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Community activists post a sign on Oro Avo Drive off of Buena Vista Creek Road alerting residents to a public hearing on the proposed Country Estates development project. The developer, Joseph Jaoudi, is appealing a denial from the county’s planning commission on receiving a time extension on the project’s tentative map. Photo by Tony Cagala

Baseball is back Cal State San Marcos Cougar Griffin Teisher of Encinitas’ La Costa Canyon High School, slides safely back to first base avoiding a throw to first last weekend during the home opener of the 2017 season against San Diego Christian. See the full story on page 16. Photo by Pat Cubel

Escondido considers new BMX park By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The City Council is ramping up its efforts to inject more activities for the city’s youth. Last week, the council took a report from City Manager Graham Mitchell and Public Works Analyst Jeff Wyner on the possibility of building a BMX bicycle park in the city. Mitchell said the report was based on follow-up from the City Council Action Plan, which directed staff to research various projects for youths. The council will host its next CCAP Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Room at City Hall. Mitchell, meanwhile, said staff visited numerous BMX tracks in San Diego and Riverside counties, including the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Mitchell said the training center gave staff an idea of what sort of BMX to construct. He said several other facilities incorporate a main track and a “pump track,” which acts as a warm-up for events and allows for other riders to hone their skills should a competition be held there. Staff was approved for a request for proposal, which gives them the authority to begin discussions with private operators to assess the size and scope of the project. The city will not pay for the track, but instead intends to work with a private entity that would cover construction costs and operations, although several city councilors said they prefer an “open” track so anyone can enjoy the

Vista developer plans appeal for housing project Date for the appeal hearing hasn’t yet been announced By Tony Cagala

The Escondido City Council and city staff are researching possible locations and details for a BMX track to provide more activities for the city’s youth. Courtesy photo

facility, as opposed to a sort of membership. “We will identify an operator the city wants to work with,” Mitchell said, “that has the best interest of the community at heart.” Councilman John Masson, who stumped for the creation of skate spots and parks earlier this year, also championed the project, noting, in addition to his skateboarding days as a youth, he also participated in BMX. He said the BMX project, like the skate parks, gives Escondido’s youth another outlet and a safe area to enjoy their passion.

“BMX in Escondido would be a great thing,” Masson said. “I am as excited about this as I am about skateboarding, because I used to BMX.” Another staunch supporter, Councilman Mike Morasco, said the facility could capitalize on the city and county’s large BMX population. They noted San Diego resident Alise Post, who won silver in the BMX women’s division, during the 2016 Olympic Games. Morasco’s vision, though, is to land state, regional and national competitions by working with an operator with TURN TO BMX ON 21

VISTA — A developer’s longtime housing project is expected to come back in front of county supervisors again. Joseph Jaoudi is appealing a ruling made last year by the San Diego County Planning Commission to deny him a time extension on the tentative map for his housing project called the Country Estates. Jaoudi filed an appeal to the County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 10, 2016, five days after the commission’s denial. He’s asking the board to overturn the planning commission’s ruling and grant a time extension on the project’s tentative map. A date for the appeal hearing, however, has yet to be announced. The filed appeal document shows that Jaoudi “disagrees with the ratio-

nale of the Planning Director for denying the application for a Tentative Map Time Extension.” If developed, the project would subdivide 77.9 acres on Deeb Drive into 55 residential lots ranging in size from 0.5 acre to 1.6 acres, and provide three open space lots. It has drawn criticism from residents in the area who see the project as not being a “fit for the community,” and one that would significantly impact traffic along Deer Springs Road, which many commuters already use as a cut through to avoid driving on state Route 78. The project has been in the works for close to 30 years, being first proposed in September of 1987. In 2005, the Board of Supervisors approved the project’s tentative map. Following the approval, the project had received more time extensions, bringing the map’s expiration date up to May 23, 2016. Residents, at the planning commission hearing, said a time extension shouldn’t be given, claiming the 2005-approved TURN TO APPEAL ON 21

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CSUSM to be a ‘beacon’ says Haynes By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Amid state budget and national acrimony and uncertainty, Cal State University at San Marcos is — and will continue to be — a beacon of hope, innovation and leadership in the community, University President Karen Haynes said Thursday in her annual address. The university, three years away from its 30th anniversary, has reached new heights — the 2016-academic year saw the school reach a record 15,000 student enrollees and 38,000 alumni, and the school has continued its longstanding commitment to the region’s most vulnerable student populations. But as Haynes said in her 45-minute address Thursday, uncertainty looms. “Today we operate in increasingly uncertain and complex times,” Haynes said. “In California, we are facing a degree shortfall while state budget allocations continue to underfund our campus, resulting in constrained resources and turning qualified Californians away. Nationally, we have endured a shockingly coarse election cycle and across our country the support for public higher education is being questioned. Globally and locally, we have witnessed countless violent acts of hate and terrorism, leaving many of us wondering, is this becoming the new normal?” Haynes said that this climate makes public education even more important, “not only as an engine for economic growth, but as a catalyst for spurring individuals to innovation and optimism, empathy and understanding.” “Through higher education we assure that we will have individuals who bring new perspectives to whatever issues we may face, trained as critical thinkers with a multicultural framework,” Haynes said. Haynes said that Cal State San Marcos will continue to maintain a positive outlook due to its collective innovation and determination. “You know that we are disruptively and unapologetically breaking the mold of public higher education,” Haynes said. “While the outlook may appear bleak for some institutions, Cal State San Marcos continues to be ahead of the curve because, together, we imagine the possibilities.” Addressing criticisms of public universities’ roles in ballooning student debt, Haynes said that the university — and TURN TO HAYNES ON 21


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Approved water rate increases rile some Escondido residents By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — A fiveyear water rate increase was approved by the City Council last week to fund Capital Improvement Projects and operational costs. According to a report from Director of Utilities Chris McKinney, the new water and wastewater rates will increase Water Fund revenue by 5.5 percent per year over the next five years. The adjusted rates will become effective March 1 and each year thereafter through 2021. The increases, according to the cost of service study, will cover the estimated $141.5 million in capital expenditures and $75 million in proposed bonds. Councilwoman Olga Diaz was the lone no vote, stating she supported an

increase for agricultural use, but not a sweeping 5.5 percent increase for all residents. Water rates, meanwhile, have increased each year since 2011 with rises of 12 percent from 2012-14 and 5.5 percent from 2015-16, according to the report. The wastewater rates increase was 4 percent from 2013-14 and 6 percent in 2015-16. Many residents are protesting the rate increase with 20 letters submitted to the city, citing numerous reasons for their disapproval. Vicky Martin said state and federal funding should cover the cost of the Wohlford Dam project, while Danny Escalona and Christine Wong said, “if we don’t turn on a drop of water, we have a fixed $130 per month

on these fees, which is very high.” Other residents noted they are on fixed incomes such as social security. Jan Bigelbach, 78, and her 81-year-old husband’s last bill was $386. Gary Boucher, who owns an eight-acre avocado grove, said he was shocked to learn over the five-year period that agricultural use water rates will increase by 48.3 percent. “In addition, any rate increases for water purchased by Escondido from San Diego County Water Authority are to be a pass-through and will increase the city proposed rates even further,” his letter read. McKinney’s report, meanwhile, states CIP projects expected to move forward in the next five years include the emergency

treated water connection ($1.5 million), Escondido canal undergrounding ($23 million), Lindley Reservoir replacement ($10 million), Lake Wohlford Dam project ($35 million) and the A-11 Reservoir replacement ($1.2 million). According to McKinney’s report, the water connection will be between the city’s system and Vallecitos Water District to allow the transfer of treated water when one of the two agencies has a supply deficit. Repairs to the Lake Wohlford Dam will add 3,800-acre feet of water storage for the city. In addition, the city’s evaluation cites rising cost factors such as the cost of imported water, requirements to maintain debt services, operations, future projects

and planned infrastructure maintenance and expansion. The average increase for a Tier 1 single-family home (7,000 gallons per month or less) is $5.57 for 2017, up 24 cents from 2016. The rate increase is 31 cents next year followed by 33 cents in 2019, 35 cents in 2020 and 37 cents in 2021. The water charges for a 10,000-gallon customer ranks 10th-highest out of 22 agencies in San Diego County. A 20,000-gallon user ranks fourth, while wastewater charges for a 10,000-gallon customer ranks 10th out of 13. Water Fund and Wastewater Fund emergency reserves and debt reserves are fully funded and annual net revenues are in excess of the minimum required to make debt service payments.

