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Holidays roll through Escondido A band performs “Feliz Navidad,” all along Escondido Boulevard last Saturday during the 66th annual Christmas Parade. See more photos from the event on page 5. Photo by Tony Cagala

Steel Knight training exercise prepares Marines for ‘near-peer’ threats By Tony Cagala

OCEANSIDE — The “war” was going well, a Colonel with the 1st Marine Division said, adding there was a feeling they were tipping towards defeating the enemy. But the win wouldn’t be coming without high losses. “I think you may be surprised if you look at our simulation at the amount of loss that we’ve taken,” said Col. Mike McFerron, who, along with more than 25,000 Marines, was participating in another iteration of the Steel Knight training exercise, which ended on Monday. While full numbers on simulated casualties over the almost two-week-long training exercise weren’t released, in one day for example, the Marines took more than 100 casualties in one engagement, explained 1st Lt. Matthew Gregory, a public affairs officer with the 1st Marine Division. One hundred losses in one day hasn’t been something the Marine Corps has seen in decades, he explained. “It’s a simulation, thank goodness,” said McFerron. “I’m not a political figure, but I would say our nation is prob-

A U.S. Marine with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, moves his Assault Amphibious Vehicle to setup in a defensive position while demonstrating amphibious landing capabilities during Steel Knight 2017 at Camp Pendleton. Photo by Lance Cpl. Skyler E. Treverrow

ably not prepared for the type of casualties that we would expect in a near-peer fight.” Steel Knight began back on Nov. 30. The senior-level training exercise was preparing the 1st Marine Division to fight against a near-peer army — an essentially more

sophisticated enemy similar in size and scope to the U.S. military, explained Master Sgt. Dan Tremore. “In today’s day and age, it’s more the near-peer hybrid threat type of environment, so that’s what we try to model it (the exercise) after, a mili-

tary that’s more like us with similar capabilities to ours,” Tremore said. Though the exercise is providing training for a larger scope of warfare against an organized military, it also TURN TO STEEL KNIGHT ON 7

Councilwoman Olga Diaz takes the oath surrounded by family during the swearing in ceremony on Wednesday. Photo by Steve Puterski

Diaz, Morasco take back their spots on the council

By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — There was one change to the elected contingent in the city. Douglas Shultz took the oath, along with Councilman Mike Morasco (District 4) and Councilwoman Olga Diaz (District 3), Wednesday at City Hall. Morasco and Ken Hugins, who retired after 26 years of service, endorsed Shultz to become the next city treasurer. As such, Shultz ran for the position and ran away from the field with 36.12 percent of the vote. Shultz volunteered in the treasurer’s office before opting to run for office. All three were surrounded with friends and family as they formally took their positions. “It was a great opportunity to volunteer … and get to know the nuts and bolts,” he said. “I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work.” Morasco, meanwhile, had two celebrations — first his swearing in, and then his mother’s 92nd birthday. In addition, he had high praise for his challenger, local attorney In-

grid Rainey. Morasco said the two became friends over the course of the campaign, and noted how it is possible for two opposing candidates to not need to sling mud or try to destroy each other’s character in the process. “It can be done, we proved it,” he added. “I would’ve voted for her, but we live in the same district.” Morasco also thanked his wife, belatedly and to the laughter of the audience, noting she is “the best” campaign manager. The third term councilman, who was appointed in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, said 2017 will prove to be an exciting year for the city. Diaz, meanwhile, was also flanked by family and praised her parents for instilling a strong work ethic. She defeated challenger Joe Garcia to win her third term. She said she first ran years ago out of a sense of duty, which has continued for her subsequent campaigns. In addition, Diaz has won over many skeptics as her four colleagues TURN TO ESCONDIDO ON 7

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Economic status of North County highlighted in summit By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — For the love of commerce. Last week, six mayors and a deputy mayor took to the stage at the San Diego North Economic Development Council summit held at the California Center of the Arts, Escondido to discuss how collaboration, partnerships and business-friendly environments have shaped North County. Mayors Matt Hall (Carlsbad), Jim Wood (Oceanside), Judy Ritter (Vista), Sam Abed (Escondido), Jim Desmond (San Marcos) and Steve Vaus (Poway) along with Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer of Encinitas, discussed the economic status of the region. The panel answered several prepared questions along from attendees, who queried how to work with local government is various ways. When asked how the cities measure the economic health, Wood said Oceanside uses several metrics including job to housing ratios and feedback from other mayors. Abed, who received a laugh when he tabbed Es-

By Aaron Burgin

From left are MiraCosta College President Sunita Cooke, mayors Jim Wood (Oceanside), Matt Hall (Carlsbad), Jim Desmond (San Marcos), Sam Abed (Escondido), Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer (Encinitas) and mayors Judy Ritter (Vista) and Steve Vaus (Poway). The panel discussed the economic health of North County and their respective cities last week at the San Diego North Economic Development Council summit at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Photo by Steve Puterski

condido as the capital of North County, said measure success is simple. The second-term mayor said it’s through jobs created, skills of workers, attracting capital and the businesses each city lands. Abed also highlighted the growing efforts between the “five cities,” which are part of the Innovate 78 corridor. “We use collaborative

efforts with the five cities and work to make sure North County is a business friendly place,” he added. Shaffer, meanwhile, said Encinitas adds tax revenue into the city’s equation, noting sales tax is up 33 percent, property tax 23, while unemployment is at 3.8, below the county average. Hall, though, brought a more macro approach,

noting the five cities valuation is currently $90 billion compared to $180 billion for the 17 other cities minus San Diego. He said the county’s current worth is $415 billion. All the panelists agreed working with high schools and local colleges and universities is playing a more important role to attract business and keep students in the North Coun-

ty workforce. “It’s about how we collaborate,” Hall explained. “We have to partner with businesses and young people when they get out of school.” Desmond continued on the educational theme noting San Marcos is the educational hub of North County with California TURN TO COMMERCE ON 21

Vista council transitions after certifying election By Tony Cagala

VISTA — The 32,103 votes cast by Vistans on Election Day were unanimously certified by the City Council on Tuesday, putting a new face on the dais. Joe Green, a real estate broker that’s grown up in Vista, won the second seat up for grabs in the election, beating out incumbent Cody Campbell. Regaining her spot on the council was Amanda Rigby. Prior to the council swearing in of Green and Rigby, the council said goodbye to Campbell. Campbell, who served one term, was the youngest to sit on the council having been elected at 26 years old. Mayor Judy Ritter expressed praise for Campbell’s service to the council. Councilmember John Aguilera, who admitted the two didn’t always see eye to eye on issues, said that in the end Campbell accomplished a lot for the city. “We got a lot of good things done,” Aguilera said

Councilmember John Aguilera, left, and Vista Mayor Judy Ritter give outgoing Councilmember Cody Campbell a gift following the certification of the Nov. 8 election results. Campbell wasn’t re-elected after serving one term on the council. Photo by Tony Cagala

to Campbell. “We’re going to miss your intelligence here on the council and I think

we’re also going to miss your forward thinking.” Campbell thanked his

San Marcos swears in new city council members By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The five faces on the San Marcos City Council will change in the next two years, but for now, the group remains in tact after two incumbents were sworn back into their posts this week. Rebecca Jones and Sharon Jenkins, who won re-election in landslide fashion last month, were administered the oath of office at the Dec. 13 City Council meeting. “I just really appreciate all of my supporters, all of the people in San Marcos, we appreciate you, it is

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a pleasure to serve you and I am honored for another term to serve you,” Jones said. Jenkins thanked San Marcos residents, her family, volunteers as well as Jones, who she said took the lead in the campaign for the two of them this year. “She spearheaded a lot of efforts, when things got a little crazy for me with business an family this time, she took charge and said ‘We are going to get this done,’ and we did,” Jenkins said. The council has been

together since 2012, when Jenkins won re-election. Four of the members have served together since 2010, when Kristal Jabara won election. Redistricting and term limits will change the complexion of the council in 2018, as Desmond has already announced his intention to run for Dist. 5 supervisor, and Chris Orlando will be termed out of office. Orlando and Jones, who was also elected to her third and final term, are eligible run for mayor in 2018.

council colleagues, adding that the past four years have been a “transformative” time for the city. “I think the past four years have brought the city of Vista into a new era in terms of the infrastructure, the quality of services that we have, and in our roadways, the improvements that we made and the growth that we’re seeing bearing economic competiveness throughout our city within our region,” he said. He said he hopes the council continues the positive forward thinking they’ve had the past four years. Senator Pat Bates swore in Rigby, who finished with 19.74 percent of the vote. Joining the council, Green got sworn in by State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez. Seven candidates vied for two seats on the council.

