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■ DreamWorks Studio chief talks business to Bishop’s students. Page 3

■ Breeder’s Cup preview on tap at 2015 fall season. Page B1


October 22, 2015


Proposed water rate hike moves forward, despite split board BY JOE TASH A proposal to raise rates for customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District a maximum of 9 percent per year over the next three years continues to move forward, even as a split board of directors debates the plan’s pros and cons. Based on a decision by the board to delay sending out legally required customer notices about the proposed increase until after the first of January, the earliest the proposed rate hikes could take effect would be March 1, 2016, according to district staff. The board voted 3-2 at its Oct. 1 meeting to move forward with the rate hike proposal. Discussion continued at the board’s meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15, although another vote was not taken. Directors Michael Hogan, Augie Daddi and Alan Smerican voted for the rate recommendation by district General Manager Michael Bardin, while directors Greg Gruzdowich and Marlene King voted against it. Also at Thursday’s meeting,

a number of district customers who have lemon groves on their property argued in favor of a special, lower water rate for agricultural users, which the Santa Fe district does not offer. The district provides drinking water to about 20,000 residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. Santa Fe directors are elected by division, and the split between the board on the rate increase proposal appears to follow the lines of the district’s geographical boundaries. Hogan, Smerican and Daddi represent divisions on the west side of the district, which fall mostly within the city of Solana Beach, where residents typically have smaller lot sizes. Gruzdowich and King represent the district’s eastern service area, including the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch, which have larger estate lots. The district’s largest water users generally are found in the eastern service areas. The district’s rate increase proposal changes the way charges are assessed to customers, usSee WATER, page 26

Kate Schneider’s winning drawing of Captain True-Heart.

Mary Reynolds (center) from the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary with winner Kate Schneider and her teacher, Jessica Henke. Photo by Karen Billing

RSF student’s heartfelt drawing wins Rady Children’s Kids’ News Day contest BY KAREN BILLING R. Roger Rowe School held a surprise assembly on Oct. 14 to celebrate second-grader Kate Schneider’s winning entry in the Captain True-Heart contest that supports Kids’ News Day, a benefit for the hospital. Kids’ News Day this year was held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and for her winning drawing, Kate received an iPad Mini live on NBC 7 News that morning. “Out of hundreds of drawings, yours floated to the top and was one of the best,” Mary Reynolds from the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary told a thrilled and shocked Kate in front of her classmates. “What I liked best was that Kate thought Captain TrueHeart was a girl.” After finding out she had won, Kate had a huge smile on her face and said that her See CONTEST, page 26

Committee opts to site Covenant Club between golf and tennis clubs ■ For photos of a variety of community events, see pages 1-28, B1-B24.


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BY KAREN BILLING The Covenant Club design subcommittee voted on a design program for the proposed health club and pool facility, opting for a 12,200-square-foot facility between the Rancho Santa Fe Golf and Tennis Clubs. The facility will include combined resort and lap pools and two new tennis courts, with construction phased so that there will always be 12 active courts at the club. Architect Kirk Mason will now further develop and refine the design plan for the club, aiming to present the plan at the subcommittee’s Nov. 2 meeting (3 p.m. at the RSF Golf Club). The design group also aims to present a plan to the RSF Association board possibly at its November or December meeting. The vote on the club design was not unanimous, with RSF Golf Club liaisons Dottie Mulholland and Deb Gustafson issuing no votes. Mulholland said she could not endorse any of the plans, especially after hearing the results of recent tennis and golf club surveys. The subcommittee had heard the results of the golf club survey as they were released that day. From a 50 percent survey response (441 respondents out of 887 surveys sent), 75 percent voted that they did not want a health club to be located on the golf and tennis campus. The tennis club’s survey of 158 respondents showed that while the club was split on the concept of the Covenant Club, 61 percent of members voted against putting the facility on the golf and tennis club See COMMITTEE, page 26

The Rancho Santa Fe Covenant Club design committee decided on a 12,200-square-foot facility on the golf and tennis club campus. Courtesy rendering



SDUHSD joins coalition fighting increased electricity costs for schools BY KAREN BILLING As a result of rate shock, the San Dieguito Union High School District board voted at its Oct. 15 meeting to join a collation of 38 other San Diego County districts to protect state funding being diverted to pay for escalating electricity costs. Associate Superintendent Eric Dill said county schools have been facing “massive increases” in electricity costs — an average 39 percent surge as a result of the General Rate Case approved by the California Public Utility Commission (PUC). Countywide, it is estimated that this escalation will cost public schools more than $25 million. While San Dieguito’s overall electrical consumption was flat last year, its annual bill went up by more than $300,000. Dill said these higher costs diverted nearly 20 percent of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula base grant toward paying electrical bills rather than its intended use of providing educational opportunities to students. “Unlike businesses, which can pass increased costs of doing business on to their customers, schools do not have the ability to generate revenue to absorb utility increases,” Dill said. “We cannot adjust our business hours, we cannot relocate and we cannot close the doors on our children.” By joining the coalition of 38 school districts in the county, the board is asking for solutions like enacting legislation to create a separate rate class for school districts, capping costs, providing a guaranteed bill credit or grandfathering rates for schools to help preserve state funding from going to public utilities rather than to education.

RSF Association adds $30K to effort to develop water source for golf club BY KAREN BILLING At its October meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe Association approved contributing $30,000 toward efforts to bring an independent water source to the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The club will also be contributing $30,000. The Association expects that a potential solution could be presented at its Nov. 5 meeting, whether it is to use reclaimed water or to use the well on the golf course. RSF Golf Club Manager Al Castro said the funds will get the club to the point where viable options will be defined, and they will be able to put budget numbers on the alternatives to bring water to the course. The additional work includes studies of hydro and geological services, testing of the well and water quality, and more research on brine disposal, development of a potential reverse osmosis system, and treatment facility upgrades that would be necessary. “It’s important to note that this is the first time since the well was drilled that we are working on defining a realistic resource for brine disposal,” Castro said. The club has been working with the Santa Fe Irrigation District and the RSF Community Services District to explore partnerships for water solutions. “This benefits the whole community, not just the golf club,” RSF Association President Ann Boon said, noting that the course serves as a community greenbelt, and if hydro-geological studies indicate there is enough water from the resource, it could be used on the Rancho Santa Fe sports fields as well.

Fairgrounds officials call Kaaboo Festival a hit with merchants, despite noise complaints BY JOE TASH Del Mar Fairgrounds officials gave high marks to the first-ever Kaaboo music festival which was held at the stateowned property in September, and said they are looking forward to the event’s return next year. The comments came Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the board meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the agency that oversees the fairgrounds. Kaaboo’s director of community relations, Julie Coleman, was at the meeting to make a presentation to the board. Earlier in the day, she met with officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach. “This was a home run,” said fairgrounds general man-

ager Tim Fennell of the music, food and arts festival, which was held Sept. 18-20. “Everybody who came had a fabulous time.” Kaaboo officials have declined to release attendance figures for the three-day festival, which included seven stages and more than 100 musical acts such as headliners No Doubt, the Zac Brown Band and the Killers. “We’re a private company. We try to keep things close to the vest,” Coleman said. Apparently, the festival’s organizers did not even share attendance figures with 22nd DAA officials, which prompted board member Stephen Shewmaker to request the infor-


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DreamWorks Studio chief talks business to Bishop’s students BY JAMES PALEN Students at The Bishop’s School had an opportunity to talk one-on-one with DreamWorks Studios Chief Operating Officer Jeff Small recently, taking back to the classroom a message promoting hard work and hope for those dreaming of careers in the film-making industry. Small, who joined DreamWorks in 2006 and works there under director Steven Spielberg, was invited to the school Oct. 15 as part of The Bishop’s School’s Endowed Leadership Lecture Series, which dates to 2003 and DreamWorks Studios COO Jeff Small addresses an ashas included such speakers as sembly at The Bishop’s School. “If you decide it’s what famed San Diego Padres’ you want to do, I have no doubt that you’re going to do pitcher Trevor Hoffman and it,” he said of finding careers in the film industry. Photo former Secretary of State by James Palen Condoleezza Rice. After a light-hearted and joke-filled presentation about his rise from working at Walt Disney Studios to his role at DreamWorks today, Small fielded questions from the curious crowd of sixth- through 12th-grade students, who wondered about everything from what his favorite movie was to how a studio knows when to take a chance on a little-known actor. One of those students was senior Dylan Rohn, who said that while he used to tell himself he wanted to be a filmmaker, he’s realized he already is one. “I’ve pretty much been making films as long as I can remember,” Rohn said. “I’m making one right now. I keep increasing my levels of professionalism.” Known in the area’s filmmaking crowd as a rising young producer of multiple short documentaries, Rohn has been involved in the Teen Producers Project since before he started high school. His projects, including the 7-minute film “Problem Solved” — written, directed and edited by Rohn — have won awards and have at times been featured on the KPBS

Senior Dylan Rohn was one of several students choosing to sit down one-on-one with DreamWorks Studios COO Jeff Small after an assembly Oct. 15 at The Bishop’s School. Photo by James Palen News Hour. Rohn asked Small how industry professionals can find a balance between the moneydriven business side and the part that drove them to enter it in the first place — their passion — while minimizing any conflict between the two. “I’m looking at it from the artistic perspective,” Rohn said. “This is something that really brings a level of joy to my life that nothing else can approach.” Small said the basic economics of filmmaking make for a symbiotic relationship between artistic and financial motivations, making little need for a filmmaker to compromise See DREAMWORKS, page 23



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San Dieguito district breaks ground on new Earl Warren school in SB BY KRISTINA HOUCK Earl Warren Middle School may be San Dieguito Union High School District’s oldest school, but it will soon be the newest campus in the community. More than 60 years after the school opened in Solana Beach, officials, stakeholders and community members celebrated the complete reconstruction of Earl Warren with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 16 at the site. “Today’s an exciting day for the San Dieguito Union High School District, Earl Warren Middle School and our community as we begin the process of rebuilding the new Earl Warren Middle School campus,” said Earl Warren principal Adam Camacho. “The entire Earl Warren Middle School community could not be more excited for what is to come. The new campus will be undoubtedly beautiful and a true reflection of the Solana Beach community.” The project is made possible by Proposition AA. Voters approved the $449 million general obligation bond in November 2012, funding upgrades and repairs to the district’s North County campuses. Because Earl Warren opened more than six decades ago, however, district officials decided to rebuild rather than renovate the school. “When our Prop AA projects are completed over the next three to eight years, each school will be finished, modernized and built to capacity, as our community has grown,” said Superintendent Rick Schmitt. “Our community is growing quickly. “Communities are never more vibrant and successful than when the community invests in education and infrastructure. This is a great example of that,” he added. “Thanks to each of you for your support in our students’ education and the infrastructure that serves them, as we are planning this new campus and getting ready to build another fabulous Earl Warren Middle School that will last for generations like the old campus did.” Board members, administrators and staff members from the San Diego County Office of Education, San Dieguito Union High School District, Del Mar Union School District and Solana Beach School District reflected on the school’s history and welcomed a new era for the site during the ceremony. Demolition started in early October, so much of the campus had already been torn down. A few buildings, including the front office, was left standing, but a portion of the building came down at the end of the event to mark the milestone. “I never thought tearing something down could be so beautiful,” said San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts. Four of his six children will go on to the new Earl Warren Middle School. “This is a moment we have been waiting for,” he added. “It’s truly our future. We need to treasure it.” Current and former Earl Warren principals and teachers also arrived for the occasion, including retired teacher Jay Williams, who helped open the school in 1954. A longtime Cardiff resident, Williams taught at Earl Warren from 1954 to 1982.

Officials, stakeholders and community members celebrated the rebuild of Earl Warren Middle School with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 16. Photos by Kristina Houck “I spent a lot of time in these buildings with a lot of great teachers and a lot of wonderful students,” Williams said in an interview. “I have a lot of attachment.” Said Schmitt, “Even though today’s ceremony happens to be about tearing down an old school and building a new one, schools are only as good as their teachers. What will carry on in our new Earl Warren Middle School is the spirit, leadership and quality of our Earl Warren teachers.” Schmitt noted that sixth-graders in local elementary schools will move into Seahawk Village next year as seventh-graders, and become the first eighth-grade class at the new camSee EARL WARREN, page 23


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Local surgeon brings patients new options to face the future • Besides regular practice, Dr. Robert Ferdowsmakan does pro-bono work at Rady Children’s, Fresh Starts BY KAREN BILLING Dr. Robert Ferdowsmakan, the founder of Torrey Hills Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Carmel Valley, has volunteered his time over the past five years to treat hundreds of patients with facial injuries free of charge at Rady Children’s Hospital. Ferdowsmakan has found it incredibly rewarding to provide life-changing surgeries to children who are uninsured or underinsured after treatment for severe injuries or trauma. A Phoenix native, Ferdowsmakan is the past chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and is the secretary/treasurer of the San Diego County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Club. He is also a general anesthesia evaluator for the state of California. Ferdowsmakan opted to go into the specialty of oral surgery after his first week of dental school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1996. It just took one lecture from an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for him to “fall in love” with the specialty. He graduated from dental school with top honors and received his medical degree from the UC Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training and residency at UCLA Medical Center. In 2005, he opened his own practice. “I always wanted to have my own private practice. We just reached our nine-year anniversary and we have grown tremendously since the first year,” Ferdowsmakan said. “We started out with no patients when we opened the doors. I met with dentists and physicians in the community, and fortunately it progressed quickly.” The most common office-based surgeries Ferdowsmakan performs in his state-of-the-art center are impacted wisdom teeth, dental implants and corrective jaw surgeries. Most minor surgeries can be done in the office, but more complex surgeries, typically trauma-based ones, are done at the hospital. He is on staff at Rady Children’s, Scripps Memorial and Sharp Mesa Hospital in Kearny Mesa. One of the treatments he has a true passion for is corrective jaw surgery — for people with severe under- or overbites, and people with facial asymmetry. “It’s a very gratifying type of surgery I can provide, to really make instantaneous benefits and changes for patients,” he said. “I describe it as life-changing, because it really is changing people’s lives for the better.” To see someone fall in love with their new smile or see their face restored and confi-

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CCA Envision cinema students win big at New York festival BY GLORIA LIMAS Canyon Crest Academy Envision Cinema Conservatory students won awards in multiple categories at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City, the largest high school film festival in the world. “The All American High School Film Festival was a great experience for our students,” said CCA Envision Cinema Coordinator Mark Raines, who noted that it speaks to the caliber of students in the Envision Cinema program. “To have nine Canyon Crest Academy Envision Cinema Conservatory films in the world’s largest students TJ Gascho, Julia Eliju, Chris Razniak and high school film festival is Thomas Wade. Courtesy photo quite an accomplishment for one school program.” Filmmakers Julia Elihu, Erin Bentel, Daria Miller and Danny Sandler won the Overall Audience Choice Awards under the Teen Indie Awards with their film, “Celine & Simon.” The film was also named a finalist for Best Drama, Best Direction and Best Screenplay. The film “Lily’s Journey” was named a Best Documentary finalist. It was produced by Julia Elihu, Andrew Boyles, Gabrielle de Boucaud, Thomas Wade, and Akeel Najimudeen. Julia Elihu was named a female rising star finalist for the featured films she co-directed, “Lily’s Journey” and “Celine & Simon.” The festival also recognized her as a finalist in the Rising Star category, an award for up-and-coming female filmmakers. “Winning the Audience Choice Award was really exciting, for myself personally and for the Envision Cinema Conservatory program at CCA as a whole, because the honor came from the largest high school film festival,” said Julia. “It really demonstrated to me how my film was not only able to affect people in my local community but also people from all across the country and from other parts of the world. It was also powerful to see how people were able to relate to the film in different ways.” Raines said more than 1,400 student films were submitted to the festival from 48 states and 31 countries. CCA had nine films selected to be featured in the more than 300 films screened at the festival. The student filmmakers traveled with teacher Mark Raines to the awards ceremony in New York. Visit http://www.cca-envision.org; see the winning films at https://www.youtube.com/CCATelevision.

