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August-September 2013


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Lima Bean Faire and cook-off set for Sept. 28 The San Dieguito Heritage Museum presents the fifth annual Lima Bean Faire and cook-off, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Beans, including lima, were key crops for early Encinitas pioneers. The museum is located at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. Free admission. Information: 760-6329711. Online: www. Carlsbad Oktoberfest returns Oct. 5 The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest returns for its 31st year on Oct. 5, noon to 10 p.m. at Holiday Park in Carlsbad. The free event will feature German food, beer, live music, yodeling contests and a variety of entertainment for adults and children. More information online: www.

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Area school officials weigh challenges of building programs By Paige Nelson

In wrapping up a lawsuit that brought national media attention to Encinitas in recent months, Judge John Meyer of the San Diego Supe-

rior Court ruled yoga fit for public schools. Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Timothy Baird said it’s the first districtwide yoga program and also quite possibly the first lawsuit of its kind. The judge made the ruling July 1. Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock sued the district earlier this year, claiming the Ashtanga yoga classes

were religious in nature and inappropriate for public schools. Attorney Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law and Policy filed the lawsuit on the grounds the program violated the separation of church and state. In the controversy’s wake, school leaders in the region are assessing the challenges that come with developing innovative pro-

grams for children. “There’s always the possibility when you do something different that not everyone is going to agree with it,” Baird said. “You can prepare all you want, but it only takes one person to bring a lawsuit.” Broyles didn’t respond to messages seeking comment for this story, but told U-T San Diego he

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BETTER MAIN STREET Merchants await finish of Solana Beach project By Ernesto Lopez With construction nearing completion on the Solana Beach streetscape project along the Highway 101 corridor, most businesses n Downtown are starting to see Encinitas booster a higher flow of shifting focus to customers come Carlsbad. PAGE 3 through their doors compared to a few months back. Soon after the beginning of construction, back in July 2012, shopkeepers reported experiencing a drastic drop in business. For many of them, the development couldn’t be done soon enough.

Artwork lines the sidewalk in Solana Beach on Aug. 13. North Coast Current photo

But the streets and sidewalks are now widened; there are more parking spaces, benches and gathering places. Additional streetlights with decorative poles have been installed, dozens of trees planted and more crosswalks added, among other additions. “It has been a lot better lately,” said Ashley Cass, manager at Coastal Postal & Toys. “There is more foot traffic and our customers who avoided the area

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August-September 2013


New farmers market now open in San Marcos SAN MARCOS — A new weekly farmers market is now open weekly at Old California Restaurant Row, 1080 W. San Marcos Blvd. in San Marcos. The market, launched by the county Farm Bureau, runs Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: 925-301-6081. Online: SanMarcosFarmersMarket. Encinitas Oktoberfest set for Sept. 22 ENCINITAS – The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce hosts the 18th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest, 10


Events a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22 at Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. About 200 vendors will be on hand, along with entertainment, and a family food and refreshment tent that will serve authentic German food, wine and beer. The event is free. More information: 760-753-6041. Online: www.


email that all work should be completed by early September, which is about two Continued from Page 1 months ahead of the anticipated date. He said it’s also during construction are important to note that all construction work that starting to come back.” Dan King, from the city affected businesses and trafmanager’s office, said via fic flow was completed by

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Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon returns to benefit animal center DEL MAR – The Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts the eighth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Sept. 8 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. The event features more than 80 dogs surfing in four weight classes Proceeds go to the pets and programs of the center. More infor-

the end of May. “The remaining of the work still to be completed is primarily aesthetic in nature such as landscaping, sandblasting words at some of the gathering places and completion of the fountain,” King wrote. Additionally, King said, the contractor will be installing bike racks and bus shelters once they are delivered. Rough time for merchants What helped Cass survive the 50 percent drop in business due to construction was the store’s online shopping option. And while reminiscing on the past few months, she said, “It was terrible. We would sometimes go days without sales and would have a hard time paying our bills.” Bob Castro of Bob’s Barber Shop also said he has seen an increase in foot traffic in recent weeks. By the same token, Danielle Nourani, an assistant manager at Java Depot, said business for them has picked up substantially to where they are hiring help. “We did have a lot of dead days during heavy construc-

mation: or call 858-756-4117. Online: 35th annual Greek Festival set for Sept. 7 in Cardiff CARDIFF – The Cardiff Greek Festival returns for its 35th year Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave. in Cardiff. Enjoy traditional Greek food and dance, along with vendors and games. Park at MiraCosta College. Admission is $3; children under 12 are free. More information: 760-942-0920. Online:

Photos online tion periods but we are now doing pretty well,” Nourani said. However, for some business owners, the recent boost is not enough. Charles Pinaby of Yummy Yogurt shop said the small increase in revenue cannot nearly erase the economic damage done by the construction in the past 13 months. Pinaby said he had to let go of his two employees and took out loans to stay afloat. He is basically a one-man show. “I cannot begin to describe how rough it has been. Imagine having to work seven days a week, nonstop,” Pinaby said. “This project was bad for business; it was basically a rejuvenation of the sidewalks and nobody is going to just come here for the sidewalk. I am sure the residents love it but I won’t appreciate it until business goes back to normal,” he added. If business does not return to pre-construction levels, Pinaby said he may

have to close his doors. “Before we were buzzing, now I don’t have high hopes. If things don’t get back to the way they were, maybe I will have a change of heart; I don’t know If I will continue to be here,” he said. King said it is unfortunate that some of the businesses reported experiencing a decrease in clientele, and added that the city plans to continue to work with retailers individually as well as collectively with the local Chamber of Commerce and the Highway 101 Association to promote the revitalized corridor. “We will definitely keep our eyes on the area and work with the businesses to expand and grow as it becomes a real destination spot for residents and visitors alike,” he said. Positive reactions so far Residents and visitors from neighboring cities do seem to enjoy the project’s outcome. On Aug. 10 during peak hours, what seemed like a few hundred people were out walking their dogs, shopping or enjoying a meal at the many restaurant options. Rose Hanley, a Solana

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Chime in at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum ENCINITAS – The San Dieguito Heritage Museum invites the community to build wind chimes as part of its Families Make History project for August. The project offers families the opportunity to celebrate the history of local beaches and surf culture in the area. When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., throughout August. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. Free admission. The museum also offers other ongoing events. Information: 760-6329711. Online: Beach resident having lunch at Pizza Port, said she is happy that construction is nearly done because it’s easier to get to the strip. “It’s really pretty and much safer for people walking and biking; more dogfriendly too,” she said. Carlsbad resident Rose Marie Bennett, who had just done some shopping, also said the nearly finished product looks “really nice” and it feels more pedestrianfriendly. “During construction, my experience here was not so good, like everyone else’s,” Bennett said. “I tried to come Christmas shopping and it was just tricky to get in and out. You had to be very persistent to shop in the area, I would drive through quite often but I did avoid stopping by.” In collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and the Highway 101 Association, King announced that the city is planning a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Sept. 22 from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music, chalk artists, performances, fence art and a Taste of Solana Beach event involving many of the restaurants along the corridor.


