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There are more than 30 million victims of fraud in the United States each year. Retirees lose their life savings in fraudulent investment schemes. Online shoppers send money but receive no goods or services in return. People get taken in by confidence tricksters, fake lotteries and scam dating sites. Increasing numbers see their credit card information or whole identities stolen.
Del Mar Community Connections invites you to come and learn from deputies working in the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Financial Crimes Unit how to protect yourself from crimes involving credit card offenses, counterfeit and “bad” checks, embezzlement, false impersonation, fraud, forgery and identity theft. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the City Hall Annex, 235 11th St., Del Mar.
Refreshments will be served.
This material is designed to:
• Educate you on new and continuing scams
• Increase awareness on ways your identity can be stolen
• Reduce your risk of becoming a victim
• Keep your finances and identity safe.
In keeping with the crime prevention theme, Del Mar Community Connections will be raffling off a cross-cut shredder to one lucky participant, compliments of First Republic Bank in Del Mar.
To reserve your seat, call 858-792-7565.
By Kathy Day
M. Jonathan Worsey, M.D. knows full well the life of a small businessman. Now the colorectal surgeon is learning a new role in big business as chief of staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He’s just added about 15 hours a week to his prior workaday life of about 50- to 60-hour weeks.
Worsey has been a member of the medical staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla since 1999 and has held numerous medical staff leadership positions, including chief of surgery.
The Carmel Valley resident’s new two-year post as medical liaison to the hospital’s administration and board makes him the point person for the 1,000 or so doctors who treat patients there. That means keeping an eye on patient care and safety, as well as doctors’ rights and communication from their points of view. He will also provide medical staff input into the major expansion and renovation projects under way on the hospital’s campus, including the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, which is scheduled to open for patient care in 2015.
“We have a responsibility to be good at patient care,” Worsey said in a recent interview, noting that 25 years ago the job of chief of staff was very different.
Today there’s more to just seeing patients and taking good care of them – from reporting and regulations to understanding the Affordable Care Act, he said. “We are doing pretty well adapting to the environment.”
But as the system grows and that environment continues to shift, he said his main goals are “to look out for the medical staff and to know what is happening. With change comes opportunity.”
Worsey grew up in the working class area of South Wales, where his grandfather worked in the then-dominant mining industry. As the ‘70s and ‘80s wore on, heavy industry left and today only one mine remains. He left South Wales at 18 – one of only about 10 of his 300 or so classmates to attend college.
Upon entering the University of Cambridge he immediately began studying medicine, which is how the British system works, he noted. He picked medicine because “it was the hardest thing to do and get into … I have not regretted it.”
By 1985 he had completed medical school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, England, serving his internship in surgery at the hospital founded around 1180. He came to the U.S. for a surgical residence at the University of Pittsburgh, “ostensibly for one year,” he recalled.
When an opportunity for additional training in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic arose, he jumped at the opportunity.
“It is a nice niche,” he said. As the practice of general surgery has grown smaller and such specialties as vascular and breast surgery have grown, surgeons have moved to subspecialties like his.
Today he is partners with Keith Beiermeister, M.D., who joined Worsey’s practice after Worsey’s previous partner, Dana Launer, M.D. retired.
Launer, renowned for his expertise in incontinent ileostomy surgery, also trained at the Cleveland Clinic. When looking for someone to join his La Jolla practice, he called back to the department chairman there and asked for recommendations. Worsey’s name came up, he interviewed and, in 1999, he teamed up with Launer — who also served as Scripps Memorial’s chief of staff.
Worsey also performs specialty surgery; he sees patients with an array of colon and rectal problems from Crohn’s disease to rectal cancer, and has extensive experience in laparoscopic surgery. In addition to having written for surgical textbooks, he teaches gastrointestinal fellows at Scripps Green Hospital.
Now, besides caring for his patients, — “that’s the fun part of the business” — he has to keep up with his new duties as chief of staff at the hospital. Each Scripps facility has its own chief of staff.
Among his responsibilities is being part of the Physician Leadership Cabinet where administrators and the medical staff exchange viewpoints and talk about what’s coming up.
It’s a “very doctor-friendly staff” concerned with maintaining good relations with the doctors,” he said. “We talk very openly.” That’s not always been the case; often there’s distrust between the two sides and at Scripps in the ‘90s that distrust was rampant.
Now, he noted, “things are going right. They are much more interested in the quality of care and accountability.”
Physicians are willing to adjust if they are given good reasons and ways to make change happen, with the keys being collaboration, transparency, feedback, openness and fairness, he added.
