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School board tackles divisive union issue

By Steve Horn

On the City Council since 2007, Jones said she has seen the project grow since its days as a proposal. “It’s really been very exciting watching how each block starts and has continued to grow,” said Jones. “Just watching it all evolve and we’re now connecting the university to the city ... it’s pretty exciting to watch it all come together, approv-

VISTA — A divisive issue was atop a recent Vista Unified School District’s Board of Education agenda regarding a project labor agreement (PLA) and Measure LL, the $247 million school bond approved by voters in 2018. The board heard presentations from the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council (pro-union) and Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (non-union) representatives during its Aug. 15 meeting. The board is scheduled to vote on a PLA at its Sept. 12 meeting. The bond, known as Measure LL, is already underway and the PLA would be considered for future projects. Also, this was the third time the district board held a public workshop regarding PLAs, according to Carol Kim, political director for the Building and Construction Trades Council. “Project labor agreements are one of the best policy mechanisms to policy makers and elected officials to make sure local hire is implemented,” Kim said. “Most folks want their tax dollars to stay in their local economy and they want to be able to hire and provide quality jobs for local people. They also want a good, strong, quality product.” About two dozen labor workers from electricians to carpenters were in attendance in support of the PLA, while eight spoke to the board of how it would



SAN MARCOS — A long-anticipated endorsement vote for San Diego County Board of Supervisors District race within the San Diego County Democratic Party’s North Area Caucus ended in a stalemate, with none of the candidates reaching the 60% mark needed to secure an endorsement recommendation. The District 3 seat is seen as the swing one for the partisan balance of power of Diaz the Board of Supervisors. On Aug. 17 at the Laborers International Union hall in San Marcos, Escondido City CouncilLawsonwoman Olga Remer Diaz fell just short of the mark, getting 37 votes to 28 “No Endorsement” votes, or about 57% of the vote. Two more votes would have put Diaz over the 60% line. In the end, by an overwhelming majority voice vote, North Area Caucus members voted to rate both candidates “acceptable.” The final tally was achieved after multiple rounds of procedurally mandated votes in the race between Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer, a research scholar at the University of California-San Diego. The North Area caucus TURN TO DEMOCRATS ON 16

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A CENTURY-OLD oak tree is lifted by crane into its new home at North City in San Marcos on Aug.12. The new complex adjacent to Cal State San Marcos features residential and commercial elements. Photo by Steve Horn


SAN MARCOS — A century-old, 35-foot-tall oak tree was lifted by crane on Aug. 12 from a hillside to the central roundabout of a new mixed-use urban development site adjacent to Cal State University San Marcos. Called North City, the development features a new coffee shop, apartments, several new restaurants, a brewpub, a cidery, student

housing, a new campus office space and other coworking office space. With a bridge connecting the college to North City nearly complete and the roads serving as the thoroughfare for the new urban village now laid, phase one of a new downtown core for the city is now nearly complete. Mayor Rebecca Jones, who attended the tree moving event, said she sees the planting of the tree as


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symbolic of new life being breathed into creation of a downtown. “If you look around San Marcos, we’ve never really had a downtown,” said Jones. “We’ve always had these strips malls and there’s not really been an intentional downtown … It’s a tremendous amount of investment for development and this really is going to be a downtown of San Marcos.”

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CSUSM welcomes new nursing school director By Lauren J. Mapp

SAN MARCOS — When nursing students go back to the Cal State San Marcos campus next week, they’ll be returning to a program with a new director for the university’s School of Nursing. Tom Olson, who most recently worked as the interim dean at Northeastern University’s School of Nursing, stepped into the role as the director last month. He replaces Pamela Kohlbry, who served as the interim director for the past school year. Diversity within the nursing field is one of Olson’s top goals at the university and he hopes the school will continue to receive the Graduating American Indians into Nursing grant. The GAIN program encourages Native American students to enter the nursing field by covering the cost of tuition, fees and books, as well as providing a stipend of $1,500 per month for each student. “We have a very small percentage of American Indians, native Americans who practice as nurses,” Olson said. “That's a tremendous initiative that I look forward to working on and furthering.” The effort to bring the grant to CSUSM was led by Denise Boren, an associate professor and a former director for the School of Nursing. CSUSM is one of only five colleges throughout the country to receive the 2016-2019 grant from Indian Health Services. The other campuses include Arizona State University, University of North Dakota, Montana

TOM OLSON took over as director of the Cal State San Marcos School of Nursing in July.

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State University and Salish Koo- role is really building up our in- Olson has joined our campus tenai College in Montana. frastructure in that area.” community,” said Emiliano AyaBoren has once again subPreviously, Olson worked as la, the dean of CSUSM’s College mitted a grant application for a professor and an administra- of Education, Health and Human the next cohort of the program. tor at the University of Texas at Services. “Dr. Olson comes with “I'm very hopeful that the El Paso, University of Hawaii at a wealth of experience in nursgrant will be continued, that Manoa, Mercy College and New ing education from various proit will get new funding,” Olson York University. Olson received fessional roles he has held in the said. both his doctorate degree in past.” Olson also said he looks for- nursing and a master’s degree in Ayala added that he looks ward to bolstering the School of psychiatric-mental health nurs- “forward to his vision and leadNursing’s new simulation pro- ing from the University of Min- ership for the School of Nursgram in his role as the program nesota. ing as it strengthens its prodirector. Through simulation, While at the University of grams and continues to prepare nursing students “practice with- Texas, he focused his research high-quality nursing graduates.” out the anxiety of making a mis- on studying obsessive compulIn his free time, Olson said take with a real person,” he said. sive disorder on both sides of the he likes to spend time with his “We anticipate that simula- United States-Mexico border. He partner, write and swim. He also tion will be an increasingly large has also studied the evolution of said he’s looking forward to expart of nursing education in the nursing education. ploring the hiking trails in San future,” Olson said.of “Part of my are19_CoastNews__RUN so pleased that Dr.DATE: Diego’s North County. 9DLM16041_Taste Turf Club Ad Post“We August 08_23_19__TRIM: 10.25x7.25



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Rep. Hunter trial pushed to next year REGION — A federal judge in San Diego on Aug. 13 pushed back Rep. Duncan Hunter’s trial for alleged misuse of $250,000 in campaign funds until early next year. U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan postponed the trial to Jan. 14, with Hunter’s attorneys seeking to have Whelan’s prior ruling against dismissing the case heard by an appeals court. Whelan ruled earlier this summer against Hunter’s motions to have a 60-count indictment against him thrown out. Hunter’s attorneys have appealed the rulings, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has not ruled whether it will take jurisdiction in the case. Hunter, R-Alpine, was indicted along with his wife on five dozen criminal counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy, and falsification of records. Margaret Hunter, 44, pleaded guilty last month to a conspiracy charge. She faces up to five years in federal custody and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced in December. Duncan Hunter, 42, is accused of spending campaign funds on personal expenses. Prosecutors alleges he and his wife went on expensive family trips and made scores of other improper personal purchases over the course of six years. — City News Service


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Opinion & Editorial

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

These bills can make state elections almost totally open


Many exciting things are happening in San Marcos


t’s an exciting time in San Marcos, and the world is starting to take notice of something that North County residents have known for a long time — that San Marcos is not simply a drivethrough community — it is a drive-to destination. We recently hosted young leaders from around the globe, including Japan, Korea, Iraq and Vietnam, for a tour of our City through a partnership with California State University San Marcos. It was a privilege to teach the students about our local government and to share all of the amazing new happenings in our City. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on now in San Marcos: • Our dynamic North City neighborhood is quickly becoming a buzzing downtown district where you can find tantalizing new restaurants, a modern co-working space, a cider-tasting room, beautiful apartment homes, the new San Marcos Chamber of Commerce office, plenty of parking, and more. • Construction of a new North City pedestrian bridge is nearly complete, and the new California State University Extended Learning Building will open its doors for the fall semester, under the university’s new president, Dr. Ellen Neufeldt. See if you can spot the stunning new Cougar Art sculpture! • A stately, 100-yearold oak tree was relocated to North City Drive to greet visitors with a nod to Twin

cation network and traffic controller replacements. • Traffic signal improvements are also planned for Rancho Santa Fe Road and Grandon Avenue, along with intersection improvements at San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street. Plans are also in place to reconstruct the State Route 78 overcrossing at Woodland Parkway, including the reconfiguration of on/off ramps, and the widening of Woodland Parkway, Barham Drive and Rancheros Drive.

