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2 fatally struck as girl, 13, flees police in SUV

EUSD schools staying open amid outbreak

By City News Service

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Authorities on Feb. 16 publicly identified two men who were sleeping in bushes when they were fatally struck by a 13-year-old who was attempting to flee from Escondido police after allegedly taking her mother’s SUV. The crash at about 11:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Mission Avenue and Ash Street killed 33-yearold Mateo Salvador and 51-year-old Sofio Sotelo Torres, Escondido police Lt. Kevin Toth said. A short time earlier, an officer had pulled over the white Ford Explorer SUV on East Mission Avenue near Gamble Street for a traffic violation, Toth said. As an officer walked up to the SUV — which had another teenage girl in the passenger seat — the teenage driver took off. The driver lost control of the vehicle while turning left onto northbound Ash Street and crashed into bushes next to a wall on the east side of the road, the lieutenant said. Once officers detained the girls, they discovered the car had struck two men who appeared to have been homeless and were sleeping in the bushes, Toth said. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died at a hospital. Toth said police investigators were working with prosecutors “on all potential criminal charges” in connection with the crash. “These types of cases are extremely complex, and it can take some time to analyze evidence in order to support the filing of criminal charges,” the lieutenant said. As police investigated the crash, a passing vehicle struck an unoccupied patrol vehicle that was blocking a road and had its emergency lights on, Toth said. No one was hurt, but the motorist was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

RECORD-SETTING MURAL RESTORED After three years, Oceanside artist Clayton Parker celebrated his recently completed work restoring the Vista Historical Mural, the longest continuous mural in the world, on Feb. 5 in downtown Vista. The event coincided with the grand opening of Barrel & Stave Pour House, a business with exterior walls featuring portions of Parker’s work. Photos by Jordan P. Ingram

Carlsbad bobsledder wins record 5th world title By City News Service

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad resident Kaillie Humphries on Sunday, Feb. 14, won the inaugural women's monobob world championship, increasing her career total to a record five world championships. Humphries entered Sunday’s final two runs 0.04 seconds behind German Stephanie Schneider in the championships conducted by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation at Altenberg, Germany. She took the lead by posting the fastest time on her third run, 59.59 seconds. On her final run, the 35-year-old Humphries had her best start time of the competition, 6.14 seconds, and set a track record, 59.47 seconds. “I’m ending on a high and I really just continue to think about how grateful I

OLYMPIC GOLD medalist Kaillie Humphries earned her fifth career world title after winning the inaugural women’s monobob at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Championships on Feb. 14 in Altenberg, Germany. Photo courtesy of IBSF

am to be here, to represent Humphries had a the United States, and to four-run combined time of compete,” Humphries said. 3:59.62. Schneider was sec“It’s such a huge honor. I'm ond in 4:00.12. so happy.” The women’s monobob


will be an Olympic event for the first time at the 2022 Beijing Games. Humphries teamed with Lolo Jones to win the two-woman title on Feb. 6, becoming the first woman to win four world bobsled championships. Humphries also won the 2012, 2013 and 2020 world championship in the two-woman event, the first two competing for her native Canada. She became eligible to compete for the U.S. following her marriage in 2019 to Travis Armbruster, a former U.S. men's bobsledder. Humphries won Olympic gold medals for Canada in the two-woman bobsled in 2010 and 2014 and a bronze in the event in 2018. She switched to representing the U.S. in 2019 because of abuse and harassment she claims she faced from the Canadian bobsled federation.

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Union School District will continue in-person learning despite almost 200 students and staff having to quarantine because of COVID-19 outbreaks since returning to in-person learning on Feb. 2. As of Feb. 9, the EUSD’s website dashboard reported 188 in quarantine (158 students, 30 staff members), the district reported a total of 96 in quarantine just two days after classes were reopened. Most of those are from Mission Middle School, which had 32 quarantined students and 10 quarantined staff members as of Feb. 9 and Farr Avenue, which had 44 students and 5 staff members under quarantine. Quarantines will last for 10 days. At Pioneer Elementary, 25 students and 4 staff members are under quarantine. Since September 2020, the district has seen 476 positive COVID-19 cases, 942 quarantined students and 271 quarantined staff members. The district held a board meeting on Feb. 11 to discuss the district’s reopening and decided to maintain in-person learning despite the rising number of students and staff being quarantined. “It is imperative that we are united in our efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in order to prevent another surge, to keep our community safe, and to maintain on-campus instruction. This means we need your cooperation with all pandemic protocols,” the district said. The district also said that the cases were not transmitted at the schools and that they involve individuals who were already infected when they got on campus. Back in December, EUSD issues a temporary suspension on in-person learning after a high numTURN TO EUSD ON 5



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Vaccination participation at Silvergate blows away national averages SAN MARCOS, CA - February 18, 2021 - While only 10% of the general public in the United States has received a first-round COVID-19 vaccine shot, an impressive 93% of the residents, caregivers and staff at Silvergate Retirement Residence, operator of three senior living communities in north county San Diego, now have successfully received both rounds of the Pfizer vaccination. “When you’re a local operator, you can take more decisive action to protect your residents and employees,” said David Petree, Chief Executive Officer of AmeriCare Health & Retirement, owner of Silvergate San Marcos. “Through significant education and corporate incentives, our management team was able to convince the vast majority of both our residents and staff to participate in the vaccination process. I was incredibly impressed with the rate of participation they were able to achieve. I am so glad to see our team leading the industry in this effort. By establishing a safer senior living environment, we’ll now be able to open up to all kinds of new activities.” Vaccinations are now offered in California to anyone over the age of 65. However, seniors often struggle to secure a vaccination appointment, find the registration process confusing and have concerns about limited supply. As a Phase I priority location, Silvergate acted swiftly to secure an adequate supply of vaccine doses and arrange for multiple on-site clinic vaccination dates at the community. Silvergate residents benefited from a turn-key vaccine solution, with registration taken care of for them and shots delivered right where they live. As a result, more than 95% have completed the second round of vaccines and are now considered immune.

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High Vaccination Rates Achieved Among Both Residents and Staff at Silvergate. health care workers in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care communities have elected to receive the vaccination. Understanding this, Silvergate implemented a multi-faceted information campaign across all of their communities, coupled with attractive participation incentives, to counter common misinformation and personal bias among residents and staff. Silvergate’s additional efforts resulted in more than 90% of its eligible staff being vaccinated a rate far above the national averages. The measures Silvergate took to achieve such a high rate of vaccination within the community included individual meetings with staff to address personal concerns, dissemination of educational materials campus-wide, additional paid time off as a reward for participating, a day-of thank you gift card to Starbucks and an “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” shirt-collar

button to wear with pride. “I really feel like our management did a great job of helping everyone understand how important it is to get vaccinated,” said Christina Woolard, the Business Office Manager at Silvergate who worked to secure vaccine consent forms, register those receiving shots and help schedule second-round vaccinations for everyone who had an initial shot. “I’ve gotten to know and love all the residents here at Silvergate. We’re like one big family, and I want them to be protected from this pandemic as much as I want my own family to be shielded from it. I felt it was my duty to get vaccinated and was simply the right thing to do.” Many seniors have been reluctant to consider a move to a retirement community during the COVID -19 pandemic. With all Silvergate communities having delivered both rounds of vaccines at such high participation rates, now may be the ideal time for seniors to explore the protective bubble Silvergate offers. Community-wide vaccination success means new and exciting events and activities can be reintroduced safely and without delay. About Silvergate San Marcos Silvergate is now scheduling virtual and private in-person tours of its apartment homes and beautiful retirement community campus. To set up a time to tour, call David Nelson at (760) 744-4484 General information about the independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations at Silvergate can be found at

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More North County cities CSUSM holds Report to the Community eligible for rent assistance By Tigist Layne

