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Off watchlist, county awaits state guidance By City News Service

ON AUG. 9, protesters gathered in San Marcos as a response to a recent incident when white supremacist signs were anonymously posted around the San Elijo community. Photo by Jazmine Smith

San Elijo protest an answer to racist display By Catherine Allen

SAN MARCOS — In a swift response from the San Elijo community, two separate groups joined together on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the San Elijo Fountain in San Marcos to protest against racism, both nationwide and in their neighborhood. Recent national attention on racial injustice hit home on Aug. 5 after several San Elijo residents removed a series of white su-

premacist signs which had been anonymously posted near the homes and schools of local families. Resident Anzy Adams organized a rally called “No Space for Hate in San Elijo” as a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Organizers associated with the group provided protesters with a sound system, supplies and security. Separately, a group of students organized a Black

Lives Matter protest at the same time and place, enabling the groups to pool their resources and boost the movement, attracting a total of 50 or 60 people. “The way that we can change things is by joining together,” Adams said. “We need to unify our causes and work in solidarity with each other, rather than trying to divide ourselves into smaller and smaller groups and different issues.

“It was just overwhelmingly a positive result and we made lots of great contacts in the neighborhood and had lots of interesting conversations with the neighbors.” Chanting “No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA,” and “Down with fascism, down with Trump,” protesters placed a particular emphasis on the federal TURN TO PROTEST ON 7

Stone CEO resigns amid tough stretch for brewery By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Stone Brewing, the largest brewery in Southern California, announced to its staff last week that its CEO, Dominic Engels, has resigned. The news was first reported last Tuesday by Brewbound, a beer industry trade publication, after they obtained an internal letter to staff from co-founder Steve Wagner. Wagner, who will be stepping in as interim CEO, confirmed Engels’ resignation in an emailed statement to The Coast News last Thursday: “Dominic Engels has resigned from his role of CEO with the company and I have stepped into the role of Interim-CEO. Greg Koch

will remain the Executive Chairman. “We will be working to find the right person to lead the company’s advancements and growth. We wish Dominic well and thank him for all that he’s contributed to Stone. “In this unprecedented environment we’re operating in, both Greg and I believe in our company’s unique position in the world, and that we are poised to come to the other side of this pandemic as a healthy business.” Wagner said that Koch, also a co-founder, will stay on as executive chairman of the board, but he did not offer an explanation for Engels’ sudden resignation. Engels became Stone’s


chief executive in Sept. of 2016, replacing Koch who had announced that he was stepping down as CEO a year earlier. Before that, Engels worked at POM Wonderful for 11 years and was president of the company before joining Stone. The news comes after a challenging few months for the Escondido-based brewery, who back in June,

was criticized by former employees who said that Stone mishandled company layoffs amid the COVID-19 crisis when they allegedly refused to hire their employees back once they reopened. More recently, Stone came under fire in the beer community a few weeks ago when it was revealed that they had entered into a trademark dispute with a small 3bbl Kentucky brewery called Sawstone Brewing Co. Stone is the ninth-largest craft brewery in the nation by volume and has two World Bistro & Gardens locations, including one in Escondido, as well as several taprooms in San Diego County.

REGION — As San Diego County continues to await guidance on the effects of its removal from the state’s coronavirus watchlist, public health officials reported 212 new COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths Aug. 19, raising the region's totals to 35,376 cases and 638 deaths. The county was officially removed from the state's monitoring list Tuesday, setting in motion a 14day countdown that could see K-12 students back in the classroom as soon as Sept. 1, depending on the decisions of individual school districts. However, any guidance on what that means for businesses was still unclear. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said he and other county officials were expecting to hear about the framework for reopening indoor businesses from the state by Monday. “That doesn't mean we’ll be able to open everything all at once,” he said.

“We must be mindful. We don’t want to undo the progress we’ve made so far.” The county continues to make progress, with a case rate of 84.4 positive COVID-19 tests per 100,000 people on Wednesday, below the state’s 100 per 100,000 guideline. The county will be placed back on the list should it be flagged for exceeding any one of six metrics for three consecutive days. Those metrics are the case rate, the percentage of positive tests, the average number of tests a county is able to perform daily, changes in the number of hospitalized patients and the percentage of ventilators and intensive care beds available. Of the 6,781 tests reported Wednesday, 3% returned positive, lowering the 14-day rolling average to 4%, well below the state's 8% guideline. County health officials reported two new community outbreaks, dropping the number of outbreaks in the past week to 15.

SANDAG transportation plan price tag: $177 billion By Steve Puterski

REGION — The vision for regional transportation is sweeping and comes with a hefty price tag. The San Diego Association of Governments unveiled its future transportation plan on Aug. 14 for San Diego County. The massive transit project, known as 5 Big Moves, is projected to cost $177 billion over 30 years. However, the plan will not be revealed until spring 2021 for public viewing and review. The plan will come to the board in late 2021 for approval. The vision calls for the county to invest in trains and buses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase ridership to 10% and meet state and federal guidelines.

“Today I’m filled with pride for the staff of this org because I believe they have created a vision that is new, bold and challenging,” said SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata during the board meeting. “They embraced new ideas, they challenged the status quo, they listened to people who wanted more than our system can give.” 5 Big Moves was built on data and analytics to create a more viable and reliable transportation system, Ikhrata said. “It’s more expensive than the last transportation plan, but we are worth it,” Ikhrata said. Other goals are to reducing traffic congestion and provide social equity, according to SANDAG TURN TO SANDAG ON 3


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Seniors choosing Silvergate retirement living over isolation at home SAN MARCOS - August 21, 2020 Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, neighbor, or friend, almost everyone knows a senior living alone at home who is relying on outside help for day-to-day needs and care. The elderly face important challenges to their health and wellbeing as the world shifts dramatically toward social distancing measures and a new way of life. Reaching out to local seniors and encouraging them to ask for help has become a priority for the team at Silvergate San Marcos, the area’s premier senior living community. Caregivers continually work to identify seniors struggling to cope with being at home alone. They often discover that finding adequate in-home care can be problematic for those who are frail, advanced in years, or have multiple chronic conditions. “We’re seeing more and more families overwhelmed by trying to deal with the day-to-day needs of an elderly loved one,” said Joan RinkCarroll, Executive Director at Silvergate San Marcos where the Community’s solid reputation for providing outstanding care to seniors dates back more than 30 years. “We want seniors to know there’s a better alternative to living alone at home right now, where social isolation can coexist with loneliness and depression. At Silvergate, it’s exactly the opposite. Our senior living community offers relief to over-taxed families and a balanced, healthy lifestyle to at-risk seniors. We take care of the basics – but more importantly, we provide the appropriate care and social interaction they so desperately need – in the current health environment.” Quarantined or Social Distancing with Friends “After months of this pandemic, seniors want to engage again,” said David Nelson, the San Marcos community Marketing Director who speaks with local seniors weekly. “It is discouraging for them to see people of other ages resume basic

resident ratio that provides increased supervision, 24 hours a day, when needed. The community’s Resident Care Director oversees a staff of Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) supervisors, professional caregivers and trained medication technicians who regularly check on residents, escort them to important health appointments as needed, tend to their needs and assure their safety and well-being.

activities while they feel left out. Still, they want to be safe. Here at Silvergate, they can relax, enjoy the community, be safe and let our staff take better care of them. We administer their medications properly, make sure they’re eating well; and find new ways for them to interact in socially distanced, small-group settings.” Going It Alone or Outstanding Care at Silvergate When facing the challenges of social isolation at home, seniors are particularly vulnerable to rapid declines in health. The reduction in mental stimulation that normally comes with socializing and engaging with the wider world may worsen the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When health decline occurs, fear of going to medical facilities may prevent elderly individuals from receiving the care they need. Family and friends who have served as caregivers also may be afraid or unable to visit, limiting a senior’s ability to even receive care. At Silvergate, residents receive round-the-clock, high-touch care from highly experienced caregivers. They benefit from an industry-leading caregiver-to-

