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Del Mar school district board holds public LCAP meeting

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 09:55

By Karen Billing

The Del Mar Union School District board held a public hearing on May 28 to review its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a new requirement of all school districts this year as a result of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF).

With the formula, revenue limits and most state categorical funding are eliminated and each school district’s funding formula is based on the number, grade level and demographics of the students they serve. DMUSD will continue to be a community-funded district, primarily funded through property taxes although they will still receive state and federal monies.

The purpose of the LCCF is to provide a higher quality of instruction focused on students being college and career ready, addressing the needs of all groups, such as low-income students, English language learners and foster youth, and eliminating the achievement gap. As DMUSD has only 12 percent of students that fall into the low-income, English language learners and foster children categories, it will not receive any additional money from the state through the funding formula but the district is still required to create an LCAP.

All districts must write an accountability plan that outlines annual goals for all students and addresses the state’s eight priorities that include items such as student achievement and college readiness, parental involvement, student engagement and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

DMUSD Superintendent Holly McClurg said the process in creating the LCAP was a very thorough, thoughtful process that involved input (including online surveys) from a lot of staff and community members. The resulting plan essentially memorializes the work the district already does to address those special populations of children, McClurg said.

DMUSD Trustee Scott Wooden asked if there was any benefit to spending all that time preparing the LCAP, as they won’t see any additional funding and the district already has a strategic plan.

Shelley Peterson, assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction, said there were some benefits as it caused them to project out what actions and services the district will provide over three years.

Peterson said even though the district already has a strong strategic plan, another benefit of going through the LCAP process was seeing a state priority that the district’s plan did not address. That priority of safety and addressing chronic absenteeism has been added to the district’s strategic plan.

The LCAP will be approved at the June 25 DMUSD board meeting, along with the district’s 2014-15 budget. Cathy Birks, assistant superintendent of business services, gave a brief overview of the budget at the May 28 DMUSD board meeting — the district is projecting $43,156,291 in total revenues and expenditures of $43,542,257, with a reserve of $7,555,064.

On the revenue side, Birks said they are projecting a 2 percent increase in property tax revenues. In expenditures, they look to cut down on operational expenses, books, supplies and capital outlay because of 2013-14 costs for security and fencing projects. One expenditure that will increase and continue to rise is the district’s contribution to employee retirement with the California State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), from $6,988,585 in 2013-14 to a projected $7,519,948 in 2014-15. By 2021, the district will be contributing almost 19 percent to employees’ STRS.

Wooden said it is something the district needs to be cognizant of as it is going to be a problem for them long-term. He said the revenue from new homes in the district will help but that money for STRS contribution will have to come from somewhere.

Helping the budget picture will be the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation’s donation. Treasurer David Wojtkowski reported after a busy April and May, they have raised $1.24 million to keep the Extended Studies Curriculum of art, science, technology, PE and music at the same levels as this year. Over 2,000 families contributed to the DMSEF this year, surpassing last year’s participation rate.

‘Organic pest control’ is topic of next Seaweeders Garden Club meeting

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

Wondering what to do about the many pests in your garden this summer?  You won’t want to mix the next  Seaweeders  Garden Club meeting.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, the club will meet for its last meeting before the two-month summer break.  The group meets at the Solana Beach Boys and Girls Club cottage, 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.  The program speaker will be Mia McCarville, owner of Cedros Gardens and leading authority on organic pest control.  Attendees  are welcome to bring photos or samples from pest damage to be identified and will then be given useful treatment advice.

Del Mar Powerhouse 11U runner-up in Triple Crown Memorial Day Classic

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

The Del Mar Powerhouse 11U team battled through 7 games on the weekend to come up 1 run short of the Championship.  Earning the #5 seed after pool play, the boys shutout the #4 seed in the quarter final, and knocked off the #1 seed in the semi finals to make the Championship Game.  Every boy on the roster contributed to the pitching duty, demonstrating the incredible athleticism and determination of the team.

