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Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar unseats incumbent Dave Roberts in the race for the District 3 San Diego County Board of Supervisors. File photos

Gaspar unseats Roberts in Board of Supervisor race By Steve Puterski

A classic begins Santa Fe Christian’s TJ Askew drives past a Scripps Ranch defender in Tuesday night action at the 2016 Coast News Classic Basketball tournament. Santa Fe Christian went on to beat Scripps Ranch 64-38 in opening round play. See full story on page 15. Photo by Pat Cubel

San Marcos OKs Highlands project By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — A controversial 189-home project in the foothills of San Marcos received the endorsement of the San Marcos City Council despite a sea of opposition of residents. The council voted 4-1 to approve the San Marcos Highlands project, the penultimate step in what has been a more than 30-year process for the property owner, Farouk Kubba, who purchased the property in 1981. Chris Orlando cast the lone dissenting vote. The council’s decision came after a four-hour session in which nearly 30 people spoke, mostly in opposition to the project. One by one, opponents - many of whom live in the adjacent 1,600-home Santa Fe Hills Community- implored the council to reject the project, which they said fell grossly short in terms of open space preservation, wildlife protection, traffic mitigation, school population management and ridgeline protection.

The San Marcos City Council approves the San Marcos Highlands project despite opposition from a majority of residents. File photo

“If I were to develop a project that would have the most environmental damage, it would look a lot like the Highlands project,” said Lesley Blankenship Williams, a professor at Palomar College speaking on her own behalf. “We are


urging you to work with the developer to create a project that is not going to be an environmental disaster.” Kubba originally proposed a 275-home development in 1990, but over time he has reduced the number of homes with each itera-

tion of the project before finally settling on the 189home version that received the Planning Commission approval in September. It was revived in late 2014 after developers temTURN TO HIGHLANDS ON 6


REGION — Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar is victorious in her campaign to unseat incumbent Dave Roberts for the District 3 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. With more than 225,000 votes counted and about 56,000 outstanding ballots remaining on Monday, Roberts conceded to Gaspar. She trailed Roberts on election night by 3 percent, but as absentee and provisional ballots were counted, Gaspar closed the gap and took the lead last week, which, as of Monday, was up to 1,242 votes. “I’m incredibly proud of the campaign we ran and so grateful to the many people who helped me raise money, walk precincts and put up signs and get our message out,” said Gaspar, the first elected mayor of Encinitas and the first candidate to defeat an incumbent on the Board of Supervisors in 32 years. Supervisor Roberts called Supervisor-elect Gaspar Monday to offer his congratulations and graciously offered his assistance in the transition. “I ran on a platform of fiscal accountability, support for public safety, and addressing our inadequate mental health programs and exploding homeless crisis,” said Gaspar. “There will be a lot of change at the County in the next four years and I’m looking forward to getting to work on those issues and

make a difference for our taxpayers.” Gaspar will be officially sworn in Jan. 2, 2017. Roberts, meanwhile, sent out a statement to his supporters thanking them for all their contributions. “I called Kristin to congratulate her and offer my sincere help in transitioning the office to her between now and early January when she takes office,” Roberts said. “I want to convey my gratitude for your friendship, dedication, support, patience and encouragement as we have closely watched the daily results as more than 226,000 ballots were counted in the campaign for San Diego County Supervisor. “I am so proud and grateful to have been given the honor of serving as your county supervisor. I am looking forward to continuing to work to fulfill our vision for a prosperous San Diego County that protects our quality of life today and for future generations.” Jason Roe, Gaspar’s campaign consultant, said it was a long road, but the mail and provisional ballots eventually tipped her way, bucking previous trends. He said there was no way to anticipate if Gaspar could overcome Roberts’ lead, especially since he had a margin of more than 2,000 votes after election night. Nevertheless, the outstanding returns came in TURN TO SUPERVISOR ON 6

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Dogs that mauled horse located; will be euthanized By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — Officials with the County’s Animal Control unit said they were confident on the whereabouts of two Pit Bulls that were believed to have mauled a horse on Saturday night. Steve MacKinnon, chief of humane law enforcement, said on Wednesday that Animal Control officers with a police officer were headed to a location they believed the dogs to be. On Thursday, the San Diego Humane Society released a statement saying that the dogs were located and that the owners “relinquished both dogs San Diego Humane Society last night for humane euthanasia.” Animal Control received a tip to the location from the public. The attack, which occurred at a residence on Fulton Road, led to the death of a 15-year-old horse named Smoky. After the attack Animal

A memorial is set up at the San Marcos corral where a 15-year-old horse was mauled by two Pit Bulls on Saturday. The horse had to be put down due to its injuries. Photo by Tony Cagala

Control officers and Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and searched the area. MacKinnon said the search revealed no leads on the dogs.

Several hours later, a good Samaritan called Animal Control saying she had found two dogs that were “tired and wet,” MacKinnon

said. While not certain they were the dogs in the attack, though MacKinnon said they were fairly sure they

Law enforcement waits to see what impacts Prop. 64 will have on cities By Steve Puterski

REGION — In a landslide, marijuana advocates and supporters will be legally allowed to partake in consuming the drug recreationally after Proposition 64 passed on Election Day. However, recreational shops will not be permitted until Jan. 1, 2018, while the state organizes its regulatory practices and systems for tracking from “seed to sale.” Officially known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the proposition, which passed with 56.5 percent of the vote, allows for adults 21 and over to posses up to six plants and users can smoke in a private home. The new law, meanwhile, went into effect on Nov. 9, although it is too early to tell about the impacts, said Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci and Escondido Police Lt. Ed Varso. As for enforcement, it is illegal to smoke marijuana anywhere smoking tobacco is prohibited, such as public places. Gallucci, though, said the current tactic is to enforce the law through education. If officers encounter someone smoking in public, law enforcement will issue a warning unless it is someone who has been warned several times prior. Then CPD officers will issue citations. “Like anything else, it will take time,” Gallucci said of the new law’s impacts. However, Gallucci and Varso said their agencies are fully aware of the impacts, citing rising driving under the influence cases and overdoses in Colorado, which was the first state to legalize adult recreational use in 2014. Escondido passed an

were, the responding officer brought the dogs to an animal hospital for treatment at approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday. However, there was some miscommunication with the responding officer that there was a hold on the two animals, MacKinnon explained, and the dogs in question were released to their owners after receiving treatment. The owners, according to MacKinnon, have received a number of visits from Animal Control with the most recent visit prior to this incident back in January. “Prior to that, in previous years, we’ve had multiple contacts with them,” MacKinnon said. At least one of the two dogs that had received prior visits is believed to be one of the dogs in the horse attack. The owners, MacKinnon said, have been “less than cooperative,” in the investigation, adding that they’re not facing any charges at this point.

Pala Band buys sacred land Purchase will prevent Gregory Canyon from becoming a landfill By Promise Yee

“Like anything else, it will take time,” says Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci of the impacts the passing of Prop. 64 might have on cities in the county. Courtesy photo

ordinance banning the sales and cultivation of marijuana. The Carlsbad municipal code, meanwhile, prohibits any business violating federal law. “Escondido passed a ban on dispensaries and that wasn’t specific to medical marijuana,” Varso added. Gallucci said a problem in Colorado has been the high levels of concentrated THC, the chemical causing the high, has led to numerous issues for all ranges of users. Although four more states passed recreational marijuana laws this month, the drug is still illegal under federal law. Varso, meanwhile, said no significant issues have been reported, so far, related to the new law. The

EPD, though, has been undergoing education training on the new law. Although Prop. 64 is a massive change in the law enforcement landscape, Varso said police officers are constantly receiving updated training on other court decisions and changes to laws. “What was illegal and no longer is and the other side of it is educating everybody on what still is illegal,” he explained. “While it is a significant change in state law, law enforcement is continuously working to understand new laws and court decisions. For us, a lot of the stuff stays the same.” One of the big issues from supporters is generTURN TO ENFORCEMENT ON 21

Due to the nature of the attack, there was concern for the public’s safety. “Because this was such an unusual attack, it’s unusual for two dogs to attack something as large as a horse,” MacKinnon said. “So the fact that they are willing to do this causes us concern. Could the public be at risk in some way? We just can’t say. But we’re going on the side of caution,” MacKinnon said. Officers had been in the area since Monday searching for the dogs. “This is all-around an extremely tragic incident and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected,” the Humane Society statement read. “We’re committed to ensuring the health and safety of all animals, along with the safety of our community residents. The decision to euthanize an animal is never easy to make, and we take this responsibility very seriously. But public safety is the ultimate priority.”

