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Volume XVII, Issue 33

Back to School in Solana Beach

Aug. 29, 2013 Published Weekly

Reaction mixed to Via de la Valle widening project BY KAREN BILLING The planned widening of Via de la Valle, which will enlarge the existing two-lane road to a fourlane road from San Andres to El Camino Real, is still a few years off but is inching closer to the final stretch. At its Aug. 22 meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard an update about the widening’s status and was asked to provide a motion of support for the project. With a quorum of only nine of the group’s 16 members present, the planning board could not get a passing motion for the project. A motion in opposition to the widening failed 2-6, with one abstention, and a motion to support the plan with conditions failed 7-2 with

■ ‘Life begins at 70,’ according to Solana Beach novelist. See page 3

Christian Clews and Steve Davison voting against it. Clews expressed strong opposition to the widening for its impact on surrounding local businesses and the Del Mar Horsepark, as well as for its necessity as the four-lane road will end in a two-lane road after El Camino Real and the county has no intention to widen the road at that point as it leads into Rancho Santa Fe. As the planning board serves solely in an advisory role to the city, it will send a letter recommending its project conditions, such as making sure the road has as little pavement as possible; that all enhanced bike lane opportunities be explored; and that aesthetics See WIDENING, Page 6

Local group files voter initiative to allow private events at Fletcher Cove Community Center in SB ■ Two-time cancer survivor always ready to ‘Pedal the Cause’ See page 8

School started Aug. 26 at Skyline and Solana Vista elementary schools in Solana Beach. Top: Skyline sixth-grader Sean Ray Rodmell and Esperanza Rodmell. Above: Caitlyn Collings and Solana Vista kindergartener Zoe Collings See page B20 for more. PHOTOKRISTINA HOUCK

BY KRISTINA HOUCK A local group seeking to rent Solana Beach’s refurbished Fletcher Cove Community Center for private events filed a voter initiative with the city on Aug. 27. The City Council agreed on a tentative use policy for the facility during a special meeting Aug. 7 and is expected to approve a formal resolution Aug. 28 (after presstime for this newspaper). Originally launched after council members ta-

bled the matter in June, the Friends of the Fletcher Cove Community Center decided to move forward with its initiative. The initiative calls for private use of the center on up to two weekend days per week that must end by 10 p.m., including cleanup. The initiative also limits the city to charging “nominal fees” for special event permits and rentals. See CENTER, Page 6

CCA student selected as finalist in Google Science Fair

■ Local teacher crowned Mrs. California International 2014. See page B5

BY KRISTINA HOUCK A local student wants to save lives, but needs the community’s help. Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, was selected as one of 15 finalists in Google’s international science fair. The 17-year-old is asking online voters to vote for his project, which is to develop an antiflu medicine to fight a deadly infection from a new strain of the flu virus that could cause an epidemic. “Current antiviral drugs are los-

ing their effectiveness because resistant flu strains are emerging,” Chen said. “So there’s this need for new anti-flu medicine to hold back the pandemic wave while new vaccines are being developed.” Inspired by the 2009 flu pandemic, Chen has worked on his project, “The Taming of the Flu,” at UC San Diego and Scripps Research Institute labs since May 2012. He uses computer modeling and simulation combined with biological experimentation to speed up the dis-

covery process of new drug candidates, he said. He is working on finding compounds that inhibit a viral protein called the “endonuclease.” “I’ve always liked doing research as a way to contribute to society,” Chen said. “I was looking for a new science fair project and I remembered vividly how H1N1 went viral in 2009. San Diego had some of the first cases in the U.S. Since See GOOGLE, Page 6



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North County experiences uptick in home sales A total of 1,067 single-family detached units (SFD) were sold in North San Diego County during the month of July 2013, increasing by 5.12 percent compared to June 2013. Year-over sold SFD units jumped 15.98 percent compared to July 2012. Total sales volume in North San Diego County for July 2013 was $752,915,925 an increase of 43.22 percent compared to July 2012. Year-over median price for SFD in North San Diego County jumped 28.40 percent from $439,250 in July 2012, continuing a 12-month trend of year-over median price increases (the last five months exceeding 20 percent). Detached homes in North San Diego County dipped slightly, 0.18 percent in July 2013 to $564,000, compared to $565,000 in June 2013. Median days-on-market for single-family detached homes sold in North County was 17 days in July, compared to 19 days in June.

The percentage of households that could afford a median-priced home in North San Diego County was 34 percent in July 2013. Affordability percentages assume homeowners place 20 percent down and spend no more than a third of their income on housing- an amount earned by 34 percent of county households for the median priced home. Mortgage rates increased in July, the third month in a row, with the 30-year fixedmortgage interest rate averaging 4.37 percent, up from 4.07 percent in June 2013 and up from 3.55 percent in July 2012, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates in July averaged 3.17 percent, up from 2.85 percent reported in June, and up from 2.74 reported in July 2012. — North San Diego County Association of REALTORS report. Visit for more information.

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Solana Beach author Alan Mindell proves ‘life begins at 70’ His first novel ‘The Closer’ appears on several of’s bestseller lists BY JOE TASH To Alan Mindell, the phrase “life begins at 70” is much more than a pithy saying. Since entering his eighth decade, Mindell has published his first novel, won gold medals in the Senior Olympics, cheered as his thoroughbred horse won races and led group tours for the travel company he founded. For his next venture, he plans to give motivational talks to seniors at local community centers. “You don’t give up. Just keep going. Good things can happen, you never know,” said Mindell, a trim 72-year-old who moved to Solana Beach nearly a decade ago. Mindell’s novel, a story about both love and baseball called “The Closer,” was published June 30 by Sunbury Press. Since publication, he said, it has been listed on several of’s bestseller lists, including reaching No. 1 paperback bestseller in new sports fiction. A self-described existentialist — which he said is a person who searches for meaning in life — Mindell was influenced by writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus during his days as a college student at UC Berkeley, where he also played on the school’s varsity baseball team. “Perseverance is key to life

and life begets life. The more active you are, the more life comes to you. If that’s not an existentialist thought, I don’t know what is,” Mindell said. The lives of Mindell and his main character in “The Closer,” knuckleball pitcher Terry Landers, do have parallels. Mindell spent 15 years trying to publish a novel, while Terry Landers spent 15 years in the minor leagues before getting his chance in “the show.” Early in the book, Terry is feeling sorry for himself after a bad

outing. “As he neared the door to the bungalow, his smile turned to a frown. What else did he have besides this place and the clothes on his back to show for fifteen years in professional baseball? Not much. Wasn’t it time to face facts? His baseball career had been a failure and he was wasting his time staying with it any longer.” As the story progresses, though, Terry’s luck changes, and he finds himself on a Major League team in a pennant race. He also befriends a woman and her three children, which transforms his personal life as well. Mindell wrote an unpublished novel while in his 20s, but then stopped writing as he focused on his travel business. When he sold the company about 15 years ago, he picked up the pen again, and wrote three novels. He opted not to self-publish, instead seeking a traditional publisher. “I felt my work was good enough to do that,” Mindell said. As to the success he’s enjoyed in various endeavors since turning 70, Mindell said “It’s maybe a little magic.” “I consider myself very lucky,” he said, and that publishing his first book was “a dream come true.”

He’s now focused on updating and editing another novel about horse racing, called “The B Team,” which he also hopes to publish. Mindell said his prospects for publishing “The Closer” may have been boosted by the success of R.A. Dickey, a knuckleball pitcher who won baseball’s highest honor for pitchers, the Cy Young Award, while pitching for the New York Mets in 2012. This year, Dickey plays for the Toronto Bluejays. A knuckleball has been described as a slow pitch with very little spin, which causes an erratic motion as it approaches the batter. In “The Closer,” Mindell writes that Terry Landers throws a certain type of knuckleball called a diver, “because it suddenly dove toward the ground. At its best, it would sink from above the strike zone to a spot below the knees. When batters did make contact, the standard result was a weak grounder.” Mindell said he writes for at least an hour a day, using the oldfashioned method of a pencil and note pad. When he’s not writing, training for an upcoming race or leading a tour for his former company, he enjoys swing and zydeco dancing. “Having a book out doesn’t hurt my appeal to the opposite

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• Booktrope is releasing “Between Boyfriends” in October BY ROB LEDONNE Sárka-Jonae Miller was on the verge of giving up on her dream of landing a book deal and getting published. The local author, who graduated from New York’s Syracuse University in 2003, first got the idea for her novel, “Between Boyfriends,” as a junior attending school and since then has been trying to get it off the ground. “At the time, I was working 30 hours a week while taking classes full-time,” she said. “It took me a good year and a half to write it. Like any author, all I was getting was [rejections] when I sent it out.” Miller knows well that rejections are a major part of being a writer in this day and age. With the publishing world shrinking and book stores closing every day, making a living as an author has become increasingly difficult over the past decade. “That’s what’s really changed since I got my start,” she explains. “With so many stores shutting their doors and people willing to spend less money on books than ever before, unless you’re an established, popular author you’re not going to sell a lot of paperbacks.” After that initial round of rejection, Miller’s novel (which East County Magazine calls the “ultimate chick-lit read”) underwent some major changes. “I made a significant rewrite, and I think it came out much better,” she says. But, after another round of submissions, she was met with more rejection. As a result, like many authors, Miller turned to the world of e-books and went about self-publishing her story. “Once you’ve exhausted all your possibilities, which I thought I had, self-publishing is pretty much your only hope. My goal when I self-published wasn’t to try to build a career... my goal was to make my book as successful and popular as I could to attract an agent.” Miller says self-publishing, while relatively cost-free, isn’t a walk in the park either. She worked tirelessly to pro-

Sárka-Jonae Miller mote “Between Boyfriends” in a variety of outlets, including blogs, and thanks to effort (as well as her critical praise) it rocketed up various best-seller lists on Amazon. com. Then, after years of struggle, a tweet on Twitter changed everything. “Andy Roberts from a publishing platform named

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Game On Dude, ridden by Martin Garcia, trounces his rivals by 8 1/2 lengths in the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Aug. 25 — the largest winning margin in the race’s history. Kettle Corn nosed out You Know I Know for second; 2009-10 Pacific Classic victor Richard’s Kid was another nose back in fourth. Last year’s winner, Dullahan, finished eighth. The 6-year-old Game On Dude covered the 1 1/4 miles on the Polytrack in 2:00.69. With his victory, he became the only horse besides Lava Man to sweep California’s “handicap triple” in the same year — the Santa Anita Handicap, the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Pacific Classic.

According to trainer Bob Baffert, Game On Dude’s next start will be Nov. 2 in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, where a win could earn him the Horse of the Year title. Among those in the winner’s circle (top) include jockey Martin Garcia, trainer Bob Baffert, and representatives of the owning partnership of Diamond Pride, Lanni Family Trust and Schiappa. Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre — one of Game On Dude’s owners —holds the large trophy. Photos by Kelley Carlson




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Local teacher crowned Mrs. California International 2014 BY KRISTINA HOUCK A local teacher is returning to the classroom wearing an additional crown. The reigning Mrs. San Diego International, Staci Ortiz-Davis, was recently named Mrs. California International 2014. “I went in with the attitude to have fun, do my best and take it from there,” said 41-year-old Ortiz-Davis. “I was just thrilled. I still am. My head is just spinning to have the opportunity to focus on the benefits of education and how we should support graduating high school students.” In addition to a ceremonial sash and tiara, Ortiz-Davis will get to represent the state and promote higher education, a cause important to the English teacher and former TV news reporter. Last year, Ortiz-Davis launched the Josie Pearl Scholarship, a college scholarship fund for low-income students in honor of her late grandmother, whose dreams of higher education were sidelined by the Great Depression. “She grew up on a cotton farm in Paris, Texas, and because of the Depression,

Staci Ortiz-Davis and husband David Davis COURTESY PHOTO she had to drop out of school to support her parents,” said Ortiz-Davis, who worked at Torrey Pines High School for eight years. Now a teacher on special assignment, Ortiz-Davis coaches and trains other teachers in the San Dieguito Union High School District strategies for teaching English language learners. “She was bright, sharp, witty. She would have had a very successful career had she had access to higher education. That’s why I started this scholarship in her name. I know she would just be honored to help students like her who need that support to attend college.” The Josie Pearl Scholarship awarded $3,000 to a Torrey Pines High School senior in 2013. With her new title, OrtizDavis hopes to award a total of $10,000 in scholarships to See TEACHER, page 19

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CENTER continued from page 1 The group had to collect 1,311 valid signatures from registered Solana Beach voters, or 15 percent of the total, within 180 days to prompt a special election on the measure. About 60 volunteers and several paid workers collected more than 2,000 signatures, 70 percent of which volunteers collected, said Mary Jane Boyd, a Solana Beach resident and member of the Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center. “We mostly went doorto-door so we could talk to help them understand what the issue is and why we are doing this,” Boyd said. “In spite of what [a speaker at the Aug. 7 special meeting] said — that we gave him misinformation and people didn’t know what they were signing — that’s not true. People in Solana Beach are smart, and they don’t sign things that they don’t know what they’re signing. They fully understand the issue and why we are doing it.” During a special meet-

ing Aug. 7, council members agreed the center should be available for private events during a trial period beginning Aug. 29 through Dec. 31, 2014. The compromise calls for no more than one private party rental at $50 per hour with a two-hour minimum every other weekend. No more than 50 guests will be allowed at events, which require a security guard. Beer and wine can be served, but there will be a two-drink limit per guest, and a trained host will be required. “What they [the City Council] had done is set up some special descriptions for the use of this facility to restrict its use,” Boyd said. “We don’t want those restrictions and we don’t need those restrictions. “We just want to use the facility and have the noise, parking and alcohol be controlled by established city ordinances. We’re not asking for any special rules.” Solana Beach resident Ed Creed, who is a neighbor of Boyd’s, said he signed the petition after Boyd’s husband, Roger, informed him about the initiative, but he later requested his signature



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be removed. Creed said he was told the purpose of the initiative was to have a policy that allows private events at the center. Now that council members will likely approve a resolution regarding the facility’s use, Creed doesn’t believe there should be a special election. “The way it was presented with me was more that they just wanted to get it to be used, not to be ‘It’s my way or the highway,” Creed said. “His wife’s [Mary Jane Boyd] stance is it has to be their policy or nothing which, to me, is crazy. … You can withdraw this petition. You’ve got a policy.” A special election would cost about $200,000, not including the $7,000-$9,000 it would cost to verify the signatures, said Solana Beach City Clerk Angela Ivey. Creed said he wasn’t aware of the potential cost of a special election prior to signing the petition. “I think that the petition was a sales job with a major non-disclosure regarding the cost of a special ballot,” Creed said. “They referenced the $225,000 that was used to renovate the facility to emphasize that this was wasted money. The flipside

of that is not to waste $300,000 on an election on a relatively minor issue. If you asked the citizens of Solana Beach if they want to forfeit $300,000 of city services to hold a special election for the weekend use of a facility that is a nice-to-have but not a need-to have, I would guess that most people would say that they would not want to waste $300,000.” Boyd said Creed and his wife’s signatures were removed from the petition before it was filed, but she hadn’t yet informed Creed. She also noted that Creed’s was the only request for removal she received. As of Aug. 26, the city clerk said she hadn’t received any requests from community members wanting their names removed from the petition. “Signers of the petition can remove their name from the petition by submitting a written request to me with their contact information, naming the petition topic and requesting that their name be removed,” Ivey said. “I must receive any requests to remove a signature prior to the filing of the petition.” Although they don’t agree on the terms of the center’s use, like Creed, Boyd doesn’t want a special election. “We don’t want a special election, the opponents of the initiative don’t want a special election and the City Council most certainly should not want a special election because we don’t have the money to spend in a frivolous manner,” Boyd said. “We’re hoping they will adopt the initiative. It will be the end of our fight.” The City Council on Aug. 28 is expected to approve a resolution that details the terms for use of the center during the trial period. Look for a story on the Aug. 28 meeting online from Aug. 29 on at or in the next issue of this newspaper, Sept. 5.


