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Lila Jarvis, Darcy Alvarez, Milan and Max Bregman, Charlie Johnson and Addie Flanagan enjoy the RSF Community Center’s “Moroccan Fantasy Gala” on May 17 at the RSF Community Center. Photos by Jon Clark. See inside for more photos. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com. PHOTOS/JON CLARK
Association board president addresses allegations about Osuna Adobe purchase BY KAREN BILLING Rancho Santa Fe Association Board President Philip Wilkinson addressed a “damaging” allegation made against the Association regarding the 2006 purchase of the Osuna Adobe at the May 15 board meeting. The allegations were made on an independent website and on Facebook. Documents were posted showing that the grant deed for the $12 million purchase of the Osuna property was signed on
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March 31, 2006, nearly a month before the board announced the decision to acquire the property on April 20, 2006. “I am so sick and tried of what I’ve been seeing, I can’t believe what’s going on,” Wilkinson said, noting he felt the post had political motivations relating to the upcoming election of directors. Per the documents on the websites, the notice of intent to purchase was sent to Rancho Santa Fe Association members on April 21, 2006 and members had 30 See OSUNA, page 30
BY JOE TASH An ongoing drought coupled with above-average temperatures could lead to water rationing in Southern California by 2015, an official with the San Diego County Water Authority said Thursday, May 15, in a presentation in Rancho Santa Fe. “This is a critically, critically dry year we’re experiencing now,” said Dana L. Friehauf, acting water resources manager with the County Water Authority. Friehauf spoke at the May meeting of the Santa Fe Irri-
gation District Board of Directors, an agency which provides water to residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. On top of the drought, the National Weather Service has predicted that the month of May is on pace to be the warmest since 1896. Since demand for water tends to rise with the temperature, “It doesn’t bode well for water use,” said Friehauf. “We’re really going to need to get the message out on conservation.” See WATER, page 30
‘Step-down’ housing proposed for RSF lot By KAREN BILLING New “step down” housing for Rancho Santa Fe is being proposed on the 29acre Mabee property on Calzada del Bosque and Via de la Valle. The preliminary design would consist of 46 age-restricted units and four estate lots, with a clubhouse for the units and five acres of open space with ponds, gardens and walkways. The Rancho Santa Fe
Association board looked favorably on the concept presented on May 15 by Ali Shapouri of Shapouri & Associates, representing the Mabee Trust. “There’s such a need for step-down housing in this community,” said RSF Association board member Larry Spitcaufsky. “I think it’s a wonderful project.” Longtime Covenant resSee HOUSING, page 30
Fire chief credits personnel, prevention efforts in containment of Bernardo Fire BY KRISTINA HOUCK Although a wildfire burned nearly 1,600 acres between Rancho Peñasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe last week, no homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Rancho Santa Fe Fire Chief Tony Michel credits firefighters and personnel, as well as Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s prevention efforts, for being able to successfully contain the Bernardo Fire.
