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The Tri-City Medical Center campus will remain unoccupied until at least next year, according to hospital officials. File photo
Medical office building’s fate in limbo until 2016 By Aaron Burgin From back row left characters from the Star Wars Steam Punk Universe, Orion’s Originals, Loki Hates You that will be appearing at the inaugural Nerd Con. In front from left, Nerd Con founders: Rachel Yauch, Joel Jones, Trisha Murphy. Not pictured is co-founder Stephanie Pandes. Photo by Thomas Oed
Convention caters to spectrum of nerds By Tony Cagala
ESCONDIDO — It started with four friends just talking about an idea — not unlike the way another convention of a similar kind got its start — an idea where people passionate about what they were doing could come together and interact with each other. Parallels are already being drawn between Comic-Con, the convention that began in the 1970s by a niche of comic book fans and which has since exploded into a behemoth three-day event in San Diego that garners international
attention, to Nerd Con, a one-day convention celebrating all things nerd, that hasn’t yet happened. The comparison is something that Joel Jones, executive director of Nerd Con, finds really strange, he said. But the humble beginnings of the conventions might be where the similarities between the two end. “The difference is that we want to do things different from the beginning so that we don’t end up getting to a point where things are just out of control and it gets taken over by the media moguls
and…then it becomes all about just advertising everywhere in your face,” Jones said. The idea for the convention came to Jones a couple of years ago. But it was only in the last few months that the idea — to strengthen and unite the nerd community — has become a reality. On Aug. 22 thousands from all aspects of nerdom are anticipated to fill the grounds of the California Center for TURN TO NERD CON ON 14
Creekside District construction underway By Aaron Burgin
SAN MARCOS — As local dignitaries ceremoniously moved dirt with shovels on a plot of ground south of San Marcos Boulevard, crews on an adjacent plot were busy working around the wooden frame of an under-construction apartment complex. The two developments signal the beginning of construction inside what is known as the Creek District, the city’s long-awaited and highly anticipated Once built out — which is expected to take 20 years — the Creekside downtown district. District will contain about 2,300 residential units, 1.2 million square feet Officials on July 30 cel- of retail space and 590,000 square feet of office space. Photo courtesy ebrated the groundbreak- city of San Marcos
ing of Eastgate, a 42-unit affordable apartment complex unit that will have 7,200 square feet of retail space and at least six livework units. Three months ago, many of the same county, city and regional officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the first Creekside project, Promenade Creekside, another affordable development, which when finished will have 106 units and 20,000 square feet of retail space. “These projects are a great step forward in genTURN TO CREEKSIDE ON 14
OCEANSIDE — A three-story medical office complex that sits unoccupied on the Tri-City Medical Center campus will be that way at least until spring 2016 — or longer — hospital officials said at a recent board meeting. During the healthcare district’s board of directors meeting, hospital CEO Tim Moran updated the board on the status of the 57,000-square-foot medical office building, which has been in limbo since 2013 amid a series of lawsuits and an eminent domain filing last year. Moran said the two parties are not scheduled to return to court for formal negotiations until mid-2016, due to a civil court backlog. “The building will be in this state for the foreseeable future,” Moran said. The District in 2014 exercised its eminent-domain authority to seize the office building from the Carlsbad insurance underwriter with which it had partnered to develop it. The building was largely completed in 2013, but has remained vacant as the result of an estranged partnership between the healthcare district and Medical Acquisition Co. (MAC), a vestige of the tenure of former
Tri-City CEO Larry Anderson that has resulted in at least two lawsuits between the parties. The hospital entered into a complex lease-leaseback arrangement with MAC back in 2009 to develop the office building on hospital property, but the deal began to unravel in 2012 when the hospital canceled the deal and agreed to pay $5 million to assume ownership of the property. Both sides were stalemated for more than a year before both side sued each other in attempt to void the contract, which then led to the eminent domain action. Under eminent domain, the two parties can negotiate a purchase price, or have the price determined in a jury trial if they are unable to reach a mutual agreement. Officials with the hospital and MAC had been negotiating a purchase price since July 2014, when the district filed the eminent domain lawsuit. The parties were at that time far off on what they believed was a fair price, with Tri-City offering $4.7 million and MAC countering with a $20 million asking price. At the same time, the hospital sued MAC (in response to the company’s TURN TO BUILDING ON 14
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Mural commemorates Cecil the lion By Ellen Wright
The Tri-City Healthcare District board says it will form a committee to try to revive the Nifty After Fifty senior wellness programs. Courtesy photo
Tri-City forms committee to bring back senior wellness program By Aaron Burgin
REGION — Unable to halt the July 31 closure of two popular senior fitness centers, the Tri-City Healthcare District board said it would form a committee to try to revive the centers in a scaled-back form. The board made the decision in front of a packed boardroom at the July 30 directors meeting, during which more than a dozen speakers implored the board to stave off the imminent closure of the Nifty After Fifty locations in Oceanside and Vista. The board had voted in June to close the sites after they had been hemorrhaging money over the past year, despite hospital officials’ efforts to boost membership through two separate marketing campaigns. “I think we owe it to the people to take a look at this, rather than a knee-jerk respond of ‘let’s close this because we are losing money,’” Board chairman Larry Schallock said. “If we can get a group together to come up with another plan, that would be ideal.” The North County hospital announced on July 9 that it would close the Nifty After Fifty locations on July 31. Nifty After Fifty, a fitness center chain that specializes in senior wellness, has 39 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Virginia. The hospital district originally said it would offer seniors displaced by the closures six months free membership at the district’s Wellness Center in Carlsbad, and would offer discounted memberships after the six months. It opened its locations in North County in early 2014, but hospital officials cited an inability to increase membership — despite what it called “extensive marketing efforts” — as the reason for the decision to shut down operations. Hospital officials anticipated the program would pay for itself after early losses through three services: the fitness component, a physical therapy component, and other ancillary services, with the physical therapy expected to generate the bulk of the revenue. The physical therapy business, however, never took off because many of the area doctors had contracts to refer patients to other local
centers, district spokesman David Bennett said. As a result, Bennett said, the district attempted to reach out to area doctors to refer seniors for the fitness component, but the campaign didn’t increase membership by much. “Our membership revenue is less than $7,500 for both locations and we continue to lose at both locations in excess of $50,000 per month where the rent at both locations is $10,300 per month and the management fee is $10,000 per month, respectively,” Bennett said. “The decision was made that we couldn’t continue to operate the centers with these types of losses.” Seniors who attended the board meeting, many of whom espoused the benefits of the facilities, were skeptical of the district’s marketing efforts. Several said their primary care doctors were unaware of the existence of the facilities. “Closing these facilities does not demonstrate a commitment to your community,” said Kim Stone, a local resident who has spearheaded the effort to keep Nifty After Fifty open. “This action alienates a large population of the community you serve.” Board member RoseMarie Reno joined the residents in protest of the decision, which she said was made hastily. “We’ve got the Rady’s building that we purchased there sitting vacant for three years, which is money down the tube,” Reno said, referring to an office building the district purchased in 2012. “But we are talking about closing a facility that is providing a valuable service to the residents of our community.” The group of residents asked if the district could take action to reverse or suspend the closure to give the district time to put together an alternative plan of operation, but the board said its hands were tied because the agenda item was not an action item. Additionally, district CEO Tim Moran said it would be unfeasible to stop the closure on the eve of the shutdown as both locations had already laid off staff and signage and fitness equipment were scheduled to be removed the next day. Schallock said the group would work swiftly to bring about a resolution.
