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DEC. 11, 2020

County nears 100,000th COVID case

EUSD schools going virtual until January

By City News Service

By Staff

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Union School District has temporarily suspended all in-person instruction effective Dec. 8, requiring all students to continue virtual-only instruction at home. During the next several weeks, students will follow the district’s virtual hybrid model schedule, according to a district statement. In-person classes are expected to resume on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The suspension of in-person instruction is not related to the state’s new three-week Stay Home Order. “This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, as well as out of a commitment to providing a rigorous educational program for our students. We know this decision directly impacts our families, we know that it’s far from ideal, but this was the right decision at this time,” said Luis Rankins-Ibarra, EUSD superintendent. “The operational efficiency of our schools is essential to the safety and health of our students and staff, which has been and will continue to be my top priority.” Once a positive case is confirmed, extensive contact tracing is conducted by EUSD staff to identify all individuals who came in close contact with the positive individual. Those individuals are directed to begin a 14-day quarantine. So far this month, expoTURN TO SCHOOLS ON 9

closer proximity to people. The Thanksgiving holiday will add a layer on top of that [which] we haven’t really seen yet. We might see those effects in the next week or two.” Back in April, Palomar Medical Center in Escondido received a 202-bed FEMA field hospital, which still hasn’t been used. Dr. Khawaja said that it hasn’t been necessary yet, but the health systems have been in constant communication

REGION — San Diego County reported 15 deaths and 2,104 new COVID-19 infections Dec. 9, the second-highest daily case total and one that comes as hospitalizations continue to surge. The infections reported Wednesday are second only to Friday’s record 2,287 and raise the county’s cumulative total to 97,549. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said she anticipates the total cases to cross 100,000 before the end of the week. Another 15 deaths and 36 hospitalizations were reported Wednesday, raising the death toll to 1,103 and the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations since the pandemic began to 4,987. Wednesday’s numbers mark the ninth consecutive day with more than 1,000 new reported cases and the 17th day of the last 20 to meet that mark. It is just the third time the daily cases have crossed 2,000 — all of which have come in the past week. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher offered a somber message as he reminded county residents hospitalizations tend to lag, showing the effects of increased cases after 2124 days. Thanksgiving was 14 days ago. “We don’t want to waste an entire year of sacrifice,” he said. “The aim and intention of what we are doing right now is to limit the interaction of those from dif-

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SO LONG TO A NORTH COUNTY ‘FIRST’ San Marcos Brewery & Grill, the first micro-brewery in North County, is permanently closing after 27 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. STORY ON PAGE 5. Photo courtesy of San Marcos Brewery

Palomar Health sees surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Palomar Health is one of the hundreds of health systems across California that are seeing a spike in hospitalizations due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases. The two hospitals, one in Escondido and one in Poway, are preparing their staff and supplies as numbers continue to rise. San Diego County is under a three-week stay-athome order as of late Sunday night due to a decrease in ICU beds across South-

ern California. The state order will be lifted after three weeks if the region’s ICU capacity rises to 15% or higher. Palomar Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Omar Khawaja said that countywide, hospitalizations were in the 200s, but that number is now up to the 700s range with about 30% of those patients going into the ICU. Dr. Khawaja, who is responsible for Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Palomar Medical

Center Poway, told The Coast News that at both hospitals, the last spike was about 40 COVID-19 hospitalizations, but now that number is around 70, with about a quarter of those being in the ICU. “We’ve been lucky not to see a huge hit to our ICUs or our ventilators, but we are seeing higher numbers than we’ve ever seen,” Dr. Khawaja said. “We saw a real spike correlated to just temperature change, because people are staying indoors and in


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Pala Casino offering free virus testing By Staff

LOCAL ARTIST Karma Reclusado’s cartoon elves smile from the front window of Vista Village Pub on Main Street in Vista. Photo by Steve Puterski

Artist’s elves bring holiday cheer to Vista shops By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Painted elves appear on the windows of businesses in downtown Vista as part of the nonprofit Backfence Society’s latest public art initiative featuring the talents of local artist Karma Reclusado. While the project is her first official commissioned work, Reclusado, 23, has approached it with enthusiasm. Using satin indoor acrylic paint, she transforms local business owners and employees into festive elves on storefront windows. And the program is gaining momentum. Wavelength Brewery

features a pair of elves resembling the film characters “Jay and Silent Bob” on its front window. The local brewery has also requested elves dressed up as members of a Scandinavian metal band. Reclusado also painted several family generations — from grandparents to grandchildren — on the window of the Children's Paradise Preschool headquarters downtown. “I’ve been enjoying it so far, and I think it’s a really wonderful idea,” Reclusado said. Sarah Spinks, president of the Backfence Society, said the program is a way to bring spirit and joy to the city amid the

COVID-19 pandemic. Once the program As an artist, Spinks gained momentum, the said Reclusado is a perfect City of Vista requested Refit. Reclusado’s style is rem- clusado’s paintings for its holiday promotion, “Selfie with an Elfie,” as part of Discover Vista’s holiday decorations. Discover Vista held an online fundraiser earlier this year, which allowed the nonprofit society to purchase decorations such as lights and ribbons for wrapping lighat poles. “It puts people in the Sarah Spinks mood for the season, which President,BackfenceSociety I think we need more than ever,” Spinks said. “This iniscent of 1950s advertis- has been really fun. This is ing campaigns with a mod- an opportunity for art and ern twist — a mix between artists. It’s a win-win-win. vintage illustrations, comic Art connecting business.” books and graphic novels. Both Spinks and Re-

It puts people in the mood for the season, which I think we need more than ever.”

clusado said the public response to the art project has been positive and uplifting. Reclusado said several local business owners have requested elves for their storefronts, and residents have inquired about featuring artwork in their homes. She said it’s been a great way to grow her business and network through gathering social media contacts. “In my spare time, I do art almost every day,” Reclusado said. “I’ve never done it on glass, but I tried before getting into it and it seemed pretty easy. The first day … I could tell it was going to be a bigger experience.”

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Opinion & Editorial

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Nursing home residents need high vaccine priority

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Still seeking congressional compromise on COVID relief By Rep. Mike Levin

It has been more than ten months since the first case of COVID-19 in the United States, and we are just now experiencing the most devastating stretch of this pandemic. More than 14.8 million people in the United States have been infected, and at least 282,000 have tragically died, including more than 1,000 in San Diego County alone. Hospitals are being overrun, small businesses are failing, and job losses are mounting every day. Americans are in pain, and Congress must meet this moment. It’s long past time for Republicans and Democrats to recognize the gravity of this situation, set aside our differences, and provide relief for the American people. If you’ve watched one of the dozens of virtual town halls I’ve held during this pandemic, you know how frustrated I am that the Senate has refused to act on legislation the House passed in May to support front line workers, small businesses, state and local governments, and families struggling to

make ends meet. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that we take a “pause” and allow states to go bankrupt. That inaction was a colossal failure for our country, but it’s not too late to act. Last week, a group of House and Senate members from both parties offered a proposal that would provide $908 billion in federal aid to get us through the next several months of the pandemic. It would help state and local governments maintain critical services, keep small businesses afloat, extend unemployment for those in need, help schools adapt, and strengthen vaccine distribution. Those are all critically important things that we must do immediately to get through this winter, but it’s not enough. We should provide far more assistance for schools to improve distance learning and better prepare for safer in-person classes, and we need to invest much more in childcare services. We should be doing more for those who have lost their jobs, who are strug-

gling to put food on the table or pay for rent. We should provide far more funding for state and local governments to keep first responders on the job and public services running. And we should be investing much more in the distribution of vaccines, as well as expanding our testing and contact tracing capacity. Those are all things that I will keep fighting for every single day, but I won’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I’m willing to support an imperfect bill if it means getting more relief to the people I serve quickly. That’s what compromise is all about, but compromise only works if my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are willing to do the same. We can still pass a bipartisan bill to save lives and livelihoods if both sides are willing to meet in the middle. The American people cannot and should not have to wait any longer. I urge my colleagues to put their differences aside and treat this emergency like our lives depend on it – because they do.

New session opens amid COVID-19 By Marie Waldron

On Dec. 7, the organizational session for the State Assembly’s 2021-2022 convened in Sacramento. But this year, things looked a lot different than normal. Though a few bills were introduced, the Speaker and other Assembly officers were sworn in, and resolutions related to operating the House were adopted, the event was not held at the State Capitol building as usual. Because of COVID restrictions, the new session began at Golden 1 Center, the first time since 1907 that the organizational session was held at someplace other than the Capitol.

