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Classic Car Nights back for the summer The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association hosts Classic Car Nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. Hot rods, woodies and other classic and vintage cars will line South Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. More information: 760-943-1950. New Moonlight Beach facilities open June 13 The city of Encinitas invites residents to celebrate the opening of new facilities at Moonlight State Beach from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 13. The grand opening marks the end of a 10-month project to replace aging facilities, including a concessions shop and restrooms. More information: 760-633-2760.

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ALL’S FAIR in hometown contests By Paige Nelson Inside the Grandstand at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, volunteers sort through an array of colorful jams brought in by entrant Star Slipock. Slipock has been making her homemade jams for 41 years and entering them into the Home and Hobby Competition at the San Diego County Fair since 1975. “I have a whole box of ribbons at home,” Slipock said. “The best year was when I won the blue ribbon for my strawberry jam.” Winning a blue ribbon at the County Fair n Find more fair has been a tradition cherished by particicoverage online pants like Slipock for decades. Each year, through July. thousands of people enter their artwork, homemade goods, collections and more into the various competitions in hopes of walking away with the prestigious award, bragging rights and even a little cash. “I think participants have a lot of fun,” said Photo Exhibition Coordinator Ron Ham. “It’s a great learning opportunity and motivates them to work harder if they don’t win anything the first time around.” The theme of this year’s fair, opening June 8, is “Game On,” a tribute to America’s board and video games. The



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San Diego County Fair contestant Star Slipock delivers her homemade jams to volunteers for sorting on May 22. Photo by Paige Nelson

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Prop. A mailer stirs up flier flap Anti-initiative piece frustrates some members of City Council By Helen Hawes It’s a mystery. Finding an individual willing to take credit for the creation of a recent flier in opposition to Proposition A, on the ballot as The Encinitas Right to Vote Amendment, could be likened to pinpointing the sun in June gloom. A June 18 special election will decide the fate of Prop. A, which would impose a


n Sides debate merits of Right to Vote Initiative. Page 8 n Results and reactions online.

citywide height limit of two stories or 30 feet for all buildings and structures, among other major amendments to zoning. The flier in question pictures the faces of the current City Council as united against the initiative. “There are no rules really, official or otherwise, governing the content of such mailers (funding is another matter) so it’s really Caveat Emptor,” San Diego Mesa College political science Professor Carl Luna

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Encinitas Toastmasters has new meeting location Encinitas Toastmasters Club now meets at Encinitas Country Day School, 3616 Manchester Ave. at the corner of Manchester and El Camino Real. Every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Toastmasters convene in the school library to work on improving communication and leadership skills. Meetings are free for guests. Information: 760-803-1798. Online:



Find the latest arts, community and civic events listings online at Email listings to currentevents members only and runs 5-7 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott, 5835 Owens Ave. More information: 760-931-8400.

Cymbidium Society to host guest speaker Glen Decker of Piping Rock surf school offers supervision and Registration open for Carlsbad Orchids in Galway, N.Y., will speak instruction with small class sizes Community Theatre workshops to the San Diego County Cymto maximize the learning experiThe Carlsbad Community Theatre bidium Society at 7 p.m. June ence. Surfboards and wet suits are offers summer workshops for chil- 19 in the Ecke Building at the available if needed. Each four-day dren ages 6 through high school. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 session meets Monday-Thursday, Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon, July Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. 9 a.m.-noon, and class dates run 8-19. Cost is $200. More informa- Decker holds an Associate Degree Cardiff Dog Days of Summer from June 24 through Aug. 1. Fee tion: 760-720-7296. Online: www in Applied Science in ornamental set to return in August is $189 per session. Classes are horticulture. Guests are welcome The Cardiff 101 Main Street Asso- held at Oceanside Harbor. Inforto attend the lecture at no charge. ciation hosts the eighth annual mation: 760-795-6820. Register Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Information: 619-520-1366 or Dog Days of Summer Canine Fes- online: to host summer sundowners tival and Contest from 10 a.m. to The Carlsbad Chamber of Com4 p.m. Aug. 10. More information: Solana Beach Concerts at the merce celebrates local busiOrganization offers seminars 760-436-0431. Online: www Cove returns for the season nesses and offers networking for entrepreneurs all month Concerts at the Cove runs weekly opportunities through its monthly SCORE San Diego offers a comduring the summer in Solana sundowners. The group’s June 20 prehensive calendar of low-cost MiraCosta College offers Beach at Fletcher Cove Park, event runs 5-7 p.m. at Premier Jet, workshops for people interested summer surf school 140 S. Sierra Ave. Concerts are 2100 Palomar Airport Road, and in starting a small business and Discover the skills and techniques held 6-7:45 p.m. every Thursday is sponsored by Tri-City Medical entrepreneurs seeking to improve to ride the waves and experience through Aug. 22. More information: Center. Pre-registration tickets are the performance of an existing the exhilaration and thrill of surfing 858-720-2453. Online: www $15, or $20 at the door. The July company. Topics for seminars this summer. MiraCosta College’s 18 sundowner is open to chamber throughout June include Inter-


Summer youth academy offered at MiraCosta’s Cardiff campus MiraCosta College offers a College Kids and Youth Academy program this summer at its San Elijo campus in Cardiff, 3333 Manchester Ave. The program is designed to give children a firsthand college experience. The program – which includes art, writing, LEGO animation, robotics, performing arts, video game design and more – will be offered to children from second through 10th grades. Class sessions run through July 12 at both of MiraCosta’s campuses in Oceanside, 1 Barnard Drive, and Cardiff. More information: 760795-6820. Online: www.miracosta .edu/college4kids.

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Continued from Page 1 Grandstand and Turf Club house the majority of competitions, including the Exhibitions of Fine Art and Photography, the Student Showcase and the Home and Hobby Competition. Students throughout San Diego County, grades seven through 12 or in community college, are invited to submit their work to the showcase beginning in mid-February. Student Showcase Coordinator Neil Bruington said this year the student showcase alone received more than 9,000 entries from about 50 different areas. Other competitions, such as Home and Hobby, are open to everyone nationwide, making it one of the

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Photo by Paige Nelson Volunteers unload wood workings in front of the Del Mar Fairgrounds Grandstand on May 22 for the San Diego County Fair, which opens June 8. largest exhibitions on the West Coast. Bruington said preparation for the competitive exhibits and Student Showcase begins as early as fall,

starting with the competition handbook. Based on feedback collected from the previous year, organizers add or delete judging categories. “Every year we subtly

mold the show,” Ham said. “We have to make adjustments to the categories depending on what kind of entries we receive.” All participants have

until late April to submit their entries online and must also deliver their entries in person on one of two later dates in May. Assistant Fine Arts Coordinator Kathy Thompson said volunteers dedicated countless hours to first sorting through the entries and then deciding how they will be displayed. Wall space in the building is limited, so partition panels, risers and cabinets are brought in to make more room. “You never know what’s going to come through the door,” Thompson said. “It’s really a wild card. You just try to make it work.” The 2012 exit poll indicated nearly half of the

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Compiled by Heather Randall and North Coast Current staff 1.5 million fairgoers who attended last year also visited the showcases, Bruington said. Organizers are anticipating a record-breaking turnout this year and are working hard to ensure the displays are in tip-top shape. “If you’re going to bring something out and show it at the fair, in essence you’re bringing it to a gallery,” Bruington said. “This ‘gallery’ has a higher turnout and a broader audience than any other in the county of San Diego.” Thompson said the exhibition at the fair is a great venue for artists to gain exposure and also turn a profit if they decide to sell their work. “We’re here for them,” Thompson said. “If curators don’t know what they’re missing, they will after coming here.”