August-September 2013

Time to cross the water-wise bridge Face it. San Diego is a semiarid desert; it’s really North Africa on a different planet. But we don’t live like it. We tend to enjoy plush, landscaped yards (me, too; I’m guilty, as well) and think about water mostly when the rates go up. If we had to rely solely on fresh water from the ground and our natural lakes and streams, only a fraction of us could live here. So, it was with some interest to listen to Maureen Stapleton, chief of the San Diego County Water Authority, appear before the San Dieguito Water District (the Encinitas City Council members with different hats on) to explain some things about the Delta water conundrum and the latest proposed solution. The problem, as most people know, is that about 20 percent of the water we use comes, at least indirectly, from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. That watershed covers 1,100 square miles and carries water from Northern California ultimately into San Francisco Bay – except, enough water to supply 25 million residents and 3 million acres of farmland to the south is first diverted to head south into the San Joaquin Valley and, finally, at the end of the “pipe” to us. The struggle over how to share the finite


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News from Encinitas, Carlsbad and Solana Beach


Norby shifts efforts from main street to village Longtime leader of Encinitas group joins city of Carlsbad By Heather Rushall Longtime downtown Encinitas advocate and Highway 101 Coordinator Peder Norby announced his decision to move his passion for economic redevelopment to Carlsbad after 16 years with the city. The city of Encinitas agreed to

an early contract termination effective Aug. 15, the same day Norby’s one-year consulting contract with Carlsbad begins. The Carlsbad City Council approved the $125,000 contract in June and will vote annually whether to extend the agreement, according to news reports. The Encinitas community has undergone major changes in the past decade, including the downtown Streetscape project in 2000, which Norby defined as the “skeleton underneath all the pretty stuff.”

Although he facilitated much of the renovations in downtown Encinitas, Norby said thanks are owed to the merchants, property owners and the city. “I believe people give me way too much credit for that,” he said while sitting in the very lumberyard near where some of the project construction had taken place after having gone virtually unused for more than 10 years. “There was no grocery store, no hardware store. City Hall was in a

different location and there was no Coaster,” he said. The project set the stage for downtown growth, along with updated sewer lines and retrofitted roads. Norby said the renovations were meant allow downtown to sustain another 100 years. What’s in store for Carlsbad Norby said he has a vision for Carlsbad similar to what was achieved in Encinitas, while

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Artist seeks help to spread ‘Madonna’ message Project aims to have versions of the work in several cities By Ernesto Lopez The environmental message of the Surfing Madonna mosaic – “Save the Ocean” – is set to reach far more people up and down the coast of California. Within the next few months, a handful of artists from different cities and a variety of genres will receive an invitation by Mark Patterson, the creator of the original artwork, to produce their own versions of the Madonna to be placed in privately owned spaces. “I think it’s just awesome for others to have their own interpretation; we will see renditions that will shock, amaze and inspire,” he told the North Coast Current. So far, a bronze sculptor from Northern California, Susan Holt, is on board, and her final project will most likely be placed in or around Pebble Beach, a popular surfing spot. Patterson said he is delighted to have started the project because,

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The Surfing Madonna mosaic is on display at Cafe Ipe in Leucadia, pictured Aug. 13. North Coast Current photo


August-September 2013


Current wins 12 awards Yoga North Coast Current The North Coast Current won 12 awards July 12 at the annual banquet for the Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter. The Current won awards for its online content and design: First Place for Online Design (awarded to Editorial Director Roman S. Koenig) and Honorable Mention for Online News Site. Contributing writers and photographers were also recognized by SPJ for their work with the Current. n Manny Lopez: First Place Non-Daily Business Story for “Transfer of flower power,” about the changing ownership of Ecke Ranch. n Scott Allison: Second Place Online Photography for “Homecoming,” about the return of Marines at Camp Pendleton; and Honorable Mention Online Photography for “Mary Fleener lives art on the edge.” n Christopher Earley: Second Place Non-Daily Environmental Story for “Seeds of destruction,” about a program to remove invasive trees and plants

from local lagoons; and Second Place Non-Daily Feature Story for “Pharmacy wrapping up after 38 years,” about the closure of Rancho Park Pharmacy. n Helen Hawes: Second Place Non-Daily Food Story for “Carlsbad coffee roaster focuses on the art of coffee,” a profile about La Costa Coffee Roasting. n Ernesto Lopez: Honorable Mention Non-Daily Political Government Story for “Newspaper publisher quietly steps into the political fray,” about the contentious Encinitas City Council campaign of 2012. n Lauren Ciallella: Honorable Mention Non-Daily Food Story for “2Good2B at forefront of ‘free’ foods revolution.” n Koenig also won individual awards: First Place Non-Daily Opinion/Editorial for “Who watches the watchdog?” about the state of local journalism; and Second Place NonDaily Opinion/Editorial for “Strike a pose for hypocrisy” about the controversy over yoga in Encinitas schools.

Continued from Page 1 plans to appeal the decision.