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REGION — The County Board of Supervisors voted recently to expand the county’s emergency rental assistance program, which over the months has sent millions of dollars in relief money to cities that the board had originally deemed ineligible. The $27 million rental assistance program that was launched in August was not supposed to benefit cities that already had their own rental assistance programs, unless those funds had already been expended. However, a recent review of public data by inewsource showed that most of the program’s money spent through December went to residents in San Diego, El Cajon, Chula Vista and La Mesa, cities that already had rent relief programs in place and had not yet spent all of their funds. In fact, nearly half of the residents who were helped by the county’s program live in San Diego. Meanwhile residents in Carlsbad, Escondido, National City and San Marcos, which also had rent relief programs, remained ineligible for assistance. Karen Youl, the housing and neighborhood services manager for the City of Escondido, told The Coast News that Escondido had a small program in place through their Emergency Solutions Grant money, which ultimately could not be used to provide residents with rent relief. “It’s homelessness prevention funding, so those funds actually need a ‘notice of eviction’ in order to be spent or we can’t use it. However, we’re also in the middle of an eviction moratorium.” Youl said. “The county interpreted those funds as a rent relief program even though we can’t use them, and they decided that we did have an active program and therefore would not be eligible for the first round of funding.” Youl added that the city had to put the program on hold so that residents could become eligible for the county program. Nancy Melander, community education and grants program manager in the housing services division for the City of Carls-

bad, also said that they weren’t eligible because they already had their own program. “We didn’t receive any explanation as to why we were ineligible, but other cities with programs were eligible,” Melander said. “It’s our understanding that we will be eligible for this next round, but we don’t have the details yet on how it’s going to be rolled out.” She added that they still have an active rent relief program and their funds have not yet been expended. Craig Sturak, a county spokesperson, responded via email: “The County’s ERAP program policy stated that jurisdictions with an active program, as of the date of the County’s application period, would be excluded from the County ERAP service area. Active programs were defined as taking or planning to take applications for their own ERAP program. “The San Diego Housing Commission had ceased taking applications as of August 7, 2020 (prior to the beginning of the County’s application period) and therefore City residents were included in the County’s service area. During the first application period (9/24/2020 to 10/8/2020) the cities of San Marcos, Carlsbad, National City, and Escondido had active programs. Since that time, Escondido stopped taking applications for their own program and the County has started processing applications we’ve received from residents of that jurisdiction.” The spokesperson for Supervisor Nathan Fletcher could not be reached for comment. The county’s new program, which launched on Jan. 26, will also help residents with utilities and other household expenses. The money for the $49 million program comes from federal coronavirus funds. Sturak confirmed that Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista will all be eligible for the program.

SAN MARCOS — California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) held its annual Report to the Community on Thursday, Feb. 4, with nearly 600 business and civic leaders attending the first-ever virtual format. The signature award of the event, the CSUSM Community Partner of the Year Award, which honors community partners who have engaged with CSUSM over the years, was presented to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. “While there is no doubt that this pandemic has presented innumerable challenges, it has also come with opportunities to engage and enhance key partnerships,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego public health officer. “My work and mission… has always been guided by the goal of helping all communities attain their full potential and well-being, and the pandemic has not changed that.” CSUSM President Ellen Neufeldt, who started at the university in July of 2019, then delivered her first ever Report to the Community, highlighting

the North County African American Women’s Association, as well as the Chicano Federation for their partnerships and commitment to CSUSM students, faculty and staff. She also highlighted CSUSM’s role in offering students the chance for social mobility. “Higher education is a launching pad toward higher economic status, and regional public universities like CSUSM are truly the proud vehicles of lower and middleclass social mobility,” Neufeldt said. “In fact, I am proud to share that we were recently ranked 28th nationally out of almost 1,500 colleges and universities in the Social Mobility Index — which measures the extent to which a university educates more economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition and graduates them into good paying jobs.” The report concluded with an encouragement to the CSUSM community to nurture its future leaders and help all students reach their full potential. “We are here. We are charting the course, and, with you, we are leading the way,” Neufeldt said.

CSUSM PRESIDENT Ellen Neufeldt delivered her first Report to the Community, laying out her strategic vision for the university’s next 30 years. Photo courtesy of CSUSM

the innovative work being done on campus by students, faculty and staff. She praised the university’s faculty and staff for quickly transitioning to online learning in a matter of days while making sure each and every student had the tools and resources they needed to be successful online. Neufeldt also spoke about the challenges of racial injustice that arose this year, emphasizing the need for ongoing work and partnerships to address these

injustices. “There must be no doubt CSUSM is a university of and for our region, and that means all aspects of personal identity are welcomed, celebrated and valued, from race to ethnicity to religion, ability, sexual and gender identity,” Neufeldt said. “This is a commitment you can count on me to lead in partnership with all of you.” Neufeldt thanked the North San Diego County Branch of the NAACP and

Escondido OKs raises for police, firefighters By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council recently approved new labor agreements for the city’s rank-and-file police officers and firefighters, raising the salaries for both jobs to the median range in the county. The memoranda of understanding (MOU) between the city and its emergency services also included two-year extensions to the contracts of both jobs. The council unani-

mously approved the agreements with minimal discussion. “I want to highlight the personnel and leadership with fire and police… the demonstration and collaboration and working together and coming to agreements on something that’s so important to all of us in this city, and important to those departments in particular, and the men and women who serve in those departments — what they mean to

us and hopefully what this will mean to them, now and in the future,” said Councilmember Mike Morasco. The new agreement awards paramedics, firefighter/paramedics, fire engineers and fire captains a 4% raise. In January 2022, the second year of the contract, they will be eligible for a raise of up to 2.5%, depending on the county’s median salary at that time. Police officers and

sergeants will be awarded a 5% raise this month, followed by an additional raise of up to 3% next year, depending on the county’s median salary at that time. The firefighters contract will cost $969,535 over the next two years, and the police contract will cost $1,738,530 over the next two years, according to the staff report. The new contract agreements went into effect on Jan. 24.

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SAN MARCOS — Watch out for slow traffic this spring over the hill through San Elijo. A major paving project along Twin Oaks Valley Road and San Elijo Road was set to begin Feb. 16 with an anticipated completion date of June 2021. The roughly $2 million project will repair and resurface one of San Marcos’ most highly traveled corridors stretching between Rancho Santa Fe Road and State Route 78.

Work was scheduled to begin Feb. 16 with traffic signal modifications, road resurfacing and striping through April. The last order of work will include applying slurry seal and restriping the entire corridor. Traffic will be impacted throughout the construction period with lane closures and delays. The city of San Marcos’ Road and Traffic Alerts webpage will be updated throughout the run of the project.

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Faulconer looking like main GOP hope for a breakthrough


It’s time for tort reform


By Bret Schanzenbach

ccording to a poll, almost 60% of Californians believe that lawmakers are not doing enough to combat lawsuit abuse. I happen to agree. Here in the Golden State, unwarranted and excessive litigation has gone so far as to make our state extremely unattractive to new businesses. In fact, existing businesses are fleeing the state just to escape the hostile, litigious business environment they’ve been forced to endure here for far too long. As the President and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, I’ve seen firsthand the destruction that can result from lawsuit abuse. When local businesses are hit with a lawsuit or threatened with one, our economy suffers, and our people suffer. Jobs are lost, incomes are lost, community staples are lost. Especially given the state of the economy — which, as we know, has been ravaged by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — the time is now for our lawmakers to address the problem at hand, and make meaningful changes to ensure it is fixed. Here in California, there are numerous laws in place that make it shockingly easy to sue local businesses. One such law is Proposition 65, or Prop 65. Prop 65 was originally intended to warn consumers of potentially harmful chemicals that a product may contain. It requires that if a product contains even the

slightest, non-threatening trace of nearly 1,000 listed chemicals, that the retailer place an ominous warning label on the product. Seems reasonable enough, until trial attorneys quickly discovered that Prop 65 is the perfect law to exploit for a profit. Once they learned that, baseless Prop 65 lawsuits began plaguing our courtrooms and burdening California’s small businesses. You see, the list of chemicals has gotten so out of control that anything from bathing suits, to jewelry to coffee are labeled with a warning sign that was originally intended to flag cancerous chemicals. Not only does this render the effectiveness of these warning signs to be utterly useless, it also forces business owners to keep track of a list that includes naturally occurring, harmless chemicals, and ensure that they’re properly labeling their products. If they fail to do so, or mislabel, say, a coffee, they open themselves up to a wave of lawsuits that trial attorneys are all too eager to pursue. This constant threat of Prop 65 lawsuits is always on business owners’ minds. But that’s just one of many examples of the kinds of lawsuits they must worry about. Another favorite among trial attorneys is California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), a law that’s been coined the “Sue Your Boss” law, and for good reason. Under PAGA, any “aggrieved” employee can file a lawsuit against their employ-