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Is there a punch line to city’s politics? I first learned that Encinitas politics was nasty business when the punches were thrown. Literally. The realization hit me – figuratively – when I was attending a community business meeting in 2002. Not surprisingly, politics was just as much on the agenda as business. I don’t know what the kerfuffle was about between the two community members after the meeting broke for the mixer that followed. Fortunately, the punches never actually reached their targets because others intervened to stop them. Nonetheless, I was shaken. More so, disillusioned. One of those community members had been a teacher of mine many years before. Late Encinitas political observer Bob Nanninga and I talked about the scuffle after the event wrapped up. He gave me frank words of warning: Encinitas politics can be a nasty game. (He also talked about how Encinitas’ growth policies at the time led to the preservation of only “vertical habitat” for wildlife and open space – an astute observation I never forgot.) What followed in the years to come proved those impressions to be true: A “clown” hired to harass late Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan at public events in 2004. The effigy and tasteless name-calling of Houlihan in 2006. Both incidents were linked to development interests of

Journalists, experts weigh impact of U-T San Diego coverage cutbacks, layoffs By Alex Groves The North County Times long stood as one of the leading news sources for North County residents on everything from politics and school board coverage to entertainment reviews. Its 17-year run was abruptly canceled in March as it was fully absorbed into the newspaper that purchased it last September, U-T San Diego. Then, on May 28, U-T North County and The Californian in Temecula were halted entirely. Several employees responsible for those editions were laid off. Media reports estimate about 20 people lost their jobs overall. Now, experts in the field of journalism have officially declared the death of what was the last remaining daily newspaper exclusively dedicated to coverage of


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Photo courtesy of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Scripps Encinitas patient Hermes Castro takes a step as physical therapist Alyson Cavanaugh controls an exoskeleton, a wearable robot that assists patients in learning to walk again.

MOVING FORWARD Scripps Encinitas utilizing exoskeleton for therapy

By Helen Hawes Hermes Castro used to consider riding his bike 20 miles to work as part of his regimen as a triathlete and physical trainer. But on Sept. 1, 2006, his life changed as he was riding his yellow racing bike and got hit head-on by a drunken driver. In addition to multiple injuries, he suffered lower-extremity paralysis.

Video online But today, at Scripps Encinitas Rehabilitation Center, Castro is one of the first people in the area to use a robotic exoskeleton that is retraining his body to walk.

Dr. Michael Lobatz is the medical director of the rehabilitation center. “Using robotics and rehabilitation care is excellent in terms of improving outcome for patients; it allows the patient to do repetitive kinds of activities with their arms and/ or legs and get them up and moving,” Lobatz said.

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Downtown plan for San Marcos moving ahead City clears hurdle over concerns about creek By Alex Groves With its scenic views and college-town atmosphere, the city of San Marcos has successfully captured the attention of many North County residents. Yet, even with all the shopping, dining and amenities the town has to offer, it has always been missing a centralized downtown area. That’s about to change now that the city has received environmental approval for the redevelopment of a 214acre area near San Marcos Creek. The area will utilize mixed-use development and would include a 71-acre ecological preserve. It would also offer new shopping in the form of a promenade as well as parks and open spaces for visitors to enjoy. Jerry Backoff, the director of planning

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Employees mourn businessman Mark Anderson By Helen Hawes Encinitas lost a special person when Mark Anderson, the owner of Anderson Stationers, died in March. He would have been 70 years old on April 17. Anderson had pancreatic cancer, but it wasn’t diagnosed until Jan. 13. He immediately underwent chemotherapy and radiation. He worked up until Valentine’s Day and died on March 20. In addition to mourning the loss of their friend, mentor and father figure, his employees now have to contend with another loss, because after more than 30 years, Anderson Stationers has closed. Shelley Penza is Anderson’s niece. “I’ve been working here on and off since I was 11 years old,” she said. Penza said that Anderson origi-

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Castro smiled in anticipation of his workout as physical therapists strapped the Ekso Bionics device on

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nally bought Montgomery’s Stationers down the street in 1969, then built Anderson Stationers at its current location at 700 Second St. in 1978. As a child, she helped Anderson with the Hallmark cards. “I didn’t even need to get paid, it was so fun,” she said. She said her Uncle Mark always had a smile on his face. Jim Werth was the manager. He worked at the store for 30 years. “Mark had a baritone voice. He was the only one who was allowed to call me James,” Werth said. “He’d call me on the intercom and say, ‘James, I have a little job for you,’ or, ‘James, can I see you in the back.’”

his body. After he stood up to his 5-foot-10-inch height, he was ready to go. One therapist monitored a small machine on his back to ensure proper balance while another therapist walked by his side. The machine lifts his legs

He remembered the running joke they played on their employer. Every holiday, they would get promotional material and would put Anderson’s photo on all of it. “We’d blow his head up or down and we’d put it on Cupid, a Santa Mark or a back-to-school Mark driving the bus. It was our thing and he didn’t care; we just loved it,” he said. Anderson chose his employees with care and played to their strengths. He promoted Werth from shipping and receiving to buyer and manager. He encouraged Werth to use his skill at photography to work with artists by creating the images necessary for making prints and cards. Michael Spratley worked at Anderson Stationers for 18 years. He started as a temp, then Anderson bought out his contract and hired him. When Spratley told his

for him. Still, Castro has to make sure that he stays balanced. He appeared to be moving forward in other ways. Where he originally used a walker for support, Castro now used poles. He lifted one foot, then

employer the shop had to go digital, Anderson listened. Spratley became a digital expert on the fly. “It was trial and error,” he said. After some initial training from the manufacturer, he had to figure it out. He found himself teaching the trainers things they didn’t know. Spratley said he was dealing with Anderson’s loss by keeping busy. But he added that unlocking the door every morning was hard. “After working with our good friend and boss and mentor and everything else, it’s been really tough,” Spratley said. Penza and Werth blame the demise of the stationer’s store on the big-box stores. They said that Anderson had been considering closing the store for the past three years. But his illness this year helped him to make the final decision.

