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Freeway expansion workshop April 4 A public workshop about plans for the expansion of Interstate 5 and its related projects is set for 6-8 p.m. April 4 at the Carlsbad Senior Center Auditorium, 799 Pine Ave. in Carlsbad. The public can submit comments to Caltrans through April 29. Online: www.keepsandiegomoving .com/North-CoastCorridor/

Law firm lists costs, future litigation among concerns if zoning measure passes By Ernesto Lopez

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Although the Encinitas City Council has already ordered a special election for the Right to Vote Initiative on June 18, backers are saying the report ordered by the council on the effects of the proposal only portrays it in a “negative light.” At the March 12 City Council meeting, the council heard a summary of Read text for the the 57-page report special election and from Joel Kuper- get other information. berg, a partner at Rutan & Tucker, the index.aspx?page=119 Costa Mesa law firm hired in mid-February by city planners to conduct the review. Specifically, the law firm was asked to highlight the initiative’s potential fiscal impact and effect on land use. “The report was mostly postulating, this


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Photo by Scott Allison John Murray catches his sign while standing on one hand along El Camino Real near Encinitas Boulevard on Feb. 16. Murray has been spinning signs on and off for six years.


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State of the City Address set for April 5 The Encinitas State of the City Address returns this year after a hiatus, with Mayor Teresa Barth focusing on the theme of “Five Unique Communities.” The public is invited to attend the event, 5-8 p.m. April 5 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center. Tickets are $20 per person. More information: 760-753-6041.

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By Christopher Earley When sign spinner John Murray goes to work on a busy street corner, he attracts a lot of attention. But attracting attention is just part of the job. With a full head of curly and wild red hair, the 21-year-old Grossmont College student can flip a sign with the best of them. As traffic rolls past him on Encinitas Boulevard, Murray wears a huge smile, all the while performing impressive acrobatics with his sign. Every now and again, he’ll get a thumbs-up or a shout of encouragement from passing drivers. Employed by San Diego-based AArrow Advertising, one of the world’s largest pro-

viders of sign spinners, Murray enjoys being outside and putting on a show. “There’s not a lot about it that you can’t like,” Murray said. “You get to switch up for different companies and go all over the place. It’s interesting and you get to listen to music.” Murray and his counterparts are known by several monikers: sign spinners, sign twirlers, human directionals and even guerilla marketers. And while fairly new in the

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School district sets goals for bond funds By Alex Groves The San Dieguito Union High School District is ready to move forward on its plan to modernize facilities and improve technology infrastructure since the passage of a $449 million bond measure. The measure – known formally as Proposition AA – was one of several on the ballot in November. Similar propositions, CC and EE, would have authorized the sale of bonds in the amounts of $76.8 million for the Del Mar Union School District and $497 million for MiraCosta College, respectively.

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CSU San Marcos lecture to cover ‘Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan’ CSU San Marcos presents “Lost and Found: The Story of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan” at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Clarke Field House Grand Salon, Room 113. The lecture will feature Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi, who will speak about their experiences coming out of the 1983 civil war in Sudan. Tickets are $15 for community members, $7.50 for CSUSM faculty and staff, and free for CSUSM students. The university is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road. Information: 760-750-8889.


Continued from Page 1 Although CC and EE missed the 55 percent threshold necessary to pass, San Dieguito’s bond just made it with 55.52 percent.


Events Singing duo on stage April 19 Encinitas city arts’ Music by the Sea concert series presents soprano Sashell Beck and bassbaritone Isaiah Musik-Ayala at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets are $12. More information: 760633-2746.

Despite the slim margin, San Dieguito district officials are in good spirits, according to Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Eric Dill, who added that the district’s win might not have been as close as it seemed. “We just eked over the threshold to pass, but if you

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MiraCosta theater presents ‘The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later’ MiraCosta College performing arts presents “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” a play borne out of the killing of college student Matthew Sheppard. Show dates and times: April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.;
April 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.

look at our actual margin of yes and no votes, that’s an 11 percent spread,” he said. “More than a majority of our constituents are in favor of this and so far we’ve only heard congratulations (from) people who are excited to see us get to work.” Renovations are set to begin at the start of summer for the school district, and will carry through 2020. For the first of many projects, only a portion of the $449 million will be used. The initial sale of the bonds will be $150 million, according to district Superintendent Ken Noah. The November approval of the measure is only one development in many, with Noah saying that the projects to be financed through the bond have been under consideration for more than four years. “In my first year here as superintendent, we impaneled a long-range facilities planning task force whose job it was to review the entire district in terms of our facility needs (as well as) what we need to bring all of our schools up to what we we’re calling 21st century standards,” Noah said Renovations will be made at schools throughout the district. A preview performance is slated for April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and staff, and $8 for students.
Preview night tickets are $8 for all seats. Information: 760795-6815. Online: www.miracosta. edu/instruction/dramaticarts/ index.html. Pianist to perform May 10 Encinitas city arts presents award-winning pianist Christopher Goodpasture at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets are $12. The performance is part of the city

Museum offers family events The San Dieguito Heritage Museum offers ongoing family events on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., through June. Families can learn to make soap, dolls, adobe bricks and other staples in the pioneer tradition. Contact the museum for its latest family-event project. The museum is located at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. More information: 760-6329711. Online:

Big plans for San Dieguito Academy San Dieguito Academy will receive a new alln San Dieguito Union weather track as well as an High School District artificial-surface playing Superintendent Ken field. The school will also Noah is set to retire work toward an increased in June, according to stadium capacity. published reports. After 2015, San Dieguito n Rick Schmitt, who Academy will receive a masserved as associsive overhaul. The campus’ ate superintendent of historic core will remain educational services, mostly untouched, but the has been named the outermost buildings from district’s first deputy the 1960s and ’70s will be superintendent. torn down to make space for buildings that meet the needs of an increasing stu- extend into the campus’ “lower elevation,” or west dent population. side. Encinitas middle school Other plans improvements By this summer, Dieg- in the district The development of a ueño Middle School will receive significant improve- middle school in La Costa ments to its parking lot in will start this year. Sigorder to alleviate traffic nificant field work and the congestion. Major improve- construction of a parking ments will also be made to lot will benefit the students the school’s infrastructure. at nearby La Costa Canyon It will be primed for greater High School, according to Internet connectivity and district officials. Also on tap for the bandwidth, and will also receive new heating and coming year will be the acquisition of a site that will ventilation systems. Oak Crest Middle School become a middle school in is also set to receive new Carmel Valley. The site will heating and ventilation sys- be adjacent to Canyon Crest tems this year. In addition, Academy, and will comprise the school will also receive an estimated 13 acres. The a new playing field that will school will be unique in that


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it will be the last property within the district to see growth in its surrounding areas, Dill said. Dill also said that the school’s initial function will be to lessen the student population of Carmel Valley Middle School. Currently, the campus is the district’s largest middle school, with about 1,500 students. By building a new middle school, the district hopes to move some of the students, according to district officials. “Our goal in our longrange facilities planning process was to bring that school down to 1,000 students, and then our two northern schools would be around 900 students (each),” Dill said. “One of the ways to bring that enrollment down at Carmel Valley Middle School would be to build a middle school that will be capable of handling another 1,000 students, 500 of which would be our existing students at the south end of the district.” He added that the other 500 students would come from new housing developments in the nearby area. The district’s master plan also calls for the replacement of Earl Warren Middle School’s buildings at its existing Solana Beach campus.