Oaks Valley, said to be named after a legendary oak with two trunks. Plus, a revised Campus Way is now open with expanded sidewalks and refreshed landscaping. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for construction of Mesa Rim Climbing Gym, slated to open in time for Sport Climbing to make its Olympic debut the Tokyo 2020 The City recognizes Summer Olympic Games. the need to balance growth with proper resource man• Over at Palomar Col- agement and the preserlege, nature lovers can me- vation of our community’s ander along peaceful, new unique character, natural nature trails. And you can landscapes, community end your summer on a high health, recreation opportunote on Sept. 14 with the nities and mobility. That’s Taste of San Marcos event why we’re updating the from 1-4 p.m., followed by City’s General Plan, which the City’s final Summer will serve as a roadmap for Concerts in the Garden achieving the communiseries performance featur- ty’s long-term vision. Visit ing The Pettybreakers at Park at 7:30 p.m. eralplanupdate to learn Secure your concert tick- how you can get involved ets at and help shape the future specialevents. of our City. There’s never been a • The City has also better time to live, visit, been working to implement work or build a business in multiple projects to im- San Marcos. If you haven’t prove traffic flow and safe- visited us lately or haven’t ty on our roadways. This had the chance to check summer, we completed the out all of the fresh improveinstallation of LED safety ments around town, we lights to increase visibility look forward to welcoming for motorists and pedestri- you soon! Now is the time ans, increase energy effi- to Discover Life’s Possibilciency and reduce main- ities in San Marcos. tenance costs. Additional traffic management system Rebecca Jones enhancements are on the is the elected mayor of way, including an upgradSan Marcos, serving ed traffic signal communiher first term.

alifornia Secretary of State Alex Padilla, an MIT-trained engineer, calls this state’s election system “the gold standard” for America, because it requires more openness than any other state’s. But there’s still work to be done. For example, walk into a chain grocery store or traverse the entry of many big box stores like Home Depot, Best Buy and Costco during the season for qualifying ballot initiatives, and you could be accosted by petition carriers wanting your signature on measures you may not have heard about or understand. But if you knew who was behind those proposed laws, who’s paying the petition carriers the usual $3 to $6 per verified voter signature, you might get a better idea what they might do than the measures’ titles ever give. Putative ballot initiatives and their big-letter titles can be worded in deliberately misleading ways that cause many voters to help qualify proposed propositions they eventually vote against. The 2017 Disclose Act, passed after several years’ effort by the California Clean Money Action Fund and its allies, already requires almost all political advertising to carry a “paid for by” statement in far larger type than anything elsewhere in the ad. It’s a unique law in America. But that still doesn’t yield transparency in other areas. A new package of “disclose” bills now moving through the Legislature would fix some remaining problems, including full disclosure of major initiative funders. The lead bill in this

california focus thomas d. elias group, known as SB 47, would require listing the top three funders of any proposed ballot initiative prominently on petitions pushed under voters’ noses as they enter stores with almost anything but politics on their minds. If the funder names don’t fit on the petition itself, they would have to be listed on a separate sheet circulators would have to show all voters. That could make things clumsy for circulators, so almost all top sponsors of potential propositions would show up on the petitions themselves. Names of funders also could not be obfuscated with misleading committee names, as has often happened. This way, even if the name of a measure is misleading, many voters would still get a pretty good idea what it’s really about even if they are only marginally well-informed. Anything sponsored by well-known companies from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to Apple Corp. would obviously be designed to benefit the funding firms, and voters would know it. This plainly needed requirement passed the 40-member state Senate with a whopping 31-5 majority. A second possible new law, known as SB 636, would require ballot labels for every proposition to list the signers of the ballot arguments for and against every proposal and the affiliations they list in the official guide mailed to every voter. That way, the many voters who don’t

bother to read the guide would still get some idea who’s behind a planned law and who’s opposed. The third bill in this package, AB 1217, would require the list of ballot argument signers to be included in every “electioneering communication” circulated before any election. This includes not only slate mailers that proliferate in the month or two before elections, but also Internet and social media postings. It’s an unprecedented move toward complete election transparency. Not exactly the same, but important in assuring election security, is a fourth proposal, known as AB 1784, requiring all votes in the state to be cast on easily recountable paper ballots that can be kept as long as needed to conduct reliable recounts in close contests. This stands in stark contrast to states like Georgia, where most votes are cast on electronic machines with no paper backup, and recounts amount to little more than throwing a switch and repeating the same operation that led to the originally reported result. No initially reported election outcome on such hackable machines has ever been reversed in a recount. All four of these proposed laws passed the legislative house where they originated by margins similar to that given SB 47. Which means the vast majority of California lawmakers actually want honest, open elections, a major sea change in legislative sentiment since the Disclose Act was first proposed early in this decade.

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Daley Ranch tours exhibit land owned by family predating city By Steve Horn

ess, calling it the Daley Corporation. They would come to own the land grants of Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Jamul, as well, purchased with the family business fortune. Today, the family business legacy lives on in the form of Daley Custom Homes, which describes itself as “a full service premier luxury home builder.” Anderson noted that Daley’s sons built the log cabin with old growth redwood due to its ability to fend off pests. The wood was over 3,000 to 4,000 years old and serves as not just the base of the house, but also as the interior wall design. The main fireplace and chimney in the home also has roots in the family road construction business. Each piece of stone was leftover product the business received to lay down what would eventually become the first phase of the county’s modern-day road network. Indeed, Anderson pointed out visible imprints on the stone depicting the material’s origin on the roads. The Daley Ranch House, though ornate, only served as a seasonal home and a place to host guests of the family. “The ranch house that we see today was built in 1925 as a summer cotTWO STUDEBAKER wagon wheels greet visitors in the drive- tage for the family,” exway of the historic Daley House, symbolizing the family’s plains the advocacy group contribution to San Diego’s modern road network. Friends of Daley Ranch ESCONDIDO — Every second Sunday of the month, dozens of people take a 1.5-mile hilly hike from the front gate of Daley Ranch to the Daley Ranch House for tours of the log cabin built with old growth redwood trees in 1925. The land, once owned by the Daley family, is now owned by the city of Escondido. And at 3,000 acres, the nature preserve is about 12.8% of city land — four times larger than Central Park in New York City and three times the size of Balboa Park in San Diego. The Daley family’s ownership of the land predated the 1888 incorporation of Escondido as a city and serves as a reminder of

the city’s agrarian roots. According to Gregg Anderson, a ranger at Daley Ranch and Dixon Lake next door, the property is a product of the old west. Robert Daley, an immigrant from England, illegally squatted on the land in 1869 as a 23-year-old man. Eventually, federal government surveyors would grant him the land and the rest is history. The area would become, as its name entails, working agricultural land which would eventually focus on dairy production. Robert’s sons Robert and George would eventually start a road construction contracting company named Daley Enterprises while bolstering the ranch’s agricultural prow-

THE DALEY RANCH HOUSE in Escondido, as seen from a vantage point near a piece of vintage farm equipment. Photos by Steve Horn

on its website. “Up until the 1980s the Daley family would invite friends to the ranch house for a weekend summer getaway. Guests and family would often hunt bear or deer on the ranch, then have a big barbeque.” In 1997, the city of Escondido purchased the land for $21 million to preserve it as a mitigation bank and open space park. It had been targeted by Daley Corporation and Shea Homes as a potential housing mega-complex, with over 3,200 homes, which would have also contained


a golf course. Today, beyond a historical landmark, Daley Ranch serves as a place with miles of hiking trails for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. And it sits adjacent to Dixon Lake, itself a popular place for cookouts and fishing. Daley Ranch has over 100 species of birds and is well-known for its Engelmann oak trees, an endangered species. For hikers, it has two peaks, but only one with an official hiking trail which connects to the top: Stanley Peak.

That peak is located in the park’s southeast corner, sitting at 1,975 feet above ground, for a 6.4-mile roundtrip hike. Escondido Lakes and Open Space Superintendent Chris Krstevski said that Daley Ranch “is really is the jewel of North County with over 3,200 acres of open space and 25 miles of hiking trails.” Tours of the Daley Ranch House occur every second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.



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Vista Community Clinic has begun a “Diaper Bank” program, benefitting the parents, or caregivers, of very young children and babies. The health center has partnered with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to bring this program to life locally. This program assists families with diaper necessities, a costly expense. If you are interested in contributing to the program, contact Yeraldin Montiel at (760) 631-5000, ext. 7014.


Owen, a 7-year-old North County Make-A-Wish kid, was able to receive his wish of a lifetime in July – a Hawaiian dream vacation – because of a donation by Carlsbad-based Spinal Elements, Inc., a spine technology company at 3115 Melrose Drive, Suite 200, Carlsbad. Owen and his family were honored Aug. 16. The donation came from the Spinal Elements’ Hero Allograft program. Learn more at NEW AT MIRACOSTA SOUTH

Construction will start with a celebration at 3 p.m. Oct. 10, on the MiraCosta Student Services & Administration building on the San Elijo Campus. 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. The building will be places as a gateway building, easily accessed from the campus promenade and the street. LEADING NOTE GROWS Leading Note Studios It will consolidate students celebrated its 10-year an- services to a single location. niversary Aug.11 with musical performances, fun, AUTHORS AT FESTIVAL Local authors L.A. food, and face painting. Owner, Camille Hastings, Nicholson, with her advennoted that staff at Leading ture trilogy, “Magick, The Note Studios has grown to Awakening” and Gwen more than 25 employees Wendy Hammarstrom will and will be hiring for the be participating in the third opening of a second loca- annual San Diego Festival tion in San Marcos in Octo- of Books, hosted from 10 ber. Leading Note provides a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at lessons for all musical in- 2850 Dewey Road, San Distruments and with the ego. addition of another music and recording studio in STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED the North County area, Cal State San Marthis will bring more music cos Athletics had 92 stuand more opportunities for dent-athletes named to events as well as employ- the 2018-19 California ment opportunities. Collegiate Athletic Asso-

ciation (CCAA) All-Academic Team, the league announced Aug. 6.To qualify for CCAA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be a varsity letter winner who competed in one of the 13 CCAA-sponsored sports during the 2018-19 academic year. SCHOOL SUPPLIES GATHERED

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Marcos partnered with the San Marcos Walmart to provide school supplies for children in need, collecting school supplies for the annual “Stuff the Bus” event Aug. 3. Upon arrival, Boys & Girls Club staff welcomed Walmart shoppers and offered free face painting and balloon animals while encouraging them to purchase extra school supplies in store to donate to the drive. All donated supplies will be distributed to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Marcos members in need of supplies prior to the beginning of the new school year. They are still accepting monetary donations to support the drive at the main Jennifer Loscher Branch. OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

Wheaton College congratulates 2019 graduate Carter Allan Roberts. Roberts, of San Marcos, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education & Ministry and a minor in Communication. Sherland Moore of Oceanside, has been named to the Provost’s List at Troy University for the summer semester of the 2018/2019 academic year

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Vista adds new zone, waiver to ADU ordinance By Steve Puterski

VISTA — More residents will be able to construct accessory dwelling units after the City Council amended its ordinance to meet its affordable housing needs on Aug. 13. The council voted 4-1 to include the R-1-B zone, which will add several thousand prospective lots to the inventory. However, the council did exempt the Shadowridge Master Plan and Vista Business Parks Specific Plan. Under the old ordinance, only R-1, E-1, A-1 and O-R zones were allowed ADUs. Those zones range from lot sizes of 10,000 square feet to 2.5 acres or larger. About 8,200 lots are currently eligible in those zones, but the R-1-B would have/will add an additional 3,200. The R-1-B lots are just 6,000 square feet. “It would allow the unit to count towards Vista’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which is the state’s obligation to provide affordable housing,” said John Conley, Vista’s director of community development. The new ordinance, though, has limits, as only 100 ADUs, or granny flats, over the next five years will be approved by the city. Additionally, all development impact fees for any ADU falling under affordable housing would be waived. Under the old ordinance, fees cost $14,985.40, Conley said.

