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Fast-moving wildfire brings destruction to North County this place and how beautiful REGION — Bridgette it was. “This is a gorgeous park, Conboy said the magnitude of the past week didn’t hit and now it looks like a war her until yesterday when her zone,” Conboy said. Across 4,100 acres of bu9-year-old grandson made it colic countryside in Bonsall crystal clear. Conboy is the longtime and Fallbrook, the scene office manager at the Ran- is repeating itself, as thoucho Monserate Country sands of residents return to Club. On Dec. 7, she and their homes as firefighters have nearly extinthe hundreds of guished the Lilac residents of the se- MORE fire. nior mobile home The swift-movpark fled the park INSIDE ing fire has amid swift-moving flames, Santa Ana Complete coverage claimed 157 structures, damaged 64 winds and billow- of the Lilac Fire. Pages 3, 7-10 others, injured six ing black smoke. people and killed They returned dozens of horses, many of days later to ruins. “I was good up until yes- the animals unable to esterday, when my grandson cape the blaze at the San came to see me and he said, Luis Rey Downs Training ‘Nani, I want the park to be Center, forced school cloback the way it was,’” Con- sures in a dozen districts and boy said. “And I broke down. TURN TO LILAC FIRE ON 9 It’s tough, he’s used to seeing By Aaron Burgin

Firefighters battle a house fire at the Rancho Monserate Country Club trailer park near Fallbrook on Dec. 7. Photo by Jeff Hall/Cal Fire

Firefighters still working to fully contain Lilac Fire From wire reports

REGION — Fewer than 140 firefighters remained in San Diego’s North County on Dec. 14 to finish digging containment lines around the Lilac Fire, which burned 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures between Fallbrook and Oceanside near Camp Pendleton, authorities said. The fire was 97 percent

contained as of 7 this morning — one week since the first flames broke out for unknown reasons west of Interstate 15 and north of Lilac Road in Pala Mesa amid gusty, arid Santa Ana winds. In total, 1,659 firefighters and other personnel helped battle the blaze at one point or another, though that number was down to 779 as of Wednesday morning as

crews finished digging containment lines to isolate the burn area in case of hot spot flare ups. The number of firefighters still assigned to the fire was just 137 this morning. Responsibility for creating the perimeter around the smoldering burn zone was transferred Wednesday to Cal Fire San Diego units. Prior to Wednesday, all de-

cisions were being made by a joint command team from Cal Fire, the North County Fire District and the Vista and Oceanside fire departments. Officials expect to have the blackened burn zone fully contained a week from today. The Lilac Fire destroyed 157 structures -- many of them dwellings in the Ran-


cho Monserate Country Club mobile home park in Fallbrook -- and damaged 64 more. No human deaths were reported, but at least 46 horses died, many of them stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall. As crews wind down their work containing the Lilac Fire, the same type of Santa Ana winds that drove the

blaze are expected to again sweep through parts of San Diego, though they’ll be weaker than they were last week. Still, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that went into effect at 4 a.m. today for San Diego County’s inland valleys and mountains. It’s set to expire at 10 a.m. FriTURN TO FIREFIGHTERS ON 7

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Officials: Brush-clearing saved hundreds of homes County waives permit fees for fire recovery

By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Cindy Edge’s Bonsall home is surrounded by charred trees, hillsides and homes — but her Lilac Road home was relatively untouched. Edge said that firefighters told her one of the reasons her home stood was the 100 feet of debris-free space surrounding her home. “I feel very fortunate because there are four homes within 1,000 feet of my house that burned down,” said Edge, a math teacher at nearby Bonsall High School. “Having that defensible space is really important.” North County Fire Protection District spokesman John Buchanan said that Edge’s account underscores the importance of “defensible space” during wildfires such as the Lilac fire, which burned 4,100 acres and destroyed or damaged 200 structures — but spared hundreds of others. More homeowners are carving out that space around their homes — which is required by law — than in 2007, the last spate of deadly wildfires in San Diego County, Buchanan said. “A lot of homeowners are more vigilant than they were in 2007,” Buchanan said. “Riding around the fire area, there was lots of good brush clearing around people’s property. That really aided firefighters gaining the upper hand.” State law requires de-

Emergency vehicles responded to the Lilac Fire on Dec. 7 on roads flanked by burning palm trees. Photo by Jeff Hall/Cal Fire

fensible space, which refers to the perimeter around a property that gives firefighters space to defend a home from advancing flames. In 2005, the state expanded the space from 30 feet to 100 feet. State fire officials have been more active in inspecting the defensible space around homes in areas near wildfire-prone areas, known as the wildland-urban interface, since a controversial $152.33 fire prevention fee

was first assessed on homes in 2012. San Diego County in 2011 passed an ordinance that expands that space to include adjacent sidewalks, parking areas and streets, requiring homeowners to remove combustible vegetation, dead, dying or diseased trees, green waste, rubbish or similar materials from those areas. Cal Fire Capt. Jon Heggie said defensible space is one of several factors fire

crews take into account when determining whether they can save a home. “It’s not the only factor, but it definitely helps,” he said. Just over the hill from Edge, Mark Veltre lives in the Taylor Ridge Estates, a subdivision along a slope north of Lilac Road that also was in the path of the fire. A drive down the neighborhood’s main drag, Taliesin Way, revealed a similar

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scene as near Edge’s home: singed trees, burned fences — but every structure intact. “We feel like we are living in a dream that everything is still here,” Veltre said. “We’ve been only living here for two-and-a-half years, but we’ve been taking the defensible space to heart living in an area like this, and you can see, the neighbors have too. There’s really nothing to burn, and I think that helped.”

REGION — The County Board of Supervisors voted Dec. 11 to waive permit fees for the rebuilding of more than 200 structures that have been destroyed or damaged in the Lilac Fire. The board also extended an emergency declaration in relation to the fire. The waiver of plan review and permit fees could save residents and businesses thousands of dollars as they begin the task of rebuilding. For example, the county typically charges at least $4,200 for the review and permitting of a 2,000-square-feet house, according to a fee table. The waivers apply to structures within the fire’s perimeter in unincorporated areas and any other areas in which county approval is needed. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the residents of our county who have lost everything this holiday season,” Director of Emergency Services Holly Crawford said. The blaze began at around 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 7, just west of Interstate 15 and north of Lilac Road in Pala Mesa, amid gusty, arid winds. The county counts 104 residential structures destroyed and 13 damaged.
















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Tax ‘reforms’ could hit housing, wider economy California Focus By Thomas D. Elias It’s already well established that the tax “reforms” now being hashed out in secret by a joint committee of Republicans from the Senate and the House of Representatives will likely cost Californians a net sum of well over $110 billion, an average of more than $2,000 a year for every man, woman and child in the state. That figure is derived from calculations by the House Budget Committee staff, controlled by the very Republicans designing the changes, so it’s hard to argue. It’s also hard to see how this measure can possibly produce more than $2,000 a year in benefits to the Californians who will pay the added taxes, caused by eliminating or slashing several longtime, big-dollar tax write-offs. There is the medical deduction, which is eliminated in the House version of this bill but retained by the Senate. No one knows how that conflict will be resolved, but if the deduction goes, it will cost the 1.3 million Californians who use that deduction (long limited to amounts exceeding 10 percent of adjusted gross income) an average of more than $9,800 yearly. This added cost will mostly come from people already burdened by the many uninsured costs involved with chronic illnesses and from folks supporting elderly parents or other relatives in nursing homes or assisted living. Eliminating this deduction would be purely reverse Robin Hood – taking from the already cash-strapped in order to finance large tax cuts for corporations and the extremely wealthy. There’s also the proposed change in deductions for home mortgages, now applying to homes costing up to $1 million. The Senate bill keeps this, but the House would allow it for new mortgages only if they are under $500,000. The House would grandfather in existing mortgages. Effects of this likely change (and the joint committee is likely to reach some kind of compromise) are still not totally predictable, but it is sure to reduce the inventory of homes for sale in California, where mortgages of more than half a million dollars are commonplace. At the same time, it could take many potential homebuyers out of the market because it would suddenly be more expensive for them to sustain mortgages on houses

In the aftermath of Lilac Fire By Marie Waldron

On Dec. 7, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for San Diego County. His proclamation directs the Office of Emergency Services (OES) and all agencies of state government, including the National Guard, to provide state assistance such as personnel, equipment and facilities that may be required to combat the Lilac Fire. This action also prompted President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide direct federal assistance to supplement state and local efforts. That request was immediately approved, freeing up federal aid and assistance to combat the fire and assist in its aftermath. For assistance from FEMA that can be used to help rebuild, repair or replace housing and personal property, please visit: www.DisasterAssistance. gov or (Spanish). The Red Guide to Recovery is a comprehensive step by step guide to navigate resources and helpful information to recover from property loss or damage. Go to For information regarding the insurance claims process from the Insurance Information Institute, please visit: www. / a r t icle / how-to file-a-homeowners-claim and understanding-the-insurance-claims-payment-process. The California Department of Insurance also provides more information about insurance coverage for wildfire victims at: www. i n su r a nce.c a .gov / 0 4 0 0 news / 010 0 -press-releases/2017/release099-17.cfm. As always, our first responders, CAL Fire, County Emergency Services, mutual aid from local fire departments, sheriff and

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police, including local military assistance from Camp Pendleton, have gone into action quickly and efficiently, risking injury and even death to protect our lives and our homes. For updates during this emergency, please visit: During the fire’s aftermath, go to for additional information on fire recovery assistance. Cal Fire has asked everyone to call 211 for information regarding the Lilac Fire. Please contact my Escondido District Office at 760-480-7570 if you need further assistance and help with navigating state agencies.

