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Sister Mai gets a bale of straw ready for the construction site at the Deer Park Monastery in Escondido. Photo by Tony Cagala

Zen Buddhist nuns going green with new eco-friendly homes By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The certain stillness and peacefulness that permeates throughout the Deer Park Monastery has lately been displaced by the sounds of chainsaws and new construction. The chainsaws have been cutting into straw bales being shaped to fill the wooden frames and become the walls of new housing for the sisters

that live at Zen Buddhist monastery. The new housing structures will be replacing the dilapidated structures that the 20 sisters currently at the grounds are living in. The facilities the sisters are living in now have been a part of the property since before the site was bought in 2000, according to Sister Kinh Nghiem, who has lived at Deer Park for almost four years.

But the deteriorating structures are poorly insulated and drafty and more room is needed for the increasing number of sisters coming to live there. “Personally, in my room right now, I have carpenter ants living in the room,” Nghiem said. “We live in harmony with each other. Every time TURN TO HOUSING ON 19

Sky Zone presents a balancing act for San Marcos By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — When San Marcos’ “Furniture Row” was borne in 1979 when Jerome’s opened on Los Vallecitos Boulevard, city and business officials saw it as a way to keep new homeowners in the rapidly growing community shopping locally to furnish their new suburban homes. Over the years, the stretch of home furnishing and similar retail stores along the street that faces state Route 78 has largely remained dedicated to those types of businesses. But with the impending opening of Sky Zone trampoline park in one of the strip’s largest storefronts, the city is presented with a precarious balancing act of bringing in a coveted attraction while not opening up a Pandora’s Box that could alter the face of a commercial area that generates more than 10 percent of the city’s

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The sculpture garden will open more often as more volunteer docents become available, according to Kristina Owens, associate planner for the city. Photo by Ellen Wright

Queen Califia’s garden to reopen on select Saturdays By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO— Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park is re-opening to the public, although not full-time. The public will be able to view the sculpture garden on the second Saturday of each month, including Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to Kristina Owens, associate planner for the city, more volunteer docents are needed

before the city can add more opening dates and times. She said it’s been difficult finding enough volunteers that are committed to donating their time to the garden, which is still undergoing maintenance. “We’re always very short so that’s why it’s just the Saturday openings right now,” Owens said. It was installed in 2003 and was the last maTURN TO CALIFIA ON 15

Water rate increase approved By Ellen Wright

Furniture Row in San Marcos is lined with mostly home furnishing and other similar types of businesses. Later this year, a brand new type of business, Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, will have city officials keeping an eye on its performance. Photo by Tony Cagala

sales tax revenue — the lifeblood of city coffers. “It definitely is something that we will watch closely,” City Manager Jack Griffin said. “It’s a great

The city technically business and we are really excited about it, but the oth- can’t prohibit a business er side of it is that we lose like Sky Zone from occupythat sales tax revenue that ing space on furniture row a furniture store would genTURN TO FURNITURE ROW ON 15 erate.”

Escondido — City Council approved an increase in water rate fees Feb. 4 during what Mayor Sam Abed called the most thorough discussion of a topic he’s seen in his 10 years on the council. Staring March 1, customers of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District who use 7,000 gallons a month or less will see a rate increase of about $5.54 per month or about $66 a year. Customers who use up to 15,000 gallons a month will see a rate increase of $8.76 a month. Those using up to 25,000 gallons a month

will have a rate increase of $13.08 a month. The rate will not increase for agricultural farmers. The cost is going up because of the funding needs of the Water and Wastewater Capital Improvements Project, according to Chris McKinney, director of utilities. Another factor driving the rates up is the increase in operational costs, stemming from higher prices for imported water and the need to import more because of the drought, and the cost of materials, equipment replacement TURN TO RATES ON 15


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Grape Day Park master concept plans receive council OK By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — City Council unanimously approved the concept plans for Grape Day Park at a meeting on Feb. 4. The Master Plan outlines future projects for the park, although only the playground construction is currently funded at $237,000. Doug Grove, of RHA Landscaping, was contracted to draw up the concept plans for the entire park and oversee the playground construction. He said the playground would likely be done by mid-summer. The final Master Plan still needs to be approved by the council. The playground will be extended west of the existing Vinehenge Playground and will have an agricultural theme to honor Escondido’s history. A dry creek bed will be installed to run through the new and existing playgrounds. The tree stump that sits in the park will also be cut down and sanded into a bench. The remaining wood from the tree will be used throughout the playground area for benches. Grove said he spoke with five different manufacturers to try and turn the stump into a tree house but there was no safe and cost effective way to do it.

The only portion of the Grape Day Park Master Plan that is funded is the playground extension, which should be finished by summer. Courtesy rendering

A splash pad will also be added to the new playground. Some of the council members expressed concerns that the playground will be done before new restrooms are built. “The bathroom and the playground kind of go hand-in-hand because what you’re doing is inviting more families and kids and they have to be able to access the bathroom,” said Councilwoman Olga Diaz.

She said the city has had an issue with people using the restrooms inappropriately. Loretta McKinney, library and community services director, told her they plan to apply for Capital Improvements funding to go towards bathrooms in the next fiscal year. Each phase of the Master Plan will need it’s own Environmental Impacts Review, so while the council approved the concept

plan as a whole, each individual project will still need council approval and funding. The overall cost of the park is estimated to cost nearly $19 million. In an effort to increase safety at the park, Grove said they’re planning to add cameras and install high-efficient LED lighting. “We do have in the master plan LED lighting as well as cameras on select poles and as that

Haynes touts CSUSM accomplishments, looks to future SAN MARCOS — Constant changes in the region, nation and globe have put pressures on universities across the nation to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape. California State University San Marcos is ready for that, university President Karen Haynes proclaimed on Feb. 5 to a sold out crowd of about 500 people at the annual report to the community. Haynes credited the university’s relative youth — 2015 marks the university’s 25th year anniversary — for allowing it to stay ahead of the curve of these changes. “Our nation and our world are changing every day and will certainly become a very different place in the next 25 years,” Haynes said. “But, together we are ready for that.” Haynes’ 45-minute-long speech touted a number of accomplishments the university has made in the areas of educational accessibility, community engagement, healthcare, service to veterans and active duty military and the environment. One of the accomplishments she is most proud of is the creation of the Division of Community Engagement in 2011, six years after the idea was conceived. The division helps design service projects that help the region’s most pressing needs through volunteerism. “We are the only university in the Cal State system who has this,” Haynes said after her speech. “I think that is an incredible feat.” Haynes also highlight-

CSUSM President Karen Haynes, right, speaks with Temecula City Councilmember Maryann Edwards following her report to the community address. Photo by Aaron Burgin

ed advances in the university’s expanded offerings: a recently added certificate program in water leadership and management, a forthcoming certificate program for fire sciences, a new environmental science bachelor’s program and the university’s landmark CSU Institute for Palliative care, which has educated more than 600 healthcare professionals, launched 15 online programs and provided programs to 2,000 people throughout the region. In addition, she discussed the accomplishments of partnerships both within the university and between the university and neighboring cities and regions, including with Palomar Hospital, from which the university’s School of Nursing was created, and in Southwest Riverside County, where a satellite campus in Temecula is thriving and boasts a 95 percent gradua-

tion rate. One of the most significant highlights of the partnerships, Haynes said, is between the school’s nursing and computer science departments, which have created a patent-pending mobile app that will allow children with chronic illnesses to manage appointments and medications. “Since day one, I have been committed to assuring that CSUSM does not just reside in this region,” Haynes said. “But is deeply embedded in it. I believe that public institutions are ‘stewards of place.’” Haynes said the university has accomplished several major milestones during her 11 years as president, none more important, she said, than making higher educational not only more accessible to minorities, veterans, the socioeconomically disadvantaged an atrisk populations, but help-

ing those students graduate from school. Hispanic and Latino students comprise 40 percent of the university’s population, and the university has been able to close the gap between minority students and White students, one of the few state universities to do so. Haynes credits mandatory time management courses, strong advisement policies, the creation of seven first-year learning communities and other practices as the primary driver of the successes in this area. The result: 80 percent of students return to school for their sophomore years, a 20 percent increase in just 10 years, Haynes said. Haynes said she wants the university and its community to continue to set big goals and accomplish them, and urged those in attendance to continue their partnerships with the university. “We are rich in achievement and possibility, and this forward-focused, regional university has much to teach the nation,” she said. Local officials in attendance said the partnerships the university has forged within the region has allowed the region to flourish, and will continue to do so. “It is a cornerstone of our city,” San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond said. “The fact that Cal State San Marcos has been able to engrain itself into the fabric of the community, and make themselves open to all of the pivots and adjustments in the needs of the business community and community at large is very vital to our region’s growth.”