Rent would vary depending on the size of the family based on the county’s area median income (AMI). They range from $1,499 per month for one person earning less than $59,950 to $2,140 for a family of four earning less than $85,600, per the staff report. The maximum size is 50% of the size of the primary residence or 1,200 square feet, whichever is less, according to the staff report. Prior to the amendment, there were 8,200 lots available for ADUs, but now the number will likely be between 9,000 to 10,000. As for garage units, state law prohibits the city from forcing reconstruction if it is legally converted into an ADU, according to the staff report. However, parking requirements must still be met. Shadowridge, meanwhile, was a source of debate as Councilwoman Amanda Rigby, who voted no, challenged Franklin’s exemption for Shadowridge saying all Vista neighborhoods should fall under the same regulations regarding ADUs. “If you want this, you should not exempt your neighborhoods,” she said. “Some of the other communities were master planned for a certain lifestyle … and we just happen to be in the yellow zones (R-1-B). I think every neighborhood in Vista was built with a vision and a lifestyle. We’re selecting places and you don’t get a

choice, to me it’s just wrong.” Regardless, Franklin, who lives in Shadowridge, said those living there bought those homes with certain expectations and abide by the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs). However, he did apologize for appearing to be insensitive to the needs of other areas, noting it was a negotiation and the ordinance will have positive effects. Councilman Joe Green said the new amendments will benefit the new zone by increasing value and said he is not treating any neighborhood any differently. “My concern all along is people who purchased a home, it’s the biggest investment of their lifetime and they have covenants and restrictions … and protect quality of life,” Franklin said. “I remain open to any proposal for any neighborhood that this may not be good for.” Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said adding more available lots will provide the city with the ability to increase density without altering the skyline. She also said ensuring property rights is an important issue the council and city understands. “I want all property owners to have the same rights,” Contreras said. “It’s been a compromise. We have the capacity to increase more affordable units in a very passive way and let the free market take care of it.”

Planners deny elder care center’s bid to grow By Steve Horn

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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Planning Commission voted 7-0 to nix expanding an elder residential care center from six residents to 12 at its Aug. 13 meeting. Located at 2512 Heather Place on the city’s east side, over half a dozen of those who live on the cul-desac street on which Crossroads Home Care is located turned out to ask the commission to shoot down the plan. The residents cited concerns ranging from lack of parking, noise coming from and around the current facility and lack of staffing to adequately deal with the needs of its residents. The request by Crossroads included a proposed 1,656 square feet, one-story addition to the existing 2,450-square-foot facility. It would have increased the number of bedrooms from four to nine, as well. Nearly every person who spoke during the public comment section of the proposal, as well as all of the Planning Commission members who commented, voiced general support of the ethos behind the project. The logistics, however, were another story. Resident Ron Shook, who rents a room in the neighborhood, noted his respect for Crossroads owner Hamid Montazer, calling

him a “good man,” while praising the project’s motive. But he said that the management of the facility does not work there around the clock and is not there at night to hear the loud noises or see other neighborhood disruptions. “He does what he has to do and he takes care of what has to do,” said Shook. “But now, I could have called many times, but I didn’t want to start no problems in the neighborhood because I just rent a room.” Shook went on to describe seeing one of the residents, an elderly woman with dementia, wandering around in the street outside at night saying “take me home” and another woman repeatedly “hollering for help in that house,” which kept him up in the middle of the night. “It is a business, it does make money from these people,” said Shook. “I’m proud that it does what it does, but the neighborhood is not designed for this kind of setup. That’s a commercial business and it’s not residential.” Montazer countered criticism by saying that locking people inside the house is not an option. “They’re allowed to exit, but we follow and make sure they’re safe and their welfare and well-being is observed,” said Montazer.

“And what noise? We do not run an asylum. People who have dementia are not noisy ... A household kid generates more noise than an elderly, so the noises they’re talking about, I do not understand where it’s coming from.” Planning Commission member James Spann said that it came down to maintaining the “character of the neighborhood.” “I think what you’re doing right now is great,” said Spann. “When you start doubling the size, you are taking a residential neighborhood and you’re putting a fullblown business in there. And it is a business, it’s a home occupation, technically.” The Commission also voted 7-0 in favor of a 145unit, four-story affordable senior housing complex in downtown Escondido across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. It is set to be located at 220 N. Quince Street at the corner of N Quince St. and W. Valley Parkway with 142 parking spots below the edifice on its ground floor. That corner currently contains the business Bekins Park & Crate Services. The Quince Street property will now go before the City Council in the near future for a vote. Crossroads can appeal the Planning Commission decision to the City Council.

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Vista City Council concerned with cost of SANDAG’s ‘5 Big Moves’ VISTA — The traveling show of the San Diego Association of Governments “5 Big Moves” reached Vista on Aug. 13. Hasan Ikhrata, the executive director of SANDAG, presented the organization’s new vision for transportation throughout the county during the Vista City Council meeting. He said the region is not on target to meet its state-mandated greenhouse gas emission goals, per the requirements in Senate Bill 375 passed in 2008. He said the county must move forward with a new vision, one targeting future generations, and remove at least 10% of single-occupancy vehicles from the roads, while embracing technology

to maximize the new plan. A more detailed plan will come before the board of directors in November, Ikhrata said “It’s about giving people choices,” he said. “Some problems you’re not going to solve by building more lanes. We add choices to the system, but they have to be as good as driving.” Ikhrata and the SANDAG staff first presented the vision to the board of directors in the spring, and since it has been a hot-button issue. There are numerous layers, he said, including emissions, increasing capacity on freeways and roads by incorporating transit to reduce congestion and the total cost. Vista council members Amanda Rigby, Corinna

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omething is biting me. I have three bug bites on my person at this point, which is three too many, because I am a delicate flower. When one of those histamine-inciting beasts goes after me, I start to think the delirium of malaria might be preferable to the itching and swelling that results. Summer bug bites have been the bane of my existence since childhood. If there is a mosquito or flea or bitee-bug of any kind within 10 miles, it will find and feast on me. Then I get a big welt that itches like fire for days. Like I said … delicate flower. However, I thought I had found a solution to my misery through mega-doses of B-vitamin. I was convinced since it smells nasty to me, it must smell equally unappetizing to bloodsucking critters. It seemed to work well for a long time — then this week, it didn’t. Then I read that B-vitamin protection is a big myth. Oh

bother. I also read, with some horror, that several new strains of mosquito have arrived in the U.S. It seems Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) have been found in California, and have the potential to transmit heretofore-rare diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika. I’m hoping that quinine can be used to treat these like it does malaria, as I am a big fan of gin and tonic water. The troubling difference with these bites is that I did not hear the approach of the flying beast. I have developed super-hearing for that high-pitched whine that ‘squitos make. I count on it to spot them and take them down with hair spray. Yes, one good cloud of hairspray drops them like a rock and you don’t even have to be accurate. So, my real fear is that one of these new mosquitoes is a stealth bomber. If there is one that can hover around me with no early warning system, I am in deep trouble. There’s a chance you may find my pale husk of a body, drained dry, with a full can of hairspray clutched in my hand. In mild desperation, I broke out my old backpacking standby, Off Deep Woods repellent, and gave myself a spritz. It nearly choked me, but it seemed to work. I don’t really want to end the day smelling like I just hiked half-dome, but that may be the case for the next few weeks. I found myself feeling relieved when the label said it also repels fleas, ticks, biting flies, gnats and chiggers. Based on that list, I feel like just dodging one or two persistent mosquitoes is pretty manageable. But I’m keeping my AquaNet close by just in case. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer looking longingly at bed-canopy bug netting. Contact her at jean@

Contreras and John Franklin added they have concerns about the potential cost and those funding sources. Additionally, Franklin voiced concerns with the stoplight at the State Route 78 and Interstate 5 intersection, while Contreras said State Route 76 must be included in the plans. “State Route 78 ends in stoplight. It’s a total outrage,” Franklin said. “I support the vision, but devil is in the details and you have figure out how to pay for it. You have to be realistic with revenue projections.” As for funding, Ikhrata said the original Transnet tax was passed in 1987 and renewed in 2004. The 2004 forecast called $14 billion to be raised through sales taxes, but after re-examin-

ing those projections, it will generate around $6 billion. Of the $6 billion, $3.7 billion is required to pay down debt and the remainder, $2.3 billion, is what is left over. Numerous projects are still unfunded, although the 78, 67, 52 and 94/125 highways have been agreed upon for improvements after the board voted to include them on July 18. Ray Major, chief economist and director of data analytics for SANDAG, said another issue is reducing the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to ensure the agency meets those environmental targets, also opening up capacity on the freeways. Currently, Major said, 84 million VMT are generated every day and that

number is expected to grow by 24% to about 103 million VMT over the next 10 to 20 years. He said another goal is to connect the border to Oceanside using the five pillars of the plan, which are complete corridors, transit leap, mobility hubs, flexible fleets and the Next Operating System. Like Ikhrata, Major said providing options to about 80% of people would reduce congestion. He said the final 5% to 10% of cars entering the freeways are what cause traffic, so by targeting at least an increase of 10%, the plan would be able to meet its goals. “We design an alternative system to get off at different points … and we are using data to understand

what’s happening in the region,” Major said. Still, cost was a big concern and Franklin noted he was upset with SANDAG’s recent pilot transit program covering the first-last mile with the city of Carlsbad for $800,000. He said it could’ve been done cheaper, for around $300,000, through Uber, the ride-sharing service. Rigby added she’s concerned with SANDAG’s history, especially with finances, noting North County cities have been burned in the past. “We have had promises that were made and broken,” she said. “Transnet was just one example. Money was disappearing into a blackhole and never seen again.”

