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2013 has passed very quickly. It is easy to miss the progress that the City of Del Mar has made since January. But as Mayor (for 12 months), it is my obligation to list out some of our accomplishments for our residents. This is our “report card” for 2013.
Our Council has worked effectively as a team for the betterment of Del Mar. We all have different views, but we eventually come to agreement. Here are some of the Council accomplishments for 2013:
•Del Mar successfully responded to an unsatisfactory proposal by the Fairgrounds board to form a joint powers governing board with the County of San Diego. The initial proposal in April did not have any representation from Del Mar on the governing board. A revised proposal being worked on now strives to provide Del Mar and local stakeholders with better representation on the governance body.
•We did partner with the Fairgrounds in three constructive areas. We are working with them to explore the construction of affordable housing at the Fairgrounds; and we are conducting a joint cost of services study and a traffic control study.
•The Council held four extra workshops this year, resulting in a balanced two-year Operating Budget, a Capital Improvement Budget, a clear set of priorities for the City and a better focus on the community’s expectations for a new City Hall.
•We reviewed the progress of the Tourism Business Improvement District for Del Mar. This is the group that uses hotel tax money to promote Del Mar as a destination for visitors. We asked for more rapid progress and better measurement of results for the next reporting period.
•The Council gave its support of the expanded Fall horse racing days.
•We reviewed the development of a City Facilities Plan with an emphasis on taking steps to replace our aging City Hall. This plan will involve a great deal of community input as the feasible alternatives are reviewed and ultimately narrowed down to the cost effective options that best serve the community.
•The Council adopted a sidewalk improvement plan that will see new sidewalks along Camino Del Mar downtown and in the Beach Colony, and a new sidewalk along Jimmy Durante Boulevard from downtown to San Dieguito Drive.
Our City employees achieved some important milestones during the year. Under the leadership of our new City Manager, Scott Huth, we saw major progress in 2013:
•The City completed an updated Housing Element for our Community Plan and had it certified by the State of California. This makes the City eligible for more grant opportunities in the future.
•We quickly responded to a new emerging business, food trucks. A new mobile vending ordinance was adopted that allows these entrepreneurs to safely do business in Del Mar.
•A great deal of effort was spent hammering out an agreement with the 22nd District Agricultural Association to settle our lawsuit over their Master Plan. The agreement specifies how the impacts of noise, traffic and special events will be mitigated in the future.
•The City proposed and adopted an “in-lieu” parking fee that allows property owners a way of contributing to the cost of parking spaces in the City when they cannot provide the required spaces.
•Staff began the monumental task of digitizing all of the paper records that have been stored at City Hall for years.
•The City signed a new Fire Management Agreement with our neighboring cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas. The new agreement creates a single Fire Chief position and reduces the number of Battalion Chiefs, for a savings of $15,000 annually.
•The Staff received approval to design a new wastewater pipeline from our 21st Street Pump Station to Solana Beach. This new link will allow the City to shift wastewater flows from the City of San Diego to the San Elijo wastewater treatment plant, for a potential savings of $113,000 per year.
•The North Torrey Pines Bridge is near completion, and on budget.
I have a particular sense of accomplishment for the following items that have been implemented in 2013 by the Council and hardworking volunteers in our community:
•Del Mar has always been at the short end of the bargaining stick when it comes to our Sheriff’s contract. The City and the Finance Committee successfully hired an independent consultant to determine how we can reduce costs and improve service. We now have the specific recommendations on how to work with the Sheriff to improve service, and if that is unsuccessful, how to set up our own police organization — for similar costs.
•SANDAG will be installing a new double track and “special events” platform at the Fairgrounds by 2030. We saw that the early design of the platform was beginning and that we needed to be involved early in identifying the impacts that the platform would have on the community. The Council formed the ad-hoc Double Track Advisory Committee, which has developed a list of impacts that need to be mitigated as part of the project.
•When the City acquired the Shores Park property, it inherited a vacant modular building that was previously used by the Del Mar School District for its maintenance offices. The building was not usable and was a public nuisance. It was demolished and removed from the park.
•Early on in my assignment as Mayor, I heard from business owners that they needed some help from the City on dealing with processes and regulations that were hindering their efforts to successfully compete in Del Mar. The Council agreed to set up the Business Support Advisory Committee to gather a list of issues from business and property owners to help the City make Del Mar a positive business environment.
•The City is faced with an unfunded pension liability of $9 million. After a great deal of analysis by Staff and the Finance Committee, the City Council agreed to do two things. First, the City paid off a $3 million side fund pension liability using the City’s General Fund and Water Fund reserves. This will save the City $1 million in future interest payments. The Council also agreed to establish a pension reserve fund, setting aside enough money to eliminate our unfunded pension liability over 15 years.
