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San Marcos OKs $3M small business boost By Steve Puterski

HLLNDR is hosting online concerts during the stay-at-home order prompted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Vista singer-songwriter is among area musicians hoping fan donations can help compensate for lost shows. Photo via Facebook

Local musicians move concerts online By Hoa Quach

REGION — As elected officials order the public to stay-at-home in an effort to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease, workers are utilizing the power of social media to earn an income, including musicians in North County. At least two busy mu-

sicians in the region, HLLNDR of Vista and Kimmi Bitter of Oceanside, have hosted online concerts, encouraging their fans to donate tips via Venmo or PayPal in order to help maintain their income. “Thankfully, my live shows aren’t the only way my spouse and I generate

funds,” said HLLNDR, who released a new album just weeks before the shutdown that affected people around the world. “I’ve lost 10 shows, and counting since the shutdown, and I respect the responsibility we are taking to keep people healthy and to prevent the rise of this

disease in our country, but the people in this industry are feeling the weight of what this shutdown has done.” Bitter echoed HLLNDR’s comments, stating prior to the shutdown, she performed at least three shows TURN TO CONCERTS ON 7

SAN MARCOS — Famous for “Restaurant Row,” a number of breweries and a business-friendly atmosphere, the city is taking a proactive stance in helping small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Marcos City Council approved a $3 million economic stimulus package, the COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program, during its March 24 meeting. Mayor Rebecca Jones said the program came to light after discussions between City Manager Jack Griffin and Economic Development Director Tess Sangster. The city is in position to use $3 million for the loan program from its General Fund Reserves, which was projected to be more than $30 million, according to the Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget. So far, more than 50 businesses have applied for $1.7 million in loans, Jones said. However, not all of the $1.7 million has been approved, she added. “It’s a short-term loan program,” Jones said. “We are in a place where we have some reserves. Investing in our community is very important.” For San Marcos, there are three loan options for small businesses. The first loan is up to $10,000 with 0% interest if repaid in 180 days. The second is $10,001 to $25,000 with 1.5% interest to be repaid in 180 or a 2.5% interest rate for one year.

Inland takeout North County inland cities have generated comrehensive lists of restaurants offering takeout, delivery or drive-thru services. (More info on Pg. 10) Finally, loans from $25,001 to $50,000 has 2.5% interest for 180 days, 3% for one year and 3.25% for two years. For qualifying businesses, the city will send a wire transfer within two business days, according to the city’s website. Additionally, priority will be given to businesses with 10 or more employees, according to Jones, as the city is attempting to help residents and workers with receiving paychecks. “We really want to keep people working,” Jones explained. “I think that’s one of the big parts of this actual programs. Many people don’t think about this, many of our small businesses and workforce live in San Marcos, about 30%.” Stipulations of the loans, meanwhile, call for a promissory note for loans up to $25,000, while those between $25,001 TURN TO SAN MARCOS ON 3

Vista’s medicinal marijuana shops remain steady during crisis By Steve Puterski

VISTA — While many industries are struggling to stay afloat, medicinal marijuana shops in the city have yet to be too hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin Christman, owner of FloraVerde, Jon Jesse, who owns Dr. GreenRX, and Mike Mellano, owner of Coastal Wellness, all said business has been stable four weeks into the unprecedented ep-

idemic. Christman, who opened in October 2019, and Jesse, who opened in December 2019, said they saw a surge the first week or two when San Diego County and other entities began issuing orders for social distancing, closing businesses and more. Mellano, though, opened five weeks ago and saw a 30% increase in traffic each of the first

two weeks. Since then, though, his customer base has grown by about 10% each of the last two weeks. Medicinal marijuana dispensaries were classified as essential services by the state. There are six operational medicinal dispensaries in Vista. “People are going to continue to buy cannabis,” Mellano said. “We’ve seen people come in with

elevated levels of anxiety and getting some CBD and indica stuff to calm them down.” And while all three shops are steady, each owner said the demand for online ordering, deliveries and curbside pickup has increased. Jesse and Mellano already offer curbside and online orders through Weedmaps, while Christman will be offering curbside and

online orders late this week or early next week. As for in-store purchases, all said they have limited the number of patients into their dispensaries, sanitize every 30 minutes to an hour, employees wear gloves and their waiting rooms are spaced in accordance with county guidelines. As for deliveries, though, TURN TO MARIJUANA ON 5


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Feeding San Diego ramps up distribution By Lexy Brodt

REGION — With the spread of COVID-19 resulting in thousands of layoffs throughout the county, Feeding San Diego is making “dramatic changes” to ensure San Diegans can put food on the table.

and families have access to food through these uncertain times. The local branch of a national organization, Feeding San Diego typically focuses on bringing meals to underserved populations — seniors, the homeless, and

TO MEET RISING DEMAND, Feeding San Diego is increasing food supplied to mobile pantries. Photo via Facebook

The organization is operating over 150 meal distribution sites throughout San Diego County, partnering with local charitable organizations and school districts to make sure kids

kids who might not otherwise have access to school lunches, to name a few. But now the organization is upping its distribution by as much as 40% to bring services to an entirely new de-

mographic. “We have a fast-growing new population of food insecure San Diegans — mainly from kids who have lost access to school meals, and the many, many workers who have been laid off,” said Feeding San Diego CEO Vince Hall. “Those folks are making really tough choices between paying their rent and buying food…I’m proud that FSD is there to help them meet their nutritional needs while they deal with so many other hardships.” As a result of this growing demand, the organization has needed to “reinvent the current distribution,” Hall said, comparing the process to “rebuilding the airplane while you’re flying, and also making it bigger and faster.” Feeding San Diego gets most of its food as “surplus,” rescuing about 12 million pounds of food a year from grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants. However, the organization has faced a unique challenge as of late due to restaurant closures and bouts of panic buying in communities – as a result, the surplus has been slim. To meet the soaring demand, they have had to purchase a “tremendous amount” of food from national food manufacturers,


Three women were honored in March by The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC for their service to Vista and the greater San Diego County region. Julie Lowen, center, founder and CEO at the Children’s Paradise Preschool and Infant Centers; Nancy B. Jones, right, retired teacher and volunteer at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens; and Eleanor Hutchins, left, a well-known volunteer were all given awards on March 7. For their service, Lowen and Jones were given “Women of Achievement” awards while Hutchins was named “Woman of the Year.” The event took place at Vista’s City Hall with about 90 attendees, according to the club. Scholarships were also awarded to graduating seniors. Courtesy photo

said Hall. But they’ve also received a generous amount of perishable and non-perishable food items from restaurants that have been closed down due to state mandates. “We are sourcing food from places that we’ve never sourced it from before and acquiring food in new and innovative ways,” he

said. “We ‘re going to keep those supply lines open as long as this crisis lasts.” Hall wants families to know they do not need to “qualify” for the organization’s distribution services, nor do they need to fill out any forms that might stigmatize the process. Anyone can drive up to one of the distribution sites during

the allotted hours and get the food they need. “We’re here to serve everyone,” he said. There are plenty of sites across both North County inland and coastal – including St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar, the Community Resource CenTURN TO FEEDING ON 5

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Kids’ programs shift April ‘will determine our trajectory as a region’ online amid lockdown By City News Service

