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FEB. 21, 2020

CSUSM fires dean, wife for misusing school funds

VUSD to grow dual language opportunities VISTA — During Vista Unified School District’s board of trustees meeting on Feb. 13, the board approved the second reading of the new dual language policy. The policy outlines high-level goals and roadmaps for the increasingly popular program, said trustee Cipriano Vargas. Board President Rosemary Smithfield said this program is a “full-on” dual language immersion program, not like the one the district used to conduct years ago. VUSD rolled out the program last year for kindergartners at Grapevine Elementary School with 50 students. The success has been overwhelmingly positive as the number of students participating has tripled, according to Principal Rafael Olavide. He said there are 75 first-graders and 75 kindergartners. “We got to do it right,” Vargas said. “We want community support and build it up. We don’t want to force it.” Olavide has also been spearheading the district’s dual language committee, conducting outreach at various schools across the district to gauge interest, he said. Olavide said the district has received another 150 interest forms from parents, and data used from those and other metrics to determine the next school to begin the program. Vargas, a former dual language kindergarten teacher in San Antonio, added other data points such as school capacity and sites with declining enrollment will also be part of the discussions. Smithfield said the goal is to roll out the program at Alamosa Elementary School starting next school year. Eventually, the program will be phased in throughout the district, the three said. The plan at Grapevine started with kindergartners



Senior women’s golfer Jaime Jacob on Feb. 12 became the first Cal State San Marcos student-athlete to earn the San Diego Sports Association Amateur Star of the Year. Jacob was crowned the 2019 NCAA Division II Individual National Champion last May after carding an even-par 219 over three days in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Jacob was also named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Athlete of the Year and was selected to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America first team. Photo courtesy Cal State San Marcos Athletics

SAN MARCOS — On the eve of California State University, San Marcos’ audit on executive officials misappropriating university funds, the university severed ties with two officials in spotlight of review. CSUSM and the California State University Chancellor’s Office each released their independent internal reviews on Feb. 13 of business spending of Michael Schroder, the former dean of extended learning and associate vice president for international programs. According to an investigation last year by the San Diego Union Tribune, Schroder exceeded university spending caps when staying at Ritz-Carlton hotels, upgraded airfare to business or first class, and bought $50 steak dinners at Vigilucci’s Seafood Steakhouse in Carlsbad. “We substantiated all of the allegations,” the chancellor’s 28-page independent report stated. “We also found that the dean sought and received reimbursement for expenses that were personal in nature under the guise of university business.” The university announced that Michael Schroder and his wife Beth Schro-

der, the senior director of philanthropy, were no longer employed as of Feb. 12. CSUSM President Ellen Neufeldt stated on the release of the university’s independent report that, “the independent investigation by the Chancellor’s Office revealed that a member of our community took advantage of their position and influence to fraudulently use university resources to their personal benefit. “Upon reading the report, I was in disbelief that someone would violate the sacred trust placed upon leaders of this university to such a degree,” she continued. Neufeldt received the complaint of Schroder’s spending during her first month at the university last summer where she began an internal investigation and requested an independent investigation from the Audit and Advisory Services of the Chancellor’s Office. In the university’s eightpage comprehensive review of travel expenditures, 27 of the reviewed 253 transactions were found to be in violation of university policy. These policy violations were found in lodging costs, TURN TO CSUSM ON 3

Escondido Country Club site renamed State of the City: San Marcos ‘Canopy Grove’ as construction nears adding 500 jobs, mayor says By Will Fritz

ESCONDIDO — Construction is expected to get underway soon on new homes that are planned to be built on the site of the old Escondido Country Club golf course. Grading is already underway and work will start within the next three months on model homes in the first of three “villages” to be built on top of the former 18-hole golf course, according to Alex Plishner, a vice president at Lennar Homes’ San Diego office. “We’re expecting to start our model homes in late April or early May in Village 1 and start home construction in that village, too, and we’re moving toward grading on the other two villages,” Plishner said.

The project has a new name, too — all three villages included in the development will be known as Canopy Grove, Plishner said. Mike Strong, assistant director of planning for the city of Escondido, said the only barriers to construction starting are things like landscaping plans and building permit plans, which he expects the city will sign off on soon for Village 1. The largest of the three, Village 1 will include 148 homes in an area between Golden Circle Drive, David Drive and Country Club Lane on the westernmost end of the project. Plishner said the other two villages are a few months behind TURN TO CANOPY GROVE ON 2

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SAN MARCOS — Mayor Rebecca Jones announced the addition of more than 500 jobs in the city at the sixth annual State of the City Address on Feb. 18 at California State University, San Marcos, coinciding with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business Awards. Jones presented SAN MARCOS current developments Mayor Rebecca and hurdles the city is Jones delivers currently addressing the State of the City address Feb. in her speech, includ18. Courtesy photo ing the announcement

of two new medical facilities in the city from Kaiser Permanente and Scripps Health. Kaiser Permanente's new hospital will look to address the needs of the community and its 180,000 North County network members. The hospital will break ground in late 2020 and plans to open in 2023. The new medical facility in the region will bring in 500 jobs and host 206 beds as well as the following TURN TO JOBS ON 13


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FEB. 21, 2020

In cancer fight, mom finds strength in son, friends By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos resident Trendi Phillips has always been a hard worker. Hailing from Webster City, Iowa, Phillips brought along her Midwestern values when she moved to Southern California 20 years ago. With her strong roots in mind, it didn’t phase Phillips when she was diagnosed with a rare form of rectal cancer four years ago. In fact, the assiduous single mother of a 10-year-old boy named Kai continued to work her sales job with a chemotherapy bag in hand. But this year, the cancer has returned again and this time, chemotherapy will only help so much. Kimberly Walkden, who co-launched a GoFundMe campaign for Phillips, said the cancer has metastasized in Phillips’s liver, prompting doctors to wait for a new immunotherapy treatment. “Our friend Gigi and I launched this campaign for Trendi because we wanted her to be able to fight her cancer the best she could,” said Walkden, a San Marcos resident who has known Phillips for 15 years. “We know this time it won’t be as easy as the previous times, so we wanted to make sure she would be able to get the physical and mindful rest she needs.” Because of the severity of this round of cancer, Walkden and others urged

TRENDI PHILLIPS, a San Marcos resident battling a rare form of cancer, takes a selfie with her son, Kai. Courtesy photo

Phillips to take time off from work to focus on her health. However, because Phillips has limited access to employer-sponsored assistance as she works for a small business, Walkden said. “I know that this will be a harder fight for her,” Walkden said. “She constantly worries about not being able to go to work every day so she can pay her bills and provide the things for Kai that he needs and enjoys doing.” Walkden said the funds from the fundraiser will allow Phillips to take time off from work while still being able to care for her son.

“Her job is very stressful in itself but to add on the stress of complete financial responsibility for your household while trying to fight cancer is a huge feat,” Walkden said. “Trendi is one of the strongest and hardworking women I know. Looking at her no one ever would even guess that she has cancer. That’s why you would never be able to tell that she struggles raising Kai while working and fighting cancer.” Walkden isn’t the only one rallying behind Phillips. Since launching the GoFundMe campaign just a few weeks ago, more than 170 donors have raised

$22,000 to help Phillips. Phillips said she has drawn her strength, not only from her son, but from her friends who have supported her during the cancer battle. “I knew I had a great support system,” Phillips said. “But after launching the GoFundMe page, I was completely in shock of the love I received back. The love coming from San Diego all the way to Iowa and some in-between was a tearful moment.” As Phillips endures another fight against cancer, she said she is thankful for the donations that will allow her to spend time with her son. “The challenging part is keeping it together,” Phillips said. “But, the one thing I told him is that I will be able to spend the summer with him. He is super excited about that.” For now, Phillips said she’s thankful to have made the move to San Marcos, a city that reminds her of being home in the Midwest. “I love the community of San Marcos and I have met such wonderful people here,” Phillips said. “It was clear I was supposed to be here at this time in my journey. San Marcos reminds me of a sliver of Iowa. We all know each other and look out for one another.” For more information about Trendi Phillips or to donate to her GoFundMe campaign, go to gofundme. com/f/e4geb-help-her-heal.


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Village 1 in the approval process. According to Plishner, Canopy Grove will have four “product lines” of homes: Reflection, which will be between 1,450 and 1,700 square feet; Retreat, which will be 1,550 to almost 2,000 square feet; Haven, which will be 1,525 to 2,600 square feet; and the largest Sanctuary, with 1,975 to 3,200 square feet. In all, 380 units — both single-family and attached homes — will be constructed between the three villages of the project. The Escondido Country Club has been shuttered for

ESCONDIDO MAYOR Paul McNamara, left, Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez and San Diego Oasis Program Manager for North County David Beevers pay a visit to San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit that supports aging through lifelong learning, healthy living and community service. Courtesy photo

Connecting seniors, students ESCONDIDO — San Diego Oasis operates an intergenerational literacy tutoring program that encourages older adults to work with children to improve reading skills and self-esteem in Title One designated elementary schools throughout San Diego. Recently, San Diego Oasis donated 925 books to North Broadway Elementary and 1280 books to Rock Springs Elementary, both in Escondido. More than 700 older adult tutors work in 11 school districts, sharing their time, talents and wisdom with students who need their help. “You can help bring nearly a decade now; the course was closed shortly after it was bought by a private land speculator in 2012. The speculator, Michael Schlesinger of Beverly Hills, earned the ire of residents of the surrounding neighborhood when they learned that he intended to develop the land. Community members signed petitions and were eventually able to convince the Escondido City Council to rezone the former golf course as open space. But Schlesinger sued the city, saying that the rezoning decision was unfair, as the Country Club had been zoned for residential use when he bought it. He won the lawsuit, and the city approved development

a smile to the face of students by bringing a new or slightly used age appropriate book for students K-4 to our North County Oasis office,” at the Park Avenue Community Center of Escondido, 210 E. Park Ave., said David Beevers, San Diego Oasis Program Manager for North County. The goal is to distribute 100,000 books to students in the community. San Diego Oasis offers almost 3,000 classes, activities, and trips throughout the year. For more details on the Book Donation Program or additional information about San Diego Oasis, visit sandiegooasis. org or call (760) 796-6020. plans with builder New Urban West to construct a project that was originally called “The Villages” in 2017, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported at the time. New Urban West has partnered with Lennar to build the redubbed Canopy Grove. Another lawsuit from a group of homeowners held up the developers from moving forward on Canopy Grove until July, when New Urban West reached a settlement with them and agreed to pay $763,000 to the Escondido Country Club Homeowners’ Organization to reimburse residents who have made donations to pay for the suit over the years, according to the Union-Tribune.

