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DEC. 30, 2016

Roberts reflects on supervisor term, future plans


By Aaron Burgin

Taking a stand activists, along with allies from Healthcare for America Now, Caring Across Generations, and others, hold a speak-out outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office in Vista last week, demanding he vote against the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicare next year, as early as the first day after Donald Trump is sworn-in. The protest in Vista was one of approximately 75 speak-outs held around the country as members of Congress returned from Washington to their districts during their Congressional recess. Photo by Pat Cubel

The Escondido City Council will decide whether or not to approve a water treatment facility at a site where residents in a nearby neighborhood and a senior living facility are expressing concerns. Photo by Tony Cagala

Water facility coming up for approval neighborhood is about two ESCONDIDO — The blocks from the proposed plans for a new water facility are receiving more pushback from residents — again. This time, residents near the newly proposed site at 1201 E. Washington Ave., which intersects with Ash Street, are giving the city an earful. It’s the second proposed site for the water plant that has generated controversy over potential Barbara Takahara health concerns. Barbara Takahara, Escondido Resident president of the Cedar Lane Neighborhood Group, said she is extremely disappoint- site. ed in the new location. Her “To put in industrial By Steve Puterski

To put in industrial on that corner is bringing us down.”

on that corner is bringing us down,” Takahara said. “There are so many other things that could go there.” Director of Utilities Chris McKinney said city staff is still battling “misinformation” concerning the facility. He stressed the new water plant won’t be a wastewater treatment plant, which produces odors and noise. “This idea in the community… that we were … building another version of the HARRF is simply not true,” McKinney said. “There will be no raw sewage coming in. The water coming in … is already highly treated. It’s good for

irrigation purposes.” The project initially came under fire in May when the city proposed the site on a 3.25-acre lot jammed between two churches and dozens of homes along East Washington Road and El Norte Parkway. However, dozens of residents bombarded the City Council during a meeting to protest the location. The council tabled the agenda item so city staff could locate a suitable site. The City Council in January will next decide on whether to recommend the TURN TO FACILITY ON 13

ave Roberts greets a reporter We d n e s d a y morning at an Encinitas coffee shop with a broad, warm smile. The smile has become a trademark of sorts. He wore the same smile on Jan. 10, 2012 when the then-Solana Beach City Councilman declared his candidacy for the Third District seat on the County Board of Supervisors. You can see the same smile on his face in pictures taken on Nov. 6, 2012, when he defeated Steve Danon to win the Dist. 3 Supervisors race, becoming the first Democrat on the five-member board. He continued to smile even throughout a 2015 that saw some former staffers file claims against the county alleging several abuses of office, which the county settled for $300,000. The claims made him vulnerable to defeat in 2016. And despite a slow, painful three-week vote count last month that saw Roberts go from apparently clinching a second term in office to being defeated for the Dist. 3 seat by Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, the first sitting incumbent defeated on the board in 32 years, Roberts has never lost that smile, or the optimism that fuels it. “I am a very positive person by nature,” Roberts said. “When you get into the business of running for office you know there are going to be winners and losers,” Roberts said. “This time, I lost by a few votes, but at 56 I have a lot more that I still want to do.” While he hasn’t officially decided what path he wants to take after his term officially ends next week, Roberts said he is open to running for public office again. He also spoke openly about his dream job of becoming an executive director for a nonprofit organization. He also wants to continue to champion the causes that he did during his term on the board of supervisors: Environmental and open-space acquisition advocacy, improving the foster care and adoption system, the expansion of mental health services offerings and shedding a light on domestic violence and human trafficking issues in the county. For now, Roberts

Dave Roberts hasn’t yet decided what his next options are after serving one term on the Board of Supervisors. Courtesy photo

said he’s still been doing the work of supervisor until Gaspar is officially sworn into office. He said that he’s done everything to make the transition

When you get into the business of running for office you know there are going to be winners and losers.” Dave Roberts Former Dist. 3 Supervisor

smooth, including briefing her on the projects he was working on encouraging her to not lose sight of them. He has also continued to serve his constituents. One of his last acts included assisting a family in Solana Beach, who had an issue involving their daughter. In a message to Roberts, the family thanked him, saying that he “provided a miracle” for the family. “I hope my legacy is known for providing good constituent services,” Roberts said. “In this case, the system wasn’t working for one of my constituents, and it took an intervention on our behalf to show the system wasn’t working for them and correct it. “I think that’s why I got involved with public office. The system was not working for me and I wanted to make sure that the system not only listened to TURN TO ROBERTS ON 13


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Mobile home fire Escondido conservancy group wants to keep land undeveloped kills a young girl By Steve Puterski

Group is in contract to purchase 1,000 acres By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Protecting the Escondido Creek Watershed is their driving motivation. And the Escondido Creek Conservancy, which is in its 25th year of existence, is aiming to add 1,000 acres of land for more than $11 million to its portfolio. Ann Van Leer, executive director of the conservancy, said the nonprofit is currently in contract to purchase 1,000 acres of land within the watershed. She said 700 acres are in Mountain Gate near Hidden Meadows and 300 acres in John Harvey near Lake Wohlford. Leer said a focus has been to tidy up holes within the watershed to protect instead of being developed. She said the group only engages with willing parties. “Our mission is to preserve and restore the watershed,” Lee

The Escondido Creek Conservancy is in contract to purchase 300 acres of land in the John Henry area to protect in the group’s mission to preserve the Escondido Creek Watershed. Courtesy photo

explained. “One of the ways you do that is buy land. Potentially, you restore it if it needs restoration, otherwise you set aside to protect it in perpetuity.”

The watershed and creek, meanwhile, begins at Bear Valley above Lake Wohlford and flows 26 miles TURN TO CONSERVANCY ON 13

ESCONDIDO — An early morning fire killed a young girl and hospitalized a 10-year-old boy on Thursday, according Escondido Fire Chief Russ Knowles. The blaze erupted at about 12:30 a.m. and is believed to have been caused by candles or an electrical issue, Knowles said, adding that technically the cause is undetermined. “As the first engine pulled up, the majority of them (family members) were out,” Knowles said. “Obviously, they were frantic and telling our first crews there were kids inside.” The boy was saved by the firefighters, who had arrived on the scene shortly after the fire began. Knowles said an Escondido police officer notified the firefighters of “muffled” noises coming from inside the home at

Greencrest Mobilehome Park on West 15th Avenue and Hill Street. Firefighters went into the house, although Knowles said due to the thick smoke the first responders had zero visibility and had to feel their way to the boy. They could not find the girl, who Knowles said is about 5, although fire officials had not confirmed her age. However, firefighters pulled the boy from the blaze and performed CPR and were able to restore a pulse, Knowles added. “He was in critical status,” he explained. “I haven’t heard back if the recovery had continued or not.” Knowles said nine people were in the residence at the time of the fire. He called the event “tragic.” The fire blew out all the windows and doors of TURN TO FIRE ON 15

After a decade of work, Escondido unveils gang tattoo removal program County Comprehensive Gang Task Force and said if we can get all the pieces together, he would buy the machine,” she explained. Horn secured about

By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — It took more than 10 years, but a new gang tattoo removal program was unveiled last week by the Escondido Gang Reduction Intervention Prevention (EGRIP) Taskforce. In addition, EPD Chief Craig Carter, San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, Dr. James Schultz of Neighborhood Healthcare and Patricia Huerta, executive director Escondido Education COMPACT, celebrated the opening of the North County Tattoo Removal Program. The program offers free tattoo removal to youths and young adults who have or want to leave the gang lifestyle, Horn said. Those who have left gang life, but still have ink on their face, neck and hands have difficulty finding jobs, according to EPD Lt. Ed Varso. He said Horn used funds from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds to purchase a laser tattoo removal machine, which will be housed at Neighborhood Healthcare. Varso said the program has been 13 years in the making and the only one in North County. “I’ve been doing the gang task force since 1995,” Horn said. “There is a need there for those who want to get out of the gangs and remove the tattoos and get jobs.” He said another goal is to secure another tattoo removal machine. “This machine is really great,” Horn added. “It’s going to help these people remove the tattoos and get jobs. Nobody wants to hire them … especially for the girls, it’s important for them to get out of the lifestyle and that’s why we are doing this.” Varso said the project came from EGRIP and is a collaborative task force in-

rested or had police contact in the past three years. “We’re really trying to help them to get to the point of being successful,” Huerta said. “If that means they

There is a need there for those who want to get out of the gangs and remove the tattoos and get jobs.” Bill Horn Dist. 5 Supervisor

San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, left, speaks with Dr. James Schultz of Neighborhood Healthcare last week in Escondido to unveil a gang tattoo removal program. Courtesy photo

cluding community groups, schools and others. One goal early on was creating a free tattoo removal program. “A lot of it was looked upon, essentially, giving former gang members a second chance and move on with their lives,” Varso said. “It’s very common for those tattoos to be in very visible places.” Naturally, a big obstacle once former gang members leave the life is the visible reminder inked on their bodies. As such, being hired for any job is very low. Typically, the cost to remove a tattoo can run up to $5,000, which adds to the problem. “It took time to find a funding source,” Varso said. “Back 13 years ago … there

wasn’t anything like it in the county. Now, there is something in San Diego design for those on parole or probation. They feel like they get treated differently even though they are not involved in that lifestyle anymore.” Huerta, who is the cochair for EGRIP, said the EEC will assume the dayto-day responsibilities of the program. In addition, the EEC is funded through CalGrip through the board of state community corrections. Initially, the program was set to be in Vista, but the city’s state funding fell through, so EGRIP, Horn and others came in to get the program into Escondido, Huerta said. “Supervisor Horn actually stepped up at the North

$106,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment fund to purchase the tattoo removal machine. Huerta said her group will get the referrals, screen candidates and make sure the tattoos are gang related and visible. In addition, she said other screening parameters include the former gang members have not been ar-

don’t have a high school diploma, that we’ll work with them to get a GED. If they need to be gainfully employed, which is the ultimate goal of the program, we will help them with that.” Once former gang members meet those, and other, requirements, Dr. Schultz will conduct the tattoo removal.

