Carmel Valley News Headlines
By Karen Billing
This week, the city will release a limited re-circulation of the One Paseo environmental impact report (EIR) with two additional scaled back alternatives of the proposed project.
One alternative is half of the reduced project, about 817,000 square feet of retail, residential and office space. The other alternative is an 80,000-square-foot specialty food market option.
According to Bob Little, Kilroy’s vice president of development, Kilroy still believes that its “reduced Main Street” alternative is its chosen plan to bring the best project forward for the community. This alternative represents the plan 30 percent reduced from Kilroy’s original proposal with 1.4 million square feet total, including 246,500 square feet of retail, 484,000 square feet of office space, as well as 608 residential units.
“The reduced Main Street alternative is the only alternative that meets the project’s goals and objectives,” Little said. “Neither the reduced mixed use or specialty food market retail alternatives are feasible because they don’t come close to meeting the goals and objectives for the project and they both still result in environmental impacts that need to be mitigated.”
The release is the result of a combination of Kilroy’s interaction with the city and the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board — both entities want to make sure that Kilroy has analyzed every option for the project, Little said.
As the additional alternatives were not in the original 4,000-page document, they have to be re-circulated. The 44-page document will go out for public comment for 45 days. The Carmel Valley planning board is dark in both November and December due to the holidays and a review of the document is on the agenda at this Thursday, Oct. 24’s meeting to give board chair Frisco White the authority to submit comments from the board on the document.
In the re-circulation, the 817,000-square-foot project alternative breaks down into 140,000 square feet of retail and cinema, 267,000 square feet of office space, and 304 residential units.
The specialty food market alternative was driven by attempting to reach average daily trips (ADT) of 6,500. Little said Kilroy started with the ADT number and then designed the amount of retail that would fit those trips, which are same as the existing office zone.
Both of the new alternatives, the reduced mixed use and the specialty food market option, will not have the Main Street feature and will be surface-parked environments with separate land uses.
Little said all of the alternatives have impacts, even the 500,000 square feet of office space that the land is entitled for.
“The alternatives still have impacts that will need to be mitigated. However, with a lesser project there would be less significant investment for mitigation improvements,” Little said.
The timeline for the project has been delayed from the original goal for One Paseo to be at the planning commission by June 2013. The delay caused Trader Joe’s to back out.
“People were bummed about Trader Joe’s,” Little said. “They were fully committed but then the start date started to slide…They had the opportunity to look at other alternatives.”
Last month Trader Joes was announced as a tenant for the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, although Little said they will continue to have “conversations” with them.
After the re-circulated EIR review period is over, Kilroy must review feedback received and respond and make any necessary changes before a final EIR. Little said it’s hard to say how long that will take because it depends on the volume of comments received.
“We stand ready to continue the dialogue that the public responds with. It’s a real testament to our organization’s engagement — dialogue with neighbors, community members, city officials and the council district in making sure this project is the best that it can be,” Little said.
Little added that they hope to be before the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board for a project recommendation in January or February of 2014.
By Kristina Houck
Del Mar welcomed Jon Canavan as the new fire department chief during the Oct. 21 City Council meeting.
Appointed by the city of Encinitas, Canavan has served the city since Oct. 14. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations of the six-station Encinitas Fire Department, Canavan provides operational oversight for Del Mar and Solana Beach emergency services under a Joint Fire Management Services Agreement.
“We’re really happy to have Jon on board,” said City Manager Scott Huth. “It was quite a recruitment process. We had many candidates, so I think we ought to feel really good that Jon was able to rise to the top. He will be a really big asset for our three agencies — Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar.”
Canavan recently served as the Poway Fire Department division chief. He joined the Poway department in 2003 after spending 13 years with the San Marcos department.
He replaces Scott Henry, who retired after serving the Encinitas Fire Department for more than 30 years.
“It’s a real honor and pleasure to be here and be your new fire chief,” Canavan said. “I’m really looking forward to a strong working relationship between all three cities.”
By Kristina Houck
To put the city into compliance with state legislation, the Del Mar City Council on Oct. 21 unanimously approved zoning to allow emergency shelters.
Under the new zoning, emergency shelters are allowed in the city’s north commercial zone, a roughly 15-acre section of the city that has 28 developed buildings and is located along the major transportation corridor. Shelters must be located at least 300 feet from homes, schools and other shelters. They must have a maximum of 10 beds and be open to people for six months, with a 60-day waiting period between stays. Shelters must also have on-site security.
The council adopted its housing element in May 2013, which was certified by the state in June. The plan included a number of goals, policies and programs to address the city’s housing needs, but it did not identify a zone for emergency shelters, which is required by state law.
Defined by state law, an emergency shelter offers up to six months of temporary housing for the homeless. There are 11 homeless people in the Del Mar area, according to the city’s housing element.
There were no public speakers, but some members of the public expressed concerns about property values during the Oct. 7 meeting. They suggested the city designate the Public Works Department or other city-owned land instead, or increase the buffer zone from 300 feet to 500 feet.
