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Volume XVI, Issue 51

Dec. 27, 2012 Published Weekly

DM considers rezoning North Commercial area City seeks to build affordable housing on 2-acre lot

■ Solana Highlands students bring holiday cheer to Solana Vista families. See page 5

Editor’s note: In its quest to integrate affordable housing into the community, as mandated by state law and outlined in the city’s Community Plan goals, the City of Del Mar has several options on the table: rezoning in the north commercial zone, condo conversion, offering more square footage as an incentive to build affordable “granny flats,” and possible modification to development standards in the downtown area. The follow-

ing is the first in a series examining in more detail what these options would look like in Del Mar.

BY CLAIRE HARLIN Entering the city via Jimmy Durante Boulevard, one passes the Del Mar Fairgrounds and a number of offices and businesses to the right, such as a gym, animal hospital and the Free Flight bird sanctuary. On the left, one catches a glimpse of

the San Dieguito Lagoon, but likely more noticeable is the 2-acre dirt lot at the corner of San Dieguito Drive that’s lined with rocks, rusted barrels, chairs and other debris. The parcel is used occasionally for overflow fairgrounds parking, however, it usually sits empty. A new use for this corner property could materialize, See REZONING, Page 6

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Currently used as overflow parking for the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2.3 acres at the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Road is the subject of a discussion on rezoning to meet affordable housing needs.

Teachers attend budget workshop Update on potential budget solutions for DM school district set for Jan. 23 BY KAREN BILLING About 50 teachers attended the Del Mar Union School District board’s budget workshop on Dec. 19 to reinforce their value in the district as well as share their brainstorming ideas on how the district can save money as they face deficit spending of $4.5 million. Employee salaries and benefits make up 85 percent of the budget and could be an area that sees some slices as the district prepares to

■ TPHS girls’ golf team members leave lasting legacy. Page 17

Three snow machines and about 500 cups of hot chocolate put students in the holiday spirit on Dec. 21 at Torrey Pines High School. For more, see page 4. Photo/Claire Harlin

■ Local family competing to win Super Bowl commercial contest. Page B1

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Safety issues discussed at school board meeting

SB water district rate increase starts Jan. 1

District responds to Sandy Hook tragedy

JOE TASH A last-minute attempt to roll back a 6 percent rate increase set to take effect Jan. 1 for customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District failed on a 3-2 vote of the district’s board of directors at a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20. Two newly elected board members, Greg Gruz-

BY KAREN BILLING The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week, taking the lives of 20 children and six adults, stunned and shook the entire nation. Locally, Katrina Graupmann, Del Mar Classified Teachers Association president, said teachers were hit especially hard by the events of Friday,

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make tough decisions next year. Negotiations will be ongoing with the Del Mar Classified Teacher’s Association and the board will next hear an update on potential budget solutions on Jan. 23. The district also plans to hold community budget meetings in January and February and Superintendent Holly McClurg plans to present her budget solution

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dowich and Alan Smerican, took the dais for the first time at Thursday’s meeting, but they split on the issue of reconsidering the rate increase, which was approved at the board’s November meeting. Gruzdowich proposed holding a special meeting to consider eliminating, reducing or postponing the

planned rate increase, but his motion was voted down by directors Michael Hogan, Andy Menshek and Smerican. Gruzdowich was joined in voting for the effort by director John Ingalls, who cast the lone “no” vote on the rate increase last month, before former directors Ken Dun-

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Dec. 14, and it was impossible to look into the eyes of their students and not think about it. “More parents than normal came to pick up their students on Friday and more fathers were there at drop-off on Monday morning,” Graupmann said. See SAFETY, Page 18



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Keep options open, college admissions officials advise

Editor’s Note: The first part in an occasional series about preparing for college in an increasingly competitive world. BY JOE TASH For the uninitiated, the process of selecting and applying for colleges can be a daunting task, thanks to a bewildering number of options in higher education, including whether to attend a two- or four-year school, a large campus or a smaller, more intimate school, public or private, big city or rural. With college costs continuing to rise, and budget cuts forcing colleges to tighten admissions, the competition is fierce, and missteps can mean a student loses the opportunity to attend the school of his or her choice. Admissions officials and counselors at both the high school and college level urge students and parents to work together to come up with the best plan for the child’s education, and take advantage of advisers and online resources for support. “It’s their high school counselor, that’s who they really need to connect with.

By just setting up an appointment and discussing post-high school options, counselors will be able to answer all their questions. That’s the best resource kids and families have,” said Brennan Dean, head counselor for both Torrey Pines High School and the San Dieguito High School District. The San Dieguito district serves Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley and Encinitas, and includes both middle and high schools. Among the district’s high schools are Torrey Pines, Canyon Crest Academy and La Costa Canyon. San Dieguito is a feeder district for MiraCosta College, a community college with campuses in Encinitas and Oceanside, and falls within the service region of Cal State University San Marcos. In 9th and 10th grade, Dean said, students should focus on taking classes that meet college requirements, and also getting involved in extra-curricular activities, such as sports or student government, “things that

they can talk about in essays and on applications.” By 11th grade, students should start forming the list of schools where they want to apply. Applications are due in the fall of senior year. Dean said he advises students to start by thinking about the location and climate of where they want to go to school, whether they want to try life on the East Coast, or stay in the west. Do they want to go to a large school with a football team and lots of school spirit, or a smaller liberal arts school where students can get to know their teachers well? Lise Flocken, faculty director of transfer services for MiraCosta College, said students should also consider such factors as whether they want to join a sorority or fraternity, be near an international airport, attend a school with a religious orientation, stay close to home, or spread their wings and study in a distant location. She said students and

See ADMISSIONS, page 16

Police need public’s assistance to help identify bank robber The FBI and San Diego Police Dep a r t ment are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown man (above) responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 7875 Highlands Village Place (Torrey Highlands) in San Diego, California, on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at approximately 1:25 p.m., the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 7875 Highlands Village Place in San Diego, California, was robbed by an unknown man using a demand note. The unknown male, hereinafter referred to as the robber, also threatened to have a weapon. After receiving a sum of money, the robber walked out of the bank. Once outside of the bank a witness observed an individual matching the robber’s description running towards a Gray Dodge Charger and yelling at the driver to “go.”

The DMUSD board Scott Wooden, President Doug Rafner, Clerk Kristin Gibson, new member Alan Kholos and Doug Perkins.

Doug Rafner elected new president of Doug Del Rafner MarisUnion School Board the new president of the Del Mar Union School District board. He was elected by his fellow board members at an organizational meeting on Dec. 19. “I’m humbled,” Rafner said. “There are some challenges ahead but I think we’ll come through it with shining colors if we keep our focus on the students.” New trustee Alan Kholos and returning trustee Doug Perkins were also sworn in at the meeting. Kristin Gibson was elected clerk. —Karen Billing The vehicle was described as a newer Dodge Charger with paper plates. No injuries were reported. It is possible the robber wore make-up to conceal his identity. Witnesses describe the robber as follows: Male, Asian/White, in his mid-20s, 5’11” to 6’0” tall, about 170 to 200 pounds, dark hair, wearing beige and black knit beanie, square black sunglasses with rounded edges, a dark coat, dark pants, one black leather glove worn on right hand. Suspect carried a leather-type brief case and wore possibly white face paint. Anyone with information concerning this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255 ( or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. To view a wanted poster of this bank robber go to


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DM school district pays McClain; No appeal will be made on court judgement BY KAREN BILLING Former Del Mar Union School District Superintendent Sharon McClain has agreed not to appeal the court’s judgement and has agreed to a settlement with DMUSD. The settlement was signed by McClain on Dec. 19 and the checks from the district are already in the mail, a total of $218,728.59. “We are working with the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to determine whether the JPA may cover all or part of the cost of the settlement, which would decrease the amount funded from the district’s general fund,” said DMUSD Superintendent Holly McClurg. According to McClurg, the judgment was for $154,916.37, based upon two and a half years salary less the amount that California State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) paid to her in retirement, plus the two and a half years of the tax shelter annuity The district wrote McClain a check for $69,980.81, the judgment minus STRS, federal taxes, state taxes, and medicare. A second check for the tax sheltered annuity was issued to TD Ameritrade for $32,000. A third check was issued to Gronenmeier and Associates Trust account for $63,812.22, which represents interest on McClain’s lost salary of $45,142.82 at 7 percent and $18,669.40 for costs mandated by the court for court reporter, depositions and other expenses. The total amount of checks written by the district was $165,793.03. The district will also be responsible for paying $52,935.56 for taxes withheld from this amount.

Upcoming events in Balboa Park area The holiday digital show, ‘Let It Snow,’ features seasonal sights and classic songs in the Heikoff Dome Theater, 5 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Jan. 6. Admission to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will be free on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for San Diego County residents, military and college students. Tickets for Giant Dome Theater shows will be $9.50. ID required. An astronomer-led “Wonders of the Winter Sky,” planetarium show will be offered 7 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 2. (619) 238-1233.

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Eye on Science: Six local researchers to watch in 2013 BY LYNNE FRIEDMANN 1) Natasha Balac is director of the Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE), a new initiative of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. PACE will lead a collaborative, nationwide education and training effort among academia, industry, and government to create the next generation of data researchers. This also involves developing a comprehensive suite of integrated, sustainable, and secure cyberinfrastructure services to accelerate research and education in “predictive analytics;” the process of using statistical techniques from modeling, data mining, and game theory to analyze current and historical facts to make predictions, assess risks, and identify opportunities involving future events. Predictive analytics is used in a wide variety of fields such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, insurance, and telecommunications. 2) Phil Baran, professor of chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, is using innovative chemistry to simplify the creation of existing and potential drug compounds for diseases ranging from cancer to heart disease. While breaking new ground in synthetic methods, his work addresses the real-life challenges of economically providing large quantities of complex natural products with a minimum amount of labor and material expense. Baran is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS)-San Diego, in recognition of his “contributions in the area of synthetic organic chemistry, especially creativity in pushing its boundaries with innovative and thoughtful solutions to synthetic problems.” 3) Napoleone Ferrara, a molecular biologist credited with helping decipher how tumors grow, and developing new treatments for both cancer and age-related macular degeneration, joined the UC San Diego School of Medicine on Dec. 1 as a professor of pathology and senior deputy director for basic science at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. He previously was a research fellow at the Bay Area-based biotechnology company Genentech. Ferrara was named recipient of The Economist magazine’s 2012 Innovation Award for bioscience. The prize honors Ferrara’s work identifying the role of the human VEGF gene in promoting angiogenesis – the formation of new blood vessels that can feed tumor growth – and subsequent development of two major monoclonal antibody drugs. 4) Ramamohan Paturi is a professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering whose

research includes complexity theory, digital libraries, medical data mining, and evidence-based medicine. He is also founder/ chairman of San Diego-based Parity Computing, which recently launched Clinical Vigilance™ for Sepsis, a software system for health-care providers caring for patients at potential risk of deadly sepsis which strikes more than 750,000 American each year. Currently, early detection of sepsis is complex and costly, requiring a high level of expert caregiver attention. Clinical Vigilance for Sepsis integrates with current clinical workflow to assess patient data already being collected as part of standard care. The software automatically and continuously monitors all patients in a hospital setting, issuing alerts that bring immediate attention to at-risk patients. 5) It’s better to detect a disease sooner rather than later, but if that condition is a developmental disorder like autism, which strikes at very young ages, how can you spot the first signs? Karen Pierce, assistant director of the Autism Center of Excellence, at the UCSD School of Medicine, is developing screening tests to identify children at autism risk when they are as young as 1 year old (most symptoms don’t appear until age 2.) Her functional imaging and clinical tests could help parents and doctors intervene early enough to avoid some of the disorder’s most severe behavioral and cognitive problems. Her work has been highlighted by KPBS, KUSI, NBC, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and TIME Magazine where she was included in the “2012 TIME 100 List” of influential leaders, artists, and innovators worldwide for her work to help identify autism risk at an early age. 6) Erica Ollmann Saphire, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute, seeks to understand at the molecular level how certain pathogens overcome and even exploit the human immune system. Research targets include the notoriously deadly Ebola, Marburg, and Lassa viruses to the more common but less virulent pathogens. In order to translate her research findings to the real world, Saphire has spent considerable time in African rainforest, caves, and huts in order to “see where these viruses live.” Saphire is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. President Obama presented her with the honor at a White House ceremony. — Lynne Friedmann is a science writer based in Solana Beach.