Front row, left to right: Eric Lu, Theo Von Posern, Adien Springer, Jason Berhend, Luke Stevenson; Back row, left to right: Teagan Pope, Cameron Klein, Cade Ramseyer, Jake Maier, Corrado Martini; Coach Matt Chess, Team Manager Jeff Martini.

Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks GU 17 Elite — 2014 Cal South National Cup Finalists

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

DMCV Sharks GU 17 Elite — 2014 Cal South National Cup Finalists

Congratulations DMCV Sharks GU 17 Elite, 2014 Cal South National Cup Finalists.

Front row: Sydney, Hailey, Brooklyn, Kirsten, Crystal, Jordie; Middle row: Dominique, Jennifer, Natalie, Zisi, Angel, Huli; back row- Coach Felicia, Melissa, Rachel, Mari, Hannah, Gianna, Sam, Shelby.

The team went 6-1 outscoring their opponents 44-6. The Shark team is intensely preparing to defend their US Youth National Championship title July 22-27 in Germantown, MD.   Go Sharks!

Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys U10 Team wins bracket at Poway Country Shootout

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys U10 Team coached by Shea Travis won their bracket in the Poway Country Shootout.  The Sharks won all 4 games by shutouts, with a cumulative score of 25-0. Pictured left to right: Bottom: Jacob Hai, James Duncan, Mark Brown, Aidan Lieberman, Enrico Appiani; Top: Adam Esses, Ethan Chang, Alex Leroy, Yuli Gogov, Nathan Leroy, Kyle Wisbach, Reily Hopkins; Back: Coach Shea Travis. Not pictured: Quinn Spieker.

Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys U10 team wins Poway Shootout Championship

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys U10 White team won the Poway Shootout Championship over the Memorial Day weekend. The boys played hard and went undefeated all weekend scoring 20 goals overall.  Bottom (l-r): Andrew Elliott, Ben Trask, Brady Gormley, Matthew Mannarino, Nicholas Karam, Auggie Thut. Top (l-r): Coach Mickey Pejkic, Shane O’Neal, Danny Eisendrath, Shane Peterson, Jay Sonthalia, Cole Nakata.

Santa Fe Christian School athletes in Solana Beach sign Letters of Intent

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

Front row, left to right: Darrian Borboa, Grace Dwyer, Bennett Royce, Chase Bushor, Madylyn Tschantz. Back row, left to right: Elyssa Reyes, Jerry Harper, Cole Needham, Hannah Mathiesen, Tony Miro, Brian Finley.

Eleven Santa Fe Christian Schools’ seniors, or approximately 10 percent of the graduating class, signed letters of intent to play sports at their respective colleges. SFC graduates signed on for football, baseball, basketball, rowing, volleyball, softball, water polo and soccer.  Each year, many of SFC’s highly skilled athletes are recruited by colleges across the nation.  Visit  to learn more about Santa Fe Christian Schools.

SFC Student College Sport

Darrian Borboa:  St. John’s University,  Football

Chase Bushor:  Georgetown University,  Baseball

Grace Dwyer:   Cornell University,  Rowing

Brian Finley:   Chapman,   Basketball

Jerry Harper:   Ohio Wesleyan,   Football

Hannah Mathiesen Cal Poly: San Luis Obispo,  Volleyball

Anthony Miro:  Air Force Academy,   Football

Cole Needham:  Cornell University,  Football

Elyssa Reyes:  Cedarville University,  Softball

Bennett Royce:  Pitzer Water, Polo

Madalyn Tschantz:  Dallas Baptist University,  Soccer

DMCV Sharks Boys U9 Travis soccer team tops in division at Poway Country Shootout 2014

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

The DMCV Sharks Boys U9 Travis soccer team recently won its division at the Poway Country Shootout 2014.

Top, left to right: Jason Elliott, Emanuele Ammirati, Brendon Miller, SJ Dohrenwend, James Straza, Carson Doan; Bottom, left to right: Cole Curtis, Aedan Baldwin, Teo Kohan, Dylan Brown, Gavin Goodemote, Alex Mannion.  Back row:  Coach Shea Travis.