During the Oct. 21 meeting, city staff explained the Public Works Department is in a floodway, so new structures are prohibited in the area. In addition, staff shared a map that showed there would be no space left for an emergency shelter in the north commercial zone if the buffer zone were increased. Staff also explained the city has no plans or funds allocated to build an emergency shelter, and because of the high cost of land in Del Mar, it’s unlikely a for-profit company or nonprofit organization would construct a shelter in the city.
“So the likelihood of us having an emergency shelter down there — for people that are still concerned about it — would be most unlikely,” said Deputy Mayor Lee Haydu. “But we have to put this in the housing element because of state law.”
By Karen Billing
Local new company uberfood is hoping to bring fresh organic, family-friendly dinners right to your door.
The company serves dinners to the Carmel Valley, Del Mar and La Jolla communities on Wednesdays. Corporate catering is available seven days a week from Carlsbad to downtown San Diego.
“We call it uberfood because we want it to be the very best food,” said Casey Knapp, uberfood’s “food captain.” “We’re very careful to choose the best ingredients possible.”
Uberfood promises something for everyone, from children to busy professionals, people eating a Paleolithic diet to meat lovers. The one universal theme is that everything is locally sourced and organic and delivered fresh.
Knapp is a big believer in the “afterglow” that occurs around the dinner table after the whole family has enjoyed a healthy meal.
“Eating organic means more energy and overall happiness, at least that’s what I’ve found,” said Knapp, a fifth generation dairy farmer from upstate New York.
Knapp moved to Del Mar in March after graduating from Cornell in 2012. His entrepreneurial parents’ family farm produces pastured poultry, beef, pork, free-range eggs and organic strawberries.
“Growing up on a farm, I had access to super-healthy food that we raised ourselves and I saw the impact it had on my family and our customers,” Knapp said.
He remembers people coming to his family’s farm for Thanksgiving turkeys (the animals were not raised in cages) and enjoying a pasture diet supplemented with organic grains and minerals. The customers would report it was the best-tasting turkey they had ever had, Knapp said.
“That really stuck with me, to make it easy to get healthy, wholesome food,” Knapp said. “That is one of the most important things people can do for themselves,” Knapp said.
Knapp moved to California to help start uberfood with co-founders Gen Furukawa and Lisa Barnhouse-Gal.
Barnhouse-Gal is a Birdrock mom of two active boys and a self-described “farm-to-fork vigilante.”
She wanted to feed her family well but with her hectic schedule it was hard to find the time and the right ingredients. Her husband was eating too much fast food, her family was growing bored of having the same meals and she found her friends were having the same problem.
She started uberfood as a way to save on the time and stress of going to a grocery store and prepping dinner.
“We started uberfood to bridge the gap between high-quality food and convenience like no other company has done before,” Barnhouse-Gal said.
In starting uberfood she got Furukawa on her team, a New York native and Brown University graduate who received his MBA from Cornell and was on a mission to make tasty and healthy food readily available.
Knapp happened to meet Furukawa on the day of his last final at Cornell and realized they shared the same mission.
With uberfood, they aim for a really creative and inspired menu — they try never to repeat items.
“We like to have sophisticated meals that are still relished by the picky eaters. It has to be enjoyable for the whole family,” Knapp said.
Everything is made fresh daily in one of their two kitchens and delivered in their refrigerated vans.
Meals include a full dinner entrée and three sides. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available and the seasonal menu changes weekly.
A recent dinner menu included organic free range lemon rosemary chicken or almond encrusted fresh catch fish with sides of garlic jasmine rice, Suzie’s Farm vegetables and a farm garden salad with stone fruit and goat cheese.
Upcoming dinner options feature Baja lobster risotto with truffle essence and mushrooms and butternut squash soup.
Lunch options include sandwiches and salads like their popular chimichurri grilled chicken salad with avocado, quinoa, walnuts, organic greens, wild arugula and cherry tomatoes with a tarragon shallot vinaigrette.
They have also partnered with a juice bar in Birdrock so people can opt to add Farm2Fork’s 100 percent organic juices to their orders.
As they are still a start-up, it’s only Wednesday dinners for now and they have their limited delivery areas. As they build up their customer base and hear positive feedback, Knapp is encouraged that uberfood will continue to grow.
“People are excited about the meals we’re delivering, which is really cool,” Knapp said.
Meals must be ordered online 48 hours in advance and there is also an option to gift meals. To learn more or order, visit Uberfoodsd.com.
By Karen Billing
A group of young girls is doing their part to help the environment with their new club, Girls Go Green.
Carmel Valley resident Sierra Jacobson, 10, and her sister Isabel, 11, started the environmental group. The enterprising sisters have always come up with ideas for groups or clubs but this was one was deemed a “winner.”
“My first grade teacher was really into the earth and that got me thinking about the ecosystem and everything like that,” said Sierra, a student at Sycamore Ridge Elementary School. “I wanted to raise awareness of how we can help the earth.”
The sisters went online and looked up what kinds of projects the community might need and went to their mom, Melissa, for help in getting the group going.
