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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 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


RSF Association President’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 it’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 aren’t cheap but it should be a priority. Health Club Facility Approval? Maybe, some voters were confused that by giving a “yes� vote for the Garden Club purchase would mean a “no� vote on a potential fitness facility. That simply wasn’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. We’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. Let’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 Bardin’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 district’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. “I think he’s an outstanding public agency manager who is respected throughout the county,� 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. “The employees top to bottom are paid well enough and they don’t need to be paid any more,� Ingalls said. Another reason for his vote, said Ingalls, is that Bardin has not completed one of the district’s key objectives, a new agreement with the city of San Diego over

water use and storage rights at Lake Hodges. “If the most important (objective) hasn’t been met, why are we giving raises?� 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 board’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 Bardin’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.

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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

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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 For more information, call (858) 454-5872 or visit


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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 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.


‘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 and for information on upcoming classes and activities call 858-756-2461. For photos online, visit 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

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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.

Rob Pace “It’s really, really fast,” Pace said. Goodsnitch delivers every piece of comment back to the businesses. Most are positive and are posted in the Hall of Heroes. The comments with more constructive criticism go to the business privately. Pace said that’s how he thinks business should be handled, “celebrate publicly, fix privately.” Pace said it’s a great free product for small businesses and they can respond back to customers through the app with thanks or offers. Pace’s favorite feature of the app is the Heromaker, noting that positive feedback is relayed back to the

businesses, whether they are signed up to the app or not. Pace said he is always amazed by the stories they receive and would love to get more of them out into the world, such as the employee who helped save a lost dog or the waitress who served a homeless man a free meal with dignity. Current local heroes include Kathy, who works at the Solana Beach Amtrak station, recognized for making a daily commute more pleasant, and Sarah, who works at VG Donuts in Cardiff, who was thanked for her cheerful attitude while serving a long line of customers Pastor Miles McPhearson of the Rock Church often uses the app to recognize employees but also used it to recognize a woman who worked for US Airways. When the woman was asked how she felt about being singled out as a hero, she said she wanted to cry because her job is often a thankless one and she gets “beat up” by customers every day. “It just shows how powerful it is,” Pace said. Goodsnitch also has a product for its larger clients, such as the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Padres and Life Technologies — they are able to purchase and plug Goodsnitch technology into their own product. Pace said having bigger companies pay for their custom products allows them to offer Goodsnitch to nonprofits free of charge. “It’s more than just a business for us,” said Pace. “My passion is to encourage people who don’t ever get the encouragement and recognition they deserve.” To check out the Hall of Heroes, visit The app is also available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

International bestselling author on brain research to speak at Horizon Prep In a rare southern California appearance, Horizon Prep will host Barbara ArrowsmithYoung for a special event, Friday, May 23, at 4 p.m. Arrowsmith-Young, the author of the international bestseller, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, is recognized as a pioneer, the creator of one of the first treatment applications utilizing the principals of neuroplasticity. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young holds a B.A.Sc. in child studies from the University of Guelph and a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Toronto. As the founder of the Arrowsmith Program, Arrowsmith-Young began using these principles in 1978 to develop cognitive programs to address learning disorders, first starting with her own debilitating set of brain deficits. Arrowsmith-Young’s program of cognitive exercises is now implemented in 55 schools in Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Horizon Prep is one of only two schools in California to offer The Arrowsmith Program. “We are thrilled with the progress we are seeing in Arrowsmith,” says Horizon Prep and Arrowsmith Parent Dana Kettler, “all you have to do is pick up any news magazine on the racks today to see that we are on the cutting edge of gains in neuroscience and the impact on learning!” Space is limited — call or email to reserve your seat today: (858) 756-5599;

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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.

RSF Stiker brothers earn ROTC scholarships RSF triplet brothers Christian, Nick and Tanner Stiker were recently honored at the Cathedral Catholic High School Awards Ceremony, where each of them received an ROTC scholarship for college. (Above) Christian (left) is attending Georgetown University through Navy ROTC, Nick (middle) is attending Boston College through Army ROTC, and Tanner (right) is using his Navy ROTC scholarship at the University of Virginia. Courtesy photo

Live auction for trackchair benefit: 6 p.m. Dinner and program: 6:30-8 p.m. Price: $55 per person; $60 at the door Make checks payable to: RSFRWF, send to PO Box 1195, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Please send checks by Saturday, May

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LETTERS POLICY Topical letters to the editor are encouraged and we make an effort to print them all. Letters are limited to 200 words or less and submissions are limited to one every twoweeks per author. Submissions must include a full name, address, e-mail address (if available) and a telephone number for verification purposes. We do not publish anonymous letters. Contact the editor for more information about submitting a guest editorial piece, called Community View, at 400 words maximum. We reserve the right to edit for taste, clarity, length and to avoid libel. E-mailed submissions are preferred to Letters may also be mailed or delivered to565 Pearl St., Ste. 300, La Jolla, or faxed to (858) 459-5250. LETTERSPOLICY

Letters to the editor/opinion How much does the RSF Association pay in attorney fees? At the May 15 RSF Association Board of Directors meeting during membership input I requested the board inform the membership how much money was being spent on RSF Association attorney fees. What prompted my inquiry was several of my attorney friends here in the Covenant saying, “Dave, next time you’re at the board, have them tell us how much they’re paying out in legal expenses.” Don’t you love it: Lawyers wanting to know what other lawyers are billing! So, I did. I argued that 1.) The RSF Association budget mailed to all members does not have a line item for cost of legal services; 2.) The annual financial report does not have a line item for cost of legal services; but 3.) The RSF Association’s annual 990 form filed with the IRS — not mailed to members — has a line item for attorney fees paid. (By the way, no one at the meeting has ever bothered to go on the IRS website.) So, why not report this cost on both the annual budgets and annual financial reports? The general response from the board: “It’s unnecessary. We know how much we’re spending.” The president added, “It’s covered by the ‘Outside Services’ category.” I retorted, “That line item in the budget is $538,000 [for 2013-2014].” My request for a reporting of the line item cost for attorney fees was denied. So folks, I have to report to you and my attorney friends the cost of legal services, as budgeted for the following year, 2014-2015, is “somewhere” in a $547,000 figure. Look at page 1 of the recently mailed budget. If you are the least bit interested in how much of your assessment is being spent on legal services, call or email our acting manager, Ivan Holler, at 858-756-1174 or Ask him to have the board put the cost of our Association’s attorneys in the budget and financial reports. Thank you. David Moon

Vote for the future of Rancho Santa Fe The key reason for us to settle down in Rancho Santa Fe is because of the R. Roger Rowe School. With small class sizes and well-educated teachers, this one school district is really unique. Each year, I see the school and RSF Education Foundation work very hard to convince parents to donate up to $1 million. The funds help keep class sizes small and attract quality teachers who are like candles burning quietly to light up our children. I also notice that many volunteers with or without children spend their time to support our school. Why? They all know children are not only parents’ future, but also the future of RSF and of the U.S.! We all agree that RSF is a historic town. However, history is in the past. People can be nostalgic, but nobody wants to live in the old times. We can ride a horse for fun, but nobody wants to drive a horse cart to work every day. We can sit in a restaurant with the dim candle lights, but nobody would be satisfied at home only listening to the radio without the Internet! The future is more important and we should plan for it. Like many people in RSF, I have committed to donate $35,000 to the RSF Education Foundation. Sometimes, I wonder if there isn’t $1 million to support our school, would this old town still have the competitive position to attract the younger generation in comparison to the newer developments that exist in places such as Carmel Valley or Fairbanks Ranch? In my opinion, the school attracts new buyers and holds the basic values and keeps the real estate values high. Therefore, the education budget should be at least partially shared by the RSF Association! I invited some of my children’s classmates to swim in my backyard pool on a 100-degree day. Seeing the children enjoying themselves in the water, I thought RSF should have a nice pool with a gym. Much of our children’s homework is required to be completed over the Internet. We have also been talking about traffic issues for so many years. Do any of the candidates really think about solving the above urgent issues for the community? The new residents really want to know. They also want to see a specific plan related to trimming the budget and using the savings to support our school. When a lot of residents pay their home dues plus donations to support our school, where is our Association? The proposal of purchasing the Garden Club was vetoed by 22 votes 10 days ago versus all the old votes that previously supported the purchase. Do candidates know why? I do not belong to the younger generation. However, I know I will have to vote for those who want change! I also know those who care and work for our school and for our future will finally win this election! Wei Zhang

