Moms Making Six Figures represents a U.S.-based manufacturer. The marketing company has grown to more than 100 team members, about a third working full time. Team members come from different backgrounds, edu-

cation levels, work experience and locations, Bartolotta said. Although the company launched in San Diego, there are now team members across the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and Australia. “We’re all really very much the same, no matter which country we’re in,” Bartolotta said. “We all have the same desires to make our family our priority. A mom is a mom, no matter which country we’re in.” Looking to expand her team at home and abroad, Bartolotta encourages interested women to contact her by filling out a form on the company’s website at “You just have to be willing to learn something different because it’s different,” Bartolotta said. “Take a leap of faith.” For more information, call 858-837-1505 or visit Note: Business spotlights are developed through this newspaper’s advertising department in support of our advertisers.

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Documentary on dyslexia to be screened at Cathedral Catholic High School Jan. 15 •Director to attend the event to answer questions Cathedral Catholic High School will host a screening of “Dislecksia: The Movie” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. The NewBridge School and the San Diego branch of the International Dyslexia Association are sponsoring the special showing of the film. Director Harvey Hubbell will be in attendance at the event for a question and answer session following the movie. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to discuss his interviews and interactions with some very famous dyslexic profes-

sionals and some renowned researchers in the fields of dyslexia/reading disorders, learning and brain development,” said Steven Mayo, the director of the NewBridge School and a member of the executive board of directors of the San Diego branch of the International Dyslexia Association. “Dislecksia” seeks to raise awareness for individuals of all ages who are unnecessarily struggling to thrive and be understood, and to discuss dyslexia as a learning difference, not a learning disability. The film weaves together class-

room footage, interviews with neuroscientists and educators, as well as business leaders and high profile celebrities with dyslexia who are advocates of Hubbell’s beliefs. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Cathedral Catholic High School is located at 5555 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego (Carmel Valley), 92130.

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Girls Mean Business: Creating tomorrow’s ‘entrepren-hers’ Girls Inc. of San Diego County is offering monthly workshops in North County San Diego for mothers and daughters designed to inspire girls to explore entrepreneurship as a career goal. “Girls Mean Business” is designed for girls ages 9-12 and their moms/motherfigures. Each session will feature successful women in business and will provide opportunities for networking, socializing and learning. These women entrepreneurs come from all walks of life. Each will share her story about her path to success and highlight some of the challenges she overcame. Every month, participants will learn a skill necessary for a future in business while also having fun. Some of the featured speakers include: •Felena Hanson, owner of Hera Hub, a spa-inspired women’s co-working space named by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 20 co-working spaces in the country. •Marcy Wagman, entertainment attorney, partner at Wagman and Dickman, PC. Wagman is also a songwriter (with a #1 Billboard hit.) •Antoinette Ransom, owner of Ambush Events. Ransom is a fashion designer and event producer who recently produced Ambush Exhibit 2, an art and fashion show held Fall 2013 at the Port Pavilion. •Elaine Swann, “The Etiquette Lady.” Swann provides etiquette instruction to individuals and groups and has appeared on the “Today” show, CNN Headline News and the Style Channel. Workshops will be held at Hera Hub in Sorrento Mesa or at a business location in the area. Interested moms and daughters can sign up at


Voices for Children Golf Tournament to be held at Del Mar Country Club Feb. 24 Mark your calendars and register now for the Voices for Children Golf Tournament. The annual charity event is expected to once again be a sellout when it returns Monday, Feb. 24, at the Del Mar Country Club. The funds raised will further the Voices mission to transform the lives of foster children in San Diego County by providing them with the caring advocacy of a court appointed special advocate (CASA volunteer). For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, contact Jill Jones Mason at or 858-598-2222. For tickets, visit or

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Local girl honored in float during Rose Parade BY KRISTINA HOUCK India Phillips died two years ago, but her kidneys helped another person live. The Solana Beach girl was honored for her organ donation during the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena. “It is quite an honor,” said India’s mother, Kim Phillips, prior to the New Year’s Day event. India was a happy and seemingly healthy 4-year-old, but fever and leg pain on Halloween 2011 prompted a visit to Rady Children’s Hospital. On the way to an MRI, her heart stopped. She was revived, but died 36 hours later from Group A Strep. Because of the damage from the bacterial infection, most of India’s organs went to research. But her kidneys went to a woman in San Diego. “Tragedies happen,” said Phillips, who lives in Solana Beach with her husband, Jeff, and their 8-year-old daughter Trinity. “If you don’t need your organs, why wouldn’t you give them away?” The Donate Life Rose Parade float has served as a memorial to organ and tissue donors and a platform for donor families, living donors and transplant recipients since 2004. This year’s float remembered 81 donors, including India, who represented San Diego. India’s parents and sister decorated her part of the float along with dozens of other families on Dec. 21. Using organic materials, such as spices, seeds and crushed flowers, India’s loved ones created a “floragraph” portrait of her beautiful blonde-haired, blueeyed face. A dozen living donors walked alongside

The Donate Life Rose Parade float honored 81 organ donors, including India Phillips of Solana Beach. Courtesy photos the float, which seated 30 transplant recipients. “I’m looking at her little face decorating it. When I got to her eyes, it was the hardest thing in the world,” said Phillips through tears. “It was very emotional, but it was