CARLSBAD — When speaking to restaurateur Mayur Pavagadhi about seeing wild animals in his birth country of Kenya, his eyes light up. “If you really have seen a lion in the wild, it’s so magnificent,” he said. “It’s like seeing a polar bear.” His passion for animals is infectious and when he heard about Cecil the lion having been killed in Zimbabwe by a dentist from Minnesota last month, he was crushed. The lion’s death has since sparked an international outcry against big game hunting. Pavagadhi had been planning a mural to paint on the side of his restaurant, 83 Degrees, for some time and after hearing about Cecil, he knew he wanted a tribute to the lion. Studio 2 artists Ron Juncal and Phyllis Swanson painted the mural commemorating the lion on the western wall of the restaurant. The mural took about five days to complete and 30 man-hours. Juncal said the type of mural was new to him. “We haven’t done anything that was a tribute in the past, but it was special and unique,” Juncal said. He said conservation of the species was important to everyone involved. The majority of the feedback has been positive.
83 Degrees in Carlsbad Village unveils a mural to commemorate a Zimbabwean lion named Cecil that was killed by an American big game hunter. Courtesy photo
Juncal said they were finishing the mural during Art in the Village, which draws thousands of art enthusiasts to Carlsbad Village once a year. He said the experience was one-ofa-kind. “There was lots of people looking at it, cheering us on and giving us encouragement and telling us how nice it looked,” Juncal said. “It was one of the easiest and most pleasant pieces we’ve done and at the same time probably one of the most poignant pieces because of
its meaning.” Not all have been supportive of the mural, according to Juncal and 83 Degree Manager Nick Wheeler. Some have criticized it because they believe there are more serious issues plaguing the world. “People are saying, ‘why would you choose a lion when there’s military personnel and tragedies overseas’ but it’s just kind of one those things where TURN TO MURAL ON 14
Blasting operations mark start of condo development By Aaron Burgin
SAN MARCOS — Don’t be alarmed if you hear the sounds of air horns and explosives going off in central San Marcos over the next few weeks. The cacophony signals the start of construction on a 92-unit condominium complex built on a hillside north of Mission Road and just east of the San Marcos City Hall. “Mission 316” as the project is dubbed, was approved in July 2014, as the City Council voted to convert the hillside area, which originally was slated for
commercial development, into a residential-zoned parcel. It is one of two major market-rate housing developments occurring within San Marcos’ so-called “Heart of the City” specific plan area. City officials issued a notification that the blasting operations started the week of Aug. 4 and will continue for at least the next four weeks, possibly as long as six weeks. The city sent written notification to residents who live within 600 feet of the blasting area. Five minutes prior and one minute prior
to any blasting, a set of air horns will sound, signaling the impending explosion. After the blasting is finished, one long horn sound will serve as an “all clear.” Structures within 300 feet of the blast zone will receive pre- and post-blast inspections to ensure the structures have not been damaged. Crews will only bring enough explosive to complete each daily blast and no explosives will be left overnight as to ensure public safety. As an additional public safety measure, traffic will
be stopped in both directions on Mission Road as well as pedestrian traffic on the northside sidewalk during the blasting period. While traffic control measures will be in place, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays during blasting times. This work will kick start construction on a 7-acre residential project and is expected to be completed in winter 2016. “Mission 316,” will bring 92 for-sale condos to the north side of East Mission Avenue between Woodward Street and Mulberry Drive.
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Carlsbad resident has own plan By Julie Adjour
I have a plan. I call it the 60,723 / 5 Plan. When an initiative circulated with “To Be Submitted Directly To The Voters” on the top of each page, it shouldn’t shock anyone that some of the 20,000 people who signed it thought that voters would be voting on it. Especially when Carlsbad was inundated with mailers that clearly said signatures were “to put the 85/15 plan on the ballot.” Especially when more than 2/3 of the registered voters in Carlsbad didn’t
Donald Trump as the new Pete Wilson CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS As Donald Trump, real estate mogul, TV star and Republican presidential candidate, made a whirlwind mid-July trip around the West in his private, blue-painted Boeing 767 jet, it almost seemed like he was trying to sabotage his own party. This was before he went off on the military record of the GOP icon, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. It’s been 21 years since Trump’s party mate, ex-Gov. Pete Wilson, campaigned for reelection against illegal immigrants, his TV commercials incessantly showing illegal immigrants streaming across the Mexican border at San Ysidro and all but endorsing the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187. Wilson was reelected, Proposition 187 passed with a 65 percent vote and California has been solidly Democratic ever since, the difference-maker being 2.5 million legal immigrants who gained citizenship as a self-defense tactic over the next three years. Every poll since then has found immigration is the key issue keeping Latinos in the Democratic column and this state solidly blue. But the last decade or so has seen some slippage in Latino loyalty to Democrats. Republican ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger twice took more than 40 percent of their vote and surveys have shown Wilson — once complete anathema to Latinos of all ages — is all but forgotten. But now comes Trump to blare the same sort of prejudices Wilson only voiced by implication. He’s essentially renewed the anti-Latino label Wilson hung on the GOP. When Trump formally announced his candidacy in mid-June, he said he was running to stop illegal immigrant “criminals, drug
dealers and rapists” from entering America. He was aided by the untimely, seemingly random murder of new California resident Kathryn Steinle by a five-times-deported illegal on San Francisco’s Pier 14. But her murder was an aberration. It turns out the illegal immigrant crime so decried by Trump and others who like to lambaste the almost defenseless undocumented is largely a myth. The newest U.S. Census and FBI statistics (dating
law-abiding than many of their neighbors, whatever the reason. Trump’s blathering, then, is completely untrue. But where the damage Wilson did to the Republican brand among Latinos was largely confined to California, Trump could harm the party far more widely. That’s because as he swung through the West during July, he visited states like Arizona and Nevada, with large numbers of legal Latino residents who have not
If his party doesn’t resoundingly reject Trump’s views, “we will have lost our way,” said Graham. from 2013) show crime rates among Hispanics, citizens or not, are lower than for any other major ethnic group. One reason may be that Latinos fear deportation more than other ethnics, many of whom have legal status because of when forebears arrived here. Ron Unz, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur who in the 1990s came closer than anyone else to knocking off Wilson in a Republican primary, classically compared two cities with very different ethnic makeups in a lengthy article in “The American Conservative” magazine. Matching Seattle, one of America’s whitest cities at 70 percent Anglo, with San Jose, 50 percent larger but one-third Latino, he came to this conclusion: “Seattle’s crime rate is indeed low, but the crime rate in San Jose is actually much lower: One third lower for homicide or violent crime in general, with less than half the robbery rate. In fact, none of the most heavily white major cities in America have crime rates anywhere near as low as one-third Hispanic San Jose.” The evidence, thus, is that Latinos, including the undocumented, are more
yet been galvanized into applying for citizenship en masse. Trump’s rhetoric — which drew huge, enthusiastic crowds, much as Wilson did in 1994 — has the potential to get them started, which could convert not merely those in Arizona and Nevada into registered (Democratic) voters, but also about 3 million latent potential Latino voters in the dead-red Republican stronghold of Texas, last won by a presidential Democrat when Jimmy Carter ran in 1976. That’s why GOP figures like South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham call Trump a “wrecking ball” for the GOP, one that he plainly hopes will go away. If his party doesn’t resoundingly reject Trump’s views, “we will have lost our way,” said Graham. But Trump won’t quietly disappear, and if he makes a respectable run in the GOP’s primary elections next spring, he could produce an epic, lasting disaster for his party. Just like Wilson. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net
sign it. The 85/15 plan should go on a ballot for the 60,723 registered voters in Carlsbad. It shouldn’t be decided by five people directly. That possibility is mentioned on page 14 of the initiative. Many people who signed this document in places like the Sprouts parking lot didn’t read up to page 14. This doesn’t mean they are ignorant or irresponsible. It probably meant their ice cream was melting. Encourage the Carlsbad City Council to pursue the 60,723 / 5 plan before
Aug. 25. Call them up. It’s the fair thing to do. Much distrust has been churned up by the way the 85/15 initiative was circulated. Apparently some people will say or do anything for $9 a signature. Whether or not Carlsbad needs this plan, we don’t need to be steeped in animosity. So, there you have it. An unaffiliated unpaid citizen with the 60,723 / 5 initiative... and no pinafore required! Julie Ajdour is a Carlsbad resident.
