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County Fair canceled over coronavirus By Lexy Brodt

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Gas prices have been plummeting throughout San Diego County because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in few places more dramatically than on Centre City Parkway in Escondido, where a pair of gas stations have been battling to see how low they can go. Last week, US Gas, above, dropped their price for a gallon of regular to $1.989 shortly after C Stop across the street went to $1.999. More on Page 5. Photo by Ken Harrison

AB 5 foes How to help the health care workers seek relief amid crisis By Kelli Kyle

By Jordan P. Ingram

REGION — More than 2 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting Republican lawmakers to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to temporarily suspend Assembly Bill 5, known as the gig-worker bill, in an effort to ease growing economic uncertainty. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), who has actively worked to repeal AB 5 since it was signed into law in September, has requested the governor use his authority under the state’s Emergency Services Act to issue a moratorium on the union-backed initiative. “I’m very strongly urging the governor to suspend the law,” Kiley told The Coast News. “I’ve supported the way Newsom has handled this crisis — taking the right TURN TO AB 5 ON 3

REGION — With cases of novel coronavirus rising daily in San Diego County, health care workers are diligently treating current cases and preparing for ones expected to hit in the near future. Their efforts aren’t going unnoticed — communities across the county have come together to show appreciation for these workers in different ways. But, according to Dr. Kevin Shaw, an ICU doctor at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas, specializing in pulmonary disease, some of these gestures could do more harm than good. A big one is food donations. “If somebody happens to be infectious and has contaminated the boxes or the food or the packaging, and they bring that in, you could be potentially exposing a whole unit full of nurses or doctors or therapists or nutritionists all at the same time,” Shaw explained. The problem is, he says, that with so many asymptomatic carriers, the staff has no way of knowing if the virus was in fact exposed to that particular

petitions that people are seeing about PPE (personal protective equipment) being short is 100% true,” Shaw said. So while outside cookie trays aren’t so helpful, donated personal protective equipment really comes in handy. After donated items get dropped off, they remain untouched for several days, which dramatically reduces the risk of any coronavirus being left on the materials. That’s why homemade cloth face masks and face shields are proving so helpful for medical professionals. In Scripps Ranch, Bob Ilko, president of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, rallied himself Volunteers at the Rock Church repair thousands of N95 and others to use 3D printmasks to be used by health care workers in San Diego ers to make face shields County. The Rock and the county’s Office of Emerfor hospitals across the gency Services have partnered in an initiative at the country. church’s San Marcos and Point Loma locations to re“I think we're way pair the elastic bands of 300,000 expired medical grade over 1,300 face shields,” masks to make them functional again. More on Page 3. Ilko said. “I picked up Photo courtesy Rock Church another 80 this morning, and there's another 50 in tray of treats. As one of so they can prepare to my driveway that need to the lead doctors working take on more cases. be assembled.” “It's very challengwith current COVID-19 Shaw and his team patients, Shaw and his ing, because we are tru- said these donated shields team are constantly fo- ly resource-limited, and cused on keeping healthy all the stories and online TURN TO HELP ON 3

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DEL MAR — The San Diego County Fair will not take place this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic — an unprecedented reality for the long-running and beloved local event. During its April 14 meeting, the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors decided to postpone the Del Mar Fairgrounds event until 2021. The unanimous board decision was solidified hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom made a statement calling the prospect of mass gatherings “negligible” until there is a vaccine and herd immunity to the virus. He said that such gatherings in June, July and August were “unlikely.” The fair, previously slated to open June 5 and end July 5, draws over 1.5 million visitors to the state-owned property every year, for food, entertainment, musical acts and rides. This year the event was to embrace a superhero theme. “It was our intenTim Fennell tion to come Fairgrounds CEO here today and recommend putting on hold the decision for another week, but the governor provided us with the clarity we needed to make this decision today,” said Board President Richard Valdez. “It is with a tremendously heavy heart that we recommend this, and I think staff has looked at it every which way they can, and I think this is the only option.” Tim Fennell, CEO of the fairgrounds and racetrack, said staff looked at shortening the monthlong event by a week or two or pushing the date further out, but the governor’s word prompted a definitive decision. “We carry over our hero theme into 2021, which I think is going to be very appropriate following the coronavirus episode we’re all going through,” Fennell said of the fair’s “Heroes, Unite!”

We carry over our hero theme into 2021, which I think is going to very appropriate.”

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Silvergate San Marcos seniors find joy in new normal SAN MARCOS, CA – April 17, 2020 – From the front lobby entrance to the end of the apartment corridors at Silvergate San Marcos - a premier senior living community serving the area for more than 25 years –residents and staff have rallied together to face and adapt to the challenges presented by the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order. Like all retirement communities around the country, Silvergate has initiated new, strict safety protocols to safeguard the senior population, such as careful limitations on who enters the property, daily temperature checks on residents and staff and the use of face masks as an abundance of caution. Adjusting to this new normal, however temporary, has elicited strong solidarity amongst residents, staff, families and the community at large. “Everyone connected to this community has stepped up and stepped in to ensure that our residents are safe, secure

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and just as importantly…emotionally cared for during this time,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, Executive Director of Silvergate San Marcos. “We have seen amazing examples of residents chipping in to raise the spirits of fellow residents. Our staff has worked tirelessly to stay in tune with how our residents are feeling and has provided support in every direction possible. Then there are the family members who have parents and loved ones living here and our regular volunteers outside Silvergate. They Silvegate San Marcos - Community resident, Dawn Wilson, currently can’t visit our shows off a handmade card sent to all of the residents at residents but they’re Silvergate by the children at North Coast Church. finding incredibly creative ways to connect staff and management of “I have a company and engage with our Silvergate to use as they called Hankie Pankie seniors.” work and interact with that produces aprons and residents. Russell has clothing here in town, so Family Pitches In With single-handedly cut switching gears to make Face Masks cloth, sewn and assem- face masks for Silvergate Take Ann Russell, the bled cotton face masks is certainly within my daughter of Joyce Ring- for Silvergate employees wheelhouse,” said ler who is a resident in to use this month. When Russell, who has been the community’s more are needed, Russell doing business in San Memory Care suites. plans to activate her Marcos for 20 plus years. She has orchestrated an home-spun manufactur- “I want my mom’s effort to supply the com- ing to keep Silvergate caregivers to have what munity with specially supplied and protected in they need to protect her made cloth masks for the the weeks to come. and the other residents in

the community, and this was something I could do right now to help.” Youngest Church Goers Send Cards To Residents Another poignant example of caring and concern focused on the Silvergate community has come from the children congregants of North Coast Church. The youngest of the church goers spent stay-at-home time recently hand-making and decorating thoughtful cards for each and every resident at the community. Those cards have now been distributed and residents are still expressing their appreciation. Silvergate Team Members Serve Seniors In New Ways Inside Silvergate, residents are adhering to new routines modified to conform with CDC guidelines and participating in community-run activities that foster as much normalcy in their day as possible. The focus continues to be on

maintaining good habits, including sufficient sleep, healthful eating, daily monitoring and regular exercise. Dedicated Silvergate team members are taking on new duties all over the community in order to: teach seniors new online skills to keep them connected with loved ones and friends; conduct exercise classes until outside instructors are permitted into the community again; and hold socially distanced devotional meetings to allow those interested to spend time in thought and prayer. Silvergate San Marcos offers independent living, assisted living and memory care apartment homes. During the state stay-at-home order, Silvergate is offering Virtual Tours of the community to provide a video view of floorplans and highlights of the community. For advice or assistance with a Virtual Tour, please call community Marketing Director, David Nelson at (760) 744-4484.