er for virtually anything. From a typo in the company name on a paystub to bonuses that are off by one penny, the list of technical, nit-picky lawsuits filed against California’s business owners is endless. And, once again, what was originally intended to protect people has ended up benefiting only the trial attorneys who continue to profit off of others’ misfortunes. It is baffling to me that, given the ridiculous abuses of our state’s laws that we’ve seen over the years, our lawmakers have done little to nothing to address the anti-business lawsuit abuse that has been hindering our state’s economy for far too long. It’s no wonder that business owners are fleeing the state. Until something is done to improve California’s civil justice system and to repair our litigious reputation, we will continue to repel perspective businesses, and our existing businesses will remain under the constant threat of lawsuits, or worse, shut down by the cost of defending themselves against one of these frivolous lawsuits in court. I ask that in 2021, my fellow Californians join me in pushing lawmakers to address tort reform in a meaningful way. If we succeed, the economy, our local communities and local residents will reap the benefits of a balanced, fair legal system. Bret Schanzenbach is president and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

Vista should support smoke-free outdoor dining I think Vista should have smoke-free protections for outdoor dining. This is important because it protects my family, me, and others affected by secondhand smoke. Members of my family

suffer from terrible headaches, and the smell of cigarette smoke makes it worse. Now is the right time for Vista to adopt the same policy as Escondido because having smoke-free

outdoor dining would give us more restaurant options to dine at without having to worry about secondhand smoke. Daisy Aguilar Vista High School

he last time San Diego elected a moderate Republican mayor with strong potential for appealing to voters statewide, it was Pete Wilson, a onetime state assemblyman who later won election to the U.S. Senate and two terms as governor. Now, while Californians think about possibly recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, there’s San Diego’s recently termedout ex-Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who figures to be on both the recall’s list of possible replacement governors and the state’s June 2022 primary ballot. Faulconer hopes to take a page from the playbooks of both Wilson and ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Like Wilson, he’s busily purveying a message of moderation and effectiveness. Like Schwarzenegger, he hopes a recall can propel him to the next level of politics. With Faulconer as mayor, San Diego was the largest American city with a Republican governor. Now, the other major GOP figure planning to be on the recall list, John Cox, has devoted the recall season’s first major TV commercial to blasting Faulconer. Cox, a big loser to Newsom in 2018, knows who is his main threat this time. Faulconer has sometimes sought to downplay his Republican identity in this state where the GOP label has lately meant certain defeat for anyone seeking statewide office other than the movie muscleman Schwarzenegger. Some Republicans hope Faulconer can rescue them, giving California a Republican very different from the hugely unpopular (in California) President Trump. But Faulconer sometimes makes moves that

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belie his image as a moderate. One came in January, when he endorsed former U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa to replace the disgraced and resigned San Diego Republican Duncan Hunter in a Mexican-border congressional seat. Issa, hardly a moderate, “retired” in 2018 from his former seat in north San Diego County when the district became too liberal for him to expect reelection. The Hunter district leans far more to the right. Faulconer took some risk in endorsing Issa, a persistent harrasser of ex-President Barack Obama while Issa chaired the House Government Operations Committee through much of the last decade. Then there was an appearance by Trump on Fox News last June, just after Faulconer visited the Oval Office. “(Faulconer) was just in my office, great guy,” Trump said. “He came up to thank me for having done the (border) wall because it’s made such a difference. He said it’s like day and night; he said people (had been) flowing across and now nobody can come in.” Faulconer quickly denied saying any of that, his office claiming he and Trump discussed only a trade deal. For sure, Newsom can use the Fox News tape against him, and never mind Faulconer’s denial. But Faulconer hopes to win over more voters with another move than he might lose with any of that. Besides his own cam-

paign, he plans to sponsor a statewide ballot initiative on the homeless issue aimed for the 2022 election, claiming San Diego has had more success on this than other large cities. Faulconer wants the still-unwritten measure to make it easier for cities and counties to “encourage” homeless individuals to accept psychological treatment and shelter beds. He also wants to roll back some laws like the winning Propositions 47 and 57, which reduced penalties for drug use and crimes like thefts and car burglaries valued under $950. “California has lost its way on homelessness,” he said in a speech. “We have to speak the truth about what causes homelessness (referring to drug addiction and mental illness, as well as high rents and home prices).” Faulconer said San Diego cut homelessness after a hepatitis outbreak by sending nurses and paramedics to “every riverbed, canyon and street corner, vaccinated more than 100,000 persons, sanitized streets and built four bridge shelters.” That dropped his city’s homeless count by 9% in 2019, Faulconer said, the only significant city in California with any reduction. Faulconer’s stances on many things almost replicate Schwarzenegger’s, and Schwarzenegger remains the only Republican elected statewide since 1998. But he was a famed movie star and Faulconer is neither famous nor an actor. So the jury remains out on the mayor’s statewide political viability. But so far, despite Cox’s claim to the contrary, the state GOP has no better hope. Email Thomas Elias at

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Escondido City Council gets climate plan update By Tigist Layne

A TROOP of eight western lowland gorillas previously infected with COVID-19 has fully recovered. The gorillas may receive visitors at the Gorilla Forest in San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido. Photo by Jaime Wells

Gorillas back in action after COVID-19 bout By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — San Diego Zoo Safari Park visitors can once again see the eight gorillas who live there, now that they have fully recovered from a bout with COVID-19, officials said. Visits to the exhibit were restricted for more than a month after three of the Safari Park's gorillas tested positive in January for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. The exhibit has fully reopened, the zoo announced Saturday. “We’re so grateful for

the outpouring concern and support we’ve received while the troop safely recovered,” said Lisa Peterson, executive director of the park, 10News reported Monday. “We’re thrilled to share the joy that this beloved troop brings to our community and to our guests.” Officials believe the apes contracted the virus from a zoo worker who carried it but was asymptomatic. It is believed to be the first case of transmission of the disease from a human to an ape. Zoologists at San Diego

Zoo Global treated the gorillas with help from professionals with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, UC San Diego Health, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Scripps Research Institute and multiple state, federal and Illinois and Georgia-based zoological organizations. Treatments for the oldest gorilla, named Winston, included an experimental monoclonal antibody therapy, from a supply that could not be used on people. Winston, whose symptoms included a cough and

lethargy, was examined under anesthesia due to his advanced age, and veterinarians confirmed he had pneumonia and heart disease. All visitors to the zoo and to the safari park must make reservations online in advance for each person in their party. The work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents.

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Feb. 10 and heard a status update on the city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) and provided feedback to staff to finalize the new CAP. The updated comprehensive plan, once completed, will outline strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stay consistent with state requirements. The city, which was in the first group of cities to prepare and adopt a CAP in the San Diego region, adopted its CAP in 2013 as was required by Assembly Bill (AB) 32, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. “At a local level, acting on climate change means both reducing GHG emissions from activities within the city and helping the community adapt to climate change and improve its resilience over the long term,” the staff report said. “In general, CAPs can also help achieve multiple community goals in the long term such as lowering energy costs, reducing air pollution, supporting local economic development, and improving public health and quality of life.” Councilmembers gave direction to staff regarding specific items in the plan that should address things like affordable housing, outreach to diverse communities, plastic waste, public transportation, bike paths and more. Approaches to climate action differed among

some of the councilmembers. “I try to do whatever I can to participate, but I really support individual choice and individual accountability. I don’t support heavy handed government mandates and restrictions and eliminations of items… whether they are plastic straws or single-use plastics… because people need to be responsible,” said Councilmember Mike Morasco. “I don’t want as a city to be in a position where we’re making these demands on individuals, on businesses, on restaurants.” Morasco added that he doesn’t support the idea of creating a climate commission. Mayor Paul McNamara said that there should be a balance when it comes to approaching climate action. “I’m kind of a choice guy as well, but I also feel that there’s a balance there… there is some room for, ‘Hey, guide us down the path, if we want to go down to zero plastics, have that program to guide us down the path to zero plastics,’” said McNamara. Staff will return with more information and options for further discussion. The council also gave final approval to the Palomar Heights project, and also to changing the council meeting times to 4 p.m. for closed sessions and 5 p.m. for regular sessions. They also heard a report on the Grand Avenue Vision Plan project.