“We were very, very fortunate that we did not lose any homes,” said Michel. “It was very great to see that homeowners who were directly impacted did manage their vegetation and maintain their defensive space. That helped a lot. The heroic efforts of the firefighters, and all personnel, cannot be overlooked as well.” See FIRE, page 26
Looking east from Zumaque Street toward Fairbanks Ranch on May 13. PHOTO BY BILL BONEBRAKE
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RSF Association Presidentâ€™s Corner: When is enough enough? BY PHILIP WILKINSON, RANCHO SANTA FE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT Recent campaigns in the Ranch have been filled with mudslinging, misinformation, confusion, door-to-door campaigning, campaign signs in front yards, high paid campaign consultants, FedEx deliveries, costly web sites and more; all of which are unprecedented in the Ranch ... our peaceful 11-square-mile community with 1,750 homes and 5,000 residents...that little pond with the (recently) big ripples. All this big money being spent to advance agendas, but really it is dividing the members and itâ€™s having a negative impact on our community. So what changes are this big money being spent for? Transparency? No, this is the most transparent board in history, and absent confidential employee matters or legal matters covered under the Davis Stirling Act, members get all the information. Fiscal Responsibility? No, this board, the Compensation Committee and the Finance Committee have done (and will continue to do) the most in depth operating expense analysis and implementation of cost-control measures in recent history. We have already advanced best practices and policies that will result in significant annual savings. Broadband? Maybe, we all want faster, more reliable internet service, and we need to focus on working with the various providers to make this happen. The solutions arenâ€™t cheap but it should be a priority. Health Club Facility Approval? Maybe, some voters were confused that by giving a â€œyesâ€? vote for the Garden Club purchase would mean a â€œnoâ€? vote on a potential fitness facility. That simply wasnâ€™t the case. Maybe the Garden Club property could be a potential location for a health club facility? Voter Registration Reform? Maybe, the current board has made this a priority. Weâ€™ve grown from 62 percent registered voters to 77 percent in 10 weeks but we need to find a way to improve and or simplify the process. To that end, a committee has been established to provide
ta Fe would look like without a design review process. In my opinion that would be a reckless outcome. Letâ€™s put down the checkbooks and stop all the nonsense. This is a small pond and, regardless of who gets elected on June 9, we need to work together in a respectful manner on all the issues and put your community first.
Water district board gives raise to general manager Philip Wilkinson guidance on how we should, in fact, reform the process. Interestingly, while this has been a hot topic in recent campaigns the actual interest level from the membership to participate in this committee has been disappointingly low. Covenant Design Review Committee (formerly Art Jury) Reform? Bingo! Some members are unhappy with the CDRC process and would like to see some significant changes made to the process, maybe even eliminate it. The Design Review process, which was put into place nearly 90 years ago, is to insure that the protective Covenant maintains its historic rural character. While I agree that the process can always be improved upon and simplified I cannot imagine what the Covenant of Rancho San-
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BY JOE TASH The Santa Fe Irrigation District board voted to give its general manager, Michael Bardin, a 5 percent raise at its meeting on Thursday, May 15. The increase brings Bardinâ€™s base salary to $213,140 per year. The board voted 3-1, with director John Ingalls opposed and director Andy Menshek absent. Bardin oversees operations for a 16-square-mile district that provides water to 19,400 residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. He has served in the position since 2004. Board president Michael Hogan said Bardin has done an outstanding job, managing the district through challenges including rising water costs and droughts. Hogan credited Bardin with keeping the districtâ€™s expenses in check and said that, to his knowledge, Santa Fe was the
only local water agency in San Diego County not to raise rates this year. The district has also maintained a Triple A credit rating. â€œI think heâ€™s an outstanding public agency manager who is respected throughout the county,â€? Hogan said. Hogan said the raise was the first net pay increase Bardin has received since 2008. Although he received a raise in 2012, that increase was offset by increased pension payments. Ingalls said he has consistently voted against raises for employees and managers at the district since 2012. â€œThe employees top to bottom are paid well enough and they donâ€™t need to be paid any more,â€? Ingalls said. Another reason for his vote, said Ingalls, is that Bardin has not completed one of the districtâ€™s key objectives, a new agreement with the city of San Diego over
water use and storage rights at Lake Hodges. â€œIf the most important (objective) hasnâ€™t been met, why are we giving raises?â€? Hogan said an agreement has been reached with city staff, and is awaiting approval by the San Diego City Council. The proposed agreement has exceeded the boardâ€™s expectations, Hogan said. Ingalls also said he was shocked that director Greg Gruzdowich, who often advocates for keeping district expenses down, voted for the raise. Gruzdowich said Ingalls did not attend recent closed sessions of the board, when the compensation issue was considered. While he declined to discuss those private deliberations, Gruzdowich said he believed Bardinâ€™s new compensation package was fair, based on See RAISE, page 30
