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Del Mar Hills Academy Halloween Hoedown

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:38
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Del Mar Hills Academy families participated in a fun-filled Halloween Hoedown Oct. 18. Photos by Jon Clark.

Ashley Falls Family Art Night

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:36
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Ashley Falls Elementary School held a festive “Family Art Night” Oct. 14.

Sage Canyon Fall Festival

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:34
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Sage Canyon Elementary School students and families enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at the school’s 13th Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 19. The event included a surf board simulator, coconut climbing tree, a silly string corral, an inflatable obstacle course, slide, silent auction, dance contests, cake walk, and fun “old school” carnival game booths representing each classroom at Sage Canyon Elementary.

Photos by Jon Clark.

‘Spooktacular Beach Bonfire’

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:32
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Local families gathered Oct. 17 at Powerhouse Park for the Del Mar Foundation’s fun-filled “Young Del Mar: Spooktacular Beach Bonfire” event.

Photos by Jon Clark.

Seany Foundation’s ‘Everything Is Possible Celebration’

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:29
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The Seany Foundation raised awareness and funds for kids affected by cancer at its “7th Annual Everything Is Possible Celebration” held Oct. 18 at the Del Mar Country Club.

The event honored San Diego’s most active community members with fabulous food, delicious cocktails, exciting auctions and entertainment. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, a free camp program for children with cancer and their siblings. Formerly run by the American Cancer Society, Camp Reach for the Sky has remained an important part of the childhood cancer community in and around San Diego for over 30 years. For more information, visit

Photos by McKenzie Images.

Patriot Profiles: ‘The excitement never ends,’ says female Navy pilot

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:52

By Jeanne McKinney

Since the founding of these United States, women have poured out their skills and talents for the cause of liberty. Martha was a pillar of support for her husband, Gen. Washington, as he led America’s first Army. Thanks to Betsy Ross, our flag colors the skies with red (hardiness and valor), white (purity and innocence), and blue (vigilance, perseverance and justice). During World War II, women kept the home fires burning, worked in war industries, filled jobs left vacant by men at war, and served in uniform at home and abroad. Today, females fill ever-increasing roles in our military that stands on the summit of world power.

Lt. Darby Clemson Driscoll with one of the ‘Battle Cats’ helicopters in her fleet squadron at North Island, San Diego. Landing on an aircraft carrier, she said, is a milestone: ‘That’s when you feel like you’re a Navy pilot.’

Lt. Darby Clemson Driscoll, a U.S. Navy pilot, has joined the ranks of her predecessors to carry freedom forward. “Women over time have proven they’re far more capable than people necessarily give them credit for,” said Driscoll, who flies a multimission MH-60R (Romeo), the Navy’s new primary maritime dominance helicopter. As part of HSM 73, “The BattleCats” (a fleet squadron), she described her largest role as “providing security for the (carrier) strike group from surface and undersea threats — keeping the ships and sailors of the strike group safe.”

Because of the combat exclusion that was lifted in 1993  by then-Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, women were permitted to serve in almost any aviation capacity. Years later, this allowed Driscoll to become an integral part of what she called “a very positive, upbeat, and introspective aviation community. We’re very self-critical. There are always new qualifications, new missions and new things to experience. The excitement never ends.”

“When you go to a ‘winging’ down in Pensacola, where they pin on your wings of gold, probably 1 in 5 of the new pilots are women,” said Driscoll. “It’s a testament to the 1990s women who broke the glass ceiling that (gender) is a non-issue. We can go about doing our jobs and being professionals.”

Even though she grew up in a storied military family, Driscoll wasn’t winging it to any recruiter’s office near her hometown, Pennington, N.J. Her grandfather was a warrant officer in the Army, her brother is an Army captain and her grandmother, Nelle Clemson, was one of the first female Marines in World War II, serving as a meteorologist. It wasn’t until after high school, when Driscoll was recruited by the Naval Academy for swimming, that she became interested in the military.

Driscoll saw what she called “a personality fit” at the Academy when she met all the midshipmen there and the girls on the swim team. “Everybody was really ambitious and took care of each other. All saw themselves serving a larger purpose. That was really neat to encounter as an 18-year-old, so I wanted to be a part of it.”

Academy life was studying hard and swimming fast to win various events, and later, when she joined the Club Triathlon Team, to win a National Championship in 2009. From the Naval Academy, she went on a Pownall scholarship to the University of Cambridge for a graduate degree in International Relations and International Development, and then reported to Pensacola, Fla., for flight training.

The first helicopter Driscoll learned to fly, the Bell TH-57 Bravo, was the hardest. “It’s like learning how to ride a unicycle. Every input you make with your feet or hands affect each other’s axis of motion. When I put my right foot in, what do I do with my hands, and when I put my left foot in, what do I do with my hands? When I pick my collective up (pitch control), what do I do with my cyclic (rotor tilt) and (anti-torque) pedals (yaw)? A pilot has about four flights to learn their first qualification — how to hover.