By Hoa Quach

REGION — A statewide stay-at-home order has prompted a number of North County businesses to offer children and their families a variety of online programs. The programs, many of which are free, come as schools are closed and parents grapple with how to keep their children entertained while still working their jobs. Some of the programs offered include exercise classes by Encinitas business Tumbles, storytime by the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and a meet-and-greet with animals of the EcoVivarium. Scott Horton, owner and instructor at Tumbles, said he chose to provide free lessons online as a way to help families keep their children healthy during this time. “For the past 24 years in Encinitas, Tumbles has been promoting healthy lifestyles and exercise habits in children,” Horton said. “With everyone stuck at home now, the need for exercise and movement is greater than ever before. We hope to reach out to kids and families during this time with exercise tips, daily stretches, songs, games and homemade obstacle courses via online classes and videos.” Horton, who is providing his lessons on Facebook, Instagram and Google Meet, said he hopes the programs will give the viewers an opportunity to “keep their bodies moving productively.” Daveen DiGiacomo, of Encinitas-based business Blossom Music Tree, has also uploaded free videos on social media for viewers to enjoy. She has also implemented a paid online program for any parents who want music classes for their little ones. DiGiacomo said the coronavirus pandemic came at a difficult time for her as she just opened a new studio months ago. “Eight weeks into our first session and we had to shut down indefinitely,” DiGiacomo said. “It’s heartbreaking to see our studio sit empty right now. I very much hope that we survive this, but I don’t know what will happen.” Despite the need to close her studio temporarily, DiGiacomo and her staff are taking their classes online. “Since everybody is on lockdown and social distancing at home, we thought


those from $25,001 to $50,000 are required to execute a loan agreement with the city. The city has recourse against a borrower’s personal assets to satisfy any outstanding balances should a borrower default, according to the program outline. Loans must be used to benefit the business physi-

it was important to keep the music going for our families,” DiGiacomo said. “Since they know our faces from class, it still maintains that same interactive feeling of a live class. It’s also a way to keep their children engaged since there are no social opportunities right now.” The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido has also implemented a variety of online programs for its social media followers since temporarily closing its doors on March 13. Wendy Taylor, executive director for the nonprofit, said the need for educational programs such as the ones offered by their group are necessary at a time like this. “The current need for supportive educational resources like ours is greater than ever,” Taylor said. “Families are striving to keep their children occupied and engaged, and not every district is able to provide the same level of support. Some districts are providing online learning while others have minimal resources. Educational equity is more important now than ever before.” Taylor said she hopes parents find “some relief” in the programs offered by the museum, which can be found on its Facebook page or on its website. “Many parents, like myself, are now in a position of needing to work full-time from home, while also caring for their children,” Taylor said. “This is uncharted territory for many, and our online resources provide support for parents as we collectively work out new ways to get through life.” Although the businesses and groups are looking forward to opening their doors again sometime soon, they are thankful to be able to offer these resources to North County residents and anyone else in the world who may need help. “We are giving families free learning resources with science, art, and world culture activities to keep children constructively occupied, engaged and educated while educational enrichment is limited,” Taylor said. “We never could have imagined these circumstances happening in our local community and world. We look forward to re-opening in the next few weeks and continuing to be there for the community.” cally located in San Marcos. The city has also established a tier system for consideration. The first tier are independently owned mandated by government action to close or significantly alter their business activity. The second is independently owned demonstrating significant affects from government action, but have not been ordered to alter their

REGION — San Diego County health officials April 1 announced five COVID-19 deaths — the deadliest day locally since the global pandemic began — and 115 new cases, bringing the total to 849 confirmed cases and 15 fatalities. The latest deaths related to COVID-19 involvd a 90-year-old woman and men aged 83, 74, 73 and 71. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the month of April “will determine our trajectory as a region. Will San Diego be another Italy or New York? This will be a month of aggressive, intentional action. I believe we can avoid scenes we have seen elsewhere in our country.” The county reported a total of 533 ventilators in its 23 hospitals — with another 80 ready to be deployed in an emergency — 695 being serviced, 600 requested from the state and 125 ordered from elsewhere. County officials began reporting cases by ZIP code today, but a spike in areas like Hillcrest and La Jolla were not causes for concern for Dr. Nick Yphantides, San Diego County's chief

medical officer. “It's important to note that just because they live in those ZIP codes, they may not have gotten the illness there,” he said. “If you want my honest opinion, it doesn’t make that big of a difference.” Fletcher agreed, stating that the best course of action, whether a ZIP code has a high number of cases or none at all, was to stay home. “We believe there are positive cases in every ZIP code in the county,” he said. Fletcher, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilman Chris Ward, Regional Task Force on the Homeless CEO Tamera Kohler and San Diego Convention Center President and CEO Rip Rippetoe opened the convention center Wednesday morning to unsheltered San Diegans. The convention center was configured to hold more than 900 physicallydistanced cots and more if needed — than a month after San Diego residents voted no on a hotel tax designed to expand the facility. “We have a chance to tackle the coronavirus crisis and the homelessness

crisis at the same time,” Faulconer said. “If I can't fill our convention center with tourists, then I'm going to make sure it’s filled with hope, with progress, and with San Diegans who can put it to good use. The convention center is a welcoming beacon for people from around the world, and during this pandemic, it will be a beacon of hope for our community.” Fletcher reported that the first homeless residents of San Diego County had tested positive for the illness, but the county did not usually break down health updates by occupation or state of housing. One occupation Yphantides was able to pinpoint was law enforcement. He reported an outbreak at the San Diego Police Department. An officer and that person’s partner were confirmed to have the illness and an investigation was underway. San Diego County health officials are working with UC San Diego to secure an empty dormitory for coronavirus patients too sick to go home, but not sick enough to remain in the hospital. Fletcher said Tuesday that the 200 to 250 beds

the dorm will provide will “raise the bar” on the number of beds available for any surge in COVID-19 cases. The “alternative care center” will open in the near future, he said. Fletcher said county health teams monitor their ability to respond to the crisis with three S's — stuff, staff and structure. The state has responded by sending a 250-bed mobile field hospital and a 225-bed hospital unit, which Fletcher said comes with staff. Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox encouraged residents to continue to go to grocery stores and order takeout food from restaurants while maintaining physical distancing and proper sanitization protocols, even as two employees of a Sprouts Farmers Market in northern Carlsbad tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The county also extended public health closure orders indefinitely that were set to expire. The closure order applies to schools, nonessential businesses, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, and anyone 65 or older should continue to quarantine themselves at home.

Shelter helps pet owners with free food

to provide nourishment to people in need during this challenging time” The drives are part of a longstanding Helen Woodward program called AniMeals, which strives to ensure that elderly, disabled and homeless folks have access to pet food for their furry companions. When COVID-19 hit San Diego, the AniMeals staff were looking at how to help those hit hardest by the crisis — and a food drive seemed like the obvious next step. “We’ve expanded the (AniMeals program) in dif-

ferent directions, so it really seemed like a natural fit when we heard about the number of families losing their jobs,” said Gercke. As soon as the center put the word out, “tons of people” started writing in, said Gercke. Many had lost their jobs and were looking for support, but plenty were also looking to help. Companies Blue Buffalo and Naturally Fresh helped contribute food and cat litter, respectively; Naturally Fresh will be supplying the first 200 people with a 6-pound bag of cat litter per cat. The rest of the food is being funded by generous individual donors. For San Diegans who are interested in picking up food, the center requests that individuals fill out an online form in advance, after which they will be assigned an “appointment” time within the time frame of the drive. Gercke said this process ensures the center can personalize food packages based on the specific families and the dietary needs of their pets. The online form can be found at animalcenter. org — click the “AniMeals” link under the “Programs” tab.

outstanding fines or violations. At-home businesses do not qualify. Applications must be filed before the city’s official declaration to the end of the local emergency or before the funds are allocated. In Vista, the Economic Development Department is starting its Vista Economic Development Strategy Committee early to also serve as the Economic Recovery