the other, as he made his way up and down the aisle. Previously, he was impatient. “I actually wanted to speed up the process and take faster steps; they kept warning me not to, but to just take my time,” he said. Castro said he knows his lower body is getting a good workout because when he’s done, his legs are sweating. And it feels great to rest when he’s done. “It provides strength to their bones by putting weight on their bones; it also provides better circulation since they’re moving their legs and standing up versus just sitting in a chair,” Lobatz explained. The increased blood circulation improves all body functions and helps provide mental clarity. With a huge amount of repetition, the muscles send signals to the brain, reteaching the body

Closing the business means the staff will lose the support of coworkers and customers who are like friends and family. “Our kids have all grown up together. We know everything about each other,” Penza said. Werth said the place was special to him because when the stress of life was overwhelming, Anderson Stationers was a safety net. “I did the same thing every day, the people were here, it was a place where I could just go ‘ahhh …’,” he said. Penza said her uncle was positive until the end. He never complained. Even when undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, he would just say he was feeling “fair.” Anderson moved to the area from Minnesota with his family in 1952, according to his obituary. He graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1961.

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how to walk in a natural gait. “It’s like learning to write with my left hand,” Castro said But Castro was upbeat and even philosophical about his accident. That’s partially because everyone in his family has faced mishaps

– his brother was airlifted the year before Castro’s accident; his sister has been through two windshields; his mother has a titanium support in her ankle from a mountain biking accident; and his father has too many mishaps to count. “But mine is definitely the worst,” he said. Still, he said he believes this is the risk that comes with an active lifestyle. And he remains optimistic because he sees learning to walk again as just another challenge. “When you talk to an individual who’s been in a chair for many years and now they can stand and take steps and look someone in the eye, the mental health aspects of this are enormous, as well,” Lobatz said. Castro said it feels great to be on his feet. “It’s like I never stopped walking,” he said.



Continued from Page 3 for San Marcos, said the recent environmental approval came after two years of work between a redistricting task force comprised of business people, property owners and residents, as well as an outside consulting firm. The environmental approval needed came from a variety of independent organizations and groups including the Department of Fish and Game, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Regional Water Quality Control Board, among others. A mixed-use downtown The impetus for the creation of the downtown area was to attract commerce, according to Backoff, who added that the current view of San Marcos Boulevard from the freeway raised concerns that the city might not be attracting big businesses. So the task force set out to create a model of a downtown that would attract businesses, and settled on a mixed-use design to create a fresh and new-looking area. Planners from the task force analyzed other working examples of mixed-use cities throughout Southern California and elsewhere in an attempt to form a model for what San Marcos’ downtown should look


North Coast Current photo The intersection of Discovery Street and Via Vera Cruz in San Marcos is shown June 4, looking northeast toward San Marcos Creek. like, according to Backoff. “We (looked at) what made these other places a central place and what made these other places unique and prosperous,” Backoff said. “And so we took that vision and that theme and built it into the idea for a specific plan.” The planning director said that with its environmental approval, the city has had to make various sacrifices during the planning process for the downtown. “There are certain changes we had to work with them (the various agencies) to accomplish in order to gain the permits,” he said. “We lost some of the development blocks along the creek area west of Via Vera Cruz. Those were required to be eliminated.” While Backoff said the loss of some development blocks was possibly the most significant change to arise from the necessary

environmental approvals, there were various other changes that also took place during the planning process for the city. Certain roadways were turned into bridges and other infrastructure changes were made to meet the requirements of the agencies. Concerns about the creek The Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns over the quality of the water in San Marcos Creek due to fears of run-off from the development, prompting the task force to work hand-in-hand with the Regional Water Quality Control Board to devise a solution to the problem. “One of the most vocal parties that was concerned about this project was the EPA,” water quality control board Executive Director David Gibson said. “At one point, they were threatening

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June-July 2013 to take over jurisdiction from the Army Corps of Engineers because of the size of the project and the concerns that they had.” But Gibson said that once discussions commenced over the plans for the creek and its water, the EPA recognized that the water would be enhanced rather than harmed. Originally, the city had planned to channelize the creek from State Route 78 to Lake San Marcos in a concrete trapezoidal channel. This request was denied by the water board on several occasions, so the city tried a new approach, according to Gibson. The city’s new plan calls for an open-space walking area that will serve as a buffer zone between the proposed development location and the creek. Additionally, each downtown block will receive its own state-of-the-art storm water management system as it is built. Gibson said that because not all blocks will be built at the same time, this allows San Marcos’ Planning Commission to develop an effective water management strategy from knowledge garnered on a case-by-case basis. The storm water management and retention systems to be implemented will clean the water before it enters the creek. Gibson said that metals and various pollutants that had previously affected the creek will be removed in a filtration process, thereby leaving the water cleaner than it was before.

Environmental restoration With some concern over the environmental impact to the surrounding wetlands, the plan also provides for an opportunity to enhance and restore previously damaged wetland areas in San Marcos. Approximately 9.78 acres will be permanently affected. However, proponents of the project point to the plan’s statement that 23.56 acres of wetland will be established, 1.76 acres will be re-established, 17.12 acres will be enhanced and 17.83 acres will exist between buffers and preservation areas. Initial construction has yet to take place, according to Backoff, who said the Planning Commission is still working out details in the design process. Funding for the project is set to come from a series of grants and developer fees, meaning it may take a while until it is completed, he said. Nevertheless, Backoff and Gibson said they were excited by the project and its positive environmental impact. “This is the very first 401 certification in the state where we have set measures of biological integrity as a goal and compliance point,” Gibson said, referring to state guidelines for water quality and wetlands. “So far as I know, no other certification in the state of California has done that.”

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Events Lux Art Institute features work of Texas painter The Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas, features the paintings of Texas artist Melissa Miller through July 27. She works in-studio at the institute through June 29. More information: 760-436-6611. Online:


Summer Twilight Concert Series set for Del Mar The Del Mar Foundation presents summer concerts at Powerhouse Park, 1600 Coast Blvd., at 7 p.m. on June 18, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 8. More information: 858-635-1363. Enjoy Summer Fun on the 101 on June 28 and 29 The Leucadia 101 Main Street Association presents Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival on June 28 and 29, celebrating the area’s cultural crossroads of music and surf. Musicians will perform at various businesses along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. Admission is free. More information: 760-4362320. Full schedule online: www.summerfunonthe101 .com/schedule-2/ Artists’ work on display at Encinitas Library Local artists Muffy and John Peugh present their exhibit entitled “Color” through July 15 at the Encinitas Library gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. The artists use recycled materials in their work, and make sculptures as well as wall pieces. Muffy Peugh works with copper and colored enamel. John Peugh works with resin he collects from surf shops. More information: 760-753-3811 or info@westof101studio .com. Online: Compiled by Heather Randall and Current staff

Photo by Paige Nelson Mother-and-son theater team David and Ann Schulz, pictured June 4, run the Star Theatre in downtown Oceanside.

