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High school district bond passes 55 percent mark Prop AA, the San Dieguito Union High School District’s $449 million bond, has now received the 55 percent majority vote needed to pass. As of Nov. 16, Prop AA has received 55.16 percent voter approval, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. However, about 90,000 mail/provisional ballots are left to be counted so approval of the bond is not official yet. Election results are expected to be certified by early December. San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Ken Noah said he is optimistic about the possibility of the final bond approval . “I am excited what the passage of the bond would mean for the district for generations to come,” Noah said. Prop EE, The MiraCosta Community College $497 million bond, has received 54.24 percent voter approval. Look for more results at voters/results/election.xml

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Water district board approves rate hike for 2013 BY JOE TASH For the sixth year in a row, customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District will receive an increase in their water bill come Jan. 1, 2013. Irrigation district directors approved a 6 percent rate increase for 2013 at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15. The board approved the rate increase on a 4-1 vote, with director John Ingalls voting “no.” With the latest rate increase, customers’ water bills have risen 74

percent over a six-year period. The largest factor in the series of rate hikes has been a corresponding increase in the cost of imported water, which the Santa Fe Irrigation District buys from outside agencies to supply its customers, said irrigation district general manager Michael Bardin. This year, 3 percent of the increase will cover an anticipated rise in water costs to be charged by the San Diego County Water Authority,

while the other 3 percent will help pay for capital improvement projects in coming years, Bardin said. “From our perspective, it’s a needed rate increase to cover the cost of water going up and fund our infrastructure improvement program. But we really are striving to keep rates as low as possible,” Bardin said. This year, the district’s $20 million operating budget is essentially flat from the previous year, and the

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agency has trimmed a number of staff positions in recent years to cut costs, Bardin said. At their meeting Thursday, directors declined a request by newly elected director Greg Gruzdowich to hold off on considering the rate increase until new board members are seated in December. In the Nov. 6 election, Gruzdowich beat incumbent director Ken

Some concerns raised over proposed RSF farmers market BY KAREN BILLING The proposal for a weekly farmers market in the Rancho Santa Fe Village on Saturday mornings met its first resistance during public comment period of the Nov. 15 RSF Association meeting. Some Covenant residents are unsure of the market due to issues with parking and necessity. The proposed market would run on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on El Tordo, between Avenida de Acacias and La Granada. Director Eamon Callahan said the market could be a way to potentially boost business for village merchants. Jim Simpson, who lives in the village on El

(Above) R. Roger Rowe School recently invited grandparents and special friends to visit their grandchildren and loved ones in their classrooms to learn more about their “Five Star Education.” Addison and Alisa Cheney enjoy the event. (Right) Solana Santa Fe held a funfilled Book Fair/Pajama Party Nov. 15. Mia, Ryan and Elina in their finest PJs! See more inside. Photos/Jon Clark

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Tordo, said his major concern is for residents like him who live on the streets that will be impacted by the market. He said five days a week parking is an issue for them as full-time workers use the streets to park. “At least on the weekends we have some relief,” said Simpson. “I just hope that staff and the board consider other locations; I think there’s places it could go with less of an impact.” Simpson proposed the possibility of Avenida de Acacias across from the park or in the Association parking lot, which is rarely used on the weekends. See MARKET, page 28

Protesters in RSF Village frustrate residents, trigger complaints

The protesters are apparently followers of Lyndon LaRouche, a 90-year-old political activist.

BY JOE TASH Protesters who periodically set up a booth in front of the Village Market in Rancho Santa Fe that includes a photo of President Obama wearing a Hitler mustache were on hand again last week, angering residents and triggering complaints to the Rancho Santa Fe Association. The protesters are apparently followers of Lyn-

don LaRouche, a 90-year-old political activist who advocates for the impeachment of President Obama and has himself run for president eight times between 1976 and 2004. LaRouche was jailed for mail fraud and tax code violations in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. For the past couple of years, the group has set up a booth outside the Village Market and post office every

month or so, seeking to raise money, get out its message and direct people to its website,, to sign up for a mailing list. The group’s most recent appearance in the Village was on Wednesday, Nov. 14, although it has also been seen at other North County markets. While other political groups also set up shop in front of the Village Mar-

ket, the LaRouche group seems to generate the most complaints. Patrons of the market and post office have also complained of being verbally harassed by the people staffing the booth. “They are aggressive and intimidating people, blocking them from going into post office and market, and older people are in danger of falling and being See PROTESTERS, page 28


November 22, 2012

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La Bajada entrance to receive new look BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Committee on the Natural Environment (CONE) has been busy at work in the last few months and one of its goals is to enhance the community landscape. The committee has taken aim at the La Bajada entry area, the first look at Rancho Santa Fe when people are coming in from Encinitas. A new landscaping plan for the area was approved at the Nov. 15 board meeting. The work will be completed where South Rancho Santa Fe flows into La Bajada and El Mirlo. According to Arnold Keene, field operations manager, the landscape plan mimics the look seen in the village parks in front of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. There will be similar color pallet, drought resistant plants, oak trees and flowers compatible with the lagoon area nearby. RSF Association President Roxana Foxx said the similar style landscaping in the parks has been well received and they are lucky to have a designer like Keene on board. She said the look has a great “heavy country feel� and doesn’t feel overly landscaped. The plan also includes softening the fencing and walls, and creating a buffer between the street and a nearby trail. There are currently two Rancho Santa Fe signage rocks at the intersection and the white lettering is in the process of being re-painted, Keene said.

Dead, dying trees proposed for removal The Rancho Santa Fe Association is preparing a plan to remove dead and dying trees near the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Trees being considered for removal have been marked with yellow ribbon as a notification to the public. The public will be able to weigh in on the trees proposed for removal by viewing the ribbon-marked trees and by taking a look at a master plan that will be posted at the Golf Club. Director Ann Boon said this is a very important issue and it’s essential that the community understands how seriously the Association is considering it. — Karen Billing


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Pasta Pronto will reopen as Urban Pi on Dec. 4. Photos/Jon Clark

Pasta Pronto to get new look, concept as Urban Pi but the Mango Tart stays Local eatery Pasta Pronto has closed its doors but not for good—the restaurant in the Albertson’s shopping center on Via de la Valle (across from Flower Hill Promenade) is undergoing an expansion and remodel, and will reopen Dec. 4 under a new format. The new, fastcasual restaurant concept will be called Urban Pi and will serve up custom-made thin crust pizzas cooked in a hearth stone oven, custom-made salads, sandwiches and desserts, along with natural soft drinks, wine and craft beers. “We are committed to serving only the highest quality good-for-your-body food that we possibly can,� said Darrell Szaiff MacNeil, executive chef and general manager. The menu will also retain Pasta Pronto’s favorites like its Mango Tart with mango slices arranged in a pie made to look like a flower in bloom. The Mango Tart will return in time for the holidays, but during the construction phase it is also available by pre-order at its sister restaurant Urban Plates in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. To place a pre-order, call (858) 509-1800. — Karen Billing









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BY CITY NEWS SERVICE Friends and family Nov. 15 are mourning the death of a prominent veterinarian from San Diego known for his work with the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. RSF resident Dr. Anthony ``Tony’’ Basher, 54, was found dead in a burning car Nov. 9 in a rural area north of Tucson, Ariz., his former wife, Dr. Kim Basher, told U-T San Diego. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said the official cause of death was pending, but Kim Basher said the fire was an accident, according to the newspaper. She said the English-born Basher had been staying at a colleague’s house near the site of the fire following a ``bitter’’ dismissal from Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley. The Mercedes-Benz in which Basher died belonged to the owner of the home where he was staying, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. It was fully engulfed when firefighters reached the scene, See ARIZONA, page 28


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November 22, 2012

RSF resident receives All American Volleyball honors Rancho Santa Fe resident Cosy Burnett, a senior at La Costa Canyon High School, was named All American 2nd team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Nov. 14. “It’s such an privilege to be recognized like this on a national level,” said Cosy Burnett, who is 6’2”. “When I look at the names of the amazing athletes across the country on this team, I realize what great company I’m in. It’s truly humbling.” Cosy is a team captain for the LCC Mavericks and, with 23 kills, recently led the Mavericks to their 9th straight CIF championship on Nov. 17 when they played Canyon Crest Academy. The Mavericks defeated the Ravens in five sets 25-23, 20-25, 15-25, 25-16, 15-11. The senior has been a force for the Mavericks this year, playing all three front row positions of outside hitter, middle blocker and opposite hitter. “I’m really a pin player, but I just go where they tell me,” joked Cosy. Going where she’s needed and having a great attitude seem to set Cosy apart. Pat Mcdougall has coached Cosy for the past three years on varsity at LCC. He explained that Cosy is everything a coach could put on his wish list. Cosy Burnett “Physically, she has it all. She is 6’2”, strong, jumps high — well over 10 feet, has a fast arm swing with fast feet and she’s crazy quick,” Mcdougall said. He emphasized that it is far more the “intangibles” that make Cosy such a valuable player. “The qualities of her attitude go beyond what a coach could ever hope for. Her infectious energy and zeal for celebrating her teammates’ accomplishments is her true gift. She celebrates every aspect of the other player, whether she is on the court of on the bench. Her positive attitude has become infectious to the entire team. She is the true example of when a player is having fun, they are performing at their best.” Cosy will be playing for top nationally ranked Brigham Young University in the fall. Two other San Diego County seniors received AVCA recognition: Tatiana Durr (middle blocker for Cathedral) and Lauren Miller (setter for Cathedral) both received Honorable Mention.

RSF Playground Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony RSF community members gathered Nov. 17 for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new playground, located at the Rancho Santa Fe ball fields, south of Richardson Field on Rambla de las Flores. (Above) Helped by his mother, Heather Slosar, who spearheaded the playground project, Anthony Slosar cuts the ribbon to officially open the new RSF playground. (Bottom) RSF children fill buckets with wood chips to place under the new playground structure. Photos/Jon Clark



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Inspirational speeches motivate students at CCA TED event BY DIANE WELCH Twentieth century visionary Buckminster Fuller once said, “We are called to be architects of the future...” and this was the message, and the theme, shared with over 400 students from schools around the county who convened at Canyon Crest Academy High School (CCA) on Nov. 18, Universal Children’s Day. Fuller’s phrase, “Architects of the future,” served as the foundation for this inspirational day organized by TEDxYouth@San Diego, an independently organized TED event which showcased motivational speakers who shared their groundbreaking ideas, through entertaining and powerful messages. During four sessions, or stories as they were termed that day to accentuate the architectural theme, students engaged with big thinkers and doers of all ages and backgrounds who have pushed the boundaries of their endeavors which span science, art, technology, environment, humanity and more. The thematic sessions metaphorically built from foundation to framing, construction to interior. Between each speaking

session students rotated through 15 interactive exhibits in technology, health and environment, and personal reflection. These exhibits included a specially designed concept car with an opportunity for students to submit ideas to the car manufacturer for future iterations of design; Emoki animal ears powered by the wearer’s brainwaves; LEGO building stations, and more. During the Foundation session, Dr. Larry Smarr, professor of computer science and information technologies at the University of California, San Diego, and founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Technology (Calit2) spoke about the importance of healthy nutrition and obesity. “We are trapped in a culture that is trying to sell us things that ruin our body,” he told the audience as he showed data on obesity statistics and the amount of sugar individuals consume annually that leads to this obesity. “Learn to think for your self,” he stressed, “Arm yourself with knowledge... be the CEO of your own

Mark Liu displays a quadcopter that was laser cut. Photo/Jon Clark body.” and landing fourth in the Smarr, who showed 3D British pop charts during images of his own internal Christmas week last year, organs through software creabove Adele and Coldated by Jurgen Schulze, said play, Day, who has no he hopes that the students agent, label or PR mawill learn how their body chine, went from obscuriworks and what should be ty to “the future of music” put into them to make them as Forbes dubbed him. healthy, to have the tools to The video of his latest independently think their song, “Good Morning way beyond how society Sunshine,” had the audiurges them to make wrong ence tapping their feet nutrition choices. “Otherand singing along. “Alwise this obesity epidemic ways chase unrealistic will bankrupt this country,” goals,” Day said in closhe cautioned. ing. During the ConstrucWayne Earl founder tion session, independent of the charity, This Star British musician Alex Day Won’t Go Out, which talked animatedly about his helps provide funds to unlikely rise to stardom. families with children Now with over half a milwho have cancer, spoke lion songs sold on iTunes, with deep passion and

emotion during the Interior session. Author of the biography of his daughter, Esther Grace, who succumbed to cancer in 2010, he talked of Esther’s life and traced her friendship with her favorite author, young adult fiction writer John Green. This friendship inspired Green most notably in his writing of the world-renowned novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” which he dedicated to Esther. “Remember to read,” Esther advised others, an idea passed along by her father. Sonia Rhodes, executive producer, said of the entire event, which spotlighted over 25 inspirational speakers, “We do this because we understand the concept of big ideas and how they can transform these kids lives. They are ready and eager and willing. What is remarkable is how the community of San Diego has come together to make this happen. They understand that this is our chance to be inspiring and engaging with the architects of all our futures.” Emily Laliotis, a CCA junior who was one of a selected 45 students who collaborated in the planning and execution of the event,

aided by a few teachers, parents and business professionals, said that she gained life and business experience in helping organize this event. “TEDx was something that I could do that went beyond myself that could make a difference, that could move people.” Drumming, dance, digital technology and live music rounded out the day’s events and for all those who attended the message was clear: “Your ideas are worth sharing, you are architects of the future.” TED, an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a worldwide annual conference that brings together achievers in a various fields who share ideas worth spreading. TEDxYouth@San Diego mirrors that vision with a mission to inspire and be a catalyst for change. Sponsors at the CCA event included DPR Construction, JIMBO”S Naturally, Hilton Garden Inn, ebayInc., MakerPlace, Nika, dpiDirect, barnana, Specialty Produce and more. To see a video of the day’s event log onto http://new.

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CIF Group (left to right): Bishop’s Assistant Coach Marco Balcazar, Bishop’s Varsity Coach Matt Copeland, Kelly Shaffer, Bishop’s Athletic Director Joel Allen.