Taskforce, according to Andrea McCullough, the city’s communications director. “They’ll be meeting in a few weeks,” she added. “The city is reviewing business strategies at this time and we should have more information next week.” San Marcos businesses can apply through the website or via email to Tess Sangster at tsangster@

By Lexy Brodt

RANCHO SANTA FE — With the spread of COVID-19 leading to rampant job loss throughout San Diego County, many families and individuals are taking a hard financial hit. And for those families with pets, Helen Woodward Animal Shelter is making sure they have one less expense to worry about over the next few weeks. The nonprofit is now running food drives to give out two weeks’ worth of free pet food per pet (with a maximum at three pets) and cat litter to individuals who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the drive’s first day on Monday, March 23, center staff loaded the cars of 57 families with pet food and litter — of course, while maintaining social distancing and keeping both staff and visitors safe. “It was kind of beautiful, like clockwork, to see so many people working together for the common good,” said Jessica Gercke, the center’s PR & Communications Director. And starting this week, the center’s drives will not only offer animal food, but

practices other than gatherings and social distancing. Finally, national or regional businesses forced to close or alter their business activity due to the pandemic. “We recognize the significant negative impacts of the pandemic on our local businesses, particularly our small and independent businesses whose owners and workers live right here in San Marcos,” Sangster

HELEN WOODWARD Animal Center volunteers help run a “drive-through” pet food distribution, giving out pet food and litter at no cost to San Diegans who have been impacted by COVID-19-related job loss. Photo courtesy HWAC

plenty of human food as well. Feeding San Diego has decided to chip in to the relief effort — the organization will provide two weeks’ worth of nonperishable food items to individuals who set up an appointment to pick up pet food. “Our organizations have something in common,” said Feeding San Diego CEO Vince Hall, in a statement to The Coast News. “We care about our community and their well-being. Feeding San Diego is thrilled to partner with Helen Woodward said. “We are able to offer this program because our city built up our reserves through decades of sound fiscal management.” Businesses must be physically located in San Marcos and not in residential areas or zoning districts. They must also have a valid business license and be current on any other government permits or certifications required, or have any


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Opinion & Editorial

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First steps to a sci-fi reality?


We’re all in this together


e are in this fight together. While COVID-19 is the hidden enemy, we have seen the toll it’s taken upon our entire County. I mentioned this last time, but it’s just as true today. The coronavirus doesn’t just affect Republicans or Democrats. It doesn’t discriminate based on the color of your skin, or what language you speak. We must all come together to defeat this enemy. While news continues to move by the hour, I wanted to provide you with an update of what we do know. The County of San Diego has extended its existing public health order indefinitely. The order was set to

around the county Jim Desmond expire on March 31 but will continue with the closures of non-essential businesses, including bars, restaurant dining areas, schools, gym and fitness centers. Under the order, San Diegans may leave their homes for essential reasons, including buying food, picking up medications and exercising. While we understand these are drastic measures, it’s all done with safety in mind. I also have partnered

with Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and County Tax Collector Dan McAllister to send a letter to Gov. Newsom allowing a 60-day deadline extension for property tax payments. We haven’t heard back from the governor, so as of now, if you can pay your property taxes, pay them. While the number of positive cases continues to rise, thankfully we aren’t seeing the same rate as many other places. Social distancing is the key to defeating COVID-19. Stay safe, stay healthy and together we will get through this! Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Resources for those affected by crisis By Marie Waldron

I asked my leadership team to compile a list of resources available to workers, employers and others to help get us through this unexpected public health and financial crisis. Resources include the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance Program will provide assistance to small businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters facing economic hardship (

California’s Economic Development Department (EDD) has a number of programs including Unemployment and Disability Insurance for laid off workers or those facing reduced hours. EDD also provides assistance to help businesses stay afloat ( The Small Business Development Center can guide business owners through the process of applying for COVID-19 relief by pointing them to programs that are available from state and federal agencies. (californi- You can find more information about these programs and more on my website. Visit ad75.asmrc. org and click on the “Coronavirus Helpful Resources” page. The list we’ve developed will be updated as additional information becomes available. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature

any parts of current reality, from talking w r ist watches to smartphones and sophisticated industrial and domestic robots like Amazon’s Alexa, Roomba vacuum cleaners and many more, occurred in science fiction stories decades before becoming everyday devices. So, it pays today to consider where California and the rest of modern civilization may be headed, with online work and education expanded exponentially as part of the effort to curb the worldwide COVID-19 viral pandemic. Increasingly, people communicate by computer, smartphone and smartwatch rather than in person. Isolation grows ever more common; “social distancing” is officially mandated as a key anti-virus tactic, with violations potentially punishable by fine or jail time. So, a look at the very first time something like this appeared in literature and the extreme form it took there might be appropriate before the current reality becomes habit in California, where many of the world’s trends are set. That first appearance came via the distinguished author Isaac Asimov’s 1957 novel “The Naked Sun.” The book sees humanoid robot Daneel Olivaw and his human detective partner Elijah Bailey, natives of earth, travel to the fictional planet of Solaria to investigate a murder. On Solaria, they find a civilization of vast plantations, each inhabited by only one person. The planet’s rigidly-controlled population of 20,000 is supported by ten thousand times that many robots, who do all the work. The few humans, virtually always isolated, communicate almost exclusively by hologram

california focus thomas d. elias – their real-looking but ephemeral images projected across thousands of miles, a potential technology far more advanced than the so-called holograms used on some drivers licenses and credit cards today. Face-to-face communication, especially of the sort needed to reproduce, is seen as dirty stuff on Solaria, even if it’s occasionally unavoidable. In the face of the coronavirus, things have not yet gone nearly that far. But today’s great expansion of working remotely by computer and other “smart” devices is creating changes for many millions. This includes schoolchildren who get lesson plans and some supervision from teachers working at home via tablets and computers, some supplied by school systems. Even television reporters now perform live standups with backyard hedges or living rooms as backdrops, rather than the usual graphics like video boards with weather maps. It’s a massive change that seems to work in this hopefully brief period when parents are forced to shelter at home to avoid either spreading or catching the virus. But what happens if parents return to work, but schools remain closed, as Gov. Gavin Newsom has hinted they might until next fall? That’s unknown. But California has far too few day camps and other day care programs to handle the millions of children who might soon need su-

pervision from someone other than a parent. What’s more, despite offers of free Internet service from companies like Verizon, many children lack connectivity in their homes, but can’t go to Starbucks, public libraries or other commercial sites to pick up wifi connections, because most such places – when they reopen – still won’t cater to unsupervised children. Meanwhile, working life in California and many other locales has changed radically since shelterin-place became common government policy. Many workers already had no need for access to bulky file cabinets, drawing boards, easels and fax machines. They could find almost everything they need online with laptop computers costing as little as $200 each and, in some cases, mere tablets that cost much less. What happens to them when the pandemic runs its course? Will employers still want to pay rent on many thousands of square feet of office space when they’ve seen their employees can use kitchen tables? The relatively few times employees actually need to see their bosses could be accommodated by renting a large room. Will workers still want to make long commutes? All this might not work for food service workers, but no one yet knows how permanent the changes imposed on restaurants will become, how radically today’s experience might alter California’s future. No one knows if all this means fewer humans will eventually be needed, al la Asimov’s Solaria. But while the changes are new, the concepts they’ve begun bringing to life are not. Email Thomas Elias at

