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After water main break, road work

Library unveils 5-year plan as suit proceeds By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The fight over the future of the Escondido Public Library’s proposal to outsource library functions and staffing to the company Library Systems & Services ended months ago in the eyes of many when the City Council voted 4-1 to approve the proposal. But the release of a new five-year plan report published by the Escondido Public Library — officially dubbed the “Strategic Plan 2018–2022: Innovative Library Services for a Growing Community” — serves as a fresh reminder that the court case ensuing at the California Superior Court’s San Diego North County Division in Vista, which could determine the future of the library, indeed, lives on. What happens in that case could determine who will actually implement the five-year plan when all is said and done. That strategic plan was mandated under the newly minted contractual relationship with Library Systems & Services — a Maryland-based company which was met by much protest in the weeks leading up to the City Council’s fateful vote. The plan explained what

Expect delays near San Marcos High By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Motorists will be feeling the effects of a water main break along San Marcos Boulevard that snarled traffic last month for a large portion of August. Starting Aug. 6, city crews began major roadway repair along the street near San Marcos High School, which suffered major damage when a decades-old pipe ruptured July 24. Vallecitos Water District officials are still investigating what caused the pipe to fail. At the time of the break, crews placed large steel plates over the hole in the street until they could get a replacement part. Now that the part has arrived, crews will be working from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday to replace the pipe and seal the hole before the start of school, Aug. 21 City officials warn that motorists can expect multiple lane closures and intermittent detours along eastbound San Marcos Boulevard from Viewpoint Drive to Knights Realm and westbound from Knights Realm to Rancho Santa Fe Avenue. Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Officials are urging motorists to take alternate routes to avoid the major slowing expected through the area, as well as to follow all traffic control measures and drive with caution through the work area. The July 24 incident was the second major water main break in less than a week in San Marcos. An earlier pipe failure created a sinkhole along South Twin Oaks Valley Road between Craven Road and Barham Drive. Vallecitos officials said in that incident that the pipe was more than 50 years old as well.

11-YEAR-OLD Marvin Barrera of Escondido holds up a freshly caught catfish at Dixon Lake in Escondido last Sunday evening. Photo by Shana Thompson

the library will emphasize for its services in the coming years. It also laid out the results of a survey distributed to both users and non-users of the library about their preferences for programs and services, while also exhibiting quotes given to the library during eight rounds of focus groups done for the report. “To meet changing needs and make the most of its location in the heart of Escondido, EPL will focus on closer community connections,” the report explains of the library’s goals in the coming years. “From fresh, inviting surroundings to programs that make life more interesting to books, electronic materials and technology that expand horizons, EPL will support a strong Escondido.” The report also says the library intends to do more marketing, further optimize its email outreach efforts, develop a partnership with the California Center for the Arts, be a hub for community meetings and offer more programming to bring community members into the library. That’s the short version of the list. “Listening to the priorTURN TO LIBRARY ON 9

The lure of night fishing Escondido lake offers respite for the heat-weary By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — With hot weather steaming in July and August in Escondido, the city’s Dixon Lake Recreation Area, situated along the northern edge of city limits, provides relief to fishing enthusiasts by opening up the space for night fishing. It’s also a venue to which people can come camp and hike, too, serving as a place for families and younger people to come with their friends. “We like it here because it’s close to home and we can come and camp here,” Shauna Olmos, a 35-year-old Escondido

resident who was at Dixon Lake with her younger daughter, said. “We haven’t caught a fish yet, but if we do catch one, we will probably eat it. I’m going for whatever will bite, though it seems that catfish is what people tend to catch here.” For night fishing, Dixon Lake is best known for its stock of catfish. Jayden Macedo, a 25-year-old resident of Escondido, began going to Dixon Lake for night fishing this summer. He said after he catches the catfish, he then uses it to make a soup. Macedo also

said that, beyond catfish, he has seen blue gills, bass and trout in Dixon Lake. Catfish are not in Dixon Lake by chance or biology alone. Instead, the city of Escondido purchases the fish breed in 1,000-pound doses and stocks it in Dixon Lake for anglers who come out and test their luck there. A 1,000-pound batch was stocked on Aug. 3 and another 1,000-pound batch is planned for Aug. 24, Dixon Lake Park Ranger Kathy Boyd told The Coast News via email. In TURN TO NIGHT FISHING ON 20


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From foster child to scholarship winner, meet Johnathan Owens By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — As a recent graduate of Escondido’s San Pasqual Academy who was a foster child with parents who did not go to college, the odds were stacked against Johnathan Owens’ educational plans and his future. Only 71 percent of foster children earn a high school degree, just 8 percent of them earn a college degree and some 33 percent eventually become homeless, according to numbers crunched by the organization Promises2Kids. Despite those numbers, Owens will begin his higher education journey on Aug. 7 at the San Diego Miramar College, a community college based in the Miramar area of the City of San Diego. He will do so as a Guardian Scholars Award scholarship winner, a $5,000 prize for foster children in San Diego County, which pays for tuition costs of earning of an associate degree, plus other miscellaneous expenses.

The award “includes a scholarship, mentor, case management and other support services for any type of education they wish to pursue — vocational, community college or a four-year university education,” Tonya Torosian, CEO of Promises2Kids, told The Coast News. “Many students also use this funding for basic necessities such as food and transportation. It offers the consistency necessary for youth to reach their educational goals placing them on the path to self-sufficiency for years to come.” Prior to his winning the Guardian Scholars Award, which is given by Promises2Kids, Owens was a high school Junior Guardian Scholar, a program also run by Promises2Kids. The Junior program provides SAT test support, college application advising and other mentorship opportunities for foster children during high school as part of the college preparation process. A foster child since age 12,

when Owens was separated from his siblings, a press release about him winning the Guardian Scholars Award describes him as someone with advanced technology skills who plans to study in the automotive program at Miramar College. “Johnathan is a self-taught YouTube guru that learned to build a computer and phone from scratch by watching videos,” reads a press release about Owens’ story provided to The Coast News by the public relations firm Beck Ellman Heald. “He would charge his peers to repair their phones and laptops saving them hundreds of dollars and making a little money for himself. Technology is his passion and the automotive program allows him to work in a field where mechanics and technology combined.” Owens said that though he is studying in Miramar College’s automotive program, he may also enter the police academy after college when all is said and done.

He said he hopes to be an inspiration to other foster children with dreams of going to college, as well. “I would recommend that they know what they’re talking about, listen to advice and implement it accordingly. It’s also important to know what’s wrong and right,” said Owens. “Relationships were harder to come by through my high school years. If I had stronger relationships things would have been easier for me to overcome challenges.” Funded by a wide array of corporate sponsors, including San Diego Gas and Electric, Qualcomm, Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, Mattress Firm and others, Promises2Kids formerly went by the name Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. San Pasqual Academy — the high school from which Owens graduated and participated in sports such as track and field, football and basketball — is a “first residential education campus for

foster youth in the nation,” according to the school’s website. Money to get the 230-acre campus school of the ground came in the form of $6 million raised by Promise2Kids, according to the organization’s website. Formerly serving as a Seventh Day Adventist Church, the academy located along Highway 78 in Escondido opened for classes for the first time during the 2001-2002 school year and is administered by the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools. It has both a higher high school graduation rate by a magnitude of two compared to foster children nationwide and a higher graduation rate than California at-large. With a school like San Pasqual Academy in place, Torosian said that the organization’s eventual goal “is to be the first city in the United States to ensure that every youth in foster care has access to higher education.”

Escondido boy, 12, dies in Utah crash ESCONDIDO — A rollover crash on Interstate 15 in Utah killed a 12-year-old Escondido boy and seriously injured several family members, authorities said. Alex Speer was identified by the Utah Highway Patrol as the family member killed in the crash that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. July 28, according to the Deseret News. He was one of two boys thrown from a minivan when it rolled several times on southbound I-15 near Fillmore, around two hours south of Salt Lake City. Utah Highway Patrol officials said in a statement that a teenage girl with a learner’s permit was driving when for unknown reasons, the van drifted off the left side of the freeway, the Deseret News reported. The driver steered sharply to the right in an attempt to correct the drift, causing the van to veer across both lanes of southbound traffic before rolling several times, crossing over a fence and coming to a rest on the right side of a frontage road, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. A 14-year-old boy and Alex Speer were thrown from the vehicle. The teen driver and her 48-year-old father, Barry Speer, who was in the passenger seat, were airlifted to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, according to Utah Highway Patrol. Other family members, including mother Jennifer Speer, were seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Fillmore. A 9-yearold boy in the van was not seriously injured, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The family was returning to Escondido from a trip to Idaho when they crashed, according to a GoFundMe page set up by family friends. — City News Service

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THE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL team visited Italy last month and posted a perfect 3-0 match record while getting an opportunity to experience the history and culture of the host country. Courtesy photo

CSUSM volleyball shines in Italy SAN MARCOS — During its first European tour in program history, the Cal State San Marcos women’s volleyball team went a perfect 3-0 against international competition in Italy in late July. “This means a lot to our team and what we are trying to accomplish this season,” said CSUSM head coach Andrea Leonard.

“The international competition was really strong. It was a different style of play and it really challenged us in a lot of different ways. This was a great start for our team. We are leaving this tour with a lot information and things to work on ahead of the start of our season.” First, the Cougars beat Dream Volley Pisa in

five sets, then they faced Volley Cecina twice during their visit. In the first match against Volley Cecina, the Cougars won four sets and dropped one. But the Cougars bounced back during their second match against Cecina and won in four sets. During their week in Italy, the women were also able to immerse them-

selves into the Italian culture through language, history, art, traditions and food. CSUSM volleyball opens the 2018-19 regular season with the Aug. 23-25 Cougar Classic tournament at The Sports Center, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. For more information and tickets, visit

Missing Vista man, 83, Heat closes some parks found dead in Carlsbad REGION — A body discovered in a Carlsbad openspace park was that of an ailing 83-year-old man who had wandered away from his home four days earlier. A hiker found Francisco Larios of Vista dead in Calavera Lake Preserve early in the evening on July 26, according to sheriff's officials. Larios, who had a history of heart problems and was unable to speak due to a recent stroke, had walked

away from his home the previous Sunday, Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said. Search-and-rescue personnel looked for Larios for hours that day with help from a sheriff’s helicopter crew, to no avail. Sheriff’s detectives followed up on possible leads as to his whereabouts in the following days but also were unable to track him down, Stubkjaer said. — City News Service

REGION — Several San Diego County parks will close for the month of August, in a precautionary move taken annually due to expected extreme heat levels, the county Parks and Recreation department announced last month. El Capitan Preserve near Lakeside, Mt. Gower Preserve near Ramona, Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center and Wilderness Gardens in Pala closed July 31. Agua Caliente Region-

al Park and Vallecito County Park in the Anza-Boreggo Desert are closed all summer. They will reopen Labor Day weekend.Nearly 100 other county parks and preserves are open this month. Officials recommend recreationists let others know their plans before leaving, hike with others, leave dogs at home on hot days, bring plenty of water and wear lightweight, ventilated clothing. — City News Service

REGION — ­ Authorities reached out to the public Aug. 8 for help in identifying a group of thieves responsible for a seven-month series of grab-and-run thefts at North County Apple store locations. The burglaries in Carlsbad and Escondido have led to injuries in several cases and is believed to be related to similar crimes throughout California, according to police. In all, the losses statewide have exceeded $750,000, officials said. During the heists, the thieves — black men who appear to be in their 20s, possibly accompanied by a woman — have generally worn hooded jackets or sweatshirts with the cowls pulled over their heads and mostly concealing their faces. In most cases, after scooping up high-end merchandise off display tables, the crooks have bolted to a waiting getaway vehicle. On several occasions, witnesses have been hurt while trying in vain to stop the fleeing robbers, police said. Surveillance cameras in the targeted businesses have captured numerous images of the thieves. Anyone who might be able to help identify the perpetrators is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. — City News Service

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Reliability, savings in historic water deal By Mark Muir