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RSF’s Kelly Shaffer is 2012 Coastal League Champion and CIF semi-finalist

For the second consecutive year, Rancho Santa Fe resident Kelly Shaffer, 16, was awarded the MVP title and named winner of the Girl’s Individual Tennis Coastal League playoff. Top-seeded Shaffer only dropped one game in three matches in the one-day event that was held at La Jolla Country Day school Oct. 30. Shaffer then went on to a top four finish competing in the county-wide CIF girls individual championships held at the Barnes Tennis Center Nov 5-9. The week- long event gave 80 high school players, which qualified through their league, a chance to compete. Second seeded Shaffer won three matches against: Canyon Crest’s Hayley Scarano 6-2, 6-0; Westview HS’s Ashley Chao 6-1, 6-4; and Mater Dei’s Valeria Corral 6-2, 6-1. She lost 4-6, 2-6 in the semi- final rounds to Patrick Henry’s Victoria Robertson, who went on to win the event title in three sets in a finals match up against Fallbrook HS’s Monica Robinson. Shaffer’s final season match tally was 33 wins and 2 losses. Shaffer, who trains in San Diego with coaches Jon Hoffpauir (tennis) and Will Scandalis (fitness), competes within the Southern California section and on the national level through the USTA (United States Tennis Association). She is currently ranked five in San Diego (in the girl’s 16 category) and 21 in Southern California. Recent USTA win highlights include: Quarter-finalist Southern California Sectional Doubles Championships, November 2012; Winner Desert Cities Grand Prix Masters Invitational Championships, October 2012; champion team member Jim Buck Team Championships (8 wins 1 loss); National Zonals Team member (7 wins 1 loss) July 2012; Finalist USTA Regional Segment Irvine, July 2012; Quarter-finalist US Open Sectional Qualifier June 2012; and Semi-finalist Southern California Designated Santa Barbara, June 2012. Shaffer was a USTA wild card recipient at the 2012 USTA National Championships; and won three singles and 2 doubles matches at the National Clay Court Championships in Virginia Beach this past summer. She was a featured player and “Hot List” recipient in both August and September 2012 on a leading college tennis recruiting website: One interesting family connection of note, Shaffer’s great-aunt is the famed tennis player, Helen Wills Moody Roark (1905-1998); winner of 31 Grand Slam Titles and two Olympic Medals. Shaffer has attended The Bishop’s School in La Jolla since 2008 (taking a year off for tennis training in her freshman year). She is currently a junior.

Bluegrass takes the stage in RSF Dec. 7-9 A Christmas story set in the Appalachian Mountains with traditional old-time Appalachian Bluegrass stringed instruments and authentic Clogging will be presented by the Village Church Community Players on Dec. 7-9 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Church. “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity,” will include clogging, a relatively unknown form of dance in this region. Several of the cast members spent their childhood in the Appalachian Mountain region and watched local competitions or were taught how to clog by their grandparents. Clogging is a type of folk dance in which the dancer’s footwear is used musically by striking the heel, the toe or both against a floor to create audible percussive rhythms, usually to the downbeat with the heel keeping the rhythm. Charli Brown, an experienced clogger explained that the dance has origins in Wales and England. As it has evolved over the years, many localities have made contributions by adding local steps and rhythms to the style. Charli grew up in South Carolina, and learned clogging from her mother when the family relocated to Camp Pendle-

ton in Southern California. Her mother wished to continue some of the Appalachian traditions. Since then she has performed at Knott’s Berry Farm with clogging groups and returned to South Carolina for clogging events. Fortunately for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Players, Charli willingly gave instruction to other members and choreographed the upcoming dance segment. Along with the Appalachian cloggers, Tom Cunningham, a San Diego based singer-songwriter and professional performing musician in several prominent Bluegrass bands will be joining producing director Margie Wood and co-producer Kirk Duncan as the musical director for the production. His Bluegrass trio will include nationally recognized musicians, Gene Libbea, bass player and Kevin Gore, banjo. This Christmas tale will have you tapping your toes and singing its praises. This play is perfect family fare. General admission for the day of performance is free. For information on Preferred Reserved Seating, please check the Village Community Players’ website at:

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November 22, 2012

Rancho Santa Fe Review

California Controller John Chiang speaks at RSF event California Controller John Chiang spoke to a crowd of about 35 individuals, who were invited by Voyage Investment Partners of Wells Fargo Advisors, on Nov. 14 at Delicias Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. Chiang addressed several issues, including how he has fought to make finances more transparent and accountable to the public, and to weed out waste, fraud, and abuse of money. Chiang also explained how he has led efforts to reunite owners with more that $2.1 billion in unclaimed property. Guests had the opportunity to ask Chiang questions and have spirited discussion about Proposition 30. With the help of Chi-

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San Diego New Music back at Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present a series by San Diego New Music, launching 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. The first concert celebrates the centennials of American maverick John Cage and Poland’s greatest 20th centu-

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ry composer, Witold Lutoslawski. Christopher Adler will perform Cage’s “One2” in a version for one piano, and Christian Hertzog will join Adler for a rare performance of Cage’s “Music for Amplified Toy Pianos.” Soprano Stephanie Aston will perform one of Lutoslawski’s last compositions, “Chantefleurs et Chantefables,” accompanied by Brendan Nguyen. Aston will also sing the local premiere of Rosalie Hirs’ “Article 5,” a virtuosic tribute to dolphins. Tickets: $10-$25. (858) 454-5872.

Solana Santa Fe butterfly garden Solana Santa Fe sixth grade students recently created a butterfly garden in the school garden. (L-R) Kamila De La Fuente, Paige Harris, Maya DiFrancesco, Hana Nguyen and Morgan Schreiber. Photo/Kathleen Schreiber

Hurricane Sandy orphaned cats and dogs flown to safe haven at Helen Woodward Animal Center The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has been described by families and homeowners on news networks globally over the last weeks. There are those, however, who cannot share their stories; orphaned dogs and cats in shelters that are facing loss and displacement to make room for the thousands of pets who need shelter as a result of Hurricane Sandy. On Nov. 17, 45 orphaned dogs and cats (from Save A Pet on Long Island, NJ and animals from New Jersey rescued by Delco SPCA) flew across the country, via a donated charter from Southwest Airlines, chaperoned by SeaWorld’s animal rescue experts, just in time for a safe and secure new home for the holidays at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. The extraordinary rescue was made possible by Southwest Airlines, whose Flight Crews donated their time and whose fuel provider BP donated fuel for the flight; along with the donated manpower of SeaWorld, providing veterinarians and technicians to assist and chaperone the pets across the country. SeaWorld’s experts in San Diego also donated transportation for the pets to their new home at the Woodward Center after they “touched paw” at Lindbergh Field. For more information, visit or call 858-756-4117.

Del Mar to hold holiday blanket and jacket drive for North County families The City of Del Mar recently announced that the City and the Del Sol Lions have teamed-up to collect new and gently used blankets and jackets for the annual Holiday Baskets Program. The Community Resource Center started this program 30 years ago by distributing baskets of food to 50 low-income working families. Today, the Holiday Basket Program serves over 1,500 pre-qualified North County families (approximately 6,400 people, over half of whom are children) and the generic baskets of food have expanded to a dignified shopping experience held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. If you are interested in supporting this program, please bring unwrapped blankets and jackets to the Del Mar City Hall lobby at 1050 Camino Del Mar during normal business hours (Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Items will be collected through Friday, Dec. 14. For more information, please contact: Katie Benson at Del Mar City Hall, 858-755-9313, or Linette Page at Del Sol Lions, 858-243-3336.

Del Mar’s festive Holiday Wonderland celebration is Dec. 1 Del Mar’s annual old fashioned Holiday Wonderland event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2-5 p.m. in the downtown village of Del Mar and the Del Mar Plaza. The event features photos with Santa, snow play area, horse drawn carriage rides, restaurant tastes, face painting, cake walk, musical and dance performances, holiday crafts and fun zone for kids, and a tree lighting at the L’Auberge Amphitheater at 5 p.m.

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November 22, 2012


At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings. The Freedom of this great country in which we live. Its opportunity for achievement. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. For all of these things, we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a

HAPPY THANKSGIVING And, our special thanks for our many clients’ kind words… Andrea was our agent in our recent purchase of a home in Rancho. She is not only a true professional filled with expertise in the current real estate market and local neighborhoods, but she is also a lovely person with whom to do business. We always felt that she had our best interest in mind whether it was for finding the right home for us or negotiating the best deal for us. Our purchase was more challenging than a usual transaction because it involved a short sale. This was a new experience for us, so we relied heavily on Andrea to help us navigate through this process. She did so successfully by doggedly following up with the other agent, bank representatives and keeping all of the papers needed to close the deal organized and made sure that they were all submitted on time. In our opinion, this purchase would not have happened if Andrea had not been our agent.

Andrea is the most knowledgeable and responsive real estate agent we have ever encountered. We found her to be not only empathetic to our needs, but also a very skillful negotiator on our behalf. No marketing details were left to chance. When our first escrow cancelled, she swiftly contacted other agents who had shown our home and secured a new contract. She has a demonstrated track record in our area. Glad we chose her to get our home sold in spite of a challenging environment. –Tim and Michelle Kerrigan

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November 22, 2012

Rancho Santa Fe Review

Pulitzer Prize-winning author shares the secrets of ‘Catherine the Great’ in recent novel BY JOE TASH Historians’ work is similar to that of novelists, in that both types of writers tell stories about people, enlivening their tales with details of their characters’ triumphs and travails, award-winning writer Robert K. Massie told local audiences this week. While fiction writers populate their stories through their imagination, historians and biographers “have to work hard to discover the facts” by poring through mountains of documents, from letters to archives, Massie said in a recent talk to the Rancho Santa Fe Literary Society, which was held at the Marriott-Del Mar. (See page B16.) Massie’s latest effort to unearth the stories of real people is “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman,” published in 2011 by Random House. “Catherine” is Massie’s sixth historical work. His past books have included “Nicholas and Alexandra,” which was made into an Academy Award-winning film, and “Peter the Great,” for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981. Massie is a native of Lexington, Kentucky, and now lives in New York state. He studied at Yale and Oxford University in England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He previously worked as a journalist for Newsweek and the Saturday Evening Post. Massie’s subject, Catherine the Great, held power as the empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796, at age 67. The daughter of a German prince, she is considered a key figure in both European and Russian history. “She reached at age 33, halfway through her life, a summit where in the 1,000-year history of the European monarchy, only one other woman had stood,” that being Elizabeth I of England, Massie said. The book details Catherine’s childhood, when she was rejected by a mother who wanted a boy, to her marriage at 16 to Peter, heir to the Russian throne. Her marriage was troubled from the start, said Massie, because her husband preferred playing with toy soldiers in the couple’s bed rather than having sex with his young bride. Later, Peter’s aunt, the Empress Elizabeth, forced Catherine to have a child with a man other than her husband, in the hope she would become pregnant and produce a future heir to prolong the Romanov Dynasty. The coupling arranged by the empress was successful, and Catherine gave birth to a boy. Catherine’s husband, Peter, became emperor of Russia at the death of his aunt, but was toppled from the throne during a coup by the Russian military. Catherine was named empress, and shortly after assuming the throne, Peter — who had been arrested — was strangled to death by his prison guards. According to Massie, questions dogged Catherine for the rest of her life regarding whether she had ordered her husband’s death, or known about the assassination in advance. “Certainly, it was very convenient for her,” Massie said. Through her long reign, Catherine proved a skilled administrator, who steeped herself in philosophy and literature, maintained a correspondence with the French writer Voltaire, and enacted reforms such as ending torture and advocating for the emancipation of serfs, who toiled in the fields of rich landowners. Although she never remarried, she had 12 lovers. “The official term was ‘favorites” and

John Ippolito, author Robert K. Massie, Literary Society chapter leader Gayle Allen. Photo/McKenzie Images all were given titles, positions at court and very considerable wealth,” said Massie. The most important of those lovers was Grigory Potemkin, who became her close confidant, military leader and viceroy for the southern portion of the country. Potemkin was considered the most powerful man in Russia, and helped Catherine rule Russia for 17 years, Massie said. Catherine was one of the two most important rulers of Russia during the 300-year reign of the Romanovs, said Massie. Along with the political reforms she ushered in, she can also be credited with cultural advancements that endure today, from literature to ballet. Peter the Great, Catherine’s predecessor by 37 years, brought in Western technology and made Russia a military power. “Catherine, building on that, brought Western culture and European culture and art, architecture and literature… to Russia,” Massie said. She wanted to bring enlightenment and reform to her country, but was no proponent of democratic rule. Catherine and other progressives of her era “wanted to create and enact reforms, but they thought reforms should come from the top down. They didn’t want people at the bottom of the layers rising up and imposing their own changes,” Massie said.

RSF’s Pardee family has given largest number of scholarships in CSUSM history The Pardee family of Rancho Santa Fe believes in the power of higher education and understands the impact an investment in the future of a student can make. Since 2006, the family has provided 300 scholarships to over a hundred California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) undergraduates totaling $600,000. The J. Douglas and Marian R. Pardee Foundation Scholarship program has given the largest number of scholarships in CSUSM history. The J. Douglas and Marian R. Pardee Foundation Scholarship program was established at CSUSM out of a desire to make a gift that would impact the region. Their generosity has enabled the University to award 50 scholarships annually to students with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and demonstrated need. Scholarship renewals are available to eligible students with a GPA of 3.0. In addition to their scholarship program, they have donated over $90,000 to support former foster youth in the University’s ACE Scholar Services program. Impacting the Future for Generations One first year nursing student attests to the life-changing impact of the Pardee’s gift. After a challenging childhood and adolescence, she was able to complete high school but felt, lacking the encouragement and positive influences in her life, that college would never be a reality for her. “I always worked hard and was well liked, but I could never get the jobs that I

truly wanted because I didn’t have a college education,” she said. When she became a mother she knew she wanted a better life not only for herself but for her son. Today the student is working toward her bachelor’s of science in nursing. As a single mother with full custody of her 5-year-old, she says it can be difficult to balance the rigorous school work with motherhood. Without the financial aid she is receiving this semester, including a $2,000 scholarship from the Pardee family, she would not be able to follow her passion of becoming a registered nurse with the hope of eventually tackling the childhood obesity epidemic. “Without scholarships I don’t know what I would do in regard to childcare for my son,” she said who must be at a local hospital for her clinical rotations as early as 6:45 a.m. during the week. “It’s expensive to find someone reliable and trustworthy to watch him that early. Without financial help it would be really difficult to get my degree. “If I could speak to the Pardee family, I would tell them thank you so very, very much,” she reflected. “I have a real passion for nursing and I think I can make a difference that will impact generations to come.” Students have the opportunity to thank the Pardee family and share with them their personal stories of success through thank you essays.