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RSF Association approves Golf Club Compensation Committee bylaw change approved tree plan for front nine holes BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors approved the front nine of the RSF Golf Club’s tree management plan at its May 15 meeting, capping over a year’s worth of progress in coming up with a plan that “best serves the entire community’s interests from golf playability to the aesthetic quality of the Ranch.” The plan recommends the removal of 32 trees and the planting of 30 new replacement trees. Additionally, 10.7 acres of turf will be eliminated and replaced with native shrubs, resulting in a substantial water savings. The work is expected to begin in September with a 90- to 120-day construction process. The tree plan for holes 10 through 18 are part of phase two and are to be renovated in September 2015. The tree management and turf reduction plans for those holes will be reviewed through the same procedure in the coming months. Last year, hundreds of community members showed up to public meetings with serious concerns about the club cutting down trees. At that time, some trees had already been cut down and tentative plans for removal and re-plantings called for a net loss of 102 trees. The community asked for more input and better communication from the club. After a joint meeting with the Association and club, a committee was formed to represent various interests, such as members from the Committee on the Natural Environment (CONE) and representatives from the club’s greens committee and board of governors. The committee made great progress in
the last 18 months and the current plan is substantially better, said RSF Golf Club Manager Al Castro. “What started out as a very tenuous committee became a very cohesive and effective committee,” Castro said. “There was very much a give and take and they all felt very positive about this process.” RSF Association President Phil Wilkinson complimented director Jerry Yahr for his very hard work on the committee, representing both the board and the trails committee. Castro said the resulting tree management plan is a “living, breathing document” that will guide the club moving forward. Every aspect was considered with the trees — each individual tree from a black acacia on hole one to red ironbarks on hole nine, were given a thoughtful review and analysis by the committee with recommendations to remove or to prune and put on a watch-list. The first nine holes of the master plan were also approved by the Covenant Design Review Committee on May 6 and will now be presented to the Golf Club membership for their approval. In other Golf Club news, the Association board approved changes to the club’s bylaws to increase the total number of junior executive memberships from 20 to 30. The membership category allows members under the age of 48 to spread out their enrollment fees in installments. Castro said that in the two years since approving the membership category, they have recruited 18 junior executive members. After the members hit the age of 48, they become regular members of the club and a spot in the junior executive membership category opens up.
BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association now officially has a compensation committee to look closely into wages, salaries and benefits, and to make sure best human resources practices are in place. The board approved bylaw changes to establish a permanent compensation committee at its May 15 meeting. An ad-hoc compensation committee has been working since August 2013 to review salaries, benefits and other human resources issues. RSF Association President Philip Wilkinson said in working with a human resources consultant, they have already made changes to their vacation and sick policies that will save $1 million in the next five years. Per the compensation committee’s charter, the group will be composed of three members from the board, one of whom is the treasurer. A notice of the hearing to approve the bylaw change was sent to all Association members 15 days prior to its adoption. RSF resident David Moon said he opposed the fact that the committee would only be comprised of directors and not members of the community. He felt that residents should be given more input on decisions, such as the
manager’s salary. RSF resident Joe Murria shared a different opinion, saying that involving community members may be like opening up “Pandora’s Box.” He said the proposed committee composition, of people elected to represent the members, sounds very democratic in principle. Director and current member of the adhoc compensation committee Jerry Yahr said it is inappropriate to discuss personnel matters with the members and RSF Association treasurer Larry Spitcaufsky agreed, saying they have learned recently that employee issues are sensitive issues. RSF Association Vice President Rochelle Putnam stated that fiscal oversight is one of the core responsibilities of the board members so it is appropriate that those elected members would form the committee. At the May 15 meeting, the board also appointed members to the new ad-hoc committee on voter registration. Only two members applied to serve on the committee and were appointed: Scott DeGoler and Allen Finkelson. The board also tapped directors Craig McAllister and Rochelle Putnam to serve on the committee.
