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JUNE 20, 2014

Cocos fire may cost city $1M




By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos will likely have to shell out $1 million to pay for its share of the cost to fight the Cocos fire, city officials said during last Tuesday’s council meeting. The City Council voted, in connection with the approval of next year’s $100 million operating budget, to pay for the fire cost out of its anticipated $1.8 million surplus from the current fiscal year. “The budget addresses the anticipated worst case scenario of fire-related costs,” said City Manager Jack Griffin, who said the city should find out the exact amount it will have to pay later in the week. Officials originally said in late May that the cost to fight last month’s fire, which charred more than 2,000 acres, would be upwards of $10 million and that the city’s share of the cost could be as much as $2 million. City officials expect

Escondido Councilmember John Masson supported the new homes in the North Broadway Deficiency Area, maintaining that under the terms of the development agreement that Pacific Land Investors was paying its share of the infrastructure improvements. Photo by Rachel




With imminent development, city searches for deficiency solutions By Rachel Stine


Tony Gwynn passed away this week at the age of 54. Sports writer Jay Paris reflects on a lasting memory of the San Diego Padres great and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee on page 20. Photo courtesy San Diego Padres


New park a shot in the arm for neighborhood By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Just eight months ago, the five-acre plot of land adjacent to San Marcos Elementary School was a debris-filled lot, home to impromptu soccer matches and unscrupulous activities. On Wednesday, Crystal Ashby slid down a brand new playground slide with her 16-month-old daughter Savannah. Sisters Amaris and Jazmin Ortiz played on brand new swings. A local soccer team practiced on a shimmering green artificial-turf field with fresh white hash marks. “It’s great, there is a lot of stuff here,” the elder Ashby said, as her daughter scurried around the play equipment. Mary Connors Park, San Marcos’ brand new recreation facility, opened last week, another key piece of the local revitalization of the city’s Richmar community. More than 1,000 people attended the grand-opening celebration, including the City Council and representatives from State Sen. Joel Anderson’s office. “It is one of our oldest neighborhoods, and it is undergoing some-

Crystal Ashby with daughter Savannah play on a structure at the new Mary Connors Park in San

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ESCONDIDO —City Council debated how the city will finance $11.34 million of priority infrastructure improvements in Escondido’s North Broadway Deficiency Area as it approves more new homes for construction. At their Wednesday night meeting, City Council approved Pacific Land Investors’ (PLI) proposal to build 32 new homes in the mostly undeveloped area north of Lehner Avenue, south of Stanley Avenue, and between Conway Drive and Ash Street. The future development is located in the North Broadway Deficiency Area, a portion of the city that officials have determined is in need of infrastructure improvements to support health and safety standards its current and future residents. “There’s very few sidewalks… There’s water lines that are undersized. We have some water pressure issues,” explained Bill Martin, the principal planner handling the project. To pay for such enhancements, the city established a deficiency fee for every new home built in an area with insufficient infrastructure. By paying the fee, developers can move forward with a project without having to wait for the city to obtain the needed funds and construct the needed infrastructure. “If residential development is to go forward before we (the city) have an opportunity to address these deficiencies, then (the developers) are going to need to help us

move that along,” Martin said. PLI is working towards obtaining city approval to construct about 125 total homes in the North Broadway Deficiency Area. After City Council’s most recent vote, PLI has secured authorization for 59 of those homes. When PLI came forward in December with proposals to construct 27 homes along Lehner Avenue, city staff determined that the priority street and drainage improvements needed in the North Broadway Deficiency Area would cost about $11.34 million. Staff divided the total cost by the 668 units that could potentially be built in the area and calculated the deficiency fee to $17,000 per house. But PLI argued that a $17,000 deficiency fee was cost prohibitive. The majority of city council decided to set the fee lower than staff’s recommendation to $12,500 per unit instead. Following city council’s previous direction, staff recommended a $12,500 deficiency fee for each of PLI’s 32 units proposed on Wednesday night. Martin stated that staff would have put forth a $12,500 fee even if the proposal came from a different developer. But on top of the deficiency fee, PLI is additionally required to construct or pay thousands of dollars per unit for multiple water line and street improvements directly impacted by the new homes. These improvements TURN TO DEVELOPMENT ON 22
















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JUNE 20, 2014

Planning Commission will look at proposed cell tower ordinance By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos has proposed new regulations it says would discourage cell and communications towers from popping up near homes and farmland, but local activists say the rules don’t go far enough. The city’s Planning Commission will discuss the proposed telecommunications facilities ordinance at its June 30 meeting. The debate over the proliferation of cell towers in the city heated up last fall when a homeowner in the San Elijo Hills community sought approval for a second, 35-foot-tall microwave tower on his property. Neighbors protested the proposal, which prompted the City Council to direct staff to draft the proposed regulations. The city has hosted several workshops since January, using the feedback to fine-tune the rules. The proposed rules encourage wireless applications to locate new antennas on existing towers, rather than build new ones, and discourages new towers in residential, ridgeline, environmentally sensitive and agricultural land. A wireless company seeking to erect a tower in an area the city discourages would have to provide technical proof that the location is necessary to bridge a significant gap in coverage and is the only location possible to do so. Opponents, however, said the proposal falls short in two significant areas — it doesn’t set a min-

imum distance between cell towers and homes and doesn’t mandate wireless companies to install newer, smaller, less intrusive tower technology. John Signorino, one of the neighbors spearheading the opposition, said homeowners would “sleep better at night” if the city

I can tell you that our ordinance in its current draft form is on the safe side of the line of not violating the law, but that line is not very far away.” Jonathan Kramer Legal Expert

required a 1,000 foot buffer between towers and homes. “If you are going to use the old technology, which is intrusive and dangerous, then have reasonable distance requirements from homes or schools,” Signorino said. “This ordinance doesn’t do either of these things.” A wireless law expert who has helped the city craft the ordinance said

the reason that cities can’t adopt such restrictions is because federal law doesn’t allow it. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifically says that a municipality can’t prohibit or create provisions that would effectively serve as a ban. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this provision in a later case, when it ruled that a local government would be violating the law if it did not allow a wireless company to close a significant coverage gap. Federal law also prohibits cities from prohibiting certain cell tower technologies outright. Cities can require the companies to provide a “high level of proof” to justify placing the towers in a residential area, and regulate the aesthetic features, said Jonathan Kramer, the legal expert who has helped several cities — including San Marcos — craft their wireless tower guidelines. San Marcos law does require wireless companies to camouflage and disguise towers to the furthest extent possible, as well as encourage towers to be placed on city rightof-way before other locations are explored. “I can tell you that our ordinance in its current draft form is on the safe side of the line of not violating the law, but that line is not very far away,” Kramer said. “We know from court decisions how far we can go. So we are staying within the bounds of the current level of the law.”

Effort to recall Diaz expires By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — The organizers behind a petition to recall Escondido Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz from office missed the June 18 deadline to collect adequate signatures, invalidating the petition. The recall effort was formed in response to the City Council voting districts established in Escondido late last year as the result of a court order. The upcoming November election will be the first time the districts will be utilized. Through the districting process that incorporated public input, Diaz became the representative for District 3, which covers portions of the central and

By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — After months of debate and disagreements, Escondido City Council voted to put a city charter proposal on November’s ballot with hardly any comment at Wednesday night’s meeting. By converting to a charter city from a general law city, Escondido’s city government would have more jurisdiction over local affairs. Instead of following state mandates, city council would have the power to establish laws to govern municipal affairs including government organization, local election procedures, how vacancies of city positions are filled, and bidding rules for city contracts. Voters rejected a city charter proposal in

2012, when the charter established city voting districts and an exemption from prevailing wage. Since then, Escondido has established voting districts in the city as a result of a court order. The current charter does not mention prevailing wage either due to ongoing court battles over the state withholding grants from cities have exempted that themselves from prevailing wage. City Council would have the option of including a prevailing wage exemption in future years if voters adopt the city charter. City council initiated the effort to put a new charter city measure in late 2013. Since then, the charter city proposal has come before city council four times to establish the charter’s language and receive public comments. The last public hearing was held on May 21. During these earlier

meetings, City Council and public commenters deliberated over how the charter would impact the amount of power given to City Council and future consideration of a prevailing wage exemption. Most of citizens who spoke during city meetings expressed opposition to the renewed charter measure, saying that voters already defeated the proposal. The four members of the city council majority advocated for the city charter, saying that it would take power away from Sacramento leaders and enable local officials to make decisions that best serve Escondido. Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz expressed concerns that the city charter would give too much power to council. But on Wednesday night, no public speakers addressed the charter measure. Councilmember Ed Gallo was the only official to comment on the vote, voicing his support

southeastern portions of the city. The petitioners objected to having Diaz as their representative. “We never got a chance to elect who was assigned to us,” said Robroy Fawcett, one of the organizers of the petition. The recall effort was initiated this January when Diaz was served a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition. “The voters of the Third District deserve a voice NOW in who represents them on the City Council,” the notice said. “I think the recall process was some form of lashing out against districts. But there wasn’t ever any accusation of me

not being a good representative,” Diaz said. Organizers wanted to have the recall vote included on the November ballot and not as a special election, according to Fawcett. They needed to collect signatures from 20 percent of registered voters in District 3, a total of 2,813 signatures according to Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson. But they ultimately were not able to get enough signatures. “It was hard to find registered voters, it’s a small district,” Fawcett explained. They had 120 days to TURN TO RECALL ON 27

Escondido VA clinic flagged in audit By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — An Escondido clinic providing healthcare services to local veterans was flagged during a national audit of wait times at Veterans Affairs medical facilities because of one report of incorrect scheduling practices. A June 9 report on the audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this year noted that the Escondido VA clinic had been flagged for further review. A VA clinic in Imperial Valley was the only other VA facility in Southern California marked for additional investigation. The Escondido clinic was flagged because one employee reported being told by a supervisor to schedule patient appointments in a way that does not comply with VA guide-

Escondido charter put to voters again Voters rejected a city charter proposal in 2012



for letting the voters decide. City Council approved the charter’s placement on the ballot 4 to 1, with Diaz in opposition. Placing the charter on this November’s ballot will cost the city between $20,000 and $30,000. The city will also pay an additional $4,000 to publish and send out a community mailer to Escondido citizens about the city charter. The city was sued in 2013 for the mailers it sent out that partly addressed the 2012 city charter proposal. The lawsuit alleged that the materials were biased in favor of the charter measure. The city settled the suit for $36,500 and established rules for future mailers. City Clerk Diane Halverson said that it has not been decided who will author the community mailers for the upcoming charter city proposal.

lines, according to Christopher Menzie, public affairs specialist for the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The employee’s claim was unsubstantiated and the supervisor involved is no longer working at the clinic. This was the only report of scheduling problems at the clinic, Menzie stated. There were no scheduling delays or problems with appointment wait times discovered at the clinic. New patients must wait one to two weeks for an appointment at the Escondido clinic, which is better than the average wait time of 43.77 days for all of San Diego County clinics. New patients wait about three-and-a-half weeks for a mental health appointment at the Escondido clinic, but there

are appointment slots left open for veterans with urgent needs. Patients can also be transferred to the Mental Health Access Clinic at the San Diego VA Medical Center for sooner appointments. The new patient wait time for a mental health appointment at the clinic is also better than the county average wait time of 34.5 days. Current patients at the Escondido VA clinic wait an average of one to two weeks for primary care or mental health appointments. Note: This article is an update to the article “Escondido VA under investigation” published in the June 13, 2014 issue of The Coast News. Local representatives from the Escondido clinic could not be reached for comment last week.

Vista Community Clinic program receives award VISTA — Vista Community Clinic received the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Care (IBCLC) Award for excellence in providing lactation care to its patients. “The Care award is a wonderful recognition of our support to breastfeeding families,” said Theresa Halvorsen, manager of prenatal services at Vista Community Clinic. “The lactation program is a very important part of our services to new parents. Breastfeeding gets babies off to a great healthy start in life and offers many benefits to the mother. Lactation education and support are critical in helping mothers to have a successful breastfeeding experience.” The lactation program is offered at four clinic locations in Vista and Oceanside. Board certified lactation consultants offer individual counseling to new parents before and after the birth of the baby. They answer questions and provide information on how to initiate breastfeeding and overcome challenges.

