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housing units available as the project continues to develop. Although it is a private development, the project is a collaborative effort between the City of San Marcos, developer Sea Breeze Properties and Stevens Cresto Engineering. Andy Tenn, Senior Project Manager at Sea Breeze Properties, told The Coast News that they expect to be working on the project for at least another several years. “We as a company are focused on following the right path, not necessarily the easiest path,” Tenn said. “This project as a whole is really a long-term investment… we build something with a plan to hold it… and, with that in mind, we’re building for sustainability and durability of a project, which

ESCONDIDO ­ — Stone Brewing published a lengthy statement on its website last week regarding its trademark dispute with Sawstone Brewing Co. in Morehead, Kentucky, saying that Stone has become the “subject of a vicious online harassment and smear campaign.” Initial reports said that Stone Brewing issued a “cease and desist” to Sawstone Brewing for their use of the word “stone” in the brewery’s name. Derek Caskey, Sawstone co-founder and co-owner, told The Coast News that they had actually received a Petition for Cancellation (not a cease and desist) back in March from Stone, whose reasoning was that the name would cause “consumer confusion.” Sawstone, a small 3bbl brewery that opened in August 2019, has seven employees including its three founders. The word “Sawstone” apparently comes from the brewery’s building, one of the only historical limestone buildings left in Kentucky. “It absolutely came as a shock… I’ve been drinking and supporting Stone beer since I was legally allowed to drink. I love their beer. I was aware of their lawsuit with MillerCoors and I was on Stone’s side,” Caskey said. “I understand the problem with what Keystone was doing, but it was a total surprise for us to get a request for cancellation because it felt like we weren’t doing anything—we’re not even distributing. The only place you can get our beer is our taproom.” Caskey was referring to Stone’s ongoing claim against Keystone of MillerCoors that started in 2018 with Keystone’s use of the word “Stone,” which was laid out independently from “Key” on packaging and advertising. “In early talks with our attorney, they said if we wanted to keep our name then we couldn’t distribute nationally, which we didn’t

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Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Joseph Rivera, a search and rescue swimmer, looks out of a U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk on July 31 while conducting search and rescue relief operations following an assault amphibious vehicle mishap off the coast of San Diego on July 30 that left nine young servicemen dead. The military announced on Aug. 4 that it had located the vehicle that sank and confirmed the presence of human remains on the sea floor where the vessel came to rest. Seven members of the Camp Pendleton-based crew survived. STORY ON PAGE 9. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Binion

North City brings modern sustainability to San Marcos By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — Over the last decade, San Marcos’ North City neighborhood has progressively transformed into a vibrant downtown district boasting urban architecture, new restaurants and new housing developments, all with an emphasis on sustainability. But residents can expect a lot more in the next few years for the city’s up and coming hotspot. Located next to California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM), the North City project is currently just 25% developed. The end result will include 1,500+ new housing units, new retailers, office and commercial spaces, community events and a 20-acre Discovery Park in North City’s residential community west of Twin Oaks Val- THE PROJECT’S developers have installed 1,200 modular suspended paveley Road. ment units called DeepRoot Silva Cells, along with inlets and storm drains, There will also be affordable which collect and treat urban runoff. Photo courtesy of City of San Marcos

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County sees decline in positive test rate to 30. The outbreaks were REGION — San Diego reported in a preschool, a County health officials re- restaurant/bar setting, a ported 348 new COVID-19 faith-based organization cases and 10 additional and two in businesses. There have been 164 deaths Wednesday, Aug. 5, raising the county’s totals community outbreaks reto 30,864 cases and 578 ported since stay-at-home orders in March, with 1,220 deaths. County Supervisor cases and 11 deaths linked. Nathan Fletcher said In skilled nursing faciliWednesday that California ties, 145 deaths have been had reported issues with linked to 59 outbreaks. An outbreak is considprivate labs and reporting, meaning some additional ered to have occurred if cases might be retroactive- three or more people from ly added to both local and different households constatewide case totals in tract COVID-19 from one location. coming weeks. Officials say declining Of the total positive cases, 2,655 — or 8.6% — case numbers and other required hospitalization important metrics show and 666 — or 2.2% — were positive trends, leading admitted to an intensive some lawmakers to begin looking at ways to move care unit. Officials estimate forward with further remore than 24,000 people opening of the economy. The County Board of have recovered from the Supervisors over the past virus. The rate of the pop- two days opened counulation testing positive ty-owned parks for worhas dropped to 105.7 per ship and fitness activities, THE UP-AND-COMING North City neighborhood is a new downtown district in San Marcos that boasts urban architecture 100,000 people. The state’s approved spending $48 and new retailers, restaurants and housing, all with an emphasis on sustainability. Photo courtesy city of San Marcos goal is to be below 100 per million in federal pandem100,000. One week ago the ic-related funding to help ans to conserve water. Photo trees that were newly inThe developers are NORTH CITY rate was 134.4 per 100,000 child care providers, testby City of San Marcos stalled in the area. utilizing 1,200 modular CONTINUED FROM 1 The area also features — a trend which could ing in schools and meals The project’s develsuspended pavement units potentially get San Di- for senior citizens, added means implementing things called DeepRoot Silva opers have installed 1,200 established trees that they that will benefit the project Cells, along with inlets and modular suspended pave- were able to save from be- ego County off the state’s a pilot walk-up testing program at the San Ysidro storm drains, which collect ment units called DeepRoot ing cut down, including a watch list. in the long term.” Port of Entry for essential The county reported Silva Cells, along with inlets 100 plus-year-old 35-foot This includes its high- and treat urban runoff. These, combined with and storm drains, which col- oak tree that now stands at 6,981 tests Wednesday, 5% workers and U.S. citizens, tech green infrastructure, of which returned positive. and approved a plan that which features a built-in special grates and soils de- lect and treat urban runoff. the corner of N. City Dr. and The 14-day running aver- adds 22 members to a “safe The stormwater man- Campus Way. stormwater management signed for biofiltration, capcompliance “We do build with age is 5.3% and the county reopening system under the sidewalks ture and treat urban runoff agement system is built unand retain it to nourish 80 der the sidewalks and medi- ‘green’ in mind, it’s a pri- has recorded 631,968 total team” to crack down on and medians. businesses refusing to folority for us in general. Sus- tests since March. Additionally, the num- low public health orders. tainable materials, we try to The compliance team buy and use as local as possi- ber of people hospitalized ble… we try to use recycled due to COVID-19 continues will focus on three types materials, things like that,” to trend downward, with of violators, starting with Tenn said. “It ensures dura- 392 in regional hospitals the most blatant cases first bility and it’s making sure including 125 in intensive — such as those who fail to avoid mass gatherings. that we are complementing care units. The percentage of peoThe next level of enthe city of San Marcos rathple testing positive for the forcement would focus on er than becoming a point of illness who have been con- businesses or groups that potential issue.” Tess Sangster, the eco- tacted by a county contact have experienced communomic development director tracer in the first 48 hours nity outbreaks, in which for the City of San Marcos, has increased from a dis- three or more people from mal 7% on July 18 to 73%. different households contold The Coast News that she hopes this project will The county’s target for this tract COVID-19 from one metric is more than 90%, location. continue to bring in people Lastly, the team will and businesses that will al- but 70% is good enough to low San Marcos to flourish get it out of the “failed” check on less serious violations reported to them creatively, economically trigger category. Five additional com- by concerned individuals, and with sustainability in munity outbreaks were including businesses that mind. Wednesday, are reportedly operating “North City is where reported we’re focusing our efforts bringing the number of without social distancing in on building a downtown for community outbreaks 7/29/2020 ArcGIS - north county cities for print map TURN TO COVID-19 ON 18 San Marcos because we’ve the county in the past week northnever county cities fora print really had down-map Other County Airports town,” Sangster said. “We • Agua Caliente have Restaurant Row, but we’ve never had a designat• Borrego Valley As of Aug. 3, 30,516 people in San Diego County have tested positive ed downtown area where for coronavirus including 5,036 people who live in North County cities. • Fallbrook Airport Countywide, 568 people have died of coronavirus-related illnesses. we can show people how • Gillespie Field vibrant our city can be, so Map by Brad Rollins/The Coast News that was really badly need• Jacumba Airport ed.” • Ocotillo Air Strip Vista Oceanside Next up for the area is Elsewhere a Mesa Rim Climbing Gym including Fallbrook, • Ramona Airport Bonsall, Valley Center and Fitness Center, coming in the Fall of 2020. Escondido “We’re looking to provide the next step for new Carlsbad San Marcos groups of educated youth as their coming up. There’s housing opportunities, job opportunities, and the abilRancho Santa Fe ity to stay and contribute Encinitas San Diego County total to San Marcos,” Tenn said. “The development will help the city, and also being a foFor More Information, Please Visit Us Online: Solana Beach cused sustainable developNorth County total Del Mar er and using contemporary www.sdcountyairports.com styles and modern architecThe County of San Diego - Department of Public works - Airports ture, we hope it inspires othSource: San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency ers to do the same.” By City News Service

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VUSD, labor union reach deal on PLA By Steve Puterski

AT DOUBLE BARREL Fitness in San Marcos, members participate in a physically distanced workout class in the parking lot of the facility. Double Barrel started operating outside soon after new countywide restrictions were announced last month halting all indoor operations of gyms. Photo by Tigist Layne

Working out so far: Gyms move operations outdoors By Tigist Layne

REGION — Two North County gyms have moved their equipment and their members outdoors after recent countywide shutdowns forced them to halt indoor operations due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of all indoor operations at gyms, churches, non-critical offices, person-care facilities, hair salons, malls and barbershops in counties on the state’s monitoring list. Soon after the announcement, Boombox Crossfit North in Escondido decided to make the move outside, using their parking lot and patio area to offer physically distanced workout classes. Brittani Ramirez, owner of Boombox, told The Coast News that almost all of their members have come back, and they’ve even gained 20-30 new members just in the last month. She added that, because of Escondido’s new temporary measures that allow businesses to expand outdoors as part of the city’s Business Recovery Strategy, Boombox was able to quickly get a permit and begin outdoor operations right away.

