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Be a part of growing excellence. Del Sur Elementary & Del Norte High Schools, #1 in PUSD†

Del Sur 2014

Memorial Day Block Party

6 Neighborhoods, 15 Model Homes

Thoughtfully Designed Indoor/Outdoor Living

New Townhome Neighborhood Now for Sale Garretson by Standard Pacific Homes From the $500,000s

Carrillo, Hawthorne, Marston and Presidio by Standard Pacific Homes

Garretson by Standard Pacific Homes

Brookfield Sentinels by Brookfield Residential Future Del Sur K-8 School New onsite school, Design 39 Campus and the first K-8 school in the Poway Unified School District, joins #1 ranked Del Sur Elementary and Del Norte High schools†. Under construction. Opening fall 2014. Ranch House Luau

New Parks Now Open

Year-Round Community Events

DelSurLiving.com Estate Caliber Homes at Marston by Standard Pacific Homes

San Diego new homes from 1,518 to over 4,600 sf. by Brookfield Residential and Standard Pacific Homes Priced from the $500,000s to the $1,000,000s.

Five Pools and Six Community Parks

† Based on 2012-2013 Advanced Placement Index (API) scores. Before making a decision to purchase in this community, prospective buyer should independently verify your child’s eligibility to attend certain schools. Persons in photos do not reflect racial preference and housing is open to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. Prices, plans, and terms are effective on the date of publication and subject to change without notice. Square footage/acreage shown is only an estimate and actual square footage/acreage will differ. Buyer should rely on his or her own evaluation of useable area. Depictions of homes or other features are artist conceptions. Hardscape, landscape, and other items shown may be decorator suggestions that are not included in the purchase price and availability may vary. No view is promised. Views may also be altered by subsequent development, construction,and landscaping growth. This ad contains general information about a new home community in California and it is not an offer or the solicitation of an offer for the purchase of a new home. This information is not directed to residents of any other state that requires registration or permit issuance prior to the publication of such information. Plans to build out this neighborhood as proposed are subject to change without notice. Standard Pacific Corp. California Real Estate License No. 01138346. © 2014 Black Mountain Ranch LLC. All rights reserved.


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on the cover 12 FACES IN THE(Z)CROWD

MARILYN MCPHIE

32 BLACK MOUNTAIN OPEN SPACE PARK 50 WORD WISE 52 PERC FAMILY PREPAREDNESS FAIR 56 PQ SKATE PARK EXPANSION

features 14 LOCAL TALENT

PQ BAND BUDDHA TRIXIE (Z)

18 STUDENT STAR (Z)

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Black Mountain Open Space Park has long been a destination for hikers, mountain bikers, and community explorers. Senior Park Ranger Edward Christensen tells us about what you can find at the park and beyond.

20 A COMMUNAL AFFAIR RBBA MIXER 22 PUSD MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM 24 LOCAL FAMILY THE SMITH FAMILY (Z) 26 YOUR NEIGHBOR’S RECIPE

STACY’S STUFFED MANICOTTI

40 IN OUR OWN BACKYARD TO THE MUSEUM! 42 MERCHANT PROFILE

PUKKA PILATES & PHYSICAL THERAPY

44 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

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VETERINARIAN DR. MIRANDA ALEXANDER (Z)

46 MOPA YOUTH EXHIBIT 48 SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW

MT. CARMEL AND WESTVIEW HS

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8 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 10 SPORTS CALENDAR 16 PQ COUNCIL CONNECTION 28 COMMUNITY STUFF 30 LOCAL PHOTOS 54 REAL ESTATE WATCH 58 LIBRARY SCHEDULE 61 COMMUNITY CHALKBOARD

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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER

Vol. 4, No. 7 TM

Publisher Derrick Breaux

What is the Special Ingredient?

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atching each issue of this magazine come together is a very exciting thing for me. Regardless of the number of editorial meetings that we have, it is always fun to see the completed design in print. We feature local students, families, volunteers, businesses and other stories as they relate to our immediate community. We often talk about how there’s a little something for everyone inside of these pages – whether you are 4 years old or 104 years old. Many people often ask me about our community and what makes it a special place. It’s easy to run down the typical list – beautiful homes, high-ranking schools, nice people, close proximity to a lot of things, etc. We talk about these things all of the time. In fact, many of us moved to our community specifically for these things. But there’s something more. There seems to be a special ingredient that can be found in our great communities. I believe that special ingredient is volunteerism. I recently had a conversation with a friend discussing how volunteers have such a positive impact on our local town. In fact, he took it one step further and stated that our community is as nice as it is specifically because of the contribution and donation of time of local volunteers. The more I thought about it, the more I had to agree. There’s something special that happens when people donate their precious time Derrick Breaux for the greater good of the community. Volunteering comes in many Publisher forms. Some people are capable of donating great amounts of time and energy. Others have a more limited ability to donate time. The important ingredient is that contributions are in fact made – big or small. Regardless of the amount of individual time that a person can gift to the community, it’s hard to deny the huge difference that it makes. Whether you are running one of the communities’ nonprofit organizations, volunteering at local events, or simply picking up the occasional piece of litter left behind on the sidewalk, our communities are definitely better places because of the people that do it. Regards, Derrick Breaux, Publisher

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GO HARD OR GO HOME

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the country, and 92127 residents have a reason to get excited. We talk with 4S Ranch Lacrosse’s Liam Mbuthia about what it took to bring the exciting sport to 92127.

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DEFINING FEMFESSIONAL

Local Stories. Local Photos.

While new words are consistently cropping up in the English language, “femfessional” isn’t one you’ll find in the dictionary – yet. Ask Anne Von Dyl of Del Sur, and she’ll have an answer for you.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE When Sue was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her mid-30s, the Klinkers transformed their lives.

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92130 MAGAZINE // CARMEL VALLEY TO SERVE AND PROTECT The Northwestern Division of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) exercises valor, honor, and camaraderie while protecting Carmel Valley and beyond. We spoke with Captain Manuel “Manny” Guaderrama about the inner-workings of this wonderful division of the SDPD.

CELEBRATING MUSIC Cinda Peck, a music teacher at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School, was honored with the 2013 Profile in Music Award from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

CUPCAKES & COMPASSION Torrey Pines High School student Tayah Bolt bakes cupcakes for humanitarian efforts over in Thailand.

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92128 MAGAZINE PLAY BALL!

The Rancho Bernardo Little League and the Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League anticipate the coming season.

DEL •SOL MAGAZINE DEEPLY ROOTED

We talk with Karen Wilson, Executive Director of the Del Mar Foundation, about their efforts to bring resources, events, and programs to the greater Del Mar area.

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POWAY CITY COUNCIL

We spoke with members of the council that leads the way in making a difference in the Poway community.

92131 MAGAZINE MARSHALL IN THE MIDDLE

Everyone can appreciate the experiences in the life of a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student. We sit down with the people that help the young 92131 students with the transition to mature young adults.

92009, 92011 AND 92024

Local community members and businesses alike in neighboring zip codes are featured bi-monthly. The news, photos, features and lifestyles are put in the spotlight. To find out more, go to www.zcodemags.com.

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:::: COMMUNITY CALENDAR

things to do in 92129 february + march 2014 FEBRUARY FEB. 1 – APRIL 4

MCHS PTSA SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Pick up an application on campus or download online www.powayusd.com/pusdmchs/ptsa

FEB. 2

GROUNDHOG DAY GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES BEGIN

FEB. 4

STATE OF THE REGION 2014

Addresses the current regional business environment and provides an economic forecast for the San Diego North community. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Sony Electronics www.chamber.sdncc.com

FEB. 6

KHAI JEWELERS GRAND OPENING

Attendees can enter a drawing for a $500 gift certificate 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Khai Jewelers 9975 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92129 www.khaijewelers.com

FEB. 7

FEB. 28

SDNCC GOLF TOURNAMENT – LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION Register online www.sdncc.com

MARCH

MARCH 21

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

A full day of inspiring speakers and luncheon 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort For more information on events and speakers, visit www.sdwomensweek.com.

