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Rep. Hunter, wife plead not guilty

Tri-City to close mental health units By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The TriCity Healthcare District board affirmed Aug. 21 that it would shutter its inpatient psychiatric facilities by Oct. 2, a decision widely panned by residents, law enforcement and elected officials. The board voted 5-2, with RoseMarie Reno and Laura Mitchell opposed, to uphold the earlier decision to suspend the hospital’s 18-bed behavioral health unit and 12-person crisis stabilization unit, which had already shut down with the county’s approval. Tuesday’s decision would likely displace hundreds of workers in the units and force residents with psychiatric emergencies out of the region for treatment. Tri-City Healthcare District originally voted in June to shut down the units, citing a recent change in federal regulations requiring hospitals to remove from rooms all features that patients could use to hang themselves, known as “ligature” risks, as the primary reason for the closure. TURN TO TRI-CITY ON 11

Pair charged with misuse of $250K from campaign By City News Service

in a press release disseminated via email by the campaign titled, “Mayor Sam Abed Leads Opponent by 3-1 in Funds Raised. 10-1 in Available Funds in Escondido’s Mayoral Race.” “The strong financial support my campaign has received is an-

REGION — Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and his wife, Margaret, pleaded not guilty Aug. 23 to federal charges of using more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, including family vacations, dental bills, theater tickets and international travel for relatives. During the brief hearing in federal court in San Diego, bond was set at $15,000 for the congressman and $10,000 for his wife. Prosecutors said they Rep. Duncan Hunter did not object to the relatively low bond amount, noting that the couple have few assets and are living “paycheck to paycheck.” The judge also noted that the pair do not present a flight risk. The pair were given until Tuesday to post the bond amount. They are both due back in court Sept. 4. The Hunters were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in San Diego on charges of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, wire fraud, falsification of records and prohibited use of campaign contributions. As the Republican congressman arrived at the courthouse in downtown San Diego, he was met with a group of vocal protesters, some of whom shouted “Lock him



Breeders’ Cup Heading Back This Way STORY ON PAGE 9: On the heels of a successfull debut last fall, Del Mar will again host the prestigious Breeders’ Cup in 2021, it was announced last week. Above, Florent Geroux (in red) and Gun Runner pull away to win the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Photo by Alex Evers

Real estate dollars flow to Abed campaign By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The numbers are in and the real estate industry has been crowned the kingmaker thus far in the first half of 2018 for the mayoral race in Escondido for the incumbent candidate, Republican Party Mayor Sam Abed. According to campaign finance figures obtained by The

Coast News from the Escondido City Clerk’s Office, Abed has received more than $30,000 in donations from that industry. That figure totals about half the entire war chest for his opponent, Democratic Party candidate Paul McNamara. The money has come from a range of industry players, from trailer park developers, busi-

ness campus creators and higher-scale home development real estate companies. Roughly two and a half months prior to the looming Nov. 6 elections, Abed leads his opponent Paul McNamara $187,093 to $61,356 in fundraising. This is a fact that Abed’s campaign director, John Franklin, boasted of


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Chavez to run for Tri-City board By Aaron Burgin

REGION — After losing a 49th Congressional District race in which he was the early front runner, Rocky Chavez is still on the Nov. 6 ballot. Chavez, who is set to leave the State Assembly, is listed as a candidate for the Tri-City Healthcare District, according to the registrar of voter’s official candidate list. According to the county Registrar of Voters candidate list, Chavez pulled nomination papers on Aug. 8, two days before the Aug. 10 filing deadline, the day that he filed and qualified for the ballot. But Chavez, reached Aug. 14, said he had created a committee a month earlier and filed locally three weeks ago. “It’s all about service to the community and continuing my service to TriCity,” Chavez said. “I’ve been active with them since 1998 and look forward to continuing that service in a new role.” Chavez most recently was one of 16 candidates looking to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) in the 49th Congressional District. Early polls tabbed Chavez as the front runner in the race, but he faded down the stretch and finished sixth during the June 5 primary. The retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel served

STATE ASSEMBLYMAN and retired Marine Col. Rocky Chavez speaks on Memorial Day in Encinitas. Chavez is listed as a candidate for the Tri-City Healthcare District, according to the registrar of voters. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

on the Oceanside City Council from 2002 to 2009 and as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s undersecretary and, later, secretary of veterans affairs before voters elected him to the state Assembly in 2012. He declined to seek re-election to run for congress. Chavez is running for the Division 2 seat currently held by incumbent Laura Mitchell, who is seeking re-election, as well as a third challenger, health care compliance specialist Jim Burlew.

Although he is facing an incumbent, Chavez said he believes his name recognition in the district will overcome Mitchell’s advantage as incumbent. “I would be willing to bet my name ID in this district is significantly higher than the incumbent,” Chavez said. “Having been elected here twice for City Council and the past six years in the assembly district, I think I will be OK.” The Coast News has reached out to Mitchell and will update the story with comment. The seven-member elected board oversees the public health district that manages the 397-bed Tri-City Medical Center, which provides health care services for more than 600,000 residents in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista and surrounding areas. Most recently, the Healthcare District board voted to close its inpatient mental health facility after citing recent changes in federal regulations, budget shortfalls and a dearth of staff as the culprits. Chavez said it was this issue that prompted him to consider a bid for the board. “Tri-City is important to the community, and the issue with the mental health facility is a big issue to me, especially with mental health and veterans,” he said.

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CALIFORNIA PACIFIC AIRLINES will be the second commercial airline to operate out of McClellan-Palomar Aiport this year. Photo by Shana Thompson

California Pacific Air plans to lift off Nov. 1 By Steve Puterski

CARLSABD — Just in time for the holiday rush, California Pacific Airlines is scheduled to begin service on Nov. 1. Chief Operating Officer Mickey Bowman said the budding airline signed its lease with San Diego County at McClellan-Palomar Airport “a couple weeks ago.” He said the airline will start with four, three-person crews based out of Carlsbad and in the coming weeks will begin to hire mechanics and “station” staff, people who will handle ticketing and other responsibilities. “Once we were sure we had the go-ahead, we began interviewing pilots,” Bowman said. “Frankly, that’s what our timeline takes. Nov. 1 is a realistic start date for us based what we saw from the county.” CP Air announced in May it would begin service in late summer with the first routes to be service to Phoenix, San Jose, Las Vegas, Oakland and Cabo San Lucas. However, it experienced delays with the county regarding the lease and environmental review application. John Barkley, CP Air’s chief financial officer, said in May those routes will be rolled out, but emphasized the Phoenix and San Jose routes as the priority, mainly for businesses who fly employees routinely to those destinations. He said one major tech company had 1,400 flights to Phoenix last year. Bowman, though, said CP Air is still working on the details and logistics of where the first destinations will carry passengers. Bowman did add the company will focus on more of the business routes with some leisure destinations mixed in. “We’re putting the final touches on that,” he said. “Transportation is sort of key to developing business structures. It’s certainly going to bring to North County ease.” CP Air will be the second commercial airline to operate out of McClellan-Palomar Airport

this year. Cal Jet Elite Air launched operations last year, but shut down in April. The company announced it would return in June with more routes, but has not returned to service. The county is in communication with Cal Jet, which states it is continuing to work to restart service soon. The airline still has its lease with the county, according to Gig Conaughton, communications specialist with the county. Several messages left with Cal Jet Elite Air were not returned. “We are communicating with Cal Jet Elite and California Pacific Airlines, and the county of San Diego looks forward to the success of both airlines providing commercial service for the general public to and from McClellan-Palomar Airport,” Conaughton said. CP Air CEO Ted Vallas and his investors (The Coast News publisher Jim Kydd is an investor) announced last fall the acquisition of Aerodynamics, which has four planes, mostly for charter service. Barkley said in May he was working on leasing more jets, including the larger Embraer 175, which holds 70 passengers. Currently, the airline has leased four, 50-seat jets. For several years the embattled airline has been promising flights out of Carlsbad. Issues with the county and CP Air’s environmental applications, though, were a sore spot and caused delays in permitting. It is one reason CP Air acquired Aerodynamics. However, one of the biggest selling points for CP Air is a fast, easy flight process. Hook and Barkley emphasized the toll passengers, especially in North County, undergo when flying out of San Diego International Airport. At Palomar, parking is $5, security lines are much shorter and the time spent commuting is less. “I think it’s going to be an alternative and easy to use,” Bowman said. “It’s going to be tremendously convenient for them.”

ESCONDIDO — A man accused of killing his estranged wife and her sister, whose bodies were found miles apart in Escondido, pleaded not guilty Aug. 14 to special circumstance murder charges that could lead to the death penalty if he's convicted. Juan Carlos Ortega, 33, was ordered held without bail. What prompted the slayings remains unclear, but Deputy District Attorney Jodi Breton said Ortega confessed to the killings and said there was no one else involved. Ortega is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murders, two counts of felony child endangerment and one count of arson. A decision will be made later as to whether he will face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if he's found guilty and the special circumstance allegations are found to be true. Shortly before 4:30 a.m. Aug. 9, firefighters extinguishing a blaze engulfing a parked white SUV at the corner of Country Club and Kauana Loa drives in the unincorporated Harmony Grove area discovered the body of 26-year-old Ana Soto inside the vehicle, Escondido police Lt. Kevin Toth said. Detectives traced the charred SUV to its registered owner’s residence about three miles to the east, in the 500 block of West 11th Avenue, near South Centre City Parkway in Escondido. Inside the home, officers discovered the body of Veronica Soto Ortega, 30. Two children found sleeping unharmed in the house were taken into protective custody and later turned over to family members, Toth said. The deceased sisters, who lived together in the home, had sustained traumatic injuries, according to police, who withheld further details about the nature and extent of those wounds. About 14 hours after the discovery of the second body, homicide detectives arrested Ortega, who was Soto Ortega's husband, at his Carlsbad workplace, Toth said. Ortega will be back in court Sept. 4 for a readiness conference. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 31. — City News Service

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Vista checkpoint results in 1 arrest


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VISTA — A total of 2,710 vehicles passed through the San Diego Sheriff’s Vista Traffic Division’s DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on July 27 at the 700 block of East Vista Way. One person was arrested for driving under the influence. A total of 32 citations were issued with 14 going to persons who were unlicensed drivers and five to others who were driving with a revoked or suspended license. Seven vehicles were towed. The checkpoint timeframe began at 7 p.m. and ended at 2 a.m. According to Traffic Sgt. Hernan Gonzalez for the Vista Station, the results were typical for the checkpoints previously held in the Vista area. However, he noted there was a large volume of cars which came through which made the checkpoint a success. “A lot of people saw what we were doing,” Gonzalez said. “It makes people aware and educates them on the dangers of drunk driving.” He added that when officers encountered the drivers they explained to them what was going on. From the 2,710 vehicles that passed through the physical checkpoint location, a total of 815 drivers had personal contact with law enforcement. “Out of those people, we sent 63 drivers to our secondary (screening) for further evaluation or for an investigation into whether they were licensed or not,” Gonzalez said. “There were a lot of people who had been drinking, so we conducted nine field sobriety tests to determine their level of intoxication. And out of all of those, we actually took one person into custody for DUI alcohol.” Hernan also pointed out how a fair number of drivers passing through the checkpoint were unlicensed for various reasons and cited. Hernan explained that checkpoint locations are de-

partment collected either from DUI arrests, DUI-related collisions or just general collisions. From that information, they have about a mile radius to conduct these checkpoints. “The numbers for this particular checkpoint were interesting for me as a supervisor determining where our future checkpoints are because of the amount traffic we had coming through and the amount of unlicensed drivers coming through,” he said. “We did have a good amount of field sobriety tests that we conducted which shows that people are drinking and driving still but not to the level where it’s illegal.” Previous checkpoints were on the 1000 block of East Vista Way and even on Sycamore, he said. The next checkpoint is slated for Sept. 7 with a location still being determined. Checkpoints are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. “The checkpoints are sporadic and are meant to bring public awareness. The Office of Traffic Safety grants us money to help pass the word about the dangers of drunk driving,” he said, adding that public service announcements from the state of California also enhance this awareness. And Gonzalez said he believes these efforts are working. During the July 27 checkpoint, he helped direct traffic in and noticed many rideshare companies like Uber, Lyft, and even taxi cabs. “These kinds of rideshares show me that people are finding other transportation ways to get from Point A to Point B if they are consuming alcohol,” Gonzalez said. “I even had a group of guys come by me that were walking to a nearby establishment that had been consuming alcohol — they told me the reason they were walking was that they had seen our checkpoint earlier in the day.”

Orchard Supply to close REGION — Orchard Supply Hardware, which has locations in San Diego and San Marcos, will be closing by early next year, with parent company Lowe's announcing Aug. 22 it wants to “focus on its core home improvement business.” Lowe's owns all 99 locations of OSH throughout California, Oregon and Florida. The San Marcos location opened just last year. “While it was a necessary business decision to exit Orchard Supply Hardware, decisions that impact our people are never easy,” Lowe’s President/CEO Marvin Ellison said. “We will be providing outplacement services for impacted associates, and they will be

given priority status if they choose to apply for other Lowe’s positions.” It was unclear exactly how many workers will be affected by the closures. OSH was founded in San Jose in 1931 as a coop among ranchers to purchase farm supplies. But the company eventually morphed into a general hardware store. OSH was purchased in 1996 by Sears, but in 2012 Sears moved it into a separate business that went into bankruptcy. Lowe's purchased the chain out of bankruptcy. Clearance sales were expected to begin at most OSH locations as early as Thursday. — City News Service

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San Marcos candidates talk business, housing at forum

Man escapes fiery crash into pole

Each of the candidates were asked the same three questions at the Aug. 16 forum: describe their qualifications for the position, explain what they would do to help grow business and retain existing businesses and if they believed additional housing benefited or hurt local businesses. The contrast in the candidates could be seen in the latter question, which exposed some of the alliances that have already formed among the field. Jones, Sannella and Ireland — all Republicans — answered in the affirmative, though Sannella’s answer overlapped with some of Orlando, Nunez and Walton’s response. The latter trio, which includes two registered Democrats and a declined-to-state that has allied with the two in the race, argued that the city needed to focus on socalled “workforce housing,” housing for lower- and middle-income residents. Walton pointed out that while the city has built more than twice the number of homes it was mandated to build in the most recent regional housing needs assessment, they have only built 63 homes over that eight-year period for moderate-income families. “Affordability is the real issue,” Walton said. “We need to be very purposeful about how we are going to grow. This will help us rebalance what is clearly an imbalance in our current housing stock.” Orlando in his answer argued that the city’s recent slate of housing approvals has only exacerbated the problem. “We aren’t solving the problem, we are making it worse,” Orlando said. “The question is, how are we going to grow.” Sannella echoed Walton’s answer, pointing out that in his capacity with the regional Economic Development Corporation that large corporations say the biggest concern they have about moving to San Diego is the lack of housing for their workforce. “We need to have a housing ladder,” Sannella said. “We have to give the next generation the same opportunities to climb the ladder.”