BOOMBOX CROSSFIT NORTH in Escondido has moved their workout space to an outdoor patio area. Photo by Tigist Layne

“We had been operating throughout the closures remotely, through Zoom and online classes, so all of our members were really wanting us to stay open in any way that we could,” Ramirez said. “We do still have people working out at home if they’re not comfortable coming into the gym, but the people who are comfortable coming to the gym

were really looking for a way to do it safely.” Double Barrel Fitness in San Marcos also transitioned outdoors after the new restrictions were announced. The fitness facility used to offer group classes as well as personal training services and an open gym. Now, Double Barrel is mainly offering group workout

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San Marcos crash leads to discovery of body in truck By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — Orange County prosecutors filed a murder charge Aug. 4 against a 30-year-old Anaheim man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in his pickup truck following a crash in San Marcos. Abdulaziz Munther Alubidy was involved in a crash just after 4 p.m. Friday at San Marcos Boulevard and Rancho Santa Fe. When San Diego County sheriff’s deputies checked inside Alubidy’s 2108 Toyota Tundra, they found the-

body of 56-year-old Jessie Villesca of Anaheim, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer. The victim’s wounds led deputies to suspect she was murdered, Carringer said. He said the deputies’ investigation led them to believe the victim was killed in Anaheim earlier Friday. Anaheim police then took over the case. Police declined to discuss a motive or the nature of the victim’s injuries. Alubidy was being held without bail, according to jail records.

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tential higher project costs will lead to a reduction in the total completed projects in the district. “Any contractor may bid on the projects, they would just pay the equivalent of the union fringe benefits,” VUSD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Ami Schackleford said. “If their plan is equal or greater value, they wouldn’t have to pay into that plan. This ensures all workers have benefits.” According to the PLA, cost control measures include each project must have at least three “responsible” bidders with the lowest bid being awarded the contract, according to VUSD. However, bids may be up to 10% more than the estimated project cost. Should the district not receive three responsible bids or the costs are too high according to the agreement, the district may rebid with or without PLA. Some other highlights of the deal include a nostrike policy on projects by the unions, union apprentice programs, encouraging small business participation and a workforce goal of hiring 80% of workers who live in San Diego County. The goals outline specific areas of the workforce, as up to 25% should reside

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classes to maintain the appropriate safety guidelines outlined by county health officials. Amy Nguyen, the director of operations at Double Barrel, said they have been able to operate outdoors thanks to temporary zoning and development measures implemented by the City of San Marcos in May. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone is excited to have a little sense of normalcy and to be able to work out and be active with other people that keep them motivated,” Nguyen said, “We’ve even had a lot of new people join.” Both gyms said they have implemented the necessary safety requirements, including physical distancing, increased sanitizing and cleaning measures, personal equipment, contactless reservations and more. “We understand that this could last longer than we had originally hoped, so we are trying to make this as comfortable as possible for our members,” Nguyen said. “We’re making sure they have options in terms of classes and we’re providing them with the equipment they need, while also making it as safe for them as possible.”

VISTA — Moving forward, all Proposition LL projects for the Vista Unified School District will have a new labor deal. During its July 23 meeting, the VUSD Board of Education approved a project labor agreement with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council for a sizable portion of its $247-million bond, which was approved in 2018. The district and SDBCTC began negotiations on Dec. 12, 2019, after the board approved the project labor agreement on Sept. 12. Last September’s meeting was contentious as prounion and non-union workers and representatives fiercely battled each other to sway the VUSD board. In the end, the board passed the agreement, 4-1. Union representatives said the project labor agreement fosters a competitive bidding process, ensures worksite protections, benefits, source local jobs and provide prevailing wages. Those against the agreement claim it boxes out non-union workers and apprentices, force workers to pay union dues and receive no benefits. Additionally, these projects typically incur higher costs through bids or numerous change orders. Some parents and opponents are worried po-

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Jobless claims highlight EDD woes By Marie Waldron

The pandemic has thrown millions out of work and created massive problems at California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), the agency empowered to provide Unemployment Insurance (UI) to laidoff workers. Bet ween March and May, EDD exper ienced a 3,400% increase in claims compared to Janua r y / Febr ua r y. From March 8 to July 18, EDD processed 8.7 million claims, including 6.8 million standard UI claims and 1.4 million Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims. The agency has paid out a total of $49.7 billion in benefits, and reports that 94% of requests for assistance have been approved. These numbers are impressive, but mask huge problems. The state’s 120 legislative offices often

become the last resort for people unable to contact EDD or to get anything resembling a timely response to repeated emails, phone calls and faxes. EDD re-

so that badly needed UI benefits get to unemployed Californians who still must pay their bills. I have long called for modernization and improved technology in state agencies. And based on our experience dealing with just under 1,000 EDD inquiries from constituents since midMarch, my office has been working as a liaison from our whole caucus to EDD and the Department of Labor to seek solutions that result in faster responses and fewer glitches. California’s workers are hurting and EDD has not been up to the challenge. This must change, now!

ceives about 700 cases weekly from legislative offices, and even though the number of staff dedicated to handling these requests increased from 1 to 93, it can still take a month or more to get a reply to our inquiries. This is unacceptable. Recently, the Governor announced a series of actions aimed at transforming Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, EDD, modernizing technolR-Escondido, represents the ogy and improving communications to ensure EDD 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature. prioritizes the oldest claims

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hen it comes to any decisions at the Board of Supervisors, I weigh the different outcomes. Whether it’s deciding on an upcoming vote, or reopening businesses during a pandemic. It is my job as a policy maker to make sure that we are balancing the public health side and the economic side. There will always be risks with life. For the past 30 years, I’ve been an airline pilot. Every flight, people have taken the risks boarding the plane. I make calculations based on dozens of different variables in order to make sure we get to

around the county Jim Desmond our final destination, safely. When it comes to COVID-19, we shouldn’t be choosing between the economy or public health; we can have both. We have to get people back to work as safely as we can. I’ve heard from many that we need to wait a few more weeks, but businesses don’t have weeks. People paying rent or their mortgage don’t have weeks.

We currently have 1,200 beds set aside for COVID-19 patients in San Diego County. Even at our peak we’ve never used half of them. This is great news. While much has been made about hospital capacity, only about 10% of those in the hospital are there for COVID-19. We have to learn to live with this. We cannot continue to stay hunkered down. We need to strike a balance between keeping people safe and allowing some risks and keeping our economy open. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego Couny Board of Supervisors.

cross America, protests and rallies crying “Black Lives Matter” have featured thousands of demonstrators wearing no masks, taking no care to social distance and not bothering to sanitize their hands very often. They’re ostensibly pushing for social justice and racial and economic equality, calling for fair treatment and less violence from police and other authorities and in effect demanding more equity in hiring and education. But their frequent disregard for the contagion of the ongoing coronavirus plague often accomplishes the opposite: They and others who disregard simple but sometimes inconvenient precautions are very ironically and tragically helping push the greatest force for inequality since Jim Crow. That’s the virus, which afflicts low-income minority residents of California in far higher numbers than whites, who are often more affluent. Latinos, for the strongest example, make up about 39% of California’s population, but account for 56% of all COVID-19 diagnoses and 45.7% of deaths from the virus. African Americans are 6.5% of the populace and about the same percentage of COVID-19 cases, but 8.5% of deaths from the virus. Geographic data indicates the virus also strikes disproportionately in lower-income locales, especially those heavily populated by farmworkers. So the coronavirus plainly hits minorities with low incomes harder than whites, especially those in the most affluent areas. Which means that the more protesters, partiers, beach-

california focus thomas d. elias goers and others disregard tactics known to stem viral contagion, the more they promote racial inequality. But the inequities encouraged by the pandemic go much deeper than caseload and death statistics, revealing as those can be. It turns out COVID19’s most lasting effect may be on education, where impacts may affect student performance and achievement for more than a decade. It’s a new form of segregation, based more on economic class than on race — but class lines often coincide with racial ones. The reasons for this stem from the vitally necessary decision to keep most public schools closed this fall, the bulk of what used to be classroom teaching now done electronically via services like Zoom and Google Classroom. On the surface, this seems to treat rich and poor alike, every public school student seemingly subject to the same pluses and minuses from remote learning. Except that the wealthy can do something about it when their children’s Wi-Fi fails, while the poor often cannot. The wealthy are often able to stay home with their children during the pandemic, while a far higher proportion of the poor work in menial jobs now considered essential, from farmworkers to street cleaners. So the likelihood of children having adult supervision while they learn via screens is far less among low-income minorities than among whites. Whether or

not distance learning can be effective, there is no doubt that without adult supervision, children are more likely to wander away from screens or to not sign on at all. Even while they’re online, their attention wanders more if they are not supervised. The result inevitably will be that the rich get richer educations while the poor get poorer. Depending on how long this goes on, its effects could be lifelong. Other educational advantages are also manifesting from affluence during the pandemic. Besides the large percentage of the wealthy who opt out of public school problems with online schooling by sending their kids to private schools, large numbers of public school parents have already begun setting up “pods” of up to 10 children, with several families combining to hire tutors at $40 per hour or more. Newspapers around the state report tutors and former schoolteachers who post notices of their availability are getting multiple calls from groups of parents seeking stable education for their children. Parents also are using social media to find like-minded others, the result being that those who can afford to kick in for better education are buying extra opportunities for their kids. That situation led former San Francisco Mayor and ex-state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown to observe the other day that the virus is leading to new forms of segregated education. He’s right, and so long as the virus endures, there’s little low-income parents can do about it. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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Escondido offers business grants for COVID-19 relief San Marcos businesses benefit By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — In an effort to provide support to local business owners, the City of Escondido has awarded grants to more than a dozen small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program, which was announced on July 16, aims to distribute $1 million in grants to small businesses that need help with costs associated with payroll, commercial rent payments, equipment and supplies. The city has partnered with the San Diego North Economic Development Council to administer the grants, which are provided with part of the city’s portion of the federal CARES

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Escondido joins several other cities in the county that have implemented similar efforts in recent months; the city, however, is one of only a few that opted to create a grant program instead of a loan program. “Every city is doing the best they can,” said Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara. “There have been cities that implemented loan programs, but with something like that, we had concerns about what if we don’t get paid back — would we then have to spend more money in legal fees trying to recoup our money? The way we saw it, cities are not in the loan business, and we didn’t want to go down that road.” Businesses are eligible

for up to $15,000 in funding, but must be located within the City of Escondido, hold a valid business license, have $1,000,000 or less in gross business revenue and are for-profit businesses, including home-based and sole proprietorships. Amber Tarrac, Escondido’s deputy director of economic development, told The Coast News that, the city has received almost 200 applications, and 14 businesses have been awarded grant funding in the amount of $141,222. “The city really recognized a need to support our small businesses in order to get through this really difficult time,” Tarrac said. “We felt like there was a need there and we were able to

come to the table and support community.” Grant applications will be accepted through Aug. 28, or until the funds are expended. “We’ve gone through several months of people expressing the pain points of what this crisis is doing to them,” McNamara said. “We have a lot of mom-and-pop operations, and people are saying, ‘This is my dream, this is my whole life, I finally got my shop open and I’m afraid I’m going to lose it.’ So, within our abilities, we wanted to try to help keep people afloat through this pandemic.” Businesses can apply at the City of Escondido’s website. Applications are also available in Spanish.

