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DEC. 29, 2017
Country club fight enters new phase By Steve Puterski
ESCONDIDO — The fight over the Escondido Country Club is far from over, opponents of the development say. Earlier this month, the resident group Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization, known as ECCHO, filed a lawsuit against the city over its decision to approve a 380-home development project known as The Villages on Nov. 15. New Urban West was approved to develop the land after a years-long battle with property owner Michael Schlesinger. He still maintains ownership rights of the course. ECCHO attorney Everett DeLano said the basis of the lawsuit stems from the City Council failing to submit The Villages Specific Plan to a public vote, approving a project violating zoning, density and neighborhood compatibility requirements and approving a “seriously
defective” environmental impact report. “The project violates Proposition S and the city’s General Plan in numerous respects,” DeLano said. “It fails to respect the existing zoning code requirements and is generally incompatible with the Escondido Country Club neighborhood. Additionally, the city approved an environmental impact report that ignores significant impacts to community and the environment, and that fails to acknowledge that there is a reduced density alternative more compatible with the surrounding area that would meet project objectives.” Another resident group, Renew Our Country Club, known as ROCC, blasted ECCHO’s decision to sue the city. The two groups, although supporting different ideas for the property, were civil during the five-hour
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Snafu delays effort to rezone Safari Highlands By Steve Puterski
ESCONDIDO — An error in the draft environmental impact report for a controversial development north of the San Diego Safari Park is expected to push back an annexation vote to mid-2018. The draft comment period was to expire on Dec. 7, but an administrative error led to the omission of several agencies being notified of the comment period. Currently, the property lies ouside the city limits in an unincorporated area of San Diego County; it is zoned for just 27 homes. However, the massive project includes 550 estate homes dubbed Safari Highlands Ranch to be built by
Concordia Homes of Carlsbad, if annexed into Escondido. As for any possible delay regarding the project timeline, Ken Moore, a spokesman for Concordia Homes, said the plan remains on schedule. “Safari Highlands Ranch is on track to continue positive momentum forward with no significant delays,” he added. “We look forward to delivering a community to Escondido that will create much-needed housing, improve public safety and provide meaningful benefits for local schools.” As for the administrative TURN TO SAFARI ON 7
A San Pasqual Reservation fire truck parked on the Lilac Road Bridge over Interstate 15 hoists an American flag in preparation for the funeral procession tribute to Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Large numbers gather for procession By Christina Macone-Greene
REGION — An American flag billowed in the wind while its two top corners were hinged between a San Pasqual Reservation and a Rincon fire truck. Underneath it, uniformed firefighters and civilians looked over Lilac Road Bridge above Interstate 15, located at the southern entry into Bonsall and Fallbrook in San Diego County. Nearby, the scent and sight Cory Iverson is survived by his wife, Ashley. of charred trees and hillsides were Photo via Facebook
detected from the Lilac fire, which consumed 4,100 acres only days ago. On Dec. 17, everyone on Lilac Road Bridge waited to pay tribute to Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, 32, who died after battling the Thomas Fire on Dec. 14. The five-county funeral procession began earlier in the day in Ventura winding its way through Los Angeles, Orange, RivTURN TO FIREFIGHTER ON 7
New restaurant features on-site childcare By Patty McCormac
SAN MARCOS — Like the parents of most young children, Charlynn and Garrett Mann didn’t get out much. It was easier to stay at home rather than deal with an energetic 4-year-old in a restaurant who was not interested in sitting at the table, but who wanted to visit with other diners, see what was going on in the kitchen or even run out the front door. When they did get out, the couple would take turns eating while the other kept up with the child. “Besides we both worked full Landon Garrett plays in the playroom at his parent’s restaurant, Landon’s Gourmet time and we didn’t want to have Kitchen in San Marcos, which offers on-site childcare. Photo by Patty McCormac
him in daycare all day long and then hand him over to a babysitter,” she said. “But we missed being able to go out to dinner.” That is what gave them the idea for Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen. They would open a restaurant that would provide a play room for kids at the restaurant while their parents ate. This is not a little unsupervised nook in a corner, this is a place full of things to do and staffed by a babysitter. The cost is $8 an hour, but a child can leave the room any time and join their parents for dinner or just for dessert. Special discounts are offered
for multiple children. Kids are welcome, but the couple wanted to also provide a place to have a family dinner or adults can have adult time, she said. It took four years for them to get the doors open to their restaurant. They got a lot of “nos” when looking for space. “We got a ‘yes’ here,” she said of the location in San Marcos’ Restaurant Row. “They wanted a farm-to-table concept here. “I thought it was a good business idea,” she added. “We are TURN TO RESTAURANT ON 7
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Council discusses fire aftermath By Christina Macone-Greene
VISTA — Toward the end of the Dec. 12 Vista City Council Meeting, city officials talked about the Lilac fire, which blackened the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas. According to City Manager Patrick Johnson, more than 1,600 personnel from the county, state and outside California helped battle the blaze triggered by the fierce Santa Ana winds. Johnson said the northern parts of Vista were under mandatory evacuations. “We did the best job as we could to get the word out to communicate with residents, especially via social media, and let them know what was happening and where to go,” Johnson said. Johnson also extended thanks to the firefighters, fire chief, command staff, emergency operation center and law enforcement. “So, thanks to everybody,” he said. “We’re very grateful that it didn’t come into the borders of Vista, but we are also sad at the same time for everybody in Bonsall who was affected.” Councilman Joe Green, also a realtor, shared how the Lilac fire personally touched his family member — his wife’s aunt lost her home which he sold her less than two months prior. All the belongings were in the new home. “Now, they have had to
move back into their old home with none of their possessions that they’ve previously had,” Green said. “This fire really put things in perspective I think for the community, and even for the people who were evacuated — just thinking about what’s important — and when it comes down to what’s important. I think that this was a reality check for all of Vista and I think we all came together as a family.” Green thanked the firefighters and first responders for doing a great job. Green also commended Communications Officer Andrea McCullough for providing such a strong social media presence for Vista residents. “You made us look so fantastic,” Green said. “The citizens knew what was going on, and you did a great job.” Mayor Judy Ritter said she was in Tokyo during the Lilac fire and it was difficult to be so far away from home. She was saddened by the loss of homes as well the death of so many horses. “I kept waking up in the middle of the night and checking on things,” said Ritter, adding that she also used the Next Door app. “It was very scary.” Ritter thanked McCullough for keeping residents up to date. “I want to also thank the first responders and
tell them how much I appreciate them and all of the work that they did to control that fire,” Ritter said. Deputy Mayor Joe Aguilera shared he was one of the evacuees of the Lilac fire. He thanked the fire department for keeping his home safe. “It’s kind of scary and not a pleasant experience evacuating,” he said. “Thank you to Andrea (McCullough) because I think she made the city look very good. I think all of the staff should be thanked because I’ve got a lot of people out in the community that were thanking me because we kept them informed.” Councilwoman Amanda Rigby shared that she knew of people who were evacuated as well as some people who lost their horses to the Lilac fire. Rigby then thanked everyone in the city who did such a stellar job. Councilman John Franklin said he echoed the same sentiments regarding the first responders and staff, particularly those who worked throughout the nights. Franklin thanked everyone for their hard work and gave special gratitude to the firefighters who immediately rushed to the fire and were in harm’s way. “You were part of the effort to contain the fire,” Franklin said. “We appreciate your bravery and sacrifice.”
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Ariana and Havana Castillo were among nearly 100 kids who attended a holiday celebration hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Vista on Dec. 21. Courtesy photo
Club hosts 100 kids for holidays By Christina Macone-Greene
VISTA — The sounds of children’s laughter resonated inside the community room at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista during its annual Holiday Celebration Luncheon. The Dec. 21 festivities attracted nearly 100 children. From Santa Claus, magician Terry Runyon, the Moonlight Show Choir, a scrumptious lunch, to toy giveaways, Christmas spirit was in the air. According to CEO Matt Koumaras, a day like this could not be possible without the support of the community and their neighboring communities. “The holidays are a challenge for a lot of our families,” Koumaras said. “Around 35 percent of our families have household incomes of less than $30,000 a year which to survive in this area is just impossible. So thankfully, there’s a lot of people in the community that have stepped up to support a lot of our families during this holiday time of year.” Among the long list of supporters were Judge Earl Maas, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista, St. Francis Church, Brother Benno’s, Girlfriends Care, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Vista Station (Shop with a Cop), Junior
Seau Foundation (Shop with a Jock, American Legion (Shop at Payless Shoes) and Adopt-a-Family Sponsors. “About 20 people have stepped up from North County to support families and fulfill their holiday ‘wish list’ for Adopt-A-Family,” he said. Wish list items include toys, clothes and gift cards. Koumaras was quick to point that a ton of people give monetary donations to support the kids so that they can attend the day camps. Koumaras is personally moved by the holiday celebration every year. “What is so inspiring to me is how the kids are just so happy to have anything for the holidays — and it could just be the smallest toy,” he said. “It could be something that they’ll talk about into February or March.” The Boys & Girls Club in Vista was established in 1963. After it was built, the neighborhood sprouted around it. The club is open for children 12 months out of the year, and mainly when school is out. “The need for our services intensifies in that a lot of our kids, they don’t have somebody at home because mom and dad are working,” he said. “And the holiday season is another time that’s tough because
families don’t have funds for Christmas presents.” Koumaras wants people to know how amazing it is that people care so much about the kids — and the kids know this. During the holiday school break, the Boys & Girls Club of Vista will be open for most of those days up until Jan. 8, 2018. And that means more hands ondeck, Koumaras said. “The best thing is volunteering,” he said. “We welcome people with a special talent or (who) just want to come in and mentor the kids for one hour. This could be playing a game or even reading together.” Another hot ticket item is someone who knows how to play a musical instrument or has a story about growing up and overcoming the obstacles. “We always love hearing those stories, and that interaction is so important to the kids,” he said. Koumaras said these inspirational stories offer a new horizon. It lets kids know that anything is possible. From a volunteer standpoint, adults receive a personal award from seeing those smiles. “You can’t help but to feel a sense of how a new generation is definitely onto something good,” Koumaras said.