Jean and Charlie Eisleben at their wedding 70 years ago (left) and (right) today.

Eislebens to celebrate 70th anniversary Nov. 1 On Nov. 1, Jean and Charlie Eisleben will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. In 1945, Charlie had just finished his training to become an Ensign in the U.S. Navy when they were married at the Compton Heights Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Jean’s sister, Anita, attended the bride and Charles had his father substitute for his only brother, Roland, who was overseas in the Navy at the time of the wedding. Their reception for 200 guests was held at the Edgewater Beach Country Club overlooking the Mississippi River. Charlie and Jean spent their honeymoon in Kansas City, Mo. where he received his commission and officer’s uniform. They were separated for eight months while he served in the South Pacific Theatre. After World War II, the couple was first blessed with two children, Richard and Barbara, and then a third child, Nancy, at the time of their move to Downey, Calif., in 1954. Charlie spent most of his business career at Associated Piping and Engineering and Jean was active as a stay-at-home mom and volunteer in church and school activities. After Charlie retired they spent 25 wonderful years in the desert of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., playing golf, bridge and building sweet memories with special friends. They now reside in Rancho Santa Fe. Jean and Charlie, once high school sweethearts, now both 90, will celebrate this special anniversary with their family at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.



‘Whatever It Takes’ class will give teens a chance to positively impact their communities BY KAREN BILLING The teen leadership and entrepreneurship program Whatever It Takes (WIT) is bringing its successful formula to Carmel Valley this November. Over the past few years, WIT students in classes in University City and at the downtown Central Library have taken advantage of a program that not only gives them a chance to achieve social change, but to take a college-level course and receive credit from UC San Diego Extension. The deadline to apply for the new Carmel Valley class is Oct. 30. WIT founder Sarah Hernholm knows a little bit about doing whatever it takes, building her program from the ground up five years ago. “There is nothing better than to be able to live your dream come true,” she said. “To me, I have the best job on the planet. I got to create a job that I wanted to wake up for every day. “I want to shift the perception that teenagers are not passionate or engaged … they are, if people are willing to listen to their ideas and help them into reality. I love working Natasha Tayebi during a previous WIT class. with teenagers, and I just see that they’re so capable.” While working as a teacher in California, Hernholm be- WIT teens Melanie Gonzalez and Manali Joshi at the came a victim of the “last in, first out” policy — every year, University of Virginia Youth of Color Matter conference she had to fight to keep her job at the end of the year. with David Johns, executive director of the White House “I loved teaching and I loved having a classroom, but it Commission on Educational Excellence for African was frustrating. Psychologically, it didn’t make sense to me, Americans and grad fellow Lauren Mims. Courtesy because I knew I was good at my job,” Hernholm said. photos After four years of pink slips, she decided to take what gram at their school. Hernshe had learned in the classroom and make it work outside of holm opted to become a the school districts. In 2009, WIT started as a TV show in the vein of “Extreme Home Makeover,” where nonprofit, reaching kinderHernholm would take students who wrote in about something they wanted to fix in their garten through high school community and have the whole community join to solve the problem. She pitched the idea students after school. WIT founder Sarah Hernhom, middle, with Carmel Eventually, WIT evolved to networks, but they were doubtful that kids would be dedicated enough to do the work. Valley teenagers Jordan Goodman and Andrew Castro. into just focusing on high “I knew they would be, because I know what teens are capable of,” Hernholm said. As things like community murals and talent shows to raise money for charity took off, school teens, with the unique angle of providing college credit. WIT chapters are in St. Louis and San Diego, and more national expansion is on the the possibility of a TV show faded — but more and more schools were asking for a WIT proSee TEENS, page 16


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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is hosting its second Halloween Extravaganza featuring two nights of chilling, hair-raising fun. Courtesy photo

‘Halloween Extravaganza’ at The Inn Oct. 29-30, plus crab dinner Oct. 30 The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is hosting its second Halloween Extravaganza featuring two nights of chilling, hair-raising fun throughout the Inn’s haunted house. The free open house will be open from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. On Oct. 29, The Inn will also host a crab boil dinner on the lawn from 6-8 p.m. The dinner is $60 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation. Reservations required at bit.ly/halloweentickets2015. As a bonus, the Spa at The Inn will be offering custom Halloween makeup and nails to get ready for holiday happenings on Oct. 29-31. A makeup artist who specializes in theatrical makeup design will offer her services, and The Spa’s nail technician will paint paws with Halloween-inspired colors and nail art. Reservations are required. For appointments, call 858-381-8255.

Violin and piano concert by Jaroslav Svecený and Václav Mácha at the RSF Village Church On Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Czech School San Diego will once again bring a renowned Czech violin virtuoso and composer, Jaroslav Svecený, to Rancho Santa Fe. His last year’s concert with his daughter was very well received and filled up the Village Church. This year, a talented pianist, Václav Mácha, will accompany Jaroslav Svecený on his U.S. tour, and they will play classical music of Czech as well as other famous composers. Don’t miss their performance in the beautiful setting of the Village Church. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. A direct link is also available at www.CzechSchoolSanDiego.com. Tickets are $15, children under 12 have free admission. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/violin-and-piano-concert-jaroslav-sveceny-and-vaclav-macha-tickets-18549082806

Rancho Santa Fe native makes lacrosse team at Boston University Tristan Ruh has been added to the Boston University men’s lacrosse roster, head coach Ryan Polley announced recently. Ruh comes to BU from Pacific Ridge High School, where he was a U.S. Lacrosse AllAmerican as a senior in 2015. He left Pacific Ridge as its all-time leading scorer, notching 156 goals and 119 assists for 275 points. A two-time captain, Ruh was the 2015 Coastal League Player of the Year and a four-year varsity letter winner. “Tristan has impressed our coaching staff with his athleticism and his scoring ability,” Polley said. “He will add depth at both attack and midfield.” A native of Rancho Santa Fe, Ruh joins a Terrier roster that will play its lone scrimmage of the fall on Oct. 25, when BU hosts McGill at Nickerson Field. Opening draw is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.


L-R: Dominick Addario, Marie Addario, Vearl Smith, Mary Anne Smith, Juan Blanchard, Nancy Crosby and Richard Crosby. Courtesy photo

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inducts 13 RSF residents Residents of Rancho Santa Fe joined the prestigious international food and wine society, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs at its induction dinner held at the AAA Five Diamond Park Hyatt Aviara. Bailli Dominick Addario welcomed into his fold 13 new members to the La Jolla Bailliage (chapter) which includes members from San Diego County, primarily from Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla. Among them were Juan Blanchard, director of food and beverage at the RSF Golf Club, Nancy Crosby, Mary Ann Smith, Betty Stine, Richard Crosby, Vearl Smith and Robert Stine. Jim Ashcraft was elevated to a local officer. National President Harold Small (Bailli Délégué of the United States) performed the ceremony with the assistance of national officers Ira Falk and Marie Addario, editor-in-chief of the organization’s national magazine.

Rady Hospital invites golfers to ‘Play a Round’ Nov. 9 at benefit Golf enthusiasts are invited to “Play A Round Fore” Genomics at Rady Children’s Hospital on Nov. 9 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. It’s the hospital’s fifth annual Invitational Scramble. Join in the fun and enjoy a beautiful day on the fairways of the country club, with food, multiple contests for prizes and opportunity drawings, all to benefit The Endowment for Neuroscience at the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute. The event includes tasting stations for a buffet lunch including food from Ruth’s Chris, Jersey Mike’s and Nothing Bundt Cakes; 18 holes of golf, Long Drive and Closest to the Line Contests, golfer tee gifts including Callaway Golf, multiple Hole in One prizes including a brand-new Maserati and a brand-new Mercedes, opportunity drawings, trophies, a gourmet dinner, and music. Non-golfers are invited to enjoy the dinner, opportunity drawings, and music. Put your foursome together now for Nov. 9 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Foursomes: $1,200; single golfer, $350; foursome plus tee sponsor, $1,500; dinner only, $100. Personal and business sponsorship opportunities start at $500. All attending the dinner will be entered in a special drawing for a piece of jewelry donated by Phillips Jewelry of Orange County. Sign up at teeupforerady.com.

Rancho Santa Fe fire district hosts trick-or-treat open house Oct. 24, pancake breakfast Nov. 8 In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) is hosting two events. The first is a Trick-or-Treat Open House from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 24, at RSF Fire Station 1, 16936 El Fuego in Rancho Santa Fe. The open house will include station tours, photos with the firefighters, fire engine displays, hands-only CPR, and additional safety-related exhibits. Also, children are invited to celebrate Halloween a little early by trick-or-treating at each display and participating in a costume contest! The second event is the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 8 at RSF Fire Station 2, 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch. District firefighters will be on hand to serve pancakes, orange juice, and coffee for a requested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for kids. Besides breakfast, the open house will include station tours, photos with the firefighters, fire engine and ambulance displays, spray a fire hose with a firefighter, hands-only CPR, jump houses and T-shirt sales. Visit www.rsf-fire.org or call 858-756-5971.






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TPHS students participate in Spirit Day to raise LGBT awareness STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BILLING Torrey Pines High School students took part in the nationwide Spirit Day, coordinated by the school’s PALS (Peer Assistant Listeners) and Gay Straight Alliance Clubs. Students were encouraged to wear purple to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying and to promote acceptance. “A big part of GSA’s goal is to create a community on campus. A lot of people don’t even know about the LGBT community,” said GSA President Amal Lamb. “Events like these just help open up that circle to the rest of the school and help keep students informed and educated about things they don’t understand, creating a nicer campus in general.” As part of Spirit Day, students added their name to a poster that read: “I pledge to do my part to make Torrey Pines High School more welcoming to the LGBT+ community. I promise to stand up for LGBT+ youth who may be bullied or discriminated against. I will achieve this by treating my fellow students with respect and appreciation to ensure that everyone feels safe on our campus.” The club members also encouraged students to pose for photos with white boards to help spread more awareness on social media platforms.

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‘Power of Parenting’ forum offered RSF Viewpoints show Oct. 25 to feature Oct. 28 at San Dieguito Academy Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein The popular family forum, “The Power of Parenting: Learning to Listen & Listening to Learn,” takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Media Center at San Dieguito High School Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. The free evening will feature a presidential debate-style forum using prepared questions as well as questions from the audience. A panel of high school students, recent college alumnae, professionals and our school psychologist will focus on fostering effective communication to create a rewarding experience during the high school years. They are: San Dieguito school psychologist Kristin Singh, a school psychologist in the San Dieguito Union High School District for the past 10 years. Kylia Thurman, a senior at San Dieguitop Academy who will share her perspective on fostering a rewarding high school experience for students and parents. Leslie Salazar-Carrillo, a certified Building Family Connections instructor who trains parents, adult family members, caregivers with long term strategies to connect and communicate with youth. Monica Mojonnier, a local parent, San Dieguito alumna and longtime Encinitas resident. She will speak from her perspective as an interested and active parent in the community. Taylor Eaton, a published writer and a publications specialist at a local company. She graduated from San Dieguito Academy in 2001 from UC Santa Barbara. Parents and high school students are welcome. Sponsored by SDA Parent Foundation. Please rsvp to sss.sdacademy@gmail.com as seating is limited.

Following successful showings in the past two seasons, Village Viewpoints will offer a reprise of “Thinking Shakespeare Live!” on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. “Thinking Shakespeare Live!” is a fast-paced, funny, and fascinating guide to the language of Shakespeare created by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein who National Public Radio called “one of the country’s leading Shakespeareans.” This special program provides audiences a unique opportunity to learn the methods Edelstein imparts to professional actors in the rehearsal room. As he and three skilled actors demonstrate these techniques live on stage, this entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare. With humor and insight, “Thinking Shakespeare Live!” brings audiences into the Bard’s world and shows how his masterful poetry can come to life for everyone. “San Diego’s Shakespeare audience is devoted to the Bard, and the Globe, one of the country’s great Shakespeare theatres, always looks for innovative ways to serve it,” said Edelstein. “We created ‘Thinking Shakespeare Live!’ to help our audience have fun while making new connections to Barry Shakespeare.” Viewpoints is co-presented by the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and the Edelstein Village Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served with the program beginning at 6:30. Seating is limited; advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at www.villageviewpoints.com or by calling (858) 756-6557. Tickets at the door the night of the event will be $30.