“It (the TH-57) really teaches you the dynamics of how helicopters fly. Once you accomplish that, you fly in a helicopter that has stability control and is a little bit easier to handle. By the time you get to the MH-60 Romeo, there are a lot more systems to make it a smoother ride.”

After completing her training in HSM-41, Fleet Replacement Squadron, she was flown to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson for pre-deployment workups.

“Landing on ships is really complicated and dangerous,” said Driscoll, summarizing, “I’m brand-new to the squadron and flying with the skipper. (It’s) very stressful, because you don’t want to do a bad job. You realize there are five people talking to you at once on the radio, and you’re trying to fly off the aircraft carrier, and there are aircraft everywhere.

“Learning how to hover and trusting the aircraft is going to maintain its position, while the ship is moving underneath you, is the most unsettling thing for the first time. Then learning to do it at night, when it’s so dark — it’s putting your fears aside.”

Landing on a carrier is a big milestone. “That’s when you feel like you’re a Navy pilot,” said Driscoll.

“Your mission is constantly changing,” she said. “The helicopter itself is like a pick-up truck. There are all these different weapons and flight systems you can put on the helicopter and change its mission, change its role. One day they’re completely loaded out to do anti-submarine warfare. The next day they’re stripped down to do anti-surface warfare and so they don’t even look like the same helicopter.”

Always in the back of her mind is “the safety of the crew, being a safe pilot, and doing the best I can.”

Driscoll enjoys the self-reflection her job and the aviation community allow her and being able to admit to herself, ‘I’m not very good at this and I need to work on it.’”

“There’s a balance of needs,” said Driscoll, in regard to aviation threat assessment. With more advanced missile systems coming out, she voices her thoughts in line with others: “Do pilots have time to react to these threats or would unmanned aerial vehicles be a more appropriate platform to use?”

The Navy’s Fire Scout program is exploring what helicopter drones can do vs. human-piloted aircraft and assessing the overall benefits of each.

Driscoll described her first aviation experience in a neighbor’s Cessna as “being able to take off and be in a second world — away from problems on the ground and the rest of life going on. When you land, it’s funny to realize that life continues — the clock has continued to tick while you’ve been gone.”

She’s also experienced the opposite as a pilot: “You get so task-focused and task-saturated that it takes you away from daily life. But when you get into that moment of intense crew coordination — when things start to work seamlessly and you start to work as a team and back each other up — it’s a neat experience to be accomplishing all these things with only three people on the aircraft.”

On a recent walk down the street to get coffee, Driscoll recounted, “I got stopped by two people saying, ‘Are you a female pilot? Do you fly helicopters?’” I said, ‘Yes.’

“They were so excited and said, ‘That’s awesome — you go, girl!’”

Go where next with The BattleCats?

“We’re heading west,” is all Lt. Driscoll revealed. “We’ll see what happens in the world.”

Ark Antiques introduces new logo, prepares for ‘Overflow’ sale Oct. 24-25

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:50

Ark Antiques is a 501(C)3 nonprofit dedicated to the benefit of animal welfare charities and to raising awareness for humane causes in the community. The Ark’s mission is to support these goals by selling quality donated and consigned merchandise, enabling it to award grants to animal charities.

An efficient staff is supported by many dedicated and caring volunteers, the lifeblood of the organization, who generously give of their time so that Ark Antiques may achieve its mission. Through teamwork, The Ark has been able to grant more than $1.6 million to local, qualified animal charities.

The new logo for Ark Antiques.

With more than 6,000 square feet, The Ark’s retail store in La Jolla provides a significant service to consignors and tax benefits to donors. Building on a 40-year tradition, The Ark’s beautifully arranged displays create an atmosphere of understated elegance by dramatically highlighting fine antiques, distinctive furnishings and decorative accessories. Selective in the broad inventory, an experienced committee chooses pieces with character that are consistent in quality to complement the eclectic décor.

Best-selling items include fine and costume jewelry, furniture, paintings and prints. Ark Antiques also has a large selection of Asian antiques, sterling, crystal, china, rugs and mirrors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; visit

As The Ark team sails forward, they proudly present a new logo representing their journey from the past to the future. They look forward to the upcoming Overflow Sale on Oct. 24 and 25, which will allow them to replenish the store with an exciting variety of distinctive items, including many with a modern flair!

The Ark is always looking for friendly volunteers, so interested parties are encouraged to stop in at 7620 Girard Ave, La Jolla, or call 858-459-7755 to learn more about becoming involved in helping The Ark help animals. If you are downsizing, remodeling or simply refreshing, explore The Ark to Shop. Share. Save Animals.

SDUHSD continues to look at bell schedules, flexible start times

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:43

By Karen Billing

Bell schedules and start times will be one of the main areas of focus for the 2014-15 school year in the San Dieguito Union High School District, said an official at the Oct. 16 board meeting.

Jason Viloria, executive director of educational services, said the district is evaluating what works best for students and schools and each school site will continue discussions with staff, parents and kids throughout the year.

The district has listed priorities such as having enough teacher collaboration and planning time, making sure access to electives are not limited because of schedules and having intervention and enrichment time available for students.

