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A rendering shows a proposed look for a modernized Escondido Public Library. The library hasn’t been updated since 1980. Rendering courtesy of Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc.

Escondido weighs options for library

Nerds converge

By Ellen Wright

People in costume roam the grounds of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido during the inaugural Nerd Con on Saturday. See more photos from the event on page 11. Photo by Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The city has spent more than $188,000 on conceptual designs for the Escondido Public Library. The library is more than 35 years old and continues to service Escondido, with a population that has more than doubled, from 64,000 to 147,000, since the library’s opening in 1980. It’s due for an upgrade and city staff believes it’s inadequate to meet the current needs. “Since 1980, communi-

ty uses of the library have changed. The number and types of programs held have grown and technology has evolved all making the current library inadequate to meet the information, education and user space needs of an expanded community,” Director of Library and Community Services Loretta McKinney said. Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc. drew up plans to modernTURN TO LIBRARY ON 18

San Marcos hires Radmill to city position By Aaron Burgin

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa pins the Bronze Star Medal on retired Navy Capt. Robert A. Sulit during an Aug. 17 ceremony at the congressman’s Vista office. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Man awarded Bronze Star 70 years later By Bianca Kaplanek

VISTA — Capt. Robert A. Sulit was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on Aug. 17, 30 years after his military retirement and 70 years after earning it for his meritorious and heroic service during World War II. Surrounded by family, the

89-year-old Del Mar resident was presented the fourth highest individual award in the U.S. military by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa in the congressman’s Vista office. Sulit, a retired Navy captain, was 18 years old when he was drafted out of high school into the U.S. Army and

sent to fight in the European Campaign during his service from 1944 to 1946. His first job as a member of Company A, 69th Armored Infantry Battalion, 16th Armored Division was TURN TO VETERAN ON 23

REGION — The city of San Marcos has tapped Cardiff 101 Main Street to find its new economic development manager. San Marcos announced the hire of Tess Radmill, the executive director of the Main Street Association, to spearhead its economic initiatives. Radmill, 30, who worked for Cardiff 101 since its inception seven years ago, helped usher the organization from its infant stages to the point where it became the city’s third Main Street Association to be certified by the state, which happened earTURN TO RADMILL ON 18

Tess Radmill, who has been with the Cardiff 101 Main Street Association since its inception, accepts a new position as economic development manager for the city of San Marcos. Courtesy photo

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School resource officers funded for two more years By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — School resource officers have been on Oceanside campuses for 25 years, and City Council approved funding for two more school years Aug. 19. Four full-time school resource officers will serve Oceanside schools. A payment agreement was also approved for one officer to serve Vista schools. School resource officers provide safety, and bridge communication with the community. Daily duties include patrolling schools and surrounding neighborhoods, truancy checks and law enforcement on campuses. Their No. 1 job is to provide safety and peace of mind for students and faculty. “SROs on campus are a deterrent,” Tim Ware, Oceanside Unified School District intervention manager and liaison to school resource officers, said. “Do they stop all negative behaviors? No. At least kids have a chance to think about it, ‘I can get caught by this guy.’”

vide security at football games, graduations and high school proms, where they dress in formalwear. “They have their hands in a lot of things,” Ware said. “They are attached to the community.” Another role of officers is to establish relationships with students and school staff, in order to foster communication and curtail violence, drug dealing and illegal use, and crime on and off campus. “They balance understanding the operations of schools and the law enforcement part,” Ware said. “It’s a very delicate balance. They do a very good job at that.” They also serve as role models and mentors to students, and a resource for teachers and parents. “It’s vastly different than 20 years ago, there are a number of ethnic makeups,” Police Lt. LeonSchool Resource Officer Justin Romano is stationed at Oceanside High School. Officers have been on ard Cosby said. “They communicate in a variety Oceanside school campuses for 25 years. Photo by Promise Yee of ways with different culOfficers help school They train staff and stu- deal with cyber threats tures. Through relationships they become human sites develop safety and dents in lockdown drills. posted on social media. Additionally they pro- to students, they’re an ofcrisis preparedness plans. They also track down and

ficer with a name.” Ware said their service makes a difference. “It’s all about relationships that are transformational,” Ware said. “Kids come up to talk to them and know its someone that has their best interest in mind. “It’s all about communication, trust and information. When they’re around the campus is better for kids.” Their offices are located at Oceanside High School, El Camino High School and West Shores High School. Officers serve all Oceanside school sites. The city and school district split the cost of school resource officers. Grant funds pay part of one officer’s salary. The city portion of the cost is $319,899 for 2015 to 2016, and $329,572 for 2016 to 2017. Vista Unified School District pays the full cost for an officer based at Mission Vista High School in Vista. The cost is $175,899 for 2015 to 2016, and $181,395 for 2016 to 2017.

3 new One Paseo options presented By Bianca Kaplanek

CARMEL VALLEY — The developer of a controversial mixed-use project in Carmel Valley gave the public its first look at what the new “neighborhood village” might look like based on input from one workshop and meetings with a working group that includes community members. “In broad terms, the revised project proposal will reduce (traffic) by more than 10,000 trips by significantly reducing the retail and office portions, which are the highest traffic generators,” Rachel Laing, a spokeswoman for developer Kilroy Realty Corporation, said after the plans were presented during an Aug. 19 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting. “Office square footage will be reduced 62 percent and retail by 58 percent, while the number of homes would remain the same,” she added. When first proposed, One Paseo called for about 1.8 million square feet of development with retail and office buildings, some 10 stories tall, a 150-room hotel and more than 600 multifamily residential units. After meeting with residents and planning groups, Kilroy reduced the overall square footage by about 30 percent — to approximately 1.4 million square feet — lowered building heights by 10 percent to a maximum of nine stories and eliminated the hotel. Despite opposition from residents, planning groups and neighboring city leaders who claimed it was still too big and would negatively impact traf-

fic on already-congested nearby roadways, result in increased emergency response times and destroy community character, San Diego City Council members on Feb. 23 authorized the $750 million project with a 7-2 vote. Following that approval opponents collected more than enough signatures to force a referendum, leaving council with two options. They could withdraw their decision or let voters decide the project’s fate during a special election, at an estimated cost of $4 million, or the June 2016 primary, which would cost tax-

All new scenarios provide 30-foot setbacks along the project frontage, limit office building heights to a maximum of seven stories and reduce the number of new traffic signals on Del Mar Heights Road from two to one. New average daily trips are estimated to be about 14,000, down from 24,000 in the previously approved project. “We’re really happy at the level of participation we’ve seen in the workshops,” Laing said. “Carmel Valley residents are very engaged in what’s going on in their commu-

It was a good dialogue, and there’s a strong feeling it’s going to result in a project the community can embrace.” Rachel Laing Spokeswoman, Kilroy Realty Corporation

payers between $814,000 and $914,000. But when Kilroy and representatives from a group that filed a lawsuit against the developer managed to work out a compromise, council rescinded the vote in May. Since then Kilroy worked with stakeholders, including Donahue Schriber, which owns the Del Mar Highlands Town Center across the street from the complex and initially opposed One Paseo. Kilroy presented three potential design options at the Aug. 19 meeting, the second of two planned community workshops.

nity generally, and this is the last large parcel of vacant land, so it’s their last opportunity to have new retail and public space in the neighborhood. “It was a good dialogue, and there’s a strong feeling it’s going to result in a project the community can embrace,” she added. Stakeholders will continue to work together to revise the development. Kilroy plans to seek approval from the Carmel Valley Planning Board in November, the Planning Commission in December and City Council in January 2016.

A rendering shows what the 112-unit condo complex on the corner of Centre City Parkway and West Washington Avenue will look like. Courtesy photo

Latitude condo project approved By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — The developer behind the Latitude 33 Apartment complex was just approved to build another condominium complex nearby on the corner of Centre City Parkway and West Washington Avenue. On Aug. 20, the City Council approved building a 112-unit condominium on the entire block that is also home to the Escondido Inn. Mayor Sam Abed called the Latitude 33 Apartments “high-end,” and said the new condos are a welcome addition. “The Latitude 33 (apartments) have been a great success story,” he said. “That’s the type of development we want in Escondido.” The project, a collaborative effort between NCA Developments and Lyon Communities, will consist of 60 one-bedroom units and 52 two-bedroom units ranging from 788 square feet to 1,336 square feet. “This project is going to be higher quality and have more amenities than what’s across the street,” Peter Zak, president of NCA Developments said, referring to the Latitude 33

apartments. There will be six separate buildings, ranging from three to four stories and 210 parking spaces. There will be a resort-style pool and spa, barbecues, canopies, a clubroom and fitness rooms. There is no on street parking, which Councilmember Ed Gallo said is an issue. Zak said the average monthly rent for the apartments will be close to $2,000. The councilmembers were in support of the project, saying it would bring more expendable income to downtown Escondido. “It’s a beautiful project. It will compliment the existing Latitude (apartments) across the street very well. It’s exactly the type of project we have tried to attract to Escondido,” Councilmember Olga Diaz said. Residents of the complex would get in through a driveway on Centre City Parkway. The Escondido Inn would remain where it is although the Inn owners expressed concern that the condominium signage and

trees would make it difficult for people to see their signs. Girish Hagen, co-owner of Escondido Inn said, “40 percent of our business is walk-in, if they’re not able to find us or see us in respect to our sign and our business, they will have difficulty getting to our location.” Zak said they’re working towards an agreement and the Planning Commission added a stipulation to lower the trees on the adjacent wall of the Escondido Inn. The shape of the property has made it difficult for NCA Developments and Lyon Communities. Last month Zak told the Planning Commission this was the most difficult project he has worked on. That hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm. “We’re really excited about the project,” said Zak. Construction will begin early next year, in January or February. Apartments will be available for move-in within a year and the apartments will be complete within 15 months.