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Supporting local CSAs during COVID-19 Dear Editor, We have a strong and supportive community. In the last few weeks I've seen examples of local people helping and relying on each other, from neighbors checking up on one another, others sharing flowers and produce, to a toilet paper exchange that an Encinitas man started on a street corner. At the same time, our grocers have been scrambling to keep up with demand as concern about the viral spread increases and our grocery stores get more

crowded, even as we're supposed to social distance and stay home. Our grocery workers deserve our gratitude and support for their tireless work on our behalf, but the flooding of grocery stores and resulting intermittent shortages of items like eggs and produce leads me to think of our local systems of agriculture. Many of our local farms offer CSA subscriptions to produce and fruit boxes filled with their harvest. Some even offer dairy

and eggs produced locally. Let's take this time to support our many local farmers and build the strength and resilience of our local food production systems. By doing so we can help protect our most vulnerable by staying home more, we can increase our regional food security, and we can contribute to lower carbon emissions. Together we are stronger. Faye Mankowske Encinitas


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CrossFit loans equipment to members while closed By Hoa Quach

JAIME JACOB is the first CSUSM athlete in school history to be invited to the Arnold Palmer Cup. Courtesy photo



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ JACOB TO PALMER CUP

Cal State San Marcos women’s golfer Jaime Jacob was selected to participate in July’s Arnold Palmer Cup in Ireland as one of 12 female representatives for the United States, in an official release from the Golf Coaches Association of America. Jacob becomes the first Cougar in school history to earn the honor and is the lone NCAA Division II female student-athlete to be selected.


Despite closure of the Escondido Public Library until further notice, you can get a library card online. Sign up for your free online library card and get lots of other information at https://library.escondido. org/. There are free online resources including eBooks and eAudiobooks, downloaded through OverDrive or the Libby app or to read online in your computer’s browser. Flipster offers eMagazines you can read in the app or your computer’s browser. For classwork at home, check the library’s online resources for children. Meanwhile, the Oceanside Public Library has closed all facilities until at least April 1. Visit oceansidepubliclibrary. org to discover resources online. Staff can help by phone at (760) 435-5600 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or e-mail public.library@ with questions.

the Manchester Preserve in Encinitas due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The agency is reporting that the trails and trail heads have been overcrowded and users are not maintaining safe physical distancing, staying on designated trails, and damaging the native habitat. This is a temporary closure and will be re-evaluated as needed. Signs have been posted. For more information, visit FOOD FOR THE ANIMALS

More than 21,000 pounds of pet food arrived at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas March 25. The food is donated through Rescue Bank ® operated by Greater, a non-profit organization that supports animal rescue and rehabilitation groups by providing services and supplies. The 20 tons of food will be distributed to non-profit rescue groups.


The city of Encinitas has activated the Community Response Team (CERT). These volunteers will be actively traveling through select communities to provide information regarding COVID-19 and make inquiries regarding needs. CERT volunteers will be practicing social distancing, wearing personal protective equipment, and identifying themselves with green vests and helmets. For the most up to date City information visit encinitasca. gov/covid-19-updates.


On March 24, Luna Grill launched a new program called “The Good Card.” For every $5 gift card purchased online, Luna Grill will donate a hot meal through the JaTRAILS CLOSED cobs & Cushman Food The Center for Nat- Bank for a youngster out of ural Lands Management school missing their reguhas temporarily closed lar hot lunches.

VISTA — After 10 years in operation, the owners of CrossFit Trifecta in Vista temporarily closed their doors mid-March in response to the coronavirus outbreak that prompted elected officials to force mandatory gym closures and order residents to stay at home. But the owners of the first CrossFit box in Vista, Tommy Pease and Andrea Reico, didn’t just close their business to their more than 100 members. Prior to the closure, the couple loaned out equipment to their members and promised to program in-home workouts at no cost. “We are a community in and out of the gym, and we are looking at this as an opportunity to start healthy habits,” said Pease, a longtime CrossFit coach and former professional competitor. “This will be a fun time to see our community come through even stronger.” Pease said it was difficult to close his business after more than a decade in operation, but felt it was im-

portant to contribute to the safety of the community. Elected officials, scientists and medical professionals urged the public to socially distance themselves from others in an effort to slow the spread of the disease that has killed thousands around the world. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a stay-at-home order that closed all businesses except those considered as “essential.” The mandatory business closure was a difficult one to make, especially for a small business owner, Pease said. “This affects us tremendously,” Pease said. “Being small business owners, we eat, sleep and breathe this gym. We are sad that we had to shut our doors after 10 years, but completely understand the safety amongst our members.” However, Pease and his wife, Reico, said they hope to keep their CrossFit community connected to one another with their online programs designed for inhome workouts. The couple,

who live in Carlsbad, are also encouraging members to post photos and videos of their workout to social media in an effort to inspire others. “It’s a new area for us to do online programming since we are driven to have community with CrossFit workouts,” said Reico, whose gym has about 10 employees and also offers children’s classes. “Remote training will just show how much drive and dedication our members have when they participate in showing their WODs (workouts) through social media.” Although many gyms have posted in-home workout videos online, Pease and Reico said they chose to take the extra step of loaning pricey equipment to their members to help them stay “motivated and accountable” in their health goals during the difficult time. “We have the trust of our members and want to still support their fitness challenges,” Reico said. “It is extra work, but we know they all appreciate it.”

More importantly, Reico said she hopes this bit of generosity from her and her husband will help others during the pandemic. “I hope the members or anyone who follows us finds their motivation,” Reico said. “People find it difficult to find the time to walk into the gym, let alone now when you cannot walk into any gym. We hope nothing stops the momentum.” The couple also hope to someday soon return to their gym where their 100plus members meet daily for challenging workouts — perhaps in a few months, the owners and their members will be stronger than before as well, Reico said. “Tommy and I are very hopeful after this temporary closure, life will go back to normal and everyone will come back with stronger and healthier habits,” Reico said. For more information about CrossFit Trifecta, go to To follow the couple’s in-home workout programs, follow the business on Instagram @crossfittrifecta.

Vodka distillery shifts to hand sanitizer amid shortages VISTA — A Vista vodka distillery has shifted all production from alcoholic beverages to hand sanitizer to address hand sanitizer shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. With patrons no longer allowed at Misadventure & Co.'s distillery or tasting room, and its bar and restaurant doors closed to customers, the North County distillery said it has transitioned to producing hand sanitizer to accommodate nationwide shortages brought on by the

COVID-19 outbreak. “Last week, our business in our Vista distillery and tasting room screeched to a halt. To survive, we needed to change rapidly,” said Misadventure Vodka co-founder Whit Rigali. “Because of our still and industry expertise, we were uniquely positioned to pivot and adapt. “To help meet the public’s need in this difficult time, within one week, we were able to produce alcohol for hand sanitizer, bottle it,

build a retail website, and ship out over 20,000 bottles of sanitizer to both consumers and wholesalers,” Rigali said. Misadventure's website now features 2-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce spray bottles for sale, and the company says it is taking online orders and shipping sanitizer and other products nationally. A statement from the distillery says that in addition to helping the nation address hand sanitizer

shortages, the move will help keep the four-person business keep from shutting down entirely and being forced to lay off employees. The company said it has donated some of its products to nonprofits like the Oceanside Kitchen Collaborative, Produce Good and the United States Bartenders Guild, while also sending out large orders to clinics, hospitals, veterans' groups and local governments.


