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Tanya Moreno, Vice President of Genetics Research and Development at Millennium Health, teaches Del Dios 6th Grader Jazmin about DNA. They’ve met twice this year and Jazmin said she plans to continue in the program. Coutesy photo

Mentorship program aims to excite young girls about STEM By Ellen Wright

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Ed Clancy, an organizer of the CicloviaEscondido event, says the street without any cars on it looks “apocalyptic.” See the full story on page 13. Photo by Tony Cagala

San Marcos Housing Director to receive honor By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS—Perhaps more than any city in North County, San Marcos has taken the lead in developing quality housing for its low-income residents and seniors, and in the process, resurrecting one of the city's most notorious neighborhoods. And the city official who has played an integral role in that push - endeared as "The Grinch" by his co-workers who nominated him - will be honored for his efforts. Karl Schwarm, San Marcos' director of Housing and Neighborhood Services, will be honored by the San Diego Housing Federation with the John Craven Memorial Award, given to the "best people, places and progress made in the affordable housing industry."

Schwarm and the other winners will be honored at the Housing Federation's Ruby Awards on April 24 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego. Schwarm is receiving the award, according to a Housing Federation news release, for his leadership in creating 3,500 quality affordable homes for seniors, families, veterans and residents with special needs in San Marcos. The nomination form does more justice to what this entails. "The Outstanding Advocate Award speaks of how this individual was useful or helpful on a project," the nomination reads. "Karl's advocacy goes well beyond 'a project.' "Housing can not stand alone as an island and Karl's advocacy and actions have

taken affordable housing to a new level and with it, an entire neighborhood and thousands of under-served people," the nomination continues. That neighborhood was Richmar, which for the long time was the community that people did not dare traverse if they didn't live there. The city's efforts have transformed the community using affordable housing as a catalyst, starting with the Autumn Terrace development in 2011 and continuing with several more complexes, two new parks (and soon to be a third), as well as other amenities. "All of which have transformed this once 'don't go there' area into a place the residents are proud to call home," the nomination states.

The nomination likens Schwarm to the antihero in the Dr. Seuss tale "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." While not appealing on its face, the nomination makes the link quickly apparent. "The Grinch...like Karl...has superhuman strength," the nomination states. Schwarm, the nomination goes on, spearheaded the revitalization of the Richmar neighborhood, and with each obstacle - including the dissolution of the city's redevelopment agency - approached it with a Grinch-like smile and kept the plans in motion. The nomination notes that Schwarm is not solely responsible for the transformation that has occurred in Richmar, but every major movement must have a leader, and he has been the leader.

ESCON DI DO — Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences 6th grader Jazmin likes to bake and has even considered pursuing it as a career. While she’s got plenty of time to decide, she said she’s now leaning more towards computer engineering. “I was thinking of baking before computer engineering but I can do that at home any time I want,” Jazmin said. She is part of a Sister-to-Sister program aimed at exposing under-privileged girls to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County partnered with health solutions company Millennium Health to offer one on one mentoring to girls at Del Dios Academy in an effort to expose them to STEM concepts and provide mentorship to at-risk students. “Many of our students have been brought up with the influence of gang life as well as being the product of low socio economic status,” said Del Dios Social Worker Kristen Clayton. The goal of the program, called Beyond School Walls STEM, is to lead students away from gang life and influence them towards high-paying STEM jobs. “We’re in a hotbed of biotech and (bio communications). Why not prepare the children who live here to also work here in the future? “ President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego Deborah Condon said.

While the program aims to expose young teens to STEM, it also serves to reduce the likelihood of gang involvement and drug use. According to a National Gang Intelligence Center report released in 2012, juvenile prostitution is the second most profitable gang activity in San Diego, behind drug dealing. Condon stressed the importance of one on one mentoring in building girls’ self-esteem. “The longer they’re here, the stronger the outcome,” she said of the students in the Beyond School Walls STEM program. Twice a month, 15 girls are bussed from Del Dios to Millennium Health in Rancho Bernardo to meet with their mentors and learn more about different STEM concepts. Clayton said the students were hand chosen because of the potential they show. They’re neither the highest nor the lowest performing students. Girls are matched with “Big Sisters,” working professionals in all fields at Millennium Health, including science, communications and administration. They meet for a 30-minute STEM activity and then branch off with their individual mentor for an hour. The program runs the entire school year and students can return each year until they finish the 8th grade at Del Dios. The program is part of a national Big Brothers TURN TO STEM ON 14


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Council approves Cypress Drive closure Police HOT team efforts give By Jenna Crake

VISTA — The April 14 City Council meeting was a turning point for Cypress residents as council members, responding to a flood of residents' complaints, approved a measure to close Cypress Drive to traffic from busy South Santa Fe Avenue. Heavily trafficked Cypress Drive is lined with skid marks and has seen several collisions. It is also a collection point for trash. With the closing of Cypress Drive to traffic originating from Rancho Santa Fe, residents will have to detour up Monte Vista Drive to get to their homes, but it is a sacrifice they are willing to make to drastically reduce the more than 1,200 cars currently racing up their narrow street each day. “The main problem is the speed of the cars,” Sheldon Kennington, a Cypress resident, said. With a breaking voice he spoke of his fear for his safety

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and the safety of his handicapped brother who also lives on the dangerous road. "My sister was hit by a teenager on this road and sheriffs estimated that the driver was going over 55 miles an hour,” Kennington said. “In the last three weeks I have been nearly hit three times. The road is on a curve and the visibility is not good.” “My dad is 80 years old and he can’t get out of our driveway,” Sharon Sea-

southern entrance to the street. At the meeting, she signaled her full support for the entrance closure, particularly after being reassured by Vista Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Hahn that the measure would not increase emergency response time. “I think you have definitely done your diligence and making sure you have gone through everything the city has asked you to go through to ensure a solution here,” she said, addressing the Cy-

In the last three weeks I have been nearly hit three times. The road is on a curve and the visibility is not good.” Sheldon Kennington Cypress resident

moore, another Cypress Drive resident, said. “It’s very scary.” These concerns led a majority of Cypress Drive's residents to sign a petition that would ultimately eliminate this safety hazard. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby, responding to the residents' concerns, made a visit to the street and personally observed the skid marks marring the sides of the hills flanking the

press residents attending the meeting. The council did acknowledge that among the overwhelming support for the measure amongst Cypress residents, there were some opposed to the closure and others who did not respond one way or another. Nevertheless, the council and city officials were confident that the closure would be a positive and beneficial decision for the community.

citys homeless a hand up By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside police have initiated a Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) to connect individuals with resources to help them get back on their feet and end the cycle of homelessness. HOT team officers present assistance to individuals at transient camps and respond to police officer referrals and calls from homeless individuals. From there they work to connect those who will take help with the right assistance. This means driving them to the DMV to obtain needed identification to register for services, and then to a local charity that will conduct a needs survey and match them with the best regional resources. “They connect these people with nonprofits and places they can get some help,” Councilman Jerry Kern said. “Some (homeless individuals) are so disconnected they don’t know what services are available.” Police Lt. Karen Laser, manager of the HOT team, said some individuals just need referrals to services; others need more assistance due to mental challenges they face, which may include lapses in taking needed medication. In Oceanside the majority of homeless individuals are men ages 18 to 35. Factors such as military

service and age determine qualifications for some assistance programs. The HOT team takes the time to ensure each individual who accepts the help receives the assistance they need, even if follow up takes weeks. “It is not a enforcement-based team,” Laser said. “Basically we’re offering assistance to homeless who would not know the first steps to get off the street. For those who are willing to make a change, that’s what this team is there for.” Police efforts respect and accommodate those in need. Laser said the department is in the process of acquiring a van to transport individuals and their goods, sometimes piled into a shopping cart, to services. Homelessness is not just an Oceanside problem. HOT team efforts are part of the extended 25 Cities Project. The original project aims to end veteran homelessness in 25 U.S. cities by the end of 2015, including San Diego. Expanded efforts have included North County cities and nonprofit groups in a collaborative effort to end veteran and chronic homelessness under the umbrella of Alliance for Regional Solutions. The Oceanside Police Department is the only regional law enforcement

partner involved in the efforts, other than San Diego Police. Laser said it is important to understand the difference between police services to assist homeless individuals, and police enforcement efforts to address vagrants who cause disruptions. The two efforts are very distinct. Police have made efforts to educate downtown merchants on accurate terms to describe individuals when they call in, so the correct help can be given. Tracey Bohlen, city economic development manager, said there has been a spike in vagrant panhandlers in the downtown area in the past several months, that some have mislabeled as homeless. Bohlen said merchants have complained about aggressive individuals who loiter, refuse to move on and are confrontational. Bohlen added police have adopted a no-tolerance policy and are ticketing violators. Additionally police have reached out to charity groups to educate them on regional efforts to help homeless and enforcement efforts to deal with vagrants. This ensures services help the homeless improve their lives and don’t perpetuate vagrants gathering and causing residents and tourists to feel uncomfortable.