A Gift that Impacts the Region Scholarships are an important part of ensuring that Cal State San Marcos remains affordable given recent tuition increases. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the total cost of attendance for a full-time resident undergraduate living off-campus—including tuition, fees, books, food, housing, transportation and personal expenses—totals over $24,000. Because over 50 percent of CSUSM’s student population is from diverse ethnic

backgrounds and over 40 percent are the first in their family to earn a degree, the cost for many would be prohibitive without scholarships, grants or loans. “It’s humbling to think that a small amount can make such a difference in the life of a student,” said Douglas Pardee’s daughter, Julie. “By giving scholarships, we are impacting our own community – so many students stay local to complete their education . . . and they stay in this region after graduation.”

Canyon Crest Academy to hold Festival of the Arts Dec. 8 Envision, the Arts at CCA and the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation will present the Festival of the Arts (FOTA) celebration on the CCA campus Saturday, Dec. 8, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. FOTA features musical and theatrical performances, dance, cinema screenings, and will showcase student work, which also will be available for purchase. Raven Wishes Boards will feature items financially supported by donations to the CCA Foundation that Envision teachers and students need to sustain and expand their programs. Elementary/middle school students and families are especially encouraged to tour the campus, see the impressive talent of students enrolled in CCA’s visual, performing, and digital arts, and meet Envision teachers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased at or at the door. Like us on Facebook at Festival of the Arts. CCA Envision is supported by the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, a parent-led 501(c)(3) organization providing fantastic opportunities across academics, athletics, and the arts, and creating an environment where students can thrive. Your tax-deductible donation to the CCA Foundation is vitally needed to continue our support of these programs. You can donate online at

Rancho Santa Fe Review

November 22, 2012


Maki co-founder meets supporters for first time at local fundraiser • Peruvian woman lives to tell of decades-long genocide BY CLAIRE HARLIN Marisol Chancos Mendoza recently became a legal resident of the United States. She made the move from her native town of Ayacucho, Peru to New York City only a few weeks ago, joining her husband and 14-year-old son, Adrian, both of whom Del Mar resident Martha Dudenhoeffer she hadn’t seen Kolodny (left) and Marisol Chancos in five years. She Mendoza (right) held an event in Del endured a long Mar on Nov. 13 to raise money for Maki wait for her pa- International. Courtesy photo pers, and was even denied visitor visas during the process. However, for the first time this month she saw snow — and a hurricane — and she also attended her first parent-teacher conference for Adrian, who is now fluent in English and also learning to speak Chinese. “My husband and I thought it was better for him to get accustomed early, but I remember it was so hard when I had to ask him if he wanted to come to the States and tell him he would have to come without me,” said Mendoza. “He was only 9 and he said, ‘Mom, don’t worry. The first thing we’ll do is get you there.” It wasn’t an easy five years after her family left Peru, but Mendoza wasn’t lonely — nor was she idle. Working as a volunteer coordinator for an international service organization, she crossed paths with Martha Dudenhoeffer Kolodny, a local resident who had come to Peru with the desire to make a difference.

Kolodny, with Mendoza’s guidance, found her passion working with female prisoners in Ayacucho, and ended up returning several times to visit and bring materials for embroidery — a traditional talent Kolodny noticed the women had. Many serving time for drug trafficking they were forced into, the prisoners began creating intricate Peruvian textiles, which Kolodny sold in the United States to raise money for educational programs in the prison. Soon enough, the women’s efforts grew into the non-profit Maki International, which not only brought solace to Mendoza while she was separated from her family, but uplifted her hometown, which is still recovering from a 20-year guerilla conflict that began there in 1980 and resulted in the deaths and disappearances of some 80,000 people. “Maki was my salvation during that time. It kept me busy,” said Mendoza, giving an appreciative glance to Kolodny during a Nov. 14 interview at Pannikin Del Mar. Kolodny responded,”If you were busy, had you had your son there, Maki might not have ever happened.” Mendoza spent a week in Del Mar — her first trip to California — to attend a Nov. 13 fundraiser for Maki at the Powerhouse Community Center, where she met Maki supporters and shared first-hand experiences about life in Ayacucho. The prisoners who benefit from Maki’s framework of creating, exporting and selling their work each have stories to tell, either of how they were forced into being a drug mule or how Maki’s educational programs will keep them out of the drug trade upon their release. But many have also lived to tell the story of the decades-long genocide that was brought upon the Andean region by the Shining Path, a terrorist group that recruited thousands into its murderous insurgency. This is also a story that Mendoza is all too familiar with. “I remember when it started, the first time in my life I heard gunshots. I was 6,” said Mendoza. “It was after that I started hearing of people killed on the radio every day. Every night there were bombings. Every single night. We wouldn’t have power for days, months.” Mendoza said she remembers walking to school as a child and seeing dead bodies in the streets, often with dogs

eating them or signs draped over them warning people not to cooperate with one side of the conflict or the other. She said she saw violent strikes and military raids. She saw car bombs often, but one of her most frightening memories was when she saw a child explode right in front of her. Whether a bomb was strapped to the child or thrown at the child, she said she is unsure. “I remember so clearly what I saw. I want to forget, but it’s hard to forget those things,” she said. “It’s like I was standing and everything was spinning around me. We just started running to school, crying.” Mendoza was sent by her family to escape the violence and attend school in Lima at the age of 15. She lived with and worked for a family and, in exchange, they paid for her education. She studied English. Having worked for a living since she began selling cakes to make ends meet at the age of 6, Mendoza said she values hard work and is motivated to help those who need it. “I remember all the people who bought my cakes, who helped me as a child growing up,” said Mendoza. “Over the years I’ve met so many people who aren’t my relatives but have helped me so much, like the families I lived with … What helps me now is being able to help all these women.” In particular, Mendoza said she is thankful for Kolodny. “She helps me so much by giving me the opportunity and she is also helping all these women,” she said. “She’s like a mother and a sister and a friend. She means so much to me.” Kolodny helped Mendoza train her 31-year-old sister, Jessica, also of Ayacucho, to take over Maki operations at the prison in preparation for Mendoza being granted her immigration papers. The training took more than a year, Kolodny said. “It’s not an easy thing going in that prison,” she said. “It was like leaving our child with someone,” said Mendoza, who has to stay in the States for at least a year under customs requirements to show residency. And even though she is now living happily ever after in New York with her own child, she’s already thinking about what she’s going to do when she’s granted the right to travel legally. “The first thing I want to do,” she said, “is visit Ayacucho.” For more information about Maki, visit


November 22, 2012

Rancho Santa Fe Review

Local professor of medicine and neuroscience honored for discoveries made on diseases such as Huntington’s, ALS BY KATHY DAY Don Cleveland’s career path took a turn when he was in graduate school at Princeton, veering from physics to biochemical sciences. The local resident was married then to a biologist who used to come home and talk excitedly about her experiments. In physics, experiments take about 50 people; in biology it takes two or three, he said. Soon, he changed directions and earned a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. Today he is a professor of medicine and neuroscience and heads the Laboratory of Cell Biology at The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at UCSD. He is also chair of UCSD’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. His change of focus may well turn out to be a very good thing for people suffering from neuromuscular and neurogenetic diseases, such as Huntington’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gherig’s disease) and spinal muscular atrophy – a fatal disease affecting children who are born with little muscle tone and never develop muscle control. He has teamed up with Dr. Frank Bennett, senior vice president of research at Carlsbad-based Isis Pharmaceuticals, and Holly Kordasiewicz, who used to be a member of Cleveland’s research team and now is at Isis, to work on a way to treat these diseases. In the June edition of the journal Neuron, they reported that they had found a gene that can silence the mutated gene that causes Huntington’s disease. In animal models, they found that a single infusion of a DNAbased drug built on Isis’s antisense gene-blocking technology slowed and even partly reversed the progression of the debilitating disease. On Nov. 16, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America ( honored the trio and their research teams at the annual Celebration of Hope Gala & Auction at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. According to a press release “The honorees have made discoveries into the causes and treatment of human neurodegenerative diseases, especially ALS and Huntington’s diseases. Their efforts are pioneering the development of stem cell and gene silencing therapies for both of these disorders.” Huntington’s is a fatal genetic brain disorder that results in the loss of all mental and physical capabilities. It affects about 30,000 people a year, Cleveland said.

For him, the “aha moment” was the realization that DNAbased drugs could be used to treat disease. It came after the concept was rep e a t e d l y championed by Richard Smith, a neurologist and director of La Jolla’s Center for Neurologic Study. “He came by and said, ‘Don, you should try it,’” Cleveland recalled, adding with a wry smile, “He wasHonoree Don Cleveland in the lab. very pushy and very annoying.” Then Smith met Bennett, one of the founders of Isis, and told him the same thing. Finally, Cleveland said, “We just told him we would do it.” Initially, they didn’t think that if you infused the DNA into a single gene that it would transfuse throughout the body. But their experiment showed otherwise. “It broadly delivers an effective drug into the nervous system,” he said, noting that the approach is being applied to several diseases and has already entered clinical trials in three. They hope to move into the clinic with Huntington’s patients within a year. “The last 14 months have been the most exciting time in ALS (research) in history.”

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Thirteen months ago they discovered the cause of that disease. Cleveland read the original description in a scientific journal on a Wednesday; on Thursday he and the team started talking about “likely clinical strategies” and off they went into their labs. Today Isis has a drug for spinal muscular atrophy, using the antisense technology, in clinical trials. Meanwhile, Cleveland still is focused on “establishing the feasibility of trying to truly treat the primary causes of cancer,” but his excitement over the efforts in neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases is hard to hide. Huntington’s disease is a “monogenetic disease,” meaning that a single gene causes the damage, in this case producing a toxic protein called the huntingtin that damages and ultimately destroys brain cells. Because of that, the antisense approach to silence the gene “makes great sense,” he said. It’s a technique already proven safe in trials and there are already antisense drugs approved for other uses. In research to date, Cleveland’s researchers and the Isis team have been able show the mutated gene’s instructions can be turned off for short periods and that the effects can actually be reversed for a period of time. It could be that a monthly or quarterly infusion could prove to be the answer for those who suffer from this type of genetic disease, Cleveland noted. As the team pursues the latest discoveries into the clinic – his former student Kordasiewicz left for a job at Isis to do just that – Cleveland leads his team of 15 post-doctoral students at the Ludwig Institute. It’s the largest of the centers funded by the global non-profit founded by Daniel K. Ludwig, a business magnate who pledged $1 billion to support cancer research after his wife died of the disease. Cleveland left Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1994 to head up the center. He enjoys the teaching part of his work and, like many of his colleagues, he said, “I teach all day every day.” He gets major satisfaction from seeing his students succeed -- 25 have left for jobs all over the country and one is running a clinical trial for an ALS drug. “I’m proud of lots of them,” he said. “They’re going to replace me one day. That’s the goal.” He tries to impart to them something he began to learn at Princeton about the keys to success. See PROFESSOR, page 28

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Thanksgiving thoughts at Solana Santa Fe School Editor’s Note: We asked Christine Campbell’s first grade class at Solana Santa Fe School how to make a Thanksgiving turkey dinner and what they are thankful for. Below are a few of their responses. For all responses received, visit and write “Thanksgiving: Solana Santa Fe School” in the search category. It will also be posted under the Schools category. By Karen Billing We asked Christine Campbell’s first grade class at Solana Santa Fe School how to make a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Enjoy the feast prepared by these adorable young chefs: First you put applesauce on it. Then you put it in the oven. -Jake First, I put it in fire. Next, I put a spiky metal stick on it. Last, it cools off and then we eat it. -Diego So…you catch the turkey. You bring it home. You butter it down. You put rosemary on it. (That’s what my uncle does.) Then you cook it for about a minute or so. You take it out. You let it cool. Then you eat it. Yum! -Olivia You buy it from the store. Then you can cook it. This is how you cook i — Put some basil on the turkey. Then, you put it in the oven. Cook it for about an hour. You take it out of the oven. You cut it into pieces. Then you eat it! -Evie I put it in the oven. Then I put the timer on. It cooks, like, an hour. Then I get it out of the oven. My mom and dad put salad out. Then we eat it. -Kenan I think you first have the farmer kill the turkey. Then the farmer puts it in the oven. Then, once it’s in long enough, he takes the turkey out. Then you eat it. -Gabriel First the turkey walks around and then they take him to a store. Then you can bring the turkey home. Then you put it in the oven and then it bakes. Then you can eat it. -Katie You get lettuce and a turkey. Get some carrots. Then get cheese. You put it on a pan and then after that you put it in the oven. - Kamron To cook a turkey, you use a grill. Then you eat it. -Braeden The only thing I know is that you put it in the oven. - Ricky And what are they thankful for? I am thankful for my brother because he is awesome. -Arian I am thankful for my friends because they play Magno-blocks and legos. -Ryan

I am thankful for my friend Gerry because he is a firefighter and if my house is on fire we can call him. -Kyle I am thankful for my grandmother because she takes care of me at my house. -Katie I am thankful for computers because they are fun. -Ricky I am thankful for being able to vote for the president. -Matt I am thankful for my grandparents because they give me dessert everytime I go to their house. -Daniel I am thankful for milk because it gives me strong bones so that I can play soccer. -Kenan I am thankful for my dog because he is nice and doesn’t bite people. -Lauren I am thankful for my mom because she is going to make turkey for Thanksgiving. -Carson I am thankful for my brother and sister because they play on the trampoline. -Braeden I’m thankful for my friends because they help me when I’m hurt. -Mae I am thankful for my chores because I like doing them and they make my mom happy. -Sophia I am thankful for Mrs. Campbell because she teachers us every day. -Gabriel I am thankful for my family because they play tag with me. -KJ I am thankful for my Auntie Jen because she spoils me by getting me treats. I’m also thankful for my mom because she takes care of me. -Olivia I am thankful for my mom because she reads to me at nighttime. -Sienna I am thankful for my friends because they are nice to me, don’t hurt me and help me clean up my room when I have play dates. -Diego I am thankful for my sister because she plays with me. -Alyssa — Compliled by Karen Billing