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FEB. 21, 2020

Escondido, Palomar to promote use of library at satellite campus By Will Fritz

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council on Feb. 12 approved an agreement with the Palomar Community College District to promote the use of the college’s library at its Escondido Education Center by members of the community. “What many people probably don’t realize is that as a publicly funded institution, the Ernest J. Allen Library, which is located at the Palomar Community College Escondido Education Center is open and available for use by the public,” Palomar Communications Director Joanna Axelrod said at the council meeting. “Community members 18 years and older can register for a free community library card, check out fiction, nonfiction, DVDs and children’s books, use computers, printers and Wi-Fi, access quiet study spaces and receive help with research and tech questions from professional library staff.” Axelrod said in anticipation of increased use of the library by the com-



upgraded airline seats and executive car services where more economical choices could have been made. The review also found duplicate travel reimbursements and as a result overpayment of said reimbursements. The chancellor’s report echoed the university's findings and found that Schroder fraudulently requested duplicate reimbursements by claiming a meal under both a travel expense and a hospitality expense. The report also found that Schroder requested reimbursement of expenses totaling $36,675, of which 33 of the 182 expenditures reviewed were found to be fraudulent. “Examples of these expenses include trips to a concert and professional football and baseball games, as well as a cross-country road trip, all taken with family and friends,” the report said. Schroder used university funds to see a National Football League game and a Guns N’ Roses concert in Philadelphia in October 2017 under the guise of reviewing an educational program at the University of Pennsylvania. The cross-country road trip occurred a few months prior from Virginia to California where Schroder could not verify the nature of this trip and the reimbursement for it from the university. Neufeldt has directed the university to create fiscal stewardship actions based off the recommendations from both reports to prevent future abuse of university funds. “Actions speak louder than words, so we are going to show through our deeds that we want to earn the trust of our students, our families, our faculty and staff and our community,” Neufeldt said.

THE LIBRARY at Palomar College’s Escondido Education Center. Photo by Will Fritz

munity, Palomar is making improvements to the Escondido campus library, including new book stacks, redesigned shelving layout, designated free parking spaces for library users and improved signage. She also said a $25,000 donation from the Escondido Library Foundation will pay for new furniture. “For some time, our

foundation has been supportive of library services back in the east city section of Escondido, and now we’re actually ready to support it with some cash,” Jack Anderson, president of the Escondido Library Foundation, said. The donation, he said, would be made to the Palomar College Foundation, a nonprofit independent from the college that supports students as well as “college and faculty initiatives that enhance the educational experience of Palomar College students,” according to its website. Escondido’s east end has been without access to a city library since the East Valley Branch Library closed in 2011 amid budget cuts. “One of the most notable heartaches I ever had as an elected official in the city was the loss of the East Valley Community Branch Library,” Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz said at the meeting. “And for a long time, we struggled to figure out how we would restore and how we would ever be able to afford to restore services on the

east side of town.” Palomar’s Escondido Education Center is located at the corner of Midway Drive and Valley Parkway, just a few blocks west of the old East Valley library. Diaz, who works at Palomar as interim dean of counseling, said after checking with the city’s legal counsel, she was informed she would not have to recuse herself from voting on the partnership between the city and the college. “I’m very proud to support this,” she said. Jack Kahn, Palomar’s interim superintendent and president, said the college “could not have done this work without funding from the Escondido Library Foundation.” That tracks with Palomar’s ongoing financial crisis — Kahn was named to his position in December after the college’s faculty Senate conducted a “no confidence” vote against the previous president, Joi Lin Blake, amid news that the state Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team deemed Palomar at “high risk” of fiscal insolvency. The college announced Blake’s formal resignation

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fice and then calling up Dr. Blake,” he said. “And then we turned it over to Joanna and she ran with it.” Councilman John Masson called the agreement “a no-brainer.” “It’s one of those things where we should have done this years ago,” Masson said. Axelrod said Palomar would soon begin advertising the Escondido campus library to local residents with a social media campaign. The library is open Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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FEB. 21, 2020

Opinion & Editorial

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not reflect the views of The Coast News

At all levels, the primary is about moderates, extremes

T Investing in neighborhoods


ne of the hardest, but most rewarding parts about being a San Diego County Supervisor is being able to help out many groups in our community. Through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, we are able to fund nonprofit organizations who provide essential services to citizens of San Diego County. Reinvesting taxpayer money in worthwhile organizations is a benefit to the citizens and communities of North County. Although there are many wonderful programs in our region, we wanted to highlight some for their outstanding work. The Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation is a wonderful group that assists the residents in Carlsbad. We were able to allocate $17,875 towards the purchase of the Stop the Bleeding Kits which assist emergency personnel with on-site accidents and other incidents in Carlsbad. Another wonderful organization that we all know, and love is the Valley Center Western Days, Inc. Established in 1950, Valley Center Western Days has become a staple for the community. The family-friendly, community-wide celebration will be held this year on May 23. By

around the county Jim Desmond providing $15,000 this will help with the purchase of signage, stage, audio system and many other essential items. I encourage everyone to come out for the 70th annual, later this year! One of the most important groups in our County is the San Diego Food Bank. The Food bank provides nutritious food to people in need, advocate for the hungry, and educate the public about hunger-related issues. One of the biggest items needed at the Food Bank was a large-scale refrigerator for the North County Food bank. Through our allocation, they will now able to purchase his much-needed item. There are many more wonderful organizations throughout San Diego County, that help in the community. We want to hear from you, so please contact my office, or visit my website to learn more and see if you may qualify for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program.

Streamlining the permitting process It’s a sad day when you realize your kids, many of whom are college graduates, can’t afford to buy a starter home in San Diego County. While there is a shortage of housing, there is NO shortage of government regulations. The permit process is a large cost to building homes and while some regulations are necessary for fire safety and code over time some regulations become outdated or overburdening, therefore increasing the cost of housing. Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted on a plan to reduce regulations, on building houses, in the county. The plan is designed to reduce regulations on landscape plans, grading plans, and the permitting process. The plan allows certifications, by outside qualified licensed engineers, of minor grading plans, driveways and roads, while streamlining the process, saving time and money. I want residents today and future generations, living, working and playing in San Diego County. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Protecting our data privacy By Marie Waldron

Our personal data is valuable, needing secure protection in this digital age. In 2018, Gov. Brown signed California’s Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the toughest, most far-reaching data protection law ever passed in the United States. Though the law was passed in 2018, its provisions became effective Jan. 1 of this year. The CCPA grants Californians the right to request that businesses disclose any personal information collected about them, the categories and sources of the information, data on sales of that information to third parties, and the right to request deletion of personal data. The Act also grants consumers the right to opt out of the sale of their personal information, and

prohibits businesses from discriminating against consumers for exercising those rights. Selling information about any consumer under age 16 is prohibited, unless specific authorization has been granted. In addition, if personal information is released due to a company’s failure to implement reasonable security measures, consumers will be able to sue. The Attorney General is charged with enforcing the CCPA, and just released modified regulations for enforcement, which begins on July 1. This complex law also has its downside. According to a report by the Attorney General, 75% of California businesses will be impacted by the Act. Some of the requirements are burdensome, especially for small

businesses, and the definition of what constitutes a “sale” is ambiguous. Estimates indicate that initial compliance costs for small companies with less than 20 employees would average $50,000, and could range up to $2 million for companies with more than 500 employees. The overall economic costs to implement CCPA could exceed $55 billion. Legislative fixes and clarifications were discussed extensively last year, but stalled. More discussions are likely this year, but as is often the case in California, lawsuits and ballot initiatives are in the works. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature

he California primary election officially went to the voters’ hands early this month, when many began receiving mail-in ballots shortly before early-voting centers started opening all around the state. No registered voter should lose sight of what this election is about in both major parties: At several levels, the current vote will decide at least for awhile whether moderates are in effect drummed out of the two major parties, leaving extremists on both sides to rule for the next two or four years. For Democrats, this choice has been obvious on the presidential level since the party’s first televised debate last summer. The choice there for Democratic moderates is between former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttegieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and, possibly, late entrant Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York City. So-called progressives among Democrats will for the most part choose between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Democratic Party rules mandating proportional representation likely will see to it that at least four of these folks each wins some California delegates to the national nominating convention, but their specific vote totals will be telling. If any candidate fails to draw 15% of the statewide California Democratic vote, they can most likely kiss their presidential chances goodbye, even if they’ve done well in the primaries and caucuses of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — where results will be fi-

california focus thomas d. elias nalized while most Californians are still mulling their votes. Republican President Donald Trump, having just survived an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, will have only nominal opposition here, but if a significant number of moderate GOP voters cast protest ballots for former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld or one of several lesser-known candidates, it will signal big trouble ahead for Trump. The same kind of moderate vs. extremist contest will also occur in a few much more local votes, even though California’s new 12year legislative term limits give a huge advantage to incumbents both in the primary and the November runoff to follow. At least three key contests will shape November runoffs. The perpetually challenged Steve Glazer, a state senator from Orinda in the 7th Senate District, faces the labor-backed ultra-liberal Marisol Rubio in one race. In Orange County’s 72nd Assembly District, incumbent and fairly moderate Republican Tyler Diep faces strong intra-party opposition from conservative Janet Nguyen, who lost her former nearby state Senate seat two years ago to Democrat Tom Umberg. And in the 25th Congressional District, covering turf from the Simi Valley in Ventura County to Lancaster in Los Angeles County’s high desert area, multiple conservatives and moderates from both parties seek to replace lib-

eral Democrat Katie Hill, forced to resign by a sex scandal after only a few months in office. This field includes conservative former Republican Rep. Steve Knight, unseated by Hill in 2018, and Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith, the early-book favorites to make the runoff elections both for the fall election and the special election to fill the seat until then. The two hardest fought of these races may come in the East Bay and Orange County. With former county GOP chairman Scott Baugh backing Nguyen in part because of Diep’s voting with Democrats on some housing measures, the ex-state senator has a good shot. One mystery here is why Democrats, who saw Hillary Clinton carry this district in 2016 and then lost it to Diep by less than 3% two years later, have not run a well-funded candidate with deep local name recognition. The likelihood there is an all-GOP November runoff. Rubio, meanwhile, has gotten donations from three large labor unions and endorsements from a few local Democratic clubs in her bid to oust Glazer. “My life represents everything that is wrong about his voting record,” Rubio says. Neither Rubio nor Glazer won support from the state party. All of which means that while the California vote will say a lot about the future of both major parties nationally, it may do the same for the two California parties, even if the moderate vs. extreme battlegrounds are less numerous this time than in some past primaries. Email Thomas Elias at

