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Annette Symon and Cindy Moran show off ‘Jar of Color’ by Mrs. Gerbarg’s thirdgrade class during the RSF Education Foundation’s ‘Toast of the Town & Creative Kids Art Auction’ on May 22 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. See inside for more photos. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com. PHOTO/JON CLARK
SSF Spring Fling/Art Show Mia Lingenbrink displays her work at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School’s Spring Fling/Art Show/Open House at the campus May 21. See inside for more photos. For photos online, visit www. rsfreview.com. PHOTO/JON CLARK
BY ASHLY MCGLONE Special to the RSF Review It’s a scene you might expect to see in a City Council race — mailers, ads, signs, websites, endorsements and even voter-registration drives. For thousands of residents in the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant, the elected board of the RSF Association serves as their de facto local government, and some board candidates have campaigns to match. Four candidates are running for two seats on the seven-member board of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, which grants home improvement permits, buys open space, oversees the local golf club and maintains miles of trails in the 5,000-person community. External government agencies provide schools, law enforcement and fire protection. But where HOAs elsewhere have small roles, budgets and resources, officials in Rancho Santa Fe have millions of dollars at their disposal, thanks to the
high home values used to calculate dues. Residents pay 14 cents per $100 of assessed value on their home annually, adding up to $5.4 million in revenue per year, according to the RSF Association’s latest IRS tax filing. Another $6.5 million in revenue is generated by the RSF Golf Club. The Association’s largest expense is $7.7 million to compensate 135 Association employees, most of whom work at the golf club, the 2012-13 tax filing states. It’s a high-stakes election year for those who would oversee the operation. Long-held practices and traditions are being reexamined and questioned, some for the first time. Employee compensation levels are under review. So is an election rule that allows only landed property owners to vote — excluding condo owners, even though they pay dues. Some members want to See CAMPAIGN, page 16
RSF philanthropist to be featured in exhibit highlighting inspirational women ■ ■ See a variety of society, school and community photos. Pages 1-28 and B1-24.
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it’s important that we all BY KRISTINA HOUCK An act of kindness from learn from each other,” said a former employer in a time Westreich, a local philanthroof need set Ruth Westreich on pist and artist who made necklaces for all of a path where she the honorees. As one has since been able of the event’s honorto pay it forward. ary chairs, she plans In recognition of to present the womher work in the en with the necklaccommunity, the es during a private Rancho Santa reception June 5 at woman will be one her Fairbanks Ranch of 40 featured in home. “Notes to Our Sons Originally from and Daughters: My Ruth Westreich South Los Angeles, Sister’s Voice,” a photography exhibition June Westreich’s father died when she was young, leaving her as 6 in San Diego. “It’s important that the primary income earner women’s voices be heard, and for her family. At 19, West-
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reich got a full-time job at a carpet company instead of going to college. Inspired by her dedication, her employer helped her financially. All he asked was that she help others one day. “I was able to get through with the kindness of a family,” Westreich said. “Had I not, I could have been, very easily, one of those kids that fall through the cracks of society.” Westreich went on to study design at Woodbury University and UCLA before she met her husband, Stanley See EXHIBIT, page 23
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RSF Association President’s Corner: Thoughts of a retiring board member I am permitting RSF Association board member Larry Spitcaufsky to write this week’s RSF Association President’s Corner column. — RSF Association President Philip Wilkinson BY LARRY SPITCAUFSKY, RSF ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER First, let me thank all the Covenant members for allowing me to serve you these past three years. It has been a terrific learning experience about governance and our wonderful community. Serving on the board has given me the opportunity to meet so many passionate and involved members. I have learned to respect the traditions and history of the Covenant, and thanks to all the hard work and accomplishments of the past board members we have a wonderful community that we are fortunate enough to live in. We need board members that represent our entire membership and that choose to unite our community not divide us. As an outgoing board member I have some suggestions and thoughts. I recommend the 2014-2015 Association board bring to the Covenant membership an advisory vote to choose one of the three large financial projects that members are most concerned about. Members could choose between highspeed internet, a health club and pool facility, or secondary water resources for the golf course. The vote information should include the estimated capital cost and annual operational expense, as well as the annual estimated restricted reserve expense associated with each project. All this financial information should be approved and reviewed by our Association Finance Committee. The