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Escondido schools continue free meals during closures By Tigist Layne

VOLUNTEERS at the Rock Church replace elastic bands on thousands of N95 masks to make them safe and usable for county health care workers. Photo courtesy the Rock Church

Church, county partner to repair masks for health care workers By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The Rock Church and the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES) are leading an initiative to repair expired N95 masks to be used by health care workers. In the wake of severe shortages of medical supplies in hospitals across the country, volunteers in San Diego are showing up to help repair the elastic bands on 300,000 masks that had been in county storage. “We’re very involved in serving the needs of the community and we have an ongoing relationship with the OES to meet those needs,” said Mickey Stonier, assistant pastor at the

Rock Church. “So, when the OES and the health department came to the realization that they had 300,000 N95 masks in need of repair, they immediately asked us to mobilize volunteers for an essential service to the county.” According to the OES, these N95 masks are beyond the manufacturer’s date, but once the eroding elastic bands are replaced, they will be fully functional and safe for health care professionals. “These respirators have been approved for use by the Centers for Disease Control,” said Craig Sturak, a spokesperson for the OES. “With new bands, these masks will be used during

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are incredibly useful. “When you’re in a room with somebody who has coronavirus, especially if you’re doing high risk procedures and people are in there coughing, you need something in front of your eyes,” Shaw said. “So this is a big, clear shield that protects your entire face, chin, neck and eyes … and this is all from the community.” Hospital workers appreciate all the love they’ve received from their communities, but many agree that the best way to support them is to just stay home. When people attend large family gatherings and work meetings, they risk contracting the virus from an asymptomatic carrier — and that, according to Shaw, is what will keep the hospitals filling up with COVID-19 patients. Social distancing works, he says, and he encourages San Diegans to stick with it. “The best way you can help your frontline health care workers is to comply with staying home — avoiding dinner parties and get-togethers,” Shaw said. “I think that is why the coronavirus burden in San Diego is, at the moment, tolerable and hopefully will be tolerable for the foreseeable future.”

steps and putting the public interest first. I hope he sees an important piece of that is to remove restrictions from those working at home.” Since January, Kiley has started an online petition, hosted a “Rally to Repeal AB 5,” and has co-authored two bills, AB 1928 and AB 2075, with Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), seeking to repeal, delay or modify AB 5. While Kiley has publicly applauded Gov. Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sacramento-area legislator believes the current health crisis only adds to the urgency of suspending the state’s worker-classification bill. “This is a double whammy for freelance workers,” Kiley said, noting independent contractors have lost employment opportunities to both AB5 and coronavirus. “We are in a state of lockdown, yet we have a new law that prohibits (independent contractors) from working inside their homes." During an April 9 interview with KUSI News, former Rep. Darrell Issa joined Kiley in calling on Gov. Newsom to suspend the law. Issa, a Republican candidate for the 50th Congressional District seat, expressed concerns about limiting job opportunities as statewide unemployment levels reach unprecedented levels.

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the current COVID-19 response to protect health care workers as appropriate.” Currently, the Rock Church sees up to 200 volunteers a day at both of the project’s locations in Point Loma and San Marcos. Volunteers at each site are required to adhere to guidelines concerning health screenings, social distancing and wearing masks and gloves. There are also sanitizing stations located throughout both workspaces. “The response has been overwhelming,” Stonier said. “In fact, we have been contacted by other counties that have a million masks that need the same repairs. “As soon as we’re past the first medical surge of COVID-19, we’ll need to do everything we can to get Californians back to work and our economy moving again,” Issa told KUSI. “This is going to require all of us rowing in the same direction to turbocharge our economy and that won’t happen if workers are banned from earning a living, and job creators and businesses have one arm tied behind their back by AB5.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also voiced support for repealing the bill in a tweet last month, saying, “From the start, #AB5 has crushed the gig economy, leading to many lost jobs for freelancers. As our country continues to navigate coronavirus, Gov Newsom and the California State Legislature must repeal this bill, or at minimum, stop its current enforcement and support gig workers.” In a press conference last month, Gov. Newsom made a plea for retired medical professionals to return to work, and even suggested the possibility of fast-tracking medical students to help combat the crisis, according to CBS8. But despite a demand for medical professionals, many independent contractors within the health care sector remain out of work, Kiley said. “Nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, translators — all of these people

They’ve asked for a template to follow and where to purchase the elastic bands they need. So, we’re helping other counties follow our example.” Stonier told The Coast News that this project will last several weeks at the rate they are working. However, the Rock Church is open to additional projects that might come their way. “We’re all about establishing hope, and this has been a great opportunity to provide an encouraging message to the county of what happens when people really help each other,” Stonier said. “It’s not about the Rock, it’s not about any organization, it’s about us all pulling together.”

ESCONDIDO – The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) and Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) are giving free meals to local children after school closures across the county left many students without a reliable source of food. The two districts have partnered to provide two meals, breakfast and lunch, to K-8 and high school kids in the community. “These are children who attend our schools, and working together the districts have found the very best way to meet our community’s needs,” said Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra, EUSD superintendent. The distribution started on March 16, soon after both suspended in-person learning in an effort to protect students and faculty from the potential spread of the coronavirus. Since then, employees and volunteers have provided meals to at least 2,800 children every weekday. In the first 13 days of the distribution, more than 46,000 meals were given out at eight distribution sites combined. At EUSD and EUHSD, some 60% of high school students and 70% of K-8 students rely on their respective districts’ nutrition programs. With school closures affecting dozens of campuses across both districts, students no longer had a reliable source for the

ASSEMBLYMAN Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) speaks to a crowd gathered during a “Rally to Repeal AB 5” on Jan. 28 at the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Courtesy photo

could be working right now, but are prohibited because of AB 5,” Kiley said. “Not to mention all the workers who could fill all the gaps created by the statewide shutdown of institutions and services, such as online teachers.” AB 5, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), prevents employers from misclassifying employees as freelance workers by establishing a three-pronged test to determine whether an employee is eligible to receive benefits, such as paid sick leave. “The rationale originally offered for the bill was that it was merely codifying the Dynamex decision,” Kiley said. “But it did more than that. It took a limited ruling and placed it at the

center of California labor law. And I’ve fought it every step of the way as its impact continues to grow.” When Gonzalez was asked during a recent press conference whether she would work to suspend AB 5 to help combat rising unemployment, Gonzalez said the last thing lawmakers should do is take away unemployment insurance from people who recently obtained employment status or from workers who are currently misclassified but still eligible for benefits. “I think it is ludicrous to make this into a political issue when it is clear, clear as day, that what we were trying to do was right,” Gonzalez said. “Workers, all workers, deserve the right to paid time off if they are sick,

meals they would have been receiving at school. “The intention is to ensure the health and well-being of our kids. School is more than just school for a lot of our students,” said Michelle Breier, Digital Communications Specialist at EUSD. “That means getting two meals a day at school. So, this is to ensure that we’re still providing a really valuable resource for our students. It’s one less thing to worry about.” Meals are distributed from 11 a.m. to noon Monday – Friday at Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger. Both districts are committed to continuing the community distribution for as long as necessary, according to Breier. The distribution is operated by at least 30 of the districts’ nutrition services employees and more than two dozen volunteers, including teachers, counselors, principals and school board members from both districts. “During this public health crisis, EUSD and EUHSD are united in doing whatever it takes for as long as necessary to ensure the health and safety of all students in our community,” said Dr. Anne Staffieri, EUHSD superintendent. to minimum wage and overtime, to unemployment insurance when suddenly out of nowhere, their job goes away. What we’re trying to do today is not repeal AB 5, it’s to ensure that all of those workers who, and there are a lot of them, who are not protected by workplace protections, also have relief.” But it’s not just lawmakers expressing concerns about the law. Michael Towe, owner of Santee-based M2 Video Productions, and several of his colleagues have created a website, “Repeal AB 5 Now,” which includes video testimonials to raise awareness about AB 5’s effects on independent contractors. Towe, who met with Gonzalez at her office in Sacramento to voice his concerns about the bill, said he understands the issue of worker exploitation, but he feels there are larger interests at work. “I understand the spirit of the law,” Towe said. “They are trying to protect minimum wage workers and I support that. However, I think (Gonzalez) is heavily influenced by the funding she has received from organized labor. “Initially, (Gonzalez and supporters) were going after Uber and Lyft,” Towe said. “But instead of pulling out a harpoon, they cast a giant gillnet. And now, a lot of us small fish are tangled up in the net and drowning — all because they wanted to get a couple big fish.”