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FEB. 21, 2020

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Baseball’s black eye again finds its way to North County


he youngsters were playing catch and that’s when their chatter hit home. “I used to like the Astros,” one tyke said to another. “But not anymore because they are cheaters.” The Houston Astros’ shenanigans are on the lips of everyone in baseball, from Little Leaguers just embracing the grand game to those performing it at the highest levels. Houston had a problem playing fair and once again a North County coach’s team is left in its wake. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, a Cardiff resident, lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series. The Astros banged a trash can to alert their hitters on what pitch was next and Roberts’ Dodgers were the fall guys. Just maybe the Dodgers don’t win that Fall Classic anyway. Then again if the Astros aren’t trading in inside information, it’s possible the Dodgers have had that championship parade, with Roberts in the lead car, for the first time since 1988. “There’s nothing we can do to change that,” Roberts said. He’s right, but it’s also an eerie case of history repeating itself. Another baseball scandal, this one at the Little League level, had a North County angle. The Oceanside American Little League advanced to the 2001 Little League World Series. At a tourna-

sports talk jay paris ment where the game is to represent its purest form, Oceanside landed on the wrong side of fate. Oceanside advanced to the semifinals, 12 innings shy of being crowned the kings of the kids. But when playing a squad from the Bronx, New York, it faced a pitcher with a fastball which topped 70 miles per hour. Lefty Danny Almonte’s velocity was amazing and so was his birth certificate. It stated he was 12 years old, while actually he was 14. Almonte blew away Oceanside, just like he did every overmatched team in his path. Oceanside claimed third place at the LLWS, but in the first place, it never competed on a level playing field. Welcome to baseball. As Oceanside American manager Daryl Wasano later told his elementary school players, welcome to the school of hard knocks. “Sometimes, life isn’t fair,” said Wasano, who resides in San Marcos. “Things that should happen won’t. Things that shouldn’t happen will. Unfortunately, you just learned it at a much younger age than most people do.” Baseball, a game built around failure, is tough

enough without someone cooking the books. It’s a sport that builds character and reveals it, too. Somewhere the Astros’ moral compass failed in their quest to be champions. That distinction was earned in a tainted manner in which the players will never escape. The title ring fits, but it’s a red flag underscoring their deceptive approach rather than a celebratory piece of jewelry. Angels catcher Max Stassi, a member of the 2017 Astros, understood the ramifications of his actions when reaching spring training. “Especially (for) the kids that look up to us,” he said. “We’re supposed to set an example and do the right thing. We didn’t do that.” But everyone can going forward and wouldn’t that be a swell way to toast the national pastime. On numerous North County diamonds, starting this weekend, adults can shine as another Little League season kicks off. It’s a chance to do be a role model instead of losing sight of fair play, while chasing a trophy which will do nothing but gather dust in the future. The real triumphs come when exiting the field, head high, knowing you helped youngsters strive for a better tomorrow within the rules. Then hopefully next season a game of catch doesn’t including talking about another cheating baseball squad that got caught.

Determined Saelee sets Palomar mark SAN MARCOS — Las month at Grossmont College, Julie Saelee played the game of her life with the Palomar Comets women’s basketball team, scoring 36 points and setting the school record for most three-pointers in a game. Her nine long shots eclipsed the previous record of seven and helped boost the team to a 90-20 victory. For Saelee, the game was as real as it gets: feet on the court, lungs working overtime, pushing her muscles and her senses to the limit. But it was also — as basketball always has been for her — a means of escape, of rising above the stress and struggle of life. “Basketball takes me to a different place,” said Saelee, 20, during a recent interview on campus. Growing up, she recalled, “Whenever I was going through something or feeling down, I would go to the gym to get up shots. Even coming to practice, it just took a lot of things I had going on at home off my mind. When I played, I would forget what I was upset about.” Originally from the Sacramento area and one of 12 siblings, Saelee grew up in

Julie Saelee foster care. She started playing basketball in the sixth grade and played throughout high school, even though her team was less than stellar. As a teenager living in a group home, she met a staff member who used to play for Palomar College. “I told her, ‘I want to get out of Sacramento and do something different.’ So she helped me reach out to Coach [Leigh] Marshall, and we actually went to watch the team play when they came up north,” Saelee recalled. “Julie is a tough-asnails kid whom I’ve watched grow tremendously over the last three years, in both her

physical and mental makeup,” Marshall said. “She’s someone you look forward to seeing every single day because she always has a great attitude, a smile on her face, and she comes to work hard.” In 2017, three months after graduating from high school, Saelee moved to North County with her twin sister to play basketball at Palomar. Her sister moved back to Sacramento at the end of the year, but Saelee stayed. At 5 feet 3 inches — one of the shortest players on the team — Saelee refers to herself as a “dirty worker,” and describes her typical game as “getting the hustle plays and doing the hard work.” As a shooting guard, she has left her mark with numerous double-digit-scoring games this season; she is also known for her momentum-shifting steals. In the classroom, Saelee is pursuing her associate degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, with plans to become a nurse. When she leaves Palomar, it will be to transfer to a four-year university and become the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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Hawthorne Country Store set to host biannual Homestead Arts Faire By Hoa Quach

as gardening, water reclamation, raising livestock, creating personal hygiene products, baking goods, hunting and fishing, and reusing products. Heather Thelen, one of the owners of Hawthorne Country Store, a family-owned business, said they’ve hosted the event for years at the request of their customers who wanted to learn more about homesteading and agriculture. “Escondido has a rich agricultural and homesteading history, but we have grown out of these skills being passed because of necessity,” Thelen said. “This is a unique way to preserve and celebrate our heritage. (The idea of the fair) came from our customers wanting to connect with other folks.” Hawthorne Country


crafts. February celebrates love and kindness. Use imagination, paint a rock, create a card, what inspires you? All materials supplied.

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ESCONDIDO — Embracing the rich agricultural history and industry in San Diego County, local businesses will gather on Saturday, Feb. 22, for the bi-annual Homestead Arts Faire in Escondido. The event, hosted by longtime North County business Hawthorne Country Store, will bring together more than a dozen local businesses focused on highlighting the agriculture and homestead industries in the region. Attendees of the event can expect to interact with experts and owners from different businesses within the agricultural and homestead industries. Visitors will also be able to learn about different topics such

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The LIFE lecture series continues 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mira Costa College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. The first speaker is the League of Women Voters discussing “Propositions: Pros & Cons.” After intermission with refreshments, U.S. census will discuss “Making Sense of the Census” at 2:30 p.m. A $1 parking permit is available at Lot 1A. Visit or call (760) 757-2121.


Be part of Vista’s seventh annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes!” Red High Heels walk against women’s heart disease at 11 a.m. Feb. 22, starting at the Vista Village Pub, 224 Main St., Vista, sponsored by Vista Deputy Mayor Amanda Young Rigby. High heels NOT required.


The San Diego Humane Society hosts a Walk for Animals – North County, from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido. Your participation in the Walk for Animals helps make animal lifesaving work possible. Visit http://support.sdhumane. org/site/TR?fr_id=1301&pg=entry#.XgZSjUdKiUl.

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Spend Sunday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m. at The Heritage Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, for family arts and

an lifestyle in store form for 22 plus years.” But the event isn’t just for customers wanting to learn more about agriculture or homesteading. The Homestead Arts Faire also allows vendors to share information about their passions with curious minds. Dan Luong, also known as “Bee Man Dan,” is one vendor who plans to participate in the Homestead Arts Faire. The owner of We Save Bees, Luong offers bee removal services in a safe way. He said he’s been working with Hawthorne Country Store for more than years. “Heather's always looking for new products and nifty things,” said Luong, whose company operates throughout California and

The Coastal Communities Concert Band will present a special concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St. Tickets are $20 at or call (760) 436-6137 or at the door.


to find out.” As a whole, the Homestead Arts Faire brings together passionate people from all different backgrounds. “We see some experts, some novices, and just some interesting people in our community,” Thelen said. “Creating a space for them to share is part of our mission.” The Homestead Arts Faire will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Hawthorne Country Store at 675 W. Grand Ave. in Escondido. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Homestead Arts Faire or Hawthorne Country Store, go to

Summer Stephan, will be speaking. To register, visit


The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a Cherry Pie Festival Luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reserve by 1 p.m. one day prior at (760) 643-5288.


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Arizona. “I'm always personally amazed at the variety of resources she pulls together here.” Luong said any member of the public would enjoy the offerings at the twice-ayear Homestead Arts Faire held in Escondido. “I would come here just to see the animals,” Luong said. “But anyone who's looking into homesteading, raising livestock, if you have dogs, pickling, fermenting foods, cheese making, and bee equipment, of course.” Attendees might also just be interested in talking to experts in their fields, Luong said. “It’s always nice to pick the brains of people who live their products,” Luong said. “(There are) always tidbits and nuggets of information


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The North County Widows and Widowers Club will meet for Happy Hour at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Anita’s Mexican Restaurant, 2251 El Camino Real, Oceanside. RSVP to Johny at (760) 731COMMERCIAL POT TALK The California Depart- 9549. ment of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of WEIGHT LOSS HELP Take Off Pounds SensiFood and Agriculture and State Water Resources Con- bly (TOPS), a support group trol Board are hosting a free for weight loss, will host an online commercial cannabis open house from 6:15 to 7:30 cultivation permitting work- p.m. Feb. 2 at Cypress Court shop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 1255 N. Broadway, EscondiFeb. 21. Registration link at do. TOPS is non-profit.