membership needs to make a formal decision so the board can focus on that priority. We need board members that are willing to have an open dialogue with membership about our current assessment process. If our current total assessment revenue was divided equally by our 1,930 assessed parcels each parcel would have an equal $2,500 annual assessment or about $200 a month per parcel. Where can you live and have the privileges of a country club social membership, a dedicated security patrol, 50 miles of recreational and horse trails, a fabulous school, private parks, a dedicated support staff, and many other wonderful amenities for $200 a month? This is a bargain. All members share the same amenities no matter what the value of their property. There are several methods that could accomplish an equal assessment over a number of years that would be fair to all members and to our com-
munity. I do want to personally thank the almost 300 Covenant Garden Club members. It’s not often that a group offers a community a $2,300,000 donation for a Foundation that will benefit the community in perpetuity and it’s voted down. The Garden Club members were very aware that if the purchase had been approved that with a subsequent Association vote the Garden Club building could have been resold on the open market and assuming the selling price was $2,300,000 or more the Community Enhancement Fund’s net effect would be zero. Better than free is a great price! Thank you Garden Club members, I think your generosity and loyalty to our community somehow got lost. As Association Treasurer, the past two years, I have worked closely with the hard-working and dedicated members of the Finance Committees and board members from the Association, Golf Club and Tennis Club, their staffs, and our CFO Steve Comstock. We have been very conservative in our budgeting process and taken our responsibility of overseeing our community resources very serious. Over a year and a half ago the two Finance Committees recommended to our board, and the board approved, a new software platform and supporting hardware to allow us to better financially serve the Covenant members and all our subsidiaries. The new software program gives us better formatted data and modern management tools. Beginning June 1, 2014, we will have a Flash Report available for the management of all subsidiaries, our boards, and the Association membership that will summarize monthly important financial information and create greater accountability. Working with our New Compensation and Benefit Committee and with the important support of our staffs we will recommend to our board new policies that will save the Association well over a million dollars over the next four years. I know between the benefits of the new software, the employee benefits saving, reduced operational expenses, less wasteful legal expenses, and our assessment base increasing, future boards will have significant discretionary funds available to invest back into our community. This is the point that I was going to close, but after reading Phil Wilkinson’s President’s Corner column in last Thursday’s Review I have to admit I share his outlook as a board member. In addition to Phil’s comments, I want to make it very clear that I know very little about PIC. In the
10 years I have lived in Rancho Santa Fe I have attended two of their meetings. I have never heard PIC discussed in an Association board or executive meeting. I am insulted that anyone would suggest I or any of my fellow board members I have served with have voted on PIC’s behalf or for that matter on the behalf of any other group or prominent Association member. Every vote I have been associated with the past three years was made based upon what I thought was best for the entire community. I am tired of the word “transparent.” I truly believe the Association boards I have served on have been totally open and ‘transparent.” One of the first items our board supported was an improved website that would serve as a tool to communicate to the Covenant membership. I encourage Association members to attend board meetings and be “transparent” with your board. We are there to serve and listen at the start of every board meeting. The perfect example is the members that now eight years later are looking in the rear-view mirror at the Osuna purchase. If they had been “transparent” with their concerns and come to a board meeting they would have learned that we instituted a new Community Enhancement Policy two years ago that created specific procedures for property purchased with Enhancement funds. This policy procedure was approved by the board and eliminates any future community suspicions that still surround the Osuna purchase. This is an example of two-way “transparency,” members coming first to the board with their concerns would save valuable board and staff time and, in many cases, wasteful frivolous legal expenses. It would avoid unnecessary negative press that hurts us all. I hope our members have not forgotten that we are a Homeowners Association. We have so many qualified, experienced members living in the Covenant that I just hope the events of the last several months don’t discourage them from being future volunteers. I’ll be playing golf more with my buddies, on my horse out on the trails, or watching old Westerns if anyone needs to get hold of me! One of my favorite Western lines is where one cowboy ask another cowboy “How he knows when another cowboy is a hero?” The cowboy responds, “A hero is a cowboy who dies with an arrow in his heart versus an arrow in his back.” As a community we need to respect and appreciate our heroes, not discredit them.