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Opinion & Editorial

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

Current crisis may bring a viable housing solution The solution to that REIT’s problem is obvious — and it’s also the answer to California’s housing problem: Sell off a lot of that office space as apartyer, speaking this month ments and condominiums. To a large extent, the thomas d. elias t turns out that all suddenly vacant square those bills the Legisfootage sits in existing Countless corporalature passed over the buildings. Converting sevlast 18 months to make tions, from telemarketers eral floors of many, many to newspapers and law denser housing commonbuildings into living units firms, have sent their place in California for would not require new conrelief of the longtime hous- white collar workers home struction, nor would it serito use kitchen and dining ously change the nature of ing crunch may suddenly be rendered irrelevant by room tables while cubicles any neighborhood. stand empty. Millions of a virus. That was the chief square feet of office space, objection of cities and For the longer Calimaybe billions, are idle. fornians shelter at home neighborhoods to SB 50, No dummies, some to slow the spread of the the nearly successful executives now realize COVID-19 plague, the effort by Democratic state they never really needed more obvious it becomes Sen. Scott Wiener of San all that office space. And that all the office buildFrancisco to force building ings that rose in the major some workers are comof high-rise living units cities of this state over the ing to understand they near transit stops and the last decade stand a decent don’t really need to spend busiest bus routes in alchance of becoming high- hours each day fighting most every California city. traffic jams. Companies rise white elephants. Putting new apartcan save billions in rent Meanwhile, Gov. ments and condos into Gavin Newsom spent much money, while workers can existing office space solves save immeasurable stress those issues, while also of the last two years lecturing California citizens if this new reality lasts placing a large share of the beyond the reopening of and cities that they must new residents near transit commerce, which may OK construction of 3.5 stops and job centers, just million new dwelling units begin next month. If that as Wiener wanted. Los Angeles real estate before the end of 2025 to Sure, the conversions slake California’s thirst for lawyer’s clients are an would require a lot of indicator, many will try to plumbing, electric and housing. That would have been escape leases. drywall work, but new What happens then a pace of about 700,000 laws signed by Newsom new units per year, rough- to all that office space? would grease the path to Already the owners — ly five times what was the needed building peractually built in Newsom’s including real estate mits and myriad new jobs first full year as governor investment trusts (REwould appear just when ITs) whose shareholders and far more units than they are most needed. there are financially quali- suddenly see their stock Meanwhile, many building values plummeting and fied buyers. owners would get their Yes, the state did have dividends drying up — are money out pretty soon, near panic. about 150,000 homeless plenty of affordable new Said one multibilas of January, but few housing could quickly lion-dollar REIT (or is it of them can afford even appear and the housing really worth that much so-called “affordable” shortage could end. now, with tenants refusing housing. That’s a very expento pay rent and governEnter the shelter-insive solution to the housing place tactics Newsom and ment edicts preventing crisis, in terms of human evictions?) in a letter local health officers desuffering and lives lost. creed in order to shake off to stockholders, “The But at least it offers a silCOVID-19 pandemic has the pandemic, which has ver lining for an ultra-tragdrastically impacted the afflicted many more than ic pandemic. viability and valuation of 20,000 Californians (the number rises by the hour) almost all types of comEmail Thomas Elias and killed hundreds of us. mercial real estate.” at tdelias@aol.com

“Before the pandemic, all my clients were asking for new leases for office space. Now they’re all asking how to get out of their leases.” — L.A. real estate law-

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Coronavirus and homelessness By Cori Wilbur

San Diego maintains the fourth largest homeless population in all of the United States. When people envision a homeless person, they often conceptualize an individual who is dirty, disheveled, not all there, scary. Albeit there are some homeless individuals who may fit this picture, for the most part, that’s a misconception. In truth, there is no singular description that fits the bill and more often than not, a homeless person blends into the common middle class. For many of us, particularly within the middle class, homelessness became a possible reality. As of last week, 6.6 million people filed for unemployment in the United States due to layoffs and furloughs. “[The coronavirus] exposed the tenuousness of an art that cannot be sustained,” John Van Cleef, CEO of Community Resource Center, explained. The concerns surrounding homelessness and the economic stresses we were all facing needed to be addressed. Unfortunately, it took a terrifying pandemic to expose flaws in societal infrastructures. The coronavirus crisis did expose fatal weaknesses in healthcare systems and lit a fire to do more for our homeless population but more than that, the situation brought to the surface another underlying crisis that could no longer be ignored: life was unaffordable, untenable and uncertain overall. “Middle class people are going to feel [the economic effects of the pan-

demic] real quickly,” Van Cleef commented. Amidst the swell of the coronavirus outbreak, many found themselves now a part of a population that largely goes unrecognized–the invisible homeless–people who maintain jobs but rely on the good will of friends who offer them a couch to crash on or the comfort of their cars; service industry workers who live paycheck to paycheck and those laid off due to the coronavirus outbreak are also among this category. One recent development is the safe parking lot, an area where those living out of their cars can safely park at night. Earlier this year, the city of Encinitas opened up its own safe parking lot, the first in North County, behind the Leichtag Foundation farming property. Of course, this establishment did not come without pushback from the community first. “A lot of people who live in our communities are fully leveraged and they know they’re living one paycheck away from financial disaster,” Van Cleef pointed out. In areas such as Encinitas, many within that community are so opposed to ideas like safe parking because they do not want to be faced with the reality that they could be living out of their cars in no time. Self-reflection is particularly frightening during a time that feels like we are living in a bad dream. During this current health critical point, Van Cleef, CRC and others are working overtime in “a concentrated effort to ensure we are looking after the homeless and protecting them from the coronavirus crisis.”

One solution offered is hotels for the unsheltered who are asymptomatic. Those who are symptomatic are offered separate hotels. Recent details show around 300 high-risk homeless individuals have been placed into established hotel rooms. The CRC and Interfaith Community Services, Regional Task Force on the Homeless, San Diego Health Department, San Diego County and others have joined forces to navigate protection for the unprotected through this time. Van Cleef pointed out a third area of concentration, the need for rapid rehousing for those escaping domestic abuse, another leading indicator for the homeless population. With the new stay at home orders, abusers are now more stressed and the abused more isolated. Since the upsurge of coronavirus cases, CRC faced an increase in domestic abuse calls, something he said the organization sadly anticipated. The CRC wants to make sure individuals in this predicament know there are resources out there available and ways out of the abuse, even during a pandemic. If you find yourself in a situation where you do need support, CRC, Interfaith Community Services and other organizations offer a plethora of options for aid. More information about Van Cleef and CRC can be found at crcncc.org/ mission-history; Greg Anglea is the CEO of ICS, more information about him can be found at interfaithservices.org/our-team. Cori Wilbur is a freelance writer.