Senior Living Lifestyle Benefits Transitioning to retirement living at Silvergate also gives seniors the ability to take advantage of the service-rich lifestyle afforded exclusively to residents. Nutritious meals are prepared by a professional chef each day. Activities and things to do are regularly planned for residents, and friends and family are encouraged to safely connect with loved ones. By remaining at home, basic needs such as assistance with bathing, basic home cleaning, and support with memory loss may be left entirely unmet. By moving to Silvergate, seniors receive best-in-class care and assistance with the activities of daily living. They experience a greater sense of normalcy, find safe opportunities for socialization and receive the exceptional care they would likely find hard to cultivate while still living alone at home. Families Entrust Their Loved Ones To Silvergate Now more than ever, Silvergate’s veteran team of caregivers is developing creative ways to support residents within the community while still safely providing in-person community tours to local seniors who would like to learn more about the relief and benefits provided by a nurturing staff of caregivers. To learn more about independent living, assisted living and memory care at Silvergate, set up a safe, private tour, by calling David Nelson at 760-744-4484 or visit

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Vista strategic homeless plan shows positive results By Steve Puterski

VISTA — In just a few short months, the city’s strategic homeless plan is already showing positive signs. During the Aug. 10 City Council meeting, Sylvia Daniels, Vista’s housing programs manager, reported cleanup efforts have cleared 58 tons of trash and debris from Buena Vista Creek biological preserve. Clearing the homeless encampments, she said, has allowed the city to re-establish a trail system along the Hacienda Drive biological preserve overlay. Preventive measures aim to keep the area free from biological hazards left by the homeless. Also, the council approved contract services

with North County Lifeline, Interfaith Community Services and Exodus Recovery, Inc. for pilot programs, rental assistance, shelter beds and a full-time social worker, respectively. “This has been a long discussion and we had to come together,” Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said. “When it comes to council, it was a team effort … and we came out with a really solid plan. We have a dynamic range of tools. I think we brought together a comprehensive vision for our community.” The cost for the new services totals $824,958 and the city has invested at least $3.2 million into its homeless plan, Councilman John Franklin said. Daniels, meanwhile, said

the latest round of funding includes incorporating the social worker with the internal task force. With North County Lifeline, the city will run a pilot program using Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 rental assistance funds and a home share program. The home share program pairs homeowners who want to rent one of their rooms with a qualified candidate. “North County Lifeline also has stabilization programs … financial literacy classes,” Daniels said, noting the program has many more offerings. She said the homeless population has been hit hard by the pandemic, thus Elderhelp will assist with screenings for the home

share program. Interfaith will provide 10 low-barrier shelter beds, meaning they will more accessible than through some other programs. The goals of the plan, though, include prevention and improving quality of life, Daniels said. The council, meanwhile, was thrilled with the early results of the city’s plan to tackle its homeless population. “This is something we’ve been working hard on the last couple years,” said Councilwoman Amanda Rigby. “I think what we’re doing … I think it’s an example for other agencies to take a look at what we’re doing. We’re taking steps in our community to help our own people.”

CARL DEMAIO, shown in 2018, has started a petition to suspend AB 5 due to potential penalties for parents hiring tutors amid COVID-19. File photo

Citing tutors, DeMaio seeks to suspend AB 5 By Dan Brendel

THE CANISTERS were moved from the site’s wet storage to dry storage. Courtesy photo

Spent fuel storage complete at SONGS By Samantha Nelson

REGION — At long last, all 73 canisters of spent nuclear fuel have been downloaded into dry storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The last of the 73 canisters were stored in the decommissioning nuclear plant’s Holtec dry storage system on Friday, Aug. 7. SONGS has two differ-



staff. Additionally, 42% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, which leads to climate change, according to SANDAG staff. The vision consists of Complete Corridors, Transit Leap, Flexible Fleets and Mobility Hubs managed by the Next OS. The vision also lays out goals for train service to run every five to 10 minutes and buses every 10 minutes to encourage more ridership. San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond said

ent dry storage facilities for its spent nuclear fuel. With 73 canisters stored in the Holtec system and another 50 in the TN-NUHOMS system, SONGS has 123 canisters of spent nuclear fuel stored on-site. The canisters were moved from the site’s wet storage to dry storage. The plant’s owner, Southern California Edison, maintains that both wet stor-

age of spent fuel in pools of water and dry storage in stainless-steel canisters are safe. Still, according to Edison spokesperson John Dobken, dry storage offers additional safety benefits. Specifically, the dry storage at SONGS has more than twice the seismic rating as the spent fuel pools and requires no electricity because the fuel is cooled

with ambient air. The road to downloading all 73 canisters into the Holtec system came to a stop for nearly a year after an August 2018 incident when a canister containing spent fuel got stuck during the downloading process. The plant was able to resume downloading the canisters into dry storage

he is in favor of a regional, equitable plan, but wants to make sure North County gets its share. However, he has concerns over the lack of improvements to highways in North and East counties, noting SANDAG did not appear to prioritize state Routes 78, 52, 67 and 125. Still, Desmond said one managed lane, or toll road, is acceptable on SR 78. “What I’m asking for is the HOV lanes, promised in 2004, put on the 78 exactly as they are (and to connect to both highways) with a managed lane as long as three general-purpose lanes,” Desmond said.

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones also raised concerns about the highways from the 2004 TransNet tax. But, she pointed to SB 468, which calls for 12 lanes on Interstate 15 and SANDAG’s plan calls for 10. Also, Jones said she is concerned with charging lanes that are already built and on arterials. Cori Schumacher, a Carlsbad councilwoman, said it is important to note North County is a region in transition and she's spoken with residents in favor of the plan. “There is a really clear direction that I’m hearing from … that makes it clear

you can’t use 20th Century ideologies to solve 21st Century problems,” Schumacher said. “Residents would take more transit if more convenient.” Poway mayor and SANDAG board chair Steve Vaus said he is also concerned with the apparent lack of highway improvements, along with the massive cost. “Certainly, there are some intriguing aspects of this plan,” Vaus said. “I will need to see more meat on the bones. The fiscal responsibility alarms are going off and that rings true. I need to know a whole lot more before I can give my blessing.”


REGION — Conservative radio host and political activist Carl DeMaio launched a petition last week asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend Assembly Bill 5, saying that parents who hire tutors for their children during COVID-19 school closures could face penalties. Though Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), who champions the bill, denies the assertion. AB 5, a 2019 state law and partisan lightning rod, curtails employers’ ability to hire various kinds of workers as freelancers or independent contractors. The law reclassifies such workers as bona fide employees, eligible for employer-funded benefits like “minimum wage, workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, and paid family leave.” “One of the avenues that desperate parents are turning to is the use of an at-home tutor or a teacher who can come in and help round out the curriculum that the students are getting from online and distance learning,” DeMaio said at a press conference Aug. 5. But if they don’t hit the necessary wickets of hiring that tutor or teacher as an employee, “AB5 could open them up to penalties, fines and investigations” from the state. DeMaio chairs Reform California, a political action committee geared toward fighting “costly and unfair taxes, mandates and fees” from state and local governments, according to the organization’s web site. He served one term on the San Diego City Council. Most recently, DeMaio lost his bid to represent California’s 50th Congressional District during the Republican primary in March. To qualify as an independent contractor under AB 5, many classes of workers must pass the “ABC test.” This test, according to the bill’s text, requires that a contractor “[A] is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection

with the performance of the work, … [B] performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business, and … [C] is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business.” Among other disqualifiers, Reform California says in-home tutors hired ad hoc during COVID-19 school closures wouldn’t meet the third criterion — part C. Part C is satisfied when an independent contractor “takes the usual steps to establish and promote that independent business,” according to the state Employment Development Department’s web site. Such steps might include “incorporation, licensure, advertisements” and “routine offerings to provide the services … to the public or to a number of potential customers.” Additionally, “if an individual’s work relies on a single employer, Part C is not met.” Supporting his concerns, DeMaio also cited Gonzalez’s recent retraction of certain Tweets in which she indicated AB5 would not apply to tutors. The Coast News asked Gonzalez why she deleted the tweets, but she didn’t respond. “I am appalled to learn that the state of California would prioritize punishing parents for seeking help for their children at this time of crisis,” said Dane White, Escondido Union High school board trustee, at DeMaio’s August 5 press conference. Though White later told The Coast News he spoke “only as a voice of warning” and that he has so far “not witnessed” the state coming down on parents for temporarily hiring tutors. “My personal concern was [Gonzalez’s] deleted tweet and [her] hesitancy to in fact invalidate our concerns,” he said. Deleted tweets notwithstanding, Gonzalez told The Coast News in an August 7 statement: “AB5 does not prevent a family from contracting directly TURN TO AB 5 ON 6


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Opinion & Editorial

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

Has coronavirus killed the mass transit boom?