North County GOP candidates see opening By Dan Brendel

REGION — Sensing voter unease about a toofar-leftward drift in Washington and Sacramento, three North County Republican candidates expressed optimism at a July 30 virtual forum about unseating Democrat incumbent rivals come November. “There's a silent majority out there who are deeply concerned and don't like what they see on their TVs, don’t like the [left’s] rhetoric,” said Republican Jim DeBello, who’s running against Democrat incumbent Scott Peters for the 52nd congressional district. The 52nd includes Rancho Santa Fe, part of eastern North County, much of the City of San Diego and Coronado. As a bellwether, DeBello pointed to Republican Mike Garcia’s May victory in a special election for Los Angeles County’s 25th congressional district. Republicans long held that seat until it flipped to Democrats in 2018, only to flip back. Similarly, though Peters has held the 52nd since 2013, Democrats only recently won the two other participating candidates’ districts. Republican Brian Maryott is challenging Democrat incumbent Mike Levin for the 49th congressional district, which includes most of North County, Camp Pendleton and part of Orange County. Republican Darrell Issa held the seat for 16 years until Levin won it in 2018. Republican Melanie Burkholder is challenging Democrat incumbent Tasha Boerner Horvath for the 76th state assembly district, which includes Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas and Camp Pendleton. Republican Rocky Chavez held the seat since 2012 redistricting until Boerner Horvath won it in 2018. The forum was hosted by San Diego Young Republicans’ Morgan Kimbarow. Candidates expressed particular concern about animus against law enforcement institutions. The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police “was a cold-blooded

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murder. … We've got work to do. But it can't be a hysterical reaction,” Maryott said. A years-long erosion of law and order has “snowballed” into a “complete anarchy movement,” communicating that “it's okay to run wild and there’ll be minimal consequences.” “We are not going to turn a blind eye to … violent police officers or any with racial bias …. But we are not going to strip them of any benefit of the doubt,” he said. Defunding police “is not something that I believe matches the tastes of our district.” Maryott is married with three children. Following a career as a certified financial planner, he now serves as San Juan Capistrano’s mayor. “I have no patience for” calls to defund police, Burkholder said. “If you've never put on a bulletproof vest and said, ‘I'm going to go out and take a bullet,’ you don't know what it's like.” Burkholder, a Secret Service agent turned counselor, lives with her husband and two children in Carlsbad. “We have emasculated our police officers,” DeBello said. “I am absolutely profund the police. … There are bad cops occasionally, let's get rid of them. …. Let's encourage [unions] to get out of the way so we can actually make our forces lean with excellence.” DeBello is known for his tech and business savvy, having led Mitek Systems, a firm, and holding five patents. The Republican hopefuls disclaimed various moves by Democrats as

pandemic and make money and provide for my family.” Regarding school closures, Maryott called blanket state-mandated primary and secondary school closures “terrible for our children,” since “these are the years where they’re having their hardwiring come together.” “This is why school choice is so important,” Burkholder said. “I took my kid out of public school and I put him in a charter MELANIE BURKHOLDER school about two weeks into overreach or overspending. it because I didn’t think he “We all have to be was going to thrive in … disconcerned about what the tance learning.” hard left wants to do to our health care, taking all options out of our hands,” Maryott said, citing the Medicare for All Act (H.R. 1384), which Levin co-sponsored. “We have to work so hard to keep our country on a middle track.” Medicare for All would, according to the bill’s text, make it “unlawful for a private health insurer to sell health insurance” or for “an employer to provide benefits … that duplicate the benefits provided [by the federal government] under this Act.” Maryott called the Democrats’ HEROES Act, a $3 trillion COVID-19 induced economic stimulus for which Levin voted, “overspending at an absurd level,” compared to the Republicans’ $1 trillion HEALS Act. “It is on the back of [young people’s] effort that we're borrowing,” Maryott said. “Future generations will be paying this money back for decades.” Burkholder spoke against Assembly Bill 5 — a 2019 state law Boerner Horvath voted to support — which curtails employers’ ability to hire certain freelancers and independent contractors. “We should be able to work wherever we want for whom we want and when we want,” she said. “The number one role of government is to keep people safe. That's not keeping them safe. … They're losing their livelihoods. They can't work at a time when, if I were a freelance writer, I could sit at my computer during a

from outdoor expansion rules By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — More than 30 businesses in San Marcos have expanded their operations outdoors thanks to a city ordinance that temporarily allows restaurants, retail stores and other activities to expand to parking lots and sidewalk patios. The City of San Marcos was the second in North County to implement these measures back in May, the first being the City of Escondido, but that was before businesses were forced to go outside to operate. These regulations include establishing temporary outdoor and drivethrough pickup areas, allowing to-go and on-site outdoor consumption of alcohol, allowing temporary banner signs and permitting outdoor group assemblies in parking lots. After San Diego County officials ordered the shutdown of indoor operations last month for a number of businesses, including restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and museums, many local businesses have started operating outside. Tess Sangster, the economic development director for the City of San Marcos, told The Coast News that 35 businesses have received permits for outdoor expansion. “The measures will

remain as long as needed. When the urgency is declared over, then we’ll start rolling things back, but we’re not going to start rolling things back until businesses tell us they’re ready for us to do that,” Sangster said. “It’s such a hard time for businesses right now, so everyone … is trying to do what they can to support our businesses because the last thing they need is more regulations.” She added that businesses have so far been able to expand outdoors without the need for any road or lane closures. Some of these businesses include Umami Sushi in North City, Emily’s Nails & Spa, JR’s Barber Shop, Double Barrel Fitness, CycleBar and more. “I hear from people daily of businesses that are struggling and who are so close to losing their business,” Sangster said. “It’s such a sad time, and if it wasn’t for this, many businesses wouldn’t be able to operate at all.” Businesses who apply for temporary outdoor business permits on the City of San Marcos website will be asked a few questions and to submit a basic site plan of how they would like to use their outdoor spaces. The permit process is free and typically takes about two business days to be approved.


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Escondido launches first public outreach phase of housing study vision that the community wants to see in that area,” Strong said. Once all three studies are completed, the City Council will need to review them and implement policies based on findings from the Housing Element and from the EVSP. Until then, the city says it is committed to working with development experts, community-based interest groups, stakeholders and the community at large through workshops, meetings and online engagement with the public. The first virtual work-

shop was held on July 23 to discuss the EVSP and gather public input. “We are trying to have one coordinated and cohesive outreach program that handles all engagement needs to determine what the goals and policies are, and how it will be systematically implemented in this specific area of the city,” Strong said. “That’s why we’ve created these opportunities for feedback.” The Housing and Community Investment Study is expected to be completed by April 2021.

The city was awarded $310,000 through the Senate Bill 2 Planning Grant back in March to address a growing need new safe, decent and attainable housing in California, according to the staff report. The Housing Element portion of the General Plan aims to create policies for new housing construction, rehabilitation and conservation of the existing affordable housing stock. According to the report, this will “advance a progressive set of programs and initiatives to develop, conserve, and main-

tain housing opportunities, health in housing and fair housing choices for current and future residents.” The Sector Feasibility Study explores costs associated with new construction to better understand market conditions, while taking into account construction, land and regulatory costs. The East Valley Specific Plan (EVSP) addresses a defined geographic area of the city located just east of the former, downtown hospital campus. This is a comprehensive planning and zoning plan for sites in

the area that are ready for development. Mike Strong, the director of community development for the City of Escondido, told The Coast News that, though the three studies are moving simultaneously, the EVSP will be more precise than the others. “The EVSP is really looking at how that area of the city can transform itself between now and the next 20 years, and are we developing a package of rules that is understandable, but also, when implemented, helps achieve the

grades 1 to 8, with both in-person and virtual camp options. While the Fleet is Know something that’s going temporarily closing to the on? Send it to calendar@ general public for admiscoastnewsgroup.com sions, it is continuing to operate in-person summer camps following CDC and ACA safe camp and camper KEEPING KIDS CENTERED Amidst the coronavi- guidelines. To learn more rus pandemic, SAMI-Aid, a visit fleetscience.org/youthtelemedicine platform and programs-policies-and-faqs. healthcare concierge company, is hosting a free webinar at 11 a.m. Aug. 7, titled “Childhood Mental Health GENEALOGY WEBINAR North San Diego Coun101” to aid parents in knowing the signs of men- ty Genealogical Society tal health issues and iden- will hold a live webinar tifying resources to help Intermediate Class 10 to children navigate mental 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11. To reghealth issues they are expe- ister, visit nsdcgs.org. For riencing. Child Psychiatrist questions about the class Dr. Sara Heron, M.D., who call (949) 310-1778 or e-mail is Board Certified in Child membership@nsdcgs.org. and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Register for the free SAMI-Aid childhood mental EXPLORE ART health webinar at https:// Take a Virtual Road samiaid.clickmeeting.com/ Trip: Impressions Of Calisa m i-hea lt h-bites -webi- fornia with the Oceanside nar-1. Museum of Art from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Set out on the open road with Robin Douglas to art museums CERAMICS WITH LUX along the Southern CaliforLux Art Institute offers nia coast. Tour stops include a Virtual Ceramics Work- the Laguna Art Museum, shop for adults with Resi- the Irvine Art Museum, the dent Artist Cammie Staros Norton Simon Museum, and online from 10 a.m. to noon the Santa Barbara Museum Aug. 8. Create your own of Art. Register at https:// Greek wine cup using red bit.ly/2BDdj6i earthenware. Register at luxartinstitute.org/events/ BEHIND THE SCENES AT LUX dysf u nc t iona l-w a re -v i rLux Art Institute in tual-ceramics-workshop /. Encinitas presents “Behind Cost is $70 (materials in- the Scenes: Explorations of cluded) $35 for Viewers Contemporary Art,” from Only. All materials will be 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 13, a free provided in your registra- virtual event. Register at tion fee and available for https://bit.ly/2Clg2lt. Get a pickup at Lux's Education sneak peek into Lux’s upPavilion. coming 14th Season of Artist Residencies, entitled “A New Territory.” Discover how Lux’s curatorial team MEDITATION CONVOCATION selects the resident artists The Self-Realization and prepares for the year Fellowship is hosting a free of exhibitions. online World Convocation, presenting “The Medita- LEARN ABOUT MEDICARE tion Teachings of ParamaMedicare Central is hansa Yogananda” Aug. 9 hosting free Medicare edthrough Aug. 15. For more ucational online seminars, information about the 2020 beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. SRF Online World Convo- 13 and continuing once a cation and to register, visit month. Register at sdinYogananda.org/Convo2020. sured.com/events or call/ text (858) 4322-322 to get the Zoom meeting information.

group, is offering applications for the fifth annual ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 14. This year, ESET will award $5,000 each to three young women currently enrolled as undergraduates, majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.