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Current California driver’s licenses will still be valid forms of identification for activities including driving, visiting non-secure federal facilities and other uses. Federal identification such as passports or military IDs will also be valid substitutes for REAL IDs after Oct. 1, 2020. But if you don’t think you can remember to bring your passport along for a domestic flight, to visit a local military base or other secure federal location, you’ll probably need to schedule an appointment at your local DMV office before Oct. 1, 2020. To get your REAL ID, you’ll have to provide at least three original documents that prove your identity, along with your Social Security number and place of residence. The list is still subject to revision, but documents you can use to prove your identity will most likely include an original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, an unexpired U.S. passport or a certificate of naturalization. Documents proving your Social Security number may include your original Social Security card, W-2 form or paystub showing your full Social Security number. Lastly, you’ll also need to show proof of California residence. Documents proving your residence may include a deed, a home utility bill or a property tax bill. For more information, including the full list of proposed documents needed to apply for REAL ID, please visit:

Get ready to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles. Under the federal REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, the DMV must meet requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by adding new enhancements to Minority Floor Leader California driver’s licenses and identification cards. Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, The DMV will begin offer- represents the 75th Assembly District in the California ing REAL IDs on Jan. 22 Legislature, which includes in order to meet the Oct. 1, Escondido, San Marcos 2020, deadline for compliand Vista. ance.

costing not much more than the average price of about $575,000 in many parts of this state. It’s also probable this change will cause more present owners to hang on to their homes, a supply reduction that could keep prices up. But if this doesn’t happen, the tax change figures to drive prices down by anywhere from 8 percent to 12 percent, says one estimate from the National Association of Realtors, which strongly opposes the bill. But the biggest effect – estimated at about $90 billion by the Budget Committee – will come from eliminating deductions for state and local taxes. This will not only cost at tax time, but also make everyday purchases from patio furniture to televisions and smartphones significantly more expensive. This leads to speculation the changes could throw the whole nation into recession, not just California. All this comes from a Republican Party that has promised continually since 1988 to levy no new taxes. So much for political promises. But it’s the real estate market that figures to be hit harder by these socalled reforms than any other economic sector. “The tax incentives to own a home are baked into overall values,” said Elizabeth Mendenhall, president of the national Realtors group. “When those incentives are nullified in the way this bill will likely provide, our estimates show home values stand to fall by more than 10 percent, even more in high-cost areas.” Affordable housing advocates also predict the projected overhaul will gut efforts to solve California’s large-scale homeless problem. The tax exemptions builders get for constructing low-cost housing rather than more upscale new residences would for the most part disappear. It’s possible this might not have many political ramifications for Republicans next fall, because none of it is scheduled to take full effect until 2019. But by 2020, when the new tax bills have festered for more than a year, it’s likely to be look out below for President Trump and other Republicans who naively promise massive new prosperity will trickle down from their plan. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, go to

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County approves financing for Harmony Grove Village By Joe Naiman

SAN MARCOS — A community facilities district will be used to fund the infrastructure for the Harmony Grove Village development, and on Dec. 5 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the issuance of $16 million in bonds to finance the improvements. The total payments including interest and finance charges are anticipated to be $29.13 million. The bonds have a maximum interest rate of 6 percent and the maturity date can be no

Mello-Roos assessment may deter potential homeowners, up-front funding of the infrastructure improvements may increase initial house prices and make a Community Facilities District attractive to developers. An assessment must be approved by a majority of property owners, although a developer who owns the land before it is subdivided may cast the sole vote in favor of a Community Facilities District. Up to $32 million of bonds for Harmony Grove Village had been authorized

later than Sept. 1, 2048. An assessment on the properties will be used for the bond principal and interest repayments. A Community Facilities District, sometimes known as a Mello-Roos tax due to the state legislators who authored the option for services to new developments to be funded by an annual assessment, can be used if the 1 percent base property tax would not be sufficient to fund services to the properties and can also be used as a financing mechanism for infrastructure. Although a

in 2008, although the economic downturn delayed construction of the homes and infrastructure improvements. The Dec. 5 approval to issue $16 million of those bonds will allow county of San Diego, San Diego County Sanitation District (which is officially a separate agency although the sanitation district is administered by the county’s Department of Public Works and the Board of Supervisors is also the board of the sanitation district), and Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District

infrastructure and services to be provided to the development. Harmony Grove Village consists of 415 acres. The approved subdivision map created 736 residential lots along with 2.89 acres of commercial office space. The subdivision also includes a church, a fire station and a water treatment plant although those will not be subject to the assessment. The assessment for the commercial land will be $0.305 per square foot of floor area. The assessment on the residential properties

will be based on the square footage of the residence with an annual assessment of $2,417.39 for homes less than 1,650 square feet and various other assessments based on square footage parameters. A 2,000-square-foot home would have an assessment of $2,901.63, the assessment for a 2,500-squarefoot residence would be $3,177.63, and a $3,586.09 assessment would apply for a 3,000-square-foot home. Any residences exceeding 4,250 square feet would have an assessment of $5,876.77.

Council raises rec fees, citing minimum wage increase By Christina Macone-Greene

Boy Scout Troop No. 799, the Flags of Freedom Color Guard, provided patriotic color for the Vista Christmas Parade on Dec. 2. Photos by Christine Macone-Greene

Vista turns out for parade By Christina Macone-Greene

Whether it was someone’s first parade or one of many, the 62nd annual Vista Christmas Parade gave attendees of all ages a special holiday experience on

Dec. 2 in downtown Vista. Hosted by the Vista Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center, this year’s theme was “A Family Storybook Christmas.” The parade

was abundant with marching bands, community organizations, team mascots and more. The afternoon event gave everyone a festive jumpstart and holiday memories.

VISTA — The Vista City Council in a 4-1 vote DATE passed the decision to raise rates for certain recreation and community service programs, with Councilwoman Amanda Rigby opposing. In the new year, Vistans will see a price jump such as a $5 increase in fees for family season passes and season passes at the Wave Waterpark. For playgoers, a rise in ticket costs at the Moonlight Amphitheatre will take place for selected seats and days of the week. A higher price tag for city rental facilities such as the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe and Gloria McClellan Adult Activity and Resource Center will also go into effect. Rigby unsuccessfully tried to exclude any rate hikes for seniors and the military. At the Gloria McClellan Center, the Out and About Program aimed at providing transportation for seniors will have a slight surge. Council members were reluctant to raise the fees but said they saw no way around it, since a trick-

le-down effect from the state minimum wage increase of 50 cents is going into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. “I don’t want to raise rates on seniors for anything or the military for anything,” Deputy Mayor John Franklin said to Rigby. “I wish we could afford to just give it all to them for free. I honestly do.” Franklin said it is better to have consistent small increases as a way to avoid substantial increases that come out-of-the-blue. While he said he understood and felt the same as Rigby, Franklin did vote for the rate changes. “I am generally supportive of these slow and steady increases rather than the spikes,” he said. “I think in past years we did a lot of spikes. And in other cities, we do see these big spikes, and they really make people unhappy — I just like to avoid those.” Rigby wanted to make it very clear to Vistans that any increase is due to outside stressors, which in this case is the state of California. Rigby said she

wants Vista residents to be able to read about the price change when purchasing their tickets at The Wave Waterpark or Moonlight Amphitheatre. “Nobody wants to raise rates if we don’t have to,” Councilman John Aguilera said. “Obviously, we do if we want to run efficiently, and at least try to get close to funding ourselves.” After the meeting, Andrea McCullough, city of Vista communications officer, said Vista residents would be informed of any rate increases at the beginning of the new year through the city’s weekly email updates. Signage will also be present at places such as the Wave Waterpark explaining how any price increase is a direct result of the state’s minimum wage increase. McCullough also pointed out that the military will still be able to purchase a Moonlight Amphitheatre ticket for $8. Any prices raised at the Gloria McClellan center will be incremental for seniors, she added.