All members entering the Golden 1 Center were tested for COVID. Masks were worn and social distancing observed. No guests or family members allowed. Typically, the day before, the Governor welcomes all members at a reception, but this year the restrictions in place prevent that. Historic milestones include the swearing-in of Alex T. Lee, who at 25 is the youngest legislator since the 1930s, and the continuing service of Steven Choi, 76, who became the oldest freshman Assemblyman since the end of WWII when he was elected in 2016. Because of the remote location of the ceremonies,

all votes were voice votes, the first time that’s happened since the 1930s. This year marks the first time the Assembly Republican Caucus has grown in a presidential election year since 1984, and the number of women in the caucus is also increasing from two last session to five this session. Our new session begins in earnest on Jan. 4 and I’m eager to begin what’s going to be a very significant year for California. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature

eachers’ unions, police and firefighters argued in early December they ought to get the expected new coronavirus vaccines before anyone else but health workers. They got a tough response at the federal Centers for Disease Control, now operating as it is supposed to for the first time since Donald Trump became president. Freed after the fall election of censorship by political operatives Trump stationed in its executive offices, the CDC let its vaccine advisory committee of top epidemiologists and ethics experts write the priority guidelines most states will follow in distributing stillscarce vaccines. They very properly placed nursing home residents alongside medical personnel as the first recipients. But that’s not how California now says it will operate. Yes, health workers will be the first Californians to get the vaccine. But not nursing home residents. This is a huge failing in the state’s plan for prioritizing inoculations against the plague that has killed almost 300,000 Americans — about one-third of them living in long-term care. Yes, just about everyone agrees front-line medical responders need first crack at the two new vaccines entering national use. Beyond that, things are murkier. People with underlying pre-existing medical conditions like suppressed immune systems and heart disease ought to go next, some academic ethicists said. Nope, said others, the vaccine should go first to the elderly, about 65% of the COVID-19 patient load. Teachers, cops and firefighters should make up the second group, said

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their unions, teachers arguing that schools can only reopen widely after they get their shots. This has some validity but ignores the one group that fits into both the medical condition class and the elderly category: nursing home residents. The proportion of disease victims and the degree of isolation among denizens of nursing homes has been staggering. Most have been deprived of virtually all direct contact with family and friends for the 9-month (so far) duration of anti-virus lockdown measures. For some, this causes extreme disorientation and distress as they suffer diseases and death in isolation, notwithstanding a few ground-floor window sightings and the occasional outdoor visit. The coronavirus has also taken more lives in nursing homes than anywhere else — about 40% of California deaths from the virus. With each viral surge, the scene in nursing homes grows more grim. Especially in larger facilities catering mostly to Medi-Cal patients, who often turn their life savings over to government to qualify for financial aid. During October and November, new COVID-19 cases in nursing homes surged fourfold in more than 20 states. Unlike most others, residents of the homes can’t do much about it. They cannot avoid close contact with nursing home staffers, from nurses

and other aides to administrators. Those staffers come and go daily, subject to the same contagions as the general public. That’s why even California’s plan gives them the same priority as other health workers. Staffers serve meals to residents, help them bathe, assist them to sitting areas and to bathrooms. When they are infected, residents are, too. When caseloads outside the homes rise, they skyrocket on the inside. What’s more, most residents are elderly. Few would live in skilled nursing facilities if they did not have some pre-existing condition also making them extra-susceptible to COVID-19. Residents of the 14,000 facilities belonging to the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living may be followed statistically more closely than people in other homes. It’s from them that we learn how caseloads among long-term care residents rise faster and lead to many more deaths per capita than on the outside. This all explains why the CDC committee had nursing home folks share top priority for the new vaccinations. They may be only subsets of the elderly and people with medical conditions, but they are the main reason statistics for those two classes are so cruel. If the lives of people in the homes have value — and California’s newly set priorities suggest some think they don’t — they must get the new shots before anyone other than front-line medical workers. But in California, it appears they won’t, and that is both inhumane and unfair. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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San Marcos brewery Sierra Club launches ‘Stop Harvest Hills’ campaign to close after 27 years By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Brewery & Grill recently announced that they are permanently shutting their doors after a 27-year run in the Old California Restaurant Row shopping center in San Marcos due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The popular North County brewery made the announcement on Nov. 19 with a short post on their

we should be cautiously opening up everything and applying safety protocols across the board and then figuring out strategically what we need to do to help businesses become successful if they are having issues.” Other businesses have also permanently closed down their San Marcos locations due to financial difficulties caused by the pandemic including Phil’s

We’re at a really difficult point in time and our state leaders really need to pay attention.” Rebecca Jones Mayor of San Marcos

Facebook page: “Well, the time has come. With the restrictions of COVID-19 and the purple tier, the Brewery has suspended its operations. We’ve had a good 27-year run and now it’s time to call it... done. Thank you all for the support through the years. We wish you well. Cheers to a better year! 2021.” The post has more than a hundred comments of residents expressing their sadness and frustration over having to say goodbye to a staple of their community, one which many have grown up with. The brewery, which opened in 1993 at 1080 W. San Marcos Blvd., was known for being the first micro-brewery in North County where its brewers produced English-style ales and oatmeal stout beers. “They couldn’t hold on any longer… we’re at a really difficult point in time and our state leaders really need to pay attention,” San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones said. “I believe that

BBQ, Slater’s 50/50, Perks Coffee House and more. The city might see even more businesses close their doors as San Diego County just entered a three-week stay-at-home order as of late Sunday night due to a decrease in ICU beds across Southern California. The order temporarily closes a number of businesses, including on-site dining, even outdoors, at restaurants, breweries and wineries. Hair salons and barbershops, personal care services, museums and zoos, movie theaters, and indoor recreational facilities will also have to close. Elected leaders across North County, including Mayor Jones, have recently been vocal about their frustrations with the new stay-at-home order and some businesses may even refuse to comply with the new order. The state order will be lifted after three weeks if the region’s ICU capacity rises to 15% or higher.

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part of the approval. Proposed by Concordia Homes, the development has been in the planning process for six years and was formerly known as Safari Highlands Ranch before being rebranded as Harvest Hills. Critics of Harvest Hills say it will endanger wildlife habitats, increase wildfire risk and have negative effects on transit and climate change. Proponents of the agri-neighborhood project say that it supports sustainability by being the city’s first-ever carbon neutral, net-zero energy housing community. The video features several speakers, including San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance member Scott Graves, Escondido resident Linda Stanwood, Youth Climate Activist and Escondido resident Aisha Wallace-Palomares, Tribal Councilmember of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians Dave Toler and former Escondido Union School Board member

George McClure. “Large-scale fires are becoming more frequent and more devastating … the addition of several hundred cars evacuating on narrow winding roads will delay our evacuation times and result in homeowners getting trapped,” Graves said in the video. More than two dozen community and environmental organizations have already shown support for the Sierra Club in opposing the project and have joined in organizing against it. “Sierra Club opposes Harvest Hills for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that this new development will decimate hundreds of acres of critical wildlife habitat and pristine open space to build 550 “estate homes” in a ‘Very High Danger’ fire zone, exacerbating potential evacuation efforts of area residents to a dangerous level, and draining funding from the urban core,” stated Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Conservation Chair George Courser.

The Escondido City Council is expected to vote on the Harvest Hills development in the coming months. In an emailed statement to The Coast News, Don Underwood of Concordia Homes said, “It is unfortunate that factually inaccurate claims and testimonials are being used in an attempt to scare and confuse Escondido residents. “The reality is that Harvest Hills will set the new standard for how housing communities can help achieve regional housing goals, protect natural resources and increase public safety. Harvest Hills will support Escondido’s sustainable future and fulfill the vision of the voter-approved Escondido General Plan calling for housing on this property. “With Harvest Hills, residents will also benefit from a new and fully equipped fire station, emergency evacuation route to the northwest and more than 762 acres of permanent open space.”

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much more prepared this time around. “In March and April, we were worried about running out. Now, we’re just trying to build a stockpile and have plenty of reserve. So, it’s a very different conversation than we were having in March. We’re in a much better place now in terms of PPE,” Dr. Khawaja

said. He said that during this time, it’s important for people to follow guidelines and physical distancing, but warned against social distancing. “We are trying to emphasize physical distancing instead of social distancing… we are seeing that, along with higher COVID

numbers is also more isolation, so if you have someone that you know is isolating, do whatever you can – phone calls, Facetime, Zoom – just reach out to them and make sure they know there’s someone who cares for them and is interested in their well-being. It goes a long way,” Dr. Khawaja said.