ESCONDIDO — A man escaped with minor injuries Aug. 22 when his vehicle knocked down a utility pole, then burst into flames in Escondido, police said. The solo-vehicle crash happened shortly after midnight on Auto Park Way, Escondido police Lt. Ed Bennett said. The driver lost control of a Jeep and crashed into a street sign, then a power pole, causing the vehicle to go up in flames, Bennett said. The man, who was the only person in the vehicle, was able to exit the Jeep and the vehicle fire was extinguished a few minutes after the flames broke out, Bennett said. The driver was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. No details about the victim were immediately available. Southbound Auto Park Way was temporarily closed between Citracado Parkway and Enterprise Street following the crash. The crash caused power outages at several businesses in the area, according to San Diego Gas & Electric. Crews were working to repair the damage. Department officers were investigating the crash.

By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The nine candidates for the San Marcos City Council and mayor’s seat sat facing about 70 people inside of the sanctuary at the Rock Church. Each took turns introducing themselves to the crowd and answered three questions posed by a moderator. Candidate forums like this one, hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, are a rite of passage for most hopefuls for elected office in other cities. But in San Marcos, a city that has had unopposed and virtually unopposed elections in recent years, the candidate forum was the first one in recent memory. “We haven’t done one of these forums in a few years, and it’s an important community conversation, so I am glad we are having it,” said Councilman Chris Orlando, one of three candidates for mayor in San Marcos. Rebecca Jones, the city’s current vice mayor, and children’s author Bradley Zink are the others. The city’s change from an at-large voting system to one that elects officials by district — and the fact that both districts up for grabs are open seats — has generated more candidates for office than at any time over the past decade in San Marcos. San Marcos changed the way it elects officials in response to a legal threat by a Malibu-based law firm that argued that San Marcos’ citywide elections diluted the city’s Latino vote. In District 1, which includes the city’s Richmar community and the largest concentration of Hispanic voters, attorney Maria Nunez, Old California Coffee House & Eatery owner Craig Garcia and Clifton Ireland Jr., Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern’s council aide, comprise the field. In District 2, which includes San Elijo Hills along with Old Creek Ranch, Discovery Hills, Rancho Dorado, a trio of political veterans square off: Planning Commission Chairman Eric Flodine, Vallecitos Water District board member Mike Sannella and San Marcos Unified School District board member Randy Walton.

Jones and Garcia, however, said that the city needs to build housing to satisfy state and regional housing mandates, and can mitigate the issues that come with increased housing with careful traffic and transportation planning. Jones touted her plan, which calls for so-called “dynamic traffic signal sequencing” to help traffic flow better in San Marcos. “We need to make sure developers pay their fair share,” Jones said. In response to the question about retaining and recruiting businesses, Flodine, Ireland Jones and Sannella argued that the city needs to be responsive to business’ needs and reduce the redtape that keeps businesses from opening sooner. “We need to make sure they open as quickly as possible,” Jones said. Ireland also said that the elected officials should take on as big of an ambassadorial role as possible. “The council needs to be out at front at events, at the chamber, because the goal is to help attract and retain businesses,” Ireland said. Nunez, who pointed out the economic disparity in District 1 compared to other districts in the city, said that the city should help businesses in the district access capital and other resources. “It is a great opportunity for the city to bring in new businesses to the district and help them grow,” Nunez said. Zink, Walton and Orlando each pointed to the city’s educational ties — San Marcos is home to multiple universities and colleges and a major school district — as the key to attracting businesses. Zink suggested that residents and the public donate more to schools, that it would be the best investment they could make toward the local economy. Walton said that by touting the city’s educational prowess and helping those entities grow, it both increases the region’s customer base as well as provides a bullish employee base for prospective employers. “It also sends a message to the world that we care about education,” Walton said.

— City News Service


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Opinion & Editorial

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Trump poses threat to California’s pollution standards, clean air efforts


Legislature must act on wildfires By Marie Waldron

This past year some of the worst wildfires in California history have killed 52 people, destroyed thousands of homes and scorched an area larger than greater Los Angeles. Surviving the Cedar (273,246 acres/ 2,820 structures), Witch (197,990 acres/ 1,650 structures), Cocos, Paradise and Lilac fires in San Diego has taught us a lot. Helping victims is our immediate priority, but we must develop policies that will prevent future mega-fires. Utilities, insurance companies, attorneys are all actively involved in the Capitol. They all have proposals that, not surprisingly, pass the costs on to others — you. The public needs to be heard as well. California has the

toughest environmental standards, but our successes in reducing greenhouse gas emissions have been wiped out by the tons of carbon dioxide spewed by these wildfires! Our fuel load is off the charts. The threat of wildfires is growing by the day as millions of dead trees are filling our forests with fuel, vegetation management is lacking, and the high cost of water and storage in Southern California has allowed previously irrigated farmlands and groves to become dry tinder. I recall during the Guejito Fire (1993), the healthy avocado grove across the street from my home helped reduce spreading. We must also encourage cooperation between federal, state and local governments, tribes and individual landowners.

A large percentage of our state is government land. Of the $4.1 billion spent through California’s capand-trade program, as of 2016-17 only 2 percent has been used for fire prevention and response activities. Compare that with billions of dollars spent fighting fires and rebuilding. The Legislature adjourns for the year at the end of August. Interest groups can continue to put their stakes in the ground, but every minute delaying a real comprehensive plan puts us all at risk. Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.


Back to school: Safety tips for families


By Madeleine Baudoin

t’s that time of year again. As another summer comes to a close in San Diego, parents and kids alike are getting their “back to school” plans together — but preparing your kids for a new school year means more than just shopping for supplies. As the Government and Public Affairs Manager for American Medical Response (AMR), I want to remind everyone to keep safety in mind as children and families get back into the school routine. Here are some “back to school” safety tips that will help your children have a safe and healthy school year. First, if your child bikes to school, talk to them about the importance of always wearing a helmet and help them plan a safe route to school. You can even practice it with them so they develop strong traffic safety skills. Children who walk to school should be familiar with what traffic signals, signs and pavement markings they will encounter, and what they mean. They should only use sidewalks, never enter streets from between obstacles like parked cars, and look both ways before crossing. For those driving around school zones, be alert — children are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks. In fact, more children are injured by cars during September than any other month. When driving through a school zone, remember to obey the speed limit and stop completely at stop signs and crosswalks.

If you are a daily commuter and not a parent picking up or dropping off, try to avoid school zones altogether by choosing a different route. There’s safety in numbers, too: Children who walk to school should travel in groups if possible. All should know to avoid talking to strangers, get distance between themselves and a stranger who approaches them, and tell you or a teacher about any incident that makes them feel uncomfortable. Since more and more children are using mobile devices, it’s also important to make sure your kids practice basic safety and common sense when using theirs. Teach them to be aware of their surroundings and keep their eyes off their phones while walking, especially when crossing the street. For teens driving to school, make sure they know: no texting, games, social media, or talking on the phone while driving — by California law, drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a cellphone while they drive, even when equipped with a hands-free device. By following these simple tips, you can help your family have a much safer and healthier school year ahead. For more information on back to school safety, visit the National Safety Council at Madeleine Baudoin is the Government and Public Affairs Manager for American Medical Response, the largest paramedic company in San Diego, which has been in operation here for more than 60 years.

alifornians interested in keeping this state’s toughest-in-the-world standards for automotive smog pollution heaved a sigh of relief just over one year ago, when the federal Environmental Protection Agency reversed an earlier decision to impose new national ozone standards on all cars sold in America. That relief turns out to have been premature. For on the same day this summer that the petulant and thin-skinned President Trump began revoking security clearances from former government officials who have criticized him, his EPA also announced plans to end California’s authority for setting its own smog standards. That will take some doing, of course, because the federal Clean Air Act signed by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970 specifically gives California that power. Yes, the state must get EPA waivers to take particular actions, but the landmark law makes that virtually automatic. And 13 other states now regularly adopt California’s anti-smog regulations soon after they become effective here, with Colorado poised to make it 14. All those states are joining California in resisting the EPA’s latest threat. Many foreign countries with smog problems — Greece, France and Germany, for three examples — have also adopted most California regulations. Of course, every time California proposes a new regulation, carmakers like General Motors, Toyota and Daimler-Benz claim their sales will drop due to costs of the change. But more than 2 million cars and trucks were sold in California last year, a record. And sales in the other states using California rules are also solid.

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Escondido Adult School celebrates 50th anniversary By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — Typically, the back-to-school narrative involves adults sending their kids back to school with new backpacks and supplies, perhaps some new clothing and a fresh mindset for a new year of instruction. But in Escondido — and indeed throughout the state of California — “back to school” has a whole different meaning for thousands of adultaged students. In that vein, the year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Escondido Adult School, which is located near the city’s downtown. Unlike many adult schools, often referred to as “night school” in other places nationwide because classes take place at night at community colleges or other locales, Escondido’s school is a full-fledged part of the Escondido Union High School District. The adult school is funded with a combination of state taxpayer money and federal grants given by the U.S. Department of Education and distributed under the legal auspices of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Principal Brian Head told The Coast News in an interview. Head said a ballpark estimate figure of about $2.5 million worth of state taxpayer dollars fund the school, while the rest of the $3 million aggregate pot comes from WIOA grant money. Head said that the school has an enrollment of about 3,000 students and most students are aged 19 to 30, though not a trivial portion are older than that age bloc. Over the years, the school has had multiple homes, including within the walls of Escondido High School and in portable class-

SINCE 2011, the Escondido Adult School has been housed in a former corporate office building. Photo via Facebook

rooms outside of the walls of San Pasqual High School. Today, it sits at a location which formerly served as a corporate office building, which it moved into in 2011. In all, more than 300 adult schools exist throughout California, with five situated in northern San Diego County. The other four include the Poway Adult School, Ramona Adult School, San Marcos Adult School and the Vista Adult School. All of those schools are part of the broader Education to Career Network consortium, which Head said offers students the chance to take a wider range of classes based on their academic and career needs, as well as take courses and prepare for further education at Palomar College, which is located in San Marcos. While classes officially begin on Sept. 4 after Labor Day this

year and follow the traditional public school academic calendar, the Adult School’s English as a Second Language program has essentially drop-in enrollment. That means English can be learned and improved upon at any time during the year, meeting four times a week either for morning classes or evening ones. “ESL, classes, like our academic high school diploma and high school equivalency preparation classes, run from the beginning of September to the end of June,” said Head. “They are ongoing, except for Christmas and Easter breaks. We describe them as ‘open-entry’ classes in so far that students can attend at any time after attending our weekly orientations and join the actual class the following week.” According to a 2016 study published by the Western Associ-

ation of Schools and Colleges on the Adult School, students of Hispanic ethnic background made up 77 percent of the student body for the 2014-2015 academic year and in that same year the student body was about 60 percent female and 40 percent male. As a state- and federal-funded school, students attend free of charge for all ESL classes, as well as for any course pertaining to earning a high school diploma, high school equivalency or adult basic education classes. In some instances, too, the adult school comes to students on a satellite basis, Head explained, having established partnerships with some area elementary schools, convenient for parents with kids who attend those schools. Head also cited the Two Directions, Inc. partnership, which exists between Escondido Adult School and the San Pasqual Band of Mission and Rincon Band of Luiseño Native American tribes and brings the adult school out to these tribal reservations. To earn a high school diploma from the school, students must earn 190 credits in subjects ranging from English (40 credits total), Foreign Language (10 credits), Math and Algebra (10 credits each), Physical Science (10 credits), Biological Science (10 credits), U.S. History (10 credits), among others, according to the fall class schedule and registration booklet distributed to students and prospective students. Students can register online, in-person at the school or by mailing in the registration form. Each school within the Education to Career Network has its own academic specialties and for the Escondido Adult School,

that’s in the medical field. Classes offered in that orbit include Certified Nurse Assistant and Certified Home Health Aide courses, classes to become a pharmacy technician and medical assistant and veterinarian assistant-centric courses. “Escondido Adult School Medical programs provide training that prepares students for state exams, licensing, and employment,” explains the Adult School’s fall 2018 class schedule and registration booklet. “Students who graduate from our programs enter into the medical workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to become an integral part of any healthcare team.” Head said that an important part of what the night school has to offer is that it’s more than just a school and, ideally, should serve as a launching pad for new career opportunities. The school has both a career counselor and transitions specialist on staff available to advise all students on their jobs-related pursuits. With a mission statement of “lifelong learning” emblazoned above the front door of the school, Head said he hopes the school can be an epicenter for community betterment and “helping people to improve their lives” for decades to come. “We want to make sure that you move onto the next stage of your life,” said Head. “In others words, one of the phrases I like to use is ‘This is not — getting your high school diploma — is not the end of the story but the beginning of the story.’ So, we’re very concerned with helping students transition to employment or more postsecondary training.”

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Know your city: Register now for Vista Leadership Academy By Christina Macone-Greene

the city of Vista. According to city Communications Officer Andrea McCullough, students of the academy meet on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. with the exception of one daytime meeting geared toward a bus tour throughout the city. “The academy gives residents an up-close look at how the city functions via presentations, citywide and facility tours and equipment demonstrations,” McCullough said. McCullough said participants will learn how decisions are made, how city funds are allocated and how

departments operate. Academy goers will personally meet elected officials such as the mayor and city council members. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to communicate with the city manager and department directors who usually lead discussions for a given class session. Law enforcement is another session and provides participants with a tour of the detention facility. “Participants will tour city facilities, the Business Park and the downtown area,” McCullough said. “They will also discuss im-

portant issues such as planning, traffic, growth, city finances and more.” McCullough wants people to know that enrollment is limited to up to 25 Vista residents or business owners. She also noted that registration is on a first come, first served basis. McCullough pointed out how a diverse group of residents and business owners take part in the academy. While those new to the city like to sign up for the academy, others have lived in the city of Vista for years and decide to register, she said. McCullough said when the academy ends, more still

happens in the future. “The academy continues after their ‘graduation’ with quarterly tours and presentations not covered by the academy,” she said. “The Leadership Academy graduates are called ‘Ambassadors,’ and the Vista Leadership Ambassador program provides in-depth tours of facilities, such as the Encina Wastewater Pollution Control Facility, Wave Waterpark, Public Arts scene and more opportunities to learn about the city.” The final day of the academy usually falls on a Tuesday so that the new Ambassadors can be recognized

at a City Council meeting. This year, the final session lands on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Graduates of the academy are also invited to fill out an evaluation so that the city can review their feedback. “We encourage those interested to register soon as the academy always fills up quickly,” McCullough said. “The program is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn about the city you live in.” To learn more about the Vista Leadership Academy, including registration, visit or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (760) 639-6125.


will be available inside the park for $1 per ticket. All proceeds benefit future Solana Beach Parks and Recreation projects or events. Bring a blanket or low-back chairs. No alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, or pets allowed.

and abilities Aug. 25, at the CA Training Facility, 1410 Vantage Court, Vista. An online waiver must be signed. Get the waiver form and register for the event at events/2092800997703857/.

Beach Chamber of Commerce. Win up to seven dinners for two at seven Solana Beach restaurants. Tickets are $10 each at the Chamber office, 210 W. Plaza St., Solana Beach or visit

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VISTA — The city recently announced its Vista Leadership Academy is open for registration to those 18 years of age and older. It’s an educational platform for those wanting to learn more about their city government. The Vista Leadership Academy has been in existence since 2007 and is a complimentary eight-week academy that takes place twice a year in the spring and fall. Fall enrollment is now open with classes starting on Sept. 5. The academy is available to Vista residents and those doing business in

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MiraCosta LIFE Lectures is hosting two speakers, San Diego Opera Season and LIFE: How Your Gifts Make a Difference, starting at 1 p.m. Aug. 24, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.