RSF Association preps for new manager search
BY KAREN BILLING The search will soon begin for a replacement for retiring RSF Association Manager Pete Smith, as the RSF Association board approved the process to recruit the best candidate at its May 15 meeting. The compensation committee will draft a job description that will be presented to the board for review and approval. That job description will be used in a request for proposal circulated to search firms that will be taxed with finding manager candidates, preferably a firm that specializes in homeowners associations. The search firm candidates will be narrowed down to between three to five search firms, and will be interviewed by the board for selection. The board will also approve and select a compensation package. Director Jerry Yahr stressed that Acting Manager Ivan Holler is a strong candidate and will be included in the manager search. The board plans to review a job description and have a list of potential search firms at its June 5 meeting.
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Retiring Rancho Santa Fe teacher reflects on a rewarding career BY KAREN BILLING This June will be R. Roger Rowe teacher Maureen Cassarino’s final curtain call, as she retires after 27 years of teaching at the school and 20 years leading the Rancho Santa Fe Children’s Theater. Cassarino has spent a total of 34 years in education, “an amazing and fabulous teacher who puts the needs of her students in front of all else,” according to the Rancho Santa Fe School District. “Working in Rancho Santa Fe has been super rewarding, I’ve had so many opportunities to grow as a teacher and working in such a collaborative community, it has been a dream job,” Cassarino said. “I feel grateful to have been here,” In her first act, Cassarino had actually envisioned a career in music and moved to New York City from Michigan to follow her dreams. Since high school, she had always enjoyed working with kids and she began teaching in private schools in New York. She discovered not only her true calling but also her husband and together they moved from New York to San Diego. In San Diego, she enrolled in the teaching certification program at San Diego State University while teaching at a parochial school, St. Martin in La Mesa. At St. Martin, she made the acquaintance of fellow teacher and future Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney. Delaney told Cassarino about a Rancho Santa Fe school that was hiring and they both applied to R. Roger Rowe School and have been at the school ever since. “Maureen Cassarino has dedicated her life to the growth and education of our students. Since arriving in Rancho Santa Fe, she has worked on many projects, programs, and served as a volleyball coach as well as leading our district in adopting the Columbia Reading and Writing Program,” said Delaney. “We wish her the best life has to offer, she will be missed and will remain in our hearts forever.” At Rowe, Cassarino has taught the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. She currently teaches eighth grade and is the literacy coach for the middle school. She wears many hats at Rowe, serving as the student
R. Roger Rowe teacher Maureen Cassarino is retiring after 27 years at the school. Photo by Karen Billing council advisor, working with the Kind to the Core student community service group, and every year she wrote a musical for the MARE (Marine Activities Resources and Education) Week program. “There have been many singing fish shows over the years,” Cassarino said. Cassarino is also the school’s go-to reading resource. She said she voraciously reads children’s literature because she always wants to be able to recommend a good book to a student. She said many children don’t like to read because they can’t find something that will capture their imagination — she loves the “magic” she can create when she knows exactly what a kid might enjoy and gets a student to enjoy reading more. In addition, she has been doing Children’s Theater for the last 20 years at the RSF Community Center, which she founded with fellow teacher Harriet Joslyn, who retired last year. They started off doing three to four shows a year, but now produce two shows a year. Because of the new MUSE program at Rowe, which targets the older age group, the Children’s Theater now caters
to the younger set of second through fourth graders and Cassarino has had a lot of fun working with the little ones. Her last show was “The Jungle Book,” which ran on May 21. As Cassarino helps out all the school’s readers, the middle schoolers and the young actors and actresses, she is well known across nearly every grade level at the school. “I feel like a rock star walking around here,” she said. Of all the grades she has taught, eighth grade is her favorite, “Part of it is that the kids are looking for truth. They know when things aren’t fair and they are looking for what’s right,” Cassarino said. “It’s a great age to offer them other ways of seeing things and broaden their perspectives.” Through the literacy program, Cassarino helps her students tackle a lot of social justice issues and through Kind to the Core, encourages them to find ways to solve problems and help others in need. “Kids are going to be leaders in the future and to make a bigger contribution, they need to learn to be empathetic with issues going on in the world,” Cassarino said. There have been many changes over the last 27 years at Rowe and in the way students learn in the classroom. One of the biggest transitions for Cassarino was in technology, as the district moved to iPads. “I was the person who said you’d never get me to give up my reading and writing notebooks,” Cassarino said. “But it’s all I do now. The world is different and you have to keep up.” At first she was scared the kids would be distracted by the technology and she couldn’t picture the success they would have on the devices. But she has been impressed with how great the iPads have been as a learning tool and the incredible access students have to information. If they don’t know something, Cassarino said the answer is always right there at their fingertips. She also loves the creative ways technology allows students to publish their work and get it out into the world, whether through e-books or movies or interactive presentaSee TEACHER, page 30