As a result, although the road will be widened to two lanes in each direction, the road will be 60 feet wide, smaller than the city standard of 84 feet from curb to curb. There will also be a four-foot-wide median and a new six-foot-wide bike lane on both sides of the road. “This is a massive improvement from what’s out there,” Greenhalgh said of the widened, safer bikeway. The majority of the road will be widened on the south side due to the steep bluffs on the north side. On the south side there will also be a decomposed granite walking path in the parkway, a 10-foot area behind the curb, adjacent to the bike lane. There will also be a new signal with the widening at Via del Canon. There are several projects planned for this region, including undergrounding numerous utility lines along Via de la Valle, and the widening and realignment of El Camino Real, which includes a project alternative of a roundabout at the intersection of Via de la Valle. Just a few years ago, the projects were working independently of each other and board member Anne Harvey said the “disjuncture” didn’t make any sense — the planning board urged all of the area projects to come together, which they now are. “I’m thrilled to death

continued from page 1 such as weathered corten steel be used on the guardrails. In its current state, the city believes that Via de la Valle is inadequate to meet transportation demands. The existing two-lane road is built for a maximum of 10,000 average daily trips (ADTs) but the current volume is almost double that at 17,000 ADTs, according to city traffic engineer Farah Mahzari. City traffic engineers are projecting 27,000 ADTs by 2030 and a fourlane road has a capacity for 30,000 so they are hoping that the widened Via de la Valle will be able to carry that capacity to and from the freeway. According to Dale Greenhalgh of Black Mountain Ranch, LLC, the project will next go to the hearing officer in September and then is about two years away from the beginning of construction, with a year tagged for Coastal Commission approvals and a year on engineering. The project goes back 10 years when it was originally submitted to the city. Concerns from the planning board and other agencies were always about keeping the road’s footprint as narrow as possible through the environmentally-sensitive corridor that includes the San Dieguito River Park.

GOOGLE continued from page 1 then, I’ve been keeping a tab on influenza news. The more I read about it, the more I saw it as an urgent issue.” The Google Science Fair had thousands of entrants from 120 countries. Judges first selected 90 regional finalists, and then 15 finalists were selected, with five from each age group, ages 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. All of the finalists will visit Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., to present their projects to a panel of international scientists for a final round of judging. The grand prize winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship, a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and more. As part of the competition, Chen is also in the running for the Voter’s Choice Award. The winner with the most votes receives a $10,000 grant to fund their project. Voting is open through Aug. 30. “One thing I really like about research is that I get to feel like I’m really making a difference,” Chen said. “Even though I’m just in high school, I can say that. I’m doing work that will make the world a better place.” To vote for Chen’s project, visit

that you’re all talking to each other and actually doing a complete project,” Harvey said. At last week’s meeting, planning board member Christian Clews voiced “serious concerns” about the widening. He said the area is home to the most horses per capita than any other in California and the widening could have an extremely negative impact on the showpark horses. He said that he felt the different trainers who lease space from the state-owned 22nd Agriculture District showpark are not aware of the widening. Greenhalgh said they are working very closely with the Ag. District and that they haven’t heard opposition from the manager who represents the different trainers and owners. “The Ag District is not happy about [the widening] but we’re continuing a dialogue with them,” Greenhalgh said. “They’re working with us because they know the road needs to be done.” Clews also expressed concern about impacts to Via de la Valle-fronting businesses, such as Mary’s Tack and Feed and All Creatures Animal Hospital, saying it was too much encroachment on their properties. In addition, he lamented the loss of the large Torrey Pines trees along the road. Clews said all of the impacts do not justify the wid-

ening because he contends traffic is only bad during the fair or soccer tournaments. “Why build something that is a highway to a dirt road? Where is the logic in that?” Clews asked. Greenhalgh said while buildings like those at Mary’s will be closer to the road, no actual land will be taken from them as the project remains within the confines of the existing right of way. He said All Creatures, Mary’s and the proposed senior living facility Rancho Del Mar (proposed for the dirt parking lot adjacent to the San Diego Polo Club fields) have all been a part of project discussions. Local Via de la Valle residents spoke in favor of the widening, arguing that it will improve traffic in the area that one resident called “a nightmare.” “Traffic isn’t just bad during the fair or the Surf Cup, it’s bad all the time,” said Pat Chunyk, a resident of the Santa Fe Downs community located in between San Andres and El Camino Real on Via de la Valle. Kevin Arner, another Santa Fe Downs resident, said he was disappointed to hear that the concerns of the horse people were more important than residents. He was in support of the widening plan. “We like it, we love it, it doesn’t have everything we wanted but it has enough,” Arner said.


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Terminally ill canine finds her final forever family Del Mar Community Connections offers ‘Brain Fitness’ program

Helen Woodward Animal Center recently sent out a plea for a terminally ill 5-year-old black Labrador Retriever blend named Rio. The sweet-faced canine who had survived Super Storm Sandy was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Given only months to live, Center staffers hoped to find her a final forever family. Over the last few weeks, in an overwhelming display of kindness and compassion, applications from animal-lovers across the country came pouring in. On Aug. 26, Rio was finally able to rest her paws in a home of her very own. Rio quickly made an imprint on the hearts of Helen Woodward Animal Center staff members. Desperate to play with the other dogs at the Center, Rio was slowed only by her compromised lung function, based on the growing cancerous masses in her lungs and near her heart base. Requiring supervision throughout the day, Rio – known to gently “kiss” cats, dogs and humans alike – spent the last few weeks living part-time at the home of a Center adoption technician and part-time at the Center facility. Now, one very special family has been selected to take Rio home for good. A local family, with extensive dog experience, and their Helen Woodward Animal Center rescue named Liberty have welcomed Rio into their La Mesa home. Explaining why she and her parents were certain that they could provide a good home for Rio, Heather Bardin shared, “Both of my parents are home during the day so Rio will always be in good hands. My dog, Liberty, would love having

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Rio a dog friend at home too. It really means so much to us to provide a loving home to Rio for the rest of her days.” It was recently announced that the Del Mar Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy had offered to cover the costs of Rio’s medication expenses for the big-hearted family willing to take Rio into their home. Now Blue Buffalo, a dog and cat food company with philanthropic efforts towards pet cancer research, has jumped in to provide a life-supply of food for Rio to the adopting family. Representatives from both companies attended the adoption event on Aug. 26 to present the Bardin family with gifts and support. For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center call (858) 756-4117 x 1, go to www.animalcenter. org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Del Mar Community Connections will offer its sixth computer-based basic Brain Fitness program session starting Sept. 17. The program is designed to improve thinking, understanding and memory. It was developed by Posit Science from work performed at the University of California at San Francisco. It includes a series of scientifically-designed exercises that are done on a computer in a class room. Computer skills are not required. The exercises are done for one hour, three times a week. The program is self-paced and adjusts to each individual’s abilities and needs. DMCC is also offering an advanced program for those who have already taken the basic brain fitness program. This is a self-defined program that lets the participant select from 21 different exercises based on what functions of the brain the participant wants to improve. After an initial set of exercises have been completed, the participants choose their own. An important feature of the advanced program is that, after the initial phase, the participants can do the exercises on their own computer at home. Nearly 50 participants have taken the Brain

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BY KRISTINA HOUCK A two-time cancer survivor, Bill Koman is committed to finding a cure. He founded Pedal the Cause, an annual cyc l i n g event that provides funding for cancer research in St. Louis, and now he is launching Bill Koman another COURTESY PHOTO cycling event that will support cancer research in San Diego. “I didn’t want to be passive and hope it goes away,” said Koman, president of the Koman Group, a real estate company. “I decided that I needed to take a more active approach so people won’t have to go through this in the future. So we’re raising funds for cancer research in the Midwest and now out here in San Diego.” First diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, Koman, a St. Louis native, was treated at Siteman Cancer Center and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. The cancer returned the next year, and after more rigorous treat-

ments and a bone marrow transplant, he has been cancer-free since 2006. After beating cancer for the second time, Koman wanted to give back to the place that saved his life and ensure that others treated at the facility would have the same outcome. He founded Pedal the Cause in 2009 with the goal that 100 percent of the funds raised through the organization would stay in St. Louis and benefit Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In its first year, the event attracted 800 riders, 300 volunteers and raised roughly $950,000. Last year, in its third year, 1,800 riders raised $2.2 million. “Having people that you know and care about at the finish line cheering for you is great,” said Koman, who participates every year. “It’s also great knowing what you’re doing for the institutions that you’re benefitting.” Pedal the Cause in San Diego will offer one- and two-day riding options with several courses of varying length, and take place Oct. 26-27, between La Jolla and Julian. Pro-

ceeds will benefit UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Salk Institute – three institutions that recently joined forces to further cancer research under the name San Diego National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council. “The dollars stay in this community, which is really important, and I think the collaboration between the three institutions is really unique,” said Koman, who now lives in San Diego and serves as chairman of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Board. The Pedal the Cause office is based in Solana Beach. “If you’re going to be treated for cancer, do you want to be travelling around the country, or would you rather be able to go in your backyard and have worldclass treatments and results where you don’t have to pack up and leave? I think it’s a huge advantage that people in San Diego can have world-class care in their community.” For more information and to register for Pedal the Cause, visit

businesses will have bigger energy bills in September. San Diego Gas and Electric is raising rates for its high-energy users, about 25 percent of its customers. Since the rate hikes were announced, more people have turned to solar power, said Erica Johnson, director of community relations and development for Sullivan Solar Power. In the last 60 days, the company has received more than 1,600 inquiries from homeowners interested in solar power installations primarily due to energy rate increases, Johnson said. “This is the most significant rate hike we’ve seen in the history of Sullivan Solar Power,” said Johnson, who has worked at Sullivan Solar Power since 2009. “We’ve seen a significant spike in business and inquiries. Actually, we’ve received the most inquiries we’ve ever received in the history of our company.” Based in San Diego, Sullivan Solar Power has installed more solar power systems in San Diego County than any other locally owned and headquartered

Gil and Patricia Field’s solar powered home in Carmel Valley. Courtesy photo. company, Johnson said. The company has installed more than 2,000 solar power systems since it was founded in 2004. “Once people are educated about the technology, it makes financial sense as well as environmental sustainability sense,” said Johnson, who noted the company offers free site evaluations to property owners at no obligation. To inform SDG&E customers about solar options, the company held an open house Aug. 17 at Gil and Patricia Field’s Carmel Valley home. Sullivan Solar Power installed a solar power system at the couple’s home in 2009. “Our carbon footprint

teacher who has lived in Carmel Valley with her husband since 1997. “Being sensitive to caring for our environment and doing what we can is a great value.” Before the 20-panel system was installed four years ago, the couple had a roughly $150 energy bill each month. Because the 2,200-square-foot home now generates about 2,000 kilowatts in surplus energy every year, the couple no longer has a monthly bill. In fact, SDG&E now sends them an annual check. “We were very pleased by this, needless to say,” said Gil Field, a retired Coast Guard officer and Navy civilian contracting officer. “We’re helping to generate clean energy.” More and more people are turning to solar power like the Fields. In fact, the solar industry grew about 69 percent in 2011, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy. Gil Field said he and his wife requested three solar power system proposals

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Carmel Valley Middle School teacher earns eight medals at 2013 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals BY KAREN BILLING Carmel Valley Middle School Physical Education (PE) teacher Jasmine Stiles took home eight shiny new medals at the 2013 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo, Aug. 7-11. In the 45-49 age group, Stiles was fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke, seventh in 100 -meter breaststroke, eighth in the 50-meter freestyle, eighth in the 100-meter freestyle and was part of four relays that finished in the top five in the country. Her multiple medal showing was just one way the PE teacher, who also serves as the San Dieguito Union High School District’s PE coordinator, sets an example of a healthy lifestyle for her students. “I believe that in order to motivate the students they have to see you do it too. I don’t believe in just talking, I believe in living it,” Stiles said. Stiles pulled out her impressive performance at Nationals despite an extremely painful back injury in March that sidelined her for months. She was only able to train for the meet for five weeks. “I’ve never been so humbled in my entire life as when I was not able to move. There is such a thing as the arrogance of good health,” Stiles said. “If you can move, don’t take that for granted.” Stiles has been at Carmel Valley Middle since 2000, prior to that she taught PE at San Dieguito and La Costa Canyon high schools. The philosophy of her PE department is to instill a lifelong love of fitness in students and encourage the confidence to take on challenges without fear, stressing how good it feels to accomplish something they weren’t so sure they could. “She is driven, motivated, she’s fun. Kids always want to come back and see her,” said fellow PE teacher Kasey Galik. “She motivates me and I’m excited to learn from her.” At Carmel Valley Middle School, Stiles will be motivating 1,500 students this year, including more than 800 seventh graders. The kids are introduced to a variety of sports and practice yoga — Stiles is excited to unleash some new strength and conditioning exercises to help with stability and injury prevention this year. Throughout the year students train for a 5K in May, two loops around the CVMS campus. “That is an amazing achievement for 12 to 14 year olds,” Stiles said. “In the beginning of the school year when you tell them they’re going to be running more than one mile they think you’re crazy. Often times a student will see a challenge and if they’re not sure they’ll succeed they don’t even want to attempt it. But they continue to work and get stronger and it’s pretty neat to see the sense of accomplishment when they finish.” An avid surfer, when not in the pool Stiles can often be found surfing at Pacific Beach She additionally teaches a free fitness class to Carmel Valley Middle staff once a week. Stiles never swam competitively until her sophomore year at Cleveland State University, where she ran track and cross-country. A running injury forced her into the pool to keep up her conditioning and the swim coach took notice of her natural ability in the water. She didn’t even know how to do a flip turn or really any of the strokes, but thanks to Coach Lorry Wagner she was able to catch up and got a fast enough 50-freestyle time to help the team. “He had an incredible amount of patience and he took the extra time to help me with the experience and training I didn’t have,” said Stiles. She started out as a sprint freestyler and eventually discovered her breaststroke skill. After graduating, she moved to California in 1994 and as she was unaware of masters swimming, she kept active competing in triathlons, 5K and 10K races. She ran three marathons, including the 2007 Boston Marathon during a storm, battling 30 miles per hour wind. At age 42 she rediscovered masters swimming. At first she competed unattached but it wasn’t as fun because she loves the team connection and the support they give one another. Now she is part of San Diego Swim Masters, practicing at the Mission Valley YMCA before school starts three times a week. In 2010, Stiles was plagued by plantar fasciitis and she was forced to quit running and was able to focus most of her energy on swimming, competing at her first Masters Nationals in 2011. This year, her third nationals, was the largest event they’ve ever had with over 1,400 athletes competing. Because the event was so large, athletes were only allowed to swim six individual events. Being only able to train for five weeks Stiles said she


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Carmel Valley Middle School PE teacher Jasmine Stiles earned eight top 10 medals at the 2013 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo. Courtesy photo could feel her lack of training in the last leg of all her races, but she still swam very well. Her best race was the 50 free — she swam faster than her seed time but missed 10th place by one-10th of a second. “Everyone swam faster at the meet but that was my best personal achievement after my back surgery,” Stiles said. She said the most amazing experiences at the meet are not individual accomplishments but being around and meeting other Masters swimmers. She met Dara Torres, the 12-time Olympic medalist who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics at age 41. Torres, who finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials, only nine one-hundredths of a second behind the second qualifier for the 2013 Summer Olympics, gave Stiles her best advice for being a middle-age competitor: You can still go hard at any age but listen to your body and let your body recover. Stiles also met a 96-yearold swimmer from Mission Viejo, Rita Simonton. Simonton broke two world records in the 95-99 age group in the 100-meter freestyle and the 50-meter backstroke. “She’s unbelievably inspirational,” Stiles said. “That’s what the Masters Nationals are all about — people still challenging themselves at various ages and having a respect for life and knowing the importance of staying healthy.” Stiles’ goal is to compete at next summer’s FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal. Another goal is to surf Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with her husband Andy. Unbelievably, the super-fit Stiles noted that three years from now she’ll be able to compete at the National Senior Games.

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Local school trains rhythmic gymnast stars BY KRISTINA HOUCK At 6 years old, Michelle Siemienowski of Carmel Valley began rhythmic gymnastic training to improve her poor posture. Now 11, the Torrey Hills School sixth grader is the Rhythmic Gymnastics California State Champion in level seven. Siemienowski credits the coaching she receives at San Diego Rhythms, a rhythmic gymnastics school that offers classes at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito’s Leonard Polster Branch in Carmel Valley. “It’s because of the coaches I’m putting in 110 percent in practice every day,” said Siemienowski, who also placed fifth all-around — the highest score among athletes from the region — at the Junior Olympics in June. “I really like the competitions because you have to practice a lot, and it’s all worth it if you win an award.” Rhythmic gymnastics is a combination of gymnastics, ballet and modern dance. It is choreographed to music and performed with balls, clubs, hoops, ribbons and ropes. Siemienowski practices 20 hours each week, including ballet classes and private lessons. “We teach them to work hard,” said Sofia Minevich, program director and head coach of San Diego Rhythms. “They work really, really hard here. Nothing in life scares them. It prepares them for life really well, I think.” Minevich, a Carmel Valley resident originally from Russia, opened the school in Carmel Valley in 2002. The school’s six coaches and ballet teacher currently train roughly 90 students in Carmel Valley and at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. “I know everything about my kids and I know all their parents,” said Minevich, a former artistic and rhythmic gymnast and figure skater, as well as a Junior Olympic coach. She is the reigning Region 1 Coach of the Year, a title she has held for three consecutive years. “We’re like a big extended family.”