Del Mar Powerhouse 10U Champions in XDS Memorial Day Championship

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

The Del Mar Powerhouse 10U boys played four pool play games to earn the #1 seed heading into elimination play.  They played and won a tough semi-final game against a strong #4 seed to go the the Championship game and bring home the hardware as D1 Champions.  The boys outscored opponents 53-14 on the weekend and played outstanding fundamental baseball.

Bottom row, left to right: Luke Hollingsworth, Soto Irie, Burke Stratton, Max Schreier, Ryan Jackel; Top row, left to right: Jagger Fillipone, Ben Haynie, Matty Allen, Zach Rowell, Carson Williams; Coaches: Larry Jackel, Bryan Knapp, Matt Hubbard.

Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U10 MacMillan wins Poway Country Shootout

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

Congratulations to the DMCV Sharks Girls U10 MacMillan who took first place in the 2014 Poway Country Shootout Tournament held Memorial Day weekend on May 24-25.  They went undefeated  at the tournament winning in the final against La Jolla Impact.  Good job Sharks Girls U10 MacMillan!

Bottom row (L-R): Coach Shannon MacMillan, Catalina McFarland, Emma Levy, Ellie Davidson, Delaney Ballard, Shelby Jones, Molly McCarthy; Top row (L-R) Claire Cunningham, Lauren Jacobs, Xiomara McKenna, Kylie Jones, and Mackenna Diltz.

Del Mar Powerhouse 9U Champions in Triple Crown Memorial Day Classic

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:00

The Del Mar Powerhouse 9U boys traveled to Temecula to play in the Triple Crown Memorial Day Classic. Earning the #1 seed after pool play, the boys battled a very tough #2 seed, in a very close 9-8 game, to bring home the Championship.  Team Business Manager  Allison Issacman commented, “This group of boys never gives up!  It was a great way to end the season and give momentum into next year.”

Bottom left: Zach “Z-Man” Isaacman, Brandon “Big Dog” Choy, Owen “O-Zone” Reily, Jake “Go Time” Altman, Nathan “Roadrunner” Samudio, Bat Boy David “Duckie” Choy

Middle left: Eric “Hulk” Van Valkenberg, Danny “Speedy” Eisendrath, Clark “Big Easy” Caspersen, Kian “Hammer” Sanchez, Nathan “Old Horse” Lesher,

Top left: Coach David Altman, Head Coach Trent Tracy, Coach Jon Choy

Q&A: Writer’s Roundtable interview with screenwriter and novelist Terry Hayes

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 13:48

Terry Hayes Photograph by Kristin Hayes

By Jared Kuritz and Antoinette Kuritz

Road Warrior/Mad Max 2, Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, Payback with Mel Gibson; From Hell starring Johnny Depp; Vertical Limit  with Chris O’Donnell; and Dead Calm with Nicole Kidman are just a few of the movies which list Terry Hayes as screenwriter.  And now, after years spent writing for newspapers and the big screen, Terry Hayes has turned his hand to writing an international thriller considered to be one of the hottest books of 2014.  Get a sense of what this multi-talented author has to say about his craft, and learn more when he is further interviewed by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

As a screenwriter, you have written some cult classics, including two of the Mad Max movies, Dead Calm, and Payback.  Which were your favorite movies to write, and why?

That’s an unfair question! LOL. They all mean an enormous amount to me and it’s hard to single out any one movie, but Mad Max 2/Road Warrior was the first movie I ever wrote and I think for that reason it will always occupy a special place. It gave me a career as both a producer and writer, it was an incredible learning experience and I got to work with some incredibly talented people. At least three of them went on to win Oscars, which was a pretty good strike rate for a small Australian movie. Apart from that, it had a pretty overwhelming response both critically and publicly — well, it was sure overwhelming to me!  I can’t help but look back on it with the greatest affection.

Forensics, particularly DNA, play a huge role in today’s TV and big screen offerings.  How accurate or inaccurate is the use of this technology in storytelling?