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RSF Village Farmers’ Market Committee and Sponsors (l-r, standing): Barry Moores, Joe Allis - Porsche of San Diego, Anne Vuylsteke, Filomena Spiese - Veterans Valor Fund, Brennan Perry, Tasha Ardalan - Market Manager, Kelly Dixon - Nature Designs, Janet Lawless Christ, Eamon Callahan; Kneeling: Brandon Janiss - Market Manager. (Not pictured: Rochelle Putnam, Bob Mulholland, Dottie Mulholland, Mili Smythe, Robert Cholewinski)
RSF Village Farmers’ Market slated to launch July 5 The RSF Village Farmers’ Market Committee and sponsors, Porsche of San Diego and Nature Designs, recently announced that they are working to launch the weekly market on Saturday, July 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. After three-and-a-half years of working through details with the RSF Association board, the Committee and the generous sponsors now are actively working with the county, designing the look and logo, and custom selecting high-end vendors who will bring their fresh and delicious products to the Village Farmers’ Market, which will be located on El Tordo, between Linea Del Cielo and Avenida De Acacias. Community response to the Farmers’ Market has been significant, with supporters coming from all sectors of the Covenant. “Indeed, Covenant residents of all ages will find the Village Farmers’ Market to be a joyful, casual community gathering place — right in the heart of town!” said Janet Lawless Christ. Proceeds from the market will go to the Veterans Valor Fund, which grants scholarships to returning veterans so that they can obtain agricultural training with the Veterans Sustainable Agricultural Training program at Archi’s Acres in Escondido. For more information, please call Janet Lawless Christ at (858) 335-7700.
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RSF Girl Scouts #1 in cookie sales, honor military A 14-year-old Rancho Santa Fe Girl Scout has become the San Diego-Imperial region’s top seller for the third year. Roni Nelson, 13, sold 5,104 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, topping her 2013 sales by more than 500 boxes. Another 14-year-old, Melissa Thomas, sold the most boxes of cookies for Operation Thin Mint® (OTM), a local program that sends “a taste of home and a note to show we care” to deployed U.S. military troops. Thanks to her, service men and women will receive 3,127 boxes of America’s favorite cookies. Both girls are members of Troop 1095 of Rancho Santa Fe, led by Julie Thomas, Melissa’s mother. During the 13th annual Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff celebration, held on May 3 aboard the USS Midway Museum. Roni, Melissa — and 29 other Girl Scouts who sold 2,014 or more boxes in 2014 — took center stage with Congressman Juan Vargas and top military. This was the 10th consecutive year USS Midway Museum hosted the sendoff, which is open to the public. More than 2,600 revelers gathered on the historic ship’s flight deck as an Uncle Sam on stilts revealed that generous San Diegans are shipping a total of 198,470 boxes of OTM cookies to troops this year. The colorful event also featured skydivers and a Coast Guard helicopter airlifting a pallet of Thin Mints from the Midway to demonstrate how cookies are delivered to some ships.
In addition to Congressman Vargas, speakers included BGen James W. Bierman, Jr. (Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot), RADM Patrick J. Lorge (Commander, Navy Region Southwest), Girl Scouts San Diego’s Board Chair Debbie Rider and Girl Scouts San Diego CEO, Jo Dee C. Jacob. The U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force, Army and National Guard were also represented at the event. Delana Bennett of Star 94.1 emceed the ceremony, which included an allwoman, joint service color guard. Sendoff attendees had the opportunity to personally thank military troops for their service to the U.S., and to write notes to accompany cookie shipments. Many also contributed to a collection for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank — donating over 100 pounds of groceries. Wells Fargo was the event’s “Five-Star General” sponsor, with Four-Star General sponsor Cox Communications, USS Midway Museum, Star 94.1 and KOGO also providing key support. San Diego Girl Scouts began Operation Thin Mint® in 2002 to give deployed U.S. military troops “a taste of home and a note to show we care.” Since then, U.S. Navy, Marine, Army, Air Force and National Guard troops stationed in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan and Korea, and aboard ships around the globe have received nearly 2.5 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies and countless handwritten notes of support from San Diegans. Every dollar of cookie proceeds stays lo
For their cookie-funded Silver Award project, Girl Scouts Eve Maldonado (left) and Roni Nelson (right) of Rancho Santa Fe are supporting Honor Flight San Diego, a local nonprofit. They recently welcomed World War II veterans Andre Chappaz and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col Bob Friend at the San Diego International Airport as part of Honor Flight’s “Hero’s Welcome Homecoming.” The girls are also among the many Girl Scouts participating in the annual Memorial Day flag placement ceremony at Rosecrans National Cemetery. (Right) She’s #1! Rancho Santa Fe Girl Scout Roni Nelson of Troop 1095 was the region’s top cookie seller for the third year. Pictured: Girl Scouts CEO Jo Dee C. Jacob spotlights Roni — who sold 5,104 boxes — on stage during Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff.