A historic achievement for the San Diego region passed almost unnoticed when the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors adopted new wholesale water rates in late June. The rate-setting process highlighted how the Water Authority’s independent water supplies from the Colorado River are now both less expensive and more reliable than supplies from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. It’s an accomplishment that the region’s water officials started working toward two decades ago, and one that will bear fruit for decades to come. The value of our independent water supplies will grow in coming years given the rapid increases in MWD’s rates, which have risen far faster than the cost of the Water Authority’s Colorado River supplies secured in 2003 through a complex, multi-state pact known as the Quantification Settlement Agreement. From the start, that landmark deal helped secure our economy and quality of life by giving us a major new source of water with a high-

er priority — or legal right — to Colorado River water than MWD. The agreement allowed the Water Authority to transfer increasingly large amounts of conserved water from the Imperial Valley to San Diego, so that by 2020 it will meet about half of our region’s projected water demand. That visionary agreement also minimized the impact of MWD’s water delivery cutbacks during the past two droughts. In 2015, for example, MWD reduced water deliveries by 15 percent, but the Water Authority’s independent supplies meant we had enough water to meet 99 percent of normal demand. While the supply benefits of the conservation-and-transfer agreement have long been clear, the region is just now starting to feel the cost benefits as well. Here’s why: At the start, our independent Colorado River supplies were more expensive than MWD water. However, the cost of the Water Authority’s independent Colorado River supplies is controlled by a contract linked to the rate of inflation, which means those costs are rising far more slowly than MWD’s rates

and charges. In addition, the Water Authority has benefited from lawsuits that forced MWD to drop illegal charges for delivering our independent Colorado River supplies. A 2017 appellate court ruling netted the Water Authority about $15 million in savings in 2019, with tens of millions of additional savings in years to come. The combined effect is that the Water Authority’s independent Colorado River supplies are less expensive than MWD supplies by $44 per acre-foot this year. In 2019, the difference will grow to $68 per acre-foot, and in 2020 our independent supplies are projected to be less expensive by $121 per acre-foot. That’s worth celebrating because it means regional wholesale water rate increases in 2019 are among the lowest in 15 years – a testament to the all those who have worked for decades to secure a safe, reliable and cost-effective water supply for everyone who calls this place home. Mark Muir chairs the board of the San Diego County Water Authority

First 5 program serves district children well By Marie Waldron

In 1998, Proposition 10 established the First 5 program to provide early childhood development programs and services in each of California’s 58 counties. With 90 person of brain development occurring by age 5, the importance of early childhood development cannot be overstated. The First 5 program focuses on four main areas: health, learning, family and community. Through First 5, our youngest children receive developmental screenings, high-quality preschool, dental care, parenting workshops, and more. Last year, First 5 San Diego helped more than 54,000 young children and their families. A few of the services provided included screenings of almost 18,000 children for developmental delays, which resulted

in treatment for over 5,000 children. In addition, almost 24,000 children and 6,800 pregnant women were screened for oral health, and high-quality early education was provided for 14,000 children. All told, First 5 invested more than $37 million in San Diego County into services for children and their families. In Riverside County, last year First 5 programs reached over 15,000 children and 40,000 parents, spending over $9 million, $6.5 million and $3 million respectively on early learning, child health and family strengthening programs. Total program expenditures in Riverside County last year exceeded $20.6 million. First 5 programs in each county are administered by a five-member commission of county residents. Members must include a county

supervisor who served as Chair of the Board of Supervisors in the previous calendar year. Other board members are picked from local government and other organizations involved with child care, childhood development, at-risk families, behavioral health and other related fields. Therefore, programs are managed by residents of the region served. First 5 funding is well spent. The program is an outstanding example of locally-based and controlled programs that really work to provide critical services for our youngest citizens. Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

o state has been more visible than California in resisting the environmental policies of President Trump, filing 38 lawsuits by the beginning of this month. Now the state’s massive early fire season is demonstrating the merit of those legal actions. For every authority analyzing the unprecedented level of early summer blazes here and around the world agrees that one major cause is heat – record heat that has beset almost every place in the world from Switzerland to Hong Kong, from San Francisco to parts of Finland north of the Arctic Circle. Yes, Finland, where Trump staged his lugubrious July summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has seen temperatures in the 90s this year, for the first time in recorded history. Meanwhile, England sweated through a record heat wave, while Greece saw the deadliest fires in its long history and Europe’s worst since 1900. Several prominent waterfalls in Switzerland fed by Alpine snowmelt stopped flowing months earlier than usual. And then there’s California, where at one time in July, 19 wildfires burned simultaneously, taking well over 1,000 homes and some lives. Scientists at the state universities of Colorado, Nebraska and Nevada (Reno) report regional temperature averages in the West have increased by 2 degrees since the 1970s, resulting in drier and more combustible plant growth. At the same time, NASA scientists say this climate change helped kill thousands of trees and bushes in California’s

california focus thomas d. elias mountains, providing unprecedented amounts of tinder. Rather than act to help mitigate this crisis, Trump’s administration has taken myriad actions appearing to further it. Trump is trying to roll back automotive emission standards. He’s shrunk several national monuments to make way for mining. The president ended NASA’s climate monitoring program, a head-in-the-sand move that allows him to keep denying climate change. He’s cut programs designed to find new renewable energy sources and shut down instruments on existing satellites that measure heat on the earth’s surface. He’s loosened regulations on toxic emissions from industrial sources and dropped climate change from the official list of threats to national security. California is resisting some of that, but its lawsuits are likely just a delaying action ultimately doomed to failure when they reach the U.S. Supreme Court, to which Trump has nominated two judges long opposed to environmental regulations. That can only help things get worse and hotter before they get cooler and better. But victims of the fires who lose homes and businesses and loved ones will not be able to sue Trump or his appointees for helping cause their woes because it’s difficult to parse out a direct link between, say, enabling toxic emissions in Penn-

sylvania and the degree of fury in a California fire. But there is a connection, and virtually every other government in the world besides ours has seen it and agreed to act on it. Even China, long noted for high levels of smog and other pollutants in its cities and countryside. If climate change could cause cool and foggy San Francisco to see record heat reach 106 over last year’s Labor Day weekend, then it likely also is one reason there is less snow on the Alps and the Canadian Rockies now than 10 years ago and also why it’s difficult to see a glacier anymore from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. The lesson of all this is that if Trump and the West Virginia coal miners who overwhelmingly voted for him in the last election see no harm in greenhouse gases they are creating and furthering, California has no choice but to resist. The lawsuits at the heart of such resistance won’t end the far longer fire seasons that have become a regular feature of California life, but they may help the world fend off an even bigger crisis than it faces right now, even if Trump and his many supporters choose to ignore what’s before them daily. After all, this is a president who exhorted a crowd the other day, “Don’t believe what you see …” It was reminiscent of the joke about the husband, caught in flagrante and denying anything untoward, asking his wife, “Who are you going to believe: me or your lying eyes?” Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, go to www.

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Community rallies around Little League after vandalism incident By Aaron Burgin

VISTA — It has been nearly three weeks since thieves ransacked the army-green snack bar that has stood for 40 years at the Vista National Little League ball fields off of Hannalei Drive. And in those three weeks, Little League representatives said, the community support has been overwhelming. “The support has been incredible,” said Shane Ortega, a parent who serves as the league’s president. “And it’s been from all corners of the community.” Families and individuals donated money and time to help restore the snack bar and restock the cupboards and refrigerator. The local firefighters association donated money and volunteers to help with the restoration efforts. Ortega said the support shouldn’t come as a surprise. Vista has long had a love affair with its three Little League baseball organizations — Vista American, Rancho Buena Vista and Vista National. And the three leagues, while competitors, also rally around one another. “They all empathize with what is going on,” Ortega said. “Both Little Leagues and families as well as the leagues themselves donated money and snack bar goods to help us get back and making things better. They’ve been through it; Vista American

THE STONEBROOKE CHURCH BALL FIELDS off of Hannalei Drive in Vista, where the Vista VISTA NATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE President Shane Ortega National Little League plays. The snack bar at the site was vandalised and burglarized the stands inside the snack stand that was burglarized. Thieves weekend of July 14-15. Photos by Shana Thompson stole wo cash registers and some food.

had their snack bar broken into as well.” As for the community, Ortega said, it seems that even people not formally associated with the league have some tie to it: their kid, or their grandchild or their neighbor’s children play there. “All of our kids play there, so they see it as a sacred area that should be hands off to that type of stuff,” Ortega said. “It’s probably why people are so upset.” The incident occurred the weekend of July 14 and July 15, and Little League

parents discovered the break-in the following Monday, July 16. Thieves ripped out the iron bars that protected a rear window of the snack bar and, perhaps in a search for money or food, “trashed the place real good,” Ortega said. They stole the club’s two cash register and some food, and they also left the refrigerators and freezers open, ruining the food they left behind. Additionally, the vandals trashed the snack bar, which basically has the same look and feel it had when it

was built 40 years ago at the baseball diamonds that sit perched below the Sprinter tracks. “Anytime you put a lot of time into volunteering and teaching your kids, and something like this happens, you feel very violated by it,” Ortega said. Cleanup efforts began almost immediately after police concluded their search for fingerprints and on-site investigation — and Little League representatives fielded questions from the host of TV news that descended upon the vandalized snack bar.

By 5:30 p.m. that Monday, volunteers had cleaned the snack bar and put the roll-up doors and security bars back in place. But the outpouring of support continued, Ortega said. He specifically highlighted the support of the Vista Firefighters Association, which donated money and manpower to the efforts. Brendan Halle, a fire captain and spokesman for the association, said that it was an easy decision to rally behind the league, which included painting and cleaning the snack bar.

“A lot of us have either played, coached or managed a team, and when we heard the snack bar got vandalized, we wanted to see if we could get a little bit of money together and help them get the field back together,” Halle said. Ortega said parties still interested in assisting the league with its ongoing efforts can visit the league’s Facebook page or the website, “We’re 90 percent there, and we’re closer to being better than we were before the incident,” Ortega said.

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Save the Waves Film Festival will appear at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 N the Strand, Oceanside. The film’s tickets will fundraise for environmental programs and campaigns that educate and inspire audiences to protect the coastlines and oceans. Tickets are sold online at eventbrite. com/o/save-the-waves-coalition-472143027.


The 34th annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Contest and Beach Festival will take place on Aug. 10 through Aug. 12 at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 N. The Strand, Oceanside. Cost is free. There will be a variety of activities and entertainment for all ages.



Legacy Users Group will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Aug.10 in the Community Room of the Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. For information e-mail ca1skibum@yahoo. com, call 760-476-9289 or visit the Society website NSDCGS .org.


Kids in the Garden class from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 will be “Water, Water, Everywhere,” with Farmer Jones at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive. Class fee is $5 per child, and $5 per adult Garden entry. Pre-registration required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail. com or (760) 822-6824.


Blue Wave Kiwanis will be holding a summer “BUNCO 4 Bucks funfest” fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Oceanside Women’s Club, 1606 Missouri St., Oceanside. Tickets are $20 per person and includes BUNCO, light refreshments, opportunity drawing and door prizes. Contact Janet Russell at (760) 583–3319 or Diane Hilbert at (760) 721–8025 to reserve a seat.

The lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972.




The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and Curbside Bites continue to host Food Truck Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Great Green (lawn area) of the California Center for the Arts, at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Rotating lineup of food trucks live music and games. For schedule, visit artcenter. org.

ber of Commerce, 5934 Priestly Drive, Carlsbad. This two-part nonpartisan seminar series will provide resources and allow participants to network with business and civic leaders. Cost is $40. For more information, visit event/civic-champion-workshop/2018-08-16/.

playing classic cars, from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Grand Avenue from Orange to Ivy Streets, Escondido, hosted by Escondido Together.

