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in November. Under the agreement, the 22nd DAA will spend more than $5 million to restore a 9.5-acre dirt lot along the San Dieguito River to wetlands habitat. In return, the 22nd DAA was to be allowed to continue using its east overflow lot along Interstate 5 – which is also unpaved — for parking, seasonal pumpkin and Christmas tree sales, and other activities. See DECISION, Page 6

Solana Beach City Council opposes proposed power plant The Canyon Crest Academy and Cathedral Catholic High School soccer programs hosted the 3rd Annual Cure for Cancer Cup Jan. 10. The goal of the event is to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Girls and boys school soccer teams played each other. This year the teams took donations at the games to support the Cure Search for Children’s Cancer ( Cure Search for Children’s Cancer supports two area hospitals — the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego — by enrolling patients in therapeutic clinical trials. (Above) Girls varsity players. See more photos, pages B22-B23. Photos/Jon Clark; Photos online:

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Lawsuit challenges Coastal Commission’s decision on fairgrounds BY JOE TASH A lawsuit filed by an environmental group could overturn a deal struck by the California Coastal Commission that cleared the way for a multi-million-dollar habitat restoration project at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The commission reached the agreement in 2012 with the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, and then approved permits for the work

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Del Mar school district group considers tax, bond possibilities for school improvements BY KAREN BILLING At the fifth and final meeting of the Del Mar Union School District’s (DMUSD) facilities master plan outreach group, the group learned about funding alternatives, such as a general obligation bond or parcel tax to pay for the $59.5 million to $118 million of improvements that will be outlined in the master plan. The group looked at what it would take to accomplish the group’s first three priorities of modernization, technology infrastructure and replacing portables with permanent structures, or including the group’s fourth and fifth priorities of space for Extended Studies Curriculum classes and converting libraries to innovation centers. As explained by Benjamin Dolinka of the Dolinka Group, a parcel tax is typically for a specific dollar amount over a specified number of years; it raises revenues and provides an opportunity for the district to spend those revenues. It requires a two-thirds vote of approval from district voters which can be challenging to get and, additionally, homeowners age 65 and above can See SCHOOL, page 20

BY KRISTINA HOUCK Solana Beach is the latest city to oppose San Diego Gas & Electric’s plans to open a gaspowered plant to replace electricity once generated by the shut-down San Onofre nuclear plant. In a unanimous vote, the Solana Beach City Council on Jan. 8 decided to write to Cali-

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Mayoral candidate David Alvarez outlines five priorities if elected BY JOE TASH If he is elected mayor of San Diego, David Alvarez said he will listen to neighborhood residents, “and their concerns will be addressed.� In an interview with this newspaper, the mayoral candidate and San Diego City Councilman was asked about the One Paseo project, a controversial mixed-use development proposed for the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real in Carmel Valley. The latest version of the project would consist of 1.4 million square feet of buildings, including offices, retail shops and 608

David Alvarez residential units. Some neighbors oppose the project out of concerns that it will exacerbate traffic congestion on surrounding roads. The Carmel Valley Community Planning Group is expected to consider the project soon, and it will ultimately go before the San Diego City Council for


fornia’s Public Utilities Commission to support the Sierra Club, which is against the proposed plant. The Encinitas City Council approved a letter of support at its Dec. 18 meeting. “SDG&E is looking for a way to continue to fulfill their old business model.

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approval. Alvarez did not take a position on the project, but said, “My record reflects the needs of the community, and those who live in the community, and what they express is very important to me.� Alvarez charged that his opponent, Kevin Faulconer, is more likely to side with developers. Alvarez, 33, was elected to the City Council in 2010. He grew up in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood, where he lives today. Alvarez and Faulconer, also a San Diego councilman, are running to complete the term

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Community meeting to be held on proposed Carmel Valley Library cell tower BY KAREN BILLING A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28, regarding an application for a new cell tower structure on top of the Carmel Valley Library. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Library. The proposed wireless communication facility will consist of 12 antennas, 24 remote radio units and associated equipment concealed in an addition to the library, according to a notice sent to homeowners from the city. Suzanne Bacon, the president of the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library group, expressed concerns about how the antennas would impact the library and the community. “While I don’t know exactly what the tower would look like, I can’t imagine it would look very nice and that would be a shame considering how much was just invested in repainting the library and how much our community treasures our library,” Bacon said. The item will also be discussed at a Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting for its recommendation, but has not been scheduled yet.

Del Mar Mesa board questions delay on planned neighborhood park BY SUZANNE EVANS Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board members expressed their dismay to city engineers Jan. 9 that the most recent plans for building a $2.1 million neighborhood park at the southeastern end of the mesa will not be finalized until 2016, although plans have been underway since 2004. “Why has it taken so long to take the plans to bid?” Mesa planning board chair Gary Levitt asked city engineer Mark Calleran, who presented the park’s plans to board members at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting, along with city representatives Kevin Oliver and Jim Neri. Levitt has said the 3.7acre park was designed to

Torrey Hills planning board to meet Jan. 21; Several key items to be addressed The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Ocean Air Recreation Center, 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego 92130. Items on the agenda include a plan for public parking on Carmel Creek Road east of El Camino Real; the proposed expansion at Torrey Hills Elementary School; the Maintenance Assessment District’s 2014 budget; and information from San Diego city staff regarding the construction of a green belt project on East Ocean Air. For more information, call Chair Kathryn Burton at 858-755-2128.

act as a head for trails into the surrounding open space preserve. A favorite feature is the corral to enable equestrian users to “park” their horses before and after rides. The park will also include a parcourse (fitness trail), water fountains and bathrooms for trail users, half a basketball court, a tot lot for younger kids, and casual grass areas for kids’ games and play. The park will retain its native landscaping, including a grove of eucalyptus trees on the property, and its acreage is in accordance with the city’s General Plan. Levitt noted the planning group previously “went through two or three levels of meetings and bureaucracy. Plans had gone to bid, but there was no money.” Now, there is approximately $2.1 million available for the project in the city facility assessment benefit fund account for Del Mar Mesa-related capital improvements. Calleran noted a variety of factors delaying construction, such as cost reviews, work contracts, updating to halogen lights, and stormwater runoff regulations that have changed. That did not mollify Levitt, who countered, “Stormwater is affected by hardscape, but we have only a basketball court and a small play area.” Levitt has long maintained that the transformation of the patch of weeds adjacent to Duck Pond into the neighborhood park, in addition to inviting children to play outside, “will increase the value of our homes.” He noted a need for additional parking. Mesa board member Lisa Ross said original plans were to have less concrete and more rural lighting. “You have a community who loves this [original] park plan, but now we have to go back to them and say it will not be ready until 2016. It has taken all this time for [only] 4 acres, and now it will take seven more months,” she said. “Parks take a period of ‘grow-in,’ where the grass matures so that kids can play on it – it is a question of turf establishment,” Calleran said. “Once we get rolling, every-

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Crime prevention alert: Theft of catalytic converters Between Jan. 5, 2014 and Jan. 13, 2014, there have been eight reported cases involving the theft of catalytic converters in Cardiff-By-The-Sea. The vehicles targeted were primarily Toyota pick-up trucks; the Tacoma model being the most common. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call Sheriff’s Dispatch at (858) 5655220.

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Paralympic skier with eyes on 2018 to attend Sochi Winter Olympics BY KAREN BILLING For Katrina Schaber, the phrase “going downhill fast” is actually a good thing. A star on the slopes at age 16, the Canyon Crest Academy junior is the youngest skier on the international Paralympic racing circuit and has won back-to-back Junior National titles. Katrina, who has cerebral palsy, first skied when she was just 4 years old and will have the opportunity to travel to the Sochi Winter Olympics next month as part of TD Ameritrade’s campaign to send seven 2018 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls to the 2014 Games. Every mention of the hashtag #ItAddsUp helps generate miles needed to send the hopefuls to Sochi. “TD Ameritrade is proud to support Team USA and the ‘next generation’ of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls by sending them to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games with mentors who are competing this year,” said Dedra DeLilli, director of marketing and sponsorships of TD Ameritrade. “Katrina is an inspiration and really demonstrates the theme of how overcoming many challenges can add up to great success.” The mentor Katrina will be paired with is Danielle Umstead, a visually-impaired alpine skier com-

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Katrina Schaber (above and right), a Canyon Crest Academy junior and champion Paralympic skier, will travel to the Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Courtesy photos

peting in Sochi. Along with Umstead’s husband Rob as her guide, Umstead was a bronze medalist at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. “Rob and I are looking forward to mentoring Kat more and being a part of her journey,” Umstead said. “My message to Kat is never give up on your dreams… put in the hard work and always have fun.” Katrina was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 8.

“Being a lot weaker physically and mentally, to keep up with people in school was the biggest challenge,” Katrina said. Cerebral palsy did not keep her off the slopes, however. “At first I really hated the sport,” admitted Katrina. “It wasn’t until I was around 11 years old when I joined the adaptive sports program that I began to fall in love with it.” The adaptive sports program Katrina participated in was Dis-

abled Sports Eastern Sierra at Mammoth Mountain, where adaptive equipment and techniques are tailored to each student’s individual abilities, getting them skiing and snowboarding. The program helped make the sport easier for Katrina and as she got better she decided to start competing, mainly in Copper Mountain in Colorado. She has traveled to race in Utah

and New Hampshire, but her favorite place to ski is Copper Mountain. “I’m on that mountain a lot so I feel like I have an advantage when I race there,” Katrina said. Her competition career, which began in 2012, is short but decorated. In addition to her two junior national golds, she has won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the North America Paralympic Races. She also won bronze in an able body alpine ski race, competing against athletes without a disability. “It’s been a busy two years,” Katrina said. This weekend, Katrina will compete in the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup and has her sights set on bringing home more hardware. “It’s one of the huge international races and it was on my goal list this year. I’m really happy that I made it in,” Katrina said. “And it’s on Copper Mountain of all places, my home mountain. I know the hill very well.” As an alpine skier, Katrina competes in all types of races, including slalom, giant slalom and downhill. She admits that the downhill can sometimes be scary — “I’m gong downhill at about the speed of a car on the highway, it’s a little nerve-racking,” Katrina said. See SKIER, page 14




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Solana Beach minister meets with President Barack Obama BY VIC WINTRISS Solana Beach Presbyterian Church pastor Mike McClenahan was in his hotel room after attending a wedding late on a recent Sunday night and decided to check his email. To his surprise it was from the White House with an invitation to meet with President Barack Obama and his senior staff “to discuss the moral urgency of passing immigration reform…” and a request to RSVP no later than noon Monday…the next day! In McClenahan’s own words: “Of course this was a joke. Why would I get an invitation? So I sent out emails to friends and by Monday morning they confirmed it was real…I got the golden ticket! This was a rare opportunity and if I was available it would be worth the trip. Of course I said yes, not knowing why I was invited or what kind of meeting this was. How could I say no?” McClenahan thinks that the invitation was extended as a result of an immigration reform roundtable discussion that he moderated with Fuller

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Pastor Mike McClenahan (center rear) with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Courtesy photos

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this effort, from Catholic bishops to Southern Baptists.” After a half hour or so… “We left the meeting with handshakes, promising to continue our work and to pray for the President. ‘I can use all the prayers I can get,’ he said. From one human being to another, I felt compassion for the President. No one wants to be him this week. He has so many plates to spin. How does he fall asleep at night with all the questions and concerns he carries with him?” McClenahan returned to Washington several weeks later to participate in the immigration reform “Fast For Reform” in an attempt to raise awareness of the immigration policies in this country. As a fifth-generation Californian, he is deeply concerned with immigration issues and hopes that he can be part of change which will benefit all Americans. For more information, visit or call McClenahan at (858) 509-2580.


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Former Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest named new chairman of Chairmen’s RoundTable The Chairmen’s RoundTable (CRT), a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to businesses, has elected former Del May Mayor Richard Earnest as its chairman. Earnest succeeds Steven Mendell, who will remain on the board as chairman emeritus. “Richard is a founding member of the CRT and has selflessly dedicated his time as a CRT mentor for over 16 years,” said Mendell. “I have no doubt our organization will thrive as he guides us with the same wealth of knowledge and experience that he has shared with CRT clients over the years. Richard is also a proven leader, having served as the mayor of Del Mar as well as the CEO of small and large companies. I feel fortunate to be leaving the chairmanship in such capable hands.” Earnest is a former mayor and councilman, a successful businessman, and a decorated Vietnam-era fighter pilot. He has served as the CEO of two publicly-traded software companies and founded two high-tech companies. Earnest serves on multiple boards and brings expertise in the areas of packaged software, technology sales and executive team building, and leadership in building small profitable companies. The CRT also announced the balance of its 2014 board of directors appointments: Mac Clarke — vice chair, quality assurance; Esther Rodriguez — vice chair, client acquisition; Paul Thiel — vice chair, program development; Steve McCracken — vice chair, partner relations; Kevin O’Neill —

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SDUHSD schools to host ‘Common Core Info Nights’ for parents Over the next month, schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) will host a series of information sessions about the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for current SDUHSD parents. These sessions will educate parents about the CCSS, the district’s plan for transitioning to the CCSS, the shifts in instruction and assessment required by the CCSS, and how parents can best support their students in achieving the expectations outlined in these new standards. Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 22 - Torrey Pines High School, Lecture Hall Jan. 23 - La Costa Canyon High School, Media Center Jan. 29 - San Dieguito Academy, Media Center Jan. 30 - Canyon Crest Academy, Band Room Feb. 3 - Oak Crest Middle School, Media Center Feb. 4 - Earl Warren Middle School, Warren Hall Feb. 5 - Carmel Valley Middle School, Performing Arts Center Feb. 11 - Diegueño Middle School, Media Center Feb. 25 – Spanish Language CCSS Info Session – San Dieguito Academy Library Beginning in February, SDUHSD representatives will also visit the various elementary and middle schools that send students to the district to discuss the CCSS and the transition to SDUHSD schools. Dates, times, and locations for these sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society establishing education scholarship for students The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society is establishing a scholarship that will provide financial assistance in the form of a $1,000 education scholarship to two graduating seniors who have actively demonstrated an interest and concern for the City of Solana Beach and its residents. The scholarships will be given to two graduating seniors who live in Solana Beach who will be attending a four-year college, a community college, or a technical school. The scholarships will be given to two students based on their community service within Solana Beach, grade point average, and financial need. Scholarship applications are available in the counseling offices at the high schools and on the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society web page: solanabeachcivicandhistoricalsociety. org. If you have questions you may contact Pat Coad at or 858 259-9272.