‘Friendships UnTAPPED’ at microbrewery Oct. 25 to benefit CCA music program 2015 La Jolla Writers Conference to The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation is hosting “Friendships UnTAPPED: An Afternoon of Flights, Bites & Football” at noon Oct. 25 at Division 23 Brewery to benefit the Envision Instrumental Music program. Guests will enjoy craft beer, Santa Maria Style BBQ, and the Chargers/Raiders games on three big-screen televisions. Division 23 Brewery, at 7408 Trade St., San Diego, CA 92121, is San Diego’s newest micro-brewery. Normally closed on Sundays, the brewery is opening its doors at noon especially for this event. Guests must be 21 and older. Admission includes one taster flight, one pint, and a BBQ lunch catered between 12:30-2 p.m. by Hunter Steakhouse. Kickoff for the Chargers/Raiders game is approximately 1:05 p.m. Tickets for the event are $30 presale or $40 at the door with a portion of all proceeds going to benefit Envision Instrumental Music at CCA. Visit canyoncrestfoundation.org for reservations.

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RSF Garden Fair & Market In honor of the Balboa Park Centennial, the Ranch Santa Fe Garden Club teamed up with the Balboa Park Conservancy to host the inaugural Rancho Santa Fe Garden Fair & Market on Oct. 17. The event was presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and was held at the Rancho Santa Fe Association/Community Center parking lot. With its emphasis on horticulture, the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park was often referred to as the “Garden Fair.” Similarly, the day-long Rancho Santa Fe Garden Fair & Market marked Balboa Park’s special 100-year anniversary by featuring free landscape consulting, plant and garden gifts, irrigation district rebates, horticulture presentations, food and fun hands-on activities for kids. For more information on RSF Garden Club membership and upcoming activities, please visit www.rsfgardenclub.org. Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com.

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way. WIT will be in Austin, Texas, in September and then in New York City in 2016. “We will keep growing to wherever there are teenagers, which is everywhere,” Hernholm said. “I just think this is what I was put on this planet to do, to advocate for teenagers and make sure they have a platform for their voices to be heard.” WIT classes meet once a week for a 30week course. The teachers are all entrepreneurs, and they guide the students through lessons in personal leadership development and business development. Hernholm still remains active as a WIT instructor. As part of the class, students must start a business or project, and it has to address a social issue in a unique and sustainable way. The teenagers may fail or mess up, but that is all a part of launching a business. “WIT gives them the space to fail; there’s too much at stake at school,” Hernholm said. “This gives them a chance to build resilience and grit. They have to take a risk, fall and get back up. They can learn to see failure as feedback and keep moving.” WIT San Diego classes have tackled everything from teenage self-esteem to loneliness in the senior community. Shivali Joshi, a Bishop’s School graduate who now attends Claremont McKenna College, was involved in one of the most successful WIT projects, Choose You. Choose You is a project to eliminate childhood obesity through teen mentorship. The teens provide elementary school youth in lower-income areas with the tools to live healthy, active lifestyles. As a result of Choose You’s success, WIT teens were invited to pitch their program to the American Medical Association in Chicago in 2014; and through a sponsorship with the AMA, Choose You has operated at Bayside Community Center and Kit Carson Elementary School in San Diego with second- and third-graders. One San Diego teen wanted her WIT

project to educate the public about the harassment she receives while taking trolleys downtown. The project brought together a student from Bishop’s and a student from the Preuss School, a charter school for low-income students — two very different walks of life. Through WIT projects, the teens learn about other people, cultures and communities they might have never been exposed to otherwise. “In the real world and in college, these kids will have to work with people from different walks of life and they can come off (as) elitist, ignorant or both. This gets them started building bridges and can have a significant impact on how they work in the world,” Hernholm said. “We do a disservice when we isolate our children.” As part of the WIT curriculum, a big “Pitch Night” is held in November in front of 10 judges (no parents allowed). The students present their projects in attempts to receive funding. As Hernholm said, WIT is not fake work, it’s real work, and the program is very clear about its expectations of the students. So far, she has seen that the teens are willing to do the work to live up to those high expectations. “I love doing what I do. Teens are willing to have tough conversations and as a result, they become committed to making the world a better place,” Hernholm said. “It’s awesome that I get to do this for a living.” Students can apply to WIT by filling out an application, available online. (Class location in Carmel Valley was still being finalized at presstime.) All applicants must undergo an interview, usually by a WIT graduate. It is a tuition-based program, but students can apply to receive financial aid. One-third of WIT students receive financial aid provided by corporate sponsors like the Moxie Foundation in San Diego and individual donors. Visit doingwit.org.

Halloween fun to be presented in the Rancho Santa Fe Village The Rancho Santa Fe Village is the place for Halloween fun with events sponsored by the Village Vibrancy Committee, the Rancho Santa Fe Association and the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Halloween in the Village Events: •Trick-or-Treating: Thursday, Oct. 29, 3-5 p.m., with merchants on Paseo Delicias Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29 and 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Rancho Santa Fe Association •Pumpkin Carving: Thursday, Oct. 29, 3-5 p.m., on the Village Green •Haunted House: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29 and 30, 5-9 p.m., The Inn at the Rancho Santa Fe All are welcome, and costumes are encouraged.

RSF Republican Women to hold Veterans Tribute Nov. 11 The Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women, Federated will hold their annual Veterans Tribune on Nov. 11 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Check-in and social time is 10:30 a.m. Program and luncheon start at 11 a.m. Cost is $30. Guest speaker will be U.S. Navy Lt. Steve Lewandowski. He is a third-generation member of the American Legion and commander of Post 416 in Encinitas. He has received seven certificates of Congressional Recognition for his work on behalf of veterans and is the executive director of the Veterans Research Alliance. He is also an ambassador for the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. Your check is your reservation. Please make checks payable to: RSFRWF, P.O. Box 1195, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Reserve by Nov. 5. Call 858-756-1906 or email lilyjo33@aol. com.

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Senior Falcons honored Torrey Pines football and cheerleading teams celebrated Senior Night at the game versus Oceanside on Oct. 16. The Falcons pulled out a 28-27 victory over the Pirates. Photos by Anna Scipione

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Education Matters/Opinion: Bonds that bind BY MARSHA SUTTON At the Oct. 8 Solana Beach School District board meeting, trustees unanimously approved a not-to-exceed contract for $68,000 with marketing strategist Tom Shepard of Public Policy Strategies. The purpose, according to the board packet, is to “provide election opinion, community outreach and polling for consideration of a district General Obligation bond.” “This contract will be to conduct a community opinion survey in order to understand community sentiment related to projects, tax, and terms associated with a 2016 General Obligation bond,” it reads. The district, operating seven elementary schools, has long Marsha Sutton been making noises about placing a GO bond on the 2016 ballot, which requires 55 percent voter approval. SBSD has hired a law firm to provide legal advice on the potential bond measure. And, according to an article published last week in this newspaper, plans from four architectural firms have already been received and are under review, for work on several district schools. San Dieguito Union High School District passed a GO bond measure, Proposition AA, in 2012, but with support barely over the 55 percent mark. In some kind of domino effect, the Del Mar Union School District also seems to have been inspired by San Dieguito’s success and is likely to try again (after failing before) to pass a GO bond in 2016 as well. Property owners in Solana Beach and Del Mar, both part of San Dieguito, are already being charged annually up to $30 per $100,000 of assessed property value through Prop. AA for the next umpteen years. If bond measures pass for these elementary school districts, property owners will pay extra taxes on top of the San Dieguito assessment. Solana Beach and Del Mar are two of the most affluent communities in the county, if not the state, and each has independent foundations that raise even more money for their schools through charitable contributions. It’s not like local schools don’t already get huge sums of money through the county’s property taxes. According to the county tax assessor’s office, for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, 42.9 percent of individual property taxes paid went to schools. That’s the highest piece of the pie chart by far than any other recipient. The next nearest is the county, which gets 13.2 percent, and cities, which receive 12.6 percent. Pre-determined outcome Was there ever a time when a marketing firm hired to discover if the public would support a bond measure came back with a “no” answer?

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Solana Beach wants the bond and has made that clear, and the district is paying a polling firm a lot of taxpayer money to come back with the right answer. The outcome seems pre-determined. About 300 people will be polled now through November, with results available in December. We’ve seen in the past that questions can be coyly phrased to elicit the “correct” responses, calling lists can be manipulated, calls can be timed to affect the outcome, and the interpretation of results can be far from neutral. One task of the pollsters is to see just how much voters would sit still for: “Would you support $20 per $100,000 of assessed property value? Ten dollars? Five? For how many years? Twenty? Thirty?” Eventually, those polled are worn down, and pollsters will settle on a number they can report to the school board that voters would tolerate. One piece of information it’s doubtful will be shared by the polling firm when calling targeted people is the amount of money already in SBSD’s reserves. According to SBSD Superintendent Terry Decker and Carlos Estrella, assistant superintendent for business services, the district holds $17,630,068, or 43.75 percent of its total budget, in reserves. The state requires 3 percent, which for SBSD is $1,209,242. Then, the school board has designated a Basic Aid contingency reserve on top of the state’s mandated one, which the board has set at 40.75 percent, or $16,420,826 this year. “Those funds are designated to protect the district from uncertainty created by the state and the economy, and to cover any operational deficits,” Decker said. Reserves at the Del Mar Union School District currently are $11,328,694. That’s 23 percent of the district’s budget, according to Cathy Birks, DMUSD’s assistant superintendent for business services. Although Solana Beach’s rainy day funds are almost twice Del Mar’s, both are considered exceedingly healthy reserves. Gather facts Voters in Solana Beach and Del Mar will likely be presented with bond initiatives on their 2016 ballots. And aggressive marketing campaigns will push for passage. Because the system permits large donations to support these measures, what happened in San Dieguito is sure to happen in Solana Beach and Del Mar. In San Dieguito, as in most other districts with GO bonds on the ballot, major construction, architectural and support firms donated vast amounts of money to marketing efforts that “educate” voters, in order to promote passage. Knowing they are likely to get the business once the bonds pass, those firms have found these donations to be a good investment indeed. Strong test scores and high achieve-

ment for students in both districts, by the way, would seem to indicate that kids are unaffected by one school being prettier than another. Property owners should gather all the facts before deciding whether to approve more local taxation. ***** On another subject, parents in the Solana Beach School District need to know that the money they purchase for their children’s “lunch card” is refundable or can be transferred to another child if unused. SBSD uses the MySchoolBucks system, which allows parents to set up an account for school meals. The account is debited when the student purchases a meal. SBSD Supt. Decker said the system is owned and operated by MySchoolBucks, and the district does not control or monitor the money in the accounts. Parents, he said, can access and view account balances through MySchoolBucks.com. Because there’s been some confusion about what happens to this money when a child does not use all the money on the card or leaves the district, Decker provided clarification. “When a student leaves the district, the parent determines what they want to have happen with the funds in the account,” Decker wrote in an email. “The parent may transfer funds to another child if they have other students in the system, or they can get a refund,” he said, but the money is never transferred to the district. “The funds simply stay in the account,” he said, adding that the district can only debit the account for meals and can facilitate refunds or transfers when requested. Decker said there is no time limit on getting refunds, noting that people have come back four years later for refunds. “Other than needing our help with refunds, the parent is in control of the account,” he said. For a refund or transfer of funds, parents need to contact the district directly. The district does not contact parents asking what to do with leftover lunch-card money. “Parents can set up e-mail notifications in the system to assist with account management,” Decker said. The inquiry prompted Decker to say he will “push up our communications” to notify parents about leftover money in their accounts. “We’re going to add information to our district website to explain the process of requesting a transfer or refund,” he said. “We’re also looking to add something to our end-of-year communications to remind parents to check their accounts if they are leaving the district.” — Marsha Sutton can be reached at suttonmarsha@gmail.com.

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Roundabouts offer of recycled option would be win-win safety, beauty to area

The following comments are the personal thoughts of the undersigned. Although I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Service District (CSD), my comments should not be construed as the positions of the CSD Board of Directors. I was very encouraged by the fine work of the committee appointed by the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club (RSFGC) to study and make recommendations relating to the future of water for the RSFGC. The issues are complicated, but they have decided on two possible solutions, or variations thereof. The first is use of well water from a well on the course. The second is use of recycled water from the CSD combined with water from the Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID). Both possibilities have need for further study and resolution of some issues. Should the committee elect to use the well option, there will be an opportunity for the Rancho Santa Fe Association (RSFA). The cost of bringing recycled water to the golf course, including a holding pond and pump station, is about $6,000,000. The amount of recycled water per day is about 250,000 gallons. This would provide enough water for all plantings along La Granada and Rambla de las Flores, the two baseball fields and the soccer field, the riding club and possibly the school field. Also, most important, it would provide a secondary solution to the RSFGC, should the well solution become unusable in future years. The cost of the recycled water would be very inexpensive if the RSFA provided the $6,000,000. For the RSFA, it would be an excellent investment to solve one of their stated goals of helping solve our water problems. In addition, it would resolve a major issue relating to the Community Enhancement Fund (CEF). CEF violates the Davis-Sterling Act and our protective covenant, and threatens our Internal Revenue classification. Such an investment would not only resolve the above, but it would avoid threatened litigation relating to the continuation of CEF. The benefits are too many to ignore. They are 1) elimination of the CEF problem; 2) a long-term supply of water to our recreational facilities; 3) beautiful roadways along two of our main roadways; 4) reduced water costs for our association; 5) a backup plan for the RSFGC. The RSFGC water committee is scheduled to make its recommendation by the end of the year. The RSFA should now prepare to act if the opportunity presents itself. The recycled water is going to be produced by the CSD and my hope is that Rancho Santa Fe will be the beneficiary. If not, some other area will enjoy the benefit of the recycled water. Bill Hinchy, Rancho Santa Fe

It’s Groundhog Day in Rancho Santa Fe It looks like Groundhog Day all over. Some of the PIC folks are back, under the umbrella of the Rancho Santa Fe Homeowners Group, fighting to regain power and still trying to defend the purchase of Osuna Ranch. They are still attacking the new board members who replaced them, and now the proposed Covenant Pool and Health Club before all the facts have been presented. Like many folks in the Ranch, I have my own pool and gym and our children are grown. Right now, I am unsure how I will vote on this proposal. I am waiting until the final proposal and all the facts are shared with the community before I decide. At first I was against the roundabouts, but after listening to the arguments and discussions, I changed my mind. It is ready, fire, aim for some of the members of the RSF Homeowners Group. Many of them are the same group of folks that held control of the Association for the past 20 years. Where was their leadership on improving our cell and Internet services? Where was their leadership on approving the purchase of Osuna Ranch without it being vetted by the Association’s finance committee? Let us hope that the same folks who behaved so badly during the past election, disclosing private personal information on candidates to the public and removing campaign signs over and over again, are not in positions of leadership in this new organization. The negative recurring voices of various folks that compose the PIC/RSF Homeowners Group are quick to criticize the current board at every turn and use words like transparency and good governance, when this is the very reason they lost the last election. Let us make sure we do not give them another chance in the upcoming election. I am sure there are some well-intended people who are members of the RSF Homeowners Group, but so far the folks who have spoken up on their behalf have not demonstrated that sentiment. Try to keep an open mind on the issues facing the community until all the facts are in. Terry Peay, Rancho Santa Fe