ESCONDIDO — The Sierra Club in North County recently launched a new Stop Harvest Hills campaign alongside a number of community and environmental organizations that also oppose the project. The campaign includes a new video urging the halt of the development. “We are ready to re-ignite the fight to halt sprawl development in Escondido and to Stop Harvest Hills,” said Laura Hunter, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club North County Group. “Defeat of the Harvest Hills development proposal is a top priority for San Diego Sierra Club members and their allies.” The proposal is a highend sprawl development that proposes developing 550 luxury homes on 1,100 acres of land in the San Pasqual Valley on county property near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The city would need to annex the land into the municipality’s boundaries as

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about how it would be used if needed. Craig Sturak, Communications Officer for the County of San Diego Health & Human Services, told The Coast News that the field hospital stands ready to be activated if the county reaches a point where it is needed. If the time does come, Dr. Khawaja said it will most likely be used for low acuity patients to offload some of the other health systems Another concern that comes with increased hospitalizations is a higher demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). A few months ago, hospitals nationwide faced severe shortages of PPE, but Dr. Khawaja says they are

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SMUSD gears up for superintendent search By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) will begin searching for a new superintendent soon after the new Governing Board is seated on Dec. 15. The district is currently being led by Interim Superintendent Dr. Kevin Holt, who served as superintendent of SMUSD for 14 years before retiring in June 2017. Dr. Holt took the position in October after former Superintendent Dr. Carmen García abruptly resigned in September following months of conflict with parents and district teachers. Dr. Holt sent this statement to The Coast News: “It is a great honor to be asked to come out of retirement and provide my leadership as the interim superintendent for the SMUSD as the Governing Board searches for the right person to become the next superintendent.

“The pandemic has affected everyone's life in a variety of ways and schools had to quickly reinvent themselves to again meet the needs of their diverse student body. “I admire the work being done by teachers, support staff and school administration. It's not the same work that was being done when I retired. When I made the decision to retire in 2017, we were working to offer virtual classes to increase the elective options for high school students. Fast forward to today, every teacher at every grade level has now taught virtually at some point since March of this year. It's new and exciting work and I look forward to seeing the continued innovation of this district.” Dana Vorsos, executive assistant to the superintendent, told The Coast News that the district will consider qualified candidates from inside and outside of

the district. She said the board is working with the Education Support Services Group for the recruitment of a superintendent. Vorsos also said that Dr. Holt will not be considered to take over in a permanent role because he is retired and will not be permanently coming out of retirement. Once the new board is seated, they will work together with the recruitment firm to determine what qualifications they are searching for in a new superintendent and will then begin their search. It is unclear when the district hopes to have made its decision. SMUSD is currently operating in a hybrid model for elementary students and virtual instruction for middle and high school students. Beginning in January, all students will be offered a hybrid learning option for the remainder of the school year.

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Vista City Council approves $225K loan for Operation HOPE By Steve Puterski

VISTA — One of the city’s homeless service providers was approved for a second city loan to help ease cash flow and reinvest the savings into services. Operation HOPE, 859 E. Vista Way, received unanimous support for a $225,000 forgivable loan from the City Council during its Dec. 8 meeting. The forgivable city loan will pay off a $203,000 balance for a loan from the San Diego Foundation and free up cash flow for the nonprofit serving the homeless, according to Mayor Judy Ritter, who brought forward

the item. Operation HOPE’s monthly payment for the TSDF loan is $2,200, but the new city loan will allow Operation HOPE to pay off the loan and reinvest the savings into its services. “It would kind of mimic the same terms as the original loan with the city,” Ritter said. “I think it does a great job of taking the homeless of the street. It helps them with a money cash flow of $2,200 so they can help families make a rent payment.” Founded in 2003, the nonprofit has served thousands of residents battling

homelessness or on the brink, according to a letter from board president Cindy Taylor to the city. Taylor said their facility provides a safe space for families and single women, while case managers work with those people to create individualized action plans. In 2012, Operation HOPE raised more than $1 million to buy land and build a new facility. Additionally, the nonprofit received $225,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the city, which is 100% forgivable with 0% interest, Taylor said

in her letter. In 2016, the organization expanded into a yearround facility, Ritter said. A message left with Operation HOPE seeking comment was not returned by deadline. “Your additional help would provide a substantial monthly impact on our programs and services,” Taylor said in her letter. “Your funding would provide financial security for the organization and allow us to focus on long-term sustainability and our core programs.” Over the past year, the

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VISTA LIGHTS UP

A new, free drive-thru event, “Jingle Terrace Park,” will feature holiday-themed light displays along the driving loop in Brengle Terrace Park 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 28. Make it a must-see spot on your holiday list.

donors, according to Taylor’s letter. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said Operation HOPE is an “incredible asset” to the city. She said they provide a great environment and the individuals using Operation HOPE’s services are having a good experience and are on their way to create a better life for themselves and their families. “I’ve seen the tremendous impact they’ve made on our community,” Councilman Joe Green added. “I think this is a great opportunity to help an organization that has helped so many.”

vanced Conversation and Italian Regions. For the winter quarter, all classes begin the first week of January and will again be held online.

SMCF backs services key to community

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DONATE FOR CASA KIDS

Casa de Amparo hosts its annual Holiday Donation Center on Dec. 16 through Dec. 18, and Dec. 21 online at casadeamparo. org/holiday-donation-center/ or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Donation Center, 250 North City Drive, Suite 109, San Marcos.

GIFT OF THE MENORAH

Gift or get a menorah from Chabad Jewish Center Oceanside/Vista. For more ISRAELI POP STAR Gad Elbaz performs Dec. 14 in a car concert at the Fairgrounds as information, call (760) 806- Chabad of S. Diego holds its Hanukkah Spectacular. Courtesy photo 7765. throughout various areas drive for downtown San pool Ambassador ExpeFAIRGROUNDS TO SPARKLE within the Garden’s 37 Diego homeless will be riences at Swami’s Beach A “Holidays In Your acres with lighted animals, held from 10:30 a.m. to with scavenger hunts at Car” event is being held laser lighting and fire pits. noon Dec. 12 at the Village 3:15 p.m. Dec. 14 and 4 p.m. through Jan. 2, Mondays to Church, 6225 Paseo Deli- Dec. 15. After the peak Thursdays: 5 to 9 p.m. and ODE TO THE MENORAH cias, Rancho Santa Fe. The high tide, beachgoers can Fridays to Sundays 5 to 10 The Chabad Oceans- church will collect canned get a look at inhabitants of p.m. in the Main Parking ide/Vista presents “Beyond food, pasta and cereal, the tide pools, typically hidLot. Discover a symphony the Flame” an ode to the along with used clothing for den underwater. Learn how of sight and sound at the Menorah in words, music, men and women and new to become a Nature Collecdrive-thru holiday light art and more at 6:30 p.m. undergarments for men siz- tive Tidepool Ambassador. spectacular intricately as- Dec. 12 at jewishoceans. es 30-36 and for new men’s Visit thenaturecollective. sembled by Santa’s team com/zoom. sneakers in sizes 9-12. For org/media or contact Lydia of elves. For more informamore information, contact Cobb, PR Nature Collective tion, contact: holidaysinNealP@villagechurch.org at (760) 840-1654 or cobBREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM yourcar.com. or (858) 756-2441, ext. 104. blydia@gmail.com. Join the Rancho Santa Fe Village Church online KEEPING NEIGHBORS WARM HANUKKAH SPECTACULAR version of “Breakfast in To provide neighbors Chabad of S. Diego Bethlehem.” Starting at 9 HOLIDAY MARKET in need with coats, hats and presents a concert with Isa.m. Dec. 12, log onto vilRefind Off Main pres- raeli pop star Gad Elbaz, more during the cold sealagechurch.org where se- ents a holiday market at 10 son, The Shoppes at Carlslive from your car, at 4:30 nior pastor Jack Baca will a.m. Dec.12 and at 6 p.m. bad, 2525 El Camino Real, p.m. Dec. 14 at the San read the Christmas story, Dec. 13 at 146 Eucalyptus Carlsbad, has partnered Diego Fairgrounds, 2260 as children join in the fun Ave., Vista. with Volunteers of America Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del by following along with sevwith a “Warm for the WinMar. Tickets and inforeral items from a Breakfast PARADE OF LIGHTS ter” Coat Drive through mation at facebook.com/ in Bethlehem swag bag. The Port of San Diego events/2829922650608924. Dec. 11. Shoppers can doFilled with a sheep, crown, Parade of Lights returns for nate coats, gloves, hats, halo and even a flash light its 49th consecutive year, scarves and any other warm to find the Baby Jesus, par- and Seaport Village is an HOLIDAY CRAFTS clothing at donation bins Join the Escondido ents can request a bag from ideal spot for onlookers to throughout The Shoppes Kjersti Atkins, director of enjoy the views. Dozens of Public Library Teen Serduring regular mall hours. Children’s Ministries at: boats will cruise by with vices Librarian and build a kjerstia @ villagechurch. dazzling light displays, fol- paper Gingerbread House HOLIDAY LIGHTS org. Bags will be delivered lowing this year’s theme - and other craft instruction There will be holiday or mailed to your home. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14. “The Twelve Days of Christ- Pick up your craft kit at lights at the Antique Gas mas.” Locals and visitors the Youth Services Desk, at & Steam Engine Museum ZERO-WASTE HOLIDAY will have two chances to 239 S. Kalmia St., EscondiDec. 11 and Dec. 12 and I Love A Clean San catch the parade from 5 to Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 2040 do, and follow the included Diego and the county of 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. N Santa Fe Ave., Vista. instructions or watch the San Diego are offering video on the YouTube chantips for a zero-waste holinel @EscondidoLibrary. Kit day. Don’t Take a Holiday available beginning Dec. from Recycling. Join the HOLIDAY IN THE GARDEN TIDEPOOL EXPLORATION 14, while supplies last. Botanic Wonderland upcoming zero-waste holIn addition to very high iday webinar Celebrate Holiday Nights in the Garking tides, you can experiden will be from 5 to 8:30 Sustainably: Gifts and ence December’s extreme p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 13; Glitz Dec. 12 at ilacsd.org/ low king tides with Na- ITALY FOR CHRISTMAS Dec. 16 to Dec. 23; Dec. 26 event /celebrate-sustain- ture Collective, the EnciRegister now at icc-sd. to Dec. 30. Closed Dec.24 ably-gifts-and-glitz-12-12/. nitas-based nonprofit land org for the Italian Culturand Dec. 25. Tickets at SDtrust stewarding San Elijo al Center's Italian classes BGarden.org. Stroll amidst FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVE Lagoon and lands beyond. with levels from beginning A food and clothing All ages can join free Tide- Italian for Travelers to Adfestive holiday lights