As for the Affordable Care Act, Worsey takes the position that “it’s law. We can stick our heads in the sand and ignore it, or we can change with the environment and be part of it.”
While the stress of being chief of staff is a bit greater than just being a surgeon, Worsey finds his outlets in family, exercise and sports.
Worsey and his wife, Hallie, have a 19-year-old daughter studying in the music conservatory at Bard College, a 15-year-old son at Canyon Crest Academy, and a 13-year-old son at Earl Warren Middle School.
As do other physicians at Scripps, Worsey takes advantage of being able to exercise in the cardiac rehabilitation center alongside patients. A former crew team member, he said, he uses the rowing machine there a lot.
And while he doesn’t play rugby anymore – he quit in his 30s – he’s still a fan of that game as well as cricket. Several years ago he spent two weeks in New Zealand, taking in the Rugby World Cup. While his children didn’t make that trip, when the tournament is held in England in 2015, he said he likely will take his sons if they want to go. For a while he coached locally.
Travel is a recurrent theme for the Scripps physician, who spent time during college in East Africa and South America on medical expeditions, one of which was literally “chasing snails” that carried shistosomiasis, a parasite that causes chronic illnesses in many underdeveloped areas of the world.
After medical school, he backpacked for several months through Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador.
“It was pretty safe in the mid-‘80s,” he said, noting that then the cost of a bus-train trip across the Andes was $5.
“Traveling in the Third World gives you a different perspective,” he said.
For more information, visit www.scripps.org.
Name: M. Jonathan Worsey, M.D., Chief of Staff, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla
Distinctions: 2011 U.S. News Top Doctor – Colon, rectal surgery; 2012 San Diego Top Doctor – Surgery.
Family: Wife, Hallie; daughter Claire, 19; sons David, 15, and James, 13.
Interests: Rugby, cricket, microbrewery beer from San Diego
Reading: Science fiction, history, The Economist
Favorite films and TV: Lord of the Rings trilogy; TV: Dr. Who, Sherlock, Inspector Morse and Lewis, Friday Night Lights.
Favorite getaway: Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Eastern Sierras, camping in Death Valley, Central Coast of California
Philosophy: You get what you deserve in life, though sometimes it may take a while. Also, loyalty repays itself many times over.
As one of the world’s leading researchers in marine biotechnology and biomedicine, Dr. William Fenical, and his team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, investigate ocean-derived chemical compounds as treatment for cancer, AIDS, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, and pain. His team’s recent discovery of a new chemical compound from an ocean microbe shows early promise of combating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Join the Del Mar Foundation and Dr. William Fenical for a unique glimpse at the future of medicine. Reservations are required. Call 858-635-1363 or email email@example.com by Friday, Jan. 24. Seating is limited. The event will be held at the Powerhouse in Del Mar (1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar) on Monday, Jan. 27, from 6-8 p.m.
Fenical is a distinguished professor of oceanography at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and director of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps. He is past chairman of the Gordon Research Conference of Marine Natural Products Chemistry and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He founded the Consortium for Marine Biotechnology in San Diego. Fenical has published more than 440 scientific articles on marine chemistry research.
DMF Talks, the Del Mar Foundation’s unique version of TED Talks, draws its speakers from locally-based creative, intellectual and scientific leaders. Launched in 2012, DMF Talks aims to entertain, inspire, and educate the Del Mar community through a series of free presentations.
The Del Mar Foundation sponsors programs, makes grants, and manages nearly $2 million in endowment funds to benefit the greater Del Mar community. The Foundation’s community endowment provides long-term funding stability for community needs.
For more information about the Del Mar Foundation, visit www.delmarfoundation.org.
The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale from Jan 25-29 in the Solana Beach Library,157 Stevens Ave,Solana Beach. The sale will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. All shoppers may shop all days for $5 by filling a grocery bag with used books of their choice.
Current year paid members of “The Friends” may shop half-price on all books in the shop during the previous week, Jan.18-24. Memberships are available for $20 in the library shop.
By Karen Powell, Del Mar Village Association Board Member
It takes a village to light up the heart of community, and the dazzling display of lights this past holiday season gave proof to the spirit that shines within the hearts of Del Mar villagers and merchants alike. With encouragement from the Del Mar Village Association, the Main Street corridor was all aglow.