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RSF resident Pauline Foster gives $7.5 million to Cancer Care Hospital For RSF resident Pauline Foster, community philanthropist and longtime supporter of UC San Diego, giving $7.5 million in support of the new cancer care hospital at the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center is a gift from the heart — both her husband and brother died of cancer. The campus announced recently that the facility will be named “The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care,” in consideration of her charitable contribution. The donation will be combined with a one-to-one match from the Jacobs Medical Center Challenge grant, for a total of $15 million in gifts. The Jacobs Medical Center, currently under construction, is projected to open on the east campus of UC San Diego in 2016. Foster’s husband, Stanley, died of a form of multiple myeloma 13 years ago. “There was really no center to go to. You tried your luck and unfortunately his luck didn’t hold out,” Pauline Foster said. That was one of the reasons she gave for supporting the hospital for cancer care. She added, “I also lost my brother to cancer and, at the time, he needed to be in a hospital. But there weren’t any beds. So after witnessing that, I felt that the best thing I could do would be to make sure that other people had beds and had the opportunity to have the kind of care that would help, and hopefully cure them.” Encompassing three floors of Jacobs Medical Center, The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care will be home to medical staff specially trained in caring for the complex needs of patients with cancer. It will be the only inpatient facility of its kind in San Diego County, which has the fifth largest U.S. population, and where cancer is the No. 1 cause of death. With 108 dedicated beds, the hospital will double UC San Diego Health System’s capacity to treat patients with every form of malignancy. The facility will be the critical inpatient venue for the delivery of scientific discoveries and compassionate care to cancer patients and their families, and provide the community with a broad array of leading-edge treatments and dedicated world-class specialists for cancer in one place. “Thanks to Pauline Foster’s generous gift, The Pauline
and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care will offer patients hope and healing as they receive the most advanced treatment and support services,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Offering this type of state-of-the art facility to our community and beyond truly fits UC San Diego’s strategic vision.” The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care will be the needed inpatient component to complement UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, the
A rendering of The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care facility. only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in San Diego, and the capstone of the university’s cancer campus. Most cancer patients are hospitalized at some point during their cancer journey. By virtue of their close proximity, the Hospital for Cancer Care and Moores Cancer Center can seamlessly align patient care by providing a familiar and healing environment, expert physicians and staff, and personalized cancer care with a continuum of services tailored to the needs of patients and their families, including treatment, clinical trials, nutrition, family support and other outpatient programs at Moores Cancer Center. “The impact to California from Pauline’s generous gift will be transformational for San Diego and beyond,” said David Brenner, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. “Patients will have access to targeted cancer See HOSPITAL, page 30
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RSF Foundation offers funds for fire relief • Disaster Relief Fund and First Responders’ Fund In the past week, we have experienced the beginning of what is very likely to be a significant fire season in San Diego County. Many local communities were affected by last week’s fires, and we anticipate that there will be more needs in the coming months. The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is providing leadership and assistance in addressing these needs in our communities. For the 2007 fire relief, the RSF Foundation provided about $400,000 of assistance over six months after the fires. We have two funds dedicated to helping people who have suffered loss or damage to their homes in the recent fires: • Disaster Relief Fund at the RSF Foundation: All contributed funds will be distributed to those people affected by the fires who need short-term financial assistance. No fees are taken on the Disaster Relief Fund. • First Responders’ Fund: First responders sometimes suffer injuries or loss of their homes while they are fighting the fires to protect county residents. All contributed funds will be distributed to assist first responders and their families. No fees are taken on the First Responders’ Fund. The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation will accept contributions to these funds by cash, check or transfer from a donor advised fund at the RSF Foundation. Checks should be made payable to RSF Foundation (Disaster Relief Fund or First Responders’ Fund in the memo line), and sent to: PO Box 811, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067.