•Working with the Finance Committee, Staff developed a 30-year projection of the City’s financial health. This is a tool that can be used to predict outcomes based on financial decisions. Since the Council is currently evaluating whether Del Mar should finance some of its needed capital improvements, this will be very valuable tool in the months ahead.
•The Mayor and his colleague Al Corti were able to win the annual Turf Bocce Ball Championship with a victory over Solana Beach.
We have many new opportunities coming to Del Mar in the months ahead. I am particularly anxious to see the completion of the Torrey Pines Bridge, the proposals for new development of the Garden Del Mar and Watermark projects, and the implementation of a customer satisfaction survey for all our residents who use city services. And of course we need to move forward on plans for City Hall.
I want to thank City Staff and my fellow Council members for their hard work and dedication to Del Mar. It has been a good year.
Del Mar Mayor
By Randi Crawford
How many times have you heard the expression “Attitude is everything?” Enough corny sayings each day posted on facebook and I want to puke in my mouth a little every time I read one, right? But, people, there is something major to be said about having a good attitude.
This weekend, we were really excited to be able to play in our first lacrosse tournament with our new team. It’s a winter travel team, so this particular tournament was in Arizona. Now, as it happens, this is Thanksgiving week, and we had already booked a trip to Connecticut to see my husband’s family, something we haven’t done for 20 years (gone to see them for this particular holiday). But when the tournament schedule was posted, I begged my husband to push our trip back a few days so our son wouldn’t miss his first games with the new team. You see, my husband books trips months in advance because it usually helps with the cost, but, as he’s learning, this isn’t the greatest idea as our kids get older and more and more sports are happening on the weekends.
That said, he gladly pushed the trip back and we were headed to the desert…or so we thought. Not only did we push back our Connecticut trip, we took the day off from school on Friday (it was a half day before break, what do you want from me?), and we hit the road. After about an hour, it started to rain. And then it rained harder. And before I knew it, we were driving in a torrential downpour for the next five hours. Yikes, it wasn’t looking good. So now texts are flying back and forth between teammates – I love rumors. Some people thought it wouldn’t be a problem because we were playing on turf, while others insisted that it was all grass fields, (which clearly would have been a problem because the field management companies don’t want a bunch of cleats mucking up their grass), so we decided to go to the hotel and hope for the best. And hope we did. We hoped a lot, over dinner and drinks with friends…but it wasn’t looking good.
But even that night and into the next morning the email updates were all positive, stating that the games would be delayed, so to “stay tuned.” But during breakfast with a group of lacrosse folks, in grey sweats and salty looks on their faces, it became pretty obvious when the rain didn’t cease, that this was not going to happen. Finally, around 11 a.m., the email came. They dropped the bomb – the games are indefinitely delayed. In other words, go find something else to do with your time. Wow, this was a huge drag to say the least. But the first thing we all did was go bowling with the boys. And by the afternoon we hit the new “Catching Fire” movie, which we wanted to see anyway. Side note, it was awesome, especially since I forgot everything I read in the book. And then we went back to the hotel and played some crazy dice game with good friends, nearly got kicked out of the restaurant (we were having a little too much fun), ate and drank some more, laughed a lot and watched football all night.
Attitude…the boys could have carried on like brats because they were disappointed they didn’t get to play, but they didn’t. The parents could have whined and complained about squandered costs and a 13-hour round trip drive, but they didn’t. I have to tell you, corny or not, the way you look at a situation completely defines it. We could have been with a group of parents who had a bad attitude, which would have completely altered our experience, but they were awesome.
Did the situation stink because we anticipated playing some great teams at a gorgeous sports complex in Arizona, where professional lacrosse players would have been playing as well? Of course that stunk, but not one person in our entire group let that get in the way of having a great weekend.
Attitude is everything.
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The ongoing saga of the initiative (now known as Proposition B) concerning rental of the Fletcher Cove Community Center for private celebrations, to quote Lewis Carroll, gets “curiouser and curiouser.”
After the petition had been certified as having enough valid signatures, the Solana Beach City Council was required by law to consider whether to adopt the initiative as an ordinance or call for an election. A special meeting was held for that purpose on Oct. 9. The council wisely and unanimously chose a third option: It requested, as authorized by the California Elections Code, an independent study and report regarding the potential impacts of the initiative if it were adopted as an ordinance. The purpose of such a report is to assist the Council in making an informed decision about whether to adopt the initiative without proceeding to an election.