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November 22, 2012

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November 22, 2012

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Upcoming events at the RSF Community Center Still Time to Register for Our Session 2 Classes! Our Session 2 classes began on Monday, Nov. 5, but there is still time to register so you can still attend the majority of the session. This eight-week session runs Nov. 5 Jan. 18 and class fees can be pro-rated. For our full list of classes or to register, please visit our website at www.rsfcc. org or call us at 858-756-2461. Spanish Class w/Yak Academy for K-3rd graders Yak Academy integrates fun play-based immersion, world-class native speaking instructors and a unique environment of learning to create a powerful and effective world language experience. Our programs truly build little world citizens. We offer classes by skilled foreign language instructors backed by curriculum intended to advance world language skills and cultural understanding. Helen Woodward Animal Extravaganza for 1st-5th graders Get up close and personal with some of the animals that share our world while learning respect and compassion for all life. Meet and pet a variety of animals including A variety of classes are now mammals, birds, reptiles and bugs. Each class meets a vari- available at the RSF ety of California State Science Standards while focusing on a Community Center. different animal theme for hands-on education. Print Making Class w/Holiday Projects for Pre-K/K We will use different materials and everyday items to create images on various media (papers, wood, fabric etc.) using inks and paints. In addition, a few classes during this ses-

sion, will be completely devoted to creating one-of-a-kind, handmade holiday gifts which will come home wrapped and ready for the special people in their lives. This will be a great opportunity for your child to discover a glimpse of the many printmaking processes through hands-on activities and projects. Mini Builders and Mechanical Builders for Pre-K to 5th graders The perfect choice for our future Engineers! The Mechanical Builders program is a unique, creative, and technical class for children of any skill level who are interested in building and engineering. Our Instructors will guide participants through each project, encouraging creative thinking while developing technical skill. There will be a variety of projects throughout the session including: Bottle Rockets, LEGO Earthquake Test, Race Car Track Building, Stomp Rockets, HEX Bug Challenge, Marble Racers, Solar Powered Kits, and Robot Creation. Each project will be tailored to the skill level and interests of the students enrolled, they will also be able to take many of the projects home! Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge-

Dodgeball! Don’t forget to sign up for our next fun, adrenaline-pumping Dodgeball Tournament run by Coach Mike Rausa! There will be prizes and t-shirts awarded to the winning team. Pizza and water will also be available for purchase. When: Friday, Dec. 14 Where: RSF Community Center Time: 3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — 3rd & 4th Grade 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — 5th & 6th Grade Cost: $20 per person/ $15 for siblings Please call us at 858-756-2461 for more information. Adult Yoga & Jazzercise at the RSFCC! Join us for Jazzercise on Mondays and Wednesdays and Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays here at the RSFCC. We are very excited to be able to offer two great fitness classes for the community. Our two new instructors have a real passion for fitness and are here to help you get in shape for the holiday season. All our adult fitness classes are from 9-10 a.m., so come on in and get fit today! Cost is $125 for 10 visits or $15 for drop-ins.

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SPOTLIGHT on LOCAL BUSINESS RSF Flowers & Gifts offers a wide range of unique holiday services

BY CLAIRE HARLIN If you’ve ever driven through downtown Rancho Santa Fe around Christmas, you probably know that it’s lit up like a starry sky, palm fronds and rooflines lit with white and green and twinkling snowflakes in the street median. What you may not know, however, is that the it’s a tiny 900-square-foot flower shop behind this elaborate presentation — as well as the outdoor lighting of more than 60 homes in the area. Rancho Santa Fe Flowers & Gifts, located at 6012 Granada, can not only fulfill your decorating needs for Christmas — whether you want to buy or rent the materials — but it’s a onestop shop for planning events of RSF Flowers & Gifts is responsible for the festive lights around the village during any occasion. The store facilitates the holiday season. upscale linen rentals, tablescapes and even costumes. For example, owner Penelope Bax just led a team of about a dozen in putting on a “queen for a day” birthday party, in which the birthday girl was led to a jet on a red carpet (provided by the flower shop) and whisked away for a fancy lunch in Los Angeles. When she arrived, the venue had been outfitted with embellished king and queen thrones and she was given a cape and crown to wear. “The tablescapes had red roses, and we even had crown candles and napkin rings,” she said. The shop may seem small, but all the planning and preparation takes place there, usually with the company of Bax’s well-known Golden Retriever, Charlie. “Some people come in and say, ‘We don’t need any flowers today; We just came to see Charlie,’” Bax said, adding that

in the 18 years she has owned the shop, she’s always had her dogs accompany her there. Bax said that Christmas clients are booking up quickly, but she has added many seasonal team members to offer in-home consultations. A lot of people call the Rancho Santa Fe Association to find out who’s behind the lighting of the Village or the 15-foot tree in front of the Rancho Santa Fe Inn, and Bax gets bombarded with calls when the word gets out. “A lot of people don’t realize we are the ones who do Christmas lights for the Village,” she said. “We decorate peoples homes and trees, we do tree lighting, hanging lights on homes and trees, custom wreaths, you name it. If you want to do it yourself, then if you buy the materials from us, we’ll tell you how to do it for free. Or we can come out and do it.” The shop sells popular

holiday items such as garland by the foot, pine cones and other greenery. She said she has spent hours with clients showing them how to line their mantles and staircases with Christmas embellishments. The shop also provides all the supplies, like ribbons, wires, lights and necessary tools. If you even want to go the extra mile, Bax said she can arrange for carolers to come to your home or event, wearing either traditional Charles Dickinson attire or “rockin’ cranberries” costumes. Even after the holidays, Bax stays busy with decorating people’s homes no matter what the season. She specializes in sympathy services, weddings and new home welcomes, as well. For gifts, the store offers various items, from hummingbird feeders to perfumes to candles. For more information on the shop, visit or call (858) 756-5023.

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RSF Foundation Board Dinner The RSF Foundation recently held a dinner for its board of directors at the RSF Golf Club. For more information on the RSF Foundation, visit Photos/McKenzie Images

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Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Concerts begin Nov. 29 Canyon Crest Academy Envision Vocal Conservatory will present the Level Three Vocal Recitals on Thursday, Nov. 29, Friday, Nov. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Proscenium Theater. The evenings feature different seniors performing their culmination of up to three years of study in Envision. This music will range from Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, and more. The recital on Thursday, Nov. 29, will include Level 3 students Danielle Pompeo, Cassidy McCombs, and Maia Kuspa. Some of the music to be performed includes: “Offrande” by Reynaldo Hahn, “Norman Music” by Lucy Simon, “Danny Boy” by Fred Weatherly, and “Standchen” by Franz Schuber. The recital on Friday, Nov. 30, will include Level 3 student Jamie Hart and Sarah Wilkerson, and Level 2 student Michelle Wakeman. Some of the music to be performed includes: “Riverside” by Agnes Obel, “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” by Corcovado, and “O Cessate di Piagarmi” by Alessandro Scarlatti. The Recital on Tuesday, Dec. 4, will include Level 3 student Carly Newman and Level 2 students Megan Phillips, Justin Verity, and Daniela Camilleri. Some of the music to be performed includes: “Voi Che Sapete” by Mozart, “Romance” by Debussy, “Se Florindo e Fedele” by Scarlatii, and “What if I Never Speed” by John Dowland. Students in the Vocal Music Conservatory study music theory, music history,

chamber and solo works, and a variety of musical styles. Students compose, conduct, and participate in works of music through out the school year. The Conservatory is comprised of a select audition-only group of 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Students perform informally, give recitals and participate in large-scale productions, both as solely the Conservatory and in collaboration with other arts disciplines. Anne Whattoff is the coordinator of the Vocal Music Conservatory as well as the Envision day classes of Choir and Rock Band. The Senior Recitals in November and December will showcase the achievements made by the senior Vocal Conservatory students in their studies at Canyon Crest Academy. The recitals are open to the public. Tickets are available online:, at the door, or in advance at the ASB Finance window on the CCA campus. Tickets are $5 students/$7 adults. CCA’s Vocal Conservatory Level 3 Recitals are supported by the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, a parent-led 501(c)(3) organization providing fantastic opportunities across academics, athletics, and the arts, and creating an environment where students can thrive. Your tax-deductible donation to the CCA Foundation is vitally needed to continue our support of these programs. You can donate online at

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Canyon Crest Academy’s Girls Basketball Team to hold first Annual Holiday Bazaar Find your best holiday gifts at Canyon Crest Academy’s First Annual Ravens Holiday Bazaar to benefit the girls’ basketball team. It will be held in the CCA Gymnasium from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The event is open to the public and attendance is free. Vendors will offer a wide variety of goods – jewelry, home goods, apparel, handbags, stained glass art, chefs’ wares, candles, and more — to fill all of your holiday shopping needs. The bazaar will also feature exciting opportunity drawings throughout the day. The Ravens team depends on a variety of fundraising means, from rummage sales to selling team sweatshirts, to support their team. Mike Ramel, new

head coach of the Ravens notes, “Unfortunately when it comes to the school budget, extracurriculars always take the biggest hit. The lessons learned from participation in athletics have the same or greater value to a student’s life as classroom lessons. The girl on my team aspiring to be a doctor excels in biology class, and she also learns how to meet deadlines, perform under pressure, and work with a team through participation in athletics. The players have spearheaded the fundraising efforts in order to meet our budgetary needs as a program, and this great event is just one example of their hard work coming together.” All proceeds will directly benefit the program and be used to pay for officials, trainers and staff at games, provide transportation, pay for tournaments and additional coaching, and purchase necessary equipment and new uniforms. The mission of the Ravens Girls’ Basketball Team is to use basketball to teach life lessons, transforming players in successful leaders now and in the future. The Ravens are taught time management, communication, setting and achieving goals, decision making under pressure and working as a team; all of which are abilities that will spill over into their life beyond the program. Vendors interested in participating in the bazaar should call Mike Ramel at (845) 649-4193. The Canyon Crest Academy, Gymnasium is located at 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, 92130. The event is free and open to the public.

Red Nose Run to be held in Del Mar Dec. 14 Join old friends and new for the 20th annual Red Nose Run (3K walk and 5K run), a holiday fun run along the beaches of Del Mar. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m., starting at the Poseidon Restaurant parking lot (1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar). Registration that day is at 1 p.m. The event will benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. You can register on race day or in advance at

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Bob Baker Toyota gets a save! When local auto dealer and RSF resident Bob Baker heard that the Lemon Grove Little League was in dire financial straits he didn’t hesitate to come to the rescue. As the league stormed into — and almost won — last year’s Senior League World Series they found that they had to empty their cash register to cover the costs. They approached the city council but a decision was postponed until a later date. With the season approaching, the outlook didn’t look good. Bob Baker heard about it and not only did he replenish the $4,000 that was spent for the series run, he added seed money to get next season started. “On behalf of the Bob Baker Family Foundation and Bob Baker Toyota Scion Lemon Grove, it gives me great pleasure to help out an organization that is so dedicated to the kids of Lemon Grove,” said Baker as he presented the check to Steve Gulley, president of the Lemon Grove Little League. Gulley expressed great appreciation on behalf of the parents and players. Gully said “that he’s not sure where they’d be without Bob Baker’s generosity.” Also present was Liz Micklos, the dealership’s general manager.

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Nuptial News: It will be snowing in Del Mar on Dec. 1! “He asked, she said yes and now we celebrate!” In honor of their engagement, the families of Robert Thomas of Del Mar and Josie Wilson of Rancho Santa Fe will be hosting a Winter Wonderland-themed engagement party on Dec. 1, 2012. The couple met in the summer of 2010 and have been inseparable ever since. Robert proposed on Josie’s 21st birthday during the couple’s trip to the Bahamas in August 2012 and have set their wedding date for Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the renown Bernard Estate in Rancho Santa Fe. They are looking forward to sharing a beautiful life together, with lots of joy and excitement ahead.

The Bishop’s School gets ready to ‘Raise Some Cabo’ Great food, drinks, music and a Cabo-style atmosphere are sure to make The Bishop’s School’s annual “party with a purpose” feel more like “una fabulosa fiesta” as the local independent, college preparatory school celebrates Baja Knights, the 2013 auction co-chaired by current Bishop’s parents Janna and Marco Monroy and Tina and David Thomas. Held on the School’s campus April 20, 2013, Baja Knights is certain to be a night – or should we say, “knight” – to remember. “Baja Knights is the per- The Bishop’s School 2013 Auction Co-Chairs Marco and fect theme for a school com-Janna Monroy and Tina and David Thomas. munity in La Jolla,” according “The faculty professional growth proto Tina Thomas. “It allows us to bring the breezy beach ambiance to cam- gram gives our educators the ability to continue their own education,” explains Janna pus and sets a fabulous, casually chic tone.” Each year, the school’s auction raises Monroy. “This benefits not only them, but approximately $1 million in direct support also the constantly evolving classroom expeof the student need-based financial aid and rience for our children.” The Bishop’s School’s auction season faculty professional growth programs. More than 20 percent of the current student body will be officially launched on Jan. 26, 2013, is receiving close to $3 million through the during the School’s Tastings Party, an evening of delicious food and wine. Guests are financial aid program. “After four years of being a part of the asked to bring a premium bottle of wine for Bishop’s community, my wife, Janna, and I admission, which will be offered in the wine realized what an important role the auction section of the upcoming auction. Baja Knights, the School’s 28th annual plays in supporting the student need-based financial aid and faculty professional growth auction, will be held on campus and will programs,” Marco Monroy shares. “It is re- feature dinner for 500, dancing to worldmarkable to see the school community class entertainment, a wine auction, and come together year after year to financially both live and silent auctions with an emsupport these two crucial programs. We phasis on items that offer unique experienchave witnessed how the programs have es. Underwriting of the auction will soon betouched and changed many of the students’ gin and donations of auction items and financial support by area businesses can be and faculty members’ lives.” In the last school year, dozens of faculty made online starting in late December. For information on Baja Knights, the members benefitted from the school’s Faculty Professional Growth program by partici- Tastings Party, underwriting or donations, pating in a variety of enrichment experienc- contact the school’s Advancement Office at es, which enhance their knowledge, skills (858) 875-0802 or the auction committee and experience. The teachers and coaches co-chairs, Janna Monroy at sibanana@aol. take what they learn into the classrooms or com or Tina Thomas at tinareganthomas@ onto the sports fields or courts to directly For more information on The benefit the students and the community as Bishop’s School, visit the School’s website: a whole.