The state Assembly’s summer break is over By Marie Waldron
After four weeks of summer break, the Assembly reconvenes Aug. 17. We will have a month before final adjournment to vote on hundreds of Senate bills, along with two special sessions dealing with healthcare and transportation. Though getting my son ready to start high school as a freshman and catching up on work at our small business were high on my list, state and district issues remained a primary focus. With water on everyone’s agenda, I joined legislative colleagues from throughout California to tour the Poseidon desalination plant in Carlsbad. Hopefully, similar plants will soon be under con-
struction up and down the coast. I met with constituents and elected leaders at San Marcos Chamber’s “Meet the Elected Officials” event, and was happy to reconnect with local Riverside business and government officials at the Southwest California Legislative Council to hear concerns and receive updates about important issues facing the state and region. With California’s high housing costs and growing homeless veteran population, I was pleased to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony in San Marcos for the new Eastgate community, an affordable housing project opening next year. As the principal co-au-
thor of AB 147 (Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, D- Encino), regarding the rescue of research animals, I was eager to participate in a benefit in Temecula for the Beagle Freedom Project, a program providing permanent loving homes for Beagles and other animals no longer needed for research. These were just a few of the items on my summer calendar. Hearing directly from people outside Sacramento’s cocoon about real, every-day issues is a refreshing, vital part of representing this district. I am honored to serve you all! Marie Waldron is state Assemblymember of District 75.
Wind power and the questions that remain with zoning By Lu Nelsen
Over the past few years we have seen tremendous growth in the efficiency, effectiveness, and use of wind power. In our report Zoned Out, we analyzed different approaches to zoning commercial wind energy systems. The report (cfra.org/ zoned-out-wind-energy-analysis) also broke down the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches, and what makes for effective zoning standards.
Wind energy zoning remains generally uncoordinated and subject to state and local regulations, resulting in a piecemeal approach where zoning standards vary between states and within states. In order for wind energy development to continue increasing, there must be an effective approach to wind energy zoning implemented that reduces inconsistency and unpredictability. As wind power continues to play a bigger role in meet-
ing our energy demands, controversies and questions from local communities have arisen. How will this affect my community? What are the rules for wind energy development? These questions, and others, make it vitally important that we craft regulations that incorporate local preferences and address local concerns, while also providing clear and consistent standards for developers. Lu Nelsen is with the Center for Rural Affairs.
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Post-Deegan era kicks off at Palomar College By Aaron Burgin
SAN MARCOS — When class begins Monday at Palomar College, it will be the first time in more than a decade that the college district will be under new leadership. With Robert Deegan retiring last year, Interim Superintendent Adrian Gonzales begins his first full school year in the leadership role he has held since July 1. Deegan, who was su-
perintendent from 2004 until June, helped to spearhead one of the largest ever school bonds for a single-college district, the $694 million Proposition M. The bond measure has led to a transformation of the school’s main campus in San Marcos and satellite location in Escondido. Several more vestiges of the bond measure will come online during the school year, including the
highly anticipated baseball diamond that will be completed in time for the Comets’ 2016 season. “This is an exciting time for Palomar College,” Gonzales said. “A lot of opportunities are out there for our students as we continue to grow and evolve into an institution that meets the ever-changing needs of our times. “We recently broke ground for a new Library/
Learning Resource Center, which is going to be an amazing new addition to the state-of-the-art facilities students can benefit from,” Gonzales added. The Library/Learning Resource Center is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Space is still available in a number of classes, but new and returning students are encouraged to apply and/or enroll as soon as possible.
MiraCosta College continues vocational training at center By Promise Yee
OCEANSIDE — Even with its new Technology Career Institute in Carlsbad, MiraCosta College is continuing vocational classes at John Landes Recreation Center that give priority registration to veterans and local residents. Oceanside City Council approved the renewal of a two-year lease agreement with the college Aug. 5. Linda Kurokawa, MiraCosta College director of community services and business development, said about 80 percent of students at the John Landes Recreation Center live in the surrounding neighborhood.
Kurokawa describes the community as just a rung under lower-middle class. “We’re able to offer training right from that neighborhood,” Kurokawa said. Vocational classes prepare students to become solar PV workers, facilities technicians and electronic assemblers. Graduates of the training can walk into jobs with hourly starting pay of $14 to $25. Jobs also offer career advancement opportunities. “We’re really trying hard to train for jobs in which starting wages are a living wage,” Kurokawa said.
Kurokawa said the college works with area employers to train for business needs. This builds a workforce for businesses, and allows students to find local employment. The vocational courses are taught in cohorts that averagely run five days a week, eight hours a day, for 14 weeks. Kurokawa said the rigorous schedule teaches skills and builds work stamina in students. Students receive hands-on training on professional equipment they will use on the job. “They’re learning everything they need to learn to become beginning machinists (solar PV workers,
facilities technicians and electronic assemblers),” Kurokawa said. Approximately 40 students participate in the small, intensive classes offered in Oceanside. More than 100 students have completed vocational training and earned a certificate of accomplishment since classes began in March 2013. The Carlsbad center opened in March 2015 and offers machinist technology, homeland security and veterinary assistant classes, among others. More than 200 students are currently enrolled at the Carlsbad campus, and close to half of them are veterans.