I think everybody who uses it as part of their storytelling believes it to be highly accurate and works very hard to make it so. But, like every form of science, forensics is an evolving field of study — just a few days ago it was argued that the DNA of hair samples may be far more problematic than previously thought. Similarly, sophisticated skin grafts on finger tips can either mask or alter them significantly. DNA and forensics are a tool but the more we learn, the more we realize they are not foolproof. And, of course, with so much knowledge about forensic science being shown on TV and in movies, there are plenty of perpetrators thinking about how best to avoid leaving those crucial traces behind.

Readers tend to call writers on inaccuracy.  As a writer, did you find it important to thoroughly research the technology referred to in I Am Pilgrim. And do you do your research yourself, or do you have a staff to do it?

I wish I had a staff. No, I do it all myself — I am a naturally curious person so I enjoy learning about different things and you never know when a seemingly unimportant detail — which you read ages ago — turns out to be enormously useful. You are right about readers calling you out on inaccuracy, so I do my utmost to make it as correct as possible, and the only way to do that is to research, do more research, and then be prepared to follow it wherever it leads. Do you get everything right? Probably not because any novel — especially something that is epic like Pilgrim — contains so many details, so many tiny things (the rise and fall of tides in the Mediterranean, the currency they use in Syria, the make-up of a bullet proof vest, the area code of a town in Turkey) that it is almost inevitable that you will slip up somewhere along the line. Then again, any novel is meant to be a story — not an instruction manual.

What do you enjoy writing more, screenplays or novels?  And why?

They are both storytelling, though in very different forms — so from that point of view both formats are both grueling and enjoyable. Screenplays are a harsh taskmaster — you only have 120 pages to tell the story, take the characters on an incredible journey, entertain and inspire the audience. You have a lot more freedom — and pages — in a novel. You can also use a character’s internal thoughts in a book, something that is almost impossible to do in a movie. Then again, in the latter, you can always have an explosion or a car crash to get you out of a storytelling hole! I enjoy both forms, and having worked so long in movies, I tend to think in visual scenes so I think that makes it a bit easier. In an ideal world, I would write the screenplay from my own novels and be able to use all the skills I have learned.

How difficult or easy was the transition to writing novels?  And what do you see as the primary difference between writing screenplays and novels?

As I mentioned, it is all storytelling so you are dealing with the same basic things. At base line, you are trying to take the viewer — or reader — on an intense emotional journey. You have to keep them interested, entertained, and involved in every moment, every paragraph. How you do that is different because you have different tools. For a start, in movies you have huge budgets and actors that can bring an enormous amount to the character. In a book all you have is the type on the page. One of the biggest differences is that movies today tend to be written by a large number of people – you only have to look at the credits to see that –  whereas novels are almost always a single author. One has turned out to be a team sport, the other is still singles. I think, probably as you get older, it’s easier to just have to worry about your own game.

How has your training as a journalist informed your fiction – both screenplays and novels?

An enormous amount. Like most journalists I have always had a huge interest in current affairs and, especially with the novel which deals with cutting-edge scientific developments.  Popular culture and current developments in the world are closely linked, so that has informed, I think, everything I have written. Journalism also teaches you the importance of accuracy and you learn a lot about how to interview and research, and these are invaluable tools when it comes to other forms of writing.

From where did the idea for I Am Pilgrim develop?

I went to a little- known Nazi concentration camp on the French-German border some years ago and I saw a photograph there which I found particularly heart-breaking. It never left me and I think, in a way, that was the first tentative step on the road to developing the story. It features in the book and is a significant influence on the childhood of the man code-named Pilgrim. Of course, I have always been a fan — and avid reader — of high-quality espionage thrillers, so that was a huge part of the genesis of the story.

Character vs. plot?  What came first in I Am Pilgrim?  And what do you believe is more important to a good novel?

It’s almost impossible to say. The two things have to work in tandem — you can’t have a meaningful plot without a compelling character and vice versa. I knew I wanted to do a story about a loner, a covert agent, who goes on an extraordinary journey, but all the details of him and his quest had to develop together. You pull one sock up, and then the other! I guess you could say it’s like a really good marriage. As a result, both are equally important in a novel —each informs and propels the other. Without a character you’ve just got a synopsis; without a plot, you’ve just got a person. Most of all, you’d have a world of problems.

What do you hope the reader takes away from reading I Am Pilgrim?