Registration is required by Aug. 10 for the city of Carlsbad’s Snores & S’mores family campout from 5 p.m. Aug. 11 to 9 a.m. Aug. 12, at Aviara Community Park at 6435 Ambrosia Lane, Carlsbad. Roast marshmallows, play games and watch an outdoor movie. Sunday morning offers AUG. 11 breakfast and an early ON DYING morning hike. The event is Hemlock Society of San $25 per person and is free Diego invites at 3 p.m. Aug. for ages 3 and under. 11, San Marcos Branch Library, 2 Civic Center CHANGES IN BOATING RULES Drive, San Marcos, to watch California has adopted “Speaking of Dying” on the new regulations starting complexities of end-of-life in 2018 for all operators of choices in today’s medical boats in the state. The Se- environment, followed by nior Anglers of Escondido discussion. Visit hemlockwill hear the latest informa- tion at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10, open to all VIRTUAL REALITY anglers age 50 and above, The Grid’s Virtual Reat the Park Avenue Com- ality Popup hosts Hypertag, munity Center, 210 Park a mix of laser tag and virtuAve., Escondido. For more al reality, now until Aug. 11 information, visit http:// at Pier View Plaza, 206 N. senioranglersofescondido. Coast Highway, Oceanside. net/. For more information, visit

The Oceanside Public Library will host a free, interactive animal magic show with performer John Abrams at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 AT the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Details at or call (760) 435-5600.

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Cardiff Dog Days of Summer will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. This free event features more than 100 dog-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoptions agencies, dog contests, live music, beer and wine garden, food trucks, activities for kids and a Maker’s Market Row.

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HEELS AND WHEELS is the theme of this month’s Encinitas Cruise Night, Aug. 16 along the 101. Courtesy photo

Donjo, artist-sculptor, will be returning to Art in the Village 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 along State Street and Grand Avenue. For more information, visit FRIENDS AND FAITH

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will Meeting and Potluck at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Carlsbad Aug. 14, ENJOY Happy Hour and dinner at Macaroni Grill, Escondido Aug. 15 and go bowling at Surf Bowl and dinner at Hunter Steakhouse, Oceanside Aug. 16. Reservations are necessary: (858) 764-4324.

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Ivey Ranch therapeutic riding center in Oceanside is holding an Adult Horse Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13 through Aug. 17 at 110 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Oceanside. Come join for handling, riding, showmanship, lunging, vetting, grooming, tack and styles lessons. Cost is $300 for the week. For more information, visit


The series of Intermediate Genealogy Classes, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, continues at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13 with “Probate Records” at Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Center. For information, call 949-310-1778 or e-mail

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to holistic living, health and wellness through products and education, the space hosts workshops and classes for those interested in learning new skills for self-reliant living as well as bulk herbs, teas, essential oils, handmade soaps and other sundries. For more information, visit eventbrite. com/o/modern-maker-market-17525229842.


The fundraiser “Night at the Library” gala will be held Sept. 15 at the Carlsbad City Library (Dove) and hosted by Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation. For tickets, contact Gita Nassiri, foundation president, (760) 651-2523.

Vista Community Clinic offers the “VCC Health Report to the Community,” at 7 a.m. Aug. 16 at Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. Register at (760) 631-5000, ext. 1139 CROSS-COUNTRY RACES or e-mail The North County Road Runners cross-country group will host a 3-mile HEELS AND WHEELS Encinitas Cruise Wild Duck 5k race for MasNights’ August theme is ters 40+, Open 39-and-unHeels and Wheels from 5:30 der and Alumni at 7:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, along Aug. 18 at Guajome Park, Registration South Coast Hwy 101, D to J Oceanside. Streets. Cruise Nights bring and information at northclassic cars and live music to South Coast Highway 101 for a night of family friendly fun. ONGOING EVENTS HELP AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

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A fiesta fundraiser will be held to support the fourth-grade California History & Art Program 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Leo Carrillo Ranch, 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Carlsbad. Food, drinks and silent auction will be held under AUG. 15 the stars. Ages 21 and up. IT’S HULLABALOO TIME Kid’s band Hullabaloo Tickets sold online for $95 will perform at 11 a.m. Aug. at 15 and Sept. 19 at the Lil Tritons Club at Del Mar Pla- MANAGE PAIN WITH OILS A Pain Management za, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Children eat free Workshop utilizing Prana at II Fornaio and Pacifica Plant oil with presenter Del Mar after the show. For Greg Toews7 to 10 p.m. Aug. more information, visit del- 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 at the California Institute for Human tons-club. Science, 701 Garden View ‘FIRST WE SURF, THEN WE EAT’ Ct., Encinitas. Cost is $225. Author and surfer Jim Pre-registration required, Kempton will be autograph- payment at the door. Coning copies of his book “ First tact Matt Gold or Ted FenWe Surf, Then We Eat” 4 to ton at Matt (512) 878-7272 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Cal- or Ted (323) 422-4250 or Matt@Wholistiifornia Surf Museum, 312 e-mail Pier View Way, Oceanside. or Ted@ Admission is free. Profits from the book will go to the California Surf Museum’s Permanent Exhibit Fund to COMING UP present the history of surf- MEET THE CANDIDATES The Escondido Demoing through the surfboards in the museum’s collection. cratic Club invites you to attend the Breakfast With REPUBLICANS HOST CANDIDATE Champions event on from Join the Republican 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at ApClub of Ocean Hills at noon plebee’s, 1216 Auto Park Aug. 15 to meet Steve Hasty, Way, Escondido. Come join candidate for the MiraCosta mayoral candidate Paul Community College Board McNamara, District 1 canof Trustees. at the Broken didate Consuelo Martinez, Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, District 2 candidate VanesOceanside. Lunch is $15 per sa Valenzuela, 50th Conperson and covers any food gressional District candiitem on the menu, a non-al- date Ammar Campa-Najjar, coholic drink, and taxes 75th State Assembly canand tip. Cash or check only didate Alan Geraci, 38th at the door (credit cards State Senate candidate Jeff not accepted). RSVP by Griffith and more. Tickets contacting Colleen at (760) are $10 donation online at 842-8735.

The San Diego North County African Violet Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 14 in the Vista Public Library Community Room, AUG. 16 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. CIVIC CHAMPION WORKSHOP For additional information, The Carlsbad Chamber contact Barb Conrad at of Commerce’s Civic pion Workshop Series will educate, inform and equip NATURAL MARKET FOR HEALTH civic-minded citizens with Modern Maker Mar- the tools needed to make a INTERFAITH AWARENESS ANNUAL ART IN THE VILLAGE ket is now open 11 a.m. to difference during the upAn “Interfaith AwareRobin Rodig author of 5 p.m. Tuesdays through coming elections from 4 to ness Craft Booth” will be the blog “Robin Goes To,” Saturdays 140 S. Juniper 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and Aug. part of Cruisin’ Grand, dis- travel photographer, and St., Escondido. Dedicated 23 at the Carlsbad Cham-

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Exposure Skate Clinic is hosting a free event for women and girls of all ages and abilities to come experience instruction and coaching from top professionals and the CATF Coaches Aug. 25, at the CA Training Facility, 1410 Vantage Court, Vista. You can hone your current street or park skills on the

Volunteers are needed at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Opportunities are available to read with the children, as one-onone mentors, helping to facilitate a self-monitored reading program in the computer lab, or teaching art, dance, theatre, fitness, STEM, or other special classes. Other volunteer opportunities include administration, assisting with special events, photography, and grant writing. most volunteers working with the children commit to once per week for 1 ½ hours. Visit or call (760) 724-6606.


The Rancho Buena Vista Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announces the launch of its 2018-2019 American History Essay contest: “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign,” for schools and individual students in the fifth through the eighth grades. The essay submission deadline is Nov. 1. Award ceremony will follow in February 2019. For more information contact Laquetta Montgomery at


Hospice of the North Coast hosts a free open support group for adults every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Adult Classroom A, 2405 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista.

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FIREFIGHTERS WORKED QUICKLY to fully contain the San Pasqual Fire that spread over 365 open acres near San Diego Safari Zoo Park last month. The blaze started near the 17000 block of Highway 78 in the San Pasqual Valley, according to Cal Fire. Photo via Twitter

San Pasqual Fire renews concerns over Safari Highlands project By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — Lisa Hoffman’s family lives near the Eagle Crest Golf Club in Escondido, just miles from the epicenter of a wildfire which engulfed a 365-acre area just several miles southeast of there along Highway 78 on July 27. Dubbed the San Pasqual fire, which inflamed the land at the 17000 block of Highway 78, Hoffman told The Coast News that “when the fire started my husband and I were at work and kids were home.” The fire did not cause any structural damage, nor lead to any deaths or injuries in the area. “It was pure panic, the kids were freaking out, my daughter was going to drive over from Carlsbad to grab pets, siblings and (our) fire safe for us,” said Hoffman. “I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like with hundreds more people in the area. Yes, we need more housing, and affordable housing, but that’s not the spot.” Hoffman was referring to the spot being proposed just south of the Eagle Crest Golf Club and north of San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park known as Safari Highlands Ranch, a 1,100-acre plot of land on which the company Concordia Homes has proposed to build 550 new luxury homes. Critics of the proposal have stated, well before the eruption of the San Pasqual Fire, that they believe building a housing complex in this area presents a fire hazard for its future residents. But the stoking of this latest fire has renewed those concerns. “(M)emories of the Cedar fire in 2003 and the Witch Creek fire in 2007 are all too fresh in minds of many who call San Pasqual Valley home and the recent San Pasqual fire is yet another reminder of the fire risk in the valley,” NeySa Ely, CEO of the San Pasqual

Valley Preservation Alliance, told The Coast News via email. “Safari Highlands Ranch will significantly add to that risk by constructing 550 luxury homes on the same type of terrain that burst into flames last Friday. As currently planned, Safari Highlands Ranch offers no infrastructure improvements that would significantly mitigate the additional risk.” Proponents of the plan counter that planned precautions baked into the Safari Highlands development plan will ensure that residents in the planned real estate territory and surrounding communities will be safe if a fire akin to the San Pasqual fire approaches the land basin. “We are thankful that no injuries or property damages were reported as a result of the recent San Pasqual fire. Safari Highlands Ranch will promote continued positive outcomes in the case of future wildfires by helping improve emergency response times and access in the San Pasqual Valley,” Kenneth Moore, spokesman for Concordia Homes and manager of public affairs at the public relations firm Southwest Strategies, said in a prepared statement. Moore also stated that Safari Highlands Ranch will construct a new, two-way emergency access road in the area in case of a natural disaster, such as a wildfire, as well as a new 7,000-squarefoot fire station “at no cost to the city of Escondido.” “Ongoing staffing and operation costs will be funded through excess revenue generated by Safari Highlands Ranch and a new special assessment district placed on its new homeowners only,” Moore continued. “The new fire station will provide emergency services to the San Pasqual Valley

within minutes, helping to save lives when seconds count and reducing homeowners’ insurance premiums for nearby residents.” Not everyone involved in planning process, however, agrees with the Safari Highland safety assessment. Charlie Jancic, chair of the city of San Diego’s San Pasqual-Lake Hodges Planning Group — which has not yet taken an official position on Safari Highlands — said his home was burned down in 2007 at the hands of the Gujieto fire and he has concerns that those the future generation of people who choose to dwell at the proposed facility could suffer

the same fate if it receives city of Escondido approval. He read through the Environmental Impact Report and does not believe what’s found within it would be adequate enough to halt the carnage of a large-scale wildfire. “The evacuation plan in the event of a major fire seems inadequate, especially when you consider a lot of working parents would be trying to get into the area to pick their kids up from the school which is on the main road out,” he said. “The firefighters at the proposed fire station would be hopelessly overwhelmed trying to protect 550 homes

in a firestorm. Of course this means our limited outside fire resources could be diverted to Safari Highlands, and other areas would suffer from lack of protection.” The Environmental Impact Report for Safari Highlands, though, says a new fire station in the area may be useful in fending off wildfires in that neck of the woods. “(T)he on-site fire station would provide a fire and medical emergency response capability that is not currently available in the area,” explains the report, prepared for the city of Escondido by the firm Michael Barker Interna-

tional, which is owned by the Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm DC Capital Partners. “The ability to respond quickly to emergencies proportionately raises the probability of successful outcomes.” Moore said that Safari Highlands Ranch expects the proposal to go in front of the city of Escondido’s Planning Commission and City Council later this year or early next year. Between now and then, the city will work on drafting the final Environmental Impact Report and responding to the public comments submitted about the proposal earlier this year.