As was explained to the council by the city manager, Section 9212 of the Elections Code spells out several areas that are to be covered in the report, plus “any other matters the legislative body requests to be in the report.” The council did not request that the report cover “any other matters.” The city engaged the prestigious municipal law firm of Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak to prepare the report. According to the city manager, the report was received on Nov. 4. The 11-page report concluded, in essence, that the initiative, if adopted by the city, would have little or no financial impact and that any public safety, parking, noise, and related concerns could be adequately controlled through existing laws and the permitting process.
As its first order of business at a Nov. 6 special meeting, the council summarily “received and filed” the report. There was no discussion of the content of the report and, even though attorneys from the Lounsbery firm were present, no oral presentation of the report was requested or made for the benefit of the council and the public.
Then, as its second order of business, and without commenting on or referencing the report, the council voted 5-0 to proceed with the election and not enact the initiative as an ordinance. By now everyone knows that the council is antagonistic toward Proposition B because its members perceive it as an invasion of their prerogatives. It would have been embarrassing for them to highlight the fact that the independent report that they commissioned (and paid for) concluded that adoption of the initiative would not have adverse consequences to the city.
But that’s not the end of the story. At the request of a council member, the report was back on the agenda of the Nov. 20 meeting to “discuss” and “provide direction as needed.” Apparently waking up to the fact that the report did not support the action taken at the previous meeting, the council discussion centered on alleged factual errors, unfounded conclusions and issues not considered in the report. The council members essentially requested that the report be revised to be consistent with their views.
All of this raises several questions: 1) Why was the report requested in the first place if not to provide the council and the public with information about the effects of the initiative? 2) Why did the council not discuss the report and its conclusions while the adoption of the initiative was still under consideration? 3) Why did the council, after making the irrevocable decision not to adopt the initiative as an ordinance, request that the report be supplemented or modified at public expense? It’s sort of like requesting an environmental impact report after a project has been completed or a surgeon ordering X-rays after completing the surgery. Just curious.
Eric T. Lodge,
I’ve got a little ditty and it may not be pretty but it holds the promise of heaven.
Let me say that there is not a day that isn’t made better by thanks.
Set your heart on it today. Don’t delay. Just give it away.
You can’t cope without hope. That’s no joke. It’s not in the soaps. It grows in gratitude.
Can’t find grace without making a space to see all that’s good and thank it.
And you can’t live in joy by being coy and taking your blessings for granted. I’m not talkin’ trash. I’m tellin’ the truth.
Let no fear stop you and no excuses block you. Start right away and you’ll end the day with a smile that will be there to stay. Think about it.
Set your heart on gratitude. Make it your constant attitude and don’t get fooled by platitudes that say it’s Pollyanna. It’s not.
Look for the good and praise it; envision the good and raise it. You can do it.
Keep yourself alert. Don’t be dishin’ the dirt, cuz God loves a grateful heart. So start today. Give thanks and praise and you’ll dance yourself into blessings.
The first step in totally changing my dull image was to get involved in a civic, educational, charitable or some type of community group. These groups have — for the most part — quiet, some might say boring meetings. They occasionally have luncheons or potluck dinners. On very special occasions, like 60th anniversaries, a catered affair; in this case, by affair, we are talking about food. For 40 years that I know of, I and certain other members of these groups thought we were just old-fashioned do-gooders. Recently, at one of the Solana Beach City Council meetings, the opponents of the reasonable use of the Solana Beach Community Center called supporters of its reasonable use the party people. Wow, from boring to cool overnight. So, at 88 years of age, I finally made it -— I am a party girl.
As a member of one or more of the aforementioned groups, I supported the effort of those volunteers to repair, remodel and reopen the one and only ocean view Community Center in Solana Beach. This small facility had a long established use for weddings, anniversaries and other events important to the people who live here. Before incorporation, people from anywhere in the county could rent it, but now that local taxes are used for its maintenance, only our residents can get a permit to use it.
Actually, few groups will use the center because of its limited capacity. For a sit-down dinner, the limit is 50 people, counting the required caterers, security guard, and trained bartender if serving the two-glass limit of wine or beer, per person, per party. As for the new neighbors, we are sorry that the sunsets are so magnificent that they never noticed the old Community Center sign when they bought or built their new houses nearby. What are we supposed to do now? Give up residents’ right to use a facility they are paying for with tax money?
The opponents of the center’s reasonable use have dubbed supporters as the party people, so that makes them the party poopers. I can reassure the party poopers they have nothing much to worry about because most of us party people are too tired to stay out after 10, and we don’t need dance music because most of us have trouble with our knees and don’t dance. We can’t hear too well, so we frown on loud music playing while we are talking, which is one of our favorite things to do at a party.
So come on all you formerly fun people — join the party people and have a good time, it’s later than you think. Vote “yes” on Prop. B.