Setting the record straight There has been a great deal of misinformation disseminated during this election campaign. One of the many conspiracy theories that has been promoted is that a public interest committee, PIC, which does fine work as a liaison with our county and state officials, picks RSF Association board members. This is simply incorrect. Ask the standing board members if they were approached or selected by PIC. As for Susan Callahan and Dominick Addario – we had no contact with PIC whatsoever or discussions about candidacy at any time. Both Susan Callahan and Dominick Addario have never been members of PIC and our spouses are not members of PIC. All four candidates were invited to a PIC breakfast meeting to discuss our platforms. Only Susan and Dominick attended and were endorsed after that meeting. We are also the only two candidates nominated by the Association Nominating Committee and the only two who went through the process of interview and vetting. If you relish political conspiracy theories then you might like to buy what is being disseminated, but if you like to base your choice on the facts, these are the facts. Dominick Addario, MD, and Susan Callahan

Time for civility in the Ranch I have made my choices for the Association board. I suspect you have too. The results can’t come soon enough for me. On behalf of a lot of battle-worn RSF residents, I make this simple request to our new board. No matter how this incredibly contentious election comes out, I implore those of you who will serve to find some way to bring us all together again, you as a board and the rest of us as a community. Both sides have brought up legitimate issues about transparency, fiscal responsibility, managing our staff, and the like. Those things certainly need to be addressed. But, even before that, we need something that is vitally important right now, a vision for Rancho Santa Fe. As our leaders, where do you collectively want to take us? We may not all agree on governance issues but surely we can agree on the kind of community we want to be in the years ahead and, as a result, on what the mission of our board should be. This power struggle has left its battle scars. The community is as divided as it has ever been in my 20-plus years living here. And, frankly, that isn’t good for any of us or our property values. The faster the winners and losers can reach across the aisle and come to some agreement on what Rancho Santa Fe will become, the faster we can begin to heal. And heal we must. That should be the number one priority of our elected board. Bill Johnson

Vote for responsible government Why is character such an important consideration for a member of the Board of Directors of the RSF Association? It is said by those with a new agenda for Rancho Santa Fe that being a “clever or successful” business person is an important characteristic for being a good director of our homeowners association. While it is a good idea to be able to read a balance sheet, it is actually one of the least important characteristics. Good character and integrity, common sense and past personal history with an ability to interact in a positive manner and problem solve are actually the most important characteristics of a good board member. Personal integrity, experience as a member of the community, and commitment to maintain the Covenant and rural nature of Rancho Santa Fe are the makings of a good board member. On the board, you are charged with making sound financial decisions that are not rocket science but predicated on common sense as you would run your own household with a balanced budget and well thought-out strategic long-term projections. A board member must have impeccable integrity as there are many instances that a director has access to personal member information in deciding leans on property or other financial matters. One of the important roles of a board member is to look at all sorts of information in an unbiased way and in an honest and open manner; dishonest websites and spreading false information are the antithesis of what is needed in any good board member’s response. People who have run with a single issue or personal agenda traditionally have been a disaster as board members. Our community has continued to be a unique and special place to live because of responsible hard-working boards and sound management — for many years led by Pete Smith. Please vote for responsible government. Anne McCarthy

Congratulate your graduate Do you know any seniors graduating from Torrey Pines High School? Make them smile by giving them a “Congratulations TPHS Grad” yard sign and balloons. “Congratulations TPHS Grad” is a 18 X 24 yard sign and gold mylar balloons. The sign and balloons will be delivered and placed in the front yard during the week before graduation. A gift card which says “GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATULATIONS” will accompany each delivered order. Deliveries will be made only to Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach. Anyone wishing to order the yard sign without balloons and delivery must pick up the order at the school on June 10, between the hours of 2:30 and 6 p.m. All proceeds go to support the Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund. To place your order, please visit www.

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Letters to the Editor/Opinion San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update Superintendent Rick Schmitt plans to update the greater San Dieguito Union High School District community through our local media with a monthly update. Topics covered will include curriculum, facilities, budget, safety, and other specific and special interest topics. Today’s update focuses on our construction bond program and an update on our math curriculum and related instruction materials. Prop AA Update It is hard to believe that we are only one year into our construction bond program. In that short time, we have completed projects that have upgraded classrooms and other facilities at each of our schools. Rick Schmitt I am also proud to report every project we have completed so far has been at or below budget. The competitive bidding process and management by our planning and construction staff has saved the district over $5 million. Right now, those savings are being used to accelerate our planned technology infrastructure projects to bring more bandwidth and wireless access to all classrooms. As we head into the second summer of the bond program, bigger projects are starting to happen at every school. Improvements include media center and technology upgrades, new science and math buildings, and enhancements to stadiums and fields. Our biggest project will break ground next month — construction of Middle School #5 in Pacific Highlands Ranch. The school will open Fall, 2015 with an initial class of 7th grade students and then expand to both 7th and 8th grades the following year. There is now a page on the district website for the new school ( where you can find more information about the school, proposed boundaries and planning efforts. District staff present regular planning, construction, and budget updates to the Board of Trustees and the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. As always, you can find a wealth of information on the bond program, planned projects, construction schedules, audit reports, and much more on the Prop AA website at Math Curriculum & Instructional Materials The San Dieguito Union High School District is continuing its transition to the new Common Core State Standards for English-Language Arts and Mathematics. In the January Superintendent’s monthly update, I discussed our decision to adopt an integrated curricular approach to mathematics and also presented our newly-developed math course offerings and sequences. As we prepare for this transition, I want to ensure that our families have access to the information they need to make informed decisions regarding their students’ future math courses. Our approach to the transition to the Common Core State Standards has been, and will continue to be, a gradual, multi-year transition focusing on in-depth and ongoing professional development for our teachers, keeping our community fully informed and engaged in our decision-making processes, and ensuring that we maintain the historic quality and rigor of our instructional programs. As part of this approach, we’ve ensured that our math program will continue to meet the needs of all learners by providing multiple flexible curricular pathways, including a full complement of honors and AP options open to all students as well as maintaining our long-standing opportunities for acceleration for those student wishing to advance more quickly in their math education. We’ve also ensured that we have appropriate support and remediation options for those students who may need additional help with math. Be sure to visit our website at http://www. to access information about our transition. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your school counselor and site administration. With the adoption of the new math standards and the integrated approach to our math curriculum, we’ve also undertaken the process of reviewing our instructional materials to ensure that our curricular materials fully and appropriately support student learning and classroom instruction. Our math teachers have spent a significant amount of time reviewing potential instructional materials for adoption in support of our new math courses. After a thorough review of available textbooks and instructional materials by SDUHSD staff, we are recommending the adoption of the Mathematics Vision Project (MVP) curriculum for our Integrated 1-3 courses (high school) and the Utah Middle School Mathematics Project curriculum for our Integrated A-B middle school courses. These curricula were created from scratch, not adapted, to be fully Common Core aligned, have been field tested extensively across many communities over the last two years, and are well-reviewed nationally. These materials, as with any instructional materials, will serve as the foundation for a more robust and fully supplemented curricula to be developed by our math teachers during the remainder of this school year and into the summer. Both curricula have been reviewed and approved by our math teachers, our Parent Curriculum Advisory Committee, and our District Coordinating Council and are available for public view (see links below). We will host a community information session regarding the proposed adoption of these materials on Tuesday, May 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in our district office board room. We plan to present these materials to our school board in June for review and adoption. Utah Middle School Math Project - Mathematics Vision Project - You can follow Superintendent Schmitt on Facebook, sduhsd, and Twitter,

Jack Dorsee (photo taken for a CD)

Longtime RSF resident is now living the life of song Jack Dorsee, a Rancho Santa Fe resident for 43 years and an 80 years young senior, has been enjoying taking singing lessons and performing publicly. If life is as they say, a song, then Jack Dorsee is living the life. As part of Dorsee’s bucket list he has been taking singing lessons and enjoying the journey of learning to sing. One of the rewarding experiences was recently singing for a group of 600 attendees at a thankyou event for the San Diego County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Dorsee’s wife of 44 years, Karolyn, has fun helping with his promotion. Dorsee owned Jack Dorsee Sailboats, a yacht dealership in San Diego, for 40 years and was a former Rancho Santa Fe Association board member and a past appointed member of the California Boating and Waterways Commission.