JOBS IN SECURITY ment, auctions and prize Allied Universal secudrawings, to help raise rity and facility services funds for low-income and OLD-FASHIONED PIT BBQ Public Health rules al- company is seeking to hire homeless seniors impacted lowing, the Vista Historical for 300 positions. The comby COVID-19. Society’s annual Old-Fash- pany will be hosting hiring ioned Pit Barbecue will be events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. every Wednesday in Au12. The cost will be $25 for gust and September at the PASSPORT TO ENCINITAS adults and $5 for children company’s regional office Encinitas Friends of 10 years and younger. The at 10680 Treena St., Suite the Arts announces Passmeat will be cooked on site #450, San Diego. Appliport to Encinitas, a virtual in a deep-pit barbecue. cants can apply at https:// presentation, set from 5 to Bring your favorite apple bit.ly/39GFmyu. 6 p.m. Aug. 22, celebrating dessert for judging, to win the cultural diversity of Encash. For additional inforcinitas and showcasing lomation or to purchase tick- SCHMOOZE WITH THE STARS cal talent, arts and culture North Coast Repertoets, contact the museum at resources. This fundraiser ry Theatre welcomes new (760) 630-0444. supports the EFA and the celebrities each week to its artists and business in En“Theatre Conversations,” cinitas. Tickets at https:// ANIMAL CAMP IN THE FALL an ongoing selection of inThe Humane Education bit.ly/2CLBnol. Ticket holdterviews with various acers will be sent a private program at your Rancho tors and others from the Coastal Humane Society link to the live stream and theater world. Subscribe to other special prerecorded offers fall Animal Camps the NCRT YouTube channel for children as well as the performances after 6 p.m. at https://bit.ly/3cNJNIB or Kids Community Service e-mail NCRT at conversaafter-school program. Fall tions@northcoastrep.org. Animal Camp registration begins online in SeptemMILITARY WOMEN CAREERS ber. For more information VISIT FOUNDRY STUDIOS Marine Corps Base Foundry Artist Studios about children’s programs Camp Pendleton Marine at New Village Arts are now available at Rancho Coast& Family Programs will al Humane Society log on to open to the public Wedneshost a 2020 Virtual Milidays, Saturdays and Sunsdpets.org. tary Women Career Symdays from noon to 4 p.m. posium from 8:30 a.m. to 2 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. p.m. Aug. 27. Transitioning WINE TO HELP CASA There are currently 14 artCasa de Amparo is askservice members, spouses ists in residence on display. and family members can ing for wine donations to support its upcoming wine pre-register at https://milAND THEY’RE OFF! women-2020.eventbr ite. auction fundraiser. To parYou can watch this ticipate, order wine from com. year’s Del Mar Racing Seathe North County Wine son on the Del Mar Racing Company, at northcountyQUILTS ON DISPLAY w inecompany.com /shop / Mobile App, Live on TVG The Oceanside Museand add Casa de Amparo, each race day or stream to um of Art offers Behind 325 Buena Creek Road, San TV, Mobile or Roku with a The Exhibition: ContempoMarcos, 92069, as the deliv- subscription to Racetrack rary Quilts from 7 to 8 p.m. ery address. Your shipping Television Network at rtn. Aug. 27. Join curator Beth cost will be reimbursed tv/?referral=dmtc. Races Smith and exhibitions manafter your purchase. Casa are held through Sept. 7, ager Katie Dolgov for a look will get 10% of every sale with races Fridays through at contemporary quilting ordered. For questions, Sundays and Labor Day captured in OMA’s upcomcontact Kate Fletcher, at with a 2 p.m. First Post and ing exhibition Southern kfletcher@casadeamparo. the TVG Pacific Classic California Contemporary org or call (760) 566-3560. Aug. 22. Quilts. Register at https:// Casa de Amparo supports bit.ly/2EnKXho. those affected by and at OMA ONLINE The Oceanside Muserisk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of um Of Art, at oma-online. org, is showing online art programs and services. ASK THE EXPERTS exhibits of the drawing, North County Lifeline painting, printmaking and presents a monthly “Ask collage of Allan Morrow’s: the Experts” online in- ART IN ESCONDIDO “After Fires,” and the clay teractive web series. The Escondido Arts Part- animals of Pamela Earnevents will include infornership, at 262 E. Grand shaw Kelly’s: “Witness.” mational presentations and Ave., Escondido Expreslive Q&A sessions about sions Galleries Bettina subjects affected during Heinz, Latest Works and the COVID-19 pandemic. MASKquerade. In its HALL OF FAME “Gang Prevention” will be The Vista Historical Richetts Space Gallery 262 the topic on Aug. 30. On Art in Craft Media, a Bou- Society annual meeting Sept. 30, the event will adtique of Fine Functional and Hall of Fame inducdress “Suicide Prevention,” Art, locally crafted one-of- tion, scheduled for Aug. 8 and “Domestic Violence” a-kind creations. For more at Shadowridge Country will be the topic Oct. 20. information, call (760) 480- Club, has been postponed. Register at nclifeline.org/ 4101or mail@escondido- A makeup date has not Events. been announced. arts.org.

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The City of Escondido held its first public participation workshop last Thursday to gather input for its Housing and Community Investment Study, a work program that aims to identify and address the city’s housing needs. The Housing and Community Investment Study is made up of three housing studies and plans that work hand-in-hand: A Housing Element Update, a Sector Feasibility Study, and an East Valley Specific Plan.

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FLEET SCIENCE CAMP

The Fleet Science Center offer a final science-themed summer camp 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10,

AUG. 15

WASTE-FREE LIFESTYLE

The fifth annual Zero Waste Fair hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego and the city of Encinitas will help create a roadmap for anyone interested in living a waste-free lifestyle. Free online registration is open now at CleanSD.org for the virtual event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15. Registration is required to attend the day’s live interactive webinar and is open to all.

AUG. 17

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Oceanside Boys & Girls Club will offer a Back2School Program from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Aug. 17 at the Townsite Boys & Girls Club, 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Register at https://bgcoceanside.org/ programs/parents/. Program forms are available online. $25 non-refundable deposit required.

AUG. 19

MEET THE CANDIDATES

The Republican Club of Ocean Hills will host Ryan Keim, Oceanside city councilmember, District 3 and Peter Weiss, mayor of Oceanside at 1 p.m. Aug. 19. They are 2020 candidates for the City Council of Oceanside. It will be a virtual meeting using the ZOOM program. Join by logging on to https://us02web. zoom.us/j/86339784413.

AUG. 20

SIPS FOR SENIORS

Sips for Seniors will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and is free for anyone to attend. To register and for more information, visit servingseniors.org/ sipsforseniors. Attendees will hear firsthand from CYBERSECURITY SCHOLAR ESET, an IT security seniors, plus live entertain-

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semester of the 2019-20. • Sarah Fermor of Carmel Valley and Robert Renkin of Encinitas were named to the spring 2020 quarter Dean's List at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Club Soccer as a Players First Club. This designation reflects and reinforces Express’s commitment to the community and its players, Business news and coaches and families. The special achievements for program is anchored by five North San Diego County. pillars: Club Development, Send information via Coaching Development, email to community@ Player Development, Parcoastnewsgroup.com. ent Engagement and EduVANDEWEGHE TRADED cation, and Player Health Looking to make a fi- and Safety. For more infornal playoff push ahead of mation, visit encinitas-socWorld TeamTennis mid- cer.org/playersfirst. night trade deadline, the New York Empire acquired JOB WELL DONE past Grand Slam doubles • Wheaton College conwinners Coco Vandeweghe gratulates May 2020 graduof Rancho Santa Fe and ate Emily Carol Schroen, of Nicole Melichar from the Carmel Valley, who graduSan Diego Aviators. The ated magna cum laude with 28-year-old Vandeweghe, a degree in psychology and winner of the US Open international relations and doubles title in 2018, and a minor in Spanish. 26-year-old 2018 Wimble• Lauren Redford of don mixed doubles cham- Oceanside graduated from pion Melichar were traded Adelphi University with for the Empire’s former magna cum laude and deworld No. 1 doubles play- partmental honors, and an er Kveta Peschke, Sabine English award for creative Lisicki and financial con- writing. siderations. The WTT finals take place Aug. 1 and Aug. HONORED SCHOLARS 2 on CBS Sports Network. • Sophia Elswick of San Diego, California (92130), STUDENTS GET INTERNSHIPS has been named to the Three North County Knox College Dean's List of high school seniors — Aiko distinguished students for Lazar and Connor Jabbari the 2020 Spring Term. from Carlsbad and Olivia • Cadets on the honYang from Del Mar — be- or roll at Army and Navy gan their work internship Academy in the Spring of as part of the Bank of Amer- 2020 include William Walkica Student Leaders pro- er, Roc Williams and Isaac gram. The bank was able Glimka of Oceanside; Xavito quickly pivot to revamp er Sutton of Rancho Santa its annual six-week paid Fe; Zekiah Jensen-Browne, internship program into Kamuelu Fatiaki and Sula digital curriculum and livan Adams of Carlsbad; format for the 300+ teens Jose Lleverino of San Marselected nationwide. The cos; Alexander Mayall of Student Leaders paid work Encinitas; Calvin Martin, experience, with a $5,000 Anthony Schoonover and stipend, is designed to help Corey Martin of Carmel these exceptional students Valley. further stand out in pursu• Douglas Ballard, of ing their future careers. Solana Beach, and Sydni McStravick, of Encinitas, SOCCER PROGRAM PRAISED were named to the IlliEncinitas Express Soc- nois Wesleyan University's cer has been chosen by US Dean's List for the spring