Kook calendar celebrates Cardiff Online: April-May 2013


Organizers preparing for 30th street fair


Will ‘right to vote’ really save the magic? If you want to find a hint of the North County coast that once was, take a trek up to the Central Coast. Each January, I take a trip to Morro Bay for a college journalism faculty conference. It’s one I look forward to all year, in large part because the small town by the bay reminds me of some characteristics that Encinitas and surrounding communities had not all that long ago. Anyone who has lived along the North County coast for a good 25 years will likely recall those characteristics. True, we don’t have a fishing industry. And true, Carlsbad does have a hulking power plant similar to Morro Bay’s. What always strikes me is the downtown area and side streets. From the houses and business district to the mature trees such as Monterrey cypress and a quaint old Vons store that’s now an independent grocer, I often find hints of the Cardiff, Encinitas and Leucadia I grew up with. This year’s trip was particularly poignant given the upcoming special election for the Encinitas Right to Vote Initiative. It has me thinking – perhaps it’s time that zoning decisions be put to a vote of residents. The initiative, if approved in June, would put height limits on projects and put zoning changes to a vote of the populace. After witnessing years of scraped hillsides,

DEMA anticipates 100,000 visitors for annual event By Christopher Earley


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News from Encinitas and its neighbors

Downtown Encinitas is gearing up once again to play host to one of San Diego County’s most celebrated street fairs. Since its inaugural event in 1983, the Encinitas Street Fair has grown to host some 450 vendors, ranging from food to household goods and art. Organized by the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association and located between D and J streets, more than 100,000 people are expected at the two-day event, slated for April 27 and 28. DEMA spends several months planning the April street fair. According to DEMA Executive Director Dody Encinitas Crawford, the association’s ultimate goal is to highlight local busin Find more fair nesses and, in preview coverage essence, show on PAGES 6 and 9 off a historic downtown area that they are very proud of. “My favorite thing about the fair is running into friends and listening to the music,” Crawford said. “We really get some great local music. We’re very proud to be able to pay musicians to play for the community and I’m always impressed with how good our local musicians are.” Kicking off the weekend’s festivities is the Encinitas Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast. From 7 to 11 a.m. April 27, firefighters will serve pancakes in the parking lot of 7-Eleven on D Street and Coast Highway 101. A $5 donation buys an all-you-can-eat breakfast of coffee, orange juice, pancakes and sausage. According to Encinitas Fire Department Engineer and Paramedic Adam Heer, the proceeds of the breakfast will go into the department’s charity fund and

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North Coast Current photo “A California Mermaid,” shown March 22, is one of 101 banners on light posts along Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. The banner, by Lauren Tannehill, is part of the Arts Alive project.

ANOTHER BANNER YEAR Bidding silent, but artists’ work can speak volumes

By Helen Hawes Silent bidding has already lifted the value of the Arts Alive banners that flutter along Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas from Leucadia to Cardiff. The 101 banners may seem to vary wildly in subject matter, but they all have one thing in common: they’re celebrations of living a seaside life. From mermaids, shells and

starfish to portraits of babies and late musician Ravi Shankar, the art reflects the homegrown beauty of the people, nature and wildlife of Encinitas. Kay Colvin is the director of L Street Fine Art in downtown San Diego. Her contribution to the show is “Calypso.” It depicts a golden, almost fiery sea nymph reaching high through

the water. “It’s symbolic of hope for the future of Earth’s oceans; like the phoenix, again she rises,” Colvin said. Julie Ann Stricklin is a graphic artist and illustrator. She painted “Storm ’n Starfish,” a study of deep Caribbean blues. Her inspirations for the piece

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Local schools and higher education

Growing CSUSM campus enters its 20s By Alex Groves At the time of its creation in 1989, CSU San Marcos was the first comprehensive university to be built in the nation in more than 20 years. It couldn’t have come soon enough for many North County community members, who had felt that a university was sorely needed for students in their area for a long time. The actual history behind the campus itself – which just reached its 20s – goes back far longer than just 20 years. Community members had been lobbying their local representatives to divert funds for the creation of a university in the region as far back as the 1960s. It wouldn’t be until two decades later that San Diego State University would start a North County satellite campus using $250,000 in startup money. The student population of the satellite university would quickly

Photos online grow through the 1980s and eventually require that SDSU North County change location at least once more before the purchase of a permanent university site. In the 20 years that have followed since the opening of the university’s campus in fall 1992, CSU San Marcos has been in a constant state of expansion and change to meet the needs of a growing student population. That’s a mission that the institution has valued since its founding, according to Patty Seleski, the associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. “From the very beginning, we Photo by Scott Allison had students who were adventurers and faculty that were Craven Hall (foreground) and Academic Hall (directly behind Craven Hall), pictured Feb. 22, were two of the

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Continued from Page 1 world of advertising, there is little question that this form is causing people to talk. Sometimes seen as a nuisance and a distraction for drivers, certain cities in San Diego County have taken to banning spinners. Currently, Encinitas allows for sign spinners on public property. Carlsbad allows spinners, but only on private property and out of the public’s right of way. San Marcos is one city that simply had enough of the clusters of signs and advertising that had been building along its sidewalks and streets, and opted for an outright ban. The city’s current sign ordinance doesn’t allow for any human sign spinners. Even electronic or robotic types are prohibited. They’re also very strict on the number of signs each business is permitted to display. “We just want a professional-looking city,” said Karl Schwarm, director of Housing and Neighborhood


Continued from Page 1 could happen, this might happen or this would happen,” Bruce Ehlers, the spokesman for the initiative’s backers, said on March 17. “Nowhere in there do they say it won’t work; it’s all about speculation.” “The fear that the report was trying to build in the City Council, I think it was largely successful, and I think it’s unfounded,” Ehlers added. The initiative would impose a citywide height limit of two stories or 30 feet for all buildings and structures, among other major amendments to zoning. It earned special election status after its supporters managed to collect 8,347 signatures, of which a threshold of 5,668 were verified to meet criteria for such a ballot. The county registrar of voters verified a total of 6,850 signatures. “We began to see density increases and we want to protect community character; this is really what we are doing,” Ehlers said. In his summary of the report, Kuperberg told the council, among other things, that the voter approval requirement could make it