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City of Hope’s fourth annual Yoga for Hope set for June 7 at Petco Park BY KRISTINA HOUCK In an effort to raise awareness about the benefits of yoga, as well as funds for research, treatment and education programs, City of Hope’s Yoga for Hope is set to return June 7 at Petco Park. The fourth annual event will feature a master yoga class and yoga marketplace featuring more than 30 vendors. “It’s such an inspirational day and it’s such a beautiful opportunity to connect with other people,” said Amanda Nixon, assistant director of philanthropy for City of Hope’s southwest development office. Diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer at just 27 years old, Nixon discovered the benefits of yoga after multiple surgeries and months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She has attended Yoga for Hope since it first launched in 2011, but this is her first time coordinating the awareness and fundraising event. “Because of my cancer journey, I discovered yoga, and it has really helped me so much,” said Nixon, who is now 36 years old and an eight-year breast cancer sur-

City of Hope’s annual Yoga for Hope raises awareness about the benefits of yoga, as well as funds for research, treatment and education programs. Photo by Epic PhotoJournalism vivor. “It improved my range of motion, it helped my ability to sleep, it helped me reconnect with my body. It has helped me beyond words.” As one of the nation’s leading centers for cancer treatment and research, City of Hope offers free yoga for patients at its medical center, which is located in Duarte, Calif., northeast of Los Angeles. The event aims to support the center’s efforts to expand awareness of the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection when battling cancer, diabetes or HIV/AIDS. “One of the most profound things yoga teaches you is how to cancel the negative thoughts that don’t serve you and replace those with more powerful thoughts,” said Rancho Santa Fe-based yoga instructor Stacy McCarthy, who is one of four instructors who will be leading the master yoga class. Other instructors include Amy Caldwell, Michael Fukumura and Claire Petretti Marti.

“Through the use of our breath, the use of our focus and the use of our thoughts, we start to change from the inside out. For those who are healing — whatever stage they are at in healing — the postures can be as simple as sitting, focusing on their breath, tuning in and feeling what’s going on rather than trying to escape what’s going on. It’s really transformative.” Yoga poses will focus on this year’s theme, which is strength and finding the power within, McCarthy said. “It’s really powerful,” said McCarthy, who has more than 25 years of teaching experience. “It gives everyone an opportunity to really connect and make a difference through something that they love, whether they’re brand new to yoga or a regular yoga practitioner.” About 700 people participated in Yoga

for Hope last year when it was held at Petco Park for the first time. The event, which outgrew its original location at Hilton Bayfront San Diego, raised $70,000. Organizers expect 1,000 people to participate in this year’s event. The master yoga class begins at 8:30 a.m. June 7 at Petco Park in San Diego. The marketplace opens at 7 a.m. and closes at noon. Advance registration costs $45 for students and $35 for yoga instructors. All registered participants will receive tickets to the June 8 San Diego Padres baseball game. Yoga for Hope’s top fundraiser will throw out the first pitch. For more information about the 2014 Yoga for Hope and to register, visit www.

35th Annual Fiesta del Sol to be held in Solana Beach May 31-June 1 The 35th Annual Fiesta del Sol will be held on May 31 and June 1, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. Once again, the Belly Up has lined up a great list of musicians to perform over the two-day event, which also includes local community talent. The event also features arts and crafts, children’s games, great food, beer and wine gardens, shopping specials at the Cedros Design District and more. The parking options have been expanded, making it easier to park and catch a free shuttle. For more information, please visit

Cheerleading Fundamentals Workshop to be presented by TPHS Cheer June 4 TPHS Cheer Squad will present a cheerleading fundamentals workshop on Wednesday, June 4, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the TPHS Quad. The workshop is especially for children ages 5-14. Participants will be divided into age groups and the focus will be on fundamental skills, including cheer motions and jumps instructed by TPHS Cheer coaches and TPHS cheerleaders. To register and/or questions, email



PARADISE? Solana Santa Fe Presidential Fitness Award Several Solana Santa Fe Elementary School students were presented with the Presidential Fitness Award on May 9. Photo by Karen Billing



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FIRE continued from page 1 The Bernardo Fire was the first of nearly a dozen wind-whipped fires that burned about 27,000 acres across San Diego County beginning May 13. The Bernardo Fire broke out just before 11 a.m. off Nighthawk Lane in 4S Ranch amid hot, dry and gusty conditions and was pushed north and west by strong Santa Ana winds, reaching 1,548 acres before it was 100 percent contained late May 17. About 5,000 homes were evacuated during the fire, which Michel said destroyed an outbuilding in the Fairbanks Ranch area. Investigators later determined a backhoe in use at a housing construction project near Rancho Bernardo sparked the fire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, I cannot confirm that there was no other damage to any portions of the house,â&#x20AC;? said Michel early May 19. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know there were no homes destroyed in the fire. There might have been some cosmetic and/or impingement on some homes. I heard one home had a small fire on a roof and got overhauled, so there probably was some

damage, but minor damage. There was no major damage to any residences.â&#x20AC;? The Witch Creek Fire, which was the largest of the October 2007 wildfires in San Diego County, started in Witch Creek Canyon near Santa Ysabel and quickly spread to San Diego Country Estates, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Poway and Escondido, before jumping over Interstate 15 and causing significant damage in Lake Hodges, Del Dios and Rancho Santa Fe. Two people died and 41 were injured in the fire, which destroyed 197,990 acres, 1,040 homes, 414 outbuildings and 239 vehicles, and damaged 70 homes and 25 outbuildings. The fire surpassed the 1970 Laguna Fire as the second-largest fire in California history. Although Michel said firefighters â&#x20AC;&#x153;saw some of the same fire behaviorâ&#x20AC;? in the Bernardo Fire, they were more prepared and better equipped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a fair amount of resources,â&#x20AC;? Michel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had the first fire, so the resources were committed to our fire first. In the 2007 Witch Creek Fire, we had very limited resources available to us when the fire came into our fire district.â&#x20AC;?

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In an effort to protect lives and property, the district also actively maintains its fire prevention program. Every year, the district reminds property owners about local hazard abatement requirements. On April 11, the district sent about 6,000 letters, reminding residents they are responsible for reducing the fire risk around their homes. Beginning May 20 and through the beginning of November, a fire prevention

specialist will survey the district and look for hazards, said Rancho Santa Fe Deputy Fire Marshal Renee Hill. Properties with violations will receive an official notice to abate hazards. If a property owner doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comply after receiving three notices, the district sends a contractor to address the issue, which is billed to the owner, Hill added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in a prolonged drought in California,â&#x20AC;? Michel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you have


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prep your houses. Defensible space is one of the leading contributors to making sure that we can safely protect homes.â&#x20AC;? Property owners are asked to meet the following requirements: create and maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures; provide a vertical clearance of 13-feet-6-inches along all roadways, driveways and easements; provide 20 feet of fuel modification along both sides of all roadways and driveways; eliminate dead and/or dying trees and brush; maintain all dead or cured weeds/grasses so that it does not exceed 6 inches in height; and post the county assigned address so that it is visible from the street and from both directions of approach. At the May 15 RSF Association board meeting, Rancho Santa Fe Association Acting Manager Ivan Holler said the fire departments did â&#x20AC;&#x153;an amazing job.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next time you see a firefighter tell them you really appreciate their efforts,â&#x20AC;? Holler said. For more information about the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, and how to prepare for and prevent wildfires, visit (760) 438-2200



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Field Day to be held at RSF School May 23 BY RSF EDUCATION FOUNDATION Field Day is a popular school event that recognizes students in the area of athletics and gives the opportunity for team play, healthy competition and outdoor recreation as part of the complete physical education program at the R. Roger Rowe School. This year, Field Day will be held on Friday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. until noon Students will have early dismissal upon completion of the Field Day events at noon. There will be sporting activities for all elementary 1st5th graders on different areas of the school field. Students will take part in hurdles, obstacle courses, jumping and throwing events, along with gunnysack races and threelegged partner races. Students are encouraged to proudly

exhibit school colors and to wear ‘Spirit Wear’ clothing, which has been available for purchase at school events throughout the year. Please make sure your child wears sunscreen to protect them against the harmful rays of the sun during this outdoor event. The school will continue the “Go Green” program by doing away with individual water bottles. This pro-

gram eliminates the waste of up to 700 plastic bottles. Students and spectators should bring their own water for the day in a large reusable container. There are water fountains on the field and playground, but the school will not be providing plastic water bottles or cups. The RSF Education Foundation and its parent volunteers organize this wonderful sporting event. Special thanks go to our community partners, The Village Market and Rancho Sandwich. The Village Market will be providing otter pops and ice. Rancho Sandwich will be selling frozen yogurt for $2 with 25 percent of revenue going to the Education Foundation. Granola bars, oranges and watermelon donated by volunteers will

also be available at the picnic tables. Field Day would not be successful if it weren’t for all of the wonderful volunteers. You may participate as a volunteer to help with the activities and/or to donate food items. To sign up, please go to the sign up genius link on the school website [rsfschool. net, and click on the ‘volunteers’ tab]. Schedule of events: Grades K-1 activities will be held on the K-1 playground led by JW Tumbles. These fun activities will include memory maze, hurdles and a scavenger hunt. Grades 2-5 activities will be on main field. These exciting activities will include foot races, long jump, high jump, hurdles, three-legged races and gunnysack races.