Yoga program moves forward Baird said regardless of whether the parents decide to appeal the decision, the district plans to move forward with the program — and it’s doing just that. At a school board meeting July 31, the district Board of Trustees accepted an additional $1.4 million grant from the Sonima Foundation to further expand the program. The organization initially gave more than $500,000 to start it. The new funds will allow the district to hire two yoga instructors for each school, increasing the number of teachers from 10 to 18. “I think we’ve tried very hard to make it clear the district was in charge of the entire yoga program,” Baird said. “The program was designed to meet the needs of the district, not to carry out some mission.” The school district initially received a $533,000 grant from the Sonima Foundation, formerly known as the Jois Foundation, to fund the program. The grant covered the cost of the program’s setup, as well as a threeyear study about the benefits of yoga in schools. To help pay for more teachers and unprecedented expenses, the foundation increased its support to $700,000.

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“Any new program can generate concerns, and even small changes to a well-established program can result in a heated debate.” Terry Decker Solana Beach School District assistant superintendent “I would say most of our parents think it’s a very good program,” Baird said. “Many, many more than who had concerns about it.” Baird said the legal struggle has been a learning opportunity for the district about the implementation of new programs in schools. “We’ve had a lot of innovative programs introduced at our schools,” Baird said, “but most of them don’t create this kind of push-back.” Other programs, such as the Encinitas district’s one-on-one iPad program in elementary schools, have received positive feedback, Baird said. But Baird said he doesn’t think the yoga program generated much controversy to begin with, considering “98 percent of parents love the health and wellness program.” He said so far about 30 families have opted out. Support and strategy “Any new program can generate

concerns, and even small changes to a well-established program can result in a heated debate,” said Terry Decker, assistant superintendent of the Solana Beach School District. Decker said part of the challenge in implementing any new program is building support from the beginning. “Ongoing communication is essential to long-term support,” Decker said. “Even if you have developed the needed support, it can take time for people to adjust to something new.” Holly Palmer, executive assistant to the superintendent of the Del Mar Union School District, said it’s important for administrators to have a very clear and strategic plan when implementing new programs. Palmer said Del Mar plans to introduce a one-on-one Chromebook laptop initiative in six of its schools in grades four through six. She also emphasized the importance of keeping communication lines open. “Parent’s don’t like surprises — we make sure we’re very clear what purpose the program would serve,” Palmer said. Baird said after all the media attention the yoga lawsuit received, he wouldn’t be surprised to see other districts moving in the same direction. Palmer said Del Mar currently doesn’t have plans to bring yoga into schools, but would “never say they wouldn’t consider it.” Decker said Solana Beach does not have plans to introduce yoga into the curriculum.


August-September 2013

News from surrounding communities in North County


City grapples with drawing council districts Project is the result of lawsuit over minority representation By Alex Groves July 29 marked the first day in the beginning of a districting process for the city of Escondido as a council of seven people was sworn in at the Mitchell Room of Escondido’s City Hall building to discuss demographic analysis, meeting dates and outreach. Escondido made the decision to create City Council districts in order to meet the terms of a lawsuit settlement. The lawsuit – filed by a group of five in 2011 – was filed under California’s

Voting Rights Act, which gives increased power to minorities who believe their votes are being diluted. This was of particular concern among some residents in Escondido, where close to half the population is Latino but only one City Council member in the current group of five identifies as Latino. Rather than fight what could have become a costly lawsuit, the city agreed to create districts. There will be four districts created by the team of seven. Each of the districts will select a candidate who will become one of the City Council members. The election for the mayoral candidate will still be citywide. Elections for City Council under the new districts will


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take place on Nov. 4, 2014. The team of seven was appointed by three retired Superior Court judges. Three of the seven are white, while the other four are Latino. The members of the committee are: n Dana Nuesca, the executive director of Seeds of Hope, a San Diego County rehabilitation center for sexually exploited and trafficked children; n Roberto Ramirez, president of Mountain Meadow Mushroom Farms and a local entrepreneur. Ramirez

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holds a master’s degree from San Diego State University; n William Flores, a retired San Diego County assistant sheriff; n Jack Anderson, a retired Escondido deputy city manager; n Andy Carey, executive director of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership; n Doris Cruz, an employee of a loan service corporation. Cruz holds a bachelor’s degree in gender and multicultural studies from California State University, Chico; n John Valdez, a Chicano Studies professor at Palomar College. The composition of the Independent Districting Commission has sparked both the ire and support of

Escondido residents and political activists, with some backing the decision and others puzzled by it. Community activists such as Pat Mues of Escondido’s Future and Escondido 2014 say the commission brings fresh energy and a chance to shake up politics for the better in Escondido. Mues has supported the commission’s appointments, calling comments that the appointment process was “ridiculous gerrymandering,” “white flight” and “inexorable reconquista” either biased or ignorant. She said the City Council’s limited ability to affect decisions made by the commission will allow the group to do the job it needs to do. And if the districting process changes the composi-

tion of the City Council after 2014, that’s something Mues said she’ll be in favor of. “I think the only thing that is going to change those activities that those of us feel are not in the best interest of the community in general and in the Latino (community) in particular is if there is a totally different council majority,” Mues said. City Council members did not respond to requests for comment for this story about their role in the districting process. The commission was sworn in at about 4:30 p.m. July 29, and within a few minutes elected Nuesca as chair and Valdez as vice chair. Following the appointments of chair and vice chair,

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August-September 2013

Local spotlight on arts and entertainment

Current Searsucker designed to suit North County


Lacemakers to perform at Old California Coffee The Lacemakers – a folk music group made up of Heloise Love (guitar, whistle,drum,vocals), Miss Darla (guitar, mountain dulcimer, mandolin and vocals) and Kim Donaldson (vocals, fiddle and banjo) – are set to perform Sept. 20 at Old California Coffeehouse, 1080 San Marcos Blvd., No. 176. Coffeehouse music schedule: E Street Cafe hosts Open Mic Nights E Street Cafe, 128 W. E St. in Encinitas, hosts Open Mic Nights on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Sign-ups are 5:30 to 6 p.m. Online: ‘Wait Until Dark’ on stage in October “Wait Until Dark,” a thriller set in the 1960s, is scheduled to run Oct. 5-27 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St. in Carlsbad. Box office: 760433-3245. Online: www. ‘Fools’ by Neil Simon on stage in September The Star Theatre Company of Oceanside stages the Neil Simon comedy “Fools” Sept. 27-Oct. 6. The theater is located at 402 N. Coast Highway in Oceanside. Information: 760-721-9983. Online: Experience Lux Art Institute after dark Lux After Dark, a fundraising gala to support Lux Art Institute educational programs, is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 6 to 11 p.m. The institute is located at 1550 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas. Information: 760-436-6611. Online: Find more arts and entertainment listings all month at