FRONT PAGE Services for the city of San Marcos. “The clutter just gets out of control if you don’t regulate it. So we just say that you can’t have it.” Schwarm also said that the ban goes beyond targeting clutter. While law enforcement would not specifically comment on the risks of the spinners, sign ordinances such as the one in San Marcos are specifically designed to avoid distractions to drivers in their communities. “Your eyes are distracted by things that move on the side of the road,” Schwarm said. “Spinners are a distraction because you’re going to be drawn to them. We’ve always looked at them as a distracter in city’s visual code.” But do sign spinners actually bring in more business? According to Joe Ambert, vice president of sales and marketing at AArrow, there’s little question of the spinners’ success as an effective advertising tool. “Not everyone likes to share their numbers,” Ambert said. “But businesses and owners will generally see anywhere from a

difficult to provide a range of housing types to meet the needs of economic segments of the community, as required by state law. He also said the report determined that a height limit without specific plan modifications would conflict with housing-element programs that encourage mixeduse development, such as those that would allow greater height and housing for lower-income residents. “Housing elements that do not comply with state law are objects of litigation,” Kuperberg explained to the council. Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar, seemingly concerned about the potential lawsuits, questioned what would happen when the voters say no. “Do we live in defiance and deal with the consequences?” she asked. “I agree voters should have a say in up-zoning, but the initiative falls short in protecting the community and puts the city in unnecessary risks,” she later added. Kuperberg reiterated that failing to implement housing could make Encinitas vulnerable, adding that the city may no longer be eligible for certain state grants and loans. “This would also make it

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Photo by Scott Allison Ezequiel Aguilar shows off his fancy footwork along Encinitas Boulevard on Feb. 16.

Photos online 20 to 40 percent increase.” According to Renae Scott, chief marketing officer of Round Table Pizza, half of the chain’s restaurants saw an increase in the number of lunch buffets purchased, something she said she feels is a direct result of sign spinners.

“They were great and our traffic definitely increased the days we used them to promote our event,” said Shawn Pensinger, spokeswoman for Ashley Furniture. While traveling down any busy road where they are allowed to operate, there are obvious differences between the spinners. On one corner stands one who is full of energy and enthusiasm. And on another corner, one stands methodically

spinning a sign in the same direction. Some even sit in chairs or on the ground. Ambert emphasized the difference between professional outlets such as AArrow and businesses that hire spinners with little or no training. AArrow spinners will typically receive two to four weeks of training before they’re sent out onto a street corner, he said. And the training goes beyond the mechanics of flipping signs.


AArrow also spends time teaching its spinners how to time stoplight cycles and to change techniques according to the traffic, something he said is designed to minimize driver distraction. AArrow spinners are also often under close supervision by auditors like Ambert, who spend time monitoring them and keeping track of their adherence to safety policies. “Training is part of what makes us different,” Ambert said. “We won’t just let anyone come out here.” There have been no complaints to the city councils of Encinitas and Carlsbad about sign spinners. In fact, some residents applaud the style of advertising and said that it gives businesses and spinners an opportunity to make money. “I don’t see them as a distraction,” said 66-yearold Encinitas resident David Witkowski, who has noticed the spinners while driving and riding his bicycle. “They’re always courteous. And I think that they’re cute. I especially like the ones that dance.”

“I encourage all to read Escondido’s Proposi- Cost and impressions Fiscally, Kuperberg said, through the report and tion S reads: “No General Plan Amendment or new vote requirements may count the number of would, Specific Planning Area shall increase costs to applicants could and might in every be adopted which would: and the city. A consolidated conclusion,” Ehlers said. “I costs between could write the worst pos1) increase the residential election density permitted by law, $35,000 and $40,000, and sible scenario with the worst 2) change, alter, or increase a special election costs up to would, could and might, and I could also write the the General Plan Residen- $400,000. Regarding effects on land best possible scenario if you tial Land Use categories, or 3) change any residential use, he reported that the inverted everything.” “It is a vote of the people; to commercial or industrial initiative may cause delays, designation on any prop- resulting in increased costs I trust the people to make erty designated as rural, to applicants since voting the right decision,” Ehlers estate, suburban or urban happens once or twice a added. “We are taking power of the planners to manipuunless and until such action year. Ehlers said he and other late the outcome and giving is approved and adopted by the voters of the City at a backers of the initiative are it to the people.” The report can be seen special or general election, not concerned about any Escondido’s experience or approved first by the City potential negative impres- at In the late 1990s, the city Council and then adopted by sions the report might create under agendas on the City Council page. of Escondido passed a simi- the voters in such election.” among residents. lar amendment in which general plan changes are put to a vote, Proposition S. According to Escondido city planners, they have not faced lawsuits; on the con% Plus 2 FREE Gifts! trary, community character has been preserved and people are satisfied. They have seen, in some cases, voters approve some increase in zoning, while ©2013 OCG, Inc. 15118 Premium Quality Guaranteed! Omaha Steaks brings you the finest steaks other attempts have failed. T he Grilling Collection 45102ENL and gourmet favorites available anywhere. Plus, The Grilling Collection offers you something to please all your family and friends. Order today! 4 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins “We have seen no lawsuits 4 (4 oz.) Boneless Pork Chops in meeting housing element 2 FREE Gifts 2 (4 ½ oz.) Stuffed Sole with Scallops & Crabmeat Order now and we’ll send you... requirements,” Escondido 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts (1 lb. pkg.) Save FREE 6-piece Cutlery Set & 8 (3 oz.) Gourmet Jumbo Franks $11601 City Planner Jay Petrek said FREE Cutting Board to every address! 4 Stuffed Baked Potatoes Limit of 2 packages. Free Gifts included per shipment. via phone interview. “We are $ 99 Standard S&H applied per address. Expires 4/30/13. Reg. $166.00..... Now Only working with the proposition for all general plan updates. To order go to or call 1-877-553-5173 It has been stable.” easier for a plaintiff, a disgruntled (developer) or legal impact organization to sue the city,” he said. During his report, however, Kuperberg noted that in order for a project to be up for a vote of the residents, it must first be approved by the City Council, and if a project is turned down by the council or Planning Commission, it could also face litigation. “Voter approval only comes into play if and after council has approved a project,” he said.