KC Vafiadas, a DMVA board member and the owner of Stratford Square, discovered a 1988 trophy awarded to her building for excellence in downtown holiday decor, and thought it would be fun to resurrect the tradition. The word was spread throughout the community and sparked an explosion of colorful lights, trimmed trees and whimsical decorations. Participation and enthusiasm were at an all-time high and shared by those who were in attendance at the three-consecutive-weekend Holidays in the Heart of the Village and Santa by the Sea events. Carolers strolled and sang while people shopped and dined. The meter man took the weekends off, and despite a little Del Mar drizzle, the Grinch was nowhere to be found.
A group of local elves gathered at dusk in December to evaluate the decor and were very impressed with what they saw — so impressed that they found it necessary to give several Honorable Mention awards along with the Best of the Best award. The winners were as follows:
Honorable Mention Restaurant Decor: Del Mar Rendezvous thanks to Daniel Schreiber
Honorable Mention Retail Window Decor: Fair Trade Decor
Honorable Mention Office Building: Briggs Building thanks to DMVA
Honorable Mention Hotel Building: L’Auberge thanks to TBID
Best of the Best Trophy was awarded to the Law Offices of Bing Bush and Tricia Smith.
With Santa safely back at the North Pole, and LEDs, banners and bows back in the box, the Torrey pines and palm trees stand defrocked and waiting for future bedazzlement in 2014. Happy New Year and many thanks to the village!
Justin Moodie, a high school photography teacher at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, has achieved National Board Certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Like Board certification in professions such as medicine and architecture, National Board Certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching. Moodie originally hails from Carmel Valley, having attended Carmel Del Mar Elementary School, Earl Warren Middle School, and Torrey Pines High School as a student. Additionally, he later taught at Torrey Pines High School, Carmel Valley Middle School, and Canyon Crest Academy prior to moving to San Francisco and then ultimately ending up in Mexico where he finished his work for the National Boards certification process.
“Every day, teachers go into classrooms with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to do work that is arguably the most complex and unpredictable that anyone does anywhere,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “In achieving National Board Certification, Justin Moodie has not only demonstrated the ability to advance student learning in deep and meaningful ways, he has met the profession’s definition of what it means to be accomplished. That is significant because only those within a profession — the practitioners — can legitimately define the key terms of the profession.”
Saluting the newest class of NBCTs, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said: “As our nation’s most accomplished educators, National Board Certified Teachers are well positioned to move our students, workforce, and country forward.”
The National Board is working with partners to make achievement Board certification the expectation and the norm for all teachers. Research has shown that National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) have a significant impact on student achievement and that their students outperform peers in other classrooms. A 2012 study by Harvard University’s Strategic Data Project found that students of NBCTs in the Los Angeles Unified School District made learning gains equivalent to an additional two months of instruction in math and one month in English Language Arts.
For more information, visit www.nbpts.org.
Torrey Hills Elementary School will hold its fourth annual Father-Daughter Dance on Sunday, March 16. As a way to help kick off the excitement for the dance, the Dads’ Club hosts a contest for one of its young student artists to design the artwork for the event’s posters and t-shirt. Fifth-grader Piper Kenney created this year’s winning design, selected out of 20 worthy submissions.
Last year the event attracted 168 attendees, the dance’s largest crowd.
“It’s building up steam; it gets bigger and bigger each year,” said event chair Paul Matsumoto.
The dance will again be held at the Del Mar Marriott, from 4-8 p.m., starting the evening with a “cocktail” hour around the pool. Dinner will follow as well as a raffle with fun prizes, a hula hoop contest, a slide show with photos of the girls, and then dancing with dad to music provided by the popular Rob the DJ.
For more information, visit the Torrey Hills School page on dmusd.org/torrey.
— Karen Billing
Del Mar Heights Village shopping center is getting a makeover. To kick off the upgrade, new owner and manager Donahue Schriber recently announced the center’s new name: Beachside Del Mar. In keeping to its commitment to making Beachside Del Mar a premier neighborhood shopping destination, Donahue Schriber provided preliminary sketches and elevation plans for the upgrades, along with details about the name change, at the recent Torrey Pines Community Planning Board meeting .
Located on Del Mar Heights Road near Mango Drive in Del Mar, the look and feel of Beachside Del Mar is inspired by the community in which it resides. The remodel will include the local tradition of craftsman architecture found in Del Mar and San Diego, as well as the character of nearby beachside resorts. The shopping center is being reimagined to create an attractive and inviting village atmosphere to shop, dine and work. Quality shopping, dining and gathering amenities are planned for Beachside Del Mar without increasing the center’s size or layout.