As an example, Carmel Valley Middle School has PAW (Productive Academic Work) time and HIRE (Homework Intervention Reteach Enrichment) time dedicated to give students extra help.

Some campuses already have flexible start times, allowing students to arrive earlier or later depending on their needs. At Diegueno Middle School and Carmel Valley Middle School, about 400 students at each school opt to come at 7:30 a.m. and the rest come at 8:30 a.m.

The bell schedule conversation ties into the work of the district’s recently formed High School Enrollment Study Group, as Superintendent Rick Schmitt said that bell schedules are always the top reason why high schoolers pick one school over another.

Schmitt said the district has a hard deadline of January if it decides to do anything regarding changing bell schedules at its four comprehensive high schools.

The enrollment group had 104 parent applicants and 15 were selected to serve on the committee, according to Assistant Superintendent Michael Grove. They tried to balance members by ZIP code, made sure each school was represented and have a mix of parents with elementary-school-age children and some with students already enrolled in high school.

Applicants had opinions across the map about what the district should do, he said.

“We selected people with a variety of perspectives because that is the intent, to make sure all the voices are heard,” Grove said.

Staff members and students are also on the committee, including those who did not get into their school choice.

The group will look at all the potential ways SDUHSD can enroll students in its schools, seek input from the community on the options, and present options and information to the school board to make a decision.

Which Wich ready to spread sandwich love to Solana Beach

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:41

By Kristina Houck

A new sandwich shop is set to open in Solana Beach.

Scheduled to open early November, Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches will replace the former Togo’s Sandwiches at 691 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.

“It’s exciting to work with the contractors, recruit new staff and meet the neighbors,” said owner Tony Kulick. “Solana Beach is a wonderful neighborhood to be in.”

Which Wich, a chain that offers customizable sandwiches, is opening a third location in Solana Beach. The other two shops are in Carlsbad and La Jolla. Photo by Kristina Houck

An Encinitas resident, Kulick left his 15-year career as the chief financial officer of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza to purchase the Which Wich restaurant at the Carlsbad Forum in 2012. He and his family had been frequent customers of the fast-casual eatery.

“We were big fans,” Kulick said. “It had such a broad appeal, and I thought it was time to get out on my own, try something new and take a shot at running my own business.”

Kulick opened his second Which Wich in La Jolla in May 2013. The Solana Beach site is his third store.

Based in Dallas, the fast-casual restaurant chain specializes in sandwiches and salads. From the signature “Wicked” loaded with five meats and three cheeses to a variety of vegetarian options, Which Wich offers more than 50 varieties of customizable “wiches.”

The shop has a unique ordering system, where guests use red Sharpies to mark up a pre-printed menu on a sandwich bag to customize their made-to-order sandwich. Guests are also welcome to draw on their bags and hang their art on the shop’s wall.

“Which Wich is a positive environment with great staff and great music,” Kulick said. “It’s all about the creativity.”

Using his stores to give back to the community, Kulick raises funds for local schools through programs such as Which Wich Wednesday with the Rhoades Foundation, where a percentage of the school’s sales go to its foundation.

Through the company’s Project PB&J, Kulick has also donated more than 100 sandwiches to the Encinitas-based Community Resource Center, which provides safety, stability and a path to self-sufficiency for families in need and victims of domestic violence.

“There’s a need out there,” Kulick said. “This is an easy way for me to participate and help the community.”

Looking to hire 25 employees, Kulick hosted a job fair Oct. 18 at the new location. If all goes according to schedule, the 1,200-square-foot store will open Nov. 6, he said.

“Come on in and see us, and give it a try,” Kulick said. “I’m sure you’ll love it.”

For more about Which Wich, visit

Nékter Juice Bar, MA+hnasium coming to Del Mar Highlands

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:20

Del Mar Highlands Town Center recently announced that nékter, which serves fresh made juices, smoothies and açai bowls, is opening at the Center this fall. (Note: The official name is “nékter” with a lower case “n”.) Nékter is the second new tenant announced for the shopping center this month. MA+hnasium: The Math Learning Center, a personalized math tutorial learning center, recently opened next to FedEx Office.

“Del Mar Highlands Town Center is pleased to welcome these exciting new tenants to our award-winning lineup of dining, shopping and entertainment,” said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president, operations and development of the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. “From our Re-Imagining through our next phase of renovations, we continue to serve the Carmel Valley community by offering some of the best shopping and dining San Diego has to offer, and we are proud to showcase companies focused on improving our minds and bodies.”

Steve and Alexis Schulze, husband/wife team and owners of nékter, opened their first nékter location in Costa Mesa, Calif., in 2010 as an outlet to share and promote their passion for healthy living. Since then, nékter has expanded to new neighborhoods in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and Northern California, as well as Texas, Arizona and Colorado.

“We can’t wait to share our passion for healthy living and our fresh juice with residents and visitors in Carmel Valley,” said owner Alexis Schulze. “We are honored to join Del Mar Highlands Town Center and the numerous top notch restaurants and retailers in this community.”