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Solana Highlands students help make the holidays brighter for Solana Vista families BY KAREN BILLING Solana Highland Elementary School’s Care and Share program is helping make the holidays a little brighter for 28 families in need at its fellow district school Solana Vista. Every year Solana Beach School District’s Care and Share finds families that could use a little extra help and organizes a donation drive at other district schools. “We like the program so much because it impacts families in our own district,” said Cindy Burns, this year’s coordinator at Solana Highlands. “Our families here are very generous. We’ve done the program for many years and it’s just become a tradition for our school.” Each classroom adopts a family, both parents and the children, and collects wrapped gifts. Fourth grader Ally Greenhalgh took the school’s challenge of caring very seriously this year. Ally decided that for her 10th birthday party on Dec. 3, she would forgo gifts for herself and instead ask party guests to bring a toy to donate to a child in need. “I already had a lot and I know other people don’t have as nice a life as I do so I wanted to give something for them to enjoy,” Ally said. She brought in two big bags of presents—lots of games, a bracelet maker and even a baby doll. “It makes me feel good,” said Ally of her donation. Ally sent a note to the

Solana Highlands fourth grader Ally Greenhalgh skipped birthday gifts this year and instead collected toy donations for the Care and Share program at her school. Photo/Karen Billing Care and Share organizers detailing her intentions, neatly printed on lined paper. “It was such a neat surprise, that Ally as a fourth grader could be so selfless and do something like that. It was very sweet,” Burns said. “It really made a difference and made sure all the wishes were met for the families.” Burns and other volunteers played Santa on Thursday and Friday mornings last week, delivering present hauls to Solana Vista. Solana Vista families would be able to pick up the gifts on Dec. 21 afternoon. “It’s been a good year,” said Burns. “Even with the economy being down this program has always stayed strong which is really nice.” Burns was pleased with this year’s donations, especially knowing how much is asked of people during the holiday season. She says the high participation just goes to show that Solana Highlands understands the importance of helping other district families so close to home.

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REZONING continued from page 1 however, in the form of an apartment building that could, in part, fulfill the state’s requirement to build 71 new housing units throughout the city — 22 of which must accommodate those in the lowest income bracket. Formerly owned by nearby residents and business owners Michael and Janice Batter of Batter-Kay Architects, the property is in escrow and officials are working with a potential buyer to analyze the feasibility of building housing there. And to legally make

that happen, the city would have to amend the North Commercial (NC) zone to allow residential use, possibly at a density of 20 units per acre — a feasibility standard suggested by the state. Proceedings are only preliminary and weigh heavily on the feedback of the community, said Del Mar Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum. Longtime resident Bud Emerson, who has been working to bring affordable housing to Del Mar for decades, said a residential development on the parcel in question could serve as a “gateway project,” the first thing people see when they

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enter the city on Jimmy Durante Boulevard. High property values have presented a challenge to the city in finding somewhere to build units that could be offered at an affordable rate, so it would be “amazing,” Emerson said, if the city could work out a plan with the developer in which it would have ownership of some six or seven of those units, perhaps, to be designated at affordable. The rest of the necessary 71 units could be “sprinkled throughout” the city as to not change Del Mar’s character, Emerson said. “We’ve been trying to figure out for years how to do this, and right now we’re just trying to shape the vision of what this project could be,” said Emerson, who serves on the city’s Housing Corporation, a nonprofit created in the 1970s to make the city eligible for block grants, as well as the Housing Element AdHoc Advisory Committee, which is working with the City Council to develop a plan that will identify and address housing needs for

the next seven years. It’s within the Housing Element that the city must show the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that it has a solution, or else be subject to lawsuit or penalties. Lee Haydu, a City Council member who also serves on the Housing Element Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee, has lived near the Jimmy Durante Boulevard lot for years and said its use as an overflow parking lot causes added congestion, especially while the fair is in session, because drivers reach the often-full lot and spill into the nearby residential area off of San Dieguito Road or hold up traffic trying to turn around. “I’d much rather see that be housing than have it as a parking lot that causes traffic for the residents there,” Haydu said, adding that the lagoon area across the street, off of San Dieguito near the Grand Avenue bridge, could be beautifully revitalized to have open park spaces, walkways and seating areas.

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“I envision the whole area to be a place where you can bring a picnic and take a stroll,” she said. If housing were to become a part of that NC zone, she said it’s likely the traffic would increase at that intersection and a traffic light may have to be put in, just as was outlined in the environmental analysis done about four years ago, when the city approved an office building project on that lot. Emerson said when that office project was on the table, the residents who objected at that time said they thought a residential project would be more appropriate. While the development was given the go-ahead, the owners did not proceed with the project and let the threeyear development permit expire. Those wishing to develop near the lagoon face both safety concerns and scrutiny regarding wildlife protection. Much of the property near the San Dieguito Lagoon is either in the floodway, where development is prohibited, or in the floodplain, where development is subject to strict standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The lot on which housing is being considered is located in the floodplain, and must be built up high to allow for the chance of a “100-year storm,” said Birnbaum. “FEMA assesses in the worst case scenario how high the water will get, and requires that anything new has to be built at or above that level,” he said, adding that other properties in the floodplain that currently stand at ground level were

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built before these standards were set, and any new development of those properties would likely require a total rebuild. This has likely stifled development or revitalization in that zone, and in the case of a housing building, it means parking would have to be at ground level, with housing starting on the second story. To apply zoning changes to the NC zone, the Planning Commission would have to make a recommendation to the City Council and at least four to five of the council must vote in favor of it. During that legislative process, the council will decide, with the input of the community, on the land use designation and whether a commitment to provide affordable housing will accompany it. Factors such as housing rates, building height and density could also be considered in this law-making process. But as for now, city officials are weighing in on what residents want before moving forward — and like any project in Del Mar, if a housing development comes forth it would be subject to the city’s design review process after permits are issued. “What we want is for the community to weigh in during the legislative stage, before the project stage,” Birnbaum said. The Del Mar Planning Commission invites residents to offer input on Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. as it reconvenes a public hearing from early December on affordable housing at City Hall, located at 1050 Camino Del Mar.

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Longtime Solana Beach resident invents globally distributed drink coaster • A beach lover, surfer and single dad, DiMella looks to gain momentum locally BY CLAIRE HARLIN Behind every useful gadget is an idea, and behind every idea is a person — and in the case of the first reusable, portable, decorative, condensation-absorbing drink coaster, that person is longtime Solana Beach resident Vince DiMella. Called the 3D Beverage Coaster, DiMella’s product looks similar to a drink koozie but serves an entirely different purpose — it flex grips to fit on the bottom-most drinkware to prevent condensation on surfaces and clothing while saving the wasted paper napkins and cardboard coasters that most bars and restaurants use. The invention is steadily reaching a global audience since DiMella was granted his patents in 2005 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China and the European Union. The coaster’s inception dates back about a decade ago, when DiMella was having lunch at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. “We were sitting at a glass table, and we all were drinking out of pint glasses,” said 40-year-old DiMella, a single father who has lived in Solana Beach for 18 years and volunteers each week at Solana Vista Elementary, where his daughter attends school. “There were puddles of water and soggy napkins everywhere and each time I picked up my glass, water dripped on my clothes.” Being a lifelong surfer, DiMella instantly thought of how his neoprene wetsuits repel and absorb water, so he applied that function to the concept of a portable coaster. “My friend and I talked about the idea the entire drive back from Vegas, and the moment I got home I began to cut apart old wetsuits and shaped them around the base of a pint glass,” said DiMella, who has worked for more than 20 years in the action sports industry, working his way up to lead sales on a national level for Genetic Shoes, a subdivision of the well-known brand, Airwalk. He said he used rubber cement to adhere the prototype together, and began testing the gadget around the house, he came to find out that it worked — and it worked well. “I saw a need and I saw functions and I saw the environmental side of saving napkins,” he said. “It all seemed to make sense when I did market research, and I was getting great feedback, so I pursued it.”

porations like Coors Light, Dunkin Donuts, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Miller Lite, to name a few — which printed their logos on the exterior, inside and bottom of the coasters. That’s not forgetting about the smaller, local venues, such as Chief’s Burgers & Brew and the Belly Up, that have ordered directly from DiMella and supported the project. DiMella has found that even making a small, simple gadget, which retails for under $1, brings to the table its own complex challenges — from licensing, to patent protection, to competition, to funding. He said his attorney has also had to defend the 3D Beverage Coaster twice after larger entities —including one well-known Fortune 50 retail store— “emulated” the concept, DiMella said. Such instances are what inspired DiMella to name his company the Small Axe Corporation, based on the song “Small Axe” by Bob Marley — who sang, “If you are the big tree … we are the small axe, sharp and ready, ready to cut you down.” The item has been growing consistently through a distribution-and-royalty structure, but DiMella wants raise enough capital to go solo, breaking away from his promo item distributors so he can implement his own marketing strategies. “I’m a one-man show right now, but I see this concept going global used, like the coffee sleeve is used today,” said DiMella. “I want this to be a Solana Beach-based business, with many creative friends from the beach working together.” DiMella added that clients have a nearly 100-percent reorder rate. “I have a sleek business model that doesn’t need a warehouse and large overhead,” he said. “Orders don’t have to be seen and can ship from the factory directly to the client.” DiMella said he’s “living a dream” in Solana Beach with a lifestyle that’s hard to beat, but starting a business here presents challenges. “We’re not big New York City money people around here. I don’t know any stock brokers; I don’t know any money people,” he said. “We’re all entrepreneurial and creative artists of life. I am just a surfer and a dad with a great idea.”

Vince DiMella, a Solana Beach resident of 18 years, with his daughter, Gabrielle, a first-grader at Solana Vista. But at that point, the 3D Beverage Coaster was merely a concept and DiMella new he needed overseas manufacturing and wider market research to launch. He managed to find a patent attorney — who, now a partner in the company, has helped establish the product’s global presence, but it took about five years for the government to issue patents. In the meantime, DiMella met his former wife, with whom he had his daughter, Gabrielle. He also worked and lived in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, for the clothing label Diesel. After a few years, DiMella returned to Solana Beach to give the project his full attention, and with no hesitation, he was taking trips to China to find the proper factory to manufacture the product. Soon after building a strong relationship with Chinese manufacturers, the 3D Beverage Coaster hit the market though trade show exposure and, subsequently, a partnership with major promotional product distributors. The collaboration and marketing resulted in contracts with big cor-

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to host new member meeting Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Osher Institute) at UC San Diego will hold a New Member Information Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 5. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. followed by a presentation at 10 a.m. on the UCSD Extension Campus in the Rubinger Center, Building “D� at 9600 North Torrey Pines Road and Muir College Drive. Free parking is available adjacent to the UCSD Extension Campus. Next quarter’s classes begin Monday, Jan. 7. Members will be welcome to lectures and presentations, including the popular Distinguished Lecture Series, which will include “A Conversation with Richard Dreyfuss� and “Architecture: Modernism and the Non-Western World.� Quarterly membership is $150. Classes range from a four-part class on world music, led by UCSD music professor David Borgo, to a history of neurology. Other lecture topics are history, math, the joy of learning French, a law and society series, science, plus a book and short story discussion groups, live music presentations, art history and more. This semester there will also be a discussion of the Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Project led by Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego is an adult education program with a curriculum designed for those who are at least 50 years of age and who enjoy learning without tests or grades. The year-round program offers a broad range of educational opportunities, with some 120 academic courses, lectures, theater experiences and social events. There are no education requirements, just a desire to learn. For more information, call: (858) 534-3409; e-mail:; Visit

Polar Bear Plunge back to welcome 2013 on Jan. 1 Those who want to brave the Pacific Ocean to welcome 2013 are invited to the popular annual Polar Bear Plunge, which will be held Jan. 1, 2013 at Del Mar Beach (in front of the Poseidon Restaurant) near the main lifeguard station. Participants usually arrive around 9 a.m. to park, and the event begins about 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m., according to a Del Mar Lifeguard spokesman.

UCSD tours highlight campus history, art and architecture The UC San Diego Visitors Tour Program will offer three types of free campus tours. All start at 2 p.m. from the Gilman Entrance Information Center on campus. Reservations are required: (858) 534-4414 or 1) The Architectural Tour (fourth Sunday of the month) looks at the design and history of the university from 1960’s modernist pieces to new sustainable buildings. Sights include the founding buildings of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Charles David Keeling Apartments (the campus’s first LEED Platinum certified building) and “Fallen Star,â€? the latest addition to the Stuart Collection. Architectural Tours are offered the fourth Sunday of the month. • The Walking Tours (first Sunday of the month) offer a stroll through the campus for a look at UC San Diego’s architecture and one-of-akind art pieces, including Geisel Library and the “Sun God.â€? • Bus Tours (second, third and fifth Sundays of the month) include the Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Birch Aquarium and Geisel Library.

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Patriot Profiles: ‘Maybe you can look back and smile or say, ‘Wow — that was close’ This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes.

