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Upscale homes approved in Escondido By Ellen Wright

replacement project. The sewer replacement program aims to get rid of three sewer lift stations along a 3.4-mile segment along Felicita Road, Via Rancho Parkway and Park Drive. HELIX Environmental Planning Inc. was hired by the city for a mitigation report as part of the sewer project. In the report, staff wrote that the levels of a carcinogenic substance, trichloroethene, were three times higher along Felicita Road between Hamilton Lane and Via Rancho Parkway than the maximum considered safe by the state. The report also said that since trenching will dig about 14 feet underground, there is a high likelihood of hitting the toxic groundwater. “Due to the relatively shallow depth to groundwater in the immediate vicinity of the Felicita Road portions of the alignment, there is potential for en-

ESCONDIDO — The City Council unanimously approved the annexation of 11.2 acres for a 21 home project called Amanda Estates at a council meeting Wednesday. The developer, New Urban West Inc., still needs approval from LAFCO to annex the parcel of land, which is currently part of the county. LAFCO, which stands for Local Agency Formation Committee, is a quasi-legislative regulatory agency in San Diego that has authority in the county. Three homeowners in the surrounding area also chose to be annexed into the city because they will gain access to city services. New Urban West has a history of developing in Escondido. The company is responsible for Brookside, Rancho Vistamonte and Harmony Grove. Last month the developers were approved for a 65-home project along Felicita Road, called Oak Creek. Once all of the projects are complete, New Urban West will have built more than 400 homes in Escondido and 700 in adjacent Harmony Grove for a total of more than 1,100 homes. The Amanda Lane development is at the end of West Citracado Parkway next to Del Lago Academy. The 21 homes planned for the Amanda Lane Estates will be between four and six bedrooms. The average size will be 13,000 square feet and the majority will be two story homes. The project must include 3.5 acres of open space because of the lot sizes, said city Principal Planner Bill Martin. The project was unanimously approved and most of the councilmembers said they’ve seen firsthand the quality homes New Urban West builds. Councilmember Ed Gallo said the Amanda Lane homes are not starter homes and allow people in upper income levels to

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Five mayors from North County give thumbs up to the Innovate78 logo, which was unveiled on April 7. From left: San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. Photo by Promise Yee

Five city partnership Innovate78 logo, website unveiled By Promise Yee

REGION — The mayors of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido gathered at Cal State San Marcos Tuesday to unveil the 78-Corridor logo and Innovate78.com website. The regional branding and economic development initiative will sell the fives cities along state Route 78 as the “upside of San Diego.” Regional business space, housing and institutions of higher education will be sold to companies look- The 78-Corridor logo is meant to unite the five cities of North County: San Marcos, ing to start up or expand business. Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and Escondido to help keep business and attract new ones The motto shared by the mayors to the area. Courtesy image

is intended to keep businesses in the area. “We have a more powerful voice when we speak as one,” Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said. “Without us working together we will not reach our economic potential.” The regional logo is a pentagon shape with a “78” in the middle with the word “corridor” following. Each side of the pentagon is a different bright color to represent the five cites and top businesses clusters. The website is both a city resource to attract businesses, and TURN TO INNOVATE78 ON 18

Toxic plume along Felicita Road still an issue By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — A decades old large toxic plume in southwestern Escondido has once again concerned residents and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. About 34 years ago, the Chatham Brothers Barrel Yard was shut down because storage drums were leaking toxic material in the soil. The waste material has been cleaned up and 11,000 tons of debris were removed from the site at the expense of the companies who delivered the barrels full of toxic material. However, the groundwater was contaminated and spread to Felicita Creek. At a meeting held last September, staff from the state Department of Toxic Substances Control said the pollution levels in the creek are so low that they’re not a concern to humans. On March 17, the state department released their review of an evaluation update published by Hargis

and Associates, Inc. The Chatham Site Potential Responsible Parties Group or the PRP, which consists of the companies responsible for the original contamination, hired Hargis to do the report, which was requested by the state. Nearly 40 corporations make up the PRP, including The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Solar Turbines Inc., and multiple helicopter and airplane manufacturing companies. Theodore Johnson, senior engineering geologist with the state, said the evaluation update does not provide effective measures to stop the flow of the plume. Johnson asked the members of PRP to provide an alternative analysis, to evaluate technical effectiveness, feasibility and the cost to treat the underground toxic plume. Members from local resident activist group, Escondido Neighbors United, have expressed their concerns about the plume, specifically as it relates to the upcoming Southwest sewer

The rendering shows the Chatham Plume spread in the groundwater in southwestern Escondido. The orange represents 100 parts per billion of carcinogenic substance, trichloroethene and the purple shows it at 10 parts per billion. The maximum amount allowed to be present in the drinking water mandated by the state is 1.7 parts per billion. Image courtesy Escondido Neighbors United


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San Marcos Unified gets $4.1 million energy grant By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District recently received a $4.1 million grant from the state Energy Commission to complete energy efficiency upgrades throughout its campuses. The district expects to use the grant funding, which will be dispersed over the next four years, on a range of projects,

including replacing older and inefficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, optimize the district’s energy management system and install LED lighting, both interior and exterior, and install solar panel systems at the district’s 18 school sites. District officials anticipate saving more than 1 million kilowatts in annual energy savings

when the plan is fully implemented. “We are excited that San Marcos Unified School District will be able to utilize these grant funds to improve the sustainable quality of our facilities while also reducing overall district expenditures and life-cycle costs,” said Khary Knowles, the district’s executive director of facilities. The district partnered with

the firm Schneider Electric for the grant application and execution of its energy plan. The funding is in conjunction with Proposition 39, which voters approved in 2012 and changed how out-of-state corporations could calculate the taxes they paid. The result was a $1 billion annual tax windfall, half of which was earmarked for clean energy projects.

San Marcos’ award was the second-largest grant awarded to a San Diego County school district. Vista Unified School District received a $4.7 million grant toward its clean-energy projects. The grants are not of the matching variety, which means the state monies will pay for the entirety of the school district’s projects.

Mobile home rents becoming a problem in North County By Ellen Wright

VISTA — There are more than 100 mobile home parks throughout the North County and they are not immune to rising home prices, even though there is some city protection against unfair rent increases. The unique situation of mobile home parks has caused cities throughout the region to regulate them differently. The state and local governments do not enforce mobile home parks but in Vista, the city has created a Mobile Home Review Board to hear disputes between mobile home tenants and the park owners. Mobile homes are unique because in many, tenants own the house but not the land the home sits on. This presents a challenge to seniors who are on fixed incomes and may not be able to afford an increase in rent. On April 2, three mobile home owners in the Green Valley Mobile Home Park had a hearing in front of the Mobile Home Review Board. They argued recent rent increases violated the Mobile Home Park Accord, which is an agreement between the city and mobile home park owners. The accord began in 1996, after Vista was bombarded with tenant complaints. “It was somewhat of an agreement since the infighting (between the residents and the city about a rent controlled ordinance) had gotten so hostile and I would suggest it’s probably been a good solution for Vista in the long term,” Julie Paule of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association said. “It was never to bring uniformity to rents,” she added. The board was established to encourage fair treatment among mobile home tenants and the park owners. The citizen board heard complaints from tenants at the Green Valley Mobile Home Park. Three residents complained their rents unfairly increased and manager

of the mobile home park, Greg O’Hagen, disagreed. He said the rental accord protects tenants from unfair rent increases. “What (the accord) does is protect existing homeowners from big rent increases year over year. What it also does, is protect homeowner to homeowner sales,” O’Hagen said. Generally, the rent can’t increase more than 2 percent although if there is a break in homeowner-to-homeowner sales, rent can increase more. The board voted in favor of the mobile home park owner, stating the rent increases did not violate the accord because there was a break in the chain of sales. “For every dollar that you raise the rent, you’re cutting into a potential profit for me because there is a limit on how much rent you can charge before people won’t buy these units,” Green Valley resident Stephen Harvey told the park manager. Rutherford Investments owns the mobile home park. In Escondido, city council members heard arguments about a separate mobile home park, Sundance Mobile Home Park. On March 25, the city approved a rent increase of about $15 per space per month. In October 2013, the council approved a monthly rent increase of $124 per space. Oceanside mobile home residents have also had issues lately. In February, mobile home residents complained of park management obstructing home sales, which is illegal in California. City Attorney John Mullen met with residents, park owners and other interested parties to establish if unfair and illegal treatment was going on. The report was supposed to go in front of city council within 60 days but Mullen said it took longer getting all the required documents. He said the report will go in front of council when it’s ready.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal delivers a 3-0 ruling last week that upholds a lower court’s ruling that the Encinitas Union School District’s yoga program does not violate the state Constitution’s separation of church and state. File photo

Appeals court rules: ‘Yoga isn’t religious’ By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The State Court of Appeal has sent an clear message about Encinitas Union School District’s yoga program to the family and organization that challenged it: it isn’t religious. The Fourth District Court of Appeal last week delivered a 3-0 ruling that upholds a lower court’s ruling that the K-6 school district’s yoga program does not violate the state Constitution’s separation of church and state. “After a careful review of the extensive evidence presented in the trial court concerning the nature of the particular yoga program at issue in this case, we conclude that the program is secular in purpose, does not have the primary effect of advancing or inhibiting religion, and does not excessively entangle the school district in religion,” Associate Justice Cynthia Aaron wrote in the unanimous opinion. “Accordingly, we conclude that the trial court properly determined that the district’s yoga program does not violate our state constitution.” The appeal’s court ruling upholds Superior Court Judge John Meyer’s decision in 2013 in favor of the school district at the group Yoga for Encinitas Students — known as

YES! — that the district’s program did not endorse Hinduism over other religion and did not create a violation of the so-called “establishment” clause of the constitution. “We are thankful that this episode has ended, even though we anticipated the outcome, it is nice to be on this side of it,” En-

peal panel refuted each of the arguments made by the conservative law group, concluding that the yoga class had a primary secular purpose — physical fitness — that it did not advance or inhibit a particular religion and did not foster an excessive government entanglement with religion.