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Dear Beautiful Roads Committee, I have been a resident of Rancho Santa Fe for almost 20 years and use the corners being considered for roundabouts. I had an office outside of London for five years. While I never kept track, I would guess this translated into 40 or 50 days of driving in and around London using roundabouts every day. Personal recollections: • In/Out: It was always easy to get in and out, whereas traffic signals often required waiting when there is nothing to wait for. • Safety: While I am no expert, I do not think I ever saw or heard of a major accident associated with a roundabout; and yet you often read about the horror of running the signal, floating through the stop sign, etc. • Community Appeal: I can remember vividly the attractiveness of several of the roundabouts near our office and neighborhood. They almost looked like they were part of the natural setting. This is obviously in sharp contrast to the stark and basically ugly “signal and stop sign habit” in the United States. • Speed: I remember someone from the U.S. commenting to me to the effect: “Everyone goes through the roundabout at a reasonable speed … there is no crazy person trying to beat the signal.” It’s true. • Walking: We had two roundabouts near our office and we would cross them before/after lunch. My one memory was coming to understand that I only had to look one way, and that most of the time that simple check allowed me to go right ahead rather than wait (even when there were no cars). • Property Values: Again, I am not an expert, but it is difficult to imagine that property values are enhanced with the addition of signals. In fact, I would think roundabouts would enhance value and signals would decrease value. In summary, I can’t imagine why we would impose the “almost-guaranteed-to-be-ugly” traffic signal solution versus what can be a substantial beautification and property value enhancement to our community without compromising safety. Fred Port, Rancho Santa Fe

Kudos to Finance Committee and Association board As a member of the Association, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Finance Committee and the Association board in their diligent preparation of this year’s budget and audited financial statement. I was especially glad to see at their last meeting, the Board approved leaving the assessment rate at 14 cents, with 11.5 cents going to the operation of the Association and 2.5 cents going to the community enhancement fund. I won’t comment on the CEF allocation, but it was reassuring that we are almost to November in our budget cycle and the Board feels confident that we will end the year on budget at 11.5 cents. I was also interested to hear that the treasurer of the Finance Committee is extremely pleased with the new accounting firm and that the “reign of errors” that we experienced with the last firm is over. I was not aware of a reign of errors, but I am glad that it is over. I am not a financial expert, but I do know how to balance a budget. I see a lot of special programs being undertaken, many new faces around the office, and it seems there are a lot of legal issues going on that I was concerned that we were not living within our means. I am glad to know that is not the case. Suzy Schaefer, Rancho Santa Fe

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Don’t endanger our RSF social setting Ann Boon has stated: “The space we have is ‘the campus,’ as some people have begun calling it, which belongs to every single member of the Rancho Santa Fe Association and not just to members of the existing golf and tennis clubs.” Does she really think that only the golf and tennis clubs use this parcel? Every time I visit the campus, I find a vibrant social setting where friends meet for meals, groups gather for bridge, local clubs conduct their meetings, and charities hold successful fundraisers. The snack bar often has diners who have ridden in on horses and hitched them in the paddock, or people who have stopped by while walking their dogs. Nearly everyone who now uses our campus has experienced the frustration of trying to find a parking place during busy times. The trek up and down the hilly parking lot can be difficult for our elderly or infirm Association members. Eliminating the lower parking lot by shoehorning new buildings and pools into its footprint will make this situation worse. Yes, they will add some new parking areas, but they will be farther up the hill. There are other sites in the Covenant that could be used for a beautiful, full-service fitness club, with dedicated pools and playgrounds. Jerry Yahr, chairman of the Covenant Club’s Design Committee, has stated that zoning was not the issue preventing them from building at Osuna Ranch. I question why the Covenant Club seems so intent upon overcrowding a site that now works so beautifully for such a large segment of our Association members. Their objectives state that it’s to increase community engagement. I fear that it will have the opposite effect. Patricia Newmark, Rancho Santa Fe


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his passion as his main source of motivation. “The joke is that movies don’t make money unless they’re good,” Small said. “It all starts with a great story. It all starts with a great filmmaker. And very few filmmakers make movies because they want to make money. They really don’t. At some point, they do want to make money — let’s be honest — but they really make it for the reasons that you say.” Spielberg’s movies, Small added, are made because the stories speak to him creatively, and that artistic connection to a film is what would give it a greater shot at economic success, he suggested. During the roughly 45-minute all-school assembly, Small referred to the various roles any of the students interested in the film industry could fill if filmmaking was their passion. “I got into the movie business, and I came from a long way away in Marietta, Georgia,” Small said. “This is not the rubber tire business; it is the movie business. But if you decide it’s what you want to do, I have no doubt that you’re going to do it.” Discussions arranging Small’s appearance at The Bishop’s School began more than a year ago, he said, after separate planning had begun for him to participate in the school’s annual auction to raise money for student financial aid and faculty growth. School spokeswoman Keri Peckham didn’t reveal how much the “Lunch With Jeff Small” auction item raised, but staff said it raised enough to help with scholarship programs. The idea of bringing Small in for an all-school assembly as a part of the package seemed natural, Peckham said. “We realized in speaking to him (about the auction) that he would be a great candidate for the Endowed Leadership Lecture Series,” she said. After the assembly, Small met for lunch with the auction winners, and later attended a private reception and pre-release screening of the DreamWorks film “Bridge of Spies,” starring Tom Hanks, at La Jolla’s new luxury cinema, The LOT.

EARL WARREN pus the following year. Also located on the site, Seahawk Village is the temporary space where students will attend school until the new campus is complete in fall 2017. Local fifth-graders will be the first class to finish two full years at the new middle school. The site is also home to the Solana Beach Library. The branch opened in 2001 on the campus of Earl Warren as the county’s first “shared-use” library. As a shared facility, the library serves the middle schoolers with extra hours and a specially trained library technician during the school year. Among other community members and stakeholders, San Diego County Library Director José Aponte, staff from the Solana Beach Library and volunteers from the Friends of the Solana Beach Library attended the event. As part of the project, the district is rebuilding Warren Hall, a multipurpose room shared by the school and library, and rebuilding some of the library’s interior space, which will be paid by a combination of Prop AA funds, county funds and contribu-

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tions from the Friends of the Solana Beach Library, according to Eric Dill, the district’s associate superintendent of business services. “These youngsters are connected to a world-class library,” said Aponte, who noted that the planned improvements include new carpet, paint, shelving, study rooms, a staff workroom and an expanded bookstore. Lionakis, the architectural firm that designed the district’s new Pacific Trails Middle School in Pacific Highlands Ranch, also drew up plans for the new Earl Warren. The reconstructed school will be two levels, with the upper level featuring the majority of the classrooms. The campus will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and include air conditioning, improved Wi-Fi and a better drop-off and pickup area. The new school, Camacho said, “will be another amazing learning facility that will serve our students well for years and years to come.” The overall budget for the project is at almost $52 million, which includes close to $43 million for the campus reconstruction.

Rant With Randi: What does it mean to be ‘eating clean’? Eating clean — what does that even mean? How many times have your friends told you that they are going to start a “cleanse,” and they want you to do it with them? It happens to me all the time, and I always have the same answer: “No, thanks, I’m not interested because after I finish cleansing, I’m so hungry that I eat everything in sight and end up gaining all the weight back.” I’m not anti-cleansing; I just personally can’t exist on vegetable juice that I have to gag down in the first place to lose a few pounds. Trust me, I want to be healthy, but giving up everything I love to eat and drink just doesn’t work for me. But lately, I can’t seem to avoid the term “eating clean.” So I did some research, and here is what I’ve learned about the “thinking” behind the “eating clean” movement: There are “layers” of toxins surrounding us in our everyday environment. Most of us think about “toxic” in terms of eating junk food, but the ninja food gurus are referring to everything else. They discuss toxic in terms of the air we breathe, the lotion we apply to our skin, the chemicals we use to clean our homes, and finally the food we ingest. So when “the food ninjas” talk about “clean eating,” they want you to detoxify everything from the inside out. The book I just read made so much sense that it got me thinking about all of it at a much deeper level. With regard to the eat-


ing portion, the author wants you to “eliminate” several food groups from your diet for 21 days, so that when you start introducing these foods back into your diet, you can see what’s causing you inflammation and discomfort, if any. I decided to give it a whirl. Basically, my diet consists of fish and chicken, fruits (no bananas) and vegetables, and almond butter. I’ve also started taking probiotics to build my immune system. My daughter and I both just celebrated birthdays, and I ate more cake than I normally would in an entire year. I was definitely ready to “get clean.” The two hardest habits to give up are drinking coffee and wine. I’ve been a coffee drinker since I was a little girl. So for me, giving up coffee makes giving up wine feel like amateur hour. Waking up and preparing my coffee is part of my morning routine, and without it, I feel like I’m not starting out my day right. The first week I did this program, I had so little energy that I could barely make it to my daughter’s back to school night. But the second week, with the help of liquid B-12 vitamins, I felt much better.

My husband decided to support me in this effort, and is trying to eat clean with me. He’s doing everything but giving up coffee. I’ve seen him give up eating Philly cheesesteaks, cheeseburgers, fries, pizza, steak, and a host of foods that he loves. I don’t care what anyone tells you, eating clean is not easy. You can’t just go out and get food. You don’t want to go to your favorite restaurants (during the 21 days), because of all the temptation. And my husband needs to eat a lot. So I can’t lie — he’s been very irritable most of the time. We did “break” three nights during the 21 days and have a glass of wine, because I thought that if we didn’t, he would implode. I have two children, and they don’t eat “clean.” One night, I started yelling at them for eating Oreos and ice cream, until I realized that I’m the one who buys the Oreos and the ice cream. This is a major mental and physical shift. I’m almost through with the 21 days and now I think long and hard about what I eat before I put it in my mouth. This causes you to stop before you “finish off” your kid’s uneaten pizza crust, peanut butter sandwich or French fries. Here’s to hoping that my family can continue on a road of relatively healthy eating without deprivation. This is doable — it’s just not easy. What say you? Email me @ www.randiccrawford@ gmail.com.

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Canyon Crest Academy Women’s Tennis Senior Send-off event Canyon Crest Academy Women’s Tennis held a Senior Send-off event Oct. 15 to honor the team’s players. Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net.

Canyon Crest Academy tennis coach Larry Belinsky with graduating seniors Brooklyn Johnson, Tiffany Park, Madeleine Skipworth, Julie Vaughn and the CCA girl’s tennis team

Canyon Crest tennis coach Larry Belinsky, senior team members Madeleine Skipworth, Brooklynn Johnson, Julie Vaughn and Tiffany Park, CCA Principal Karl Mueller, Athletic Director Brian Baum

Coach Larry Belinsky addresses the seniors

Principal Karl Mueller addresses the students Parents prepared a cake for the team

Canyon Crest senior tennis team members Madeleine Skipworth, Brooklynn Johnson, Julie Vaughn and Tiffany Park

Left: Coach Thorne with cross country team members.

TPHS Cross Country Coach Brent Thorne honored Brent Thorne, who has been the Torrey Pines Cross Country coach for 29 years, was honored for his dedication to Torrey Pines High School at the Oct. 16 home football game, during the pre-game ceremony. Thorne has won numerous titles and awards, and has “made an impact on all his athletes and students of the sport.” Thorne said he would like to give thanks to all of his athletes, and honor them for all their hard work and dedication over the past 29 years. Photos by Anna Scipione. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net.

Lady Falcons win at Wolfpack preseason tourney The Torrey Pines High School Lady Falcons were undefeated and won first place at the Wolfpack Pre-Season Kickoff Basketball Tournament at West Hills High School in Santee on the weekend of Oct. 17-18. Great way to start the pre-season. Congratulations! Go Falcons!

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LePort Schools to hold grand opening, harvest fest LePort Schools hold their grand opening and free Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1010 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Visit http://www.meetup.com/sbchamber/events/225565022.


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ing a formula of tiered water prices that go up the more water each customer uses. Another part of the bill contains fixed charges, and does not change with the amount of water consumed. While the average proposed rate increase would be 9 percent, the specific increase facing a customer on his or her bimonthly bill depends on how much water that customer uses, and the customer’s classification, such as single-family, commercial or multi-family. A small number of customers would actually see their water bills go down, according to district officials, while most would see an increase. Gruzdowich said Thursday that the split on the board results from that discrepancy — that in his opinion, the proposed rate increase, as structured, would unfairly impact those with larger properties, who use larger amounts of water. Higher users, he said, “will pay way more than 9 percent, and some people will get a free ride and have no increase. That’s not right.” Bardin said the rate proposal was crafted with the help of a financial consultant, and is intended to spread the district’s costs fairly and equitably, based on each customer’s use of district resources. He said the plan is also designed to follow state regulations and be defensible in court if challenged. Gruzdowich’s fellow directors objected to his characterization of the reasons behind the split vote. “I take exception to that. I represent the whole district,” said board president Michael Hogan. “I have never voted on how something affects the division I live in, but for the district as a whole,” said director Alan Smerican. “We have to create a process that is legal. Everything else comes after that.” At the beginning of the discussion, Bardin, the general manager, told the board that raising rates is one of the hardest decisions they will make as directors. The rate increase is needed, he said, to keep up with rising wholesale water costs and inflation. Two common misconceptions, Bardin said, are that the district can cut costs to avoid a rate increase, and that


the need to raise rates stems from the fouryear California drought. The district has not raised rates for two years, Bardin said, and has covered increased costs through budget-cutting and taking money from reserves. “We’ve done all we can to reduce costs. At this point, there’s no more room to cut,” Bardin said. “We are raising our rates to do the mission of the district.” Before the rate increase proposal can be considered for final adoption, the district must hold a public hearing and consider written public comment as required by state law. Each of the three years covered by the proposal, the board will have to vote on whether to raise rates by the maximum 9 percent or a lesser amount. Several district residents — mostly lemon growers — also urged the board Thursday to adopt a lower agricultural rate, rather than requiring them to pay the higher residential rates now under consideration. “I ask you to give us an agricultural rate. It’s essential to our survival as lemon producers,” said resident Sandra Johnson. With water rates poised to increase steeply for growers, said resident Herb Engel, “You’re going to see people abandon their groves and dead trees all over the place. I don’t think that’s what you want.” Only about 150 of the district’s approximately 6,500 customers are classified as agricultural users, and their total annual water usage is about 300 acre-feet, compared with the district’s total water sales this year of 11,200 acre-feet, wrote district spokeswoman Jessica Parks in an email. During a current cost of service study that is near completion, the district considered adding an agricultural rate, “but it was determined that there is not sufficient justification at this time to create a separate (agricultural) classification based on current State law and Cost of Service principles,” Parks wrote. A now-expired program offered by the Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s water wholesalers, allowed farmers to purchase water at a lower rate, with the proviso that they would be the first to face cuts during a water shortage, Parks wrote.