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Iris Tang, Emilia Montenegro and Michelle Siemienowski. Photo/Kristina Houck Although she considers all of her students her “kids,” Minevich actually works alongside her daughter, Nicole. Nicole Minevich was a level 10 gymnast, who competed in rhythmic gymnastics for 12 years. Now a 19-year-old political science junior at UC San Diego, Nicole Minevich works as a competitive team coach at San Diego Rhythms. “Most of these kids have been around for a while and it’s shocking,” said Nicole Minevich, who began coaching and choreographing routines when she was a senior in high school. “You look at them, you look at the little kids and

you ask yourself, ‘How? How did that happen?’ I must have blinked.” Emilia Montenegro, 10, started at the school when she was just 4 years old. Montenegro is the Rhythmic Gymnastics California State Champion in level five in her age division, and Region 1 Champion and Athlete of the Year “It’s a great experience and this is one of the biggest clubs in the country,” said Montenegro, who was recently invited to USA Gymnastics’ Pre-Elite Training Squad along with Siemienowski. “There are great

teachers and lots of friends.” “I like that they train you harder than other clubs,” added 10-year-old Iris Tang, a sixth grader at Sage Canyon School. Tang is the Rhythmic Gymnastics California State Champion in level five in her age division, and Region 1 Champion and Athlete of the Year. San Diego Rhythms offers a variety of programs, including “Littler Stars” for children ages 4-5, beginner classes, a developmental program, and Junior Olympic and Elite programs. Carmel Valley classes are held at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito’s Leonard Polster Branch, 3800-A Mykonos Lane, San Diego. “If you give up, they keep on motivating you to keep going,” Siemienowski said. “It’s a loving environment. Everyone is so nice here.” For more information about San Diego Rhythms, call 858-945-4114 or visit

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“Dogs, just like people, have innate gifts and different personalities,” said Andrews, who is one of more than 40 volunteers in the program. “From day one, Riley has been a special little healer. He loves everybody. You can have tubes coming out of you and there can be hospital-beeping sounds, and he treats you just like he’d treat anybody else. He’s very good at it. He knows what he’s doing. He’s meant to do it.” The Celebration of Second Chances helps support all of Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs and services for people and animals, including the Pet Assisted Therapy program, Animal Safehouse program, animal camps, dog park and more. One of the organization’s newest programs is the Community Pet Food Bank, which provides food and other supplies for people on fixed incomes, the sick and disabled, working families that struggle finan-

cially, and the homeless. The food bank, which launched last November, serves about 140 people per month. Last year’s gala raised more than $80,000, for the organization, which found homes for 800 dogs, cats and rabbits in 2012. “Your penny goes further at Rancho Coastal. It really has a big impact, and you can really make a big difference,” Andrews said. “This organization goes beyond just helping animals, we’re helping people in the community as well.” Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Celebration of Second Chances begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets start at $175. For more information about Rancho Coastal Humane Society and to purchase tickets to Celebration of Second Chances, visit

Solana Beach Senior Center to hold Open House Sept. 11 The Solana Beach Community Senior Center will host its 27th annual Open House-Senior Resource & Membership Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. in Debin Hall, located on the campus of the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church at 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Everyone is invited for this exciting day filled with valuable information from numerous resource vendors, activities, giveaways, door prizes, a free lunch and spectacular entertainment! The theme is patriotic so wear your red, white and blue. Any questions, call 858-509-2587.

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Rancho Coastal Humane Society gala a ‘Celebration of Second Chances’ for animals BY KRISTINA HOUCK Riley Ross frequently brings cheer to patients in local hospitals and nursing homes – many of whom are elderly and lonely. The 7-year-old beagledachshund mix and his owner, Allison Andrews, are volunteers with Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Pet Assisted Therapy program, which will be highlighted at the organization’s annual Celebration of Second Chances gala Sept. 7 at the Del Mar Country Club. “People love him; he’s a hit,” said Andrews, a longtime donor and volunteer and a new board member of Rancho Coastal Humane Society. “It’s pretty incredible what the power of a dog and somebody who cares and doesn’t pass judgment can do for somebody.” Riley began his pet-assisted therapy training just after his first birthday. At 2 years old, he was fully certified and began volunteering as a therapy dog.


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Lois Alter Mark wins second ‘BlogHer Voices of the Year’ award Carmel Valley resident Lois Alter Mark recently won a ‘BlogHer Voices of the Year’ award for her blog post, “Forget Aging Gracefully. I’m Planning to Age Gratefully.” Last year, she won a Voices of the Year Award for “It’s Time to ReThink Pink,” about the pinkification of breast cancer. Both awards were the People’s Choice winners in their categories – inspiration and op-ed, respectively. Alter Mark was honored in July at BlogHer, the nation’s biggest conference for female bloggers. This year’s event, which attracted 5,000 attendees, was held in Chicago. Queen Latifah emceed the Voices of the Year ceremony. Alter Mark is the founder of MidlifeAtTheOasis. com, “where living an amazing life never gets old.” She also writes regularly for the Huffington Post.

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Raquel Glasser from Royal Dance Academy wins seven medals at Maccabi Games Over the summer, Raquel Glasser was selected and trained for the JCC Maccabi games. She represented the San Diego JCC delegation in Orange County. This international event kicked off in 1982 and is the largest annual gathering of Jewish teens in the world for an Olympic-style athletic competition. The participants range in age from 13-16 and come from all over the United States, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Australia and England. About 2,600 teens participated in the event this year. Raquel competed on a dance team with four dancers from other local studios. She competed in three groups, one solo and one duo. Her dance routines included ballet, lyrical, hip hop and Israeli. She felt privileged to be a part of this team and extremely grateful to come home with seven medals. In addition, Raquel had the opportunity to cho-

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San Diego Jewish Academy standout volleyball player arrives ahead of schedule BY GIDEON RUBIN San Diego Jewish Academy volleyball coach Melissa Maxwell could just tell Sara Chitlik would someday be a special player when she first saw her play in sixth grade. “I always knew that she was going to be great,” Maxwell said. She just didn’t know when. And she never expected it to happen so soon. Chitlik made the varsity as a freshman last year and worked her way into the starting lineup. By the end of the season, she’d become a key contributor. She was among the team’s leaders, averaging four kills. Chitlik, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, is a defensive standout who plays all the way around for SDJA. She projects to be an impact player for the Lions this year. Maxwell said she was “absolutely” surprised at the pace of Chitlik’s development. “She’s an amazing player,” Maxwell said. “She just keeps the team going at all times.” Chitlik competes year-round, playing high-level club ball for SoCal. She has developed an advanced skill set for a player her age to go along with leadership and a tremendous drive and passion for the game, Maxwell said. “She honestly has gotten so much better,” Maxwell said. Chitlik attributes her development to hard work. “I think that my hitting has gotten to a higher level than it was last year and my passing has improved too,” she said. “I think teamwork is a big part of what I feel I contribute.” And she’s taking nothing for granted, continuing to work to secure a varsity roster spot that’s pretty much a foregone as far as her coaches and teammates are concerned. But it wasn’t all that easy at first for Chitlik competing on the varsity against players who were bigger, stronger and

Sara Chitlik in action on the volleyball court. faster than she’d ever faced. “It was very intimidating,” she said. And that was just the volleyball. Chitlik acknowledged it was tough fitting on a team made up of players up to three years older than her, most of whom she didn’t know well. She credits teammate Savi Lurie, who’ll be a junior this year, for helping mentor her. “I was pretty much the only freshman and I had to get to know everyone and play against girls at a really high level,” she said. But Chitlik believes the challenge has made her a better

player. “I tend to play better when I’m with stronger players,” she said. “I developed a stronger ability.” She also developed an all-out playing style. Maxwell said she took note of Chitlik’s all-out playing style at the Maccabi Games in Orange County earlier this month on a team she coached. “She had bruises all over the place and was bleeding and said ‘don’t take me out, put a band-aid on me and put me back in there,’” Maxwell said. “Her toughness and the mental stamina that she had was awesome to see. She wants to win. She’s a very, very hardworking player, and it’s very hard to find that.” Chitlik said she’s tried to model her game after Team USA standout Destinee Hooker. “She’s just a great player, she inspires me in every way,” Chitlik said, noting she’s as much a fan of Hooker as a person as she is a volleyball player. “She puts messages out to people to ‘be yourself, do the right thing help others,’ “ Chitlik said. Chitlik has followed her idol’s lead, doing community service for the Girls Scouts and the Hands Up Youth Food Pantry, a Jewish charitable group in San Diego. Maxwell described Chitlik as a quiet leader whose playing style rubs off on teammates. And although it would be unusual to name a sophomore a team captain, she said Chitlik has taken a leadership role. It’s a role Chitlik acknowledged she takes pride in. “She’s definitely a silent leader,” Chitlik said. “She’s definitely been able to demonstrate that she has a role on the team and she’s shown that she can definitely motivate herself and teach others.” Just as impressive, Maxwell said, is that Chitlik has risen above some of the personality conflicts that are part of the competitive San Diego club volleyball scene. “She laughs and she enjoys the game,” Maxwell said. “She’s a no-drama player; she works hard, leaves everything on the court and she gets the job done.”

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Del Mar’s Chris Lafferty wins World Bodysurfing Championship Dr. Chris Lafferty, 55, of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club, recently won first place in the 2013 World Bodysurfing Championships in the Men’s 55-64 years age division. Lafferty, who practices obstetrics and gynecology, has won the championship in his age group a total of six times. He has twice previously been crowned the overall Grand Champion in the annual contest that has been held in Oceanside, Calif., since 1977. Chris Ford (Men’s) from Ventura and Calla Allison (Women’s) from Carlsbad were the 2013 overall Grand Champions. More than 350 bodysurfers from around the world participated in the tournament. The DMBC team included Briguitte Wiedemeyer from Brazil (3rd place in Women’s 45 & Over) and Paul Grieumard from France (2nd place in Men’s 12-14). Other DMBC bodysurfers that reached the finals were Eric Phleger (5th place in Men’s 45-54), David Lane (5th place in Men’s 55-65), and Trish Ward-Haskell (6th

Recreational and competitive bodysurfers are encouraged to participate with the DMBC, which welcomes men, women, boys, and girls of all ages. The DMBC plans to take members on exchange programs to several countries, including France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Australia. For more information, contact DelMarBeach@aol. com; visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club; contact Vince Askey at (858)-755-1016;

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BY CHARLES FOSTER The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club enjoyed a lively introduction to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon by its foundation’s Executive Director Lisa Cannon-Rodman, who is also President of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary. Lisa overviewed the history of the lagoon, its importance to Carlsbad and the entire county, and how the lagoon is a unique blend of business, environment, and sporting activities. The lagoon’s Discovery Center also teaches environmental stewardship to children of all ages from throughout the county. Lisa described the “near holocaust� that almost destroyed the lagoon through a destructive algae, Caulerpa Taxifolia, one of only two algae on the list of 100 worst invasive species in the world. This threat was eradicated through a long and costly process that, if not eradicated, could have threatened the entire Californian coast. The fun part of Lisa’s talk came by introducing the foundation’s “roving� ambassador, Lovable Lincoln, an Australian Bearded Dragon. Lincoln delighted the whole audience, although only a few showed the courage to hold it. Lisa invited all to visit the Discovery Center at 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, to see all of the “critters� in their natural habitats and enjoy the spectacular views of the Agua Hedionda lagoon. The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club is one of over 34,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries that work to make communities at home and around the world better places for all. For more information about Rotary and the DMSB Rotary, call Richard Fogg (858-693-7556) or see (Top) Paul Butler, DMSB Rotary Club past president, holding “Lovable Lincoln� (left) and Lisa Cannon-Rodman, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation executive director (right). (Bottom) Lisa Cannon-Rodman, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation executive director, holding “Lovable Lincoln� (left) and Steve Weitzen, DMSB Rotary Club president, presenting a certificate to document the gift of a school desk to a Malawi, Africa, school for orphans in recognition of her presentation.

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Citizen initiative filed, should be Unnecessary restrictions go beyond what is acceptable for adopted by SB City Council The following is an open letter addressed to the Solana Beach City Council and to Solana Beach residents: Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center filed their Initiative with the Solana Beach city clerk on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at 4 p.m. We submitted the petitions with over 2,000 signatures. Seventy percent of all these signatures were collected by volunteers. All areas of Solana Beach are represented by signers. Our reasons for this action are very clear. Since the grand opening of the Fletcher Cove Community Center in July of 2011, the City Council abdicated its responsibility to develop policies to govern weekend use of the Community Center for private events and celebrations. At the council meeting on July 10, 2013, we shared with you our intent to circulate petitions for the purpose of regulating the use of the Community Center. The initiative is simple. It sets forth the use of the Community Center in accordance with already established city ordinances. We ask for no special treatment, no special conditions and no special rules. Starting the first week of August, probably the most difficult month to catch residents at home, we collected about 1,000 signatures from registered voters all across the City. We shared this information with you at the special meeting on Aug. 7, 2013. At that meeting, we respectfully asked for you to adopt the initiative. However, you quickly put together a set of special, overly restrictive rules to govern the use of Fletcher Cove Community Center during a trial period ending after the next City Council election in December 2014. These rules were designed to discourage the use of the Community Center. Following that special meeting on Aug. 7, with the local newspapers publishing the trial policies and opponents of the initiative pleading their case with letters to the editor, our volunteers went back into our neighborhoods. We have gathered another 1,000 signatures. We learned from the citizens we talked with that they were not happy with your proposed trial period and restricted regulations. In fact, they cannot believe that the City Council has put so much energy and effort to try to stop the residents of Solana Beach from using the only coastal venue in our city for family celebrations. We have many more signatures than we need. To collect more would serve no purpose. We ask that you seriously consider the message from more than 2,000 voters who stand together on this issue. We respectfully ask you to adopt the initiative. We do not want a special election. We have never wanted a special election. We simply want to use Fletcher Cover Community Center as a Community Center and the way it was designed to be used. It would be most unfortunate to spend over $200,000 on an election to try to restrict our citizens from the use of this beautiful, oceanfront Community Center. We ask you once again to adopt this citizen initiative. Mary Jane Boyd on behalf of the Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center.