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The Vista Historical Society will be hosting its Old-Fashioned Pit Barbecue from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista. Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Bring your favorite apple dessert for judging and win cash Reservations are not required. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (760) 630-0444.


Learn about “Planting for Pollinators & All Things Gardening” from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25, at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Register at classes.htm.

Encinitas and North Coast Democratic Club invite you to meet Encinitas candidates for mayor and city council at Glen Park from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at 2149 Orinda Drive, RSVP to GARDENS IN THE FALL Trinity Neighborhood Garden will host an eduBEACH BLANKET MOVIE The city of Solana cational seminar by FarmBeach’s Parks and Rec- er Roy Wilburn about fall reation Commission will planting in Southern Caliscreen “Moana” at its 14th fornia at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 at annual Beach Blanket Mov- 845 Chestnut St., Escondido. ie Night from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information call Aug. 25 at Fletcher Cove Sandra Scott at (858) 602Park, 111 S. Sierra Ave., So- 7639. lana Beach by Tower 7. The evening offers pizza, pop- WOMEN’S SKATE CLINIC Exposure Skate Clinic corn, ice cream, cookies and brownies and a silent auc- is hosting a free event for tion. Refreshments tickets women and girls of all ages

A public forum will be held on the “Health of the Pacific Ocean” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Encinitas Public Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.


The Hidden Valley Vista City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International will be celebrating Beginning Day, “Tying the Knot of Friendship” at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Casa De Amigos Mobile Home Estates, 1751 West Citracado Parkway, Escondido. Cost is $5 per person. AUG. 28 Make a reservation by call- CARLSBAD CANDIDATE ing Carola at (760) 744-9169. Carlsbad Republican Women Federated welcomes November candidate REFRESHER CLASS A beginning and re- Matt Hall, mayor of Carlsfresher genealogy class will bad, at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 be offered by North San at the Green Dragon Tavern Diego County Genealogical and Museum, 6115 Paseo Society from 9:30 a.m. to del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is 3:30 p.m. in the Community $35. For more information, Room of the Cole Library, contact Ann at (760) 4151250 Carlsbad Village 7006 or annie13035@yahoo. Drive. Free, all materials com. providedFor sign-up, call the Genealogy Desk at (760) CLASSROOM TOOLS 434-2931. A session of CALM Kids training: Mindful Tools For The Classroom, will be held AUG. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Encinitas Community DINNERS IN SOLANA BEACH Tickets are available Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park now for the Sept. 26 Dine- Drive, Encinitas. RegisOut drawing by the Solana ter at https://sosfcalmkids. Cost is $25. For more information contact or call Gloria O’Shea (760) 453-9924. ®

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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 Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and lunch at Casa de Bandini, Carlsbad Aug. 26, play bocce ball with dinner at Elk’s Club, Vista Aug. 28 and attend the Del Mar Races Aug. 29. Reservations are necessary at (858) 764-4324.


North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, to hear Margaret Read present “Trails West: How My Ancestors Traveled to the Western Coast of America.” For information call (760) 3904600 or e-mail programs@


The Solana Beach Community Senior Center invites the community to its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 29 in Debin Hall at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. For more information, call (858) 509-2587.

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Long-time Oceanside residents and art collectors Darrell and Loren Dixon are opening up their home with three tour times, 10 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 AUG. 29 for the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, ‘Art HOSPICE NEEDS HELP The Elizabeth Hospice and Garden Tour’ Fall Fest will host its next volunteer 2018 fundraiser. Cost is $40 orientations from 1 to 3 per person. Please specify


Recently crowned Miss Vista, Jordan Hitchens, will be the host of the LifeSpring Voices event Sept. 8 at The Bash! Boutique, 3821 32nd St, San Diego. Purchase tickets, two for $100, at https://lifespringvoices.


Sign up now for the Sept. 13 annual Fore the Casa Kids Golf Tournament, benefiting Casa de Amparo, at noon at the Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos. Tickets range are $225 for individual golfers and $800 per foursome. Golf tickets include cart fees, lunch, course beverages, auction and dinner. For sign-up visit or contact Kate Dusenbury at (760) 566-3560 or


Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary hosts the Sept. 30 BocceFest combining bocce with craft beers at the Surf Cup Sports Park east of Del Mar. To sign up, visit or contact Molly Fleming via Contact@


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


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

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Grieving mom copes with anniversary of son’s disappearance By Claudia Piepenburg

ESCONDIDO — Skylar Peterson Tosic and his mom had a great relationship. The sort of relationship that many mothers wish they had with their grown children. “Sky was good about keeping in touch with me via text,” Olivia Tosic said. “We were so close, my son and I and my fiancé Ray, playing music together, hanging out,” she said. Oliva Tosic, music industry journalist and publicist, was referring to her partner Ray Masters, better known to music lovers around the country as Ukulele Ray. Now both Masters and Skylar Tosic are gone: Masters died on April 6 of this year and Skylar Tosic disappeared under strange circumstances the weekend of Aug. 29, 2015. Twenty-year old Skylar Tosic lived at home in Escondido near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with his mom and Masters while attending classes at Palomar College. “It was two weeks into the semester at Palomar when I got a strange text from him on Friday the 29th,” Olivia Tosic said. The text said: “I’m with two new friends, Thadeus and Eli. They a little too funny.” Feeling that something was amiss, Olivia Tosic immediately texted him back but didn’t hear from him again. Skylar Tosic didn’t come home that night, but his mother explained: “My

son’s in his 20s. If he wanted to be out for the night with friends, there wasn’t anything I could do.” Skylar Tosic didn’t come home on Saturday either, but he did show up Sunday afternoon. Since his car was in the shop being repaired, Olivia Tosic wondered how he was getting around but she was so happy to see him that she didn’t ask a lot of questions. “He was all dirty,” she said. “He told me that he’d been hiking, climbing hills. But he’s not a nature-lover.” Olivia Tosic left for about 15 minutes to do some work and when she came back, he was gone. The next time she heard from him was at 8 p.m. that night, when he sent a cryptic text that cut-off in mid-sentence. It read: “There’s two women with us now. They have passports and they’re rich. They want me to travel with them. They want to go to … ” “That’s when I called the Escondido police,” Olivia Tosic said. “I reported him as being a missing person but they told me that since Sky was over 18, there wasn’t much they could do.” Nearly three years after his disappearance, Olivia Tosic knows a little more about where her son was during part of that weekend, but that information has only led to more confusion. Through sleuthing on her own and with the help of a private investigator, Olivia Tosic discovered that

SKYLAR TOSIC, shown with his mom, Olivia, disappeared in late August three years ago. He was attending classes at Palomar College when he went missing. Photo via Facebook

on that Friday evening an Uber driver had dropped Skylar Tosic off near San Pasqual Academy in Escondido. The academy is described as the first-inthe-nation residential education campus for foster youth ages 14 to 18. “I don’t know where he slept on Friday but he was discovered sleeping at the academy on Saturday night. I was told that he was

tired and dehydrated. He was given some crackers and water and the academy director let him stay there that night,” Olivia Tosic said. “Then someone from there drove him home on Sunday.” When Skylar Tosic left home that day, another Uber driver again dropped him off near the academy. A few months after her son disappeared, Olivia To-

sic was watching the local news and saw a segment about the disappearance of another young man, Elijah “Bear” Diaz. “I was shocked,” Tosic said. “It was so strange because Bear disappeared the same weekend as Sky and they looked a lot alike and were the same age.” Although unlike Skylar Tosic, Diaz was either taken from his home in El Cajon against his will or left voluntarily with someone the night of Aug. 29. Enough similarities existed between the two cases that investigators initially believed there might be a connection. That suspicion increased when investigators pinged Diaz’ phone in Santa Ysabel, only 30 miles from Escondido; but eventually a connection was ruled-out. Despite the fact that Skylar Tosic and Diaz were featured on the Investigation Discovery Channel’s series “Disappearance,” local media covered their stories for several weeks and the investigations into their disappearances continue, no trace of either young man has been found. As the third anniversary of her son’s disappearance approaches, Olivia Tosic is turning her frustration and grief into something positive. “Ray came up with the idea of using drones to search for people who’ve disappeared,” she said. “There are places where it’s hard for searchers to get to,

like where Sky went missing. All that wilderness, that remote area of fields and hills.” “I want to create a drone app that will allow licensed drone operators to search for people who are missing. Ray came up with the idea of calling it Sky Alert,” Olivia Tosic said. To raise money to fund the creation of the app, she’s holding a fundraiser on Aug. 29 to raise awareness about missing persons in San Diego. “No one can imagine what it’s like to have your child disappear,” Olivia Tosic said. “There are some days that I think I’m going crazy, but I have to get up every day and never give up hope. The two people I was closest to are gone but I have to believe that Skylar is still out there somewhere and that he’s going to come home one day. I feel Ray’s presence all around me, urging me to find Skylar and bring him home.” The Sky Alert Foundation fundraiser takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 29 at Fast Times restaurant on 3065 Claremont Drive, San Diego. The evening will include a dinner and a show featuring Greg Douglass of the Steve Miller Band, Rick Bozzo from Meatloaf and RADD Company, a Bad Company tribute band. Tickets cost $15. For more information and/or to purchase tickets visit: skyalertfoundation.

Carlsbad adding license plate readers By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — More license plate readers are coming to the city. On Aug. 21, the City Council approved, 4-1, to expand the number of license plate readers by 35 at 20 additional locations throughout the city. Also, the city approved a contract with Vigilant Solutions, LLC, to not exceed $497,384.73 plus $40,000 for installation for a total of $537,384.73 over five years to supply them. The council also approved to agendize a report from the Carlsbad Police Department about adding more mobile license plate readers to police vehicles. “It seems the state is on the side of bad people and not police officers,” Mayor Matt Hall said in support of the expansion. “This has more than proven itself and we should keep expanding.” Currently, 14 fixed license plate readers are at intersections and six mobile cameras are mounted on police vehicles. Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci said the fixed readers only capture rear license plates. Through July 1, the program recorded 48,181,824 license plates in the city with 267 reports of stolen or wanted vehicles. Of those, 65 vehicles and 10 license plates were recovered, according to a report delivered by Cpt. Mickey Williams.

In addition, 63 arrests have been made including three individuals linked in separate cases to attempted murder in Carlsbad, San Diego County and Arizona. Most of the arrests were related to auto theft and have led to recovery of other stolen property including an AR-15 rifle. Forty-four of the arrestees also had a criminal history or were on parole or probation. The additional 35 license plate readers throughout the city will be deployed with more in Carlsbad Village, major retail areas, neighborhoods near motels and two at the northern city limits on College Boulevard. “Seventy percent of the criminals do not live in the city,” Cindy Anderson, a Carlsbad Police Department crime analyst, said when asked if criminals know about the license plate readers. “Most come from Oceanside, Poway or East County, which may explain them not knowing the cameras are up.” The license plate readers are a controversial topic nationwide and throughout the state regarding privacy and data access concerns. Councilwoman Cori Schumacher, the lone no vote, said because of those concerns she could not support the expansion. Schumacher spoke about how data captured from the Carlsbad Police Department was accessed

and used by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to track an individual for welfare fraud. However, she said there was no proof the individual was suspected of fraud and Schumacher worried other agencies could use the same tactics to access information from Carlsbad. “This has prompted cities to pass more restrictive ordinances,” she explained. “This has been an eye-opening foray into privacy issues. No matter how stringently audited or what our MOU looks like, our data is being used not according to our MOU.” Carlsbad only allows other agencies to access its data through a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The police department has MOUs with at least 200 law enforcement agencies, according to Gallucci. Data is accessed through the Law Enforcement Archival Reporting Network. Vigilant Solutions holds contracts with hundreds of cities and federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. However, Gallucci said Carlsbad does not allow ICE access to its information. On March 14, 2017, the City Council agreed to an $800,000 contract to buy 51 cameras and six mobile readers.

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A HORSEBACK RIDE through Chile’s Patagonia region is an experience enjoyed by those who stayed in an Explora Hotel, a luxury chain with properties in seven remote locations in South America. Explora’s newest hotel opens in Argentina’s Patagonia in 2020. Courtesy photo

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and airlines who gathered in Las Vegas recently have given it a lot of thought. This annual conference was the 30th Virtuoso Travel Week. A Texas-based networking organization, Virtuoso has more than 17,500 travel-advisor members (formerly called agents) in 50 countries who specialize in luxury vacations. And this year, like the previous 17, Virtuoso took over the nearly-4,000-room Bellagio Las Vegas hotel and convention center. In its cavernous

meeting rooms vendors get to showcase their wares directly to the advisors who, in turn, will be counseling clients and selling the mostly high-end destinations and one-of-a-kind experiences. Some of these destinations include luxury European river cruises and train travel across Canada; expedition cruises to the North and South poles; private charter flights and yacht voyages; treks to Mount Everest base camps; and pri-

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vate tours to see the Northern Lights of Norway or live with the gorillas of Rwanda. And then there are the cruise ships like the Celebrity Edge, the newest in the Celebrity Cruises fleet set to begin its first season in December with cruises from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean. This 2,900-passenger ship features a no-curtain, theater-in-the-round that stages Cirque-du-Soleillike, futuristic productions orchestrated by space-age technology; an over-the-top spa and luxurious “relaxation spaces”; four main dining rooms and seven specialty restaurants; and private cabanas for suite-class guests. Then there is Eden, a beyond-the-pale space with wrap-around windows that are three decks high, catwalks, and bartenders who fetch the herbs and garnishes for your cocktails from a “living wall.” All of this comprises

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what promoters call the “sinful Eden experience.” In one session at the conference, a panel of travel advisors related “wow” experiences that they had arranged for wealthy clients: a helicopter trip to the top of a mountain in Bhutan where the travelers were blessed by a monk; behindthe-scenes personal tours of Paris art museums; and a honeymoon trip to Kenya with a stopover in Dubai for dinner on a helipad. The conference also presented representatives from the Caribbean to speak about the aftermath of 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the current state of the islands. The area is open for business; they want travelers to know. “Many people don’t realize that the entire area was not affected,” said one representative. “About six of the 30 islands are still in recovery, but 90 percent of

the hotels and destinations have re-opened. We need tourists to come back.” What are the current favorite destinations of the upscale crowd? Virtuoso looked at recent purchases by this demographic, which totaled more than $40.7 billion, and found that for Americans, the top 10 destinations, starting with the most popular, are Italy, France, South Africa, Israel, Germany, Japan, Greece, United States, New Zealand and Switzerland. Countries that have seen the largest increase in bookings, starting with the greatest increase, are Turkey, Egypt, India, Morocco, Cayman Islands, Brazil, Israel, Switzerland, Indonesia and Greece. For more photos of luxury destinations, visit www. /elouise.ondash. Want to share an adventure? Email eondash@

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After a two-year sojourn to central San Diego, the event is returning to Carlsbad on Sept. 1. The event, organized by The Coast News writer Aaron Burgin, has grown in size and influence since its inception, drawing top scouts on the West Coast. This year’s event will feature McDonald’s All-American

voter Frank Burlison, former ESPN West Coast Scouting Director Joel Francisco, Pangos Camps Director Dinos Trigonis, Prep Hoops SoCal director Devin Ugland, Northern California scouting guru Gerry Freitas and Cal-Hi Sports lead writer Ronnie Flores. Additionally, the staffs of San Diego City College, Miramar College, Southwestern College, University of Saint Katherine, Whittier College, University of La Verne, Life Pacific College and Fullerton College are among the schools that will be in attendance. Top North County players expected to participate include Vista senior guard Jordan Hilstock, San Marcos sophomore guard Chris Howell, Torrey Pines seniors Bryce and Michael Pope and La Costa Canyon guard Graham Cook. The event takes place at Duffield Sports Center, 2600 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad and begins at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for the public.