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SWAT action results in arrest By Aaron Burgin

By Aaron Burgin

project moves forward, we’d look at the best locations for those to (go),” Grove said. Diaz said the park is actually safe but people have a different perception. “We need to promote that it’s a safe place and even though we know it is, crime stats don’t show that it’s a dangerous place, it still has that perception associated

ESCONDIDO — There were tense moments on a stretch of 15th Street in Escondido on Sunday afternoon as police in tactical gear arrested a man with a history of weapon’s violations for violating the terms of his probation. Police at around 2 p.m. cordoned off 15th Street in between Juniper and Broadway as special weapons and tactics officers — armed with high-powered rifles and standing behind a body-length shield — entered a duplex and arrested Manuel Lopez, 22, who they said was known to be in violation of his probation status. Police said the show of force was necessary due to Lopez’s weapons history. The police activity drew a large crowd of neighbors and passersby to watch the proceedings, which lasted about a half hour. Police also briefly detained several people who were inside the house, but they were released after Lopez was arrested. Lopez was arrested and is being held at the Vista Detention Facility on South Melrose and is not eligible for bail, according to the Sheriff Depart-

ment’s website. Lopez has four different criminal cases under his name listed in the San Diego Superior Court’s website. The nature of those cases was not known at the time of publication.

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Counter OPEC’s power by boosting American crude oil exports By J. Michael Barrett

Doubling H1-B visas via an end run California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Green cards for spouses – that’s the latest quiet Obama Administration move to please and appease the high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere who constantly clamor for more H1-B visas to bring in cheap, skilled foreign labor. The ploy sounds extremely humanitarian, but might really be little more than an end run around the current limit of 85,000 visas granted to immigrants whose skills are allegedly not matched by any talent available in America, including about 20,000 slots for people with advanced degrees earned at American universities. Without consulting Congress and with little notice other than a routine press release, Obama and his aides may essentially now be doubling that 85,000 number. As of now, spouses of H1-B visa holders being sponsored for a green card by their employers will be allowed to work in this country. Since the great bulk of H1-Bs who perform adequately and show up regularly for work receive such sponsorship in the interest of maintaining a stable work force, there will now be about 60,000 to 70,000 new foreign workers eligible to take jobs for which some U.S. engineering groups say there are plenty of trained, competent Americans. No one knows precisely how many H1-B workers are married, but it’s for certain that many who would previously have left their spouses behind in home countries like India and the Philippines will now bring them along. It’s true, as the administration noted when publishing the new rule in the

Federal Register, that not all spouses of imported tech workers will be allowed to work. They become eligible only when employers petition for full immigrant visas for them. But since many couples in India, Singapore and other countries from which H1-B workers often stem are about equally educated, the change will probably sideline even more American workers whose salaries now average considerably higher than those paid to the imports. Was it a coincidence that this change came within a week of an autumn Obama excursion to Silicon Valley and other California points, where he pitched for more high-tech development and raked in a few million campaign dollars for last year’s Democratic congressional and Senate candidates? With companies along and just off the Bayshore Freeway corridor between San Jose and Redwood City constantly yammering for more immigrant workers (including the likes of Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Google and Hewlett-Packard), it’s apparent campaign money talks – loudly. Fully 16 percent of H1-B visas go to California companies and their immigrant workers, many of whom stay in the areas to which they were brought. When visas expire and they can’t legally get high-tech jobs anymore, some become off-the-books motel clerks or freelance computer instructors paid in cash or personal checks. The H1-B program also often exceeds its formal limits. While only 85,000 permits are supposed to be issued this year, the total of imported workers often exceeds 90,000 and in 2010 came to 117,409. This happens in part through side agreements. Examples: Chileans get 1,400 visas under a trade agreement,

while 5,400 go annually to citizens of Singapore, under another pact. These workers don’t count toward the formal limit. Those are failings, for sure. But the main problem with H1-B visas is that there has never been a test to determine if U.S. workers are available before foreigners are hired and visas issued. “Do not confuse H1-B demand with labor demand; they are not the same thing,” Jared Bernstein, author of a Brookings Institution report on H1-B use, told a reporter last year. A lot of employers, he suggested, seek visas even when unemployment is high and extends to skilled workers. Bernstein said he found some evidence of employers using H1-Bs to force down wages. In short, American workers know that if they demand too much, they can be replaced by foreign labor. Yes, there is some justification for the category of 20,000 workers with advanced degrees obtained in this country; it keeps persons trained here contributing to the American economy. But adding spouses to the equation seems to give the companies too much leeway in hiring and setting wages, especially since most H1-Bs are not high-level scientists, but rather work in laboratories or on assembly lines. The bottom line: The new spousal visa rule is one executive action that deserves far more congressional scrutiny than it has yet gotten. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is tdelias@aol.com

The national average for a gallon of gasoline is quickly approaching just $2. Drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — over 9 million barrels per day — for these low prices. With American energy production booming and gas prices plummeting, it’s difficult to imagine a return to the shortages that characterized the 1973 Arab oil embargo. But Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the rest of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have recently launched a price war to force Americans back to a dependency on foreign energy. They are being aided by an outdated U.S. policy prohibiting the export of domestic crude oil. The best way for American legislators to combat OPEC’s aggression is to lift this ban. Scrapping this outdated policy will secure American progress towards energy independence. It’s easy to see why OPEC is scared. Innovative extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have boosted U.S. oil production by 4 million barrels per day in just the last six years. Consequently, U.S. demand for OPEC oil has dropped to its lowest level since the Reagan administration. OPEC can’t stand to see one of its biggest customers move toward energy independence. But the cartel might not be able to endure the self-inflicted wounds caused by rock bottom oil prices for very long. Of OPEC’s 12 member countries, only Qatar can balance its budget with prices at $60 per barrel. Six OPEC members need the price to stay above $100 to avoid fiscal ruin. By contrast, most U.S. producers still make a profit below $60 per barrel. That’s why, in late November, the governing board of OPEC decided not to cut oil production despite a global surplus of 2 million barrels per day. Instead, OPEC maintained its pro-

duction levels to push prices down in hopes of driving American firms bankrupt. The cartel believes that American energy firms will break under pressure. Congress can strengthen our domestic economy while countering these plans. It should lift the ban on crude oil exports. Domestic firms could then sell oil to the many overseas buyers eager to reduce their own energy dependence, thus reducing the power of OPEC to maintain a throttle on U.S. and global oil supplies. What’s more, if U.S. producers are allowed to expand to foreign markets, they’ll be able to compensate for lower oil prices with greater total sales. Fortunately, the effort to repeal the ban is gaining traction. Texas congressman Joe Barton has introduced bipartisan legislation to lift it. However, some lawmakers argue that permitting crude exports might contract local oil supplies and push up the price paid by domestic drivers at the pump. They needn’t worry. In a new report, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office finds that allowing U.S. crude exports will actually save American drivers up to 10 cents per gallon of gasoline. The CBO explains that the price of gas depends “primarily on the world price of crude oil, which would decline slightly once lower-priced U.S. crudes were available in the international market.” If Congress lifts the ban, crude exports could add 300,000 jobs and $38 billion to the U.S. economy by 2020. Congress should lift the ban on U.S. crude exports. Repealing this outdated law will lower energy prices, jumpstart the economy, and cement America’s role in the global oil market while furthering collective independence from OPEC’s oil-based price manipulations. J. Michael Barrett is former director of strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council. He is a principal with Diligent Innovations.