Quick emergency response appreciated I am writing this letter to commend the interagency cooperation and teamwork demonstrated at the site of a dangerous swift-water rescue that took place Aug. 24 on Highway 78 in Imperial County. The rescue as reported by CALFIRE, employed quick emergency response from San Diego County. The rescue points to our region’s continued improvements in interagency cooperation in the unincorporated area and with our neighboring county to the east. The response by the San Diego County Fire Authority was exemplary. The Board of Supervisor’s improved programs and training, and increased financial investment in our firefighters, is paying dividends. The incident report written by CALFIRE Captain Nick Soto, and sent to me by CALFIRE Fire Captain Thomas Porter, describes in vivid detail how a gray pickup with a trailer was swept off Highway 78 by a flash flood measured at over two feet high. The 43-year old male driving the pickup

abandoned the vehicle and climbed a tree. Imperial County units were unable to pass a second wash approximately seven miles east to rescue him. When engine 7911 and Medic 7991 arrived at the scene, the water was receding, and the Borrego Springs Fire Units deployed their water rescue equipment to rescue the trapped man. Utility 95 and Support 7925 remained at the scene to clear traffic hazards. The flood damaged 10 percent of Highway 78’s east bound lane, destroyed 42 power poles, while parts of Highway 78 remained impassable beneath three feet of soil debris, estimated 200 feet long. Caltrans cleared the enough debris for several civilian vehicles to pass. In short, the rescue went off like it should have, with all agencies working together and doing their job. I appreciate their hard work. Dave Roberts, County Supervisor, Third District

Thanks to all who made ‘Beach Blanket Movie Night’ possible A special thanks to Gerri Retman (founder), Vicki Cypherd, Mayor Mike Nichols and all the volunteers who helped make the Solana Beach Parks & Recreation Commission’s 9th annual “Beach Blanket Movie Night” Saturday (Aug. 24) a resounding success. Thanks, too, to the local merchants and business owners who contributed donations and raffle prizes. Those who take part help make Beach Blanket Movie Night a special event that reflects the unique flavor and community spirit of Solana Beach. Peggy Walker Solana Beach Parks & Recreation Commission

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It is sad to see our new Community Center mostly vacant. What a shame to our fun-loving community! The City of Solana Beach hosts some excellent activities at Fletcher Cove: Concerts at the Cove, Movie Nights, and the ever-popular Fiesta Del Sol. Fletcher Cove is a place where families and friends come to enjoy life. The center has been used (in the past) to celebrate weddings and other special events. Many locals have wonderful memories of great times in the old center. Now the newly remodeled center is a dream location. So why is it empty? The City has been unable to agree on what the acceptable use policy should be. I recently received an email from the City detailing some of the proposed restrictions. The first unnecessary restriction: there will be a two-drink maximum per attendee. How can this be monitored? Another improper restriction: “Only one private event allowed per weekend and no private events can occur on consecutive weekends.” This means that the Community Center will go unused more than half of the available time. Yet another silly restriction: No amplified music. I would like to remind everyone that private rentals are still governed by city ordinances on noise and alcohol consumption. The City of Del Mar does not impose restrictions like these, so why should we? The main stakeholders are the city government, the community at large, and the immediate neighbors. The City should want the best for its community, and the community would like the center to be a fun place to celebrate special events. So who is actually in favor of these restrictions? I live very close to Fletcher Cove. One of my favorite things about living here is seeing people enjoying life. These unnecessary, improper, and silly restrictions go beyond what is acceptable for the Solana Beach community. The City needs to allow people the right to be fun-loving and responsible adults. Mitchell Miller

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Letters to the Editor/Opinion The Filner tragedy and the future of San Diego BY GORDON CLANTON Since news broke that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner made serious mistakes in his relationships with women, my emotions have run the gamut – shock and awe, anger and sadness, fear and loathing. The overwhelming feeling is deep disappointment over opportunity lost. How could Filner jeopardize all he was about to accomplish? How could Filner let down his supporters who invested their hopes, time and money to bring him to power? How could Filner (and Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Gary Hart, JFK, and Ike) make personal choices that put their legacies at risk? While the Downtown Republican Establishment, the local daily newspaper, and other longtime hardcore Filner haters pounced on the situation and stirred the pot, it was the mayor’s behavior that gave his enemies the leverage they needed to push him out of office. This was their goal from the day he was elected, long before he was accused of inappropriate behavior with women. I’m guessing Filner’s historic enemies cannot believe their good fortune. For San Diego progressives who labored for decades to bring a progressive mayor to power, our loss is incalculable. Who else but Bob Filner would return resources to neglected neighborhoods; negotiate a moneysaving five-year labor contract with city workers; stand up to the tourist industry;

clear cars from Balboa Park; improve the port; solarize city buildings; end veteran homelessness; partner with Tijuana; bring hope to poor neighborhoods; get rid of the seal poop; and turn off the red-light cameras? So where do we go from here? Because the mayor resigned, there will be a special election about three months from now, with a runoff if no one wins a majority. If the mayor had been recalled, his successor would have been elected immediately on the same ballot. With potentially dozens of candidates and no runoff, someone could have won with a very small fraction of the vote. Remember how the recall of Dem Gov. Gray Davis, financed by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, begat a circus campaign and eight years of “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was elected amid accusations of unwanted groping of women and who left office under the cloud of further sexual scandal? The likely Democratic contenders to succeed Filner are moderates Nathan Fletcher, the newest Democrat, and Interim-Mayor Todd Gloria. The likely Republicans are colorless Councilman Kevin Faulconer and Congressional candidate “Carl DeMeano,” one of the few local politicians less personable than Filner. Stay tuned. Gordon Clanton teaches sociology at San Diego State University. He welcomes comments at

Filner’s a Piker Before I get into my assessment of how the Filner fiasco matches up with past disgraces, I’d like to make it perfectly clear: Bob Filner has lost the moral authority to continue to act as San Diego’s mayor or manage the dog pound for that matter. He is not ill. He suffers from no psychological disorder. He’s a run-of-the-mill S.O.B. He treats people of all varieties poorly. He has used his various positions of authority to bully, harass and intimidate. He’s just not a very nice fellow. But we need to look at this whole affair in a broader context. Approximately 53 years ago America was mesmerized by a fairy tale called Camelot. Our hero was a serial philanderer. He brought his misbehavior into the White House and consorted with women associated with the mob and the Soviet Union. At the time his misdeeds were not reported and his status as an American icon protected by an adoring media. His image has been largely protected and preserved since. America was in love with the handsome young President with the breathtakingly beautiful family. Even election night shenanigans were overlooked. Love means never having to deal with the unpleasant. Shortly thereafter in 1969 his brother, Teddy Kennedy, while intoxicated and having an affair, left his companion to drown. He, too, is held in high esteem by millions. Then in the 1990s, President Clinton brought disgrace, perjury and authoritarian exploitation (that infamous intern) into the oval office after a history of philandering in prior years as governor of Arkansas. The mainstream press, in real time, exposed these episodes, somewhat reluctantly. He served two terms as President. Today he receives half a million dollars for a speech and tours the world like a rock star. The exploits of these men make Filner look like a piker in comparison. When does personal behavior cross the line negating public authority and confidence? When public officials use their office or authority to harm, intimidate, exploit or commit acts that expose them to blackmail or corruption. People often tell us that they demand good character in their leaders. Yet, over and over again, large segments of the public ignore horrendous character flaws that manifest poorly in the execution of the public good, among those with whom they agree (blind ideological solidarity). For some once emotionally connected to an elected official because of ideology, party label or goodies handed out by the candidate’s party, good judgment disappears. When presented with an eminently decent and amazingly generous man with a track record of great success, whose personal life is as clean as a whistle, Mitt Romney, Americans take a pass, choosing inexperience and four years of failure in his place. What should we conclude? We can conclude that politics and image trumps character, experience, accomplishment and professional responsibility. JFK violated the public’s trust. Bill Clinton violated them as well. Teddy Kennedy survived based on family power and the passage of time. People forget and young people never knew. And as for Bob Filner, his political half-life is at an end. He groped one too many women and has finally been abandoned by almost all his allies but the unions. Note, this is after decades of abuse. He thrived an awful long time with public and party support. How do we proceed to evaluate candidates? I truly don’t know. Would American have been better off had the Kennedys and Clinton never held office? Who knows? The sad part in all this is that without showing proper contrition and making amends, many of these men were and are venerated. Unfortunately the controlling element is a public that has shown a lack of good judgment for a long time. We can blame Bob for his behavior but we can’t blame him for voting himself into office. The scoundrel won fair and square. The problem my fellow citizens can be traced to us. Michael Hayutin


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Lung cancer screening guidelines can save lives BY DR. SCOTT M. LIPPMAN Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers, killing more people than all other cancers combined. Several factors make it so lethal. For one thing, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both women (after breast) and men (after prostate). And, unfortunately, most cases aren’t discovered until the disease has advanced to a late stage. The leading cause of lung cancer is smoking and the easiest way to lower one’s risk of lung cancer is to simply not smoke – or to quit. Now there may be an approach to earlier, effective detection in people at high risk for lung cancer: Lowdose computed tomography (CT) screenings of the lungs. Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued draft recommendations urging annual lowdose CT lung scans for smokers. It’s a significant step. The recommendation is based, in part, on research performed at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center by Eric Goodman, M.D, and colleagues, who were part of a multi-center clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute. The purpose of the National Lung Screening Trial was to compare lung cancer death rates in participants receiving low-dose CT lung scans versus traditional chest X-rays. Trial participants were all current or former smokers between the ages of 55 and 74, with at least a 30 “pack-year” history. (A pack-year is the number of cigarette packs (20 cigarettes) smoked daily times the number of years. A patient who smoked a pack a day for 30 years would have a 30 pack-year history. Someone who smoked three packs a day for 10 years also has a 30 pack-year history.) Trial findings reported a 20 percent lower death rate from lung cancer among


continued from page 5 California students this year. “I believe that the title will serve as a microphone where I can connect with people and I can raise awareness, talk to them about my grandmother, my students and the need,” Ortiz-Davis said. “Education should not be a privilege. It should be a right. For my grandmother, it was a privilege and one that she did not have access to.” As former Miss Anaheim and Miss Orange County, Ortiz-Davis said the experience brought back her memories of competing in the Miss America pageant system near-

Dr. Scott Lippman participants who received lowdose CT scans, largely because they received earlier diagnoses of tumors at more treatable stages. That’s important to note. Virtually all recent advances in lung cancer treatment have been in non-smoking-related lung cancer. Smoking-related lung cancer remains a major clinical challenge, which makes the need for effective early detection even more urgent. CT scans have been used in clinical practice since the early 1980s, with steady improvement of the technology and image resolution over the years. The latest generation of CT scans can see lung abnormalities as small as two millimeters – the thickness of a nickel. Still, actually detecting evidence of lung cancer remains a daunting task for radiologists. The vast majority of tiny “spots” seen on lungs are not cancer. Far more often they’re things like scarring related to an old case of pneumonia you may not remember. To rule out cancer, followup CT scans are ordered to look for subsequent growth. If a spot gets bigger, a biopsy may be needed to confirm diagnosis. There is, of course, concern about radiation exposure. As their name suggests, lowdose CT scans use the minimum radiation levels necessary to produce a viable, informative image. A typical screening is the equivalent of six months of exposure to naturally occurring background radiation. And radiation risk markedly declines after age 50 – when these scans are most likely to occur. The question patients ly 20 years ago. “This competition was different because the competitors were matured, married adult women. That made a big difference,” she said. “The sense of competition and cattiness wasn’t there. It was a group of women that came together. We supported one another. We were eager to hear stories about children, careers, husbands, and what we were doing in our communities.” Sixteen women competed in interviews, fitness wear and evening wear during the pageant at Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel and Spa. “It was a bit surreal and enlightening to be backstage

and their doctors must ask is obvious: Does the benefit outweigh the risk? For smokers, the answer would seem to be an unambiguous yes. The task force recommends an annual low-dose lung screening test for people who have a 30 pack-year history of smoking or who have quit within the past 15 years. It’s currently recommended only for this group of people to minimize the limitations of false positive exams and radiation exposure. There are, of course, other risk factors that a diagnostic clinician should take into account as well, such as exposure to asbestos or radon, prior history of radiation and conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. And, of course, the screening should be conducted at a center with high expertise in CT scans. One of the biggest benefits of lung cancer screenings is the venue and moment. It’s an opportunity for the screening team to talk with a patient about smoking cessation. This is not a trivial point. Even with a 30 packyear history, it is never too late to quit. A smoker who quits by age 50 can escape up to half of the health consequences of smoking. Quitting by 65 years can still avoid over 20 percent of the health consequences of the person who continues to smoke. We know that quitting is hard but the long-term payoff is indisputable. At a minimum, all smokers getting a low-dose CT scan should also call the California Smokers Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS). The original work showing the effectiveness of the Smokers Helpline came from research at our own cancer center. It is never too late to quit the habit and reduce your chance of getting lung cancer. Scott M. Lippman, M.D., is Director of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. You can reach Dr. Lippman at

waiting to go on stage and to look across and see my husband standing there,” said Ortiz-Davis, who is married to KUSI anchor David Davis. “It made me reflect upon the life that I used to have when I was competing in Miss America as a 19-year-old and how my life has changed and what I’ve become. It was really special.” For more information about the Josie Pearl Scholarship, visit www.facebook. com/pages/Josie-Pearl-Scholarship/390469217718620 For more information about the Mrs. California International Pageant, visit



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Local triathletes win age divisions at competition Triathlon made its first appearance in the 2000 Olympic summer games and is currently the fastest growing sport worldwide. Triathlon is a multi-sport endurance race that is comprised of swimming, biking and running. The Ironman distance, which consists of a 2.4 -mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run, is the most recognized triathlon distance. However, there are a number of races which are much shorter and more manageable for most athletes. The sport is becoming so popular that there are now kids triathlon series and coaching programs designed for youth triathletes. Makenna Doan and Natalie Wang of Carmel Valley recently competed in the Chula Vista Challenge and won first place in their age divisions. This local triathlon was designed to give the kids an opportunity to compete in this upcoming sport by altering the distances to make it manageable and fun. While most kids slept in late on Saturday, Aug. 10, a number of kids from Carmel Valley awakened at 4:45 a.m., grabbed a bite to eat and loaded up their gear. It was a chilly morning but you didn’t hear them complain about jumping into the harbor for the open water swim. From there it was onto their bikes and then finishing with an amazing run. Every child had a huge smile and a sense of accomplishment as they crossed the finish line. The participant growth rate for triathlons has caught the attention of colleges. Letters are being submitted to the NCAA to consider adding triathlon as a college sport. Currently, the sport only needs four more letters for NCAA consideration. From there, 40 schools will need to sponsor the sport in order to achieve NCAA champion status.

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Summer 2013 CV Open Basketball League Champs: ‘Just Do It’ This team’s name really tells their story this season. It was more than just a name, it was their motto, for each and every game. All season long they found ways to win games when other teams might not have. Some games they trailed at half-time and others they trailed with under a minute left. It didn’t matter whether key players were missing or fouled out. It didn’t matter when they were tired or worn out. Players stepped up when they needed to. Time and time again, they found ways to pull out a win. The entire team knew all they had to do was “Just Do It.� Last week, “Just Do It� won the 3rd/4th grade basketball championship in the Master Sports Open League in Carmel Valley. On Aug. 19 they defeated team “#swag� in the semifinal game, 34-25, to advance to the finals game. Later that same evening, they played team “Swish� in the championship game. They knew it would be a tough game after the two previous match ups, during the regular season, that ended up being really close. The championship game was a very close contest throughout the entire first half, with the two teams battling to a 12-12 tie at half-time. The close game continued well into the second half until “Just Do It� broke the game wide open and pulled ahead to stay, once and for all. “Just Do It� ended up winning the championship game, 33-26, with an explosive fastbreak offense, great ball movement, and aggressive play on both ends of the court. This game capped a memorable season for a team that finished with a 10-0 record. Congratulations to “Just Do It.�

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San Diego Surf GU11 Academy II Finalists in the Carlsbad Wave Coastal Classic Congratulations to the Surf Academy II Girls U11 team, coached by Beto Villela, for making it to the finals of the Carlsbad Wave Coastal Classic. Playing in the top flight, the Surf GU11 team reached the finals beating the Carlsbad Wave and the Vaqueros Green in bracket play. They battled the Encinitas Express GU11 White team in the finals, only giving up one goal. Top row: Annabelle Pham, Ariana McLean, Mia Grust, Abigail Dunbar, Mia Koczur, Nica Zsiros, Makena Crimaldi and Coach Beto Villela. Bottom row: Isabella Ortiz, Amy Flather, Anahid Aivazian, Kate O’Hara, Charli Adams, Jennai Dugger, Brooke Budde and Emma Stacy. (Not pictured: Maya Ebel and Katherine Brick)

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Solana Beach singer/ songwriter traverses ‘Rivers and Roads’ with new EP BY ROB LEDONNE “I really like touring,” says Tyson Motsenbocker from his car while driving to a gig in Monterey. “The more you do it, the better it gets.” Fortunately for Motsenbocker, he’s spent a majority of his past few years on the road in support of his recent EPs, the latest being “Rivers and Roads,” so

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Rosemarie watches Perry Chen draw with Copic markers at Aaron Brothers. PHOTO/ZHU SHEN

Young animator eager to share his gift CV’s Perry Chen hopes demonstrations will show how ‘anyone can draw’ BY DANIEL K. LEW At the age of 13, Perry Chen is already making a name for himself in the animation field with an award-winning animated short film, numerous honors, speaking engagements and role as a movie critic from a kid’s perspective. The Carmel Valley resident and Earl Warren Middle School seventh-grader will share his love for art by offering animation demonstrations and art signings on Saturday, Aug. 31, from noon-3 p.m. at Aaron Brothers Mira Mesa, 10765 Westview Parkway, San Diego. In hopes of showing animation fans “young and old” how “anyone can draw,” Chen said he will conduct art and computer-animation demos using both basic and computer tools, such as COPIC markers, Toon Boom Animation software and a Wacom digital tablet, which are all corporate sponsors for Chen and the event. Even at a young age, this budding animator already has sponsors. “Animation is a very versatile medium. You can do it wherever and whenever you want. All you need is a pencil and paper to start,” Chen said. “In live-action movies, you’re limited by location, the advances of CG technology or the actor’s skill. But with animation, you can create whatever you want.” Chen’s mother, Zhu Shen, added: “The purpose of the demo at Aaron Brothers is to show how animation

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Perry Chen meets Rich Moore, director of Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ at Spike & Mike’s 2013 Festival of Animation in La Jolla. PHOTO/DANIEL K. LEW

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BY KAREN BILLING A panini press is one of the most common wedding registry gift items — a machine also known as a sandwich maker or griddle that heats food from the top and bottom. “A lot of people make one ham and cheese sandwich, put it on a shelf and never touch it again,” said Kathy Strahs, author of “The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook.” The Carmel Valley mom, food blogger and first-time cookbook author is determined to get people to take that press off the shelf and put it to good use. She has put her panini press to work making everything from chicken cordon bleu paninis to ice cream cones – she can even bake a miniature birthday cake on it. “I think people will be really excited to learn there’s a whole lot more that they could be doing,” Strahs said. Her cookbook, featuring over 200 recipes for the countertop grill, will be published on Sept. 10 by the Harvard Common Press, the end result of Strahs leaving behind a marketing career six years ago to pursue her passion for food. She now writes two food blogs, the panini-driven “Panini Happy” and “Cooking On the Side,” where she tries recipes from the sides of food and product packages, and inserts. Strahs found there are hidden gems of recipes to be found on almost everything — a tag around a bunch of asparagus yielded a recipe for asparagus torta; a recipe for chicken, caramelized onion and mango quesadillas was picked off a three-pound bag of white onions. “I do cook with an oven and skillet too and I’m a huge baker,” Strahs said. “I wanted to do a blog about all other kinds of cooking I do and I think I found a unique niche.” Strahs has always been interested in cooking and food, noting her beginnings watching her mom in the kitchen. She said her mother was a really good cook who took on the challenge of making the best-ever chocolate chip cookies — Strahs and her sisters served as official taste testers. “I really got into cooking more in earnest after my daughter was born,” said Strahs. “I was watching a lot of Food Network and not going out to eat, but we still needed to eat.”