By Manny Lopez A restaurant metamorphosis took place July 17 with the emergence of Searsucker Del Mar from the chrysalis of Burlap located in Carmel Valley’s Del Mar Highlands Town Center mall. Intended to coincide with opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and hospitality entrepreneur James Brennan look to transport

some of the edginess and “new American cuisine” to North County that has made Searsucker one of San Diegobased Enlightened Hospitality Groups’ most successful brands. “Many of our Searsucker clientele are North County residents who drive to the Gaslamp Quarter on the weekend to enjoy the food, design and ambiance that makes Searsucker such a

unique destination,” Malarkey said. “To be able to now put a Searsucker in their very own neighborhood is a win for everyone.” Gone are the bright colors, eclectic furnishings and “Asian cowboy cuisine” that gave Burlap a club-like atmosphere. In their stead now sits a warmer, more familyoriented Thomas Schoos designed environment, which

Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. Courtesy photo by Chantelle Marie

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Oceanside film fest brings international, local talent together By Paige Nelson The Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for its third annual Oceanside International Film Festival in late August. n Find follow-up The four-day coverage of the event officially Oceanside film kicks off the film festival online. festival season in San Diego, starting Aug. 22. The festival showcases a juried selection of 50 films from nearly every genre, including narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation and student works. All of the films come from unsigned filmmakers across the globe who are looking to gain recognition among a wider audience. Film festival Chairman Dmitriy Demidov said there’s been a lot of participation from the local community this year, with film submissions from Encinitas, Chula Vista, San Diego and Carlsbad.

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Oceanside International Film Festival Chairman Dmitriy Demidov stands outside the Star Theatre on Aug. 4. Photo by Paige Nelson

August-September 2013

U-T building sale to school still in limbo By Alex Groves The acquisition of the old North County Times building by a North County charter high school is still ongoing, and both seller and potential buyer appear to be keeping mum regarding some details of the sale’s status. The Classical Academy of Escondido entered into an escrow agreement with U-T San Diego to purchase the 4-acre property in October 2012, according to a U-T report. The charter school campus was set to open in early 2014, the report stated. But the two entities have had difficulty facilitating a final sale due to various hurdles.

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Brookside back from the wayside Local vintner reviving vintage family label By Manny Lopez When your pedigree boasts a history as one of the oldest winemaking families in California, the decision to become a vintner isn’t always as easy as it may seem. For native San Diegan Tim Bacino, owner of Rancho Santa Fe-based Brookside Winery, the endeavor has meant working tirelessly to fill a huge pair of shoes whose corporate roots date back to 1832. Bacino, a self-described serial entrepreneur and the sixth generation of the Vaché family, known as pioneers in the California wine industry, has plunged into the See BROOKSIDE, page 9

Tim Bacino of Brookside Winery. Courtesy photo



August-September 2013



High school’s journalism class to return this fall By Jessica LaFontaine La Costa Canyon High School will no longer be removing the journalism class that produces the school newspaper, MavLife, from the class schedule. Instead, the class will be combined with the broadcasting journalism class, which produces the school television newscast. Classes resume for fall on Aug. 27. Anthony Fregoso, MavLife student sports editor, wrote an editorial that sparked debate last spring. The article was critical of Principal Kyle Ruggles and other administrators over the decision to cut Athletic Director Kari DiGiulio, along with the position entirely. Shortly after the publication of the article in March, school administration announced the journalism class would be cut from the curriculum due to low enrollment numbers. Students from the journalism class appealed the decision to the San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees at the superintendent level, spoke to local news outlets and met with school administrators several times about the issue. Despite their efforts to keep the class, the administration told students the newspaper would have to continue as an extracurricular activity, not as a class. At the close of the school year in June, students learned from their adviser that the class would survive another year, but with a twist – it would be combined with the broadcast journalism class. “I’m really pleased that we are able to offer this opportunity to the students, and I believe its aligned with the way journalism and communication is happening in our county in this time,” Ruggles said.

Photo by Manny Lopez Patrons sit at the bar of Searsucker restaurant’s new location in Carmel Valley on July 17.

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Malarkey described as “urban cowboy meets California chic,” with a new menu designed by Chef de Cuisine Andrew “Dizzle” Phillips. “Burlap was a concept. It was a trial run. When we first started our company we had a couple of different brands and styles that we were trying out,” Phillips said. “Searsucker is the one. I believe that’s what Del Mar has really always wanted from us and we’re going to give it to them.” Phillips, who has been with Enlightened Hospitality Groups since 2010, helped open the flagship Searsucker San Diego and has worked his way through the ranks to his new position at the North County location. He said that his charge is to return the focus back to the food. The grand opening special consisted

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Continued from Page 6 Demidov said international participation is also growing. This year’s festival will feature films from Portugal, Belgium, Spain,

Russia, Japan and more. “It is a big deal for a filmmaker to be selected and screened,” Demidov said. “It elevates their chances of landing a serious professional deal in the industry.” The festival organizational committee consists of nine film-savvy individu-

als, including Demidov, who have been meeting every two weeks to judge incoming submissions since January of last year. “I don’t want to spoil the magic, but judging is done in the most democratic way and the opinion is very objective,” Demidov said.