About 10 to 12 girls have come to the once-monthly meetings, mostly local girls but some cousins from Chula Vista and Santee have also attended.
The group’s first meeting was held in May and they were official in setting up club leadership (older sister Isabel is president, Sierra is vice president). Some of their club projects have been planting flowers in the Sycamore Ridge garden and painting storm drains for I Love A Clean San Diego.
They also did a beach cleanup at Torrey Pines State Beach, again with I Love A Clean San Diego. Sierra said the item they picked up off the beach most were cigarette butts.
“Because of the size of our group we prefer to piggyback on larger organizations that already have momentum and need more volunteers,” Melissa said. “The girls get an appreciation for all the work that needs to be done and all the ways they can have an impact on the community.”
Their next event will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside of Sprouts in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Their goal is to hand out 200 reusable bags and raise awareness about plastic bags’ impact on the environment.
As Isabel has found out through her research, plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose and while they do they can release toxins into soil, lakes, rivers and oceans. Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled.
The girls are still brainstorming for more projects and welcome any ideas, as well as new club members.
“The girls feel so good and empowered every time we do an activity,” said Melissa. “I would love to see it grow.”
“It’s pretty great that we can be a help, even a small help, to the environment,” Sierra said.
If interested in joining the Girls Go Green, e-mail Melissa Jacobson at email@example.com.
By Joe Tash
After practicing law for 38 years in Southern California, Robert Brewer wants to add one more job title to his resume — San Diego County District Attorney.
The 67-year-old Del Mar resident is running against three-term incumbent District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in a race that also includes Deputy District Attorney Terri Wyatt. The election will be held in June, and a runoff would be held in November if no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote.
Although the official filing period isn’t until next spring, Brewer kicked off his campaign Oct. 2, and he’s in full campaign mode.
“I have a strong desire to end my career in public service,” said Brewer. “The political world needs first-time candidates with my experience and at my age. I’m not a politician. People are sick of politicians.”
One of Brewer’s chief complaints against Dumanis, and a major reason why he said he is running to replace her, is her political activity, especially her unsuccessful run for mayor of San Diego in 2012. Dumanis came in fourth place in a field of four candidates.
As a consequence of Dumanis’ run for mayor, her office had to sit on the sidelines when Bob Filner, who was elected mayor in a November run-off election, was accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women.
“She destroyed the impartiality that office must have to investigate Bob Filner for his alleged sexual misconduct. (The D.A.’s office) can’t touch the case because of her,” Brewer said.
The investigation of Filner was transferred to the state attorney general’s office, and last week, Filner pleaded guilty to one felony and two misdemeanor counts related to his mistreatment of women, under a plea bargain agreement.
Brewer, a former Republican who changed his party affiliation to “decline to state” when he decided to run for district attorney, said, “I’m going to depoliticize the office. I will never run for another office. The only job I want is district attorney.”
As D.A., Brewer said he would strictly avoid any type of political activity, including endorsement of candidates for office in San Diego County.
Prior to his legal career, Brewer served in the Army Rangers, earning a number of medals for his combat service in Vietnam, which included 87 jumps as a paratrooper. He attended law school at the University of San Diego, and worked as a prosecutor in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego.
He has worked as a trial attorney throughout his career, handling cases ranging from general civil litigation to defending the accused in white collar criminal cases.
“That’s what I do,” he said. “My office is the courtroom.”
His high-profile clients have included Nancy Hoover, nicknamed the “golden girl,” in the saga of disgraced financier J. David Dominelli, and former Superior Court Judge Michael Greer, who was convicted of bribery charges.
Brewer said he possesses three attributes that qualify him for position of top prosecutor in San Diego County: a strong record of ethics, leadership and management experience both in the military and the legal profession, and trial experience.
He also touts endorsements by law enforcement unions, including those representing San Diego police and county deputy sheriffs. Those endorsements won’t affect his ability to prosecute police officers accused of wrongdoing, he said.
“If a police officer is breaking the law, that’s a violation of trust that requires a very aggressive prosecution,” he said. “I’m going to uphold the law regardless of who the defendant is.”
And his quest to unseat Dumanis, who ran unopposed in her last two elections, won’t come cheaply, according to Brewer, who estimated that he will need to spend at least $1 million.
“It’s going to take a lot of money to unseat an incumbent in a countywide race,” he said.
According to campaign finance reports filed with the county Registrar of Voters office, Brewer is well on his way. From Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year, he raised $281,243, including a $36,000 loan from Brewer to his campaign.
During the same period, Dumanis raised $213,296, according to campaign finance reports.
Another asset to Brewer’s campaign will be his wife, Irma Gonzalez, a federal district judge. While Gonzalez has been unable to participate in Brewer’s campaign so far, she plans to retire from the bench on Oct. 25.
“She’ll be another member of the team,” said Brewer, noting that his wife will have to work around her new job with JAMS, a private mediation and arbitration service.
The couple has one daughter and two grandchildren, who live in Virginia.
For more information on Brewer, visit www.robertbrewerforda.com.