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“heart was pounding.” R. Roger Rowe School has always been a big supporter of Kids’ News Day and of Rady. For the past seven years, Rowe third-graders have been a part of Rady Children’s Miracle Makers fundraising efforts and donated thousands of dollars’ worth of books, games and art supplies for children receiving cancer treatment in the Acute Care Pavilion. “Rady Children’s Hospital has a special place in our students’, parents’, teachers’ and administrators’ hearts. Rady has treated many of our students for illnesses and broken bones,” said librarian Stacey Halboth. This year, parent Liz Seltzer brought the Captain True-Heart essay contest to the school. The superhero is in reference to Rady being one of the few hospitals nationwide that performs pediatric heart transplants. Reynolds said that they received hundreds of entries — kids in grades kindergarten through second grade drew pictures, and students in grades third through fifth wrote essays about Captain True-Heart. Kate’s drawing showed Captain True-Heart flying through the clouds, her ponytail and cape fluttering in the wind, showering purple hearts down on the city. Kate’s caption read: “Her heart grows bigger every time she saves someone.” For being the teacher of the winning student, teacher Jessica Henke also received an iPad Mini.


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campus, and 80 percent of members voted against having a facility on top of the club’s current footprint. “The members have spoken loudly … it really compromises this campus,” Mulholland said. “(The subcommittee) was never offered any other site alternatives … From the get-go, this subcommittee was solely focused on pushing (the Covenant Club) into a space that we know really has not worked for a large portion of people who are currently using it.” Mulholland stressed that she is not anti-Covenant Club, and that she would love to see these facilities in the community; but she believes the committee is backing a plan that does not respect the history of the Covenant or the members of the golf and tennis clubs. Chair Jerry Yahr pointed to the results of the November 2014 Association vote, in which 762 people voted in favor of studying the site as a location for a fitness facility, which is what they have been tasked to do. “There will always be differing opinions and we respect that, and ultimately the community will get a chance to vote when the whole analysis is done,” Yahr said. “This committee is trying to do its best job to deliver the best site plan for this location.” At the Oct. 13 meeting, the design committee first took a vote on the location of the facility, whether it was autonomous from the golf and tennis clubs or located between the two sites. Seven favored the location between the clubs, two favored a separate site and two subcommittee members did not vote. The committee also reviewed the results of a parking study, conducted over six weeks in July and August, which included the high-demand weekend of the Clambake Tournament. “Parking is a big challenge for us, even

KAABOO far away as Carmel Valley and Del Mar Heights, she said. “We’re working with the team to reduce those noise impacts for future years,” she said. All outdoor music and amplified sound ended promptly at 10 p.m., and that will continue next year. In addition, the festival’s organizers will increase sound monitoring equipment, analyze stage locations and install more sound “blocking and diffusing elements,” in order to decrease the number of noise complaints, Coleman said. Next year’s festival is planned for Sept. 16-18, and organizers, although pleased with the first-year attendance, expect more people to turn out in 2016, Coleman said. She added that they will be prepared to deal with the traffic and security issues that come with larger crowds. While some nearby residents may not have liked the sounds emanating from the fairgrounds, the event was a big hit with local businesses. Representatives of two Del Mar hotels told the 22nd DAA board Tuesday that the event boosted revenues during what is normally a slow month, and they want the event to come back. “We’re excited about the future, we’re excited about next year. We see nothing but upside for the community,” said Bob Harter, director of sales and marketing for L’Auberge Del Mar. According to Coleman, the average age of attendees was 38, and average household

now,” said resident and golf club member Vearl Smith, who shared concerns about what would happen if the golf club membership were to grow. “I’m here a lot more than I should be, and I find it very difficult during the day to find a parking space.” According to the study, during the highest demand time 164 of the 200 parking stalls were filled, or 82 percent of the lot. On non-tournament days, the average peak demand was 123 spaces filled. At the peak day time, 88 to 192 stalls were filled; and at the non-peak daytime, 78 to 124 stalls were filled. “Even at what we’ve found to be the peak, we’ve never hit 200 stalls filled,” Yahr said. Based on the study by the KOA parking consultant, an additional 85 spaces will be needed to serve all three clubs. A minimum of 285 spaces would be required, but in the chosen program, 300 spaces is the target. In selecting the design program, the subcommittee had looked at a range of options over the past few months, including a 16,400-square-foot facility that would require six new tennis courts, but all 12 would be maintained to avoid disruption. The ultimate decision was a hybrid of two different options — featuring the slightly reduced footprint of 12,200 square feet, combined pools that still maintained a separate lap pool area for adults (a minimum of four lanes) and a resort pool and an adequate buffer to alleviate noise concerns between the pool and neighboring tennis court. As Yahr noted, the community will have ample opportunities to discuss the financing and other input at future meetings before the decision to build the club goes out to a community-wide vote in 2016.

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income was above $100,000. The composition of the audience was 43 percent male and 57 percent female, according to her presentation. The event generated an estimated $218,000 in sales tax on merchandise, food, beverages and vending, while local hotels were sold out for the weekend, generating transient occupancy tax of more than $65,000, Coleman reported. A report on the 22nd DAA board agenda said Kaaboo received favorable reports from the Sheriff’s Department and there were no security or traffic issues. Among the festival’s attractions were a Sunset Cliffs stage, which included a beach, boardwalk, volleyball court, swimming pool, cabanas, beach chairs and “elegant, air-conditioned portable restrooms,” said the report. The festival also included an art show, premier wine tasting, gourmet food and vendors. Fennell said the 22nd DAA will net between $800,000 and $900,000 from the event, including rent, parking fees and other sources of revenue. Among the issues raised by board members was that people who called to complain during the event were only able to leave a voice-mail message. While Coleman said festival staff returned all calls by the next day, director Russ Penniman said it would be better to have the calls answered by live staff. “Somebody needs to actually be there. People get frustrated when they hear the machine,” Penniman said.



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October 22, 2015

Section B

Breeder’s Cup preview on tap at 2015 Del Mar fall season BY KELLEY CARLSON “The best is yet to come.” The slogan of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is particularly meaningful to the Del Mar racetrack this fall, with preparations already under way to host the event in 2017. During the upcoming “Bing Crosby Season” — set for Oct. 29 through Nov. 29 — the seaside oval will give patrons a preview of sorts, as it will simulcast the Breeders’ Cup races live from Keene- Left: The Wienerschnitzel Wiener San Diego Finals — held annually at the Del Mar racetrack — is set for Nov. 8. Right: Del Mar’s “Bing Crosby land racetrack in Lexington, Season” meet runs from Oct. 29-Nov. 29. Photos by Kelley Carlson Ky., during its opening weekSign-ups for the contest will be ternational brews and a dozen ciders. end. held between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Five 7-ounce samples will cost $20. PreDEL MAR RACETRACK 2015 FALL SEASON In between the championship racthe Plaza de Mexico, just inside the sale admission and beer tasting is avail• Dates: Oct. 29-Nov. 29 es — which will be shown on the big Stretch Run admission gates. All en- able for $22 (regularly $26); tickets can • Location: Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Bouvideo boards and small screens — live trants will receive two free admission be purchased at www.dmtc.com. levard racing action will be taking place on About 30 minutes after the last passes to be used during the Bing Crosthe Del Mar dirt and turf surfaces, “so • First post: 12:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; race on Nov. 28, Sublime with Rome by Season. there will be lots of excitement going 12:45 p.m. Breeders’ Cup Days (Oct. 30-31); 11 a.m. The day’s featured race will be the will perform on the Seaside Stage. As on,” said Chris Bahr, director of events Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) 7-furlong, $200,000 Golden State Juve- with the summer concerts, fall perforand promotions. nile Fillies for 2-year-old California- mances are free with racetrack admis• Admission: $6 (Stretch Run and Clubhouse); free Among the highlights is a possible sion, or $20 after the last race, and are breds. for ages 17 and younger showdown in the $5 million Breeders’ restricted to patrons ages 18 and older. • Parking: $10 general, $20 valet Cup Classic between two of Del Mar’s The wieners return summer residents: Triple Crown win• Information: 858-755-1141, dmtc.com, delmar On Nov. 8, the fastest wiener dogs Fan fare ner American Pharoah and Pacific scene.com in the county will compete in the WieIn addition to the Thanksgiving Classic heroine Beholder. nerschnitzel Wiener San Diego Finals. Brunch, Del Mar has several feast opGates will open at the special Sixteen canines will compete in two tions for foodies. times of 9 a.m. Oct. 30 and 7:30 a.m. semifinal races, and face off in a final On Sundays, there’s the high-end ing on a Sunday, Del Mar will again present Paddock FootOct. 31 to allow simulcast wagering match. The winner of the competition Bing + Bubbles + Brunch by celebrity ball Lounges, where fans can cheer on their favorite teams that starts with the first race at Keenelwill advance to the National Finals, Chef Brian Malarkey. For $100, enjoy in the 17 Hands Pub, Paddock Tavern and Ballast Point Jockand. held Dec. 30 during the Port of San Di- Turf Club admission and a table for the ey Box, while enjoying food and beverage specials. Handicappers also can participate ego Holiday Bowl Parade in downtown day, along with an appetizer, entrée, in the $800,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting San Diego. dessert and “bottomless” mimosas or Warm fuzzies Challenge, with a $10,000 buy-in. To This fall, Del Mar’s giveaway item will be a black fleece Chandon. register, go to Breederscup.com/bcbc. Also returning to Del Mar is the pullover, with the black-and-gold Bing Crosby Season logo A ‘full’ holiday weekend on tap Meanwhile, the remainder of Del Del Mar will celebrate the four-day Gourmet Food Truck Festival, set for on the front. It’s free with paid admission on Nov. 14. Mar’s five-week meet will build upon Thanksgiving weekend with a number Nov. 7. About 40 trucks from San Dithe success of fall 2014. of events, starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 26 ego, Orange and L.A. counties are ex- Fall favorites “Last year, we were pleasantly surContinuing with Del Mar tradition, visitors can eat with the annual Family Mile Fun Run, pected to be on site, offering eclectic prised — we didn’t know what to exbreakfast and drink coffee while observing workouts during which benefits the Helen Woodward eats. pect,” Bahr said. “We had a fabulous Daybreak at Del Mar, held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. ForAnimal Center. Participants — likely to meet. It had more of a locals vibe — it mer jockey Jeff Bloom will answer questions and provide beinclude several jockeys — will “break” Hey mon, game on was very exciting, but people still had a from the starting gate and run one lap Nov. 21 will be College Day at Del hind-the-scenes info. The event is free, although there is a bit of elbow room. We will try to roll around the racetrack. After runners Mar. Admission is free for students $10 parking fee. However, patrons who spend $25 or more back just like that again (this season).” cross the finish line, they can pose for with a valid I.D., and they can partake on breakfast will have the parking fee deducted from their The meet has been expanded from photos in the winner’s circle. Helen in activities such as Hippity Hop Derby tab. 15 to 20 days, with several graded And those who have a desire to “Sing With Bing” — in Woodward will then hold a “Puppy match races, tailgate games, televised stakes scheduled. In keeping with the Races Rescue Run” and offer pets for college football action and a best which a guest croons “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” beBing Crosby theme, many of the feafore the sixth race each race day — can e-mail singwithadoption. Event registration for those dressed contest. tured races are named for celebrities of who pay by Nov. 11 is $20 for ages 16 Meanwhile, reggae music will be bing@dmtc.com. yesteryear, including Bob Hope, Jimmy and older and $10 for ages 4 to 15. The played throughout the day, and culmiDurante, Betty Grable, Desi Arnaz, cost includes track admission, a fun nate with performances by Hours East- “Tri”s and tips Cary Grant, Cecil B. DeMille, Kathryn For the first time in California, there will be a new 50run T-shirt, games, arts and crafts, and ly and Iration after the final race of the Crosby (wife of Bing Crosby) and the cent trifecta, or “Tri,” bet. To collect the winnings, bettors face painting. Register at delmarfun day, at 4:30 p.m. famous racehorse Seabiscuit. must select the first three finishers in a race in order. The run.webconnex.com/register2015. wager can be made on every race on the card. To allow people to reach their des- Sundays: Free & Football Opening Day Also, on weekends, the seaside oval will have a Pick Six tinations in time for Thanksgiving dinFree & Easy Fridays have moved to Once again, the Hollywood Fashner, Del Mar will begin its races early, Sundays for this year’s Bing Crosby with a guaranteed pool of $100,000 (minimum $2 bet) and ion Contest will take center stage when at 11 a.m. Patrons who prefer to dine meet. “Since it will be the weekend, we a Pick Four with a guaranteed pool of $400,000 (minimum the track opens Oct. 29. Contestants at the track can enjoy a special three- feel that more people will take advan- 50-cent wager). will vie for $3,000 in prizes in the cateSeasoned (or ambitious) horseplayers can participate in course brunch with bottomless mimo- tage of the special promotion,” Bahr gories of Best Celebrity Look-alike or the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge on Nov. 14-15. There sas or champagne in the Turf Club for explained. Famous Character, Best Dressed Couple $100 per person. Available for Diamond Club mem- is a $4,000 buy-in, with $3,000 designated for a personal live or Debonaire Man; and Most GlamorThe biggest race day of the meet bers, the promotion includes free bankroll and $1,000 to the prize pool. All of the prize pool ous. will be Nov. 28, with three stakes races Stretch Run admission, program and a will be distributed back to the players; the top five finishers The winner in each category will on the card. The highlight will be the seat, along with half-price domestic will qualify for the National Handicapping Championship receive $300; the runner-up will win Grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby, drafts, sodas and hot dogs. People can in January in Las Vegas. Contact Bahr at 858-792-4294 or $200; and third place will net $100. won by last year’s Kentucky Derby and sign up for the free Diamond Club at a chris@dmtc.com. The Bing Crosby Grand Prize — awardPreakness Stakes winner, California booth before entering the Stretch Run ed to the overall contest winner — is a Those who would rather rely on the experts for advice Chrome, en route to his Horse of the admission gates or through the Del two-night stay at L’Auberge Del Mar in Year championship. Mar Mobile App. Membership also en- can attend handicapping seminars at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays a Coastal Room, along with dinner for Meanwhile, in the Seaside Concert ables patrons to receive 50 percent off and Sundays in the Seaside Terrace. There are also Newcomtwo at Kitchen 1540 and breakfast for ers’ Seminars an hour before the first race, which are held area, there will be a Craft Beer & Cider entry on other days. two at Coastline. The package is valued Fest with more than 100 local and inTo add further incentive for visit- each race day in the Plaza de Mexico. at $1,300.