nization launched special meal distributions for children this past week – with eight sites throughout the county. They have also set up “emergency sites” in addition to their typical locations – in Oceanside, Chula Vista and Ramona. The organization has seen a dip in the number of volunteers – many of whom have needed to be cut temporarily in order to help maintain social distancing standards. The organization has begun relying on Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to help fill shifts at the organization’s many distribution sites, although community members have also begun to reach out to ask how they can get involved. “This is a community that rallies together during

a crisis,” Hall said. If readers are interested in volunteering, they can visit The organization is also looking to raise funds, so they can help continue their services for as long as the crisis lasts. Hall said Feeding San Diego is planning and preparing for a “longer-term scenario,” while still remaining optimistic. “I would say we’re hoping for the best, but planning for the worst,” he said. If you are interested in donating, visit: https:// For North County residents hoping to visit FSD’s special meal distributions for children and teens, hot meals are available for children Monday and Friday at the following locations and times:

Boys and Girls Club San Marcos (1 Positive Pl., San Marcos, CA 92069) at 3 p.m; Sierra Vista Apartments (422 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069) at 12 p.m.; Mission Cove Apartments (3239 Conch Way, Oceanside, CA 92058) at 12 p.m.; Pro Kids Oceanside (821 Douglas Dr., Oceanside, CA 92058) at 11 a.m. For a map of the organization’s regular and emergency food distribution sites, and their hours of operation, visit: food-distributions/. The organization is keeping in line with safety guidelines, and as such all sites are operating either as drive-thru’s, grab-and-go’s (maintaining social distancing), or by appointment.

cation in, but it’s a special use permit and requires a hearing in front of the City Council,” he said. “A lot of these municipalities do special use because it avoids conflict with the people who don’t like it.” As for staffing, only Mellano scaled back hours due to his unique situation of opening five weeks ago. He said he didn’t lay off any

employees, but will continually assess the finances and expects to increase those hours should business continue to grow. Jesse and Christman said they both experienced a boom of business three weeks ago before orders came down from the state and county to close businesses and limit contact, to name a few. Both said it was

most likely due to patients stocking up because of the uncertainty, but now business has reverted back to normal. “When it first came we saw a big boom in our sales,” Christman said. “Things have come back to normal now. One thing that it definitely refocused us on was our online ordering and delivery systems.”


ter in Encinitas and Foundry Food Pantry in Vista – and well over a dozen more. According to Hall, the organization has been able to increase its outreach in North County due to support from the Leichtag Foundation, a nonprofit based in Encinitas. Hall said the county’s new reality has required the organization to adapt to the needs of San Diegans – including those who are already accustomed to receiving Feeding San Diego’s services. This has meant figuring out how to deliver prepared meals to seniors and getting meals to children who previously relied on school breakfasts and lunches. For example, the orga-


none are doing so as they do not have the necessary permit from the City of Vista. Jesse wrote to the City Council asking for a 60-day emergency waiver for deliveries, noting the city’s application process can take some time. “We have our appli-

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hen the good old girls network gets together, I try to stick with politics, books or what got out those stubborn grass stains. When the subject of tasty home-baked goods comes up, and it usually does, my contribution gets more lame each passing year. I bake. Well, I have baked. I have baked quite successfully — just not since my children were born. To clarify, I have baked since having children, but something has changed. These days things tend to burn or end up raw in the middle. I used to bake to impress boyfriends or co-workers, so I took more time and attended to detail, but then I had time to attend to details. In trade for the joys of motherhood, time and attention to details have become screaming luxuries. It was way too easy to impress my toddlers, so somewhere along the line I lost my Doughboy touch. I also lost my gas stove and oven, which were absolutely the only things in Los Angeles I regretted leaving behind. Now, it seems, my baked offering will turn out tasting swell, but look so ugly, I am forced to eat it all myself, in the dark. That’s my excuse. I’m sticking with it. No sooner had I lost that edge than excellence was once again expected of me. Can we ever forget the award for Ugliest Cake, bestowed on our Cub Scout den, honoring my chocolate mud cake adorned with Gummi bugs? The boys loved it but I saw the sneers on the other moms’ faces as they created the Ugliest category just for my entry. Vicious, really. Shoot, I’m sure I saw that same cake later on the cover of Better Kitchens or something, although my version may have lacked that cover-page polish.

small talk jean gillette All things weighing in, I can live with slightly burned chocolate chip cookies and somewhat uneven birthday cakes; unfortunately, now I have earned the high scorn of my culinarily precocious 13-year-old daughter, who was making her own breakfast by the age of 6. She was inspired by my refusal to operate as a short-order cook, plus I tend to sleep late. If I wouldn’t fix what she likes, by golly, she’d make it herself. Oddly, my son was never moved to do the same. No matter how loud and royal his fit of protest, he manages to set aside his personal misery rather than lift a spatula. My second mistake was to enroll my girl child in foods and nutrition at school and a cake-decorating class at night. She came home armed with 42 stainless steel, interchangeable icing tips and an entire tool kit full of other accessories. She can slap out a rose, a leaf, a jazzy border and a multilayer, cream-filled torte that’s downright impressive. I serve as her scullery maid. When I’m not mixing shortening and sugar for her, I stand in awe. Whenever I try to bake, I get steady lectures on not measuring correctly, letting my ingredients go stale, how my meals lack nutritional balance, and that I couldn’t make decent pie crust if it would save the free world. I hope it is a passing phase, but until we know for certain, please pass me that cupcake. Jean Gillette is a free-lance writer with a still-baking, still-messy daughter and a pile of dishes to do.

VISTA — At its April 1 meeting, the Vista Irrigation District board of directors were scheduled to consider whether to proceed with planning efforts to replace the nearly 100-year old Vista Flume. The Flume is the District’s only means of transporting treated water from the Escondido-Vista Water Treatment Plant to the District’s service area. With the 11-mile Flume nearing the end of its useful life, the District prepared a Water Supply Planning Study to evaluate whether the structure should be replaced or retired. The study weighed a number of factors when comparing the two options, including costs, reliability, water quality, environmental protection, existing water supply obligations and assets. Results from the yearlong study identified replacement of the Flume as the least costly and preferred alternative, providing the District with increased water supply reliability; the project, in-

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San Diego Humane Society has announced that its 26th annual Walk for Animals – San Diego will be a virtual event this year. On May 2, the organization will feature virtual versions of Walk for Animals traditions, including live

WE WANT YOU! The City of San Marcos Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol needs help. We know volunteers are sought by every service or organization out there. We’re no different in that regard but we currently find ourselves short-handed and unable to assist our great City as it should be. If you find you have some extra time on your hands and care about people, consider checking us out by contacting Mike Gardiner, 760-510-5290 at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station. He will introduce you to all the pluses of being part of this great team of volunteers. You have talents and experience we are looking for.


