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Vista Unified delays decision on reopening By Steve Puterski

MAY YOUR NIGHTS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT The Del Mar Fairgrounds is doing its best to lighten the holiday mood during the pandemic with its Holidays in Your Car drive-thru light show, running through Jan. 2. The show is put on by CBF Productions, the same company behind the successful Concerts in Your Car series at the Fairgrounds this fall. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Fairgrounds. STORY ON PAGE 13. Photo courtesy CBF Productions

Escondido Union high schools push back in-person learning By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) last week announced that they are postponing a blended learning option that includes in-person classes until later in the spring semester due to a countywide surge in COVID-19 cases. At a board meeting last Tuesday, Dec. 15, the district said they will offer two online learning options for the upcoming semester through the first grading period, but may return to campus later in the spring, depending on the county’s COVID-19 status. All students at EUHSD are currently taking classes virtually, though the district began allowing small

groups, including special education students and English learners, to return to campus in September. These small groups are taking classes through learning pods or cohorts that do virtual classes on campus with support from teachers. “While 78% of our students very much desire to return to campus, 22% find that working virtually and from a distance is the best fit for them and their families and have opted to continue in distance learning in one of two models throughout the spring semester,” Superintendent Dr. Anne Staffieri said. “The third learning option we have added, Distance Learning via Canvas Learning Management System, has provided addition-

al such flexibility to both groups, and the 12% of students who have opted into this model show that they are interested in continuing.” Staffieri told The Coast News that the board will continue to monitor the county’s COVID-19 status and, if conditions allow, students who choose the blended model will return to campus part-time. “Our decisions will continue to be based on local data and state and county guidance. We are hopeful with the launch of the vaccine and additional testing sites that our local area metrics will improve and allow us to return to campus,” TURN TO EUHSD ON 18

ARTIST CLAYTON PARKER works on his world-record mural in Vista on Dec. 18. Steve Thomas, who owns Barrel & Stave Pour House at North Indiana Avenue and Main Street, commissioned Parker to restore the fading historic mural. STORY ON PAGE 9. Photo by Steve Puterski

VISTA — After two meetings and nearly eight hours of discussion, the Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees delayed making a formal decision on reopening plans. The district voted, 3-2, at its Dec. 17 special meeting to meet Jan. 13. The board also met Dec. 15, but after several hours of discussion, called a special meeting. Some parents in the district believe the board’s decision to reconvene on Jan. 13 is a decision to not allow schools to re-open, despite county evidence contrary to concerns about COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. Trustees Rosemary Smithfield and Debbie Morton pleaded with the board to continue to follow the district’s plans of virtual and classic (in-person) models. They said the evidence of falling grades, declining mental health, lack of engagement and parents begging to allow their children back warrants reopening. “We’re dropping the ball for our kids,” Smithfield said. “I can’t ignore the phone calls of parents, crying, asking where to take their student. The parents know better than I do.” Also, the district’s own survey showed an average of 76% of teachers rated the district’s personal protection equipment (PPE) and health and safety protocols at high or excellent levels. According to a report from KPBS, schools account for 12 outbreaks of COVID-19, according to data provided by San Diego County. During the Dec. 15 meeting, Mary Trompeter-Ermis, president of the classified union, also requested the district reopen, stating virtual schooling is a job killer for custodians and support staff. “Virtual learning is a threat to our jobs. Thousands have been laid off,” she said. The longer the students are not on campus, and the less of them that are there, the less that classified workers can do their job. TURN TO VISTA ON 18


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Vista celebrates new arch and city upgrades By Staff

RET. CAPT. ROYCE WILLIAMS, 95, of Escondido was awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions during the Korean War. Photo by Vincent Passaro

Navy pilot honored at Legion Post ceremony By Jordan P. Ingram

ENCINITAS — A 95-year-old Navy war hero received a prestigious honor during a ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 12, at American Legion Post 416 in Encinitas. Capt. E. Royce Williams, of Escondido, was awarded the Medal of Valor for his heroics against several Soviet fighter jets during the Korean War. Williams, flying a Grumman F9F Panther, shot down four MiG-15s planes on November 18, 1952, expending all 760 rounds of 20mm ammunition on board his aircraft. After the firefight, Williams returned safely to the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany to discover his plane had sustained 263 holes from enemy gunfire. Williams’ bravery saved hundreds of lives, according to military officials. But he didn’t share his story with others for decades. “I was told not to talk about it and I just accept-

ed it,” Williams told South Dakota Public Broadcasting earlier this month. “As a matter of fact, other things came along and since it wasn’t going to be mentioned, I more or less put it out of my mind.” Born in 1925, Williams grew up in northeastern South Dakota before joining the Navy in 1943. During his 37-year-long military career, Williams has received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver and Bronze stars and Legion of Merit with a Combat “V.” C ong ressma n- elect Darrell Issa (R-50) also delivered remarks during the ceremony. “It is still appropriate on a bipartisan basis that Congress push to make sure not just that you become a recipient of the Medal of Honor, but that in fact, you be a standard-bearer for many who are not here, who will not be remembered and who stories are often not as well documented,” Issa said.

CSUSM fall ’21 application deadline moved to Jan. 31 By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — Cal State University San Marcos has extended its deadline to apply for admission for the fall 2021 semester by six weeks in recognition of the toll that the coronavirus pandemic has exacted on students, it was announced Dec. 16. The previous deadline was Dec. 15 and the new deadline is Jan. 31. “Because of the many challenges faced by students during this trying period, we wanted to provide them with additional time to apply,” said Scott Hagg, CSUSM’s associate vice president of enrollment management services. The California State University system previously extended the application deadline by 11 days, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 15. By pushing it back further, CSUSM hopes to provide students and their families with extra time over winter break and into the new year to go through

the application process. As part of that process, CSUSM is reminding students that financial aid is available to those who apply and who are qualified. More than 70% of CSUSM’s student population receives some type of financial aid. The $70 application fee is waived for individuals who qualify based on information provided in the application, including financial information from the prior year. If students’ financial situation, or that of their families, has changed significantly from 2019, they may request an appeal of their eligibility for a fee waiver. CSUSM is anticipating a return to in-person instruction for fall 2021, though the university plans to offer some virtual learning opportunities for students who decide that they’re not ready to return to campus.

VISTA — After more than two decades, the city of Vista’s vision to revitalize the downtown corridor along South Santa Fe Avenue has reached fruition. The area, known as Paseo Santa Fe, encompasses the stretch of road along South Santa Fe Avenue between Vista Village Drive and Civic Center Drive. Construction on the final phase of the Paseo Santa Fe improvement project has been completed with the project contractors finishing minor construction items as part of the project punch list by early 2021. The northbound side of the road has been opened, allowing for the flow of twoway traffic along the corridor. A new arch marking the entrance into the Paseo Santa Fe corridor from Civic Center Drive was unveiled Dec. 15 to signal the completion of the project. The arch is topped with a hummingbird, which is the city’s official bird and the Main Street arch was updated to match the new arch. The Paseo Santa Fe corridor is now anchored by two arches, marking the entrance from Civic Center Drive and the other from Main Street. “This is a very momentous occasion in the city of Vista," said Mayor Judy Ritter. “The newly finished Paseo Santa Fe corridor complements our downtown district and enhances our community. Our local downtown businesses and neighborhoods will benefit, as well as those who drive along the newly refurbished street.” A sculpture titled “Portal” was installed on Dec. 14 in the third roundabout, at Pala Vista Drive. The "Portal” artwork depicts a hummingbird inside

A NEW ARCH marking the entrance into the Paseo Santa Fe corridor from Civic Center Drive was unveiled Dec. 15 to signal the completion of the project. Courtesy photo

“While the benefits are considerable, the city understands the construction has impacted residents and businesses,” said Ritter. “We appreciate the public and local business owners’ patience as we worked to improve the downtown core. This vision has now become a reality and will have long lasting benefits for our community for years to come.” The city’s vision is to fill the area with retail/ shops/restaurants topped with living spaces to revitalize the downtown area. Construction took place in three stages. Phase I was completed in 2016. Phase II was completed in May, 2020 and the majority of the work for Phase III has been completed. The concept was to create a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare by narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding wide sidewalks, public art, gathering spaces, and creating roundabouts to slow traffic.

A SCULPTURE titled “Portal,” created by local artist Alex Gall, was installed Dec. 14. It depicts a hummingbird inside an arch with flowers on each side. Courtesy photo

of an arch with flowers on each side of the structure’s base and was created by local artist Alex Gall. The full construction

of the roundabout is expected in the winter of 2021/22, due to difficulties with purchasing an adjacent private street easement.

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Historical revisionism hits schools and parks


Don’t be fooled: You can’t buy early access to COVID-19 vaccine


By Summer Stephan

he end of the pandemic is in sight. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the FDA and the first phase of distribution to states has begun. And the Moderna vaccine recently won FDA approval. Even though a vaccine will eventually be available to all Americans free of charge, we are months away from that prospect and the demand will greatly outpace the initial supply. Pfizer and Moderna will distribute 100 million doses each in the U.S. The distribution of these 200 million doses will be divided among the states based on populations. Only health care workers will receive the vaccine through their employers and public health agencies in phase one. Additional distribution phases will release the vaccine to elder care workers, residents of skilled nursing and longterm care centers and first responders before the vaccine is made available to the general public. There is no way to buy early access to the vaccine.

