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Rep. Hunter to resign seat after holidays


DEC. 13, 2019

lighting up the season

By City News Service

REGION — Rep. Duncan Hunter, who pleaded guilty last week to a federal felony count for misusing $250,000 in campaign funds, announced Dec. 6 his impending resignation from Congress will take place sometime “after the holidays.” Hunter, R-Alpine, who faces a potential five-year prison sentence, previously stated in a TV interview that he would step down and that there would be a “seamless transition to whoever takes this seat next,” but last week’s announcement provided a clearer timeline for his resignation. “Shortly after the holidays I will resign from Congress,” his statement read. “It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years.” Hunter, who had planned to seek another term in the November 2020 election, is scheduled to be


SAN MARCOS — Samahna Stefanich of San Marcos said she knew the day her son, Zachary Olea, enlisted into the U.S. Army, there would be sacrifices to make. Afterall, she said, her husband was a member of the elite SEAL Team Six for eight years, making the

who has lived in San Marcos since 2005. “ Yet in my heart, I’m always hoping that he will be able to come home. I remind myself that my son is a soldier, and nothing is promised and nothing can be expected right now. I have to find gratitude for what we do have: A love and connection that reaches all

around the globe.” With that gratitude in mind, Samahna Stefanich went to social media to ask the public for help in sending her son a bit of California cheer. Samahna Stefanich made a request on Facebook last week, asking the public to consider contrib-

By Steve Horn

uting to a care package that will be sent to Zachary, who is currently stationed at Ft. Drum, New York. She asked that letters or cards be sent to her home in San Marcos so that she can then send them on to Zachary. “While I was making TURN TO SOLDIER ON 7


Thousands of people were on hand for San Marcos annual Christmas tree lighting at the Civic Center on Dec. 7. The event which included fake snow and a visit from Santa - has been held in the city since 1994. Story on Page 22. Photo by Stephanie Stang

family accustomed to the challenges of the military. Still, the holidays do not get easier, especially when Zachary is away, Samahna Stefanich said. “Each year I’ve known that his leave requests may not be approved, especially during the holidays,” said Samahna Stefanich,

Blake talks school’s financial challenges SAN MARCOS — In an 80-minute Dec. 11 interview with The Coast News, Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake discussed the “high risk” of fiscal insolvency faced by the college, live-streaming of Governing Board meetings, tense relations with faculty and staff, as well as her vision for righting the economic ship at the community college. A potential part of that vision: cutting back benefits for full-time employees and streamlining some of the ways the college currently does business technologically speaking. But Blake also said that the college, and California community colleges generally, are starved for state budgetary money. Palomar College’s deficit currently sits at $12 million, according to the California Fiscal Crisis Management & Assistance Team (FCMAT). On Nov. 12, the FCMAT investigator who determined the “high risk” status presented a report to the Board of Governors concluding that “At the current pace, salary and benefit costs will consume 100% of the unrestricted general fund revenues in three years.” Blake said that, in response to FCMAT’s findings, she has cleared her schedule to work full time

San Marcos mom asks for letters of support for soldier son By Hoa Quach

Palomar cuts could hit benefits


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June 2 trial set for alleged Poway shooter REGION — A June 2 trial date was set Dec. 5 for a 20-year-old nursing student accused of opening fire at a Poway synagogue, killing one congregant and injuring several others, and setting a fire at a mosque about a month earlier. John T. Earnest of Rancho Penasquitos is charged with murder, attempted murder, arson and hate crime allegations for the April 27 shooting at Chabad of Poway and the March 24 blaze at the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Center of Escondido. The June trial date could shift depending on a pending death penalty decision by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. A March 5 status conference date may shed more light on the prosecution's decision regarding capital punishment. Earnest also faces more than 100 hate crime-related counts filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and could also potentially face the death penalty in the federal case. The Cal State San Marcos student is accused of carrying out the shooting on the last day of Passover, fatally wounding 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye, who was shot twice in the synagogue's foyer. Kaye, a longtime member of Chabad of Poway, was at the temple with her husband and daughter to honor her mother, who had recently died. The congregation's rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, 57, lost a finger in the shooting. Two other people — Almog Peretz, 34, and his 8-year-old niece, Noya Dahan — were also injured. During a September preliminary hearing, the court heard a recording of a 911 call Earnest made minutes after fleeing the scene of the synagogue shooting. On the call, he tells a dispatcher he committed the shooting because Jewish people were destroying the white race. “They’re destroying our people. I'm trying to show them that we’re not going to go down without a fight,” Earnest is heard saying on the recording. “... I’m defending my nation against the Jewish people, who are trying to destroy all white people.” Earnest, who was waiting in his parked car for officers to arrive and arrest him, told a dispatcher he was armed but would not use his weapon on officers. According to testimony, a receipt found in Earnest’s car showed he purchased the rifle at San Diego Guns on April 13, the same day a California Fish and Wildlife card found in his bedroom showed he completed a hunting program, qualifying him for a hunting license. However, the license — which would allow someone in California under 21 to purchase a gun — was not valid until July 1. — City News Service


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More than $100K donated after bicyclist killed in Escondido By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Hundreds of people throughout the country have donated more than $100,000 to the family of Kevin Lentz, an avid bicyclist from Vista who was killed in an Escondido hit-and-run last month. Lentz, 36, who leaves behind his infant son, Lawson, and wife, Lauren, was described as a “loving father and family man,” by friends who created a GoFundMe campaign in his honor. “It’s been very hard for everyone because it was so sudden. Kevin was just hitting his stride as a family man,” said Marc Engelhardt, who met Lentz through their shared love for mountain biking. “The cycling community has rallied to take care of everyone who has been affected by Kevin’s senseless death.

KEVIN LENTZ of Vista was killed in a hit-and-run in Escondido while riding his bicycle Nov. 23. He leaves behind his wife, Lauren, and infant son, Lawson. Photo courtesy GoFundMe

There have been many gatherings and rides to honor Kevin’s memory and to support each other.” Escondido Police De-

partment said Lentz suffered multiple traumatic injuries after being struck by a car in the 1600 block of La Honda Drive on Nov. 23, and

died at the scene. Escondido Police said officers received information that led them to believe 41-year-old Jamison Connor was the driver in the hit-and-run and booked him into custody on Nov. 28. The death of Lentz prompted hundreds of mourners to share their grief on the GoFundMe page, with many of whom saying they knew the victim through the cycling community. Lauren Lentz, in a statement, described the death of her husband as “senseless.” “Kevin was a father, husband, son, nephew, grandson, friend, avid cyclist and so much more,” Lentz stated. “Kevin had a subtle magnetism that made him many friendships — his beautiful smile, eagerness for adventure, and willingness to lend his ex-

pertise and time to anyone who needed it meant that all these relationships will leave a lasting imprint on all who knew him.” Friends of the Lentz family said any funds donated to the campaign will support Lauren Lentz and her son with "ongoing financial needs," including an education fund. “Kevin was so full of life and love for his family and friends and his loss will leave a hole that cannot be filled,” friends wrote on the GoFundMe page. For more information about Kevin Lentz or to donate to the campaign, go to Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Officer Adan Martinez of the Escondido Police Department Traffic Division at (760) 839-4465.

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Opinion & Editorial

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

California mostly keeps its appeal as good place to retire


Crime trending down in San Marcos


an Marcos has some of the lowest crime rates among the 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County, according to new data from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). When compared to the county’s incorporated cities, San Marcos has lowest overall property crime rate, which includes non-violent crimes such as burglaries, auto thefts and vandalism. San Marcos also has the second lowest overall crime rate, which includes all violent and nonviolent crimes. This underscores a recent downward trend in San Marcos crime. The City’s property crime rate is 8.94% — which is a 46% drop since 2015. The City’s overall crime rate is 11.03% — which is a 40% drop since 2015. “Part of our success is thanks to more intelligence-led policing, which means relying on analytics to catch habitual criminals,” explained San Diego County Sherriff Captain Dave Brown, who oversees the San Marcos station. Like many cities, San Marcos contracts its law enforcement services from the county—but Captain Brown points out that San Marcos has done an exceptional job of investing resources into its public safety in recent

mayor’s minute Rebecca Jones years. “For example, I now have two analysts who leverage computer technology to link crimes, which has given us tremendously valuable insights, ”he said, adding that he’s also recently been able to double the number of officers at San Marcos schools. San Marcos has also gone the extra mile by dedicating two city staff positions to crime prevention— which has helped curb crime through proactive outreach, said Captain Brown. As a case in point, about a year ago San Marcos saw a rash of business breakins, mostly at mom-and-pop shops. By working with deputies, the city team identified other small businesses that were likely targets. “This city team took the time to proactively visit these businesses, alert them of the crime spree, and give them tips on how to improve security,” Captain Brown said. It seems those businesses owners were listening, too. Another rash of similar burglaries broke out a cou-

ple months ago. “But this time, all the burglars got was about twenty dollars in quarters and a bag of chips.” That’s music to the ears of Ronie Martinez, who is part of the City’s crime prevention team, as public safety coordinator. She’s served San Marcos for 30 years, and though the community has changed dramatically, she said one key message has not: “Report everything to law enforcement.” “Even if was just your garden hose that was stolen, report it,” she said. “You may learn that we’ve had six garden hoses stolen this week, and now we have a series. Having all the pieces helps us see the big picture.” Martinez also wants the community to know that San Marcos offers all sorts of free crime prevention services, which can be seen online at www.san-marcos. net/crimeprevention. She encourages everyone to take advantage, because ultimately, it will make for a safer San Marcos. “Keeping our crime rates low is a communitywide effort,” she says. “We’re all in this together.” To see SANDAG’s full crime report please visit For more information about the City’s crime prevention efforts, call (760) 744-1050, ext 3111.