Vista Community Clinic is one among 20 community-based agencies recognized with the honor by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association this year. “Agencies that receive the IBCLC Care Award are to be commended for improving maternal and child health by making breastfeeding a priority and for taking steps to improve breastfeeding support,” said Rachelle Lessen, chair of International Board. “An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding couple needs it.” Vista Community Clinic will be included in the IBCLC directory at The directory lists hospitals, clinics, birthing facilities and other agencies that have a dedicated lactation program and hire certified lactation consultants. For more information about Vista Community Clinic, please call (760) 631-5000 or visit




JUNE 20, 2014 Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of The Coast News

Will power companies start “Robbing the ‘hood’?” California Focus By Thomas Elias

Letters to the Editor A silver lining emerges from a tourist’s towing misfortune There are brighter days ahead for tourists in Oceanside for the towing of rental cars. With all the left curves life brings our way, there are times when unexpected good deeds surface to the forefront. Much gratitude for the follow-up initiative of City Manager, Steven Jepsen and Captain Ray Bechler of the Oceanside Police Department, for taking a vested interest in one tourist’s misfortune, to improve the process and protocol when a rental car is towed in Oceanside. Progress is often made through tough life lessons and due diligence. This was no exception! Towing and recovery procedures are currently under review by city officials, and with the upcoming 4th of July holiday, when a parking violation results in the towing of a rental car, the protocol formerly enforced by the city municipality should no longer impede the release of a rental car. The city of Oceanside’s representatives, who work to advocate positive change, are a true testament to the core values found on the city’s website, particularly those of Integrity, Excellent Customer Service, Teamwork and Leadership! Paula J. Margus, Virginia RE: No Paradise I was appalled at the story of Paula Margus’ problems in the June 6, 2014 article “No Paradise for a Tourist’s First Visit to Oceanside.” What a horrendous experience for a tourist whose rental car was towed when she unknowingly parked in an area designated once a week for a farmer’s market. Perhaps this happens to many motorists and is preventable. The city could set out orange cones and maybe a couple of sawhorses on the day of the market to signal that this is a no-parking zone that day. When the towing company asked for a notarized letter from the car owner (Avis Rent-a-Car) to release the car to the renter, this requirement is a common occurrence which the rental company, I am sure, has dealt with on a regular basis and should have a policy in place to handle the situation. If they don’t have a notary on staff, then a phone call to a mobile notary should have been made. Mobile notaries abound in San Diego county but this is something that a tourist might not know. We give same-day service, very often same-hour service. For the rental company to let the car stay in impound for over a week before obtaining a notarized letter, knowing that towing companies are charging a king’s ransom per day, is cruel and heartless. Also the fact that Pauline called Avis 34 times to get an update on the situation, and

Avis still did nothing shows Avis’ complete incompetence and neglect. So Avis, I will definitely not be renting a car from you, and perhaps others will feel the same way. Paula, I am sorry that your vacation experience in Oceanside was such a terrible one. Consider this a virtual hug from a San Diego County resident. Charlotte Mitchell, Notary on Wheels, San Diego ‘Kook’ entropy When they unveiled the Cardiff Kook a whole lot of people really hated it, particularly in the surfing community. The most often stated complaint was it didn’t really look like a surfer actually surfing. He looked like… well, a kook. Another complaint was that the sculptor was not local to the coastal area. A point well taken as there is many talented, capable local artists who should have been considered for the piece. They would have at the very least depicted someone actually surfing. Instead we got some inlander’s ignorance of the style and grace of wave ridding. But then something cool happened. local critics and detractors started dressing up the kook in clever, funny and sometimes, elaborate ways. Oddly, it really alleviated some of the rising anger over the statue. It was fun to see what they would come up with next. The situation is now changed. The mundane has crept in. Mediocrity oozed over the kook like the monster from the movie, “The Blob.” No longer are the dress-ups filled with wit and sarcasm. It has become a venue for little Bobby’s birthday or ads for some retail endeavor that, frankly, no one but four or five people care about. What was once on the edge with humor and style is now blah, annoying and boring. But I suppose that is the way of things. Once edgy and gritty music becomes elevator muzac played in a dentist’s office or Wal-Mart. Scandalous Rock and Roll degrades into commercial Pop. It must be the universe seeking equilibrium and sadly, “Kook,” entropy has increased. Dave Fletcher, Cardiff

For decades, Californians who use the most electricity have paid extra for that privilege, on the theory that high prices might provide an incentive for them to use less. This system is designed to allow all ratepayers enough power for basic needs at very low prices, with the extra energy needed to run things like Jacuzzis and charge items like Tesla sedans coming at a premium price. One typical Southern California Edison bill for the month of February showed up to 314 kilowatt hours costing just over 12 cents each, for a total of $40.06, while the top tier of that same bill had 135 kilowatt hours priced at almost 30 cents each, for a total of just over $50, about 25 percent more for only about 40 percent as much power included in the bottom tier. Transmission costs for all rate categories were about 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour, meaning the difference in the cost of the energy itself was 17 cents between the first power used and the last, a difference of about 400 percent from the bottom tier to the top one. This may be about to change, as the state Public Utilities Commission considers a proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to cut the number of payment tiers from four to two, a move that would likely raise the rates of low-usage customers. Yes, that’s the same PG&E indicted for criminal negligence in its fatal mismanagement of natural gas pipelines. A further change, added to switches in raw pricing, would see discounts available to low-usage (read: poor) customers cut by as much as 20 percent from today’s levels. That’s one reason the current proposals are the very opposite of a Robin Hood plan that would take more from the rich, but rather have been called “robbing the hood.” If approved for PG&E, it’s almost certain the same rate structure would be imposed soon after in the vast territories of Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. Typically, systemic changes in utility regulation begin with PG&E and spread to the other companies less than a year later. Some of this switch is prompted by complaints from electric users in the Central Valley and other high summer heat areas where air conditioning runs up electric bills. The current rate structure sees utilities charge high-use customers more for power than low users, regardless of where they live.

Typically, systemic changes in utility regulation begin with PG&E and spread to the other companies less than a year later Editorialized one newspaper during the conference, “The elected officials… receive the free trips because of…their capacity to affect public policy.” If the businesses and their union workers, users on average of far more power than almost any household, had even a slight influence on passage of last year’s AB 327, which enables some of the changes now being considered, a few plane tickets will have proven a superb investment for them. PG&E, in pushing for the rate restructure, says it wants to make prices more sensitive to time of use, with power employed at night or in early morning hours cheaper than kilowatts used in the hottest, highest-use hours of the day. That’s laudable, and has often been combined into the existing rate structure, which gives preference to small users. But it also could doom many poor, elderly Californians to heatstroke and worse if they can’t afford air conditioning. If the PUC approves rates favoring big users over small ones, the folks calling this robbing the hood will be proven right. For it would be a classic reverse Robin Hood tactic, robbing the poor and rewarding the rich. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol. com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit

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Transit authorites launch Rapid buses along I-15 By Rachel Stine

REGION — SANDAG, Metropolitan Transit System and Caltrans launched a $276 million, high frequency public transit route along the Interstate 15 corridor on June 8. The new bus route, called Rapid, was designed to encourage more San Diegans to rely on public transportation rather than private cars to travel between inland North County and downtown San Diego for work and play. Made up of three routes, the Rapid line begins at the Escondido Transit Center and makes up to eight stops until reaching the Santa Fe Depot in Old Town. Offering continuous, fast service throughout the day, the buses will be more reliable for travelers, especially those commuting to and from work, said MTS chair Harry Mathis. “Let’s get these folks out of their cars and onto our buses,” he said. “This is the kind of thing the public was looking for.” By stopping at major transit stations in the county, the routes enable riders to reach demand destinations including Petco Park and Stone Brewery in Escondido by transferring onto existing public transit lines. Service along the Rap-

buses. A fleet of new, natural gas-powered red buses that feature cushioned seats and improved suspension services the route. Stone Brewery representative Andy Tenn said the company was excited about the new transit line because of the service is will provide its 600-plus employees. He also said the buses will offer a safe, cheaper alternative to taxis for patrons who do not want to drive home after drinking. More informais available at The new Rapid buses run on natural gas and are lower to the ground tion for improved access for handicapped passengers. Photo by Rachel Stine id lines is offered every day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. By making fewer stops, the Rapid buses provide faster, more frequent trips. Traveling the entire line form Escondido to downtown will take an estimated 1 hour and 10 minutes. Buses along the Rapid route are scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes at the designated stops during the weekdays. One of the three routes will arrive at stops every 30 minutes during weekends. The Rapid buses will utilize the new I-15 express lanes that were completed in 2012. One-way fares for the Rapid buses cost $2.50, like all of the other MTS

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JUNE 20, 2014

First ever BioBlitz at Lake Hodges yields exciting, surprising finds By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — In late April, a host of professional and citizen scientists embarked on a 24-hour blitz of the north shore of Lake Hodges essentially seeking to take a snapshot of the biodiversity as it exists in an approximately 350-acre area. And the results of what they found there yielded equal amounts of excitement and surprise. Initiated by the San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research, it was the first of its kind for the area, said James Danoff-Burg, Ph.D., director of conservation education for the institute, and who led the BioBlitz. “A BioBlitz, in general, is a 24-hour effort that tries to record every single species that’s found in a given area at that time of the year,” he said. What brought on the excitement was the spotting of some endangered species, including the California Gnat Catcher and the California Coastal Cactus Wren. There were sightings of bobcats in the area too, he said, but not any mountain lions, which Danoff-Burg said was a little disappointing, but not surprising. “They’ve (mountain lions) been found in the watershed, but not around Lake Hodges,” he said. Fifteen reptiles, mostly snakes, including the four varieties of rattlesnake were also counted. But what came as a surprise to Danoff-Burg was the five species of bats spotted. “I had no idea that there were that many bats in this area,” he said. The blitz occurred on April 24 and April 25, during the spring bird and insect migrations. “The insect diversity was amazing,” he added. There were probably almost another 300 species that they’ve been able to identify through the blitz. San Diego Zoo Global has also been involved in part with a study of aerial insects in the San Dieguito River Valley. That project, which is compiling insect species data for the International Barcode of Life, has added some more than 200

More than 200 professional and citizen scientists participate in a BioBlitz study of Lake Hodges in late April. Photo by Kirstie Ruppert

new species to that database. Danoff-Burg said that some of the insect data collected in the BioBlitz will go to inform the aerial insect project, but added that because the sampling was done differently the results aren’t completely comparable. When it came to scouting the location for the BioBlitz, DanoffBurg explained that Lake Hodges was selected because it had the greatest combination of all desired traits: namely it was a conservation interest for the wildlife conservancy and with Lake Hodges serving as a water source it’s a generator of biodiversity. The area of study has also been part of a cactus restoration project since the 2007 wildfires that burned parts of that location. During the blitz 262 plants were found, which Danoff-Burg said was amazing in that there were that many there. “Not so surprising,” he added, “when you think about how the area that we are in is part of the California Floristic Province, and it’s one of 30 hot spots of biodiversity in the

Another 300 species of insects were identified during the BioBlitz, a snapshot of species living in one area, done over a 24-hour period. Photo by Dale Hameister

world,” he said. The province lies mostly along the state’s coastline, but also includes a portion of Mexico and Oregon. While there’s no other data to compare to just yet to get a picture of how the state’s drought

conditions and the low water levels of Lake Hodges might be affecting the biodiversity, DanoffBurg’s hope is that next year the water comes back. And when they complete the second round of the study, they’ll be able to see a massive surge of

species and organisms. “As an ecologist, I feel pretty confident in being able to say that most likely the drought is depressing biodiversity in that area,” he said. “Nature is very resilient and it can respond back from even dramatic influences like that series of fires we just had,” DanoffBurg said. “It might take a while for the plants to grow back and for the ecosystem to respond or rebound, but if the conditions that were present before the fire are there again, the majority of the species will come back.” Simply by word of mouth, the wildlife conservancy had 232 people turn out to participate in the BioBlitz. And because of the large turnout and high quality of data that was compiled, Danoff-Burg believes there probably will be another BioBlitz done in the future at around the same time. He said that one of the benefits of the project is to engage the public and help stimulate concern for conservation.