REGION — The Pala Band purchased 700 acres of scared land on Nov. 17, and can now prevent it from ever becoming a landfill. Shasta Gaughen, Pala environmental director and tribal historic preservation officer, shared her joy on closing the land purchase. “The tribe is so happy this is finally over, we will forever be able to protect this scared land, I can’t quite believe it’s over,” Gaughen said. The acreage was purchased for $13 million. It will be preserved in its natural state for perpetuity by the Pala Band, which now owns all of Gregory Mountain and most of Gregory Canyon. The land, which is immediately adjacent to the Pala Indian Reservation,

contains Chokla, Gregory Mountain itself, Medicine Rock, a historic resource, and other spiritual and cultural sites. A landfill was first proposed on the adjacent land in the 1980s. Despite the tribe’s protest to a dumpsite, a regional vote approved development of a landfill in 1994. Later an appeal in 2004 failed. “It was tough to know something so important might be developed, it was really hard,” Gaughen said. The tribe continued to ask the investment group to consider alternative uses for the neighboring 1,700-acre site. Others joined the tribe in opposing a landfill, including the City of Oceanside, which uses groundwater that a landfill could potentially contaminate. Environmental watchdog groups also stood against a landfill. “The protection of sacred and cultural sites and critical water sourcTURN TO SACRED ON 21

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An open letter to Darrell Issa Editor’s note: The following commentary has been edited for space. The entire piece can be found at By Joshua Lazerson

Next election: Get set for a new voting system California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


f you voted this fall in a neighborhood garage or the clubhouse of a park or a school auditorium, remember the experience well. It may not be repeated anytime soon. If you saw American flags flying at your precinct-polling place, that sight may also disappear. A whole new election system is about to begin in California, complete with “vote centers” and a big expansion of early balloting. The new system will start phasing in 2018 in 14 counties and should be operative by 2020 everywhere in the state. One thing for sure, losing candidates and those who expect to lose will have new fodder for the “rigged election” cry taken up so vocally this fall by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. With more mail-in ballots involved than ever before, same-day voter registration and personnel in place to provide language assistance, charges of fraud will be common at least while the new system is being broken in. The hope behind the new system, pushed hard by Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, is to increase voter turnout drastically. After low-turnout disappointed officials in 2014 and the off-year-elections of 2013 and 2015, they began casting about for changes. The new system will deliver mail-in ballots to every registered voter in the 28 days before the actual Election Day, aiming to end any need to vote in a single place on just one day. “We’ve got to…implement a new voting model,” said Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, who sponsored the new sys-

tem in the Legislature. “Our current system has failed, as our voter turnout rates continued to decline toward record lows.” Turnout in both the 2014 primary (25 percent of registered voters) and that year’s November general election

moving to the new system will all have to adopt detailed plans through a system involving public hearings and input. Community groups, advocates for the disabled and other individuals will all be able to express preferences for vote center

The new system will start phasing in 2018 in 14 countries and should be operative by 2020 everywhere in the state. (42 percent) was at record lows, making Padilla and the Legislature a bit desperate to push numbers up. So instead of voters needing to sign up to receive mail-in ballots for every election, from now they will go to everyone automatically. Never mind the tradition of the secret ballot; everyone from labor unions to employers to neighborhood groups is now free to hold ballot-marking parties before Election Day. This has actually been true since mail-in voting became common in the late 1970s, and there have never been charges it led to mass fraud or coerced voting for particular candidates or causes. But such outcries may arise now. The guinea pigs for the new system will be voters in Calaveras, Inyo, Madera, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter and Tuolumne counties, with in-person voting at centers spotted around each county weeks before Election Day. Voters will also be able to drop off ballots at those centers, rather than mailing them in. Counties pushed for this, partly as a cost-cutting measure. The fewer polling places, the lower the cost of an election. But counties

locations. But expect them to be placed in public buildings where there’s either no rent or low rent. The politicians behind this system claim it will provide far greater flexibility than longstanding precinct polling places. “It’s time to modernize the voting process,” said Democratic state Sen. Robert Hertzberg of Los Angeles, a co-sponsor. “We need to provide the same convenience and flexibility (people) have in other areas of their lives. You can stream a movie or deposit a check with your phone any time, but without this (change), people still have to arrange their busy schedules to get to a polling place on a single day and that has hurt turnout.” Only time will tell whether all this actually spurs more people to vote. And no one knows whether the inevitable charges of fraud or vote-fixing will have any merit. But the people behind the change are certainly correct about one thing: Turnout had become far too low in recent years, often allowing a small minority of eligible voters to choose the people who make key decisions for everyone. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, go to

I have lived in Encinitas for the past 23 years, so you have served as my representative in Congress for the whole of your Congressional career. Nonetheless, this will be the first time that I have communicated with you, and I am doing so based on the expectation that you will emerge the victor in this season’s congressional district contest. I am not writing to ask anything of you personally, nor am I writing to support you. I have not voted for you in any prior election, and probably will not do so

in the future. Nonetheless, you are the representative to our national assembly of all the people of the 49th District including myself, and I have made an effort to participate as a citizen in this complicated, promising, deeply frustrating experiment of a nation. With the election of Donald Trump — recognizing that you were a vocal supporter of his — and the Republican Party’s capture of Congress and many state-level offices, the possibility of significant changesexists in and beyond the next four years So, while I expect that our points of view differ substantially on many issues of the day, and probably in a broader philosophical sense as well, I feel a duty to share with

you what I believe to be important; what I would have us in this small corner of the world, and in the nation, working toward. In broad strokes, it has always made sense to me that for America to realize the best of itself, it would have to work hard to help all of its people live lives of dignity. This would include modest material comfort to ensure that all people have a roof over their heads, adequate food and clothing; support for babies and young children to help even the most disadvantaged make the most of their early and key developmental years; an emphasis on quality education for all children; access to TURN TO COMMENTARY ON 9

Letters to the Editor Water charges As a Rancho Santa Fe resident, I have wondered for years why we are charged disproportionately for our water usage. Has anyone ever considered how many homes are built on three acres in Solana Beach? Our average lot size of three acres contributes toward a more rural area, the freeways less congested, the air quality better, the stores less crowded, the beaches less busy among many other positives for our part of the county. When we buy, we know what our property taxes are, and will have knowledge of what they will be in the future. We know what our mortgage will be, and have knowledge of what that will be in the future. However, paying such a premium on the higher units of water being used is not fair without determining how many homes could be build on the same size property in Solana Beach, and setting the baseline number of units allowed before paying the higher rates.

The water company should use the maximum baseline of 15 HCF and multiply by the number of homes that would be built on the same size property in Solana Beach. For example, if there are six homes per acre in Solana Beach, that equates to 18 homes on a three acre lot in RSF — therefore, the 15 HCF baseline multiplied by 18 homes would allow a 270 HCF baseline for the RSF property before higher rate brackets kick in. This is what is fair. This is what RSF residents have a right, in my opinion, to pursue legally. That would not only be fair, but would also show the appreciation for all the benefits that Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch provide our neighbors. Curt Jaeger, Rancho Santa Fe Internet prices I’d like to comment on Mr. (Jon) Compal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s article (Will cities increase the cost of Internet

services? Nov. 18). He states that online services such as Netflix, Hulu and other will increase their billing. Cities don’t have the legal right to do so, according to the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Obama has already given control of the Internet to the U.N. Facebook’s (Mark) Zuckerberg favors the censorship that will be instituted by the PRC. China’s hackers at the Beijing Institute of Technology are compromising our cybersecurity. Some sales taxation in states like South Carolina is OK. As the prices for cable bundling are too high. Taxpayers must approve higher taxes and cities need to find other sources of revenue. Mr. (Donald) Trump is Internet savvy and supports freedom of cyberspace. The alternative media was very helpful in helping him to get elected. Now the mainstream media and (Barack) Obama want to label them fake news and censor them. Mark A. Peter, Solana Beach

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San Marcos hires NCTD’s Lynch as development services director By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos recently announced the hire of a key North County Transit District employee to head its development services division. Dahvia Lynch, the transit district’s chief planning officer, was recently hired to serve as San Marcos’ development services director. Her first day was on Nov. 14. “San Marcos is a vibrant community with opportunities to move the right kind of development forward,” said Lynch. “I am eager to support progress and the evolution of a community that has something for everybody.” City Manager Jack Griffin said Lynch was chosen after an extensive and competitive recruitment process. “Ms. Lynch brings a wealth of planning, project management and general management experience to the team with an understanding for the San Marcos vision — a well-planned community that promotes the interest of all its residents,” Griffin said. Development Services is the umbrella department that encompasses planning, land development, building, engineering and code compliance and storm water services. Lynch said her first


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San Marcos announces that Dahvia Lynch, a former North County Transit District employee, will serve the city as its development services director. Photo courtesy city of San Marcos

priorities will be advancement of the city’s customer service and economic development goals, where she will be working in tandem with another relatively recent hire, former Cardiff 101 Main Street Association executive director and current San Marcos economic development manager Tess Radmill. “My focus will be on improving existing protocols for processing private and public projects so that we are as efficient as possible while respecting an exist-

ing regulatory framework,” Lynch said. At North County Transit District, Lynch oversaw the agency’s planning staff in performing transit service planning and contractor performance management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance for capital and operational programs. She played a critical role in the transit and mixed-used proposal in Solana Beach, as well as proposals for development at three other transit stations. According to a news release, Lynch also established a fully functioning division while establishing a business plan, strategic framework, capital program, and improving processes and procedures for highly skilled staff. Before NCTD, Lynch worked for the County of San Diego for 12 years on long-range and current planning activities, capital project management and in executive leadership with a focus on organizational dynamics and process improvement. “My greatest accomplishments have revolved around improving development processes associated with public projects,” Lynch said. “It is extremely meaningful when you can see a tangible project delivered to the community.”