We are thankful that this episode has ended, even though we anticipated the outcome...” Timothy Baird Superintendent, Encinitas Union School District

cinitas Union School District superintendent Timothy Baird said. “It doesn’t change anything in the way we are delivering the program. We are appreciative that the appeals court found in our favor.” The case, Sedlock v. Baird, was filed by the National Center for Law and Policy, a conservative rights law group, on behalf of the parents of two El Camino Creek students, who said that the district’s yoga program was an endorsement of Hindu religious beliefs promoted in Ashtanga yoga and indoctrinated students with those beliefs. The three-judge ap-

The court acknowledged that the origin of yoga was religious, but noted that so are other forms of physical fitness that have become mainstream practices, including karate, kung fu and other martial arts. But the district’s yoga program, which the school district argued had been stripped of all vestiges of religious symbolism, was not religious in nature, the court concluded. “To be sure, if the District’s program instructed children that through yoga they would become one with God and that yoga could help end the karmic cycle of reincarnation…

we have little doubt that the program would violate the establishment clause,” Aaron wrote in the ruling. ”However, nowhere in the District’s curriculum is there mention of any of the eight limbs of Ashtanga, and there is certainly no mention of the final limb (union with the divine). Indeed, as described above, there is no evidence of any religious indoctrination in any of the written curriculum or in the evidence related to the teaching methods employed in actual District yoga classes.” Following the court’s ruling, one Hindu organization called on all school districts to adopt yoga into their physical fitness programs. “If Encinitas Union School District could successfully teach yoga, why not other California school districts could do it similarly?” said Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. School district officials thanked the law firms, both on the district’s side and with YES, that defended the district free of charge. “This would have been a very expensive case to defend, especially when it reached the appeals phase,” Baird said. “We are very thankful to both law firms representing the district.”


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Opinion&Editorial

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

Community Commentary

Increase water conservation as supply cutbacks loom By Mark Muir

Think locally, act globally By Judy Berlfein

On April 16, Engage Encinitas will inaugurate its first Citizens Academy event. The topic, now high on the list of many California residents, will be water (or lack thereof). Last week, Governor Brown issued unprecedented statewide mandatory restrictions on water usage. Our city is stepping up to the plate by encouraging residents to take part in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. California is experiencing record low snowpack and a fraction of our typical precipitation. Welcome to the new normal. While drought is to be expected in our desert state, the intensity and duration of this particular drought can be attributed

to our warming planet and is in line with what climate scientists have been predicting. Just a short time ago, it seemed that global warming was something happening in the future, in a faraway land, to someone else. I call it the “not me, not here, not now” phenomenon. Unfortunately, global warming may be coming to a place near you — sooner than any of us thought. As a volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby, I’m working to educate my friends, my family, my neighbors, and my legislators. Action taken now will save lives and money down the line. Our organization proposes a free-market approach that doesn’t pick winners and losers (such as incentives); neither does it impose regulations on fossil

fuel companies. The federal legislation would put a price on carbon-based fuels. All funds collected would be returned to residents as a dividend. With a predictable price on energy, investors can be expected to put their money in non carbon-based fuels, decreasing our need to emit excess carbon dioxide into the air. It’s an approach that Republicans, like Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, as well as Democrats, like Scott Peters and Susan Davia, can all embrace. These days I’m thinking globally and acting locally. But sometimes you’ve got to also think locally and act globally. Judy Berlfein is an Encinitas resident.

Desalination looks better as water prices rise California Focus By Thomas D. Elias “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink…” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798, in the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The reality confronting millions of Californians as they cope with yet another lengthy episode in a seemingly endless series of droughts is that — like Coleridge’s mariner — this state has billions of acre feet of water clearly visible every day in the form of the Pacific Ocean and its many bays and estuaries. But that’s briny salt water, containing an array of minerals that make it almost as inaccessible today as it was to that parched, fictitious sailor of 200 years ago. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. As the price of water goes up, desalinating Pacific waters becomes ever more enticing and it

will become more so if the price of taking salts and other impurities out of salt water falls. In short, if the rising price of fresh water ever comes to match a falling cost for purified seawater, expect desalination to begin on a large scale in California. It appears things are moving that way now. Over the winter, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — largest urban water district in the state — paid Sacramento Valley rice farmers an average of $694 per acre foot of water for 115,000 acre feet to be sent south via the state Water Project. For some farmers, selling water is now more profitable than growing crops. This sounds like a lot to pay for one acre foot, the amount needed to cover an acre one foot deep and about the quantity used by two typical urban families in the course of a year. But at that price, water costs still costs only about onefifth of a cent per gallon.

Well water, by comparison, averages about $293 per acre-foot. Meanwhile, ideas for new methods of desalinating water arrive frequently at the state Department of Water Resources, where analyst Michael Ross checks to see which might have real promise. “The cost of desalination will come down,” Ross says. “The price of other water is coming up, as we can see from the Met’s purchase. Right now I have a basket-full of proposed processes on my desk.” Traditional desalination via the process of reverse osmosis (RO) will vastly increase later this year, when Massachusetts-based Poseidon Water opens a $1 billion facility at Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. The plant will make 48,000 acre feet yearly, about 7 percent of San Diego County’s supply, at a cost of about $2,200 per TURN TO ELIAS ON 18

The April 1 snow survey in the Sierra Nevada showed just 5 percent of the average snowpack — a record low since measurements began in 1950. It was an ominous sign: Four years into drought, California will get virtually no runoff this summer to augment stored water reserves. On the same day, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a sweeping executive order designed to reduce water use statewide. Low deliveries from the State Water Project and other factors mean the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will impose water supply cutbacks for its customers, including the San Diego County Water Authority, that take effect July 1. MWD is the largest water supply source for our region. Thankfully, we have made significant progress diversifying our water supply sources over the past two decades. Regional investments in water supply reliability by the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies will help reduce the impacts of

any water supply cutbacks by MWD. Those investments include long-term, independent Colorado River water transfers, and enhancing local supplies with groundwater, surface storage and water recycling projects that treat wastewater for use on places such as farms and golf courses. The regional strategy also includes building the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which is expected to start producing water as soon as this fall. It will be the largest seawater desalination project in the nation, generating 50 million gallons per day of drought-proof supplies that will help maintain our region’s $206 billion economy and the quality of life we enjoy. Another positive factor is that San Diego County residents have embraced water conservation as a way of life. Per capita water use in the region has decreased by more than 20 percent since 2007, and the region generated significant water savings in December and January by turning off irrigation systems after rainstorms. Regional water

use in each of those months dropped by nearly 30 percent compared to the same months a year earlier, helping to conserve valuable supplies. An interesting comparison is that since 1990 our population has grown by over 700,000, however, today we are using less water then we did in 1990. Saving water is becoming even more important with water supply cutbacks starting this summer. How can you save water as the temperatures rise? More than half of the water used at a typical home is for irrigation, so look for ways to conserve outdoors. Check for leaks in your irrigation system and make sure it’s not watering sidewalks or driveways. Also, consider replacing unused lawn with WaterSmart landscaping that’s both attractive and appropriate for our region’s semi-arid climate. Indoors, make sure to only run full loads of dishes and laundry. If you need to replace a toilet, washing machine or dishwasher, take adTURN TO COMMENTARY ON 18

Letters to the Editor Finding parking friendly cities On Easter Sunday night I took my children to Dog Beach in Del Mar to witness the grunion run. All indications were that this event was to occur between 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Much to my annoyance — we could not park near Dog Beach in Del Mar as Del Mar does not allow any parking near the beach from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. We drove a few hundred yards to Solana Beach and parked for free with no worry of a parking ticket. Del Mar has beautiful beaches and a great horse track, but I

will avoid this hamlet for more parking friendly cities like Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad where they welcome residents to park on streets and enjoy businesses and beaches without fear of the ever present “meter maids.” Bill Cavanaugh, Carlsbad An apology This is an apology to Everett DeLano for the behavior of Mayor Sam Abed. Mr. DeLano, I am truly sorry for the experience you had when speaking to our City Council. Our mayor

has been, and unfortunately, will continue to be a source of embarrassment to any and all speakers who disagree with his ideas on the way things should be in Escondido. His approach is my way or the highway. Hopefully you will not let his behavior be what you judge our city by. Had it not been for two very hot issues just before the election, I believe you would have been treated with the respect any speaker deserves. Again, my apologies. Thomas S. Cowan Jr. Escondido

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Escondido kite company is flying high By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — If the kite industry were anything like the fashion industry, BrainStormProducts, LLC would be the Coco Chanel of the kite world. In fact, the two industries are very similar in that every year the product changes — everything from design, to shape, to color — all based on what’s trending and in style. BrainStorm, tucked away in a nondescript building inside one of Escondido’s industrial parks, has come to dominate the industry with their licensing rights in North America and by staying on top of the trends. The privately held company, which has 20 employees that do kite design, testing and sales onsite, is the largest kite manufacturer in the U.S., according to Rich Brady, the company’s senior vice president of sales. They are one of four kite manufacturing companies in the country. While the kite industry doesn’t really collect information enough to give an idea on its size, according to Brady, the industry is in the millions of dollars. The company has a fac-

BrainStormProducts, LLC Vice President of Sales Rich Brady holds up one of the company’s kites that are designed at their headquarters in Escondido. Their licensing rights in North America has helped them become the largest kite manufacturer in the U.S.

Employees of the Escondido-based BrainStormProducts, LLC send dozens of kites into the sky near South Ponto State Beach in Carlsbad earlier this year. The company test flights kites to ensure quality and ease of use. Photos by Tony Cagla

tory in China that produces the kites to their specifications and delivers them to stores, as well as the big box stores Walmart and Costco, in every state in the U.S. The kites tend to hit

the retail floors in January and stay in stock all the way through Labor Day in some cases. And this month is their peak season — April being National Kite Month — a

celebration of all-things kites, which now extends into May. The American Kitefliers Association and the Kite Trade Association have collaborated to put on

events around the country and encourages people to get involved with the flying toys, explained John Lutter, president of the American Kitefliers Association. He’s also a kite retailer. Lutter has owned and operated his online store kitestop.com since 2002 and carries some of BrainStorm’s kites. As a retailer, he said he’s been seeing a decline for the last decade or so with people buying kites,

though he’s clear to point out that’s only anecdotal evidence coming from his personal experience. “Kites were really popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s and then basically there’s been down trending since 2000 or so,” Lutter said. “BrainStorm has been fortunate,” Brady said. “We started out in 2001 with zero part of the (kite) business. Today we do approxiTURN TO KITES ON 18