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Breeders’ Cup back at Del Mar in 2021 By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, considered the pinnacle of thoroughbred racing, will return to Del Mar in 2021. The worst-kept secret in the industry was officially revealed Aug. 17 at the iconic seaside race track. “The Breeders’ Cup was an amazing time for us,” Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper said. “We had a wonderful time doing it last year. It was challenging. It was fun. … We had a ball. “It really worked better than I think most of us thought it would work, and we’re looking forward to having it again in ’21,” he added. “I think that we’re probably the victim of our own success to some degree because we’ve got to come up with a lot of new stuff and we’re working on it already.” When Del Mar first hosted the event this past November, the two-day ontrack wagering total of approximately $25,181,320 was a 21.4 percent increase over the 2016 running at Santa Anita Park. The total handle of nearly $166,077,500 was the highest since 2010 at Churchill Downs, which held two more races than Del Mar. In all, 69,970 people attended — 32,278 on Friday and 37,692 on Saturday — with daily ticket sales capped at 37,500 to avoid lines and overcrowding. Although there are only two days of racing, visitors’ average length of stay was five days, providing a $100 million economic impact to the region, Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, said. About $30 million of that was direct spending in the communities, he added. “We have very few events that deliver that much economic impact in a very short period of time,” Terzi said. “This is an amazing opportunity for San Diego, for Del Mar, for our entire region.” About $1.1 million went to the 22nd District Agri-

cultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Josh Rubenstein, DMTC president, said, adding that multiple out-of-state stables are now running horses at Del Mar because of their experiences during the Breeders’ Cup. “It was a win for everybody,” he said. The 2021 event should result in higher earnings for the district, Rubenstein added, because Breeders’ Cup plans to fund a $1 million race. Del Mar racing officials have been hinting for months that a return to the famed facility seemed inevitable. Negotiations stalled the announcement until this month. The day before the official announcement, The Los Angeles Times reported the other future host sites as well — Santa Anita next year and Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2020. Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup president and CEO, made the announcement Aug. 17 at Santa Anita in the morning and Del Mar later that day. He described the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 as one of the “major miracles in the history of horseracing.” “It’s been going strong and getting better and better every time,” Fravel said. “It’s really something to look forward to. Now we have three full years to make sure that when we do this again we do it even better than last time.” “Not that long ago we were wondering if this would ever happen,” Terzi said. “After it happened, we were wondering when it was going to come back, and now we know that.” “How much better could it be than to be in Del Mar with the beach in the background with the best horses running?” Terzi asked. “We look forward to making 2021 even a better year.” This year the Breeders’ Cup is at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2021, the 38th running will be Nov. 5-6.

Man allegedly kidnapped girlfriend’s 8-year-old son VISTA — A man accused of entering his girlfriend’s Vista house early the morning of Aug. 22 and snatching her 8-year-old son was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, drunken driving and other offenses, a sheriff’s sergeant said. Guillermo Cruz, 32, was intoxicated when he drove to his girlfriend's house in the 300 block of Hillside Terrace off East Vista Way, jumped a balcony fence and entered the house through an unlocked door shortly after 2:15 a.m., Sgt. Dan Harrison alleged. Cruz then allegedly abducted his girlfriend’s sleeping son and drove

away with the boy, Harrison said. Cruz is not the boy’s father. Cruz’s girlfriend called 911 to report the abduction and gave a description of Cruz’s vehicle, the sergeant said. Responding sheriff’s deputies spotted the vehicle nearby, ordered Cruz to pull over and took him into custody, Harrison said. The boy was returned to his mother unharmed, he said. Deputies found an empty vodka bottle in Cruz’s vehicle and he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol, Harrison said. ­— City News Service


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Vista resident pays it forward by helping animal-rescue nonprofit By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Having worked in Vista for the past three decades, former Vista Community Clinic CEO Barbara Mannino continues to pay it forward while enjoying her retirement. Also a Vista resident and avid animal lover, Mannino does what she can to help animals in need. One organization she has partnered with is the San Diego-based nonprofit Animal Rescue Resource Foundation. Mannino describes Animal Rescue Resource Foundation as a wonderful organization that is committed to supporting animal welfare groups, rescuing animals, helping to find them forever homes and educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. The foundation was founded in 2007. Mannino said she adopted one of her dogs from the organization many years ago. In fact, her current three dogs are all rescues. “When I retired at the end of 2012, I wanted to give back to the community in a different way, so I contacted ARRF about starting to volunteer with them,” she said, adding that she also volunteers at the Department of Animal Services in Carlsbad. A part of what Mannino does at Animal Rescue Resource Foundation is taking animals that have been

BARBARA MANNINO, retired CEO of the Vista Community Clinic, is shown with her three rescue dogs, Collyn, Chelsea and Carly. She says that giving back to organizations like the Animal Rescue Resource Foundation is a passion. Courtesy photo

abandoned or relinquished from the Carlsbad Animal Shelter to adoption events. And she loves it. The adoption events are held twice a month each at a different locale. One location is PetSmart in Encinitas on Saturday, and the other is Unleashed by Petco in San Diego on Sunday. The adoption outing is a great experience for both the animals and their future pet parents, she said.

“Even if the dogs don’t get adopted, they at least get out of the shelter for a few hours and have some relief,” she said. Mannino pointed out that not many people know that Animal Rescue Resource Foundation is run entirely by volunteers. So, it depends on its volunteers and is in desperate need of people to foster animals. “There are so many animals that need to get out

of the shelters,” she said. “It’s really important to get animals into foster care, and particularly dogs because they become kennel stressed.” Mannino explained that when dogs experience kennel stress, some behaviors may surface which may cause them to become less adoptable. So, timing is everything. “It’s better to get these animals into a family or

home-like environment so they can thrive, and people can see what they’re really like,” she said. Mannino admits she has been an animal lover from as far back as she can remember. She always has had animals in her life and cannot imagine a life without them. “Animals are so loving — they give you unconditional love and make you happy when you’re sad, she said. “They take care of you in the same way you take care of them.” Bernice Friedman, president of the foundation, said the mission of the nonprofit has been unwavering in helping to help save the lives of unwanted, domestic animals in San Diego County. “We have connections with the Humane Society and the county shelters who do let us know when animals are in need of an exit to see if we have a foster home available,” she said. “We try very hard to take in that animal that will fit into that environment of the foster, keep them and make sure they are as healthy as possible. If they need any medical care, we pay for that.” Friedman said if a foster home is not immediately available, they make an announcement on their website as well as network with other volunteers. Another portion of the work they do is spending

time with people who may be facing challenges with the animals they already own. “If they’re having behavioral problems, we try to get them into contact with somebody who can help them,” she said, adding that dog training is essential for a dog and their family. For those who volunteer at Animal Rescue Resource Foundation, and to those who support it another way, everyone wants to help make an animal’s once uncertain life become certain once again. Mannino said the foundation has a tremendous need for volunteers and that the nonprofit helps pay for the medical needs of a pet. “If you can’t give of your time, please give of your resources,” Mannino said. “Any amount of dollars will help take care of these animals.” ARFF Adoption Days take place at PetSmart located at 1034 North El Camino Real in Encinitas and Unleash by Petco at 10625 Scripps Poway Parkway in San Diego. The next adoption event is on Aug. 25 at Encinitas PetSmart from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information on volunteer opportunities and how to financially contribute to Animal Rescue Resource Foundation, visit or call (760) 414-3966.

Near-accident at San Onofre causes concern By Claudia Piepenburg

REGION — Nearly twoand-a-half hours into the an Oceanside meeting on the decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station came an announcement of a near-accident the week prior. The news was delivered by Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector David Fritch during the Aug. 4 Community Engagement panel meeting. Fritch told the stunned attendees that when workers using a crane were moving a canister containing spent nuclear fuel, it became lodged at the top of the cavity enclosure container (CEC) it was being deposited into. Although workers thought the canister was being lowered, it was, in fact, not moving at all. According to Fritch, the failure to notice that the canister was not moving meant that it could have fallen, an observation that caused considerable concern among citizens and activists who worry about the procedures to safely move and store the irradiated material. One of those people is Ray Lutz, an engineer and founder of Citizens Oversight, who has demanded that the California Coastal Commission conduct a full investigation into the nearmiss incident. “I have many concerns about what happened here,”

Lutz said. “Yes, there’s a thick bottom plate on the canisters but it’s welded to sides that are only fiveeighths thick. Computer model testing shows that canisters dropped from a height of 25 feet will not fail. But the models are based on canisters designed for transportation or transfer, which are much thicker.” The canisters weigh roughly 104,000 pounds. Lutz said that it makes sense that something that heavy falling 18 feet would suffer substantial damage. “If the sides of the canister had been breached the radioactive fuel would more than likely overheat and there would be no way to cool it down,” Lutz said. According to Lutz, the workers are also in danger when moving the canisters because the process requires one of them to look down into the CEC to make sure that the MPC is moving, which exposes that worker to high levels of radiation. “Fritch’s report talks about a bad safety culture at the facility, saying that the staff is undertrained, understaffed and doesn’t communicate lessons learned with new workers. I’m worried that they can’t be trusted,” Lutz said. David Lochbaum, the director of the Nuclear Safety Project for the Union of Concerned Scientists, disagrees with Lutz.

Lochbaum said that even if the canister had fallen 30 feet there would have been no danger of radiation leaking. Lutz disagrees. “He is confusing computer models of transportation or transfer casks, which surround the interior canister, and in those models, the interior canister was considered a rigid cylinder, which could not be damaged.” Southern California Edison suspended spent fuel downloading on Aug. 3, the day of the near-miss. A total of 73 canisters at the facility must be moved from “wet storage” to the dry storage containers. So far, 29 have been moved.

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On July 26, Promises2Kids, a nonprofit with a focus on foster care, honored its 2018 Guardian Scholars graduates and welcomed a new class of 175 students furthering their education. Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars encourages foster youth to pursue higher education through community college, trade school or a university degree. This resource provides former foster youth with a partial financial scholarship along with mentoring support to assist them in adapting to and excelling in a higher education setting. Promises2Kids raised $6 million for the creation of San Pasqual Academy, near Escondido, a model residential high school for foster children. Promises2Kids is seeking 50 community volunteers to serve as mentors for its Guardian Scholars. To support this program, visit, call (858) 751-6617or e-mail Courtesy photo

MiraCosta, Palomar colleges expect increase in Promise program students OCEANSIDE — Two North County community colleges announced they expect to waive tuition for thousands of first-time, fulltime students as part of the California College Promise program. The Promise program, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last October, covers a year of tuition for first-time students with financial need in California, as well as textbooks and other school supplies. Funding is provided

by private donations and state and local entities. At MiraCosta College in Oceanside, students who graduated from a high school within the community college’s district — MiraCosta serves coastal North San Diego County through its main campus in Oceanside, at 1 Barnard Drive, and San Elijo campus in Cardiff-bythe-Sea — can receive up to $1,000 for textbooks and other supplies if eligible. MiraCosta College and

Palomar College in San Marcos expect enrollment in the program to top 2,000 combined students for the 2018-19 academic year. Palomar’s expected enrollment of 1,512 students is more than double the program’s size during 2017-18, which totaled 657 students at the end of the academic year, according to the college. “We’re thrilled to be serving twice as many Promise students in 2018-19 as last year,” said Palomar Su-


board to reconsider the decision to shutter the units, saying that it would directly affect public safety countywide. “This is one of those decisions that has consequences beyond Tri-City’s boundaries,” Vista City Councilman John Aguilera said. Law enforcement officers said that the closure would mean that police officers transporting so-called “51-50” patients to the next closest facilities — Palomar in Escondido and the county’s unit on Rosecrans in San Diego — would be out of rotation for hours making the trips during rush hour. Some in the audience pointed out that the hospital has never had a reported suicide in the impacted units, and that leaving it open for a few more months to work with stakeholders to find a less drastic solution wouldn’t raise that risk. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar wrote the district a letter asking them to keep the inpatient facilities open until Dec. 31 to allow the county time to find a solution. Others asked the district to hold off until later in October. Employee union representatives accused the board of violating the state’s open meeting laws in June when it hastily voted for the suspension. The Service Employees International Union, which represents many of the 80

mental health employees who received layoff notices after the board’s decision, demanded that the vote be re-taken. Union rep Mali WoodsDrake called on the public to vote out Tri-City incumbents in October. “We need to work together to end the (James) D’Agostino (chairman) regime and elect a board that works for us and alongside us.” District officials said the allegations were not what prompted the Aug. 22 re-do. They said they wanted to give the public an opportunity to come up with a solution to the immediate problem. But in the end, D’Agostino and the majority said they were not comfortable keeping the units open longer, especially as the hospital is in the midst of a review window by the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals. If the commission finds the hospital out of compliance, it could prompt the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, to strip the hospital of its Medicare funding. “This would shut the hospital down,” D’Agostino said. “That is a risk I am not willing to take.” Members of the hospital’s staff spoke during the public hearing as well, defending the board and hospital administration for its decision, which they said was difficult, but necessary.


Tri-City officials cited a recent change in federal regulations requiring hospitals to remove from rooms all features that patients could use to hang themselves, known as “ligature” risks, as the primary reason for the closure. They also cited a $5 million budget shortfall within the department that oversees the unit, as well as a shortage of psychiatrists to staff the unit. District officials said after Tuesday’s meeting that as long as the hospital operated the units without fixing the ligature risks — which would require a $7.9 million renovation — it exposed the hospital and patients of the facility to undue risks. “I think the important thing was to minimize risk to patients” said Aaron Byzak, Tri-City’s governmental and external affairs director. “There was an identified risk that we’ve made very clear to the community and the board of directors. There has been no answers or solutions forthcoming to address that issue so the board made the decision it made this evening.” Members in the audience who stayed to the end of the four-hour hearing booed and jeered the board, screaming “shame on you.” Before that, a string of elected officials and high-ranking law enforcement officers implored the

perintendent/President Joi Lin Blake. “It’s so important to get our first-year students off to a strong start at Palomar, and we know that serving them well is going to strengthen our region in the\ years to come.” The Palomar College Foundation announced that it received a $100,000 grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, a por-

tion of which will go to funding for the school’s Promise program. While school officials at MiraCosta don’t have an exact estimate, they expect an increase over the 434 students in the school’s program last year. MiraCosta aims to cover two full years of tuition and fees for qualifying students in the near future.