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Community Commentary

The city of San Marcos ensures public health and safety by taking next steps in tobacco licensing By Gena Knutson

Key court decision gives home buyers new protection California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


o industry is more vital to the finances of vast numbers of Californians than real estate. With homes and buildings the largest assets of millions of families in this state, it’s vital the agents and brokers who buy and sell property do so with integrity. That means telling buyers all known flaws in any home or building they’re considering. It means giving them honest information about square footage of buildings and land. It means refusing to drive client buyers into panicked situations where they become so desperate they bid far above appraised values and asking prices. That’s common practice for most brokers, but sometimes has gone by the wayside in deals where the same agent or brokerage company represents both buyer and seller. Such breaches of what should be common sense ethics have now drawn the ire of the state Supreme Court in a decision based on California’s state constitution, not the federal one that’s usually interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in ways that favor businesses over consumers. So any appeal from it by large brokerages would likely prove fruitless. The decision in a case known as Horiike v. Coldwell Banker, handed down late last fall and overshadowed in news coverage by post-election turmoil and President-elect Donald Trump’s transition process, may be the most important from the state high court in decades. That ruling stemmed from millions of dollars worth of omissions held back from a Hong Kong businessman who in 2007 purchased a beachfront Malibu mansion with sweeping ocean

views for $12.25 million. Two years later, he learned the four-bedroom, 5.5-bath house he thought contained 15,000 square feet actually held less than 10,000 – more than one-third under what he’d been told. Hiroshi Horiike spoke only Chinese and Japanese and felt fortunate when he found an agent who could communicate with him in Japanese. He didn’t know it was important that the seller was also represented by another agent of the same brokerage. The agent for the seller, court papers said, used pub-

The ruling means Horiike, whose damage claim against both the seller’s agent and the brokerage, can return to trial court, where his case was rejected years ago. Now he’ll be able to seek millions of dollars in both actual and punitive damages because the house he bought was not even twothirds as large as advertised. Others who feel similarly wronged or deceived will also be able to sue. But the decision still leaves agents and brokerage firms able to legally represent both buyer and seller in any given transaction. They merely have to

It will assure more honesty not just when billionaires buy mansions...but also for buyers of far smaller homes... lic records to learn that the manse actually had a living area of 9,434 square feet, plus a guesthouse, a garage and a basement that brought the total area to “approximately 15,000 square feet of living space,” as one listing for the property put it. At a showing, the agent gave Horiike a flyer advising in small print that, “Broker/ Agent does not guarantee the accuracy of the square footage.” When he got a building permit for some remodeling two years later, Horiiki noticed a lower square footage number and sued the brokerage, which had a legal duty to pursue the best interests of the buyer as well as the seller, because both agents worked for the same company. It took more than seven years for the case to be decided in Horiike’s favor by the state’s highest court, which set a precedent for all other cases where agents from the same brokerage represent both buyer and seller.

disclose all the information they possess to the buyer, amazingly not previously of their obligations. This obvious-seeming duty may create new paperwork for agents, who will probably have to give more details than before to prospective buyers. But it also offers large new protections to home buyers across California, who often use proceeds from selling one house to buy another. It will assure more honesty not just when billionaires buy mansions in Malibu or Marin County, but also for buyers of far smaller homes in Fontana, Redwood City, Madera, Auburn and every other California locale. It’s a bit of relief in an era when almost every appeals court and regulatory agency favors business interests over the customers they’re supposed to serve. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit

The year 2016 was a banner year for tobacco control advocates in California. The state raised the legal age to smoke to 21. Workplaces and schools are now entirely tobacco free with e-cigarettes now defined as tobacco products. California voters also passed a tobacco tax. All these measures will discourage smoking and save lives. Nine of every 10 smokers start as teens. And preventing youth smoking is key to reducing tobacco’s deadly toll. Locally, the city of San Marcos passed a Tobacco Retail License (TRL), joining the ranks of 124 cities and counties in California that have adopted a local tobacco retailer licensing law. A TRL policy has not been passed in San Diego County since 2009. The policy requires tobacco retailers to pay an annual fee of approximately $190 which covers the costs to perform compliance checks to ensure no one under the age of 21 is purchasing tobacco products illegally. The new policy encourages responsible tobacco retailing and discourages the violation of California’s tobacco laws. A strong TRL ordinance, paired with education and dedicated funds for enforcement, has proven effective in decreasing rates of illegal tobacco sales to minors in many cities throughout the state. In San Diego County, TRL policies have been adopted in El Cajon (2004), Vista (2005), city of San Diego (2007) and

Solana Beach (2009). Based on data from annual compliance checks, tobacco sales to minors declined significantly, from 40 percent to one percent in El Cajon, and 39 percent to one percent in Vista. In El Cajon, tobacco use among high school juniors has decreased and the number of the city’s teens reporting that tobacco is easy to get has decreased. Preventing tobacco product sales to youth will prevent a lifetime of addiction, and benefit the entire community for years to come. Why is it important to put policies in place that reduce youth access to tobacco products? This past week the U.S. Surgeon General sounded the alarm on “vaping,” calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation’s youth. According to the California Healthy Kids Survey, 21 percent of ninth graders and 34 percent of eleventh graders in San Marcos have reported smoking an e-cigarette. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the percentage of teens using e-cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014. This statistic begs the question: where are teens getting e-cigarettes? A local TRL policy puts focus on preventing the sale or distribution of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) to those under 21 from a retailer, helping to protect public health and safety. Of course, most retailers do not sell tobacco products to minors, but a TRL ordinance requires

all retailers to act responsibly, ultimately creating a safer retail environment for everyone. Stores that are caught violating the ordinance up to four times in three years will face suspensions on selling tobacco products. A store that has five violations in three years could have its licensed revoked. Also, the new policy requires stores to follow state law regarding sales of drug paraphernalia. Any store found selling drug paraphernalia could have their tobacco retail license suspended or revoked. The Tobacco Control Program at VCC is advancing community health by successfully advocating measures to reduce minors’ access to tobacco products and the ban of e-cigarettes in public spaces in North County communities. Our collaboration with local government and businesses has resulted in smoke-free public spaces in North County including: beaches in Oceanside and Carlsbad; parks in Oceanside, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; outdoor dining areas in Carlsbad and Oceanside; and North County Transit District vehicles. For more information, contact Gena Knutson, Program Manager for Vista Community Clinic’s Tobacco Control Program, (760) 631-5000 ext. 7165. This material was made possible with the funds received from the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988-Proposition 99, through the California Department of Public Health, Contract CTCP-15-10247

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Billions of dollars at stake over County Water Authority, MWD legal battle By Steve Puterski

REGION — “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.” Whether or not Mark Twain coined the term, the axiom rings true, especially in the West and specifically the water war between the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) and the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). The battle raging between the two entities has resulted in higher water rates for customers in San Diego County. In November, the Carlsbad Municipal Water District Board of Directors (the City Council), approved rate increases stemming from a cost of service study. The study, though, was influenced by the rates from the MWD, according to Carlsbad Finance Manager Aaron Beanan. “I sympathize with what everyone is saying,” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said. “I have six water meters. When water goes up, I pay six fold. In California, given the cost of energy, given the cost of environmental regulation and a whole host of things, trying to keep water under a 4 or 5 percent increase a year is almost impossible to do.” MWD is a regional water wholesaler delivering to 26 agencies — 14 cities, 11 municipal water districts and one county (San Diego) water authority. MWD supplies more than 19 million people with water and is the largest distributor of treated drinking water in the country. The massive entity has a 38-person board of directors with SDCWA represented by Keith Lewinger, Elsa Saxod and Fern Steiner. “The story of the water rate increases starts about 100 miles north in downtown Los Angeles,” said SDCWA Assistant General Manager Dennis Cushman of MWD. “We also pay Metropolitan to transport our independent Colorado River supplies.” The MWD sells water to the SDCWA, who then sells to 24 other agencies throughout the county. As such, those entities base their rates off the cost of water, deliveries and other factors from SDCWA and MWD. However, the SDCWA filed its first lawsuit against the MWD several years ago for illegal charges of rates for use of the Colorado Aqueduct. A state judge ruled in favor of SDCWA in November 2015 for illegal rate charges from 2011-14 and awarded $243 million in damages, costs, pre-judgment interest and attorney’s fees. It was the largest plaintiff’s award in civil litigation in the state in 2015, according to Cushman. The MWD, however, appealed the ruling to the

The San Diego County Water Authority is raising rates for 2017-18 by more than 5 percent due to a 12.1 percent increase from the Metropolitan Water District. Customers of various agencies are upset about rising costs. Photo by Steve Puterski

California State Supreme Court. But the SDCWA filed its fourth lawsuit in April alleging MWD used the same “scheme” when setting its rates for 2017 and 2018. SDCWA alleges MWD overcharged by more than $134 million and combined with the previous suit, the total is estimated to be at $524 million, not including interest, court costs and attorney’s fees. MWD’s appeal, however, is expected to be heard in early 2017 with a ruling coming later in the year. “There isn’t much to talk about,” said MWD spokesman Armando Acuna. “There’s really nothing to say. We just have to wait for the outcome of the appeal.” But in the meantime, many residents, businesses and agriculture industries are seeing higher rates due to the alleged infractions of MWD. Still, MWD is pushing forward with its rate increases for 2017-18 and will raise costs by 12.1 percent. The trickle-down effect has become more of a waterfall and residents are upset. According to the MWD website, it states that the new rate increases are 4 percent overall for the next two years. Acuna said the rise in cost includes transporting the water through MWD’s system. As for the 12.1 percent claim by SDCWA and its other agencies, he said he did not know where those numbers originated. “We’re in the midst of a two-year budget,” Acuna added. “I don’t know where that (12.1 percent) came from. It’s 4 percent,” he said. In Carlsbad, the CMWD approved a 4.85 percent increase ($4.91) for 2017 and an additional $3.29 in 2018 for potable

water. The costs were calculated by using the average user in the district. To reduce further financial burdens to its customers, the CWMD dipped into its water operations reserve account using $2 million to keep the rate increase below 5 percent. Even as Hall and Beanan explained the process, the city received 137 protest letters and several residents spoke in opposition to the rate hike during last week’s city council meeting. SDCWA, meanwhile, dropped $20 million out if its reserve fund to soften its spike. For 2017, the SDCWA increase is 5.89 percent. “We have done more in San Diego than any other agency anywhere,” Hall explained, “because we are at the end of the pipe. We know what it’s like to have a pipe go dry.” In 1991, it was one of the driest years on record and Carlsbad was reliant on MWD for about 85 to 90 percent of its water. So, the wheels were set in motion to construct a desalination plant, which opened in December 2015. Also, the CWMD and county made an agreement to buy water from the Imperial Irrigation District in East County. CWMD also spent billions on lining canals, storage facilities plus the desalination plant. “They (MWD) started using a rate structure or methodology that was not fair to all,” Hall explained. “All through the late-90s and into the 2000s we tried to negotiate, we tried everything humanly possible to try to get them to understand that their rates have had a nexus in order for them to charge us whatever they’ve charged us. They have literally overcharged billions over time.” Carlsbad breakdown

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he rate increases approved cover 2017 ($4.91) and 2018 ($3.29) and for a combined $8.20 over the next two years for potable water. Potable water is delivered from Northern California and the Colorado River through a web of canals and aqueducts, the final leg of which is own by the MWD.