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ALVAREZ continued from page 1 of former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in August amid a sexual harassment scandal. In a November mayoral primary, Faulconer, a Republican, finished first, with 42 percent, followed by Alvarez, with 27 percent, in a field of 11 candidates. Three prominent Democrats — Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher and Mike Aguirre — were represented on the ballot. Although registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 39 to 26 percent in San Diego (28 percent of voters list no party preference), Faulconer enjoys a sizeable fundraising advantage based on yearend campaign filings, having taken in $1.4 million compared to Alvarez’s $524,000 in 2013. Alvarez said he has more campaign volunteers on the ground, which he be-

lieves will make the difference in the election. “I’ve never had a lot of money, but I’ve had a lot of people who believe in me and my vision for the city,” Alvarez said. Alvarez listed five priorities if elected mayor: reinvesting in neighborhoods parks, libraries and public safety; improving infrastructure, such as roads and bridges; establishing reliable sources of water, including the use of treated wastewater for both drinking and landscaping; providing open and transparent government; and creating a climate action plan, that would reduce greenhouse gases and allow residents to purchase electricity from renewable sources. Alvarez insisted he is ready to take on the challenge of running the city of San Diego, a government agency with a $2.8 billion annual budget and more than 7,000 employees, in spite of only having served one term on the City Coun-

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cil. He said he began his career in public service at 18, as an educator, neighborhood activist and youth minister. Before being elected to the City Council, he served as a district aid to state Sen. Denise Ducheny. “My commitment to the community and public service are very clear. And we will make sure we have the most competent individuals making decisions as part of my team,” he said. “Age has not determined the success or failure of any mayor in the past,” he said. (A case in point: Filner was 70 when he resigned in disgrace last summer.) Alvarez and Faulconer have differed on a number of recent high-profile issues, including a hike on affordable housing fees charged for new development (Alvarez supported it while Faulconer opposed it), and a community plan update for Barrio Logan. Faulconer sided with business interests that gathered signatures to put a repeal of the plan before voters, while Alvarez helped broker the deal that led to the approved community plan. The two also disagreed on a pension reform measure, Prop. B, which was approved by voters in 2012. Faulconer signed a statement supporting the initiative, which calls for new city employees — other than police officers — to have 401k-style retirement plans instead of pensions. Alvarez said the measure deprives city workers of a needed safety net for retirement because they are not part of the Social Security system. They also differ on managed competition, another voter-approved plan to put certain city services out to bid between city departments and private companies. Faulconer has said he will enthusiastically pursue such competitions to cut costs, while Alvarez said he will use managed completion as a tool, but was skeptical of the savings that can be generated. The differences were less pronounced on two other issues: medical marijuana dispensaries and public funding for a new Chargers stadium. The two candidates said they support public access to medical marijuana. Faulconer said in an earlier interview that protections must be in place for neighborhoods, such as restrictions on locating dispensaries near churches or schools. Alvarez said the dispensaries must be spread out throughout San Diego’s communities, rather than being concentrated geographically. “You cannot dump all the medical marijuana dispensaries in one community,” he said. Both also were reluctant to commit to any use of public funds for a new stadium. Alvarez said he believes a new Chargers stadium could be built on the site of the existing Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley with private financing. “I oppose the use of general fund dollars that get used for police, fire, parks. I’ve been very clear about that for the last six months now,” Alvarez said. The campaign, which was on hiatus over the holiday season, is now in full swing in the run-up to the Feb. 11 election. Six broadcast debates are scheduled from Jan. 1531. A feature on mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer ran in last week’s newspaper (Jan. 9 issue). The feature is also posted online at (News category).

DECISION continued from page 1 But at hearings in October and November, environmental groups, including the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, argued that a portion of the east overflow lot should also be preserved for future habitat restoration, because a study identified it as a wetland area. The commission decided in November that the 22nd DAA could continue using its east overflow lot for 10 years, and would then have to reapply for its permit. This month, the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club sued the Coastal Commission, seeking to overturn its decision on the 22nd DAA permits. Commission staff acknowledged in a report last fall that the use of the east overflow lot violates a California Coastal Act policy that requires wetlands to be protected. But the report said the agreement with the 22nd DAA should be approved because, overall, it resulted in the greatest protection of coastal resources. That logic is flawed, said attorney Josh ChattenBrown, who represents the Sierra Club. “We’re asking the court to set aside the approval of the two permits that authorize parking on the wetlands,” said Chatten-Brown. “The Coastal Act does not allow the filling of wetlands for parking, it’s just not allowed.” Fairgrounds officials have said they cannot afford to lose 1,200 parking spaces through the restoration of the south overflow lot, and another 1,500 spaces by setting aside a portion of the east overflow lot. At the time of the commission’s vote in November, 22nd DAA board president Fred Schenk called it a fair

compromise, because the district must reapply for its permit for the east overflow lot in 10 years, and also complete two traffic and parking studies to consider alternatives to the use of the east overflow lot. “We’re clearly disappointed” by the lawsuit, said Schenk. “We worked very hard to come up with a compromise that is fair, by giving up as much acreage as we have, and parking, and committing to a $5 million restoration of the wetlands.” “The public expects public officials to come together and work together and we did just that,” he said. The 22nd DAA board planned to discuss the lawsuit during a closed session following its public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Although the district was not named in the lawsuit, Schenk said it will likely hire counsel and work with the commission on defending against the lawsuit, because the 22nd DAA’s permits could be affected by the outcome of the legal action. In the meantime, Schenk said, work on the restoration of the south overflow lot will move forward, and the board also directed staff to begin work on the first of the required traffic and parking studies. From the Sierra Club’s perspective, the district should stop using the lower one-third of the east overflow lot so that it can return to natural wetlands habitat, said Chatten-Brown. The lawsuit asks the court to overturn the commission’s decision granting the two permits which allow continued use of the full east overflow lot. County Supervisor Dave Roberts supported the River Park JPA and other environmental groups last fall, testifying before the commission that the lower onethird of the east overflow lot should be preserved. Following the commission’s vote in November, he praised the action as a reasonable compromise. Roberts, in a statement released by his office Tuesday, said, “I have always been in favor of a compromise that protects our rapidly vanishing wetlands and the operations of the 22nd District Agricultural Association. It is important to all San Diegans that they co-exist. But now the issue will be decided in the courts. It’s unfortunate, but everyone will have to live by the court’s ruling.”


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Education Matters/Opinion A conversation with the Del Mar and Solana Beach superintendents BY MARSHA SUTTON When I received an invitation to join the Del Mar Marsha Sutton Union and Solana Beach school district superintendents for a casual chat over coffee at a local restaurant, I was surprised and delighted. I was even more impressed when I walked in and heard their friendly conversation about kids, family, winter break vacation time and the weather. There’s so much in common, so much overlap, between the two local elementary school systems, and now we see two leaders interested not only in professional cooperation but also in relaxed, amiable camaraderie. Perhaps this was the case in years past, with previous superintendents, but it was never very public. Although similar in many ways, Holly McClurg and Nancy Lynch, superintendents of the Del Mar Union and Solana Beach school districts respectively, have different approaches to some of the issues they face in education. We met to talk about the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and initially they began by congratulating the San Dieguito Union High School District for taking the initiative to bring together all five of SDUHSD’s feeder elementary school districts for regular discussions about how to make the drastic kinds of changes CCSS is demanding and how to integrate everything into a seamless transition for students moving from elementary to middle and high schools. “I give San Dieguito a lot of credit,” McClurg said, noting that all five feeder districts are on board to work together. Lynch agreed, applauding San Dieguito’s push for a united approach. They also both agreed that the new standards are very different than current standards – which they say is welcome news. “There’s a genuine interest around Common Core,” Lynch said. “Our teachers love it, [especially] the new focus on math.” But she added that it’s “a bit more stressful” to have to teach in a different way. McClurg said there’s en-

thusiasm in her district as well but that teachers are feeling “some pressure” and are nervous because of the need to learn new methods of teaching. With narrower, deeper and more rigorous standards, students will need to learn how to demonstrate their knowledge in ways that show a more multifaceted understanding of the nature of the lessons. “They’ve added more depth and complexity,” Lynch said. McClurg endorsed the new emphasis, particularly in math, on coherence and integration of concepts, meaning the material is linked and built upon what’s been learned in previous grades. “We want our kids to be fearless about math,” McClurg said. Lynch said parents are starting to see a difference in the homework. Before, children might bring home a sheet with 100 problems on it. Now, parents may begin to see only four problems with multiple steps and stages – and the need to show more work. Problems may ask for the best answer, not necessarily the right answer, McClurg said. Language arts is also in for some changes, even at the elementary level. Writing standards are changing, and more focus is being placed on non-fiction over fiction. Students need to learn how to read textbooks and other informational materials for important content, both superintendents said, agreeing that this component of learning is essential and has been often underemphasized in years past. Many assessments, McClurg said, will focus on how to read questions carefully, even for math. Lynch said everyone will be a language teacher now – even those teaching math, science or history. Both said there has been some understandable resistance from teachers over CCSS, as it affects all levels of instruction, from kindergarten through 12th grade. But they said most teachers, even veteran teachers, have been willing to abandon their personal styles of teaching the material they are familiar with, after gaining a better understanding of the reasons behind the dramatic shift.

“When they see what they can replace it with, then they agree it’s far better,” McClurg said. “When you know better, you do better.” Staff Development This led the conversation into the area of professional development. Both said it is essential to the successful transition to Common Core, but each has prioritized spending on teacher training quite differently. The Del Mar Union School District is receiving $876,800 from the state in Common Core State Standards Implementation funding, and is allocating the money, according to the Nov. 20 board report, in the following way: $662,000 (75.5 percent) for staff development, $130,800 (15 percent) for instructional materials, and $84,000 (9.5 percent) for technology. The Solana Beach School District is receiving $597,800 from the state and, according to its Dec. 12 board report, will be allocating $269,000 (45 percent) for staff development, $298,900 (50 percent) for instructional materials, and $29,900 (5 percent) for technology. The major disparity is in the amount of money allocated to professional development, which amounts to about $200 per student. Of its CCSS funding, DMUSD is spending 75.5 percent and SBSD is spending 45 percent on teaching training. McClurg has been criticized by some parents and teachers for the amount of time teachers are absent from the classroom to attend training sessions. For over a year, complaints have circulated in Del Mar about the use of substitute teachers for staff development days. Just last month, at the DMUSD’s Dec. 18 board meeting, co-president of the Del Mar California Teachers Association, Tiffany Kinney, reported, according to the minutes, that DMCTA members continue to “express concern regarding the number of instructional days out of [the] classroom for staff development …” Angry parents and teachers have reported that teachers have been absent from the classroom 20 to 30 days last year, and that has cost kids weeks of quality instructional time. McClurg said the amount of time teachers are away from their classrooms has been exaggerated, disputing the claim that teachers are out for the equivalent of one month. “Teaching is grounded in solid research,” she said, defending her emphasis on staff development. She said she has no regrets, “not for a moment.”

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Local author releases new edition of award-winning book on autism BY KRISTINA HOUCK Only 1 in 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism when author Chantal Sicile-Kira first wrote “Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide.� Today, 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism by age 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sicile-Kira’s son, Jeremy, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. Living in France at the time, doctors told the New York native to put her son in a psychiatric hospital. They said bad parenting caused his autism, Sicile-Kira recalled. “That’s what propelled me to write my book,� said Sicile-Kira, a Carmel Valley resident. “I knew better, having worked with professionals in the field in the United States. But it really bothered me that all these parents, who didn’t know anything about autism, would hear that from their doctor.� Published by Penguin Group 10 years ago, the book won “Outstanding Book of the Year� by Autism Society of America and “Best in Health� by San Diego Book Awards. A decade later, Sicile-Kira has revised the book, which has a slightly different name: “Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism.�

Chantal Sicile-Kira’s son, Jeremy, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. Courtesy photo The 371-page book covers all aspects of the condition, including the causes of autism, treatments, and teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals. “I’ve rewritten about 85 percent of it because of all the changes and information that we now know about autism that we didn’t know before,� Sicile-Kira said. While a student at UC Irvine in the 1970s, Sicile-Kira worked

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New junior optimist club at TPHS serves the community BY KRISTINA HOUCK In a little more than two months, a new club at Torrey Pines High School has collected clothes for the homeless and gathered gifts for foster children. There are many more service projects the Junior Optimist Octagon International club has planned for the year. “This is a wonderful group of kids who take the time from their busy lives of school, work, theater, sports and many other things to help others in their community,” said club advisor Gwen Robinson. “We are so very proud of them.” The new JOOI club, the Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons, was chartered on Oct. 30. Sponsored by the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club, members work to promote positive change in their communities. The group held a warm clothes drive in November for North County Solutions for Change, a Vista-based nonprofit organization that works to get homeless families off the street, rebuild their lives and move them into permanent homes. Club members filled the back of a pickup truck with jackets, sweaters, gloves and other warm clothing. In December, the club donated new gifts to Straight From the Heart, a nonprofit resource center for foster families in San Marcos. In January, the club will hold a recycling drive and a bake sale to raise money for upcoming service projects. “They are learning how their actions can affect the community and how they can positively influence other youth in the area,” said Robinson, who is also a member of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club. “They are developing leadership skills, organization skills and communication skills that they can carry with them into their college career and into adult optimists.” Optimist International is an association of more than 2,600 adult Optimist Clubs around the world. There are more than 15,000

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Club members at North County Solutions for Change JOOI members in more than 500 communities. Student members from across the country will gather during the 2014 JOOI Convention July 6-8 in San Diego. Attendees must be members of a sponsored club. “The primary focus of Optimist International is helping kids, and the JOOI club’s motto is kids helping kids,” Robinson said. The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club also sponsors Canyon Crest Academy Ravens, a JOOI club that founded in December 2012. Both local clubs have more than 20 members. In its first year, club members at Canyon Crest Academy prepared and distributed 250 lunches for the homeless. Other projects included two Mission Bay beach cleanup projects, a stuffed animal drive, a used book drive and fundraisers. “We continue to provide support to them while they develop the skills to do their own projects and operate independently,” said Jim Parrotte, a Carmel Valley resident and youth club chair of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club. The Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons meets at 11:55 a.m. on Thursdays in room 53 at the high school. Membership is free. “The junior optimist program is not only a great way to give back to your community, but it’s a great way to be a part of a larger organization,” Robinson said. “We encourage interested students to join.” For more information, about the local JOOI clubs, visit To learn more about JOOI visit, www.junioroptimists. com.


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Local organization helps students make college a reality BY KRISTINA HOUCK Daisy Saldivar never thought she would go to college, yet the Torrey Pines High School senior has already received three college acceptance letters. She credits Reality Changers, a local nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and mentoring services to students in San Diego County. “As a kid, I learned more about the streets than about subjects in school. Because I was raised in an unprivileged neighborhood, I assumed this was where I belonged,” said the 17-year-old Solana Beach native. “I was constantly running through the dirty streets and away from the cops, never thinking about my future or education. “All my friends turned their backs on me when situations started getting harder. That’s when I decided to do better in my life, and that’s when Reality Changers came in and helped me.” With a goal to build first generation college students, Reality Changers was founded in May 2001 with four eighth-grade students in San Diego. Today, the organization serves 500 students, and 500 program graduates have earned about $40 million in scholarships, according to Rachael Lemkau, director of programs and college counseling.