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What price Paradise? By Celia Kiewit

Anti-Semitism issue again confronts UC regents California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Back in June, the president of the University of California promised on national radio that the UC Board of Regents would vote in its next meeting – in July – on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism. It didn’t happen. There was no vote, no discussion, not even an agenda item. No regent, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom or Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, spoke a critical word on the quiet disappearance of that item from the meeting. But the question is slated to reappear when regents gather again Sept. 16-17 in Irvine, not as a policy opposing anti-Semitism, but as a general discussion of “tolerance” on campus. UC administrators, of course, know all about tolerating anti-Semitism. No suspects have yet been found in several episodes of Nazi-like swastikas daubed onto university buildings and there have been no penalties for student government members who publicly questioned whether Jewish students can make fair and objective decisions or judgments on campus issues. That’s consistent with the lack of action against students who set up mock roadblocks on the Berkeley campus where Jewish-looking students — and no others — were accosted by toughs carrying machine-gun mockups. This was some Muslim students’ idea of a legitimate protest against Israel’s anti-terror tactics, which have cut deaths by car- and suicide-bombings to a fraction of their former level. Toothless bromides about tolerance were all those events – and multiple others since 2010 – elicited

from administrators and faculty apparently reluctant about doing anything to counter their system’s rising reputation for enabling outright anti-Semitism in the guise of a Palestinian-sponsored campaign to boycott Israel, divest from companies doing business there and create international sanctions against the Jewish state. No one suggests Israel’s policies should be immune from criticism, protest or debate. They are debated ceaselessly in countless Jewish forums. But adopting the State Department’s definition would let UC officials know when protest becomes bigotry. The State Department criteria, recently reaffirmed, are simple: If an action aims to delegitimize Israel, denying its very right to exist because it is a Jewish state, that’s anti-Semitic. If a protest demonizes Israel in ways not employed against any other country, that’s also anti-Semitism. And if a protest employs a double standard judging Israel differently from other countries, that’s anti-Semitic, too. Here’s one clear-cut example: When Israeli terrorists firebombed a Palestinian home and killed a child this summer, government officials immediately condemned the act and began a manhunt for the perpetrators. Palestinian officials and police have never tried to capture any countryman who killed Jewish citizens of Israel. Similarly, campus protestors who vilify Israel for the baby killing ignore the many more similar acts against Israelis. That’s as clear as a double standard can get. While Napolitano and the regents spent part of the summer backing off a tough stance against anti-Semitism, both the state Senate and Assembly passed a resolution calling on UC campuses to condemn it in all forms,

a recognition that this ageold prejudice has morphed into new forms on campus, partly because of the presence of students from countries where anti-Semitism is official policy. A formal definition is needed, say groups that battle anti-Semitism, because of confusion over the relationship between Jew-hatred and animosity toward Israel. Since the Assembly under Atkins’ leadership passed its resolution unanimously, it seems logical she should lead her fellow regents back to specifics, rather than going along with the milquetoast attempt to simply discuss tolerance. The university already has myriad policies encouraging tolerance and excoriating “hate speech.” While those policies have not been enforced against anti-Semites, they effectively prevent hate activities directed against African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims and other groups. “Action on anti-Israel behavior devolving into anti-Semitism is still on the table,” said a hopeful Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, which fights on-campus anti-Semitism. “We need a formal definition of what Jewish students are experiencing as anti-Semitism.” Without that, she said, administrators struggle to separate ordinary student protests from acts of hate. This may be one reason many egregious anti-Semitic acts have elicited no punishment. It’s high time the Board of Regents realizes that if it lapses into generalities and refuses to adopt specific guidelines like those of the State Department, it will be promoting an age-old hatred. Elias can be contacted at

Granted, housing costs and rents have gone up since I last wrote on this subject, but after doing a quick survey along the coast of North County San Diego, two people can rent a nice one bedroom apartment along the coast for about $1,500 to $1,800/month. Surprisingly, the law allows three occupants per that one bedroom unit! Children or adults, related or not. Five people can legally occupy a two bedroom at about $2,300/month. Should life in paradise be cheaper than that? If I can’t afford to live in Encinitas, what are my options? What’s wrong with San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside, and Carlsbad? Are you aware that plenty of subsidized units already exist here? Yes, they do. Depending on income qualification, discounts of 50 percent apply. How much development and shopping do we need? I’m talking about common sense and quality of life—a commodity in short supply and a phrase we often hear from our elected officials. Have you driven lately on the parking lot called I-5?! Is there any hope of mass transit in our future? Consider the growing controversy over the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields. Since incorporation in 1987, Encinitas has been accused of being out of compliance with the affordable housing mandate issued by Sacra-Demento. Have you any idea how many legal accessory units exist here? Plenty. How about private homes occupied by two or three families? Many! Not to mention short term units and other shared housing. This is all legal affordable housing. But the BIA and liberal legislators pushing to pave the planet don’t seem

to care. According to Bruce Reznik (June 1, 2015), the homeless and Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” are entitled to housing by the beach and the library so they can be comfortable while unemployed or promoting their various schemes and scams. How about including all the sex offenders, ex-cons, illegal immigrants, and jihadis? We voted for Prop. 187, but a few activist judges didn’t agree. Like another famous Sanctuary City, y’all come! What about the dreaded drought? As California burns and slowly goes dry, the water board officials are enforcing draconian measures raising our rates

less, this is where I’m going to get my act together, rather than bouncing around from couch to curb, sleeping in a ditch, stuck in addiction, leaning on the government for welfare and food stamps, in and out of rehab, or worse. The founder knows that these people cannot afford to live on the coast where the jobs available to them will not likely cover the rent or even allow them to apply. He has a proven method where these folks learn how to overcome their plight long term by working on the campus, learning life skills, and applying smart choices and accountability to their lives. No more excuses. This is a compassionate

I’m talking about common sense and quality of life — a commodity in short supply... thus creating less water usage, and the BIA lobbies for building more housing. Water conservation is a good thing, but are these guys in cahoots? Who pays for subsidized housing? We, the tax payers do. Living on the coast is not a right; it is a privilege that people work hard to earn and it doesn’t happen overnight. Not everyone can afford to live in beautiful Encinitas and that is as it should be. Here’s some great news: There’s a model of assistance for low income and homeless folks found in nearby Vista — a plan of fiscal common sense, efficiency, and principled philanthropy currently succeeding brilliantly in North County. It’s called Solutions for Change. If I am ever home-

and enlightened enterprise including a two-acre aquaponic (fish) farm that provides fresh organic produce to local schools and farmer’s markets, plus a university of life skills and counseling that fosters good habits and responsibility, not “poor me” enabling psycho-babble and wasteful spending of tax dollars — a model like few others in existence. And the farm uses less water than I do! I have a master’s degree in counseling and management experience with local short term homeless shelters that have their place at times, but Solutions for Change has a well-tested track record since the ‘90s with very little government funding. That’s a very good model. Some subsidies make sense and others don’t. Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.

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Best friends pedal across America for a cause By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Mike Minnick thought most people didn’t have mid-life crises until they were at least in their mid-40s or 50s. But a few years ago, at age 35, Minnick found himself having one (or as close to one as he could have imagined it to be like). The native Oklahoman had become a chain smoker, was bartending mostly and managing some nightclubs while living in Austin, Texas. His life, in a word, had become “complacent,” he said. “It’s like, ‘what am I doing? I’m not proud of anything I’m doing, I’ve just got to go shake my life up,’” he said. Not long after that, a friend offered him a ticket to the annual Burning Man festival held in the Nevada desert. He got himself a truck and drove to the festival, stopping to visit the country’s national parks along the way. It was while he was in Big Ben National Park that his truck broke down (he said his truck broke down often during that trip), where he came across a pair of brothers on a cross-country bicycle ride. That encounter got him thinking. And after getting his truck fixed, living on a school bus for a year to save money, Minnick decided he would trade in his truck for a bicycle, put down the cigarettes and hit the road. “That’s sort of what started it,” he said referring to his Burning Man trip. “I decided to leave my life behind,” said Minnick. Now at 39, Minnick calls home wherever he parks his bike — for more than two years he’s been pedaling across the country on a Yuba Mundo cargo bike with his 5-year-old mutt Bixby on a mission to raise awareness about the importance of adopting shelter dogs and other pets. So far he and Bixby have crossed 31 states and 9,200 miles. “There’s nothing else that I would rather be doing,” Minnick said while stopping in Encinitas on Monday. “I certainly have a lot more good days doing this than when I was in my complacent life and just sort of bored, and all of a sudden, several years went by and I realized I haven’t even gone anywhere. I’ve barely even left the city that I lived in. And I’m pretty sure that life’s supposed to be meant as an adventure, not a chore,” he said. He and Bixby first crossed paths in the town pound in Austin. As Minnick describes the encounter: “she walked right up to me and she stuck her chin on my knee and leaned against me, and I knew right there.” “They’re all willing to take you on an adventure, we just have to take the first step and adopt them so they can do so,” Minnick said. Their adventure began

sort of steam chemicals coming up out of the road; the road was sticky so my tires are also sticking to it, and then just when I think it can’t get any worse…Tyson Chicken trucks start coming out of these side roads, taking the chickens to the processing plant. “And you’ve never smelled anything worse in your entire life. These chickens are alive, but they don’t smell like it,” he said. At the end of that day, nearing the town of Hope, he felt like it all became worth it after a local woman pulled over and offered him fresh iced tea in a maMike Minnick and his dog Bixby, a 5-year-old mutt rescue, are riding their bike across the country raising son jar. awareness about the importance of adopting shelter dogs and other pets. Photo by Tony Cagala “That sweet tea, I will in Lubec, Maine, pedaling south along the East Coast, across the Brooklyn Bridge and then down into Key West, Fla. Having received some media attention along the way, and feeling they could do some good about raising awareness about local shelters, the duo decided to keep pedaling. What Minnick thought would take a few months to ride to California ended up taking a year and a half, stopping along the way in New Orleans where they rode in a Mardi Gras parade and then later in Austin, Texas where the pair got to sing Happy Birthday to a then-81-year-old Willie Nelson. For the past seven and a half months, Minnick and Bixby have been on the West Coast, spending a day or two in each of the cities they stop at. The response he and Bixby have received, Minnick said, has restored his faith in humanity. “All across the country, everywhere we’ve went, people have accepted us with open arms,” he said. They’ve stayed at campgrounds or with local hosts, complete strangers they’ve met either through passing by, or through social media. “That’s just been one of the most rewarding things about this entire trip, is actually getting to be a local in local towns, every town we go through. It’s a really special thing,” Minnick said. And Bixby has been able to play fetch (her favorite game) in some of the most beautiful places in the country, he added. There have been a couple of times, though, when Minnick’s questioned whether or not they should continue. He tells of a 50-mile stretch of road in Arkansas that he calls the “horrible, evil, gross chicken road,” which runs from Camden to Hope. He was told that the stretch would be a shortcut with no hills and shade. “Well, there were huge hills and it was nothing but hills and there was no shade and it was over 100 degrees and they had just freshly asphalted that road,” Minnick said. “So it’s like toxic,

never forget,” he said. Minnick said he has every intention of doing another cross-country tour again, calling it an official “hug your dog” tour. This time he aims to reach out for sponsors, now wanting to do more than just raise awareness. On his next tour he’d like to be able to raise money for the shelters. “My dreams have just gotten bigger and bigger and this amazing little creature right here, who started off her life at an animal shelter, when it really comes down to it, she absolutely rescued me.” Follow their adventures at