As for recycled water, those rates will also increase by $68.24 in 2017 and $55.89 in 2018 for a two-year total of $124.13. Recycled water, though, is primarily used for agricultural purposes and watering city landscaping. Customers, though, do get a respite, as their wastewater fees will not increase over the next two

years. Since 2009, however, the rate increase percentages have dropped drastically for potable and recycled water. On Jan. 1, 2009, the city raised rates by 20 percent for potable water and by about 17 percent on Aug. 1, 2009, and Jan. 1, 2010. Jan. 1, 2012, was the last time the rates were increased by double-digits when it was 10 percent. As for recycled water, those rates increased between 17 to 25 percent from Jan. 1, 2009, through 2011. In 2012, a 10 percent spike was incurred and since those rates have fallen from 7.5 percent to 4.85. In 2018, the increase will be 4 percent. Carlsbad’s water portfolio, meanwhile, has expanded drastically in the past three decades. In the early 1990s, more than 90 percent of its water was imported. Today, 54.5 percent of water is purchased through the SDCWA, which also forces rates to increase as the cost of operations and maintenance of the system must be taken into account. Recycled and desalinated water currently make up 45.6 percent of the portfolio, but is projected to dip slightly to 43.3 percent by 2040. Although rates increased when the CarlsTURN TO WATER ON 7

COMMUNITY MEMBER OPENING ON TRI-CITY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE The Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors currently has a community membership opening on the following working Committee: 1. Audit/Compliance/Ethics Committee – one opening. This Committee meets monthly. Applicants shall have a basic understanding of finance and accounting and be able to read and understand financial statements, and shall have experience and familiarity with the specialized issues relating to health care financial issues. Applicants will be expected to attain a basic understanding of the design and operation of an Internal Audit Program and Ethics & Compliance Program, including: (1) review of Office of Inspector General/AHLA materials for Boards; (2) review of OIG compliance program guidance; and (3) attendance at relevant educational sessions presented by the Chief Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor, and/or the Health Care Compliance Association or similar organizations. If members of the public have an interest in serving as a community member on the above listed Committee, please send a resume or biography delineating your experience relevant to this Committee to: Teri Donnellan, Executive Assistant Tri-City Medical Center 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 Your information will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Committee and Board Chairperson for review and consideration. After consideration by the full Committee, a recommendation will be forwarded to the full Board of Directors for final approval/ appointment. All appointments are voluntary and do not include compensation. Community members shall serve a term of two years, with an option to renew the appointment for one additional two year term. At the conclusion of the second term, the community member shall not be eligible to serve on the same Board Committee for at least two years. It is preferable that a community member shall be a member of no more than one Board Committee at a time. The Board of Directors of Tri-City Healthcare District desires to ensure that its Committee community members are knowledgeable as to the issues that face the District. Therefore, only applications submitted by persons residing within the boundaries of the Tri-City Healthcare District will be considered.


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Holiday reflections Northbound vince vasquez


easons greetings, North County! I’m writing to you, after spending a week with my sister, brother in law, and my three adorable young nieces over the Christmas break. It was a great time together — I enjoy the privilege of my duties as a godfather — and a chance to be a part of the lives of my loved ones. So much has changed. Before the birth of my oldest niece (who now is 8 years old), I had never held a baby in my arms before. Our family is small, and I don’t have much experience with young ones. When my sister placed her daughter in my care, it was a powerful moment for me. I also was terrified that she would somehow break, or hurt herself in my care. In the following visits my sister made to San Diego with her family, my nieces would admittedly stress me out. It’s nothing that they would do — they’re all angels and are really well raised and behaved — it’s just the draining, exhausting experience of spending 12 waking hours nonstop with children.

Is that a common experience for other adults? I had a newfound respect and admiration for all the stay at home parents and single parents out there that get it done, day in and day out. This last trip was so different. My sister left me with the girls a few times when she needed to run errands, and I was also really hands on with them. The stress and anxiety from previous trips melted away, and I thrived as my role as uncle. I enjoyed every moment, every playtime, and for the first time seeing the world from their eyes. Without them, my house now seems so quiet. They love visiting Carlsbad, playing in the backyard, and otherwise escaping the volatile weather of north Austin for the perfect mild weather of North County. We have so much to offer here that’s family friendly, wholesome, and safe. My wish to you this holiday season is that you grow and reconnect in the relationships with your family and loved ones. Time is passing us all by, and it’s so important we make every moment count. Getting the perspective we need in life doesn’t require a seminar or money — it may come from something as simple and everyday as the eyes of an eight year old. Vince Vasquez is an economist based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.

Vista places a call out to artists for new skate park murals

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Deadline to submit sketches and proposals is Jan. 26

Stay tuned for 2017

VISTA — Two large walls at the two, yet-to-befinished skate parks along N. Santa Fe Avenue are going to be in need of some art. With construction on the two parks expected to be finished in the summer, the city’s public arts commission has placed a call out to artists (individuals or teams) to create murals at the two sites. “The Commission is open to all ideas for the murals,” said Andrea McCullogh, the city’s communications officer. The artist chosen will receive a commission of $9,000 for the perimeter wall and walkway at the 400 N. Santa Fe Ave., site; with another artist receiving a $6,000 commission for the perimeter wall and restroom at the 510 N. Santa Fe Ave., skate park. The budget for the murals is coming from park development fees, according to McCullogh. The deadline to submit sketches and proposals is Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Interviews with the five to seven selected artists will be Feb. 8, with the commission selection coming

GFWC Contemporary Women of North County member Kathleen King is raising Canine Companions for Independence Puppy “Shea II,” one of the support puppies on their way to providing support as assistance dogs for people with disabilities. For more information, visit Courtesy photo

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By Tony Cagala

The city of Vista is looking for artists to create murals on the walls of two new skate parks currently under construction. Rendering courtesy city of Vista

March 7. The City Council will have the final approval of the commission’s selections. Once approved, the artists will have until June 30 to complete the murals.

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surprise give-a-ways, and of course, cheers to 2017. Tickets on sale at the Senior Center or visit or call (760) 943-2250.

DEC. 30 WORD STAR Show you’re a champion wordsmith at Scrabble every Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) 943-2250 for more information.

JAN. 1 PENGUIN PLUNGE Plunge into the New Year during Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge dip in the Pacific Ocean at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street, Del Mar. No wetsuits allowed. Donuts and coffee will be served.

DEC. 31 NEW YEAR AT CENTER Tickets are available now for the Portland Cello Project Jan. 22 and Garrison Keillor’s Final Tour Jan. 25, at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 NB. Escondido Blvd, Escondido. For tickets and information, call (800) 988-4253 or visit SOCIAL CENTER NEW YEAR Celebrate the arrival of the New Year at the Senior Social Dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Encinitas Community Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $10 for live music by The Credit Union, plus refreshments,

JAN. 3 AFTER THE HOLIDAYS San Diego Archaeological Center comes back from the holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 3 at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. For exhibits and information, visit sandiegoarchaeology. org/ ARE YOU A NEWCOMER? Oceanside Newcomers and Friends will meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m., in the Veterans Association of North County building at 1617 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. For information, visit oceansidenewcomers, or call (760) 721-0112, or email



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A tour of the property sites is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. Reservations are required by noon, Jan. 10. Email Rachel Beld, management analyst with the city at rbeld@

JAN. 4 MAKING NEW FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend the Pizaro Brothers concert at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Jan. 4. Reservations are required at (858) 674-4324. JAN. 5 SOROPT I M ISTS ADDRESS HUMAN TRAFFICKING The Soroptimist’s Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative will host guest speaker Tina Paulson from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 5 at the United Methodist Church of Vista’s Fellowship Hall, 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista. Also discussed will be the Soroptimist’s upcoming Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Jan. 21. Collaborative meetings are free to public. TOT TIME AT LIBRARY Escondido Public Library offers Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5 and Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays in January at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are

t’s nearly 2017. While I am scrambling to stay tuned in, the very fact that we are almost two decades into a new century still gives me pause. All I have to do to feel rather ancient is remember all those decades before cell phones, the length of my skirts in high school, and that my college years saw the launch of women’s liberation and the moon landing. I am definitely swimming upstream in the world of staying au courant. Even I wince when I have to admit what decade I was born. When I need to register some new wireless device, I flat-out lie and list an ‘80s birth year. I figure if I tell the truth, they will relegate me to one radio channel, ads for hearing aids and how to embrace your gray hair. I am also shameless about laughing at generally outrageous web sites that are favorites of my younger friends. Bless them for keeping me laughing out loud. I do, of course, have, and love, friends my age. They understand things no one else ever will, like cocktail parties, the proper use of the TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 15

walking and up to 3 yearsold, at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, or call (760) 839-4827 or email dwood@ SCHOOL TOURS The Grauer School will host Discover Grauer Day tours on Jan. 5, Jan. 11, and Jan. 18. Tours will start at 9 a.m., on the Grauer campus, 1500 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas. MARK THE CALENDAR PENGUIN PLUNGE Plunge into the New Year during Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge dip in the Pacific Ocean at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street, Del Mar. No wetsuits allowed! Donuts and coffee will be served. SOCIAL CENTER NEW YEAR Celebrate the arrival of the New Year at the Senior Social Dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Encinitas Community Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $10 for live music by The Credit Union, plus refreshments, surprise give-a-ways, and of course, cheers to 2017. Tickets on sale at the Senior Center or visit or call (760) 943-2250.

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bad Desalination Plant went online in 2015, the city estimates those rates will decrease in about 10 years. Where does the money go? WMD uses 67 percent of its potable budget to purchase water, while the 12 percent is used for replacement, 11 percent for operations and maintenance and 10 percent on personnel. Those figures are for both fiscal year 2015-16 and 2016-17. The recycled water budget, meanwhile, uses 26 percent for water purchases, 24 for debt service, 15 for personnel, 14 for replacement, 11 to Encina and 10 percent for operations and maintenance for FY 2015-16. As for FY 2016-17, 24 percent of funds go to debt service, 20 percent to water purchases, 18 for personnel, 15 to replacement, 13 to Encina and 10 for operations and maintenance. Finally, wastewater funds are directed into four categories. Replacement takes 34 percent followed by Encina with 27, O&M at 20 and personnel with 19 for FY 2015-16. In FY 2016-17, 35 percent flows into replacement followed by 28 to Encina, 20 percent for O&M and 17 to personnel.