Budget season amid a pandemic


or many years, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has been criticized for not spending its reserves. When I ran for election in 2018, I stressed that we must continue to be fiscally responsible, maintaining healthy reserves in case of an emergency. COVID-19 qualifies as an emergency and has certainly been difficult on everyone, but also is a prime example of why the County needs strong fiscal reserves. The County of San Diego released their budget for fiscal year 2020-21 and, for the first time in many years, we will be dipping into our reserves to continue to provide current levels of public safety and other services. I believe that public safety is the No. 1 priority for County government, and it’s good to see the proposed budget call for over $2 bil-

around the county Jim Desmond lion to be spent on safety for our County. Also, under the proposed plan, our Health and Human Services department will see a 9% increase, much of which will go towards COVID-19 response efforts. For our unincorporated areas, the proposal calls for almost $24 million to be spent on homelessness. Along with homelessness, I believe we need to continue to address our behavioral health crisis in our County. Homelessness and mental health certainly have crossover and I’m pleased to see the budget call for a 13% increase to address these

issues. Businesses are barely hanging on through the COVID-19 response. And, while the County doesn’t have the power to open them back up, I believe we need to do everything we can to keep them from permanent employee layoffs and closures. I will continue to push to safely and responsibly reopen businesses while protecting our vulnerable populations. There are many more areas to this year’s proposed budget, which I encourage you to check out at, Once our budget is adopted, I will promise you that I will continue to make sure these dollars are spent as effectively as possible and keep the County’s finances in order. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego Couny Board of Supervisors.

Getting funds to our growing schools By Marie Waldron

Schools are essential and the need to educate our children is not negotiable. The 2020-21 budget package maintained school funding based on 2019-20 attendance levels, which essentially placed a funding cap on all schools, even those experiencing high levels of growth. Prior to enactment of this year’s education trailer bill (SB 98), school districts were “held harmless” over declining year-to-year enrollment. If the district lost students, it would still be funded at last year’s level. If the school added students, it would receive more money. But under SB 98, a growing school does not generate more money. If the school has 10% or even 100% more kids, it receives

funding based on the same number of students it served last year. Each student typically generates an average of $10,300 through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). A recent analysis projects LCFF costs that are more than $500 million lower than the amount budgeted in 2020-21 due to this change in attendance funding. Let me be clear — this money for schools was included in the budget, but unless the law is changed, growing schools will not receive it. These restrictions fall on charter schools as well as traditional schools in areas experiencing rapid growth, such as southwest Riverside and north inland San Diego Counties in my District. Conversely, areas not experiencing much

growth, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, may see little impact. That’s why I joined many of my Assembly colleagues in a letter to Gov. Newsom asking that this funding formula be revised. In his budget-signing message, the Governor indicated that he recognized problems with this formula and that changes would be necessary. The money for schools was included in the budget. It’s imperative that we change the law to ensure funding for all our growing schools. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature. which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

or most of the last 30 years, California saw a mass transit boom stretching from San Diego to Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay. Both light and heavy rail joined existing bus systems, providing new options for commuters and local residents to get around. Mass transit also took off as a planning concept. Cities that approve construction of new apartment and office buildings near rail stops often forgo requirements for developers to provide parking. Even when they do demand parking spaces, it’s usually fewer than what was previously ordered. The presumption is that new residents and workers using those structures will use mass transit and their feet, that very few will drive cars. This has aroused both excitement and fear among many Californians, who envisioned the end of the car culture that has ruled this state for most of the last 100 years. But wait. That may not happen after all. The coronavirus pandemic has hit mass transit agencies harder than any government programs besides those directly involving health. The reason is clear: fear of contagion. No one who can avoid it wants to ride a crowded bus or train in the day of the virus, even if all aboard are masked. Take a look at the latest ridership numbers for the Los Angeles area’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), which runs buses and an extensive light rail system. Over the last few years, this system opened

california focus thomas d. elias several new lines that cost state, local and federal taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. A major new subway project is underway between downtown Los Angeles and the Westwood area near UCLA, now something akin to a ghost town amid its plethora of virus-killed small businesses. During June, when COVID-19 cases eased up for about two weeks before their latest onslaught, ridership for the MTA’s buses and trains was 2.01 million, down almost exactly 3 million passengers from the previous June. Even with the new lines, rail ridership was off by just over 53%, from 281,010 in June 2019 to 132,532 this year. In San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) started considering service cuts as early as March, as the pandemic began. There was still pressure to keep things running as usual, because, as the MTS chief executive said, “Our buses and trolleys are taking our most vulnerable residents to critical services, and first responders, grocery store employees, nurses and other healthcare workers to their jobs when we need them the most.” Meanwhile, ridership is down so much on the San Francisco area’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) that it expects to lose $975 million on operations over the next three

years due to ridership drops that at times have reached 92%. And CalTrain, the San Francisco Peninsula’s heavy rail commuter line, warned it cannot continue running almost empty unless authorities in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties subsidize it via a new sales tax or some other device. Together, all California’s transit systems are asking $36 billion in aid from the next federal coronavirus aid package. That’s almost half the estimated cost of the entire partially built bullet train system — and it would not buy one inch more rail. This is for operating expenses only. It’s all fueled by workers operating from home and a return to commuting in private cars for those who have them, with trust for the sanitation of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft also low. Californians realize that using their own cars, especially if they ride only with others sheltering with them, is about as safe as staying home. Which leaves public transit to the poor, already most likely to be victimized by the virus. The question is whether this new attitude toward mass transit and other forms of sharing rides will be permanent. For sure, it will be years before full trust is restored and folks again board trains and buses without worry. Which means no one should spend new money on transit until it all shakes out and we learn whether riders will eventually return or continue to shun buses and trains. Email Thomas Elias at

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AUG. 21, 2020

No rate hike from Vista water By Staff

VISTA — The Vista Irrigation District’s Board of Directors voted not to increase its water service charge in 2020 at its Aug. 5 meeting. The decision represents the district’s effort to support the water utility’s customers facing financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our board is concerned about the financial impacts that our customers are facing,” said board president Richard Vásquez. “Prudent financial planning and budgeting has provided the district with the opportunity to not raise its rates in support of its customers during this challenging and uncertain time.” In May, the board voted to delay implementation of the water service charge increase, scheduled to become effective July 1, to assess the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the district’s budget planning for fiscal year 2021, which covers July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. In preparing its budget, the district minimized increases in operating and capital expenses by decreasing controllable costs and delaying non-critical capital projects. These strategic actions taken by the board afforded it the opportunity to forgo the scheduled inflationary 2.35% adjustment to its water service charge in 2020. As a governmental district, and unlike a public utility, the district does not make a profit or have shareholders, and all revenues go back into the water system. Customers who are experiencing difficulties paying their water bills are encouraged to contact the district’s customer service department at (760) 5973120 to make payment arrangements.


San Marcos Sheriff’s Station hears from residents at virtual event By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The City of San Marcos along with the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station hosted a virtual event last week to answer public safety questions impacting the city and its residents. The Virtual Community Connection was held on the morning of Aug. 5 and was led by San Marcos Sheriff’s Station Captain Jason Vickery and San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. This was the first of its kind, but Jones told The Coast News that she anticipates doing something like it every couple of months. “When I first took office, one of the things I wanted to work on was greater outreach to the community and more inclusive efforts.