‘End of the Rainbow’ promises sincere, sober look at Garland late in career

La Jolla Cultural Partners

BY DIANE Y. WELCH Intrepid Theatre Co. of Encinitas recently announced its next presentation for Season Six, a San Diego premiere of Peter Quilter’s “End of the Rainbow.” The production will be staged at the Lyceum Space Theatre in Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego, opening Nov. 1, running through Nov. 29. An Olivier Award and Tony Award nominee, “End of the Rainbow” is a musical drama based on iconic star Judy Garland’s comeback concerts in Christmas 1968 that portrays the singer/actress as she struggles to rekindle her career after failed marriages, suicide attempts and addiction. The comedic drama features an ensemble of Garland’s famed hit songs and displays both the glamour and the melancholy of stardom. Acclaimed international actress Eileen Bowman — recent recipient of the Craig Noel Award for playing Adelaide in Lamb’s Players’ “Guys and Dolls” — performs the lead role of Garland. In the show, Garland is 46, and with the most recent love-of-her-life, Mickey Deans, at her side, she attempts to recapture her youthful magic and find lasting happiness. “It’s very exciting to be playing Garland,” said Bowman. “I’ve never played anyone who has actually existed,” she added. “It’s a daunting task, you want to get it right.” Bowman has an “uncanny ability to capture the humor, beauty and reckless nature of this infamous silver screen icon,” said Intrepid’s artistic director, Christy YaelCox.

Fascinated with Garland as a child, Bowman watched her in “The Harvey Girls” and “Meet Me in St. Louis” and was so intrigued with the star that she did a book report in grade school based on Garland’s biography. “I remember thinking her life was so traumatic, even back then, and that no one should have to go through what she went through,” said Bowman about the abuse that Garland suffered as a product of the film industry. As an actress, Bowman feels that vulnerable pain. “We’ve been doing some very heavy scenes in rehearsals. You go to a place that can be very dangerous, so you have to know when to pull out.” There is also a depth of despair in the character. “To play that, I really have to navigate myself to a safe place to protect myself,” Bowman stressed. The show hits highs and lows emotionally. “Judy Garland was hysterically funny and had a cutting sense of humor,” said Bowman. “But when she got drunk or got high on something, that sense of humor would cut right to the bone.” In the show, Garland is depicted with the duality of her inner child contrasting with her professional persona. “So we see her humor, but also witness her awful, awful potty mouth. She cursed like a sailor, but that’s who she was,” said Bowman, who commented that the challenging role will be a pivotal one. “I feel like I’m growing up playing this role,” she added. Yael-Cox’s approach to the show is one of subtlety; her direction as a woman brings a sensitivity to the role of Garland by peel-

are going through,” Bowman said. Founded in 2009, Intrepid has become an integral part of the city of Encinitas, where the company is working in conjunction with the city to build its first permanent theater home. It is the winner of the 2014 Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theatre Company and the Craig Noel Awards for Outstanding Dramatic Production. Visit www.intrepidtheatre.org http://www.intrepidTHEATRE.ORG for ticket information and show line-ups. Or call 888-71-TICKETS or 760-295-7541.

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Restaurateur Gruber living the ‘Americana’ dream in Del Mar • Plans include opening an ice cream bar on same street BY KRISTINA HOUCK Americana Restaurant has been serving American classics in Del Mar for 15 years. The eatery, which offers Mediterranean-influenced American food, first opened in October 2000. “It’s a nice accomplishment,” said Americana chef and owner Randy Gruber. “I’ve worked hard and I try to make people happy.” Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Americana features American classics, from tasty cheeseburgers to warm apple pie. The breakfast menu features omelets, pancakes, French toast, waffles and more. Lunch offerings include salads, sandwiches and burgers, and dinner selections range from fish to flatbreads. Above, Randy Gruber; right, the bar area of Always adding to the menu, Americana also Americana in Del Mar. “Food is like fashion,” offers a variety of specials that end up on the Gruber says. “It’s always changing. ... You have menu if they do well. to keep evolving with the times.” Photos by The Roman Breakfast is a popular dish that started off as a special. The item includes two fried Kristina Houck eggs, prosciutto, tomato, burrata cheese and fresh basil served on an English muffin and with baby greens. Tulane University in New Orleans. After college, he worked in real estate, but on the weekGruber also likes to experiment with the latest trends. “I try to stay current,” he said. “When kale and quinoa became mainstream, we made ends, he worked in his dad’s restaurant. That’s how he discovered his dream. sure that we had that on the menu.” “I didn’t like real estate very much,” Gruber recalled. “I liked working weekends in my Casey’s Call is now one of the most popular breakfast dishes. The item comes with poached eggs, spinach, goat cheese, quinoa and potatoes on toasted Tuscan bread. Ameri- dad’s restaurant. I decided that’s what I was going to do.” Gruber went on to study at the French Culinary Institute, now called the International cana’s mixology cocktails have also become fan favorites. “Food is like fashion,” Gruber said. “It’s always changing. Things that were in style Culinary Center, in New York City. He later worked for notable chef Lydia Shire at Biba in Boston and managed Pamplecome back in style. I think you have to be that as a restaurant. You have to keep evolving mousse Grille in Solana Beach, before he opened Americana in October 2000 at 15th Street with the times.” Good food and good service, however, never go out of style. That’s something Gruber and Camino Del Mar. “Eventually, I came across this opportunity and I was able to create this,” Gruber said. learned when he was just a boy. Originally from New York, Gruber is a fourth-generation restaurateur. See AMERICANA, page B22 Although he grew up in the restaurant business, Gruber went on to study business at



Designer’s life as colorful as her hair: Reflections from Zandra Rhodes BY MICHELE PARENTE, SPECIAL TO THE RSF REVIEW To hear her tell it, Zandra Rhodes’ life is like a bolt of plain muslin fabric — muted, ecru, oh-so-dull. Evidence to the contrary, the British-born fashion designer’s life has mirrored one of her heavily textured, ornately patterned silk kaleidoscopic prints. She is a walking explosion of Technicolor, and not just because of her bold, fuchsia bob and theatrical teal blue eye shadow. Over four decades, Rhodes’ outsized client list has included Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Ross, Freddie Mercury, Debbie Harry, Shirley Bassey, Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor; she has counted architect Frank Gehry, Diana Vreeland and Divine among her friends. One of the first designers to send clothes down the runway with slashes and safety pins, Rhodes was dubbed “The Princess of Punk,” and is credited with helping put the London fashion scene on the map. Last year, she was bestowed the title of “Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire” by Queen Elizabeth herself. Hollywood royalty. Fashion royalty. Real royalty. Very dull. Yes, insists Rhodes, now 75. The part-time Del Mar resident says she’s a homebody who likes to put a pot of soup on the stove for her friends and shops for her favorite shade of Maybelline red lipstick at the local CVS pharmacy. “I am so boring,” she said recently at her Solana Beach design studio, with no trace of false humility. To that, her assistant Sharlene Borromeo looked up from her computer screen (where she had been trading email with Brian May, of Queen, about the introduction Rhodes is writing for his upcoming book), and cocks one eyebrow. “Zandra,” she said, “is so not boring.” ‘Little village’ Rhodes, a self-described workaholic, is as active — and relevant — as ever. She just came from showing her latest collection at London Fashion Week (for the first time since 2007), to good reviews. Last week, she was in Seattle putting the finishing touches on the costumes she designed for the Seattle Opera production of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers,” which opened Saturday. And on Thursday, she will hold her annual fashion show at San Diego’s Westgate Hotel. When she’s not in London overseeing production of her custom-made garments or tending to the Fashion and Textile Museum she founded there, Rhodes lives most of the year here, by the beach, with longtime partner Salah Hassanein, 94, a former president of Warner Brothers. Hassanein, a native of Egypt, retired 20 years ago, decided he wanted to live by the sea in Del Mar, and persuaded Rhodes to join him.

A riot of color encircles the work, and life, of British-born designer Zandra Rhodes. Hayne Palmour IV “That’s how I wound up here,” she said. “I never knew I’d end up living in this little village. That’s what it seemed like to me when I first got here.” As she recently recounted to an audience at the Old Globe after a performance of “Full Gallop,” about Vreeland, the legendary Vogue editor, Rhodes burst onto the fashion scene in 1969 with her very first collection. Arriving in the U.S. as a textile designer “who needed to find a job,” Rhodes rang Vreeland up and won the notoriously discerning editor over. “We have to show these,” Rhodes quoted Vreeland as saying. An ensuing spread in Vogue featured famed photographer Richard Avedon behind the camera and a young Natalie Wood as the model in front of it. “There it is,” she said, pointing to a photo in the book “The Art of Zandra Rhodes” showing Wood spreading the wings See RHODES, page B22


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San Diego Symphony OPUS 2015 Gala The OPUS 2015 Gala, the San Diego Symphony’s season-opening, black-tie gala, was held Oct. 10. The evening included a cocktail hour, gala dinner and post-concert “after party,” which took place at The University Club atop Symphony Towers, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and dancing. The evening’s concert with music director Jahja Ling, the San Diego Symphony and guest pianist Yuja Wang was held downstairs from The University Club at the Jacobs Music Center. For more information on the San Diego Symphony season, visit www.sandiegosymphony.com. Photos by Vincent Andrunas. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com. P.J. Cinque (SDS bass player), Yuja Wang (guest artist; piano), Mark Mannon (SDS saxophone/clarinet player), Michael Wais (SDS bass player)

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RSF’s Art for Barks holds Paws & Paint Expo in Solana Beach Rancho Santa Fe-based animal charity Art for Barks held an event in Solana Beach on Oct. 10 to help raise awareness for adoptable animals and animal care. The Paws & Paint Expo was the first event of its kind put on by the charity, and attracted more than 100 attendees. It was held at the Solana Beach City Hall Gallery and featured an animal-themed art exhibit from nationally recognized artists, as well as adoptable dogs, pet portraits, live art instruction from Art Attack, puppetry, pet care professionals, raffle prizes and more. Major league baseball player Travis Lee was on site with his therapy dog, Bella, speaking and taking photos with the crowd. Even Bixby, who has been riding across the country to raise awareness for shelter animals stopped by for a photo op. The event was free and proceeds from raffle tickets went to benefit Art for Barks. Visit www.artforbarks.org.

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Puppy abandoned on 10th floor of Grand Davidson Communities and Thrive Animal Rescue Hyatt San Diego now ‘checked in’ at RCHS team up for dog adoption event in RSF Oct. 25 A tiny shepherd-mix puppy abandoned on the 10th floor of San Diego’s Grand Hyatt Hotel has been transferred to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) in Encinitas, where it is expected to be available for adoption in about a month. The puppy was found wandering the 10th floor of the hotel last week. When an elevator door opened, the pup tried to board. A quickthinking guest who saw that the puppy wasn’t going make it in time blocked the door to keep the pup from being crushed. Hotel officials checked with every guest on the 10th floor. None Hyatt will be put of them claimed the puppy. They nicknamed him “Hyatt Hound,” and up for adoption he stayed in an office at the Grand Hyatt for two days, giving the ownat the RCHS. er an opportunity to claim him. In a Facebook post, the Grand Hyatt stated, “Thankfully, we are a pet-friendly hotel and therefore have all the means to love and care for him while we find him a good home.” When nobody came forward, Hyatt Hound was taken to the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, then transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through the FOCAS program on Oct. 15. He is expected to remain in private foster care until he is 8 weeks old, then become available for adoption. “As close as we can tell, little Hyatt looks like he might be a German shepherd mix,” said RCHS Foster Care Coordinator Kelly Peters. “He weighs 2 1/2 pounds and appears to be between four and five weeks old. He will get a complete medical examination and he will have up-to-date vaccinations and be neutered before he is adopted. He will also have a registered microchip. That will assure that he can be identified if he ever goes wandering again.” “In spite of the circumstances, Hyatt is a lucky puppy,” said Kathy Zerkle, vice president of adoption services at RCHS. “Unfortunately, puppies get abandoned every day. This is the first time we’ve ever had a puppy abandoned on the 10th floor of luxury hotel.” For information about Hyatt puppy and other dogs, cats, and rabbits that need forever homes, or to make a donation to help pay for Hyatt’s care, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St. in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or visit www.sdpets.org.

RC Humane Society celebrates ‘second chances’ at annual gala Nov. 14 in RSF “Give. Love. Grow,” will be the theme when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) hosts its annual Celebration of Second Chances at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Premier tickets at $285 include a cocktail reception with RCHS President Jim Silveira. The reception for the $185 level begins at 5:30. All guests will be treated to dinner, drinks, entertainment, and raffle and auction items. CBS News 8 reporter Jeff Zevely and his wife, Heather, will once again host the Celebration. The evening will also feature the world premiere of the “Give. Love. Grow” video by Emmy Award-winning producer Zoya Popova. Silveira said this year’s Celebration is a step into the future for the 55-year-old animal shelter. “When Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened in 1960, this was a rural area with cows, coyotes, and crows. We still operate out of the little yellow house where it began, but today we’re surrounded by a thriving community. Rancho Coastal Humane Society is asking our supporters, friends, and neighbors to Give, Love, and Grow with us.” For tickets or information about sponsorship and donation opportunities, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St. in Encinitas, visit www.sdpets.org, call 760-7536413, or e-mail Nick Winfrey at nwinfrey@sdpets.org.