BY JEANNE MCKINNEY Few symbols are more iconic than a Purple Heart medal awarded to American service members wounded in battle. Nearly two million have been awarded since World War I. During a routine patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, 2004, Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Abraham Alvarez was to about to be included in the list of Purple Heart recipients. As a young kid, Alvarez got a good look into what a Marine does. “I saw my buddy’s dad lay out all his gear getting ready for deployment and thought ‘It’s really neat to go out and do something for your country.’” The aura of this Marine is what compelled him to take the leap. His mantle of duty and sacrifice stayed with Alvarez as he experienced intense combat and has helped make him the man he is today. Alvarez, of Spanish descent and a native Californian from Anaheim, remembers, “All I wanted to do was be in the Infantry,” adding, “I thought about all the cool

gadgets and the cool things they get to do with them and that led the way.” When Alvarez joined up his betterthan-average physical abilities, enthusiastic drive and dedication, and the way he held his head up were noticed, which landed him in scout sniper indoctrination training. That three-week course was one of the hardest things he’d done in life and led him into situations most of us would never want to experience. During a close quarter encounter, Alvarez’s sniper team entered a house in Fallujah, clearing room to room. “The enemy was two feet in front of you. He [the enemy] threw a grenade and my leg caught some of the shrapnel. My left lower calf was bleeding as we continued clearing the house. Once we were done, I was extracted to a hospital and treated for my wounds.” It took time and patience for Alvarez to learn all the weapons systems a scout sniper may use, in-

cluding light medium machine guns, anti-tank rockets, and squad automatic weapons. A Marine Infantryman dons an 80-90- pound survival pack, plus weapon and cannot count on getting a ride anywhere. “Believe me, it’s never comfortable — you just get used to it.” Each mission demands extreme caution handling operational information. “While we listen to the enemy they are listening to us as well, in order to adapt and get one step ahead to meet their objective”, says Alvarez, adding, “We always practice operational security to keep everyone safe.” Even communicating to loved ones across the ocean requires caution. “It’s not always secure, because of the way it’s transmitted.” Alvarez graduated with honors in most programs due, in part, to growing up with four brothers. “We were very competitive, driving each other to do better. It wasn’t as much ‘me verses him’ but more ‘go ahead, you can do it. It’s

Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Abraham Alvarez on deck of USS Iwo Jima PHOTOS COURTESY OF U.S. MARINE CORPS overseeing and patrolling going to be fine.’” War, we know, is not al- territories the Marines had ways fine. A lot of complexi- taken over. We had to bring ties accompany political and back useful and appropriate military strategies. Gunny information for the compaAlvarez, respectfully nick- ny commander to task out named, joined 2nd Battalion his troops to better operate 1st Marines out of Camp in the area.” Sporting a long-range Pendleton on his first Operation Enduring Freedom rifle, Alvarez was able to en(OIF) deployment as a scout gage the enemy at farther distances and provide an ensniper. “We ended up in a pla- hanced overwatch capability toon analyzing the map and for Marine forces. Alvarez relates, “The enarea of interest. Most of my missions took place at night, emy couldn’t see us or catch


us. We were difficult to detect under any observation. Knowing we were out there makes the enemy fearful. “In dangerous situations, you appreciate that guy next to you, because he may not always be there. The relationships you forge under such circumstances make you appreciate the smaller things in life.” On subsequent deployments to Fallujah during OIF, he was part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit that ran missions anywhere the commanding General needed them, including the successful offensive Operation Steel Curtain. “Stress is a constant element out there. Mentally, how you deal with a situation sets you apart. When we train, you are put through a degree higher than what is expected in combat.” When I spoke with Joseph, he was deployed aboard the USS Iwo Jima amphibious assault ship sailing in the Arabian Sea. As a Gunnery Sergeant, he commands an Infantry platoon of 45 Marines. “I concentrate on keeping my Marines alive — teaching everything I can SEE PATRIOT, PAGE 15


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in recent years, and that Santa Fe’s rates are still in the bottom one-third of local agencies. A staff report presented to directors in October noted that a 10.1 percent rate increase would be needed in 2013 to fully fund the district’s capital improvement program. At Thursday’s meeting Gruzdowich questioned why the district can’t reduce operating costs instead of raising rates. Hogan said the district has been working on cutting its costs over the past year. Those efforts have included staffing reductions and the board’s approval of reduced retirement benefits for new hires. “I made myself clear (in November),” Hogan said. “Six percent was the lowest we could go without falling into a deeper hole.” Menshek said he wasn’t willing to “pull out the carpet from under staff” just before Christmas, when the board and staff have been working on the budget and rate issues for most of the past year. Both Hogan and Menshek, however, said they are willing to look at additional cost saving measures in

coming months. Ingalls said he had not intended to initiate a reconsideration of the rate increase, because he had his say against the board’s decision in November. “When the board votes, you salute the flag, you go forward,” he said. But with new board members taking their place, he said, he was willing to support Gruzdowich’s motion. In other action, the board re-elected Hogan as president, and designated Ingalls as vice president. The board also directed staff to come up with a formal policy on how directors can place items on the board’s agenda. Staff will draft a policy that will be considered by the board’s executive committee, and then be brought to the full board for consideration, said Bardin. The issue arose when Gruzdowich contacted Bardin before the meeting to request that three items be placed on Thursday’s agenda: reconsideration of the Jan. 1 rate increase, an exploration of consolidation with neighboring water districts, and a proposed change to the district’s policy of providing medical and dental benefits to directors.

After consulting with board president Hogan, Bardin placed an item on the agenda regarding the process of director requests for agenda items. The district’s general practice in the past has been for directors to bring up potential agenda items during the director’s comments portion of a regular meeting, said Bardin. If the board had a consensus on considering the issue, he said, it would be placed on an upcoming agenda. In the case of Gruzdowich’s request, Bardin said, he did not feel the district had a clear policy on the handling of director requests for agenda items, and decided to seek further direction from the board. The board will discuss the consolidation issue at a meeting in February, and will take up with health benefits issue during an annual review of director compensation next year. Gruzdowich said he will not take per diem payments for attending meetings as allowed by district policy, and has also declined health care coverage, and wants to see if other directors will join him.

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Education Matters/Opinion Fostering love and support BY MARSHA SUTTON Overuse of the w o r d “amazing” Marsha Sutton to describe events that fall far short of jaw-dropping, shocking or awe-filled (the amazing sale at Nordstrom; that amazing steak dinner; an amazing hair cut) is one of my pet peeves. But “amazing” comes close to describing what the organization called Friends of San Pasqual Academy does for the Academy’s foster kids. Formed in 2003, Friends of San Pasqual Academy was established as a nonprofit 501c3 organization to support the children of SPA. Since then, Friends has grown as word has spread of its heartfelt mission to be a lifeline to the children. Friends of San Pasqual Academy, based in Rancho Santa Fe, works closely with the school, which opened in 2001 to serve the needs of foster children in the county who have been unable to find permanent homes through adoption. Governmental agencies responsible for the care and protection of the county’s thousands of foster children have long recognized a critical need for stability in the lives of these youth. Foster children sometimes attend five or six different high schools by their sophomore year, and suffer from early years defined by poverty, abuse and neglect. Many children move frequently from one foster home to another, through no fault of their own, some living in up to a dozen different homes. Being continuously uprooted affects academic performance, emotional stability, social skills and dreams for success. According to the school’s website, many foster youth experience high numbers of home placements, lack fully developed independent living skills, are unable to form lasting relationships with peers and adults, fall behind in academics, leave foster care without earning a high school diploma, and have difficulties finding and keeping jobs. Many end up homeless. The academic picture is bleak, with studies indicating that 83 percent of foster

youth are held back by the third grade, 35 percent are in special education, and as few as 15 percent enroll in college. It’s difficult for many of us who live securely in warm, stable, loving families to imagine this kind of life, but it’s not so hard to imagine how being a foster child would sap hope, optimism and motivation. After many years of planning, in 1999 the County of San Diego purchased a 238-acre campus in Escondido in San Pasqual Valley near the Wild Animal Park, with fantastical dreams of renovating the facility and creating a residential school for foster teens. After two years of modernizations funded through a collaborative public-private-business partnership, fantasy became reality. Doors opened in 2001 and San Pasqual Academy became the first residential education campus for foster youth in the nation. The facility is licensed to serve up to 184 children, with about 135 students ages 12 to 18 currently attending, all of whom are dependents and under the protection of the San Diego County juvenile court system. “San Pasqual Academy is a unique program that serves students who have faced challenges many of us can’t even imagine,” said Dr. Randy Ward, County Superintendent of Schools, in an email. “These kids have come from tough backgrounds but never let that stand in their way. “They’re fighters, and that includes fighting to catch up academically and excel in school. Thanks to collaboration with and support from community and business partners, we are able to facilitate hope for our students and put them on the path to success.” Normalcy is the goal The foster teens, however, need so much more than government agencies can provide. That’s where the remarkable work of the Friends of San Pasqual Academy comes in. The Friends of San Pasqual Academy assists the foster teens to help them become confident, productive, contributing, educated, successful adults, through donations and resources that improve, empower and enrich the children’s lives. A holiday party sponsored by Friends Dec. 6 pro-

vided for the teens an assembly hall filled to the brim with gifts and a “shopping” experience of free jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, T-shirts, shoes, socks, pajamas, hygiene and toiletry products, coffee mugs, books and school supplies. More than 30 volunteers from Friends helped set up the holiday party, which also featured a cookie decorating station, photo booth, and raffle with very cool prizes. Donations to the Friends bought for each of the teens an iPod, a specially created San Pasqual flash drive, plush sweatshirts and sturdy book bags emblazoned with the Friends of SPA school logo, and a $100 gift card to spend on themselves. Donations put to good use? None better. For those worried about giving money to charitable organizations, not knowing how the money will be spent, donating to Friends reaps visible rewards. The high emotions the teens express for what Friends does is equaled only by how the donors feel when they see the difference their contributions make. Watching the kids line up outside the door, eager to come in and “shop,” was in a way anti-climactic. If you expected to see downtrodden children bedraggled and forlorn, you would be disappointed. These kids are indistinguishable from the middleclass kids we see in our malls and on our streets. They look and sound and dress like our own kids – which is a good thing. Normal is the goal, and to make the teens feel good about themselves, loved, wanted and accepted. They are just kids like our kids – until you remember who they are and what they’ve been through. And then it makes you cry. But they are resilient – perhaps more so than we who gaze upon them with wonder at their courage and fortitude. You make the best of what life hands you, I suppose. A cake with my name on it “Holidays are particularly stressful for foster kids, who are constantly reminded of not being able to be in a traditional setting with family members,” said Friends founder and indefatigable leader Joan Scott. See FOSTERING, page 15

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Thanks to all who saved Del Mar families $200 million! Proposition CC has been blocked, saving Del Mar residents $200 million in taxes. The taxes would have hit home owners and renters in the form of higher rents in a region that already has lofty rents. CC’s failure means every Del Mar family will get more of their own money to spend on products or services they deem a priority in their lives. Because of campaign finance laws, we now know that more than $32,000 in campaign contributions from developers, bankers, and consultants were spent pushing for higher taxes on Del Mar residents. Millions of dollars from those taxes would have flowed directly to the same corporate interests. Ninety-seven percent of all donations pushing higher taxes in Del Mar were from outsiders. The proposition lacked community support because those in the community know that Del Mar schools are modern with no significant defects — just as the facilities report of two years concluded. The measure lacked financial support from the community. Spending money to pretty up schools does not make the knowledge imparted in those institutions any more valuable to students. Its true the budget will feel pressure but not because there have been cuts as is often portrayed. The Del Mar school budget has risen for nine of the last 10 years. More than $223,000 is now spent per classroom. Ever escalating salaries and benefits are driving costs ever upward as all other items get squeezed from the budget. Fiscal responsibility is now required and a school board that takes meaningful action to manage the budget efficiently. Michael Robertson

A pox on both camps BY MIKE HAYUTIN Twenty precious children and six innocent educators were brutally slaughtered in Newtown, Connecticut. The shock and horror transfixed the nation with sorrow and incredulity. How could anyone so viciously commit such acts? I understand that these kinds of incidents are both incomprehensible and far too common. People want answers. They want solutions. Some are not willing to comprehend such evil. As a consequence they want to see governmentcrafted solutions. They envision laws that will prevent evil. Please note that the NRA chose to say nothing political during a week of respectful mourning. But it took less than 24 hours for some on both ends of the political spectrum to use horror to further their political ends. This is indecent, exploitative and counter-productive. It is indecent to grieving families. Exploitative of the 26 murdered. And it is counter-productive because reason rarely flows from high emotion. They should at least let the families grieve and bury their loved ones before lobbying for their long held and often inflexible political positions. Good judgment and sober analysis should be pursued after time to reflect and without self-righteous claims concerning solutions. We hear about a gun culture. What gun culture? The illegally possessed guns that fill our inner cities and are used by young men to murder other young men at a rate of about 30 per day? Or are we talking about the gun culture of well-trained and conscientious NRA gun owners who have had and handled guns safely for generations? Are we talking about a gun culture of single people and families who own a gun for peace of mind? Are we talking about the thousands of people who have defended themselves and others by brandishing a gun when confronted? How about the gun culture of psychotics or sociopaths who would use a gun, any gun, a Molotov cocktail, a pipe bomb, a knife, a baseball bat, a car or a biological weapon as their murder weapon? The imprecise rhetoric is hot, not well thought out and extremely self- righteous. In this heated environment effective remedies will be elusive. We also may have to consider a very unappealing possibility. Maybe there is no solution to preventing murder by those who are intent on murdering in a free society.