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Woman arrested accused of embezzling By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — A 46-year-old Temecula woman was arrested by Escondido police on a suspicion of embezz l i n g money f r o m B e t z C o n crete. Accord ing to Lt. Ed Va r s o , S h e i la Jo Sheila Jackson, 46, Jackson is facing charges allegedof embezzlement, ly sigrand theft and iden- p h o n e d tity theft. Photo cour- m o r e tesy Escondido Police t h a n Department

$500,000 from her employer. Betz Concrete, a concrete contractor business in Escondido, discovered suspicious account activity and notified police. EPD detectives worked with the employer and during the investigation were able to link Jackson to the theft. She was arrested at her residence in Temecula. Jackson was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple felony charges including embezzlement by an employee, forgery, grand theft and identity theft. Her bond is $1.1 million.


heavily for Gaspar. “There were a lot more Republican absentees dropped off as opposed to mail,” Roe said. “We did believe it would be a friendlier count than is


porarily shelved the plans, and has been very controversial in the communities immediately surrounding the project, which is proposed on 262 acres northwest of Palomar College. Consultants representing Kubba said that each variation of the project has improved it’s impact on the surrounding habitat, and that the current project calls to preserve 240 acres of open space. But opponents responded that the project’s orientation

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Fire burns area near Lake Dixon in Escondido By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — A brush fire broke out on Thanksgiving, but fire crews extinguished the blaze, according to a press release from the Escondido Fire Department. The fire started at about 2:30 p.m., as fire units were dispatch to a reported vegetation fire on La Honda Drive near Dixon Lake. Multiple callers reported a fire was burning near the parking lot at the lake. As fire units were responding to the incident a smoke column could be seen in the distance. On arrival, the first in engine reported a quarter acre fire in medium fuels with potential to spread into Daily Ranch. Cal Fire units were also dispatched to the area with a full first alarm response including helicopters and fixed wing tankers. The aircraft arrived overhead and made a number of retardant drops, while helicopters followed with a number of water drops. Escondido Fire units, in conjunction with Cal Fire, put hose lines in on both flanks of the fire and about

A Sheriff’s water-dropping helicopter assists in putting out a fire near Lake Dixon in Escondido on Thanksgiving Day. Photo courtesy Escondido

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three hours later the fire was contained and controlled to approximately three acres. Due to the fire fighting activities and water and

retardant drops, the cause of the fire was unable to be determined. There was a report from a person in the area who stated he had pos-

sibly heard a backfire from a truck or an explosion just prior to the fire starting. Cal Fire units determined the fire was in State

Responsibility area and provided all of their dispatched resources to suppress the fire. There were no injuries or any damage to property.

Caltrans kicks off North Coast Corridor projects with groundbreaking By Aaron Burgin

REGION — A series of highly anticipated rail, freeway, pedestrian and bicycle projects in the Interstate 5 corridor kicked off unofficially this week, as Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments held a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the start of the projects.

“Build NCC” is the name of the first package of improvements that are part of the 40-year North Coast Corridor program, a plan that took nearly a decade to approve. It 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. The first phase of the project 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. SANDAG and Caltrans are hosting an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at San Dieguito Academy, where the public can learn more about the projects and discuss the project with staff members from both agencies.

typically the case for a Republican candidate. Again, we didn’t know if there would be enough votes to get us over the hump.” Looking ahead, however, Roe said Gaspar is focused on addressing the homeless and working with the county to get people

off the streets. In addition, she is also committed to law enforcement and rebuilding the county’s infrastructure. “One thing we are seeing, it’s a regional problem acerbated by things happening in Sacramento, is the homelessness issue,”

Roe added. “One of her top priorities is wrapping her arms around what the county is doing.” In addition to the supervisor’s race, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) has claimed victory over challenger Doug Applegate for the 49th Congressional

seat on Monday, according to media reports. It will be Issa’s ninth term in congress. “Serving the people of Southern California has been one of the greatest honors of my life and I am humbled at the chance to continue fighting for them

in Congress,” Issa said in a statement. “I thank the voters for putting their faith and support behind me and look forward at all we’ll be able to accomplish together in the next two years.” Applegate has said he will run again in 2018.

essentially trisects one of the largest areas of coastal sage scrub habitat, and leaves corridors that are too small for wildlife to successfully make passage. “I am a professor, and when I have a student getting a 30 in their class and then they make it to a 40, that is still an F, and an F is an F,” Blankenship Williams said. “To celebrate this improvement detracts from the fact that it still sucks and they still have a long way to go. This project isn’t anywhere close to mitigating the impacts below significance.” Sara Kent, an environmental liaison with the Coast Law Group and program director with the affiliated Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, said the project drew parallels to the recent Lilac Hills Ranch development, which voters overwhelmingly rejected. “That is the kin of massive sprawl that San Diego County residents are rejecting at this time,” Kent said. “A paradigm shift has occurred and we need to plan differently.” But four of the council

members sided with the developer, which they said had come a long way over the years in reshaping the project into one that, while not perfect, addresses many of its environmental concerns. Mayor Jim Desmond said he would be hard pressed to deny a project based on some of the concerns raised by residents when many of the regulatory agencies charged with addressing those concerns had issued permits or given the goahead for the project. For example, he said, San Marcos Unified has said the district has the capacity for new students, the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Services have issued permits for the project. And as for open space, he said, technically the land that opponents have called on the city to preserve is private land that has been trespassed on for years. “This is preserving 240 acres that we don’t have right now, this is somebody else’s property,” Desmond said. “And I know you have enjoyed it, but you’ve been trespassing. I think this project is acting in

a very responsible way by only permitting a small number of acres to develop and the rest is to open space, which is a huge boon for San Marcos residents.” Rebecca Jones expressed concerns that by denying the project the council woul be ignoring the rights of a private property owner. “To tell someone that you’ve owned this land too long, and that we are going to take your land...I totally disagree,” Jones said. “We are in a position where we want to keep residents happy but have to respect property rights.” And Councilwoman Sharon Jenkins said that she was pleased with fail safes in place that would ensure the project wouldn’t move forward without assurances it could accommodate new students and that there was enough water to service the community. Orlando, however, said that he didn’t think the finished product after 30 years of debate adequately addressed the community’s concerns. “It is a process that is kind of broken, and makes a developer spend tens of thousands of dollars and create

binders of studies and what comes out of it is a sub optimal solution that doesn’t address community concerns,” Orlando said. I think this project to me is caught in some pretty significant headwinds.” At least one environmental group is weighing a legal challenge to block the council’s approval. Kevin Johnson, an attorney representing the Endangered Habitats League, said that the group is using the 30day window to challenge the approval to weigh whether it will sue. Johnson said the group’s opposition lies with the placement of the project, which he said blocks critical habitat corridors, as well as the fact that several of the environmental agencies agreed that the environmental document is deficient. “EHL is very disappointed in the outcome,” Johnson said. Kubba originally bought the property in 1981. Nine years later, the City Council approved his development proposal for 275 homes, but that project was held up when the economy soured and when

the adjacent 1,600-home Santa Fe Hills project (then called Paloma) by another developer ran into financial trouble. In 1999, when the Highlands project was ready to move forward, it hit resistance from neighbors and wildlife agencies with complaints ranging from traffic to changing the rural character of the area to environmental impacts to the extension of Las Posas to Buena Creek. In 2002, the council approved Kubba’s request to build 230 homes. But by 2006, with no work done, the city refused to give extensions to its approval and the project once again hit the skids. In 2014, Kubba’s project was revived — with a bid this time to build 198 homes. More than a year later, the number of proposed homes has shrunk even further, to 189 homes, to allow for a little more open space. The Local Agency Formation Commission will also have to weigh in on the project because it requires the annexation of about 121 acres from the county into the city limits. LAFCO oversees boundary changes such as annexations.

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ow did Turkey Day treat you this year? Surprisingly, mine left me overwhelmed with joy. Ostensibly, my Thanksgiving break was something of a somber occasion. I rented a truck and drove up to Northern California to celebrate with my parents, as well as haul back many of my prized possessions from my childhood. My parents still live in the home they purchased more than 20 years ago, when I was in my early teens and attending high school. I often joke that my childhood bedroom is a museum to my early years, and should stay that way forever for posterity’s sake. No more. My parents are currently renovating their home, and so they needed me to haul away many of the things I remember fondly from my childhood, and store them in my own garage back in Carlsbad. Old baby clothes and school uniforms. The black belt I earned in tae kwon do. Toys and playsets. Cherished memories. They asked if I wanted any of their old furniture; I immediately pointed to their large, heavy formal dining table, that’s currently used as a work/laptop station. When I was younger, that table was used for Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, for bringing our family together for special occasions. It’s been in our family possession for about 40 years — my parents purchased it from a family friend. I don’t know what I’ll do with it — but I want to one day have a family of my own to share it with. As is often the case, my parents needed help with projects around the house. Over the course of two days, my Dad and I built a large cement bed for a new external gas tank, and demolished an old wooden outdoor deck with mostly a crowbar and hammers (all in the pouring rain). I’ve never done anything like demo work before. I highly recommend it for those interested in getting a workout in, or want to experience the thrill of destroying something to build something better. Perhaps all those memories, and the passage of time, would make some feel melancholy, nostalgic for the past, and resistant to change. I wondered if TURN TO NORTHBOUND ON 21

FOR LOVE OF READING The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC loves sharing books with elementary school children to promote literacy. Club President Nancy B. Jones, left, and member Mary Ann Pearson, delivered new and gently-used books, donated by club members, to Beaumont Elementary School. The club’s Dec. 14 luncheon meeting will be at the Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista will include a holiday music program by Rancho Buena Vista High School Drama students. Cost is $18. Call (760) 822-6824 or visit Courtesy photo

Donate canned goods to eliminate library fines By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Those pesky library fines can be wiped away this holiday season. Or, at least, up to $20 for book bandits who have mounted up a pile of late charges. On Monday, the Escondido Public Library’s launched its annual Holiday Food for Fines Program, which runs through Dec. 31. The program provides library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido, which distributes the food to fam-

ilies in need throughout the North County area. Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need,” said Library Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber. “Last year we collected more than 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds. We

hope to top that this year.” Food may only be used to clear fines and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or city attorney fees. The library will also accept any donations whether or not they are related to fines and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For more information, contact Weber at (760) 839-4613. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street. Contact the library at (760) 839-4684 or visit online at library.