CSUSM's Haynes to be honored yet again By Aaron Burgin

The awards keep rolling in for Cal State San Marcos' president Karen Haynes. The California State Student Association awarded Haynes with the Robert C. Masson President of the Year award on March 25 in Long Beach. Each year the organization - which represents the 425,000 students in the Cal State University system - recognizes one university system president whose leadership reflects the commitment to the association's mission, has demonstrated exceptional inclusion of students within the context of shared

governance and has assisted the association in advancing its policy agenda. "It is probably the highest honor a president can receive to be recognized in such a meaningful way by students in one's own university system," Haynes said in a news release. "With a strong commitment to the mission of our system and its students, I am proud to have instilled a culture of leadership across our university reflecting fairness, openness, honest communication, integrity and diversity." The chair of the student association said Haynes stood out because of her student-centered leadership style and a willingness

to involve students in decision-making. "We are particularly grateful for President Haynes’ successful efforts to incorporate and effectively serve former foster youth in the fabric of CSU San Marcos, and the entire CSU system," said Chair Devon Graves. Haynes has served as president since 2004. Earlier this year, it was announced that she was one of six CSU women presidents who will receive the Trailblazer Award from the group Leadership California, an award that recognizes women who are pioneers in their respective fields. She will receive that award on April 27.

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Short-term vacation rentals banned in half of Carlsbad By Ellen Wright

City and state officials dig in to break ground for the FedEx facility. Speakers said new jobs would benefit the region. Photo by Promise Yee

FedEx groundbreaking is hailed as good for the region By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The April 10 groundbreaking for the 306,054-square-foot FedEx Ground distribution facility drew state and city officials, who hailed the business as good for the region. The distribution facility is expected to bring 500 immediate jobs, both hired and contracted, to Oceanside once it opens. When operations reach full capacity the facility is estimated to generate 1,000 jobs. The 185 immediate hires by FedEx will include

clerical, package handler and management positions. Salary estimates given at a Planning Commission meeting in November 2014 were between $13 an hour and $62,000 in annual salary. Oceanside Councilman Chuck Lowery said the hundreds of new jobs are great news for Oceanside and the 78 corridor. Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, District 75, echoed the praise. “It will have a very positive impact on all of North County,” Waldron

said. “It will have a trickle down effect on the whole region.” The distribution center will be built on a 38acre site off of Avenida Del Oro in the Pacific Coast Business Park. In addition to the main facility, a 3,196-square-foot gateway building, a 5,727-squarefoot vehicle maintenance building and a parking lot will be constructed. The Oceanside facility is key in the company’s national plan to increase TURN TO FEDEX ON 14

CA R L SBA D — Cit y Council members denied short-term vacation rentals in more than half the city Tuesday night, after hearing robust public comments, largely in favor of an outright ban. Currently, rentals are not legal in the city but more than 400 operate using travel sites like VRBO and Airbnb and the city collected more than $330,000 in transient occupant tax on the rentals last fiscal year. Short-term vacation rentals will be allowed in the coastal zone, which makes up 37 percent of the city and extends east from the coast to roughly El Camino Real. The California Coastal Commission has fought other coastal cities in the past that tried to ban vacation rentals, which is why city staff recommended the approval of the coastal zone. The commission is in favor of the rentals because they increase coastal access for visitors and tourists.

No-cost chipping reduces wildfire risk COUNTY — Residents in many wildfire-prone communities throughout San Diego County can take advantage of a free chipping service to reduce fire hazard around their homes. Funding for this program is provided by a National Fire Plan grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service through the California Fire Safe Council. North County communities eligible to participate in this program include Escondido and Harmony Grove. California residents in wildfire-prone areas are required to have a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around their homes. A key component of creating defensible space includes thinning vegetation, often called fuel reduction. Disposing of this trimmed brush can be a challenge for homeowners, which is why the FSCSDC created this easy and free solution. Residents who wish to take advantage of this free service must complete a Chipping Request Form, available at ResourceConserverationDistrict.formstack.com/forms/free_chipping_program. Once the form is completed and all requirements of the program are met, the homeowner will be put on the chipping list. Trained, licensed, insured crews bring a chipper to the residence and chip vegetation that the homeowner has prepared. Chipped materials will be left on-site and can be used as mulch – an added benefit of the program.

For more information about the No-Cost Chipping Program visit firesafesdcounty.org or call (619) 5620096. This program is funding dependent. Completion of the Chipping Request Form is not a guarantee that the property will be chipped. The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation; tax-deductible donations are welcome.

TOAST THE TROOPS GFWC Contemporary Women of North County Co-Chairwomen Ann Lygas and Pam Irwin, invite all to “Toast the Troops,” a wine-tasting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. May 14 with hors d’oeuvres and wines from North County’s newest winery, BKCellers, 2225 Barham Drive, Escondido. Tickets are $20 per person at the door (cash or check). Additional purchases can be paid with credit card. . Courtesy photo

Councilmembers were given four options, ranging from a citywide allowance of the rentals to permitting them solely in the coastal zone. Staff recommended a citywide approval because it would be easier to regulate and punish property owners through permit revocation and daily fines. “It certainly is a lot harder to shut down an operator who’s not supposed to be there. It’s a lot harder to do that than to bring an operator into the program who’s allowed to be there,” said Assistant City Manager Gary Barberio. Mayor Pro Tem Keith Blackburn said he understood staff’s philosophy but disagreed. “In this particular case, I’m kind of hearing ‘It’s illegal, people are doing it anyway so let’s legalize it so we can better manage it.’ I kind of heard the same thing about drugs, prostitution and now I’m hearing about short term rentals,” Blackburn said to much applause from the crowd. He said there are

enough hotel and motel rooms throughout the city to accommodate visitors. There are 4,060 hotel rooms, with an additional 300 currently under construction. There are also 1,500 timeshare rooms. Many of the speakers against vacation rentals said they moved east of the coastal zone for peace and tranquility from traffic and tourism. “We deliberately selected to live in this residential estate neighborhood outside of the coastal community so we would not have to deal with late nights, transients coming and going, noise, trash and the lack of security in not knowing who is living next door to you,” La Costa Estates resident Tracy Teregis said. She and her husband Greg said their next-door neighbor converted a home into two vacation rentals, which has caused them to consider selling their home. “I would hope that the city would stick up for TURN TO BANNED ON 14


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Opinion&Editorial

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

Community Commentary

It’s all about priorities By Mark Muir

Court frustrating the voters’ will over ‘Jessica’s Law’ California Focus By Thomas D. Elias It was no surprise when Proposition 83, the socalled Jessica’s Law, passed in 2006 with better than a 2-1 majority. The issue, as stated in the ballot summary, was where convicted sex offenders should be allowed to live, no matter how long ago their offenses. The plain wish of the vast majority of voters is that these people become pariahs for life, unable to live anywhere near any potential victims. Nobody likes sexual predators, especially violent ones, nor should they. But lawyers for some of them argue that once they’ve served their time and once corrections authorities rule they’ve been rehabilitated as well as possible, they’ve got to live somewhere. And the reality is that Proposition 83 allows them almost noplace to live in any city or town. That’s what voters wanted, of course. No one wants a predator living nearby, and many parents have felt more comfortable since Proposition 83 passed. As written, this law prohibits all registered sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of any school or park. The law also mandates far longer prison terms than before and allows the state Department of Mental Health to keep offenders in custody indefinitely after their prison terms are up, if psychiatrists determine they’re still dangerous. After release, the measure puts tracking devices on all of them for life. No one is seriously challenging many of these provisions, which expand on the severe restrictions previously placed on violent rapists and child molesters.