Cab driver calls out Uber drivers as ‘unfair competition’ By Promise Yee
OCEANSIDE — Cab driver John Phillip Bowen said it’s unfair and unsafe that Uber drivers can skirt around city business licenses, drug and criminal background checks and insurance requirements cab drivers face. “They’re not vetted the way cab drivers are,” Bowen said. “It’s an uneven playing field.” Bowen addressed the City Council on Aug. 5 with his concerns on Uber, Lyft and Homejoy drivers who offer driving service through a phone app platform. Bowen said he wants the city to require Uber drivers to have a business license, or restrict them from picking up passen- Oceanside cab driver says Uber drivers are unfair competition. John Phillip Bowen says he wants Uber gers at the Oceanside drivers ban from making curbside pickup at Oceanside Transit Center. Photo by Promise Yee Transit Center. “Uber drivers should not have the privilege to pick up curbside,” Bowen
Hobby Lobby in San Marcos opens Aug. 17 in the shell of the former Lowe’s building in the Creekside Marketplace. Courtesy photo
Hobby Lobby grand opening is Aug. 17 By Aaron Burgin
SAN MARCOS — The sign is up, the store is stocked. All that awaits is the door to open. Hobby Lobby, the first of two businesses to open in the shell of the former Lowe’s building in the Creekside Marketplace, opens Monday. San Marcos officials in 2014 chose Hobby Lobby and Winco has the two tenants to replace the Lowe’s, which closed in 2013. Winco, a 24-hour grocery store, will occupy the larger portion of the building, about 90,000 square feet of the 150,000-squarefoot shell. Hobby Lobby occupies the remaining 58,000 square feet of space. As Hobby Lobby opens its doors, a wave of activity has kicked off in the adjacent Creekside District, with two developers starting work on two mixed-use affordable housing developments that will anchor the eastern edge of what
will become the city’s downtown district. San Marcos is spending $15 million of its reserves on renovating the Lowe’s building and the building of a new Department of Motor Vehicles location on Rancheros Drive. The DMV as of this week was nearly completed and is slated to open later this month. Hobby Lobby representatives said the store will bring between 30 to 50 new jobs that pay $15.24 for full-time employees and $10.16 for part timers.
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Dance program helps low-income students Keeping up appearances By Ellen Wright
ESCONDIDO — Last year, 135 third and fourth graders from Vista, San Marcos and Escondido auditioned for a coveted spot in non-profit program A Step Beyond. Executive Director Frank Foster said the board was heartbroken to have to have to turn away 100 of them for the program, which aims to improve the lives of its participants. A Step Beyond started last year with 35 third and fourth graders. After holding a fiveday dance outreach program, low-income students were asked to audition for the yearlong program. The hope is the students will stick with the
program throughout their school years. “A Step Beyond is a comprehensive program including extensive and state of the art modern contemporary dance instruction, academic services and family services,” said Foster. The program is free to students. The aim is to increase children’s self-esteem and academic performance through dance classes and academic tutoring. Students take dance classes up to six days a week at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Another aspect is academic support. “Through our academic program, students learn critical thinking skills,” said Board Member Vicki Zeiger. “They also get exposure to subjects in math, science, technology, engineering and the arts so they can broaden their thinking about careers they may someday go after.” Students are encour-
aged to stick with the program throughout their academic careers in order to finish high school and go on to college. While the program is still relatively new, the student feedback has been good. “A Step Beyond helps me in my life with homework and academics because usually I don’t get my homework done as much,” said student Malana. Currently, there are 35 students in the third and fourth grade. Program coordinators hope to have a full spectrum of grades by 2022, ranging from third to twelfth grade. It also provides a safe haven for students. “My priority is that this is a place that feels safe and non-judgmental that kids can come to during life when crises occur, when life happens and when happy times are going on and where they can share their wins and losses and know that they’re wor-
thy and they’re accepted,” said Family Services Manager Lisa O’Conner-Riddle. Funding for the program comes from the board members’ dues and from a grant from The Bro-Am Foundation, which holds an annual concert and surf festival at Moonlight Beach. Students return at the beginning of the school year in September. Auditions for new students will be held Oct. 17. Mayor Sam Abed said he appreciates the program for its success and for helping fulfill a promise to the voters. “Part of our promise to the voters when we did the Center for the Arts was to have a component for education for the kids and I appreciate (A Step Beyond) helping us deliver on that promise,” Abed said. At a City Council meeting on Aug. 5 Foster thanked the council and Olga Diaz for pointing him to the California Center for the Arts.
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New practice gives women access to complete and compassionate care VISTA — For women, visits to an OB/GYN are a fact of life. What the team at Venus Women’s Healthcare Professionals aims to do is make these visits as convenient and comfortable as possible. Dr. Tina J. Dhillon-Ashley and Dr. Tannaz E. Adib have united to form Venus Women’s Healthcare Professionals to help all women — pregnant or not — of all ages. “Dr. Adib and I are very excited to join the medical community in the Tri-City area, and offer our services to women of the North County and surrounding areas,” Dr. Dhillon-Ashley said. “Our hope is that our caring attitudes filter through our staff, to our patients and carry out into the community.” Venus Women’s Healthcare Professionals offers a full scope of OB/GYN services, including full prenatal care and deliveries at Tri-City Medical Center. “We are so fortunate that Tri-City Medical Center has a level III neonatal intensive care unit with neonatologists in the hospital 24 hours a day to care for newborns who may be born with prematurity or any complicating factors,” Dr. Dhillon-Ashley said. “We have all the resources available to treat mothers with higher-risk pregnancies, which is something that should reassure moms who, of course, want healthy outcomes with their deliveries.” “We perform gynecologic surgeries in the hospital as well as the outpatient surgical set-
Dr. Tina J. Dhillon-Ashley, left, and Dr. Tannaz E. Adib unite to form Venus Women’s Healthcare Professionals, offering a full scope of OB/GYN services and more at Vista Medical Plaza.
ting, using minimally invasive techniques,” Dr. Adib said. “We also perform many in-office procedures, including cosmetic and rejuvenation services. We provide consultations for specific gynecologic issues, as well as perform routine annual examinations.” With so many options for
women to choose from, Venus Women’s Healthcare Professionals has two distinct qualities that make it a desirable choice for any woman. First, is their proximity to Tri-City Medical Center. “We are conveniently located in the Vista Medical Plaza, just two blocks
from Tri-City Medical Center, in an office location where patients have access to other types of medical providers, laboratory, and pharmacy facilities,” Dr. Dhillon-Ashley said. “It is an outstanding office location and easy for patients to find.” Second is that it is their mission to provide a caring environment for every patient. “Our philosophy is that patients should be listened-to, evaluated, educated and given their options to make informed decisions in conjunction with their physician,” Dr. Adib said. “We have chosen office staff members who are friendly, caring and respect each patient as an individual. We have designed our office to provide the most calm and relaxing environment possible. We feel ‘people make the office’ and we are all here to provide women with a great option for their OB/GYN care.” The doctors are quick to point out the importance of OB/GYN visits for all women. “We want to make sure that women know they should still have their OB/ GYN visits, even if they have completed childbearing,” Dr. Dhillon-Ashley said. “Part of what we do is screen for various types of cancers affecting women, and we understand the importance of preventative care and early detection. We encourage everyone to talk to their female friends and family members and make sure they are receiving their women’s healthcare.” Both Dr. Adib and Dr. Dhill-
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The ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E’ is flashy, stylish and fun By Nathalia Aryani
Coming into the screening of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” I didn’t know what to expect. Unlike “Mission Impossible,” I never saw the original TV series in the 1960s and the only recollection I had of a Guy Ritchie film was “Sherlock Holmes.” That was fun, so at least that was my hope for this movie. As it turns out, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” was beyond that. Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) and Armie Hammer (“J. Edgar”) play former adversaries-turned-buddy spies to the hilt. It started out on the rough side. While both have colorful backgrounds and special talents, they’re polar-opposites. Cavill is Napoleon Solo, a former art thief turned CIA agent, charming and cavalier in his ways. Hammer is Illya Kuryakin, a volatile yet steadfast KGB operative. The American agent
Armie Hammer, left, and Henry Cavill raise the action level in Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
and Russian operative, they would be working towhen introduced by their gether as partners, make respective handler that it clear that they’re only doing this for the greater good. Sizing each other up, they try to kill each other on their first day of working together. Their joint mission is to infiltrate a criminal network and dismantle its plan to misuse technology and propagate nuclear weapons, subverting the power balance during the Cold War period. Their link to the mysterious network is an East German auto-mechanic, Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander, “Ex-Machina”), the estranged daughter of a vanished Nazi rocket scientist. Gaby reaches out to her uncle, Rudi (Sylvester Groth), at a splashy event under the pretense that she
would like to find her father and see him since she’s getting married. Illya is the groom-to-be, pretending to be a Russian architect in love. The uncle is connected to a power-hungry couple in the nuclear venture, Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) and Alexander Vinciguerra (Luca Calvani). Between the two, Victoria makes an impression as the brain behind the operations. Napoleon crashes the event, casts his eyes on the icy villainess, and gains her interest through his sleight of hand tricks and debonair manner. A gleeful spy game ensues. Playing hide-and-seek and racing against time, there are hidden agenda, deception and double-crosses. Sparks also fly among
the trio. The tough and whip-smart Gaby clashes with Illya, although there may be a different kind of spark there. Flamboyant Napoleon and intense Illya butt head over methods and tricks to get the upper hand over their enemy. What makes this slyly funny is the glut of dark, situational humor, including quick-witted banters and deadpan dialogues with hilarious happenings in the background. Irony at its best. All acted well by the principal actors. Speaking of happenings, it’s got plenty of action. A riotous sequence that opens the film with a bang, involving an elaborate street chase, spin and shootouts down narrow alleys and a narrower escape
in the dark of the night. The movie glossily captures the vibe of the era with flair. Old-fashioned elegance in couture, art and architecture against contrasting color palettes, cool in Berlin and warm in Italy. The film ends with a boom, an official team formation, and a potential for a sequel. It looks like U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command of Law and Enforcement) is in business. This period espionage is filled with comedic beats, intrigue and style. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is stylish, flashy and fun. Nathalia Aryani is a film columnist and has a movie blog, The MovieMaven: sdmoviemaven.blogspot.com. Twitter: @the_moviemaven.