City’s first woman mayor, tribal leader are ‘Forever Legends’ ESCONDIDO — The Future Legends Awards Group (FLAG) is pleased to introduce nominees for the Forever Legend award created by the Escondido History Center, with a $10,000 sponsorship from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians for 2019. Each Forever Legend will have a $1,000 honorarium given in their name to students from nine different high schools in an October ceremony. First, meet Lorraine Handy Boyce, who was born in Los Angeles in 1927. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a R.N. degree, and a master’s degree in nursing education from National University. In 1948, she married William D. Boyce, M.D. and in 1954 they moved, with their four daughters, to Escondido from Whittier. Boyce’s early community volunteer involvement revolved around their children. She was a PTA board member, Girl Scout leader

as recruiter and trainer, Red Cross water safety instructor, coordinated Backyard Swim Programs, and participated in the Rotary Exchange Student program. Boyce was also a member of about seven school bond campaigns with the Bond Booster Club. In 1968, she started her participation in city government, serving on the city Committee on Housing in Escondido. She was elected to the Escondido City Council from 1970 through 1978 and became the first woman mayor from 1975 to 1976. Her other regional and state participations, during this time, was the Governor’s Commission for Early Childhood Education, California Commission of Parks and Open Space, and chair of San Diego’s SANDAG. Boyce was co-founder of the Escondido Community Child Development Center, has been a League of Women Voters Board Member, and currently serves on the

Escondido Charitable Foundation Board of Directors. Next, meet Leo Calac, who moved to Escondido in 1922, where he attended Escondido Grammar School (now Central School) and Escondido High School, graduating in 1938. An important member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Calac was on the Rincon Tribal Council for nine years, serving as chairman for four. He served on the California Advisory Commission on Indian Affairs, Indian Arts and Crafts Board appointed by the Secretary of Interior, was charter member and president of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association and as served as treasurer of the San Luis Rey Indian Water Authority. Calac played high school football and baseball where he earned four varsity letters. During his high school baseball career, Calac played against Ted Williams (Hoover High) and Jackie Robinson (Muir

Tech). Starting in eighth grade, Calac played softball for 30 years with his brothers Don and Delisle and his father “Sat” Calac. Gordon, Calac’s son, was the batboy. At Escondido High School, Calac was elected class president his sophomore and junior years, ASB vice president his junior year and president his senior year. After high school, Calac attended Southwestern University, graduating in 1941 with a bachelor degree in accounting. He was drafted by the Army in 1942. Calac was a charter member of Emmanuel Faith Community Church, served on the board as treasurer for 15 years and served as the choir director for 28 years. In 1952, the Escondido Union High School District selected Calac as their first business manager. He opened The Indian Shop in 1964 in the old Escondido Village Mall. In 1971 he was named the California Indian Small Businessman of the Year.

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ills and valleys of green. Shimmering aspen. Temperatures in the mid-40s to low 80s. Babbling streams. Damp trails lined with mushrooms, purple butterflies, ferns and flowers. This is Arizona in August. No way, you say? It’s true. Of course, I’m not speaking of the Phoenix metro area where temps hover at 100 degrees-plus from May to October. I’m referring to the White Mountains, a four-to-fivehour drive east and up, depending on which part you choose. The White Mountains encompass the towns of Pinetop-Lakeside; Heber-Overgaard; Snowflake; Taylor, Show Low; Wagon Wheel; and my favorite, Alpine (population 150). The village, which sits at 8,500 feet, is about as far east as you can go without crossing the New Mexico border. My husband, Jerry, and I spent several days with my sister, Jenny, and brother-in-law, Dan, in their Alpine home. Lucky for us, they are familiar with the area and took us on roads and trails throughout the

DOZENS of species of wildflowers of all colors carpet the fields and forests of the White Mountains near Alpine, Arizona.

surrounding Apache National Forest. We rarely saw another human on the latter. What we did see were trails through wide meadows carpeted with wildflowers; towering red-rock cliffs; a mystical view from the Blue Vista overlook (Highway 19) where multiple layers of blue-green mountains roll into infinity; and wildlife — hawks, a herd of elk, deer and javelinas. Luckier visitors see bears, mountain lions and bighorn sheep. We also visited some of the 700,000 acres that was consumed by the Wallow Fire in 2011. Driving

southwest from Alpine, we passed through vast patches of landscape where naked, blackened tree trunks stood against a cloudless cerulean sky. The earth below is a carpet of leafy green bushes and grasses, occasionally punctuated with small groves of young, low aspen. Their white bark stands out against the charcoal poles that once were thriving ponderosa pines. Oddly enough, sometimes the charred trees were surrounded by large swaths of untouched pines just feet away. It’s a panorama of extremes and stark beauty. I was told that restoration and regeneration

AUGUST in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona means unpopulated trails, hiking through fields of wildflowers and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Photos by E’Louise Ondash

takes about seven decades. In the meantime, there are plenty of things to do and enjoy in other areas of the White Mountains, including hiking the well-developed trail sys-

tem (https://www.tracks wh ite mou nt a i n s .org / ) , road and mountain biking, four-wheeling, horseback riding, fishing and a lot of just relaxing. That’s what the group of five along the

east fork of the Black River were doing. Camped nearby, they had plunked their aluminum fold-up chairs in the river, letting the shallow water move over their feet. “It’s cold, but you get used to it,” said one of the women, smile on her face and beer in hand. August in the White Mountains brings another of my favorite phenomenon — mid-afternoon “monsoons” as they call them in the desert, complete with lightning, thunder and sometimes hail. It’s a sound and light show that’s exciting to witness, especially if you are caught in the middle as we did one afternoon attempting to get to Big Lake for a picnic. The skies opened and the rain descended, ferociously pounding our car, each drop leaving a footprint the size of a golf ball. Despite hardly being able to see the road, there was no missing the forks of lightning that sliced the air in the distance. In the end, we picnicked in front of the fireplace back at Dan and Jenny’s Alpine home and watched the continuing deluge through their picture windows. For info: For more photos and commentary, visit ondash. Share your travels at

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Free Spirit Quilters present “Where does color take you?” running through Aug. 24 at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery, 640 Alta Vista, Vista. For more information, visit ROW-A-THON FOR CHARITY


The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and lunch at Ignite Restaurant, Carlsbad on Aug. 25, play Bocce Ball and dine at the Elk’s Lodge, Vista on Aug. 27 and meet for Happy Hour and dinner at Miguel’s Restaurant, 4S Ranch on Aug. 29. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.

The Vista Chamber of Commerce, CrossFit Trifecta and Vista CrossFit are helping ABC Hopes during its Row-a-thon, set for 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at 2588 Progress St., Unit 5, Vista. it benefits ABC Hopes (dis) Abilities Deserving Nominees. To register, visit AB- CARLSBAD GOP WOMEN Reservations are due Aug. 23 for the Carlsbad LAGOON FOUNDATION GALA Republican Women meetJoin the Agua Hedi- ing, as it welcomes Carl Deonda Lagoon Foundation Maio, chairman of Reform for “The Lagoon that Loved CA, at 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at Me” Discovery Gala from the Green Dragon Tavern 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24, at the and Museum, 6115 Paseo Westin Carlsbad Resort & del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost

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help the district and the city. They noted how PLAs source local jobs, provide career pathways and ensure prevailing wages and benefits. Kim said unions bring high-quality workers, meet budgets and timelines. She highlighted numerous PLAs where unions came in under budget and on time such as San Diego County Courthouse, which was $3 million under projections. In addition, a PLA in Riverside netted local businesses $83 million in revenue from union workers who bought supplies, lunches and other daily necessities. Kim also touted successes in Chula Vista, San Diego County Water Authority and the Sweetwater Union High School District. The big one, though, was a $27 billion contract for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Additionally, she said, with PLAs workers are guaranteed prevailing wages, overtime and benefits, noting some non-union contractors have been cited for not paying overtime. She also disputed claims of discrimination of hiring non-union workers and boxing out apprentices. She said PLAs prevent contractors from misclassification of workers, thus ensuring proper wages and benefits.


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“It sets up front from the get-go the standards and expectations,” Kim said. “Everybody knows, is made aware of them and are actually enforced. We think it’s a really great tool.” Eric Christen, executive director for the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, said PLAs have been soundly rejected across the county and state due to many issues. He said PLAs inflate costs, intentionally box out non-union apprentices and force non-union workers to pay fringe benefit costs to unions, among other issues. He was also disappointed with the lack of engagement from the board and a lack of inquiries. Additionally, he has concerns with Vista Unified board member Cipriano Vargas, who works as a political organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a fact Christen calls concerning and potentially unfair. “They’re asking staff and contractors to radically transform the way they go about their standard operating procedure when they go about their bids,” Christen added. “There was no explanation as to why this solution was needed for a non-existent problem. That points to me, that there are members on the board that are favorable to PLAs that they just have their minds made up.” Brad Barnum, executive

is $35. Check or cash only. For more information, contact Ann at (760) 415-7006 or THE WORD ON TRAVEL

Carlsbad/North County Travel Club will meet at 4 p.m. Aug. 27 in Swami's Restaurant, 1506 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. The program includes a presentation on the Christmas Markets in Europe and tours to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Updates on latest discount travel offers will also be given. There is no fee to join the club. For information, call (760) 603-8030.