By Kristina Houck
From a penthouse in New York City to a mansion in Maui, Solana Beach resident Kris Lajeskie travels across the country and around the world to design businesses and residences. With the recent launch of her retail showroom in the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza, locals can now purchase various items Lajeskie has gathered from her travels.
“What’s so wonderful is that people get to not just pick up a lamp or a table, but they get to see all of the artisan treatments that I’m so well known for,” said Lajeskie, owner of Kris Lajeskie Design Group. “This is a design showcase of my work.”
Located in Encinitas, the 2,200-square-foot building features collections of furniture, rugs, fabrics, accessories and other pieces Lajeskie has approved with her design eye. The showroom opened in June and a Grand Opening was held Oct. 9.
“People take a small trip with us when they visit, because they learn about what it is that we’ve done in there,” she said. “We explain the artists behind the work and the different elements. We’re always telling a story with each and every piece, and that’s what is really gratifying. It’s just so much fun to share.”
Originally from New Jersey, Lajeskie began her career in the retail industry as a corporate executive with Macy’s. After 12 years with the company, she relocated to Santa Fe, N.M., and later married. On a nearly 200-acre ranch, Lajeskie and her then-husband created their new home, which included a 30,000-square-foot residence, museum and colonial village based on authentic Spanish Colonial architecture that utilized only traditional materials and building methods.
After the architect died in the midst of the building process, Lajeskie became the general contractor on the project. She had already been working with the craftsmen and builders, and in her new role, she learned about design, and specialty artisans and builders in New Mexico.
“I was doing all this research on the architectural features that were regional to the area. Through that research, I realized I wanted the house to be authentic,” she said. “It was just unbelievable. It was a four-year journey, and through it, not only did I realize I had this unbelievable gift, but I discovered it was my true passion.”
The project inspired Lajeskie to open her own interior design business in 2002. Since then, her work has included a $15 million penthouse in New York City, a mansion on a private peninsula in Maui and a number of boutique hotels.
Some of Lajeskie’s long-term clients reside in Rancho Sante Fe and the greater San Diego region. After years of traveling to the area, two of her local clients convinced her to relocate to North San Diego County in January. They helped her find a home in Solana Beach and a commercial space in Encinitas.
“It got to the point where my clients essentially did an intervention and said, ‘You’re coming here full time,’” Lajeskie said. “They literally made it possible for me to be here.”
Because Lajeskie still travels out of state and overseas to work with her other clients, expanding her business has been a lot of work, but worth it, she said.
“It’s a very big undertaking. I don’t think I realized how much it was going to take, but it’s really been a very exciting journey,” she said. “Up to that point, it was just my clients that I was connecting to. That’s why I was ultimately here. But when you have a business, you really need to connect with the community on a meaningful level. That, I think, has been one of the most rewarding parts about the expansion of my business.”
The showroom is located in the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza at 162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite A70, Encinitas. In celebration of the store’s Grand Opening, Lajeskie said customers would receive a 15 percent discount off their purchases through Nov. 15.
For more information, call 760-487-1111 or visit www.krislajeskiedesign.com.
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By Kristina Houck
Although he’s not in college yet, Carmel Valley resident Derek Kiy has already studied abroad. The 17-year old was among 18 high school students selected for the 2013 class of the American Youth Leadership Program with Singapore and Malaysia.
Supported by a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the nonprofit organization Cultural Vistas, the program exposed students to the people and cultures of Singapore and Malaysia, with a focus on sustainable development and urban planning.
“The program just seemed like a great fit,” said Kiy, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley. “I’ve always had a strong interest in doing things abroad and traveling. I just really wanted to have an experience I would not be able to have otherwise.”
To learn about the cultures of each country and the environmental issues they would encounter, students researched and collaborated online on various pre-program projects prior to the trip. At the end of June, participants gathered in Los Angeles for a pre-departure orientation before they traveled abroad. The three-week immersion experience included a series of educational and cultural workshops, team-building exercises, community service activities, university lectures, sightseeing and homestay experiences.
The group visited about 10 different schools to interact with other students. A highlight of the trip, Kiy said, was when he discussed current events and politics with a girl from an all-girls Islamic school in Malaysia.
“It was a fascinating conversation that I had with a girl from an all-girls Muslim school in Malaysia,” he said. “What other time am I going to be able to have an experience like that? To be able to have a completely open conversation and share personal, political views with someone from a totally different culture and walk of life?”
The homestay experiences, where Kiy and the other students stayed with locals, were his favorite part of the program.
“The ability to stay with a family for an extended period of time, accompany them to the market, and break bread with them, was a much more private and intimate way to get to know people from a completely different culture, background and walk of life,” Kiy said.
Born in Mexico City, Kiy has traveled to other countries before, but it was his first time traveling overseas without family for an extended period of time. And he is thankful for the opportunity.
“You can only learn so much in your environment,” Kiy said. “You wouldn’t expect to be able to learn about Shakespeare or English literature in your math class. Likewise, you shouldn’t expect to be able to have a very good and deep understanding of the world around you simply from your comfortable house or neighborhood. You have to make that leap to go to a place you’ve never gone before.”