REGION — The TriCity Healthcare District must pay a former partner in the development of a 57,000-square-foot medical office building $12.1 million now, as the state appeals court denied the district’s request to delay payment of the jury-imposed judgment in an eminent domain lawsuit. A jury awarded the Carlsbad-based Medical Acquisition Co. $19.8 million when it ruled against Tri-City in the eminent domain suit, which included $16.8 million for the value of the building, which has sat vacant since 2012. Tri-City, which has deposited $4.7 million of the award, sought to stay the balance of the building payment until it had exhausted its appeal of the verdict. The trial court judge Earl Maas, and now the Fourth District Court of Appeal, have both denied the stay, meaning that the hospital district, which serves Oceanside, Carlsbad and a large portion of Vista, must deposit the remainder of the judgment now. “We delivered a beautiful, first class building that will serve the community and the hospital well for decades to come. We’ve been through 2 ½ years of litigation, a five-week trial and six months of post-trial motions since Tri-City took our building. We feel we have waited more than long enough to be paid,” said Charles Perez, the president of Medical Acquisition Co., known as MAC. The hospital and MAC, in 2011, entered into a complex development agreement that called for MAC to lease district land for 50 years and build a 60,000-square-foot complex. The hospital would then lease almost half the TURN TO TRI-CITY ON 7

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Will lawmakers deep-six high school exit exam? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


o high school exit exams have been administered in California over the last two years, but the test is due to return in 2018, by which time it is to be reconfigured to conform with the math and language arts skills now being taught in public schools under the federally-inspired Common Core curriculum system. This means that for at least the last two years, employers hiring new high school graduates haven’t known for sure what they were getting. What’s more, employers now considering adding to their payrolls folks who have graduated since the exam began in 2006 are in the same quandary, forced to hire blindly when it comes to knowing what applicants have learned. That’s because the same law that suspended the test while it’s being redone also allowed diplomas to everyone who ever failed it but met all other graduation requirements. At the time, one large newspaper featured a happy-talk story about a young woman who repeatedly failed the math portion of the exam. She was suddenly free to pursue a registered nurse degree. Would you want to take drug doses calculated by this young woman? Now the state’s twoterm schools superintendent Tom Torlakson wants to make this sort of situation permanent. Torlakson told the state Board of Education in a memo that the exit exam long since outlived its usefulness as a performance screen. “California has embarked on a path toward preparing all students for

college careers and life in the 21st Century through a focus on performance, equity and continuous improvement,” he said. “This is a path where (local school boards) take on an increased role in designing the kindergarten through 12th grade educational structures and supports for students to reach their full potential. Because of the comprehensive resources now available to identify students in academic need at lower grades, (the exam) is no longer necessary.” Come on, Tom. You know just because a third-grader might be identified as needing help in

filled its main purpose while it was in use. That purpose was as a kind of certification that any high school graduate in the state could safely be assumed to know things that could not be presumed during the era of social promotion preceding its adoption in 2005. Suspending the exam, as lawmakers did when they passed a bill by Democratic state Sen. Carol Liu of La Canada-Flintridge, unnecessarily ended that certainty. Even if the exam needed rewriting, there was no reason any rewrite required several years to perform.

The exam should not be abandoned just because a relative few kids couldn’t pass it. science or math or English doesn’t mean that kid will eventually learn anything in those subject areas. You know it doesn’t hurt to take the exam, which was passed in its heyday by 95 percent of high schoolers. Fortunately, Torlakson will not have the final say. It would take a vote of the Legislature and a signature from the governor to dump the exit exam for good. But in this politically correct era (at least in California), it’s just possible that the fact remediation is available to students will trump the fact that not all students identified with needs ever avail themselves of the help they are now offered. Testing remains the only way to weed out those who don’t and thus prevent them from essentially duping potential future employers into assuming they know things they don’t. Even the story of the putative nurse illustrates how well the exit exam

It easily could have been rewritten in less than a year, especially since the new Common Core curriculum was well-known and discussed for several years before California abandoned the exit exam. The bottom line: Torlakson is flat wrong on this one. The exam should not be abandoned just because a relative few kids couldn’t pass it. Rather, because students always had multiple chances at the test, those who fail on their first, second or even third try still can have plenty of time to study the subjects they failed and reverse their results. There’s no reason for other students not to get the benefits of passing the exam just because some are insufficiently motivated to improve. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit

Water rates affecting residents I have recently written a letter concerned with the drastic water increases that have been thrust upon the residents of Santa Fe Irrigation District. These rates increases will be impacting the older, retired residents especially hard. These folks are often on a fixed income. After living here for years, they do not want to be forced from their homes because of a utility cost, which is increasing at many times the rate of inflation. Therefore, I would suggest a number of things: 1. Any new development/home being build should be assessed a hookup fee. This hook-up fee, which could be included in the mortgage, should be applied towards SFID’s Capital Expenditures/ Capital Improvements. 2. In addition, water rates should not be based solely on a tiered usage, but also when homes are purchased. The water rate should than be indexed for inflation. . 3. A “Senior Discount” should be granted for our older neighbors. They are given this consideration at a wide variety of other venues — why not the water utility? 4. If the water sources increase disproportionately for higher allotments, this especially underscores that newer residents and newer homes should pay more. These are the users that are driving much of the increase in demand. Whether we live in Solana Beach, Fairbanks Rancho or Rancho Santa Fe, none of us want to be forced from our homes because of this utility cost, which has far outstripped inflation. Roadways are considered seriously and often in their ability to handle increased traffic in the San Diego area. It is far past time that water be consid-

ered in the same light in an Environmental Impact Statement. As a final point, when will all San Diego municipalities start considering water availability as a key “infrastructure” item? As I see large developments in La Jolla, Escondido, down near Interstate 8, I shiver wondering when. Curt Jaeger, Rancho Santa Fe Doing good in the world Last night I read Celia Kiewit’s Community Commentary: “Power to the People.” I was so incredibly disheartened by her rant. This morning I woke up and read the story about Pacific Ridge School student Katie Meitchik and Syrian art therapist Massa Abujeib of the nonprofit Kids for Peace (“Student organizes fundraiser to help start art therapy program in Syria,” Dec. 9). Meitchik and Abujeib are examples to all of us of the real Power of the People. Those who spread light into a darkened and complex world with compassionate actions. Sarah Garfield, Encinitas Taking Encinitas forward I congratulate the newly installed city council and mayor, and look forward to years of Encinitas moving forward. I also thank the past city council for their hard work in making Encinitas the wonderful city that it is. I especially thank the past city council for their progressive action to work toward the reduction of green house gases, which contributes to climate change. Your work to direct the city staff to re-write the climate action plan to include measurable, binding goals for the city is a great improvement to the past plan. Also having the city

take a net-neutral stance for green house gases, planing to have solar panels installed on city buildings, and looking to reduce tailpipe emissions will help the city reach those goals. I especially want to thank council-members Muir and Shaffer for taking the leadership role for Encinitas and neighboring cities to explore a community choice energy (CCE) option for our power. I look forward to the new council to continue exploring, with our neighbors, the feasibility of developing a CCE. With a CCE in place, the city and residents will be able to buy clean power from green sources and will also be able to sell excess solar energy produced at a more reasonable price. With a better selling price, I can see the city not being a net zero energy producer, but a net positive energy producer generating revenue from the sun. Part of this revenue could be used to pay down the initial investment faster, and part could be used for future green projects. The city could incentivize private transportation companies such as Uber or Lyft to come to Encinitas with electric powered self-driving cars. With a subsidy, these companies could provide clean transportation for resident’s from their doorstep to shops, restaurants, or shopping centers, reducing personal auto usage, reducing traffic and parking congestion and also reducing tailpipe emissions. There is much to be done, and it is looking more like we can’t rely on the federal government. If climate change is to be dealt with, it seems like the lion’s share will have to be done at the state and local level, and I have full confidence that our new city council will do the right thing. Edward P. Wade, Encinitas

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he holiday spirit took to the streets of Escondido on Saturday with three events beginning with the 66th annual Christmas Parade down Broadway. Floats, princesses, vaqueros and, of course, Santa Claus led the way to Grape Day Park where the Multicultural Holiday Festival highlighted other traditional holiday celebrations. The day also included a hearty lineup of vendors lining up along Maple Street for the Christmas on Maple event.

A dancer in mask performs “La Danza del Torito,” at the Multicultural Holiday Festival in Grape Day Park.

Santa Claus makes his appearance to the delight of parade goers. Photos by Tony Cagala

Dancers perform a traditional dance on stage.

Hanna Nelson, second from right, Miss Teen Poway’s 1st princess, rides on a float with other Miss Poways.

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Five-year-old Asher Luna of Vista, tells Santa what he wants for Christmas. Photos by Pat Cubel

It wasn’t all happy faces at last Saturday’s Santa at the Adobe celebration as sisters Camila and Sophie Compean take their turn to visit Santa Claus at Vista’s Rancho Buena Vista Adobe.

Families have fun decorating ornaments. Kimberly Caccavo and Kate Nolan, founders of Graced by Grit, show off their new Chelsea leggings at a Dec. 7 launch party. A portion of all sales goes to the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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SOLANA BEACH — While watching her child’s soccer game from the sidelines, Kimberly Caccavo was asked by another spectator if she would participate in a triathlon in honor of Chelsea King, who was murdered in 2010 while on a run near Lake Hodges. “She (Aurora Colello) was complaining that she was trying to get people to run this triathlon and people weren’t signing up,” Caccavo said. “So I said, ‘Sure, what the heck.’” Little did Caccavo know she had just made a life-changing decision, and not just for herself. Within a few years she and her run and swim coach, Kate Nolan, launched Graced by Grit, making athletic apparel designed to empower women and help keep them safe. “While we were training we started talking about the different needs in women’s athletic clothing,” Caccavo said. “One day Kelly King came to speak to the triathlon team and said her daughter was murdered just feet from people, and if she’d only had a place for her phone or a whistle to keep her safe, maybe she would be alive. “So that inspired us,” Caccavo added. “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a pocket to hold your phone or a whistle that came with your clothes? Three years

later we were still training together and talking about it and we said, ‘This is a great idea. Let’s go take on Nike and Lululemon because we’re two moms. We could totally do it.’” The home-based business, which expanded to the Solana Beach store in May 2015, created athletic apparel with safety features “that empowered women to feel safe, to get out and continue to do what they love and know that they have that sense of security with a whistle, with pockets to accommodate their phones, with reflectivity, with UV 50-plus in all the clothing,” Nolan said. “We designed the line with that concept in mind, keeping in mind Chelsea’s life as well,” she added. Their efforts recently came full circle with the introduction of the Chelsea legging, featuring a sunflower design and made from recycled water bottles, combining Chelsea’s favorite flower with one of her passions. At the Dec. 7 launch party the leggings, normally priced at $118, were available for $100, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. About $1,150 was raised that night and helped Grace by Grit exceed its overall fundraising goal for the organization of TURN TO LEGGINGS ON 21

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Northbound vince vasquez With the holiday season in full swing, I thought I’d share with you my favorite Christmas song, and why it’s meaningful to me. I came across it a few years ago after purchasing Pink Martini’s “Joy to the World” album, which is an eclectic, fun mix of holiday songs spanning continents, faiths and traditions (download the album to play at your next holiday party). The song title is “Shchedryk,” or “Bountiful Evening” in Ukranian. It’s a 100-year-old song that tells the story of a swallow flying into a farmer’s home to sing of wealth to come the following spring. If you heard the song, you may instantly recog-


incorporates the lessons learned over the past 15 years of fighting a seemingly “unconventional” war against insurgents and smaller armed forces. “You can look at warfare in a very binary way — and that’s a conventional war and an unconventional war,” McFerron said. “I don’t prescribe to that. I think every war, going back hundreds of years, was on the spectrum of conventional and unconventional somewhere…we can talk about the true declaration of


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Song sings the promise of spring nize the melody — it was adapted into the Christmas “Carol of the Bells” song that is probably best remembered from Home Alone. More than foretelling good fortune and wealth to come, the song is really a reminder of the blessings we already have and enjoy. The swallow asks the farmer to take account of what he owns, and what has been given to him, and tells him that, even without luck, he will continue to thrive. No matter how hard it is sometimes for us in our lives, despite setbacks, struggles, it’s important to remind yourself it’s all going to be OK. Maybe it isn’t now — but it will be. There’s always hope, and a plan for all of us. Maybe as a child, those words would have been lost on me. But as an adult, life just gets more complicated.