Vista homes get decked for holidays, benefits Vista Community Clinic VISTA — Tickets are still available for the Vista Community Clinic 30th annual Holiday Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 4. The tour benefits Kare for Kids, a fund dedicated to enhancing pediatric facilities at VCC. The 2016 Holiday Homes Tour will feature four holiday-decorated homes in Vista. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. To purchase

tickets, visit hht or call (760) 631-5000, ext. 1139. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista. “We use a lot of florals and holiday greenery,” said Beppie Mostert, a San Diego-based interior design consultant who has been volunteering with the tour’s design team for eight years. “In addition, we use ribbon, candles,

fabrics, lights, wreaths and garlands. Each year, the design team shops for ornaments and decorations that reflect the latest trends in holiday design.” Another tour attraction is the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, considered to be one of the best preserved historic structures in the state. Visitors to the tour will also get to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at the Holiday Bazaar. The outdoor market will in-

clude more than a dozen artisans who will share local, handmade edibles, home décor, clothing, crocheted jewelry, handbags, lotions and soaps. A gourmet food truck will offer breakfast, lunch and beverages for purchase. Parking is available in the lot of Together We Grow, 2120 Thibodo Court in Vista. Free shuttles will provide transportation to homes featured in the tour.

U.S. Department of Education funds Palomar College grant programs SAN MARCOS — Palomar College Grant Funded Programs received federal funding when the U.S. Department of Education approved and/or renewed significant grants. The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) — known at Palomar as the North County Educational Opportunity Center — received a $1.2 million grant. In addition to serving high school and college drop-outs/stop-outs, the program is geared

toward individuals such as parolees, veterans and military-connected family members, and unemployed residents of North County. The aim is to help people from such groups return to school to receive their GEDs or high school diplomas, and/or college certificates or degrees. The Educational Talent Search (ETS), serving middle school and high school students through high school graduation, received a grant for $3.6

million for five years. The existing ETS, serving Escondido Unified School District and Escondido Union High School District schools, was renewed for $1.2 million; plus a new ETS serving Vista Unified School District was granted for $1.2 million. ETS is designated for low income, first generation college bound students offering financial aid and scholarships, for college opportunities. Services offered in both the EOC and ETS

programs include academic, career and financial counseling. Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid forms is provided, as well as tutoring. EOC projects include career exploration and aptitude assessment. The ETS program offers mentoring and special activities for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, as well as workshops for families. More information on these programs is available at

want to visit the Shark Café, and I want to do it now. I generally get this excited when something blasts off from Florida or lands on one of our neighboring planets. But right now I am ready to follow some sharks deep into the ocean. Both the heavens and the ocean depths keep my attention. Perhaps, because the ocean is my front yard, and perhaps, because my big brother was a marine biologist who knew and did fascinating things. We even had a pet piranha. So recently, I read about a camera researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have created. It will go on the dorsal fins of great white sharks, but instead of working for a few days, it will go deep and film for months. Scientists found that every year, most of the great whites from the Pacific coast head out to a spot between Mexico and Hawaii where the water is up to a mile and a half deep. In ocean terms, that’s getting down there. They all just hang out there from about April to July. Then things get strange. While swimming and schmoozing, the boys spend their time diving almost 1,000 feet down, and up, and down and up again, sometimes 150 times a day. Scientists, and I, are dying to know what’s going on. I’m thinking maybe a shark version of Olympic track and field. Marine experts suspect it involves either eating or mating, hence the name “Shark Café. But these cameras are going to find out for certain just what’s up, and down, and up again, out there. I am still laughing with the researchers who have likened it to “Burning Man” for sharks. Apparently this area of the ocean is kind of a desert, without obvious food sources or much going on. But every shark that’s any shark heads out there, and some kind of party is going on. The cameras are being beta-tested just now and won’t actually be attached to migrating sharks until fall of 2017. Geez. Now I realize why my laid-back brother was a marine biologist and I am not. I’m so impatient; I would probably head out there with a mask and a snorkel, just to catch a quick peek. Meanwhile, there is so much cool stuff going on in the ocean, I’m thinking this could lead to an underwater version of “Star Trek” or maybe “Weekend at Bernie’s.” I need to call my agent. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who might overcome her claustrophobia for a chance to ride in a submarine with a bay window. Contact her at jgillette@


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San Diego Unified School District connected to fast, reliable network Ninety two San Diego Unified School District schools now have access to a 175-gigabit network as part of an agreement with Cox Business. As part of the agreement, Cox Business built out 54 miles of fiber in San Diego. A total of 189 schools in the district are now connected to a fast, reliable Ethernet network through Cox Business that will enable all types of digital learning, not

We’ve built a network that has the bandwith to serve the district’s needs for its teachers and students now and in the future.” Larry Coval Vice President, Cox Business San diego

only inside the classroom, but also distance learning between schools and organizations outside of the district. “San Diego Unified students already have access to some of the best technology in education today, but as anyone who has ever left their cell phone service area knows, the best technology is only as good as the internet service that connects

you to the world,” said Cindy Marten, superintendent of San Diego Unified School District. “Thanks to this partnership with Cox Business, our students will have access to enterprise class WiFi service, allowing them to collaborate with their teachers and peers in amazing new ways.” The network that Cox Business has built for the district is the largest fiber project the company has undertaken for a single customer in San Diego to date. “The network that we’ve designed for the school district is unique in its construction, the large number of sites being connected, and the high bandwidth capacity that is being delivered,” said Larry Coval, vice president of Cox Business in San Diego. “We’ve built a network that has the bandwidth to serve the district’s needs for its teachers and students now and in the future.” Serving more than 130,000 students, from preschool through grade 12, San Diego Unified School District is the second largest district in California, with a diverse student population representing more than 15 ethnic groups and more than 60 languages and dialects. Cox Business is the commercial division of Cox Communications that serves business customers of all sizes, school districts, medical facilities, hotels, local government and the military. For more information on Cox Business, visit

OCEANSIDE — You’ve made the decision to restore your hair, and you’re excited about the possibilities. Radio and TV ads, even billboards are all promising to return you to the full head of hair you had when you were 20. But when it comes to hair restoration, don’t let that excitement cloud your expectations. “We can help you achieve a more youthful look, but you have to be realistic about what’s possible in terms of results,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD said. “If you’re bald, technically there is no way to restore hair density to how it looked in your youth. No matter what anyone else might promise you.” Wagner has had countless clients walk into his offices, certain that they will be able to walk out with a full head of hair. “What I tell people is that we don’t create new hair, we merely take available donor hair and redistribute it,” he said. “We can give you a fresh new look, but the results will correlate with the amount of donor hair that is available.” MyHairTransplantMD is known for being up front with their clients, about the price of their procedures as well as about what is truly possible in


health care independent of the ability to pay; an emphasis on creating meaningful work for all who can work, and remunerating that work sufficiently so that people, whatever their skills and aptitudes, have the ability to live decent if materially modest lives, a status that greatly increases their opportunities to participate in a broader world, and to give. I am 57 years old, and as long as I can remember I have felt that the best of America was realized in our nation’s will to generosity, to empathy, and to inclusion, qualities that take work to realize if you believe as I do that the most dominant human quality is greed. America has had to work hard, to fight within itself, and to take steps forward and back and forward again, to come to some sense of self-identity as a giving place; a place that cares, at least to some extent, for its own. When I was younger I had hoped that we would have achieved broader consensus with regard to these goals before my life was over. I am far from certain that we will have done so in my lifetime. Nonetheless, the following represents my “top eight” list of action items that, were we to focus on them, I believe would do most to move us toward realizing a country that exhibits care for, and



terms of hair coverage versus hair density. “Of course our goal is to make our clients happy,” Wagner said. “But we aren’t going to promise them something that nobody could possibly deliver to them.” It comes down to basic science, hair science to be exact. “It’s based on how many follicular units you have,” he said. “Once hair is gone, it’s gone. We are honest with our clients. We tell them we can give them a fresh new look, frame their face. But we aren’t going to tell them that the impossible is possible, as other offices tend to do.” Visit pubmed/10417585 to learn more about hair science as it relates to hair restoration

procedures. Upon your initial consultation at MyHairTransplantMD, your donor area and recipient area will be measured using a proprietary hair restoration template. “We use donor density and scalp laxity to determine what is possible for a client, based on the area they are looking to restore,” Wagner said. “It’s a balancing act. We take the clients goals and aspirations, and we show them realistically what we can do.” Another component to hair restoration for clients to consider is that hair loss keeps going, even following a procedure. “Even though we start the process of transferring

husbands the best in, all of its people. 1 – Addressing climate change: The scientific consensus, and my personal experience, suggest that we are moving rapidly toward severe damage to the habitability of Earth. If we can’t find the baseline sanity and related will to address this reality, then I suppose we don’t deserve to maintain use of this world. As always, the wealthiest residents of the planet will have the best chance to stave off the effects of the many disruptions and disabilities these changes are bringing. However, even their children will face greater exposure to these nightmares.

reform: It seems that wealth and its related power and influence now drive governing, which in turn is supposed to drive the constant revitalization of our democracy. While I don’t hold out much hope for it, I believe that a society interested in justice would seek to move toward publicly financed elections; would ban large individual and corporate contributions, PACs, dark money and the like; would move to a more impartial redistricting methodology; and would do away with the Electoral College in favor of direct elections.