Escondido’s place orth County’s largest city, meanwhile, is a bit different from the coastal communities in its share of the county water network. According to Chris McKinney, director of Public Utilities in Escondido, the city imports most of its potable water and receives no allotment from Carlsbad’s desalination plant because Escondido is a raw (untreated) water purchaser. The city treats the liquid at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) station before pumping it for use. McKinney said the city still benefits because it increases the system’s reliability, which allows Escondido a slightly larger slice of imported water because others have the sustainability of desalinated water. “The water authority is by the biggest supplier of our water,” McKinney said of the SDCWA. “Even in a wet year, they are probably three-quarters of our water supply.” Like Carlsbad, Escondido is also heavily investing in reclaimed water. Currently the city receives 4 million gallons of recycled water per day, but ongoing long-term projects throughout the city will increase the total to 12 million gallons per day, McKinney said. Although the finished project will not be “fully” executed for about 15 to 20 years, McKinney said the added water supply will also be treated for potable use, which then will allow the city to reduce its purchase orders. The upgrades will cost about $275 million.



T he C oast News - I nland E dition Of course, the recycled potable use is dependent on the state approving the project, among other factors. “It will save us an enormous amount of money,” McKinney said of the pending project. And while rates may not decrease, McKinney said it’s due to those project costs, maintenance of facilities, pipes, debt service and personnel. The city purchases water from the county and MWD via the Colorado River and Northern California sources. Escondido portfolio s an agency, Escondido represents slightly more than 3 percent of SDCWA deliveries. In total, Escondido purchases about 95 percent of its raw water from SDCWA. The city then pumps it to its facilities for treatment. Ongoing litigation between SDCWA and MWD, McKinney said, is not a huge driver in rate increases for Escondido. Instead, capital improvements such as building and repairing infrastructure from pipes to plants are factors in rate increases. Over the past five years the increases have been driven by the need to maintain debt service ratios. “Obviously, for any agency to be financially healthy you need to have enough income to cover your debt payments,” McKinney said. “We have minimum requirements from our bondholders to have a certain amount of revenue in excess of our expenses.” In 2011-12, debt drove those increases, but currently McKinney said it is not the case. However, as new infrastructure brings new debt, McKinney said the city is more careful over costs, rate increases, revenue and other financial aspects to cover the debt. If the litigation holds, Escondido would receive about $1.25 million per year for the years under dispute, McKinney explained. “We could be getting a several million dollar payment if the county water authority is ultimately victorious,” he added. “However, that is money we are not counting on getting. We don’t budget for it. If we get it … perhaps that would mean we wouldn’t have to raise rates as much in the future.” The San Luis River basin makes up from 2 to 3 percent to up to 40 percent in a wet year of the city supply, with a 25 percent average. The remainder is from the SDCWA. Of course, the city is engaged in an aggressive recycled water expansion. The problem is about 85 percent of their recycled water feeds a San Diego Gas & Electric power plant for cooling. The recycled water expansion, meanwhile, is driven by two factors. First, the outfall for treated wastewater, which the city is outgrowing, cannot handle the scale of water. In short, the pipe is too small as the city population


continues to grow. “It would be too expensive and probably impossible from an environmental perspective to build a bigger pipe,” McKinney added. “By redirecting that water back into town, we avoid spending more than half-abillion dollars on a new … pipeline.” The expansion program will generate revenue by selling recycled water along with spending less money on imported water. “Over the next 30, 40, 50 years the city will reap a lot of benefits, a lot of savings, frankly,” McKinney said. Another project rom 2010’s rates to the current rates, Hall estimated the overcharge per year is $100 million. The money from the judgment was put into an escrow account, not to be touched, with at least 7 percent interest, the mayor added. The rate increase is just for water, Hall said, stressing no money is for operations, maintenance, personnel, electricity and other portions for the bill. As for the future of the litigation, Hall said the CWMD is “reluctant” to discuss possible outcomes, even with one judgment in favor of SDCWA. “You never know what a judge is going to say,” he explained. “In the bestcase scenario and when the smoke clears and use what this judge is awarding, it will probably be between $700 million to $750 million.” Desalinated water is one more supply, which would also not figure into any state mandated cutbacks as seen in 2015-16. Seven percent of the county’s supply is from desalinated water, while Carlsbad’s take is between 7 to 10 percent. Carlsbad buys 2,500-acre feet per year from the plant. Recycled water, meanwhile, makes up for at least 30 percent of the city’s portfolio. The city has spent about $92 million in the past 20-plus years to increase its reclaimed water, which filters up the ladder for fewer purchases from the SDCWA and MWD for imported water. The county portfolio is about 40 percent from MWD and is expected to decrease by 2020. While Hall is hesitant to discuss rate decreases, he noted it might not be a possibility due to another massive project. Another cost that could soon come is from the Twin Tunnels project, also known as California WaterFix, in Sacramento. With an estimated $15.7 billion price tag, the plan is to lay two tunnels, four stories high for 35 miles under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Northern California, according to reports from the Associated Press. The AP stated the project could “dwarf” the English Channel tunnel and Boston’s Big Dig. The Twin Tunnels


would deliver water to Southern California users and payment would come from those cities and farmers. If approved, construction would begin in 2018 and take 10 years, according to KCRA 3 TV station in Sacramento. “Depending on your perspective on climate change … it begs the question how do you keep the delta water reliable for 50 years?” Hall asked. SDCWA’s challenges ate increases from MWD have had a “profound impact” on SDCWA rates, which trickles down to member agencies, from MWD water supplies and transportation rates, Cushman said. In addition, he railed against MWD’s “monopoly” on transportation from the Colorado River to San Diego County. SDCWA has studied proposals to build its own aqueduct from the county to the Colorado River, but the significant cost and the fact that SDCWA is the largest investor in the MWD aqueduct makes the option difficult to green light. “We’ve already paid for a system of pipelines and aqueducts,” Cushman said. The litigation is a fight over prices paid for transporting the independent Colorado River supply purchased from IID, not the water bought from MWD. “That’s the litigation we’ve already won at the Su-


perior Court level,” Cushman said. “We have eight years under litigation.” According to Cushman, MWD is governed by the law, state Constitution and the legislature, which is not a regulatory agency. MWD is not regulated by any state agency, while its rates are governed by the state Constitution, he added. “Public water agencies such as Metropolitan, such as the water authority, cannot charge any more for any service we provide than the cost of service,” Cushman explained. “So ratemaking is legally founded in the principle of cost of service. It is actually ensconced in the California Constitution. It’s what we’ve been fighting for on the behalf of Carlsbad and the rest of our 24-member agency.” Over the past 10 years, MWD has more than doubled the cost of treated water and its service areas, Cushman said. “Their justification, as they’ve said in court over several trials and the litigation, is that whatever the majority of the board votes on is the law,” he added. “That’s simply not true … and that they are exempt from the California Constitution requirements for cost of service. There is a Latin phrase for it called, ‘Ipse Dixit.’ Ipse Dixit means, ‘because I said so.’” If litigation holds, even on appeal to the state Supreme Court, Cushman said there are two avenues. One is amount of money, with interest, illegally collected must be returned

to the SDCWA. If victorious, the SDCWA will deduct legal expenses that have not been recovered from MWD and then refund the balance to the 24-member agencies in direct proportion to their share of the overcharges. “They would each get a check back from the water authority for significant numbers,” Cushman said. Secondly and more importantly, he added, MWD would be forced to reform its water rates and charge only legal rates. Over a 45-year period, Cushman said it would save SDCWA between $4 billion to $7 billion “that we won’t have to charge to our member agencies.” It would also be a significant decrease to SDCWA’s wholesale water rate to member entities. “The overall stakes in the litigation, between $4 billion to $7 billion probably makes it one of the biggest in state history,” Cushman said.


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Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd

In loving memory of

Livier Alvarez “Lili” McGee December 15, 2016

Lili McGee, 88, died at home in Encinitas on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Her death was caused by recently diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Lili was born to Luz Maria Padilla and Matias Alvarez Escoto in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1928 and, as an infant, immigrated to the US. She married Thomas F. McGee in 1957 in Chicago, and together they had four daughters. The family moved to Solana Beach from Chicago in 1972, and Tom and Lili moved to Encinitas in 2005. Before having children, Lili worked as Secretary to the head of the Surgical Department for The University of Chicago. She was devoted to many causes and spent countless hours volunteering, including involvement in the organization of the Grape Picker’s Union during the sixties, and working as a medical translator at Project Concern’s Cancer Detection Clinic

in Tijuana. She was incredibly supportive of Tom’s career as a clinical psychologist and professor. They enjoyed traveling together, both business related and with the entire family. Lili loved music, art, and good food. An accomplished Mexican chef, she threw legendary parties, whether it was a family Christmas replete with tamales, a piñata party for a child’s birthday, or a celebration for Tom’s psychology interns. Their home was filled with laughter. Lili shared her love of her native Mexico with her husband and daughters, and occasionally recited Mexican poetry. On every family birthday, Tom and Lili serenaded their daughters with Las Mananitas, with Lili on the guitar. She initiated family trips to Mexico and was filled with pride as she showed off ancient archeological sites, museums and cathedrals. She enjoyed classical music, Mexican folk music and the Beatles. She and Tom frequently attended live performances of opera and symphonic music, and their daughters were indoctrinated into a world of music from birth. She loved her children very much. She was a constant role model in their lives. Lili and Tom often visited their out of state daughters and grandchildren. In her role as “Grandma Lili”, she was treated as a friend, co-conspirator, elder stateswoman and trusted confidante. She continued to be a dear friend to Tom’s former students and colleagues,


visited often. Lili is survived by her loving and beloved husband of nearly 60 years, Thomas F. McGee, daughters Joan (Richard) Qualls, Diana McGee, Paula (Paul) McGee Woods, and Maria (Sunny) Al-Shamma, as well as grandchildren Mari, Sandy and Ben Guttman, Anthony and Susanna Riehm, Gabi, Eisa, and Felice Al-Shamma, and Liliama Woods. She is also survived by her sister Raquel Alvarez Campos, and many nieces and nephews, including Laura Montealegre, with whom she shared a very special bond. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Nazaria, Juan Manuel, Carmen Graciela, Juan Manuel II, Concepcion, Roberto and Berta. She leaves behind a host of dear friends and will be greatly missed. In service to others to the end, Lili chose to donate her body for medical research. The family plans to hold a memorial service and commitment of her ashes at a future date. In lieu of flowers, Lili asked that contributions be made to Community Resource Center, 650 Second Street, Encinitas, CA 92024, (760) 2306307,; Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, 1075 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108,; and the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, 3220 Mission Avenue Suite 2, Oceanside CA 92058, (760) 994-1690, n c re s o u rc e c e n t e r. o rg .