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of seared pork belly and scallops, prepared Del Mar style, with pork belly caramel sauce, micro-cilantro and breakfast radish. A three-course prix fixe menu crafted for the event, which included a number of Searsucker’s most popular dishes, was offered for $65. “On opening day, my impression is that this is a winning bet,” said Kristine Grant of Del Mar, who was among the first customers through the door. “I love the feel of this place. There’s a good vibe, it’s very clean and it’s within walking distance from my house in heels.” The six-week transformation, which Malarkey said cost more than $1 million, gives Enlightened Hospitality Groups a portfolio that includes Searsucker restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Austin, Texas. The group also owns and manages Herringbone, Gabardine, Stingaree and Campine, a catering and event production company. Malarkey said that after experi-

Incoming films are graded by the judges based on specific criteria, and the highest-scoring films are chosen to be best picture, Demidov said. “When we have so many submissions, everyone is subject to viewing,” Demidov said. “There were many good ones and also many bad ones. We ended up with many good films and even then had to cut it down.” Among the films to be screened include “Patrol Base Jaker,” a featurelength documentary film about U.S. Marines and the practice of counterinsurgency in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The film first made its debut in summer 2010 and went on to win best documentary at the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C. in 2011. “It’s a must-see for everyone and a very inspirational movie for our troops,”

menting with different concepts, Enlightened Hospitality Groups has plans for a national expansion of its Searsucker and Herringbone brands. The company expects to open 15 new restaurants across the country within the next five years. “We’re having a lot of fun and we don’t take things too seriously,” Malarkey said. “We’re entertaining with amazing food highlighted by great service in a party atmosphere and the glasses are always clinking. So put on your seersucker suit and head on over to Searsucker.” Searsucker Del Mar is located at 12995 El Camino Real. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A Sunday brunch will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information about Searsucker can be found at or by calling 858-369-5700.

Demidov said. In the movie, Producer David Scantling takes viewers to the front lines with Camp Pendleton Marines for a glimpse of daily operations and rare, close-up footage of on-the-ground combat. “There are some military films that discourage war, but this showcases the positive outcome of our troops being abroad,” Demidov said. The documentary will be featured on Aug. 24 along with three other military films: “Finnigan’s War,” “Towing” and “Bring Me Home.” Demidov said he hopes the military screening block will generate more interest among active-duty military and veterans. The film festival closes Aug. 25 with an awards gala at the Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Highway, where actress Sally Kirkland and voiceover artist Jon St. John will receive lifetime

achievement awards. The festival also features several workshops for aspiring filmmakers about screenplays, filmmaking and copyright, hosted at the Oceanside Library, 330 North Coast Highway. General admission festival passes are available for $50, and $35 for seniors, military and students. Oneday admissions are $15, or $10 for seniors, military and students. Workshops are $10 each, or free with a festival pass. Demidov said he hopes the festival will eventually “land Oceanside on the map.” “We want to establish ourselves as a well-recognized festival, not just in North County but in Southern California,” Demidov said. “I think we’re almost there.” For more information about workshop schedules and screening times, visit


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According to San Diego County property records, the building at 207 E. Pennsylvania Ave. is still owned by Project Safari Real Property Holdings LLC, which is a business entity in care of Manchester Financial Group. Douglas Manchester is a real estate mogul and chairman of Manchester Financial Group. Manchester also owns newspaper U-T San Diego, which bought the North County Times last year and folded it into its publication. U-T San Diego’s North County staff moved to offices in Oceanside in mid-May, leaving the Escondido building empty. The slow pace of the transaction has left some observers in Escondido and elsewhere in North County wondering whether the school will actually purchase the building or if the escrow agreement has fallen through. Classical Academy Communications Director Michelle Stanley said the plan to complete a pur-

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ultracompetitive world of wine production and turned his passion for the aromatic beverage made from fermented grapes into a quest to continue a family tradition. “I always knew I was going to make wine,” said Bacino, who one morning in 2008 woke up and decided it was time to jump into the business. “It was like my ancestors were calling me and a switch was turned on. I couldn’t help myself.” But rather than going the traditional route, which involves purchasing vineyards and processing facilities as well as dealing with the unpredictability of Mother Nature, Bacino took advantage of a new business model in winemaking called the “virtual winery.” Brookside Winery’s signature label, called Gen 7, is produced to specification by several boutique wineries throughout California that Bacino contracts with. During the harvest, he purchases grapes from local vineyards and then has them pressed, fermented, bottled and eventually shipped to warehouses in Rancho Santa Fe and Temecula, where they age until ready to sell. Bacino said that using the approach gives his small

North Coast Current photo A sign posted on the front door of the old North County Times building in Escondido notifies customers of U-T San Diego’s new Oceanside address. chase is still very much alive and pending the completion of a bond sale that would give the charter school the additional funds needed to purchase the property. “Escrow has not closed and the bond-selling process is almost

wine company, which ships about 1,200 cases per year under different labels, the flexibility to make the best wine in California’s best regions. “They are experienced wines made by the oldest winemaking family in California and every bottle has a little bit of history in it,” Bacino said. “Lots of care and attention is put into bringing the best product to market using our background and experience.” The original Brookside Winery was bought by food and consumer products conglomerate Beatrice Cos. in 1972. The winery was eventually sold in 1986 to a real estate development firm from San Francisco to make way for expansion of the Ontario International Airport. During its heyday, Brookside was the largest winery in Southern California with annual production of more than 3 million gallons of wine. The company had 150 labels, which included brandies, dessert, sparkling and distilled wines and spirits, along with 36 retail stores and tasting rooms, including Escondido and Bonita. The new Brookside Winery’s brands can be found in restaurants throughout San Diego, Orange County and the desert areas. Recently, the company delivered its first shipment of bottles to the Whole Foods Market

complete within the next 30 days,” Stanley said. Stanley was specifically referring to a $37 million bond deal that would allow the school to also make various renovations and facilitate the furnishing of necessary school materials. The bonds – which were underwritten by RBC Capital Markets LLC – have a BB+ rating. Bonds with this rating are sometimes called junk bonds, which means they are not investment-grade bonds. These bonds are still secure, according to experts, but they can be affected by adverse business conditions and can sometimes take longer to meet timely interest and principal payments. The bonds are expected to mature in 2043, according to a state report that describes the process in detail. While the final sale of bonds appears to be the major hurdle in the final sale of the North County Times building, it’s not the only difficulty that has kept the process from going through. In February, The Classical Academy was still facing questions from the city of Escondido’s plan-