Although he is interested in economics and international business, Kiy has not yet decided what and where he wants to study after high school. Whether for the summer or a year, he has already decided he wants to study abroad again. And he encourages other students to do the same.
“If you want to stay within the same realm of thought that you were born into, you don’t need to go abroad,” Kiy said. “But if you have a desire to learn and become a more well-rounded person, it’s an opportunity you should take.”
To learn more about the American Youth Leadership Program with Singapore and Malaysia, visit www.culturalvistas.org/aylp
By Kristina Houck
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his world record powerboat race from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Nigel Hook set a new world record on Oct. 12. The Del Mar resident, along with co-pilots Dan MacNamara, Andy Hindley and Lance Ware, completed a race from the Golden Gate Bridge to The Queen Mary in nine hours, 50 minutes and 51 seconds.
“It’s a classic endurance record to beat, and on our 10-year anniversary, we wanted to break it again,” said 56-year-old Hook. “We thought going forward, a more iconic venue would be from the Golden Gate to The Queen Mary. People all over the world are familiar with the Golden Gate Bridge and The Queen Mary is iconic in the harbor in Long Beach. We thought those would be two nice marks in which to extend the course.”
Endurance runs between San Francisco and Los Angeles date back to 1929, when Seymour Johnson, founder of Johnson Controls, initially set the record. At that time, it was a three-day event with overnight stops in Monterey and Santa Barbara. Later record breakers included Michael Reagan, son of late-President Ronald Reagan, and actor and martial artist Chuck Norris.
Hook and McNamara were part of the team that set the six-hour and 43-minute record from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2003. The duo used the same hull for the inaugural Lucas Oil Ocean Cup, outfitting the 48-foot APISA Sport Yacht with two of the latest Cummins diesel engines.
By extending the course an additional 35 miles, Hook and his co-pilots set a new record. But it wasn’t easy.
“It wasn’t easy this time,” Hook said. “When we set the record 10 years ago, it was uneventful. We had good seas, we came in pretty much on schedule, we broke the record and all was good. This time, we had a lot of adversity.”
Just an hour into the race, the crew faced large waves and strong winds, which broke a wire on the boat. They had to stop for about 15 minutes to fix the wire, Hook said.
Not long after, 12- to 14-foot waves leaked water into the boat’s fuel. The team, Hook said, lost about two hours because they had to stop multiple times to filter out the water.
“It’s OK if you have a problem when you’ve got calm water, but if you’re out in 12- to 14-foot seas, and you lose an engine because you’ve got water in the fuel, it’s quite attention-getting,” he said. “You’ve got these huge seas and you’re just bobbing around like a cork trying to fix something. We couldn’t see.”
Off the coast of Santa Barbara, the crew considered ending the race, but ultimately decided to make it to the finish line, Hook said. For the last 100 miles of the race, the team cruised at 70 mph, full cruising speed.
Hook and his co-pilots arrived at The Queen Mary by sunset.
“It’s a great personal challenge,” he said. “I love being on the ocean. Spending nine hours or so on the ocean at that speed is what I love to do. It also shows that these high-performance boats can go that far, that reliably, at that speed.”
Originally from Staffordshire, England, Hook has raced in 25 countries and five continents. He became interested in powerboat racing at an early age, following his mentor and uncle, Roger Hook, to numerous circuit and offshore races.
Alongside his uncle, Hook co-piloted and competed in his first race, the Dawlish 100, in 1974.
“It’s the old challenge of man against machine, but it’s a bigger challenge of man competing with Mother Nature,” Hook said. “The ocean is the strongest force out there.”
The longtime Del Mar resident moved to the beach city in 1984, where he established Dataskill, a data analytics and software engineering firm with former Del Mar Mayor Dave Druker. He became CEO of SilverHook Powerboats, a company he co-founded with Michael Silfverberg in late 2010.
“At some point, I’d like to come back and break the record in a SilverHook, our own brand. That’s the plan,” said Hook, who holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States. “I think I could knock quite a bit of time off that time.”
In the meantime, Hook has several races planned, including races in Italy and Key West, Fla.
Although he’s frequently racing around the world, Hook said he is always happy to come home to his wife, Janet Wilson, his 25-year-old daughter, Jessica, and Del Mar.
“I’ve traveled all over, and I’ve discovered that there is no better place to live than in Del Mar,” Hook said. “I love it here.”
For more information, visit www.nigelhook.com and www.silverhook.com.
Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre will present Biloxi Blues, directed by CCA Envision Theatre Coordinator Amy Blatt from Nov. 6 through Nov. 16 (a great way to honor and pay tribute to veterans) at the CCA Proscenium Theatre.
Winner of the 1985 Tony Award for Best Play, “Biloxi Blues” is the second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon’s trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concluded with Broadway Bound.
When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930s Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WWII, going through basic training and learning about life and love along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943. *Rated PG-13 for language and adult situations.