Aguilera named deputy mayor By Christina Macone-Greene
VISTA — The Vista City Council unanimously decided to appoint John Aguilera as its newest deputy mayor on Dec. 12. Councilman Joe Green said he reviewed the past deputy mayors and thought that outgoing Deputy Mayor John Franklin did a fantastic job. “Thank you so much for all that you’ve done for our city,” Green said to Franklin. Green said he thought either he or Aguilera would make a good deputy mayor candidate. However, he said a little more time on the council could be beneficial. “I really would like another year of the council under my belt personally before I come to be deputy mayor,” Green said. “I think Councilman Aguilera would do a great job.”
Green said Councilwoman Rigby served as deputy mayor and then the position went to Franklin. “I would be super happy with Councilman Aguilera as the deputy mayor,” said Green, making the motion. Outgoing deputy mayor Franklin agreed with the motion naming Aguilera and had a simple request. Franklin asked whether with the City Council now being based in districts if it would be amenable to both Ritter and incoming Deputy Mayor John Aguilera to do something slightly different to reflect the change. Franklin asked that Ritter or Aguilera let council members know when specific events are happening in a council member’s district so there could be participation from that district representative.
Ritter agreed to this request. At the same meeting, council members agreed on their official board committees and commissions roles for the 2018 calendar year. Deputy Mayor John Aguilera will be the representative for the North San Diego County Transit District, while Mayor Judy Ritter will serve in her role at the San Diego Association of Governments. Councilman Joe Green will be on the Regional Solid Waste Association and Councilman John Franklin will take part in the North County Dispatch Joint Powers Agency. Both Ritter and Councilwoman Amanda Rigby would fulfill their roles at the Encina Wastewater Authority. The appointments were passed unanimously.
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Escondido man killed in I-5 wreck From wire reports
OCEANSIDE — A San Diego family is in mourning this week, grieving the loss of a couple in their 80s killed in a fiery Christmas night collision in Oceanside, where an Escondido man was also killed. That couple was identified Tuesday by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office as Jose Delos Reyes Cortez and Ruth G. Cortez. “They were coming home from a family Christmas gathering in Glendale” in Los Angeles County, wrote son Allan Cortez on Facebook. “Though this is a great loss for my family and the sadness is at times unbear-
able, we find comfort that they were together and had one last (Christmas) with their family.” Police said the Escondido man was driving a 1996 Nissan sedan southbound on Interstate 5 about 5:20 p.m. Monday when he began to exit onto state Route 76. But he suddenly changed course on the exit ramp, swerving back toward the freeway and slamming into a barrier. Reports from the California Highway Patrol and the medical examiner’s office differ slightly regarding what happened next, but at some point the older Nissan maneuvered back onto the freeway and was struck by a 2016 Nissan in which Jose
and Ruth Cortez were passengers. The 65-year-old San Diego woman driving that car sustained moderate injuries, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said. On Facebook, Allan Cortez identified her as his aunt, Cherry Nunez, and said she was in stable condition as of Tuesday morning. The collision sparked a fire that engulfed the older Nissan. Though his name has not yet been released pending family notification, the medical examiner’s office said the Escondido man driving that car died of blunt force injuries and burns. Jose and Ruth Cortez were pronounced dead at the scene.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as seen from Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Photo by Jim Kydd
Vista man dead in bizarre suicide SpaceX rocket leaves Southern From wire reports
VISTA — A 22-year-old man ran a red light in Vista, caused a rollover crash, fled the scene on foot and called his mother to pick him up, but as deputies searched for him, he shot and killed himself, authorities said this week. The bizarre incident began around 6:45 p.m. Dec. 26 near South Melrose Drive and Shadowridge Drive, Deputy Sean Gallagher said. That’s where the 22-year-old, driving a 2010 Honda Civic, ran a red light southbound on South Melrose Drive and collided with a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. Deputies went to the
scene in response to a report of a rollover crash -- it was unclear which car rolled in the collision -- where they found the Hyundai’s driver was uninjured but the Honda’s driver had fled, Gallagher said. “As deputies were searching the area, they were flagged down by a female who stated the male had just shot himself,” Gallagher said. “Deputies located the suspect in the bushes near the intersection of Countryside Drive and Club Heights Lane with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Sheriff’s investigators later learned the woman who flagged them down was the man’s mother. She said
that after the crash, her son called her and gave her directions of where to pick him up, but at some point he apparently shot himself. Deputies performed CPR on the man, whose name was not released, until paramedics arrived and took him to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Gallagher said. Doctors there pronounced him dead. Investigators are looking into whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the initial crash, Gallagher said. No foul play is expected in the man’s death, but anyone with information about the incident was asked to call sheriff’s Sgt. Juan Lozoya at (760) 940-4551.
Californians looking skyward
From wire reports
REGION — Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched 10 communications satellites into orbit on Dec. 22 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, creating a streak of light visible to many people across Southern California. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites launched at about 5:30 p.m. from Vandenberg, and the satellites were deployed around 6:30 p.m. The launch was visible across most of Southern California, which was treated to a spectacular light show as
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DEC. 29, 2017
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Fire ruling has immediate effect on state’s utilities california focus thomas d. elias
U Will Issa side with Big Oil or the coast? By Dave Peiser
or 45 years, the United States has led the globe in protection o f marine mammals. We have a system under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) which has led to miraculous recoveries of our coast’s Eastern Pacific Gray Whale and Northern Elephant Seal, and the ongoing protection of many others. The H.R. 4239 energy bill, which recently reared its ugly head in congress, contains an extreme set of proposals that would provide shortsighted giveaways to the oil and gas industry at the expense of key protections for marine life such as the MMPA. This bill, which the oil industry has backed and is lobbying heavily for, would force our government to prioritize oil and gas companies ahead of the people and the economies that sustain our coastal regions. The bill is a blatant attack on an effective American wildlife protection law, introduced by Republican President Richard Nixon. This bill would weaken the MMPA to make it easier for seismic testing and oil companies to harm or kill marine mammals. This is because the outdated technology of seismic blasting
Letter: Thoughtful discourse vital for our future Editor: It was comforting to read that the “flag flap” among the Traffic and Public Safety Commissioners was not only cordial and respectful but enlightening. Patriotism is a complex concept, necessary for the public and especially those in the military during wartime. Then, broad support is needed among the population and unquestioning obedience to orders is vital among those who must coordinate actions against the enemy. Alas, this same patriotism is a standard tool of demagogues --who want nothing more than to foment war, real or imaginary,
that must be done to locate oil and gas beneath the seafloor has been known to disrupt vital functions of marine mammals, who depend on hearing for survival. It’s short sighted and dangerous. It’s clear cut for us Californians and always has been. Drilling leads to spilling, and spilling is bad for business. Our booming tourism and recreation economy needs a clean and healthy ocean to thrive. Unless we’re talking about creating jobs in oil spill cleanup efforts, new drilling would only cripple our already spectacular economy. Keep in mind, California has the world’s 6th largest economy, behind the U.S., Japan, Germany, the U.K., and France. So, with Trump’s executive order threatening to open the Pacific coast for new drilling and extreme bills like the “SECURE American Energy Act” being proposed, where will Congressman Issa stand? Right now, we must hold him accountable for his votes on bills like this which threaten our coastal recreation and tourism economy, as well as 45 years of our nation exhibiting the best federal protections of marine mammals on Earth.