County to expand COVID vaccine pool in March

Sheriff’s deputy beaten by two inmates inside Vista jail

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REGION — San Diego County’s COVID-19 numbers are headed in the right direction, leaders said Feb. 17, even as the county reported 539 new infections of the virus and 57 deaths. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said a supply chain issue with vaccines last weekend has been resolved but it shows how thin the margins are for delays and mistakes in the system. A delayed shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the county following a shortage that forced some vaccination sites to dramatically slow the pace of inoculations or completely reschedule appointments over the holiday weekend.



ber of quarantines led to staffing shortages. According to the district’s dashboard, there were more than 300 students and roughly 100 staff members quarantined when the suspension was

The shipment was scheduled to arrive Feb. 12 but was delayed for an unspecified reason before finally arriving Tuesday. Of 765,500 doses of the vaccine the county has received, 663,194 have been administered, more than 3,000 are awaiting processing and 98,000 are accounted for by appointments. “You can see we are running very, very lean,” Fletcher said. The county now has five vaccine superstations and 15 smaller neighborhood distribution sites according to the county Health and Human Services Agency. Despite the supply chain problems, Fletcher said the county has allocated its vaccines efficiently enough that he believes teachers, food and

agriculture workers and law enforcement officers will be able to begin receiving vaccines as soon as the first week of March. Additionally, the HHSA anticipates it will complete vaccinations in the county’s skilled nursing facilities this week, freeing up mobile teams to provide more shots around the county. In total, around 17.6% of the county’s population over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 5% are fully inoculated. Wednesday’s data increased the number of COVID-19 infections to 254,180 since the pandemic began, while the death toll increased to 3,099. The 57 deaths — one of the highest daily death tolls locally — are a reminder of

the deadly seriousness of the pandemic, Fletcher said, but are likely a result of lagging effects from a significant case spike in December and January. The number of hospitalizations decreased by just four patients to 804, while intensive care patients decreased by 10 to 256 from Tuesday’s numbers. There are 57 available, staffed ICU beds in the county. Of 13,771 tests reported Wednesday, 4% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average of positive tests to 5.5%. On Tuesday, the county’s rate of new cases dropped enough to allow elementary schools to resume in-person instruction for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

implemented. The district then further postponed the on-campus learning start date from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2. On the EUSD website, the district has listed reminders as students continue on-campus learning, urging families to stay cautious:

“Do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way; if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; if your child has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Wear a face

mask at all times outside of your home. Wash hands frequently. Maintain physical distance when engaging with anyone outside your household. Avoid all unnecessary gatherings.” EUSD’s no-cost food distributions will continue as scheduled.

VISTA — A San Diego sheriff's deputy was badly beaten by two inmates inside the Vista Jail. The attack happened about 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Vista Detention Center, at 325 S. Melrose Dr., according to San Diego sheriff's Lt. Ricardo Lopez. According to Lopez, Deputy Michael Cascioppo was escorting a nurse who was distributing medication inside one of the housing modules. Because of the pandemic, inmates remain locked inside their cells while medication is distributed. While Cascioppo was escorting the nurse, an inmate asked the deputy if he could pass a food tray to the inmates in the next cell, Lopez said. When Cascioppo opened the cell, the two inmates inside rushed out and started beating him. Cascioppo was punched and kicked multiple times, then the inmates pulled him into their cell and beat him further, Lopez said. Responding deputies finally subdued the

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY Michael Casciopo was attacked by two inmates and hospitalized. Courtesy photo

inmates and placed them underarrest, Lopez said. Cascioppo was able to walk out on his own power, and was then transported to a hospital for treatment. He was released later that evening. Detectives with the sheriff's Detentions Investigation unit were handling the investigation, Lopez said. The names of the two inmates were not immediately released, and the motive for the attack was unknown.


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Local NAACP president named Constituent of the Month By Samantha Nelson

REGION — Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) has named Satia Austin, president of the North San Diego County NAACP, as his Constituent of the Month for February. Levin is recognizing “the inspiring local leader” for her activism work with the district’s young adults. “Every February, we celebrate Black History Month, and this year, I am honored to highlight Satia as an incredible member of my community,” Levin said in his Congressional Record statement about Austin. Austin’s parents stressed the importance of education, personal responsibility and achievement, which later became her

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guiding principles in her career in youth advocacy and activism. Austin now serves not only as North County’s regional NAACP president since 2013 but also as state advisor for the Youth and College Division for California and Hawaii and the

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The DNA Interest Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will host a live webinar from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Documentarian and genealogist Nicka Smith will present “Finding Isaac Rogers.” Discover how a book, scant clues, crowd-sourced research, DNA, and limited online records came together to confirm ancestral ties to the Trail of Tears, U.S. Civil War, a hanging judge, an outlaw, and slavery in the Cherokee Nation. Free but registration is required at

adult representative for Region I of the National NAACP Youth Works Committee. For more than a decade in these advising roles, Austin mentors and guides younger NAACP leaders with decision making, planning, following rules and guidelines and more. “It’s a big, whole role,” Austin said. Austin has been working with Levin since the year he was elected into office. More recently she sat down with Levin and other various regional leaders to discuss police accountability. “This past year, we experienced a nationwide awakening to systemic racism in America,” Levin said. “We have much more

work to do to confront inequality in our country, but I’m thankful for residents like Satia who are passionate about helping underserved youth succeed As we continue to come together to address racial injustice, leaders like Satia bring me hope and inspiration.” Austin said she was shocked and humbled to hear that she had been chosen as Levin’s Constituent of the Month. “I wanted to make sure there was no one else more deserving when I found out,” she said. “For me to be even considered is amazing.” Austin wants to make sure everyone is still coming and working together to advance democracy “for everyone in the world.”

“The work is still not over,” she said. Each month, Levin recognizes outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County residents who go above and beyond for their communities. Levin was also recently recognized for his new role as vice chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He will also continue to serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, with jurisdiction over veterans’ education, employment, training, housing programs, readjustment of service members to civilian life and civil relief. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is located in the 49th District, which Levin represents. For questions survivor, Edith Eva Eger e-mail or from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. phone (760) 688-9393. Proceeds from this virtual discussion will go toward Miracle Babies’ newest program, to provide group PURIM FAMILY BAKE and individual therapy, Launching the Purim support and treatment to holiday, Chabad of Oceans- any individual experiencide/Vista will host a Fam- ing prenatal or postparily Hamantasch Bake at tum stress, depression, or 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Jewish- anxiety. For tickets and O c e a n s i d e . c o m / z o o m . additional information, RSVP to Nechama@Jew- visit The calendar-event /chickenrecipe will be e-mailed. soup/.

ety will present a live webinar from 10 to 11.30 a.m. Feb. 23. Professional genealogist, author and lecturer Nancy Loe will discuss “Finding Scottish Ancestors Online.” Free but registration is required at nsdcgs. For questions e-mail or call (760) 390-4600.

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Miracle Babies will host a “Chicken Soup for FORUM FOR FOOD the Soul”-style discussion Solana Center and with author and Holocaust the city of Encinitas will share an upcoming virtual forum for food generating businesses, a one-hour virtual forum at 10 a.m. or at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Register at The forum will discuss the state food waste collection laws and how it affects businesses; successful organics program rollout and related rates and resources for reducing food waste. Due to new state regulations, Encinitas businesses will be required to collect organic waste and food scraps for organic recycling starting this summer.