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Clockwise from top left: John Bennett is a regular performer at Le Papagayo, one of their classic cocktails and mussels. Photos courtesy Le
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hen walking or driving by Le Papagayo on just about any night of the week, it’s hard not to feel the energy coming from this Leucadia hotspot. That energy is made up � of an1.$4,) almost-always-fullhouse of folks there eating, drinking and taking in the live music happening nightly. It all creates a buzz that evokes a tropical tourist destination with just the right touch of Leucadia cool so as to not cross over into the dreaded cheesy touristy vibe. Its location in the heart of Leucadia surrounded by cool shops with great people watching make the wait for a table when there is one a pleasure. The crowd is always a healthy mix of locals at the bar, couples, girls night out, families, and first dates. There are a few different sections with the bar area where the band is playing being the most lively. At certain times, depending on what band is playing, it can be a bit loud, but who needs conversation with killer live music, drinks and good food? There is also a nice patio on the sidewalk that I would consider the best seating in the house as you have the music, the open air, and the people watching. There are also dining rooms down below, and an expansive outdoor deck. So basically they have a location for just about every scenario so if it’s a band you are really into, you may want to request to be in a
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t seems 2015 may be the inflection point for the wineries of Temecula Valley. There is a new spirit in this embattled valley, currently home to some 36 hard working names that are determined to get state, national and international respect. In fact there is so much that’s attractive for visitors to the valley, let’s call this issue one of two columns. That’s necessary to cover new developments in this wine country that five counties in Southern California visit, about 20 million potential wine visitors, for a day trip to Temecula! The Temecula Valley AVA, as we know it today, became effective in 2004 with 33,000 acres. Some 1,300 acres are planted in commercial vineyards, while 5,000 acres are located and protected in a “Citrus/Vineyard” zone in and around Rancho California Road with strict guidelines set by Riverside County. Through grit and determination, several projects and improvements are making 2015 a banner year. Top of the mind is the
A beautiful and spacious 10,000 square foot Cave is just about complete at Oak Mountain Winery in the fast-forward Temecula Valley wine country. Photo courtesy Oak Mountain Winery
amazing Oak Mountain Caves, a hillside winery on the De Portola Trail, which is a cluster of wineries on DePortola Road. Primarily for a 1,000-barrel storage 104 feet underground, this 10,000 square foot facility with a steady 66-degree temperature does much
more than store. Valerie Andrews, who founded Oak Mountain with her husband Steve, who is the winemaker, walked me through this mixed use, magical subterranean dig. “We’ll have tasting rooms down here, and the Cave Café kitchen will be
ready to go the end of August,” she predicted. “Our private Cave Club members will enter an exclusive all-glass door private area with complimentary wine tasting seven days a week. Oak Mountain is up to TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14
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t’s only been a few months since I was last on San Diego’s Embarcadero, but what a difference those few months have made. I’m sitting on a bench under ample shade trees that weren’t here just a while ago, watching the line for the Coronado Ferry grow. I’m going to get on the ferry, too, but there’s no sense in standing in the sun; my spot in the shade will do just fine for now. It's a Chamber-of-Commerce day — 75 degrees and a light onshore breeze — and it suddenly occurs to me that most of these people probably paid a whole bunch of money to come and enjoy San Diego and Coronado. How lucky am I to be able to hop on the Coaster, enjoy the ride to Santa Fe Station, walk a couple of blocks, then hop on the ferry to Coronado Island? The biggest treat of the day, however, is discovering all of the changes at the Embarcadero. I almost can't believe my eyes. Where once there was not much more than a lot of concrete and little shade, there now are leafy trees, benches,
The Broadway Pier takes on a festive and inviting look with bright umbrellas. The sea-green glass, 52,000-square-foot Port Pavilion opened in 2010. It received the port’s first LEEDS certification, which means it meets certain environmental standards. This is the view of the Port Pavilion and the San Diego skyline that greets passengers on the Coronado Ferry during the 15-minute crossing. Photos by E’louise Ondash
new signage, a much-needed restroom that looks like a work of art, new gangways for the many vessels that use the Embarcadero, several new restaurants, and sleek, attractive kiosks that dispense visitor information and tickets for the various harbor cruises and other attractions. I’ve been reading for years about the plans for the North Embarcadero, and now they are reality. It was always fun to spend time here, but the Embarcadero lacked important amenities, like places to sit and to go to the bathroom. Even the Broadway Pier is attractive. The sea-
green, 52,000-square-foot glass building at the end of the pier is stunning, and the chairs and tables with festive red umbrellas that punctuate once-barren concrete invite visitors to linger. I wish I had more than 30 minutes to explore, but I do the best I can. Pedestrian traffic in the area is heavy, and there is a full complement of passengers on the ferry, but I’m not complaining. It means that there are plenty of tourist dollars coming to San Diego and that’s a good thing. These visitors are clearly enjoying their re-
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spite from the hot-n-sweaty Midwest and the oven that Arizona becomes at this time of year. The view of the city from the water during our 15-minute cruise from the San Diego side to the Coronado side is well worth the price of the ticket — $4.75. I don't have time this trip to visit the San Diego Maritime Museum, but I can say that from recent visits, it also is worth the price of admission ($16 general; $13 seniors and military). Walking the decks of the museum’s nearly one dozen ships and submarines is like stepping aboard a time machine. Every vessel is meticulously maintained and signage is excellent. My favorite is the Russian submarine. Walking through this metal “floating cigar” gives you a great appreciation for what the men of the Russian navy had to endure. And how ironic that this submarine sits just a few feet from the USS Mid-
Visitors wait for the Coronado Ferry, which takes them on a 15-minute crossing to the island’s shopping and restaurant district.