MARCH 7

ONGOING

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Deer Canyon School Multipurpose Room www.powayusd.com/pusddces

ONGOING THROUGH APRIL 5 PQ FIESTA VENDOR/ENTERTAINMENT APPLICATIONS

TALENT AND VARIETY SHOW

MARCH 8 – 9

www.rpcouncil.com/fiesta

SCRIPPS BALLET AND SPAA PRESENTS AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOW

EVERY WEDNESDAY DYNAMIC SPEAKERS TOASTMASTERS CLUB

MARCH 9

1ST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH PLANNING BOARD MEETING

Proceeds benefit “Isabella’s Giraffe Club” 2 p.m. | Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall www.web.tututix.com/tickets

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS POWAY SYMPONY CONCERT

3 p.m. | Poway Center for the Performing Arts www.powaysymphony.org

12 – 1 p.m. | See website for location dynamicspkrs.toastmastersclubs.org

7:30 – 10 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort – El Dorado Room www.sandiego.gov/planning/community

EVERY THURSDAY MT. CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

MARCH 17

6:30 – 8 p.m. | Mt. Carmel High School www.rpcouncil.com

FEB. 9

MARCH 20

1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH PQ TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

A portion of tickets sold will be donated to The Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden 7 p.m. | Belly Up Tavern www.bellyup.com/event/the-highwayman-5

MARCH 22

SOCK HOP

6 – 8 p.m. | Sunset Hills Elementary School www.powayusd.com/pusdshes

THE HIGHWAYMAN CONCERT FEATURING NANCARROW

FEB. 10 – 14

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Deer Canyon Elementary School Multipurpose Room www.powayusd.com/pusddces

FEB. 13

BREAK-A-THON TO BENEFIT WOUNDED WARRIORS 4 – 7 p.m. | Family Karate Rancho Peñasquitos www.familykaratepq.com

FEB. 14

VALENTINE’S DAY

FEB. 17

PRESIDENTS’ DAY

FEB. 21

ROCK IN THE PARK: A TRIBUTE TO LOREN NANCARROW 7 – 10 p.m. | Reuben H. Fleet Science Center www.rhfleet.org/events/rock-park

FEB. 22

PQ SOLAR SEMINAR

Talk to industry experts about switching to solar 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Hilltop Park and Recreation Center www.sullivansolarpower.com

FEB. 27

JOG-A-THON

9 – 11:30 a.m. | Sunset Hills Elementary School www.powayusd.com/pusdshes

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FIRST DAY OF SPRING FILIPINO CULTURAL NIGHT See website for time Westview High School Theater www.powayusd.com/pusdwvhs

MARCH 27

DALLAS BRASS WITH WHS AND MVMS

Dallas Brass concert featuring the participation of Westview High School and Mesa Verde Middle School bands. 7:30 p.m. | Poway Center for the Performing Arts www.powaycenter.com

MARCH 29

CANYON VIEW LEMONADE STAND FUNDRAISER 9 a.m. | Canyon View Elementary School www.powayusd.com/pusdcves

WOMEN’S WEEK EVENTS MARCH 17

7 – 9:30 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort www.rpcouncil.com

2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH DIAMOND GATEWAY WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION 7 p.m. | Mt. Carmel Church of the Nazarene 858-538-8842

EVERY FRIDAY YMCA SPORTS CLINICS AT DEER CANYON ELEMENTARY

8 – 8:55 a.m. | Deer Canyon Elementary School

EVERY SATURDAY NEW DOG OBEDIENCE AND TRAINING CLASS

Includes commands such as heel, sit, stay, down and come. Topics include common behavioral concerns, responsible dog ownership, dog park etiquette, grooming, nutrition and more. 1 – 3 p.m. | Hilltop Park 858-243-4030

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS LOS PEÑASQUITOS CANYON GUIDED HIKES

OPENING NIGHT

Wine tasting, networking, and inspirational speakers 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Bernardo Winery

Saturdays: 11 a.m. Sundays: 1 p.m. Become a friend of the canyon and join the hikes by calling 858-484-3219

MARCH 19

HISTORIC ADOBE RANCH TOUR

HEALTH, BEAUTY, FASHION AND FITNESS

Makeovers, discussions, forums, fashion show and more 5:30 – 8 p.m. | Sharp Rees-Stealy at Scripps Ranch

MARCH 20

FEMME FINANCE: WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT, WHAT’S HOT, WHAT’S NOT

Interactive evening of fun empowering women through financial well being 6 – 8:30 pm | Hewlett Packard

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Docent-led tours of Rancho Santa María de los Peñasquitos Saturdays: 11 a.m. Sundays: 1 p.m. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve www.penasquitos.org

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If you have seen it elsewhere or can dream it, Khai Jewelers can create it in the highest quality at the best price.

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:::: SPORTS REGISTRATION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

BADMINTON OPEN PLAY BADMINTON

Wednesdays and Fridays | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Black Mountain Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov

BASEBALL RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS LITTLE LEAGUE PRACTICE BEGINS Begins February www.rpll.org

BASKETBALL RANCHO YMCA BASKETBALL LEAGUE Through March 15 Kids ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-11 Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. www.rancho.ymca.org

GOLF THE BERNARDOETTES

A friendly group of women golfers who play eighteen holes of golf every Wednesday morning at Oaks North Golf Course. For more details and a free round of golf, contact Lloyd Porter, Oaks North Head Professional, at 858-487-3021.

LACROSSE PQ LACROSSE CLUB – SPRING REGISTRATION Ends March 30 For boys and girls, grades 5 – 8 www.pqlax.org.uslaxteams.com

MULTI-SPORT MASTER YOUR SPORTS

Xtreme dodgeball, flag football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, multi and junior sports www.masteryoursports.com

SOCCER PQ RECREATIONAL SOCCER – SPRING SEASON REGISTRATION OPEN Register online; Season beings March 9 www.sandiegosoccerclub.org

RANCHO YMCA SOCCER LEAGUE

SOFTBALL PQ GIRLS SOFTBALL SPRING SEASON

Practices being Feb. 1 Opening Night games and festival on March 1 Picture Day on March 2 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Canyonside Park Fields www.pqsoftball.org

YOGA YOGA CLASS

Saturdays | 8:40 a.m. Canyonside Recreation Center 858-538-1073 or bindu@tealand.com

Through March 15 Kids 4-5, 6-8, 9-11 Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. www.rancho.ymca.org

(dates & events subject to change)

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Arch Health Partners

Proudly Serving the 4S Ranch Community Nasrin Arbabi, M.D.

Camille Santos, M.D.

Arch Health Partners (AHP) is proud to announce the opening of our new 4S Ranch Medical Center. For the first time, residents have primary medical services available in the community – including personalized family medicine, sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, X-ray and laboratory services. Jason Spring, DO

AHP 4S Ranch is home to family medicine physicians Nasrin Arbabi, M.D., Camille Santos, M.D. and Jason Spring, DO. New to the group, Dr. Spring provides Sports Medicine services as well. Stuart Graham, M.D., a board-certified AHP pediatrician since 1994, recently moved his practice from the AHP Poway office. He provides care for children from birth to 18 years of age. In addition to general dermatology services, Anne Truitt, M.D., provides cosmetic dermatology (lasers, chemical peels, Botox® and dermal fillers) and specializes in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, considered to be the most advanced and effective treatment of skin cancer.