According to Donate Life, 18 people die each day in the United States waiting for an organ transplant. Last year, 76 San Diegans died waiting because there weren’t enough donors. To honor India and raise awareness of organ donation, the Phillips family created a foundation in her name. Through the India Phillips Foundation, her family, friends and supporters have donated gifts and hosted birthday parties for children at a local homeless shelter, as well as provided wheelchairs to children and adults in the U.S. and abroad. A running group called Team India runs in her honor and raises funds for the foundation. The group donates half of its funds to Donate Life. “You just hope that nobody forgets your child,” Phillips said. “Donate Life is such a gift because it saves lives. Donate Life is incredible — it’s incredible what they can do.” For more information about the India Phillips Foundation, visit To register as an organ and tissue donor in India’s name, visit her link on the secure California India Phillips died two years ago. Her kidneys went Registry at www.donateLIFEcalito a woman in San Diego. For more information about Donate Life and comforting to be around people who sufLife San Diego, visit fered through a tragedy or received an organ Donate and because of another tragedy.”

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BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN In January more oatmeal is consumed than any other time of year (and not just by horses and livestock), honoring the cereal with its monthly food holiday. Not just a modern quick-fix breakfast, oats have been unclogging arteries of the ancient Greeks and Chinese for thousands of years. Today oatmeal accounts for 10 percent of all breakfasts across the land, and is slipping into savory dishes and desserts. Here’s a primer to get the best out of this low gluten, blockbuster grain. Feel Your Oats Not all oats are created equal. After raw oats are harvested, different processes produce assorted products. Here’s the grain line-up: Hearty, whole oat groats are minimally processed, removing the hulls, while preserving the nutrient-rich bran and germ. Although these have the longest cooking time, they are

your friends with the most benefits, including the highest fiber content. Irish oatmeal or steel cut oats are from groats that have been thinly sliced with steel blades creating a chewy, dense textured cereal that cooks quicker than whole oats. Scottish oatmeal is made from groats that have been stone ground to create bits and pieces making a creamy, softer porridge. Regular old-fashioned rolled oats are created by steaming the grain then rolling into flakes. This process increases the surface area for quicker cooking. Instant rolled oats are even thinner than old-fashioned, and steamed for a longer period, slashing cooking time. Oat bran is derived from the outer layer of the grain beneath the hull, for a cholesterol-busting oomph. Oat flour is made by grinding rolled oats into a fine powder used as a soup thickener or flour substitute for baking. The Perks of Porridge Oatmeal and oats are soluble-fiber powerhouses packed with folate and protein, iron, bone boosting calcium and phosphorus, manganese and magnesium to stabilize insulin and glucose levels, blood pressure and jumpy nerves, and Vitamin E, selenium and zinc providing immune boosting antioxidants. The venerable Mayo Clinic ranks oatmeal

amongst the top five foods to lower LDL (bad cholesterol). The grain has also been credited with reducing breast cancer risk, along with Type 2 Diabetes, and as an added boon prevent weight gain. Finally, although oats contain a small amount of gluten, studies have shown them to be well tolerated by those with gluten sensitivities. A Germ of an Idea Expand your oatmeal horizons with an explosion of flavors in your breakfast bowl. Try a tropical blend with coconut milk (or a splash of coconut rum), mango, pineapple and toasted macadamias. Do a Canadian riff with wild blueberries, cranberries and maple syrup. Or for savory palates crumble crispy turkey bacon and a sprinkling of smoky salt. Whip up a strawberry, banana and oatmeal smoothie to wash it down nicely. Some savory dishes include a sweet potato casserole with a crumbled oats, pecans and brown sugar topping, and oatmeal scallion pancakes with ginger soy sauce. Add toasted oats to burgers and meatloaves as a binding agent. For sweet tooths use rolled oats or oat flour in quick breads, muffins, pancakes, apricot bars and almond biscotti. Or try my family’s favorite oatmeal date cookies for a healthy hidden dose of the super grain.

Wholesome Date and Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies • Cookie ingredients 3 cups rolled oats 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 1/2 cup canola oil 1/2 cup almond milk 4 drops almond extract 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice • Filling Ingredients 1 pound dates Juice from half a lemon or orange Method: Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add the melted butter, oil, milk, extract and juice to form a dough. Flour a board. Roll dough into a 1/4-inch thick layer. Cut cookie shapes with the rim of a juice glass dipped in flour. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake cookies until golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool. To prepare the filling combine dates, one cup of water and juice of your choice in a small saucepan. Cook on low and stir until melted and smooth. Spread the filling on one cookie and top with another making a sandwich. For additional sleep-aid recipes e-mail