… I think it’s really important for people to know how and why things happen in their community, so we’re always looking for ways to make things more inclusive in that way,” she said. Residents were able to submit questions through an online form beforehand

or they could send in questions during the event. “Normally, during meetings like this, a lot of people have questions about things that pertain to them individually, such as speeders on their street or breakins in their area,” Vickery said. “In this meeting, with what’s been going nationwide regarding police, there were more big-picture questions about policing and whether or not the Sheriff’s Department is doing any of the reforms that people have been seeking.” These included questions about the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign, a list of eight reform policies that supporters believe can be implemented by police departments to avoid police brutality incidents during

arrests, as well as use-offorce and oversight strategies. “For the most part, most of the reforms that people have been asking for, the Sheriff’s Department has been ahead of the curve on,” Vickery said. “We were one of the first law enforcement agencies in the county to provide formal de-escalation training, we’ve banned the use of the carotid restraint and deputies have always been trained to intervene when they observe another deputy using excessive force, just to name a few examples.” Vickery added that the department has had a citizen’s law enforcement review board since 1990, which he says should soon

Weekend rally calls for businesses, schools to reopen By Dan Brendel

REGION — A rally imploring state leaders to reopen businesses and schools, hosted by five North County chambers of commerce Aug. 15, drew residents, parents and local politicians and candidates. “This is not about putting businesses or personal priorities over the health of our community. This is about our voice not being heard. We feel like we have been pushed aside by individuals that are disconnected from our local community,” said Juan Velasco, who owns Slight Edge Salon in Oceanside. “How can one person label what is essential and non-essential with a stroke of a pen? … Is it really safer to shop at Walmart than to get a haircut?” “We can be both safe and open. … Workers need the opportunity,” said Bret Schanzenbach of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, which co-sponsored the rally at The

Zoom in March, and started organizing play readings for OHCC residents. The 55+ active senior community usually has two proBusiness news and special ductions a year in the Club achievements for North San Diego County. Send information House theater and monthly play readings. The group via email to community@ rehearsed via Zoom and performed live on Zoom in LOFTUS NAMED TECH OFFICER June. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s FREE LUNCHES office appointed Carlsbad Bella Mente Charter resident Terry Loftus, as School in Vista announces the San Diego County Of- its policy to serve nutritious fice of Education’s chief meals every school day untechnology officer. The SD- der the National School COE board of directors sup- Lunch Program and School ports students and commu- Breakfast Program. Effecnities across the state with tive Aug. 18, 2020 through online access. Loftus, CTO June 30, 2021, children and assistant superinten- are eligible for free or redent at SDCOE, will serve duced-price meals if the on the Corporation for household income is less Education Network Initia- than or equal to the federal tives in California (CENIC) guidelines. board of directors through June 30, 2022. MARINES GO FISHING A community service THRIVING DRAMA arm of the Oceanside SeAnita Simons, creative nior Anglers Foundation, director for the Theater Anglers 4 Military, recentArts group at Ocean Hills ly took 28 Marines from 3D Country Club, discovered LAAD Battalion from Camp



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Shoppes at Carlsbad. The Oceanside, San Marcos and Encinitas Chambers of Commerce and the North San Diego Business Chamber also co-sponsored the event. “We do need schools to be open as well. Not everyone can work remote,” Schanzenbach said. Opening businesses and schools “go hand in hand.” “I’m not a virus denier,” said Jenny Erikson, mother of four. But “the facts do not support the level of panic that [the virus] is inciting.” She commended Gov. Kristi Noem’s lighter-hand approach in South Dakota, which Erikson summed up this way: “Take individual responsibility. Protect your loved ones, protect your elderly, protect your vulnerable. But everyone else … live as you see fit.” Of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County, 8% have resulted in hospitalization, according to county data as of Aug. 15. Of those who’ve died, 96% had underlying health con-

ditions. While those confirmed as infected have a median age of 36, those who’ve died have a median age of 77. No one below the age of 20 has died, ac-

We can be both safe and open. ... Workers need the opportunity.” Bret Schanzenbach CEO, Carlsbad Chamber

cording to county data as of Aug. 17. “Imagine if our leaders had spent half of the time and energy that they spent keeping us welded inside … [instead] protecting the most elderly and those with comorbidities [other diseases or conditions],” said Justin Hart, an independent data ana-

of Public Information Officials. The city’s Pure Water Oceanside project was recognized for its communication and marketing plan along with Green Oceanside Kitchen for its grand-opening launch event. The Green Oceanside Kitchen grand opening also took home Best-in-Show, and in the media event, large popPITCHER OF THE YEAR The San Diego League ulations category, beating named Palomar College’s all other large population Jack O’Brien as Junior Col- entries for the title. lege Baseball Pitcher of the Year. O’Brien went 3-0 CONSERVANCY WINS GRANT with a 2.46 ERA in eight apThe Escondido Creek pearances, all in relief, for Conservancy (Conservanthe Warriors. He logged 26 cy) has been awarded a strikeouts in 22.0 innings national grant from the of work, an average of 10.6 National Oceanic and Atpunchouts per nine innings. mospheric Administration With only three walks is- Planet Stewards Educasued, he registered an 8.7- tion Project to fund envito-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. ronmental education and stewardship in Escondido. O’SIDE WINS EPIC AWARDS The program will support The city of Oceans- third-grade students in the ide was awarded two EPIC Escondido Union School awards (Excellence in District as they address the Public Information and problem of litter in their Communications) and a community, in conjunction Best-in-Show award from with their learning about the California Association local habitats and the imPendleton, on a three-quarter day boat from Helgren’s Sportfishing in Oceanside Harbor. Cost was free to the Marines, including tackle, bait, and meals. Every Marine caught and took home fish. For more information on Oceanside Senior Anglers, visit

lyst and consultant. He reckons a healthy adolescent faces roughly the same odds of dying in an earthquake in the next year as of dying from COVID-19, citing actuarial figures from the Insurance Information Institute. For a healthy middle-aged person, he compared the risk to dying in a motor vehicle accident. “We understand numbers,” said Jim Desmond, who represents District 5 (most of North County) on the county board of supervisors. But “we understand how to run our own lives better than government does.” Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss and Deputy Mayor Jack Feller, state assembly candidate Melanie Burkholder, and Oceanside Unified school board candidate Todd Maddison also attended. While the event’s announcement online instructed attendees to follow “all public health orders,” many did not social distance or wear masks.

be receiving additional funds to bolster the staff. San Marcos’ crime rate, which is one of the lowest in the county, was also discussed. Jones and Vickery spoke about how proud they are that the city had a 10year crime low last year. Jones credited the city’s emphasis on public programs and public safety for the consistently low crime rate. “It was all very valuable,” Vickery said. “And what we’d like this event to be is a place for people in the San Marcos community — if they have questions about crime in their area or traffic or quality of life — it’s an opportunity for them to ask me or the mayor directly about whatever they may be concerned about.”