SANDAG buys 50 acres in Carlsbad’s Batiquitos Lagoon By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD — Representatives from the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG and CalTrans announced the $6 million purchase of 50.5 acres in the Batiquitos Lagoon on Tuesday. The site, called the Batiquitos Bluffs, is southeast of La Costa Avenue, with a portion on the north side. About three of the acres purchased include some wetlands, which Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation President Fred Sandquist said is a vital wildlife link. “This acquisition brings a key piece of wetlands, which is the last missing piece in the Batiquitos Ecological Reserve and the State Marine Conservation, and provides a wildlife corridor for much of our wildlife that inhabits the area,” Sandquist said. The lagoon is home to more than 180 species of birds and is a breeding ground for halibut. The purchase was made to conserve and protect the open space and to fulfill environmental commitments made under the Interstate 5 North Coast Corridor Program. Over the coming decades, SANDAG plans to add express carpool lanes to the I-5 between La Jolla and Oceanside, and enhance rail and transit options in the region. The Batiquitos Bluffs was the latest of the 31 environmental spaces SANDAG has purchased starting in 2008. SANDAG Chair and Santee Councilmember

that we have policies that protect the lagoons and the land around them,” said Blakespear. The lagoon is 610 acres. “By working with the people who know these lagoons best, we were able to find parcels like this in serious need and were able to step in,” Caltrans I-5/SR 76 Corridor Director Allan Ko-

The site of the purchase is mostly east of La Costa Avenue, with about three acres being wetlands. Photo by Ellen Wright

Jack Dale said SANDAG will spend $250 million to preserve and restore sensitive coastal habitats. The money comes from TransNet, which is a halfcent sales tax voters first approved in 1984 and reapproved in 2004. “This may have been the most effective investment the people of our region have made in the last 50 or 100 years as far as protecting our quality of life,” said Dale. Since 2004, Dale said SANDAG has purchased more than 3,600 acres of land to preserve as open space throughout San Diego. “That’s like Del Mar times three,” Dale said. A 19-unit housing development was proposed on the site of the Batiquitos Bluffs in the past but was denied by the California Coastal Commission. “It is very rare for prime coastal land to become available so we’re very happy for

this acquisition for habitat and conservation,” Carlsbad Councilmember Lorraine Wood said. Senior Regional Planner Keith Greer said to enhance the area, old eucalyptus trees and non-native species will be removed. The foundation of an

old building on the site will also be demolished. Encinitas Deputy Mayor Catherine Blakespear said she does a lot of outdoor recreation and understands the importance of maintaining the space for the residents. “It’s very important

sup said. He said if everything goes according to plan, construction on the first phase of the major transit overhaul will begin next year, including double tracking the train tracks at the San Elijo and Batiquitos lagoons and one carpool lane in each direction from Solana Beach to state Route 78.


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Curiosity is key for students at Vista STEM festival By Ray Huard

Bubble gum bubbles, DNA extraction, computer coding and robotic prosthetics were among the many topics examined in student projects at Vista Unified School District’s STEM Fest. “I love the opportunity to showcase the work of our kids,” said Board of Education Trustee R. Elizabeth Jaka. “They’re creative and interested in science.” STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM Fest — held this year at Vista High School on March 11 — was an expo where students from 24 schools in grades kindergarten through high school showed how STEM skills can be used in practical and imaginative ways. “The more exposure, the more opportunities they have with STEM experiences, the more prepared they are for the future,” district Superintendent Devin Vodicka said. Creative could certainly describe 11-year-old Tanner Mason’s project. A sixth-grader at Vista Magnet Middle School, Tanner turned his love of chewing gum into a project that examined whether the sugar content of bubble gum affected how big a bubble he could blow and how long it would last. He tested seven brands of bubble gum, measuring the size of the bubble each produced, noting how much sugar was in each brand and timing how long the bubbles held up, noting the results on a chart. “I did five trials with each one,” Tanner said. Sure enough, just as Tanner predicted, sugar-

less gum fared poorly when measured against the fully loaded brands. “The bubble gum is less flavored and the bubble size was a lot smaller and it didn’t last as long,” Tanner said. His mother, Erin Mason, said she was a tad skeptical about Tanner’s project, but delighted in the way he turned something simple into a fairly complex experiment. “I think it’s awesome,” she said. “It started off just having fun and worked toward something different.” Strawberries and kiwi fruit became an awesome project for a group of Vista High School students, who were inspired by a field trip to Genentech, an Oceanside life science company. The students modified what they saw at Genentech to demonstrate how to extract DNA from the fruit. “It’s not hard,” said senior Luis Enriquez, 18. “You can do this at home.” The process involves mashing up the fruit, mixing it with salty water and dishwashing detergent, draining the mixture through a cloth and adding alcohol. Mission Meadows fifth-grader Julia Kidwell, 11, turned her curiosity about her family’s medical history into a project explaining genetics. “I learned that genetic diseases come from your family history,” Julia said. She outlined what she discovered on an intricate chart, tracing how genetic diseases can be passed on from one generation to the next and even skip a generation and how that might affect her based on illnesses in her family. “It became personal for her,” said Julia’s mother, Theresa Kidwell. “She had a good idea. She picked the topic and she did the rest.” Some STEM Fest projects had to go through a little trial and error to turn out, much like real-life science research. Mission Meadows Elementary School fifth-grader Erik Dixon translated his love of roller coasters into a physics project that

Vista High School senior Jesus Flores shows how to extra DNA. Courtesy photos

required a little adjustment. He postulated that a marble could go down a 3-foot slope to make a 1.5foot loop, much like a roller coaster ride. With the help of his dad, Erik made a model to test his theory. “It didn’t work,” Erik said. With a 4-foot slope, the model worked just fine. A little trial and error was at work with Vista Innovation and Design Academy sixth- graders David Johnson, 11, Asher Venezia, 12 and Tyler Moreno, 11. They were demonstrating a prosthetic hand, which they designed. The hand was operated remotely by one of the students wearing a glove, which sent electrical impulses to the hand to move its fingers. It took a few tries to get the fingers to move. Lake Elementary School third-grader Luke Maguire, 8, didn’t have any

Lake Elementary School Principal Krista Berntsen with third grader Luke Maguire.

moving parts to his project, but Luke was on the move himself, grabbing passers-by to look at the chart he put together of different animals. “He’s totally into this,” said Luke’s mom, Lisa Maguire. “This all came about because he loves animals.” The chart showed unusual animal pairings, like a lion playing with a small dog and a rat snake with a dwarf hamster. “I wanted to tell peo-

ple, animals do have feelings,” Luke said. In addition to the student projects, several companies and colleges had displays showing how STEM studies could lead to a wide range of careers. They included CIAN Engineering, ThermoFisher Scientific, Solutions for Change, Agua Hedionda, Gear Works Technology, SPAWAR, Open Source Maker Labs, the University of California San Diego,

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Mira Costa College, Palomar College and California State University San Marcos. STEM Fest coordinators Michelle Gosnell and Kellie Fleming said they’re already planning for STEM Fest 2016. “The wheels are already turning for next year,” Gosnell said. Ray Huard is a communications consultant with the Vista Unified School District.


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New boundaries set to ease school crunch By Ray Huard

VISTA — Enrollment among 14 elementary schools in the Vista Unified School District will become more balanced under changes approved in March by the Board of Education. “It creates an even distribution among our schools,” said Donna Caperton, assistant superintendent for business services. She said the changes could affect up to 1,374 students, but no student who is now in school will be required to move to a different school if they don’t want to move. The boundary changes don’t affect elementary magnet schools. Parents whose children are affected by the boundary changes have been notified, Caperton said. Those who want to keep their children where they are must fill out forms that were sent to them and return the forms by April 4. With 26 new housing developments planned or under construction, the boundary changes were required to prevent some schools from becoming overcrowded. For example, Breeze Hill Elementary School on Melrose Drive in Oceanside, Foothill-Oak Elementary School on Oak Drive and Lake Elementary School on Lake Boulevard in Oceanside are already at 90 percent or more of their capacity. The new boundaries will ease the crunch at those schools while adding enrollment at schools with room to spare, such as Beaumont Elementary on Beaumont Drive, Grapevine Elementary School on Grapevine Road and Alamosa Park Elementary School on Alamosa Park Drive in Oceanside. The Vista Unified School District includes parts of Oceanside, which account for about a third of district students. Middle-school boundaries were adjusted last year and don’t need to be readjusted, Caperton said. She said the high schools have room

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The new boundaries will ease the crunch at those schools while adding enrollment at schools with room to spare. The Vista Unified School District includes parts of Oceanside, which account for about a third of district students. Map courtesy Vista Unified School District

to accommodate new students with no change in their boundaries. The new elementary school boundaries should hold for four to five years before they have to be readjusted, depending how many schoolaged children come from the

new housing developments. The boundaries were developed by special committee, which included parents, teachers, non-teaching school staff, administrators and a city planning representative. “This was a really good process and the committee’s

commitment to really find solutions was excellent,” Caperton said. “We tried to keep in mind minimal impact to students.” Ray Huard is a communications consultant with the Vista Unified School District.

Vista Historical Society names hall-of-famers VISTA — The Vista Historical Society annual meeting and Hall of Fame induction will be held at the Shadowridge Country Club at 11 a.m. May 16. Members of the board of directors will also be installed. Newly elected members to the Early Residents Division of the Hall of Fame are Charlotte “Cleo” Morgan, Abraham Shelhoup, James W. Sutton, Harold H. Yackey, and Dale E. Wood. The annual meeting is open to all interested area residents. Reservations for the luncheon are $30 per person by phoning the Vista Historical Society office at (760) 630-0444, by e-mail to vhm67@1882. sdcoxmail.com or by letter to P.O. Box 1032, Vista, CA 92085-1032. Cleo Morgan was known for her love of the city and its beauty. She

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spent her life attempting to beautify Vista. After her death, a park was named for her. Abraham Michel “Abe” Shelhoup was a local merchant for many years here. He was known for his many good works behind the scenes, was one of the founders of the Avo Playhouse and financed many civic improvements. James W. Sutton earned his living in the insurance business, but was best known for his time on the board of directors of the Vista Irrigation District. He was the president of the board when the district purchased Lake Henshaw in 1946. He was a great champion of this purchase, which secured a water supply for the growing community. Harold H. Yackey, as the Vista Irrigation District Engineer/Manager in 1946, was responsible

for upgrading the water rectors from 1954 to 1973 system, which had deteri- and was well-known for his orated due to lack of sup- work at the district. plies during the war. Later he served on the district board of directors. Dale E. Wood came to Vista in 1926 working for one of the principal agriculture developers at the time. He remained in Vista the rest of his life, devoting himself to its development. He served on the Vista Irrigation District Board of Di-

t was a pretty tough day, almost 20 years ago, as we returned from having our 6-week-old, all-gray, cute-as-a-button dwarf bunny put to sleep. The experience not only made me profoundly sad, it also exposed me as a fraud. I don’t think I ever regained my tough-guy status with my kids. Dad had an endearing habit of going to the pet store for guppies or birdseed and coming home with something small and furry in his pocket. Through it all, I have been the hard guy. First he brought home birds, and I calmly snagged the cockatiel ffound a new home forwhen we realized she was lonely. Later, I got to fish the baby finches out of the pond. Then there was the guinea pig that was “too young to breed.” After she delivered three healthy babies, I found homes for them all. Then Dad arrived home with Dust Bunny, and we prepared to learn what a dwarf rabbit needs to be comfortable and content. Who knows what makes one animal among many steal your heart. He was a charmer. He remained a happy rabbit as he was handled, petted and passed around. We carefully kept him indoors at night, trying to acclimate him slowly to the outdoor aviary that would be his home. But just two days after his arrival, his breathing became labored and his sweet bunny nose began to run. We hustled off to the vet, presuming (despite my adult instinct about

these things) that we would get some medication and hop on home. It seems, however, that bunnies don’t recover from thfffis particular bacterium. I braced for a storm of protest from my children when I realized what the doctor was saying and that we faced the decision to put the little guy down. Both kids turned large but dry eyes to me and quietly watched as I dissolved into tears. I was mortified. I was failing as the adult here, but, boy, was I proud of them. Even my complete lack of self-control did not ruffle my children. They both consoled me and we agreed that we certainly didn’t want Dusty to get worse and suffer. I cried some more. It was a hard but important life lesson for us all. I know we did the right thing and we soon got another bunny but I still rather miss that funny little rabbit. Jean Gillette is still working hard on her chip-proof exterior. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup. com.