August-September 2013 ning department before it could receive an approved change of land use permit. The land use permit was approved in March by the Planning Commission, but not without some concern from those same individuals regarding the ability of businesses with alcohol licenses to move into the same area. Bill Martin, an Escondido city planner, said that although putting a school in the proposed location would not necessarily prevent businesses with alcohol licenses from moving in nearby, it might very well change the expectations and requirements placed upon those businesses by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. “The fact that the school was going to be there was not going to result in any requirement to deny alcohol licenses by (the) ABC, but could be used as a consideration point to add conditions to proposed licenses,” Martin said. More specifically, according to a report from Escondido’s Planning Division, businesses 600 feet away from the school would fall under this consideration point; while that wouldn’t in itself pre-


vent a business from having an alcohol license, it could make it easier for them to be denied one. The 600-foot limit could have the potential to affect a number of businesses along Grand Avenue, which is Escondido’s “retail core” area. Recently, the city has been making an attempt to increase shopping, dining and nighttime entertainment within the area, and the placement of a school could make it harder for businesses to come in and make that goal a reality, according to the report. The report also raised concerns about whether the property had adequate parking and circulation for student pickup and drop-off. Ultimately, the land use permit was issued. As the deal continues to remain locked in place, officials at U-T San Diego are just as tight-lipped about the escrow process and how it’s going. When contacted about the transaction for this story, U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch declined to comment. “We do not comment on private business transactions,” he said via email.

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Photo courtesy of Brookside Winery Gen 7 is among Brookside Winery’s labels. Brookside wines are available at Whole Foods Market in Encinitas and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. in Encinitas. “I love their story and as a wine buyer, the juice was good,” said Michael Langdon, wine and spirits buyer for Whole Foods in Encinitas, who added that he hopes to do some privatelabel wines using Gen 7. “People may not recognize the name, but I think our customers are going to be very surprised at the quality of these local wines.” Sommelier Aaron Thun of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, where Gen 7’s California sparkling wine is served to guests as they check in, at the spa and during special functions, described the wine’s taste profile as having a bright green apple aroma, with notes of soft pear and white peach on the palate and nice fine bubbles for a

refreshing and crisp finish. Gen 7’s California sparkling wine is also used in The Inn’s signature cocktail, called the Sparkling Santa

Fe, which includes Hangar One vodka, mixed with simple lavender-infused syrup, topped with Gen 7 sparkling wine and then gar-

nished with a lavender sprig. “We wanted to support the local winemakers,” Thun said. “Gen 7 was the only local company that really stood out.” Gen 7 wines can be ordered online through the company’s website, which includes a wine club with several levels of membership. The company is looking to open a wine-tasting room somewhere in the North County coastal area in the very near future. More information on the Brookside Winery can be found at www.gen7wines. com or by calling Tim Bacino at 619-540-1986.


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Getting to know ourselves also helps us to get to know others Once, while shopping at the supermarket, I noticed a baby staring at another baby, who stared back. Nothing else seemed to matter to either of them, until they were finally wheeled out of each other’s sight. Later I visited an art gallery and saw some figure studies which consumed my attention, because I also draw people. Although those attractions are physical, based on sight, they also point to a deeper type of attraction, based on the non-physical principle “like attracts like.” I believe this transcendent, spiritual principle exists because there is something in us that is attracted to the same thing that exists in others. We also bond with others because we share something in common that mirrors an aspect of ourselves. To me, deep mutual recognition is fueled by love, and is an aspect of being that cannot


Continued from Page 5 City Clerk Diane Halverson and Deputy City Attorney Allegra Frost led a presentation on the requirements the commission would have to meet during the districting process. Most notably, the commission will have to hold a series of six public hearings where residents can make comments on the drawing of district lines. The meetings must take place within geographically diverse areas of the city and be concluded by Dec. 15 or 150 days after the commission’s appointment. The commission must also have a budget, which includes an expert consultant, by this time. Once the preliminary


Continued from Page 3 acknowledging that every community is unique. He said he is approaching the new project with an open mind and listening ear. “I think it’s important that interpretation happens,” Norby said. “Deciding right now what should happen is premature. “Interpretation is getting yourself on the ground, listening to stakeholders, finding out what the issues

be described, but is intuitively recognized in personal relationships and creative expression. To experience it, we must first come to know ourselves. We can grow in selfknowledge through self-acceptance, which comes from forgiveness, to forgive ourselves for our lack of fulfillment with work, relationships, goals, dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.” When we look within and realize what we really think about, and acknowledge how we truly feel, we develop compassionate self-awareness that leads to selfrealization. Self-realized, we can find and bond with others through mutual acceptance, love and


compassion because “like attracts like.” It is also important to get on our heart’s path. Joseph Campbell said there is something within us that knows when we’re on the mark or off the mark. According to Campbell, if our aim is just to gain materially, we’re off the mark and have potentially lost our life. How do we know when we’re on the mark? Carlos Castañeda’s mentor, Don Juan, taught that a path is only a path. What matters is whether or not our heart is in it. Does the path have a heart? Do we really want to walk it? If not, it’s not our heart’s path, and will ultimately lead nowhere except to feeling a lack of fulfillment. Some say they have no choice because of circumstances. I believe we always have choices, because we have a will. Choosing is an expression of free will and to change circumstances, we must

districting plan has been completed, a series of three additional public hearings will need to take place in geographically diverse areas of the city. A major source of contention during the July 29 discussions was the city attorney’s recommendation of National Demographics Corporation as a districting consultant. Before NDC’s president conducted a presentation, Escondido resident Robroy Fawcett offered to conduct the city’s consulting for free during a three-minute presentation. Fawcett criticized NDC’s method of collecting data and said the program utilized by the company creates a black box where important data should be. He also said his budget was $0 for consulting versus what he claimed was NDC’s

budget of $32,000. In April, Fawcett and his wife, Jane Fawcett, raised objections to the lawsuit settlement, saying it didn’t clearly define the term Latino. NDC President Douglas Johnson conducted a presentation describing the work his company would do and the requirements it would meet per the consent decree laid out by the city. Johnson also disputed Fawcett’s claim that NDC’s program created a black box where data should be, saying transparency is one of NDC’s objectives. Johnson said NDC was eager to work with the commission and provide it with a variety of options for how it might execute a districting plan. “Your consultant should be ready to show you the

are, how things lie, and then figuring out a path forward.” According to Norby, plans for Carlsbad focus on environmental restoration, the creation of a more community-friendly downtown and improvements to bike and pedestrian beach access – including a biking corridor – but he anticipates hearing many other project ideas from members of the community. “If I could put it into a sentence,” Norby said, “I would say it’s 1,000 conversations with intent.” Those conversations are