Torrey Pines senior Daisy Saldivar says she has received three college acceptance letters. Photos courtesy of Carlos Solorio Daisy attends the Solana Beach chapter, which launched in 2004 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. The group meets from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays during the school year. From college students to retirees, volunteers serve as tutors and mentors at the organization’s sites. “Our students attend schools alongside other students whose reality has always been obtaining a college degree and going on to a successful career or profession, because that’s the culture and environment they’ve been raised in,”

said Robert Freund, a retired Carmel Valley businessman and volunteer. “For many of our Reality Changers students, this future or reality has been little more than a dream for cultural, economic and other challenges. What the program and those of us involved in the tutoring do is help these students turn that college dream into a reality.” Freund, whose daughter is also a senior at Torrey Pines, doesn’t just volunteer as a tutor and mentor on Mondays. He forms relationships with his stu-

should be willing, too.” Daisy has encouraged her friends to join Reality Changers. She has also inspired her younger sister, a sophomore at Torrey Pines, to join the group and go to college. “She also never thought of going to college until she saw me getting accepted,” Daisy said. “Now, she’s really pumped. She wants to go to UCLA and is working hard for it.” Daisy plans to study sociology and earn her teaching credential in college. She hopes to become a soRobert Freund is a volunteer and mentor cial worker or a math with Reality Changers. teacher. She also plans dents. They have lunch and meet to return to Solana during the summer. Beach. “It’s partially a time commit“I just really want to give back ment, but much more an emotion- to my community and give back al commitment to help young peo- to Reality Changers,” she said. “I ple overcome challenges, expand will go back to my neighborhood their horizons and realize their and continue to be a role model to dreams,” said Freund, who also youth, to help them get on the serves as the organization’s board path to a better future. chair. “Reality Changers really goes “It doesn’t matter what your so far in putting a young student background is. It matters where like Daisy on an equal footing you’re going and what are you with someone like my daughter willing to do to get there.” who has grown up with advantagFor more information about es that Daisy doesn’t have.” Reality Changers, visit www. “They really go out of their way,” added Daisy about her mentors. “If they are willing, than I


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Residents can learn how to live with their wild neighbors BY MEGAN JENNINGS, PH.D. Many residents of local communities may have seen the bobcat that has made Black Mountain Open Space Preserve and Carmel Valley his home. I am the researcher who fitted this animal with a GPS tracking collar two years ago, and I refer to him as Melvin. Melvin was thought to have been orphaned when he was found alone as a kitten near Mount Soledad, and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility to be raised with three other orphaned kittens, away from human contact, until they were old enough to hunt on their own and be released back into the wild. I collared two of those bobcats to track their movements through the wildland-urban interface in coastal San Diego as part of a study I am conducting on landscape connectivity. Melvin was released close to where he was found, in Los Peñasquitos Canyon. After several months in the preserve, Melvin did what many young male bobcats do and set out to find a territory of his own, crossing SR-56 and making his home in Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley, hanging out near horse ranches and eating rabbits in the Santaluz community. Over

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urge animals to leave and discourage them from returning, if necessary. Clapping and yelling can sometimes work, but for a more determined animal, you may want to resort to stronger deterrents, such as spraying water from a hose, throwing small pebbles or rocks at the animal (aim for the hindquarters), or making loud noises such as rocks in a coffee can. If you need to employ any of these methods, always make sure that the animal has a safe escape route away from humans before you attempt to scare it away, and keep a safe distance at all times. The communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley are very fortunate to be surrounded by protected open space so residents can enjoy nature and the quiet of open preserve land. However, this land is shared with the native wildlife. It is critical that we humans recognize our native neighbors and make efforts to keep wildlife wild to avoid humanwildlife conflicts. For more information, you can visit the State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Keep Me Wild” page, Megan Jennings is a postdoctoral researcher at San Diego State University.


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KATRINA continued fron page 3 Katrina skis mostly in Colorado but depending on how much time she has, she skies in Mammoth and Big Bear as well. During the training season, she is on the slopes four to six hours a day with a two to three hours of “land training” afterward. When not on the mountain she is in the gym seven days a week for one to two hours doing yoga, swimming or running. “We have to be strong and fit to take on what we get,” Katrina said. In Sochi, Katrina will attend as a spectator and also be interviewed and participate in behind-the-scenes Paralympic activities — meant to get the Paralympic hopefuls a taste of what they may experience at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea, so they won’t be overwhelmed by all that happens. She is working on her Russian and while it will be

a “bummer” that she won’t get to ski, she is really looking forward to the trip. “It’s a great experience to have,” Katrina said. Katrina may not be used to people calling her “an inspiration,” but her drive and discipline sends a message of strength and perseverance. “Everyone has days when they want to stop, when they think it’s too much or it’s insanity,” Katrina said. “Don’t give up. There are many times I’ve wanted to stop but then I think ‘Why would I ever stop?’ when I can’t believe I made it this far…how I’ve done this much in this amount of time and am the youngest athlete in the world competing, I can’t believe it.” People are encouraged to help spread the word by using #ItAddsUp when using social media, helping TD Ameritrade’s goal to make athletes’ dreams a reality.

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Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN Boys basketball: A sophomore with a flair for the dramatic led Cathedral Catholic to its second straight Western League win. The Dons overcame a five-point deficit with just 10 seconds left on the clock, as Cameron Moore hit a pair of 3-pointers to lead his team to a 53-52 victory over University City on Jan. 10. The victory followed a 51-49 league win against Lincoln three days earlier. Moore was a force throughout the University City game, leading the Dons with 18 points, five assists and seven steals. But he saved his best for last, going the length of the court and hitting a decisive 3-pointer at the buzzer. Reid Johnson added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson scored 14 points and had six rebounds to lead the Dons in the Lincoln game. Kevin McNeela added 11 points and Max Gardner contributed four points and 12 rebounds. The Dons improved to 2-0 in league and 10-5 overall for the season. ***** San Diego Jewish Academy defeated Tri-City Christian 53-42 in a Pacific

League game on Jan. 8. The Lions defeated Preuss UCSD 43-28 the next day. Adam Sharf scored 18 points to lead the Lions and Adam Sloane added 12 points. Judah Rosenzweig contributed 10 points. Sharf scored 14 points and Rosenzweig added 10 points to lead the Lions in the Preuss UCSD game. ***** Santa Fe Christian defeated San Dieguito Academy 7148 in a nonleague game on Jan. 7. Brian Finley scored 23 points to lead the Eagles and Jack Langborg added 14 points. Cole Needham contributed 12 points. The Eagles improved to 10-5 overall for the season. Girls basketball: Canyon Crest Academy lost to Pacific Ridge 39-36 in a nonleague game on Jan. 10. McKenna Platt scored 16

points to lead the Ravens and Nicolee Quraishy added eight points. The loss dropped the Ravens’ overall record for the season to 9-6. Boys soccer: Torrey Pines played San Pasqual to a 1-1 tie in a nonleague game on Jan. 10. The Falcons defeated La Costa Canyon 4-2 two days earlier. Austin Nicholson scored the Falcons only goal in the San Pasqual game off assists from Uri Bialostozky and Eren Esener. Falcons goalie Jack Sampiere had five saves. Nicholson, Asher Booth, Tyler Valdes and Luke Sampiere each scored one goal to lead the Falcons in the LCC game and Connor Hargreaves contributed two assists. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 7-2-4. Girls soccer: Torrey Pines extended its season opening winning streak to 11 games as the Falcons defeated Coronado 2-1 in a nonleague game on Jan. 10. Jayda Hammermeister scored one goal and had one assist and Camelia Tirandazi added one goal to lead the Falcons. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 11-0. ***** Cathedral Catholic defeated Canyon Crest Academy 3-0 in a nonleague game on Jan. 10. Mattie Hegardt, Brittany Doan and Jessica Clegg each scored one goal to lead the Dons and Tamara Gomez contributed two assists. Dons goalies Hanna Macaulay and Erin Kelly combined for the shutout. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 10-2-1.

Del Mar resident graduates from Samford University Richard Carpenter of Del Mar graduated from Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing during fall commencement. Carpenter earned a master of science in nursing. Founded in 1841,Stamford University is the largest private university in Alabama, with an all-time high of 4,833 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled this year.

Del Mar resident makes Dean’s List at Providence College Katherine Bacino of Del Mar, a member of the class of 2014, has been named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the fall 2013 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must achieve at least a 3.55 grade point average with a minimum of 12 credits.

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Citizens of Solana Beach:

DON’T BE FOOLED Council members SAY: That if Prop B had been adopted by Council it would have immediately become a law and any  problems that it created would require another costly election to fix. BUT the truth is: That since Prop B intentionally incorporated general City law and regulations, the Council can change that law and regulations at any time without any election!

Council members SAY: The City Council protects our community by ensuring development and uses are appropriate  and don’t cause harmful impacts to existing neighborhoods or businesses. BUT the truth is: That the legal report they commissioned on Prop B’s impacts concluded: “There are not expected to be adverse impacts to the City’s General and Specific Plans, zoning, land use, housing, funding for infrastructure, schools, parks, traffic, parking, open space, business retention and employment, vacant parcels, agriculture, business districts, or areas designated for revitalization.”

Council members SAY: Prop B changes City codes to greatly intensify usage by adding two parties every weekend  with unlimited alcohol, live bands, and 100 guests when the demand for weekend parking is at its highest. BUT the truth is: That Prop B does not require any such changes.

 Council members SAY: That the Petitioners did an early filing of their petition to ensure a Special Election. BUT the truth is: The timing of the submission had nothing to do with the Special Election. The City Clerk reported to the City Council that it would NOT have been possible to turn in the results of the Petition late enough so that it could have qualified for inclusion in the Primary. The City Council was itself solely responsible for the decision to hold this costly and unnecessary Special Election.

 Council members SAY: That the Petitioners collected extra signatures to ensure a Special Election. BUT the truth is: Although only about 1,325 signatures needed to be gathered, voters were so enthusiastic about Prop B, that over 2,000 signatures were collected in 3½ weeks during the month of August! That fact, plus all the letters written to City Hall, clearly showed the City Council that voters wanted fair use of Fletcher Cove Community Center and did NOT want Council to vote for a Special Election.

YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF just why the City Council is going to such expensive lengths to make the Community Center so difficult to rent for our milestone celebrations. Does the City Council think that Solana Beach citizens are all so inconsiderate and irresponsible that they shoud not be allowed to use their Community Center?

Vote YESonPropB TO ENSURE THAT COUNCIL IS NOT ABLE TO YET AGAIN PROHIBIT CITIZEN USE OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. Paid for by Citizens for Solana Beach – Yes on Prop B, which is not controlled by any candidate, P.O. Box 1150, Solana Beach, CA 92075




January 16, 2014

Letters to the Editor/Opinion

Idling hurts oceans FACT: Surfers in San Diego (and elsewhere) often drive large cars, SUVs and trucks. FACT: Larger vehicles generally use more gasoline per minute than smaller ones. FACT: Surfers often sit at Del Mar beach street ends with their vehicles idling for prolonged periods to “check the surf.� FACT: The burning of gasoline and other fossil fuels contributes to climate change and acidification of the oceans- and this hurts coral reefs and other sea life. In September of this year, the City of Del Mar placed anti-idling signs at the Powerhouse Park drop-off spot (signs shown at right); an additional sign was placed on 15th Street near Jimmy O’s, where taxis often wait for customers in the evenings. This did not require action on the part of our City Council, since existing law already restricted prolonged idling. The impetus for this effort came from the Sustainability Advisory Board, an all-volunteer group of residents that meets monthly to, in part, take “a leadership role in educating..residents and businesses about energy savings programs.� I am a member of that Advisory Board, a physician, and a surfer — one who has enjoyed the waves of Del Mar since 1975. Many of my friends surf and our mutual love of and respect for the ocean is part of what bonds us. The world of Surfing, however, has a poor reputation when it comes to showing respect for nature. We surfers use (and freely discard) a huge number of surfboards made of numerous toxic petro-chemicals: over 3 million were sold world-wide in 2009. Wetsuits — another surfing necessity — are made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber made of petroleum byproducts. Neoprene breaks down so slowly, it’s actually used to line landfills! Attempts to make more “green� alternatives to surfboards or wetsuits have not yet succeeded, hindered as much by technical challenges as an odd lack of enthusiasm on the part of surfers themselves. That we as a

group seem unconcerned about the contribution that vehicle idling makes to our beloved sport’s “carbon footprint,� given this context, is not surprising. This is not to say that surfers don’t care. On the contrary, powerful local groups have sprung up worldwide to preserve beaches, surf breaks, ocean water quality and coastal access. The first local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded here in Del Mar in 1991; there are now 70 chapters throughout the U.S. and many others around the world. And the concern of surfers doesn’t stop at the water’s edge; many work in- or have themselves founded- significant humanitarian projects. SurfAid International, which aids the poor in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia, and Waves for Water, an international group founded by a California surfer who witnessed the urgent need for fresh water after a devastating 7.6 -magnitude earthquake, are two notable examples. However, it is generally true that the average surfer, like the rest of our current “me first� culture, doesn’t often act with long-term sustainability in mind. The Sustainability Advisory Board was pleased to see that the City, thanks to the lobbying of our Council Liasons Don Mosier and Sherryl Parks, got behind this new program to discourage needless idling. We certainly don’t think that this effort will by itself make a big dent in our city’s CO2 output (although transportation is by far Del Mar’s biggest source of Greenhouse Gases) but hopefully it will lead to other, more potent changes. The City also plans to put additional signs at the west ends of 4th, 7th and 11th streets — where lots of idling takes place. Lastly, I can report what a surfer I’ve never met told me recently while sitting in his car “checking the surf� in Del Mar (with the motor running). After we talked for a couple of minutes, he smiled, turned off his engine and said, “Hey buddy — thanks for the reminder!� Bruce Bekkar



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Del Mar Times Solana Beach Sun Carmel Valley News 3702 Via de la Valle Suite 202W Del Mar, CA 92014 858-756-1403 The Del Mar Times (USPS 1980) is published every Friday by U-T Community Press. Adjudicated as a newspaper of general circulation by Superior Court No.GIC 748533,December 21,2000.Copyright © 2013 U-T Community Press. All rights reserved. No part of the contents of this publication may be reproduced in any medium,including print and electronic media,without the express written consent of U-T Community Press.