Popular Vista soda, candy shop shutters its doors Escondido Store closes abruptly after five years in business By Ruarri Serpa

VISTA — After five years in business, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop has gone flat. The popular candy shop across from the Cinépolis theater in Vista Village shuttered for good, on Wednesday, one day after making the announcement to its customers. “HULK SAD!!! It’s been 5 years but now it’s time to say goodbye. EVERYTHING IS ON SALE. Stock up now on your favorite candy and soda at YUGE discounts,” said the post on the store’s Facebook page. Owner Rob Fukutomi didn’t wish to speak about closing his store, but said it was a good time for him to move on. He added that it was “a little challenging” running a business in that plaza, though he declined to explain further. Rocket Fizz first notified customers that it was closing on Tuesday afternoon, but a subsequent Facebook post stated they weren’t sure what day would be their last. On Wednesday, they closed for good, and one employee with the company’s corporate office said they were “on crunch time,” to pack up the remaining inventory and get out of the store. Rocket Fizz is a national soda and candy chain, with locations across the country. The local stores are independently owned, and it is unknown how other stores in the region, including San Clemente, Irvine, and Palm Springs, are affected by the Vista store’s closing. As the last letters from the Rocket Fizz sign were being pulled off the building on Wednes-

A Rocket Fizz employee pulls the last letters from the shops’s sign off the building on Wednesday. Photo by Ruarri Serpa

day evening, dozens of customers stopped and showed their surprise. “Every time I went in there it was a nice little place. It feels like a 1960s-1970s kind of deal — space age memorabilia,” said James Thorpe, from Fallbrook. “Instead of Reeses’ or M&Ms from the store, you go in there for interesting candies.” Rocket Fizz’s Facebook announcement racked up hundreds of reactions and comments. “I am so surprised everytime (sic) we go the place is filled with customers. You will be missed,” Antoinette Aubert wrote on their Facebook page, echoing a common feeling among the commenters. The candy shop’s clo-

sure was reminiscent of other popular businesses in Vista Village closing in recent years. Famous Dave’s Barbecue folded in 2015, and its owners cited high rent as the major factor for them going out of business, according to the Union-Tribune. Rocket Fizz’s will be the fifth vacant storefront near the movie theatre, coming at a time when downtown Vista is undergoing rapid change. In October, the City Council approved a five-story mixed-use building at the corner of Vista Village Drive and South Santa Fe Drive, as well as a 41 apartment development along the Buena Vista Creek, in December, both on vacant lots immediately adjacent to the plaza. At the recently completed Paseo Pointe, a new mixed-use building just south of Vista Village, ground-floor shops have sat vacant, however, since the building was constructed in 2015. Despite all the nearby vacancies, Rocket Fizz’s rapid closure has lead people to believe it too was a victim of high rent.

man facing 25 to life By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Disturbing details have emerged in the case of a 25-year-old Escondido man accused of killing his mother on Feb. 1. According to court records, David McGee used a claw hammer to murder his mother, 55-year-old Rebecca Apodaca at their home on the 400 block of N. Hickory Street. McGee pleaded not guilty on Monday and faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. He is being held on $2 million bond. When authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered McGee hiding in a closet covered in blood from apparent self-inflicted wounds, according to the Escondido Police Department. Apodaca’s daughter found her mother lying in bed, according to media reports. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 28 and for a preliminary hearing April 17, according to court documents.

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Uncertain future for state’s anti-smog efforts California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


ases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are down about three percent over the last 40 years in California, even as state population is up by well over one-third, better than 15 million, and far more smog-belching vehicles than ever clog the roads. This is a major public health achievement, and the single biggest reason behind it is the 45-year-old federal Clean Air Act and its provisions for California waivers. Despite this and other clear-cut successes, the California waivers vital to this state’s long-running battle against smog may soon be threatened. Those waivers let California set automotive and industrial emissions standards stricter than those in other parts of America, justified by substandard air quality in places like the Los Angeles basin and Bakersfield. While there is some disbelief in high quarters over climate change and the effects of man-made greenhouse gases, no one doubts what smog can do to human lungs. On any warm day in places like the San Joaquin, San Fernando and Santa Clara valleys, it’s hard to miss the brown taint smog often gives the air. But the number of smog alerts has dropped steadily for decades all over California, largely because of the waivers. Rules they made possible are behind generations of smog control devices, industrial smokestack controls and catalytic converters, plus hybrid, electric and now hydrogen powered cars. So effective are the California rules that more than a dozen other states passed laws requiring them to adopt for themselves any

new California standards within a few years of their taking effect here. These advances, plus new zero emissions vehicles and other improvements now in the works, were at first pronounced economic impossibilities by a united front of automakers. Yet, they’ve found ways to make these things both stylish and profitable. Without the California waiver capability written into the Clean Air

Never mind that it’s a little late to disinvent the Toyota Prius, the Tesla Models X and S and other hybrid and electric cars. Act before then-President Richard Nixon signed it in the early 1970s, none of this could be. All this is now threatened by the words and record of President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt refused to commit even to keep in place the current versions of California waivers. Over the last four decades, the EPA granted this state more than 50 such waivers. Historically, these have been harder for the state to get under Republican presidents than under Democrats. For example, a requirement that large carmakers produce hydrogen cars like the Toyota Mirai and other advanced autos now in the works did not occur while George W. Bush was president, even though state officials in 2005 began applying for a greenhouse gas-fight-

ing waiver to authorize it. Within less than a month after Barack Obama took office in 2009, the waiver process was underway, eventually winning approval that July. Pruitt, often accused of favoring oil companies and other polluters in his home state, said he plans to review all California’s waivers and might even try to take away powers granted in the past. Never mind that it’s a little late to disinvent the Toyota Prius, the Tesla Models X and S and other hybrid and electric cars. It would be one thing for Pruitt to refuse new California waivers despite their many successes. There’s precedent for that. But Pruitt would be treading on new legal ground if he tries to cancel existing waivers. This possibility is one reason California legislators retained the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help fight off potential Trump administration attempts to nix current state programs. New state Attorney General Xavier Becerra also vows resistance. No one knows where all this might lead under an administration otherwise committed to allowing states plenty of leeway to manage their own destinies on things like voting rights and water quality. “When we hear you say ‘review,’” Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts told Pruitt during his hearing, “I hear ‘undo the rights of the states.’” It sets up an uncertain future for one of the most positive, successful of state efforts, one that’s been backed by all California governors going back to Ronald Reagan in the late 1960s. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit

Property values Over the last several years, property values have skyrocketed around Encinitas. Landlords are doubling, even tripling rent and some small businesses are forced to shut. Last week another long established retail shop Gardenology closed due to her lease being up and the new rent going up to $16,000 plus a month I heard. On my morning run loop through downtown Encinitas, I noticed another permit application in the window for a beer tasting room in a vacant shop next to Ironsmith coffee. This storefront was unable to rent for over 15 months due to I’m sure the extremely high rent. It appears that beer and wine establishments are the only businesses that can afford the sky rocketing rents in downtown Encinitas and cool retail businesses are being forced out when their leases are up. We already have Culture Beer tasting room opening soon in downtown Encinitas. Don’t get me wrong I love a good IPA beer but it appears that alcohol and coffee houses are taking over downtown Encinitas. Isn’t it about time that the city of Encinitas puts a halt to one more beer bar permit? I have lived here for over 30 years and appreciate some of the nice changes and additions to downtown Encinitas but I find myself with the distinct sense that something has been lost and there, as they say, goes the neighborhood.

Dieguito Union High School District Board leadership in their recent decision to hire a superintendent and their success in implementing their capital bond program. Over the years I have seen my share of good and bad public sector executive leaders. It is a fallacy to think only a teacher/principal can be a superintendent. The best leaders I have worked with were often from “outside” the normal professional path. These have included both private sector managers leading a government agency or non-engineers who managed engineers. You don’t have to be one to manage one. In the case of SDUHSD, the Board selected a person who understands the District and its people. The Board deserves credit for looking for a leader first, and they made an excellent choice with Mr. Dill. Regarding the SDUHSD’s capital bond projects, I have followed the District’s efforts as a professional in the construction industry. I managed three different bond programs for area districts. I know about selection methods and project delivery options. SDUHSD has performed this task as well as any district in San Diego. The selections made and local companies used in the execution of projects have been top notch. The students, parents and taxpayers are fortunate to have the leadership we have.

Trish Walsh Haskell, Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Joe Minner (SDUHSD parent and taxpayer since 1990), Carlsbad

San Dieguito School Board on right track I commend the San Community Choice for

San Diego County Counties all across California are acting swiftly and decisively to accelerate their transition to clean energy. On Feb. 15, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will have an opportunity to make the right choice for our environment and our local economy by voting to move ahead with a Community Choice Energy Feasibility Study. Community Choice Energy is a tool that is increasingly gaining favor in the statewide effort to increase energy independence while slashing our carbon footprint. It works by allowing government to buy electrical power on behalf of its residents while the existing utility continues to maintain the grid. Community Choice can offer a higher percentage of renewable energy in electricity service at prices competitive with the investor-owned utility. Among other benefits, Community Choice creates local jobs, boosts local economic development, controls energy costs for residents, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Residents in Sonoma have saved over $62 million cumulatively since Community Choice went live there in 2014. Meanwhile in Marin County, Community Choice has sparked the development of numerous local energy projects while keeping costs low. San Diego residents deserve the same benefits as our counterparts across the state. The Board of Supervisors should vote yes to leaving the possibility of Community Choice open for San Diego County. Sophie Wolfram, San Diego

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Vista hosts workshop on antennae towers By Ruarri Serpa

VISTA — Officials in Vista are looking to create new rules that would determine how new antennas for wireless networks look, in order to better integrate them into the city. Vista currently doesn’t have regulations that determine how “wireless facilities” look, and a consultant for the city said it could be the difference between “Charlie Brown Christmas Trees” — antennae trying to pass for trees — or facilities that are hidden inside buildings and street lights. “We’re making sure we’re on top of what the city wants to see,” said Tripp May, a lawyer with Telecom Law Firm in La Jolla. May said cities cannot prohibit new wireless facilities, and that state and federal law allows wireless carriers to fill “significant gaps” in their network coverage through the “least intrusive means.” As long as a proposed site complies with federal radio frequency standards for human health, local governments are allowed to determine what they want to see, and regulate locations and designs that align with the city’s values.