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Marines, mutual aid, and miracles Association board president addresses allegations about Osuna Adobe purchase — a formula to crush wild fires BY JEANNE MCKINNEY When fires broke out May 14, Camp Pendleton fire crews were mobilized on base at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) within 15 minutes after the initial request for support. Second Lieutenant Matthew Gregory said that inside the EOC several agencies are operating at once and report to a Watch Officer, with ultimate authority. “He gave direction and then everyone knew what part they would play. It was controlled chaos making sure our response was appropriate and handled thoroughly.” By May 17, states Gregory, “3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) had provided 80 aircraft to assist in firefighting efforts and flown more than 280 hours, delivering more than 540,000 gallons of water throughout San Diego County.” Twentynine Marine aircraft provid-
Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 16, 2014. Base evacuations. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Derrick K. Irions ed 722 drops during off-base fire ops. It was an endurance test for the pilots and air crews, according to Gregory. “If they weren’t in the air, they were back on the ground prepping their equipment, making sure everything was good, so they could go right back up.”
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Note: This story ran last issue but due to an unavoidable last-minute ad/page change, the jump for the story was on a different page than indicated on the front page. For those who did not see the new story jump page, the story has been reprinted below. property was purchased in 2004 for $8.75 BY KAREN BILLING Rancho Santa Fe Association Board Pres- million by Rancho Osuna LLC. Licosati said ident Philip Wilkinson addressed a “damag- the LLC tried to develop the property but ing” allegation made against the Association couldn’t get it entitled and yet were able to regarding the 2006 purchase of the Osuna sell it 22 months later to the Association for $12 million. Adobe at the May 15 board meeting. “There’s no way the land was worth $12 The allegations were made on an indemillion after the county deemed it couldn’t pendent website and on Facebook. Documents were posted showing that be developed,” said Licosati, noting that the grant deed for the $12 million purchase they could not find any evidence of an apof the Osuna property was signed on March praisal. Licosati also said it was not vetted by 31, 2006, nearly a month before the board the finance committee and that there was a announced the decision to acquire the prop- potential conflict of interest as the chair of the open space committee was an executive erty on April 20, 2006. “I am so sick and tried of what I’ve been at the seller’s company. Both Licosati and Kaiser were living in seeing, I can’t believe what’s going on,” Wilkinson said, noting he felt the post had Rancho Santa Fe in 2006, but they said that political motivations relating to the upcom- this information was not disclosed in the Association’s intent to purchase. ing election of directors. “We didn’t have all the facts,” Licsoati Per the documents on the websites, the notice of intent to purchase was sent to Ran- said. Kasier said everyone gets busy in their cho Santa Fe Association members on April 21, 2006 and members had 30 days to file a lives and they trust the people they have petition to trigger a vote, like was done re- elected to represent them. In this case he cently with the proposed RSF Garden Club feels that trust was broken. “The right question would have been to purchase. During the 30-day period, no ask the membership ‘Are you willing to member objected. Per the RSF Association minutes posted write a check for $6,300 to buy this properon the independent website, discussions on ty?’” Kaiser said. “The broad theme is that we don’t the potential purchase of the Osuna property go back to April of 2005. The sale went think people are asking questions and we’re through the planning committee but did not having open discussions about the Assonot receive input from the finance commit- ciation’s goals and priorities and how our money is being spent,” Licosati said. “We’re tee. Wilkinson said the Association staff and trying to illustrate this is the problem when attorney looked into the matter and refuted you have a closed system…problems develop when you don’t have full disclosure some of the claims. Wilkinson said that grant deeds are usu- about how money is being spent. If we still ally drafted by title companies significantly had that $12 million, we could have done a before closing. The grant deed is dated lot with it.” At last week’s RSF Association board March 31, 2006, but the seller signed on meeting, Wilkinson said if members have April 11, 2006. “Both of these dates are legally irrele- questions about issues they should bring vant because the escrow agent held the them to the board to ask for a full review — grant deed during escrow and the Associa- not blindside them in public. “I’m appealing to the candidates and to tion did not receive the grant deed until the close of escrow on June 8, 2006,” Wilkinson the community, enough is enough,” Wilkinsaid. “It’s doubtful the Association saw the son said of the contentious atmosphere in executed grant deed until the Association re- the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant recently. “We need to put the Association first and we ceived it after the closing.” Rancho Santa Fe residents Mike Licosati need to stop the negativity that’s going on and Alex Kaiser said the findings posted in the community.” Licosati said he hopes that the board about the Osuna purchase were an outgrowth of their work with the Garden Club has learned something over the last month, purchase, taking a deeper dive into past As- to be more open and forthcoming with information. sociation purchases. “We think the community should Licosati said the look into the Osuna purchase was not politically motivated and have far greater discussions on how our the grant deed is a minor complaint; their money’s being spent and that’s not happenbigger issues are with the process, with ing,” Licosati said. Both Licosati and Kaiser said they plan transparency and fiscal governance — they feel the Osuna was a “terrible deal for the to continue to advocate for fiscal discipline in the Association and have both volunmembership.” In their deeper look into the Osuna pur- teered their names to serve on the finance chase, Licosati said they found that the committee.