Deputy Mayor John Franklin asked if there was a way to reword the policy so they didn’t have to revisit this issue for a long time. “I move that we make the budget available for any official government purpose as defined by city policy and arbitrated by the city manager,” Franklin said. He suggested that instead of using the word “apparel” if they could word it as “any official governmental purpose as defined by policy” with the city manager having the final say. The idea of items with a city logo floated around in the discussion. Councilman John Aguilera voiced his concerns and cautioned the other council members to think about what outlines city business.

Does a city logo define city business, he asked? “There’s a lot of things you can put a logo on, and suddenly it becomes official,” Aguilera said. “So, I’m just worried about making it too broad. I don’t like the fact that we have to come back here and discuss this, but I think it’s important for us to discuss this in public so that people know how we are spending their money.” Franklin agreed with Aguilera’s reasoning and said he was sold. “I agree,” Franklin said. “We can keep the motion as is.” The City Council approved the motion to include city apparel as part of their travel and training authorization and expense reporting policy.

Council discusses logo apparel By Christina Macone-Greene

Mr. Vista, Freddy Ramirez, before the Vista Christmas Parade on Dec. 2.

Vista Councilwoman Amanda Rigby, Councilman Joe Green, fire inspector Mike McFadden, Councilman John Aguilera and Deputy Mayor John Franklin at the Vista Christmas Parade on Dec. 2.

VISTA — The Vista City Council unanimously agreed to add the purchase of city logo apparel to its annual council member budget of $2,500 on Nov. 14. Mayor Judy Ritter initiated the matter and wanted to know if other council members agreed to include the purchase of city logo shirts into those budgetary guidelines. The shirts are frequently worn to city events. All council members agreed it was a good idea to to expand the policy. City Manager Patrick Johnson explained the current guidelines were not broad enough to include other city business items in the $2,500 budget. Adding verbiage for city logo apparel was needed. coastnewsgroup @CoastNewsGroup


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Volunteers wrap gifts for children with special needs By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — More than 20 volunteers from the Vista Elks Lodge gathered on Dec. 2 to wrap more than 200 toys for an upcoming party. On Dec. 15, the toys will be doled out to special needs children, ranging from preschool age to teenagers, who will visit the Vista Elks for a day of Christmas wonderland fun. It’s estimated that 215 children from schools in the Vista and San Marcos area will be in attendance. To help make those Christmas wishes come true, it took nearly three hours for Vista Elks volunteers to wrap the donated new toys. According to Howard Dyson, a co-chair of the event, the Vista Unified

School District will provide transportation for the children to the event. The festivities will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The party will occur within two timeframes. Younger children will attend in the morning, and older children will take part in the event later in the day. “As soon as the kids come through the door, they get a stocking which has candy, a bunch of toys and coloring books,” Dyson said. “The kids also perform on our stage, and they have a lot of fun singing.” Santa and Mrs. Claus have also penciled in the day on their calendars to make an appearance. Dyson said the Vista Elks have hosted this longstanding tradition for more

than 40 years. James Leitholf, the Exalted Ruler at the Vista Elks Lodge, said the event is part of its Charity to Children program. Leitholf has also been chosen to read “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” to the children. On a personal level, Leitholf described the day as incredibly touching and unbelievable. “Last year, I remember seeing all these little kids coming in and I could see the Christmas spirit and wonder,” Leitholf said. “The day can really bring a tear to your eye.” Dyson echoed his sentiment. He is chairing the event with three other individuals, including his wife Deb Dyson, Joyce Ford and Wayne Ford.

Dyson said preparations for the special event start in October. The Vista community comes together to lend a helping hand. “Even the little market down the street gave us $40 toward the purchase of some fruit juice for the kids,” Dyson said. Leitholf attributes public support to the Vista Elks Lodge’s long-lasting commitment to helping children. “Every year, we need to start our planning earlier to fulfill the needs of the kids,” he said, adding that the guest numbers have grown over the years as the event has become more popular. The Vista Elks Lodge is proud to have become a destination to help all children Co-chairs for the upcoming Christmas party on Dec. 15 for special smile during the holiday needs children: Wayne Ford, Joyce Ford, Howard Dyson, Deb Dyson season. and James Leitholf. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Residents randomly Contract maintains services outside city chosen for survey By Christina Macone-Greene

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The City of Vista has contracted BW Research to conduct a resident survey to study the views of Vistans. The results will be compared to survey results from 2015, also championed by BW Research. According to city staff, the 2017 survey will launch before Dec. 15. Participants will be chosen by random and alerted by email, mobile or landline phone number. The study is designed for the specific purpose of measuring a resident’s overall satisfaction in Vista when it comes to quality of life and city services. The survey is meant to offer a springboard of data to help navigate the city and Vista city council with future decisions. According to City of Vista communications officer Andrea McCullough, the survey should take roughly 15 minutes to complete. She also wants Vistans to know that while the Oct. 2015 resident survey served as a starting point, the current one will delve a little deeper than last time. For example, if a priority for a Vista resident relates to traffic, the survey will probe more into matters such as roads, issues near a person’s residence or major arterial. These results will help the city in their planning. “The main purpose of this survey is to measure resident satisfaction with the city’s overall provision of services,” McCullough said. “And we really want to know the residents’ perceptions about their quality of life.” The goal of survey participants is to have 400 hundred results. In the last survey, an

survey participants were satisfied with their quality of life. McCullough hopes that number has increased. “If not, we want people to tell us why, so the city can focus on this and the city council can set priorities,” she said. BW Research will conduct the survey for approximately three weeks. “BW Research then summarizes the results and provides a report to the city council in the new year in either Jan. or Feb.,” McCullough said. McCullough went on to say how the results will help serve the city in their planning and operations. Additionally, it will also assist the city council in their goal settings. “We really want to know what residents think so we can provide that information to the city and city council,” McCullough said. Based on the 2015 survey results which highlighted traffic concerns, McCullough said how the city focus changed on where and how streets were maintained. McCullough encourages residents who are contacted to take part in the survey. She also reminds about the legitimacy in that residents will never be asked their social security number, bank information or other personal information to take part in the survey. “We also understand how people may think they are getting spam emails,” McCullough said. “The survey will show it’s coming from coming from BW Research on behalf of the City of Vista. If residents have any questions or concerns, they are asked to call the City of Vista at 760-643-5200 coastnewsgroup

VISTA — Many Vistans might not be aware of a service contract between the Vista Fire Protection District and the city of Vista, which provides fire department services to those living outside of the city limits, also known as the district area. Director Robert Fougner, who began serving in the Vista Fire Protection District in 2006, said this contract is one of his most significant achievements. For 18 months, he negotiated the service contract the district has with the city of Vista — an agreement which provides all services to those living in the district area. This 25-year contract deal, which became effec-

tive in 2010, has good renewal terms, Fougner said. “Most people in the county in our district don’t understand or don’t realize that when they see the city of Vista Fire Department show up to deal with fires or ambulances, that they don’t automatically have that right because they don’t live in the city of Vista,” Fougner said. “The reason they get that is because when you pay your property taxes in our district, a portion of those taxes come to us as the special district; and, we use that money to purchase the services from the city of Vista under a service contract that I negotiated.” This contract defines how the district area is served. Fougner shared that

when he got on the board, he recognized the need to take another path and adopt a very different posture with the city. His vision was a partnership and something more conciliatory. The goal was to focus on what type of economic relationship made the best sense for both sides. “But the real heart of it is that the contract is geared to the amount of revenue of the district,” he said. “So, the contract provides that we buy the services that the city provides at a formula that ticks at 90 percent of our revenue — whatever that number is year in and year out. “So, the good thing about that is we have created a model where the district will

Vista woman to chair panel By Joe Naiman

REGION — Vista Irrigation District board member Jo MacKenzie will chair board meetings of San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission during 2018 and Olivenhain Municipal Water District director Ed Sprague will be the commission’s vice-chair. A pair of 8-0 votes Dec. 4 selected the board officers. “I look forward to 2018,” MacKenzie said. “It’s going to be a busy year.” “I’m honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve,” Sprague said. LAFCO handles jurisdictional boundary changes including city incorporations, annexations, consolidations and detachments. San Diego County’s LAFCO board consists of eight members: two county supervisors, one San Diego City Council member, two city council members from the county’s other 17 incorporated cities, two special district board members and one public member. Sprague and MacKenzie are the two special district members who are selected from the county’s independent special districts (which have voter-elected directors as opposed to depen-

dent special districts whose members are on the Board of Supervisors or a city council). Special districts include fire protection, water and sewer service, hospital and cemetery districts but not school districts. MacKenzie and Sprague both joined the LAFCO board in 2015 after neither of the special district representatives in 2014 ran for re-election. MacKenzie was first elected to the Vista Irrigation District board in 1992 and Sprague has been an Olivenhain board member since being appointed to fill a vacancy in January 2008. MacKenzie, whose father was in the Air Force, grew up in Albuquerque and moved from Albuquerque to San Marcos (some of which is in the Vista Irrigation District) in 1975. Her three children are all San Marcos High School graduates. The Vista Irrigation District board position is a part-time job, and MacKenzie has worked full-time as a planner since 1987. She is a principal in the MacKenzie Group. “I thought it was important to have someone on the commission who had a background in planning,” she said of seeking the LAF-