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Solving Homelessness, Part III Comparatively, only half (50 percent) of the City crafting of San Diego’s homeless population is sheltered. north Escondido is home county to North County’s largest vince vasquez


n my investigation of North County’s homeless epidemic, I’ve examined some of the public and private agencies addressing the issue. Now, I’ll take an indepth look at the numbers behind our homeless population, and share what the data reveals. Once a year, the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless organizes a countywide “Point in Time Count” of the homeless population. Volunteers are assigned areas to identify and survey sheltered and unsheltered individuals, collecting responses to key questions that can help agencies refine their outreach efforts and services. Survey data is geographically aggregated to the city level, allowing us to take a unique look at the population trends for North County. In 2015, less than a quarter (17.8 percent) of San Diego County’s 8,506 homeless population lives in North County cities or unincorporated neighborhoods. In fact, the vast majority of homeless (63.3 percent) live in the city of San Diego. Most (67 percent) of the North County homeless are “sheltered,” meaning on the night of the count they were living in emergency shelters (domestic violence shelter, housing vouchers), safe havens, or in transitional housing.

homeless population (430), followed by Oceanside (420), Vista (349), and Encinitas (123). Comparing year-to-year data, most North County cities saw reductions in their homeless populace, with a few exceptions. San Marcos stood out with the largest year-toyear increase, from 6 individuals counted in 2014, to 82 this year; these figures seem to mostly reflect the recent inclusion of people in transitional housing. Among the unsheltered population, Oceanside has the largest number of individuals in hand-built structures or tents (13), and Encinitas has the largest population of individuals living in vehicles (36). Compare these numbers to the City of San Diego, where 543 homeless were found living in cars, vans or RVs, and 248 dwelling in hand-built structures or tents. Countywide, volunteers identified 625 individuals as unaccompanied homeless youth 25 years of age or younger, and 1,381 military veterans. What to make of these numbers? The population data is a sobering reminder of the magnitude of San Diego’s homeless epidemic — North County is home to only a small fraction of the greater regional population. Still, it is up to us to find local solutions to sheltering individuals, and transitioning the homeless back into society and the workforce. While our part of the county is more successful than the City in sheltering the homeless, there is still a great need for more participating landlords and shelter space in North County. Volunteers too are needed to help in small and big ways. This crisis is far from solved — but knowing where we stand gives us a place to start. Vince Vasquez is a policy analyst at an economic think tank based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.


From left, GFWC Contemporary Women of North County Scholarship Chairwoman Ann Lygas and committee member Gina Ensalaco, congratulate the club’s scholarship winner, Becca Huff, joined by other committee members Diane Modjeski, and Maryann Donovan. Huff will be finishing her last semester at Mira Costa and then will transfer to a four-year university to obtain her nursing degree. Courtesy photo

‘Embrace uncertainty’ teachers told By Ray Huard

Be bold, dare to take risks and persevere. That was part of the message Vista Unified School District Superintendent Devin Vodicka gave to more than 1,200 teachers as they begin a new school year. “We’re going to move away from what has been to what’s new and different, get away from standardization toward personal learning,” Vodicka told the teachers, who gathered recently at Mission Vista High School in Oceanside and North Coast Church in Vista for a staff development day with a theme of “Every Child, Every Day.” Vista Unified includes portions of Oceanside, where about a third of its students live. Teachers and other district professionals who work with students in grades eight through 12 met at the high school to attend a series of workshops related to their field of study. Those who work with students in transitional kindergarten through second grade met separately at North Coast Church to focus on early literacy. Echoing Vodicka’s com-

Content resource teacher Lisa Kiess and Madison Middle School teacher Debra Hogue at a recent staff development day. Courtesy photo

ments to both groups, keynote speaker Fredi Avalos urged the teachers and others to “embrace uncertainty” as a way to grow. Avalos, who is an adjunct professor, lecturer in communications and media consultant at California State University San Marcos, also emphasized the need for teachers to be aware of the cultural differences among their students. For instance, Avalos said that, because of their culture, students may respond differently than teachers expect. She cited an example in a culture where people are taught to work as a group rather than individually. When a teacher asked

for someone who knew the answer to a question to raise a hand, no one did, Avalos said. The teacher erroneously concluded that the students weren’t understanding the lessons, she said. When another teacher asked the entire class to answer, they all responded. For one person to have answered as an individual would have been considered disrespectful to the group, she said. Avalos also advised teachers to be aware of how actions not directly related to classwork can affect students. “Sometimes, even a glance from a teacher can make a student uncomfort-

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able,” Avalos said. On the other hand, she said something as simple as making eye contact or learning how to properly pronounce everyone’s name can help build an important bond. Several teachers said the message Vodicka and Avalos presented, along with the workshops, gave them a jump start on the school year. “It gives you a vision for the year,” said special education teacher Jill Schmidt. Sixth grade teacher Chandra Purpura said she appreciated Vodicka’s focus on the human element in education, reviewing the district’s accomplishments by talking about teachers, students and administrators who won awards over the past school year. “It’s not just about technology,” Purpura said. In a way, technology was the topic at some workshops for the teachers at Mission Vista – digital citizenship, a term used to cover the etiquette, pitfalls and advantages to using digital devices to connect to social media and do research. Vista Unified has set a goal of becoming a Common Sense Media certified district for digital citizenship by the end of the 2015-16 school year, said Dan Brown, a technology resource teacher. According to its website, Common Sense Media is “a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.” As of August, Common Sense Media listed only one district in California as certified – Manteca Unified School District near Stockton in northern California. To become certified, 75 percent of the schools in the district must have a digital citizenship program in place. Brown said it will be up to principals at each school to decide when and how TURN TO TEACHERS ON 18

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CARLSBAD — City Council unanimously approved the Agua Hedionda 85/15 Initiative, which proposed an upscale retail shopping center on a portion of the strawberry fields. The initiative was approved after a six-hour meeting, which Mayor Matt Hall said, had more speakers on a single issue than he’s seen in his 30 years in public service. The council approved the project because the proposal met all the city standards and regulations and because the property has been zoned for commercial use since the ‘80s. “This plan has been developed in collaboration with the community, and it goes above and beyond what is required, by ensuring the future of the strawberry fields and providing public access to open space in perpetuity,” said Hall. “That has tremendous value and will enhance our community for years to come.” Developer Rick Caruso plans to build a shopping center on 27 acres between Interstate 5 and Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Since the citizen led initiative process was used, council had the option to either send the project to a special election, to outright approve it or to think about it for 30 days. A special election would have cost the city about $500,000. Caruso plans to make the remaining 85 percent of the land, or 155 acres, permanent open space. In an effort to get residents on board with the project, he proposed adding miles of publicly accessible trails and an outdoor amphitheater for use by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s educational program. According to Hall, when Caruso first approached the city, Hall

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recommended Caruso do lots of outreach to the community because Lennar Homes was denied a project after citizen outcry. Mayor Pro Tem Keith Blackburn said he approved the project because he believes it’s a good project and because the developer is giving back an additional 21 acres of open space. “I can’t imagine another developer who is going to come into this city, look at that piece of property and come up with a better deal for Carlsbad,” Blackburn said. After Proposition D passed with voter approval in 2006, 50 acres near Agua Hedionda Lagoon were set aside for commercial development to keep the remaining 155 acres as permanent open space. Caruso plans to develop about half of the commercially zoned space and reserve the rest as permanent open space. Councilmember Mark Packard said he approved the initiative because it will enhance what is already in Carlsbad. “It’s not too good to be true, it’s too good to pass up,” Packard said. About 130 speakers

ASPIRING ARTISTS AT WORK Supervisor Dave Roberts visits the ArtHatch studios on Grand Avenue in Escondido where studio artist Victor Ramos leads an oil painting workshop. Coutesy photo

voiced their opinions on the shopping center. Those in favor said they admired Caruso’s other developments, The Grove and The Americana in Los Angeles and said many of the critic’s arguments were similar to that of the arguments against LEGOLAND, which is a top tourist destination in Carlsbad. The opponents of the plan said it would bring traffic to Carlsbad’s already clogged freeway and urged the council to send it to a vote. Critics also claimed the project was sidestepping the California Environmental Quality Act by going through the citizen led initiative process. Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled citizen led initiatives did not need CEQA approval. Assistant City Manager Gary Barberio told the council the proposal meets the environmental standards. Barberio also pointed out that it was only the proposal that was approved so city staff will still work to ensure the development meets all of the city’s codes and standards as the plans

firm up. The Coastal Commission still needs to approve the project. At a press conference Wednesday, Caruso said he expects there will be some issues there. “I’m sure we’re going to have some issues but again, I’m very confident that we’ll get through it,” Caruso said. City staff estimates the project will add between 2,300 and 2,400 jobs to the local economy and about $2.5 million in annual taxes. The project had support from the strawberry fields owner, Jimmy Ukegawa. As part of the project, he will continue to farm on 50 acres and provide produce to the on-site restaurants. Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Chairperson Maureen Simons was one of the initiative leaders and said she supports the project because it will open up the lagoon to the public. Caruso had to get a minimum of 10 percent of registered Carlsbad voter’s signatures to get the initiative in front of council and they received double the amount.

sorted through the mail in the still heat of the San Diego August and spotted my college sorority magazine. This time of year, one look and I am transported back to the giddy madness of sorority “rush” that usually happens in the scorching heat of late August. “Rush” is now called “Membership Recruitment.” Maybe it always was. The girls will always call it “rush” with all the kindness and cruelty that slang term possesses. Being on the outside is painful yet hopeful. Being on the inside is powerful yet vulnerable. Either side can turn away at any moment. After this ritual of mutual exploration, acceptance and rejection, I ended up with young women around me who became an irreplaceable dimension to my college years and my entire life. I wish this support structure for every kid when they launch into higher education and first independence. Despite the fact that I swapped vows with probably 150 women over my college career, my sorority years produced a dozen lifelong friends. Those women, however, hold a special, unshakable place in my heart. They knew me when. They know

all the foolishness of my salad days and consider it part of my charm. These are the women with whom I have shared enough time, tragedy, affection, life experiences and conversation that I can drop all defenses in their company. As the memories of rush rise up like the heat waves on the sidewalks, I see the anxious young women, as they stand outside the sorority houses, perspiring and praying that their mascara won’t run. I see the sorority women bursting out of their front doors singing sweet, sincere songs of welcome. By now this year’s ritual has just ended. The new members have received their small pledge pins, and some very strong threads to be woven in the fabric of their lives. When my sorority chapter at San Diego State University, folded in 1992, I was furious. They had allowed my chapter, my memories, my place, my link to my history, to die and it will remain a permanent point of pain. I now have age and perspective on my side, but when the August winds make my spirit limp and my hairline damp, I vividly remember that time, that distillation of choosing and being rejected and chosen, then being surrounded by the best of women. It is still an elixir perhaps more sweet because of its hint of bitterness. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer grateful for those who know her so well and love her anyway. Contact her at


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ENCINITAS — The dozens of eager youngsters waited outside for the Famous Footwear in Encinitas to open an hour early on Saturday, asking each other what they were going to do — go for two pairs of shoes or opt for the combination of a pair of shoes and a backpack? And with a fury of little feet being measured and fitted, and the number of boxes opened and scattered in each aisle, shoes, it seemed, was the overwhelming answer. Behind the back-toschool shopping spree were Encinitas residents Charles and Linda Van Kessler, founders of the nonprofit charity Passion 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids in Desperate Situations). The charity organization, which began with Charles back in 1986 in Texas, has been helping to provide for handicapped, neglected, abandoned, abused and underprivileged kids ever since. Myesha Perry, from Vista, is a single mother of four children, with 2-yearold triplets in daycare and her oldest son in pre-kindergarten. She said she wouldn’t be able to afford shoes for her kids because she doesn’t get paid that much. “And for Passion 4