Any claim that offers an opportunity to purchase the vaccine is a scam. By now, we know that unscrupulous scammers are always waiting for their next opportunity and the COVID-19 vaccine is no different. Already bad actors have been counterfeiting pharmaceutical company logos for many years and will likely quickly move into producing a look-alike vaccine for sale through already established illicit supply chains. Keep these tips in mind to avoid falling for a counterfeit vaccine: • Fake vaccines may appear early and look genuine. • Because vaccine production will continue to increase, enough genuine vaccines should be available to all Americans for free by this summer. • Scammers understand this and will try to exploit the next six months of limited availability by offering bogus opportunities to buy the vaccine early. • Purchasing a vaccine from an unauthorized distributor is extremely dangerous.

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• Counterfeit drugs are frequently manufactured in unsanitary conditions and are usually contaminated. • For drugs that have long been on the market, such as Viagra, the chemical structure of the drugs is widely known and can be duplicated, so counterfeiters are able to put some of the active drug in the counterfeit product. • However, the COVID-19 vaccine is cutting edge technology. Counterfeiters will not under any circumstances be able to create a real vaccine. • If you buy a vaccine from any source, you are at a heightened risk of getting a counterfeit product. • Even if the product is in an official looking vial, it is not real. Outside of the U.S., there are two other vaccines in use. Sputnik V in Russia, and SinoVac in China and Brazil. Both vaccines were released in their countries, but are not approved in the U.S. The United Kingdom is currently using the Pfizer vaccine but has a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca/ Oxford in final stages of approval. None of these vaccines have been approved for use in the United States. Scammers may attempt to sell these foreign vaccines to desperate individuals. Counterfeiters may also attempt to repackage foreign vaccines in Pfizer or Moderna packaging. The light at the end of the tunnel is real, but patience and following sound practices including wearing a mask, observing social distancing and frequent handwashing are still needed until the vaccine is widely available. Summer Stephan is District Attorney for San Diego County.

istorical revisionism — that’s the only term to describe what’s happening today in the naming of public schools and parks. Who led what, who created what, whose ideas and ideals resulted in today’s world, these things mean less with each passing week and each renaming. Admittedly, it makes no sense to lionize persons like Braxton Bragg, the commander of the Confederate Army of the Mississippi during the Civil War and the recipient of three brevet promotions during a single battle in the Mexican-American War about 18 years earlier. The Northern California outpost and later city of Fort Bragg took his name after he returned from Mexico with a hero’s reputation, and city officials say they’ll keep the name even though Bragg had little connection to the area. There’s good reason for African Americans to resent naming any city after Bragg and little reason for anyone else to support honoring his name. But that’s very different from the likes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, for whom schools, parks and cities have long been named all over America. No one ever claimed these seminal figures in United States history were saints, but things they did shaped America for the better in definite ways. No doubt Washington was a major slave owner, his sumptuous home and lifestyle at Mount Vernon near what is now Washington, D.C. enabled by exploitation of the labor of human beings he owned. But Washington led the Continental Army with daring, inspiration and courage in the Revolutionary War. He also refused of-

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fers to become king of this country around the time he left office after two terms as the first president. For a contrast, imagine how Donald Trump might react to such an offer. For his remarkable actions and his refusal of monarchic status, Washington deserves massive recognition despite enslaving others. Yes, he had flaws, but he shaped American ideals perhaps more than any other individual. Removing his name from schools — as the San Francisco school board now contemplates — or from cities would amount to renouncing some of the best of our history. The same for Lincoln, whose Emancipation Proclamation freed almost all slaves in America. Yes, he conducted Indian wars against Native American tribes and even drank some alcohol. Lincoln, thus, was also not saintly, but he remains a seminal figure in American progress and national survival. Erasing his name amounts to an attempt to erase history. The list goes on, especially in San Francisco, where officials are considering renaming schools called after Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the Alamo, U.S. Sen. and former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, naturalist John Muir and early San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro. In no case, are or were any of these figures perfect human beings, which ap-

parently is required to satisfy revisionist standards of political correctness. In each case, the individual or institution was a product of contemporary times and morality. It might be appropriate to consider renaming the many Mission schools in San Francisco and other parts of California because of the enslavement of Native Americans by Spanish monks who led the European exploration and colonization of Mexico and then this state. But there can be no argument that the mission system, with its churches and attendant farms neatly placed a day’s journey apart had a major part in California’s development, even to the placement of major cities. Denying that history invites nothing but ignorance. It’s not merely schools that are under pressure now to change names and thus attempt to downgrade the history and contributions of past leaders and institutions. There’s also a move afoot to change names of state parks, most of which already carry names of locations and not people. Example: Two former state park commissioners suggested in an op-ed the other day renaming parks in Los Angeles after African-descended soldiers who accompanied the Spaniards who founded Los Angeles. But that expedition was not their idea, nor did they decide how it was conducted. Their leaders did. Naming parks and schools for folks who were along for the ride but not shaping events would mislead and misrepresent history, with potential consequences no one today can foresee. Email Thomas Elias at

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‘A lot of work to do’: San Marcos Unified faces $30M budget deficit By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) held a governing board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to provide an overview of the district’s budget, which showed a projected budget deficit of nearly $30 million for Fiscal Year 2021-2022. The presented interim budget showed projected deficits of roughly $15 million for 2020-2021, $26 million deficit for 2021-2022 and almost $35 million for 2022-2023. Vincent Christakos,

SMUSD’s interim chief business officer, presented these numbers to the board. “The required reserve for economic uncertainties is $7.7 million, so we have enough to cover our required reserve, so that means we can make it through the current year, but if we look to next year… we end up with a $26 million deficit, which puts us in the hole $12 million. That can’t happen,” Christakos said. He added that, according to state law, if the district remains in this deficit for too long, it may lose the

authority to govern itself, and be placed under control of the State Superintendent of Education. The budget report attributes the deficit to a decrease in expected revenue from Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the lack of a cost of living adjustment (COLA), as well as a decrease in supplemental revenue from high-risk students, as this population has gone down in recent years after it had been stable for the past 10 years. This combined with increased contributions to pensions have

resulted in the district’s budget gap. “In order to keep our ending balance stable, it would take about $30 million in budget adjustments or reductions,” Christakos said. “There’s a lot of work to do. It is possible. We have a lot of suggestions that could be implemented … and those obviously need to be reviewed.” Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to release the state budget in January, and there is speculation that there will be a reduction of deferrals, as well as po-

tential for a small COLA in 2021. If there is a COLA, SMUSD’s $30 million deficit could be significantly less. SMUSD’s fiscal future has been shakier since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. However, the district has been facing structural deficits since before the outbreak began. The school district, which serves about 21,000 students in North County, narrowly avoided anticipated deficits for their 2018-19 school year, but has showed a steady downward slide

since then. In fact, the district has been projecting a budget deficit since the 2017-2018 adopted budget. Now, the San Diego County Office of Education is requiring SMUSD to submit a plan of how the district plans to reverse this trend of deficit spending by its second interim budget report. The district said during the meeting that they have started working on a plan and they hope to present it to the board by January or February, before the second interim report in March.

Escondido OKs 10-unit affordable housing project By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and approved a condominium permit for 10 low-income units developed by Habitat for Humanity and gave final approval to a master development plan for the Nutmeg Homes project on the south part of the project site. The City Council heard a presentation on an affordable multi-family development by Habitat for Humanity located at 245 East El Norte Parkway. The site would construct 10 condominium units arranged as duplexes and configured as five buildings, each containing two units. All units will be for sale to low-income households; low-income means that the household earns no more than 80% of the area median income. “The State Density Bonus Law (California Government Code, Sections 65915–65918) grants a development project a higher density than normally allowed by the applicable zoning regulations when that project includes provisions for affordable housing,” according to the staff report. Because 100% of these units would be sold to low-income buyers, the project qualifies for a 35% density bonus. The project was taken to the planning commission on Nov. 10 and was approved 4-3 with one additional condition to increase the dimensions of the units’ garage areas before being presented to the council. Councilmembers at the meeting took turns thanking Habitat for Humanity for this project and agreed that it is necessary for the community. However, they decided not to approve the planning commission’s condition. “I’m really excited about this project. I always love to see more affordable and attainable housing in Escondido, and I know that Habitat for Humanity has a really great reputation as an organization,” Councilmember Consuelo Martinez said. “I’m also very excited that it’s in my district.” The council approved

the low-income housing project 5-0. Councilmembers also discussed and approved a master development plan for the Nutmeg Homes project. The applicant for the Nutmeg Homes Project, Consultants Collaborative, submitted a verified land use development application on property located along both sides of North Nutmeg Street, between North Centre City Parkway and Interstate 15, according to the staff report. The project site is comprised of three lots, although in November, the Master and Precise Development Plan was revised to limit its scope to 37 townhomes on the north portion of the project site. At the Dec. 16 meeting, the council gave approval for the south portion of the project site, as well. NEW MEMBERS SWORN IN At its Dec. 9 meeting, the City Council certified the November election results and two new councilmembers, one incumbent councilmember and the incumbent city treasurer were sworn in. Councilmembers Tina Inscoe (District 2) and Joe Garcia (District 3) were sworn in along with incumbent Councilmember Mike Morasco (District 4). City Treasurer Doug Shultz who ran unopposed for a new four-year term, was also sworn in at the meeting. Olga Diaz was present to certify the results, which was officially her last meeting. She decided not to run again after serving 12 years on the council. The council also voted to make Morasco the deputy mayor, the position previously held by Martinez. This marks the first time since the passing of Councilmember John Masson in March that Escondido has had a full council. The council will also now have a conservative majority once again after a twoyear liberal swing. The new council will soon have the task of hiring a new city manager after Jeffrey Epp officially retired in July. It also faces a forecasted $8 million deficit in Fiscal Year 21/22.