Renee Spencer, 88 Oceanside December 20, 2016

Nevenka Minceff, 88 Escondido December 17, 2016

Lillian Anderson, 93 Oceanside December 20, 2016

Maria Ercilia Lopez, 93 San Marcos December 15, 2016

Sook Ja Kim, 87 Oceanside December 19, 2016

Maria Lara, 84 Escondido December 13, 2016

Samintra Devee Starr, 36 Carlsbad December 19, 2016

Cirina Martinez Garcia, 59 Oceanside December 15, 2016

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It is not length of life, but depth of life. — Emerson Ralph Waldo

In loving memory of

Louis Frank Petrella December 1, 2016

Louis Petrella passed away peacefully in his Encinitas home on Dec. 1st 2016 surrounded by family & friends & loved ones. He was hugged & kissed by all and finally serenaded into heaven by his granddaughter Sarah Petrella singing “You Are My Sunshine” which was his wife Giulia’s (who passed away in 2012) favorite song. He is survived by his four children Theresa Hildebrandt, Phyllis Head, Rosalie Rota & Ben Petrella, 14 Grandchildren & 12 Great. Louis was born on April 1, married on Feb 1 and passed away on Dec 1 at the age of 91. He was always number 1 with anyone who knew him too. He had a love for people that everyone could feel. Born one of 11 children to Frank & Rose Petrella in 1925. He grew up during

the Great Depression. During World War ll, he joined the Navy and was stationed in Italy where he met his wife Giulia. She left the beautiful Amalfi Coast to move to Brooklyn, NY & start a family with Louis. In 1956 a sarcoma was found & Louis had to have his leg amputated. But Louis kept working as a lithographer and in 1959 moved his family to Bethpage, NY and then in 1975 retired to Encinitas, CA. Both Louis & Julia loved CA. because it reminded them of Italy Retired Louis spent many hours volunteering at the VA where he would try to cheer up young men & women who had lost limbs. Seeing him so happy to be alive with such a great spirit, he was an inspiration to many. He was also a proud member of The Knights of Columbus & The Elks Lodge in Encinitas. He spent many hours working with the Sons of Italy and many other Italian Clubs to better the name of Italian Americans. And in 2005 he was awarded the Cavalier award by the Italian Government which is the equivalent of being knighted. His memory will live on forever & will truly be missed by everyone who knew him. His memorial service will be held Jan 7, 2017, 11 am at St. John Catholic church in Encinitas.

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Oh-So-Sweet Dreams The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase “master artisans” recently, unveiled its made-toorder $149,900 mattress. Bloomberg News reported in December on Hastens’ use of superior construction materials such as pure steel springs, “slow-growing” pine, multiple layers of flax, horsehair lining (braided by hand, then unwound to ensure extra spring), and cotton covered by flame-retardant wool batting. With a 25-year guarantee, an eight-houra-day sleep habit works out to $2 an hour. (Bonus: The Bloomberg reviewer, after a trial run, gave the “Vividus” a glowing thumbs-up.) The Job of the Researcher Humans are good at recognizing faces, but exceptionally poor at recognition when the same face’s features are scrambled or upside down. In December, a research team from the Netherlands and Japan published findings that chimpanzees are the same way — when it comes to recognizing other chimps’ butts. That suggests, the scientists concluded, that sophisticated recognition of rear ends is as important for chimps (as “socio-sexual signaling,” such as prevention of inbreeding) as faces are to humans. Sounds Like a Joke Spencer Hanvey, 22, was charged with four burglaries of the same MedCare Pharmacy in Conway, Ark., in October and November, using the same modus operandi each time  to steal  drugs. (Bonus: Oddly, the drugs were not for  obsessive-compulsive disorder.)  (2) If You See Something, Say Something: Hamden (Connecticut) High School was put into lockdown for an hour on Dec. 15 when a student was seen running in the hallway, zig-zagging from side to side, swinging an arm and leaping into the air. Police were called, but quickly learned that it was just a 12th-grade boy practicing a basketball move and pretending to dunk.

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The highs and lows of Licking the Plate in 2016


t was another fun year of Licking the Plate in North County with another crop of stellar new restaurant and culinary discoveries, profiles of local businesses dining habits, and just random free flowing foodie thoughts. It wasn’t all good news though — there were some losses — yet overall, I’d say the positive developments far outweighed the negative. With that let’s start with the good stuff. Campfire opened in Carlsbad and quickly established itself as not only one of the go-to restaurants in North County but San Diego as a whole. Executive Chef Andrew Bachelier who cut his chops at Blanca, Addison and Cucina Enoteca, is tending the fires at Campfire and is killing it.

Lick the Plate columnist David Boylan’s go-to chicken parm sub from the late Manhattan Giant Pizza is one of his biggest losses of the year. The restaurant closed down earlier in the year. Photo by Brooks Venters

Fresh off my column from last week, and two years in the making, Moto Deli and Chef Andy Halvorsen are the shining new stars in Leucadia. While we

all mourned the loss of Sub Palace, Moto Deli is making their departure much easier to take. I will keep you posted on chef Andy’s planned house-

cured corned beef sandwich coming soon. Rosati’s Chicago themed bar and grill in Encinitas brought us a slice of the windy city and their

Italian beef is a respectable substitute for the real deal. This place went completely bonkers when the Cubs won the World Series. I was introduced to Kombucha through the chef duo of Michael Zonfrilli and Steven Strupp whose chef crafted Bambucha Kombucha launched locally. Consider me fully on this healthy and delicious new beverage category poised to go mainstream. Since their column a couple months ago they have expanded their distribution and are poised for a breakout 2017. I’ll have an update on their progress later this year. Birdseye Kitchen is another new local favorite with their beauty of a location and design combined with their Asian comfort food. My favorite besides their fab Spring Rolls is the Curry Noodles or Khao-poon galee gai that consisted of coconut curry broth, chicken, rice vermicelli noodles, onions, mint, bean sprouts, organic potatoes, carrots, cabbage and cilantro. The TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 15

The Top Ten tasting wines of 2016 • Frei Brothers Chardonnay, Sonoma, Calif., 2015; $12. Russian River Chardonnay with quality way above its price. Cool climate brings out the flavor of green apple and zesty orange with nutty

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his past year was a fascinating one for a wine industry that has never been one to rest on its past successes. Great chefs have flocked to San Diego and brought with them menu formats that include great wines. The urban winery format has multiplied in our large communities where one brand is served, made from grapes brought in from the best vineyards in the state. The wines of Baja Mexico are finally showing what they are made of (I have one in my Top 10). The list also includes two from Italy, one from Washington and six from California. An amazing six blends make up the majority of flavors, with two Pinot Noirs, one Chardonnay and one Sangiovese. Prices can always vary, but the ones shown are the best I could find after sourcing (five of the wine are priced under $25). Wines are shown in alphabetical order. All are ranked “Excellentâ€? by my guidelines of flavor, body and value. • Arcanum Il Fauno Blend, Tuscany Italy, 2012; $20. Here’s what’s called a “Super Tuscanâ€? in the old country, but at a price that can’t be beat! It’s a polished, flavorful red in a spicy, earthy style. The wine ranked No. 19 in Wine Spectator’s year-end top 100. • Columbia Crest H3 Les Chevaux Red Blend, Wash., 2012; $12. A lively



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North County Wine Company’s Bill and Jim Tobin pour samples of their Top Ten recently and it included the Arcanum Il Fauno 2012 from Tuscany, a TASTE OF WINE choice. Photo by Frank Mangio

blend named for the horses that roamed Horse Heaven Hills in Eastern Washington. Dark, fruity, cherry flavors, with smooth tannins. Another low priced triumph for Columbia Crest. • Enlace Pinot Noir, Monterey, Calif., 2014; $16. The values keep coming. This one fills a few bins at COSTCO. Deep, inky red.

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o n trary t o popular thought here on the West Coast, those who live and work e’louise ondash in the Washington, D.C. metro area are not consumed by P-O-L-I-T-I-C-S. No, just like all Americans who live beyond the Beltway, D.C.-area residents are just trying to make a buck. “No matter who’s in power,” explains Bill Thomas, a long-time journalist who has covered politics and the D.C. scene for several decades, “(people who live here) are always looking to make money.” And that’s what Thomas was doing when, four years ago, he founded Private Tours of Washington, a high-end tour company that provides excursions for individuals and small groups. “I thought it would be interesting and fun and profitable…to give people what they want, plus I have editorial control,” says Thomas, whose career includes an eight-year assignment in Moscow. “But you’ve got to be prepared for what comes along.” And what has come along is Donald

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Bill Thomas, a long-time journalist and D.C. insider who has covered the political scene for several decades, stands in front of the recently opened Trump International Hotel, not far from the Capitol. Thomas founded Private Tours of Washington, which offers high-end tours of Capitol locations. The new Trump Tour takes visitors to places that have ties to President-elect Donald Trump’s private life, business and upcoming administration. Courtesy photo

Trump. Thomas immediately saw the opportunities for showing off “the District” as it has and will play a part in the President-elect’s life, business and administration. The Inaugural Trump Tour is a three-hour excursion that includes, among other sights, the Capitol Building where the billionaire businessman will be sworn in as the 45th president;

the new Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue (lodging there starts at $625 per night for a king bed or two queens, and tops off at $21,250 per night for the two-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot Trump Townhouse); the hotel’s swank bar where wine is served by the spoon; the Four Seasons Hotel, where Marla Maples threw her high heels and $250,000 engagement ring at Trump, announcing, “I’ll nev-

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HOSPITAL CHANGES NAME Palomar Health announced that Pomerado Hospital is now Palomar Medical Center Poway. The new name better reflects the nature of our comprehensive healthcare system with medical centers across North County. As part of this change, Palomar Health’s medical centers are named for their locations in the community, including Palomar Medical Center Escondido at 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido at 555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido.


