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VOL. 5, N0. 26
DEC. 27, 2019
Palomar places Blake on leave, launches probe
Council passes on raises, seeks more feedback By Steve Horn
ESCONDIDO — At its Dec. 18 meeting, City Council voted 4-1 against giving itself a pay raise for the next two-year cycle, pending more community outreach and dialogue on the issue. The City Council Rules and Policies call for a consideration of raises in December of odd-numbered non-election years, an arrangement many on the council agreed puts them in an “awkward” political situation. They decided, instead, to take the issue to the public and hash out the issues of pay increases and whether the people of Escondido want full-time or part-time council members. “Any salary increases must be adopted by ordinance, and cannot exceed five percent for each calendar year calculated from the operative date of the last increase,” according to a memorandum written by City Attorney Michael McGuinnes, citing state law, ahead of the meeting. Automatic lockedin pay increases are also not legally authorized for city council members in California. Much of the council’s agenda on the topic centered on the issue of the difference in pay between the mayor and other members. Currently, Mayor Paul McNamara makes just over $70,000 per year for the job, while other council members earn just over $25,000 per year. Councilwoman Olga Diaz, who says she will step down from the seat whether TURN TO RAISES ON 2
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day-themed cookies and donated the earnings to pay the school lunch balance for students within Vista Unified School District. Katelynn, who said she hopes to someday be a teacher, said knowing she was able to help others made her “happy.” “It is the best feeling
SAN MARCOS — After an hour and a half closed session at the end of Palomar College’s Governing Board five-hour Dec. 17 meeting, the board announced it voted to place President Joi Lin Blake on paid administrative leave and to launch an outside independent investigation in a 3-2 tally. With 15 of the original 150 attendees remaining in the Howard Brubeck Theater, Governing Board Chair Nancy Ann Hensch came back with the announcement. Jack Kahn, currently the assistant superintendent and vice president of instructional services, will serve as acting president for the college until the matter is resolved. Governing Board members John Halcón and Mark Evilsizer voted against the motion. “This is non-disciplinary pending investigation,” Hensch said to the remaining crowd. “Again, this is non-disciplinary and being taken as a precautionary measure to protect all parties involved.” Hensch told The Coast News after making the announcement and closing the hearing that the board could not answer further questions about the scope or nature of the investigation. Hensch said the investigator will utilize the services of the law firm Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo on as-needed basis as part of the probe. Blake has come under fire for months by college faculty and staff for financial and personnel decisions she has made during her tenure there. They charge that, due to Blake’s leadership, the college has reached the “high risk”
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BREEZE HILL ELEMENTARY student Katelynn Hardee, 5, paid off the lunch balances for more than 100 of her fellow students by selling hot cocoa and cookies. Courtesy photo
5-year-old has sweet idea to help her peers By Hoa Quach
VISTA — More than 100 students and their families at Vista Unified School District saw their balances wiped cleaned recently after a kindergartener personally paid it off. Breeze Hill Elementary School student Katelynn Hardee raised a total of $78 to pay off the school lunch balances for
123 students. Katelynn’s mother, Karina Hardee, said her daughter raised the money by selling hot cocoa and cookies, as well as, selling an art piece she created. Karina Hardee said her daughter came up with the idea to fundraise for her peers after she overheard another mother say she had a difficult time paying for an
after-school program. “I explained some aren’t as fortunate as us and it is kind to give when we can,” Karina said. “She asked if we could do a hot cocoa and cookies stand. I said, ‘Let’s do it’ and all proceeds would go to charity.” The mother and daughter team sold and decorated holi-
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Pearl Harbor Remembrance special for Young Marines By Steve Puterski
VISTA — For the past six years, the North San Diego Young Marines in Vista have journeyed to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to pay their respects every Dec. 7. And for Master Gunnery Sgt. Luke Smith, 17, of Oceanside, he was selected by the organization’s national leadership to lay a wreath alongside the National Young Marine of the Year Sgt. Major Megan Lynch during the 78th Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance. Unit commander Cal Grimes, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant, said the trip is something the unit looks forward to every year. “It’s very gratifying for me and the kids,” Grimes said. “To be able to pay respects to the ones that were there and didn’t make it back. We were actually able to meet and shake hands and speak with some of the actual survivors.” Smith, a junior at Guajome Park Academy in Vista, said it was an honor to lay the wreath as part of the remembrance, noting the humbling experience of speak with the survivors. He is a legacy of sorts, as his older siblings were once Young Marines, so it was a path he opted to follow. But being able to lay the wreath and listen to the veterans’ account of one of the most infamous days and attacks in U.S. and world history. “Laying the wreath was probably one of the coolest
NORTH SAN DIEGO Young Marine MGy Sgt. Luke Smith, right, of Oceanside lays a wreath with National Young Marine of the Year Sgt. Major Megan Lynch during the 78th Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance in Hawaii. Courtesy photo
parts,” Smith said. “It was an honor to lay it with her (Lynch) and a survivor of the attack. It gave me a better view of what happened. Every year that we go back, there are fewer and fewer survivors, so it makes the situation more real.” The cost of the trip is
$1,000, which is up to the parents to cover, Grimes said. The cost covers the entire trip including the flight, food and hotels for the Young Marines. “It covers everything from the time they drop them off until they pick them up,” Grimes said. “We
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average between seven to 12 kids a year that go.” The Young Marines is a national youth organization with about 300 units across the country, Grimes said. Kids can join as young as 8 years old but must complete 26 hours of recruit training over six to seven weeks to be formally accepted into the organization, he added. The training includes classroom work such as history lessons, physical training, learning the command and rank structures and core values. Grimes said the Young Marines was established to provide kids a positive outlet and many end up enlisting or joining the U.S. Marine Corps after college. “Once they graduate, they are promoted to private, so they have a rank,” he said. “We continue to expand on our knowledge of the program, our history and how to advance and be promoted. We do a lot of drug demand reduction education. It’s a huge part of the program.” The Vista chapter has about 55 Marines and started its own unit about six years ago after splitting off from another unit, Grimes explained. The Young Marines, he said, molds the kids into good people with a heavy emphasis on community service, drug prevention and honoring veterans. “We try to mold them around those traits,” Grimes said. “We used the Marine Corps standards.”
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or not she wins her race for San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2020, said she has had issues with the pay discrepancy since joining the council back in 2008. “What I was trying to get at with the full-time/ part-time thing was merely the fact that the council’s pay is out of sync with the mayor’s pay and that there are times when council people do have to be heavily invested,” said Diaz. “I personally have always had another job or two and a different source of income and I've never been able to depend on this particularly, but there have been many times in the past where I felt I was working equally as hard as another mayor and that was not reflected in the compensation." In San Diego County, only San Diego and Chula Vista city council members receive full-time level compensation. McNamara responded by stating that the job keeps him busy on a “full-time and then some” basis, including often working on Saturdays. “I don’t feel guilty about taking the money. I’m busy and it’s actually less than I was making before, so I don’t have any problems with that,” he said. “If in fact, the rationale was that the mayor would be full time and the council members were part time, I clearly consider myself full time in terms of the amount of time that I’m here, and the people that I
COASTAL PACIFIC Landscape Management, Inc. in San Marcos was honored for its work on the C-3 Bank project in Encinitas. Courtesy photo
Local landscapers honored REGION — The California Landscape Contractors Association, a nonprofit trade organization of licensed and landscape-related contractors, presented Trophy Awards to San Diego County landscape contractors, including one in San Marcos and one in Vista, as well as one for a Vista project. Coastal Pacific Landscape Management, Inc. in San Marcos won first place for a Small Commercial Installation for its C-3 Bank project in Encinitas. The San Diego Chapter of CLCA won the first-place Humanitarian Award for its work on the Teri Outdoor Teaching talk to, and the people who want to talk to me.” But he also said he’s “not so sure” that council members need to be fulltime compensated employees, based on the amount of work he has seen them doing in his first year on the job. Former City Councilman Ed Gallo, who was unseated in the 2018 election by Consuelo Martinez, spoke out against the notion of regular pay raises for council members during the public comments portion of the agenda item. In making his case, he pointed to the city of Oceanside, which has a larger population but offers its council members just a bit more money to do the job and the mayor less than half the amount. He said this was “totally out of whack for this town.” “I’m opposed to you guys even considering taking this raise,” said Gallo. “I sat up there for 16 years, which means we had eight opportunities to increase our salary. I think we did it four, could be five times, which means we didn’t feel it was right to take the increase.” But his former conservative colleague on the council, John Masson, said that he thought Escondido should not necessarily compare itself to other cities in making decisions for itself. “I know we’re in the red, Ed, but we’re going to solve that somehow. It has to be solved and we’re not the only city that has to solve it,” said Masson. “And comparing to other cities, I’m kind of getting tired of that. We’re Es-
Garden, 2507 Hibiscus Ave., Vista. Nature Designs Landscaping in Vista earned a first for Large Commercial Installation for work on its La Jolla Cliffs project. The Trophy Awards were established to encourage interest in landscaping, recognize craftspeople who produce outstanding landscapes, create pride in superior workmanship and bestow public recognition on companies, institutions, municipalities and residents for their interest in a beautiful California. A total of 48 awards were presented. See www. clca.org/trophy-awards for the winners. condido. We’re our own city. We plow our own way and we do our own things and we make our own decisions ... We have our own ability to make our own decisions and be who we want to be and do what we want to do as a city.” Masson found an unlikely political ally on the issue from the public in Laura Hunter, a longtime environmental activist in North County and throughout San Diego County, who pointed out “how much hard work it is” to serve on the City Council. “If you’re going to be an elected representative that does the work — there’s a lot of it — and is inclusive and works to have representative and meets with a lot of people and makes yourself available for all the things that elected officials should do, then I think you should be paid for that time,” said Hunter. “And I get concerned that if we don’t pay officials — and I frankly think you should also have a staff assistant of your own, but whatever, that’s a different issue — if you don’t do that then elected offices become kind of the purview of the retired people, or the wealthy people or people who aren’t busy with their lives and the many, many things to do.” A discussion and vote on the issue of lowering campaign contribution limits for those running for elected office in Escondido was tabled until early-February, with council members asking for more time to bring questions to McGuinness. City Council will next meet on Jan. 15.