FOSTERING continued from page 14 “Abuse, neglect and negative memories have been part of their lives.” Friends of San Pasqual Academy provides invaluable assistance to help these foster teens overcome their history, embrace normality, and become productive adults. Besides the annual holiday party, the Friends of San Pasqual Academy also provides many other events and gifts, all to make the special students at this most unique of schools feel supported: • Shop ‘til you drop back-to-school day • Staff appreciation day • Spring celebration • New Year’s Eve party with DJ • Senior prom • Graduation brunch and ceremony • Scholarships for graduates •Birthday parties and gifts • sports banquets and awards • Lettermen’s jackets • Yearbooks • Senior portraits At a celebration honoring the San Pasqual youth a few years back, SPA students expressed their gratitude to donors with words that left many speechless. One said she had never had a birthday party, and Friends gave her not just a party but presents and a cake “with my name on it.” Another said about the Senior Prom that Friends provides: “I never saw a tuxedo before. We went to a place called the Hotel Del. I had asparagus. I never ate asparagus before.” San Pasqual, said another, is “family that doesn’t leave in a week or two.” Corsage Day by Friends assists students in making corsages for Prom Night. Senior Brunch recognizes the graduating seniors and provides them with basic supplies for college and independent living. Scholarships support graduates in their post-secondary education and career endeavors. And the list goes on and on. Friends of San Pasqual Academy, led by the enthusiastic and ever-cheerful Joan Scott, is a key component of the support system for these kids, one that provides stability, acceptance, love and guidance. December is a season of giving, a season of joy, but a season also to remember that not everyone lives as comfortably as we in these affluent communities do. The dedication of all

December 27, 2012 the partners at the school is impressive. The school’s 95 percent graduation rate is attributed to the hard work and commitment of the teens, the caring staff, and the safe and stable living environment. But there’s more to it than that for the foster children. There’s knowing that people – strangers – care deeply. The rewards are clearly a two-way street. Through their tireless efforts on behalf of the kids, the supporters of the Friends of San Pasqual Academy find meaning and great satisfaction in their ability to make a real difference in the lives of these children. The work of the Friends? It’s truly nothing short of amazing. For more information on Friends of San Pasqual Academy, call 858-759-3298 or visit Donations can be sent to Friends of San Pasqual Academy, PO Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. — Marsha Sutton can be reached at

PATRIOT continued from page 12 from my experiences in life and overall as a Marine.” On the ship, they do a lot of close quarter drills, drawing tactical scenarios on the ship floor. “You have to be patient and creative, so your men can stay proficient and ready.” Ship training in mock set-ups marries with ground training that affords live ammunition and moving targets. “We started out in Jor-

The San Pasqual Academy story BY MARSHA SUTTON San Pasqual Academy is a public, fouryear, residential high school for foster children, administered under the direction of the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools. According to the school’s website, SPA is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and all teachers are fully credentialed. Classes are small, with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. To graduate, students need 220 credits and must complete core requirements in English, mathematics, science, social science, foreign language, physical education, a prescribed number of elective credits, and a senior project. The curriculum is based on California state standards. Because a major part of adolescent development includes extra-curricular activities, the Academy offers yearbook, drama, clubs, dances, Associated Student Body leadership, Spirit Days, assemblies, and a range of athletic pursuits including football, basketball, softball and volleyball. The facility calls itself “a bridge to knowledge, support and hope” for the foster teens. The goal on the website is “a rigorous academic program, combined with the experiences of a full extra-curricular program.” “We strive to provide a comprehensive school experience as much as possible, in terms of academics, extracurricular activities and athletics,” said San Diego County Office of Education’s Suzanne Miyasaki, the school’s principal. The core campus occupies about 50 acres of the expansive 238-acre property and has modern classrooms with computers and technology, a cafeteria, assembly hall, career information center, gymnasium, weight room, health and wellness center, assembly hall, recreation fields and swimming pool. The residential cottages are considered by some to be the most unique feature of the facility. The spacious family-style homes, which accommodate up to eight youth, offer a common living area, dining area, kitchen, laundry space, youth bedrooms and bathrooms, and a suite for the adult houseparents who live with the kids. Each teen has a computer, and Internet access is available in the living area. The houseparents have personal space in an adjoining suite, which features a bedroom and bathroom, living room, dining area, and kitchen. “While each home has basic program rules and regulations to follow, there is flexibility to meet the needs of each youth,” the school’s website states. “Day-to-day family activities in the home include homework, planning and preparing meals, completing household chores, and participating

in family meetings.” Housing is also provided for SPA alumni, school staff, senior volunteers and community members. In addition to accepting high school students in grades 9 through 12, San Pasqual Academy also takes younger siblings (no younger than 12) in an effort to keep families together. These middle school siblings attend an Escondido public school until they reach ninth grade and can attend SPA’s high school. San Pasqual Academy is a diverse campus with a rich blend of cultures. According to the website, approximately 33 percent of the students are Caucasian, 31 percent African-American, 24 percent Hispanic, 1 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 3 percent Native American, and 8 percent bi-racial. The invitation for placement at San Pasqual Academy is voluntary but is seldom refused. These are children who have rarely experienced a sense of permanence and stability in their lives. Although the facility does not provide legal permanency, San Pasqual offers them a home, with adults who provide long-term relationships and become their “family.” Miyasaki said foster care is similar to special education “in that you always start with the least restrictive environment.” She said youth are often placed with relatives first (which can be multiple placements), and then perhaps an invested adult such as a family friend, then foster parents (which can be many different homes), and then a group home. “So San Pasqual is usually is not the first placement,” she said. The San Diego County Office of Education, which runs the educational side of the residential school (teachers, administration, school equipment, supplies, custodians, teachers’ aides, etc.), is one of four groups that collaborate to bring to the foster teens an array of services. Working with SDCOE are New Alternatives Inc., San Diego Workforce Partnership, and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. These four agencies provide academic, residential, work readiness and dependency case management programs and services. Also assisting in the work is the nonprofit San Pasqual Academy Foundation which, under the leadership of Development Liaison Debby Syverson, has received generous donations that have enhanced SPA’s physical site, including renovations of the living units, cafeteria, technology center, gymnasium, and health and wellness center. A capital campaign is currently underway to add family homes on campus to increase the number of youth who can be accommodated.


dan, supporting the Jordanian military. “It was an experience like no other,” Alvarez said. “I got to see Jordanian tactics, learn some of their language and culture.” In turn, they shared some of their personal stories. “Our guys helped the Royal Moroccan Army as well,” he said. “We learned about them and they learned about us. That helps build the relationship Marines have in the world.” The Iwo Jima went on to Kuwait. “What made Kuwait great is we had shooting houses,” Alvarez said. “We could go in the buildings and shoot. It’s something you don’t normally find anywhere else in the world.” The firing ranges in Kuwait are a plus with less wait time to use and limitless space out in the desert. “We can employ any weapons system out there to its fullest capacity.” Alvarez reflects on that day he earned the Purple Heart, facing a hateful assassin in the house in Fallujah. “The Marines in front of me saw the grenade. They took the best measures possible in order for me to survive. I’m a religious man and I felt God that day. Didn’t think I was going to make it.” For 12 years, Alvarez has been no “sunshine patriot.” He wears the Marine Corps aura, “Even when tough times come aground, you work through it. Maybe you can look back and smile or say, ‘Wow — that was close.’” War is a refiner’s fire for young men with dreams and passions. It leaves in its ash the diamonds.

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Torrey Pines boys’ soccer teams win three tournaments The Torrey Pines High School Junior Varsity and Freshman boys soccer teams both won the 2012 North County Inland Invitational tournament. The J.V. team also won the 7th annual Grossmont Soccer tournament. All three finals were decided Dec. 15 with half of the J.V. squad defeating the Steele Canyon High School Cougars 5-1 in the Grossmont final and the other half beating the Cathedral Catholic High School Dons 1-0 in penalty kicks in the North County final. The Freshman team beat Oceanside’s El Camino High School Wildcats 4-1 in the North County tournament final.

DMCV Sharks GU10 Blue Finalists at Coronado Holiday Cup The DMCV Sharks GU10 Blue Team were finalists at the Coronado Holiday Cup. The team gave up only one goal all weekend. The team is coached by David Rowe. Back row, left to right: Ellie Ballard, Anahid Aivazian, Isabel Teren, Paige Powers, Shayna Ross, Ally, Greenhalgh, Casey White; Front row, left to right: Melanie Gresser, Anya Roy, Maya Ebel, Ryan Hemerick, Ashley Martinez.

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parents should sit down together and discuss the entire range of options, taking into consideration what the students want and the family’s financial resources, as well as admission requirements for various schools. “It’s a wonderful dialogue based on realities, wants, desires and admission criteria,” she said. Carol McAllister, director of admissions and recruiting for Cal State University San Marcos, said she advises students, including her own children, to apply to their local school, even if their top choices are elsewhere. “Always apply to your local school and spread out from there,” she said. That’s because schools in the California State University system give preference to local students, both as freshmen and as transfer students, she said. Students from outside the school’s local admission area face stricter admissions requirements, such as higher minimum grade point averages, McAllister said. While opinions vary on how many applications students should submit, Dean suggests 12 applications are a good rule of thumb: four “safety” schools, four likely candidates and four “reaches,” or schools where students desire to go, but have lesser odds for success. In deciding where to apply, students will also want to consider which schools offer the types of programs and majors they are interested in. But Dean said that shouldn’t be their top consideration, as many students don’t know what they want to study, even in 11th or 12th grade, and those who do often

change their major later. “It’s something we don’t hyper-focus on,” he said. Another decision students and parents have to make is whether students should start at a four-year school, or begin their studies at a community college and then transfer to a university for their final two years. The transfer option has a lot of advantages, said Flocken. She estimated that by going to a community college for two years, the typical student will save $70,000. “That’s huge,” she said. Community colleges offer smaller class sizes, meaning students can receive more individual attention from instructors, and they also offer students the opportunity to explore different subjects and potential careers as they work to meet general education requirements before transferring to a four-year university. Students also have a chance to mature while studying at a community college, she said. The potential downside is that parents and children must be able to live together for two more years, and successfully redefine their relationship as the children become adults and pursue their college education. One of the most common questions she gets from parents, said Flocken, is whether students can go through a two-year school such as MiraCosta and still gain admission to a top fouryear school, or graduate school. “The answer is yes,” she said, and pointed to her sons, who attended MiraCosta and went on to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and law school. The Carmel Valley resident said she will also urge her daughter, a Torrey Pines High

School student, to begin her college career at MiraCosta. McAllister agreed that community college can be a good option, and noted that students who transfer to a Cal State San Marcos from a college within its service area, such as MiraCosta or Palomar, will have lower admission requirements than those who transfer from schools outside the area. In California, general education courses are “articulated,” meaning a freshman English course at MiraCosta is equivalent to the same course at Cal State San Marcos, McAllister said. “The courses are equally good,” she said. Admissions officials said students should also visit campuses they are interested in attending, and use websites that help them sort out college options. For example, all students enrolled in the San Dieguito High School District have access to Naviance, a website that provides information and guidance on college preparation and selection. Most colleges and universities also have online resources to assist prospective students. Dean tells students to use a spreadsheet to keep track of application deadlines, passwords and other information needed to submit and follow up on applications. “You don’t have to go through it alone. You have your counselor here to help you. If you have questions reach out,” he said. “And stay on top of the organization. The hardest part of the college application process is staying organized with dates and passwords.” Other websites: and

TPHS J.V. Boys – 7th Annual Grossmont Soccer tournament champions L to R, back row: Matt Botsford, Simon Ilko, Brandon Wright, Ryan Friedman, Alec Turner, Asher Booth, Matt Moldenhauer, Ian Aschieris and Coach Brandon Cormode. L to R, front row: Michael Poulos, Bailey Buckley, Robin Elihu, Jagger Havlik, Edwin Olvera, Allen Katz and seated in front is goalkeeper Brandon Hong.

