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The 28th annual Vigilucci’s World Beach Bocce Ball Championship at Dog Beach in Del Mar brings bocce to the beach to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

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Newvehicles approvedforpatrol officers

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — On July 3, the Association board approved patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser’s request to purchase two new Ford Explorers to add to the patrol fleet. Six vehicles comprise the patrol fleet and one of the new vehicles will replace a vehicle with 112,000 miles on it. The sec- ond vehicle is for use by Wellhouser. “These are tough miles we put on the cars because the cars seldom go above 35 miles per hour,” Manager Pete Smith said. “There are few freeway miles on them.” “And half of those miles are driven in reverse, driving back- wards out of driveways,” Wellhouser said. The fleet vehicles are rotated

to spread out usage, but two are replaced each year as they approach 100,000 miles. The patrol car with 112,000 miles was scheduled for replacement last year, but due to a vehicle acci- dent, the replacement was delayed. The 2008-2009 Fiscal Year Capital Budget allows for the purchase of two patrol vehi- cles. The Ford Explorer was cho- sen as a patrol vehicle because of good visibility, maneuverability, interior space and maintenance track record. The two vehicles were priced at $67,820, but Wellhouser solicited bids from several Ford dealerships and received a bid at $59,708.27, a substantial savings. “It’s a com- petitive market out there now, so we were able to get a good deal,”

Wellhouser said. Included in the request is the cost to outfit the vehicles with necessary emergency equipment. One vehicle needs full equip- ment, including a light bar, con- sole, spotlights and loudspeaker. The other vehicle will require similar equipment, without the light bar, spotlights and minor equipment that will be added when the vehicle goes into full service. The majority of the equipment in both vehicles can be transferred to new vehicles in the future, meaning they can be reused. The patrol chief uses the vehicle for approximately one year and then it is rolled into the patrol fleet. Experience shows

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Historians celebrate architecture of Lilian Rice

ON 18 Historians celebrate architecture of Lilian Rice WALK AND LEARN A walking tour of Lilian

WALK AND LEARN A walking tour of Lilian Rice’s architecture on July 13 included the “Row” houses along Paseo Delicias, which she designed. Photo by David Wiemers

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The architecture of Lilian Jenette Rice was celebrated at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club on July 13. Cultural land- scape specialist Vonn Marie May gave an enthusiastic pres- entation to approximately 100 Ranch residents and history buffs from the San Diego area. The Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego historical societies and the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club sponsored the event. May’s slide show presenta- tion focused on Rice’s education — she was one of the first women to receive a degree in architecture — and her accom- plishments. Rice’s design of the

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Association

oversees

Covenant

expansion

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — New Association President Lois Jones began the first meeting of the new administrative year by welcoming new board directorsTom Lang and Deb Plummer.Then it was time to get to work with returning Directors Tim Sullivan, Kim Higgins and Bill Beckman. Only Director Steve Schillington was not present. One of the first matters before the board was the proposed annexation of an existing property into the Covenant. Russel and Susan Sande of the R.E. Sande Trust requested approval to annex their 1.74-acre property into the Covenant. The parcel contains a 5,009-square-foot residence that was designed in 1924 by Lilian Rice. There have been two subse- quent remodels that both retained the Lilian Rice styling and Rancho Santa Fe aesthetic. Additionally, the residence has a one-car garage and another two-car garage. “It is one of the first Lilian Rice homes in the Covenant,” Manager Pete Smith said.Even though the house

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Community supports school bonds

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Once again residents of Rancho Santa Fe stepped up to support the sale of bonds for the renovation of the R. Roger Rowe campus. In February, the community over- whelmingly passed Proposition E, which approved $34 million in funding for the renovation. The school district recently sold these bonds through the firm of Piper Jaffray & Co., a financial advisor and underwriter for many municipal bonds. Standard & Poor’s rated the bonds AAA, the highest rating awarded. “The bonds sold extremely well,” Superintendent Lindy Delaney reported in a report to the school board. She explained that a first priority was given to those living in the four zip codes in and around Rancho Santa Fe. A second priori- ty went to retailers and then insti- tutions were given an opportunity. Interest was high and all of the bonds were sold to those in the local zip codes. According to Delaney, there were more buyers than there were bonds; retail and institutions were unable to buy. This summer, architectural

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LEAD STORY

While Iran’s leaders saber- rattle and quote the Quran, the country’s multitudes of young adults are embracing NewAge self-help, as exempli- fied by the best-selling books and sold-out seminars of moti- vational guru Alireza Azmandian, according to a

June Wall Street Journal dis- patch from Tehran. Though young adults in Turkey and Egypt have stepped up their religious fervor, that is not so

inIran.Saida25-year-oldaero-

space engineer: “Religion doesn’t offer me answers any- more,” but “(Azmandian’s) seminar changed my life.”The Oprah Winfrey-touted book “The Secret” is in its 10th printing in Farsi; yoga and meditation are big; and adver- tising abounds on the virtues

of feng shui and financial management.

The Continuing Crisis

—RandallPopkes,41,and

his son Joshua Williams, 22, were arrested in West Des Moines, Iowa, in May and charged with an attempted safecracking at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. A security officer had noted their license plate as they sped away after a frus- trating session in which they had cut into the safe but could not open it. In fact, they had left behind a note for manage- ment, according to the Des Moines Register: “(Expletive) you and your safe.” —At press time, a court in Athens, Greece, was consider- ing a challenge brought by

three residents of the island of Lesbos in the Aegian Sea to prevent a Greek gay and les- bian organization from refer- ring to homosexual women as lesbians, arguing that such usage insults their heritage,

sinceLesbosresidentshavetra-

ditionally been called “Lesbians.”On the other hand, Lesbos was also the birthplace of the poet Sappho, a heroic woman among gays and les- bians for her early references to her love of other women.

Wedgies in the News

(1) In July, the Utah Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Erik Low, now 40, rul- ing that a jury should have considered the possibility of a lesser crime than manslaugh- ter in the 2003 shooting death of a man who had just 15 sec- onds earlier during a fight given Low what was described as a violent wedgie. (2) In June, a 20-year-old window cleaner on Australia’s Gold Coast survived a nine-story plunge, suffering only a bro- ken arm and, from falling on his harness, a super wedgie.