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Escondido puts a temporary halt Gas price drops under $2 in Escondido to residential, commercial evictions By Ken Harrison

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council unanimously voted April 8 to temporarily suspend evictions of residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent. The ordinance makes it unlawful to evict a residential or commercial tenant in Escondido if the tenant has provided notice to their landlord that they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. The mandate follows an executive order issued on March 27 by Gov. Gavin Newsom creating a statewide eviction moratorium. Councilman Michael Morasco told The Coast News that Escondido’s ordinance serves as an additional layer of protection for the city’s residents and business owners. “It creates a situation where someone could get something responded to or corrected or facilitated sooner rather than later,” Morasco said. “We’re probably able to move on things faster at the local level than the county or the state would be able to.” The ordinance will expire on May 31, unless extended by the council, after which, tenants will have up to three months to pay all of the rent owed. “We’ve been receiving emails and calls from citizens who had questions about whether or not the City of Escondido was going to participate and create this type of ordinance that would benefit renters in this time of crisis,” Morasco said. “I think it’s something that everyone felt equally strong about that this had to occur.” Escondido is one of the last few cities in the county

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Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) has taken several proactive steps to protect customers, employees, and the water supply. OMWD noted that

to enact an eviction moratorium, joining the city of San Diego, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, San Marcos and Oceanside who all passed similar orders last month. “We have tried to be measured and deliberate, and to not overreact. As you look at the decisions made across the county, I think there have been some decisions made a bit prematurely,” Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara said. “We’ve tried to not be too late to the game, while also protecting our residents and making sure we’ve thought through what the consequences are.” As of now, there is no subsidy or funds being provided for landlords, but, according to the mayor, the expectation and hope is that there will eventually be some sort of relief package for landlords either at the state or the federal level. In the meantime, McNamara told The Coast News that the city will continue to assess the impact the outbreak is having on the community, and what the city can do to help. “There’s two parts to this virus: The first part is the disease itself and how many people might get sick and, sadly, how many people may die,” McNamara said. “The second part is the economic toll. This is uncharted waters, but we’ll continue to try to find the right balance.” The City Council will revisit the ordinance at the end of May to decide whether to extend it. In other council action on April 8, a hearing was held on city user fees, which requested that the City Council adopt Resolucustomers can be confident in their tap water quality. OMWD uses best industry practices to keep water safe and deliver water of the highest quality through ultrafiltration and disinfection processes. Barrier filtration technology utilizes specialized membranes to serve as a barrier against viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants. In the unlikely scenario where pathogens, such as a virus, make it through the filtration process, they would be disinfected when sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) is added. CENSUS UNDERCOUNT FEARS

San Diego County is at risk for Census undercount, but residents sheltering at home can take the Census online. The Count Me 2020 Coalition continues its work despite the stay-athome and gathering restrictions currently in place. The coalition had to cancel in-person events, trainings, workshops, and assistance centers, but reminds residents it is safe and easy to participate in the Census from the comfort of home, at https://my2020census.

tion No. 2020-29 approving proposed adjustments to Escondido’s user fees. The council approved the motion 4-0. According to the City Council staff report, the city provides services in response to customer requests, and fees are charged to recover the costs of staff time, administrative costs and related expenses. Current user fees no longer cover the costs of providing services and are currently absorbed by the City’s general fund. The user fee adjustments will update existing city user fees to ensure full cost recovery. The council also unanimously approved the resolution of intention to establish Community Facilties District No. 2020-1, a citywide district to fund municipal services required for new development, and CFD No. 2020-2 (The Villages Project) will fund public facilities. CFD No. 2020-1 was approved with the goal of making new development revenue neutral, according to the staff report. The services to be funded through the CFD include public safety, maintenance and administrative expenses for services provided by the City. The Villages Project establishes the issuance of bonds to fund public facilities associated with the Project. The council will conduct a special meeting on April 22 to consider candidates to fill the District 2 seat formerly held by John Masson, who died last month. Eligible residents had until April 15 to submit an application. gov/. As of March 28, the state of California self-response rate was just 31 percent. The self-response rate for San Diego county is 33.3 percent. SHOP ENCINITAS E101

Encinitas 101 is so happy to announce an online store. It is shipping out weekly, and suggests you take a look around the website at shopencinitas101. com/. Support local shops and make your quarantine space your new mall.

LIFELINE LOOKS FOR HELP

North County Lifeline provides emergency services for those in its housing programs, including foster youth and human trafficking clients. Staff members are also conducting mental health counseling and case management via telehealth. NCL has established the Lifeline Emergency Fund to continue funding these services. All donations will go to the Lifeline Emergency Fund at nclifeline.org/ waystogive. It will provide emergency housing funds for clients losing income, basic needs including gro-

ESCONDIDO — Ever since gas prices starting plummeting on Feb. 24, a penny-by-penny gas war has been going on at two Escondido gas stations on 5th Avenue at Centre City Parkway. The two have been leading the county’s dropping prices. On April 6, at 3:30 p.m., the C Stop station became the first station in Southern California to drop below $2 a gallon, posting a price of $1.999 (regular, cash price). That evening, the owner of US Gas dropped her price to $1.989. Joyce, the owner of US Gas, says she’s always a penny lower than her neighbor C Stop across the street. “They just beat me to it,” she said. An employee at C Stop said their low price might not hold. But Joyce at US Gas, with 30 years in business at her location, says she expects gas prices to go lower. “The national average

THE OWNER of US Gas in Escondido, Joyce, predicts gas prices will continue to fall. Photo by Ken Harrison

(gas price) continues to fall, as every state has seen yet another decline in average gas prices ... as overall oil demand remains constrained due to COVID-19,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. DeHaan posted that we’re seeing the lowest gas prices since 2003. The US Gas price is some 30 to 50 cents lower

than the lowest prices posted in Orange, LA, San Bernardino or Riverside Counties. In the week since both 5th avenue stations dropped under $2 a gallon, prices have continued to drop. As of April 15, according to gasbuddy.com, US Gas was selling a gallon of regular for $1.88, a penny less than C Stop.

Feeding San Diego adds Vista sites for youth meals REGION — Feeding San Diego announced April 14 that it has added three new meal distribution sites to expand its reach to county youth in need of food supplies due to COVID-19 related school closures. The nonprofit has added one new site at Armed Services YMCA in San Diego and two sites at community centers in Vista, bringing its total youth emergency meal site count to 11. Free, hot meals are available to youths 18 years of age or younger Monday through Friday at most locations, while cold meals are available at one of its locations on Saturdays. Breakfast and lunch are served at

nearly all locations. The organization says the meals “are kid-friendly and nutritious, like wholegrain pizzas, homemade macaroni and cheese, and fresh burritos.” Feeding San Diego says meals are served on a firstcome, first-served basis. Children don’t have to be present to receive meals, but parents or guardians picking up meals should provide basic information about their child to site staff members. Current emergency meal site locations in North County are: — Boys and Girls Club San Marcos, 1 Positive Place, San Marcos; Monday to Friday starting at 3 p.m.

— Mission Cove Apartments, 3239 Conch Way, Oceanside; Monday to Friday starting at noon — Pro Kids Oceanside, 821 Douglas Dr., Oceanside; Monday to Friday starting at 11 a.m. — Sierra Vista Apartments, 422 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, Monday to Friday starting at noon — Vista Community Clinic-Balderrama, 605 San Diego St., Vista; Monday to Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. — Vista Community Clinic-Libby Lake, 4700 North River Rd., Vista; Monday to Friday starting at 11:30 a.m.

ceries, household items, clothing, and transportation, HIPPA-compliant Telehealth – additional cell phones, laptops, and phone/ video conferencing and salary expense and overtime for staff.

the first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. Waumans received first-team honors collecting 127 kills off 279 attacks, 18 service aces and 21 blocks.

ipation is more than 4 million individuals, more than 2.2 million households, and totals more than $6 billion annually in federal funding.

WORKERS’ COMP FOR ALL

STELLAR STUDENTS

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has alerted insurance companies that all workers affected by COVID-19 on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of their immigration status. This includes workers engaged in front-line occupations such as health care, emergency services, food production, sales and delivery, among others.

PALOMAR ONLINE

Palomar College officials announced April 8 that the college will extend the current delivery of courses remotely for the summer semester that begins May 26.