Runaway greyhound gets returned back home thanks to a song By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — Trying to catch a greyhound is like trying to catch the wind because they go so fast, said Francie Murphy. And appropriately enough, it was the song, “Catch the Wind,” by Donovan that helped to find a runaway greyhound named Aston in a San Marcos neighborhood earlier this month. Murphy, a volunteer grant writer with the San Diego-based Greyhound Adoption Center, explained that with the help of volunteers, social media, including Facebook, and the posting of flyers throughout the neighborhood, the 2-year-old greyhound was located and returned home to his owners. On June 4, after five days and nights on his own, while volunteers and residents sleuthed and searched for him, there was one Facebook post that caught the attentions

of volunteers. A group of searchers that included Denine Hunt, made an attempt at locating the dog. And then there he was. Careful not to spook Aston, Hunt sat down with her back to the dog, explained Darren Rigg, founder and president of the Greyhound Adoption Center. It’s tempting to just try and approach a dog that’s been missing for days, but that would’ve been a mistake, he said. “As soon as she (Hunt) was within earshot of Aston, she started to sing this Donovan song…which was a song she used to sing to him at the kennel,” Rigg said. And instead of bolting off like they thought Aston would do, he sauntered up, wagging his tail and she grabbed him. “It was a happy ending,” Owner Rob Raudenbush with Aston, a 2-year-old greyhound back home on the couch after Aston spent five days and nights on his own in a San Marcos neighborhood. He Rigg said. “And I can tell you ran off after getting spooked but was found and returned home to his owners earlier there’ve been a few of these dog searches over the years this month. Courtesy photo

end in other ways than happy endings like this. This one worked out great.” Aston came to the Greyhound Adoption Center about a year ago, along with 19 other dogs from Kansas, Mo., Rigg said. “He was almost a year old at the time and a fearful young dog. He’d not had any exposure (to) being handled, being singled out from a group of other dogs,” he said. They assumed Aston was raised in a crate and kennel environment. He was too young to race and he didn’t have the disposition to it. Aston was full of fearfulness and it took a year to find the right people to care for him. Brooke Raudenbush and her husband Rob had just adopted Aston only two months ago. She said Aston is now doing fabulous back at home. TURN TO GREYHOUND ON 22

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Luxury is lost on kids Jean Gillette has a cast on her arm. Details to come. For now, one from the archives. n our first home, a tiny, two-bedroom I affair, my children were

born and eventually shared the nursery. I feared that one’s noise would disturb the other, but to my surprise, my infant son’s yowling rarely seemed to both his older sister’s sleep, and her desire to sit up with the light on didn’t concern her baby bother. Before long, they began what I christened the “baby opera.” At bedtime, my daughter and son would spend a raucous half-hour of hysterical giggling, shouting and yakking between crib and bed. They were having a wonderful time. Sharing a room seemed the most natural thing in the world to them, and I soon learned, it was just the way they wanted it. When we found our spacious, four-bedroom home here, I began a serious, hard-sell effort in my 3- and 4-year-old about the thrill and honor of having their very own room. I found an adorable, frilly bed for my daughter. We hung pictures, we arranged stuffed animals, we divided up toys. They rejected it. He wanted to sleep near his sister, and she wanted some company of any kind. Consistently for my daughter, bedtime was a verbal wrestling match. If I was more than 10 feet away, she considered herself “alone” and completely vulnerable to all of childhood’s nighttime demons. I yearned for a single-story house, or a visit from the Wizard of Oz to grant her some courage. Fast-forward to my son’s fifth birthday when we brought the bunk bed up from the guest room. The minute it was stacked up, my daughter began negotiations with her brother for occupation of the top bunk. I insisted that because they were his beds, he could at any time demand his right to the top bunk and she could either sleep below or go back to her own room. Lucky for her, my son was a classic, adoring, younger sibling void of any slumlord instincts, which might have cost her several years’ allowance. In the top bunk, she claimed, no monsters can get her, or at least she TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 22

Dino, a Military Working Dog, was retired from active duty on June 7 at a ceremony on Camp Pendleton. His handler, Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. Dino was allowed to be adopted by the Diaz family. Photos by Tony Cagala

Retired from active duty After his handler was killed in action in Afghanistan, Dino, a Military Working Dog was allowed to be adopted by fallen Marine’s family

By Tony Cagala

CAMP PENDLETON — Sgt. Jonathan Overland didn’t serve with Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz under any deployment. He’d only known him for a week when they worked together at March Air Force Base. But there’s a strong tie that binds the two Marines together — a 65-pound Belgian Malinois military working dog named Dino. In 2011 Diaz and Dino were deployed to Afghanistan. On Sept. 28, 2011, Diaz, 27, was killed by an IED while supporting reconnaissance units in Helmand Province. Overland, a dog handler stationed at Camp Pendleton, has been caring for Dino since October of last year. That was until June 7 when Dino was retired from active duty and allowed to be adopted by the Diaz family. “After that one week of meeting him, just knowing him, there’s a lot of Staff Sgt. Diaz in Dino,” Overland said. An experienced dog handler, Diaz was one of only a few to be selected to participate in a pilot program training military working dogs with the Israeli Army. Dino, now 7, was born and trained in Israel and responds to commands in seven languages, including Hebrew and English. As a specialized search dog Dino has the ability to spot out explosives and drugs. For Dino’s age, it’s pretty unique that he’s being discharged, Overland said. Since Diaz passed away, Dino was never redeployed and has been stationed at 29 Palms and Camp Pendleton. “Whenever a handler falls we try to get the dog to go to the family,” Overland. “Most of the time it happens, sometimes it doesn’t

Sgt. Jonathan Overland, left, talks with Sandra Diaz and Salvador Diaz about how Dino likes to be pet and the food he likes to eat.

— due to the fact that he’s so young. That’s why it took him so long because when (Diaz) fell, I think (Dino) was four, and that’s just way too early to give a dog up,” he said. Overland said a typical service span for these dogs is about 10 years. Arriving from El Paso, Texas before the ceremony, Diaz’s parents Salvador and Sandra, with cousins from California, received Dino. “It’s a healing process for our sons, for Christopher’s children — he has an 8-year-old son and 9-yearold daughter — so that’s going to help them,” his mother Sandra, said. “It’s going to help our families because it was such a shock that…you see your child there and then he’s not there. But this is going to help,” she said. “It’s helpful because we’ve got something to hold onto now,” she added. “I don’t think it will decrease any of the pain,” Salvador said. “He’s (Dino) not going to replace Christopher, but what he will do is give us a little bit of what Christopher loved and that was the Marine Corps, that

was Dino,” he said. David Barrera served with Diaz in Afghanistan and is now with the San Diego County Sheriff’s department. “He (Diaz) was one of those guys you always wanted to be around,” Barrera said. “He was younger than me by about, I think, a year and a half, two years, and I always looked up to him.” Barrera, also a dog handler, gives Diaz credit for training his working dog Sam, a Yellow Lab, who was, as Barrera said, the “worst dog in the kennel.” It was getting to the point where Barrera’s kennel master was about to send the dog back to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where many of the working dogs are trained. When Diaz returned from his Israeli training, he told the kennel master not to send the dog back. “And the way they trained him, the Israeli way, my dog, he ended up becoming one of the best dogs we had,” Barrera said, adding that he has since adopted Sam. Diaz was just so knowledgeable, Barrera said. These dogs mean a lot

to the handlers and the Marines, Overland said. “Especially for the handler, but more so for the Marines that we protect. Ever since we were able to implement ourselves in the war in Iraq, we’ve been taking the IED game to a whole new level,” Overland said. “They’ve (Taliban) had to come out with some off the wall stuff to deter these dogs, and nothing they have works. Our dogs don’t miss,” he said. As Overland describes it, when the Taliban comes out with a new technique for using IEDs, the handler and their dog figure out what it is, train for whatever that new technique might be, and render it as

ineffective as possible. “It drives the Taliban crazy,” Overland said. “We’re one of their worst enemies because we take their main fighting skill out of the game.” The bond that forms between dogs and their handlers: “It’s unbreakable,” Overland said. Prior to Dino being adopted by the Diaz family, Overland picked up a different dog. He’s got to be ready for deployment, he said. “I was sad to let (Dino) go — hands down my favorite dog I’ve ever been able to handle for as much personality he has…but he’s going to where he needs to go. And that was the biggest plan for us, to get him to go home. And now that he’s getting to go home I’m happy with it,” he said. “They deserve him, and he deserves to go to that family where he knows part of Staff Sgt. Diaz was there,” he said.

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JUNE 20, 2014

Teen goes from MiraCosta to MIT By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — It’s been said everything happens for a reason. Two years ago Richard Huizar was hard-pressed to find one that would explain why he was denied federal

financial aid, a decision that meant he would have to decline his acceptance to San Diego State University. But this past May 7 that reason became abundantly clear. During his final semes-

ter at MiraCosta College, he learned he had been accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the nation’s premier schools. “I was walking to class and I got a message on my phone from the transfer de-

cisions office,” Huizar said. “But it took a while to open it. I kept trying and trying. When I could finally read it I couldn’t believe it. “I told everyone I could,” he added. “I ran to the president’s office. I kept reading it all day.” Huizar, 19, grew up in San Marcos and is a 2012 graduate of Mission Hills High School. But his family roots stem back to Eden Gardens, where his grandparents, Eduardo and Conception Huizar, were raised and currently live in the home they purchased 54 years ago. Their grandson plans to major in applied mathematics and minor in engineering. Once he earns his degree, in about three years, he will be the first in his family to do so. “We’re so proud,” his grandparents said. Huizar applied for and received early acceptance to SDSU in 2012. As he made plans to begin classes there that fall, he learned in early summer he didn’t qualify for any financial assistance from the federal government. With tuition out of reach and no plan B, Huizar wasn’t sure what his next move would be until he met Solana Beach resident Lisa Montes, MiraCosta’s student services specialist in the Office of School Relations and Diversity Outreach, while touring the Oceanside campus. “I thought community college would be a step down, but when I learned about all the opportunities the school has it changed my perspective,” he said. After doing well in his first-semester classes, Huizar started to rethink his options. If he kept up his grades he was guaranteed admission to the University of California San Diego and Merced. “I looked at MIT but

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After being denied federal financial aid, Richard Huizar had to decline his acceptance to San Diego State University. After graduating with honors from MiraCosta College, he is off to Massachusetts Institute of Technology this summer. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

that was just a dream,” he said. “It didn’t seem possible. But Miss Lisa said I should go for those schools. She said I had a chance. “After my first year, that was my goal,” he added. “I was going to do everything I could to get in.” That he did. During his two years at MiraCosta, his grade-point average of 3.5 or higher landed him on the President’s List. He was an honors scholar in a program of specialized courses designed to develop exceptional academic ability in highly motivated students. He was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and president of the Soccer Club. Additionally, Huizar was one of five students to receive the Medal of Honor, MiraCosta’s highest academic award, which is given to students who are nominated by faculty and earn a minimum 3.5 GPA. He also worked 30 hours a week at three campus jobs. He was a specialized tutor helping underprivileged and underrepresented students in lower-level math classes. He also tutored students in upper-level differential equations mathematics and was a student ambassador, visiting area high schools

to talk about college in general and opportunities at MiraCosta. A straight-A student save for one B in an advanced English class his first semester, Huizar graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was selected to give the commencement address at the May 20 ceremony. He was introduced as a “superstar” and an example “that a community college education can lead to astounding academic heights.” “Anything is possible here,” he said in his speech. He also told his fellow classmates they have a responsibility to apply their education and give back to the community. The latter, he said, is important because he knows how important those around him, including Montes, other administrators and several professors, have been to his success. “I’ve been allowed to get where I’m am today because of hard work,” he said. “You don’t get anywhere if you don’t put the work in. But it’s also the community, other people wanting to help. That’s why I’m able to do so much.” He is visiting Massachusetts and the school for the first time this month. He said he is a little bit nervous about the weather but is looking forward to the challenges and experiences that lie ahead. “Ever since I was young I knew I had an academic aptitude and I loved math,” he said. “It wasn’t a struggle for me. I’ve always wanted to be around people with similar mindsets because I’m a competitive person. I do my best when I’m competing with others.” In addition to MIT, UCSD and UC Merced, Huizar was accepted to the University of California Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Riverside. Once again he did not qualify for federal financial aid, but with a $44,000 scholarship from MIT, the Cambridge school turned out to be the most affordable. Huizar has saved about $6,000 from his three jobs and hopes to earn another $3,000 this summer. He plans to take out student loans to make up the difference, but said he is open to anyone who wants to help him out financially. He can be reached at