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Rowe Grandparents Day The R. Roger Rowe School recently invited grandparents and special friends to visit their grandchildren and loved ones in their classrooms and learn more about their Five Star Education. Attendees also enjoyed a Thanksgiving performance by the School’s Advanced Band, Strings & Dance Ensemble in the Performing Arts Center. Photos/Jon Clark

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CCA Raven Wishes at Burlap

Canyon Crest Academy Foundation held its first Raven Wishes, a fundraiser for the Athletics program, on Nov. 14, at Burlap Restaurant in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. For more information, visit Photos/Jon Clark

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RSF GOP Women to hold Christmas Party The RSF Republican Women, Fed. invite all Republicans to its annual Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., at the RSF home of Susan Woolley. Cost is $40 per person. Please send your check payable to RSFRWF. It needs to be received by Dec. 4. For more information, contact Jody at 858756-1906 or

San Diego Veterans For Peace begins third year helping the homeless •Do nations needed and appreciated Local resident Gil Field and his fellow San Diego Veterans for Peace (SDVFP) members continue to visit the downtown San Diego streets after dark and make a positive, necessary impact in the quality of life for hundreds of homeless people, many of whom served in combat. Now in the beginning of its third year, the group’s “Compassion Campaign” is just that, a coordinated effort by a few tireless and dedicated veterans. Established in December 2010, the “CompasTwo or three times a month, based entirely on available sion Campaign” is the nondonations, SDVFP members head out after dark to areas profit group’s crusade to pro- in downtown San Diego known to be popular sleeping vide sleeping bag sets and wa- spots for the homeless, and hand out about sleeping terproof gear to San Diego’s bag sets. homeless population. Two or three times a month, based entirely on available donations, SDVFP members head out after dark to areas in downtown San Diego known to be popular sleeping spots for the homeless, and hand out about sleeping bag sets, each of which includes a sleeping bag, a waterproof stuff sack, and a heavy-duty plastic poncho. Each set costs the vets $33 wholesale from the Coleman Corporation. The campaign raised more than $30,000 in its first two years, enough to deliver 1,350 sets to homeless people staying in many locations downtown, including spots near the Civic Center, the new library, along 16th Street, on Pacific Highway and in camps under three I-5 overpasses. SDVFP Director of Communications Gil Field said he and his fellow SDFVP members saw groups of homeless people sleeping on the pavement on cold and rainy days two years ago, and decided, as a group dedicated to helping veterans, many of whom are homeless — Field estimated the number to be 25 to 40 percent — that it was their duty to take action. From there, the Compassion Campaign became a project that the SDFVP put its weight and benevolent spirit behind. Citing those who return from war with post traumatic stress disorder and are unable to receive adequate care, Field said, “Veterans on the street, whether we like it or not, are victims of war.” As veterans for peace, we pledge to “help veterans and other victims of war. Our outreach is a natural fulfillment of our statement of purpose.” The program has been a success, Field said, and the homeless who receive the group’s sleeping sets are “so incredibly magnanimous and generous and incredibly grateful.” Recipients often cry. Field said homeless people have even turned down his help, directing him to deliver the sleeping bag sets to another homeless person who needs it more. “They said, ‘I don’t need it as much as the guy on the next block,’” Field said. “It’s astonishing, some of these people have nothing but the guy down the block has less. You’d think somebody who sleeps on the street, when they’re offered something, would take it regardless.” That selflessness struck a chord with Field and his fellow SDVFP members, who have taken now to bringing, in addition to the sleeping sets, extra car loads of donated coldweather clothing to hand out. They have even made connections with civic-minded corporations like REI, who has provided them several hundred pairs of returned shoes and hundreds of pairs of socks. In addition, the Quaker community in San Diego has been very generous with donations, donated clothing and blankets. Now in its third year, the Compassion Campaign hopes to continue to receive generous donations from the public to enable the chapter vets to make even more trips out after dark, where each recipient is evaluated for true need and only then given a sleeping bags set. The group is always looking for civic groups and corporate sponsors to help. One local company, JW Floor Covering, and its humanitarian outreach group, Outreach For Humanity, has donated both cash and backpacks full of safety supplies and toiletries for the homeless, and employees have gone out with SDVFP veterans to hand out the life-saving supplies. For more information on the San Diego Veterans For Peace and its Compassion Campaign, visit Donations made be made on line and by check. To donate by check, make out checks to the San Diego Veterans For Peace and mail them to San Diego Veterans For Peace, c/o Treasurer, 12932 Sunderland Street, Poway, CA 92064. All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of donations go directly to purchasing sleeping sets. Each donor receives a card of thanks and a receipt for their taxes, as the San Diego Veterans For Peace are a 501-C-3 organization. For more information, please call 858-342-1964.

November 22, 2012


A Ranch Resident’s Story: Perry Herst BY CHRIS RELLAS So many people in this community do not see all of the history that Rancho Santa Fe holds. Many of its residents have lived here for decades and have stories to tell. As a young person, I’ve always been intrigued by the generations that have come before me and what they have to offer. I am writing this column to help spread the stories of our community’s long-time residents. For most people, retirement is a word that conjures up visions of leisure and relaxation, a time to finally unwind, to appreciate all that life has given. But in Perry Herst’s opinion, retirement is highly overrated. “Retirement stinks,” he says to me as we first sit down. “It happened too early for me. I should’ve gone into something else. I should’ve kept going.” An old-time Chicagoan and Harvard business school graduate, Herst’s desires lie in personal success and a drive to always move forward; a drive, he says, inspired by his father. “My father was a wonderful man. A great businessman, a great person. Very unassuming.” Herst says that a lot of who he is can be credited to his father. “He always wanted to be his own man. He didn’t want to work for anyone else.” So, it came as no surprise that when Herst entered the corporate world, he did so with some reluctance. At a young age, Herst went into commercial real estate. He loved the creativity, he says. “It was like playing with dough; making something out of nothing, really.” And with each new project, he did just that. The company he worked for, Tishman, was the largest commercial real estate company in the nation.

The firm built over the air rights in Chicago and owned many notable buildings in New York City. Eventually, he made the choice to move to Los Angeles, where he became head of the newly privatized Tishman West. “I loved the power, I loved the perks, I loved the recognition,” he recounts as he speaks of his job. “It was in my fingers, I had a feel for it.” But, he says, he was lucky to find what he really loved to do. “A lot of what happens in life is trial and error. You have to do what you like, but it’ll take you some time to figure out what that is.” In essence, life is about experimenting, about taking risk and sometimes falling flat on one’s face. When asked what his advice to young people would be, he took an extended pause before answering. “Learn to admit your mistakes. The world is moving so fast that if you admit a mistake, in two months everyone will forget about it. So don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong because it means that you were trying something new.” But his insight is not limited to the world of business. A fly fisherman and bird hunter of 25 years, Herst has been to Europe countless times and traveled through South America and the islands off of British Columbia. “I’ve had a great life,” he says as he reflects on some of his proudest moments. But in Herst’s opinion, what it comes down to are the Y’s in the road. “You always have these critical decisions to make. Whether to go left or right. And once you make that decision, you can’t change it. Making key decisions is important.” Then, he toys with the idea in his mind and adds, “Knowing which way to go, that comes from experience.”

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WATER continued from page 1 Dunford, while Alan Smerican won the seat being vacated by retiring director Robert “Bud” Irvin. Each 1 percent rate increase generates about $200,000 per year in revenue for the district, according to a staff report. The district’s water rates are still in the bottom onethird of water agencies in San Diego County, said Bardin. Money from the rate increase will be used to fund the district’s 10-year, $60 million capital improvement plan, which includes replacement of aging valves and pipelines, and improvements to the district’s water filtration plant. Even with the rate increase, Bardin said, the district will have a funding gap for its capital improvement budget, which will have to be revisited in future years. Another way the district is trying to save money is by using as much water as possible from local sources, such as Lake Hodges. Currently, the district imports about half its water, and uses local water for the rest of its needs, Bardin said. “We’re hoping for a wet winter to get some water in

Rancho Santa Fe Review Lake Hodges again,” Bardin said. “If Mother Nature provides it, we’ve put ourselves in a position to sustain those levels (of local water use).” The district provides water for about 22,500 people in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch.

PROTESTERS continued from page 1 hurt,” said Susan Woolley, who owns the shopping center where the market and post office are located. “It’s an inconvenience and it upsets people,” said Matt Basham, manager of the Village Market. “We would prefer they weren’t there but unfortunately by law I guess they have a right to be.” Those offended by protestors’ message are missing the point, said Angela Vullo, a representative of the Virginia-based LaRouche political action committee. The group believes Obama is subverting the U.S. Constitution and trying to start a thermonuclear war, Vullo said. “We’re really attacking popular opinion and people don’t like it,” Vullo said. “Our objective is to save the county, not to do what people like.” Vullo said she could not

comment on the specific behavior of supporters in San Diego County, or allegations they have verbally harassed patrons of the market and post office. According to Matt Wellhouser, chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, a private security service operated by the Rancho Santa Fe Association, protestors do have a legal right to be on private property that is open to the public, such as a market or post office, as long as they don’t block doorways or sidewalks. Wellhouser said the LaRouche group has set up its booth outside the market periodically in recent years. Each time, he said, the Patrol and Association receive calls of complaint. The Patrol then notifies the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which has law enforcement jurisdiction in Rancho Santa Fe. “Basically they are protected by the First Amendment to do what they’re doing, and by court decisions,” said Wellhouser. “The (San Diego County) district attorney here has researched it, basically there’s nothing law enforcement or security for the shopping center can do, they can’t tell them to leave as long as they’re peaceful and not obstructing the businesses.”

“There’s nothing we’ve seen that’s illegal in terms of laws that are enforceable,” Wellhouser said. Woolley said the protesters are on their best behavior when deputies or patrol officers are present. As soon as they leave, however, “they become aggressive, intimidating and beyond rude. We have people shaking our citizens down in broad daylight and the police can’t stop them. “I ask people to join hands and encourage them to leave by not talking to them and definitely not giving them any money. Act like they don’t exist and they’ll go away,” Woolley said.


continued from page 2 where an area resident was trying to extinguish the flames with a garden hose. An investigation was under way to determine what sparked the fire and why Basher remained in the driver’s seat. Basher, a specialist in ophthalmology, had worked for Veterinary Specialty Hospital for 15 years prior to his termination several months ago, U-T San Diego reported. Since

leaving, he had been working for Eye Care for Animals clinics in Tucson, Temecula and Santa Monica, his former wife said. Basher’s death was the second tragic loss for his family this year. His former wife told U-T San Diego that the couple’s only child, a 14-year-old daughter, died in June. Details about her death were not reported.


continued from page 10 “Smart is nice, being experimentally talented is helpful and perseverance helps.” But it is the process of discovery that is the key part, he added. “If you enjoy it, it’s a great life. If not, get out.” A native of New Mexico who did his undergraduate work in physics at New Mexico State University, Cleveland says he lives his hobby, spending nearly 12 hours a day on campus. Occasionally he finds time to take a run, enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats, and gets a kick out of traveling all over the world to talk about his work. “My mother said, ‘You have to have a hobby,’” said Cleveland, whose father was a physicist. “I get paid for my hobby. I’m engrossed in it. I like what we do.”

MARKET continued from page 1 Resident Rory Kendall said he wondered who the customers and vendors were going to be. “It seems like it’s just bringing outside people into the community and I’m not sure that’s what Rancho Santa Fe is all about,” Kendall said. “Is there really a need for this?” He said that the produce at grocery stores like Ralph’s or the Village Market is terrific, and Chino Farm is also available. He said he isn’t sure it is worth creating parking issues or bringing people from outside the community in just to sell some coffee or flowers. The farmers market plans are still tentative and nothing has been approved by the Association yet. “If it isn’t fun for the local residents, we’re not going there,” said board vice president Anne Feighner. “We’re looking for just these kind of comments.” Feighner encouraged Kendall and Simpson to express their concerns in writing, as well as anyone else who might have input on the market.

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Solana Santa Fe Book Fair/Pajama Party Solana Santa Fe held a funfilled Book Fair/Pajama Party Nov. 15. Photos/Jon Clark

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ArcLight Cinemas opens 14-screen theater at Westfield UTC mall BY ASHLEY MACKIN La Jolla’s Westfield mall at University Towne Center (UTC) is the new home of ArcLight Cinemas, a luxury movie theater with a few amenities not found in many theaters. It is also the first ArcLight Theater outside of Los Angeles County, and the fifth overall. ArcLight chose La Jolla as its branch-out location because, “San Diego is a fantastic moviegoing market, they see movies at a higher rate than the national average,” said Gretchen McCourt, executive vice president of programming. A partnership with Westfield UTC sealed the location, as Westfield is in the process of renovating and adding new businesses. McCourt said the 14-screen theater would play a variety of films. “Traditionally, there’s been big mega-plexes that show the big blockbuster films and there have been the little art houses,” she said. “We have found a very successful way to merge both of those.” To ensure what she called a “disruptionfree viewing environment,” McCourt said there will be no commercials or advertisements before the movies and no printed ads in the hallways. Instead, patrons will see only movie posters and stills for upcoming and now-playing films. Currently, there is a display of James Bond posters to promote “Skyfall.” This display will change every few weeks. Promotional materials for the movie, “Wreck-It Ralph,” include functioning old video arcade games, such as Pac-Man. Future displays include costumes worn in “Anna Karenina.”