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San Onofre report meets public resistance By Claudia Piepenburg

OCEANSIDE — On Aug. 7, more than 200 San Diego County residents attended the first of two public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Report prepared by the California State Lands Commission regarding the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS. The hearing was held at the Oceanside City Hall, Civic Center. The California State Lands Commission is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. Cynthia Herzog, project manager and senior environmental scientist, kicked off the hearing that began with a short presentation of the decommissioning project and the contents of the draft EIR that included alternatives, most significant environmental impacts (hazardous radiological materials and air quality) and proposed mitigation measures. Following the presentation, residents were given three minutes to make public comments to the commission staff. The majority of residents made it clear that they were not happy with the draft and wanted major changes to the decommissioning project. Most of the people who spoke mentioned their concern about the dangers in

burying nuclear waste in such close proximity to the ocean, not high enough above tide level to protect it from rising sea levels or a tsunami. Some speakers supported their comments with visual props, as in the case of Charles Langley, executive director of Public Watchdogs, who held up a mobile Geiger counter as he spoke. “The public needs to know if radiation levels are exceeding what’s safe,” Langley said. “There must be real-time radiation monitoring as the project unfolds.” Langley expressed concern that when a leak occurred at the plant in 2012, it was 17 days before the public was notified. Ray Lutz, founder of Citizens Oversight, spoke longer than his allotted three minutes, stopping several times to compose himself as he began crying when making his comments. One of the requests he made was that the spent fuel rods be encased in a dual canister design so they would have a 1,000-year life span as opposed to the 40 years proposed in the draft. At the end of his comments Lutz asked the panel: “Why are there no recordings of your meetings? No live-streaming? YouTube doesn’t cost anything. Don’t you believe in the internet?” Madge Torres, also with Citizens Oversight, told the panel that she wanted the decommissioning to be seen as an emergency. “You have to find another place to put the spent fuel other than bury-

ing it on the beach. I ask you to start over and deny this report.” When Teresa Kempner, founder of the Universal Temple of Higher Consciousness, addressed the panel she asked if they were being blackmailed or threatened in some fashion. “We all need air and water to live,” Kempner said. “This is our planet. This shouldn’t be about us and them. It’s about all of us.” Early in her comments Angela Mooney D’Arcy, executive director of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, talked about length of the report. “I have a law degree and I found this report to be a challenge to wade through. It would be helpful if you could come up with a shorter, perhaps two-page summary so people could better understand it.” Several of the speakers mentioned the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, expressing their concerns that if there’s an earthquake or an accident occurs as the spent fuel is being removed, the lives of the 8 million people who live within a 50-mile radius of the plant, would be at risk. The public review period of the draft EIR began June 27 and closes on Aug. 28. To read the EIR in PDF format, go to the commission’s website: and click on “All CEQA Documents.” For a paper copy or a compact disc contact the commission via email at CEQA. or by phone: (916) 574-1890.

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Civil Air Patrol goes to nationals By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Civil Air Patrol Skyhawks Squadron 47 had an active year in the competition arena making its way to the nationals. The community came together, including the Vista Fire Department, to help the Skyhawks 47. Vista resident Cpt. Mike Hamnquist said he approached Vista fire Chief Jeff Hahn because of an important competition phase. The segment involved an outdoor event where cadets raise and lower the flag on a flagpole, fold it and then present it to a judge. “They are judging every move that they make from the second that they leave the box, which is the ready area, to the flagpole to the rope handling to the flag handling and the fold and the marching,” he said of the 15-minute event. “Everything that they do there is scrutinized.” Hamnquist said the Vista Fire Department offered great locations because they have many kinds of poles with different heights, widths and styles such as with ropes on the outside or inside of the poles. “The fire stations also have done really well for us on that because they allow us to use one of their open bays in the station,” he said. “We were able to set up the flags in different locations in the bay and (had) a lot of different venues to work with.” Hahn said he was happy to help out the Skyhawks 47 and that their six fire stations had different flagpole setups. He said he was surprised to learn the cadets were also practicing ceremonial flag drills, so they were invited inside to



ities of our community, we will use this Plan to continue offering great customer service, resources, and community outreach with measurable results,” Patricia Crosby, director of the Escondido Public Library, said via email. “Educating the community that we exist, that we are relevant to their lives, and on all of the resources and services we offer will be a priority.” Crosby, though the director of the library, officially works for Library Systems & Services. It’s a job she began in January, just as the court case was heating up. And that’s where the ongoing lawsuit comes into play. In response to a question about how the ongoing lawsuit could impact Library Systems & Services’ plans going forward, Joanna Axelrod, city director of communications and community services, pointed to the city’s motion for summary judgment to dismiss the case. Filed on July 26, a hearing on that motion is set to take place on Oct. 19 at the Vista Superior Court location. That lawsuit was origi-


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COMPETING AT NATIONALS in Ohio in July are C/SrA Kaila Wright, left, C/CMSgt Ian Hamnquist, C/TSgt Ethan Prom and C/1Lt Nathan Bierle. Courtesy photo

practice their folding techniques. “I’ve been to many memorials where they fold and present the flag, and it’s a very specific drill that you do in a very specific way,” Hahn said. “Our firefighters welcomed them in — and it was great that Skyhawks 47 made it all the way to the nationals.” Before the Skyhawks 47 competed in the Nationals in Dayton, Ohio, in July, they competed in Bakersfield in March for the State of California. Next were the Regionals in Reno, Nevada, in May representing the state of California and competing against fellow squadrons from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada. The Skyhawks 47 secured first place at both competitions. At the Nationals, the Skyhawks 47 took 10th place from a total of the top16 squadrons in the nanally filed last November by Roy and Mary Garrett, two residents of Escondido since 1972 who are active members of the grassroots group Save Our Escondido Library. While offering myriad legal reasons as to why the case should be decided via summary judgment by the judge for the case, the city of Escondido wrote in its Motion for Summary Judgement that it should also be dismissed because it believes the Garretts do not have standing to sue. The Garretts "are not claiming a curtailment of rights personal to them, nor do they have a financial interest in the implementation" of the agreement between the city of Escondido and Library Systems & Services "other than their asserted basis for standing as two City taxpayers and residents in a city of over 150,000 residents," the city of Escondido argued. The city went on to say the "general public elected the City Council that passed the Resolution (creating the partnership), which is the same body ... that exercises its discretion in the appropriation of the funds necessary to operate the Library." The city of Escondido had previously attempted

tion. Since 2002, Hamnquist said, Skyhawks 47 had won the California wing competition 14 times and the regionals a total of 13 times. “It’s an amazing reward to watch our cadets come together and perform in 12 different categories,” he said. “The reward for me is to watch them grow, bond and become a team.” In addition to the outdoor and indoor competition, squadrons have a physical fitness test as well as a written test comprised of 70 questions that they have 70 minutes to complete. Skyhawks 47 cadets come from Vista, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Temecula and Laguna Nigel. Currently, there are 30 active members. Its headquarters are located at the Army Reserve Center on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Hamnquist said. “We follow exactly what the Air Force does in terms of ranks, protocol and training,” he said. “We aren’t actual service people — we are a 100 percent volunteer organization with three missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.” Cadets range from 10 to 18 years of age, and the Skyhawks just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Hamnquist shared how his three sons have been cadets for the Skyhawks. He said it’s a great organization that helps transform youth members into leaders. “The Civil Air Patrol cadet programs is a pretty incredible opportunity and one of the most hidden gems out there,” he said. to dismiss the case through what’s called a Demurrer on Dec. 19, 2017, which accepts the facts of the case on their face but says they are legally insufficient for it to move forward from a legal standpoint. That demurrer failed, however, with Judge Earl Maas ruling on April 6 that the legal case made by the plaintiffs to date warrants the case proceeding. The plaintiffs had also previously attempted to halt the case by filing a motion for a temporary restraining order and injunction, which also failed. “We expect the court


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More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local turnkey provider, Sullivan Solar Power, has been recognized by “Solar Power World” magazine for its contributions to the industry. Sullivan Solar Power has once again achieved a ranking on the magazine's 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors based on kilowatts installed in the previous year. For more information about Sullivan Solar Power, visit


North County African American Women’s Association was recently recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion by Watkins Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Masco Corp. A grant in the amount of $10,000 was awarded and presented to NCAAWA in June. In receiving the grant from Sandra Shuda, Director of Human Resources, for Watkins Manufacturing, NCAAWA President Raye Clendening said, “This is a rewarding recognition of our 23-year commitment to empower women and girls through education, health awareness and life skills programs that increase their self-sufficiency.”


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will enforce the law, order the offensive resolution dissolved, and restore the public library to the management responsibility of the Board of Trustees” of the Escondido Public Library, Alan Geraci, the attorney representing Roy and Mary Garrett said via email. Geraci also stated that he believes a deeper issue, beyond the status of the Escondido Public Library system itself, is at play for the case. “We fight this lawsuit to defend our constitutional ‘commons,’” explained Geraci. “That is, everything

DAN SHOWALTER, the subject of a new biography, was one of California’s most colorful and controversial characters. Courtesy photo

The Carlsbad Friends of the Arts presented a check for $28,000 to The Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office. The non-profit raises money every year to support the many programs and activities The Cultural Arts office provides to the North Coast community. On hand for the donation were Carlsbad Councilman Keith Blackburn, Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Councilman Mark Packard, Carlsbad Friends of the Arts Board members Patricia Callahan, Brenda Beckett, Aaron Alter, Alan Rock, Amanda Ecoff and Councilman Cori Schumacher and Michael Schumacher.

exclusively serving San Diego County, opened its 31st local branch of the credit union Aug. 6 at 1270C Auto Park Way, Escondido. This is Mission Fed’s second location in Escondido; the other GREAT PLACE TO WORK GlenBrook Health Cenis at 1500 E. Valley Parkway. ter in Carlsbad has been certified as a top workplace ESCONDIDO AUTHOR’S LATEST Longtime Escondido by the independent research resident Gene Armistead is and consulting firm Great the co-author of “An Arch Place to Work. The certificaRebel Like Myself — Dan tion process for GlenBrook Showalter and the Civil War included a survey of all emin California and Texas,” ployees encompassing all released in July by McFar- departments, job functions land & Co. Inc. Publishers. and levels of experience. This is the first full-length biography of Showalter, one LOOKING FOR PROJECTS The SANDAG Board of of California's most colorful and controversial politicians Directors released a ”call for in 1861. Showalter came to projects” for the Specialized California during the Gold Transportation Grant ProRush and mined in Mariposa gram. The Cycle 10 Call for County which he represent- Projects makes $7 million ed in the State Assembly in available in grant funding 1857 and again in 1861. Pub- for local government agenlication details can be found cies, tribal governments, at https://mcfarlandbooks. social service agencies, pricom/product/an-arch-rebel- vate and public operators of public transportation, and like-myself. nonprofit organizations. Eligible projects include volSCHOLARSHIP SUPPORTED The Don Diego Scholar- unteer-driver and shuttle ship Foundation has received programs, non-emergency a $5,000 SDG&E Environ- medical trips, mobility manmental Champions Grant agement, travel training, earmarked for the Founda- and the purchase of accessition’s Plant*Grow*Eat bus ble vehicles. that belongs to all of us, and the many ways we work together to use these assets to build a better society. Our public library is such an institution and must be protected against the slippery slope of losing such commons to the perversion


of privatization.” If the motion for summary judgment made by the city of Escondido does not prevail, and the case does not settle between the two sides before now and then, the trial commencement date is set for Feb. 22, 2019.