Davidson Communities is hoping to help find forever homes for a group of former shelter dogs when it teams with Thrive Animal Rescue for its first public adoption event at Enclave Rancho Santa Fe from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. Located at 7915 Silvery Moon Lane in Rancho Santa Fe, Enclave is easily accessible off Del Dios Highway by turning onto Bing Crosby Boulevard and proceeding to the private gates on the left. Because of street parking constraints, valet parking will be provided for all guests. “Davidson Communities has a long history of community service and philanthropy, and this partnership with Thrive felt like a perfect fit,” said Bill Davidson, president of Davidson Communities; a popular local homebuilder building forever homes for local families since 1978. In reaching out to Thrive Animal Rescue, Davidson learned that its biggest need, in addition to monetary donations, was reliable foster homes. “This is where we knew we could help. By connecting with past and present homeowners, we are able to network on behalf of these former shelter dogs,” added Davidson. “By creating public awareness that the shelters are filled with great dogs who’ve been abandoned for reasons having nothing to do with health or behavioral issues, we can help change the way people look for a new family dog.” The host site for the Oct. 25 adoption event, Enclave Rancho Santa Fe, is an intimate neighborhood of 13 luxury residences behind private gates with panoramic views of the golf course at The Crosby. For information on the Oct. 25 Thrive adoption event at Enclave Rancho Santa Fe, call 858-229-4972.

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THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL Shaffer Family Foundation Endowed Science Lecture Series Welcomes Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire Professor at The Scripps Research Institute Presentation: Imaging Ebola Virus at the Molecular Level: The Road Map to a Cure Dr. Saphire reveals the molecular architecture of deadly viruses such as Ebola and Lassa. By understanding how each virus assembles and replicates, scientists can discover where each virus is vulnerable and how drugs and vaccines can defeat them.

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Laughing Pony Rescue to hold Freedom Frontline hosts former first fall gala luncheon Nov. 12 United Nations spokesman at meeting Rancho Santa Fe’s Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. will hold its first gala luncheon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The event will feature a silent auction with prizes including a horse clinic valued at $500, two acupuncture sessions valued at $200 each, original art work by a local artist, one night at the West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, and many more valuable items. A live auction, moderated by auctioneer Larry Wight, offers a three-bedroom, 2 1/2bath casita for six days and five nights in Los Cabos, Mexico, including a personal chef; saddles; three days and two nights at the Lodges at Gettysburg; and original artwork, among other prizes. A special drawing for a $2,000 diamond from the Diamond Boutique will also take place. During lunch, models will stroll the tables in the latest fashions from several local boutiques, including Mila in La Jolla. These fashions and others will be available at an on-site boutique for guests’ shopping convenience. Guests can choose from Maine Lobster Salad, a Vegetable Napoleon Stack, Grilled Free Range Chicken or Grilled Flat Iron Steak. Dessert will be a French apple tart. Wine and cocktails will also be available for purchase. Everyone will leave with a swag bag. Music will be provided by Cowboy Jack, who will also MC the event. Richard Lederer, Union Tribune columnist and the most successful breeder of world-class poker players in history, will lead a poker clinic and game starting at 2 p.m. He will instruct beginners and intermediates in the fundamentals of Texas Hold’em. There’s a separate $100 buy-in for this and seating is very limited. “We’re looking forward to a fun and exciting event,” said Carol Ford of the Laughing Pony Board of Directors. “There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy. We hope the community will see and appreciate the value of Laughing Pony Rescue and join us for an afternoon of a live auction, fashion show and good food!” Tickets are available at www.universe.com/novgala at $75; poker costs an additional $100. All proceeds (after expenses) will go directly to the care of the horses at Laughing Pony. To donate to the auction, contact Maren Christensen at maren@laughingponyrescue. com. Laughing Pony Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2009 by Rancho Santa Fe resident Celia Sciacca, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, abused and abandoned horses of any breed. Visit www.laughingponyrescue.com or www.facebook.com/laughingponyrescue.

The Freedom Frontline coalition recently hosted a foreign affairs and national security discussion with the longest serving United States spokesperson to the United Nations, Richard Grenell. Radio host Mark Larson (1170 AM), emceed the local gathering, featuring Grenell, an international communications strategist and frequent contributor to the media, from Fox News and Wall Freedom Frontline’s President Ursula Kuster, Mark Street Journal to Al-Jazeera Larson and Richard Grenell. Courtesy photo and Huffington Post. Topics ranged from international politics to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. Emphasis was given to the current relationship between the U.S. and the U.N. Grenell said that America’s historic leadership role has been abdicated under the current administration, leaving a vacuum of leadership in both the U.N. and NATO. Israel has never been allowed to serve on the U.N. Security Council and has always relied on U.S. support. In an unprecedented move by the White House, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Powers was instructed to sit out Bibi Netanyahu’s recent address to the world’s body. It is also unprecedented, he said, for the U.S. president to lobby Congress via the U.N. Grenell said he believes there has been a fundamental shift in American foreign policy: concern for being liked rather than being respected on the world stage. Two examples given by Grenell: The Obama Administration didn’t address the Iran nuclear situation for more than 18 months, and communications with Soviet President Vladimir Putin have netted negative results in Syria/Middle East and appear to have ushered back a Cold War footing with Russia. According to Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador seems to care most about giving and attending the best parties. He went on to say that assessment funding based on a country’s reported GDP results in the U.S. supporting 22 percent of UN funding, while Russia and China combined represent less than 2 percent. All 193 countries of the United Nations have the same voting power: one vote. On the email issue, Grenell said he feels a Clinton indictment is inevitable. He described, as a former employee, the rigorous enforcement of State Department security protocols, which involve two separate computers — one dedicated solely to classified information — and the nightly lock-up of the secure computer’s “guts” in the combination safe provided in each office. Obviously, the former Secretary of State flouted these rules. When underlings have gone to jail for far less, including Gen. David Petraeus, said Grenell, it’s hard to believe she has done nothing wrong. Visit www.freedomfrontline.com. — Submitted press release





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La Jolla, October 24, 2015 - Madison Gallery is pleased to present Vasana, a new collection of monumental works by multi-disciplinary, Polish Canadian artist James Verbicky. Widely known for his mixed media works utilizing vintage paper and resin, Verbicky simultaneously exposes his artistic prowess and elevates his own preceding collage work as he projects his vision onto large scale hand-painted canvases. By aggrandizing his own work he is able to spotlight key forms and content, enveloping the viewer in an overwhelming visual field of media and color. Also on display from his sanskrit-inspired series will be new ‘Vasana’ works, orbs of mesmerizing color, and the much sought-after ‘Citta Samtana’ series. James Verbicky was born to Polish Canadian parents in Edmonton in 1973. His work was selected by the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Artes for an exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre at the Louvre in Paris, France. His work is counted in many important private, public and celebrity collections worldwide, and he exhibits internationally from Berlin to Mexico City to across the United States. He currently works by the beach in southern California, where he lives with his wife and two children. Founded in 2001, Madison Gallery is committed to representing emerging, mid-career and established international artists whom work in a range of media. Inspired by an earnest dedication and passion for art, the gallery consistently exhibits a high standard of contemporary art. Madison Gallery works closely in building private, corporate and public collections thus placing it amongst the leading contemporary galleries in California.

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The RSF Outdoors Club (ROC) spent the previous weekend at the beach for its annual Surf Camp. Courtesy photo

ROC awaits POTUS at the beach, makes its own waves instead BY LAIRD NAMATH AND JOE HAMILTON The RSF Outdoors Club (ROC) spent the previous weekend at the beach for its annual Surf Camp. Given the hot weather, the timing was perfect. The weekend was packed with the usual beach fare, but this year was special. Given the uncertainty of President Obama’s San Diego schedule, ROC prepared for POTUS. The Wagner family, confused from the outset, were Dads offer surfing tips while the kids wait to jump into under the impression that the water. Courtesy photo Friday was spelled “Fry Day,” and fried everything, whether it was food or not. They also don’t know the word “small.” This was counterbalanced by the Malters, whose schedule seemed tuned for maximum fun and minimal work, given that they would leave camp for some imaginary event, only to return at the precise moment the final dish was being washed. As a Navy SEAL stated, “Consistency is a rarity these days, and this level of exhibition cannot be coached. It is given from above.” Saturday rebounded to “Wagnerian” levels with the Jacobsens and their homemade sourdough pancakes. The carbo-loading was required, as the Golden boys got everyone ready for surfing. Noting the waves were over 8 feet, all kids were directed into the water. Most dads looked on passively, indifferent to the violent crashing of waves, surfboards, and children on the boulder-strewn beach. After being reloaded with burgers a la Sansone, sandcastle building started. As this devolved into a massive 7-foot pit, rumors spread that POTUS was near. So preparation began for the clambake. With kids assigned sous-chef duties, playing gleefully with vegetables and knives, the Barton family readied the steamer with lobster, crab, mussels and stew. While the food was steaming, the annual “Crush Their Spirits” football game commenced, the point of which is to extend the fanciful glory days of the dads. Professor Barton made his presence felt by going medieval on most kids. And as required by game rules, at least one participant was bloodied and tearful, but this injured dad salved his wounds with an elixir. However, the game will need to institute a review policy: • Can the cameraman catch touchdowns? • Is it illegal to carry an opposing player in possession of the football into his own endzone? How is that scored? Safety, a touchdown? Retiring to the clambake, and anticipating POTUS, pound after pound of lobster and crab were demolished before ending the evening with a Scary Story contest. The lazy Sunday morning was interrupted by the Brandrups celebrating Leif Ericson Day by stuffing us with 60 eggs and assorted meats. With POTUS a no-show, ROC slowly left the idyllic beach for the boiling hinterlands of RSF. Note: The Slosar family was also in attendance, but did nothing worth reporting and added little value to the event.

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The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club hosted Congressional candidate Douglas Applegate and Assembly candidate Eve Simmons at an event held Oct. 8 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Doug Applegate will challenge Republican incumbent Darrell Issa. The 49th District runs from Del Mar to San Juan Capistrano and includes Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, and Camp Pendleton. Eve Simmons is seeking the Assembly seat now held by Republican Rocky Chavez. The 76th District reaches from Encinitas to Camp Pendleton and includes Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista. For more information, visit www.rsfdem. Bob Jellison, Ricardo and Deanneka Flores, Encinitas City Councilmember Lisa Shaffer, Walter Carlin org. Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com.

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Jewish Learning Institute offers course on spiritual side of existence Some questions are universal to the human experience. Is there life after death? What happens to the soul after we die? What is it like for those who have traveled over to the Great Beyond? These are but a few of the questions addressed in the newest course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). Beginning Oct. 26, JLI will present “The Journey of the Soul,” the institute’s new six-session fall 2015 course. Rabbi Levi Raskin of the Chabad Jewish Center of RSF will conduct the six-course sessions at 7 p.m. Mondays. “There’s a significant amount of confusion in the Jewish community about what happens to us when we die,” said Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, the lead editor for the course from JLI’s headquarters in New York. “Many ideas that originate in other religions and belief systems have been popularized in the media and are taken for granted by unassuming Jews. In ‘Journey of the Soul,’ we clear up these miscon-

ceptions and introduce an authentically Jewish approach which is both surprising and refreshing.” “Journey of the Soul” provides spiritual insight into the soul’s journey through life, death, and beyond, as well as ancient Jewish wisdom that sheds light on the philosophical, emotional, and practical aspects of coping with death and mourning. “Science knows very little about the soul and what happens to it post-mortem,” said Rabbi Levi Raskin, the local JLI instructor in Rancho Santa Fe. “It’s about what is truly valuable and meaningful in life, which is relevant to everyone, and many in RSF have expressed their curiosity to learn about the topic, so we’re expecting a good turnout.” Professor Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College who co-wrote the book “The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life,” commented: “This course strikes me as a very fine juxtaposition of ancient theological wisdom with

contemporary empirical science. My sense is that this will be an interesting and rewarding educational and personal experience.” The course is being offered in joint sponsorship with the Washington School of Psychiatry, enabling medical and mental health professionals to earn up to 7.5 AMA, APA, CBBS, and ASWB continuing education credits for their participation. Like all previous JLI programs, “Journey of the Soul” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Register to 858-756-7571 or www.jewishRSF.com.



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FROM LJS&C REPORTS The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) will present the first concert of its 61st season, “Soundscape San Diego: Exploration and Remembrance,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego. The musical program will offer works by Brahms, Varèse, and the regional premiere of John Luther Adams’ “Become Ocean,” winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. “As I devised the programs for this season, I thought about the notion of exploration and considered our home, San Diego, a vibrant and complex city where exploration across a spectrum of technology, business and art is our daily business,” said Music Director Steven Schick. “I also thought about our perch at the edge of the continent and how the sea has been a highway for exploration throughout history. “I also thought about San Diego as a military town. That’s where remembrance comes in, as we’ll hear later in the season with works by Copland and Bartòk, written at the end of WW II, now exactly 70 years ago, that help us honor that and celebrate the men and women of the greatest generation.” The season opener begins with Edgard Varèse’s short and wry commentary on orchestras and audiences, “Tuning Up.” This “un-music” before the concert start fascinated Varèse, and by adding a few of his typical touches — marching percussion figures and the inevitably low siren — he created a whimsical and perfect overture to a symphonic concert. Next, pianist and UCSD Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis will perform Johannes Brahms’ massive Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Brahms combines piano with orchestra as equal partners in this work, leading some to refer to it as a symphonic-concerto. “Become Ocean” was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and first performed in 2013. The single-movement work was inspired by the oceans of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, where John Luther Adams lived for three decades before moving to New York City. In its 45 minutes, the work does one thing: It generates waves. Three groups of instruments — winds, brass and strings, each with a percussion instrument or piano activating surface rhythms — get louder and then softer in the inexorable patterns of surf that we on the coast know so well. The single moment in the piece in which all three waves culminate at the same time is magisterial and titanic. Adams will attend the concert weekend. The conductor offers a pre-concert lecture one hour before the show. Concert tickets are $15-$29 at 858-534-4637 or lajollasymphony.com. Parking is free.