Money for more bike lanes is a waste


sound like a broken record, but SANDAG is up to their usual tricks. The latest update comes from SANDAG’s staff and their proposal to use an extra $90 million on bike lanes. Time and time again, I’ve sat in our SANDAG meetings and heard how the road projects the voters were promised, can’t be fulfilled due to a lack of money. A few months ago, we passed an agreement at SANDAG that prioritized SR-52, SR-67 and SR-78, yet when it comes time, this new money is going to bikes. So far, SANDAG has spent $123 million on the Regional Bike Plan for San

around the county Jim Desmond Diego County. They’ve only completed 8.8 miles, which breaks down to a little under $14 million per mile, FOR BIKE LANES! I am not anti-bikes, I even understand that in certain areas people can use them to and from work. But, less than 2% of the population uses bikes as their means of transportation. While about 96.5% of people

use the highways and roads. Choosing to spend $90 million for bike lanes over roads and freeways is a decision for people to feel good about and not about doing the right thing for San Diegans. Luckily, Chairman Steve Vaus was able to delay the vote on the bike lanes to a later date, but this will come back again. No matter when we vote on this matter, we need to continue to prioritize the 52, 67, 78 and reduce gridlock. Until then, I will not support any bike lanes. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

ll those folks who have been saying for years that California housing and taxes are too expensive for most Americans to move here, take note: The newest survey of Americans aged 45 or more, those who can be expected to retire in the next two decades, show the Golden State has lost little of its retirement allure. To be sure, California ranks only fifth among the 48 continental states as a desired retirement destination, but it’s well ahead of Texas, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, to name just a few of the popular destinations for Californians cashing out their high-value homes and moving. The only states ahead of California as desired retirement destinations are Florida, Arizona, Tennessee and South Carolina, with Tennessee the only surprise on the list. Florida, the clear leader as the preferred final home for 24% of those surveyed, has far more retirement communities and other facilities catering specifically to seniors than California. The allure of the other three states plainly is their lower housing prices. This becomes clear from a look at the savings and other assets held by a stratified random sample of 1,068 Americans over 45 sampled by the New York-based real estate data firm PropertyShark. com. The firm, using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk tool, found that three of every five persons in that age category possess less than $100,000 in savings and just 4% had more than $1 million available for use in retirement,

california focus thomas d. elias covering real estate and other expenses. It’s tough to contemplate buying California property with that kind of asset base. So, most likely, California isn’t in the top two in retirement desirability because most near- or middle-term retirees can’t buy into this state’s market. More than one-third of the study’s respondents also said they had experienced some difficulty meeting housing-related expenses in the last year. And yet, the study shows a significant 56% majority of middle-aged and older Americans want to stay put for the rest of their lives. Aging in place, said PropertyShark, remains the gold standard. That bodes well for California, the state providing the single largest share of respondents. It means most older Californians do not now plan to cash out and leave, despite the siren call of far lower living expenses in nearby states like Arizona, Nevada and Idaho. Still, many seniors who would like to stay put have felt a pinch. Among those with yearly incomes between $20,000 and $40,000, fully 42% reported struggling with housing costs. There was no breakout for California, but this state’s higher costs probably mean even more seniors had difficulty here. This was one reason one-third of those surveyed said they’d consider sharing a home like the women in the constantly rerunning Golden Girls

TV comedy. About 40% of those 45 or over would consider sharing space with younger housemates, with 35% preferring to share with folks about their own age. The better-vetted a potential houseguest is and the more of a financial contribution that person might make, the more popular the idea becomes. Simply helping with chores would not do it in most cases, while being a family member would increase the chance of acceptance for younger housemates. Policy makers need to consider these kinds of findings significantly as they plan neighborhoods or begin to make the kind of densifying housing changes now being pushed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and some state legislators. Most Americans in the over-45 category, the survey found, currently do not live in neighborhoods they consider senior-friendly. But with Baby Boomers aged 52 to 74 now controlling about 70% of all disposable income and 60% of those aged 65 or over living mortgage-free, more and more development will have to cater to them if it’s to be profitable. It adds up to a picture where California is a favored place, just as it long has been. These facts appear to contradict the pessimists about California that former Gov. Jerry Brown used to call “declinists.” At the same time, PropertyShark makes it clear life is not entirely simple for most of the soon-to-be elderly in California or anywhere else. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit

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Vista nonprofit helps young soccer players in need of cleats By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Longtime soccer player Jeanette Wood said several years ago she came across a player with what she thought was an interesting gait while coaching a youth team. “I thought it was just his natural running style,” said Wood, who lives in Vista. “Sadly, it wasn’t until the end of the season that I learned his family couldn’t afford cleats, so he had been playing in hand-me-downs that were too small for his feet. I’ve never forgotten about that.” But that boy wasn’t alone in his challenge to find proper shoes to play soccer. Wood, who has played the sport since she was a child in San Bernardino County, recalled another time when she learned about a soccer team’s players sharing cleats throughout a game because they were unable to each have a pair of their own. With those vivid moments in her mind, Wood created Legacy Laces, a nonprofit with a mission to provide cleats to all children who want to play soccer. After just launching the charity last year, Wood now has a drop location at Momentum Training Center in San Marcos where members can donate their cleats. “I founded Legacy Laces last year to help provide as many kids as possible with an opportunity to get off the sidelines and into

JEANETTE WOOD, third from left, is the founder of Legacy Laces, a nonprofit aimed at providing cleats to children who want to play soccer. She operates her charity with an all-volunteer team. At right, a drop-off point at Momentum Training Center in San Marcos. Courtesy photos

the game so they could experience all the positive things that come along with playing sports,” Wood said. “We believe that kids can thrive from involvement in team sports by having an opportunity to learn about teamwork, make lasting friendships, develop communication skills, feel a sense of community, learn respect for themselves, their teammates and coaches, and understand the importance of becoming a responsible and reliable team member.” Woodward said with the help of her all-volunteer team, she has collected hun-

dreds of pairs of cleats in just the 12 months of operation. Now, they hope to collect even more cleats with the drop-off site at Momentum Training Center, a facility geared toward soccer players as young as 2 years old. “We are dedicated to sharing our love of soccer with athletes of all ages and want to help everyone to get to experience the beautiful game,” said Lynnie Diede, who owns the facility. “A partnership with Legacy Laces was a no brainer as we share the same philosophies and goals.” Wood described the

partnership with the San Marcos-based facility as a perfect match. “Momentum trains young soccer superstars that are outgrowing cleats at a rapid clip,” she said. “Now, these families have a convenient way to pass on their gently used cleats to help kids in need who share their love of soccer.” With the help of organizations like Momentum Training Center and others, Wood said Legacy Laces has been able to distribute the donated cleats to children throughout San Diego County. The positive feedback from the community, espe-

cially the young recipients, is overwhelming, Wood said. “When we distributed cleats and other gear to the StarPal Strikers soccer team in City Heights, one of their players exclaimed, ‘Now we are going to win first place for sure!’” Wood said. “There have been so many memorable moments resulting from our work in the community.” Other than donating cleats, Wood said the public can support Legacy Laces financially. The nonprofit is currently selling tickets to the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where it will receive a portion of

the sales. Wood, who said some of her best childhood memories were on the field, said she hopes her growing charity will help as many young athletes as possible. “Our vision is to ensure that today’s youth are equipped for sports so that tomorrow’s adults are equipped for life,” she said. “Therefore, we want to help as many children as possible become equipped for team sports so they can benefit from all the positive things athletics has to offer.” For more information about Legacy Laces, go to


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SAN MARCOS — At its Dec. 10 meeting, City Council voted 5-0 to begin consideration of a single-use plastics ban ordinance, giving the nod to City Manager Jack Griffin and his staff to analyze what it would cost for the city and other stakeholders to make it happen. The motion, not originally agendized, was brought forward by firstterm Councilman Randy Walton. A Democrat elected to the officially nonpartisan seat in 2018, Walton called single-use plastic waste the “cigarette smoke of the 21st century.” “It’s pervasive, it’s damaging our environment and we’re finding now — like cigarette smoke — it’s damaging to our health,” said Walton. “Since 1950, there have been over 8 billion metric tons of plastic produced and less than 10% of it has been recycled. And the vast majority of the plastic produced in the past 50 years is currently sitting in our landfills, on our land as litter. And as you've all seen if you've looked around the internet, in our oceans.” Walton said that he drew inspiration from other cities that have recently voted on single-use plastic bans including San Diego, Solana Beach and

Honolulu. He also pointed to existing concerns about plastic as it relates to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, given plastic is a petrochemical product. He said he has already begun outreach to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and hopes the idea can get bipartisan and broad-reaching community support. In response to Walton requesting a city of San Marcos staff study of the cost and feasibility of such legislation, Mayor Rebecca Jones — a Republican — said she agreed with the broad idea behind a plastic ban. She used the case study of plastic materials she often sees floating in the San Marcos Creek during cleanups and other community events to bring the point close to home. “I would like to get a buy-in from the businesses in the community because I think this affects them the most,” said Jones. “And figure out from the business community what they’re doing, what their challenges would be, and give them some alternatives.” Jones and Walton disagreed on one key point, though, centering around who would help drive the TURN TO PLASTICS ON 17

DEC. 13


Northern Lights brings a sparkly holiday-season light display at the Winter Wonderland Festival the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. In addition to the light display, the Center will screen holiday movies in the Concert Hall. At 6 p.m. Dec. 13, see “The Holiday;” and at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 “Miracle on 34th Street,” and at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 will be “Elf.” Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased at the center box office or at

Oceanside. Cost is $10. Have fun socializing with other dog lovers and their dogs while you practice teaching your dog how to be calm around distractions. There will also be photos with Santa. WIDOWS, WIDOWERS DANCE

North County Widows And Widowers Club will host a Twilight Dinner Dance 5 p.m. December 13 at the Vista Elks Club, 1947 E Vista Way, Vista. Cost is $15 at door plus a $2 table fee. RSVP to Dottie at (760) 438-5491.

DEC. 14


The Escondido Holiday Festival, presented by USA Multicultural, is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway, Escondido. COMMUNITY SHABBAT The free, family friendly Chabad of Oceanside/ event features a parade, muVista hosts a CommUNITY sic, arts and vendors from Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m. around the world. Dec. 13 at 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. Turn an ordinary Fri- HARBOR LIGHT PARADE day into a special Shabbat. Don’t miss the sparkle Bring your family and cele- of the Oceanside Harbor brate with community. Ka- Parade of Lights starting at ballat Shabbat Services are 7 p.m. Dec. 14, along Harfollowed by a dinner with bor Drive. This free and challah, matzoh ball soup fun spectacle will showcase and other warm dishes. Cost boats of all shapes and sizis $18, children $10. RSVP es decorated in their finest to holiday attire, including templates/articlecco_cdo/ lights, ornaments and lots aid/4077767/jewish/Commu- of holiday trimmings. You nity-Shabbat-Dinner.htm. can bring your own chair and treats. The best decoHOLIDAY MUTT MIXER rated powerboat, sailboat The San Diego Humane and small-craft boats will Society hosts a Holiday Mutt be awarded prizes and bragMixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. ging rights. 13 at the SDHS Oceanside Campus, 572 Airport Road, KIDS IN THE GARDEN Alta Vista Botanical Gardens Kids in the Garden Class offers Five Senses and Nature Games from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Class fee is $5 per person. Pre-registration required at or call (760) 822-6824.

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Vista Historical Society Christmas party will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista. It will be held on museum grounds with crafters, vendors and an ice cream social. Santa will be there with gifts for all the children, plus food and entertainment. For more information, call (760)

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Pay off library fines with canned food through Dec. 31 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Clear up to $20 in fines from library accounts by donating non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged food. Each food item counts as $1 toward reducing fines. The food is donated to Escondido’s Interfaith Community Services and distributed to local needy families. All donations must be given at the Customer Service Desk. More information at https://

DEC. 19


Join the free event from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Sunshine Gardens, 155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, to meet the Christmas Pony, a mini-pony used to deliver gifts to families at Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego. There will be refreshments and a photo booth and Santa will be there. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. All donations benefit RMHSD families. Using the Christmas Pony was Encinitas seventh-grader, Avila Colanter’s idea back in 2016.


Oceanside’s Sunset Market offers eclectic holiday gifts from 200 artisans and merchants Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 at Pier View Way west of Coast Highway, Oceanside. Find food and music street every Thursday with onestop holiday shopping and dining with hot foods from around the world, gourmet gifts, kids activities, live music and free visits with Santa. Bring the youngsters and take your own photos.

its with the Snow Princess (Dec. 26 through Dec. 30), a twinkling light tunnel, holiday crafts, a scavenger hunt, a real snow play area, food truck court, holiday shopping bazaar plus hot chocolate, coffee and hot apple cider. HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a “Holiday Luncheon” at 11 a.m. Dec. 20, at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, plus the “Toe Tappers Holiday Show.” Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reserve by 1 p.m. one day prior at (760) 6435288.