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a Naval officer during World ma teacher, an art critic, a ENCINITAS — He was War II, a law student, a dra- docent, and now, at 90, Tom Whayne can add published poet to his life’s achievements. But sitting in his Leucadia home, surrounded by other books of poetry from Robert Frost to W.H. Auden to W.B. Yeats, Whayne said having his own book of poems called, “Of Strength and Grace: Elegy for Love” (Shanti Arts Publishing) published didn’t mean a “helluva lot.” That’s because it’s poetry, he said. “It isn’t really saleable in quantity. I give it to my friends and I get emails from ex-students who’ve discovered the book. But it hasn’t changed my life an iota,” said Whayne with a marked bit of defiance still about him. Though when asked if it was satisfying to have the book finally come out, he said without hesitation: “ex Artwork Handbags ceedingly.” The book is a poetic Baskets Scarves account of time between Whayne and his longtime Tableware Jewelery partner Katherine “Kat” Wilson, who had suffered a Furnishings Books subdural hematoma after falling, which resulted in 1412 Camino Del Mar her death. “The funny thing is, Del Mar, CA 92014 she’s been dead since March 858.461.1263 2013. I still think of her every day,” he said.

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He has pictures of them together, which he can recall just about anything from when they were taken — one photo shows them on a cruise they went on, another of the couple attending a cocktail party. “She hated having her picture taken,” Whayne said. The book, he said, contains an important chunk of his life.

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Three Days Grace performs April 10 at the House of Blues, San Diego. Photo by Michael Muller By Alan Sculley

Matt Walst wanted to be the frontman of Three Days Grace when his older brother, bassist Brad Walst, and drummer Neil Sanderson were putting the band together in the late ‘90s in Norwood, Ontario. “I tried out when I was younger, like around 17, when I started playing guitar,” Matt Walst said in a phone interview. “I was kind of like a makeshift guitar player. I didn’t use a pick. I made up my own songs. And I wasn’t like a technical guitar player by any means. Like I tried out and I think I played a couple of shows with them. But I was so young, and like I said, I wasn’t a very good guitar player at all back then.” Instead the group found Adam Gontier to fill the singer slot, and then added guitarist Barry Stock in 2003. But Walst, 32, didn’t give up on the idea of a career in music. He put together his own band, My Darkest Days, which got discovered by Nickelback singer/songwriter Chad Kroeger, a connection that put the group on a path to notable success. “I just kept writing my own songs and then decided to really make a go of it at 19, 20, and just started focusing on making my own band,” Walst said. “We got picked up by Chad Kroeger. He co-wrote a bunch of songs with us. And we got a record deal from Island/Def Jam in the states and 604 Records (Kroeger’s label) in Canada. We released two albums and we had a number one song in the states called ‘Porn Star Dancing,’ and it had Chad Kroeger, Ludacris and Zakk Wylde (on it). So it was a big song. I’m pretty proud with what I did in My Darkest Days.” Three Days Grace, meanwhile, did even better. After signing to the RCA-affiliated Jive Re-

cords, the band became one of the most popular hard rock bands of the past decade, notching nine number one rock radio hits, a million-selling self-titled debut album and three subsequent albums that all went top five on “Billboard” magazine’s album chart. It looked like an all’swell-that-ends-well scenario for both bands. But then Gontier abruptly quit Three Days Grace shortly after the release of the band’s 2012 album, “Transit of Venus,” when an arena tour with Shinedown was only a few weeks away. In need of a new vocalist, the band turned to Walst, who just happened to be on break from My Darkest Days. “There was no warning at all,” Walst said of Gontier’s decision to quit Three Days Grace. “I think it (Gontier’s sudden departure) was intended to ruin that tour and ruin everybody pretty much.” Instead, the new lineup clicked, and soon Walst was a full-fledged member of the band he wanted to join when he was 17. “My first show was in front of about eight to 10,000 people in an arena, and I was pretty scared,” Walst admitted. “But when it started, it felt right. And the guys say there was a new energy.” Walst made what seems to be an equally smooth transition to the studio when it came time to make Three

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APRIL 15 NEW AT THE REP North Coast Rep presents “Unnecessary Farce” beginning April 15, with Opening Night, at 8 p.m. April 18, with performances through May 10 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets, $44 to $48; $3 off APRIL 12 admission. Call (858) 481SOLO JAZZ Guitarist 1055 or visit northcoasRobin Henkel will play trep.org to purchase ticksolo blues from 11 a.m. to 2 ets. p.m. April 12 at the Sandcrab Tavern, 2229 Micro APRIL 16 Place, Escondido. For more MUSIC AT PALOMAR information, call (760) Join Professor Emeritus 480-2722. of the Performing Arts Department at Palomar APRIL 13 College, Peter Gach, for JAZZ TRIBUTE a three-part series, "MuMiraCosta College pres- sical Insights" beginning ents a “Tribute to Horace with “What is Music” at 7 Silver,” pianist and hard- p.m. April 16 at the Musebop pioneer, at 1 p.m. um of Making Music, 5970 April 13 in Bldg. 2200, Armada Drive, Carlsbad. Studio A, 1 Barnard Drive. Tickets are $10 at museuOceanside. Tickets, $10 mofmakingmusic.org. and $8 online at miracosta.edu/buytix or call (760) APRIL 17 STORY OF LOVE “Col795-6815. ors of Love,” a take on the various aspects of love and APRIL 14 ART ON THE GREEN relationships with quotes, Every Saturday and Sun- poetry, songs & dances at day (weather permitting), 1 p.m. April 17 at the San

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Escondido is latest to join Ciclovia movement By Tony Cagala

INDIE FILM Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents “The Rocket” (Australia, 2013) at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, as part of its free foreign film festival. In Laos, a boy believed cursed to bring bad luck builds a giant rocket. MARK THE CALENDAR SDA ON STAGE San Dieguito Academy Theater students and alum perform “Pain,” with a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Clayton E. Liggett Theater. General admission is $35 at seatyourself.biz/sandieguito. As a fundraiser for SDA drama department, the evening includes an After-the-Performance gathering at 3rd Corner Wine and Bistro. Late night menu and drink pricing will begin at 10 p.m.

ESCONDIDO — Opening the streets to people, closing them to vehicles — that’s the idea behind the Ciclovia movement that began in Bogata, Columbia back in the ‘60s and has since caught on in several cities across the U.S. And come April 11, Escondido will be the latest city to open its streets to walkers, skaters, bicyclists and anyone else not in a vehicle. “It is truly an opportunity to get to explore an area of town without traffic,” said Rorie Johnston, president and CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, which is partnering with the county of San Diego to host the event. The free event is meant to promote “A Healthy City — Healthy Lifestyle” and will transform a onemile loop of Grand Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Juniper Street into an urban park or sorts. This will be the city’s first-ever open streets celebration. Johnston said she was inspired by a similar event in Pacific Beach that made her look at what they could do in Escondido to give residents the same experience. “We hope that it will bring awareness to the fact that there’s more to transportation than just driving in your car,” Johnston said. They’re also hoping the event will have a positive economic impact for the businesses in the area. Local businesses, farmers, health and wellness organizations will participate to share healthy living and lifestyle choices available throughout the area. Johnston said the Chamber hopes to make this an annual event, hosting it in different areas in town to give people an opportunity to understand and see what is available in their own city. Photographer David Zumaya is asking people to meet at the corner of Broadway and Grand Avenue at 11:30 a.m. to take part in an aerial photo of the event. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit cicloviaescondido.com for more details.

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he huge increase in wine clubs on the west coast should not be a big surprise to anyone who has even a faint idea of how big the rise in wine consumption has been, especially in California. Being a wine observer, commentator and writer, I have not joined any wine clubs, not wanting to play favorites. But I have been and always will be a joiner since I was a student in high school, then on to the Chamber of Commerce in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 21. Californians love to join something or another. That, matched with the chatter and endless stories about your favorite wines and wineries, and you have the makings of a profitable cash flow for wineries up and down the state. Wine clubs work best for smaller wineries who rely on the loyalty of their members to agree to a number of bottle purchases a year chosen by the winery, usually their latest releases. Wilson Creek in Temecula markets their “Extended Family Wine Club� by inviting guests to “join the family.� It’s free to join with a wine commitment at a 30 percent discount. The winery also offers many benefits like complimentary wine tasting and discounts on events, their restaurant, wine classes and bottles of wine. Visit wilsoncreekwinery.com. A look at a recent wine club newsletter at Wilson Creek shows fun, fun, fun, in full color. Recent events include parties, snow on the vines, the newest wine releases, live entertainment and a cruise promotion.