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Indoor trampoline park in North County readies to open By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — North County children are rejoicing — and parents are quietly bracing themselves — as Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park sets to open in San Marcos, the franchise’s first location north of Interstate 8. Crews recently erected the signature “Sky Zone”sign outside of the former Plummers furniture store on Los Vallecitos Boulevard along with a “coming soon” sign, which has heightened anticipation throughout the region. “I’m excited,” said Tyson McWilliams, an 8th grader who attends San Elijo Middle School. “It’s a good place to have fun with friends while getting in a good exercise as well.” The San Marcos location will be the third Sky Zone franchise in Southern

California owned by reality TV star Alexis Bellino and her husband Jim, the first two in Anaheim and Chula Vista. San Marcos said the owners are currently working with the city’s building department for approval of their tenant improvement plans for the nearly 33,000-square-foot former retail space. Once those permits are issued and the improvements are completed, the city would issue certificates of occupancy, which would pave the way for the opening. City officials said they could not say how long that process would take, but said the opening is imminent. The Bellinos could not be reached for comment. “Like any new business, we are excited about the opening,” City spokeswoman Sarah Divan said.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park sets to open in San Marcos, the franchise’s first location north of Interstate 8. Courtesy photo

“We know there’s been a lot of anticipation and we are excited about having this recreation opportunity, so the city is looking forward

The women of the McAllister Institute and nonprofit FOCUS tour the daycare center which FOCUS helped make a reality. From left Marisa Varond, Lynda Willkie, Embrie Tapia, Bettina Rausa, Ethel Kallsen and Lorna Perez-Caster. Photo by Ellen Wright

Treatment center helps mothers get sober By Ellen Wright

SAN MARCOS — After only five months, the McAlister Institute is helping more than 30 women in North County get sober, most who are mothers or pregnant. Many of the institute’s patients are teen mothers, said McAlister Therapist Embrie Tapia. The six-to-nine month program is funded by San Diego County, she said, although the drug treatment program was still in need once they began accepting patients. “We opened and had very little notice from the county about when we were supposed to start services and then we opened and we had nothing for our women,” said McAlister Institute Director of Development Marisa Varond. “Women were bringing in their own high chairs to lend to other women while they were in treatment.” That’s where nonprofit FOCUS stepped in. FOCUS members, which stands for The Friends of Children United Society, answered a plea from McAllister for new daycare furniture. When McAlister got the first donation from FOCUS, she said, she and Benita Rausa were in tears. “The fact that we had such responsive funders

step up and be there right when we needed them was just incredible,” Varond said. FOCUS donated all of the highchairs, toys, cribs and children furniture to McAllister. According to FOCUS President Ethel Kallsen, the nonprofit doesn’t give out cash, but instead donates actual items. She said this cuts down on administrative costs because the organizations receiving the donations don’t have to use staff hours to go shopping. It also helps FOCUS members ensure the money stays locally in San Diego. The daycare at McAlister gives women a safe place for their children to be watched while they receive outpatient treatment. Tapia said volunteering at the daycare is also part of the women’s treatment. They are taught parenting skills and practice them at the daycare. After volunteering at the daycare for a week, the women are given a Lead Teacher certificate, Tapia said. For women who are separated from their children, it can be a useful step towards getting their kids back. “They can show their social worker that they’re participating in child care.

They’re making progress and practicing what they’re learning,” said Tapia. Currently McAllister is serving 37 women in the North County area but has the capacity to help up to 90, said Tapia. She said it’s inspiring to watch the life transformation the women in the program make. Varond said she was thankful to have advocates at FOCUS. “Members of FOCUS have so much passion and want to hear about what children are going through,” said FOCUS member Lorna Perez-Caster. “Everybody just wants to jump in and help.” Perez-Caster said it’s easy for them to help out quickly because donations under $250 just need board approval instead of larger donations which require a vote from all of the members, which total more than 200. FOCUS members pay dues and also hold fundraisers for their philanthropic efforts. Tapia said the drug treatment institute is always accepting donations, including cash, goods or volunteer hours. McAlister has 27 treatment centers and has been operating for nearly 40 years in San Diego.

to seeing them open as well.” Since the opening of the first Sky Zone in Anaheim 2012, the facilities

have become wildly popular because of their combination of the fun of a trampoline and an intense aerobic exercise, which Bellino has said in previous interviews burns 1,000 calories an hour. The facilities feature industrial sized trampolines that are separated into different activity areas: an open jump area, an “ultimate dodge ball” play area, a “foam zone” area where kids launch themselves from a trampoline into a pit of orange and blue foam cubes, and a “Sky Slam” area where wanna-be dunkers can launch themselves into slams they couldn’t do on land. Sky Zone also offers a trampoline-based aerobics class called — of course — “Skyrobics,” which are offered during the morning hours.

The proliferation of the trampoline parks has also brought along with it a rise in accidents — and several deaths — and calls for the federal and state governments to have tighter regulations of the businesses. Several advocacy groups have emerged calling on states to institute registration and regular inspections of the facilities. Still, the kids love them. “I think it is going to be really popular,” said Vojo Danilovic, a 14-yearold student at Bear Valley Middle School in Escondido. Vojo, whose younger brother Nikola had his birthday party at a trampoline park in Mira Mesa, said he thinks having one in North County is going to be a big draw. “Everyone likes to jump on a trampoline, I’m pretty sure.”

SOROPTIMIST’S BIG CHECK Kaye Van Nevel, left, of Soroptimist International of Vista accepts an check for $8,000 from Jean Cole, presenting it on behalf of United Methodist Church of Vista’s Cable Grant Foundation. The funds will be used to further the Soroptimist Club’s anti-HumanTrafficking efforts. The Vista Soroptimists hold luncheon meetings the first Friday each month in Vista, and the third Friday each month in San Marcos. For more info, visit soroptimistvista.org. Courtesy photo

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Above: Tom Mrowka, an employee of BrainStorm Products, flies one of their dragon kites. Below: Kevin Lee test flights a plane kite.

Go fly a kite Employees of the Escondido-based BrainStorm Products send dozens of kites into the sky last week near South Ponto State Beach in Carlsbad. The company manufactures several styles from traditional diamond-shaped kites to specialty kites. BrainStorm Products is the largest kite manufacturer in the U.S. and provides kites to every state in the country. The company test flights all of their kites every week. Photos by Tony Cagala

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Making those credit cards smoke

small talk jean gillette Not long ago, a syndicated columnist best known for her political commentary wrote a wonderful column admitting all the reasons she just loves to Christmas shop. It struck such a chord with me, I wrote her a sheepish fan email. In it, I apologized that while all her pithy, well-researched columns on world issues failed to prompt an email from me, her light-hearted piece on shopping did. She understood. Holiday shopping is like a get-out-of-jail-free card. Unlike in my youth, it is now the only time I can spend hours, guilt-free, strolling aisle after aisle, store after store amid sweet scents and glittering displays. I have been known to make my credit cards smoke, but I don’t recommend that approach for obvious reasons. Still, it is bliss. The rest of the shopping year is a challenge. I particularly dislike window-shopping if I can’t indulge. I think it is the same thing that makes looking at pictures of sexy men so tiresome. I don’t care how pretty it is if I can’t take it home. However, should I stray from gazing at mannequins and allow myself to enter a store, I get a little crazy. Suddenly, I find dozens of things I desperately need, but have somehow limped along without all this time. If I have to pass up a bargain, it ruins my mood for the rest of the day — unless we go somewhere neat for lunch.

BUSY BEE From left, Amy Perkins, as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere; Rae K. Henderson as Marcy Park and Sarah Errington as Olive Ostrovsky harmonize in Intrepid Shakespeare’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” set to open Feb. 15 at the San Marcos Performing Arts Center, 1615 West San Marcos Blvd., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 15. Buy tickets are intrepidshakespeare.com. Courtesy photo

Escondido’s Rotary Clubs unite to increase volunteerism By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — In an effort to increase community involvement, the five rotary clubs in Escondido are banding together to promote “Escondido Shines,” an initiative to encourage volunteerism throughout the city. Chairman of Escondido Shines Vaughn North said normally 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work in the community and he’d like to change that. “What we’re trying to do is recruit the 80 percent by making it easy (to volunteer),” said North. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved $20,000 to go towards the project at a meeting Feb. 3. North said the funds will go towards purchasing 20,000 plastic garbage bags and yellow wristbands which will be given out at all Escondido Union School District schools. The hope is that school children will use the bags to beautify Escondido, by weeding a neighbor’s lawn, donating clothes or picking up garbage at local parks, North said. “The thrust of the whole thing is to make small decisions to be more involved,” he said.

By encouraging kids, Vaughn said it will be a grassroots effort and he hopes the volunteerism attitude will percolate upwards throughout the community. Rotary Club of Escondido President Keith Richenbacher said the idea is also to unify the community. “It’s about a unification of the community, some joint projects to get out and get together and get to know our fellow ‘Escondidoans,’” said Richenbacher. He hopes the initiative will lead to a friendlier and more unified community. In another effort to get kids involved, each school is hosting a Student Community Spirit Week from Feb. 22-27. Kids are encouraged to write an essay, create a poster, video or audio about supporting community pride and civic duty. The winners in each category will receive $50. The rotary club is partnering with faith organizations throughout Escondido to find out where services are needed and to get more adults involved. North hopes the children will have a positive influence on their

parents to get out and better the community. He worked on a similar campaign in Sandy, Utah, called “Sandy Pride” which he credits for turning the city around into a place people are proud of. The first Sandy Pride event was similar to Escondido Shines, said North. They handed out 20,000 trash bags to beautify the suburban city in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the first event, the city won a beautification award from the state because of the community effort to clean trash and graffiti. It’s now in its 30th year. Sandy’s success encouraged North to do the same thing in Escondido. “I don’t think I would have taken this on if I hadn’t seen a community do exactly what we’re asking them to do here and that is take the initiative on their own part,” North said. Rotary President Richenbacher said they’re trying to set up music in the park on April 25 to further community bonding. More information will be made available on the website escondidoshines.org which is set to launch soon.