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On March 9, Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS), an international non-profit organization creating cultural immersion altruistic experiences for teens across the Americas, is launching its first Local Community Impact Project throughout the county. This eight-week initiative gives teens the chance for action in their community. For more information, visit amigosinternational. org.

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The Escondido Public Library offers Virtual Toddler Tales at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25 for walkers to 3 years old. Tune in on Facebook and Instagram. CELEBRATE PURIM

Chabad Oceanside/ Vista presents a “Purim Palooza” virtual Purim experience at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at JewishOceanside. com/zoom, with comedy skits, Jewish rap, game shows and animated videos of the Purim story. FOCUS ON READING

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, in collaboration with Words Alive, will offer a free seven-week virtual program March 3 to April 14 to parents to assist them in developing their children’s reading and literacy skills. The program is 30 minutes per week, designed for parents of children through 6 years old. Each family will receive a free learning kit with seven books and activities. Classes will be provided in English and Spanish. To reserve a spot, SCOTTISH ANCESTORS e-mail Hillary Adams at North San Diego hada ms @ bgcocea nside. County Genealogical Soci- org by Feb. 26.

Puppies are cute, cleanup not so much


ooh, little, fluffy puppies. Is there anything cuter? There is not, if you can pet them and leave, or just watch them, or even adopt one and take it home. But I have been given a fearful look into the abyss that is caring for a litter of puppies and their reluctant mom. It’s a scary, if cuddly, place to be. My daughter, who dwells with us, got a call from a local shelter asking if she could foster a mother and eight puppies for two weeks. My daughter has the softest heart in the world, and said yes, before discussing it with the rest of the household. The rest of the household was not entirely thrilled. It has been hilarious watching this poor, grateful mother dog gleefully hand over the babysitting chore. The pups are about five weeks now and are almost weaned. Mom is clearly done. The eight little niblets, not so much. Mom just walks away when she’s had enough, but much shrieking and whining follows. The real challenge, however, is the cleanup. As expected, puppies have no control over anything. Times that by eight, it’s a constantly moving cloud of puppyness. There is no directing it. You can’t get to the cleanup site fast enough to prevent at least four of them from walking and/or rolling through it. Portions of my floors are pretty much a toxic-waste zone now, despite constantly wiping things up and putting down paper. It is very much like sweeping the Sahara Desert. And we have a week to go. I wildly tried to keep up and clean up at first, but soon adjusted my attitude. You just put on your mommy hat and do what you can. My daughter has gotten quite skilled at washing puppies in the sink, while they howl like you are poking them with hot branding irons. But when she lets them out into the backyard to frolic, you will experience a cuteness overload that makes much of the scut work bearable. When a pair of fat, fuzzy, floppy-eared pups climb into your lap and want to snuggle and chew on your buttons, who among us can say no? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer looking to book a flame-thrower for the post-puppy cleanup. Contact her at

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Marines begin shift from land-based to water-based operations By Samantha Nelson

CAMP PENDLETON — Changes are coming for the United States Marine Corps, and those changes will soon be reflected on base as well as offshore. For the last two decades, the Marine Corps has spent most of its time fighting in land-based wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the Marine Corps is pivoting its focus toward more water-based operations in the Indo-Pacific. It is in this region where China’s weapon engagement zone is located, and the Marines need to be able to operate from within that zone. In March 2020, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger released “Force Design 2030,” a report that explains his force structure plan and his vision for the Marine Corps by 2030. “Our current force design, optimized for large-

scale amphibious forcible entry and sustained operations ashore, has persisted unchanged in its essential inspiration since the 1950s,” Berger said in his report. “I am convinced that the defining attributes of our current force design are no longer what the nation requires of the Marine Corps.” Specifically, Berger explains the size, capacity and specific capability of the current force is unsuited to future operations. “Operating under the assumption that we will not receive additional resources, we must divest certain existing capabilities and capacities to free resources for essential new capabilities,” Berger said. He explained that reducing infantry battalions and their supportive organizations — direct support artillery, ground mobility assets, assault support avi-

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Hosted by educators from throughout the County, teacher-leaders, education support professionals, parents, administrators, and elected leaders held a press conference. advocating for vaccination of public school teachers and support personnel in San Diego County. The focus is successful face-toface instruction on school sites without the yo-yo effect of opening, quarantining, and closing. See the press conference in its entirety at sa n- d iego - educator-vaccine-press-conference. GIRL SKATER SCHOLARSHIPS

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Coastal Community Foundation posted more than $1 million in grants in 2020, up more than 25% from the previous year. About half of CCF grants in 2020 went toward social services, health and wellness, and services to support the homeless, including food distribution. The Fund for Supportive Housing and Homeless Recovery, established in 2019, made $25,000 grants to


• Carthage College has named Bradley Dodds from Carlsbad to its dean’s list for academic excellence during the fall 2020 semester. • University of Alabama named Carlsbad residents Victoria Dondanville, NSophia Imparato, Lauren Kostuke, Cade Madeira, Alia Manuel, Faith Oldham, Kennedy Rawding and Ella Stichler along with Grace Hollingsworth of Del Mar, Abigail Roy of Encinitas, Hanna Melville of Oceanside and Lauren Baldwin and Ryan Blakeman of San Diego to its dean’s list. On the University of Alabama president’s list were Kyle Wada of Carlsbad, Sarah Tomlinson of Oceanside, Elijah Armendariz of Rancho Santa Fe and Erik Beer and Michael Beer of San Diego. • Hiram College announced that Makenna Waite of San Marcos was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester. • John Hanna of Carlsbad, a member of the Class of 2021, has been named to the Fall 2020 dean’s list at Stonehill College. • Marcella Archambeault of San Marcos was named to the College of the Holy Cross Fall 2020 dean’s list. A member of the Class of 2023, Archambeault is majoring in Multi-Disciplinary. • Kayla Cleland of San Marcos, Reem Elamrani and Chloe Torrence of Rancho Santa Fe, Hailey Hendrix of Oceanside, Maya Tyra Sevilla of San Marcos and Evita Woolsey of Encinitas, were named to the dean’s list for the 2020 fall semester at the University of Iowa. • Kai Haseyama of En-

U.S. NAVY landing craft maneuvers away from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during well-deck operations on Feb. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. Amphibious units are deployed in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Stegall

ation and other support capabilities based on ground and air — is the most logical way to approach divestment. With this shift to more

water-based activity also comes a strengthened partnership with the U.S. Navy, under which the Marine Corps falls. The switch to amphib-

cinitas was named to Westminster College dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester. Haseyama is majoring in Computer Science. • Reagan Kan and William Nute of San Diego and Lucas Luwa of Rancho Santa Fe earned the distinction of faculty honors for Fall 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Adrien Cao and Courtney Wolpov of San Marcos and Brian Sears of San Diego were named to the dean’s list. • Wheaton College students Audrey Irwin of San Diego, Samuel Arnold of San Marcos, Morgan Brown and Katherine Papatheofanis of Rancho Santa Fe and Grace Cleveland of Solana Beach were named to the dean’s list for the Fall

2020 semester. NEW AT MCDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has added Del Mar resident Eric Eastham to its board of trustees to provide his contributions of time, treasure and talent to the House. Eastham is senior vice president and general counsel at sports and entertainment management agency, The Familie, where he leads the football division.

ious operations is like returning the Marines to a purpose similar to its focus during World War II, when the Marine Corps was focused on amphibious missions in the Pacific. “This is us getting back to naval expedition,” said Col. Daniel Whitley, commanding officer at Camp Pendleton. “It’s really us supporting the Navy at sea.” With the shift to a more amphibious nature, that leaves some questions about what to do with training out in the desert at 29 Palms, which is considered the largest Marine Corps base in the nation. It will also require changes to training units how to deploy. “We’re going through massive structure changes,” Whitley said. Whitley suggested changes could include working with Navy partners on board their different

vessels or possibly work on San Clemente Island, which is owned by the Navy and is part of Los Angeles County. San Clemente Island made news last summer when 15 Marines and one sailor were inside an amphibious assault vehicle as part of a routine training exercise when it took on water and sank off the island’s northwest boundary. Seven Marines escaped and survived but the remaining eight Marines sailor were killed. While the base figures out how changes on the inside will look, the local outside world may not notice much of a difference besides potentially seeing more ships and vessels off the coast. “We won’t see more Marines but what we may see is potentially less out of 29 Palms and more training on Camp Pendleton and off the coast,” Whitley said.