STAR ATHLETE

Carthage College men's volleyball student-athlete Braeden Waumans, from Carlsbad, was named among

Sydney Gruchot of San Marcos, at Elon University; Adam Ramzi of San Marcos, at Fordham University; and Syamak Tabrizi of Vista, at Northern Arizona University, have been initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

SNAP ONLINE

April 8, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced approval for Arizona and California’s request to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households in California and Arizona. This approval will allow the states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date later in April. California’s SNAP partic-

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HELP WITH COLLEGE APPS

A company called College Raptor is offering ways to help college-bound students during the COVID-19 crisis. College Raptor would like to understand how it has affected the college decision process for students and families and created a survey at https:// docs.google.com/forms/d/e/ 1 FA Ip QL S e 3 B D mu My j Dk0 0 fS3T8ya Rqz9A r1x4d6HTYqn28qasxzouE8w/ viewform. It is offering discount Test Prep, with the next ACT and SAT exams canceled until June, at methodtestprep.com/ online-sat-act-program/ref/ collegeraptor/?campaign=Self-PacedEmail and using promo code “FUTURE” at checkout. College Raptor also has a $2,500 scholarship offer for high school students. Application link at collegeraptor.com/ 2500scholarship. Deadline: June 30, 2020.


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BAGS & BAUBLES PRE-SALE

The animal rescue group, FACE, is hosting a special Bags & Baubles Online Auction at noon April 17 until 7 p.m. April 19. Log in at events.readysetauction.com /face /onlineauction/auth/login. The pre-sale online auction offers handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, and men’s items up for bid online from the comfort of your home. Tickets are $35 at events.readysetauction. com /face /onlineauction / shop/tickets. This sale will support programs and the animals FACE assists.

POM-POM PARTIES

Help support OMA’s most colorful project at 4 p.m. April 17, by creating yarn pom-poms at home. Join local artist Katie Ruiz via Zoom for a virtual pompom party and learn how to create these shaggy yarn balls of all sizes alongside members of the online community. These tiny creations will be collected later and joined together as a large-scale community yarn bombing. Register at oma-online.org/events/pompom-party-apr17.

APRIL 19

SPRING BREAK AT THE ZOO

Through April 19, the San Diego Zoo is inviting anyone with a smartphone or computer to join Virtual Mission: Spring Break, to explore the wonders of wildlife by connecting to online happenings, games, contests, livestreaming cams, videos, a dance party and more. Visit San Diego Zoo Kids or the San Diego Zoo Kids YouTube Channel. More at zoo. sandiegozoo.org /missionspringbreak.

APRIL 20

POP-UP FOOD BANK

Saddleback Church San Diego in Carmel Valley is scheduled to host a pop-up food bank April 20 with food donations accepted starting at 9:45 a.m. and distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, San Diego. Donated items can include spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned meat, canned soup, canned vegetables, cereal, pasta, rice, powdered milk and infant formula, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, hand sanitizer and wipes, bar soap, mouthwash, cough drops and supplements, such as Emergen-C. Additional donations requested include children’s

toys, such as stuffed animals and fidget spinners.

APRIL 21

CLASSES AT LUX

Lux Learning Resources offers Virtual Adult Courses at luxartinstitute. org/classes/adults, including Wheel Throwing for ages 18+ with Aeriel French from 10 a.m. to noon April 21 and April 28. Cost: $180.

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EARTH DAY ON FILM

The San Diego Italian Film Festival had planned to celebrate Earth Day 2020 on April 23 with a special event at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, this event will now happen entirely online at sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/event/earthday-2020. See four short films on climate change, followed by a panel with SDIFF Executive Director Diana Agostini; SDIFF Artistic Director Antonio Iannotta; Art Curator Tatiana Sizonenko; Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Program at UC San Diego Oscar Romo; and Alexander Gershunov, PhD, Research Meteorologist and Senior Lecturer in Climate Sciences; Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

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a.m.; Inclusive Art Club, first and third Fridays, WATER-SMART CONTEST 10:30 a.m.; Second SaturOlivenhain Municipal day Concert Series, second Water District invites res- Saturdays, 3 p.m. More at idents with water-efficient library.escondido.org. gardens to enter the 2020 WaterSmart Landscape CHAT WITH THE STARS Contest. The winning landNorth Coast Repertory scape will receive $250. Theatre has produced an The deadline to apply is ongoing selection of interApril 27. Applications and views, including actor Tony information are available at Amendola reading Shakelandscapecontest.com. The speare’s “Sonnet 29” and contest aims to inspire more discussing his role as Max residents to consider a land- in “The Homecoming.” scape makeover by showcas- Omri Schein talks about ing the beauty and variety the process of writing a new of low-water landscapes. musical. TV actor Yvette Freeman discusses her TV career (“ER,” “Orange is ONGOING the New Black”) versus beONLINE WITH ESCO LIBRARY ing on stage. Lucie Arnaz Escondido Public Li- discusses her career in the brary has lots going on dig- theater, then hear from Juitally and is available for dith Ivy and Linda Purl. questions. Call or text to Subscribe to the NCRT (442) 777-3799 or e-mail to li- YouTube channel or e-mail brary@escondidolibrary.org NCRT at conversations@ between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 northcoastrep.org. p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance. But while ONLINE FUN WITH LEGOS you’re home, visit Hoopla’s The LEGOLAND Calwebsite at hoopladigital. ifornia Resort in Carlsbad com. You can join Insta- has created an online site gram/Facebook Programs, filled with instructional vidincluding: Rhymes and eos and activities promotReading, Mondays, 10:30 ing learning, creating and a.m.; Teen Book Giveaways, play. Families can access Mondays; PJ Storytime, first the new site, called “LEand third Tuesdays, 6 p.m.; GOLAND Building ChalBaby Lapsit, Wednesdays lenge,” at legoland.com/ at 10:30 a.m.; Kids Writing llcbuildingchallenge. Every Club prompts posted (ages 6 Wednesday, the Park will to 11), Wednesdays; Toddler announce a new theme and Tales, Thursdays at 10:30 release a new instructional

“how to build” video hosted by a Master Model Builder. On Fridays, the park will highlight builds posted by followers on its social media sites. FLEET KEEPS SCIENCE GOING

The Fleet Science Center, at rhfleet.org, offers FLEETtv, and BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering). It is currently connecting participating girls to female scientists and engineers through live chats. It also offers a Young Scientists program. MUSEUM FROM HOME

The Oceanside Museum of Art is putting virtual events together, using social media channels and virtual access to arts experiences. Visit oma-online.org/ virtualoma for #MuseumFromHome. Watch for new offerings via the regular midweek digital newsletter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

POSTPONED

PANACHE AWAITS NEW DATE

Escondido Municipal Gallery announced that the latest Panache art auction date of April 25 will be postponed, with no new dates yet. You can view donated works for Panache at escondidoarts.org/panache-art-auction.

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Cox helping families stay connected

REBUILD SoCAL supports the thousands of union workers on the job and applauds them for their attention to safety practices during this health crisis. Courtesy photos

COVID-19 safety in construction While millions of Americans hunker down and stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, the construction industry is one of the essential sectors. As workers head to job sites, COVID-19 safety is also essential as many construction sites consider the jobs that can be done safely. It’s important to know that all of our associations believe that all construction should be allowed during the pandemic and offer numerous resources in an effort to keep workers safe while keeping construction going. Infrastructure projects are complex. When a slowdown occurs, it can impact the entire supply chain from materials to end users. Public projects could also have potential longer-term economic repercussions on taxpayers. This is why it’s important that vital infrastructure projects not be left unat-

tended during this crisis. This sentiment remains true during COVID-19 as the industry takes great efforts to manage disruptions to projects and infrastructure productivity. RebuildSoCal supports the thousands of union workers on the job and applauds them for their focused attention to safety practices during this health crisis.