THE 11-MILE Vista Flume is nearly 100 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. Replacement would cost an estimated $120 million-$130 million. Courtesy photo

cluding planning, design and construction, is estimated to cost between $120 million and $130 million. Flume replacement planning costs are estimated to range between $1.7 million and $3 million and will include an alignment

study, environmental documentation and compliance, and financial planning. To view the Water Supply Planning Study, visit the District’s website at Vista Irrigation District is a public agency governed

by an elected five-member board. The district provides water service to more than 136,000 people in the city of Vista, and portions of San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside, and unincorporated areas of the county of San Diego.

pancake demonstrations, a blessing of the animals, adoptable animals and more. Registration for the virtual event is free. Participants will receive custom Walk for Animals resources designed to help them fundraise to support San Diego Humane Society’s work. On May 2, participants are invited to tune in on social media for the virtual event, and then show their support by walking in their own way: around the block, the backyard or even the living room.

las for a lecture of mystery and intrigue on the most significant art heists, forgeries, and recoveries of all time. Presented via Zoom. Register at webinar/register/ WN_oT21wF12Q12DMo1av9OJxA.

with two programs—Literacy Through Art (LTA) that uses art as a tool to bridge the literacy gap for third-graders, and ArtQuest that inspires fifth-graders through integrated art and science programming. Visit virtualoma/ for #MuseumFromHome. Watch for new offerings via the regular midweek digital newsletter as well as on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



The Community Resource Center’s annual English Tea is moving online 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 4, at Facebook @sandiegocrc or Instagram sandiegocrc. Questions? Contact or (760) 230-6307. The Tea’s fundraising goal is to raise $100,000. CRC counts on these funds to support on-going programs for food, safe housing, shelter and counseling. The keynote presenter is Dr. Ami Roeschlein, on the timely topic of “resilience.” Hear from Katrina Dodson, CRC board president, on what she did with the Tea shortbread cookies. Download recipes to create your own yummy tea treats. View photos from the previous 24 years of the Tea.

North Coast Repertory Theatre has created a new and creative way to keep you entertained. There will be numerous interviews coming in the next few weeks. The first is a discussion with Richard Dreyfuss. You can subscribe to the NCRT YouTube channel or e-mail NCRT at conversations@ The next conversation is with local actor/writer Omri Schein as he discusses the new musical he is writing, “The Remarkable Mister Holmes.” MUSEUM FROM HOME The Oceanside MuseTHE WORLD OF ART THEFT um of Art is putting virtual The Oceanside Museum events together, include a of Art invites you to learn virtual artist coffee social about high profile cases planned for April 5 using such as a brazen jewel heist social media channels and at the Dresden Green Vault virtual access to arts expemuseum, the shocking forg- riences. In partnership with ery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Oceanside Union School and more—without leaving District, the Oceanside Pubthe comfort of your own lic Library and Oceanside home, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Promise, OMA is providing April 3. Join Robin Doug- educational programming


Camp Intrepid is going online. The virtual theater camp will be filled with theater games and rehearsing a performance Each camper will receive a role and they’ll learn how to develop a character and how to act for the camera. Each session will create an edited-together movie performance for campers to share with friends and family. Camp Intrepid will be conducted through Zoom (a free on-line video platform.) All campers will need is a computer, iPad or smart phone and a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Choose Harry Potter Camp April 6 to April 10 for ages 6 to 15 or Addams Family Camp, April 6 to April 10 for ages 12 to 17. All Virtual Camp Intrepid programs will be donation-based, so every child is able to participate. There is a suggested donation of $100 per week ($20 per day). To register, e-mail education@intrepidtheatre. org or call (760) 295-7541.

Doctor suspected of sexually assaulting unconscious patient ESCONDIDO — A Poway anesthesiologist was arrested March 30 on suspicion of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman under his care, authorities reported. The patient contacted the Escondido Police Department on Saturday to report the alleged assault by

physician Leng Thai Ky, 40, EPD public-affairs Lt. Chris Lick said. “We believe there are additional, unidentified victims,” Lick said. Ky, who has been a medical doctor for about eight years, has worked for Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, the North County

Pain Institute, Sharp Community Medical Group, and Graybill Medical Group, according to police. Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by the suspect is asked to call Detective Therese Ruiz at 760-839-4790. — City News Service

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NORTH COUNTY MUSICIANS Kimmi Bitter, left, and HLLNDR promote their February show at the Pour House in Oceanside. Photo via Facebook


weekly in the region. “The majority of the places I perform at are local businesses such as craft breweries, wineries, restaurants, and venues,” Bitter said. “There is a lot of uncertainty on how long this will go and what life will look like on the other end of this.” Bitter said she came across the idea of hosting online concerts from other musicians she has met during her career. Although, prior to the outbreak, the idea of online concerts didn’t appeal to her, she said. “I have been approached by people who have their own live streaming channels so I knew it already existed,” Bitter said. “I typically feel conflicted about live-streaming services because I feel that a huge purpose of being a performing musician is to bring people together to create energy and good vibes. However, since we are on lockdown it has been amazing to bring people together in a virtual world as this is the only option.” Both musicians said they feel thankful that they can still share their music using social media. The feedback has also been overwhelmingly positive, they said. “It has made me change my point of view on (online concerts) because I have been so surprised at how connected and engaged people still are though they are not physically at the show,” Bitter said. In some ways, it almost feels more responsive since people are frequently requesting or responding to songs. It's really cool.” HLLNDR said she’s a “firm believer in making the best out of tough situations” and social media has helped her in this particular situation. “My industry thrives on social connection,” HLLNDR said. “We can’t con-

nect in person right now, so social media has been paramount in continuing to provide entertainment and using Venmo for tips during those live feed sessions.” Outside of the music industry, both HLLNDR and Bitter said they’ve been inspired in seeing how the community has worked together through the outbreak. The disease, which was discovered in December, has infected hundreds of thousands of people in at least 190 countries. Tens of thousands of people have died, with the number expected to increase over the next few weeks. Experts say the only way to slow the spread of the disease is to socially distant ourselves and stay home. “There's also been an overwhelming sense of support that spans across the entire community — support for small businesses, local artists, etcetera,” Bitter said. “I think that is insanely cool because we should be supporting our neighbors and local businesses.” Most importantly, Bitter said she’s grateful that she’s been able to bring joy to her fans during a difficult time. “I have also gotten texts outside from the livestreams thanking me for bringing joy or light to people during a dark time,” Bitter said. “It's really special to hear someone directly tell you how it made their day or was an escape or simply brought happiness.” For that reason — to help brighten one’s day — HLLNDR said she will continue to host online concerts as long as it is needed. “Our community needs us, and we have a platform we are able to use to draw business their way and support one another,” HLLNDR said. “Social media has been a fantastic way to connect while we are all making efforts to stay healthy and promote wellness.” Follow both musicians on Facebook at HLLNDR and Kimmi Bitter.

rmchair travel. That’s about all I can do right now. Of course, there’s also couch travel, office-chair travel and (do I dare admit this?) bed travel. Now that’s sad, but it’s even sadder that my sole traveling gear consists of a warm, slightly scruffy, bulky, blue terrycloth, L. L. Bean bathrobe. Not good to admit, but it’s a favorite piece of clothing, and I’ll wear it as I cruise the internet because, well, it’s way too large to take on an actual cruise or trip of any kind. I’ll think of this bathrobe as a tiny silver lining to this vacationing-in-place predicament. One source for exploring the world is my e-mail. As a travel writer, my digital mailbox is always chock-full of press releases and newsletters vying for my attention. Since I’m going nowhere except to walk our subdivision greenbelt (with care to put plenty of space between me and other residents), I have a little more time to explore things like the daily newsletter from Atlas Obscura. The website that boasts of being the “definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders.” I can vouch for that claim. Subscribe (it’s free) and visit places like an Icelandic witchcraft museum; giant horses carved into various hillsides throughout Britain; a pot of beef

THESE ARE THE WINNERS of the 2020 Freezing Hair Contest, held annually at Takhini Hot Springs in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Photo courtesy of Takhini Hot Pools

stew that has been continuously boiling in a Bangkok bistro for 45 years; a lake in India (altitude 16,000 feet) that is filled with the bones of 200 skeletons; the underground tunnels of Los Angeles; and the annual Freezing Hair Contest at Takhini Hot Springs in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. I guarantee the photos of the entries and winners will make you laugh out loud, even if you are alone. One adventure none of us is likely take is a dive to the bottom of the ocean off our coast to see shipwrecks, but you can do it virtually courtesy of Atlas Obscura and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Pretty fascinating stuff. Another daily e-mail brings me the Thrillist, full of lists of bests: treehouse hotels in the world; scenic drives in every state; You-