User-Friendly Research Projects

(1) In May, NASA sought subjects for a study into the effects of microgravity on the human body and offered each participant $17,000 to lie in bed for 90 straight days. (2) In April, England’s University of EastAnglia advertised for sub- jects for a study of whether a natural compound found in cocoa could cut the risk of heart disease among diabetic women; the participants must

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PicnicandparadepartoffunJuly4

By David Wiemers

Hundreds of Ranch resi- dents and visitors gathered on the green and along Paseo Delicias to enjoy the annual picnic and parade on the Fourth of July. Sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center and RanchoSantaFePoloClub,the picnic offered all the tradition- al favorites — hot dogs, ham- burgers and chicken sandwich- es. This year’s parade was organized by Chaco and Cutter Clotfelter, taking over the responsibilities from the late Dick Scuba (for whom a moment of silence was observed at the parade.) This year’s Grand Marshal was Mrs. Barbara Brown, a local teacher for 37 years who waved and smiled at many former stu- dents.Attheendoftheparade, most of the bicycles in the Covenant and their young rid- ers were part of the red, white, and blue festivities.

rid- ers were part of the red, white, and blue festivities. FOURTH FUN Above right, Congressman

FOURTH FUN

Above right, Congressman Brian Bilbray wears his patri- otic best. Right, this year’s Grand Marshal was Mrs. Barbara

Brown. Photos by David Wieners

Bilbray wears his patri- otic best. Right, this year’s Grand Marshal was Mrs. Barbara Brown. Photos

Day-aftercleanupfindslocalbeachescleaner

COAST CITIES — On July

5, more than 1,000 volunteers at

six cleanup sites picked up more than 4,000 pounds of trash and 28,000 cigarette butts that were left behind from the Independence Day celebration. According to cleanup organiz- ers, there was visibly much less

litter on San Diego City beach- es this year. Beach cleanup sites included 15th Street in Del Mar, South Carlsbad State Beach and the Oceanside Pier. “I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the beach this morning,” Scott Harrison from the Surfrider San Diego Executive Committee said. “In past years it looked like trash cans exploded but this year there was much less mess to deal with. The city workers did

a great job while our volunteers

focused on a minimal amount of trash along the tide line and a few streets and sidewalks that

were pretty trashed.” “One darker note is that we found more cigarette butts than last year,” Harrison added. “Since the beach was relatively clean, we sent volunteers to help clean the streets and side- walks close to the beach and that is where most of the butts were found. If you choose to smoke, please hold on to your butt and dispose of it properly.” “We had six different cleanup sites throughout San Diego County,” Bill Hickman, chapter coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter said. “Local environmental and citizen- based groups such as San Diego Coastkeeper, I Love A Clean San Diego, and Keep Del Mar Clean, helped organize each

site. In addition, La Jolla Shores Surfing Association, PB Town Council and other groups pitched in with cleanups. We

are encouraged by the enor- mous success and we hope our educational message has a last- ing impact.” In an effort to keep San Diego beautiful, Surfrider teamed up with local nonprofits and city agencies to form the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition. In addition to beach cleanups, SDCBC also organ- ized cardboard trash and recy- cle bins for the beaches in addi- tion to an awareness campaign. All summer long the SDCBC wants to remind people to “Enjoy your bash, but can your trash.” In addition to the “Morning After Mess,” the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter conducts beach cleanups on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. To view the beach cleanup scheduled for 2008, visit http://www.surfrider- sd.org/beachcleanups.php.

WinetastingfundraisersetforRelayforLife

RANCHO SANTA FE — A wine tasting fundraiser is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 25 at the Meritage Wine Market, 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite A-10 at the west end of Village Shopping Center, across from The Pancake House, to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. Come and invite friends for an opportunity to be edu- cated on wine regions, vari-

etals and producers. Enjoy flights of wines paired with artisan cheeses for $30 per per- son. A portion of the proceeds will directly support a great cause in our community for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event to be held in Encinitas on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17. The Relay for Life empow- ers communities to take part in the fight against cancer while honoring survivors and remem-

bering those lost to the dis- ease. Funds raised go to the American Cancer Society's patient service programs, can- cer research, advocacy and community education. If you can’t attend or would like more information about the Relay for Life con- tact Silvana Vargas at (619) 682-7452 or at silvana.var- gas@cancer.org or visit www.events.cancer.org/rflenci nitasca.

Staybusyin

thesummer

withanimal

centerfun

RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center stays busy during the summer months. Summer Critter Camp runs through Aug. 22. The day camp is for youngsters ages 4 through 14 years who love spending time with animals and learning how to care for them. Camps are offered as full-day, weeklong sessions. Contact Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Education Department at (858) 756-4117, ext. 318 or download the regis- tration form at www.animal- center.org and fax it to (858)

756-3954.

Helen Woodward Animal Center also needs used soft board/foam board surfboards for its third annual “Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Dog Beach in Del Mar.The event includes a half- hour dog surfing contest and a “Beach Bum and Bikini Babe” canine costume contest. Doggie Surf Clinics are scheduled for Aug. 9, Aug. 16, and Aug. 23. Due to popular demand, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Swami’s Surfing Association, GT Surf Designs, and San Diego Surfing Academy will present three “doggie surf clinics” in preparation for the third annu- al “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.” Clinics will be:

— Aug. 9 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. — Aug. 16 in Oceanside (hosted by surfer Guy Takayama). —Aug.23 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. If you’d like to open your home to an orphaned dog or cat, many need Foster Families. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Foster Families provide care for orphaned pets that have spe- cial needs. Become a “certi- fied” foster parent. The only experience you need is love. HWAC provides training. Contact Trisha Crawford, vol- unteer coordinator, at (858) 756-4117, ext. 375 or log on to www.animalcenter.org for more information. Volunteer orientations are held Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon

Sept.27andDec.13.Volunteer

opportunities are available for people age 14 and up. To receive an application, contact Volunteer Manager Lori Piccirillo at (858) 756- 4117, ext. 305 or e-mail lorip@animalcenter.org. PAWSitively Pets offers pet food, supplies, gifts and cards inside Helen Woodward Animal Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call (858) 756- 4117, ext. 334. Shop online at

www.animalcenter.org.Allpro-

ceeds support the nonprofit operation of Helen Woodward Animal Center. HWAC also continues its “Phones for Bones” program, recycling used cell phones.For more information call Trisha St. George at (858) 756-4117, ext. 379. Helen Woodward Animal Center also hosts an Adoption Kiosk located in Power Alley through the sixth inning July 13 and Sept. 28. For more

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OPINION EDITORIAL

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of Rancho Santa Fe News.