way, which it was assigned to track during the Cold War. Plan to spend four to five hours on the Embarcadero and you'll have time to see the new County Administration Center Waterfront Park, created by transforming parking lots into
a mini-paradise. Located in front of the County Administration Building (built during the Depression), this new park includes lots of wide-open space, a shallow pool with water features, climbing wall, slides and other play elements. Kids will love it. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com
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SHREK THE PLAY T.J. Dawson stars in “Shrek: The Musical” running Aug. 12 through Aug. 29 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. For tickets, call (760) 724- 2110 or online VisTix Box Office 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, 92084 Photo courtesy T.J. Dawson
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MARK THE CALENDAR MEET THE ARTIST See oil paintings by Connie McCoy through Sept. 3, with an artist’s reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. MOONLIGHT FUNDRAISER Moonlight Cultural Foundation presents “Megan Hilty Under the Stars.” at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista. Single tickets are priced $35 to $75 at (760) 724-2110 or visit moonlightfoundation.com.
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Your Photos of the Month Congratulations to Aimee Lennox, winner of The Coast News’ first Instagram Photo Contest and the $50 gift card to Leucadia’s Le Papagayo. The winning shot, a photo of her son Clive Aldous Lennox, right, having some summer fun at the beach. Some of the runner ups included clockwise from top right: Photographer Austin Killeen catching a friend “just levitating upside down;” Ahlia Hoffman and Travis Long tandem surfing; Geoffrey Scott with his submission of “catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world,” @innchiccc with her “monkey” Nathan; and Nicole Zapoli having fun with her “peeps.” Follow @coastnews on Instagram for details on our next photo contest coming soon!
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the Arts, Escondido for the inaugural Nerd Con. “We don’t want to limit ourselves to just one thing, and that’s why we chose Nerd Con rather than comics or Cosplay Con or anything like that,” Jones said. The one-day convention is catering to an entire nerd spectrum from gaming (video and table top) to cosplay, comics and technology. Jones, who grew up in North County, said his background in organizing events came from time spent helping his father put on bridal conventions. Though, he added, it’s been nothing quite like organizing Nerd Con with his girlfriend Trisha Murphy and two other-
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everybody has their opinion and it was the owner’s choice and it’s something that means a great deal to (Pavagadhi),” Wheeler said. Juncal agreed. “There are always various causes that people have at the top of their list. I agree that there are greater issues than the death of a lion but on the other hand, this was
T HE C OAST NEWS - I NLAND E DITION friends Stephanie Pandes and Rachel Yauch — the “four nerds” that have come together and formed 4 Nerds by Nerds, LLC. “It’s cool to be a nerd now,” said Murphy. She liked the idea of Nerd Con because, she said, “we love going to conventions and we wanted to put on ourselves something that we love doing.” Even as nerd culture is becoming the norm in society, something Jones thinks is happening all thanks to the surge in comic book movies lately, they’ve become aware of divisions within the community. Divisions over what game console is best, even that someone wasn’t nerdy enough or not a “real nerd,” which Jones never thought
he’d ever hear someone say. “What a lot of nerds are searching for is acceptance,” said Jones. “It’s something, that I think, has been a big problem over the last two decades for nerds is that they’re not accepted in society. So now all of sudden, now that it’s cool to be a nerd, they’re looking for that thing they can belong to.” What Nerd Con is hoping to do is take the focus off of how nerds are different and change it to show how similar they are, Jones explained. “Taking all these pieces and forming a mosaic of ‘Hey, this is what we are as a whole.’ We’re all nerds. That’s what brings us together,” he said. For a full schedule of events and for tickets, visit nerd-con.com.
the lion’s moment to speak in our community,” he said. He hopes the mural generates talk about species conservation. “We’re kind of hoping it generates a little bit of talk,” he said. Pavagadhi doesn’t have any intentions for the mural except for people to enjoy it. “I just wanted my heart to feel better so I could look at Cecil,” he said. “I hope people can love and care
about animals in the wild and just love them, don’t kill them.” The mural will be on the restaurant indefinitely and adds to Carlsbad Village’s extensive collection of murals. Another big cat graces the side of Witch Creek Winery. Michael Summers’ “Catnap” features two black and white striped tigers with colorful raindrops falling around them.
TASTE OF WINE 30 handcrafted wines to be served in the bar areas, which along with the banquet area, is still under construction. Customers can discover little known varietals like Cinsault, Mourvedre, Pinotage and Counoise. Above ground, Oak Mountain has weekly entertainment programs. On Aug. 22, an Elvis Tribute Band plays starting at noon with no admission charge, in a climate controlled pavilion. For tours and other information, contact the winery at (951) 699-9102 or visit oakmountainwinery. com. Lorimar Vineyards and Winery was realized by two brothers in-law, Lawrie Lipton and Mark Manfield. The first planting on 22 acres was Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Syrah, Grenache, Muscat, Viognier and Sangiovese; distinctly Rhone Valley France and Tuscany Italy. In 2012, a perfect replica of an Italian villa was constructed with magnificent views of Palomar Mountain. Inside is an elegant tasting room with stone fireplace and an art gallery. What’s most exciting to me is that Lorimar and one of the valley’s most respected farmer-winemakers, Marshall Stuart, have partnered together to give rise to the Wine, Art and Music theme, evident in all that Lorimar presents. “When I owned my own winery, I worked with Lorimar in the earlier years before this beautiful winery was built.” Stuart recalled. In keeping with the musical theme for the wines, reds include: Nocturne, Crescendo, Medley, Solo and a lot more.” The 2012 Medley Meritage was a personal favorite. ($44; $33 for club mem-
stretch of twin roads into the city’s center and will also serve to link that area to the city’s University District, MacDonald said. The City Council in 2007 approved the plans, which call for a 214-acre shopping and housing district, with 73 acres set aside for a habitat preserve. Once built out — which is expected to take 20 years — the Creekside District will contain about 2,300 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of retail space and 590,000 square feet of office space. The city reached out to several developers — including Affirmed, which was looking to develop affordable housing in the city — and directed them toward the Creekside District. Construction was scheduled to begin in 2012, but the state’s cessation of local redevelopment agencies delayed work, which relied on the coveted state funding to
push construction along. While the improving economy has allowed for some of the work to now begin, officials said, affordable housing is seen as a good way to kick start market rate development. “It is not unusual to see redevelopment sparked by affordable housing,” said Chris Earl, senior project manager for Affirmed Housing, which is developing Eastgate. “The benefits are that government funds support the development.” The two affordable developments could be completed as early as 2018, during which time the city will also commence several key infrastructure projects that are expected to further spur development — the creation of two bridges across San Marcos Creek at Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz, and the widening of Discovery Street in San Marcos. The city expects to start that construction in fall 2016.
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pressed for the district to enter into the arrangement. Both Anderson and Reno have flatly denied the accusations.