Stuart Graham, M.D.

When it comes to your health, finding the right physician is essential. Choose Arch Health Partners – named a Top Performing Medical Group for its achievement in quality measures and use of technology by the Integrated Healthcare Association for four consecutive years. Centrally located on the corner of Camino Del Norte and Dove Canyon Road – the finest care available is now even closer to home. Arch Health Partners – 4S Ranch 16918 Dove Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92127

Family Medicine and Pediatrics 858.924.1900

Dermatology 858.924.1940

Anne Truitt, M.D.

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Marilyn McPhie Turns a Love of Words (and of People) Into a Profession by KELLY GUSICH | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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Name: Marilyn Ashby McPhie Community: Rancho Peñasquitos since 1978 Profession: Professional Storyteller

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magine coming from a family of consummate word-lovers (otherwise known as logophiles). One grandmother majored in elocution, reciting poems and other literary pieces, and the other was a poet who was often called upon to recite her creations for others. Suppose your mother taught English and drama, and your house was filled with books and stories. You might be on your high school speech team, and go on to major in English in college. What wondrous possibilities might be ahead for a word lover such as you? If your name is Marilyn McPhie, you’d take all of those fabulous inspirations and experiences and mesh them together to become a professional storyteller! Since 1985, Marilyn has told stories, in all kinds of places. It started when her two oldest children were three and four, and she had to choose how to participate in their parent participation preschool. On a list that included cleaning bathrooms and sanding or painting playground equipment, Marilyn the logophile logically chose ‘telling stories every week’ as her duty. The rest, as they say, is history. In addition to storytelling at schools and libraries, she also does performances and workshops for non-profits, corporations, universities, retreats, bookstores, in-services, wherever stories are welcome. “I run a monthly ‘story-swap’,” she affirmed, “which is open to anyone who wants to tell or listen to stories.” Three years ago, Marilyn and a group of local storytellers formed a 501c3 nonprofit organization that puts on an annual festival attracting almost a thousand story-listeners. Marilyn has received awards from the Greater San Diego Reading Association and has been a featured storyteller in many places, including the National Storytelling Festival in Greensboro, TN. She’s received grants for her work and tells stories throughout the county. “I’m famous at the grocery store,” she shared. “The littlest children seem amazed that I actually exist somewhere other than the library.” The legend among the McPhies is that they are descended from selkies, the seal people who live in the ocean, but can shed their skins and live on land. Marilyn and husband of thirty-nine years, Craig, moved to Rancho Peñasquitos in 1978. They have five children, all of whom are married and have given the McPhies nineteen grandchildren (so far). These details about Marilyn and her family make for their own fascinating story…one that is worth telling! ¢


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NOT LIKE ANYONE ELSE PQ Band Buddha Trixie: Because They Can by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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estview High School seniors Dennis Moon, Daniel Cole and Andrew Harris are the PQ band Buddha Trixie. Last September they packed the Epicentre in Mira Mesa with friends, family and fans, for a show that, as Dennis Moon explained, “just went for it.” Andrew Harris called it his most memorable performance, “All our friends came to support us and hear us play and it was a lot of fun.” Buddha Trixie’s members have Daniel on vocals and drums, Andrew on guitar, and Dennis on bass and backup.

of music, because “I feel it is important to have an extensive knowledge of music to pull inspiration from.” Daniel finds his muse in up and coming bands that are pretty indie or underground, especially The Frights, who are Westview alums. As far as types, he said, “I love all genres equally. Except for country – and whatever Blink 182 is.”

NOT JUST ANY OL’ FRIENDSHIP Buddha Trixie have aspirations for a musical future, but right now they are enjoying the influence that band membership has on their friendship. “Creating sound with Andrew and Daniel has created a unique dimension and depth to our friendship,” Dennis shared. Andrew’s favorite part is “I get to hang out and share a hobby with my two best friends, Dennis and Daniel.” “After years of spending so much time hanging out and playing music,” Daniel added, “we’ve essentially developed our own language of obscure and esoteric references.” Daniel summed it up well. “Making music is great, but making music with two of your best friends is an experience unlike any other.” 

NOT JUST ANY OL’ INFLUENCES Dennis has eclectic musical tastes, from contemporary artists like Beach House, M83 and Frank Ocean, as well as classic artists like Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone and Led Zeppelin. He doesn’t have a go-to genre, though. He likes “anything with feeling and that connects with me. Choosing one is limiting sometimes.” Andrew’s favorite musician is Jimi Hendrix, whose unique and innovative guitar style inspires his own playing. He also listens to many different categories

Name: Dennis Campbell Moon Age: 17 School: Westview High School Grade: 12 Parents: Brian and Lindsay Moon Sibling: Sarah (19)

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NOT JUST ANY OL’ BAND NAME Buddha Trixie was asked how they came up with the unusual name. It turns out they saw a Call of Duty opponent with the gamer tag ‘Buddha Trixie’, and they didn’t have any other ideas. ‘Daniel Cole and The Holy Microwave Explosion’ just wasn’t going to work, apparently…

Name: Daniel Cole Age: 17 School: Westview High School Grade: 12 Parents: Jenny and Kevin Cole Siblings: Alex (20), Andy (23)

Name: Andrew Harris Age: 17 School: Westview High School Grade: 12 Parents: Colleen and Phil Harris Siblings: Mitchell (21), Megan (23), Olivia (16)


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What’s New in

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by DARSHANA PATEL AND MICHELLE O’CONNOR-RATCLIFF Special to 92129 Magazine

Several local schools benefitted: ♦ Gordon Macshane repaired Mt. Carmel’s dirt stadium trail. ♦ Sunset Hills received garden benches courtesy of Shaw Sandback. ♦ Mark Nasielski built flag display cases for Adobe Bluffs. ♦ Thomas Knapp renovated Mesa Verde’s gym. ♦ Black Mountain’s choir welcomed a new stage set piece from Garrett Weir. ♦ Los Peñasquitos’ BLAST after school program purchased new books.

The Town Council is proud of our residents’ dedication to improving PQ, and pleased to be able to assist them in some small way. But these grants are only possible because of your financial support. Please look us up on the web and become a community partner today. Our next grant application deadline is at the end of February, so don’t delay! Thanks for helping to make PQ strong. 

STAY INFORMED Website: www.rpcouncil.com Social Media: www.facebook.com/rpcouncil Meetings: First Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Mailing Address: P.O. Box 720783, San Diego, CA 92172-0783 Phone: 858-848-7782

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Our local parks received a few upgrades as well: ♦ At Hilltop, Andrew Mallrich restored and installed a historic community sign and Kedwin Chen built three trailhead markers. ♦ At the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Dane Persky built an enclosure for the outdoor handicap accessible portable toilet and Jeremy Banks fixed a major runoff problem at the waterfall site.

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t may be a tall order for a sixteen-year-old girl to be smart, sporty, driven, responsible and caring, but PQ resident Macy Gipson delivers on all counts. With her 6’2” stature, it is inevitable that Macy is able to reach great heights, figuratively and literally. This Westview High School junior uses her physique to her advantage, leading the varsity basketball team with the most blocked shots for the 2012-2013 season. This year she is serving as a team captain while still maintaining an impressive 4.25 GPA. Not one Macy Gipson (16) to shy away from a challenge, Westview High School Macy proclaimed, “I love Westview 11th because of its rigorous academic Kim & Lisa courses and great athletic program.” Naomi (12), Britany (23) This hoopster teen’s future plan is to play basketball in college and eventually become a doctor, specializing in either pediatrics or sports medicine. Macy’s favorite class is Biomedical Technology, which emphasizes her lifelong love of science. Macy elaborated, “I have always had a passion for science. When I was little, I asked my mom to read me recipes instead of bedtime stories. As I grew up, I went from liking kitchen chemistry to biomimicry to marine biology to my dream job of being a doctor.”