2 – The changing economy: The ways in which humans produce their needs and wants are changing. The combination of increasing mechanization of labor, the mobility of capital and the ability to exploit cheaper labor globally accounts for much of the concentration of wealth and the loss of jobs in the U.S. If this country cares about all of its people, it must prioritize assistance to those losing jobs, including significant investments in public education, enhanced access to higher education, and consideration of how all people will be sustained even if we come to a point where there simply isn’t work for everyone who needs and wishes a job. 3 – Campaign/electoral

4 – Financial reform: The Great Recession from which we have partially recovered was a direct result of the prioritization of the American financial sector’s greed and sense of entitlement. As a result, millions of Americans lost their life savings at the hands of greedy speculators driving an economy that progressively is focused more on using money to make money than creating real value. I believe that if Americans, in a moment of reality-based clarity, understood how they are viewed as pawns and dupes by the corporate kings and speculators of our world, we would be on the way to a very different society. There is no material reason that our government couldn’t prioritize the average citizen over big banks, investment firms, and multinational corporations in

donor hair to the new site, hair loss continues until you lose all the hair you are going to lose,” Wagner said. Anyone considering hair restoration should plan to replace their hair gradually as they continue to lose it, or wait until they have lost all of their hair. “Some clients come in with thinning hair,” Wagner said. “We tell them that just because they do a transplant and add density, they will still continue to lose hair until the process is complete. For some, that is their 50s or 60s and for others it’s earlier.” Wagner said that the Norwood Scale for hair loss gives a great visual to clients to help them understand their hair loss pattern, which in turn helps them understand what is truly possible. “We offer clients an honest assessment in regard to their desires and what is possible when it comes to natural looking and medically safe hair restoration,” he said. M y H a i rTr a n s p l a n tMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. For a complete explanation of pricing and procedures offered, or to schedule a free consultation, visit their website at myhairtransplantmd. com or call the office at (800) 262-2017.

making law and policy. The fact that it is much the opposite speaks to the moral bankruptcy of most of those who inhabit positions of power and influence. It is my understanding that you are the wealthiest member of Congress. It seems to me that you are thus in an excellent position to exhibit real leadership by addressing these core concerns above. In doing so, you will illustrate that those who might be expected to be farthest removed from the daily struggles of the lives of average Americans understand that on our current course our nation will fall away from its original precepts and fail; or we can – if we so consciously choose – work to realize the best in ourselves and our country, and set us on a course of decency, sustainability, and livability for all of our citizens and the planet itself. I don’t know you, and I don’t know what is important to you as a human being. But if the items above are not meaningful to you and the focus of your efforts as a legislator, it would be difficult for me to consider that you are truly the people’s servant in any sense. If you choose to champion these concerns, I would be pleased to support your efforts in any way that I can. Joshua Lazerson is an Encinitas resident.


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ecember has arrived — probably sooner than you expected — and we in San Diego County have many options for celebrating the season. Some are traditional; others uniquely Southern California. Here are some of the holiday events in our corner of the country: Winter Fest at the Orange County Fair & Event Center: Dec. 16 through Jan 1. There’s snow and ice less than an hour’s drive north at the annual Winter Fest. The fun includes unlimited ice-tubing, ice skating, bounce houses, craft-making, character meet-and-greets, live music, strolling carolers, snow-play for toddlers, two-million lights, “the world’s largest rocking horse” and of course, Santa.Tickets start at $10. Free harbor cruises and selfies with Santa: sponsored by Dana Wharf Whale Watching in Dana Point Harbor. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Woman’s Club is suggested. No reservation required.

and shopping deals at 20 Gaslamp retailers. $25 in advance; $30 day of the event.

gets snow.) A two-hour drive gets you on the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. There are Christmas celebrations in Big Bear Village every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 24. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., corner of Knot Boulevard and Village Drive. For all holiday and winter activities, visit and

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade: 10 a.m. Dec. 27. Claims to be the country’s largest balloon parade. Route runs along San Diego Harbor. Parking is tight so take the Coaster, which drops you two blocks from the excitement. Free. sandiegobowlgames. com/events/parade/.

58th Annual Vista Christmas Parade: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. South Santa Fe Avenue and Main Street. E’Louise Ondash is a freeThis year’s theme: “A Ninlance writer living in North tendo Christmas.” Free. (760) County. Tell her about your The mountains surrounding Big Bear Valley offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Photos courtesy Big Bear travels 726-1122. at eondash@coast Mountain Resorts Holiday boat parades abound in Southern California: • Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. Watch from the shore or join the parade with Oceanside Adventures’ 90-minute harbor cruise. $29 adults; $19 children. (888) 507-1130. • San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: 5 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Theme: “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.” More than 100 private boats decorated with holiday lights. Great views from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Marina Park and Coronado’s Ferry Landing. • Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17. Theme: “Under the Sea.”

Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Play in real • Mission Bay Christmas snow, decorate cookies, make gifts and visit with real rein- Boat Parade of Lights: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. Dozens of deer. Free. brightly illuminated powEncinitas Holiday Pa- erboats and sailboats shine rade: Dec. 3. Tree-lighting at brightly around Mission Bay. 5 p.m.; parade down Highway Lake Powell, Ariz.: If 101 at 5:30 p.m. Free. you are up to venturing out of Balboa Park December state and want to keep it simNights: Today and Dec 3. ple, celebrate the holidays on This immensely popular, free a houseboat at Lake Powell. Bring just the essentials, heart-of-the-park event showcases carolers, live music, focus on family and friends, light displays, theater and and enjoy the spectacular dance performances, foods scenery. Rentals at Lake Powfrom around the world. Many ell Resorts & Marinas are 50 museums offer free admis- percent off through Dec. 31. sion. bernights. And finally, if you want Toast of the Gaslamp: 1 the real thing — snow, brisk p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10. Adults weather and alpine scenery only. Sample cocktails and — you can find it in Big Bear bites from 20 of the top Gas- Valley. (Remember, when the lamp Quarter restaurants lowlands get rain, Big Bear


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the Cuban sandwich from Annel & Drew’s Kitchen at the Leucadia Farmers Market. My first infatuated gushing love letter was a 2010 column devoted primarily to this newfound love. It really was like a new romance, albeit one that was limited to a weekly Sunday morning fling. That fling soon developed into a full-on obsession and as odd as a Cuban sandwich for Sunday brunch may sound, it was the beginning of a long-term affair. One of the great pleasures

I derive from Lick the Plate is sharing new discoveries and I spread the word about this amazing sandwich every opportunity I had. My son Quinn was one of the early


he timing of this column is somewhat ironic given the recent normalization of relations with Cuba and the passing of Fidel Castro, but that’s about as political as Lick the Plate is to going get. This is about one of their many exports, the Cuban sandwich and the recent loss of a local favorite. I’ve waxed poetic many times in LTP about

The great Cuban sandwich from Annel & Drew’s Kitchen is taking a hiatus from the restaurant’s menu. Photo by David Boylan

converts and our mutual appreciation turned into a Sunday morning tradition

over the New York Times and a Mexican Coke that, looking back was one of

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er’s Market grew, so did TURN TO LICKTHE PLATE ON 21

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fornia wines and specialty foods. Bacino created Gen 7 seven years ago, with his wife Susanne, in honor of the seventh generation in the family, his daughter Gabriella. It was a re-start of the legacy of California’s “first family” of wine. Addressing what was in effect, his extended family, gathered at a huge picnic table at his handsome home in Rancho Santa Fe, Bacino and his family unveiled a luscious menu of Italian buffet cuisine fit for royalty. Guests filled up on butternut squash cannelloni, chicken sagu, bolognese pasta al forno lasagna, assorted salads and a carving station. Each food station had a suggested pairing of his new releases, seven handcrafted wines with grapes drawn from Sonoma and from over 1,000 acres of vineyards in the St. Helena area of Napa Valley. In his remarks to the

gathering, Bacino asserted, “these grape sources that have made Gen 7 possible, could not have been accomplished without the relationships with my family from generations before me. It is a family effort, blessed by my family’s legacy.” Gen 7 wines are very special selections of the best blocks from vineyards with a proven track record of prime flavor. The one that remains a memorable taste from this release event is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Premium Reserve 1832 (suggested retail $95). You will taste dark chocolate and blackberry on the nose, with smooth velvety textures throughout. It was made carefully from St. Helena Napa Valley grapes, from one of the greatest harvests in Napa Valley history. Gen 7 is now making plans to enter Napa Valley TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 21

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Center for the Arts preps for the holidays with annual tree lighting By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The Christmas and holiday season officially kicks off Saturday. The California Center for the Arts, Escondido hosts its 12th annual holiday tree lighting and winter wonderland festival from 3 to 8 p.m., Dec. 3. Stephany Farley, CCAE’s community events and outreach supervisor, said the day is packed with free activities for kids and adults. However, there are two shows at the center, independent of the festival, including a sold-out show featuring Pink Martini and the nativity-themed performance “La Pastorela,” which is in Spanish. The Christmas tree lighting, meanwhile, is at 6 p.m. “We try to have a very secular event that is based around Santa,” Farley said. “We have a North Pole experience.” As for the winter wonderland, Farley said a 20-foot-by-30-foot tent of snow will be available for kids to play in along with