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city has been aggressive in its pursuits of addressing the homeless issue. The City Council created a Homeless Strategic Plan and, in coordination with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, have cleared numerous encampments. However, the challenge of finding housing solutions remains, although the city has developed strong ties with a number of service providers. As for Operation HOPE, the nonprofit engaged in a new fundraising campaign, “Keep HOPE Afloat,” which landed several new major

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CAMP AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

Have a beachside staycation with RV Camping at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Full hookups are available a short walk from Del Mar’s beaches. The cost per space is $40 per night. Payment must be in cash, or by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Approximately 58 spaces with hookups for water, electricity and sewage are available at no extra charge, but are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are allowed to stay for a maximum of 30 days.

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SEND A SONG THIS HOLIDAY

Send a Singing Holiday Gram from the San Diego Chorus this year. The group offers three seasonal Christmas or Hanukkah four-part harmony a cappella songs, one for $59 and three for $149. For more information, visit SanDiegoChorus.org.

DEC. 18

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Vista Village and Plaza Paseo Real, in Carlsbad have partnered with PictureMeSanta.com to offer shoppers a way to capture photos with Santa from home. Participants take a photo at home against a white backdrop, upload the digital photo to https:// PictureMeSanta.com, then select their digital photo package. Vista offers a $5 discount on Santa photo packages using coupon code: SANTAVV at checkout. Plaza Paseo Real is also offering the $5 discount using coupon code: SANTAPPR at checkout. For details, visit https://PictureMeSanta.com.

SAN MARCOS — In a time of unprecedented challenges, the San Marcos Community Foundation (SMCF) has helped provide hope and support to essential community services that keep our city strong. The Foundation’s important grant program has provided more than $75,000 in funding within the last year and a half to local organizations ranging from the North County COVID-19 Emergency Fund and the San Marcos Prevention Coalition to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos. “Everybody wants to do good, but they’re not always sure how to go about it. That is where the San Marcos Community Foundation comes in,” said Collen Lukoff, president of the SMCF. “We are here to help when someone wants to create change locally.” In a year full of uncertainty, that drive to create positive change and help others throughout the community has been paramount. “Every grant applicant we have had this year has been affected by COVID-19, and they speak to that in their applications,” Lukoff said. Serving as stewards since 1988, the San Marcos Community Foundation’s mission is to enrich quality of life by providing grants to a wide variety of nonprofit groups serving San Marcos residents. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million to 125+ nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit groups supporting San Marcos residents may request up to $10,000 in grant funding for a wide variety of purposes. Grant applications and lists of grants are available on the San Marcos Community Foundation webpage. For more information or to make a donation, please visit san-marcos. net or call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3100.


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Ex-Grizzlies making their Mission Hills coach proud

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t’s every coach’s dream, regardless of the sport or the players’ skill level. It’s the potential payday down the road that is gold, and that’s certainly true of Mission Hills High’s Chris Hauser. He cashes a personal dividend whenever landing on the Big Ten Network at his San Marcos home. On a weekly basis, the veteran coach is thrilled to watch his former Grizzlies perform. “Absolutely,” Hauser said. “When you get to work with young people, you enjoy that time with them. Then to see their journey afterward on the field, or whatever they may get into, it makes you so proud.” Hauser’s pride was in overdrive last week with Ohio State’s Chris Olave, a junior wide receiver, and Indiana’s Jack Tuttle, a sophomore quarterback, shining on the college game’s big-

sports talk jay paris gest stages. Both played for Hauser and led the Grizzlies to the 2017 CIF San Diego Section Open Division title game. While they were prep standouts, there’s no guarantee that designation translates to the next level. Then again, with these players’ athletic prowess and willingness to embrace the grind, Hauser’s not surprised they’ve flourished. “Chris’ work ethic is off the charts,” Hauser said. “He’s gifted, no question, but he always put the work in.” Tuttle? He was no turtle hiding in his shell when preparing for greatness and

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SPEECH TREK

The American Association of University Women Del Mar-Leucadia Branch invites all local high school students to compete in Speech Trek, a speech competition. Contestants create a 5-to-6-minute speech on “Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?” Deadline to apply is Dec. 21. The local live virtual competition via Zoom will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 21, 2021 with a $500 prize for first place. Contact AAUW Del Mar-Leucadia Branch at speechtrek@aauwdml.org for more information and to apply for the contest.

NOTABLE SCHOLARSHIP

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sharing his love for the student life. Now he’s the big man at Indiana, where everyone knows his name in Kilroy’s, a campus watering hole. Hauser saw Tuttle’s popularity and graciousness up close. “Jack was like ‘Mr. High School’ and in a great way,” Hauser said. “He knew what he meant to the school and he treated every single person the same. “His kindness was probably one of his top qualities. A shy freshman would tell him he had a great game and he would thank him, engage with him and ricochet the conversation away from himself.” No. 8-ranked Indiana’s bounce-back, like Tuttle’s, is admirable. Before finding Hoosier hospitality — his father, Jay, was a walk-on punter for Indiana — Tuttle absorbed disappointment. He

chose Utah after Mission Hills, and while it had a great lake, it wasn’t a great fit for Tuttle. “ H i s journey was d i f f e r e n t OLAVE from Chris’ and it speaks volume about kids coming out of high school that sometimes it doesn’t happen right away,” Hauser said. “We have a lot of pretty good football players in San Diego County. But there are so many other good football players that in college, every practice, every game, is like going against high school all-stars. “Sometimes it can be humbling for kids to be able to understand that success and failure both take time. You don’t go straight to the top of the depth chart in col-

lege. You are going to have to earn it.” Tu t t l e ’s powerful right arm secured his spot in Hoosier lore on Dec. 5 against Wisconsin. FillTUTTLE ing in for the injured Michael Penix, Tuttle heaved two touchdowns in his first collegiate start to give Indiana its sixth Big Ten win in a season for only the third time since 1967. “They had a spot-on game plan for him, and when I was watching this thing unfold, he was in a zone,” Hauser said. Olave’s deal is reaching the end zone. His 12 scoring catches last year were the fourth-most in a season in school history, and he continues to carry a bull’s-eye for Buckeye quarterbacks. The speedy Olave has five

touchdowns and is averaging nearly 17 yards on 36 receptions for No. 3 Ohio State. The catch for Hauser, when the pair played for him, was for him not to hinder a good thing. “I stayed out of their way,” he said. “They always had the green light to do something if the coverage gave it to them.” Just don’t take away Hauser’s weekends as he tracks ex-Grizzles. Others include Fred Warner, a solid linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, and his younger brother, Troy, a senior defensive back at BYU. The mission for any coach is for his charges to excel. Hauser’s appreciative that he’s still receiving payback through his former players. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on paris_sports.