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VISTA UNIFIED School District is in the first years of a massive bond-funded capital improvement program, which, including debt service over several decades, will cost Vista taxpayers roughly a half-billion dollars. Graphic by Dan Brendel

Audit: VUSD bond spending ‘clean’ By Dan Brendel

VISTA — An audit of Vista Unified School District’s first year of modernization expenditures — the beginning of a massive bond-funded 15-year capital improvement program — reports sound fiscal health. While first-year expenditures came to only $1.6 million, that spending received a “clean” evaluation, according to the 2018-19 audit the school board received at its July 23 meeting. That means, among other things, the independent auditor “reviewed all of the expenditures to make sure that they were appropriate to the [bond] ballot” voters authorized, said Assistant Superintendent Ami Shackelford. An audit always lags the actual spending period. As of May 31, nearly a year since the auditing period, bond-funded capital expenditures had increased to $9 million, according to the oversight committee’s 2020 annual report, also presented July 23. Spending to date has gone to various top-priority projects, such as new classrooms at Vista High and Beaumont Elementary, pool modernization at Vista Magnet Middle, and gymnasium expansion at Rancho Buena Vista High. Those projects represent the tip of the iceberg. Vista voters approved Measure LL in 2018, which over a span of years would generate an estimated $247 million through incremental bond issuances — the first of which, Series A, the district issued in 2019. Including other monies, such as state matching funds, total revenues raised for more than 100 capital projects would come to $293 million by 2035.

Things are starting to look good and go on their way.” Rosemary Smithfield VUSD School Board

For several decades after completing modernizations, the district will pay roughly the same amount in interest as the capital raised, bringing the taxpayers’ grand total bill, paid through property taxes, to some $500 million, according to a 2018 report. Debt service would translate to an extra $108 per year, or thereabouts, for the typical homeowner. Many of Vista Unified’s 30 schools, which serve some 24,000 students, are getting on in years and no longer support what district leadership considers a quality education. “Many of our schools were built more than 50 years ago and … are deteriorating,” according to the 2018 report. “Old fire alarms have caught fire, and kids have had to use porta-potties because school bathroom plumbing was no longer working.” Measure LL funding “would provide classrooms, technology, facilities, labs and equipment for career and technology education classes and instruction in math and science. “This would enable the district to prepare our students for college and in-demand jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades.” “Every year you should be seeing something new on some campus that should have been tak-

en care of many years ago,” said Linda Latimer, bond oversight committee chair. Slated projects run the gamut, from demolition of old buildings and construction of new ones to new or repaired gutters, asphalt, disability ramps, drinking fountains, fences, furnaces, fields and bleachers, restrooms, security systems, and more. “Things are starting to look good and go on their way,” said School Board Chair Rosemary Smithfield.

RED CROSS SALUTES VISTAN

In 2019, Vista Red Cross volunteer David O’Neil called on his American Red Cross First Aid training to save the life of a women who was choking at a Red Cross shelter. For his heroic and lifesaving actions, O’Neil has been honored by the American Red Cross of San Diego and was awarded the Lifesaving Award Certificate of Merit.

KUDOS FOR SAN MARCOS

The city of San Marcos was recognized with two awards in July from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). Two projects received CAPIO’s top honor, an EPIC award, for the San Marcos Creek Project logo and the San Marcos Creek Project groundbreaking ceremony. The logo and groundbreaking ceremony were created by the city with support from JPW Communications.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE

March and Ash, a cannabis dispensary at 2465 Dogwood Way, Vista, is partnering with the San Diego Food Bank for a canned food drive, through Aug. 16. For curbside pickup donations, customers can tell the concierge they have food items to donate for the food drive. Donate five cans or packages of food and receive a 10% discount on your in-store or curbside pickup purchase that day. If you donate 10 cans or packages of food, you will receive a 15% discount instore or for curbside pickup purchase that day.

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Popular lodgings offer virtual garden tours hit the road

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rench impressionist Claude Monet once stated that “my garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Considering the splendor of his paintings, inspired by his gardens at his Giverny home in northern France, this comparison is notable. Gardens can bring joy and a sense that all is right with the world, and many pretty-as-a-picture gardens can be found at inns, bedand-breakfasts and boutique hotels – places that are out of reach right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But 41 of these lodgings have come together to bring their diverse gardens to housebound travelers with a virtual tour. This free Inn to Inn Garden Tour is divided into three categories according to geography: the Northeast Region, Southern Region, and West, Midwest and Abroad (the latter group includes gardens in Italy and British Columbia). Each entry includes multiple photos, a history of the property, contact information and location relative to main urban areas. California’s contribution is the Stanford Inn and Resort in Mendocino, three hours

Balboa Park museum has a new name

THE STANFORD INN AND RESORT in Mendocino, included in a virtual garden tour, features a USDA-certified organic garden, as well as outdoor activities like boating, bicycling and mushroom hunting. The inn practices and enforces all required sanitation measures, including masks and social distancing. Courtesy photo

north of San Francisco. Overlooking a stunning Mendocino Bay, the inn features, among other planted beauties, a USDA certified organic farm. I quickly got lost in a video featured on the resort’s website about mushroom hunting in the area’s rich and bountiful forest. All of the participating properties in the virtual tour are part of the Still Inn Business campaign, launched to help its 300-member innkeepers stay visible and maintain industry optimism. Like many businesses within the tourism industry, it’s been a tough year

for those who own and run independent lodging. In addition to the loss of income, some proprietors must contend with the possible loss of their homes, since many B&B owners live on the premises. Speaking of Mendocino…the county wants visitors to know it is uniquely situated to offer outdoor activities that meet the criteria for social distancing. Several lodges on this beautiful stretch of California’s northern coast have these specials: • Noyo Harbor Inn & Restaurant – This hilltop property overlooking a

quaint working harbor offers a complimentary bottle of local wine and a kayak experience-for-two with Liquid Fusion Kayaking with a three-night stay. No kayaking experience required. • Little River Inn Resort – Owned and operated by the same family for five generations, this made-forthe-movies cliffside lodging offers a complimentary star-gazing package with a two-night booking of a room with two queen beds. Package includes binoculars, star map, star guide, flashlight ad hot chocolate. Nearby: hiking trails at Van Damme State Park and the Van

Damme State Beach. • Brewery Gulch Inn – Storm-watching is a cherished pastime on the Mendocino Coast, and this contemporary, cozy inn has the perfect perch on dramatic bluffs (sign up for storm alerts on the website). The inn’s Bonfire Package includes s’mores, beach chairs, blanket, Bluetooth speaker and a star map. The inn occupies three acres of mature pines and redwoods, wetland ponds, wooded glens and gardens. For more information, photos and commentary on travel, visit www.facebook. com/elouise.ondash.

REGION — An anthropological museum in Balboa Park that was known as the Museum of Man for more than 40 years has a new name — the Museum of Us. The renaming of the museum is part of a broader effort to reassess its role in the community and “a new identity that better reflects our work towards equity, inclusion and decolonization,” according to a museum statement. Discussion of changing the name began in 1991 after community members said the gendering of the museum’s name made some feel unwelcome. The name change announcement Aug. 2 followed two years of discussion, stakeholder meetings, surveys and an interactive name change exhibit temporarily installed in the museum’s rotunda. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve turned the very idea of a museum on its head, challenging assumptions every step of the way,” said Museum of Us CEO Micah Parzen. The museum has been a part of Balboa Park since its completion for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The facility is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Military locates sunken AAV, servicemen’s bodies near island By City News Service

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND — The U.S. military announced Aug. 4 that it located an amphibious assault vehicle that sank last week off the coast of San Diego County, killing nine young servicemen, and confirmed the presence of human remains where the vessel came to rest on the sea floor. The naval Undersea Rescue Command made the discovery near San Clemente Island on Monday using video systems remotely operated aboard the HOS Dominator, a merchant vessel whose crew specializes in undersea search and rescue. “The Navy has expedited the movement of assets to recover the remains ... as well as raise the AAV,” according to a statement from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. “The equipment to properly and safely perform the recovery from the sea floor will be in place at the end of this week, and a dignified transfer of our Marines and sailor will occur as soon as possible after the conclusion of recovery oper-

U.S. MARINES with All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, move a combat rubber raiding craft into the well deck of the amphibious landing dock USS Somerset. Photos by Staff Sgt. Kassie McDole

ations.” The amphibious troop-transport vehicle was en route to a waiting ship during a maritime training mission about 80 miles west of Encinitas when it foundered for unknown reasons about 5:45 p.m. June 30, ac-

Vista Unified pushes start of school year to Sept. 8 By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Like nearly every school district in the state, the Vista Unified School District will not be starting the school year on campus. Per Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, all private, public and charter schools in counties on the watchlist cannot return to on-campus learning until those counties on the watchlist have met guidelines for 14 days. During the Board of Education’s July 23 meeting, it approved moving back the start of school to Sept. 8 and removing two instructional days from the calendar. The district will have 180 days instead of 182. Additionally, the district has two models developed with a “classic” and “virtual” model. The virtual model will be instituted for either the first semester, or the full year if parents choose, while the classic model is for when the county is removed from the watchlist and schools can return to school. For those students who choose the virtual model once school re-opens, students may be required to remain in the virtual setting for the semester. The virtual start to school, meanwhile, appears to be six weeks for consistency, VUSD Superintendent Matt Doyle said. The board was scheduled to reconvene on Aug. 6 for further approvals to the plans. “I prefer this period of time so there is a consistent learning process in place,” he said. “It is unlikely for us to get off the watchlist until September or early October, if you look at the numbers.