“Donahue Schriber is excited about the upcoming renovations to Beachside Del Mar,” said Pat Donahue, chairman and chief executive officer of Donahue Schriber. “We will ensure that this center reflects the unique character and charm of the nearby neighborhoods while offering improved shopping options to residents.”
Similar to the company’s previous work with Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Donahue Schriber has engaged with the local community to ensure the new choices will be in line with the community’s desires and needs. Through market surveys and online research, nearly 500 community members provided feedback about what they would like to see at the shopping center. Plans include new architectural designs and details to freshen the look and feel of Beachside Del Mar. Donahue Schriber is also exploring ways to enhance accessibility to the center, including parking lot upgrades and improvements to the shopping center’s pedestrian and vehicular entryways.
The redesign of the buildings will include rich and traditional materials such as lap siding, shingles, brick and stone veneering, as well as ceramic tiles in earth tones. The paint palette that has been selected for the buildings’ exteriors is an elegant collection of green and brown hues, accented with white trim, new storefronts and vine covered trellises. The landscape, plazas and sidewalks will reflect the beach community with sand-colored concrete. New open spaces will feature casual, comfortable seating with a tiled water feature, colorful collections of potted plants and benches where community members can gather and relax.
Donahue Schriber remains committed to providing the best shopping experience for its customers at Beachside Del Mar and will continue to work with existing and potential tenants to ensure that the center will feature a variety of quality dining and shopping options that are responsive to the community’s wishes. Renovations are planned to begin late spring 2014 and to be completed by November.
For more information about Donahue Schriber, visit http://www.donahueschriber.com.
— Submitted press release
2014 will mark the year of the horse in the lunar calendar. To celebrate, on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Solana Beach Library will host its first Chinese New Year Festival, a free cultural event for all ages.
Featured at the festival will be lion dance, other traditional Chinese dance, Kung Fu demonstration, music, and storytelling. There will also be crafts, games, and refreshments.
Were you born in the year of the horse? Legend has it those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented, and good with their hands. Wow! Please come to the Solana Beach Library not only to be entertained, but to learn more about this important cultural event. The library location is 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach; 858-755-1404.
By Megan Jennings, Ph.D.
Many residents of the Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe communities may have seen the bobcat that has made Black Mountain Open Space Preserve and Carmel Valley his home. I am the researcher who fitted this animal with a GPS tracking collar two years ago, and I refer to him as Melvin.
Melvin was thought to have been orphaned when he was found alone as a kitten near Mount Soledad, and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility to be raised with three other orphaned kittens, away from human contact, until they were old enough to hunt on their own and be released back into the wild. I collared two of those bobcats to track their movements through the wildland-urban interface in coastal San Diego as part of a study I am conducting on landscape connectivity. Melvin was released close to where he was found, in Los Peñasquitos Canyon.
After several months in the preserve, Melvin did what many young male bobcats do and set out to find a territory of his own, crossing SR-56 and making his home in Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley, hanging out near horse ranches and eating rabbits in the Santaluz community. Over the holidays, he was even seen sunbathing by the Canyon Crest Academy Performing Arts Center and, later that week, napping on a roof in the Canyon Ridge community. Not unlike many urban-associated animals, including bobcats, coyotes, skunks, and raccoons, Melvin is frequently seen because he has learned that there is a benefit of living near humans that, so far, has outweighed the risks. Often food and water sources are easier to come by near humans, particularly when pet food is left out. As a result, he and many other urban animals are less fearful of humans than you might expect of wildlife.
As with any wild animal, bobcats should be given plenty of space and you should not attempt to approach one, but, most of the time, they pose no threat to human safety unless they are cornered or are infected with the rabies virus (though in Southern California, rabies in bobcats is very rare). A common misconception is that bobcats are much bigger and more aggressive than they really are. In this region, bobcats only weigh 15-20 lbs., and prey on rabbits, squirrels, and other small animals. Their curiosity is often taken for aggression or lack of concern for human presence. Just like domestic cats, bobcats are curious and will often stop and watch humans they encounter. If you move too close or quickly, they will retreat, but if you stop and watch they will usually do the same.
It is unlikely Melvin is the first wild animal to come into contact with local residents, and he will not be the last. Coyotes are often the culprit when small pets such as cats and dogs go missing. This is not typical behavior for a bobcat, which is less likely to risk injury by taking prey that could injure it, but both species are easily tempted by pet rabbits or fowl that are kept outside. You can help to avoid conflict with wildlife by keeping pets inside at night, not leaving pet food or garbage out, and limiting water sources outside.