It requires hard work, compromises, dedication. I don’t often take account for what I have. I’m the kind of person who will focus on what I don’t have. Perhaps that’s my motivator to get ahead in life and fix my own problems, but in the holidays there’s always room to take a step back and share joy and what we do have with those we love. Shchedryk. Listen to the song on iTunes, or YouTube. If you’re lucky enough to hear a live performance, let me know — I’d love to attend one in North County. For reference, here are the translated lyrics: (Translation:) Shchedryk, shchedryk, a shchedrivka (New Year’s carol) A little swallow flew (into the household) And started to twitter To summon the master “Come out, come out, O

master (of the household) Look at the sheep pen There the ewes are nestling And the lambkin have been born Your goods (livestock) are great You will have a lot of money, (by selling them) Your goods (livestock) are great You will have a lot of money, (by selling them) If not money, then chaff: (from all the grain you will harvest) You have a dark-eyebrowed (beautiful) wife” Shchedryk, shchedryk, a shchedrivka A little swallow flew

war by our civilian leaders, but the fact is warfare has taken place, there has been war, we are in a war, so to suggest or accept there is a new war and that’s going to carry on through infinity — that that’s how we fight a war — I think is a false premise. “We’re not accepting the premise that warfare will be a snapshot of today and that will go on for decades or years,” McFerron said. “We’re accepting the premise that we are prepared for what we are doing today, and we’re ready for whatever’s going to come tomorrow.” The exercise has, so far,

identified a lot of “deficiencies,” he said, though adding nothing that was a major concern. But that’s what the exercise is about — identifying those deficiencies and improving upon them. Spanning three bases, including an amphibious assault exercise on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach, Steel Knight also included training at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. “This is tying together all the division to include elements of the Marine, Air-

Ground Task Force (MAGTAF) to come together and fight as one,” Tremore said. “It’s far above the platoon level training or company level training that you would do,” he added. “We’re trying to incorporate so many different pieces throughout the Marine Expeditionary Force that it becomes almost as a larger MAGTAF,” McFerron said. “But it’s good, because that’s how we’re going to fight. We’re going to fight as a MAGTAF.”

There’s a bountiful evening, for all of us in North County. Don’t forget that. I won’t. Vince Vasquez is an economist based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.

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should have purchased stock in Puffs Plus. At least the kids should be building antibodies with each bout, but usually, so are mom and dad, as they share every virus that wanders home on that sweet, kissable, little face. I am trying to remember to wash my hands like a surgical nurse, but I put most of my faith in staying healthy in my years of gathering antibodies. That and zinc tablets. I am here to tell you that if you can force yourself to suck on those ill-tasting lozenges, they will release marvelous little zinc ions and you will pull those viruses up short. Apparently, zinc knocks down the virus’ tiny, little campgrounds in your head. It is a plague of locusts to your nasal virus visitors. It is no coincidence that they taste like a bullet dipped in sugar. They are your best ammunition to knock out every mutation of the common cold and beyond. No, I don’t have stock in Luden’s, Coldeez or Zicam, but now that you mention it, I should pick some up — both the stock and the zinc lozenges. The parents at that preschool should rejoice in the arrival of new toys. They’ll at least stay germ-free for 20 or 30 seconds. I don’t get cold’s often, but when I do…it’s war.

o I heard on the news about a burglar who broke into a preschool and stole most of their toys. It’s sad, of course, on many levels, but that’s not the first thing that popped into my head. My first thought was to wonder how he even made it to his car before being struck down by every germ and virus known to man. I wouldn’t be surprised if he succumbed to a fit of phlegm overload and jackhammer coughing before he even got the loot home. Think about it. These are preschool toys. The common slang for gatherings of young children is “petri dish.” They don’t mean to be little germ carriers. It’s just an occupational hazard. I have never gotten over being stunned and horrified at the statistic that youngsters under 5 get eight to 10 colds a year. As in, they barely recover from one before a new, improved version swaps hosts. And of course, just as one child recovers, his germs have packed up and moved into his sibling’s nose, throat Jean Gillette is a freelance writand/or chest. er living among adorable, dirty Had I doubted this re- little hands and a sea of grocery cart handles. Contact her at search, it was confirmed as I raised my own bambinos. I


are republicans, while she is the lone democrat. Nevertheless, she joked the council would not be as fun without her presence, as she has not held back from expressing different and dissenting viewpoints. Morasco, during his speech, agreed. “It’s a privilege to serve,” Diaz added. “I expect to work toward the common good.” Finally, councilman John Masson was elected by the council to serve as deputy mayor for the next two years. Council members rotate every two years. Morasco previously served as dep- Douglas Shultz takes his oath of office as the city’s new treasurer on Wednesday. Photo by Steve Puterski uty mayor.



space for $75,000 a month and prepay $7.5 million in up-front rent. MAC would use the rest of the space to house doctors from a side company it set up for spinal surgeries in Tri-City’s operation rooms, as well as other services. The deal fell through in 2012 and the building, which was partially completed, has sat vacant since. The hospital ousted former Tri-City CEO Larry Anderson in 2013 and seized the building in July 2014 through its eminent domain authority.

Officials see the medical office building as an important piece of its partnership agreement with UC San Diego Health. The university plans to locate specialists in the building, a move that would increase Tri-City’s service offerings. MAC attorney Duane Horning said in a news release that the company has remedies if Tri-City doesn’t comply with the court order, including seeking to dismiss the hospital district’s appeals. “But we really hope it does not come to those measures,” Horning said. “We trust that Tri-City will promptly abide by the

courts’ rulings.” Tri-City has issued no comment on the ruling, citing ongoing litigation.

COMMUNITY MEMBER OPENING ON TRI-CITY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE The Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors currently has a community membership opening on the following working Committee: 1. Audit/Compliance/Ethics Committee – one opening. This Committee meets monthly. Applicants shall have a basic understanding of finance and accounting and be able to read and understand financial statements, and shall have experience and familiarity with the specialized issues relating to health care financial issues. Applicants will be expected to attain a basic understanding of the design and operation of an Internal Audit Program and Ethics & Compliance Program, including: (1) review of Office of Inspector General/AHLA materials for Boards; (2) review of OIG compliance program guidance; and (3) attendance at relevant educational sessions presented by the Chief Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor, and/or the Health Care Compliance Association or similar organizations. If members of the public have an interest in serving as a community member on the above listed Committee, please send a resume or biography delineating your experience relevant to this Committee to: Teri Donnellan, Executive Assistant Tri-City Medical Center 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 Your information will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Committee and Board Chairperson for review and consideration. After consideration by the full Committee, a recommendation will be forwarded to the full Board of Directors for final approval/ appointment. All appointments are voluntary and do not include compensation. Community members shall serve a term of two years, with an option to renew the appointment for one additional two year term. At the conclusion of the second term, the community member shall not be eligible to serve on the same Board Committee for at least two years. It is preferable that a community member shall be a member of no more than one Board Committee at a time. The Board of Directors of Tri-City Healthcare District desires to ensure that its Committee community members are knowledgeable as to the issues that face the District. Therefore, only applications submitted by persons residing within the boundaries of the Tri-City Healthcare District will be considered.


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Robotics in hair restoration? It’s a buyer beware scenario OCEANSIDE — Robotics are becoming increasingly common in surgical procedures, and for good reason. However, no matter how efficient and precise a machine can be, when it comes to aesthetics there is no replacement for a highly skilled surgeon. Hair restoration is one such industry that is being flooded with robotic surgery, but its popularity doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your best choice. “Essentially what is happening is that robotic surgery is enabling less skilled surgeons to perform delicate procedures such as hair transplants,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD said. “And when you are trying to visually recreate what God gave you, it’s just not going to happen with a robot. There are problems with it.” Currently there are two main methods for hair transplant. Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) and the more recent Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUG procedures, also known as the strip method, are done by “Essentially what is happening is that robotic surgery is enabling less skilled surgeons taking a strip of a patient’s scalp to perform delicate procedures such as hair transplants,” says Dan Wagner, CEO of and extracting donor harvesting MyHairTransplantMD in Oceanside. Courtesy photo

from that strip. A robot cannot perform FUG procedures. FUE procedures, by contrast, involve extracting follicular units one hair at a time from the donor area. When it comes to FUE, Wagner advises patients to opt for the skill of a surgeon versus a robot. “The human eye can see things that a computer or robot can’t,” Wagner said. “At MyHairTransplantMD we pay the utmost attention to the artistic side of the procedure. We found that advanced technology is amazing, but in the wrong hands it yields bad results. If you’re looking for the highest aesthetics, the best results, only a skilled surgeon can deliver that.” Hair restoration by robot is being offered more and more frequently at offices where FUE is just one of a menu of cosmetic procedures. “At MyHairTransplantMD, we do one thing and we do it extremely well,” Wagner said. “This isn’t something we decided to do on a whim or to keep up with the growing demand. It’s the only thing we do, and we stand by the results our surgeons deliver. Our team in particular has a more artistic approach than some of the

other offices that might offer it.” Robotic surgery’s popularity is often attributed to the precision it offers and the elimination of the possibility for human error. However, robotic systems are prone to software and mechanical errors, and when you have less skilled surgeons performing surgery in any capacity, the chances for mistakes may increase exponentially. “To anyone who says that robotic surgery is the way to go, and that surgery performed by hand is out of date, I say that there is valuable difference when choosing a surgeon over a robot when it comes to hair restoration,” Wagner said. “Studies have proven the dangers that can be associated with robotic surgery in any field. We feel strongly that what we do here is best done by hand, and done best by highly skilled, trained and experienced surgeons.” MyHairTransplantMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. For a complete explanation of pricing and procedures offered, or to schedule a free consultation, visit their website at or call the office at (800) 262-2017.