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Prettyman rebounds with inspired album Online: April-May 2013

Local spotlight on arts and entertainment

Longtime locals, fresh faces part of fair music lineup


Events Art guild presents Mother’s Day tour The San Dieguito Art Guild hosts its annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art & Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11 and 12. The tour features visits to local homes and gardens, art by the guild’s members and refreshments. Tickets are $20 and go on sale April 12. Information: 760-9423636. Online: www Gallery presents sibling artists MiraCosta College’s Kruglak Gallery presents “O Brother, Where’s Art Thou?”, an exhibit featuring the work of sibling artists Matt Driggs and Adam Rompel, through April 4. The brothers independently found their way into the art world. Their works have been shown in galleries and museums in the U.S. and internationally. The gallery is located at MiraCosta’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 2:30-7:30 p.m. Monday/Tuesday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday/ Thursday. Information: 760-795-6657. Online: kruglak.html. Palomar performance focuses on literary works The Palomar Chamber Singers & Palomar Chorale present “Jabberwocky! A Choral Dreamscape,” highlighting the works of Walt Whitman, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling and William Shakespeare, at 8 p.m. April 5 and 6. The performance will be held at Palomar College Performance Lab D10, 1140 W. Mission Road in San Marcos. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. More information: 760-744-1150, ext. 2453. Online: www

Performers have family friendly focus; organizers expand offerings By Stephen Rubin

Courtesy photo by Alan Mercer Longtime local performer Candye Kane is setting her sights on a new album and tour this year.


Veteran performer eyes a swingin’ 2013 By Stephen Rubin “I have to eat toast while I talk to you. I wake up nauseated in the morning. If I don’t eat toast right away, I throw up.” Singer spewing during an interview? Yeah, probably not unprecedented. But Oceanside blues belter Candye Kane possessed a solid excuse for munching on heated bread during a Jan. 7 chat. This past May, she underwent the second surgery related to her bout with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. Her first, an operation called the Whipple See KANE, page 7 procedure, came in 2008.

And watch those words. “The audience at the Don Swanson, guider of the Retro Rocketts, has song street fair – you’ve got famiselection tips that play espe- lies, you’ve got kids. The cially well for bands new to last thing you want to do is pull out some song where street fairs. “You don’t want to play you’re dropping F bombs songs in the same Encinitas everywhere,” said Swanson, key back to back. whose RockLet’s say the song etts hit the Beer is in the key of C. Garden Stage You don’t want to the second day do four songs in n Find more fair of the Encinitas a row in the key preview coverage of C. You want to on PAGES 3 and 9 April Street Fair – April 27 and always split it up. Do an A song, a B song, a C 28 downtown. “We don’t do any of that kind of music song and so on,” he said. at all. Everything we do is What else? “You don’t want to play three-, four-part harmonies 10 upbeat rock ’n’ roll songs and singalong-type songs.” Tunes by the Beatles, in a row, then play four ballads in a row. We try to mix Beach Boys and Eagles are up really nicely,” Swanson Retro Rocketts staples. The said. See MUSIC, page 10

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Artists pay homage to influential teacher By Helen Hawes John Minchin’s warm brown eyes light up when he talks about his career as an architect and illustrator. Petite and upbeat Hildegarde Jaeger Stubbs is almost magical when she speaks of her work as a plein air painter. These two Encinitas artists hadn’t seen each other since they were children until they were invited to participate in a group art exhibition in honor of their former art teacher, Esther Painter Hagstrom. Hagstrom taught art at Coronado High School from 1939 to 1951. She had classes

Esther Painter Hagstrom Courtesy photo

with younger students, as well, because she was in charge of the Coronado school district’s art curriculum. Minchin and Stubbs attended Coronado schools and studied with her in the 1940s. But Esther Painter

See TEACHER, page 7


Continued from Page 6 Hagstrom died soon after from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 46. The art show is the brainchild of Esther Painter Hagstrom’s granddaughter, Suzy Hagstrom, a journalist who wanted to know more about the grandmother she’d never met. She decided that engaging her grandmother’s students was a good place to begin. Stubbs said that the teacher played a large role in her life as an artist. “She let us create; she wanted us to express ourselves. She would pull it out of us by saying ‘be free, don’t be afraid, draw what’s in your mind,’” Stubbs said. She remembered Hagstrom for helping her to create her own first impromptu art show. It was for a school open house in the eighth grade. Stubbs made paper hats and put one on each desk. Then she raided her father’s rose garden at the Copley Gardens to garland them.


Continued from Page 6 “They take away half of your stomach, and they take out your gallbladder and part of your bile duct, part of your duodenum, 10 inches of your small intestine, and part of your pancreas. And they rewire you,” Kane said of surgery No. 1. But, she added, the cancer moves at a slow pace; it’s the “good kind.” Rather than tuck herself away from view, the exEncinitan became reinvigorated. She resumed touring. Fourteen months after her first surgery came 2009’s “Superhero.” In 2011, she starred in an autobiographical stage play, “The Toughest Girl Alive,” which premiered at San Diego’s Moxie Theatre. The production, based on Kane’s unfinished memoirs, took its name from her 2000 record – cancer an addition to a life that has included punk bands, teen motherhood, stripping, adult films and pinup modeling. Punk gave ground as Kane dug deeper into American music, discovering


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AT A GLANCE n What: “Art through the Generations,” a show dedicated to teacher Esther Painter Hagstrom

n When: Running through May 31 n Where: Coronado Public Library, Winn Room, 840 Orange Ave. in Coronado n Reception: April 6 at 3 p.m. n Information: 619-758-0532

Photo by Helen Hawes Hildegarde Jaeger Stubbs (left), Suzy Hagstrom and John Minchin stand in the Coronado “I picked armfuls of roses Public Library, site of an art show dedicated to Hagstrom’s grandmother, Esther Painter and put them on all the stu- Hagstrom. Stubbs and Minchin, Encinitas artists, were students of Painter Hagstrom. dents’ desks; she let me do that,” Stubbs said. Minchin said that art was invaluable in his work as an architect. He designed many custom homes in Rancho Santa Fe and did architectural renderings on a consulting basis. But his memories of the teacher go beyond the classroom to social events. When he was a student, he worked for the Spreckels family in “utilities,” mostly moving

furniture at the Hotel Del Coronado with other boys. Sometimes he saw his teacher there. “I know she went to a lot of the events and dances at the Hotel Del,” he said. Minchin added that he would have liked to ask her how she enjoyed the dances. He said that he liked her class very much. “She was a great art teacher and I learned quite a

bit. She was a warm person,” he said. In assembling the exhibition, granddaughter Suzy Hagstrom said she also felt like one of her grandmother’s students when she realized she would need an electronic presentation of all the artwork. “When I created the website, I felt in a way that my grandmother was teaching me to do something new,

singers such as Memphis Minnie, Big Maybelle, Kay Starr, Lou Ann Barton and Patti Page. “Very sad to see (Page) go and not be able to meet her and tell her how important she was,” Kane said of the longtime North County resident, who died Jan. 1 in Encinitas. “I hope she went out knowing what an inspiration she was to young singers still, at least to this one, not that I’m considered a young singer anymore.” With a new year comes new music for Kane. She and guitarist Laura Chavez are working Laura on the followChavez up to 2011’s “Sister Vagabond.” “She plays with such heart and humility,” Kane said of Chavez, whom she hired in 2007. Effects pedalcrazed guitarists needed not apply. “I hate that stuff. I want someone who’s genuine, who plays sensitively, who doesn’t step all over the vocal with their guitar playing. That was Laura,” she said. Songwriting is not a getin-get-out activity for Kane.