RSF Library’s ‘2014 Summer Reading Program Kickoff Bash’ to be held June 5 “Pause to Read,” the RSF Library’s “2014 Summer Reading Program Kickoff Bash” will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Glasgow Children’s Library, RSF Library. The event will feature games, crafts, snacks, Spirit the Clown and adoptable pets from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Free to the public, all ages welcome. The event is made possible by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild.
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BY KAREN BILLING Sarah Lackey, a 15-yearold graduate of R. Roger Rowe School, is truly “kind to the core.” The freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School returned to her former school this year to lead a book drive for at-risk and homeless children through her own nonprofit, Books for Friends. The huge haul of over 1,000 books will benefit the Monarch School for homeless children. The book drive’s success far exceeded Sarah’s expectations and she was so grateful for Rancho Santa Fe students’ and parents’ generosity in giving new and gently read books. “I really love the cause that it’s going to,” said Sarah recently, dwarfed by the tons of boxes and bags of books ready to be delivered. Before heading to high school, Sarah spent two years on the student council at Rowe and led two successful book drives benefiting Monarch School, as well as Promises2Kids, an organization that supports foster children. In the last two years she’s collected over 3,000 books and also raised $4,000 for the organizations, her donations doubled by the Philanthropy Club of Rancho Santa Fe. Sarah was also last year’s “Student of the Year” at Rowe and Superintendent Lindy Delaney said it comes as no surprise that Sarah has taken the initiative to start her nonprofit, especially after being instrumental in launching the community service program at the school last year, now called Kind to the Core. “Sarah is a straight-A student and is just one of those people you know will go far in life because she is willing to take a risk and lead and do what’s right for
Current Cathedral Catholic student and R. Roger Rowe School graduate Sarah Lackey led a Books for Friends drive at her alma mater. Photo by Karen Billing others,” Delaney said. Sarah said she has always been very passionate about reading and books so the mission of her nonprofit comes naturally — to make books available for children in need as a means of providing hope, comfort and inspiration. “When I was younger, I found myself alone a lot and when I was reading, books kind of became my friends,” Sarah said. “I knew less fortunate children aren’t able to buy books and I was bothered by that.” Putting books into the hands of at-risk students is extremely rewarding, she said. “The children at Monarch School really love to read so they’re always so happy when we bring the books,” Sarah said “They’re allowed to take the books with them from school and as a lot of them don’t have electronics, the books are their companions sometimes.” For her fledgling nonprofit, Sarah is already planning an event this fall at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Nov. 5 fundraiser will help raise money for even more books. Sarah is also seeking ambassadors from other area schools to support the Books for Friends mission. For more information, visit Booksforfriends.net.
RSF Art Guild President to present oil painting class at RSF Community Center The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is offering two sessions of oil painting classes for adults taught by Kim Doherty, local impressionist painter and president of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild. Doherty will teach the basics of landscape and still life painting. The “Beginning to Intermediate Oil Painting” class will cover principles of composition and design, drawing, color mixing, use of different brush strokes and the steps
By Kim Doherty to take for a successful painting. All materials will be provided. Space is limited to eight students. To register
please call the Community Center at 858-756-2461 or visit www.rsfcc.org. For more information on the instructor and her work, visit www.kimdohertyart.com. Class Dates: 1st Session – Wednesday evenings: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., June 4, 11, 18, 25 2nd Session – Thursday evenings: 6-9 p.m., Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 Cost per session: $325 per student plus $50 materials fee. All materials are provided.
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Record number of checks handed out at RSF Women’s Fund Award Presentation
Chair Victoria Hanlon and Grant Chair Kate Williams Courtesy photos
Richard and Diane Nares of the Emilio Nares Foundation, recipients of a $20,000 grant.