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS JULY 18, 2008

Slowitdown, you’re movingtoofast

Watching my fellow Californians adapt to rising gas prices and the expensive death throws of a petroleum-based economy has been inspiring. People are riding bikes, using mass transit, buying scooters and motorcycles and telecom- muting. Some are even walk-

ing. Television and newspapers present more than enough evi- dence of a culture influx.Gone are the days of drill and drive, foot on the gas, abandon. Up against the wall of finite resources and a faltering econ- omy, the majority of Californians are altering the way they do business.This is a very good thing. As talk turns to solar, wind and wave energy, those unwill- ing to shake the oil monkey off their backs become part of the problem. Gas hybrid cars seem almost obsolete. Moving beyond ecologically destruc-

O ften small alterations

in personal behavior can make a world of difference

tive fossil fuels is clearly the answer. Calls from the oil industry to drill off the California coast are falling on angry ears. Pollution and cli- mate change have changed the equation. Oil no longer equates with progress. Change doesn’t come easy, and if unprepared it can hit you hard. Often small alter- ations in personal behavior can make a world of difference and lead to even more profound changes. For example — riding

a bike to run errands not only

saves gas,it’s also a great work- out, which in turn can negate the need for a gym member- ship, which will further help reduce expenses at a time of financial uncertainty. Sure,abikeisnotasfastas

a car.So what? Slowing down is

a good thing when you’re going nowhere fast. Walking to the

BOB NANNINGA Observations from the Edge
BOB
NANNINGA
Observations from the Edge

storetakes evenmoretime,but it is healthier than driving,and on foot shopping loads are kept comfortably small. Going slow- er and getting by with less is the future of Californians. In this time of pronounced social and economic Darwinism, Californians who rapidly adapt to the end of oil will be the ones best suited to endure the coming crisis. Evolution anyone? One response to the price of gas and changing economic conditions is of note due to its simplicity and the age of those championing it. I was asked to meet with a group of Carlsbad High School students for a photo op as part of their campaignto encourage

driverstoslowdownforconser-

vation and climate change mit- igation. The students’ Slow Down—SaveGas movement is about encouraging drivers to voluntarily limit their speed to 55 miles per hour. To build support and momentum for their Drive 55 efforts, the Carlsbad students reached out to students involved with the agricultural programs at San Marcos High School. These San Marcos stu- dents reached out a hand to San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond and Escondido City Planner Jay Petrek. The stu- dents also networked at the recent Del Mar Fair, bringing the “Slow Down — Save Gas” message to other agricultural students participating in the livestock portion of the fair. This is a good thing. Change is coming, some

would even say it is already here. I’m just glad Californians are altering their consumptive course. I’m glad teenagers are taking the lead and adults are following.

BobNanningaisafreelancewriter,producer

andenvironmentaljournalist.Formore,go

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bnanninga@coastnewsgroup.com. Herecomeyourwould-beleaders Early start for some

Herecomeyourwould-beleaders

Early start for some

Traditionally the day after LaborDayhasbeenthelaunching

of theelectionseason,but therun for the U.S. presidency has changed that this time around.

Therehasalreadybeenearlyelec-

tioneeringfromcitycouncilcandi-

dates on up the ladder. Some wannabe electeds have already waffled on issues at least once. Electeds smile all the time now and say they feel your pain while coming up with ways to spend your tax $$$. Projects that were promised in a previous election suddenly have a life. Only San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has it made. He won handily by more than 53 percent in the primary. Surfside City hizzoner David Druckermaychoosetoretirefrom politics when his term ends. In Solbeach, Dave Robert’s mayor- ship and term will end this year and he’s already declared for re- election. Flower Capital Mayor Jerome Stocks and Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan will face formi- dable competition. Stocks aced out Houlihan for the mayorship this year. Candidates include Leucadia’s active community vol-

unteer Rachelle Collier; E Street Cafe co-owner and freelance columnist Bob Nanninga; busi- nessman and past prexy of Downtown Encinitas Merchants

Assn.DougLong;JoeSheffo,afor-

mer North County Times editor;

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and Judge Anthony Brandenburg from Olivenhain. Palaver around the water cooler is that longtime elected Jim Bond will not be on theballot.C’badMayorBudLewis in his 20th year as mayor has indi-

cated his current sixth term is his last when it runs out. O’side

CouncilmanRockyChavezisstep-

ping down as chief education offi- cer of the charter School of Business & Technology to chal- lenge Mayor Jim Wood. O’side elections have always been spirit- ed to say the least, and this one izzn’t likely to be different.

Active outfit

Freda Silveira,director of the supercharged Solbeach Chamber, has announced its sundowners for the rest of the year.These include Solbeach Historical Society, Aug. 6; Beach Grass Cafe, Sept. 3; Mini Business Expo, Oct. 1; The Fish Market, Nov. 5; and IronStone

Bank,Dec.3.

Vons expanding?

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Town Council Report has an item in its July issue about the possible

expansion of Vons market on Santa Fe Drive and an overall remodel of that bizness center. Current major tenants include a Rite Aid and Downey Savings branch. Should the expansion become a reality, how will addi- tional traffic impact the proposed Hall park?

More media layoffs

Major print media continues to downsize and media mites are wondering when it will end. L.A. Times has announced it will chop 250 more jobs,150 of them in edi- torial, the folks that gather and bring the news to you. Earlier McClatchy Newspapers, the No. 3 chain in the nation, announced 1,400 jobs would be axed. No secret that radio, TV and other sources get their news primarily from the print media.Who will do the heavy lifting for them when reporters go the way of the manu- al typewriters and linotypes?

Parking woes

Like all other communities, Rancho Santa Fe has parking migraines. The Association is wrestling with new time restric- tions for short- and long-term parking.