TPHS J.V. Boys — 2012 North County Inland Invitational champions Standing back row, L to R: Louie DeFrancesco, Matt Carroll, Tyler Valdes, Cole LaPolla, Alex Baracchini, Luke Sampiere, Jack Dempsey, Elliot Patrick, Thomas Mackey, Brad Bettig and Coach Angel Carranza. Seated front row, L to R: Peter Copp, Hunter Willoughby, Connor Hargreaves and Eli Bessudo.

TPHS Freshman boys 2012 North County Inland Invitational champions Back row, standing L to R: Luke Perry, Youngho Yun, Jessi Olvera, Jake Mendelsohn, Ryan Bramlett, Hunter Snyder, Curren Klugherz, Chase Rowe, Connor Newton, Blake Conrad, Alejandro Zavala, Matt Hadley, Dani Bessudo, Simon Dinkin, Henry Hager and Coach Angel Carranza. Front row, L to R: Jack Sampiere, Jason Henderson, Teddy Dhanens, Blake Capozza, Michael Dempsey, Martin Kamme, Luc D’Arcy, Don Bingham, Jake Reynolds, Michael Stewart and Omid Ahmidian.


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State champions: TPHS girls’ golf team members leave lasting legacy BY GIDEON RUBIN The massive assemblage of talent Torrey Pines girls’ golf team had this year brought obvious advantages that helped the Falcons win their third consecutive state title. But the Falcons abundance — or perhaps their excess — of championshipcaliber players also presented some unique challenges, with some of the junior circuit’s fiercest competitors having to accept obscure secondary roles. It is not an everyday occurrence, after all, when a Division I-bound high school golfer who travels around the country on recruiting trips, rarely appears in her team’s newspaper box score. Such was the case for Torrey Pines, fielding a team likely to send at least eight golfers to Division I colleges on scholarships. Their plight probably never scored the Falcons pity-points with their competitors. But in a sport that it is inherently individualoriented, putting the greater goal of the team ahead of personal aspirations enabled them to cement their legacy as perhaps one of the greatest teams in state history as the program moved into dy-

Torrey Pines’ 2012 State Champion Golf Team: (from left) Shiyang Fan, Jennifer Peng, Sarah Cho, Sandy Choi, Minjia Luo and Christina Park. Photo/Chris Drake nasty territory. first and recognized that dividual championship in “It’s not as easy as it they weren’t playing well for her final high school comlooks,” Falcons coach Chris themselves as much as they petition. Drake said. “All the kids we were playing well for the But their legacies have have on this team are in- team to succeed, and for the as much to do with their credible. They’re committed team to win.” leadership as with their adto the school, they’re comLuo was a sophomore vanced golfing skills. mitted to the team and in 2010 when she beat out “They root for each they’re committed to golf it- Choi for the San Diego Sec- other,” Drake said. “It’s been self.” tion individual champion- amazing how those two reThat commitment start- ship “and Sandy was just ally set the standard for ed with the team’s two se- stoked Minjia won it.” what the team was going to nior standouts, Minjia “the A few weeks later, the be like.” Ninja” Luo and Sandy Choi, Falcons would win the first Their influence helped both four-year players and of three straight titles. fuel a remarkable run. The Division I recruits. Luo has Choi went on to win Falcons were 98-1 since Luo committed to Northwestern, the next two section cham- and Choi joined the team as and Choi to Duke. freshmen, with a current pionships. “(Luo and Choi) did it Luo, who’s been dogged 80-match winning streak. without an ego,” Drake said. by a bum knee this year, “They just have this “They were about the team went on to win the state in- idea that the team is the and they really put the team

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SAFETY continued from page 1 Del Mar Union School District President Doug Rafner said he was one of those dads on Friday afternoon, waiting behind the gate at Ashley Falls School to pick up his children. He said he was never more thankful that the district had spent the money last year to install gates and fences at most of the district campuses. “We know that student safety is out highest priority,” said Superintendent Holly McClurg. “When parents drop off their children in the morning they are trusting us with a huge

BUDGET continued from page 1 recommendations to the board at the Feb. 27 meeting. “We did not predict to be in this type of situation,” said McClurg. “Unfortunately, because of the state of the budget in California and the basic aid contribution heavily impacting us, we find ourselves in a new reality that is different from what we experienced before.” Due to the district’s fair share contribution, the district will get $2.5 million less in state categorical funding than it normally receives. The Dec. 19 meeting was mainly about scheduling as Tim Asfazadour, assistant superintendent of human resource services, had to talk to the board about the process of layoffs. He said talk of layoffs is premature but

responsibility. We accept that responsibility as if they’re our own children. It’s our highest priority that children feel safe and well taken care of.” In response to Friday’s devastating event, Rafner requested, prior to the Dec. 19 Del Mar school board meeting, that they place a discussion on safety on the Dec. 19 agenda. At the meeting, direction was given to district staff to undergo a safety evaluation by an independent safety expert. Trustee Kristin Gibson has a unique connection as she lived in Newtown and attended Sandy Hook for second and third grade — she said her parents

moved her family moved from Brooklyn to the “idyllic” place to raise their children. “It’s incredibly surreal and personal to me,” said Gibson of the tragedy. She asked that the board send a letter of condolence to the Sandy Hook district’s board. McClurg said she received 10 emails from parents in response to the shooting, concerning reassurance for children, district communication and the lack of fencing at Del Mar Heights Elementary School. McClurg said since Friday, the district’s cabinet group has met, as well as all of the school site principals, to go over the

“sound measures” they have in place. They have generated some ideas to make campuses even safer and plan to move forward with those recommendations. Staff also frequently holds lock down drills, fire drills and “duck, cover, hold” drills to prepare schools for emergencies. While the district did invest last year on safety gates and fences, the only school that does not have a completed fence is Del Mar Heights. Director of Maintenance Randy Wheaton said that they ran into some issues completing the fencing work due to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) issues, but he has already met

with an architect this week on the process of finishing the front piece of fencing at the Heights. Additionally, one parent sent a memo that the Ready Springs Elementary School District had sent out to parents regarding the safe storage of firearms and a reminder about the California Penal Code’s position that parents who own firearms are legally responsible to keep them locked and away from children. The parent had requested that a letter written by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence with the same reminder about storage and legal responsibilities be sent to district parents.

Graupmann noted that as the district thinks about budget cuts, they should remember that the more staff on campus, the safer the children are. “At our big schools, we need vice principals,” Graupmann said. “You can’t put a price on safety and you can’t put a price on a well-run school.” At the meeting, board trustee Alan Kholos was wearing a green ribbon for Sandy Hook that his company is selling to raise funds for the Parent Connection in Newtown. For more information, or to donate, visit

there is certain groundwork in the highly regulated process that has to be laid in January and February in the event the cuts have to be made — certificated and classified employees must be notified of layoffs by March 15 and impacted certificated employees have formal layoff hearings in April before final notices must be sent May 15. “It’s really important to state up front that our employees are the strength of our organization,” said Asfazadour, noting how much time they spend trying to find the very best hires and spend so much time on professional development and training. “They’re a very valuable asset to us so it pains me to have this slide up here and explain the process we have to go through.” “The district is about our people and we care and value our people very, very deeply,” McClurg said.

With salaries comprising 83 percent to 92 percent of school budgets, districts statewide have looked at options like furlough days, increasing class size, layoffs, salary rollbacks and deferral of major operating expenditures. DMUSD has looked at the savings of furlough days. One day of furlough for the certificated and classified staff and management would save $176,900. Five furlough days would save $884,500. Class size reduction, another possible solution, could save DMUSD $382,802 if it is increased by one student at a ratio of 21:1 in K-3 and 28:1 in grades 4-6; to increase by four students to a ratio of 24:1 in K-3 and 31:1 in 4-6, the net savings could be $1.2 million. Other solutions include eliminating the over class size stipend ($142,000); continue the hiring freeze on assistant princi-

pals ($110,700); reorganize library services (saving $262,000); and reducing the maintenance and operations workforce ($55,000). DMCTA expressed resistance to personnel layoffs and told stories about how much they love working for the DMUSD and the children. “Your children become our children, our family,” said teacher Ocean Air Tanya Lubomudrov. “We invest in the lives of our children and that devotion isn’t in a written agreement and doesn’t show up on our test results, but we do it anyway, quite simply because we love them as if they were our own.” MaryAnn Loes, a Carmel Del Mar teacher, pointed to statistics that out of 40 districts in San Diego, Del Mar ranks 13th for salary alone and 24th for benefits. She said as of last year, 65 percent of Del Mar teachers

were scheduled for step and column raises. “We always are willing to be collaborative and be a part of the budget solutions,” Loes said. “We represent 40 percent of the budget, we cannot shoulder 100 percent of the budget burden.” Loes’ 40 percent number referred to teacher salaries alone, not including benefits. Some of DMCTA’s ideas for cost savings included freezing staff development, temporary freeze on February conferences, redrawing boundaries for balancing school sites, temporarily darkening (no lights or air conditioning ) the district office and school sites on certain days, and reducing the school week to four days with camps on Fridays. They also brought up solutions made by the 2010 task force, such as consolidating school sites, increasing afterschool tuition, reducing mandat-

ed parent-teacher conferences, expanding the revenue generating preschool and installing solar panels. “Maybe if you don’t buy out another superintendent contract we can save a little money,” joked Katrina Graupmann, DMCTA president. Echoing statements by Asfazadour and McClurg, the board members expressed that it is not their desire to cut teachers but they have to look at the big picture realistically, and salaries and benefits do make up a large chunk of the budget so they need to consider every option on the table. New board member Alan Kholos said his philosophy has always been to “cut stuff not staff” and the board acknowledged they hope to keep as many cuts as they can away from the classroom.



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Glenn Vanstrum mixes medicine, music, surfing with love of family, friends A Minnesotan by birth, Glenn Vanstrum majored in music at Grinnell College before attending UCSD med school and training in anesthesiology. He has surfed for 37 years, yet still wipes out frequently. A pianist since age 5, Vanstrum studied with Cecil Lytle and Nathan Schwartz. He practices daily and performs works from the classical, romantic, and modern repertoire on a regular basis, playing duos with violinist Roy Bak and trios with Bak and cellist Janet White. Vanstrum’s fiction has been Glenn Vanstrum published in LITnIMAGE, the Photo/Diane Vanstrum Bellevue Literary Review, and THEMA. His book of nature writing, “The Saltwater Wilderness” (Oxford), won a San Diego Book Award. Essays of his have appeared in Sierra, California Wild, and the Los Angeles Times. Vanstrum has e-published five novels and two story collections. Kirkus Reviews wrote of his novel, “Northern Liberties,” “smartly written” and “a fascinating read.” Find more surfing, writing, and music info at Who or what inspires you? Music is my writing muse these days; along with my wife, Diane; surfing; and crazy stuff from the hospital. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite? Such a fantasy… Beethoven at the head of the table, of course, the young Beethoven who could hear; and Mozart with his wife, Constanze; Brahms would have to be there to meet Ludwig and, of course, his friends, Robert and Clara Schumann, the former, hopefully, before he went insane. Franz Liszt could perform for us after dinner, and Albert Einstein —a fine amateur violinist in his own right — might round things out. Dream on, eh? What are your five favorite movies of all time? Diane and I are studying a slew of flicks now, since I’m writing a screenplay with the tagline, ”A young psychiatrist, ignoring her lecherous director, puts three musician-patients together to find that the deeper the madness, the sweeter the music. Brooklyn Notes.” My current five: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Shine,” “Music of the Heart,” “Mozart’s Sister,” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” What is it that you most dislike? Cancer. The body turning against itself. Pollution is analogous at a global level. What is your most-prized possession? That would be my family and our continuing good health. What do you do for fun? Surf. Or surf. Or, maybe, surf. What is your most-marked characteristic? I’ve always been the tall guy. What is your motto or philosophy of life? “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they ain’t.” Thanks, Yogi! What would be your dream vacation? Just had one. I stayed here with my wife and two sons, practiced trios with Roy Bak and Janet White, gave a solo concert at Encinitas Library, and had a great Thanksgiving dinner party. Did I mention there was also a bitchin’ NW swell? The Vanstrum gang (Erik, Nick, and moi) surfed together at WindanSea. That was a dream, and reality, too.

Local family competing to win Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest Snyders’ Helen Woodward adoptee, Charger, stars in 30-second production BY CLAIRE HARLIN Stacy and John Snyder love their mastiff mix, Charger, and when they were watching the homemade Doritos commercial contest submissions last year during the Super Bowl, they had no doubt in their minds that their Helen Woodward adoptee would be the next big TV star. “We were thinking, this dog, she just love to do tricks, so why don’t we submit her?” said Stacy, who has lived with John in Rancho Santa Fe for 28 years. The Snyders called together a little team to produce the 30-second Doritos commercial, which they entered into the “Crash the Super Bowl” contest last month. They brought together Rob Kuty, who works with Helen Woodward under his company, San Diego Pet Training, and previously trained Charger as a puppy transitioning from the shelter to the Snyders’ home. And finding their videographer was somewhat serendipitous — after months of searching, the Snyders discovered on a five-day trip to the Grand Canyon that a family friend who was there, Kevin Miller, is both a video editor and Rancho Santa Fe resident. Since there’s $1 million on the table for the winner of the contest, the Snyders made a deal with Kuty and Miller — split it three ways if they win.