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Vista Irrigation District offers scholarships VISTA — Vista Irrigation District invites local high school seniors to compete for scholarships sponsored by the district. Up to six scholarships may be awarded; the minimum scholarship award amount is $1,000 and the maximum scholarship award amount is $3,000. The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage students to learn more about water related issues impacting their community. Eligible students must live or go to school within the Vista Irrigation District’s service area. Students who compete for a scholarship must complete an essay and provide a personal statement related to their background and/or goals. Selection criteria also include community involvement or volunteer service and letters of recommendation from high school faculty. Students may download an application package from vidwater.org, or contact Alisa Nichols at (760) 597-3173 to have the materials mailed to them. Applications are also available through high school counseling offices. Applications must be received at the district’s office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2020.
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Escondido students try construction as possible career By Stephanie Stang
ESCONDIDO — How does a salary that pays well above the average in San Diego county that doesn’t involve a mountain of student loans sound? Students in Escondido are considering jobs in construction thanks to an initiative from Project Cornerstone. The nonprofit is dedicated to educating students about the importance of the construction industry through making STEM. Recently Project Cornerstone hosted a two-day Career Technical Education training event. Students from Escondido’s three high schools were invited to explore the construction industry with hands-on activities including welding, concrete finishing, equipment operation, and interviews with industry experts. San Pasqual High School junior Ted Marchand said he never thought about a career in construction until Cornerstone came along. “Being stuck in a class all day is not my forte,” he said. “There’s no college tuition I really have to pay. We can just go into it right after high school. I like driving, so this fits my career better.” Executive Director of Project Cornerstone Crystal Howard said the last three years Project Cornerstone has started to focus more on workforce development. “There’s a shortage of construction workers,” Howard said. “Many of them are reaching retirement. The younger generation isn’t aware of the possibilities that are available to them.” According to the Associated General Contractors of America, 77% of 128 contractors responding to a recent survey said they need to hire hourly craft workers within the next year because of recent business expansion.
SAN PASQUAL HIGH SCHOOL students learned various construction techniques at the High School Career Technical Education Program organized by Project Cornerstone on Dec. 12. Photo by Stephanie Stang
Howard says the ultimate goal is to create awareness surrounding the construction industry. “That there are jobs available and changing that perception that construction jobs are not cool or don’t make money,” she said. “You can start making $20 to $30 an hour. It’s a great career.”
“All these jobs at these companies have 401k, retirement, health benefits, paid vacation, days off, sick time,” San Pasqual High School welding teacher Beau Haubruge said. “They are really great jobs that not a lot of people know about.” Haubruge said unfortunately
there is a tough dynamic in schools that the only way to be successful is to get a four-year degree. However, not all students are destined for a traditional education. Many can receive a certification from Palomar College or MiraCosta College in two years. “We need mostly skilled technicians to keep the world running,” said Haubruge. “So, as a shop teacher, my battle is to help kids realize that that’s not the only path. You can go and get trained and get a high-paying job right out of high school and have a phenomenal career.” Sierra Montes is a senior at San Pasqual and originally planned on joining the military but changed her mind after taking welding. “I’ve always been interested in engineering and during my freshman and sophomore year I took pre-engineering,” she said. “I switched high schools and they had welding and I liked it. I want to do something with manufacturing. It’s different and even though I’m a girl and most people think that it’s male dominated. I like it a lot.” Montes plans on attending Palomar College or MiraCosta next year. “We really work hard on changing the perception of what it means to work in construction, it does create a great opportunity for you,” Howard said. “You can be successful and not get a four-year degree. That’s what we are really after — getting more students into and interested in working in construction.” Project Cornerstone will organize another hands-on program in East County in April. Industry experts that would like to volunteer are welcome. For more information go to www.project-cornerstone.org.
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Opinion & Editorial
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UC should not be intimidated, should keep the ACT and SAT
A busy first year on the board
he end of the year is a great time to look back and look ahead. While it’s been a whirlwind first year as a San Diego County Supervisor, I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together. One of my big focuses when taking over the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors was fire safety. We all know fires are inevitable in San Diego, but we can make a difference by being prepared. We haven’t seen any major wildfires this year and that’s a credit to CALFIRE and all the technologies in place. Our new helitanker, which is positioned in North County during Red Flag Warnings, has been a huge help. Response time for wildfires has been under five minutes, which is simply amazing. Revitalization committees are underway in Borrego Springs, Fallbrook and Valley Center, and all have been successful thanks to our amazing community
around the county Jim Desmond members. Each sub-committee has spent hours working with County staff and community members to solve issues. I have been extremely pleased to see the progress throughout the year and look forward to what they achieve in 2020. Also, another effort I’m honored to have been a part of, is our Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) program. Started in 2013 by Sheriff Bill Gore, the VMF program is a veteran-only, incentive-based housing unit for male inmates who served in a branch of the United States military. This program provides a structured environment for veterans to draw on the positive aspects of their shared military cultures, creates a safe place
for healing and rehabilitation, and fosters positive peer connections. Earlier this year we expanded the program and partnered with Palomar College to bring training courses to the inmates and continued support when they leave prison. A few other items I’m proud of…We’ve been able to add an additional $28 million to road maintenance in the unincorporated areas. We’ve connected the east end of San Luis Rey Park from the 76 to I-15 and developed many other parks in District 5. None of this would be possible without you. Your help and willingness to reach out to my office has improved our community. Next time, I’ll give you an update on what some goals are until 2020. Until then, Happy New Year! Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
The future of water in the county By Marie Waldron
With the recent heavy rains, our water supply may not be at the top of everyone’s worry list. Even so, last week the San Diego County Water Authority gave an update on the future of water in our region. The County Water Authority was created by the Legislature in 1944. Its 24 member agencies provide about 75% of our water and serve 3.3 million people. But only 17% of our water comes from local supplies, which include the nation’s largest desalination plant at Carlsbad; 11% originates in Northern California, and 72% from the Colorado River. This includes a water transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District that supplies about
35% of our water. We’ve spent billions on raising local dams, on lining the Coachella and All American Canals to eliminate seepage, on construction of the Carlsbad desalination plant, and on many other projects aimed at diversification and increased supply. While supplies are adequate for today, steps will be necessary to secure our water future. The County Water Authority does not have a pipeline that connects directly to the Colorado River – we have to pay the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) for those deliveries, which is costly and has led to litigation. Several alternative conveyance systems are now under review. Two alignments, one along the
Mexican border and another further north, would both end at the San Vicente Reservoir. A third through the Borrego area would end at the Twin Oaks Water Treatment Plant in San Marcos. Our past diversification efforts were successful. In 1991, 95% of our water was imported from the MWD, but through diversification, only 2% will be imported from MWD by 2035. San Diego’s water future is brighter than many parts of California that haven’t been as innovative, but we can’t rest on our laurels. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.
or months, the University of California has been beset by the threat of a lawsuit from parents of minority students and others supposedly looking out for their interests, who insist the UC system’s use of national standardized tests in its admission process is discriminatory. Really? The claim propounded by lawyers for the Compton Unified School District, several students and five nonprofits is that the SAT and ACT exams taken by millions of high schoolers across the nation are not fair to minorities and children of the poor. They assert that test performances closely correlate with family incomes, parent education levels and race. That’s undoubtedly correct: Higher-income families often seek classes and other educational opportunities for their children outside school programs and frequently arrange prep courses for their kids before they take the exams. Yes, the College Board, which runs the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT) program have changed their exams, making them less likely to favor the economically privileged and white or Asian-American kids. But nothing prevents mostly minority school districts like Compton from designing test preparation courses of their own, specially targeted to overcome whatever disadvantages they believe their students might have. These classes could be offered free to everyone expected to take either test within two years of the class’s opening date. So far, only a few such publicly funded classes exist, but where they do, student performances improved. Reality is that public
california focus thomas d. elias schools cannot force parents to take a greater than normal interest in their kids’ education. Numerous studies show that the more educated parents are, the more they participate in parent-teacher activities at their children’s schools and the more assiduous they are about making sure their children do homework and attend school reliably. For sure, kids who form bad study and attendance habits from an early age almost always fare worse than others on the SAT and ACT. And what about the claim that use of the tests as a factor in UC admissions amounts to racial and economic discrimination? It’s no more discriminatory than the university system’s concurrent use of grade point averages, essays and class rankings, where parental education and financial standing also usually correlate with better performance. None of this will satisfy the anti-test advocates. Their unspoken aim: They would essentially like to see UC dumbed down so that more people can enjoy the prestige and the privileged assumptions that go with a diploma from one of America’s preeminent public universities. One official of the Oakland-based Equal Justice Society told a reporter that “The SAT has built-in biases that ultimately derail the college aspirations of thousands of hardworking students of color who would thrive in college and make important contributions to the UC
community and beyond. The test serves no purpose other than to act as a barrier to higher education for historically disadvantaged students.” If there are some discriminatory aspects, they may include the fact that language dialects some students use at home do not jibe well with word usage on the test. This could be overcome by testprep courses if they were widely offered by public schools in disadvantaged areas. That could be one very constructive use of the extra money the state has sent to schools with large numbers of poor kids under programs begun by ex-Gov. Jerry Brown six years ago. But few districts have done this. And there is ample evidence that the SAT and ACT usually serve their stated purpose: Test results usually predict college performance by the test takers. At the same time, it does not seem to matter to opponents of standardized exams what the testing companies do to make their exams less sensitive to privilege and parental interest. Both firms have redesigned test questions with this factor in mind, but could not stem the complaints. The bottom line: In a climate where several UC chancellors and other top officials say they’re open to abandoning the tests, a UC committee is to report in early spring on what the elite system should do. Whatever it does, UC must take care to avoid anything that might undermine its high standing, which draws top faculty and students from around the world. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Elias columns, visit www. californiafocus.net
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Vista OKs housing agreements with Solutions for Change By Steve Puterski
VISTA — During Vista City Council’s Dec. 10 meeting, the council approved, 4-1, several housing agreements with Solutions for Change for $2.7 million to assist with its campus expansion. For more than two decades, the nonprofit Solutions for Change has been a symbol for Vista and North County in addressing homelessness and homelessness prevention. Solutions for Change has retained Kingdom Development to construction. “There is accountability, not only to the program, but to one another,” Councilman John Franklin said of the program and residents. “It’s about sustainability, it’s about changing lives and it’s about restoring dignity.” He said the city will eventually be the landowner, after 99 years, while also
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of fiscal insolvency status recently designated by the Fiscal Crisis Management & Assistance Team (FCMAT) and recently did a “vote of no confidence” on Blake, calling for her to step down. FCMAT is a state agency with oversight and investigative responsibilities over public K-12 schools and community colleges. Kahn also made a request of the public to “respect the privacy of all parties at this time” in a press release disseminated by the college. “Doing so will allow us to focus on the important work of the District,” said Kahn. “Together, we will remain focused on student success, our response to the FCMAT report and building toward a successful spring semester.” Palomar College Professor of Mathematics Shannon Lienhart, a longtime critic of Blake and allied Governing Board members, praised the board for its decision. “Putting Blake on administrative leave for an independent investigation is important,” said Lienhart. “Otherwise, an inves-
noting homelessness is one of the council’s top priorities, thus worth the investment. However, Councilwoman Corinna Contreras voted to approve, but not without apprehension. “I’m not a big fan of inserting ideological perspectives,” Contreras said. She said she was concerned about previous comments from a Solutions for Change representative criticizing government involvement with addressing homelessness. Contreras said she has reservations if the statement, taken at face value, is true, especially since the city is allocating $2.7 million. The total cost of the project is more than $43 million, said Councilman Joe Green, who was in favor of the deal. He said the project will be a benefit for the city, noting the track record of Solutions for Change.