The script costs $7 and provides $20 of cab service by Yellow Cab, for which Bowen is a driver, or 24-7 Cab. Drivers make an extra effort to accommodate seniors, and companies are required to have an ADA-compliant vehicle in their fleet. “It’s a courtesy to the community,” Bowen said. “We’re not making any money off of it. Uber drivers are not going to pick up the reins if we go under.” City regulations were adopted in 2012 that require city cab companies to have 10 or more cabs in their fleet, one ADA-compliant cab, GPS dispatching, and no vehicles more than 7 years old. Cabs must display a medallion in their front windshield to show they comply with city rules. Currently there are no such city requirements
for Uber drivers. Following the meeting, Mayor Jim Wood said Uber driver service is a new business model, and there are pending regulations to address some concerns. “I think the situation is unknown at this point,” Wood said. “Some people like to have the option because it’s cheaper, but they’re not getting the same quality (as cab service).” City Attorney John Mullen said the Public Utilities Commission regulates Uber drivers. Oceanside is looking into state regulations. Bowen said he plans to take his concerns to the North County Transit District board of directors in September. Uber was asked to comment on the complaint but the company had not issued a response by press time.
ban that I will have to try soon. Another item on my list is what they call the Luxury California Burrito with filet mignon, avocado, truffle fries, salsa fresca and crème fraiche — a post surf burrito if there ever was one. Happy hour is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and features some great food and drink specials. A recent dinner there started with their classic Carlsbad mussels with a garlic and chardonnay broth, chicken wings, and the Shanghai style ribs. I would recommend all of those along with a wet nap. The lamb chops and herb-crusted halibut did not disappoint and the banana bread pudding was solid. Le Papagayo recently
changed ownership and while they have made some subtle menu changes and upgraded the service a bit, they have kept all that have made it a fun night out intact. Darren Campbell and his son Darren Jr. are the new owners now with manager Jose Forgiarini still on board running the day to day. Find them at 1002 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, (760) 944-8252 or lepapagayoleucadia.com
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erating the momentum of making the Creekside District a reality,” City spokeswoman Sarah MacDonald said. “It’s an exciting time.” Officials for decades have envisioned the milelong stretch south of San Marcos between Grand Avenue and Discovery Street as the downtown that the city has lacked, with a mix of housing, retail establishments, parkland and open space transforming the area. Most cities in North San Diego County have well established downtown districts, which were the original town settlements. San Marcos, however, does not have a traditional downtown district. The city’s creekside plan calls for the creation of a new circulation road, Creekside Drive, that will run parallel to San Marcos Boulevard, turning the
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One of the Temecula Valley’s foremost farmer-winemakers is now hands-on making superb wines at Lorimar Vineyards and Winery in the Temecula Valley. Photo by Frank Mangio
bers). It reminded me of a Stuart favorite in his days as a wine owner, when he made Long Valley Red, a valley legend. I asked him what was a big seller these days. “Malbec has become very popular, especially our 2012 Siancio ($46; $34.50 for club members). We just planted 4 and 1/2 acres of it. It’s a working man’s Cabernet.” For more Lorimar news access lorimarwinery.com, and for more on Temecula Valley, come back to my column for next week.
an event at Embarcadero North Park San Diego Aug. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. Wines brews and more. Prices start at $54 but vary according to date of purchase. Event to benefit military members in need. Check it out at corkanddraft.com. WineSellar & Brasserie has a “They make wine Where? Tasting Aug. 19 in Sorrento Valley. Cost is $15. Call (858) 450-9557. Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe is the perfect setting for the great wines of Napa Valley in a Vintners Series, Sept. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Theme is “Valley Floor vs. Hillside.” Cost is $75. Also live music and gourmet style food stations compliment the wines, including: Tierra Roja, Round Pond Estate, Spring Mountain, and St. Supery Estate among others. Located on the beautiful Croquet Lawn. RSVP at (858) 759-6246.
WINE BYTES Marina Kitchen in the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Diego is presenting its next Wine Wednesday programs, with “Native Northern Italy” Aug. 26 and Coastal California Sept. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, tasting included. To reserve, call (619) 234-1500. Il Fornaio in Del Mar Frank Mangio is a renowned presents a Beni di Batasiolo wine connoisseur certified by Wine Tasting Aug. 20 from Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commen5 to 8 p.m.; $25 per guest. tators on the web. View and Wine expert Stefano Poggi link up with his columns at presides. Select appetizers served. Reservations at tasteofwinetv.com and reach him at email@example.com. (858) 755-8876. Follow him on Facebook. Cork & Draft Classic is
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said. “Their insurance and background are not vetted. You have to take an Uber driver’s word.” He added he does not have a problem with people choosing to use Uber drivers, he just wants to ensure the same rules apply. Since Bowen’s comments were not an agenda item, no reply was given that night. The city attorney was directed to inform the City Council about state regulations that are in place. In addition to unfair competition and safety concerns, Bowen pointed out that cab companies in Oceanside provide subsidized pickup service to city seniors. Seniors can purchase discounted taxi script through the city.
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It should be noted that they host live music seven nights a week. Le Papagayo is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu offers something for everyone and they describe it as a unique fusion of Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine. Breakfast has a full list of omelets, scrambles, waffles, pancakes, Benedicts, acai bowls, juevos rancheros, shrimp and grits, oatmeal and a hearty breakfast burrito. The lunch menu is extensive and the salads and basic burgers I’ve tried have all been solid. They have a large selection of sandwiches including a Cu-
Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday – Friday during at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@ artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.
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Tandem surfers seeking out the Duke LCC’s Moniak is making his mark off the diamond, too sports talk
By Tony Cagala
ENCINITAS — Ahlia Hoffman flew through the air with seemingly the greatest of ease. Though she wasn’t on any flying trapeze. Instead Hoffman was hoisted some several feet into the air, held there by the strength and raised arms of Travis Long, a pair of tandem surfers riding along a small, crumbling wave on an 11-foot, 6-inch surfboard near the Oceanside Pier on Sunday. The word Hoffman would use to describe that experience: “Exhilarating.” “There’s no feeling like it — being able to see the wave behind or underneath me, the wind in my hair and on my face,” she said. “To fly at that speed upside down or whatever
Encinitas residents and tandem surfers Travis Long and Ahlia Hoffman perform a lift in the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club’s annual surf competition on Sunday. The pair is heading to Hawaii to compete in the Duke’s OceanFest competition later this month. Photo by Tony Cagala
down a wave, there’s nothing like it. It’s a total adrenaline rush.” Long’s experience of riding the wave is a little
said Long. bit different, though. And as the anchor “For me, I’m thinking about a lot of different of sorts, once Long has things — I’m thinking most TURN TO SURFERS ON 19 often of keeping her safe,”
Youth baseball dynasty emerging in San Marcos By Aaron Burgin
SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos 8U South Knights All-Star team is building a dynasty. The team defeated the Tecolote All-Stars on July 28 to capture the Pinto Machine Pitch West Zone World Series for its age group, its second consecutive title. This year, the team racked up an impressive list of accomplishments: • Placed 1st in the 8U West Zone Southern California Southwest Region North Section Pinto Pony Tournament in Fallbrook, held June 20-June 27. • Placed 1st in the West Zone So Cal Southwest Region Pinto Pony Tournament in Carlsbad, held July 3-July 7 • Won the West Zone World Series, held July 23 to July 28 in San Marcos Parents said that most of the boys have been playing together since tee-ball
The San Marcos 8U South Knights All-Star team defeats the Tecolote All-Stars on July 28 to capture the Pinto Machine Pitch West Zone World Series for its age group, its second consecutive title. Courtesy photo
days. “We added two boys this year, but for the most part, the core has been together for two years,” said Kristen Kumasaka, one of the team moms. “It’s been a very exciting run with the boys. We are so proud of them.” Among the highlights
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of the year include Jack Buffini hitting a home run in the championship game and Blake Scharin and Troy Keeth hitting home runs on Father’s Day. Pony (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) Baseball was established 30 years ago as an alternative to traditional little league baseball. The two distinguishing factors are the two-year age bracket system and the scaled di-
mensions of the ball fields. In the Pinto, or 7-8 year old division, the base path is 50 feet, and a pitching machine delivers the balls to the hitters. Pony begins hosting an international World Series when players reach the 10U division, meaning that the two zone world series the Knights have collected are the top honors for the age group.