CO board position three years ago. In addition to having chaired the Vista Irrigation District board over her 25 years of service, MacKenzie has also chaired the California Special Districts Association and currently chairs its finance corporation. Sprague, who lives in Carlsbad, is a lifelong North County resident who was born at Tri-City Hospital and attended San Dieguito High School. He also attended San Diego State University and received both a Bachelor’s of Arts degree and a Master’s of Arts degree in public administration. Sprague initially joined the fire service with the Carlsbad Fire Department and spent 26 years there before becoming the North County Fire Protection District deputy fire chief in May 2012. He retired from his fire chief position in 2015 and then became an assistant professor in the Fire Technology department at Palomar College. Although LAFCO’s purview does not include school districts, Sprague’s position at the community college district complements his experience with fire districts and his water district.

always be able to afford that contract. It’s self-sustainable in perpetuity because the cost of that service can never exceed the amount of revenue that we take in.” On the flipside, Fougner shared that the advantage for the city is that it has a very stable budget support. According to Fougner, Vista is one of the few fire districts in the entire state with a rural geographical situation that still receives urbanite-level service. There are timely response rates, modern equipment and multiple points of presence no matter the location of the emergency in the district. “We get all that metropolitan quality service, and we still maintain this rural lifestyle,” he said.

Drunk driver gets prison for killing jogger VISTA — A drunk driver who lost control of his SUV and plowed into a married couple jogging along a busy Vista street, killing the husband, was sentenced Dec. 8 to seven years, eight months in state prison. Abraham Juarez, 25, pleaded guilty in September to gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges. Deputy District Attorney Robert Bruce said Juarez was drinking beers by himself at a microbrewery before getting in his Jeep Grand Cherokee and speeding down Melrose Drive about 6:30 p.m. on June 2. Juarez jumped the curb and drove up on the sidewalk just north of Shadowridge Drive, fatally striking 40-year-old Nanglee Vang. Vang’s wife Molly was seriously injured but survived. The couple had been married 17 years and had five children. Bruce said Juarez had been going as fast as 80 mph before the deadly incident. The defendant’s blood-alcohol content was .18 percent at the time of the crash, more than twice the legal limit for driving, the prosecutor said.

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Amid uncertainty, Lilac evacuees welcomed at shelters STAGECOACH COMMUNITY PARK By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — As the devastating Lilac fire remained uncontained, evacuees held strong, kept calm and attempted to push forward as uncertainty lingered over whether their homes would be lost. On the evening of Dec. 7, hours after Cal Fire gave mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, about 264 people, 12 dogs, one cat and one bird, sought refuge at Stagecoach Community Park, which was soon at capacity. For Oceanside residents Oceanside evacuation center volunteers help unload donated goods. Donations poured in from residents Thomas Boothe, 58, and his wife, Joanne Bryant, 53, and businesses Dec. 7-8 during the first days of the Lilac Fire. Photo by Promise Yee wildfire is a new type of disaster. Boothe, a disabled vet who works on contract at By Promise Yee welcome, water, food and pus two shelter areas were Palomar College in the VetOCEANSIDE — The support. lined with cots. The school erans Services department, “The dogs love it here,” auditorium had a check-in night the recent fires worked for the USO for 35 broke out in North Coun- the Oceanside resident desk, a distribution countyears and was a responder to ty, Oceanside High School said. “I think it’s wonder- er for food and personal Hurricane Katrina in 2007. opened its doors to serve as ful. This means the world hygiene supplies, and a He and Bryant also survived an emergency evacuation to me.” medical and mental health Hurricane Sandy in 2012 Inside the school park- station set up next to the shelter for victims. and moved to Oceanside Cal Fire, American Red ing lot a drive-up donation bedding. three years ago from New Cross, CERT and San Diego drop-off area saw a regular Outside an insurance inYork City. Bryant’s mother, Humane Society staff and stream of cars loaded with formation table was staffed who lives in Puerto Rico, trained volunteers led re- items to contribute. with experts. survived Hurricane Irma Volunteers said people lief efforts to provide safeAcross the courtyard the earlier this year. ty, water, food, basic health began dropping off goods smaller multi-purpose room Perspective came into services, mental health at 11 p.m. Dec. 7. Communi- had cots placed around the play, as Boothe noted his services and access to in- ty donations continued the center’s tables and chairs mother-in-law and her town following day. surance. to create a pet-friendly enwere drinking water out Oceanside Public Li- vironment for evacuees. Red Cross public affairs of one pipe after the hurrivolunteer Amy Hegy said brary technician J. JenkinSmall pets were also cane. He said the uncertain450 people were sheltered son drove up Friday morn- housed in cages and kept on ty of a disaster leaves many ing to drop off food items leash by their owners’ sides at the site. to panic due to the inability “Everyone is welcome the library had on hand for in an adjacent fenced in to control the situation. here,” Hegy said. “We pro- its events. area outside of classrooms. “I wanted to be ahead “It’s good to see everyvide a comfortable, nice, Hegy said the center of the game, and we came safe spot until they can re- one coming together to will remain open as long as down here,” Boothe said. help,” Jenkinson said. turn home.” it is needed. “I’ve seen horrible situaA site volunteer said no One resident displaced “This is their home tions. The emergency reby the evacuations said she one who dropped off dona- now,” Hegy said. “They can sponse (here) was nothing had just returned from an tions asked for a receipt, take it one day at a time for like I’ve ever seen before. out-of-state trip to find the instead residents and busi- as long as they need to put They were so organized and fire near her Oceanside ness owners gave bottled their home back together.” polite.” water, hot pizzas, boxes of home. Evacuation centers were Boothe and Bryant, who She was able to pack T-shirts and other usable also set up in Carlsbad, Del reside in Rancho Del Oro a few essential items and items out of the goodness of Mar, El Cajon, Escondido, near Highway 76 and El load up her pets before the their heart. Pala and San Marcos. “One hundred drops and nighttime evacuation. Once on the road traffic no donation requests,” the from the evacuation was school staff volunteer said. bumper to bumper, she “They just do it because said. Being a retired mili- they like to do it.” Another volunteer said tary veteran she was able to drive through the San earlier that morning a man Luis Rey Gate of Camp from an adjacent neighborPendleton and reach the hood hand pushed a cart of Oceanside evacuation cen- donations to the school. “That was powerful,” ter at 2 a.m. She said once she ar- the volunteer said. rived she received a warm Inside the school cam-

Camino Real, packed up some clothes and left their home at about 11:40 a.m., about 10 minutes after the fire was first reported. Boothe said with his inexperience with wildfires, it was better to err on the side of caution. They returned home several hours later and between 9 and 10 p.m. evacuated to The Forum Carlsbad, where others like them received a police escort to the park. “I told them I won’t leave until the fire is at least 70

said the ability of police to keep the situation calm spread through those evacuated. “With the evacuation center, there has been nothing but professionalism … everyone has been so generous,” Bryant said. The efforts of the city of Carlsbad and by extension of all responding agencies and volunteers, put the couple’s mind at ease. It’s one reason Boothe was sporting a T-shirt with the wording to the tune of “everything’s



day. The red flag warning signifies critical fire weather conditions “are either occurring now, or will shortly,” the NWS said. Those conditions include “strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures (that) can contribute to extreme fire behavior.” With humidity levels hovering near single digits, the NWS warned that outdoor burning should be avoided and “any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and be difficult to contain.” The Santa Ana winds that prompted today’s red flag warning are expected to die down by Friday

morning before strengthening again Saturday night into Sunday. Locally, fire agencies are bracing and preparing for any new fires, while in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, fire crews are continuing to battle the massive Thomas Fire. That blaze, which broke out 11 days ago and is still only 30 percent contained, has now grown to the fourth largest in California’s history at more than 242,000 acres burned. The 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego County still holds the record as the state’s largest wildfire at 273,246 acres, while the 2007 Witch Fire and 1970 Laguna Fire, both in San Diego County, are also among the 10 largest in California history.