Seismic testing, or “blasting” is a direct threat to our nation’s marine mammals, that rely on sound for survival, reproduction, and building social connections. What’s concerning is that parts of this bill resemble language we’ve heard before from the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), the group that represents the seismic industry. Passing this bill would make it easier for the companies involved to get permits for activities that would injure, kill, or disrupt marine mammals’ vital functions. So my question is this: Will Congressman Issa stand with coastal communities to protect all that we love about our coast? Or will he hold hands with international interests and Big Oil on this one? Either way, we must keep the spotlight on him. Please call Congressman Issa to make sure that he is prepared to vote against HR4239, the “SECURE American Energy Act” and all legislation aimed at the destruction of wildlife protections in the interest of the oil industry. Dave Peiser is executive director of San Diego Climate Action Network and a former challenger to Issa
••• against those enemies he congers up to unite the people under his charismatic leadership. The Pledge of Allegiance was controversial even before the words, “under God” were added in 1954, combining patriotism and religion into one “sacred” oath. In the early 1940s, the Supreme Court first approved mandating this for students; three years later, in a memorable decision, this was reversed.. Subsequent courts chose to dismiss this reference to God as nothing more than “ceremonial deism” the words being virtually meaningless. Demagogues depict this differently, as a sacred oath that defines one’s loyalty to his country, ignoring the oxymoron that anything said under the very duress they create is inherently
meaningless. Encinitas at least avoids the divisiveness of many city councils which have an opening prayer. When I was on this committee several years ago, I regularly stood silently with my hands at my side; Once I refused even this, my remaining seated in support of a man in Florida who was removed from his city council audience for not standing for the pledge --my explaining this reason at the time. Over the last year our nation has become more divisive, getting closer to a flash point that we all want to avoid. This is no time for escalation, but rather the kind of reasoned discourse that I was proud to read occurred at city hall last week. Al Rodbell Encinitas
nder intense political pressure at the same time bone-dry Santa Ana and Sundowner winds propelled unchecked wildfires across Southern California in early December, the California Public Utilities Commission handed down perhaps its most consumer-friendly decision in several decades. Unanimously, the five commissioners forced the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. — not its customers — to pay more than $379 million in uninsured costs from the 2007 Witch, Guejito and Rice fires that devastated large parts of San Diego County, destroying more than 1,300 homes and killing two persons. SDG&E had tried to fob those costs off on consumers, including some whose homes burned in the same fires. The commissioners also were unanimous in imposing new, stricter rules for utilities to help stem future wildfire risks. Investigators found SDG&E failed before the 2007 fires to properly maintain its equipment, failing to trim tree branches and chaparral growing near power lines, which arced and sparked as those infernos began. The company and its insurers paid more than $2 billion in claims, but it wanted customers to foot almost all the remaining bills. The PUC previously went along with similar utility company requests, but this time, for once, commissioners stood by consumers. Multiple results were immediate: While the Lilac Fire raged in late fall in north San Diego County, SDG&E turned off power
to as many as 170,000 persons when winds propelling the new blaze picked up. So arcing power lines could not contribute to this fire disaster. A lot of folks living in areas around Boulder Creek and Palomar Mountain were inconvenienced, but this time the fire destroyed “only” 157 structures, not 10 times that many. Knowing it might actually have to pay very steep costs if it kept the power on, the utility played it safe. No one can be certain whether that action or lessened wind was the main factor that kept the Lilac Fire much smaller than some previous ones. But cutting the power certainly didn’t hurt, counter though it is to hallowed utility company practices that aim to keep the juice flowing no matter what. The PUC’s landmark decision was also felt in other areas of California, where fires both in December and earlier in the fall devastated hundreds of thousands of acres in places like Napa, Sonoma, Orange and Ventu-
ta Barbara, the stock value of Edison’s parent company, Edison International, fell as much as 15 percent. There is no official finding yet on the cause of that fire, which has consumed more than 700 homes and spurred at least two fatalities. But investors and stock analysts fear Edison, like SDG&E, might have to pay not only billions of dollars for damage, but also might never see its own repair and service restoration costs returned. The same for PG&E, whose customer lawsuits stem from reports of PG&E lines sparking into nearby vegetation just as devastating October blazes got underway in the Wine Country. PG&E’s dividend decision shows management feels the same fears as investors. The PUC’s decision was key to much of the stock market response to the fires, just as it probably spurred SDG&E to shut down its power, even though the company never copped to that. For if these utilities are now
A lot of folks were inconvenienced, but this time the fire destroyed ‘only’ 157 structures, not 10 times that many. ra counties, Santa Clarita, Montecito and the Bel-Air, Sylmar and Tujunga Canyon sections of Los Angeles. No, neither Pacific Gas & Electric Co. nor Southern California Edison Co. nor the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power made prophylactic power shutdowns like those near San Diego, but both PG&E and Edison were sorely affected. PG&E suspended dividends while watching its stock tank by 9 percent in December, largely because of potential liability from the many fire-related lawsuits it faces. And while the Thomas fire blitzed through Ventura County and on toward San-
to be held more responsible than before for their errors and neglect, their financial futures will be affected. And yet, no one knows what the PUC might do years from now when utilities inevitably demand that customers pay most of their costs from this year. That’s one reason for paying close attention to the next governor’s appointments to this vital, but scandal-compromised, commission. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It.”
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on alleged false claims for overtime and personal purchases on a city credit card submitted by Rogers and allowed a part-time employee to be paid twice for the same work. In Encinitas, the City Council appointed Joe Mosca to the dais, replacing Catherine Blakespear, who was elected to the mayor position. Mosca, a former parks and recreation commissioner and City Councilman in the city of Sierra Madre, becomes the first openly gay City Council member in Encinitas’ 30year history.
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REGION — North County is not immune to the housing crisis. In almost each community, city officials have grappled with various housing-related issues. The struggle with housing-related issues is the top storyline in The Coast News’ coverage area and headlines the Top 10 stories of 2017, as decided by a panel of The Coast News editors and reporters. Here are some of the highlights of the region’s housing struggles: • Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe took steps to limit the exponential growth of short-term vacation rentals, an issue gripping even larger cities like San Diego. Del Mar officials voted to require guests to stay at the homes for no less than a week and for a maximum of 28 days per year for rentals of less than 30 days. Property owners pleaded with the city to adopt less strict standards, while opponents of vacation rentals hailed the city’s actions. • Encinitas’ well-known struggles to develop a state-mandated affordable housing plan have spilled into the courts, where the city faces three lawsuits asking the courts to compel the city to adopt a plan without a vote of the public. The council’s plans to bring another affordable housing plan to voters after the 2016 failure of Measure T was hit with another obstacle, as a slate of new housing laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2018, forced the city to change course on its plan. • In Escondido, the City Council decided the fate of the abandoned Escondido Country Club, which has been the center of a years-long battle between residents and the property owner. The council narrowly approved plans for a 380unit project on the 109-acre property, despite outcry from residents who felt the project was too dense for the area. In 2013, a citizens group successfully got the city to declare the property could only be used for open space, but a judge ruled that the property owner’s rights were violated by the council’s action because when he bought the land he did so knowing it was zoned for residential development and had the reasonable expectation of being able to build on the property, which led to a settlement that ultimately led to the Nov. 15 vote. In a twist, the country club burned down on Nov 22. The citizens group filed a lawsuit against the city on Dec. 14 alleging several violations for approving the development. • In San Marcos, the city faces a lawsuit looking to overturn the city’s approval of a 189-unit project in the city’s foothills, which critics say is an example of “spot zoning” that will harm wildlife, place new homes in high-danger ar-
Nearly half of the 157 buildings destroyed by the Lilac Fire were homes in the Rancho Monserate Country Club trailer park, seen here on Dec. 10 during an aerial survey of damage. Photo by Jeff Hall/Cal Fire
eas for fires and strain precious water resources, among other things. The city also continues to retool its planned creek district to de-emphasize the retail and office space component and place more of an emphasis on housing. • And in the hills north of San Marcos, a developer has proposed a 2,100-home project that essentially replaces a project the County Board of Supervisors narrowly rejected nearly a decade ago. Residents have criticized the Newland Sierra project as another example of spot zoning that voters rejected in 2016 with the failed Lilac Hills Ranch proposal. Caltrans has also disputed the Newland Ranch draft environmental report as insufficient and misleading regarding freeway interchange improvements and traffic mitigation. Here are the rest of the Top 10 stories and storylines of 2017 2. North County cities — under duress — change election systems For years, voters in almost every city, school district and special district in North County have been able to vote for each of their elected representatives in what are known as “atlarge” elections. Beginning in 2016, however, a Malibu-based attorney began to send letters to cities across the region, with a simple message: your at-large elections disenfranchise Latinos. Change them, or be sued. One by one, cities began to reluctantly make the change from at-large systems to those where the cities are split into voting districts, with voters only being able to vote for a representative from their district. Why did they make the change? Because no city had ever successfully challenged a lawsuit filed under the California Voting Rights Act. Some cities, like San Marcos, quickly made the change with little push
question to voters in November 2018. In the meantime, Encinitas has banned all commercial cannabis operations, as have all other North County cities. Vista residents will also vote on whether to allow medical marijuana businesses in town next November, as proponents collected enough signatures to place an item on the Novem3. Marijuana debate rag- ber 2018 ballot on whether es throughout North County to allow medical marijuana On Nov. 8, 2016, Cali- dispensaries. fornia voters approved the legalization of cannabis for 4. Lilac fire burns 4,100 recreational use with the acres as firefighters thwart overwhelming passage of blaze’s march to the Pacific Ocean Proposition 64. While the proposition Just before noon on Dec. created the legal frame- 7, firefighters responded to work for a state licensing a report of a brush fire just and taxation system for west of Interstate 15 near cannabis, it deferred to cit- the town of Bonsall. ies on questions of whether Fanned by strong Santa to allow commercial can- Ana winds, the fire erupted nabis activities, which has into a blaze that would at sent a number of jurisdic- its height char 4,1000 acres, tions scrambling to craft destroy 157 structures, new rules before the Jan. damage 64 others, injure six 1, 2018, deadline. The people and killed dozens of result has been a series of horses, many of the animals protracted and emotional unable to escape the blaze battles over cannabis› place at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. in North County cities. The fire forced school Nowhere did the battle play itself out more prom- closures in a dozen districts inently than in Encinitas, and displaced thousands of where the city considered residents due to mandatory whether to allow farmers to evacuations. Before nightfall of the grow cannabis commercially on agriculturally zoned first day of the blaze, fire property, a move endorsed officials spoke ominously by the city’s last large-scale about the fire’s rapid spread, flower grower, Bob Echter. and said if gale-force winds For months, speakers did not die down overnight, flooded Encinitas City the blaze could reach the Council meetings during Pacific Ocean. the public comment section, Fortunately, Mother staking their positions for Nature gave fire crews a and against cannabis pro- reprieve, and firefighters duction, prompting the city used a strong aerial and to shorten public comment ground offensive to stop the and ask residents to wave fire’s forward spread. their hands rather than apStill, homeowners, horse plaud after each comment. owners and others are still Encinitas created a sub- coming to grips with the committee to craft a set of devastation of a blaze that rules to regulate cannabis occurred near the 10-year cultivation, but the sub- anniversary of the councommittee could not reach ty’s last spate of devastata consensus and punted the ing wildfires. The Rancho issue to the City Council. Monserate Country Club, a Then, after a marathon senior mobile home commuhearing on Oct. 20 where nity, bore the brunt of the more than 300 people at- devastation, as nearly half tended and more than 100 of the 157 homes destroyed signed up to speak, the City by the blaze were in the Council voted to put the community. back from residents or elected officials. In other cases, like Encinitas, residents implored their elected officials to fight the legal threat in court, but ultimately fell in line. Beginning in 2018, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside and Encinitas will all hold their first by-district elections.