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North County nonprofit turns to podcasting to help the homeless By Steve Puterski

REGION — Podcasting is a force in reaching mass audiences. And it’s one reason why Interfaith Community Services is joining the craze. Interfaith is a nonprofit dedicated to ending the homeless cycle for residents in North County. As a way to reach more people to enlist their support, Chief Executive Officer Greg Anglea turned to podcasting, launching the show, “Homeless in San Diego.” “We found there is a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions about the people experiencing homelessness,” he said. “We want to break down those stereotypes and connect the average community member to the actual people experiencing homelessness. We believe personal connections and being able to identify with someone as a human being rather than a statistic, is a real important piece to galvanize resources to help people overcome homelessness.” Interfaith launched its first episode on June 30 and has reached hundreds of listeners, even some who are homeless, Anglea said. He

PADRES MANAGING PARTNER Peter Seidler, left, joins podcast host Greg Anglea in the booth for a recording. Courtesy photo

is the host of the show, which features one aspect of homelessness per episode and delivers a clear call to action for listeners. Two weeks ago, using the Voice of San Diego’s studio (the studio rents to other podcasters), Interfaith Communications Manager Fiona King filled in as host

for Anglea (stuck in traffic) and spoke with Oceanside Homeless Outreach Team officer Josh Ferry and Jerry Allen, a former homeless man. The Oceanside Police Department was the first local police outfit to create and implement a Homeless Outreach Team in

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North County. Ferry described the efforts as more approachable and responsive to those in need; although he said they will enforce the law when necessary. Ferry crossed paths with Allen, who had been on the streets for 11 years after being released from prison. With the help of Kerry and his team, Allen was able to get an ID, social security card, birth certificate and clear his warrants. Oh, and he found a home. The impact is more than Allen could describe, but he noted how his health is better (he had two strokes and suffered heart failure) and he gained 30 pounds and is back up to his normal weight. “Each episode is driven by one person or one family who has experienced homelessness,” Anglea said. “We give them a chance to share who they are, their journey, where homelessness came into that journey and how they, hopefully, have overcome homelessness.” But for Interfaith, the podcast is more about connecting the public with real-life stories and

impacts. While Interfaith is one of many homeless service providers, Anglea said they are happy to have guests from other nonprofits such as the McAllister Institute, Solutions for Change and others on the program. After all, they are all fighting the same battle. Anglea was also able to land one big guest, Peter Seidler, the owner of the San Diego Padres. Their discussion centers on the business community and how they are addressing the issue. Within each episode, Anglea also focuses on the roles of resources, for example what is a shelter and what does it look like? In addition, he and the guests break down the reality of such resources to combat public misconceptions about those resources and how they are applied. “We encourage people to listen,” Anglea said. “I think the podcast is a powerful vehicle for storytelling and connecting people very personally to each other.” For more about the podcast or to download, visit

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Advantages of a hair transplant over temporary treatments OCEANSIDE — Once you’re afflicted with hair loss, its progression is inevitable. When considering treatment, it’s important to recognize that only a few pharmacological treatments are available that may restore some hair loss. Hair restoration, on the other hand, is a permanent solution to a problem that otherwise will continue. “Pharmacological treatments need to be taken continuously and once the medication is stopped, any hair that has grown in will be gradually lost once again,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD, said. “One of the main benefits of a hair transplant procedure is that it requires no maintenance once the procedure is completed. Transplanted hair literally grows like regular hair, so you will not have to use any kind of special chemicals on an ongoing basis.” Wagner said it is important to note that hair resto-


ration is a one-day process. “Unlike most topical treatments for balding issues, a hair transplant procedure offers the most reliable and permanent solution,” he said While medication for hair loss can be effective, it’s simply a temporary quickfix. The specialists at MyHairTransplantMD work exclusively in hair restoration procedures making them an obvious choice to not only restore your hair, but your confidence. “When we look our best, we feel our best and our most


confident, so it just makes sense to find a permanent solution to an issue that, for many, gets in the way of that,” Wagner said. Recognizing that life can be hectic, a zero-maintenance solution with minimal downtime to permanently do away with baldness is optimal. “Tremendous advances have been made in hair restoration, and at MyHairTransplantMD we offer Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE,” Wagner said. “Previously only Follicular Unit Grafting, or the FUG method, was


available in which long thin strips of scalp are extracted. Now we have FUE, which has a multitude of benefits including the absence of a scar line, fast healing and minimal discomfort.” While both methods achieve natural-looking results, they differ in the way the hairs are extracted. “Both techniques place hairs the way they would naturally grow,” Wagner said. “The big difference is the way in which the hairs are extracted. FUE is essentially the ‘one hair at a time’ method. The hairs are extracted the


same way they grow, in naturally occurring clusters.” The FUE procedure is not as widely available as the traditional FUG method, and Wagner is proud to be able to offer it to North County clients. The first step in the FUE technique is to remove follicles from the donor area. The hairs are extracted in their naturally occurring one-, two, three- and four-hair follicle units from areas of the scalp that are resistant to balding. They are then transplanted into tiny incisions in the balding areas.

The extracted hairs are then examined to assess their integrity and suitability for transplantation. “These grafts are then meticulously placed at the correct angle, direction and pattern of your original hair,” Wagner said. “This allows enough blood to nourish every hair during the brief five- to seven-day healing process. Then the donor area is dressed with an antibiotic ointment. There are no sutures, and no bandages.” If you have been living with hair loss or are taking a pharmacological approach and want to find a permanent and reliable solution, Wagner invites you to schedule a free consultation at MyHairTransplantMD. Go to www. or call (800) 262-2017 for clear procedure pricing, testimonials or to schedule your no-cost consultation. The office is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside.

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Groups team up to provide lunches for North County seniors By Claudia Piepenburg

REGION — The senior population in San Diego County is increasing (between 2010 and 2012 the number of seniors living in the county increased 6 percent) and local service organizations and charities have stepped up to help this growing population. Help is being offered for issues such as social isolation, loneliness, depression, limited resources and inadequate nutrition. In 2014, with seed money from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Interfaith Community Services and Dreams for Change initiated a lunch program called North County Senior Connections lunches. Monday through Friday at senior mobile home communities and faith centers in San Marcos, Vista and Oceanside, seniors get a healthy lunch, socialize for an hour and enjoy educational speakers or entertainment. On a recent Monday at the Vista Village Mobile Home Park, 76-year old Henry Gemero, whose working years were spent as a bellhop at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, smiled as he finished off his nutritious lunch with a cup of chocolate pudding. “The lunches are very good,” Gemero said. He’s a bachelor who doesn’t cook or own a car, so when neighbors take him shopping he usually buys “ … a lot of peanut butter.” Gemero’s tablemate and friend Beverly Alexan-

der (age 75-and-a-half) said that although she’s not on a limited income like many of the residents because she has a pension from the city of Oceanside, she still enjoys coming to the lunches to socialize. “But there are people living here who really need the lunch. One of my neighbors used to eat only bread with butter and jam and a cup of coffee, every day, three times a day.” Donna Stinson has been with Interfaith Community Services for 17 years and has managed the North County Senior Connections program for the past three. She said that one of the most rewarding aspects of her job is talking to the residents who attend the lunches and listen to the speakers, and tell her that they never realized that there are so many organizations for seniors. “We’ve had lawyers speak to them who specialize in trusts and wills, social workers from the county aging and independent services, registered nurses from Palomar and representatives from technology companies. And we have fun entertainment, too. We’ve had the Navy band play and even a ukulele band.” Lunches served Monday and Tuesday at the mobile home parks in Vista and San Marcos cost $2. The Dreams for Change food truck, Thyme Together, provides hot lunches for $4 Wednesday through Friday at parks in San Marcos and Oceans-

AT INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES in Vista, Lee Becker, 95; Phyllis Kahn, 77; and Donna Engbretson, 80, enjoy a lowcost meal on Monday. Photo by Shana Thompson

ide and a church in Vista. “Your first lunch is free,” Stinson said. “You just have to be 55 or older.” Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, said that although the program is no longer receiving funding from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, they knew from the beginning that the foundation would provide seed funding. “We are getting grants, some government funding, charitable support and monies from individual donors, “Anglea said. He went on to say that there are plans to expand the program to other cities in North County. “We have a purposeful reason for being in these communities,” he said. “Poor nutrition, isolation,

loneliness and a lack of places for seniors to socialize are serious issues facing the senior community. We look at this lunch program as being a ‘pop-up’ senior center.” 1,768 seniors participated in the program during its first three years. The majority (91 percent) were white and females were also the majority (63 percent). The medium age was 73. Forty-seven percent of the program participants who lived alone and responded to a question about household income stated that they live on $1,442 a month or less. Learn more about Interfaith Community Services at Learn more about Dreams for Change at www.




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Close encounter with Devils Tower Eden Valley, Elfin Forest projects OK’d hit the By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved two controversial housing developments in the rural communities of Eden Valley and Elfin Forest. Critics of the Valiano and Harmony Grove Village South projects said the pair of developments would irrevocably alter the character of the communities, perched south of San Marcos and west of Escondido, while exacerbating traffic and fire concerns. But supervisors on July 25 voted 4-0 to approve each development — part of a bundle of projects approved as a single amendment to the county’s general plan — which they said would help ease the region’s growing housing crisis. “I’ve accepted the fact that we have grown over the years,” District 4 Supervisor Ron Roberts said. “We are going to continue to grow, I think, because San Diego is a very attractive place. With that literally comes requirements to provide housing opportunities for people who are here and people who may come here. “We need housing and I am not going to qualify it any more than that,” Roberts said. “If we are going to approve housing projects, I want them to work.” The approval paves the way for developers to build 453 units of new housing on 111 acres with the Harmony Grove Village South project, which is billed as an extension to the 742-home Harmony Grove Village Development approved 11 years ago by the board. Integral Communities,

with county approval, is going to build the 326-home Valiano project on 238 acres in Eden Valley and Harmony Grove. The two communities, generally south of San Marcos and west of Escondido, lie in a rural enclave of the county not far from Lake Poway. Residents have protested the projects on a number of fronts, including concerns about the increased density in the rural area, the lack of adequate infrastructure to support an evacuation during wildfires in a historically fire prone area, and the introduction of apartments into a landscape dominated by rural estates and single-family homes. Supporters of the project argue that these developments, along with several others in the planning pipeline, are sorely needed to help the county emerge from its housing crisis, arguing that opponents simply don’t want the housing in their backyard. Both projects received the near unanimous blessing from the Planning Commission, despite large crowds of opponents at both hearings. The same scenario played out during the seven-hour hearing on July 25, which also included a third, much larger project in east unincorporated Chula Vista. Opponents outnumbered supporters in both the North County items. But elected officials said that staff had vetted the projects and any concerns raised by the residents, siding with the need for more housing in a region starved for it.


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ative American legend has it that Devils Tower in eastern Wyoming was created when a giant bear clawed at the sides of a tree that grew larger and taller as the bear climbed. When the tree trunk was fully transformed, it stood as a mammoth stone monolith, lording over what is today the eastern Wyoming landscape. I thought about this myth as we headed west on U.S. Highway 14 toward Devils Tower National Monument. The June air was humid and rain had been falling continuously, so our first glimpse of the tower, from perhaps 10 or 12 miles out, was like looking through a gauzy veil. From that distance, the tower didn’t seem that formidable, but it certainly looked unique — an enormous rock piercing the horizon on an otherwise flat landscape. Myths aside, this unique tower began life about 50 million years ago when the center of the earth pushed forth a column of molten magma that never actually erupted through the planet’s crust. Then it took many more millions of years for the sedimentary rock around the column to erode, eventually exposing the tower. Today, Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the river below, and stands 867 feet above the base. Measure again in a few thousand years and the numbers will be different; scientists say that continuing erosion will uncover more of the igneous rock as time goes by. Some entries on Trip Advisor suggest that visitors pull off to the side of Highway 110, take a picture or two and move on to other things. No need to pay an entry fee to the park, they say. Do this, however, and you’ll miss feeling and understanding the full force of the events that created this natural-but-unearthly skyscraper. We paid our admission fee and headed for the Tower Trail (1.3 miles) that circumvents the 1,000-foot base of the tower. It got us

DEVILS TOWER in eastern Wyoming rises 1,267 feet above the river, and 867 feet above the base. The top is only 1.5 acres. More than 5,000 climbers scale its walls annually. The enormity of the forces of nature that created the monolith can be better understood by walking the 1.3-mile Tower Trail that takes visitors around the 1,000-foot base. Photo by Jerry Ondash

as close to the big rock tower as possible without donning climbing gear. But there are 5,000-plus people a year who do put on the ropes, carabiners and belay devices and scale the huge hexagonal columns. Apparently the large number of parallel cracks in the rock make it a climber’s paradise. It was three of these climbers who provided tangible perspective on the size of Devils Tower. About halfway around the loop trail, a group had stopped to point and gaze at three tiny specks clinging to the tower’s sheer columns. They were barely visible to the naked eye, and truth be told, I could only spot two — one red, one white — clinging to the