From left, Austin Plantikow, Emily Plantikow, both of Oceanside, and Julia Caywood and Kris Caywood of San Marcos carry in the Plantikow’s pets to the Oceanside shelter set up for evacuees of the Lilac Fire. Photo by Promise Yee

percent contained,” Boothe said. “Because with zero containment and unpredictable winds, it’s not a good move to go back. Nothing matters more than your life. This is the price you pay for paradise. It’s too beautiful to leave and I want to stay here.” Bryant, who works at JC Penny’s in the fine jewelry department, said the professionalism and preparedness of Carlsbad police and the firefighters battling the blaze was unlike she or Boothe had ever seen. She

going to be all right.” “The best advice I give for anybody going through this … worrying about your home will create anxiety,” Boothe added. “Once you realize you have no control of the situation, let those who are experienced, like these first responders, take care of you. If you fight against that, it creates tension for yourself and for them.” At the shelter, meanwhile, Carlsbad Recreation Area and Shelter Manager Kevin Granse said said they received hundreds of visits,


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displaced thousands of residents due to mandatory evacuations. Most of the destruction occurred during the blaze’s first 12 hours, a testament to the speed at which it developed. “This progressed so much faster than the Rice fire did,” said North County Fire Protection District spokesman John Buchanan, referring to the 2007 fire that charred more than 9,400 acres just a few miles north in Fallbrook. “This fire did that damage in less than 24 hours, whereas the Rice fire did its destruction over a couple of days.” Meanwhile, some residents are breathing sighs of relief. Others are coming home to tears, as they face the emotionally and financially taxing proposition of starting over.

‘It moved so fast’

Investigators haven’t determined what started the fire, but received the call around 11 a.m. on Dec. 7 of a brush fire starting in a basin just west of Interstate 15 and south of State Route 76 along Old Highway 395. Fanned by strong Santa Ana wins and bone-dry conditions, the flames quickly raced west toward Bonsall proper. Rancho Monserate, on the east side of the street, was first in its path. The park bore the brunt of the blaze’s ferocity, as flames hopscotched from home to home, igniting the highly flammable structures like matchsticks, faster than firefighters could move in to protect them. Of the 157 structures destroyed, nearly half of them — 75 — were inside Rancho Monserate. The fire then moved west along Lilac Road and spread north toward State Route 76, prompting officials to issue mandatory evacuations that


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Nearly half of the 157 buildings destroyed by the Lilac Fire were homes in the Rancho Monserate Country Club trailer park, seen here on Dec. 10 during an aerial survey of damage. Photo by Jeff Hall/Cal Fire

spread as far west as Oceanside, as far south as unincorporated Vista and north into Fallbrook. It created some heart-wrenching moments, including at San Luis Rey Downs, where trainers, grooms and staff opened paddocks and set horses free in a last-gasp effort to save the thoroughbreds from the swift-charging flames. The flames destroyed nearly a dozen barns at the 500-stall training facility, killed more than 40 horses and a prominent trainer suffered second- and third-degree burns to over half of her body as she tried to rescue six horses. “It moved so fast,” Buchanan said. “We really hadn’t seen anything like it.” With night quickly falling and gale force winds still fueling the blaze on Dec. 7, fire officials made a bleak prediction: If the winds did not subside, the then-4,100-acre blaze could reach the Pacific Ocean. Then night fell. The winds died. And the fire slowed dramatically.

Fire crews quickly regained the upper hand during the night hours and thwarted the fire’s growth, capping it at 4,100 acres. “Firefighters took advantage of a break in the winds to change from a defensive to an offensive fight, and fully engaged to keep the fire spread to a minimal,” Cal Fire Capt. Jon Heggie said

Dec. 13. “We were pretty windy one of the days after that, but fortunately our control lines were well-established and we had zero fire growth past that first operational period.” Buchanan attributed the change in fortunes to several factors: first, the heavy presence of air support, as some 15 helicopters and sev-

en water tankers doused the flames with water and fire retardant. Second, Buchanan said, homeowners cooperated with evacuation efforts, which meant fire crews could focus on fighting the fires rather than rescuing homeowners. Third, because the fire was the only major incident in San Diego, agencies across the county could focus their full efforts on the blaze. “We had 10 times as much fire equipment as we did on the Rice fire in 2007,” Buchanan said. And finally, he said, all the agencies — at the fire’s peak 1,400 firefighters from across the state were engaged in the fight — worked cooperatively to get the job done. Over the past few days, fire crews have increased the percentage of containment and decreased the mandatory evacuations. As of Dec. 14, the only area off limits to nonresidents was Rancho Monserate, where security guards check identification cards to ensure only residents are entering the park. Students in all but the Bonsall school district have returned to school, with Bonsall opting to start the holiday break a week early. Full containment is expected Dec. 21.

‘Rancho Strong’

On a warm Wednesday afternoon, Joanne Hovden sat inside of the clubhouse of Rancho Monserate, talking to an insurance adjuster. Signs outside the clubhouse warn residents of unlicensed contractors who are preying on fire victims. Outside, her niece-in-law, Margie Siegrist, smoked a cigarette and surveyed the destruction just across the park’s main street. Spaces once occupied by modest mobile homes, golf carts and One of the 75 buildings destroyed by the Lilac Fire in the Rancho Mon- carports replaced by manserate Country Club trailer park on Dec. 7. Photo by Aaron Burgin gled metal and ash.

This is a tight-knit community, Siegrist said. They play golf together, they play Texas Hold ‘Em and bridge in the clubhouse, women enjoy a quilting class, some groups play tennis and others swim. There’s a party at least once a month, and in the summer, barbecues. “It really is a big family here,” Siegrist said. “I think that’s why it’s so hard.” One by one, people have returned to assess the devastation. Some have returned to find none, like Bob Hall, who has called the park home for eight years. “I was very lucky,” Hall said. Others, like Hovden, weren’t so fortunate. Siegrist said the neighbors called the family the same day to let them know her home was burning. Conboy said the fire’s devastation is magnified by the fact that the victims here are seniors in the twilight of their lives. “You gotta remember, these are seniors, and while you only have to be 55 to live here, the majority of my people are in their late 60s to their mid 80s,” Conboy said. “It’s hard. I’ve heard from some women who don’t really want to rebuild. They’re afraid. But I’m going, ‘No, you wanna live here. This is family.’” Siegrist said her aunt has resolved to start over here. She said she personally believes the park will be better than ever when the debris is scraped away and rebuilding begins. “Everything will be new,” she said. Outside of the park, a white banner flies with words that Conboy said capture the spirit of the park as they embark on the cleanup efforts. “We will rebuild and we will be better than ever,” Conboy said. “We are Rancho Strong, just like the sign says.”

Victims can have property value reassessed REGION — Owners of properties destroyed or damaged during the Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County can have the value of their land reassessed to reflect the new condition and lower property taxes, county Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest Dronenburg announced today. He said the reduced value will remain in effect until the property is rebuilt or repaired. “The Assessor’s office will be proactively mailing property tax relief applications to affected property owners,” Dronenburg said. “I would also like to strongly encourage all property owners who suffered fire damage to their property in excess of $10,000 to contact my office for the necessary claim form at (619) 531-4993 or by visiting the Assessor’s website at,” he said. If reconstruction results in the property being similar to how it was before the fire, the base property tax assessment will not increase, according to Dronenburg. Houses, outbuildings, manufactured homes, and

commercial and industrial properties are all eligible for the tax-relief program. Damage to vehicles and contents are not eligible, since they aren’t taxable, he said. Separately, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said residents evacuated from their homes could

claim reimbursement for related costs via their homeowner or rental insurance policies -- even if their residences aren’t damaged. “It is imperative residents are aware of every resource available to them to recover from the emotional and financial burden caused by

wildfires and to get their lives back on track,” Jones said. “Insurance coverage is meant to protect consumers from the devastating financial effects of wildfires and other disasters. I encourage evacuees to contact their insurance agent or the Department of Insurance for assistance.”


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Fairgrounds takes in 850 animals displaced by Lilac Fire By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — About 850 animals, most of them horses, displaced by the Lilac fire were brought to the Del Mar Fairgrounds beginning around 3 p.m. on Dec. 7. They continued to arrive throughout the day and night and into the following morning. Thoroughbreds and other breeds were housed in the 40-plus barns capable of holding as many as 1,600 horses. Other animals, such as goats and pigs, also were brought to the 350-acre stateowned facility. “We’ve also had tons of volunteers, who have been incredibly helpful,” fairgrounds public information officer Annie Pierce said. Donations have been large and small. Hay and bedding were delivered by the truckload. Costco donated hundreds of pounds of apples and carrots. Humane Society volunteer Nancy Brady brought six apples from a case she received from Washington. “The fairgrounds always bucks up to help,” she said. “I’m an animal lover so I came down to sit and talk with the animals.” Veronica Curro of Leucadia, who provides holistic rehabilitation for horses, came with Carmel Valley residents Cindy Roe and her 3-year-old, Palmer. The trio used a little red wagon to haul in more than 200 pounds of carrots and other produce. Katie Cotroneo and Lindsey Tappia spent half the morning taking stickers off individual apples and filling buckets with produce. Tappia, who lives in Del Mar, said she came to help because she “saw a need and wanted to fill it.” “You help where you can,” she added.