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Cathedral Catholic High School athlete Brady Aiken is Number One MLB prospect in USA BY ROB LEDONNE Earlier this month, the NFL (National Football League) held its annual draft of new talent, drawing a plethora of attention, discussion, and celebration. Next up, the MLB (Major League Baseball) gets it’s turn during the first week of June to announce the future of dozens of hopeful young players vying for a shot to play professional baseball. After years of preparation and scouting, it’s a big moment for the top prospects in the sport from across the United States to hear if their names are called and to see if they can become the future of the league. One such prospect is Cathedral Catholic High School’s very own Brady Aiken, a left-handed pitcher for the school’s baseball team who (as of press time) is projected to be the number one pick by a consensus of draft experts. “It’s been a goal since I was little to get drafted and play professional baseball,” said Aiken of his status as the top baseball prospect in the country. “Everything I’ve done (throughout my life) has helped me get where I am today.” That includes equal parts of both hard work and talent, which have come together to make Aiken not only the best player in Southern California, but the entire United States. “The whole experience throughout

my senior year and last summer has been fun, but it’s been especially hectic these past few months,” he said. “We’ve met with every team and talked to a lot of the people (about where I could go). As we get closer to the draft, it’s getting nerve-wracking for my family.” By all accounts, Aiken’s future looks bright to say the least. Being the number one prospect has dozens of world-renowned teams considering Aiken for a spot that could turn the current high school senior into a nationally-known sports star. “I first realized I could go onto something bigger in baseball when I made the 14 and under USA team,” Aiken remembers. “We traveled to Nicaragua, and that was a turning point when I realized I was gifted enough to play with some of the best players in the country. That whole trip was an unbelievable experience.” Holding onto the number one draft spot is the latest in a long line of accomplishments Aiken has achieved. Most recently, he won USA Baseball’s prestigious International Performance of the Year Award for his play on the field, which helped the United States team clinch the gold medal in last September’s Baseball World Cup in Taiwan. During his most notable game there, he struck out 10 opposing

Brady Aiken poses in a portrait for Team USA, for which he helped win a gold medal for last year in Taiwan. Courtesy photo players and allowed just one run in seven innings. On draft day this year, the Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, and Chicago White Sox have the top three picks when it comes to choosing players, so Aiken has a solid chance to play for any of

those teams. “It all depends on how well I do before the draft, and what teams would be interested in me in the first place. Any team that would draft me, I’d be honored to get to play for them,” Aiken said. However, if something unforeseen happens, Aiken said he received a scholarship to play for UCLA come the fall. “Until the day comes and a team actually drafts me and offers me money, I’m going to UCLA,” he said. For now, Aiken is still just another senior at Cathedral Catholic waiting for graduation and thinking about his future — except the MLB, ESPN and other national media outlets are thinking about it too. “A couple of the kids like to joke around with me,” Aiken said of his star status. “It’s really good for (the Cathedral Catholic baseball team) since this keeps them on their toes at all times and helps the team in general since everyone is coming to watch them. It makes everyone a better player in the long run.” Cutting through all of the hype, getting drafted in June would only be the start of another set of tests for Aiken, which would begin in the minor leagues where good players typically last for around five years before making the majors. Though for one of the most exciting prospects in recent memory, Aiken is currently taking it one day at a time. “I was invited to go to New York where the draft is taking place, but we’re not going to do that,” he said. “I still have the CIF playoffs here, so I wanted to stay local and be with my immediate family. On draft day, I’ll be watching TV with my family and my phone on, hoping my name gets called.”

Local creators of ElliptiGO provide ‘quite a ride’ for runners and others BY KAREN BILLING Solana Beach’s ElliptiGO is on a roll. Created by Bryan Pate and Brent Teal, the ElliptiGO is a hybrid between a bike and elliptical trainer where the rider stands tall and closely mimics the act of running outdoors while eliminating the impact. From its humble beginnings in a Solana Beach garage, the bikes are now available at over 300 stores across the country and around the world. Not to mention ElliptiGO’s most famous user, Meb Keflezighi, has become a huge endorsement for the product. Keflezighi used the ElliptiGO in his cross training five days a week for a year leading up to his Boston Marathon victory last month, setting a 31-second personal record. More than 100 professional runners, as well as some of the best collegiate running teams in the country, are now incorporating the ElliptiGO into their training. “It’s a super exciting time,” Pate said, noting they’ve sold over 10,000 bikes. Pate is a San Diego native, born and raised in Coronado — his great grandfather actually helped build the Hotel Del. A former Marine, Ironman triathlete, cyclist and marathoner, the active lifestyle has always been very important to him. “Running was always my go-to exercise,” Pate said. “But the combination of running, the Marine Corps and soccer left me without the ability to run for exercise at the age of 31.” He started using the elliptical machine at the gym, it worked well but he hated the gym. “It just hit me, someone’s got to make one of these that you can ride on the street,” Pate said. He was frustrated to find that no one had made such a machine. Pate contacted the one guy he was sure could help — Brent Teal, a mechanical engineer as well as an Ironman triathlete and competitive ultramarathoner, who would understand how a device would need to perform to satisfy an athlete. At a meeting at Java Depot in July 2005, Pate and Teal drew out the concept for ElliptiGo on a newspaper. Teal was sure he could build it; he just couldn’t believe no one had before. The first model, affectionately known as Alfa which hangs on the Solana Beach office wall, was pieced together using metal tubing, brakes from a bike shop that was going out of business, wooden foot platforms from a sliced-up skateboard deck, and little wheels from rollerblades. “The first time I got on it I went 20 miles,” Pate said, noting that he caught a lot of attention riding around Coronado, people yelling out of their car windows asking about his ride. The pair was able to secure a patent from Larry Miller, the inventor of the elliptical trainer to move forward with their invention. Over time, the ElliptiGO went through several revisions. All of the models worked well — Pate rode the third iteration in a 50-mile race from Rosarito to Ensenada, finishing in the middle of the pack in three hours and 16 minutes. “It demonstrated it was viable as a transportation and exercise device,” said Pate. “It felt like I had run a marathon.” Updated versions made the bike smaller and lower to the ground, switched from steel to aluminum, added a disc-brake system, put a larger wheel up front so it didn’t look so much like a scooter and converted the external track to an internal track. “Every generation got faster and easier to ride,” Pate said. Teal rode the ElliptiGO in the 2009 Death Ride, which is one of the hardest bike races in the country at 129 miles long with 15,000 feet of climbing. Teal finished in third and further proved that it was a viable vehicle for fitness and traveling. “It’s harder than a bike, it’s more categorized for fitness and exercise but we’ve ridden it

(L-R) ElliptiGO founders Bryan Pate and Brent Teal. 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi uses the ElliptiGO for cross-training. Courtesy photos in the toughest cycling events that are open to the public,” Pate said. “It will do anything.” In February of 2010 their first product was delivered to their first customer in San Diego. They now sell three models: a three-speed, eight-speed and an 11-speed. One size fits all and the three and eight speed come in four colors while the 11 speed is offered in matte black. ElliptiGO and Keflezighi’s paths crossed at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Keflezighi was coming off an injury and he had evolved his thinking on cross training. They let Keflezighi take a test ride and after about a 12-mile ride, Pate said he came back shocked at how much more like running it was than riding a bike. “He got an ElliptiGo midway through 2012 and we’ve been supporting him ever since,” Pate said The ElliptiGO has allowed Keflezighi to cut down on mileage, using the ElliptiGO to substitute for non-critical workouts. Instead of a six-mile afternoon shake-out run after a morning 20-miler, Keflezighi can hop on the ElliptiGO and have a less impactful workout that sets him up better for his next running workout. The less wear and tear the better for the 39-year-old runner. “It’s hard to prove the ElliptiGO made him faster but it can’t be said it made him slower,” Pate said. “It fits in well with the philosophy of running smart and training to win.” While Keflezighi’s story is inspiring, conquering Boston doesn’t have to be the goal when riding the ElliptiGO. Pate rides his ElliptiGO about five days a week for 45-minute stretches, is able to enjoy the outdoors while putting less stress on his knees and hips, and relishing the moments when he can pedal his way past cyclists on hills. “It’s been quite the ride,” Pate said. Check out ElliptiGO online at