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Tough to top NINE-TEN

the ambiance is enhanced by rich mahogany wood accents throughout, with a casual, easy on the ears bar. Last year NINE-TEN was completely renovated to its elegant place in fine La Jolla dining with an award-winning wine list. See what I mean when I say it’s a 10, on a scale of NINE-TEN. Visit at

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n a scale of 10, NINETEN Restaurant and Bar in downtown La Jolla is at the top of their craft in bringing fine food and wine to those looking for a luxury dinner experience at prices that will delight you. NINE-TEN is positioned in an indoor-outdoor setting in the Grande Colonial hotel, which has been welcoming guests since 1913, over the pristine beaches and bluffs of SoCal’s most attractive coastal village. The Grande Colonial is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one, with complimentary wi-fi, sports club pass and no resort fee. But on a balmy summer night I came for the wines and ever-evolving California cuisine, so let’s get to it. The wines are top drawer. Matter of fact, this year’s Wine Spectator restaurant list of their Award of Excellence has NINE-TEN in this select group. Their wines by the glass sparkle with Prosecco, Rose’ and Champagne. Full-bodied whites are led by Chardonnay, and the reds are where the treasure lies. At last, I found a restaurant that offers a Saxon Brown Syrah, and a 2009 as a bonus! Priced at $15 a glass for this legendary wine, it’s a steal. The winemaker is Jeff Gaffner, as passionate a grape grower as he is about making the wine. He wanted to focus on single-vineyard


THE FEATURED DISH in a sixcourse tasting adventure at NINE-TEN in La Jolla was the Smoked Maple Leaf Duck Breast, shown with a 2009 Saxon Brown Syrah. Photo by Frank Mangio

wine with structure and age-worthy releases, and he has it in this gem. It brought to life a beautifully tailored dish by Chef Jason. It was the Smoked Maple Leaf Duck Breast with corn and Yukon gold potato hash, balsamic glazed figs, arugula, anise hyssop and fig gastrique. This was the finale of what the chef called “my six course ‘Mercy of the Chef’ Tasting Menu.” This is a wonderful, custom parade of flavors, from appetizer to dessert. In between, Lamb Tartare, Thai Lobster Salad, Baja Striped Bass and the aforementioned duck breast. The menu is created daily to feature fresh products discovered during excursions into local farms like Chino’s in Rancho Santa Fe. Al fresco dining is offered on the outdoor terrace. Inside,

Beer on tap has been around since I could legally buy a drink of the suds, and that’s been a long time. But wine on tap is moving ahead still in its infancy. What is coming across your favorite bar is wine delivered by keg rather than a bottle. Jordan Kivelstadt, co-founder of Free Flow wines in Napa Valley says “five years ago there were about 200 wine-on-tap locations. Now I’d say there are 4,000, ranging from your neighborhood restaurant and bar, to the San Francisco 49ers stadium with 102 taps.” Pouring wines like draft beer has its merits. Many travel in five-gallon stainless steel kegs which keeps the wines fresh, compared to bottled wine which has issues with a cork (some now have aluminum twist caps) and should be consumed about 48 hours after opening. No cork equals no problems. It’s environmentally a good thing since with a keg you have no corks, labels, glass or cardboard boxes. All kegs should be reused. “This is all about quality and delivering a better, fresher glass of wine,” said Kivelstadt. There’s also the tavern atmosphere created by wine on tap that feels good from that first sip of red. WINE BYTES

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• The Barrel Room Carmel Valley presents a Caymus-Wagner Family wine dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 28. This includes a five-course dinner and five well-known wines including the famous Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. Cost is $90 per guest and includes all food and wine pairings. Reserve your spot at • The Ramona Grape Stomp returns from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Ramona Pavilion, Aqua Lane Ramona. This family event will have grape stomp competition for all family members. Adults can sample craft beer and wine and participate in a silent auction. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Admission at the gate, or in advance at • The WineSellarBrasserie wine dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 will be Merry Edwards Winery from Russian River in Sonoma. Sip Sauvignon Blanc, two Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay, along with a full dinner menu highlighted by Pheasant. Cost is $99 per person, $89 for club members. Call (858) 4509557 for details. Reach him at Frank@

CHEF ALBERTO ARVIZU places a pulled pork sandwhich in the window during lunch service at Brett’s BBQ in Encinitas. The restaurant is closing next month after the property was sold to UC San Diego. Photo by Shana Thompson

Brett’s BBQ, an Encinitas favorite, closing next month By Carey Blakely

ENCINITAS — Two guys, united by a love of food and the joy it can bring people, launched Brett’s BBQ on Encinitas Boulevard in 2008. And now those same two guys, Bruce Weisman and Brett Nicholson, find themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to close their business. In a sign of the times when mom-and-pop shops find it hard to compete with deeper pockets, the lease for Brett’s BBQ is being terminated in order to make way for medical offices to be developed for the University of California, San Diego. Co-owner Weisman said it’s too expensive to move. He estimates that it would cost about $350,000 to relocate to a different commercial space. Plus, it would require getting a new loan. Weisman said, “I would love for someone to buy the business, and I would help with the initial setup and recipes.” But as it stands now, Weisman does not know what the future will bring. “It’s been a great ride,” he said, choking up. “My job is not done until everyone who works here is hired somewhere else. I won’t put my feet up until then.” One employee, a chef named Alberto Arvizu, has known the owners for 34 years and has worked with them in various capacities since he was a teenager. Two sisters have worked for Weisman for 23 years, starting as cashiers at candy stores he once owned and then continuing to Brett’s BBQ. All the employees said they’d stay until the final day, which is Sept. 29. Weisman fills the management role, while Nicholson is an established chef who has cooked at Red Tracton’s and Remington’s, where the two originally met as co-workers in 1981. L.A. Times food writer David Nelson wrote fondly of Remington’s, which closed in Del Mar in 1991, recall-

BRUCE WEISMAN has coowned and managed Brett’s BBQ in Encinitas for over 10 years. Photo by Shana Thompson

ing “the immense portions, the superb quality and the prices that at times seemed to rival the national debt.” The food at Brett’s BBQ is “old school,” Weisman said. The two owners created and lived by the motto: “If it’s not smoked, it’s not barbecue.” Using 1,000-pound smokers fueled by burning hickory wood, the dryrubbed meats slow cook on low heat for a long time. The brisket and pork go into the smokers around 6 p.m. and stay there overnight for 14 or 15 hours, while the ribs, chicken, turkey and tri tip smoke for about four hours. Weisman joked that the smoking of meats “is a vicious cycle because it never stops.” All the side dishes and sauces are made on-site. Nicholson, who hails from Indiana, said, “It’s barbecue the way it should be done: smoked using wood.” He noted that Southern California is not known for its barbecue and that very few places here smoke their meats. Nicholson wants to thank their customers and said, “It’s always rewarding to see people keep returning.” He shared that one man named Clarence, who

recently passed away, used to dine at Brett’s BBQ with his wife three to four days a week. Brett’s BBQ has also been a mainstay in community events through its catering services, which have fed Little League players and local high-school students, for example. The final catering job — for 1,300 people — will be on Sept. 27 and 28 for Scripps. After the restaurant closes for business on Sept. 29, the owners plan to have all the employees and their families gather and eat food and “drink up the rest of the beer,” Weisman said. Brett’s BBQ originally launched in the 4S Ranch area of San Diego in 2007, but Nicholson and Weisman decided to close that location at the end of 2016 in order to consolidate all the catering and restaurant services into the Encinitas spot. Had they known that their lease would end, they would have kept the smaller location afloat. Arvizu, who said he wasn’t a big fan of barbecue when he first started working at Brett’s but soon grew fond of it, said, “I’m kind of sad. I expected I’d be here another five years.” He said that Weisman has been like a dad to him. Weisman is grateful that the new landlord reduced the rent at the end of the lease and gave Brett’s BBQ extra time to vacate the premises, which will allow them to do the big catering job at the end of September. But he’s sad that he’s had to turn away customers who have been attempting recently to place their Thanksgiving turkey orders with him. After serving heaping plates of pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce and homemade mac’n’cheese, Weisman said the hours in the restaurant business are long. He smiled and said, “It’s a tough business that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but I sure like it.”

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Country club faces harassment suit By Aaron Burgin

RETIRED Sgt. Maj. Grace Carle is flanked by Lance Cpl. Ashtyn Hammer and Lance Cpl. Morgan Doyle at the Aug. 13 Chamber of Commerce reception. Courtesy photo

O’side Chamber celebrates history of women in Marines By Steve Puterski

OCEANSIDE — Seventy-five years ago, the first female Marine was stationed at Camp Pendleton. And on Aug. 13, 75 years to the day, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce hosted many active and retired female Marines to celebrate the anniversary. The chamber, along with retired female Marines, produced a magazine celebrating and honoring those women documenting their efforts as trailblazers. Also, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps. Additionally, Marine First Lt. Marina Hierl is the first woman to lead an infantry platoon, which was announced earlier this month. “We did it in conjunction with the Camp Pendleton Historical Society,” said Kristi Hawthorne, vice president of events for the chamber. “Not only did they provide content … they reached out to Marine women associations and they sought personal stories and photographs.” Marianne Waldrop and Ramona “Dee” Cook, both retired Marines with distinguished careers, attended the event. Waldrop assisted Hawthorne in writing the stories, 30 published with another 30 to 40 not making the cut, of those women. Waldrop, who resides in Carlsbad, retired as a colonel and through her career was always a student of the history of women in the Marines. She is an expert, perhaps the only one in the U.S., on the history of female generals. Before 1967, women were not allowed to be promoted, by law, to the rank of general. It all changed and in 1978, Margaret Brewer was the first woman promoted to the rank. In total, 12 women, including three on active duty, currently serve as generals, opening many doors, especially now, as the Marines is including women in combat units. “If you’re just in support roles, there weren’t any real competitive women to be a general in any of the services,” Waldrop said. Waldrop was inspired by her father to join the Marines. F.H. “Cy” Waldrop retired a colonel and his daughter believes, through her research, the pair is the highest-ever ranking father-daughter combination

in the history of the Marines. “The reason I was involved in the magazine is I know a bit about the history of women generals,” Marianne Waldrop said. “I realize how painful it is for a non-writer to write their story. I offered in February to a large group of women Marines to assist with their writing.” Cook, meanwhile, spent 30 years in the Marines, retiring in 2012, and now lives in Murrieta. She joined, she said, because she was bored. It was during her second year at Cal Poly Pomona, Cook saw a recruiting mailer, met with the recruiter and joined. From there, she was promoted through the ranks until she retired as a sergeant major. Over those 30 years, she recalled the evolution of the Marines and how more opportunities for women have come to light. Still, she does not want to see the Marines become a social experiment when it comes to women. She believes any Marines, male or female, must earn their rank and responsibilities. Still, Cook is aware of the challenges those promotions come with, as she said her male counterparts instantly have credibility when leading a unit, while she had to prove herself through her resume and actions. “Now, the women they’re going on deployment and it’s something I wish I could do, but at the time I was pretty senior,” Waldrop said, adding at her rank the opportunity was unavailable. “I’ve been the only female in the company. Every unit I checked into I was never just welcomed aboard. I always had to prove myself. My male counterparts just walked into the unit and had the respect that went with that.” The magazine will be distributed to Camp Pendleton, other military installations and throughout the city for free, Hawthorne said. Of the stories not being published, Waldrop said efforts are in place to publish a second magazine to feature those women and their stories. “It was really great to see the camaraderie between these generations of Marines,” Hawthorne said. “It was an honor for the chamber to put something together for the Marines.”

RANCHO SANTA FE — An upscale Rancho Santa Fe country club violated federal law by failing to prevent and redress ongoing sexual harassment of female workers by the club’s general manager, according to a lawsuit filed Aug. 9 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, was brought forth by Sidney Scott and other female employees of the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, according to court documents. Scott, Megan Fogelstrom and Mary Charlebois all accused Shant Karian, a manager at the Fairbanks Country Club, of unwanted sexual advances, groping and other unwanted sexual contact. They alleged that women who acquiesced to his demands were given better hours and pay than women who refused. Scott, according to the lawsuit, alleged that Karian subjected her to “unwanted sexual contact,” including touching, kicking, and firmly grabbing her buttocks. It also included Karian attempting to grope her, touch her breasts and kiss her. Karian also grabbed Charging Party from behind. Karian also sent Scott text messages requesting pictures of her “ass.” According to the lawsuit, Karian began treating Scott negatively after she refused to send the pictures, including threatening to fire her over a a minor issue and scrutinizing her work more.

Fogelstrom alleges in the nine-page complaint that she was harassed by Karian and a bartender named Roman Savedra. On multiple occasions, Karian repeatedly made sexual advances, hit her buttocks, put his arm around her waist, choked her and made repeated unwanted sexual advances. Karian also made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to Fogelstrom and other female employees in her presence, asked Fogelstrom what kind of underwear she wore, told her to flash her breasts to customers and told male customers that Fogelstrom could give them “lap dances,” according to the complaint. According to Fogelstrom, Savedra grabbed and kissed her and attempted to kiss her on other occasions. Charlebois said that Karian told her she needed to wear a tighter blouse to work and made unwelcome comments of a sexual nature to her and other female employees. Charlebois, according to the lawsuit, felt pressured to flirt back with Karian, who did the scheduling at work. Charlebois said that her hours were cut and she received a lower rate of pay because she did not engage in a sexual relationship with Karian. The commission said in the lawsuit that the type of behavior was so prevalent that other employees felt free to engage in sexual harassment as well. “Every employer has an obligation to prevent sexual harassment at its workplaces,” said Anna Park, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Los

Sen. Anderson accused of threatening female lobbyist REGION — State Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, was accused by a female lobbyist of threatening to “bitch slap” her and harassing her at a bar in Sacramento last week, it was reported Aug. 20. Stephanie Roberson works for the California Nurses Association and filed a complaint with the Senate Rules Committee on Friday against Anderson, according to the Los Angeles Times. Another lobbyist who told the paper they witnessed the incident said Anderson approached Roberson at a fundraiser for another legislator at the Diplomat Steakhouse, across from the state Capitol, and brought up the fact the CNA never endorsed him, the Times said. At one point in the conversation, the lobbyist claimed Anderson commented on Roberson’s appearance, then threatened to hit her. The witness told The Times Anderson repeatedly told Roberson “You better shut up before I bitch slap you.” Another witness confirmed that account, the paper said. Anderson was removed from the restaurant by staff without incident. California Nurses Asso-

ciation Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, issued a statement calling Anderson's conduct “outrageous and unacceptable behavior” and said he should resign as a state senator and end his campaign for the state Board of Equalization. Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Beach, declined to comment on the allegations, citing an on-going investigation, the Times reported. Anderson, whose district includes San Marcos and Escondido, could not be reached for comment, the paper said. Anderson has represented the San Diego area in the Legislature since being elected to the Assembly in 2006, then moving to the state Senate in 2010. Since last fall, three Democratic lawmakers, Raul Bocanegra, Matt Dababneh and Tony Mendoza, all resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Former Democratic Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was the subject of two sexual harassment complaints when he left office in December, citing health reasons, The Times said. — City News Service

Angeles District, which also has jurisdiction over San Diego County. “Maintaining an employee manual is not enough. Training and oversight for all staff members must become how employers ensure safety and compliance in this area of the law.” According to the EEOC lawsuit, Fairbanks is liable for the male employees’ behavior in these incidents and should have taken action to protect the female employees. By not doing so, the company allowed a hostile work environment to exist, which led to some female employees resigning, according to the lawsuit. According to a recent news release, the agency’s

suit seeks compensatory — back pay and future wages with interest — and punitive damages for the complainants and class members as well as injunctive relief intended to prevent Fairbanks Ranch from engaging in future discrimination, harassment or retaliation. A spokeswoman for The Bay Club, which acquired Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in 2016, said the company was aware of the allegations and would respond in a timely manner to the claims. “TBCC (The Bay Club) is committed to a safe, harassment free work environment for everyone,” said in a written statement to the Coast News.