Scripps offers tours of research vessel REGION — The San Diego community is invited to an open house and tours aboard the Scripps Institution of Oceanography research vessel, Melville, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at the Broadway Pier Cruise Ship Terminal, North Harbor Drive. This is the research ship’s farewell as it is retired from the national oceangoing fleet after 46 years of service to generations of ocean scientists. No reservations are needed. Closed-toed shoes (no heels) required for boarding ship and a photo ID is required for all adults for ship access. Scripps research ships

are seldom accessible to the public due to the scope of ocean research, safety concerns, and intricate instruments onboard. This rare open house opportunity provides a glimpse into the rigors of research work at sea and

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When I shop, I usually power shop. I blaze through looking for that perfect blend of what I must have vs. how much I love it vs. how much it costs. While I chafe at schlepping multiple malls comparing prices, sizes, styles and quality, I can’t bear to buy without seeing every possible choice. I revel in capitalism at its best. And in the past I could easily indulge that by having a choice of several major department stores, each with its own personality and style. The subject came up at a gathering of 40-plus women recently. We all lamented the gradual carnivorous merging or folding of one store after another. We weren’t elitist. We even miss Woolworths. But we got dreamy-eyed as we reminisced about Bullock’s Wilshire and its Tearoom. We each remembered riding an elevator to the top floor of a Buffum’s or The Broadway or I. Magnin with our moms or grandmothers. Oh yeah, you were some kind of grown-up then. One still visits San Francisco, just to wander through Neiman’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Another fondly recalled Marshall-Fields in Chicago. New York has Bloomingdale’s. But over the years, Federated Stores absorbed I. Magnin and Bullock’s. It then ate Robinson’s, which ate May Co. and who knows what will be next. East Germany had a better selection after World War II. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t get excited about a Walmart tearoom. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who’s really tickled you can recycle your yard clippings. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.

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Award-winning community offers single-level living DEL MAR — Singled out as the Best New Community of the Year in Southern California, Arterro at La Costa is proving popular with consumers seeking the convenience of single-level living and the efficiencies and design innovations of a new home. “Right now we have three homes available that offer single-level living,” said Cathie McGill, vice president of sales and marketing for Davidson Communities, a privately held homebuilder headquartered in Del Mar. The 3,380-square-foot Plan One at Arterro features three bedrooms with connecting baths on the ground floor. A staircase off the family room leads to three separate upstairs lofts, which can be used as a home office, a gym, a study or a family play area. The upstairs loft space also includes a full bathroom. Located at the east end of La Costa Avenue adjacent to the new La Costa Town Square, Arterro features elevated parcels with views. Situated on home sites that average 7,000 square feet, plans range from 3,288 to 4,434 square feet with up to six-and-a-half bedrooms and six-anda-half baths. All homes have a threecar garage and adjoining options for extended kitchens, drop zones and super pantries. Designed by R. Douglas Man-

Arterro is a 22-acre residential element of the new, mixed-use La Costa Town Square, which is anchored by a Vons Lifestyle store. “The convenience of walking to the grocery store, restaurants and other services is a real benefit for our homeowners,” said McGill. Arterro has been recognized as the Best New Community of the Year by the building industry associations in both Southern California and San Diego. Three award-winning model homes are open for viewing daily until 5 p.m. at 3442 Sitio Sandia, near the junction of Rancho Santa Fe Road and La Costa Avenue. For more information, call (760) 632-8400.

The community of Arterro at La Costa earns honors for its multi-generational living space.

sfield, AIA, interior merchandising was provided by Design Line Interiors. Arterro is now priced from the mid-$900,000s. Arterro’s architecture took home top national honors last month at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in the category of multi-generational living space.

Because every floor plan offers a bedroom and connecting bath on the ground floor, Arterro is ideal for grandparents, extended family or older children still living at home. “Our plans allow families to merge multiple generations into one harmonized living space,” said McGill. “And because Arterro is elevat-

ed, each home site was individually evaluated in order to provide the best possible views, natural light and prevailing breeze. Based on that assessment, the master bedroom was placed in either the front or back of the house, a customization feature not usually found in a new home community.”

About Davidson Communities Headquartered in Del Mar, Calif., Davidson has been building high-quality homes of architectural distinction for California consumers since 1978. Last year, Bill Davidson was honored by the National Association of Home Builders as a Legend of Residential Marketing. In 2011, Bill Davidson was inducted into national Builder Magazine’s Hall of Fame for Design Excellence. Information on Davidson Communities is available online at davidsoncommunities.com or by calling (858) 259-8500.

Council members recently agreed to allow resident David Arnold to carve this stump of a dead Torrey pine into a piece of public art that can be used as a bench. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Tree stump in Del Mar to be carved into public art By Bianca Kaplanek

Members of the community gather with two Soroptimist Clubs to raise awareness about Human Trafficking during a Jan. 23 Awareness Event and Walk in Vista. Courtesy photo

Soroptimists fight against human trafficking VISTA — North County branches of Soroptimist International are working hard to raise awareness about Human Trafficking in this community, with one event recently completed and another planned for March. At 2 p.m. March 8, Soroptimist International of Oceanside-Carlsbad and Soroptimist International of Vista will collaborate with Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking (S.T.A.T.) and Churches Against Trafficking, to screen the documentary “Chosen” at New Venture Christian Fellowship Church, 4000 Mystra Drive, Oceanside The documentary is a human-trafficking prevention film that tells the true story of two “All-Amer-

ican” teenage girls tricked into trafficking. Following the screening, a panel of local experts will share their specific passions and experiences, and the work they do to abate and eradicate the crime of Human Trafficking. The goal of this free event is to help parents, teens and the public learn the warning signs, and identify potential risks from becoming a victim of human trafficking. For more information, visit sioceansidecarlsbad.org or soroptimistvista.org. On Jan. 24, the Soroptimists held its annual Human Trafficking Awareness Event and Walk in Vista. Kaye Van Nevel, who has spearheaded the event for the past nine years, introduced the four speakers, beginning with Guido Hajenious of iEm-

pathize and Truckers Against Trafficking (T.A.T.), Crystal Anthony of North County Lifeline’s “Project LIFE,” and Ryan Erwin and Ryan Davis, two Oceanside Police Department Vice Investigators. After the program, attendees were invited to join the Soroptimists on a one-mile Awareness Walk that took them through Vista’s Main Street and back to the church, holding signs in both Spanish and English that said “Look Beneath the Surface” and “Stop Trafficking.” Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer service organization for business and professional women, working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

DEL MAR — When Del Mar resident David Arnold was on his way home one day last month he saw a city crew removing a beetle-damaged Torrey pine on the south end of Torrey Pines State Reserve on a patch of land with an ocean view. “I couldn’t help but think that this tree is really old,” Arnold said at the Feb. 2 City Council meeting. “There’s been countless weddings and parties and everything else under it and so somehow it needed to get saved.” He asked the trimmers to stop work for an hour to give him time to make a few phone calls. He contacted city staff and received some support to turn what was left of the dead tree into a piece of public art. On Jan. 14, Arnold, an artist who helped design the city logo about five years ago, presented two clay models of a bench to the Parks and Recreation Department, which selected one that was

presented for approval at the Feb. 2 meeting. There was some concern that the sculpture would encourage climbing and be a liability, so staff did not recommend going forward with the project as presented. “People will climb on it, there’s no question about it,” Arnold said. “It’s a nice place to sit.” So he agreed to work with the city to tweak the design to reduce the desire to climb on the final piece. Warning signs will be installed and mulch will be added to the base and sides. “I think we think it’s a good idea,” City Manager Scott Huth said. “We’re trying to figure out how not to fully bureaucratize it and … protect the public because there are people that are going to want to climb on this. We’re trying to avoid that. “If people do that at their own risk then that’s like climbing on any of our other trees that we have,” he added. TURN TO TREE ART ON 15


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As the last man standing, Devore just couldn’t ‘call it’ By Alan Sculley