The City Council is using scare tactics to unreasonably restrict your use of the Fletcher Cove Community Center. The City Council’s own commissioned study clearly stated “No adverse impacts to the city if the initiative is adopted.”
The initiative allows Solana Beach citizens to enjoy Fletcher Cove Community Center without unfair rules. It does not change city codes and regulations.
The initiative allows up to two special events per weekend, it does not require them.
The initiative occupancy limits are consistent with the Municipal Code. It does not require maximum occupancy.
The initiative allows beer and wine to be served consistent with the existing Alcohol Beverage Control Commission rules. It does not allow unlimited alcohol.
The initiative requires noise levels to be governed by the City Municipal Code requirements.
All of these are reasonable and fair. If these limits are exceeded, revocation of the special events permit, immediate suspension and other mitigating actions are authorized for the city to enforce.
Support the “Common Sense” initiative: Proposition B. Don’t be swayed by the opponents who repeat the hearsay of too many parties, too much noise, unlimited alcohol and too little parking. This is a public building on publicly-owned property, next to a public beach overlooking the ocean that has been here for more than 70 years.
The Community Center is a unique asset to a wonderful community and should continue to be enjoyed without new overly restrictive rules and regulations. Protect your right to use and enjoy your community center. Protect your right to use and enjoy your community center. Vote “yes” on Proposition B.
Former Council Member and Mayor of Solana Beach
As I put the finishing touches to the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board’s response to Kilroy’s DEIR Alternatives, several issues have surfaced. Kilroy’s insistence that only the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board has a vote on the One Paseo project to the exclusion of all other impacted residents outside Carmel Valley. This is true, but it shrouds the true nature of One Paseo’s impact upon regional traffic congestion, especially as it relates to emergency response time from Fire Station 24 on Del Mar Heights Road.
Development Services Department (DSD) has clearly indicated that the One Paseo project is tied to specific roadway improvements called mitigation measures. These mitigation measures must be in place before building permits are issued. The I-5/SR-56 connector project is on the list of mitigation measures and includes the removal of the Del Mar Heights Bridge and the construction of a new bridge and connector ramps from I-5 to SR-56. As a side note, Caltrans plans to start construction on this project in 2020 and finish by 2030, but this project remains unfunded.
Now the rub: DSD indicates that building permits would not be deferred in the event that the City Council adopts a Statement of Overriding Considerations relative to impacts to traffic, since these mitigations are beyond the control of the project applicant and the city of San Diego. Therefore, the reality of the situation is that the nine City Council members can choose to ignore the facts about traffic and approve One Paseo. Remember that only Councilwoman Sherri Lightner lives in District 1 and, at that, in La Jolla. San Diego’s mayor and county supervisor get no vote. The Carmel Valley board’s vote is only advisory, as is the city’s Planning Commission.
Therefore, none of the City Council members actually lives in and around Carmel Valley or Torrey Pines but can — by their vote — affect our lives and safety for the next 15 years. “Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
Chair, Torrey Pines Community Planning Board
By Jan Wagner
When we think of exotic supercars, including Lamborghinis, many of us may associate them with the lifestyles of celebrities and the very rich. We may think that these cars are rarely driven hard (as they were meant to be driven) and, instead, are mostly seen parked in high visibility, preferred valet parking spaces directly in front of exclusive hotels and expensive restaurants.
Automobili Lamborghini is changing that perception, both in the minds of the general public and also among those who already drive or who may be considering Lamborghini automobiles. To learn more, AutoMatters sat down and talked with Pete Macfarlane of Vivacity (“Serious Brand Entertainment”) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
Through structured and well run Lamborghini driving events, drivers are progressively taught how to responsibly enjoy their thoroughbred supercars. Think of it like a pyramid. At the base you have “Esperienza,” which is where potential customers come in, try out the cars and get introductory instruction on a racetrack from Lamborghini drivers in the Aventador and Gallardo road cars.
The next level up is what they call “The Academy.” That is for those who are thinking about racing Lamborghinis, and getting more involved with the brand and the cars. Typically drivers participate in a two-day event where they are taught car control and push the cars to their limits. That might be on a racetrack, or on ice in Colorado where they can learn about taking advantage of the cars’ four-wheel-drive capabilities.
At the top of the pyramid is the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series, sanctioned by IMSA. Billed as “the world’s fastest one-make series,” “gentlemen racers” and experienced professional race drivers compete on some of the most famous, iconic racetracks in the world. Their Lamborghini is a lightweight, four-wheel-drive version of the Gallardo LP 570-4 with 570 horsepower.
Each race weekend consists of two fifty-minute races. There is no refueling but, depending on the nature of the particular tracks, there may be tire changes.
There are two classes: an amateur class for the gentlemen racers and a professional class. They race on the track at the same time.