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COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaborative effort of the Coastal Community Foundation, Leichtag Foundation and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, was launched in March 2020 has granted $764,170 to 35 nonprofits to date. The Fund has expanded awareness about urgent needs, bringing visibility to the unique challenges faced in North County and raising more funds for fitting responses.


Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pets Without Walls campaign provided warmth to the pets of San Diego’s homeless at Father Joe’s Neil Good Day Center Feb. 9. For a third year, 100 pets residing in temporary homeless shelters snuggled TOP RANK FOR MED CENTER Palomar Medical Cen- into new sweaters and blanter Escondido has achieved kets to battle the winter the Healthgrades 2021 temperatures. America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award. The distinction KUDOS TO RESPONSE FUND places the Center in the top The North County


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y husband and I arrived at the fork in the road and didn’t know which way to go. The choices didn’t seem to match up with the map we had photographed at the trailhead, and we also hadn’t counted on the route heading straight up. We decided to turn around to search for what we thought was the right turn we had missed. This was our first foray into the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, 700 acres that encompasses four different habitats: chaparral, coastal/inland sage scrub, oak woodland and riparian. I guess we can blame or credit the pandemic for forcing us to search for new hiking trails beyond our immediate area. We decided that it’s too easy to become too comfortable with the usual trails, and we needed to shake it up a bit, so we headed southeast to Poway. The COVID-19 virus certainly has limited travel and activity for the better part of the last 12 months, but now most of San Diego County’s trails are open and hiking is one activity that we can eas-

THE LIVE OAKS on this stretch of trail in the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway provide a leafy respite from the sun. This 5.5-mile trail leads up to Lake Poway, Lake Poway Park and the dam. Another 5-mile trail in the reserve leads to Lake Ramona. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

ily do while maintaining the rules of social distancing. Blue Sky offers five hikes of varying lengths, including a short, flat one with signage for kids. We chose the 5.5-mile hike up to Lake Poway, around it and

back down. The rather steep climb begins after a stretch of trail that provides a lovely, leafy interlude that winds through stands of live oak. The trees also create a cool canopy for a spacious picnic area with nearby, well

camouflaged restrooms. This verdant tunnel will be especially welcome in the warmer months, but summer hikes should be done early in the morning. The energy expended on the way up this trail is

worth the view from the top, where you’ll find Lake Poway, Lake Poway Park and a demonstrative look at the dam. It’s hard to believe that this oasis exits (thankfully) amid a metro area of 3.1 million residents.

Visitors and hikers also can drive to the park and from there, circumnavigate the trail around the lake, a 2.75-mile hike. Note: This won’t eliminate the need to cover a section of challenging uphill trail. If you head northwest, in the opposite direction from Poway, you’ll find a different climate zone at Pico Park in southern San Clemente. This small park is adjacent to two other miniparks, all connected by the Sea Summit Trail. Walking these trails that are just below the expansive Outlets at San Clemente shopping center and near a subdivision, makes me thankful that someone had the foresight to save this slice of coastal open space. The trail winds up and down the cliffs just east of Pacific Coast Highway, where hikers can see panoramic views of the ocean and watch cyclists along the well landscaped, dedicated bike lane parallel to PCH. These wide, clean trails, bordered by open fencing protecting restored habitat, and the playgrounds at these parks make this location an ideal destination for families. Hiking the area on a clear February day with the ocean breeze in your face and the sun at your back – well, it doesn’t get much better than that. Have an adventure to share? Email eondash@

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Push continues to ‘get these kids back on the field’ By Bill Slane

WOMEN RECRUITS arrived at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego for the first time ever on Feb. 9. Congress ordered the Marine Corps to have the depot gender-integrated at the platoon level by 2028. Photo by Dustin Jones

First female recruits begin Marine Corps boot camp By Dustin Jones

REGION — Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego welcomed the first wave of women recruits in the base’s history on Feb. 9. They will train alongside the men as the Marine Corps continues to march towards basic training gender integration. Until last week, all women recruits attended boot camp in South Carolina aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. But in December 2019, Congress ordered the Marine Corps to fully integrate both recruit depots––Parris Island by 2025 and San Diego by 2028––at the platoon level. The women that arrived in San Diego will make up one of six platoons in Lima Company, Marine Corps drill instructor Staff Sgt. Ayesha Zantt said. She recently transferred from the east coast to help welcome the women recruits in San Diego, but she will not assume the drill instructor roll with this wave of recruits. Zantt has been a Marine for eight years, and like every other woman before her, she went to boot camp at Parris Island. “It’s challenging all around, they break you down, build you back up and it makes you a better person,” Zantt explained. “It’s meant to shed them away from their civilian life, their civilian routine and to make them into basically trained Marines.” Men and women work alongside one another throughout the Marine Corps. But until recently, the two rarely saw each other at boot camp. Basic training was segregated and then men and women would come together for Marine Combat Training, a month-

long training school following boot camp. Gender integration at boot camp, Zantt said, will require men and women to work together as a team earlier in their careers. “It’s paving the way because this is really important to the Marine Corps, to show the integration,” Zantt said. “We are all in the trenches together, it’s now starting ahead of time, as soon as they stood on the yellow footprints.” Eighteen-year-old Lezly Zavaleta arrived in San Diego from Tyler, Texas. She was an honor roll student in high school, not much of an athlete. She enlisted because she was tired of hearing other people tell her she couldn’t hack it. “I was always clumsy, fragile. I just wanted to prove them wrong and prove to myself I could do it, even though people didn’t believe in me,” she said. “When I learned I was going to San Diego, I thought it was finally a chance for females to prove that they can do it too, not just at Paris Island, but here on the west coast.” Zavaleta was one of 60 women that arrived at the depot last week. They will spend the next 13 weeks living, training and working together alongside the men. If they have what it takes, they will be awarded the title of United States Marine. “The women here with me are going to push themselves more than they’ve pushed themselves before, and that’s what I’m looking forward to, looking at the guys and saying “I can do that too,”,” Zavaleta said. “It’s a really big accomplishment… some people believe women can’t do it, and I’m here to prove them wrong. Women can do it.”

REGION — Let Them Play CA, a group of parents, coaches and students in California organized online, continues to push for state and local officials to allow high school and youth sports to continue as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers in San Diego County. The online group was co-founded on Facebook by Brad Hensley, a local San Diego father of a football player at Mission Hills High School. The group was started just six weeks ago but they say they are as close as they have ever been to getting student athletes back onto the playing field. “Six weeks ago we weren’t even an organization, but now we’re having daily correspondence with the governor and his staff,” Hensley said. “Our heads are down and we still have time to save the season for the seniors and get these kids back on the field so we continue to work.” The group says they have collected from 275 California high school football practices that show transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus among athletes and coaches to be low to non-existent. It is unclear how accurate those numbers may be, but experts like Dr. Richard Garfein, an infectious disease epidemiologist and a professor of family medicine and public health at UCSD, say it all comes down to the students, coaches and parents, as well as the type of sport being played to determine how safe it is to play. “Firstly, it’s really important to know what the prevalence is in your community,” Garfein said. “The other factors are what sport it is, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, how it’s being played, and how careful the coaches, parents and players are being in terms of maintaining proper distance, wearing masks when they can, handwashing, those types of things.” According to the CDC website, San Diego County’s current 7-day average of new cases per 100,000 persons is around 220. This rate puts the county under the CDC’s “high transmission” tier under new guidelines for reopening schools the public agency released Friday. Under that tier, the CDC suggests that all “sports and extracurricular activities are virtual only.” Hensley noted these are guidelines given by the CDC and the final determination is left to the state. “As parents, we wouldn’t recommend doing anything that is unsafe for kids,” Hensley said. “We do know though that the current environment [of not playing youth sports] is unsafe for them.” The Let Them Play CA Facebook group, where much of the organizing takes place currently, has nearly 60,000 members