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Penn State’s Sandusky scandal to be reviewed at Jan. 11 event in San Diego Franco Harris, a NFL Hall of Fame running back who played at Penn State University, will host “Upon Further Review: Penn State Two Years Later,” on Saturday, Jan. 11, in San Diego. The town hall meeting will examine the handling and coverage of the child molestation scandal involving former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012. Under review will be the Freeh Report, sanctions by the NCAA on the Penn State football program, the university’s crisis management, the mainstream media’s reaction and the impact on the legacy of former head football coach Joe Paterno and the Penn State football program. The free meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Boulevard in San Diego. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be streamed live at new. events/2666882. “From the charges of the Freeh Report to the sanctions of the NCAA and the decisions of the Penn State Board of Trustees,

the ongoing debate over Coach Paterno has had a dramatic effect on Joe’s legacy and the Penn State football program,” said Harris in a statement. “I’m eager to host a panel of experts to give the audience the latest information on the situation.” Harris has consistently defended Paterno, telling various news outlets that it was wrong of the PSU Board of Trustees to fire the longtime head football coach and to turn its back on the university. “After reading the Freeh Report and absorbing all the facts in the last two years, I feel even more strongly about Joe and about his noninvolvement in any type of cover up,” Harris said. “There was no cover-up by the athletic department or the football program. No way would Joe ever cover up anything like this, and there’s no way Joe would protect Sandusky to protect the football program.” This view was recently corroborated by Frank Fina, the Sandusky Prosecuting Attorney, who came out on “60 Minutes Sports” saying that his investigation found no evidence that Joe Paterno was involved in any sort of cover-up.

Cocktail Hat and Fascinator class to be held Jan. 18 Jill Courtemanche has made hats for celebrities including Yoko Ono, Donatella Versace and Princess Mary of Denmark and now she is sharing the tips and tricks of her trade in this fun, hands-on workshop. Make your own fabulous fascinator or charming cocktail hat, learning basic millinery techniques and the art of hand-stitching to craft a hat using felt, feathers, netting, ribbon and more. No sewing experience is necessary. The class is offered in conjunction with Bravo School of Art on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Jill Courtemanche Millinery: 410 South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. Cost is $85. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, visit or call 858-876-6353. Private group classes for birthdays, bridal parties and other special events are also available.

Encinitas Guitar Orchestra Ensembles to perform Jan. 31 Small groups of intermediate and advanced guitarists from the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive in Encinitas. The performance, titled “Concert With Two Ensembles,” features an eight-piece guitar group and a quartet. Each group will perform its own selections, as well as music organized for the entire group of 12 performers. Music includes Renaissance to Spanish guitar, with some fun and whimsical pieces thrown in, including the theme from video-game franchise “Mario Bros.” and a movie score. The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is composed of local musicians who learn technique and theory under the supervision of Peter Pupping and William Wilson, two accomplished Encinitas-based musicians and teachers. Pupping has been teaching and performing in Southern California for more than 30 years. His band, the Peter Pupping Band, has released several CDs. The latest, “Café Pacifico,” combines a variety of music, including nuevo flamenco, Cuban, West African, nuevo tango, bossa nova, samba and Latin smooth jazz. Pupping earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from San Diego State University. He organizes and directs the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra twice each year. For more information, contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, 760-943-0755 or

TPHS Baseball Program to present expert panel discussion on ‘Making it to the Next Level in Baseball’ On average, only 5.6 percent of high school baseball players will play at the collegiate level and beyond. Coach McCaskill has asked several successful collegiate and professional players to attend a panel discussion Jan. 14, 2014 to discuss the challenges they faced as they advanced through their careers. This interactive session, which benefits the TPHS baseball program, will help provide answers to questions and provide tips on how you to beat the odds. Panelists will include: Mark Loretta, Northwestern University & MLB, Chris Young, Princeton University & MLB, Mark Kotsay, California State University, Fullerton & MLB. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Torrey Pines High School Lecture Hall. A private reception will be held after the discussion at 7:15 p.m. The event will benefit the TPHS Baseball Program. Ticket options: 1. $25 - Panel discussion only; 2. $100 - Panel discussion and private reception for one family member; 3. $150 - Panel discussion and private reception for two family members. To buy tickets, visit

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Rant with Randi: Behaving Badly BY RANDI CRAWFORD I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. My family went to Colorado, where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent Christmas for as long as I can remember. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like the fresh mountain air, skiing all day with a frozen face, drinking hot cocoa in the lodge and waking up to a white Christmas. And I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave out singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve at the Prince of Peace Church, where my husband and I were married 17 years ago. But this year, one conversation kept creeping up on a daily basis: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you have to be so rude to people in order to amass an such an incredible amount of wealth, or is it acquired once you become wealthy because of the way other people treat you?â&#x20AC;? It felt like everywhere we went this year, people were behaving badly (the ski lodge, on lift lines, renting ski equipment, in stores, or in restaurants). Example: I was in a retail store in Aspen buying something small for the lady who watches our dogs, and mid-purchase, a woman (dripping in perfume, fur and her entourage) came up, threw down a $20 bill on the counter and told the sales clerk to give her change immediately. It was reprehensible of her to think that this sales clerk would drop what he was doing for me and give her change at that exact moment, but it made me wonder what makes her think that people will drop whatever they are doing to help her. In other words, was she always this rude or did she become this way because people have treated her differently knowing that she can be a huge customer and can keep the economy booming with all her wealth? This type of behavior happened everywhere on this trip. Sometimes it affected me directly, and sometimes I just people watched and sat in awe.