Tube travel shows; beaches in Mexico; bizarre foods and drinks; and themed cruises. Among this last entry are cruises for fans of “The Walking Dead;” NASCAR; “Star Trek;” cats; and — I’m not making this up — knitting. Living in the time of coronavirus has brought forth other lists: information on traveling safely (if you absolutely have to); activities to occupy your time at home; and backgrounders on some of Netflix’ most popular series. And someday, the gods willing, I’ll be able to use this advice: “Military Packing Secrets That Will Make You a Better Traveler.” Another favorite in my mailbox comes from AFAR, a newsletter companion to the magazine of the same name. In normal times, the publication and website give us stories that

take readers off the beaten path, down to street level and behind closed doors. Contributing writers are locals who live and work in the featured sites and so are experts on the topics. They often have information not contained in the guidebooks, or write about places-you’ll-never-visitand-things-you’ll-never-dobut-are-fun-to-read-about. Because we must practice social distancing/isolation, AFAR editors have stepped up and adapted content. They are giving us “These Baby Goat and Sheep Webcams Will Help You Through Quarantine,” and 18 ways to stay sane while staying at home. If you have favorite websites and magazines for virtual travel, e-mail me at eondash@coastnewsgroup. com and I’ll share. For more photos of the Freezing Hair Contest, visit

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Fun meal to enjoy while hunkered down at home


hile last week was all about supporting local restaurants by taking advantage of their carryout and delivery services, this week I’d like to share one of my favorite meals to make when time is not an issue and you want to have a little fun prepping. My first meal is probably the most widely available combination available in restaurants and certainly not exotic by any means, but in this case, hamburgers and fries are elevated to another level by the preparation. That preparation might entail you making a couple of purchases for under $30 each on Amazon that are well worth the cost. Those items are a deep fryer and a meat grinder and, of course, you can spend a bit more for some more bells and whistles, but if grinding and frying are your sole objectives, that’s all you need.

lick the plate david boylan I actually inherited an antique Universal No. 2 Food Hopper (meat grinder) as it’s called and it’s a bit more labor intensive and a bear to clean but has sentimental value so I stick with it. In researching meat grinders for this story I almost pulled the trigger on one that has sausage making attachments that really piqued my interest. I’ve had my deep fryer for years and besides being the perfect vessel for cooking fries to perfection, I’ve used it for fish fries and much more. I should mention that I also have a mandolin slicer for the fries but those can be easily cut by hand as well. So first off, I purchase a chuck roast with plenty

WELL-MARBLED, freshly ground chuck from the Lick the Plate kitchen. Photo by David Boylan

of fat and cut it into chunks sized for the grinder. The result is the most beautifully marbled ground chuck you will ever see. See my photo above for proof of that. Please don’t by a leaner cut of meat; these burgers are about flavor, not health, and the fat provides that flavor and in the case of you possibly

overcooking the patty, you will still have a moist burger. As far as cooking the freshly ground beef, first shape them into quarter pound-size patties. Give them generous amounts of salt and pepper on both sides, and let them get to room temperature. The best cooking ves-

sel for these burgers is a well-seasoned cast iron pan that is preheated very hot, to create a crusty outer layer on your burger. Sear those beauties to a perfect medium-rare as you want them to sit for a few minutes, which will cook them a bit more. A thin slice of cheese is cool, yet not one that is going to compete with the beauty of a patty below it. I like to keep the toppings to a minimum as this is all about the flavor of that fresh ground beef and its fatty deliciousness. Buns are a personal preference but make sure they are fresh, and if you want to butter them up and give them a bit of a fry in that burger pan for some toasty goodness, even better. As far as the fries go, I start with large Idaho Russet potatoes and keep the skins on. I run them over my mandolin to slice them TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 10

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ike you, I’ve been staying home to support our efforts to flatten the curve. I took advantage of some of my free time to learn more about Beer Night in San Diego — the first, and longest running local beer podcast. I spoke to the show’s founder Cody Thompson, who also is the host, producer and passionate beer appreciator. Thompson and his cohosts, Thomas Pritchard, Mike Pratt and Noah Scoville, put on a freewheeling discussion-style podcast featuring independently-owned breweries, locally-made beer and the people who make it. It’s fair to say the show goes on occasional tangents, but provides smart, funny and interesting commentary on the local beer scene. Cheers: Hey Cody. What inspired the show? How has it evolved? CT: I started the project as a blog-type site focusing on all things local. Not long after, I wanted to move the format from written blog to a recorded podcast. The whole motivation behind the podcast since Day One has been to 100 percent support from local, independent breweries and businesses. I have always been a fan of supporting small


perfectly. This while my peanut oil is heating from 325 to 375 degrees. You are going to have to do some personal testing here, but that’s the range that I’ve found works best. There are those who say you should par-cook them, take

CODY THOMPSON, founder and host of beer podcast “Beer Night in San Diego,” provides a quarantine selfie. Courtesy photo

a member of our show, used Lost Abbey and Pariah's delivery system, and praised both as being A+ service, and incredibly easy to use. Cheers: What role does the podcast have during this time of self-quarantine? CT: I feel like as long as we are able to get together and record a show, we need to do so. We compiled the most extensive list of breweries, pubs and shops still serving to go with links and information, and our show right now is focused on continuing to share information with listeners on what local, independent places are doing, so they continue to get support from the public. Plus, we want to bring some sense of normalcy, joy and entertainment to people’s day, if we can. Cheers: What would we find in your fridge this week? CT: The most recent pickups we have during the quarantine include Endless Frontier and Treevana from Burgeon Beer, various growlers from Culver Beer Co and the Abnormal Pi beers — Fruited Berliners, that is. I also have the latest Stone Enjoy By IPA ready to be enjoyed, as well as various cellar beer, which if this (quarantine) goes on for too long, may need to be opened after all. Find the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or your favorite podcast provider. Support the show at

businesses. I understand that men and women have worked incredibly hard to make their dream come true by opening a small business, and our podcast exists solely to discuss, promote and share the great things our brothers and sisters are doing in San Diego. Cheers: Why are you so passionate about local beer? CT: I feel a responsibility to promote and help advance that art in any way I can. Plus, with the podcast being around for as long as it has, we have been lucky to become friends with a lot of folks who make, sell, produce, and serve that art. So, we feel connected to the success of our brothers and sisters, and when they are

negatively affected, we feel it too. Cheers: Have you gone out to buy beer-to-go since the recommended quarantine? CT: I have. On the most recent show, our entire theme was to go out and test the new systems to tell listeners, “Hey, look how easy and safe this was,” as a way to continue pushing support for local brands who need it now more than ever. I did the online order system at Culver [Beer Co.], and it could not have been smoother. You place the order online, and you get an e-mail when its ready. Easy! Same with Rouleur, Burgeon, and I even did curbAuthor’s note: side pickup at Holiday Wine This interview has been Cellar in Escondido. Mike, edited for length, and clarity.

them out, then finish them or soak them overnight to remove starch that prevents sticking. I’ve never done either and have always been happy with my fries. One key is that as soon as they reach their desired crispiness, I lift them from the oil, letting it drain off, but at the same time shak-

ing the basket while seasoning generously with salt and garlic salt. You can season with whatever you fancy but it’s key to get it on them soon while shaking them around. It’s next to impossible to cook a few batches of fries without snacking on them in the process. I mean, really, how of-

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ten do you have really fresh fries with your choice of seasoning at your fingertips? Plate that fatty fresh ground burger with a heaping pile of fries and bask in the glory of your culinary delight. If you must have veggies with this meal, batter up some cauliflower or asparagus and take further advantage of that hot oil. I always have a lot of fun with this meal and it’s a great lesson for kids … just be safe around that grinder, mandolin and hot oil.