DEC. 21


The San Diego Humane Society hosts a Holiday Mutt Mixer from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the SDHS Escondido Campus, 3500 Burnet Drive, Escondido. Cost is $10. Have fun socializing with other dog lovers and their dogs while you practice teaching your dog how to be calm around distractions. There will also be photos with Santa.

DEC. 23


Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista will host a giant Menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Regal Cinema Plaza, 401 Mission Ave., Oceanside. There will be a chocolate gelt drop by Judah the Maccabee from the top of a 30-foot crane, along with a performance by professional trapeze artist, 9-year-old Cameron Chute, plus music, latkes and hot chocolate. For more information, call (760) 806-7765 JewishOceanside. com

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Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista is holding a Hanukkah Candle workshop and more on Dec. 25 at the Chabad, 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. For schedules and times, call (760) 806-7765. Learn the powerful message of light overcoming darkness, and then make that come to life by creating candles in the shape of doughnuts, dreidels and more.

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Regional law enforcement officials react to new facial recognition restriction law By Steve Horn



a list of items to pack in his Christmas care package, I thought, maybe it would lift his spirits if he got letters or cards from home,” Samahna Stefanich said. “Maybe it would help remind him that he hasn’t been forgotten, and that home is still here, waiting for him. Maybe some love from neighbors would remind him that he matters to us and we appreciate him and his hard work and sacrifice. I love our community and I know he does too.” Zachary, who is now 20 years old, grew up in San Marcos, Samahna Stefanich said. Zachary graduated from San Marcos High School in 2017, earning the Student of the Year Award for criminal justice, before deciding he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and enlist in the military. Mark Stefanich, Zachary’s father, said his son’s place in the military has brought him joy. “Having my son join the Army brings me great pride,” Mark Stefanich said. “I think his decision to join the Army was an excellent choice, as it is helping him achieve the goals he has set out for himself as well as serving our country.” Mark Stefanich said having served in the military himself he understands the challenges of being away from loved ones during the holiday season. “From my time in the military, I know that holidays away from home are part of the deal and we

draw strength from those stationed or deployed along with us,” Mark Stefanich said. “I know he’s surrounded by brothers. I’ll miss Zach at home this year, but he will always be in our hearts. I’m extremely proud of him.” Samahna Stefanich said she’s received much support from the public since creating her Facebook post last week and hopes to receive more letters to send to Zachary. The support also serves as a reminder that she and her military family are not alone. “Knowing there are people out there willing to take the time to write my son a card, short letter or note reminds me that we aren’t alone in this,” Samahna Stefanich said. “It reminds me that as a community we can come together to help each other in tough times. I’m incredibly grateful.” As Samahna Stefanich prepares for her first Christmas away from Zachary, she said she will be praying for all the service members and their safe return home. “There are many sons, daughters, parents, family that never come home, so I pray for them all to come home,” Samahna Stefanich said. “I’ll pray (Zachary) comes home safely and soon too, but we will decorate and find joy and gratitude.” Anyone who would like to send a letter or gift for the care package can mail it to SPC. Zachary Olea at 725 Kellogg St., San Marcos, CA 92078. Samahna Stefanich said she plans to send the care package to her son by Dec. 16.

of chiefs of police of cities throughout San Diego County, said they did not agree with that assessment. Disagreements aside and to comply with the law, though, they will now share fingerprint biometric information via a database also utilized by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department in place of facial recognition technology. San Diego County law enforcement agencies had previously shared facial recognition data through a program called TACDIS, or the Tactical Identification System. All of the data is shared under a program called ARJIS, or the Automated Regional Justice Information System. Chula Vista Chief of Police Roxana Kennedy said she sees the movement, which put AB 1215 into action, as “ideologically driven” by groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a national civil liberties advocacy group based in San Francisco. “The way it went out to the media is like we’re using surveillance, that we’re going out and actively surveilling people,” said Kennedy. “And when you hear all the things they say it sounds kind of horrible. But in reality, what we were doing is using an existing database to match up people when we need to get the wrong people off the street that are creating challenges

to our community and committing crimes.” Carlsbad Chief of Police Neil Gallucci said that fingerprinting also has shortcomings that make completing an investigation harder to do. Calling AB 1215 “politically motivated legislation,” he pointed to the example of someone who commits a theft at a retail store, gets caught on camera doing so, but then cannot have his face corroborated with a facial recognition database if detained during a law enforcement investigation. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a different view on the matter. The group argues that collection of facial recognition data has the potential to ensnare innocent people into the criminal justice system. “This technology has harmful effects on our communities today. For example, face recognition technology has disproportionately high error rates for women and people of color,” wrote Electronic Frontier Foundation in a September blog post calling for the bill’s passage. “Making matters worse, law enforcement agencies conducting face surveillance often rely on images pulled from mugshot databases, which include a disproportionate number of people of color due to racial discrimination in our crimi-

nal justice system.” Escondido Chief of Police Craig Carter, who will retire this month, said that state-level law enforcement lobbying groups are seeking changes in the language for AB 1215 which would make it less far-sweeping in nature. According to Carter, having facial recognition available has put proven helpful in probes for his police unit. “It’s a very valuable tool. It’s so valuable that we’re trying to find another way to identify people by their fingerprints here because we can’t afford to not have that technology,” said Carter. “So, now we’re forced to find another way to do it because identifying someone in the field that’s right in front of you, in a quick way, is just so valuable for an officer’s time and a suspect’s time and just the community time, based on wasting money.” Carter added that he is hopeful that Newsom will be open to amendments to AB 1215. “The law enforcement agencies and the different associations have a concern with this, so they’re always trying to make sure that if a law is enacted, that we amend it if needs to be amended,” Carter said. “In this particular case, I think it needs to be amended.” The legislative session for the 2020 California Legislature begins Jan. 6.

San Diego County gas prices drop for 36th consecutive day REGION — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped for the 36th consecutive day on Dec. 12,

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cents on Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The average price is 8.3 cents less than one

week ago and 32.4 cents less than one month ago, but 27.7 cents more than one year ago. — City News Service

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REGION — On Dec. 4, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Chiefs'/Sheriff's Management Committee met to discuss compliance with a new state law restricting law enforcement’s ability to obtain and retain facial recognition data with their mobile body camera devices. That law, Assembly Bill 1215, was signed on Oct. 8 by Gov. Gavin Newsom. It calls for a prohibition on law enforcement agencies in the state from “installing, activating, or using any biometric surveillance system in connection with an officer camera or data collected by an officer camera.” The legislation is known colloquially as the Body Camera Accountability Act. “Facial and other biometric surveillance would corrupt the core purpose of officer-worn body-worn cameras by transforming those devices from transparency and accountability tools into roving surveillance systems,” reads the legislation. “The use of facial recognition and other biometric surveillance would disproportionately impact the civil rights and civil liberties of persons who live in highly policed communities.” Members of the SANDAG Chiefs'/Sheriff's Management Committee, whose membership consists


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Arizona home to architects’ groundbreaking creative universes hit the road e’louise ondash


wo of the most famous names in Arizona are neither Hispanic nor Native American. They are Taliesin, a Welch word that means “shining brow,” and Cosanti, a manufactured term that means “the thing before.” Both words were coined by two forward-thinking artists, architects and dreamers who made Scottsdale, Arizona, the center of their creative universes. When we planned our visit to Taliesin West (https:// www.taliesinpreservation. org), the home and school founded by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), and Cosanti (https://arcosanti. org/visit/cosanti), home and studio of Paolo Soleri (19192013), we didn’t know that the latter had been a student of the former. In some ways they were similar; in other ways, not so much. Both Wright and Soleri lived into their 90s and broke the rules of current thinking in their fields. Both were artists who excelled in several media. Both believed that buildings should be constructed with local materials, and that they should be integrated into the surrounding desert.

MARY HOADLEY, an emeritus board member of the Cosanti Foundation, has been involved with Cosanti and Arcosanti TALIESIN WEST in Scottsdale, Arizona, was the home and school of famed architect Frank for almost 50 years. She stands in an apse at Cosanti, the Lloyd Wright. He believed in building with local materials and that architecture should reflect home and workshop of Paolo Soleri. The futuristic architect and blend in with the environment. Photos by Jerry Ondash believed urban environments could be sustainable.

Wright’s construction, however, took shape with many straight lines and sharp angles, while Soleri’s were all about curves and domes. Our day of comparing and contrasting at Taliesin West (Taliesin East is in Wisconsin) and Cosanti was aided by excellent guides at both locations — people who had worked with the architects or had studied their lives extensively. We began with Taliesin, situated on the southern slope of the McDowell Range overlooking the valley. Today, it is home to 5 million, but I tried to imagine what this piece of desert looked like in 1935 when Wright first arrived. His wood, stone and

cement buildings turned the architectural approach of the Victorian era on its head, making clean lines and utility the priority. In contrast to his architecture, Wright’s life was complicated. There were three marriages, scandals, unconventional business arrangements — even a tragic death — and the 90-minute tour touches on some of these. We also learned about Wright’s peculiarities and the student experience at Taliesin West. A few miles to the west is Cosanti, where Paolo Soleri seems to have taken the architecture-in-harmony-with-nature philosophy to another level. Soleri and his wife lived at Cosanti from

1955 until his death in 2013. Our guide, Mary Hoadley, escorted us around the five acres of concrete domes and apses (half domes). In one sense, Cosanti resembles a hobbit community; in another, it’s clearly the vision of an optimistic futurist. “Soleri was totally focused, both a narcissist and a humble, shy man, so clear in the need to find a more equitable way to house and serve people while respecting the planet,” said Hoadley, who has been with the Soleri and worked with the foundation since 1970. “I came to visit but never left. (I was) drawn in (at Arcosanti) by the effort to build a walk-through demonstration of a prototype-alternative to

(suburban) sprawl.” Visitors at Cosanti and Arcosanti, the experimental community about 70 miles north of Phoenix, find them “visually and spatially surprising and intriguing,” Hoadley said. “They appreciate Soleri’s creativity, resourcefulness, improvisation and curved lines and what beauty emerged from just playing in the dirt.” During our visit, we headquartered at Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows (, a new 23-acre property at the base of Camelback Mountain that oozes a sense that all is right with the world. The clean, mid-century modern motif tends to de-clutter the mind,

and the wide expanses of lawn dotted with oversized hammocks and the sparkling pool and cabanas command guests to slow down. The Weft & Warp Art Bar and Kitchen features an exhibition kitchen with a plancha (a super-hot grill) and serves contemporary Sonoran cuisine on small, sharable plates. Artwork throughout the guesthouse, bar and restaurant illustrates the hotel’s relationship with and promotion of local artists. Visit Want to share your travels? Email eondash@coastsnewsgroup. com. For more photos and commentary, visit


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I was still finding the last of the needles hidden behind the drapes. Even with all this negative motivation, I hung on tightly to my fake-tree receipt, fearing I might lose my nerve. I was one of those people, who, in my youth had sneered at people with artificial trees. Didn’t they have any holiday spirit? Didn’t they love the smell of fresh pine? Now I was that person. It’s amazing how little importance the smell of fresh pine holds after you have cleaned weekly with pine-scented Lysol and had to unclog a lump of pine needles from your vacuum hose. The reaction of friends was fascinating, as I confessed my purchase. There was scathing disapproval from a few. It was clear that the family hunt for the perfect tree was quite a different experience for them than for me, and they have my envy and blessing. Others applauded my long-term thrift, saving a tree and my effort to simplify the Advent season. The final bonus came when I decorated it. Did you know that you can bend those fake branches any way you want? It was heaven to not be at the mercy of nature’s decision on branch distribution and strength. I threw away my receipt. I realize now that the Christmas tree was my father’s annual creative outlet. He did it all, from purchase to take down and his now-illegal lead tinsel hung so straight it truly looked like ice. But somehow I ended up with an artificial tree with lights already attached and covered enthusiastically with goofy, kid-proof ornaments. Yet it glows brightly, reflecting joy and warming the winter nights — and then it will slide neatly back into its box. That sounds like a merry Christmas to me.