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BY CLAIRE HARLIN For local resident Liana-Melissa Allen, what began six years ago as a fifth grade writing assignment has turned into six published books (including one Spanish version) and a children’s book series that she hopes to grow to dozens of titles. Allen may only be 17, but she currently has several draft novels on her desk and she’s quickly becoming a seasoned author. But success didn’t happen overnight for the Torrey Pines High School junior. She knew from the time she was old enough to read that she wanted to be a writer, and she’s been blowing people away with her artwork since she was 3 years old — that’s right, she also illustrates each and every one of her books, which are available on or local shops such as Frustrated Cowboy in Del Mar and Warwick’s in La Jolla. Allen’s passion for writing is just an extenuation of her passion for reading, she said. That passion began at a young age in a big, comfortable chair in her living room, where she would sit with her dad and read. He would read aloud and ask her to read along, stopping at random points and awarding her with popcorn if she was paying good enough attention to pick up where he left off. “We still read aloud together,” said Allen’s dad, Paul, publicist for the well-known surf documentary, “The Endless Summer.” “It’s amazing what reading can do; It takes over your imagination and even your senses. The other day we were reading together and the characters walked into a room that smelled bad and we both smelled it. It was incredible, and that’s why people always say the movie is nothing compared to the book.” The fifth grade assignment that really inspired Allen was a “fractured tale,” a story that is based off another story. Allen loves horses, so she wrote a spin-off of “The Three Little Pigs” called “The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey.” Her dad, who volunteers at Del Mar Heights School by reading to the kids, began incorporating Allen’s book into his story time and he said the kids loved it.

Liana-Melissa Allen sits at her workspace, where she creates her books and illustrations, as shown here. Photo/-Claire Harlin “I didn’t even tell them it was my daughter who wrote it, and these kids were so engaged,” Paul Allen said. “I was amazed how much they were into it and it didn’t even have any illustrations, so I said, ‘Liana, you have to do some illustrations because the kids loved it.’” The kids began asking where they could get the book, and they were inspired that a kid close to their age wrote it, so the Allens decided to self-publish the book. Allen’s mom lives in Mexico, so they did a Spanish version as well. That book sparked the idea of an entire series called “Horse Valley Adventure,” which chronicles the lives of the some 30 or more horses and other characters living in Horse Valley, a place where horses carry on their lives and interact without humans. The books feature Birdy, a little bird who follows the horses, Birdy’s cousin Binky, a “cute nuisance,” Allen said, and RJ, a horse who loves to sing and dance.







“These characters are particularly special to me because I made them up in third grade,” said Allen, who used to ride horses and loved it but quit because she didn’t want to risk injuring herself. “I stopped taking lessons because horses are so unpredictable,” she said. “I didn’t want to risk hurting my hand or wrist and not being able to write and draw.” Allen said each of her books contain a message, a moral to the story that she wants to give to help other kids. She said they are based on her own life, people she knows and challenges she has faced. For example, “The Three Little Horses” is about a bully who learns the importance of friendship and taking responsibly. “It’s about doing the best you can,” said Allen. “It’s about sticking together and working together instead of being lazy, and it teaches that bullying just creates bitterness and loneliness.” Although Allen has six published children’s books under her belt, she’s working on two novels and she hopes to dedicate herself to her books when she graduates from high school. She’s not sure exactly what she wants to do in college, but she said she’s fascinated with history and mythology and wants to learn more in order to incorporate that subject matter into her books. The idea for one of her novels came about years ago when she attended Del Mar Heights School. She said she used to look out from the school over Crest Canyon, near the San Dieguito Lagoon, and her imagination would take her to a place where horses lived there in that mystical place. “It used to be foggy in the canyon in the mornings, and sometimes there would be this huge mass of fog and I imagined it being a herd of horses,” she said. “In my imagination that gave rise to the Misty Mustangs.” The Misty Mustangs — creatures that gallop through Del Mar and they can only be seen by a little girl who atSee AUTHOR, page B19

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It’s dining to a gold standard at Ruth’s Chris Steak House BY KELLEY CARLSON t the Ruth’s Chris Steak House in North County San Diego, guests are treated to the best of two regions — idyllic California sunsets and Southern hospitality. Not your typical “dark” steak house and different from the 134 other restaurants in the chain, this particular Ruth’s Chris has windows that stretch from the floor to the high ceiling, allowing for an abundance of light as the sun makes its way across the sky and seemingly descends into the ocean, just on the other side of Interstate 5. Through the main dining room’s glass, patrons can also see the rays glinting off the 36-foot silver sculpture by Encinitas-based artist Jeffery Laudenslage, titled “Archimage,” (which means “great magician”). The piece stands guard at the Torrey Reserve business complex and continues to glow at night through artificial lighting. Despite the grand setting, diners can expect to feel as if they’re at home. “We aim for treating people as if they’re in their own living room,” said general manager Bobby Daitch. It’s a signature trait of the chain that stems from its early days, when Ruth Fertel, a single mother of two and professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, mortgaged her home for $22,000 to buy Chris Steak House in 1965. A handson owner, she cut meat, poured drinks and kept the books, and exuded friendliness. While the Ruth’s Chris in North County often draws people from as far away as Murrieta and Escondido, many live nearby and the staff know them by name, Daitch said. In fact, the bar/lounge, which opens a half-hour before the dining room, is really


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Cavalia extends show dates after huge local response BY CLAIRE HARLIN Cavalia isn’t your ordinary horse show, and it’s surely not just for horse people. The billboards for the live production, which opened at Petco Park on Nov. 13, are a bit vague, showing nothing more than a white horse and a quote from Tonight Show host Jay Leno: “The greatest show I’ve ever seen.” Much like the Montreal-based production itself, the advertisement leaves much to the imagination. But after seeing the multi-disciplinary production, created by Normand Latourelle and described as “Cirque Cavalia has extended its show dates until Dec. 30 meets rodeo,” the reason why some 3.5 million people have also seen the show may make sense. Featuring more than 50 horses and 42 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world, the show is capable of inspiring or renewing anyone’s love for horses, while invoking thrill and excitement along the way. Priced from $39.50 to $154.50, fans can immerse themselves into Cavalia at a number of different tiers — from great to mediocre seats, to free drinks and food in the “Rendezvoux Lounge,” to backstage access to the stars’ changing rooms (i.e. the horse stables). Cavalia was planning to end in mid-December, however, it extended its show dates until Dec. 30 because ticket sales were so strong. Latourelle said in a statement that Cavalia has had a local following in San Diego since the show came to town in 2004. Maybe that has something to do with the large horse-centric vibe exhibited through the stables of Rancho Santa Fe and the racehorses of Del Mar. “That’s why we chose America’s finest city for the last stop of our North American tour before traveling to the land down under for our first ever Australian tour in early 2012,” he said. Tickets to Cavalia are now on sale by calling 1-866-999-8111 or online at www.cavalia. net.

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Thanksgiving 2012 The RSF Republican Women, Fed. give thanks for our country, the United States of America, the Founding Fathers and their God-given wisdom, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge, in a Thanksgiving message, stated that “Disasters visiting certain of our States [a la “Sandy” in 2012] have touched the heart of a sympathetic nation, which has responded generously out of its abundance. In continuing to remember those in affliction we should [pray for them and] rejoice in our ability to give them relief...” At another time, President Chester A. Arthur penned his expression of gratitude to the nation 130 years ago, in 1882. “The blessings demanding our gratitude are numerous and varied: For the peace and amity which subsist [within] this Republic... for liberty, justice, and constitutional government; for the devotion of the people to our free institutions... for the prosperity of all our industries... [and] for these and for many other blessings we should give thanks... I do further recommend that the day thus appointed be made a special occasion for deeds of kindness and charity... so that all who dwell within the land may rejoice and be glad in this season of national thanksgiving.” — Submitted by RSF Republican Women Fed.

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The SD Museum of Art and SD History Center host joint exhibition of Charles Reiffel, ‘The American Van Gogh’ The San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park are presenting a comprehensive and collaborative, two-museum retrospective of the work of Charles Reiffel celebrating the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Charles Reiffel: An American Post-Impressionist opened Nov. 10 and runs through Feb. 10, 2013. More than 90 of Reiffel’s works are being exhibited; primarily oils on canvas but also watercolors, gouaches, and drawings in both pencil and wax crayons. During his lifetime, Reiffel’s work was exhibited throughout the country, winning many national awards and the accolades of critics who compared him to John Henry Twachtman and other important American artists of the period. They often referred to Reiffel as the “American van Gogh.” Coming West, he died a pauper in San Diego early in 1942, a victim to the conservative taste of collectors here, who considered him “too modern” for their taste. The rise of the American avant-garde movement after World War II further overshadowed Reiffel’s legacy. This is the most important exhibition of Reiffel’s work since “Second Nature,” curated by Martin Petersen more than 20 years ago, and the first major retrospective of the

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Passion Fine Jewelry: A ‘jewelry shop’ like no other Passion Fine Jewelry owners Tim and Janna Jackson know that jewelry stores can be intimidating and maybe a little uncomfortable. At Passion Fine Jewelry, you will not find the traditional decor of counters and display cases. You will, however, discover private dinners with world-famous European master watchmakers flown in to meet collectors — elevating Passion Fine Jewelry to a class of near perfection. Make no mistake, these guys are not just about special events and a comfortable store. Experience light dancing in Hearts on Fire diamonds, rare watches, custom designs, repair and restoration services at Passion. If you want the inside scoop on the world’s finest watches, cusJanna and Tim Jackson tom or antique jewelry, stop by Passion Fine Jewelry the next time you are in Solana Beach. Or better yet, make a special trip and meet Tim and Janna and visit a “jewelry shop” that is arguably the best in San Diego County. Passion Fine Jewelry is located at 415 S. Cedros (in the Cedros Design District) at the South Cedros Crossings. You can contact Passion Fine Jewelry via phone at 858-794-8000 or visit More about the Jacksons and Passion Fine Jewelry: •No counters, no barriers, just a place where people ... can simply talk. •There is “above and beyond” and then there is Tim, hand-delivering a watch to London Heathrow on Christmas Eve. •Question: When is a jewelry store, not a jewelry store? Answer: When Tim and Janna Jackson are in charge and when it’s a community. Undoubtedly, the Jacksons provide unparalleled customer service, but what may be even more impressive is that they value and understand certain aspects of business that few others even recognize.

Carmel Valley Artists to hold Winter Show & Sale Dec. 8 Carmel Valley Artists’ 49th Annual Winter Show & Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens, 9675 Scranton Rd., San Diego. Admission is free. For more information, call 760-945-6922.

Catch the Holiday Spirit at Flower Hill With festive holiday décor, holiday activities, exquisite dining, and exciting shopping destinations, Flower Hill continues to be the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family! Enjoy more than 30 places to shop, dine and pamper yourself at Del Mar’s premier open-air shopping center. Experience the new Flower Hill Promenade this holiday season. Flower Hill is located off the 5 Freeway at Via de le Valle, just north of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For more information on holiday happenings, please visit Flower Hill online at

Horizon Prep Christmas Boutique offers wide array of items Nov. 30 Horizon Prep is gearing up for the Horizon Prep Christmas Boutique, Friday, Nov. 30, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Horizon Christian Fellowship Gym (6365 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe). “This will be a one-stop-shop for everyone’s gift-giving,” says Event Chair Shawn Kush, “We have more than 35 premier vendors coming from San Diego, LA, Arizona and Oregon.” Booths will offer clothing, housewares, jewelry and gifts for men, women and children. The Horizon Prep Christmas Boutique is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Susan Ferrari: or visit

San Diego Ballet to present ‘The Nutcracker’ The San Diego Ballet Company (SDB), under the leadership of co-directors Robin Sherertz-Morgan and Javier Velasco, will present The Nutcracker, as part of its 2012-2013 season. The ballet will be presented Dec. 1 - Dec. 2 at Birch North Park Theater, and Dec. 16 and Dec. 21 at Mandeville Auditorium, La Jolla. For more information, call (619) 294-7378; E-mail:; or www.

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Holiday of Lights open at DM Fairgrounds Nov. 23-Jan. 1, 2013 The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest animated drive-through light show on the West Coast. More than 400 twinkling, lively displays are located around the Del Mar Racetrack. The Holiday of Lights traditionally runs from Thanksgiving evening through New Year’s Day evening. Operating hours are 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 5:30-10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. The event is closed on Mondays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10. Holiday Hayride: The Holiday Hayride will operate Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Visit or

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Del Mar Art Center to host Holiday Party and Silent Auction The Del Mar Art Center will hold its Annual Holiday Reception and Silent Auction on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m. Goods and services by local merchants will be up for grabs during the silent auction. This is the Del Mar Art Center’s biggest fundraiser for the year. All 37 artists are showing new work and some have donated art. Come meet the artists and enjoy live music as you wander through the paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry and “stocking” possibilities. Proceeds from the event help to fund community events, including young student art exhibitions and scholarship programs for high school art students. The Del Mar Art Center is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 112 [street level], Del Mar, 92014;

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The Goodguys second Annual Fall Del Mar National event will be held Nov. 23-25 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (Nov. 23-24: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 25: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.). The event features more than 1,500 candy-colored ’72 and earlier hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics on display. Plus, watch or compete in the tire-screeching Goodguys AutoCross competition, learn about the latest collector car products and trends at the vendor and sponsor exhibits, experience the special Surf Woodie display and Pinstripers Brush Bash, shop the swap meet and AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral, enjoy live nostalgic music entertainment,and more. For more information, visit or

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The Chabad Jewish Center of RSF invites the community to celebrate the holiday of Chanukah with family and friends at the RSF Community Chanukah Celebration and Concert on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., at the RSF Community Center (5970 Le Sendita RSF, 92067). The event includes: 8th day Band; Grand Menorah Lighting; Hot Latkes - Donuts; Chanukah Crafts for Kids; Chocolate Gelt; and much more. Kindly RSVP at For more information or to RSVP, please contact CJC at 858 756 7571 or info@

Del Mar Highlands Town Center to hold festive holiday events The Del Mar Highlands Town Center will host two special holiday events in December: • Dec. 5: Del Mar Highlands Holiday Celebration with Santa, 5-7 p.m., lower plaza. The event features a spectacular holiday laser light show, visits with Santa, Dickens Carolers, performances by local schools, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and a special holiday surprise. •Dec. 9: Congregation Beth Am and Del Mar Highlands Menorah Lighting, upper plaza, 6-7:30 p.m. The event features a lighting ceremony, music and refreshments.