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Store has had a long presence in North County. The business currently has two locations, one in Escondido and another in Fallbrook, offering customers products in pet, equestrian, livestock, gardening and home food preservation. Operated by three generations, Thelen said visitors of the Homestead Arts Faire, can expect to learn something new by attending the event. “You can expect to see something, definitely learn something, and maybe to hook up with a new or expanded hobby,” Thelen said. “You may have the opportunity to learn, experience, taste, buy and create from a number of unique people in our community. We are Escondido natives and have been celebrating the agrari-



Scrabble tournament ESCONDIDO — So you think you’re a Scrabble star? Here’s your chance to show off your stellar word skills. Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 16th annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 2020 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 7 in the auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave. Doors open for player check-in at 8 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9 a.m. Players must

Sierra Club North County Group will be holding an Environmental Community Meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Chalice UU Congregation, Blue Room, 2324 Miller Ave., Escondido. The topic will be “Our Transportation Future: The Five Big Moves and How to Give Effective Testimony.” For questions contact conserva- Club, 1221 Encinitas Blvd., with San Diego LabRats. Courses include robotics, GENEALOGY tiny engineers, computer Annette Perrone will code masters, light & sigpresent, “Marriage and In- nals, musical Spanish, biolheritance Customs in Ger- ogy is all around us, buildmany” when North San Di- er buddies, family steam ego County Genealogical day & money matters (for Society meets at 9:30 a.m. adults). Call (760) 450-4717 Feb. 25 at Carlsbad Faraday or; Center, 1635 Faraday Ave., for more inforCarlsbad. Free, reservation mation. not necessary. For information call (760) 390-4600 or e-mail programs@nsdcgs. org. SURVIVING WILDFIRE A seminar on “Fire, STEAM CAMP Chaparral And Survival In There will be a STEAM Southern California,” will Discovery Center Feb. 25 be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. through March 28 for stu- 26 at the Del Mar Branch Lidents in grades K to eighth brary, 1309 Camino Del Mar, at the Encinitas Boys & Girls Del Mar. Author, Richard W.

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pre-register by March 7 online at, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, on the second floor of the library, 239 S. Kalmia St. The registration fee for adults is $25; registration for high school students is $15. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services visit or contact Principal Librarian for Literacy Services Dan Wood at (760) 839-4827 or Halsey, is founder and director of the California Chaparral Institute. He will be discussing California’s most extensive plant community (chaparral) and how to live safely in this environment. For more information, visit MEN WHO CARE

Throughout 2020, Men Who Care will be addressing different topics addressing all of the intersections of human trafficking and exploitation. The first event is taking place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at North Inland Live Well Center, 649 W. Mission Ave., Escondido. In addition to presentations by experts in the field, San Diego’s District Attorney,

March meeting of the Republican Women - San Marcos will host Carl DeMaio, a candidate for United States Congress from the 50th district at 11 a.m. March 2 at St. Mark Golf Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos. Reservations must be made and paid for by Feb. 27 at sglass51@ or call (760) 7440953. $30 per person.


Palomar Health will host a free “Stress and Its Affect on the Mind, Body and Spirit,” from 1 to 3 p.m. March 2 at Palomar Health San Marcos, 2nd Floor Classroom, 120 Craven Road, San Marcos with Luanne Arangio-Law, RN, Med. Registration required at or call (800) 628-2880.


The Vista Historical Society invites all to submit nominations by March 3 for the Jean Cole Commitment to Service Award by recognizing our community members who embody the same spirit of commitment to serving and enriching our community. The award will be presented at the Operation HOPE-North County’s 16th annual Spring into HOPE dinner and auction, at 5 p.m. March 28. For more information, visit



Tickets are already on sale for this coming summer’s concerts during the San Diego County Fair. For tickets and concert line-up, visit



Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization looking for host families and participants for its Summer Program July 8 to July 27. Hands of Peace empowers young people to raise their voices as leaders of change. Through the power of dialogue, Palestinians, Israelis and Americans partner to pursue peace, equality, freedom and justice. Do you know a teen between the ages of 15 and 17? Or a family that would be willing to host a teen from the Middle East for 19 days? Apply online at handsofpeace. org. For more information, contact Site Director Sarah Heirendt at sheirendt@

Palomar Health will host a free “No-Nonsense Weight Management,” a twoweek class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 2 and March 9 at Palomar Health San Marcos, second floor classroom, 120 Craven Road, San Marcos. Registration required at LEARN FLOWER DESIGN Learn how to enter a sign or horticulture exhibit or call (800) 628-2880. in the Vista Garden Club Flower Show. The presentation will be at 1:45 p.m. March 6, in the Azalea Room TOASTMASTERS MEET at the Gloria McClellan SeFelicita Humor Toast- nior Center, 1400 Vale Termasters Club will be holding race Drive, Vista. Fingertip its annual Open House at lunch is at noon followed by 6:45 p.m. March 3 at Cypress business meeting at 12:30, Court, 1255 N. Broadway, and program at 1:45 p.m. Escondido. There will be Visit or speaker Norm Numora and e-mail Vistagardenclub@ demonstrations.


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City to survey residents on satisfaction The yuck factor ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council has approved a consulting agreement with a research firm to conduct a survey of residents’ satisfaction with city services and get feedback on what can be improved. The $31,500 agreement with True North Research, Inc., calls for a survey of about 600 adult residents of Escondido, as well as a shorter series of questions directed at the city’s youth. This study is the second phase of an earlier survey effort that gauged support of a one-cent sales tax increase in the city of Escondido for the November 2020 ballot. The results of that poll, which were presented to the council three months ago, showed out of a sample of more than 1,000 registered voters in the city limits, 65% supported the proposed sales tax hike. A one-cent tax increase would bring in as much as $25 million that would cover anticipated budget shortfalls that are connected to rising pension costs in the coming years, as well as



fund other projects. The plan is for the “phase two” survey to leave aside the funding question and only ask residents what they would like to see in

The survey would offer an opportunity for the residents to do some visioning.” Jay Petrek Escondido city manager

their city, according to Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek. “The survey would offer an opportunity for the residents to do some visioning,” Petrek said. “And because there wouldn’t be the constraints of how we’re going to pay for it, you would get feedback from them on how satisfied they are with the services that are being or see a firefighter on your commute, you can still donate at donate/.

Business news and special OMWD OFFERS GRANTS achievements for North San The Olivenhain MuDiego County. Send information nicipal Water District invia email to community@ vites fourth-grade through eighth-grade teachers, livSHOPS OPEN DURING WORK ing or teaching within OMIt was time for repairs WD’s service area, to apply and what better time for a for the California Special little refresh too. With a Districts Association San remodeled fountain and Diego Chapter’s Field Trip landscaping, as well as new Grant by March 16. The purseating and lighting for pose of the grant program is nighttime activities and to show the value of special events, the refreshed court- districts and brings awareyard will soon again be a ness to water efficiency and place to relax and enjoy sustainability issues. Recipalong with the many shops, ients will receive up to $800 restaurants and services in for bus transportation to 4S the Village Faire. All stores Ranch Water Reclamation and restaurants are open for Facility where students will business during the repairs learn how OMWD treats and renovations, so stop wastewater to convert it to by and spend some time at water that can be used for the Village Faire Shopping irrigation to offset potable Center at 300 Carlsbad Vil- water demand. Creative lage Drive, Carlsbad. applications with class participation are encouraged. Additional information and GRANT FOR SECOND CHANCE San Diego nonprofit applications are available Second Chance received a at $90,000 grant to provide stable sober-living housing, ENGIBEERING job training, and reentry The EngiBeering brewservices for formerly incar- ing science program at cerated adults. The grant, CSUSM launches its newawarded by the Lucky Duck est course “ENGB: Process Foundation, will provide re- EngiBeering,” at California sources for newly released State University San Maradults who would otherwise cos, Extended Learning, be homeless. 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. It focuses on large-scale/commerFILL THE BOOT On March 5, local fire- cial brewing production. fighters will take to the The EngiBeering certificate streets for the Burn Insti- program explores the scitute of San Diego-Imperial ence, engineering and art counties’ 21st Annual “Fill behind brewing craft beer. the Boot for the Burn Institute” Firefighter Boot ECC SEEKS ACCREDITATION Drive. Hundreds of uniThe land trust accredformed firefighters will be itation program recognizes stationed at intersections land conservation organiacross the county to collect zations that meet national donations for the Burn In- quality standards for prostitute’s fire and burn pre- tecting important natural vention education and burn places and working lands survivor support services. If forever. The Escondido you do not catch a red light Creek Conservancy is ap-

provided.” Petrek said the conduct the survey in both English and Spanish, both over the phone and by email, and will ensure it polls various population groups in Escondido to get an accurate snapshot of the city. “There will be clusters of men, women, age groups, income levels and so forth” in the sample, he said. Council members John Masson and Consuelo Martinez will sit on an ad hoc subcommittee to work with city staff and the consultant in developing the specific questions. Councilwoman Olga Diaz, who sat on the subcommittee for the previous survey, offered suggestions for possible topics. “When we talk about the library, we came up with the idea of a central library in the park, but through another process, we discovered that perhaps people want decentralized library services with multiple locations,” Diaz said. “So, I would like some clarity on that so that we have proper public feedback, since our

vision might not be in full sync with the public.” She also mentioned satisfaction with public safety and other city services, as well as recreational activities for children and teenagers in the city, as possible items to cover. “It’s a very common thing to hear that there’s no place for our kids to go, but that’s a vague statement, so I’d like to know maybe what they would want to go to, besides the movies or the theater or a park or the mall,” Diaz said. “So, go off on a tangent on youth issues where they’re giving us guidance on what we should be working on rather than us just telling them, ‘we’re gonna build skate spots,’ right? Maybe that’s not what they want, we have to ask.” Petrek said work with the consultant is expected to begin in February, and the adult survey will be conducted after the primary election in March over several weeks, followed by the smaller youth survey. The council approved the agreement with the research firm unanimously.