In addition to the fresh-made juices and smoothies, nékter offers a wide assortment of nutritious snacks, açai bowls, cold-pressed bottled juices and the popular nékter Cleanse Program with 15 pounds of cold-pressed fruits and vegetables packed into a day’s cleanse.

The juice bar’s new location at Del Mar Highlands Town Center will open in November 2014 next to Taverna Blu in what was formerly Anthony’s Shoe Repair. Anthony’s Shoe Repair relocated earlier this month to the space above Snooze across from Champagne French Bakery Café.

With more than a handful of locations currently in San Diego, the addition of MA+hnasium at Del Mar Highlands Town Center expands the successful international program further in the region. MA+hnasium aims to significantly increase children’s math skills, understanding of math concepts and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject.

As the next phase of renovations of the Del Mar Highlands Town Center and the highly anticipated openings of nékter Juice Bar and MA+hnasium move forward, there will be several relocations of existing tenants, including the relocation of Unleashed by Petco in early December to the space between Bath & Body Works and Geppetto’s Toys, Pearl Izumi to the space next to Sushi Ya and Village Mill Bread to the space in between Which Wich and GameStop.

In 2011, the Del Mar Highlands Town Center celebrated 20 years in Carmel Valley by undergoing a Re-Imagining, adding award-winning restaurants and San Diego’s first luxury boutique movie theatre and transforming through a modern architectural makeover. This next phase of the renovation will include the addition of a parking structure, theater expansion, and the opening of even more dining and shopping options.

For more information about the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, located at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, please visit

San Diego Planning Commission recommends ‘considerations’ to make One Paseo project in Carmel Valley acceptable

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:57

By Karen Billing

Just as carefully as the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board made sure it used the word “reject” in its recommendation for One Paseo, the San Diego Planning Commission didn’t use the words “deny” or “approve” when forwarding the project on to the San Diego City Council.  On Oct. 16, the commission voted unanimously that they “all agree that it’s a good project in concept but are unable to recommend to city council that they accept it as is and offer the following considerations to make it acceptable.” The list of considerations includes 11 issues they have problems with, including lowering building height (requesting an attempt to get to six stories rather than nine), bulk and scale, storm water and water recapture, transit and parking.

“We’re grateful for the planning commission’s thorough examination of One Paseo and unanimous recommendation to move the project forward to the city council with 11 refinements,” said developer Kilroy Realty in a statement. “Kilroy agreed at the hearing to these project improvements, which will enhance One Paseo’s benefits for the community.”

City staff has recommended approval of the project and it is expected to be before the San Diego City Council in the coming months.

As part of its 11 issues, the commission believes that the Environmental Impact Report’s (EIR) statement of overriding considerations needs to be “beefed up” and “bulletproof” as the EIR statement is required to approve any project that has significant and unmitigable impacts.

Commission Chair Tim Golba said none of the five commissioners would say that One Paseo isn’t a good project, but they have to convincingly justify taking the leap of approving a 1.5-square-foot mixed-use development over the 510,000 square feet of office that the patch of land on El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights Road is entitled to.

During the commission’s three hours of deliberation, there was much discussion of how One Paseo fits or does not fit into San Diego’s “City of Villages” smart growth strategy in the General Plan, which seeks to create villages that are compact and walkable with a mix of uses and a focus on transportation networks.

Commissioner Theresa Quiroz said she feels the vacant Carmel Valley lot is the perfect place to put their city of villages strategy to work.

“I find that there are so many community benefits that outweigh many of the problems that I can see,” Quiroz said, ticking off benefits such as new jobs, $6 million in street improvements, $23 million in developer fees, future transit plans, “more parking than actually needed,” and lower-cost housing. Quiroz said the project meets the bulk of what the city’s conservation element said they should be doing, which a lot of projects do not do.

“The community benefits vastly outweigh the traffic. It’s rare that we see a project that so clearly implements our General Plan. This is what our General Plan is looking for,” Quiroz said.

Golba was not as convinced after hearing hours of testimony on Oct. 2 from residents who said they are opposed to the project for its significant and unmitigable impacts to community character and traffic.

“If this project had transit, like light rail, this would be on consent,” Golba said.  “Can we really consider this a city of villages project or ‘smart growth’ when it’s void of essentially any transit system? That’s the $64,000 question. I have a tough time with that.”

Golba said projects like UTC were “littered and peppered” with transit, which made them easier to approve.

Nancy Bragado, deputy director of long-range planning, said that the lack of public transit is a serious issue with the city of villages strategy, but because One Paseo has future planned transit, a transportation demand management program and a shuttle system “stop gap” city staff felt that, overall, they could support the project.

Golba said he remained uncomfortable with the bulk and scale of One Paseo.

The commission had asked Kilroy to see more renderings of what the office buildings would look like, requesting “unflattering directions.” Those shown of the nine-stories over El Camino Real and seen from Del Mar Heights Road were effectively not flattering, Golba said, noting that he understood why they were not included in the initial presentation.

“They do present a different character to it,” Golba said. “These are big buildings.”