BY RSF WOMEN’S FUND Firsts are always exciting. The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund is celebrating a first this grant season. For the first time ever, all 10 finalists of the comprehensive grant vetting process received grant funds this year. The membership is overjoyed. During the evaluation period, many of the women become passionately attached to the causes of the nonprofit organizations and their ingenious ways of solving long-term issues in our neighborhoods. Giving all 10 grants makes everyone happy. Kate Williams, the grant chairperson, said that the votes for each of the organizations were just too close and suggested the novel idea. The actual checks were recently presented at an event in RSF. Many of the women express the desire to give more. This is possible if more women join the Women’s Fund. Those who live in the zip code 92067 and 92091 are welcome to join. Each member gives $2,250. Together, as a group, the RSF Women’s Fund considers grants that do one of the following: respond to an urgent and critical need, a bold new venture or a new approach to time-worn problems. The recipients of this year’s grant include the following: •Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego - Club K Program •Casa de Amistad - Parents in Action •Mira Costa College Foundation - Machinist Technology Program •New Haven Youth & Family Services - Sustainable Community YouthWorks •North County Lifeline - Life Achievement Centers - Vista and Oceanside •Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County - Beyond School Walls •Cecily’s Closet - Medical Equipment, “Belly Bands,” Room Makeovers •Emilio Nares Foundation - General support for services to children with cancer •Outdoor Outreach - After School Adventure Club •San Diego Second Chance - Job Readiness Program This year the RSF Women’s Fund is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. A huge celebration is being planned for Nov. 5. For more information, visit www.rsfwomensfund.org.
‘Theatre Dance Adult Open Class’ offered at Village Church in RSF
Grant chair Kate Williams and Vice Chair Jinda Schatz.
Rachel Ackerly from Cecily’s Closet, a recipient of a $30,000 grant.
A “Theatre Dance Adult Open Class” will be held at The Village Church. Presented by the Drama Ministries, the four master classes focus on how to develop adequate skills to perform in musical theatre productions with fun music and an all - level approach. The classes will be held every Tuesday in June (June 3, 10, 17, 24) from 7-8 p.m. Four-class package is $30. Comfortable shoes and clothing is recommended. Call or email Tamara Rodriguez: firstname.lastname@example.org, (617)515-5333 or contact Margie Wood at the Village Church (858) 756-2441 X128, email@example.com.
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RSF Literary Society authorâ€™s novel offers contrasts between two neighboring African countries BY JOE TASH â€œWhite Dog Fell From the Skyâ€? is a novel of stark contrasts â€” good and evil, black and white, hope and despair. The novel, published by Viking in 2013, is the third by Eleanor Morse, a teacher and writer who lives on an island off the coast of Maine. Morse was the featured speaker at the Rancho Santa Fe Literary Society on May 22, held at The Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley (see event photos on page B18). The novel tells the story of Isaac, a black South African medical student who must flee the country after his close friend is murdered by authorities. Isaac crosses the border into neighboring Botswana by hiding in a secret compartment in a hearse, beneath a coffin containing a dead body. He finds a job as a gardener with Alice, a white woman from America. One thread binding the story together is White Dog, who appears at Isaacâ€™s side after he is unceremoniously dumped out of the hearse at the side of the road. â€œA thin white dog sat next to him, like a ghost. It frightened him when he turned his head and saw her. He was not expecting a dog, especially not a dog of that sort. Normally he would have chased a strange dog away. But there was no strength in his body. He could only lie on the ground. I am already dead, he thought, and this is my companion. When you die, you are given a brother or a sister for your journey, and this creature is white so it can be seen in the land of the dead,â€? Morse wrote in the bookâ€™s opening page. In an interview before her talk, Morse said she didnâ€™t set out to write the character of the dog as a symbol, but as the story progressed, White Dog took on more importance. â€œShe became a symbol of hope. A benign presence, a light in the darkness that Isaac experienced,â€? Morse said. Along with the contrasts in the lives of blacks and whites, the book provides sharp relief in its portrayals of South Africa and Botswana, two very different countries, especially in the mid-1970s when the story is set. South Africa was then
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‘Toast of the Town & Creative Kids Art Auction’
he RSF Education Foundation honored its supporters May 22 at “Toast of the Town & Creative Kids Art Auction.” The event, held at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, was complimentary for all 2013/14 contributors to the RSF Education Foundation and celebrated the “Five-Star Education” programs supported by the Foundation. The event was sponsored by Community Partner and host The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The volunteer Chair for the Toast of the Town was Janie Licosati. The volunteer Chair for the Kids’ Art Auction was Linda Dado. Visit www.rsfef.org. For photos online, visit www. rsfreview.com. PHOTOS BY JON CLARK