In addition to being athletically-fit and academically-inclined, Macy is also a sweet-natured soul who strives to make the world a better place. Just this last summer, she was one of only twelve girl scouts from across the U.S. who attended a two-week Outward Bound community service trip to Costa Rica. Working with a representative from the Peace Corps, Macy engaged in enriching activities such as painting a local school, playing with the local schoolchildren, tidying up

“My family, coaches, best friends, and pastors all encourage me to keep my faith strong, live with integrity and put my best foot forward.” the beach to ease sea turtle hatcheries, replanting native trees in the rainforest and clearing a path for a nature trail. Macy recalled, “It was an amazing experience and I hope to go back soon.” A devoted Girl Scout since her kindergarten years, Macy has logged 150+ hours volunteering for the program, including working as a camp counselor and teaching the counselors-in-training. She also volunteers at her church, and is a counselor at the Forest Home Christian Camps. Macy cites her loved ones as her inspiration, and revealed, “My family, coaches, best friends and pastors all encourage me to keep my faith strong, live with integrity and put my best foot forward.” She has done that in leaps and bounds. ¢

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n late November, ZCode Media hosted a mixer for the Rancho Bernardo Business Association (RBBA) at our headquarters. For the first time, there was a record of 185 members and guests in attendance. RB Honorary Mayor Alex Monroe kicked off the night with a thank you to the hosts and attendees. There were door prizes that were won, including a bottle of wine and an enticing gift basket. Miguel’s catered with delicious finger foods and chips and dip, and live music was provided by the Sandy Devito Combo. Special guests included Miss Rancho Bernardo, Katherine Da Silva, and Miss Rancho Bernardo Teen, Kayla Anderson. It was a fantastic night, filled with good food, new friends, and lots of networking. Visit www.rbbusinessassociation.com to keep up with news and upcoming events from the RBBA. ¢

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esidents are always looking for ways to give back to their communities. In the Poway Unified School District (PUSD), there’s an easy way to donate to your local schools, and then maximize that donation through your employer: the Matching Gifts Program. Here’s how it works: let’s say you want to donate $500 to PUSD. The next step would be to visit www.matchinggifts.com/powayusd, and type in your employer in the search box. For example, if I worked at Business A, I would type in the name “Business A”. Once you find the company selection that you work for, click it, and it will lead you to a page with contact information and steps to have your company match that donation. What does that mean? It means that if you donate $500 to PUSD Foundation, or to an individual school, your employer may match that and also donate $500. Steve Hafner, founder and CEO of HEP Development, said, “We frequently receive updates

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from clients on how their matching gift campaigns are going. We were elated to hear from a couple of clients who didn’t do just a double but, yes, tripled and quadrupled their matching gift revenues.” The Gift Matching program is not confined to a particular season, but runs year-round. Some businesses will allow retirees and spouses of employees to donate and gift match. Either way, you and your employer are helping to benefit local schools throughout PUSD. Some of the participating businesses include: Abbott Laboratories, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, BAE Systems, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Northrup Grumman Corporations, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Sony Electronics Inc., Takeda San Diego, and more. To learn more about making a donation to the PUSD Foundation or to donate classroom supplies for a particular school, program, or teacher, please visit www.pusdfoundation.org and get started giving back. 


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:::: LOCAL FAMILY

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This Family of Four Loves Life in 92129 by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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arrie and Brent Smith met as seniors at Mt. Carmel High School in 1989. Five years later, after dating throughout college (Carrie attended UCLA, and Brent, Loyola Marymount), they married; and when they decided to start a family of their own, they knew it was time to head back to PQ. “We both grew up in San Diego and knew that it was a great community and somewhere we would like to raise our family,” said Carrie. Flash forward nearly two decades, and the Smiths are now a family of four with two daughters, Madeleine (age 14) and Jillian (age 11). This year, Madeleine is

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Parents: Brent Smith & Carrie Smith Children: Madeleine Smith (14, freshman at Mt. Carmel High School) Jillian Smith (11, 6th grade at Black Mountain Middle School) Community: Rancho Peñasquitos – Lived in PQ since high school, both went to college in LA (Brent to LMU and Carrie to UCLA), moved back to San Diego after college and got married in 1994. Bought a home in PQ in 1999. Hometown: Brent – San Diego, CA; Carrie – Glendale, CA Profession: Brent – Sales Director; Carrie – Nurse Supervisor


a freshman at Mt. Carmel and Carrie and Brent are reminded not only of their high school days, but also of how lucky they are to be back in 92129. “We live in PQ, right above Mt. Carmel High School,” shared Carrie. “We love that PQ is a quiet, family neighborhood, with great schools and good people.” Both she and Brent are actively involved in the community – especially at their church, the Penasquitos Lutheran Church. “Brent is the Council President and leads a weekly men’s bible study,” Carrie explained. “[We] taught 1st and 2nd grade “We both grew Sunday school for five years and [I] was a up in San Diego Stephen Minister (layperson counseling).” In their down time, Carrie, who has a and knew that day job as a Nursing Supervisor in the Adult it was a great ICU at Palomar Hospital, and Brent, who is community and Director of Commercial Sales at an Internet Company, enjoy traveling with somewhere we Services friends and family. “We like to take road trips would like to and visit National Parks and have done so raise our family.” with several great PQ families,” Carrie stated. “[We] have vacationed in Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Vermont, New York and Palm Desert.” They also spend time at Family Karate in PQ. “Carrie is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and Brent is a 1st Degree Black Belt,” said the couple. And the talent seems to run in the family. Jillian plays basketball, volleyball, and enjoys dance. “Jillian can do the splits!” Carrie exclaimed. “Madeleine played All Star softball this summer for PQ Lightning,” added Carrie, “Where they won the North San Diego District Championship and finished 5th in the Nation at West B Nationals!” ¢

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Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Spray two large (9 x 13) baking dishes with cooking spray and add 1/2 cup of pasta sauce in each to cover bottom of pans. Set aside. 3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then add the manicotti. You want to slightly undercook the manicotti since you will be baking it in the oven. 4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix Ricotta, 4 ounces of mascarpone or cream cheese and one egg. 5. Once fully combined, add ½ cup mozzarella and ¼ cup parmesan. Set aside. 6. Once the manicotti is done, drain and toss with olive oil. Set aside. 7. Add olive oil to a skillet or sauté pan and heat on medium heat. 8. Add onion and garlic and sauté a couple minutes until translucent. Next add the bell peppers, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, oregano, salt and pepper and sauté for another couple minutes. Finally, add the zucchini and squash and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Once it is done, add it to the ricotta mixture and add fresh chopped basil. 9. Fill Manicotti with the cheese and vegetable mixture. (I do a ton of baking and I always have piping bags in the drawer. They come in handy for so many things and they work great for filling manicotti.) Otherwise you can spoon in the mixture. 10. Put filled manicotti in a single layer in the prepared baking dishes. Cover manicotti with remaining sauce between the two dishes. Cover them with foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 11. Once done, remove foil and add remaining 1 ½ cups mozzarella (3/4 cup to each) and ½ cup (1/4 cup to each) to the baking dishes and put back in oven for 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove and serve. Makes: 18 stuffed shells Total Time: 1 hour

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Chef’s Name: Stacy Arciaga Family Members: Jose (husband), Ryland (son), Kaitlyn (daughter) Community of Residence: Rancho Peñasquitos Hobbies/ Interests: Baking, scrapbooking, volunteering, cake decorating Favorite Local Activity: Volunteering at Sundance Elementary About the Recipe: I like this recipe because it has a good amount of vegetable but there are so many flavors and textures that they don’t even notice. Everyone in the family is a fan of this recipe! About the Chef: I am a working mom who enjoys spending time with the family, volunteering at the school and trying new things. ¢


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Standout Student at Westview

Alice Drewitt is a dynamite student at Westview High School. She has enjoyed Westview’s theater program, the Lady Heat Step team, and cheering with the Westview Cheer team. Being quite the cheermeister and dancer, Alice has put her feet to a good use through charity. In 2009, Alice’s grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Alice joined the youth crew at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day sixty-mile Walk for a Cure helping the walkers during the event. However, in November of this past year, Alice signed up and got the courage to walk all sixty miles in her grandmother’s honor. Well done, Alice.