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Solana Santa Fe students among 2014 Student Inspiration Award recipients Once a year, Solana Beach School District staff selects students to receive the District Student Inspiration Award. Areas for selection include: “Fellowship, Courage, Self or Academic Improvement, Effort, Community Service and Leadership.” At the regular Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 22, district staff and the Board of Education will publicly recognize the following Solana Santa Fe Elementary School students for unique or exemplary achievements in their nominated category: Solana Santa Fe School Grade K: Reed Bellows (Fellowship) Grade 1: Stella Marshall (Courage) Grade 2: Yaowen “Annie” Zhang (Courage) Grade 3: Stella Mikolajewski (Fellowship) Grade 4: Emma Marshall (Fellowship) Grade 5: Joseph “Joey” Bertsch (Leadership) Grade 6: Sarah Zhang (Courage)
Solana Beach School District recognizes Solana Santa Fe volunteers At the regular Solana Beach School District Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 22, district staff and the Board of Education will publicly recognize the following Solana Santa Fe Elementary School volunteers for “their hard work, dedication, and tireless enthusiasm for enhancing the educational experience of all district students”: Solana Santa Fe School Foundation: Misty Thompson PTO: Holly Bauer
Artists sought for Athenaeum’s annual juried exhibition Local artists are invited to enter the Athenaeum’s 23rd annual Juried Exhibition, on view Aug. 2-30. The deadline for submissions is 5:30 p.m., June 18. An opening reception with the artists will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, where first, second, and third prizes will be awarded. An additional award, the Night Owls Members’ Choice Award, will be given at an event on Friday, Aug. 22. Members of the Athenaeum’s Night Owls (formerly the A List), a membership group for young art and music enthusiasts, will select their favorite piece at the event. This year’s jurors are Sally Yard, Professor of Art History, University of San Diego and Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries & Professor of Art History, University of San Diego. One of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego, selected artists will be exhibited in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery, as well as the Joseph Clayes III Gallery. Artists will be notified by phone or mail. Submission is open to all artists who live, work, or have exhibited in San Diego County, working in 2-D and 3-D media (no functional or craft art). Entry forms can be picked up at the Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. or downloaded from http://www.ljathenaeum.org/exhibitions.html For more information, call (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org
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Rowe third-graders enjoy hands-on history lesson at Osuna Adobe BY KAREN BILLING R. Roger Rowe third graders got their hands dirty on a recent field trip to Rancho Santa Fe’s Osuna Adobe, slapping a mud and hay mix into wooden forms to make their own adobe bricks. The students set each brick apart by imprinting their own handprints and initials or plunging in decorative rocks and flowers — once the bricks dried in a week or so the students would have a keepsake of their hands-on history lesson. All four third grade classes from Rowe made the quick trip over to the Osuna Adobe, one of the oldest in California, built during the 1830s. The Association purchased the property in 2006. “It’s great for the kids to be able to see an original adobe in their own community,” said teacher Janel Maud. The trip complemented what they are learning in California history this year and RSF Association Senior Planner Kirk Dakan led students on a tour of the adobe and told of the area’s heritage all the way back to the Kumeyaay Indians. This year is the second that Rowe students have come to the ranch and it is just the kind of community involvement the Association’s Osuna Committee has envisioned for the property, to “create a vibrant community resource for current and future generations.” The students received a lesson in brick-making from Mark Sauer Construction, a company that has made necessary structural repairs to the adobe over the last two years. Troy Keenan, Osuna Ranch foreman, also helped the students and reminded them that they are welcome to come to the ranch any time. “As Covenant members this belongs to you,” Keenan said. “This is a little gem in your community, come out and enjoy it.” For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com. PHOTOS BY KAREN BILLING