think stories from their grandmother may have given my children a false sense of the joys of a live Christmas tree. I don’t think my children even remember the years we went out and bought a live tree. They never wanted to help decorate it, and certainly didn’t want to help undecorate it. Yet, when I succumbed to an artificial tree, when they were about 8, they began to sulk and have not yet forgiven me. It was something I thought I would never do. It was one of the best things I have ever done. One year in October, I examined the assembled, decorated artificial trees closely several times, checked the price tag, held my breath and bought one. Somehow it had always seemed too expensive. Then December would roll around, and I would set out to find a tree. It meant chasing the children around several different tree lots, while I tried to picture various bound-up Christmas trees upright in my living room. I always came home scratched and sticky with sap and exhausted from wrestling with 25 different trees. It’s rather like that joke about how everyone looks just before the bar closes. After three lots and 42 trees, they all start looking lovely and $50 sounds cheap. I would schlep it home and somehow get it into the stand. It always had a flat side. Then I would drag in bricks, to make certain it was adequately stable. In a couple of days, the once-firm boughs dropped low and before Christmas Day even arJean Gillette is a rived, it would begin to shed freelance writer who has like a mange-stricken dog in August. When Jan. 6 finally had the audacity to graduate arrived, I was the last man to an even smaller fake tree, standing to eject and recycle with a big smile on her face. Contact her at jean@coastthis parched creature amid a storm of needles. In July,

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Council debates contested housing plan By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — At its Nov. 20 meeting, City Council voted 4-1 to authorize a $63,470 contract between Concordia Homes and the firm Michael Baker International to continue performing an environmental impact statement for Concordia’s proposed Harvest Hills project. Formerly known as Safari Highlands, the proposed 550 homes project is slated to sit on over 1,000 acres of land in the San Pasqual Valley on county property near the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. Though a seemingly mundane vote on who should pay for an environmental impact report for a contested housing project, it morphed into a full-borne discussion on the project’s merits. Because Harvest Hills sits on county land, the city of Escondido must vote to annex the land into the city’s land domain. But before it does so, the project — which has attracted the ire of those opposed to “sprawl” style housing — must first pass an environmental impact review. With the 4-1 nod, Concordia Homes has now paid the firm Michael Baker International $566,355 for its environmental review services through four contractual cycles. Liberal City Councilwoman Olga Diaz took exception with doing the review at all because she said she opposes “sprawl” housing and does not want Concordia to “waste its money” on a project she said would sit in the heart of a wildfire prone area. “Concordia the developer is a very reputable (and) they build high-quali-

ty products. I've said this to the developer and applicant many times over. I don’t dislike them and I’m not going to demonize them,” Diaz said. “But this project doesn’t fit where you want to put it and I have never voted to let you spend your money knowing that you can’t solve the crucial issues that are important to me and that community.” In a retort, conservative City Councilman Mike Morasco said he had not intended to weigh in on the merits of the project at the meeting. But he said he felt compelled to do so as a response to Diaz. “It’s pretty basic and easy to understand that what’s before us tonight is allowing an applicant, allowing a developer, allowing a property owner to go through what legal rights they have — due process — to find out if sometime

down the road they may have an opportunity to develop their property, which obviously continues to be modified. It’s called negotiations, it’s called adjustments.” Morasco also said he took issue with the term “sprawl” itself because large swaths of the city’s housing stock, including the entire San Pasqual Union School District, is built on land some would describe by that name. Mayor Paul McNamara, while not weighing in on the merits of the project, said he believed the project is owed a full procedural examination by the city of Escondido staff and eventually both the Planning Commission and City Council. “I’m of the opinion that we’re voting on one thing tonight and that’s really an extension of a contract, not

the merits of the project itself. That is at some point in the future” said McNamara. “I mean, I know people want this project killed, but I also think it’s not appropriate for the council to tell people whether we approve this project or not because haven’t seen the final project. And every developer has the right to spend their money how they see fit and I think they have a right to put their project forward. In response to a question from Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez, Martin said he believes the environmental impact review will be done by spring or summer. Once complete, the review will be open for public comment. After that, hearings and votes for Harvest Hills will take place in front of both the Planning Commission and City Council.

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State fellowships open to college grads, seniors REGION – State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is encouraging college seniors and graduates to consider applying for the 2020-2021 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges, and local elected officials. The deadline for submitting an application is Feb. 3, 2020. There are also similar opportunities to be an Assembly, Executive or Judicial Fellow. Visit for more information. Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a fouryear college or university by Sept. 1, 2020, is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major and individuals with advanced degrees or those in mid-career are encouraged to apply. There will be 18 fellows selected in May 2020 after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists. The program gives people an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff at the California State Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2020.

DEC. 13, 2019

Vista grandmother helps others connect to grandkids By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Vista resident Terry Chamberlin said she had to create a way to stay connected to three of her grandchildren when they moved to Seattle a few years ago. The grandmother, who has lived in Vista for 46 years, said she began sending her grandkids holiday-themed cookies that they would then decorate via video-chat Skype. The idea worked out so well that Chamberlin decided to turn it into a business. Gramma in a Box, which was created in 2018, is a monthly subscription Chamberlin service that provides subscribers freshbaked cookies and decorative tools such as frosting and sprinkles. For $20 a month, the service provides everything you would need to decorate up to 20 cookies, Chamberlin said. “The goal for Gramma in a Box was to connect parents and grandparents with children of all ages by providing an easy and fun activity each month,” Chamberlin said. “Many grandparents, like me, do not live near their grandchildren, so sending Gramma in a Box each month is a real way to connect. I encourage my clients to skype with their grandchildren when they re-

GRAMMA IN A BOX is a subscription service started by Vista grandmother Terry Chamberlin that sends recipients fresh-baked cookies and decorative tools with the goal of creating a fun activity for loved ones. Courtesy photo

ceive Gramma in a Box.” Chamberlin, who has owned several businesses including a coffee shop and a hair salon, said she explored her new venture by seeking the advice of friends. “When I first put together the idea for Gramma in a Box, I shipped out 25 boxes to friends and family for their honest evaluation,” Chamberlin said. “It was an overwhelming success and I gained a lot of insight from them on how to make Gramma in a Box a perfect monthly subscription.” It’s been more than one year since Chamberlin has

created Gramma in a Box and she now has 100 subscribers nationwide, she said. Danielle Delaney, who met Chamberlin through a local nonprofit, said she became a customer because she loved the concept of adults and children having fun together through a creative activity. “The projects in Gramma in a Box help develop kids’ creativity and self-expression and helps them to learn by reading and following instructions while having fun,” said Delaney, who has purchased the gift

for friends as well. “In our day and age of technology, Gramma in a Box gets families back together again at the kitchen table talking, laughing and making memories. When I purchase Gramma in a Box for my family and friends, I feel that I am gifting quality time together, laughter, creativity, fun and a hands-on experience with a delicious outcome.” But it isn’t just grandparents who are subscribing to the service for their grandkids, some of whom are college-aged. Delaney said she subscribes to Gramma in a Box as an aunt. Oth-

er subscribers enjoy decorating and indulging in the cookies as a date night activity, Chamberlin said. More importantly, the sweet-tasting activity is helping subscribers create memories with their loved ones. In fact, Chamberlin said she has many happy memories of being in the kitchen with her own grandparents. “I have lots of fond memories of baking with my grandmothers and I think this type of lasting memory is important,” Chamberlin said. “Many of us have lost our grandparents and these memories are treasures that we share with future generations. Gramma in a Box is designed to bring kids of all ages together to create memories.” Looking ahead, Chamberlin said she hopes to grow her one-man, passion project to more than 200 subscribers in 2020. She also hopes to teach Gramma in a Box programs through city and community programs so that all children have the opportunity to enjoy the activities. “I have heard from so many customers that the special time spent between parents/grandparents and children has become their favorite activity each month,” Chamberlin said. “It’s the perfect way to be there with them when they are miles apart.” For more information about Gramma in a Box, go to

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How to avoid the flu bug this winter REGION – As the holiday rush kicks into high gear, so does flu season. Right now, doctors are seeing more patients test positive for the illness that landed a half million people in the hospital in 2018. While the No. 1 way to protect yourself from catching the bug is to get a flu vaccine, local physicians with American Family Care are spreading the word about ways you can avoid flu germs throughout the holiday season. Steps include: • Knuckle it. When using a debit card machine while shopping for holiday gifts, get into the habit of punching in your card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs. • Taking a flight to grandmas? Pack sanitizing wipes. Our nation’s airports are covered in germs over the holidays. A study by a microbiologist with found the plane seatbelt buckle, seat tray table and the toilet flush button among the top spots coated with germs on a plane. Your best defense, wipe down your space with a “flu-germ killing” sanitizing wipe before you sit down for take-off. • Stop vaping. You have heard the stories about the hundreds of respiratory illnesses related to vaping this year. New research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reveals puffing on an e-cigarette also disrupts your normal immune response to viral infections, like flu. • Play it safe at the pump. Drivers must get gas for their vehicles no matter what, sick or not. Grab a paper towel before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info. • Hang up your Superman or Supergirl cape. If you are starting to feel sick, don't try to be a superhero and do it all anyway. No one wants to be exposed to your germs. Stay home from either work or school and don’t even run errands. When you have a fever, you should always stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. The docs also suggest you consider: • Harvard University researchers say 20%-30% of people carrying the flu virus do not have symptoms and they can spread flu germs to others up to six feet away. • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the flu sickened 37 million people during the 2018 -2019 flu season and is blamed for at least 36 thousand deaths. • It’s never too late to get a flu shot. It will not make you sick, it is a booster that helps your body fight off possible infection. The flu vaccine prevents death.