Councilwoman Amanda Rigby, who voted against the request, questioned the finances, noting past transgressions with the nonprofit, and why the city must commit funds before other sources. Amanda Lee, Vista’s housing programs manager, said if Solutions for Change cannot secure other funding sources by Dec. 31, 2020, then Vista’s money will not be “infused” into the deal. In 2018, the nonprofit, which focuses on homelessness, requested $2.7 million from the city to purchase two adjacent properties next to its headquarters at 722 W. California Avenue. Plans call for constructing permanent and transitional housing units, rehabilitating existing units and building an empowerment center, while the developer, Kingdom Development, would operate an emergency shelter on site.
In addition to Vista’s contribution, Solutions for Change’s funding sources for Parcel 1, which includes 36 permanent units for extremely low- and low-income families, include $19.6 million for low-income housing tax credits and $3.2 million from a San Diego County Innovative Housing Trust Fund loan, Lee said. The nonprofit is applying for those additional funds and will be notified by June 2020 if it received those sources. On the second parcel, plans call for major renovations to existing structures, Lee said. Funding for this project calls for applying for $4.6 million in low-income housing tax credits, $5.8 million from the county’s housing trust fund loan and renegotiating loan terms with the cities of Vista, Escondido, San Diego and the state for $4.3 million, to name a few.
Numerous residents and those who are living at Solutions for Change spoke in support of the request from Solutions for Change and its agreement with the city. James Martell, who lives at Solutions for Change, told the council the program has changed his life. He said he’s been with 13 other programs but said Solutions for Change is by far the best. Martell urged the council to approve the item so he could remain there, but also to help other families who come in and need those services. “It will provide more affordable housing, more facilities to educate and empower and more opportunities to move homeless families off the street,” resident Paul Webster said. “It will update and expand a community asset. It has a demonstrated impact of decreasing crime.”
tigator is not going to get honest answers. Blake has created a climate of fear and anyone who steps out of line is in danger of being fired or retaliated against in some form.” Blake, who was not available for comment, had recently told The Coast News that she was preparing to testify in front of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Board of Governors at its Jan. 13 and Jan. 14 meeting and to answer its questions about FCMAT’s fiscal health risk analysis report. The FCMAT report was published on Nov. 8 and presented to the Governing Board on Nov. 12. The Governing Board meeting started with a presentation given by Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who said that the FCMAT analysis “raises some significant concerns” about Palomar College’s financial status. FCMAT’s report concluded that Palomar College “has a structural deficit of $11,748,859.00 for the 2019-20 fiscal year.” “The Palomar Community College District is a very important district for the state of California and the students that it serves are some of the most promising students,
as well as many of them living in some of the most vulnerable communities in the state,” said Oakley to the Governing Board. “The work that you do on behalf of the people of California on the district is very important. So, we are very concerned with what the FCMAT report tells us about the fiscal health of the district, the fiscal management of the district and what that means to the students of this district.” Oakley also said that the Chancellor’s Office is considering sending in a fiscal monitor to oversee Palomar College’s response to the recommendations in the FCMAT analysis. He pointed to a similar recent action taken at the Peralta Community College District in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the worst-case scenario, if the college does not take actions to reverse
course on its fiscal deficit, Oakley said the Chancellor’s Office could appoint a special trustee to oversee that mission. “It is not the desire of the (California Community Colleges Chancellor’s) Board of Governors to assign a special trustee, we want and we trust that the board of trustees will do its work and we’re going to do everything we can to support that work,” Oakley said. “But if there is a situation that the Board of Governors feels that the fiscal health of the district is in such dire straits that it threatens the academic progress of students in the district, then it does have that option to step in.” After the meeting, English as a Second Language Professor Lawrence Lawson — one of several faculty members who stayed until the end of the meeting
— said what kept him there until the end. “I stayed because we brought up a lot of important issues during this Governing Board meeting and the previous Governing Board meetings that require an answer to the Governing Board and we are going to continue to stay and show up and let them know that we are here to hear their answer,” said Lawson. “So, whatever the result of that closed session was, we need to stay to see if it’s an answer to any of the questions that we raised. I think with the tenor of that statement, we don’t know what it is about. But the vote and the split indicates that it’s something quite serious, so we look forward to more information.” The Governing Board is scheduled to meet again on Jan. 13.
Covered California made easy VISTA — Vista Community Clinic (VCC), a Covered California Certified Enrollment Entity, is offering free enrollment assistance to patients and community residents during the Covered California open enrollment period that runs until Jan. 31. Certified enrollment counselors at VCC will provide plan information, help with completing the application, and determine eligibility for premium assistance. While appointments are available during normal business hours, evenings and Saturdays at all five VCC locations in Vista and Oceanside, free assistance events will run on select dates in January, shown below. Those looking for appointments may call (760) 631-5000, ext. 7127. For those patients and community residents who have previously enrolled but need renewal assistance, VCC will also be offering free help. Certified enrollment counselors can assist with renewing plans, changing plans, adding members and updating any information that may impact premium assistance. VCC Covered California Events will be held: — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25; and 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 at Vale Terrace, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at Pier View, 818 Pier View Way, Oceanside and at North River, 4700 N. River Road, Oceanside. — 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Grapevine, 134 Grapevine Road, Vista. For more information, call or text (760) 631-5000.
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New marijuana uses in Vista get green light New Year’s compromises
By Steve Puterski
VISTA — In just 13 months, Vista has become an anchor in the marijuana business in North County. While voters passed Measure Z in 2018 to allow medicinal marijuana, the City Council unanimously approved several new uses during its Dec. 10 meeting. The new uses include allowing for cannabis testing and two each for manufacturing and distribution facilities within the Vista Business Park Specific Plan, along with allowing delivery within city limits. John Conley, director of community development, reported on several amendments to the city’s code including delivery. He said those require a delivery service license, operating requirements, drive work permits and inspections of premises and records of those dispensaries. “I’d rather have someone who is licensed, who is collecting sales tax on those transactions, I’d rather have you deliver legally to Vista residents,” Councilman John Franklin said. Following direction from the City Council in August, Vista city staff prepared ordinances to permit cannabis delivery and allow cannabis testing, manufacturing and distribution uses within the Vista Business Park. The council approved the requirement of special use permits for manufacturing and distribution businesses. The council also discussed a minor use permit for testing facilities, but ultimately did not require such a permit. Currently, the city has four medicinal dispensaries open, with several
THE VISTA CITY COUNCIL approved new uses for marijuana in the city, which includes testing, manufacturing and distribution facilities along with delivery. Photo by Steve Puterski
others slated to open this month. In total, Measure Z allows for 11 total dispensaries in the city. Conley said the city also requested to continue an urgency ordinance to extend the moratorium on cannabis-related land uses until the amendments take effect. The previous moratorium expired on Dec. 10. Any cannabis manufacturing and distribution business must be at least 600 feet from residential homes. “It certainly makes sense for testing facilities to be available to make sure consumers have safe access to products,” Franklin said. “When we consider a nuisance to the community, since these are not retail uses, we can eliminate some of those issues.” Several residents spoke against the city’s proposed actions driving
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points of public health and safety, with one resident describing the harmful effects of vaping. Many of those in opposition, including several from the North Coastal Prevention Coalition, which advocates against alcohol, tobacco and drug use, said the new uses in the city would be harmful to teens, among others. “Marijuana profiteers … entice electeds to cooperate with the marijuana industry’s campaign to normalize marijuana,” said Kathryn Lippet, a public health practitioner and Vista resident. “Medicinal marijuana businesses also leave the door open for 18-year-olds to buy, use and divert to other peers and teens.” John Jesse, who owns Dr. GreenRX dispensary in Vista, said the voters approved Measure Z by
almost 54%, while Vista residents approved Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana, by 57%. He said it’s a safer alternative than opioids, noting 130 people die per day from opiates. As for the children, he said much of their use comes from the household, something he, and the three other businesses operating, cannot enforce. He also touched on the tax revenue, which is estimated at about $1 million (although the actuals may be less) to the city’s General Fund, but by allowing adult use under Proposition 64, the city could double or triple its tax revenue from marijuana. “People don’t understand what’s going on,” Jesse said. “The sky hasn’t fallen, and it hasn’t fallen in San Diego.”
