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Daytime residential break-ins cause for concern

Crime prevention meeting scheduled
Home burglars are no longer operating in the dark of night. Recently daytime home intrusions have been reported in Leucadia and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. One resident is reported to have been tied up and held with a gun to his head while others ransacked the home. Concerned? Don’t miss a meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 21 in the banquet hall (142 B) of the Encinitas Community Center. On deck will be reps from the Flower Capital Sheriff’s crime prevention unit. Contact person is Heather Clark at (760) 966-3587. Meeting is too important to miss.
Strong readership
According to a recent survey, The Coast News is now the preference of readers (62.2 percent) for primary source of news and advertising — up from 50.2 percent. Lotsa times you read it first in the CN thanx to its alert staff.
Coast Cruiser 101
A small chartered bus will cruise from Leucadia to Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s restaurant row on historic 101 from early summer through Labor Day. It’s a summertime pilot project of Leucadia 101 MainStreet Association with financial assistance provided by the city, county and merchants. The people mover will operate on used cooking oil gathered from local eateries. Council elected Jerome Stocks was the sole dissenter becuz the bus izzn’t powered by electricity but it was noted during discussions that one wuzzn’t available in the area. Being a chartered operation, North County Transit District is cooperating 100 percent with it.
Negative impact
Airlines that will be using and paying for Lindbergh Field’s redo are in a snit, and rightfully so, becuz they weren’t invited to be on Alan Bersin’s committee of bureaucrats that designed the proposed $11.2 bil. lavish project. Bersin is chairman of the San Diego County Airport Authority. Pros in the flying bizness say the proposed design will be a burden and expensive for users. The plan has been OK’d by the San Diego Council’s electeds and of course, members of the Authority. Are they qualified to design an international airport? You be the judge. Is another boondoggle in the works like the Miramar land grab that was shot down by the voters?
Shoreline ampitheater
The band shell adjacent to the 1,000-foot long O’side pier that was built in 1927 may receive a facelift and become more of an outdoor show center. Preliminary plans include a retractable roof that can be rolled into place when needed for spectators’ convenience. Rough estimate is that the improvements will run about $1 mil. Becuz of its location and current popularity, the center could become a year-round cash cow.
Animal day camp
Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe will have a series of day camps this summer where youngsters can have one-on-one experiences with small animals including horses. Pre-kindergarten sessions will be held June 8 to June 12 and Aug. 17 to Aug. 21. Pre-K through eighth-grade youngsters can attend June 15 through Aug. 14. At all sessions attendees will be introduced to a variety animals and learn how they should be cared for. More info on Critter Camp is available by dialing (858) 756-4117,ext. 318 or online at
Nap time
A National Napping Day was held recently to promote a daytime snooze that experts say is great for the human body. During a napping discussion held at UCSD it was reported that a nap was always a part of the curriculum during the kindergarten stage. However, on today’s schedule, even that had been dispensed with in some cases.
Time capsule
Burying a 50-year time capsule at Seagrove Park is reported to be on the agenda when the Surfside City celebrates its 50th cityhood anniversary in July. The city received word from county supervisors that it succeeded in its quest for self-government on May 23, 1959; however, it was not until July 15, 1959, that it received state certification.
Special deal
Leucadia 101 MainStreet Assn. is offering a 25 percent knock-off on memberships through April 30. CEO Paula Kirpalani sez object is to give folks a break during this difficult economic time. Join today by calling (760) 436-2320.
The big one
The 64th annual Del Mar National Horse Show debuts with Western Week on April 16. The $100,000 Grand Prix will be held May 2 and traditionally is an early sell-out.
Grant recipient
Kiwanis Club of Del Mar was the recipient of a $2,500 county community grant recently to support its 14th annual Ugly Dog fundraiser, which drew a bumper crowd of canine and their caretakers.
Flower Capital council candidate Joe Sheffo has been elected prexy of Encinitas Taxpayers Assn. succeeding Kevin Cummins and is joined by Delores Loedel, treasurer; John Eldon, membership director; Bill Welch, secretary; and Cummins, veep … Del Mar Sea Coast Republican Women Federated has scheduled a fun trip to Viejas casino April 24 and on June 6 will present a fashion show on cruise fashions. Del Mar Village Assn. has honored Jim Watkins, Judith Bradley and Supe Pam Slater-Price for their untiring efforts to revitalize the downtown commercial core of the city … PADZ’ quarterly cleanup of Village Park Off Leash Trail will start at 7:30 a.m. April 24 and go until the job is done … Former Harbor City police Chief David Bejarano has announced he is interested in succeeding Sheriff Bill Kolendar when he steps down and is one of a growing list of candidates … When NBC-TV asked viewers to submit good news ideas it was swamped with suggestions from all over the country … The Surfside City’s refurbished tot lot at Powerhouse Park is a big hit with the young users.
Hasta la Vista