Golba said the architectural concept overall of One Paseo is “spectacular,” but it is too big of a leap for him from what is in the community plan.

Representing Kilroy, Marcela Escobar-Eck said that Kilroy would be willing to work with lowering the building heights as a condition of the project’s approval. She said they could lower the heights 10 to 20 feet but they need to maintain the employment mass.

“Bear in mind that unless the bulk and scale is there, transit will never go there,” Quiroz said. “We can’t say not to build a city of villages because there’s no transit. At some point we have to take that leap and build the density that will bring the transit.”

Commissioner James Whalen said that, generally, he likes the project and finds it beautiful to look at but his biggest concern is the traffic.

He noted that if what they heard in the public testimony on Oct. 2 is true — that traffic is already a nightmare without the project and that with it built there is going to be queuing all the way down Del Mar Heights Road to Lansdale Drive — then it is not going to be a successful project.

“The transportation demand management plan needs to be a lot more robust,” Whalen said.

Whalen said the latest thinking regarding transportation demand is moving away from carpools to more sophisticated models, such as the Uber ridesharing program that he uses three times a week so he doesn’t need his car.

Ann French Gonzalves, the city’s senior traffic engineer, said they do see the adapted signal control system proposed by Kilroy as being a benefit to help the traffic flow on the roads.

Kilroy is predicting 13 to 29 percent improvement in travel times along Del Mar Heights Road and a 29 to 46 percent improvement in stopped time.

Escobar-Eck said as part of its transportation demand program, they are willing to expand their shuttle service from morning and afternoon peaks to include lunch hours and they are planning for ride-sharing services such as Car2Go and Zip Car on site. Kilroy’s plan includes bike lockers, electrical charging stations and priority parking spaces for ride sharing.

Golba voiced concern about Kilroy’s Memorandum of Agreement with Caltrans on transportation improvements and how binding it really is.

“I don’t want to be sold on a fancy ‘Star Wars’ signalization and it’s just yellow paint on the road,” Golba said.

Jeff Chine, the land use attorney representing Kilroy, said the city is not a party to the contract so the city cannot enforce it, but he assured the commission that the MOU (memorandum of understanding) does have teeth and is a binding agreement. Kilroy has pledged $1.5 million to Caltrans in excess of its fair share contribution and the MOU states that if certain improvements aren’t completed in a seven-year time frame, the money does not go back to Kilroy but goes to other transportation improvements in Carmel Valley.

Golba said he also struggles with the enormous gap in some of the traffic improvements needed to mitigate the project, such as the SR-56 widening project that is targeted for 2038-40.

“We’re really betting on something way down the road and my question is, what happens to the community in the interim?” Golba asked.

Regarding traffic concerns, Commission Vice Chair Stephen Haase said with the passage of Senate Bill 743, the state will no longer use a road’s Level of Service as a measure of determining traffic impacts, instead it will focus on Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). VMT looks at whether a project contributes to the state’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and “combat climate change” by reducing miles driven, Haase said.

“I do believe that this project will reduce vehicle miles traveled in this community, but I don’t have any facts to support that claim, it’s more of a conclusion than a fact,” Haase said.

Commissioner Anthony Wagner also brought up neighboring Torrey Pines residents’ concerns about emergency services and response times.

San Diego Fire Assistant Chief Ken Barnes said the number of residential units added does not add to the number of calls in an area; he said the issue is always more about response times.

“Response times are not what we want them to be throughout the city,” Barnes said.

Barnes said Kilroy’s installation of the adaptive control system, which has provisions for emergency vehicles, has removed any concerns they have about the project.

Wagner then asked the chief how much of the $23 million in developer fees from One Paseo is going to the fire department. Escobar-Eck said the fees are blended so there is not a specific number for the fire department, but she said that Kilroy would be equipping trucks in Carmel Valley and surrounding areas with additional technology to pre-empt signals in a better way.

As the city and state grapples with severe drought, Quiroz said that they need to be assured that every single drop of water used on One Paseo is necessary. The commission also wanted assurances that the project would adhere to the state’s new storm water regulations, which have yet to take effect.

Haase said they heard from the developer that they plan to capture water and “let it dribble out”— they would rather see gray water be retreated and used for landscaping.

John Leppert, an engineer with Leppert Engineering Corporation, said that they could modify the design to increase on-site water storage cisterns and that they would comply with the new regulations.

During the three-hour session, Wagner made an attempt for a further reduced One Paseo.

Wagner said he faced a greater good dilemma with the project — he is concerned about the impacts, but also what would be best for the city of San Diego. He said the project falls in line with the city of villages strategy, which includes moving away from urban sprawl.

Wagner said they have to create projects in the city in the 2050 image. He said by 2050, San Diego is expected to grow in population by 1.2 million. The city needs to complement the growth with 1.1 million more jobs and an 81 percent increase in multi-family dwellings — he said the city doesn’t have the luxury to hold off on that.

Wagner said the project is not a “disastrous monster of developer greed but rather it’s a responsibly-placed project to provide more jobs and housing for San Diego and that the significant impacts are just the unfortunate reality of dealing with 2050 growth.