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DEC. 2 ‘CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ The Community Players Theatre will brighten the holidays with “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” on stage Dec. 2 through Dec. 4 at Bailey Bee’s Theater at Community Lutheran Church, 3575 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. For tickets and information, call (760) 739-1650 or visit SCROOGE RETURNS Get tickets now for “Bah! Humbug!” based on “A Christmas Carol” by STAR Repertory Theatre from Dec. 2 to Dec. 11. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 pm. at the AVO Playhouse, 303 Main St, Vista. Tickets at and Vistix at (760) 724-2110, or CHRISTMAS GUITAR ORCHESTRA Join the acoustic guitarists of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, for their Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is comprised of local

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting its winter wonderland festival and tree lighting event Dec. 3 from 3 to 8 p.m. The event is free. Courtesy photo

numerous other activities on the grounds. There will be a pair of reindeer for viewing, which

leads into a new trend as cookies and milk for Santa kids make reindeer food Claus. In addition, there will and spread it on their lawns, similar to leaving be face painting, cookie

musicians who learn technique and theory under the supervision of Encinitas-based musicians Peter Pupping and William Wilson. TURN ON THE RADIO New Village Arts presents “The 1940s R a d i o Hour” at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 through Dec. 30 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. The play follows the musical misadventures of WOV, New York’s little-radio-station-that-could, for its holiday-themed Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade in December, 1942. The first five preview performances are $10 or guarantee reserved seats for $25. Call (760) 433-3245 or visit ART FOR THE HOLIDAYS Shop the semi-annual Student Art & Craft sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Palomar College Art Department Courtyard next to buildings C and D near the front of campus, adjacent to parking lots 1 and

2. It is accessed from the College’s front entrance: 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Art Department, helping support the semi-annual sale, scholarships, visiting artists, exhibitions and new equipment. Shoppers may pay with cash, checks or credit cards. DEC. 3 NEW YOUTH CHOIR Vocalocity, a new youth show choir, will present a collection of song and dance numbers as part of its free “Joyous Noise Musical Showcase” concert at noon Dec. 3 at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. For more information, e-mail jlydersen77@ DEC. 4 CONCERT FOR MEALS ON WHEELS The Coastal Communities Concert Band present its annual Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad benefiting Meals on Wheels San Diego County. This year’s concert will include a variety of festive old favorites and new holiday arrangements, Tickets are $20 by calling (800) 5-SE-

decorating, story time with Mrs. Claus and of course, the tree lighting by Mayor Sam Abed, the City Council

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cinitas Library present its free First Sunday Music Series with Renaissance and Medieval music by Courtly Noyse from 2 to 3

and CCAE Executive Director Jerry VanLeeuwen. “We are all across campus that day,” Farley added. As the years have passed, the event has steadily grown in popularity, she added. Three years ago, attendance hovered at about 5,000 people. This year, Farley continued, the center expects about 8,000. “Last year was our biggest yet … and it seems we are getting more buzz each year,” she added. With growth, comes relationships such as working with several performance groups, Farley said. Those include the Poway Folk Circle carolers and music along with LED hoop artists with a local yoga studio. In addition, the number of craft and food vendors has increased as well. Farley said nine craft and six food vendors are committed to the event. “We also have meet and greets with princesses and elves,” she added. For information about the event or to purchase tickets to “La Pastorela,” visit p.m. Dec. 4 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Seating is first-come, first-served. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 21

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Chargers hope it’s a December to remember


he calendar has flipped to December and the Chargers are no longer flops. “We have a chance to get to 6-6,’’ Philip Rivers said. The Southern man with the accurate right arm was once again on target. While leveling the books hardly seems like a cause for cartwheels, it’s about all the Chargers have right now. Along with a helping of hope. The Chargers and embattled coach Mike McCoy were left for dead. A month ago the last-place Chargers were careening toward another pileup, sitting at 3-5 and McCoy was a goner. But come Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chargers are riding as high as an AFC West cellar-dweller can. They’ve won two of their past three games and are two back of the final AFC playoff spot with five outings remaining. Can the Chargers do what is required to reach the postseason? Can they win out and hope others fall out as the weather turns and squads go from contenders to pretenders? Maybe. But after the Chargers lost four of their first five, reaching December even being in the playoff conversation was a stretch of epic proportion. So too, possibly, that the Chargers have a chance. It’s more likely the Chargers will continue to be challenged to play 60 minutes of winning football and will miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Then again, the Bolts have become a tough out. Rivals don’t like seeing their uniforms almost as much as Padres fans deplore their baseball squad’s new duds. The Chargers are explosive on both sides of the ball. Rivers is Rivers and someday his detractors will reflect fondly on his production. Eleven more touchdown passes and he matches his career-high of 34 set in 2008. Melvin Gordon is one of the NFL’s top rushers, among the leaders in touchdowns and yards. Rivers hasn’t had a complementary piece like Gordon since at least the Ryan Mathews era and more pointedly, not since LaDainian TomTURN TO CHARGERS ON 21

REGION — Basketball is all about matchups. And when Santa Fe Christian lined up against Scripps Ranch Tuesday night to open play at the Coast News Classic, Eagles Head Coach Chad Bickley said he liked what he saw. “I think we matched up well against them,” he said. His feelings were reflected on the scoreboard, as the host Eagles buried the Falcons 64-38 in season opener for both teams. Charles Dudley, a senior center for Santa Fe Christian, set the tone early by scoring 10 of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter that finished with the Eagles leading 1610. The lead only grew from the first quarter, as the host team used a sti-

fling defense and steady offense predicated on inside-out play to blow the game open in the third quarter, carrying a 41-25 lead into the final quarter. The Eagles tough defense held the Falcons to only 13 made field goals out of 42 attempts and limited last year’s leading scorer, Baturay Koyuncu, to 5 points. “I think we did a good job of playing inside and establishing Charles early, but I think his defense was even better than his offense last night,” Bickley said. “He did a really good job clogging the lane and did a good job on that kid (Scripps Ranch senior forward Matthew Jewell), who is a really good player for them.” Bickley said while it was the first game of the season, he felt the team Santa Fe Christian’s TJ Askew drives past a Scripps Ranch defender in Tuesday night action at the 2016 Coast News Classic Basketball tournament. Photos by Pat Cubel

had some familiarity of what Scripps Ranch did on offense because of games in previous seasons against Francis Parker, a school that runs a similar Princeton-style offense as the Falcons. “It is kind of a mystery for both teams because you don’t know what is going to happen, but to have a little understanding helped our guys, and at the end of the day, we matched up well,

Charles Dudley a senior at Santa Fe Christian hits a jumper for two points in Tuesday night action.

moved the ball well and that was key,” Bickley said. Senior guards Owen Aschieris and Derek Moore scored 13 and 11 points respectively for the Eagles. The Eagles also welcomed back to key players who missed the entire 2015-16 season with injuries juniors Matthew Stevenson and Jack McRoskey. Stevenson, a 6-foot4 bruiser of a forward,

scored 9 points, dished out 4 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds in his starting role, missing only one shot on the night. McCroskey didn’t score but was the first guard off the bench and looked more confident with the ball than he did when he last played as a 5-foot-5 freshmen. “Stevie (Matthew Stevenson) is a game changer TURN TO CLASSIC ON 21


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DEC. 2 FREE FLU SHOTS Palomar Health is offering free flu shots to age 9 and older in all community clinics throughout Inland North County San Diego from Dec. 2 through Jan. 12. For locations and times, visit palomarhealth. org/flu-source/seasonal-influenza-community-vaccination-clinics. Locations include Palomar Health Downtown Campus, Palomar Medical Center Escondido, 4S Ranch Library and Vista Library.

T R EE -L IGH T I NG The Encinitas Historical Society invites the community to the “Lighting of the Heritage Tree” at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at 406 4th St., Encinitas. Festivities begin at 5 p.m., with “SuperMoon” playing Christmas songs. Planted in 1950, the tree is now more than 75 feet tall. Park at the Moonlight Beach upper parking lot. For more information, contact Carolyn Cope at (760) 753-4834. LIFELONG LEARNING MiraCosta College lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures, is host-

ing two speakers Dec. 2, from the UCSD Design Lab starting at 1 p.m. and a look at the “Impact of Radio on Our Lives,” at 2:30 p.m. at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972. DEC. 3 COATS AND COFFEE. The Del Sol Lions Club will host a coat and blanket drive for the annual CRC Holiday Baskets Program from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3 in the lobby of the Solana Beach Hotel, 101 North Acacia, Solana Beach. All adult and children's sizes needed. New and gently used items welcome. For questions, contact Kristin at HOLIDAY MARKET The second annual Del Mar Plaza Holiday Market, will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. KNOW YOUR WORMS Solana Center will hold a workshop on “All About Worms & Vermicomposting” from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 at Barrels and Branches, 1452 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Register at solanacenter. org/composting-workshops or call (760) 436-7986, ext. 700. Cost is $15 for Encinitas residents, $20 for non-residents. STAR PARTY Join the MiraCosta College starwatchers for a Star Party at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 on the Baseball Field of the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. CARLSBAD LIGHTS UP The Carlsbad Village Association hosts Carls-

bad Village Night of Lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 in the heart of Carlsbad seasonal specials and discounts, music, holiday snacks and beverages. Vote for your favorite decorated shop window on Instagram and Facebook, using #CarlsbadVillageWindows. TRY MEDITATION Del Mar Library will host “Meditation: a Path to Radical Happiness” 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 with speaker Andrew Vidich at the library, 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. DEMOCRATS LOOK AT ELECTION The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside holiday meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 at the Woman’s Club of Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad There will be a discussion of Nov. 8 election and seasonal music by the New Horizons Band from Museum of Making Music. Refreshments. Guests Welcome. For more information, call (760) 7534082. THE ‘BEING’ OF YOUR DOG Bring your dog and learn how to interpret all aspects of your dog’s being – body, mind & spirit at the (Deepak) Chopra Center from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at 575 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Tickets $20/per person (no fee for dogs). To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit events. DEC. 4 WOMEN INVESTORS Join Empowering Women Investors from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Cape Rey, Hilton Resort, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, for women who are currently investing or who are con-

templating investment. Trade Ideas LLC, is a local company that specializes in its own “derived” market data which is streamed in real-time across numerous platforms such as Scottrade, Etrade and eSignal. To register, visit empowering-women-investors-2016-2/. HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS Vista Community Clinic invites all to its Holiday Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 4. Tickets are $25 in advance at and $30 on the day of the tour at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista.