Delaney Lang of San Marcos said she loves horses but hasn’t been able to ride much since moving to California from England about three years ago, so she saw the evacuation as a great opportunity “to hang with them and talk.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

“It’s giving back to the community,” said Cotroneo, an elementary school teacher in Bonsall. Members of SeaWorld’s animal rescue team — some volunteering on their day off — were also on hand to help. Many volunteers roamed the stables, going from barn to barn talking to the equines, trying to calm them with words, carrots and apples as some whinnied loudly and others banged the doors with their hooves. Approximately 250 of the 450 horses that had been stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall, about 30 miles northwest of Del Mar, were moved to the fairgrounds after that facility was hit directly by the fire. Kasey Rowe from Dove Hollow Dressage Center in Olivenhain drove there with two colleagues

and together they transported 11 horses from the training center. At least eight barns burned and approximately 35 horses died. One belonged to trainer Cliff Sise. “It was dark, everything was hot and she wouldn’t come out,” he said. “I opened the pen and tried to get behind her and get her out, and she wouldn’t get out. She burned to death that quick.” Thanks to social media, some horses from San Luis Rey that were set loose when the fire hit were reunited with their owners and trainers, including Richard’s Boy, which placed second in the Breeders’ Cup $1 million Turf Sprint at Del Mar last month. Anyone who found a horse, is missing a horse or needs help identifying one can call the Los Al State Vets at (714) 820-2718. The blaze broke out around

11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 on Old Highway 395 at Dulin Road in Bonsall. Throughout the day and night more than 1,000 firefighters, 100 engines and 15 helicopters fought to control the flames that were fanned by Santa Ana winds. The fire encompassed 4,100 acres, destroyed 157 structures and damaged at least another 64. Six injuries and no human deaths were reported. The cause remains unknown. A state of emergency for the area was declared by President Donald Trump and California Gov. Jerry Brown. U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, in whose district the fire broke out, said anyone seeking help can call his office at (760) 5995000. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Santa Anita Park, which is also taking in displaced horses

until San Luis Rey is rebuilt, and The Stronach Group, owners of San Luis Rey Downs, established a GoFundMe page to help those impacted by the fire at the training facility. Nearly $600,000 was raised by 4,655 people in three days. Visit /thoroughbredcare to donate. “We’re here to help when a tragic situation like this presents itself,” DMTC’s president, Joe Harper, said. “With aid from our landlord, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, we’re going to begin serving as a training center ... and will continue on that path for the immediate future as our industry puts the pieces back together again. “The Del Mar Fairgrounds is a multiuse facility and we do have constraints on just how far we can go with this, but for the next several weeks, or months, Del Mar will be holding training for our Southern California horsemen,” he added. “This is a horrific situation and everybody is trying to pitch in and do whatever can be done to make things better,” Tim Ritvo, Stronach Group’s chief operating officer, said. “The outpouring of support from inside and outside of our industry has been truly heartwarming. Together, we’ll get through this.” Donations can also be made through the American Association of Equine Practitioners at https:// or DMTC at https://www.dmtc. com/fire-evacuation. For more information about the evacuation situation at Del Mar, call the fairgrounds at (858) 7551161.

Suspect arrested in double homicide VISTA — A double-homicide investigation is underway and a 49- year-old man is in custody on suspicion of shooting and killing his brother and his brother’s girl-

friend inside a home in unincorporated Vista on Dec. 8, sheriff’s officials said. Bradley Alan Coates was taken into custody Thursday night after his mother called

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911 a little after 6 p.m. to report that Coates had just shot his brother and the brother’s girlfriend, sheriff’s Sgt. Jack Reynolds said. Deputies responded to the home at 2324 Lone Oak Lane where they found the gate to the property locked and barricaded. Finally able to breach the gate, deputies searched the property and inside the home found the two bodies, Reynolds said. The victims’ identities were not released pending family notifications. The sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail responded to the property to help search for Coates, who was found in a travel trailer on the property “after an extensive search,’’ Reynolds said. Coates was taken into custody on suspicion of homicide. Both victims sustained “trauma to their upper torsos,’’ Reynolds said. Their cause and manner of death will be determine during an autopsy by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Trimble’s Pizza a welcome addition to bar food scene

story so I placed my order. After they heated and boxed it up I loaded it piping hot in my bike basket and headed home. I made it about two blocks with that beautiful, crispy crust pizza goodness before it was quickly de voured in a park and let me tell you it was, at the time, the best thing ever. And yes, I know you are thinking that late night food reviews after booze tends to be glorified a bit given the munchies influence and I’m with you. That said, since that glorious night in the park, I’ve tried her pizza for lunch with no alcohol involved and it was

still better than any frozen pizza I’ve had and right up there with some of the better pizza I’ve had. I’m going to pause this for a moment and reflect on all the drunken bar conversations I’ve heard over the years about big ideas that usually remain just that, drunken bar talk. Not implying that Jennifer was making bold drunken proclamations, but however it played out, she was one of the few who took action and that in itself is worthy of praise. I also found out during our radio interview that prior to coming to San Diego, Jennifer was a horse wrangler in Arizona, worked for big time landscape designers, and is an accomplished angler. I would encourage you to give a listen to the interview on

thing about cooking them on the crispy side, then cutting it into square slices (another Minnesota touch) then determining what your preferred method of consumption is. I tend to work my way from the inside out, saving the crispy edges for last. I hate to admit this, but I have no problem consuming an entire Trimble’s Pizza solo in one sitting. I don’t know if that’s typical or not, but once I get going on one I really can’t stop. I’d encourage you to stop into your favorite bar on the list above and give one a try. Find Trimble’s Pizza on Facebook and Instagram.


few months back I was out for a bike ride and ended up at the Bar Leucadian, one of my favorite local watering holes. The Leucadian, O’Hurley’s and Captain Keno’s are dive bars that still represent the funky side of Leucadia and I’m really hop ing these joints survive the gentrification of the area. As I was enjoying my beverage, I noticed a Trimble’s Pizza sign and asked bartender Heather Gasso for the scoop. She told me about this really cool local woman and Leucadian regular Jennifer Cushing (maiden name Trimble) who had always asked why there was not bar food available at the Leucadian and at most of the local dive bars. In her native Minnesota, frozen pizza made by local vendors was commonplace and it was somewhat of a tradition to chow one down after a few drinks. It was typical bar conversation for a while, until Jennifer took action on that bar talk and began the process of creating Trimble’s Pizza. I thought it was a cool

Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over Trimble’s Pizza owner Jennifer Cushing served up some daytime pizza on LTP. Latitude 33 and Spechops the past 10 years as a column in Vista are among the bars that serve her pizza, an idea inspired by the frozen pizza made in her native in The Coast News and in Minnesota. Photo by David Boylan Edible San Diego. He can be either the FM94/9, KSON or she personally creates all the Carlsbad, Dani P’s Cork and heard on KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny98.1. More at www. pizzas but I have a feeling Tap in Oceanside, Oceanside Sunny98.1 websites. Once Jennifer got the with the growth she has seen Sports Bar, Surfside Tapidea in her head she sought recently she will be adding room in Oceanside, Tap That out the help of friends in the staff soon. in Oceanside, Latitude 33 It made sense that Bar Brewing in Vista, Spechops restaurant business, as she needed a kitchen to develop Leucadian was Jennifer’s Brewery in Vista, The Waterher product. That restaurant first client and her pizza was inghole in Clairemont, The happened to be the Stag & a hit out of the gate. She of- Breakroom in Kearny Mesa, Lion in Carlsbad and they fers an oven, signage and The Library Tavern in Miswere generous enough to let napkin holders as part of the sion Gorge, The BLVD bar in her test her recipes amongst initial order then fills pizza El Cajon, and Parky’s in La friends until she found the orders weekly. Word spread Mesa. perfect mix of ingredients. quickly among bar owners I fancy this pizza so much That entailed a lot of testing and soon orders were piling I’m going to ask the folks at but it worked and she finally up. Her customer list now Leucadian if I can purchase nailed it. Stag & Lion contin- includes besides The Leuca- them frozen and keep a stash ues to be her kitchen where dian, The Stag and Lion in in my freezer! There’s some-