The challenges have come to the residential limits. On its surface, this proposition was a no-brainer, a gut reaction against a few crimes committed by paroled offenders who were not being thoroughly monitored. Pre-existing rules even contained a tougher residential restriction than the initiative’s 2,000-foot limit for some offenders, not allowing predators judged to be high risks to live within 2,640 feet of parks and schools. But by voting as they did, Californians said they don’t fully trust the judgment of mental health professionals; they said no one can ever be sure a onetime offender might not again act out an impulse. Previous law took essentially the same point of view, having long required released sex offenders to register with authorities even decades after their crimes. The legal problem comes in restricting where long-ago offenders can live, even after they are judged no longer a serious risk to anyone. This spring, the state Supreme Court in a ruling on a San Diego case, written by conservative retired justice Marvin Baxter, said the restrictions are too tough. Those rules raised the rate of homelessness among the state’s 8,000-plus registered sex offenders by a factor of 24, also hindering their access to medical care and drug and alcohol dependency programs. While the beatdown of Proposition 83 residency rules applied at first only to San Diego County, it has already been made general by a state order lifting the distance restriction on offenders whose crimes didn’t involve children. The state high court’s

decision was presaged years earlier by a federal judge in San Francisco, who said the day after the initiative passed that there was “a substantial likelihood” the law is unconstitutional, changing conditions of parole for persons convicted and released long before it passed. That ruling came in a case where a former offender, identified only as John Doe, claimed Jessica’s Law would force him to leave a community where he lived peacefully for more than 20 years. That’s just what Republican legislator Susan Runner, from the high desert region of Los Angeles County, wanted to do when she sponsored Proposition 83 and it’s what voters wanted, too. They simply don’t trust prior offenders to remain impulse-resistant forever, and so they want even longago sex offenders with solid records since their release far from any proximity to children. The last time voters felt as strongly about an initiative was in the mid1990s, when a huge majority passed Proposition 187 in an effort to cut off health, education and all other public services to illegal immigrants. A federal judge struck down most of that one quickly. No one seriously expects the surveillance and sentencing aspects of Proposition 83 to suffer a similar fate. But voters can be excused if they feel frustrated by a court waiting almost nine years to strike down a much of a law they passed, one that provided peace of mind to many. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net.

The Encinitas City Council has begun one of our most important annual tasks, drafting the city’s annual budget. The mayor and I both voted against increasing taxes because we believe that, as with your budget at home, our city must live within its means and exercise fiscal restraints. Just like at home, there are always more wants than dollars available. As a city, we want to be sure to fund core services our citizen’s care about, along with various capital improvements and special projects identified in advance. The next step in the planning process is connecting the prioritized spending plan to the annual budget. Done correctly, the budget will meet community expectations and needs while creating longterm financial health for the city. Ideally, the budget should reflect the city’s priorities. Ultimately, municipal budgeting is a big-picture task that ironically requires attention to small details and also must take into account the short and long-term needs of the city with a wide vision for anticipated issues and projects. Our city has benefited from a historically thorough budgeting process, which requires our staff to focus and identify on the needed resources to meet our stated goals. Once that process is complete, each department has an objective means to determine the importance of a project and how it fits into the overall mission. The city has identified 394 million dollars in unfunded projects. Three of

which represents 322 million alone (drainage and two railroad underground projects). These big projects will only come to fruition with assistance from Federal Grants. The city has determined its financial capacity for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for the next 6 years to be 41 million. Staff proposed a CIP list that identified high priority projects. If the council agrees with this list, that will leave an unassigned fund balance available for new capital projects at $500,000 for the next 6 years, which

many requests and recommendations for expenditures on programs or projects throughout the year. Standing alone, many of these projects could be described as “no brainers.” Sure, we might be able to afford one or many of them — but we certainly can’t afford all of them. That’s why it’s so critical that each project go though a thoughtful budgetary review process. Our city leaders, staff, and community have invested a great deal of time and energy into a strategic planning process that identifies short and long-term

As a city, we want to be sure to fund core services our citizen’s care about is not much, unless something is removed from the CIP list and reallocated to a new project. The $19.6 million dollar debt for the recently purchased Pacific property View/Live Museum (property only) has challenged the council in determining or prioritizing the remaining project needs. Certainly, a museum can bring plenty of positive benefits, but we have to weigh it’s additional cost against other priority spending needs for our city, such as improved streets, city facilities, sand for beaches, open space, trails, public safety, wayside horns, stabilization of our beaches, safe routes to schools, etc. Our city receives

opportunities and challenges. We shouldn’t allow that effort to go to waste by failing to consider the totality of the projects involved. The best and more valued projects will surface to the top. These choices should be based on a set of guiding criteria, such as: legal mandate, risk mitigation, effects on public health and safety, improvements to efficiency of core services, and most importantly — a broad public benefit. Please participate by letting the council know what is important to YOU! Mark Muir is an Encinitas City Council member.

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s the years pass by and I look back on the first five years of my children’s lives, I suppose my memories will soften, but if I were asked right now to sum up life with toddlers in one word, that word would be “sticky.” This profound revelation came over me as I cleaned up yesterday in preparation for the arrival of a longtime friend who had not yet seen my home. The term “clean” was once a simple issue with me, back when I had the time and energy to be a clean freak. I now have several levels of “clean” for my home, prompted by being the wife of a messybut-lovable pack rat and the mother of two pairs of every-sticky little hands. There is now “everyday” clean (the only visitors also will have children), “downstairs only” clean (for those who will have no opportunity to explore the upstairs apocalypse), and the exhausting “first-visit” clean. I barely survived the first six months in this house when everyone wanted a complete tour. I now try to spend most of my time with other moms who are oblivious to the stickiness quotient. In fact, in my circle a tooclean house is considered rude and antisocial. You will receive no visits, and the playgroup all will have colds when it’s your turn to host. But as I cleaned with extra scrutiny for the arrival of my friend, I realized how easy it would be to prepare a simple test to determine just who is really emotionally prepared to become a parent. • Does it bother you

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to have your sweater stick to the arm of a chair when you get up to leave? • Does it bother you when your shoes make the “snack, snack” sound as you walk across the kitchen floor? • Do you classify bits of leftover paint and PlayDo as dirt or art? • Do you think that small toy parts add color and charm to a room’s décor? • Do you require that your lawn be free of half-inflated pool toys in order to look groomed? • What bothers you more – a stack of dirty clothes that need washing or a stack of clean clothes that need folding? • What bothers you more – a stack of dirty dishes or regular dinner off of paper plates? • Do you have a favorite color of Tupperware cup, and do you know the proper way to use a Sipper-Seal? • When you see a glasstopped coffee table, do you see: • a handsome piece of furniture? • a certain trip to the emergency room? • the need for Windex in industrial-sized drums • Do you own or have you ever lusted after white carpeting? • When you see a child wrestle a 2-day-old Cheerio away from the dog and eat it, do you feel: • nauseous? • relief at one less thing to vacuum up? • delight that the child is finally eating something? If any doubt remains after checking the answers, you can ask just how much they like sleeping in, or sleeping, in general. That one’s sure to break the tie. Everything in life should be this simple. At deadline, Jean Gillette was off to her allgrown-up son’s wedding. Here she shares a fond look into parenthood past. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.

APRIL 24 ASTRONOMY NIGHT Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation presents Astronomy Night at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Call (760) 8041969 for more information. WINGS OF FREEDOM The Wings of Freedom Tour with the WWII Vintage B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang will be at Western Flight at the McClellan-Palomar Airport, 2210 Palomar Airport Road from April 24 to April 26. A flight aboard any of these aircraft runs from $400 to $3,200. For reservations and information, call (800) 568-8924. ALL ABOUT LIFE A lifelong learning group, LIFE, presents lectures at MiraCosta College meets at 1 p.m. April 24 at MiraCosta College/Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Dr., Admin. Bldg. #1000. Park in lot 1A. Check speaker schedule at miracosta.edu/life, or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. APRIL 25 RHYTHM AND BREWS Downtown Vista Village welcomes the San Diego Brewers Guild's Rhythm & Brews from noon to 4 p.m. April 25, including visiting breweries from Colorado, Illinois and Hawaii, offering tastings of more than 100 craft brews and live music on two stages. This year’s event will benefit Fight ALD, a non-profit organization founded by a Vista couple who lost their young son to this genetic disorder. STREET ART The Vista Branch Library will host street artist and muralist Saratoga Sake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, along with other local artists, live music, art demos, crafts and art projects. First United Methodist Church of Escondido is holding its annual Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at 341 S. Kalmia, Escondido, begun in 1992. For more information,

call (760) 745-5100. SOLVING PROBLEMS The Escondido Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. April 25, in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library at 239 S. Kalmia St. in Escondido. Del Ritchart, Captain US Navy Retired will present "Problem Solving in Our Research." FASHION HELPS NEWBORNS Tri-City Hospital Foundation's “Fashion That Heals,” will be held May 2. The champagne luncheon and fashion show will benefit local mothers and babies benefitted by Tri-City Medical Center’s NICU. Tickets are $125 for the trunk show, lunch, the “Pick a Purse” opportunity drawing and a runway show starring Tri-City employees. APRIL 26 MAKING NEW FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County is a support group for ladies and gentlemen who desire to foster friendships through various social activities. The group will go to Mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and lunch at Nucci's Italian Cafe, Carlsbad on April 26, meet April 28 for Happy hour at Fresco Trattoria, and gather for a wine-tasting and lunch at South Coast Winery, Temecula April 29. Reservations at (858) 674-4324. APRIL 28 National Library Month Escondido Public Library offers eReaders eXplained: how to use smart devices to access free Library eMaterials at 6 p.m. April 28 and at 3 p.m. April 30, Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) both at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For more information call (760) 839-4814 or at pcrouthamel@escondido. org. MARRY AT THE FAIR Want to get married at the “My Big Fair Wedding Day?” The wedding will be part of the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower & Garden Show Stage, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28. You can exchange vows at the fair, with all expenses paid. Contact the Flower and Garden Office at flowershow@sdfair.com or (858) 792-4273.