John Snyder (left) and his dog, Charger, starred in a homemade Doritos commercial, which he submitted into the company’s 2012 “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. Rob Kuty (right) trained the dog for the production. Photo: Claire Harlin So far, the commercial, called “Cross- team or brand affiliations. Kuty said working with Charger to perword Charlie,” has been well-received. It’s gotten more than 1,000 views on Facebook fect her tricks wasn’t hard because she’s and it’s among videos with the highest rat- been learning tricks from an early age. She ings given by the company. But the biggest already knew how to open doors, but Kuty key to their success is getting the most votes taught her how to shut them, and also how from the public, and the commercials will to easily jump onto chairs and stand at atbe up for voting on the contest’s Facebook tention. “The hardest trick was getting her to page during the month of January, as well as through Xbox Live. Each person gets one put her paws on the counter and take a vote per day per platform, states the contest Dorito out of the bag without eating it,” he said. rules. Miller pieced together trick after trick, “Everybody who’s seen it, even people we don’t know, say they love it,” said John, and even chose shots in which Charger adding that the contest started off as ama- gives the most appropriate and funny exteurs-only but some contestants ended up pressions. “The facial expressions were hard,” said submitting major productions, which would have cost much more to make than theirs, Stacy, but she added that they are also one which was shot with an iPhone and had no of the most memorable elements of the overhead — save for a dozen or more bags of commercial. “We’d have a squeaky toy and get her attention, and capture her face right Doritos. “Ours is all homegrown, and we’re all when she tilts her head.” Kuty began his 13-years of training anifrom right here in the same community,” mals at SeaWorld, so he said he loves any Stacy said. The Snyders spent several months on opportunity to do theatre work that comes the commercial, which stars Charger open- his way. “When they called me, I jumped on it,” ing doors, wearing glasses and helping John solve the crossword clue, “world’s tastiest he said. Stacy, a former special education teachpotato chip.” After jumping onto the kitchen counter, sticking her nose in a Doritos er who has been volunteering for years for a bag, and bringing her owner chip after chip, variety of organizations, said her main motiJohn figures it out. For the purposes of the vator to win is getting to donate the money commercial only, the Snyders changed their to a cause she is already involved in — eidog’s name to Charlie, as contest rules dic- ther Helen Woodward, TERI, cancer research tate the commercials must not have any See CONTEST, page B19

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Hershey Felder plays Lincoln’s last doctor in ‘An American Story’ BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Three years past the bicentennial of his birth, Abraham Lincoln is still going strong. Lincoln-related books appear regularly — there are an estimated 16,000 of them already — and this year, there are two new films: Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “Lincoln” and the Tim Burton-produced opus, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” There’s even a “Thinkin’ about Lincoln” rap song. But there are hardly any theater pieces about our 16th president, who was assassinated in a theater in 1865. Hershey Felder is filling that gap. A Canadian actor/pianist/ playwright/composer best known for his one-man shows playing keyboard luminaries like Gershwin, Bernstein, Beethoven and Chopin, Felder is stepping away from the piano to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. “An American Story” will run for a month at the Birch North Park Theatre, starting Jan. 4. Set in New York City in 1932, “An American Story” is narrated by Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, who as a young army medic in 1865 happened to be seated near the president’s box in Ford’s Theatre the night Lincoln was shot and ended up attending to him during his final hours. A live or-

If you go What: ‘An American Story for Actor and Orchestra’ When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4-Feb. 3 Where: Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. Tickets: $58. Check Goldstar online for discounts Box Office: (619) 239-8836 Web: birchnorthparktheatre. net chestra backs Leale’s narration. Felder, who based his play on the words of Leale and Lincoln and his score on the songs of Stephen Foster, starts with Leale at age 90, going back in time to that fateful evening. He couldn’t save Lincoln — nobody could — but he stayed by his side. “It’s a great story, an important story about what it means to be American,” Felder said. “What touched me is what Leale said about that, in his own words.” Felder discovered Leale on the Internet, while researching another subject for a possible play. “God bless the Internet,” he said. “I was on the Library of Congress website, and found Leale’s speech, written at age 67, about

what happened when he was 23. He only told the story once, and once I read it, I was hooked.” Leale is the first non-famous person Felder has played, and the first one he truly likes. “All the others had to show their wares,” he said. “Leale was a quiet man, a really good guy, and there’s something to be said for that. He went on to create a hospital, he treated patients largely free of charge, and everything he did, he did quietly, never wanting to call attention to himself. My father is like that.” Billed as a world premiere, this is actually the second version of Felder’s life-of-Leale, death-ofLincoln story. The first, at the Pasadena Playhouse last spring, has been expanded, with the character’s age advanced to 90, so he could show more perspective on the event that shaped his life, and American history. Felder is also the show’s producer, backed by a production team of San Diegans, who were on board in Pasadena, and will tour with the show from here on. All are connected with The Old Globe Theatre, where several of Felder’s solo shows were staged. “They’re great people and close friends,” he said. “Doing the show with them, it’s like summer camp every day.”

Actor/playwright/composer Hershey Felder brings ‘An American Story’ to Birch North Park Theatre. COURTESY For this production, he has rented a house in La Jolla, where he can hold meetings and do some composing. He also has a home in Point Loma, along with homes in New York and Paris, all of which he shares with his wife, a former prime minister of Canada. “I’ve been all over the world,” he said. “But what I like best is returning here.”

At the beautifully restored Birch North Park Theatre, he will be able to recreate the look of Ford’s Theatre, where he played Gershwin, almost a decade ago. 2013 should be a busy year for Felder, who will be directing plays in Boston and Chicago and taking “An American Story” on the road. Catch him here, close to home, while you have the chance.


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From dinner parties to celebrity chef competitions, Anna ‘Naturalista’ is on a mission to heal

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BY CLAIRE HARLIN At the age of 8, Anna Allen endured having her back and knees broken when a gate support beam fell on her head and spine, and doctors told her she would have to take medication the rest of her life and never be able to walk normally. It was only a few years later, at age 11, when Allen endured a severe car accident, and in the years after that she experienced another car accident, a severe case of bronchitis, chronic migraines and walking pneumonia. She also developed fibromyalgia and anaphylaxis, a condition that almost killed her at age 23 when she consumed lobster that she didn’t know had been cooked in milk. These incidents and health issues are diverse and span more than half of the 36-year-old’s life, but she said they all have one over-arching thing in common — they were healed independently without medicine and with meditation, lifestyle changes and, more importantly, diet. “I wanted to prove to everyone the doctors were wrong,” said Allen, remembering the attitude she had nearly 30 years ago toward her first tragic accident. Raised in a vegetarian family that encouraged meditation, she said she learned early on that the mind could not only help her escape pain, but it also had the power to heal her injuries when she was physically unable to walk. “Through breathing exercises and meditation I could visualize the exercises I couldn’t do at the time, and I was reprogramming my brain to think my body is not broken, and changing the storyline of my brain made me able to recreate my cellular memory structure,” Allen said. Allen has coached locals through the same practices, and her story of an outer body experience during the two minutes her heart stopped after that dairy scare more than 10 years ago is published in the best-selling book, “Defining Moments of Courage.” But most San Diegans have come to know Allen as a celebrity chef. Better known as Anna Naturalista, Allen has for more than two years been holding healthy dinner demonstrations at private parties and big fundraising events in Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla and other ar-

Anna “Naturalista” Allen stands center with her team of “chefettes” at a private dinner demonstration on Dec. 14 in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo: Claire Harlin eas. She’s even led her clients on health food field trips through the aisles of Jimbo’s in the Del Mar Highlands. The local resident is the star of Naturalista TV, an online channel set to launch next spring on Sony BlueRay TV and on her website, She was led to that role after winning the title of “top chef” in May at the statewide Orange County Tastefest Celebrity Chef Challenge, a competition to create the best tasting healthy cuisine that’s replicable at home. Not only did she get the top honor, but she raked in first place awards in almost every other category — best appetizer salad, best entree and best dessert. Unlike the other competing chefs who wore white chef coats, Allen and her team of “chefettes” wore lacy, handmade aprons, putting a smile on the face of the judges panel, which included two chefs from Food Network’s “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, as well as Chef Josie Smith-Malave from Bravo’s “Top Chef.”

Allen mainly spends her time, however, assisting her clients through private lifestyle and diet coaching, as well as holding private dinners. She’s taken on clients with various debilitating conditions and adapted diet and exercise plans for them to turn their health around. She also gives classes and is working on two books, a cookbook and a wellness guide that touches on topics such as personal care, keeping a healthy home, pet health, food, gardening and sustainability. Allen wears many hats, but there’s a central source of inspiration in everything she does — healing. “I became my own living example,” said Allen. “My career naturally happened by way of people watching me and saying, “Oh my God, what did you do? You don’t have your cane or your neck brace anymore.” And she said her mission to heal means shifting consciousness from conventional, processed decision making to healthier, more sustainable living. “I’m not trying to convert anyone to raw or vegan or anything like that,” she said. “I’m trying to get people to understand that healthy nutrition is absolutely delicious and that you can enjoy health with ease and grace.” To see Anna Naturalista in action, visit her next event, on Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at La Jolla’s Harvard Cookie Girl (7441 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 92037; www.harvardcookingirl. com) or for more information, visit www.AnnaNaturalista. com.

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■ Signature Dish: Char-Grilled Free Range ■ Happy Hour: No Chicken with Tomato and Onion Jam ■ Hours: • Dinner-dance cruise boarding: 7 p.m. ■ Open Since: 1915 • Cruising: 7:30-10 p.m. • Tuesday-Saturday ■ Reservations: Recommended

The 115-foot California Princess is one of two yachts used for the dinner-dance cruises.

Flagship Cruises introduces a new menu BY KELLEY CARLSON here are a number of dining establishments that serve gourmet food and offer stunning ocean views along the coastline of San Diego County. But very few are actually on the water. Flagship Cruises & Events is one of the exceptions, offering dinners, brunches, luncheons for private charters, and fare for other special occasions aboard yachts that cruise along 25 miles of San Diego Bay. The signature event is the 2.5-hour dinner-dance cruise, Tuesdays through Saturdays. (Mondays are added in the summer.) Reservations are preferred, but prospective guests are also welcome to walk up to the company’s booth on Harbor Drive and buy tickets. Once their passes are in hand, people are directed to board either the California Princess or the Spirit of San Diego vessels. The 115-foot California Princess — used during evenings when fewer patrons are expected — contains two enclosed, climatecontrolled decks that feature Honduran mahogany and cherry wood, along with modern, yet classic teak furniture. The enclosed decks are connected by a “sweeping Cinderella” stairway; above them is a 1,600-square-foot, open-air observation deck ideal for dancing, socializing, and taking in the views of downtown San Diego. In many ways, the Spirit of San Diego is similar, yet it’s the larger of the two yachts at 146 feet. It provides 360-degree views from each of its three levels and has an interior that showcases rich mahogany, brass and lush carpeting. As guests board their vessel, they are greeted by crewmembers and presented with chilled flutes of bubbly. Patrons are then asked to pose and smile for souvenir photos.

T The salad consists of young local greens, green apple julienne, California sun-dried cranberries, chiffonade of fresh basil, candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles and apple cider vinaigrette.

Classic Cheese Cake and Driscoll Farms Berries are sprinkled with sugar and soaked in their natural syrups. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON

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■ This week’s recipe: Flagship Cruise’s Roasted Butternut Squash Soup While waiting for the cruise to begin, some wander over to the cocktail bar, which offers selections such as the Fish Bone, a mix of Malibu Coconut Rum, blue Curacao, melon liqueur, orange juice, sweet ‘n’ sour and lemon-lime soda, and served over rocks. Others head to the observation deck to drink in the surroundings. A half-hour after boarding begins, people take their seats in the main dining area, as the yacht leaves the dock and begins sailing; then it’s time to dine. Executive Chef Brian Gist recently introduced a menu with all-new appetizers, entrees and desserts. “Guests have always told us our food was beyond anything they would have ever expected on a bay cruise,” Gist said. “We’ve taken that feedback and used it to shape our extended menu and to offer even more of a restaurant experience.” Because Flagship is owned by San Diego’s Engel family, Gist believes it is important to

support other local businesses and turns to area vendors for ingredients and other items. He acquires vegetables and fruits from Moceri Produce, sustainable seafood from Chesapeake Fish Co., and bread and desserts from St. Tropez Bakery. Furthermore, everything is cooked onboard, from raw to finished product. The dining experience kicks off with appetizers such as the rich and creamy Hazelnut Encrusted Baked Brie with Black Mission Fig Port Wine Jam, and the Grilled and Chilled Asparagus with Creamy Burrata Mozzarella and Fresh Tomato-Basil Concasse. Among the entree choices is Pan Roasted Baja California Jumbo Prawns and Goat Cheese Orzo Pasta, featuring prawns marinated with basil, garlic and olive oil, then seared and roasted, and served on a bed of Goat Cheese Orzo Pasta. Another selection is the Char-grilled FreeRange Chicken with Tomato and Onion Jam, served over sautéed wild arugula and alongside a Ramona sage-infused whipped red-skin potato. Children’s dinners, for ages 4 to 12, include macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, two large chocolate-chip cookies and fruit. Meanwhile, the meal is enhanced with low-key music. Guests who are celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or engagements are recognized. To wrap up the dinner, there are several dessert options, including Classic Cheese Cake and Driscoll Farms Berries that are sprinkled with sugar and soaked in their natural syrups; and the dark chocolate-andcaramel Pecan Brownie and Justin Starboard Chocolate Ganache, topped with a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream. Once guests are finished eating, they head to one of the upper decks for dancing and views of the nighttime skyline.