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MiraCosta College Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Alketa Wojcik is one of 26 college administrators nationally to be rec-


The Escondido Union School District held a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 11 for a new STEM building at Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1400 W. Ninth Ave., Escondido. In 2014, voters in EUSD approved Proposition E, a $182 million bond measure to modernize facilities, improve student safety and campus security, and upgrade technology infrastructure.

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’m not absolutely sure when it began, but it appears to be a sort of mental exercise developed and perfected by boys from the age of 5 or 6. I don’t know when, or if, it stops. I’m afraid to ask. It seems to blossom when they are just hanging out, relaxing, killing time. The dialogue between the boys goes something like this: “Would you rather be buried in your favorite ice cream or dipped in hot fudge sauce?” “Well, would you rather have your knees bend the other way or have six eyes?” “No, no, what if, what if you found 10 snakes in your bed but they weren’t poisonous?” “No, no, what if your mom only fixed you fried bugs for dinner, and you were really hungry?” “Would you rather have your feet stuck in cement or your hands stuck in super glue?” It often gets slimier and more bone-shattering than that, and I finally tell him to knock it off or go somewhere that I can’t hear them. I can handle the gross stuff but not that involving bodily pain. Little boys seem so comfortable with this bizarre mix of silliness and agony. It must be a guy thing, because I find it really unsettling, but their fathers just laugh. Very occasionally, I get into the spirit of it, if a mealtime isn’t too close at

hand. It isn’t easy to gross out a 7-year-old boy, so occasionally the challenge is too much to resist. As we strolled through Sea World recently, I nonchalantly asked my son and his pals to pet the sea hare in the tide pools, and then told them that my husband had, in fact, eaten one. The simultaneous shrieks of horror that followed this announcement made me want to jump up and highfive somebody. For those of you unversed in marine biology, the sea hare has the same look, feel and consistency of a giant slug, except they are ocean-going creatures. My husband, famous for his curiosity to taste every food known to man, did once order it in a Chinese restaurant. He admits it tasted dreadful — like mud, only worse. But most of his exotic taste tests have been to his liking. My son actually takes a cautious pride in the fact that his father not only eats snails but has raised them in our back yard for that very purpose. He has been known to boast that his dad has eaten raw beef, cockles (“alive, alive-o”), dried squid, pig snouts, cow brains and pickles. His friends are invariably impressed. I am invariably nauseated, except for the pickles, of course. I hope this phase of one-upmanship will pass soon and those overactive imaginations will take a more poetic, perhaps even scholarly, track. Or do they skip right to girls? Oh, don’t answer that. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer looking back at the fun of raising boys. Contact her at jean@

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A rts &Entertainment

‘Clue On Stage’ comes to Grand Tea Room By Alexander Wehrung

ESCONDIDO — On March 5, 413 Repertory Theatre returns for another atmospheric production at the Escondido Grand Tea Room with “Clue On Stage.” 413 Rep is an Escondido-founded company that specializes in dinner theater, wherein patrons will sit around enjoying a variety of hors d’oeuvres and other dinner delights while a show is performed right in front of them. “Clue On Stage” is an off-Broadway production adapted from both “Clue” the film and the Hasbro-produced board game upon which it was based. The play was adapted by David Abbinanti and Jonathan Lynn, with additional material incorporated by Hunter Foster and Sandy Rustin. The story is a classic murder-mystery “whodunnit” with some comedy in the mix; a group of eccentric characters must discover who amongst them in Boddy Manor is a murderer before it’s too late. Cast member and former Groundlings Theatre & School student Christopher Szabo has been rehearsing for his role as Wadsworth the Butler (played by Tim Curry in the film) since January; the show is Szabo’s first with 413 Rep. “It’s

‘CLUE ON STAGE,’ a classic whodunnit staged by 413 Repertory Theatre, opens March 5 in Escondido. Courtesy image

been good,” he said of his time with the company. “It’s been a learning experience, because this play that we’re doing is — relatively — a newer play, as far as licensing goes for this area.” He noted that he will be incorporating only a few aspects of Curry’s take on the character in his own performance. “As you do with any-

thing that’s a movie-to-stage adaptation, you want to maintain some of the flavor that the actors will bring in the movie set and bring that into the character, just to have a little, kind of like, head-nod to it, but I think a lot of it is like ... you want to bring some originality to it, something that makes it a little bit different.”

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One of the challenges of producing the play is having to accommodate for the fact that the Grand Tea Room, where the cast has been rehearsing, is a single dining area with relatively little space, which runs contrary to the fact that “Clue” takes place inside a sprawling mansion with multiple rooms. “It’s been, actually, a fun process, because we get to play around with it and just add in more comedy to the already comedic play,” Szabo said. He described rehearsals as being akin to a comedy club show, with actors riffing off of one another in moments of improvisation. But Szabo and the cast have also been careful not to accidentally break any of the fine china present in the room. He also practices with the knowledge that the cast will be surrounded on nearly all sides during actual performances and plans on incorporating the audience into the plot. “I’ll walk up to an audience member and I’ll be, like, ‘Here you are sir, if you don’t mind holding onto this for the entire show,’” he said, adopting an English accent. “We got a really good cast and crew of people that are just excited to just perform for a bunch of people, and I think it’s gonna be a really good time,” Szabo said. The show runs from March 5 to March 22. Tickets are $69 for night performances and $82 for Sunday matinees. Showtimes are 7 p.m. for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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Auditions will be held for the musical “Bambino,” the story of Babe Ruth, at Village Church Community Theater, by appointment or walk-in from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 and from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Make appointments at VillageChurchCommuniSTUDIO SERIES Lux Art Institute hosts the Chiachio & Giannone Studio Series from 6 to 9 TOUR JOSHUA TREE Sign up now for the p.m. Feb. 21 at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Lux Art Institute “InsidThis reception and artist ers Series: Studio Tour & talk allows guests to ex- Art Excursion in Joshua plore the artists’ careers Tree” departing from Lux and techniques. Live music at 8 a.m. March 14 to visit and refreshments will be with artists and arts orgaavailable. Tickets at luxar- nizations that call the Joshua Tree desert their home. Cost is $165 at https:// / NEW MOVIE RELEASE The Gloria McClellan w1vgybqk0clqgmb/. Center will screen a new movie release at 1 p.m. Feb. AUDITIONS FOR ‘BEAU JEST’ Auditions will be held 21, at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Call (760) from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 for 643-5282 for the movie title the comedy “Beau Jest”
at or log onto Vista's Broadway Theater, Free movie and refresh- 340 E. Broadway, Vista. ments. Closed captioning For further information visit 
or for the hearing impaired. e-mail broadwayvista@ MiraCosta College hosts the Art Exhibit “Surface Tension” by Wayne Hulgin and Nikko Mueller through Feb. 28 in the Kruglak Gallery (3400), on campus at 1 Barnard Drive. Oceanside.

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The MiraCosta College Umoja Program presents a Soul Fusion fundraiser, at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, in the Concert Hall (Bldg. 2400) on the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. There will be a VIP reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Studio A, with food, wine,

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Rep. Mike Levin is headlining a program of bands and speakers to rally against the storage of nuclear waste near San Onofre State Beach. Organized by the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, the event is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. A diverse lineup of local talent includes reggae, rock, salsa and folk offerings is open to anyone 21 or older and includes music, satire and commentary on Southern California Edison’s storage of 3.6 million pounds of radioactive waste about 100 feet from the ocean at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS.

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The free Wednesdays@Noon Concert welcomes the Orvieto Piano Trio at noon Feb. 26 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

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The Village Community Presbyterian Church hosts an Open Mic Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Student Lounge, 6225 Paseo Delicia, Rancho Santa Fe. This is a free event with food, but all attendees, whether performing or not, must RSVP to NealP@ or call (858) 756-2441.

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Food &Wine

Hike recovery at Escondido Brewing Co. Cheers! North County

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A KILLER CHEESESTEAK at the Cheesesteak Grill in Oceanside features rib-eye steak on a toasted Italian roll with a little crunch to it, “wit” or “witout” grilled onions, as they say, and your choice of cheese. Courtesy photo

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irst off, I must apologize to those of you native to Philadelphia for the blatant misuse of the word Philly for the sake of a catchy headline. I realized that to call it a Philly is a sure sign of a tourist or someone simply uneducated on this beautiful concoction, and that those in the know simply call it a cheesesteak. The use of Philly Cheesesteak together, while not encouraged, is tolerated. My point is, cheesesteak is what they are called and when you go to the Cheesesteak Grill in Oceanside, ordering it that way should gain you a nod of approval from the staff. One more thing before I get into the meat of this column, so to speak. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’ve never been a fan of diets. I’ve found that my calories in/calories out mantra combined with regular exercise and around 70% of those calories in being healthy with the balance left for indulging has served me well. The Cheesesteak Grill definitely fits into that 30% indulging part of my life and in fact has earned a permanent spot there. That came to mind as I was scanning their menu and did not see a salad or anything resembling one on it. I posed the question to owner Mark Stoner and he replied, “We don’t have many salad eaters at the grill, but we have quite a few ‘no bread, eaters. For them we added ‘The Cheesesteak Bowl’ that has become popular very quickly. It comes with steak or chicken, any vegetables (lettuce, tomato, peppers, mushrooms, onions) with your choice of cheese.” So there you go, come to this joint hungry and leave your guilt trip and food restrictions at home …

except for you gluten-free folks but honestly, a key element of the cheesesteak is the bread so, well, I’m just going to leave it at that. Let’s talk cheesesteak and what makes a great one. A killer cheesesteak comes together with freshly cut rib-eye steak on a toasted Italian roll with a little crunch to it “wit” or “witout” grilled onions as they say. There are three cheese choices, white American, Provolone or Cheese Whiz and plain with no cheese is accepted as well. This is how hardcore Philly folks like their cheesesteaks and it’s really quite simple, meat, cheese and onions. At The Cheesesteak Grill all of their meat is fresh. Rib eye rolls are cut every morning. The TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14


e should go for a hike,” someone said. “We should!” agreed everyone else, but where? We checked out the Google machine for the best North County hikes, and an hour later found ourselves pulling into a parking lot at the entrance to Daley Ranch in Escondido. The trail map showed more than 20 miles of trails leading off in every direction. On the advice of someone coming down Ranch House road we turned left at the second Boulder Loop Trail entrance and began working our way upwards. It is a leisurely climb. A pair of red-tailed hawks kept us company, and there were lovely views out over the rolling hills of Escondido. At the top of the loop our knees were just wobbly enough to merit a tangerine on a bench in the shade where Cougar Ridge Trail heads off to the northeast. We continued on the loop through a monster boulder garden, and then downhill on the green side of the mountain. At the bottom we kept going down a path out of the conservation area to a viewpoint over a cool blue Dixon Lake. Back at the car we all seemed to have the same thought, “You know what would be good right now? Some hops, water, grain

CO-OWNER Evan Smith and new bartender Morgan Monsanto pouring beer on a sunny Saturday at Escondido Brewing Co. Photo by Ryan Woldt

and yeast.” I typed “Brewery” into our GPS. Escondido Brewing Co. came up as the closest. None of us had been, so we hit the Go Now button. A dozen minutes later we found ourselves looking for an Escondido Brewing Company sign we never found, but the hipster patio lights tucked between the feed store and an auto mechanic gave the location away.