5. Longtime Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood resigns; Del Mar fires longtime community services director; Encinitas appoints first openly gay councilman On Dec. 6, longtime Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood made a dramatic return to the City Council dais to lead his first council meeting in six months after suffering a stroke on May 16. A week later, the 69-yearold mayor announced his resignation, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Wood’s resignation was one of several stories involving elected or appointed officials to make headlines this year. The announcement rocked Oceanside City Hall, where Wood had presided as the city’s elected mayor since 2004, two years after being elected to the City Council. Wood’s resignation came after the City Council had granted him two extended leaves of absence to recover from his most recent stroke, one of several he has had since 2011. State law specifies that the council has 60 days after receiving the resignation to appoint someone or schedule an election. The council has until Feb. 7, 2018, to place the vacancy on the June ballot. Wood has recommended the council appoint current City Clerk Zack Beck or former City Manager Jim Weiss to replace him for the remainder of his four-year term. In Del Mar, the city fired Pat Vergne, its longtime chief lifeguard and community services director, after a months-long investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct and misuse of public funds. He filed a $5 million claim against the city in December. The city claims that Vergne and his administrative assistant cost the city a little more than $200,000 during a three-year period, mostly by reducing or waiving facility rental fees. Additionally, the report states, Vergne signed off
6. Groups gird up to defeat embattled Congressman Darrell Issa After a protracted 2016 election that saw U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Vista) barely survive his toughest election test, groups opposing the congressman have turned up the heat in advance of the 2018 midterms. Groups began protesting outside of Issa’s Vista field office shortly after the election to protest the agenda of then President-elect Donald Trump. Every Tuesday, hundreds gather on Thibodo Road, waving signs, chanting, cheering, booing and singing for an hour. The protests reached a crescendo in May when nearly 800 people protested the House vote — including Issa’s — to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. A smaller group of counter protesters also gathers on the opposite side of the street in support of Issa. In February, nearly 1,500 people flooded Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista for a town-hall meeting, looking to question Issa about his support of the Republican majority’s attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Issa was a no show. The city of Vista, citing public safety concerns, placed new restrictions on the protest permit — including where and how they could protest. The American Civil Liberties Union said in a letter to Vista officials in June that the new restrictions infringe on the First Amendment rights of protesters. Meanwhile, a trio of candidates have emerged as Democratic challengers to Issa, including retired Col. Doug Applegate, who nearly defeated Issa in 2016. Rancho Santa Fe businessman Paul Kerr and Orange County environmental attorney Mike Levin have also announced their candidacies. 7. Escondido votes to outsource library services On Oct. 18, the Escondido City Council voted 4-1 to outsource operation of its public library to a private company based in Maryland. Supporters of the library filed a lawsuit in November to challenge the City Council’s decision and TURN TO TOP STORIES ON 6
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Bidding gluttony goodbye small talk jean gillette
ay it with me now… 2018? Really? I’m not at all sure I am ready for a new year. Have you even wrestled the lights off your tree or recycled the gift wrapping? No, me either. Most of us are still noshing on leftovers and coming down off our holiday sugar buzz. I thought I might get to exercise class more often during the holidays. I know you are as shocked as I am that this hasn’t happened. I have been trying to eat more salads for a week now, but the transition is tenu-
ous and my clothes are still snug. No sooner do I finish my vegetables, feeling momentarily virtuous, then I discover some leftover treat lying around begging to be consumed. Once that package of corn chips has been opened, well, you know it won’t keep. Same goes for the champagne, the brie and that leftover mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s a slippery, but tasty, slope. The holiday no-nos have to run out eventually, but when the house becomes goodie-free, things could get ugly. I’m getting ready now to address the withdrawal with artificial sweetener, fruit and perhaps some Greek yogurt. I have solemnly sworn to return to the “If I don’t have it on my kitchen shelves, I won’t think about eating it,”
mode. If I am going to button any of my winter pants, there may well be a juice cleanse in my future. I really hope it doesn’t come to that. That sort of denial takes me into a realm of cranky that nobody wants to see. I think for perhaps another week, I can maintain, with a straight face, that I am keeping garbage out of our landfills by finishing up that leftover fudge and cheese platter. But by this time next week, no excuses will be accepted. That is, unless a gracious friend offers you something delicious and you have to eat it, just to be polite. Manners are so important. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer focusing on clear soups and 101 ways to prepare zucchini. Contact her at email@example.com.
House approves $81B for disaster relief From wire reports
REGION — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging disaster relief bill on Dec. 21 that, if signed into law, would provide $81 billion for victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires, including the Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County. HR 4667 passed the lower chamber of Congress on a 251-169 vote but faces uncertainty in the Senate. “I’m pleased that those in San Diego County affected by the recent Lilac Fire, and throughout California, will receive the help they need so that they can begin the process of restoring their lives and rebuilding all that was lost,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. “The package approved
today comes at just the right time and will provide much-needed resources to help our area recover.” According to news reports, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it might be next month before the bill, which provides nearly twice the amount requested by the Trump administration, is taken up by the upper chamber. Schumer is demanding changes designed to boost aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, partly in response to the recently passed tax bill. As currently written, the bill introduced by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-New Jersey would spread large sums of money across many departments in the federal government, including
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$27.6 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, $26.1 billion for Community Development Block Grants and $12.11 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers. Another $2.6 billion would go to the Secretary of Agriculture to reimburse for necessary expenses related to crops, trees, bushes, vines, and livestock losses; $81.3 million to NASA to repair hurricane damage to its facilities; $1.7 billion to the Small Business Administration for its disaster loans program; and more than $1 billion combined for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, and child and family services provided by Head Start.
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10-year agreement with Library Systems & Services, which begins operations on Jan. 15, 2018. LS&S operates nine libraries systems in the state and 36 branches in Riverside County. The council based its decision on the growing pension debt owed by the city to its employees and potential savings of $400,000 per year. Escondido officials said savings from the library’s operational budget will help the city meet its burgeoning obligations to the California Public Employee Retirement System, which are projected to increase from $20.8 million this fiscal year to $36.8 million in five years. A budget adopted by the council in June anticipates pension deficits of $1.8 million next year and $6.5 million in 2018 without new revenue or reduced expenses. Since the council’s decision, a senior researcher quit in protest and the director of library and community services position was eliminated in next year’s budget. The other library employees, according to the council, will can remain with the library, transfer to another city department or be fired. The library board of trustees will be involved with the management of the library and decisions about what books are purchased. Councilwoman Olga Diaz told her colleagues that ignoring their constituents’ opposition will jeopardize prospects for winning voter approval next year to build a new library building in Grape Day Park. 8. North Coastal Corridor projects commence Last December, a series of long anticipated rail,
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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DEC. 29, 2017 freeway, pedestrian and bicycle projects in the Interstate 5 corridor kicked off, as Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments held a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the start of the projects. But the impacts of “Build NCC,” the name of the first package of improvements that are part of the 40-year North Coast Corridor program, became evident this year. Build NCC is a $700 million slate of projects that includes the widening of I-5 with the addition of a single express lane in each direction between State Route 78 and Lomas Santa Fe Drive, double tracking the rail line across the San Elijo and Batiquitos lagoons and the construction of bicycle and pedestrian bridges and connected trails, as well as a wide range of wetlands and lagoon restoration projects. Officials gathered in late November to kick off the $102 million San Elijo lagoon restoration, a project that officials said was two decades in the making. And in December, a Caltrans officials told the Encinitas City Council that double tracking of the rail line is halfway complete. Among the most controversial elements of the project has turned out to be the Cardiff segment of the bridge and trail network, known as the Coastal Rail Trail. After years of debate over whether to place the segment east of the railroad tracks along San Elijo Avenue or west of Coast Highway 101 on a popular existing biking and walking path, the California Coastal Commission weighed in and said that the trail will run on the east side. The Coastal Commission’s decision ran counter to the wishes of Encinitas, CROP the regional planning agen.93 cy, SANDAG, and hundreds .93 of residents who protested 4.17 the east side alignment. A4.28 smaller group of residents hailed the Coastal Commission’s decision as the right call. The first phase of Build NCC is expected to be completed by 2020. Ultimately, the $6.5 billion North Coast Corridor Program will stretch 27 miles from La Jolla to Oceanside. 9. Encinitas bucks North County cities to support AB 805 State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher’s crusade for sweeping changes at the embattled regional planning agency got a boost from an unlikely source — the city of Encinitas. In September, the Encinitas City Council broke ranks from the rest of its North County agencies to support Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 805, a suite of measures aimed at reforming San Diego Association of Governments, better known as SANDAG. According to a news release from Gonzalez Fletcher’s office, the bill would, among other things, “change the voting structures of SANDAG, the Met-
ropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District to better reflect the populations they serve; create an Audit Committee that includes members of the public that oversees an independent auditor; require that SANDAG provide annual reports to the state about the region’s transit issues; permit MTS and NCTD to approach voters to raise revenue for better transit; require skilled and trained workers are employed on local transportation projects; and insist that regional transportation plans address greenhouse gas reduction rules and the needs of disadvantaged communities.” SANDAG has been mired in controversy over reports that its officials made major discrepancies in revenue projections associated with a failed 2016 sales tax measure and hid or deleted emails to avoid public scrutiny. SANDAG’s longtime Executive Director Gary Gallegos resigned in August amid the mounting controversy. The four council members who supported the bill — Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz and council members Tasha Boerner Horvath and Joe Mosca — said they supported the bill because it would allow for NCTD to put a taxing measure on the ballot independent of SANDAG. Mark Muir voted against supporting the bill. The longtime Republican sided with his colleagues, who argued that the bill siphoned away power from smaller cities and gave it to San Diego and Chula Vista. Gov. Jerry Brown ultimately signed the controversial bill into law. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. 10. North County cities mull split from SDG&E with community choice North coastal cities are considering a move toward energy independence from San Diego Gas & Electric Co., with Solana Beach leading the way. Solana Beach in October became the first in the county to begin the implementation of a community choice aggregation program that allows the city to buy and sell energy and gives residents an energy option other than SDG&E CCAs, which are also referred to as community choice energy, are entities formed by public agencies that buy power on the open market, choosing the source of the power based on the community’s choice. CCA is considered an effective way to reach state-mandated greenhouse gas emission reductions and provide customers with potentially lower rates than investor-owned utilities such as SDG&E. The city won’t own power poles or utility lines, nor would it deliver the energy. Transmission and distribution services will remain the responsibility of San Diego Gas & Electric. Solana Beach, with its October vote, became the 14th CCA in the state. Since 2011 Solana Beach has been discussing CCA,
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Median home prices in region still going up REGION — The median price of a home in San Diego County rose 9.1 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while the number of homes sold dipped by 4.3 percent, a real estate information service announced this week. According to CoreLogic, the median price of a San
Diego County home was $540,000 last month, up from $495,000 in November 2016. A total of 3,287 homes were sold in the county, down from 3,431 during the same month the previous year. A total of 19,569 new and resale houses and condos changed hands in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange coun-
ties last month, according to CoreLogic. That was down 5.7 percent from 20,751 in October, and 11 fewer sales than November 2016. The median price of a Southern California home was $505,000 in November, up 2 percent from $495,000 in October and up 8.6 percent from $465,000 in November 2016.