Drivers may enter individually or in teams of two, so if you and your buddy wanted to go racing, you could share the cost of the car and the expenses of the race weekends. To facilitate this, during each race there is a mandatory 45-second pit stop. That provides sufficient time for the two-driver teams to complete a driver change. It is likely that in 2014 one of the team’s drivers might be a gentleman racer and the other a professional.
This increasingly popular, worldwide racing series was launched in Europe in 2009. Drivers there race wheel-to-wheel on such legendary tracks as Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Silverstone, Paul Ricard, Hockenheim and the Nürburgring.
In 2012 the series expanded into Asia. Venues have included Shanghai, Macau and Fuji International Speedway, with race teams from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
2013 marked the series’ debut in North America, with events at Lime Rock, Kansas City, Calaboogie (Canada), Virginia International Raceway and the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This double-header was held in conjunction with the IndyCar season finale.
Kevin Conway of Lamborghini Carolinas and Change Racing won the series championship. His background is NASCAR stock car racing. In 2010 he was the Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year.
Tom O’Gara, representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills and GMG Racing, took first place in the amateur class.
This year there were typically 12 to 14 cars on the North American grids, which is about where things stood when the series began in Europe. Now they are up to about 20-plus cars in Europe. In 2014 look for North American fields to increase to 18 to 20 cars.
For more information about the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series, go to: www.squadracorse.lamborghini.com and then click on the Super Trofeo link. If you are considering racing in this series, contact a Lamborghini dealer. That dealer will then put you in touch with a race team who will help you manage your car throughout the race weekends. You can either buy your car or lease it. A ballpark price for a race weekend is around $35,000. Depending on the arrangements you make with your dealer, you may not necessarily have to commit to racing the entire season.
As always, please write to me at AutoMatters@gmail.com with your comments and suggestions.
Copyright © 2013 by Jan Wagner – #309 AutoMatters
By Kristina Houck
Whether attending a new school or performing on stage for the first time, doing new things can be scary for kids.
For former Del Mar resident Jennifer Azantian, it was swimming in the deep end of the pool.
A storyteller since she was a young girl, Azantian recalls how she faced her fears to help her younger sister overcome her own fears in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids,” a collection of 101 short stories about good decisions, self-esteem and positive thinking.
“Even back then I was telling stories,” said Azantian, who now lives in Escondido. “I was motivated by her fears, which kind of mirrored my own at her age, and I decided to use our shared fantasy world to help her overcome her fear of jumping into the pool.”
Co-authored by actor Kevin Sorbo and “Chicken Soup for the Soul” publisher Amy Newmark, the book is geared for children ages 7 to 13, and covers topics such as disabilities, bullying and relationships. Azantian’s story is in the book’s first chapter, “Trying Something New.”
“Sharks and Mermaids” is a story about the then 10-year-old encouraging her 6-year-old sister, Lauren, to jump in the deep end of the pool by creating a story about mermaids. When she was younger, Azantian had also been afraid to swim in the deep end because she was told that’s where sharks swam.
“The story is absolutely true and very, very special to me,” she said.
Now 25 years old, Azantian and her sister are still really close.
“She read it before it was published when I sent it over to her and asked her permission,” Azantian said. “She cried. She remembers the day as vividly as I do.”
Azantian grew up in Orange County. In 2010, she graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s in psychology. For more than two years, she worked as an executive assistant, office manager and literary agent at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in Del Mar. She recently joined Los Angeles-based Paul S. Levine Literary Agency.
Also an author, her first short story, “The Sentinel’s Son,” was published in the 2009 Winter Solstice Special Edition of “Emerald Tales Magazine.” Another of her short stories, “The After Picture,” was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You.” Currently, she is working on a novel.
Azantian hopes her story will be a great lesson and a source of inspiration for young readers.
“If you find a way to make somebody else’s life just a little bit easier, do that,” she said. “Even when you’re young, when you think you can’t make a difference, you can. Do everything you can to help others.”
For more information or to purchase a copy of the book, visit www.chickensoup.com.
By City News Service
A man who claimed to have a concealed pistol robbed a Solana Beach bank Dec. 6.
The thief confronted a clerk at the Citibank branch office in the 700 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach and demanded cash at about 3:15 p.m., sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Maxin said.
Though the bandit said he had a gun, none was seen. He fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
The robber was described as a black man in his 20s, about 5-foot-6-inches tall and about 140 pounds, with braided hair showing from under a beige cap, Maxin said.