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Tickets are on sale now for your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Celebration of Second Chances Sept. 28 at Cape Rey Carlsbad at 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 753-6413, log on to or contact for tickets and sponsorship information.

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Drop in for a Summer Labor Day barbecue at 11 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Gloria McClellan Adult Activity And Resource Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. For more information, call (760) 643-5288



A monthly four-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun. The class will be vice president for Associated General Contractors of America, said due to those cost increase, phase five of Measure LL would be cut from the project list. Another issue the two railed against is how PLAs intentionally target against using non-union apprentices, thus making it unlikely non-union contractors would even bid on a project. Christen also pointed to how San Diego voters rejected in 2012 a citywide measure to require PLAs. County voters also rejected a PLA measure in the 2010 election. “All PLAs explicitly exclude non-union apprenticeships,” Christen said. “I’ve read all 347 that have ever been considered in the state of California in the last 20 years. Not one of them has excluding any of the key four provisions that discriminate against non-union contractors, workers and apprentices. Sarah Polito, an attorney for the district, said the potential for a 25% increase in costs poses a threat to completing all five phases and does not guarantee local hires, rather sets it as a goal. However, she said PLAs guarantee work, prevent strikes and set wages. Kim, though, disagreed with the 25% and $59 million assessments, saying project costs are already set by engineers, architects and other professionals.

held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 1 at the shooting range located east of Lake Wohlford, 16525 Guejito Road, Escondido. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for those who do not own any but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun and ammunition if they own one. Cost is $60. Register at (760) 746-2868



Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., Vista. Collaborative meetings are held every two months on the first Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Church’s Fellowship Hall (lower level), 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista. Admission is free and all are welcome. SHELTER TAKES DAY OFF Visit https://sivistaantitrafOn Labor Day, Sept. 2, Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be closed. Don’t worry. There are still staff members and volunteers here to take care of the STORY OF THE MONARCH Monarch Caterpillars animals. Find your forever friend on Sept. 4. For more and butterflies will be the information visit Rancho topic of the Vista Garden Coastal Humane Society at Club presentation at 1:45 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, p.m. Sept. 6 at the Gloria Mccall (760) 753-6413, log on Clellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The to speaker is Susie Vanderlip,



a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist. Her book will be available for sale after the presentation. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub. org or e-mail



Get your spot now for the VFW Post 1513 golf tournament Sept. 7 at Twin Oaks Golf Course, 1425 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos to raise money for the North County Stand Down. Register at North County Veterans Stand Down is an annual four-day event in Vista, that enables homeless veterans to receive much-needed services in a safe, friendly, drug-free and secure environment. For questions, e-mail or call Carrie Everts, Everts Events, at (760) 522-0862.

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of Fun Continues at Del Mar Racetrack SOJA to Perform at Del Mar Racetrack Grammy-nominated reggae group and Country Beer Jam during week 6 • SOJA – These eight friends-turned-musicians will play the sounds of summer on Friday, Aug. 23, shortly after the last race. Those looking to enhance their experience, can purchase a VIP spot in the exclusive South Terrace VIP area. The concert is presented by San Diego Country Toyota Dealers. Racetrack guests will receive free admission if they enter before the final race of the day. Concert admission will cost $30 after the last race. All concerts are 18+. • SIP IN STYLE – There are only two more Fridays for track-goers to enjoy a table at the exclusive Turf Club, a featured Drink of the Week and complimentary drink tastings from different beverage partners from 4-6 p.m. Sip in Style admission is $80 and includes Turf Club admission and a table reservation. The beverage partner for Friday, Aug. 23, is Bacardi. • COUNTRY BEER JAM – Beer aficionados and country fans won’t want to miss this tasty event! Country Beer Jam is coming to Del Mar on Aug. 24. Enjoy award-winning beers, rare and unique specialty crafts and favorites from San Diego’s thriving local brewing scene. Local brewery reps will be on- hand to answer questions about their brewery and beers. Country artists will perform throughout the day, including a special performance by Nancarrow. Tasting wristbands are available for purchase ($12.50 for 5 samples) inside event. • DAYBREAK AT DEL MAR – Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant will welcome early risers from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Fans will be able to dine and watch morning workouts while learning behind-the-scenes details from horsewoman and racing broadcaster Michelle Yu. There is no charge for admission, but a $10 parking fee applies. • FAMILY WEEKENDS – Bring the whole family to the Infield for Family Weekends on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, to enjoy numerous attractions, including pony rides, a giant obstacle course, face painters, a game zone and more! • TASTE OF THE TURF CLUB – Sunday, Aug. 25, fans can enjoy the mouthwatering menu of one of San Diego’s most celebrated chefs, Brian Malarkey, at the exclusive Turf Club. Seats are $100 per person and include Turf Club seating for the race day, Turf Club admission, choice of appetizer, entree, dessert and bottomless mimosas, Del Marys or Chandon. Tables are limited. • FREE AND EASY WEDNESDAYS – Every Wednesday is Free & Easy Wednesday. Receive free Stretch Run admission, a free program and a free seat. We’re adding more surf to the turf with $3 fish or carnitas tacos served fresh from the Brigantine in the Plaza de Mexico, $6 pints of Coors Light and $3 hot dogs throughout the facility.


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nter The Winery and you have arrived at a modern palatial comfortable dine and wine laid back restaurant, in a beautifully renovated outdoor shopping village, UTC, in North San Diego. What brought us to The Winery was the introduction of brunch, with a wide variety of gourmet chef-created dishes each Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. That’s right, you can drop in for a beautifully prepared brunch that serves as your main meal. Chef de Cuisine Danny Garcia cooked and narrated our dishes such as Zinfandel Braised Beef Shortrib Hash and Fried Eggs with

THE NEW BRUNCH at The Winery at UTC has menu features like Almond Croissant Crème Brulee French Toast, and White Shrimp Risotto with English Peas, Wild Mushroom and Crispy Prosciutto. Photo by Frank Mangio

Fingerling Potatoes & Mixed Greens, Almond Croissant Crème Broulee French Toast and Fresh Berries with Applewood smoked bacon. My absolute favorite was a White Shrimp Risotto with

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Spring English Peas, Wild Mushroom, and Crispy Prosciutto with a Pinot Noir reduction. Executive Chef Yvon Goetz is one of the three original owners of The Winery delivering cutting edge quality for lunch, dinner and happy hour, with locations in Tustin, Newport Beach and San Diego. He is originally from France and can claim the AAA Five Diamond Award and multiple Chef of the Year Awards. Nicholas Montanez is the manager of The Winery. He’s also is in charge of the food and wine buying for the restaurant. He began our tour by showing us The Wine Bar, a wine cellar adjacent to the restaurant, kind of an intimate quiet chapel with a mini bar and small bites available. “This is truly our wine cellar to relax and have a glass of your favorite wine,” he said. And great wines they are, rewarded recently by Wine Spectator with their “Best of the Award of Excellence.” Back on the main floor of the restaurant, Montanez then took us through the tall almost circular main cellar. It takes a ladder to get to the upper reaches of his collection that begins with domestic wines. As a start up we chose a Conundrum Brut Rose’ from the Wagner

THE MANAGER of The Winery is Nicholas Montanez, who also supervises the food and wine at the multi-purpose dining restaurant in the UTC upscale shopping district. Photo by Frank Mangio

Family of Napa Valley. This is the only sparkling wine that suites my taste. This is a lively, succulent strawberry flavored wine with a hint of rose petal. Next up was the Cakebread Chardonnay also from Napa Valley. The wine was vibrant, with lime and grapefruit flavors accented with delicate spice. A Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon capped the wine flight. It had a dense core of currant and blackberry wrapped in a likable licorice TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 17

he annual economic impact of the San Diego craft beer industry increased to a record-high of $1.17 billion in 2018, according to a study published last week by California State University, San Marcos and the San Diego Brewers Guild. This figure is an increase of about 5.5% over 2017. Local brewers are optimistic about future growth, too: A survey conducted by California State University, San Marcos found a confidence index of 91 among San Diego craft breweries (above 50 indicates a positive outlook). The vast majority of respondents indicated that in 2019 they intend to increase their overall production (91%), invest in capital equipment (82%), and hire more staff (76%). The economic impact study includes the 152 independently owned craft breweries operating in San Diego County at the end of 2018 and excludes breweries that are owned by large multinational corporations and therefore do not count as craft brewers according to the Brewers Association, the national craft beer trade organization. (This means that Ballast Point, one of San Diego’s largest breweries by volume of production, is excluded from the economic impact study: it was purchased in 2015 by Constellation Brands, producers of Corona and other mass market beer brands. Similarly, Saint Archer, a Miller-Coors asset since 2015, is not included.) According to Brewers Association national data, California’s 900 breweries are the most of any state (Colorado is second with less than half that number). California has the second highest craft beer production volume of any state (Pennsylvania edges out California by about 300,000 barrels, or roughly 10% of California’s total