Author Kathy Strahs A few months after her daughter was born, Strahs’ sister gave her a panini press for Christmas. Strahs had been in search of a project to throw herself into in her time away from work so she put the press in action. “I was afraid I would put it on a shelf and use it really rarely so instead I took it as a challenge to see what all I could do with it,” Strahs said. “I made very simple classic sandwiches, but it wasn’t too long before I was trying a whole lot more… There’s almost no limit to what you can cook on there.” She tried to come up with good, legitimate uses for the press — “they’re not all intended to be gimmicky, it’s more about how to look at this tool in a different

way,” she says. She came up with healthful meat and fish recipes, recipes to use up leftovers and vegetarian options like the kale, grilled garlic and cheddar panini. She found ways to whip up breakfast on the machine, such as strawberry, banana and Nutella paninis or bacon breakfast burritos. Then she began to tackle desserts — coming up with the idea to make ice cream cones with the press just like they do at the ice cream parlor. At one point she thought she could probably bake on the press as long as she had something small to bake items in. She thought of ramekins — another popular wedding gift item and

out popped a mini layer cake. “You just have to be willing to mess up a little bit,” Strahs said of her experiments. “I am willing to make a mess of my grill, the point is to push your limits and see what you can do.” She started her Panini Happy blog in January 2008 and had been logging recipes for three and a half years when she was approached by a few different publishers, one of them Harvard Common Press, which does a lot of single subject cookbooks. While her blog has more recipes on it than she’s been able to tally (her celebratory 100th recipe was a pumpkin duck confit and feta panini), the cookbook will feature at least 100 never-seen-before concoctions. Strahs set off on the challenge of writing the new recipes for the cookbook while continuing to maintain her two blogs and being a busy mother to a 5-year-old and a 3-yearold. “It’s been a full two years and I’m very excited to hold the first copy in my hands,” said Strahs, who additionally did all the food photography for the book. “The whole thing is me. I have my hands all over it and that makes me feel proud even though it was challenging.” The cookbook weighs more than 2 pounds and is over 400 pages long — there’s a whole lotta panini sandwiched in there. There’s no way a person could justify making just ham and cheese paninis with that many recipes to try. She is now on her second press of the brand she received from her sister that fateful Christmas and has also purchased other versions so she is better versed on how they all work for her blog and cookbook. With hope, her first cookbook will not be her last — Strahs said she has ideas for books two and three in her head. “I learned a lot in this process. I was really curious to see what it is to write a book; a friend told me it would be the hardest thing I’d ever attempt to do and she wasn’t wrong,” Strahs said. “Next time there’s a few things I might

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La Jolla Music Society’s 45th Season

Athenaeum’s 24th Annual Gala

Single tickets on sale now!

Friday, September 6, 6:30–11:30 p.m.

Don’t miss any of our exciting 2013-14 performances including: The Boston Pops, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Patti LuPone, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Gala Flamenca and more. Visit our website for more information about all of our upcoming performances.

Think wrought-iron balconies and French door shutters, streetcars and parades, and Spanish moss. Guests will enjoy a Garden of Musical Delights, including Zydeco performers and jazz musicians.

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Shark Summer at Birch Aquarium!

By Rex Pickett Directed by Des McAnuff FINAL WEEKEND!

Celebrate with activities through August

If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving When friends Miles and Jack head to Santa Barbara wine country for one last blowout before Jack’s wedding, their journey through wine, women and disappointment becomes the definitive mid-life road trip. Contains graphic language, nudity and sexual content. Tickets start as low as $15! (858) 550-1010

Go gills-over-tail crazy for La Jolla's legendary leopard sharks and other local marine life during Shark Summer. Celebrate these remarkable animals with a new exhibit, sharksavvy activities, field excursions, and exclusive interactions with Andy Nosal, a leopard shark researcher and Birch Aquarium's new DeLaCour Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology & Conservation.

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■ Take Out: Yes ■ The Vibe: Casual, relaxed ■ Signature Dish: Single Bacon Cheeseburger ■ Happy Hour: No ■ Open Since: 2012 (at Petco Park) ■ Hours: Open 1.5 hours prior to ■ Reservations: No ■ Patio Seating: No game time until close ■ Hodad’s Ocean Beach • 5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach • (619) 224-4623 • (619) 234-6323 ■ Hodad’s Downtown • 945 Broadway, San Diego

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Summer Sensation: Hodad’s and Padres at Petco Park BY KELLEY CARLSON here can a person go to revel in America’s favorite pastime while eating at one of the country’s topranked burger joints? Hodad’s at Petco Park. Situated behind Section 205 on the Toyota Terrace level, this laid-back eatery is an offshoot of the famous Ocean Beach location and offers the same quality. Owner Michael “Boss Man” Hardin is at the Petco site each game day to ensure that Hodad’s standards are met, from the ingredients purchased from local mom-and-pop distributors to the friendly employees. Those standards are pretty high — CNN recognizes Hodad’s as one of the top five burger joints in the nation. It’s also a favorite of Guy Fieri, star of “Diners, Driveins and Dives” on the Food Network. Having been featured on episodes of “Diners,” Hardin is often recognized by customers. He has tattoos on much of his body, including a burger on his leg and “BOSS MAN” etched on his knuckles; wears earrings and sports a blond “soul patch.” Patrons enjoy chatting with Hardin, who obliges when asked to pose for photos. His casual, happy-go-lucky approach carries over into his restaurant, named for “a non-surfer who spends time at beaches masquerading as a surfer.” There’s no reason to be hasty here; as the slogan points out, “It’s not life or death, it’s lunch or dinner.”


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Hodad’s Single Bacon Cheeseburger Baseball fans won’t miss any of the game; there are seven flat-screen TVs around the dining room and bar area. If the Chargers are playing, one or two monitors may be dedicated to the NFL action. Hodad’s has its fair share of Padres logo paraphernalia on display — including surfboards that hang from the ceiling — but it also exhibits keepsakes from customers, namely license plates. In one corner is a bus that’s converted into a booth — the place to sit, Hardin said. During daylight hours, nearly every table has views of San Diego Bay and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. When it comes to the Hodad’s cuisine,

Hardin is a seasoned pro, a secondgeneration “Burgermeister,” who has been in the business since his parents opened an eatery in El Cajon in 1969. As the website states, there have been “under 99 gazillion (Hodad’s burgers) sold.” He guarantees the food is fresh. In fact, “my dad (Byron) would say, ‘If these burgers were any fresher, I’d slap them,’” Hardin said with a chuckle. All of them are dressed with mayonnaise, mustard, onion slices, ketchup, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce, unless otherwise specified, and grilled onions can be added. The sizes of the juicy patties vary, from the Mini Cheeseburger to the Double Bacon

Cheeseburger. The latter is so huge, employees warn customers about its enormity. But many people are up for the challenge, anyway. They arm themselves with a stack of napkins and a fork, and possibly a partner. “My dad told me that 90 percent of your taste buds are in your eyeballs,” Hardin said. Part of what makes a Hodad’s burger unique are the bacon patties (rather than strips) that top the beef. The bacon is boiled for 1.5 hours to remove the fat and then cooked until crispy. Another specialty is the Guido Burger, inspired by Fieri. It’s a pastrami burger covered with ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions and spicy brown mustard. Not a meat eater? There’s grilled cheese or a Veggieburger, aka Unburger, which consists of all the toppings but no beef. For those who prefer no bread, lettuce wraps instead of buns are available. For sides, customers can order large stacks of crispy, golden onion rings and thick-cut fries with a hint of spice. Beverages include sodas, beer, wine and shakes covered with whipped cream and a squirt of chocolate. While many guests are content to lounge in Hodad’s, they’re welcome to sit down at a table, order, and then take their meals back to their stadium seats. PCL Bar & Grill also serves Hodad’s fare.




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‘Celebration of the Motorcycle’ coming to DM Fairgrounds “Celebration of the Motorcycle” will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 13-15. This event will showcase motorcycles from around the world, with special attention paid to antiques from 1900 to 1930. This year’s featured marque is the iconic Vincent Motorcycle. The event will also include vendors and exhibits. Other highlights: • Mid America Auction on Friday evening Sept. 13 and all day Saturday, Sept. 14. Visit • Saturday, Sept. 14, will also feature Broc Glover’s “Breath Easy” ride in with a celebrity autograph signing to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( • Sunday, Sept. 15, will feature The Celebration of the Motorcycle Concours d’ Elegance in the Del Mar Paddock. For tickets and more information, visit

Congregation Beth Am celebrates 30th Anniversary at Labor Day Picnic Every Labor Day, Congregation Beth Am (CBA) has a Labor Day Picnic that is free to all members and potential members of the synagogue. This year is very special as it is the 30th Anniversary of this synagogue that started in a tire store in Solana Beach. “Come for a Day” and stay all year as Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner! As always, the Congregation Beth Am Annual Labor Day Picnic will be a hit…and it’s free! So if you are not a member, call to RSVP for the free picnic on Monday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 858-481-8454 or With Kosher hot dogs and burgers (turkey and veggie too) and much more, including endless games for kids, it does not get any better than a great, free party! Congregation Beth Am is located at 5050 Del Mar Heights Rd San Diego, 92130. Visit

St. Peter’s Del Mar to hold ‘Hot Dog Brunch’ and a ‘Blessing of the Backpacks’ St. Peter’s Del Mar kicks off the school year with “Hot Dog Brunch” and a “Blessing of the Backpacks.” The Sunday School year begins on Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar. All school-aged kids are welcome to come register after the 9 a.m. service. For this first Sunday of the year, kids can enjoy games, crafts, a “hot dog brunch” and even an ice cream man on the church courtyard. Bring your weekday school backpacks too: There will be an informal “Blessing of the Backpacks” to help kids start their school year on a positive note. Sunday School at St. Peter’s is for kids in preschool through Grade 12. It’s normally held after the family-friendly 9 a.m. church service. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is located at 334 14th St in Del Mar village, one block east of the 101. For more information, contact Leann Gooding at or at 858-755-1616.

Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out to present event on ‘Water Supply & Demand, Conservation and Emergency Preparedness’ Attend the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out event on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. and find out the facts when the Santa Fe Irrigation District’s President and General Manager discusses the region’s water supply and demand, conservation and emergency preparedness. The San Diego County region is reliant on imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River because it is located in a semi-arid area. Discover what you can do to be water efficient due to this area’s limited resources. Learn how to be prepared for an emergency situation, how much water should be stored, and where to find emergency water within your household if the need arises. This program is presented by the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out. The presentation is in Warren Hall at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please contact the Solana Beach Library at 858-755-1404 for questions or additional information.

Del Mar Foundation to hold a variety of September events, including Twilight Concert Sept. 8 • Sunday, Sept. 8: Summer Twilight Concert featuring Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band, Del Mar Powerhouse Park, 5 p.m. The Opening Act is Michael LeClerc at 4 p.m. • Wednesday, Sept. 11: Del Mar Foundation Cultural Arts Committee, Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, 8:30 a.m. • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Del Mar Foundation Children’s Committee Meeting and Social, Del Mar Library Children’s Room, 10:30 a,m. Your children are welcome at the meetings. • Thursday, Sept. 26: Del Mar Foundation Board Meeting, Del Mar Community Building, 8 a.m. • Monday, Sept. 30: Del Mar Foundation Talks: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, Del Mar Powerhouse, 6-8 p.m. Quigley has designed many iconic structures in San Diego over the course of a distinguished career including the train station in Solana Beach. His latest project is the New Central Library for the City of San Diego. The library is due to open to the public on Sept. 28. Space is limited so please RSVP by Sept. 25 to info@delmarfoundation. org or call 858-635-1363. Reservations will be limited to those residing in the 92014 zipcode until Sept. 20. For more information, visit


‘Back-to-School Meals Made Easy’ class to be held at CV Library A “Back-to-School Meals Made Easy” class will be held at the Carmel Valley Library on Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn strategies for easier back-to-school meals from Rosalind Cottingham, personal chef and owner of “Something’s Cooking.” In this class this focus will be on quick meal preparation, knowing recipe ingredients, creating shopping lists, and keeping menus simple. The Carmel Valley Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, CA 92130; (858) 552-1668.

Old West BARKtoberfest Sept. 21 to benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society Kamp Kanine Daycare for DOGS in Encinitas is holding its annual fundraiser to benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The BARKtoberfest Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon-4 p.m. at 389 Requeza Street, Encinitas, CA 92024 (located in front of Rancho Coastal Humane Society). Off-street parking is available. The event helps to support the Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s main goal which is the adoption of animals to permanent, loving homes. The event will feature a saloon (beer garden); Old West costume parade: Dress up your pooch for great prizes; silent auction; prize wheel; games for kids; mobile dog groomer; Old West photo booths for you and your pooch; plus delicious food and refreshments. Adorable dogs will be on-hand for you to meet, as well as informative dog-focused booths and petfriendly vendors. Admission: $5, kids 12 and under will be admitted for free. All proceeds will go directly to Rancho Coastal Humane Society (501(c)3, charitable organization).

13th annual Toy Piano Festival is Sept. 5 The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library on the campus of UC San Diego consists of actual instruments, audio recordings, extant literature and commissioned works. Hear new works for the toy piano at noon, Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Seuss Room of the library along with songs from the “Cat in the Hat Songbook.” The first composer to write a “serious” work for toy piano was John Cage (“Suite for Toy Piano,” 1948) and this annual festival is held on his birthday, Sept. 5. Robert Erickson, a founding faculty member of UCSD’s Department of Music, wrote “Piece for bells and toy piano” in 1964 and that work will be also be featured at this year’s festival. Free. (858) 822-5758

North Coast Rep to present ‘Hard Travelin’ With Woody’ Hop a fast rattler through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune for an hour with the spirit, stories and songs of America’s greatest poet-of-the-people and saint-ofthe-working-man in Randy Noojin’s one-man hit from FringeNYC, “Hard Travelin’ With Woody,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10, at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Also playing, “Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Nimoy’s critically-acclaimed drama begins a few days after the death of Vincent Van Gogh, as rumors of his passing fly around Paris. As many dismiss the artist as a penniless madman, a frequenter of prostitutes, and a soon-to-be-forgotten artist of trifling quality who took his own life in a moment of insanity, his brother Theo (Jean-Michel Richaud) tells his own version of the story in an attempt to set the record straight. Tickets: From $20. (858) 481-1055.

Lux Art Institute welcomes collage strategist Matthew Cusick Lux Art Institute welcomes artist-in-residence, Matthew Cusick, a Texas-based collage strategist, Sept. 5-Oct. 5 with a members-only reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Cusick will discuss his work at an artist’s talk and wine reception that will be open to the public, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Tickets: $10. Gallery hours: 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 436-6611.

Fall Home/Garden Show at Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 13-15 The 23rd annual Fall Home/Garden show will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 13-15. The event is a three-day extravaganza of ideas, inspiration, hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars and one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to the home and garden. It also will feature interior design displays, remodeling inspiration, hands-on demonstrations and educational seminars. This event and its hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home. For more information, visit

E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding event to be held Sept. 7 An E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding event will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (main parking lot) on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Strauss at

Sample a wide variety of craft brews at Aug. 31 Del Mar Beer Fest Sample over 100 different craft brews during the Del Mar Beer Fest on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Available for purchase beginning at 1 p.m. will be many of your all-time favorite suds. Gourmet Food Truck offerings will also be available. The event will be held in the Seaside Cabana and Seaside Concert area west of the Grandstand. There is no charge to enter the Beer Fest area. Also in this area is the Reggae Fest with reggae music during the races followed by a concert by Ziggy Marley. The concert is also free with track admission of $6. For more information, visit

Bridge for seniors offered in Del Mar A Bridge Club for seniors meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center (1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014). The game is in a very friendly party bridge format. However, no lessons are given.