By my last day in Aspen, I had encountered one too many of these gals, and decided that I was done. My family was at the Aspen airport waiting for our flight, along with a lot of other people all crammed into a tiny airport. At one point, I decided to stand up and move around before we boarded, and I started a conversation with a very nice young lady. After 15 minutes, my family all got up to join me. I was enjoying the moment, waiting to board, when a guy came up from behind me and very rudely said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you ever going to move?â&#x20AC;? What? And it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even the rudeness of the statement, but the way he said it. It took me a moment to realize that he was talking to me. So this time I turned around, I looked him in the eye and told him to stop being so rude. He then proceeded to argue with me and tell me that I was being ridiculous. And no, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it go. I told this guy to get a clue and stop being a jerk. And yes, my entire family wanted to disown me. But I had put up with this self-centered behavior for a week, and sometimes, enough is enough. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not one for causing a scene, but

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people need to realize that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all about them all of the time. Once we were on the plane, my family members all agreed that the guy was a total jerk and could have said something much nicer if he wanted me to move. But, they also said that I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have said anything for everyone in the airport to hear. Sorry guys, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not who I am. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the deal -- if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a scene, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a jerk. For the record, I believe that you do need to have the â&#x20AC;&#x153;meâ&#x20AC;? attitude in order to become successful, but that should never mean being rude to anyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ever. Your thoughts?

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he Rancho Santa Fe Community Center held its annual Spring Luncheon titled “Over the Top Tables” on March 28 at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. Guests created unique tabletop designs and wore outfits that complemented the design’s theme. The event also featured guest speaker and celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. (Above) “Pageant Princesses”: Lisa Sullivan, Tami Barnhart-Reese, Diana Shapiro, Annette Caton, Lauren Gill, Alicia Gaudio, Salvana Saldivar, Tammy Ezzet, Cathi Marinello. Photo/Jon Clark

SSF Halloween Fun in the Garden Solana Santa Fe students spent lunchtime in the garden last fall, enjoying the fall weather and decorating pumpkins. Photos/ Jon Clark. (Above) Kelly Stickney, Allison Borts, Crissy Basser, Lori Renda



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New Chief of Staff named at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla The physicians at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla have elected M. Jonathan Worsey, M.D., as the new chief of staff of the 318-bed facility. Worsey took over as head of the 900-member physician team on Jan. 1. During his two-year term, Worsey will serve as medical staff liaison to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jollaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrative staff and Scripps Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors. Worsey will play a key role in driving continuous quality improvement in the delivery of health care services to the more than 125,000 patients cared for annually at the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Worsey brings to this position strong leadership and sound judgment, and has been a passionate supporter of Scripps La Jolla through the years,â&#x20AC;? said Gary G. Fybel, the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief executive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He will continue to be a central figure in the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future growth and pursuit of world-class status.â&#x20AC;? As chief of staff, Worsey plans to continue working on the numerous patient care enhancement and physician communication initiatives that were started by outgoing Chief of Staff Shawn Evans, M.D., during his two-year tenure. He will also provide medical staff input into the major expansion and renovation projects under way on the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus, including the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, which is scheduled to open for patient care in 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great honor to be chosen to lead the world class medical staff that we have here at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and to follow in the footsteps of the Dr. Evans and the other distinguished chiefs of staff that preceded him,â&#x20AC;? said Worsey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The changes and challenges facing health care providers, both physicians and hospitals, are perhaps greater now than at any time in a generation. I am looking forward to representing the medical staff in their continued collaboration with Scripps leadership to adapt to and thrive in this new environment so we can continue to provide the best medical care to our patients.â&#x20AC;? Worsey has been a member of the medical staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla since 1999 and has held numerous medical staff leadership positions, including chief of surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and his medical degree from St. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hospital, London, England. He served his internship specializing in surgery at St. Thomas Hospital, completed a surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh, and received additional colon and rectal training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery. Worseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests include all aspects of colon and rectal surgery, but he has a particular interest and much experi-

M. Jonathan Worsey, M.D. ence in Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease, ulcerative colitis, rectal cancer and laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery. He presented and published many papers during his training and has written several chapters on intestinal surgery in major surgical textbooks. He is actively involved with the teaching of gastrointestinal fellows at Scripps Green Hospital. Born and raised in South Wales, Worsey was the first in his family to attend college. He and his wife currently reside in Carmel Valley with their three children. His interests outside medicine include travel and participation in a variety of sports. Look for a profile of Worsey in an upcoming issue of this newspaper. More information can be found at www.scripps. org.

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La Jolla Music Society presents Patti LuPone Jan. 31 at Balboa Theatre La Jolla Music Society continues the new Cabaret Series with Patti LuPone at the Balboa Theatre on Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Legendary actress and singer Patti LuPone â&#x20AC;&#x153;generates more raw excitement than any other performer on the Broadway and cabaret axisâ&#x20AC;? (The New York Times). In her new, critically-acclaimed concert Far Away Places, the two-time Tony Award winner (Gypsy, Evita) shares her penchant for wanderlust by taking us on a musical journey with thrilling renditions of songs by an eclectic list of songwriters which include Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill and Edith Piaf. Tickets are $27-$87 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society ticket office, (858) 459-3728 or online at A founding member of John Housemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Acting Company, LuPone starred on Broadway and on tour in productions includ-

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Drama Desk honors in 1980. She played the role of Fantine in the original production of Les Miserables, a performance which won an Olivier Award, the first ever given to an American actress. After winning her second Drama Desk Award in 1988 for her work in Anything Goes, LuPone turned to television, starring for four seasons in the ABC drama Life Goes On. Her onewoman show Patti LuPone on Broadway earned an Outer Critics Circle Award in 1996; the album Matters of the Heart followed in 1999. LuPone, last appeared on Broadway opposite Debra Winger in the new David Mamet play The Anarchist. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Patti LuPone A Memoir, recent NY stage appearances have also included starring in An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. For more information, visit, or call (858) 459-3728.