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t appears I am just fruit-stupid. When we first moved here, a tree in our backyard dumped pounds and pounds of beautiful, big apricots onto the ground every summer. At first I tried to pick them, but then they just spoiled in the bag. Even if we ate all we could, there were too many left. I tried to pawn them off on friends, but never had many takers. I was awash in apricots. Why didn’t I stand for hours in the hot kitchen, peeling, pitting and stirring and pouring and making them into jam? Because it would have meant standing for hours in a hot kitchen, peeling and pitting and stirring and pouring. I’d have made a lousy pioneer wife. What never occurred to me was the most obvious. Every morning now, with my oatmeal, I eat apricot sauce. Yes, it is just mashed up apricots in a jar, sort of like what used to be all over my lawn. It is delicious and I am paying $3 a jar for it. Had I realized how tasty this basic concoction was, I might have been willing to stand in that hot kitchen long enough to squish some of those apricots and dump

them into jars. The apricot tree scarcely bears anymore, as if to taunt me for my shortsightedness. And to add to my embarrassment, across the yard stands a pomegranate tree. For several years now, we have had bowls full of them, but all I ever saw was a fetching fall centerpiece. I have no vision. When I wasn’t looking, pomegranates became the darling of the health food world and I find it really annoying. It means my husband was right. Long before some clever couple from Fresno had their stroke of marketing genius, my husband would make our kitchen look like the scene of an axe murder every November. Flinging bright red juice from wall to wall, he squeezes the messy pomegranates and freezes the “tres fashionable� juice. Why didn’t I think about mixing it with vodka? That certainly would have made the whole cleanup process less painful. Why didn’t I think about mixing it with soap and tea? And who are these people who can think of martinis and bubble bath in the same breath? I have my pride, but if the trend continues, you just might see me sitting in my little roadside pomegranate booth, trading in red gold. I especially need to cash in on this trend just to supplement our retirement, because if even half the claims about the fairly sour red juice are true, my

fruit-squeezing spouse may well live forever. I’m in the mood for something retro. I believe I’ll have an apple. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who likes her fruit simple. Contact her at


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CHRISTMAS AT THE CENTER North County Players present “It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol,” in the 100-seat Studio 1 Theatre, at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, with shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 with a 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 17. Tickets at or or at the Center's box office. Call (760) 839-4138 for more information. MIRACLE OF HANUKKAH Coastal Roots Farm will host a free event, “Mitzvot on the Farm: The Miracle of Hanukkah” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Join them for an interactive, multi-sensory class exploring Hanukkah. For more information, https://coastalrootsfarm. org/events/ or call (760) 4528149. MAKE SOME GELT Plan to get messy at this Chocolate Gelt Factory from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 at Jewish Encinitas, 2059 Village Park Way, Encinitas. Cost

CLASSIC ‘NUTCRACKER’ Get tickets for the Encinitas Ballet performance of “The Nutcracker” at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at David H. Thomson Performing Arts Center, La Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad. Tickets cost $20 for children, $25 for adults, available on line at For more information, call (760) 632-4947. ‘A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS’ Get tickets for Jane Lynch’s special 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 performance, “Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Center Theater, 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido. Tickets are $40 to $50 at or at the center ticket office, or by calling (800) 988-4253.

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CAROL WITH CAROL Reservations are needed by Dec. 18 to join The Vista Historical Society from 2 p.m. to

Cambensy, William (Bill) R., 51, of Oceanside, Calif., passed away on November 29, 2017. Bill was born in North Carolina but grew up on Air Force bases around the world. After spending much

time in Kent, Wash., Bill joined the Army, where he was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., and South Korea. After moving to Oceanside, CA, Bill start-ed a handyman business called, “Just Call Bill.” He spent many hours helping people in the surrounding neighbor-hoods, especially Ocean Hills Country Club. He had a can-do attitude and loved his work; from small jobs to large. He was preceded in death by his father William E. Cambensy Jr. and mother Vivian J. Cambensy. He is survived by son, Billy, and brother David (Cheryl). Services and intern-ment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contribu-tions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Aric Michael Lasswell, 14 Oceanside December 1, 2017 LeRoy Vernon Eisenbraun, 84 Oceanside December 6, 2017 Rose Rock, 90 Vista November 20, 2017 Ethel Alma Turner, 93 Vista Novebmer 30, 2017

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4 p.m. Dec. 23, for “Caroling with Carol,” Carol Graham, Vista pianist and organist, along with her students at the museum playing its 1898 Steinway Parlor Grand piano. Other instruments will be joining in the fun. RSVP and information is available at (760) 630-0444.

DEC. 19

SKATE THE RANCH Christmas on the Ranch is being celebrated with the opening of a 7,100-squarefoot ice-skating rink at 38801 Los Corralitos Road, Temecula, open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking and admission to Christmas on the Ranch are free. Ice skating admission is $10, and skate rental is $6. The Christmas on the Ranch holiday festival will be open daily through Jan. 7. For more information, visit MILITARY FREE AT GARDENS Santa Claus is offering free admission to the holiday San Diego Botanic Garden of Lights, for active duty military and up to five immediate family members from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17- 21 and Dec. 26-28 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Show Military ID at the Welcome Center. For more information visit military-specials. ICE SKATE BY THE SEA Skating by the Sea returns

to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year from Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 1. For reservations and details, visit SEAS ‘N’ GREETINGS Have holiday fun at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, through Dec. 31. Birch Aquarium is transformed into a holiday wonderland every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa. On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy live music, additional crafts and two daily dive shows. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd. edu or call (858) 534-FISH. All holiday activities are included in $18.50 for adults, $14 for children admission.

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STORY TIME Jewish Encinitas will host a Hanukkah Story Time at noon Dec. 21 at Barnes and Noble, 1040 N. El Camino Real # 104, Encinitas.

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SING OUT Vista Historical Society will go Caroling with Carol, Vista pianist and organist Carol Graham along with her students from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 23 at 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista. For more information, call (760) 630-0444.

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County. She began her career as a bilingual and migrant education teacher in Palmdale School District and was named 2017 SuBusiness news and special perintendent of the Year by achievements for North San Diego County. Send information the California Educational Research Association for via email to community@ her creation of extensive programs and community PALOMAR APPOINTS partnerships for underNORMAN Palomar College served populations. announced the hiring of HONORS Lisa Norman as the new as- LEADERSHIP sistant superintendent/vice Chuck Matthews, director president, Human Resource of the North Coastal and Services. The governing North Inland Regions for board voted unanimously the County of San Diego at its Oct. 10 meeting to ap- Health and Human Serpoint Norman, and she be- vices Agency, was honored gan in her new position on with the Fran Aleshire Oct. 16. Most recently she Leadership Award for his served as the Vice Presi- outstanding leadership and dent of Human Resources regional involvement. The Leadership North County at Pasadena City College. Alumni Network presents ALDI OPENS ANOTHER the Fran Aleshire LeaderAldi grocery stores opened ship Award each year to a a new Escondido site Dec. graduate of the program 14 at 1352 W. Valley Park- who, in the spirit of comway, Escondido. The stores munity leader Aleshire, exare part of the aggressive hibits the characteristics of $3.4 billion investment plan great leadership. ALDI recently announced to expand CROP to 2,500 stores KUDOS FOR METAL MAN nationwide by the end of Vista resident, Ray Patter.93 2022..93ALDI currently has son, of Toyota Carlsbad, more4.17 than 1,600 stores in at 5424 Paseo del Norte, 35 states, serving more Carlsbad, was awarded the 4.28 than 40 million customers Toyota/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish each month. Technician of the Year. ELKS SUPPORT CLUB Patterson noted that he Boys & Girls Clubs of “comes from a long line of Oceanside has received Metal men, with father and $1,000 in funding from grandfather both auto body Oceanside Elks Lodge to repairmen and ancestors enrich afterschool pro- that were blacksmiths. gramming. This funding comes in anticipation of AWARD FOR SCRIPPS the Center for Innovation, Scripps Clinic Medical expected to open in spring Group has been recognized of 2018. This grant will pro- for providing high-quality vide hands-on education for care to Medicare Advanyouth, specializing in the tage patients by the Inteareas of culinary arts, per- grated Healthcare Associforming arts, and STREAM ation (IHA) for the second (Science, Technology, Re- consecutive year. IHA search, Engineering, Arts, used 12 clinical quality and Mathematics) activi- measures to collect perforties. mance data and assigned star ratings to 181 physiNEW VISTA SUPERIN- cian organizations based TENDANT Linda Kimble on how well they provided has been selected as the recommended care in 2016 next Superintendent of to more than 2 million Calthe Vista Unified School ifornia seniors and people District. Kimble currently with disabilities enrolled serves as superintendent in Medicare Advantage for Anaheim Elementary health maintenance orgaSchool District in Orange nizations (HMOs).