Peggy Evans is the executive director of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers. She has helped steer this rapidly growing wine country into the largest in Southern California. She has done marketing for several of its wineries prior to the association position. “I think the reason why wine clubs do so well here is that most wines are sold direct to the consumer,â€? she noted. “Wine clubs make it easy for folks to enjoy Temecula wines. The clubs offer the perfect perks to members who are within driving distance. Members really do become part of the wine family. The wineries must offer quality-made wine, they must be friendly to members‌ and the wineries must be well-kept and

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cave will feature popular jazz and R&B solo artists, duos and trios. CANCER YOGA BENEFIT Jenna King, founder and CEO of Ayathrive, offering fitness and natural supplements, will sponsor a donations-only, 50-minute yoga beach session at 9 a.m. April 12 at Powerhouse Park, 1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. The startup, based in Carlsbad, hopes to raise money for the Light of Life Foundation; dedicated to the thyroid cancer treatment. Participants may “swipe-to-donate” directly to the Light of Life’s Web site. Cash donations cannot be accepted. For more information and to register for the event, visit Ayathrive’s Facebook page or contact carmen@ermproducts. com. NEW PARTNERS Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, a wealth advisory firm at 12340 El Camino Real, Suite 450, Carmel Valley, announced the appointment of Alana Asmussen, CFA, CFP and Mike Brown, CFA, CPA, CFP as partners in the firm. SURVIVOR Sahar Paz, war survivor, releases her book “Find Your Voice” with a reception/reading and book signing at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at 210 Windward Way, Oceanside For more information, visit prweb.com/releases/ FindYourVoice/SaharPaz

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T he C oast News - I nland E dition or more information, contact Steve Brad, (760) 6331639. Day-of-trip, (760) 2745256. APRIL 13 SENIOR CENTER The San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., serves lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required at (760) 744-5535 ext. 3606. The suggested donation is $4 for seniors 60 and over. Under 60 costs $5. Lunch transportation can be provided. The San Marcos Senior Center accepts EBT card donations.

APRIL 11 CELEBRATE Celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Events include creative healing in the Ceremonial Garden, plant sale, music, Alden Hough of the Sky Mountain Institute and the dedication of Robert Rochin’s Baobab Tree” sculpture. For more inforAPRIL 14 mation, visit avbg.org BOOK CLUB Escondido DEMOCRATIC CLUB Public Library invites adult The April meeting of the readers to join the 2nd Lake San Marcos Demo- Tuesday Book Club meetcratic Club will be at 1 p.m. ing at 6 p.m. April 14 in the April 11, (social time 12:30 Turrentine Room at.239 p.m.) at the Gallery, just S. Kalmia St., Escondido.. next to the Pavilion at 1105 This month’s nonfiction seLa Bonita Drive, San Mar- lection is “Catherine the cos. For more information, Great: Portrait of a Woman” visit lsmdem.org or call by Robert K. Massie For more information, visit li(760) 743-2990. brary.escondido.org or contact Neva Robinson at (760) APRIL 12 ANSTINE PRESERVE 839-4214 or nrobinson@esBIRD WALK Join Buena condido.org. Vista Audubon Society on a free, 8 a.m. April 12 tour APRIL 16 POLITICAL ECONOof the Anstine Nature Preserve, Vista. For directions MY DAYS Political Econ-

Golf center hosts golf demo day CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Golf Center’s 13th annual Spring Demo Days & Custom Fitting Experience is San Diego’s largest outdoor, on-the-driving-range golf demo event. Golfers of all skill and experience levels can test the latest equipment, get info from more than 30 brand vendors and save on new clubs and throughout the pro shop. Call now to schedule free personal custom fitting appointments. Bring trade-in clubs for credit. Free personal video swing analysis, prize drawing and giveaways. The two-day event is April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2711 Haymar Drive. For information call the pro shop at (760) 7204653 or visit demodays. carlsbadgolfcenter.com.

omy Days at Palomar College will host Dick Eiden, at 11 a.m. April 16 in Room MD157, 1140 W, Mission Road, San Marcos, for a talk and discussion about recent police shootings and racial discrimination charges, mass incarceration, and police militarization. For more information, contact Professor Peter Bowman at pbowman@ palomar.edu. GIVE BLOOD Make a reservation to donate blood April 16 from 1 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Oceanside Masonic Center, 511 Eucalyptus, Oceanside, or from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Westminster Seminary Escondido, 1725 Bear Valley Parkway at redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767. MARK THE CALENDAR ANTI-DRUG EVENT The North Coastal Prevention Coalition and MADD join forces 3 to 6 p.m. April 20 to present “Power of Parents” workshops in English and Spanish at Boomers! Entertainment Center, 1525 W. Vista Way, Vista, with Craig Balben of North Coastal Prevention Coalition, Alicia Vicencio with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Youth

Prevention Advocates from ervations are needed by El Camino and Oceanside April 16 by calling Donna (760) 432-0772 or Martha High Schools. (760) 471-7059 CHRISTIAN WOMEN MONEY MATTERS Be “Wake Up Your Wardrobe” is the theme of the San Mar- Money Smart @ Escondicos, Vista Christian Wom- do Public Library at 6 p.m. en's Club luncheon at 11:30 April 21, 239 South Kalmia a.m. April 20 at the St. St., Escondido. Learn to Mark Golf Club, 1750 San manage debt/credit cards and strategies to gain fiPablo Drive, San Marcos. The cost of the lun- nancial freedom and savvy cheon is $18 inclusive. Res- credit card use.

13 WINE & ROSES Tickets are available now for the 32nd annual Wine & Roses Charity Wine Tasting set for 3 to 6 p.m. June 7 at the Grand Del Mar, presented by the Social Service Auxiliary. Proceeds go to Camp Oliver. Facebook /sdwineandroses, twitter sdwineandroses of test wineandroses to 22828.


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t’s spring in Palm Springs and I couldn’t help thinking about all those folks who spent the winter in Buffalo, Boston and Bemidji battling blizzards, braving subzero temps and laying claim to snow-packed parking places with lawn chairs that won’t see better use for a long while yet. Should I feel guilty or gloat? I think of our mortgage payments and the cost of gas in Southern Cal and I decide to gloat. Ha! Just another day in paradise … We are visiting friends Denny and Maureen, Wisconsinites lucky

This mid-century modern home at 1350 Ladera Circle in “upper” Old Las Palmas was Elvis’ home for a year (rent: $21,000). He and Priscilla honeymooned here after their May 1967 wedding. The 5,000-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, and is built in “four perfect circles on three levels,” according to the real estate listing. As of late 2014, the house was for sale for $8.5 million, marked down from $9.5 million. Tours are held on the weekends by guides dressed as Elvis and Priscilla. Courtesy photo

enough to be able to flee Midwest winters and live six months a year in their pristine mid-century modern condo complex in the heart of Palm Springs. They are leading us through the beautifully manicured neighborhoods

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of Old Las Palmas and Vista Las Palmas, where a multitude of past and present A-List celebs, authors, singers, musicians, entrepreneurs and movie moguls have lived/live. The list is long and spans several generations. It includes Jackie Cooper, Cyd Charisse, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Liberace, Sidney Sheldon, George Hamilton, Jay Leno, Mary Martin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Tomlin, Donna Reed, Barbra Streisand, Alan Ladd, William Powell, Rona Barrett, Kenny Rogers, Rudy Vallee, George Randolph Hearst, Kirk Douglas and Jack

Warner. Old Las Palmas and Vista Las Palmas, which sit in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains, are distinguished by architecture and age. Old Las Palmas features older, mostly expansive mansions fortified by ornate gates and/or exceedingly tall, dense shrubs. “This neighborhood fascinates me because it is so diverse,” explains guide Kirk Bridgman, who with his poodle Patrick, has been giving walking tours of Old Las Palmas since 2011. “The first home was built in 1925, and the last one to be built on virgin land was in 2008. The smallest house is 1,400 square feet — it has one bedroom — and the largest is 15,000 square feet and it’s just around the corner from the smallest one.” What do visitors like about Old Las Palmas? “Most of my custom-

Jay Leno, in a nod to his long-time employer, NBC, had this peacock gate installed at his home in Old Las Palmas. The current owners decorate it for every season, according to local guide Kirk Bridgman. Photo

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ers are boomers,” he says, “but I do get younger guests who love old movies and so know a lot of old celebrities. They are interested in the celebrities, the architecture, and then they become fascinated by history of Palm Springs.” Just west of Old Las Palmas is the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, about 375 homes developed in the late 1950s and 1960s; hence, the plethora of mid-century modern homes, most built by the Alexander brothers, known for this style. The neighborhood has experienced a recent renaissance, starting in the 1990s. Prior to this, Vista Las Palmas deteriorated as Palm Springs lost residents and business to areas of new growth in Rancho Mirage and other desert cities. Then in the 1990s, the popularity of the mid-cen-

Residents of Vista Las Palmas like to get creative with their mailboxes. Courtesy photo

tury modern style exploded, homes were restored to their original architecture, and their prices skyrocketed. Today Vista Las Palmas is a main destination during Modernism Week, held each February. (It has become so popular that it has expanded to 10 days, plus a second event later in the year). Openair tour buses with hundreds of visitors aboard cruise through Vista Las Palmas and commercial areas where mid-century architecture dominates. Bridgman prefers the Old Las Palmas neighborhood and he likes to see it on foot. When you’re on a bus, “You don’t get to see between the gates and you don’t hear the silence,” he says. “We’re only two blocks off the main drag, but it’s so quiet. No wonder all these celebrities wanted to live here.” Walking tours (maximum four people) with Kirk Bridgman by appointment only. Visit ps-research.com/. For van tours (maximum six people) of mid-century modern homes and commercial buildings in Palm Springs, visit palmspringsmoderntours.com/ E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com


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Local charter school is currently enrolling, now with two locations SAN MARCOS — Taylion San Diego Academy is now enrolling with two locations to serve North County. Taylion offers programs in home school, independent study and a virtual program, and has open enrollment throughout the year. With locations in San Marcos and Vista, the charter school has a program to meet the needs of students in need of a more personalized education. The charter school opened in 2013, and has since grown to be a partner in the North County community. During its first year of existence, the school was granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools (WASC), and has now expanded into Vista. The school even has an Associated Student Body (A.S.B.), which plans field trips and fundraisers throughout the year. Taylion’s programs is an option for students K-12, who find that a traditional school setting just isn’t a fit for them, academically or otherwise (bullies, etc.). A large number of their student population are high school students. “Kids that come to us, are for whatever reason, not thriving in a traditional public school setting,” said Taylion San

LA JOLLA — Get ahead or stay on track – National University Virtual High School (NUVHS) is now enrolling for summer term. Since 2003, NUVHS has been a solution for students to earn Advanced Placement (AP®) credits, improve academic performance and strengthen their college applications through a premier online learning experience. NUVHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools (WASC) and has course approvals for UC “a-g”, NCAA and NAIA. NUVHS strives to provide students the opportunity to achieve academic excel-

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Diego Academy’s Director of Business Development, Shannon Smith. “It can be for a variety of reasons: academics, socially, and they come to us where they find a place where they can academically and socially thrive.” Taylion offers three separate learning environments for students: online education programs, a homeschool program, and an independent study program. Programs are often blended to meet the needs of students. Some additional learning opportunities include small group instruction and online learning programs. School officials say the program offers individualized learning, a safe environment with less distraction, higher parent involvement, credit recovery, credit acceleration, greater

lence through creating an active, engaging and cooperative online learning environment. Students are able to enroll in NUVHS throughout the school year and can complete a full semester of a high school course in as few as four or as many as 16 weeks on a full or parttime basis. Our small class size emphasizes individual learning styles and creates a dynamic and engaging educational environment. We provide 24/7 access to courses, help desk, library and support services. All online courses are instructor-led by California-credentialed teachers. All coursework

meets or exceeds California and national standards and have been designed to meet the Common Core standards. With more than 100 online courses, NUVHS offers something for every student. NUVHS partners with a variety of educational and community organizations in an effort to strengthen school community relations and enhance academic learning among partnering schools and districts. For more information on our summer courses, to enroll, or learn more about our academic partnerships, please call (866) 366-8847 or visit www.nuvhs.org today!