Time for action

For the umpteenth year,

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No incorporation for Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Santa Fe seems to like its exclusivity more than its independence from the county of San Diego. While the RSFAssociation is a private homeowners associa- tion without the civic powers of a municipality, many resi- dents feel that it is enough control despite sparse services and increasing tax base con- tributed from our communi- ties to the San Diego County

Treasury. The latest attempt to incorporate shows several things. There is a real concern by many that the outlying areas in the proposed bound- ary will dilute the RSF exclu- sivity and those outside the covenant area feel that they will not have a real voice since they would be a minority. It is also a fact that the covenant area alone cannot become a

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JULY 18

PINE BASKETS Create an unusu- al pine needle basket, attached to a ceramic base from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18.All levels welcome.Materials providedbyinstructorandfiberartist Carol Lang. Cost is $50 for members,

non-members$60(plus$15materials

fee). Advance registration required. Call (760) 436-3036,ext.206.

YELLOW

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ROAD The

Carlsbad Community Theatre proudly presents their 25th anniver- sary production of “The Wizard of Oz” directed/choreographed by Mary White at 7 p.m. July 18 and

July19,matineesat2p.m.July19at

the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center,

3557 Monroe Street, on the campus

of Carlsbad High School. Call (760) 931-8709 for details and tickets.

JULY 19

FAIR ENOUGH Authors Diane and Paul will present their DVD documentary on the history of the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack,CarmelValley Library at 10:30 a.m. July 19, 3919 Townsgate Drive, CarmelValley.They will also be signing copies of their newly released book “Images of America, Del Mar Fairgrounds” published by

Arcadia Publishing. Call (858) 552-

1668 for details.

GET HEALTHY Fay McGrew, a certified Qigong teacher, will share her methods from 9 a.m. to noon July 19, Calavara Hills Park Community Center, Carlsbad. Increase your energy, reduce stress and strengthen your immune sys- tem with this simple and relaxing

practice. To register, call (760) 602-

7510

or visit www.carlsbadconnect.

org.

OCTOPUS’S

GARDEN Create

your own undersea garden from9 to 10:30 a.m. July 19. Master designer, originator of the concept and owner of Solana Succulents, Jeff Moore will guide those interested, and all materials will be provided.Advance registration is required,so call (760) 436-3036 ext. 206.

JULY 20

JAZZED UP Quail Botanical Gardens brings you an evening of jazz at 5:45 p.m. July 20, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Theater- style seating on the Lawn Garden is the ideal place to listen to the sounds of jazz as the sunsets.To pur- chase tickets, contact Kelly at (760) 436-3036, ext. 206. For details, visit www.qbgardens.org.

SUNDAY CONCERTS The city of

Encinitas is enjoying summer with its 13th annual “Summer Sunday Concerts by the Sea” from 3 to 5 p.m. at Moonlight Beach, 200 B Street, Encinitas. Bigfellas, a rock/pop music group, will play July 20. For details, visit www.EncinitasRecReg.com or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (760) 633-2740.

JULY 21

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER

The American Cancer Society’s “Look Good…Feel Better” program is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. July 21, Tri- City Medical Center, Lower Level,

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City Medical Center, Lower Level, TURNTO CALENDAR ON 22 RAISE YOUR VOICES IN SONG The Rancho
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The Rancho Santa Fe Village Community Church, at 6225 Paseo Delicias, pulled off another memorable week with its Vacation Bible School. Children and adult volunteers spent the week playing games, doing crafts, worshiping Jesus and learning there is more to teamwork than just being a team.This year’s theme was Summer Fun with the Olympics as the catalyst for all the activities. Sunday worship services are at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Call (858) 756-2441 for details. Courtesy photo

Schoolmaylosecharterstatusfollowingscandal

By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — In an emo- tionally charged meeting July 8, the Encinitas Union School District board formally announced plans to revoke the Theory Into Practice Academy’s charter. The unanimous vote came after testimony by district staff, the academy’s attorney and sev- eral parents. The board said the decision to issue a “notice to revoke” was based on evidence of the overall lack of transparen- cy with which the academy’s leaders have operated the acad- emy for the past two years. “We would not be here tonight if there were not the illegal actions (by the academy’s lead- ership); illegal actions and the lack of trust,” board President Cathy Regan told the audience. District officials requested documentation including tax

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records and board meeting min- utes from the academy in the face of allegations of fiscal mis- management,conflict of interest and lack of transparency. Superintendent L. McLean King said the board of trustees voted unanimously May 5 to authorize a “notice to remedy.” The document, sent to the acad- emy the following day, outlined a series of documents that it was required to produce to clarify serious questions the district had about the financial manage- ment of the school.

E I L E E N F I S H E R

manage- ment of the school. E I L E E N F I S H E

The academy was granted charter status by the district in accordance with state laws on May 1,2006.While the nonprofit academy operates as a separate legalentityfromthedistrict,itis still subject to district oversight. The school serves approxi- mately 220 students in kinder- garten through sixth grade at a shared campus with Ocean Knoll Elementary on Melba Road. King said in a previous interview that the district received numerous complaints

from former academy board members and parents relating specifically to the financial man- agement of the school’s budget. The academy’s response May 30 apparently did not satis- fy the district board. Despite having replaced most of the pre- vious board with new members, district officials said it no longer had trust that the academy’s governance was improving. Several parents asked the district to give the new academy

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6 R ANCHO S ANTA F E N EWS JULY 18, 2008 AYE AYE, CAPTAIN Casey

AYE AYE, CAPTAIN Casey “Capt. Awesome” Mitchell of Solana Beach concen- trates on making an accurate throw. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

on making an accurate throw. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek KIDDING AROUND Barely able to pick up

KIDDING AROUND Barely able to pick up the 2-pound balls, much less throw them, 2-year-old Allison Moro of Carmel Valley has more fun trying to grab her dad’s

feet. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Bocce

bonanza

By Bianca Kaplanek

For the second consecutive year — this time a record three weeks in advance — the Vigilucci’s World Beach Bocce Ball Championship sold out, essentially guaranteeing to exceed last year’s profit of $40,000. Now in its 28th year, the annual event at Dog Beach benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, which serves more than 1,100 area youngsters and

nearly 20,000 aquatics patrons. Setup began at 4 a.m. for the July 12 event, which fea- tured 318 two-person teams on

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30

teams that organizers could-

n’t accommodate, Pat Maldi, marketing director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, said she’s already received e-mails from

Girls Clubs, said she’s already received e-mails from FREEZE! Santa Monica resident Jessica Westlake, left, and

FREEZE! Santa Monica resident Jessica Westlake, left, and her partner, Stephanie Tomingo of Sacramento, who placed second two years ago, said they decided on law enforcement costumes because “we’ve already been about every other occupation under the sun.”

Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

other occupation under the sun.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek DOUBLE BUBBLE John Cione of Solana Beach
other occupation under the sun.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek DOUBLE BUBBLE John Cione of Solana Beach

DOUBLE BUBBLE John Cione of Solana Beach and Kimberly Tatley of Encinitas made up Team Bubble Wrap. Tatley said Cione’s love of bubbles inspired their cos- tumes, which included an oversized bubble-wand sword Cione used to make bubbles

throughout the day. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

people who want to sign up for next year’s tournament. Although alcohol is banned on Del Mar beaches for the summer, organizers were granted a special-use permit that allowed drinking within designated areas.

Wristbands were used to indicate that participants were 21 and older. Winners were named in four divisions, but participants seemed more focused on hav- ing fun than being crowned champions.

ON THIS DAY

Friday, July 18, 2008

Today is the 200th day of 2008 and the 28th day of sum-

mer. Today’s History: In 1925, Adolf Hitler published his mani- festo,“Mein Kampf.” In 1936, Spanish army offi- cials revolted, led by Gen. Francisco Franco, starting the Spanish Civil War. In 2007, President George W. Bush created a high-level panel to review the safety of imported goods. Today’s Birthday: Nelson Mandela (1918-), anti-apartheid activist/former South African president, is 90; John Glenn (1921-), former senator/astro- naut, is 87; Hunter S.Thompson (1937-2005), journalist; James Brolin (1940-), actor, is 68; Steve Forbes (1947-), publisher/presi- dential candidate, is 61; Sir Richard Branson (1950-), entre- preneur,is 58;Vin Diesel (1967-),

actor, is 41. Today’s Quote: “Absolute truth is a very rare and danger- ous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” — Hunter S.Thompson

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NEW LEADERS As club activity wound down for the summer for the San Dieguito Woman’s Club, from left, Sue Jean Armstrong, parliamentarian; Lucille Brown, auditor; Dodie Caldwell, treasurer; Carol Mone, secretary; Tensia Trejo for Bonnie Woelfil, membership; Kathleen Warren, vice president and Marilyn Meggelin, 2008-2009 president, celebrated their new offices with a shiny, new apple. Regular meetings will resume at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 9 at the San Diego National Bank Community Room, 131 North El Camino Real. For further information, call Bonnie Woelfil at (760) 944-1208. Courtesy photo

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SOLANA BEACH — For morethanadecade,JoePowers said he “dedicated heart and soul to (the) programs, produc- tions and, most of all, students” at North Coast Repertory

Theatre.ButasofJuly7,Powers

is no longer affiliated with the intimate Solana Beach play- house. “The organization felt it wastimeforustopartwaysand I’mnotreallysurewhy,”Powers, who was director of the theater school and educational out- reach programs, said. “After 11 years, it seems a bit unjust to terminate a relationship on a whim.” David Ellenstein, produc- ing artistic director, said it was simply a matter of money. “We were doing some belt- tightening and needed every- one to take on more duties,” Ellenstein said. “Joe was asked for the upcoming season to teach.He said no.” Powers said he was plan- ning a return to the classroom for his ensemble group,a night- time course for advanced stu- dents. But he was unable to teach Saturday classes — some- thing he hadn’t done for nine years — because he said he couldn’t be in two places at one time. In a letter to the theater’s board of trustees, Powers noted that “the theater school has never cost the organization a cent.With its earnings and con- tributions, all programs and my salaryhavebeenfullycovered.” According to Ellenstein,Powers turned down a severance pack- age offered to him in June. Regardless of the reason for the split, both sides insist there is no ill will. Powers said he feels more disappointment than anger. “There is no animosity toward Joe Powers,” Ellenstein said. “He did a lot of really good things. I don’t

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VISTA — A teenage girl was bound over on two felony assault charges, while her two co-defen- dants had their cases dismissed July 11 by a San Diego Superior Court judge. After a full day of testimony relating to the beating of aVista motherandherdaughter’sfriend last month, Judge Joel Pressman declared there was insufficient evidence to bind over Omar Jamal Green, 20, and David Joseph McDonald, 19, on two felony assault charges as he did with 19-year-old Charmane Lynn Broaddus. Pressman cited conflicting testimony as to Green’s verbal and physical actions, as well as his uncertainty to Green’s where- abouts at the time of the attack, for his decision to dismiss the case, Prosecutor Kristie Nikoletichwroteinane-mail.She said the judge didn’t comment further ondismissing the charges against McDonald. A July 24 arraignment date has been set, Nikoletich said. Broaddus faces uptofiveyears in prison if convicted. Diane Johnson said several teenage girls jumped her after she confronted the teens about obscenities they’d shouted

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PETE WHEELER It’s Not About The Money
PETE
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It’s Not About The Money

Youhaveto

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Twenty-eight thousand acres are ablaze in Northern California and sev- eral cities have been evacuat- ed. Thousands have lost homes and businesses through Iowa and down the Mississippi Valley. In San Diego County, we still have fresh memories of last year’s fires. Natural disasters happen. Fires, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes take their toll everywhere. In an instant, our personal and financial docu- ments can be lost. Natural dis- asters are not the only threat to our critical information. Identity theft and credit fraud are becoming increasingly widespread. Experian report- ed that there was a 66 percent increase in identity theft last year alone. I just received a call fromthe fraud monitoring division of my bank. My card was used to make suspicious purchases inVisalia yesterday. My wife and I were still in pos- session of our cards,but some- how our account information had fallen into evil hands. Now,we are without the use of our account for two weeks while we wait for a replace- ment. A minor inconvenience by comparison. Floods and fires are not the same as identity theft, but theybothpointtotheneedfor greater diligence and better ways to protect our data while making sure we can access critical information when we need it. Most people have no back-ups or easy access to their wills, trusts, insurance papers, tax information, bro- kerage accounts, birth certifi- cates, passports, etc.While we liveinapasswordworldonthe Internet,most of us keep a list of our passwords on a piece of folded paper in our wallets or on our very unsecure PDAs. Here are some ideas for protecting yourself:

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MACHELPENN Machel’s Ranch
MACHELPENN
Machel’s Ranch

Did you know that I am 37 years old and I work in the con- struction business?Well, not liter- ally. I’m not laying concrete or framing walls or anything like that. But imagine me visiting con- struction sites each day in the Rancho Santa Fe area early in the morning. I walk onto sites each day of the week and meet

builders,architectsandhomeown-

ers, making connections and

buildingrelationshipsforthecom-

panyIworkfor,KiwiAudioVisual.