LET THEM PLAY FACEBOOK GROUP “Let Them Play CA” has nearly 60,000 members. Photo via Facebook

where parents often post about the issues their kids are having while home without the ability to play sports with their schools. Also found on the page are documents containing stats they have collected regarding the transmission of the virus and the mental health state of kids without sports to fall back on. The page also has been prone to false or harmful information regarding the use of masks or the COVID-19 virus in general. In one post asking parents for suggestions on a type of mask for their child to use while playing volleyball, several group members suggested using different varieties of mesh masks with large openings that do not protect the wearer from the virus. While Hensley says his group advocates safety first for the student-athletes, it can be difficult to keep that kind of information off the page. “We were getting anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000

new members a day, and we wanted that because our strength is our size and scale,” Hensley said. “This is such a tough issue for parents. Conversations can go sideways pretty quick. But we continue to work with our members to get them to understand that these are the main guidelines.” Hensley also said the group is confident that once all is said and done, and parents and athletes know the rules, they will fully comply and conform with them once back playing their sports. Full compliance will be key according to Dr. Garfein to playing youth sports safely. “Are you willing to, as a parent, wear a mask when

you’re sitting there watching your child play or while you’re waiting for them during their practice? Are your kids willing to wear a mask whenever they possibly can? Are you making sure the kids aren’t sharing equipment and if they are making sure you sanitize it in between use?” Garfein said. “If you’re willing to do all those things then you really can reduce the risk of youth sports and they can be played relatively safely.” Let Them Play CA says they are in constant contact with local and state officials and hope to hear an official statement about their request to lift the ban on youth sports soon from Sacramento.


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Vista pizzeria owner calls it a career lick the plate david boylan


lease indulge me as I provide a brief backstory on this week’s column. I grew up next door to Jim Klemmer in Royal Oak, Michigan, where we both developed an early interest in surfing — an odd place for that to happen. That led us both to Encinitas and enabled our friendship to continue, riding the waves we only dreamed about in Michigan. Jim landed in Encinitas before I did and ended up living in one of the iconic boathouses on Third Street. My first visits had me sleeping on the floor of the sparsely furnished SS Encinitas but realizing that this was where I needed to be. By that time Jim was managing Leucadia Pizzeria on the corner of Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway 101. His idyllic world (to me anyway) consisted of living in the boathouse community with other restaurant pirate types, Leucadia Pizzeria, The Saloon and surfing The Boneyard. As a young corporate type, I envied the simplicity of his life. One of the highlights was when our idol, the late surf writer Gary Taylor from The Coast News interviewed me for a story on Great Lakes surfing over pizza and beers served up by Jim. When our story came out, we had been validated as freshwater surfers by the local king, we had arrived. Over the past 30 years or so, it’s always been difficult for us to get our schedules to sync up. Jim’s life has revolved around restaurant hours, the past 19 as owner-operator of Palomar Pizza & Pasta in Vista. That all changed recently, and I thought it worthy of letting Jim tell his story. LTP: Tell me about your first restaurant gig.

LONGTIME FRIENDS Jim Klemmer, left, and David Boylan with the last Pizza Sub at Palomar Pizza & Pasta in Vista. Photo by David Boylan

Jim: My first restaurant job was at a Pizza Hut at 16. My sister was a waitress there and got me in. I was pretty green with zero work experience. The most memorable restaurant job I had in high school was at a sub shop in Royal Oak called Tubby’s Submarines. It was the first job I had that was actually fun. LTP: Where was your first restaurant job in Encinitas? Jim: That would be the old Kansas City BBQ. It was hard work but with a very simple menu. Just ribs, chicken and a few side dishes. LTP: What was it like working then managing Leucadia Pizzeria? Jim: That’s where I really learned the basic operations of a very busy, very successful restaurant. I started as a cook, and after a freak accident, I was promoted to manager. It was a great place to work but the place was a pressure cooker. We had 20 drivers on a Friday night and that alone was extremely stressful, kind of like air traffic control. In addition to the delivery chaos, we would normally have a jammedpacked dining room. So, I had to not only deal with the kitchen and delivery driver madness, I had to manage the front of the house as well. Dealing

with angry customers, feuding waitresses, stoned surfer dude busboys and crying hostesses. But overall, the experience at Leucadia Pizza was great, and the owners, Chip and Linda Conover, were a great family to work for. No regrets. LTP: Was there a point when you realized this was your career path? Jim: It was not until I was well committed to opening my own shop in 2001, that I realized that this would be my life’s work. Before I had time to really think about what I was doing, I was already in deep. No going back. Most of my jobs up to that point were in restaurants, and I always told myself with each new restaurant gig, that this would be my last one. So what do I do? I open up Palomar Pizza. Go figure. LTP: Tell me about the location and concept for Palomar Pizza? Jim: We chose the location of Palomar Pizza because of its proximity to business parks in southern Vista as well as the businesses around Palomar Airport as we really wanted to focus on the lunchtime catering/ delivery business. It was also near the brand-new housing of Carlsbad, Rancho Carrillo area as well as San Elijo Hills in San Marcos.

As far as the menu, I basically took what I learned at Leucadia Pizzeria, and added my own touch to it, focusing on a good quality pizza as well as a variety of pasta entrees and salads and a few baked subs, including the iconic Pizza Sub that you introduced me to from Peppino’s Pizza in Allendale, Michigan. We really scored with our lasagna and the Philly cheesesteak sandwich. LTP: Describe the last 20 years there. Jim: The first seven years were amazing. We established ourselves in the community as a family-owned, neighborhood pizza shop. But in late 2008, the bottom fell out. Melrose Road was finally completed, so we were then bypassed by a lot of traffic, and several new pizza places opened up in our area. It was the first time we had serious competition. Then came the great recession. All of these things nearly put us out of business. But we survived it with a little creativity and some long hours. It really was a low point for us that lasted several years. We survived the recession, and slowly regained our lost business. Today’s sales will pay for tomorrow’s payroll and bills. A busy stretch can keep your head above water, but a long slow one can kill you. I knew we wouldn’t survive, so around March of last year, I started to develop my exit plan and begin a new life. We closed for good on December 31, 2020. Good riddance to an awful year! LTP: What’s next and how does it feel not being in the business? Jim:Life after Palomar Pizza is definitely different. I am back in school earning my teaching credential through CSUSM and in the meantime, I got a new job at one of my former big catering clients, N.A.I. in Vista. (Editor’s note: This location has reopened under new ownership.)

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Ballast Point Brewing, UCSD partner to cultivate diversity


t’s long been a stereotype that a typical craftbeer drinker looks a lot like me — white, male, and bearded. But spend any time at a local brew festival (pre-pandemic), and you’ll know that is an in-accurate representation of San Diego's beer scene as a whole. While there are plenty of enthusiasts who match my physical description, a love of craft beer isn’t restricted by race, gender or sexuality. Yet often, the stereo-

successfully in UCSD Extension’s Brewing Certificate Program." The scholarship includes full tuition funding and an internship at Ballast Point Brewing. Recipients

BALLAST POINT Brewing, in partnership with UC San Diego, is launching its annual Brewing for Diversity Scholarship, granting underrepresented students full tuition and an internship at the San Diego-based brewery. Photo courtesy of San Diego Brewers Guild

type does apply when it comes to working in the brewing industry. The most widely cited statistic is from the Brewer’s Association Industry Report 2019, which states that just over 76% of brewery workers are Caucasian. This percentage is even higher among brewers themselves at 89%. However, concerted efforts to expand the diversity within the industry are being implemented to begin leveling the playing field right here in San Diego County. Ballast Point Brewing, in partnership with the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), is launching its annual Brewing for Diversity Scholarship to "grant underrepresented students with the funds and tools they need to participate

are selected by representatives from Ballast Point, UCSD and San Diego Brewers Guild Inclusion Committee. The Michael James Jackson Foundation (TMJJF) is another grant-making organization working to create opportunity with a local connection. Timothy Parker, founder and owner (with wife Dali Parker) of Chula Vista Brewing, is a member of the TMJJF board. The organization funds schol-arship awards to Black, Indigenous, and persons of color within the brewing and distilling trades looking to begin or continue their industry education. Recently, Chula Vista Brewing teamed up with Coronado Brewing to release a craft lager, “Un-


ma Siena, Red Blend, 2016: From the rich soil of the Geyserville district comes this Italian style blend of Sangiovese Malbec and Petite Sirah. Salute! $14. South Coast Winery, Temecula Valley, Calif., Chardonnay Sans Chene, 2018: A Chardonnay “Sans Chene” (without oak) that simplifies the wine’s flavor so that the grape expresses itself, brimming with tropical fruit aromas, luscious flavors and a crisp finish. $18.