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Jingle Bell Saddlebred Horse Show coming to DM Horse Park The Jingle Bell Saddlebred Horse Show will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the at Del Mar Horse Park (14550 El Camino Real Del Mar, CA 92014), located two miles east of the Fairgrounds at the intersection of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real. For more information, visit

Rady Children’s Hospital featured in launch of Crowdfunded Hospital Gift Catalog San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital is taking part in the launch of the first-ever crowdfunded hospital gift catalog – – as part of a national campaign led by the world’s largest crowdfunding-for-good platform Fundly, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through, individuals wanting to give back with their holiday gifts can purchase critically-needed medical equipment and medical care for children at Rady Children’s Hospital. Once donors choose their gift from the catalog, ranging from comfort toys ($30), to a pediatric wheelchair ($970), to an entire hospital wing devoted to neonatal intensive care ($12 million), they will receive updates on exactly how their gift is being utilized to benefit local children with critical medical needs.

Surfin’ Santa Sails into San Diego Nov. 24 at Seaport Village Surfin’ Santa will ditch his red suit and reindeer to spread his holiday cheer in true Southern California fashion as he makes his annual arrival in Seaport Village on Nov. 24, from 1-5 p.m. The event also features festive holiday entertainment, live sidewalk entertainment, and unique shops. For more information visit or call 619235-4014.


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Royal Dance Academy to hold ‘Winter Wonderland 2012’ performances Dec. 1 The Royal Dance Academy will hold its inaugural Winter Dance production on Dec. 1 at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, La Jolla. Performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The performance includes “A traditional Nutcracker Act 2” and a “Competition Showcase.” “I am thrilled to be able to offer my students more performing opportunities, and what was originally just an idea quickly became a reality. Normally at this time of Royal Dance Academy performers. year we are preparing heavily for the Summer Recital, which takes 10 months of preparation, but I could not ignore the opportunity to have my dancers showcase their talents at this special time of the year,” said Francine Garton, owner of Royal Dance Academy. The production of Nutcracker Act 2 involves students from ages 4 -17 years old, and is a big dance family of recreational and advanced dancers. “The children are having the most magical time learning their choreography. They have worked so hard and shown remarkable dedication by attending rehearsals every Sunday since September. To see the production come together so quickly and to experience the joy on the children’s faces is extremely rewarding,” said Garton. The Competition Showcase is an opportunity for the 21 competitive teams at the Royal Dance Academy to showcase their new dances before the competition season begins. “Our competitive dancers usually attend four to five competitions a year throughout California. Winter Wonderland is a great opportunity for these dancers to perform for their family and friends right here in San Diego. They are dedicated dancers who show 100 percent commitment to their dance and their teams.” The production will be very entertaining for audience members of all ages. For tickets, visit and click on “Winter Wonderland 2012” on the homepage. For more information, call Royal Dance Academy at 858-350-9770.

Annual Gingerbread City Design Competition is Nov. 29 San Diego’s top pastry artists will become legends with their magical creations on the evening of Nov. 29, from 6-9 p.m. (VIP reception from 5-6 p.m.) at the Grand Del Mar. San Diego’s top pastry artists will reveal their gingerbread structures ranging from American myths to worldly tales for the 19th Annual Gingerbread City Design Competition benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, which offers free services to more than 50,000 people with epilepsy. For information, call (619) 296-0161 or visit

North Coast Symphony to present ‘Holiday Sparkler’ The North Coast Symphony, under the direction of Daniel Swem, presents “Holiday Sparkler” on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. The program includes Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides (Overture),” “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Vaughan-Williams, and many other holiday favorites, concluding with a carol sing-a-long. The suggested donation is: general $10, students/seniors $8, family $25 maximum. More information is available from the church office, 760-753-3003, or from the orchestra website

Holiday digital show featuring classics ongoing at Balboa Park A new, animated holiday digital show featuring seasonal sights and festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee (including a multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra) will be shown through Jan. 6 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff Dome Theater in Balboa Park. Admission (1 film + access to exhibit galleries) adults $15.75, kids $12.75. Show times: (619) 238-1233.

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village to be held Dec. 1 The Little Italy Association will present its Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village, an annual event that brings the community together to kick-off the holiday season in Little Italy. This day of festivities is expected to draw locals to the Piazza Natale (located at the corner of India and W. Date Street) from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Mercato: Little Italy’s Farmers’ Market will open its Christmas Village at 4 p.m. with more than 20 merchants selling hand-crafted and thoughtful gift ideas for the holiday. Live music will feature the Marine Band San Diego’s Jazz Band, which will lead into further live entertainment throughout the evening. This lineup will keep kids of all ages on their toes as they recognize a range of familiar and favorite holiday songs and carols. For more information, visit

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Community Concerts of RSF Review: VoicePlay a winning combination of great ‘music’ and comedy BY JACK WHEATON, PHD People need to laugh; the two pleasures of music are laughter and healing – it’s so good for us! For those who missed the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe’s Nov. 9 VoicePlay concert, too bad. It was something special — probably not to be seen and heard again in Rancho Santa Fe in the near future. We were entertained for two hours or more with wall-to-wall music, dancing (choreography), and special effects (screen), all without musical instruments — all “a cappella” meaning without instrumental accompaniment. So what did I hear? I heard drums, a bass-line, soprano, alto, and tenor voices, all performing together, singing mostly what some would call “do-wop” music — yes, unaccompanied. Who needs musical instruments! Do-Wop music started on the street-corners of Philadelphia in the ‘50s, later captured on film in the picture “Rocky.” So what are you hearing? You are hearing, mostly well-known male vocal-group tunes, some originals and some tunes from the folk, country and jazz world. The instrumentation: Earl Elkins – tenor and often the comedian, Geoff Castelucci — the bass parts; Layne Stein — mouth-drummer; Eli Jacobson – vocalist, also often the comedian; and Tony Wakim — vocal harmony. Guys all from Orlando, Florida and have been together for years. It makes a difference. From the ‘40s on, there have been all-male quartets, quintets, etc:, such as The “Ink Spots,” the “Platters,” the “Temptations, etc., all contributing to this new musical form. But all of them used live music and live musicians playing regular instruments to accompany themselves. It isn’t too late to hear some of their songs and arrangements. They have recently changed their name to VoicePlay (quite appropriately!). Visit for more information about the group. Besides their talented music, these guys were funny. They did not take themselves too seriously, and they used all the tricks-of-the trade in the live-performance world: (1) Introductions via off-stage voice — projecting words on a screen (2) Audience participation (3) In-group ribbing and laughing — but still making good music (4) Keeping the show moving at a fast pace — no “dead air” (5) Costume adjustments (6) Choreography. My only wish is that they would have tackled a bit of something classical — like the Bach Prelude in C major, something “jazzy,” more Broadway show stuff. All in all, no one there could complain about not being entertained. These guys were different, funny, well-rehearsed, and musically sound. Were they “inspirational? It all depends on how you define the word. Would I go again to see them? You bet! A bouquet to the committee that so far has brought outstanding groups with new approaches to music to Rancho Santa Fe.

Performing artists VoicePlay: Geoff Castellucci, Layne Stein, Tony Wakim, Earl Elkins, Eli Jacobson. Photo/McKenzie Images

Crystal Ball Gala raises over $300,000 for Casa de Amparo Casa de Amparo held its 14th Annual Crystal Ball Gala at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe on Nov. 3. The event raised more than $300,000 for Casa de Amaparo. Bassett was the Title Sponsor. More than 300 guests attended the elegant event featuring a cocktail reception, auctions, a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, and dancing to “The Kicks.” Sharon Stein was the gala chair. Rick and Kayleen Huffman of Bassett were Honorary Chairs, honored for their long commitment to “Casa Kids” and for providing furniture at cost for the Children’s Cottages and the Children’s Services Center at Casa de Amparo’s new Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos. Bassett also donated interior design and furniture installation services. “Tonight is not about us,” said Rick Huffman. “It’s about what’s possible when we all work together to support children healing from abuse Kayleen and Rick Huffman, honorary or neglect through the programs and services chairs Casa de Amparo offers to the community. For over 34 years, Casa de Amparo has been a leader in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect in San Diego County. For more information, see Casa de Amparo is the San Diego Chargers Courage House. For more photos of the event, see the RSF Review’s Nov. 8 issue or visit www.rsfreview. com.

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Torrey Pines trounced Poway 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-18) to win the San Diego Section Division I championship. Photo/Anna Scipione

Week in Sports: Torrey Pines wins volleyball, golf championships; Cathedral wins Division III water polo, volleyball championships BY GIDEON RUBIN Golf: Torrey Pines solidified its dynasty status as the Falcons easily won their third consecutive state championship as senior standout Minjia Luo led the way to win the state individual title. The Falcons shot a combined 401 on the 18-hole par-72 course at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga at the Nov. 13 state championships. The Falcons finished 19 strokes ahead of second place Diamond Bar, which shot a combined 420. Luo shot a 74 to win the individual title by one stroke. Sarah Cho placed third with a 76 score. Sandy Choi fired an 80 score, Jennifer Peng contributed an 85 and Shiyang Fan and Sung Eun Park each added 86 scores. Volleyball: Torrey Pines trounced Poway 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 2518) to win the San Diego Section Division I championship. Reily Buechler had 16 kills to lead the Falcons and Jennie Frager contributed 10 kills. Setter Ryan Chandler contributed 38 assists. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 31-4. ***** Cathedral Catholic defeated Del Norte 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-12, 25-23) to win the Division III championship. The title was the Dons seventh straight. Tatiana Durr had 19 kills to lead the Dons and Krissy Witous added 11 kills.

The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 30-4. ***** Canyon Crest Academy lost to La Costa Canyon 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 15-25, 25-16, 15-11) in the Division II championship game. Jolie Rasmussen had 14 kills to lead the Ravens and Caterina Rosander added 11. The Ravens fell to 26-10 overall for the season. ***** Santa Fe Christian lost to Francis Parker 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-21) in the Division IV title game. Hannah Hubbard had 13 kills to lead the Eagles. The Eagles fell to 17-12 overall for the season. Water polo: Cathedral Catholic defeated Bishop’s 9-8 in overtime in the Division III championship game. Jordan Colina scored four goals to lead the Dons and goalie Joe Cleary contributed 14 saves. Field hockey: Canyon Crest Academy lost to Serra 2-0 in the Division II championship game. The Ravens lost for just the second time all year in 27 games. Football: A streak that started at Qualcomm Stadium in December of 2007 ended in Superior Court on Nov. 16. Superior Court Judge Steven Denton upheld a ruling by the San Diego Section earlier in the week banning the Dons from postseason play for using an eligible player. School administrators self-reported the infraction, which they said was the result of a clerical error.

The Dons were the No. 2 seed in the Division III playoffs and had been scheduled to play Serra in a quarterfinal on Nov. 16. They were coming off a firstround bye. The Dons were 8-2 overall for the season and won the Eastern League championship with a 4-0 mark. They were seeking their sixth consecutive Division III title. “We hope this severe punishment raises awareness to get other schools to come together and start a conversation about appropriate consequences in the future,” school officials said in a statement. Denton credited Cathedral Catholic for self-reporting the infraction but said the punishment is consistent with California Interscholastic Federation regulations. “The school should be commended for self-reporting this violation and for maintaining the highest ethical standards,” he said in a statement. “The Court does not make this decision lightly. However, this decision is necessitated by the rules. Schools, teams and players must all abide and play by the same rules. The integrity of the system necessitates a level playing field.” ***** It took a little time to get Santa Fe Christian’s started, but once the Eagles got going they were off to the races in a 31-6 route Mountain Empire in a Division V playoff game on Nov. 16. Conor Keith rushed for 106 yards and one touchSee SPORTS, page B22