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Artist’s whimsical ‘Library’ takes new look at Athenaeum BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Artist Mathieu Gregoire is known for his large-scale public projects, as well as more intimate temporary installations using found and fabricated objects. His skill at the latter is on display this month in his first solo show at the Athenaeum. Gregoire has incorporated images of books, plants, fabrics and fragments of architectural features from the music and arts library into his show, titled “Library.” He even sanded down a gallery wall to reveal all the layers of paint used in past exhibitions. It’s his way of looking at the different layers that make up the Athenaeum. “What do you do in a library?” he asked himself, swiftly answering the question: “You look up things. You look up the relations between things. You connect ideas. That’s the key to my installation.” “Library” is all about making connections, finding new ways of looking at things. This is not an exhibit to rush through. Every section expands in interest as you give it more careful attention. Consider the large black-andwhite wall pieces: all the black shapes are negative spaces. The black symbols that look like some form of Hebraic alphabet: They’re what he calls “nesting forms,” puzzle-like pieces that fit inside one another.

The artist calls his repurposing of the Athenaeum’s sculpture stands ‘playing with blocks.’ PHOTO/MAURICE HEWITT

If you go • What: Mathieu Gregoire’s ‘Library’ • When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, to Dec. 29. Closed Sunday, Monday • Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla • Admission: Free • Contact: (858) 454-5872 And the different-sized blocks arranged in a corner of the gallery: they’re the Athenaeum’s sculpture stands, some sanded-down, some in miniature, re-purposed as sculp-

North Coast Rep presents Sister’s Christmas Catechism through Dec. 30 It’s “CSI: Bethlehem,” in a holiday mystery extravaganza by Maripat Donovan with Jane Morris. Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir, as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any ever seen, 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 30 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Tickets: $25-$35. (858) 481-1055.

tures themselves. “This is just me playing with blocks,” said the artist. “I like painting with a sander, too.” Project Manager of UCSD’s Stuart Collection, a campus-wide smorgasbord of site-specific public art pieces, Gregoire is also a lecturer in UCSD’s visual arts department and an art consultant who advises institutions like Stanford and UC San Francisco on how to assemble collections that will work in their own special contexts. Shining through all these lofty credentials are flashes of humor, a clear delight in turning aesthetics on its ear, as he did with palm twigs he bent, broke, and glued together upside down to make a kind of tree for “Library.” “A lot of my work is about nature and the opposite of nature — nature and artifice,” he said. The exhibit continues in the Reading Room’s glass cabinets, where Gregoire mixes books from the library’s collection with small pieces of his own that relate to the books, in form or in subject. The closer you look, the more relations you’ll see. When you’re ready for a change from the ho-ho-ho holiday madness, take a quiet break at Mathieu Gregoire’s “Library.” It will be a real treat for your eyes and your mind.

Mathieu Gregoire with his wife, Amanda, an artist herself, and daughter of artist Manny Farber. PHOTO/MAURICE HEWITT

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Gem Fair coming to Del Mar Fairgrounds Gem Faire will be in Del Mar on Jan. 18-20, 2013 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds/Bing Crosby Hall. Hours are Friday, noon-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $7, valid for the entire weekend. Free parking refund! Over 70 world-renowned importers, exporters and manufacturers will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and much more at incredibly low prices. Finished and unfinished jewelry, rare gemstones, jewelry making tools, supplies and boxes will be available all under one roof. Have your jewelry repaired and cleaned while you shop. Plus, enter for a chance to win cool prizes every hour throughout the weekend. Mark your calendar! Don’t miss this opportunity. Buy quality jewelry, gems, and beads directly from the source right in your town at Gem Faire. For more information, visit or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at 503-252-8300 or email:

Village Church Community Theater to hold auditions The Village Church Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe will be holding auditions for the musical adaptation of “Helen Keller� on Jan. 7, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.. For more information and an appointment, visit

Presentation on ‘Stained Glass Windows of France: Sublime Light and Colors’ to be held at Solana Beach Library Jan. 10 On Thursday night, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solana Beach Library, the Friends of the Library are hosting a presentation by Francine Jensen on “Stained Glass Windows of France: Sublime Light and Colors.� In this lecture Francine will recount, through slides, the history of the stained glass windows in the various regions of France and describe the technical evolution and trends of this special art form over the course of centuries. Although Francine is a biological scientist by training, her leisure-time passion has been the study of French art and history. The Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075 (telephone 858-755-1404). This program is free to the public.

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La Jolla Music Society continues the Season’s Revelle Chamber Music Series with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. The San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has been dedicated to historically informed performance of Baroque, Classical and Early-Romantic music on original instruments since its inception in 1981. La Jolla Music Society enhances the concert-going experience by presenting “Preludes� — pre-concert chats and performances – prior to each performance. Ruben Valenzuela, founder and director of the Bach Collegium San Diego, will deliver a pre-concert lecture, “A Particular Genius: The Italian Baroque,� discussing the uniquely high spirits of the composers featured on Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s program, at 7 p.m. Concert tickets are $25-$75 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society box office, (858) 459-3728, and online at

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After 40 years, local men still steering YMCA service club BY CLAIRE HARLIN When Fred Pahl first met Edgar Engert in 1972, he said the local man, who worked for 44 years as a landscaper at the Paul Ecke Ranch, was shy and never spoke in groups. But if you knew Engert now, at age 76 — a high-spirited, outgoing leader who starts conversation with nearly everyone he passes — that description would be hard to believe. Engert has come to be known in North County as “Mr. Encinitas.� He’s headed the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded Encinitas events like their holiday parade and Octoberfest, and he’s the longest-standing member on the board of the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, which has for decades served communities from Encinitas to Del Mar to Rancho Santa Fe. But highest on Engert’s list of achievements is the fact that he helped start the YMCA’s service club 40 years ago. Once known as the “Y’s Men’s Club,� the group has, to date, raised more than $750,000 for the Magdalena Ecke Y. Pahl, the Y’s former executive director, saw a need for the service organization in 1972, and approached 30 local men who he asked to help charter the club. Well-known horticulturist Paul Ecke Junior introduced Paul to Engert, his landscaper, who Ecke said would be a great person to head the club. Engert is still a leader in the club today, having progressed to head of the club on regional and international levels as well. “[Ecke] said, ‘I have just the guy for you.’ He introduced me to Edgar because he’s a gogetter, a dynamo.� said Pahl, adding that the group became the first co-ed Y service club in the world when Engert’s wife, Renate, became president in 1975. It was at that time when the group changed its name to the North Coast Y Service Club. For those who have attended the Y, they may have noticed the remodeled preschool, youth camp programs and structural improvements to the aquatic park, but they may not have known that those assets are the results of people like Pahl and Engert, as well as other members of the North Coast Y Service Club. That’s why, on the club’s 40th anniversary, members are holding a commemorative event to recognize the club’s efforts. The event is open to the public and will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2013 at The Grauer School, located at 1500 S. El Camino Real. The North Coast Y Service Club is comprised of members from a variety of backgrounds, from retirees to working people to stay-at-home moms. The club’s annual flower sales, which include the poinsettia sale that recently wrapped up, bring in some $8,000 to $12,000 in sales each year, and the group’s holiday giving campaign brings in about $250,000 — about $8,000 of which is usually raised annually by Engert himself. The service club also holds an annual casino night that brings in about $18,000. “Being part of this club has changed my life because I feel good about doing something for the community,� said Engert, who is still very active in the club with his wife. He also said he’s happy to see the Y, which was once small, grow into a 20-acre, ocean-view facility with an extensive number of programs and activities for all ages.

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Engert and Renate travel internationally every year to meet with service groups from Y’s all over the world, from Japan to China to Europe. “It’s interesting to sit around a table of people with all different languages and make wonderful friendships around the world,� Engert said. Pahl said he sees Engert as a “Y success story,� and a true leader. “He helps people at our club know they are part of something larger,� Pahl said. The service club, which is welcoming new members, meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. at the Ecke YMCA, located at 200 Saxony Road in Encinitas. For more information, find the North Coast Y Service Club on Facebook or visit For event ticket information, email the club’s spokeswoman, Michele Wegman, at

The Coastal Cities Jazz Band, along with guest Bernie Dresel, will present a tribute to “Big Band Drummers� on Jan. 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Community Church. The concert will feature music that became popular when performed by famous drummers such as: Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Gene Krupa and Ed Shaughnessy to name a few. Bernie Dresel presently holds the drum chair in Gordon Goodwin’s Grammy-nominated Big Phat Band. For 15 years prior, Dresel was with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, a Grammy Award winner. ModernDrummers Magazine’s readers poll named him today’s best “Big Band Drummer� and Drum Magazine honored him with a “2002 Drummie� for best big band drummer. Tunes like Gene Krupa’s “Sing, Sing, Sing�, Louie Bellson’s “Air Mail Special�, Buddy Rich’s “Love for Sale,� along with charts from the Big Phat Band library will be on the program. Cost is $15; $12 for seniors and students. For advance tickets, contact Gary Adcock at 858-775-1113.










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Italian eatery brings the island of Capri to Carmel Valley, Poway BY CLAIRE HARLIN Home to many artists and writers who have sought inspiration from natural beauty, the Italian island of Capri is a star-studded vacation spot that has historically been progressive and fastevolving — much like the career of Sal Ercolano, a native of the island who has developed neighborhood restaurants fashioned after his European birthplace. Villa Capri has been a Carmel Valley staple in Piazza Carmel for more than 10 years. In addition, Ercolano and co-owner/chef Antonio Viscito earlier this year brought the upscale trattoria concept to Poway, adding location-specific menu items and a wine bar. Italian restaurants are often referred to as “trattorias,” but under the true definition of the word, Villa Capri fits the bill — with a contemporary twist. If you came across a trattoria in Italy, it wouldn’t be in a city, said Ercolano. It would be in a suburb and it would be casual, a real neighborhood destina-

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Del Mar Heights Winterfest Del Mar Heights Elementary School held its annual Winterfest Program Dec. 20. The festive event included musical performances by students. The Kindergartners will sing at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon performance will start with the first graders at 12:35 p.m.