Letters to the Editor/Opinion How about building our new city hall for free? How about building our new city hall for free? Hard to fathom, but yes an option that should be considered Fact – our new city hall will cost approximately $8 million plus $3 million- $4 million for the meeting rooms that the community wants. A total cost of $11 million– $12 million. Fact – the property where the current city hall is today has a resale value of anywhere from $7 million - $12 million. Fact – the public works property has little to no resale value because it is designated in a floodplain What if we turned lemons into lemonade? What if we were able to get FEMA to re-designate the public works property to a buildable site? Poof – instantly we find a $12 million asset! And the floodplain designation, itself, is old news. This site has not been reassessed since SC Edison spent $122 million on flood control. Time to take a fresh look at this sight. Lots of hurdles but well worth the investment of time and a small amount of funds. Our city can not afford a $12 million new city hall. But we could build one for free! Next steps – the Del Mar City Council needs to add this option to the list for the community to consider. Jim Benedict Del Mar

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I was shocked to hear of the death of Lou Terrell at the railroad crossing in Del Mar. It is an extremely dangerous situation with dozens of commuter trains going through a pedestrian crossing at full speed. It may be decades before the track is rerouted away from the beach. I would suggest that friends of former Mayor Terrell consider a protective and decorative low-rise wall from Powerhouse Park to several blocks north along the beach. It would be expensive, but what is another human life worth? Steve Goetsch Solana Beach

Prop B is not the answer! BY LESA HEEBNER, DEPUTY MAYOR, SOLANA BEACH Solana Beach deserves City policies and laws that promote the best interests of the entire community, including any neighborhood that might be impacted. As a bedroom community, Solana Beach has always stood for the principle of protecting our neighborhoods. Prop B blatantly violates this principle. We also deserve City policies that are flexible and adjustable so that as our community changes, so can the City’s policies. Prop B violates this basic principle as well. It cannot be changed except by a public vote. This means the delays and costs of an election will be necessary every time we need to change even the smallest element of Prop B’s policy. Think about it. Does an election allow for quick responses to pressing problems? This is no way to protect our residents or nearby businesses, and it’s no way to run a City. Don’t be misled. There is already an existing policy in place that allows the Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC) to be used for private parties. The FCCC is used daily for meetings, classes, camps and civic events, and the City Council added private parties on the weekends with what’s come to be known as The Compromise Policy. The Compromise Policy balances the interests of those who wish to hold parties, the neighbors, nearby businesses and visitors to the beach and parks, reducing negative impacts as much as possible. While the current Compromise Policy may not be perfect, it’s flexible and can be modified to address unforeseen issues and changes that occur as our community changes. On the other hand, Prop B ties the hands of your elected representatives, preventing us from addressing problems that are certain to arise from its supersized policy for weekend parties. Prop B sponsors wrongly claim that it will not change City laws. If Prop B will not change any City laws, then why do we need to have a Special Election for it? Common sense also tells you that neither the City’s or Prop B’s policies can assure the judgment or character of the persons who rent and party at the FCCC. This is why reasonable regulations need to be in place. But, Prop B wipes out reasonable regulation and replaces it with a permanent, hands-off policy. If you think some elements of the existing Compromise Policy should be changed, as I do, then the Council can evaluate and implement proposed changes. But Prop B does not allow this…without the delays and costs of an election. Prop B is not the answer to setting a policy that meets the needs of our entire community, now or for the future. Governance is about fairness, responsiveness, and the balancing of interests. Prop B violates all of these basic principles. I am voting “No” on Prop B and I urge you to do the same.

Onerous restrictions at Fletcher Cove Community Center I am getting married in August and we thought it would be great to use the community center in the town (Solana Beach) where I grew up since we planned a small wedding/reception and wanted to get married on the beach. I looked up the Fletcher Cove Community Center and it only took a quick glance to tell that was not the place for us, or likely anyone wanting a reception there. The restrictions are terrible: Two drinks per person maximum, no use of the outside patios, only quiet music, done by 10 p.m., required guards. We quickly moved on to other locations. Greg Cagle Solana Beach

Kudos to Marsha Sutton for exceptional column — ‘Evolutionary revelations’ I am a Carmel Valley resident and I read [Marsha Sutton’s] enlightening [column titled “Evolutionary revelations” in this newspaper Jan. 9]. I am a pharmaceutical scientist and we live and breathe genetics, chemistry and biology, while trying to discover potential drugs. I cannot agree more with what you have said and admire the clarity with which you have presented your thoughts. I share your frustration with how such a simple and fully resolved scientific fact is being constantly litigated in the public domain. More so, this is being pursued by people who are not qualified (under any stretch of the imagination) to address such topics and while following a narrow agenda driven by a belief system. We scientists see evidence of evolution everywhere. Every protein, receptor and neurotransmitter in the body has an underlying genetic code (say the mRNA) that shows a beautiful pattern of similarity (and differences) that can almost surely occur only if there was a clear process of adaption (from early life forms to the more advanced). Even within mammals (our species), from rodents to non-human primates to humans (in our present form) there is incontrovertible evidence of a sequence of biological events that have led to the establishment of each living form. In short, there is no doubt that evolution happened and it is happening and it will happen. The antibiotic resistant forms of bacteria that constantly emerge, the latest H1N1-like flu virus etc. are the most obvious evidence of evolution in those microorganisms. The existence of God has provided much succor to the human race and is an undeniable necessity for the sustenance of a functioning-benevolent human society. But, using such beliefs to propagate false and non-scientific lies serves to divide people and weaken the fundamental tenets of faith (be it any faith). Evidence of this is seen in every war in human history, and it is indeed very sad. Ironically, war itself is evidence enough that we haven’t moved too far ahead of our ancestors in the animal kingdom. Thanks for patiently reading my thoughts and please keep up the excellent journalistic work. Karthik Srinivasan, Ph.D. Carmel Valley

Eagle Scouts unable to use Fletcher Cove Community Center Recently some parents were interested in renting the Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC) for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, a reception honoring three new Eagle Scouts from Solana Beach and three from neighboring communities. The Fire Marshal’s posted capacity is 100 guests for events not using tables, however, in August the Solana Beach City Council cut the capacity to 50 for all events. Council’s rationale for the cut was parking problems, but on Friday nights, 57 spaces become available at 5 p.m. in the City-owned Mellmo lot. Nevertheless the limitation is set at a maximum of 50. As the parents projected a number close to 100, they realized they could not use the FCCC and were forced to rent a room in another facility. Am I missing something? If a Community Center is not to be used for such a community event, what is it for? I understand Prop B will overturn this and many other unreasonable restrictions. Thus I urge a “Yes” vote on Prop B. Roger Boyd Solana Beach LETTERS POLICY: Topical letters to the editor are encouraged. Submissions should include a full name, address, e-mail address (if available) and a telephone number for verification purposes. We do not publish anonymous letters and there are length limits. E-mailed submissions are preferred to Letters may be edited. The letters/columns published are the author’s opinion only and do not reflect the opinion of this newspaper.


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A ‘no’ vote on Prop B will retain a Who is at fault for the cost of a special election flexible and amendable City policy We would like to encourage the citizens of Solana Beach to vote “no” on Proposition B. If passed, Proposition B will change the City’s existing rental policy for private parties at the Fletcher Cove Community Center without taking into consideration any problems that may arise. The elected members of our City Council established guidelines for the use of the Community Center. Those community members who would like the restrictions on the use of the Community Center to be more lenient have circulated a petition to rewrite the rules for the use of the Community Center. Their timing on turning in the petitions has triggered this special election at a cost of $200,000 to the residents of Solana Beach. This was entirely avoidable. The existing policy was developed by the City Council to balance the concerns of those who want to rent the Community Center, the people who use the beach and the parks, shoppers and diners and the nearby residents. The council can change this existing policy at anytime. This is what is important! If this proposition is passed, no future changes can be made to the rules of the use without another expensive election. It is the job of the City Council to make rules and regulations for the City of Solana Beach that fairly take into consideration all of the members of the community and their safety and quality of life. That is a difficult task, but it is what has been done with the establishing of the current rules for the use of the Community Center. We cannot always get what we want. In order to meet the needs of everyone in the community, some compromises need to be made. We believe, that in their consideration of rules for the use of the Community Center, that is what the City Council has done to the best of its ability. A “no “ vote on this proposition will retain a flexible and amendable City policy, stop the need for special elections, ensure that public parking will be available on weekends for beach, park, and business use, and will reduce the chance of the City getting sued and having to use taxpayer money to defend an inflexible, poorly written policy. If the policy in place does not meet the needs of the community, the Council can change the rules as needed! Gary and Pat Coad Solana Beach

Prevent more expensive initiatives: Vote ‘No’ on Prop B Regardless of what rules and regulations you want to govern the Community Center in Solana Beach you should vote “No” on Proposition B. The reason is really quite simple: Passage of Proposition B means that you can’t change any of the rules or regulations without another initiative. This is no way to run a city. How often we should rent the facility, how many people should be allowed at one time, how much alcohol should be permitted are all decisions that should be made by our City Council, not through the expensive process of having an initiative. If this initiative passes then anytime you want to amend the rules, you can’t simply ask the Council to make a change but instead have to go to the voters. This initiative is costing taxpayers $200,000 or about $14 per resident. What a waste of money! I’ve lived in the City for 18 years and currently serve as the President of the Solana Beach School Board. Personally, I like some of the rules the Council enacted but think some of them are too restrictive. However, these are decisions that should be made by the Council and if people think they need to be changed then we should approach the Council. Please vote on Feb. 11 and vote “No” on Proposition B so that we can ensure that the specific rules and regulations governing our Community Center are left to our elected Council and not the expensive initiative process. Rich Leib Solana Beach

Prop B a threat to public safety Wherever you live in Solana Beach, please vote “No” on Prop. B. As physicians, we feel compelled to point out a big problem with the initiative, and that is the threat to public safety. A policy that allows large parties with unlimited alcohol every day of every weekend is not appropriate for our small community center that sits within a residential neighborhood. In fact, it is a recipe for disaster. Maybe it’ll be our child on a bike who encounters a partygoer driving away from an event, or maybe it’ll be your child who does so while walking to his friend’s house at dusk. The potential for something tragic to happen is just too great. Other issues with this initiative affect residents on both sides of Highway 101 and both sides of I-5. These problems include — but are not limited to — unexpected financial costs, parking difficulties, legal issues and public nuisance problems for our lovely little town. The real problem is that if Prop B is voted into law, it is not modifiable without yet another expensive vote, no matter how many problems arise. The community center should be enjoyed responsibly with minimal impact on the city’s pocketbook, the surrounding neighborhood and public safety. The policy that currently exists allows just that, and is modifiable without a vote should problems arise. Don’t believe Prop. B proponents who claim that the city council is trying to take away your ability to use the community center. There is a current policy in place that allows more modest events that are appropriately scaled to the venue. It’s truly a no-brainer. We urge Solana Beach residents to go to the polls on Feb. 11 and vote “No” on Prop B. Lori Taylor MD, pediatrician Ken Taylor MD, family physician Solana Beach

After almost two years of waiting for the Solana Beach City Council to adopt a policy for the use of our Fletcher Cove Community Center and many requests to use it, a public meeting was set by the City Council. At that meeting it became clear that the Council favored the position of severe restrictions on its use. The opposition to reasonable rules was led by a person who managed the election campaign of all five council members. She was also allowed to get the last word at every hearing I attended by turning her speaker slip in late, smart move, leaving us no chance for rebuttal. The supporters of moving ahead with a test period using reasonable rules governed by the present permit processes and precedence were ignored by the council members. I, as a member of our founding Council, knew that special elections are costly, we felt sure it would not come to that. Our Initiative, now called Prop. B, clearly gave the Council two options: (1) Adopt the Initiative as presented and they could amend it later if needed at a regular election or Option 2: Call for a Special Election. Only the governing body can set a special election. We never for a moment thought the council would be foolish enough to spend up to $200,000 for a test period. So heading into October, it seemed the council would go ahead and call a Special Election. Then Council received the ultimate “Win-Win” proposal from Margaret Schlesinger, Solana Beach’s first Mayor. Margaret is in favor of opening the center but was not involved in the Initiative process. Margaret proposed Council adopt the Initiative and at the first sign of a problem place its revocation on the June primary ballot. Everybody would win, should a problem arise the people would be able to vote on it. Proponents would have their trial period and opponents would have time to document any problems. Amazingly, Council dismissed former Mayor Schlesinger’s $10,000 proposal and proceeded to set the $200,000 Special Election. So as to responsibility for the cost, blame should be assigned to the City Council and the people who advise them. Celine A. Olson Solana Beach

SB Council virtually closes Center In June 2013, Solana Beach City Council closed the Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC) for private events. After receiving criticism and an Initiative to overturn that policy, Council passed a “Compromise Policy” in August that reflects agreements between Council and the neighbors who wanted the Center closed. But this “Compromise” did not offer anything to the other residents of the community. This new policy contains severe restrictions that have resulted in the Center virtually being closed for family celebrations. The restrictions in this policy are: •Before the renovation, capacity was 60 people for table seating, 127 without tables. Absent an objection from Council, the Fire Marshal reduced this to 50/100. Council further cut this to 50 people for all events and required caterers, musicians, security guards, etc. must be counted as attendees. Thus the effective capacity now is closer to 45. •Only two private events may be scheduled per month. •Overturning both a policy in effect since 1992 and the FCCC design guidelines, you cannot set aside a portion of the lawn or patio or carry a drink outside. •Two drinks max. A champagne toast counts as #1, and you may not have more than one glass of beer or wine for #2. •A glass of beer or wine cannot be

served after 9 p.m. •A party of 45 requires both a City Certified Security Guard and a City Trained Bartender. •Music must be inside, peripheral outside sound must be monitored, nevertheless D.J.s, horns, drums or amplifiers are not permitted. •Service clubs and charity organizations cannot have an Alcoholic Beverage Commission sanctioned cash bar. •Musicians and caterers must have a $110 annual City business license. These restrictions have resulted in only two events being booked in the four months since the policy was adopted. Thus with weekend utilization just 4 percent, it is fair to say the facility virtually has been closed for private events. While outpaced by $280,000 of private contributions and a $50,000 grant from the County, still $70,000 of your tax dollars were used to refurbish the Center. And your tax dollars pay the $5,000 annual maintenance costs for a facility where Council’s restrictions effectively prevent you from using it for family celebrations. If this bothers you, vote for Prop B which will overturn the Council’s Current Policy and fully reopen the FCCC to Solana Beach residents for private events. Jim Nelson Solana Beach

Prop B election has muddled the issues The Prop B election is a mixture of substance and politics that has muddled the issues. I think that we need the current, site-specific rules for the FCCC (Fletcher Cove Community Center). We need to be sure that alcohol is not linked to someone falling off that cliff. We do not want a lawsuit when the City Manger denies a usage permit. We need to understand that the old FC parking lot is gone, that the FCCC could never be built for unlimited general event usage today, and to compromise accordingly. That is what we currently have. The Prop B folks apparently disagree. The Prop B petition forced the city council into a choice between holding a special election and accepting a poorly conceived policy that would require an election every time it had to be fixed. These were its only legal choices. The Prop B folks had alternatives that could have avoided this. They could have timed their petition so that a special election would not have been needed. They could have petitioned for an ordinary referendum on the FCCC rules instead of a proposition. What was done benefits those who want to make the council look inept, and force them out of office. Bill Howden Solana Beach



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Back Row: Justin Zhang, Eugene Egorov, Jun Oh, Brandon Teren, Jonathan Garvey, Kai Johnson, Goalie Sean Powers, Mikey Marsal, and Coach Roy Ashcroft Front row: Haris Sarwary, Rishab Jain, Carsten Nahum, Daniel Blacher, Jack Bosman, Alex Vartabedian. Not pictured Alan Edmonds, Derek Bragado, Matias Weiland.