Stream movies, TV shows, sport events and more with the revolutionary DigiXuniverse A new and unique store has opened in the city of Oceanside, DigiXuniverse. It will expose you to a whole new world of ENTERTAINMENT while at the same time cutting your expensive cable TV or satellite bill or eliminate it completely! Sound too good to be true? This is what we thought until we went in for a demonstration. The sales person explained to us that the boxes are android computers, just like your smart phone. A television with an HDMI input and a simple Internet connection with a speed of 10 MBPS or higher is all that’s required to use the device. This seemingly magical box is not much bigger than your smart phone and you can access over 30,000 movies, TV shows and live sport events from around the world —and it also has an unbelievable music library — with no monthly fee! Utilizing this innovative device, you are able to search the globe for free programs seen here and in other countries around the world. The DigiXuniverse equipment utilizes the KODI open platform that has been available in Europe and Asia for the last 15

A television with an HDMI input and a simple Internet connection with a speed of 10 MBPS or higher is all that’s required to use the DigiXuniverse video streaming device.

View what’s possible with the DigiXuniverse video streaming service at their Oceanside location on Mission Avenue to experience the future of television. Courtesy photos

years and lower internet costs has made it possible here. Recording shows are a thing of the past as everything is on demand. The sales person gave us a demonstration by asking for our favorite TV show. My partner named his favorite movie. With a

few clicks of the remote we were watching the show in high definition. He also was able to bring up subtitles in all languages! He then asked me what my favorite show was that I watched as a kid. I was skeptical, as we are going back over 50 years. To my

surprise, it came up in a matter of seconds. It was incredible. Next the representative handed me the remote and let me try navigating for myself. I must admit, it isn’t the typical channel surfing that you may be used to, but in no time, I was able to navigate my way around. After I purchased the unit and easily installed it at home, I would recommend DigiXuniverse to anyone who enjoys movies, network TV shows, sports and endless entertainment.

With a one time purchase of the DigiXuniverse equipment, your viewing choices are limitless with no monthly fees. Other devices such as Roko, Netflix or Firestick don’t come close to the vast array of choices available with DigiXuniverse. Treat yourself to a demonstration! Stop in at 3375 Mission Ave., Ste. 1, in Oceanside. The future of television is here today. For more information call (760) 201-6786 or visit

Root series wraps up at Discovery Museum Saturday ESCONDIDO — San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum wraps up its fourth annual Root Series Saturday. The final program of the year runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and will highlight Scotland. This event features cultural performances and activities highlighting the diverse traditions of Scotland. The afternoon includes storytelling by Literature Comes to Life, dance performances by the San Diego School of Highland Dancing, music from High-

land Ways Productions and traditional Scottish snacks for visitors to sample. Visitors can also experience all of the hands-on exhibits at SDCDM for free. This free series is part of the museum’s mission to celebrate and educate children and adults about different world cultures in our community. Throughout the year SDCDM presents six free community events, each highlighting different cultures in our community. This year the Roots Series, in addition to Scotland, cel-

ebrated Korea, Mexico, Israel, Puerto Rico and Iran. Each event features cultural performances, activities, and crafts that help children and adults gain a deeper understanding about different cultures while having some fun along the way. The Escondido Roots Series is made possible thanks to funding from The Nissan Foundation, the County of San Diego and in partnership with the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego. For more information on the Escondido Roots Series visit

PLANS FOR TRAIL UPGRADE San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy will host an community open house on proposed plans for the restoration of Harbaugh Seaside Trails, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 at Solana Beach City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach. Courtesy photo


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he Chargers welcome the Raiders on Sunday, with Oakland fans turning Qualcomm Stadium into the Black Hole. Black Hole? That’s something one Harry Ralston Black is familiar with. Better known as Bud, this time last year Black was digging out from disappointment. The ex-Padres manager and Rancho Santa Fe resident was passed over for numerous openings as a skipper. Maybe his time on the dugout’s top step was history. Maybe this savvy baseball man was better suited for executive offices above the field. That was his job last year as the Angels’ assistant general manager. “It was a great experience for me to get back in that type of role,’’ Black said. “I did that in the late ‘90s with Cleveland to a certain extent. I was younger, obviously, from retiring as a player. “But, again, it sort of re-

inforced what I came to realize over the course of my time in Anaheim and in San Diego; that collectively, to win, it takes everybody, from ownership, general manager, his group of support staff, Major League team, scouting, player development.’’ The Colorado Rockies thought in order to develop a winner, they needed Black in cleats. They named the personable Black as their seventh manager in franchise history last month. Black isn’t the only one on the move. He’s confident the Rox aren’t on the rocks, instead offering a wealth of young players that can contend in the spirited National League West. From Nolan Arenado to Carlos Gonzalez to DJ LeMahieu to Trevor Story, Colorado is a mile high with skilled laborers. “That’s the thing, not only I knew that, but other people in the industry, people that I talked to, my close friends and others talked about, where this group is talent-wise, position players-wise,’’ Black said. “I don’t need to go through the names. I mean, they are real players. And they are at a stage in their career where they can continue TURN TO BLACK ON 21

The Temecula Valley High School Golden Bears basketball team is this year’s 2nd annual Coast News Tip-Off Classic after beating La Costa Canyon 73-58. Photo by Aaron Burgin

Temecula Valley crowned Coast News Classic champs By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The Temecula Valley Golden Bears don’t have a player over 6-foot-5 and start four players shorter than 6-foot-1. But, man are they fast. La Costa Canyon learned the lesson the hard way, as the Golden Bears amassed a a 22-point lead en route to a 73-

Senior forward Bryce Denham with Temecula Valley High School earns the Most Valuable Player award.

Temecula Valley High School’s senior guard Shaun Mitchell is named to the Coast News Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

58 win over the Mavericks in the championship game of the 2nd Annual Coast News TipOff Classic. Bryce Denham, the Golden Bears lone 6-foot-5 player,

received the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. He paced the team with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds in the final game. Denham, who serves as

the team’s de facto center, used his superior foot speed to outmaneuver La Costa Canyon’s slower interior players. When Denham wasn’t attacking, Temecula Valley used a potent guard-laden attack led by senior guard Shaun Mitchell, a transfer from Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, to frustrate the Mavericks on offense and defense. Mitchell, who was named to the All-Tournament team, scored 14 points. The Golden Bears also received strong efforts from sophomore guard Josh O’Campo, who scored 14 points, including hitting 4 threes, off the bench. The Mavericks, who upset tournament favorite Santa Fe Christian in the semifinals on Wednesday, could never get into an offensive rhythm, as the Bears forced them into TURN TO CHAMPS ON 21

Vista woman finds her sanctuary at the gym By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The gym has always been her sanctuary. The weight room acted as a therapy office where 43-year-old Vista resident Jill Braxmeyer could set aside the day’s challenges. In addition, it also provided an outlet for her to overcome battles with depression and a shy personality. Initially, though, Braxmeyer wanted to gain weight as a junior in high school — when she weighed just 97 pounds. She was able to reach 117 pounds, which helped with her depression and back pain she sustained as a teenager. “Over the years people tried to get me to do a show and I was scared,” Braxmeyer said. “The depression was kind of holding me back. I started getting some health issues such as digestive and TURN TO BODYBUILDER ON 20

In her first competition, 43-year-old Vista resident Jill Braxmeyer wins the California State Championship presented by Muscle Mania in October. Courtesy photo

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The Christmas season is merry for Mannheim Steamroller arts CALENDAR By Alan Sculley

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DEC. 16 CHRISTMAS ON BROADWAY The Broadway Theatre, 340 East Broadway, Vista, will light up the holidays with “A Nice Family Christmas,” debuting Dec. 1 through Dec. 18 on the Broadway Theater stage. Tickets for “A Nice Family Christmas” are $23.50 and include complimentary cookies, coffee, tea and bottled water. There will also be productions of “Annie, Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, and at 1 p.m. Dec. 17, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. You can order tickets online at or call the box office at (760) 8067905 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. NORTH COAST REP HOLIDAYS Tickets are now available for North Coast Repertory Theatre’s “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” and Improv Theatre “Dickens Unscripted.” At 10 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. Tickets are $25 regular and $20 for Subscribers To buy tickets: call (858) 481-1055 or visit A FRENCH ICON MiraCosta College LIFE Club San Elijo will host a free screening of “La Vie en Rose” a biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Room 204. For more information, e-mail lifesanelijo@gmail. com. FOREIGN FILM MiraCosta College San Elijo campus presents The Road to La Paz (El Camino de La Paz) Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles 2015, unrated, at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Student Center Conference Room 201, 3333 Manchester Ave., Encinitas. TRIBUTE TO NAT “KING” COLE Broadway actor James Rich will be in residency to premiere the music from his original musical based on the life and music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, “There Was a Boy” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, in Concert Hall OC2406, Oceanside Campus. Rich will perform with a special choir and pit band of MiraCosta students. ‘MIRACLE’ FOR CHRISTMAS Oceanside Theatre Company, with The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219, presents “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Show,” at 7:30 pm Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, at 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, with pre-show visits with Santa Claus, tasty winter treats, and a children’s holiday choir. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 20