From left: Passion 4 K.I.D.S. co-founder Linda Van Kessler, Amelia Ober, Joey Ober, Joey Ober Jr., Noah Ober, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. co-founder Charles Van Kessler and Alexa Ober at the Encinitas Famous Footwear. Photos by Tony Cagala

K.I.D.S. to be able to provide shoes for my kids is awesome,” said Perry. So far the organization has helped maybe 100 families. “It may not sound like a lot,” Charles, 74, said. “But the things we do are sometimes astronomical.” The organization has


given away four handicap vans, remodeled two homes and gives support to an El Cajon family that has adopted 18 special needs children. They’ve also raised $100,000 for Baby Izaiah, the little boy who was hit by a drunk driver in 2010 and left paralyzed, and his family to make a down payment on a handicap accessible home. Jacob Wallis, Izaiah’s father, said the Van Kesslers have been with the family since day one. “At first we were strangers and as the time went on we became family. Ever since day one, they’ve always looked out for Izaiah and all of his needs.” Over the years, the Wallis’ sense of routine has

settled in now that they’re in their own home. “It’s a place that we can call home, rather than a place that we’re just renting out. Izaiah’s definitely comfortable there,” Wallis said. The kids and their families attending Saturday’s event came from all over San Diego County because, Charles explained, the needs come from everywhere. “We get more and more requests and we have less and less funds,” Charles said. He said Passion 4 K.I.D.S. is getting “pretty dangerously low on funds,” right now. It’s always the same story, Charles added. “We need funds.” “We go begging,” he

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said. “That’s what we have to do. We beg companies — we beg everywhere — we just beg to make it happen. That’s a tough way to go, but we do it.” Getting by on local donations, the couple continues to run the nonprofit, and Charles’ other business, Passion 4 Life vitamins, out of their Encinitas home. The Van Kesslers don’t take any of the donations for their salaries and portions of the sales of the Passion 4 Life vitamins go back into the nonprofit organization. When people make donations, Charles is adamant that the money doesn’t go to any overhead, expenses and salaries. Born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1941, Charles, at 2 years old, saw his family snatched away in front of his own eyes by the Nazis, he said. He would be left to spend his early childhood in a state-run orphanage, where he would suffer eight years of abuse, malnutrition, no nutrition — eating only sugar beets and flower bulbs for survival. After so much, Charles ran away from the orphanage, drifting all over Holland, he said, begging for food and a place to sleep. At the age of 15, he was able to get a job, and then

Myesha Perry with her 2-year-old triplets from left: Treyvon, Tiara and Trey before the back-toschool shopping spree.

later, in 1964, he was able to come to the U.S. “My outlook on life changed when I came to America and teamed up with some missionaries to go across the border into the garbage dump areas. That’s where my life really took hold,” he said. “I said, ‘I gotta do something with my life to make a difference for kids so they don’t go through what I go through,’” he said. “God spoke to me in those days already, said Charles. “He said, ‘I need to do something more with my life and deal with these children.’” That’s when he founded his charity. In 1996 Charles moved to San Diego, and five years later he would meet Linda. With her expertise in marketing and public relations (working in the White House under President Gerald Ford’s administration) the couple has been able to build steam in getting the word out about the organization. As for what’s next for the charity, that’s hard to determine, Charles said. “We do so much and it just continues,” he said. “We don’t know what else is there besides what we do. That’s what we do. We just want to increase our efforts and do more. Always do more because there is such a need right here.”

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achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ NEW DIRECTOR IN TOWN The city of Solana Beach has hired Bill Chopyk as the new Director of C o m munity Develop m e nt . He will be replacing Wendé Protzm a n , who is retiring. He joins the city of Solana Beach from the city of La Mesa where he served as the Community Development Director for the past 8 1 ⁄2 years. Chopyk is active regionally where he has participated on many San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) planning boards and has served as the chairman of the Regional Planning Technical Working Group. He began his employment with the city of Solana Beach Aug. 31. CLEOPATRA NOMINATED Encinitas singer and member of the musical Degher family, Cleopatra Degher, was just nominated for a 2015 San Diego Music Award, for her CD “Pacific.”


T he C oast News - I nland E dition a week. PHI THETA KAPPA HONOREE Palomar College student and Escondido resident Maylin Caldwell was named as a recipient of the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship. This is the second year Caldwell has received a Phi Theta Kappa award. Caldwell, who was a tutor in Palomar’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center this past year, has served as vice president of Palomar’s Alpha Omega Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. RED CROSS OFFERS HAIRCUTS The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to those who come out to donate blood or platelets during September. Those who give blood or platelets Sept. 1 through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via e-mail after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 8, 2015, and donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon. To make an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood. org/sport-clips or call (800) 733-2767). HOSPITALITY PROGRAM MiraCosta College Hospitality Management Program will offer two fully online certificate programs starting this fall. Classes begin Aug. 24. “Most of our students work in the industry and have bizarre hours,” said Al Taccone, dean of Career and Technical Education. “We wanted to offer them classes that are more convenient for them so they can earn their certificate on time.” For more information, visit or call (760) 795.6841.

SWEETEN UP AT SPICE WAY Encinitas’ newest boutique spice and cooking store, The Spice Way, will open its doors for free honey tastings and cooking demonstration Sept. 6 at 260 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Honey tasting will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with cooking BREATHE DEEPLY demonstrations at 12:30 Arch Health Partners p.m. and 3 p.m. with pro- announced that Escondiprietor Debbie Kornberg. do Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists will join AHP medical group effective ART SCHOLARSHIPS San Dieguito Art Sept. 1. This new partnerGuild, presented $500 ship brings to AHP a team scholarships to MiraCosta of specialists for diagnosis college students Caitlin and treatment of lung disKozuma and Jeremy Raab. orders, as well as condiKozuma has explored both tions related to sleep such digital photography and as sleep apnea, insomnia, traditional black and white nocturnal epilepsy and film photography at Mira circadian rhythm disorCosta and plans to trans- ders. Their team includes fer to an art school. Raab specialists with board is originally from Kansas certification in Internal City where he spent years Medicine, Critical Care mulling around the metro- Medicine and Pulmonary politan streets skateboard- Disease: Jim Otoshi, M.D., ing, photographing and Frank Bender, M.D., Greg Hirsch, M.D. and Kenneth filming. Trestman, M.D. JERSEY MIKE’S OPENS Another Jersey Mike’s Subs opened at 302 Mission Ave., Oceanside Aug. 26. Franchise owner, Morgan Ensberg, will hold a free sub fundraiser, with a free sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Semper Fi Fund, through Aug. 30. Customers must have a coupon to be eligible. This is the third Jersey Mike’s 1x2 is newspaper talk for a one column by 2” ad. Too small to be effective? location for Ensberg. The You’re reading this aren’t you? restaurant’s hours are 10 Call 760-436-9737 for more info. a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days


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ENCINITAS — The Leichtag Foundation and a San Diego architecture school have teamed up to design what will be the centerpiece of the Foundation’s flagship event, the Sukkot Harvest Festival Oct. 4. On Wednesday night, an intimate audience got a sneak preview of the winning design for the sukkah, the temporary hutlike dwelling that defines the festival. “Tonight will help build excitement for the upcoming festival,” Joshua Sherman said of the event, which — like the Oct. 4 festival — is an invitation-only affair. “The students at NewSchool worked hard over

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ESCONDIDO — Nerds of every ilk turned out for the inaugural Nerd Con on Saturday. The event, a one-day convention, was put on by four friends looking to strengthen the nerd community and celebrate all-things nerd. People dressing up in their cosplay costumes, fans of Star Wars, Star Trek and almost everything else out of this world filled the grounds of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. “It’s just fun to see people not worrying about what everyone else things of them,” said Scott Winn, who was attending with his family.

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Cue your inner Keanu at Point Break Live By Tony Cagala

SOLANA BEACH — It’s 100 percent pure punk rock theater. For the past several years, Thomas Blake and the troupe behind Point Break Live have been acting out the film “Point Break,” onstage as if they were teenagers with a reckless abandon. Blake, who produces, directs and acts in the staged performance of the

1991 film starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, joined the production in 2006. It’s a show filled with fake blood and water squirting all over the place and the audience interaction is only guaranteed. Though that interaction was only amped up in 2007 when Blake ultimately took over the show’s helm and also, he said, through a little bit of an accident.

It happened when a theater venue for one of their performances fell through at the last minute. In a scramble, the cast found a bar, Blake explained. It had no stage, and so the actors just started venturing out into the audience because there wasn’t any room to do anything else. “Then it became this bar crazy interactive thing and that’s when it took off,” Blake said. But always from its beginnings, someone selected out of the audience has played the part of Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a group of bank robbing surfers — a role made famous (or infamous) by Reeves. Blake said the part would just be too hard to cast someone to be that bad, or that good. “In the most respect to Keanu, it was the perfect


Know something that’s going on? Send it to calendar@ AUG. 28 MUSIC FEST FLOWS The three-day Carlsbad Music Festival will be held Aug. 28 through Aug. 30 in the Village of Carlsbad, with Mainstage concerts by violinist and electronics wizard Todd Reynolds; contemporary pianist Vicki Ray and Encinitas-based master Indian sitarist Kartik Seshadri. There will be the free music at the Village Music Walk on Aug. 29, Concerts in the Park Aug. 30; and the “New Currents”

The cast of Point Break Live is bringing their staged version of the 1991 cult-classic film “Point Break” to the Belly Up in Solana Beach Aug. 30. The show is sold out, but the production is expected to return. Courtesy photo

casting,” Blake said. “He was so bad that it was amazing, and he was also kind of lost and confused the whole time, so no better way to

do that than just pick some it be risky to have a staged guy from the audience and production with a major role being played by somethrow him out there.” It’s a question that TURN TO POINT BREAK ON 13 Blake gets all the time: Can

stage both Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. Mainstage tickets: $30 reserved, $15 general plus weekend passes available. Learn more at BLUES FOR YOU Blues duo, Sue Palmer and Deejah Marie, will play at Cardiff at the free First Wednesday Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library between 7 and 8 p.m. Sept. 2, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Cardiff by-the-Sea. Call (760) 635-1000. WEIRD AL IS BACK Join the free concert with “Weird Al” Yankovic Aug. 28, after a day at the races, with just a $6 Stretch Run admission at Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. For more information, visit delmar- SUMMER MUSINGS An opening reception is being held from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at 6764 La Valle Plateada, #239, Rancho Santa Fe, for The Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance “Summer Musings” featuring new works by San Diego artists including paintings, sculptures, and installations. There will also be Artist Talks & Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 29. The gallery stays open until 4 p.m. For more information, email BRINGING INDIA HERE Encinitas Friends of the Arts hosts “Passport to India” from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, with dinner, art, music, dance, henna, saris, films and more. Tickets at AUG. 29 NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS Encinitas Ballet is holding auditions for its December production on Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and Sept. 7. For