In addition to the steps listed above for preventing the animals from coming into backyards in the first place, several hazing techniques can be used to safely urge animals to leave and discourage them from returning, if necessary. Clapping and yelling can sometimes work, but for a more determined animal, you may want to resort to stronger deterrents, such as spraying water from a hose, throwing small pebbles or rocks at the animal (aim for the hindquarters), or making loud noises such as rocks in a coffee can.
If you need to employ any of these methods, always make sure that the animal has a safe escape route away from humans before you attempt to scare it away, and keep a safe distance at all times. The communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley are very fortunate to be surrounded by protected open space so residents can enjoy nature and the quiet of open preserve land. However, this land is shared with the native wildlife. It is critical that we humans recognize our native neighbors and make efforts to keep wildlife wild to avoid human-wildlife conflicts.
For more information, you can visit the State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Keep Me Wild” page, dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/.
Megan Jennings is a postdoctoral researcher at San Diego State University.
By Joe Tash
If he is elected mayor of San Diego, David Alvarez said he will listen to neighborhood residents, “and their concerns will be addressed.”
In an interview with this newspaper, the mayoral candidate and San Diego City Councilman was asked about the One Paseo project, a controversial mixed-use development proposed for the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real in Carmel Valley.
The latest version of the project would consist of 1.4 million square feet of buildings, including offices, retail shops and 608 residential units. Some neighbors oppose the project out of concerns that it will exacerbate traffic congestion on surrounding roads. The Carmel Valley Community Planning Group is expected to consider the project soon, and it will ultimately go before the San Diego City Council for approval.
Alvarez did not take a position on the project, but said, “My record reflects the needs of the community, and those who live in the community, and what they express is very important to me.” Alvarez charged that his opponent, Kevin Faulconer, is more likely to side with developers.
Alvarez, 33, was elected to the City Council in 2010. He grew up in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood, where he lives today. Alvarez and Faulconer, also a San Diego councilman, are running to complete the term of former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in August amid a sexual harassment scandal.
In a November mayoral primary, Faulconer, a Republican, finished first, with 42 percent, followed by Alvarez, with 27 percent, in a field of 11 candidates. Three prominent Democrats — Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher and Mike Aguirre — were represented on the ballot.
Although registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 39 to 26 percent in San Diego (28 percent of voters list no party preference), Faulconer enjoys a sizeable fundraising advantage based on year-end campaign filings, having taken in $1.4 million compared to Alvarez’s $524,000 in 2013.
Alvarez said he has more campaign volunteers on the ground, which he believes will make the difference in the election.
“I’ve never had a lot of money, but I’ve had a lot of people who believe in me and my vision for the city,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez listed five priorities if elected mayor: reinvesting in neighborhoods parks, libraries and public safety; improving infrastructure, such as roads and bridges; establishing reliable sources of water, including the use of treated wastewater for both drinking and landscaping; providing open and transparent government; and creating a climate action plan, that would reduce greenhouse gases and allow residents to purchase electricity from renewable sources.
Alvarez insisted he is ready to take on the challenge of running the city of San Diego, a government agency with a $2.8 billion annual budget and more than 7,000 employees, in spite of only having served one term on the City Council.
He said he began his career in public service at 18, as an educator, neighborhood activist and youth minister. Before being elected to the City Council, he served as a district aid to state Sen. Denise Ducheny.
“My commitment to the community and public service are very clear. And we will make sure we have the most competent individuals making decisions as part of my team,” he said.
“Age has not determined the success or failure of any mayor in the past,” he said. (A case in point: Filner was 70 when he resigned in disgrace last summer.)
Alvarez and Faulconer have differed on a number of recent high-profile issues, including a hike on affordable housing fees charged for new development (Alvarez supported it while Faulconer opposed it), and a community plan update for Barrio Logan. Faulconer sided with business interests that gathered signatures to put a repeal of the plan before voters, while Alvarez helped broker the deal that led to the approved community plan.
The two also disagreed on a pension reform measure, Prop. B, which was approved by voters in 2012. Faulconer signed a statement supporting the initiative, which calls for new city employees — other than police officers — to have 401k-style retirement plans instead of pensions. Alvarez said the measure deprives city workers of a needed safety net for retirement because they are not part of the Social Security system.
They also differ on managed competition, another voter-approved plan to put certain city services out to bid between city departments and private companies. Faulconer has said he will enthusiastically pursue such competitions to cut costs, while Alvarez said he will use managed completion as a tool, but was skeptical of the savings that can be generated.
The differences were less pronounced on two other issues: medical marijuana dispensaries and public funding for a new Chargers stadium.