APRIL 30 THERE WILL BE SMOKE From 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 30, an aerial firefighting exercise involving aviation and ground units from Camp Pendleton, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Navy Region Southwest, Third Fleet, CALFIRE and the San Diego Sheriff's Department will take place on Camp Pendleton. Navy, Marine Corps and civilian helicopters will be supporting Camp Pendleton and CALFIRE ground teams in establishing a fire line and conducting water bucket operations. MARK THE CALENDAR PARKING LOT SALE The San Marcos Senior Center will hold a Parking Lot Sale from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 2 at 111 Richmar Ave. It also serves lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (760) 744-5535 ext. 3606. DO THE DERBY Rotary Club of San Luis Rey hosts a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 2 at Rookies Sports Grill, 2216 S. El Camino Real, Oceanside. Come and help local charities, enjoy a Mint Julip and cheer for your favorite horse to win the Kentucky Derby. Tickets are $33 (21

years and older). Contact Mark Valle at valleafcon@ yahoo.com or "mailto:SLRrotaryserviceaboveself@ gmail.com" The proceeds go to the charities that the Rotary Club of SLR supports. CLASSIC SUNDAY See the monthly ArtWalk & Car Club event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Sunday of each month from May 3 through Nov. 1 at the Farmers Market, 1020 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos. Free admission and parking. For more information, contact Christy Johnson at (760) 580-0116. HALL OF FAME The community is invited to the annual Vista Historical Society Hall of Fame inductions and lunch at 11 a.m. May 16 at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. Cost is $30. Call (760) 630-0444 for reservations by May 7. DIAMOND GALA The Vista Boys & Girls Club invites all to its Diamond Gala event from 5 to 10 p.m. May 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Carlsbad. Enjoy dining, gaming and gifts and applaud the winner of the "Have a Heart for Kids" award to a community hero who has made a difference in the lives of local youth. Admission includes $200 worth of gaming. Reserve tickets at bgcvista.org.

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Frederick William Steese, a noted North County CPA and a former president of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, died April 15. Cause of death was an apparent heart attack. He was 63. He was born in Burbank on October 17, 1951, graduated from Granada Hills High School and earned his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and was a Certified Public Accountant in California. He won numerous awards in golf, wrestling and baseball in high school. A local newspaper in the San Fernando Valley dubbed him “Slugger Steese” for his wrestling skills at Granada Hills. Steese joined Leaf and Cole, a public accounting firm in San Diego, shortly after graduating from SDSU. He later joined with Dick Wehmeyer to form Wehmeyer & Steese, a public accounting firm in Rancho Santa Fe. Following Wehmeyer’s retirement, Steese opened his own firm, Frederick Wm. Steese, in Encinitas in 2002. “To know Fred was to love him. He was fun, engaged and a marvelous raconteur. He could cite sports statistics and dates faster than anyone I’ve ever known, “ said Bob Page, a former owner of the Rancho Santa Fe Review, and a longtime personal friend. He was an Aztec for

Life, whose love for San Diego State was contagious. If you asked him to name the starting lineup for any Aztec basketball team, no matter how many years ago, he could. He always said statistics came easily for him, “after all, I spend my life in numbers!” The irony of his death on America’s tax day seems hard to fathom. True to his dedication to his clients, he resisted his wife Vicki’s insistence that he check himself into a hospital prior to his death. He was struggling with chest pains. Unfortunately, he put work before his health. “Fred was the ultimate Aztec. He loved his alma mater,” said Steve Thomas, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who shared season tickets with him. Mike Phillips, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and longtime client of Fred’s, said Fred was “a consummate professional, wonderful friend, and perennially frustrated Aztec, Charger and Padre fan.” He took great pride in Vicki, his life partner for 30 years. When she returned to school to earn her certificate in psychological counseling he was so proud of her. And when he needed assistance in the office, Vicki was always there for him. In addition to Vicki, he is survived by his sister, Jackie Dahlgren, and her husband, William, of Saline, Michigan; nephews Michael Dahlgren and his daughter, Scarlet, of Saline, and Eric Dahlgren, his wife, Erica, and their son Jonathan of Chicago; and cousins Rick, Tom, and Carol Farrell from Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herald and Mary Jane Steese. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, April 25, at 4 p.m.

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A marine helicopter made an unexpected landing in Solana Beach in front of the Del Mar Shores Terrace. Encinitas Fire Chief Mike Daigle said he’d never seen anything like it. Photos by Ellen Wright

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CROP .93 .93 4.17 By Ellen Wright 4.28 SOLANA BEACH—A marine helicopter made a precautionary landing Wednesday morning on the beach at 11:40 a.m. a few blocks south of Fletcher Cove. Nobody was hurt and the three Marines who landed the helicopter also flew it back to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where it’s stationed. Donald Bohanner, Public Information Officer for the Marines, said it was not an emergency situation and the pilot decided to land after the low-pressure oil sensor went off. The CH 53-E Super Stallion helicopter had been doing routine flights 14 miles off the coast when the sensor went off. Bohanner said some oil was spilled on the beach but a Hazardous Materials crew cleaned it quickly. More oil was brought down and put in the helicopter so it could take off. Encinitas Fire Chief

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Mike Daigle said it was a relief the landing didn’t happen during peak beach season because not many people were on the beach. Bohanner said that had there been people on the beach, the pilot would have found another place to land. Members from the Coast Guard, Fire Department and the San Diego Hazardous Material team all came out to lend a hand. The helicopter took off at 3:30 p.m. to the cheers of the dozens of onlookers. Mechanics at Miramar will take a look at the helicopter to find out what went wrong. Fire Chief Daigle said it was good they landed so close to the seawall. “They did a great job because when you look at where they parked that thing, they put it in a great spot,” Daigle said. After taking off from the beach, the helicopter landed in the Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot for further repairs.


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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

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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.

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

I think, first of all, parents consider what their kid’s needs are. ” Shannon Smith Director of Business Development

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

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.

Nonprofit seeks to reduce waste one cup at a time By Tony Cagala

REGION — Drew Beal was in Seattle last week, attending a national coffee conference. But he wasn’t there seeking out the best cup o’joe the Emerald City has to offer. Instead, the San Diego resident with the title of chief environmental optimist for the nonprofit Social Ventures for Sustainability Drew Beal. Courtesy photo was looking to raise aware- drinkers everywhere ness and to enlist coffee “kill the cup.”

The nonprofit, which Beal co-founded, is hosting its first-ever Kill the Cup Earth Day pledge, with the hopes of signing up 22,000 coffee drinkers pledging to change their habits from using the one-time use cups to using reusable ones. “It’s been tough,” Beal said of trying to change people’s behaviors towards the disposable coffee cups. to That’s because bringing a reusable cup to a coffee

shop isn’t always on people’s minds, or is it part of their routines, he explained. Last week, Beal had more than 700 coffee drinkers committed to the pledge. By the time he would be leaving Seattle and the time the nonprofit will be at the Balboa Park Earth Fair this weekend, he said he hopes to have more. As an MBA student at UCSD two years ago, Beal first noticed the coffee cup

problem. He explained that Starbucks offers 10 cents off the price of a drink when customers bring in their own cups. Beal also noticed a sign in the stores asking customers to help save the environment by using reusable cups. “But those had not resulted in any significant changes in the percentages of people that bring their own cup,” Beal said.