JUNE 20, 2014

community CALENDAR SCOTTISH GAMES The 41st Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans will be held 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 28 and June 29 at the Brengle Terrance Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Pre-sale ticket prices are $13 , children $5 online via PayPal at sdhighlandgames. org. M U LT I- C H A M BE R MIXER The Vista Chamber of Commerce will host a Regional Chambers Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. July 1 at the Moonliight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Faith Lutheran Church invites all children from 3 years to sixth-grade to attend Gangway to Galilee Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon, July 14 through July 18 at 700 E. Bobier Drive, Vista. The cost is $30 for one child, $40 for two children, and $45 for three or more children (of the same immediate family). Scholarships are available. Register by July 7 at the church office. JUNE 20 CAMPS FOR KIDS The Boys & Girls Club of Vista, at 410 W. California Ave., Vista, is offering summer programs from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for all boys and girls ages 6 to 18. The cost is $100 a week. Lunch and afternoon snack are free. Call (760) 724-6606 or email for more information. GREAT GOLF There is still time to register for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside eighth annual fundraiser Golf Tournament June 27 at Arrowood Golf Course, 5201 Village Drive, Oceanside. Register at Call (760) 433-8920 for more information. JUNE 21 READ AND ROMP Kick off the Solana Beach Library’s Summer Reading Challenge, at 2 p.m. June 21 at 157 Stevens Ave. with live music, the Ballistic Racers Flyball Team, Love On a Leash therapy dogs, Free Spirit the Clown, balloon animals and crafts. For more information, call (858) 7551404. DANCE AND DRUM Unity of Carlsbad holds its annual Picnic Dinner and Sacred Circle Dancing and Drumming from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 21 at 270 Juniper Ave., Carlsbad. Each guest is asked to bring a dish to share and a folding chair. RSVP is requested by calling Rev. Ray at (615) 712-5414 or Joyce at (760) 733-0152. HEALTH FAIR A SelfCare Health Fair will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. June 21 at 640 Civic Center Drive, Vista. There will be holistic crafts and practitioners, wellness workshops, selfhealth information, demonstrations and family activities. GROW A GARDEN Alta Vista Gardens is offering a Pet-Friendly Gardening class from 1 to 3 p.m. June 21 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1270 Vale Terrace, Vista. Create a garden that is safe for all your furry pets. Cost is $5 and free to Alta Vista Garden members. To register in advance, email clee@ or


INLAND EDITION FLICKS IN THE PARK The city of Vista begins its free summer Movies in the Park with “Frozen” June 21 at the Buena Vista Ball Fields, 1851 S. Melrose Drive. Movies begin at dusk, between 7:45 and 8 p.m. Movie goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnics. For more information, call (760) 639-6151, or visit cityofvista. com. FAIRY FEST Celebrate summer at the Fairy Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at the Hamilton Children’s Garden at San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit JUNE 22 SUMMER ART The ongoing “Summer ArtSplash” art exhibit, featuring a variety of local artists, will be featured through June 30 at the Carmel Valley Library, 3919 Townsgate Drive. For hours, call the library at (858) 552-1668. JUNE 23 PAWS TO READ Escondido Public Library will offer Summer Reading Clubs for all ages, beginning June 23 at 239 Kalmia St., Escondido. This year’s theme is “Paws to Read.” Participants can sign-up by visiting the Library or registering online at JUNE 24 FUN WITH FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will gather for bocce ball at Ranch Bernardo Community Center, June 24 and tour the Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad June 26. For information, call (858) 674-4324. JUNE 25 CELEBRATE VISTA The sixth annual Taste of Vista on Main Street will be June 25 on historic Main Street in Downtown. Food tastings are $15. Food and drink tastings are $25 and children’s tastings are $5. For tickets and information, visit GET UP AND DANCE Summer dance classes are being offered at Harding Community Center every Wednesday. At 7 p.m., learn Salsa and cha-cha for beginners. At 8 p.m. is intermediate Jitterbug Swing. At MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, every Friday will be beginners classes at 6 p.m. for Smooth Dance (Fox Trot & Waltz), with swing dance at 7 p.m. and Salsa and cha-cha at 8 p.m. For more information, visit or miracosta. edu. HEALTHCARE CONSIDERED Emmanuel Faith Community Church presents “What’s Happening to our Healthcare?” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25 at 639 Felicita Ave, Escondido. To register, call (760) 781-2120 or email JUNE 26 FOR THE GIRLS Hera Hub Carlsbad is hosting “A Girlfriend’s Night Out,” with three North County women’s health practitioners in support of women and wellness at 6 p.m. June 26, 5205 Avenida Encinas. A healthy meal and wine will be provided. For cost and information, call (619) 316-2472.

SUMMER FEST SUPPORT From left, Vista Mayor Judy Ritter joins Exagen Diagnostics President and CEO Ron Rocca and Vista Optimist Club Foundation representative David Zigrang as Rocca presents a $5,000 check to the Optimist Club annual Summer Fest fundraiser set for Aug. 9. Ritter welcomed Exagen Diagnostics, new to the Vista business community, who are the makers of the Lupus Testing product Avise SLE. For more information, contact David Zigrang at (760) 420-6978 or go to summerfest.html. Courtesy


Bilingual book club starts its summer ESCONDIDO — Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. June 28, in the Library’s Board Room, 239 S Kalmia St. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. The selected book for June is “La llave de Sarah” / “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay. Readers will discuss “Una Boda en Haiti” / “Wedding in Haiti” by Julia Alvarez from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. July 26. Miriam Ruvinskis, Rincón Literario’s facilitator said, “Book discussions are a perfect way of nostalgically revisiting Latino culture and language while also making new friends and opening windows and paths to future experiences and other cultures.” Rincón Literario meets on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other library programs, visit the Library’s Web site at library.escondido. org or call Paul Crouthamel, Senior Adult Services Librarian, at (760) 839-4814.




JUNE 20, 2014

A thankful adventurer After becoming paralyzed, Jeremy McGhee’s sense of adventure never wavered

Jeremy McGhee was paralyzed from the chest down after being involved in a motorcycle accident in 2001. He’s entered the Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard World Championship, which takes place July 27. Courtesy photo By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Would you describe yourself as adventurous? “Yes,” said the man. Would you have described yourself as adventurous before the accident? “Yes,” he answered again. “I always say I’m the same person before and after. I think the biggest

difference is having been close to death is just now going on adventures and being adventurous with more thankfulness,” said Jeremy McGhee. “I don’t think the accident changed me so much. I think it’s getting older that’s changed me,” the 37-year-old endurance athlete said. In 2001, while running errands on his motorcycle in Point Loma, McGhee was cut off and hit by a motorist. He remembers everything clearly. And when asked about the accident that would leave him with-

out the use of his lower body from his chest down, McGhee recounts the details in a matter-of-fact way. Assessing his injuries as he lay on the street bleeding, he said he knew right away that he was paralyzed. He could feel his face getting cold as the blood drained from it. The only thing that saved his life at that point was the fact that paramedics on a lunch break happened to be right there. McGhee said the paramedics were caring for him immediately, and he was in

surgery 20 minutes later. In the hospital, having woken up after surgery, the doctor told him before anything else, that he was lucky to just be alive. What followed would be six weeks in the hospital filled with dark nights spent alone in the hospital, he said, wondering why this all happened. In the middle of it all, he said, was the most difficult time to try and understand it. His whole life growing up had always been about surfing, and now that he’s getting older things are

more about the adventure rather than the adrenaline rush, he said. For his latest adventure, the Cardiff resident now finds himself in Hawaii. Three months ago he began training for the renowned Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard World Championship, which requires paddleboarders to paddle approximately 32 miles from Kalua Koi to Maunala Bay Park. He has a little more than two months to complete his training before competing. “I wouldn’t say I’m competing,” he said with a laugh. “I am surviving — hopefully surviving it.” “Jeremy’s very unique in the sense that he is very fit and able, even prior to us working out,” said Siene Freeman, Jeremy’s trainer and fitness director at Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad where Jeremy’s been training. The focus on their training has been on trying to prevent any extra injuries, she explained. With the position that he’ll be in for a long time paddling, laying flat on his belly, they’ve worked on exercises that protect his shoulders and upper body. The first step in finding the right training program, Freeman explained, was to understand the event that he would be competing in. McGhee’s training has taken him out into the open ocean off Encinitas. But the view out there for him was limited. “Basically my face is in the board and I’m just pad-

dling away, one stroke at a time and just trying to push as hard as I can and push harder every time and go further every time,” he said. All the while he was training, he was forgetting about the adventure, he explained. It was more about the training and the endurance. On that realization, McGhee said he’s had to remind himself to pick his head up and look around and see where he is, and to enjoy it. And since the start of McGhee’s training, Freeman said she’s noticed differences in him. “The biggest difference, I think for him, is when he came in, though he was in good shape, he was still dealing with a lot of pain and he was still dealing with some limitations that we’ve been able to work with,” she said. “It’s not just about working yourself as hard as you possibly can until you kill yourself, it’s about balancing everything out appropriately and really taking a look at how the body’s functioning,” she said. Less pain, more mobility in the shoulders and more control in his balance, are some of the other changes she’s seen come through in Jeremy. As for why he decided to enter the paddleboard competition: “It was haunting me,” he said. “I have this problem where I get an idea in my mind and it just starts haunting me. I can’t get it out of my head,” McGhee said. “I’m expecting an adventure,” he added. McGhee’s progress can be followed online at

Cities are working together for economic development By Rachel Stine

with a collaborative effort REGION — Carlsbad, to attract and retain busiEscondido, Oceanside, San nesses to North County. Marcos, and Vista are pre“It’s always better for paring to move forward us as the North County region to either attract or keep an existing business than to lose them elsewhere,” said Joyce Masterson, Escondido’s Director of Economic Development and Community Relations. “All of us are working together to keep that business.” City officials explained that the economic benefits of a business are not limited to the city it is located in, but rather spread throughout the region. For example, employ-


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ees that work for a company in Carlsbad may live in Oceanside or San Marcos. A business located in Vista may purchase supplies from another business in Escondido. To bring more businesses to the areas along State Route 78, the five cities are partnering together to create a brand for the North County region, work together to support existing businesses, and conduct outreach to businesses looking for new locations. The collaboration began last year when the cities hired a consultant to develop a regional brand, which

will be revealed in the next month or so. Three of the cities have recently adopted a resolution to hire the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation to implement the North County Economic Development Collaborative Model. Oceanside and San Marcos are set to vote on the contract in the coming weeks. The $230,000 contract will last for two years. “(Businesses are) not looking to a city, they’re looking to a region. So, we need to think regionally as well,” said Christina Vincent, Carlsbad’s Economic

Development Manager. She said that while Carlsbad has about 15 million square-feet of industrial space, the five cities have about 52 million square-feet total, which is more appealing to businesses wary of future expansion. The region also has numerous assets including multiple airports, an ideal location between Orange County and San Diego County, and a variety of quality of life offerings, Vincent pointed out. “Regionalism truly is the new wave of how we do economic development,” she said.

Escondido Police crack down on underage drinking ESCONDIDO — As local high school students wrap up the school year, Escondido Police will be stepping up their enforcement efforts to curb underage drinking.

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tective, approaching people entering stores that sell alcoholic beverages and asking that person to purchase alcohol on their behalf. The majority of people who were approached not only refused to purchase the alcohol for the minor, but often admonished the minor or even contacted the police. Anyone who wishes to report a possible violation regarding underage drinking may do so anonymously by calling the Escondido Police tip-line at (760) 743-8477 (TIPS) or by visiting police.