The two candidates said they support public access to medical marijuana. Faulconer said in an earlier interview that protections must be in place for neighborhoods, such as restrictions on locating dispensaries near churches or schools. Alvarez said the dispensaries must be spread out throughout San Diego’s communities, rather than being concentrated geographically. “You cannot dump all the medical marijuana dispensaries in one community,” he said.
Both also were reluctant to commit to any use of public funds for a new stadium.
Alvarez said he believes a new Chargers stadium could be built on the site of the existing Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley with private financing.
“I oppose the use of general fund dollars that get used for police, fire, parks. I’ve been very clear about that for the last six months now,” Alvarez said.
The campaign, which was on hiatus over the holiday season, is now in full swing in the run-up to the Feb. 11 election. Six broadcast debates are scheduled from Jan. 15-31.
Ocean Air Elementary School dads and students kicked off the new year with a special Dads’ Club lunch on Jan. 13. Photos/Jon Clark.
Congratulations to the Albion BU10 White team for winning the Albion Developmental Showcase Tournament over the Jan. 11 – 12 weekend. Coached by Wayne Crowe, the Albion BU10 White team went undefeated the entire tournament playing in the top flight. Albion defeated Rebels SC Gold (6-1), Hawks Academy (4-1), and West Coast FC (3-0) in their bracket play. In the finals, Albion BU10 White team defeated SD Surf BU10 Academy I team with a score of 3-0.
Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U12 Gold All-Star team crowned Champions of New Year Kick Off tournament
Fresh from their success being crowned Champions of the Mesa All Star tournament in mid-December, last weekend the DMCV Sharks Girls U12 All-Star team played in the New Year Kick Off tournament in Escondido. From a total of eight teams, Sharks ended up by winning the Championship. In the early rounds they defeated strong teams from the Oceanside Breakers (3-1) and Carlsbad Wave (2-1) and tied with Encinitas Express (0-0) to qualify for the Final.
In the Final, they played the host team, Escondido Soccer Club. Fortunately in the Final, Sharks continued their record of scoring early goals and within nine minutes they were leading 2-0. Escondido came back hard and threw everything at the Sharks defense, but the team defended well and hung on for a 2-0 victory. This win was especially impressive because the team was lacking several key players, including their regular goalie. Amazingly, the stand-in goalie, Devin Jansen, conceded only two goals in the whole tournament. Every single player committed all-out effort to win the games and the team fought like tigers! The spirit of the team was typified by Dani Anapoell, who played the last part of the Final game despite having a broken toe. Many congratulations to Sharks Girls U12 Gold All Star team for winning their second tournament of the season!
The DMCV Sharks Boys U13 White team took the trophy at the recent Arsenal FC Winter Classic soccer tournament in the top bracket. The Sharks were directed by Coach Roy Ashcroft. The boys had an exciting semi-final that went to penalty kicks and exacted revenge in the final, beating the Roadrunners FC 1 – 0, to avenge their only loss in the tournament. This is the fifth straight tournament win this season. They also won the Escondido Kickin’ it Challenge for breast cancer in Escondido, the Copa Del Mar Tournament, the Rancho Santa Fe Attack Summer Classic Tournament, and the Xolos Winter Festival.
The boys are working hard this year fundraising for a trip to England next summer to face EPL Academy teams in scrimmages and practices to continue to develop their soccer skills. They had a strong season (4th) in the San Diego County Development Academy with the top four teams all within 3 points of each other and the title coming down to the final weekend of play. Anyone that would like to help the boys with the fundraising can contact John Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FACT: Surfers in San Diego (and elsewhere) often drive large cars, SUVs and trucks.
FACT: Larger vehicles generally use more gasoline per minute than smaller ones.
FACT: Surfers often sit at Del Mar beach street ends with their vehicles idling for prolonged periods to “check the surf.”
FACT: The burning of gasoline and other fossil fuels contributes to climate change and acidification of the oceans- and this hurts coral reefs and other sea life.
In September of this year, the City of Del Mar placed anti-idling signs at the Powerhouse Park drop-off spot (signs shown above); an additional sign was placed on 15th Street near Jimmy O’s, where taxis often wait for customers in the evenings. This did not require action on the part of our City Council, since existing law already restricted prolonged idling. The impetus for this effort came from the Sustainability Advisory Board, an all-volunteer group of residents that meets monthly to, in part, take “a leadership role in educating..residents and businesses about energy savings programs.”