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wall about halfway up. Their presence changed the tower from one really big rock to freakily ginormous, almost beyond comprehension. By the way, the park service says that there are about 220 routes to the top and that it takes between four hours and six hours to ascend Devils Tower. However, in the 1980s, a climber name Todd Skinner accomplished the superhuman by climbing to the top in 18 minutes. Visiting Devils Tower also reminded us of a film favorite — Steven Spielberg’s 19¬¬¬¬77 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” In it, Richard Dreyfuss’ character Roy Neary developed an obsession with the shape of Devils Tower — recall the mashed-potato sculpture — before he figured out what it was. Once he understood, he experienced an inexplicable draw to the tower, which became the landing zone for an immense UFO. Back on the trail, we passed piles of crumbled rock — massive boulders that have broken away from the tower’s face. It reminded us that even nature’s seemingly permanent features are always changing and that nothing is forever. We also passed signs reminding visitors that the area is still sacred to many Native Americans, but the request for quiet went un-

heeded. Families with delighted (read noisy) kids, reveling in all of this outdoors, were impossible to contain. Part of the wonder of Devils Tower was watching how its shape and surrounding area changed as we followed the path around the base. The wooded areas provide homes for dozens of species of birds and it’s common to see white-tailed deer bounding through the trees. The flat grasslands have been claimed by a thriving, playful and protected prairie dog community. It was in 1906 that President Theodore Roosevelt declared Devils Tower the country’s first national monument, thus making Wyoming the home of both the first national monument and the first national park (Yellowstone). Today, there are more than 400 in the National Park System. At day’s end, I had only one more question: What happened to the apostrophe in “Devil’s?” According to an internet search, when the 1906 proclamation was issued by Roosevelt, the apostrophe was inadvertently missing and the misspelling was never corrected. Visit https://www.nps. gov/deto/index.htm. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook/ elouise.ondash.

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Vista Rod Run motors into historic downtown By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The sounds of drivers revving up their engines was the scene at the 29th annual Vista Rod Run. The Vista Village Business Association hosted the Aug. 5 event in historic downtown Vista. More than 350 classic entries and 4,500 spectators took part in the day. On event day, even more owners of collectible cars drove in. Thirty trophies were up for grabs for car collectors around San Diego County, surrounding counties and as far reaching as Orange County. Spectators perused muscle cars, street rods, hot rods and more. Owner of Five Star Premiere Events Debbie Medrano said the Vista Rod Run is a great community event. “People love the classic cars, and they love the stories that the guys stand around and share about their cars,” she said, adding how people look forward to this. While many of the entries were from repeat car collectors, there were also newbies at the Vista Rod Run like Pete Zacharzuk with his 1967 Mustang GT. “It took me over four years to find this car.” Zacharzuk said. “I had this type of car when my wife and I started dating in the 1970s.” Zacharzuk said he found the car in Ohio and had it shipped to the West Coast. Since it arrived, he’s meticulously restored it. While Medrano likes hearing all the stories, what she likes hearing most are the cars rolling in on event day. Doors opened at 7 a.m., but the cars motored in at 5 a.m. “When it’s dark, you hear these big engines roar-

ing, and there’s such an excitement from that,” Medrano said. “I love downtown Vista and the sense of community that it has — I’m just glad to be a part of bringing another great event to Vista.” One significant change this year to the Vista Rod Run this year was the sound system. Medrano decided it was best to have a DJ sounds throughout the entire event as opposed to just a couple of streets in previous years. “For the last couple of years, we’ve had a band up on Main Street where you can’t hear the DJ,” she said. “Well, this year we didn’t have a band, but we’re going to have the DJ music throughout which means that everybody can hear the music throughout the event and hear the raffle prize drawings and the awards ceremonies.” Once again, the benefactor for the raffle table is Vista Teen Outreach. More than 60 opportunity drawings were available with two ticket drawing times on event day. Founded in 2011, Vista Teen Outreach aims to help middle school and high school students by feeding 500 to 800 students per month. “Vista Teen Outreach provides food and backpacks for children to take home for the weekend when there may not be enough food for them at home,” Medrano said. “The Vista Rod Run is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Vista Teen Outreach.” Vista Teen Outreach partners with the school district so that the needs of students can be met. Vista Rod Run sponsors for 2018 include PDT Detail, Destiny Innovations, and Quality Lock & Key.


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KIDS IN THE GARDEN. Amelia Hislop, from left, Britni Chau, Abbott Springston, Aidan Zanzig and Devin Huntington show off their works of art made from recycled materials during a class at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Sign up for the Sept. 8 class at Courtesy photos

Vista Botanical Gardens class gets children out into nature VISTA — Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is in the ninth year of getting kids outdoors to discover their environment, enjoy nature, dig into gardening, learn about natural resources and share art and music. On Sept. 8, the Kids in the Garden class will feature great creative opportunities, including learning how to make new art from

recycled materials and “saved” trash. Bring materials or use the Botanical Garden’s. The Garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, provides tape and glue for a crafty, creative session in the Gardens. Class time is from 10 a.m. to noon. The Kids in the Garden class emphasizes hands-on discovery and fun for all. Pre-registration with Farmer

Jones is required to ensure materials for all. Contact farmerjones@ or call (760) 822-6824. Cost is $5 per child for two hours of fun and learning, payable at class. Fees support the development of the Children’s Garden. Adults will stay with their kids and pay the $5 entry fee. A family membership in Alta Vista Botanical Gardens includes

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i, hon. What did you do today?” A simple question asked, with no malice intended, by a husband fresh from his organized, one-taskat-a-time, hour-for-lunch, coffee breaks, conversation-with-adults place of business. Why then does the question make me bristle with frustration and draw a complete blank? I know I have

been going nonstop. I feel like I have been cheek-byjowl with negotiators in the Mideast. But I know that any trace of those efforts are lost in a house and children which are once again sticky, spattered, cranky, matted and streaked. Not exactly a glossy-bound, year-end report with three-color graphics. I wince to remember that I had once been a childless working person who sincerely posed the classic question. “What does she do all day?” Well … nothing, of course. Eat bon-bons, watch soap operas … oh, and respond promptly to the every whim of those enormously whim-filled creatures in her

charge. Let’s begin our day at 5 a.m. with the high-pitched sound of “Mommy!” (Never “Daddy!” Researchers remain baffled.) This noise does not abate until all other siblings also are awakened. Cartoons must be swiftly tuned in, with the full debate renewed over what they may and may not watch. That settled, you give them a cocoa fix and try to grab a shower. Midway through your hair gel and underarm deodorant, you are questioned as to why you cannot stop and do a puzzle, read a book and where is their waffle with syrup, no butter, lightly toasted? Then comes the hunt for clean clothes that match and the trick of

the monthly Kids in the Garden class free for a year. Membership forms are available from Farmer Jones. Donations are accepted. Registration for the class includes visiting the Children’s Garden: the new Children’s Discovery Trail, the Ricardo Breceda “Serpent,” the Enchanted Garden Tube Tunnels, scarecrows on display, the interactive Children’s Music Gar-

getting shoes and socks on. Civilization comes hard to preschoolers. The morning is filled with brief encounters with crayons, paints, puzzles, Legos, hide’n’seek, popcorn, juice, emptying the linen closet and every toy in their box, then on to the park. By midmorning, my son has used his clothes to wipe hands and nose of everything from peanut butter to Playdoh, missed his potty aim a time or two, and has rolled through the park. Things have begun to stick to him. Once home, he leaves a trail of sand and clothes beginning at the door. My daughter has gotten her button-down-the-back dress turned completely around in an attempt to undo it herself, nearly hanging herself in the process. She is clean but has

den, the Turtle and Dino Dig and the Incredible Edibles Garden. Farmer Jones is a retired elementary teacher with 28 years’ experience in the classroom. She is a Master Composter who has been working in school gardens and children’s gardens for 45 years. School field trips, Scout badge sessions, and club tours are available for a reasonable fee.

decided this dress is unacceptable for midday wear. I head into my son’s room for fresh clothes but must move his play table away from the closet door (all things migrate in a random patter in children’s rooms … deadly in the dark). As I grab it, my fingers stick to hit. As I move the table, I step into an unidentified wet spot. I don’t ask for details. My concentration is now fully derailed. Blot the wet spot, wipe the table and … now what the blazes did I come in his room for anyway? My son jogs my memory as he races by buck naked. Finally, everybody is dressed again and I have a minute of peace as they begin playing. I limp off to put the dirty clothes and wet rags downstairs and face the ever-present dinner-breakfast dishes. No sooner have

I donned my rubber gloves then my daughter comes in screaming with a toy her brother broke. I sprint upstairs to referee and plug in the hot glue gun for repairs. I will probably forget about it, though, until it has melted a hole in my desk … again. Back downstairs, the troops now chant viciously for lunch, lunch, lunch. The balance of the day is filled with variations on this theme including the postbath towel races, the jammy debates (too hot, too cold, too scratchy), dinner and (gasp) bedtime, and there you have it. I’m pressing Funk & Wagnall to add a second accepted meaning to the definition of “nothing.” Jean Gillette is celebrating summer, offering one of her columns from 1992.

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Climate Action Plan update kicks off By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall was packed for the first public meeting about the rollout of the city of Escondido’s updated Climate Action Plan. Every city in California must work to reduce emissions under the auspices of California’s 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act, which requires the development of a Scoping Plan that describes how the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Scoping Plan must be updated every five years and is overseen by the California Air Resources Board. Cities generally seek out ways to reduce emissions through the preparation and implementation of a Climate Action Plan. With its initial Climate Action Plan published in 2013, Escondido is due for an update, a draft of which city of Escondido’s Assistant Planning Director Mike Strong said will be published in early 2019. Strong, the staffer in charge of overseeing the Climate Action Plan, did not mince words when speaking about how the first five years of implementing it have gone so far. He said that the city of Escondido must accelerate actions taken in the next decade going into 2030 and 2050 if it is to meet legally mandated climate goals under the 2006 state climate change bill. “Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on how you look at it — to get to those targets, you need to have some of those programs running for quite a few years so that you can actually materialize the benefits and get more people enrolled in programs,” Strong said of hitting future city emissions targets. “The takeaway is that we’re currently not doing enough to get to the 2030 target and we’re certainly not doing enough to get to the 2050 target, so we’re going to have to step up the suite of measures, how aggressive they are and what it is that the city is going to do.” Strong also said that the updated version will likely be legally binding, meaning that proposed development which transpires in Escondido must show