NEW BOARD AT PALOMAR The Palomar College Governing Board elected new officers Dec. 13. including Student Trustee Malik Spence; Governing Board President-elect Nancy Ann Hensch; Trustee and Outgoing President Mark Evilsizer; Secretary John Halcón; Vice President Paul McNamara; and Trustee Nina Deerfield. Deerfield was sworn in as the newest member of the Board. She was elected to the position in November along with incumbents Halcón and Hensch. DURA PAINT CLOSING After 58 years, Mark and Kim Olinger of Dura Paint, at 347 Main St.,Vista, announced an “everything must go” sale, as the store will close at the end of the year. CAMPUS NAMED ARBORETUM As Palomar College celebrates its 70th year, the grounds of the San Marcos campus were validated with the naming of the campus as a Level II Arboretum by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. Palomar is the only community college in California with this distinction, and along with UC Davis, one of only two college campuses in the state that are certified as Arboretums. ENCYCLE MOVING FORWARD In San Marcos, Ecycle Corp. announced it has closed on the initial tranche of an $11.5 million investment led by Prelude Ventures of San Francisco and NGEN Partners of New York City. Major investors from previous financings, including BDC, Duke Ventures, EDC (Export Development Canada), and EnerTech Capital, all participated. Encycle’s patented Swarm Logic™, is a simple way to deploy service, which synchronizes the operation of a cluster of roof top air-conditioning units to create energy savings averaging 20 to 25 percent. PACIFIC MARINE CREDIT UNION Pacific Marine Credit Union was once again a sponsor and supporter of AJ’s Kids Crane, directly benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital. This year, PMCU presented a $22,500 check to AJ Machado, from Energy 103.7, to purchase toys for the children at Rady Children’s Hospital. This check amount was not only a new record for Pacific Marine Credit Union, but also broke records at AJ’s Kids Crane for being the largest monetary donation ever presented. AJ’s Kids Crane has become an annual event, where AJ lives up on a crane in a parking lot above Mission Valley


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DEC. 30 FEATURED ARTIST The Susan Street Fine Art gallery, 200 N. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, is featuring Contemporary abstract artist Curtis Ripley. For more information, visit JAN. 1 Happy New Year 2017! JAN. 4 ONE-MAN BAND The Friends of the Cardiff Li-

A rts &Entertainment brary host one-man band, Ben Powell, with his resonator guitar, stomping on a homemade wine box footboard, playing rock-harmonica, and singing old-style blues, in a free concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 4, at the Cardiff Library Community room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 635-1000 JAN. 6 OPEN MIC NIGHT A free open mic night is held for all ages every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Univ Studio Encinitas, 1057 S. Coast Highway 101. The event is hosted by local singer/songwriter Kennady Tracy. Each slot is 10 minutes or the duration of two songs. Sign-ups start at 5:45

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it AUDITIONS The city of San Marcos Theatre West invites youth ages 7 to 17 to audition for the musical, “Aladdin,” at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, Jan. 9, anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. Be prepared to sing a one-minute excerpt from a song of your choice. Bring an instrumental CD if desired. Also bring a school photo and a short list of past experiences you have had speaking, singing or dancing in front of a group. Beginners are welcome. Performances at the San Marcos Community Center on Feb. 10, Feb. 11 and Feb. 12. For further information call (760) 7449000 or go to theatrewest.


Poop, yes I said it, poop. Now that we have the chuckle out of our system, I want to bring attention to a very important part of your body – your colon. This question mark shaped organ is the last stop for food on its journey through your body and is responsible for extracting liquid and the last remnants of nutrients from stool. Now, this topic may be uncomfortable to read about, but colon health is an important factor in our overall health. I’ve put together a list of facts about the colon that will help shed some light on this often overlooked organ. • The colon is commonly known as the large intestine and is the next stop for food after passing through the small intestines. • When the colon ends in the pelvis region, you can find the rectum, where stool is stored, and anal canal, where stool passes, upon defecation. • Sanitary wipes can be used on the anus for cleansing, but make sure to use alcohol-free wipes because alcohol tends to dry the sensitive perianal skin. • Your colon needs at least 35g of fiber daily for healthy function. A high fiber diet usually only has half the recommended daily amount of fiber, therefore taking a fiber supplement can make up

this difference. • Make sure to drink 5 to 6 glasses (8 oz.) of water daily in order to allow the fiber to work. • If your stool is dark red or you

experience persistent anorectal bleeding, please contact your doctor as this may be a sign of other underlying health conditions. • Hemorrhoids are a pain in the rear – literally – but are a normal part of our anatomy. They act as cushions in the anus to protect the sphincter muscle and help prevent incontinence. • Most hemorrhoid symptoms can be treated without surgery under the care of a colorectal specialist. • Prolonged sitting on the toilet (reading books/ magazines, using cell phone, etc.) can promote hemorrhoid problems if the habits continue over a period of time. • Prolonged use of laxatives, stimulants, and stool softeners can cause worsening colon dysfunction. • The highest risk factor for colorectal cancer is ages 50+, so give yourself the gift of a colonoscopy for your 50th birthday! Dr. Dhruvil Gandhi is a colorectal surgeon partnering with Tri-City Medical Center – learn more at or call 855.222. TCMC (8262)

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A look back at the most overlooked albums of the year


By Alan Sculley

onsidering the depth of quality albums released in 2016, it’s no surprise that the year produced a healthy number of releases that went unheard and under-appreciated by the vast majority of music fans. My selections lean decidedly toward rock, pop and Americana, which both reflect my musical tastes and the fact that the standout hip-hop/soul albums tend to register in the mainstream and the press. Taken as a whole, this list stands up nicely to the albums that made my top 10 list of high-profile albums that gained considerable attention.

1) Margo Price: “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” — This newcomer sounds far more seasoned than her brief discography would suggest. The song “Hands of Time” spins a well rounded story about battling hard times while recalling the classic country-pop of Dusty Springfield. Other songs, like the frisky twostep “About To Find Out” paint smart (and frequently

funny) character portraits. There’s more where these songs come from on “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,” the year’s best country album.

2) Death By Unga Bunga: “Pineapple Pizza” — This band’s fourth album in five years, “Pineapple Pizza” comes roaring out of the gate with “I Can’t Believe That We’re Together,” a riffy rocker in the glorious tradition of the Who’s “I Can’t Explain.” The rest of the album is just as good and boasts nice variety— not to mention an unending stream of undeniable hooks. Put it all together and “Pineapple Pizza” stands as the best power pop album of 2016. 3) Paranoid Style: “Rolling Disclosures” — Elizabeth Nelson (who essentially is the Paranoid Style) sounds a bit like Jenny Lewis as a vocalist and shares her talent for pithy, knowing and frequently humorous lyrics. But where Lewis leans toward alt-country, Nelson is a power pop ace, rocking through caffeinated guitar-rich tunes like “Certain Lists,” TURN TO BEST OF ON 15

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Robotics in hair restoration? It’s a buyer beware scenario OCEANSIDE — Robotics are becoming increasingly common in surgical procedures, and for good reason. However, no matter how efficient and precise a machine can be, when it comes to aesthetics there is no replacement for a highly skilled surgeon. Hair restoration is one such industry that is being flooded with robotic surgery, but its popularity doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your best choice. “Essentially what is happening is that robotic surgery is enabling less skilled surgeons to perform delicate procedures such as hair transplants,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD said. “And when you are trying to visually recreate what God gave you, it’s just not going to happen with a robot. There are problems with it.” Currently there are two main methods for hair

transplant. Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) and the more recent Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUG procedures, also known as the strip method, are done by taking a strip of a patient’s scalp and extracting donor harvesting from that strip. A robot cannot perform FUG procedures. FUE procedures, by contrast, involve extracting follicular units one hair at a time from the donor area. When it comes to FUE, Wagner advises patients to opt for the skill of a surgeon versus a robot. “The human eye can see things that a computer or robot can’t,” Wagner said. “At MyHairTransplantMD we pay the utmost attention to the artistic side of the procedure. We found that advanced technology is amaz- “Essentially what is happening is that robotic surgery is enabling less ing, but in the wrong hands skilled surgeons to perform delicate procedures such as hair transit yields bad results. If you’re plants,” says Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD in Oceanside. looking for the highest aes- Courtesy photo


Although the nonprofit is in contract, Lee said public outreach is critical so the conservancy can purchase the land. They have posted road signs, use social media and created a mascot, Milli the owl, and posted a donation link on their website. Given three years, the ECC has years left to fulfill its end of the deal. So, the group is reaching out to private donors and writing grants to cover the $11 million price tag. Lee said the small private donations are critical to cover closing costs, appraisals and other aspects of a real estate

deal. In addition, those funds have been put into an escrow account to keep the deal alive. “The response has been fantastic,” Lee said. “We’re looking for a lot of support across the community and appear to be getting it.” Of course, the meat of the deal comes from grants. Lee said her agency is writing numerous grant applications to secure the necessary funds to close the deal. Since the grant process takes time, the private donors are critical. “If we aren’t able to purchase it, it would most likely be developed in the

future,” Lee added. A development from Lee & Associates was original proposed in 1983 and updated in 2006. The developers proposed 147 one-acre lots, 20 acres for private streets, 326.92 acres for biological open space and 101 acres for agricultural lots. However, the deal feel through. In addition to its advocacy, the ECC also provides educational programs and hiking opportunities. “We bring kids and grown ups to the outdoors to introduce them to the outdoor life and science,” Lee said.