Singer Jason Devore could never see himself being the last original member of Authority Zero — so much so that he thought he’d take drastic action if it ever happened. “I always was kind of dreading that happening and said if that ever happens, ‘I’m going to call it’ because it just would be completely strange and a different group completely,” DeVore said. When drummer Jim Wilcox left the band in 2012 and then in March 2013 bassist Jeremy Wood followed suit, it left DeVore as the lone original member. (Guitarist and original member Bill Marcks left the group in 2008). But here it is 2015 and Authority Zero not only still exists, the band is touring with Ballyhoo! behind a studio album, “The Tipping Point,” which was recorded before Wood quit the band and released in April 2013. As it turned out, DeVore just couldn’t bring himself to dissolve the band he’s been fronting since 1995. “Really, I just love the music,” DeVore said, explaining why he chose to push forward with Authority Zero. “I love what we’ve written. I love the shows. I love the interaction with the fans and the people we’ve interacted with over the years and become friends

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FEB. 14 B L U E G R A S S ‘STRANGERS’ Virtual Strangers bluegrass band, perform at Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series at 3 p.m. Feb. 14, at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido. The series runs through May 2015. For more information, visit library.escondido.org, or call (760) 8394814. 101 BANNERS Preview the art and meet the artists of this year’s Arts Alive banners from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 14, 1950 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. FUNNY VALENTINE The Carlsbad Village Theatre presents “My Funny Valentines - Fifty Shade of Funny,” with Trent McClellan and Julie Kim, hosted by Lamont Ferguson at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, at 2822 State St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $30 at the door. SWEET MUSIC The Peter Pupping Band will play a Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Nuevo fla-

lidified in 1999 around Marcks, Wood, Wilcox and DeVore. The band came on the national scene in 2002, with the album “A Passage In Time,’ and has gone on to release four studio albums since then — “Andiamo” (2004), “12:34” (2007), “Stories of Survival” (2010) and now “The Tipping Point.” Over the years, the group has built a decent following — although a big commercial breakthrough has evaded the group. So why has Authority Zero seen the departure of three of its long-time members since 2008. To boil things down, DeVore said, life started to catch up with the band. “Real life kicks in once you get a bit older after that many years have passed,” he said. “You grow up, you have kids, you have mortgages, you have bills to pay. And especially in this day and age of music, I (a band) is not something you make a lot of money doing, obviously, no matter how much you’re touring or any of Authority Zero performs at the House of Blues, San Diego Feb. 19. Photo by Kurt Hudson that. So it begins to wear on you a little bit with the excessive traveling and confined quarters and with and some of the kids who be- that, but to me it always meant Marcks), drummer Sean Sellers just looking at all of the different lieved in the music and the band something more.” elements of life that come into and bassist Mike Spero. The current lineup includes so much, through emails and just The band started out in play.” through personal conversations guitarist Brandon Landelius (who 1994 in Mesa, Arizona and went The family and financial isface to face at our shows, on tour in 2011 replaced Zach Vogel, through a couple of personnel and stuff. I know every band gets the guitarist who stepped in for changes before the lineup soTURN TO DEVORE ON 15

menco, Bossa Nova, Samba, Cuban Latin jazz, and contemporary music at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. $25 general admission. ANIMAL LOVERS Del Mar Art Center will sponsor a Valentine’s Day Grand Reception to benefit Helen Woodward Animal Shelter from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at Del Mar Art Center, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Plaza Level. For more information, call (858) 4811678. ART AT E101 The E101 Gallery will feature artist Patricia Lizon’s “Fantastic Aspect” exhibition of surreal abstract cartoons from Jan. 28 to Feb. 26 at the E101 Gallery, 818 S. Coast Highway 101. For more information on First Thursdays, visit encinitas101. com. FEB. 15 ARTIST’S NEW SHOW Vista artist Krista Timberlake will show her art through May 4 with an opening reception 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at Cafe Z, 5256 S. Mission Road, Bonsall. FEB. 16 Reservations are needed for the free Oceanside Museum of Art’s Explor-

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ing Engagement program Transit series concluding Feb. 21 with a 2 to 5:30 p.m. train ride and a 6 to 8 p.m. public book release at the Mission Avenue Bar & Grill in Oceanside. RSVP is required to engagement@oma-online.org. SCULPTURE GARDEN Carlsbad hosts a new Sculpture Garden Exhibit by artist Tiffany Phillips, “A Balanced Fulcrum” through July 2015 in its sculpture garden, 2955 Elmwood St., Carlsbad open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, call (760) 4342920 or visit carlsbadca. gov/arts. FEB. 18 CHAMBER MUSIC Live Chamber Music In The Gallery featuring Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, David Lang, Judd Greenstein and David Bruce’s Duettino, with a 6 p.m. reception Feb. 18 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Tickets

intricately carved animal sculptures by Gerd and Patrick Dreher, will go on exhibit at the Gemological Institute of America Feb. 19 through summer 2015. The pieces are on loan from Bill Larson, owner of Pala International, a collector of gems, minerals and carvings. Reservations are required and must be FEB. 19 ‘CHARLIE’ ON made at least 24 hours STAGE City of San Marcos in advance by emailing Theatre West Youth The- guestservices@gia.edu or ater will present the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. Ticket prices are $7 for youth/ students/seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets for the Saturday 2 p.m. show are $7 for all ages. Get tickets in advance or at the door. For more information, go to san-marcos.net/theatrewest or call (760) 744-9000. CARVED GEMS “Generations of Mastery: Gemstone Carvings by Dreher,” are $40 at luxartinstitute. org/. TRIO CONCERT Enjoy chamber music by the Allant Trio at noon Feb. 18 in the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, call (760) 6332746 or visit Encinitasca. gov/WedNoon.

calling (800) 421-7250, ext. 4116 or (760) 603-4116. PERFORM AT THE FAIR Want to perform at the San Diego County Fair, and possibly win a big cash prize? Then enter one of four performance contests: Battle of the Bands (for rock bands), Best Dance Crew (for hip-hop dance groups), Singer/Songwriter (for adult singers of origiTURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 15

In 2015 California State University San Marcos celebrates its 25th anniversary. Founded on the principles of excellence and access, the University opened its doors at a temporary storefront location for the first time in 1990 to 448 students. Today CSUSM is home to nearly 13,000 students and boasts approximately 33,000 proud alumni who are making an impact every day in the region and beyond.

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Vista Deputy Mayor John Aguilera, third from right, congratulates the 2014 The Boys & Girls Club of Vista Youth of the Year and other award recipients. Courtesy photo

Boys & Girls Club of Vista names its 2014 Youth of the Year VISTA — The Boys & Girls Club of Vista presented its 2014 Youth of the Year award Jan. 29 to Katrina

Patterson, 16, of Vista High School. She will represent the Boys & Girls Club of Vista in the San Diego County

competition. Patterson has richment programs, sports included: attended the club since and Project FUN activities. Arely Manuel Vasquez, 2009 and now volunteers Other Boys & Girls Club Social Recreation, Maryhelping with academic en- of Vista youngsters honored land Elementary School Payton Boyer, Technology, Temple Heights Elementary School Diana Salazar, Arts & Crafts, VAPA Yahaira Aguilar, Education, Bobier Elementary School Gracee Johnson, Drama, Beaumont Elementary School Anthony Acosta, Athletics, Lake Elementary School Ava Irizarry, Athletics, Breeze Hill Elementary School Shealee Perkins, Madison Elementary School Youth of the Year Anthony Valadez, Scholar, Madison Middle

School Jack Bailey, Athlete, Madison Middle School Chris Williams, Rod Waufle, Middle School Athlete, Madison Middle School — William Bradford Peterson, Scholar, Vista Magnet — Thomas Garry, Athlete, Vista Magnet — Coby Ryle, Vista Magnet Youth of the Year — Abigail Royer, Rod Waufle Middle School Athlete, Vista Magnet — Daniela Lopez, Scholar, Vista Innovation & Design Academy — Jayden Martinez, Athlete, Vista Innovation & Design Academy — Joey Brooks, Youth of the Year, Vista Innovation & Design Academy


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Public gives input on interchange project REGION— Caltrans held a workshop Jan. 29 at the Carlsbad Senior Center to get public feedback on improvements to the interchange at Interstate 5 and state Route 78. Caltrans is working with the regional public transportation association San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, to overhaul coastal transportation and asked for public input on the I-5/ SR-78 interchange. The workshop is part of a region-wide long-range plan, which focuses on improving rail, transit and pedestrian infrastructure throughout San Diego. Allan Kosup, corridor director of SR-76 and the I-5 at Caltrans, said the workshop was held to hear the public’s thoughts and no decisions have been made yet on the interchange update.

