Volume 30 Number 11
May 29, 2014 | Published Weekly
Roberts pledges $80K to Veterans Honor Courtyard
Memorial Day in Solana Beach
Veterans Memorial Committee selling tiles to help fund project ■ Solana Beach Little League honors veterans. Pages B14-15
■ Local Girl Scout helps fuel success of Operation Thin Mint. Page 11
■ For photos of social, school and community events, see pages B1-B24.
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The City of Solana Beach and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 hosted the 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26 at the Veterans Memorial at La Colonia Community Park in Solana Beach. See page B4 for more photos. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net. PHOTO/JON CLARK
Retail now planned for medical office space at Pacific Highlands Ranch BY KAREN BILLING More retail is planned for Pacific Highlands Ranch as reworked plans for the Corallina development on Carmel Valley Road were discussed at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting on May 22. A year ago, the plan was for 109 luxury condos and 21 affordable housing units above 30,000 square feet of medical office space next to the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Developer John Finley, of Eq-
uity Properties Group, said they now plan to convert those medical offices to retail space. “We were concerned about the depth of the market and we weren’t sure the market could bear another 30,000 of retail,” Finley explained. “Based on the demand Coast Income Properties is getting for retail (with the Village at PHR) and the interest we are already starting to get, we feel See RETAIL, page 12
BY KRISTINA HOUCK A little more than a week after the Solana Beach City Council unanimously approved $80,000 for the construction of the Veterans Honor Courtyard at La Colonia Park, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts pledged another $80,000 toward the project. City officials and community members erupted with applause and cheers after Roberts made the announcement during the city’s Memorial Day ceremony May 26 at La Colonia Community Center (see event photos on page B4). “Three hundred and sixty-five days a year, once this project is done, people will be able to come to this courtyard to honor our veterans … and really reflect on the true cost of what these conflicts have on our nation but, more importantly, what they have on the local communities of Solana Beach,” said Roberts, who served as guest speaker at the ceremony. “We stand here united to show you that we understand how to work together
for the values we all hold dear, and our top value is honoring those who have served so that we can stand here to really make this the wonderful community that we all love.” The planned courtyard will feature a stone veneer wall with military seals behind a reflecting pool. It will honor all U.S. veterans, living and deceased, as well as those who are currently serving at home and abroad. The project is estimated to cost about $200,000. With Roberts’ selection of the courtyard as his “2014 signature project” and the council’s designation of funds during the May 14 council meeting, those spearheading the project have almost reached their goal. As of May 26, another $21,000 in private donations has been raised, said former Mayor Tere Renteria, who is leading the volunteer-led Veterans Memorial Committee, which is heading the project. See VETERANS, page 12
San Diego County Fair returns to Del Mar on June 7 with a Beatles theme BY KRISTINA HOUCK Food, fun and all things “fab” returns to Del Mar when the San Diego County Fair opens on June 7. This year’s theme is “The Fab Fair,” celebrating the British Invasion that “changed the music scene in America and the world,” said Tim Fennell, CEO and general manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, during the May 21 press conference and event sneak peek. The month-long fair will feature British music, pop cul-
ture and several exhibitions, including two Beatles photo exhibits. “The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes” is a collection of 80 never-beforepublished photos of the band’s first U.S. performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964 and the 20-city tour that followed, which included San Diego in 1965. “Give Peace a Chance” commemorates John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “bedin” for peace in 1969. Both exhibits will make their Califor-
nia debut during the fair. The fair will also feature eight stages of entertainment, including 24 days of Beatles’ music. “Every year we pride ourselves on bringing to the fair See FAIR, page 12
The fair will feature eight stages of entertainment, including 24 days of Beatles’ music with acts such as The Fab Four, a California-based tribute band. PHOTO/KRISTINA HOUCK
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Del Mar to hold a Community Workshop June 9 on new City Hall/Town Hall project
Torrey Pines High alumnus Joseph Patterson graduates from Yale School of Medicine
The City of Del Mar recently announced an upcoming Community Workshop about building a new City Hall/Town Hall. On Monday, June 9, the City will be holding a Community Workshop to discuss the City Hall/Town Hall project and the City Council is encouraging all interested individuals to attend. This workshop is the second in a series of Community Workshops about the City’s future civic center. The City Council has also held community forums at each City Council meeting since April to solicit community thoughts on this topic. At the upcoming workshop, information will be available regarding financing of the project, the programs being evaluated, and the opportunities for other uses of the site. More details are available at www.delmar.ca.us/cityhall. The existing City Hall is operating in the former St. James Academy/Del Mar Elementary School at 1050 Camino del Mar. Originally built in 1921 and expanded in the 1950s, 45 percent of the original building is unusable because of seismic instability. Additional mobile trailers provide staff offices and meeting space. Current seismic and accessibility requirements, as well as maintenance and space needs, indicate the facility is beyond its usable lifespan as a City Hall. “We know there are lots of good ideas in the community about what residents want to see in a future Civic Center, so we encourage everyone to attend,” said Mayor Lee Haydu. Following the Community Workshop, it is intended that the City Council will provide direction on how to solve the problem of inadequate City Hall facilities. Following this direction, the public and the City Council will work together to craft the details of what and how such a project will be implemented. The Workshop will take place at the Del Mar Communications Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-workshop social, including refreshments,and the formal workshop at 6 p.m.