That was when Beal and the nonprofit began the Kill the Cup University Challenge, a four-week program on campuses around the country, which began at UCSD last fall. The idea was to change people’s behaviors towards the single-use cups by essentially “gamifying” the experience. Students, Beal said, could upload “coffee selfTURN TO NONPROFIT ON 14


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‘Ex Machina’ progress of artificial intelligence By Nathalia Aryani

Ava, the AI in “Ex Machina,” may be fictional, but the progress of artificial intelligence (“Her,” “Transcendence”) in the real world is accelerating at a rapid pace. So much so that Stephen Hawking (“The Theory of Everything”), a world-renowned astrophysicist, has recently warned that artificial intelligence poses a threat and could spell “the end of the human race.” This sentiment is echoed by Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla, as well Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. Earlier this year, AI experts signed a letter issued by the Future of Life Institute, pledging that they would safely and carefully monitor such progress so that its growth doesn't go beyond our control. In “Ex Machina,” a directorial debut by writer Alex Garland, a young coder, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), wins an office prize for a weeklong retreat with Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the company’s reclusive CEO and inventor of the world’s most popular search engine, Blue Book. Reachable only by helicopter, the mountain cabin surrounded by pristine nature of remote Alaska, is

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On display in the 100 Artists, 100 Years exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art through July 26, 2015: Faiya Fredman, Yellow Tulip 2, 2007, Pigment print on watercolor paper, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of

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he year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park, as well as the twentieth year of Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) as a prominent regional art museum. Throughout this year OMA exhibitions and events continue to focus on art created and collected in San Diego and Southern California. OMA’s newly launched exhibition 100 Artists, 100 Years: The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, 1915-2015, in collaboration with The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, features works by one hundred distinguished Guild members who have lived and worked in San Diego during the last century. Established in 1915, the Artists Guild was instrumental in the 1926 founding of The San Diego Museum of Art and continues to enrich the culture of the San Diego region. OMA Executive Director Daniel Foster states, "This is easily the largest and one of the most ambitious exhibitions in our museum's history. It is particularly important because our museum's programmatic priority is to cover the history of traditional and contemporary art of San Diego, and I believe that this exhibition does that superbly, thanks to the Artists Guild and the magnificent vision and effort of Mark-Elliott Lugo."

100 Artists, 100 Years, which currently fills both of OMA’s first-floor galleries, represents the region’s diverse art history in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, furniture making and architecture. Many of the works on loan from local museums, institutions, galleries, private collections and artists have never before been publicly exhibited. Exhibition curator Mark-Elliott Lugo, former curator of the San Diego Public Library system and art critic, states “This exhibition will be a rare opportunity for viewers to experience in one venue the diverse range of art created in San Diego over the past century. I believe San Diegans will be excited and proud to see the exceptional skill and creativity of the artists who have lived and worked in the area.” The accomplished curator admits, “This exhibition has been the challenge of my life.” Lugo, who tends to curate exhibitions intuitively and whose personal taste tends towards edgier, darker work, has accomplished his intention to “knock people’s socks off” with the quality and variety of work included in the 100 Artists, 100 Years exhibition. Twenty objective criteria were used in selecting artworks for the exhibition, including the impact of the artist’s work on the community, the professional and public recognition the artist has achieved, and the legacy the artist has passed on by example and through teaching. The task of researchTURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON 14


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Band’s break gives way to strongest efforts yet By Alan Sculley

The Decemberists perform April 30 at the North Park Theatre in San Diego. Photo by Autumn DeWilde

Beautiful World” project. Instead, work on the album stretched out for a year and a half as the band began recording and refining the 18 songs Meloy had amassed during the hiatus and exploring other song ideas. Funk said while the band worked diligently — some of the parts recorded on the first day in the studio are on the finished album — the extensive schedule for studio work was a nice change from the shorter, more frenetic recording sessions that had produced the other Decemberists albums. “I think it (the 18-month schedule) was

just a way to ease back into it,” Funk said, “and also not just going into the studio and having this full-on recording happening all of the time.” The extensive work that went into “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” paid off. It’s one of the strongest albums in a catalog populated by six other acclaimed — and frequently ambitious — albums. Where “The King is Dead” was frequently stripped back and leaned more toward folk, the new album is being called by some the Decemberists’ “big pop” album. That description fits certain songs,

Moen — wasted little time their hiatus, the group returning to musical pur- didn’t rush into the “What suits. Along with Annali- A Terrible World, What A sa Tornfelt (vocals/violin) and Jon Neufeld (guitar), they reactivated their rootsy bluegrass-informed side band Black Prairie and put the pedal down on that project. The group released three albums — 2012’s “A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart,” 2013’s “Wild Ones” and 2014’s “Fortune” — and toured extensively, considerably raising the profile of the band in the “I really love my Van Daele home. process. The roadwork also This is where life, my family’s helped the four members of the Decemberists maintain life happens...everyday! their playing chops for the Van Daele Homeowner, Verona time when their main band reconvened. “Four years is a long break had we not played music with each other,” Funk said. “So I think it benefited the band and the recording process (for “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”) in the sense that we were just already up (and running), the whole band, working together.” When it was time for the Decemberists to end

such as “Philomena” (with its Beach Boys-esque “oohwah” vocals, pretty string lines and youthful lyrical setting), “Make You Better” (a single that has gone number one at triple A radio and features a hooky classic pop melody) and “Cavalry Captain” (which is augmented by buoyant horns). But the band’s folk roots are well represented, too, in tunes like “12/17/12” (inspired by the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting), “Lake Song” and “Carolina Low.” Funk said fans can expect to hear songs from across the Decemberists’ TURN TO DECEMBERISTS ON 14

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Oceanside Earth Fest hailed as biggest in North County By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The seventh annual Oceanside Earth Festival filled four downtown blocks with eco-friendly home and business tips, interactive kids activities, environmental nonprofits and vintage and repurposed retail April 19. The message shared was reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink. “It’s a celebration of our region’s efforts to promote sustainability and protect our waterways,” Colleen Foster, city solid waste and recycling management analyst, said. “We’re encouraging families, and people in our community and neighboring communi-

ties, to basically practice the four Rs.” In the kids eco-zone Lincoln Middle School student Andres Garza shared schoolwide efforts to put waste in the right place, determining whether it’s a general recyclable, cash-earning CRV recyclable or trash. Plans are to start a school compost bin to further divert waste from going into landfills. The Ecology Center of San Juan Capistrano and the Eco-Rooted organization also had hands-on learning and creating centers for the 5,000-plus who attended the festival. Kids had an opportunity to de-

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cide how to divide a bucket of water for daily uses, and make bracelets and crowns with repurposed materials. For the second year the vintage market area was part of the Earth Festival. Vendors offered a variety of unique vintage and upcycled goods for sale. “It’s bringing a new life to something old,” Foster said. Reducing waste is everyone’s concern. California cities are mandated to reduce waste that goes into landfills by 75 percent by 2020. Some cities have set a further goal to reduce waste by 90 percent by 2040. Oceanside adopted a Zero Waste Plan in 2012, which has helped the city move toward its reduction goals. “In 2008 to 2010, we were generally around a 50 to 58 percent recycling rate,” Foster said. “And then once we passed the Zero Waste Plan and our community got engaged through Earth month, Green Oceanside and our Road to Zero Waste program, we’ve taken our recycling rate to over 70