By Colleen Van Horn RN, B.S.N., PHN, CCM, INNOVATIVE HEALTHCARE CONSULTANTS
“Taking care of my elderly father, with his complicated medical care, has become more than I can handle,” a reader wrote in to Harvard professor and physician Dr. Anthony Komaroff’s medical advice column. The reader continued, “A friend suggested I hire a geriatric-care manager. How can this person help?”
Dr. Komaroff answered by making a point that many children caring for elderly parents can relate to. He explained children don’t want to give up caring for their parents because they find it rewarding; yet for many reasons, caring for an elderly parent can get too overwhelming. This, he said, is where a geriatric care manager comes in. Geriatric care managers can lighten the children’s load while still enabling them to play a major role in their parents’ care.
Here are some of the ways a geriatric-care manager can help:
Evaluating needs: Sometimes it’s difficult for a parent to let their children know what they need because parents are used to addressing their children’s needs. This leaves the children to try to figure it out, which can lead to mistakes. Not only are geriatric care managers trained to evaluate the needs of the elderly; they aren’t their children, so it may be easier for the elderly parents to express their needs.
Providing trained professionals: Of course, children do their best to provide the best care for their parents, but they’re not professionals and may simply not know the best practices. Geriatric care managers can facilitate care from professionals all over the medical spectrum, including nursing, social work, counseling, and gerontology.
Organizing: Between medicine, doctor appointments, and navigating through everyday life, caring for an elderly parent can get overwhelming. Geriatric care specialists can help coordinate care between specialists, hospital and home-care staff, and family members.
Helping family dynamics: Caring for an elderly parent can be very emotional and confrontational for a family. Not only is there the reversed dynamic between the parent and the child, but there can be issues between siblings and other family members that bring up emotions like guilt and anger. Geriatric care managers can help by bringing families together to discuss options supportively.
At Innovative Healthcare Consultants, we are aware of all the challenges associated with elderly care, but we are also aware of what an incredibly rewarding experience it can be for children to provide love, care and support for their parents. We strive to maintain the well being, independence and dignity of the older family members while being sensitive to the family’s needs and resources. Find us online at http://InnovativeHC.com or feel free to give us a call at (760) 731-1334.
By Gideon Rubin
Cathedral Catholic won the San Diego Section Division I championship in dramatic fashion, as Jack Onstott returned an interception 98 yards to lead the Dons to a 37-37 triple overtime victory over San Pasqual in the Dec. 2 title game at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Dons have won state section titles in six of the last seven years.
They’d won their previous five in Division III from 2007 to 2011, but were ineligible for the playoffs last year after forfeiting their eight regular season victories for using an ineligible player.
The school self-reported the infraction, which it said was the result of a clerical error.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Ramona 20-0 in a Nov. 27 semifinal that sent the Dons to the finals.
The Dons broke a scoreless deadlock at the end of the first half, when center Matt Fornaca recovered a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown.
The broke the game open in the second half when Chris Moliga scored on runs from the 6-and 8-yard lines.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 11-2.
Torrey Pines standout Tal Braude wore his underdog status as if it were a badge of honor going into the Division I state championships.
He left the meet wearing the ultimate prize.
Braude upset two of the state’s most highly regarded runners to win the state championship at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 30.
Braude ran the 3.1-mile course at Woodward Park in Fresno in 15 minutes and two seconds, one second ahead of a hard-charging Esteban De La Rosa of Arcadia.
Stockdale of Bakersfield’s Blake Haney, considered along with De La Rosa to be among the favorites, placed third.
Braude, a coveted Division I prospect in track and cross country, said the win was probably one of the most important wins of his career.
And that’s from an athlete whose resume includes winning gold medals in the 1,500-meters and 3 kilometer events at the Maccabiah Games in Israel over the summer (he was also a member of a 4×400 relay team that took home a bronze medal).
“It means a lot to me because people didn’t really notice me after winning at Mount San Antonio,” he said, noting that his racing peers outside of San Diego County openly questioned “was that just a one time thing or is he actually good.”
“This race kind of sealed the deal,” he said.
Braude won a race by what appears to be about 7 feet on video, but which on the clock was much closer.
De La Rosa, last year’s state runner up, was closing on him faster than Braude realized. As Braude crossed the finish line, he wasn’t aware just how close De La Rosa was to catching up.
“He was catching me, and I was slowing down,” Braude said. “He definitely would have had me if the race had been any longer.”
Torrey Pines lost to Mater Dei of Santa Ana 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-12) in a Southern California Division I regional semifinal on Nov. 30.
The Falcons advanced to the finals after defeating Harvard-Westlake of Studio City 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) in the quarterfinals.
The Falcons conclude their season with a 33-4 overall record.
By Joe Tash
After graduating from law school in 1997, Dino Paraskevopoulos planned to earn an advanced degree in taxation, and had already been accepted to a master’s degree program. But before he could begin the next phase of his studies, he was hired by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, which changed his career path.