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Discover Arts Alive and the Grand Re-Opening of the 101 to be held Sept. 22 “Discover Arts Alive and the Grand Re-Opening of the 101” is coming to Solana Beach on Sunday, Sept. 22. This year the award-winning Arts Alive event will celebrate on the revitalized Highway 101 as well as the versatile Coastal Rail Trail (CRT). Arts Alive is a must see event, featuring live musicians, modern dance troupes, theatre performers, plus, “Artopia,” fence artwork created exclusively for this year’s festivities. “Artopia,” the one-of-a-kind artist creations displayed along the Coastal Rail Trail fence, will surprise and amuse viewers with their ingenuity and resourcefulness. Attendees will marvel at the colorful windglyphs and theatre stilt-walkers, while listening to musical groups playing everything from Blue Grass and Country tunes to Jazz and Pop music. The creation station will tempt the kids, old and young, to try out their creativity. The Trail will be adorned with art, music, and entertainment for all ages. The shoppers, food and art lovers will appreciate the eateries, galleries, and shops beside the new sidewalks and gathering areas on the west side of Highway 101. The renovated Historic Highway 101 boasts a mosaic tile fountain, public art spaces, more parking, and convenient crosswalks for pedestrians to move across 101 from the Train Station and the Coastal Rail Trail. Plaza Street will be transformed into a friendly arena for people to gather and enjoy the chalk art and other artistic performances. Plans are underway for a “Taste of Solana Beach” involving the restaurants on the 101 with bands playing at various locations from Beachwalk to Boardwalk. The City of Solana Beach, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Public Arts Advisory Commission invite everyone to attend this free, art and cultural event on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come to meet family, friends, and neighbors at Lomas Santa Fe and Plaza Avenue for a short ceremony to celebrate the opening of the revamped Highway 101, and then experience the surprises as you travel north towards the San Elijo Lagoon and loop around back along the award-winning Coastal Rail Trail. For more information, contact Anita Edman at 858-720-2454 or at Visit

Friends of the Solana Beach Library begins 2013-2014 Membership Campaign The Friends of the Solana Beach Library is embarking on its 2013-2014 Membership campaign. Become a new member or renew your membership now. Sign up by Aug. 31 and receive a $5 bookstore gift certificate. Assist the library to remain a valuable resource for the community by becoming a Friend. The Friends are made up of teachers, neighbors, students, families and retirees. Your dollars raise money for the library to provide books and other materials for the patrons, sponsor outreach programs and programs to encourage reading, organize cultural excursions/events, and promote the arts. Annual memberships start at $20 for individuals and $30 for families. Membership forms can be obtained from the Friends website at, or from the Solana Beach Library bookstore.

Harvest for Hope benefit offers great food, wine and music Harvest for Hope is a food and wine fundraising event that brings together some of the finest chefs in San Diego to create unique dishes with selected wineries, craft beers and spirits from all over the world. The result is a beautiful fun afternoon of great food, wine, music and friendship benefitting the Emilio Nares Foundation. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 3-6 p.m. at Stingaree, 454 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Richard and Diane Nares lost their only child, Emilio Nares, to cancer. Turning tragedy to hope, the Nares family created the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF). ENF provides information, programs, and services for low-income, underprivileged families whose child is battling cancer in San Diego. ENF serves over 5,000 patients and families annually in San Diego and Orange County. RSVP online: Sponsorship opportunities available: Contact Heidi Cramer: (760) 310-9467 or email:

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 8th Annual Surf Dog Surf-Athon offers a variety of activities at Sept. 8 event The Helen Woodward Animal Center will hold its 8th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-thon on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Del Mar’s Dog Beach. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s canine surf contest is the largest of its kind in the country and will feature more than 80 dogs surfing in four different weight class competitions. For more information or to register, visit or call 858-756-4117 x 356. You may also stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, or log on to

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Award-winning kids music duo presents Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival With 14 major national awards in their hip pocket and a nine-year track record of glowing critical acclaim, San Diego’s own “free-range, organic” kid-folk duo, Hullabaloo, now presents its fourth annual Hullabaloo Family Music Festival on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Paddock Green. The festival, sponsored by Clif Kid, is a one-day celebration of music, art, storytelling and dance for young kids and families. “I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s festival,” says Hullabaloo singer and festival organizer Steve Denyes. “We’ve got award-winning kids music, a New Orleans-style brass band, dance classes and performances, storytellers, authors, visual artists and a bunch of great hands-on activities for kids.” In addition to two performances by Hullabaloo, the music stage will host performances by Rhythm Child, a Los Angeles-based family band that has performed at the White House and frequently tops the kids music charts on Sirius/XM radio. San Diego’s own Euphoria Brass Band will lead a second line parade around the festival grounds and then take the stage for a full set of New Orleans-style brass band jazz. The festival kicks off with the sweet, kindie-pop sounds of Kristen Cook. The indoor Story-Time Stage will feature a full day of storytelling by Charles “The Paper Bag Cowboy” Johnson, sign language expert Joann Woolley and several local authors. Clif Kid, the event sponsor, will be handing out healthy snacks and hosting games. Art Soup will facilitate music-themed art projects, Gymboree will present a wide variety of music and movement activities and Dance to Evolve will offer free dance classes throughout the day. Tickets to the festival are $7 per person. Kids under one year are free. For more information visit

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Series puts van Gogh and Cezanne in the spotlight Art historian Linda Blair will present a four-lecture series titled, “Vincent van Gogh & Paul Cézanne,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The discussions will examine their art, the role of art in their lives, and the possible relationship between their burdened personalities and the art they produced. For both artists, Paris was the crucible where they defined their artistic vision and refined their technical skills, yet ultimately the tumult and temptations of the city forced these two psychologically fragile painters to flee to the south of France, and there, in the sun-baked towns and lavender fields, each produced his greatest art. Despite the shared geography of Provence, Van Gogh and Cezanne distained each other’s work, and indeed, their art differs dramatically — in color, form, treatment of space and brushwork. Both artists shed light on the creative process — Van Gogh due to the vast documentation provided by his letters, and Cezanne due to his stark and limited personality. The series is $50 for members, $70 nonmembers. Individual lectures are $14/$19. Register at (858) 454-5872 or

Old Town’s ‘Taste of the Past’ is Aug. 31 Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host “A Taste of the Past,” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. The final event of Stagecoach Days, it focuses on the foods of early San Diego during the mid-1800s and how they reflected the many cultural influences of that time. Tickets ( or on the day of the event at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center. Proceeds from the sale of the tickets will go to refurbishing the food preparation and cooking exhibits at the park’s Machado Silvas Museum. Free parking at the CalTrans headquarters, two blocks from the park at 4050 Taylor St. More details at or (619) 220-5422.

Ziggy Marley returns to Del Mar Racetrack BY ROB LEDONNE When you have one of the most ubiquitous last names in music and your father is considered a legend, it stands to reason that it would be tough to carry on such a potent legacy. Ziggy Marley, however, has carved out a niche for himself over the past few decades as one of the most familiar and successful faces in reggae music today, dominating the genre up to present day. “Love is my religion. That kind of wraps up who I am,” Marley explained of his continued success from his Southern California home, which also happens to be the title of one of his most famous songs. Today, he’s gearing up for what’s becoming an annual seasonending performance at the Del Mar Racetrack on Aug. 31. “We always get a big crowd in Del Mar. I love performing in Southern California; this is where I met my wife, after all.” Family has been a major component of Marley’s life, which goes against the cliched grain of hard-partying performers who lead a hectic life on the road. “I have six children. My youngest is 2 and the oldest is 24. I was very young


when I had my first child, so I have learned a lot since then,” Marley said. By all accounts, Marley is a devoted father who spends as much time as he can with his kids while touring North America. “This past summer, they all came up to Canada and Mexico with me for my shows. They’ll be coming to Del Mar too; when they’re out of school they like to tag along,” Marley notes, saying that even his youngest is aware of his father’s fame. “They know, they see me up there on stage and join me

sometimes, which is fun.” Marley’s children have made a major mark on his creative endeavors as well. This past March, he released his first children’s book titled “I Love You Too,” which is also an extension of his love mantra. In addition, Marley has also become something of an entrepreneur. His website, www.ZiggyMarleyOrganics. com, features a plethora of Ziggy-branded items such as coconut oil and hemp seeds. That’s not to forget his music, which has earned Marley five Grammys and counting; this past February, he performed on the telecast alongside Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Sting, and his brother Damien in tribute to his late father Bob. “I still really enjoy performing live,” explained Marley, who has been rocking out on stage since he was a kid as part of The Melody Makers. “It’s the best forum for me to express myself.” Lately, Marley has also found social media to be a turning point in expression for his career and the music industry in general. “I like Twitter. It gives me more forms of commu-

nication to create more friendships with my fans around the world, and to share things with people,” Marley says. “ I don’t go crazy on it, but it definitely brings us all closer together. Especially for me being an independent artist, I’m not on TV or in popular magazines all the time, so expression through social media is important.” Marley also has a monthly radio show on Sirius to express himself. “It’s pretty awesome, but I’m so shy about it because it’s so different than making music,” he says of the talk show where he plays reggae tunes. “I took it on because I was afraid of it.” Next year, Marley is releasing a new album of tracks that him and his band are recording right now. “I just really like the music we’re making, it’s a very exciting thing what’s happening now in reggae music,” he notes. “We’re trying to push the envelope.” Catch Ziggy Marley and his band perform at the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 31.

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North Coast Rep kicks off 32nd season with ‘Man with a Load of Mischief’ BY KRISTINA HOUCK While other kids listened to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, director Rick Simas said he played tunes from “Man with a Load of Mischief.” Now Simas is kicking off North Coast Repertory Theatre’s 32nd season with the off-Broadway musical. “I’ve known this musical since the late ’60s,” said Simas, who co-directs San Diego State University’s master’s program in musical theater. “This was one of those rare finds that people who collected the recordings of musicals would look for because it was a fairly obscure musical and there weren’t a lot of copies of the album out there. I fell in love with the songs and played it over and over.” Set in the early 19th century, an accident to a coach brings a nobleman, his lackey, a lady and her maid to a wayside inn in England. The musical explores themes of class, equality and first appearances, Simas said. “I just love the music so much,” he said. “The music is really quite ro-

‘Man with a Load of Mischief’ cast members Randall Dodge, Robert Yakko and Jacquelyn Ritz COURTESY OF NORTHCOASTREP.ORG mantic; there’s a lot of intrigue to it. I think the story is interesting.” With music by John Clifton, “Man with a Load of Mischief” originally opened in 1966 off-Broadway. The musical starred

Reid Shelton, who later portrayed Daddy Warbucks in “Annie,” and Virginia Vestoff, who was most famous for her role as Abigail Adams in the original Broadway production of “1776,” a role she reprised

in the film adaptation. Simas, who has directed more than 100 productions, first produced “Man with a Load of Mischief” in 1991 while teaching in the Bay Area. “I’m probably the only

person in the world who has directed two productions of ‘Man with a Load of Mischief,’” Simas said. “ I really loved it and had a great time with it. Audiences really enjoyed it. It was a great experience for all of us who worked on it.” Opening Sept. 7, “Man with a Load of Mischief” is Simas’ eighth show at North Coast Repertory Theatre. (Previews will be held Sept. 4-6.) The San Diego resident said he is excited to launch the local theater’s new season with one of his favorite musicals. “I feel really quite privileged. It’s my pleasure to introduce North Coast audiences to this piece,” Simas said. “I’m particularly excited to see how audiences respond to it here because I haven’t done it in 22 years. I had a good experience with it and audiences really liked it, but if there’s no name recognition, if you’re not going to see “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “Oklahoma!” or any of the other well-known shows, they don’t come with an expec-

tation. “I think a lot of people go to musicals because they know the title. They go in knowing the story. I’m interested to see how the audience will respond to this piece not knowing anything about it.” “Man with a Load of Mischief” plays through Sept. 29 and stars Robert Yakko as “The Man,” Jacquelyn Ritz as “The Lady,” Ron Choularton as “The Innkeeper,” Annie Hinton as “The Innkeeper’s Wife,” Randall Dodge as “The Lord,” and Tatiana Mac as “The Maid.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.northcoastrep. org.

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Mossy BMW of Vista celebrating anniversary with special offers, services • New 3 Series Diesel recently introduced BY KATHY DAY Anniversaries always make for special occasions, so leave it to Mossy BMW of Vista to ramp up the celebration. Through Labor Day, the dealership is marking down every vehicle on its lot at 1715 Hacienda Drive – including the new 3 Series Diesel, which just came out on Aug. 15. Brian Kennedy, general manager of the Mossy dealership that opened a little more than a year ago, calls the car “revolutionary.” “The 3 Series has been on Car and Driver’s 10 best list for 22 years,” he said recently, adding that the newest model brings a diesel engine that gets 45 miles per gallon – “equal to a Prius” – and the performance and handling BMW drivers seek. While Kennedy can talk with great knowledge about the new model and those on the horizon, including an allelectric Bimmer in seven to eight months as well as a 5 Series diesel and new X5s and 4 Series cars, he gets quite animated talking about BMW of Vista’s customers. “We have had a really surprising number of repeat customers,” he said. “For only being open a little more than a year, we’ve had some buy two or three cars already. It’s because of how they’re treated.” The staff of sales and service people – which has expanded in the past year to keep up with demand – prides itself on getting to know their customers by spending a lot of time with them. “We’ve had a good response to our complimentary car washes that we offer Monday through Saturday,” he added. “It gives us a chance to stay in contact with customers, some

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They can also take part in regular customer appreciation events that give them a chance to share stories with other BMW drivers and get to know the staff. And now that Mossy customers around the county are learning that the company has BMW in its family, they are drawing prior Mossy buyers to the North County location. This week, as the anniversary celebration continues, customers can enjoy food from San Diego’s best food trucks and enter drawings that include a grand prize trip to BMW Performance Driving School in Spartanburg, S.C., which is also home to the carmaker’s SUV manufacturing facility. Other prizes include golf goodies and “all sorts of fun stuff,” Kennedy said. While Kennedy loves being at work, he also enjoys being involved in the community, he said. “We do quite a bit of charity work in Vista as well as in Rancho Santa Fe.” North County’s Solutions for Change, which helps homeless families, is a major recipient of their efforts while Congressman Darrell Issa’s children’s foundation is another. Kennedy is also involved with Rancho Santa Fe’s youth soccer program. BMW of Vista is located adjacent to Highway 78, where buyers can find hundreds of new and pre-owned cars in inventory. It is part of the Mossy family of dealerships, a business that began in 1921 in New Orleans and came to San Diego in 1982. Visit them at 1715 Hacienda Drive, Vista 92081 or go to To reach the sales staff, call (888) 846-0673; for service, call (888) 714-7096. Note: Business spotlights are developed through this newspaper’s advertising department in support of our advertisers.