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By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The city is tackling medicinal marijuana fees again as it ramps up its processes to regulate and foster the industry. During its Nov. 10 meeting, the City Council approved several new fees for filing and processing applications for renewals, transfers, relocation, relocation and modification, and appeals, according to Aly Zimmerman, assistant city manager. Zimmerman said the new fee structure is as follows: $329 for renewals of medical or enterprise; $662 for a transfer; $269 for change in management; $2,330 for both the relocation and relocation and modifications of a facility; and $500 for an appeal. “It seems like we’re always coming back with fees, but part of that is because it’s a brand-new industry for the city,” she said. “We do need to recover the cost to implement new requests.” Measure Z was approved in 2018 and allows up to 11 medicinal dispensaries in the city. In 2019, the City Council approved marijuana enterprise businesses such as testing, manufacturing and distribution as well as delivery services for the dispensaries. One resident said she worried about the businesses being able to hide owners through their business formation structure. However, Zimmerman said the city, and state, fully vets each application, which is why the city approved the new fees. She said the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, along with city staff doing its own independent research, investigates those business structures. Zimmerman said the city will not issue a license unless a business already has a state license. “There’s been a lot of dedication to cannabis and implementation of Measure Z,” said Councilwoman Corinna Contreras. “It’s been very smooth and at a point where we’ve done a good job of implementing and recovering the cost with staff.” Since Measure Z has passed, the city has also approved other fees related to the industry, such as a Measure Z application ($9,368), an enterprise license ($4,318), delivery ($978) and retail expansion ($390). According to the staff report, city fee rates are established by multiplying the estimated time spent by the average hourly rate for the position or positions conducting the review. In some cases, the hourly rate for multiple positions within a department or division are averaged to create the “average hourly rate.”

Legendary Christmas display won’t light up this year By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — For more than 30 years, the holiday light extravaganza known as “Christmas on Knob Hill” has attracted tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country, but the iconic display in San Marcos will not light up this year because of COVID-19 concerns. Bill Gilfillen, an 82-year-old retired Navy flight engineer, and his family have hosted Christmas on Knob Hill for 33 years at their home at 1639 Knob Hill Road. From Thanksgiving Eve to Dec. 30, passersby would gather to see more than 100,000 holiday lights cover the Gilfillen residence, along with displays of Santas, reindeer, snowmen, sleighs, Disney characters, giant candy canes and more. The display would typically take about 2 to 3 months to set up, according to the family, but it is completely powered by solar

‘CHRISTMAS ON KNOB HILL’ was canceled this year due to COVID-19.

energy. In previous years, Gilfillen would walk outside to greet the visitors, many of whom came from beyond San Marcos and California. Visitors also enjoyed a visit from Santa every night for about a week before Christmas.

This year, the Gilfillen home shows no signs of Christmas lights or decorations. The family issued a statement, which is also written on a white board outside of their home: “To all our friends who visit Christmas on Knob Hill: For the first time in

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over 30 years, due to the virus and our concern for our families’ and friends’ well-being, we will not have a display this year. But we promise 2021 will be bigger and brighter.” Claudia, a San Marcos resident who was passing by the home and stopped

to read the sign, told The Coast News that this will be the first year her kids won’t be able to visit Christmas on Knob Hill. “I have two little girls, they’re 6 and 8 years old, both born in San Marcos,” Claudia said. “My husband and I have been coming to this house during the holidays since before they were born. It’s really strange seeing it like this, but, at the same time, I get it. They have to protect their family.” She added that she never thought she and her family would have to give up some of their beloved holiday traditions, which can be a hard pill to swallow. As San Diego County, along with the rest of the nation, continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many families like the Gilfillens are having to face the reality that even the holidays and sacred family traditions may not be the same for a while.

CSU plans mostly in-person classes next fall By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — The California State University system, which includes San Diego State and CSU San Marcos, is planning for an anticipated return primarily to in-person courses starting next fall, it was announced Wednesday. “While we are currently going through a very difficult surge in the pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the promising progress on vaccines,”

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sure to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 on EUSD campuses has resulted in the quarantine of 193 students and 37 employees. Since Sept. 28, a total of 655 students and 151 employees have been quarantined due to potential exposure to the virus. “Ensuring sufficient, high-quality staffing is a daily struggle in this situation,” Rankins-Ibarra said. “This includes teachers, substitute teachers, health technicians, custodians, aides, and other staff members, all of whom fill vital roles. That compromises safety for our children and employees. We can’t provide a quality in-person educational experience if we don’t have the staff.” School offices will be staffed to receive calls and e-mails for site-specific support and technology issues. EUSD’s Nutrition Services team will continue to distribute no-cost, to-go meals during the temporary suspension of on-campus instruction. Food will be available according to the community feeding schedule: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at all school sites through December 18. During winter break, meal distribution will take place at Mission Middle School, and Central, Farr, Felici-

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement. Officials have not yet determined “what the science will allow’’ for next summer’s term, noting that determination will be made closer to the deadlines for summer 2021 student registration. The CSU system is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 53,000 faculty and staff and 486,000 students.

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aptation of Homer’s classic poem about the Trojan War. The $35 video-on-demand will be showing through Jan. 3. Get tickets at showtix4u.com/event-details/42229 ARTS PARTNERSHIP

DEC. 11

HANUKKAH ADVENTURE

New Village Arts Theatre has partnered with Kids on Stage to present “The Temple & The Secret Code,” a 45-minute, virtual Hanukkah performance through Dec. 12. The junior detectives will enjoy the story via Zoom and be given clues that they will search for in their house during the Hanukkah adventure. For show times and tickets, visit newvillagearts.org/temple. A TWIST ON ‘SCROOGE’

New Village Arts and Rubicon Theatre Company bring audiences a Broadway musical, “Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol With A Twist!” The production is available now for streaming through the holidays. The story follows Estella Scrooge, a modern-day Wall Street tycoon with a penchant for foreclosing. For tickets and information, visit: newvillagearts. org/estella-scrooge. CLASSIC GREEK THEATER

December in the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, is “Summation 2020,” the exhibition that asked artists to complete their vision, journey, and process throughout the year. Also we ask local poets to be inspired by these artworks for next year’s Summation Art and Poetry Anthology. “Summation 2019 - 2020 Art and Poetry Anthology” books will be available for purchase after Dec. 11.