Vodka distillery to help fund COVID research VISTA — A Vista vodka distillery that shifted its operations to producing hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic announced Aug. 11 that it will donate a portion of the proceeds to fund COVID-19 research. Misadventure & Co. said 15% of profits generated by its hand sanitizer sales will go to “scientific research institutions, including The National Institutes of Health Foundation, John Hopkins Medical Foundation and University of California San Diego Health Foundation in the name of COVID-19 research and response.” In March, the company pivoted operations to manufacturing hand sanitizer — saving jobs in the process — after pandemic restrictions prevented patrons from visiting its distillery or tasting room. — City News Service

pacts of humans on the en- HONORED STUDENTS • Bryan Lasche of vironment. Carlsbad has been named to the California State PolySUMMER IN DEL MAR The Del Mar business technic University, Pomona, community has committed Dean’s List of distinguished to a Del Mar Village Safe- students for the 2020 Spring ty & Sustainability Pledge Semester. • Katherine Potz of and offers a Safety Plan at https://visitdelmarvillage. Carlsbad has been named to com /covid-19-visitor-faq/, Purchase College’s Dean's regarding current open Del List for the spring 2020 Mar businesses and other semester. Potz is studying issues to safely plan a vis- dance. • Emma Spencer of it to Del Mar, whether for a day or an extended stay. Carmel Valley was named Summer is not canceled in to Montclair State University's Spring 2020 Dean’s List. Del Mar Village! Spencer is a theater major. FREE CLASSES AT MIRACOSTA

MiraCosta College’s fall 2020 classes begin Aug. 24, with a selection of free, online, continuing education courses. All classes provide students with the textbooks and materials needed for the course at no cost to the students. Register online at ncapply. For more information, visit continuinged, e-mail or call (760) 795-8736.


• Douglas Ballard of Solana Beach graduated, with a major in health promotion and fitness management, and Sydni McStravick of Encinitas earned her degree in nursing, from Illinois Wesleyan University • Jonathan Young of San Marcos graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a master of science in health information management degree.


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House and buggy Oceanside film festival going online this year small talk jean gillette


elcome to Wild Kingdom, more commonly known as my

kitchen. Actually, the problem is not limited to my kitchen, but that is where the largest migration is now taking place. It seems I rejoiced prematurely about all the lovely rain we had last year. That same rain was the signal for every insect native to this area to go forth and multiply, and then drop by my house for lunch. It has been a couple of years since they breached what I thought was a clear and fair understanding. In short, if they stayed outside and basically out of sight, they were allowed to live. If they were foolish enough to wander past my threshold and into my line of vision (or the path of my vacuum hose), they died. Firm yet fair, I thought. Until recently it was only the occasional moth and a handful of spiders in the corners of the ceilings, but it seems there has been a breakdown between the insect elders with whom I hammered out this agreement and the wave of young rebels hatched more recently.

My house looks like a scene from a classic horror film, with cobwebs dripping from everywhere, yet I vacuum up webs and spiders on a regular basis. Then the ants have begun visiting in our upstairs bathroom. I scattered body powder at their entry points and the next morning, I woke up to find I was serving breakfast for 6,000 in the kitchen. The ants went marching one by one into my kitchen pantry. I spent two days vacuuming up reappearing ants. I kept hoping they would go away voluntarily after such an inhospitable welcome, but no. I have sprinkled powder around the windows but I now suspect that the entire west wall of my house is a giant ant farm. I also suspect that since all my neighbors can afford monthly exterminators, our house and yard are known among local insects as a safe haven. I know if I looked really closely, I would see them carrying little overnight cases. Sadly, ants are smart enough to realize that when the scout I squashed doesn’t come home, it’s time to send in the infantry. And they are relentless. I wonder if I could call in a tutor and train them to do simple, household chores? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is not fond of small things that crawl. Contact her at

CSUSM professors win grant for experimental scholarship By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — Two Cal State San Marcos professors received a grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation that will support low-income students in the sciences, the university announced Tuesday, Aug. 18. The grant — which will fund scholarships of up to four years to 20 full-time students in three cohorts — covers five years and was awarded to Robert Iafe, an associate professor of chemistry, and Paul Jasien, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. It is earmarked to be used for the “retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students in chemistry and biochemistry.” The money is part of the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, which seeks to increase the number of low-income, academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who earn degrees in STEM fields. Recipients will be embedded in a 30-student chemistry and biochemistry targeted learning community. The project aims to increase student persistence in STEM fields by linking scholarships with support activities that in-

clude a model for coursework, a mentoring program and academic and professional workshops. “We are beyond excited at the opportunities that the [community] will create for our students,” Iafe said. “This is the first scholarship program specifically designed to support chemistry and biochemistry students at CSUSM.” After their second year, students will be encouraged to participate in program interventions such as research, internships, attendance at professional conferences and career/ graduate school application workshops. Starting in the third year, scholarship recipients will be mentored by graduate student and industry professionals as they start to develop specific career goals. Some students will themselves become peer mentors for students in subsequent cohorts, helping to develop a sustainable mentoring community of peer, faculty and professionals. The primary objectives of the project are to recruit and enroll 30 students in each of the first three years into the targeted learning community, retain at least 80% of scholarship recipients in the major after the first year and at least half of recipients after the sixth term.

By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — This year’s Oceanside International Film Festival is going virtual. The 10th staging of the film festival will be presented online amid COVID-19 restrictions. The festival was looking forward to its “X” year celebration as well as its first “Sustainability and Wellness Initiative” for 2020. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, shutting down many businesses and forcing events to cancel. With the festival not until August, though, organizers had hoped the festival could still go on in person. In the last three weeks, however, after recent out-

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Encinitas Friends of the Arts announces Passport to Encinitas, a virtual presentation, set from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22, celebrating the cultural diversity of Encinitas and showcasing local talent, arts and culture resources. This fundraiser supports the EFA and the artists and business in Encinitas. Tickets at Ticket holders will be sent a private link to the live stream and other special prerecorded performances after 6 p.m.

OCEANSIDE INTERNATIONAL Film Festival will celebrate its 10th year online due to COVID-19. Courtesy photo

breaks led to restrictions being put back into place, festival organizers decided to go virtual. That meant postponing the sustainability initiative. Still, the festival will feature films related to sustainability and the environ2020 classes, beginning Aug. 24. These courses will be fully online and flexible, based on the student schedule. For more information or to register, visit or call (760) 966-7999. Financial aid and scholarships are available. LEARN ABOUT INVESTING

Shelley Murasko will present “Morningstar Investing Know-How” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. Area residents have free access to this Morningstar guidance through the city of Carlsbad Libraries’ online database. Register at or

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with a tutor. However, if a parent or guardian is bringing a childcare provider or governess into their home, then requirements in our state and federal tax codes that govern who is considered a household employee apply. These are long-standing rules that pre-date AB5 by decades.”

1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. There will be no “walk up” or food received on foot. Individuals and families who are not able to arrive by car should visit for a community food distribuQUILTS ON DISPLAY The Oceanside Muse- tion site near their home. um of Art offers Behind The Exhibition: Contemporary Quilts, 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27. Join curator Beth Smith and ASK THE EXPERTS exhibitions manager Katie North County Lifeline Dolgov for a look at contem- presents a monthly “Ask the porary quilting captured in Experts” online interactive OMA’s upcoming exhibition web series. The events will Southern California Con- include informational pretemporary Quilts. Register sentations and live Q&A sesat sions about subjects affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Gang Prevention” TRIVIA NIGHT Get your team of fam- will be the topic on Aug. 30. ily and friends (up to five) On Sept. 30, the event will together to compete in Triv- address “Suicide Prevenia Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 27. tion,” and “Domestic VioTickets at https://bgcvista. lence” will be the topic Oct. 20. Register at nclifeline. The event will help support org/Events. the Boys & Girls Club of Vista's programs and services.

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When asked to clarify how the law applies to tutors, the Employment Development Department, which oversees AB5 compliance, said it is “researching” the issue. DeMaio and Gonzalez’s rival interpretation only goes to show that “the law is very confusing,” White told The Coast News. “If neither side can confirm the truth then that solidifies our con-

There are a handful from Southern California with a few from the San Diego region in particular. “We work really hard to bring the art community together and to bring art from all around the world to Oceanside for our community,” Niles said. “We also want to give filmmakers a platform for their work and a chance to be recognized.” Tickets to watch the films can be purchased at Tickets are $10 to watch one block of films or $35 to watch the entire festival. The films can be accessed starting Aug. 15 and will be available through Aug. 22. The festival will hand out more than 20 awards to the filmmakers via video on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

25 in GoToWebinar format. Dorothy Miller will present, “The Multi-Faceted Family Tree Maker 2019.” To register, visit

Carlsbad Republican Women welcome Francis Barraza, Deputy Chief of Staff for Community Engagement, from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office, at 11 a.m. Aug. 25. For more information and link to attend the Zoom meeting, e-mail Ann at annie13035@ WINE TO HELP CASA Check out Join the Kisses for CRWF at CarlsbadRepubli- Casa Car Parade and Wine Dropoff, 2:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at 787 Turtle Point Way, WELCOME TO WATERCOLOR San Marcos. Casa de AmpaA watercolor workshop ro is asking for wine donawill be held 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. tions to support its upcom25. With just a few watercol- ing wine auction fundraiser. or brushes, paint and paper, For questions, contact Kate begin your journey into the Fletcher, at kfletcher@casaart of watercolor painting. or call (760) No drawing required. A col- 566-3560. Casa de Amparo or photo and line drawing supports those affected by will be provided. Register and at risk of child abuse at or and neglect, through a range of programs and services.