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San Diego Musical Theatre presents ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ BY KRISTINA HOUCK Swing into the Harlem Renaissance with San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’: The ‘Fats’ Waller Musical Show,” opening Sept. 27 at Birch North Park Theatre. Capturing the golden age of jazz in 1920s and 1930s Harlem, the musical revue features the tunes of Thomas “Fats” Waller, a jazz pianist, composer and singer from the era. “I’d love for the audience to take away a piece of our African American history and music, which is a dying platform,” said director and choreographer Ron Kellum, who has worked in the entertainment industry for 25 years. “Whether you know

Waller’s music or not, you’re going to hear music that has inspirat i o n , great stor ytelling a n d m o v e s the soul. I want to introduce Rufus Bonds Jr. or reintroduce COURTESY PHOTO the audience to the African American songbook that we don’t get to hear often.” After a stint at the Manhattan Theatre Club, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” opened on Broadway in 1978 at the Longacre Theatre. The Tony Award-winning musical features more than two-dozen song-and-

dance numbers. “Every community has a story,” said Kellum, who is currently directing “Chicago” at Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento. “It dials us into being more open, understanding and appreciating our diversity. That’s what theater does. It really helps us look at things in a way we may not have seen them or heard them before.” This is Kellum’s second time directing the musical. He first directed the show seven years ago in Los Angeles. San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” features five actors, including four Broadway stars. “They really have to be triple threats — amazing

dancers, incredible actors and great movers. Their responsibility is to translate this music through song and dance,” Kellum said. “We took our time to really find the right five. It’s all about their chemistry and their synergy. I’m excited to work with this caliber of amazing talent.” Kellum has worked with a few of the actors before, including Rufus Bonds, Jr., who plays Ken. The pair collaborated on a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the early ’90s and have been friends ever since. “I’m very, very happy to be working with him again,” said Bonds, Jr., who has starred in “Rent,” “Once on This Island” and

“Parade” on Broadway, and performed in national tours of “The Lion King,” “The Color Purple” and “Miss Saigon.” “It’s going to be a blast!” Bonds, Jr. first portrayed Ken in “Ain’t Misbehavin’” in the 1980s. “The music is very upbeat; it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s a feel-good musical. People leave feeling wonderful. It’s a time when

we need that.” With musical direction by Don LeMaster, San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’ also stars Sylvia MacCalla as “Nell,” Jenelle Randall as “Charlaine,” Amber Mercomes as “Armelia” and David LaMarr as “Andre.” “Seeing these five incredible singers on stage singing great music with an incredible jazz component is sort of a love letter to that catalog and to that period,” Kellum said. “Ain’t Misbehavin” opens Sept. 27 and runs through Oct. 13 at Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave, San Diego. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 858-5605740 or visit



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(Left to right): Ann Welton, president, Friends of the Solana Beach Library; Sheila Crosby, branch manager, Solana Beach Library; Dave Roberts, San Diego County supervisor; Mary Jane Boyd, former president, Friends of the Solana Beach Library; Jose Aponte, director, San Diego County Library; Joani Kerr, assistant branch manager, Solana Beach Library.

San Dieguito Chapter of National Charity League Ice Cream Social The San Dieguito Chapter of National Charity League recently held an Ice Cream Social at the Carmel Valley Library to mark the end-of-summer reading program. Right to left: Mary Behnam, Leila Behnam, Alexandra Bleakley, Cristin Bleakley, Noor Vakili, Caroline Sanborn, Susan Sanborn, and Colleen Ster.

St. Peter’s to hold evening series on world religions Come listen, discuss and reflect on the beliefs and traditions of religions around the globe. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar invites the community to come for soup suppers and engaging discussions during its upcoming, six-week Wednesday evening program on World Religions. The series will kick-off on Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a presentation by Dr. David Moseley (who teaches religious studies at the Bishop’s School) introducing the study of comparative religions. The following five sessions, hosted by Dr. Moseley, will include presentations from scholars and practitioners of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism. Each evening will begin with a soup supper at 6:30 p.m. The presentations will begin at roughly 7 p.m. and conclude with an opportunity for questions and discussion, finishing at about 8:30 p.m. Here is the lineup of evenings and speakers: • Sept. 1: Introduction to the study of Comparative Religion, Dr. David Moseley • Sept. 18: Islam, Imam Taha Hassane, Islamic Center of San Diego • Sept. 25: Judaism, Rabbi Matthew Earne, Temple Beth Am, Carmel Valley • Oct. 2: Hinduism, Prof. Ram Krishnamurthy, Shiva Vishnu Temple, Miramar • Oct. 9: Buddhism, Prof. Carl Ewig, Hsi Fang Temple, Hillcrest • Oct. 16: Daoism, Prof. Louis Komjathy, University of San Diego This promises to be an informative and dynamic evening program. St. Peter’s is located at 334 14th St. in Del Mar Village, one block east of the 101. To assist with dinner preparation, please RSVP via e-mail to For more information about St. Peter’s, see

Solana Beach Library Volunteer Breakfast Solana Beach Library held a Volunteer Breakfast on Aug. 23 to celebrate its volunteers. The event is designed to thank those who take time to help better the library branch and system. Approximately 25 volunteers were in attendance, along with SDCL Director Jose Aponte and County Supervisor Dave Roberts. Everyone enjoyed breakfast which was provided by the Friends of the Solana Beach Library. The new Branch Manager, Sheila Crosby, was welcomed with a card and flowers from the Friends.

Charity Swim Clinic raises $400 to help Ugandan orphans On Aug. 18, the Pacific Sports Resort in Carmel Valley hosted a swim clinic to benefit Friends of Orphans, a non-profit dedicated to the rehabilitation of former Ugandan child soldiers. Swim instructors and lifeguards generously donated their time to help swimmers aged 3-50 improve their swim strokes. “It was extremely gratifying to see swim instruc-

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Red Tracton’s steakhouse celebrates 25 years in Solana Beach BY KRISTINA HOUCK Across the street from the Del Mar Race Track, Red Tracton’s first opened its doors in Solana Beach in 1988. The East Coast-style steakhouse celebrated its 25th anniversary Aug. 22 with a VIP party featuring champagne, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. “It’s amazing that we’ve been here for 25 years,” said owner Tracy Tracton, who sponsored the party along with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “I’m very grateful for all of my wonderful, loyal customers. They are what’s made us so special.” The family-owned and operated Red Tracton’s was originally established in the Los Angeles area in the 1960s. At the request of friends, Harold “Red” Tracton, Tracy’s father, relocated the restaurant across the street from the racetrack and opened during the 1988 racing season. “It was always a sportsoriented hangout,” said Tracton, whose father owned and operated several Southern California restaurants. “My dad was a real colorful character and well-known all over, from Philadelphia to California. He always had a great reputation.”

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Tracy Tracton, Jane Ottenstein, Jack Webster, Laurie Smith, Zoomer With at least 30 years experience in the restaurant industry, Tracton continued to operate the local restaurant after her father died in 1998. Her first job was at the Buggy Whip, her father’s restaurant near the Los Angeles International Airport. “It was meant to be — to carry on the legacy,” said Tracton, whose three children work in the restaurant industry, including her son, Mason, Red Tracton’s general manager. “I love seeing people happy. I love the interaction with the custom-

ers. I love giving good service and knowing they walk away feeling they had a great meal.” Known for its large portions, Tracton welcomes first-timers to try Red Tracton’s signature dishes such as the prime rib, giant baked potato and Green Goddess Salad, or the lobster bisque. She also invites customers to see the restaurant’s newly renovated Triple Crown Room, a Hollywood-themed private dining room. “Del Mar is a special place,” Tracton said. “There

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Celebratory 5K at Solana Highlands wraps up family summer running club BY KAREN BILLING A joyful, celebratory 5K was held on the Solana Highlands School field on Aug. 22 to cap off the end of a family summer running club. Parent Sheri Kono, who runs the successful running club for students during the school year, has always had a goal to get kids running outside of school. This summer she succeeded, getting kids up early twice a week on their summer vacation mornings to get active, running, walking and sometimes skipping. The summer running club consisted of more than just Solana Highlands students — it included moms, dads, younger and older siblings, aunts and even one inspiring grandma, Alicia Gutierrez, a stage IV breast cancer survivor who barely missed a club session with her grandson Ryan Vincent. Kono said she has enjoyed seeing parents make the time to promote fitness to their kids as well as improve their own. “We even have a couple of moms who have lost a significant amount of weight during the summer as this has been part of a new fitness and health journey for them,� Kono said. “It’s been such a privilege to have the opportunity to run this program this summer.� During the recent 5K event, participants ran and walked and hitched piggy bag rides for 11 laps around the field, plus a little section of the basketball court. Many wore the bright neon yellow running club T-shirts Kono sold to help pay for the 5K medals that were

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The Solana Highlands School summer running club raced a 5K on Aug. 22. At the beginning of the placed around each partici- mel Valley in his busy race club members pant’s neck at the finish. schedule, cheering on the summer went through a time trial Solana Highlands Principal young runners. The summer run club for one lap around the field, Jerry Jones even stopped by has had more than 60 par- a little over a quarter of a to congratulate runners. Everybody received a ticipants in all, with about mile. On their last day begoody bag at a post-race cel- 25 to 35 attending each fore the 5K they did the ebration and Kono was morning. Kono was pleased same time trial and nearly amazed at the support from that so many people fit the everyone improved their local businesses, which gen- club into their busy sum- time, some by as much as a erously donated prizes for a mer schedules — even Ko- half a minute. “It was neat to see the raffle, including Beach no’s husband Saphian (not Grass CafĂŠ (owned by Sola- a runner and not an early progress,â€? Kono said. “It’s na Highlands parents Cindy riser) came out to join Sheri incredible how fast kids at and Dave Nelson), Einstein and their children, Sara and this age can progress.â€? While the 5K wasn’t Bagels, Carmel Valley Swirls Sean, on the run. In addition to running about time or winning, the and Sports Clips. Friends of Kono also laps around the field, Kono first finisher was Sophie donated passes to the San mixed up the run club ses- Levi, a freshman cross Diego Zoo and Safari Park, sions with sprints, stairs, country runner at Torrey and two heart rate monitor hill repeats and relay races. Pines High, who ran the At the end of a run club 3.1-mile course in 26.20. watches as prizes. Jimbo’s donated banan- outing, everyone played Sophie could be seen on the loop running alongside and as for the runners and there handball, even the parents. Stella Syng said daugh- encouraging her little were some granola treats available from Bear Naked ter Michi, an incoming first brother Dani. Mom Michal said that courtesy of Dave Lamb. grader at Solana Highlands, Lamb is a 65-year-old San held her accountable to Sophie has encouraged the the twice-weekly entire family to start runDiego runner, who is also make ning after she joined the known as “Kashi Daveâ€? as workouts. “We’ve gone to every Girls on the Run running he was featured in a national Kashi commercial touting running club except for group. The entire Levi clan, good health and the fact one, it is a family event and including dad David, took that he has run nearly 800 I couldn’t let her down,â€? part in the summer club, races, despite the fact that Syng said. “She’s up on and Sophie said she couldn’t he did not start to exercise Tuesdays and Thursdays be more grateful to Kono for until he was in his 30s. He asking, ‘Are we going to starting such a fun program. “It is amazing what she travels the country to run running club?’ That’s what has done this summer, on but included a stop in Car- got me back into shape.â€?

Sheri Kono, the leader of the Solana Highlands running club, with husband Saphian and children Sara and Sean.

Sheri Kono hugs summer run clubber Alicia Gutierrez at the 5K finish line.

Runners PHOTOS/KAREN BILLING her own time,� Michal said. “She was so encouraging every time, she believes in everyone. Sheri is so passionate about running, it is so contagious.� Kono also started a Moms Run Club last year that meets at the school after morning drop-off two or three times a week. This

fall, the Moms Run Club members have set a goal to run a half marathon — Sheri is training for her first full marathon in October. Anyone interested in starting to run or setting new running goals is welcome and encouraged to join. Contact sherikono@

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Welcome to Del Mar! To this wonderful little romantic seaside village that has it all. Do you need a stroll on the beach to enjoy a little fresh sea air? Del Mar has it! A girls’ day out for shopping and a little lunch to just enjoy your friendship. A mother-daughter day to mend a fence or build on the love that is there. Del Mar has it! A day of relaxing and just enjoying being alive. Come to Del Mar. Del Mar has it! New to the city and want to discover the gems that abound? Come to the romantic village of Del Mar and find a diamond and a pearl. Del Mar has it! A special weekend, lunch or dinner for you and your love, in a quiet romantic place? Del Mar has it! A day of reflection to plot your new year? Del Mar has it! Del Mar welcomes you to come and enjoy the ambience and calming energy of the sea, the wonderful selection of restaurants, shops and hotels. Just a block from the ocean, so close you can smell the sea.



August 29, 2013

Beach Blanket Movie Night in Solana Beach


amilies gathered Aug. 24 at Fletcher Cove Park for the City of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission’s ninth annual Beach Blanket Movie Night. The event’s feature presentation was “Chasing Mavericks” and the evening began with live music by Aloha Radio. The event also featured refreshments (popcorn, ice cream, cookies and brownies) and a raffle with big ticket prizes — including a Firewire surfboard and beach cruiser bicycle from Revolution Bike Shop. All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit future Solana Beach Parks and Recreation projects or events. For more information, visit For photos online, visit www. PHOTOS/MCKENZIE IMAGES

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August 29, 2013

First day at Sage Canyon

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tudents and parents walked, biked and drove to Carmel Valley schools Aug. 26 to begin the new school year. In these photos are students from Sage Canyon School. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes. net. PHOTOS/KAREN BILLING

tudents traded summer for school Monday, Aug. 26, at Del Mar Heights elementary in Del Mar. For photos online, visit www. PHOTOS/KRISTINA HOUCK

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t was back to the books Monday, Aug. 26, for students at Skyline and Solana Vista elementary schools in Solana Beach. For photos online, visit www. PHOTOS/KRISTINA HOUCK

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Back-to-School Night held at Solana Highlands


arents of kindergarten students gathered Aug. 21 at Solana Highlands Elementary School to learn more about the upcoming school year at back-toschool night. For photos online, visit www. PHOTOS/JON CLARK

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‘A Fiesta for the Horses’ at En Fuego


hen racehorses can no longer cross the finish line first, After the Finish Line steps in. Saving racehorses from slaughter and neglect, the nonprofit contributes funds to organizations that rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for thoroughbreds. To assist these organizations, After the Finish Line held the fundraiser “A Fiesta for the Horses” on Aug. 21 at En Fuego Cantina & Grill in Del Mar. En Fuego is donating 10 percent of all sales from the event to After the Finish Line. In addition, $1 will be donated to the nonprofit for every “Finish Line” Margarita sold throughout August. Founded in 2007, the group is entirely volunteer-run. In 2012, After the Finish Line awarded nearly $100,000 to 65 rescue groups helping about 300 horses. In the first five months of this year, the nonprofit had already awarded nearly $60,000 in grants to roughly 30 organizations. For more information about After the Finish Line, visit For photos online, visit www. MOST PHOTOS/ JON CLARK

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LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 PETITION OF: OH, HYUNGMIN for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00064350-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: RICK OH and JUNGSUN OH on behalf of Petitioner: OH, HYUNGMIN ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name OH, HYUNGMIN to Proposed Name OH, JOSEPH HYUNGMIN. 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 ďŹ le 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 ďŹ led, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: 10-112013 Time: 8:30 AM Dept 46. The address of the court is 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Carmel Valley News. Date: Aug. 27, 2013. Robert J. Trentacosta Judge of the Superior Court CV501. Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 2013 City of Del Mar Planning Commission Agenda Del Mar Communications Center 240 Tenth Street Del Mar, California Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. ROLL CAL APPROVAL OF MINUTES UPDATE PLANNING COMMISSION/STAFF DISCUSSION (Non-Application Items) HEARING FROM THE AUDIENCE ON ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA (Oral Communications) DISCUSSION AND BRIEFING (Application Items) CONSENT CALENDAR: CONTINUED APPLICATION(S): None. NEW APPLICATION(S): ITEM 1 General Plan

Conformance Finding APN: 301-024-36 Location: Vacant site adjacent to 301 Hidden Pines Road Applicant/Owner: City of Del Mar Zone: Low-Density Residential (R110) Environmental Status: Exempt Contact Person: Adam Birnbaum, AICP, Planning Manager Description: Discussion and determination of whether the sale of a city owned property for residential development is consistent with the underlying Low Density Residential designation for the property contained in the Del Mar Community (General) Plan. [Prior to date of public hearing, item continued, date certain, to the October Planning Commission meeting.] ITEM 2 Zone Code Amendment ZA-13-02 APN: NA Location: City-wide Applicant: City of Del Mar Zone: North Commercial Environmental Status: Exempt Contact Person: Adam Birnbaum, AICP, Planning Manager Description: A request to amend to provisions of DMMC Chapter 30.24 (North Commercial) regarding the list of allowed uses to include Transitional Housing and Emergency Shelters. ADJOURNMENT pc2012_9.10. DM987. 8.29.13 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-024568 Fictitious Business Name(s): Boyd’s Best Carpet, Tile, and Upholstery Cleaning Located at: 5700 Baltimore Drive #178. La Mesa, CA, 91942, 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: Chad M. Boyd, 5700 Baltimore Drive #178, La Mesa, CA 91942. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/26/2013. Chad M. Boyd. DM986. Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-024295 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Whale Watching Tours San Diego b. San Diego Whale Watching Excursions Located at: 1450 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA, 92101, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 5188 West Point Loma Blvd. #8, San Diego, CA 92107. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The ďŹ rst day of business was 05/02/2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Captain’s Excursions LLC, 5188 West Point Loma Blvd. #8, San Diego, CA 92107, California Limited Liability Company. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/21/2013. Kyle Corbett, CEO and President. DM985. Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-024116 Fictitious Business Name(s): FID Financial Inc. Located at: 2389 5th Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was 01/17/2006. This business is hereby registered by the following: FID Financial Inc., 2389 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/20/2013. Troy Gindt, President. DM984. Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-021657 Fictitious Business Name(s): CastFam Productions Located at: 990 Highland Dr., Ste.