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meeting where the City Council approved the plan. However, both groups have noted the neighborhood has been divided and tensions are rising since the lawsuit was announced on Dec. 14. ROCC’s statement reads: “Knowing that a lawsuit can not prevent the project from ultimately proceeding, ECCHO’s ill-advised decision to sue amounts to utter foolishness. Their frivolous lawsuit will allow the blight and decay to continue, while costing city taxpayers millions of dollars to defend against it. Worse, it could result in a much larger proj-
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Signs thanking firefighters for their efforts were abundant during the funeral procession for Cory Iverson, 32, who died Dec. 14 while battling the Thomas Fire. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
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erside and San Diego counties. One of those people in uniform paying tribute on the bridge was Fire Chief Joseph Napier of the Valley Center Fire Department. Napier said the fire service has a deep-rooted tradition of celebrating the lives of firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. One of those ways is a procession. Fire agencies stretching from Ventura down to San Diego City joined to
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meeting an unmet need.” The menu is fresh. In fact, one of their salads is named “Solution Farms Salad.” The salad’s field greens are from the farms of the organization Solutions For Change, which tackles homelessness in North County and beyond. They lean heavily on free range meats and offer dishes that are gluten-free as well as vegetarian and vegan options. On Saturdays and Sundays a brunch is offered where the chef makes fresh hollandaise sauce for the Eggs Benedict and the Belgium Waffle is becoming a favorite to enjoy along with a bottomless mimosa. Landon’s, named after the Manns’ son, opened a little more than two months ago on Sept. 25. As with most new businesses, the community is discovering it a little at a time. “We are grateful for the community support so far,” Charlynn Mann said. The restaurant is cheerful and bright with cloth napkins. Several rough hewn tables add to the hom-
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remember Iverson for the dedication and service he provided to the community. “We are here to honor Cory and his family,” Napier said. “We are to help the family in any capacity.” The Lilac Road Bridge was one of many procession sites in San Diego County. Other overpasses along the Interstate 15 corridor included the Riverside-San Diego County border checkpoint, Highway 76, Deer Springs, Via Rancho Parkway and more. At every turn, there was signage thanking firefighters. ey charm of the place. Diners order meals at the front when they enter, then afterward get full service from a server. “When you go out to dinner, you’re hungry, right?” she asked “So this is a way to get your food started right away” “We love everything about Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen,” said Amanda Watkins of Rancho Penasquitos. “The restaurant décor is charming, the staff very friendly and their food is delicious and they even offer on-site childcare. Our kids love their playroom and all the fun activities they can do. The sitters are fun and interactive with the kids. We can enjoy a little ‘date’ knowing our kids are just a room away, having fun and in good hands. We look forward to our next experience there soon.” Charlynn Mann said she does not know if having childcare on site in a restaurant is a new trend, but if it is they are on the cutting edge. Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen is at 1020 W. San Marcos Boulevard in San Marcos on Restaurant Row.
“It’s those signs and that type of gratitude which really drives firefighters to continue to do the very best job that they can,” Napier said. He added the fire service sends thanks to the community for representing themselves in whatever capacity they can to celebrate Iverson’s life and service. “I know that our brothers and sisters from Cal Fire (San Diego) really appreciate the outpouring of thank yous and heartfelt condolences,” Napier said. “For us, we are here for Cory’s family and for our brothers and sisters at Cal Fire.”
hiccup, John Helmer, a consultant with the city on the project, said notifications for the comment period were not sent to one or two agencies, thus the city extended the deadline until Jan. 2, 2018. Once the extension deadline passes, Helmer said the final EIR will be complete and the project will move forward to the Planning Commission and City Council for a vote. Escondido Assistant City Planner Mike Strong said the Notice of Availability was discovered and the city wanted to make sure all parties had time to submit their comments. “This discovery was made on the part of our own administrative staff,” Strong said in an email provided to The Coast
ect thanks to new state legislation. Sadly, ECCHO has decided to stop at nothing to harm our community and City (sic).” ECCHO has said a lower-scope project is the best option for the neighborhood, noting the current plan will bring an increase in traffic, noise and pollution, to name a few concerns. The lawsuit is just another chapter of the ongoing saga over the country club. On Nov. 22, a fire at the country club broke out, although no cause of the fire has been determined. The Escondido Fire Department is currently investigating with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
As for Schlesinger, he has battled residents and the city for years after announcing plans to construct 600 homes. He then reconfigured the plan to 270 homes in 2012, but ECCHO and the city pushed back. The city designated the property open space and Schlesinger filed a lawsuit. The court ruled in his favor and settlement with the city allowed him to hold the property rights, but was part of the process to determine the new developer. Schlesinger also dumped tons of chicken manure on the golf course causing damage to the landscape and a reeking odor, which netted him a $100,000 fine.
News. “Even though these specific agencies received a copy of the Draft EIR to review, City staff wanted to ensure that there was a very clear record of its availability and record of notice. Since there have been no changes made to the Draft EIR, there is no need to re-circulate such notice more broadly.” Strong’s email said even though the city received no request to formally post an extension, it did so in following precedent set by the ongoing Escondido Country Club project. In addition to the homes at Safari Highlands Ranch, the plan includes building a new fire station at no cost of the city with equipment. Additionally, the project calls for 70 percent of the site to be open space, or 700 acres of the 1,098, to remain designated as such with nine miles of trails,
which will be maintained by the homeowners association. Safari Highlands Ranch will also help build or fund a new clubhouse for Eagle Crest Golf Club and road and traffic improvements throughout the city. Residents also got to review the project during an open house at City Hall in November. Some, especially in the Rancho Vistamonte and Rancho San Pasqual communities, have sprung up in opposition. Concerns center on blasting and moving millions of cubic feet of dirt, having only one access road into the project, subpar traffic improvements and tripling the traffic on Rockwood Road, which would lead into the development. If approved, Safari Highlands Ranch would not be fully built out until 2026-27.
Pedestrian dies after being struck on highway From wire reports
ENCINITAS — A 34-year-old Encinitas man hospitalized last week with life-threatening injuries after he was struck while crossing a coastal highway
in Encinitas died on Christmas day, authorities said on Dec. 27. Zachari A. Tatsey was struck about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 21 while crossing the 2500 block of S. Coast Highway 101 west of the San
Elijo Lagoon, sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Bligh said. “The victim was not in a crosswalk and was wearing dark-colored clothing as he ran eastbound across the dark highway,” Bligh said.
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Best wine tastings of the year Daniel Daou, co-owner of Daou Winery of Paso Robles, is challenging the notion that only Napa Valley can make great Cabernet Sauvignon. His Reserve Cabernet 2014 ($51) is a collectible world class wine that again is in Taste of Wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Ten this year. Courtesy photos
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ords to live by: you can waste your time, but never ever waste wine! As Wine Spectator observed in their recent issue on its Top Ten awards, â&#x20AC;&#x153;from vineyard to table, wine is an exploration of its role in contemporary culture.â&#x20AC;? The last reporting period had 23.6 million visitors to Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine countries, that employ 325,000 workers. Wine is an essential element in our culture and way of life. It is a worldwide movement that only gets better with age. My Top Ten list includes: eight wines from California, one from Italy and one from France. Wine prices shown are the best I can locate and the names are listed alphabetically and equally. All are ranked excellent in quality with guidelines of flavor, longevity and value. Banfi Belnero, Montalcino district of Tuscany Italy, 2013, $19. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;dark beautyâ&#x20AC;? of Castello Banfi, the definitive winery in Tuscany, made primarily from superior clones of the Sangiovese grape. Powerful structure has well-balanced tannins. Castellobanfi.com. BR Cohn Merlot, Sonoma Valley Petricka Vineyard, 2015, $36. The winery is near the town of Sonoma in the warm alluvial soil of the Mayacamus mountains. A limited crop, aged 20 months in French Oak barrels is rich with luscious plum and berry. The generous alcohol is brilliantly balanced. BRCohn.com. Boen Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, 2015, $29. Another fanciful creation from Joe Wagner who gave us a colossal Pinot Noir winner in Meiomi until he sold it for a reported $315 million. Now he has a stable full of new wave Pinots at his Copper Cane
The history-making winemaker Mike Grgich and his Zinfandel.