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irst off, I will give credit where it’s due on the term “groceraunt� as it came from the note I received from Carlsbad Ranch Market owner Vince Grillo describing it as a combination grocery store and restaurant. And after making a visit to their newest location in Vista, I’d say that is an accurate description. My immediate thought was how I wished this place was closer to my office as I would be there for lunch every day. It really is a lunchtime nirvana with a wide range of healthy options and more traditional deli fare for those days of indulging. On top of that you can pick up some high-quality staples for your pantry and refrigerator while you are there. You may know the original Carlsbad Ranch Market located next to Tip Top Meats as it’s been there since 1985. They recently opened this beautiful second North County location at 3225 Business Park Drive in Vista. The new site is three times the size of the original Carlsbad store and has proven to be an immediate hit with local office workers looking for a fresh alternative to standard lunch fare. That groceraunt concept is evident in the local produce sold in the market morphing into ingredients for the salad bar, hot food line, and cold-pressed juice station. The salad bar contains over 48 items to choose from including signature salads such as PowerCrunch, CRM Couscous, or a Caprese Salad with heirloom tomatoes,

back. The sandwich board is impressive and I would have to leave room one day a week to indulge in one of them. In all reality, my office in Oceanside is not that far and when planned right, could be done. Burgers are happening as well and their signature Craft Brew Burger is finished with Chipotle Gouda, slices of local tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, and a caramelized onion and bacon marmalade prepared in Cali Creamin beer. And of course they also offer The

fresh mozzarella cheese and basil. On top of that, Carlsbad Ranch Market has a solid breakfast lineup, available from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., offering a breakfast burrito, fresh fruit, bacon, and yogurt with toppings. The lunch buffet should described in more be detail as it’s a good one. Expansive is a good way to describe it and it happens on weekdays starting at 11 a.m. Seasonal foods are featured with locally sourced ingredients. The hot food selections, created by Executive Chef Ming Adler, vary daily. You may find Chinese BBQ Pork Char Siu, Baked Rigatoni Bolognese, and Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan, depending on the day. Additionally, “Tote Cuisine� dishes as they call them such as Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Caramelized Onion Quiche are ready for customers to take home and enjoy. Carlsbad Ranch Market/Vista also offers a local produce-powered pressed juice bar, sandwiches and wraps made with Boar’s Head products, and “Grab & Go� entrees for take-out. The craft bar area offers wine and local craft beer on tap. I should note that on the sandwich side they have an amazing fried chicken sandwich and a Rueben that is happening the next trip

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Conner’s Cause comes from the heart


ing it all in 2009 and here we are in 2019, 10 years later.” Councilman Randy Walton, whose son will soon begin his first semester at Cal

25th annual Conner’s Cause event. It’s a full day of golf and grub, all being done in Conner’s name. For a charity event to reach a quarter of a century is a milestone. Then again, Conner was special and the donations raised in his honor do so much good. “In those 25 years we have helped 5,000 families,” Champ said. Conner’s Cause, which added Sprouts as a sponsor this year, raises dough for parents experiencing the financial and emotional strain of caring for an ailing offspring. In association with

Rady Children’s Hospital, Conner’s Cause helps in ways that are hard to imagine. The obvious manner is with money to soften the blow of costs associated with caring for an ill child. “The hospital is approached by people all the time with families whose kids have life-threatening illnesses,” Champ said. “A lot of people need help with basic needs, like utility bills or transportation or room and board to go to L.A. for a special procedure. The hospital is inundated with these kids of people.” Conner’s Cause does more than scratch a check. Champ, as well as his wife, Judy, provide those parents with a shoulder to lean on and to serve as an example of what lies ahead. “When Conner was ill we met some people that lost their child 20 years prior and

they were happy and healthy and I thought, ‘There is hope for us that we are going to be OK,”’ Champ said. “I never forgot that and it was super encouraging.’ Champ admits the challenges of looking into the eyes of a distraught parent experiencing the nightmare of losing a child. But he stiffarms his reluctance and thinks of Conner. “What would my son want me to do?” Champ said. “Would he want me to have a ruined life or thrive and do what I could to be happy. That is easier said than done. Some people go the other way and they have a hard time.” So the Champs, who live in Carmel Valley, do what they can as often as possible. Their charity was among the original points of light designated by President George H. W. Bush.

State San Marcos as a student-athlete competing on its surf team, also attended the event as did Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Jenkins. Walton said he sees North City as a key step toward San Marcos becoming

a full-fledged “college town” and less of a “suburb or bedroom community.” “People would sleep their nights here and drive out of here for their entertainment and their work,” said Walton. “The hope is

that neighborhoods like North City change that and people stick around for their entertainment, that it creates places to work within the city and that people from outside the city come here.” Walton credits the

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“We are always there for other people that are having a hard time,” Champ said. The golf tournament is filled with good times and great raffle items. The dough raised helps the Champs continue their quest to ease the pain of parents dealt a difficult hand. Maybe Champ, who envisioned his sons playing together at Torrey Pines High School, will bring that baseball that has so much mean-


North City developers for seeing the project through, despite some economic turbulence along the way. “I think some really visionary people saw the potential a very long time ago and it was sort of a con-

fluence of events that this growing college and a city without a downtown, if you will, created a downtown entertainment district” said Walton. “These developers, even through the recession, stuck around because they saw the vision long-term and now it’s finally coming to fruition and it’s really exciting.” North City has been in the works for over a decade, officially known in city nomenclature as the University District Specific Plan and going by the business name Urban Villages San Marcos LLC. Its next phase, if all goes according to plan, will include a major employer, infill housing, a grocery market, movie theater, rock climbing gym and other retail shops. The aim: keep residents out of their cars and in the area. Gary Levitt, principal of Sea Breeze Properties which owns North City, said he sees the project as an “urban node” form of development long-needed in the county as an alternative to suburbia. “We cannot afford to keep doing what we’ve done for the past 50 years, which is develop further and further out and creating land use models that are so suburban and nature and just keep building further and further and further out. This is not sustainable,” said Levitt. “The future of development has to be where we used our current land more effectively and more efficiently. And here we had an opportunity to do that where we had all of the pieces coming together.” Levitt said that the oak tree came from a hillside now owned by Sea Breeze. That hillside, in the future, will serve as a new public park and housing complex built under the banner of North City. “We’re ecstatic to not only save a local oak tree but to showcase the beauty of this old tree as an iconic natural feature at the heart of North City,” he said. “We hope the community will embrace this new landmark and it will soon become a common phrase to say, ‘Let’s meet up at the old oak tree.’”



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Loteriá-inspired mural for downtown approved by council

One source of inspiration and mentoring has been Cruz’s experience through the Backfence Society, a Vista nonprofit of artists working collaboratively to produce interactive art events, according to its website. “I think as artists, we can support each other by encouraging and keeping these opportunities moving,” Cruz said. “I would en-

courage people to go for it.” As for the city, it releases a call for artists for a project and a 30-day public notice for a mural. The artist will present their concept to the arts commission, and if approved, go before the City Council for final approval, according to Andrea McCullough, Vista’s communication director. The city doesn’t earmark funds for the murals, instead requesting the arts fund the project on their own or through other sources. Vista has been a hotspot for public art displays for nearly 20 years. The city features Kites Over Vista, murals and sculptures to go along with eight venues showcasing the arts. “She approached the city with a proposal,” McCullough said of Cruz. “The commission debates the merits and what they like and feel about an art piece.”


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VISTA — Public art is becoming more popular throughout the region. But Vista has been leading the way since the early 2000s, with more than 80 pieces dotting downtown, public parks and the walls of buildings. And on Aug. 13, the City Council approved the latest installment, dubbed “Long Live Vista! — ¡Viva Vista!” by resident Kim Cruz. Cruz will paint the mural on the outside wall at 350 E. Broadway in downtown. “I based the concept design on Loteriá, a Mexican bingo game,” she said. “There is an image and the image’s name is in Spanish at the bottom of the card. I’ve taken that design concept and replaced some of the images with things that depict Vista.” Cruz’s mural consists of nine features showcasing

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VISTA RESIDENT Kim Cruz’s latest addition to the city’s public art collection is based on Loteriá, a Mexican bingo game. Courtesy of Kim Cruz

She said she will begin Labor Day weekend and expects to be finished by Sept. 7 or Sept. 8. “This opportunity came up and I just took it one step at a time,” Cruz said. “I’m excited about this opportunity and location. This has been a dream of mine, to do a public mural.” For as long as she can remember, Cruz has always been drawn to art. As her

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pressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle” through Sept. 15 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido. Admission is $12 for adults. Military and children under 12 are free. Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday LEUCADIA ARTWALK The LeucadiART Walk 1 to 5 p.m., closed Monday. will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 along NEWS N. Coast COAST Highway 101 in Leucadia. The event covers a one-mile MUSICA EN LA PLAZA stretchCROP with more than 80 Jarabe Mexicano comes artist .93 booths of original to Música En La Plaza from .93 art, jewelry, ceramic, glass 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30 at the 4.17in private parking California Center for the and more 4.28a Craft Beer Gar- Arts, 340 N. Escondido lots, plus den. Park at City Hall and Blvd., Escondido. The seride the open air trolley. ries will bring live music, More information at https:// dancing, tacos and tequila. or call Admission is free, seats can (760) 436-2320. also be purchased for $12 or $40 for a table of four.

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Vista’s history, from an avocado and strawberry to adobe architecture and a local theater. Each will be highlighted like a playing card in Spanish, also a nod to the city’s Mexican culture. It’s her first commissioned public art piece after the Vista Arts Commission approved the mural in June. Cruz has volunteered on other murals in the city, but this one is hers.

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New Village Arts Theatre announces the production of “A Weekend With Pablo Picasso,” written and performed by Culture Clash co-founder Herbert Siguenza, through Aug. 25 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Tickets: $25 to $36 online at, or via phone at (760) 433-3245. Showtimes: Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; Fridays 8 p.m.; Saturdays 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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A rts &Entertainment ‘Little Women’: Little theater, big heart By Alexander Wehrung

‘WINGS ON FEET, STORY IN HAND’ by Ursula Heintz.