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The legacy of Junior Seau: A gift that keeps on giving


t was always the week leading into Christmas that Junior Seau received his biggest pres-

ent. “Are you kidding,” Hank Bauer said. “He probably got more out of it than anybody.” Seau was everyone’s buddy and that was especially true for kids this time of the year. The longevity of Seau’s legacy was on display at the Junior Seau Foundation’s 23rd annual Shop with a Jock on Dec. 12. Seau, the Oceanside native and former Chargers great, loved to give and he loved children. His signature event gathered local athletes and 200 children from families with financial restraints. They would go on a shopping

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spree that left the elders humbled and the youngsters appreciative. Through Seau’s charity, Christmas was always a little brighter for those in need. Those kids, from San Diego County Boys & Girls Clubs, were a reminder of Seau’s youth, back when he slept in his family’s garage with his brothers. “Junior never forgot where he came from,” said Bauer, the ex-Chargers play-

Torrey Pines wins Coast News Classic By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The Torrey Pines Falcons were one of several new teams in this year’s Coast News Classic, which traditionally pits some of North County’s top programs against others from San Diego and southwest Riverside County. As it turns out, the first time proved to be the charm for the Falcons, as they capped off an undefeated run through the two-week

All-Tourney Team

• Finn Sullivan, G, Torrey Pines (MVP) • Bryce Pope, G, Torrey Pines • Jalen Flanagan, G, El Camino • Damien Miller, G, Orange Glen • Shamar Wright, F, Murrieta Mesa • Ryan Langborg, G, La Jolla Country Day

tournament with a 67-55 win in the championship game over the La Jolla Country Day Torreys. Finn Sullivan, a 6-foot4 senior point guard, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 27 points in the Falcons near wire-to-wire victory over a Country Day team that is one of the top 10 in San Diego. But it was team’s defense — namely Sullivan’s — against one of the most potent offensive teams in San Diego that allowed them to claim the championship. “I thought defensively we were able to disrupt their rhythm, because they are a very explosive offensive team, so I thought that was the primary thing,” said Torrey Pines head coach John Olive when asked what was the key to his team’s win. “Finn did a fabulous job playing against (Ryan) Langborg, who is a great player.” Langborg, a junior, is one of the top recruits in San Diego and has been offered scholarships by several NCAA Division I basketball

programs. Sullivan, who guarded him almost exclusively throughout the game, limited Langborg to 7 points the first three quarters. Olive said that Sullivan’s experience as the team’s lone returning varsity starter came into play in his defensive effort. “He really understands the entire defensive concept,” Olive said. “Many of our other guys are continuing to learn and gain experience and are starting to react instinctively rather than thinking about it, but Finn is at the point where he can be instinctive. Plus, we do a really good job of film breakdown, and we’ve played (Country Day) quite a few times, so we know their personnel and their system very well.” Junior guard Bryce Pope, who scored 18 points, was named to the All-Tournament Team. Olive said he was pleased with his team’s experience in the Coast News Classic. “We wanted to try something different, we had played in the same tournaments for a number of years, but we are really happy with what we had to go through,” Olive said. Saturday’s final day of the tournament turned out to be a five-game affair due to the Lilac fire, which forced Carlsbad High School to cancel Thursday’s so-called crossover games and Friday’s third-place and championship games due to air quality concerns. El Camino captured the third-place crown with a 72-67 comeback win over Temecula Valley in a game that the Wildcats trailed by 15 points in the second quarter. Orange Glen, Mission Hills and Carlsbad won earlier games against Murrieta Mesa, Westview and Point Loma, respectively. This is the third year that the Coast News has been the title sponsor of the tournament, which spans two weeks and is hosted by Carlsbad High School. Temecula Valley won last year’s title and El Camino won the inaugural event in 2015.

er, coach and broadcaster. Just like the hundreds of kids who recently gathered at the Target in Mission Valley will never forget this Christmas. The youngsters were connected with pro and college athletes and were given $100 to shop for their family. For Bauer, it was his 23rd year of pitching in. “In all the years I’ve done this,” Bauer said, “I think a kid has only put his name on the list once or twice. They are always wanting to take care of their brothers and sisters first.” Mark Grant checked his list twice, making sure he could contribute again. After taking part last year, the Fox Sports San Diego announcer

wasn’t going to miss out. “Last year, it was kind of emotional for me,” he said and yes, there was a catch in his throat. Grant assisted an 11-yearold girl, whom he described “as sweet as you could be.” They walked the aisles together, adding up in their head how much this and that would be. In her quest to keep the tab at $100, Grant was moved. “It’s very tough when you know a family, and a kid, is not as fortunate as a lot of us are,” he said. “That $100 meant everything in the world to her. Then I think of some people, and I’m guilty of it too, of saying, ‘$100, whatever, that’s no big deal.’ But to her it meant every-

thing for her family.” Just like Seau meant so much to so many before taking his life in 2012. That pain of losing a friend — and who wasn’t his friend? — is dented a bit every holiday. Thoughts turn to Seau’s contributions to the needy, even after his passing, when contemplating Jackie Robinson’s celebrated quote: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Bauer said the good vibes aren’t restricted to the tykes pushing shopping carts. “Among the many great things about this event is not only does it help the kids, but with it including all the pro and college athletes, it benefits them, too,” Bauer said.

“For many of them it’s a constant reminder of where they came from.” Seau hailed from Oceanside and few were prouder to say just that. He also received a lifeline from the Oceanside Boys & Girls Club. “Without that Boys & Girls Club, who knows what would have happened,” Bauer said. The best happening of the holiday season just might be Shop with a Jock, and those kids’ smiles are the reason why. Somewhere, Seau has his toothy grin, too, as his legacy of comforting others lives on. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports

Maintain Your Health and Waistline During the Holiday Season By Katie Di Lauro Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Tri-City Wellness Center

Most people gain 2-7 pounds during the holiday season and never lose it; this contributes to significant weight gain over the years. The holidays are a challenging time to try to lose weight, but I do recommend a plan to maintain your health and your waistline. Start by identifying the contributors, obstacles and triggers that cause you to gain weight during the holidays. Below are some common contributors and tips to overcome them. • Holiday treats, cakes, cookies, candies and other tasty temptations seem to pop up between October and December. Find ways to limit the temptations. • Out of sight out of mind – Repurpose gifts (take it to a party or to work) or put it in a drawer or cabinet where it won’t be tempting to you. • Find alternatives – If you have a tradition of making or buying sweet treats and goodies for friends, family, or neighbors, try something new and healthier that won’t sabotage you or the recipients. Ideas: a holiday tea, a potted plant or succulent, a picture frame, fruit, potpourri, or a special olive oils. • Communicate Tell your family and friends your goal and how they can help support you. For example, ask them to avoid bringing tempting treats If you are a business or a family – ask for gifts to be in the form of a donation toward your favorite charity. • Holiday parties are fun and something to look forward to each year, but can be a place for over-eating and drinking. Make a plan to stay on track and reduce guilt of overindulging. • Eat a salad or small healthy meal before you go to avoid binging on calorie-dense snacks • Don’t hang out by the appe-

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tizers, plate you food and sit down. • Survey the buffet options before making your plate. • Practice portion control: make half your plate veggies, ¼ protein, ¼ whole grains and choose healthy fats. • Bring something healthy to ensure a healthy option for you (and others). For example, a seasonal salad or side of vegetables. • Alcohol and holiday beverages can be a huge contributor to extra pounds with unnecessary calories and sugar… in addition to causing you to lose your inhibitions and eat more than you had planned. • Minimize your drinks, start with water and wait to have a drink with dinner. • Choose drinks that aren’t made with creams, syrups

or juices. • Try an alcohol free ‘mocktail’ • Busy schedule - the holidays are a busy time with additional obligations … and traffic. This may limit time for cooking a healthy meal or fitting in exercise. • Plan you meals and grocery list in advance. Make time for meal and snack preparation so you have healthy grab and go items on those busy days. • Schedule exercise; rather than meeting a friend for lunch, can you meet them for a walk or hike? Choose your favorite exercise class and put it on the calendar along with other important appointments. • Delegate when you can, don’t be shy, ask for help when you need it. • Manage Stress – stress is a large contributor to weight gain for multiple reasons: increased appetite for comfort foods, decrease energy for exercise, not to mention the hormonal response to stress. • Prioritize your obligations. • Organize your holiday schedule. • Plan stress management activities, such as walks, time for breathing exercises, yoga or relaxing time with family and friends. • Download stress management apps or tools on your phone or computer. • Don’t wait until the New Year – Many people wait until January to set health goals, delaying progress and even increasing the amount of work that may need to be done in January. Get started today - make the journey easier and more fun! Contact Katie Di Lauro today to inquire about nutrition coaching services: 760.931.3132 Katherine.

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2 at this payment JG492232, JG482669 Model not shown. (Standard 2.5i 6MT model, code JFA-01). $1,719 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $23,710 (incl. $915 freight charge). Net cap cost of $21,600 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $7,884. Lease end purchase option is $15,174. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 12,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 12/17/17

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