A real concern for the dangers that confront us. There has been a huge hemorrhaging of previously secret information on the internet and that, combined with breathtaking scientific advances, has opened up a whole new world of threats. I just hope the people in Washington and London are listening —or reading.

What are you looking forward to most on your U.S. tour?

Trying to get some sleep, probably! It’s a huge number of cities and events in a relatively short period of time, so I think it’s going to be pretty exhausting. Exciting, too, I must say. A great opportunity to discuss the book with journalists, other writers and readers — writing novels is a very solitary exercise so this is like being let out of jail. My wife and kids are all U.S. citizens and I have lived there on many different occasions and for long periods, so it’s going to be great to be back. Oh, and some really good Mexican food will be good too!

Antoinette Kuritz and Jared Kuritz are the team behind both STRATEGIES Public Relations and the La Jolla Writer’s Conference (

Local nonprofit offers military therapy services

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 13:45

Alliant International University postdoctoral candidates, Joe Grady and Patrick Hunt, serve as trainees at Alliant Couple and Family Clinic in San Diego. Photo by Kristina Houck

By Kristina Houck

An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States every day, according to a 2012 Department of Veterans Affairs study. Nevertheless, a number of VA health facilities face allegations of poor treatment of veterans, including fraudulent record-keeping that covered up excessive and sometimes deadly waiting times at some facilities.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, a local clinic is emphasizing its military therapy services.

Alliant Couple and Family Clinic provides more than 125 San Diego couples and families low-fee therapy sessions per month. Of the families the nonprofit organization serves, nearly 70 percent are active and veteran military families.

“It feels very rewarding,” said Dr. Lisa Palmer-Olsen, clinic co-founder and director. “A lot of these people would otherwise fall through the cracks.

“They would take a test when they get back from their deployment saying that they’re fine or maybe be referred for an individual assessment, but there’s no way they would get the immediate kind of care that we can give them when they walk in the door for their relationships.”

Founded in 2010, Alliant Couple and Family Clinic is a training clinic for Alliant International University students to become trained in the EFT model of therapy.

Having both served in the U.S. Marines, Alliant International University postdoctoral candidates and clinic trainees, Joe Grady and Patrick Hunt, know firsthand the hardships military members face when they transition into civilian life.

In 2005, Grady lost his right arm and several of his fellow infantrymen after one accidental step on an IED. After two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Hunt returned home with terrifying memories.

With their backgrounds, Grady and Hunt can relate to the clinic’s military clients on a unique level.

“When you’re in the military, it’s a different culture, but also a different way of being and dealing,” said Hunt. The 33-year-old Miami native enlisted in the Marines when he was 18. “We know exactly what it is to be a Marine in combat situations. We know what it’s like to have those difficult conversations. We don’t come from a strictly therapeutic standpoint, but also from an experiential standpoint.”

“It’s instant credibility with that person,” added 28-year-old Grady, a San Diego native, who joined the Marines when he was 18. “It’s a culture that the civilian world doesn’t entirely know.”

The facility specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) sessions for military and all clients in distressed relationships. The clinic is only one of 12 centers in the nation with certified EFT expertise.

“The men and women who are coming back from combat areas are extremely isolated,” Palmer-Olsen said. “We don’t want to go and just treat them into further isolation.

“We really need to un-isolate these people that are coming back. Part of doing that is working with the entire family, not just working with the individual. It’s a game changer when it comes to mental health.”

“If you can get the couple or the family in the room, we can create change that’s longer lasting and we can create change quicker,” Grady added. “That individual walks out of your office into a family, a community, a variety of situations where they’re interacting with people around them. If we can create support for them, that can be extremely beneficial.”

Alliant Couple and Family Clinic is located at 10065 Old Grove Road, Suite 102, in San Diego.

For more information about Alliant Couple and Family Clinic, call 858-547-9803 or visit To support the clinic’s therapy sessions for active and veteran military personnel and their families, donate at the center’s website. Donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.