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Calgon, take me to the … kitchen? small talk jean gillette


s I perused the pages of the home and garden magazine, I spotted a story promising bathrooms and kitchens guaranteed to bring relaxation. If I hadn’t been laughing so hard, I might have considered calling the Better Business Bureau. This was an obvious cause of fraud. Relaxing bathrooms? Sure, maybe, if you’re not the one cleaning them. You can get them now with saunas, multi-spray showers, whirlpools, mini-refrigerators and every luxury of sight and scent you can imagine. Throw in a fluffy towel and a bathrobe and I’ll call it relaxing. There is no way, however, you could ever hear me use the words kitchen and relaxing in the same sentence. OK, maybe, “I’m relaxing now, so don’t even suggest that I go into the kitchen.” The author raved at length about stainless steel appliances, big windows, endless cupboards and granite countertops. Can I lie down on the granite countertop and get a sea salt rub down? Can I pull up to the six-stool bar and get a mani-pedi? Can I climb into the spacious pantry and hide for a few hours with a good book? The only way they could guarantee relaxation for me in a kitchen is to equip it with a 24hour, live-in chef who also did the grocery shopping

and the dishes. I can stroll through my whole house and blithely ignore cat hair, dust, scattered newspapers, shoes, piles of underwear, junk mail, spiders and the vacuum cleaner. But the minute I hit the kitchen, I can feel my shoulders bunch up. Fifteen minutes ago, I washed the last dish and scrubbed the counter again. How then, can there be six greasy Tupperware containers, two caked skillets and a host of plates and glasses suddenly heaped there again? Apparently, everyone else in my family has this relaxed-in-the-kitchen thing down cold. They are very relaxed about leaving behind dirty dishes, to wait for some foolish, unrelaxed person like me to stroll in. I haven’t gotten an expert’s opinion on this bad attitude of mine, but I suspect it began when I pulled out my first batch of burned cookies. I suspect I have compounded it when I left the skillet to dry on the stove and melted the nearby timer, or perhaps the two or 12 times I have set off the smoke alarm. Tsk. Those things are so darned sensitive. You know, now that I think about it, I vaguely recall one or two occasions when I was rather relaxed in the kitchen. I remember there was always a large bottle of white wine nearby, and it was someone else’s kitchen, but maybe that was just a coincidence. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer growing far too fond of her rubber gloves. Contact her at

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Philip Bloom, curator of the Chinese Garden and director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington Library, will talk about the role of painting, poetry and calligraphy in the design of Chinese gardens, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas.


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


Dancer and drummer Moustapha Bangoura, former 22-year member of Les Ballet Africains of Guinea will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Dance North County, Suite 100, 533 Encinitas Blvd. Cost is $15-$20. For more information, call (760) 402-7229.

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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Run River North at 5:30 p.m. with opener Coral Bells at 4 p.m., for its first Escondido Music Series from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets at (800) 988-4253 or online at


The “Gardens of Ink” exhibit, a selection of contemporary ink paintings, is on display in the Ecke Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 31 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas.


Koniakowsky Ocean Art will offer workshops including Wave and Palms, from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25, Wavescapes from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept 29 and California Landscapes from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8.

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San Diego Botanic Garden presents Bob Bretell to present an Abstract Garden Photography workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $71, to explore the garden using a variety of techniques including unique camera angles, slow shutter, macro, zoom, repeating patterns and texture. Register at sdbgarden. org/classes.htm


Randi Driscoll, Veronica May, Lisa Sanders, and Eve Selis - the Luna Divas will be in concert from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Her-

LOS PINGUOS performs at the Carlsbad City Library on Aug. 26. The concert is free but seating is limited. Courtesy photo

itage Ranch, 450 Quail Gar- all Chopin program. For in- SUMMER ARTSPLASH Coastal Artists will exdens Drive. Tickets are $30, formation, visit Encinitasca. hibit “Summer ArtSplash $60 at http://heritageranch. gov/WedNoon. ‘18” artworks daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Aug. AUG. 30 31 at La Vida Del Mar, 850 COLOR LECTURE Del Mar Downs Road, SolaThe Museum at the Cal- ART SAN DIEGO KICK-OFF ifornia Center for the Arts, 2018 is the 10th anni- na Beach. For more informaEscondido is hosting a Lo- versary of Art San Diego tion, call the Program Decal Color Lecture Panel at and the celebration starts partment at (858) 755-1224. 2 p.m. Aug. 26. Admission with a Mix & Mingle Kickis $10 for non-members. Se- Off reception with drinks SURF ART Gallery hosts artist niors, military, and children and hors d’oeuvres from 5 to under 12 are free. Get more 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Hilton Mac Hillenbrand through information at http://artcen- San Diego/Del Mar, 15575 Aug. 31 at the E101 Office/ Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Gallery, 818 S. Coast HighMar. An open Q-and-A ses- way 101. Hillenbrand’s mosion for galleries and art- saics use naturally occurCONCERT AT THE LIBRARY Carlsbad City Library ists at the Coastal Kitchen ring wood grain patterns is hosting Los Pinguos in Lounge will also take place together to create surf art concert at 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at at the pool. Reserve a spot at exploring oceanic textures. the Carlsbad City Library, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 COMING UP Dove Lane, Carlsbad. AdCLASSES AT LUX mission is free. Seating is AUG. 31 Enroll now for Mixed limited and first come, first MAC’S MOSAICS Media with Allison Renserved. For more informaGallery will be hosting tion, call (760) 602-2024. Mac Hillenbrand’s art now shaw 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesuntil Aug. 31 at the E101 gal- days, Sept. 4 to Oct. 9 at lery, 818 S. Coast Highway Lux art Institute, 1550 S. AUG. 27 101, Encinitas. The display El Camino Real, Encinitas. will include Mac’s art mo- Cost is $300. To register, SCULPTURE IN STEEL Jon Koehler’s sculp- saics with wood grain pat- call (760) 436-6611 or at ture, “Pushing Boundaries” terns, surf art and abstract Young brings the viewer into a resin paintings. For more artists work independently world, where stainless steel information, call (760) 943- and collaboratively with an art show on Dec. 17. comes to life by pushing the 1950. creative boundaries and CLASSIC NOEL COWARD complexity of organic mate- LOOKING FOR ARTISTS North Coast Repertory rials turning flowing lines The city of San MarTheatre invites you to its upinto graceful sculptures cos Parks & Recreation through Oct. 16 at the En- Department is looking for coming production of Noël cinitas Library Gallery, 540 artists and photographers Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” Cornish Drive, Encinitas. to show their works at the Sept. 5 through Sept. 30 at Hearth Rotating Gallery in 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, the Community Center, 3 Solana Beach. Tickets at AUG. 28 Civic Center Drive. Space (858) 481-1055 or northcoasis available for the Septem- CASH’D OUT AT PALA Pala Casino Spa & Re- ber-October show, there is sort will continue its free- no cost to participate and ONGOING EVENTS events series featuring the each show runs for 60 days. 60+ Club at 1 p.m. Aug. 28 The current exhibit runs WORK WITH OILS The Language of Seewith the music of Cash’d through Aug. 31 and feaOut, a Johnny Cash tribute. tures Marilyn Huerta. Free ing: Oil with Alex Schaefer For directions and informa- viewing Monday through follows the process of paintFriday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ing step-by-step from start tion, visit Apply at to finish from 11 a.m. to 2 arts or call (760)744-9000, p.m. Aug. 25 through Sept. 29 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 ext. 3503. AUG. 29 S. El Camino Real, EnciniSING OUT tas. Open Studio included. BE PART OF THE ARTS Enjoy some musical fun North County Arts Cost is $300. Register at this summer and share your hidden talent at the free Network announced a new summer open mic Wednes- county wide promotion with the-language-of-seeing-oildays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. through a launch at ArtWalk Carls- with-alex-schaefer/. Aug. 29 at Seaside Center, bad and a fundraiser at Art 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Rhythm and Wine at The SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sing, play an instrument or Forum Carlsbad. Commube part of the audience, with nity members are invited through April 2019, the San musical theater director to participate as a venue, Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Marcia Hootman on piano. talent or just by attending. 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Despite deputy’s ties, mayor halts historic panel review of theater plan By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The proposed redevelopment of the historic Ritz Theater, a staple of downtown since 1937, may get a vote in front of the Escondido City Council later this year. The redevelopment plan brought forward by Escondido’s New Vintage Church could fit as a piece of the city’s broader plans to revitalize its downtown. But that vote will ensue without Deputy Mayor John Masson, who has confirmed to The Coast News that he will abstain from voting on anything relating to the project due to his company’s business ties to it. More specifically, his firm Masson & Associates — a land development and land surveying consulting firm that has been in Escondido since 1978 and for which he serves as president — is listed as the project manager and lead contact for the proposed project’s application form obtained by The Coast News. Masson’s company has been tasked with helping the project proposal clear legal and regulatory hurdles, according to Tim Spivey, a pastor who is representing the New Vintage Church in its redevelopment proposal. “Masson & Associates was retained to provide engineering and, more recently, project management services,” Spivey told The Coast News. “They are simply representing us — helping us process the insane amount of paperwork, compliance, etc. We are a church and need professional help all the way through this project.”



other clear indication that Escondido residents and businesses endorse my leadership, and want me to continue to take Escondido in a positive direction,” Abed stated in the press release. “I am honored by the overwhelming support I continue to receive from our community, and I am passionate about continuing to serve the great people of Escondido.” F r a n klin said the campaign money infusion symbolizes broader community Sam Abed support for Abed and his policy agenda. “This huge cash advantage means Abed is well positioned to reach voters and decisively win his re-election,” wrote Franklin, who is a member of Vista’s City Council while simultaneously running a political consulting firm named Pacific Political Inc. “It demonstrates that the community clearly wants Abed to continue to lead Escondido and build on his successful record of financial stability, improved public safety, neighborhood improvement and economic prosperity.” Though he has been out-fundraised by a multiple of three, McNamara has also taken a handful of bigger donations himself. Those have come from individuals such as Roy Garrett, an Escondido-based lawyer who gave a $1,500 donation, $4,100 from a self-described homemaker in San Marcos named Kacy Williams, and $2,300 from

Among the hurdles cleared, City Council’s vote on the Ritz Theater proposal will now also occur without having to get an advisory recommendation from either the city’s Historic Preservation Commission or its Planning Commission, due to an Economic Development Subcommittee vote which quietly took place on Aug. 9. That vote was a 1-0 one, with Masson abstaining and not attending the hearing and the other Economic Subcommittee member, Mayor Sam Abed, voting to grant the Ritz Theater redevelopment proposal a Business Enhancement Zone tax benefit and regulatory fast-track. “I was not at the subcommittee meeting,” Masson told The Coast News via email. “I have abstained on all projects that my company is involved with. I’ve also abstained from voting on past/current client projects that I’ve never been involved with. Being in the position that I am, it’s important that there is no real or perceived situation that I may be benefiting from a decision that I am involved with.” Masson also said that, regardless of his business’ stake in the proposal, City Council has been “working hard to get to yes” on the proposal. “So as I see it, our council policy is working,” said Masson. “Let’s assume it went down differently and my company wasn’t involved in assisting the project and the vote was 2-0. What’s the difference? It still goes to the full council.”

a Poway-based homemaker named Mary Vivanco. McNamara's campaign director, Nina Deerfield, described the three to The Coast News as a combination of an old friend of McNamara, a local professor and her husband and a friend of hers. None of them, she says, are real estate developers. In 2013, the Escondido City Council voted to increase the maximum donation to the $4,100 amount, up from $540. It’s a move that’s come under criticism by McNamara. “Unfortunately, since our Abed led city council raised the donation limits from $540 to $4300 per donor which is over 8X the city of San Diego limit and 16X the San Marcos limit, it makes our city open to undue influence from developers and outside interests,” the McNamara campaign said in a press release to which it referred The Coast News. “In effect we are for sale.” Top real estate industry donors to Abed have included businesses such as Western Manufactured Housing Communities, Carefree Ranch Mobile Home Project, Sudberry Properties and Integral Communities. Of the top givers, Integral Communities was the biggest, clocking in at over $14,000 given to Abed from the companies’ various executives, including $4,100 — the maximum allowed donation — from Managing Partner Craig Manchester. The Encinitas-based Integral Communities purchased the Palomar Health hospital location, situated in downtown Escondido, for $18 million in February. It will be converted into a mega apartment complex,

California’s regulatory code for public officials and conflicts of interest stems from the Political Reform Act of 1974, passed by the state’s legislature, which created a Fair Political Practices Commission. That commission has regulations in place pertaining to conflicts of interest and personal financial interests in projects voted upon by public officials, such as Masson. “A public official at any level of state or local government has a prohibited conflict of interest and may not make, participate in making, or in any way use or attempt to use his or her official position to influence a governmental decision when he or she knows or has reason to know he or she has a disqualifying financial interest,” reads one chunk of those regulations. “A public official has a disqualifying financial interest if the decision will have a reasonably foreseeable material financial effect, distinguishable from the effect on the public generally, directly on the official, or his or her immediate family, or on any financial interest described in subdivision.” As previously reported by The Coast News, the proposed Ritz Theater redevelopment — which has been a staple of downtown Escondido in various forms since the 1937, but vacant for nearly two decades — is being reimagined as a community arts and cultural center by the Escondido-based New Vintage Church and temporarily called “The Grand.” According to New Vintage’s

one with more than 500 units envisioned. The company also is developing the Gateway Grand condominium complex, which will have 126 units. The two facilities are located on each end of downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue, which Abed previously told The Coast News fits within the city’s downtown revitalization plans for the future.

application, the revamped Ritz Theater — located at 309 E. Grand Avenue — would serve as a religious center a small portion of the time, but open the rest of the week for community arts events and activities. The Business Enhancement Zone tax benefit also calls for private sector projects to receive up to $20,000 in cash from the city’s coffers for projects projected to “generate future annual sales and/ or use tax that result in consistent and significant revenue to the City of Escondido,” according to city literature explaining the tax incentive. At its July 19 meeting, the Historic Preservation Commission had raised questions about the proposal. Some of those questions revolved around the companion historical property at 301 E. Grand Avenue — currently a dance studio — which would be bulldozed and replaced with a new building that would serve as a key community gathering space for the church. That building, which has also existed downtown since 1937, was part of the focus of discussion at the July 19 Historic Preservation Commission convening, according to meeting minutes. Abed has previously come out in public support of the Business Enhancement Zone incentive package, doing so in the form of an opinion piece written for the San Diego-Union Tribune back in 2005, back when he was a member of the City Council and not yet the

“It’s going to double the number of housing in the downtown area,” Abed said at the time in February 2018. “We told the hospital we want to have the highest and best use. They are very appreciated that Integral Communities is going to do the project.” San Diego State University Professor Brian Adams says that he believes the

mayor. Assistant City Planner Mike Strong says the city has already held more Historic Preservation Hearings for this proposal than for most others. He also said, regardless of all other considerations, the project will still have to meet environmental compliance obligations under the California Environmental Quality Act. “Although the Business Enhancement Zone process may reflect truncation to some, the Historic Preservation Commission has already been given a fair amount of time to review two iterations of the project’s design,” Strong told The Coast News. “This early and unconventional consultation helped give the applicant early guidance on very important building design elements. Traditionally, the Historic Preservation Commission would have only reviewed the application once, at the conclusion of the city’s review.” At least one member of the commission concurs with Strong, he told The Coast News, saying the panel was “not ignored” as part of the process. “The Historic Preservation Commission was asked for design suggestions, which we gave them,” said Jimmie Spann, who is also on the board of directors of the Old Escondido Historic District organization. “In my opinion, it is a good project that will re-purpose a building that has lost a great deal of its historic significance and contribute positively to our historic downtown. We were not ignored.”

campaign cash flooding into Abed’s campaign from the real estate industry means that a political faction — in this case the real estate industry — is simply putting money into a candidate it thinks “is likely to win” as an investment for the future, of sorts, “because no one wants to bet on a losing horse.” “Most incumbent raise money from a wide range

of groups, so they have very broad fundraising coalitions,” said Adams. “Real estate is usually a large part of those coalitions, but not necessarily dominant. I don’t think the amount of money a candidate raises is really an indication of community support, but it’s really more of an indication over their chances of actually winning the race.”