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‘Breaking and Entering’ event boosts Christmas cheer By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Break-ins are typically not associated with being well-meaning or good natured. However, Solutions for Change, the Vista nonprofit combating homelessness and poverty, is defining those terms in their own way. On Giving Tuesday, or Dec. 3, the nonprofit, along with dozens of volunteers, sneakily entered into the homes of dozens of families to decorate for the holidays and leave gifts and notes, uplifting families on the brink. Known as “Breaking and Entering,” Solutions for Change Chief Executive Officer Chris Megison said the event, now in its 10th year, brings communities, volunteers and the families together. It’s an act of community, and human, pride, especially in these decisive times. “We just tell folks we got some maintenance issues and we need people to exit the building for a few hours,” he said. “We had an enormous amount of volunteers come in and deck the place out.” He said the families are notified they need to vacate the premises beforehand, thus allowing the do-gooders to come in and decorate. Marie Burris, vice president of human resources and corporate culture at Welks Resorts, said a small team of employees assisted with one of the residences. They

SOLUTIONS FOR CHANGE hosted its 10th annual “Breaking and Entering” event Dec. 3 in Vista to surprise less fortunate families with Christmas decorations, gifts, food and house cleaning. Courtesy photo

and cupboards with food for weeks. Welks also supports Solutions for Change with financial donations, but the “Breaking and Entering” event, Burris said, had much more impact on her and the employees. “We always receive more when we give,” she said, noting it was her first time participating in the event. “It’s an emotional attachment to feel like you’ve made an

worked over the small apartment in two teams over a five-hour period. The first team, Burris said, did a deep clean of the home, which houses a single mother and her autistic son. The Welks team cleaned every nook and cranny before being relieved by the second team, which decorate with garland, set up the Christmas tree, put out presents and stocked the refrigerator

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AON Restaurant & Wine Bar recently held its second annual Holiday Tasting Party & Wine Warehouse Sale. Over 200 guests enjoyed seven Wine Tasting Stations with more than 67 wines to sample along with PAON small bites. The event wine prices were discounted just in time for holiday shopping and gift giving. PAON Wine Director Kate Edgecombe did a great job of ensuring there was a wine suitable for every guest’s palate. White and red wines represented the entire world including California wines from Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Sonoma, Chilean reds, Italian whites and reds from Piedmont and Tuscany, Australian wines from McLaren Vale and French Bordeaux, Bourgogne and Rhone Valley wines to name a few of the regions and terroirs. Managing Partner Steve Barr and his team ensured a memorable experience by providing guests with delicious small bites to complement the wines being served. A special treat for attendees was Station 7 that included more than 20 wines from owner and partner Mayur Pavagadhi’s library, who is also the owner of Witch Creek Winery, a Carlsbad Urban Winery. In addition to great wines and nibbles, PAON offered three prizes in a raffle drawing: a 1995 Pikes Clare Valley Shiraz magnum, a 2019 Trinitas Mysteriama magnum and a 3-month PAON Wine Club starter membership. The starter membership, like all PAON Wine Club memberships, is completely customizable to the mem-

Pahlmeyer wines paired perfectly at West End The wine industry is filled with intriguing stories. Jayson Pahlmeyer’s story easily fits into this category. Out of the chute, 30 years ago in its first release, Pahlmeyer scored a stunning 94-point Robert Parker score with its Chardonnay that is made even more famous where it was showcased in the Hollywood Blockbuster movie, “Disclosure” starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. What is most interesting is how then lawyer, Jayson Pahlmeyer, and partner and land owner John Caldwell, got their vineyard started in 1981. After analyzing John’s soil, Bordeaux experts said that the land was best suited to grow corn. However, that did not stop this duo’s ambition to create a “California Mouton.” Knowing they needed superior French clones and worried about being caught smuggling the contraband, they decided to first import to Canada and then drive the clones south to Napa Valley. This worked well until they were caught on the last shipment. They were doomed and agreed to give up all clones. However, instead of surrendering the French clones, they switched them with cuttings obtained from UC Davis. They then planted the French clones. And the rest is history. Throughout the vineyard’s tenure, Pahlmeyer wines have been made by some of the world’s top master winemakers including Randy Dunn, Bob Levy and Helen Turley creating the famous Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Blend and Jayson wines. Note

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nce in a while I come across a band that is so tight and whose music is so accessible, that I do my part to turn people on to them. Lick the Plate takeover columns are a good vehicle for that and a perfect way to introduce you to Trouble in the Wind. This Carlsbad-based band blends multiple genres that range from Americana, alt country, folk to surf rock. That’s a perfect mix for my eclectic tastes and with influences that include Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Band, Wilco, Paul Westerberg, Uncle Tupelo, The Byrds, and Barry White, well, I’m all over that. Seriously, if I were to describe the sound my fantasy band, it would include all of those bands … along with Stevie Wonder and the Bee Gees just to spice it up a bit. To get a “taste” of their music, so to speak, check them out at the Moose Lodge in Oceanside Dec. 20. For now, let’s get to know the five members of Trouble in the Wind through where they like to eat around North County. I’ll start things off with Keith Haman, who plays guitar and pedal steel. “It’s a great time to dine out for those like myself who keep a (mostly) plant-based diet,” he said. “North County has many options in the form of either exclusively vegan establishments or restaurants that offer plant-based menu items. I love Plant Power Fast Food in Encinitas that started in Ocean Beach and moved up here a few years ago. The burgers, fries, and wraps are the greasy kind of delicious that you want in fast food, and they were way ahead of the Impossible/Beyond craze. While they offer raw food and other healthier options, I usually opt for the

THE BAND: Trouble in the Wind band members, from left, Trevor Mulvey, Kyle Merritt, Robby Gira, Keith Haman and Dylon Garcia. Photo courtesy Trouble in the Wind

McDonald’s aping burger the “Big Zac. “For the morning, Leap Coffee in Carlsbad carries some chia bowls that I’ve gotten a bit addicted to. I make my own now so I don’t have to go there every morning on my way to work but I haven’t quite perfected it. I’ve tried the avocado/ginger/chia, and pumpkin/chia and both are excellent. They also use Prager Brothers baked goods (which is next door) for their sandwiches, toast, croissants, etc. Their coffee is also excellent.” Thanks for the reminder to eat healthy Keith … and some new spots to check out. Next up is vocalist and rhythm guitarist Robby Gira who keeps it short and simple with some very solid choices. “When I’m in the mood for Mexican food I’ll head to Lolas or Pollos Maria in Carlsbad,” he said. “If I’m going for Italian I’ll head to Spiritos, which is also in Carlsbad. If I’m craving Ramen I’ll head to Teri Cafe in Oceanside and for Vietnamese Pho or Banh Mi it’s Pho San Marcos.” Thanks for the reminder on Pollos Maria Robby, such a killer place! Trevor Mulvey drives the bottom beat as the bass player in the band and is Encinitas centric with his picks. “I realized my favorites are all within a short distance of my rustic east Encinitas barn,” he said. “First

is the remodeled Pho-Ever, with a wonderful familial atmosphere and amazingly fresh food. Coincidentally it lies near the second location of Kaito sushi Encinitas. The original Kaito location was home to some of our first shows. The biggest smiles and friendliest people can be found at Thai Pan Cuisine, just around the corner, and hey they even have someone twirling a sign advertising it. Sabor de Vida Brazilian Grill is like no other and I think of the avocado smoothie even now.” Well first off Trevor, I feel like I need to check out your rustic Encinitas barn! I’d also like to know more about a couple of your picks. Dylon Garcia was introduced to me by his brother Seth Rockwell who turned me on to Trouble in the Wind. Dylon plays drums in trouble in the wind and favors Carlsbad joints. “Some of my favorite places to eat out at are mostly centered around downtown Carlsbad,” he said. “When I’m in the mood for Mexican food you can find me at either El Puerto, Fidel’s Norte or Vera Cruz/Alejandros. Should I want to impress a lady out on the town or treat myself I’ll go Italian and Vigiluccis and 264 Fresco are two of my favorites. If I’m looking for a good burger the $6 burger on Monday nights at Barrel Republic is hard to beat and

if I’m looking for something quick In-N-Out is my go-to. When I’m craving something from the sea Harbor fish cafe has the best fish n chips in town, the fish tacos are amazing. I know I mentioned Italian already but if I want a classic New York style slice Knockout pizza is the best.” Thanks for pulling this all together for me Dylon, I know that can be a task with musicians sometimes. Kyle Merritt plays the “other stuff” as he puts it. That would include piano, guitar, banjo and accordion and that stuff really gives the band a killer sound. Given his eclectic musical skills, Kyle provides a similar sample of restaurant choices. “I enjoy a lot of different styles of eateries and there are plenty of great places to go in the North County area,” he said. “Five that stick out are Sushi Kuchi, Punjabi Tandoor, Thai One On, Gregorio’s and Knockout Pizza. These are all Carlsbad based and there are so many more great spots in the area with a diversity of styles it was difficult to come up with just five.” Right on Kyle and love your musical style! Trouble in the Wind gigs all over San Diego and the West Coast. Their next local gig is Friday, Dec. 20 at the Moose Lodge in Oceanside. Check out their music and upcoming gigs at

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rewing legend Tomme Arthur, COO of Lost Abbey Brewing, gave the keynote address at Brewbound Live in Santa Monica on Dec. 4. Brewbound is an online publication devoted to the business of beer; their Live event is an opportunity for breweries to exchange information about business trends. Arthur’s keynote address had two themes. One was that competition and diversification across the beverage alcohol market as a whole, not to mention the fact that there are now almost 9,000 breweries in the U.S., have made it more difficult than ever for independent breweries to thrive. The second was that the craft beer movement “has entered a seriously awkward phase” that he likened to the era of hair metal in rock music. While it is charting new paths, craft beer needs to look in the mirror to remember where it came from. A key, he argued, is to figure out who the enemy is, so that craft can define itself


these two brands have recently been sold to E&J Gallo winery; no fruit or equipment was part of the sale. The third brand, Wayfarer Estate Grown Wines, is overseen by Jayson’s daughter Cleo, President, Wayfarer Wines. Details at The West End Bar & Kitchen Wine Dinner featured five mouthwatering courses including slowcooked Ossobuco veal shank with saffron risotto, paired with Pahlmeyer Merlot as the main course. Guests also enjoyed Jayson Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet. The wines were perfectly

as “not that.” Arthur listed several possible enemies: marijuana, hard seltzer, social media, the industry being too collegial/not cutthroat enough, ubiquity now that there are almost 9,000 breweries, and “innovating the craft drinker into constipation.” “We are running out of middle-aged white dudes with beards to sell our beer to,” Arthur quipped as he encouraged craft brewers to think about what craft beer would look like if it had gotten started now rather than 30 years ago. Craft brewers are making the best liquid they’ve ever made, but the headwinds are strong. To combat them, Arthur recommended brewers ask themselves what their “authentic alternative” is to current practices. The timing of the conference was fortuitous: The previous day, the biggest brewery sale news of the year was announced. That’s saying something, since as the editor of Brewbound, Justin Kendal, remarked in his welcome announcement, 20 million barrels of brewing capacity changed hands in 2019. As reported in this paper, the stunning news was that Constellation Brands, owners of San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing since 2015, agreed to sell Ballast Point to Kings &

TOMME ARTHUR, COO of San Marcos’s Lost Abbey Brewing, gave the keynote address at Brewbound Live in Santa Monica. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

Convicts Brewing of Illinois. This was shocking not just because Constellation clearly took a huge loss on the $1 billion they had paid for Ballast Point, not just because Ballast Point is an iconic brand fallen on hard times, but also because while Ballast Point is going to produce more than 200,000 barrels of beer in 2019, King’s & Convicts will produce barely 600 barrels. On that last point, the original press release and early reporting turned out to be somewhat misleading. In fact, an investor group of six individuals, including the two principals of Kings & Convicts, used that company as the vehicle through which to purchase Ballast Point. Details have since emerged that Kings & Convicts CEO, Brendan Watters, has a