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access to new educational resources, and unparalleled flexibility in utilizing various instructional delivery methods based on the particular student’s learning style. When asked what parents should look for in a choice for education, Smith said, “I think, first of all, parents consider what their kid’s needs are. What is it that they think can help their kid to be successful, and then go look at what the options are, and that’s what is wonderful about charter schools. At Taylion San Diego Academy, we are able to customize their learning program. We offer independent study, online classes, homeschooling and a blended model. We are able to take each student, assess where they are at, determine what would best help them and design a program for them individually.” The San Marcos campus is located at 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. #110, San Marcos, CA 92069, while the Vista site is located at 1661B South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081. For more information regarding enrollment and upcoming parent information sessions, call (855) 77-LEARN or (760) 2955564, or visit taylionsandiego.com.

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Summer F un & L earning Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego’s Ultimate Summer Camps

Ultimate summers start here Register today for our Ultimate Summer Camps at 11 locations throughout San Diego County. We offer 12 weeks of safe, affordable and fun theme weeks of summer camp with professionally trained & CPR Certified staff members. Grades: K-8th Locations: 4S Ranch, Clairemont, Encanto, Escondido, Linda Vista, Logan Heights, National City, Poway, Ramona and Valley Center. We also offer an Adventure Club Summer Camp for middle school students. 20% discount for siblings. Scholarships available for those who

qualify. Call 858.866.0591 or visit SDYouth.org or email us: info@SDYouth.org When school is out, the Clubs are in! We are here to serve you when you need us. Ultimate summers start at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Why choose the BGCGSD? We have over 70 years of experience, affordable prices, a trained & CPR certified staff, fun and structured activities, age-appropriate group rotations, great field trips and a safe environment. Each of our 12 weeks will feature a different theme that kids will enjoy! Register today at one of our 11 conve-

nient locations throughout San Diego County. In addition, we also offer an Adventure Club Summer Camp for middle school students. Adventure Club campers will go on field trips and also stay at the Club for fun activities throughout the week.mer Splash Safe, fun & positive environment: Our Clubs are an age-appropriate place of physical and emotional safety, and stability for our Club members, where they have structure and clearly defined boundaries. Our youth can build strong, positive connections with adult role models and their peers.

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Fun is just around the corner With summer just around the corner, now is the time to start looking into what to do with the kids to keep them busy. The City of Vista has just what you need. We offer several all-inclusive camps for grades Kindergarten through eighth. For the middle school grades 5 – 8, we offer Adventure Camp which is a traveling camp that goes on a field trip every day! For the more active, athletic child in grades 1 – 6 we have

our Sports Camp with 1 field trip per week. And of course, we have our traditional camp for grades K – 5 that offers plenty of arts & crafts along with games and activities and one field trip per week. Each camp is based on a weekly theme such as ‘Frozen’, ‘Sweet Summertime’, ‘Mysteries of Science’, ‘Food Frenzie’ and more. All camps include before & after care, at least one field trip per week, one camp T-shirt, lunch, 2 snacks, and special

camp days every Friday for NO ADDITIONAL COST! City of Vista Day Camp staff are busy planning for the summer activities and can’t wait to get started. Registration opens on April 20th at 8:30am. For more information on weekly themes and trips please visit our website at vistarecreation.com and choose Summer Day Camps or give us a call at (760) 643-5272 or e-mail at kcrawford@cityofvista. com.

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and cold tapas, plus hot pot and sushi. My favorite dish is the Octopus Balls — mind blowing little flavor bombs, usually served scalding hot. I’m never too proud to order a second plate.” That’s funny you mention the octopus balls Dave, when I wrote about Yu Me Ya, I described them as “undulating” as a result of the heat and the crazy visual it gives them. Paralegal Erika Cueva joins LTP as a huge fan of Cardiff Seaside Market. She shared this story from a recent birthday. “When my boyfriend surprised me at the office on my birthday to take me out for a gourmet lunch (my Marine works nights,) I redirected him to the deli at family-owned Cardiff Seaside Market. “Items in the deli case vary, but their daily specials are usually the highlight. “Today’s special was the Hanalei Wrap — sesame seared Ahi, fresh mango, shredded cabbage, brown rice, sesame ginger dressing. My go-to is the chicken breast veggie rice bowl with teriyaki sauce. Nate and I enjoyed my fancy birthday meal at the benches overlooking Swamis. There’s no reason to pay an arm and a leg to eat at a beachside restaurant when Encinitas’

many beachfront benches offer the best seat in SoCal.” So true Erika, and thanks for reminding me of that lunch option. CLG partner Seyamack Kourtetchian finds his true Zen (a common theme here) at Darshan Bakery, right around the corner from his office. “This small, unassuming bakery turns out one masterpiece of pure flakey heaven at a time. I often sneak out the back door of our office and walk the quiet two blocks to step into a secret wonderland where, against the background of classical music, wizard bakers work their magic in the form of individually crafted croissants. Peeling a warm, light, crunchy finger off the end of a simple butter croissant while sitting under one of the towering Eucalyptus trees outside can bring true inner joy and peace. When, however, my soul (or is it my stomach) craves something sweeter, I prefer “meditating” over one of Darshan’s blissful almond croissants. It is enlightenment, but maybe with a few extra calories.” Dang Seyamack, you ought to try your hand at food writing. That was very eloquent. Attorney Amy Johnsgard wraps things up and represents the self-pro-

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but truth be told I always opt for Ballast Point’s popular Sculpin IPA. I’m all about their Shrimp and Grits. No, it isn’t the best for the arteries, but after a long surf or bike ride, you really feel like you’ve earned that big old bowl of southern buttery goodness.” Nice picks Marco, and you forgot to mention you can walk to both from your office! Dave Peck is another partner at CLG and prefers a wide spectrum of flavors when he eats out. He also likes the flexibility of ordering additional items without feeling like a complete glutton. For those reasons he is a huge fan of restaurants specializing in tapas or small plates. “One of my favorites for both is Yu Me Ya Sake House in Leucadia. The tiny Yu Me Ya dining room could not be more intimate if it tried. And that’s part of the charm — this Japanese family-run operation makes guests feel like welcome relatives. “While I don’t typically order sake, I do at Yu Me Ya. The nuanced flavors are intriguing on their own but the ritualized presentation makes it a must try. On the food side, the menu offers impressive lists of both hot

claimed finicky and mainly herbivorous, gluten-free eaters, yet she also enjoys being able to dine out with friends so her pick was Lotus Café. “It really has something for everyone,” said Amy. “Practically all of the menu options can be made vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. But even meat lovers can be satiated with poultry and fish dishes. Many items are also organic and non-GMO. The tempeh or fish tacos are delectable. After a satisfying and nourishing, natural meal, you would be remiss not to treat yourself to one of their desserts. “My personal favorite is the vegan chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting. The relaxed ambiance is part of the experience — on a sunny day, bring your pooch and relax in the shaded patio on South Coast Highway.” More about Coast Law Group at coastlawgroup. com Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday - Friday during at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905

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Two commercial structures at Carlsbad’s La Costa Towne Center will be demolished to make way for a revamp that includes the addition of retail and apartment buildings. The larger new building, shown above, would include 48 apartments, a courtyard for residents, and retail. Courtesy renderings

Carlsbad retail center to be revamped with apartments By Rachel Stine

Sophia Ceja, 3, of Oceanside, shows off a handful of eggs she found. Four city egg hunts are planned for April 19. See the full story on page A9. Photo by Promise Yee

Council closer to finalizing Pacific View deal By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The council took another step toward acquiring the Pacific View site on Wednesday night. Council members voted 3-2 in favor of a $50,000 deposit and other conditions spelled out in a memorandum of understanding for the property. That document paves the way for a final purchase agreement, which the council majority hopes to approve by the end of May. But the agenda item sparked a long debate over whether the council should have even agreed to pay $10 million to acquire the site from the Encinitas Union School District. Resident Jeff Eddington said he’s excited at the prospect of the city owning the site, but worried the coun- Pacific View Elementary, which closed a decil is getting “bamboozled.” cade ago. The council approved a memoran“The city offered $4.3 million for dum of understanding at Wednesday night’s the property in the not-too-distant meeting, bringing the city closer to acquiring past, and is now offering more than the site. Photo by Jared Whitlock

2.3 times that price.” Eddington said. Councilman Tony Kranz, an advocate of the purchase, said the $4.3 million figure was based on the property’s current public zoning. And it was only intended as a first offer. Additionally, Kranz said he voted in favor of upping the price knowing that EUSD had a strong rezoning case, which would have made the land much more valuable. The city could have tried to fight the district’s rezone request, but that would likely have resulted in an expensive court battle, Kranz added. Last month, EUSD was due to auction Pacific View with a minimum bid set at $9.5 million. With the clock ticking, the city submitted an offer just before the deadline. EUSD has delayed the auction by two months as a safeguard, in case the deal with the

CARLSBAD — With it’s primary storefront empty for five years, the 33-year-old La Costa Towne Center at the corner of El Camino Real and La Costa Avenue is at last getting a revamp. The owner of the property gained approval to demolish two commercial structures in the shopping center and replace them with buildings that are half retail and half apartments from Carlsbad’s Planning Commission on April 16. Planning Commissioners praised the owners for coming forward with plans to redevelop the dated shopping center that they said currently lacks signage, design, and a main tenant. “(La Costa Towne Center is) just this big long white wall. You have no idea what’s inside, it’s not inviting,” said Planning Commissioner Hap L’Heureux. “This center has been long overdue.” Commissioner Aurthur Neil Black called the little mall an eyesore.