Paraskevopoulos, 42, a Carmel Valley resident and the son of Greek immigrants, enjoyed the work so much that he decided to stay on. Over the past 16 years, he has tried a broad range of felony cases, from murders to robberies to child abuse and molestation.
Recently, he was singled out for praise along with seven of his colleagues by the County Board of Supervisors for outstanding performance. Paraskevopulos was recognized for his work in convicting Santa Ysabel resident Patrick Pawlicki of child molestation.
In a proclamation, the supervisors declared Oct. 8 as “Dino Paraskevopoulos Day.”
The award was great fun for his family, friends and church, Paraskevopoulos said. “It’s an honor. But I don’t take myself too seriously.”
Paraskevopoulos said his parents moved the U.S. from Greece in the late 1960s and didn’t speak English. He was born and raised in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, and grew up speaking Greek at home, while learning English in school. He graduated from UCSD with a degree in political science, then attended California Western School of Law.
Over the years, Paraskevopoulos has been assigned to a number of different units within the District Attorney’s office, including juvenile, gangs and narcotics. For the past eight years, he worked with the office’s family protection division, handling cases of domestic violence, child and elder abuse, including murders. This year, he promoted to assistant chief of the Case Issuance, Extraditions and Collaborative Courts Division.
“We’re the gatekeepers for the general felonies,” deciding if charges should be filed when cases are presented by law enforcement, sent back for more investigation or rejected for prosecution, he said.
Pawlicki’s case drew media attention when he fled from San Diego after being released on $1 million bail. A bounty hunter found him at a hotel in Georgia, where he had dyed his hair, mustache and eyebrows and lost some 50 pounds. He told investigators he was trying to get to Florida, where he planned to board a cargo ship bound for China, where he had business interests.
Pawlicki was convicted at trial of molesting three children, including his young daughter, who suffers from Down syndrome. Pawlicki was later sentenced to 109 years to life in prison, and won’t even be eligible for parole for more than a century.
Paraskevopoulos also prosecuted Patricia Corby, who drowned her 4-year-old autistic son in a bathtub, then drove his body to the Northwestern Division police station in Carmel Valley, where she turned herself in. She later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
“That was a very emotional case, that will be with me for the rest of my life, without a doubt,” Paraskevopoulos said.
The love and support of his wife, Politimy, and two young daughters has helped him maintain a positive outlook in spite of the tragic circumstances he encounters at work.
“Once I come home, I put [work] away,” he said. “Our time is our time and I do my best to separate work from family time.”
While he enjoys surfing and playing soccer, his children, ages 4 and 2, take up most of his free time these days — whether it’s going to the playground, the beach, or a children’s birthday party. “Raising these two kids seems to be the only time we have,” he laughed.
He finds the work schedule more manageable now that he is not trying cases on a daily basis, but is also looking to new professional challenges. Paraskevopoulos said he has applied with the governor’s office for a Superior Court judgeship, an exacting and highly competitive process.
“If that happens, it would be fantastic,” he said. “If not, I love my job, I feel I’m providing justice for victims of crime.
“I can’t complain, things are good.”
By Steve Dreyer
Encinitas Fire Chief Jon Canavan has resigned after two months on the job and will return to Poway as its fire marshal.
Canavan said Thursday his change of heart was based on the large time and energy commitment needed to do the Encinitas job, coupled with unspecified personal issues.
“Great people, great staff and a great community,” he said of Encinitas. “They needed a fire chief to spend lots of time and energy on real focused issues.”
The department has six stations. The chief also provides operational oversight for emergency services in the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach.
Mike Deigle, the department’s deputy chief, will be the interim chief, Canavan said.
Canavan joined the Poway department in 2003 as a fire division chief after spending 13 years with the San Marcos department. He lives in Poway with his wife and two sons.
The Torrey Pines girls varsity basketball team opened the season this week against San Diego High School. Torrey Pines won the game 64-26. Sophomore Sierra Campisano had 28 points and 10 rebounds in the opening game.
The Torrey Pines girls varsity basketball team has two home games this week. The first home game is on Thursday, Dec. 5, against top-ranked team Mater Dei. Tip off is at 7 p.m. The next home game is Saturday, Dec. 7, against Escondido High School at 7 p.m. Please come and support Torrey Pines girls basketball.
About the team: Head Coach:Denise Bennett. Assistant Coach: Julian Oto. Key Returners:
•6’3 forward Sierra Campisano. The sophomore averaged 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks per game last season.
•5’4 junior point guard Madison Lombard-excellent 3-point shooter and ball handler.
•5’7 junior guard Christina Ellis-one of the quickest players in our league.