Christmas albums obviously are big business each holiday season. More than 40 such albums have topped 2 million copies sold, and a successful seasonal release can continue to pile up sales for years after its initial release. Not only have many artists enjoyed the fruits of releasing even just one holiday album, several acts have built a niche where they’re known for Christmas music, can tour every holiday season and have a tidy stream of income from annual sales of their holiday albums. Chip Davis, founder of Mannheim Steamroller, has certainly been having many merry Christmas seasons since he decided to venture into Christmas music with the 1984 album “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.” Like other acts that have developed a Christmas career (the Oak Ridge Boys, Brian Setzer or Dave Koz), Davis and Mannheim Steamroller were already successful and established when Davis tried his hand at holiday music. The first five in Mannheim Steamroller’s series of “Fresh Aire” albums had essentially created a new genre of music — New Age — and had sold huge numbers for being in a niche genre. But today Mannheim Steamroller is primarily known for its presence at Christmas time, and their 10plus holiday albums (not counting numerous compilations) are approaching 30 million in combined copies sold. But Davis said he didn’t expect even a fraction of that sort of success when he decided to make the “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” album. “I remember when I did the first Christmas album and everybody said ‘That will never work. It will die on the vine and blah, blah blah,’” Davis said in a phone interview. “Then after nine million units were sold (worldwide), in about two years, everybody was making a Christmas album. I think there was one year where there were 60 releases. It was crazy.” Back in 1984, Christ-

was all about counter-balancing the Renaissance with the ‘Deck The Halls’ technological sound and stuff. I was more interested in the album construction.” Davis has continued to find inspiration within holiday music for 32 years now. Last year, he released a holiday concert CD and DVD, “Mannheim Steamroller Live.” The idea of a live release — the first Christmas concert recording from Mannheim Steamroller since 1997’s “Christmas Live” — originated with PBS. “They wanted to do a one-hour special,” Davis said. “I said ‘Of course.’” Davis is more than pleased with how the live project turned out. “We got an awfully Chip Davis and the rest of Mannheim Steamroller will be performing Dec. 28 at the Civic Center in down- darn good looking special, town San Diego. Photo courtesy Mannheim Steamroller

mas albums were something of an afterthought in the music industry. Classic holiday albums would get reissued and sold at bargain basement prices — $2.99 for a cassette. But making a new Christmas album was something of a black mark on an artist. It was the kind of project done by “has-been” artists or when a singer or musician had run out of ideas for new albums. Davis and Mannheim Steamroller turned the perception of Christmas albums on its ear. According to Davis, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” was released at an $18.98 price point and marketed as a high-end audiophile release. The “Fresh Aire” albums had all been marketed in a similar fashion, and Davis felt he would be cheating his audience if he did anything to cut corners and lower the price of his first Christmas album. “I had no problem charging $18.98, and I figured you know, if it falls off the shelves, OK, it didn’t work,” Davis said. The prospects for success in the Christmas market, though, were not at all in the forefront if Davis’ thoughts in making “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.” It was purely a musical venture, he said, built


around the idea of playing holiday songs in the Renaissance style combined with the kind of modern production and instrumentation employed in creating the signature blend of classical and pop/rock music of the “Fresh Aire” albums. “I really didn’t give it a thought at all,” Davis said when asked if he felt a Christmas release had commercial potential. “I


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nglers of every skill level tossed lures into the waters hoping to land the big one during the three-day trout derby competition at Escondido’s Dixon Lake last weekend. The derby started on Dec. 2 and wrapped up on Dec. 4 with

more than 1,100 participants. The lake was closed for two days prior to the start of the derby to maintain the trout stock in preparation for the 38th annual event. According to the city, Steve Capps of Escondido won the grand prize with a trout coming in at 16.41 pounds.

John Barranco, who lives in Wilson, Wy., but grew up in Del Mar, gets his photo taken with his catch of the day, a 9.03 pound trout on Saturday. Photos by Tony Cagala

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The Curry Noodles at Birdseye Kitchen are now on Lick the Plate columnist David Boylan’s go-to winter comfort food list. Photo by David

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piece would be mine. If you are not familiar with Mary and her illustrious career and her art you should definitely check her out. OK, now that I’ve established that it’s a great place to hang out, let’s move on to

the food. Owner and chef Vasama Morris features recipes on that come from her family’s vast repertoire of dishes. It should be noted that they do have a heat scale of one to 10 for most of their dishes. I’ve never ventured over six but I am kind of lame that way among my

heat-seeking friends. On the starter side of things, I could eat the Spring Rolls with veggies, tofu, cilantro, mint and your choice of peanut or plum sauce every day and they are how I start my meal every time I go to Birdseye. I have tried the crispy shrimp and the chicken wings but keep coming back to the light, fresh, perfect prelude to a main course that the Spring Rolls provide. If you are a fan of chopped salads, The Larb Gai, or minced chicken salad will be right up your alley. It contains Mary’s freerange chicken (as do all the chicken dishes) lime, chili,


irst off, Birdseye Kitchen is a beauty of a restaurant. It’s simple, clean and elegant and located in the heart of Lecuadia on Coast Highway 101. I happen to love that whip trains by on a regular basis and that there is an old-school building supply company across the tracks. The front windows roll up when weather permits, wait, did I just say that? Let’s just say they are open most of the time. The aesthetic of the restaurant fits in nicely with the changing face of Leucadia and let’s face it, that funky vibe is slowing fading yet I would be hard-pressed to find someone who would not agree that Birdseye is a fine looking restaurant. On top of that, they feature local artists and on my last trip in one of my favorites, Mary Fleener was featured. If I had space on my walls, her “Surfin Bird�


ike no other appellation in this country, the bond with wine and ocean is seamless and collaborative in the San Luis Obispo Wine Country. In my last column I underlined the morning and afternoon fog that sweeps in from many of the pristine beaches that define the central coast. Wineries in the know have chosen Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as their signature varietals. The weather conditions romance these two “Play Misty For Me� grapes. All the wineries in this intimate wine country are no more than five miles from this marine cooling; some are less than one mile. If you are coming up from Southern California to visit, go by Amtrak. It hugs the coast and you will see breathtaking coastal sights that only a train can show you. It drops you off in the middle of San Luis Obispo. Request an Enterprise rental car in advance, since they will pick you up at the station and drop you off when you’re ready to leave. You will need a car to get around to the wineries, restaurants and a resort style hotel overlooking one of the beaches. The Inn at the Cove is a gem overlooking Pismo Beach with private beach access and 180-degree views of the ocean. At least one of the nights in your stay will have to be at the Suite Edna, a converted 1908 farmhouse in the middle of historic Old Edna, an adventurous town site. You’ll also find a gypsy wagon, a sippin’ cellar, bluebelly barn, a bordello and three lovely goats. Pat-

Dave Hickey, winemaker at Laetitia Vineyard and Winery, and Franco Lastreto, Tasting Room supervisor, display two of their latest Pinot Noir releases. Photos by Frank Mangio

tea Torrence if the “mayor� of Old Edna and will be happy to tell you more, by calling (805) 710-3701 or visit Be sure to stop by the on-site Sextant Winery next to Old Edna. Established in 2004, it has a wide variety of old world wines. These are all-estate wines like Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Tannat from Spain and,

of course, my favorite, the lovely Pinot Noir. This release was a 2014 at $25 per bottle and well worth it. Dave Hickey knows every square foot of Laetitia Vineyard and Winery in nearby Arroyo Grande, about 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo. He and his son, Eric Hickey, who is president of Laetitia, make the wines that have a decided Rhone, Burgundy

and Bordeaux French fruit approach. “Four hundred forty of our 625 acres are devoted to Pinot Noir and are highland vineyards,� said Hickey. “We release Pinots with more age than most other wineries, so they have a drink-now quality.� TASTE OF WINE featured the Laetitia Reserve TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 21



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More than 200 rowboats, kayaks, sailboats and canoes have been strung together by artist Nancy Rubins to create “Big Edge.” The sculpture is several blocks off the Las Vegas Strip and can be seen from the entrance to the Vdara Hotel in the City Centre area. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Serendipity can lead to some wonderful travel finds

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he sculpture stands well off Las Vegas’ Strip, tucked away in a traffic configuration that makes it difficult to see the artwork from a car. You must park, get out

and find the entrance to the Vdara Hotel in order to view artist Nancy Rubins’ “Big Edge.” Rubins, I’m told, constructed this conglomeration of more than 200 rowboats, kayaks, sailboats

2017 CHAC Healthcare Grant Application It’s that time again! Accepting Online Applications now until March 3

Tri-City Healthcare District (TCHD) is committed to working collaboratively to improve health and well being in our community. Each year the TCHD Board of Directors allocates funds for healthcare projects of non-profit agencies located in and serving residents of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista. These funds are allocated through a grant process, coordinated by the Community Healthcare Alliance Committee (CHAC).