“We’re hearing from the community that the way it is now is a problem,” Kosup said. He said the interchange is outdated and the update comes from a sense of urgency and because funds became available. “We haven’t done much substantially to this neighborhood at this interchange since the ‘50s so it shouldn’t be surprising the interchange isn’t working really well,” Kosup said. The traffic signal on the southbound I-5 ramp at Vista Way causes significant backup. Residents on and around Vista Way also expressed concerns over safety. A 29-year-old woman was killed in December after a driver ran the stop light on the southbound Vista Way off-

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sk Tom “TR” Robertson and his wife, Carolyn, how many countries they’ve visited, and they hesitate. “I’ve lost count,” says Tom Robertson, a retired Carlsbad High School teacher. “There are a lot of them, and many of them we’ve visited twice.” And some three and four times. “We’ve been to Italy four times, Greece three times and Australia four times. We love Australia; it’s such a great place. We love the food and the people. We’ve seen the Ayers Rock (also called Uluru) twice. As someone in Australia told us, that’s more than a lot of Australians.” Traveling has become second nature for this Vista

couple — as well as a necessity — because they want “to experience what the world has to offer that is so different than the world we live in,” Robertson explains. “I hate it when people say, ‘This is not what it’s like in America.’ People tend to forget when they travel, especially overseas, it’s going to be different — maybe out of their comfort zone — but that's what traveling is all about.” Other countries on their extensive destinations list include more than a dozen in Europe; Egypt; Mexico; Costa Rica; several in South America; Bali; French Polynesia; Thailand; Vietnam; Myanmar; Cambodia; and China. These trips are possible because for more than 20 years, the couple has worked for several tour companies. As tour hosts, the Robertsons organized and escorted many groups of students during Tom’s teaching years, and now that they are retired, they work with groups of adults. (Carolyn was a longtime medical tech

for Carlsbad Unified School District). The responsibilities of being a host are about the same with both age groups, Robertson explains, “but now the accommodations are better. We stay in some gorgeous hotels.” Pressed to name some of their favorite countries, Robertson says it’s not easy to choose. “So many of the countries have so much to offer. We really loved Scotland and Ireland. Easter Island stands out as so unusual, as does Peru — not only Machu Picchu but the Nazca Lines. I also loved Egypt when it was safe to travel there, and the ruins of Greece and Turkey are amazing, as are the temples of Myanmar. The list can go on and on.” As tour hosts, the Robertsons are ultimately responsible for the welfare of their travelers, and sometimes that’s a challenge. “On one of our student tours many years ago, several students turned the wrong way out of the Vatican when we were in the Sistine Chapel,” Robertson says. “My son, Brian, and I had to take off, back-track and ended up going into rooms we probably weren't supposed to be in. I ended up … in the Pope's Garden (Vatican Gardens where visitors are not allowed without an escorted tour).” On another trip, three teachers missed the ferry back to their ship in the Greek Isles. “We had to get the ship’s captain to help locate them on the island and get them on another ferry connected to another ship to get them back to our ship.” Fortunately, Robertson adds, “most of the things that go wrong have been minor.” The Robertsons will host a tour of no more than 20 on a 15-day trip to Croatia and Slovenia in September. Cost is $4,314 per person. (As of press time, there are eight openings.) Deadline for registering is July 2. For more information, email Carolyn at kodyrobertson@ yahoo.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com


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Shields has had a big-time presence at La Costa Canyon sports talk jay paris Big Game James doesn’t big time the teenagers and that’s always a plus. “Not at all,” La Costa Canyon baseball coach Justin Machado said. “That isn’t in his repertoire. He is a class act.” How would Machado know? For the past three offseasons James Shields, the newest Padres pitcher, has trained with the Mavericks. “We have a few guys that come out and stretch and throw,” Machado said. “Then once they get closer to spring training, they

start throwing the bullpens and pushing the needle.’’ Over the years an impressive collection of local major-leaguers beat a path to Machado’s diamond: Stephen Strasburgh, Brandon League, Clay Hensley, Heath Bell, Justin Germano and Kevin Correia. “I could manage those guys and win some games,’’ said Machado, who seldom scrambles for victories regardless of his personnel. But it’s Shields that Padres fans are ecstatic about, the latest piece in the team’s amazing offseason run. Machado said the Padres are getting not only a workhorse, but a clubhouse gem. “He’s probably one of the greatest guys I have ever met,’’ said Machado, and he’s not prone to blow smoke. “He is just so nice

and down to earth. “You can sit down with him and talk baseball, surfing, golf...he is just always having as great of a time as anyone.’’ But those hours on the field aren’t for idle chitchat as Machado’s players mimic the pros. Everyone is there to get their work in, regardless of what level they play. “They don’t pay much attention to them and they leave them alone,’’ Machado said. “There’s been times when James, and the other guys talk to the kids, but for the most part they are going about their daily jobs and grinding through. “My guys aren’t awestruck because we’ve been doing this for years. They don’t look at James and say, ‘Hey, there’s the guy that just signed for $75 million!’’’

Shields is the latest San Diego addition as the culture of Padres baseball has flipped after four straight seasons of flopping. When Shields takes the mound on Opening Day, he’ll be throwing to a new catcher in Derek Norris and backed by an outfield of fresh faces, which include Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. With all those players trying to mesh, the key is coming together quickly. Machado said Shields will benefit the Padres in that way almost as much as him consuming 200-plus innings. Shields’ reputation in Tampa Bay and Kansas City, his previous two stops, was that he formed a bond with teammates in their quest of winning a championship. “I can see that,’’ Mach-

ado said, and if he can decipher teenagers, Shields must be a snap. “You can just tell how he would be good in the clubhouse. “It’s because you can tell how much he loves his craft and how hard he works at it. That is going to rub off on others in the Padres’ organization.’’ It’s a franchise that’s made plenty of noise since December. “Now we get to go to some good games,’’ Machado said. Although tickets will be tougher to obtain, Machado has a pretty good connection. “When James used to come through with his other teams,’’ Machado said, “ he would always reach out to see if I needed anything.’’ Shields found the Padres and they’ve become

Paddle out for Scott Friends and family gather to pay tribute to Scott Sherwood, founder and surfboard shaper of Avasin USA, with a paddle out at Seaside Reef in Cardiff on Saturday. Sherwood passed away earlier this month at the age of 46. Photos by Bill Reilly

SURF SERIES CONTINUES The Scholastic Surf Series a division of the Western Surfing Association (WSA) scored another day of fun in the sun on Jan. 31 during the third event of the season for San Diego Middle School Division 1 surfers. Oak Crest Middle school continued their domination with their third team win this season. Oak Crest and Muirlands Middle Schools shared the spotlight with three surfers each in the Boys Shortboard Final. Jackson Butler from Oak Crest posted a back-to-back win in the Boys Shortboard with teammate Levi Slawson close behind while Tiare Thompson from Muirlands posted wins in both Girls Shortboard and Girls Longboard. Pictured: Grayson Amthor of San Dieguito Academy. Photo by Sheri Crummer

Left: Avasin co-owner and surfer Ricky Whitlock, right, and Scott Sherwood’s father Al Sherwood at the paddle out. Whitlock said that Scott was the “definition of cool.” Above: flowers and a chakka set the tone for the paddle out tribute.

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his second squad in these parts. Machado had him first and is happy he can share Shields with Padres manager Bud Black. “We are super excited,’’ Machado said. Big time. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports and at mighty1090.com


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Jerry Salyer, 61, community leader, business owner, husband, son, brother, step-father and grandfather, friend and “the man 9 out of 10 people would prefer to be with while trapped on an elevator,” passed on Friday, January 30, 2015. He was the owner of Jerry Salyer Insurance and Benefits Management. Whether working with his clients or serving his community, Jerry’s advice and, his goal was to always follow the golden rule. For over 20 years, Jerry enjoyed living, working, and serving the Oceanside community. Some of his many contributions to ensure Oceanside was a great city were: serving on the Economic Development Committee, El Corazon Oversight Committee, Police & Fire Commission, Canine Companions for Independence, Tri-City Hospital Oversight Committee, Rotary President and twice the Chairman of Chamber of Commerce. His tenure as Chairman of the Chamber was known as a time of cooperation between the City and Camp Pendleton. His influence was critical when he initiated communication between ESPN and the city to bring the 1997 X-Games to Oceanside. As a small business owner, he relentlessly advocated for “the little guy” and, quality healthcare for his clients and their employees. He took great pride in “The Beat Goes On”, a program that deployed defibrillators throughout Oceanside.