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good deal of private wealth thanks to developing and selling off the Boomerang chain of hotels. They have been reluctant to share the names of the other investors, but it has come to light that one is Richard Mahoney, chairman of the board of The Wine Group, which owns over 60 brands including Beziger and Franzia. Even with these details filled in, as the Chicago Union-Tribune’s beer reporter Josh Noel put it on his blog, Kings & Convicts’ acquisition of Ballast Point isn’t just the most surprising beer news this year, it is the most surprising thing that has ever happened in brewery acquisitions. For one thing, this sale represents something almost entirely new. We have seen big beer conglomerates buy

craft breweries before. Just last month, in what would have been the biggest beer news of the year, craft beer darling New Belgium Brewing sold to a subsidiary of Japan’s Kirin beer brand. We have seen craft breweries working together, as in the seven craft breweries that teamed up in the CANarchy craft brewing collective. We have even seen “craft on craft” acquisitions, as when earlier this year — in what would have been the biggest news before New Belgium’s sale — Dogfish Head sold to Boston Brewing. What we haven’t seen till now is a small, independent brewery acquiring a brewery from big beer. When the challenge is keeping the lights on — or keeping loyal workers employed and their families fed — it is difficult to find fault with any business moves that help. Many people who identify with “craft” as an ethos lament when craft breweries are sold to international conglomerates, who seem to exist to make money rather than to make good beer. Arthur said that he begrudges no one any of their business decisions, since he hasn’t walked in their shoes. Creative solutions are a necessity. In Lost Abbey’s case, Arthur announced at Brewbound Live, their latest inno-

vation is a new brand, Tiny Bubbles, a gose-style beer finished with Brettanomyces. This slightly sour, crisp and bubbly canned libation is aimed at consumers interested in hard kombucha and hard seltzer, while staying true to Lost Abbey’s roots in producing excellent Belgian-inspired beers. Other North County breweries are innovating, too. Vista’s Latitude 33 Brewing Company last week announced the sale of all their brewing equipment to Local Roots, a hard kombucha manufacturer. Latitude 33 will keep their Vista tasting room, and they have entered into an alternating proprietorship arrangement with Green Flash Brewing to brew there. In a welcome surprise, Vista’s Barrel Harbor Brewing is back from the dead. They were shut down for unpaid taxes and were toiling under heavy debts. They have found a solution in selling some of their equipment and leasing enough of it back to continue operating, with a re-opening celebration on Dec. 12. The National Beer Wholesalers Beer Purchasers Index indicates that the craft beer segment grew slightly in 2019, despite beer sales overall being down considerably.


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Palomar tackles climate crisis in new play ‘Sila’ By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — Palomar Performing Arts will close out the fall semester with a show zeroing in on a burning issue of our time: the climate crisis. Titled “Sila (The Arctic Cycle),” the play runs through Dec. 14. Written by Chantal Bilodeau, a Canadian playwright, “Sila” is directed by Palomar College theater professor Michael Mufson. Mufson, who runs the college’s Social Justice Theatre Project, said that he sees the play as unfolding in the perfect place and time. “Sila” coincides with the United Nations’ global climate negotiations and the first show on Dec. 6 occurred the night of a scheduled national climate strike action day of action. “This is my participation in the Global Climate Strike,” Mufson said. “Doing this project.” “Sila” takes place in Palomar College’s studio theater, a smaller and more intimate space than the school’s Howard Brubeck Theatre. Mufson said he expects this to add a more human touch to the performance. “It cuts to the essence of theater, which is about a human connection. It’s about humans being in the same space together with a live interaction where we’re reminded of our common humanity,” said Mufson. “We’re in a room with people who are struggling and it’s real. It’s right in front of us. It’s palpable. It’s visceral.” The word “Sila” means “air” in the Inuit language. The Inuit are a Native American tribe based in Alaska whose story — and the impacts the tribe faces due to climate change — serves as the centerpiece for the play. Bilodeau is a playwright whose own work focuses on climate change and its societal impacts, particularly in Arctic territories. “Sila” first played in 2014 at the Underground Railway Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is the first in an

‘WE’RE IN A ROOM with people who are struggling and it’s real,” says “Sila” director Michael Mufson, a Palomar College theater professor. “It’s right in front of us. It’s palpable. It’s visceral.” “Sila” means air in the Inuit language. Photo courtesy Ken Jacques Photography

eight-part series of stories focused on climate change’s impact on Arctic states being written for the stage by Bilodeau. The play has its roots in San Diego. In 2009, the now-defunct Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company

commissioned the show. Bilodeau told the publication Pacific Standard that, while a fictional play, it is based on the reality of stories she gathered while visiting the area to do research to write “Sila.” “Some of the characters are a combination of different people I've

met, some are a mixture of fact and fiction,” she told the publication. “These plays are fact-based, but they're fictional." Palomar College performing arts student Danielle Soto, who plays a three-person tandem polar bear in “Sila,” said she was drawn to the play due to the issues it explores and her respect for Mufson’s directing prowess. “I go to a lot of plays and his plays stand out to me,” Soto said. “They offer you something more than the others. You know when you go to a Michael Mufson production, it’s super.” Mufson said that the set itself, the Arctic, functions as a key character in the play. Soto added that “Sila,” and Mufson’s work at-large, is a “visually stunning” piece of work. For Soto’s three-person polar bear tandem, the three actors speak the lines in one voice. She said that the process of rehearsing those lines has brought the three of them closer together, literally and figuratively, due to the nature of the gig. “Over a six-week period, you get close. So, you start getting synergy rehearsing over and over again,” said Soto. “All five of us would be in a room, just us, and just going over our lines over and over and over again. And you get a bond, just like in anything.” Soto compared the bond to a sports team, where two players learn one another’s tendencies to create a dynamic duo. As an older cast member with a prior career working for punk music recording studios, Soto said that one of the joys of doing “Sila” are the discussions the cast has had about climate change and its impacts on people living on its frontlines. She said that Mufson fostered that dialogue. “As a group, we had a community board, a digital board basically,

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ESCONDIDO — The California Center for the Arts, Escondido made history on Nov. 21, playing host to a Kazakh ballet troupe performing on the West Coast of the United States for the first time. Called Astana Ballet, the group is sponsored by the government of Kazakhstan. Escondido was one of four stops for Astana Ballet, sandwiched between performances in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. For the group itself, its name is a bit of a misnomer. Astana formerly was the name of the Central Asian country’s capital city. But it is now dubbed Nur-Sultan, the namesake of the country’s first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Astana Ballet performed a four-act show, with one of the four segments featuring traditional Kazakh-style ballet. While the Astana Ballet has dozens of acts it has performed across the world, it chose the quartet for the Escondido show. Act one, “Legacy of the Great Steppe,” focused on Kazakh traditional dress and folk dancing styles. Act two, “Love’s Lost Idols,” kept a Zen-like focus on the concept of “now,” knowing everything will eventually come to an end. Act three, “Love Fear Loss,” zeroed in on the lifecycle of finding love, struggling through middle age fighting and argumentation and then eventual mourning late in life. Finally for act four, “A Fuego Lento,” it centered around the theme of the give and take of interpersonal love and passion and

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combined tango-style dance moves alongside ballet. The government of Kazakhstan, a resource-rich country founded in 1991 in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, has made a concerted effort to boost ballet and the arts more broadly. Nazarbayev once said that “a country that builds factories is thinking years ahead,” reported the outlet Agence France-Presse. But he added that “a country that builds theatres is thinking in terms of centu-

ries.” San Diego resident Gulzara Seitova, who attended the show and grew up in Kazakhstan, praised the performance. “It was beyond amazing,” she said. “The dancers are very talented, and costumes were gorgeous. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the performance was. Very well done. I am proud of Kazakhstan and Astana Ballet.” Tatiyana Ten, a performer for the group, told The Coast News she had a

great experience in California, as well. “You see young people, you see old people,” Ten said of the audience. “It’s interesting to see them because it shows people have interest to see a Kazakh program, I think.” Ten said that due to rehearsals and travel spanning the state north to south, she did not have much time to explore any of the four California cities. “We have rehearsal, we check the lights, we check costumes also because we

have to change really fast,” Ten said of the intense rehearsal process. Yet, Ten said that despite the whirlwind nature of the trip, she walked away with a good impression of the Californians she encountered along the way. The first thing she noticed was a “free mind” nature shared by many Americans and a lack of inhibitions. “They can do what they want, so for me it was like ‘Whoa, different people,” she said. “Good people also.

Very polite. ‘Excuse me,’ ‘You can go.’ It was a great pleasure.” In the aftermath of the West Coast tour, the Astana Ballet offered a positive retrospective about its Golden State experience. “California met the ‘Astana Ballet’ artists with sunny weather and, more importantly, with a storm of applause: the troupe of the metropolitan theater won the hearts of residents of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles!” the group said in a press release.


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Come to the Palomar Pacific Music Men Chorus holiday-themed barbershop harmony songs, with a comic rendition of the classic Clement Moore poem, in “Twas The Night Before Christmas” at 3 p.m. Dec. 15, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. $10 donation requested. The Music Men rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos. For additional information, visit

Palomar College Dance faculty and students presents “Winter Dance 2019” directed by Patriceann Mead at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 featuring hip hop, modern ballet, tap, jazz, world dance and musical theater in the Howard Brubeck Theater, 1140 W. Mission Road, San WATERCOLOR ART SHOW Marcos. Artist Ranka Vukmanic hosts a watercolor art show through Jan. 5 at ‘HOME FOR CHRISTMAS’ The Village Church County of San Diego LiCommunity Theater will brary, San Marcos Branch, present “I’ll Be Home For 2 Civic Center Drive, San Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. Marcos. There will be Meet 13; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. and Greet receptions noon 14 and 2 p.m. Dec.15 at to 1:30 p.m. Dec.15. the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets at vil- IRISH CHRISTMAS lagechurchcommunitytheThe California ter for the Arts, Escondido presents “Irish Christmas CHRISTMAS CAROL RADIO PLAY in America” at 7:30 p.m. Harken back to an Dec. 18 in the Center Theentertainment tradition ater, at 340 N. Escondido with "A Christmas Carol: A Blvd., Escondido. with muRadio Play" on stage with sic, song, dance and stories performances at 7:30 p.m. of seasonal Irish traditions. Fridays and Saturdays and Tickets at (800) 988-4253 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sun- or online at days, Dec. 13 through Dec. 15 and Dec. 20 to Dec. 22 at CIRQUE HOLIDAZE the Brooks Theatre, 217 N. The California CenCoast Highway, Oceanside. ter for the Arts, Escondido Hear the original adapta- presents Cirque Dreams tion of the Charles Dick- Holidaze at 7:30 p.m. Dec. ens classic tale of miserly 17 and Dec. 18, in the curmudgeon Ebenezer Concert Hall at 340 N. EsScrooge and his visit from condido Blvd., Escondido. the ghosts of Christmas The Ticket Office can be Past, Present and Future. reached at (800) 988-4253 or online at

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The Gloria McClellan Center is offering Music Appreciation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Dec. 18 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Presentations include state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment to make you feel like you have a front-row seat in the auditorium. Hosted by Hank PreSECOND SATURDAY 2nd Saturday Concert sutti. For information, call Series at the Escondido (760) 643-5288 or e-mail luPublic Library presents Ekaterina Bessmeltseva and Hugo Nogueira in a recital of 19th-century music from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 FAN FILM Adults are invited to at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondrop in for the Fan Favorite dido. Film at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Escondido Library, at 239 S. Kalmia St., EsconCHRISTMAS NEW AND ANCIENT dido. This week will feaSacra/Profana brings ture “Hobbs & Shaw” with reflection, hope, joy and Dwayne Johnson and Jason reverence to the holidays Statham, part of the “Fast with its own take on sea- & Furious” series. sonal music featuring both familiar carols in new settings, as well as new takes on ancient hymns and texts HOLIDAY COMEDY The Broadway Thewith a Holiday Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at San ater presents “The Best Marcos Lutheran Church, Christmas Pageant Ever,” 3419 Grand Ave., San through Dec. 22 at 340 E. Marcos. For tickets, visit Broadway, Vista. Call (760) / 806-7905 for times and tickets. event/4302600. MEET THE ARTISTS

Meet the artists of the Escondido Arts Partnership at the opening receptions during the Escondido Second Saturday Artwalk from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido.