Wines & Provisions out of St Falknerwinery.com. Helena Napa Valley. Boen is his Sonoma Coast baby. Grgich Hills ZinfanBoenwines.com. del, Napa Valley, 2013, $36. Power and elegance best Daou Reserve Caber- describes this Zinfandel. A net Sauvignon, Paso Robles, well-balanced 15 percent 2014, $51. First appeared alcohol is food-friendly and as a Top Ten wine earli- a perfect match for grilled er this year, this bottle is meats and hearty pasta and made with premium estate pizza. Winemaker Mike Grfruit sourced from DAOU gich lives on a ranch with Mountain and other Paso his 30-plus acres of Zin vineyards. Top quality Bor- growing just below in Caldeaux-style offering. Daou- istoga. He barely escaped vineyards.com. with his life the night of Oct. 8 when disastrous Napa Falkner Amante Super Valley fires struck. Both the Tuscan style, Temecula Val- wine and Grgich will live on ley, 2014, $55. This longtime as the legend continues for favorite of Sangiovese, Cab- this 94-year-old. Napa Valernet Sauvignon, Merlot ley pioneer. Grgich.com. and Cab Franc is racking up some impressive gold. Gary Farrell ChardonOld world style and finesse with new world boldness. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14
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Ten â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lick the Plateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorites from 2017
s we put a wrap on 2017, it was another fun year to be licking the plate in North County San Diego. As usual, I tried to create a good mix tape of culinary stories with some new offerings to the area and old-school standbys that were either new to me or worth a revisit. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start with one of my favorite new discoveries even though it has been open a year now and my foodie friends gave me all kinds of grief for being late to the game on it. First is 608, in the center of the Oceanside restaurant resurgence on Mission Avenue just east of Coast Highway 101. Known for its adventurous, yet familiar approach to food, whatever you want to call it, 608 provided one of the best meals Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had all year. Executive Chef-Owner William Eick opened in 2016 and at 28 he has not only been labeled as one of San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rising culinary stars but also has established himself as an original, capable of breaking out of the copycat world of gastro-public house lookalike joints. Frazier Farms in Oceanside is another one of those places that have been around for a while but was a recent discovery as a result of its proximity to my office in Oceanside. In my column I whined about the overkill of super high-end markets in my coastal Encinitas bubble and how they were gorgeous places full of very pretty people but not so conducive to one-stop weekly shopping on a budget. I was about ready to accept these extremes on either end of the grocery spectrum when I was turned on to Frazier Farms Market in Oceanside by co-worker Brooks Venters, who had made the Frazier deli a regu-
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lar stop on his weekday lunch rounds. The deli offers up some of the best sandwiches Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had and while waiting on them to be made I discovered Frazier Farms could easily become my go-to weekly grocery stop. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mix of gourmet, high-quality goodness with an eclectic mix of shoppers and employees who reflect the diversity of Oceanside won me over. The Lanai opened a Del Mar location and the intimate new space is perfect to complement their success in Leucadia and add some new features that make The Lanai even more appealing. It has a slice of an ocean view and lots of fun people watching with its location right on Camino Del Mar between 11th and 12th. The addition of beer, wine and sake makes the experience even more enjoyable. The very exciting news in the Del Mar location is the addition of sushi and more importantly, a topnotch sushi chef in charge of
the program.Â The newest venture from Wade and Kristi Hageman happened in 2017 called Open House and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located in the spacious former home of the popular El Callejon. They also own local favorites Blue Ribbon Pizza and Craftsman American Tavern and it should be noted that talented Executive Chef Marlaw Seraspi is on board at Open House and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been back several times since my story ran as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big fan of his. Pollos Maria in Carlsbad was an old-school new discovery that made me really happy. As I said in the column, there are certain words that tend to be thrown around loosely and iconic can definitely fit into that category. That said, in the restaurant world, if you are still around and thriving after 30 years with folks lining up for your food, I will gladly attach that TURN TO LICKTHE PLATE ON 14
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Top 10 albums of 2017 By Alan Sculley
Many years produce an album or two that scream year’s best album from the first listen. This was not that kind of year. In fact, there wasn’t a lot to separate any of the albums I ranked in the top five. There was, however, a good deal of depth to the albums of 2017, and limiting the honorable mention list to 10 albums was difficult. Here’s how I see the best albums from the past year.
more acoustic, folkier, but no less fervent, side to the band. The Rural Alberta Advantage may not be hip enough to make many top 10 lists, but I’ll take this
1) The Rural Alberta Ad- The Wild. Courtesy photo vantage: “The Wild” — This Canadian band hits a new album over Kendrick Lahigh water mark on their mar or Lorde any day. fourth album, “The Wild.” On stellar songs like “Bad 2) J.D. McPherson – Luck Again,” “Beacon “Undivided Heart & Soul” Hill,” the group balances — A couple of years ago, grittiness, a little twang I ranked McPherson’s and a healthy dose of pop second album, “Let The melody, creating songs Good Times Roll,” at the that immediately demand top of my year-end list. attention. “Brother” and This follow-up effort is “White Lights” show a just as good. It’s a more
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Top 10 movies of 2017 By Jared Rasic
This year is the hardest it has ever been for me to come up with a top 10 films list. This has been finest year for cinema of the new century (alongside 2007, which brought us “There Will Be Blood,” “No Country for Old Men” and “Zodiac” among many others). This year ranged from tentpole blockbusters all the way to micro-budgeted indies that all exceeded expectations in invoking either pure imagination or startling originality. I watched 110 movies released in 2017, but still missed a few that I have a feeling could have changed my list a bit like “The Florida Project,” “The Shape of Water” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Still, these are my Top Ten of 2017 and I feel lucky to have experi-
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enced each and every one of them. 10) War of the Planet of the Apes — This is blockbuster filmmaking at its finest. Huge sections of the movie have barely any dialogue, but director Matt Reeves and the special effects team created a group of primates that will stay with you for a very long time. Steve Zahn's “Bad Ape” is the breakout character of the year. 9) The Big Sick — Somehow, “The Big Sick” manages to follow every single romantic dramedy convention and still feel like a breath of fresh air for the genre. The true story of how comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon met and started dating is a testament to the magic of falling in love. 8) Raw — A gifted teenager named Justine heads to vet school where
she tastes raw meat for the first time in her life. The meat begins to change her into something quite different...something much darker. This French horror/satire is a mesmerizing knockout from the first frame. 7) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri —Frances McDormand gives the performance of the year in this bleakly funny and bloody genre mash-up from playwright Martin McDonagh. This movie about small town politics is also a macrocosmic look at how we grieve as human beings and whether revenge is always the best dish to serve. 6) Lady Bird — A coming-of-age story that is intensely personal, yet manages to make the life of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson feel universally relevant. Saoirse Ronan TURN TO MOVIES ON 12
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rable vocal melodies and instrumental hooks. That’s reason enough to anticipate how good Khalid, 19, might become as he grows into adulthood. 5) Chris Stapleton: “From a Room Vol. 1”; “From a Room Vol. 2” — Apparently, many of the songs on this pair of albums date back a decade to Stapleton’s songwriting days. And it’s hard to see why gems like “Second One to Know” (a soultinged bit of Southern rock), “Broken Halos” (one of several earthy country gems on this album) and “Scarecrow in the Garden” (an easy-going country rocker) got passed over by other artists. But Stapleton, arguably today’s best country artist, makes these old songs sound new again.
T he C oast News - I nland E dition 6) Queens of the Stone Age: “Villains” — On the seventh album from this band, Josh Homme and crew continue to make some of the most distinctive and fresh hard rock music going, finding new variations in the band’s established sound. For instance, with its bouncy beat and a barrage of hooks, “The Way You Used To Do” is as catchy a heavy rock song as you’ll hear. There’s much more where that came from, making “Villains” almost criminally good. 7) St. Vincent: “Masseduction” — Plenty of artists attempt to incorporate the EDM/synthetic sounds common in top 40 pop today into their music, often with awkward results. Annie Clark (St. Vincent) gets things right here, employing electronic touches and beats that serve the songs and make “Masseduction,” and album that combines sharp songwriting with imaginative production. 8) Squeeze: “The Knowledge” — Back in action after an extended breakup, songwriters Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford show they can still muster pop brilliance, with several songs (“Patchouli,” “AE” and “Two Forks”) that will spur memories of such Squeeze gems as “Tempted,” “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” and “Some Fantastic Place.” 9) SZA: “Ctrl” — One
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of the most auspicious R&B albums of the year belonged to SZA. Songs like “The Weekend,” “Prom” and “Drew Barrymore” boast uncommonly striking silky melodies, while the hip-hop-ish rhythms of “Doves in the Wind,” “Go Gina” and “Love Galore” give “Ctrl” a good deal of edge and groove. Her first full-length effort, “Ctrl” is up for five Grammys, and the guess is this won’t be the only time she earns accolades. 10) Lorde: “Melodrama” — Lorde’s second album captures the chaotic, emotional swings of life being lived in the wake of a difficult breakup, all set to a synth-laden sound that’s both grand and intimate. One wishes the lyrics offered more insights into truths discovered or lessons learned from the breakup, but the visceral tales are entertaining and the music is engaging, with enough idiosyncrasies and edginess to keep it compelling. Honorable mention: Vince Staples: “Big Fish Theory”; Kendrick Lamar: “DAMN:’ Robert Plant: “Carry Fire”; Sam Smith: “The Thrill of it All”; Big Head Todd & The Monsters: “New World Arisin’”; Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: “The Nashville Sound”; Beck: “Colors”; Margo Price: “All American Made”; The National: “Sleep Well Beast”; Brand New: “Science Fiction”
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and Laurie Metcalf give sublime performances and the film never stops being a genuine delight. 5) Personal Shopper — This seductive ghost story is actually a tale of isolation and depression in the iPhone era. Kristen Stewart gives the performance of her career as an American personal shopper in Paris trying to make contact with her recently departed twin brother. A magnetic work of art. 4) Mother! — Love it or hate it, there's nothing quite like it. The subtext is on the surface, the thematic content is so layered that it becomes muddy and the film becomes operatic in its hyperbole,
but the film is just like true creation: messy, painfully self-indulgent and the only way it ever could have been. 3) Get Out — This film works on enough layers that you can get something different from each viewing. Whether it works for you as a socio-political satire, a straight-forward horror movie or a racial allegory, “Get Out” will just keep getting better with time. 2) Nocturama — In Paris, a group of millennials orchestrate a terrorist attack across the city. That night, they hide in a massive department store, surrounded by the consumerism they hate so proudly. Hypnotizing, breathtaking and brilliant, “Nocturama” is an
explosion of pure cinematic artistry. 1) A Ghost Story— A tiny little film from the director of the “Pete's Dragon” remake, “A Ghost Story” isn't just the best film of 2017, but one of the best films I've ever seen. It follows a white sheeted ghost hanging around the house he loved, watching his wife try and move on with her life. It delves into our concept of time, the way the world will move on without us and how the best things about us are what we leave behind. A masterpiece for the ages. Honorable mention: Wind River, Logan Lucky, The Last Jedi, Okja, Thor: Ragnarok, The Lost City of Z, Dunkirk, Blade Runner, Colossal, Coco and The Blackcoat's Daughter.