SANTA BY THE SEA Be part of Santa by the Sea starting at 3 p.m. with Santa, treats, carolers and a tree lighting at 5 p.m. at the northwest corner of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street, Del Mar. Dec. 4. In addition, the merchants of Del Mar Village are offering a $15 dining voucher for shopping local through Dec. 31. To redeem retail shop receipts, to receive your Holiday Dining Voucher, bring in retail store receipts to designated businesses or by e-mail. HOLIDAY FUN The



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DEC. 2, 2016 Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will attend the Coastal Community Concert Band Christmas Concert, Carlsbad Dec. 4 and the “Cherries Jubilee” concert Dec. 7 at California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Reservations are required at (858) 674-4324. DEC. 5 PARADE NIGHT Come down the Encinitas Lumberyard Courtyard at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 to see Santa light up the tree. Then find a good spot to watch the Encinitas Holiday Parade at 5:30 p.m., heading down Historic Highway 101 from D Street to F Street. Hometown hero Rob Machado is this year’s Grand Marshall and the theme is Encinitas ’86. Parking at Moonlight Beach and city hall. HOLIDAY HELPING Lend a hand to Oceanside’s Ivey Ranch Park Assoc., which offers therapeutic equestrian activities for children and vets, by purchasing at com which then donates a portion of sales to Ivey Ranch. For more information, visit

BOOK CLEARANCE SALE The Friends of Carlsbad City Library Holiday Book Boutique begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in the Dove Library Friends Bookstore, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Reasonably priced new and nearly new books for everyone: children’s, fiction, history, biography, cookbooks, holiday, and coffee table books. Sale continues until they sell out.   DEC. 6 PRESCRIPTION TO  READ All branches of the  San Diego County Library will host a Holiday Book Drive through Dec. 24, to collect new children’s books for distribution to families through Reach

Out & Read San Diego. Reach Out and Read San Diego encourages families to read aloud together as doctors provide a “Prescription for Reading” and a book to children as part of their regular well-child checkups. For more information, visit BOOK STORE VOLUNTEERS? The Friends of the Carlsbad Library bookstore in the Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, is in need of volunteers. The bookstore is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with two 3-hour shifts. Each shift will require one volunteer. Volunteer activities include customer interaction, sales, opening or closing store based on shift. If you or someone you know is interested in being part of the Cole Bookstore staff, contact the Friends at friendsofcarlsbadcitylibrary@ DEC. 7 NEWCOMERS MEET The Carlsbad Newcomers club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Dec.7 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. Guest speaker will be William “Bill” Swank, author, on his latest book “Christmas in San Diego.” No-host lunch will follow. For information, call Patricia at (760) 574772 or visit DEC. 8 LIGHT UP A LIFE Hospice of the North Coast’s Light Up A Life memorial will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Paul Ecke Jr. Family Barn, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, to celebrate the memories of departed loved ones with holiday lights and décor, music, spirituality and peace. LUAL is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required at or (760) 431-4100. The 200-seat venue is ADA accessible. The memorial will take place “stars or rain,” so event-goers should dress warmly and wear comfy shoes. WINE, SWEATERS AND FUN Grab that ugly sweater and head for Carruth Cellars, 118 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, for the Del Sol Lions Club Ugly Sweater Contest and Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec.7 with wine flights and artisan pizza. All proceeds will benefit the annual Bikes for Kids program run by the Del Sol Lions Club. The cost is $20 for wine tastings and $35 for pizza and wine. For questions, contact Brian at MARK THE CALENDAR CHRISTMAS TEA The Vista Historical Society will host its free Christmas Tea highlighted by the Holiday Stars of the Moonlight Youth Theatre from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11, at the Park Terrace Café of the Gloria E. McClellan Adult Activity & Resource Center, 1400 Vale Terrace. There will be a visit from Santa Claus with gifts for children. Further information at (760) 630-0444.

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SANTA, SINGERS AND MORE The city of San Marcos will be presenting the Candy Cane Carolers, a hipster/contemporary singing group, at its annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive. Breakfast tickets ($5 for adults and $4 for children) may be purchased at the door. The day includes a free holiday boutique and activities for children including cookie decorating. For more information, please call (760) 744-9000 or visit Courtesy photo

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Choral Arts ensembles, The Center Chorale and The Center Children’s Chorus will present Tidings of Joy, a concert celebrating the joy of the season. The 50 voices of the Center Children’s Chorus, ages 7-18, will sing music capturing the spirit of the holidays and combine with the adult ensemble for a glorious grand finale. The concert at Grace Lutheran Church (643 W. 13th Street) is Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are availablebrow / event/2710574 (800) 838-3006 Adults $20, Seniors/Military $18 and Students $10.

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linson’s salad days. But it’s not just the offense that drives the Chargers. The defense bends and breaks and that’s why its ranked No. 19. But it also pummels and picks, which is why it’s collected 23 takeaways, second by one only to the Chiefs. Interceptions? The Bolts rule the roost with 14 as Casey Hayward tops the league with six.


For more information, visit or call (760) 753-7376. DEC. 5 ART AND ARCHITECTURE Guest speaker Len Zegarsky, architect and faculty member of NewSchool of Design and Architecture, will speak on “Louis Kahn and the Challenge of Architecture,” at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 15th & Maiden Lane Del Mar. Free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members. $10 for others. For more information, call (760) 704-6436. DEC. 6 ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE The San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase music series is celebrating our 500th program with a special twonight event, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, and at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del


the other delicious prepared food temptations. All of a sudden there was wood fired pizza, stuffed potatoes, gourmet sausage, noodles and much more. I stayed loyal for as long as I could, but there were moments of weakness and it was always somewhat awkward walking by Annel & Drew’s Kitchen with a pizza in hand, so I took to taking the long walk around the market to avoid the scornful looks from Annel and Drew. I jest of course but that’s what it felt like to me. During this time, Annel and Drew expanded their menu to include other temptations like their amazing breakfast sandwich and always amazing salads and Spiedie’s, which have been there since the beginning as well. I had a hunch that the general market-going public did not share my obsession with the Cuban and sure enough, over the past few months there were Sundays where it was missing from the menu. My initial reaction was denial, and I was creating scenarios in my head that we were just taking a break, and the Cuban would surprise me, popping back into my life when I least expected it.


T he C oast News - I nland E dition Rookie Joey Bosa? The former Buckeye has gone at ball carriers as if they wore a bull’s eye. All of this makes Sunday’s game big for an organization that has had few victories on or off the field. The Chargers, smarting from being denied taxpayer dough for a new stadium, could point the moving vans toward Los Angeles by mid-January. But that’s news for another month. For this one, enjoy the stretch drive, which few envisioned

during the early season’s rough stretch of highway. “We got a chance to go back to 6-6 and set the stage for what we want to do,’’ Rivers said. The Chargers might still exit stage left. But first comes the final five games, with the Bolts and McCoy remaining relevant in San Diego.


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Mar, Del Mar. For schedule of performers, and more information, HOLIDAY HIT PARADE North Coast Repertory Theatre kicks off the holidays with “Girl Singers of the Hit Parade Holiday Show,” Dec. 6 through Dec. 24, on the Main Stage at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets are $42. For further information or tickets visit, or call the box office at (858) 481-1055.

Soul plays contemporary bluegrass and Americana music with a contemporary bluegrass slant. This concert is presented by Friends of the Del Mar Library and the San Diego Bluegrass Society. For more information, call (858) 755-1666.