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that it can comply with the Climate Action Plan in order to receive city approval. It also means, according to Sophie Wolfram — director of programs for the San Diego County environmental advocacy group Climate Action Campaign — that Escondido may be held legally accountable in civil lawsuits if it does not show progress toward meeting its goals. Wolfram, who attended the meeting, was pleased with what Strong had to say and by the turnout for it. "It was great to see so few empty seats and to hear pointed questions from residents that showed they're feeling like this is an urgent issue for the city. It's going to take that kind of pressure to get a stronger plan this time around,” Wolfram told The Coast News. “I appreciated that Strong highlighted how aggressive the emissions reductions need to be to hit the 2030 and 2050 targets. He also said that the update will need to be much more robust than the previous version of the CAP, and that we can't just wait until the last minute to start making reductions, because it takes time to start realizing reductions from new programs or new infrastructure." According to the Climate Action Plan’s updated greenhouse gas inventory report for Escondido published by Nilmini Silva-Send, an adjunct professor at University of San Diego’s School of Law and Fellow in Energy Law and Policy at the university’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center, the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Escondido is the transportation sector. Transportation, according to the inventory report which will be published online within the next couple of weeks, makes up roughly half of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Silva-Send said that a more convenient and robust mass transit system is needed countywide to chip away at emissions in that area. According to greenhouse gas data published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the highest point source greenhouse gas emitters in Escondido are the CalPeak Power, Escondido Energy Center and Palomar Energy Center power plants, all of which generate electricity from natural gas. In Escondido’s greenhouse gas inventory, electricity sits as the second-highest contributor to climate change-contributing emissions behind transportation. The Palomar Energy Center, owned by the San Diego-based utility sector giant Sempra Energy and opened for business in 2006, is by far the largest emitter of carbon dioxide of the three power plants. After Strong finished his PowerPoint presentation, attendees had the opportunity to weigh in on a survey on what they thought were the best pol-

icy ideas for meeting Escondido’s Climate Action Plan goals. Broken up into different categories such as Transportation, Carbon Sequestration, Energy and Solid Waste, some of those solutions included building more roundabouts in the city’s streets, installing more electric vehicle charging stations and implementing an urban forestry or citywide tree planting program to promote carbon sequestration, along with dozens of other proposals. Strong also said that those who did not attend this initial meeting will still have a chance to voice their opinion on these prospective policy solutions at forthcoming Planning Commission meetings. Blair Lee, an activist who attended the meeting and is part of the group Escondido Climate Action Alliance, said — though Escondido has a reputation as a conservative city — that she believes the city appears serious about acting on climate change in the years to come. She and fellow Climate Action Alliance activist Marian Sedio said that they hope Escondido will see implementing the updated Climate Action Plan as something which can be done collaboratively with the city’s residents and business leaders, and not something the city feels dragged into “kicking and screaming.” “What we would like to see implemented is effective change. I’m not going to pretend that, looking at this, I have an idea of what is going to be the most effective,” said Lee. “I would like to see Escondido really care and work to make some substantive changes

in this area and not just say, ‘The state’s doing a lot. I guess we have to do it.’ It’s sad, but if the only way it can happen is some penalty system, then I think a lot of people wouldn’t be comfortable with that and I wouldn’t want to see that happen.” For his part, Strong said he will be taking the Climate Action Plan prospective update on a “roadshow” in the coming months, doing presentations at pop-up events to stakeholder groups throughout the city and at Planning Commission meetings. After the first draft of the updated Climate Action Plan is published in early 2019, it will be subject to a public hearing and voted on by the Planning Commission in the weeks thereafter. If it passes through that committee, it then will receive a hearing and vote in front of the City Council. Wolfram said she believes that the spate of wildfires blasting through Escondido and beyond in San Diego County has given the Climate Action Plan added urgency in the city. “Climate change is the greatest threat facing humankind, and all of our elected officials have an obligation to offer policy solutions that reverse the trend of increasing emissions and prepare us for the wildfires, extreme heat, and other consequences coming our way,” she said. “With this CAP update, Escondido has the opportunity to put our kids' health and safety first by enacting aggressive and equitable strategies to reduce emissions and improve quality of life. Anything less than full mobilization is unacceptable.”

Public asked to help identify San Marcos robbery suspect SAN MARCOS — Authorities this month reached out to the public for help identifying and locating a man suspected of robbing another man in San Marcos. The incident happened around 7:40 p.m. on June 12 in a Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot located at 1010 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Diego Police Officer Mark Herring said. The suspect, driving a light-colored Nissan Versa, abruptly parked his car behind the victim's car before getting out and approaching, Herring said. The man then opened the victim's car door and placed a 10- to 12-inch “Keyhole Saw” blade to the victim's neck and demanded the victim’s iPhone, Herring said. The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man between 21 and 25, standing 5-feet-9 inches to 6-feet tall and weighing around 165 pounds. He has short, wavy hair, dark eyes and is clean shaven with severe acne on his face. He was last seen wearing a black “snap-back” hat and a three-quarter length

IF YOU CAN ID this man, suspected of robbing another man in a San Marcos parking lot in June, call San Diego Crime Stoppers. Courtesy photo

shirt with black cargo shorts. Anyone who might be able to help investigators determine the suspect’s identity is asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 5808477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers. org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. — City News Service

Arrest in suspected hit-and-run VISTA — A man suspected of fleeing the scene after a collision with another man on a bicycle in Vista was arrested. Deputies from Vista Station responded shortly before 5:40 p.m. Aug. 6 to Lobelia Drive near University Avenue to investigate a hitand-run collision, according to Sgt. Frank Sandoval of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. During the investiga-

tion, deputies learned that a man driving a 2010 Toyota sedan eastbound on Lobelia Drive struck another man on a bicycle, then fled the scene, Sandoval said. The victim was taken to a hospital with serious, but nonlife threatening injuries, he said. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility. — City News Service

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Local Cal State schools awarded STEM grants SAN MARCOS — The California State University campuses in San Diego and San Marcos are among six CSU schools to receive funding from the National Science Foundation in support of prospective science, technology, engineering and math instructors, it was announced July 30. Cal State San Diego (San Diego State) and Cal State San Marcos will receive $623,763 and $842,267, respectively, to bolster K-12 STEM teacher pipelines, with a focus on recruiting candidates from underrepresented communities. Overall, the National Science Foundation is distributing $7.1 million to CSU institutions. The campuses in Chico, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus also received grant money. “The Noyce grants support the CSU’s leadership as the nation’s largest preparer of educators and of future STEM teachers,” said Marquita

Grenot-Scheyer, CSU’s assistant vice chancellor of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. “The funding also strengthens the CSU's commitment to help address California's teacher shortage and supports a critical state and national priority to develop a diverse science and technology workforce.” California faces a projected math and science teacher shortage of more than 33,000 over the next decade, according to CSU. Grants will fund scholarships and stipends for undergraduate and teacher credential students across the system. Recipients can receive up to three years of scholarships with stipends of up to $10,000 per year during upper-division and credential programs. In exchange, each recipient must fulfill a twoyear teaching obligation in a high-need school district. ­— City News Service

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Boys & Girls Club of Vista needs volunteers By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — A volunteer base at a nonprofit can help make any organization more robust, and the Boys & Girls Club of Vista is no exception. The club offers summer and after-school programs at its California Avenue and Raintree Park Learning Center locations. Being that the club interacts with 2,600 kids a year in a variety of different programs such as after school, camps, athletics and special programs, volunteers are always in need. While the club welcomes youth members up to 18, most of its members are under 12. A typical club day after school includes playtime, a healthy snack, homework, a visit to the computer lab and other activities such as dance, art, science or cooking. “The club is not just a safe place to be after school, but it’s a good balance between enrichment activities as well as academic support,” Director of Development Ellen Clark said. About 24 staff members work at the club to keep costs low for families. Membership is $50 a year. “We do look to the community to fill in the gap between that $50 a year — it costs us $655 per child to provide basic services,” said Clark, adding that community support and volunteers play a vital role. Clark said the club is in need of more generous volunteers to come in and to share their hearts and expertise with the children. Volunteer opportunities can range from reading to teaching classes such as art, fitness, dance and more.

“We’re even looking for volunteers to play kickball or basketball with the kids,” she said. “We do have outside competitive athletics where we are teaching the kids the basics of sportsmanship and fitness — our kids may be more fit than their peers who may be spending a little bit more time at home in front of the computer or TV especially if they are home alone.” In addition to playtime, volunteers can be mentors by teaching basic skills that will stay with kids for life. Volunteer and lifelong Vista resident Paula Nix has lent a helping hand for the last couple of years at the club. She first helped out in the playground, and now she is teaching a favorite sixweek cooking class which lands on Mondays. Between 10 and 14 kids take part in the class which lasts a couple of hours. Recipes are healthy such as banana breakfast bread and apple crisp. DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Ellen Clark, right, thanks volun“The kids are learning teers like Paula Nix who inspire children at the Boys & Girls math with measuring, evClub of Vista. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene eryone is reading the recipe, they are learning how to cut safely and understanding the tools we need and how to use them,” Nix said. Nix went on to say how she looks forward to the cooking classes. “The kids have this energy that brings joy — it’s so much fun,” she said. Clark described Nix as an incredible volunteer and an asset to the club. In addition to helping with the kids, administrative volunteers to helping out with fundraisers are also in demand. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club VOLUNTEER PAULA NIX teaches a popular cooking class at of Vista and volunteer opporThe Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Courtesy photo tunities, call (760) 724-6606.


Guilty plea from man who posed as sheriff’s deputy VISTA — A man who detained two juveniles and took their skateboards in Vista while posing as a sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty July 30 to a charge of felony false imprisonment and in a separate case admitted calling in a false report of a bomb threat. Abraham Joseph Nava, 24, will receive credit for jail time served and be placed on three years probation when he is formally sentenced Aug. 27. Nava was arrested June 14, days after the sheriff’s department was contacted about a suspect claiming to be an undercover deputy and launched an investigation. During interviews with several employees from businesses in the Main Street area of Vista, investigators learned that the suspect had passed out fake business cards and was interacting with juveniles, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Scroggins. Investigators also learned that two juveniles were detained by the suspect and had their skateboards taken, he said. After identifying Nava as the suspect, investiga-

tors got a warrant to search his home and discovered several pieces of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department-specific uniform items, including badges, Scroggins said. A box of fraudulent sheriff’s department business cards also was found, according to the sergeant. On June 26, prosecutors charged Nava with calling in a false report of a bomb threat. — City News Service

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Jacqueline Skay and Pat Hunter will be presenting their latest works in Expressions II Gallery from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at 262 E. Grand Ave, Escondido. Gallery hours are on Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

THE WORK of Marilyn Huerta is on display through Aug. 31 at the Hearth Rotating Gallery at the Community Center in San Marcos. Courtesy photo

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Experience history come to life as Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts takes you on a cultural journey in the stage production “Mexihco: The Journey Continues.” at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido. Purchase your tickets at: or at info@ or (760)5095591. Tickets range from $15 to $20.

‘FOUNTAIN’ by Jacqueline Skay, whose work is on display tonight at Expressions II gallery in Escondido. Courtesy photo

painting demos will also take place throughout the day and interactive art exhibits. WILDE SOCIETY FORMING

The North Coast Repertory Theatre and the Oscar Wilde Society launch an auxiliary for LBGT supporters with Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at 987 Lomas SanART AWARDS AND RECEPTION ta Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana The public is invited to Beach. Suggested donation an artists’ reception at the $25. Off Track Gallery from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at 937 S. SUMMER JAZZ Coast Highway 101, Suite San Diego Botanic GarC-103, Encinitas. Meet art- den presents a Summer ists Rachel Greenstein, Jazz Concert featuring The Priscilla Rivera and Jona- Big Band and Jazz Hall of than Broberg. All artwork Fame Orchestra, from 5 to will be 10 percent off from 7 p.m. Aug. 12, 230 Quail 10 a.m. to closing. For de- Gardens Drive. Adults: $25; tails, call (760) 942-3636 or Children (3 to 12 years) e-mail pr@sandieguitoart- $10. More information at htm.

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The city of San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department is looking for artists and photographers to show their works at the Hearth Rotating Gallery in the Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Space is available for the September-October show, there is no cost to participate and each show runs for 60 days. The current exhibit runs through Aug. 31 and features Marilyn Huerta. Free viewing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Apply at arts or call (760)744-9000, ext. 3503.


The city of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Department and Mission Federal Credit Union, will celebrate Art in the Village’s 20th anniversary with a one-day, openair art show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 in Carlsbad Village along State Street and Grand Avenue. Art from local and regional artists, and a Teen Art Pavilion plus the unveiling of several public art pieces to be installed in the Village and throughout Carlsbad. The city’s Family Open Studios will also be at the event for family-friendly, art-making projects. Live sculpting and

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North County Arts Network announced a new county wide promotion with a launch at ArtWalk Carlsbad and a fundraiser at Art Rhythm and Wine at The Forum Carlsbad. Community members are invited to participate as a venue, talent or just by attending any one of the hundreds of arts and culture events in North County in the month of October. Submit your event to sdncan. org/calendar-events/openyour-hearts-to-north-county-arts/ by Aug. 31 to be included in the Open Your Hearts to North County Arts printed brochure.

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Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 2019, the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, presents “Sculpture in the Garden” showcasing 61 sculptures from 30 artists, including James Hubbell. For more information, htm.