110K, Solana Beach, CA, 92075, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was 08/22/2007. This business is hereby registered by the following: CastFam Inc., 649 Crest Dr., El Cajon, CA 92019, CastFam Inc., California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/27/2013. Craig Caster, CastFam Inc./C.E.O. DM983. Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-023746 Fictitious Business Name(s): AlďŹ e Design Located at: 444 S. Cedros Ave., Ste. 190, Solana Beach, CA, 92075, 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: April D. Feldman, 444 S. Cedros Ave., Ste. 190, Solana Beach, CA 92075. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/15/2013. April D. Feldman. DM982. Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-023265 Fictitious Business Name(s): Mr. Appliance of La Jolla and North Coastal San Diego Located at: 2011 Nautilus St., San Diego, CA, 92037, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Nire Inc., 11265 Vereda Mar de Corazon, SD, CA 92130, California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/12/2013. Abe Amyer, CFO. DM981. Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-023394 Fictitious Business Name(s): MyStyle Custom Products Located at: 2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Ste. 204, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The ďŹ rst day of business was 03/08/2010. This business is hereby registered by the following: One Giant Media LLC, 2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Ste. 204, Del Mar, CA 92014, California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/13/2013. Sean R. Powell, CEO. DM980. Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-023583 Fictitious Business Name(s): JP Production Located at: 3071 Jefferson St., Carlsbad, CA, 92008, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was 8/14/13. This business is hereby registered by the following: John Prietto, 3071 Jefferson St., Carlsbad, CA 92008. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/14/2013. John Prietto. DM979. Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 2013 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 PETITION OF: DACODA TAYLOR STRACK KNIGHT for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00062393-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: DACODA TAYLOR STRACK KNIGHT ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing

names as follows: Present Name DACODA TAYLOR STRACK KNIGHT to Proposed Name DACODA TAYLOR STRACK. 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 ďŹ le 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 ďŹ led, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Oct. 4, 2013 Time: 8:30 AM Dept 46 Room 4th Floor.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: Aug. 13, 2013. Robert J. Trentacosta Judge of the Superior Court CV500. Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-023370 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Galloway Realty b. The Galloway Group Located at: 11247 Carmel Creek Rd., San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was 8/12/13. This business is hereby registered by the following: Paul Galloway, 11247 Carmel Creek Rd., San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/12/2013. Paul Galloway. DM978. Aug. 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 2013 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO Civil Division 330 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 PETITION OF: FRANK DRUMMOND for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2013-00061829-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: FRANK DRUMMOND ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name FRANK DRUMMOND to Proposed Name BRYAN FRANK SILVA. 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 ďŹ le 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 ďŹ led, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Sep 27, 2013 Time: 9:30 AM Dept 52 Room 4th Floor.The address of the court is 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.

ANSWERS 8/22/13


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: Aug. 08, 2013. Robert J. Trentacosta Judge of the Superior Court DM976. Aug. 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-022369 Fictitious Business Name(s): Ain’t Nothing But A Good Thing Bail Bonds Located at: 2251 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA, 92110, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4053, Oceanside, CA 92052. 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: Lilitte Grundstein, 2251 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/02/2013. Lilitte Grundstein. CV499. Aug. 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-022370 Fictitious Business Name(s): Free The People Bail Bonds Located at: 2251 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA, 92110, San Diego County.


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4053, Oceanside, CA 92052. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: North Coast Bail Bonds, Inc., 2251 San Diego Ave. #A247, San Diego, CA 92110, California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 08/02/2013. Aaron Grundstein, President. CV498. Aug. 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 2013 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 2013-022368 Fictitious Business Name(s): Free The People Bail Bonds Located at: 2251 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA, 92110, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4053, Oceanside, CA 92052. The ďŹ ctitious business name referred to above was ďŹ led in San Diego County on: 10/22/10, and assigned File No. 2010-028648. Is (are) abandoned by the following registrant (s): Lilitte Grundstein, 2251 San Diego Ave., #A247, San Diego, CA 92110. This statement was ďŹ led with the Recorder/County Clerk, Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., of San Diego County on 08/02/2013. Lilitte Grundstein. CV497, Aug. 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-021471




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Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Treyfold Business Services b. Treyfold Financial Services Located at: 2121 Newcastle Ave., Unit 8, Cardiff, CA, 92007, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was Mar/1/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Warner Reeser, 2121 Newcastle Ave., #8, Cardiff, CA 92007. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/26/2013. Warner Reeser. DM975. Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013

Nine Yards Marketing Located at: 5163 Greenwillow Ln., San Diego, CA, 92130, San Diego County. Mailing Address: as above. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was 7/1/13. This business is hereby registered by the following: Suzanne Baracchini, 5163 Greenwillow Ln., San Diego, CA 92130. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/31/2013. Suzanne Baracchini. CV495. Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013

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BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN Here are some interesting tidbits I collected this summer, although you can use them for all seasons to become an informed foodie, staying safe and healthy. Fish and Tips When picking wild caught jumbo scallops from your fishmonger go for the blushing bivalves. Pass over the lily white ones for the crustaceans with the peachy-pink tinge. This hue is caused by an abundance of pigment called zeaxanthin from the ripening of the female gonads. Some pescavores claim these warm-tinted ones are more juicy, tender and tastier than their male counterparts. Wild-caught also trumps farm-raised for most fish varieties, although they both contain comparable amounts of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Farmraised contain more fat and calories (along with antibiotics and commercial food colorings) as they are confined to cramped quarters, which makes them more susceptible to diseases with less opportunity to nosh on the ocean’s abundant buffet of wild (and color enhancing) offerings. Even the most die-hard oysterphiles should not slurp these bivalves raw (especially in summer months) as they feed through filters gobbling up wastes, toxins and viruses. (Not much of an aphrodisiac now!) Since more than 75 percent of E. coli and other outbreaks occur in warm water months, either cook oysters in the summer or wait to eat them raw in winter months. Mosquito Management Studies have shown that eating a potent clove of antiviral and blood-thinning garlic daily might ward off more than just Vlad (the Impaler) Dracula. This stinky rose has been found

to repel mosquitoes by its odiferous aroma on the breath and sulphuric compounds excreted through the skin. According to the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, those who guzzle beer, become a mosquito magnet, although there is no scientific explanation for the pest’s attraction to malted barley, hops and yeast. Iced tea, anyone? Salad Safety Particularly in the summer, it’s best to eat raw salads at home where you can vigilantly wash raw vegetables — a rich breeding ground for bacteria. Salads at questionable (or even reputable) establishments might be washed with unsanitary hands or contaminated water sources, so to avoid food borne illnesses choose cooked veggies when dining out. In fact, most foods (especially egg and oil-based ones) when left at room temperature for more than an hour can grow pathogenic bacteria that causes food borne illnesses. So keep perishables on ice or refrigerate soon after opening. Migraine Mitigation While assorted triggers cause debilitating migraine monsters, summer is rife with them, including dehydration, bright sunrays, humidity and heat. Standing advice – drink plenty of hydrating fluids. There are also many natural sources of migraine relief, so make food your Motrin. Certain spices like turmeric and cayenne might give some solace, as the former is an anti-inflammatory blockbuster, while the latter in general, regulates circulation and blood pressure. Cayenne dials up marinara sauces, roasted vegetables, mangos and melons, hummus, dips and salsas, while turmeric enhances the color and flavor of everything from risottos, soups and stews to roast chicken, scrambles and Asian noodle dishes. Also, do a liver detox by making organic lemon your main squeeze, squirting into everything from teas and salad dressings to chilled soups and fruit salads. Get on the Stick When preparing shish kebobs (whether chicken, fish or beef), soak wooden sticks overnight to prevent burning on the grill. To impart foods with added oomph, prepare flavored

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August 29, 2013 (Below) Recently, a group of Boy Scout volunteers from the Del Mar Troop 713 set out to put up 224 feet of fencing at the western upper parking lot of the Torrey Pines State Reserve as part of an Eagle Project led by Alex Pu, an incoming senior at Torrey Pines High School. (Left) The finished project. Courtesy photos


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Local Boy Scouts assist with TPHS senior’s Eagle Scout project Recently, a group of Boy Scout volunteers from the Del Mar Troop 713 set out to put up 224 feet of fencing at the western upper parking lot of the Torrey Pines State Reserve as part of an Eagle Project led by Alex Pu, an incoming senior at Torrey Pines High School. The fences, which were put up in two different sections, consisted of a mix of 2-rail and 3-rail fencing. The purpose of the fence is to protect the integrity of the state park’s environment by preventing access to certain areas. It also helped in the rehabilitation of the vegetation by closing off any “false trails”; these are trails that are not supposed to be there, but have been worn into the area by repeated trespassing. The project was done extremely efficiently by the volunteers, having been completed over the course of two days. The shifts ran from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days, with a break in between for lunch. Twenty-five different Scouts attended the project over the two days, pitching in various efforts, ranging from clearing brush to setting up the fence. The fencing was put into place through a repetitive and meticulous process of drilling through the ground using an auger, leveling off the posts and rails, and then concreting in the final products.

Flute Master class featuring celebrated flutist to be held Sept. 8

San Diego Coastal Flutes is holding a flute master class with celebrated flutist Dr. Jill Felber. This class is open to the public for a $20 admission fee on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Sorrento Valley Music, 3323 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite 100, San Diego, 92121. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Coastal Flutes Scholarship Fund. Five outstanding, young flutists, students of Dr. Elena Yarritu and Dr. September Payne, will perform major concerti of the flute repertoire with pianist Melissa Creider and will receive feedback and instruction. For more information on performers and teachers please visit Felber has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos on four continents and has held residencies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy and the United States. Also a tireless promoter of new music, Felber has inspired many composers to write solo and chamber works for her and for her flute duo ZAWA!, and is currently engaged in several commissioning projects. She has premiered over 300 works for the flute and has released world premiere recordings for Centaur Records, CRI, Neuma Records, and ZAWA!MUSIC. In demand as a guest clinician because of her extraordinary motivational teaching style, Felber is currently Professor of Flute at the University of California, Santa Barbara and performs as Principal Flute with Opera Santa Barbara. Holding degrees from University of Michigan and Bowling


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ANIMATOR continued from page B1 cil drawings of Changyou as a young peasant boy in China, based on stories his father told him. Chen has completed writing and storyboarding “Changyou’s Journey” and continues to animate the film, which he hopes to finish in a year. “Changyou’s Journey” will be a happy film with vibrant color and a different style than ‘Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,’” Chen said. In contrast, Chen describes the style of “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” his first animation short, as “a dark, unhappy film about tragedy and war.” Chen illustrated “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” in collaboration with animation legend Bill Plympton. It won multiple film festival awards, was an Oscar-qualifying animated short in 2012, and has been screened at more than 30 international film festivals. Chen’s illustrations retold the miraculous escape of a Jewish girl, Ingrid Pitt, from a concentration camp at age 8 during World War II. After finishing “Changyou’s Journey,” Chen said his next animated

film will likely be in 3D, especially since he has already obtained sponsorship from SANDEE, a stereo-3D animation tool. Chen’s latest honor was being presented the iCON Junior Innovator of the Year Award Aug. 24 during 2nd Screen Global Con, a convention which creates awareness and appreciation for CGI animation and other forms of technology used in art and entertainment. Always on the go — whether it’s attending filmand-animation festivals, watching advance movie screenings as a critic or interviewing luminaries at red carpet premieres — Chen recently returned from a trip to China where he was a guest speaker at a children’s film camp, the Beijing Film Festival for Youth Welfare. “I told the kids about my experience in filmmaking and animation, writing movie reviews, and how I achieved everything so far,” Chen said. “For the first time, I got to talk before a group of kids and not just adults about by films and animation. The kids were really interested and asked many questions. I think they appreciated hearing from one of their own; sometimes kids and adults

can be like different species,” Chen joked. Having already met dozens of top professionals in the animation industry, Chen said his most memorable meeting so far was interviewing Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, co-directors of DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” during a press junket for the animated blockbuster. “It was great because they answered my questions really well; they were fun to be around and fun to interview,” Chen said. “When I pointed out some flaws in the film, they accepted them graciously as most great directors would do.” Chen has since become friends with Sanders and DeBlois, who invited him to visit DreamWorks Animation. DeBlois has also become a sponsor of “Changyou’s Journey.” Chen said he would still like to meet Tim Burton. “He has a very unique animation style because it’s sort of strange and not very traditional. I also would like to know how he got his special relationship with Disney that nobody else in the world seems to have; I would like to get that relationship where I can still get sponsorships, money and


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support from a studio while still doing my own creative ideas.” Seemingly wiser than most 13-year-olds, Chen said he enjoys “sharing the knowledge that I’ve gathered over five years about filmmaking and animation, especially with kids — never stop drawing and pursuing your passion.” Both the young and young-at-heart can be in-

spired by Chen’s advice: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. To go on the path of finding and realizing your dreams, all you have to do is take the first step in that direction and don’t stop, even if you think you want to quit. If you think it’s too difficult, you still need to carry on and that’s how you learn.”

9/11 memorial ‘9/11 Twelve Years Hence’ to be held Sept. 11 at La Costa Glen A memorial and assessment of the terrorist threats will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 in Catalina Hall at La Costa Glenn, 1940 Levante Street, Carlsbad, 92009. All are welcome. “We gather on this anniversary to listen to an analysis of where we stand, what dangers remain and how to protect and preserve our precious liberty.” Mike Hayutin, San Diego Chapter leader for Act! For America will analyze the nature and source of the threats and “how we must respond.” Gate attendant will direct you to parking and Catalina Hall. There is no charge. For information, email or call (858) 692-0741.

SINGER continued from page B1 to hear his influences (such as Wilco), he manages to convey a smart uniqueness of someone who is a student of modern American folk music. These days Motsenbocker is lucky enough to be touring extensively, which is a far cry from his Starbucks

barista past. Now instead of making coffee, he’s making music. Said Motsenbocker of his recent successes, “I’ve performed at a bunch of these venues across the country many times, and I’ve found that it’s not until the fourth or fifth time when you’re comfortable and have built a following.” It appears he’ll have

COOKBOOK continued from page B3 do to make it easier, but I did like the process. I love cooking and I love to come up with creative ideas, collaborate with people and see them come to fruition.” Strahs’ first event promoting her book locally will be at California Fig Fest on Sept. 8 at the San Diego Public Market (1735 National Avenue, San Diego, 92113) from 4-7 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Strahs will host a cookbook release event at Whole Foods Del Mar from 6-8 p.m. Guests can get books signed, taste bites from the book and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Strahs will also host a panini party at Venissimo Cheese at Flower Hill Promenade. For the $25 class, Strahs will demonstrate four recipes from the cookbook and books will be available to purchase for signing. To register visit The book will be available on and all booksellers. Check out Strahs’ blogs at or

many more performances, and tracks to come. Check out Motsenbocker on Facebook at or visit his website He next performs locally Sept. 14 at San Diego State.

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Pardee Homes introduces Alta Del Mar: One unprecedented address and winner of Six Gold Nugget Awards Pardee Homes recently announce that Alta Del Mar has been honored with six prestigious Gold Nugget Awards recognizing exceptional planning and design across the western United States. The Gold Nugget award program is considered one of the housing industry’s most esteemed design competitions. With an exceptional location overlooking coastal Carmel Valley, the Prestige Collection of Alta Del Mar is an enclave of 4,151 to 6,235-squre foot Estate Homes on lots averaging a half acre, and Custom Home sites up to one acre on Del Mar Mesa. This gated enclave offers discriminating homebuyers an incomparable collection of residences in the last, best coastal North County location. Pricing is from $1.85 to $2.4 million. Designed by the award-winning architectural firm of Bassenian/Lagoni of Newport Beach, Alta Del Mar embraces California’s rich architectural heritage by incorporating elements of Spanish and Monterey design such as exterior gated porticos, charming interior courtyards, grand entries, outdoor rooms and classic brick and wood detailing; authentic wrought iron detail, stone facades, vestibules and formal hallways evoke French Country and Tuscan architectural styling. Alta Del Mar is situated on a ridgeline above the Grand Del Mar Resort and Golf Club and is accessed via an elegant stone bridge from Carmel Mountain Road. The site is surrounded by expanses of coastal sage, and the homesites are oriented to take advantage of the natural topography. The homes themselves offer spaciousness, appointments and craftsmanship that equal the finest custom homes anywhere. Alta Del Mar is served by schools in the Del Mar Union School District for elementary grades and older children are anticipated to attend Carmel Valley Middle School, Torrey Pines High School or Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District. For more information visit or call (858) 461-0109.

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