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January 11, 1991
The Rancho Santa Fe Assn. voted unanimously Thursday to buy $325 bulletproof vests for its seven-member police force. The protective armor, according to Chief Matt Wellhouser of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, is a necessary precaution for his officers, who make 24-hour patrols and often respond to calls throughout the wealthy North County enclave. Wellhouser told the association board of a study showing that 60% of police officers who are killed or wounded are shot with their own guns.
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February 9, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This month Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa , a Relais & Châteaux property in Rancho Santa Fe, has launched an ambitious tequila program called the All Agave Project . To prepare for the launch, manager Chris Simmons trained at the Mexican Academy of Tequila Tasters in Guadalajara under maestro tequilero Francisco Hajnal. Simmons' role is to curate the 150-label collection of tequila and agave-based spirits (which include mezcal, bacanora and sotol) at the resort's Pony Bar. Right now shots start at $9 and go up to $276 for a rare Tequila Clase Azul Añejo . Alongside each shot of silver or blanco tequila, Simmons serves two different types of house sangrita, or "little blood," a traditional accompaniment.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Artwork and jewelry worth more than $5 million has been stolen from a home in Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday. Eleven paintings were stolen, including a Monet print and a Pissarro print. Sculptures, some Chinese and some by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, were taken along with the jewelry, including elaborate gold, tourmaline, diamond, cabochon, and citrine necklaces and bracelet sets, the Sheriff's Department said. The theft occurred June 17 or June 18. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and the Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon took the top spots in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of the best hotels in the United States. U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday joined Forbes Travel Guides , AAA and TripAdvisor in ranking luxury hotels this month. The magazine's top 10 hotels in the U.S. included Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., lauded for its extensive renovation of the 45-acre site, and the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, which was singled out for its Tom Fazio -designed golf course and its other awards for exceptional service.
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez wrongly believed he had an answer for the speed and brilliance of unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now, the former super-welterweight world champion from Mexico is banking on his sense again, counting on his grit, youth and strength in an expected March 8 slugfest against countryman Alfredo Angulo at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “We all know Angulo wants to fight, and I know people want to see fights,” Alvarez said Tuesday at a news conference in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- John Cox, a San Diego County real estate mogul, hates the way the California Legislature operates, so he wants to make it bigger. Much bigger. Cox heads the Rescue California Foundation, which on Thursday was cleared by the state to circulate petitions for a proposed ballot measure that would expand the Legislature from 120 members to 12,000 members, each elected from neighborhood legislative districts of 5,000 (for Assembly) to 10,000 (for Senate) residents. Under his plan, 100 legislators would be elected in each of the current legislative districts and would send one representative from each district to Sacramento to participate in working groups to draft bills and hold hearings.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kristen Bell's future baby bond had her a bit nervous while she was pregnant with daughter Lincoln - sure, a baby was cool and all, but would she love the little one as much as she loved her dogs? She shared her feelings at the time with now-husband Dax Shepard, and more recently with Flare , telling the magazine in its December issue, "I kept saying to him in all sincerity during my pregnancy, 'I just don't know how I'm going to like her as much as I like the dogs.'" She was serious, she said, because she really  - like, profanity-producing really  - loves Lola, a corgi-chow mix, and Mr. Shakes, a corgi-Chihuahua.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Susan King
Singer-actress Ann Blyth loves her fans. So much so that Blyth's been personally answering her fan mail for nearly 70 years. "I get mail from all around the world," noted Blyth, who turns 85 on Friday. "I am so thankful to read their sweet notes and letters. " Though the fans write to her about her glorious soprano in movie musicals such as 1955's "Kismet," her deft comedic timing in farces like 1949's "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid" and her credible dramatic turns in films such as 1952's "One Minute to Zero," there is one movie that dominates the letters - the 1945 film noir classic "Mildred Pierce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Artwork and jewelry worth more than $5 million has been stolen from a home in Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday. Eleven paintings were stolen, including a Monet print and a Pissarro print. Sculptures, some Chinese and some by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, were taken along with the jewelry, including elaborate gold, tourmaline, diamond, cabochon, and citrine necklaces and bracelet sets, the Sheriff's Department said. The theft occurred June 17 or June 18. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
SPORTS
July 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
CoCo Vandeweghe, a 21-year-old from Rancho Santa Fe, beat Olga Savchuk of Ukraine, 7-6 (3), 6-3,  Monday to qualify for the main draw of the Southern California Open in Carlsbad. Vandeweghe is ranked No. 199 in the world and has won only four WTA tournament main draw matches this season. Her biggest win came in Monterrey, Mexico, where she upset eventual Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli. Savchuk is ranked No. 180 in the world. In 2010 Vandeweghe reached the quarterfinals of this event as a qualifier.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
ARDMORE, Pa. - Phil Mickelson, who has already wrapped up the father-of-the-year title, was the leader in the clubhouse after the rainy first day of the U.S. Open here Thursday. It was storybook stuff. The golf wasn't bad, either. Mickelson, for the better part of the last two decades among the top golfers in the world, has won four major championships, but never a U.S. Open. Winning one would round out a legacy of his three Masters and one PGA title. Not that he hasn't been close.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
“What would you do if you won Powerball?” No, that's not a news headline; it's from an ad on The Times' website. The Powerball lottery has come to California -- finally -- and though, with its lousy odds, that may not work out for most Californians, at least it means ad revenue (and perhaps job security) around here. So I'm for it. But, in between worrying about North Korea and wondering what's so hard about making background checks mandatory for all gun buyers, I admit it: I started to wonder just what I would do if I won Powerball.
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