I would be surprised if we could go back in mid-September.” As part of Senate Bill 98, the district will incorporate daily teacher contact in its virtual model, along with tailored lessons, live virtual activities, student engagement, defined learning objectives and letter grades for middle and high school students. Additionally, the district will focus support on learning loss and ensuring English language learners and special education students academic needs are met. Once students can return to school, they will undergo possible staggered start times, daily temperature checks, parents pre-screening students and no visitors or parents inside the school gates. Cheree McKean, principal of Vista Virtual School said grades 2 and below will be strongly encouraged to wear masks. Grades 3 and above are required to wear face coverings. The district has ordered facemasks for those students who don’t have one. Also, paper towels, soap and hand sanitizer will be in all classrooms. The younger students will be encouraged to follow a hand washing routine. “The district may also stagger start times once it resumes on-campus learning,” McKean said. “As for social distancing, desks would be 6-feet apart when possible.” Trustee Martha Alvarado said believes in a mandatory mask requirement for younger kids. She suggested masks with plastic so students can see the mouth, its movements to make it easier to understand the phonics and enunciation.

cording to Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commanding general of I MEF. The 26-ton vessel went down roughly 1,600 yards from a beach on the northwest side of the island in water nearly 400 feet deep. Seven members of the

Camp Pendleton-based crew survived the accident. Medics took two of them to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where both were admitted in critical status. One was upgraded to stable condition as of Sunday night.

The other five rescued Marines received clean bills of health and returned to their units. Pronounced dead at the scene of the accident was Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez of New Braunfels, Texas. Perez, 20, was a rifleman with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 15th MEU, I MEF and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group searched in vain for nearly two days for more survivors or their bodies, finally concluding the operation Saturday after 40 hours of scanning some 1,325 square miles of water by sea and air. The other lost service members have been identified as: — Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 18, of Corona — Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello — Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin — Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton — Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Oregon — Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd,

23, of Harris, Texas — Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Oregon — Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside All of the deceased were riflemen with Bravo Company, BLT 1/4, 15th MEU, except Gnem, who was a Navy hospital corpsman with the unit. On Tuesday morning, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered that flags at the state Capitol be flown at half-staff in honor of the personnel lost to the maritime accident. In the early afternoon Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss’’ of the young servicemen. “Our prayers are with their families,” he stated. “I thank them for the brave service their loved ones gave to our nation.” San Clemente Island, one of the eight in the Channel Islands archipelago, is owned by the U.S. Navy and lies within the boundaries of Los Angeles County. Its military uses are administered by Naval Base Coronado.

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ndustrious sorts on both sides of my family decided to trace our family trees. While genealogy fascinates some, it always sounds rather like a giant math problem to me. Doris Ratflicker married Ted Thistlewopper in 1677. They had four children, Ruby, Pearly, Algernon and Abner. If two remained spinsters and the third married her fourth cousin, each had five children, and one of the two sons never married, how many children did they have and what were their names? The questions start coming. Did I know my mother’s brother’s birthplace? Did I know the date, degrees from the equator and placement of the constellations when great-aunt Chloe eloped? Shoot, I can’t even remember my own anniversary, but I reminded myself that something fascinating might be unearthed and I dredged up what facts I could. After all, when someone traced our roots back through my German-Dutch ancestors’ arrival in Ohio, they found that one swarthy, portly uncle had managed to snag a lovely Native American bride. It was, for several unenlightened generations, quite the scandal. We are now tickled about our far-more-interesting heritage. At one time, we hoped it might provide some scholarships, but are now content to accept that this marriage may have given those Germanic potato faces their only hint of cheekbones. The dry facts of who married and begat whom are far less interesting to me than the recollections of how they actually lived their lives. Our stories weren’t heroic, but my maternal grandmother kept restless grandchildren entranced with vivid tales of her youth on an Ohio farm. We would lie on her bed, in the tiny 32nd Street house where she and my grandfather raised six children. As we stretched out in our jammies, she would tell tales of berry-picking and black snakes, all astounding to suburban youngsters like us. My paternal side had the big-city folk. They first thrived in the heart of Brooklyn, where they had been part of the community of Irish immigrants. This gang has tales of intrigue and tragedy. Word was that my great-great-grandfather O’Hart dropped the O’ as he fled Ireland, the authorities on his heels, for some vague political shenanigans. His son became a captain in the U.S. Postal Service Sea Post in the late 1800s. He guarded the gold that was shuttled between New York and Europe. As the ship returned to New York in 1902,

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he disappeared. The report claimed he was lost overboard, gold and all, in rough weather. Nothing could ever prove the strong suspicion of murder and theft. After losing his father at age 12, my grandfather lost his eye at 14, when his best pal was showing him a slingshot trick. In later years, his sense of humor prevailed, as he would leave his glass eye atop the dresser to “watch” his children so they didn’t misbehave. Don’t give me dates, give me the dirt. Don’t dish me names, serve me adventure. I need my ancestors to have truly lived, not just be perched on a branch of our family tree. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who wishes she could have known them all. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

Escondido Founding Legend: Juan Bautista Alvarado From Staff

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido History Center is in the second year of its Escondido Legends honorariums. The program honors outstanding seniors from high schools in Escondido. The 2020 honorarium is funded by Jack Raymond and the Escondido Legends committee is exploring ways, though the pandemic, to work with the high schools in Escondido to honor both the legends and the next group of outstanding high school seniors. The city of Escondido’s location is largely due to the acquisition of a tract of land which was originally owned by Mexico. In 1843, Juan Bautista Alvarado received the approximate 12,635.77 acres of land known as Rancho Rincon del Diablo (“corner of the devil”) from Manuel Micheltorena, then gover-

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nor of the Department of Alta and Baja California. Prior to his acquisition of Rancho Rincon del Diablo, Juan Bautista Alvarado was prominent in both Los Angeles and San Diego politics, serving as a councilman and a member of the state assembly. Señor and Señora Alvarado built a spacious adobe house near the southeast corner of the Rancho Rincon del Diablo property. The Alvarado house

was located near the intersection of present-day Bear Valley Parkway and State Route 78. It was reportedly 55-by-60-feet long, partitioned into five or six rooms. Alvarado raised cattle and transported the hides to San Diego trading vessels when they were in port. The house has long since melted back into the earth from which its adobe bricks were constructed. The Alvarados were the parents of six children who married and remained in the area. In 1855, Oliver S. Witherby, who came to San Diego in 1849 with the Mexican Boundary Commission, began buying Rancho Rincon del Diablo from the heirs of Juan Bautista Alvarado. In 1868, Witherby sold the ranch to the three Wolfskill brothers, John, Josiah, and Matthew and a fourth man, Edward McGeary for

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$8,000. In October 1883 a group of Los Angeles and San Diego investors bought the grant from the Wolfskills for $128,138.70, quite a profit from the purchase price of $8,000 20 years earlier. In 1884 these same investors transferred the Rancho to a so called Escondido Company for $64,069.33. This is the first time the name Escondido appears in documents. Just two years later this company in turn deeded the grant to the Escondido Land and Town Company which had been incorporated the preceding Dec. 15, 1885. Today, the city of Escondido encompasses the former Rincon del Diablo land which was granted to Juan Bautista Alvarado so many years ago. Alvarado is being honored as a Founding Legend.


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Proper fish and chips, with rockfish lick the plate david boylan

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s is the tradition this time of year with Lick the Plate, I venture out to sea with my friend and charter boat captain Mark Mihelich from Boundless Boat Charters based out of San Diego. Some years I also include stories from fishing the inland lakes of Michigan yet with the Covid situation going on, I’ve not been back there this summer yet. This time out with Captain Mark was a lot of fun as always, as he is a wealth of information and we had a great time recording a LTP radio show for 101.5 KGB. That said, our quest for halibut was proving unsuccessful so Mark suggested we go for rockfish, which is almost a sure thing at Boundless so we headed over to his rockfish “honey hole” and dropped our lines deep as they tend to be found down to 300 feet or more. They are usually in the 2- to 5-pound range but can get as large as 40 pounds and have been known to live up to 200 years. That is crazy! On our first drop, my son Quinn Boylan actually hooked into about a 6-foot shark, which proved quite a thrill, but it broke off before we were able to get it to the boat for a picture. Soon after that we were on to a bunch of rock-

QUINN BOYLAN pulls a double header of rockfish on Boundless Boat Charters out of San Diego. Photo by David Boylan

fish including a double header that is shown in the photo above. They are a wild looking fish, almost prehistoric and, despite their modest size, they put up quite a fight. Pacific rockfish, also known as rock cod or Pacific snapper, is one of the most common near-shore fish on the West Coast. It’s an excellent tasting whitefleshed fish for quick and easy meals. There are several varieties and while there are slight variations they are all firm, lean and mild-flavored. It’s also super versatile in its preparation from fried to steamed or made into ceviche. If you catch a whole rockfish, be sure to

fillet the fish before cooking and if you have a few, keep the heads and bones as this lean, clean tasting fish is perfect for fish stock. Since it is so mild with low oil content it will easily take on the flavors of the ingredients it is cooked with but also substantial enough to stand on it’s own. I liken them to cod, which is one of my favorite fish to eat, and the foundation for what I consider to be the best fish and chips and, of course, I have my favorite way to prepare that. Before you begin, make sure you have the following ingredients and cooking devices. For the fries get the largest russet potatoes you can find and purchase an inexpensive Mandoline

for the easy cutting of the fries. At least a two-quart deep fryer is suggested and peanut oil holds high heat the best for deep-frying. There are many schools of thought on the best fries including some that include a lot more work than I feel is needed. I simply fry them until they are golden brown, shake the grease off, and toss them in a healthy dose of salt, pepper and garlic salt. Add some Cajun seasoning to the mix if you are so inclined. For the batter I use a mix of egg and if you have a dark beer like a Guinness or Negra Modelo throw a splash of that in as well. I add some seasoning to the flour and do a triple dip, back and forth three times between the flour and the batter, just like you would for fried chicken. You will know when it’s done as it starts to float to the top. Tartar sauce and some cole slaw on the side and you will have all the fixings for a fabulous, crunchy, oh so delicious meal. A cold lager works great with this meal or if you prefer a glass of wine, any Pinot Gris from Oregon will do the trick as well. If I’m not feeling like alcohol with my meal my go-to is an ice cold Mexican Coke or similar cane sugar-based soda. I always like to fry up some extra fish and use them in a fish sandwich the next day with some of that left over cole slaw and tartar sauce on it. That’s this year’s edition of fish stories and while maybe not as dramatic as years past, it’s definitely a tasty one!