The 2017 CHAC Grant Application is now open! If you are interested in submitting an application for grant consideration, a representative from your organization must attend the MANDATORY CHAC Grant Forum. In addition to attending the Grant Forum, the following qualifications must also be met:

• Proposed program must serve the Tri-City Healthcare District • Organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit

CHAC Healthcare Grant Forum (MANDATORY)

Wednesday, January 25 9:00am – 11:00am Tri-City Medical Center Assembly Rooms

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Beginning 2016 only electronic applications are accepted. For more information on how to submit your grant application visit

and canoes with no specific plan, stringing it all together with piano wire. Each watercraft weighs between 60 pounds and 125 pounds, so it’s a mystery as to how the artist did it. I promise; it’s one of the most unusual sculptures you’ll ever see and worth the stop. “Big Edge” was one of those serendipitous finds that made me glad that my schedule on a recent trip to Las Vegas allowed for some free time. It also reminded me that planning every moment of a trip means that you probably will miss some great things. Traveling with a moderately loose schedule and open mind — something I don’t get to do enough — reaps rewards you can’t predict. Experiencing the unexpected can make for the most memorable moments. One gem we nearly missed while driving south on Highway 395 from Mammoth is the Museum of Western Film History in tiny Lone Pine (population 2,035). The museum commemorates and documents the more than 400 movies and 100 television episodes filmed in the area. When we spotted the marquis, we did a quick U-turn and stopped, which threw off our homeward-bound schedule a bit, but it was worth it. We got our fill of movieland artifacts, background stories and oddities like the Cadillac Eldorado tricked out with horns from a Texas steer and silver dollars. A special, unexpected evening took shape about a year ago when my husband, another couple and I took a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the Colorado Rockies. The hot chocolate and spectacular mountain scenery was all we could ask for … and then it began snowing. Large, soft flakes drifted down silently, turning the landscape into a storybook winter wonderland. It can’t get better than this, we decided. Another story about a serendipity also took place TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 16

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KIWANIS CLUB GROWS Lena Fana, left, and Joanie Boyd are the newest members of the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista. Fana is a self employed attorney in North County and Boyd is employed by Childrens Ministries at North Coast Church.The Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday at Rancho Grande Restaurant, 825 Williamston, Vista. Visit for more information. Courtesy photo


StandUp For Kids, with a $500 check for StandUp For Kids. StandUp For Kids is a Drop-in Center for homeless and at risk youngsters. Business news and special achievements for North San Their needs now, as the Diego County. Send information weather is getting colder, are warm jackets, hoodies, via email to community@ sweatshirts, jeans for both boys and girls. For more inHELPING formation, visit oceanside@ HOMELESS KIDS or email Carol Brady of the Ki- wanis Club of Sunrise Vista presented Maggie McWhort- KEEPING THEM SAFE er, executive director of NuttZo, a company on


FIRST BIRTH AT PALOMAR Palomar Health CEO Bob Hemker, right, presents a gift basket to the family of the first baby born at the new Birth Center at Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido. A 6-pound, 5-ounce little girl, named Gretsch, was born to Alpine and William, an Escondido couple at 5:50 p.m. Dec. 1 — only four hours after the center opened. Photo courtesy

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a mission to inspire a new way of eating, living and being on our little planet, announced its nonprofit arm, Project Left Behind, has launched a holiday fundraising drive to benefit Tender Loving Care, an orphanage in Hyderabad, India. “Imagine being labeled high-risk for sex trafficking, without a forever family and not knowing your own self-worth,” said Anna Maria Maybury, the corporate social responsibility

Diego Food Bank. The drive kicked off Oct. 20, with 26 San Diego-based architecture, engineering and construction firms competing to collect the most meals. The companies raised 40,281 meals in total, surpassing their 15,000 goal. PRAVA Construction, of Escondido, won the fourth annual AEC Food Drive, collecting nearly 7,000 meals. The meals will be used by the San Diego Food Bank to help loBEST BUY SUPPORTS cal community members in S.T.R.E.A.M. Boys & Girls Clubs of need this holiday season. Oceanside received $5,000 in grant funding from Best DROP SITES FOR Buy to support the Talented TOYS FOR TOTS Worldview Travel ofTeen Techies program supplies for 2017. The Science, fices are serving as official Technology, Research, En- Toys for Tots drop off locagineering, Arts and Math tions through Dec. 17, at (STREAM) program has both 155 S. Highway 101, been in place for five years, Solana Beach and 7777 Giincluding the TTT for ages rard Ave., Suite 106, La Jol13 to 18. “We are very la. For more information, thankful for our commu- call (858) 259-6560 nity partnership with Best Buy.” For more information, NEW ALDI OPENS Dec. 16, an ALDI grocontact Emily Crisman at ECrisman@bgcoceanside. cery store will host its grand org, call (760) 433-8920, or opening events at 8:45 a.m. for a store in Escondido at visit 1330 E. Valley Pkwy., Escondido. Festivities will inENGINEERS ‘END HUNclude a ribbon-cutting, goldGER GAMES’ Vista’s T-Squared en ticket giveaway to the Professional Engineers first 100 shoppers, produceand Axiom Commission- for-a-year sweepstakes and ing Group have collected ALDI reusable eco-friendly more than 40,000 meals in bag giveaway. four weeks during the Architecture Engineering, LANDSCAPE UPGRADE Heaviland Landscape Construction (AEC) “End Hunger Games” for the San Management, a commercial manager for NuttZo. “These are just a few of the issues the girls of Tender Loving Care deal with day in and day out.” Project Left Behind has no overhead; the volunteer board of directors and staff of NuttZo operate the non-profit. Learn more about Tender Loving Care and make a tax-deductible gift to the drive at

landscape installation and maintenance company, was part of creating a new look for Ocean Point in Carlsbad, an 82,991-square-foot office space. The Vista-based landscape management company overhauled the landscaping on the property, as well as the irrigation system. Unite Pacific developed the conceptual plan and worked with The Gildred Companies, the ownership and management group that oversees Ocean Point. Together, the work of Heaviland, Unite Pacific, a team of designers and architects and multiple contractors created a new identity for Ocean Point through a complete exterior renovation. Begun in June 2015, the project was completed in October. $6 MILLION GRANT FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES MiraCosta College will drive an ambitious workforce development program that partners industry leaders with community colleges to educate and train people from underserved populations at no cost for highskilled, in-demand jobs, thanks to a new, $6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The ‘America’s Promise’ grant, the only one awarded in California, will fund programs at MiraCosta, Cuyamaca, Grossmont and Chaffey community colleges. SOLUTIONS SUPPORTS CARSON Solutions for Change, a community-based program in Vista, that solves homelessness for families and children, supports the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of the Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Cofounder and CEO Chris Megison said “Carson also understands the inextricable link between substance abuse and homelessness. He shares our belief that you cannot solve homelessness without addressing addiction — which is completely contrary to existing HUD policy.”


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in Colorado, this time on a weeklong hiking trip in and around Telluride. My sister and I stopped in one of the town’s boutiques and asked a shop owner for a restaurant recommendation. I’ll skip the details, but the owner, also a former chef, ended up cooking paella that night for our group of eight women. Photos of the evening, which included ample wine, do exist, but maybe it’s just as well that they are lost in some drawer. Sometimes it’s less than six degrees of separation that connect us to others. In 2014, we flew to Anchorage and were the guests of my cousin, Panu

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DEC. 16 HAPPY HOUR FOR THE CLUB Support the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club at a Happy Hour at the Belly Up from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Dance the week’s worries away to Steal Dawn while raising money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad ($2 of each ticket sold will be donated to the club). Tickets are $7 at bellyupsolanabeach.frontgatetickets. com DEC. 17 MAKING FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend the Rancho Bernardo Chorale concert

The tricked out Cadillac Eldorado, which once sat in the lobby of Museum in Western Film History in tiny Lone Pine, Calif. (population 2,035), belonged to Nudie Cohn, a famous Hollywood costume designer. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

World’s Biggest _____!!!!,” we gave in on a trip through southern Utah a few years ago. The Moqui Cave, on highway 89, was worth the chance. We got a tour from the cave owner, the son of the Mormon man who bought the sandstone cave and converted it to a bar where Western film stars would spend their off hours and evenings. The handmade bar is still there, as well as 140 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, history of the Mormons in the area, artifacts from the Native Americans that once lived in the area, and of course, the souvenir shop.

(her mother is a Native Alaskan) and her partner in their home. We visited the Alaska Native Heritage Center, about 10 miles from

Anchorage, and while on a guided tour, came upon the magnificent, bleached, full skeleton of a gray whale, spread out on the grounds

of the museum. While we usually ignore those roadside signs that keep exhorting travelers to “Stop and See the

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at Poway Performing Arts, Poway Dec. 17 and meet for dinner at Fish House Vera Cruz, San Marcos Dec. 20. Reservations are required at (858) 674-4324. MAKE AN OLD-FASHIONED GIFT In the 1850s, gift givers ranked handmade gifts over those purchased or manufactured. Keep the tradition at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Create your own picture frame using an array of art supplies. Free. For more information, call (760) 632-9711. CHEF’S HOLIDAY The Good Earth / Great Chefs Pop-Up Pantry at Chino Farms is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with new items for the season, including Seka Hills’ nuovo olive oil, signed cookbooks, one-of-a-kind bottle openers, and stocking stuffers like Entube’s harrisa, curry, and plum pastes,

ceramic bowls by Bob Dinetz and calendars, cards and kitchen towels from Rigel Stuhmiller. Gift wrapping is available.

Rancho Santa Fe. Relax by the fountain and enjoy a drink and snack while you wait. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Conner’s Cause for families in need. RSVP to (951) 892-2398 or to WINTER SOLSTICE Celebrate the Birth of the Light at “Drumming in the Light,” a Winter Solstice Celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Tickets, $20 presale at seasidecenter. org or (760) 753-5786, ext. 851 or $25 at the door. HAVE A HISTORICAL HOLIDAY Take a peek at the Holiday book and gift sale at the San Diego Archaeological Center, including “Archaeologists Dig for Clues” by Kate Duke, George Wahl pueblo paintings on stone or handmade jewelry by Ancient Campfires, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec.