AutoMatters: Planes of Fame Airshow & “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 13:42

Heritage Flight

By Jan Wagner

Our coverage this week begins with the Planes of Fame Airshow, which also included some cool vintage military vehicles used in a battle re-enactment. The show was held on the first weekend in May at the Chino Airport.

As Steve Hinton, President of the Planes of Fame Air Museum wrote in the air show’s souvenir program (which provided a wealth of interesting information about the aircraft), this year’s air show was a salute to the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Mighty 8th. He explained that in Europe in 1944 “the U.S. Army Air Corps, as the U.S. Air Force was known at the time, reorganized its efforts by combining the 8th Bomber Command and the 9th Air Force into what is known today as the Mighty 8th.” “By July of that same year, the Mighty 8th was made up of more than 200,000 airmen and could deploy 2,000 heavy four-engine bombers and 1,000 fighter aircraft on any given day to multiple targets.”

Military aircraft from that era up to the present day, as well as civilian aerobatic aircraft – featuring Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, thrilled and amazed the awe-struck spectators. To see and hear these aircraft in action was truly a rare and wonderful experience.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Of these, my favorite was the North American P-51D Mustang. With a “maximum speed of 437 mph, a service ceiling of 41,900 feet, eight 0.50 cal machine guns and provisions for 2,500 lb. bombs,” the “Mustang went on to establish a reputation as possibly the most effective all-round fighter of the war and certainly the best long-range escort fighter of its era.” It’s one tough-looking airplane!

Also flying were the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Republic P-47G Thunderbolt, Lockheed P-38J Lightning (“with its distinctive twin-boom design”), Curtiss P-40N Warhawk (“the aircraft of the Flying Tigers”), North American P-51A Mustang, North American B-25J Mitchell (which “served in both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operations”), Vought F4U-1 Corsair and Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. This bright yellow plane “is one of four prototypes built by Northrop in 1944 as a 1/3 scale test model for the Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing bomber” “and is the grandfather of today’s B-2 Stealth Bomber. It is the only surviving example in the world.”

North American P-51D Mustang

Jet aircraft included the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, North American F-86F Sabre (“the primary U.S. air-to-air fighter during the Korean War”) and a Mach 2 class U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor – “the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities” (per the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Demonstration Team handout).

An absolute highlight was a “Heritage Flight” consisting of a P-51D Mustang, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Republic P-47G Thunderbolt and F-22 Raptor flying together in tight formation.

I highly recommend the new movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” As is succinctly explained in the press notes, “characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past … in order to change a major historical event and fight an epic battle that could save our future.” It combines a complex and engaging story, great acting by a superb cast and mind-blowing special effects. While it would be helpful to already be familiar with the X-Men franchise, that is not necessary to enjoy this film. Be sure to stick around to the very end of the movie, because after the credits there is a scene that gives clues about the next X-Men movie.

Curtis P-40N Warhawk

A news story on TV caught my attention. It featured a top ten list of the world’s most forward thinking and successful companies, which included Apple and Google. They share corporate cultures that encourage thinking out of the box, which has led to the growth of their brands into new areas.

Google, now much more than just an Internet search engine, has become a wildly successful, multi-faceted technology company that has also worked to develop Google Glass, self-driving (autonomous) cars, a (legally challenged) project to digitize all of the world’s books and much more.

AutoMatters, too, has evolved over the years. It is now much more than just a car column, which has broadened its appeal to a more diverse audience. One long-time reader suggested that I add “& OtherMatters” to the name. What do you think of that idea?

Northrop N9MB Flying Wing

As always, please send your comments and suggestions to

Copyright © 2014 by Jan Wagner – AutoMatters #334

Sean D Tucker - Team Oracle

Vought F4U-1 Corsair

North American F-86F Sabres

USAF F-22 Raptor

Matthew Caffrey & his Jeep

© 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation & Marvel

UCSB/Isla Vista shooting: Their loss is ours

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 13:26

As a parent of a UCSB freshman I feel compelled to write about the recent shooting incident involving our students in nearby Isla Vista. We should all be personally touched by these events. I hope that many reach out to those affected families and reflect on the deeper issues at the root of this tragedy.