They were just opening up so we walked through a nice little patio complete with Street Fighter 2 arcade game, heavy duty picnic tables and miniature farm toys for kids to play with. We made it to the bar which had half a dozen stools, a register, and nothing else. The entire venue is outside which wasn’t a problem on this blue sky day. Directly behind the bar was the beer

cooler. Ten tap handles projected towards us presumably ready to pour beer. Co-owner Evan Smith was behind the bar with bartender Morgan Monsanto. It was her first day, but she did a fantastic job responding to the beer needs of some dirty hikers. We tried the Hopcondido IPA , a 7.5% ABV West Coast

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Temecula Valley Winegrowers throw ’20 kickoff celebration


t was the day I’d been waiting for, a day when the weather could not have been better, the hills were a lush green and it was the 2020 kickoff wine country celebration for the Temecula Valley Winegrowers of Southern California. This two-day soiree was the annual Barrel Tasting event, when, like the winemakers themselves, guests had a glass of wine drawn straight from barrels along with recently released bottles. Red wines dominated the barrel tasting, like a 2016 Estate Lambrusco from Cougar, a rich red 2018 Meritage blend from Lorimar and a 2017 Syrah from Monte De Oro, ready for new French Oak. Twenty-two wineries were available for tasting on the Sunday that Tech Director Rico and I visited. The day prior, some 22 other wineries were on display with their barrel tasting. There was a nominal cost for both days and clearly that was the bargain for wine lovers. California wine countries are divided by three major geographic districts: North Coast including Napa Valley, Sonoma and Anderson Valley; Central Coast including Paso Robles, Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands; and South Coast which is almost exclusively

taste of wine frank mangio Temecula Wine Country. This oasis is virtually in the middle of some five Southern California counties with a population of 20 million people, and is celebrating its 50th year producing wine. The national wine publication, Wine Enthusiast, recently awarded Temecula Wine Country one of the “Ten Best Wine Travel Destinations” in 2019, an honor well deserved, as more owners and winemakers learn how to maximize what the earth and climate can provide that are exclusive to Temecula’s AVA district. Learn more at Outstanding examples of this model are Cougar Vineyards operated by owner/winemaker Rick Buffington with his all-Italian offerings. From Tuscany’s Sangiovese to Puglia’s Primitivo, the taste of Italy is maximized with “Old World” flavor. Visit Mark Manfield brought Lorimar Vineyards and Winery to Temecula’s wine country in 2012, with a phi-

losophy of “a fusion of wine, art, music and food.” He salutes his strong music background with oversized musical notes displaying the impressive wine grapes and handcrafted designing of the blends that he and fine winemaker Marshall Stuart produce. Live entertainment on the weekends at the Tuscan style, beautifully crafted winery is not to be missed. Lorimar is the complete package. Check it out at Our next winery is equally impressive, Monte De Oro, presented next by Rico Cassoni of Taste of Wine & Food. Monte De Oro — stunning winery, winning wines Senior Editor Frank and I had the pleasure of spending part of our afternoon with Monte De Oro General Manager Ken Zignorski, during our visit to Temecula’s Wine Barrel Tasting weekend. Even before we get to the wine, it is worth noting that the Monte De Oro Winery is a stunning facility in Temecula Wine Country. Visitors are greeted with a fountain when entering the three-story allglass entry way where they are presented with a vast open space tasting room featuring long and prominent

wine bars on either side and a view into the cellar below. On either side are hallways that lead to secluded tasting rooms in separate wings of the winery and as one continues to walk through the main tasting area, they enter into outdoor cocktail patios chocked full of fire features. January 2020 marks Monte De Oro Winery’s 10year anniversary. Prior to making their wine, Monte De Oro planted their first vineyard in 2002 and by 2004 grew to 72 working acres with a 2/3 red grape and 1/3 white grape mix. Their first harvest was fall 2004 with 9 tons each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that was purchased by Leoness Cellars and earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. In 2007 after realizing the quality of their fruit, 65 owners chipped in to create the breathtaking Monte De Oro Winery. Since their opening, they have earned 219 Platinum, Double Gold, Gold, Best of Class and 90+ point rated wine awards including recent Double Gold Medals from the San Francisco Chronicle for the 2016 Syrah and 2016 Simplexity (Meritage Red Blend). Furthermore, both of these wines have been Double Gold or Gold for the past four

years. Frank and I enjoyed both of these during our visit along with the 98-point (2019 CA State Fair for best SOCAL Red Wine/Petite Sirah in CA) 2015 Petite Sirah (bottle purchase only) with a total of 42 months in the barrel and bottle aging before release. However, the wine we discussed the most was the Forty85 dessert wine. In 2008, in the hustle and bustle of putting together the winery, 12 barrels of late harvest Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc were always in the way and eventually got tucked away and forgotten. When Ken and Winemaker

David Allbright tried the forgotten barrels a year or so ago there were amazed at what they tasted and created their 2008 Forty85 dessert wine that earned 92 points at the 2019 World Wine Championship for the 4,085 days it spent in the barrel. They are only 220 cases of these 375 milliliter bottles gold wax dipped bottles (also bottle purchase only). Ken, Frank, and I decided this would be a great over ice cream liqueur. Get Forty85 while you can! Nicely done Ken and Winemaker David on your exceptional Monte De Oro wines. Visit

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San Marcos yoga instructor celebrates 20 years of teaching By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — It’s been 20 years since San Marcos native Kathleen Quinn went from a house painter to a yoga instructor. Quinn, who has lived in the city for more than four decades, said she discovered yoga through the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department. “I found yoga as most people do — for health reasons,” Quinn said. “I had quit smoking three years earlier and gained weight. I tried the gym but found I really wasn’t the gym type. I was a house painter by trade and yoga kept me fit and strong.” The breathing and meditation exercise eventually developed into a passion that forced Quinn to become a yoga instructor. Today, Quinn is not only the owner of the first yoga studio in San Marcos, but she has a fan club of students who have praised her for her healthy teachings. “It did then and does now make me so happy that I can share

dents and to all the other benefits tion of her spoken directions, ocyoga with folks in my own commuof Iyengar yoga comes through in casionally sprinkled with humor, nity — that is truly the best part plus her demonstrations of the all she does.” of my avocation is meeting and It isn’t just San Marcos resi- proper alignment, are exceedingly becoming community with my students who are developing healthy useful tools,” Morse said. “Many dents,” said Quinn, who opened habits from Quinn. Susan Morse, times, when not in class, I hear San Marcos Yoga in 2011. who lives in Vista, said she regu- Kathleen’s voice my mind and I Quinn, who specializes in hear her instructions to reposition larly attends Quinn’s classes. Iyengar Yoga, has made a lasting Morse said she began taking various body parts, to be in proper impact on the dozens of yoga stualignment. I find myself adjusting Quinn’s classes at the age of 67. dents who come to her studio. “When I left the first yoga my posture.” Dawn Frank, who has lived To know she’s making a lastclass in December 2013, I walked in San Marcos for six years, said to my car feeling a dramatic ing, healthy impact on people’s Quinn’s classes have “literally KATHLEEN QUINN opened San Mar- change — some parts of my struc- lives is why Quinn keeps working changed” her life. tural body were in their proper every day. “I was starting to get little cos Yoga in 2011. Courtesy photo positions for the first time,” Morse aches and pains in my hips and “When my students tell me knees,” said Frank, who has been with the help of Quinn. Frank said said. “Internally, I felt like things that they were able to help themtaking Quinn’s classes for three she encountered a yoga instructor were lined up. I felt exhausted selves relieve, say, back pain, years. “She tunes in to her stu- in Detroit, Michigan, while on va- and exhilarated at the same time. with a pose or an instruction dents and gently starts them on the cation who learned from Quinn’s From that point, I became a regu- they learned in class, it absolutelar yoga student at Kathleen’s stu- ly makes my heart sing,” Quinn road to wellness — first explaining classes. and helping us to be aware of our “When I mentioned San Mar- dio, attending an average of three said. “My students desire to learn bodies, using props to support the cos Yoga and Kathleen Quinn, classes a week, ever since.” inspires my desire to learn more Morse said she feels healthi- about the endless possibilities of poses, and gradually moving us (Detroit yoga instructor) was so forward into strength, balance and impressed as he had studied under er now than she did when she was yoga. I see myself doing this for flexibility.” her at some point,” Frank said. “I younger thanks to Quinn’s teach- years to come.” In fact, Frank said she’s also feel very fortunate to live here and ings that go off the yoga mat as For more information about met other yoga instructors who be able to practice with Kathleen. well. Kathleen Quinn or San Marcos “The 02_21_20__TRIM: consistency and 8.525” repeti- xYoga, have developed their EARTHQUAKE teachings HerEnglish total dedication to us +asRSF stu-News__RUN: Ad__Coast News 10” go to