In an attempt to reduce average daily trips, Wagner made a motion for a reduced One Paseo, cutting the retail in half but leaving the bulk and scale — proposing that the 100,000 square feet of the retail be converted to commercial or residential use.

Wagner acknowledged that this proposal would require an additional Environmental Impact Report.

“I don’t think I can support that motion because it fundamentally changes the project,” Haase said.

“I tend to think that the retail is more important than the office to make the project work,” Whalen said. “The Carmel Valley planning board kept the retail at the full level which is meaningful.”

The motion failed 4-1.

Violinist Mari Black to perform at North Coast Rep benefit in Solana Beach

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:35

Mari Black’s concert at North Coast Repertory Theater is a fundraiser for Women’s Empowerment International.

Multi-style violinist Mari Black and her World Fiddle Ensemble are starring in a special evening of music Nov. 10 that celebrates the human ability to overcome adversity.

With musical selections from all over the world and little-known background stories, Black and her band will take the audience on a powerful musical journey through the songs that were born out of struggle, offered solace in strife, and inspired triumph over adversity. Listeners will sing, soar, weep, laugh, and dance along on this unforgettable musical experience.

This concert, from 7:30-9 p.m. at North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach, is a fundraiser for Women’s Empowerment International, a 501(c)3 helping women around the world overcome their struggles and adversities by providing microfinance loans.

The theater is at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Pre-performance reception is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35; $25 under age 35; $20 students and vets; visit Contact 858-531-3418 or

Solana Beach Fire Department to host open house Oct. 25

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:00

The city of Solana Beach Fire Department invites the community to the annual Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Solana Beach Fire Department Station, 500 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.

The event will have a safety trailer to promote safety in the home, Halloween Safety Kits for kids and live music, and will offer lots of fire prevention tips and information. Adults and kids can enjoy an exciting auto-extrication demonstration and live fire demonstrations.

Musicians from Carmel Valley schools progress to Concerto Competition finals

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 07:30

Nine musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s  advanced ensembles will compete for the prestigious award of Concerto Competition Winner, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.

“These annual Concerto Competitions present the chance for SDYS’ most advanced students from the Ovation Program to showcase their talent in an intensive and collaborative soloist competition,” said Jeff Edmons, SDYS Music Director. “From the preliminary round, nine finalists have been selected to perform at the Mingei International Museum.”

These young musicians will perform some of the most challenging concerto pieces with astonishing poise and skill. The winner is awarded the exciting opportunity to take center stage as the soloist at San Diego County’s top concert halls, including the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

The winner from the 2013-14 Concerto Competition, violist Andrea Fortier, is now studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

The 2014-15 Concerto Competition finalists and their schools:

• Omar Gairdarov, flute (Torrey Pines High School)

• Sophia Hashemi-Asai, violin (Greater San Diego Academy)

• Allan Huang, violin (Canyon Crest Academy)

• Flora Li, violin (Del Norte High School)

• Paul Maxwell, cello (Julian Charter Academy)

• Andrew Rim, cello (Torrey Pines High School)

• Jay Shankar, clarinet (The Bishop’s School)

• Wade Streit, cello (Serra High School)

• Ashley Wang, piccolo (Carlsbad High School)

Tickets at the door are $10 adults, free to students. Tickets include entrance to the Mingei International Museum’s exhibitions, “Surf Craft” and “In the Realm of Nature.” Visit

Pianists, students to perform at Carmel Valley Library concert

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 06:43

Jacquelyne Silver

A free family music program, sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in the library’s community room.

Concert pianist and teacher Jacquelyne Silver and 10 young students of Silver and Barbara Menzie will perform. Silver will perform first, playing a program that will include works of Mozart written as a child, the young Scott Joplin, and Beethoven before and after he lost his hearing.

She will also discuss the meaning of music, where it came from, and why we love it.

The students’ recital will follow. Their program will include ragtime music and some well-known classical pieces. Both programs together will last about one hour.

Silver, a Juilliard School graduate, worked with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein and Luciano Pavarotti, and played at Carnegie Hall and on Broadway. She is the executive director of Silver Pathways to Music, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, where she creates, directs, and produces videos for young people on America’s history and its grand music.

Her show, “History Alive Through Music!” premiered on ITV Cable channel 16, and is shown in classrooms throughout San Diego. Silver has given master classes at Juilliard and at Yale, Stanford, and Fordham universities, as well as at many other schools and institutions throughout the United States. She performs at the Athenaeum in La Jolla and other venues in San Diego and Los Angeles, and she maintains a piano and voice teaching studio in San Diego for children and adults.

Barbara Menzie, a graduate of UCLA, has served as president of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, North San Diego County Chapter. She has judged competitions and presented master classes, lectures and workshops, and is a member of the American College of Musicians. She maintains a piano studio in Carlsbad, where she teaches students of all ages and levels.

The library is at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. Call 858-552-1668.