Tennis Champ in the Making

MCHS Senior Scholarships

The Mt. Carmel High School (MCHS) PTSA will be taking applications for the PTSA Senior Scholarships in February. Applications can be downloaded from the PTSA website or picked up in the Sun Center on campus. There are two requirements: students must be graduating seniors at MCHS, and either the student or a family member must be a PTSA member. Selection is based on academics, extracurriculars, and involvement in the community. Three to five students will be chosen after the spring, and the award amount is $500 each. Deadline for applications is April 4. Stay updated on other MCHS PTSA opportunities at www.powayusd.com/pusdmchs/ptsa.

Grand Opening of Khai Jewelers

Amy Huang may be a sixth grader at Mesa Verde Middle School, but that doesn’t deter her from reaching for her tennis dreams. She started playing the sport four years ago, and has grown into quite a competitive player. “I love to play tennis because I can always meet my friends and new people at the tournaments,” said Amy. Amy won silver medals in both singles and doubles competition at the July National Tennis Tournament and gold medals from her competition in Tucson, AZ. Amy isn’t stopping now, as she is excited to play more international tournaments in the future. “I will keep playing tennis as a pro,” said Amy. “I want to be a scientist after I retire and invent amazing products to help people live better.”

Khai Jewelers is celebrating their grand opening reception on Feb. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be complimentary refreshments and attendees can enter a drawing to win a $500 gift certificate to Khai Jewelers. Throughout the month of February, Khai Le invites the public to stop by to meet him, and he will be offering free jewelry cleaning, watch battery replacements and watch band sizing. Khai Le said, “I welcome people from the area to drop in to discover our store and come to us for whatever they need – from a simple repair to collaborating on an exquisite custom piece of jewelry.” Khai Jewelers is in Rancho Peñasquitos, at Carmel Mountain Road in the Plaza Rancho Peñasquitos & Prado Shopping Center. For further information on Khai Jewelers, call 858-780-0200.

Donate to the Nancarrow Healing Garden

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Drive

Long time San Diego news anchor, Loren Nancarrow, passed away on Dec. 28 after a ten-month battle with brain cancer. Before his death, he and Susan Taylor, Executive Director of External Affairs at Scripps Health, came up with the idea to name the Healing Garden at the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center, “The Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden”. They have raised $108,000 out of the $500,000 needed to re-name the Healing Garden. There will be two benefit concerts to raise money: Feb. 9 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach and Feb. 21 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. To donate and see the video that Loren’s family created, visit www.scripps.org/loren.

Canyon View Lemonade Stand

We all know that when life gives you lemons, you’re expected to make lemonade. But things once considered part of public education are not offered to the students today, because there isn’t money to pay for them. Canyon View Elementary School could use your help by collecting more “lemons” in the form of donations. On March 29, the Canyon View Elementary Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, will be hosting a “lemonade stand” event at the school. Stop by and donate whatever amount to give toward a better education for the children at the school. An opportunity drawing with valuable prizes will be held at the event.

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In early January, Friends and Family Community Connections (FFCC) packaged 290,000 meals to send to the Phillipines at Westview High School. There were almost 1,600 volunteers from the community, filling the Westview High School (after the first occurrence of Westview High School) parking lot to package these meals for the Filipino people who have been affected by natural disasters. The group wants to express a special thank you to Todd Cassen, Principal of WHS, Chris Carter, Athletic Director, and Bob McHeffey, a WHS teacher and active member of FFCC. The Fight Against Hunger Club was instrumental in advertising, providing morning snacks and volunteering. Mary Fox, WHS PTSA President, said, “It is our hope that in the next year Westview can raise enough money to host their own food packaging event in the Quad. We can get even more students involved in the fight against hunger.”

Apply For the PQ Fiesta Now

The 19th annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos will take place in May on Black Mountain Rd. According to the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council, every year, approximately 15,000 people set foot in 92129 to attend the family oriented street fair, and they want your help to make this year even better. They are now accepting applications for sponsors, vendors and entertainment providers. You can download an application at www.rpcouncil.com/fiesta2014, and the deadline is April 5.


Poway Symphony Orchestra’s Concert

The Poway Symphony Orchestra, in its ninth year of performances will present its next concert on March 9 at 3 p.m. in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. The program includes the “Academic Festival Overture” by Johannes Brahms, “Norwegian Dances, Op. 35” by Edvard Grieg, and the final song is “Frostiana” by Randall Thompson, in which the orchestra will be joined by choirs for Rancho Bernardo and Mt. Carmel High Schools. The full orchestra performs under the direction of Warren Torns. For more information, visit their new website at www.powaysymphony.org.

Volunteers Needed for RSVP

The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) is devoted to assisting the San Diego Police Department with nonconfrontational duties, including performing vacation house checks, visiting elderly and house bound, following up on crime reports through business security checks, patrolling in school areas, and much more. To qualify for RSVP, you must be over fifty years old, able to devote three patrol days and a monthly meeting. The volunteers will be trained at the police academy and provided with a uniform and badge. The RSVP is always in need of new members. They can be reached at 858-538-8092.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Christens Church On Sept. 17, the new church for Our Lady of Mount Carmel was dedicated by the newly installed Bishop of San Diego, Cirilo Flores. With the help of parishioner fundraising and a design from Domus Studio Architecture, the over 1,700 families who are part of the church now have a permanent place to worship. The old multipurpose room now serves faith education and many other active ministries like Feeding Families, which offers food assistance to those in need on a monthly basis, and Migrant Outreach, which serves marginalized laborers living in the greater Rancho Peñasquitos area.

Little Jumps, Big Changes!

During February, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego will hold its 3rd Annual Little Jumps, BIG Changes campaign. Little Jumps provides lessons to club members about how to lead healthier lifestyles, while also raising funds to support the Clubs. According to the Boys & Girls Clubs, this campaign is very important, given the alarming national statistics of childhood obesity and the serious health risks our youth face, such as diabetes and heart disease. To make a donation or for more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Diego head over to www.sdyouth.org/littlejumps.aspx.

US Arts Staff Show Dazzles

US Arts Center is teeming with over 500 students, and the walls are normally filled with their artwork. However, the past two months were an exception as they showcased the art of their twelve instructors. The pieces ranged from photo realism and contemporary figurative, to loose portrait sketches. Kate, an instructor at the center, said, “It was quite rewarding for parents to be able to see what gifts are behind the instructors who teach their children.”