JAN FRODENO of Germany comes in first place in the men’s professional race of the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 in Oceanside, which normally hosts seven endurance events in a given year. Currently hampered by COVID-19 restrictions, organizers hope to get approval to hold next year’s IRONMAN as scheduled on March 27. Photo by Shana Thompson

A push for endurance events By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — Leaders in California’s endurance sports industry hope to gain approval from state officials regarding safe return guidelines they have created to allow events like the O’side Turkey Trot and IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside to return. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mass gatherings are still prohibited in the state. Such restrictions include thousands of endurance sport events held annually statewide. According to the California Coalition for Endurance Sports, the state has more than 8,000 annual endurance sporting events ranging from local fundraiser walks to international triathlon competitions. These events attract more than 2.5 million participants each year and raise more than $70 million in charity fundraising. Unlike most other states, California does not have guidelines in place for safely reopening endurance events. The Coalition has created safe return guidelines that leaders hope state officials will approve so that these thousands of events can resume. “I really believe you can have an endurance sports event that is safer than going to the grocery store,” said Paul Huddle, senior regional director for the IRONMAN Group, which hosts Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.

The problem lies with the fact that the endurance sports industry doesn’t have its own set of guidelines separate from other mass gathering industries like live concerts and arena games. “There are guidelines for other industries but no guidelines for our industry,” said Mike Bone, President of Spectrum Sports Management, which hosts the annual Bike the Coast marathon. Endurance sports events are different than live concerts and festivals, Huddle said. For example, running, cycling, triathlons, swimming and surfing events have very few high-touch points. They also happen outdoors, and participants are constantly moving. “They’re by nature socially distant,” Huddle said. Rather than wait for state officials to create guidelines for endurance sports, the Coalition took matters into its own hands. Using parameters that have worked for events in other states as well as the Center for Disease Control guidelines, the Coalition developed a COVID mitigation plan for endurance events to follow. “I think our industry and all its players have figured out some great safety protocols,” Bone said. In the past, participants could arrive whenever they wanted. That could mean hundreds of people showing up at once, which

would present a problem in today’s COVID-19 restricted world. “Now, you have to schedule a time for a safe amount of participants to arrive,” Huddle said. This new registration process is not only safer, but it is also more convenient. “Participants love being able to show up and not have to stand in line to wait,” Huddle said. Other race-day practices that have been modified include staggered starts, pre-packaged food at the finish line without festivals, aid stations to emphasize social distancing and mandatory face covering when not racing. Coalition members urge the state to quickly approve the guidelines they have created to save the state’s endurance sports industry as well as its tourism industry from further damage. Cities like Oceanside collect transient occupancy taxes (TOT) from tourists through hotel stays, which go into the city’s general fund. Oceanside has seven endurance sporting events, which represent more than $12 million in direct visitor spending. IRONMAN 70.3 alone generates more than $3 million. Endurance sports events also generate quite a lot of money for the city in other ways. According to Leslee Gaul, CEO and President

of Visit Oceanside, approximately 74% of visitor spending is on other sectors than lodging. Of that amount, dining receives the most with 29% of visitor spending going to restaurants. Bone said the industry can’t afford to wait much longer for the state to approve guidelines because of how long it takes to plan endurance sporting events. If guidelines don’t get approved soon, Coalition members fear all 2021 events will be compromised. They also worry that California will lose its endurance sporting events to other states in the process. “We want and need something now,” Bone said. “We can’t wait until the numbers come down to get the guidelines.” “If we don’t have guidelines now, we won’t have opportunities to host endurance sporting events when the time is right,” Gaul added. To help the industry’s cause, Visit Oceanside has partnered with InjureFree, a COVID monitoring app that is available to city events for simple health screening and contract tracing of all participants, volunteers and staff. The system can be used with the existing registration platforms for endurance events. Bone, Huddle and Gaul encourage residents to contact their state legislators to emphasize the need for safe return guidelines for the endurance sports industry.


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San Marcos OKs updated Climate Action Plan Dog days of pandemic By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The City of San Marcos has officially updated its Climate Action Plan (CAP) after a unanimous approval by the City Council at its Dec. 8 meeting. The comprehensive plan outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stay consistent with state requirements. The city adopted its CAP in 2013 as was required by Assembly Bill (AB) 32, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. After the state law changed and established much stricter greenhouse gas reduction targets, the City of San Marcos began updating its CAP, starting the effort in 2017. The new CAP has a target reduction of greenhouse gases for the year 2030 to be 42% below the 2012 levels, which aligns with the state’s target for AB 32, according to the city.

Saima Qureshy, principal planner for the city, told The Coast News that the plan is partially funded by SANDAG, however the implementation process, which could take up to 10 years, will be funded by the city. She noted that the first five years of implementation will cost roughly $5 million, with $800,000 already budgeted. “The process took a lot of data collection and trying to find what will work best for the city, as well as making sure it is in alignment with what is feasible without creating too many cost implications for the city,” Qureshy said. “We also have to make sure we are being regionally consistent with the rest of San Diego.” The updated CAP includes eight strategies and 22 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The first step was to do a greenhouse gas inventory, we conducted that for

the baseline year of 2012. Then, we did projections of what the greenhouse gases will be in future years, that’s how we came up with the target reductions for our city. Then we looked at the reduction measures we would have to implement to achieve that target,” Qureshy said. In 2019, the city conducted public workshops where it presented its preliminary data and received some public input on what those final measures would be. Some of these measures will target reducing impacts from the transportation sector, the energy sector, water consumption, diversion of solid waste and more. The biggest reduction will come from a measure that will switch the citywide electricity to be 95% renewable by the year 2030. In early 2021, the city will be searching for volunteers to join the CAP Implementation Citizens Group

to help the city begin the implementation of these measures. Residents can volunteer and apply and the council will appoint members. The city said it will monitor the progress of the CAP implementation and will provide periodic public updates. NEW MEMBERS SWORN IN Also at its Dec. 8 meeting, the City Council certified the Nov. 3 election results and re-elected Councilmember Sharon Jenkins and newly elected Councilmember Ed Musgrove were sworn in. Jenkins (District 3) took her oath of office followed by Musgrove (District 4). Councilmember atlarge Jay Petrek was also present for his last council meeting. Petrek was appointed at-large in 2019 by the council to fill a vacant seat but opted not to run for re-election.

Former Rep. Hunter gets full pardon from Trump By City News Service

REGION — Former U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, who pleaded guilty last year to using campaign funds for personal expenses and was weeks away from beginning an 11-month prison sentence, received a full pardon Dec. 22 from President Donald Trump. According to a statement from the White House, the pardon was issued “at the request of many members of Congress” and was supported by Bradley Smith, former Federal Elec-

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

tion Commission chairman. The White House statement cites Smith as saying the case against Hunter “could have been handled as a civil case via the Federal Election Commission.” Hunter, who represented part of North County, pleaded guilty last year to a conspiracy charge for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars with campaign credit cards on family vacations, restaurant and bar tabs, clothes and other frivolous expenses over the course of several years,

while falsely stating to his staff that the purchases were campaign-related. Hunter’s wife and former campaign manager, Margaret, also pleaded guilty last year to misusing campaign funds and was sentenced in August to eight months of home confinement and three years’ probation. Trump did not pardon her. Hunter was originally ordered to surrender to authorities in May this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a delay in his sen-

tence. He was expected to report to prison in January. During his sentencing hearing in March, Hunter said he took “full responsibility for any dime spent on my campaign by me or anyone else.” The White House cited Hunter’s military service in announcing the pardon, noting he “has dedicated much of his adult life to public service” and was inspired to enlist in the Marines following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, serving combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

A “Holidays In Your Car” event is being held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds through Jan. 2, Mondays to Thursdays: 5 to 9 p.m. and Fridays to Sundays 5 to 10 p.m. in the Main Parking Lot. Discover a symphony of sight and sound at the drive-through holiday light spectacular intricately assembled by Santa’s team of elves. For more information, contact: holidaysinyourcar.


Botanic Wonderland Holiday Nights in the Garden will be open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26 to Dec. 30. Tickets at Stroll amid festive holiday lights throughout the Garden. CAMP AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

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WE WANT YOU! The City of San Marcos Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol needs help. We know volunteers are sought by every service or organization out there. We’re no different in that regard but we currently find ourselves short-handed and unable to assist our great City as it should be. If you find you have some extra time on your hands and care about people, consider checking us out by contacting Mike Gardiner, 760-510-5290 at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station. He will introduce you to all the pluses of being part of this great team of volunteers. You have talents and experience we are looking for.