Center is offering Music Appreciation from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Aug. 15 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Presentations include state-of-theart audio and visual equipment to make you feel like you have a front-row seat in the auditorium. No registration is required. For information, call (760) 643-5288 or e-mail luigibeethoven@

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The Oceanside Public Library will be continuing the “Silents in the Library” program, where classic silent films are screened at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway. Aug. 16 will feature F. W. Murnau’s 1926 “Faust.”

ect: 50 San Diego Artists, 2006-2016.” through Aug. 22 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Visit



E101 Gallery hosts artist Mac Hillenbrand through Aug. 31 at the E101 Office/Gallery, 818 S. Coast Highway 101. Hillenbrand’s mosaics use naturally occurring wood grain patterns together to create surf art exploring oceanic textures.


Enjoy some musical fun this summer and share your hidden talent at the free summer open mic Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 29 at Seaside Center, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Sing, play an instrument or be part of the audience, with musical theater director Marcia Hootman on piano.

The sculptures of Alfred Lujan’s “Moment in Time” are on display through Aug. 22 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Call (760) 9432260 or visit


Textile artists Alex Nichols and Lori Nichols show “Freestyle Weaving and Fiber Art” through Aug. 23 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. Hand weaving techniques, and a collection of fibers and textures inspired by nature. 760-633-2600.


New Village Arts opens “Legally Blonde” onstage through Sept. 8. Showtimes will be Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays/Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets: $44 to $47, with discounts for seniors, students and active miliONGOING EVENTS tary, at New Village Arts, SUMMER ARTSPLASH 2787 State St., Carlsbad or ARTIST OVERVIEW Coastal Artists will exJennifer Spencer pres- online at newvillagearts. hibit "Summer ArtSplash ents a photography show, org, or via phone at (760) '18" artworks daily from 11 “The Artist Portrait Proj- 433-3245. CARLSBAD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tickets are available now for the Carlsbad Music Festival, celebrating its 15th anniversary Aug. 24 through Aug. 26. Get tickets now at


Joan Thorburn, “Contemporary Elements” ceramic art will be in the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive through Aug. 21. The work explores new shapes, textures, and glaze applications. Visit https://

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Carlsbad artist Linda Luisi offers a free-art/creativity session for adults from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 at the Buena Vista Lagoon Audubon Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Bring paper, pencils, pastels or watercolors. Register in advance with the Audubon Center at (760) 439-2473.

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Aug. 17 through Aug. 19, the Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival at the Antique Gas &Steam Engine Museum in Vista, offers music camp for ages 6 to 16. Camp ends with the campers playing on mainstage with the festival stars. Fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and more. Tuition includes instructional materials, and admission for the entire festival. Scholarships and instruments are available. For more information, email kidscamp@ or visit



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COASTLINE IS THE al fresco fresh food restaurant at L’Auberge Del Mar, with endless summer dishes developed by new Chef de cuisine Collin Leaver. My favorite is the starter plate headliner Burrata Cheese, above. Photo by Frank Mangio

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• Seasalt Seafood and Steak in Del Mar has another premiere wine and dinner event starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and Aug 24. It will be A Night in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe, the best wine country in Mexico. Learn about El Cielo winery and their Chardonnay, red blends, Merlot and Cabernet, while feasting on an exclusive sixcourse menu by Chef Hilario. Cost is $70 per person. RSVP at (858) 755-7100. • It’s Grape Stomp time at Ponte Winery in Temecula Aug. 19. Check in at 3 p.m., food and bar starts at 4 p.m. Competition at 5 p.m. Cost is $125. for the public, $112.50 for club members. Check out • The San Diego Spirits Festival happens Sat. Aug. 25 and Sun. Aug. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Port Pavilion at the Broadway Pier in San Diego. It’s a cocktail, culinary and cultural extravaganza. Lots of entertainment and celebrity chefs. Admission starts at $65. Details at • The Carlsbad Brewfest is from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 with some of the finest craft beers in San Diego County as well as music, games and food vendors. All proceeds go to local charities. Managed by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club. Held at Holiday Park, next to I-5 in Carlsbad. Admission starts at $55. Go to

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Share, listen and figure out how to best move forward. Don’t disregard information that comes from an unlikely source. Don’t feel the need to keep up with others or live lavishly. Peace of mind and a solid reputation will bring you comfort and joy. Surround yourself with like-minded people.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If you set practical goals, you will encourage positive change both at work and at home. Don’t take on responsibilities all by yourself. Ask for help and make your life easier.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Keep emotional situations in perspective. If someone overreacts, keep your distance and put your energy into self-improvement and personal goals for the time being. Offer love, not discord.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- A problem at work or involving your livelihood should be rectified quickly to avoid any lapse in LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Personal im- payment or cash flow. Look for alternative provements will bring you high returns. ways to solve a setback. Feel good about the way you look and ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Offer aspresent what you have to offer passion- sistance to people you may need a favor from in return. A give-and-take situation ately. Romance is featured. will put you in a good position for future VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You’ll learn projects and prospects. Romance is feasomething new if you socialize with peo- tured. ple or visit an unfamiliar place. The information you receive will bring about a TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Don’t overspend or make a fuss if things don’t go change in lifestyle or direction. your way. Be willing to do your own thing LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Don’t just sit without expecting others to join in and there when you can take action. Get into help. Change begins within. shape or bring about changes at work or at home that will guarantee a more effi- GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Make plans with family or friends. Taking a short trip, cient or stress-free environment. collaborating on a project or setting up SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Look for a a romantic weekend with someone you creative outlet or find someone or some- love is favored. Personal improvements thing that will open your eyes to alterna- can be made. tive ways to live. Lean toward a moderate CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- A little lifestyle that promotes health and proscharm will go a long way. Settle any difperity. ferences you have using diplomacy to SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- stabilize a partnership that has been unDon’t feel you must make a change just dergoing change.


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Among the gazillion other products and services available from Amazon is the behemoth's facial recognition software, Rekognition, marketed as providing extremely accurate facial analysis. But when the American Civil Liberties Union gave it a go, the results were startling. Using Rekognition, the ACLU scanned photos of every current member of the U.S. House and Senate and came up with 28 matches to a mug shot database of people who had been arrested for crimes. The ACLU announced its findings July 26 and admitted it used Amazon's default settings, to which Amazon responded, "While 80 percent confidence is an acceptable threshold for photos of hot dogs, chairs, animals or other social media use cases," Amazon would advise customers to set the threshold at 95 percent or higher for law enforcement. The ACLU told NPR that the legislators who were falsely matched were men, women, Republicans and Democrats of all ages. However, the software did misidentify people of color at a higher rate. [NPR, 7/26/2018]


You thought you were old? You're just a twinkle in a nematode's eye. Russian scientists have revived two ancient, frozen roundworms, or nematodes, from

samples collected in Siberian permafrost, The Siberian Times reported on July 26. The worms, which were found in cores taken from 30 meters and 3.5 meters deep, are believed to be female and 41,700 and 32,000 years old, respectively. After collecting the samples, scientists slowly thawed out the worms, which eventually started eating and moving. Scientists from the Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science in Moscow believe the nematodes have some adaptive mechanisms that may be of scientific importance. [The Siberian Times, 7/26/2018] FLORIDA. NEED WE SAY MORE?

During a July 23 debate among mayoral candidates in Key West, Florida, Sloan Bashinsky, a perennial contender, took a minute to answer a call from God. "Hello? What? God?" Bashinsky said, speaking into his cellphone. According to FLKeys News, it wasn't the first time he's heard from a higher power: "I have said every time I ran, I ran because God told me to run," Bashinsky explained. "I think anyone who wants this job is insane." Bashinsky has a law degree from Vanderbilt University and was once among the island's homeless. He joins six other candidates on the ticket. [FLKeys News, 7/24/2018]


Just after midnight on July 22, a couple in Palo Alto, California, were awakened in their bedroom by a

17-year-old burglar with a garment obscuring his face. Instead of demanding money or jewelry, though, the intruder asked for their Wi-Fi password. According to the Sacramento Bee, the homeowner forced the teen out of the home and called police, who tracked him down a block away and arrested him for felony residential burglary. Police later determined it wasn't the teen's first attempt at connectivity. Less than an hour earlier that night, a prowler had summoned a woman from her home to ask for access to her Wi-Fi network also. She told him to go away, and he rode off on a bicycle -which she realized the next day he had stolen from her backyard. She called police, who recovered the bike near where they had arrested the teen. [The Sacramento Bee, 7/25/2018] BRIGHT IDEAS

— Jeffrey Jacobs, 37, thought he had a great thing going. Last year, when a tree fell on his White Plains, New York, home, he told the owner of a tree service (and big hockey fan) that he was the owner of the NHL's Boston Bruins, reported The Hour. Impressed, the tree service owner sent a crew in the midst of a storm, then billed the actual club owner, 78-year-old Jeremy Jacobs, $5,100 for the service. Police in nearby Wilton, Connecticut, heard about the deception when they received a call in May from security officials at a company chaired by the Bruins' owner. The story

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sounded familiar: In November, Jacobs had been pulled over in Wilton, and he told officers he owned the Bruins in an effort to get out of the ticket. On July 20, Jacobs was pulled over for using his phone while driving in Poughkeepsie, New York, sent back to Wilton and charged with criminal impersonation. [The Hour, 7/24/2018]

ville Township Park in June, among other things. Cicconetti sentenced him to 120 days in jail, but suspended it in lieu of Toth shoveling ... manure at the Lake County Fair. "You act like an animal, you're going to take care of animals," Cicconetti told Toth. The News-Herald reported Toth will also have to perform 40 hours of community service and pay restitution for damage to the — Diamonds are SO park. [The News-Herald, 20th century. In Japan, 7/30/2018] Warp Space is offering newlyweds the chance to make JUST SAY NO their union universal with Brody Tyler Young, 25, wedding plaques launched was arrested in a Nashville, into space. According to Tennessee, McDonald's on United Press International, July 23 after spending "all the startup company, found- day" locked in the women's ed by faculty members from restroom, dancing naked, the University of Tsukuba, doing jumping jacks and will print a titanium plate hitting the wall. According with the names of the be- to WFFA TV, when officers trothed and put it, along managed to enter the rewith a few hundred other stroom, they found Young plaques, in one of a series of locked in a stall, smelling small cubes to be released of "chemical fumes, as if he into space from the Interna- had been huffing." Young tional Space Station. Astro- was taken into custody and nauts will memorialize the charged with public intoxilaunching by taking photo- cation and public indecengraphs, which will then be cy. [WFFA, 7/24/2018] sent to the newlyweds. The service costs $270. [UPI, EWWWWW! 7/26/2018] A weird in-air experience for passengers travelAWESOME! ing from the Canary Islands Painesville (Ohio) Mu- in Spain to the Netherlands nicipal Court Judge Michael on May 29 ended tragically. Cicconetti has a reputation The Transavia flight was for serving up unusual sen- forced to land in Faro, Portences, and he delivered tugal, after passengers beagain on July 24 when gan fainting and vomiting 18-year-old Bayley Toth ap- in reaction to the overpowpeared in his courtroom. ering smell of another pasToth was convicted of two senger, 58-year-old Russian misdemeanor criminal mis- rocker Andrey Suchilin. "It chief charges for toppling was like he hadn't washed a portable toilet at Paines- himself for several weeks,"

Belgian passenger Piet van Haut said. CBS News reported that Suchilin had sought medical attention in Spain and was given antibiotics for an "ordinary beach infection." Taken to a hospital in Portugal, his condition deteriorated, and he was diagnosed with tissue necrosis. Doctors induced a coma and performed several surgeries, but his wife reported on his Facebook page that he died on June 25. The airline assured fellow passengers that "there has been no risk of infection." [CBS News, 6/28/2018] LUCKY!

Kyle McAleer, 20, a Chicago Cubs fan from Iowa, adopted a goofy "rally cap" idea from former Cubs player Starlin Castro a few years ago -- a plastic bucket. But no one's laughing now: As McAleer and his family watched a game from seats under Wrigley Field's manual scoreboard on July 24, a 6- to 8-inch metal pin fell out of the board and onto McAleer's head, where he had only moments earlier secured the bucket. Although he suffered a cut requiring five staples, McAleer is crediting the bucket for saving his life: "It might have fractured my skull. It definitely could have been fatal. I am extremely lucky," he told the Associated Press. Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the incident has been ruled an accident, not a structural issue, and the team has sent McAleer some swag, including a jersey. [Associated Press, 7/31/2018]

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