DEC. 12

ART MINIATURES DISPLAY

The Escondido Municipal Gallery, presents “The Big Little Art Show” at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, is featuring diminutive artworks, as varied in theme as they are in style, no bigger than 12-inches-by-12inches, in fiber, ceramic, miniature dioramas, art books, paintings and mixed media. PIANO PERFORMANCE

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LOCAL ARTIST Bryan Snyder puts the finishing touches on his miniature resin sculptures of Carlsbad’s iconic smokestack, built in 1954 and slated to be demolished by next September. Photo by Henry Snyder

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miniature resin sculptures. For the longtime Carlsbad resident, the monthlong art project was an attempt to preserve the memory of the city’s historic structure. “As a local artist, community member and advocate, I felt it was my responsibility to try and preserve it,” Snyder told The Coast News. “Once it’s gone, to have a miniature sculpture made by a local artist in the heart of (Carlsbad Village) is an attempt to keep the memory going.” Snyder, who lives in Carlsbad Village with his

wife Susannah and their seven-year-old son Henry and five-year-old daughter Stella, has long contributed to the growth of Carlsbad’s blossoming art scene. In 2015, Snyder helped establish the Carlsbad Art Wall, which has become a landmark of its own, attracting artists and visitors from around the world. The digital artist has also hosted numerous art shows and scavenger hunts, as well as working with local businesses for creative marketing purposes to promote the artistic culture within

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the Village. But Snyder’s latest project presented a different set of challenges, namely working with art resin, a material Snyder hasn’t worked with in many years. The sculptures are cast by pouring art resin into an original Chavant clay mold crafted by hand. There is very little room for error. “If you mess up the mold or resin cast, you pretty much have to start all over again,” Snyder said. “It’s art but it’s also a science project — a lot of chemistry going on.” After the resin dries, the sculptures are sanded, painted, glazed, positioned on a cardboard mounting board and packaged with a spray-painted “Snyder” logo on the exterior. These are not mass-produced duplicates rolling off some foreign assembly line — each sculpture, made in Snyder’s studio, will reveal its own unique set of details. “They will see the imperfections – evidence of the artist’s hand,” Snyder said. “I could have 3D printed them offsite but then it becomes merchandise, not a handcrafted piece of art.” And Snyder isn’t working alone in his studio. Snyder’s son, Henry, has taken photos of his father’s work throughout the various stages of production, helping attract plenty of interested buyers on social media. And Stella has provided a steady hand helping package her dad’s art. Most of all, Snyder said the project has grown out of his desire to preserve local memories and legacies. “It’s important to keep those memories alive and I think this sculpture does that,” Snyder said. Carlsbad Power Plant Sculptures are available for purchase on Snyder’s website, snyderartdesign.com.


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Beverage community rallying again “…when restaurants close, the comments on the post are always full of people saying things like, ‘If I had known my favorite spot was in trouble, I would have ordered more.’ This is me telling you: your favorite spots are in trouble…” “This will be the final nail in the coffin…” “We ARE open. Please consider dining with us while you can.” “Well, it’s official. We’re re-entering lockdown…”

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f you are a reader of this column, it is likely your social media feeds are full of posts like these from the breweries, restaurants, coffee shops and bars many of us considered our home away from home before the pandemic upended our lives. Before you stop reading another article about the coronavirus, I want to clarify it is NOT your responsibility to ensure the survival of any business. This column isn’t asking eve-ryone to band together to save XYZ business. You are going through this pandemic too.

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Ryan Woldt Nor is this a column railing at officials for pandemic policy impacting an industry that can be tough to thrive in even in the best of times. Could things be different with more effective policies put forth and enforced more effectively? Could aid packages have been better distributed to those in need? Yes. On all counts at all levels. Is staying home, wearing a mask and trying to slow the spread of this virus necessary? Yes. Abso-lutely, but if the past eight months have taught me anything, it is that we need to cut each other a little slack. Early in this pandemic, I talked to brewery owners about how they felt about being open, even partially. They were happy, grateful even, to be working, but most commented that they would rather be home,

limiting the risk to their employees, customers and families. They didn’t — they couldn’t — shut down entirely because extended closures would be more than their businesses could survive. Things have only gotten more complicated since the spring. The truth is, no matter what happens now, more hospitality businesses will close. It will hurt. It will devastate employees, managers and owners who have put their heart and soul into businesses smashed headon by a freakin’ COVID-19 semi-truck. It will hurt the customers who loved eating and drinking and being merry there. We’ve long entered the unknown, and it is terrifying, and yet… And yet, my social media feed is also filled with friends building holiday trees out of lo-cally made six-packs of beer and wrapping them in twinkling lights; messages about starting coffee swaps or pay-itforward programs to buy pints for frontline health care workers, and strangers

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Oceanside clinical trials offer hope to frustrated patients San Diego residents suffering from a variety of medical challenges, from depression to fibromyalgia, have found hope and healing by participating in local clinical trials. They’re among the first to try groundbreaking new experimental medications being tested at regional labs — and the first to potentially benefit.

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San Diego Humane Society is here for you and your pet When it comes to providing adoption services, emergency rescue operations, veterinary services and even free pet food during these trying times, San Diego Humane Society is here for San Diegans regardless of where they live. Called SDHS for short, the humane society is an open admission animal shelter that services all of San Diego County’s cities. “We really want people to know we are here to help them throughout the county,” said Gary Weitzman, president and chief executive officer. SDHS has five campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona and San Diego and accepts all sorts of animals, including livestock and wild animals. The shelter’s humane officers pick up strays found along beaches, parks and other parts of communities, and they enforce and investigate animal cruelty and neglect laws. SDHS also tries to help pet owners keep their pets during hard times. When someone comes in to relinquish a pet, the shelter tries to provide alternative options for the owner so that they may keep the animal, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I couldn’t have gotten through the last nine months as well as I have without my dog,” Weitzman said. The shelter has also been operating outdoors, so residents can still adopt. To further help pet owners, SDHS has been providing free pet food at all of its campuses. The shelter recently provided its 1.5 millionth free pet meal. The shelter even has a wildlife campus in Ramona where animals like bears, skunks, bobcats and coy-

otes are cared for. SDHS is the only licensed center to take care of those bigger, predatory animals. “We feel like it’s a really important part of our mission,” Weitzman said about the wildlife center. “We want to be there for all animals.” Recently, SDHS assisted the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, when 12 spiny lobsters that were illegally caught were found in an impounded car in El Cajon. A humane officer released them back into the ocean near the Ocean Beach Pier. San Diego Humane Society is also highly committed to providing veterinary medicinal services. In 2018, SDHS opened the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine, the first of its kind in California. Now the shelter is expanding its veterinary services to help even more people keep their animal companions. A new community veterinary service will offer a mobile component that will travel to various parts of the county, providing vouchers to residents while partnering with area veterinarians to help those who can’t afford to go through private veterinary practices. So regardless of which city you live in, San Diego Humane Society is here for you and your animals. “We need them,” Weitzman said. “We really need that unconditional love and simplicity of having an animal companion.” Residents can also help SDHS this December, which is an especially important fundraising time so that the nonprofit can care for nearly 50,000 animals in the coming year. To learn more about how you can help, visit sdhumane.org.

What are Clinical Trials? Clinical trials are pharmaceutical-funded research efforts carried out at clinical facilities to determine the efficacy and side effects of new, experimental medications such as those in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. Oceanside’s Excell Research Institute, founded in 2004 by lifelong friends Dr. Sherry Soefje and Dr. Jelena Kunovac, both psychiatrists with over 25 years of research experience, is one such research facility dedicated to improving the lives of patients through safe and effective medication therapies. This woman-owned clinical research facility conducts ongoing trials into a variety of disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-menopausal hot flashes, Alzheimer’s disease, borderline personality disorder, OCD, bi-polar disorder, postpartum depression, migraines, and insomnia. With studies open anywhere from six months to two years, new studies continually beginning, and studies for conditions like depression and schizophrenia ongoing, there are many opportunities to participate.

generally healthy San Diego-area adults (there’s no upper age limit) with disorder symptoms who are willing to take medication and attend five or more in-person visits. “We have several studies for people for whom nothing else has worked or with disorders for which there isn’t a treatment, such as postpartum depression, borderline personality disorder and hot flashes for post-menopausal women. Our all-female clinicians are a highly-valued resource among our female participants,” Dr. Soefje notes. They also provide three months of aftercare with free access to a psychiatrist and EXCELL RESEARCH is currently conducting clinical research often affordable post-trial studies for the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, in- medication. somnia, bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, OCD, fibromyalgia, migraines, What to Expect post-traumatic stress disorder and hot flashes. To particiIntake begins by calling pate, call (760) 758-2222 or visit www.excellresearch.com. to speak personally with one

of Excell’s staff members. After a brief eligibility intake, callers can ask any questions they have. Consent forms with all the study information are then completed followed by an in-office visit. Excell then submits the candidate’s information to the sponsoring pharmaceutical company and awaits final approval. To learn more about how you could benefit from participating in a clinical trial, call (760) 758-2222 or visit excellresearch.com.

ments, or without health insurance, this is a chance to receive free cutting-edge experimental medications, financial compensation for every visit, and possibly free blood tests, MRIs, CT scans and transportation assistance. “It’s more than free,” says Dr. Soefje, “because they’re being altruistic, giving back to science, and helping to create treatments that could help their children and grandchildren.” Excell has distinguished itself with excellent research and a uniquely welcoming environment for hopeful patients in the San Diego area. “People like to continue working with us because of their positive experience,” says Dr. Soefje. “They’re ofBenefits of Participating in ten surprised to walk into our award-winning, comfortClinical Trials For people who’ve tried able facility instead of a clinother unsuccessful treat- ical chemistry lab. Our small

staff and slower pace also give candidates and participants more face-to-face time with clinicians.”