Liam Kennington, age 5 of Oceanside, writes an Earth-friendly pledge. The kids eco-zone offered hands on learning activities. Photo by Promise Yee

percent, one of the highest recycling rates in California.” Foster said home and business efforts add up and make a difference. Other California cities that divert 70 percent or more of waste, and are reaching for 90 percent diversion, are San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Valley Road, Carlsbad. The work for the Urgent Care facility includes the complete demolition of existBusiness news and special ing improvements followed achievements for North San by all new and upgraded Diego County. Send information infrastructure (plumbing, via email to community@ HVAC, fire life safety, electrical and switchgear), and coastnewsgroup.com. the build out of new examination rooms, procedure NEW PEDIATRICS rooms, triage rooms, reCENTER NCHS Mission Mesa strooms and general officPediatrics Health Cen- es. The project is currently ter held a grand opening under construction with April 9 at 2210 Mesa Drive, completion set for early Oceanside. The NCHS June 2015. Mission Mesa Pediatrics health center has under- STUDENTS GIVE BACK Santa Fe Christian gone a complete reconstruction of its pediatrics Schools’ Lower and Middle building, taking the old School students dedicated 3,024 square-foot, six-exam their Spring Break to asroom facility to an expand- semble more than 500 Eased state-of-the-art, 12,639 ter baskets for underserved square-foot, 18-exam room children in City Heights. facility. The center offers Students partnered with low to no-cost services. the San Diego chapter of For more information, vis- the nonprofit organization it nchs-health.org or call Bridge of Hope to build baskets. They filled the (760) 736-6767. Easter baskets with everyday essentials including NEW URGENT CARE toothpaste and a toothCOMING Dempsey Construc- brush, shampoo, soap, lotion is currently handling tion, deodorant, socks, hair the comprehensive office ties and headbands. Handbuild out for a new Urgent written Bible verses and Care facility at the North notes of encouragement by Coast Medical Plaza, a SFC students were also inmulti-tenant medical office cluded. building at 6010 Hidden SCREEN YOUR SKIN SolSearch, an annual skin cancer screening and safe skin event founded by Solana Beach resident and dermatologist Melanie Palm to raise money and awareness for skin cancer will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 7 at Art of Skin MD, 437 Hwy 101 #217, Solana Beach. The event will feature live music, food, an open bar, a silent auction and live raffle. Tickets are $35 and include a complementary gift bag with coupons and deals from Beachwalk businesses and a raffle ticket. An RSVP is required May 5 to reserve a gift bag and raffle ticket. A special half-off discount for a Botox cosmetic procedure from Palm is also included in each gift bag.

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number of top tier North County restaurants he had already lined up for this first time event. That in itself was enough to sell me on the idea of having him as a guest on Lick the Plate on KPRI.  Well, that and the fact that he had already produced several of his famous Poke Festivals. Nino is the Event Creator and Curator of this fabulous event and it’s being held again this year at the beautiful Carlsbad Hilton Oceanfront Resort on Sun-

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day, April 26th and the number of participating restaurants is even more impressive this year. Â Baker and Olive is the sponsor of the event and owner Nol Calabreeze has really stepped up their involvement in the festival. Baker & Olive sells to the public and to restaurants, many of who are utilizing their olive oils and other gourmet ingredients in their offerings at North Eats. If you have not been

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hose of us who love jazz music with our wine, and there are many, are gladdened that Spring has arrived. That’s when new wine releases are brought to market, and the new lineup of jazz concerts are revealed at Thornton Winery in Temecula. When radio abandoned Jazz some years ago, fans in Southern California turned to Thornton to keep the music coming with the star-quality that Thornton has been famous for. I’m here to tell you that the legend lives on this 2015 season with 22 concerts booked, everyone of them featuring top Jazz artists, many of which have sold out concerts for a number of years past. In a statement on their web site, John and Sally Thornton, who have guided the fortunes of the winery and the concert series had this to say about the 2015 series. “Thornton

winery continues to build on its national and critically acclaimed reputation as one of the finest outdoor venues. The intimate and acoustically superb Mediterranean fountain terrace, overlooking the beautiful Temecula Wine Country, offers a memorable and unique concert experience.â€? The jazz experience begins Saturday May 2nd at 7pm with Brian Culbertson and Elan Trotman. Lots of ticket options for all concerts, from general admission to gourmet supper packages prepared by the award winning CafĂŠ Champagne. My go-to wine Thornton Jazz Concert favorite with just about any supper Richard Elliot leads Jazz Attack on the menu is the Thornton also starring Peter White and Nebbiolo Italian red wine. Euge Groove, with two concerts on this year’s lineup. Photo by ($42.) The latest, a 2012 Frank Mangio with rich berry flavor reminiscent of Nebbiolo’s home of Power during the ‘80’s. location in Piedmont, Italy. Peter White is the 2nd My excitement over member of this unique trio. this concert lineup really Born in England, he gained revs up over the appear- fame with his stylish guitar ance of Jazz Attack, not playing in the 70’s with Al once but twice: Saturday Stewart. Completing Jazz May 30th at 7pm, then the Attack is Euge Groove, an final concert Sunday Oc- American born Sax pertober 18th, at 4pm. This former who replaced Elliot rare collaboration brings in Tower of Power in the Richard Elliot, the Scottish late 80’s and had Sax solos born Sax player and former TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14 member of the band Tower

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San Marcos seeks young ambassadors SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos is currently seeking applicants for its Youth Ambassador program. This city-sponsored program is intended to provide volunteer opportunities to high school students while offering assistance to city, local service clubs, charities and Chamber of Commerce events. Students must be in grades

nine, 10 or 11 when applying and must have been attending a high school in San Marcos for at least six months prior to the application process. Each ambassador must agree to serve a one-year term from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The Ambassadors will be selected by a committee. Applicants are rated on their application, two

questions and one letter of reference. Those selected receive an interview and are judged on personality, enthusiasm, ability and willingness to promote and support San Marcos. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. May 11. For more information visit san-marcos.net/index. aspx?page=200 or contact hmalan@san-marcos.net.

City braces for 20 percent water cutbacks By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE – Oceanside is making plans to cutback on city water use by an expected 20 percent mandate. Ordered water cutbacks are scheduled to be adopted by the State Water Resource Control Board in May in response to California’s level II drought. Jason Dafforn, city interim water utilities director, shared increased measures the city will take to reduce water use at the City Council meeting April 22. Added water conservation measures include working with top water users, policing home and business irrigation runoff, and keeping the Civic Center fountain shut off. Top water users the city will help to use less water include golf courses, homeown-

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er associations, and school districts. Landscaping tips, turf removal, and water conservation programs and rebates will be shared with high water users. “We’ll help any way we can,” Dafforn said. The city will also evaluate landscaping and watering at city parks and find where reductions can be made. Another measure that will be put in place is imposing fines for excess irrigation runoff. Fines will start at $100 for the second warning and climb to $1,000 by the fifth warning. Additionally the Civic Center fountain, which just underwent repairs, will not be refilled until drought conditions improve. Dafforn said keeping the fountain off would serve as a good example of water conservation.

“Once we’re out of the drought we’ll put it back on line,” Dafforn said. Further measures may include increasing water rates 20 to 30 percent. Dafforn said city staff is waiting on the final word from the State Water Resource Control Board before going forward with rate increases. Mandated city cutbacks will be based on the city’s baseline water use in 2013. Oceanside and other cities have asked the board to consider additional factors such as how much precipitation the area receives, which effects irrigation, and previous water conservation measures. Oceanside has already cut back its water use by 27 percent since enacting conservation efforts in 1990, and 17 percent in the past seven years.

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People attending the city’s first-ever CicloviaEscondido event on Saturday take part in a group photo. Photos by Tony Cagala

From left: San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Escondido Princess Meghann McQuead, Escondido Councilman Ed Gallo and Steve Waldron.

From left: Scott Yoder, Joshua Hall, Robert Hall, Ahna Hall with 8-month-old Kieran Hall walk down Grand Avenue. “It’s not everyday you get to walk down the streets like this,” Ahna said.

David Ramirez ponders his next word for a giant game of street Scrabble.

Charlize Parent, left, 1, and Leilani Parent, 3, enjoy the CicloviaEscondido event.

ESCONDIDO — Walkers, joggers and bicyclists were able to let their guard down and not have to look both ways while trying to cross the street on Saturday. That’s because a mile stretch of Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido was closed off to all vehicles for the city’s first ever participation in the Ciclovia movement. The event, which seeks to promote healthy living, began in Bogota, Columbia in the 1960s and has since caught on in cities around the U.S. The Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the county of San Diego put on CicloviaEscondido.