May gave an example: A carrier identifies a location that would benefit from a new 50-foot tower, but the city doesn’t want towers over 35 feet. The city can provide lower impact alternatives to the 50-foot tower, like two 35-foot towers at either end of the site, and choose the option that would help the carrier achieve the same coverage goal. Community Development Director John Conley said the city is currently operating under rules that govern TV and satellite antennae, but they are seeing an uptick in requests for new facilities. “We’ve known we’ve needed this for a long time, and now we’re finally getting there,” Conley said. The city held a workshop on Feb. 8, and a few residents attended, who were concerned about towers Carlsbad permitted and height restrictions. A representative from AT&T said as carriers move toward 5G, new networks would allow towers to be smaller — about 9-inches in length — but more frequent in location. Those towers could be installed inside existing streetlights.

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San Marcos names new Armorlite Drive park By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — After a little debate, a soon-to-be built 1-acre park on Armolite Drive in San Marcos will be named “Innovation Park.” The City Council unanimously chose Innovation in January over another name option, “Wind Spirit Park,” which would have been in acknowledgement of the city’s Luiseno heritage. Innovation Park is inspired by the “Innovate 78” regional branding campaign designed to boost innovation among companies in the five cities

along the Highway 78 corridor — Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, and Carlsbad. “I’m not in love with Innovation Park, it sounds like a business park name rather than a “park park” name, but I get it,” Councilman Chris Orlando said. The council said that they felt they wanted to honor the city’s American Indian linkage in a bigger way than the current park, which will be adjacent to Palomar Station and west of Las Posas Road along Armorlite Drive.

The council also rejected a suggestion to name a pickle ball court at the park in honor of former Mayor Lionel “Doc” Burton, who has been an active community resident even at age 90. The council said they wanted to honor Burton in a much grander fashion than a pickle ball court, much like it did when it named a park in the Richland Community after community stalwart Mary Connors. “I think we need something bigger,” Councilwoman Sharon Jenkins said. “It just doesn’t seem right to me.”

Escondido in line to upgrade, create new skate parks By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The ramps, rails and bowls are coming, but it will take time. The Escondido City Council agreed the city’s skateboarders and the like need facilities around the city. Earlier this month, Community Services Manager Karen Williams, Assistant Director of Community Services Danielle Lopez and Director of Community Services Lorretta McKinney reported to the council on the possibilities of constructing skate spots and a regional skate park. The women, along with the council, said constructing a skate spot at Washington Park was a priority. The city held a rally on Jan. 14 at the park to gather input from residents and skaters about their wants and needs. Councilman John Masson, a skateboarder in his At a recent rally in Washington Park, skaters voice plenty of support for youth, said he understands the a new skate park in the city. Last week, the Escondido City Council said need and stressed the council the project should move forward. Photo by Tony Cagala and city must act to put these ting pushed out.” Masson said the facilities facilities in place. “This is awesome,” he in the inner core of the city added. “I grew up as a skater would benefit those kids, alin Escondido. I understand the though the city must find the whole process of skaters get- money.

City staff recommended a 5,000-square foot skate park at Washington Park where the basketball courts now are and replacing the tennis courts with the basketball courts. The expected cost is $250,000. McKinney, Lopez and Williams also identified other city parks for potential skate sites. McKinney said Jesmond Dene Park, Mountain View and Westside could accommodate 1,500-sqaure foot skate spots, while Grape Day and Washington parks could handle 5,000-square foot facilities. Kit Carson, meanwhile, would be the regional location with at least a 20,000-sqaure foot park. “They total 27,500-sqaure feet or slightly less than half of the recommended size of 61,000-sqaure for a city with Escondido’s population and assumed skater demographic,” McKinney said. “These park sites and sizes provide a guide for future potential planning.” She added Capital Improvement Project funds could be used to pay for a new facility, but not upgrade the TURN TO SKATE PARK ON 23

Homeless veterans receive a hand up By Promise Yee

VISTA — The inaugural North County Veterans Stand Down rang with pride and patriotism Jan. 26 to Jan. 28. Flags of every military branch lined the dirt entry road to Green Oak Ranch where the event was held. The three-day Stand Down provided a wide range of essential services to homeless veterans, and aimed to raise their morale and awaken their motivation. Medical, dental, legal, counseling and other needed services were available. Everything was geared to be convenient to those with limited resources. Veterans in need of services stayed in heated cabins, which could collectively house up to 240 guests. There was free van service to the event throughout the three days, from eight stops in Oceanside, and seven stops in Escondido. The event was structured and relaxed. Once arrived, checked in, and assessed for needs, veterans could walk, or take

A veteran tries on a pair of gently worn shoes. A pop up clothing boutique allows veterans to stock up on needed clothing. Photo by

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a golf cart shuttle, to services located at different cabins within the sprawling retreat at their own pace. One cabin held a clothing boutique where veterans selected from racks of gently worn shoes and clothes grouped by sizes. Analea August and her daughter Leila, 8, served as volunteers to help veterans make selections, and hold open shopping bags for chosen items. August serves as an active duty Navy personnel.

She said many veterans enjoyed shopping with her daughter Leila, who clearly has no judgment, and adds a child’s spunk and liveliness to the room. Next door to the pop up boutique was an on site misdemeanor court. Veterans who pre-registered for court services were warmly welcome, heard by a judge, and legally pardoned for outstanding traffic tickets and other minor offenses. The on site court was staffed by volunteer proTURN TO VETERANS ON 11

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Cal State University San Marcos President Karen Haynes issues a statement to students, faculty and staff seeking to alleviate fears over President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders. Photo by Rebecca Sykes

Haynes seeks to ease fears for foreign students, staff By Rebecca Sykes

SAN MARCOS — While the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals grapples with President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to temporarily block entry or reentry into the United States, for 90 days, for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, a local college student is expressing fears over what the temporary ban could mean for her. Last week, Califor-

nia State University San Marcos President Karen Haynes released a statement to the students, faculty and staff addressing those fears. The statement discusses the immigration order and the border wall Trump promised between the United States and Mexico. Haynes states the order is not clear but the CSU Chancellor’s Office is looking into the impact on their students, faculty and staff. However, Haynes rec-

ommends international students, faculty and staff that are from those seven countries listed by the executive order, to be cautious when traveling, and promotes not to travel outside of the United States. Haynes said that university’s police department would not “contact, detain, question or arrest an individual solely on the basis of being or suspected of being undocumented.” The complete policy can be viewed at csusm.

edu/police/ice.html. Haynes finished the statement by stating: “Together we must continue to uphold the deep sense of caring and community that we all value so much. Together we are CSUSM.” Shaymaa Abusalih, a senior studying literature and writing, and a Muslim, is fearful for what might happen due to Trump’s orders. “Trump’s actions have TURN TO FEARS ON A21

told you a dozen times I have amazing antibodies. Oh…I’m sorry. Did you think I was yelling at you? No…I am yelling at myself, trying in vain to circumvent my twelfth day of the creeping crud. My stellar record of health bit the dust last week. I am not looking to lay blame, as we are all unwitting carriers in one way or another. I am just looking to catch a break here. Once my defenses went down, like a blowtorch through tissue paper, things tried really hard to spin right out of control. I am throwing down a flag on this play, calling some unnecessary roughness and piling on. It started out as a sinus cold, dripping, dripping, dripping. I saline rinsed and zinc-lozenged my little heart out, feeling world’s better after just three days. Turns out this little virus was just laying low waiting for me to get cocky. I did and by the end of that same week, I was snorting and hawking even worse than before.

I obediently took my weary, silly self to the Sunday afternoon clinic for something to end the phlegm-orama. Hours late, I dropped like a rock with some sort of 24-hour flu virus. I ignored my aches and general misery right up until I was half dressed for work Monday morning. But as I raced to the bathroom, all orifices threatening to erupt simultaneously, I knew things had changed. There’s nothing quite like it, is there? It had been years since I had dealt with a full crawling-onthe-floor-back-to-bed meltdown. I really hope it will be years again…or never. Never’s good. I was up and generally at-em by Tuesday, and have to admit I almost enjoyed one day of daytime TV and sleeping. But of course, one pays for one’s dilly-dallying, even just 24 hours worth, when one returns to find one’s duties piled sky high and one’s email box flowing over. And that reminded me sharply why I will continue to knock myself out to be the healthiest gal you know. I’ll take a good holiday anytime, when I am hitting on all cylinders, but having to stay home sick just isn’t the free pass it once was. Such is the price of growing up and of a pleasant but busy existence. Put it on my tab. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer inordinately fond of antihistamines and equally weary of coughing just now.