Wild Holidays begin at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, supported by California Coast Credit Union with safe, festive fun for the entire family, with a DJ for music, Safari Base Camp Light Show and more, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 26 to Dec. 31and Jan. 1. Visit FREE DEL MAR PARKING

Del Mar is offering free parking in downtown Del Mar for customers where holiday bags are posted from through 9 a.m. Jan. 1.

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Pala Casino Spa Resort, 11154 CA-76, Pala, will offer free COVID-19 and Anti-

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here is mud, fur, a pooper scooper and dog toys scattered around my house. There will be dog treats under the Christmas tree. But do not think for a minute that I own a dog. I do not have a dog. My daughter and her sweet husband, who currently reside with us, have a dog. I’m not sure how this happened, but I put the blame squarely on the COVID-19 epidemic. I have to blame something. I had been steely in my resolve to ignore my adult child when she regularly mentioned wanting a puppy. My retort was, “Get rid of your three cats and we’ll talk.” She had a puppy when the kids were young, so I am not a true villain. And because we had dogs, and I was the only one who fed or cleaned up after them, I was adamant no four-legged hair-thrower would cross my threshold again. But then she cried. Yes, it’s embarrassing I still turn to jelly when my daughter cries. This episode made it blindly clear I have no spine and never will. It had been a difficult week in quarantine, and she was making daily plans to move to New Zealand. Making me think the dog

might be on another continent soon further weakened my resolve. Clearly we were all suffering from claustrophobic madness. In short, we now have a handsome, female Siberian husky about the house and she is the strangest dog I have ever encountered. She is skittish, but playful, which means she wants you to chase her endlessly around the house. She does not like to be petted. If you try to just wrestle with her, she insists on painfully nipping at you. She is not at all tempted by food, and views such offerings with high suspicion. However, once I gave her a spoonful of peanut butter, she believes I am required to give her a treat any time I step into the kitchen. She does this by staring at me until she runs out of patience and then she begins to vocalize with wails, moans and barks in a loud and hilarious fashion. I have never had a dog talk to me like that. This Christmas, my house will be adorned with chewed up twig bits, dirty paw prints and rags damp with her post-water-dish drool. She will probably have her own stocking and, no doubt, other things I find absurd. But one look at her adorable, wolfish face and I will probably get over it. But remember, I do not own a dog. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who rather wants her golden retriever back. Contact her at jean@

body Testing, by appointment only and available to everyone, at a separate testing facility adjacent to the Pala RV Resort. As part of Pala’s commitment to Playing it Safe. All tests will be conducted at the drive-up testing location adjacent to the Pala RV Resort. Appointments can be made by calling (760) 292-6111. Normal operating hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., subject to change. Both tests are being offered free of charge, and there is no limit as to how many times a person can be tested. Results are available within 72 hours, and can be accessed via All information is confidential.

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Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland invites the public to sign up now for the “30 Miles in 30 Days to Fight Human Trafficking” virtual walkathon. The walkathon will begin Jan. 1 and end Jan. 30. Participants can register online at The Walkathon will benefit two local non-profits active in the fight against human trafficking: Alabaster Jar’s Grace House, a safe house for trafficking victims, and North County Lifeline’s


Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside will continue to offer its free, curbside Emergency Food Program over the holiday break. Lunch and snack are available for any youth under 18, and they do not need to be a Club member. There will be two lunches and two snacks each pick-up day from noon to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Dec. 30, Jan. 4, Jan. 6 and Jan. 8 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside.

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Escondido Public Library will be closed to the public effective Dec. 7. The Library will offer curbside pickup and reference services via phone, e-mail, and text from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Visit for more information. All items can be returned in the outdoor book drops, in the Library parking lot, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Items will be checked in after a 5-day quarantine period. Call (760) 839-4683, or e-mail for assistance or questions.

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CSUSM students wrap up internship with Coast News By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — A team of five business students from California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) recently partnered with The Coast News Group to help the publication grow its social media presence. Five seniors, Steven Landeros, Isabel Gabrail, Tommy Bito, Jasmine Holliday and Michelle Cronin, worked with The Coast News as part of their Senior Experience project, a program that matches students with projects submitted by regional and national businesses and organizations. The goal for this particular matchup was to increase the social media engagement of The Coast News, a news publication headquartered in Encinitas. “As a group, we came up with three objectives: growing the podcast, increasing the web trafficking and growing the paper’s social media presence,” Gabrail said. “It was a challenge being all online through Zoom, but it was a great experience because we were able to come together and share each of our own knowledge while being able to collaborate with a professional publication.” The team was made up of two business management majors, two market-



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

The Encinitas City Council approved $75,000 additional funding for Small Business Support during the Dec. 9 council meeting. Grants will be administered by the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Foundation through the Encinitas Small Business Support Grant program. The funding provided by the city will provide 50 additional grants of $1,500 each to small local businesses that are in need during the pandemic. Apply for a grant at grant-application. HELP GUIDE SOLANA BEACH

Solana Beach is currently seeking volunteers to fill 16 vacancies among its five local Citizen Commissions. The City Council appoints Solana Beach residents to serve on Citizen Commissions, including Budget & Finance, Climate Action, Parks & Recreation, Public Arts and View Assessment. Applications are being accepted until 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Applications at or City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach. CASA FAMILIES GET HELP

Sixty Casa de Amistad families will also have a brighter holiday thanks to the Del Sol Lions Club, Opti-

CSUSM BUSINESS students who participated were, clockwise from top left, Jasmine Holliday, Tommy Bito, Michelle Cronin, Steven Landeros and Isabel Gabrail. The team worked with The Coast News to help it grow its social media presence. Photo courtesy Steven Landeros

ing majors and one finance major. “These are people who are using social media all the time, which is what made it so helpful,” said Chris Kydd, The Coast News Group’s advertising direc-

tor and associate publisher. “We’re already applying some basic things that I thought we already were doing, like using hashtag marketing right, the difference between all the social media platforms and how

you need to post to be appropriate on each one.” He added that, because of what they learned through this experience, The Coast News realized the need for creating a new role, a community engage-

mist Club of Del Mar/Solana Beach and local nonprofit Hope for San Diego with its Holiday Extravaganza Dec. 17. Casa de Amistad, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization providing for low-income, underserved children, teens and their families in coastal North County San Diego. Magdalena Ecke YMCA donated 200 stockings and gifts; El Camino Creek Elementary School and The Winston School ran a gift card drive and SDG&E provided a grant of $2,000.

operations into Vista. The company began moving into its 197,000 square-foot Vista facility in October, with plans to be fully operational by December. The additional facility will be used for the production of Cue COVID-19 Test Cartridges. Cue plans to hire an additional up to 500 employees at its Vista location, with more expected in the future as the company continues to grow in research and manufacturing. For details, visit



College in November 2004. A resident of Carlsbad, she represents MiraCosta College Trustee Area 3 including Carlsbad and Encinitas. Merchat ran unopposed and represents MiraCosta College Trustee Area 4 - the eastern portion of Carlsbad, since April 2015. Prior to his appointment, Frank served for five years on the MiraCosta College Foundation board of directors. McNeil joined the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees in December 2008, representing Area 5, southern Oceanside.

Retail Insite announced the sale of three pad buildings at Vista Terrace Marketplace in Vista. The pads, comprised of O’Reilly Auto Parts, Dunkin Donuts, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless, were sold for $10,585,000 at a 5.37% CAP Rate. Brian Pyke and Connor Stevens with Retail Insite aided Daniel Tyner and Gleb Lvovich of JLL in the listing effort. Retail Insite was retained nearly four year ago by Black Lion Investment Group. Finishing a challenging BTS deal with Sprouts Farmers Market, led to deals with Dunkin Donuts, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Anytime Fitness, Jersey Mike’s and Sport Clips. Black Lion still owns two pads and the back shop building and has retained Retail Insite to finish out the leasing efforts. NEW VISTA COVID TEST SITE

Cue Health has ramped up its production of COVID-19 tests is San Diego-based Cue Health, Inc. Cue’s tests has expanded its

Santa Fe Christian School’s Athletics Department appointed Kelsey Cuje as the new head coach of its Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Program. Cuje is a graduate from Rutgers University - New Brunswick (2019), where she competed in D1 lacrosse for four years and received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees. She brings to SFC 12 years of impressive experience as a lacrosse athlete and seven years of coaching expertise as head coach for clubs.


The swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Oceanside city council, city clerk, and city treasurer was held Dec. 15, in the City Council Chambers. Mayor-elect Esther Sanchez was sworn in as mayor, Councilmember Ryan Keim for District 3, and Councilmember-elect Peter Weiss for District 4. City Clerk Zeb Navarro was sworn in and Victor Roy was sworn in as city treasurer. ENCINITAS PROF AT SALK


Isaac Nguyen of Oceanside was named to the Wartburg College Fall Term Dean's List. BOARD MEMBERS OFFICIAL

Three MiraCosta College Board of Trustee members, Jacqueline “Jackie” Simon, Frank Merchat, and George McNeil, re-elected November 2020, were sworn in Dec. 17, 2020. Simon was first elected to the Board of Trustees of MiraCosta

When you touch a hot stove, your hand reflexively pulls away; if you miss a rung on a ladder, you instinctively catch yourself. Both motions take a fraction of a second and require no forethought. Now, researchers including Encinitas resident Martyn Goulding, a professor in Salk’s Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute, have mapped the physical organization of cells in the spinal cord that help mediate these

ment editor, to handle social media. Catherine Tricker, the team’s faculty advisor and a lecturer at CSUSM, explained how valuable this experience is, not only for the students to face real business situations, but also for the businesses to get a fresh perspective. “They really leveraged their own skills,” Tricker said. “Being students and being young adults, one of the objectives was for The Coast News to reach the younger demographic, and the students quickly realized that they are that demographic, and they leveraged that and used their own skills and networks to reach that objective.” Because of this partnership, The Coast News has decided to start carrying The Cougar Chronicle, CSUSM’s student newspaper, on its website to make it more accessible to the community. “They’ve spent the past few years learning about it in the classroom, but getting the hands-on experience is so valuable,” Tricker said. “And to understand what it’s like to work as part of a business, to have real goals and real objectives, as well as real limitations, and having to execute that is such a good learning experience.” and similar critical “sensorimotor reflexes.” The new blueprint of this aspect of the sensorimotor system, described online in the Nov. 11, 2020 issue of “Neuron,” could lead to a better understanding of how it develops and can go awry in conditions such as chronic itch or pain. SURGERY CERTIFICATION

Palomar Medical Center Escondido has received the Transcatheter Valve Certification from the American College of Cardiology for implementing evidence-based practices and meeting the highest quality and outcome standards for heart valve surgery. PMC is the first and currently only hospital in all of San Diego County to receive this certification. SCHOOL PANEL OPENING

The Escondido Union School District is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Proposition E Independent Citizens Oversight Committee. Voters in the Escondido Union School District approved Proposition E in 2014 to modernize facilities. The ICOC has one vacancy, for the member representing the Taxpayers Association. Applications for the volunteer position, and additional details, are available at membership. Members serve two-year terms, for no more than two consecutive terms. Meetings are held at 5 p.m. every other month, with no more than six meetings per year. The next meeting of the ICOC is scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 14.

Palomar Health District to issue bonds By Dan Brendel

ESCONDIDO — The Palomar Health District board of directors, at its Dec. 15 meeting, finalized approval to issue up to $35 million in capital improvement bonds, but North County municipal taxpayer aren’t on the hook. The tax-exempt obligations, which trustees could issue in one or more series, would mainly finance construction and improvement of parking facilities at Escondido’s Palomar Medical Center — one of three hospitals the district operates. Health care districts, public entities governed by an elected board of trustees independent of municipal governments, provide medical services in particular geographic areas. The Palomar Health District covers North County, from part of Vista to as far east as Julian. Its trauma center serves a larger area, including part of Riverside County. Contrary to what residents sometimes believe, bonds of this sort don’t utilize tax dollars from North County municipalities, said Ben Barker, a financial advisor to the California Municipal Finance Authority, or CMFA, which would issue the bonds on the district’s behalf. Tax-exempt bonds mean to incentivize private investment in certain qualifying public benefit activities by exempting bondholders’ earned interest from federal tax. This exemption in turn serves to reduce borrowing costs, because “bondholders are willing to accept a lower interest rate than they would accept if the interest was taxable,” according to an IRS publication. The seven-year bonds would carry a true interest cost of 1.99%, district CEO Diane Hansen told Trustees Tuesday. The district will pay the debt with revenues it generates, such as through fees for patient care. These may comprise public subsidies indirectly, to the extent Medicare and Medi-Cal (California's Medicaid program) pay for patient care and tax-exempt bonds are a kind of subsidy to investors. But municipal taxes don’t back the debt.


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Will 2020 be like 1918 and bring new art movements? cal art news Bob Coletti


he Norwegian painter Edvard Munch produced art inspired by the Spanish Flu of 1918. Beyond Munch’s’ famous painting “The Scream,” he also painted two flu-related compositions, entitled “Self-Portrait With the Spanish Flu” and “Self-Portrait After the Spanish Flu.” They were both attempts on Munch’s part to convey his own experience contracting the disease and surviving it. Munch’s obsession with the dark side of life formed a relationship with those who suffered during a

pandemic that killed at least 50 million people. In his own words, “Illness, insanity, and death kept watch over my cradle and accompanied me all my life.” The flu of 1918 influenced all things of the time, including art movements. At the same time World War I was raging, along with other world disasters. The rise of communism and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire added a perception of universal chaos and depression. With this came a loss of faith in governments, social structures and basic values. New art movements were created from this time of tragedy in hope of finding a new sense of reason and justice to believe in. Along came the Dada movement with its focus on the absurd. Dadaists created a new form of art that was like nothing ever before.

EDVARD MUNCH’S “Self-Portrait After the Spanish Flu.”

Collage art became popular at this time, with artists dealing with the horrors of World War 1 and the Spanish Flu by means of cutting, reassembling and remixing

as if to change the world in this manner. Well known in his time, artist George Grosz painted “The Funeral.” It was a horrid depiction of distorted

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designed furniture that historians believe was influenced by the flu. Breuer’s minimalist pieces were made of hygienic materials and extruded steel, able to facilitate cleaning and were lightweight and movable. His Wassily Chair and Long Chair met modern sanitary needs by being easy to clean and disinfect. There was no question, the rise of modern architecture was influenced by events of the Spanish Flu of 1918. Abstract art joined the other new movements offering the viewer a way to escape reality. Abstraction defined the times with its new non-objective, non-realistic art departing from the horrors of what was going on worldwide. This is reflected in much of the abstract work of the time, for example


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Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre Company join forces once again to present “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play,” based on the Charles Dickens’ classic. SRT/OTC we will be providing - for free - a filmed version of the 2018 version of “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play” available as of Dec. 19. Visit http://scrippsranchtheatre. org/christmascarol2020/. ‘NUTCRACKER PROJECT’

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

Get tickets now for the classic “A Christmas Carol,” being staged online by the North Coast Repertory Theatre through Dec. 31. Sign up at event-details/42060. HOLLY JOLLY CABARET

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human figures one on top of another situated on a endless city street scene. Dead center is a skeleton on top of a coffin drinking from a bottle. Described by Grosz as a hellscape, and a procession of the inhuman. He claimed to have painted it in protest against a humanity that had gone insane. Dadaism’s “all is lost” theme was quickly followed by the Bauhaus movement, which was more of a utopian path created by artists who wanted to build a new world to clean or sanitize the old. Architect Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus School in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. Their goal was to combine art and design by training students to reject the ornate and create art that was practical and useful in everyday life. Marcel Breuer, founder of the Bauhaus in 1920

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New Village Arts Theatre is announcing a host of family-friendly Holly Jolly Cabaret goes online this year, streaming through Dec. 31. Tickets for Holly Jolly Cabaret are $10 per household, and can be purchased through Dec. 31. Ticket buyers will have unlimited access to the online cabaret through the end of 2020. For tickets and info, visit holly-jolly.

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Here comes the Virtual Local Author Showcase. Are you an Oceanside author? Apply to participate in a virtual author showcase for the chance to share your work with the community. Learn more at https://



The North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “An Iliad” a dynamic adaptation of Homer’s classic poem about the Trojan War. The $35 video-on-demand will be showing through Jan. 24. Get tickets at showtix4u. com/event-details/42229.

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Calling all artists and sign makers! Oceanside is sending out a call for artists to submit a proposal for the new city landmark sign to span the intersection at Pier View Way and North Tremont Street. Proposal submissions are due by Jan. 13. Round 1 Proposals should be e-mailed to lauren@ with the subject line “Oceanside Landmark Sign. MainStreet Oceanside is seeking proposals for an iconic Oceanside sign design for the Downtown Oceanside Property and Business Improvement District.

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Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and Oceanside Public Library announced the 11th annual "Write On, Oceanside!" will be virtual in January 2021. The literary festival was created by OCAF to celebrate and inspire local authors. Enter the “Ode to Oceanside” Writing Contest - Win prizes by writing your original Ode to Oceanside. Deadline: Jan. 7, submission guidelines at https:// oceanside.librariesshare. com/odetooceanside/. ART MINIATURES ON DISPLAY

The Escondido Municipal Gallery, presents “The Big Little Art Show” at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, is featuring diminutive artworks, as varied in theme as TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 9

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Vista Historical Mural undergoes restoration By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Tucked away just off Vista Village Drive rests a painted history of the city and a world record. Since its completion 15 years ago, the Vista Historical Mural is showing its cracks, which is why Steve Thomas re-commissioned artist Clayton Parker to restore a portion of the artwork to its former glory. The mural runs 546 feet along Vistacado Lane between North Indiana and Michigan avenues, spanning nine businesses, and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest continuous mural in the world. The flowing mural connects Vista’s past as its present zooms by in cars and trucks along Vista Village Drive. “There was old, rotted wood, there was doors that were never going to be used with our configuration and it was an eyesore,” Thomas said. “We tracked him down and he knows all the history. When I heard that history, it was, ‘You have to protect this.’” Parker, 70, and retired after 50 years, came back after Thomas contacted him to tell him of his plans to restore his work. Thomas recently purchased the corner business and is renovating the inside and will open the Barrel & Stave Pour House early next year. After Thomas bought the property, he was at a crossroads of what to do with the mural as it was falling apart. But two people who stopped to gaze at the mural told him how unique and that it was historic, which led Thomas to learn about the history of the mural.