I am a member of that Advisory Board, a physician, and a surfer — one who has enjoyed the waves of Del Mar since 1975. Many of my friends surf and our mutual love of and respect for the ocean is part of what bonds us. The world of Surfing, however, has a poor reputation when it comes to showing respect for nature. We surfers use (and freely discard) a huge number of surfboards made of numerous toxic petro-chemicals: over 3 million were sold world-wide in 2009. Wetsuits — another surfing necessity — are made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber made of petroleum by-products. Neoprene breaks down so slowly, it’s actually used to line landfills! Attempts to make more “green” alternatives to surfboards or wetsuits have not yet succeeded, hindered as much by technical challenges as an odd lack of enthusiasm on the part of surfers themselves. That we as a group seem unconcerned about the contribution that vehicle idling makes to our beloved sport’s “carbon footprint,” given this context, is not surprising.
This is not to say that surfers don’t care. On the contrary, powerful local groups have sprung up worldwide to preserve beaches, surf breaks, ocean water quality and coastal access. The first local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded here in Del Mar in 1991; there are now 70 chapters throughout the U.S. and many others around the world. And the concern of surfers doesn’t stop at the water’s edge; many work in- or have themselves founded- significant humanitarian projects. SurfAid International, which aids the poor in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia, and Waves for Water, an international group founded by a California surfer who witnessed the urgent need for fresh water after a devastating 7.6 -magnitude earthquake, are two notable examples. However, it is generally true that the average surfer, like the rest of our current “me first” culture, doesn’t often act with long-term sustainability in mind.
The Sustainability Advisory Board was pleased to see that the City, thanks to the lobbying of our Council Liasons Don Mosier and Sherryl Parks, got behind this new program to discourage needless idling. We certainly don’t think that this effort will by itself make a big dent in our city’s CO2 output (although transportation is by far Del Mar’s biggest source of Greenhouse Gases) but hopefully it will lead to other, more potent changes. The City also plans to put additional signs at the west ends of 4th, 7th and 11th streets — where lots of idling takes place.
Lastly, I can report what a surfer I’ve never met told me recently while sitting in his car “checking the surf” in Del Mar (with the motor running). After we talked for a couple of minutes, he smiled, turned off his engine and said, “Hey buddy — thanks for the reminder!”
How about building our new city hall for free?
Hard to fathom, but yes an option that should be considered
Fact – our new city hall will cost approximately $8 million plus $3 million- $4 million for the meeting rooms that the community wants. A total cost of $11 million– $12 million.
Fact – the property where the current city hall is today has a resale value of anywhere from $7 million – $12 million.
Fact – the public works property has little to no resale value because it is designated in a floodplain
What if we turned lemons into lemonade?
What if we were able to get FEMA to re-designate the public works property to a buildable site? Poof – instantly we find a $12 million asset!
And the floodplain designation, itself, is old news. This site has not been reassessed since SC Edison spent $122 million on flood control. Time to take a fresh look at this sight. Lots of hurdles but well worth the investment of time and a small amount of funds.
Our city can not afford a $12 million new city hall. But we could build one for free!
Next steps – the Del Mar City Council needs to add this option to the list for the community to consider.
I am a Carmel Valley resident and I read [Marsha Sutton’s] enlightening [column titled “Evolutionary revelations” in this newspaper Jan. 9]. I am a pharmaceutical scientist and we live and breathe genetics, chemistry and biology, while trying to discover potential drugs. I cannot agree more with what you have said and admire the clarity with which you have presented your thoughts. I share your frustration with how such a simple and fully resolved scientific fact is being constantly litigated in the public domain. More so, this is being pursued by people who are not qualified (under any stretch of the imagination) to address such topics and while following a narrow agenda driven by a belief system.
We scientists see evidence of evolution everywhere. Every protein, receptor and neurotransmitter in the body has an underlying genetic code (say the mRNA) that shows a beautiful pattern of similarity (and differences) that can almost surely occur only if there was a clear process of adaption (from early life forms to the more advanced). Even within mammals (our species), from rodents to non-human primates to humans (in our present form) there is incontrovertible evidence of a sequence of biological events that have led to the establishment of each living form. In short, there is no doubt that evolution happened and it is happening and it will happen. The antibiotic resistant forms of bacteria that constantly emerge, the latest H1N1-like flu virus etc. are the most obvious evidence of evolution in those microorganisms.
The existence of God has provided much succor to the human race and is an undeniable necessity for the sustenance of a functioning-benevolent human society. But, using such beliefs to propagate false and non-scientific lies serves to divide people and weaken the fundamental tenets of faith (be it any faith). Evidence of this is seen in every war in human history, and it is indeed very sad. Ironically, war itself is evidence enough that we haven’t moved too far ahead of our ancestors in the animal kingdom.