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Foal born at Del Mar Fairgrounds during Bernardo Fire evacuations BY KRISTINA HOUCK As a wildfire blackened nearly 1,600 acres between Rancho Peñasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe last week, new life was sparked at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. A horse gave birth to her first baby — the morning after evacuating a Rancho Santa Fe farm during the Bernardo Fire, which broke out just before 11 a.m. on May 13 in northern San Diego. “If you can imagine Rancho Santa Fe on Tuesday, this whole place was chaos,” said Chase B. Casson, who owns the 5-year-old mare named Time Given and her yet-to-benamed newborn. “But it really went extremely smoothly,” added Tish Quirk, who led the foaling process and stayed with the new mom and baby until they returned home in the late evening on May 16. Time Given was the last of roughly 40 horses evacuated from Dave and Kathy Sherer’s Rancho Santa Fe farm, where Quirk runs her breeding, foaling and training business. The mare had been staying at the property as she was expected to give birth around May 6. “She had been on close watch for quite a while,” explained Quirk, a fifth-generation horsewoman who has been in the business for more than 30 years. “That morning, before any of the fires started, I looked at her and said, ‘We’re going to have a baby tonight.’” Because her facility has necessary equipment and more space, she didn’t want to leave with Time Given unless she felt they were in danger. She also didn’t want to add unnecessary stress to the pregnant mom. “If I had felt it was safe, I would have stayed here for the sake of this mare and foul,” said Quirk, whose La Costa home was later evacuated due to the Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad, which erupted about 10:30 a.m. May 14. “Once we got the first call, I started packing immediately. But I didn’t make the final decision until I saw that black smoke start running this way,” Quirk said. “While we were loading, there was ash falling on us.” Casson, his wife Amy, and their three young daughters stayed with their horse at the fairgrounds until 2:30 a.m. At
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6 a.m., Quirk called the family with news: Time Given was having a baby. Her daughter was born soon after. “It was stressful because everybody was on pins and needles for the last week and a half waiting for this racehorse to be born,” Casson said. By the time the Carlsbad family arrived to meet the new addition, a crowd had gathered around the newborn, which was helped to her feet. “We shooed the visitors away so the girls could see up close,” Quirk said. “I opened the stall door and the baby went straight to the little girls, and let each of them pat her little wet face.” Although she doesn’t have a name yet, the Casson’s daughters have been calling the foal “Ember” and “Tribal Fire,” in honor of her father, “Tribal Rule,” a leading California sire of 2-year-old progeny earnings in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He suffered a fatal heart attack May 1. Time Given’s father, Point Given, is an American Hall of Fame champion, who won the 2001 Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, along with the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, when he was 3 years old. In 2010, Point Given was voted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The Casson family hopes their newest horse continues the winning lineage. “She’s going to be an awesome racehorse,” Casson. Currently feeding and resting at Quirk’s maternity ward, the mare and foal will soon join the Casson family’s four other horses across the street at Rancho Santa Fe’s Osuna Valley Stock Farm. The couple leases the roughly 14-acre farm to board their horses. All three of their girls attend Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe, and their oldest, Caroline, is a competitive hunter-jumper rider. Casson’s company, Casson Capital Inc., has hosted field trips for homeless children from the San Diego Rescue Mission at the couple’s farm three times. Children from the Rescue Mission will once again visit the farm on May 31 to groom, feed and ride the horses.