For more information or tickets, visit www.cca-envision.org/events/tickets.html
The Biloxi Blues cast includes: Carney: Troy Lingelbach; Daisy: Kristin Knox; Epstein: Julian Coker; Eugene: Mark Steitz; Hennesey: Josh Guicherit; Selridge: Jacob Surovsky; Rowena: Grace Condon; Toomey: Alex Waxler; Wykowski: Riley Lewis; Ensemble/Understudies: Steve Macario, Jesse Belinsky, Tyler Faison, Kion Heidari.
Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre will present “The Children’s Hour,” directed by Jeremy Sewell from Oct. 24 – Nov. 2 at the CCA Black Box Theatre.
One of the great successes of distinguished writer Lillian Hellman, “The Children’s Hour” is a serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.
For more information about the production or tickets, visit http://www.cca-envision.org/events/tickets.html
Canyon Crest Academy delivers not only an outstanding education but has the unique Envision arts program supported by donation dollars. You can donate online at www.canyoncrestfoundation.org.
The cast includes:
Peggy: Halle Hoffman; Catherine: Karina Murrieta; Lois: Emmy Farese; Mrs. Lily Mortar: Nicole Belinsky; Evelyn: Marie Osterman; Helen: Katie Michael: Rosalie: Aria Wiedmann; Janet: Sami Pollak; Leslie: Andrea Kang; Mary: Lexi Stein; Ms. Karen Wright: Annika Patton; Ms. Martha Dobie: Brooke Patterson; Dr. Joe Cardin: Ben Sutton; Agatha: Anna Couvrette; Mrs. Tilford: Talia Goodman; Grocery Boy: Siggy Tuttle; Ensemble: Jana Begun, Michel De La Rosa, Nadiya Atkinson, and Meg Farinsky.
Carmel Valley resident Jon Richards has been named as a member of the charity golf tournament committee for the local nonprofit Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (ASRA). Richards has been working with the special needs population for 15 years and has been the executive director for the nonprofit since 2010.
“Our organization serves hundreds of permanently physically disabled people in San Diego year-round. This tournament is designed to continue our mission of providing new and fun sports programs for our athletes,” said Richards.
The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. The tournament costs $150 per single player and $550 per foursome. Check-in begins at noon with a 1 p.m. tee time, in shotgun format.
For more information on ASRA or to register for the upcoming charity golf tournament, please visit www.adaptivesportsandrec.org.
Public Open House to be held in Del Mar on San Dieguito Double Track and Special Events Platform Project
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and North County Transit District (NCTD) will hold a public information open house on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m. to learn more about the San Dieguito Double Track and Special Events Platform Project.
Although not yet funded for construction, project team members will discuss and answer questions about the project’s track, bridge, and special events platform preferred alternative that will be carried forward for the next phase of engineering and environmental study.
The project will construct a one-mile stretch of second main track from Solana Beach into Del Mar, replace the nearly 100-year-old wooden trestle rail bridge over the San Dieguito River with a modern, concrete double-track bridge, and add a new special events rail platform on the west side of the fairgrounds. SANDAG is also working to incorporate a safe and legal public undercrossing under the south end of the rail bridge.
The project is part of the Interstate 5 North Coast Corridor Program, a comprehensive package of highway, rail and transit, and coastal access improvements, which spans 27 miles from Oceanside to La Jolla.
For more information, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com or call (858) 549-RAIL. The Powerhouse Community Center is located at 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 92014.
The Miracle League of San Diego celebrates Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 26, inviting all players, coaches, volunteers and buddies to wear Halloween costumes. Celebrity pitchers will also be on the mound from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Engel Family Field, a Little Padres Park in San Dieguito Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar, 92014. Miracle League players will have the rare opportunity to come face to face with some of their favorite current and former Major Leaguers. Last year’s line-up included former Padres All-Star second baseman Mark Loretta and former Padres Relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman. This year expect to see Major League All-Star Catcher Brad Ausmus and Major League pitcher Rick Aguilera.
The Miracle League of San Diego provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. “This is our 4th Annual Celebrity Pitcher Day and we’re proud to announce the San Diego Padres as our $5,000 sponsor,” says Dan Engel, co-founder of Miracle League of San Diego. “Employees of the San Diego Padres will join our volunteers on the field as umpires and score keepers and help us out with our brick and gear sales.”
On Oct. 26, the Miracle League of San Diego will also hold its first-ever Community Resource Fair. This year’s participants include Autism Spectrum Therapies, Music Plus Movement and United Cerebral Palsy, providing important information for Miracle League families.
Additionally, the Miracle League of San Diego will hold a drawing for valuable keepsakes that includes unique Miracle League quilts, baseballs signed by Padres’ Buddy Black, Will Venable, Luke Gregerson and a bat signed by Carlos Quentin. Tickets for the drawing can be purchased on game day.
For more information, visit miracleleagueofsandiego.org.