significant reprieve if there is a three-week stay-athome order. An eight-week shut down — according to Martin’s model — would be even more effective in quashing rising COVID-19 rates. “Vaccinations are on the way,” Cox said before urging personal responsibility. “But we can’t wait for the cavalry to arrive.” As it stands Wednesday, San Diego County has 915 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, 228 in intensive care units. The coun-

ty’s hospitals still have 20% of their ICU beds available, but that could shift rapidly if cases continue unabated. The county has seen a 196% increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations in the past 30 days and a 142% increase in ICU patients in the same time frame. The previous peak in hospitalizations, in mid-July, topped out around 400 patients. Of the 4,583 people hospitalized in the county, 19.9% are due to COVID-19, and 41.6% of ICU patients. The agency reported

21,743 tests Wednesday, with 8% testing positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 7.4%. Six new community outbreaks were reported Wednesday: two in businesses, two in daycare/ childcare settings, one in a food processing setting and one in a retail setting. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.

a “shop local” community, but this year it has gone into overdrive. If you’re giving gifts, I encourage you to find a brewery, bar, cafe, or restaurant that makes your community feel like home and share what they do with those you love. Swap out the candy canes in the stocking for a bomber of beer. Individually wrap every can from a local mixed case and play “mystery” beer with your spouse. Fill those gift boxes with Hoppy Beer gear or new hoodies from your favorite brewery. Avoid a

day in the kitchen and order your holiday meal from the neighborhood spot. Ship a pound of coffee or a bottle of Pacific Coast Spirits gin to that favorite aunt or uncle you may not get to see in person this year, and then drink it together over Zoom. It will be a gift for them (I’m always excited when I can drink presents), a gift for the business and it will feel like a gift for you. There are grace and joy in giving. I hope pay-ing forward a few pints, a few cups of coffee, a few meals will

put smiles on a few more faces. I hope our support, combined with so many others’ support, will help keep a few more doors open. Be sure to check out the upcoming episode of the Cheers! North County podcast fea-turing appearances by Elle French from local tequila company Cosa Salvaje and Beer Santa. Don’t forget to follow Cheers! North County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Got an interesting story about your drinking adventures? Reach out! I want to hear it.

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ferent households.” Both Fletcher and fellow Supervisor Greg Cox said they weren’t happy with the stay-at-home orders, but according to data presented Tuesday by Natasha Martin, UC San Diego associate professor of medicine, without serious shut down actions, the county was looking at filling every intensive care bed before Christmas. Martin’s model shows a

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responding to those in need of help. The community around the beverage industry is rallying again. I also see photos from the businesses themselves thanking the communities they in-habit. I see city councils digging deep to add grant monies to the local small business stimulus packages to support as many small businesses as possible. There are those standing by to be leaned on. San Diego always feels like

Clinical Trial Risks Successful clinical studies are controlled for a placebo affect which is when the results of a medication are impacted by the expectation that it will be effective. Controlling these studies means that not all participants will receive active medication. Symptoms for placebo group participants could remain the same or worsen. The risk of side effects is also higher for those taking the active medication. For many participants, the possibility of relief from their condition, and the financial and altruistic benefits, are worth the risk. Who’s Eligible? Ideal candidates

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Chin’s comes home to Village lick the plate david boylan

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hin’s Szechwan has always been my goto for solid Chinese food in the area and I was excited to hear they have added a new location with their just-opened spot on Roosevelt Street in Carlsbad Village. It was actually a proud Lick the Plate moment this past Saturday when I was told that my carryout order was their first in the new restaurant. I thought that was pretty cool. While waiting for my or-

I mentioned Chin’s bringing it back home to Carlsbad as the original Chin’s started in Carlsbad on Madison Street back in the ’80s. Ting Kun Tsai was one of the original owners and in time they became one of the largest family-owned restaurant chains in San Diego. In 2010, the chain was divided into two groups and today they have five locations in Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista, Rancho Bernardo, and their newest location in Carlsbad on Roosevelt Street next to the post office. The new location has the original management team and owner, which makes it even more special for everyone involved. They had been wanting to get

TANGERINE CRISPY SHRIMP at Chin’s Szechwan, now open in Carlsbad Village. Courtesy photo

der, I had a fun conversation with General Manager Mary Stanford, who started out as a regular customer and as a result became friends with the family. So much so that she began helping them during holidays and weekends. Eventually she started to manage restaurants and took over the bookkeeping, which she is still doing for them 30 years later along with her GM role. She had this to say about the team at Chin’s: “All our staff and shareholders are like family and we work as a team. The owner Ting Kun Tsai keeps us motivated and collected, which I credit to our success through the years. He is an amazing person to work with.”

back to Carlsbad for quite some time and when they learned that the Overseas Restaurant owners wanted to retire after 30 years in business they jumped at the opportunity. Having established themselves in so many of our local communities over the years, Chin’s has developed a loyal following in each of them and have catered weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries … just about any occasion. So yes, keep them in mind for your next event. So that’s a bit on Chin’s backstory and how the new location came about. Let’s get into their menu, which is based on Szechwan and Hunan style cooking. The

variety of flavors and textures offered has something for everyone and given their coastal location with its health-conscious customers, they have increased their offerings of vegetarian and gluten-free entrees. Their most popular dishes include Spicy Honey Chicken, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Ku Ting Chicken, Black Pepper Beef, and Tangerine Crispy Shrimp. My carryout order had me set for lunch, dinner, a latenight snack and breakfast the next day. I started with Pot Stickers, which were quite good and that I spread over three of those meals, as I did with most of these dishes and is one of the bonuses of ordering from Chin’s — the portions are sizable. Both the Honey Walnut Shrimp and Pao Hu, or “Hot burned Pork,” were delicious along with the Spicy Honey Chicken. One of my favorite Chinese delights is Egg Foo Young. It’s just such a classic dish and the large patty is made fresh daily and served with snow peas, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms, carrots and bok choy in a brown sauce and oh boy is it fabulous … especially as a leftover. I had to sample their Pork Fried Rice and loved that as well. And as I’ve mentioned, every one of these dishes worked just as well as leftovers. My thing with fried rice is to crisp it up a bit in a skillet then add a couple eggs to it either mixed in or fried whole and set on top of the rice. There are so many ways to get creative with these leftovers. Given that restaurants like Chin’s have always been a carryout staple, that has that enabled them to survive the pandemic and the associated restrictions. But if carryout is not convenient, Chin’s offers delivery via GrubHub, Doordash, Postmates, and UberEats. Find the newest Chin’s at 2820 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad – 760-729-0348 or www.govisitchins.com

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ko on piano on Escondido Public Library Facebook at 3 p.m. Dec. 12.

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CHILDREN’S CHOIR

has announced the Black Lives Matter Film Challenge. It is seeking submissions of under-15-minute films based on the BLM movement. Filmmakers have until March 30 to submit their films. Information and application rules at https://filmfreeway. com/blacklivesmatterfilmchallenge.

San Diego Children's Choir presents its virtual Winter Concert, 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in an unconventional but highly acoustic outdoor parking structure. FREE FILM SERIES New Village Arts conTickets are $20 at sdcchoir. tinues its ongoing free film org/. club series, New Village Film Club. From 5 to 6:30 SONGS OF THE RAT PACK California Center for p.m. Dec. 17 via Zoom, the Arts, Escondido invites the club will be discussall to a Drive-In Cocktail ing “ Guess Who’s Coming Hour featuring Songs of To Dinner,” and “Guess the Rat Pack at 7 p.m. Dec. Who.” Participants should 13, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., screen one or both films Escondido. Buy tickets, in advance (both are avail$20, at artcenter.org/event/ able to stream online), and drive-in-rat-pack/. Hosted RSVP for the film club disby Cal State San Marcos, cussion at newvillagearts. in partnership with Show org/film-club. New Village Imaging, a portion of every Film Club is a free monthticket purchased goes to ly online event welcome to support CSUSM School of all. Arts, Escondido Community Foundation and Central CELEBRATE WITH ‘ELF’ Drive in for a showing San Diego Black Chamber of the holiday film, “Elf” of Commerce. at 7 p.m. Dec. 17, presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., EsHOLLY JOLLY CABARET New Village Arts The- condido. Buy tickets startatre is announcing a host of ing at $25 at https://artcenfamily-friendly Holly Jolly ter.org/event/drive-in-elf/. Cabaret goes online this year, streaming from December 14 to Dec. 31. Tickets for Holly Jolly Cabaret CHRISTMAS CLASSIC Get tickets now for the are $10 per household, and can be purchased through classic “A Christmas CarDec. 31. Ticket buyers will ol,” being staged online by have unlimited access to the North Coast Repertory the online cabaret through Theatre through Dec. 31. the end of 2020. For tick- Sign up at showtix4u.com/ ets and info, visit newvil- event-details/42060. lagearts.org/holly-jolly.