Media report questions economic forecasts over SANDAG’s Measure A By Steve Puterski

REGION — A recent news media report is questioning the transparency of the San Diego Area of Governments (SANDAG) following the obtaining of staff emails. The Voice of San Diego first reported that staff at SANDAG withheld economic forecasts regarding Measure A, the failed sales tax measure not approved by county voters in November. The measure called for a half-cent increase in sales tax, which estimated $18 billion in revenue over 40 years for transportation upgrades throughout the county. According to the online news site, the amount is more like $14 billion. In addition, the report alleged SANDAG staff admitted withholding information from the board of directors and county supervisors for nearly one year, which overestimated the amount of funds generated by the tax increase. The board, which is comprised of elected officials from throughout the county, held a retreat on Thursday, according to the SANDAG website. SANDAG brass, which includes the executive director and chief economist, knew of the incorrect data before the election, accord-

ing to VOSD. Kim Kawada, chief deputy of SANDAG, said the VOSD article left out important details and blew email replies out of context. She also said staff would never intentionally mislead the board, SANDAG Chairman Ron Roberts or the public. “To address the assertion in the article that came that staff knowingly put a wrong number out there, overestimated and hid the fact is absolutely not true,” Kawada stressed. “The data was a little ambitious, but we had no reason to believe at that time it was the wrong number.” In fact, Kawada said, the issue concerns an error from the output of a separate forecast model. In 2015, SANDAG began updating “complex” forecasting models, she said. A different group in SANDAG conducted the forecast for Measure A, Kawada added. David Hicks, communications manager for SANDAG, said the output model in question is separate from the Measure A forecast. The output model includes population, jobs and housing, and from those numbers forecast taxable retail sales, which is referred to as the De-

mographic and Economic Forecasting Model (DEFM). The revenue forecast used for Measure A was a different and separate model, he added. “We are in the process of updating that model,” Kawada said of the DEFM. “We use it for decades in the future. They weren’t tied directly. Maybe we should have made the connection. “There was no reason at the time that we believed the numbers coming out of our model were wrong,” she explained. “I think there was an understanding they may have been aggressive or optimistic, but we had no reason to believe at the top the model numbers were wrong.” In October 2016, the VOSD inquired about the current TransNet forecasts and whether it matched predictions, and how it would impact Measure A. SANDAG then started “delving into the details,” and why the numbers looked high, Kawada said. By the time those inaccuracies were identified, the November election had passed. However, the VOSD said SANDAG’s numbers predicted growth by 1.3 TURN TO SANDAG ON 21

COMMUNITY MEMBER OPENING(S) ON TRI-CITY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE The Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors currently has community membership opening(s) on the following working Board Committee: Governance & Legislative Committee. This Committee meets monthly or as needed to monitor developments in governance best practices, make recommendations to the District’s Board of Directors (“Board”) on governance matters referred to it, and monitor, report upon, and make recommendations to the Board regarding state and federal legislative developments related to District and hospital governance, legislative affairs and advocacy. Tri-City Healthcare District desires to ensure that its Committee community members are knowledgeable in the area of Governance & Legislative Affairs oversight. The committee will respond to Board requests, monitor developments in, report upon and make recommendations to the Board regarding the following: a. Changes in best practices and legal requirements relating to healthcare district governance and healthcare reform initiatives; b. The District’s governing documents, including Bylaws, Policies, Committee charters, and other governance or policy matters as requested by the Board; c. Proposed amendments to the Medical Staff Rules and Regulations and Privilege Cards and Medical Staff Bylaws. Legislative Affairs Oversight may include but not be limited to the following: a. Significant changes to state and federal laws, rules and regulations and accreditation standards applicable to the District, with special attention to the legislative and policy agendas of associations of which the District is a member (e.g., Association of California Healthcare Districts and California Hospital Association); b. Actions to be taken to address or implement legislative or regulatory changes proposed, pending or enacted, including advocacy efforts. If members of the public believe they are knowledgeable in this area and have an interest in serving as a community member on the above listed Board Committee, please send a brief resume or biography delineating your background and/or experience relevant to the Committee, along with a cover letter stating your intent to serve on the Committee to: Teri Donnellan, Executive Assistant Tri-City Medical Center 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 Your information will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Committee and Board Chairperson for review and consideration and interviews with members of the Committee will be scheduled. The Committee’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the full Board of Directors for final approval/appointment. All appointments are voluntary and do not include compensation. Community members shall serve a term of two years, with an option to renew the appointment for one additional two year term. At the conclusion of the term, the community member shall not be eligible to serve on the same Board Committee for at least two years. It is preferable that a community member shall be a member of no more than one Board Committee at a time. Only applications submitted by persons residing within the boundaries of the Tri-City Healthcare District will be considered. 01/17


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Young poets, authors earn accolades By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — A self-admitted bookworm, one Rincon Middle School eighth-grader was all smiles Wednesday afternoon. Brandy Caracheo, 13, was one of dozens of honorees for the Escondido Union School District’s annual Young Authors Celebration at the school. Hundreds of students, friends, family and EUSD staff and administrators took to the multi-purpose room to read this year’s exhibits. The submissions came in all forms — one to two sentences from transitional kindergartners to poems, such as Caracheo’s.

Josefine Sanchez, left, a transitional kindergarten student shows off her award for being selected as one of the Escondido Union School District’s Young Authors during a celebration Wednesday at Rincon Middle School. Photo by Steve Puterski

Twenty-three schools plus home-schooled students were eligible. The 13-year-old said her winning piece was inspired by emotion, some of it depressing, as she is starting to grow up. A bit Peter Pan mixed with real life, Caracheo said her poem was a reflection of her self-realization of the outside world, the one beyond her friends and the fantasy books she chews through. It is titled, “I’m getting older, I’m growing up and everything becomes clear.” “It’s about growing up and starting to see all these problems and unTURN TO AUTHORS ON 15

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A reproduction 18th century tambour desk takes the best of show award at the WOOD: A Furniture Show VIII,” from woodworker Bob Stevenson. The wood show wrapped up on Feb. 4. Courtesy photo

Furniture exhibit celebrated craftsmanship By Jamie Higgins

ESCONDIDO — It may have been luck that Bob Stevenson inherited his great-great grandfather’s woodworking tools, but it was hard work and Palomar College’s Cabinet & Furniture Technology (CFT) Program that turned Stevenson into a master woodworker. Wood artisans, like Stevenson not only make pieces that are aesthetically pleasing, their handcrafted furniture has to function and withstand things like gravity and time. Stevenson’s award-winning period furniture is part of an exhibit featuring close to 30 fine woodworkers from throughout Southern California. In its eighth year, WOOD, A Furniture Show VIII, hosted by Brian Murphy of Murphy’s Fine Woodworking, in association with the San Diego Fine Woodworking Association was on display through Feb. 4 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery. The exhibit featured a variety of handcrafted furniture including contemporary, traditional, art furniture, as well as veneering and marquetry. “People love to see what you can do with wood,” said Stevenson. The variety of styles and technical expertise made it worth a visit, according to Gallery Manager Beatriz Esparragoza. “Each piece is very unique,” said Esparragoza. “Each woodworker put a lot


of thought and effort into the design and craftsmanship.” This was the first year that the show included furniture by students attending Stevenson’s alma mater. The show features work by eight students in Palomar College’s CFT Program, including Justin Yasgoor who’s work titled, “Bridging the Gap” took First Place in Design. Started in 1956, the Palomar College Cabinet and Furniture Technology program offers one of the most comprehensive woodworking curriculums in the nation, with courses ranging from Furniture Design to Timber Framing, and from Guitar building to Production Cabinetmaking. After retiring from the military, Stevenson enrolled in the CFT Program at Palomar College. “I’ve always had a desire to build things,” he said. He considers Palomar College’s program to be among the best woodworking programs. “They bring you up through the basics,” he said. As if being in the furniture business for 40 years wasn’t enough, Stevenson led the “Design in Wood” Show at the Del Mar Fair for 20 years. An annual juried exhibition, the “Design in Wood” Show is put on by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association at the San Diego County Fair. Staffed by volunteers, artisans demonstrate old and new techniques of woodworking. The woodworking community in the San Diego region is thriving, according to Stevenson. “We have one of the largest woodworking guilds in the country.”

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Change in flight paths could result in less noise, carbon dioxide emissions By Steve Puterski

CELEBRATE THE ARTS Students of the San Marcos Fortissimo Orchestra will be among the performers at the San Marcos Community Services “San Marcos Alive, Celebration of the Arts,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at the San Marcos Civic Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. This year’s art celebration will include fine art, a craft fair and more than 20 hands-on art projects. For more information, call (760) 744-9000 or visit Courtesy photo

Curbing our urban runoff

Northbound vince vasquez This season’s unusually heavy rainfall in North County may have created hazards for our community beyond sporadic street flooding and vehicle spinouts. Though the historic winter rains have offered some welcome relief to area reservoirs and lakes, much of the precipitation that falls in the region flows directly out to our bays and beaches, carrying with it the pollutants that accumulate on our sidewalks and roadways — motor oil, pesticides, trash, and other hazardous chemicals. The all-too-common results are beach closures and posted advisories. Over the last few years, local government agencies have taken steps to curb storm water pollution and increase public program investments. The number of days for city beach closures and health advisories has since dropped significantly. Still, problems persist with managing the issue in the region. Municipal street sweeping, which prevents chemicals and debris from entering the ocean, hasn’t always been fully funded or operated at a high efficiency level. Ongoing water testing results by San Diego Coastkeeper, a local nonprofit environmental organization, has also identified “poor” and “marginal” quality levels of our North County watersheds, such as Buena Vista Creek and Escondido Creek. In an era of limited tax dollars, and a potential economic slowdown ahead, it is important that local cities take a look at what can be done to reduce urban runoff through voluntary, individual action. In San Francis-

co, for example, homeowners can apply for “sidewalk landscaping permit” that streamlines the process of replacing excess concrete pavement in the public right of way with trees, plants and other substitutes that absorb rainwater. Such passive measures help filter runoff before it reaches the stormwater system, helping clean out containments and stopping them before they reach the ocean and our watersheds. The permitting application, which is only one page long and about $300 in fees, comes with an additional easy-toread information sheet and step-by-step instructions, a rarity in the world of building-industry bureaucracy. The contrast to San Diego is striking. As it stands today, removing sidewalk and driveway pavement on a private single family home may run more than $2,000 in total fees, and requires onerous steps to complete. The city lacks a streamlined over-the-counter process as well as related easy-to-find information on its website. I probably wouldn’t rip out my driveway anytime soon, but I could certainly see some of my neighbors making the switch. They’ve mostly replaced their front lawns with wood chips and xeriscaping, and I could see permeable pavers being a complimentary aesthetic touch. Regardless, there’s no reason local government should stymie urbanists and everyday residents from making meaningful community improvements. Small business owners, residents, beachgoers and our marine life all stand to benefit from a streamlined sidewalk landscaping process in North County cities. Why not take steps to explore what we can do together to solve regional problems? Vince Vasquez is an urbanist and economist based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.