“Twenty percent of what I write is good and the rest is crap, so I have to really be discerning and figure out what is suitable,” she said. “That’s still my biggest criticism about the blues world. People sort of settle for writing songs that are about wine, whiskey and women or whatever, and men, and write them in such a predictable way. ... I think we can do better than that.” A possible title for the next disc, No. 12, is “Coming Out Swingin’,” the name of one of the new “survival songs.” The Big C, though, is not a full-time muse. “It’s boring if they’re all about that,” she said. “Sister Vagabond” revealed a darker side of the self-proclaimed “Disney Pollyanna of the blues.” Check out “Walkin’, Talkin’ Haunted House.” “It was adapted from a poem I had written about my broken heart. Cancer sort of gave me a permission to write that. ... I used to shy away from them,” she said of serious themes. “I feel like I don’t have to rely on shtick as much. Which is not to say that it’s not there.” Joy to the extreme still

drives the performances, although there have been tweaks. “My show used to have a lot more like sexual references, and I was a fat activist, so there were a lot of references to my size in the show,” Kane said, adding she’s a “little bitty thing” at 130 pounds, down from 280. “I used to play piano with my breasts, and do things that were a little more – you know, take a bottle of whiskey out of my boobs.” The life-affirming messages command the focus now. Kane had performance dates in Europe in late January. She returned for a performance Feb. 20 at the Belly Up, along with B.B. King. Other recent local appearances were on New Year’s Eve – gigs in Solana Beach and Escondido. In 2012, she trekked across the U.S. and France. Her treatment regimen gives her hope for keeping at it. “I’m 50. If I lived another 20 years, I’d be 70. It wouldn’t be bad to live to 70,” she said. “I’d like to live to 100, because I love my life so much and I’d like continue playing music as long as possible.”

like she was guiding me,” Hagstrom said. The group exhibit has been years in the making. The show was brought to life by the Coronado Public Library when the decision was made to permanently house the Esther Painter Hagstrom collection. Her former students couldn’t be happier. “I feel honored to be a part of this show because I loved

that art teacher,” Stubbs said. “She was very outgoing and expressive and made you love what you were doing. She made me love art.” Stubbs said that if she could, she would thank her teacher “for opening doors for me that have lasted all my life.” The show, “Art through the Generations,” which includes the watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels and drawings of Esther Painter Hagstrom and nine of her students, runs until May 31. The Coronado Public Library is hosting a reception for the nine artists participating in its exhibit. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on April 6 in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library at 840 Orange Ave. in Coronado. More information is available by calling Suzy Hagstrom at 619-758-0532 or on the website at www .estherpainterhagstrom


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pioneers that wanted to build a campus that would be respondent to the needs of North County,” Seleski said. Seleski has worked at CSUSM since it operated from its original business park location, and said that she has seen a wide variety of changes take place over the years that she’s worked there. “It’s never been boring,” she said. “The campus is different every year because we’ve grown, and we’ve gotten more students. I was here when we had only 450 students or thereabouts, and now we have 10,000.” With the help of community donations and revenue garnered from an influx of new students, the campus has been able to add new infrastructure and programs. In 2003, for example, apartments were added to the school, allowing students to live on campus for the first time. Buildings such as the McMahan House – a specialevent and conference facility – and a flagship Social and Behavioral Sciences Building were added in 2009. Most recently, a new parking structure was added in 2011 to accommodate students. It isn’t just the face of the campus that’s chang-


Continued from Page 3 are far-flung. She put together a starfish she saw at Windansea Beach along with thunderheads from South America. “Right before or after a storm, everything is glowing; I wanted to evoke that peace,” Stricklin said. Cardiff Elementary students created a piece inspired by John Lennon and Andy Warhol. Diegueño Middle School students paid tribute to Frida Kahlo with their work, “Las Maravillas de Frida.” The Arts Alive project is in its 14th season. While half the proceeds from the show go to the artists, the rest will be split between the 101 Artists’ Colony, Cardiff 101 Mainstreet and Leucadia 101 Mainstreet. ing. The programs offered at CSU San Marcos have been reorganized to better serve students, as well. New colleges include the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; College of Science and Mathematics; and a College of Education, Health and Human Services. The increased number of programs and infrastructure are an indication that CSU San Marcos is starting to become an important place in North County, according to Public Information Officer Margaret Lutz-Chantung. “The first parking structure is almost like the first traffic light in a small town,” Lutz-Chantung said. “It kind of signifies that you are a place where people come, which is kind of a big deal.” What’s planned for the future? The parking structure is just one small part of the overall evolution of CSU San Marcos as a campus, according to Lutz-Chantung. She said that other projects will come to change the image of the campus from a commuter school to a place where students come to enjoy themselves. Currently, the campus is in the process of building a $43.9 million University Student Union, which will have meeting rooms for campus clubs and organizations. It will also have lounges and places for students to grab a bite to eat. “I think the student union will change the land-

scape (of the campus), not just physically but in terms of student organizations and students having a place to call home when they’re on campus,” she said. A new $9.5 million health center will also be available to students and will be in place sometime within the coming year, according to Lutz-Chantung. In the years that follow, CSUSM will continue to be a force in the region, Seleski said. “I think that in the state of California, the desire for higher education is not going to lessen anytime soon,” she said. “Obviously, whether or not we’re going to (continue to) grow and add more buildings is dependent upon much more than just our desire to do it, but we could be a very large campus. ... I think we will continue to meet the needs of the region.” A committed group of faculty and staff will continue to be an integral part of the school’s success, Seleski said. “One of our key aspects on the campus is a faculty that is sensitive to student demand and very committed to help students meet challenges as they change and develop over time,” she said. “Right now, the challenges we are talking about are of this moment, but 20 years from now, they might be very different. We hired a faculty that is inspired by challenges and excited by change.”

Minimum bids start at $150 and go up in increments of $10. Patrons can view the work along Coast Highway 101 and online. Phone-in bids are being accepted in the silent auction, already in progress. The show will culminate in a live auction at the end of May when the banners will be sold to the highest bidders. The success of the show is especially important to one group. “This is the only fundraiser for the 101 Artists’ Colony,” said Danny Salzhandler, president of the organization. While membership in the 101 Artists’ Colony is thriving, it no longer has a physical shelter to call home. It was located in the Lumberyard for three years, on E Street for three more and finally across from Rhino Art in the old Nofufi gallery space before hitting the streets.