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Bradley Gill, just back from Afghanistan, watches his autistic daughter, Gina, surf with Ricochet

Gina Gill talks about how much she loves surfing with Ricochet.

Gina Gill rides the wave with Ricochet.

Army veteran Randy Dexter says surfing with Ricochet has helped him deal with PTSD.

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Surf Dog Ricochet celebrated New Year’s Eve with a special ocean therapy tandem surf session for members of the military and people/kids with disabilities at Del Mar Dog Beach. Ricochet is the only dog in the world that surfs as an assistive aid to those with physical, emotional and psychological disabilities. Ricochet surfed with retired Staff Sergeant Randall Dexter who served two tours in Iraq and now suffers with PTSD. “Surfing with Ricochet definitely helps with my symptoms. She has a way of making me feel completely at ease. It’s not just surfing with a dog, it’s more of a spiritual connection,” said Dexter. Ricochet and Randy have also created the PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative to help other active duty service members and veterans with PTSD http://

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Speaker to discuss ‘From the Arctic to Salk Institute Links Food and Science Baja: The Migration of the Gray Whale’ at Inaugural Wellness Event Scientists have long recLa Puerta spas; Nathan Coulon, executive chef at True Food at Solana Beach Library event ognized the vital role that Kitchen; Isabel Cruz, owner of Isabel’s Cantina and two other

January is when gray whales are seen off the coast on their way from the Arctic to Baja California. Learn about the longest migration of any mammal in a talk at the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Jim Nelson will relate his experiences as a volunteer naturalist on whale watching cruises by the San Diego Natural History Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps. He also will describe his excursion to the calving areas in the Baja California lagoons. The Friends Night Out program is presented at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 9-2075; telephone 858-755-1404. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Hear contemporary chamber music at SoundOn fest in La Jolla The seventh annual soundON Festival of Modern Music will take place Jan. 9-12 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, bringing together an international roster of composers and performers for a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. Scheduled to perform are San Diego New Music’s ensemble-in-residence NOISE, San Diego’s modern choral ensemble Sacra Profana, guest artists soprano Alice Teyssier, and the McAllister-Keller Guitar Duo. First heard at last year’s soundOn festival, two new recordings will be celebrated at the festival — Morris Palter’s solo double-LP “This Place/Our Body,” and Matthew Burtner’s CD “NOISE Plays Burtner!” San Diego New Music is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the public performance of notated music of the highest integrity and artistic caliber from the 20th and 21st centuries. Its resident performing ensemble is NOISE. Four-Day Festival Pass: $40 for members, $60 for nonmembers; One-Day Pass: $25 nonmembers, $20 members, $10 students. (858) 454-5872. For more information and a schedule, visit

UC San Diego walking tours to be held The UC San Diego Visitors Tour Program offers free, 90-minute Sunday afternoon tours led by volunteer guides, the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Bus Tours are offered the second, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. All tours begin at the Gilman Entrance Information Center. RSVP: (858) 534-4414.

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Moss to offer consumer tips at Scripps conference Consumers can gain a revealing glimpse into the world of processed foods at a keynote address Jan. 31 by Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter with the New York Times and author of the 2013 best-seller “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” The keynote is part of an educational conference presented by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine – the 11th annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. Moss’ address will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Resort on Mission Bay, located at 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive. The event is open to the public, with a registration fee of $35. The address will be followed by a book-signing event with Moss. The keynote is a community event presented by

Chocolate Festival to be held Feb. 8 Ready to enter a world full of chocolate treats and other delectable goodies? Indulge in the sweetest mix of chocolate and art at Escondido’s Chocolate Festival. The event sweetly known as “For the Love of Chocolate” will be held in downtown Escondido on Saturday, Feb. 8. The chocolate takeover commences at 1 p.m. when “Sweet Street” opens at the Maple Street Plaza. Treat yourself or your sweetie to a romantic horse-and-carriage ride and sample some of the finest confections and wares from local and international chocolatiers, jewelry designers and other vendors. Southern California band Caliber is serving guests the “Caliber Experience” with its energetic music. The 21-andolder crowd can enjoy every morsel of exotic chocolates with the perfect pairing of boutique wines, Champagne and locally crafted beers along Grand Avenue’s various tasting locations. The pairings include samples of chocolate-infused dishes and beverages by local restaurants. The Perfect Pairing “Golden Ticket” price is $35 when purchased by 5 p.m. Feb. 7 and $45 after. The designateddriver ticket (no alcohol) is $20 until 5 p.m. Feb. 7 and $30 after. Tickets can be purchased at or at “Sweet Street” on the day of the event. Admission is free to all ages.