SOLANA BEACH — Dozens of residents from San Diego County converged at an elementary school last week for an open house regarding Southern California flight paths hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA released its findings for its Southern California Metroplex Project, also known as NextGen, which is nearly five years in the making and expected to improve safety and efficiency based on satellite navigation, according to Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor. Last week’s presentation covered airports at Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad and San Diego County, among others. Much of Carlsbad’s new routes will commence March 2 and several others will come online April 27. However, numerous Carlsbad residents came to the presentation to research the ongoing issues with Palomar-McClellan Airport and its possible expansion. San Diego County, which oversees the airport, did not have any input into the FAA’s findings and no representatives from the county were present last week. According to Shawn Kozica, an air traffic controller with the FAA, the report does not have any impact on possible extension or expansion in Carlsbad. Instead, the new data provides more streamlined service for aircraft on a north and northwest flight path just west of Camp Pendleton. He said the inbound landing routes will remain the same from the base, but change over the Pacific Ocean as aircraft will cross over Catalina Island and turn north missing the greater Los Angeles area over land. Gregor, meanwhile, said the new satellite technology is more reliable than its predecessor. In short, it is like an upgrade from analog to digital. “Conventional air routes are built on groundbased navigation aids, such as beacons,” he added. “These navigation aids are physically planted in the ground, which limits available flight paths. Satellite technology, by contrast, allows us to build more direct routes as well as routes that are automatically separated from one another. This creates a more efficient system and reduces pilot-controller communications.” The Southern California project is one of 14 the FAA is implementing throughout the country. However, the project has come under scrutiny and at least two federal lawsuits have been filed. The city of Phoenix filed suit in 2015, according to USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times reported in October 2016 of a law-

Inbound flights from the north and northwest at Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport will change after the Federal Aviation Administration released its findings for the Southern California Metroplex Project last week in Solana Beach. File photo by Steve Puterski

suit filed by Culver City and Newport Beach. Regardless, Gregor said the FAA research allows for better efficiency. He said satellite technology creates efficient climbs and descents without the level-offs associated with conventional routes. In other words, a staircase where a plane climbs, levels, climbs and levels until it reaches its cruising altitude. On the arrival side, Gregor continued, the new technology calls for descents in which aircraft essentially glide down on TURN TO FLIGHT PATHS ON 15


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Boys & Girls Club of Vista names its annual Youth of the Year awards VISTA — Boys & Girls Club of Vista presented its Youth of the Year awards Jan. 27. Ben Cabrera, a senior at Mission Vista High School, was named the 2016 Youth of the Year and presented with a $1,000 scholarship. Cabrera, 18, is actively involved in volunteering with the club’s tutoring programs, Key Club, and helping out at local soup kitch-

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SENIOR ANGLERS The Senior Anglers of Escondido will welcome Chad Gierlich, at its meeting, at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10, at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Open to anglers age 50 and above. Members of the club enjoy local surf and freshwater fishing, summer saltwater charters, RV camping, and community service to help kids go fishing. For more information, visit BLACK HISTORY MONTH The MiraCosta Community College invites all to “Dismantling Myth: The Angry Black Woman,” a women’s panel discussing black women in society, at noon Feb. 10 at Oceanside Campus bldg. 3400, on

ens and retirement homes. Cabrera hopes to attend a Cal-State University campus or UC school and major in psychology. Additional Vista Boys & Girls Club members were honored. From Madison Elementary School, Jessica Padilla, Madison Youth of the Year; Kyle Bouzida, Madison Scholar and Shane Hagerty, Madison Ath-

campus at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. ON STAGE The Grauer School Theatre Department presents “The Man Who Came To Dinner” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, at 7 p.m. through Feb. 11, on campus at 1500 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Tickets at the door for $7. LIFE LECTURES The Life and Music of Glenn Miller and a speaker from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association will be the topics of LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College lifelong learning group, starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 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 or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. ‘BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE’ See the fun side of science, as students from Pacific Ridge School host “Science Extravaganza!” at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Pacific Ridge School, 6269 El Fuerte, Carlsbad. The evening will be filled with theatrical science experiments, all set to music, with dramatic staging and lighting. MONEY FOR COLLEGE Scholarships for grad-

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lete. From Maryland Elementary, Aarion Swift won for Social Recreation and Kevin Sanchez for Technology. In addition, awards went to Grace Koumaras was Vista Magnet Youth of the Year, Angel Manuel Vasquez was Raintree Youth of the Year/Vista High, Julie Martinez of Rancho Buena Vista High earned the Education Award and

uating seniors are being offered by Coastal Community Foundation, ranging from $500 to $2,500. Scholarship requirements and applications are available on the Foundation’s website at Completed applications must be submitted electronically by March 31.

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DEL MAR MARKET Visit the Del Mar Plaza Saturday Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 with music from the Mar Dels from 1 to 4 p.m. HIKE FOR VOLUNTEERS A special trail hike will be held to thanks lagoon volunteers at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. STOP SEX TRAFFICKING From 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 11, the Del Mar-Leucadia branch of the American Association of University Women host a One Branch, One Book discussion of Child Sex Trafficking, discussing Julian Sher’s book, “Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them” at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Drive, Encinitas. DEMOCRATIC CLUB Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Conference Center, at 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. Please check our website at for directions or call (760) 7432990. MAKING FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will walk the Lake Hodges trail, Escondido Feb. 11, have a meeting and pot luck at San Rafael Catholic Church, Rancho

Tiger Green (VIDA) Middle School was named Athlete of the Year, along with Madison Middle School’s Yvette Ramos, also Athlete of the Year. Joseph Large was named VIDA Scholar; Keelan Kunz-Rosario was named VIDA Athlete; Anna Covaliov was Vista Magnet Scholar; Cynthia Molina was Vista Magnet Athlete; Yaira Perez was Raintree Scholar and Jose Larios was Raintree

Bernardo Feb. 12 and Dinner at Sammy's Woodfire Pizza, San Marcos Feb. 13 and a bus tour to see wildflowers, Anza Borrego Feb. 16. Reservations are necessary at (858)674-4324. ENCINITAS PANTS Drop by from 3 to 8p.m. Feb. 11 at the pre-Valentine’s Day trunk show with crepes, champagne, giveaways and the design unveiling of Encinitas Highway 101 logo underwear by the French company Pullin, at Detour Hair Salon & Shop, 594 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

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LAGOON FUN RUN San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy will host a Lagoon Fun Run from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 12: Doug Gibson, Conservancy's executive director and an expert trail runner will lead a 3-mile and 5-mile option. Ages 13+ Members $5 | Public $10. For more information, visit or call (760) 436-3944.

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Beaumont Elementary Athlete. More awards went to Brianna Robles for (VAPA) Athletics; Grapevine Elementary student Aleena Decoud, Arts & Crafts; Foothill Oak Elementary Sophia Alvarez student, Performing Arts; Breeze Hill Elementary student Janett Hernandez, Torch Club and Maryland Elementary Ana Mota for Poetry.

fering grant applications to nonprofit organizations and agencies, for programs investing in youth. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 21. Organizations serving Escondido may submit proposals of $15,000 to $35,000. Grant guidelines are available at For more information, contact Kerri Favela at LOVE THAT FLOWER The San Diego North County African Violet Society will host a culture class, make a container garden and discuss PH levels of tap water at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Vista Library 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista. For more information, email pau l i nemuel ler52 0 @ SWEET HEARTS In support of the National Heart Association’s Wear Red Day in February, Ohana Cupcakes is giving a free red rose cupcake with every six-pack purchased and donate 10 percent of all purchases to the American Heart Association, in February, at 2455 Vista Way, Suite M, Oceanside. BOOK CLUB Escondido Public Library hosts the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. This month’s selection is “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner. VALENTINE LUNCH The North Coast Women’s Connection hosts a Valentine’s Day lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Walkins welcome.

A LOOK AT HOMELESSNESS A Community Forum on Homelessness will be hosted by the Oceanside Charitable Foundation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Oceanside Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. ‘EMBRACING RETIREMENT’ Sign up now for the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Senior Expo entitled “Embracing Retirement, Before and After 65” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, En- FEB. 15 cinitas. For more informaBETA SIGMA PHI The tion, call (760) 753-6041 or Hidden Valley Vista City email asst@encintascham- Council of Beta Sigma Phi International will hold its’ Queen’s Court Luncheon, “Sisters Shine Brightly” at FEB. 14 GRANTS OFFERED 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Sundance Escondido Charitable Mobile Home Park ClubFoundation (ECF), is of- house, 2250 N. Board, Escondido. Cost is $15. RSVP to Peggy at (760) 743-2610. TRAIN FOR A CAREER IN MEDITATION AND YOUR HEART Del Mar BOOKKEEPING & ACCOUNTING Branch Library presents “Transforming the Heart ACQUIRE TECHNICAL SKILLS FOR JOBS

Through Meditation” with Richard Scotti at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. REPUBLICAN CLUB The Republican Club of Ocean Hills will meet to hear Carl DeMaio at noon Feb. 15 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside There is no charge to attend. Please RSVP by contacting Colleen at (760) 842-8735.

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LOOKING AT COAST HIGHWAY The city of Carlsbad will host a panel discussion and community meeting “Highway 101 Past, Present & Future,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. SAY YES Youth Enrichment Services (YES), of the Health and Human Services Agency, will host North Coastal and North Inland Regions Director Chuck Matthews 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Harding Community Center Recreation Hall, 3096 Harding St., Carlsbad. NARFE ON AGING The National Active and Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) Association will meet at 1:30 p.m. and host Matthew Parcasio from the Aging and Independence Services at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Visit for more information. MARK THE CALENDAR PARTY IN THE PARK Join the Epic Teen Nights: Party at the Park for students in sixth grade and older, from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 at Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad, sponsored by the city of Carlsbad. Tickets are $8 and available at the door or at carlsbadconnect. org under special events. For more information, call the special events hotline at (760) 434-2843 or visit parksandrec.