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who married Johnson’s daughter, Megan. “He was giving us life lessons along our journey of getting wins and losses.’’ Sure the triumphs were grand. But Johnson’s payoff came later, when his charges returned to campus looking for a hug, not a shrug, from their mentor. “When they come back and are productive and are doing things you would never ever think, it makes you a proud daddy,’’ Johnson said. “It gives you the feeling, with some of them, that maybe what we did wasn’t productive when they were here, but it was in the next stage of their life. It’s a great feeling.’’ Johnson connected with teenagers on a level, which is admirable. “I think it was my passion for the game,’’ Johnson said. “I think that those guys understood that I loved the game and loved what we were trying to do. Then once (the program) got going, it kind of built itself. I would talk to new players and they could relate to what we were doing because they saw it growing up. But I had no idea it was going to grow into what it did. “I still get chills down my spine when I think about regional playoff games, with the gym packed and you can’t hear anything. To be able to experience that, you just can’t describe or replace it. You just go ‘wow this is unbelievable.’’’ What’s not farfetched is El Camino’s gym being christened for Johnson. It’s where the name, and the coach, are right at home.

ome is where the hoop is? “Next to my house, it was probably the place I spent the most time in,’’ Ray Johnson said. “It just has a tremendous amount of good memories for me.’’ Those recollections will flow on Friday, when El Camino High’s gym becomes the Ray Johnson Gym in a ceremony honoring its former coach. “I don’t know if it’s going to be a roast or not,’’ Johnson said. The popular Johnson, who coached 33 seasons at El Camino, toasted more prep basketball victories than anyone in San Diego County. His 763 triumphs are No. 1 and that just tells part of the story. “I learned a lot from him,’’ said former player Carl McCullough. “He was more of a father figure than a coach to a lot of us.’’ Johnson won a lot of games and eight CIF San Diego Section titles. But as important as his work on the hardwood was his efforts with El Camino’s special-needs kids. The ones not soaring through the air for dunks or twisting defenders’ ankles on a crossover. While Johnson was surrounded by athletes after school, during class time, he was toiling with those on the other end. Contact Jay Paris at jparDon’t discount how is8@aol.com. Follow him on those special-needs students Twitter at paris_sports and at aided Johnson’s coaching. mighty1090.com Perspective comes in many forms and Johnson received his on a daily basis before blowing his first whistle. “It absolutely leaked in,’’ Johnson, 63, said. “It gave me the patience to see what kids could be when they didn’t have any idea what they could be, if you had patience. “That’s part of the problem with sports today. The parents want their kid to be the guy right away and they’re not willing to work. They maybe get a batting instructor or a shooting instructor, but at the end of the day, it’s the work you put in, the hours you put in and patience to be able to see those things through — that is what is important.’’ Johnson is a sweet guy but never sugarcoated anything. There were no shortcuts to success and isn’t that how it should be? “You got to be willing to put the time in,’’ Johnson said. And as a player, willing to embrace more than the pick-and-roll. “It was more than basketball,’’ said McCullough,

The Torrey Pines High School tennis team wins the National High School Tennis All-American Team Invitational, a three-day tournament held March 20 through 22 at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach. The team includes Coach John Delille and players Jiayong Li, Max Liu, Charles Pei, Jacob Brumm, Raul De La Torre, Daniel De La Torre, Sreeganesh Manoharan and Alex Scemanenco. Courtesy photo

Falcons take home national tennis title By Bianca Kaplanek

CARMEL VALLEY — Competing against some of the top players in the country, the Torrey Pines High School tennis team won the National High School Tennis All-American Team Invitational, a three-day tournament held March 20 through 22 at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach. “We had a great time,” said John Delille, who has coached the team for the past two seasons. “The effort of the team was crazy. They were like a bunch of little kids running around afterward. They did very well.” The event featured 16 teams — half from California and the other eight from states such as New York, Texas and Hawaii. “They usually invite the teams that are doing well in their division, with the theory to have the best players competing against one another,” Delille said. “We’ve got some pretty big horses. “The atmosphere is crazy,” he added. “The

players really try to get inside your head. It’s almost like a college tournament. “They always like to have a San Diego team, and it’s usually the one that won CIF,” Delille said. Although Rancho Bernardo High currently holds that title, the team was unable to attend so their coach suggested the Falcons, who lost to RB in last year’s CIF championship match. The Falcons went into the final day of singles play in Newport Beach up 2-1. “My number two singles guy loses his first match, so now its tied 2-2,” Delille said. “Then I’m walking around and I notice all my guys are behind. I don’t usually see that so I was a little worried. But the guys were really scrambling.” Jacob Brumm and Daniel De La Torre both came from behind to put the second-seeded Falcons up 4-2. “So all we needed was one more win but all the other guys were still down,” Delille said. “So I’m rooting them on and my number six guy, who hasn’t

played singles, pulled it off.” For his efforts, that player, Sreeganesh Manoharan, earned the coach’s Pepto Bismol Award, Delille said.

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business resource to draw employees. It includes a description of each city, builds a business resource, and job portal. The website also highlights area attractions, educational institutions, and major industries. Area businesses are encouraged to link to the site. “This website will ensure we’re sending the right message to businesses and employers about the 78 corridor,” Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood said. City mayors, managers, economic development staff, and stakeholders have been meeting for two years to form a consensus on what the five cities hold as resources, and where challenges lie for business expansion. Along the way partnerships between businesses, colleges and universities, and cities have developed. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said collaboration is as an ongoing process. “We’ll never reach the point of ‘got there,’” Hall said.

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welcoming.” Ray and Loretta Falkner operate Falkner Winery in Temecula and their four tailored wine clubs: Food$Wine, Crush, Barrel and Connoisseur. Each calls for a bi-monthly or quarterly commitment of various size wine orders. Discounts are higher with the order size. They are the only winery in the area to offer “Reward Points” with all purchases of wine and food at their winery and Pinnacle restaurant. Points are redeemed for free lunches, wine credits and gift cards. Get the full story at falknerwinery. com. Nancine Hagner joined a few wine clubs in Temecula, so I asked her what she looks for in a wine club before joining. “The vino, of course, how much I enjoy their wines,” she said. “Then I note what the winery has to offer their members, like special events,

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acre-foot. A smaller RO plant opened four years ago in Sand City, near Monterey. Santa Barbara plans to reopen a similar plant that was mothballed for years. But some believe reverse osmosis, which uses a series of membranes to filter seawater, is too expensive. One idea Ross has reviewed comes from a Texas firm called Salt of the Earth Energy, which would use water from perforated plastic pipes eight to 15 feet beneath the ocean floor, mixing gases and chemicals into sea water from which ocean-bottom silt has filtered almost all marine life. The process would also produce industrial chemicals like phosphates, carbonates and hydroxides, helping

T he C oast News - I nland E dition Mayors and city planning staff are now in the process of coming up with a regional set of business and development regulations “best practices,” in order to market common best practices as regional standards. Hall said mayors would be able to take back suggestions to their respective city councils in about 90 days. From there cities will take action to tweak city laws so businesses have a regional standard of what it takes to start up a business. There are already numerous stories of businesses growing and staying in the area, by moving or expanding to one of the nearby five cities. The economic development initiative will perpetuate more of that happening. Mayors, city managers and economic development staff will adopt a big picture approach and keep abreast of area resources. San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond said the collective benefit of a business setting up shop in a neighboring city is that all five cities profit from the demands for goods, services and housing of the

company and its workers. There are also city specific benefits. Hall said Carlsbad has business space, and counts on the regional resources of housing and higher education that fellow cities have to draw in companies. Vista Mayor Judy Ritter said her city has abundant space for small businesses, and can recommend large business operations locate in nearby cities. “Because of the Innovate78 initiative we will see more collaboration like this in our future,” Ritter said. Wood said he sees a benefit in the five cities collectively welcoming a business to the region. “For any business that wants to come to the area it’s nice to get a letter with all five mayors signing,” Wood said. Mayors agree collaborative efforts are just getting started. “Innovate78 is by no means the end of the effort for the five cites,” Abed said. “It marks the beginning of a new partnership and a new way of thinking about regional growth.”

generous pours at the tastings, friendly staff, and are they willing to teach the members about wine.” Margarite Triemstra of the San Diego Women On Wine is a wine club member in the Napa Valley. “Wine lovers should take advantage of a wine club,” she advised. “Nearly every winery offers discounts on wines and shipments of 20 percent or more. Members get free tastings when they visit solo or with a group. There is premier access to the release of vintages and rare wines, plus educational experiences and events at the winery.” Well, TASTE OF WINE lovers, time to join the club!

details. The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo has Italian Comparative Tastings April 12 at 2 p.m. Mathew Reagan from Casa Vincola Zonin will moderate. $35. Call (858) 673-7512. Firenze Trattoria in Encinitas welcomes Niner Wine Estates of Paso Robles and winemaker Patrick Muran for a wine dinner April 14 at 6 p.m. Cost is $75. To make a reservation, call (760) 944-9000. The California Wine Festival at Dana Point Orange County is on for April 17 and April 18. Sunset reserve and rare wine tasting 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott and April 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lantern Bay Park. Ticket info at calWine Bytes Falkner Winery in iforniawinefestival.com. Temecula is introducing free concerts and dancing Frank Mangio is a renowned starting April 12 and every wine connoisseur certified by Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., Wine Spectator. He is one of there is no charge and no the leading wine commentators on the web. View and RSVP required in the lawn link up with his columns at area next to the tasting taste of winetv.com. Reach room. Listen to music from Classic Rock to Country. him at mangiompc@aol.com See falknerwinery.com for and follow him on Facebook. bring down the cost of the water produced. The firm’s consultant, James Torres of Rancho Cucamonga, says the high end of water cost using this process would be $650 per acre foot, less than the Met is now paying for some of its supply. “This idea is at a proving stage,” said the DWR’s Ross. A test facility is planned along the Gulf Coast of Texas and if it proves promising, the method could solve many current problems with RO, including the fact only half the water RO plants take in eventually becomes potable; the rest is returned to the sea as heavy brine harmful to marine life. “Our process uses 90 percent of the intake,” said Torres. “And we’ll use only about half the power of an

RO plant.” Another possibly promising technology called “Zero Discharge” is currently being tested in the Panoche Water and Drainage District in Central California, using solar power to evaporate and then collect water from irrigation discharge, with about a 93 percent recovery rate. Which means drought has not brought despair. Instead, it’s spurring an inventiveness that may soon put the lie to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net

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want people to take away,” Whayne said. “That this is a love story between two people who are ‘super seniors’ or whatever they call them.” A new, unpublished work called “Love Poem” contains another reflection on his time with Wilson

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the metal. “Max (Liu) was cramping on the court and I told him to stop,” he added. “But he came back. So did Raul De La Torre. … I was proud that they could stay focused, especially consid-

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upgrade, which frees up homes for new homebuyers. “When you’re building these types of quality homes, it creates a domino effect. There are probably two or three more sales associated with this one sale,” Gallo said. He said building more homes helps solve affordable housing issues by freeing up homes. New Urban West President Jason Han agreed. “Amanda Estates is a model for how the city’s good long range planning translates to helping fam-

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mately 80 percent of all the mass business in the U.S. We’ve grown our business every year for the last 10 years.” Lutter admits the kite industry is still competing against the (video) game systems, but what seems more promising, he added, was that a lot of parents and grandparents are still buying kites. “They kind of harken back to when they were growing up and going out

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countering contaminated groundwater during project construction, resulting in a potentially significant impact,” HELIX staff wrote. A 65-home development is also planned near the toxic groundwater. On March 4, the city approved a 65-home development along Felicita Road. New Urban West, Inc., has been working on the Oak Creek development for the past two years.