20 other residents from The Springs attended. He said they would attend the Jan. 11 council meeting, too. Escondido has been aggressive in its recycled water expansion in the past several years. This new proposal is for a membrane filtration/reverse osmosis facility to add 2 million gallons per day of treated recycled water to the city’s system. It would provide advanced treatment of recycled water from the city’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) station. McKinney said the additional treatment would remove salt so the water can be used for agricultural purposes. As for approving the project, the commission said the plant would be housed with facades to blend in to the neighborhood. By building the plant at the proposed location, which is bounded by two roads and the Escondido Creek Flood Control Channel, it would avoid building additional recycled water infrastructure and would decrease the capacity demand on the outfall pipe-

line. “In the long term, we can add processes to treat the water to drinking water,” McKinney explained. The facility could also be expanded to 3 million gallons per day, should it be determined the city needs to increase its capacity. Two buildings would comprise the new plant, one consisting of 21,660-square feet and the other at 14,400-square feet and housing the chemicals needed. In addition, aboveground storage tanks, totaling 1.26 million gallons would be on site and range between 27 and 31 feet high. Construction noise will be mitigated, but once completed, McKinney said soundproofing measures will be installed and the noise generated would amount to a “human whisper” at the property boundary. The traffic impacts are negligible, he added, since it will be an unstaffed facility, although chemical deliveries will happen once every few weeks. As for the chemicals, McKinney said all have a fire hazard of zero — in other words, they will

not burn. In addition, the building will have drains and capture “vessels” and other safety measures in case of a spill. McKinney said none of the chemicals used — especially since the amount is not a significant amount — wouldn’t present any danger if exposed to the outside. “We are not going to have a huge amount of chemicals on site,” he added. “The chemicals will be stored in their own containment vessel and have a bathtub containment underneath. They don’t vaporize or have a tendency to form a cloud or anything like that.” According to city staff reports, the structure housing the chemicals would be at least 256 feet away from the senior complex. However, Nakaoka said the distance does not ease the residents’ concerns about living close to a facility with active chemicals. “We just don’t feel it fits the location,” Nakaoka said. “It’s a heavy industrial use plan. It’s right adjacent to our property. To picture a water plant there as they designed it is not an attractive site.”


through San Marcos, Encinitas, Solana Beach before dumping into the San Elijo Lagoon. About 200 dead trees rest in Mountain Gate, Lee said, including avocado and citrus. With the purchase, the area would be restored to its natural state. “The Mountain Gate property does is connect across some other private properties across to Daley Ranch,” Lee said. “It’s really a swath of nine miles with some holes in it. The Mountain Gate land is very biologically rich.”



approval of a conditional use permit for the 4.5-acre site, that would allow the plant to be built. The planning commission gave its approval on the recommendation at its Dec. 13 meeting. The city also completed a mitigated negative declaration in October. Though Assistant General Manager Russell Nakaoka of The Springs of Escondido, a senior living facility with 104 units next to the site, echoed Takahara’s sentiments. He claimed the site isn’t zoned for heavy industrial, and would make renting the units more difficult in the future, as more than 30 units face the site. “The nice thing about this site is it’s centrally located,” McKinney said. “It’s on an existing right of way. This facility helps us minimize the amount of pipe we have to build. It’s already owned by the Utility Department, so it saves the taxpayer and we don’t have to spend millions buying new property.” At the planning commission’s meeting this month, Nakaoka and 15 to

thetics, the best results, only a skilled surgeon can deliver that.” Hair restoration by robot is being offered more and more frequently at offices where FUE is just one of a menu of cosmetic procedures. “At MyHairTransplantMD, we do one thing and we do it extremely well,” Wagner said. “This isn’t something we decided to do on a whim or to keep up with the growing demand. It’s the only thing we do, and we stand by the results our surgeons deliver. Our team in particular has a more artistic approach than some of the other offices that might offer it.” Robotic surgery’s popularity is often attributed to the precision it offers and the elimination of the possibility for human error. However, robotic systems are prone to software and mechanical errors, and when you have less skilled surgeons performing



my concerns, but corrected my concerns,” Roberts said. Roberts said in his four years on the Board of Supervisors, he feels he did play a role in making sure the system listened to all of the voices in the county. Among the highlights of his term, Roberts said, were saving the Palomar Forensic Health Center from closure, the expansion of trails and the acquisition of 1,500 acres of open space through the county’s Property Acquisition Conservation Easement, or PACE program; a conservation loan program that also went by the acronym PACE — Property Assessed Clean Energy financing — that allowed homeowners to finance energy efficiency improvements on their homes repaid by tax assessments; as well as improvements to the foster care and adoption system and, as mentioned earlier, the expansion of mental health services offerings countywide. “Through the work of me and my colleagues... you see a board of supervisors that is getting involved with homelessness, getting involved with domestic violence, getting involved with human trafficking,” Roberts said. Roberts did acknowledge disappointment in the outcome of the Nov. 8 election, but said he will be watching the board closely over the next few years to make sure they don’t reverse course on many of the initiatives that he helped bring about. “Would I have liked to have served another four years? Yes,” Roberts said. “Will I continue to watch closely what is going on at the board level?

surgery in any capacity, the chances for mistakes may increase exponentially. “To anyone who says that robotic surgery is the way to go, and that surgery performed by hand is out of date, I say that there is valuable difference when choosing a surgeon over a robot when it comes to hair restoration,” Wagner said. “Studies have proven the dangers that can be associated with robotic surgery in any field. We feel strongly that what we do here is best done by hand, and done best by highly skilled, trained and experienced surgeons.” M y H a i rTr a n s p l a n tMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. For a complete explanation of pricing and procedures offered, or to schedule a free consultation, visit their website at myhairtransplantmd. com or call the office at (800) 262-2017.

Yes. Will I serve in elected office again? That is for the voters to decide.” He will also be watching — like many observers, he said — to see if developers’ influence on the board grows. “So much money was spent against me by people downtown that just felt I was too North County-centric and they wanted a representative who represented downtown interests and more favorable to development, and that concerns me,” Roberts said. Voters, Roberts said, spoke loud and clear throughout the county about their desire to see an end of sprawl development, especially in the back country where voters countywide overwhelmingly defeated an initiative to develop a 1,700-home master planned community near Valley Center. Roberts said the supervisors would likely be faced early on with several projects that will serve as litmus tests on their stance on development. “I think that is going to be one of the big issues that people will be watching,” Roberts said. But for now, Roberts said, the pause between his current position and his next step will allow him to spend time with his family and his adoptive children, five of whom are still in the home and range from ages 4 to 16 — Alex, Julian, Joe, Natalee and Manny. He showed pictures and videos of the family attending the Garden of Lights at the San Diego Botanic Garden — grinning from ear to ear. “This is going to give me a chance to spend more time with my family and more time to focus on some of my passions, and I am looking forward to that,” Roberts said.


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s your tissue ready for the Chargers last game in San Diego? That could be Sunday, when the Bolts entertain the Kansas City Chiefs and haven’t we been here before? Afraid so, but this season’s final home contest for the local 11 doesn’t have the same emotional pull as last year’s. The Chargers, upset taxpayers won’t fund a stadium, are likely headed some 130 miles north. They’ll settle in the nation’s No. 2 market and be rebranded as the L.A. Sigalerts, L.A. Brown Haze or South Bay Spanoses. Although just like last year, we have no idea if the beeping backup sounds of moving vans will reverberate throughout Chargers Park. What we do know is we can’t go again to where we were in 2015. It was an emotional, melancholy sendoff after a win against the Miami Dolphins to cap last season’s home schedule. The postgame scene was a wake, funeral, celebration and hugthe-fan-next-to-you kind of an event. The players were all misty eyed and sentimental, too. Eric Weddle was forming snow angels at midfield, minus the snow. Coach Mike McCoy — how much longer will we write that? — worked those

hanging from the rails like a savvy politician. Philip Rivers signed everything pushed his direction. The fellas in pads and grass-stained pants waved good-bye and the separation, which was nearly six decades in the making, was complete. And then it wasn’t. The Chargers returned with a yearlong version of Groundhog’s Day. It’s been 12 months of a failed stadium proposition, of threats, of holding a fan base hostage, of acting in a way that corporations trying to woo patrons would never consider. Those backing the lastplace Bolts (5-10) are weary. They’re tired of being blamed for not supporting a team that will miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. They are beat-down from watching their team get beat up by everyone from the world champion Denver Broncos to the winless Cleveland Browns. The Chargers are a disaster, on and off the field, which brings us to Sunday. Rivers reflected on what a difference a year makes. “It was a wide range of emotions because I think it was mostly good memories that you had really thinking of in that stadium in games that come to mind,” Rivers said. “And, shoot, I felt like it was truly the last time I was ever going to step foot in there. “So it was kind of all that bottled up into one, and we won a game in what was a tough year with what was only our fourth win after a lot of tough losses. But TURN TO BOLTS ON 15


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Torrey Pines High School’s Jake Gilliam scores on Matt Bender (24) and Ryan Langborg (33) in Monday’s win over Country Day. Photo by Dave Phaneuf

Torrey Pines defeats Fairfax, La Jolla Country Day to kick off Under Armour Holiday Classic By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Coming off of a disappointing loss to La Jolla in the Grossmont Winter Classic, John Olive was interested to see how his Torrey Pines team responded in this week’s Under Armour Holiday Classic, which the school hosts. His team responded well. The Falcons raced out to a 20-point lead against local power La Jolla Country Day en route to a 71-61

win in an exhibition game to open the nationally recognized tournament, and defeated Los Angeles power Fairfax 64-51 to open bracket play in the tournament’s top field, the National Division. “I’m pleased with how we responded,” Olive said after Monday’s game. “We came out and really competed.” One of the big reasons for the turnaround was the return of senior guard Hayden Helfrich to

the lineup. Helfrich, who transferred to Torrey Pines as a junior from nearby Canyon Crest Academy, had missed the La Jolla game with a hip pointer. “People forget that we didn’t have Hayden last week, and he’s such a big piece of what we do,” Olive said. He scored 18 points, second to fellow senior Jake Gilliam, who finished with a game-high 22 points. Gilliam, the 6-foot10 center, also turned in a strong performance against Fairfax, whose tallest player — 6-foot-7 Kirk Smith — gives up 80 pounds to his Torrey Pines counterpart. Gilliam scored 25

points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Fairfax, and missed three total shots over the two-game stretch. “Jake has been big for us all year, he’s playing great,” Olive said. A number of North County teams are participating in the Under Armour Holiday Classic, which boasts five divisions played a five high school sites. In addition to the National Division, Cathedral Catholic is hosting the American Division — the second-toughest division; Santa Fe Christian is hosting the Senators Division; El Camino is hosting the fourth division, the Governor’s Division; and La Jolla Country Day is hosting the Mayor’s Division. La Costa Canyon and Santa Fe Christian have advanced to the Senators Division semifinals and play Thursday at 7 p.m. and 8:35 p.m., respectively. San Dieguito Academy has also advanced to the semifinals of the Mayor’s Division, and plays Thursday at 7 p.m. at La Jolla Country Day. coastnewsgroup

DEC. 30, 2016 It is so 2017, I can hardly stand it. Now all I need to do is get hooked up to four or five video-streaming sites. Then I will need to stay up all night watching them and may expire from straight-up exhaustion, but I’ll know everybody on the red carpet. It’s rather good that I have no pride; hence I don’t hesitate to ask a

fifth-grader to help me figure out a phone app, and then laugh loudly with them because I had to ask. I think that right there is my key to staying cool … er, swell … um, well, still smiling.