Takeout in North County City lists of North County restaurants offering takeout, delivery or drive-up services. Carlsbad: carlsbad-restaurants-duringcovid-19/ Carlsbad Village: carlsbad-village. com/support-local Del Mar: Encinitas: COVID-19-Business-Re-

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Taste of Wine & Food’s travel writers Nancine Belfiore and Scott Hagner, had the good fortune to press-cover the recent Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia 2020 at Liberty Station in San Diego. Just days later, California would close down all major events in the state until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. There were so many great wines. Some of our favorites which earned our ‘Yummy’ award included: Lazio Primitivo di Manduria Lu Rappaio 2018, Friuli Venezia Giuli Poppone 2016, Piedmont Montalbera 2018, Sicily Firriarto Etna Rosso 2018 and Puglia Torrevento Primitivo 2017. For this day, the Italian way of wine, food and “amore” made a group of San Diegans very happy. Visit


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aseball is back, thanks to Josh Lewin. “Suddenly it’s the only game in town,’’ said Lewin, a Solana Beach resident. Lewin’s voice is familiar and it should be. He called San Diego Chargers games for 12 seasons and he’s spent the last four years tracking UCLA football and basketball. But his pipes were silenced, somewhat, by the coronavirus. Lewin was prepping for the UCLA-California hoops game at last month’s Pac-12 Conference tournament when the season was canceled. “Whenever they say, ‘play ball’ again, I’ll be ready to go,’’ he said. “I’m really hoping we can have college football, especially with UCLA playing down here against San Diego State this year.’’ That remains to be seen. What’s easy to predict is that baseball fans will love Lewin’s latest podcast project called, “The Throwback League.” “I’ve been wanting to do this for 10-12 years,’’ Lewin said. “But I never had time and the bandwidth to do it.’’

JOSH LEWIN, a Solana Beach resident and SoCal sports announcer, is hosting a sports podcast called “The Throwback League.” Courtesy photo

Lewin has the hours and technology now to get it up-and-running. And with the baseball season on hold, this former New York Mets and Boston Red Sox play-by-play broadcaster is certainly in his element by providing compelling content. What Lewin has done is gather the World Series squads from 1974-2006. He put them all together and inputted data into and analyzed what was spit out. With the pitch-by-pitch information of what would happen if two of the teams squared off, Lewin recreates the game by supplying

his enthusiastic oratorical skills and his own sound effects. Much like President Ronald Reagan did when broadcasting Cubs games in the 1930s, Lewin is proving to be a great communicator, too. His in-game dialogue is linked to the time and place in which the game was played. “It’s really a lot of fun,’’ Lewin said. “I get to combine my two passions, which are baseball and pop culture.’’ The podcasts are keen, with pairings of teams and the outcomes, based on algorithms as if the games really happened.

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Mae Olivette Mercier was born at home on May 1st, 1924 in Westcliffe, Colorado. After completing high school in Phoenix, Arizona, she graduated from Colorado University in Boulder in 1946. She then returned to Phoenix and married James B. Griffin on November 13th, 1948, a marriage they enjoyed for 63 years. In 1955 they moved to California. While raising four children, Olivette worked to create their home in Solana Beach. She also worked various jobs outside the home, including as a social worker for the Red Cross and later as a dental assistant. She served as president of the St. James Academy Parent Association, and also on the

In a recent matchup of solid sinkerball pitchers, the 1998 Padres, with Kevin Brown on the mound, were facing the 1988 Dodgers and Orel Hershiser. But there’s so much more than the nine innings to give baseball junkies their fix. Lewin’s reputation is such that he can bring in big names, like Bob Costas and Jon Miller, the longtime Giants broadcaster, to contribute on the pre- and post-game shows. “I’m really proud of it,’’ Lewin said. “Baseball fans that are starved for baseball, I really think they would find it fun.’’ Lewin has already brought smiles via YouTube by doing the play-by-play of anything and everything mundane, from video of someone pulling out of the CVS drug store lot in Solana Beach to calling a race between marbles. Really, Lewin hasn’t lost his. He’s just attempting to provide levity during a time most Americans are homebound and eager to find anything to quench their sports thirst. “I’m literally just trying to keep my sanity like everyone else, by keeping busy,’’ Lewin said. “Sports are supposed to be one of our distractions and that pillar has been removed.’’ So Lewin has moved on to calling simulated games and making a game out of the ordinary. On both fronts, he hits it out of the park.

board and as president if the Women’s Golf Association at Morgan Run. She was a dedicated volunteer throughout her life, an endeavor that brought her much joy, satisfaction and fulfillment. After living in Solana Beach for 20 years, Olivette and Jim bought a lot in Encinitas and began building their retirement home from the ground up, going to the property after work and on weekends to pound nails. In 1978 they moved into their new home. Olivette continued to volunteer in retirement, and with Jim she enjoyed traveling the world and playing golf. She was an avid reader, loved movies and crossword puzzles, and had an eye for finding the beauty in everyday life. Olivette’s 95-year life ended in the home she and Jim built together. She is survived by her children, Brita (Griffin) Sugaski and Mike; James Griffin Jr.; Mike Griffin and Sheryl; and Mary Anne Griffin and Chuck Wales. Olivette had four grandchildren, Kate and Ty Sugaski and Nathan and Kyle Griffin, as well as three great-grandchildren, Zeelie, Abraham and Letti Lu Sugaski.

ESCONDIDO — North County is grieving and fundraising after an Escondido mother of two died following a car crash in mid-March. Adriana Garcia, who leaves a son, 23, and a 10-year-old daughter, died after a car crash that put her into a coma. Her daughter, Avelina, was also in the crash but will make a full recovery, said Garcia’s friend, Megan Myers. “I was in disbelief,” said Myers, who launched a GoFundMe campaign to help Garcia’s family pay for funeral expenses. “I still am. How can the brightest soul in the world be taken from us so soon?” Myers, who met Garcia while working at beauty store Ulta in Escondido years ago, said the duo quickly became good friends. Garcia was a cosmetologist who specialized in weddings. A San Diego native, Garcia moved to North County in recent years, Myers said. “She was one of the most beautiful souls to walk this earth and one of the raddest individuals you'll ever meet,” Myers said. “She was the rock in everyone's life and an amazing mom to her two children.” Myers said Garcia’s daughter will now be living with her father, but the transition will be difficult for the young girl. “Adriana was the light of her daughter’s life,” Myers said. “She and Avelina were best friends. Those two adored each other and everyone knew. It was the

ADRIANA GARCIA and daughter Avelina, 10. Courtesy photo

sweetest thing you could ever see.” But more than just a great mother, Garcia was also a great friend, loved ones said. “She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines,” Macy Ornellia said. “She was beautiful for the way she thought. She was beautiful for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful for her ability to make other people smile even if she was sad.” Myers and other friends said they hope to fundraise at least $20,000 for Garcia’s family to cover expenses associated with her friend’s death. Any additional expenses will go to her children. By April 1, the campaign had received more than $11,000 from more than 200 people, ranging from friends and co-workers to staff members from Avelina’s school in San Marcos. To donate: xspxqx.

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