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AREA ARTISTS DISPLAY The Sargent Art Group presents “Art Under the Umbrellas” from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad. For more information contact LEER Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Rincón Literario, will meet at 3: 30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Turrentine Room, 239 Kalmia St. Escondido. This month’s book is “Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 13

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one that might never have acted before? “If they’re really, really good it’s amazing. If they’re really, really bad, it’s kind of even more amazing. It’s never not worked,” said Blake. The show is coming to San Diego for just the second time ever during its decade-long run. Blake has wanted to bring the show down from Los Angeles for a while, because,


Stars” by John Green. AUG. 30 CONCERT ON THE GREEN The Village Presbyterian Church presents a free community concert with Emily Elbert and the Peter Sprague Group from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 30 on the green in the village of Rancho Santa Fe, at the corner of Avenida Acacias and La Flecha. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic. For more information, call (858) 756-2441. CORDELIA ON STAGE Encinitas guitarist-singer Cordelia Degher is playing at the Leucadia Art Walk, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Coffee Coffee, 970 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Her EP, “Open Up to Me” is now finished and will be released Sept. 19. LIBRARY CONCERT Darius Degher will be playing at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Cornish Street Coffee House, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, opening the show for 2Bit Palomino. Tickets are $10 pre-sale at and $13 at the door. The senior Degher will also be at Write On Oceanside from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 29, in and around the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza and Community Rooms. LEUCADIART WALK Enjoy the best of North County artists at the LeucadiART Walk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 on the west side of Highway 101 in Leucadia. MEET THE ARTISTS San Dieguito Art Guild hosts a reception 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 for Encinitas Off Track Gallery watercolor artist Marilyn Shayegan, and oil artist Jennifer Richards at 937 S. Coast Highway, Suite C-103, in the Lumberyard Shopping Center, Encinitas. AUG. 31 FINAL AUDITIONS Auditions for SISTERHOOD THEATRE continue through August for fall 40s-era production, “The Home Front.” Performances Oct. and Nov. Female singers-actors needed, some males for special appearances, also. Reading as well as memorization. Call (619) 846-7416 or for more info. SEPT. 1 CHILDREN’S CHOIR The San Diego Children’s Choir is now enrolling ages 4- to 18-years-old. Rehearsal locations include Carmel Valley and Carlsbad. Pay


T he C oast News - I nland E dition he said, it’s such a good fit, especially with the surfing community that just get the movie. It’s kind of like the Cardiff Kook, he said. People that appreciate that, the funniness of that are real surfers. Though he insists that Point Break Live is a total homage to the film, admitting though, that they do goof on it, too. As for the film and the stage production’s co-existence, Blake said the pair goes hand-in-hand. “It’s like a Catch-22. I

think that we’ve definitely kept the film in the forefront of the cult status that it already had…but obviously if it wasn’t for the cult status of the movie, the show wouldn’t be what it was.” Some of the original cast members from the film have performed with the troupe, including Gary Bussey, Lori Petty and even the film’s director Kathryn Bigelow (who has since gone on to win an Academy Award). But so far, no Keanu, though he is aware of the show.

Blake added that he met with Reeves once and tried to convince him to reprise his Utah role. But if you’re going to audition, Blake had this advice: be loud, be confident and be as Johnny Utah as you can. The Aug. 30 show at the Belly Up has sold out, but Blake said they’ll for sure be back in the next couple of months with Point Break Live and their other production of “Terminator Too: Judgment Play.” Visit for more information.

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SEPT. 4 FOREIGN FILMS City of Carlsbad’s Foreign Film Fridays series returns with screenings of “Departures” from Japan at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.

Vista’s streets. For more information, visit CHRISTIAN CONCERT Contemporary Christian recording artist Ryan Kennedy will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Lighthouse Christian Church, 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside. For more information, visit or call (760) 726-0590. ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO Escondido Public Library hosts the 2nd Tuesday Book Club at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. For more information, visit

SEPT. 3 MOONALICE Moonalice will open for The Marshall Tucker Band at 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets: $40-$42 at

MARK THE CALENDAR ART IN THE ALLEY The Vista Art Foundation presents its Alley Art Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 The festival will feature live music, local artists, a poetry slam, a parade, fashion and more along Historic Downtown

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Food &Wine Get your authentic cheesesteak on at Gaglione Bros.


’ve found that regional food specialties can evoke as much or more passion in folks as their local college or professional sports teams. There are the obvious NYC thin crust versus Chicago deep dish and the Carolina versus Texas BBQ, and the more obscure like the Detroit Co

ney dog against the Cincinnati-style The Gaglione brothers and their delicious offerings. Courtesy photo chili dog. Then, once you dive down into the region itself, the arguments key to use Amoroso rolls and real thumbs up. She was also impressed get even more heated and passionate. chopped steak. Amoroso is a Philly- with their pickled bar and the selecIn San Diego for example, how based bakery that goes back to the tion of Tastykake snacks, another remany times have you argued the vir- early 1900s and is the foundation for gional favorite. I had already been to Gaglione tues of taco shops and their special- a real cheesesteak. ties such as a Juanita’s fish taco up Amoroso’s Frozen capabilities Bros. several times and had one of against say a Roberto’s ? mean the rolls that make Philly sand- the brothers, Joe Gaglione on Lick Well we all know Juanita’s rules wiches world-famous are available the Plate on KPRI so I knew they the fish taco world in North County in all 50 states, so restaurants every- were dedicated to their craft and so that’s not a fair comparison right? where can boast about offering the made some tasty cheesesteaks and subs. See, there you go, I can feel the argu- Philly legend. That said, it’s always good to mentative vibrations of readers hapTheir flash-freezing process cappening as I write this. You get my tures that distinctive flavor imme- have a native with an in-depth knowlpoint though right? diately after cooling for shipment edge and opinion on the topic validate my views. So, when it came time to explore across the country. So now we know that we have a Gaglione Bros. Famous Steaks & Subs Philadelphians and restauranew location in Encinitas, I decided teurs looking to recreate an authen- solid cheesesteak joint in Encinitas, to tap the cheesesteak knowledge tic say Amoroso’s Frozen products let’s move on to the rest of the menu, of my Philadelphia-born-and-raised are virtually indistinguishable from as there are some items there that I am craving on a regular basis as well. neighbor Andrea Arteaga. fresh. My favorite part of Thanksgiving She advised me first off to never Andrea also noted that when in call them Philly cheesesteaks, simply Philly, it’s best to get into the Italian is the turkey sandwich the next day cheesesteaks. Putting the Philly in neighborhoods for the full experi- with stuffing, cranberry sauce and front was a sure sign of an amateur ence and if possible avoid the tour- mayonnaise. It’s one of the few times I buy a or tourist. isty Geno’s and Pats. Andrea also mentioned that I should note that Andrea gave when going for authenticity, it is Gaglione Bros.’ cheesesteak a big TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 18

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary is gearing up for its 3rd annual “Taste of Rancho Santa Fe.� For the second year in a row, the historical Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will be the venue for the Oct. 11 event. Co-chairing the food and wine festival this year is RSF Rotary Club co-president Jamie Palizban and Uschi Crouch. Palizban said the annual event has grown because everyone has responded so well to the top-tier restaurants, wineries, and breweries, which have participated. “The popularity has been phenomenal,� she said. Palizban admits three years ago, they thought it would just be a one-time fundraiser. But following their success, they decided to continue onward. When their Rotary approached the Inn, she said, it was a mutual agreement to bring restaurants and wineries together to make it more of a Ranch soiree rather than just a wine tasting affair. And The Inn is offering the venue at no cost. According to Palizban, they tripled their proceeds at their second event. “And every year we have been sold out,� she said. The first year the Rotary welcomed 200 guests, the second year had 300 guests, and Palizban is expecting 400 guests this October. These numbers also mean that the Rotary’s eight local charities it supports will be impacted in a positive way. Palizban wants everyone to know that all of its proceeds will go to the


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hey came for a re-visit to San Diego, some 35plus wineries from Paso Robles led by veteran cheerleader and Communications Director Chris Taranto, who has guided the message for Paso wine country for as long as I can remember. Appropriately called the “Grand Tasting Tour,� it had some wineries that were seasoned and comfortable like Hope Family, JUSTIN, Niner, Opolo, Tablas Creek and San Antonio. A short look around and some things were new like Alta Colina, Barr, Burbank Ranch, Venteux and the sensation of the show, Pianetta with its reboot of the fabled Jug Wine, but more about that later. If you’re new to the wine tasting regions in California, Paso Robles is located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along the Central Coast. It’s the third largest wine region with about 200 wineries on 32,000 vineyard acres. Here, wineries The third annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe event is have proven that with the Oct. 11 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo unique climate, topography and soil, over 40 worldcharities which support children, the mil- wide grape varietals can be itary and more. grown and bottled. At the event, foodies will have the Some wines to try: opportunity to enjoy savories from more Hope Family Wines Treathan 20 restaurants, including award-win- na Red. Their Viognier is a ning establishments. personal favorite, and this Those taking part in the event can 2012 Red Blend of Caberalso experience delectable wine pairings. net and Syrah doesn’t disParticipating wineries are local, as far appoint either ($45). Taste north as Napa Valley and everything in plum, cherry and spice. between. Visit During the course of the afternoon, Now on to Pianetta guests can indulge in “must have� live Winery and their re-boot and silent auction items. And opportuni- of the wine in a jug. The ty drawings wine is Jug Wine 2013, with mostly Zinfandel, and some

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Key Paso players Michael Geise of Hope Family Wines, and Chris Taranto for the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. Photo by Frank

Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah ($24). “We wanted to create a fun, traditional style of wine and decided the best way would be in a JUG,� explained Caitlin Pianetta, president and owner. Their seventh vintage is from 2013, and it sells in the tasting room and select stores. See more at New dates for San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival he largest wine and food festival in Southern California returns for the twelfth time. The new dates are: Nov. 15 through Nov. 22. For those few who have not seen this extravaganza, it’s a star-studded classic that takes place at various locations in San Diego. The festival’s Grand Tasting at the Embarcadero Nov. 21 will feature more than 200 wineries, breweries and spirits from around the world, 70 local restaurants and the “Chef of the Fest Competition.� Ticket information is now available by visiting, or by calling (619) 312-1212.