Relief support includes relaxing data usage overage charges and new internet offer for low-income households. As communities around the country continue to see schools and offices close temporarily amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cox Communications has announced some relief support efforts to help customers stay connected as they move to working and learning from home.“As we are all adapting in these uncertain times, Cox is continuing to focus on our customers with the greatest need to ensure they have the tools to work and learn from home,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications. “We remain committed to keeping our customers connected and supporting the communities we serve.” Cox is offering the following through May 15: • Eliminating data usage overages as of March 16 to meet the higher bandwidth demands of households with family members working from home and learning online. Customers with a 500 GB or Unlimited data usage add-on plan will receive credits. • A $19.99 offer and one month free for new Starter internet customers with a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps download speeds, no annual contract or qualifications to help low income households and those impacted from the coronavi-

COX IS CONTINUING to focus on customers to ensure they have the tools to work and learn from home. Courtesy photo

rus challenges such as seniors and college students. In addition, Cox has increased internet speeds for select residential packages and implemented a variety of other changes to provide support and relief for customers and communities in greatest need. Those changes include: • Pledging to support the FCC’s Keep America Connected initiatives by: • Not terminating service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. • Waiving any late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. • Opening Cox Wifi outdoor hotspots to help keep

the public connected in this time of need. • Providing temporary increases for residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages to speeds of 50 Mbps. • Offering 60 days free to new customers of Connect2Compete, Cox’s low-cost internet product for K-12 families enrolled in low-income assistance programs. Cox partners with the nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego to help low income families that need computers. Families can visit www.c2k.org. • Increasing the speeds for Essential tier customers from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps, which was originally planned for later in the year. For more information about Cox’s relief support offerings, visit www.cox.com.


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Virtual travel: Visit a national park, spy on jellyfish and more hit the road e’louise ondash

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ur big trip this last week was to Charleston, S.C., via Zoom, for a bris, the Jewish circumcision and naming ceremony for my nephew’s twins. It was our first Zoom journey and we were grateful to be there virtually, as were the other 40 guests, but yes, we REALLY miss being REALLY there. For now, however, we’ll have to settle for seeing the world via desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. This has prompted me to scour the in-

GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE and the National Park Service have teamed up to offer virtual visits to five national parks, including Bryce Canyon in Utah. Photo by Jerry Ondash

ternet for some virtual experiences to share. When links are extraordinarily long, I only list the websites’ home pages. For direct links, go to my column at The Coast News website.

There are few things as fascinating as jellyfish and you can check out these ephemeral creatures on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Jellyfish Cam. At our own San Diego

Coronavirus patient gives back to Palomar By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — More and more hospitals are facing shortages of medical supplies as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in San Diego County, and across the country, continues to rise. Paul Martinez, 56, was one of those confirmed cases and recently treated at Palomar Medical Center as the hospital’s first diagnosed COVID-19 patient. Martinez, who was born in Oceanside and grew up in San Marcos, manages a branch of Hub Construction Specialties. Nearly a month ago, Martinez started to feel cold-like symptoms, which quickly turned into a cough so severe, he fainted at home. “One minute I’m standing and coughing, and the next thing I know, my wife is above me, and I’m lying on the ground,” Martinez said. “At that point we realized it was time to go to the emergency room.” Martinez went to Palomar Medical Center where he discovered he had pneumonia. The hospital tested him for the virus, and he spent a few days in ICU. A couple days later, he found out that the tests came back positive.

With help from his wife, Martinez quarantined himself until his symptoms subsided, being careful to stay away from his other family members, including his elderly mother. “It’s not something I would wish on anybody,” Martinez said. “I was really sick, sicker than I’ve ever been.” After his recovery, his company donated 1,000 N95 masks to Palomar Medical Center as a symbol of their gratitude. “I’m just thankful to the hospital staff for being so kind and courteous during a scary and difficult time, when they themselves were also at risk,” Martinez said. The gift was greatly appreciated by Palomar. “We are using 20 times more N95 masks than we would use during the normal influenza season, and the cost has gone from an average of about 50 cents apiece to $3 to $6 a piece,” said Wayne Herron, vice president of philanthropy & chief philanthropy officer at Palomar Health Foundation. “So, the value of a gift like that is felt pretty powerfully.” Palomar is just one of hundreds of hospitals

across the country that are racing to keep up with the surging demand. Fortunately, they’ve got a little help from the community. Home Depot, Harbor Freight and Viasat are just a few of the companies who have donated supplies to the hospital. Others, including Stone Brewing, Domino’s Pizza and Chickfil-A, have donated food for Palomar’s employees. “We even got an anonymous gift from angel donor in the community of $200,000, and we have no idea who sent it,” Herron said. “It’s all very heartening for me to witness.” Herron said the gift of 1,000 masks by Paul Martinez and Hub Construction supply will indeed be powerfully felt. Today, Martinez is fully recovered and is back at work. His family hasn’t shown any signs of the virus. “Before this, I felt like I was untouchable because I never really get sick,” Martinez said. “Being the first one diagnosed at Palomar, it opened my eyes. I just want people to know that this can happen to anybody. Keep following the guidelines and stay at home.”

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Zoo and Zoofari Park, there are cameras trained on tigers, giraffes, butterflies, penguins, koalas and more at www.sandiegozoo.org/ live-cams. For those seeking a really far-out experience, check out NASA’s online collection of more than 16,000 spectacular images taken from space through the years. Feeling the need for a fix of our splendid national parks? The amount of beauty and serenity offered by these millions of acres is immeasurable, and knowing their gates are closed is hard to fathom. In the meantime, from Google Arts & Culture and the National Park Service, there are immersive (and free) guided tours through five parks at “The Hidden Worlds of the Nation-

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superhero theme. He added that staff is considering a smaller, shorter festival in the fall, that would include music, entertainment and rides — but without the same magnitude as the fair. “Time will tell … but we’re looking forward to 2021,” Fennell said. “We’ll all get through this together and I’m hoping next year, at this time, we’ll be again approving contracts and having a ribbon-cutting ceremony like we haven’t seen before.”

al Parks.” Released in 2016 to honor the National Park System’s centennial celebration, the tours include Kenai Fjords in Alaska; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns; Utah’s Bryce Canyon; and Florida’s Dry Tortugas. During this countrywide quarantine, we are learning to slow down and take notice of the small things – like the sounds of animals and birds. Check out the National Park Service’s library of park sounds (www.nps.gov), which includes dozens of birds and wildlife. In a normal year, there would be thousands of San Diego County residents heading to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the second largest state park in the

country. The coronavirus, however, has forced the town of Borrego Springs, located in the park, to discourage visitors from coming. According to one resident, this year’s crop of flowers is no Super Bloom, but there still are plenty of flowers and blooming cactus. See them, as well as award-worthy landscapes, on Anza-Borrego Foundation’s Facebook page. It’s easier for some of us than others to weather this pandemic and maintain social distancing, so if you’re one of the lucky ones, do help someone you know who is having a more difficult time. Want to share some past travels? Email eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook. com/elouise.ondash.


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Food &Wine Coming together in The Quarantined Kitchen with Chef Jenn taste of wine

center of a home. My that was filled with flavors slightest effort into a meal, friends’ moms are from all of the Caribbean. I found I would suggest joining this over the world, including my love for the plantain group. Then I started readTina, who's Persian and in Miami. I fell in the love ing more about Chef Jenn whose mother made the with the flavors of Cuban, and was like, OK, she has most incredibly bright and Haitian and Puerto Rican a great story that I’d like to vibrant salads, stews and food. I worked in a tradishare, so here we are. The rice dishes. Kizzy’s mom tional Spanish restaurant following are some highdavid boylan owned a Mexican bakery while in Miami where I lights from our remote inand showed me the art of a learned so many wonderur current home- terview. family gatherings that all ful dishes that are still bound lives have revolved around food and with me to this day. The LTP: Where did you brought out the love. My first job was work- New England campus [in creativeness that grow up? And tell me about ing in a bakery in a high- Providence, Rhode Island] most culinary folks inher- some of your early culinary end grocery store Rancho was more about learning ently possess and a prime influences. the classic techniques and Santa Fe. example is the Facebook a hard work ethic. I also Chef Jenn: I was born group called The QuaranLTP: Tell me about your got to explore a lot of local tined Kitchen put togeth- and raised in San Diego, culinary education expe- ingredients that New Ener by Chef Jenn Felmley. from a childhood in Pacific rience at Johnson & Wales gland does incredibly well, I was invited to join and Beach to spending my high JENN FELMLEY and the difference in the from the incredible oysters soon found myself heading school years in Del Mar. and various seafood to the straight there when look- My early culinary influenc- sic French (she was my ver- two campuses. Portuguese cuisine and the ing for meal inspirations. If es were very diverse. My sion of Julia Child) cooking Chef Jenn: I started at you are even the slightest grandmother in Long Is- style. She taught me about TO LICK THE PLATE ON 11 the campus in5c North New York, had a clas- making kitchen the 03_27_20__ bit inclined20SDG16324_Pipeline to put even the land, Safety Print Ad__Coast News &your RSF News__RUN: x 10”Miami 4C__TRIM:TURN 8.525” x 10”