Sharks Boys U13 White Team takes Arsenal FC Winter Classic Soccer Title The DMCV Sharks Boys U13 White team took the trophy at the recent Arsenal FC Winter Classic soccer tournament in the top bracket. The Sharks were directed by Coach Roy Ashcroft. The boys had an exciting semi-final that went to penalty kicks and exacted revenge in the final, beating the Roadrunners FC 1 - 0, to avenge their only loss in the tournament. This is the fifth straight tournament win this season. They also won the Escondido Kickin’ it Challenge for breast cancer in Escondido, the Copa Del Mar Tournament, the Rancho Santa Fe Attack Summer Classic Tournament, and the Xolos Winter Festival. The boys are working hard this year fundraising for a trip to England next summer to face EPL Academy teams in scrimmages and practices to continue to develop their soccer skills. They had a strong season (4th) in the San Diego County Development Academy with the top four teams all within 3 points of each other and the title coming down to the final weekend of play. Anyone that would like to help the boys with the fundraising can contact John Garvey at

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Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U12 Gold All-Star team crowned Champions of New Year Kick Off tournament Fresh from their success being crowned Champions of the Mesa All Star tournament in mid-December, last weekend the DMCV Sharks Girls U12 All-Star team played in the New Year Kick Off tournament in Escondido. From a total of eight teams, Sharks ended up by winning the Championship. In the early rounds they defeated strong teams from the Oceanside Breakers (3-1) and Carlsbad Wave (2-1) and tied with Encinitas Express (0-0) to qualify for the Final. In the Final, they played the host team, Escondido Soccer Club. Fortunately in the Final, Sharks continued their record of scoring early goals and within nine minutes they were leading 2-0. Escondido came back hard and threw everything at the Sharks defense, but the team defended well and hung on for a 2-0 victory. This win was especially impressive because the team was lacking several key players, including their regular goalie. Amazingly, the stand-in goalie, Devin Jansen, conceded only two goals in the whole tournament. Every single player committed all-out effort to win the games and the team fought like tigers! The spirit of the team was typified by Dani Anapoell, who played the last part of the Final game despite having a broken toe. Many congratulations to Sharks Girls U12 Gold All Star team for winning their second tournament of the season!


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continued from page 1 receive an exemption. General obligation bonds are voter-approved, long-term debt instruments that require 55 percent of the vote. The group looked at numbers for both programs, spending the funds over a 10-year period and borrowing over a 25-year period, through 2047-48. To modernize all of the district campuses, the district would need about $59.5 million. A general obligation bond would be approximately $13 per $100,000 of assessed property value. By comparison, DMUSD’s October 2012 general obligation bond, which failed to generate 55 percent of the vote, was for $76.8

million and was about $8.44 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The San Dieguito Union School District’s $449 million bond, which passed, was for a maximum of $25 per $100,000 of assessed property value. A parcel tax rate for this option would be $145 and would increase by 5 percent every year. To aim to accomplish its top three priorities, the district would need $92.5 million, which would break down to about $20 per $100,000 of assessed property value for taxpayers with a general obligation bond or a $225 parcel tax. Should they move forward with either plan, the soonest the district could get a ballot measure would be in June or November 2014. In addition to parcel tax and general obligation bond monies, Dolinka said there

is some potential funding from the state as, over the next 10 years, the state has to contribute $12 billion to help California schools fund facilities. Carmel Del Mar School could qualify for about $1.8 million of modernization funding, and Del Mar Heights and Sage Canyon could each get about $585,000 in new construction funds. There is also funding available from community finance districts for improvements at Ocean Air, Torrey Hills, Sycamore Ridge and Ashley Falls. Recreation assessment district funding could also cover projects such as covered play areas and replacing wood chips on the playground. The facilities master plan will be presented to the board for approval at its February meeting.


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Albion BU10 White team: Top Row: Coach Wayne Crowe. Middle Row: Lucas Iovine, Keegan Ferreira, Andrew Mitchell, Cameron Brown, Jackson Miller, John Paul Molina and Ryan Flather. Bottom Row: Tyler Watson, Noah Dougher, Evan Rotundo, Simon Sagal and Angel Jaimes. (Not pictured: Billy Cherres)

Albion SC BU10 White Team Champions of Del Mar Girls Water Polo 14’s Team wins Albion Developmental Showcase Tournament

Pacific Winter Classic Tournament The Del Mar Girls Water Polo 14’s Team (above) won the Pacific Winter Classic Tournament at Westview High School. Coach Jessica Tran led the undefeated team to the finals to beat Coronado on Jan. 12.



Congratulations to the Albion BU10 White team for winning the Albion Developmental Showcase Tournament over the Jan. 11 – 12 weekend. Coached by Wayne Crowe, the Albion BU10 White team went undefeated the entire tournament playing in the top flight. Albion defeated Rebels SC Gold (6-1), Hawks Academy (4-1), and West Coast FC (3-0) in their bracket play. In the finals, Albion BU10 White team defeated SD Surf BU10 Academy I team with a score of 3-0.







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PLANT continued from page 1 Rooftop solar is not on their business plan,” said Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner. “Every time they build [a plant] our bills go up — that’s us as businesses, us as residences, us as schools. I think it makes good sense for us to send a message to them to please stop and take a look at the new world and what is happening. There are smarter ways to do this. Our demand is flat. We do not need to look to more fossil fuel.” Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission rejected plans to build the Pio Pico Energy Center in the South Bay. SDG&E reapplied in June, after San Onofre was permanently closed. The utilities company had received 20 percent of the plant’s power. Four public speakers addressed the council in support of the letter, including representatives from Butler Sun Solutions, a Solana Beach-based solar water heater company, and the local Sierra Club.

“We are all together here faced with a monumental decision that’s going to affect the people here in Solana Beach and the whole region for decades,” said Pete Hasapopoulos of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter, who noted the chapter has 12,000 members in San Diego County, including 185 members from Solana Beach. “The notion that we need more gas plants to take care of life after San Onofre — that’s a notion that’s not temporary. We’re talking about an investment in dirty energy for decades. This is not a small manner.” The letter, which was written by Councilman David Zito, notes that the plant has been offline for nearly two years “without significant challenge” to the county’s power supply. All council members agreed to sign the letter. The five-member commission could vote on the matter as soon as Feb. 5. “I’m really proud of our community and the way we have really been out front on a lot of issues and supported these really serious items,” said Councilman Peter Zahn. “I’m hoping we can really lend our voice to the greater cause, which in the case of San Onofre and the power that gets replaced, that it can be renewable and non-carbon emitting.”

Solana Beach Library sponsoring three free Zumba classes The Solana Beach Library is co-sponsoring three free Zumba classes for adults in the coming months. The classes will be held on Mondays: Jan. 27, Feb. 24, and April 7, at 8:15 a.m. The first two classes will be held at Hammond Studio, 626 San Rodolfo Dr., Solana Beach; the third class location is Earl Warren Hall at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., and the phone is 858-755-1404. Marcela Alva, certified instructor, will lead all classes. Zumba blends rhythm and easy-to-follow choreography for a total body workout. Come give it a try!

EDUCATION continued from page 7 structional materials, and McClurg said her allocation may not be enough. But they said districts are allowed to submit changes in their funding plans to the state, and modifications can be made as implementation of CCSS approaches this fall and priorities change. Both said more money for technology would be allocated to expanded bandwidth and faster connectivity time. Transformational time Common Core is not without its critics. One criticism, McClurg said, is that some states complain there shouldn’t be the same standards for all students nationwide. Both superintendents disagreed with this. Some say CCSS was driven by a political agenda and initiated by the federal government. But both Lynch and McClurg pointed out that CCSS originated with governors, universities, business and industry – all of whom came together in frustration

over the lack of preparation they were seeing from high school graduates, even those with strong GPAs and high test scores, who often struggled when faced with reallife problems. Common Core was generated out of a new awareness that students are graduating high school without the skills and knowledge they need for success in college and career. California is one of 45 states to date to adopt these new common academic standards, which to varying degrees shift away from previous instructional methods, curriculum content and assessment techniques. If CCSS is so good, what was wrong with the way it’s been for the past 20 years? McClurg said there has been some frustration over the years, because “we could see how much more kids could be doing.” There’s now, she said, “a sense of relief.” Both said there has been a recognition for many years that the old system was not doing its best to prepare young people for new jobs, new skills and new careers – work that

couldn’t have been imagined 20 years ago. “There was nothing wrong with it,” Lynch said of the previous educational standards. It was just “preparing for an old mindset” that’s not valid any more. Both superintendents were enthusiastic about the changes ahead. Lynch said one veteran teacher told her, “This is the most transformational time in education ever.” Both leaders emphatically agreed. Having seen many education fads come and go, both said this was definitely not the “flavor of the year.” “This is by far superior,” McClurg said. “It’s all about good teaching and learning.” Lynch called CCSS more student-focused in its intent to teach kids “how to be more responsible and accountable for their own learning.” “The days of passive learning are over,” Lynch said. Marsha Sutton can be reached at SuttComm@san.rr. com.

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brother, Peter, at the William Inge Festival in Kansas. That’s how I came to David’s notice. It feels like a nice, tight organization; people know one another well. They know their patrons, and each other. It’s a community. I admire that in any theater company. That’s what American Blues is about, too. It’s about community and family, and an intimate experience. Q: Tell us about American Blues Theater. Leaming: We do original works that speak to the middle-west — American plays. With the new, we do a lot of American Classics that we reimagine. 2015 will be our 30th anniversary of doing four plays a year. In 1985, there were four founders. I’m an actor and designer, one is a director and actor, another one is a playwright and an actor, and one is an actor and schmoozer with connections to the Chicago’s North Shore — and whatever we needed to get the business together to make a theater.

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TPHS alumnus to debut in racing reality show BY JULIE SARNO Local resident Christian Hellmers is a leading character in “Horseplayers,” a reality show which will air on Esquire television. The first episode of the 10-show horse racing series is scheduled to air at 10 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The show is about the high-stakes world of professional handicapping. “Handicapping” is the process of analyzing data and selecting horses to bet money on. Interest in Hellmers as a candidate for the reality show began when he finished second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, known as the BCBC. The contest requires a $10,000 buy in. When he repeated in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita Park, Hellmers was signed to be on the reality television show. His second-place finish in 2012 earned him prize money of $154,525. Hellmers finished second to Patrick McGoey of New Orleans, who took home the winner’s share, $255,341. In 2013, he did not finish among the leaders. “The producers liked that I was not like everyone else,” said Hellmers, who is the only California-based cast member on the reality show. In contrast to the other handicappers on the show, Hellmers is athletic and health conscious. He surfs and is a vegan. The website promotional material says of the professional horse race handicappers: “The only thing bigger than the bets are the characters placing them . . . each episode follows a group of handicappers as they travel the country in search of instant riches – and compete for the title of America’s top handicapper.” “The show is one-half

Christian Hellmers is a leading character in the new TV show “Horseplayers.” Photo/Julie Sarno

lifestyle and the other half about the tournaments,” said Hellmers, who competed in handicapping contests at Santa Anita, a Los Angeles area-racetrack; Gulfstream Park in Florida; Fair Grounds in Louisiana; and Keeneland in Kentucky. “The premise of the show is to try to make it into the National Handicapping Challenge (NHC) in Las Vegas,” said Hellmers, who succeeded in earning two berths in the contest which features $1.5 million in total prize money. Later this month, he will compete in the NHC, sponsored by Daily Racing Form, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The Las Vegas tournament has a $750,000 first prize and begins on Jan. 24. While the reality television show was being taped,

Hellmers also enjoyed attending the major races for 3-year-old colts, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, known as the Triple Crown. A Torrey Pines High School alumnus, Hellmers has had a passion for betting on horse racing since his teenage years. Hellmers now lives in Rancho Santa Fe but grew up in Del Mar, where his mother, Georgia Hellmers, still lives. He fondly remembers going to the track with his late father during his teen years. At 20, Hellmers and two friends — Nisan Gabbay and Kevin McFarland – won several tournaments and were known as the “Pick 6 Boys,” capturing the attention of the racing world when they were interviewed on television and won $15,000 that day. Hellmers went on to

UCLA, graduating with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. Now 36, Hellmers is an entrepreneur. Among other businesses, he founded, which specializes in personalized matchmaking. Hellmers acknowledges, “I make more money on horses than anything else. It is my primary source of income. It has taken me 10 years to really understand the nuances. The betting is just a decision. The best advice I can give to anyone is to not to bet the majority of races. There are a few golden eggs.” Playing the tournaments is hard work, acknowledges Hellmers. “Trying to win 500 to 900 percent on the races in one or two days is not a game for shrinking violets. It is a game for people who believe in themselves. Most people do not want to play a game you win one out of five times.” “My greatest gift is predicting the future outcome of horse races,” says Hellmers in the show’s promotional clip available at the website: videos/70885-horseplayersextended-first-look. Produced by Go Go Luckey, the show was picked up by Esquire, which launched a TV channel last September. The channel, which reaches more than 60 million households, is carried on Dish, Satellite TV and most cable networks. Locally, Time Warner features the Esquire network on channel 203 and HD is channel 859. For AT&T Uverse, channel 381 and channel 1380 HD. Cox cable carries Esquire on channel 368.



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BY KATHY DAY Each year when the staff at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego sets their fundraising goals, the annual San Diego Dream House Raffle plays a big part. And this year, they’ve upped the ante with the largest home and the one with the highest value in the 10-year history of the campaign, said CEO and President Chuck Day. The grand prize is a $4 million Rancho Santa Fe home with golf course and lake views, and 7,685 square feet of luxury living, including five bedrooms, a detached guest house, a nineseat home theater, and backyard with pool, spa and personal putting green. The grand prize winner also has the option to take up to $2.1 million cash. For the past two years, that’s what the winner has done, Day said. And in addition to the three early bird drawings with chances to win cars and vacations to Paris, Maui and Costa Rica, there will be 1,360 prizes — giving ticket buyers 1 in 50 odds of winning something. Additional prizes at the grand prize

This $4 million Rancho Santa Fe home is the grand prize in the 2014 Ronald McDonald San Diego Dream House Raffle. Photos/John Clark drawing include additional vacations, cars and an array of electronics items from Apple TVs to GoPro cameras. “The proceeds absolutely are a key to helping us provide for families with children in medical crisis,” Day said. Ronald McDonald house enables families to stay in one of the center’s 47 rooms while their children are being cared for at Rady Children’s Hospital across the street or just to take advantage it as a daytime respite. During 2013, the facility was occupied 96 percent

of the time and served more than 20,000 families, Day added. “We served 150,000 meals and had more than 16,000 room nights last year.” Since this year’s raffle was announced, he said interest has been high. “We are very grateful.” The grand prize home is identified by Ronald McDonald house executives, who contact homeowners with property on the market. In exchange for taking their home off the market during the raffle, the homeowners get extensive mar-

keting through the charity’s efforts. The cost for one raffle ticket is $150, but participants can save by purchasing tickets in bulk. A pack of three tickets costs $400 and a pack of five tickets costs $550. The first early bird drawing will be held Feb. 9, and more prizes are also available through a multiticket drawing and refer-afriend drawing. The full list of raffle prizes and official rules are available at Buy a ticket at 888824-9939 or submit a raffle ticket form at

Jazz at the Athenaeum

The series opens with on January 23 with the Joshua White NYC Quartet, featuring award-winning pianist White with two NYC powerhouses, alto saxophonist David Binney and drummer Mark Ferber, along with top-flight LA bassist Hamilton Price. White has been capturing the attention of audiences nationwide since winning second place honors in one of the jazz world’s most prestigious events, the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition (2011).

Joshua White NYC Quartet Thursday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Herbie Hancock commented, “Joshua has immense talent. I was impressed by his daring and courageous approach to improvisation on the cutting edge of innovation. He is his own man.”

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The New York Times wrote, “He pressed hard against the rhythm section and improvised with form, accelerating and decelerating, suddenly going free. Mr. White used a lot of dissonance and clutter, but it was provocative, chord-related clutter, not the brilliant-soloist kind made mostly with the right hand. It was a sound worth returning to.”