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A CUP OF Hummingbird blend coffee from Zumbar Coffee & Tea in Cardiff and Sorrento Valley. Photo by Ryan Woldt

The first cup of joe changed everything Cheers! North County

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was taken to a former bar turned coffee shop on the west side of Chicago. I had just turned 30-something years old, and it had been decided for me that I needed to start drinking joe, mud, go juice, the morning thunder that commonly starts many of your days. I shimmied in between two high-back chairs to flag down a bartender. The varnish on the oak bar top was buffed to a shine from countless resting elbows. The walls were painted a burnt orange, and with reflecting string lights the room was enveloped in a sunset glow evoking a fine dive bar. Growlers for cold brew, bags of beans and fancy coffee syrups lined high shelves in front of a mirror. “Excuse me. What would you recommend for a first coffee?” I asked. “First coffee of the day, well…” the bartender replied. “No. First coffee, um, ever.” I said. He squinted taking in my beard and the beginnings of laugh lines around my eyes. “How old are you?” he asked, and then began the process figuring out how to introduce me to this complex drink. Within moments a half-dozen shop employees were shouting and shaking their heads as they each tried to guide me. The argument ended when the head roaster wandered in from his shop, and said, “Start by drinking it black and keep drinking your coffee black until you know what you like. Only then should you start adding flavors…or whiskey.” The shop employees nodded. Their guru had spoken. I committed-medium roast, French press, black. That first cup tasted chocolatey, nutty and had a hint of some unidentified

sweetness. It was the beginning of my love affair with coffee. The first coffee experience can be critical. As a kid, I ate a coffee-flavored hard candy thinking it was a root beer barrel. The unexpected bitterness prevented me from drinking coffee for decades. I reached out to some of our local coffee roasters to as them what advice they would give to firsttime drinkers today. From Matt Delarosa at Ironsmith Coffee Roasters in Encinitas, “Coffee doesn’t need to taste bad or too bitter. When going somewhere and the coffee tastes too bitter its probably done incorrectly, and don’t mistake that experience with, ‘That’s just how coffee tastes.'” Coffee should be sweet and balanced. Bitterness is an essential component of that balance so a little bitterness is good, but overall, the experience should leave with you something that is somewhat sweet and lingering. I would recommend a cappuccino for someone looking to try coffee for the first time. It’s a good ratio of espresso to milk (of your choice), and isn’t too overwhelming [with] coffee or milk. If you’re are looking to go right at it, try a cup of coffee first, and see if you can tolerate it without adding milk or sugar.” Steve Rayle, owner of Zumbar Coffee & Tea in Cardiff and Sorrento Valley mentioned the learning process saying, “Small-batch artisan roasters devote time and attention to their craft. That’s a great place to start learning about nuances in flavors and characteristics of specialty coffee. Another aspect of coffee that can pique the interest of new coffee drinkers is the origin of the bean: geography, terroir, producer (farm) and method of processing. It’s eye-opening and allows you to appreciate what goes into each cup.” With the pandemic inspiring more at-home coffee TURN TO CHEERS! ON 14


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Q&A: Jim Tobin of North County Wine Co. taste of wine frank mangio

I STONE BREWING is involved in a trademark dispute with Sawstone Brewing Co. in Morehead, Kentucky. Stone CEO Greg Koch said his company has become the “subject of a vicious online harassment and smear campaign.” File photo

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align with,” Caskey said. “Speaking as a small-business owner, I’m barely able to pay myself let alone an attorney, so yeah it’s frightening… It just seems kind of counterproductive to their message of ‘standing up to big beer.’” Sawstone has since set up a GoFundMe, which has raised nearly $15,000 for legal fees. Stone has drawn criticism from many in the beer community who are calling the claim against Sawstone hypocritical as Stone prides itself on being the “antithesis to ‘Big Beer.’” This isn’t the only trademark dispute that Stone Brewing is in. A review of public records from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reveals that Stone has also issued similar trademark cancellation requests in roughly 100 other instances. In the newly published statement, Greg Koch, the CEO of Stone Brewing, acknowledged the company’s multiple trademark disputes, noting that “this kind of thing is just part of owning a brand name and a company identity,” but he claimed that Sawstone’s version of events is not how the situation unfolded. Koch said that it all started when “a company called Local Pioneers… in Kentucky filed a registration attempt for ‘Sawstone Brewing Co.’” The statement added that the Stone trademark is “legally incontestable… a status reserved for the longest-standing trademarks,” noting that they were surprised that Local Pioneers had attempted to register “Sawstone Brewing Co.” Koch went on to lay out a basic timeline of events: On May 22: Our trademark attorney had a phone call with Local Pioneers’ lawyer to discuss scheduling and settlement possibilities. Local Pioneers said they were putting together a settlement proposal and would send it over. They did not send it.

June 18 – July 8: Local Pioneers missed the deadline ordered by the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board to identify their evidence regarding the SAWSTONE mark. We waited an additional three weeks to give them an opportunity to get these materials together but didn’t receive them. We then finally filed a motion to compel on July 8. On July 10, our counsel received an email from Local Pioneers’ lawyers saying they would be making a settlement proposal soon. (They also suggested we put the entire proceeding on hold, but our counsel said they wanted to see the settlement proposal first.) On Friday, July 17, Local Pioneers’ lawyers emailed to say they would be making a settlement proposal the following week. Then the harassment and false statements etc. started over the weekend…and on into the following week. Koch said that Stone has since become the “subject of a vicious online harassment and smear campaign… that included cyber- and cell phone stalking and harassment, complete with personal threats to [him] and employees, fraudulent reviews of [Stone’s] locations on well-known review sites… and wildly false claims about Stone.” This led Stone to send a cease and desist letter to Sawstone just last week asking them to “stop the false statements against Stone.” The statement further described how several of Stone’s employees have received repeated, profanity-laced calls, voicemails, texts and social media messages, even in the middle of the night, from anonymous Kentucky phone numbers. Koch then criticized Sawstone for setting up the GoFundMe and alleged that Sawstone may have launched an online merchandise store to further capitalize on the situation. As for the trademark dispute, Koch said that Stone will not back down and that the decision will ultimately lie with the USPTO.

ndoor dining and drinking have been halted at nearly 90,000 restaurants and wine bars across the country according to a trade association. After a tough struggle since March to comply with pandemic rules to control the spread of COVID-19, state governments allowed eating and drinking indoors with well-known protocol rules in place. However, the relaxed standards produced big spikes in the disease, while permanent closures in eating and drinking places in California soared to reportedly over 2,250 by mid-July. Rules suddenly again got tougher with outdoor eating only, subject to occasional government review. America’s small wine/ food companies are in survival mode, with hard disciplines like strategy, inventory, management, financing and leadership, dependent on these building blocks being in place before this crisis hit. My hope is that wine bars and restaurants in the area be stable, follow health rules and keep their customers coming in with dynamic product presentations from high owner supervision. North County Wine Company fits this profile with a brother team of Jim and Bill Tobin in charge since their purchase of the San Marcos wine bar in 2010. Taste of Wine & Food (TOW&F) visited with Jim Tobin to learn what makes his wine shop so successful despite this pandemic.

JIM TOBIN owns and operates North County Wine Company in San Marcos with his brother Bill, offering over 600 wines at discount prices. Photo by Frank Mangio

his treasures and soaked up all the information I could about wine. Fast forward to the ’90s and the two of us parlayed our knowledge and passion for wine to become the wine buyers and managers of the wine department of Long’s Drug store chain for groups of their stores in Southern California. When Long’s was bought out by CVS Stores, we took it as a sign that we should make our move and purchase North County Wine Company, in July of 2010. TOW&F: What changes did you see and implement right away to boost business? Jim: Bill and I agreed right away to do three things: expand the selection of wines from a tiny 150 to over 600 wines as soon as we could, lower all the prices to eliminate the perception that our wine shop was snooty and priced higher than the Costco’s of the world and completely renovate the wine bar, lowering prices for wine by the glass and bringing in a system that would expand the selections and keep the bottles fresh longer.

TOW&F: Did you and Bill have an early interest in wines before you bought the business back in 2010? Jim: It was Bill that really got into wine a number of years before, discovering the old Blue Nun ceramic sweet wine. After a few laughs, he then found Napa TOW&F: What creative Valley and got hooked on idea have you employed at Cabernet, which when I the shop that really took off came of age, shared some of for you over the years?

Jim: The thing that had an amazing impact and continues to this day is the sign in front of the property facing traffic on San Marcos Boulevard. We changed the identification colors to a much brighter combination and installed a message board to communicate our wine news. Customers come in based on the sign just to thank us for it. TOW&F: It seems NCWC carries high-quality brands that can’t be found elsewhere in this market. What’s the thinking behind that? Jim: We know that customers can buy the household wine names anywhere so we make an effort to set ourselves apart by featuring hard to find quality

wines, be it a romantic story or a cool characteristic that’s under the radar of the other shops and big-box discounters. Many wine drinkers love to try new things and we try to keep up with that trendy wine buyer who enjoys change. TOW&F: What seems to be the latest trend in wine sales and what varietals are your customers increasingly asking for? Jim: Rosé has taken off as the most popular wine on the list. We also sell tons of Sauvignon Blanc, but this is San Diego and the warmer weather helps these varietals to be more than just a Summer wine. With the reds, our Italian wines, esTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14

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Latest Alarming Headlines A roving gang of baboons in Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside, England is known to vandalize cars and otherwise alarm visitors, but lately, The Sunday Times reported, they’ve been seen carrying knives, screwdrivers and a chain saw, which workers believe they’ve acquired from visitors. “We’re not sure if they are being given weapons by some of the guests ... or if they’re fishing them out of pickup trucks and vans,” an employee said. Park officials have pooh-poohed the reports, saying, “We believe that many of these stories have grown in exaggeration as they’ve been retold.” [Sunday Times viz NY Post, 7/27/2020]

Cliches Come to Life Gabriel and Tracy Brawn moved into Gabriel’s childhood home in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, in 2012 and enjoyed a warm relationship with nextdoor neighbor Steve Ritter, whose garage had been partially built on the Brawns’ property decades ago. But after Ritter passed away in 2016, his wife and grown children took over the property, sometimes renting it out, and “this place turned to craziness and chaos,” Tracy Brawn told the Bangor Daily News on July 16, leading finally to Gabriel Brawn grabbing his Sawzall on May 26 and cutting the Ritters’ garage in half, right down the property line. “We’re putting up a fence,” Tracy Brawn said. “Fences make good neighbors.” Dover-Foxcroft police Chief Ryan Reardon said, “We were aware of the situation and believe it’s been resolved at this point.” [Bangor Daily News, 7/18/2020]

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drinking both suggested French press or Aeropress as classic brewing options good for those beginning their coffee journey athome. Both roasters deliver or ship for those wanting fresh beans. Zumbar was already shipping coffee by mail and saw a jump in orders when the pandemic hit. Full disclosure: I’m one of those who started ordering two-pound bags of their Hummingbird roast. Ironsmith began delivering retail size bags as well which Matt found uplifting

Predictable A $64,000 glass replica of a Disney castle on display at the Shanghai Museum of Glass in China was shattered in July after two kids “hit the exhibit counter when they were chasing each other,” a museum spokesperson posted on Weibo. The Today Show rein a time of turmoil for us all. “April and March were months where people really stayed home, and being able to bring coffee to customers was something special…at times I found myself deep into Escondido or in Santee and Chula Vista. It was really great seeing how far people knew about Ironsmith. Really thankful for everyone who ordered and supported us.” I didn’t understand what I was committing to when I drank the first sip so many years ago, but as I sit here sipping on a fine cup of joe I know I’m grateful I took the leap.