OSUNA continued from page 1 days to file a petition to trigger a vote, like was done recently with the proposed RSF Garden Club purchase. During the 30-day period, no member objected. Per the RSF Association minutes posted on the independent website, discussions on the potential purchase of the Osuna property go back to April of 2005. The sale went through the planning committee but did not receive input from the finance committee. Wilkinson said the Association staff and attorney looked into the matter and refuted some of the claims. Wilkinson said that grant deeds are usually drafted by title companies significantly before closing. The grant deed is dated March 31, 2006, but the seller signed on April 11, 2006. “Both of these dates are legally irrelevant because the escrow agent held the grant deed during escrow and the Association did not receive the grant deed until the close of escrow on June 8, 2006,” Wilkinson said. “It’s doubtful the Association saw the executed grant deed until the Association received it after the closing.” Rancho Santa Fe residents Mike Licosati and Alex Kaiser said the findings posted about the Osuna purchase were an outgrowth of their work with the Garden Club purchase, taking a deeper dive into past Association purchases. Licosati said the look into the Osuna purchase


was not politically motivated and the grant deed is a minor complaint; their bigger issues are with the process, with transparency and fiscal governance — they feel the Osuna was a “terrible deal for the membership.” In their deeper look into the Osuna purchase, Licosati said they found that the property was purchased in 2004 for $8.75 million by Rancho Osuna LLC. Licosati said the LLC tried to develop the property but couldn’t get it entitled and yet were able to sell it 22 months later to the Association for $12 million. “There’s no way the land was worth $12 million after the county deemed it couldn’t be developed,” said Licosati, noting that they could not find any evidence of an appraisal. Licosati also said it was not vetted by the finance committee and that there was a potential conflict of interest as the chair of the open space committee was an executive at the seller’s company. Both Licosati and Kaiser were living in Rancho Santa Fe in 2006, but they said that this information was not disclosed in the Association’s intent to purchase. “We didn’t have all the facts,” Licsoati said. Kasier said everyone gets busy in their lives and they trust the people they have elected to represent them. In this case he feels that trust was broken. “The right question would have been to ask the membership ‘Are you willing to write a check for $6,300 to buy this property?’” Kaiser said. “The broad theme is that

we don’t think people are asking questions and we’re not having open discussions about the Association’s goals and priorities and how our money is being spent,” Licosati said. “We’re trying to illustrate this is the problem when you have a closed system…problems develop when you don’t have full disclosure about how money is being spent. If we still had that $12 million, we could have done a lot with it.” At last week’s RSF Association board meeting, Wilkinson said if members have questions about issues they should bring them to the board to ask for a full review — not blindside them in public. “I’m appealing to the candidates and to the community, enough is enough,” Wilkinson said of the contentious atmosphere in the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant recently. “We need to put the Association first and we need to stop the negativity that’s going on in the community.” Licosati said he hopes that the board has learned something over the last month, to be more open and forthcoming with information. “We think the community should have far greater discussions on how our money’s being spent and that’s not happening,” Licosati said. Both Licosati and Kaiser said they plan to continue to advocate for fiscal discipline in the Association and have both volunteered their names to serve on the finance committee.

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therapies, many that are only available in NCI designated comprehensive cancer centers. For the first time, patients with cancer will receive an integrated, multidisciplinary approach in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.” “We thank Pauline Foster, a long-time supporter of important UC San Diego initiatives, for helping advance cancer care treatments in San Diego,” said Paul Viviano, CEO of the UC San Diego Health System. “With our patients and their families at the center, our team of cancer experts will listen to and understand their needs and be able to care for them in an intimate and compassionate way that dramatically aids healing.” Pauline Foster grew up in San Diego with a tradition of giving in her family. “It was expected that one did that. You learned that sharing with other people is very gratifying.” The Foster family has a long history as friends and supporters of UC San Diego. Their support has added enormous depth to UC San Diego programs, including the Shiley Eye Center by establishing the Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center and the Ratner Eye Mobile, which were originally funded by Pauline’s mother, Anne Ratner; the Rady School of Management by creating the $5 million Stanley and Pauline Foster Endowed Chair and the Stanley Foster Symposium; and providing fellowship support with a lead gift to the “Invent the Future” campaign, creating the Foster MBA Fellowship Fund with a $2.5 million gift. Foster also served as a trustee and board chair of the UC San Diego Foundation from 2002 – 2010, and received the Chancellor’s

Medal in 2010. She has been board chair of the Jewish Community Foundation and has been actively involved with the United Jewish Federation of San Diego, the United Way and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where she served as board chair. She currently serves as a trustee of the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. Foster was declared “Woman of the Year” by the State of California Legislature in 1989 and was given the United Way’s Alexis De Tocqueville Award in 1998, to honor her extraordinary leadership and service in the community. “I support the university because of the huge impact it has had on the growth of San Diego,” Foster said. “I think the university has given residents so many opportunities.” The loyal UC San Diego supporter summed up her philanthropy to the campus: “I’m so grateful I can do it, and to know that the future will be better because of this.” Pauline Foster’s gift of $7.5 million was matched one-to-one thanks to a $25 million Jacobs Medical Center Challenge gift from an anonymous donor. The Jacobs Medical Center, currently under construction and projected to open in 2016, is a 10-story facility that will include three important clinical care units in one location: The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care, the Hospital for Advanced Surgery, and the Hospital for Women and Infants. There are still numerous naming opportunities in the center, ranging from naming the Hospital for Advanced Surgery to the nurses station, family lounge, main courtyard and more. For more information, visit

ident Larry Mabee purchased the property six years ago with the intention of developing a horse training facility. Mabee passed away last year and his family, including his daughter Laura Boswell, is exploring other development options. Boswell said anything would be better than the land’s current state, noting that it drives her crazy passing by the vacant, dusty property every day. “I’d love to see something beautiful there,” Boswell said. “It’s an eyesore.” The land is currently zoned “C,” which allows for higher density develop-

ments. Of the four parcels on the property, only one is within the Covenant and will require an internal annexation. The four estate lots and the 46 units would have separate entrances off Calzada del Bosque. The lots would be sold as land and the units built out for sale. “They will be nice, large units, all single story,” Shapouri said of the 4,000-square-foot duplexes with private courtyards and two-car garages. He estimates they would sell for $2-3 million. The existing home built in the 1970s would remain and be remodeled as a 10,000- square-foot clubhouse for residents. Shapouri said they feel

that the corner of Via de la Valle and Calzada de Basque is a very important entrance point to Rancho Santa Fe so that is where they plan to focus their open space with gardens and ponds. Additional landscaping would create a visual barrier for all the units and the four estate lots would have a barrier between existing homes. Moving forward, Shapouri said they would have to submit a general plan amendment, prepare a specific plan and go through the Covenant Design Review Committee process as well as public hearings with the county.



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says is the best) and to having the gift of time to read more great books. She admits she will miss the classroom and her fellow teachers and staff members, and the familiar song of the school year. “I’m still trying to decide what that word ‘retire’ means. I can’t imagine not working with kids on some level,” Cassarino said. “I’ve always thought of September as my ‘New Year’ so that will be interesting to have fall come around and not have a classroom to go to.” The district will host a celebration for Cassarino on June 6 at 4 p.m. Anyone interested in helping plan for the retirement celebration, should contact Sandi Lubenow at (858) 756-1141 or

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the general manager’s recent salary history. “I feel Mike Bardin is doing a fine job in running the district. He’s performing what the board has asked him to do,” Gruzdowich said. Although Bardin received a pay raise, the agreement approved by the board also took away his $600-per-month car allowance. Instead, he will be reimbursed at the standard IRS rate for travel mileage when he goes outside San Diego County on business. Kimberly Thorner, general manager of the Olivenhain Municipal Water District, which surrounds Santa Fe on three sides, earns a base salary of $217,177, according to the Olivenhain district’s web site. Olivehain’s territory covers 48 square miles and has a population of about 80,000.


tions. In the summer Cassarino will kick off the next act of her life, moving to Nashville with her husband. She is looking forward to the “Green Acres” lifestyle — she loves to garden and they hope to get chicken and goats. The move will bring her closer to her family — she picked Nashville because it is near her son, who plays the double bass in the symphony orchestra in Birmingham, Ala., and her daughter and “adorable” grandson, who live in Michigan. She is looking forward to seeing both of her children more, to being a grandmother (which she

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State water officials expect the runoff from melting snow in Northern California’s mountains to be about 35 percent of normal in 2014, one of the factors leading to tight water supplies. In order to meet a shortage of about one million acre-feet this year, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will tap its reserve water supplies, Friehauf said. (An acre-foot is the amount of water an average family uses in a year.) But another dry winter could prompt Metropolitan to impose water allocations, or rationing, on its member agencies, such as the County Water Authority, said Friehauf. The authority, in turn, would set allocations for its members such as Santa Fe. Financial penalties would be levied for exceeding those allocations. If allocations are imposed, customers in districts such as Santa Fe would likely face mandatory water-use cutbacks and restrictions, said board president Michael Hogan. Currently, Santa Fe has declared a Level 1 drought response, which calls for voluntary 10 percent reductions in water use by customers. Investments in water storage facilities and conservation have generally shielded Southern Californians from mandatory cuts this year, although restrictions have been imposed in some parts of the state. Since