Troop 8256 Honors Veterans

Not many people know about National Wreaths Across America Day. According to the Wreaths Across America website, “At many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving, or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We honor our veterans every day, and we think there is no better time to express our appreciation, than during... the holiday season.” Girl Scout Troop 8256, from Mesa Verde Middle School, placed wreaths at the Miramar National Cemetery in honor of the fallen heroes. To learn more about Wreaths Across America, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Apply for Don Diego College Scholarships

Beginning in 2014, twelve high school seniors will head to college supported by scholarships from Don Diego Scholarship Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the San Diego County Fair. Together, this year’s dozen will enjoy $39,000 in funding. The Don Diego college scholarships are offered to outstanding high school seniors throughout San Diego who have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The deadline to apply is April 1. Eligibility requirements and the application form are at www.dondiegoscholarship.org/scholarships/dondiego-scholarship-application. For questions, contact Executive Director Chana Mannen at cmannen@sdfair.com or 858-792-4210.

92129 Scout Speaks at SDG&E Conference For Haven Nisly’s Gold Award project, she tracked the water usage of a group of families for one month. She then gave them a list of water conservation techniques to use, and monitored them for a second month. With the data she collected, she found that basic conservation techniques around the house saved over 1,600 gallons of water per month. After completing the experiment, Haven was invited to present as a speaker at the Social Innovation and Sustainability Conference hosted by SDG&E. Haven noted, “I found that if every home in San Diego conserved in the exact same way as the homes in my study, the city would save over ten billion gallons of water in a year.”

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1. Michael Showden assists in a Westview High School charity event. 2. Ava Fakhrabadi, Costume Crew Head for Westview High School Theatre Company’s production of Wait Until Dark, evaluates potential costume choices for actor Dylan Kawalec. (Photo by Mady Tondi. See more at www.westviewtheatre.com.) 3. Sydney Mauch surfing in winter San Diego. 4. 92129 Magazine contest winner, Emily Balderrama, and friends Rachel Lee and Annabelle Carlson enjoying a fabulous dinner at The Melting Pot before a concert at UCSD. 5. Westview Varsity Girls Basketball at the SDSU vs. Air Force game. 6. Art students hard at work. 7. Amaya Inouye cheering on Mt. Carmel High School at Tournament of the Bands. 8. Miena Williams holds the certificate that she won after answering the question’s in 92129 Magazine’s Dec/Jan Cover Feature. Congratulations, Miena! 9. The San Diego North Rotary cleaned the plaques at Mt. Soledad. 10. The Varsity Wolverines in their pregame huddle before taking on Steele Canyon.

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STEP OUTSIDE Black Mountain Open Space Park Keeps Nature in 92129

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hen most people think about 92129, the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful Black Mountain Open Space Park. Through the hard work of the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, and specifically Senior Park Ranger Edward Christensen, the park is a prime destination for hikers, mountain

bikers, paragliders and general lovers of 92129’s natural beauty. We talked with Christensen about the history, challenges and future of the park, and discovered that there’s more to 92129’s cherished space than meets the eye.

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AT A GLANCE Name of Location: Year of Establishment: Website: Phone: Email:

Black Mountain Open Space 1967 www.sandiego.gov/parksandrecreation 858-538-8082 eachristensen@sandiego.gov

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Q&A

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AT A GLANCE Name Community Profession Education

Senior Park Ranger

What is the history behind Black Mountain Open Space Park? The history of Black Mountain is lengthy and involved. The first parcel that was acquired by the city and intended for park land was in 1967. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ‘sold’ a 200 acre parcel to the City of San Diego for $2.50 per acre with an agreement that the fee would be waived if certain improvements to the parcel took place, that was in the vicinity of the Miner’s Ridge Trailhead. Two of the original park rangers for the City, Bill Lawrence and Randy Hawley, built the Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail to satisfy the improvement requirement from the BLM. Since then there has been a number of land acquisitions from a variety of funding sources that has created the current boundary of the park, one parcel at a time. The communities surrounding these Open Space Parks have grown tremendously over the decades and in a way, the parks have grown along with them. Development mitigation has contributed to the size of Black Mountain and without this kind of visionary program, residents of San Diego wouldn’t have the variety of parks and access to Open Space that is enjoyed today in one of America’s ten largest cities. Please provide us with a brief summary of your background and experience. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, I began working as a seasonal park ranger in the National Parks. I worked at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Cabrillo National Monument here in San Diego, CA. After nine years in the federal system, I was hired on with the San Diego Park and Recreation Department as a

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Edward Ahrens Christensen University Heights Senior Park Ranger (6 years) B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Major in Natural Resource Studies and Minor in Wildlife Biking, flying aircrafts, building models, managing a flying club

sr. park ranger at Mission Bay. Unforeseen budget issues had me bounced around for a few more years where I found work as a Ranger/Diver with the Lakes Recreation Program working at the City reservoirs; El Capitan, San Vicente, Otay Lake etc. In 2007, I was hired back on in a full time position as a senior park ranger with the Open Space Division here at Black Mountain. I’ve been enjoying my work here ever since. When did you become involved with Black Mountain Open Space Park? When did you become senior park ranger, if you did not begin in your current position? After a fairly long resume building experience with the National Park Service, I was hired on as a senior park ranger with the city in 2005. The first position I was offered was in Developed Regional Parks Division at Mission Bay. I began working at Black Mountain for the Open Space Division in 2007. What attracted you to your current position as senior park ranger? Over the years I’ve worked in some amazing places, had

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OUTSIDE many unique experiences, and met lots of great people. I’ve always liked the idea of teamwork and I jumped at the chance to come here and be a part of this team. The man who hired me described my position as a ‘blank slate’ meaning there was some room to leave your mark in how the park develops. I saw coming to Open Space as a chance to use my college degree in Natural Resource Studies/ Wildlife Biology in a way I never could have in a patrol oriented position.


What do you most enjoy about Black Mountain Open Space Park? I have enjoyed imagining the potential of this park and how it relates to the surrounding area. Connectivity not just for people but also for wildlife and how we can best support the requirements for survival of many animals and plant species is a tough balance. The concept of having an interconnected web of habitat areas is something that has been given a lot of thought over the years and still does. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the overall process of managing and planning for Black Mountain and other Open Space areas. What is the biggest challenge facing Black Mountain Open Space Park? In one word: weeds. Non-native plant infestation is a huge problem. It degrades the quality of the habitat and often times native animals have no use for the invading species, so it effectively destroys the environment they depend on similar to development or any other habitat fragmentation. Full scale eradication of many of these invasive species and restoration of an area back to a native plant pallet is extremely time

consuming and expensive. It’s not impossible; it just requires a lot of resources to focus on the problem and a skilled manager to plan out the work in a logical and efficient way. Every invader has a life cycle for growing and seeding so the technique to battle each one is different. We tend to focus on small areas at a time to make it manageable and try to keep the healthy areas from degrading with spot herbicide work or mechanical removal. For the time being our motto could be “Keep the good stuff good”. Please tell us your most memorable moment as senior park ranger of Black Mountain Open Space Park. Generally speaking the most memorable event was probably the 2007 fires. Although Black Mountain was mainly spared,

another of my Open Space areas was completely burned over. Clevenger Canyon North and South were torched. Following the fire, some grant money was identified to help restore the area. We worked for 2 months straight with crews and were able to rebuild all the bridges, repair and maintain trail tread that started eroding, construct some new rock steps and retaining walls and generally get the trail system back in good condition. There have probably been lots of little incidents, but the fires were the main thing in my time. Please provide us with lesser known facts about the Black Mountain Open Space Park area. A paraglider who launched from Black Mountain Glider Port (a.k.a. Little Black) recently set a distance flight record for that site landing east of Lake Henshaw in the Warner Plain! What activities can visitors participate in when visiting Black Mountain Open Space Park? Hiking, biking, bird watching, attend a nature hike, watch paragliders flying at the Glider Port, compete in one of the permitted athletic events throughout the year. Generally just enjoy being in an outdoor setting while still close to home. Currently, what is Black Mountain Open Space Park’s biggest need? Something the readers may not know is that