Wine Bytes North County Wine Company in San Marcos presents a flight of new release California wines Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. Half glass pours on three prime brands for only $15. Call (760) 653-9032 for times. Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo has its fifth annual Tastings Festival and Classic Car Show, Aug. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. You get lovely wines, cool beer, delicious food and live music for a $30 advance. Phone (858) 775-5788 for details. Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula wants you to join them for a Primitivo Vertical Wine Tasting DinTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 18

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Educational Opportunities Taylion San Diego Academy

Welcomes students back for first day of school Vista, CA., August 13, 2015 – Taylion San Diego Academy will open doors to students at their schools in Victorville, Adelanto, San Bernardino, Vista, and San Marcos, for the first day of classes on Wednesday, September 2nd. Taylion Academy has experienced signficant growth in the last two years, now having three locations in the Inland Empire and two in San Diego County. In addition, they plan on opening two more locations by the end of 2015. “It is our mission to provide students with the most flexible options that will allow them to thrive and succeed at their own pace. We are excited and eager to welcome students back for the 2015-2016 school year on September 2nd,” said Timothy Smith, Taylion San Diego Academy Founder and Lead Petitioner. On September 17th, at 1pm, Taylion Academy school leaders and The Vista Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event for their Vista location, located at 1661 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081-5471. Mark your calendars! The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event is open to everyone and will

It is our mission to provide students with the most flexible options that will allow them to thrive and succeed at their own pace. ” Timothy Smith Founder

include facility tours, prizes and giveaways. To learn about Taylion San Diego Academy or request additional information, please visit their website at www. About Taylion San Diego Academy Taylion San Diego Academy is a free public charter school, serving Kindergarten through 12th grade and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC accredited school offers a variety of programs to meet

each student’s individual need including virtual school and independent study, as well as various socialization activities and clubs like ASB and more. Taylion San Diego is committed to providing the most flexible options, so that students can easily benefit from personalized learning plans that are designed to allow them to thrive, excel and succeed at their own pace. Curriculum is differentiated to support student engagement, accelerate learning, enhance student achievement and is suited for varying levels of student development. Students are provided with flexible schedules, small group dynamics and access to one-on-one individualized instruction all while fostering social inclusion by countering alienation. With locations in Vista and San Marcos, Taylion San Diego continues to grow to be a partner in the North San Diego County community. For more information on Taylion San Diego Academy, call (760) 2955564 or visit them online at www.TaylionSanDiego. com. Also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Enroll now for fall classes at NUA Now enrolling for fall, National University Academy (NUA) provides a variety of options for students and parents seeking K-12 education programs that best meet their goals. A 2015 recipient of the California Gold Ribbon School award and the California Department of Education’s Title I Academic Achievement Award, NUA is a collection of tuition-free public charter schools in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, Fresno, and Sacramento Counties. The schools’ programs provide K-12 students with a diverse array of programs, including 1001 S.T.E.A.M., Dual Language Institute, Sparrow (Waldorf inspired), Home School, and Independent Study. All programs are accessible, challenging, and relevant for today’s students and prepare them for the future. NUA’s 1001 S.T.E.A.M. Program helps students build skills for the 21st century. Offered for grades 6-12, 1001 S.T.E.A.M provides an academically rigorous Common Core Standards-based curriculum while integrating a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics focus. Students receive direct instruction and participate in engaging, project-based learning activities using 21st century skills to apply their knowledge and solve real-world problems. The Dual Language Program fosters multicultural and multilingual education by providing an academic experience that develops speaking and

writing skills in both English and Spanish. The program is open to K-8 students and offered at NUA’s Vista Campus. Working in English and Spanish, students receive direct instruction in a Common Corealigned curriculum and participate in cooperative learning activities, projects, and individual learning assignments as they master both languages. The Academy’s Waldorf inspired Sparrow Program offers a child-centered learning environment for K-6 students. Based in La Mesa, Sparrow’s approach to education features an integrated curriculum that is developmentally appropriate work and focuses on social inclusion; non-punitive discipline; and experiential learning. In the Sparrow Program, students learn to be compassionate, creative, eco-literate citizens able to act responsibly and thoughtfully. For students and parents who prefer homeschooling, NUA’s K-8 Homeschool Program provides a full menu of resources and valuable opportunities to customize each student’s learning experience. Parents and students work with a California-credentialed teacher to facilitate learning and achievement. The Program provides general curriculum requirements and Common Core Standards for each grade level, ensuring that students learn from an appropriate, standards-based curriculum. NUA’s Homeschool Program is available for students in Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties.

NUA’s Independent Study Program features coursework adapted to children’s unique learning styles, providing them with the knowledge they need to succeed in school and beyond. Available online and on site for students in grades 6-12 in Fresno, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Diego counties. Independent Study students enjoy small class sizes, the latest technology, field trips, and community service opportunities. As a member of the San Diego Division of the California Intercollegiate Federation, student athletes can participate in various competitive sports. All NUA programs feature courses facilitated by highly qualified teachers and staff who provide a supportive learning atmosphere. Their work is guided by the belief that all students are unique and capable learners who, through positive education experiences, can reach their maximum potential and become successful members of their communities. The Academy features University of California “a-g” approved courses, and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. National University Academy provides students with a unique learning experience that best suits their individual learning styles. For more information regarding our programs or to enroll for fall, please call (760) 630-4080 or visit

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AUG. 28 ENERGY CHOICES Join a panel presentation on “Community Choice Energy - What is it and how can it be good for business and good for the environment?” at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Buena Vista Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside.
 LIFE LECTURES MiraCosta College LIFE Lectures at, offer “Baja Underwater, Socorros Islands” at 1 p.m. and “Project Wildlife” with Carly Padilla, San Diego Humane Society at 2: 30 p.m. Aug. 28, on the MiraCosta College/Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Dr., Admin. Bldg. #1000. Call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972 with any questions. MOVIE UNDER THE STARS 2015 Olivenhain Outdoor Cinema Series features “RV” at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 28 on the grounds of the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe

Road. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Cotton candy and free popcorn. Bring chairs, blankets, your own food/refreshments or buy from food truck. MOVIE NIGHT Enjoy a free Family Movie Night, screening “Summer Snow” at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. Popcorn and water will be provided. No childcare provided. For more information, call (760) 729-2331. AUG. 29 BIRD BY BIRD Join experienced Buena Vista Audubon Society birders for a free basic-birding workshop and bird count at Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Center from 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 29, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. No experience necessary. For more information, call Joan Fountain, (760) 729-1379 or Tom Troy, (760) 420-7328. TRAIN YOUR DOG Join a Head Start Training Class through the San Diego Humane Society at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29 at 576 Airport Road, Oceanside. Head Start is a sixweek-long introductory-lev-

el training class (for dogs and pups over 18 weeks). Pre-registration is required, call (619) 299-7012, extension 2334 or 2335 or purchase tickets online at SEPT. 1 YOUNG READERS Del Mar Branch Library announces its new children’s program schedule, with Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. storytime, Tuesday-Thursday 3:15 p.m. after-school children’s activity and Tuesday-Thursday 4:30 p.m. storytime, at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. For more information, call (858) 7551666 or visit EARLY GYMNASTICS Carlsbad will offer First Step Gymnastics this fall for young children at 10 a.m. or 10:50 a.m. beginning Sept. 1 on Tuesdays at Stagecoach Community Center and Wednesdays at Calavera Hills Community Center. The cost is $127. Register online at WOMENHEART San Diego North Coastal WomenHeart Support Group welcomes women with interests and concerns about cardiac health to share information and sisterhood at our monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 1 at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Road, Carlsbad, in the Executive Board Room. For more information, contact Marilyn at (760) 438-5890.

Tam will speak at the Palomar Orchid Society at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Lodge, 1105 La Bonita Dr., Lake San Marcos. For more information, visit or call (760) 5108027.

SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE Carlsbad Newcomers, will present a talk by Helen Kaufmann, author of “White Gloves and Collards, a memoir” at 10 a.m. Sept. 2 at Heritage Hall, Magee Park, 26650 Garfield St., Carlsbad. Visit for more information. OUT AND ABOUT The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will go to the “Henkel, Watson, and Shay” concert at the Center for the Arts, Escondido, Sept. 2. Registration required at (858) 674-4324. FUN CARS The Palomar Model A Ford Club will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos. For more information, SEPT. 2 email Barbara at bkhk@ INSIDE ORCHIDS or visit palomarHuntington Library’s Or- chid Specialist Brandon

AUG. 28, 2015 SEPT. 3 Del Mar Kiwanis host a Day At The Races 2015, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital Celebration of Champions from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Star Fiddle Sky Room, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Suite 136, Del Mar. Lunch served between 1 and 2 p.m.; Handicapper at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 at GET CREATIVE Try your hand at the weekly Teen DIY Project at 3:30 p.m., making a DIY library bag on Sept. 3 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 753-7376. SEPT. 4 MINI-SOCCER Join the Soccer & Splash class for 2 to 3 ½ year olds at the Alga Norte Aquatic Center beginning Sept. 4 and meeting on Fridays at 5 p.m. or 5:35 p.m. for six weeks. The cost is $162. Register online at ORCHID CPR The Vista Garden Club will host Andy of Andy’s Orchids at noon Sept. 4 at the Senior Service Center, 1400 A, Vale Terrace, Vista. Bring in your “sad” orchids or bad experience and “Ask Andy.” SEPT. 5 HIKE SAN MARCOS The city of San Marcos invites residents on a 7-mile or 4-mile hike from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 5, north and west of San Elijo Hills Park, including Old Creek

Ranch and Canyon Trails. Registration at 8:30 a.m. at the San Elijo Hills Park/ Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos. MARK THE CALENDAR NATURE FOR KIDS Make plans now for the Kids in the Garden “Five Senses Hike and Nature Games” from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Class fee is $5 per child. Register by email at farmerjones@ or call (760) 822-6824. BREWFEST Get tickets now for the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and the Carlsbad Rotary Brewfest from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Holiday Park, with beer tasting, music, entertainment, games and food vendors. Tickets are available for $40 at, $45 at the door and $10 for designated drivers. BOOK CLUB Escondido Public Library hosts the 2nd Tuesday Book Club at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, reading “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. For more information, go to SAVING BABIES Tickets are available now for the Tri-City Hospital annual black tie gala, Baile de Esperanza, formerly known as Diamond Ball supporting its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Nov. 7 at the Park Hyatt Aviara. For more details, visit or call (760) 940-3370.