Brenda Hand, Annie Golden
Paul Kim, Kristin O’Shea, Kali Kim
Janie Licosati, Superintendent Lindy Delaney
Kristin Moss, Josh Moss
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Lynde Kaminsky, Phan Kaffka, Brenda Hand, Kristin Moss, Kim Pinkerton
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Linda Dado, Steph Walker
Matt Golden, Alexis Willingham, Bob Willingham
Morris Said, Deanne Said Toast of the Town
Linda Dado, Teri Bair, Steven Spivak
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see money spent on infrastructure to improve telephone and internet service, or to build a new pool and fitness center, and fears of a water shortage at the golf club loom large. There are also differing opinions about the canceled $2.4 million purchase of the RSF Garden Club building. A petition earlier this year prompted a re-vote that ended May 6 with 638 in favor of the purchase and 659 opposed to it. Among the RSF Association board candidates are firsttimers Dominick Addario, a psychiatrist, and Susan Callahan, a communications director for a humanitarian relief organization. The other two candidates, real estate investor Kim Eggleston and incumbent board member Ann Boon, are running together on a slate. For the four, it’s been a tumultuous campaign season replete with personal attacks, accusations of stolen campaign signs, and a local gas station whose owner believes he’s lost business for taking sides. Earlier this year, Eggleston rocked the boat in the community when he sought release of Association employee pay figures and questioned the manager’s compensation package. An ally of Eggleston, board member Boon was ousted from the presidency on a 5-2 vote of her colleagues after asking questions about the Association’s IRS filing and the manager’s $290,000 annual contract. She remained on the board. Boon saw her questions as a duty of office, but others saw her approach as needlessly unpleasant. Longtime Association manager Pete Smith went on medical leave and negotiated a severance with a condition that he never have to be in a room with Boon again. Boon and Eggleston have engaged in a voter registration drive this year, launched after learning many dues-paying residents couldn’t vote because they hadn’t registered. According to the Association, approximately 1,752 people were registered to vote in last year’s board election and 561 ballots were cast. For this year’s election, participation is higher, with 2,070 ballots mailed on May 8 and due back June 9. Boon and Eggleston say there are simple things that
can be done to increase homeowner engagement, such as simplifying the voting process (with its 22-page registration packet) and holding some board meetings at night, instead of 9 a.m. on weekdays. Addario and Callahan both have spouses who previously served on the board. Both were selected by the Association’s board member nomination committee and were endorsed by a local political action group known as the Public Interest Committee. Members of that group propelled Boon’s removal from office for “disrespectful” behavior toward staff. Both Addario and Callahan say the divisiveness brought to the community by Boon must end, and if elected they can bring cohesion back to the board. “It was a very unproductive, conflicted administration, which we have never had in the past,” Addario said. “I would like to return it to better communication and a better style.” Callahan said, “I would hope to bring some of the civility back that we need.” Boon and Eggleston say asking relevant financial questions should be supported, not frowned upon. “I understand that divisiveness has developed in the community since I stood up and asked questions. That was not my intention,” Boon said, adding, “I will continue to ask questions in a polite and civilized way, which I think I have always done.” Eggleston said, “It’s hard to run a transparent government when you don’t know what’s going on.” Addario said that certain issues raised by Boon and Eggleston have been bogus, such as saying the Association has been opaque. “A lot of this about access to information has been blown way out of proportion, and that has to stop,” Addario said. “Access to information has always been there.” The extent of campaigning this year by Boon and Eggleston has reached new heights, according to the other two candidates and residents. “It’s historic. I’ve never seen anything like that. Neither have many others in the community,” Callahan said. “Especially these multiple FedExes coming to everyone’s home with big slick materials, and the expenses are phenomenal.
It’s just hard to understand.” Addario said, “It’s unprecedented that a homeowner association election should have so much advertising.” There are no campaign disclosure filings for HOA elections, but Association guidelines recommend spending no more than $2,500 on campaign expenses, the candidates said. Addario and Callahan said they’ve each spent roughly that amount, while Eggleston declined to say how much he had spent and Boon said she couldn’t say for sure, since many people are volunteering their time and resources. Not unlike higher-level political races, things got ugly in recent weeks when Eggleston’s divorce papers were circulated — with Social Security numbers on them. His ex-wife has since said that despite the claims in the court documents, she would support Eggleston today if she lived in the community. She chastised those who released the court papers. Of all the issues to be tackled by the homeowner association board in the coming year, the largest may be the selection of a new manager. Smith, who has been off the job since February, will retire on June 30.