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CENTER CLOSED Due to the city of Escondido's observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed through Jan. 1. The Community Center will reopen Jan. 2 for normal business hours. For information call (760) 839-4382 or visit recreation.escondido. org. GARDEN OF LIGHTS The San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland through Dec. 30. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of the 37-acre garden each evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Garden of Lights also features music, food, visits with Santa and more. Tickets at the door on the evening of visitation. LIFEGUARD SCHOLARSHIPS The city of Oceanside Lifeguard Academy will be awarding fullride scholarships to five individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to jumpstart a career in lifeguarding and aquatics. Recipients must work for the city of Oceanside Lifeguards for at least one year following their successful course completion. The submission deadline for the application and precourse swim test will be Jan. 7, 2018. The course dates are Jan. 9 through Feb. 24. For more information, visit ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/ns/ parks/pools.asp; or call (760) 435-5225. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Hospice of North Coast is looking for volunteers to work in its Resale Shop at 278-B N. El Camino Real (Homegoods Center). Required is one four-hour shift per week. Interested applicants call (760) 9439921.
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RIVER PATH CLEANUP The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is seeking volunteers to work the “New Year’s Resolution Restoration Event” alongside Conservancy staff from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 31. This will consist of removing ice plant at the River Path to make room for native plants that will be planted in the spring of 2018. The conservancy will supply equipment and gloves. No pets, please. Meet at the River Path parking lot, at the northeast corner of San Dieguito Drive and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Register at https:// new yearsrestoration. eventbrite.com.
HAPPY NEW YEAR “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot PENGUIN PLUNGE The 32nd annual Del Mar Lifeguard Penguin Plunge will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 on the beach in front of City of Del Mar Beach Safety Center, 1700 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Donuts and refreshments provided courtesy of Poseidon Restaurant. Participant certificates available to those who take the plunge. For more information, call Del Mar Lifeguards at (858) 755-1556
TIME FOR LITTLE LEAGUE The Oceanside American Little League spring registration is now open for the Little League Baseball spring season. Boys and girls ages 4 to 14, are eligible to participate, as are umpires ages 12 and up. Carlsbad residents north of Palomar Airport Road are eligible for this league. Register online at oall.org or from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at Ron Ortega Park (snack bar) 222 N. Brooks DEC. 30 St., Oceanside. For more inCITY NEEDS IN- formation, visit oall.org. STRUCTORS The Parks, Recreation and Cultural JAN. 3 Arts Department is seekFRIENDS AND FUN ing qualified instructors to The Catholic Widows and provide recreation and arts Widowers of North County programs. If you would like support group, for those who to teach a class at the Enci- desire to foster friendships nitas Community and Senior through various social activCenter, or offer a program ities, will attend “The Frethrough the city, visit www. monts” concert at California encinitasca.gov/bids to ob- Center for the Arts and dintain information on the pro- ner to follow at Dominic Italposal submittal process. Call ian Restaurant, Escondido (760) 633-2740. on Jan. 3. Reservations are HELP FOR FIRE VIC- necessary, at (858) 674-4324. TIMS In response to the TALES OF THE recent North County fires, TRAILS Carlsbad Newthe MiraCosta College Foun- comers will present Barney dation has created an Emer- Scout Mann, “Triple Crown gency Relief Fund at https:// Trail Traveler,” who has thgiving.miracosta.edu/cam- ru-hiked the Appalachian paigns/emergency-relief, to Trail, the Continental Diprovide aid and assistance to vide Trail, and the Pacific members of the MiraCosta Crest Trail at 9:45 a.m. Jan. community whose lives have 3 at the Carlsbad Senior Cenbeen turned upside down by ter, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. this crisis. In the past week, No-host lunch will follow. For the Emergency Relief Fund more information, call or visassisted a staff member it Patricia at (760) 574-7472 and a student who lost their or carlsbadnewcomers.org. homes, thanks in large part DOG MANNERS to the timely and pivotal CLASS Beginning at support of our community 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3, at its partner Balfour Beatty. The SDHS Oceanside Campus,
2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside, the San Diego Humane Society will host a six-week, introductory-level training class to teach the basics of positive reinforcement training techniques while your dog learns good doggie behaviors. For dogs 18 weeks and older. Cost: $110. Contact https://sdhumane.org/what-we-do/programs /dog-training/headstart/.
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COOK FOR HEALTH Palomar Health Cooking Classes: Food As Medicine hosts Healthy Lifestyles from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Palomar Medical Center Escondido Café Conference Room. To register, visit PalomarHealth.org/Classes or call (800) 628-2880.
POLAR PLUNGE The 32nd annual Del Mar Lifeguard Penguin Plunge will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 on the beach in front of City of Del Mar Beach Safety Center, 1700 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Donuts and refreshments provided courtesy of Poseidon Restaurant. Participant certificates available to those who take the plunge. For more information, call Del Mar Lifeguards at (858) 755-1556. Photo by Dan Knighton
DON’T SWEAT YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS By Alexandra Silakoski, CS, CPT Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center Certified Personal Trainer
Now that the relatives have left, the decorations have been packed up (or left out), and everyone has gone back to the daily grind, the new year is officially under way. And, soon, New Year’s resolutions will find their way back to the Land of Make-Believe. Most people make New Year’s resolutions that have to do with getting healthy, losing weight, exercising more, eating better, or all of the above. Oddly, these often turn out to be the same as the resolutions made just the year before. Scientists report that, by the Ides of March, 94.62% of all resolutions will have lapsed. (OK, I made up that number. But I bet it’s accurate!) January is named after Janus, the Roman god of endings and beginnings, which is why this really is the perfect time to lay bad habits to rest. Alas, that will never happen without a realistic and achievable plan for long-term success. As a Personal Trainer at TriCity Wellness & Fitness Center, I have seen too many people set the right goals without knowing how to achieve them. They may think it’s a simple matter of grit, or inner discipline, or self-abnegation. But they don’t know where to start -- and that’s where we come in. At TCWFC, Personal Trainers first meet one-on-one with a client to go over goals and health history and to do a movement assessment. That way, we can learn exactly where you are physically and get an understanding of where you wish to be. Then we can put together a work-out plan specifically designed for -and achievable by -- you. We have learned that these are some of the habits you’ll need to have long-term success. 1. MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY. The first step is to believe
if you are afraid it’s invisible, your TCWFC Personal Trainer will see it and tell you about it. Just keep going, one day at a time.
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that your health is worth some time and money and effort. The crazy speed of 21st-century life can make folks feel that they don’t have any time to devote to themselves. After all, there are bosses, spouses, and kids who need to be taken care of. But making your health a priority is exactly what you need to do to keep your boss, spouse, and kids happy. You need the energy, strength, and overall quality of life that excellent health will give you so you can enjoy the wonderful things and wonderful people life has to offer. 2. TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. Unfortunately, having and achieving are two very different things. Your goals will not be met overnight; instead, you must decide anew every day to make the change you’ve decided on. It’s easy to feel discouraged when you don’t see the immediate results that late-night TV promises over and over and over again. I’m afraid that it really does take time and hard work and dedication. But there will be progress -- and even
3. ENJOY THE PROCESS. Yes, enjoy it. It is vital to enjoy the process of setting and meeting challenges. My motto is, “Health is a positive outcome, so working out should be a positive process.” I don’t believe in yelling at people or forcing them to endure pointless pain. The clients who have the most success are the ones who enjoy it. So it is a major part of my job to help my clients find their playground, where they can have fun while progressing toward their goals. Only then can anyone keep going -- if it’s unpleasant, why do it? So why not just do this on your own? Well, some people can, and more power to them. But most of us need someone to give us objective reality checks and a little help. This is where TCWFC comes in. We are committed to being your guide and helping you in your journey to fitness; along the way, we’ll explore our state-of-the-art facility, lane pool, therapy pool, classes, and, most importantly, the TCWFC Health Creation Process, where we do assessments and, if you need an extra hand, schedule private personal training sessions. Make 2018 your best year yet. Crush your resolutions by signing up for membership or booking a personal training session with Alex. Call 760.230.8662 or visit www.tricitywellness.com to learn more about Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Mention this article and receive a 3 Day Family Guest Pass, $0 Enrollment, and a $100 New Member Savings Card through 1/31/18!* *Certain restrictions may apply, contact Center for more details.
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nay Russian River Valley Sonoma, 2015, $35. Quintessential expression of the Healdsburg district opening the richness and elegance of a complex Chardonnay. Generous flavors of Meyer lemon, tart apricot and lime. GaryFarrellwinery.com. La Bastide Saint-Dominique Chateaneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley France, 2014, $38. Introduced earlier this year at Meritage Wines in Encinitas, this one is from the elite Beaucastel district in southern Rhone. blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cincault, the du Pape style is well documented as the
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label. Maria makes chicken and she does it as good as anyone. While I am on the topic of discovering places that have been around but are new to me I must include Koko Beach also in Carlsbad. Prime rib is king here and I went to town on it with friend Joe Manfredi. They are open seven days per week until midnight and the kitchen goes late too. The lounge is retro killer cool and the interior is not boasting of reclaimed anything. It is what it is and it rocks. On the topic of columns that renewed my faith in humanity, Solutions Farms in Vista is part of an enterprise that provides work-related
DEC. 29, 2017 elite blend in the south of France. Europvin.com. Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2014, $34. Paul Hobbs is the reigning king of Napa-Sonoma premier wines. His “always in the vineyard” persona has gained a vast following for his wines including this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, aged 10 months in oak. A product of salty ocean breezes and fog-washed hillsides, you can soak in the wild berry, fresh cherry and blood orange. Crossbarnwinery. com.
percent estate Brunello di Sangiovese, the wine displays toasted oak, vanilla and dried cherries and spice with a hint of coffee. Aged 20 months in oak. This is a family winery with a 100-year history of sun-drenched wine making dating back to Italy. RobertRenzoniVineyards. com.