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productivity and amp up speed of delivery. “The site was chosen because of its ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers’ distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees,” Nikki Mendicino, communications coordinator for FedEx Ground, said. “Since 2005, the company has opened 11 new hubs featuring advanced

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experiment. You'd feel things are not what they seem and something sinister is going to surface, but you don't know what, when or how. It's tantalizingly thrilling. The removed and austere ambiance of the glass-and-stone, sprawling facility adds to the undercurrent tension. The only other person there is a housemaid (Sonoya Mizuno) who doesn't speak English. Vikander is a wonder,

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ing and documenting hundreds of present and past Guild artists and thousands of their artworks was performed for nearly five years by Jody Abssy, Historian of the Artists Guild. Angelika Villagrana, President of the Artists Guild, tirelessly accompanied Lugo for three months during the process of selecting and collecting the 100

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ies,” pictures showing themselves using reusable cups and, in turn, be rewarded with points, which they could use to enter into a weekly raffle for gift cards and other prizes. The data started to show more students engaged in the program. Less than 2 percent of Starbucks drinks are served in reusable cups, said Beal. “It’s an overwhelming majority of the drinks served at coffee shops are in paper cups,” Beal said. In a 2014 Global Responsibility Report from Starbucks, reusable cups are a part of the company’s overall waste reduction strategy. “For 30 years, we’ve rewarded customers with a discount when they bring in a personal tumbler. It is

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Big Sisters campaign to pair children with mentors. According to a study published by Public/Private Ventures in 1996, students with mentors were 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, nearly a third less likely to use alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip class, compared to students not in the program. On April 16, the students were having their

T he C oast News - I nland E dition material-handling systems and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities.” Facilities expansion and relocation has paid off. Ground-service delivery has accelerated by a day or more in most states. “We’re getting our packages faster to you than the competition,” John Hiltz, FedEx Ground vice president of regional operations, said. The Oceanside facility will process 15,000 packages per hour, and operate

24/7 year round. The city has held out open arms for the FedEx Ground facility since it was proposed. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the facility in November 2014. “It’s the whole reason the business park was designed to begin with, to bring in strong business partners,” Commissioner Claudia Troisi said. The FedEx Ground distribution facility is expected to open in August 2017.

walking a fine line between human and machine. Her Ava, partially translucent with wires and circuits and partially covered in human skin, is both mechanically perfect and surrealistically human. Brilliantly and elegantly designed, she's intellectually and emotionally intelligent, independent, intuitive, beautiful and powerful. But there remains a question whether her emotions are real or simulated. The reveals come in pieces and they boggle the mind. Ethical quandaries

of identity, humanity, freedom, life and mortality. If you could create a machine with human consciousness, would you ... just because you could? What if artificial intelligence goes beyond artificial? Does it have the right to exist? How would it be integrated to society? What are the implications? What will become of mankind? Strikingly compelling, cerebrally cool and eerily suspenseful, “Ex Machina” delivers on the futuristic visual and philosophical level and ceases with an ending that lingers in your mind.

artworks for the exhibition. The extensive collaborative efforts have resulted in an exceptional exhibition featuring the work of prominent artists such as John Baldessari, Russell Baldwin, Rex Brandt, Maurice Braun, Manny Farber, Charles Fries, James Hubbell, Alfred Mitchell, Richard Allen Morris and Charles Reiffel, to name but a few. Not to be missed, the exhibition will be on dis-

play at OMA through July 26, 2015, with a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 27. The opening reception for 100 Artists, 100 Years will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 6:00-8:00pm. The reception is complimentary for OMA members, $10 for nonmembers. Oceanside Museum of Art is located at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. For more information visit www.oma-online.org.

our goal to serve 5 percent of the beverages made in stores in tumblers and mugs brought in by our customers, and in 2014 our customers did that 47.6 million times, up from 46.9 million in 2013,” the report states. Beal said he’s been in contact with Starbucks’ director of environmental initiatives about their kill the cup efforts.. Starbucks has said they will continue to look for ways to encourage their customers to make the switch to reusable cups. The nonprofit is also working on developing a program for independent coffee stores, too. To date, the Kill the Cup challenge has saved more than an estimated 15,400 cups from ending up in landfills, including 3,860 gallons of water and 1.93 tons of CO2 emissions

that are associated with manufacturing processes, according to the nonprofit’s website. The nonprofit monitors the successes by using two metrics: one is the reusable rate — what Beal explained was the percentage of total drinks that are served in reusable cups, and the other, by tracking the total number of drinks sold. The main goal of the nonprofit is to reduce consumer waste, said Beal. With that, they’re working with the San Diego Coffee Network on a Kill the Cup San Diego campaign, which Beal said is slated to take place the first 10 days in May. What’s new about this campaign is that it will be open to anyone that downloads their app and uploads a coffee selfie for points to enter into raffles.

second meeting with their “bigs,” or mentors. Social Worker Clayton said the girls are already extremely excited about the program. “I cannot tell you how excited they are. The day after meeting their bigs, they flooded into my office to tell me all about it,” Clayton said. The mentors are just as excited. Tanya Moreno, Vice President of Genetics Research and Development, said she looks forward

to mentoring 6th grader Jazmin. “I love that she’s interested in science, and engineering and technology and that she wants to talk about these things,” Moreno said. “It’s fun to get to share the experience.” After the interview, Moreno was taking Jazmin in to get a closer look at DNA and go through some DNA isolation experiments. “I think I’m most interested in the DNA,” Jazmin said.

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homeowner rights versus businesses that want to run homes as motels,” said Greg Teregis. Former real estate agent Joe Donnaghan spoke in favor of the rentals because he believes the city is missing out on a huge revenue source. He has attended multiple council meetings pleading for the city to speed up the process of legalizing them. “I hope the council will expedite this, we’ve already missed spring break and Easter and summer is going to be upon us, let’s not drag our feet,” Do-

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with the girl group Expose’ in the 90’s. Lots of other rocket fuel lights up the Thornton season. Other big names include: Mindi Abair, Bobby Caldwell, Spyro Gyra, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Chris Isaak, Kenny G, Chris Botti and George Benson. My best advice is to get your tickets early. Order at 951-699-0099 or visit events@thorntonwine.com. Thornton also has Friday night live entertainment from 6 to 9pm with a local lineup of great live music. May 1st they have the Heart of Rock n Roll – a Huey Lewis Tribute.

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to Baker & Olive lately I would highly recommend it. It’s one of those places that can really expand your horizons as a home cook. I will be following up Nol in a future column, as he is a very interesting guy who has taken Baker & Olive to a whole new level. With that, let me get back to North Eats. I get to a lot of these festivals and can honestly say this one stands head and shoulders above most of them in San Diego. That and the fact that it is so conveniently located makes in a no-brainer for any food, music and surf culture lover in North County. But convenience aside, the location is world class, the participating restaurants are amazing, there is very little waiting for food, very healthy sample portions, amazing beer and wine options, killer entertainment, an eclectic crowd, and of course the Kook or Cook competition. It’s a matchup between pro-surfers paired with professional chefs going headto-head all top chef style. That combination provided some great entertainment last year with the pro surf-

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career during the band’s concerts this spring. “I think it’s a pretty healthy retrospective on everything mixed in with the new material that we’re excited to play,” he said. “We are conscious of the

APRIL 24, 2015 negan told the council. Councilmembers unanimously passed the ordinance, which will go for a second reading in two weeks and go into effect 30 days after that, in early June. Short-term rental owners in the coastal zone will need to apply for a business license, which is accompanied by a yearlong permit. They’ll have to post a 24-hour contact number to a local property manager in a window so surrounding neighbors can resolve conflicts. The property manager will need to respond within 45 minutes, although Councilmember Michael Schumacher said there’s no way

the city can regulate that. Owners and each tenant will need to sign a Good Neighbor agreement, which outlines noise and trash rules. The maximum amount of people allowed will be two people per bedroom plus one additional person per unit. For example, a two-bedroom rental would be allowed to accommodate five people. Also, Homeowner Associations trump city and state ordinances so if an HOA doesn’t allow rentals, they are not allowed in that residential area. City staff will come back to council in a year to review the ordinance and change it if necessary.

Wine Bytes • Napa’s premier Hall and Walt Wines will be poured at Il Fornaio in Coronado at a wine dinner Fri. Apr. 24that 6pm. Cost is $55. per guest. The wines will be paired with Chef Lo Verde’s best recipes. Call 619-437-4911 for an RSVP. • A buttery Chardonnay tasting happens at La Costa Wine Co. Fri. Apr. 24 from 6 to 10pm. 5 pours for $15. Call 760-431-8455. • A Pour Toward a Cure Benefit is at Morgan Run Golf Club and Resort in Rancho Santa Fe Sun. Apr. 26 from 3 to 6pm. Cost is $60. Details at 760-7053055. • Vine Wine Shop and Bistro in San Clemente is planning a 5 course wine and dine event Tues. Apr.