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Olive oil is wine’s best friend

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t’s remarkable how olive oil has walked in the same footprint as wine, recently capturing the public’s fancy. It’s favored with rustic breads, salads, over pizza and avocados and as a sophisticated garnish to pasta sauce. No longer content to use plain-tasting backyard made oils, aficionados look for brand, high quality and a story-line. Olive oil tastings are complementing wine tastings in small boutiques and at wineries that have chosen to market olive oil as a cash crop, that is readily available to the public just after harvest. Wineries have chosen to offer olive oil as a constant cash crop, filling in income gaps while they wait for their wines to age in barrels. The pressing of olives to make olive oil dates back to about 3000 BC. The olive tree originated in Greece, then spread throughout the Mediterranean. While olive oil has not caught on in western wineries, Italy has dominated the market with its emphasis on extra virgin, the finest grade from the first pressing, a cold-press designed to maximize antioxidants. This is a healthy ingredient that will keep your weight down and help to increase your lifespan. Executive chefs use only extra virgin olive oil, showing up in the menu as the initials EVOO. When I want to tastetest an extra virgin bottle of olive oil, like most wines, I like it best from a 750 ML standard wine sized bottle. I slightly toast a slice of rustic, oval shaped fresh baked multi-grained bread, then rub in a bit of garlic with a drizzle of oil. Chopped tomato and basil will add to the flavor. They are saturated with the oil in a sunken plate for dipping the bread. This makes a delicious appetizer for the main entrée, preferably your favorite Mediterranean flavored recipe. Olive oil lasts about 18 to 24 months stored in a cool, dark place. Look for a harvest date of 2019, now selling in Spring of 2020. Unlike wine, olive oil is best less than a year from purchase. The best olive oil districts in Italy are Liguria near Lucca, Tuscany near Montalcino and Lazio near Rome. Full column at thecoastnews.com


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Food &Wine San Diego-based Tap Truck brings the beer to you Cheers! North County

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ave you ever looked at the trunk of your car or truck bed, and thought, “If I put a kegerator back there it would really take this tailgate, BBQ, wedding or Wednesday to the next level”? If you love the social connections made over a beer or cocktail, you probably have, but it probably hasn’t inspired you to start restoring vintage trucks into refrigerated mobile drink dispersing machines. Taylor Steers and Corbin O’Reilly, the founders of Tap Truck have done just that. The two friends and company founders have built out a fleet of vehicles equipped to pour your favorite beverages at events everywhere. I spoke with Taylor about how Tap Truck came to be, how the pandemic is impacting their business and what beer they reach for first.

Taylor: Tap Truck is a mobile beverage catering company that utilizes vintage panel trucks that are installed with a 4-6 tap draft system. We tap everything from non-alcoholic drinks to draft cocktails. [The] concept originated in 2016. Corbin and I wanted to bring a new spin and something different to the current mobile beverage catering companies in San Diego. Our goal was to incorporate both of our passions into a business concept. Our passions [being] vintage classic American cars and small batch craft alcohol that is new and popular to the market.

TAP TRUCK, a mobile beverage catering company, features a draft system in vintage panel trucks. Photo courtesy of Tap Truck

are some of the cool places you’ve taken the trucks? Taylor: Our business has steadily grown within the local market of San Diego. Meeting event planners, community workers, and small business owners have been key to the growth of our business — making these relationships where we can segue our Tap Trucks into their events, and to represent other business products on our trucks. We have also taken our label of “Tap Truck” to a national, and now worldwide, level. We currently have Tap Trucks in over 20 different cities throughout the United States, and we are in British Columbia, Canada!

the future look like for Tap Truck? Taylor: Corona (COVID-19) has put all event business on pause. We have lost a lot of business from cancellations due to the virus, but luckily a majority of our scheduled events have been postponed to future dates. The postponement of events has really compacted our late summer schedule. Our availability for new business has definitely gone down.

Cheers: Why did you decide to build this company in San Diego County? Did you build out your vehicles yourself? Taylor: We have been operating since August 2016. San Diego, being one of a few craft beer meccas in the United States, seemed like a perfect town to start a local beer truck business. Cheers: What local Our first vehicle was a 1952 beers are at the top of your Chevy Panel which we built personal go-to list? out and restored in the driveTaylor: The beer we way of our house. [It was] a love to serve has a lot to do Cheers: Hi Taylor, passion project turned into a with the people who brew it thanks for taking a moment full-time business. Cheers: How has and represent it. The industo chat with me. What is Tap Truck, and how did the conCheers: How has the COVID-19 impacted your try for craft beer has been cept originate? business evolved? Where business, and what does so impacted over the past

decade that if you make bad tasting beer, good luck competing and surviving in the current day market. Thus if you can brew great tasting beer, you need great representation to get it out there and place it into accounts. The beer we provide not only tastes great but has great people behind the beer to represent it. Tap Truck favorites have always been Abnormal Brewing, Coronado Brewing, Ketch Brewing, and Eppig Brewing to name a few. These breweries have been putting many, many smiles on our customers’ faces for our events. Cheers: Anything else we should know about Tap Truck? Taylor: If anyone is interested in Tap Truck, please reach out! We will build you a Tap Truck, construct your website, and consult you into a successful small business! If you want to learn more about or book Tap Truck’s services, check out www.taptrucksd.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Are you a local beer or beverage entrepreneur? I want to hear from you about the cool stuff you’re doing. Reach out to ryan@coastnewsgroup.com

Takeout in North County City lists of North County restaurants offering takeout, delivery or drive-up services. Carlsbad: carlsbad. org/carlsbad-restaurants-during-covid-19/ Carlsbad Village: carlsbad-village.com/ support-local Del Mar: visitdelmarvillage.com/guideto-open-del-mar-businesses Encinitas: encinitasca.gov/Business/ COVID-19-Business-Resources/Open-For-Business Escondido: escondido.org/support-localfood-drink.aspx Oceanside: oceansidetogo.com Rancho Santa Fe: rsfassociation.org San Marcos: san-marcos.net/departments/city-manager/ economic-development/ open-for-business Vista: downtownvista.org/takeout

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Escondido schools begin distance learning amid coronavirus outbreak By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Students from Escondido Union School District (EUSD) and Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) officially began distance learning on Tuesday, April 14, a few weeks after schools across the county canceled in-person classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Schools in both districts have been closed since March 16, a few days before Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Since then, the city’s schools have been preparing to teach their students virtually. “Principals held video meetings with their teachers and staff and reached out to their parents and students,” said Laura Philyaw, assis-

EUHSD STUDENTS are handed laptops through their car windows at one of the district’s distribution sites. To ensure that all students can participate in distance learning, EUHSD provided laptops and W-iFi connection devices to students who needed them. Photo courtesy EUHSD

tant superintendent of educational services at EUSD. “At the same time, our school social workers, family liaisons, and counselors also

were contacting families, checking on their access to the internet and whether they were in need of any other resources during this

public health crisis.” EUSD is an elementary district serving more than 15,800 children from preschool through 8th grade. They are offering a blended-learning approach of online instruction and distributing packets of instruction to any students who cannot access digital resources. For students in 3rd through 8th grade, EUSD is also providing iPads that were already in use as part of the district’s one-to-one iPad program, for the duration of the shelter-at-home order. Similarly, EUHSD, which serves more than 7,500 high school students, has provided laptops and Wi-Fi connection devices and resources to students who need it, according to the

EUHSD Superintendent Dr. Anne Staffieri. “Our school campuses are closed, but our classrooms are open,” Staffieri said. “It is difficult for us to determine how long we will be in a distance learning mode, but we will continue as long as needed and until it is safe to resume student learning on campus.” In terms of grading, both districts have committed to a “hold harmless” model, meaning that each student can work to raise their grades, but no student will receive a lower grade than they were earning as of March 13. “We know this cannot replicate learning in a traditional classroom setting,” Philyaw said. “Success during this time means

maintaining a connection to our students and families to support them through all of the circumstances surrounding them. That includes learning, social-emotional well-being, safety, and nutrition. EUHSD shares a similar sentiment, adding that, as a high school district serving thousands of students, they have never done anything like this before. “It is critical that students continue to engage in their learning and communicate with their teachers and fellow students as they move forward academically,” Staffieri said. “Our goal through distance learning is to provide all of our students an opportunity to continue their education during this pandemic.”