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stared at the perfectly formed, unblemished brown egg shell. It appeared to have undergone a skillful amputation of its upper quarter that allowed a peek at the differently colored layers of the shell. This surgery, performed with a laser, had transformed the egg into a delicate vessel for a layered concoction of egg yolk, cream, possibly spinach and something citrusy that we discovered after following the server’s instructions for eating. “The chef says that you should dip your spoon all the way down to the bottom so you can experience all of the flavors together,” he told us. We dutifully obeyed and were rewarded with a blast of melded flavors unlike I’ve ever tasted. We were in Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren’s territory — the ornate dining room (seats 60) of the Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn. A stately restored Victorian with several guesthouses, gardens and sprawling lawn, it stands regally above the vineyards near Healdsburg in central Sonoma County. Following the chef’s directive was a lesson we learned earlier in our evening’s culinary adventure. My husband, Jerry, was distressed over the menu choices, even though there were only two. He couldn’t decide between the six-course meal that offered three choices within each course; or the 10-course “Grand Dame,” that provided no choices. (Knowing our limits, we declined the wine pairing that accompanied each course. Instead, we nursed a couple of glasses of an excellent local white wine throughout our gastronomic extravaganza.) As my husband fretted over the menu offerings, Mallgren appeared tableside and lifted the burden of decision. “Just trust me,” he advised. We did, and there were no regrets. Each of the 10 courses was more flavorful than the next — and increasingly interesting. We marveled at the creative combinations of ingredients — Monterey abalone with seaweed and crosnes; chilled lobster, peas, lemon and mint; foie gras cocooned in dried beet bark. Several of the items listed on the menu required consultation with our smart phones. Each course was an exquisite presentation — a work of art and archi-

Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant near Healdsburg (north of Sonoma) has a commanding view of the surrounding vineyards. Built in 1881, it has been through several incarnations and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owners Bill and Trudi Konrad have furnished it with treasures they have accumulated during their worldwide travels. Photo by Jerry Ondash “Food must taste good and it must be seasonal,” says Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren, who directs the kitchen at Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant in Healdsburg, Calif. The chef not only loves having this large garden right outside his kitchen door, but also the lifestyle Sonoma County has to offer. Photo by Jeni + Dylan Photography

Trudi Konrad, co-owner of the historic Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, collected many furnishings like this painted coffee table during her worldwide travels. This one graces a guest suite in the restored School House, one of four romantic cottages on the property. Photo by E’Louise


The restored Carriage House is one of several guesthouses that make up Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant, just outside of downtown Healdsburg in Sonoma County. The property’s eight acres feature elegant gardens with roses, irises and colorful annuals, as well as drought-tolerant succulent gardens. Photo

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tecture, delicate and colorful. And the staff was well versed and on hand to explain what we couldn’t. Mallgren has been creating cuisine at Madrona Manor since 1999. He has only two rules that provide culinary guidance. “The food must taste good and it must be seasonal,” he told us. “Every year I go through the seed books to see what we want to grow. Sometimes there are new items, like a new variety of pea. There is nothing finer that picking a pea and serving it the same day. At the height of the season, 30 percent of our food is from the garden.” And you won’t find that night’s menu on the Internet. “I look at the garden every day before I start (planning the evening’s menu),” Mallgren explained. The chef’s garden, which provides flowers and 26 types of tomatoes as well as many other vegetables, is flanked by a greenhouse, a fragrant citrus grove and other fruit trees. All of this is just out-

side the back door of the inn, a historic Victorian built in 1881. Bill and Trudi Konrad bought the property in 1999, after staying there. Bill had just retired from an international accounting firm. They had planned to operate the inn “for just a few years,” he said, but 15 years later, here they are. “It’s an incredible place to own because it is such a jewel,” Bill said, but admits it requires a major amount of upkeep. Still, there are perks, Trudi added. “My favorite thing is that, anytime we want, we can have family and friends. Christmas is fabulous here. We decorate everywhere and have Dickens singers.” It was difficult to

imagine Christmas as we explored the gardens and beautifully manicured grounds on a sunny April day. Bursts of floral color were everywhere, confirming that visiting Sonoma County in the spring was a wise choice. You’ll also find serenity in the winter, when sitting by the fireplace on a rainy night could be storybook-perfect. Our romantic suite in the old School House, appointed perfectly with treasures from Europe and elsewhere, provided every amenity. This included a quiet, private deck sheltered by thick, tall trees and frequented by hummingbirds. season, of High course, is during the au-

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their needs, which is why a key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” said CEO Sean McManus. “With this instructional model, on site and off site time can be adjusted to fit individual student needs. The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” The school utilizes cutting edge 21st century curriculum. Students are able to access the curriculum twenty four hours a day, and have the flexibility to participate in a wide variety of events, activities and experiences that enhance the learning experience. AAS also allows students the opportunity to access a wide variety of world language, humanities, media and technology, engineering and robotics, app and game design as part of the rich elective program. Online learning differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection

can be found. Because of this, students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. This new way of learning allows the parent to take an active role in the student’s learning and to really become a partner with their child. The parent (or "Learning Coach") keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. In addition to the online courses, AAS provides plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with other AAS students and families. The Academy of Arts and Sciences staff is very active in the community and can often be found interacting with families at Beach Clean Up Days, various community festivals, and organized activities that take place at their Learning Centers. An online education offers students the opportunities to learn in a small setting with a course schedule that is tailored to meet their individual learning styles and needs. This unique learning environment meets the needs of all types of learners and offers solutions to many different educational challenges. Many students find that learning in the comfort of their own home allows them be successful in ways never dreamt of before!

Exciting new charter school enrolling now in North County SAN MARCOS —Taylion San Diego Academy announces the opening of its newest location in San Marcos, offering a variety of unique and customized classes for students in grades K-12. The school presents a program that’s online, at-home, or a blended program of both, for gifted and talented students who are looking for a more

academically, physically, and mentally,” said Taylion’s Academic Director Vicki McFarland. “Taylion’s philosophy is that all students can succeed if they truly learn to believe in themselves. Our philosophy is to inspire confidence in a child through our belief that we can make a significant impact with each child by

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challenging curriculum different from a tradi-tional class setting. The Taylion program is an option for students K-12, who find that a traditional school setting just isn’t a good fit for them, academically or otherwise (bullies, etc.). A large number of their student population is high school students. “Taylion San Diego Academy provides students a unique holistic learning environment that prepares them for the 21st century

empowering all students to better understand themselves as individuals.” Taylion offers three sep-arate learning environments for students: an online component, a home-school program, and a blended program that includes independent study and classroom options along with online components. School officials say the program offers individualized learning, a safe environment with less distraction, higher parent involvement, credit recovery,

credit acceleration, greater access to new educational resources, and unparalleled flexibility in utilizing various instructional delivery methods based on the particular student’s learning style. “We are thrilled to be opening a school here in San Diego, offering a blended learning solution which is state of the art, but we are also very proud of our independent study and home schooling options as well,” said Timothy A. Smith, president of the school’s parent company, Learning Matters Educational Group. “We feel that we are going to be able to serve our students in the San Diego area very well with highly qualified teachers —dynamic teachers that are going to be able to personalize instruction for each child.” Taylion belongs to a group of charter schools that began in Arizona in 1996. The San Marcos campus is located at 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. #119, San Marcos, CA 92069. For more information regarding enrollment and upcoming parent information sessions, call (855) 77-LEARN or (760) 2955564, or visit

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District gets energy plan approved ESCONDIDO — On June 5, Escondido Union School District became the first of San Diego County’s 42 school districts to have its California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) Energy Expenditure Plan approved by the California Energy Commission. Escondido Union School District will receive $597,659 to install new thermostats to reduce the energy consumption of their packaged single-zone heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) units. The thermostat upgrades will result in net annual energy savings of 520,093 kilowatt hours (kWh) and annual cost savings of $118,568. New thermostats will be wirelessly integrated into a centralized energy management system and run on a programmed schedule that will automatically shut down HVAC systems during school holidays and scheduled vacant periods, thus eliminating excess HVAC consumption. The district plans to implement these energy efficiency upgrades at six elementary and middle school campuses in their district: Central, Miller, L.R. Green, Del Dios, Felicita, and Hidden Valley. The project is planned for completion during the 2014 summer break. “We are excited about conserving energy and looking forward to developing

even more projects,” said Michael Taylor, assistant superintendent of Business Services for Escondido Union School District. For the 2013/14 school year, the California Department of Education has allocated a total of $29 million in Prop. 39 funds to San Diego’s school districts and charter schools, $11 million has already been made available to school districts for planning expenditures, which include the hiring of Energy Managers and completion of facility audits. $18 million will be distributed upon approval of Energy Expenditure Plans, of which Escondido Union School District is the first. Statewide, the Energy Commission has received a

total of 68 Prop. 39 Energy Expenditure Plans, of which Escondido Union School District becomes the fifteenth approved to date. In an effort to help San Diego schools gain maximum benefit from Prop. 39 funds, CleanTECH San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric organized the San Diego K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative in June 2013 to expedite the process and foster the sharing of energy efficiency and clean energy best practices. “I am delighted that Escondido Union School District has been able to leverage all of the tools and templates that we have shared with the school districts to simplify the Prop. 39 process,”

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ella Vista loosely translates into beautiful view and that can most definitely be said about Bella Vista Social Club and Caffe located at the beautiful Sanford Consortium at Torrey Pines near the glider port. With amazing ocean views, Bella Vista Social Club is one of the most stunning locations in San Diego to enjoy amazing food from Amanda and Nico Caniglia, one of the county’s most dynamic culinary husband and wife teams. In case you were wondering, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine brings together world-class scientists who work side by side to harness the regenerative powers of stem cells to diagnose, treat and cure a wide range of degenerative diseases and injuries. The Salk Institute is also close by so there are some very educated folks frequenting this establishment along with a dose of students and visitors to Torrey Pines. Amanda and Nico both have very international backgrounds, which is reflected in the design, food and their staff that is made up of employees from around the world. They are the couple that

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Joy and tragedy intertwine beautifully in ‘Jersey Boys’ By Noah S. Lee

A beautifully composed melody of happiness and heartbreak, Clint Eastwood’s splendid adaptation of the Broadway smash hit “Jersey Boys” is music to the world’s ears. Based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name, “Jersey Boys” chronicles the early days of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks — Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio — who formed the 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. As they leave their New Jersey neighborhood behind and achieve the American Dream they’ve always wanted, they encounter problems along the way that result in the band’s break-up. Eastwood paints a clear picture of this quartet at different stages throughout their rise to fame; he leaves no detail — major and minor — untouched and allows the singers to speak for themselves. His pointed direction doesn’t drain “Jersey Boys” of vitality, nor does it damage its tone, which alternates between joyful vivacity and solemn tragedy. The way I see it, his painstaking juxtaposition of their lives and their music makes for a much more attention-grabbing film. In his pursuit to shed light upon the rise and fall of The Four Seasons, Eastwood gives his characters room to breathe by breaking the fourth wall — a bold move that, in the hands of a less capable director, could cost the film’s credibility. With Eastwood in charge, how-

From left: Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), and Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) in director Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys.” Photo by Keith Bernstein

ever, this device fleshes out each band member’s perspective on their roots, success, and troubles, instilling an emotive interactivity in “Jersey Boys” that will captivate audiences from the get-go. Not for a split second does the film lose sight of what’s important — the drama behind the clean-cut suits and the renowned hit singles — even if it means starting off slow to see where these scrappy, rough-and-tumble Jersey men came from, and progressively picking up the pace as their fame and fortune bring them unexpected predicaments. It’s sad but true, and Eastwood refuses to shy away from

the mistakes these band members made and the trials their bond faced. No story about The Four Seasons can be told without the right persons to humanize their triumphs and ordeals, and I’m happy to report this film has plenty of good acting from a cast consisting mostly of talents from the Broadway stage production and national tours. Many of the faces seen aren’t recognizable, but, rest assured, each and every one of them hit the right notes without fail. John Lloyd Young imbues lead vocalist Frankie Valli with vibrant

emotion, effortlessly embodying his struggle to live his dream and handle the ensuing rough consequences. Vincent Piazza brings an ambitious confidence to Tommy DeVito that works in his favor, especially when it creates big defeats for the band. Michael Lomenda effectively balances Nick Massi’s inner frustration with his good ear for vocals. And as Bob Gaudio, Erich Bergen has this quiet arrogance about him that goes hand in hand with his character’s songwriting savvy. Last but not least, those memorable songs have this immediate pizzazz to them, creating perfor-

mances that exude genuine feeling. Landmark favorites such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “Rag Doll” are guaranteed to enrapture audiences as they did me, and the relatable lyrics and infectious melodies never leave you even after you’ve left the theater. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the original Broadway cast recordings, which, up until now, have served as my only connection to the famous jukebox musical. I haven’t seen a stage production yet, but considering what Eastwood has accomplished in his impressive treatment of The Four Seasons’ story, I hope to do so at some point in the near future. And perhaps there are a good number of you out there who yearn to see the wonder and misfortune that The Four Seasons experienced in “Jersey Boys.” If you’ve seen the musical before, you’re liable to enjoy what Eastwood’s film has to offer. And if you haven’t, then prepare yourself for a terrific rags-toriches journey, with great music included as well. MPAA rating: R for language throughout Run time: 2 hours and 14 minutes Playing: In general release

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‘Spamalot’ brings humor, coconuts to Moonlight stage By Rachel Stine