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The Carmel Valley Middle School FacultyStudent Rock Band “Bob & the Cats” held a festive holiday performance Dec. 20. Photos/Jon Clark

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First Thursdays host the Eve Selis Band “Christmas Unplugged” was the theme of First Thursdays this month at the Del Mar Powerhouse with Eve Selis and her band playing selections from their soon-to-be-released holiday CD. First Thursdays is produced by the Cultural Arts Committee of the Del Mar Foundation. For more information, go to Courtesy photos

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DISCUSSION AND BRIEFING (Application Items) NEW APPLICATION(s) ITEM 1 TPM-12-01 CDP-12-09 APN: 300-072-14 Location: 150 12th Street Owners/ Applicants: Mary Walshok Agent: Sowards and Brown Engineering, Inc. Zone: R-2 Environmental Status: Exempt Contact Person: Jean CrutchďŹ eld, Associate Planner Description: A request for approval of a Tentative Parcel Map and a Coastal Development Permit to create a condominium form of ownership for two residential units in the R2 Zone. Note: The project is located in the Coastal Commission’s appeals zone. ITEM 2 TVS-12-01 Applicants: Del Mar Woods Homeowners Applicant’s Addresses: 110, 120, 124, 126, 128, 130, Spinnaker Court; 118 Surfview Court; 245, 247, 251, 257, 259, 261, 271, 269 Stratford Court; 222, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 240, 242, 244, 246, 250, 292 Dolphin Cove Court; and 299 Sea Forest Court


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December 27, 2012 conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Herbert E. Siegel, 606 3rd Ave. #301, San Diego, CA 92101. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/07/2012. Herbert E. Siegel. DM830. Dec. 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030958 Fictitious Business Name(s): Independent Property Appraisers, A Local AMC Located at: 14086 Caminito Vistana, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. Mailing Address: same. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was 11/27/2012. This business is


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2013. Time: 8:30 a.m, 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: Dec. 12, 2012. Robert J. Trentacosta Judge of the Superior Court CV428. Dec. 20, 27, Jan. 3, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030973 Fictitious Business Name(s): Chrysanthemum Software Located at: 3811 Colina Dorada Drive #A208, San Diego, CA, 92124, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 10601-G361 Tierrasanta Blvd., San Diego, CA 92124. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Timothy J. Gillis, 3811 Colina Dorada Drive #A208, San Diego, CA 92124-3806. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/27/2012. Timothy J. Gillis. DM826. Dec. 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-032141 Fictitious Business Name(s): 33rd Parallel Marketing Located at: 2020 Christy Lane, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was 10/1/12. This business is hereby registered by the following: SMRT Accessories, 2020 Christy Lane, Del Mar, CA 92014, California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/11/2012. Jim Benedict. DM824. Dec. 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031509 Fictitious Business Name(s): Blue Bio Fuel Located at: 15190 Penasquitos Dr., San Diego, CA, 92129, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was 12/01/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Chris Youngjae Cho, 15190 Penasquitos Dr., San Diego, CA 92129. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/04/2012. Chris Youngjae Cho. DM823. Dec. 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031641 Fictitious Business Name(s): Millions Of Miniatures Located at: 900 Santa Hidalga, Solana Beach, CA, 92075, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The ďŹ rst day of business was 11/01/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Kirsten Harless, 900 Santa Hidalga, Solana Beach, CA 92075, Anita Harless, 900 Santa Hidalga, Solana Beach, CA 92075. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/05/2012. Kirsten Harless. DM821. Dec. 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031175 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Dentistry for You b. Dentistry for You With Care Located at: 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd. #G, San Diego, CA, 92126, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was 11/1/12. This business is hereby registered by the following:

Mitra Javidan D.M.D., PC, 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd. #G, San Diego, CA 92126, CA. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/29/2012. Mehran Mazdyasni. DM820. Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE CASE NUMBER: 37-2012-00152698-PR-PW-CTL Superior Court of California County of San Diego 1409 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 Madge Bradley Estate of: ROBERT MATHEW IRISH, Decedent To all heirs, beneďŹ ciaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROBERT MATHEW IRISH, aka BOB IRISH. A Petition for Probate has been ďŹ led by MICHELE IRISH in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. The petition for Probate requests that MICHELE IRISH be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicile are available for examination in the ďŹ le kept by the court. The petition request authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person ďŹ les an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: 1/17/13, Time: 1:30 p.m., Dept.: PC-2. Address of court: same as noted above. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or ďŹ le written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must ďŹ le your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of ďŹ rst issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for ďŹ ling claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the ďŹ le kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may ďŹ le with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the ďŹ ling of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: RUSSELL E. GRIFFITH Rochelle & GrifďŹ th, LLP 1991 Village Park Way, Ste. 105 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-944-9901 DM819, Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031758 Fictitious Business Name(s): Goldstar Properties, LLC


Located at: 1011 Camino Del Mar #210, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 22873, San Diego, CA 92192. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Goldstar Properties, LLC, 1521 Concord Pike #301, Wilmington, Delaware 19803, Delaware. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/06/2012. Lorraine S. Hertzberg. DM818. Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031238 Fictitious Business Name(s): Sampson Asset Management Located at: 12702 Via Cortina #101, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Joseph A. Sampson, 12702 Via Cortina #101, Del Mar, CA 92014, Diane Sampson, 12702 Via Cortina #101, Del Mar, CA 92014. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/30/2012. Joseph A. Sampson. DM817. Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030970 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Orion Creative Group, Inc. b. Orion Creative Group Located at: 11230 Sorrento Valley Rd., Ste. 200, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was 3/19/2009. This business is hereby registered by the following: Orion Creative Group Inc., 11230 Sorrento Valley Rd., Ste. 200, San Diego, CA 92130, California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/27/2012. Harley Orion. CV430. Dec. 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030972 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. La Jolla Cab b. Clairemont Cab c. Balboa Cab d. Clairemont Mesa Cab Located at: 5110 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Apt. #314, San Diego, CA, 92117, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Mehmet Aykilic, 5110 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #314, San Diego, CA 92117. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/27/2012. Mehmet Aykilic. DM816. Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2012, Jan. 3, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2012-00058885-CU-PT-NC SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO North County Division, 325 S. Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 PETITION OF: Cindy Whitmarsh on behalf of minors for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Cindy Whitmarsh on behalf of minors ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name a. Cindy Jean Whitmarsh to Proposed Name Cindy Jean

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Whitmarsh-Sweeney; Present Name b. Jaden Nicole Whitmarsh to Proposed Name Jaden Nicole Sweeney-Whitmarsh; Present Name c. Kendall Lee Whitmarsh to Proposed Name Kendall Lee Sweeney-Whitmarsh. 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: Jan. 29, 2013. Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 3. 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: Del Mar Times. Date: 12/3/12. Aaron H. Katz Judge of the Superior Court DM815. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031335 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. McMaverick Advertising b. Maverick Advertising Located at: 4653 Carmel Mnt. Rd., Ste. 308, #88, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The first day of business was 11/29/12. This business is hereby registered by the following: Michael Gallagher, 4653 Carmel Mnt. Rd., Ste. 308, Unit #88, San Diego, CA 92130, Lisa Gallagher, 4653 Carmel Mnt. Rd.,

Ste. 308, Unit 88, San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/03/2012. Lisa Gallagher. CV427. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031445 Fictitious Business Name(s): MBF Solutions Located at: 13295 Tiverton Road, San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was 1/15/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Scott Arnold, 13295 Tiverton Road, San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/03/2012. Scott Arnold. CV426. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030625 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Grand Del Mar Limousine b. Grand Del Mar Limo Located at: 12757 Seabreez Farms Dr., San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. Mailing Address: same. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was 11/21/12. This business is hereby registered by the following: Samad Parvin, 12757 Seabreeze Farms Dr. #9, San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/21/2012. Samad Parvin. DM813. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031080 Fictitious Business Name(s): Organize, Coordinate, Design Located at: 2941 Unicornio St. Apt. B, Carlsbad, CA, 92009, 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: Kristina Boling, 2941 Unicornio St. Apt. B, Carlsbad, CA 92009. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/28/2012. Kristina Boling. DM812. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-031246 Fictitious Business Name(s): Airport & Railroad Safety Consulting Group Located at: 1902 Wright Place, 2nd Floor, Carlsbad, CA, 92008, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business was 11/27/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Aviation & Railroad Transportation ADM. Inc., 340 W. 32nd Street Suite 441, Yuma, Arizona 85364, Arizona. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/30/2012. Kenneth M. Bettencourt. DM811. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-030740 Fictitious Business Name(s): Entree Nous Located at: 2081 Sea Village Circle, Cardiff, CA, 92007, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business was 01/01/2000. This business is hereby registered by the following: Jessica Leibovich Veseskis, 2081 Sea Village Circle, Cardiff, CA 92007. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/26/2012. Jessica Leibovich Veseskis. DM809. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012





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John Lefferdink, committed to achieving results for San Diego real estate sellers for more than 30 years: Chairman's Circle – 20 consecutive years top 1% of ALL Prudential agents nationwide #1 Team - Prudential CA Realty A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate Rancho Santa Fe – Del Rayo office Limited Partner Principal, Prudential CA Realty San Diego region

6442 Mesa Norte Dr. 92130 Del Mar Mesa Area Just Listed

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4,258 SF • 4 BR 3.5 BA  This beautifully appointed home sits high up on Del Mar Mesa with sprawling views and the elegance of California Coastal Living. Features include custom wood floors, travertine, custom paint, highly upgraded fireplaces, soaring ceilings, a master retreat with sitting area and fireplace. The large bonus/loft room on the second floor was enclosed in 2012 to offer an additional possible bedroom. The gourmet kitchen boasts granite countertops with full height backsplash a large island and breakfast nook.  The kitchen opens to the family room for easy living and entertaining.  Sellers will entertain Offers Between $$1,950,000–$2,090,000



December 27, 2012

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Cardiff By The Sea | $895,000 Sandy Point 3 br, 2.5 ba. Ocean view gated development w/pool, spa, interior lagoons & more. Totally upgraded on view lot. Upper level deck. Patios. 120056139 858.755.0075

Carmel Valley | $629,000 Gorgeous 3 br, 2.5 ba end-unit towhouse in Carmel Valley’s most desirable neighborhood in east bluff. Newer oversized dual-pane doors & windows. 120060147 858.259.0555

Carmel Valley | $784,900 Brand new 4 br w/mud rm for storage off garage. Upstairs laundry rm & bonus rm in gated community of Maricel. Blinds throughout, upgraded paver drive. 120054102 858.259.0555

Carmel Valley | $1,175,000 Carmel Valley’s Belmont Plan 4 home, situated on wide lot. Lrg garden, very relaxing but entertaining. Spacious chef’s kit w/granite top & island. 120054321 858.259.0555

Encinitas | $699,000 4 br, 3 ba home w/gorgeous views. Hdwd flrs, custom tile. Gourmet kitchen w/designer cabs & new appls. Sunny formal entry. Spacious master suite. 120059679 858.755.0075

Encinitas | $990,000 Panoramic golf course and ocean views in Encinitas 3 br, 2.5 ba ranch. Sit down views. Former model, extra touches. Granite and stainless in kitchen. 120050510 858.259.0555

Encinitas | $1,299,000 “Elle decor” style & exceptionally appointed. Approx 1 mile to beach, cool/hip dining, shopping & nightlife of old Encinitas/Hwy 101. 5 br, 4.5 ba. 120056663 858.755.0075

Escondido | $129,000 Great lot - over appx 1/3 acre - with a shady country feel in a terrific location near Lake Hodges, Felicita Park. Priced to sell. Over appx 1/3 acre. 120050198 858.755.0075

Escondido | $839,000 Mediterranean 5 br, 3.5 ba home in Lake Ridge. Soaring ceilings, tiled flooring, sweeping stairway. Recently remodeled. Pool/spa, patio cover. 120056655 858.755.0075

Mira Mesa | $519,000 Pool-sized lot on double cul-de-sac street. Hillside provides priv yard in back. 4 br, 2.5 ba. Tile and wood flooring downstairs, vaulted ceilings. 120060702 858.259.0555

No Escondido/W. Valley Center | $2,195,000 Gated appx 17 acres w/panoramic views, creek/boulders, custom 4,500 appx sf 2008 Spanish single-sty estate, det office & casita, serenity & seclusion. 120051620 858.755.0075

Rancho Bernardo | $628,000 Great light and bright 3 br, 2.5 ba house with high ceilings. Beautiful large backyard with view. Oversized 2.5-car gar. Low HOA fees and Mello Roos. 120058730 858.259.0555

Rancho Bernardo | $649,900 Exceptional showcase property with large lot and fabulous views. Quiet and private location on canyon with no one behind you! 120060018 858.259.0555

Rancho Santa Fe | $1,125,000 Single-lvl 3 br, 2.5 ba custom home. Golf course frontage. Panoramic views. Glitzy and sophisticated. Entertainers dream home. Back yd oasis. Firepit. 120060908 858.755.0075

Rancho Santa Fe | $1,850,000 Timeless 1-sty & classic “Rat Pack” mid-century architecture in coveted RSF Covenant. 4 br, 5.5 ba. West facing, commanding hillside views & privacy. 120059412 858.755.0075

Rancho Santa Fe | $2,580,000 Custom 4 br, 5.5 ba. Circular driveway. Courtyd entry & landscaping. Pacific breezes, sunset. Designer flooring. Custom paint. Architectural standout. 120058412 858.755.0075

San Diego | $849,000 Wow! State of the art! Single-level sensation. Beautiful features inside & out. Courtyard entry, gorgeous kitchen, hardwood flrs. Rarely available! 120056373 858.755.0075

San Diego | $1,449,000 Elegant & sophisticated 5 br, 3.5 ba home at end of cul-de-sac. Sleek modern kitchen w/all new appliances, custom cabinetry, artisan lighting. 120060301 858.755.0075

Solana Beach | $274,500 Updated w/contemporary amenities and colors. Kitchen granite plus newer cabs. Breakfast bar and stools. Pergo flooring great room area. Br carpeted. 120057416 858.259.0555

Solana Beach | $343,500 Great upper-level 1 br condo in Triple Crown. Air conditioning, nicely upgraded, fireplace. Near bluff on the back side of the complex. 1-car garage. 120051224 858.755.0075

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