AutoMatters+: Orange County Auto Show & Innovative Thinium Charge

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:33

By Jan Wagner

As is the tradition here in sunny Southern California, the new auto show season recently kicked off with the Orange County International Auto Show.

Press day for this show has changed quite a bit since I first started covering it several years ago. Before the financial crisis hit, back in the seemingly free-spending days of auto companies, there were elaborate, staged, dramatic new vehicle reveals, free food and cool promotional giveaway items. The reasoning was, no doubt, to attract the attention of automotive journalists so that we’d be more likely to write about and show you their latest and greatest new vehicles, but that was then and this is now. Times have changed.

VW - Das Auto

There can be no denying that recent shows are much more subdued. Truly new model introductions and new concept cars have become rare here, and the vehicles are pretty much displayed to stand on their own merits, without all the hoopla, smoke and mirrors. In this environment, the truly noteworthy vehicles emerge.

Such was the case at this year’s show. Inside, the Anaheim Convention Center was packed full of new model year vehicles. Outside there were plenty of manufacturers’ vehicles to test-drive on city streets. Combined, that enabled visitors to compare the vehicles that they may have been interested in buying – and perhaps some that they might not even have considered, without any high-pressure sales tactics.

The only cars you could actually buy there were diecast models. Thousands of them were carefully organized by make, and were available for sale at the Burning Rubber Toy Company’s custom-designed truck/mobile showroom. Look for them again at the LA and San Diego Auto Shows.

High visibility Nissan Leaf

The Kia GT4 Stinger Concept is a beautiful sports car along the lines of Scion’s FR-S and Subaru’s BRZ.

One that really caught my attention was the Fiat 500e (electric). The minder who rode shotgun with me gave a spot-on description of the interior and exterior color scheme when she suggested that the cute little, bright-orange car with its white and orange interior looked like a Creamsicle. An orange car in Orange County seemed quite fitting. It made me smile.

With an all-electric range of about 100 miles, this is a city car, but it has amazingly quick acceleration. The future for electric vehicles is indeed bright. This car proves that electric cars need not be boring to drive or to look at.

For me the shining star of the show, and most definitely on the other side of the fuel economy window, was the very special, soon-to-be-released, 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat four-door sedan – a family car.

The Dodge Charger Hellcat rewrites the books on what an American four-door sedan can be – and soon you will actually be able to buy one from your local Dodge dealer. It has ultimate muscle car specifications: 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque (for reference, my powerful Mustang GT has ‘only’ 412 horsepower). Top speed? 204 miles per hour. NHRA-certified quarter mile in 11 seconds. Fuel economy has not yet been announced but the comparable Challenger Hellcat is rated at 22 MPG highway.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

According to the Chrysler rep., the 2015 Charger Hellcat will be “the most powerful, the fastest, the quickest sedan in the world,” and yet it will be just as capable of providing a comfortable, relaxed ride to get groceries. Pricing has not yet been announced but the Challenger Hellcat starts at under $60,000, so you can probably use that as an indication. Try to get on a waiting list now.

Thinium Charge

Recently, long after this year’s International CES where I first became aware of it, I was sent a review sample of an innovative new docking cell phone charger. Never again will you have to leave your phone charging on the floor, at risk of being stepped on; and carry around a long cord with connectors on both ends, and a bulky charging block with a protruding wall plug. When not in use the Thinium Charge’s wall plug folds fully and conveniently into its thin, almost credit card-like shell, as does a cradle with either a built-in Apple Lightning or micro-USB connector, which supports a cell phone at a good angle for viewing its screen. A short USB cable that enables charging from a USB port also folds into the shell. MSRP is $49.95. It is available in three colors at

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Burning Rubber Toy Company diecasts

Ryan Hunter Reay IndyCar

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat

Dodge Charger Hellcat emblem

Thinium Charge

As always, please write to with your comments and suggestions.

Copyright © 2014 by Jan Wagner – AutoMatters+ #354

International Horse Show coming to Del Mar

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:02

The Del Mar International Horse Show will take place from Oct. 22-26 at the Del Mar arena. The event is free but parking is $10.

The horse show encompasses two full weeks of world-class competition, which attracts an elite field of internationally recognized horses and riders.

The Del Mar International Horse Show features West Palms Events’ exclusive Halloween Celebration,’s Funniest Horse Video Contest, barn competitions, social events and much more. The Rancho Valencia Grand Prix of Del Mar is a World Cup and Thermal Million qualifying event.


Jung lecture in Del Mar to discuss Hillman’s work

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:00

The Friends of Jung offer a Friday lecture on “Archetypal Psychology: The Clinical Legacy of James Hillman,”  at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, at the Winston School, Del Mar.

Jason Butler, Ph.D., will discuss archetypal psychology, a post-Jungian mode of theory and practice initiated primarily through the work of James Hillman. Hillman’s writing carries a far-reaching collection of evocative ideas with a wealth of implications for the field of clinical psychology.

Butler is an assistant professor in the Holistic Counseling department at John F. Kennedy University and has a psychotherapy practice in Oakland. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and his master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from Saybrook University.