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CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING X-TO+J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley February 2 through April 6 Best known for the monumental projects he and his late wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude have accomplished over almost four decades, Christo’s works have engaged the public in debate and compelled viewers with their startling scale and presence. Featuring more than fifty works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, this exhibition highlights David Copley’s bequest as well as recent gifts from the David C. Copley Foundation and the artist. Hear the artist lecture on Saturday, February 1 at 5 PM.

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NCL-San Dieguito Chapter Father/Daughter Waltz dinner National Charity League-San Dieguito Chapter held its Father/Daughter Waltz dinner Jan. 12 at Estancia Resort, La Jolla. The Father/Daughter Waltz dinner is held to prepare for the Senior Presents event. Photos/McKenzie Images; Photos online:

Jacqueline Walther, Alexandra, Isabella and Reza Paydar

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Patriot Profiles: ‘A Marine is a Marine first’ This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. BY JEANNE MCKINNEY In late summer 2010, American aircraft in Pakistan’s skies were a welcome sight when monsoon rains caused torrential flooding covering nearly one-fifth of the country. Property, livelihoods and infrastructure were destroyed, affecting 20 million people. The United States Marine Corps’ 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) was nearby and sent to help people cut off from everything in the grossly swollen Indus River basin. Captain Matthew J. Wesenberg, a pilot, was one of the Marines helping to save Pakistani lives. Wesenberg was once an unlikely candidate for such a rescue mission. “If you were to look at me in high school, and talk to my friends, not a single person would have expected me to join the military...let alone the Marines.” Wesenberg was a kid who didn’t exude that “Oorah” personality. He grew up in Bloomington, Minn., with two brothers Danny and Alex, mom Mary and dad John (who recently died of brain cancer). His grandfather was a Navy pilot who crashed after the Korean War due to a plane malfunction and was buried the day his mother was born. “I don’t really know why I joined [the military],” Wesenberg said. “It seemed like the right thing to do and I wanted to fly.” Wesenberg went to the University of Arizona on a Navy ROTC scholarship, but after a year switched to the Marines ROTC. “I decided I wanted to fly helicopters. The Marines had many more options for that.” He was also drawn to Marine Corps leadership styles and close-knit group ties. He graduated college in the spring of 2005, was commissioned and put his package in to get an aviation contract. With his contract in hand, Wesenberg was off to The Basic School (Quantico), followed by Navy Flight School (Pensacola) in 2007. The Navy and Marines work together training pilots. “We all start out fixed wing first,” Wesenberg said.

Capt. Matt Wesenberg preparing to fly a CH-46E “Sea Knight.” Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps.

Flying in the Swat Valley with the Hindu Kish in the background. Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps Courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps “They send us to Introductory Flight School (IFS) and we do about 20-25 hours of civilian flying. They do that first to make sure it’s what you really want to do.”

Wesenberg estimates the whole civilian flight school program was equal, cost-wise, to one flight in Navy Flight School. Wesenberg said his math degree didn’t really help, stating “The Navy is really good at structuring flight school so it doesn’t matter what your background is.” After more training and flying, he received his wings in 2009, launching his career in the cockpit of a CH46 tandem rotor helicopter. Pakistan offered Wesenberg the Hindu Kush operation and, “The most amazing flying I’ve ever done…20,000-foot mountain peaks, glaciers...flying through the Swat Valley, which was, at the time, one of the most dangerous places in the world [a Taliban battleground].” During the floods, “You’d land on a road half washed out with rushing water everywhere. The 46 can get into some pretty tight zones. You’d find an area [and say], ‘Hey, that looks flat and open, so you land it.” They’d take the bare minimum fuel and fill up with as many Pakistanis as possible and bring them out. If they couldn’t be evacuated, they’d hover over a

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), San Diego. Captain Matthew J. Wesenberg. Photo/ Jeanne McKinney house and drop food. Wesenberg now pilots the MV-22B Osprey, a revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft – not a plane or a helicopter, but can perform like either. He explained that the CH46 has 1960s Vietnam-era technology. Everything is steam gauges with direct input from mechanical components that give readings to control temperature, pressure, airspeed, altitude, etc… a pilot has to know what numbers are in and out of limits. “With the Osprey everything is glass cockpit.” They have Multi-Function Displays on each side and See PATRIOT, page B30

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Local author’s new mystery is set in town loosely based on RSF BY KRISTINA HOUCK Susan Union grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Now, the Realtor-turnedwriter has released her very own mystery. Set on a horse ranch in a wealthy enclave of San Diego County, “Rode to Death” is the first book of the Randi Sterling mystery series. The 265-page book follows equine journalist Randi Sterling, who moves to her college flame’s ranch in San Diego’s wealthy Rancho del Zorro. At the ranch, Sterling not only discovers he is already married, but she stumbles upon his dead bride in a champion stallion’s stall. The setting is loosely based on Rancho Santa Fe. “While showing my horse, I would see all the glitz and glamour and envy and greed running below the surface of these horse shows,” said Union, who lived in Rancho Santa Fe for 10 years. “I thought it would be a really good premise for a mystery.” Union grew up on a horse ranch near Boulder, Colo., where she rode thoroughbred hunter-jumpers and competed in the Mountain States Circuit. At 9 years old, she

Author Susan Union Courtesy photo got her first pony, Tilly, for Christmas. Although she had a passion for writing and horses, her parents encouraged her to study business. She earned a degree in finance from San Diego State University. Following a career in real estate, Union pursued writing. She became a freelance journalist, writing features on riding, training and breeding horses for community newspapers and equine magazines. In 1998, Union’s horse, Chickawa Rose, qualified for the American Quarter Horse Association World Show in Oklahoma City and earned a sixth place medal in the trail

Susan Union’s daughter, Erika, and Chickawa Rose at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Courtesy photo competition. While participating in and reporting on the show, Union was inspired to write a novel. “I always wanted to write a novel, but it took a long time to really hone the craft because it’s really different from journalism,” she said. “But when I really get into the characters’ heads and the dialogue is flowing, it’s like they’re in the room with me or they’re speaking through me. It just flows.

They are a part of me.” Published by Köehler Books, “Rode to Death” is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books and IndieBound. “This book is for anybody who wants to fall in love with a page-turning mystery,” Union said. For more information about Union and the Randi Sterling mystery series, visit www.




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Del Mar Foundation’s free Speaker Series Don’t get hooked by ‘phishing’ attempts: Sheriff’s continues in 2014 with ‘Medicines from the Sea’ Department experts to discuss fraud protection at Del

•Dr. William Fenical, director of Scripps’ Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, to present on Jan. 27 at the Powerhouse from 6 – 8 p.m. As one of the world’s leading researchers in marine biotechnology and biomedicine, Dr. William Fenical, and his team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, investigate ocean-derived chemical compounds as treatment for cancer, AIDS, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, and pain. His team’s recent discovery of a new chemical compound from an ocean microbe shows early promise of combating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Join the Del Mar Foundation and Dr. William Fenical for a unique glimpse at the future of medicine. Reservations are required. Call 858-635-1363 or email info@delmarfounDr. William Fenical by Friday, Jan. 24. Seating is limited. The event will be held at the Powerhouse in Del Mar (1658 Coast BouThe Del Mar Foundalevard, Del Mar) on Monday, Jan. 27, from 6-8 p.m. tion sponsors programs, Fenical is a distinguished professor of oceanography at makes grants, and manages UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and director of nearly $2 million in endowthe Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at ment funds to benefit the Scripps. He is past chairman of the Gordon Research Confer- greater Del Mar community. ence of Marine Natural Products Chemistry and a Fellow of The Foundation’s communithe American Association for the Advancement of Science. ty endowment provides He founded the Consortium for Marine Biotechnology in long-term funding stability San Diego. Fenical has published more than 440 scientific for community needs. articles on marine chemistry research. For more information DMF Talks, the Del Mar Foundation’s unique version of about the Del Mar FoundaTED Talks, draws its speakers from locally-based creative, in- tion, visit www.delmarfountellectual and scientific leaders. Launched in 2012, DMF Talks aims to entertain, inspire, and educate the Del Mar community through a series of free presentations.

Solana Beach Library to host Chinese New Year Festival Feb. 1 2014 will mark the year of the horse in the lunar calendar. To celebrate, on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Solana Beach Library will host its first Chinese New Year Festival, a free cultural event for all ages. Featured at the festival will be lion dance, other traditional Chinese dance, Kung Fu demonstration, music, and storytelling. There will also be crafts, games, and refreshments. Were you born in the year of the horse? Legend has it those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented, and good with their hands. Wow! Please come to the Solana Beach Library not only to be entertained, but to learn more about this important cultural event. The library location is 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach; 858755-1404.

Next Depression Bipolar Support Alliance meeting is Jan. 21 Depression Bipolar Support Alliance meeting will be on Jan. 21 from 2-4 p.m. The meeting is held at Pacifica Restaurant located in the Del Mar Plaza shopping center at 15th and Camino Del Mar. Validated parking available for the underground parking garage. Contact Roger Alsabrook at 858-525-1509 or

Used book sale to be held at Solana Beach Library Jan. 25-29 The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale from Jan 25-29 in the Solana Beach Library,157 Stevens Ave,Solana Beach. The sale will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. All shoppers may shop all days for $5 by filling a grocery bag with used books of their choice. Current year paid members of “The Friends” may shop half-price on all books in the shop during the previous week, Jan.18-24. Memberships are available for $20 in the library shop.

Experts to speak on ‘Planning for Life Changes’ at Solana Beach Library It is difficult to be prepared for unexpected life changes, such as marriage, birth of children and grandchildren. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., experts will speak on the topic at the Solana Beach Library. The experts include: Angela Woolard, family law attorney with Soloman Ward Seidwurm & Smith, and Parisa Weiss, estate planning attorney with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek. Topics to be discussed include prenuptial agreements, amending estate plans and protecting your family finances. The library is located at 157 Stevens Ave, the phone number is 858-755-1404.

Meet the County Library Director at Solana Beach Library event San Diego County Library Director Jose Aponte will be at the Solana Beach Library on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 1-3 p.m. He enjoys visiting each of the more than 30 community libraries in the system, because, as he says, “It is an opportunity to say thank you to the people who give us our purpose. The public is the driving force behind everything we do, and one of the best parts of my job is getting out and thanking the community for making our libraries great.” Please come to not only meet the director, but to hear the delightful music of the TubaFours, view The Legends art display, and snack on refreshments. The library is located at 157 Stevens Ave, the phone number is 858-755-1404.

Mar Community Connections event in Del Mar There are more than 30 million victims of fraud in the United States each year. Retirees lose their life savings in fraudulent investment schemes. Online shoppers send money but receive no goods or services in return. People get taken in by confidence tricksters, fake lotteries and scam dating sites. Increasing numbers see their credit card information or whole identities stolen. Del Mar Community Connections invites you to come and learn from deputies working in the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Financial Crimes Unit how to protect yourself from crimes involving credit card offenses, counterfeit and “bad” checks, embezzlement, false impersonation, fraud, forgery and identity theft. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the City Hall Annex, 235 11th St., Del Mar. Refreshments will be served. This material is designed to: • Educate you on new and continuing scams • Increase awareness on ways your identity can be stolen • Reduce your risk of becoming a victim • Keep your finances and identity safe. In keeping with the crime prevention theme, Del Mar Community Connections will be raffling off a cross-cut shredder to one lucky participant, compliments of First Republic Bank in Del Mar. To reserve your seat, call 858-792-7565.

Broadway/San Diego launches new high school musical theater competition Broadway/San Diego announced recently that it is launching a new local high school competition, The Ben Vereen Awards, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, in which two talented students from the Southwest region (which includes San Diego and Tucson high schools) will be crowned Best Actor and Best Actress and go on to compete at The National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York in June 2014. The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA), also known as The Jimmy Awards, named for James M. Nederlander, chairman of the Nederlander Producing Company of America and Broadway/San Diego, is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater that recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to performing arts education. The Jimmy Awards inspired a PBS three-part documentary series called “Broadway or Bust,” which followed students on a journey from their hometown competitions to their debut on Broadway. Broadway/San Diego is currently encouraging local high schools to participate in the San Diego competition. For more information and to find out how your school can participate, please go to

Canyon Crest Academy Street Fair to be held Feb. 8 Come support local students and companies at the Annual Canyon Crest Academy Street Fair. This fun event is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great way to support local businesses in the community as well as Canyon Crest Academy, while having a great time. Admission is free, and people of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy the delicious food and fun festivities. Several food trucks will come to provide some tasty food. Meanwhile, CCA clubs will be supporting their causes by selling their own items, and a variety of CCA artists will be showing off their fantastic work to the community. Please attend this event to celebrate a good cause and have a good time! Interested in being a vendor? Forms are available on, and can be sent by mail along with the $20 vendor fee to: CCA ASB Finance Office, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA, 92130. Forms can also be sent in by fax.

‘Demonstration on the Art of Print Making’ to be held at art lecture event Jan. 27 in Del Mar Wood block printer Angelika Villagrana and Printmaker Raymond Brownfield will give a talk and demonstrate the art and technique of woodcut and hand-pulled prints on Monday, Jan. 27. The lecture meeting will be held in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Del Mar, 15th & Maiden Lane (across from the Del Mar Plaza). Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members and first-time guests. $5 for others. Information: 760-7046436.

Next North San Diego Antique, Art and Collectibles Show is Feb. 9 The North San Diego Antique, Art and Collectibles Show showcases antiques, artisan creations, vintage items, unusual collectibles, and more. The show is held the second Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The next shows are Feb. 9, March 9, and April 13 at the St. Mark Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos, CA 92078. Parking and admission are free. Professional verbal valuations for your treasures are offered between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for $5 per item (limit of three per customer). Vendor space is available by calling Jane at 760-580-1505. Visit the website for more information.