If your business is currently tackling challenges and you are looking for guidance and support at no charge, then join the San Diego Small Business Development Center on Mondays at 8 a.m. for a Virtual Open House. Talk directly to SBDC advisors who can provide guidance on addressing business challenges. Spanish sessions available on Mondays at 10 a.m. GENEALOGY SOCIETY North San Diego CounMIRACOSTA ENROLLING ty Genealogical Society will Register now for present its monthly program MiraCosta College’s fall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug.

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ment. There are 45 films separated into nine blocks with their own theme. Though the movies in each block share a common theme, one may be a drama while another may be a documentary or horror film. “We don’t separate them by documentaries or dramas,” said Lou Niles, the festival’s managing director. While one film is as short as four minutes, another film lasts nearly two hours. Most of the movies are under an hour long. As the title of the festival suggests, the films come from all over the world, including Turkey, China, Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Russia, Ireland, Italy and the United States.



Time to get counted. Four of 10 households still haven’t filled out their census information. The census determines how many seats each state gets in the House, and how federal funding is distributed for things like schools and hospitals. It’s only updated every 10 years. Go to https://my2020census. gov/ and be heard.


There will be a food distribution at Palomar College beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 29 at Palomar College Lot 12,

Escondido Arts Partnership's artist members show works in glass, ceramic, assemblage, wood carving, fiber, and a variety of traditional artistic mediums for the Members Only Exhibition in the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido.

cern.” In exceptional cases where the ABC test doesn’t apply, AB 5 leans on judicial precedent from California Supreme Court’s decision in S. G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations (1989). In determining whether a worker is appropriately classified as an independent contractor, the “Borello test” takes into account numerous factors,

but especially the amount of control the employer exercises. The ABC and Borello exempt numerous occupations from AB 5, according to the bill’s text. Among others, these include insurance agents, certain healthcare professionals, investment brokers and advisors, salespeople, and construction contractors and subcontractors.


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Tri-City Hospital Foundation begins wig fundraising drive By City News Service

OCEANSIDE — The Tri-City Hospital Foundation on Tuesday sought community support to continue funding a program that provides wigs to patients battling cancer. The Wigs For Hope program provides free custom-fitted wigs to women undergoing chemotherapy at Tri-City Medical Center, but the program’s funding has ended. The foundation has launched a Facebook fundraiser to crowdfund donations, with a goal of $8,500. Every dollar raised will go directly to continuing the Wigs For Hope program. Licensed vocational nurse Renee Ebejer has



election and nationwide change. Still, Yusef Miller, a leading Black activist in San Diego, spoke to the need for united, consistent activism at the local level — something he’s been fighting for his whole career. “My life is based on this every single day I wake up,” Miller said. “Every single hour of the day, my life is affected by this climate. So to come out even if you’re not directly affected is impressive to me and I’m thankful for it. I just

been running the program since 2018. She works one-on-one with patients to define their specific needs, find a wig that fits, guide them to support meetings and anything else they may require. “It’s always such a pleasure seeing their level of happiness when we find the right look and fit,” Ebejer said. Maria Ochoa said the program was an important part of her recovery. “Renee gave a voice to my loss,” Ochoa said of losing her hair. “She genuinely felt my pain and then found the treatment to alleviate that pain, which was as simple as providing a wig.’’ encourage them not to fizzle out. “These are national issues, but if we’re not talking to our local officials about it, then we are just following the popularist movement. There’s no way that I’m gonna have a rally and people know about George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and not know about...Earl McNeil, Vito Vitale, Raul Rivera and Vincent Valenzuela. “It would be unjust, superficial and hypocritical of me to chant those names (George Floyd and Breyonna Taylor) going down the street, while our local people have lost their lives and

San Marcos businesses get boost from stimulus funds By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — During the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, the City of San Marcos launched its Business Sustainability Program in an effort to provide low-interest loans to small businesses in the city that were waiting for federal assistance. Since then, the loan program has helped 120 local businesses that used the money for payroll, lease payments, day-to-day expenses and more. The program, which was launched March 24, set aside $3 million of the city’s General Fund Reserves to loan to small business owners who needed financial help. Each qualifying business could receive up to $50,000. After loaning out a total local families are suffering.” San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Lieutenant Michelle Craig says the white supremacist stickers and any photos of them have been investigated. There are currently no known eyewitnesses nor suspects. “I am hopeful that this is an isolated incident and that it’s not an issue that we will have to continue to deal with,” Craig said. “But we are always on the lookout for anything that can be deemed a hate crime, anything that can be...issues for residents in the community.”

of just under $3 million, the city concluded the loan program on May 7. Tess Sangster, economic development director for the City of San Marcos, told The Coast News that after receiving $1,726,482 from the federal CARES Act via the county disbursement in June, the city decided to allocate $997,140 to forgive portions of those loans and turn them into grants. “We initially didn’t have the resources or the funds to give that money away as grants … but the larger point of the loan program was to be an assistance to the businesses before they could get the federal Paycheck Protec-

tion Program (PPP) money,” Sangster said. “A lot of businesses we worked with were so appreciative of that.” Sean Harris, management analyst for the city, explained that the degree of loan forgiveness given to each business depended on how it was impacted by the COVID-19 closures. For example, small businesses like restaurants and gyms were able to have 50% of their loans forgiven. Businesses that had to make alterations, but did not face shutdowns, had 30% of their loans forgiven. Larger businesses that may have been deemed essential had 15% of their loans forgiven.

“There’s risk with every loan … but our main concern was being the bridge in that time when businesses were waiting to get the federal money that was coming,” Harris said. “That’s why we worked so quickly. On the faster end, we were able to turn it around in four to five days. Our average was nine days from when they applied to when they got the money in their bank account.” The repayment process won’t start until 120 days after the emergency is declared over. More information about the Business Sustainability Program can be found at the City of San Marcos website.

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Food &Wine lick the plate david boylan

Sunset sessions with Sara


s all of us who appreciate live music know too well, this pandemic has put a big wrench in something we took for granted. Musicians who count on performing as a part of their livelihoods have been hit especially hard. With that said and given the hustling nature they possess to begin with, many are making it work in their own creative ways. On a recent bike ride around town that I always time with the last 15 minutes or so of daylight at a local beach access, I stumbled upon Sara Rogo winding down a beautiful set at Beacon’s. Her last song, as the sun was setting into the Pacific was Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. It was a musical moment so powerful it produced tears of joy that I honestly had no control over. Sara’s performance moved me so much I had to share her story and with that, here it is. LTP: Where did you grow up and what were TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 11

Here and there in the world of wine & food


bundle of news has crossed my desk since we last harvested our in-box for “Here and There” news back in January, so let’s get to it.