It is beyond comprehension that the victims – young, hopeful, promising men and women were denied their right to a future. It is heartbreaking to think of the many families and friends whose lives will be forever diminished by the loss of their loved ones. Their grief should be our grief.  Their loss is ours.

It is hard to believe that in this era of networking and connectivity that a young man can feel so isolated, sad and alone. That his heartache can turn to hate, anger and a break with reality. Our society often fails outliers. I urge you to reach out when someone is slipping. A small gesture can make a difference.

How is it possible that a disturbed young man can acquire such an impressive hoard of weapons? As a Canadian, it is perplexing. I am not implying that such an event would not occur in my home country.  A horrible campus mass shooting occurred in 1989 at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. This incident resulted in more stringent gun control legislation in Canada.

South of the border we seem more tolerant of gun violence. Despite massive outpouring of grief after school massacres, I do not see concrete changes that limit access to weapons. In fact, several states are moving towards liberalization. I urge parents to pressure politicians and to examine their own tolerance of the prevailing gun culture.

This incident was partly motivated by perceived rejection of the perpetrator by women. The Montreal massacre where feminists were targeted had a similar chilling theme. Misogyny permeates our society. I hope that we engage in meaningful discussion with our teens about stereotypes and the sexual objectification of young women. By breaking down misconceptions our kids are more likely to nurture healthy and balanced relationships.

On Tuesday, May 27, classes were cancelled at UCSB. A fund has been established to honor UCSB students who were victims of this tragedy and to memorialize their lasting impact and contributions to the UC Santa Barbara community.

Karen Tipler MD

Carmel Valley

In-Lieu Parking Fee program requires a year-round shuttle system

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 13:26

While we are considering a new Del Mar City Hall with a new parking structure for public parking, I thought it would be worthwhile to point out the In-Lieu Parking Fee program does not suggest just a huge parking structure, but does require also a fully operational, year-round shuttle system throughout the commercial zone to Powerhouse/Seagrove Park before more than 50 In-Lieu Fees can be sold.

See DMMC 30.80.170 G. “In-Lieu Parking Fees cannot be collected for more than 50 total parking spaces before both the public parking facility and shuttle system are fully operational. Once the In-Lieu Parking Fee Program becomes fully operational, the City shall utilize its best efforts to continue the Program.”

It seems it isn’t required to have a 200-space parking structure at one location.  In fact, it is suggested only that public parking spaces be provided throughout the C-zone, down 15th to Powerhouse/Seagrove Parks.  With a year-round shuttle system, a large underground parking structure could be located under either of the parks at the beach!  Wouldn’t that benefit the parking problems at both the beach and the commercial zone?  The Coastal Commission would certainly like that!

The sooner we get additional public parking and shuttle, the sooner we can sell more of the in-expensive In-Lieu Parking Fees to re-develop the private properties downtown!

Ralph Peck

Del Mar

North County Blind Company can do ‘just about anything’ related to window coverings

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 13:24

Rebecca Greene

By Kristina Houck

As victims of the recent wildfires in San Diego County move forward and begin to rebuild, a local company has offered to help homeowners save on design costs. Based in Encinitas, North County Blind Company is giving a 10 percent discount on its products to those who have lost their homes.

“When people are having a hard time, it’s about community,” said owner Rebecca Greene, who noted North County Blind Company offered a similar discount to victims of the 2007 wildfires. “I’ve always taken care of my customers, and they’ve always taken care of me, too.”

North County Blind Company has served the community since 1985. As a Hunter Douglas Gallery Showroom, the company offers a full line of Hunter Douglas window coverings, and can also create custom draperies, shades, valances and cornices in a variety of fabrics.

From design and measurements, to installation and troubleshooting, the staff at North County Blind Company can do “just about anything,” Greene said.

“We believe that you have to take care of the customer,” she said. “We don’t want them just to like what they’re getting. They have to love it.”

With a background in both finance and restaurants, Greene joined the window treatment business in 1991 when her late husband became ill and needed assistance with the company. Since then, Greene has steadily grown the business, with competitive prices and dedicated customer service.