Dr. Joseph Thomas Patterson graduated from Yale School of Medicine on May 19. Patterson is a 2006 alum of Torrey Pines High School, where he was on the varsity track team. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2010, graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in bioengineering. Patterson will do his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at UC San Francisco, commencing on June 16. Patterson moved to Del Mar when he was a year old and attend-
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Dr. Joseph Thomas Patterson ed Del Mar Heights Elementary and Earl Warren Middle School. He was active in Boy Scout Troop 713, where he earned his
Eagle Scout Badge with the support of Scoutmasters Paul Butler and Claude Organ, as well as Assistant Scoutmaster Mark Filanc. He became interested in medicine in high school when he was an intern for Dr. Richard Brown of Torrey Pines Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Brown encouraged Patterson’s interest in medicine generally and orthopaedics in particular. In his spare time, Patterson enjoys running, hiking, photography and brewing beer.
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McAlister Institute board member says Walk for Sobriety benefit raises invaluable funds to help Americans battling addiction BY KAREN BILLING One in six Americans will struggle with addiction but only one in 10 will receive the help they need to move their lives forward on a healthy path. The third annual Walk for Sobriety 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, June 21, is held to raise awareness for those 40.3 million Americans battling addiction, get more people moving in the right direction and celebrate those who have fought hard to remain clean and sober. The walk, which begins at 8 a.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station, benefits the McAlister Institute in El Cajon, a facility that provides high-quality, low-cost substance abuse treatment, drug intervention and recovery support systems for 2,500 teens and adults every month through its 27 programs. Carmel Valley’s Dennis Ellman, a new board member at the McAlister Institute, knows personally how difficult and painful addiction can be, through his experience with his son’s addiction as a young adult. “He’s one of the hopeful ones,” Ellman said of his son, now 32, healthy and heading to graduate school. “But we lost a lot of people which is always the hard part. When his son was 18, four of his best friends died as a result of being deeply submerged in the drug culture. Ellman calls addiction an “elaborate cult,” where users find ways to get what they need and persist in addiction — they have to decide for themselves to get out and get better. “Drug addiction is an epidemic among young adults,” Ellman said, “It’s a real tragedy for families to try to find ways to cope and deal with a world they never thought they’d be introduced to.” At McAlister, there are a variety of services for everyone from pregnant women and troubled teens to ex-offenders and homeless men, from 30- to 90-day residential programs, recovery centers, safe housing and intervention services. They have a perinatal detox program, which is a short-term, non-medical residential program to help pregnant women detox from alcohol and other drugs in a safe and supportive environment. Many women go on to receive further treatment at Kiva Learning Center for Women and Children, a long-term residential treatment program for women with and without children. Over the course of six months, clients receive housing, treatment planning, daycare and parenting classes, educational workshops, mental health counseling, domestic violence assistance, vocational training and recovery support services. Many of the staff members at McAlister have suffered the challenges of addiction and collectively they have 1,000 years of sobriety — director Jeanne McAlister is celebrating 56 years of sobriety this year. Ellman, a 15-year Carmel Valley resident who founded the public relations firm Beck Ellman Heald in 1986, was introduced to McAlister five years ago as he was helping write a speech for one of the institute’s board members. “I just fell for her and the program and thought it was just terrific and what they do for the community was outstanding so I just become more and more involved,” Ellman said.