Thanks for patiently reading my thoughts and please keep up the excellent journalistic work.
Karthik Srinivasan, Ph.D.
The Prop B election is a mixture of substance and politics that has muddled the issues.
I think that we need the current, site-specific rules for the FCCC (Fletcher Cove Community Center). We need to be sure that alcohol is not linked to someone falling off that cliff. We do not want a lawsuit when the City Manger denies a usage permit. We need to understand that the old FC parking lot is gone, that the FCCC could never be built for unlimited general event usage today, and to compromise accordingly. That is what we currently have. The Prop B folks apparently disagree.
The Prop B petition forced the city council into a choice between holding a special election and accepting a poorly conceived policy that would require an election every time it had to be fixed. These were its only legal choices. The Prop B folks had alternatives that could have avoided this. They could have timed their petition so that a special election would not have been needed. They could have petitioned for an ordinary referendum on the FCCC rules instead of a proposition. What was done benefits those who want to make the council look inept, and force them out of office.
By Jan Wagner
I just returned from a full week in Las Vegas at the 2014 International CES – otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show. I covered far too much to report in one column so more will follow in the weeks ahead.
CES is a huge, annual exhibition for the consumer electronics industry. Products include audio, video, photo gear, automotive electronics, cell phones, computers, 3-D printers, tablets and all their peripherals and accessories. Too large to be housed in just the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year the exhibit halls were also located in The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) and the Renaissance Las Vegas. Additionally, special events were held in other Las Vegas area hotels and venues.
Automotive electronics have an ever-larger presence each year with most of the major automakers in attendance. In additon to the latest and greatest in automotive audio, showgoers had the opportunity to see and ride in autonomous vehicles (they drive themselves!). We learned that fuel cell vehicles are likely to be available in the near future in California, thanks to a committment from the State to build out some needed infrastructure.
It is impossible to see everything at CES so I try to walk quickly through the many aisles, stopping every so often when something interesting or unusual catches my attention. Press conferences are held to showcase certain products and technologies. Events that include CES Unveiled, ShowsStoppers and Digital Experience! gather together a selection of products and automobiles for the Press to see in large banquet rooms.
Las Vegas is electric vehicle-friendly these days, as I discovered when I self-parked at The Venetian. There were several car chargers right next to the elevators and they were free to use.
Outside the Gibson guitars tent at the Las Vegas Convention Center, “Doc” Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd) stopped by to pay us a visit in his DeLorean time machine, complete with smoke effects, from “Back to the Future.” Afterwards we were able to sit in the car and have our picture taken.
I have already had the opportunity to review several items, with many more to follow. Much more than a Bluetooth hands-free device for your car, the Hear All Cell Phone Amplifier from SERENE innovations has several innovative features. It offers up to 100 times amplification but what I find particularly useful is its tone control. Finally the high frequencies can be amplified without boosting the bass at the same time. Designed to be used away from the car too, it offers settings for headset, speakerphone and t-coil mode, which allows users to hear in certain hearing aids without sound from the speaker.
Also from SERENE innovations is a device called the TV SoundBox. At long last, this wireless speaker is the answer to something that I’ve been searching for. I have a TV in the family room but I eat my meals in the breakfast nook. To be able to hear the TV I have to make it very loud – so loud that the sound becomes distorted. The base of the rechargable TV SoundBox connects to the headphone jack or audio outputs of my audio system, broadcasting the sound via Bluetooth to the receiver/speaker, whereever it happens to be. When I place it next to where I am eating, I can keep the volume low and yet hear the dialogue much better than when it is blaring from the family room. As with the Hear All, the TV SoundBox also has an effective tone control that allows users to amplify the high frequencies for crystal clear sound.
The Cell Phone Ringer/Flasher is a brand new product from SERENE innovations. On the box it says you’ll “never miss a call or SMS again!” I can believe it. It has a volume-adjustable ringer (with a really loud setting) and colored, multi-pattern, flashing lights, to let you know when you have a cell phone call or SMS (text message). The convenient cradle has a USB port for charging a cell phone. An indicator light stays lit to let you know if you’ve missed a call.
For more information and to order, visit www.sereneinnovations.com or phone (866) 376-9271.
Watch for more of what’s new from the International CES in future AutoMatters columns. I’ll review more cool new products and share what is on the horizon from Toyota, BMW and other auto manufacturers.
As always, please write to AutoMatters@gmail.com with your comments and suggestions.
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