Dine al fresco, dine to go, Dine Diego! Dine Diego will take the place of San Diego Restaurant Week, an annual iconic event for value dining up and down the county for close to 20 years. In the past, it has attracted over 200 restaurants, following the promotion guidelines of the local restaurant association. This year, of course, restaurants will do what they can with what they have, following COVID-19 safety protocols during Dine Diego days. It’s planned that the website will have up-todate data on participating restaurants and their offers. The usual fees billed to the restaurants for this service have been waived. Your search for restaurants in your area, food and drink formats and menu pricing will be shown at Tickets are not necessary, but reservations are recommended. Dine Diego runs Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Thursday, Oct. 15. Two county resorts gain national attention Two of our most wellknown upscale resort properties continue to wow fine dining critics nationally. First, Addison in the Fairmont Grand in Del Mar, with Executive Chef William Bradley, showcased its new outdoor format. This Michelin star-rat-

DINING AL FRESCO will be the restaurant order of the day as San Diego’s favorite foodie event arrives with a new format. Dine Diego runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Coasterra, above, overlooks San Diego Bay and is an exciting example of outdoor eating. Courtesy photo

taste of wine frank mangio ed restaurant is in a class by itself, the only dining experience in San Diego County with this award. Bradley guarantees the full Addison experience with its al fresco dining, offering a canyon and golf course view. All 32 of his kitchen staff have been brought back to serve nothing but the most excellent cuisine. Visit A few miles to the north in Rancho Santa Fe,

Rancho Valencia and its lush, rustic “Old California” charm, was awarded the No. 2 resort in the state of California and the only one to show up in the top 10 in San Diego County, voted by the readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine. According to a media report, the resort was closed for three months before reopening in July. “We’re getting a lot of occupancy from Orange and Los Angeles County. They like our sprawling grounds and outdoor dining and are OK with the nightly $750 rate,” commented General Manager Coni Thornburg. “As soon as we opened the doors, the phones were ringing.” More info at ran-


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The power of buying beer Cheers! North County

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here should we get a beer tonight? Do you want to go to the place we always go? You know, the place where the bartender knows us, and they always have good music on the jukebox? Or should we check out the new (insert name) brewery? I hear they have great (insert style) beers. Or should we pick up a local sixer from the corner store, and head home to binge watch “Tiny House Nation”? What beer and where to drink it has taken on new meaning this year. I never worried about what was in my fridge because I knew I could spread the beer buying dollars around. I could buy favorite local liquids anytime I wanted. If the mood inspired I could to try someplace new. It was a simple as heading over to the tasting room for a sampling. There was no real planning nor worrying. Things have changed. Now I spend all week filling online shopping carts on various brewery websites. I load them up with my dream order then compare prices, styles and pick-up options. Do they have curbside? Am I in the delivery area, or will this order require leaving the safety of home for the unknown? There is a hint of trepidation in going someplace new. I already know the places I’ve been are doing a great job with COVID-19 safety. Do I want to risk going somewhere else? So I ask around on social media. Where have you been? Are they doing it right? As I do, I wonder if it is better to put all my money into the same neighborhood spots each week to ensure they’ll have consistent regular customers as they try to endure the financial impacts of the pandemic. I certainly want to help contribute to their survival if I can, and more so than ever it feels like my purchasing power has real consequence. Is it better to spread that money out among as many places as possible? There is extra beer money since we’re no longer putting tanks of gas in the car for work commutes or going to movies or traveling. The easiest choice would certainly be just to add a sixpack to my grocery order, but the local choices are limited. Click the “Craft Beer” option on the Vons website, and Smirnoff Ice Smash Peach Mango comes up as one of the first choices. Core beer options from some larger San Diego breweries like Modern Times, Karl Strauss and Coronado

are there too. I’m not averse to the latest Cheers! North to tossing some in the cart, County Podcast with guest but it doesn’t feel like the Yiga Miyashiro, the Director of Brewing Operations at impact is the same. In the end I go back to Saint Archer Brewing Comthe online carts, and home pany, to talk about mentorin on what I really want, and ship in the industry, his jourhow I am using my power as ney, including stops at Lost a consumer. I’m less likely Abbey and Pizza Port, and to take risks on new places how things have changed, now but will likely buy more or stayed the same, since than I can drink. I’ll make Saint Archer was acquired sure there is a tip out for the by MillerCoors (now Molson delivery driver and click Coors) in 2015. “Buy.” If I’m doing a pickCheck out the new up, I’ll fill the cooler with Coast News Podcast direcice, put on a mask, pack the tory to listen to all of the antibacterial wipes and hit Cheers! episodes where I the road. When I get home, meet up for a beer (virtualI’ll fill the fridge, then crack ly for now) with interesting one of those tasty beers people across San Diego, open, grab the laptop and introducing them to you start it all over again. through casual conversaTHE BEER SHELF in the08/21/20__4C__Trim: Cheers! North County fridge. Photo by Ryan Woldt 20SDG16502_Mylar Balloon Edition__RUN: 8.525” x 10” Don’t forget to listen tion.Safety__Coast News & Inland


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y daughter and I had a conversation this past week about when, where and whether to take a vacation. She, her husband and two children wanted, at the very least, to take a road trip through California, but because of the pandemic, even that didn’t happen. They settled for a few days at a nearby resort. Planning a vacation amid the coronavirus pandemic makes the trips of yesteryear seem simple by comparison — like the one many years ago that took us from St. Louis to Sacramento for an Air Force assignment. My son was a newborn,

our car a Volkswagen Beetle, and our three-week October route sent us through the Southwest, then up the California coast. Our son traveled in a box in the back seat (clearly the days before car seats), and I warmed his baby food by placing the jars next to the heater outlet at my feet. (You Beetle owners know what I’m talking about.) It was an election year, and as we traveled through Oklahoma, there were constant radio ads for Larry Derryberry (a name you can’t forget), a candidate for the state’s House of Representatives. Some years later, another road trip took us to British Columbia. We pulled into Vancouver early on a Sunday evening and found nothing open but a McDonald’s. I settled for a fish sandwich, and within a couple of hours, I was vomiting nonstop. This continued for 24 hours. We finally called a doctor we knew, and I got

THE VIEW OF Oregon’s Crater Lake that we didn’t see. The crater was formed about 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama collapsed. At nearly 2,000 feet deep, the lake is the country’s deepest. Photo by WolfmanSF

an in-office IV and meds for the road. I spent the beautiful ferry ride to Vancouver Island in the hold of the ferry sleeping in the back seat of our car. Then there was our non-Kodak moment at Crater Lake National Park. After driving the never-ending, stomach-turning switchbacks to the top of this former volcano, we arrived to see this stunningly beautiful crater socked in by fog. (“But Mom, you said it was going to be so cool …”) Maybe the most cursed of our past family road trips

began when we left Seattle with no motel reservations. We ran out of energy somewhere in Oregon, but all motels were booked because of some large local event. We finally found a vacancy at what looked like a quaint resort with cabins, but ours obviously hadn’t been cleaned. I won’t disclose what we found in the bed, but it sent me marching to the office. I had to interrupt the couple at the desk who were making out and demand clean sheets and towels. The next day, our planned stay with family in Bakersfield didn’t material-

ize, so we decided to keep driving. After all, it was just another four hours … Unfortunately, Santa Ana winds had moved into Southern California, and by noon Los Angeles was cooking in the triple digits. We were stuck on Interstate 5 in creeping traffic, sandwiched between enormous 18-wheelers in our un-air-conditioned VW station wagon. Suddenly, my 5-year-old daughter screams; I turned to the back seat, expecting the worst for my daughter. Instead, my 10-year-old son is holding his hand, the

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a weapon to the driver, Blanco said. The pickup then cut off the other driver before Matthew Giordano allegedly got out and began punching the driver's side window of the victim’s car. Once the victim opened the door, the older brother stole about $2,000 worth of jewelry and cash from the man, whose age was not immediately available, Blanco said. During the confrontation, the younger brother allegedly used a metal tool to smash the driver's windshield, then used it again to smash the windshield of a second car that was not

involved in the initial argument. The brothers then got into the truck and drove off, leaving one of the victims with minor cuts from the broken windshield glass, she said. Damage to both cars was estimated between $5,000 and $10,000. Investigators served a search warrant in the 1500 block of Sapphire Lane in Vista, where both brothers were arrested and subsequently booked into the Vista Detention Facility Wednesday night on suspicion of several felony charges, including conspiracy, robbery and vandalism, Blanco said.