•5’9 junior Andrea Hsieh-third year returning varsity player.
•6’2 freshman Chiara Spain. Her athleticism and basketball skills will make a difference on both ends of the court.
The Surf Girls Academy I U-11 team captured the SDSCL title last weekend, finishing the season with a very impressive 12-1-1 record. There were two games left going into the final weekend of league play. Two tough opponents were left on the schedule.
Going into Saturday’s game, the Surf team couldn’t afford to lose or tie any of the two remaining games because Blue Baker was right behind with only 1 point separating both teams. On Saturday, under muddy field conditions, the Surf team managed to pull off a 1-0 win over a very talented Laguna Hills White team. The game was back and forth without each team giving an inch. With 10 minutes left to play, Lexi Wright one timed a perfectly crossed ball with a beautiful shot into the keepers left corner. Surf managed to hold on for the win.
On Sunday afternoon, it was a classic San Diego match-up. There was excitement and tension in the air. SDSC Navy, having played great all year, was coming into Surf territory trying to spoil Surf’s title chances. SDSC Navy came out strong the first 10 minutes on a surge that had Surf backed up on their heels. Gabe Arredondo said,”Once we managed to hold on during the first part of the game, I knew things would start going our way. We were a little nervous at beginning of the game, and we weren’t making good decisions.”
After that, Surf took over the game, keeping possession and controlling field territory. Twenty minutes into the half, it was a thing of beauty. Samantha Duggan hit Daniela Chavira with a beautiful played ball from the back. Daniela took the ball and performed a couple of outstanding moves on the defender, shaking her enough for a pass down the middle to Alyza Eckhardt, who then took the ball and hit Lexi Wright. Lexi then took three defenders on to finish with a monstrous goal in the bottom left side corner of the keeper.
In the second half with the lead, Surf took control of the game and Lexi Wright took a loose ball from outside of the box to beat one defender and placed the ball for a fantastic goal. Congratulations to the girls and Coach Gabe Arredondo for a tremendous season.
Five players from the Torrey Pines varsity squad helped the San Diego Rush club team win a gold medal in the Women’s Under 19 division of the National Field Hockey Festival in Florida over Thanksgiving week.
Seniors Alie Zimmer and Grace Trupe and sophomores Farah Farjood, Gabi Jimenez and Shannon Yogerst were part of team of 14 San Diego area players who accompanied Coach Brian Schledorn to West Palm Beach for the tourney.
Rush went undefeated (6-0) in winning highly competitive Pool J. Among their victories were upsets over No. 9 ranked Saints Hockey Rocks of Virginia (2-0) and No. 25 Cape Anne Coalition Red of Massachusetts (2-0). Rush went into the tourney ranked No. 46 nationally, but is now sure to move up into the top 20 or 30.
Jimenez (2 goals), Yogerst (2) and Zimmer (1) where part of a powerhouse Rush attack that also scored multiple times against teams from Maine, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Outside back Farjood and goalkeeper Trupe helped anchor a stingy defense that earned the tournament’s lowest goals-against average.
Clare Young of Torrey and Peyton Mowery of Cathedral Catholic were also on the Rush squad but unable to make the trip to Florida due to illness or injury. The team also included players from San Pasqual, Fallbrook, La Costa Canyon and Vista high schools.
Coastal Clash, the club team of Canyon Crest Academy, also traveled to Festival. They wound up sixth in Pool N with a record of one win, four losses and one tie.
The 10U boys followed up their championship from a couple of weeks ago with another 1st place prize in the North City Youth Baseball Annual Thanksgiving Classic. The boys took care of business all weekend, going 4-0 by outscoring their opponents by a whopping 67-6 overall score. Great hitting, pitching and defense throughout the lineup enabled the Powerhouse 10U team to bring home the Championship!
Bottom, left to right: Burke Stratton, Ryan Jackel, Patrick Cunningham, Max Schreier, Soto Irie; Middle row, left to right: Matthew Allen, Jagger Filippone, Ben Haynie, Luke Hollingsworth, Cam Wurl; Back row: Manager Matt Hubbard, Coach Bryan Knapp.
The 13U Grey team stepped up in age group again this weekend, battling the older 14U boys to earn the Championship in the XDS Turkey Trot NIT. In addition to the Champions plaque, the boys were rewarded with Championship rings as a prize for winning. Pitching and defense were the highlights, as the boys combined to outscore opponents 30-1 over an undefeated, four-game run to victory.
Back Row: Kellen Kozlowski, Davis Heller, Grant Holman, Jonathan Clark, Matthew Cheverton; Front Row: Mac Bingham, Ty McGuire, Ben Jackel, Taylor Johnson, Jack Behrend.