VISTA — Complete with clopping coconuts, killer bunnies, and taunting Frenchmen, Moonlight Stage Productions brings Monty Python’s film and stage classic to life with “Spamalot,” the company’s first musical of the summer season. The show follows King Arthur on his pursuit of a band of knights for the round table and then on his quest to find the Holy Grail. Along the way, King Arthur encounters a never-ending stream of silly obstacles, from the “Knights who say Ni” to airborne barnyard animals. San Diego native Brad Bradley spent over four years performing in “Spamalot”, starting when the show first opened on Broadway in 2005 and starred Tim Curry. Bradley subsequently took on the role of Patsy for the show’s national tour. For the first time, Bradley took on a new role in the show, that of director and choreographer, for Moonlight. Making his Moonlight stage debut, co-founder and artistic director of Cygnet Theatre Sean Murray leads the show as King Arthur. How do you ensure that such silly scenes come off as genuinely funny? Murray: No matter how silly these characters are, their logic is they’re completely committed to it. So if it is an incredibly intense argument over whether a swallow can carry a coconut or not, they are very seriously discussing it. And so, the more you take it serious and not Sean Murray as King Arthur, center with crown, and the rest of the Knights of the Roundtable argue over how to defeat the taunting French castle guard. Photo by Ken Jacques Photography play the silliness, the sillier it is actually. duction, and bringing it as a director to the Moonlight were so aware, ‘Oh, look, it’s Niles Crane.’ Bradley: You need actors that are fearless, actors stage? that are going to take risks and allow themselves to fall From being there from day one, I had this vision of what David Hyde Pierce originated the roles of Brothflat on their faces and be laughed at in a bad way. If you the show should be… But the big challenge was that I didn’t er Maynard and Sir Robin in the original “Spamalot” have someone that committed to being so outrageous, want it to be a copycat. I did not want this show to be at all Broadway production, and is famous for playing the charthen it becomes funny. cookie-cutter. I wanted everyone (in the show) to have the acter of Niles Crane in the television show “Frasier.” freedom of they’re creating the show for the first time. Murray, what’s it like playing King Arthur? What is the real message of “Spamalot”? Arthur is a lot of fun mostly because he is the straight What is the biggest difference between the Broadway Murray: I think what he (King Arthur) ultimately man in the play. He has the deluded sense that he is doing show and Moonlight’s interpretation? discovers is that the Grail really has to come from inside, some sort of Shakespearean tragedy and everybody else Bradley: (At Moonlight) you’ll be able to see charac- and then light can start to shine. is being silly around him.” ters that Monty Python actually created. Sometimes in the original Broadway show, you saw celebrities. Perhaps Murray this means that King Arthur swalBradley, what were the challenges of taking “Spamalot,” So you (the audience) really couldn’t dis- lowed it? But then again, it’s probably best to leave argua show that you performed in the original Broadway pro- appear into the character of Robin, you ments over swallows to the show.

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Michael Franti’s latest album, “All People,” is likely to surprise at least some fans — especially those who have followed him over the long haul and associate his music primarily with hiphop, reggae and funk and issue-oriented lyrics. “All People” finds Franti moving toward more of a dance-pop sound, mixed with a few folk-flavored tunes and more of a positive lyrical stance that emphasizes love and good times over serious issue-oriented content. The album puts Franti more in step with today’s top 40 and pop radio trends. Considering he has gained considerable popularity with his previous two albums — 2008’s “All Rebel Rockers” included the top 40 hit “Say Hey (I Love You),” while the title track of 2010’s “The Sound Of Sunshine” toped the AAA radio chart — some might see “All People” as his attempt to break through on radio and grab at least a measure of pop stardom. Franti is aware of the shift in his music, but in a recent phone interview he said it’s just another step in a career-long attempt to evolve and grow musically, not a calculated attempt to expand his audience.

arts CALENDAR JUNE 20 MUSIC BY THE SEA Encinitas Library’s Music by the Sea presents The Allant Trio - Hyo Kyoung Beth Nam, piano, Anna Jihyun Park, violin and Alina Lim, cello at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at 540 Cornish Drive. Purchase tickets by calling (760) 633-274, online at, at City Hall and the Community Center, or at the door.

Michael Franti performs at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre June 22. Photo by Lauren Dukoff

“When I was a kid my favorite group was the Clash,” Franti, 47, said, offering a case study to illustrate his point. “The Clash, they made all of these records when they were young and they

only knew how to play three chords. And they sounded a certain way. They sounded like a band that only knew three chords. Then they started to experiment with TURN TO FRANTI ON 22

JUNE 21 SAGEBRUSH SAL Bring the family to hear the San Marcos Players present the “Saga of Sagebrush Sal,” a Western comedy melodrama. Audiences will cheer the hero and boo the villain, at 7:30 p.m. June 20 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 21 at the Conference Center, 1105 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60+ and $8 for children 12 and under. For more details, call (760) 304-4081. WALK TO THE MUSIC Carlsbad Music Festival Music Walk will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. June 21 with 27 artists playing 59 sets in six hours. For the walk’s entire musical line-up, visit YOUNG ART The Backfence Society will host “Summer Nocturne,” a free group art exhibition, food trucks and a DJ from 6 to 10 p.m. June 21 at 230 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. The show will feature work of San Diego County’s young adult artists in mixed media, including photography, murals and paintings. A wine and beer bar will benefit the Vista Art Foundation. For more information, visit HARMONY The Music Men Chorus

Summer Show series presents “Cornucopia of Harmony,” 2:30 p.m. June 21, at the San Marcos Hearth Theatre, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. JUNE 22 SALON DANCES The final performance of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective’s “Salon Dances 4” in the series of four, will be at 2 p.m. June 22 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Pay-what-you-can at the door. Suggested Donation $10. BIG BAND AND MORE Coastal Communities Concert Band presents Big Band, Broadway and Carl Janelli on tenor saxophone and clarinet, with a special appearance by vocalist Michael Ruhl at 2 p.m. June 22 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St. Tickets $15, $1. Call (760) 436-6137 or at the door. For more information, visit JUNE 23 KIDS ON STAGE Summer youth acting classes and camps begin June 23 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas and New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Costs vary from $135 to $200 for week-long camps and 10-week sessions. For more information, visit or call (760) 846-6072. JUNE 25 ARTISTS ANNOUNCED Lux Art Institute will announce its line-up of artists for Season 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 25, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, in its Artist Pavilion. After the presentation, visitors will get a tour of the current show by artist-in-residence Beverly Penn. DINE ON MUSIC The Encinitas Library Wednesdays@Noon concert will host pianist Michael Sanders, noon to 12:45 p.m. June 25 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Bring lunch or purchase from the coffee cart. For more information, call (760) 633-2746.



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1st CEB remember fallen brother By Cpl. Brady Wood

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CAMP PENDLETON — Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, honored Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez during a memorial service aboard Camp Pendleton on June 11. Rodriguez was killed in action Dec. 11, 2013, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, when an Improvised Explosive Device struck his vehicle. For the ceremony, not only were the Marines and

Two years ago, Cpl. Michael Egan stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device during his last foot patrol in Afghanistan before heading back to the United States. He lost both legs above the knee, sustained countless fractures to his pelvis, and lost sensation to 40% of the muscle mass in his left arm. Along with these injuries, Egan suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite his wounds, he keeps a positive outlook on life. “By coming so close to death,” Egan said, “I have learned that every time I fall in life, I have countless reasons to get back up.” This is his outlook on dealing with PTSD.

Matthew was an outstanding Marine who never waivered from the task at hand.”

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sailors of 1st CEB present, but also Rodriguez’ mother Lisa, his father Rolando, his sister Lauren Weber, his brother Adam and his fiancé Julia Tapper. During the ceremony, many Marines spoke of how great a person and Marine Rodriguez was, including Lt. Col. Andrew Winthrop, the 1st CEB commander. “Matthew was an outstanding Marine who never waivered from the task at hand,” Winthrop said. “We have lost not only a great Marine, but we have lost a brother. Today is the day we honor him with this memo-

Lt. Col. Andrew Winthrop, the commanding officer of 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Sgt. Maj. Daniel Krause, the 1st CEB sergeant major, kneel in front of a battle cross in memory of Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez after a memorial service aboard Camp Pendleton on June 11. Photo by Cpl. Brady Wood

rial for his friends and family to see.” After the ceremony, Tapper had good things to say about how the unit honored the memory of her fiancée. “I thought they did a great job in every aspect of the ceremony,” Tapper said. “Matthew was a courageous person even before he joined the military and it was nice to hear others in his unit acknowledge that characteristic.”

According to Tapper, Rodriguez enjoyed playing golf. Therefore, in order to honor his memory she plans on holding an annual Golf memorial. Other Marines of 1st CEB had other ways of honoring his memory. “The battalion had a Red Sox jersey made with his name on the back and the number 19 for his age,” said Sgt. John Ovalle, the assistant platoon sergeant for 1st CEB. “I also got one

for myself and I plan on wearing it not only on memorial days but also on his birthday.” Winthrop mentioned that the best characteristic of Rodriguez was his selflessness. Therefore, the Marines were told to honor his memory by applying that characteristic to themselves to the best of their ability, and to never forget the kind of Marine he was and the difference he made to the unit.

STATIC LINE JUMPING Lance Cpl. Madison J. Kronberger, 18, from Dothan, Ala., far right, gets her gear ready for a static line jump out of a CH-46 Sea Knight aboard Camp Pendleton on June 5. The Marines conducted two day jumps and two night jumps at around 1,500 feet. Three Marines jumped with full combat gear in order to complete the requirements for their gold wings. Photo by Lance

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PTSD: Leaving

hether you know it or not, if you’re in the military, you have one. It’s the frame of mind between when you are at work and when you aren’t. When you’re in the U.S., it’s much easier to manage — to turn the switch off and go home to your family, your wife, your kids, and be able to enjoy spending time with them and get joy in return. Whatever your work entails, flipping that switch back on to go to work is almost as routine as putting on your uniform. Cpl. Michael Egan is presented with his Purple Heart by Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. at Walter Reed Naval Military Medical Center in 2010. Egan lost both of his legs while deployed in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Michael Egan/ Released) Cpl. Michael Egan is presented with his Purple Heart by Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. at Walter Reed Naval Military Medical Center in 2010. Egan lost both of his legs while deployed in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Michael Egan/ Released) Now you’re in Afghanistan. You’re surrounded by work wherever you go. You eat, you sleep and you breathe work. Work is 24/7, even in the down times of a deployment, and the switch is permanently on — even more so when you’re out in the shit, and you’re getting in firefights every day. You’re watching every step you make, like walking on eggshells, and you’re always on guard. You worry about the safety of the brothers to your left and your right, even more if you’re in a leadership position. a heightened It’s awareness that would drive any normal person crazy. The idea of normalcy is irrelevant in Afghanistan, and there’s no such thing as normal sleep pat-

terns or consistent breaks. Seven months of this switch being on and then you return to the U.S. You may have a few days of travel to unwind, but that doesn’t matter: You’re back home, in front of your family, your friends and your loved ones. As crazy as it sounds, it’s almost hard to accept love and to have someone embrace you as if they thought they would never see you again because in the back of their mind they didn’t know if they would. It may be easy for some people to move forward and be able to carry on with their day-to-day routine, leaving the past behind them. But for others with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), like myself, that switch is still on. When someone hears you say, “I have PTSD,” most people would automatically think you’re nuts. In reality, you’re just stuck in the mindset of war — that paranoia of being safe and keeping the people around you safe, the feeling of vulnerability because you don’t have an M4 or SAW across your chest and a few grenades on your belt. We aren’t crazy, we aren’t losing touch with the reality of being back, we’re just lost. We’re unable to cope with the bits and pieces of war that is imbedded into our minds and cut deep in our souls. They shake you to the core of who you are, but you don’t have to let it define you. The flashbacks may come less frequently and become less severe, but they may never go away. We can learn to conquer our demons. Hopefully in time, we can turn that switch off and rest easily, leaving what was in the past behind and looking forward to a brighter future.