Del Mar Little League (DMLL) is excited to announce that it will be splitting into two smaller, individual leagues beginning in 2013. DMLL has been serving young people in the community since 1960. Just as Del Mar and Carmel Valley have grown over the years, so too has DMLL. By 2000, the league had grown so much that it exceeded size restrictions for one league and was forced by the governing body of Little League to add a second charter, thus dividing the league into two, but operating under one board. For the past 12 seasons, under a special waiver, Little League International has allowed the league to operate as one of the largest Little League’s in the country, with almost 1,000 players, under one board of directors. The goal and directive from Little League International was for this waiver to last a maximum of two seasons, at which time the league would need to split the boundaries and form two completely separate leagues, under two boards of directors. For the past 12 seasons, the league has been operating under that same two-year waiver, continuing to fight for the right to keep the leagues together in order to not have to go through the great effort to complete the split. The job for the board has always been very difficult, but manageable, as players of all ages bounce back and forth from one league to the next during their Little League tenure. During a player’s final year or two of their Little League career, most players play in the Majors Division. Players had been drafted into one of the leagues or the other in an open draft format, but once a player was drafted into a particular league, they needed to complete their Little League career in that same league. “Every year this caused our board of directors a tremendous amount of stress. No matter what we did, we would always have complaints of manipulation or lack of transparency. Some folks just weren’t happy with their manager, their team, or the perceived strength of a different team, so they suggested that our board was making attempts to make one league stronger than another, and considering that was never the case, it was always very frustrating,” stated DMLL President Joe Caprice. “We always had complaints of manager placement, and team manipulation and, frankly, it has been a very difficult task to make everyone in the community happy. Our league has just been too large, which has made it difficult to run and to the rest of the league has appeared to lack transparency.” Finally, after modest pressure from Little League International over many years, as well as dealing with the frustrations from many of our league members, claiming league manipulation, when the topic of league split was presented this year by the District 31 officials, the board voted unanimously (19-0) to proceed with the split. The new boundary for the two leagues is Highway 56, with Del Mar National now operating on the south side and Del Mar American on the north side. Players who reside in those neighborhoods will only be allowed to play in the league in which boundary they live. District 31 Administrator Larry Burch expressed his pleasure that DMLL has finally complied with the wishes of Little League International, stating, “I appreciate the great effort that has gone in to this transition by

the Del Mar board. My thanks to all of you for working with me on this split to satisfy the needs of Little League in making the Del Mar Little Leagues like leagues are supposed to be: small, community-based and locally operated to serve the youth of their community.” “The board was exhausted from all of the complaining about perceived manipulation, and it was simply time to stop fighting the request from the district to proceed with the split” explained Jeff Bernstein, a longtime board member and current Majors Division coordinator. “This board this year is also in a unique position to complete the split over the next 12 months considering the current membership has 10 members on the north side of the Highway and nine members on the south side. In addition, we have just about the same number of returning majors players on each side.” The board is extremely excited about the split, and is confident that it will allow for some fantastic opportunities to create a much more enjoyable and harmonious Little League experience for the kids. For example, the intent for the leagues as of now is to have each league have a “Home Base” where most of the games are played every Saturday. Ashley Falls Elementary will be the home of Del Mar American and Sage Canyon Elementary will be the home of Del Mar National. “We intend to play almost every game from each league at the same location each Saturday” discussed past DMLL President and current Treasurer Larry Jackel. “Creating this home base will allow the kids to have more of a Little League environment like when we grew up. We plan to have snack bars at each field and slightly shorter game times so that our multiple player families will be able to see both of their children play at the same park each weekend. We are hoping these become ‘Baseball Parks’ where each individual league can have pride in their League and a sense of League unity.” Having two smaller leagues will also make the tough task of being a board member much more enjoyable. Average size for a large league throughout the country is about 350 players. Each Del Mar Little League will have over 400 players, so they will still be on the large side, but certainly more manageable. “Hopefully the entire Del Mar Little League community understands that this move was something we simply had to do in order to comply with the wishes of Little League, and that our entire board is excited to bring about the change. We were simply tired of answering to our members about manipulation and lack of transparency, so continuing to fight to keep the leagues together was no longer an option. There will be a small adjustment period as we move forward, but we believe that the long run will result in a more harmonious and enjoyable environment for the kids,” summarized Caprice. For more information and frequently asked questions please see the website at where you will find a FAQ link on the front page. Registration information for both leagues may also be found on the website. — Submitted by Del Mar Little League President Joe Caprice.

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De Anza Daughters present Community Service AUTHOR continued from page B3 Award to Bataan Death March Survivor With a mixture of wit and gravity, Bataan Death March survivor and Carlsbad resident Dr. Lester Tenney recounted his World War II experiences for members of the De Anza Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at its monthly luncheon meeting held Nov. 2 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. On April 9, 1942, 58,000 Filipinos and 12,000 American soldiers surrendered to the Japanese. Dr. Tenney, now 92, of the 192nd Tank Battalion was one of the 1,700 Americans who returned home after surviving the brutal Death March and three and a half years as a Japanese prisoner of war and slave laborer. “It was called a death march because once you fell down, you died. You were shot, bayonetted, decapitated, or buried alive.” Dr. Tenney tells his story as a soldier and prisoner of war in My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March. As last commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Dr. Tenney led a delegation of former POW’s to Japan as part of the Japanese/American POW Friendship Program. The visit culminated with an apology from the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs for the inhumane treatment of American POW’s by the Japanese military during World War II. Four years ago, Dr. Tenney, a tireless supporter of the military, and other veterans from La Costa Glen Retirement Community in Carlsbad started Care Packages from Home, a nonprofit organization that has sent 14,000 packages to troops in combat zones. Five hundred deployed men and women will receive a wrapped gift from Care Packages this Christmas. Since the organization is fully staffed by volunteers, Tenney said “One hundred percent of donations go into packages for the troops.” The De Anza Daughters proudly presented Dr. Tenney with a D.A.R. Community Service award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community along with a donation to support Care Packages from Home. For more information about Care Packages from Home and volunteer opportunities, visit A woman 18 years or older descended from an American Revolution patriot is eligible for membership in the De Anza Daughters. If you think you have a Revolutionary patriot in your

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tends Del Mar Heights School — are the basis of a novel she’s working on. “The girl is a magician but she doesn’t know it,” said Allen, describing the plot. “There’s a teacher who is a celtic goddess, and she’s based on a real mythological goddess I researched.” For those who are familiar with the Del Mar Heights School, Allen and her dad may be recognizable, as they team up each winter holiday season to perform “The Polar Express.” Allen, a longtime classical pianist, provides music and sound effects while her dad reads aloud. At home, the two rarely watch TV and are advocates of turning it off. “We watch movies, but no commercial TV except Chargers football,” said Paul Allen, who is working on a website called “Turn Off the TV and Read.” On the site, he hope to provide tips for parents on how to encourage more reading and writing at home. Allen also is a big advocate of choosing books over

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Turkey Mulligatawny Soup Makes 8 cups 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced 1 cup celery, diced 1 cup white onion, diced 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 2 tablespoons curry powder 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup heavy cream 2 lbs. cooked turkey meat, pulled and diced Salt and black pepper to taste 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1. In a large soup pan over a mediumhigh temperature, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add carrots, celery, onions, basil, oregano, curry and thyme, and sauté

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BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN Now that you survived the Thanksgiving gustatory orgy, the nation’s next culinary challenge rears its head–what to do with the carcass and uneaten meat from roughly 46 million turkeys? Here’s a primer to help you navigate through leftover land. When Grease meets Turkey Even though such rock star foodies like Emeril Lagasse and Paula Dean give the thumbs up for deep-frying a Thanksgiving turkey to yield a moist and juicy bird, you now have gallons of old grease on hand. Puh-leeze, don’t feed it down your drain. If you’re eco-inspired, you can donate your used vegetable oil to a recycling facility that will process the oil into a biodiesel fuel using a chemical process that strips out the glycerin. Heart bypass flambé, anyone? Rolling in Dough With assorted pastries and doughs you can whip some divine dishes in a jiff for lunches, appetizers or light dinners. Artisan puff pastry makes a flakier, lighter turkey pot pie or turkey wild mushroom strudel. Phyllo dough does a great riff on Greek spanakopita with turkey, spinach and feta or a turkey tenderloin wrapped in the paper-thin layered pastry. Use pizza crust for a turkey margarita pie or top with zesty bbq turkey strips. A Melting Pot Leftover turkey goes ethnic with such global concoctions as a fowl fiesta of south-of-the-border turkey quesadillas, tacos or burritos; turkey Italiano with turkey lasagna, turkey and wild mushroom risotto, or turkey alfredo with fettuccine; Mediterranean meals with a Persian stew of chopped turkey, ground walnuts and pomegranate paste, Greek salad with turkey chunks, black olives, tomatoes and cukes, and turkey tabouli; or Yankee Doodle turkey with all-American cobb salad, bbq turkey burgers, or Sloppy Tom’s. Have a yen for Asian, whip up a pan of turkey egg foo young, turkey and ginger scallion lettuce wraps with hoison dipping sauce or turkey egg rolls with bean sprouts and shredded veggies. A Man, a Can and a Frying Pan Simple Simon, just add shredded turkey with a can of kidney beans and a dash of chili powder, cumin and cayenne and you have a skillet of turkey chili. A can of tomato sauce, cannellini beans, chunks of turkey, fresh garlic and Italian parsley, and voila—turkey pasta e fazol. Or combine turkey cubes with corn and limas, fresh tomatoes and a dot of butter for a southern succotash. Long-term parking Turkey is a freezer-friendly food that can last for several weeks in airtight storage containers. Separate breast slices for making easy sandwiches in a pinch, and wings and legs for snacking. Soup’s On Toss the whole carcass in a soup pot for a killer turkey noodle, wild rice, gumbo, lentil, tortilla, Vietnamese Pho or matzo ball. Shred breast meat into the broth for a thicker, heartier main meal dish. Or cook up this amazing curry-flavored Mulligatawny of Anglo-India origin By Chef/Partner Chris Idso of Pacifica Del Mar. Serve with this exotic turkey salad sandwich with curry and red grapes from Executive Chef Donald Lockhart of Cusp Dining & Drinks in the legendary Hotel La Jolla. For additional holiday and non-holiday recipes email or check out www.FreeRangeClub. com.


own oceanfront deck.

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Offered at $3,995,000

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Kitchen Shrink: Re-strutting its stuff – a lesson in turkey

down on 14 carries to lead the Eagles. Quarterback Hunter Vaccaro completed seven pass attempts for 137 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and also rushed for 33 yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine carries. Hakon Bream caught three passes for 55 yards and one score. Darrian Borboa led the Eagles with 16 tackles and Slater Howe added 11. The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 8-3 and will play host to Horizon in a semifi-

nal on Friday (Nov. 23). ***** Torrey Pines lost to Eastlake 28-10 in a Division I playoff game on Nov. 16. Chase Pickwell rushed for 75 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries and Mike Ward completed nine of 13 pass attempts for 124 yards to lead the Falcons. The Falcons trailed 7-0 early in the second quarter when Spencer Brewster kicked a 45-yard field goal to make it 7-3. Pickwell’s scoring run from three yards out in the closing minutes made it 2810. The Falcons concluded their season with a 6-6 overall record.

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Coldwell Banker Rancho Santa Fe Agents among Top 10 Sales Associates Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Rancho Santa Fe is proud to congratulate its three agents Janet Lawless Christ, Karen Van Ness and Pari Ziatabari for being recently named among Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage San Diego and Temecula Valley Region’s Top 10 Sales Associates based on their sales volume for the month of August. “Congratulations to these agents for this distinct recognition, “says Branch Manager, Steve Salinas.”They work incredibly hard and truly dedicate themselves to their clients’ best interests and long-term success, and we all at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Rancho Santa Fe are very proud of them and excited to support their achievements.” Janet Lawless Christ, as a Rancho Santa Fe Covenant resident, promotes genuine relationships, top class client service, and enthusiastic involvement in the community and its philanthropic causes and culture. Coldwell Banker’s global reach and Janet’s personal touch is what makes them incredible real estate consultants. Karen Van Ness, a veteran Realtor, has excelled in every facet including luxury home sales in San Diego, Northern California and Scottsdale, Arizona. Karen Van Ness’ team has been providing their clients with expertise and the highest level of service with a high tech, innovative, effective and customized marketing emphasis for over 30 years. Pari Ziatabari’s dedication in putting her clients’ need and wishes first has earned her awards of distinction within the real estate community for more than 23 years. In addition to holding an International President Circle designation, Pari Ziatabari is a Previews Property Specialist and a Certified Negotiation Expert which allows her to continually stay on top of the real estate industry. These sales associates have all succeeded in reaching top producing results, ultimately serving their clients at the highest level.

November 22, 2012


ERIC IANTORNO Selling the Extraordinary

Janet Lawless Christ

Karen Van Ness

Pari Ziatabari

OPEN HOUSES Carmel Valley


$769,000 4BR/2.5BA

4509 Vereda Mar De Ponderosa Joseph Sampson-Sampson CA Realty

Sun 1:00 am - 4:00 am (858) 699-1145

$919,000 5BR/3BA

5657 Willowmere Lane Joseph Sampson-Sampson CA Realty

Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 699-1145

$979,000 5BR/3BA

13016 Chambord Way Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Charles & Farryl Moore-Coldwell Banker (858) 395-7525

$1,125,000 4BR/3BA

5819 Aster Meadows Place Amy Green-Coastal Premier Properties

Del Mar $1,885,000 5BR/4.5BA Rancho Santa Fe

Sun 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm (858) 755-4663

DEL MAR 13675 Mira Montana Drive Joseph Sampson-Sampson CA Realty

Sat/Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 699-1145

Exposure • Innovation • Impact


$2,197,500 3BR/4.5BA

4378 Camino Privado Carey Cimino-Coldwell Banker

$2,295,000 4BR/4BA

18290 Via Ascenso Sherry Shriver-Willis Allen Real Estate

Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (858) 583-3218 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 am (858) 395-8800

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November 22, 2012

Rancho Santa Fe Review

Rancho Santa Fe | The Covenant-$7,750,000

Rancho Santa Fe | The Covenant-$6,750,000

Refined European & understated elegance in this Island Architect’s golf course masterpiece! A carefree lifestyle few get to have- truly an entertainer’s dream, rich with rare, creative amenities & 2BR guest house.

Soaring to new heights is this exquisite, single-level Olde World estate located on the Westside of the exclusive Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. The impressive design reveals impeccable craftsmanship.

Rancho Santa Fe | Cielo-$5,995,000

Rancho Santa Fe | The Covenant-$4,950,000

Graced with high quality & craftsmanship throughout, this custom estate embodies the essence of California living at its finest with Mediterranean & French Country influences on a spectacular lot.

Extraordinary elegance with Mediterranean influences perched high on a hilltop in Rancho Santa Fe’s signature Covenant. Situated on 2.95 lushly landscaped acres, with dynamite 360 degree panoramic views!



Valley Center -$2,250,000

New construction, custom estate atop Santaluz offers panoramic ocean views & showcases 8,000SF+ of refined living.

Luxury abounds in this incredibly private hilltop location- a welcoming retreat with a brilliantly designed floor-plan.

Private & gated, this hilltop ranch extraordinaire features 42 acres of income producing Hass avocado groves.

Rancho Santa Fe | The Covenant-$1,850,000

Rancho Santa Fe | Cielo-$1,749,000

Bonsall | Sweetgrass Estates-$925,000

Perched on a hilltop, this spectacular offering is a rare opportunity, graced with charm in a pastoral & peaceful setting.

This extraordinary home in Cielo is the perfect blend of relaxation and elegance- resort-style living at its finest!

Located in a desirable gated community, this equestrian-friendly estate features a sunken bar, theater, pool & spa!

El Cajon | Mount Merritt-$839,000

Carlsbad | Bristol Cove-$680,000

Rancho Bernardo | Oaks North-$439,000

Million dollar panoramic views throughout this classic California home- truly an exceptional residence with gated driveway.

Waterfront living on the lagoon! Bristol Cove is a prime spot where you can enjoy waterskiing & private boat dock!

Fabulous opportunity to purchase this lovely single story home in the gated community of Oaks North- A MUST SEE!


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