Carneros Napa, 2017: Refined flavors of cherry, red currant and plum tart, surrounded by ample toasty notes. $25. Castello Di Arbola, Chianti Classico It., 2016: Ripe cherry and strawberry flavors that are in harmony with tobacco and iron notes. $17. L’ecole #41 Columbia Valley, Wash., Merlot, 2018: Supple and vibrant, offering expressive red currant, violet and spiced cinnamon flavors, with polished tannins $22. Ferrari Carano Sono-

tit-led II,” with a portion of its proceeds going to help fund the TMJJF scholarship efforts, as first reported in Nationwide, the brewing industry’s failures of inclusivity are being pointed out more often. Drink-ers, brewers and brewery employees have begun to speak up when they see both injustices and opportunities. Those indie beer voices are inspiring more efforts within the industry even at the largest brewing companies. Tenth & Blake, the craft arm of MolsonCoors, launched a new scholarship program for underrepresented students in Tennessee, Oregon and Colorado. Constellation Brands (Corona and Modelo) has pledged $100,000,000 over ten years to increase the diversity in the brewing industry. Anheuser-Busch has partnered with the United Negro College Fund to create the Natalie Johnson Scholarship, offering 25 annual scholarships and five paid internships to advance careers in brew-ing for Black college students. Natalie Johnson is the first Black female brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis brewery. These are all great efforts, but more is needed. The word “annual” in the Ballast Point scholarship language stood out to me. Providing opportunities over the long term is an important component to creating a more diverse industry. It’s important for industry leaders to continue expanding these efforts and to respond to bright lights exposing the industry’s flaws. The SD Brewer’s Guild Inclusion webpage header reads, “Diversity + Inclusion + Belonging,” but its resources and toolkits are still “Coming Soon.” That will change, and we’ll be a better com-munity for it. Find details on how to apply for or provide support for the Ballast Point Brewing for Diversity scholarship at and The Michael James Jackson Foundation at

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Carlsbad author’s memoir recounts years in Hollywood By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Nearly 90 years ago, A Carlsbad resident was born in a city that gives rise to celebrities. Since her early years, Jackie Epstein, 89, fell in love with Hollywood and celebrities and spent a career rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in Tinseltown. But since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down her senior community at Carlsbad-by-the-Sea, Epstein was inspired by another resident to write a book. And she did, recently self-publishing her memoir, “My Love Affair With Hollywood.” Epstein spent several months recalling her experiences as a Hollywood columnist for the L.A. Herald-Examiner and her close-personal relationships with celebrities, such as Linda Gray. “They were just wonderful, wonderful people,” Epstein told The Coast News. “It was an incredible experience.” According to Epstein, celebrities were the best people she's ever met and for years, she wrote a column about their stories and careers. Before her writing career, Epstein’s first taste of stardom came when she was 11 years old at her first movie premiere.

JACKIE EPSTEIN, right, with actress Betty White on the set of the 1980s film, “The Gossip Columnist.” Epstein has published a memoir, “My Love Affair With Hollywood,” chronicling her time as a columnist for the L.A. Herald-Examiner in the 1960s and ’70s. Courtesy photo

Epstein's first job was a business manager's assistant and her responsibilities included a wake-up call every morning to legendary musician Nat King Cole, the first Black person to host his own TV show. Epstein later married her late husband, Robert, and the couple had four children. After years of child

rearing, Epstein landed a job alongisde her husband at the Herald-Examiner newspaper for $5 per week in 1966. Epstein said she was thrilled to have direct access to film and television stars she’d grown up watching. While her family lived paycheck-to-paycheck, Epstein said they powered through tough financial times.

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“We almost had no money, but we had the magic of Hollywood,” Epstein said. “Being a Hollywood columnist opened up other doors.” Epstein and her husband eventually retired to Carlsbad in 1991. After 42 years of marriage and six grandchildren, Robert passed away in 1997. After penning her “Hollywood Soundtrack”


column for years under the pen name Jackie Manne, Epstein also wrote a “Court of Opinions” column for Tennis Illustrated, meeting and interviewing legends such as Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Rod Laver. One of her favorite memories is being with Gray on a movie set with chimpanzees in the Florida Everglades for the film, “The

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Wild and Free.” Gray, who did her own stunts, was fearless, Epstein recalled, and the script called for her to swim across a body of water to the chimps. Gray began swimming across the water when the director noticed several baby alligators circling the actress, Epstein said. Undeterred, Gray kept swimming, got to land and ate “nose-tonose” with the chimps, Epstein said laughing. Epstein also worked with Betty White and Kim Cattrell on the TV movie “The Gossip Columnist” and conducted Rita Hayworth’s final interview. “My Love Affair with Hollywood” is filled with these types of stories, but it also recounts the love of her family and husband, Epstein said. “I was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years and did my writing, interviewing, and had my own PR company while raising the four kids,” Epstein said. “My husband and I had tremendous energy and didn't require a lot of sleep. I also had wonderful friends who exchanged the young ones with me — and I was the first one in my neighborhood to buy an answering machine — which made all of the above possible.” Epstein is currently working on her latest book, “Walking a Duck in L.A.” com. The White Buffalo is Jake Smith – singer, songwriter, guitarist, teller of stories and Emmy nominee. Tickets, $10, will be sold via where fans can purchase an MP3 download of the evening’s performance and limited-edition The White Buffalo T-shirts.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Time is on your side in the early part of the week. But anything left undone by midweek will need to be put into rush mode. The weekend offers choices for you and someone special. TAURUS (April 30 to May 20) Finally getting credit for a contribution is nice for all you idea-generating Ferdinands and Fernandas. But don’t sit on your laurels under the cork tree. Use it as a first step to a bigger opportunity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Despite the progress made, a hint of doubt might set in. That’s OK. You need to stop and consider not only what you’re doing but also how you are doing. Make adjustments where needed. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The dreamer is dominant in the Moon Child’s aspect, but a dollop of hardheaded practicality is coming up fast and jockeying for space. The challenge is to make room for both modes. LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s a good week for Leos and Leonas to start assessing what they’ve done and what they plan to do. Moving to a new environment — home or job-related — is a possibility for some Cats. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) The week calls for Virgos to make tough decisions, but in a way that leaves the door open for changes. Ask for advice from someone who has been in the position you’re in now.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Disappointments are never easy to take, but you have the ability to learn from them and go on to success. Meanwhile, continue to build up your contacts. You’ll need them soon. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Things might still be going much too slowly to suit you. But you need the time to make sure they’re going in the right direction. It’s easier to make a course correction now rather than later. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Showing some temperament at the way things are going is one way of getting your point across. Just don’t overdo it, or you risk turning away more-moderate supporters. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Things could change more quickly this week than you like. But don’t fret; you’ll most likely find that you’re up to the challenges. The weekend offers much-needed relaxation. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Big challenge coming up? Uncross those fingers and believe that you’re going to do well. And keep in mind that so many people have faith in your ability to succeed. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Testing the waters is a good way of learning about an opportunity before plunging right in. Ask more questions and be alert to any attempts to avoid giving complete answers. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for making people — and animals, too — feel special and loved. © 2021 King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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