World champion surfer icon and inspirational speaker Shaun Tomson, best-selling author of “The Code,” will host a book signing and conduct a short discussion of his new book at Sun Diego Boardshops in Flower Hill Promenade (2500 via De La Valle #1001) on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tomson will share his inspiration for writing “The Code” and offer his simple strategy for confronting everyday challenges and making positive life-changing decisions. This will be an inspiring presentation suitable for parents, children and people dealing with life’s challenges. For more information on The Code, visit www.shauntomson.com.
The San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce will host a “Coffee With The Candidates” event on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7:30-9 a.m. All mayoral candidates have been invited to participate in this question’s and answer’s event. SDCCC member AMN Health-care will be the event host location. Corporate sponsor partners include Scripps and SDG&E. For questions about the event contact Legislative chair Tracy Aragon at firstname.lastname@example.org Seating is limited. To register visit www.sandiegocoastalchamber.com Coffee and light breakfast will be served.
AMN Healthcare Auditorium is located at 12400 HighBluff Dr. San Diego CA 92130. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. Tickets available at www.sandiegocoastalchamber.com.
By Jan Wagner
As automotive journalists we drive a variety of vehicles throughout the year and then review them for you. It is especially helpful when reviewing vehicles to compare them back-to-back, testing them in similar situations. With that in mind, many vehicle manufacturers participate in the annual Motor Press Guild track days. For two days, they deliver their latest and greatest cars, trucks and 4x4s to one exceptional testing location.
This year that was Willow Springs Raceway, just north of Palmdale, CA. It offers several paved racetracks, notably Big Willow and The Streets of Willow Springs, as well as challenging, off-road trails – all with significant elevation changes. Street drives are accomodated on the nearby public roads.
Other than a pretty stiff wind, the weather was Southern California perfect. In order for us to drive Big Willow (on the second day), a Danny McKeever’s FAST LANE Driving Academy instructor rode with us on The Streets to determine if we were ready. I was.
Introducing us to one of the hot new cars of the year, a GM engineer summed up the behavior of the Corvette Stingray’s automatic transmission. When Track Mode is selected and the car is “in the braking zone, it will blip all the way down, it will hang in whatever – second, third – gear that it needs to in the corner, never do mid-corner downshifts. It exactly emulates what I would do with a stick shift.”
With no back seats and a trick suspension, the John Cooper Works GP MINI was my favorite for its awesome, stick-to-the-road grip and handling. There’s something to be said for a car where you can really wring it out while staying within legal speeds. Its price is anything but mini – around $40,000!
The Audi A6 is powerful and handles well. Its ride height is adjustable. A neat Google Maps feature let me call up a map and follow exactly where I was on the track.
I experienced some difficulty making smooth gearshifts with the manual transmission in the Nissan Nismo 370-Z. The seating position feels a little too low relative to the height of the doors.
The Honda CR-Z Hybrid handles surprisingly well for an economical hybrid, although it is understandably a little down on power. It goes where you point it without doing anything scary.
On The Streets, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT had reassuring handling but some lag on acceleration.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is noteworthy for its seemingly instant and hard acceleration. It has tremendous grip, is comfortable and the standard manual transmission shifts well. Its fun factor is off the charts.
The little FIAT 500 Abarth produces plenty of power for its size and has a great exhaust sound that invites aggressive driving.
The Infinit Q50S Hybrid Sport (prototype) drives like a sports sedan while saving fuel.
On track day one, while our group was on The Streets, I spotted a Superformance GT40 at Big Willow. Its owner was doing some new car shakedown laps on Big Willow so I took the opportunity to take some pictures. This is a replica of the Ford GT40 sportscar that beat Ferrari at Le Mans in the mid-60s.
Based on the Ford F-150 truck, the SVT Raptor was designed primarily to be a high-speed, off-road desert truck, but it climbs tough trails like a mountain goat. At one point we were traversing a slope so steep, and we were at such an angle relative to the horizontal, that I was sure we would tip over on our side but we kept right on going. Its front-facing camera let us see what was on the ground ahead as we crested really steep hills and could only see blue sky through the windshield.
The all-new Jeep Cherokee, the replacement for the Jeep Liberty, easily negotiated the tough trails. With its relatively low center of gravity and its Dodge Dart/FIAT/Alfa Romeo-derived car chassis, this Jeep was a capable yet very comfortable off-roader.
I finished off track days driving two muscle cars on Big Willow. The Mustang GT, with Track Pack, had good handling and an abundance of V-8 power, but smooth engagement of the clutch was a challenge.
The manual transmission of the Dodge Viper hardtop, on the other hand, had extremely positive shifting. With every shift the revs seemed to match perfectly, despite my having never driven one of these before.
As always, please write to me at AutoMatters@gmail.com with your comments and suggestions.
Copyright © 2013 by Jan Wagner – #302r1 AutoMatters
By Gordon Clanton
Politics, like rust, never sleeps. Politics is a year-around affair, especially in San Diego. Because of the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner, city voters will go to the polls in a special election Nov. 19. Mail ballots will go out Oct. 24 – and perhaps two-thirds of the voting will be by mail.