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San Marcos novelist Urban debuts with a bang By Adam Bradley

SAN MARCOS — Becoming a successful writer isn’t something that is achieved overnight, just ask San Marcos author Dave Urban. Urban, 61, who recently won a few awards for his debut novel “A Line Intersected,” is a property inspector for insurance companies during the day, but a writer the rest of the time. His winning book took more than four years to write and get published. “I see thousands of homes, sometimes of the rich and famous, mega-mansions you can’t believe. All confidential, of course, but it’s amazing what people will confide while touring a house. Great material for a novelist,” he laughed. “A Line Intersected” is published by Fat Dog Books, a small independent publisher which was one of the first three publishers Urban approached. The novel recently placed as a Finalist at the Dave Urban 2018 American Fiction Awards and was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Beach Book Festival and the 2018 Hollywood Book Festival. “It’s great to be recognized at any level,” he said. “All authors have a secret fear that maybe they are the sole fan of their work. Awards help to dispel that self-doubt. With so much talent out there, I’m thrilled to be making the cut at these book awards.”

True life Urban’s novel is a literary noir mystery set in San Diego and is the story of a man trying to find his wife’s killers and exact revenge. “It was written partly as a reaction against the ‘super-hero’ thrillers so popular now,” he said. “My hero is not ex-military, cannot beat up six guys at once, has no inside contacts at the police/military intelligence branches, is not a firearms expert and has never even fired a gun. In fact, when he comes into possession of a handgun he dumps it into the sewer.” “His only ally in his quest to find his wife’s murderers is a homeless old man who believes he is living in the 18th century.” The novel is based loosely on the real-world experience of San Diegan Christo-

pher Jon Burns, who was arrested and falsely accused of murdering his fiancée, Tiffany Schultz, Urban said. Schultz was the first victim of the infamous serial killer Cleophus Prince (the Clairemont Killer), who went on to kill another five women. Burns said being falsely accused was worse than a nightmare and it basically ruined his life, Urban explained. The book features real locations in San Diego, and readers can visit them and sit where the hero sits. “I use San Diego’s history of corruption as a backdrop and did quite a bit of research,” he said. “San Diegans will recognize the ‘Enron-by-the-Sea’ aspects. Incidentally, as part of the research, I discovered the source of that infamous moniker.” It came from the New York Times article by John Broder, written on Sept. 7, 2004. “Mr. Broder told me he actually did not come up with the phrase, although people give him credit for it; it was a copyrighter who titled the article Sunny San Diego Finds Itself Being Viewed as a Kind of Enron-by-the-Sea.’” Urban said Broder doesn’t remember the copywriter’s name, unfortunately, but the Enron-by-the-Sea label went international and embarrassed San Diego city leaders for years (this was the time of the pension scandal). “There’s a heavy thematic element that explores good and evil, heartbreaking loss, the power of love to heal and examines society from its lowest members to the highest. Readers who like to be absorbed into a novel will enjoy the book immensely, I think,” he said.

Publishing woes Of course, getting published remains one of the most difficult things for a writer of any genre, and Urban agreed. “The problem for writers these days is that not only is it difficult to be published, but almost all the necessary promotion falls on the writer’s shoulders as well,” he said. “That fact discourages many writers and so they decide to just go ahead and self-publish,” he added. “But self-publishing can be a tricky thing. Traditional publishing means that a publisher, even a small one, likes and respects your work enough to make a fairly sizable commitment in terms of editing and polishing to put it out there. Self-published books too often lack that commitment and the result suffers. “The self-published author does the best he or she can, but it’s just so hard to be impartial about your own work. With tradi-

tional publishing, especially with a smaller publisher, it’s nice to be part of a family of authors under the same imprint.” Fortunately, there are some independent bookstores like Julia Dammier’s A Classic Tale in Ramona, and Maryelizabeth Yturralde’s Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, which are supportive of new talent, he said.

Man, behind the pages Urban said he always wanted to write but got serious about it after surviving cancer eight years ago. “I promised myself if I got through the radiation and chemo I’d never waste another day, “he said. “I wanted the novel to be something a reader could linger over while savoring its texture and multiple layers.” The self-taught Urban, who was born in El Cajon, said he learned the writing craft on his own. He thinks both his parents have great stories to tell. His dad, a retired educator, fought at Okinawa in World War II but never wrote about it. His mother told the funniest stories, Urban recalled, but also never wrote any down. She passed away from cancer in 1998. “Someday I’ll write their stories for them,” he said. In addition to writing, while working though night school at Webster University, Urban earned a business management degree. Urban is also not one to get writer’s block and offers some suggestions: “The trick to avoiding writer’s block is to leave off each day at the beginning or middle of a scene. The next day you can pick it right up, you’ll be fired up to complete it and the juice will start flowing and carry you along.” While he loves to write, it doesn’t come without difficulties, Urban said. “Writing does take self-discipline. It’s intimidating starting a novel and knowing you have 400-plus pages to write. You need the discipline to stay at it,” he said. “The best way to get ideas is not to be constantly worrying over your novel. If you get stuck,

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relax. Do anything but write. Read the papers, watch the news. Have a good conversation with someone. The ideas will come to you at the most unexpected times. Just remember to always have a pen and paper around.” Urban also likes to help other writers, be it with sage advice or by serving on the board of the San Diego Book Awards Association as vice present. His role, he said, is to get the word out to local authors, published or not, that the association wants to recognize and award local talent. He’ll be at the upcoming San Diego Festival of Books on Aug. 25, signing books, and promoting the nonprofit San Diego Book Awards Association, which is dedicated to promoting San Diego authors with annual awards for both published and unpublished work.

Future writings Already at work on his next project, Urban said he has a novel about four young men who find adventure and tragedy on a motorcycle tour of the Southwest, titled “A Road Wanting Wear.” “I’d like to get that published by early next year,” he said. “And there will be a sequel to “A Line Intersected,” titled “A Line Crossed.” As for home life, Urban is married to Kim, a human resources director for a major aerospace firm, and he has twin daughters, Adrianne and Tiffany, from a previous relationship. When he’s not writing, he likes to fish. But for Urban and his writing, he said the best part is being acknowledged for the work. “I enjoy the admiration I get when I state I’m a published author,” he said. “That admiration, of course, fades quickly as people get to know me. But if there are strangers I can impress, I’m pretty happy.” The ultimate success for Urban, he said, would be if in 50 years “someone was at bookstore and pulled down his book and said it looked interesting enough to read.”

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Leo Carrillo Ranch: A hidden, historic gem in Carlsbad By Adam Bradley

CARLSBAD — Not every city can boast it has a link to the glory days of Old Hollywood, but Carlsbad can thanks to Hollywood actor Leo Carrillo. Whether you’re a fan of the Golden Era or not, at the sprawling 27-acre Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, once owned by former co-star of TV’s “The Cisco Kid,” you can be swept back in time. If you recall — or can’t — “The Cisco Kid” was a half-hour American Western series starring Duncan Renaldo in the title role and Carrillo as his jovial sidekick, Pancho. You can catch the series on reruns or via YouTube. A hidden gem, the ranch is cradled in a canyon off of Melrose Drive, at 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane. The ranch was a second home or getaway for Carrillo and his wife, Edith Shakespeare Haeselbarth, whom he met THE LEO CARRILLO RANCH was a second home for “The Cisco Kid” actor and his wife. It was a working ranch of more than backstage at the New York 1,700 acres when Carrillo owned it. It is now a 27-acre historic park. Photo by Shana Thompson City theater. They remained together until her death in 1953. They had one child, a daughter, Marie Antoinette Carrillo.

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Now owned and maintained by the city of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department, Carrillo’s ranch is open to the public. It was partly given to the city by the developer that purchased the land for future homebuilding, via the Quimby Act. According to Sara Kelly, archivist/education coordinator at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, the ranch is truly a special place and it’s easy to see why. Perhaps it’s not as grandiose as some of the city’s McMansions nowadays, but it is large enough to have a staff,

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A Shangri-La

How did Carrillo find such a Shangri-La? Kelly said according to Carrillo’s book “The California I Love,” he stumbled on it. “He talks about hanging out with some buddies on a hunting trip,” she said. “They were sitting around one night asking each other what would be an ideal second home for each of them. Leo said he wanted an old ranch that he could restore into a working ranch — close enough to the ocean to get a breeze, a place where there was enough land for cattle, a good spring and maybe an old adobe on it that he could rehabilitate. One person in the crowd was apparently a realtor and later came to Leo and said, ‘I found your dream home.’” It was in Carlsbad.


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When Carrillo owned it, it was a working ranch of more than 1,700 acres with cattle and other animals. He used it mainly as a retreat from Hollywood and had a number of horses and enjoyed riding them on the property. It was not unusual for him to entertain many of his Hollywood friends at the ranch. His other home Los Alisos (The Sycamores) was 5 acres and situated on Channel Road in Santa Monica Canyon. A truly historic place

Today, Leo Carrillo Ranch is a registered California historical landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Carol Waffel, a volunteer and a member of the Friends of the Ranch since the fall of 2013, said she became involved with the ranch by fluke. Her interest in “The Cisco Kid” TV series, and by extension everything else Cisco, began in late 2012 after she captioned some episodes (and eventually was able to watch them all through her employer, RetroTV). “After reading online about a Cisco Kid exhibit at the Camarillo Ranch near Santa Barbara, I contacted the historian there and that’s how I learned about the Carrillo Ranch,” she said. Although she doesn’t live in California, she has visited the ranch three times. She said the actor’s personal touches are everywhere — and that she likes the door

knockers and welcome sign with his “Flying LC” brand. “When Leo came there in 1937, he brought some mating pairs of peafowl (peacocks). There are now about 40 peafowl on the property which are a major attraction,” she said. “I was fortunate to visit in June during mating season when the peacocks were in full finery (and full voice, too).” When she visited, she was surprised at the existence of the ranch. “The ranch is now surrounded by neighborhoods but even so, it’s like stepping back in time (for me). I love the adobe hacienda and the little art studio (called Deedie’s House) Leo built for his wife, the gardens, and the many cacti and succulents, the general ambience of the whole place.” During her third visit, she was handed a set of docent keys and roamed the place for several hours, taking many photos and drinking in everything. Another standout was “The Cisco Kid” costume exhibit. More than a movie star

Besides the ranch, Carrillo was also famous throughout California for his conservation and preservation efforts, as well as being active in politics. For instance, most probably don’t realize Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu is named after the actor, too. But even if you don’t know about the TV series, it’s OK, you should get a kick out of the ranch and all that is has to offer. “People should visit to see a beautiful hacienda from the 1930s, the peacocks, the gardens and to take a leisurely stroll on the paths,” Kelly said. “In fact, once I was in the barn watching This is Your Life, Leo Carrillo with a few other visitors, and the (older) lady next to me said she didn’t know Leo was an actor.” Of course, Carrillo wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the ranch; Kelly said actors Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were frequent visitors as were other Hollywood stars who wanted to get away from L.A. “Leo wanted to create the glory days of old California — he liked to be the don, and be on the land, ride horses and barbecue,” Kelly said. “There are photos of people singing in a cabana; overall it was a great place to get away and have fun for that crowd.” Today, the Carrillo ranch remains one of California’s and Carlsbad’s glittering gems for all who want to see and enjoy a bit of Old Hollywood and return to simpler days. As for Carrillo, he died at age 81 in 1961 of cancer, and is buried in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica. Come out and visit even if you’re not a “The Cisco Kid” fan. “It’s one of the last rustically beautiful places in Southern California; so close to the coast,” Kelly said. “It’s not too manicured, but beautiful without being fussy.”


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Business news and special SUPPORTING THE FIGHT achievements for North San Diego County. Send information Oceanside author Pat via email to community@ Spencer authored a new thriller novel, titled “Story of a Stolen Girl,” based on COLLEGE STARS the subject of human trafMadeleine LiMandri, ficking. A portion of the of Rancho Santa Fe, was proceeds will be donated to one of nearly 300 Universi- Soroptimist International to ty of Dallas students named further their fight against to the spring 2018 Honor human trafficking. AvailRoll for earning a semester able on, KinGPA of 3.0-3.49. LiMandri dle, Barnes & and is majoring in Business. Ai- Nook. tana Rivera, of San Marcos, was named to Fort Lewis MORE AT ONE PASEO College's Dean's List for One Paseo, a mixedthe Spring 2018 semester. use development bringing Rivera's major is Exercise shops, restaurants, apartSpecialist. Vincenzo Girola- ments, offices, and public mo Roma of San Marcos re- spaces to Del Mar Heights, ceived his degree from the has announced four new reUniversity of Nebraska-Lin- tailers including cürBar, a

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One of the best defenses against the growing threat of osteoarthritis as you age is simply to outrun your aches and pains. While this strategy doesn’t seem intuitive to everyone, the fact is that a balanced approach to physical activity decreases pain, improves joint function and quality of life, improves your mood, and helps manage other chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Plus, it doesn’t have to consume the bulk of your time and attention, either. “Exercise is a major factor in healthy joints,” said Dr. Andrew Hartman, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Tri-City Medical Center. “Spending just two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week will set up a healthful defense around the perimeter of your body.” Making time to exercise is important and there are ways to ensure you are set up for success along the way. WHAT EXERCISES SHOULD I DO? Aerobic activity is anything that will make your heart beat faster and breathe a little harder than when you are resting. To start with, some good low-impact activities to pick from include brisk walking, water aerobics, gardening, dancing, and group exercises. If you want to take it up a notch, some examples of moderate-intensity activities are brisk walking, bicycling, swimming, mowing the grass or heavy yard work, doubles tennis, social dancing, hiking, tai chi or yoga, and sports like softball, baseball, volleyball, skiing, roller skating, and ice skating. If you can still talk comfortably but can’t sing, you’re on the right track. For the more ambitious, a vigorous-intensity activity means finding something you can do where you find yourself unable to sing or talk comfortably without stopping. Some of these exercises include jogging, running, singles tennis, jumping rope, and sports like soccer, basketball, racquetball, aerobic dance, or spinning classes. DON’T PICK JUST ONE To maximize the benefits to your body, choose a variety of different exercises each time you exercise, and remember that any physical activity is better than none. Try to exercise in addition to doing your other daily activities; it doesn’t have to be all at once. If you prefer, you can break up your exercise time into smaller increments throughout the day. Moderate, low-impact exercises are the safest, but more

health benefits are gained with more exercise. In general, the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks. Also attempt to mix in some muscle strengthening using weights, resistance bands, or calisthenics. An ideal regimen should work all the major muscle groups of the body - legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms - and it should be performed two or more days per week. Dr. Hartman agrees, “Incorporating resistance and strength exercises into your fitness routine supports the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. An increase in muscle strength leads to better protection and shock absorption abilities of the muscles surrounding your joints.” For people who are at risk of falling, balance exercises are another important component. Some examples of balance exercises are walking backwards, standing on one foot, and tai chi.

towel-wrapped ice pack for no more than 20 minutes at a time, three to four times per day.” Any soreness that lasts longer than 48 hours means you need to take it easier next time you exercise. That pain may be telling you that you’ve overstressed your joints, muscles, or tendons, and working through it may lead to injury or damage. You’d better call your doctor if the pain exhibits any of these warning signs: It becomes sharp, stabbing, or constant; it causes limping; it lasts more than two hours or worsens at night; it is not relieved by rest, medications, or hot or cold packs; you observe large increases in swelling, redness, or warmth; or the joint feels hot. In the end, a balanced and consistent exercise plan is one of the most beneficial treatments for your progressing osteoarthritis condition. Plan a little exercise into your daily life and outrun your aches and pains.