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sports talk jay paris The Coach is ready for Friday night, how about you? “Absolutely,’’ John Kentera said. “I enjoy a high school football game every bit as much as a pro or college one.’’ Kentera goes by “Coach” as a Mighty 1090 radio personality and that works for us. His knowledge of San Diego prep sports has few peers. He not only played at Torrey Pines in football, baseball and basketball, but won the first Falcon’s football game as a coach in 1987. Surely you remember that 3-0 epic over Carlsbad, when Kentera’s freshman team was victorious in the first of a Torrey Pines-Carlsbad triple-header. The JV team got beat, but the varsity won as well. Many remember John Lynch — yep, the future All-Pro safety — getting the ball out of the veer on the varsity contest’s first play. Lynch hit the edge and lowered his powerful shoulder on an undersized and unsuspecting defensive back. “Knocked him out cold,’’ Kentera said, and he wasn’t talking about Lynch. We could chat all day with Kentera. The Solana Beach resident remembers scores and games as if one called up Google and typed in San Diego prep sports. There’s something about high school football that gets Kentera’s gums moving fast and it’s easy to sense the joy in his voice. It grows with excitement as he recites days long gone by. The results are keen but it’s the scene that he paints, with teenagers playing football with their buddies that can get anyone’s blood pumping. Not sure who is more hyped for the season: the players on the field or Kentera in the stands. “Every year you see guys you only see once a year,’’ he said. “That comes from the alumni group and us telling stories from 15 to 20 years ago and every school has that. “Then there’s the young kids, the guys playing Pop Warner, that are down near the field watching the players. I know because I was one of them when I was young and we used to go to the San Dieguito games.’’ Torrey Pines had yet to be built. But Kentera’s foundation was laid watching the Mustangs play and it lives inside him to this day. “Playing high school football was where I learned

most of my values,’’ Kentera, 57, said. “I played basketball and baseball, but there is something about football and relying on your teammates. Because if one guy does something wrong, it can alter everything. “And just to be out in the middle of a football field; there’s dew on the field and maybe it’s a little foggy. And you look at either sideline and it looks like it is a million miles away.’’ But it’s the closeness that accompanies prep football that makes it special. “It’s the local high school and everybody knows each other,’’ Kentera said. “Everyone goes to grammar school and junior high school together and then on Friday night, the football brings everyone together in the community. It’s a social outing that really can’t be duplicated anywhere else.’’ That portrait of Americana is on display starting Friday. Carlsbad, led by the versatile Troy Cassidy, takes on Phoenix’s Brophy Prep at Cathedral Catholic. El Camino, a surprise team last year, heads for Point Loma. La Costa Canyon will showcase quarterback Tanner Clark against Phoenix’s Desert Vista. New Oceanside coach Dave Rodriguez makes his debut at San Marcos. Torrey Pines, with massive defensive end Steven Mason, is at Steele Canyon. If work allows, that’s where you’ll likely find Kentera. “Everybody is close to the action,’’ Kentera said. “It’s just a bonding, social event for everybody in the community.’’ Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.

SAN DIEGO — In the Chargers’ topsy turvy world of will they or won’t they bolt to Carson — what remains a constant for the next four years at least will be Philip Rivers at quarterback. Earlier this month, the Chargers issued a press release announcing that Rivers inked a contract extension lasting through the 2019 season. According to reports, the contract is worth $65 million in guaranteed money and includes a no-trade clause in the contract. Tom Telesco, the team’s general manager described the announcement as a “very important day in the history of the Chargers.” “We made a high level of commitment to Philip and he in return made a high level of commitment to us,” Telesco said, adding that the signing showed team ownership’s commitment to winning. Talking with the media, Rivers said that at the end of the day, what was most important to him was being able to finish his career as a Charger. “We’ve had a lot of good — a lot of wins,” said Rivers, adding that they’re still missing that one thing which we’re all after, a championship and hopefully in this next stretch we can get that done. Though questions quickly emerged over the team’s uncertain future in the city and Rivers’ own comments about his lack of excitement over a possible move to Los Angeles — comments, Rivers explained that could have been “misinterpreted.” “My lack of excitement for a potential move was more about the thought of leaving this community, than it was about a disdain for L.A.,” Rivers said, citing that all but one of his children have been born in San Diego, and where their family has grown up over the last decade. Rivers hasn’t received any indication from owner-


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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers talks to media on Monday at Chargers Park about signing a four-year contract extension with the team through 2019. Photo by Tony Cagala

ship, he said, on what the future plans are for the team. “Unless something changes from Tom’s standpoint or upstairs, I’m going to be a Charger wherever we are,” said Rivers. Telesco said there were two factors expressed in wanting to sign Rivers to a contract extension: The first is that the organization feels he can lead the team to a championship, and two, he

represents the organization with class, character and humility — case in point, after learning the deal was done, Rivers ordered a three-topping pizza from Domino’s. On the same day Rivers and Telesco spoke to media about the extension, plans and renderings for a possible $1.7-billion joint stadium between the Chargers and the Oakland Raiders in Carson, Calif. were unveiled to the

public. But at 34, will the quarterback be ready to retire at the age of 38 when his contract is up? “I won’t make that prediction,” said Rivers. “We’ve got a ways to go before we worry about that.” Rivers said signing the contract extension was a “relief” in the sense that there won’t be any uncertainty next offseason.



lier this summer. During that time, the organization has grown from a group of volunteers to a full-scale operation with two full-time employees, a 14-member board and a $250,000 budget. Through the process, Radmill helped Cardiff 101 MainStreet become a critical cog in the community, a one-stop shop of sorts, connecting people with business opportunities in town, providing advocacy for Cardiff’s business community and linking county, city and regional organizations to Cardiff businesses to promote and bolster the area’s commercial sector. “It has been a very surreal last couple of weeks to be saying goodbye to something that has become family,” Radmill said. “It is a bittersweet feeling that I am leaving something that I love behind but knowing it will do so well, as well as taking this exciting step in my career.”


loaf of spongy white bread, as that is my favorite way to enjoy it. Now imagine that on an Amoroso roll with house baked turkey and the rest of the fixins and you have what they call “The Turk.” It’s offered hot or cold but they suggest it cold and I’d have to agree. I’ve taken to ordering it with a little extra cranberry sauce for that extra moisture. It’s one-ofa-kind for sure. I definitely have some more exploring to do at Gaglione Bros. Besides cheesesteaks done several different ways, they have a bunch of really nice looking subs. The Father Joe with homemade meatballs, marinara and provolone sounds


they will implement a digital citizenship program. The issue is important, Brown said, because students and parents don’t realize that once they post something on the Internet, there’s no taking it back. Employers and college admissions officials often check postings on internet sites such as Facebook. “People call it a digital footprint, but it’s really a digital tattoo because it doesn’t go away,” Brown said. The Common Sense Media certification is largely symbolic, but it shows parents and others that the district is committed to the proper use of digital devices, said Larry White, executive director, curriculum and instruction and educational technology. “It will just show that we’re proactive in making sure we’re promoting digital safety,” White said. Besides learning about digital citizenship, teachers broke away for workshops on everything from CrossFit training and new science teaching standards

T he C oast News - I nland E dition The next step is San Marcos, the inland city that is on the verge of a number of critical economic initiatives in their infant stages, including the Creek District that in 20 years will function as the city’s downtown, and the North City development that will transform the area just north of Cal State San Marcos into a chic hub of residential, retail and dining establishments. “It is a very exciting time to be in San Marcos, which has really changed over the past 10 years,” Radmill said. “Right now, I’m looking forward to meeting with the stakeholders in the community, hearing what they have to say, what their goals are, their questions and their concerns and really getting a lay of the land.” San Marcos officials said Radmill’s understanding of the city’s vision propelled her to the deep list of candidates. “We searched far and wide for the right person

to step into this important role,” City Manager Jack Griffin said. “In Ms. Radmill, I believe we’ve found someone that understands the San Marcos vision — economic development that is good for our residents and good for our economy — and has the talent and skill set to help get us there by building a program from the ground up.” Born and raised in North County, Radmill holds a bachelor of arts degree from Claremont McKenna College. She is also a recent graduate of Cal State San Marcos’ Leadership North County, a program that connects local leaders so they can work collaboratively to build a stronger region. Cardiff 101 Main Street has hired Annika Walden, who served as the group’s assistant executive director, to replace Radmill. Radmill said the organization is in good hands. “She is going to do an incredible job,” Radmill said.

amazing and their Chicken Parmesan with chicken tenders sounds like something I need to have very soon as well. The Buffalo sub is their take on wings in a sub with chicken tenders and Franks Red Hot, provolone, bleu cheese, lettuce and tomato. Any of their sandwiches or subs can be turned into a salad and you also have the option to build your own sub. They come in sizes from 9, 12 or 18-inches. There are seven variations on fries including garlic, Cheez Whiz fries, garlic cheese fries, jalapeno cheese fries and Cheez steak fries. I should mention that the coleslaw is delicious. While the Encinitas location is fairly new, they

have been in business since 2004 at their Sports Arena location and also have a store on Friars road. So this is not a new endeavor for the Gaglione family. These guys have perfected their craft and are quite passionate about what they do. Delivery and catering is available and you can check out their full menu at They are located at 252 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas (760) 944- 1521.

to high school math and coordinating English literature and language lessons among teachers at different grade levels. Lisa Kiess, an English content resource teacher, led a group of middle school and high school teachers in comparing what they expected students to know at the start of the school year and at the end. “We’ve needed to do this for years,” said Kiess, a former ninth grade teacher at Vista High School. The idea is to make sure that the lessons teachers develop at one grade level mesh with the skills teachers expect students to have at the next grade level. That kind of collaboration is critical to Vista’s goal of becoming the model for other districts. “It doesn’t say we want to be a model. It says we want to be the model,” Vodicka said. “It’s going to take all of us if we’re going to be the model of educational excellence and innovation.” Reviewing the district’s successes since he became superintendent in July 2012, Vodicka pointed

to the achievements of district students and staff. Among others listed by Vodicka, Vista students were selected to have their experiment sent to the International Space Station later this year; Vista High School and Vista Magnet Middle School were named California Gold Ribbon Schools; Vista Unified was accepted into the prestigious League of Innovative Schools; Vista was cited for having the top administrators for curriculum; and instruction and career technical education, and Vodicka received four invitations to the White House. Academically, Vista Unified students are performing better than ever with far fewer disciplinary problems, more students are completing the high school courses they need to get into college and graduating seniors have gone on to attend such top notch schools as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Princeton, Yale and the U.S. Naval Academy, Vodicka said. “We’ve come a long way in three years, but we still have a way to go,” Vodicka said.