But Salzhandler has his eye on a new key location: Pacific View Elementary School. “It’s a beautiful old school that’s just rotting away,” he said. “The family gave that land to the city back in the 1800s. It was given to the children of Encinitas for the betterment of the community.” The fate of the nowclosed school has been hotly debated in the community for the past few years. The Arts Alive banners can be viewed in their entirety in the auction guide online at www.artsalive Silent bids can be placed by calling Leucadia 101 Mainstreet at 760-436-2320. The final live auction will take place at 2 p.m. on May 26 at the Cardiff Towne Center courtyard, located at 2087 San Elijo Ave. in Cardiff. The event is free.


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Fair can be roadblock for some 101 merchants By Christopher Earley

Granata owns a custom tailor and alteration shop in In just about a month, downtown Encinitas will the Lumberyard Shopping play host to the 30th annual Center, an area that is transEncinitas Street Fair. With formed into a beer garden 100,000 visitors and shop- and music stage. And for pers expected to Encinitas him, a business like his simply fill Coast Highdoes not do well way 101 between during the April D and J Streets, street fair, forcing there is some him to shut the concern regard- n Find more fair doors completely ing the acces- preview coverage sibility of small on PAGES 3 and 6 during the twoday event. businesses in the “Saturday is my busiest area that may or may not be inconvenienced by the clos- day of the week,” Granata ing of streets, lack of parking said from his sewing machine in his shop. “It’s and large crowds. But for some business the worst thing to have a fair owners such as Joseph on a Saturday. It’s just going Granata, the street fair is to hurt.” Originally from Italy, more than just a small inconvenience; it’s a business- Granata has been doing killer. See MERCHANTS, page 10

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By Manny Lopez The North Coast is home to many successful tech entrepreneurs, including Jason Knapp, executive vice president of product at Specific Media and Myspace. To those who don’t follow the world of digital media and advertising, Knapp, a resident of Solana Beach since 2002, hasn’t become a household name yet. But to anyone who has ever surfed the Web, his innovations likely have caught their attention. “I wouldn’t say that this job is full of glory,” said Knapp, whose charge is to analyze what’s going on in the world of Internet advertising, decide which products need to be made or changed, then develop those products and introduce them into the marketplace. “By the time we come out with a product, we’re already working on the next big idea, so I barely get a chance to pay attention to it.”

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business in Encinitas for three decades. His shop has operated in the Lumberyard for 27 of those years. He said he doesn’t like the idea of the street fair running through such an important artery as Coast Highway 101. But what he doesn’t appreciate most is his lack of say in the entire event. “I think that they should let people vote on it,” he said. “Let the people decide.” But Granata’s distaste for the street fair might not be shared by most merchants. Farther down Coast Highway 101 and in the heart of the fair area at Ecotopiia, a shop that carries various eco-friendly products, manager Diana Phan said that although her regular customers generally don’t come in during the fair because of the lack of parking, the event is a positive thing because “it exposes more and more customers to my business.” “I know that there are some drawbacks, but there is a lot of good that comes with having the street fair, like exposure to the stores,” said Dody Crawford, executive director of the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet

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ENCINITAS STREET FAIR Association. “Even if some of the people don’t shop that day, they’re walking around and looking at all the stores. Many of them do come back.” According to Crawford, DEMA — which is the driving force behind the event — does give careful consideration to businesses such as Granata’s. When some business owners in the Lumberyard voiced their concerns over their loss of business during the fair, they were offered free booths in the parking lot of the shopping center, something that would solve the issue of accessibility, Crawford said. Parking is another concern for employees who work in businesses in the area, particularly those in the Lumberyard. Arriving early enough may ensure they’ll have a place to park. But they’re often stuck there until things wrap up with the fair at 5 p.m. “We’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Crawford said. “We know that at times it can be stressful, but in the end what we’re doing is bringing thousands of people a day to our downtown. Some people take advantage of 40,000 people coming by their store. It’s a way to get people in.”


Continued from Page 3 ultimately be dispersed to various local charities. Food and drink Visitors will also have the opportunity to sample fare from local eateries and wet their whistles with some local brews from Stone and Port Brewing companies, all the while enjoying live music. The parking lot of the Lumberyard Shopping Center at Coast Highway 101 and I Street will be transformed into a beer garden and feature two live music stages. Stone Brewing Company — which has seen some remarkable commercial success since its start in 1996 —


Continued from Page 6 four-stage bill includes area fixtures such as bluesman Bill Magee, jazz vet Peter Sprague and rockabillyand-more guitarist Jerry “Hot Rod” DeMink. Youthful musical acts and dance groups will entertain, as well. “We generally hire local entertainment, but this year we have gone with a popular reggae band, Stranger (based in the South Bay), and up-andcoming sensation Elaine Peter Faye and the Sprague Big Bang (of Los Angeles). Reggae bands are a big draw to our Beer Garden Stage. Elaine Faye’s vocals parallel that of Lauryn Hill. She is very soulful, and she and the Big Bang will be a nice addition to the Elaine Lumberyard Faye Courtyard Stage,” said Olivia Paccione, program assistant with the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association, which presents the fair. They won’t come much more local than guitarist Sprague, who lives and creates in Encinitas – his recording space is called SpragueLand, naturally. “It’s a great vibe there. We love it,” Sprague said of the fair. Joining him onstage will

has been serving its craft beers at the Encinitas Street Fair for five years. While the exact beer list for the fair has not been released, Stone spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo said the list will likely include eight or more of Stone’s year-round releases, including Stone Levitation Ale, Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone-Cali-Belgique IPA. For those fairgoers seeking a healthy alternative to traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, San Marcosbased Bitchin’ Burgers Food Truck will be set up near the corner of G Street and Coast Highway 101. Bitchin’ Burgers features burgers made of all grass-fed beef, fresh buns from San Diego bakery Bread and Cie and locally grown organic produce. It’s also known for its array of sauces. “The most important thing to us is to make a good healthy burger not full of grease and mayonnaise,” Bitchin’ Burgers owner Adam Wehe said. “All of our sauces are vegan, dairyfree and gluten-free. Also, our bacon and hot dogs are uncured, so there are no nitrates and are all 100 percent beef.” Entertainment With four stages located throughout the fair area, more than 10 bands and solo artists will perform both days. Scheduled performers include Bill Magee Blues Band, Stranger and Allegato World Jazz, and performers from the Janice Lee School of Ballet and the San Diego

Belly Dance Community. Parking, transportation Realizing that parking and traffic will likely be an issue, the North County Transit District will offer two-for-one fares on Saturday and Sunday. It will also run a special schedule Sunday with more Coaster trains in order to accommodate the increased number of riders to the fair. More information about the Coaster schedule can be found at For parking, DEMA suggests City Hall, located on Vulcan Avenue; the Moonlight Beach parking lot, located on Third Street; and the two Coaster station parking lots at Vulcan and D Street and Vulcan and E Street.