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vantage of rebate offers on water-efficient models. Shorten showers, and use a bucket to capture warmup water in the shower for dousing potted plants or parts of your garden. Water agencies countywide have enacted water-use restrictions, and

APRIL 10, 2015 and the love he has for her: “I love you from the marrow out/ Bone to blood/ To the vessels coursing/ Beneath the mantel of your skin.” Whayne is at work on a new series of poems, setting the subject of age in his sights this time, something he’s calling serious but mocking. “I don’t know why I’m

so lucky to still be so alert at 90,” he said. He can list off a number of ailments he does have because of his age: hearing aids, a pacemaker, high blood pressure — but his brain is working, he said. Whayne will read selections from his book April 15 at 7 p.m. at Ducky Waddles.

ering how crazy and distracting the atmosphere was.” Torrey Pines defeated Menlo Park, the defending champions, 7-2 to win the invitational, something the Falcons last did in 2006. In matches earlier in the tournament, the Falcons defeated Corona del

Mar High 8-0 and a “very tough” Los Alamitos team, the third seed that Delille describes as “loaded with talent.” They also won two out of three doubles matches against Menlo Park. Jacob Brumm and Charlie Pei were named to the all-tournament team.

ilies in fulfilling the city’s long term goals,” said Han. They met with nearby neighbors and received 58 signatures in support of the project. Part of the developers’ responsibility for the project will be expanding Gamble Lane and installing signage that warns drivers of an impending dead end. “The road is quite narrow,” said Martin. The road width will be expanded to 24 feet. City staff told the council the gate on the west end of Gamble Lane will remain closed to keep out people trying to use it as a shortcut from West Citra-

cado Parkway to Interstate 15. The Citracado Parkway alignment is meant to link I-15 to state Route 78 and has large pieces missing. City Manager Clay Phillips said there is no funding for the expansion and no plans currently underway to finish the road. Gallo said it’s normal for these things to take a while. “Citracado has been on our circulation element for over 50 years and it’s not done yet. Some day, and I hope I’m still around, it will be completed,” Gallo said.

and flying kites and they want their grandkids and children to experience that as well,” Lutter said. “The thing about kites is that they are unisexual,” said Brady. “And you have more girls flying kites today than you ever did before. And you have more adults flying kites than you ever did before.” Brady attributes that to families looking for an activity they can do together and to try and get their kids away from the computers and get them outside. Also, he added, flying

kites is easy enough that anybody can do it. Each week BrainStorm employees test out the kites to ensure that they perform well. Brady said that their kites can be taken out of the package and in the air within a couple of minutes. “Kites are an impulse purchase,” he said. “Very few customers get up in the morning thinking they’re going to go fly a kite, but they’ll walk by a kite display and say, ‘Hey, that’s great. Something for us to do on the weekends.’”

The project is planned for a 41.4-acre property along Miller Avenue, Hamilton Lane and Felicita Road. City Attorney Jeffrey Epp said at the March 4 meeting that the city does not have jurisdiction over the toxic plume, but it is the responsibility of the California Department of Toxic Substance Control. “We’re constrained from doing something because that’s the way the law is set up,” Epp said. “To some extent if we were to get too involved, we could run the foul of interfering

with their processes. We have to respect the lines of authority.” Edward D. Modiano, Project Coordinator for the PRP group responded to the state’s request for mitigation efforts. He said they will hold a technical workshop either April 13 or 14 at the state department’s control offices in Cypress to “discuss the available data, potential technologies, challenges of implementing those technologies, and any further data needs for evaluating Felicita Creek alternatives.”

links to each agency are at WheninDrought.org. The webpage also includes a link to the Water Authority’s online conservation portal WaterSmartSD.org, which offers numerous water-saving tips, rebates for water-efficient appliances, financial incentives for turf grass removal and low-water landscaping, free home water-use evalua-

tions and WaterSmart landscaping classes, and other resources. While it can be a challenge to find new ways to conserve, it’s important that we each do our part to save every day, every way. Mark Muir is an Encinitas City Council member and vice chair of the San Diego County Water Authority.


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out of the way so you can spend more time with friends and family. Children and elders will appreciate any effort you make to include them in your plans.

SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

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THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

Your willingness to help others and your insight into trends will bring you rewards and opportunities. Others will be inspired by your adventurous and exciting nature. Getting involved in charitable or benevolent organizations will spark new ideas and motivate you to start something new.

MONTY by Jim Meddick

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Boredom or stress will surface. Get out and do things you enjoy. The people you usually hang out with will not be interested in joining you, but don’t let that hold you back.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Physical activity will help keep your mind off of your personal struggles. Be mindful of ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- A joint your budget. Working out at home can venture will work in your favor. Proper- have just as many benefits as a highty investments look promising. Do your priced gym. homework and discuss your plans with SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Don’t the people who can offer you relevant be tempted to gamble or lend money. Be advice. wary of anyone who tries to involve you TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Trim your ex- in a dubious venture. Any financial decipenses and keep an eye on your assets. sions should be made with caution. A thorough scrutiny of your personal doc- CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Work uments can reveal ways to improve your on your own personal issues before offerfinancial status. A family member will try ing advice to others. Remaining neutral your patience. and keeping your opinions to yourself will GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Look for ways to meet new people. Your desire to travel will stretch your finances. Find venues closer to home that are cost-efficient and could inspire your ambition.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- A new partnership will entice you, but don’t move too fast. Take the time to get to know each other before you decide to dive head-first into a joint venture.

be the best course of action.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Do whatever it takes to improve your self-confidence. You have a lot to offer, so don’t sell yourself short. Focus on your attriCANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Business butes, and avoid comparing yourself to meetings or seminars will introduce you other people. to like-minded individuals. Mixing busi- PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Be asserness with pleasure will lead to a social tive if someone tries to entangle you in opportunity. Co-workers will be im- something that goes against your principressed by your humor and friendliness. ples. If you damage your reputation, it will LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Get your work be difficult to repair.


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March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building in Maitland, Fla., but it wasn’t for concert tickets. The dozens of people needed coveted visitor passes just to speak to an IRS agent — because budget Government in Action The predawn line in cuts and personnel reductions have limited services. “I just came here to verify my identity,” said one frustrated taxpayer, who arrived at 8 a.m. and would not be served that day. The agency said its budget had been cut by $1 billion since the congressional “sequestration” in 2011. ly were caught in raids in Elyria, Ohio. Officers from three jurisdictions arrested 34 people — all related to each other — in connection with a $400,000 drug operation.

Virginia, resulted in the arrest of six people from the same family, trafficking in stolen power tools (includy huck hepherd ing one man who traded a leaf blower, hedge trimThe Importance of mer and weed trimmer for Family Percocet pills). However, a On Feb. 9 a single traf- month later, members of an fic stop in Alderson, West even more charming fami-

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North County Academic League 2015 champions NORTH COUNTY — Torrey Pines High School brought home the gold this year in the North County Academic League. They won both their Inland Division and overall champion for the 2015 season at the varsity level. Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy in the final playoff match. The Falcons will represent North County at the San Diego County Championships on April 23, live on ITV channel 16. San Marcos’ Mission Hills High School won its league Varsity North Division. Team members included Stephen Rossi, Brittney Binkinz, Mia Schloss, Kim Magat, Charlotte McGinn, and Curren Havens, Riley Murphy, Elijah Garcia, Roman Thuliliere, Gavin Jackson, Robert Henning, Nathaniel Kristan, John Paul Davis and Kyle Tanchangco. The coaches of

Mission Hills High School is the North County Academic League’s North Division Varsity Champion for the 2015 season. The team includes, from left, front row, Stephen Rossi, Brittney Binkinz, Mia Schloss, Kim Magat, Charlotte McGinn and Curren Havens, with back row: Riley Murphy, Elijah Garcia, Roman Thuliliere, Gavin Jackson, Robert Henning, Nathaniel Kristan, John Paul Davis and Kyle Tanchangco. Grizzly coaches are Jon Terrell and Michael Butler. Courtesy photo

the Grizzlies are Jon Terrell In the Inland Divi- won the North County Aca- championship for 2015. The and Michael Butler. sion, Canyon Crest Academy demic League junior varsity team included Kathie Ji-

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ang, Marie Shi, Eric Wang, Christina Zhang, Marissa Wu, Zilu Pan, Varkey Alumootil, Eshaan Nichani, Jonathan Hung, Ethan Ragans and Coach Tracy Bryant. The North Division JV championship went to San Marcos High School. The Knights’ team included Tuheen Manika, Huryoung Vongsachang, Hurlink Vongsachang, Vibha Vijayakumar, Elle Palka, Alyson Fitzgerald, and Jasmine Quach, Aubrey Odom, Andrew Ecker, Alex Katson, Anjo Armendi, Jordan Palka and Brian Ngyuen with Coach Scott Campbell. In the 2015 North County Academic League’s freshman level, El Camino High School won Coast Division, Canyon Crest Academy took Inland. Escondido High School topped the Valley Division and San Marcos High School won the North Division championship.


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