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Documentary screening commemorates 50th anniversary of Alcatraz occupation By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — A screening of the 2001 PBS film “Alcatraz is Not an Island” was held Nov. 13 at Cal State San Marcos to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the launch of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island. The Cal State San Marcos American Indian Studies Department and the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center hosted the screening of the film. It was followed by a discussion moderated by Professor and Indian Studies Department Chair Joely Proudfit, who spoke to Dennis Turner, one the founding organizers of the occupation. He said it was the first time he had seen the film. “Alcatraz is Not an Island” features archival footage about what led to the 19-months-long seizure of the island, the site of the famed shuttered federal prison. Native Americans pointed to the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868 between the U.S. and the Lakota tribe, which stated that all

CAL STATE SAN MARCOS held a screening of the film “Alcatraz is Not an Island” on Nov. 13. The CSUSM American Indian Studies Department and the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center hosted the screening. File photo

retired federal land would go to the country’s first inhabitants, as the rationale for occupying the land. “I would say I was there for the front-end,” Turner said of the occupation. “And then for about six months after that, taking a leave of absence from school.” He then returned for another three months during a summer break, there for a period of about half the entire scope of the occupation. Turner, who now serves

as the executive director of the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, added that what he remembers most prominently about Alcatraz was how cold it got. The film points to federal government policy of termination of reservations, leading to many Native Americans moving into the country’s urban centers. Eventually, many attended major higher education institutions, such as Univer-

ing,” said Nelson, a longtime comedian. “Before this club there wasn't anything close by for comedy. I feel like this is a huge untapped market. North County has tons and tons of people. I’d assume they like to laugh.” Nelson said he’s also excited to just be able to perform in his hometown

familiar faces can watch him perform. “I can’t wait for the word to get out even more and the shows can even be better,” Nelson said. “It’s going to be a good time.” Wasserman said he hopes to continue to bring top-level, national talent to Escondido while also giving

that this pre-play reading and research period helps strengthen the final acting product seen on-stage for the audience. “When you deliver a line, you’re not just doing it by rote. You have to have a backstory about what’s going on,” Hartendorp said. “It separates the way you deliver a line. You can say

the same exact line, but with a backstory, you say that differently.” Mufson told The Coast News that, these days, his work centers almost entirely on directing social justice-oriented plays and that he hopes Palomar Performing Arts can fill a void in what he described as a “desert” for social justice

theatrical production in North County. Showtimes are Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and staff and $10 for students and children. The address for the studio theater is 1140 W. Mission Road in San Marcos.




where we all communicate,” Soto said. “Also, in the very beginning of the play when we all got together, we discussed these issues.” Soto’s fellow cast member Teresa Crespo Hartendorp, who plays an Inuit climate activist in “Sila,” said


guests the opportunity to have a taste-worthy meal and drink. In the coming weeks, Wasserman said attendees can expect to see headliners such as John Caponera, who is popular for his 1990s television series with Drew Carey; Tamer Kattan, the winner of the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas last year; and Morgan Jay, who was a finalist on NBC’s “Bring the Funny.” Other acts throughout the country have also contacted him for a spot to perform in Escondido, Wasserman said. Wasserman said he hopes the Grand Comedy Club will continue to thrive in the next five or 10 years while helping to introduce new customers to downtown Escondido and its other offerings. He might even open another comedy club in San Diego County. “I hope people enjoy themselves, laugh, drink and eat, so they can forget about life for a while and want to come back and support live comedy and our club,” Wasserman said. “I hope we are known as the place to go for stand up.” For more information about the Grand Comedy Club, go to

COMEDY CLUB “I was trying to find the right location and space that was not going to break the bank when it came to rent, and boom, I found it,” Wasserman said. “The space is amazing. The sound is great. The room is perfect. The patio is amazing. The audiences have been awesome.” Thus far, attendees have been pleased with what the Grand Comedy Club has brought to North County, Wasserman said. “Customers have been very happy when leaving the club and thanking me for bringing the club to Escondido and North County,” Wasserman said. “People from the coast are buying tickets too, which excites me. I see addresses on ticket sales from Del Mar, Carlsbad and Oceanside.” Nelson, a North County native who performed at the new comedy club several times since its opening, echoed Wasserman that the public response has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of the attendees are thrilled to have a comedy Club in Escondido, he said. “I think a comedy club in North County is amaz-

sity of California-Berkeley and San Francisco State University. It is on these college campuses, the film posits, that the seeds of the idea behind the Alcatraz occupation were planted. The idea behind the occupation was fairly simple: turn it into an idyllic enclave for the nation’s first people and a self-sustaining society at that.

THE GRAND COMEDY CLUB opened in November in Escondido with national acts. Courtesy photo

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on an action plan aimed at cutting the college’s deficit. And she said that the college will present that action plan, under state mandate, to the 17-person California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Board of Governors at its upcoming January meeting. “So, I've been working with the state Chancellor's Office,” Blake said of the process “I've been working with our accrediting body to keep them apprised of what we're doing.” Accompanying Blake in Sacramento for that meeting will be Nancy Ann Hensch, the chair of the Governing Board. So too will be Stephen Garcia, the

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agreed to work with prosecutors on the case. She faces up to five years in federal custody and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced in April. Hunter told KUSI earlier last week that while he expects to spend time in custody, he hopes that his wife will not be incarcerated as “I think my kids need a mom in the home.” Prosecutors said Hunter and his wife went on expen-

sive family trips and made scores of other improper personal purchases over the course of six years. Supposedly campaign-related events were planned around their family vacations in order to justify the expenses, prosecutors said. It was also alleged that Hunter used campaign funds to pursue extramarital affairs and repeatedly used campaign credit cards or sought reimbursement

for expenses that included resort hotel rooms, airfare, a skiing trip and Uber rides to and from the homes of five women with whom he had “intimate relationships.” Hunter had repeatedly maintained his innocence and accused the U.S. Attorney’s Office of a politically motivated prosecution. He maintained that two prosecutors on the case attended a La Jolla campaign event for then-Democratic presi-

dential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in 2015, then indicted him two months before the 2018 election due to his public endorsement of Donald Trump. Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who is seeking the 50th District seat, criticized Hunter's timing. “By intentionally delaying his resignation past the deadline for the calling of a special election, Con-

gressman Duncan Hunter is silencing the voice of the voters of the 50th District for a full year in Congress,” DeMaio said. “The voters of the 50th District deserve having their voice back in Congress as soon as possible and only a special election can give the voters a voice again. I urge Congressman Hunter to reconsider the timing of his resignation to provide a better and more expeditious transition of his office.”

solve this,” said Walton. “I definitely would love the involvement of the Chamber of Commerce and expect it because, you’re right, they would definitely be the most impacted. So, we want to hear their concerns more than anybody else’s.” Councilwoman Sharon Jenkins, after the backand-forth between Jones and Walton, asked Walton if the ordinance was under a hasty timeline. She said it is something that may take some time to study for a staff with a hefty workload going into a new General Plan consideration

cycle. Jenkins also said outreach in 2020 on the issue should extend beyond chamber members and into the broader contours of the city’s business sector. Griffin said it would take at least a matter of months to work through the research and analysis. “The initial is that there are ordinances out there that have been adopted in a variety of places, so gathering some of that together to get the best ideas that are out there, that would be an important thing,” said Griffin. “I think the timing would be more driven in terms

of the process, you know, if the council wanted to workshop it with the public and then workshop it with the business community, sort of like we do with the Climate Action Plan in a couple different ways with a couple different constituencies. Those multiple efforts will add some time.” Walton said he expects the whole process to take last throughout 2020. Jones also asked City Attorney Helen Holmes Peak if a city single-use plastics ban would become a moot point if the California Legislature adopts its own and Gov. Gavin New-

som signs it into law. The legislature had already considered two different bills during the 2019 session which nearly passed through both chambers and got to Newsom’s desk. “It depends on how legislation is worded,” said Peak. “Sometimes they give deference to the local agency, regulations which might be more strict than what they state has passed, allowing those to proceed. And sometimes they completely and utterly preempt. So, it depends.” Ultimately, the City Council gave Griffin and his staff a deadline of

roughly March to end the first batch of research and analysis on the issue and then come back before them to discuss his findings and set new deadlines going forward. Griffin said that prior to the ordinance going from a studied concept to a proposed bill, the council could also choose to do a strategic communications plan, outreach sessions, workshops and other forms of education on the issue. With the next meeting originally slated for Christmas Eve, City Council has opted to will not meet again until Jan. 14.

dean of finance. Blake said that before she heads to Sacramento with Hensch and Garcia, she will present the action plan to the Palomar College Governing Board at its January meeting. “So basically, (the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Board of Governors) will decide our next steps and what we're gonna do,” she said of what looms at the Sacramento meeting. “They’ll ask us a lot of questions. ‘And what are you guys going to do to change it? How are you going to make sure it doesn't happen again? Do you have campus buy-in?’” At the same meeting at which FCMAT informed the Board of Governors of the issues that the college faces, a Palomar College

faculty member presented the board with of a “no confidence” vote that faculty members had taken in previous weeks. Blake maintained that she was not surprised by the development. “If you haven't paid for your benefits for 20 years, and now you may have to share it,” she said. “We're used to getting cost of living adjustment (COLA) pay increases every year. Now, you may not get COLA. You’re used to getting a raise every year. You know, you start thinking about those kinds of things. Those are upsetting.” Blake said that, as it stands now, 96% of the college’s budget goes toward salaries and benefits. It’s an amount she says is too high. But she also said that

the college, and all San Diego County community colleges, will also be pushing for more state funding. In her view, community colleges should get double what they get now to keep pace with what both the California State University System and the University of California System receive. “In San Diego, we’re unique because we have the San Diego and Imperial County Community College Association,” said Blake, who serves on the legislative advisory committee for the consortium. “And so, we'll go up to Sacramento because they'll be in session. So, we'll be advocating for certain bills going through.” In another piece of news for the college’s Governing Board, those following Gov-

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‘Miracles of the Season’: Sweet family fare By Alexander Wehrung

ESCONDIDO — The best way to describe “Miracles of the Season” is earnest children’s fare. Earnest, sweet, adorable community theater. It’s a cute diversion, about an hour and a half long, that will put you in good holiday cheer. “Miracles of the Season” is really two plays, loosely tied together via a frame story of two women sitting at a bus stop, talking about their respective holiday traditions while music CAST INCLUDES, from left, Eleanor Moreau, Matt Sayre, Ash- croons in the background. ley Perez, Peyton Jones and Cassiopeia Guthrie. Courtesy photo The two stories, “Bubbe and

the Mensch on a Quest” and “Las Posadas” respectively deal with Hanukkah and Christmas traditions. Each story shares the same cast, which is mostly comprised of children. Patio Playhouse uses the limited space its black box theater affords it to create a cozy, homey atmosphere. For the Hanukkah story, there’s a couch with a knitted quilt spread over it depicting a menorah, a set of cabinets and a dinner table. When it comes time to tell the story of “Las Posadas,” the Hanukkah decorations