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blood flowing freely. He had reached into the cooler to get a drink and sliced his hand on a knife. A half-hour later, we are still crawling along in 104-degree, rush-hour traffic, black smoke pouring from our engine. We see a gas station and take the exit. No one there understands VW engines, so we wait for it to cool, then putt-putt onto the freeway. Three hours later, we coast into our garage, smoke again pouring out of the car. The next day we go car shopping and our mechanic buys our VW for $400.


in July 2019. Currently, Edison is working on a strategic plan with the environmental consulting group North Wind, Inc. to develop a plan to assess the feasibility of relocating spent nuclear fuel from SONGS. North Wind has created a team of several experts in handling spent nuclear fuel to developing the plan. The plan will not identify a single solution but rather several alternatives for offsite storage or disposal. It will also provide suggestions for Edison to be ready for transport once a viable relocation site becomes available and to advance policy that promotes off-site storage or disposal. With all 123 canisters in dry storage, more attention will be focused on demolition of the plant. So far, the plant has gone through asbestos removal from inside its containment domes, and Edison has shipped the plant’s Unit 1 reactor pressure vessel off to a disposal site in Clive, Utah. Much of the upcoming deconstruction work at SONGS will be inside the containment domes. Crews need to prepare to remove “lots of steel and concrete,” explained Doug Bauder, Edison vice president and chief nuclear officer. That material will be transported by rail to disposal sites in Utah, Arizona and Texas.

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Escondido Forever Legend: Baseball’s Pete Coscarart By Staff

ESCONDIDO — Escondido continues to salute its notable forebearers. Pete Coscarart was born in 1923 and raised in Escondido. The “Bounding Basque,” as he was later nicknamed, was a multi-talented student at Escondido High School, a short-term baseball star at Washington State University, an AllStar selection in professional baseball and an advocate for baseball players’ benefits. Coscarart was educated in Escondido schools and enjoyed many activities at Escondido High School, graduating in 1931. He played baseball, was on the track team, played football and was selected football captain his senior year. Beyond sports, Coscarart was in the Letterman's Club, Hi-Y, Glee Club, Chorus for “Up in the Air,” and a Boy’s League officer. As a three-sport high school athlete, Coscarart received an athletic scholarship to Washington State University. He left the University early to join the Portland Beavers of baseball’s Pacific Coast League, and then joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. Struggling initially, Coscarart was sent to the Nashville minor league team where he excelled. Coscarart was invited back to spring training in 1939 and worked his way back into the starting lineup. As part of the double-play combination of shortstops with Leo Durocher and later Pee Wee Reese, he was selected to the 1940 All-Star team. In 1941, Coscarart played in the Dodger-Yankee infamous fourth game of the World Series that sealed a win for the Yankees with a passed ball error by the Brooklyn catcher. Coscarart was a leader in a growing players’ union movement, but he played a few years too early to re-


ceive the benefits which future generations of professional baseball players now enjoy. He was a strong supporter of a players’ union that would negotiate players’ pensions and rights. He joined with other players in voting for a failed strike. The next year he was sold to the minor league San Diego Padres. The following year, a pension plan was adopted and other players’ rights were negotiated. However, after many failed attempts through letter writing campaigns and court proceedings, Coscarart and others were never able to receive the pensions or receive royalties for the use of their images and memorabilia. After his playing days, Coscarart worked as a scout for numerous teams and notably signed San Diego native Craig Nettles. In 1963, Coscarart started a 30-year career as a real estate broker in Escondido. In 1990, he was inducted into the Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Fame. Coscarart was surprised and proud to have Escondido Varsity Baseball Field named after him and to be inducted into the Escondido High School Hall of Fame. Coscarart was a defensive whiz and an All-Star professional baseball player and likely the most notable player ever from Escondido. Now Coscarart is a 2020 Escondido Forever Legend.

Escondido Chamber welcomes new board By Staff

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome a new Board of Directors for the FY20-21 fiscal year. On Thursday, July 30, the Chamber celebrated its 110th New Board Installation Dinner. The new Board is made up of 26 members and is Chaired by Don Romo of Erickson-Hall Construction. The Installation Dinner was held virtually for the first time and was highlighted by guest speaker Dr. Christopher Thornberg, founder of Beacon Economics, and the swearing-in of new Board members and Ambassadors by Mayor Paul McNamara. New community and business leaders coming onto the Escondido Chamber of Commerce Board


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some of your early food and music memories? Sara: I grew up in Connecticut and my first memories with music were with my plastic keyboard. I would write songs for hours about everything under the sun. When it comes to food and music it’s a funny story because my parents were not into good food and did not listen to music and now those are my two favorite things. I think that’s what makes food and music all the more special to me, because I discovered it in my own time and way. I remember going to my Italian friend’s house and listening to classical music while making artichoke pasta with her family. I felt so warm and realized there was a whole new world out there of senses I had yet to discover.

SARA ROGO performing at one of her sunset sessions at Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas. Photo by David Boylan

Sara: Honestly there was never any question. There were different variations on the dream, like being a conductor or composer or artist, but I’ve always known.

everyone helped me out tremendously and honestly, I will never forget that kind of kindness and community.

LTP: Let’s talk about Encinitas, when did you land here and what were your first impressions? Sara: I love Encinitas and landing in North County was literally a dream of mine as I longed for that surf town life. I was amazed by the sense of community that revolved around surfing, food, music, and more. I just remember calling my mom and saying, “I’m in paradise.”

LTP: What are your some of your favorite restaurants here? Sara: My favorite place in the world is the local farmers market. We didn’t have them growing up so to be able to go to the market and support farmers is so thrilling to me. I will say that the Regal Seagull in Leucadia makes a cheeseburger to die for. My favorite restaurant right now is Plumeria Thai food in Encinitas — they just do everything so perfectly.

LTP: Who were some of the musicians you connected with here? Sara: I love the local music community. Some of the first people that I connected with were Ben Powell, Nathan James, Daring LTP: When did you re- Greatly, the duo Nathan alize music was the direc- And Jessie, and so many tion you wanted to take more that I could fill up a page. I was welcomed and your career?

LTP:Tell me more about the sunset gigs you do and what brought them on? Sara: During quarantine, my friend who works with a special-needs child asked me to give him a surprise social distancing concert. I set up my portable amp on the sidewalk and played music for him and his family. I had no idea

LTP: Who were some of your early musical influences? Sara: I joined band early on in school and took up the saxophone and shortly after the guitar, ukulele, bassoon, clarinet, harmonica, and the list goes on. I played in my first concert before I attended one and that was Bob Dylan in New York. When I heard him, I realized I wanted to write music that really said something. I fell deep and hard into Delta blues and studied with guitar greats Paul Rishell and Woody Mann, who took me on tour down south to the Delta and that really influenced me both as an artist and a human.

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the impact it would have on them and me. I started to set up my portable system at Beacon’s Beach bluff during sunset and started to gather crowds of people that would just hang around listen to the music and watch the sunset. Honestly, tips aside, it is such a fulfilling thing and so worthwhile. I have been calling them my “sunset sessions” and I have also been playing people’s patios, backyards in private family gatherings. This is a really great and safe way to bring joy to people and honestly I love it so much more than playing in bars! Talk about a silver lining from all of this madness. LTP:What is going on currently in your music world? Sara: Right now, I I’m waiting to release a new album of songs. I started a new artist project under “ROGO” and have been playing around a lot with creating music that involves multiple layers of textures, feelings, and spaces. I truly believe I’m here to help reinvent the music industry and how artists can actually make a living and name for themselves. Going forward selling my albums, I want to include tea blends, visuals, and sensory recommendations that go along with what I want my fans to experience when they hear a particular project. Life is not two-dimensional so why should we treat our art as such? A lot is crumbling in the world right now and we are being called to rebuild it in a way that is sustainable, and more beautiful than ever before. Listen to and book Sara Rogo for private, socially distanced shows by reaching her at

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