Schulzes bring artistic energy to Oceanside

By Heather Randall In just a short time, patrons of downtown Oceanside’s nightlife will notice a brighter sparkle emanating from the historic Star Theatre on Coast Highway when the restoration of the prominent marquee, originally built in 1956, is completed. The project is aimed to coincide with Oceanside’s 125th anni-

versary celebration in July. Managing Artistic Director and Star Theatre co-owner David Schulz, 43, has traveled the world as a successful theater actor in classics such as “The Buddy Holly Story,” “Le Misérables” and “Phantom of the Opera.” In addition to his talents as a director and actor, Schulz also sings, plays guitar

and the drums, and produces and records music. Schulz is humble about his talents. “When you grow up like I did, with a stage basically as your playground …” his voice trailed off as he jumped up from the table to open the front doors of the lobby for his mother, Ann Schulz. He credits his mother

with paving the way for him to become successful in the arts. “I knew that David was born to be in the theater – I just knew it,” Ann Schulz said. Originally from Chicago, the Schulz family (David’s parents and his two older brothers) moved to Encinitas in 1978 after David’s father got an opportunity

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Summer blockbusters aim to be bigger than ever StatePoint This year’s summer blockbuster season is shaping up to be a big one, full of some of the year’s most highly anticipated films. This season is all about turning movies into must-attend events, as venerable franchises such as “Star Trek,” “Iron Man” and “Superman” are promising epic experiences for moviegoers. Bearing this in mind, many of the summer’s biggest films are being presented in IMAX. With larger and more lifelike visuals projected on floor-to-ceiling screens, and with more powerful, expansive sound, IMAX is designed to provide moviegoers more engaging experiences than those in standard theaters.

Leading filmmakers – including J.J. Abrams, Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan – are embracing IMAX throughout the entire production and post-production process to enhance the image and sound of their films. Interestingly, more filmmakers are also following Nolan’s lead and using IMAX’s extremely high-resolution

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Zachary Quinto (left) is Spock and Chris Pine is Kirk in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” in theaters now. Paramount Pictures


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to become an owner of a McDonald’s restaurant. Ann Schulz said she was originally a little hesitant about the family moving to the West Coast. A teacher by trade, and a lover of the arts, she had no idea that moving to California would eventually allow her nonprofit organization, Poinsettia Center for the Arts, to purchase the Star Theatre, and that she would be the one to introduce her own company, Coast Kids Theatre, to North County. Soon after the family arrived in Encinitas, Ann Schulz accepted a position as a music director with the North Coast Repertory Theatre children’s program in Solana Beach. After her first show there, she went home to her husband and told him she wanted to create her own children’s production company. Shortly thereafter, Coast Kids Theatre was founded in 1981. Ann Schulz said she had the good fortune of meeting a talented choreographer

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cameras to film portions of their movies, yielding breathtaking visuals that expand to fill more of the screen. So as the screens most of us use in our daily lives get smaller, bigger is better when you catch these summer flicks: “Star Trek Into Darkness” In the latest “Star Trek” installment, the crew of the Enterprise is called back to Earth in the wake of an act of terror from within Starfleet. Captain Kirk has a personal score to settle and leads his crew on a quest to bring the responsible parties to justice. Director Abrams’ film features approximately 30 minutes of sequences

The marquee of Oceanside’s Star Theatre is pictured June 4. through her church named Bobbi Janikas. The two began a working relationship that continues today. By 2000, Coast Kids Theatre had blossomed to the point where Ann Schulz believed it would be appropriate to find a permanent home for the organization. As an Encinitas resident, she originally set her sights on building a theater in town, but the overly aggressive monetary expectations prohibited the project from

moving forward, she said. She heard people mention that the Star Theatre in Oceanside was for sale. The venue was failing as a movie theater at the time, and the owner was in no position to save it. With some trepidation, Ann traveled the few miles up the coast to visit the theater. As soon as she saw the beautiful, classic building, she fell in love with everything about it, she said. With a bit of negotiat-

“Elysium” filmed with IMAX cameras After years of degradaso fans will have a chance to get closer than ever before to tion, the Earth – stricken by crime and poverty – has left the “Star Trek” action. people desperate to escape to a pristine space station “Man of Steel” In “Man of Steel,” Super- called Elysium. Set in 2154, man struggles to find his Neill Blomkamp’s futuristic place in life as he discovers sci-fi thriller centers around he has unique superpow- Max (Matt Damon), the only ers from another world. man with a chance to bring Directed by Snyder and equality to these worlds. He produced by Nolan, Super- reluctantly takes on a danman fans have been eagerly gerous mission to save his anticipating this summer life and millions of people on Earth. flick. “This summer’s lineup features many of the “Pacific Rim” An apocalypse is mount- year’s most highly anticiing in director Guillermo del pated blockbusters from the Toro’s science-fiction mon- world’s best directors,” said ster movie, and the Jaeger Greg Foster, chairman and robots are the only hope president of IMAX Enterfor saving humanity from tainment. “We’re excited disastrous creatures. On to see these elite filmmakthe verge of defeat, the last ers turn to IMAX’s end-toresort to combat these mas- end technology solution to sive enemies is to pilot a leg- connect audiences to films endary Jaeger from the early on a deeper level than ever before.” trials of mechanical titans.

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ing, Ann Schulz reached a deal with the owner. She then raced over to the city of Oceanside to present her plans. The city contributed $300,000 toward the purchase of the venue. She ran the organization for five years with minimal help before she began looking for some assistance. It was then that David Schulz began returning home to assist with productions. By 2009, he was ready to return home for good with his wife

(who is also a stage actor) and their two children to work with the family business. “I’m going to be working in Oceanside, I’m going to live in Oceanside, I’m going to commit myself to Oceanside,” David said of his thoughts about returning home. One of David’s first shows he directed with his mother was “The King and I” in 2010. The two met Sandra Kopitzke during auditions and cast her in the production. Kopitzke’s talent as a performer and her ability to work with children impressed David, which lead to her joining the staff. Kopitzke came on as Coast Kids Theatre’s musical director. Kopitzke said she really enjoys the opportunity to work on the adult and children’s productions. She explained that the process of her coming on fulltime with Star Theatre was very “fluid.” In addition to working as musical director, Kopitzke also runs the Star Theatre Academy with David, where she teaches choir groups and provides voice lessons.