La Jolla Music Society presents violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood Feb. 7 at Balboa Theatre La Jolla Music Society continues the Celebrity Recital Series with Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood at the Balboa Theatre on Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Along with pianist and duo partner Sam Haywood, the two musicians bring their North American tour to San Diego, playing works by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tartini. Tickets are $35-$99 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society ticket office, (858) 459-3728 or online at

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to hold birdthemed Family Discovery Days Jan. 25-26 Approximately 40 percent of all North American bird species have been observed in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. This magnificent wetland also hosts migrating visitors each winter as birds fly from as far as Canada and Chile along the Pacific Flyway. Wings over Wetlands (Family Discovery Days) will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, from 1-4 p.m. at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center. Celebrate the arrival of feathered friends during the winter bird migration. Kids can meet live birds in presentations by The Raptor Institute at 2 p.m. each day. Bird-themed crafts, face painting, and nature activities are planned for families. Conservancy naturalists will have spotting scopes and binoculars for use along the Loop Trail that overlooks San Elijo Lagoon, with excellent birding views. Kids will enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common birds. Family Discovery Days is free, and is presented in winter, spring and fall at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, located at 2710 Manchester Avenue in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Family Discovery Days is co-presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and San Diego County Parks and Recreation. San Diego County Parks Society, SDG&E, Coastal Conservancy, The City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant provide additional funding. For more information on Family Discovery Days, contact San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center at (760) 634-3026 or visit

Local residents to appear in ‘I Smile at the Sun’ at The Theatre School @North Coast Rep Jan. 18-19 BY AUDREY HEBERT, GRAUER SCHOOL STUDENT The Theatre School @North Coast Repertory will present “I Smile at the Sun” Jan. 18-19. “I Smile at the Sun,” a play for “children and misidentified grownups,” is an engaging and entertaining verse play that families can enjoy together. Adapted from poems by Judith Barrett Lawson, it follows the everyday joys and sorrows of childhood with humor and poignancy. “The storytelling in circular. It is in the magical space of memory so the audience will encounter a variety of character myths and anecdotes Like a patchwork quilt, we sew together stories of characters young and old,” says director Heather Pauley. Judith Barrett Lawson didn’t expect that she would write a book of children’s poems, but she found herself captivated with work by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. As she puts it, “I like poetry that really speaks to children. It should push the listener with concepts as well as language. Good children’s poetry doesn’t have an age limit.” Once she started writing poems for children, it was hard to stop, and in 1989 she wrote more than 100 of these poems. 45 of them were chosen for the simply-staged, hour-long play. Both the audience and the cast have a wide age range. There are performers between the ages of 4 and 94, and family members from several generations are performing together. Catalina Zelles, 6, is performing alongside her father, Craig Zelles; Rex Mitchell, 12 is performing alongside his mother, Tracey Mitchell; Tyden Chinowsky, 7, is performing alongside his sister, Kyla Chinowsky, 4; and Grace Szcuka, 9, is performing alongside her grandmother, Maura Harvey, who has a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from U.C. Irvine, served as the mayor of Encinitas in 1993, helped found the Taller del mar poetry workshop, and has had art exhibits in California, as well as one in Istanbul, Turkey. The other cast members are Riley Johnson, Catherine Gallo, Elizabeth Rogers, Shannon Graney, Leah Banuelos, Samantha Sisitsky, Jazmine Joseph, and Olivia Petty. “I Smile at the Sun” was first produced at the Two Roads Theater in Studio City. This is its first San Diego production. “I Smile at the Sun” opens Jan. 18. Performances are Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. and Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. North Coast Repertory Theater is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under. To purchase tickets, call 858-481-1055 or visit

The U-T California 10/20 coastal run to start and end in Del Mar Feb. 16 The U-T California 10/20 run will be held on Sunday, Feb. 16. The 10-mile run begins and ends at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and benefits the American Cancer Society. Race start time is 7:30 a.m. Great local bands will rock the beautiful coastal route. The U-T California 10/20 will hold a two day expo race weekend where all registered participants are required to attend to pick up their packets (race bib, shirt, goodie bag). Local, regional and national vendors will be onsite displaying and selling athletic-related products. Interested expo vendors can email for more information. To register for the race or for more information on the event, visit

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Informational breast and ovarian cancer awareness event to be held Feb. 11 Join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for an informational breast and ovarian cancer awareness evening on Feb. 11. Breast surgeon Dr. Michele Carpenter and geneticist Sandra Brown will be joined by Lynn Larkin Flanagan, a 17-year breast-cancer survivor, and Naomi Whitacre, an 11-year ovarian cancer survivor, for a discussion of such topics as risk, lifestyle modifications, symptoms, detection and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. The event begins at 7 p.m. at 12701 Torrey Bluff Drive, 92130 in Carmel Valley.

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Randy Rogers Band to perform at The Belly Up Jan. 22 The Randy Rogers Band will perform at The Belly Up Tavern on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). The Randy Rogers Band is “a hard-hitting, no-frills band” that averages more than 220 tour dates a year. On their new studio album, “Trouble,” the Texas five piece dove headfirst into songs of loss, love and, above all, truth. “At times it cuts deep and you can hear the pain,” said Rogers. “But it’s honest, it’s real.” Their last two albums have landed at #1 most downloaded country album on iTunes. The Randy Rogers Band has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. The Belly Up is located at 143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach; Visit and www.

‘Parent Effectiveness Training’ course begins this month P.E.T. (Parent Effectiveness Training) comes to Santa Fe Montessori School in Solana Beach on Tuesday nights, Jan. 21-March 11 and Beth Montessori in La Jolla on Wednesday nights, Jan. 22 - March 12. Award-winning psychologist Dr. Thomas Gordon’s parenting course is the pioneering program that has helped millions of parents around the world to build stronger families while helping children develop initiative, become more cooperative, and learn effective problem-solving skills. The eight-session course for parents of children of all ages runs from 6:30-9:45 p.m. Tuition is $300 per person, $450 per couple, and includes a workbook and textbook. Contact Catherine Dickerson, 858-481-8634; for more information and to sign up.




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Fourth-grader raises $400 for Philippines typhoon relief Arshvi Shah (in photo at right), a fourth-grader at Solana Highlands Elementary School baked brownies — lots of them — to raise $400 for Philippines typhoon relief. She was riding to school when she heard the news on the radio about the devastating effects of the typhoon on millions of people. She was quite moved by what she heard. At school that day, she spoke to then-Pricipal Jerry Jones and expressed a desire to help the victims. She also spoke to the counselor Susanna Romero Reiss. Both of them were very encouraging and proud to see a student demonstrate the values that the school works so hard to teach. They brainstormed some ideas, and Arshvi decided on a bake sale. She emailed family, friends and neighbors and asked for their fundraising support. She received a great response. She helped bake delicious vegan brownies and delivered the orders she had received. On Dec. 6, 2013, a cultural event was held at CCA by an organization that her parents are involved with. She decided to take her bake sale there, selling 100

Local teacher achieves National Board Certification Justin Moodie, a high school photography teacher at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, has achieved National Board Certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Like Board certification in professions such as medicine and architecture, National Board Certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching. Moodie originally hails from Carmel Valley, having attended Carmel Del Mar Elementary School, Earl Warren Middle School, and Torrey Pines High School as a student. Additionally, he later taught at Torrey Pines High School, Carmel Valley Middle School, and Canyon Crest Academy prior to moving to San Francisco and then ultimately ending up in Mexico where he finished his work for the National Boards certification process. “Every day, teachers go into classrooms with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to do work that is arguably the most complex and unpredictable that anyone does anywhere,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “In achieving National Board Certification, Justin Moodie has not only demonstrated the ability to advance student learning in deep and meaningful ways, he has met the profession’s definition of what it means to be accomplished. That is significant because only those within a profession — the practitioners — can legitimately define the key terms of the profession.” Saluting the newest class of NBCTs, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said: “As our nation’s most accomplished educators, National Board Certified Teachers are well positioned to move our students, workforce, and country forward.” The National Board is working with partners to make achievement Board certification the expectation and the norm for all teachers. Research has shown that National

brownies for $1 each. In all, her bake sale totaled $200. She donated the money to UNICEF. The company that her dad works for, Qualcomm, matched the donation, growing the total to $400. Arshvi is really happy to have been able to transform her noble thought into positive action. She hopes that a lot of children in Philippines will benefit from her effort.

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Abandoned cat ready for adoption at Helen Woodward Animal Center

The Del Mar VIllage during the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Albert Fitzgerald Visions Research, Del Mar, California

Winners recognized for holiday glow in Del Mar Village BY KAREN POWELL, DEL MAR VILLAGE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER It takes a village to light up the heart of community, and the dazzling display of lights this past holiday season gave proof to the spirit that shines within the hearts of Del Mar villagers and merchants alike. With encouragement from the Del Mar Village Association, the Main Street corridor was all aglow. KC Vafiadas, a DMVA board member and the owner of Stratford Square, discovered a 1988 trophy awarded to her building for excellence in downtown holiday decor, and thought it would be fun to resurrect the tradition. The word was spread throughout the community and sparked an explosion of colorful lights, trimmed trees and whimsical decorations. Participation and enthusiasm were at an all-time high and shared by those who were in attendance at the three-consecutive-weekend Holidays in the Heart of the Village and Santa by the Sea events. Carolers strolled and sang while people shopped and dined. The meter man took the weekends off, and despite a little Del Mar drizzle, the Grinch was nowhere to be found. A group of local elves gathered at dusk in December to evaluate the decor and were very impressed with what they saw — so impressed that they found it necessary to give several

BY CITY NEWS SERVICE A big 7-year-old cat dropped off at the Helen Woodward Animal Center on Christmas Eve and named ``George Bailey’’ by staff is ready for adoption. The male feline was quarantined for two weeks after he was discovered in a crate left outside the center’s horse stables but he has since passed his health checkups and had a tooth extracted. The 16-pound, shorthaired domestic black cat, named after the lead character in the classic Christmas film ``It’s a Wonderful Life,’’ is now ``ready to settle into his wonderful new life and is hoping a real-life angel can provide him a loving home,’’ according to an ani-

George Bailey mal center statement. Staffers arriving to work Dec. 24 found an apologetic note from the owner that said he was no longer able to take care of the cat. Information on adopting the cat can be obtained from the center’s Adoptions Department at (858) 756-4117, ext. 1, online at or in person at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Honorable Mention awards along with the Best of the Best award. The winners were as follows: Honorable Mention Restaurant Decor: Del Mar Rendezvous thanks to Daniel Schreiber Honorable Mention Retail Window Decor: Fair Trade Decor Honorable Mention Office Building: Briggs Building thanks to DMVA Honorable Mention Hotel Building: L’Auberge thanks to TBID Best of the Best Trophy was awarded to the Law Offices of Bing Bush and Tricia Smith. With Santa safely back at the North Pole, and LEDs, banners and bows back in the box, the Torrey pines and palm trees stand defrocked and waiting for future bedazzlement in 2014. Happy New Year and many thanks to the village!

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Winner Piper Kenney with her proud parents. Courtesy photos

Torrey Hills Father-Daughter Dance poster and t-shirt contest winner named Torrey Hills Elementary School will hold its fourth annual Father-Daughter Dance on Sunday, March 16. As a way to help kick off the excitement for the dance, the Dads’ Club hosts a contest for one of its young student artists to design the artwork for the event’s posters and t-shirt. Fifth-grader Piper Kenney created this year’s winning design, selected out of 20 worthy submissions. Last year the event attracted 168 attendees, the dance’s largest crowd. “It’s building up steam; it gets bigger and bigger each year,” said event chair Paul Matsumoto. The dance will again be held at the Del Mar Marriott, from 4-8 p.m., starting the evening with a “cocktail” hour around the pool. Dinner will follow as well as a raffle with fun prizes, a hula hoop contest, a slide show with photos of the girls, and then dancing with dad to music provided by the popular Rob the DJ. For more information, visit the Torrey Hills School page on — Karen Billing

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Gem Faire at Del Mar Fairgrounds Jan. 17-19 The Gem Faire will be in Del Mar Jan. 17-19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds/Bing Crosby Hall. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $7, valid for the entire weekend. For more information, visit or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at 503-252-8300 or




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Ocean Air Dads’ Club Lunch Ocean Air Elementary School dads and students kicked off the new year with a special Dads’ Club lunch on Jan. 13. Photos/Jon Clark; Photos online:

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KPBS gala inspired by ‘Downton Abbey’ season four Coinciding with “Downton Abbey’s” season four debut, the 2014 KPBS Celebrates! event took on the spirit of 1920s England and the jazz era. The event was held on Jan. 11 at the US Grant Hotel and honored KPBS Hall of Fame inductees and also raised funds to support KPBS’ mission. In addition to a silent auction and musical tribute, special guest appearances were made by Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, and Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith. Photos/Jon Clark; More photos online:

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Midcentury mores collide with today in ‘Maple and Vine’ BY DIANA SAENGER Cygnet Theater begins the new year with the Southern California premiere of “Maple and Vine,” fresh off a successful offBroadway season at New York’s Playwrights Horizons. Written by Jordan Harrison, the play is part comedy, part reflection, and features a stage turntable that director Igor Goldin promises, “will shift the scenes in a split-second.” Couple Katha (Jo Anne Glover) and Ryu (Greg Watanabe) — one a plastic surgeon and the other an editor at a publishing company — have become averse to their 21st century lives and go in search of greater truth and more meaning. After they experience a personal tragedy and forget who they are and why they are together, they decide to move into a closed-community of 1950s re-enactors. There, they give-up their cell phones and sushi for poodle-skirts, milkmen and Tupperware parties. “The focus of the play,” Goldin said, “is what happens to them when they are denied outside information, live as the world was in

New York-based Igor Goldin returns to San Diego to direct the production. Courtesy photo

An affluent couple joins a colony of re-enactors who idealize the 1950s, in the Southern California premiere of “Maple and Vine” at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego.

1955, and have to adjust to things that are so different. How does this decision affect their lives? “This question is a generational thing, but certainly heightened right now by the bombardment of media, social networking and all the technology we hold in our hands today. It’s difficult to slow down and ‘connect authentically’ — words we use in the show. We lose ourselves and start getting a skewed idea of who we are

because we’re buying into all the stuff we’re sending out and other people are sending in. That’s where these two characters are at in ‘Maple and Vine.’ ” New York-based Goldin is in San Diego to direct his first play at Cygnet Theatre. He has directed several plays at Divisionary and said he was excited to get a call from Cygnet’s Artistic Director Sean Murray. “I’ve wanted to work with Cygnet for a while,”

Goldin said. “I’ve always admired the company and its sophistication matches my sensibility. When Sean called and asked me to direct, it was the perfect opportunity. This play is interesting and challenging, and intellectually and emotionally, I was looking for something to sink my teeth into. “The turntable is going to be great. There are moments of dream logic in the play, so the turntable will give us a sense of airiness and other worldly ways on moving people. The show has some 30 locations, so we needed a way to shift the scenes in a split-second and keep things clear to let the audience know where they are. “Revolving; it’s also a great metaphor for the play — life goes on and the next generation will take over and face the same situations.”

Will the show make playgoers yearn for the 1950s? “It should make them consider where they are today and personally ask what have they lost in this new age of information,” Goldin said. “Ask, ‘What can I do to strengthen my personal connections with others?’ Really, what did we do years ago without the technology we have today? Ultimately, we were just fine.”