Inthelastyear,Ihavelearned

much about the building industry, such as the difference between a spec home and a custom home. I have learned that the hours of construction start much earlier

than the 9 to 5 — try 7 a.m. Most importantly, I have learned there are homes being built in the Ranch area and other neighbor- ing communities. No, it is not because of the Witch Creek Fire. According to some of the builders Ihavespokento,nowisthetimeto

capitalizeoninvestingandremod-

eling homes. Buy, develop now and sell later.

I would like to share what I

see firsthand every day in the building industry. There are still multimillion dollar homes being

built up in Cielo, the Covenant and some developments in the Crosby and the Fairbanks area.

I amencouraged by the activ-

ity taking place in custom home

building. We all tend to focus on the “down-swing” of the market right now, when really it is impor- tant to know that there is invento- ry selling. There are new homes being framed right now down the street from where you live. I asked a couple of the builders I work with what they

thoughtofthechangesinthemar-

ketplace and if they had any encouraging words. Mark Agee, owner of M.V. AgeeConstruction,isaprominent builder in the Ranch. He shared these thoughts with me:

“Right now there are oppor- tunitiesforteardownsandfinding good prices on lots to develop in the future. Actually, the change in the market has cleared a lot of the people out of the building business that didn’t have enough experienceandtimeinvested,like some of the other companies. It’s also a really good time to invest. There are opportunities for tear- downs and great buys on lots, whichwillleadtomorerealestate development in the future.” Mark O’Malley, another builder in the Ranch area I have

met around town on job site loca- tions, shared his thoughts with me, too. “The builders that have been around in town seem to be pulling through this slow market period,” O’Malley said. “It might notbeasbadassomethink. Alot of my clients I am working with nowareclientsIhaveworkedwith in the past and are still able to build during the slow period. Maintaining good client relation- ships in the past has helped my company (R.H.O’Malley Inc) stay steady during this period.” Another factor in the build- ingindustryforclientstoconsider

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been businesses that residents have trusted with their money, which have gone bankrupt during

real estate changes. I would sug- gestbeforetakingany‘cheapdeal’ make sure you research the busi- ness you are choosing for your services.Checkforlongevityanda listofreferencestohelpguideyou in the right place.

Just like buying a car, the cheap price isn’t always the right deal in the long run. Make sure you choose a company that can effectivelyfinish thejobproperly, plus make refinements if neces- saryinthefuture.Ifeelverylucky to work for a financially sound company in this market. Kiwi

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Mark O’Malley; Mark Agee; Danny Hampel; Joe Hampel; John Neil Construction, of Poway; Sharratt Construction; Curcic Construction, of Vista; North County Custom Homes; StarrettConstruction,ofElCajon; DavidsonBuilders;JimHight;and CDS Solutions.

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cle parked in the 2200 block of Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar was reportedly burglarized sometime between 3:20 and 11 p.m. July 2. AND AGAIN A vehicle parked in the 400 block of Wintergreen Place in San Marcos was reportedly burglar- ized around 3:30 a.m. July 4. CHAIN WALLET A 19-year-old man was reportedly robbed of his wallet around 11:30 p.m. July 2 at Nevada and Oceanside Boulevard in Oceanside.

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ENCINITAS Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0,Vandalism 0, Assault 0, GrandTheft 0, Robbery 0 DEL MAR Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1,Vandalism 1, Assault 0, GrandTheft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 2, Burglary 6,Vandalism 5, Assault 1, GrandTheft 3, Robbery 1 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 4, Burglary 2,Vandalism 2, Assault 0, GrandTheft 1, Robbery 0

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Terrence Kasses Washington is wanted for escaping from the Corrections Corporation of America Metro Detention Facility in Nashville,Tenn.,on Feb. 17, 2008. At the time of his escape, Washington was serving time after

being convicted for auto theft in 2007. He has participated in two bank robberies. Washington has the words “Cash” and “Lil Cash” with a pic- ture of money tattooed on his abdomen. He has the words “Only God Can Judge Me, Don’t Get Skull Drunk” tattooed on his chest. Washington is 5’8” and weighs 160 pounds. He enjoys performing rap music. On April 25, 2007, Washington was arrested by local authorities in Nashville after hav- ing escaped from Harford County, Maryland Detention Center authorities. He escaped on Jan. 24, 2007, while awaiting trial

He escaped on Jan. 24, 2007, while awaiting trial TERRENCE WASHINGTON in Maryland for allegedly assaulting

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in Maryland for allegedly assaulting a Maryland StateTrooper in 2003. In 1998, Washington allegedly participated in two bank robberies in Louisiana. In both inci- dents, when the getaway vehicles were stopped by police officers, Washington

managed to avoid capture. Also, in 1998, Washington, along with two other individuals,

allegedly robbed a bank in Dardanelle,Ark.The accomplices were soon captured, but Washington was able to flee. He was later arrested in connection with this robbery. However, in November of 1998, while in jail awaiting trial on state robbery charges in Arkansas, Washington escaped. In March of 2004, Washington was arrested in Sharonville, Ohio. If you have any information concerning Washington, contact your local FBI office.

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Never attempt to arrest a fugitive yourself.These files should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. If the subject is a fugitive from our 10 MostWanted page,e-mail San Diego Crime Stoppers or call their hot line at 888-580-TIPS 24 hours a day. For details, log on to www.sdsheriff.net/tmw. For warrant inquiries,information or to pass along a tip,use the sheriff’s onlineTip Form (anonymous; no e-mail address needed) or call the area office.