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Galactic keyboardist Rich Vogel had occasion to look back and reflect on the career of his band during a late-January interview and had to admit, it’s pretty satisfying to consider how Galactic has gone from upstarts on a legendary early ‘90s New Orleans scene to now being arguably the leading band in the Crescent City. “We talk about it a lot. It’s a nice place to be, and

it’s an honor,” Vogel said. “Sometimes you need to just stop and just appreciate it. You know, we kind of became the band that we used to go see on Mardi Gras and Halloween. We would be at Tipitina’s (the city’s most famous club). We were just running around and checking out everything, all the brass bands and stuff. “And the Neville Brothers were still playing in town more and

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FEB. 10 GOING GREEK Oceanside Theatre Company opens “Eurydice,’ Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb.26 at the Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For tickets, visit MiraCosta College screens “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Taiwan, 2013 (Not Rated, 104 min.) at 6 p.m. Feb. 10, in the Large Lecture (Little Theater) OC3601, Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Way, Oceanside. Free entry. LOVE THAT VIOLIN At 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, at the Escondido Library, 239 Kalmia St., Escondido, hear “For the Love of Music,” a violin concert performed by children in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s Jean Will Strings musical program. ‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE’ Community Players Theatre, a non-profit community theater, present “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Feb. 10 through Feb. 12 at Bailey Bee’s Theater at Community







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grape-growing regions, most at an altitude of 4,000 feet and above. The regions are Verde Valley north of Phoenix; and Sonoita-Elgin and Willcox in the southeast. Willcox earned its American Viticultural Area designation last year. LDV, in the Willcox area, grows grapes in volcanic soil at 5,000 feet where vines take their water from an enormous underground reservoir. We were duly impressed with the LDV Grenache, for which Arizona, according to the knowledgeable, is highly suited to growing. “We focus on reds because the conditions are right — and we like reds,” Fiandaca explains. She and husband Curt Dunham are proud that all grapes that go into their wines are grown on their estate “and are aged in stainless steel,” she adds. “We don’t use products to clarify our wine either.” Need any other excuses to visit Scottsdale? How about Major League Baseball’s spring training season (Feb. 24 to April 21)? Sixteen teams play in 10 stadiums throughout the Valley of the Sun. Visit Visitor information about Scottsdale:; and the W Scottsdale: wscottsdalehotel. com. For more photos of Scottsdale, visit facebook. com/elouise.ondash. Next column: Scottsdale’s green desert and small-but-mighty museum. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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back. At first, Caracheo thought she may be in trouble, but when her teacher revealed she was a winner, Caracheo was all smiles, for the most part. “I was surprised and excited,” she said. “And I’m sure a little nervous.” She not only loves to read, but write books as well. Her favorite genre is fantasy and is currently immersed in the Harry Potter series. As for her favorite book, don’t ask. “I actually hate

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that question,” she said through a big smile. “I love all my books.” In tow with her father Fausto Caracheo, the patriarch took photos of his daughter pointing at her display. “I am really proud of her,” he said. “I’m just trying to be a good dad.” Some submissions, like the ones from the older students, were several pages long and some filled with photos and creative formats.

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Others, like the transitional kindergarten kids, were simple and to the point. One such winner, Precious Perez of Pioneer Elementary School, wrote simply and poetically, “I like to count numbers. I like math.” As for the rest of the students and winners, Kimberly Israel, coordinator of community outreach for the district, said one winner from each grade level at each elementary school is chosen, while

two students per grade at each middle school are honored. She said the event, which has been in existence for more than 10 years, is a way for the students to display the skills they have learned. “We don’t define what they write about,” Israel added. “It really is meant to be a reflection of writing they’ve done this year. We look at a way to honor our kids for their hard work.”

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Gwen Quinlan, 87, died January 12, 2017 at her home in Redding, California. A celebration of her life will be held this summer (details to be arranged). Born to Gustav and Karin Borg, she grew up near Oslo (Norway), completed her education, then moved to London (England). Ultimately settling in Los Angeles (U.S.A.), she (née Gunvor Haldis Borg) married Harold Quinlan. Together they had three children. She enjoyed both air and sea travel, playing tennis and bridge, and daily walks on the beach. In her retirement years, she moved from southern to northern California. She is survived by her three children (Tom, Christine, & Della) and six grandchildren (Nicholas, Connor, Eric, Natalie, Catherine, & Grant).

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Sports Search for team’s identity begins for new coach By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — As the rain fell earlier this week, CSUSM’s new baseball head coach Matt Guiliano was monitoring the soggy field, hopeful the sun would soon come out. “We just got to get those kids a few days of sun and they’ll be back out there,” he said. Guiliano, who played ball at Valley Center High School and Palomar College, was brought on last summer as just the team’s second-ever head coach. Dennis Pugh, who had been with the team since its inception in 2007, retired following the 2016 season. Last weekend, the Cougars opened up the 2017 season at home against San Diego Christian. But after four games, the new head coach said he still isn’t certain what the identity of his team is yet. The first game, Guiliano said, they had a game plan, they stuck to it and won mightily 12-0. The second game, he said, they got away from the game plan. That ended up with their first loss of the season. After another two wins against San Diego Christian, both in comeback fashion, the Cougars are off to a 3-1 start in their 2017 campaign. “I don’t know if we’re just a slow starting team in a game and then we like to finish,” Guiliano said, “but my guys are scrappy, they stay after it, they stay focused in the game and they don’t give up on anything.” But it’s early in the season — one that he thinks will be an interesting ride — as the ballplayers and staff get used to his style of play and coaching. As for the style of his play, he’d like the program to become known for being aggressive and for being smart. “We like to run the bases,” he said. “We like to put some pressure on the defense whenever we can.”

California State San Marcos pitcher Taylor Ahearn throws some heat as the Cougars get their 2017 season started at home against the the Hawks of San Diego Christian. Photos by Pat Cubel

Against San Diego Christian, some of their baserunners might have been too aggressive, though, with three or four runners getting backpicked, he explained. “That’s completely out of character for my teams,” Guiliano said. But the base paths aren’t the only place where he wants the team to be aggressive. Pitchers, Guiliano said, will be attacking hitters, making them put the ball in play and letting the defense take care of the ball. “I want to be fundamentally sound,” Guiliano said. “I want to be coached up and know the right way of going about things, and just from top to bottom, this whole program, just doing it the right way and being aggressive doing it.” Guiliano spent the previous nine years as the head coach at the University of Sioux Falls, where he also helped their team transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II — a transition the Cougars are undergoing now.


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Richard Gonzalez, a retired Marines staff sergeant, with his service dog Charles a Labrador from the Freedom Dogs nonprofit. Courtesy photo

Freedom Dogs supplies heroes for our heroes sports talk jay paris Cal State San Marcos first baseman Andrew Garretson rounds third base heading for home as the Cougars open their 2017 season at home against California Christian College last weekend.

Despite the team not being eligible for post-season play with the college’s continuing transition, Guiliano said that that shouldn’t affect the players’ mentality towards the season. “We’re still going out and competing every single day,” he said. “It’s not like we’re going out saying, ‘well this season’s a waste.’ Our guys are competing. Guys are competing for scholar-

ships, playing time — everything.” Under Pugh, the Cougars made their CCCA debut last year, finishing with a 23-25 record. Guiliano knows the CCCA conference well, he said, adding that it was a tough conference filled with a lot of good baseball. “The talent on the mound is really good, and CCCA is usually known for pitching and just being solid programs and not making mistakes.” Still, as he manages from the dugout watching for what his team will become, he’s got two goals in mind: To win over the trust of the team and staff. And the other? “Our goal at the end of the year is, hopefully, being in a situation to give away our playoff spot,” Guiliano said. The Cougars host Antelope Valley for a four-game series beginning Feb. 11 at 11 a.m.


veryone needs a Charles in their life, especially someone wiling to give his life for others. “I was shot five times by an enemy AK-47,’’ said Richard Gonzalez, a retired Marines staff sergeant. Gonzalez survived the 2004 assault in Iraq, a battle in which he was awarded the Purple Heart because of his bravery. But after being a hero on the battlefield, other battles commenced once he returned home. While bullets and bombs were no longer pointed his way, Gonzalez had to combat posttraumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). That’s what led him to Charles, a lovable Labrador from the Freedom Dogs. The program, which matches a companion dog with a Marine needing assistance, is an endeavor that deserves our respect. “There was one night I was sleeping — I had

really bad night tremors — and I reached out for Charles,’’ Gonzalez said. “I couldn’t feel him and I remember panicking because when I connect with him it gets me back to reality. “He was probably two feet away but he could sense I needed him. He moved all the way up onto my shoulders and put his paws on my chest. When he did that, I was back home again.’’ Once again, the Freedom Dogs is holding its annual golf tournament. On March 1 at the Del Mar Country Club, the nonprofit’s lone fundraiser will collect money so other heroes can have their own Charles. Freedom Dogs works through the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton. It provides dogs as an enhancement to the rehabilitation of our active duty military with PTS and TBI. “I’m out as a productive member of the civilian world now and Charles is the reason why,’’ Gonzalez said. Freedom Dogs started 11 years ago. With Camp Pendleton’s blessing, it introduced two dogs to two Marines struggling physically and psychologically after TURN TO PARIS ON 23