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ESCONDIDO — Patio Playhouse’s “Little Women” marked its debut on Aug. 16 at the Kit Carson Amphitheatre with a skunk’s untimely interruption. While the skunk certainly let us know its rather ripe opinion of the show in the middle of the second act, I can confidently say that it was wrong, and that the production was a true delight. “Little Women” is the story of Jo March, the creatively inclined sibling amongst the four March sisters, who are all growing up without their father in Civil War-era Massachusetts. Jo has big dreams (both figurative and prosaic) that she finds herself tempted to temper so that she can travel abroad with her strict Aunt March. All the while, she and her sisters also discover what it truly means to grow up. Leading lady Kylee Ogzewalla plays Jo March well as the sharp character she is, quick on the retort and fiery in both temper and passion. As the main character, the March upon whose shoulders the whole play rests, Ogzewalla is the linchpin of the production, and pulls the roll off to a tee; the physicality in her gestures as she describes her stories to her family — while other members of the cast enact her dictation — effectively gives you the sense that she loves what she writes. But she also loves her sisters, and they love each other. Each actress — Tori Bleher, Olivia Torres and Lilian Broschart — breathes life into their respective March. Meg as the mature, wiser one, Amy as the vin-

THE MARCH SISTERS, starring in the Patio Playhouse production of “Little Women,” are from left, Kylee Ogzewalla (Jo), Tori Bleher (Meg), Olivia Torres (Beth) and Lillian Broschart (Amy). Performances at Kit Carson Amphitheatre in Escondido. Photo courtesy Cassiopeia Guthrie

dictive sibling who perhaps does the most growing up, and Beth as the sweet sister who finds herself in the most unfair circumstances. The play’s highlight comes when she and Jo fly a kite together. I don’t know how Patio Playhouse managed to pull that trick off, but it was an amazing moment of theatrical illusion (even if I could see another string in the floodlights). The rest of the cast do sublime as well, often playing multiple parts — the “real” characters and the ones Jo makes up when writing or describing her stories. Kim Moller and Riley Hunsaker sing with tangible emotion, Jeffrey

Shev’s Mr. Laurence pulls off kindness and sternness in perfect balance, and Brian P. Evan’s German accent underscores the emotional vulnerabilities of his intellectual character. The use of a live orchestra conducted by Erika R. Gamez is a pleasant surprise, giving a genuine cinematic quality to the show that would have been lost with, say, pre-recorded music. The moments when Jeffrey Shev sings “Off to Massachusetts” while Olivia Torres pantomimes playing the piano never failed to be nothing less than charming. Given that the play is a musical, the score is another factor that can make or

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Back to school means back to internet safety basics Kids are going back to school, and a new year brings new friends, independence and curiosity, especially when it comes to social media, gaming, and other online activity. Many older children are likely using tablets for their school work and have smartphones to stay connected to family and friends. But even elementary aged kids may be using a smartphone for safety purposes and to give their parents and guardians peace of mind. Back to school is a good time to get back to internet basics with your children, regardless of how old, or young, they are – or whether they think they already know the rules of the online road. A recent Pew Research Center study found that only 39% of parents are using some kind of parental controls at home, on mobile devices or on their children’s social media accounts. However, internet service providers such as Cox Communications offer parental control features that


recommendation now goes to the county party’s Central Committee on Sept. 17, where it will be placed on the Consent Calendar for ratification or pulled for further discussion and even a potential new vote if a motion for reconsideration passes at a rate of over 50% among Central Committee

BACK TO SCHOOL is a good time to get back to internet basics with your children, regardless of how old, or young, they are – or whether they think they already know the rules of the online road. Courtesy photo

are free for Cox High Speed Internet customers that parents and guardians can easily access. Parental control features allow parents and guardians to control the amount of time each child is allowed on spend online, restrict access to certain websites, and block websites by category such as dating and gambling. Cox Communications offers the following internet

safety tips to help parents get started: Know what parental controls can and can’t do. Parental controls can control or block the video games your child can access, filter web browsers so that your children can only access pre-approved websites on their devices, prevent children from using certain devices, manage search engines to limit what children can search for online, and

manage the types of videos that are searchable online. Parental controls cannot control who reaches out to your children on their own social media channels, or what photos children view on their own social media channels if those websites are not blocked or you don’t have access to their accounts. Take inventory of the ways your child accesses the Internet. Long gone are

members. Unless successfully overturned from with 60% of Central Committee members voting on behalf of either candidate, neither Diaz nor Lawson-Remer will receive a party nomination before the March 3 primary. County Democratic Party insiders have pointed to the North Area Caucus and Central Committee votes as particularly important for Diaz, who sits in third place

in fundraising for the primary behind fellow Democrat Lawson-Remer and the incumbent Republican Kristin Gaspar. An early endorsement by the county Democratic Party would mean outside political action committees, or PACs, could give unlimited amounts of money to the party to be used on behalf of a selected candidate. Two of the influential Democrats pushing the early

party endorsement strategy behind the scenes — Democratic County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and his wife, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez — attended the meeting. Both spoke on behalf of Diaz prior to the vote. A high-ranking state-level Democrat —Toni Atkins, Senate leader pro tempore — spoke on behalf of Lawson-Remer prior to the vote. Carl Luna, a pro-

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Horace Mann said, “Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience and care.” As another school year begins, we honor these men and women who care enough to choose teaching as their life’s role. Teachers give of themselves, their minds, their thoughts, their energy, and their hearts. They point the way, helping shape the minds and attitudes of tomorrow’s leaders. We task these people with the job of inspiring our students to work, to learn, to achieve - a demanding job often made more difficult by the pressures and influences of our modern society and a tight school budget. Teachers accomplish all this, regardless of the various difficulties, because they CARE! If you can read this tribute, be sure to THANK A TEACHER! Please watch for children on their way to school.


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the days when using the internet meant waiting to log on to the family computer. Take inventory of how your child can access the internet (laptop, tablet, smartphone, video gaming system), then set the parental controls to block inappropriate websites. Create a list for ages five and under. It’s 2019 and some children ages five and under know enough to click on an app to access a children’s game or website online. Make sure they don’t accidentally click on something inappropriate for their age. By choosing a handful of sites you’re comfortable with, and plugging them into the device your child uses, you can easily monitor where and what he or she is visiting each day. Give older kids more freedom but restrict potentially dangerous sites. As your child gets older, simply add more sites to any list you’ve created, or give older children access to most of the internet while still blocking specific websites or general categories such as gambling, social networks

or dating. Make controls on YouTube a priority. More kids watch YouTube videos than broadcast TV. To ensure your kids are watching age-appropriate videos, go to YouTube’s parental controls to set your account to “Restricted Mode.” Don’t forget their email or social media accounts. Make sure you have access to your minor child’s email and social media accounts (usernames and passwords), and regularly monitor their interactions. Otherwise, consider blocking a social media site or deleting an email account. If parents take advantage of all that parental controls have to offer for every age group (while also talking to their kids about common sense internet safety), their kids can have an educational and entertaining online experience while staying safe. For more information and step-by-step instructions on how to initialize parental controls, visit https://

fessor of political science at the University of San Diego and the Director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, said the juxtaposing endorsements “underscore a rivalry between two San Diego Democratic power-centers.” The third Democrat in the race, fire chief and Palomar Health board of directors member Jeff Griffith, announced his departure from the race at the meeting. He subsequently endorsed Lawson-Remer, saying she “has the integrity and temperament to do a fantastic job.” “Even though I believe that ICROP am best positioned to defeat Gaspar in the general .93 election, .93 an uphill primary battle4.17 would not serve our party4.28 well,” said Griffith. “I call on Terra and Olga to avoid a bitter, bruising battle that could only help Gaspar.” Lawson-Remer said she was “honored” to have landed Griffith’s endorsement.. “And I am enormously proud to have received the support of the Democratic

Party’s North Area Caucus with ‘acceptable’ ratings for both me and my Democratic primary opponent Olga Diaz.” Lawson-Remer told The Coast News. “These are both tremendous votes of confidence for our campaign, and I will continue spending the upcoming months talking to voters. Congratulations, as well, to Olga.” Diaz, interviewed after the vote, said that “clearly I’m the strongest candidate.” She also did not rule out the possibility of appealing the vote or doing a motion for reconsideration at the September Central Committee meeting. “I’m by far the preferred candidate,” said Diaz, pointing to her vote tally in the room. “But there are party rules about the threshold I needed to meet ... I came very close and a couple more votes, I would have had it. It is what it is. I continue to work hard and she presumably will, as well, and now Jeff is out of the race, so that is one less complication and so we just keep going.”


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ESCONDIDO — At Naval Education and Training command, instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development. Seaman Jessica Feria, a native of Escondido, is currently studying at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be an electronics technician. An electronics technician is responsible for trouble shooting and maintaining electronics, communications and radar systems onboard Navy warships. Students can attend

Seaman Jessica Feria advanced technical schools after “boot camp” and are taught basic technical knowledge and skills. Feria, a 2012 graduate of Escondido High School, credits success in the Navy to

many of the lessons learned growing up in Escondido. “Growing up, I learned no matter how small the job is, always do your best and give the maximum effort,” Feria said. NETC is made up of six commands that provide a continuum of professional education and training in support of Surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year. Feria’s role focuses on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy.

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On Sun. Sept. 1, it’s Michael Paulo and Friends in the Vintners Garden, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 general admission, $55 for Gold seating and $85 for VIP seating. Dining available for a nominal charge. See • The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival is Thursday Oct. 3 to Sunday Oct. 6 with the Grand Tasting Saturday and Sunday Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Best buys are the Platinum VIP $250 tickets with an early 2 p.m. entrance, 250-plus wines, spirits and brews, 40-plus highly acclaimed restaurants, live cooking demos and a Riedel wine glass. General admission ticket $150. For details go to newportwineandfood. com. • Vittorio’s Trattoria in San Diego’s Carmel Valley is offering a Seghesio Family Vineyard Four Course Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Enjoy the award-winning wines including “Angela’s Table Zinfandel with a Beef & Spinach Braciole homemade Gnocchi. Cost is $60 per person. Call for an RSVP at (858) 538-5884.