When January 1st comes our way, we feel a promise of better things for all of us. We have a fresh start; a new beginning; another chance. The new year is like a babe in swaddling clothes, looking out upon the world with wide and eager eyes. In many ways, the new year is a new beginning for each of us. The new year is a time for contemplation and personal inventory. We are encouraged to make resolutions. To make the year, our life ~ yes, even the world ~ better! Planning our life and working toward our chosen goals is the foundation for success. While we celebrate this new year, let us all resolve to become better people and make a positive difference in our world.
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h yippee. Time to begin considering New Year’s resolutions. We’ve just barely regained consciousness from the lethal combination of eggnog and the seven-day, cookie-exchange diet, and yet it is time for introspection and reflection on how we might make ourselves oh-so-much better than during the past 12 months. Excuse me while I go get some ibuprofen. There are a thousand things that I really, really should try to accomplish as we begin a new year, but I have reached that age when good intentions are liberally laced with realism. There is rather a fine comfort in knowing your limitations and not expecting to exceed them too much. I am living proof that you can blend high ideals and, well, medium standards. That attitude will largely shape any resolutions I might make in the weak moments just before the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31. For instance, I should resolve to have my writing be ever so much more brilliant and get syndicated. I, however, will be happy if my current readers just wait until Monday before they line the birdcage with it. I should start that regimen that will have me healthy and a size 4. I will, though, be content to seek out really cute overblouses to camouflage my tummy.
small talk jean gillette I should resolve to paint my house and refinish my kitchen cupboards. I will be smiling if I can just get them free of splatters and grease. Life would be grand if I could finally break the longtime habit of occasionally cursing like a crusty longshoreman. I will be satisfied if I can just remember to keep my windows up so the other drivers don’t hear me. I should plan to save my money and somehow afford a new car. There will be no complaints, however, if my 12-year-old Prius just holds together another year or two. I really think it might go the way of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ “Onehorse shay, that…ran for 100 years to a day” before it self-combusts into dust. For my readers, my New Year’s 2020 wish is “God’s blessing on your year, giving you time for the task, peace for the path, wisdom for the work, friends for the fireside and love to the last.” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer paving that wellknown road with her good intentions. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gaspar talks re-election with Escondido GOP By Steve Horn
ESCONDIDO — With the March 3 primary election just two and a half months away, San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar addressed her re-election efforts with the Escondido Republican Club at the group’s Dec. 16 meeting. Running for an officially nonpartisan seat that she first won in 2016, Gaspar explained what her main message will be and also shared her thoughts on her two Democratic Party opponents — one of them in particular — in the race. And she positioned herself as a relative endangered species, with the number of Republican Party public officials in rapid decline in San Diego County. “I can share with you my little secret how I can sleep well at night,” she said. “I can sleep well at night knowing that I have guiding principles that I operate by and when it gets tough, I choose to lean in. I don't choose to change my political party to make it easier on a reelection effort. Absolutely not. So, there are a couple of us Republicans left in this county and we are going to fight hard with every fiber of our being to make sure that we're back in office making sound decisions for our county” On the campaign trail for her opponents — University of California-San Diego research fellow and former
Obama administration U.S. Department of Treasury advisor Terra Lawson-Remer and Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz — Gaspar’s two visits to the White House to speak with President Donald Trump have become prominent talking points. But Gaspar defended those sojourns to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue because she saw it as important to get the issues discussed on the table. “If anyone listened to what I said at the table with the presGaspar ident of the United States, I was talking about some really important issues: human trafficking and drug trafficking across our border,” she said. “I'm going to talk about the billion-dollar human trafficking industry in San Diego, a billion-dollar industry. It's really sick: 12,000 human trafficking victims and survivors in San Diego ... It's an issue I’m really passionate about, so criticize away for sitting at the table with president of the United States to share with him around what's happening in San Diego.” Gaspar also pointed to major labor unions going allin against her in the race, likely to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause. “So, you may have read
that the unions have already started a six-figure campaign to unseat me,” said Gaspar. “And I’m actually pretty proud of the big target that I wear on my back because I've chosen to speak up and do the right thing every minute that I've sat in that chair. And so if it makes me unpopular, then so be it.” She added that she believes union interests have grasped the reins of power within the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, on which Gaspar has a seat. In drawing out that point, Gaspar pointed to the 2017 bill Assembly Bill 805, which created a weighted voting system for the SANDAG board. Sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez — husband of the current sole Democrat on the current Board of Supervisors — the state law allows for SANDAG to implement this voting method, which gives more weight and a higher vote tally to SANDAG representatives from larger population centers, when motioned for by a board member. Gaspar said she thinks AB 805 has disempowered the North County representatives' voting bloc. And she said she had a problem with the language in the legislation calling for SANDAG-authorized public works projects to have mandated project labor agreements, or PLAs, for unionized workers.
“I think it’s important that we talk about the union influence because that’s what’s really going on. They’re driving up the cost of every contract.” said Gaspar. “They’re making it to where all the new work big construction projects in this town are project labor agreements. You'll hear the term PLA, but the PLAs exclude nonunion shops for bidding on projects. I think that's wrong. I promote fair and open competition that keeps the price of our projects as low as possible in an area where these projects are very expensive.“ Gaspar said little about what she felt about Diaz. As in her campaign’s emails, she instead zeroed in on Lawson-Remer, who has raised far more money than Diaz so far in the run-up to the primary. Foreshadowing her electioneering messaging that has already come out in some campaign emails, Gaspar cast Lawson-Remer as a radical activist. “She’s long been known as an activist, very proud of her arrest record,” said Gaspar. “The most notable arrest was in New York City, where she rappelled from the building as part of the protest and even Mayor Bloomberg was like, ‘OK, now we've taken things much too far because public safety was compromised.’ But she was also arrested in Seattle as part of riots. So very active.”
Council plants seeds for community gardens By Steve Puterski
VISTA — Community gardens may be sprouting up in the coming months in Vista following City Council discussion at its Dec. 10 meeting. Council directed city staff to bring back more information regarding the mechanics and logistics of the gardens during the meeting. The item was brought forward by Councilwoman Corinna Contreras, who said community gardens or biodiversity hotspots would be a much-welcomed addition to beautification efforts. “I have heard from people all over the city and in every district that they want community gardens,” Contreras said. She said one goal for the council was to figure out any challenges or obstacles preventing the gardens from forming. It’s the reasons she added biodiversity hotspots, which would allow for planting of California native plants and other site-suitable plants providing native and migratory species the opportunity to forage and thrive in an increasingly urbanized environment. The hotspots, from the city’s perspective Contreras said, is taking a micro approach, rather than using the traditional macro-level definition, which
are applied across large swaths of land. “Increasingly urbanized environment is something we’re seeing here in the city,” she said. “We do have, as public land, an opportunity to not even purchase other property to pursue a community garden. There is no reason we can’t beautify our city with a community garden component or biodiversity component.” Community gardens are collaborative projects on shared open spaces where participants share in the maintenance and products of the garden, including healthful and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardens may offer physical and mental health benefits by providing opportunities to eat healthy fresh fruits and vegetables; creating green space; beautifying vacant lots; and creating green rooftops; along with decreasing violence in some neighborhoods and improving social well-being through strengthening social connections, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Contreras said. She said there is no reason not to overlay Vista’s land availability with this type of beautification TURN TO GARDENS ON 14
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MAINTENANCE IS ONGOING for vintage aircraft at the Yankee Air Museum near Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is a B-17 “Flying Fortress” named “Yankee Lady,” known as the most heavily armed aircraft in World War II. Photo by E’Louise Ondash
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’m standing in a cavernous, 144,000-squarefoot industrial building that once produced the B-24 Liberator bombers that helped the United States win World War II. The former plant at the Willow Run Airport near Ann Arbor, Michigan (https://www.annarbor.org), is one of three historic buildings that comprise the Yankee Air Museum (https://yankeeairmuseum.org). Although this structure seems gigantic, it is only a small portion of the original complex, which was 5 million square feet. “Before the U.S. entered the war, we were producing one B-24 Liberator a month,” says Kevin Walsh, the museum’s executive director since 2012. “This entire plant was constructed in 18 months, and by 1942, one bomber rolled off the assembly line every 55 minutes.” Willow Run was the largest war factory in the world, and it was Henry Ford’s automotive assem-
e’louise ondash bly-line method that made such volume possible. “No battles were fought at the Willow Run plant, but a war was won here,” Walsh says. “We out-produced and out-trained our enemy. No nation could compete with our manufacturing capacities. The Germans literally ran out of manpower. They were more technologically advanced, but it was sheer numbers (of people and weapons) that won the war.” More than 42,000 people were employed at the Willow Run plant; half were women. Hence the museum’s celebration of Rosie the Riveter (https://www. thoughtco.com/who-was-rosie-the-riveter-3534386), the icon that represented the thousands of women who worked in war-time facto-
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ries and other home-front jobs much of the male population had joined the military. After the war, the Willow Run bomber plant was transformed into a General Motors factory. When GM went bankrupt, it demolished all but the building we are standing in. This section was purchased by the museum, which is dedicated to telling Michigan’s contribution to aviation history. Today, the building houses several vintage planes in need of restoration, keeping them safe from the whims and wilds of Michigan weather. Eventually, the museum hopes this former airplane manufacturing plant will be its main showcase where planes and artifacts are stored, preserved and exhibited. Until then, visitors can explore the Collections & Exhibits Building, 22,000 square feet of permanent and changing exhibits that include artifacts such as uniforms, maps, models and mock-ups. Walsh opens a drawer to show us an escape-route map printed on silk and carried by pilots in case they went down behind enemy lines. “ … I love coming to work each day,” Walsh says. “The volunteers and staff share the same passion and it makes for an incredible work environment.” Walsh escorts us to a third building on the
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Pay off library fines with canned food through Dec. 31 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Clear up to $20 in fines from library accounts by donating non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged food. Each food item counts as $1 toward reducing fines. The food is donated to Escondido’s Interfaith Community Services and distributed to local needy families. All donations must be given at the Customer Service Desk. More information at https:// library.escondido.org/foodfor-fines.aspx.