Probably the autumn, advises Thomas. “You pretty much have the city to yourselves then. The leaves are turning colors; there are no long lines. You walk right into the museums and restaurants.” Summer, of course, is for families, he says, and visitors must endure heat and humidity. And spring is probably the nicest time of year, “because the cherry blossoms are in bloom, but that’s when we have all the eighth-graders here. In the spring, it’s like the hallways in junior high (all over the city).” Thomas is well-equipped to be at the helm of Private Tours of Washington. He reported for The Baltimore

Sun and prominent political and global publications for more than 25 years. In 1994, he wrote the “informed and depressing survey of Capitol Hill” called “Club Fed: Power, Money, Sex and Violence on Capitol Hill.” In it, Thomas writes: “Washington, which began as a swamp, has never lost touch with its roots.’’ Some things never change. Prices for the Trump Tour begin at $465 for one or two guests. Three-to-five guests is $565, and six-to-12 guests is $685. Visit

combination of flavors and textures and mild heat is a fine new winter soup option. Land & Water in Carlsbad was one of the hotspots that slipped through the Lick the Plate cracks for one reason or another. In the two years since they opened, the raves from foodie friends in the know continued to pour in, so it was about time to experience it for myself. After the amazing experience I had there I’m a bit embarrassed it took this long. While not new to the scene, Prep Kitchen in Del Mar, Leucadia Pizzeria, Leucadia Farmers Market, El Torito Market in Leucadia, the Vista Flying Pig, Chandler’s at the rebranded Hilton Cape Rey, Mission Avenue Bar & Grill, the new menu at Solterra all provided experiences I would still recommend. And of course there was the mystery of the Chinese/Italian menu at Chinatown in Leucadia. I’d always chuckled to myself when I passed Chinatown — Chinese and Italian cuisine and wonder who is

ordering Italian food from a Chinese restaurant and how did this combination happen? Then I remembered that I was in funky Leucadia, and well, it’s just part of the funk still left. It was a fun column to write and easily searchable should you wish to unravel the mystery. Some of the fun local businesses I had the pleasure to work with on a LTP column takeover were Surfy Surfy, Corner Frame Shop, Utopia Style Lounge and the 101 Artists Colony. Those are always a great way to expose some of my favorite North County businesses to The Coast News audience. Running a successful, profitable restaurant is a tricky proposition these days, especially in the hyper competitive North County market and failure is just part of the game. It’s always a bummer though when old favorites like Manhattan Giant Pizza and Kealani’s are forced to close, not for lack of business but as a result of situations beyond their control. Namely property owners cashing in on prime location and developers that

give little thought to keeping establishments around that are part of the fabric of a community. That’s nothing new though, change happens, and it’s not always for the better. And while the loss of writer and gourmand Jim Harrison may have been buried in a year of big name celebrity deaths, his death had a profound impact on me as his writing and lust for life and food have inspired me for years. If you have not yet discovered his large body of works, I would highly suggest it. Start with “The Raw and the Cooked,” a compilation of his columns for Esquire and other publications over the years. And bon appetite to a fabulous 2017 filled with good eating and health!



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word “bitchin’” and that, yes, Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings. While I am not yet streaming television, I have binge-watched with the best of them. My latest step forward is an amazing Wi-Fi radio that hooks up to my cell phone.


visitors in high-end vehicles that match the size of the group. Multi-day or themed tours also can be arranged. “It just depends on what you want,” Thomas says. “We can do Civil War battlefields, scandals, garden tours — anything. Or the tour can be free-form. Our narration is not canned and is often driven by questions. It’s whatever guests want to talk about.” And there is no shortage of topics. “Washington is the story of the United States told in the history of a single city,” Thomas says. Best time to visit Washington, D.C.?



• Ferrari-Carano Tresor Blend, Sonoma, Calif., 2012; $38. Bordeaux style wine from the vineyard’s finest lots of Cabernet, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. Dramatic sunset painting alone worth the price.

• Rafael Adobe Guadalupe Blend, Baja, Calif., 2012; $98. A south of the border red blend from 55 percent Cabernet and 45 percent Nebbiolo (yes, the legendary Italian grape from Piedmont, Italy). Small production and strong, luscious flavor reminds me of Italy’s Barolo.

• Lewis Cellars Alec’s Blend, Napa Valley, Calif., 2014; $62. A big powerful red with candied black fruit flavors. Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet team up for this muscle wine. Wine Spectator awarded Lewis’s all-Cabernet. lewiscellars.

• The Prisoner Blend, Napa Valley, Calif., 2013; $36. Launched in 2003, this was the first of the new breed red blends, with mainly Zinfandel to go with Cabernet, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono. Pure cherry and chocolate



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• Tolosa “1772” Pinot Noir, Edna Valley San Luis Obispo, Calif., 2014; $60. A favorite appellation with its rolling fog into the vines. Best grape blocks used to produce a wine of exceptional character. Aged in French oak. Rich mouthfeel. tolosawinery. com. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View his columns at and reach him at Follow him on Facebook.



the home due to the intensity of the heat. Knowles said mobile homes burn hotter than single-family structures due to the way they are manufactured.



“Daniel In The Basement” and “The Thrill Is Back!” 4) LVL Up: “Return To Love” — The rumbling fuzzed out sound of “Return To Love” is invigorating in its own right, but the sonics never overshadow the hooks or energy of the material. This balance between noise and melody and between structure and experimentation makes “Return To Love” a compelling listen. And the buzz this album has started to generate may soon translate into the wider attention the band deserves. 5) Margaret Glaspy: “Emotions and Math” — Glaspy writes jagged and ear-grabbing songs that range from rocking (“Emotions And Math”) to just plain ragged (“Parental Guidance”). That’s a perfect setting for her lyrics, which suggest someone who has been around the block enough times to see things for what they really are. 6) The Wild Feathers: “Lonely is a Lifetime” — This consistently



I just don’t know if you can say, ‘Oh, let’s do that all over again,’ even though we are kind of in the same boat. You only get one shot at that. And it was pretty special. I don’t think you can try and reenact that.” It’s the Chargers, and the fans’ version, of oneand-done. While ticket prices on the secondary market for that Dolphins


D.A. Davidson Chairman’s Council recognizes outstanding integrity and service to clients. DEL MAR SUPPORTS CLIMATE LOBBY The Del Mar City Council passed a resolution Dec. 20 in support of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby fully-rebated fee on the carbon in fossil fuels. The resolution, proposed by the North San Diego CCL chapter, and recommended by Del Mar’s Sustainability Advisory Board is the first of its kind in San Diego County, and only the 10th in California. The language is nearly identical to the state of California’s Assembly Joint Resolution 43, passed on Sept. 1, 2016. The resolution, “urges the United States Congress to enact, without delay, a fee on carbon-based fossil fu-

“It was a very fast and hot fire that our guys had to attend to,” he added. “It was complete black smoke all the way to the ground.” At least eight members of the family were transported to local hospitals for treatment, accord-

ing to media reports. “It’s very sad,” Knowles said. “And when there is a child (killed) it’s a lot worse.” A gofundme page has been established for the family at yr-flores-family.

enjoyable album ranges from the epic Beatles/Oasis-esque pop of “Sleepers” to the ringing guitar rock of “Happy Again” to the folk-tinged pop of the Byrds-ish “Goodbye Song.” It’s accessible stuff that makes one wonder why the Wild Feathers remain a relatively undiscovered treasure.

down “Freetown Sound” because ballads like “I Know” and “Thank You” and the occasional uptempo track (the poppy “Augustine” and “Best to You” and the Prince-ish banger “E.V.P.”) are melodically rich and appealing on a purely musical level.

7) The Hotelier: “Goodness” — There’s nothing particularly unique or groundbreaking about “Goodness,” the Hotelier’s third album. But with melodic guitar rock songs as solid as “Settle The Scar” and “End of Reel” (which have a bit of jangle) and amped up tunes with a little punk edge like “Piano Player,” “Soft Animal” and “Two Deliverances,” that’s not an issue. There’s plenty to like in the no-frills guitar rock of “Goodness.” 8) Blood Orange: “Freetown Sound” — The third album from Dev Hynes (formerly known as Lightspeed Champion) as Blood Orange takes on weighty issues about race, homophobia, self worth and feminism. But the subject matter doesn’t weigh

9) The Lemon Twigs: “Do Hollywood” (4AD) — This inventive duo can sound baroque (The Rufus Wainwright-ish “I Wanna Prove to You”) one minute, new wavey another (“Baby, Baby”) and theatrical the next. (“These Words” and “Frank”). Fortunately, the songwriting is strong enough to keep “Do Hollywood” from crossing the line into novelty territory. 10) White Lung: “Paradise” — For fans of high-energy rock that splits the difference between punk and metal, “Paradise” is a pretty blissful experience, thanks to the attention-grabbing riffs and potent vocal melodies in songs like “Vegas,” “Kiss Me When I Bleed” and “Demented.” Think of the Pretty Reckless with a bit more of a pop bent.

were in triple digits, a seat could be had for $35 for Sunday. The Chargers have paid a dear price for the shoddy product they have presented. But their alienation of a passionate fan base has come more from their action off the field than on it. There have been many years in which the Chargers haven’t shined. Since the Spanos family bought the franchise in 1984, they have zero Su-

per Bowl titles and just 12 winning seasons. But it was the salt in the faithful’s wounds that caused many to turn away from the Bolts. While Sunday may be the swan song, few Chargers patrons will be signing praises for this wobbly organization.

els”, to, “achieve climate stabilization and avoid cataclysmic climate change.”

Buy to support the Talented Teen Techies (TTT) Program. During the past five years, BGCO has implemented a program that has been developed to meet the 21st century need of our youth ages 13 to 18 is the Talented Teen Techie (TTT) program. The $5,000 from Best Buy allows BGCO to purchase the necessary technology supplies to run the program for a year.

ANTHONY’S ON WHARF CLOSING As it celebrates 70 years of serving signature seafood dishes in San Diego, Anthony’s Fish Grotto will close its Embarcadero location. A longstanding tradition on San Diego Bay for decades, the Ghio family announced the landmark seafood restaurant will officially shutter on January 31, 2017 due to the Port of San Diego not renewing its lease. A fixture on San Diego’s waterfront since the end of World War II, Catherine “Mama” Ghio opened the original Anthony's as a 16seat diner at the old downtown ferry landing in 1946. BEST BUY GIVES GRANT Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside received $5,000 in grant funding from Best

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