2007, said Friehauf, San Diego County residents have reduced their water use by 24 percent. “We’re going to be calling on them to do even more,” she said. Santa Fe customers — along with other residents of the region — are also facing the likelihood of higher water rates. Although Santa Fe imposed no rate increase in 2014 for the first time in a decade, and no rate increase is currently budgeted for 2015, future rate increases are likely, said Santa Fe general manager Mike Bardin Thursday during a discussion of the district’s budget for next fiscal year, which begins July 1. While Santa Fe has worked hard to control costs and keep rates down — and has among the lowest rates in San Diego County — “I will tell you water rates are going to go up for everybody, including us,” Bardin said. A public hearing on the district’s $37.4 million proposed budget for next year will be held on June 19, and the district plans to post the spending plan on its web site for public review. The district’s web site is www.sfidwater. org. Information about water conservation can also be found at the County Water Authority’s web site,




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he children’s choirs from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe presented the musical “A Tale of Three Trees,” an American folk tale retold in song, on May 18. The presentation was followed by a BBQ on the patio. For photos online, visit www. PHOTOS BY JON CLARK

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Guests gather at the Village Church to see the combined children’s choirs of the Village Church and Solana Beach Presbyterian Church perform ‘The Tale of Three Trees.’

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By ROB LEDONNE As another school year at Canyon Crest Academy draws to a close, the film department is holding its annual Student Film Festival on May 30, which acts as a last hurrah for graduating seniors and shows off what students have been learning and working on throughout the past year. “The talent in our school and program is unbelievable,”said Mark Raines, the Envision Cinema coordinator at Canyon Crest. “This is a chance for us to showcase the best films that students create throughout the year. The submission process was open to the entire student body — any student can submit. We try to screen as many as possible.” Raines, who began teaching at Canyon Crest Academy six years ago, has not only seen the film festival grow in the intervening time, but the film department and school in general. “It’s been really exciting seeing it evolve each year. Every school year, the number of both the students who sign up for classes and the festivals we get our films into increases,” Raines said. “What’s also really cool is that besides the growth of the program, you get to see today’s seniors mentoring and teaching each class of students behind them. A lot of the work we do relies on groups and teams, and the longer the program exists the more you can rely on that.” The Student Film Festival is also a chance to bring home CCA-produced films which have only previously been publicly seen at other festivals around the region. Just recently, the student film “Milquetoast” won big at the Encinitas Film Festival, and both Canyon Crest film and television productions took home prizes at the San Diego County Office of Education’s IVIE (or Innovative Video in Education) Awards. “If they continue to work at their craft, there are a lot of students in our program who will have a major influence in the film and television industry in the future,” predicts Raines. “I can’t even just pick one student who’s a standout. I feel like they’ve raised the bar, even in the content of the films this year. These students are creating amazing works of art that don’t go the low road. A lot of the low-brow, violent

Troy Lingelbach (actor), Jerrin Padre (actor), Allan Duan (director), Jennifer Smart (audio). things they see in movies and television are not making it into the films produced at the school. ” It’s no wonder Raines has such praise for his students this year — many seniors have already been accepted into the top film schools in the country, including prestigious programs at New York University, UCLA, USC, and Chapman University — all of which have Canyon Crest Academy alumni attending as well. Each film at this year’s festival fits into four specific categories: drama, comedy, documentary, and music video. There will be awards (donated by parents) given to the best of each category, as well as prizes for a People’s Choice award and Overall Winner. Above all else, Raines says the only thing audiences should expect is to see pure creativity on display. “These students have the talent to make films that are both artistic and marketable,” Raines said. “And it shows.” The Canyon Crest Academy Student Film Festival takes place May 30 at 7 p.m. at CCA’s Proscenium Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; all proceeds go back into the film program.

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Wine spritzer gets ‘Shark Tank’ investment BY KATHERINE POYTHRESS, SPECIAL TO THE RSF REVIEW Bon Affair founder Jayla Siciliano of Solana Beach wants her customers to have it all: Alcohol on Thursday night, and waking up feeling refreshed Friday morning. She believes her wine spritzers infused with electrolytes are the secret elixir to that ability to socialize longer and still feel great the next day, and at least one shark does, too. Shark investor Mark Cuban, that is, who has also invested in San Diego-based Tower Paddle Boards. Siciliano presented her $15 bottles of all-natural Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah spritzers on ABC’s high-pressure pitch show “Shark Tank” in an episode that aired May 9, and left with exactly what she wanted: a $150,000 investment, which Cuban gave in exchange for a 35 percent stake in her company. Other sharks, including wine connoisseur Kevin O’Leary, thought her business, which floundered in early months because of problems with a bottler, was too risky. O’Leary said Bon Affair’s $11,000 in sales for a six-week period is a long way from the $10 million in sales the company would need for a potential acquisition by one of the bigger alcohol companies. Even though he wasn’t interested in investing, he suggested Siciliano sell to Costco, one of the world’s largest purchasers of wine. “You’re in a difficult situation because you’ve taken down a lot of investor dollars to try and build a whole new category in the wine business, but I think you’ve got a tough road ahead,” he told her. “I never give advice, but I know this space very well. Go do that, and good luck.” As with most entrepreneurs who appear on the show, it wasn’t the first time Siciliano had shared her idea with potential investors. She raised about $500,000 in 2012 to start production, but lost 90 percent of her first run because of leaky bottle caps. After raising another $200,000, she began selling the spritzers at retail in August 2013, and now is in about a dozen Whole Foods Markets from Los Angeles to San Diego, along with several Albertsons and a few smaller stores. With a growing body of research that shows alcohol in moderation can be good

Jayla Siciliano, founder of Bon Affair, a brand of wine spritzers, went on Shark Tank to try and get more money to scale up her operation. Photo by Peggy Peattie/UT San Diego/ZUMA Press; Copyright U-T — Peggy Peattie

for us, Siciliano’s healthy wine drink is just different enough to attract investments from people like Cuban and former Wendy’s CEO Kerrii Anderson. Siciliano came up with the idea several years ago when managing products for the Diesel clothing company and then for Burton Snowboards in Burlington, Vt. “I’ve always been really into health and fitness, but at the same time I love having fun and love to drink wine,” she said. But she struggled with the fact that every work event seemed to center on alcohol. “I just reached a certain age where I couldn’t still go out drinking and wake up and go do yoga at 6:30 a.m.,” she said. That’s when she started pouring soda water in her wine. She could sip it all night and still feel good the next morning. The idea caught on not only among her female colleagues, but the men, too. “It was when I saw a bunch of my guy friends drinking wine spritzers, that it hit me that the alcohol industry was missing something.” She quit her job in 2009 to pursue her business idea. She continued doing contract work on the side, but also enrolled in the MBA program at the University of San Diego. By 2012, she had burned through her savings, 401-k and credit cards and realized she needed to raise money if she was ever going to get her product on the shelf. Anderson says she was attracted to Siciliano’s passion, but what really sold her on Bon Affair was the fact that it’s a product made by a woman to give professional women another tool for operating socially in the business world. “I was just really drawn to the ability to participate responsibly, having some alternative that is less alcoholic and less caloric,” Anderson said. “Given our focus on eating healthier and better, it was so on trend for me, and I related to it personally.” Siciliano has several things going for her: An increased desire among consumers for healthier alcoholic beverages, and a growing interest in both sparkling wines and domestic wines. The charge for healthier alcoholic beverages has been led by the likes of Beam Suntory’s low-calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl, which experienced a nearly 400 percent sales boom in 2011 before slowing to 19 percent growth in 2012. Champagne and sparkling wine are also gaining traction among consumers. Market research company Mintel reports sparkling wine sales grew 9 percent in 2013, outperforming overall wine sales in the $41.5 billion market. And wine drinkers are turning more to domestic vintages, Mintel says. Still, Cuban took a ribbing from fellow sharks for his investment. “You’re going to regret that one, man,” said Daymond John. “We’ll find out, right?” countered Cuban, who said it’s minimal risk for potentially huge reward. “It’s not like I’m spending $10 million. This is an option on a big business. If it works, it’s worth a lot of money. If it doesn’t, I’m out time and $150,000.”