28th at 6:30pm, with Tantara Winery. Feature entrée is Braised Beef Cheek Sugo, with a 2013 Pinot Noir from Sta.Lucia Highlands. RSVP at 949-361-2079. • Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido presents Rhone and Provence French wines Thurs. Apr. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Learn what makes the Rhone Valley so great. Cost is $5. Details at 760745-1200.

ers displaying some surprising kitchen skills under pressure. All my favorite restaurants from North County participate in this and last year there were a few newcomers and this gave me the opportunity to do a little tasting in advance I’ve been to these festivals before where the sample sizes are so small and the lines so long it was really not worth the effort. Not the case at North Eats. There is food in abundance and never a long wait…and if so, you will more than likely meet someone cool in line. Nino is an event manager extraordinaire and he shows that off at North Eats. The venue is perfect, the layout flows between indoors and outdoors and the event unfolds as the sun is setting over the Pacific. I really can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. A sample of participating restaurants includes Angels Salumi & Truffles, Baker & Olive, Behind the Scenes Catering, Beir Garden Encinitas, Bistro West, Bloom Natural Health, Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, Craftsman New American Tavern, Cucina Enoteca,

David Bacco Chocolatier, Davanti Enoteca, El Callejon, Firefly Grill & Wine Bar, Fish 101, Guahan Grill, Hodads, Mia Francesca, Old Mission San Luis Rey, Panca Peruvian, Petite Madeline Bakery, Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, Sadie Rose Bakery, Solar Rain, Solterra Winery, Trattoria I Trulli, Whole Foods Del Mar, Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub, Yummy Cupcakes, Chandlers and a whole lot more. It’s like the all-star game of North County restaurants, all together in one place, putting their best stuff out there for all you foodies to sample in one place. And another bonus of the location is the ability to stroll around the beautiful Carlsbad Hilton Oceanfront Resort. Sample for a while then walk it off then get back to it. It’s the perfect combination of the best in North County cuisine, music, wine, beer and surf culture in the perfect setting. Not much more you can ask for from a culinary festival. I would reserve tickets early for this killer event. It’s happening Sunday, April 26th at the Carlsbad Hilton Oceanfront Resort. Go to www.onoyum.com

fact that we have fans that have been with us since day one, so we’re trying to play music they want to hear, but also be conscious that likely we have a lot of fans that signed on at kind of ‘The King Is Dead’ area for the Decemberists. “But yeah, we try to make it fun for us, too,”

Funk said. “I think whether or not people have heard songs all the time, we’re not a band fully driven on hits, either. We have a catalog of music and a fan base that I think was kind of created out of touring a lot. So we can kind of get away with choosing a set list that we think is exciting.”

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View and link up with his columns at tasteofwinetv. com. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com and follow him on Facebook.


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Lots to see and do in beautiful East County hit the road e’louise ondash

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t’s a beautiful April day in East County.

My husband and two grandsons have spent the morning learning about and

interacting with the raptors at Sky Falconry in Alpine. It’s about noon and we’ are on the way down Mount Viejas, so there are still some hours left to have lunch and take a hike. We take advantage of being in East County and head to Mission Trails Regional Park, east of Interstate 15 and south of Highway 52. A beautiful 6,800 acres, its 60 miles of trails wind around rugged hills, open These larger-than-life sculptures of Kumeyaay Indians remind visitors at Mission Trails Regional Park in East County that the land once belonged to these Native Americans. Evidence of their society and culture go back as far as 12,000 years. Today, the Kumey- Despite the lack of rain this winter, there are patches of wildflowers at the 6,800-acre Mission Trails Regional aay live on 13 reservations in San Park, just 8 miles east of San Diego’s downtown. These were found on the 1.4-mile Visitor Center Loop. Diego County. Photos by E’Louise Ondash

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fields and broad valleys, and give visitors a glimpse of what San Diego looked like before Juan Cabrillo arrived in 1542. Once home to Kumeyaay Indians, it’s difficult to believe that this vast, preserved space is only 8 miles east of San Diego’s downtown. We stop at the park’s man-made amphitheater where the large, faux boulders call to kids who love to climb. Also on the steps of the amphitheater are sculptures of animals that inhabit the area, like the lifesize mountain lion perched on a step. The big cat is a kid-magnet; one after another comes over to examine it and are impressed when they learn that there still are mountain lions like this one in the area. The boys have to be reminded to eat; they are having too much fun exploring and climbing and trying to avoid wet shoes while jump-

A large and aged oak tree at Mission Trails Regional Park in East County becomes a play structure for Carlsbad cousins David Ondash and Jordan Barnhart, both 8 years old. The tree can be found on the 1.4mile Visitor Center Loop.

ing over a manmade water feature. After lunch, we step into the impressive visitor’s center, with its soaring ceiling, massive picture windows and a view of North and South Fortuna mountains. The building rivals some of the centers found in the national parks.

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Then we set out to hike the 1.4-mile Visitors Center Loop, sporadically lined with wildflowers despite this season’s minimal rain. About a third of the way, a huge, stately oak tree appears – another kid-magnet. The shade is welcomed and the boys can’t get enough of climbing and bal-

ancing on the thick limbs. It isn’t easy convincing the boys that we have to keep moving. The last third of the trail presents an uphill grade, part of which parallels civilization – Mission Gorge Road. The presence of cars and pavement and stores reminds us why it’s so important to preserve and maintain open spaces like Mission Trails. The park, founded in 1974, is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Some call it the Third Jewel in the San Diego City Park System, preceded by Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park. It has its unique history, charm and topography, and there are plenty of more ambitious trails for those who want a greater challenge and more solitude. Visit http://www.mtrp.org/. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com


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Pendleton ribbon cutting ceremony for beach cottages By Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez

CAMP PENDLETON— The San Diego Nice Guys and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of two beach cottages at San Onofre Beach, April 17. The cottages were dedicated in honor of Col. James Williams, an accomplished Marine pilot who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and Col. Jack Kelley who had a highly decorated career as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam and was the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Both officers were members of the San Diego Nice Guys, a volunteer non-profit organization that receives donations that provides aid to local individuals and families in need. The Camp Pendleton Cottage Renovation Project began in 2009 after construction firm Hedges Construction was contact-

Visit us The San Diego Nice Guys and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of two beach cottages at San Onofre Beach, April 17. Photo by Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez

ed by a couple who wanted to support Camp Pendleton by replacing the deteriorating cottages at San Onofre Beach. The new cottages are fully furnished, have a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom and a front porch overlooking the beachfront. “It’s all about the Marines,” said Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Installations – West. “We ask an awful lot of them and providing a world-class recreational opportunity like this is just one of the ways we can make sure they’re taken care of.” Hedges Construction and the San Diego Nice Guys are still continuing their efforts to replacing the remaining twenty-one

cottages at the beach. The Camp Pendleton Cottage Renovation Project puts emphasis on providing accessibility and quality-of-life comforts to veterans with disabilities. “It’s a place that allows you to clear your head and get away from the difficulties of life, some of which might be related to military service,” said Bob Clelland, chairman of the Camp Pendleton Cottage Renovation Project. “We’ve provided for those with physical disabilities handicap-friendly kitchens, toilets and passages.” “I think some of the wounds that our servicemembers are coming back with are those that you can’t see,” added Clelland. “A peaceful place like this can help heal those wounds.”

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$0 due at lease signing 36 month lease 2 at this payment #FH585855 #FH590598 (Premium 2.5i Automatic model, code FFF-13) $0 Down payment plus tax, title & license due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers and are subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorem taxes (where applicable), insurance, maintenance repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear and tear and a mileage charge of 15¢ per mile for mileage over 10,000 miles per year. Must take delivery from retailer stock by 4/26/15.

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2015 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

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5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200

www.bobbakersubaru.com ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 4/26/2015.

on all new 2015 Volkswagen Jetta & Passat TDI models + $1000 Volkswagen Credit Bonus

JEEP • CHRYSLER • MITSUBISHI

JEEPCHRYSLER MITS

Up to 48 months on gas Jetta & Passat models + $1000 Volkswagen Credit Bonus

For highly qualified customers who finance a 2015 Jetta or Passat through Volkswagen Credit. APR offers available on new, unused 2015 Jetta and Passat models. Examples: for TDI Clean Diesel models only 0% APR for 72 months, cost of financing is $13.89 a month for every $1,000 financed; for Gasoline models only at 0% APR for 48 months, cost of financing is $20.83 a month for every $1,000 financed. APR offered to highly qualified customers on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers. Down payment may be required. Not all customers wil qualify for advertised rate. APR offers end 4/30/2015. Volkswagen Credit wil give you a $1,000 Bonus when you purchase a new, unused 2015 Volkswagen Jetta or Passat from a participating dealer and finance through Volkswagen Credit from April 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015. Subject to credit approval. Bonus paid toward MSRP and is not available for cash. See dealer for financing details

760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

BobBakerVW.com

All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 4-30-2015.

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