While neighbors and friends will miss Jerry’s presence at the Oceanside Museum of Art, the community theater, City Hall, Mission San Luis Rey, or at the longest fishing pier on the West Coast; his vision for Oceanside will continue to shape the city that he believed was far superior to other cities, and as he always jokingly said, especially Carlsbad. Jerry was also an artist who loved the art’s, photography, travel, fine car’s and spending time with his friends and family. Jerry is survived by wife, Kay Pratt Salyer; his father, Arthur Salyer; and his sister, Terri Breeden (Frank); his step-daughters, Cynthia Ceres and Jennifer Ensminger; and grandchildren Ryan, Emily, and Travis Ensminger; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Lamb; his brother-inlaw Steve Roake (Laura); Natalie Leu (Sam) and Tracey Roake. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jewell Salyer: his brother, Phillip Arthur Salyer; and his beloved pup, Klee. Jerry was born in Columbus, Ohio, a member of the Westerville High School Class of 1971, attended Ohio State University, and was a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Program (Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania). A celebration of Jerry’s life is being planned in Oceanside, tentatively scheduled for February 28th. Please refer to his obituary at Eternal Hills Mortuary for final details. www.eternityhillsmortuary.com To honor Jerry’s commitment to Oceanside, a Jerry Salyer Memorial Trust is being established for the purpose of supporting local Art’s projects. Contributions are currently being received at 314 North Nevada Street, Oceanside, CA 92054. Or, to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at https://donate.lls.org/ lls/donate

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Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Lucky Christov fled post-WWII Bulgaria with his parents and sister. Via Sweden, the family arrived in the US in 1949. Lucky, a gifted athlete in high school in Great Neck, NY and Colby College in Maine, was proud to become a US citizen at 19. Lucky’s career started in advertising in NYC, but he soon discovered investment banking. Lucky moved to LA in the 1970s and continued a successful investment banking career at Bateman Eichler Hill Richards, Morgan Olmstead Kennedy & Gardner, and other LA investment banks. In 1994, he was appointed Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Bulgaria, and served on the Board of The American University in Bulgaria. Lucky will be remembered on both US coasts and in Europe as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and great friend, with a warm personality, lively sense of humor, and gentle nature. Lucky is survived by his wife Lauranne, son Stefan, daughter Eden Danaher, grandsons Collin and Aidan Danaher, and sister Joy Urich. Services will be held at 4 PM, 2/16/2015 at St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff by the Sea, San Diego County. A celebration of Lucky’s life will be held on his birthday 3/22/2015 in Malibu, CA. Contact laurie.christov@yahoo. com.

Bring focus to education VISTA — The Vista Baha’i community will spotlight Iran’s continuing denial of higher education to its largest religious minority, followers of the Baha’i Faith, with the documentary, “To Light a Candle.” The film will be presented at the Vista Public Library at 2 p.m. March 8. A panel of North County residents, who are directly involved with the Baha’i “underground” education system, will be discussing their experiences. In Iran, followers of the Baha’i Faith are persecuted because of their faith, and barred from teaching and studying at universities. But Baha’is do teach and do study. The Baha’i Institute for Higher Education was established in 1987 to give young Baha’is a chance to pursue knowledge and receive a quality education. The informal courses take place in people’s homes, via mail correspondence, and with online lectures. The Iranian government regularly raids BIHE classes and arrests its students and teachers. Hundreds of Baha’is have been jailed simply for teaching and studying at BIHE. Yet, many Muslim Iranians support the right of the Baha’is to higher education and fight for the full enjoyment of civil and human rights by all Baha’is. For more information, call (760) 518-3940.


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if it meets the city’s landuse and zoning requirements; it can only place conditions on the business to ensure its compatibility with the neighboring businesses. These conditions are outlined in what is called a conditional-use permit, which typically last five years, and then the city can decide after that period whether to extend the permit or let it lapse. These temporary permits give both the city and property owner flexibility if another business expresses interest in the property that might be a better fit, Griffin said. While the city might be temporarily losing the sales tax revenue associated with the furniture stores, the benefits of Sky Zone’s presence is that it fills a space that had been vacant for more than a year, officials from the city and San Marcos Chamber of Commerce said. The last business in the location was Plummer’s, one of the larger retailers on Furniture Row, which closed in

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Councilman Terry Sinnott said there is also a financial benefit to transforming the stump into a seat post. “I think this is a great opportunity to use something that has been around for quite a while,” he said. “People climb on this thing all the time. … It’s not like we’re creating a new climb-

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ramp and rear-ended her Kia. Vista Way resident Sharon Newbery said residents’ pleas for a cul-de-sac on Vista Way have fallen on deaf ears. She and her neighbors have been asking Oceanside City Council for a change to the off-ramp for years and she said it was a concern to her when she purchased her house in 1991. “Everything remains the same. This is why we say that death did not have to happen,” Newbery said. She said she thinks about the accident every time she pulls in and out of her driveway. Staff members at Caltrans are looking at the possibility of closing off Vista Way

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with it,” she said. The one criticism councilmembers had was that the plan included too much. Some of the proposed additions include a lifesized chessboard, horseshoe pits, a half-court basketball court, multiple splash pad areas, a new stage, small and large picnic areas, entryway structures, fitness stations and a demonstration garden. “I think if we can do even half of that, it would

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T he C oast News - I nland E dition 2013. “Empty square footage doesn’t look good for anyone,” said Hal Martin, a former city councilman who serves as the chamber’s development director. “It’s not a good look for the other stores to have a large anchor vacant for a long time, it’s not a good look for the city that needs the revenue and it is a really bad look for the owner of the property, who likely missed that lease revenue for more than a year and a half.” While the city might lose some sales tax revenue that a furniture store generates, it attracts more potential clients to the street, and that is a good thing, Martin said. Martin said a similar phenomenon occurred when Phil’s BBQ opened in the Creekside Marketplace Shopping Center in 2011, despite reservations from some of the other restaurants that it would siphon off business from them. “The overflow actually did all the restaurants and businesses a big favor,” Martin said. “They became a lot busier as a result of Phil’s presence.”

Martin and Griffin both said they don’t believe that Sky Zone’s presence signals the start of a dramatic shift in the complexion of furniture row. The city, they said, has done a good job of putting businesses in locations where they can thrive. “The only constant is change, but I don’t see it changing that rapidly,” Martin said. “We still have large anchor stores there such as Mor, Jerome’s and Ashley Furniture that just moved over there, and these are really large anchors that will attract some of the smaller businesses you see adjacent to them. “But I think what you are seeing is that it really is hard to find another major tenant; there just aren’t many of those out there and you run out of candidates,” Martin said. Griffin said the city will be monitoring Sky Zone’s performance, but thinks it will be a positive addition to the row. “It’s a big draw, and any time you can bring more people to our commercial areas, there is a lot of upside,” Griffin said.

ing attraction. “If we don’t do something with it we’d be grinding it up at a cost of quite a bit so this is kind of a little money-saving experiment,” he added. Arnold has enlisted the help of a professional carver to assist him. The design on the side will feature a red-tailed hawk, which he said is the official bird of the Torrey

Pines State Reserve. Arnold said it will take about three weeks to complete the carving. “We want to create something that’s good,” Huth said. “It’s a benefit to the public and we’ll work with (Arnold) to try to create an environment that reduces the desire to climb all over it but still has a usefulness of how he’s trying to envision it.”

but the project won’t get underway for a while. Kosup said construction would not begin until 2030 or 2035 although there are talks to move it up five years. The Environmental Impact Review will take about four to five years to complete said Kosup. He said every four years the Regional Transportation Plan gets re-evaluated and it’ll be easier for Caltrans officials to determine the costs once the environmental review is finished. The possibilities presented to the hundreds in attendance ranged from few changes to a complete overhaul to a more traditional style interchange. If staffers decide to take out the stoplight and convert the interchange to a tradition-

al clover-style interchange, a new on-ramp at Vista Way would need to be built. It would also close the Las Flores exit because there would no longer be enough distance to safely navigate to the off-ramp from the interchange. Another possibility is including direct access ramps for carpool and high occupancy vehicles. The high attendance wasn’t a surprise to Kosup. “You could probably have this meeting in any place, Chula Vista, La Mesa, and you would find an issue that brings this passion, which is good. Unfortunately we don’t have enough revenue,” Kosup said. Caltrans will host another meeting in late spring with a progress update.

be a great destination and a very busy park,” said Mayor Sam Abed Abed said from his observations at Kit Carson Park that people like open space and the ability to walk their dog. Three community workshops were held to get the public’s input on Grape Day. Grove also talked about the Jim Stone Municipal Pool. He said the city could refurbish the existing pool, which would cost about $3.3 million or replace it completely for about $5.6 million.

Since the council was only approving the Master Plan concept, no decision was made on the pool. Other proposed improvements include replacing the chain-link fence along the Escondido Creek with a decorative iron fence and widening the Heritage Walk, which is where the Victorian house and the History Center are located. The plan is separated into phases so each project will be complete as funding becomes available. The entire project could take up to 20 years, according to Grove.