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Black Mountain is only one of five main parks that my staff and I work in; so we are spread fairly thin. There is one Sr. Ranger and one full time Ranger dedicated to these 5 parks, another position splits time between all north city parks. Having more ‘boots on the ground’ to patrol, manage projects and work crews, expand on services provided, etc. would be helpful. The Department just finished a recruitment process for park rangers and a few of them will be ‘roving’ positions so this need may be addressed before too long. What are your short-term goals for Black Mountain Open Space Park? Long-term? The biggest news coming for the short and long term is the finalization of the Black Mountain Natural Resources Management Plan (NRMP). This document will serve as a sort of play book for me and those who come after me in prioritizing work and having an agenda for managing the area. One of the exciting aspects of the NRMP are some revisions to the trail system at Black Mountain. We will be developing a trailhead on the east side of the park, creating two user friendly loop trails on the eastern ridges, and connecting the mountain itself to the Lusardi side of the open space north of Carmel Valley Rd. via a trail connection. When this is done, a user will be able to travel from the summit of Black Mountain all the way out to the San Pasqual Valley at Bandy Canyon Rd. and the 78 using only the hiking trail! Another major project that is in process concurrently with the NRMP is planning and construction of the Trail for All People. This will be an ADA accessible loop trail that will extend from the current Miner’s Ridge parking lot and offer shaded seating areas with views north, east, and west. It will allow mobility impaired folks a chance to get out in to the habitat and experience the smells, sights and sounds of the Chaparral. This has been the brainchild of the current Black Mountain Citizens Advisory Committee Chairperson, Jas Arnold. A trained land surveyor, Jas has worked tirelessly to get this project off the ground raising private funds and working with the original land owner to have the parcel deeded to the city where an official project could be proposed. Donations for this ADA project are welcomed and are handled through the Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon nonprofit which has a special account going to support peripheral fees and materials needed along the way for the project. Do you need any volunteer assistance at Black Mountain Open Space Park? If so, how can readers of 92129 Magazine help out? Volunteers can be a big help on certain projects. For big projects that are planned

out ahead of time we notify the volunteer office. We have also posted notices at park kiosks for smaller or on-going projects. Volunteer projects can range from weeding and planting to doing trail maintenance and construction. People interested in volunteering can call the Ranger Office at 858-538-8021. More information can be found at www.sandiego.gov/volunteer-program. Who has been instrumental in the preservation of Black Mountain Open Space Park? Since the first parcel was acquired in 1967 I’m sure the list is very long and ranges from dedicated city staff to active members of the conservation community. Kevin McNamara was a volunteer serving on the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board who was largely responsible for engineering the Paraiso Cumbres and Montana Mirador parcel additions. The Black Mountain Citizens Advisory Committee led by Mike Kelly also worked closely with the RP Planning Board and city staff like Don Steele to preserve the park stopping a development planned for the south slopes, north of Sundevil Way and limiting fragmentation of other park areas. The Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) has its roots in the federal Endangered Species Act passed in 1973 and has been a driving force in setting aside open space and habitat for plants and animals. Without a plan and process for securing ‘green belts’ in the region our city could look very different. San Diego County is amongst the top counties in the U.S. for having the highest number of threatened and endangered species. Preserving areas like Black Mountain, Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Gonzales Canyon, and many more parks and smaller unnamed parcels provides islands of habitat that native plants and animals depend upon for their very existence. So many people have worked to make this a successful program and still do. Advisory groups and planning boards work cooperatively with city staff to shape the look of these areas. It will always be a balancing act to fulfill the mission of Open Space and legal mandates with the desires of the public. Black Mountain Open Space Park Open Space Park is home to a wide variety of native plant and animal species. Can you please elaborate on the vegetation and wildlife? The main habitat types on Black Mountain are

Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub. Chaparral communities tend to thrive on the cooler and wetter northern aspect slopes, the hotter and drier southern slopes are better for Coastal Sage communities. Chaparral grows in very dense patches and visitors may see purple Ramona Lilac, Chamise, red barked Manzanita, Sumac, Horned Lizards, Rattle Snakes, Rabbits, Quail, Road Runner, and Bobcat. Coastal Sage Scrub is home to more widely spaced plant communities where Lemonade Berry, Buckwheat, Gnatcatcher, Fence Lizard, Barrel Cactus, Red Tail Hawk and others make a home. Some animal species cross over habitat types, some are active in day time, others are nocturnal and become more active at night, still others use the twilight hours to thrive. Lusardi Creek is the only riparian area in the park where Sycamore trees, California Rush, Mule Fat and crustacean can be found as well as raccoon and Mule Deer. All animals depend on water to some degree so Riparian areas, or places where water exists, are usually visited by lots of animals. When you are out in the park some time, take a break and stay as still and quiet as possible. You might be surprised at how much you begin to notice and how many critters start moving around you. The two look out areas on the northern part of the Miner’s Loop are good places for that, Lusardi Gorge near the creek is also a great place to observe wildlife. An endangered plant, the San Diego thornmint, which has a strong mint smell, has been found in the Santa Luz part of the park. Is there anything you would like to add for our 92129 Magazine readers? Come on out and enjoy the park! 


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boys and girls track, softball, boys tennis, boys volleyball and gymnastics have several athletes who have opportunities for individual, as well as team, CIF success. Beyond the CIF banners and league championships, the coaches at Mt. Carmel take great pride in their athletes’ off the field achievements, in the classroom and the community. Our teams rate very high in terms of

overall team GPA, including last year’s boys tennis who was the highest in San Diego County. The CIF standards of “Victory with Honor” and the six pillars of character are the foundation of each program. Please see the schedules on our website and come out to be part of the action. And remember, “It’s Great To Be A Sundevil.” ~ Randy Wright, Athletic Director

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he Peñasquitos Emergency Response Council (PERC) hosted a family preparedness fair this past January at Hilltop Park, including a great deal of hands on activities to help families become better prepared the coming year. An assortment of activities dotted the park, like free goodies, information and training such as free CPR training (not certification), child fingerprinting, seventy-two hour kits (free items for the kits), emergency training by San Diego Fire and Rescue Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and SDG&E, as well as the presence of the Red Cross and other professional organizations. Pets that were brought along could receive lowcost micro chipping from the County Animal Control. To keep up to date with emergency preparedness, communication, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.perc4pq.org. ¢

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:::: REAL ESTATE WATCH

Real Estate Matters A Move of Our Own by SCOTT VOAK

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or the past year, I have been working with my partner and our team to try and position ourselves for the next several years. What is of critical importance for our clients is access to international buyers. Roughly 20% of our upper end purchases in San Diego are made by international buyers. What many people do not know, is that the U.S. is unique in having a multiple listing service, and agents that sell other brokerages listings. In foreign countries, if you want to buy a home listed by Century 21, you have to go through Century 21. So, buyers from outside the United States look to individual brands – the idea of Zillow or Trulia doesn’t register to them. So, we began searching for a brand with a strong international presence to compliment our strong local marketing efforts. We also wanted a company that stood for excellence and would allow us to build out the territory with solid, experienced agents rather than bringing in a lot of new agents and hope they workout. Fortunately for us, a company such as that was looking for a team to build out their presence in inland North County. I am very happy to announce that starting in 2014, we will be joining Pacific Sotheby’s International and building multiple offices to serve the inland North County. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and look forward to putting together a team of high caliber agents that can help leverage this great brand for the benefit of our clients. Happy New Year! ¢

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Scott Voak, the top selling agent since 2008 (data from SANDICOR MLS as of 6/1/2013) and the host of Real Estate Matters that airs Sunday Mornings at 10 a.m. on AM 1450, provided this information. Email him to subscribe to his weekly real estate newsletter – Monday Morning Coffee.