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nounced its 23rd annual production of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” which this year will be presented by KPBS radio as a free audio-only production. The performance can be heard on KPBS 89.5 FM, and can be streamed live on the KPBS website, on the KPBS app, and on smart ‘A RADIO PLAY’ ONLINE Scripps Ranch The- speakers at noon Dec. 20 atre and Oceanside The- and at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. atre Company join forces once again to present “A SCHMOOZE WITH THE STARS Christmas Carol: A RaNorth Coast Repertory dio Play,” based on the Theatre welcomes Patrick Charles Dickens’ classic, Page and new celebrities live-streaming at 7 p.m. each week to its “Theatre Dec. 19 from the Brooks Conversations,” an ongoTheatre. Tickets: $10/in- ing selection of interviews dividual or $30/household with various actors and and you can watch live others from the theater Dec. 19 or purchase the world. Subscribe to the recorded version to view NCRT YouTube channel at later. Tickets at http:// https://bit.ly/3cNJNIB or scrippsranchtheatre.org/ e-mail NCRT at conversachristmascarol2020/. tions@northcoastrep.org.

DEC. 19

BIG-BAND CHRISTMAS

Drive-In for a “A Big Band Christmas,” concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 19, presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Buy tickets starting at $25/car at https://artcenter.org/ event/drive-in-big-bandc h r i s t m a s / 2 0 2 0 -1 2 -19 /. Other times also available.

NEW LUX ARTIST

The Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, welcomes its next Artist-in-Residence, Cuban performance artist Carlos Martiel, who will be In Studio: through Dec. 19 and On View through Jan. 16, 2021. These performances will also be livestreamed via Carlos Martiel's Artist Page at luxartinstitute.org.

‘NUTCRACKER PROJECT’

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker Project 2020” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 through Jan. 1. The 30-minute performance will be available to view from home for $5 at sdcyb. org. There will be two versions of the video (two different casts). Tickets via sdcyb.org are $5.

THE ART OF DR. SEUSS

A selection of artworks from “The Art of Dr. Seuss” will be on display at EC Gallery 212 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, through Dec. 31,with a reception at noon, with special live appearances by The Grinch, celebrity book readings and children’s activities. Attendance is free but RSVPs are suggested at (800) 599-7111 or pr@ ecgallery.com. Visit http:// ecgallery.com/ for more inGET THE GRINCH ON RADIO The Old Globe an- formation.

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‘Smart’ ways families can stay connected at a distance over holidays The holidays are a time when families travel far and wide, or across town, to gather for special dinners, celebrate long-standing traditions and create new memories. This year, social distancing may change how we spend the holidays with family and friends, but smart home devices and technology are helping us stay connected. Here are some ways that smart home devices and technology can help family and friends feel safe and connected during the holidays as they social distance.

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Airline entrepreneur Ted Vallas dies at 99 By Jordan P. Ingram & Steve Puterski

REGION — Longtime Encinitas resident and entrepreneur Theodore Lambro “Ted” Vallas died of heart failure on Nov. 13 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, according to a family spokesperson. He was 99 years old. “June, Tee and the entire Vallas family are overwhelmed by the heartwarming response from Ted’s friends, business as- VALLAS sociates and family members,” a family spokesperson told The Coast News. Vallas was born on March 11, 1921, in Pocatello, Idaho. In high school, Vallas was a standout basketball, football and baseball player, according to his 2009 self-published memoir, “Life is an Opportunity.” Upon graduation in 1940, Vallas enlisted in the Navy’s aviation program. During World War II, he served as a gunner and radioman in a Douglas TBD Devastator, a carrier-based torpedo bomber on the USS Wasp. After three years of fighting in the Pacific Theater, Vallas earned the title of chief petty officer. In 1946, Vallas enrolled at the New England College in New Hampshire to play football and baseball. After two years, Vallas had a brief stint at the University of New Mexico

before enrolling at Balboa University (now California Western School of Law). During his time at Balboa, his baseball career flourished after a chance meeting with Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, who worked for the Cleveland Indians. Later, Vallas nearly signed with the San Diego Padres, a minor-league affiliate of the Indians at the time. Eventually, Vallas left baseball for a more lucrative career as an entrepreneur, going on to own several resorts and country clubs, including El Camino (currently featuring a tribute to Vallas in the lobby), Whispering Palms (Morgan Run), Imperial Valley (Barbara Worth) and Olympic Resort in Carlsbad and Palm Desert. Additionally, Vallas developed country clubs in England, France, Portugal Holland and Morocco, according to his book. He also owned two aviation companies that operated out of Carlsbad, including Air Resort Airlines and California Pacific Airlines. The future of California Pacific remains unclear. Vallas is survived by June, his wife of 67 years; his son Theodore “Tee” Vallas, of Carlsbad; brother Charles Vallas, 103, of Florida; brother Larry Vallas, 98, of Oceanside; and sister Vangie Pemberton, 96, of Spokane, Washington. Vallas had two younger sisters, Peggy and Helen, both of whom predeceased him.

THE SAN LUIS REY Bike Trail in Oceanside runs along the San Luis Rey River for nearly 11 miles one way.

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A bike trail discovery close to home

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ometimes it takes out-of-town visitors to show you what’s in your back yard. In this case, I’m talking about the San Luis Rey Bike Trail in Oceanside — a clean, paved pathway with a Class I designation, which I take to mean “really easy” because I was able to traverse it with minimum skill. The trail needed to be easy because it’s been – um – a lot of years (let’s just say it was sometime in the last millennium) since I climbed on a bike and rode any appreciable distance. I’ve been thinking about doing such for a while, but it took my sister, Jenny, and her husband, Dan, from Tempe, Arizona, to get me and my husband out there. Together and separately, Dan and Jenny have put thousands of miles on both their tandem and single bikes, traversing the country east to west and north to south. They spent their most recent trip cy-

hit the road e’louise ondash cling throughout the Southeast dodging hurricanes, 18-wheelers, mosquitoes, armadillos and various roadkill. There were many favorable moments, too, but my sister regretted the absence of one experience. “I really wanted to see an alligator but didn’t,” she told me. Alligators are one hazard you WON’T have to worry about on the San Luis Rey Bike Trail, which has several entry points and parking along its 10.7 miles (one way). The trail extends from the west end of Neptune Way, a few blocks north of the Oceanside Pier, to the east end of North Santa Fe Avenue where we parked (Advice: Get there early. Spaces are limited,

and it’s a popular spot). The trail is paved and, to my surprise, has a traffic stripe for the entire distance. We saw every level of cyclist enjoying the ride, from a kid on training wheels to serious cyclists pumping at high speeds – which is why you’ve got to stay alert and on your side of the road. Just because it’s an easy trail doesn’t mean you can let your attention wander — which might be a challenge as there are plenty of distractions. I’m not adept at spotting wildlife as I ride, but it’s there. According to the Canyoneers, a passionate hiking group out of the San Diego Natural History Museum, common birds along the way include snowy egrets, blue herons, grebes, and various ducks. If you can’t ride-and-spot, there are several places along the way to rest and take in the expansive landscape. User reviews say the ideal places to take a breather are at Mance

Buchanan Park and Alex Road Skate Park. (Maps are available on the City of Oceanside website.) The trail also is listed as a route for walkers, but on high-traffic days (holidays and weekends), it won’t be a peaceful hike. Cyclists way outnumber walkers, who must hug the edge of the payment and remain hyper-alert. We clocked about 10 miles, then returned to the parking lot at the North Santa Fe end. Though we’ve lived in San Diego County for several decades, I’m embarrassed to say that this was our first ride on the San Luis Rey Bike Trail. But that’s the beauty of our county; there is always something new to see and experience — perhaps even enough to get us through this pandemic. If you have a favorite destination in San Diego County that you want to share, email eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com.

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