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ported Spanish glassblower Miguel Arribas spent 500 hours creating The Fantasy Castle in 2016, but “luckily it’s not destroyed,” said Arribas Brothers company spokesman Rudy Arribas. When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Miguel will go to Shanghai to repair the castle. “We’re used to kids and this kind of stuff happening,” said Rudy. “Glass breaks.” [Today, 7/27/2020]

of take for granted sometimes how many truly good people there still are in the world,” he mused. [NECN, 7/27/2020]

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— Mike Evans of Woodson Terrace, Missouri, went for a 5-mile float trip with friends on the Meramec River on July 25 and decided to get out of the raft and walk behind it in the water for a bit. As the water got deeper, he had to swim to catch the raft, and as he climbed back in, Evans discovered his prosthetic leg was gone, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He searched with no luck, but a Missouri state trooper responding to a call nearby heard about the loss and coordinated a dive team to help. It took divers a couple of hours the next day to find the leg, saving Evans about $27,000 to replace it. “It was a happy ending to a stressful few days,” Evans said. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/28/2020]

Lost and Found — Chris Marckres of Hyde Park, Vermont, went skydiving on July 25, but, he told NECN, “I think my adrenaline was so high and I was just so excited, I didn’t realize I had lost it.” “It” was one of Marckres’ two prosthetic legs. The double amputee was harnessed to an instructor and landed safely, but he didn’t know where the leg ended up. His plea for help on Facebook was answered the next day by farmer Joe Marszalkowski, who found the prosthetic in his soybean field. Marck— After Christian Meyres said the leg suffered a er of Berlin, Germany, lost few scratches but was oth- his running shoes to a thief, erwise unharmed. “We kind he posted a notice on a com-

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pecially from Tuscany, just fly off the shelves. TOW&F: Your email blasts have a Wine of the Week with a specially reduced price for a limited time. Do they actually move your customers to increase their sales? Jim: The announcement goes out to our customers, Facebook and Instagram, and it definitely increases sales, gets more customers in the shop and helps purchases of other wines. TOW&F: Finally, what’s

it like navigating your business through the pandemic that’s affected us all these past months and continues with no relief in sight? Jim: Our bar has been closed with the loss of revenue, as part of the state’s latest protocol so we now concentrate on bottle sales. We take the pandemic threat very seriously and follow the rules. I wear a mask and all customers are required to wear a mask. I wash my hands constantly and wipe down the check-out counter after a sale. Our goal is to keep NCWC open and keep it safe. TOW&F:

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House defense bill would allocate $105 million for Pendleton projects By Samantha Nelson

CAMP PENDLETON — The Marine Corps base may receive $105 million for military construction projects and some additional funds for its elementary students, if the House and Senate can agree. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 passed in the House on July 21. In the bill, $105 million is to be allocated to Camp Pendleton for two major construction projects on base. Of that $105 million, more than $68 million will be used to construct the 1st MARDIV Operations Complex and the remaining $37 million will be used for the I MEF Consolidated Information Center. Additionally, the NDAA authorizes $40 million to help local educational agencies with military dependent students who may go to schools on base like Mary Fay or San Onofre Elementary schools. “One of my top priorities is advocating for the Marines and Sailors at Camp Pendleton, and this funding will help ensure that they have the infrastructure they need to prepare for any mission,” Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano), a strong pro-

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protocols or mask wearing. A compliance call center has been established so county residents can submit complaints of violations. It can be reached at 858-694-2900. The San Diego City Council approved two measures to help businesses — one that allocates $700,000 to businesses in historically underserved communities and the other that allows gyms, personal care businesses and houses of worship operate outside on sidewalks and private parking lots. Of the total hospitalized during the pandemic due to the illness, 71% have been 50 or older. The highest age group testing positive for the illness are those 20-29, and that group

ponent of the bill, said in a statement. According to Levin, the bill also includes his amendments to strengthen the Transition Assistance Program for service members returning to civilian life, expand protection for troops and add $5 million to the Naval University Research Initiative, which works with UC San Diego on defense research. The bill also includes $1 billion for Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund to direct funding for future pandemic preparation, increases funding for contaminated drinking water cleanup on military bases, improves sexual assault prevention and response programs, expands eligibility for HUD-VA Supportive Housing voucher program for veterans with “other than honorable” discharges to access supportive housing vouchers, and combats the climate crisis by funding research advancing long-range forecasting of weather patterns. The Senate has also passed its version of the NDAA, according to Levin spokesman Eric Mee, but the House and Senate still need to negotiate a final version of the bill. is also least likely to take precautionary measures to avoid spreading the illness, a county statement said. “Some San Diegans think they’re not going to get sick and therefore are not following the public health guidance,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “What they don’t realize is that they could get infected and pass the virus to others who are vulnerable.” County residents ages 20-29 have accounted for 25.5% percent of COVID-19 cases, the highest of any age group, according to county data. The age group with the second highest number of infections — residents ages 30-39 —represent 18.9% of the county’s COVID-19 cases.

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San Marcos Unified OKs tax district By Dan Brendel

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District board approved a special tax district on July 21 to support as much as $150 million in new bonds so that funding for new schools keeps apace with housing development. This new bond revenue, to the extent it’s eventually realized, would add to the $287 million voters authorized through Proposition K in 2010, and which the district has since exhausted. Proposition K dollars went to upgrade existing schools, not necessarily to increase school capacity. The newly approved debt, serviced by property taxes from not-yet-built neighborhoods, would go to adding capacity to accommodate new families with school-age children moving into those new neighborhoods. The school district and Lennar, a Fortune 500 homebuilder, by mutual consent established the new tax district — Community Facilities District (CFD) 14 — as allowed under California’s Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982. Developers, not school districts, generally initiate the creation of CFDs. Rachel Chang, a consultant to San Marcos Unified, thinks it’s in developers’ interests to initiate CFDs because the

SAN MARCOS UNIFIED school board approved a special tax district with the hopes of balancing funding for schools with proposed housing developments across the city. File photo

assurance of funded school capacity helps to boost their homes’ “marketability.” School districts do well to seize CFD opportunities when developers offer, in order to secure a funding mechanism “to mitigate those new development impacts,” Chang said. Homebuyers are made aware of the special Mello-Roos assessment attached to their purchase. Once Lennar builds the homes it’s planning, resultant property taxes specific to CFD 14 would yield only about $500,000 over a decade or more. That amount alone isn’t enough to borrow against, said San Marcos Unified’s Assistant Superintendent Mark Schiel.

Rather, CFD 14’s atypically massive capital-generating potential derives from the fact that Lennar’s project represents only the first among potentially hundreds of future developments the CFD could absorb. The school district’s past CFDs were tied to specific housing developments and only supported debt worth perhaps a couple million dollars. But CFD 14 has room to grow by annexing smaller projects anywhere in San Marcos Unified’s jurisdiction, for which developers wouldn’t necessarily pursue dedicated CFDs. Moreover, unlike taxpayer-approved bond measures, which authorize debt

calculated to support a specific list of already-identified capital projects, the district doesn’t yet know what future projects might become necessary in CFD 14. “It’s much more open-ended” and “based on assumptions,” Schiel said. Rather than a pre-determined target, the authorized $150 million in new borrowing represents a “theoretical maximum,” which the district will realize incrementally only if and when new housing development occurs. Unlike a regular bond measure, CFD financing is more analogous to a homeowner saving for a roof replacement. For example, homeowners know they’ll need money for a new roof one day, but they may not know exactly how much or exactly when, so they save for it based on their best-educated guess. Individuals hone their plans and budget as more information becomes available. “We didn’t want to undershoot,” Schiel said. “But we’ll never do it if we don’t have the tax revenues coming in to actually make the debt service obligations. … You’ve got to have enough of these small projects to come in and annex into it in order to get to that point. We might not get to $150 million, it might only be $10 million or $12 million.”

Escondido Union schools to open with virtual classes By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) provided their elementary and middle school students with two learning model options for the upcoming school year, but will be implementing distance learning for all students through Sept. 25 due to the county’s current health conditions. At its July 16 meeting, the district board decided to postpone the start of the school year to Aug. 25. They also voted to start the school year virtually for all students and to give families an option of how they wanted their students to learn. Students and families were given until July 30 to

select one of two learning models depending on a student’s grade level: Elementary students can choose between Modified Classic Hybrid Model, with students on campus four halfdays per week, and Full Distance E-Learning, where all teaching and learning occurs virtually. Middle school students can choose between Two Full-Day Hybrid Model, where students are on campus two full days per week, and Full Distance E-Learning. “In preparation for the school year, teachers will be receiving eight hours of professional development on best practices for distance learning. Parents will also be provided video training to prepare them for working with their students in a distance learning environment,” said Michelle Breier, digital communications spe-

cialist at EUSD. She also noted that all students will be provided with an iPad and, if needed, a hot spot for internet access to fully participate in all distance learning programming. The district’s decision to begin virtually came just one day before California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of his pandemic plan for California’s schools. Newsom’s plan centers on five key areas including the use of local health data to determine when to resume in-person learning, mask requirements, physical distancing, regular testing and rigorous distance learning. “Learning is non-negotiable,” Newsom said during his announcement. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful

instruction in the midst of this pandemic. In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open — and when it must close — but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.” The plan also says that schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. San Diego County is currently on the state’s Monitoring List. EUSD does have plans to reopen its campuses by the end of September; however, the board and district said they would continue to monitor the health conditions and make changes as needed.

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