DEC. 7 SWING TIME “The Sweethearts of Swing” will bring you Christmas music in the style of the Andrews Sisters from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 635-1000.The event is sponsored by Friends of the Library Book Nook/ Bookstore. B L U E G R A S S SOUNDS San Diego County bluegrass band MohaviSoul will perform a free concert at 6:15p.m. Dec. 7 at Del Mar Library at 1309 Camino Del Mar. MohaviAll would be good and we would renew the relationship fresh, with no distractions. That false hope was further squashed when my son Quinn, who now works with Annel and Drew at the Sunday market started hinting that this break could be permanent. I scoffed at that idea, still rejecting the possibility that it might be over. I finally mustered up the nerve to ask Drew flat out what was going on with the Cuban. His response was firm and direct, as it should be in situations like this, “Cubans are gone, will let you know of any cameos in the future.” That’s it, a clean break, and as much as it killed me, I appreciated his straightforwardness. He did elaborate a bit by saying that they never sold that well in Leucadia and that there were a handful of fanatics that shared my feelings of loss. So, now it’s time to move on. I’m thinking I should probably give it some time before I begin my search for a replacement, a time for healing so to speak. Sure there are other Cubans out there, but they all seem to have some kind of twist or gourmet take on the original. I can appreciate that effort, but sometimes simple is best and if any of you local delis

DEC. 8 LANCER DANCER’S TAKE STAGE Carlsbad High School’s champion varsity dance team, the Lancer Dancers, will be performing their holiday dance Showcase Dec. 8 through Dec. 10, on campus at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center. The shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are $15 at MARK THE CALENDAR HOLIDAY BRASS The San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet will perform a free holiday 2nd Saturday Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For more information, visit library. or sandwich shops decide to go there, please let me know. I’ll close with my description of Annel & Drew’s Cuban and a brief history from the 2010 column and thank them for the years of pleasure they provided: The combination of pork shoulder roasted with garlic, citrus & herbs, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and lime aioli melted on fresh baked semolina bread is as good as I’ve had anywhere. It was originally created by Cuban workers in the late 1800s and later on, Cuban immigrants and expatriates brought it to Miami where it is still very popular. They are usually pressed on a Panini press or similar device that melts all the ingredients together wonderfully. Take my word for it, if you are a sandwich fan, this is as good as it gets. Check out Annel & Drew’s Kitchen and all their fabulous food weekly at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market and on Facebook. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative an Encinitas based integrated marketing firm. He also hosts Lick the Plate Radio that airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. on FM94/9, Easy 98.1, and KSON. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905.


I was going to part with my parents, choking back tears, as I did often with my grandparents in later years. Instead, I unexpectedly spent most of my time with them laughing, making jokes, having fun


es were the primary reasons that Pala, other tribes, environmental groups, and concerned citizens strongly opposed the proposed landfill,” Gaughen said. A turnaround came when the investment group foreclosed and GCL, LLC, took ownership. Initially


ating sales tax revenue. It imposes state excise tax of 15 percent on retail sales of marijuana, state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. However, language in the new law is already showing a slip-up after a ruling from the Board of Equalization recently. The new law exempts medical patients with county ID cards from state sales tax



for us; both guys are team players who do whatever is needed for the team,” Bickley said. “And Jack has put on some height, too. He’s a good 6-feet, 6-foot-1 now, and he’s heady.” It was a good win for an Eagles team that


in a big way, forming a partnership with established Napa wine names to create a next-level tasting room in the city of Napa. Along with Trinitas Winery, B Cellars and others, Gen 7 will be part of a wine and food pavilion unlike anything else. The planned grand opening is slated for sometime in 2018. To learn more about Gen 7 and its new wine releases, contact Tim Bacino at (619) 540-1986 or visit San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Brings Out the Winners What a WOW week it was in San Diego, as the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival came to an end on Nov. 20 after six days of wine and food events like no other. It has taken its place as one of the largest in the nation. This year, San Diego’s thriving food scene was spotlighted with the Chef of the Fest awarded to Mark Kropcynski of Grant Grill downtown. He wowed the judges with his roasted baby root veggies with grilled lamb loin, pumpkin seed oil and fig

— I lived in the moment, and I found joy there. Change will happen, both good and bad. Many times we can’t stop it from occurring. What we do have control of is our attitude about it. Me — I will choose happiness, share joy and celebrate life with those I have in

the present. It’s not easy to choose happiness, but once you do, and you do often, it will be reflexive, effortless. Choose happiness.

the new owners continued to pursue a permit to open a landfill. Then they had a change of heart. “A couple of months ago they reached out to us, and offered to let us purchase the mountain and canyon,” Gaughen said. Gaughen said the cost seemed a fair market rate, and scared land is something you cannot put a

price tag on. “This victory has been a very long time coming,” Gaughen said. “It has been a difficult battle with many ups and downs, but through it all I never lost hope.” GCL plans to develop housing and retail on the unsold acres, and work with the tribe to determine good neighbor development options.

as Prop. 64 did not identify when the sales tax reduction for medical patients would begin, according to The Washington Post. The board ruled it became effective on Nov. 9. The new law will designate state agencies to license and regulate the marijuana industry. It also exempts medical marijuana from some taxation. In addition, regulations are established for packaging, labeling, advertising, and marketing standards and restrictions

for marijuana products. Marketing and advertising marijuana directly to minors is prohibited. The law allows for local regulation and taxation of marijuana; and authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions. Finally, minors under 21 may not possess, use, transport or cultivate marijuana. Employers, meanwhile, retain the right to drug test or prohibit the use of marijuana.

is coming off of an 11-19 campaign but enters the season high expectations after graduating only one player. In other Coast News Classic play: Tuesday: Carlsbad Vista 39



vincotto. I attended the Friday night Sommcon wine tasting and the Saturday Grand Tasting, easily tasting close to 200 wineries and 60 restaurants. My top wine of the “Fest” is one you have read about before in TASTE OF WINE, Lewis Cellars of Napa Valley. Dennis Bell was pouring his Alec’s Blend 2014 at the Friday night event at the Marriott Marina. This high award-inning wine (from 60 percent Syrah, 34 percent Merlot and 6 percent Cabernet) was named after Dennis’s son Alec ($65). See LewisCellars. com. Other wine discoveries included Dutton Goldfield of Sonoma’s cool climate elevations doing Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, Ramey Wines of Sonoma and a huge tent full of San Luis Obispo wines that I will focus in on next week. Wine Bytes The Wine Vault and Bistro has a Saturday Chef five-course tasting menu Dec. 3 from 5 to 10 p.m.; $36 for all five courses and $20 for all five paired wines, including Stolpman, Westerly, Foxen and more. Call (619) 295-3939 for details.

Vince Vasquez is an economist based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.

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A Bertani Wine Dinner happens at Capri Blu in Rancho Bernardo Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Taste Italian varietals like Pinot Grigio, Valpolicello, and Amorone. Price is $55. RSVP at (858) 673-5100. Vittorio’s in Carmel Valley presents a medley of four Napa Valley wines with their gourmet fourcourse dinner, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Taste wines from Flint and Steel, Starmont, Jayson and Hall. Join the party for just $59.95 by calling in your RSVP at (858) 538-5884. The La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is celebrating their 90th birthday Dec. 15 with a Gatsby Gala, supporting the La Jolla Historical Society from 6 p.m. to midnight, for $290 per person. Live music and dancing, cocktails, with a lavish buffet. Special rates for the hotel overnight. Call (858) 454-0771 for information. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View his columns at and reach him at mangiompc@ Follow him on Facebook.


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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Keep life simple. Hanging out with the wrong people will lead to loss, injury or emotional stress. Making personal improvements and investing in your future will be in your best interest.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- A change of attitude or mood will develop if an unexpected loss occurs due to a lack of reYou’ll have plenty to consider if you have serve or insight. Make sure you do your taken on too much this year. Secure your homework before you take on an imposhome base before you get any deeper sible task. into a project or situation that can lead CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Take it to neglecting the people you love or your easy when it comes to your health and personal environment. Restructure your physical wellness. Too much of anything plans if it will help avoid backlash. will lead to trouble. Focus on love, nurturSAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- De- ing important relationships and making sign a blueprint that you know will work, travel or educational plans.

and present what you have to offer with LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Bring about posconfidence. Stick to your plans to stop itive change at work and home by pursuing what makes you happy. Have faith in others from taking advantage of you. your ability to get things done. An unusuCAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Emoal offer will spark interest. tions will flare up if you get into conversations with people in positions of authority. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Set aside Don’t burn bridges, or you will end up a space at home to develop or expand a project you want to pursue, or attend a getting stuck with a messy cleanup job. networking event. Romance is highlightAQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Keep ed, and sharing your feelings will encouryour plans simple and your goals realis- age a commitment. tic. There is plenty to gain by being prepared and taking your time to go over the LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Emotions will surface when you deal with personsmall but important details. al or domestic matters. Don’t let anyone PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- If you use manipulative tactics to guilt you into want to get ahead, stop being so accom- something you don’t agree with or want modating and stay focused on your own to do. passion. Develop an idea and call in faSCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Plan an vors that will lead to your success. adventure or sign up for something that ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- The unpre- will help you develop skills, experience dictable nature of what’s going on around and knowledge. Doing your own thing will you will be unnerving. Do your best, take lead to discord with someone who feels a disciplined approach to your responsi- left out.

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ FEDERAL GRANT TO TRAIN HIGH-SKILL WORKERS MiraCosta College will drive an ambitious workforce development program that partners industry leaders with community colleges to educate and train people from underserved populations at no cost for high-skilled, in-demand jobs, thanks to a new, $6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The ‘America’s Promise’ grant, the only one awarded in California, will fund programs to prepare residents for jobs now being given to holders of H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in occupations that require a specialized knowledge or skill. PRUIM HEADS UP WATER DISTRICT The Vallecitos Water District board of directors has appointed San Marcos resident Glenn Pruim as its new general manager. During his 10 years at the city of Carlsbad, he served as city engineer, public works director and general manager/utilities director of the city’s subsidiary, Carlsbad Municipal Water District. Further, he functioned as lead negotiator with Poseidon Resources and the San Diego County Water Authority for the Carlsbad

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