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proper nutrition plays in fueling the body’s many systems. Chefs, likewise, know that good food supports good health. Now, the Salk Institute is exploring the overlap between the art of cooking and the science of nutrition at an inaugural wellness event, The Art & Science of Cuisine. The Art & Science of Cuisine will take place at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tickets are $100. Visit Designed to inform and to inspire, The Art & Science of Cuisine will pair the skills of some of San Diego’s most innovative chefs with the latest research from some of Salk’s top scientists. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample a variety of healthfully prepared foods at tasting stations while learning how to optimize nutrition in their home-cooked meals. And they’ll be able to interact with Salk researchers, hear about the most recent discoveries and discuss how dietary changes may stave off illness and prolong vibrancy. Featured chefs at this upcoming event include Deborah Szekely, honorary chair and cofounder of The Golden Door and Rancho

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Accomplished TPHS volleyball player Reily Buechler ready to bring her outstanding skills to UCLA BY KAREN BILLING Torrey Pines High volleyball player Reily Buechler is having a senior year to remember. The 6’2’’ outside hitter was one of only 100 players nationwide to be named as an “Under Armour First-Team All-America,” which meant she was one of just 24 first team athletes invited to Seattle to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match and Skills Competition on Dec. 20, 2013. In 2013, Reily was also named the All-San Diego CIF Volleyball Athlete of the Year coming off a season in which her Falcons team won the open division CIF championship, her third championship during her tenure at Torrey Pines. She has committed to play for UCLA in the fall. “Reily is a great ball control outside hitter who has the capabilities to come in and compete for a spot immediately,” said UCLA Coach Michael Sealy in a press release. “She has a high volleyball IQ and a passion to compete. Her court presence can make an immediate impact.” Buechler was also a MaxPreps Preseason All-American this season and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Durango Classic in Las Vegas for the second straight year, as TPHS again won the tournament championship. Now playing with her WAVE Volleyball team through the summer, Reily and her team hope to qualify for the Junior Olympics. Reily has been living and breathing volleyball since she was 9 years old. She tried other sports such as soccer, tennis and basketball (which her father, Jud, played professionally in the NBA for 12 years, winning three championships with the Chicago Bulls) but volleyball was the one that stuck. “I just loved it,” Reily said. Volleyball is a bit of the family sport as her father was also an All-American in volleyball at Arizona and her mom, Lindsey, was a standout setter there and still ranks in the school’s top 10 in assists and digs. Sister Brynn played on Torrey Pines’ JV squad last year. Reily started on the varsity squad as a freshman and of all the Falcon championship runs, this year’s was the best as she was able to stay healthy and play a big part on the team. “This year’s championship was the most memorable for me because I was a senior and I had a leadership role and the team was really good,” Reily said. Right before this year’s CIF tournament, Reily found out she was named a Under Armour All American, an amazing and surprising honor. “It was incredible,” Reily said of the trip to Seattle, where she and her fellow athletes attended team bonding

Under Armour AllAmerican and 2013 All-CIF Volleyball Athlete of the Year Reily Buechler.

Reily Buechler (second from right) on Torrey Pines volleyball senior night with her family: sister Brynn, dad Jud and mom Lindsey. Photos/Anna Scipione activities and NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship games, including the semi-finals matches. “I got to meet really cool girls,” Reily said, noting five of them were PAC-12 girls she might be competing against in the fall. The always-competitive Reily was frustrated that she was one hit away from making the finals in the skills competition, but she recognized the amazing talent that surrounded her. “They hit the ball pretty freaking hard,” she said. “They were all so good, it was cool to play with the best in the country and to see what it will be like and who I’ll be playing in college.” While Reily was courted by Stanford and USC for her collegiate career, she ultimately picked UCLA. “UCLA was just more of a fit for me,” Reily said, noting not only was it close to home but the team also includes four WAVE players, two of whom she played with on teams for years. “It was kind of like a natural home for me. It’s really special (to have her WAVE teammates there), I’m lucky that I will be comfortable right away going into it.” As Reily has always played up an age division, most of her teammates that she played with for the last eight years have moved on from WAVE and she is on a new team this year.

“We have a really good team chemistry, we just have to work through some kinks,” Reily said of her new team. Reily plays volleyball three times a week and is working out the other four days. She admits it’s a lot of work, playing and practicing so hard but she does occasionally take some time to relax. It doesn’t always feel like work though, because she is so passionate about the game. “I love it, it’s basically my life and what I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” Reily said.

TPHS basketball team tops at So Cal Holiday Prep Classic Torrey Pines girls basketball team won the So Cal Holiday Prep Classic on Dec. 30. They went 4-0 in the tournament, beating Vista, Eagle Rock, Ramona, and Fallbrook. Christina Ellis had her first triple double of the season against Vista scoring 23 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and making 10 steals. In the championship game Madison Lombard hit four 3 pointers, scored 17 points, and made 5 assists. Sophomore Sierra Campisano made the All Tournament Team. She averaged 28 points and 13 rebounds during the tournament. Photos/Anna Scipione.