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Extraordinary science by student A California State University San Marcos student Ross Fellows has been selected for the Dr. Albert D. Kern award for his superior integration of science, technology and business practices in his Semester-in-Residence Project. Fellows completed the project as part of his Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology and established a new method to purify peptides that greatly increases the ability of his company to perform high throughput screens for discovery. The result of Fellows’ project is a significant reduction in the time spent purifying peptides and in the costs spent on purification. Chadwick back on board Palomar Community College District Governing Board Trustee Nancy Chadwick has been re-elected to the 21-member California Community College Trustee board of the Community College League of California. She will serve a three-year term within this position. In addition, she was elected to serve on the CCCT board of directors. Latest on prosthetics Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, the certified prosthetist and clinician portrayed by Morgan Freeman in “A Dolphin Tale‚” will be in Escondido at 8 a.m. July 1 at the SCOPe/Hanger Clinic, 475 N. Grape St., to share what’s available with prosthetic technology and what’s on the horizon. For reservations, call (760) 489-0428. Carroll is known most for his success developing the first prosthetic tail fluke for the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail after it got caught in a crab trap near Cape Canaveral when she was just threemonths-old. Get there faster The Escondido Transit Center, 796 W. Valley Parkway, celebrated the launch of Rapid June 8. Rapid is a new level of fast and frequent transit service connecting residential areas along the I-15 corridor to major employment centers and other key destinations. More information is available at Mead on fair board Kathlyn Mead, 55, of Escondido, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair board of directors. Mead was executive vice president and chief operations officer at the California Endowment from 2007 to 2014. She was president and chief executive officer at the Council of Community Clinics from 2006 to 2007, vice president at Blue Shield of California from 2005 to 2006, president and chief executive officer at Sharp Health Plan from 1996 to 2005 and vice president at Rady Children’s



Ricochet releases book Ricochet, the Escondido surfing service dog, celebrated the release, June 9 in La Jolla, of the book “Ricochet,” about her and her owner/trainer Judy Fridono. The event included a paddle out to honor Caleb Acosta, a 15-year-old boy whose MakeA-Wish was to surf with Ricochet. Ricochet is a SURFice dog that surfs with people with disabilities, kids with special needs, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid.


Along with earning the rank of Eagle Scout May 18, Vista resident Ray Anthony Solis Jr. was the recipient of the 2014 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year for the Western Region. His service and leadership as Patrol Leader and Troop Webmaster prompted the city of San Marcos to propose he lead the creation of a Purple Heart Memorial. After more than 1,080 hours of designing, fundraising, approval by the city and working with suppliers and vendors, the memorial was completed and installed. The Boy Scouts of America National Office in Texas selected Solis’ project and memorial as one of the top four Eagle Scout projects in the nation. Courtesy photo

Hospital San Diego from 1994 bidding process and assist the to 1996. Dempsey Construction team with accurate buyout and Rotary supports foster youth subcontractor selection. PriDel Mar-Solana Beach or to joining Dempsey ConRotary presented Don Wells, struction, Smits worked as a executive director of Just in Time for Foster Youth, with a $9,795 check on May 30 for its programs in support of youth who have aged out of the county’s foster care system. Just in Time for Foster Youth mobilizes community resources to identify and fill Raymond David Wold, 55 gaps that prevent motivated Encinitas youth from reaching self-sufOct. 8, 1958 - June 2, 2014 ficient adulthood and becomTimothy Joseph Huarte, 38 ing role models for others. Smits joins Dempsey San Marcos resident Mark Smits was named as preconstruction services manager for Carlsbad-based Dempsey Construction. Smits will also be responsible for assisting with project budgeting and value engineering exercises, as well as constructability and document review. He will also oversee the

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SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Arts Council is crowing over its upcoming Chicken Parade event that will run from July 4 through Sept. 30. More than 20 artists will be adorning chicken sculptures as part of the San Marcos Arts Council Chicken Parade. Chicken sculptures created during the Chicken Parade will go on sale Oct. 19 at the San Marcos Horse Heritage event. A Chicken Parade finale is set for Oct. 23, at the monthly Chamber Mixer held at the San Marcos Historical Society. The San Marcos Arts Council Chicken Parade, in partnership with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and 26 Chamber-member businesses are leading the race by being chicken sponsors in the council’s biggest fundraiser and community art project. With each chicken creation comes the imaginative talents of 26 local artists. The Chicken Parade braids new and existing connections between local businesses, artists and the one million residents of the 78 corridor. During the event, businesses involved are displaying chicken artist-adorned sculptures as a city-wide scavenger hunt and exhibition. Artists of all kinds have joined the parade as chicken creators. Some artists will be painting the cast

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Nothing says summer like the smoky flavor of foods cooked out on the grill, the bright, warm sunshine, and the nearby buzzzzz of bees. June 21st heralds the beginning of summer as we take to the great outdoors to enjoy our Southern CA lifestyle. Summer also requires a few safety reminders to keep fun at the top of our list. Outdoor activities should always include sunscreen and plenty of water, for young and old alike. Whether at the pool or beach, a cautious eye for safety is a must. Food eaten outdoors should be monitored for temperature - both hot and cold - to prevent food poisoning. Outdoor activities can sometimes include bee stings, snake bites, scrapes, and various “owies,” so be prepared to provide first aide to those in need. Please stay safe while having a “ton of fun” in the good ole summertime!



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From the Little Leagues to Fenway Park, Gwynn’s memories are always a hit T o n y Gw ynn’s passing brings with it countless memories of him at jay paris the plate. M i n e comes from him standing on the pitcher’s mound. It’s been a tsunami of reflections since Gwynn died on Monday. Mr. Padre was snatched away much too early at age 54, the victim of cancer and that dastardly plant, tobacco. Gwynn’s skill of hitting a baseball is well documented. But he didn’t connect with fans because he did the same so often with a baseball. Gwynn left many marks on his bat, but his biggest impact came with his link to his supporters and, oh my, weren’t there many. As a longtime Little League coach, I ask each kid to name their favorite player in that awkward, initial practice to start the season. Even for years after he retired in 2001, tykes would blurt out “Tony Gwynn” before I could finish the inquiry. Their common affection for Gwynn created a bond between nervous teammates that they had yet to realize. Gwynn was baseball, San Diego-style, and is anything better than that? But I’m veering off track, and that’s easy when a mind sifts through recollections of a legendary player everyone Tony Gwynn, pictured here during his final season with the San Diego Padres. He passed away at the age wanted to be on the field, and a role mod- of 54, earlier this week. Photo courtesy San Diego Padres

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el everyone strived to be off it. It was the summer of 1999, and for some reason my North County Times editors gave me the OK to cover the All-Star Game in Boston. That’s a long haul for a local paper, and truth be told, if four buddies didn’t accompany me to split the hotel tab, I wouldn’t have been there. But I was, and being a San Diego-area writer, was placed in the main press box. A seat had my name on it behind home plate, because of the man scheduled to emerge from behind the center-field wall. Ted Williams was being honored and San Diego’s media — even someone from a modest suburban newspaper — was given their due. Williams, a San Diego native, was returning to Fenway Park as baseball celebrated the presentation of its All-Century Team. What a roar when Williams was introduced and emerged in a golf cart, tipping his hat he so famously didn’t do in his last game in 1960. What a sight when Williams was deposited at the mound for the first pitch, swallowed whole by the day’s modern allstars, everyone eager to be in Teddy Ballgame’s presence. Williams enjoyed it as much as the players, gesturing with his arms and wearing a smile as his often curmudgeon persona melted into the Back Bay air. But there was one player Williams pointed to first and that was Gwynn, The two hitting and San Diego icons were friends. Their conversations started TURN TO GWYNN ON 21

CSUSM’s new women’s soccer coach is familiar face to returning players By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — As the World Cup unfolds in Brazil, Bobby Renneisen has been watching every game, but not just for the entertainment value and not just as a soccer player in his own right. Renneisen has been watching the matches with an eye on the evolution of the game. Yet, Renneisen is quick to point out that tactics that were used in the game even 10 years ago have come back

again. “There’s never one particular way to do it,” he said. “I think that’s the beauty of soccer — there’s just so much variety that you can certainly appreciate it from the entertainment value, of course, but then just the modern tactics, the modern game and the overall evolution of the game is always exciting to take in and learn from,” Renneisen said. And some of those tactics on display right now


might eventually be put into his playbook later this year when he takes up his new position as head coach of the Cal State San Marcos women’s soccer team. Really, the job title might be the only new thing for Renneisen, who’s been the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s teams for the last two seasons. And he’s been with the college’s soccer program under head coach Ron Pulvers since it began in 2006. With the new title, though, he’ll have some new Bobby Renneisen will take over sole head coaching responsibilities for responsibilities that come the women’s soccer team at Cal State San Marcos this season. Ren- with being the sole head neisen has been with the college’s soccer programs since its inception coach — the first time the in 2006. Photo by Anderson Gould Jr

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two programs will have independent coaches. Earlier this offseason, the soccer programs were divided up. Before that Pulvers had simultaneously served as the head coach of both programs. Pulvers will remain head coach of the men’s program. “It’s really exciting for both he (Pulvers) and myself, to not only support both programs because we have so much invested interest in them, but be more specifically working hands on with the players,” he said. And what might make the transition easier is that the entire roster from last season is returning this year. This season, he said, there’ll be a lot of regularity and a lot of similarities to what has been done before with the two programs. “It’s been a positive recipe that we will look to enhance more than anything,” he said. “How can we make it better? It’s already a really good thing and how can we make it better? So that’s ultimately what we’re looking to do,” Renneisen said. “I think there will be some gradual changes through time,” he said. “As of right now, going into this 2014-15 season, we have a very experienced group with a great incoming class as well.” And Renneisen knows that the position isn’t just about tactics and wins — it’s TURN TO SOCCER ON 21

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about making sure the students are also doing well in the classroom and enjoying their collegiate experiences. “It’s an educational piece first and foremost,” he said. “The athletes are here to get their education and to see that happen and

A SPECIAL DELIVERY Marshall Bryer, far left, owner of Rossi’s Pizza in San Marcos, recently received honors by Mayor Jim Desmond and the City Council for his restaurant’s help during the fires in San Marcos. They delivered pizzas to the Carlsbad Fire Department and others, including running doughnuts and coffee to Red Cross at evacuation center. Rossi’s also offered half price and a place to hang for all evacuees. Courtesy photo



years ago with Williams telling Gwynn to pull the ball more and good luck pulling them apart at Hall of Champions functions or whenever their paths crossed. Major League Baseball hit a home run with the proceedings, but with TV requirements beckoning, it was time for the first pitch. A wobbly Williams rose from the cart to heave the ceremonial ball, but he needed a steady hand. And there was Gwynn. The 80-year-old Williams raised his right arm with Gwynn providing the foundation for Williams’ left side. Williams and Gwynn were sharing a special moment, in all places, where their biggest antagonists



— pitchers — plied their trade. But really, neither met a hurler they couldn’t conquer. While Williams was challenged to throw the baseball, the round man in a Padres uniform who kept everyone in stitches with his infectious laugh, was on Williams’ hip. Williams died in 2002 and now Gwynn is gone. That leaves a hole in San Diego’s baseball heart. But with it comes the hope of someday hearing a pint-sized Little Leaguer tell a coach those two sweet words when asked about his favorite player. Just one more time, I’d like to hear: Tony Gwynn. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports

to watch those individuals graduate in four years is my number one focus and goal,” Renneisen added. “Soccer is certainly a unique and a significant piece to the puzzle, which has brought us all together,” he said. Renneisen said the search is ongoing to build out his own staff, including

a full-time assistant head coach. He added that he anticipates his staff will be solidified by the end of the month, or by early July at the latest. As for any advice he’s received from Pulvers, Renneisen said that Pulvers has been his number one mentor. “I have the most re-

spect, appreciation and love for what he’s done for me,” Renneisen said. “And I think he’s always preached that the most important thing in being a coach is being yourself because the players, they want genuine people that they can trust and respect.” Players report to training camp Aug. 8.



what of a renaissance over the last several years,” city Spokeswoman Sarah Divan said. “Connors Park adds a whole open space of developed parkland for the neighboring community to use. “I was surprised at the level of interest in the park, I think it is because it being on San Marcos Boulevard, which is a main thoroughfare in the city, neighbors and the community were seeing the progress and were excited to get on those fields,” Divan said. The $3.9 million park was named after the eponymous local educator who spent 50 years serving the community, 31 of those years at San Marcos Elementary as a teacher



reggae, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rap, and then they started making these records that could only be called The Clash. “And then some of their songs started to get played on mainstream radio. And people said the same thing, ‘Oh God, now the radio is playing their music.’ But I listen back to all of their records today and I just hear this evolution of oh, they’re adding this to it, they’re adding this to it, they’re adding this to it. Now, it’s like the radio has come around to where they are. And that’s how I feel.” No matter how one views “All People,” one thing that’s obvious is the album is different from anything Franti has done in a solo career that dates back 1994. Over the course of eight studio albums, his sound has blended hip-hop, funk, soul, reggae, folk, pop and world beat. The eclectic “The Sound Of Sunshine” hinted at the poppier direction of “All People,” but still had its share of reggae tunes and organic instrumentation. “All People,” though goes further in a breezy dance-pop direction, employing more synthetic beats and instrumentation. Upt-