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Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

Julio Romero

Child Molestation

Ramona, 2005

Jose Jimenez

Alfredo

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October 2004

Imedo Molina

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Ricardo Persona Rape, Child Molestation San Diego, Jan. 1997

Arturo G. Gomez Rape with Force San Diego, May 2007

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Bradley Realtor of Month

CARMEL VALLEY — Comischell Bradley of Keller Williams Realty in Carmel Valley was named Realtor of the month for District 1 of the North San Diego County Association of Realtors. The award encourages and recognizes com-

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ment or excel- lence in service. Based upon her exceptional community service,

Bradley was nominated by peers and selected by a coordinating committee to be the recipient of the May award. Bradley is a member of the North San Diego County Association of Realtors with service centers in CarmelValley, Carlsbad and at its Vista head- quarters. For details, contact (760) 734-3971, or visit www.nsdcar. com.

Snell joins Willis Allen

RANCHO SANTA FE — Realtor Bob Snell has joined Willis Allen Real Estate in Rancho Santa Fe. He has served Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and La Jolla for more than 17 years. Snell says he limits his listings to those that he can personally handle. He offers each client a complete marketing package that includes magazine and newspaper ads and direct mar- keting efforts, as well as some creative added value. Snell is an accomplished photographer and regularly shows his work at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery andThyme in the Ranch Café. Local builders and homeowners also use some of his architectural images. Contact Snell at 858.756.2444 or bobsnell@ willisallen.com.

Ranch House wins award

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Ranch House at Del Sur,the information center for the new smart-growth, master-planned community in the northern part of the city, has been named Grand Award winner for best sustainable commercial/indus- trial project by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference at its annu- al “Gold Nuggets — Best in the

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OCEANSIDE —The mother shot by an off-duty San Diego police officer in an incident stemming from road-rage in March pleaded not guilty July 9 to felony child endangerment and five misdemeanor charges relating to the incident. Last month, after reviewing 2,500 pages of documents, the state filed the aforementioned felony charge as well as two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and revoked license, and driving while in possession of marijuana — all misdemeanors — against Rachel Silva. Silva, 28, was ordered back

to court Sept.9 for a preliminary

hearing,accordingtocourtdocu-

ments. The charges stem from an

investigation into Silva’s alleged accident at a Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot in the 100 block of Old Grove Road in Oceanside with Officer Frank White while under the influence of alcohol. The state concluded there was insufficient evidence sur- rounding the circumstances of Silva striking White’s vehicle to file assault charges against her. Silva, who had been driving on a suspended license from a prior DUI conviction, had a .15 blood alcohol level — nearly twice the legal limit. Her son, Johnny Silva, was shot once in the leg, while she had a bone in her upper right arm shattered by one of the two shots that hit her, court records state. White fired five shots at Silva’s vehicle, according to court records. The state Attorney General’sOfficetookoverSilva’s investigation from the San Diego District Attorney’s Office last month after the two agen- cies met with the Oceanside Police Department, which ini- tially investigated the case. The

DistrictAttorney’sOfficeinvesti-

gation into whether criminal charges would be filed against White is still pending. White has been with the San Diego Police Department since 2005, police said. He returned to an administrative position with the department in April. A civil lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court on behalf of Johnny Silva by his father, Luis Silva,against the San Diego Police Department, police Chief William Landsdowne andWhite.

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What a difference a year makes in desert dining. Last time I was sunscaping in Palm Desert was last year and I was parched for fine wine places I could put on a pedestal in this column. Recommended restau- rants were the same old

retreads on El Paseo and the 111. Some have been closed up, while others still hold court for many of the elder population. I am glad to report that smart, sophisticated, beautiful-

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classy resorts that have been recently built or renovated. Blu Ember is new in the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, where dining is enjoyed on

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music nearby most nights. Wednesday is half off bottled wines. Tuscany Ristorante, in the JW Marriott Desert Springs with its 600-plus wine selec- tions has ramped up the wine experience with Sommelier Paul Bologna orchestrating the- matic wine tastings most evenings. All tastings are held at the scenic boat dock. The evening I joined him, it was a Pinot Noir Showdown: California vs. Oregon. I found that of the six

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The July schedule looks very

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At the entrance, the diner

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desert beige and earth tones. Restaurant Manager Patrick Lester guided me through the wine and food menu, brilliantly

pairing the perfect wines with a menu of Portabella and Mozzarella Ravioli and Ki-bi Tenderloin Skewers. And that was just for starters! They were followed by Hearts of Palm Springs and Steakhouse Salad. At last the main event was brought in, the Bone-in Rib Eye Steak,prime grade USDA,espe- cially aged 21 days and sea- soned with a dry grill rub. Sides included Potato Dauphinoise, creamy button mushrooms and creamed spinach with caramelized onions. A 2003 Napa Wattle Creek Syrah washed it down to an incredible

finish.After all that, I had to try the dessert specialty: Chocolate Molten with hot chocolate “lava” flowing from within.

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6:30 to 10 p.m. July 21. Among others, Silverado’s 2001 Cabernet will be tasted with stuffed Pork Loin. The cost is $95 per person. Call (858) 488- 1725 to RSVP. The Four Seasons Aviara has one of its fine Italian wine dinners July 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. The star will be Perre Seillan, winemaster of Kendall Jackson’s Tenuta Di Arceno, a leading vineyard in Tuscany, Italy. Outdoor Tuscan style sit- down dinner with the wines. Call (760) 603-3790 for pricing and RSVP. Chalk Hill’s great wines will be spotlighted at the Firefly Grill & Wine Bar’s next wine dinner in Encinitas on July 24 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $100 each. Call (760) 635-1066. Bacchus Wine Market in the Gaslamp, San Diego has another of those “Drink Yourself Blind” events where

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filched it, because it went miss- ing from my book basket. I will hunt it down again soon. Then I want to read “In Pharoah’s Army: Memories of the Lost War”byTobiasWolff.It isWolff’s recreationofhistimeinVietnam and, according to the friend who lent it, both humorous and grip- ping. This spring, I selected ran- domly from the public library and came home with “The Phantom of Manhattan,” by Frederick Forsyth. It picks up where “Phantom of the Opera” leaves off,following the phantom