EXERCISE SMART Our doctors recommend the SMART approach to an exercise routine: • Start low and go slow. • Modify activity when arthritis symptoms increase, but try to remain active. • Activities should be joint friendly. • Recognize safe places and ways to be active. • Talk to a health professional or certified exercise specialist about the proper exercises for you.

Dr. Andrew Hartman is an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Tri-City Medical Center. To learn more about Dr. Hartman or to make an appointment call 855.222.8262.

WHEN THE PAIN SETS IN Pay close attention to the feedback your body is giving you while exercising and make appropriate adjustments to avoid excess pain and unnecessary injuries. And while some soreness or aching from exercise is normal for the first four to six weeks, and the good news is it should lessen over time. If you experience pain after establishing an exercise regimen, here are the most common tips: Decrease the duration and frequency of your workout, modify the types of activities you are performing, warm up before and cool down after your workout, exercise at a comfortable pace – one where you should be able to talk, and wear good-fitting, comfortable shoes. “Reducing joint pain after exercise is important to ensure proper healing of the tendons and ligaments of the joints,” said Dr. Hartman. “One way to help reduce pain is to apply a

AUG. 24, 2018 Active in his community and passionate about surfing, he volunteers with the California Surf Museum in Oceanside.

versity in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award recognizes efforts that encourage and inspire a new generation of young people to consider careers in science, technology, LOCAL STEPS UP IN SCOUTS Girl Scouts San Diego engineering and math. has named Carlsbad resident Jaya Cummaragunta, DEATH BY TEQUILA MBA, PMP, to the position Jessica and Chad Mesof chief operations officer. tler, owners of Death By She will oversee the finance, Tequila (DxT) announced human resources, property, the opening of their new and IT departments for the bar and restaurant at 569 organization, which serves South Coast Highway 101, 23,000 members in San Di- Encinitas. The pair said DxT ego and Imperial counties. was inspired by the local vibe of Encinitas and the STEM AWARD FOR MIRACOSTA fresh, coastal cuisine of Baja MiraCosta College’s Mexico. DxT is open daily, Nordson STEM Learning bar opens at 3 p.m. and the Center is being honored dining room opens at 5 p.m. with a 2018 Inspiring Pro- More information at deathgrams in STEM Award from, by calling INSIGHT Into Diversity, the (760) 230-6108 or on Faceoldest and largest magazine book, Twitter and Instagram dedicated to promoting di- at @DeathByTequila.

Vista man held without bail in fatal shooting of girlfriend VISTA — A man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head at their Vista apartment complex pleaded not guilty Aug. 20 to a murder charge. Estevan Montelongo, 41, was ordered held without bail. He faces 110 years to life if convicted in the death of 28-year-old Michelle Hashtani. Montelongo allegedly opened fire on Hashtani with a pistol at their apartment complex in the 600 block of Ascot Drive on July 22. Sheriff’s deputies found the victim gravely injured in a pool area about

3 p.m. Hashtani underwent emergency surgery, but died Aug. 3, said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Reischl. A motive for the shooting was not known. Montelongo was tracked down and arrested in Pueblo, Colorado, on July 24 and was recently extradited to San Diego County to face charges. He will be back in court Sept. 18 for a readiness conference and Nov. 6 for a preliminary hearing.


and expensive meals. The couple allegedly mis-reported the expenses on FEC filings, using false descriptions such as “campaign travel,” “toy drives,” “dinner with volunteers/ contributors” and “gift cards,” according to federal prosecutors. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, called the charges against Hunter “deeply serious” and removed him from his committee assignments “pending the resolution of this matter.” Hunter was a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and chairman of its Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, the House Armed Services Committee and Education and the Workforce Committee. Hunter was elected to Congress in 2008, after his father opted not to seek reelection. The district he represents includes San Marcos, Escondido and much of East County. In November, Hunter will be facing Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former Department of Labor spokesman during the Obama administration. The “indictment confirms just how deep this corruption can reach when someone like Duncan Hunter Jr. is in it for himself instead of representing the people,” Campa-Najjar said Tuesday.


up,” echoing a chant commonly heard from supporters of President Donald Trump in reference to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At least one protester held a sign saying “Crooked Duncan Hunter.” On Wednesday, the 41-year-old Hunter blasted the timing of the indictment, saying the Department of Justice decided to take the action right before the general election in November. Although he represents a solidly conservative district, Democrats have been targeting his seat — thanks largely to the federal investigation of Hunter. The congressman called the two-year investigation leading up to the indictment a “witch hunt,” saying it was politically motivated. He said he would continue to fight to clear his name. Federal prosecutors said they identified “scores of instances” between 2009 and 2016 in which the Hunters used campaign funds to pay for “personal expenses that they could not otherwise afford.” Among the personal expenses they allegedly funded with campaign cash were family vacations to locations such as Hawaii and Italy, along with school tuition and smaller purchases such as golf outings, movie tickets, video games, coffee

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Emotions will be unpredictable. Refrain from indulging in substances that could influence your ability to stay in control. Use your intelligence to navigate your way through a sticky situation.

Turn up the volume and make some noise. Embrace life, live in the moment and make the most of each day. You are gaining momentum as you head toward greater opportunity. Partnerships, communication, travel and interacting with people from all walks of life will lead to personal growth.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Secrets are best kept that way. If you want to share information, make sure it isn’t something that could come back to haunt you. Concentrate on personal relationships and physical improvements.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Start a discussion that will encourage getting to know more about your family history. Do some research to make sure that the information you receive is accurate. You can learn much.

you to your destination without a mishap. A break from your routine will be enlightening.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Take pride in what you do. Getting involved in activVIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Set goals ities that require intelligence and comand don’t stop until you are satisfied passion will bring out the best in you. A with the results you get. Improvements romantic adventure will improve your life. at home or to your lifestyle are favored. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Question Mingle and participate. anyone trying to butter you up. CompliLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- An emotional ments are wonderful, but if the result is plea will be in your best interest. Trying giving in to someone taking advantage of to push or redirect someone stubborn or you, it’s not worth the ego boost. demanding isn’t going to work. Offering GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Getting toan incentive will bring better results. gether with peers, friends or relatives is SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Clear encouraged. Spending time with someyour head and gather facts. If you let one you love to hang out with will lead your emotions take charge, you will end to plans that give you something to look up making a mistake. Don’t overspend, forward to. overdo or overindulge. Moderation and CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Don’t push understanding will be required. yourself physically. A steady pace will get

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Let others do as they please. It’s OK to take a pass or do your own thing. Taking care of your physCAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Some- ical needs or personal agenda should be one is likely to charm you into doing a priority.


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Odd Files Awesome! Retirees Marli and Paulo Ciquinel of Meleiro in southern Brazil discovered a fetishist’s dream in the vegetable garden behind their home: a 17 1/2-pound potato that has grown into the shape of a huge human foot (with six toes). The “toes” descend in size, much as human toes do, and the largest has roots that look like hair. The “foot” portion of the tuber reaches up almost to knee-height. Marli told the Mirror, “We have never seen anything like it.” Paulo said he was “a little bit scared when we harvested that potato.” The couple don't plan to eat it. [Mirror, 8/9/2018] Irony Tania Singer, 48, a renowned neuroscientist who is one of the world's top researchers on human empathy, has been accused by co-workers of being ... a bully. “Whenever anyone had a meeting with her, there was at least an even chance they would come out in tears,” one colleague told Science magazine. Others said the daily working environment included threats and emotional abuse, The Washington Post reported on Aug. 12. For her part, Singer denied the most serious charges and said, “(T)he workload and pressure increasing led to stress and strain that in turn sometimes caused inadequate communication with my staff in problem situations.” The Max Planck

Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, where Singer has her lab, granted Singer a sabbatical in 2017 and said in a statement that when she returns, “it is envisioned that Prof. Singer will head, at her own request, a considerably smaller working group for social neuroscience.” [The Washington Post, 8/12/2018]

Bold In Columbus, Ohio, workers repairing a street on Aug. 8 hit an unmarked water main, causing homes along the road to lose water. One man couldn’t be deterred from finishing his shower, though: WCMH TV reported that after screaming from his porch, “I was in the f------- shower!” the unidentified resident finished his morning toilette on the street, in the geyser from the pipe. Facebook user Cody Vickers took a picture of two astonished crewmembers as Mr. Clean rinsed off nearby. [WCMH TV, 8/8/2018] The Wrong Problem? In Paris, the designer of a recently installed “urinoir,” a sidewalk urinal, on the Ile Saint-Louis, says the new device offers “an eco solution to public peeing.” But Reuters reports that nearby residents and business owners are unhappy about the urinals, saying they are “immodest and ugly” and will “incite exhibitionism.” The “Uritrottoir,” a mashup of the French words for urinal and sidewalk, looks much like a plastic trash receptacle,

and local mayor Ariel Weil says they’re necessary: “If we don’t do anything, then men are just going to pee in the streets.” [Reuters, 8/13/2018]

Oops! Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, is footing the bill for a possible $46,000 reprint job after a recent graduate found a typo on his diploma. Alec Williams, former editor of the school’s newspaper, was examining his sheepskin when he found a line reading “Coard of Trustees,” instead of “Board of Trustees” under one of the signatures. “There was this moment of laughing at it ... and the more I thought about it, the more frustrated I got, because I’m sitting on $30,000 worth of debt and they can’t take the time to use spellcheck,” he said. CMU President Tim Foster told The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that the school will send out corrected diplomas to 2018 grads — but the typo goes back to 2012 diplomas. Those graduates can request a new diploma if they want to. “This mistake is all ours,” he said. [The Daily Sentinel, 8/9/2018] Step Aside, Cat Ladies Agents of Columbus (Ohio) Humane executed a warrant on a home in the Clintonville neighborhood on Aug. 14 in response to complaints about birds inhabiting the home. Columbus Humane CEO Rachel Finney told The Columbus Dispatch that concerns about the birds' well-being were

warranted: Officials found more than 600 birds inside, including macaws, African gray parrots, Amazon parrots and other species. “It’s pretty overwhelming to step into the house,” Finney said. Removal took all day, and Columbus Humane was undertaking the task of examining each bird from beak to tail. Finney said the agency would decide which birds might be adoptable after assessments are complete. As for the owner, she said, “We’re confident we’ll have charges; it’s just a matter of which charges and how many.” [Columbus Dispatch, 8/14/2018]

Ewwww! Dr. Jay Curt Stager and his colleagues, researchers at Paul Smith’s College, have released results from a study showing that Walden Pond, made famous by naturalist Henry David Thoreau in the mid-1800s, is an ecological disaster, thanks to human urine. The pond was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962, and the site in Concord, Massachusetts, draws hordes of tourists each year. But NBC News reports that swimmers urinating in the water for generations is the most likely cause of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in the pond that cause algae to spread and block the sun’s rays, devastating the fish population. The study authors suggest building a swimming pool nearby to take pressure off the pond. Here's an idea: More restrooms? [NBC News, 4/6/2018]

AUG. 24, 2018 Obsession Chen San-yuan, 69, of New Taipei City, Taiwan, has taken his gaming obsession to another level. “Uncle Pokemon,” as the Feng Shui master is known around town, has mounted 11 smartphones on the handlebars of his bicycle so that he can better play Pokemon Go. United Press International reported that Chen sometimes stays out until 4 a.m. playing the virtual game. His habit costs him $1,300 per month, but he’s not daunted: He hopes to expand his phone lineup to 15. [UPI, 8/9/2018] Animal Antics — German police took a baby squirrel into custody Aug. 9 following an incident in which it chased a grown man down the street. The Guardian reported that an unnamed man summoned Karlsruhe police when he could not shake the tiny squirrel. But when officers arrived, the squirrel suddenly lay down and went to sleep. Officers felt sorry for the exhausted little rodent, who apparently had been separated from its mom and was looking for a replacement in the terrified man. Police named their new mascot Karl-Friedrich, then took him to an animal rescue center, where he was doing very well. (UPDATE: Workers at the rescue center later determined the squirrel was a girl and renamed her Pippilotta. They expect to return her to the wild in September.) [The Guardian, 8/10/2018] — At the Puy de Fou historical theme park in Vendee, France, cleaning up

litter is always a problem. But less so now that six “particularly intelligent” crows are being trained to pick up litter, according to Sky News. Nicolas de Villiers, president of the park, said that each time a crow drops a cigarette butt or piece of trash into a bin, it will be rewarded with a small nugget of food. The birds were set to begin their duties on Aug. 17. [Sky News, 8/11/2018]

Extreme Measures Your city may not have the dubious pleasure of pay-per-minute electric scooters yet, but in some places, the handy people transports have overstayed their welcome. The Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 10 that angry residents are throwing Bird scooters off balconies, heaving them into the ocean, stuffing them in trashcans and setting them afire. Robert Johnson Bey, a Venice Beach maintenance worker, said: “Sunday, I was finding kickstands everywhere. Looked like they were snapped off.” What’s worse, the perpetrators are documenting their destruction on social media; Instagram has a Bird Graveyard account devoted to chronicles of scooter desecration. Culver City resident Hassan Galedary, 32, has a visceral reaction to the scooters: “I hate Birds more than anyone,” he said. “They suck. People who ride them suck.” However, he has stopped defacing them: “I can’t put bad energy into the world. I don’t even kick them over anymore.” [LA Times, 8/10/2018]

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