NEW YEAR’S SALUTE
Upcoming social opportunities with the North County Widows and Widowers Club include Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet at 11 a.m. at The Grille at Lake San Marcos, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. RSVP to Dale at (760) 5225144.
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Republican Women of California-San Marcos will meet for wine and appetizers and candidates have been invited to chat with attendees from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at 1131 Jugador Court, Lake San Marcos. No reservations necessary. Cost will be membership dues to be collected – members $35; associates $20; couples $45. For. more information, call (760) 744-0953.
CAMP READ S’MORE
Oceanside Public Library presents Camp Read S’more at 5 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Mission Branch Library, 3861-B Mission Ave. , Oceanside. Families are invited to participate in a fun sing-along to a popular winter film we just can’t seem to let go. Camp Read S’more attendees can also create a lantern and enjoy a marshmallow treat. Campers of all ages are welcome to come dressed in their pajamas. For related information, please visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600.
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Join the North County Widows and Widowers Club for a Twilight Dinner Dance at 5 p.m. Jan. 10 at Vista Elks, 1947 E. Vista Way, Vista. $15 at door plus $2 table charge. RSVP to Dottie at (760) 438-5491.
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A New Year’s Eve Senior Social Dance will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Encinitas Community/Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $10. Tickets on sale at the Senior Center while supplies last. (max. of 8 tickets per person). PARKINSON’S SUPPORT The free Rancho Bernardo monthly meeting of the North County Parkinson’s Support Group will be Happy New Year! from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive. Sherrie Gould, MSN, GARDEN CLUB NP-C from Scripps ClinHow to grow and care ic Center for Neurorestofor proteas will be the top- ration will present “Duopa, ic at the Vista Garden Club A New Treatment Option meeting at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 3 for Parkinson’s” (sponsored in the Azalea Room at the by Abbvie Inc.) Call (858) Gloria McClellan Senior 354-2498 or (760) 749-8234. Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Fingertip
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Willow Run campus, a 30,000-square-foot hangar that acts as maintenance central for several restored vintage aircraft: the B-17G “Yankee Lady;” B-25D “Yankee Warrior;” C-47D “Hairless Joe” Skytrain; and an open-cockpit WACO biplane. A UH-1H Vietnam era “Huey” Helicopter is currently under restoration. “There were 12,731 B-17s originally,” Walsh says. “Today there are eight still flying and four under restoration to flying condition. There are probably an additional 20 to 25 static air frames.” I elect to do a climbthrough (it’s difficult to fully stand in the fuselage) of the B-25. During the war, it was known as the most heavily armed aircraft in the world. Moving gingerly to the cockpit, I get an appreciation for what flight crews had to endure during bombing runs. No heating, air-conditioning, cushy seats or bathrooms. And imagine sitting for hours in a gun turret. The future of the museum looks bright. “In less than 12 months, we are moving into our new aeronautics center,” Walsh says. “The airplanes will have a new home ... on the same side of airport as the museum.” For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com
Open Level Teen/Adult Ballet (for ages 13 up) will offer 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. classes starting Jan. 6 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Terminology, barre and center work are included as well floor movements. The instructor is Marti Neal. For additional information visit https:// encinitasca.gov/Residents/ Recreation-Programs or call (760) 943-2260.
lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30, and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub.org or e-mail Vistagardenclub@ gmail.com.
The city of Encinitas is hosting Cyclovia, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12, along South Coast Highway 101 between D Street and J Street. It is a free, open, street event where streets are temporarily closed to cars and open to allow cyclists, skaters and pedestrians access to local businesses on open streets. Explore local businesses and the neighborhood in a new way.
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Help students develop their interview skills SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Promise group, partnered with San Marcos High School, are looking for community volunteers to help with its fifth annual Senior Mock Interviews on April 1 and April 2. The mock interviews are the culmination of the Senior Career Exploration project that all seniors at SMHS participate in during the course of their senior year. Each of the 800 seniors will participate in a mock interview conducted by local industry professionals. Each day will be broken into two shifts and participant interviewers can volunteer for an all-day or twoday commitment. The shifts will be 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. on April 1 and 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. April 2. Coffee and refreshments will be available throughout the day, and lunch will be provided each day for all panelists. RSVP to bit.ly/smhsinterviews to be part of helping local youth enter the working world. For questions about the event, contact Alison Liu in the SMHS Career Center firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 290-2226.
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he semester was coming to a close, but Justin Perron didn’t have a read on it quite yet. “I won’t know for another 20 minutes,” said Perron, a physics professor at Cal State University San Marcos who was busy compiling his students’ grades. Twenty minutes is meaningful for Perron but usually it’s when he is wearing his skates. That’s the length of a hockey game’s three periods and when mentioning the sport to Perron, one notes an exclamation point. “It’s just something that has been a part of me from birth,” said Perron, a Canadian native. “When I was growing up everybody played hockey, whether it was in the hallway, outside on the street or on the ice. I just fell in love with it.” When something tugs
at one’s heart it is hard to resist. So, despite Perron having his hands full teaching classes and with his research responsibilities — plus having a family with two children under 6 — he still finds time to skate. “It’s kind of hard to explain why I like it so much but it just kind of allows me to get away from everything else,” said Perron, a San Marcos resident. “It’s fun and it’s a good release. That is the point of all sports or hobbies, in general, is to find something that when you’re doing it, you’re not thinking about anything else.” With Perron, there is much on his mind. Consider his one-time explanation of his work with solid-state electronics like transistors. “Typically, when you think of electricity and conduction, you have a wire, and electrons flow,” he said. “Normally, even physicists, when you’re thinking about it in that sense, you’re thinking about it like you think about water flowing, a continuous liquid. Water is made of hydrogen and oxygen, but you never actually think about a molecule mov-
JUSTIN PERRON is a Cal State University San Marcos professor with a love for physics and hockey. When he’s not teaching, the San Marcos resident laces up his skates and plays in a men’s league in Escondido. Photo courtesy CSUSM
ing. It’s just fluid water.” Whew, any chance we can steer this conversation back to hockey? Perron is goal-oriented in the academic world, too. He joined the CSUSM faculty in 2015 after three years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. That came after he completed his PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo. When doing his undergraduate work at SUNY-Oswego, hockey was part of his routine. He was a forward
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on a squad that reached the Division III Frozen Four, the sport’s answer to the Final Four in men’s basketball. “Go Lakers,” Perron, 38, said. In Southern California, that means hoops. In Oswego, that means hockey. Perron thought about playing professionally in Europe or at other levels below the NHL. But he could read defenses as well as the writing in the ice. He ditched hockey, but it remains an itch he continues to scratch.
He plays in the highest weekly league at Ice-Plex in Escondido where many colleagues have backgrounds similar to Perron’s. “There are lot of talented people out there,” Perron said. “It’s competitive and everyone wants to win, but no one is slashing you or doing anything stupid. It’s just really good hockey,” Which is sweet for Perron because on that saltwater with waves, he’s like someone with two left skates. “I bought one of those $99 boards at Costco and promised myself I was going to learn to surf,” he said. It’s been an education that has come with ribbing. Perron’s wife, Lindsay, glides across the breaks like Perron does on the ice and she enjoys reminding him of just that. “My wife is a big surfer and my daughter, Winnie, loves the water,” Perron said. “I tried to lure my daughter toward the ice, but she wasn’t interested.” In the interest of staying afloat, Perron might stick with hockey. At least there he can make the grade.
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Renowned improv group to welcome arts the new year at Center for the Arts CALENDAR By Steve Horn
ESCONDIDO — The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will close the last night of the decade with a round of laughs by playing host to the Upright Citizens Brigade. Founded in 1990 in Chicago, the group would eventually include Amy Poehler — who went on to become a “Saturday Night Live” legend known for impersonating Hillary
Clinton — and comedy film director Adam McKay. The Upright Citizens Brigade plays its regular shows in Los Angeles and New York City. Other well-known alums include actor and rapper Donald Glover, Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live” — also known for impersonating Hillary Clinton and a slew of others — and stand-up comic Aziz Ansari. Natasha Krause, the
producer and head account manager for the group’s Los Angeles as well as a performer, said this will be her first time playing at the Center for the Arts. “I’ve never performed there, but the cast is super excited to be in San Diego for New Year’s,” said Krause. “In my five years working at Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Los Angeles, we haven’t done a New Year’s show, so
this should be super fun.” Krause added that the brigade generally performs on college campuses and at other private events. “Performing arts centers usually draw a really fun crowd,” she said. On its website, the group describes itself as a bit of a mishmash of comedic genres. “The Upright Citizens TURN TO IMPROV ON 11
Considering Hip or Knee Replacement? Dr. Silldorff, orthopaedic surgeon, shares his knowledge on this hot topic
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TRAVELING ART EXHIBIT
Cathy Wessels presents her oil paintings, ‘Images of North County,” on view, through Jan. 8 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Armed with a backpack and a big sun hat, Wessels can be seen painting all along the 101.