not random, he said. They require footwork, going to meetings, getting to know people and their issues, delving into the history of the area and lots of research. Norby is no newbie Norby, 50, has lived in Carlsbad for 31 years and has spent at least half that time being involved in the community. He took part in the initial discussions behind the Legoland California theme park, and in 1994 became the task force chairman during the elections and

make the choice. When the time comes to choose a path – and you can say to yourself, “I would love to …” or, “I would like to …” – then your heart is in it. When you commit to it, magic happens. Goethe observed: “Unless one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning acts of initiative … the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred … raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no person could have dreamt would come his way.” When ready, seek others of like heart and mind. Whether or not we know we are doing it, we all broadcast vibrations to others. We get “feelings” about others which connect us to them through

the powerful “like attracts like” principle. However, we can talk ourselves in or out of anything. I have found that sometimes the “Star Wars” character Obi Wan Kenobi’s advice to Luke Skywalker works: “Let go your conscious self and act on instinct.” To me, “instinct” is intuitive awareness. We can find friends, our heart’s path, and happily also our “match” through self-knowledge and the powerful influence “like attracts like” has on us – for what goes from the heart, goes to the heart. “In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Know thyself, and thou shall know the Universe and the Gods!” – Attributed to Socrates, and inscribed in the ancient Temple of Delphi. Barbara Basia Koenig is an Encinitas artist and personal counselor.

options,” he said. “We won’t make any decisions for you. It should be very clear where our role ends and yours begins.” However, some commissioners were uncomfortable that they didn’t have a choice between NDC and another firm. “It’s not going to hurt to hear from another company,” Commissioner William Flores said. “I don’t

think we’re under a time constraint.” Flores went on to say that though he was impressed with Johnson’s references and presentation, the commission should be able to consider other options. He suggested interviewing another consulting company within the coming weeks on either Aug. 5 or 12. Commissioner Jack Anderson said he feared

tabling the decision to hire a consultant might result in a longer time to create districts, which might cut into the time people would have to run as City Council candidates. “Where I come from is the perspective that the sooner we get this done, the sooner we can give people the opportunity to run for office,” Anderson said. City Attorney Jeffrey R. Epp echoed Anderson’s sentiment, saying it might be difficult to even get another consulting firm to arrive on such short notice. “These guys are not a dime a dozen,” Epp said. “There are not many firms with a municipal background that do this.” The commission opted to table the decision and interview another consulting firm on Aug. 5.

planning of the attraction, which opened its doors in 1999. Before becoming involved in redevelopment, he owned a Danish bakery business. He started his first business at the age of 19 and went on to open six stores – four in San Diego and two in New Mexico. But he said he always knew what he wanted to do. “My income was the bakery business, but my passion was economic redevelopment and community restoration,” Norby said. In 1997, he became exec-

utive director of the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association, and after getting established in his new career decided to sell the bakery business. In 2007, Norby took on a newly created Highway 101 coordinator position, getting a chance to work in surrounding areas such as Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Leucadia. He facilitated the General Plan restart after community backlash sent the proposal back to the drawing table – which he said was the toughest task he’s taken on in his career

so far. Norby said his wife, Julie, spent two decades as an elementary school principal before recently exploring a new path as the director of instructional services for the Solana Beach School District. The change, he said, influenced his own decision to make a move. “She left a community she had been in for 20 years,” Norby said, “and I thought, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’” The couple made major career changes within two months of each other.

North Coast Current photo Escondido City Hall is pictured July 31.



result is a rich, brown stock, which serves as a nice base for soups, rice and other Continued from Page 12 dishes. Sometimes, I add chicken base to the finished stock to boost flavor. jump if inconvenient, yet Other food items often perfectly good morsels such fodder for the garbage are as onion tops and carrot broccoli and kale stems, skins were included. both which make fine little Because I cook most pickles. Instead of dumpdishes from scratch, I end ing pickle brine out of an up with a lot of vegetable emptied jar, I often add kale scraps, which are full of and cut broccoli stems in nutrients and flavor. When the cucumbers’ stead, and I peel carrots, onions and let sit for a few days. Here garlic, and trim celery, the are other ideas for making scraps go into a freezer the most out of your food bag. I might throw in some supply: tomato ends or bell pepper pieces, but for the most part n Save broken pieces of I stick with the revered trin- spaghetti and use them to ity of fine cooking – onions, make rice pilaf. celery and carrots. Mirepoix, n Grate broccoli stems to be exact; or aromatics, and use in stir-fries and if you will. See, my kitchen salads. scraps have class. n If you have a dehydraAfter I acquire enough tor, clean out your fridge aromatics in bags, I boil every week and dry anything the vegetables in water that might go to waste. and bones from a roasted n For leftover hamburger chicken, or an inexpensive buns, or other bread that cut like leg quarters. The is going unused, place on


cookie sheets and let sit overnight. Grind into breadcrumbs and store for another time. Or, chunk the bread while still fresh and then air dry. Store for stuffing cubes. n If you are making spaghetti sauce, look for stray carrots, eggplant and celery, or other vegetables in danger of shriveling up. Chop and add to the sauce. (With carrots, you want to shred, not chop, because carrots take longer than most veggies to cook.) n The ends of bread are a hard sell, so trick your family by putting a filling on the crust side of the bread, exposing the outside of the ends. n Dry citrus and apple peels and use in homemade teas. I also put citrus peels in vinegar as a floor mopping solution. n After cutting corn off the cob, freeze the cobs and use later when making soup or stock. n Did someone forget to