SCOUTS cal to support Girl Scouting in San Diego and Imperial counties. Roni is using a portion of her cookie proceeds to fund her Silver Award project, which also focuses on honoring the military. She and Girl Scout Eve Maldonado, 14, dedicate their time and energy to supporting Honor Flight San Diego, a local nonprofit. The girls’ efforts include collecting letters for the World War II veterans Honor Flight brings to Washington, D.C. to visit national veterans memori-
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als. During the flight, the veterans receive the letters, echoing “mail calls” they experienced during the war. The girls recently met two of the recipients, Andre Chappaz and Lt. Col Bob Friend (a Tuskegee Airman), at a “Hero’s Welcome Homecoming” at the San Diego International Airport. Roni, Eve, Melissa and many other Girl Scouts will participate in the annual Memorial Day flag placement ceremony at Rosecrans National Cemetery. For more information, visit www.sdgirlscouts.org or call (619) 298-8391.
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Rancho Santa Fe author wins Indie Book Award After 5,000 nominations, Between Boyfriends novel by Rancho Santa Fe resident Sarka-Jonae Miller made it as an official nominee in the Indie Author Land search for the top 50 books from indie authors published in 2013 to the time of the award. The novel made the shortlist of comedy novels. After six weeks of voting and 50,000 votes, the names of the category winners was released, and Between Boyfriends made the list. Here’s what Indie Author Land had to say: “Over 6 weeks in April and May, 50,000 votes were cast in a world-wide search for the very best self-published books. “Meet the top 50. http://www.indieauthorland.com/the-50-self-publishedbooks-worth-reading-2013-14/ (http://www.indieauthorland.com/the-50-self-published-books-worth-reading-2013-14/) “Miller is long-time resident of San Diego. She grew up in Encinitas and has lived in various parts of San Diego County for most of her life. The novel’s protagonist, Jan Weston, was based off people she knew from San Dieguito Academy and Syracuse University in upstate New York, from which Miller received a magazine journalism degree. “This isn’t the first competition Miller has done well in. Earlier this year, she was named a MARSocial Author of the Year runner-up. She’d submitted an excerpt of Between Boyfriends for the heavily social media-based competition. “Between Boyfriends was originally self-published in 2011. The book did so well, she was asked by Booktrope to submit her book for consideration. The company offered her a book deal and subsequently published the Between Boyfriends triology. “More information about Miller can be obtained on her
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Earl Warren Spring Arts Festival to be held June 5 The Earl Warren Middle School Spring Arts Festival will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. in Warren Hall. Cost is a suggested $5 donation for attendees as the event is a fundraiser for the Earl Warren Visual and Performing Arts Department. (Cost is free for Earl Warren students.) Band and guitar classes will play a concert at the event, and art will be on display from the school’s Art for New Media, Digital Art, and Studio Art classes.
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due to the fires on base and structural damage is to be determined, but looks good, Gregory said. Initial reports indicate minimal loss of equipment or ammunition – with some damage to infrastructure. “It’s been a miraculous event thus far that we haven’t had any big problems,” Gregory said. Nearing $3 million in operating expenses, Gregory speaks the Marines’ mindset. “Everyone is worried about reacting to the crisis and getting to the end of it as quickly as possible. Money and cost is not something we’re going to worry about until the last person is back in their home. “It’s all scalable,” Gregory said. “When the Las Pulgas Fire has 5 percent containment and balloons up to 15,000 acres, every-
body is really worried. As the containment level goes up and everyone gets a handle on it, obviously we can shift our focus to other things.” Gregory praises Combat Camera correspondents and Combat Camera Marines on the ground that documented the crisis, because it was “specifically unsafe” for outside media. “They’ve done a fantastic job. All the images you see about how bad things were was a testament to them. After things started to calm down, they went to all the housing areas, office buildings – they posted it on Facebook and the Internet so people could have peace of mind…They could go look and see ‘my house is OK.’” A May 19 press release stated “In total, fires on Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton and Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook – collectively known as the Basilone Complex — have burned 21,900 acres, nearly 18 per-
cent of the base. “Without the efforts of more than 1,000 firefighters from local, state and federal firefighting agencies along with military and civilian aircraft the damage to the base would have been much more extensive.” Included were remarks from Brigadier General John W. Bullard: “I’d like to give my sincere thanks to CALFIRE, the U.S Forest Service, Camp Pendleton Fire Department, I Marine Expeditionary Force, the Navy’s 3rd Fleet and all the various fire departments throughout California and Nevada for their incredible efforts in fighting these fires.” Gregory assures, “As far as how they (the fires) started and how to prevent them – we’ll have to wait until the investigations are over. Internally, we’re always looking at how to improve our processes…so the next time this happens we will have our lessons learned and be able to provide a better response. We all depend on one another.”
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