The Radical Inclusion Traveling Art Exhibit that pairs San Diego-based artists with artists with autism, will stop at Culture Brewing, Encinitas 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 3; The Foundry, Carlsbad Feb. 28 and Lux Art Institute Encinitas May 29. Local author Andrea Moriarty launched the exhibition with support from Synergy Arts Foundation and Revision Creative Arts Program.
Michael Seewald, of Seewald Art Galleries in the Del Mar Plaza, has released his 67th world-wide travel series 'Sardina, Italy' at the gallery open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste. 314, Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar. The exhibition will run through March 30.
Friends of the Encinitas Library host the free 1st Sunday Concert featuring the Mark Lessman band from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at 530 Cornish St., Encinitas.
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Make your voice heard at Open Mic Night Tuesdays Jill Campbell exhibits at 9 p.m. at 1st Street Bar, her photography “Flora and 656 S. Coast Highway 101, Fauna,” on view through Encinitas. Jan. 8 at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest IMPRESSIONISM WORKSHOP Park Drive, Encinitas. Sign up for the two-day workshop “Impressionism Deconstructed,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 and Jan. 9 at WINTER ACTING CAMP Oceanside Museum Of Art, Kids Act! offers Winter 704 Pier View Way, OceansYouth Acting camps and ide. Cost is $90 at https:// classes beginning Dec. 30 at oma-online.org/robin/. Join New Village Arts Theatre, Robin Douglas to learn 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Hockney’s painting techFees start at $140. For more niques and compositional information, visit newvil- processes and create your lagearts.org/kids-act or call own “Hockneyesque” acrylAleta at (760) 846-6072. ic painting. All materials supplied.
How to Know When It’s Time for a Hip or Knee Replacement
The most common questions Dr. Silldorff gets from his patients is, “When will I need my hip or knee replaced?” His answer, in short: You’ll know when the time is right. Each patient differs in terms of their expectations and individual situation, but he is here to help guide you as you make that decision. “My commitment to my patients is to work with them through their arthritis and symptoms as they progress, and provide them with the safest and most effective treatment options along the way,” he affirms. The Importance of Non-Surgical Approaches Many people don’t realize that the implants used for hip and knee replacements are mechanical components. Just like the tires on your car, they too will wear out over time, and this must be considered if you’re thinking about surgery. Thanks to modern advancements, successful joint replacement surgeries can give patients at least 20 years of function; however, surgery is never a decision anyone should take lightly. Dr. Silldorff takes time to get to know his patients. He wants patients to feel understood and included in their care, as well as fully informed, so each patient can make the best decision for them — and that’s not always surgery. Though he’s a surgeon, Dr. Silldorff understands that surgery should only be used under the correct timing and circumstances. “I optimize non-surgical interventions prior to considering surgical intervention. I think including patients in the discussions around risks and benefits of both surgical and non-surgical treatment options is critical; together, we can make informed decisions about what treatment
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THANKS TO MODERN advancements, successful joint replacement surgeries can give patients at least 20 years of function. Courtesy photo
is best for that patient,” he says. MAKO ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY Dr. Silldorff works with the state-of-the-art Mako robotic technology, only found in select clinics. Though computer navigation for hip and knee replacements has been around for a while now, the Mako robot allows Dr. Silldorff to produce accurate and consistent results. “It provides objective information and feedback during the surgery that is specific to each patient by using a pre-operative, 3-D CT scan that is calibrated to the patient’s anatomy in the operating room,” he elaborates. “The software then allows us to plan and adjust our operative procedure and uses a robotic arm to orient our cuts in real time, helping us to achieve the best results possible.” ABOUT THE DOCTOR Dr. Morgan Silldorff was born and raised in the North County area of San Diego. In 2019, Tri-City Medical Center had the distinct pleasure of welcoming him back to his hometown as he joined Orthopaedic Specialists of North County (OSNC), which was
founded in Oceanside in 1965. As one of the practice’s 14 board-certified physicians, Dr. Silldorff comes to OSNC following a 1-year fellowship in hip and knee replacements at USC, a 6-year orthopaedic surgery residency at UCSD, and 4 years of medical school at UCSD. He is also active in Operation Walk, an international medical mission providing joint replacement in developing countries. Being a part of the Tri-City Medical Center network has been a validating experience as Dr. Silldorff begins to grow his practice in his hometown, helping to restore physical function and alleviate pain among the community he cares so much about. “My patients are my neighbors, friends, and community. To have the opportunity to serve them using my training has been very rewarding for me, and Tri-City Medical Center is an excellent community hospital to work with.” If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Silldorff visit tricitymed.org or call 855.222.8262.
HAPPY NOON YEAR
The Escondido Library is hosting a Happy Noon Year’s Eve Party for all ages from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. This child-friendly affair includes a celebratory ball drop at noon, crafts, and a photo booth.
Artist Karin Keller’s exhibit of 16 original oil paintings will remain on view through Dec. 31 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff
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Artist Max Roemer, presents “I Like Birds and Birds Like Me,” an exhibit of Mixed Media on view through Jan. 8 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.
Make lunch a musical interlude with Wednesdays @ Noon, a free weekly concert series, presented by the city of Encinitas, at the Encinitas Library, 450 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum opens its winter exhibitions, “Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems” and “Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon” will open with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 and run from Jan. 11 through March 8, 2020.
LION, WITCH, WARDROBE
The Community Players Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” Jan. 17 through Jan. 19, and Jan. 24 through Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Community Lutheran Church, 3575 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Tickets: $15 at clcfamily. LIVE AT THE LEGION Enjoy live music on Fri- org.
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North Coast Rep’s ‘Bloomsday’ celebrates the Joyce of love and time By Alexander Wehrung
SOLANA BEACH — There is a festival in Ireland called Bloomsday, a celebration of the life and work of Irish writer James Joyce, who wrote the seminal modernist novel “Ulysses.” The celebration takes place on June 16, the date in which the novel takes place, and involves such activities as pub crawling, reading from the book and dressing up in Edwardian fashion. “Bloomsday” the play was written by Steven Dietz, and its story centers around a middle-aged couple — an American man and an Irish woman — who somehow end up going back in time and encountering their 20-something-year-old selves. North Coast Repertory has billed the play as a “sweet and engaging” show that delves into the idea of rewriting the past, perhaps literally so in this case. Andrew Barnicle directs the show that will launch North Coast Rep into the new decade. “I have strong Irish roots, and I was attracted to this, the notion of a play that takes place in and around Dublin, which is a city I’ve visited many times,” he said.
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Brigade Theatre is home for all things comedy,” it details. “The UCB Theater hosts the best and most innovative improv, sketch, stand-up comedy, variety shows, and cool/weird stuff that defies categorization.”The brigade, for a period of time, has also had its own show on Comedy Central. To this day, Poehler is still an executive with the company and performs from time to time. “We were just a group from Chicago, trying to get a TV show and an agent
‘BLOOMSDAY’ at North Coast Rep stars, clockwise from back left, Martin Kildare, Jacquelyn Ritz, Rachel Weck, and Hunter Saling. The show opens Jan. 8. Photo by Aaron Rumley
He calls the play a story of what might have been, a poetic piece about love. Dwelling on the past seems to be a fitting theme; Barnicle pointed out that through
and have people notice us,” Poehler said of the group’s early days to the San Francisco Chronicle in a 2012 interview. ”We directed and produced and wrote some shows and we needed a house for those shows, so we created a theater, and that theater created another theater, and now we have a theater in Los Angeles and now we're producing stuff on a bigger level, and I have to tell you I never would have dreamt we'd be operating the way we are now.” For Krause, who has done improv since high school, she said she enjoys
research conducted via Google Maps, he discovered that many of the locations described in Ulysses are in the same state they were over 100 years ago.
improv shows due to their communal nature. “I love improv because it brings people together on and off stage,” said Krause. “Improv shows are special because they’re jokes that are completely made up on the spot and will never be told in the same way again. When UCB improvisers take the stage, the energy in the room is palpable and electric — anything could happen at any moment.” She said that for the New Year’s Eve show in particular, the cast is “stacked, so it should be extremely memorable.” “They can expect a
Barnicle described his directing style as trying to figure out the tone and feeling of the show, then seeing how his actors can contribute to that tone. He makes an outline of how he wants to approach the show, and then the energy of the actors changes it. “It’s more of a collective journey than anything else,” he said. One thing challenging about producing the play, he said, was tackling its handling of time travel, considering that it’s a fantastical element. “But we still have to act it and believe it.” To help sell the illusion that the same two characters are sharing the stage with their younger selves, the four lead actors — Martin Kildare, Jacquelyn Ritz, Hunter Saling and Rachel Weck — watch each other during rehearsals, learning such things like how their temporal counterparts deliver their lines. “They were cast partly because of their physical resemblance to each other,” Barnicle said. “A lot of good actors weren’t cast because we couldn’t find someone who resembled them.” Another reason why some of these actors were chosen was
because they were already proficient in speaking in Irish accents. Indeed, getting the atmosphere of Ireland right has also been an important facet of production. Projections will be used to show off the wide variety of locations that are part of the Bloomsday tour. In addition, some elements of Ulysses will be relevant to the story, though Barnicle stressed that prior knowledge of the book is not required to appreciate the play. “It’s a romance and a fantasy and a love story,” he said. “And it’s really interesting.” The show will play from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2, Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Previews will be $46; week nights, Wednesday and Saturday matinees will be $52; Saturday evening and Sunday matinees will be $57; Sunday nights will be $49. There will be a preview matinee on Friday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m., and a special talkback show will play the next week on Jan. 17 as well as a $52 Wednesday matinee on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets at northcoastrep.org.
hilarious and high energy show from some of UCB’s finest improvisers,” Kraused said in her preview of the show. “We look forward to bringing in the new year with some ‘prov!” Brian Kiley, a standup comedian perhaps best known as the writer for “The Conan O’Brien Show” since 1994, will also perform. He won the 2007 Emmy Award for Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series for his work with Conan O’Brien. The show is set to begin at 8 p.m. and tickets cost a range of $42.50-$47.50 per seat.