Star Theatre has been working to raise $50,000 of the $101,000 needed to complete the restoration of the marquee. Residents interested in contributing donations can visit www and click on the “Support Us” link. Another way Star Theatre raises money is through rental of the venue space. The theater is located at 402 N. Coast Highway in Oceanside. Star Theatre Company kicks off the summer season with “Hair Spray” in July. Upcoming productions, ticket prices and more information can be found online at or by calling 760-721-9983.

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The cost of Prop. A election “... $300,000.00 is a ridiculous expense, particularly when the entire (city) council is opposed to Prop. A from the outset. The issue will win by public vote. Then the state will void out the result, based on the lack of affordable housing required by the state in Encinitas. So much and not enough.” Patrick O’Connor Commenting on “Against Prop. A: Planning process will be thrown into chaos”

Anderson’s positive impact “We love you Mark, and all the terrific folks at Andersons who have been such a positive part of my working life. Who knew that the loss of Mark and his store could leave such a big hole in the community and in my heart.” Nicola Ranson Commenting on “Employees mourn businessman Mark Anderson”

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A print edition of online news journal North Coast Current Roman S. Koenig Publisher/Editorial Director P.O. Box 231849, Encinitas, CA 92023-1849 Phone: (760) 943-0264

The North Coast Current welcomes letters to the editor and guest commentaries. Letters must be typed, mailed or emailed, and must be a maximum of 150 words. The North Coast Current reserves the right to edit letters, commentaries and columns for style, brevity and libel, or to reject any letter, commentary or column for any reason. The North Coast Current will not publish letters in which the sole purpose is to advertise. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of North Coast Current staff or management. North Coast Current editorials are the opinions of the North Coast Current’s ownership and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff. All views expressed in this publication fall under fair comment and criticism as recognized under judicial precedent. Postmaster: Send address changes to the North Coast Current, P.O. Box 231849, Encinitas, CA 92023 Subscriptions: $15 a year Entire contents Copyright ©2013 North Coast Current

Prop. A: Right or wrong? In an effort to foster constructive debate on the merits of Proposition A, the Encinitas Right to Vote Initiative, the North Coast Current invited members of the public on both sides to contribute perspectives in a pro/con format. In keeping with pro/con tradition, the “pro” side of the argument is presented first, followed by the “con” side. The order of these perspectives does not indicate particular favor by the North Coast Current. Community commentaries are solely the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the North Coast Current or other individuals or agencies involved in the debate.

Initiative will help preserve community character Your “yes” vote on the Right to Vote Initiative, Proposition A, is the most important vote you will cast since we incorporated the city of Encinitas in 1986. Your vote will decide if Encinitas retains its small beach town ambiance or becomes a victim of highrise buildings and urbanizaSheila S. Cameron tion. “No” on Olivier Canler Proposition A represents the exploitation of our city land-use policies by special interests and out-of-town developers. “Yes” on A supports our General Plan, which is our constitution and guards our quality of life. “Yes” on Proposition A will: n protect our natural resources such as lagoons, watershed, riparian and wildlife habitat, natural vegetation and bluffs; n guarantee residents the final say on major zoning increases in density and building heights;


information, “yes” on Proposition A: n will not infringe on existing property rights; n will not override the Municipal Code that enforces lower height limits in residential zones and for accessory units; n will not affect development harmonious with existing zoning; n will not prevent compliance with state mandates; n will not allow 30-foot accessory units 5 feet from your property line. None of the Right to Vote amendn uphold and reaffirm our General Plan’s 30-foot, two-story height limit; ments interfere with the Coastal Commission approved Local Coastal Plan. n curb the proliferation of cars, Specific Plans: We have four of noise and pollution; them in Encinitas. These are overlays n protect community character; to target specific areas in the city n keep growth compatible with for enhancement. The three-story our infrastructure: water, sewage, projects (over 30 feet) that have been fire, beach use, parks, etc.; built under the Specific Plans are n improve public notice of develgrandfathered in. Proposition A reafopments prior to a public hearing firms and supports the General Plan’s from 10 days to 20 days; maximum height limit of 30 feet or n increase notice requirements from 300 to 500 feet for surrounding two stories, which is what the founders of this city envisioned to keep our neighborhoods. And to dispel some myths and misSee PRO, page 9

‘Your vote will decide if Encinitas retains its small beach town ambiance or becomes a victim of high-rise buildings and urbanization.’

City’s planning process will be thrown into chaos The “Right to Vote” initiative, now known as Proposition A, will be decided in a special election on June 18, and I urge you to vote no. Prop. A seems straightforward and simple to support: what could be wrong with letting the public ratify land-use policy changes that include upzoning? However, as legal analysis Tony Kranz of the initiative has shown, the authors of Prop. A went beyond the “Right to Vote” and added sections to the initiative that have nothing to do with upzoning. These provisions will introduce uncertainty into the land-use planning process, in addition to undoing key provisions of previously approved Specific Plans for the Highway 101 corridor. In my opinion, it is this littleknown “nullification” of decisions made years ago that makes Prop. A bad for our city. Whether you like or


‘... With three quarters of our city under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission, we would be opening a can of worms by hastily changing these approved specific plans if this initiative were to pass.’

of the California Coastal Commission, we would be opening a can of worms by hastily changing these approved specific plans if this initiative were to pass. The impetus for this initiative was a draft General Plan Update process that went awry by trying to comply with state law for affordable housing by making significant zoning changes to parts of our community already heavily impacted by growth in our region. Residents felt that they were left out of the process and responded with a voter initiative that was intended to ensure that the community would have a chance to ratify Planning Commission and City Council decisions that increased zoning in their neighborhoods. dislike the specific plans for the 101 And as the proponents of Prop. A corridor, they were adopted following an extensive public planning process. point out, our current General Plan intended for us to have the right to This initiative would change that vote on upzoning. However, there’s a without the benefit of public hearings or thorough consideration of the “loophole” which allows for a supermajority of the City Council to find a many impacts. And with three quarters of our city under the jurisdiction See CON, page 9



approval, which would be a public benefit for all of us. You vote – you choose – Continued from Page 8 you decide – on the kind of city you want for yourselves small beach town character. and your children. “Yes” on Proposition A, With Proposition A, you can decide if a three-, four- the Right to Vote Initiative, is supported by resident volor five-story project has a unteers representing all five public benefit and vote for communities who know this it. Developers will have to propose higher-quality proj- city and want Encinitas to continue to be where people ects in order to win voter

love to live, love to visit, and wish they were living. Ask anyone – we’ve built a very special place. Please vote to keep it that way. Visit this website: www.