23, at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. For more information, contact

DEC. 18 CANDLELIGHT SERVICE Unity Church of Carlsbad will celebrate its Christmas Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Oceanside Civic Center, 300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside in the community room. The public is welcomed to attend. CLOSE LOOK AT CLIMATE CHANGE Bradley Whitford (Josh on “The West Wing”) narrates the “Years of Living Dangerously,” highlighting climate change, being shown from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Dec. 18, at the Unitarian Fellowship, Founders Hall, 1036 Solana Drive. WRAP IT UP! Get your gifts wrapped for a good cause from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Pacific Sotheby’s Patio, 16236 San Dieguito Road,

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Richard Carson Kline, 90 Encinitas December 4, 2016

HelenMarie Wiegand, 93 Carlsbad December 2, 2016

Thomas Richard Marshall, 75 Encinitas December 9, 2016

George Fred Knop, 77 Carlsbad December 8, 2016

Richard Kuhn, 87 Encinitas December 10, 2016

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Tomas B. Cruz, 80 Vista December 3, 2016

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DEC. 19 The Veterinary Specialty Hospital is hosting its annual holiday pet food drive, donating dog and cat pet food items to the San Diego Food Bank to be distributed within the community to families and their fourlegged friends. This year, the goal is 5,000 pounds. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of the North County Veterinary Specialty Hospital, 2055 Montiel Road, San Marcos. Call (760) 466-0600 or visit for more information. MARK THE CALENDAR CHRISTMAS DAY POTLUCK Volunteers and holiday potluck dishes are needed to Share Christmas Day dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 25 at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Bring a dish to share and an extra for those who cannot bring something. To volunteer for decorating, setting up, greeting, carving, serving, and cleaning up, contact Melissa Spiegler at or (951)  553-9843.  CHRISTMAS IN RSF  The  Village Community Presbyterian Church 6225  Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe offer Christmas Eve Worship Dec. 24 at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m.

Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd Recurring Themes Whistleblower goes to jail; responsible industry executives make millions. Long-time Mississippi environmental activist Tennie White is 27 months into a 40-month sentence (for “falsifying” three $150 tests in her laboratory), but high-ranking executives at the Kerr-McGee chemical conglomerate made millions on the case White helped expose: leakage of cancer-causing creosote into communities, including White’s Columbus, Mississippi, neighborhood. A detailed investigation by in November noted the executives’ brilliant response to the 25,000 creosote lawsuits nationwide: put all the liability into one outlying company (eventually going bankrupt) but selling off, highly profitably, the rest of the firm. Compelling Explanations Texas is among the most enthusiastic states for jailing low-income arrestees who cannot pay a money bail, especially during devastating family hardships, and the four Houston bail magistrates are particularly harsh, according to a recent report of the Texas Organizing Project. After hearing one financially overwhelmed woman beg sarcastically that $1,000 bail is “nothing” next to her other bills, unsympathetic magistrate Joe Licata shrugged, “It’s nothing to me, either. It’s job security.” Weird Quantities Recently in the News (1) Price tag for one round of a 155mm projectile shot from the Navy’s USS Zumwalt: $800,000. (2) Trees killed in California by the now-5-year-old drought: $102,000,000. (3) Recent finding of “water” farthest from the Earth’s surface: 621 miles down (one-third of the way to the Earth’s “core”). (4) Odds that statistics lecturer Nicholas Kapoor (Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn.,) said he played against in buying a $15 Powerball ticket: 1 in 913,129 (but he won $100,000!). (5) Speed police calculated Hector Faire, 19, reaching in an Oklahoma police chase: 208 mph (but they got him, anyway). (6) Different languages spoken by children in Buffalo, NY, public classrooms: 85. Recent Alarming Headlines “Man Mixing LSD and Cough Syrup Saves Dog From Imaginary Fire” (WNYT-TV, Albany, N.Y.), 10-15-2016). (Panicked, he had first sought help from neighbors —- who were unpersuaded by the sight of a fireless fire.) • “Santa Claus Speaks Out Against North Pole Ban of Marijuana Sales” (KTUU-TV, Anchorage) (Cannabis is legal in Alaska unless towns ban it, and the legally-named Mr. Claus needs it for cancer pain.)

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‘Holiday Watch’ efforts continue in San Marcos SAN MARCOS — In cooperation with the countywide “Holiday Watch” effort, the city of San Marcos and the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station announced that they will be continuing to ramp up patrols in three popular San Marcos shopping areas during the holiday season. San Marcos’ program will be focused around the city’s two largest shopping cen-

ters: Creekside Marketplace, Grand Plaza and Nordahl Center. Holiday Watch will remain in place through Dec. 24. The vehicles will be staffed by Sheriff’s deputies and crime prevention staff. For more information about the San Marcos Holiday Watch program, contact Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3174.

The Alta Vista Botanical Gardens will offer youngsters hands-on recycled art crafts and an art tour, during its Jan. 14 class from 10 a.m. to noon at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Courtesy photo

Recycled art coming to the gardens

We offer a variety of fresh cut Christmas Trees Tree Sizes range from 3.5ft up to 10ft Also available for purchase: tree stands, wreathes, mistletoe, handmade gifts and tree delivery

VISTA — Register now for the “Recycled Art” Kids in the Garden Class from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive. The class is free for members or $5 per child for two hours of fun and learning. Pre-registration with Farmer Jones is required so there are enough materials for all. Contact or call (760) 822-6824. Farmer

Jones is a retired elementary teacher with 28 years experience in the classroom. She is a Master Composter who has been working in school gardens and children’s gardens for 44 years. All fees support the future development of the Alta Vista Children’s Garden. Adults must stay with their children. In addition to recycled art, registration for the class includes a visit to

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DEC. 16, 2016 the stage ended in victory, even as Braxmeyer still suffers from two bulging discs in her back. But her workout acts as a sort of physical therapy. Now, she’s hoping that a recent platelet rich plasma injection into her back will help fix the discs. Although she battles back problems, Braxmeyer, on the heels of her win, was awarded her pro card. She competed in Las Vegas for a national competition against seasoned professionals, but didn’t make the podium. Regardless, she said she’d wait until next fall to take the stage again so she can heal and get her body prepared for the show. “It was pretty intense,” Braxmeyer said. “It was only my second show, so I was still a little nervous.” In the meantime, the housewife-turned-body-

builder is beginning a new chapter. Braxmeyer has a sensitive diet, as she has also battled immune issues throughout her life. Her diet is mostly of the paleo variety, which features lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats from nuts and meat. She is aiming to develop a healthy protein bar catered to people who battle the same immune issues she does. “I changed my diet,” she explained. “I don’t eat grains, dairy, sugar and I generally don’t drink. It’s like an auto-immune paleo (diet) and (it) really boosted my immune system.” And while she is in the first stages of starting a small business, Braxmeyer and her husband Jimmy are busy with preparing to send their boys, James and Bryce, off to college.

STREET MUSICIANS ROCK Enjoy performances all day by community musicians and singers during the Street Musicians Christmas Event from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Musicians, no sign up is necessary. For more details, visit http:// or call (760) 753-7376. CLASSIC ‘MESSIAH’ Hear Handel’s “Messiah,” with the Bach Collegium San Diego with instruments from Handel’s time at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Encinitas. Tickets are $20 to $70. Tickets at or at the door. AUDITIONS Auditions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec.17 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18 for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a murder mystery comedy with roles for ages 18 and up at the Community Players Theater, 3575 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. For information, contact Kristin Morales at (760) 7160394. WON DE R F U L WEAVING Learn the art of basket weaving with Nadine Spier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Art Lounge on 101, 816 S.

Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Cost is $55. For more information, call (858) 4428666. DEC. 18 STORYTIME SALON The Encinitas library presents “Storytime Salon: An Afternoon of Music and Words,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at 540 Cornish Drive, led by Virginia Loh-Hagan, with local children’s book authors and pianists. Authors will read aloud passages from their books and pianists will play music inspired by the stories. For more information, visit or call (760) 753-7376 COMBINED ARTS Join “A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint & Pen” Journaling, Mixed Media with Kelly Kilmer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Art Lounge on 101, 816 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas Cost is $95. For more information, visit call (858) 442-8666. DEC. 21 DINNER AND A MOVIE Make it Dinner and a Movie, showing “A Christmas Story,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Bring your own dinner to enjoy. For more information, visit call (760) 753-4027.

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this and maybe do some better things. It’s tough to top National League batting champion, leading in homers, RBIs, Gold Glovers. This is a good group.’’ It’s a bunch that will grow accustomed to Black taking an interest in them, regardless of their status. Charles Nagy, who lives in Solana Beach and is the Angels’ pitching coach, gives Black high marks. “He is very subtle with a lot of things,” Nagy said. “And he’s right more times than not. He’s left-handed, I’m right, but I’d watch him do day-to-day stuff and say, ‘Yeah, that works.’ And he’s interested in you. “I call him a friend. He’s the reason my wife and I moved to San Diego and I sent my kids to St. James Academy (in Encinitas). My wife and I would travel and were looking for a place, and Bud and his wife said, ‘You might want to come visit us.’ Here we


Braxmeyer said. “The depression was kind of holding me back. I started getting some health issues such as digestive and immune system.” However, after the death of her father in March, the married mother of twin 18-year-olds found the courage to take to the stage in a bodybuilding competition. It was the first time, even after friend Jim “Smitty” Smith prodded her to do so. Braxmeyer finally joined Smith’s Team Waya. All she did was win her age group and the overall competition at the California State Championship presented by Muscle Mania in October. “Did they make a mistake?” Braxmeyer laughed as she recalled the announcement as the overall winner. “I kept letting fear


roasted rice powder, shallots, mint, scallions and cilantro and it’s fantastic. I had no idea what Larb Gai was so I had to do a bit of research. Turns out its a type of Lao meat salad that is often regarded as the “unofficial” national dish of Laos. It is also eaten in parts of Thailand where the majority of the population is of the Lao ethnicity. It’s most often made with chicken, beef, duck, fish or pork and flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, padaek and roasted ground rice which is a key component of the dish and fresh herbs. It was all new to me and I’m a big fan of the Birdseye version. Another dish that I absolutely loved was the Curry Noodles or Khao-poon ga-lee gai that consisted of coconut curry broth, chicken, rice vermicelli noodles, onions, mint, bean sprouts, organic potatoes, carrots, cabbage and cilantro. Veg-