Recent Sales Activity Address

For the most comprehensive list of properties sold within the last several years, visit

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Beds

Baths

Est SF

Price

7190 Celome Wy

Beds Baths Est SF 5

3

2,962

925,000

Price

Address 12557 Foxcroft Ct

4

2

1,735

610,000

7885 Pipit Pl

4

4

2,516

845,000

11134 Carlota St

4

3

1,815

600,000

6972 Santa Fe Canyon Pl

4

4

3,442

845,000

14951 Satanas St

3

2

2,126

600,000

13137 Via Canyon Dr

4

3

3,331

840,000

12704 Texana St

3

2

1,455

600,000

14388 Bourgeois Wy

4

3

2,888

830,000

9519 Vista Tercera

3

3

1,932

599,000

7973 Eclipse Rd

5

3

2,440

825,000

9316 Pipilo St

3

3

1,585

594,000

8293 Stage Coach Pl

4

3

2,479

818,000

14550 Penasquitos Dr

3

3

1,760

590,000

12588 Ragweed St

4

3

2,492

795,000

12691 Buckwheat Ct

3

2

1,699

582,000

13710 Butano Wy

4

4

2,573

753,000

11215 Almazon St

4

3

2,040

581,000

13148 Ireland Ln

4

3

2,215

750,000

15464 Paseo Ajanta

5

3

1,993

575,000

7435 Arucauna Ct

4

3

2,587

750,000

13435 Black Hills Rd

3

2

1,798

570,000

8835 Greenberg Ln

4

3

2,435

740,000

12451 Via Cabezon

3

3

1,882

561,000

9319 Vervain St

4

3

2,360

738,000

12543 Ginger Snap Ct

3

3

1,585

546,300

12579 Salmon River Rd

4

3

2,215

720,000

13090 Old West Ave

3

2

1,419

545,000

13225 Bavarian Dr

5

3

2,617

720,000

11145 Socorro St

4

2

1,405

537,500

14283 Classique Wy

4

3

2,364

705,000

12782 La Tortola

3

2

1,571

530,000

9295 Adolphia St

4

3

2,217

700,000

13858 Via Lactea St

3

2

1,423

529,500

8939 Ellingham St

4

3

2,219

692,000

9281 Samantha Ct

4

3

2,219

525,000

9456 Chabola Rd

4

3

2,389

665,000

9485 Whellock Wy

4

3

2,107

520,000

13226 Corte Villanueva

4

3

2,101

663,000

11168 Raju St

4

3

2,110

510,300

12793 Cijon St

3

3

1,882

659,000

13330 Via Costanza # 3

3

3

2,033

510,000

14469 Janal Wy

5

3

2,561

641,500

7860 Via Belfiore # 3

3

3

1,682

500,000

13415 Bidwell Ct

4

3

1,798

625,900

9573 High Park Ln

2

3

1,387

470,000

13851 Talca Ave

5

3

1,962

625,000

11049 Avenida Maria

3

2

1,476

460,000

11211 Del Diablo St

4

3

2,641

620,000

9352 Babauta Rd # 117

3

3

1,510

417,500

13791 Via Tres

4

3

2,164

615,000

7865 Via Belfiore # 2

2

3

1,432

410,000

12940 Calle De Las Rosas

4

2

1,922

610,000

(complete list of homes sold in 92129 at www.92129magazine.com)

Information considered reliable, but not guaranteed. Please check with a licensed real estate professional for more information. Not all sales are listed.

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residents may have noticed that the Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park is undergoing some changes. And it’s not just a couple of new rails to grind your board on. Renovations to the park will include the addition of new skate features, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) path of travel upgrades, and construction of shade structures for the skate park. The park will now feature a plaza which will include a set of four stairs with rail, flat manual pad, slanted manual pad, bank to ledge box, doublesided hubba ledge, banked ramps, and

grind rails. The new stage feature will include loading dock gap and ledge, multi-sized kicker ramp gaps, gap to the hubba ledge, small Euro gap, and long grind ledge and grind rail. The transition and bank ramp combo skate feature will include contoured surfaces with a seven foot radius and eight foot radius transition ramp. Features will include a bank with ledge and pole jam feature.

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Other upgrades include barrier removal for path of travel from the ADA parking lot to the area surrounding the existing onsite restroom facility. Companion seating will be added in the observation area surrounding the existing restroom. To take a break from some hardocre skating and skateboarding, four shade structures will be added in various locations throughout the skate park, including a threepost sail-shade and a single-post pyramid cantilever shade structure. The entire construction is slated to be completed in early spring, 2014. ¢


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SWEET TREATS DRAWING WITH MS. LISA Registration required 4 – 5 p.m.

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PEÑASQUITOS EMERGENCY RESPONSE COUNCIL (PERC) MEETING 6:30 – 7:55 p.m.

FEB. 18

MEET GEORGE WASHINGTON

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FEB. 25

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FRIENDS OF THE RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS LIBRARY MEETING

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BABY AND ME YOGA

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TUESDAYS ZUMBA WITH AZI

THURSDAYS PRESCHOOL STORYTIME WITH MARILYN MCPHIE

Ages 14 and older No class on Feb. 11 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

HOMEWORK HELP: GRADES K-12

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

INTERNET TUTORING 10 a.m.– 12 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4 – 6 p.m.

KNITTING & CROCHET CLUB

RP GOES TO THE MOVIES

PAINTING WITH CHELSEA

1st Tuesdays 1 p.m.

Ages 5 to 10 4 – 5 p.m.

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES

CARTOONING WITH ANDREA

ZUMBATOMICS FOR CHILDREN

1st and 3rd Tuesdays 4 – 5 p.m.

1st and 3rd Thursdays 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

ONGOING

S.E.T. CLUB (SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY) HANDS ON SCIENCE

FRIDAYS HATHA YOGA WITH KATHLEEN

MARCH 4

BRING ON THE BIRDS

Presented by Bert and Sharon Kersey 1 – 3 p.m.

MARCH 25

Fun science experiments for 4th grade girls 4 – 5:30 p.m.

MONDAYS BEGINNING HATHA YOGA WITH JULIE 2 – 3 p.m.

HOMEWORK HELP: GRADES K-12 Mondays and Thursdays 3:30 – 5 p.m.

For grades K – 5 2nd Tuesdays 3:30 – 5 p.m.

CREATE-A-CRAFT

All ages; registration required 4th Tuesday 6 – 7:30 p.m.

GREEN CRAFTS WITH MS. EMILY Mondays and Wednesdays 4 – 4:45 p.m.

1 – 3 p.m.

1 – 2 p.m.

SPANISH/ENGLISH STORYTIME 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

CHESS CLUB 3:30 – 5 p.m.

MUSICAL MENTORING: GRADES 5 – 8 1st and 3rd Fridays: 4 – 5 p.m. 1st and 3rd Saturdays: 12 – 1 p.m.

PAWS TO READ: GRADES K – 6

Children read their favorite stories to the dogs to improve reading skills with San Diego Love On A Leash 1st and 3rd Fridays 4 – 5 p.m.

FAMILY FRIENDLY FRIDAY FLIX 4th Fridays 3:30 – 5 p.m.

SATURDAYS ZUMBA WITH AZI 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

TACTICAL GAME CLUB 10:30 a.m.– 12 p.m.

KIDS WRITE 4 LIFE For grades 2 – 5 1 – 2 p.m.

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