Morton Schamberg’s “View of Rooftops,” circa 1917. In this scene a desolate New York City is photographed on a diagonal plane in a cubist style with no sign of human life present. Schamberg died of the flu in 1918. Today, photographers replicate the same scene of empty streets in our nation’s cities without people. They depict a sadness of the oppressed in an isolation of physiological loneliness. The 1918 flu pandemic was an inescapable part of its time and culture. And now today’s COVID-19 has become the tipping point of our time. Who can know how the current obvious shift in culture will affect art and art movements to come. We know from our history that a pandemic is just one part of the total picture. The resulting isolation and stillness of creativity and how it impacts the art world will awaken and provide the opportunity for a new art movement. As in Munch’s painting, “Self-Portrait After the Spanish Flu,” in the face of despair, a new hope and a new movement will rise.


they are in style, no bigger than 12-inches-by-12-inches, in fiber, ceramic, miniature dioramas, art books, paintings and mixed media. ONLINE THEATER

MiraCosta College is now offering two free online productions, “Lysistrata” a comedy of sexual proportions, and “The Birds,” a fantastical, political fable. Visit watch?v=lLmCkXIwTyA&

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AT 546 FEET, the Vista Historical Mural has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest continuous mural. Photo by Steve Puterski

The mural tells a bit of the city’s history, starting with the Luiseño Indians, the city’s deep Mexican culture, callouts to the 1950s and ’60s, plus more. It inspired Thomas to act to reactivate the mural. As for the building, bricks were missing and have been replaced, the rotted wood and doors replaced or eliminated as Thomas is restoring the exterior of the building as well. Parker, meanwhile, explained the history behind the commissioning of the mural, which began in 2001. He was tapped by the city and it took one year of research and planning to finalize the mural. “We had some of the oldest living residents in Vista, got together and they brought photos,” Parker recalled. “We pieced together an authentic timeline from

the Luiseño Indians to the avocado growth. I did a long sketch that I had to show the City Council that wrapped around the chambers.” But there were deeper challenges, as corralling nine independent business owners and selling them on the project was tough, Parker said. He said several had “beefs” with the city for a variety of issues, along with doubts about the project, but eventually they all came together. The city and business owners greenlit the project in 2002, but Parker had clients all over the country and wouldn’t abandon them to solely work on the mural, a point he made clear when he was recruited. “It was a lot of degrees of difficulty,” Parker said. “Everything had to be primed and sanded and prepared before I started paint-


Holiday Nights in the Garden! Dec. 2-6; 9-10; 12-13; 16-23; 26-30 5 – 8:30 pm

The Oceanside Museum of Art is hosting a Painting Challenge And Plein Air Paint Share. Artists are invited to paint all month,

CIVIC YOUTH Ballet’s “Nutcracker Project” is available until Jan. 1. Photo via Facebook

then share at noon Jan. 3. In association with OMA’s upcoming Plein Air Festival in April 2021, all artists are invited to venture solo into the great outdoors and paint iconic Oceanside locations throughout the month. Then plan to join Coffee And Conversation on Jan. 3 for a virtual plein air art share.

ing, or your paint would fall off.” The restoration, though, has only been commissioned by Thomas for his building, where the frontage sits along Main Street, while the mural wraps around N. Indiana Avenue and Vistacado Lane. Perhaps one of the most endearing parts of the legacy, Parker said, is the mural has never been defaced. No graffiti or “tagging,” which he said shows a respect between artists, even for those who cross over the law.

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San Marcos firm’s mission is to make composting easy lick the plate david boylan


nce in a while I come across a business that is doing such great things, I feel compelled to do my part to help spread the word about them. And this one directly relates to the culinary world and what we do with our food scraps, so it’s even more exciting. I discovered The Compost Group at the Leucadia Farmers Market and

the anaerobic digestion of organic waste ‘recycling’ even though it creates lesser, single-use products — methane fuel and nitrogen pellets — from the process. While we are a recycling company, we actually create a better product from what we receive, and it can be used to regeneratively make the world more fertile. LTP: Tell me about the technology you have at your facility in San Marcos that allows you to do this. Naomi: We use in-vessel composting technology at our facility in San Marcos. This form of composting still uses the same

COMPOST GROUP founder Naomi Wentworth. Courtesy photo

reached out to founder Naomi Wentworth to join me on the radio version of Lick the Plate, which made me even more enthused with their mission. Basically, through their service, they are bringing the power to both renters, homeowners, and restaurateurs to regeneratively recycle their food scraps back into soil. Please read on to get all the details that are so eloquently explained by Naomi and if you would like to check out our 101KGB interview go to LTP: First off, let’s get a basic description of The Compost Group’s mission “to make the world more fertile.” Naomi: Our mission is not just to recycle organic waste, but to recycle it back into a really healthy living soil amendment that can revive depleted soil. We wanted to differentiate that about ourselves in our mission statement because it is common practice in California to call

biological process as composting in open-air but having a fully contained system ensures that no pests or rodents take over when we add new material and the smells more resemble food. Any decomposition odors are also contained — so the smells we do have are food-like for maybe an hour a day as we input into the system and then a deeply earthy, forest-like smell as we take the product out of the system to mature. This way, we don't have neighbor complaints and can set up more mid-scale decentralized composting hubs throughout more urban areas. It also helps us expedite the composting process so we can handle a lot of material on a really small footprint as we can in compost in a uniform way. LTP: Explain to folks how you make it easy for them to compost. Naomi: We felt a really strong need to give our community members an option to regeneratively recycle their food scraps back into

soil instead of methane to power our hauler’s trucks (what will happen next year with Encinitas’ EDCO), or have their scraps go to landfill (what happens now and will continue to happen in most other cities in the county) where it putrefies and emits methane mostly to the atmosphere. So yes, we give the option for residents and businesses like restaurants, hotels, and corporate campuses an easy way to compost. We give homes a 4-gallon bucket to collect their kitchen scraps in, then collect it from their homes weekly to monthly depending on their needs. We give businesses 48-gallon rolling totes to collect their prep-kitchen, cafe, and plate scrapings waste and pick that up once per week to six days per week depending on their needs. It’s a really simple way to do a lot of good for the planet. LTP: Most people would be surprised by what they can compost. Please elaborate on the possibilities. Naomi: We can compost anything from nature! That is the beautiful system of natural decomposition — anything is going to break down given the right conditions. Since we can ensure the perfect conditions using our technology, we are able to take all food and paper waste — meat, bones, shells, fish scraps, vegetative scraps, fruit, nuts, seeds, garden waste, paper, napkins and cardboard. There is a common misconception about composting: that you can only compost really specific things, like only vegetative scraps. That may be true for a backyard setting where you are unsure if it reaches pathogen-eliminating temperatures and may have issues with pests or odors. LTP: How do residential and restaurant customers get involved? Naomi: They can sign up through our website. Residential customers can sign up directly online for weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly service schedules. Restaurants and businesses can read about our service online and send us an email to get a quote. We typically let the businesses estimate what their pickup frequency should be, then we are really flexible to adjust frequency. We are running a holiday promo right now where you can gift a fixed-term subscription to our residential service to a neighbor or friend. Learn more and sign up at Read the full article at

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Food &Wine Wine Spectator unveils its top 10 wines for 2020 3 taste of wine frank mangio


lthough we’ve been knocked around and humbled by the coronavirus pandemic, with devastating losses in our restaurants, bars and tasting rooms, our taste for wine excellence has never been greater, with increased higher-end wine consumption at home and an increase of 80% in online sales year over year. We now bring you the unveiling of the 2020 Top Ten wines from Wine Spectator, the world’s largest cir-

culated wine publication. The staff of Wine Spectator reported that they blind-tasted over 11,000 wines this year with nearly 50% rated as 90 points or higher. The top 100 wines will be revealed in Wine Spectator in their next edition, evaluated for quality, value, availability and the “wow” factor. Truly a world class list, there are six countries represented in the Wine Spectator Top Ten: United States (California, 3; Oregon, 1), France (2), Italy (2), Argentina (1) and Spain (1). (All wines with their scores, prices and descriptions are sourced from Wine Spectator.)


2010. $139. Marques de Mur-

rieta is one of the founding wineries in Rioja, Spain’s premier wine-producing region. This wine is a leader in using French techniques for greater complexity and longevity from Tempranillo, Rioja’s native red grape. This wine has matured for a decade in the wine cellar before release.


San Filippo Brunello Le Lucere, Montalcino, Italy 2015. $90. San Filippo is

a 25 acre vineyard on a plateau of more than 1,320 feet in elevation, aged in three sizes of barrels, then spends another 14 to 16 months in large floor to ceiling casks and a year in bottle before release. The wine shows terrific complexity.


Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder Mark Aubert is a skilled Napa 2016. $135. Winemak- VICENTE CEBRIAN-SAGARRIGA is the owner/winemaker of master of Pinot Noir, made ers age this venerable wine Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Gran Reserva, vintage 2010, 32 to 36 months in most- from Rioja Spain. Photo courtesy of Wine Spectator Aubert Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2018. $85.

off the coast of western Sonoma County. His goal is to make wines with mouth-filling flavors and a low amount of tannins. Powerful and structured with mineral richness that adds Bodegas Marques de to the fine-edged red fruit Murrieta Rioja Spain and savory spice flavors.

ly neutral oak. This cab is built on acidity and minerality and represents 2 years in a row in the Wine Spectator Top Ten.


du-Pape 2016. $90. A bio-


Kistler Chardonnay Rus-

sian River Valley Sonodynamically farmed estate with 54 acres of vines in ma 2017. $90. Sandy soil sandy soil. The wines im- produces berries that are part a silky elegance to the small in size with concenDomaine de la Vielle typically powerful fruit proTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14 Julienne Chateauneuf- file of Grenache.

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Ryan Woldt bar or chain of brewpubs, has waves of employees coming in and out. Cleaning crews, kitchen staff, prep employees, servers, bartenders and so on. There are delivery drivers, window cleaners, cooler repair persons and just so many more. At the Pacific Beach BBQ joint I managed, we had about 35 employees at any given time and dozens of vendors employing many more. Even when businesses have been able to open for dining in 2020 — outdoors or partially indoors or takeaway only — the number CROP of employees needed to work .93 each day has been cut .93 drastically, leaving a lot of hospitality 4.17 workers out of work,4.28 with less work and less protections than the typical nine-to-five. Shannon Lynnette, 20plus year industry veteran and manager of the Tasting Room and Hospitality at Burning Beard Brewing Company in El Cajon saw so many her industry friends and colleagues struggling. In her words, “hanging by a very tenuous thread, and wavering in financial peril.” She started an event on social media for hospitality and hospitality adjacent employees called In the Weeds, soliciting basic needs donations and thinking she probably wasn’t alone in wanting to help. The response was so great it has grown into the In the Weeds Facebook Group offering support to those in need. According to Shannon, the aim is simple: “If you are in this industry and your income has been affected by the multiple closures, bring me a bag and I

will fill it up with what I’ve been able to amass. Essentially, if you are in need and I can help — I will.” If giving is noble, this commonsense simplicity to Shannon’s efforts make it doubly so. These things don’t happen alone. Thorn Brewing has become a pickup, drop-off and delivery contributor. When asked why they wanted to be involved, Thorn’s Tom Kiely said, “Most hospitality businesses have been closed or barely open for nine months. That’s not just detrimental to the businesses, but the people too. Sustained unemployment breeds food insecurity. Many friends and colleagues aren't sure where their next meal is coming from, and Shannon wanted to do something about it. … “Thorn and Burning Beard have done lots of events together in the past, so she hit us up to help. We have tasting rooms in North Park and Barrio Logan plus a robust county-wide home delivery program so we could help out with logistics.” Jen Mann (aka @MsBeerCraft), a local photographer, has been using her extensive network to make connections to help with donations, and bring attention to this community support effort. “The real special thing about this program is that it’s friends helping friends,” she said. “We must understand that there’s all different levels of what someone might need during these tough times. For some it might be a meal, and for others it might be meals. “For some it could be finding out how or where to get health assistance or free/low-cost mental wellness help. Even sharing how to make a recipe that could stretch during these times, or tips on where to buy inexpensive diapers, [or find] TURN TO CHEERS! ON 14

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Fairgrounds offers Holidays in Your Car light show By Caitlin Steinberg

DEL MAR — Despite the state’s stay-at-home order, the Del Mar Fairgrounds have found a way to share a little socially distanced cheer this holiday season, hosting Holidays in Your Car, a 1.5-mile display of over 1 million holiday lights, holograms and lasers. Visitors attending the holiday light show arrive and remain in the safety of their cars, slowly snaking through the fairgrounds to view the different lit scenes of trucks, toy lands, fairytales, and Santa’s workshop while holiday music plays through their stereos. The show is hosted by CBF productions, the same event production company responsible for Concerts in Your Car, a series of socially distanced concerts and movies held in the Fairgrounds parking lot this fall. The Waterman family attended the light show on Dec 10, their children in pajamas, wrapped up in blankets and holding hot chocolates in their car seats. “This was such a great way to get the kids out and is honestly, one of the only things for us to do as a family this holiday season,” Brittany Waterman said. “The kids loved going through the tunnels of lights and I loved that we could get out together to enjoy an event together.” The idea of a drive-th-

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A DRIVE-THRU holiday light show, “Holidays in Your Car,” runs through Jan. 2 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

ru holiday light show isn’t unfamiliar for locals who attended a similar drivethrough event, the Holiday of Lights, held from 19952012. In light of the pandemic and CBF production’s success with Concerts in Your Car, the company decided to resurrect their own modern-day drivethrough holiday light show. “We’re just so happy to have found a way to offer families a way to celebrate the holidays now that all the traditional parades have been canceled,” Le-

ticia Wilson, Director of Marketing for CBF Productions said. “There are over one million lights sparkling and twinkling throughout the fairgrounds for families to enjoy. Everyone is happy to have the opportunity to create some holiday memories but safely and in their own space,” Wilson said. Attendees can stop to purchase a drive-through hot chocolate or snack as well as drop off perishables to North County Food Bank without ever leaving their

cars during the experience, stating the event is produced in conjunction with all state-mandated health regulations. Additionally, according to CBF productions Holidays in Your Car is run by local employees, contributing to the regional economy, and donates $1 of each ticket to the Emelio Nares and Shelter to Soldier foundations in addition to collecting food for the North County Food Bank. Speaking to the Coast News in November, CBF Founder and Producer

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Vincenzo Giammanco, was proud of the company’s ability to contribute to the local economy, offering both employment opportunities and safe holiday entertainment to the surrounding community. Holidays In Your Car will be showing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds through Jan. 2, Monday–Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday–Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prices are per vehicle, starting at $45 and can be purchased either online or at the event.

REGION — San Diego County public health officials Dec. 22 reported 28 new deaths and 2,381 new COVID-19 infections, the fewest reported since Dec. 14. Tuesday’s reported cases mark the 22nd consecutive day with more than 1,000 cases and the 15th day overall with more than 2,000 new cases. The five highest daily case counts have all occurred in the past week. The county’s cumulative cases increased to 132,098, and the county’s death toll is now 1,311. With intensive-care unit capacity still officially considered to be zero across the 11-county Southern California region, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday the regional stay-at-home order imposed by the state for the entirety of Southern California will almost assuredly be extended beyond next week’s expiration date. Current stay-at-home orders took effect at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 6, and were originally set to end on Dec. 28. Newsom did not give an indication of exactly when a decision on extending the orders will be made, or much long the orders will remain in place.

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he Padres examined their stocking, and it was full of promise. Them getting right was among the few things that went right in 2020. They shed a nine-season run of losing baseball, ignited the region’s love affair with pro baseball, won their first playoff series since 1998 and put a slight scare into the mighty world champion Los Angeles Dodgers. But standing pat in

jay paris with the home nine brimming with production and potential. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in the roster we currently have,” Tingler told reporters during the

deliver could revolve around a Junior. Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. displayed the athleticism, electricity and passion that reminded many of another San Diego great, although from a different sport, in Oceanside’s Junior Seau. Like the late Seau with the Chargers, Tatis never takes a play off and he makes teammates better. His enthusiasm is contagious, his talent obvious even to those

LED BY MVP candidates Manny Machado, left, and Fernando Tatis Jr., things are looking up for the Padres heading into 2021. File photo

sports means you’re losing ground. That’s why general manager A.J. Preller, an Encinitas resident, and manager Jayce Tingler, will fine-tune a squad after a season to remember in a year to forget. Preller isn’t overhauling those in Padres duds like previous offseasons. After an abbreviated year of blue skies, the horizon is clear

Winter Meetings. “Are we a World Series contender? I think that’s going to be determined by a couple of things.” Primarily, the expected growth of those in-house. That goes for Tingler, who was sensational in his rookie season but, like everyone, has room for improvement. The biggest news the senior Padres’ brass might