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Groundbreaking facility offers immersive experience to reverse cognitive decline REGION — Alzheimer’s has long been viewed as a one-way street. Once a loved one’s signs of cognitive decline start to appear, the disease will continue to worsen until it is ultimately fatal. But what if it didn’t have to? That is the question Dr. Heather Sandison, ND, is answering in her work helping patients in her medical practice prevent and reverse cognitive decline. That led to an even bigger question — what would happen if dementia patients were provided an immersive experience that had the potential to reverse cognitive decline? From there, Marama, a new residential facility for patients with dementia, was born. Dr. Sandison is the founder of North County Natural Medicine in Encinitas where the focus of her work is utilizing a groundbreaking protocol to help patients fight back against cognitive decline. The Bre-

desen Protocol is based on the work of Dr. Dale Breseden, who was one of the first to discuss prevention and reversal of cognitive decline. Dr. Sandison studied under him learning about neurocognitive optimization and how all components of one’s life affect the mind and brain. “The first Bredesen patient I saw a drastic change in, I was in disbelief. I cried,” she said. “She came in with her husband with the classic signs of Alzheimer’s. Her handwriting was affected, she would start to answer my questions and forget what I asked before she could answer. After three weeks of treatment her handwriting was back to normal and she was bickering with her husband about something that had happened the night before.” Marama is a one-of-akind facility that opened its doors this month. Dr. Sandison had been considering

THE GOAL FOR residents is to reintegrate back into independent living using the tools they’ve learned in residential treatment. Courtesy photo

the idea for some time, as many patients asked her where they could send a loved one for care if they didn’t have the capacity to do it themselves. “I found a few places, but nowhere that was really integrating

the Bredesen lifestyle,” she said. “This includes a mostly plant-based, keto, organic diet, a nontoxic environment and robust social and brain stimulation.” Also setting Marama apart from other senior care

facilities is that the goal isn’t for residents to find a permanent home there, but to reintegrate back into independent living using the tools they pick up over six to 12 months in residential treatment. “Sometimes it’s a spouse who needs a break, or an adult child, who doesn’t want to see their loved one decline but isn’t able to give them what they need to improve or maintain their cognitive abilities,” Dr. Sandison said. “We provide the space, food, staff, amenities and experience to implement the lifestyle changes necessary to have a chance at reversing cognitive decline.” The staff at Marama is dedicated to reversing and preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s dementia. “We offer an experience encompassing the best-inclass strategies currently known to have the ability to recover brain function,”

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Dr. Sandison said. Marama offers individualized attention, around the clock care by trained caregivers, coordination of house calls and medical services by Bredesen trained providers, education, social interaction and brain games and more. “The house itself has beautiful eastern facing views, an indoor and outdoor kitchen that is perfect for teaching residents to cook, greenhouses and an herb garden,” Dr. Sandison said. Marama has space for 12 residents, and they are currently accepting applications. “We are looking for residents who are excited to engage with and contribute to their communities and families,” Dr. Sandison said. To learn more about Dr. Sandison and Marama, call (760) 505-3019 or visit Marama is located at 727 Ascot Drive in Vista.

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VISTA — Vista Community Clinic (VCC) will host the annual countywide “Give Kids a Smile” event from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at 1000 Vale Terrace Drive. The dental event, sponsored by Share the Care — a dental health initiative — aims to put preventive oral health services within reach for local children. Ages 1-18 will be eligible to receive free dental screenings, sealants, and fluoride varnish. Procedures will be done in the dental offices of the clinic. Interested parties are able to schedule an appointment by calling (619) 6928858 and mentioning “Vista Community Clinic.” Walkins are welcome, but children with appointments will be given priority. VCC Dental Director Rebecca Cornille finds it particularly important to note the event’s coverage of sealants on primary teeth, a treatment not normally covered by Medi-Cal. With typical insurance lacking coverage for baby teeth, Give Kids a Smile may be a great opportunity for young children to get those teeth sealed for free of charge. Cornille describes sealants as “a plastic material put on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They can lower the risk of tooth decay and cavities. Most molars, both permanent and baby teeth, can benefit from sealants.” Learn about VCC’s dental services and more at vcc. org or follow them on Facebook, Instagram (@vistacommunityclinic), or Twitter (@vcchealthcare).

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Townhome complex opens in San Marcos By Kirk Mattu

SAN MARCOS — The city saw the grand opening of Skyhaus, San Marcos’ latest residential neighborhood of 100 two-story homes situated at the summit of the Rancho Tesoro master-planned community, on Feb. 15. Skyhaus is the fourth and final residential neighborhood to premiere on the 250-acre Rancho Tesoro community, overlooking Cal State San Marcos, with home values starting at $400,000. The neighborhood had seen several prospects from current renters in North County, which April Enriquez, Rancho Tesoro’s public relations manager, said was a great avenue to home ownership equaling to current city rental costs. “It’s a lot cheaper than going a lot more south,” said Angel Murillo, who currently rents a home in San Marcos with his partner Kassondra Cisneroz and their 1-year-old son. “This is definitely one of our favorites so far. The price offers a lot but we’re still open to other homes as well.” Promoted as an ideal for growing young families, Skyhaus’ value is below the approximate $600,000 median home value in the city and county, according to Zillow’s February 2020 market report. And for the millennial couple like Murillo and Cisneroz, the city’s top rated schools and growing influx of younger families makes San Marcos an ideal suburb in San Diego to plant roots. “I grew up here and stayed in town for Cal State San Marcos, he went away and we both had really great experiences. K-12 is our

main thing.” Cisneroz said. San Marcos Unified School District is rated in the top five best school districts in San Diego, according to a report by Niche. Enriquez also noted that beyond those looking to make the switch from renting to ownership, Skyhaus was an option for empty nesters looking to downsize. As Allison Gott’s 6-year-old son Eli surveyed the townhomes offerings, she was analyzing the feasibility of the townhomes for her mother who is looking to relocate from downtown San Diego. “The cost has been difficult because she’s looking at her budget when she is retired and it is on the more expensive side,” said Gott. “We’re trying to find a home that isn't manufactured or mobile, where she has to pay the lease on the property, but it is tricky. It's a little bit of a high budget.” Even with these setbacks Gott said the townhome’s separation of entertaining and living on two distinct floors was ideal for her mother and checked the list for key necessities such as a two-car garage so that her guests didn’t need to worry about parking. Susan Savian, who attended the grand opening with her husband and newborn son, said that San Marco’s schools and community was a main factor in purchasing a home in the city. “It’s a younger crowd,” she said. “We’re so close to the ocean and it’s a lot more affordable than living along the coast.” Skyhaus, at 865 Blackstone Drive in San Marcos, has floorplans ranging from 752 to 1,745 square feet.



departments: emergency, labor and delivery, robotics surgery, among others. Along with the announcement of Kaiser Permanente’s new hospital was the recent addition of Scripps Health and its lease of a 1,400-squarefoot space in North City to expand its primary care and express walk-in clinic. Scripps’ expansion looks to open next year. Kevin Norris, a member of the city’s planning commission, said that he thought the new additions to the city were encouraging and will expand services in the city. Along with these developments, Jones announced key initiatives

happening in the city such as the update to the city’s general plan, the 2020 national census, and the rollout of a new civic literacy program called the 2020 Citizens Academy. Norris said these programs and initiatives allow San Marcos residents to shape the future of the city. “They can have a say in the development in the city,” he said. “To be involved early is key to how the city is going to grow and provide input.” Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Jenkins and City Council members María Nuñez, Randy Walton and Jay Petrek presented the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business awards to four local businesses: D’litetful Chocolat, Dogs on Deployment,

Churchill’s Pub and Grill, and Gary and Mary West Pace. Dayleen Coleman, owner of D’litetful Chocolat, said she was thrown back when she heard the news of the award as she was shopping for Christmas gifts in a Hobby Lobby on her limited break. “To actually get that call while I’m feeling stressed and I feel like I’m just not catching up and to be told that I was getting this award, it means a lot and it came right at the right time,” Coleman said in her video acceptance speech. The aforementioned businesses are among the 4,000 in operation in the city and contribute to the city’s $8 billion gross domestic product said Jones.

Jones ended the event by encouraging the audience and city residents watching from home to be more civically involved. “That’s why I’m challenging you to channel the San Marcos spirit of service and take one intentional step to make our city better every day,” Jones said. “And you get bonus points if you did more than one thing of course.” The telecast for the address can be found on the city website at san-marcos. net and will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV in March. Jones will present the State of the City Address at the State of Your Community Event and Resource Fair on March 31 at the San Marcos Community Center.



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Lost Abbey to open location in downtown San Diego By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — Like many people, San Diego native Tomme Arthur discovered a love for beer while completing his higher education. Unlike many people, Arthur crafted a career path for himself surrounding the brew. Arthur is the co-founder of The Lost Abbey, a craft brewery formed in San Marcos in 2006. Since opening its doors with a handful of Belgian-inspired beers 14 years ago, the company has rapidly grown with three North County locations. But, Arthur, who has studied the art of beer since the 1990s, will take on a bigger challenge this summer when it opens its first location in the city of San Diego. The Lost Abbey announced this month it will

TOMME ARTHUR is co-founder of San Marcos-based The Lost Abbey, which plans to open its fourth tasting room in East Village. Courtesy photo

open a tasting room in a historic, former church in East Village. “We are literally going to occupy an historic

church in East Village and it's one of the most exciting times of rapid growth,” said Arthur, who has lived in San Marcos with wife, Maureen, and their two daughters since 2006. “It's exciting as heck to say the least. We have never had a presence in the city of San Diego, so we know there are a ton of people we haven't reached.” Arthur said he and his team are “excited” to share their love of beer and their brews with a new audience, while also creating a place of community. “First and foremost, we want it to be a community center like our other tasting rooms,” Arthur said. “The actual church building is quite small so that will give us a great place to create intimate beer experiences. I think many of us

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were jazzed when we gazed out over the patio area and saw the potential for an awesome outdoor area. We're definitely going to have to bring our A game.” The anticipated opening of The Lost Abbey in downtown San Diego brings Arthur back to where his career started. A Northern Arizona University graduate, who has been in the brewery scene for decades, Arthur started his career in the same neighborhood in 1996 when he worked for Cervecerias La Cruda. Arthur went onto work for the popular Port Brewing Company before opening The Lost Abbey. The brewery is a popular one among locals because of the commitment of its employees, Arthur said. “We have spent years being true to our message that we want to be known

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but it adds a great dynamic of having an owner who's not only invested in the big picture projects, but also likes to lend a hand in creating the day-to-day experiences at our tasting rooms.” Arthur might be opening a new tasting room in East Village, but he has a project outside of California as well. He said he has another project, a racing-themed brewery, opening in Tucson, Arizona, in March called MotoSonora. As he continues with his new projects, Arthur said he hopes to still be serving beer lovers 10 years or more down the road. “Let's just say that we would love to be in business making even better beer than we currently are,” Arthur said. “That would make me happiest.”