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Carmel Valley resident Dennis Ellman at last year’s Walk for Sobriety benefiting the McAlister Institute. This year’s 5K
He continued to volunteer and his agency was hired to do the McAlister Institute’s public relations but separate from that, Ellman got involved at the board level just a few months ago. Ellman said one of the key issues the board is looking into is a new building for McAlister in the South Bay area. McAlister currently leases its space and, as its programs continue to grow, the new facility would provide a permanent home to serve even more people in need. “What I find really powerful with them is that they will see people regardless of their ability to pay, which is not common with drug and alcohol rehab centers,” Ellman said. “The dedication level is truly astonishing.” The Walk for Sobriety started three years ago as a result of a conversation the board was having regarding the fact that nobody really wanted to hear about addiction or rehab programs. Then an advisor to the board, Ellman asserted that was not true. “We need to change our thinking and realize
what we have going here is just as important as any type of disease or social issue out there. This is a problem that affects so many people and to feel like we can’t talk about it is a mistake,” Ellman said. He said drugs are often a news headline — celebrity overdoses, the heroin epidemic, the pot controversy — and the conversation is mostly focused on disease and addictive behavior. “On the other hand, people do recover and stay in recovery and there’s a great deal of hope that doesn’t get talked about,” Ellman said. He said rarely do people talk about what a rehab program is, what it looks like and how it works and what sobriety looks like. They decided a community event that celebrates hope and recovery could be something empowering, touch a lot of lives of people who have been impacted by addiction and help further the cause of McAlister. At the walk, many people wear a tally to show the See BENEFIT, page 8
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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito unveils new look, name at Carmel Valley branch BY KRISTINA HOUCK The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito recently unveiled a new look and a new name for its Douglas Allred Branch in Carmel Valley. In honor of the late Ann Douglas and her legacy to the nonprofit organization, the branch is now called the Ann & Douglas Allred Branch. With money from a memorial fund that was established in Ann Allredâ€™s name, the branch was repainted and refurnished with new couches and rugs. â€œAnn was the love of my life, and an inspiration in every single way,â€? said her husband, Del Mar resident Douglas Allred, at the May 21 ceremony. â€œIâ€™m thrilled that this branch has improved. Weâ€™ve done the best we can and the most important thing is you kids have a good time.â€? Ann Douglas, a Pasadena native and longtime Del Mar resident, died May 20, 2013 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrigâ€™s disease. About half of the $22,000 in her memorial fund went toward the project. The rest of the funds will go toward scholarships for children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguitoâ€™s La Colonia Branch in Solana Beach, which serves more than 60 elementary school kids and more than 40 teens each week. Located at 12353 Carmel Park Drive in Carmel Valley, the Ann & Douglas Allred Branch serves more than 40 Carmel Del Mar Elementary kindergarten through third-grade students. â€œThis place is for the kids and their families,â€? said Carmel Valley resident Beatriz Eling, who has served as branch coordinator for 11 years. â€œI just want to say thank you for making this branch great, helping us not only have a really good program, but also, a very good-looking branch.â€? â€œIt looks really pretty now,â€? added Elingâ€™s 8-year-old daughter Emma, a third grader at Carmel Del Mar Elementary. â€œItâ€™s great. Everyone is so nice here. Itâ€™s like a family.â€? For 44 years, Douglas Allred has served as a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. He was chairman of the board from 1984 to 1991. Because of his dedication and his leadership, the Allred Branch was named after him in 1990.
(Right) Douglas Allred with the children and staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguitoâ€™s Ann & Douglas Allred Branch. (Above) Douglas Allred with his family. Throughout the years, his wife â€œenthusiastically supportedâ€? his work every step of the way, he said. â€œWeâ€™re here to recognize and honor their great partnership, and the passion and commitment Ann had for the Boys & Girls Clubs,â€? said David Crean, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. â€œItâ€™s a great privilege to work with these guys to help many kids throughout this whole area,â€? added Doug Hall, who served as the clubâ€™s first executive director in 1966. â€œAnne was special. And having Doug involved all these years has been very special. Without him, I guarantee you, a lot of things would not have been accomplished throughout our history.â€? For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, visit bgcsandieguito.org.
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