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Pearson’s Gardens & Herb Farm growing a legacy in Vista By Lucia Viti

VISTA — For the last 30 years Pearson’s Gardens & Herb Farm, owned and operated by Mark and Cindy Pearson, has been bringing color and life to the community. “Growing plants is like raising humans and animals,” Cindy Pearson said. “Plants are living beings with circulatory, respiratory, metabolic, sensory systems, etc. Gardening is the act of creating and maintaining conditions in which a plant will thrive, not unlike children or pets.” Originally based in Leucadia, the Pearsons made the move to Vista in 1989, when they brought 5,000 plumerias and a small herbal collection from their first store into a “run-down” succulent range in Vista. Confident of the area’s perfect weather — Vista reigns among the world’s top five horticulture areas because of its climate — the couple established themselves as wholesale growers. pat But their first year didn’t go as planned, as a historic freeze brought temperatures down to 17 degrees and they lost every plumeria overnight. Then the Los Angeles Department of Agriculture detected an invasive pest in their incoming Hawaiian plumeria shipment. Not only was everything confiscated, the Pearsons had to pay for the shipment’s incineration. “Devastated” but de-

termined, the couple tapped into expanding their herb collection. “The timing was perfect as the demand for herbs had just exploded,” Pearson said. “Martha Stewart’s rising popularity had elevated the status and request for culinary herbs.” As wholesalers, the Pearsons successfully produced and sold edible and culinary herbs — “attractive herbs that didn’t look like weeds” – to independent nurseries throughout Southern California. Stock quickly expanded to include utilitarian and medicinal herbs. Ethnobotanicals — herbs indigenous to their ethnicity (Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Native American, South African to name a few) — came next. “We’ve dedicated ourselves to growing edible, medicinal and utilitarian plant species from every continent across the globe,” Pearson said. “To this day, we offer a wide spectrum of herbs, vegetables, fruits, trees, and seeds including those that reflect San Diego’s ethnic diversity. People love to grow and use food from their homeland.” Sidling South Africa, the Mediterranean, Western Australia and Coastal Chile, Vista’s drought-free sunny days also afford the Pearsons the opportunity to grow California native wildlife habitat species such as insects, hummingbirds and

EVERY PLANT at Pearson’s Gardens & Herb Farm, from seedlings to bushes, vines and trees, has one or many uses beyond the garden. Courtesy photo

butterflies. “Wildlife habitat plants provide food and shelter for hummingbirds and a variety of insects including bees,” Pearson said. “Categorized as host plants, they also feed, shelter and support the metamorphosis of butterflies. Without the milkweed plant, Monarch butterflies wouldn’t exist.” Everything used “to promote an ecologically balanced ecosystem” is sold on site. “Our handcrafted plants are propagated, cultivated and maintained by organic and bio-sustain-

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able methods such as beneficial insects, pollinator species, catch-crops and insect screening,” Pearson said. “Organic pest control is used in leu of fungicides, growth regulators, hormones, and chemical pesticides. And no GMOs. Period.” The Pearsons replaced chemical pesticides that “contaminate nectar and kill bees,” with organic pest controls “conducive to each plant.” These include green lace wings, praying mantises, earthworms, beneficial nematodes and lady bugs. Pearson described lady bugs as a “front-line army” for keeping pests from making holes in your plants. “Lady bugs produce armadillo-looking larvae that can consume up to 200 pest bugs a day,” she said. Pearson also said plants sprayed with pesticides don’t require labeling. Applied at the growing phase, pesticides become systemic, remaining within the plant’s tissue and surrounding soil for at least a decade. Because of their potential toxicity to humans, animals and the environment, Pearson cautioned on trusting the safety of these “tested” chemicals. Pearson also cautioned against using neonicotinoids, a nicotine-based pesticide widely used by con-

ventional growers. “Thought to be safer than common conventional pesticides, updated research clearly documents adverse impacts on the bee and other pollinator populations,” she said. “Longterm persistence in plant tissues and the environment contaminates foodstuffs — fruits, vegetables, and honey — which causes health concerns due to accumulated long-term exposure.” The Pearsons will resource and grow what’s not in stock including the Bouillon Bush, a perennial plant native to Brazil, noted as Pearson’s most unusual plant. Used as the secret flavor ingredient in vegetarian bouillon broth — it smells/ tastes like beef bouillon — the plant is also coveted for its medicinal value. Nicknamed the lifeboat plant by Brazilian locals, the bouillon was used to feed shipwrecked victims run ashore in a significantly deteriorated state. Leaves were also mulched into a skin poultice and applied to reduce inflammation. Today, pharmaceutical companies are researching its anti-inflammatory properties in order to synthesize products viable for humans. When asked about this unusual find, Pearson said she meticulously

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combed through medical research — all in Portuguese — “weeding through the translation while leaning on my science background to understand the uniqueness of its potential value.” “We’re constantly educating ourselves and our customers,” she said. “A garden must give back.” Pearson compared their specialty crops to commercial, high-quantity output as the difference between variety and profit. Unlike large-scale, mass production outlets, their collections are cultivated by hand in small batches from seed or the propagation of a mother stock plant — a cloning technique void of seeds, that utilizes root division, stem cuttings and air-layering. “Mass production and mechanization inhibits variety because of the need to change the machinery to accommodate the plants,” she said. “While the industry typically works from spreadsheets and schedules within the confines of regulation, we gather seeds as they ripen and clip cuttings from mother stock. Everything happens right here, nurtured under the watchful eye of Mark and I.” Customers are encouraged to succeed. “Gardening is an arena where failing causes people to give up,” she said. “Be it their first or last-ditch effort, we problem solve with proven methods and materials. We provide everything, the soil, the pest control and teach sustainable garden practices including effective watering practices, the use of beneficial insects and garden design.” Fifteen years ago, the wholesale growers opened their doors to the public due to a decline of independent retail nurseries. Strangling regulations, rising operational costs and property values have slowly made it “impossible for a retail nursery to survive,” Pearson said. “Fifty years ago, North County was a horticulture mecca; Vista alone housed over 400 nurseries,” Pearson said. “Hard-working TURN TO PEARSON’S ON 22

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Leo Carrillo Ranch Park restoration earns design award By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Preserving its oldest park has been a priority for the city since it took ownership. The efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as the Leo Carrillo Ranch Park was recently awarded a 2019 preservation design award for rehabilitation by the California Preservation Foundation. The city contracted with Tovey Shultz Construction and Page & Turnbull, Inc. (architect) for the project, which took nearly two years to complete. Now, the stable — once belonging to Leo Carrillo, an actor in the 1930s — and a chicken coop, which has been repurposed into restrooms, are available for the public. “We know it was used in many different ways over the years,” Mick Calarco, historic sites manager at Leo Carrillo Ranch said of

the stable. “Like the other buildings, it’s constructed of adobe bricks that comprise the front and back wall.” Carrillo purchased the land in 1937 and the city took control in 1977 with the city opening the park to the public in 2003. Carrillo, though, built the property up including the stable, which housed six horses and several cowboys. The chicken coop was discovered in an old photo, so the city opted to include it in the restoration; albeit with a twist as a restroom to accommodate the needs of the public. The stable, Calarco said, was mostly built around the slope of the natural terrain out of adobe, thus making the renovation project challenging. Drew Gorski, an architect with Page & Turnbull who worked on the project, said the building was retrofitted

THE WEST SIDE of the rehabilitated stable at the Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad. New public restrooms, seen in background, were designed to mimic the style of a former chicken coop. Photo courtesy Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

to ensure it was up to code, allowing the public inside for the first time since the city took control. Gorksi said his firm almost exclusively works on historic preservation projects, which present several challenges including updating those structures to current codes, manipulating the old material with steel

or metal and wood reinforcements, to name a few. “It’s always little bit tricky because you’re dealing with the construction type and how they built things,” Gorski said. “I would call it cowboy construction. They threw rubble against a slope and called it a retaining wall. One of the big challenges

with the stable was the way it was constructed on the site.” Another obstacle is that when Carrillo built the stable in 1937, San Diego County had no building codes. It’s one reason Carrillo moved to Carlsbad and purchased the property, Calarco said. A ramp was installed to

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nursery owners became millionaires virtually overnight. Today, that’s almost impossible. Founding nurseries no longer survive through its younger generations. Offspring shy away from the amount of work involved, rising operational costs don’t run parallel to the selling price of products, and the land’s value favors the high-tax revenue of residential and business development. “We purchased enough land in an area historical for its horticulture and agriculture when it was still possible to do so,” she said. “It’s taken years of dedicated hard work, but we’ve forged a life many dream of — outdoors with nature, interacting with people from all over the world, helping them create vibrant gardens.” The Pearsons said they have witnessed a renaissance of millennials emerging from the “indoor, sterile environment that they grew up in.” “In discovering the outdoors, they have a desire to control their food supply and protect the environment,” she said. With customers coming from everywhere — “Southern Cal locals, snow birds and clients from Maine, Canada and Mexico,” — the Pearsons said they welcome locals, day-trippers, and traveling garden aficionados to enjoy their unique garden and nursery farm. The Pearsons also feature an outdoor classroom serving fee-based workshops and scheduled garden clubs. And everyone is invited to enjoy Tonka, the cat, who hangs out with their ever-growing herd of Russian tortoises. Pearson’s Gardens & Herb Farm is located at 1150 Beverly Drive in Vista. For more information, call (760)726-0717 or visit

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