ENCINITAS STREET FAIR ENTERTAINMENT 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 28 South Coast Highway 101 between D and J streets Free admission 760-943-1950,

Decibella (alternative), 11 a.m. Cody Lovaas (pop/rock/blues), noon Encinitas School of Music, 1 p.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 n Jazz Bow, 11 a.m. n Encinitas School of Music Jazz Big Band, 12:30 p.m. n Flutilicious, 2:30 p.m. n n n

Stone Brewing Co. & Port Brewing Co. Beer Garden Stage Lumberyard parking lot Community Stage Saturday, April 27 n Bill Magee Blues Band, noon to 2 p.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 n Stranger (reggae), 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. n Belly dancing, 11 a.m. n California Music Studios, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 28 n The Retro Rocketts (pop/rock classics), n Dance Connection, 12:30 p.m. n A School of Guitar, 1 p.m. noon to 2 p.m. n Jerry “Hot Rod” DeMink (rockabilly/ n Janice Lee School of Ballet, 1:30 p.m. n Zip Zap (pop-punk), 2 p.m. blues/rock), 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. n Stage Door Dance, 3 p.m. n Occupancy 64 (pop-punk), 3:30 p.m. Center Courtyard of the Lumberyard 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 Saturday, April 27 n The Blue Moonies (rock/reggae/soul), n Ecke Dance Expressions, 11 a.m. n To be determined, 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. n Peter Sprague Trio (jazz/Brazilian), n Open for Business, noon n Encinitas Ballet, 12:30 p.m. 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. n San Diego Belly Dance Community, Sunday, April 28 1 p.m. n Allegato World Jazz, 11:45 a.m. n YMCA Performing Arts, 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. n The Ink Slingers, 2 p.m. n Elaine Faye and the Big Bang n All Star Dance Company, 2:30 p.m. (alt-soul), 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. n RNR Project, 3 p.m. n The Chops Woodshed Academy, Encinitas School of Music Stage 3:30 p.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 be brother Tripp Sprague on saxophone and flute and Leonard Patton on vocals and percussion. “We’ve got a nice sort of mix of jazz, but we also play Brazilian music. We do Beatles songs but in our own way; we play Jimi Hendrix in our own way,” Sprague said. As two fresh releases show, the prolific music maker and performer always seems to arrange a different mix of personnel to

suit a particular project. “This is one of my favorites. The band, because it’s small, is Don really able Swanson to improvise a lot. It’s a really dynamic group,” he said. Whatever the setting, Sprague said, his approach stays about the same: “Play great music, try to touch

people, make a connection.” Swanson’s Cardiff days are in the past, but he said the Retro Rocketts’ signature song is an original devoted to the home of Swami’s and Moonlight Beach. “Whenever we play any event in Encinitas, we always make sure we play the ‘Encinitas 101’ song,” Swanson said. “It’s fun to look out in the audience and see the people tapping their feet and singing along.”




Deciphering the mysteries of dreams takes interpretation read dream books for entertainment. Horoscopes are a very popular I have worked with symbols and source of advice for many who enjoy interpretation of dreams for more astrology. My morning routine includes reading the daily horoscope, than 40 years. Seeds are one of my personal symbols, and they mean that and I read two sources my current endeavors will reap a good to get a broader view. harvest. One day recently, the The seeds happened to be seeds of first source said, “Resist grain, and most likely you have intuibeing mysterious.” The tively grasped that means prosperity second source said, or abundance. Dream interpretation “Stay a little mysteriis intuitive. Intuition is a “sixth sense” ous.” A disclaimer at within that helps us to know how the end of the column Nature operates. We intuitively know said, “The horoscope that if we plant good seeds and tend should be read for entertainment.” to them well, we will probably enjoy a I am not an astrologer. More conflicted than entertained at that point, I good harvest (actually and metaphorically). This is because we intuitively was more entertained thinking about know that cause and effect or “causamy dreams the night before. I had tion” (karma) is an always operating dreamed of seeds, got out the dream books, and read at least two sources to fundamental principle, or spiritual law. Correctly interpreting our own get a broader view. One source said, dreams is a way to learn about and “Coming matrimony,” (I’m married), gain greater control over our destiand another said, “Misery.” nies. Learning to interpret our dreams This time, I was not conflicted. I



accurately is based upon developing and understanding our own personal symbolism. The best place to begin learning is to keep a journal of your dreams. The first rule to help remember dreams is to not move upon awakening from sleep. Don’t even open your eyes. Usually, images from the previous night’s dreams come to awareness. If you write down what you remember, subsequent recall becomes easier with routinely keeping a dream journal. Look for repeating symbols. Realize that for correct interpretation, a dream symbol must be correlated with surrounding dream images. Our dreams are trying to tell us something. “Dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations, but art is required to sort and understand them.” Montaigne, “The Merchant of Venice,” Act II. Basia Koenig is an Encinitas artist and personal counselor.

a time when the beaches had a fair amount of sand. We have very few clasContinued from Page 3 sic craftsman homes left, replaced by oversized concrete fortresses on lots that ripped-up agriculture and barely allow a tree. Even an ever-growing population of nasty drivers thanks our commercial centers over the past decade-and-ato the resulting crowd, half have become big-chain perhaps the Right to Vote Initiative is one way Encini- monstrosities, squeezing the independent businesses tas can preserve what little that, again, make this area is left of those things that make this region so magical. magical. In the past several years, Experiences I had as it seems as if Encinitas city a child, up to the 1980s, planning has leaned more included treks through toward bulk than reason. nature that were in some Given all that, I’m on cases only a short walk away from home. There was even the fence about whether I

support the Right to Vote Initiative. I support the reasons behind it. But I also worry. If the initiative passes, what’s really to stop Encinitas residents from approving a monster project? And, then, what’s wrong with the occasional three-story structure if it’s designed well? Escondido seems to have had reasonable success with a similar initiative enacted in the 1990s, according to a story in the North Coast Current. Like Escondido, perhaps all the worry is over nothing, and the Right to

Vote Initiative will become part of the political fabric of Encinitas, and that will be that. No matter what the outcome of June’s special election is, I understand where its backers are coming from. Whether it’s approved or not, Encinitas must do a better job of preserving what’s left of its special qualities. No one should have to leave Encinitas to find the magic of Encinitas.