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Make sure to stock up on 2016 wines as 2019 comes to close
he other day I was going through some of the many candidates the Taste of Wine team had gone through this past year, prepping for our Top Ten Wine Tastes for 2019, the last week of this year. The light bulb started to get brighter and bigger as I sifted and thought through some elite big dog Cab wines. They not only represented the U.S. West, where it’s best, but spread out to other varietals in the European underbelly that in the same year, captured the fancy of our wine brethren from Italy and even France. Can it be that the hundreds, maybe thousands of new releases that are flooding the market as I write, with the magic number 2016 splashed around the cylinder, are destined to be the vintage that stands out as legendary after a half decade of California classy years? Oh yes dear reader, 2016. Notch it in your cooler, make space and stock up. With Cabernet Sauvignon as the yardstick, I would conclude that 2016 is a classic. My friends at Wine Spectator said it well when they recently declared the 2016 California
Dec. 29 issue, and be sure to stock up on the 2016s, now at a wine store near you, wherever you are.
taste of wine frank mangio Cabs collectively a classic 98 points on their 100-point scale. “It’s a year of stunning wines that will drink well in their youth and develop gracefully for decades. There are new discoveries and old favorites.” Count Lewis Cellars with their 2016 made in Coombsville Napa Valley as an old favorite. It won the Best Wine of the Year award from Wine Spectator in 2016 … an omen for this year’s excitement. Over in Italy, the country’s signature Tuscan blend, the current vintage 2016 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guida, scored 97 points from Wine Spectator. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc are the “Kingmaker” grapes here, with a rich black cherry base. For a French wine pleasure, the 2016 L’Ermite Ermitage by M. Chapoutier from the Rhone Valley will sharpen your palate with a heavenly 98 points from Spectator. Check out the full list of Top Ten Tastes in our
Seasalt 2019 finale spotlights Far Niente Proprietor Sal Ercolano, also proprietor of West End Bar & Kitchen, hosted 30 dinners in total between both restaurants in 2019, featuring an epic fivecourse Season Finale Far Niente Wine Dinner with champagne reception. It was nostalgic seeing Mark Pighini, Far Niente, western region sales manager. Far Niente was the first Napa Valley winery I visited when the column started 15 years ago and Mark was the first person that I met at the winery. Chef Hilario dazzled guests with tray passed small bites at the champagne reception and after sitting down we had octopus carpaccio, homemade tortellini with pancetta, slow-cooked short ribs with root vegetables over creamy polenta, and ended with a cheese platter with honeycomb, fresh fruits and nuts. These top-notch creations were paired with EnRoute Chardonnay, Far Niente Chardonnay, EnRoute Pinot Noir, and a duel of two Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons — “Sulleng-
2016 is turning out to be a classic wine year worldwide. In Napa Valley, Lewis Cellars is one of the best examples. Photo by Rico Cassoni
er” and State Ranch. The Oakville Sullenger had nice balanced tannins
and the Yountville State Ranch had more fruit on the palate along with black currant and cassis. Mark surprised guests with a 2017 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon that was not on the menu. Our wine palates were singing harmonies with this trio of great Cabs followed by the Bella Union Cabernet for dessert. Rico and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Villa Guadalupe Montefiori’s Director and Winemaker Paolo Pauloni and wife Grace. We were having a great conversation about Paolo’s Aglianico wine, when Sal came to our table with a surprise bottle of Paulo’s Aglianico nectar. Great smoothness and balance on the tannins for this bold Italian grape, an exceptional Italian wine! Congrats to Sal and his teams at both restaurants for an amazing year of exceptional wine dinners. Sal is excited to feature Dave Phinney influenced wine dinners in 2020 including Prisoner wine that he made famous with a shot of Zinfandel and sold along with Orin Swift wines that he created, sold to EJ Gallo, and is now the winemaker for. Prisoner Wine Dinners are Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 at Seasalt and the Orin Swift
Wine Dinners are March 5 and March 7 at West End Bar & Kitchen. Details at seasaltdelmar.com and farniente.com. Wine Bytes • Wine Vault & Bistro (San Diego) has a Top 5 Reds of 2019 10-Course Tasting menu on from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29. The Top 5 were based on a whole year's worth of sales recaps voted by customers pocketbooks. Cost is $69.50 per person. RSVP at (619) 2953939. • Firenze Trattoria (Encinitas) is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a special menu starting at 6 p.m. featuring a three-course Prix Fixe menu including their specialty Lasagna Firenze. Cost is $75 per person. RSVP at (760) 944-9000. • Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar (San Diego) at the Marriott San Diego Marina is hosting a DAOU five-course Wine Dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan 8 featuring Braised Short Rib paired with 2016 Estate “Soul of a Lion” and Seventeen-Forty, Mystery Vintage. Only 40 seats available, cost is $165 per person and includes gratuity. RSVP at (619) 2341500.
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Beer is political, drink responsibly craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh
ll beer is political. Not just subversive jabs like Stone Brewing’s tongue-in-cheek I’m Peach (a double IPA brewed with peaches, 8.8% ABV). Not just when companies like Founders Brewing drop the ball on race relations and doing the right thing for employees (as they did in 2019). Beer isn’t just political in America. Take the case of Tijuana’s Insurgente Brewing, whose brewery was shut down recently because the brother of the newly installed governor didn’t like living across the street from the noisy tasting room. (The courts have found in Insurgente’s favor for the time being.) Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing just sold to a subsidiary of Japan’s Kirin beer conglomerate, which has been accused of supporting oppression in Myanmar (though the accusations are indirect and Kirin seems to be taking the right steps to address the concerns). Besides the political issues in beer itself, when else do you have more indepth (or quasi-deep, at least) political discussions than when you are shooting the breeze at your favorite watering hole? And you might find that having a beer helps you calm down when you start having contentious political conversations at family holiday gatherings. Having too many beers certainly doesn’t help in those situations, though. Some people make decisions about what beer to drink based on political considerations. Many devotees of craft beer, for example, refuse to drink beer made by “big beer” conglomerates like Budweiser or Coors. Those international companies seem to focus more on making money than on making good beer. Quality questions aside, those large corporations have often been caught pulling dirty tricks that disadvantage small businesses. Payola schemes where big breweries effectively force smaller operations out of the marketplace are not uncommon, at least according to the number of legal settlements and fines these large companies have to pay. Big beer has been buying up significant craft breweries and deliberately trying to
confuse the consumer by continuing to use the label “craft”— Lagunitas (now owned by Heineken) is one example. Too often, the industrial farming practices needed to support a massive endeavor like Bud Light are terrible for the environment — overuse of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and so on, the problems of monoculture crops, environments ruined to make room for farms, etc. One of the objections to Ballast Point when it was sold to Constellation Brands was that Constellation would probably commit the same sorts of fouls as Bud, Coors, and Miller. That turned out to be true: Constellation owns Modelo and a host of other “Mexican” beer brands, and the Modelo factory they are building in Mexicali is involved in a huge fight over corruption and water rights. Even if it is made by a small, independent craft brewery, I certainly won’t buy a beer that supports or perpetuates misogyny or homophobia. Part of it comes down to the fact that there are so many good beers in the marketplace right now, there is no reason to spend your money in a way that makes the world a worse place. The political part of beer buying decisions is not just avoiding supporting bad things — although as Hippocrates said, “First, do no harm.” We can aim a little higher and try to support breweries that do the right thing. Many small, independent craft breweries — including Pure Brewing, for example, which will open a tasting room in Carlsbad in 2020 — participate in the “1% for the Planet” campaign, wherein 1% of their revenue goes to support environmental causes. We can choose breweries that actively make the world a better place, and still get world-class beers. Many people are not consistent in their thinking on these issues. They support craft beer but occasionally drink beer from an international conglomerate. They care about race and gender issues but don’t pay attention to how the breweries they buy from perform on those issues. They buy things at Sam’s Club even if they call themselves supporters of local small businesses. You can take it even farther. I sometimes buy beer at my local grocery store — but that’s another huge conglomerate with dubious political and ethical practices. From the fact TURN TO CRAFT BEER ON 18
Get a jump on a healthy 2020 with Rootshine lick the plate david boylan
few years back when I was fully immersed in the Cross-Fit craze there was always talk of what supplements and diets worked the best for that fairly intense workout lifestyle. One that consistently was in the conversation was turmeric and in the years since it’s been mentioned to me on a regular basis by athletes and my physician. It came to my attention again recently walking through the Leucadia Farmers Market and coming across the Rootshine booth whose products are primarily turmeric based. That led to an extended conversation with co-owners Ryan Pavelchik and Brenda Cesena that enlightened me even more and I thought it would be worthwhile sharing as we head into a new year. Here are some highlights from that conversation. Lick the Plate: Tell me about your backgrounds. What were you both doing professionally prior to launching Rootshine? Ryan Pavelchik: Since 1999, I’ve been a health coach, 13 (years) of which have been in North County San Diego. Brenda, my business partner, previously worked for a naturopathic doctor where she learned to make a specific green juice recipe for him. LTP: When did you become aware of the health benefits of turmeric? RP: I am like a big slice of the population of North County San Diego: a lover of cramming as many physical activities into a day or week as possible. A wonderful day for me starts with a workout in the morning, a surf session, practice laps at the motocross track, bouldering at a climbing gym and a yoga class before bed. I could spiritually and emotionally do that every day but, at age 40 and in excellent health, my body started (to) break down. I had removed all inflammatory foods from my diet but was still feeling inflammatory and oxidizing effects from all the activity. So, I was taking tons of ibuprofen. That was until I discovered and formulated our Turmeric Tonic and Goldenmilk. LTP: Did you feel noticeable results? RP: Once we sourced the best organic ingredients possible and figured out the optimal ingredient ratios and formulation, the results were dramatic and immediate. No more pain, inflammation and amazing recovery times. LTP: Was there an “ahha” moment where you real-
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ized you could turn this into a business? RP: Brenda and I had already been doing fasts and cleanses for my health coaching clients and we had those clients and other clients with arthritis and M.E.T.S related issues. Their results matched mine: arthritis symptoms disappeared, faster fat loss and lowered insulin sensitivity and increased energy for the M.E.T.S clients, quicker recovery and better sleep and increased ability for the healthy clients. LTP: Tell me about that process, how you started, where you are at now, and your goals with Rootshine. RP: We started with home delivery for our clients and customers that was like being the old-fashioned milkman. We would leave a cooler of fresh Turmeric
Tonic on their doorstep and they’d leave the empties and the cooler out for exchange with the next delivery. While planning for traveling to El Salvador on a surf trip, realizing that we couldn’t take the Tonic with us on the plane, we came up with our Goldenmilk recipe. We take the Goldenmilk backpacking, traveling, on the road and have a cup before bed.