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Creating your vegetable garden with help from a raised bed


ello fellow gardeners and welcome to Jano’s Garden. This bi-weekly column will be based on my 15 years’ experience as a master gardener and as the director of the Master Gardener Program at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Cooperstown, New York. I built my first successful vegetable garden 35 years ago in the backyard of my Victorian house in a small town on the Hudson River. I filled the old-fashioned wrap around porch with window boxes fesJANO NIGHTINGALE supervises a large raised bed garden tooned with purple and at the Pine Avenue Park Community Garden in Carlsbad. white petunias, which creWooden planks are stacked to make it easier to maintain the ated a lively entrance to our bed without having to bend over. Photo courtesy Jano Nightingale new home.

My house was just 20 feet from my elderly neighbor’s, and I often saw him working in his backyard. One day he sauntered over, “Howdy, Ma’am. Name’s Johnny. I live right next door, and I noticed all those pretty flowers on your front porch. But, ya’ know what? You can’t eat those pretty posies! So, I brought you one of my San Maranzano

A Fluttering Heart – Is it Love or Something More? David Cohen, MD Cardiac Electrophysiology

We’ve all had that feeling – you see someone you like or a loved one, and your heart skips a beat. It’s something we can’t control, but how do we know when it’s a sign of love or something much more serious? As a cardiologist, I am fascinated by the heart and I’m convinced that the heart is the most vital and elegant organ of the human body. It perfectly unifies structure and functionality to pump blood throughout the body, beating more than 2.5 billion times in an average human lifetime. The heart is divided into four chambers – the left and right atriums and ventricles – that have very specific and equally important jobs of holding and pumping blood throughout the body. Prompting the heart is an automatic electrical system that functions to synchronize the heartbeats we feel in our chests. However, when abnormalities occur in this electrical system, the heart can go into arrhythmias affecting and leading to issues with heart structure and function.

Here’s a quick rundown of various types of arrhythmias & what symptoms to look out for: • Tachyarrhythmias are abnormally fast (tachy) heart rhythms of over 100 beats/minute. You may experience them during bouts of exercise but if you experience this high rate during rest, it may signal underlying health conditions. Symptoms also include dizziness and difficulty breathing, but sometimes the only symptom of a persistent tachyarrhythmia may be fatigue. • Bradyarrhythmias are the opposite of tachyarrhythmias and occur when the heart beats abnormally slow (brady) at a rate under 60 beats/ minute. Symptoms most commonly

include dizziness, fainting, fatigue and difficulty breathing, however, symptoms don’t usually appear until the heart rate drops below 50 beats/ minute. Bradyarrhythmias are treated with a pacemaker that functions to pace the heart at a normal rate and coordinates the proper function of the heart chambers. • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) refers to rapid heartbeats that originate in the upper portion of the heart (atria). These can arise suddenly due to stress, exercise, and emotional influence and you may experience a ‘pounding’ heart, shortness of breath, and chest pain. This arrhythmia often resolves itself without treatment but may require medical attention if lasting for extended periods of time. • Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common supraventricular arrhythmia and is characterized as rapid irregular heart rhythm. Causes of AF include genetics, aging, sleep apnea, heavy alcohol use, and high blood pressure. This type of arrhythmia can lead to serious compli cations such as embol i s m (blood vessel blockage) and stroke. Medications have been shown to help reduce atrial fibrillation and other treatment options are now in use, such as ablation, which is intentional scaring to destroy the small portion of heart tissue caus-

ing the irregularity. The heart is an incredible organ and what it does within our body can be considered a work of art. As a cardiac electrophysiologist, I continue to learn about treating arrhythmias through the latest in minimally-invasive, outpatient procedures including device implantation. It is a privilege being part of a field that allows me to cure debilitating arrhythmias, guard against life-threatening arrhythmias, resolve heart failure symptoms, and allow patients to return to normal living- in essence, to improve my patients quality of life and to save lives. The field of cardiac electrophysiology is constantly evolving, and I look forward to showing my patients that the heart goes beyond the traditional symbol of love and will accompany you through many years of future happiness if you treat it right. Show your heart some love and it will love you for a lifetime. ABOUT THE PHYSICIAN Dr. David Cohen underwent intensive training in the cryoballoon ablation technique. He is the leading Electrophysiologist in the San Diego area that routinely performs atrial fibrillation cryoballoon ablation. Tri-City Medical Center is the only hospital in the Northern San Diego Region that provides this cutting-edge technology. Dr. Cohen considers it a privilege and reward to utilize the newest, safest and most effective techniques for patients with atrial fibrillation in the Tri-City community. To learn more about this advanced technology or Dr. Cohen visit or call 855.222.8262. Now until Feb. 29 Tri-City Medical Center is offering 2-for-1 comprehensive heart risk assessments with coronary artery calcium screening. Screenings include a personalized cardiac risk profile, private 45-minute nutrition/exercise consultation with a cardiac nurse, 512 slice CT scan, 12-lead EKG, blood pressure, body mass index, and specialty referral (as needed). $299 for 2 individuals, must be a pair to take advantage of this deal. Visit or call 855.222.8262 to make your appointment today. Appointments are limited.

tomatoes. I brought these seeds all the way from Italy 50 years ago and have been growing them ever since. In my Italian family we always have at least six of these in the backyard. When my wife was alive, she would have made her own tomato sauce. Sure do miss that sauce.” He proceeded lead me back to his “back forty” which was a small 100-foot lot. His two raised beds were filled with tomato plants, supported by slightly rusty tomato cages. Scraps of brown ladies’ stockings were tied to the tomato stems for support, and metal pie plates attached to the top of the cages “kept the crows away.” Johnny convinced me to build my first raised bed in my yard that summer and 35 years later my 34-yearold son and I have two small raised beds on our 20-foot patio in Vista. I have spent the past three years experimenting and learning the ins and outs of gardening in North County. This week we will look at planning a small raised bed for vegetables, and in future columns we will explore how to create vegetable and flower gardens in containers. Whether you have an apartment patio or small back yard the first thing you must do is assess your site. Take a walk on your “back forty!” Whether your space is just a 10-foot patio or a half-acre backyard, the planning stages are still the same. Try to wake up early, just after sunrise and take pictures of where you would like your garden to be. At this time of day, you can get a very clear idea of not only the intensity of the sun but also whether or not there will be shade overshadowing your efforts. Shade can come from overhanging trees, a neighbor’s fence or a building adjacent to your property. It is useful to take

pictures at noon and later afternoon as well, since most vegetables need six to eight hours of full sun to grow most vegetables. Once you have determined the available sunlight of your space, you will begin to plan your raised bed in either a north/south direction or east/west, not on a diagonal. Stake out the beds with garden twine to establish the outer dimensions of the beds and the paths between them. After deciding where you would like to put the beds, remove all grass and weeds. Lay down black landscape fabric before adding the wood planks. Most people use 4-by-8-by-8 foot hardwood planks, and for complete instructions about constructing the raised beds go to www.cce.cornell. edu/chemung. The local San Diego Master Gardener’s website which provides free information regarding planting vegetables can be found at Considering the poor quality of most soil in the North County area, raised beds provide a way to control not only the soil type but also the height and width of the project. They can also be constructed to accommodate a more comfortable stance by stacking two or three planks on top of each other. While working with school groups and community organizations over the past 15 years as a master gardener, I have learned that teaching others how to grow food is the most important educational tool I can pass on to others. In the following columns we will discuss soil, fertilizer and most importantly how to choose the right vegetables for every season. And, yes, we will talk about how to grow the best tomatoes in San Diego!


our legs, and recovering in the company of continuous stream of customers arriving on an early Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t long before the patio was filled with families, dogs, couples on bicycles, and plenty of laughter. Escondido Brewing Company has that local’s favorite vibe and feels like the kind of place worth going out of the way for. Escondido Brewing Company is located at 649 Rock Springs Road in Escondido. They are currently only open on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. but expanded hours may be in their near future. Check their website https: //www.escobrewco. com/ for scheduled food trucks. Question for our readers: What is the best bottle shop or beer store in North County? Let me know your favorites, or if you have an idea for an article, event or just want to let me know about a favorite I should check out send a note to: or follow @CheersNorthCounty on Instagram and Twitter.


IPA, and 6.0% ABV Hidden City Hef. Escondido is Spanish for “hidden” hence the name of the beer. It had just the right amount of sweetness and grain. I could feel it refueling me after the effort I put in on the trail. The IPA had a big, juicy flavor that you could roll around on your tongue, and in no time our sore hiking muscles were only a memory. I learned from Evan that the brewery is the smallest operating brewery in San Diego County at 300 square feet. It is certainly one of the smallest I’ve ever seen, but they were still pouring some big beers. Head Brewer Ketchen Smith focuses on small batches of beer on their one-barrel system including some interesting experimental brews. On draft during our visit was an IPA made with Muscat grapes, a whiskey barrel-aged stout, a coffee brown and a golden ale alongside the more traditional styles. We sat in the sun enjoying our beer, resting

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February is Heart Health Month Treat yourself & your special someone to a Healthy Heart The American Heart Association recommends coronary artery calcium screenings to predict cardiovascular disease that can lead to heart attack, chest pain or stroke. In honor of Heart Health Awareness month and our continued dedication to keeping our community healthy, Tri-City Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Health Institute is offering you and your loved ones two Heart Health Assessments for the price of one during February.

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