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6 ways to keep your cool this holiday season Managing the stress of the holidays, getting to your to-do lists, purchasing gifts for family and friends, sending out holiday cards, cooking an extravagant meal with all parts ready at the same time while welcoming guests. These are the realities of the holiday season that we forget about after each “Happy New Year!” The holidays can be a magical time of the year and can help us reunite with family and friends. However, the holidays can also herald in additional stressors caused by family conflict, stretched finances, and efforts to get to every item on your “To-Do” list. These stressors can have a lasting negative impact on your mental and physical health far after the decorations are taken down. By following a few stress-free tips you can beat the holiday blues and get through one of the busiest times of the year. PLAN AHEAD. Write a list of to-dos early on so that you are not overwhelmed. Not only will this improve your organization and reduce your stress, it can also help you reduce expenses by keeping you from last-minute shopping, decorations, or groceries. No one likes that last-minute rush to the store for another can of cranberry sauce. BE MINDFUL. While interacting with others being mindful of the tasks at hand can help reduce stress. It’s easy to worry about getting everything done for the holidays, but you’ll be more productive (and less stressed) if you focus on the present moment. Notice when your mind wanders to the future or the past and let go and return to the present without judgment. The UCLA web site below has great podcasts on mindfulness activities. You can listen to any of the podcasts while you’re driving, cooking, or even before going to bed. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Self-care doesn’t just mean showering and brushing your teeth anymore. Take time to center yourself each day. This doesn’t need to take hours. Take a short walk, head to the gym or sneak a quick workout in-between loads of laundry, sleep in, listen to your favorite music, give yourself an hour of alone time, or any other activity that brings you peace or happiness. There is no “right” answer when it comes to finding time for yourself.

are replaced with a faux-fireplace and a gaping window through which to watch carolers walking by. The story concerns the titular Bubbe, played by longtime Patio Playhouse actress Peggy Schneider, who discovers that she has accidentally tossed her family’s menorah in the garbage. It’s at this point that the audience gets involved; the lights come on and Schneider steps off the stage and into the audience, imploring everyone to sing along to Bubbe’s Quest Song from the night’s program. This half of the show featured four songs other than the quest song. The play isn’t exactly a musical per se, as each musical number is its own, detached scene, but they’re still fun fare. There’s a heartfelt song about menorah candles, the Ladino song “Ocho Kandelikas,” a song about making latkes and the classic “I Have a Little Dreidel,” featuring several members of the cast dressed as blue dreidels. Part 2 of the show, “Las Posadas,” casts a spotlight on a Latin American tradition. When a choir goes out caroling, they end up taking some

time off in a random family’s house (and the daughter thinks the choir might be dangerous, for some reason). Then the household’s father, played by the booming Matt Sayre, describes the tradition of Las Posadas. If you have children who have never heard of this tradition (this reviewer certainly hadn’t), then this is the perfect way to educate them about a new culture. A central part of Las Posadas is re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for somewhere to stay prior to Jesus’s birth, here retold in song. Though I would caution the playhouse to turn down the background music so that some of the quieter children can be heard singing. “Miracles of the Season” is a nice piece of light theater, with light stakes, good singing and an appreciation for two different cultures. Its best-suited audience would probably be small children, so if you have kids, this could be a nice time for them. “Miracles of the Season” plays until Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets at


Proudfit, who formerly served as an appointee of President Barack Obama on his National Advisory Council on Indian Education, also helped make the film itself. “I worked with the film director James Fortier when I was a young professor in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University,” she told The Coast News. “I helped him secure some of the funding he needed for his documentary and asked actor Benjamin Brett to narrate the film. He so generously agreed to do so.” At the screening, Proudfit said a takeaway lesson is inherent in the film’s title. In other words, it symbolizes an ongoing struggle for the country’s indigenous people. “We've come a long way, but we still really haven't,” she said. “We’re still really fighting and struggling for those resources. There’s some really great things that have happened, but it’s still a fight, so it’s so important to remember the sovereignty agreements, to remember the culture.” In the coming weeks Proudfit said she hopes to bring scholar and author LaNada WarJack to CSUSM in the near-future to discuss her new book “Native Resistance: An Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life,” as well as her experiences spent at the Alcatraz occupation.


DON’T LET THE HOLIDAYS become a reason to cringe instead of a reason to celebrate. Courtesy photo

AVOID TRIGGERS. Take note of certain situations or substances that may increase stress on your physical or mental health, such as alcohol, sugar, overeating, or political discussions. These can further exacerbate your stress response and negatively impact your mood. FOLLOW THE 3-TO-1 RULE. If you make a negative statement towards someone, follow it up with at least three positive statements. Having primarily positive interactions can lead to productive and rewarding interactions and may make your overall experience a positive one. Instead of dwelling on a difficult past or present, make an effort to focus on what’s going RIGHT. REACH OUT. Call on your support system if you notice signs of stress or depression. Even a quick call to your partner, friends, or family to share your thoughts, feelings or concerns can lessen the burden and provide you with a new perspective. Be sure to also provide support to loved ones who may be in the throes of holiday stress. IF IT GETS TO BE TOO MUCH Seek Professional Help. If you notice your stress level is more severe or that you (or a loved one) feel more irritable, withdrawn, or depressed, you can reach out for professional help. Signs of depression can include decreased interest or pleasure, weight loss or weight gain, insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy, decreased concentration, and/or thoughts of death. You can reach out to your primary care physician or a therapist, such as a psychologist, social worker, marriage family therapist, counselor, or local faith leader. In the event of


a crisis, you can also call the Access and Crisis line at 1.888.724.7240. Don’t let the holidays become a reason to cringe instead of a reason to celebrate. Taking a few preventative measures to curb stress, anxiety, or depression can be well worth it. With a little mindfulness and planning, you can find joy and peace during the holidays no matter what this season throws at you. Wishing you & your family a happy & healthy holiday season from Tri-City Medical Center, Sarah Jayyousi, MSW, LPCC, LCSW Tri-City Medical Center | Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

In actuality, due to a mix of internal group dynamics and also resistance from the federal government itself, the occupation eventually puttered off. But it also culminated in what are widely seen as major concessions signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Beyond legal measures, Nixon became the first post-World War II president to formally renounce the termination policy. Proudfit said she sees the film’s title as importantly symbolic for understanding how this historical event fits into daily life for students — particularly those Native American descent — who attend CSUSM. She called the school the “heart of Indian Country with 18 tribes in the county alone.” Proudfit also has a personal tie to the film as the head of the American Indian Studies Department. “I owe my job to the students at Alcatraz,” said Proudfit, pointing out that another byproduct of the occupation was the creation of the first American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State University 50 years ago. She became the second ever tenured faculty member at the university in that department before eventually coming to CSUSM.

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Escondido breaks ground on Giving Arch ESCONDIDO — Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, has broken ground on the welcome arch over Grand Avenue at Centre City Parkway. The arch, which will be named “The Giving Arch” in recognition of the generosity and community spirit of Escondido residents, is expected to be completed by spring 2020. Thanks to an anonymous gift from an Escondido resident, the 40-foot-by-108-foot structure will be a gift to the city from ECF and will welcome residents and visitors to Escondido. The design of The Giving Arch reflects the architectural lines of Escondido City Hall and the philanthropic spirit of the community. “The Giving Arch pays homage to the spirit of what we do at

the Escondido Charitable Foundation and the anonymous donor who entrusted us with carrying out a project like this that fosters community pride and identity,” said Lisa Ruder, Board Member at ECF. The project has generated individual donations that will be recognized with personalized plaques on the arch’s pillars. All donations toward The Giving Arch project will be used for future community enhancement projects, as well as emerging, yet unforeseen needs in Escondido. “Since 2006, the Escondido Charitable Foundation has served as a catalyst of community impact for those who live, work and visit Escondido,” said Jackie Skay, Board Chair for ECF. “In just 13 years, ECF has awarded $2.4 mil-

lion in grants to 48 nonprofit organizations serving the community of Escondido and has built a $1.5 million endowment which will provide for community needs in perpetuity.” The Giving Arch complements ECF’s past two grant cycles, which invested in programs and projects that focused on enhancing the Escondido community. ECF is also accepting applications for its 20202021 grant cycle. Grant guidelines can be accessed online at https:// and the deadline to submit Letters of Intent is Jan. 6, 2020. To learn more about ECF or become a member, visit or ESCONDIDO CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has broken ground on a welcome contact Trudy Armstrong at tru- arch over Grand Avenue at Centre City Parkway. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2020. Courtesy photo

Santa does the honors at annual San Marcos Christmas tree lighting By Stephanie Stang

SAN MARCOS — The tree was aglow, snow was in the air and Santa was in the night sky at the annual Christmas tree lighting at the San Marcos Civic Center on Dec. 7. Thousands of people gathered for an event that’s been planned by the city since 1994. “This is a heavily attended event, one of our biggest after the Fourth of July,” said Jennifer Overman from the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department. “We keep trying to add cool and fun things to make the event exciting. But we also want to keep a lot of the tradition. For in-

stance, we have free crafts, cookie decorating, and photos with Santa,” she said. The city has the largely attended show’s execution down to a science. “Honestly when we are doing this event, we are thinking about things we need to remember for next year. Things we need to do next year,” said Overman of preparing for the event that draws 5,000 people. Many departments are involved in planning it beyond the parks department including the police and fire department to help with public safety. Children can get their pictures taken with San-

ta, there are various food vendors, performances by school choirs and a very popular cookie decorating hut. Kristy Rohrer recently moved to the city with her four children and husband. She found out about the event online and was pleasantly surprised to find most of the activities were free. “They love the cookie decorating. Kids love sugar!” she said. “The children always like the complimentary photo,” Overman said. “Often there is a pretty penny if you go elsewhere. A lady told me last year that ‘this is my third child and every

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are really excited about the snow,” she said. “We don’t get to see snow very often.” Traditionally after the tree is lit, the city makes “snow” with four snow machines. They are really more like snow bubbles but it is white and falls gracefully like a snowflake. “Our tech guy came up with the idea and everybody liked it and so we did more because everybody wanted more snow,” said Overman. “It’s fun and I think it gets people a little more in the mood. This actually made me think of Disneyland because this is exactly because Disney does with the music and bubbles and

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0.9% APR Financing on all new 2020 non-turbo Outback Models. No down payment required. Offer may vary by location. Other rates and payment terms available. Cannot be combined with any other incentive. Financing for well-qualified applicants only. Length of contract is limited. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. See participating retailers for details. Must take delivery from retailer stock by January 2, 2020.

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2019 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

No down payment required. Offer may vary by location. Other rates and payment terms available. Cannot be combined with any other incentive. Financing for well-qualified applicants only. Length of contract is limited. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. See participating retailers for details. Must take delivery from retailer stock by Jan 2, 2020

5500 Paseo Del Norte, Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 1/2/2020 . BBS_Dec_13_19_Inland.indd 1

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T he C oast News - I nland E dition

DEC. 13, 2019

Out of the waiting room & IN COMFORT.


Tri-City Medical Center is continuously reducing wait times with InQuicker online check-in.

1. Click ER Check-in 2. Fill out your

Check into the emergency room from the comfort of your own home.

3. Wait comfortably at


home until your time to be seen*


EST. 1961

Patients with life threating conditions should call 911.


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