and seed investor in more than 14 tech startups. In 2007, Strategic Data Corp., of which Knapp and longtime friend Fabrizio Blanco were on the founding team, was acquired by News Corp. for $140 million. Knapp then joined Specific Media, an ad-targeting firm, which in partnership with Justin Timberlake bought the remnants of Myspace, one of the top social media platforms on the Internet. He was involved in reintroducing the brand, which has been rebuilt from the ground up. The new Myspace, Knapp said, will not go head-tohead with social network giant Facebook, but will instead position itself as a music platform to capitalize on its collection of more than 42 million songs. “We have the music collections of all the major

music labels including many artists and local bands that uploaded all of their music directly to Myspace that you can’t find anywhere else on the Web,” Knapp said. “We’re positioned to fill a gap that no one else has. I call it a discovery platform.” When he isn’t searching for or implementing new Internet advertising strategies, Knapp enjoys the scenery and tranquility of his Solana Beach neighborhood. Knapp is married and the father of two school-aged children. On weekends, his family participates in raising funds and building homes in the Colonia Cumbres district of Tijuana as part of a local charitable organization called Casas de Luz. Knapp also advocates for the use of plug-in vehicles, powered by domestically produced and renewable sources of electricity.

Continued from Page 9 Among his numerous marketing developments, Knapp is credited with being the visionary who developed the idea for the world’s first real-time bidding (RTB) platform, which in the blink of an eye allows for the efficient trading of online display advertising, one ad impression at a time, similar to how stocks are traded. An impression is the measure of how many times an ad, such as a banner, is shown on a Web page or email message. RTB has become the new standard for how advertising is traded on the Internet between advertisers and publishers, Knapp said. He added that in the first year of its implementation, more than 1 trillion ad trades were

transacted using the new system, which led to the birth of an industry based on trading ad impressions using predictive systems. Knapp doesn’t consider himself a visionary, but he said that it’s frustrating not being able to execute more ideas because of limited time and resources. He added that the best ideas don’t always get the most attention when feasibility and speed-to-market factors must be considered. “If we hadn’t done realtime bidding, someone else would have, so I don’t want to take too much credit,” Knapp said. “But we definitely changed the industry.” Knapp, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” was raised in Fresno and holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. He’s been a co-founder, board member

Roman S. Koenig is editor and publisher of the North Coast Current.

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on the State Route 78 arterials are reminders that we live in a crowded land, even though we seem to be walking above it all. To the west is Batiquitos Lagoon and the shimmering sea beyond. In the distance to the south, the mountains of Mexico’s Coronado Islands; to the northeast, the snowcapped San Bernardino mountains. East and north, Palomar Mountain sticks out between two humps of the ridges above Valley Center. The high-rises of La Jolla often are on the horizon for those standing in the right place in North County, but I had never noticed (from here) the skyline of downtown San Diego – and the air was so clear on this day that we could make out an airplane coming up from Lindbergh Field and wheeling south across Tijuana before it vanished from view. And, of course, there is something interesting about watching hot-air balloons rise from the ground below you. To the west, the outlines of Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands stood distinctly rising out of the sea. These trails are unique. The paths on this stretch are asphalt so even in wet weather, it’s not a muddy walk. The city of San Marcos and the San Elijo Hills developers get an “attaboy” for putting them in – and, by and large, agreeing to keep houses below the trail elevations. But there are curiosities


beyond the variety of flora and fauna. For instance, on the posted “no trespassing” Quartz Street (and its companion Pearl Drive), there are about 10 grand houses sitting empty, looking forlornly out at what must be the grandest view in the county looking west and south. Ten palaces without tenants. Who would put up houses only to have them fall into disuse? (By the way, there is a caretaker’s trailer on one of the lots presumably protecting the property from interlopers and vandals.) The story of these houses and what happened to idle them and leave them empty must be the story of the great housing collapse of recent years – I imagine them tied up in some kind of bankruptcy litigation, owners and lenders and builders all jockeying for the rights. And what about the fenced gazebo and picnic table area overlooking Lake San Marcos? We stopped a park ranger and asked about it. He said the site was originally intended for camping, but the fire hazard was too great so it remains cordoned off, unused. What a memorable place for a birthday party, a place to celebrate on top of our corner of the world. The only trouble would be lugging the cake and ice cream all the way up and the dirty plates and cups all the way back down. Kent Davy is the former editor of the daily North County Times. Contact him by email at kent2davy

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Park offers many views to ponder


On a clear day, you can see forever. Or sometimes it seems that way. On a warm Sunday afternoon recently, we hiked along the San Marcos ridgeline trails, starting just west of the Double Peak parking lot (a wonderful place, by the way, to see North County in 360 degrees), stepping around the north side of the hill and down to where the new, big houses are springing up like it was 2005 again. Then, we trudged up the grade heading toward the hilltop with the radio towers north of San Elijo Hills village. This favorite loop is three miles and holds enough ups and downs to feel like we’re getting some decent work in. From all along there, the views are quite remarkable. On this day, it was exceptionally clear. No haze. No smog. Nothing but clear air to the edges of the horizon. Immediately below to the north are Lake San Marcos and, farther out, the hills of Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton. The collections of roofs and streams of cars

WEATHER FACT n 6.29 inches ... Total rainfall for the season as of March 13

WEATHER FACT n 7.97 inches ... Total rainfall for the season as of March 13

UPCOMING EVENT n May 5 ... Carlsbad Village Faire The nation’s largest single-day street fair will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 760-945-9288

UPCOMING EVENT n May 6 ... Classic Car Show and Art Walk View classic cars and local art, plus music and more, from 2 to 5 p.m. Information:

FARMERS MARKETS n Carlsbad Village Certified Farmers’ Market ... Every Wednesday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m., city parking lot on Roosevelt Street n La Costa Canyon Farmers Market ... Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LCC High School: 1 Maverick Way






FARMERS MARKET n San Marcos Farmers’ Market ... Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CSU San Marcos parking lot B, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road




LEUCADIA WEATHER FACT n 5.16 inches ... Total rainfall for the season as of March 13 UPCOMING EVENT n April 27-28 ... Encinitas Street Fair Organizers expect about 100,000 visitors for the event. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 760-943-1950



FARMERS MARKETS n Encinitas Station Certified Farmers’ Market ... Every Wednesday, 5-8 p.m., 600 S. Vulcan Ave. n Leucadia Farmers Market ... Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Paul Ecke Central School: 185 Union Street

See DAVY, page 11


WEATHER FACT n 4.92 inches ... Total rainfall for the season as of March 13 UPCOMING EVENT n June 1-2 ... Fiesta del Sol Tristan Prettyman, Greyboy Allstars lead this year’s music. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Information: 858-755-4775 FARMERS MARKET n Cedros Avenue Farmers Market ... Every Sunday, 1-8 p.m., 444 S. Cedros Ave.


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