Chekhov would chuckle over Globe’s new comedy BY DIANA SAENGER Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Tony Award for Best Play 2013) has been called “the funniest new American play of the year.” It’s now on stage at the Old Globe, where cast member Candy Buckley (Masha) calls it “an illegal amount of fun!” The story centers on an artsy family; the parents named their children after characters from Russian author Anton Chekhov’s works. The eldest, Masha, a Hollywood starlet in B-movies, has come home to help her siblings with decisions about their aging parents. Buckley said she was very excited to land the role. “Great roles like this don’t just come along,” Buckley said. “For me, the role matters more than anything else, and this was a role I really wanted to play. “Marsha is grand but also a self-absorbed movie star. She has heart, and that’s the balance, as she’s also vain and there are so many outrageous things going on — like bringing her boy toy, Spike (Tyler

Martin Moran (Vanya), Marcia DeBonis (Sonia), Tyler Lansing Weaks (Spike), and Candy Buckley (Masha) rehearse. Photo by Jim Cox ran (playing Vanya) in Lansing Weaks), back her self-pity.” Buckley has many “Cabaret.” She’s known home with her. He’s her alternative to getting older, connections to this play. Marcia DeBonis (playing having a hard time, and She acted with Martin Mo- Sonia), who is also a cast-


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ing director, for some time. She’s also appeared in some of playwright Durang’s other works. Jessica Stone, a frequent collaborator with Old Globe Associate Artist Nicholas Martin, directs. Buckley said she’s a longtime admirer of Stone’s work. “I saw her in ‘Design For Living’ on Broadway with Alan Cummings; in ’Anything Goes,’ and directing ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum,’ ” Buckley said. “She’s very funny, smart, and comes to us from both sides of the table because she’s an actor and director. Jessica lets us speak up and is not intimidated by what we have to say; she keeps her cool. “This play deals with that end of the life spectrum (for the parents) as well as the younger generation on computers and cell phones and not relating to each other. At one point, Vanya goes off on a brilliant rant everyone will enjoy. I know the audience will laugh themselves silly at the nuttiness of this Chekhovian family.”

Candy Buckley appears as Masha in the San Diego Premiere of Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” at The Old Globe. JIM COX

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Perfect execution: U-T cartoonist’s delightfully grim new book piques Hollywood’s interest BY PAT SHERMAN When a father draws cartoons for a living — especially when he draws, really, really good Pulitzer Prizewinning cartoons — you can bet his children are going to put in a few requests. For Steve Breen, hired in 2001 as editorial cartoonist for the San Diego UnionTribune (today U-T San Diego), his sons’ requests for zombie or superhero sketches allowed him to step outside the weighty world of politics and healthcare, and reconnect with the wideeyed doodler of his youth. “Not only is it a great way to bond with my kids, but I have a blast creating these things,” the North County resident wrote about the cartoons, caricatures and sketches he drew for his 9-, 12- and 15-year-old boys. “I feel like I’m that 12-year-old back at Saints Simon and Jude elementary school (in Huntington Beach), hunched over my desk, scribbling with a pencil, grinning like an idiot — no editors to please, no readers to offend, no deadlines to meet. ... It’s just drawing for the sheer fun of it.” The father-son collaborations formed the basis for a new collection brimming

Steve Breen with mutant monkeys, raptors and zombie eradication tips for the coming apocalypse. Breen will sign copies of his new book, “Unicorn Executions and Other Crazy Stuff My Kids Make Me Draw,” as well as limited edition prints, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at Warwick’s Bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave. in La Jolla. Breen said his agent suggested he gather the grisly ’toons he’d drawn for his boys over the years for a book. “I probably had 100 or so that I had done over the years, but I needed more,”

Breen Brain Tacos: One of many suggested remedies for a potential uprising of the living dead offered in Steve Breen’s new book, “Unicorn Executions and Other Crazy Stuff My Kids Make Me Draw.” Courtesy Breen told this newspaper group. “A lot of the drawings that I had were centered on Star Wars figures or D.C. and Marvel (comic) superheroes. None of those were allowed to be in the book because of copyright and trademark issues, so I started a Twitter account called Sketch Monkey, where I would draw these whacky drawings and post them online … (which) kind of forced us to regularly produce these things. “The art just had to make my boys laugh,” he said. That was really the only requirement.” Naturally, Breen’s adolescently adult voice shines through in the book. “A lot of times it was, ‘Hey dad, let’s do something with zombies’ and then I would kind of add a twist to it,” he said. “They wanted to see a T-Rex eating someone, so instead of making it some random person, I made it Donald Trump.’’ Other illustrations depict actress Betty White punching

out a gorilla, Disney princesses aged beyond perfection and a “Bounty” hunter aiming his riffle at a role of paper towels. Breen — also author of several decidedly tamer children’s books — has piqued Hollywood’s interest with his latest, off-kilter collection. An agent in Los Angeles was able to market the concept as a movie, with Universal Studios winning a bidding war that included four other studios. Scott Stuber, whose films include the comedies “Ted” and “Identity Thief,” will produce, Rawson Thurber (“We’re the Millers”) is slated to direct and Simon Rich (“Saturday Night Live”) will write the script. Breen said the movie as currently envisioned is influenced by the illustrations in “Unicorn Executions” and the story of his creative father-son collaborations. “The idea was to make these drawings come to life,” said Breen, a graduate of UC Riverside who landed his first job at Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. “I don’t want to reveal too much, but the movie involves live action and CGI (computer-generated imagery) mixed together — kind of like ‘Night at the Museum.’ ” Breen said he bears in mind that movie studios frequently acquire the rights to books that never make it to the screen. “We’re hopeful though,” he said. “We think it will happen.” Breen, who has three other children, including two young girls and a baby boy, said his daughters were “too sweet … and too busy watching ‘Frozen’ 900 times a week” to take part in the book. Working with his sons, he said he tried not to push the gore envelope too far. “You’re still a father at the end of the day and you don’t want to expose them to an excessive amount of human suffering,” he said. Drawing a salary As a political cartoonist for U-T San Diego, with syndication in newspapers across the country, Breen has until 6:30 p.m. each day to pore over the day’s news — or suggestions from U-T editors — that will help him come up with


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Royal Dance Academy continues to grow, now offers additional programs BY KAREN BILLING Is Royal Dance Academy the strict ballet studio or the fun, recreational dance place? The answer is itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both. Since 2001, owner Francine Garton has tried to create the best dance experience to suit each individual dancerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether they want to dance once a week, train seriously on pointe on the Royal Academy of Dance track, compete on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hardcoreâ&#x20AC;? competitive team or compete for fun because they just love to perform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just continued to grow and offer more programs for the children,â&#x20AC;? Garton said, listing their offerings of ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern/contemporary and acro. The four-studio Piazza Carmel location in Carmel Valley is â&#x20AC;&#x153;jam-packed with activityâ&#x20AC;? nearly every day of the week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on a quiet Friday morning in which school was cancelled due to the recent wildfires, a young dancer showed up and surprised Garton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she had taken advantage of the day off to schedule a private lesson. As busy as Royal Dance Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule of offerings is, the private lesson is proof that her students canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough dance and Garton is determined to give it to them. New this year, Garton is starting a junior ballet company as well as a hip hop dance company called Young Royalty. Royal Dance has also grown to have 26 competitive dance teams and even those cater to different types of dancers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; teams exist for dancers who want to compete for fun and for those who want to be professional dancers, travel more and go to national conventions. Teams have been to five competitions this year, with excellent results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The results have been unbelievable,â&#x20AC;? Garton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only our third year competing and already some of our kids

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CARTOONIST continued from page B7 something inspired, clever or poignant, such as the cartoons included in Pulitzer portfolio wins for 1997 (including Princess Dianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, the O.J. Simpson trial) and 2008 (the financial meltdown, Sarah Palinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice-presidential bid). Though Breen said people have accused him of kowtowing to each of the paperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners since he came onboard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Helen and David Copley to Papa Doug Manchester â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Breen maintains itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I come up with roughs and I show them the roughs â&#x20AC;Ś and then they will pick the one they like best,â&#x20AC;? Breen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luckily, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not too far away from the political leanings of the paper â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m right of center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but I will never do a cartoon that I disagree with. â&#x20AC;Ś No one will ever say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Steve, we are opposed to the x initiative and we want you to be opposed to the x initiative and draw a cartoon (about it).â&#x20AC;&#x2122; If I disagree with the editorial board on a topic I just wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address it and I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a cartoon on it. â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these same