But during that time he was missing it was horrible she said, amounting to a lot of sleepless nights. Raudenbush said that greyhounds are great as pets. “He (Aston) doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.” “The situation with Aston was just unfortunate.,” said Rigg. “He just happened to take flight at a moment of something scaring him, which, I think, was the garage door.” Rigg expressed that track dogs not being good pets was a common misperception perpetuated by the racing industry. Rigg, being around greyhounds since he was

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Park, a two-acre strip along Autumn Drive, in 2011 in connection with the opening of the Autumn Terrace complex. The changes haven’t been lost on Kyle Baker, a lifelong resident who remembers the Richmar neighborhood before the infusion of public and private investment. “I had buddies who lived here and let’s just say it wasn’t the best place to grow up,” said Baker, who coaches soccer at Mission Hills High School. “Now, this is a really nice area of the city. It’s good to see the city’s investment into the community and into the youth particularly with this park. “I remind my players all the time that we didn’t have places like this,” Baker said.

empo songs like “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like), “Closer To You” and the title tune blend sunny melodies, big dance beats and techno instrumental touches, while even the ballads (such as the U2-ish “Long Ride Home” and “Say Goodbye”) have a rhythmic presence. The three latter albums have also seen a shift in Franti’s lyrics away from the more serious — even angry — topical tone of his earlier albums to lyrics that are more positive, encouraging and inclusive. On “All People,” even the topical tunes (“11:59” and “Say Goodbye,” the latter inspired by the Trayvon Martin shooting) have uplifting messages. The shift has been intentional, Franti said, and came, first of all, from what he saw on trips to places such as Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Africa. As he played songs for people he encountered, he found they weren’t interested in commentary about the world’s problems so much as they wanted to hear upbeat, danceable music they could enjoy as an escape. Franti’s outlook was further shaped in 2009 when he almost died after his appendix burst. It made him re-examine his priorities recognize the importance of

his family and friends. The themes of “All People” fit that overall philosophy. “It (“All People”) is really about the age-old existential question, like I have a finite amount of time in this life and how am I going to spend it?” Franti said. “And maybe more importantly, who am I going to spend with? And what are the things that I want to do and how do I want to connect with people that I love and touch them in the most meaningful way that I can in my time on this planet? That’s really what this record is about.” The songs from “All People” have been taking a prominent place in the live shows by Franti and Spearhead. “We really love the new record that we made and the songs sound great live,” Franti said. “So we’ve been playing tons of new songs, and going back and digging way back into our files of albums and pulling out a bunch of really old songs, too, like from our first two records. So we’re kind of doing a combination of both. “When we play live we want to bring across as wide of a range of emotions as we can,” he said. “That’s why we’re kind of bringing both of those things together.”

a kid, knew that wasn’t right. “To say these were not suitable as pets, when in actuality greyhounds, track dogs especially, make very, very good pets, and they’re quiet and they’re well-behaved and they hardly shed,” he added. Yet, with fewer racetracks and fewer races going on than there used to be, the surplus of greyhounds is still huge, Rigg explained. “Greyhound racing is a for-profit business, that up until the last 10 years was producing tens of thousands of surplus greyhounds every year in the United States,” said Rigg. “We don’t know the exact numbers now, because the industry

doesn’t publish numbers anymore,” he added. Rigg called his founding of the adoption center an “accident,” but he’s been doing it now for over 30 years. The dogs they receive range anywhere from about 2-anda-half to 3 years old, that have either raced for a few seasons and either become injured or washed up. Many of the dogs have the ability to race until they’re 5 years old. “The worst is yet to come, I think,” Rigg said. “Because there’s going to be a deluge of dogs in the next five to 10 years,” he said. Murphy said the center’s full capacity is 60 dogs. Right now, they might have close to 50 rescued greyhounds.


include a new 12-inch water line, street enhancements at two intersections, a traffic signal at North Ash Street and Vista Avenue. If PLI elects to pay for the improvements, its fees could rise to $20,307 per unit. Per the agreement, PLI is also required to build frontage improvements on Stanley Avenue, sidewalks on Ash Street and Conway Drive, and a 24-inch water line. According to some city councilmembers, the requirements cover the developer’s obligation to compensate for the impacts of the new homes and pay for a portion of the area’s overall infrastructure improvements. “I’m satisfied that these types of developments are paying their way and then some,” said Michael Morasco. He emphasized that new homes en-


JUNE 20, 2014 hance the value of existing properties nearby. Commenting on the infrastructure requirements in the development agreement, Morasco added, “This is above and beyond the $17,000 that staff had recommended, significantly more than that.” “We need quality housing in Escondido,” councilmember John Masson added. “This provides that need.” Though Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz said that she doesn’t object to the development, she raised concerns about how the city is going to pay for the infrastructure improvements needed throughout the North Broadway Deficiency Area and other portions of the city like it. She opposed setting the deficiency fee below the recommended $17,000 in December. “How are we actually going to finish adding the amenities that are necessary? I’m not saying that

this development needs to do it,” she said. Public works director Ed Domingue said that thanks to the development agreement, the project proposed by PLI would cover the health and safety impacts of the 32 homes and would not negatively impact the rest of the neighborhood. But he explained that without sufficient funds, the city would have to delay constructing some of the priority infrastructure fixes. If those improvements are delayed, the city may have to deny future proposed development in the area. Diaz pressed staff to study how the city could address the deficiencies throughout Escondido before it gets to the point of having to deny projects. “I would like the city to figure out exactly what it’s going to do,” she said. Council approved PLI’s proposal for the 32 homes unanimously.

Sommelier at Marriott’s Marina Kitchen next to San Diego’s Convention Center downtown, recently scored a first place win in the Guild of Sommeliers Top / Somm Honors in the national championships, beating out over 200 similar experts for the distinction. The test was on wine theory, service and taste. Orr credits his San Diego ties for their support. “I have a great group of somms here in San Diego that I study and taste with. We are constantly pushing each other, and that has helped me immensely in my preparation.” Orr now prepares for his Master Sommelier exam, a grueling difficult test, with a less than a three percent pass rate.

(858) 668-4797. Croce’s Park West in San Diego presents a Chandon Wine Makers Collection Dinner June 24 at 7 p.m. Chandon and Sommelier Michael Simpson will be pouring and describing the wines with a fivecourse dinner; $70 per person. RSVP at (858) 345-7379. Vittorio’s in Carmel Valley offers a 5 course wine dinner with Tobin James Cellars from Paso Robles, June 26 with a 6 p.m. start. Local wine specialist Rob Rubin will speak. $49.95. Feature wine will be the Tobin James 2010 Cabernet “Notorius.” Call (858) 538-5884 for your place in this event. Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe launches a Napa Valley Vintners evening of wine, cuisine and jazz music June 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the croquet lawn. Nine wineries will be pouring. $ 65. Reservations at (858) 759-6246.

my daughter’s frilly bed to fold and sort laundry. Getting them to sleep at night has lost most of its struggle. Still, I do find the whole situation puzzling. I grew up believing that all children long for their own room, and that having your own room was the ultimate luxury. I now have a strong sense of how parents of the ‘60s might have felt when their kids threw all hard-earned luxuries back in their faces and headed off to the commune stuffed into a rusty VW bus. My two children are

some kind of throwback to the Waltons, for crying out loud. Their comfort in sharing one small room, and sometimes one small bed, almost makes me feel like the most wasteful, self-indulgent, spoiled creature on Earth. Pass me that box of bonbons, will you? My nails are wet. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who eventually learned motherhood is nothing if not full of surprises. Contact her a jgillette@coastnewsgroup. com.

there will be a similar crop to last year, which was surprisingly good. Bijou French Bistro Coming to Prospect in La Jolla. Building on their success of Parisian-inspired cuisine that made Addison a triumph at the Grand Del Mar resort, award-winning Chef William Bradley has created the menu for the new Bijou French Bistro, to replace the La Jolla location of Amaya, set to open any day now. Included will be a new wine bar and wine cellar room. Global French favorites will include: Steak Frites, Coq au Vin, Rainbow Trout and Veal Paillard. Pastry delights abound with: Crème Brule’e, Macarons du W ine B ytes Jour, and of course Meritage Wine MarChocolate Souffle’ with ket in Encinitas is planGrand Marnier. ning a Hiatus Cellars Bijou’s wines will new release party June offer selections from 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. $25 France as well as region- includes all wines and a al and global choices. taco bar. RSVP at (760) Lunch and dinner will 479-2500. Frank Mangio is a rebe served daily. Check The 3rd Annual nowned wine connoisseur out more atbijoufrench- Taste of our Towne is certified by Wine at Poway Center for the tor. His columns can be Marina Kitchen’s Performing Arts June 21 viewed at tasteofwinetv. Sommelier/Bar Manag- from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy com. He is one of the top er is San Diego’s Wine wine, music, local food wine commentators on the Wunderkind. Josh Orr, and a silent auction. web. Reach him at manthe smart, young Wine Cost is $100. Phone


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Hazardous waste collection set ESCONDIDO — June 21 will be the perfect time for residents near the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Station to safely recycle household hazardous waste, electronic waste and unused medications. The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department are holding a special event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 at the fire station, 20223 Elfin Forest Road, to collect and recycle those items. Some things cannot be accepted at the event, including tires, ammunition, explosives, radioactive materials, air conditioners, large appliances or trash and wastes from businesses. A list of the household hazardous waste that will be accepted includes: aerosols, all-purpose

depression and heart disease. Natural aid: Getting enough sleep, keeping a healthy weight, controlling your stress and exercising in moderation are good ways to help keep your testosterone production in check. Therapy: Testosterone replacement therapy is available in injections, gel, cream and patch forms. Whatever option you choose, a treatment program should be frequently monitored through lab tests along with attention to potential side effects. Moreover, testosterone replacement therapy is only appropriate and safe for men who have below-normal levels of testosterone and who don’t have any

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lieved that the recall process is over. “I’m glad it’s over and I move on,” she said Wednesday night. “I thought my time spent running for mayor was more important than trying to fight a recall that was unjustified.” and erosion control, could further eat into the city’s reserves, according to the budget report. “As the fire occurred in May and the risk of wildfires will grow through the summer and fall, keeping

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VISTA — The Backfence Society has been given an opportunity to add to the energy of the local art scene by hosting, “Summer Nocturne,” with the help of the city of Vista and the Vista Art Foundation. The group art exhibition unfolds from 6 to 10 p.m. June 21 at 230 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista and is free for everyone. The city is providing The Backfence Society with a vacant, 3,500-square-foot building to host the juried show. In the past, The Backfence Society has curated independent art shows to showcase the work of its younger generation of artists. According to The Backfence Society, the exhibit is the first time its event has gathered the support of the city of Vista, its Community Development Commission and the Vista Art Foundation. “The city is very supportive of the arts,” said John Meyer, Redevelopment and Housing Director for the city of Vista. “It enriches the fabric of the community.” He pointed out that the some flexibility in place makes fiscal sense,” the staff report stated. The Council unanimously approved the budget, which includes $63.7 million for general fund operations, about half of which will pay for the city’s contract with the Sheriff’s department and fire operations. City officials said personnel costs have dropped during the past few years due to city pension reform efforts and staff attrition. The budget calls for sales and property tax revenue to steadily climb from its recession level lows, though officials said they are forecasting a more conservative growth than the increases they’ve seen during the past year. Sales tax revenue grew nearly 7 percent from 2013 to 2014, but the budget is only forecasting a 2.75 per-

city has sponsored murals, utility box paintings and the Kites Over Vista sculpture exhibit to bolster arts in the community. Meyer said anytime an event attracts people to Vista’s downtown area it is positive. The show will feature a variety of mixed media, including photography, murals and paintings, as well as installation art tying the theme of the exhibit together. The event also will include a food truck, vendors and a DJ. A wine and beer bar will benefit the Vista Art Foundation. “Usually you have to go to a big city like San Diego or Los Angeles for something like this,” said Maureen Barrack, vice chair of the Vista Public Art Commission and president of the Vista Art Foundation. She said the foundation is collaborating with The Backfence Society on this event to reach the young adult artists who don’t often have a voice in their local art scene. “They want to be heard and their art is important,” Barrack said. cent growth next year. Griffin said the forecast takes into consideration uncertainty about the country’s economic turnaround. “We recognize we see mixed signals in economy,” he said, pointing to the 1-percent drop in the country’s gross domestic product during the first quarter. “We think that showing our baked-in costs and a very conservative look at revenues is the prudent way to approach the out years.” The council also approved a $25.5 million capital improvement budget, which includes major funding for the overhaul of the city’s creek district, including the Discovery Street widening and flood control improvements, the Via Vera Cruz Bridge and street improvements and the Creek District promenade.



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