vote of the people. As a newly elected member of the City Council, I am looking forward to getting the General Plan Update back on track. I would also support looking at the 101 corridor specific plans to see if we need to make changes that would address any issues that have developed during the many years they’ve been in effect. But I would ask that you not further complicate this process by forcing the city to attempt to implement an initiative that will result

in uncertainty and, most likely, lawsuits that will determine how development will take place in our community. Please join me in voting no on Prop. A.

anti-initiative flier (with a link to a group called www that quoted them without their apparent knowledge. And yet parties on both sides worry about a poor special-election turnout. At a certain point, the barrage of negativity becomes the political equivalent of spam in your inbox: annoying at best, destructive at worst. So in the big picture – when all the spam is cleared out – what will really happen if Prop. A succeeds or fails at the polls? If Prop. A succeeds? Nothing much, if you take Escondido as an example. In the years since that city passed its own “right to vote” initiative on land use and zoning, such issues have remained stable, according to Escondido city planners. “We have seen no lawsuits in meeting housing element requirements,” Escondido City Planner Jay Petrek told a North Coast Current freelance writer in March when asked about meeting state standards. In some cases, residents have actually approved zoning increases. So in the end, for Encinitas, one could argue that the city will see little difference in the trajectory of land-use decisions if the initiative passes. If Prop. A fails? Nothing much, if you take Encinitas

as an example. Land-use decisions have always been contentious in this town, and it’s a large part of why residents voted to incorporate in 1986. Ironically, wresting control from the county to preserve the quality of character in Encinitas really didn’t do much. Already by the late 1990s, the city had Orange County-style bigbox shopping centers, oversized houses on undersized lots and a water-hungry golf course. The breathing room that’s left is, for the most part, Bob Nanninga’s “vertical habitat” ... the remaining slopes that haven’t been graded. There is nothing to indicate that voting no on Prop. A will change anything, either. So vote how you like. The city will function with or without Prop. A. Just save your punches for the bags at the gym.

Continued from Page 8 “public benefit” to changes in zoning, bypassing a vote of the people. In fact, I support removing this “loophole” and will be voting with the rest of the City Council to do that before the special election is held. I will also support putting this question on the next general election ballot so that, if passed, it could only be changed with another


Continued from Page 3 some level, according to news reports at the time. Those incidents went above and beyond what should be expected in political conflict. I emphasize “should” because history is generally rife with ludicrous political nastiness of a far worse ilk. Nonetheless, it begs the question: Does it have to be this way? Fast-forward to 2012. In the heat of an incredibly contentious City Council race, a conservative political faction questioned nowCouncilman Tony Kranz’s fitness for office based on its loose hint that he was emotionally unstable. (Remember the campaign mailer?) Last year’s council race was slathered in virtual mud. Now we come to this month’s special election on Proposition A, the Encinitas Right to Vote Initiative. This time around, the fracturing is even worse. Political allies are now pitted against each other. Former supporters of City Council members Teresa Barth, Lisa Shaffer and Kranz are now playing attack politics against the very people they voted for. Even with the council members’ stated opposition to Prop. A, they have distanced themselves from an

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Sheila S. Cameron is a former mayor of Encinitas. Olivier Canler is a New Encinitas community activist.

Encinitas City Councilman Tony Kranz has written this perspective as an individual resident. The views expressed in this perspective reflect the personal opinion of the writer and do not represent those of the City Council or other government agency.

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

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Recall warm summer memories to help make this season joyful For many of us, summer comes with a host of happy memories recalling its lazy, hazy days of play and adventure. The summer season offers a delightful time to make happy memories to last for a lifetime of remembrance. Somewhere in your bank of stored fond memories is a place, a time, when you were delighted and experienced joy. Perhaps it was in a backyard garden or at the beach, or by a lake, river, pond or favorite tree. Maybe it was in a cottage or at a camp you loved – perhaps time spent on a porch, in a play house or at a dinner table. Maybe it was something you once enjoyed, a favorite car or clothes you loved to wear, or something you enjoyed playing with – a beloved toy, or something you made.


Continued from Page 12 cutting board (and the floor), washed the sticky mess from my arms, and neatly sliced the remaining bag of grapefruit and placed them on the dehydrating trays. Victory. The first question I get when people peruse my jars of pretty put-ups is, “How do you use dried citrus?” Of course, dehydrated citrus perks up a common cup of water or pitcher of tea, but can also be used as an aromatic for cooking. You can stuff a whole chicken with dehydrated limes, lemons or oranges along with your onion, garlic and herbs. I put a few slices of the sweet, dehydrated lemons


Continued from Page 1 said via email. “Caveat emptor” is Latin for “let the buyer beware.” “The guiding principle for mailers is to get your viewpoint across without being bogged down by accuracy or accountability – hence their desirability,” Luna added. “I don’t know what ‘No on A’ groups do, I have absolutely no affiliation with any of them, nor do I intend to,” Mayor Teresa Barth said. Barth and Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer sent out email statements denying involvement with the flier. In a May 17 email to subscribers, Shaffer said: “As a public figure, my image and words can be used without

You can revisit good memories in your mind’s eye and re-experience delight and the magical effect it had on you, how you felt when you first enjoyed it. When older adults of the same generation are treated to the music, dance, dress, art, films and activities they once loved when they were younger, they experience positive cognitive and physical effects. Good memories don’t make bad memories go away, but recalling good memories and reinforcing them is a powerful tool for improved wellness. When you recall your fondest memories, an


in a water bottle and just keep refilling all day, and the flavor never seems to wane. I came up with something I called “Lemonade Wheels,” where I coat slices of lemon with stevia powder, then dehydrate. The result is a perfectly dehydrated lemon slice, encrusted in a sparkling shell of calorie-free sweetener. Plop a couple in your glass, and soon you have lemonade without the calories. Dehydrated grapefruits and oranges make wonderful snacks, and in fact, my children eat dehydrated oranges like a pair of starving hyenas. It’s like eating orange candy. My favorite dehydrating experiment must be my “Orange Bites.” Remember that gum you could bite into, and a burst of juice exploded in your mouth?

my permission, and so I was surprised and unhappy when I got the mailer.” Barth told her email subscribers on May 18: “As public officials our photos and public comments we make can be used without our permission or prior knowledge.” The consensus among City Council Members Kristin Gaspar, Tony Kranz and Mark Muir was that they recognize they are public figures and their names, faces and public statements are basically up for grabs. However, the flier accurately reflected their position against Proposition A. The “Yes on A” group is spearheaded by former Planning Commissioner Bruce Ehlers, who weighed in on the anti-Prop. A mailer.