the turmeric does not stay in your body long enough to get through the blood brain barrier nor into the lymphatic system, without it you only get a small portion of the benefits. Our formulation of both our products was based first on these PubMed articles and cancer blogs we studied. A group of cancer patients were trying different formulations of drinks using turmeric and having their blood serum levels tested for curccumminn, the key nutrient in turmeric that works all the magic. Both products do the same amazing things to your body and mind. Some benefits include being a powerful anti-inflammatory, dramatically increases the body’s antioxidant capacity, increases brain function and lowers the risk of brain diseases, helps prevent cancer, helps treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, arthritis sufferers report great relief, contributes to delaying aging and age-related chronic diseases and boosts availability of nitric oxide, boosting athletic performance and recovery. All these benefits are supported in PubMed Studies. Their is a link to these studies on our website.
LTP: Tell me about your product line (Tonic and Goldenmilk) and the benefits of each and ingredients that go into both. RP: That is the key ingredient that other turmeric products lack in piperine, a black pepper isolate that increases the bioavailability of turmeric by 2,000%. Sounds Rootshine products can ridiculous but it’s true and be found at farmers markets cited in several PubMed all over San Diego County articles. Without piperine, and rootshineturmeric.com.
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Camp Pendleton to get $128 million for construction of new buildings By Samantha Nelson
CAMP PENDLETON — The Marine Corps Base is getting more than $128 million to construct some much-needed buildings and services. The construction funding was secured through this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which specifies the annual budget and expenditures for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The $128 million includes $71.7 million for a new mess hall and warehouse to be constructed on the base, as well as $17.7 million for an ambulatory care center and replacement of a dental clinic, and $38.87 million for a I Marine Expeditionary
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Force (I MEF) consolidated information center. The I MEF provides the Marine Corps with a Marine Air Ground Task Force that is capable of generating and deploying ready forces for crisis response, forward presence and major combat operations. “This funding is critical for the continued support of the operating forces that call MCB Camp Pendleton home, as well as increasing their overall lethality so they can be ready to respond to crisis at a moment’s notice,” said base Capt. David Mancilla in an email. The NDAA also includes elements that address several priorities Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) pushed for throughout his first year in office as congressman for the 49th district, which includes Camp Pendleton. “This funding, as well as other provisions of the NDAA that I pushed for like protections for military families in unsafe private housing, will help ensure that our service members have the resources and support they need to defend our country,” Levin said in a statement. The NDAA has several proposals from Levin’s Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act, which he introduced back in March after a Reuters investigation found poor living conditions in privatized military housing on Camp Pendleton and other military bases. According to the investigation, service members and families were living in homes with mold blooms, water leaks and rodent and bug infestations. According to Eric Mee, a spokesman for Levin, proposals from the Safe Housing act that were included in the NDAA are: • Requiring private military housing companies to pay for permanent and temporary relocation costs associated with health and environmental hazards in a
housing unit. • Creating a maintenance work order system. Levin originally proposed requiring DoD to create the system, Mee said in an email, but the NDAA only requires housing companies to maintain such a system. • Requiring installation commanders to review mold mitigation and pest control plans annually. • Prohibiting additional fees imposed by private housing contractors. • Prohibiting payment of incentive fees to private housing contractors that are “bad actors.” • Allowing for investigation reprisal or retaliation in response to reporting an issue related to a housing unit. Though Levin is ultimately pleased to see the NDAA go through, he has concerns about other aspects of the bill. “I am disappointed that the bill could give the President discretion to use some funding for a border wall,” Levin said in his statement announcing the bill’s passage. Levin also said the bill still fails to adequately address toxic chemicals like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are a group of man-made chemicals that include perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as C8. According to Levin, these chemicals have been plaguing communities across the country, including in his own district. Additionally, the NDAA includes an amendment by Levin that provides additional funding for the Naval University Research Initiative, which works with universities like University of California San Diego on defense research. The bill also includes another Levin amendment that requires the Secretary of Defense to put together a comprehensive report on the DoD’s “Combating Trafficking in Persons Initiative.”
spoke of gardens strengthening social constructs, utilizing sun and rain cycles and saying being out in nature helps personal environments grow. “You can grow healthy pesticide-free food,” said resident Mary Jo Poole. “With your power, you also have the ability to impact people in their daily lives. You can help feed people.” As for the council, Mayor Julie Ritter, and council members Amanda Rigby and Joe Green were also in support of the gardens. The discussed how the city could gain traction, partnerships with private land owners, a possible grant program and the benefits gardens can bring to the city. “We have to look at every single thing because there is a cost to it,” Contreras said. “I would be in favor of a nonprofit of taking the reins of it. I think it’s great to hear that we want to explore this as a possibility.”
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CBDs, THC & other initials: A physician’s approach to medicinal cannabis This is part 1 in a series of three. If you were to attend a recent local cannabis educational fair, you’d be surprised by the absence of “pot heads;” instead, you’d find many seniors looking for alternative ways to address pain and other medical conditions. Alas, while there are some excellent books on the subject, it can still be difficult to find information from a medical professional on the subject for various reasons. Many simply are not knowledgeable about the subject and hence are unable to provide guidance to their patients. Others fear legal ramifications of recommending a product that, although “legal” in California, remains illegal on a federal level. This is intended to be an introductory guide for patients interested in the
CANNABIS IS THE scientific name for the plant commonly known as marijuana.
use of cannabis and related products for medicinal purposes; it is NOT a guide to getting high. Nor should this be misconstrued as medical advice. Rather,
GINGERBREAD FOR A CAUSE For the past two years, the fourth-generation Escondido farmers at Farm Stand West have created a life-size, gluten-free Gingerbread House, and visitors can contribute to the National Celiac Association by buying a brick on Deanna Smith’s Gluten Free Gingerbread brick wall. Smith, along with two bakers and four baker assistants, baked 1,200 ginger bricks, ginger shingles and assembled them with 150 pounds of royal icing in 40 hours. The four glowing stained-glass style windows took an additional 32 hours of sorting, designing and melting 75 pounds of Jolly Ranchers. Three days later, the 9-foothigh, 8-foot-wide and 6-foot-deep house was completed. It will be on display at the Farm Stand West Christmas tree lot until January. They will reuse the frame next year and donate the bricks and shingles to feed the cows at a local dairy. Courtesy photo
its purpose is to provide a very basic introduction for those unfamiliar with this relatively new area of medicine that has become a viable treatment option
for so many. Cannabis is the scientific name for the plant commonly known as marijuana. It originated in central Asia, but is now found worldwide, and has
been employed for medicinal benefits for thousands of years. There has been debate regarding the species and subspecies of the plant, but nowadays most will make the distinction between two: cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Historically, one could discern between the two types by the shape of the leaf, but with the advent of hybrid types, this can be difficult. However, in general, indica plants tend to be somewhat short, bushy with wider leaves, whereas sativa plants tend to grow tall with leaves that are more narrow. Cannabis has also been widely referred to as hemp and has been bred over the years to yield high fiber content for industrial uses such as the manufacture of clothing, rope, etc.
What is commonly sold as “hemp” in stores has been bred to have very low THC content, the main psychoactive constituent that induces the “high.” Hemp has gained new life with the popularization of CBD oils. In 1971, an arbitrary line was drawn that limited hemp to a 0.3% THC ceiling and this has remained the standard since. One cannot get “high” from this form of hemp, but it is possible that one might see other benefits.
as much as to anything else. Making conscious choices to do no harm, or to actually improve the world, is not easy. The answer seems to be to use public policy to shape choice architecture. The success of California’s regulations on chicken farming are an example of how to do this. Farmers still make money, people still eat eggs, and chickens lead (slightly) better lives. This will be published too late to make a plea for a plastic-free Christmas, to not buy disposable toys for your kids, to use rechargeable batteries, to avoid unnecessary driving, and to reduce food waste. Maybe next year. There’s always time to make better choices, in beer and in most things.
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that they sell (and therefore promote) brands that cause environmental and health damage on a global scale, to the fact that they give priority shelf space to Big Beer, to the food waste they create, chain grocery stores may be ethically no better that Big Beer. Big Grocery is an enemy of justice, too. And Big Oil, and … well, so many things. Maybe everyone knows all this already. Maybe people have decided not to care. I tend to think that the problem is the “choice architecture” that our society offers us. If there are no grocery stores near us that offer better choices, we choose what is available. That applies to beer
Dr. Pearson is a board-certified Family and Sports Medicine physician who has been practicing in North County since 1988. His office is located in Carlsbad Village. Feel free to contact him with any questions at www.medicine-in-motion.com.
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