It’s all about baseball for Mickey Moniak and with skills like his, why not? Then again, there’s more to the La Costa Canyon High star than bats, balls and bubble gum. Moniak, who’s among the nation’s top prep players, is playing in Sunday’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. The game matches the best of the best and it’s easy to see why Moniak is involved. He’s All-State, All-CIF, All-Everything. But the contest is more than a top-shelf exhibition of high school baseball. Along with the horsehide is the participants getting alongside kids who’ve been thrown a curveball of the worst kind. Cancer is a scrooge at any level. But these words are always tough to type: pediatric cancer. “This is more than a game,’’ Moniak said. “There’s a bigger picture here.’’ The contest’s meaning finds focus before the first pitch. The Perfect Game players visit Rady Children’s Hospital to hang with patients who should be chasing butterflies, throwing rocks or sneaking an extra cookie when Mom acts like she isn’t looking. In watching Moniak play it’s easy to be impressed. His left-handed swing is ripped from a textbook. His breaks on fly balls in center field are quick and decisive. He hustles everywhere like his hair is on fire and you sure Moniak can’t help the struggling Padres? Maybe some day. Now he’s zeroed in on tykes needing an assist more than the fading Friars. Before this week’s official Perfect Game appearance, Moniak made a trek to Rady. All on his own. “I just wanted to go down there so I would at least know my way around,’’ he said. He made the rounds as
smoothly as he circles the bases. The kids grinned and they gave Moniak as much, if not more, than he received. “That’s the main thing about this game,’’ said Moniak, who’s heading into his senior year. “Raising money.’’ Each player, through donations from friends and family, are asked to collect $2,000. Many surpass that and is there a better way to spend your dough? “It’s really humbling,’’ Moniak said. “The main issue is to raise money to fund the research because going there is a real eye-opener.’’ It’s an open-and-shut case that Moniak’s future is bright. He’s nearing a roster spot on the US under-18 team, which will tour the Pacific Rim. He has a scholarship in his hip pocket to UCLA. He’s been touted as a top-15 pick and if he’s still on the board at No. 15, we’ll be surprised. That’s all great and LCC couldn’t be prouder. But his coach knows there’s more to Moniak than him setting Mavericks hitting records. “He’s such a down-toearth kid,’’ said LCC coach Justin Machado. “He wants to win games with his baseball buddies and that is what he takes pride in. He sets the tone for every practice. He is just a great kid.’’ That’s obvious when watching him glide around a diamond. Coaches and scouts are still raving about the overthe-shoulder catch he made at the recent Area Code Games. UCLA coach John Salvage later took Moniak and his parents to dinner, then commented: “That was probably a waste of money.’’ It’s unlikely Moniak becomes a Bruin with major-league teams beating a path to his Encinitas door with a rich contract. Then again... “You never know,’’ Moniak said. “I definitely want to go pro, that has always been a dream. But having UCLA is not a bad option, either. “Either way, it’s got to be an easy decision. I’m just looking forward to playing baseball the next few months and we’ll see.’’ Look at his background TURN TO MONIAK ON 19
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and it screams baseball and why not when he started playing at age 2. Bill Moniak, his grandfather and biggest fan, played in the Red Sox organization where a certain Bostonian, and San Diego native, took a liking to him. “Ted Williams was his hitting coach,’’ Moniak said. Moniak’s father, Matt, played at San Diego State before waves trumped wiping out pitchers. “He likes to surf,’’ Moniak said. It’s a tsunami of baseball chatter when the three
generations meet. But the heck with their past, what does Moniak’s crystal ball reveal in 10 years? “Hopefully I’ll be in the big leagues playing for the Padres,’’ he said. “But any team works. I just want to be in the big leagues, establishing myself and living my dream.’’ Those kids at Rady dream, too. Theirs is to get out of that dang bed and, well, be a kid again. Moniak is doing is part. That’s why you can’t help but root for him, on and off the field. Contact Jay Paris at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.
OCEANSIDE — Despite some texture conditions and tough waves at the south side of the Oceanside Pier, surfers were still able to get in a few good rides and show what they could do on their longboards. The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club hosted its annual surf competition and 15th annual Guy Takayama Pro Noseriding and Pro Open event the weekend of Aug. 7 through Aug. 9. Photo by Tony Cagala
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because the women in our sport are really one-of-akind,” Long said. The popularity of the sport, which saw Duke Kahanamoku bring it to the forefront in Hawaii during the 1920s, does seem to be growing, Long said. “We’re lucky enough to have a pro tour these days,” he said. “It’s not like we’re quitting our day jobs, but we have a little bit of sponsors,” he said. For more information about tandem surfing or with sponsorship help contact Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Long at email@example.com.
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caught the wave and raised Hoffman into one of the lifts, he’s then able to steer the board and surf just as though he was alone. The duo competed in the professional tandem surf heat of the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club’s annual event on Sunday, placing second and earning the Encinitas residents a qualifying spot in the Duke’s OceanFest competition in Hawaii later this month. Long, a member of the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club, who is with Hoffman, ranked fifth in the world by the International Tandem Surfing Association, has been tandem surfing for about 15 years. A little less than two of those years have been surfing with Hoffman, and in the 10 or 12 events they’ve competed in so far they’ve done “quite well,” Long said. “She’s a great partner, she’s very dedicated,” he said of working with Hoffman. “The way I gauge a good tandem girl, they don’t have to know how to surf, it’s kind of how a woman deals with fear,” Long said. “And there are some women that are just fearless. Ahlia is definitely one
of trust in Long. “He’s a really strong waterman,” she said. “He knows what waves to go for. We have strong communication. And number one, he keeps me safe.” Hoffman and Long have five sequences and can choose between 10 to 12 different lifts that they’ve learned. In all, the ITSA recognizes more than 60 different lifts. While surfing is a major component in contests, Long said what really matters is how good the girl is. “And I truly mean that as a compliment to women
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of them.” As someone who admits growing up being afraid of everything, Hoffman, a yoga teacher and author, said it was only by luck and chance that she discovered tandem surfing. “I grew up being afraid of everything,” she said. “And as an adult, I wanted to be fearless. It was first a conscious decision to pursue the things that I used to be afraid of.” To do this, she began traveling on her own, going skydiving and checking other adrenaline-fueled adventures off her list. “For surfing, I don’t really think about anything that’s going to promote any kind of fear. I just take a deep breath and smile and have fun. Really there’s no fear involved,” she said. The sport can be rough on its participants where bumps and bruises from falling can be a common occurrence. And half of the time they’re out there, Hoffman said, she’s yelling at Long. “Get away from the pier.” “Don’t throw me down so hard.” “Don’t get my hair wet.” Those were just some of the things she yelled out to Long about during Sunday’s competition. But Hoffman has a lot
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