Based on recent polling, most observers expect a runoff between newly Democratic former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (32 percent) and Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer (28 percent). Although the Democratic Party endorsed Councilman David Alvarez (20 percent), many influential Dems are assuming that Fletcher will be their candidate in the runoff and some are openly supporting Fletcher in the first round.
The mayoral race is nominally non-partisan, but everyone knows both major parties will bring major resources to the contest. The candidates who move on to the expected runoff will be the two top vote-getters, regardless of party. Is there a plausible path to a two-Democrat runoff? Only if two conditions are met.
(1) Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre (8 percent) must drop out and throw his support to Alvarez – as Bruce Coons has done. With the vote that might have gone to Aguirre, Alvarez has a chance of edging into the second spot and pushing Faulconer out of the runoff.
Even if Fletcher is the eventual winner, he would be pulled to the left by a contest with Alvarez, as he would be pulled to the right in a runoff with Faulconer.
(2) The Democrats will need to raise voter turnout above the historically low levels of most special municipal elections. They might do this by pointing out that this special election is special. It will determine whether we salvage some parts of the progressive vision that brought Bob Filner to power or let the city slide back under the control of downtown special interests and the Republican establishment. In the end, we may have to settle for Fletcher – but maybe not.
With a voter registration edge of 40 to 27 percent, the Democrats have a shot at taking Faulconer out in the primary – but only if Aguirre drops out.
Friends tell me, “Mike will never drop out.”
But perhaps he will, if enough Dems tell him he should: “Mike, you cannot win the second spot. You can only be a spoiler who prevents Alvarez from finishing ahead of Faulconer. Please step aside for the good of the party.”
Gordon Clanton teaches Sociology at San Diego State University.
He welcomes comments at email@example.com.
This is an open letter to Darrell Issa, R-Calif.:
Why don’t you bring a clean CR to a vote, Mr. Issa, or have the Koch’s not given you permission yet? Has the minority Tea Party threatened to “primary” you in San Diego if you don’t do as they say? Well, you may be surprised that you are primary-ing yourself as you align with a party that is no longer speaking for rationality, but rather for extremism, dictated by a shrill far-right Tea Party minority.
You are hurting Americans of all ages. Thanks to the shutdown of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), thousands of babies are going hungry and mothers are scrambling for food. Head Start programs were hit instantly, again making young children and women suffer. Veterans’ disability benefits and pensions are going to be delayed, and you saw the tragedy of deceased soldiers whose families could not get death benefits — even a soldier right here in San Diego. Older Americans cannot access Social Security and soon their benefits won’t arrive. The government shutdown has real impact on real people, something that seems to be lost on you and the GOP members who live in the glass bubble of Washington D.C.
Even the Wall Street Journal’s own polls show the damage you are doing: Seventy percent of Americans say Republicans are putting politics ahead of what is best for the country. You are putting politics ahead of what is best for your district right here in San Diego.
Mr. Issa, you have a chance to be courageous and stand up to the mob mentality in your party. Vote for a clean CR to reopen the government with no strings attached and refuse to play politics with the debt ceiling — let the U.S. Treasury make good on the bills that have been incurred by you and the congress. Now.
Kudos to the Solana Beach City Council members who spoke out at the Oct. 9 City Council meeting and exposed the truth about the origins of the Party Policy Group, the small group that forced the special election and the individuals that are funding the group’s campaign.
I have attended numerous council meetings over the last two years and listened carefully to the pros and cons of renting out the Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC) for private parties. At those meetings, I watched members of the party policy group repeatedly demand that their specific policy be adopted by our City Council. After listening to all sides, scrutinizing city laws and reviewing environmental studies, the City Council developed a use policy for private parties at FCCC. The City Council’s policy can be amended if necessary. Unwilling to compromise, the Party Policy Group has stubbornly refused to accept anything short of their own version of a party policy, even though studies proved that it will have negative impacts on the Fletcher Cove area.
The Party Policy group has repeatedly commented at council meetings and in the press that they want the people to vote on their specific policy, so they filed for an initiative. The initiative sponsors and their paid signature gatherers used misinformation and deceptive tactics to get voters to sign petitions to force a special election. And now, with the special election looming, the group’s leader says they never wanted a special election and instead they want the council to adopt their policy outright! This is just more double-talk from the group that refuses to accept the blame for causing the costly special election. The council made it clear that adopting the initiative in order to sidestep the costs of a special election will set the party policy rules in stone. The council won’t have the authority to make changes to the policy, even if there are problems. The means to modify the initiative would be through an election. Further, it will set a terrible precedent for others to use the threat of a special election to force the council to meet their demands.
Why did the group’s financier hire an out-of-town election attorney to find ways around disclosing campaign donations and expenditures? Someone paid for the initiative filing fees, the signature gatherers and the slick mailer recently sent out on behalf of the Party Policy Group. Why the lack of transparency over a party policy? There is obviously more at stake for some members of the Party Policy Group, and as several council members implied, it’s a power play. Please get all the facts before you take a firm position on this issue. There is more going on than meets the eye.
I applaud our City Council for boldly calling out the deceptive tactics being used by the group that forced this special election on our city.