Robert Renzoni Vineyards Estate Sonata Red Wine, Temecula Valley, 2014, $50. A Super Tuscan blend of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 50
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Kick off the new year with a healthy salad by Lynda Balslev
There is no better time to have a salad than in the winter. Yep, that's right: Salads aren't just summer fare. When the cold weather settles in, it's even more important to get our daily dose of vitamins and nutrients. Luckily, winter brings its own produce rock stars -- from glistening citrus to sturdy greens, hardy crucifers and root vegetables. Shredded, chopped and juiced, these ingredients can be layered into hefty salads laden with dried fruit, nuts and seeds and dubbed a complete meal. This hearty salad is inspired by tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern bulgur salad liberally mixed with lemon, garlic and lots of fresh herbs. In this recipe, the bulgur is switched out with quinoa, a nutrient-rich seed, which is high in protein and gluten-free, and can be prepared like a grain. A shower of herbs and shredded red cabbage add crisp texture and flavor, while a variety of peppers and dried fruit add heat and sweetness. The key to making this salad is to taste as you build it. There should be a balance of citrus, fragrance, heat and spice -- as well as a balance of textures. Quinoa requires a good amount of seasoning for good flavor, so season the quinoa before adding it to the salad. You will also find that the flavors of the salad will meld if it can sit for an hour or two be-
fore serving. No worries about wilting; the sturdy veggies in the salad will stay fresh and crisp.
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Total time: 45 minutes; cooling time: 1 to 3 hours Yield: makes 6 servings as a side dish or salad 1 1/2 cups red quinoa 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 cups water 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon ground cum in 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced 1 large poblano pepper, seeded, finely diced 1 yellow or red bell pepper, seeded, finely diced 1 cup finely shredded red cabbage 1 bunch fresh Italian parsley, leaves chopped 1 bunch fresh cilantro sprigs, leaves chopped 1/4 cup golden raisins, chopped if large 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and thoroughly drain. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add the quinoa and cook for 1 minute to lightly toast the seeds, stirring frequently. Carefully add the water (it will sizzle). Bring to a boil and simmer, partially covered, over medium-low heat until the quinoa is tender and releases its germ, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the quinoa and trans fer to a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil, the lime juice, salt, cumin, paprika, coriander and cayenne. Stir to combine and cool to room temperature. Add the scallions, peppers, cabbage, parsley, cilantro, raisins, garlic, orange juice and Tabasco. Stir to combine and taste for seasoning. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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Missing pet brings animal lovers together By Promise Yee
REGION — A forgotten unlocked gate or startling sound that causes a pet to run can also result in a lost pet. Ken and Dawnelle Elizabeth Mischitelli know the anguish a lost pet brings. Their 14-year-old Chihuahua has been missing for three months. “We’ve done everything,” Ken Mischitelli said. “We contacted all the vet clinics, made posters and mailed it everywhere. “It’s very, very painful. He was very special. His personality is so vibrant, loving, affectionate. He’s super funny.” Despite the time that has passed since their beloved dog bolted from their backyard the couple remains hopeful that someone might find Bert. The Mischitellis held a missing pet event Dec. 15 to raise awareness about their missing dog and bring the community together to look for other missing pets whose images were printed on an event flyer. Dan DeSousa, director of the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, shared his advice with The Coast News on how pet owners can help ensure their lost pet is found. DeSousa said it’s imperative for pet owners to take a proactive approach and have their pets licensed and tagged with an identification
North County residents Ken and Dawnelle Elizabeth Mischitelli held an event Dec. 15 to raise awareness about their missing Chihuahua, Bert.
microchip. Both link found animals with their owners through shared databases. San Diego Department of Animal Services also offers pet owners Finding Rover dog facial recognition searches. “It’s solely used in getting dogs reunited with their owners,” DeSousa said. Another tip DeSousa gave is to keep registered pet owner information updated. When pets go missing there are numerous animal protection agencies and lost pet websites and Facebook groups to search through.
DeSousa said it is important to search immediately and look beyond your neighborhood for pets that might stray across city boundaries. “There are multitude ways to search for a missing pet, hopefully they exhaust all of them, and hopefully do find their pet,” DeSousa said. DeSousa advises pet owners to stop in shelters in person. He said an over-thephone description of an unlicensed pet may not match what shelter staff thinks the animal looks like. Owners can also file a missing pet re-
port with animal services if they drop in. About 8,850 stray dogs come into the San Diego Department of Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad a year. Roughly half of them are successfully reunited with their owners. The others are held for four to five days and then put up for adoption. DeSousa said the best thing for people to do when they find a stray is to bring it to a shelter where it can be reunited with its owner. Found pet signs are also a good way of alerting neighbors a stray animal has been located. The community missing pets event held on Bert’s birthday at Oceanside Harbor garnered a lot of support. About 70 people attended the gathering. A prayer vigil was led by Dawnelle Elizabeth Mischitelli, and birthday cake was served in honor of Bert. Ken Mischitelli said he was pleased that community awareness was raised. “We miss him so much,” Mischitelli said. “We only want our dog back and want this to be a happy ending for all.” The Mischitellis are offering a $5,000 reward for the return of their dog. They are hopeful that someone in the Tri-City area has taken him in and will return him. Anyone with information on Bert is asked to call the Mischitellis at (760) 521-0910 or (760) 586-5743.
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Stars plan benefit for horses hurt by fire DEL MAR — Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Bo Derek and Anjelica Huston are teaming up for a fundraiser to benefit horses and workers impacted when the Lilac Fire swept through the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center earlier this month, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced last week. Club officials said Bacharach, a six-time Grammy Award-winning composer, is a horse owner and racing fan. Costello, best known for his debut album ``My Aim is True,’’ has co-written songs with Bacharach, toured with him and collaborated on an album. The wind-driven blaze that broke out Dec. 7 scorched 4,100 acres from Bonsall to Oceanside and destroyed 157 structures. It created havoc at San Luis Rey Downs, killing 46 horses and injuring four of their handlers. “Horses and horse racing have given me nothing but pleasure for the last half-century,” Bacharach said. “The horrible circumstances around the San Luis Rey Downs fire cry out for aid in so many ways. This is my way of giving back to
the horse community.” Derek, who has lived in the North County for years, will serve as emcee at the Jan. 17 concert and auction event at the Belly Up Tavern. The actress is a former California Horse Racing Board member and horse advocate best known for her starring role in the movie ``10.’’ Huston, who won an Academy Award for her supporting role in “Prizzi’s Honor,” will be the auctioneer. Among the items up for bid are a chance to sing “Close to You” with Bacharach and a table for four on opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack. Tickets range from $250 to $1,000 and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday via the venue’s website. Proceeds will be split between the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation and the California Retirement Management Account. According to the DMTC, the funds will benefit trainers, grooms and stable help displaced by the fire and ongoing care for the injured horses.
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JANUARY CLASSES & EVENTS AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CLASSES
All classes are held at locations below unless otherwise indicated. Tri-City Medical Center – 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center – 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Please note, classes are subject to change. Please call to confirm.
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CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Update Course 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. 1/10
eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Tricitymed.org Available 24/7
Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. 1/30
Better Breathers 1:30-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3055 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month
Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Accelerated Course 8-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. 1/4, 1/18
Women’s Cancer Support Group 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3540 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month
Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Visit Tricitymed.org to register/fee involved. 1/20
CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Breastfeeding Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. Meets Wednesdays Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. Breastfeeding Your Baby Class 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500 to register/fee involved. 1/18 Baby Safe Class - Infant CPR 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Call for dates Baby Care Class 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Call for dates 3-Week Child Preparation Class 6-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5750 to register/fee involved. 1/21, 1/28
Mended Hearts Support Group 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 858.592.9069 for more information. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month Ostomy Support Group of North County 1-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Dates may vary.* Call 760.470.9589 for more information. * Last Friday of Every Month Diabetes Support Group Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register. 1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7-9 p.m. Aphasia Support Group 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7151 to register. Meets Thursdays
WELLNESS NEW Mi Strength (Cancer Fitness to be integrated into Strength program) 10-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Wednesdays & Fridays NEW Mi Cardio (Young at Heart to be integrated into Cardio program) 9-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays NEW Mi Ortho (Arthritis Foundation Aquatics to be integrated into Ortho program) Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3171 for more information, registration/fee involved. Meets Wednesdays & Fridays NEW Mi Neuro (Step by Step for Parkinson’s to be integrated into Neuro program) 11 a.m-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays Comprehensive Weight Loss Program Education Session Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3132 for more information. 1/15, 12 p.m. 1/16, 6 p.m. 1/29, 12:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Survivors of Suicide Loss 7-8:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 619.482.0297 for more information. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month
Spine Pre-Op Class 12-2 p.m.,Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. 1/9, 1/24
Narcotics Anonymous 7:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3333. Meets Fridays
Total Joint Replacement Class 12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. 1/3, 1/17
Maternity Orientation Tri-City Medical Center. Registration required. Call 760.940.5784. 1/16, 6:30-7 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m.
Stepping On” Fall Prevention Workshop 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 to register. FREE class. Meets Mondays, next class March 2018
Orientación de Maternidad En Español Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.940.5750. 1/13, 3-3:30 p.m., 1/25, 7:30-8 p.m.
Stroke Exercise 10-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7272 to register. Meets Thursdays
Total Shoulder Replacement Class 12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. 1/10
For more information call 855.222.8262 or visit Tricitymed.org