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and employee services. The funds needed for capital improvements go towards water projects over the next five years that will replace aging infrastructure and restore Escondido’s water storage capability. One big project that is meant to reduce the city’s need on imported water is the Water and Potable Reuse Program. By 2020, city staff hopes to be able to distribute recycled water to Hogback/Cloverdale, La Honda and the Hidden Trails area

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Social Security account. Yolanda York, Social Security Public Affairs Director for San Diego County, will host “Social Security and You” at the Escondido Public Library at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Turrentine

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sues that contributed to the departures of the long-time band members don’t exist with the current lineup, and DeVore likes the enthusiasm the new members are bringing to Authority Zero “It’s been a really tight-knit unit,” he said. “Everyone’s really respectful toward each other and really excited about playing together. To me it’s becoming more powerful in a lot of different ways than it has been for a couple of years now.” Doing “The Tipping Point,” though, was a bit of an adjustment. Landelius lives in Texas, so DeVore had to work with his guitarist via the Internet during

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nal music) and In The Spotlight (youth and teen singers). More information is on the Fair’s Web site at sdfair.com. SOUTHFAIR SHOW Oceanside Museum of Art/ Herbert B. Turner Galleries, Southfair will showcase the best works as juried by Los Angeles-based art critic Peter Frank with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19, 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. TWAIN TIME The Grauer School Theater Department presents Mark Twain’s play, “Is He Dead?” at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 through Feb. 21 in The Grauer School’s Great Hall, 
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tiles became a safety hazard. Crews replaced broken mirror tiles and stone tiles on the floor. “Really the majority of the project needs some type of maintenance or another,” Owens said. The golden egg, the totems and the maze walls need to be repaired. “If you’ve been inside

recently at all, you’ll see that a lot of the tiles are broken and water has gotten inside of the walls,” Owens said of the maze area. Aside from the Saturdays, groups of 10 or more can schedule a free tour by calling Owens at (760) 8394519 or emailing her at kowens@escondido.org. Interested volunteers can also reach out to her.

because those areas would be the largest consumers of recycled water due to agriculture. There are 12 smaller projects within the recycled water program in either the planning, design or construction phase. The total cost of all the projects is $110.6 million. Another big project the rate increases fund is the Lake Wohlford Dam Project, which will cost $17 million and is currently in the design phase. Council also approved the reduction of late letter fee charges from $15 to $1.50.

The letter lets delinquent customers know their water will be shut off if they don’t contact the water district. McKinney said staff works out a payment plan for customers if they can’t pay the amount due in full. The rates were approved for two years and will likely be reviewed after that. The councilmembers talked about the drought and said rates aren’t likely to go down anytime soon. They encouraged residents to think about drought tolerant landscaping and artificial turf.

Room. 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For more information, call (760) 839-4814 SING ALONG For youngsters ages 3 to 5, sing along with Cowboy Charlie at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For more information, call (760) 839-4814

ARTS FAIR San Marcos Alive, a Celebration of the Arts, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 at The San Marcos Civic Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (760) 744-9000 or visit san-marcos.net.

the writing phase. Different playing styles of the new members also came into play, which added to the challenge of making music that still felt like Authority Zero. The band succeeded with those goals. “The Tipping Point” retains the hard charging punk rock sound of earlier albums with songs like “Endless Roads,” “On The Brink” and “No Other Place. The group also continues to blend in a little reggae on “Struggle” and “Today We Heard The News.” New twists come on songs like “Shakedown In Juarez” and “Undivided,” which have a bit more of a straight-ahead rock sound and “21st Century Breakdown,” a rocker with a cou-

ple of tempo changes. DeVore also likes the energy he hears on “The Tipping Point” and feels that enthusiasm is carrying over to Authority Zero’s live shows. The vocalist said the band will try to cover as much ground musically as possible this winter in its set opening for Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake. “We’re trying to incorporate some of the new songs,” he said. “But we obviously want to make sure the kids who have been around for some time, hear some of the more classic Authority songs they might have grown up on or might have turned them onto the band in the first place. But essentially we’re just trying stuff as much as we can.”

g r aue r s c ho ol .com / i s he - 26 in the college’s Kruglak Gallery in the Oceansdeadplay/. ide Campus Student Center, Bldg. 3400, 1 Barnard FEB. 20 PIANO CONCERTO Drive, Oceanside. Gallery Hear Music by the Sea hours are Mondays/Tueswith pianist Hayk Arsen- days, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and yan at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Wednesdays/Thursdays, 11 the Encinitas Library, 540 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery Cornish Drive. Tickets: $13 will be closed Feb. 16. HALF-OFF MUSE- MARK THE CALENDAR SING OUT As part UMS Pick up a free Macy’s Museum Month pass of the Museum of Makat any local Macy’s store to ing Music’s “Learn to …” enjoy half-off admission to workshop series, the Mu45 participating San Diego sic Men Chorus from the County museums through Palomar-Pacific Chapter of the entire month of Febru- the Barbershop Harmony ary. The event is brought to Society, is offering a sixthe region by the San Di- week vocal training clinic for men and women from 7 ego Museum Council. to 9 p.m. Mondays Feb. 23 through March 30 at 5790 FEB. 21 ART AT COLLEGE Armada Drive, Carlsbad. MiraCosta College pres- Register on-line at museents “A Murmur in the u m of m a k i n g mu s ic .o r g . Trees,” featuring the re- Registration fee of $15. cent paintings of artist For more information, visit Gail Roberts through Feb. MusicMenChorus.org.


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community of understanding and collaborating together. But when she physically moves in to the new housing, Nghiem said she plans in the future to just sit down and have a cup of tea and “feel the love and the energy that has been put into building

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I come into the room they sort of disappear. When I leave they all come out into the floor,” she said. The construction is in Phase II of a three-phase process, in which the planning and permitting process began in 2013. The sisters are hopeful to have the project completed by June, before an August visit from their teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The new buildings, Nghiem said, will allow the sisters to live as a community and communicate more and to embody what they teach as a monastic community. “It means that we can actually all live together as a community of sisters,” she said. At a cost of about $2 million, all of which has been raised through donations, the sisters are using straw bales to build their new structures, making it environmentally friendly. Rebecca Tasker, co-owner of Simple Construct, has been overseeing the straw bale construction and the dozens of volunteers helping to build the structures along with the sisters. There’s something so obvious in working with the straw bales, Tasker said as volunteers wheeled bales of straw into position or stuffed them into the empty frames of the homes. “Here’s this big brick and you take it straight out of the field and you stack it up and wah-lah you have a house.”

these buildings.” The monastery is still accepting donations to complete their housing project, which may be online at Thichnhathanhfoundation.org. More information about Deer Park Monastery can be found at deerparknunnery.org.

The construction is in Phase II of a three-phase project to build new eco-friendly homes for the sisters at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido. Photo by Tony Cagala

Though in her 10 years of working with the product, Tasker admits that it’s quite a bit more complicated than that. The biggest challenge of working with straw bales, Tasker said, was the unfamiliarity of it. “You need to make sure that the person who is designing the building understands how to design for straw,” she said. But the benefits of straw bale homes range from being using non-toxic materials to being fire resistant and providing good sound insulation, to name a few. For Drew Hubbell, architect and principal of Hubbell and Hubbell Architects, designing these structures was definitely familiar to him, having completed over 30 straw bale projects. Hubbell described the housing as a nice blend of privacy and community.

Nghiem said they just wanted something simple to match their lifestyle as monastics, but also to give them their space. A native San Diegan, Nghiem was ordained at the age of 14. “Before that, I had no idea what meditation was, no idea what peace was,” she said. “I was just a teenager going to school, focusing on getting my grades and going to college.” Her mother, who was a practitioner, took her to a retreat and it was there that she learned there was a different way to live a life. She had had friends at that age that were on the wrong path of society, getting involved with drugs and sex, she explained. It’s been 17 years that Nghiem has been ordained. Over that time, she was asked whether there was anything she missed about

life before entering the monastery: “I don’t know what I’m missing out on, but I have a feeling I’m not missing out on much,” she said. Having been working with the sisters on the construction, Tasker said that this has been a “truly unique” project. “I didn’t know much about the monastery before this project, and I had no idea how just happy and silly the sisters are,” Tasker said. “They bring a liveliness, a joy and a genuineness to the project that’s just amazing.” Despite the buildings not being done yet, Nghiem said she feels like she’s moved in and that she’s already at home. With the volunteers and the contractors working together with the sisters, Nghiem said that the home has already been realized — not just as a physical building— but where there’s a

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