T he C oast News - I nland E dition are all these years later.” And there goes Black, after managing the Padres from 2007-15 to a 649-713 mark. It was a stint which included a 2010 playoff bid which fell just short, the same season Black, a 15year major-league pitcher, was named the National League Manager of the Year. In San Diego, it was about making do with little hitting. In Denver, it’ll be about making Coors Field smaller, which is no small feat for pitchers hurling at high elevation. “You sort of know what you’re getting in for,’’ said Black, who hurled an eight-inning win at Denver when pitching for the Giants in 1993. “But, again, if you make pitches...regardless of the ballpark.’’ But few are like Coors Field, where singles turn into extra-base hits and clearing the fence is no chore. The trick for Black is to keep the hitters hitting

and his pitchers from running smack into frustration with each fly ball that morphs into a home run. “There’s 30 big-league gigs, and I think they are all tough in their own way,’’ Black, 59, said. “Every team, every city, every managerial job is different, and they all have their, I think, unique challenges. This one, obviously is as it relates to where we play.’’ Black’s playing days are long gone. Many thought the same about his managerial run. “It’s a big job,’’ Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich said. “There’s a lot of responsibilities. We were first and foremost looking for the right leader.” Black is just that and the Rockies are fortunate to have him.

hold me back in all areas of my life. I just pushed myself, and my dad would have loved that. ” Her first journey on to the stage ended in victory, even as Braxmeyer still suffers from two bulging discs in her back. But her workout acts as a sort of physical therapy. Now, she’s hoping that a recent platelet rich plasma injection into her back will help fix the discs. Although she battles back problems, Braxmeyer, on the heels of her win, was awarded her pro card. She competed in Las Vegas for a national competition against seasoned professionals, but didn’t make the podium. Regardless, she said she’d wait until next fall to take the stage again so she can heal and get her body prepared for the show. “It was pretty intense,” Braxmeyer said. “It was only my second show, so I was still a little

nervous.” In the meantime, the housewife-turned-bodybuilder is beginning a new chapter. Braxmeyer has a sensitive diet, as she has also battled immune issues throughout her life. Her diet is mostly of the paleo variety, which features lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats from nuts and meat. She is aiming to develop a healthy protein bar catered to people who battle the same immune issues she does. “I changed my diet,” she explained. “I don’t eat grains, dairy, sugar and I generally don’t drink. It’s like an auto-immune paleo (diet) and (it) really boosted my immune system.” And while she is in the first stages of starting a small business, Braxmeyer and her husband Jimmy are busy with preparing to send their boys, James and Bryce, off to college.

an and wild shrimp are options as well. The combination of flavors and textures and mild heat is my new winter soup option that is enabling me to mix things up a bit from my go-to La Especial Norte chicken soup. I really did not think that would happen, locally at least. I’ve also tried the Chicken Pho and well, while it’s perfectly acceptable, there just seemed to be something missing. A richness or depth that I’ve found in other pho was lacking. I will admit that my favorite pho has come from old-school joints that specialize in it so I am a bit jaded that way. There are just other noodle bowl options at Birdseye that I prefer. The rice plates consist of a variety of red, green and yellow curries and are served with jasmine white rice and your choice of chicken, pork, beef or vegan. A full range of wok noodles and fried rice are available and it should be

noted that the sour pork option in the fried rice is house cured. Again, if you are not familiar with the heat scale, I’d lean towards the lower end of the spectrum until you get a feel for it. They keep it simple for dessert with either gelato or vegan coconut ice cream. There is also a very nice wine list and selection of local beers on tap and in bottles. This place gets very busy during prime time so I prefer to eat there during off hours. Either way, it’s a fine addition to the dining scene in Leucadia and worth checking out. Birdseye Kitchen is at 540 N. Coast Hwy 101.

Contact Jay Paris at Read his book, “Game of My Life Chargers” which is available at local book stores and at

David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative an Encinitas based integrated marketing firm. He also hosts Lick the Plate Radio that airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. on FM94/9, Easy 98.1, and KSON. Reach him at or (858) 395-6905.


State University San Marcos, Palomar College plus a number of small private colleges. Wood noted efforts between Oceanside and MiraCosta College have led to a four-year degree in



$5,000. The women set a new goal to raise an additional $10,000. A percentage of all leggings sold at the store will continue to go to the foundation. The leggings will also be sold at all Chelsea’s Light events for $100, with $50 going to the foundation. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, in whose district the Kings lived at the time of their daughter’s death, worked with the family to pass Chelsea’s law, a onestrike, life-without-parole sentencing option for the most dangerous sexual offenders. Chelsea’s Light Foundation is working to expand the law nationwide.



a number of turnovers with their full-court pressure defense. As a result, they could never capitalize on their significant size advantage. A Graham Cook basket halfway through the first quarter cut the Golden Bears lead to 8-5, but Temecula Valley used a 10-6 spurt to open up a seven-point lead after the first quarter. From there, the Bears built a 35-20 lead at halftime, as Denham and Mitchell started to take control of the game, and then opened the third quarter on a 10-5 run to open up a 45-25 advantage.


du Domaine 2013 ($42) in its Top 10 Tastings a few months ago. Check out our end-of-the-year report coming up the end of this month. More on Laetitia wines at A winery to discover is Tolosa, a large, sweeping vista vineyard just south of San Luis Obispo’s airport in the Edna Valley. Tolosa is named after the Franciscan Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa that grew wine grapes in the 18th century, and still stands today. Those Pacific coastal winds make this the coldest appellation in California and reminiscent of Burgundy in France. It is a prime environment for Pinot Noir. The Tolosa Pinot to search for is “1772,” ($60) the year the mission was built. This 2014 release is a blend of four different blocks, aged 11 months in French Oak barrels. It has a rich, black cherry mouthfeel, with refined tannins. See more at Before leaving SLO

biology due to the growing industry. “That’s our piece of the puzzle,” Desmond said. “We want education to stay in North County and create more jobs. If we have the talent, businesses will come and we don’t have to offer tax incentives.” As for the five cities,

Abed said it is an unprecedented program, while Hall said just a decade ago each entity was “building walls” around their borders. But the desire to keep North County as a hub for innovation won out as their partnerships have blossomed into a strong economy.

Fletcher attended the launch party to share his story of how the legislation was created and passed within seven months. He said Brent King told him he didn’t want his daughter’s tragedy to be the story of her life. “Brent said, ‘Out of this darkness we want there to be a light and the light is we’re going to change the law,’” Fletcher said. “The fact that years now, after we had the bill signed and years after we had candlelight vigils … there are still folks out there that are inspired by her story, that are doing things that are going to protect girls and save people and support the effort of the foundation, truly is what Brent told me the first day.

“He said, ‘You don’t know my daughter. You don’t know the power of what she represents,’” Fletcher added. “And I think it’s reflected here. ... This is inspiring and this is what helps motivate everyone to keep doing more. “We see the power of socially conscious purchases,” Fletcher said. “You’re ahead of the curve because I think people are going to start looking to their purchases as a reflection of their values … and not just the value that you get because it’s cheap … but the value that that garment inspires. “I think you’re onto something that’s really going to do right by the foundation and potentially the people who wear it.”

La Costa Canyon was able to cut the lead to 12 at 62-50 halfway through the final quarter, as Jaquan Carroll, a senior guard, provided a spark for the Mavs off the bench. But Temecula Valley returned from a timeout and senior guard DeWayne Holmes scored a layup off of a broken play to thwart the comeback attempt. Senior guards Drew Mead and Logan Wazny scored 10 points apiece to lead the Mavs. Sophomore guard Graham Cook, who scored 8 points, was named to the All-Tournament team. In the earlier third place game, Santa Fe Christian shook off a disappointing semifinal performance

and dominated Mission Hills in a 67-44 victory. Owen Aschieris scored a game-high 18 points on his way to an All-Tournament team selection.

Country, I want to focus on a restaurant, lounge and wine shop, and all under one roof, in the downtown district that will need no introduction once you try it. Foremost Wine Co. and its menu offerings are thoughtfully sourced from all local ingredients, and constantly changes monthly. A novel “Burrata Bar” is a great way to start, with Gorgonzola cheese and Heirloom Tomato. On the night of the visit, entrees included: grilled hanger steak, pesto farro risotto, duck breast, chile shrimp and my favorite, the glazed black cod with grilled squash and corn. The chef is the celebrated Julie Simon who was raised in Paris and has traveled the world studying the emotional response of food that is deep in flavor. She enjoys making what she calls “comfort food.” Get more at

Foremost Wine Co., the two will collaborate on a very special event Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. in downtown San Luis Obispo. Laetitia winemaker Eric Hickey and Chef Julie Simon combine talents for a portfolio of wines and menu items. Cost is $85. Contact the restaurant at (805) 4811772. North County Wine Company in San Marcos will unveil their Top 10 list of wines both Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 from 3 to 9 p.m. Taste all 10 for just $20. Just come by, no RSVP needed. For details call (760) 653-9032. Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas has its special cellar selections spotlighted Dec. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Lineup includes selections from California and France. RSVP at (760) 479-2500.

Wine Bytes Now that I have included Laetitia wines and

The Coast News Classic All-Tournament Team: Most Valuable Player Bryce Denham, Sr. F, Temecula Valley All-Tournament Team: Owen Aschieris, Sr. PG, Santa Fe Christian Shaun Mitchell, Sr. G, Temecula Valley Graham Cook, So. G, La Costa Canyon Chris Olave, Jr. G, Mission Hills Jalen Flanagan, Jr. G, El Camino

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View his columns at and reach him at Follow him on Facebook.


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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

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FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


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