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to New York City. I won’t say more, but I loved it. As there will be no new Harry Potter book to highlight our summer, we have had to look elsewhere for something epic. “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, helped, as did “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Recently, I inadvertently rented the movie “The Painted Veil” and, to my humiliation, had no idea it was from a classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham. So much for my English degree. When I men- tioned to considerably better- read friends how wonderful it

police that his dad routinely shoots him (and his younger sis- ter) in the leg with a BB gun if they misbehave. (2) Robert Cisero, 46, was arrested in Medford, Ore., in June after (according to police) he hit his teenage daughter in the ankle with a hammer to feign a “skat- ing” injury, for which she could

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was, the response was, “The book is even better.” So that will be on my summer reading list, as well. I always prefer to read the book first and see the movie after, but this movie was so beautifully done, I can’t wait to dive into the “even better” book. I leave you to pick, choose and/or reject to your heart’s content. If you don’t fancy any of these, there are, thank good- ness, a hundred dozen others. Just treat yourself to one read- a-thon on a warm evening or sunny day at the beach. It’s just not summer, otherwise.

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into our coffers. Second: Buddy-up. Share the cost of gas and a car. Third: Do deals. That’s what we did the third week of June when we drove up the coast. We left North County on the crest of a heat wave. Driving through the San Fernando Valley, the thermometer screamed 113 degrees. By the time we reached Morro Bay and Monterey, the temps had descended 50 degrees. Before we reached Monterey, though, I badgered my husband, Jerry, into stopping in downtown Ventura. We had lunch in the lovely shaded patio- with-fountain at Nona’s, a block off Main Street, then walked to

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the Mission San Buenaventura. Founded in 1782,its colorful gar- den and giant pines provide a respite from the town’s bustling sidewalks. It was a glorious 74 degrees when we pulled into the Inn at Morro Bay. We loved the spa- cious room with fireplace and the private balcony spa. A com- plementary bottle of wine and rapturous chocolate truffles,

made by the hotel’s chef, soon arrived. Later, it was dinner in the seaside dining room — the perfect vantage point for the fiery sunset. The next morning, we enjoyed a generous, hot buffet breakfast, included in the “Rock, Romance and Relaxation” package for $189 (Sunday through Thursday; through Sept. 15. Call 800-321-

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Before leaving, we hiked up Black Hill (trailhead across the street). Our timing was right; the air was clear and from our summit perch, we reveled in the 360-degree view of Morro Rock, the bay and the sweeping coun- tryside to the east. Our plan to take Highway 1

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“If the Lord wants me here, He should leave me well- equipped.” And that He has! On June 16, Ruth Seltzer cele- brated her 100th birthday. Remarkable? Have a look at this feisty dominative lady who walks without the use of a cane, walker or an electric chair and says proudly, “I have good eye-

sight too.” If you inquire more about her lifestyle and how she made 100, she quickly replies,“I

never drank or smoked and I drove until last year.” Although she admits, “It’s outrageous to

drive.”Andifyoupresstheques-

tion of longevity, she answers, “I think it’s kind of stupid. Nothing I did intentionally got me here.” But we are not so sure. Ruth’s birthday honors included a Certificate of Recognition from the city of Oceanside signed by Mayor Jim Woods, and a huge cake deliv- ered by the Oceanside Fire Department. “They’re such cute firemen,” she says. “Took a pic- ture of me sitting on the fire truck.” For her 99th birthday last year, she and her grand- daughter spent two nights at the

Palo Casino. I forget to mention, Ruth loves to play video poker — a fast and perfect game not for just anyone.In celebration of her birthday, the chef presented

a cake with 99 candles. When

she and great grandson Taylor blew them out, the cake caught

on fire burning the arms of the chef. Taking no second chances, this year’s birthday cake was divided in two parts with many candles on each. And how was her game of video poker? Ruth

is matter-of-fact.“I made $80 the

first night,” she says. “The sec- ond night I gave it back.” Ruth was born in Winsted, Conn., the youngest of seven children. Her Jewish parents were from Austria. Before com- ingtoCalifornia,shetrainedasa registered nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Philadelphia. She and her late husband, Harold, later were longtime residents of Inglewood. Together they raised one child, daughter Caros, who recently passed. “We were very close, and did a lot together,” Ruth says sadly. But she has two granddaughters, high school teacher Dana, and Caryn, moth- erofhergreatgrandsons.“Great boys! Taylor is 5 and Wes (is) 3.” While living in Inglewood, Ruth practiced her nursing for 20 years with Dr. Edward Crane, an eye, ear and nose throat special-

ist. Fairwinds Ivy Ranch Retirement Community in Oceanside has been Ruth’s home for the past five years.Her attractive apartment is filled with mementos including a small stool in the kitchen. Ruth, who is maybe 5 feet tall, fondly points to it. “Harold was 6’2”. I used to stand on it to be side by side with him.” At Fairwinds, she says, “I do pretty much what I like, read- ing modern and historical fic- tion, watching DVDs, working crossword puzzles. I don’t care for bridge or bingo.” And for a woman who knows her own mind, she is quick to state, “and I don’t need to do activities.” Her favorite author is Judith

McNought and for many years she has enjoyed painting. Two activities Ruth does partake in are working out on the exercise machine for 20 minutes, five days a week and attending the Brain Fitness Program. Popular among retirees, the program is

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among retirees, the program is TURNTO FRIENDLYFACES ON 24 5-ALARM BIRTHDAY Ruth SelTzer takes a ride

5-ALARM BIRTHDAY Ruth SelTzer takes a ride in an Oceanside Fire Department fire engine as part of the festivities to help celebrate her 100th birthday.

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about 300 such kids to two gangs.

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get a prescription for pain med- ication, which he then comman-

— The Panda Chinese Restaurant in York, Pa., was

deered. —The NewYork Daily News reported in June that members

already in trouble in an early June city sanitation inspection, with demerits piling up because

of gangs such as the Bloods and

of

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in

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parents, are routinely having their babies “blessed” into their gangs in religious ceremonies in which the swaddling clothes are

lettuce, according to a York Daily Record report.Then,in the middle of an inspector’s visit, he came upon a live snapping turtle

the gang’s colors. (The Bloods

in

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