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Food &Wine

Festivalgoers can stroll along Escondido’s charming downtown historic district enjoying chocolate paired with local wines, craft beers and Champagne Feb. 11. Courtesy photo

Escondido Chocolate Festival is a sweet excursion By Jamie Higgins

ESCONDIDO — It has been traded as currency, considered an aphrodisiac, believed to have mystical properties, and used in sacred ceremonies. Our fascination with the cocoa bean goes back centuries. What’s not to love — chocolate is delicious, romantic and good for you! For lovers of chocolate, your passion has its own event. The Escondido Chocolate Festival offers a fun, unique way to indulge your sweet tooth and create a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift. Bring your sweetheart or friends to the Escondido Chocolate Festival “A Tasting Affair” Feb. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. Chocolate is also a mild mood enhancer. “It’s kind of like a chocolate crawl,” said Alex MacLachlan, the festival’s co-organizer and president of the Escondido Downtown Business Assocation. Festivalgoers can stroll tasting locations along Escondido’s charming downtown historic district, enjoying chocolate paired with local wines, craft beers and Champagne. Fun event activities include romantic horse-drawn carriage rides and free dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studio. More than 20 local businesses are participating including, Bellamy’s, Vinz, Kettle Coffee & Tea and Esco Gelato, to name a few. Tastings will feature local chocolatiers and breweries. Chocolates from Chuao, Evan Confections, Sweet Petite and Santa Barbara Chocolate and beers from Stone Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Offbeat Brewing Company and Port Brewing Company will be served. Kate Carpenter’s


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warm smile and friendly disposition match the name of her cafe located in historic Downtown Escondido. Carpenter and her husband own Sunny Side Kitchen, one of the family-owned businesses participating in the festival. Carpenter will be serving white chocolate and raspberry cold-brew coffee and an assortment of her popular homemade cookies at the event. “Escondido has a lot of hidden treasures,” said Carpenter. Never heard of Sunny Side Kitchen? The cafe recently made Yelp’s 2017 list of the “top 100 places to eat in the U.S.” The festival is also a fun way to try some new local flavors through Sip, Wine and Beer — a newcomer to the Grand Avenue scene. Proceeds from the festival support the small businesses located in Escondido’s historic downtown shopping district. Carpenter enjoys being part of the unique area, with its restaurants, cafes, bakeries, drinking establishments, art galleries, and shops. “It’s a really close knit community. We all support each other,” Carpenter said. The festival coincides with the 2nd Saturday, Escondido Art Walk, where so many of the downtown galleries will be open and will feature art, workshops, exhibit openings, live music and refreshments. Discounted tickets to the Escondido Chocolate Festival are just $35 if purchased by 5 p.m., Feb. 10. Tickets to the Escondido Chocolate Festival are available at (760) 877-8582 or online at

Choose a quiet, romantic restaurant for Valentine’s Day taste of wine frank mangio


ASTE OF WINE was invited recently to a mid-county San Diego wine and food contemporary formatted restaurant, heavy on the trendy Asian-Fusion menu. I knew as soon as I walked in that I had seen this layout before and it was disappointing. Too often, newer restaurants put space together to produce a high energy, high decibel atmosphere. I’ve been around many a restaurant with nice wine lists, but with so much noise it curdles a well-balanced Cab. Talking to the managers of these new format restaurants, you get the

feeling that most of them want a big bar turnout, with dining as an afterthought. Now, before I give you the telltale cautionary signs, this trend is not even close to half the restaurants, but what concerns me is that most of the new breed of hot new restaurants with “celebrity” chefs are turning to this high decibel format. If I’m going to dine at a high-end new format, I’m most likely going to drop more than $100 on a dinner for two with a fine wine bottle. With some of these new formats, inexpensive bar food and a “happy hour” that at times go all night, the stand up crowd gets louder and louder and spends less and less. I checked with the Wall Street Journal for stories on trendy restaurants that design dining rooms for maximum noise level, and here’s what they report to avoid:

void big square rooms with hardA wood floors, no room sec-

tioning that dampens the noise coming from the bar, and high ceilings with the beams exposed. ext look at the walls. Many are a wall of windows with no tapestry or even paintings or graphics to absorb sound. There’s a next level of noise in operation. No covering on the tables, open kitchens with pans rattling, and rock music that is cranked up to where you have to scream out your order. inner talk gets louder in competition with other diners because the tables are placed side by side by side. Do you really want to listen to the next diner’s divorce proceedings? Ranch & Coast Magazine is a San Diego Coastal lifestyle magazine that profiles wine and food frequently. They’ve just come



For a “heart to heart” Valentine’s Day dinner with a favorite diner, stay out of loud, high energy restaurants.

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out with their “Three favorite restaurant go-to’s.” All are comfortable, high-quality restaurants with no chance of indigestion due to high decibel noise distractions. They are: Pamplemousse Grille Del Mar, Crush Solana Beach and The Grill at Torrey Pines. All have extensive wine lists. Enjoy a choice Valentine’s dinner in Temecula Wine Country he ambience and romance of a vineyard restaurant dinner date in Temecula wine country is a smart choice for Valentine’s Day. There are 10 such restaurants to choose from. Here are some: Avensole Winery is planning a Valentine’s Couples Dinner Feb. 10 to Feb. 14 with a special prix fixe menu and live entertainment. Call for details and



Patriot’s fans celebrate historic Super Bowl win in North County By Rebecca Sykes

SAN MARCOS — As football fans gathered across the world to watch Super Bowl LI, whether they were fans of either team or fans of the sport, a tight-knit group of Patriots fans gathered in San Marcos at Players Sports Bar & Grill to watch their favorite team to take on the Atlanta Falcons. Players Sports Bar & Grill, located across the street from California State University San Marcos, is a home away from home for many Boston sports fans. Before halftime, with the Patriots down 28-3, the energy in Players was tense, disappointed, anxious, scared but yet still optimistic. “Once the Pats came out for the second half, everyone was really feeling confident

New England Patriots fans celebrate the team’s historic Super Bowl win on Sunday at Players Sports Bar & Grill in San Marcos, a popular hub for New England sports fans. Photo courtesy Ted Semprini

even when they went down 25,” said Players owner Ted Semprini. “I kept hearing the echoes of, ‘we have Tommy (Brady)’” Super Bowl LI

was an historic Super Bowl for a number of reasons. One being that no team had ever come back and won the Super Bowl when trailing by more

than 10 points. And that no Super Bowl in its history had entered into overtime. “I know that non-Boston fans can’t relate to this, but in no way was I surprised,” said Semprini on the Patriot’s roll down the field in overtime to win the game. “Tom Brady is the greatest player to put on a professional football uniform,” he said. “I have been on the West Coast for almost 25 years and when people ask me what do I miss the most about back east, I respond with… ‘I miss the true passion for sports,’” he added. “That is why I pushed to make this a home away from home for New Englanders. A place where we can all come together with one common goal and that is to root on our beloved teams.”


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es they need because of insufficient funding for those course sections. Haynes, however, said that the university has worked tirelessly to eliminate the barriers so that students can graduate at a timely pace. Haynes concluded her remarks by promising that the university will continue to break the mold and continue to be a beacon in the community, despite the stark outlook. “Together, let’s debunk the myths and stand up for public higher education,” she said. “I know that the antidotes to the cynicism and fear of our day are right here: optimism, curi-

osity and innovation fueled by education, research and partnerships. Imagine how we can continue to redefine what higher education can be. Imagine a region fueled by the accelerated pace of this university. There is a passion that moves us. We are resilient and resourceful. We are creative and courageous. “We are trendsetting and trailblazing. Today’s big, audacious dreams, with intention and determination, become tomorrow’s progress. If we can dream it, we can make it happen. Ahead of us lies anything we choose, constrained only by our ability to imagine the possibilities.”

the calculations was not supported. He said the income numbers projections were high, calling for people to spend more money than ever. “They panicked,” he said of SANDAG staff, “and did nothing.” Keatts said after the staff discovered incorrect numbers, they put together slides to present the inaccurate information before the executive team in late 2015. The board passed the measure based on those figures. As for the implications, Keatts said it goes back to last the sales tax increase. Measure A was an extension of TransNet, which is battling budget shortfalls. “That measure had revenue expectations that were unrealistic,” he said.