BY JEANNE FERRIS After five days of screenings and VIP parties, the San Diego Film Festival announced the Jury award winners which is judged by the industry: • Best Feature: “Diablo” • Best Documentary: “India’s Daughter” • Best International: “Victoria” • Best Family: Operation: “Neighborhood Watch!” • Best Military: “No Greater Love” • Best Short: “Sub Rosa” • Best Animation: “Soar” • Kumeyaay Award: “For Blood” • Chairman’s Award: “Kidnap Capital” “For me, the highlight of the festival was the Variety’s Night of the Stars Tribute,” said Tonya Mantooth, director of programming, SDFF. “While everyone is on the red carpet or at the Chairman’s Reception, I’m running final rehearsals and editing the show script. The one thing I try to do is create an awards show that is entertaining and intimate. And there was an intimacy to the evening that was magical. The message that came back to me was that each of the honorees thoroughly enjoyed the evening.” Adrien Brody (Cinema Vanguard Award), Geena Davis (Reframed Humanitarian Award, for an individual who dedicates time and efforts to fighting for equality and against intolerance through the use of film), Brit Marling (Auteur Award, the ability to give a film his/her personal stamp regardless of the author), John Boyega (Rising Star Award) and Jack Robbins (Chris Brinker Award, given to a director not afraid to push the envelope in cinema) were all in attendance to receive their awards at the Tribute, which was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. The Audience Choice is voted on by attending film enthusiasts: • Best Feature: “Moments of Clarity” • Best Documentary: “Return to Dak To” • Best Short: “Gunfighter” • Best Studio: “He Named Me Malala” The Chairman’s Award was recently established to cele-

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Enjoy special Halloween event/Trick-or-Treat fun at Solana Beach Towne Centre and Lomas Santa Fe Plaza Breeze in for spooktacular Halloween fun Oct. 30 from 3-5 p.m. at Solana Beach Towne Centre (west of I-5 on Lomas Santa Fe Drive) and Lomas Santa Fe Plaza (east of I-5 on Lomas Santa Fe Drive). Dressed in costumes, children 12 and under are invited to trick or treat at participating stores during this free community event. The event will also feature music, balloons, treats, treat bags and more. Bring canned food to support the San Diego Food Bank. Visit www.SolanaBeachTowneCentre.com and www.LomasSantaFePlaza.com.

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of a yellow felt butterfly coat. “Here’s one based on that,” she said, pulling a recent baby blue version off a crowded rack in her studio. “I do new things, and I go back and visit the old.” She turns to a page in the book, “Zandra Rhodes, A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles,” displaying Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, draped in a voluminous, white pleated cape dress. “It might be the one outfit that crystallized who Freddie Mercury was — much more than that vest from The Village People,” she said, with a slight sniff. Another dishy aside: “That safety-pin dress by Versace (famously worn by Elizabeth Hurley)? It was just like a dress I had made years before.” Though she hasn’t seen Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld since the funeral of Princess Diana (“Who has time to go to Paris?”), she calls him a friend and considers him one of the great fashion talents working today. Ditto Parisian haute couturier Jean Paul Gaultier. “He’s amazing, but he doesn’t get the P.R. he should. It could be he doesn’t pay for (magazine) ads,” she said. “It’s all gotten so commercial,” Rhodes said of the current fashion industry. “There’s a entire block in Tokyo with nothing but stores selling Michael Kors bags. How many Michael Kors handbags do you need?”

‘Just a few friends’ Rhodes thinks her hair color is why she was chosen to create Mercury’s white cape in the ’70s. “When you have pink hair, everybody thinks you’re hip. I didn’t even know what kind of music he played,” she laughed. Like an evolving rainbow, her hair has been blue, pink, green, red, pink blue, and back to pink, where it’ll stay. “Now that I’m gray.” Not everyone thinks a 75-year-old woman with pink hair is hip. One of Rhodes’ longtime friends, Joan Agajanian Quinn, former West Coast editor for Andy Warhol’s Interview, said the shocking hue causes people to underestimate Rhodes. “People look at her and think she’s this punk princess, but she’s very conservative, in the way she thinks,” Quinn said. “She doesn’t advertise it, she lives it. ... “I come from a pretty politically conservative background, and people would always wonder how I could have a friend like that— until they’d meet her, and then they’d want to be her friend.” Quinn and La Jolla food writer (and Union-Tribune contributor) Jeanne Jones described Rhodes as loyal, supportive, and one of the least pretentious people they know. “She’s an amazing friend. Even with all the international accolades she’s had, she is totally unaffected by them, which is just awesome,” Jones said. “She is so trustworthy,” Jones added. “There are just some people that if you’re in a pinch, they’d do anything to help you and would never repeat something you’ve told them.” Her friends described her as a funny raconteur, quick with a quip or a well-woven tale. “And you know, honey, she’s very, very smart,” Jones said. “You know all of the jokes about the dumb blonde? Well, with that hair, everybody thinks you’re a bit of a ditz, and because of that she probably gets away with a lot of things.” Jones met Rhodes about 30 years ago in the London shop the designer used to have there. (Rhodes said allowing her shop to close because she was too busy traveling is her life’s one regret.) Jones bought the first of her 20 Zandra Rhodes pieces, a yellow and gray sari dress, and the two became fast friends. Years later, in San Diego, Rhodes invited Jones over for dinner. The invitation was woven with a British penchant for understatement. She made it sound like it would be, well, a little dull. “She said, ‘Why don’t you come around for dinner. I’ll just have a few friends and I’ll do dinner and I’ll do all the cooking.’ And here she is, by god, doing the dinner. She’s the chef and the hostess. And, oh honey, that little party had 40 people there,” Jones remembered. “Forty of the most interesting people, fabulous people, designers, artists. ... Even the designer who did Diana’s wedding dress. That’s her.”


Taylor Morrison opens new luxury townhomes in the heart of Carlsbad Life in San Diego just got more exciting as Taylor Morrison, a leading national homebuilder and developer, recently celebrated the grand opening of Seagrove, an intimate community of modern townhomes just a quarter mile from the beautiful beaches of Carlsbad. Seagrove offers the unique opportunity for townhome living in the center of it all, where options for entertainment in Carlsbad are bountiful, including boutique shopping, local restaurants and the sea just a short walk away. “Imagine being able to step out of your front door and experience all the spectacular qualities that make San Diego one of the most desirable cities to call home,” said Phil Bodem, president of Taylor Morrison’s Southern California division. “An excellent location and luxury design is what makes Seagrove a standout community.” Residents of Seagrove will have easy access to charming shops, restaurants and entertainment venues at Carlsbad Village, where they’ll be able to walk to the weekly State Street Farmers Market for fresh produce and enjoy live music during Friday Night Live. When the ocean calls, sand, surf and sunny stretches of golden beaches are just a quarter of a mile from Seagrove. Seagrove offers access to award-winning schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District, including Buena Vista Elementary, Valley Middle School and Carlsbad High School. A variety of three-story floor plans will be available at Seagrove featuring two bedrooms, separate office or studio spaces, two-car garages, stylish kitchens, dining and living areas, tucked-away master retreats and options for outdoor living, including private rooftop decks and large balconies. Homebuyers will have to act fast at Seagrove, as only 47 townhomes will be available ranging in size from 851 square feet to 2,364 square feet. Prices start in the mid $900,000s. For more information on Seagrove, please visit http://www.taylormorrison.com/. For more information about Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes, please visit www.taylormorrison.com or www.darlinghomes.com.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Concierge Program elevates client moving experience with Updater Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently enhanced the Southern California Concierge program for all buyer, seller and rental clients with the addition of Updater, a complimentary guided web application that streamlines details associated with the moving process. “We’ve always been committed to delivering excellent service by going above and beyond for our clients,” said Teresa Howe, Southwest Service Center Regional Vice President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Southern California. “Our partnership with Updater, in addition to our new website www.conciergeservice.com, is an obvious reinforcement of that commitment, with the added benefit of actually simplifying one of the most stressful parts of a real estate transaction — the move.” When a buyer, seller or renter works with a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage independent sales associate, they receive free access to Updater’s suite of services prior to their move. Updater saves clients hours on moving-related tasks, including: • Filing a change of address form to forward mail • Comparing and connecting home services such as cable, Internet, water and natural gas • Searching a database of more than 15,000 businesses and organizations to notify applicable companies of a new address • Saving money with moving-related discounts through the Coldwell Banker Concierge program • Creating personalized moving announcements to share with friends and family via social media, including a Google Map to the location of the new home “After witnessing incredible success throughout the Eastern Seaboard, Southern California is the eighth Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage region to enhance their Concierge program with our technology,” said Updater founder and CEO David Greenberg. “The past success and expansion of our partnership serve to further validate the need for a simplified and improved moving experience across the country.” Visit www.updater.com for more information.

Surfing Madonna Low Tide Beach Run steps off Oct. 24 in Encinitas The third annual Surfing Madonna Low Tide Beach Run will take off on Oct. 24, featuring a 5K, 10K and a 10-mile race at Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach. At the largest beach run in the country, you’ll run/walk one of the top five most beautiful race courses in southern California. The entire course is on the sand at low tide. Watch the waves crash as you run/walk on the hard-packed sand. Live music, fresh fruit and your killer medal await at the finish line. Then enjoy your free beer at the Beer Garden! Barefoot runners/walkers are welcome. Compete with the elite, jog, walk or even push your stroller. Prize money totals $15,000. The Kids 1K starts at 11:45 a.m.; the 10K starts at 12:30 p.m.; the 10 Miler at 12:30 p.m.; and the 5K starts at 1 p.m. All entries include Chip Timing with instant results, finisher’s medal with magnet on the back, super Soft Race Shirt and free Beer (21+). After the race, head to El Callejon restaurant in downtown Encinitas for your free beer, drink specials and 10 percent off your entire bill. Also, tons of sponsor goodies, free race photos, free bag check-in, refreshment area with kombucha and treats, and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Machine! Visit www.surfingmadonnaRUN.org.


Willis Allen Real Estate’s Fall edition of Collection magazine now available Willis Allen Real Estate is pleased to announce the arrival of the fall issue of its exclusive signature publication, Collection. The digital version, which is featured on Willis Allen’s social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, will reach a combined audience of 33,787. The print circulation is over 100,000. Printed copies of the magazine were available in the UT San Diego (Sunday, Oct. 11), Wall Street Journal (Friday, Oct. 23), and will be in The New York Times (Sunday, Oct. 25), Premier Magazine and at each of Willis Allen’s six branch office locations. Collection is also mailed to more than 500 affiliates at Willis Allen’s global partner firms around the world, according to Marketing Director Peyton Cabano. “Collection is a showcase of San Diego’s finest properties, and this fall issue is one of our best yet,” said Cabano. “Collection is one of our most valued marketing tools, and we are excited to share this latest edition with the residents of San Diego.” Cabano adds that the magazine has an enviable reach. “Collection is distributed in more places than our top three competitors combined,” said Cabano. “That’s something that really speaks volumes to potential sellers, and is just one more way Willis Allen distinguishes itself from the competition.” Visit www.willisallen.com.

OPEN HOUSES CARMEL VALLEY $599,999 3 BR/2.5 BA $749,000 3 BR/2.5 BA $1,129,000 4 BR/3BA $1,169,000 4 BR/3 BA $1,239,000 4 BR/3 BA $1,299,000 5 BR/3BA $1,399,000 5 BR/4.5 BA $1,499,000 7 BR/5.5 BA $1,560,000 5 BR/4.5 BA $1,649,000 5 BR/4 BA $1,995,000 5 BR/4.5 BA

3927 Caminito Del Mar Surf Sat 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Erika Soares/Host: Heather Patrize/Pacific Sotheby’s 619-218-5388 12674 Carmel Country Rd, Unit 37 Sat 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker 858-395-7525 4325 Calle Mejillones Sun 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Amy Green/Host: K & D Cummins/Coastal Premier 858-755-HOME 13638 Derby Downs Ct Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker 858-395-7525 12762 Jordan Ridge Ct. Sat 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Robyn Raskind/Berkshire Hathaway 858-229-9131 4421 Ocean Valley Ln Sat 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker 858-395-7525 5015 Ashley Falls Ct Sat 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker 858-395-7525 4550 Saddle Mountain Ct Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker 858-395-7525 4996 Gunston Court Sat 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Jacques Albrecht/Realty One Group 858-581-3700 10670 Haven Brook Pl Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker 858-395-7525 13586 Penfield Pt Sat & Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker 858-395-7525 DEL MAR $1,299,000 - $1,395,000 13795 Nogales Dr Sat & Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 4 BR/3.5 BA Susan Meyers-Pyke/Coastal Premier 858-395-4068 $1,575,000 2460 Oakridge Cove Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 4 BR/2.5 BA Kerry Shine & Debbie Stranton/Berkshire Hathaway 858-382-5496 $2,795,000 2362 Lozana Road Sat & Sun 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 4 BR/4.5 BA ManaTulberg/Anderson Coastal 805-443-8898 RANCHO SANTA FE $1,149,000 16941 Simple Melody Sat & Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 4 BR/4.5 BA Danielle Short/Coldwell Banker 619-708-1500 $1,175,000 - $1,295,000 8142 Santaluz Village Green N Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 3 BR/3 BA Gloria Shepard & Kathy Lysaught/Coldwell Banker 619-417-5564 $1,376,900 7915 Silvery Moon Lane Sat & Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 4 BR/4.5 BA Petra Eigl/Davidson Communities Enclave 858-367-9600 $3,195,000 5283 Avenida Maravillas Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 7 BR/7.5 BA Janet Lawless Christ/Coldwell Banker 858-335-7700 $4,495,000 6550 Paseo Delicias Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 4 BR/4.5 BA Janet Lawless Christ/Coldwell Banker 858-335-7700 SOLANA BEACH $3,249,000 354 Glenmont Ave Sat 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 5 BR/4BA Peter Cavanagh/Coldwell Banker 858-755-0075

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Rancho Santa Fe – Covenant, New Construction 3+1BR/3.5BA | $2,750,000


Santaluz – Sentinel, 2+1BR/2.5BA | $1,695,000

Rancho Santa Fe – Covenant, 3BR/3BA | $1,595,000

Rancho Santa Fe – The Crosby, 3BR/3.5BA | $1,198,000-$1,258,000


Rancho Santa Fe – Rancho Diegueno Estates, 4+1BR/3+2BA | $2,474,999

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