awareness of time seems to slip away, and all your senses often come to play with what you are re-visioning. Sights, sounds, scents, tastes and touch are powerful memory triggers. Occasionally, a scent will trigger a memory, or a memory will generate remembrance of a scent – grandpa’s pipe tobacco, mom’s perfume, dad’s aftershave, grandma’s special cake. Sometimes a sound will trigger a memory – a train whistle, the wind in the trees, a bird’s song, the sound of crickets or cicadas – and it will whisk you away to another time and place when life seemed simpler, where there was more time to do what you really loved. Treat yourself to re-experiencing joy by revisiting a happy

memory. Doing so will reinforce the memory, bring additional details to your awareness and enhance good feelings that can generate positive effects. When you are relaxed and in a quiet place with no distractions, close your eyes and imagine the place and time of a specific fond summer memory. Relish the internal harmony that comes with imagining, re-experiencing the thoughts and feelings of joyfulness and delight. Grown-ups and children alike need to experience joy and delight everyday. This summer, try to schedule less. Remember when summertime flew because you had fun, and life was an ongoing adventure because you had time to experience some of the freedom that work or the school year did

not always allow – time to play, create, dream, imagine, explore and learn more about nature firsthand. I remember learning, during summers growing up, how to predict the weather by watching cloud patterns and how the house flies flew. Experiencing joyfulness, new or recalled, enhances the joy of living. Make the time and create the space to help generate delightful happy memories of the sweet joys of life. Have fun, and have a happy summer. “Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.” – Oscar Wilde.

Dehydrated orange slices create a “pop” sensation when you bite into the fruit. The treats make a good snack on the go. Preserving food by dehydration allows you to stock up during sales and preserve delicious farmers market picks.

with no sticky mess. If you don’t have a dehydrator, consider getting one. Preserving food by dehydration allows you to stock up during sales and preserve delicious farmers market picks. And when a friend offers you free reign over their citrus tree, you can go my kind of crazy and pick 20 pounds. This is my first monthly column for the North Coast Current. Each month, I will answer selected questions regarding homemaking, budget cooking or preserving. Please submit questions to columnists

Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

I figured a way to replicate that, except it’s not gum, it’s fruit. I cut peeled oranges into sections, then cut each section in half. Place on dehydrating trays

“They’re spending a lot of money on phone calls, on mailing color glossies, on employing people to work for them to state their case as opposed to our group, which is volunteer-based; we’re all residents,” Ehlers said. Leadership of the two “No on A” groups identified on the flier has been difficult to pin down. Not only was no one person stepping up to take credit for the creation of the flier in question, but there was also no discernible public leader for either group. Although the fine print on the mailer appeared to clear up the mystery – guiding readers to the website of Homeowners to Preserve Encinitas, or “HOPE,” for more information – the group denied producing it.

at 135 degrees for about six hours. Drying time depends on your dehydrator, but keep going until the oranges are no longer sticky on the outside. Make sure not to over-dry, or you will end up with a dried out exterior, and a flat stream of juice instead of the “pop” sensation when biting into the fruit. These should be stored in the refrigerator, but fine to pack unchilled in lunches. Now my kids can take fresh oranges on-the-go

Representatives chose to define themselves as committee co-chairs rather than by name when they answered questions via email. “HOPE is an independent group, that shares the Council’s unanimous opposition to Prop A, but has had no formal contact with the Council,” they stated. The HOPE website domain is registered to John Wainio of the San Diego Group, which, according to his company website, is “a full service political consulting and public affairs firm which has been designing and implementing winning political and communications strategies since 1995.” His land-use clients include major developers. But Wainio said he wasn’t in charge of HOPE.

Barbara Basia Koenig is an Encinitas artist and personal counselor.

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem is a former North County resident who produces the Preserved Home blog. Visit

“I just lent them my credit card to create the website,” he said. He pointed out the rest of the fine print on the flier, which stated that it was mailed by Encinitas Residents, Businesses and Taxpayers Opposing Prop. A. Christy Guerin, a former mayor and councilwoman, verified that although not its leader, she is part of the group, supplying it with her time and endorsement rather than money. Guerin said the association is comprised of a group of friends of the current City Council, including former Mayors Rick Shea and Chuck DuVivier. “Some people wanted to come from a group that was former mayors, residents … and I think a lot of us came from a homeowner perspec-

tive and a taxpayer perspective versus being indirectly attached to either the council members or a developer group,” she said. She also said there was communication between the two “No on A” groups because they didn’t want to duplicate efforts. Regarding City Council members’ reaction to the flier, she said: “They’re public figures, so that happens all the time. But I’m surprised that there’s any issue with it, in the sense that this is what they said and they’ve taken the position pretty strongly.” Political Science Professor Luna summarized the role of political mailers. “Mailers are the political equivalent of late-night infomercials – you take them with a grain of salt,” he said.



Continued from Page 3 San Diego’s North County region. That’s a stark contrast to the many papers that once circulated in the region, according to former North County Times Managing Editor Rusty Harris. “I came out here in ’87 and this whole area – this county – was just filled with daily papers large and small,” Harris said. “The weeklies and special interest papers and everything. And, as a journalist, it has been disheartening to see them fall off the wayside.” Harris said that he began working as a journalist in North County at The North County BladeCitizen, a daily newspaper located in Oceanside. The North County Times would arise from a merger between the Blade-Citizen and the Times Advocate of Escondido, and Harris would come to be the paper’s managing editor. The paper stood alone as an independent entity for many years until its purchase by U-T San Diego from the paper’s previous owner, Lee Enterprises, in 2012. Various changes were made to the paper by U-T San Diego in the months to follow. The paper was renamed the U-T North County Times before it became further incorporated into U-T San Diego as the North County section on March 6. In the months since the restructuring – and now the layoffs and scaled-back coverage in late May – experts and former Times employees alike say North County coverage is not as strong or as consistent as the North County Times was in its coverage. “There’s no Oceanside news, there’s no Carlsbad news, there’s no Vista news,” Harris said while flipping through the most recent edition of U-T San Diego’s Sunday edition. “Those three cities were the core of the old Blade-Citizen coverage.” The lack of coverage in these areas is an indication that U-T San Diego has gone back to the kind of coverage it did prior to its purchase of the North County Times, according to Harris. Harris said that coverage done by U-T San Diego before its purchase of the North County Times was geared toward events in the south of the county. There was a North County section, but it didn’t provide the same depth of hyperlocal coverage that the North County Times did. Now that the North County Times has been folded into U-T San Diego, coverage of North County events has once again dissipated, according to Harris. A recent article from KPBS drew a similar conclusion. A side-by-side analysis of U-T San Diego’s main paper and its North