If you go: What: “Maple and Vine” When: Matinees, evenings, Jan. 16-Feb. 16 Where: Cygnet Theatre, The Old Town Stage, 4040 Twiggs St. Tickets: $29-$54 Box Office: (619) 337-1525 Web:

La Jolla Music Society features Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Feb. 8 La Jolla Music Society continues this season’s Revelle Chamber Music Series and fourconcert Winter Season Residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. As part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind with its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities. The CMS residency at La Jolla Music Society will bring four distinctively curated programs by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. Their second program, titled “An American in Paris,” features pianists Wu Han, Anne-Marie McDermott, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Soyeon Kate Lee performing works by Debussy, Bizet and Gershwin. La Jolla Music Society enhances the concert-going experience by presenting “Preludes” – pre-concert chats and performances – prior to each performance, free to ticket-holders. Prelude for this performance will feature Benjamin Roe with his lecture “2 Pianos, 3 Composers, 4 Hands: A Keyboard Journey Through Paris.” Tickets are $30-$80 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society ticket office at (858) 459-3728 or online at


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Addisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef William Bradley wins Robb Report Culinary Masters Competition for 2014 Unveiled in the January 2014 issue of Robb Report, the magazine has named Executive Chef/Director William Bradley of Addison, the signature restaurant at The Grand Del Mar, as the winner of its second annual Culinary Masters Competition. Bradley, nominated for this competition by master chef Thomas Keller, showcased his elegant, winning five-course dinner at the Fairmont Miramar in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an honor to nominate Chef William Bradley for this competition and I congratulate him on this distinguished award,â&#x20AC;? said Keller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food is focused and he refines simplicity to the utmost degree. He represents the future of our profession and I look forward to watching him continue to grow and shine in the years to come.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be nominated by esteemed Chef Thomas Keller and identified as a culinarian who he endorses as one of the finest of the next generation is such a great honor in itself,â&#x20AC;? said Bradley. He continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And now to have my food judged and be chosen by a group of discerning Robb Report readers as the new Culinary Master of 2014 is quite a meaningful distinction.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thrilled that our talented Chef William Bradley won this prestigious honor,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas Voss, president of The Grand Del Mar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robb Report repre-

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b. Grid38 Located at: 3461 Overpark Rd., San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Christopher Surbey, 3461 Overpark Rd., San Diego, CA, 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/26/2013. Chris W. Surbey. DM1063. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-035421 Fictitious Business Name(s): Spiritivity Located at: 1565 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 16629 Cimarron Crest Dr., San Diego, CA 92127. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The first day of business has was 7/25/11. This business is hereby registered by the following: IRA Resources, Inc., fbo Stephen L. Kuptz, 16629 Cimarron Crest Dr., San Diego, CA 92127, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/24/2013. Stephen L. Kuptz, Monahan, LLC, Treasurer/ CFO. DM1062. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-035815 Fictitious Business Name(s): Equanimity Massage Located at: 7752 Fay Ave., La Jolla, CA, 92037, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 12602 Carmel Country Rd., #2, San Diego, CA 92130. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Connie Youngblood, 12602 Carmel Country Rd., #2, San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/30/2013. Connie Youngblood. DM1061. Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 325 South Melrose Dr. Vista, CA 92081 PETITION OF: JIQING JIANG, JINGJING ZHAO for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00081622-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: JIQING JIANG & JINGJING ZHAO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Present Name SIYAO JIANG to Proposed Name SOPHIE SIYAO JIANG. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Feb. 11, 2014 Time: 8:30 AM Dept 26. The address of the court is same as noted above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause

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220 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 PETITION OF: JIN MYUNG PARK and EUN HA SHON for change of name. AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00078015-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: JIN MYUNG PARK and EUN HA SHON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name AIDEN WOOJIN PARK to Proposed Name IAN WOOJIN PARK. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: 02-212014 Time: 9:30 AM Dept 46 The address of the court is 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Carmel Valley News. Date: Jan. 09, 2014. David J. Danielsen Judge of the Superior Court CV543. Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 2014

January 16, 2014 shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Carmel Valley News. Date: Dec. 30, 2013. K. Michael Kirkman Judge of the Superior Court CV538. Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-034989 Fictitious Business Name(s): Carmel Valley Partners Located at: 5187 Brickfield Lane, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 5187 Brickfield Lane, San Diego, CA 92130. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business was 12/15/2013. This business is hereby registered by the following: James N. Neil, Inc., 5187 Brickfield Lane, San Diego, CA 92130, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/18/2013. James N. Neil, Owner. CV537. Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-035289 Fictitious Business Name(s):


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La Jolla Institute scientist identifies pivotal cellular protein underlying eczema Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology have revealed a critical player in the cellular interactions leading to eczema – a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting more than 14 million U.S. children and adults. In a study published recently, Toshiaki Kawakami, M.D., Ph.D., and his research team provide information which supports – for the first time in humans – the longheld theory that mast cells are a key culprit in causing eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Further, the team showed that a cellular protein, known as STAT5, plays a pivotal role by triggering major increases in mast cells in the skin of some eczema sufferers. The discovery opens the door to creating new therapies to prevent or better treat eczema based on blocking STAT5 in mast cells. The team conducted its studies using skin samples from eczema patients. “We found that the number of mast cells, which we have previously shown to be important in mouse atopic dermatitis, is increased in human patients,” says Kawakami. “We also showed that these mast cells contain high levels of the active form of STAT5.” Kawakami says the researchers also tested their theory on STAT5’s importance in mice. “When STAT5 is knocked out in the mast cells (of specially engineered mice), the mice become resistant to atopic dermatitis,” says Kawakami. “This indicates that STAT5 regulatory mechanisms in mast cells are important for the pathogenesis of this disease.” The findings were published online in Cell Reports in a paper titled “Critical role for mast-cell Stat5 activity in skin inflammation.” The study was supported in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health, under contract number N01 AI40030. Eczema is a condition in which the skin becomes inflamed or irritated and is marked by redness, itchiness and dry, cracked skin. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it’s thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to allergens and irritants, similar to other allergic diseases such as asthma and food allergy. Eczema is more common in children than adults, since it sometimes resolves with age. About 10.7 percent of U.S. children and 3 percent of adults are estimated to be affected. Kawakami says this finding is a continuation of his nearly 10-year effort to pinpoint the cascade of key cellular actions involved in eczema. Initially working in mice, his latest study enabled human confirmation of his key findings. “We now know that, in eczema, the mechanisms we found in mice are also operative in human disease,” says Kawakami. Along with showing that mast cells and STAT5 drive the eczema process in humans, this study also found an enzyme -- Phospholipase C-beta3 (PLC-b3) – that can block the activation. PLC-b3 has a calming effort on STAT5 and can prevent it from driving up the mast cell numbers, explains Kawakami. “The mast cell numbers are inversely

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Clocked Out Duo opens Fresh Soundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter series BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT For almost two decades, Bonnie Wright has been bringing adventurous musicians from around the world to San Diego to perform in a variety of settings, including a Spruce Street showroom, The Loft at UCSD, and Space 4 Art. The latest home for her Fresh Sound concert series is Bread & Salt, a former warehouse being repurposed as an arts-and-entertainment-center in Barrio Logan, where arts venues are taking root like pampered plants. The new venue is perfect for Wright. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a 43,000-square foot space owned by an architect and an artist, they have great plans for the future, and I like the idea of being in at the beginning,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is evolving architecture, and I do evolving music.â&#x20AC;? Wright is passionate about spreading the sounds of new, non-mainstream music to new listeners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to do is expand peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ears,â&#x20AC;? she said. Her own ear-expanding experience came from what she learned as a mid-life music student at UC San Diego, which inspired her to present her first series of concerts in 1997, in a building her

Bonnie Wright, curator of Fresh Sound concerts. Photo/Dave Good

Vanessa Tomlinson and Erik Griswold, aka Clocked Out Duo, will open Fresh Soundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter concert series at Bread & Salt on Jan. 24 with their playful, experimental music. Courtesy photo family owned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to bring the exciting kinds of music Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been hearing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; contempo-

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it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Kicking off Fresh Soundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 winter season is Clocked Out Duo, a couple from Brisbane, Australia, who use percussion, prepared piano, found objects and toys to create evocative soundscapes. The two â&#x20AC;&#x201D; percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson and pianist-composer Erik Griswold â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have a local connection: They met in the music department at UC San Diego, where both received their Ph.Ds. The concert is particularly significant for Wright. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vanessa and Steve Schick were my very first concert,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen Clocked Out as a

duo, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been wanting to, and wanting audiences here to see them, too.â&#x20AC;? As a grad student, Tomlinson was one of the original members of red fish blue fish, UCSDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dynamic percussion ensemble founded in 1996 by music professor/percussionist Steven Schick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Erik was playing some hard free jazz on piano in those days, and I took an interest,â&#x20AC;? Tomlinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He started the Clocked Out Orchestra, which did covers of Duke Ellington, Sun Ra and some original tunes, and I played in that. Then, in 1999, when we moved to Australia, we started the Clocked Out Duo. So much of a musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is spent touring, which is tough for relationships, and we wanted to see if we could combine our talents and get to spend time together.â&#x20AC;? Things seem to be working out nicely, since both have won multiple awards, tour separately and together, and are professors of music at Queensland Conservatorium, which Tomlinson calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the great conservatories in Australia, and a great place to experiment with new ideas.â&#x20AC;? On Jan. 24, Clocked Out

Duo will perform their most recent composition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Crystals,â&#x20AC;? which gives musical form to Nobel prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theory of crystalline structures in perpetual motion, endlessly oscillating in the fourth dimension. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been distilling our sound and our sets down to the essential moods and textures,â&#x20AC;? said Griswold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea is to let people sit back and enjoy the journey through the imaginary world of â&#x20AC;&#x153;time crystals.â&#x20AC;?

If you go: Fresh Sound Winter Series 2014 Jan. 24: Clocked Out Duo Feb. 21: Zeena Parkins, contemporary harp March 7: Nicole Mitchell, with Sun Dial Ensemble When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., San Diego, 92113. Free parking lot across the street, corner of Julian and Dewey. Tickets: $10-15. Contact: (619) 9876214, freshsoundmusic. com

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BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN Stuffed cabbage rolls, a blend of sweet, sour and savory flavors, are popping up everywhere from diner and delis to five-star restaurants. They are the new mac-andcheese, but comfort food with a healthful twist, warming the cockles of your heart, while warding off heart disease. Many countries lay claim to its origins, which accounts for the several interesting riffs on the traditional recipe. From Russia with love, here is my Grandma’s old world recipe with a side order of folklore. •Jewish cabbage rolls (called holishkls), a concoc-

tion of ground beef, rice and raisins enveloped in cabbage leaves and simmered in a sauce of brown sugar, lemon and tomatoes) have been traced back 2,000 years to Eastern Europe. They were served in celebration of the fall festival, particularly Simchat Torah, which marks a new Torah cycle. The dish is believed to have originated in the ancient Middle East where it spread to Eastern Europe as trade routes flourished and various ethnic groups migrated. •Serendipitously, cabbage rolls became ensconced in Scandinavian cuisine when Sweden’s King Charles XII brought the recipe back to his homeland after fleeing to Moldavia in the Ottoman Empire in the early 18th century on a military mission. Today the Swedes celebrate Kåldolmens dag (Day of the Cabbage Roll) in late November to commemorate the anniversary of King Charles’ death, serving the Kåldolmar delight with boiled potatoes and ligonberry jam. •Romanian sarmale combines ground pork, caramelized onions and rice nes-

tled in a pickled sauerkraut leaf, smothered in dill and tomato sauce, and topped with bacon or smoked sausage. •Poland’s golabki, translating to “little pigeon feet” (named after the French dish that wrapped pigeon around cooked cabbage), stuffs the leaves with pork, beef, rice or barley, accompanied by sour cream and sweet paprika. •Ukrainian holubtsi are typically vegetarian, filling pickled cabbage leaves with either buckwheat and wild mushrooms or a mixture of whole grains and root vegetables, braised in tomato juice or vegetable stock served with perogies. •Egyptian mahshi kromb are simmered in an aromatic tomato-based sauce with mint, cumin and other Middle Eastern herbs and spices. •The Asian variation wraps Chinese cabbage around seafood blends, tofu and shiitake mushrooms. Claims to health Cabbage leaves from the rolls provide a phyto powerhouse of antioxidants (especially Vitamin C) to

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Scripps Coastal Medical Center, Del Mar now at new location Scripps Coastal Medical Center, Del Mar recently moved to a new state-ofthe-art medical center designed to enhance convenience and the overall patient experience. Physicians and staff now see patients at 380 Stevens Ave. in Solana Beach. Drs. John K. Agostino, M.D.; Ariel Alexander Cortes, M.D.; Athanasios J. Foster, M.D.; Melinda E. Nevins, D.O.; and Philip A. Sanderson, M.D., have all transitioned to the Stevens Avenue medical center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the past several years, our Del Mar patients have expressed the need for a new, larger facility, and we listened,â&#x20AC;? said Kevin Hirsch, M.D., president of Scripps Coastal Medical Group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to receiving the same high quality of care from their family practitioner, patients will enjoy the convenience and comfort that our new facility provides.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patient care doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begin in the exam room, it starts the moment you walk in the door,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Foster, physician lead at Scripps Coastal Medical

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ion on deployment with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) to Afghanistan, 2012-13. He was on an Individual Augment (IA) acting as Helicopter Landing Zone Manager – where troops, cargo and gear come and go. “I was the middle man at Headquarters making everything happen at the zones.” Since Ospreys were there, he was able to fly some. On a mission is where the threats are, Wesenberg said. “We were dropping off some Marines and Afghanis into a zone to go through some towns [looking for terrorists]. Coming into that was nerve-wracking, but I was with another experienced pilot and we had a good plan. We knew exactly what we were doing and had helo support from Cobras.” An Osprey flies high enough to stay out of range of enemy small arms and RPGs. Loading and unloading ground troops in a kinetic zone are the most tense and uncertain times. “Lucky” is what Wesenberg calls himself, having never been shot at (that he knows of) and only dealing with minor flight emergencies. Landing on a boat is one of the most stressful things he does.

“It’s moving, pitching and rolling. We have crew chiefs in the back telling us our altitude above the deck or to come right or left or forward or back. Our Osprey nacelle (engine housing) can be hanging off the ship.” Wesenberg opens up about being gay in a warrior culture, saying, “It has altered the way I interact in a positive way. I’m able to talk freely about my personal life and relationships like they always have. It has made me closer to my squadron and even more like family than before.” He adds, “I am a Marine, I am judged as a Marine, and I prove myself by the quality of work I do. Marine brotherhood is above all that.” Some things change. Fly zones of Pakistan are not as welcoming. Wesenberg hopes the people they helped during the flood don’t forget what they saw and that they know “We aren’t just a war-fighting machine. We are also out there doing a lot of other things – a lot of good.” Some things don’t change as Wesenberg sets the example: “A Marine is a Marine first.”

Salk Institute Links Food and Science at Wellness Event Jan. 22 Scientists have long recognized the vital role that proper nutrition plays in fueling the body’s many systems. Chefs, likewise, know that good food supports good health. Now, the Salk Institute is exploring the overlap between the art of cooking and the science of nutrition at an inaugural wellness event, The Art & Science of Cuisine. The Art & Science of Cuisine will take place at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tickets are $100. Visit salk. edu/cuisine. Designed to inform and to inspire, The Art & Science of Cuisine will pair the skills of some of San Diego’s most innovative chefs with the latest research from some of Salk’s top scientists.


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;5K Paw Walk in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to be held at San Diego Botanic Garden Every dog will want to go on this walk! The second annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Paw Walk is a Walk/Run where people can bring their K9s with them to the San Diego Botanic Garden to enjoy this beautiful oasis in Encinitas. The 5 kilometer / 3.1 mile course begins in the Hamilton Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden then weaves through the 37acre garden. The route winds through California Gardenscapes, South African, Australian, Canary Islands, Bamboo, Subtropical Fruit, Herb, and Mexican Gardens. Following the 5K Paw Walk dogs and people can mingle while perusing pet products, treats for pets and people, and great information for dog lovers. Individuals and teams of all ages are welcome. Groups can register for as little as $10 a person. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Dogâ&#x20AC;? prize will be given for the largest team of walkers. Registration and check in begins at 9 a.m. at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. Twolegged and four-legged walkers and runners â&#x20AC;&#x153;set pawâ&#x20AC;? on the course at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Botanic Garden. Each registrant will receive a 5K Paw Walk T-shirt. For updates and more information for the 2nd Annual 5K Paw Walk and benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Botanic Garden, visit or http://


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