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ize the library in 2013 and estimated the modernization of the library would cost between $36 million and $42 million. Currently, the city has about $300,000 allocated for the library expansion and the Escondido Library Foundation has raised about $492,000. On Aug.19, the city gave direction to explore a General Obligation bond to fund the project. The general obligation bond is favorable because it is the least expensive method to incur a large debt over a long period of time, according to McKinney. The bond would likely finance the entire project although there is one huge hurdle. The bond would require two thirds of voter approval because it would be generated from local revenue sources like sales or property taxes. The other options presented to the council would delay the modernization further and each year the city waits, the cost rises $1 million according to the staff report. City Manager Clay Phillips advised the council that a bond measure was the only viable option. “If you want to make a decision and move forward, the only viable al-


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(the plural for sukkah). The people of Israel were to construct sukkot and live in them during the seven-day festival. Every seventh year, the festival takes on deeper meaning as at the end of the festival, Jews would assemble together to commemorate Hakhel, during which they would congregate to plot out the course for the next seven years. Today, the seven-day festival is a time of celebration and reflection in the Jewish community, and the sukkah in contemporary times has become an opportunity for designers and architects to showcase their skills. Three years ago, the Leichtag Foundation hosted its first Sukkot Design Expo, during which they invited design teams to submit sukkot designs. Seventeen designs were submitted, and ultimately three were built. This year, however, the foundation opted to

AUG. 28, 2015 ternative I see in front of you to do quickly is the general obligation bond,” Phillips said. Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco agreed. “It is really the only viable option we have to doing it in an expedited fashion,” he said. Mayor Sam Abed was skeptical of the bond passing. “I believe we have a big challenge right now to pass a bond in 2016,”

Diaz stressed the importance of a modern library in the community. “I recognize that in Escondido, to have a new library that has all of the modern resources that our population needs is the best way that we, through city government, can support our higher education goals for our community,” said Diaz. The council also directed staff to explore private funding partnerships

If you want to make a decision and move forward, the only viable alternative I see in front of you to do quickly is the general obligation bond.” Clay Phillips City Manager, Escondido

Abed said. He asked staff to hire a non-partial polling company to learn if residents would be willing to pass the bond in 2016. “If we are within 5 or 10 (percentage) points, I think we should go for it,” Abed said. “We need to do that polling. We need to have a good chance to win it.” The council acknowledged that doing nothing was not an option. Councilmember Olga

for the site. Another option the council rejected was seeking grant funding because the Escondido Public Library has been passed over in the city’s past attempts to secure state funding. Staff will present the poll findings to the council in January, which will give the council enough time to get the bond on the ballot in 2016, if the poll results indicate Escondido resident’s support.

dinner led by Ossobuco Pork Shank. Cost is $55. RSVP at (858) 673-5100. The Palomar College Foundation and President’s Associates invite you to the 24th Annual Gala fundraiser benefitting Palomar College students and programs, Sept. 12. The event is at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad starting with a 5:30 p.m. hosted reception and silent auction. Pricing, reservations and more information about the

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partner with NewSchool, which had submitted designs in the previous expos, to build a singular sukkah that could serve as a community gathering space during the festival and fit upwards of 120 people. The teams were to draw inspiration for the structures from the wooden roller coaster toys that often populate waiting rooms at dentist or doctors’ offices. “We wanted them to be interactive, playful, a place where children could interact and play with it, and the community could come and share stories with each other and adults could interact on a deeper level,” Sherman said. “It could be a place of conversation, where the community can set the intentions for itself moving forward, and envision the next seven years,” Sherman added. Ten design teams at NewSchool worked during the summer to create entries for the competition. Of the 10, two teams were selected as finalists.

The winning team’s design drew upon inspiration from both the toy and the Hebrew word for “Sukkot,” with each of the tent’s three partitions representing a letter in the word and the present, past and future of the community. The “past” room provides a place for people to reflect, the “present” room provides the main assembly area and the “future” room is the interactive component, where children can do activities such as painting and playing with musical instruments. Sherman said that some elements of the other finalists’ designs would be incorporated into the final sukkah, which will be assembled at the October festival. “The theme of the festival is ‘Some Assembly Required,’ and it definitely has a layer of meanings,” Sherman said. “You’ll have the assembly of the sukkah...and the assembly of the community, where both old and young will be able to gather and enjoy the experience.”

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You may have trouble deciding which path to take this year. Don’t let insecurity or nervousness prevent you from pursuing your dreams. Trust your intuition and have faith in your abilities. Your progress ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You are in will falter if you listen to negative or pes- an upward cycle. Take control of your simistic people. destiny and explore every avenue that’s VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You will re- available. You have staunch supporters ceive information about some promising who will gladly join forces with you on prospects if you join a group of likemind- your quest. ed individuals. Find an unorthodox gath- TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your obering where you can gain inspiration and ligations will deplete your energy if you stretch your imagination. continue to take on too much. If you get LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Love is high- rid of responsibilities that don’t belong to lighted. It’s time to capitalize on a chance you, you will be free to do your own thing. to try something new. The more you take GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Everyone on, the more impressive you will be. will be enchanted by your charm and SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Practical- knowledge. It’s fine to enjoy the limelight, ity and creativity will pull you in opposite but make sure your increased popularity directions. Don’t stifle your imagination, doesn’t cause a problem with someone but do search for a reasonable way to ex- close to you. plore and put your plans in motion. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Tie up SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Don’t go it alone. Teamwork and cooperation will play an important role in your success. The more amenable you are, the easier it will be to form ongoing partnerships.

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Corpsmen experience tactical combat trauma training By Staff Sgt. Bobbie Curtis

CAMP PENDLETON — You are a U.S. Navy corpsman. The Navy and Marine Corps’ version of a combat medic. It’s the middle of a hot day. The sun is at its zenith in the cloudless sky as you walk through the eerily quiet, dusty and alien streets of a far off country with the members of your fire team. You are a long way from home. From out of nowhere an enemy rocket strikes the ground in front of you and one of your comrades goes down with a shrapnel injury. Your ears are ringing from the explosion; there is dust in the air and in your eyes. But, you can both see and hear the distress of the Marine on the ground. Now a new sound fills the air, an enemy machine gun. This Marine needs you to save his life. What do you do? This scenario, and many similar to it, was rehearsed during the 1st Marine Division’s Combat Training Management Course in San Diego and aboard Marine

Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 20-31. The course is taught by Sailors with the 1st Mar. Div. Navy Education and Training Office, which is responsible for training and maintaining standards for all Navy personnel assigned to the 1st Mar. Div. The instructors said that this particular curriculum combines key les-

Just sitting in a classroom, you can’t appreciate that mental and physical fatigue.”

U.S. Navy corpsmen and Marines, assigned to various units in the 1st Marine Division, conduct tactical combat casualty care training during the Combat Trauma Management Course Photo by Staff Sgt. Bobbie Curtis

the division’s combat battal- and Training Office Lead- ployment.

The initial class, taught Adolfo Gonzalez ions are prepared to take on ing CPO. The Miami native add- monthly to a group of about Training Office Leading CPO their roles in the often chasons from Navy medical doctrine, Tactical Combat Casualty Care along with other methods and procedures all necessary to ensure corpsmen assigned to

otic environments they fall into. “What we do is take that three-day course (TCCC) and beef it up into a two-week course,” said Chief Petty Officer Adolfo Gonzalez, the Education

ed that TCCC is a required certification that all 1st Mar. Div. corpsmen are required to maintain. Corpsmen must attend the training upon arrival to division and refresh the skills yearly and within 180 days of de-

40 students, is colloquial to the division and uses a number of strategies to ensure students are ready for their job in combat units. The students are split into four squads, with two instructors per squad, providing a

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strong instructor to student ratio and mimicking the platoon element they will likely be attached to. The first week of the course involves teaching the students – to include a few Marines – the tactical skills they will utilize while working with their units. After spending time in the classroom, they follow up the lessons with intensive practical applications. To help simulate the physical and mental stress of a battlefield in a learning environment, the students are led through a series of intense physical exercises prior to practicing procedures such as applying tourniquets and dressing wounds. “Proper tourniquet placement when your heart rate is up and your breath rate is up can be challenging,” Gonzalez said. The following week, the students move to the Strategic Operations location in San Diego where they utilize the facilities’ realistic urban environment, role players and special effects such as fake wounds and blood, to simulate the pressure and chaos experienced in a typical battlefield. “The hyper-realistic training, plus the use of real amputee role players helps desensitize the corpsmen and Marines … also having to treat casualties with mental and physical fatigue is something you have to overcome,” Gonzalez stated. “Just sitting in a classroom, you can’t appreciate that mental and physical fatigue.” Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert M. Park, one of the course’s instructors and a combat veteran, agreed with Gonzalez, saying the unique training is essential to a corpsman’s career development. “Really that (the course) is as close to reality as we can put it,” the Dothan, Alabama, native said. “The types of wounds that the patients have, the actual amputees, the chest suits that you can actually do needle decompressions on, the explosions, the chaos ...” He added that even though this training generally prepares the students for what they may see, there is nothing that can truly mimic combat, except combat. “It really comes down to the kind of person they are and if they can react when it comes down to that,” he said, explaining that some students handle the pressure better than others. “You can usually weed out the ones that react in chaotic situations or the ones that will freeze up.” After each exercise and simulation throughout the duration of the course, the instructors sit down with their students to offer advice and a critical analysis of each student’s performance, providing guidance and a helping hand for those who need it.

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5 at this payment (Standard 2.0I Prem CVT model, code FRC-12). $0 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. Tax, title and registration fees extra. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers and are subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. Lessee pays personal property and, insurance, maintenance repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear and tear and a mileage charge of 15 cents per mile for mileage over 12,000 miles per year. Must take delivery from retailer stock by August 31, 2015.

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2015 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 8/31/2015.

per month lease 36 Months $2349 Due at Signing


760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 8-31-2015.

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3 at this payment FW905936 FW906823 FW905875 $2,349 due at lease signing. (Excludes title, tax, options and dealer fees). *Closed-end lease offer available only to customers who register the e-Golf vehicle in CA, CT, DC, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, RI, or VT. Available only to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers. Based on MSRP of $34,270 (including destination charges) for a new, unused 2015 e-Golf Limited Edition with automatic transmission, excluding title, tax, options and dealer fees. Monthly payments total $8,244. Acquisition fee of $625 included in amount due at signing. No security deposit required. Requires dealer contribution of $12,205.65, which could affect final negotiated transaction. Purchase option at lease end for $12,337.20. Lessee responsible for insurance. At lease end, lessee responsible for a $0.20/mile over 30,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Additional charges may JEEPCHRYSLER MITS apply at lease end, including a disposition fee ($350). Offer ends Sept 7, 2015. ar Country Drive

5 at this payment after $1,000 Volkswagen Bonus. 36-month lease, $2,499 due at signing. Excludes title, tax, options and dealer fees. *Based on MSRP of $24,815 (including destination charges) for a new, unused 2015 Passat Limited Edition 4 Door with automatic transmission, excluding title, tax, options and dealer fees. Acquisition fee of $625 included in amount due at signing. No security deposit required. Offer includes application of $1,000 Volkswagen Bonus toward MSRP. Bonus not available for cash; cannot be combined with reward card; offer excludes TDI and Hybrid models. Monthly payments total $6,804.00. Requires dealer contribution of $3,046.44, which could affect final negotiated transaction. Purchase option at lease end for $13,400.10. At lease end lessees responsible for $0.20/mile over 30,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Dealer sets actual prices. Lessee responsible for insurance. Closed-end lease offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit. Additional charges may apply at lease end, including a disposition fee ($350). Offers end September 7, 2015



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per month lease 36 Months $2499 Due at Signing

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition Car Country Drive

2015 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition

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