North Coast Current photo Editions of the North County Times and U-T San Diego show the evolution of the papers’ merger from October to the end of May. County edition revealed very few differences in coverage. There appeared to be the same kind of content in both papers, according to the article. Readers’ preferences U-T San Diego Editor Jeff Light disagrees with the idea that there’s a void in coverage or a general sense of dissatisfaction among readers. He said that greater readership at U-T San Diego shows that the general public prefers the U-T’s style of reporting to the North County Times’ style. “Keep in mind that even when the two papers competed in North County, the U-T, not the NCT, had the larger circulation – and not just by a little bit,” Light said. “The idea that most people would want the NCT-style approach is simply not correct.” But Harris said that to assume such a thing discounts a niche audience that exists within North County. He said that in every study conducted by the Blade-Citizen and later the North County Times, there were two distinctively different types of readers. There were readers who were primarily concerned about the news of North County. Those individuals lived in North County, worked in North County and went to entertainment venues in North County, and were in highest concentrations in places such as Vista, Oceanside and Carlsbad. There was a separate group that Harris said was more geared toward events in the south of the county, however. He said numbers

‘There is a local news deficit as a result of this.’ Dean Nelson, of Point Loma Nazarene University, on the end of the North County Times started to change in the La Costa Valley and the inland areas such as Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Peñasquitos. Those readers tended to have more ties to San Diego than they did North County and were more interested in U-T San Diego. “So you had two groups of readers who were completely different,” he said. “Those whose focus and ties were strongly to the north and those whose focus and ties were strongly to the south.” The numbers tended to vary for one paper or another depending upon the geographic area, he added. An information vacuum? Dean Nelson, director of Point Loma Nazarene University’s journalism program, said that without an independent newspaper covering events and politics in North County, there stands a chance that the public will be less informed about events happening around them. “There is a local news deficit as a result of this,” he said in reference to the recent changes. “The purchase of the North County Times, the shrinking of North

June-July 2013 County coverage, the closure of The Californian – all of that means the U-T is covering that area less than it used to.” Nelson went on to explain that in spite of the fact that recent developments create a coverage void, they also open the door for nondaily publications and online news sites to cover their own region in a much better way. He used weekly newspapers and websites as examples for how a news organization might be able to address residents’ needs. “There’s an opportunity for weekly newspapers to step in and ask themselves, ‘What do our readers need to know?’” he said. “What do they need to know about what’s going on with their local officials, their local school board and any of these entities that really affect their lives? Some people feel they can do that adequately with local websites and maybe they can.” However, Nelson notes that there are some downsides to Webbased media. “Anyone can say anything on a website,” he said. “You can have a really good-looking website and make it look like it’s a legitimate journalistic enterprise when in reality it’s just creating more of a particular ideological perspective. And what the public has shown so far in studies is that they think print media, more often than Web media, looks to verify their facts and looks to get multiple points of view.” Nelson said that in their need to have news instantly, the public is sacrificing multiple points of view and news without an ideological slant. However, Patch Media cofounder and President Warren Webster says that instant news represents the new era of journalism. “It’s not even daily, it’s beyond daily,” he said of Patch’s coverage. “I think one of the great things we can do with Patch and with any digital company is, whether it’s on a website, smart phone, tablet or anywhere else, we can provide not only the most up-to-date information, but also a place for people to discuss what’s going on in their community. And I think that’s an important evolution in the news and information business.” Patch has websites in Encinitas, Carlsbad, inland North County and several other communities around San Diego. Webster said that Patch faces its fair share of challenges. “Patch, like any news organization, faces the challenge of not being able to cover everything all the time,” he said. “You want to have every bit of information you can available to citizens, but you can’t do everything.” Webster added that, like any other media outlet, regional Patch sites have to decide what’s most important to their audience to


cover since they can’t be everywhere at once. Webster responded to criticism about factual inaccuracies by saying that he thinks the response to Patch has been mostly positive and that, in general, it’s just as trusted as other forms of media. “I would have to disagree with the statement that people feel that about Patch (that it’s inaccurate),” he said. “Maybe certain people do think that about Patch and other online publications, but I think there are many trusted online publications out there and I would hope that Patch is one of them.” He added that Patch’s brand is built around trust and that it has earned a lot of that in the short time since it has established itself. Local concerns continue Others remain unsure of the implications of the recent U-T San Diego restructuring. Tony Kranz, an Encinitas City Council member and former journalist, said that it’s hard at this point to tell where the future of journalism is going in the region. “Some of what we’re dealing with here is capitalism,” he said. He added that it’s unclear whether readership will shift to publications such as the North Coast Current and The Coast News in the wake of the North County Times’ disappearance. The city councilman also said that in the present climate, nondaily publications are trying to cover more events in their community, but can only do so much. “(Coverage) is not always happening in a fashion that allows people to plan for events,” he said. “Sometimes they (nondaily publications) are running something that’s dated or stale.” But others like Rusty Harris think there exists the possibility that nondaily publications can be a force for coverage within the region. “What I believe there is a market for is either the expansion of one of the existing weeklies or a brand new weekly that keeps its focus on North County in the broad sense like the North County Times used to, which was from the coast to mountains,” he said. He said that city council members, school boards and special districts within the region need to be accompanied by a strong weekly as a service to the public. “These people are all sitting around playing with taxpayer money,” he said. “As a journalist, I feel like the taxpayers who are forking over the tax money to these districts deserve some sort of oversight, and I don’t think U-T San Diego is doing it.” Harris added that he recognizes that U-T San Diego is dealing with limited resources, but that’s also why it’s important to have a strong paper dedicated to coverage in the region.

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Fewer homeless, but more to the story Online: June-July 2013



Dried citrus can yield sweet result About six months ago, I found myself with 20 pounds of free grapefruit after combining a coupon with a store special. My daughter looked up at me with a cocked eyebrow, then questioned my sanity for buying 20 pounds of grapefruit. All four bags ended up being 16 cents total, so how could I turn it down? Maybe I was crazy, because it ended up being an allday project, but for months now I’ve been enjoying the fruits of my labor, if you will. I did the obvious and juiced some grapefruits, and canned grapefruit sections. That was one big, juicy endeavor, but totally worth it, of course. After conquering two bags, and with a plan to eat a third, I peered over at the remaining bag with both dread and duty. Then it occurred to me, I should try and employ the easiest way to preserve – dehydrating. So I mopped up the grapefruit juice from the


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UPCOMING EVENT n July 4 ... Fireworks at Legoland Fourth of July, 8:30 p.m. Information: 760-918-5346

UPCOMING EVENT n July 4 ... Holiday fireworks Fourth of July Celebration, 6-9 p.m., Bradley Park, Rancho Sante Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive

FARMERS MARKETS n Carlsbad Village Certified Farmers’ Market ... 3-7 p.m., State Street, starting June 26 Information: 760-434-2553 n La Costa Canyon Farmers Market ... Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LCC High School: 1 Maverick Way


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ONGOING EVENT n June-Sept. ... Classic Car Nights The downtown Encinitas tradition will be held on June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19. 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

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