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restaurants offering free kids meals, or pharmacy gift cards to pay for a prescription.” In the Weeds Hospitality Aid group just partnered with Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley to provide 250 holiday meals earlier this week. And the need for aid won’t be going away while the pandemic is still raging. Even with a vaccine on the horizon so many hospitality jobs have already been lost, and with the current shutdown likely to last

well into 2021 there are a lot of people in the industry who could use a helping hand. In the Weeds Hospitality Aid is doing what they can to ease the struggle by offering discreet donations of food and basic supplies. You don’t need to be an industry member to join the group or ask for help. Just someone who might need an extra hand for the moment. The hospitality industry is fiercely supportive of each other. I’ve spent almost my entire life involved in it somehow, and this show of community is one

not familiar with baseball. The highlight reel of Tatis’ season is a “Say-Wow.” So, the Padres are smartly exploring extending Tatis’ contract past 2024 to anchor his frosted dreadlocks in San Diego. Preller, the lone GM whose Zoom background could include Moonlight Beach, calls Tatis’ situation a “priority.” Tatis, 21,

was fourth in the National League MVP voting after hitting .277 with 17 home runs. Tatis’ emergence, third baseman Manny Machado’s re-emergence to finish No. 3 in the NL MVP balloting and rebounds by others were swell. But the season didn’t end with a celebratory dogpile, which is always the goal, after absorbing a threegame sweep by the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. So, Preller ponders on how best to address the rotation (minus an injured Mike Clevinger), bullpen (missing closers Kirby Yates and Trevor Rosenthal) and bench (key pieces became free agents). Preller’s handiwork is orchestrated in the shadow of the Dodgers, led by manager Dave Roberts, after they won their first title since 1988. Roberts still lives in Cardiff and his Dodgers aren’t going anywhere, either. If the Padres want to reach their World Series destination, keeping pace with their northerly neighbors is required. “They just don’t have many holes,” Tingler said. The Padres used to stand at the dam, madly trying to plug too many breaches because of a lack of talent. That’s no longer true, but it’s false to think the Padres can’t rise. “We know that we made significant steps in 2020,” Tingler said. “But we know we still have a lot of work to do.” Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports


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of the reasons so many of us find ourselves working in service even years after we thought we’d left for good! For my friends, family and colleagues in the hospitality industry I hope this column finds you happy, healthy and comfortable this holiday season, but if you are in need know that there are those reaching out a helping hand. If you would like to support the In the Weeds Hospitality Aid effort, it’s currently accept-ing: • Gift card donations to grocery, pharmacy, gas or big box stories and online retailers.

• Nonperishable accepted anytime • Perishable requested for Tuesday delivery only • Household cleaners • Toiletries They are also accepting cash donations to disperse to local hospitality workers in need and are setting up a donation link through the Thorn St. online store. If you’d like to volunteer for future pickup events, ask questions, or request or provide a donation, reach out directly to Shannon at shannon or ask to join the private In the Weeds Facebook Group.

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Teaching your kids responsible pet care during adoption boom By Dr. Gary Weitzman

Learning to read a pet’s body language and teach them new behaviors won’t just make your lives easier (and save your furniture). Structured, regular training is a great way for families to bond with a new animal companion. If you’re not sure where to start, I recently wrote two new children’s books that can start your family on the right track. “Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide” will take you through all the steps of training your dog, from basic obedience to correcting behaviors to teaching more advanced tricks. New cat owners can pick up “Pounce! A How to Speak Cat Training Guide” for tips on everything from teaching your kitty to use a scratching post instead of the couch, to walking on a leash. Additionally, San Diego Humane Society offers free virtual classes that provide socialization and Be Prepared training tips for puppies Every pet needs clean and kittens. Visit sdhuwater, healthy meals, a for up-to-date ofplace to relieve themselves, ferings. appropriate exercise and a comfy spot to sleep — Giving Back and knowing how to read All pets deserve to be your new four-legged fam- cared for like any other ily member’s behavior and family member. And starttrain them is key to a suc- ing out on the right foot cessful adjustment. with your new family memNew dog owners may bers is essential. Behaviorwonder: al challenges are one of the • How do I keep my dog leading reasons why pets calm in new situations? are relinquished to animal • When is it a good idea shelters, but we can reduce to give my dog a treat? those numbers through • Should I punish my proper training and ensurdog for bad behavior? ing that everyone in the • What should I do if family is ready to help in my dog pulls on the leash, creating a successful tranjumps up on guests or has sition for your new family “accidents” in the house? member. Likewise, new cat ownIf you’re looking to ers may ask: adopt, please consider • How do I get my cat adopting a shelter animal. into their carrier? San Diego Humane Soci• What should I do if ety has a variety of animy cat chews on things mals waiting for their new she’s not supposed to or uri- homes and we would love nates outside the litter box? to help you find the right fit • Why does my cat “go for your next pet. crazy” and run around at A portion of pronight? ceeds from “Fetch!” and • Can you really train “Pounce!” will support San a cat? Diego Humane Society. Spoiler alert: You can in fact train a cat, and there Dr. Gary Weitzman is is no such thing as a “bad president and CEO of the dog!” San Diego Humane Society One silver lining of the pandemic is a boom in pet adoptions and fostering. Thanks to quarantine measures keeping more of us at home, many have decided to add a new pet to their family or to foster an animal. As a result, animal shelters are adapting to meet the needs of the animals, and those who want to add a four-legged friend to their family. Adopting a pet from a shelter can be a wonderful experience — one that helps to save the life of an animal in need. But during this time of social distancing, it's more important than ever to teach children about responsible pet ownership, so your furry friend can stay happy and healthy once you’re heading back to work and school again. Here are a few tips to ensure that welcoming a new animal into your home goes smoothly.


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Handle a potentially awkward situation by warming up your confidence reserves and letting it radiate freely. Also, expect an old friend to contact you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s not too early for the practical Bovine to begin planning possible changes for 2021. A recent contact can offer some interesting insights. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A request for an unusual favor should be carefully checked out. Also check the motives behind it. Your generosity should be respected, not exploited. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Party time beckons, but for some Moon Children, so do some workplace challenges. Deal with the second first, then you’ll be free to enjoy the fun time. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A warm response to an earlier request might be a positive indicator of what’s ahead. Meanwhile, Cupid could pay a surprise visit to single Leos looking for love. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) How you respond to a proposed change in a project could affect your situation. Be prepared to show how well you would be able to deal with it.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) The revelation of a secret could cause some changes in how to deal with a workplace matter. It very likely also validates a position you have long held. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An attempt to get too personal could upset the very private Scorpio. Make it clear that there’s a line no one crosses without your permission. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The savvy Sagittarian might be able to keep a family disagreement from spilling over by getting everyone involved to talk things out. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Be careful not to push people too hard to meet your ideas of what the holiday weekend’s preparations should be. Best to make it a cooperative, not a coerced, effort. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unexpected request could make you rethink a position you’ve had for a long time. Meanwhile, plan a family get-together for the weekend. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Someone might find that it was a fluke to try to use your sympathetic nature to get you to accept a situation you’re not comfortable with. Good for you. BORN THIS WEEK: You like challenges that are both mental and physical, and you enjoy always beating your personal best. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

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THE GARDEN at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside is the site of the state’s oldest pepper tree, seen through this archway. The seeds were brought to the mission in 1830 by a Peruvian sailor and planted by Father Antonio Peyri, a Franciscan friar in charge of the mission until 1832. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

MISSION SAN JUAN Capistrano features extensive gardens and exhibits that detail the site’s history and what life was like when the mission was a thriving community. In the background stands a portion of the old church wall that remained after the devastating earthquake of December 1812, which killed 40 parishioners. Photo by Jerry Ondash

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THE FIRST of California’s 21 missions, San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley was established in 1769 to give Spain a foothold in Alta California (Mexico) and prevent the encroachment of Russia, which was gaining territory in the north. Photo by MARELBU

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ne of the perks of being a fourth-grader in California is the chance to visit one of the state's 21 historic missions. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though, most missions are closed to visitors until sometime in 2021. When they do reopen, North County residents won't have far to go to explore one. In fact, we are situated near three of the 21 missions. In order of their founding, they are Nos. 1, 7 and 18 — each unique but possessing a commonality of heritage and purpose. Some missions are working parishes; one is a historic state park and a working farm; many are museums or have a museum; one sits next to a considerable fault, and an earthquake has de-

hit the road e’louise ondash stroyed more than one. Each mission has a story to tell — one that mixes colonial expansion and competition; religious fervor and secularism; blood and battle; tenacity and enterprise; demolition and decay; and restoration, rebirth and controversy. The accomplishments of the Franciscan friars who established the missions are notable. But we can't ignore their domination of Alta California's indigenous peoples. There has been much criticism of the 2015 can-

onization of Junipero Serra (1713-1784), the priest who founded the first nine missions. Critics charge that he and other priests forced the area's indigenous people to labor involuntarily and to convert to Catholicism. Today, our three nearby missions are beautifully restored— two can be reached via public transportation. Take the Amtrak, San Diego Trolley or Metrolink, and you'll expand your adventure. No. 1 — Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala in San

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Some of the buildings' architectural features are original, and the large, formal garden has hundreds of plantings, many at least a century old. Check reservation policy. Adventure: Take the Coaster to Old Town, transfer to the Trolley's Green Line, and exit at the Mission San Diego stop. No. 7 – Mission San Juan Capistrano in the Orange

County town of the same name, was established in 1776. Both guided and selftours are offered, but I've found the former (and exhibits throughout) make life on the mission in the early 19th century come alive. Every guide has his/her own focus, so each tour provides a different emphasis and slice of history. distance learning. The district is planning to launch a COVID-19 dashboard beginning in January to keep students, families and the community updated. “We appreciate the amazing work being done each day by our students, staff, and administrators. These truly are unprece-

In the spring, the extensive gardens and fountains will have you snapping photos at every turn. Adventure: From Oceanside's Transit Center, take Amtrak or the Metrolink's Orange County Line to San Juan Capistrano. Bonus: Just across the railroad tracks — the Los Rios District, California's oldest neighborhood. Colorful architecture and mature landscaping — massive trees, vines, flowers and succulents. No. 18 – Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, 4050 Mission

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