“The numbers were unsupportable even without the recession.” Roberts, the chairman of the SANDAG board of directors, was unavailable for comment and questions about the situation were referred to SANDAG. However, he spoke with the VOSD and said, “I wish as chair or even just as a board member, I had been at least made aware of this.” John Masson, an Escondido councilman who is an alternate city representative on the SANDAG board, said the concerns from the SANDAG staff should have been discussed. In addition, he said the issue reiterates the need for transparency, something the voters demand.

down to a tee and it’s terrifying. People feel exposed to a hate that has been growing in silence.” However, Abusalih is not giving up for a better future. “And my greatest fear is that we won’t have a voice in the years to come. That with a stroke of his pen, Trump will bind and gag and expel all that made this country worth our pride in it. All that made my parents believe that there was a better life to be had in the United States of America. I’m scared. I’m exhausted emotionally. But I’m not backing down and I’m certainly not going anywhere. And the people who wish to see better in this country should do the same because one man is nothing against the People.” Lillian Rossmann, a professor of Communications, hadn’t yet discussed the order with her students. However, she sees students actively participating in politics. “There are the ‘usual suspects’ — students of color, DACA, women, students with disabilities — who

will always be involved,” she said. “His (Trump’s) policies seem so capricious that others who weren’t involved before are now seeing that their voice is needed to make a change,” said Rossmann. Rossmann does believe Haynes’ message was issued for students and faculty to feel safe and welcomed. “The CSUSM president issued a statement that I think captures what many people are feeling. We need kindness and compassion,” Rossmann added. According to CSU Mentor, CSUSM is home to 39.6 percent Hispanic/Latino students, which is the highest percentage for a race at CSUSM seeking their undergraduate degrees. There are currently two international students on student visas from Iran and another student on a nonresident dependent visa from Iran at CSUSM. The university is encouraging people to check out CSUSM’s FAQ page for updates on the executive order and travel concerns at


other public universities — have the most student debt because they educate the most students. With that said, half of Cal State San Marcos students graduate with no debt and the average student carries about $13,000 debt, which is one third of the national average. She also addressed the criticism that students in public universities take “too long” to graduate, arguing that many of the students have to work to care for family members, some are unprepared for college and others can’t find cours-



percent — double any previous annual projected increase — each year for the next 40 years. Kawada, though, said growth rates could be higher because of job growth, income, spending equity and national forecasts. “We had staff who also strongly felt that it was within reason that future numbers could be within that level of growth,” she added. “There was an error in the aggregation of some of the numbers and how the data was put in and aggregated together.” Andrew Keatts, the VOSD reporter who broke the story, said on KPBS’s Midday show on Tuesday one specific component of



caused me to fear for my life and safety as well as that of my family and friends,” Abusalih said. “I have family in Sudan that I visit every other year and that might not be an option anymore, and visiting them has been a part of my life since I was a baby. It’s my home.” Abusalih said she felt hopeless initially, as though there was something closing in on me. “I’m an American citizen but also Sudanese and I’m afraid I might be a target politically and socially for not being ‘American’ enough,” she added. Abusalih believes Trump is accomplishing everything he promised, which she said is frightening. “Other than the obvious results, the executive orders that have been signed into action this past week or so, have proved something extremely unsettling... For once, we have a president who will do exactly what he says he’ll do,


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experience and building a state-of-the-art facility. “We also want to have competitions like baseball and softball,” he added. Wyner, meanwhile, said city staff is researching numerous aspects for develop-



tentative map was now outdated with the number of environmental ordinances having changed since then. The tentative map can only be recorded as a final map when it has met state and county standards.



days came up as Vogel discussed Galactic’s latest studio album, “Into the Deep.” The 2016 release follows three albums that featured distinct themes. The 2007 album “From the Corner to the Block” brought a hip-hop flavor into Galactic’s funky R&B-rooted sound. The 2010 album “Ya-Ka-May” revolved around the concept of New Orleans. Then 2012’s “Carnivale Electricos” used Mardi Gras as its theme, and found the band exploring how the music of Brazil intersected with the music of New Orleans and Louisiana. Creating music that fit those concepts caused the band to expand its stylistic range, and in the process, Galactic started to be known for having a progressive attitude about its music. But “Into the Deep” represents a bit of a step back toward the early Galactic sound, as more of the classic R&B/funk that defined early Galactic emerges on new songs like the edgy rocker “Higher and Higher” (featuring J.J. Grey on vocals), the gritty “Dolla Diva” (with David Shaw of the Revivalists and Maggie Koerner trading vocals) and the sassy


information, visit t hec ha i / shows. ESCONDIDO PUBLIC LIBRARY will host “Opera Exposed!,” San Diego Opera’s community engagement program at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. FEB. 13 LEARN TO FELT The Palomar Hand Weavers Guild presents” Inspired Felting” by Jean Degenfelder from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 13, with a workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Weavers Barn, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Avenue, Vista Cost is $50 plus a $40 materials fee (pay to instructor) for wool fiber, yarn, scraps of lace and silk. Participants are invited to bring their own items as listed.

ing a track. If constructed, it would be the first BMX track in North County. Wyner said park sites include Kit Carson, Jasmine Dene and Mountain View, although more study must be conducted before a finalist is chosen. He said the obstacles include available land and how

much land would be needed. Wyner said the ideal park is 3 acres, and that getting down to 1 acre is “really tight.” In addition, location, sufficient parking, restrooms, stands, soil, length of the track, shape, surface, utilities, fencing and other amenities must be prioritized.

Jaoudi had been working on the completion of the tentative map for 11 years before going to the Planning Commissioners last year to seek another time extension. A staff report at the time of the commission hearing showed that Jaoudi hadn’t completed all of

the necessary information needed to record the final map, including stormwater and water quality requirements, biological mitigation, a noise monitor contract that wasn’t received and a resource management plan that wasn’t submitted to address sensitive flora.

and rousing “Right On” (with Charm Taylor singing lead). Vogel definitely hears the roots of Galactic shining through on “Into the Deep.” “Overall it had a little bit of a throwback vibe, a little bit of old school R&B kind of groove stuff,” Vogel said. “Like most of our newer records, it had a little more vocal material and songwriting kind of material than the old (albums) had. We were a little more instrumental focused (back then).” It isn’t just the sound that had an old-school element on “Into the Deep.” The way some songs on the album were written and recorded took Galactic back to how the group made music in its early years, as band members Vogel, drummer Stanton Moore, sax player Ben Ellman, bassist Robert Mercurio and guitarist Jeff Raines got together in the band’s studio in New Orleans to write and arrange some of the songs together and record a good chunk of the album playing live in the studio. On recent albums, the band had moved toward writing and recording individually and building the recordings by adding their parts one at a time. “I think we realized the strongest approach is

a blend of, sometimes doing that and passing things around and working individually and adding little bits, but then also realizing like OK, it’s time to kind of play this down (as a band live), with at least the rhythm section together,” Vogel said. “So I think yeah, we kind of did harken back (on “Into the Deep”) a little bit to the early approach, just kind of live everyone playing together in a room,” he said. “Now we have kind of this hybrid approach (to writing and recording).” One thing that also changed is vocal approach of Galactic in concert. After health issues forced DeClouet off of the road in 2004, Galactic used a variety of vocalists – both male and female — on its tours. Last year, Erica Falls moved into the vocalist slot. The keyboardist said Falls has been able to put her own stamp on every tune the group has asked her to sing — and he sees her being staying on board as Galactic moves forward. “It’s just been going so well,” Vogel said. “And it seems like the more we do together, the better it gets. It’s just jelled so nicely and she’s such a great person to work with and have on the road that there’s just no reason to change it up. As long as she’s happy, we’re happy.”

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FEB. 14 GUITAR AT BELLY UP Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra will perform Feb. 14 at Belly Up 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit http:// Call (858) 481-9022 for more information. LAGOON PHOTO CONTEST San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy invites all to join the #loveyourlagoon Photo Contest through March 31. Adult and youth photographers are encouraged capture and submit those vibrant moments that express San Elijo Lagoon’s natural landscapes, plants, animals, and your personal interactions. For more information, visit

FEB. 15 WINNING MUSICIANS Wednesdays@ Noon presents the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists Competition winners in concert at noon Feb. 15 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free (City of Encinitas Arts Division) For more information, visit or call (760) 633-2746. MARK THE CALENDAR San Marcos Community Services presents “San Marcos Alive, Celebration of the Arts,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at the San Marcos Civic Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. This year’s art celebration will include fine art, a craft fair and more than 20 hands-on art projects. For more information, call (760) 744-9000 or visit


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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Put your heart and soul into something you love doing Thoughts and ideas followed by action in order to find a way to earn a little extra cash. Physical activity will give you a will be your route to success. Confidently sense of accomplishment. pursue your objectives and show attention to detail and precision as you move VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Check from one goal to the next. This year is out the job market or look for upcoming about freedom to take action and live life openings at your current place of employment. Build good relationships with your your way. peers, but don’t get involved in risky joint AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Take ventures. pride in doing the best you can. Bring about mental and physical changes that LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- If you share will encourage you to take action. Be a the workload, you will form an alliance with people you can count on in the futrendsetter, not a follower. ture. Romance will bring about favorable PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Hard personal changes. Express your intenwork, discipline and balance will be re- tions. quired if you want to achieve what you set out to do. Realistic ideas and expec- SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Problems will arise if you get into an emotional detations will be necessary. bate with someone who doesn’t have the ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Get in- same beliefs or concerns as you. Be cauvolved in something that will help your tious while traveling or taking on a physicommunity. The experience you gain will cal challenge. encourage you to head in a direction that is satisfying as well as profitable. Person- SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Invest in something that will lead to finanal improvements are apparent. cial benefits. Explore opportunities that TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You’ll gain will allow you to use your skills in ways the most if you work quietly on your own. you hadn’t considered in the past. RoDon’t discuss your plans until you are mance is highlighted. sure you have everything in place. Say CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t less and do more. step into the spotlight. You are best off GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Put home, gathering information, not sharing your family and personal concerns first. Love, personal agenda. Secrecy, caution and romance and self-improvement projects taking your time are all in your best interare all highlighted. Serious talks will add est.


T he C oast News - I nland E dition

FEB. 10, 2017

5 at this payment. Model not shown.(Premium 2.5i model, code HDD-11). $1,850 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit.MSRP $29,487 (incl. $875 freight charge). Net cap cost of $26453.44 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $9718.92. Lease end purchase option is $ 21280.64. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorum taxes (where applies) & insurance. Offer expires 2/12/17

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2017 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

1 at this payment H3051346.Standard 2.5i model, code HAB-01) Model not shown. $2,585 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $22,815 (incl. $820 freight charge). Net cap cost of $19,295 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $6,300. Lease end purchase option is $13,233. Other leases available on other models. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 12,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. See dealer for details. Must take delivery from retailer stock by February 28, 2017.

5500 Paseo Del Norte, Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 2/12/2017.

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