“I love what we do,” said Greene, who even met her best friend on the job. “I like connecting with people and making relationships, and, above all, having fun. It should be fun doing your window coverings. It’s a creative experience.”

North County Blind Company is located at 264 North El Camino Real, Suite G, Encinitas, 92024. The showroom is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“Come to us and we’ll take good care of you,” Greene said. “We treat everybody like they’re our family.”

For more information, call 760-944-9056 or visit

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TPHS Girls Swim Team wins CIF Division I Championship

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 12:57

TPHS Lady Falcons swim team won San Diego Section CIF Division I title this past weekend at Granite Hills High School for the fifth consecutive year under the leadership of head coach Richard Contreras. Front row: Marissa Woytowitz, Lindsey Anderson, Katherine Lauerman; Second row: Kelsey Loy (asst. coach), Richard Contreras (head coach), Christy Collins, Julia Seacat, Pina Simone, Crystal Lore, Kathryn Yang, Bela Boese, Julee Keenan-Rivers.

CCA Ravens conclude historic lacrosse season

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 12:55

Front row (L-R): Lauren Hong, Paige Weinstein, Sarah Malott, Katie Carlson, Emma Normoyle, Amanda Presar, Allie Ma, Thea Hanson, Daisy Valdivieso; Back row (L-R): Ally Deremer, Caroline Bowman, Dani Kalinowski, Hannah Walker, Jessie McConville, Alexa Carter, Rayna Higuchi, Isabella Gauvreau, Alyson Tharp.

The Canyon Crest Girls Lacrosse team recently concluded its 2014 season, finishing with an outstanding overall record of 18-3, while earning the number 1 seed in the San Diego CIF Open Division playoffs.

Following two impressive playoff wins over La Jolla and Poway High Schools, the girls earned a trip to the CIF Open championship game, eventually losing to defending champion La Costa Canyon 12 to 9 in a hard-fought contest. The season marked the Ravens’ first Palomar league championship, finishing with a perfect league record of 6-0. During the season, the Ravens held the number 1 ranking in San Diego County by Max Preps for most of the year and have been consistently ranked within the top 10 teams in all of California. This year’s impressive season follows last year’s breakthrough performance in which the Ravens captured the CIF Division 1 championship, defeating Cathedral Catholic in the final game.

The 2014 Ravens squad was led by head coach Rebecca Kingsbury, assistant coach Trevor Kingsbury and team captains Emma Normoyle, Alexa Carter and Palomar League Player of the Year Katie Carlson. Expect the Ravens to be a major player again in San Diego high school lacrosse in 2015 with 12 returning players from this year’s varsity team to participate again next season.

Fourteen Torrey Pines athletes advance to CIF Track & Field Finals

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 12:52

At the CIF Preliminary Track & Field Championships, 24 Torrey Pines athletes competed in 14 events on May 24.  Despite the interruption of their training with the recent wildfires, several set new personal records (PRs) and 14 advanced in 11 events to the upcoming CIF Division 1 Finals by placing among the top 9 finishers:

Girls 4x100m relay – Kaitlin Iwanowicz, Isabella Hoang, Jayla Williams, and AC Kaseberg (PR of 49.85 sec.)

Girls 4x400m relay – AC Kaseberg, Macenzi McGuire, Julia Skyhar and Taylor Seamans (PR of 4.02.67 min.)

Girls 1600m – Jackie Garner

Girls 300m hurdles – Jayla Williams (PR of 46.10 sec.)

Girls 800m – Taylor Seamans

Boys 800m – Jack Kuzminsky

Boys 1600m – Tal Braude (PR of 4.16.37 min.) and Spencer Dodds

Boys 3200m – Tal Braude

Girls Shot Put – Patty Benrey (PR of 34-05.25 ft.)

Boys Shot Put – Joey DeMarco (PR of 51-01.25 ft.)

Girls Long Jump – Kaitlin Iwanowicz and Christina Ellis

The San Diego Section CIF Championships will be held at Mt. Carmel High School this Saturday, May 31.  Field events start at 10 a.m. and running events at 12:30 p.m.  The top three finishers advance to the State CIF Championships on June 6-7 in Clovis, Calif.