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Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN Girls basketball: Torrey Pines won the NCAA Division of the prestigious SoCal Holiday Prep Classic. The Falcons defeated Fallbrook 62-51 in the Dec. 30 championship game of one of the nation’s biggest tournaments. The tournament showcased more than 70 teams from nine states and British Columbia. The Falcons went 4-0 in the tournament, winning all their games by doubledigit margins. Sophomore standout Sierra Campisano scored 29 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Falcons in the Fallbrook game. Madison Lombard added 17 points and Christina Ellis contributed six points, 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals. The Falcons opened the tournament with a 6037 victory over Vista on Dec. 26 in which Ellis led the team with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals and six assists. Campisano added 21 points, 13 assists and nine blocks. Campisano scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds to lead the Falcons in a 5843 victory over Eagle Rock (Los Angeles County) on Dec. 27. The next day Campisano scored 32 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-41 victory over Ramona. The Fallbrook game was the first of the season in which Campisano didn’t record a double-double after posting double digits in points in rebounds in 12 straight games. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 9-4. ***** Santa Fe Christian defeated St. Margaret’s 46-44 on Dec. 28 to win the TriCity Christian tournament. The Eagles went 4-0 in the tournament as they extended their winning streak to nine games. Boys basketball: Torrey Pines lost to Cantwell-Sacred Heart 68-67 in a National Division game of the 24th Annual Under Armour Holiday Classic tournament.

Torrey Pines junior Dominic Hovasse led the Falcons with 22 points in a 66-55 win over Sheldon (Washington) in the Under Armour Holiday Classic on Dec. 27. Photo/Anna Scipione The loss snapped an eight game Falcons winning streak. Dominic Hovasse and Sam Worman each scored 23 points to lead the Falcons and Brandon Cyrus contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. The Falcons opened the tournament with a 73-51 victory over San Ysidro on Dec. 26 in which Cyrus led the team with 23 points and Jack Beach contributed 20 points. Hovasse scored 22 points and Cyrus had 18 points in a 66-55 victory over Sheldon of Sacramento on Dec. 27. Worman scored 22 points to lead the Falcons in a 7148 victory over Faith Baptist Christian Academy of Ludowici, Ga. on Dec. 28. Beach and Cyrus added 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 13-2. ***** Santa Fe Christian defeated Bishop’s 56-44 on Dec. 30 to win the Mayor’s Division of the prestigious Under Armor Holiday Classic tournament. The Eagles, who hosted the Mayor’s Division, went 4-0 in the tournament. Brian Finley and Jack Langborg each scored 18 points to lead the Eagles and Danny Finley added nine points. The Eagles opened the tournament with a 68-48 victory over Madison on Dec. 26 in which Brian Finley and Langborg each scored 22 points. Brian Finley scored 17 points to lead the Eagles in a 5953 win against Westview on Dec. 28. The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 9-5. ***** Cathedral Catholic went 1-3 at the Maxpreps Holiday Classic tournament. The Dons only win came against Menlo School of Atherton (San Mateo County), 48-44 on Dec. 27. Reid Johnson led the Dons with 13 points and Cameron Moore added 12 points. The Dons lost the tournament opener, 72-47 on Dec.

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26. They lost to Anchorage Christian (Anchorage, Alaska), 77-74 on Dec. 28 and to Maranatha of Pasadena 67-65 on Dec. 30. Cameron Moore scored 15 points to lead the Dons in the Maranatha game. Kevin McNeela added 13 points and Johnson and Jacoby Richmond contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Dons fell to 8-5 overall for the season. ***** Canyon Crest Academy had its five game winning streak snapped as the Ravens lost to Sweetwater in the Optimist Barons tournament finals, 91-61 on Dec. 30. The Ravens fell to 7-6 overall for the season. Boys soccer: Torrey Pines lost to Paramount 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the 19th Annual SoCal High School Classic on Dec. 28, The Falcons went 2-1 in the tournament They were coming off winning the Grossmont tournament and were unbeaten in their previous seven games going into the quarterfinal match. The Falcons opened the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Chula Vista on Dec. 26. Austin Nicholson, Jagger Havlik and Tyler Valdes each scored one goal and Eren Esener had two assists to lead the Falcons. Falcons goalies Patrick Koeneke and Jack Sampiere each had two saves. The Falcons beat University City 5-0 on Dec. 27 as Nicholson, Brad Bettig, Asher Booth, Jake Heilbrunn and Mathew Botsford each scored one goal. Koeneke and Sampiere combined for the shutout. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 6-2-3.