Continued from Page 3 to him, it’s all about spreading the message and protecting the seas. “We are expanding our reach because we want people to wake up; the ocean is in trouble. We can’t treat it like a giant trash can; if we do, there will be a price to pay,” he said. The surfboard-riding Virgen de Guadalupe – a

cover the cheese, and now it’s hard? Put the cheese in the freezer, and grate for melting in casseroles or other dishes. n Don’t throw away your ham bone – add a pound of beans, water and a few vegetables, serve with rice and you can feed 10 people. You can find the recipe for this dish on the Preserved Home blog under “Red Beans and Rice.” Issue yourself a challenge – slash your grocery allowance in half for a week and try using what’s already on hand. Use the ingredient search on www.allrecipes. com, and put together a meal with a little of this and that. You never know. You may have an unexpected feast in your fridge and pantry. Laura Woolfrey-Macklem is a former North County resident who produces the Preserved Home blog. Visit

dents to keep the course.” As the enrollment numbers and budget dictated the previous decision to cut the class, some question the longevity of the decision with the payment of two teachers

for one class. Editor-in-Chief Megan Mineiro said she was elated when she discovered the class would remain. However, the principal never informed the students of

the decision. “He never came to us and told us or anything,” Mineiro said. Mineiro said she believes the media attention the controversy got helped them resolve the issue and fight to keep the class. “I feel completely relieved that they decided to keep the class,” Mineiro said. “I think it’s a good solution by combining the class with the broadcasting class.” The decision to keep the class was achieved by the district office and high school administration coming together. The question of whether it’s a temporary fix or a long-term solution still remains. “We’re going to have to see how this school year progresses,” Ruggles said. “I hope that we’ll be able to offer journalism on a more consistent basis.”

10-foot-square art piece of stained glass and stone – first appeared in April 2011 under the railroad bridge at Highway 101 and Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas. It immediately stirred controversy. City officials labeled the work graffiti because its installation did not go through the mandatory public-review process, and they right away began the process of having it removed. It was taken down on June 22, 2011.

To avoid any legal problems this time around, of course, Patterson said the new artworks will be installed with the proper permits. “It has to be done legally, because I already paid that price and we don’t want anybody going to jail,” he noted. Patterson added that he will soon make an announcement about the other artists, which will include a local representation. He specifically wants the San Diego version of the

Surfing Madonna placed somewhere in the Chicano Park area. To help fund part of the artists’ work, the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project organization, a nonprofit started in early 2012 to bring forth issues affecting the world’s oceans, is hosting the first Save the Ocean 5-10K Beach Run on Nov. 16. It will be at Moonlight Beach, in the heart of Encinitas, and runners, joggers and walkers are

Continued from Page 8 Ruggles referenced U-T San Diego’s addition of U-T TV and said he believes that combining print and broadcast journalism will be beneficial to the students. The class will be taught by journalism teacher Suzi Van Steenbergen and broadcast journalism instructor Scott Jordon in a large, divided classroom. Ruggles explained that there will be some overlap, but the classes will mostly be taught separately. The class was initially going to be canceled due to low enrollment, and while Ruggles said he does not know exactly how many students will be enrolled in the combination class this fall, “there will be enough stu-


Photo by Jessica LaFontaine MavLife Editor-in-Chief Megan Mineiro works on the La Costa Canyon High School student newspaper on May 10.

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resources of the Delta – between that which naturally flows to the sea at the San Francisco Bay and that which is sucked south to the Central Valley and Southern California – has been joined for decades. (The original levees in the Delta were thrown up in the 1850s, bringing marshland into agricultural production; the Central Valley Project started in the 1930s and the bond that opened the money tap for the State Water Project passed in November 1960.) In more recent years, the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project have diverted as much as 40 percent of the Delta’s flow south to farms and cities such as ours. In August 2007, a federal judge famously (or infamously, depending on your point of view) invoked the Environmental Protection Act to protect the endangered Delta smelt, a 2-inch minnow, by curtailing the amount of water taken. Subsequent drought triggered additional cutbacks, straining the valley agribusiness interests and bringing the crisis to a boil. This spring, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a comprehensive solution ( Home.aspx). The $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the product of stakeholders working with the California Natural Resources Agency, proposes money for two giant, 38-mile-long tunnels to suck water from the Sacramento River upstream of the Delta and pump it into the canals at Tracy, where it would flow to the south. It also intends to restore habitat and protect threatened species.

encouraged to participate. The 5K costs $39 and the 10K costs $49. The other part of the proceeds from the race will go to support a few community organizations yet to be selected. “Don’t miss out on this race; it will be really fun. We will get to run on the beach, which is unheard of,” Patterson said. As of June 2012, a year after it was taken down from its original location, the Surfing Madonna reap-


But as with most complex issues involving scarce resources where nobody gets everything they want, the proposal has already drawn opposition. The San Diego County Water Authority will weigh in later this year after needed study. The agency, which is layered between the giant Metropolitan Water Authority and the local water agencies, will analyze four of 16 possibilities: the governor’s preferred plan, a doingnothing proposal, a Delta Vision Foundation proposal and the somewhat similar Natural Resources Defense Fund portfolio idea. A “bookend” approach, Stapleton called it. (For details about the water authority’s approach, see sites/default/files/ files/2013_07_13_WaterAuthorityBDCP.pdf) This study and analysis will be worth more than its weight in water – if not gold. The county water authority has articulated an apt and thoughtful set of values to judge these plans, including: n co-equal attention to water reliability and environmental restoration; n development of local water resources; n encouragement for a statewide market for water transfers; n a financial structure that brings certainty and fairness to the arrangements. The water wars in California are legendary. And finding compromises that allow good ag land to be farmed, cities and their industries to drink and grow as needed, and fish and their habitat to survive is worth doing fairly and right. Kent Davy is the former editor of the daily North County Times. Contact him at

peared in public. It was mounted on the outside wall at Cafe Ipe, located at 970 North Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. For more information and to register for the beach run, visit www.surfing Also visit to learn more about the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. Artists interested in getting involved on the project can email Patterson at

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Scrap the throwaway; leftovers can be a star “Kids, mommy is making dinner with kitchen trash again!” announced my husband loudly. “Ewwweeee!” exclaimed my two young children, wrinkling their little noses in disgust. He loves to needle me about my frugality, but this time it resulted in some fasttalking on my part about how it’s food, not garbage, if you employ some creativity. You see, I’m into what I call “compost cuisine,” which is basically an effort to use up every bit of produce, and food in general, instead of throwing the food in a compost bin or garbage. It makes me uneasy to squander food. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food is wasted by Americans, with each person responsible for 20 pounds of wasted food each month. And this is likely not salvaged scraps, but prepared, fresh food. I’m sure that number would drastically



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UPCOMING EVENT n Sept. 8 ... Grand Prix of Cycling Hosted by Swami’s Cycling Club of North County;

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