His recent book, “Archetypal Psychotherapy: The Clinical Legacy of James Hillman,” is in the Routledge series on Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies.

Cost is $10 for full-time students, $15 for Friends of Jung members and senior citizens (65-plus), and $20 for non-members.

The Winston School is at 215 Ninth St., Del Mar. Call 858-259-8155.

Solana Beach accepting grant applications

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:56

The city of Solana Beach recently announced the opening of the 2015 Community Grant Program for local nonprofits. The city is soliciting grant applications until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The City Council has $25,000 available for community organizations. Grants will be awarded with a maximum award of $5,000.

Requested funds are available as one-time seed money to organizations that qualify under the city’s criteria in order to augment community service programs, projects and service activities to the community. All eligible nonprofits are invited to apply for this program.

Applications are available on the City’s website or at City Hall. Contact Dan King, assistant to the city manager, at 858-720-2477.

Canyon Crest Academy Envision teachers’ expertise extends beyond Carmel Valley school, but returns to enrich it

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:54

Carol Limbach, CCA visual arts teacher, on her recent painting trip to Provence, France.

By Diane Y. Welch

Envision arts offered through Canyon Crest Academy invite visiting artists to enrich the students’ experience. Supported by the school’s foundation, these professionals are role models and show students what is possible. A recent event at CCA’s Proscenium Theatre presented the artists’ work to an appreciative student audience.

Also taking part were several of CCA’s Envision faculty who performed on stage or had art pieces exhibited in the lobby. Like the visiting artists, CCA staff are fully engaged in their respective fields and each has strong views as to why the myth of “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach!” is just that: a myth.

Rachel Edwards, who teaches drawing classes and digital imaging, said, “I am a very strong proponent that all teachers, not just arts teachers, should have a passion for pursuing their personal interests and bettering their career skills outside of the classroom.”

Edwards has had shows in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as San Diego. She has also taught workshops on figure drawing — her area of expertise — for local arts organizations and at the Said Space gallery in Encinitas.

Visual arts coordinator Jessica Matthes, a fine artist, has been commissioned to paint large-scale murals for Kid Ventures in Liberty Station. She recently took part in “Perspectives: The Berlin Wall,” a collaborative show featuring several San Diego artists.

“Each artist utilized actual pieces of the Berlin Wall in their work,” said Matthes.

The exhibition will be coming to Carlsbad’s Front Porch Gallery next month.

Angela Jackson, also a fine artist, brings her work into the classroom.

“I think when you are able to share your passion about why you chose your career with your students, it shows another dimension of yourself,” she said.

Students critique her works in progress and learn from the processes she uses. Jackson recently ended a solo show at the Solana Beach City Hall and has a second at the North Coast Repertory Theatre Gallery through December.

Cinema coordinator Mark Raines, speaking at the 2013 TEDxYouth@SanDIego event.

Cinema coordinator Mark Raines, a former local reporter and news anchor, continues to work outside school in the field of videography.

“It keeps my skills fresh and helps me to keep up with new and emerging technologies in the career area I teach,” he explained.

In recent years, Raines went to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and produced compassionate documentaries on his return. Raines creates video productions with his students and helps with segments of CCA’s weekly television show.

“It’s a great way for me to teach by example and work with students, instead of just showing them what to do,” he said.

Some of Raines’ students volunteered as tech crew at the 2013 TEDxYouth@SanDIego event where Raines was a presenter.

Being an artist is something innate, said dance teacher Tracy Yates. “You couldn’t ignore it if you tried. It just keeps gnawing at you until you do something about it!”

This drive means that Yates, also a vocalist, regularly performs in shows with her band, Super Nacho, which will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Belly Up Tavern.

Each summer, dance coordinator Rayna Stohl produces a show at The Vine, an intimate black-box theater owned by Mojalet Dance Collective on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery.

“I am also currently in talks with the organizer of The Fringe Festival in San Diego, and I am going to be working closely with some alumni and current students to get them involved,” she said.

New to the school is Envision Theatre Coordinator Jeannine Marquie, who has been very active in the San Diego theatre scene working with San Diego Repertory, Diversionary Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and the Playwrights Project. As she settles into her new role, she plans to pursue her outside theater involvements, she said.

Visual arts teacher Carol Limbach joined French artists during a summer trip to Provence and Brittany, creating plein-air artworks along the way. That experience is being brought back to her students.

“I am going to be using some of the historical information, as well as some of the art techniques, in a collaboration between myself, my sculpture students and French students. We’ll then create art work for permanent display at CCA,” said Limbach.

Envision coordinator and vocal music coordinator Anne Whatoff performs with the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir, Bach Collegium San Diego, and the New South Coast Chamber Choir.

“To be involved in our outside pursuits helps keep us fresh in our art and constantly learning new things,” said Whattoff.

Students benefit from this renewal as these ideas are then shared with them.

“And while our teachers are out in the community, they are also outreaching to other artists,” Whattoff said. “In this way, they can be exposed to professionals who could potentially join CAA as visiting artists.”