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‘Moroccan Fantasy Gala’ The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center was transformed into an exotic oasis at its “Moroccan Fantasy Gala” on May 17. Guests were greeted with rosewater, belly dancers and snake charmers and welcomed into a grand Moroccan “tent” for the festivities. The evening included a hosted bar, appetizers, 3-course dinner, Hookah Lounge, live entertainment and dancing. Linda Durket, executive director of the RSF Community Center, said, “This will be remembered as one of our most magical and successful galas and we are so thankful to our sponsors, auction donors and guests for their generous Darcy Alvarez, Nicole Mikles, Anna Kozikowski, Lila Jarvis support. ” All proceeds from the gala benefit the programs and services of the RSF Community Center, a local nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. To view photos of the event, visit rsfcc.org and for information on upcoming classes and activities call 858-756-2461. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com. PHOTOS BY
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CCA gala pays tribute to Beatles About 380 supporters of Canyon Crest Academy attended the sold-out Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s annual gala, “Across the Universe: A Tribute to the Beatles,” May 16 at CCA’s Proscenium Theater. The gala recognized the 10th anniversary of the school and the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut in the United States. A proclamation from County Supervisor Dave Roberts also commemorated CCA’s 10th anniversary. Members of the San Dieguito Union High School District Board and Superintendent Rick Schmitt also attended the event. The gala was “the most successful one-day fundraising event ever for the CCA Foundation, raising a net of approximately $125,000.” The funds raised allow the Foundation to “enrich the experience of every student, every day.” In the style of an old Hollywood opening night, guests walked the red carpet, posed for the paparazzi, participated in an auction, and feasted on Beatles-themed treats as they made their way through an “Octopus’s Garden” to the show. The musical, theatrical and artistic extravaganza featured songs from the Beatles and students from CCA’s Envision programs for cinema, dance, digital and fine art, instrumental music, theater, and vocal music. Laurence Juber, internationallyrecognized as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney’s band, Wings, made a special appearance at the gala. Juber has played with three of the Beatles. Photos by Jon Clark; For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net.
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RSF resident’s Goodsnitch app shines light on the positive BY KAREN BILLING Rancho Santa Fe resident Rob Pace is hoping his Goodsnitch app will help celebrate everyday heroes, people who go to their jobs each day often without ever being recognized for their hard work and service. Goodsnitch allows customers to quickly use the app to single out someone who is doing a great job. “Where else can you make someone’s day in 30 seconds?” Pace said. Pace said Goodsnitch is unique because often online commenting is negative — his app is trying to shine a light on the positive. “Our goal is to recognize one million people, we’re on our way,” said Pace. “Our country needs more positivity across the board, at least that’s our vision.” The Goodsnitch app launched in Apple App Store and Google Play Store in August of 2013. Pace’s past experiences helped inform his vision for Goodsnitch. In his 20 years as a senior partner at Goldman Sachs, he observed over and over how important it was for customer engagement and for the team to recognize employees — to keep great people and maintain a successful culture is an intangible asset for a business. “It always struck me how critical that was,” Pace said. After leaving Goldman Sachs, he served four years as the national chairman for The Salvation Army, where he worked with people whose sole focus was to serve 30 million Americans in need, without ever expecting recognition or thanks. “Goodsnitch was a head and a heart mission, to give new tools to encourage recognition and to give feedback that elevates people,” Pace said. In creating Goodsnitch, Pace was confident in his knowledge of good business practices but he was admittedly unsophisticated in the field of technology. He knew he needed a system that would work efficiently for some of the biggest brands in the country so he hired Pivotal Labs, a leading software development firm. Goodsnitch allows people to give feedback on any business anywhere and do so in 30 seconds.
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18th Annual ‘Salute To America’ military remembrance and tribute to be held in RSF May 29 On Thursday, May 29, RSF Republican Women, Fed. will welcome veterans, friends, family, and fellow patriots to honor military heroes at a non-partisan event to be held at the RSF Golf Club. RSF Republican Women is nearing its goal to purchase one or more “action trackchairs” (all-terrain wheelchairs) for one or more of San Diego County’s many wounded warriors. Each trackchair is custom-made in the U.S. to the specifications of the veteran in need. Unfortunately, they cost up to $13,500 with options, including headrest, extra 20 amp. battery charger, and specialized trackchair carrier (for car or truck). Event Emcee: Lt Steve Lewandowski,USN (Vet.) Guest Speaker: Sgt. Maj. Richard Charron, MCAS Miramar Base Sergeant Major The RSF Golf Club is located at 5827 Via de la Cumbre, Rancho Santa Fe. Social: 5:30 p.m.
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