people who criticize me for being too conservative (and going after Obama) forget all the jabs that I took at Bush and Cheney.â&#x20AC;? However, Breen noted, no political cartoonistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gig is ever completely Laissezfaire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As is their right,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;all three owners have kind of let it be known that certain topics are off-limits, and that was the case I think in New Jersey, too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right.â&#x20AC;? Asked if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regretted any of his cartoons, Breen said he laments one he did about Monica Lewinsky for Asbury Park Press, inspired by the former presidential internâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indiscretion with Bill Clinton (the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;toon took a shot at Lewinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not-sosvelte figure). â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun for me at the time being 29 years old without any kids, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure if I would have enjoyed it so much now with kids,â&#x20AC;? he said. If he had the chance to do it again, Breen said he also might have approached his favorite local political firestorm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Bob Filner sexual harassment scandal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a little different. Although some said his exaggeration of Filnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fa-

cial features were reminiscent of Cesar Romero (Batmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Joker), others said the characterizations bordered on the anti-Semitic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was recently at the Holocaust museum up in LA, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and I saw a lot of the Nazi propaganda cartoons â&#x20AC;Ś that were running in Europe before World War II and I thought, I could see why people are critical of these cartoons I did on Filner,â&#x20AC;? Breen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was not trying to be anti-Semitic, but I probably should have redone them and made them less extreme, because it became a distracting element â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to distract. In cartooning, you want to communicate clearly. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about.â&#x20AC;? If you go: â&#x20AC;˘What: Book signing, Steve Breenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unicorn Executionsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 â&#x20AC;˘Where: Warwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave. â&#x20AC;˘Cost: $16.95 for the book (includes a signed Steve Breen print) â&#x20AC;˘ Website: warwicks. com


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Mishele Vierira, Toni Eakes, founder of A Wish for Animals

Ali Nussbaum and Loretta Artist David Kennett of BFF Pet Paintings, Dr. Liz Wilbur


An adoptee available from A Wish for Animals

Chloe Epperson with Munchkin

Candy Cane and Dee Jarvis

Tina Marie Cheslock with an adoptee

Tracy Prather with Tiki

Don and Nancy Chapman

Pet portraits by artist David Kennett of BFF Pet Paintings Lenore Warner, April Sullivan, Getchen Kelly

Scott Donaldson, Brenda Farhat


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Bridges marks membership campaign


here was a lot to celebrate at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe May 8 as members gathered to toast the successful conclusion of its recent membership campaign and to welcome Carly Hyslop, the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Membership Director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bridges is officially at capacity,â&#x20AC;? said Development Director Ken Ayers, who said that club membership is now m a x e d out at 287 members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sold over 50 memberships durMichael and Victoria ing the McGuire campaign and most of them came as direct referrals from our longtime members.â&#x20AC;? The May 8 campaign celebration included a champagne tasting presented by Moet & Chandon. With extensive experience in the private club business, Carly Hyslop joins The Bridges from Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so excited to have Carly lead us into the future,â&#x20AC;? said Ayers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real pro and will help us achieve our next goal of a membership waiting list.â&#x20AC;? For photos online, visit www. COURTESY PHOTOS

Gerald and Paula Friesen

Ken Ayers, director of development; Carly Hyslop, membership sales director; Sean McCune, general manager

Jack Bernhisel, Andrew Leitch

Judith Judy, Kathy Colarusso, Cynthia Tyler

HOME OF THE WEEK 3H=HSSL7SH[LHKH9HUJOV:HU[H-L Relaxation is the magical word for this roomy Ranch home on 330 linear feet of RSF golf course frontage above the 6th fairway. Whip your golf cart out of the golf cart garage down your private path & you are in golfersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heaven. Sunsets are spectacular from either of the 2 outdoor patio areas--each with its own ďŹ replace. Pool and spa on one of the patios with incredible golf course views. Flowing rancher features a fabulous family room with a huge window seat overlooking the golf course. The spacious master features golf course views, access to the pool/spa, outdoor ďŹ replace, palatial master bath, huge walk in closet and an additional room with sauna that the current owner uses as her ofďŹ ce.There is one additional bedroom in this wing of the home. Another wing features two large bedrooms with one bath, and one additional wing has a bedroom/bath. Watch horses gallop by on the trail, sip your morning coffee in the window seat, walk the trail to school, tennis or Thyme in the Ranch for your morning mufďŹ n.



Carly Hyslop, Fred Arbuckle, Nancy Fortini


Computer technology revolutionizes the golf experience at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe The game of golf is enjoying a wave of high-tech enhancements that is revolutionizing the experience for beginners and Tour players alike. Jim Stracka, a member since 2003 at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, is one of the chief innovators driving these changes. “About six years ago, I started developing yardage books and green reading charts for the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players,” said Stracka. “But then I thought about taking these programs to the club level, to help everyday golfers get a better read of the greens and make more putts.” As Stracka’s home course, The Bridges was the first club in the country to offer its members his yardage books and green reading charts. Advantages once available only to the pros were now accessible to all. Then less than a year ago, Stracka sought assistance from Bridges Director of Golf Steve Wilson to take things a step further. “Jim’s existing technology already provided crucial information on the slopes and breaks of the greens. But then he came in with a software program to randomize our hole locations,” said Wilson. “This sophisticated computer algorithm allows The Bridges to create a new hole location every single day. If you played golf 365 days a year at The Bridges, you’d never play the same hole location twice.” And thanks to StrackaLine, Stacka’s new smartphone app, players at The Bridges can take a look at the new pin placements every day before they play. “You can literally sit in the clubhouse, having a cup of coffee, and pull up the StrackaLine app to review the pin placements for the day,” said Wilson. “This easy-to-use technology is adding new dimensions to the game and keeping the experience fresh every time

San Diego Self Storage offers free storage units to wildfire evacuees San Diego Self Storage (SDSS) is donating use of storage units for 30 days to evacuees of the San Diego wildfires on a first come, first served basis (based upon availability) at the following locations: North County Self Storage; Poway Road Mini Storage; Olivenhain Self Storage; Encinitas Self Storage; Carlsbad Self Storage; Sorrento Valley Self Storage; Golden Triangle Self Storage; Mira Mesa Self Storage; Sorrento Mesa Self Storage; Smart Self Storage of Solana Beach; San Marcos Mini Storage and Butterfield Ranch Self Storage. Storage units are available to individuals and businesses that have been displaced by the recent wildfires. Physical addresses and hours of operation can be located at www.sandiegoselfstorage. com or by calling (858) 909-0090.

OPEN HOUSES CARMEL VALLEY Chase and Jim Stracka at The Bridges.

our members are out on the course.” Stracka confirms that the hole placement computer program has really caught on. “Some of the members at The Bridges play several times a week and know this course inside and out,” said Stracka. “The most common comments I hear now are, ‘Wow, that was a really hard hole location’ and ‘I saw hole locations today that I’ve never seen before.’ It’s like a brand new golf course.” The daily pin rotation is also popular with Bridges Course Superintendent Mike Hathaway, who is responsible for keeping the greens looking spectacular 365 days a year. “Every Saturday, Mike gets a print out of the hole locations chosen by the computer for the coming week,” said Wilson. “He can see where the holes were placed for the last seven days and where they’re going for the next seven days. Mixing things up, placing the holes in different parts of the green really protects the integrity and beauty of the turf.” The hole placement software also helps Hathaway and his crew when there’s a big event coming up. “We can program it to block out certain sections of the green to save them for the tournament,” said Wilson. “Essentially we’re resting the turf so it’s beautiful and fresh for these special occasions.” The StrackaLine app has other side benefits for golf enthusiasts, notes Stracka. A laser scan of every green on the professional golf tour allows home viewers to see every putt the pros have to make. “StrackaLine is becoming a very popular TV companion app, allowing users to follow the pros on in real time as they make their way around the golf course,” he said. “Even the broadcasters use the app to better understand and explain the intricacies and challenges of each hole.” Bridges’ resident Jim Stracka founded StrackaLine with his son, Chase, in 2007. The company is busier than ever scanning new courses every day. “It’s been thrilling to watch the company evolve and grow and develop such a strong fan base within the golf world,’” said Stracka. “As a member of The Bridges, it was gratifying to be able to create and test drive some of our technology on my home course.” For membership information, contact Carly Hyslop at 858-756-8077. Real estate inquiries should be directed to Bob Jackson at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe Sales Company, 858-756-8700.

San Diego Polo Club’s 28th season kicks off June 1 The San Diego Polo Club (SDPC) kicks off its 28th season in Rancho Santa Fe on Sunday, June 1, with Opening Day presented by Land Rover of San Diego. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. for two action-packed matches at 1 and 3 p.m. where local and international polo players will compete in front of an estimated 2,500 spectators. At 2:30 p.m. guests will enjoy a fashion show presented by stylist, Raina Leon, featuring fashion from local Del Mar boutique, Van de Vort. Join in the excitement of Opening Day as ponies and players take to the main field at the San Diego Polo Club located at 14555 El Camino Real on the border of Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. More information available online at

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