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2013 Year in Review: RSF Society

WWII hero shares story of survival

(Above) Acclaimed World War II veteran Louis Zamperini was the guest speaker at the Viewpoints event held Feb. 24 at the Village Church in RSF. Zamperini’s life story is chronicled in Laura Hillenbrand’s book ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.’ Pictured above are, from left, Paige Vanosky, Connie Pittard, Louis Zamperini, Rev. Jack The RSF Library Guild held it popular annual Christmas Tea Dec. 13. Many Baca and Luke Zamperini. . PHOTO/JON participants decorated a table-top tree, CLARK wreath, or menorah for the RSF Library Guild’s raffle. Photo/Jon Clark; For photos online, visit

‘Stand Up for Rady’

The RSF Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary hosted a special gala, ‘Stand Up for Rady Children’s Hospital, A Night with Jay Leno,’ on March 9 at The Grand Del Mar. Pictured is the gala committee: Tracy Spiegel, Gina Jordan, Sandra den Uijl, Roni McGuire, Michele Stephens, Shaunna Kahn, Jenn Phillips, Leslie DeGoler, Judy Ohrn Hicks, Pooneh Hamzei and Jean Rudman. PHOTOS/MCKENZIE IMAGES

‘Toast of the Town’

RSF Library Guild Christmas Tea

Gatsby Gala

Lindy Delaney, Amy Jones and Kyle Jones check out student art, with ‘Poems in the Wind’ to their left, during the Rowe School ‘Toast of the Town & Student Art Auction’ on April 25 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.’ PHOTO/JON CLARK

‘Tee It Up For Foster Teens’ (Above) Rachel Douglass, Lindsey Donaldson, Denise Phillips and Scott Conley celebrate the 1920s during RSF Community Center’s Gatsby Gala on May 18 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. PHOTO/JON CLARK

‘The Giving Menorah’ The Chabad Jewish Center of RSF celebrated the holiday of Chanukah with family and friends at the The Giving Menorah, held Nov. 27 at the Fairbanks Ranch Clubhouse.

(Right) Susan Hoehn, Stacy Snyder and Joani Wafer enjoy the ‘Tee It Up For Foster Teens’ ninth annual golf tournament, dinner and auction held April 22 at The Santaluz Club. Proceeds generated from “Tee It Up For Foster Teens” support the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. PHOTO/JON CLARK


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‘Art of Fashion’

2013 Year in Review: RSF Society

Beach and Country Guild’s 44th Annual Dia Del Sol

Mistress of Ceremonies Dagmar Midcap, Country Friends President Rhonda Tryon, Art of Fashion Cochair Patricia Mogul.

The Beach and Country Guild held its 44th Annual Dia Del Sol fundrasing event on Oct. 16 at The Grand Del Mar. Nordstrom was the sponsor for the special children’s fashion show. The Beach and Country Guild members actively plan several events to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego throughout the year. (Above, left) PJ McSweeney on the runway in the children’s show. (Right) The adult fashion show. For photos online, visit Photos/Jon Clark

The Country Friends’ 58th annual “Art of Fashion” event held Sept. 19 once again delighted attendees with dazzling fashions, a great luncheon, wine tasting, a beer garden and live entertainment. All proceeds from the event, which was held at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, benefit 30 local charities, such as the Burn Institute, Rancho Santa Fe Seniors and YWCA’s Becky’s House for victims of domestic abuse. Photos/McKenzie Images; For photos online, visit

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(Above, l-r) Gail Kendall, Vearl Smith and Janet Lawless-Christ; (Right) Chuck Courtney and Janet Lawless-Christ. Photos: Cameron Smith and Brennan Perry.

Janet Lawless Christ awards donation to ‘Future Legends’ At a recent “Very Merry Holiday Caravan” showcasing a gorgeous, luxury lodge-like home at 4476 Los Pinos, Janet Lawless Christ was thrilled to award $1,100 to the RSF Golf Club Chuck Courtney Honorary Scholarship Fund named “Future Legends.” Future Legends grants scholarships to deserving but underprivileged scholars who wish to pursue their personal passion through higher education. Christ recently announced that a significant portion of her income through residential real estate shall be donated to support three of her cherished causes which are: Future Legends, Veterans Valor Fund supporting the Veterans Susatinable Agricultural Training Program at Archi’s Acres, and Breast Cancer Angels.

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Valley Cup Golf Tournament

(Above) The RSF Golf Club hosted the Valley Cup golf tournament in 2013, an annual golf tournament held for the last 24 years. The tournament includes the following clubs: Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, The Farms Golf Club, The Santaluz Club and Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Jennifer Dunn, Stella Larsen, Bob Zamarripa and Steve Dunn attend the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club’s Valley Cup tournament.

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The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe held a fun-filled Family Holiday Party on Dec. 21. The event included an outdoor skating rink, a petting zoo, portraits with Santa, holiday carolers, sugar cookie creations, arts and crafts, and a festive dinner with dessert buffets. (Above) The Raiszadeh family. Photos/Jon Clark; For photos online, visit www.rsfreview. com

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Rancho Santa Fe | $3,495,000 Wonderful 8,121 appx. sf traditional 7BR home overlooking the breathtaking signature 14th hole of the RSF Golf Course! Gracious living at its finest! An entertainer’s dream come true!

Rancho Santa Fe | $4,495,000 Private gated elegant lodge has 4 suite bedrooms, one of which is a full guest suite with its own LR, bath, laundry facilities and its own entrance!

Rancho Santa Fe $1,899,000 This is the pinnacle of style! Spanish colonial 4bd, 2.5 ba w/ show-stopping hip, light & bright inside. “In-village” walking district w/ private backyard putting green!

Rancho Santa Fe | $4,295,000 Hip Hollywood Revival! Fabulous single story home, golf course frontage, completely renovated and refreshed! Walk to town, quiet as can be!

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