CSUSM professor wins $3M grant for diversity in sciences SAN MARCOS — A Cal State San Marcos psychology professor has earned a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to increase diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, the school announced April 10. The NIH grant to professor Keith Trujillo will come over a five-year span and establish a program at CSUSM allowing students prepare for graduate studies and careers in the sciences. The goal of the program — the Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, or U-RISE — is to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who earn a degree and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher-degree programs. U-RISE at CSU San Marcos will replace two extant programs under the

Office for Research, Training and Education in the Sciences, which Trujillo directed for more than a decade: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement and Maximizing Access to Research Careers. Those programs have offered academic support, professional development, research opportunities and other activities aimed at helping CSUSM students prepare for graduate studies. “Over the past 20 years, CSUSM has become a leader at increasing diversity in the sciences through funding from the National Institutes of Health,” Trujillo said. “I am excited to be part of the continuing work to prepare students for graduate studies in biomedical and behavioral research so that they can become leaders in their scientific fields. “And I’d like to acknowledge the many other

hard-working members of the CSUSM community who are contributing to this work. Many CSUSM students who might never have considered careers in science are now completing their doctorates and going on to very successful careers.” The programs U-RISE is replacing have helped more than 300 students transition to graduate studies, all from underrepresented and/or low-income and/or first-generation backgrounds. The students have gone on to careers as university and college faculty, researchers in academia and the biotechnology industry, among other positions that allow them to contribute to scientific understanding and the health and wellbeing of others. Trujillo has been a professor at CSUSM since 1994. In 2017, he was one of four faculty members in the 23-campus California

State University system to receive the Wang Family Excellence Award for exemplary contributions and achievements that advance the CSU’s mission. That same year, he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for of his scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. In 2001, he earned CSU San Marcos’ President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. Other honors include the National Award of Excellence in Mentorship from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse; the Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society of Neuroscience; and the National Award for Research from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. — City News Service

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said Julie Van Houten, chair of the Nursing Department at Palomar. “I knew we had stuff in the lab that wasn’t being used because we had to close our clinical sites. So I asked if we could donate it, and the administration said yes.” The two adjunct faculty who arrived at Palomar March 23 to pick up the supplies were Charity Tang and Tami Heaston. “Both of these nurses were my students at one point, and now they’re back at Palomar, teaching,” Van Houten said. “They were in tears when they were thanking me. The masks, they’re just so important.” A week later, the Dental Assisting program at Palomar donated its supplies of PPE to Tri-City Medical Center after the college received a request from Aaron Byzak, the hospital’s Chief External Affairs Officer, who serves on the board of the Palomar College Foundation.


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hinking I was being ever-so-gracious, in a weak moment I asked my daughter if she would like to foster a dog (that being a dog, single, one, uno) during the stay-at-home order. By the by, she and her husband share our home and they already own three cats. She, without a shred of shame, admitted she had already signed up at three different local shelters for that very thing and was bringing home a dog next week. That one fell through. Just as well, I thought, and rather forgot all about it until she casually mentioned she was off to pick up a pair of puppies. They needed to be in pairs for companionship and comfort, it seems. I steeled myself for two and off she went. She brought home three. (Yes, she has always been spoiled.) Suddenly having multiple 8-week-old puppies in the house made me even more impressed by parents of twins or triplets. There is never a moment when something isn’t happening with one or more of them. Add to this the pups are traumatized, fearful, only occasionally house-trained and have traveled across at least two time zones. It was a full-on fire drill of cuteness right from the start. Fortunately, my house is 98% wood floors. There is one carpet at the far end of the scarcely used living room. It took them about an hour to find it and christen it. My daughter kept them upstairs mostly, yet successfully away from her cats for two days, which I liken to juggling with knives. She took pains to introduce them slowly. Unfortunately, one pup was particularly nervous and protective and barked at his shadow … and the cats. The cats have coexisted with older dogs before, but not bouncing, barking balls of puppy.

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small talk jean gillette They were not thrilled and the high-strung pup earned some crate time. Meanwhile, our large backyard, which was to be their playground, is an inch deep in water, courtesy of the week-long rainstorm. The trio finally agreed to walk around in the damp. They would not, however, go outside if it was actually raining, which was most of the time. I swore to my daughter she was going to have to deal with any accidents, but of course, I was swiftly recruited, since there was triple the action. There was no way one person could clean up fast enough before another critter needed attention. As we moved into the fourth day, they seemed to be settling a little and getting their puppy courage up, but life remained pretty terrifying, what with all these new sounds, smells, people and schedules. My biggest challenge? I couldn’t give them any treats. All they are allowed to eat is their kibble, which intellectually I understand. But it killed me to see those big, brown eyes in that sweet puppy face, gazing longingly at my sandwich, and deny them so much as a morsel. Using great moral resolve, I behaved myself, but it was no fun. The pups are back at the shelter now, needing further medical attention, but it was a lovely, crazy bit of fuzz therapy.

By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — California State University San Marcos is one of several public universities across the state that could soon be opening their on-campus housing facilities to temporarily house hospital patients. In a recent press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated that he would be preparing the California State University and the University of California campuses to be supportive of regional needs amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Our campus could be a place for housing patients, whether they are ones that have COVID-19 or just other patients that need the facilities,” said Margaret Chantung, CSUSM associate vice president for communications. After suspending in-person learning and sending home students who lived on campus last month, CSUSM now has approximately 1,100 beds available between its two housing facilities. “They could be used as testing locations, they could be used to house medical personnel,” Chantung said. “There’s a variety of things that the campus could be used for, and at this point, we have let the state know what our resources are.” Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesperson for the CSU Office of the Chancellor, told The Coast News that some local agencies have reached out to a couple Cal State campuses and executed memorandums of understanding (MOU). These agreements are in place so that if the need does arise, the state can move swiftly in utilizing their facilities

CSUSM IS ONE of several public universities in the state that may open its campus housing facilities to house coronavirus patients. Photo courtesy of California State University

to house patients. “Those campuses are Cal State Fresno and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,” Uhlenkamp said. “We have had inquiries from about half a dozen local agencies, whether that be the City of Long Beach or even San Diego County, but Fresno and SLO are a little bit further along and are potentially

ready should they be called upon.” San Diego County has approximately 7,000 to 8,000 hospital beds, and some hospitals are already reaching their capacity. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher spoke about a potential agreement with UC San Diego to house patients in a recent news con-

ference, explaining that something like this could bring much-needed relief to local hospitals. “This would be for individuals presently in the hospital who are too sick to go home but don’t need to stay in the hospital,” Fletcher said. “If we can create new rooms, we can transfer those folks there, which is freeing up an existing room.” CSUSM officials said they have made the capabilities of their facilities known at the request of both the county and state. And now, they wait. “We have reported how many beds we have available and what sort of security and campus resources we have,” Chantung said. “We are just waiting to be called upon, and when we get that call, we will be ready and willing to support whatever that effort looks like.”

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