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FEB. 23, 2018
School district probes threat
Plan for Grand Ave. progresses By Steve Puterski
ESCONDIDO — The vision for Grand Avenue is coming together. Of course, there is still concern over several aspects of the concept, but creating a more vibrant downtown is a priority for the City Council. Julie Procopio, Escondido’s director of engineering services, received approval last week to apply for two grants to jump-start the plan. The vision includes wider sidewalks, narrowing Grand Avenue to one lane in each direction, outdoor dining, landscaping and enhancing the downtown brand. In addition, the proposal include diagonal parking, enhanced ambiance and it qualifies for San Diego Association of Governments funding through the TransNet tax. In October 2017 and last month, public meetings were held to generate more ideas, while a committee was formed to collaborate with the city. One idea to activate the outdoor space would also include rerouting buses to increase pedestrian traffic. Also included are planned roundabouts at Broadway and Maple and Kalmia streets to calm traffic. “The committee really, strongly supported the roundabout idea,” Procopio said. “They really felt that the idea at Broadway proTURN TO GRAND ON A5
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lunches are provided to 62 percent of Vista Unified School District students. School breakfasts and lunches are often students primary and most stable food source. The district recognizes this and strives to provide quality meals with plenty of fresh farm to table fruits and vegetables. Benefits of good nutrition are increased attention to school assignments and reduced illnesses. “Students that are hungry can have problems focusing in school,
SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Unified officials and the San Diego County Sheriff’s department recently investigated a social media threat of a school shooting inspired by the deadly incident in Parkland, Florida. Sheriffs boosted their presence at San Marcos High after receiving multiple reports the evening of Feb. 19 from parents and students about a generic Snapchat post that said “possible shooting at SMHS tomorrow, please be careful.” “As we move forward from last night’s investigation of a possible threat against San Marcos High School, I want to assure you that San Marcos Unified School District places the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority,” Superintendent Melissa Hunt said in a statement. “It is because of our current climate that we take possible threats so seriously.” According to the statement by the district, detectives determined this incident was related to a case from South Carolina that occurred after the Florida shooting last week. In that case, a teen was arrested for posting a now viral photograph of himself holding
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UNDERSTANDING OUR ROOTS STORY ON PAGE 3: Kids were able to dress in traditional Filipino garb at the seventh annual Roots series hosted by the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido on Feb. 17. Courtesy photo
Donors pay off school lunch debts for students By Promise Yee
VISTA — Cheese pizza, handrolled chicken burritos, pork carnitas nachos and spicy crispy chicken salad are some of the healthy items that students line up for at lunch time at Vista schools. Paying for nutritious, reduced price school lunches is sometimes a challenge for low-income families. When families become delinquent on lunch payments the school district arranges a payback plan that allows families to catch up on overdue balances. At the end of the school year the district must pay the
remaining balance of funds due from its general fund budget. While all efforts are made to work with families, the overdue bills can be a source of stress for families struggling to make ends meet. To help ease families’ burdens two community members recently stepped up and paid off the lunch debts at three elementary schools. Together they donated just under $600 and zeroed out amounts due for 70 students at Beaumont Elementary, Maryland Elementary and Olive Elementary. Nutritious free or reduced
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Escondido Creek Conservancy working to restore illegal trail By Steve Puterski
ESCONDIDO — Vandals struck and left untold damage through at least a half-mile stretch of the Escondido Creek Conservancy. The Escondido Creek Conservancy Executive Director Ann Van Leer said one or more people constructed an illegal onemile mountain bike path. Van Leer said the organization discovered the vandalism in December, which also ran through another private property in Harmony Heights, near the San Marcos and Escondido border. She said each property had about one-half mile of pathway and it appears the
rector of the association, said illegal construction of trails is a problem throughout the county. Murphy added it is difficult to reach those who feel the need to destroy protected habitat on private property. “It’s nothing new and people have been going into canyons and think they can do anything they want without checking land ownership,” she said. “It’s just a matter of ongoing education. You are kind of dealing with some people who aren’t interested in following the rules anyway, so they are definitely a hard audience to reach.” However, she is encouraging her group and
illegal trail had been there for some time, although Van Leer could not estimate. “I get pretty upset and it’s very concerning that people don’t understand the value that is there,” Van Leer said. “The trail makers, whoever they were, were taking steps to conceal themselves. They had equipment tucked underneath the vegetation. Unless you were down on your hands and knees, you really couldn’t see it.” The conservancy has partnered with the San Diego Mountain Bike Association to assist with the assessment of damage and steps moving forward. Susie Murphy, executive di-
residents to join the conservancy on March 4 for a restoration event. Van Leer said the work is hard over rough terrain, but worth the effort to begin the restoration efforts. She said bringing back the affected area could take years, as chaparral and coast sage scrub was destroyed. The conservancy will replant then reseed in the fall in hopes for a wet winter next year to expedite the growth process. For now, Van Leer and the conservancy want to prevent erosion through their efforts on March 4. In addition, the restoration efforts will also include combating invasive plant species.
“There’s not a lot of non-native plants,” she said. “The goal is to let the native seeds repopulate. There are some areas where we will go in and restore.” As for conservancy, the group’s mission is to protect and foster the Escondido Creek Watershed. The watershed runs from Escondido through Encinitas as the Escondido Creek feeds the Pacific Ocean. With the coastal sage scrub, and within Harmony Heights, the conservancy is also protecting the California gnatcatcher, which is on the federal threatened list. With its protection plan, the conservancy purchases property with
protections or the ability to receive such designations to protect the gnatcatcher and other protected or endangered species. In addition, the conservancy will not develop any new trails in the area in an effort to preserve the intact habitat. “We welcome respectful use of our land,” Van Leer said. “Most of our land has some public use. We want people to stay on the trails and respect that the land has been protected for wildlife.” To join The Escondido Creek Conservancy on March 4, call (760) 4719354 or email Nathan Serrato at Nathan@escondidocreek.org.
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Roots series at Children’s Museum kicks off CSUSM, Viasat partner By Steve Puterski
ESCONDIDO — For the seventh year, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is taking children and their parents on an indepth cultural roots tour. The annual Roots series began Feb. 17 with a lesson on the Philippines, the island nation in the Southeast Pacific. About 700 people attended the museum’s kick-off event, according to Juliette Brezin, director of marketing and events for the museum. “It’s really become a way for us to involve the community,” she said. “The kids really get to be introduced to new cultures. That month will revolve around the country being featured. Every day the kids get to learn something about the Philippines.” The event consisted of music, dancing, food, interactive storytelling and crafts in a jammed-packed two-hour program. In ad-
dition, the museum’s Kids Global Village, a permanent fixture, is transformed into a Filipino display for the event and subsequent several weeks. As for the program, Brezin said it is short and concise to ensure the kids are focused and do not lose interest. In addition, the museum brought in Jsix’s Executive Chef Anthony Sinsay, who conducted a short food presentation, while the museum offered different Filipino snacks and food samples. The kids also enjoyed creating crafts whether it was coloring the flag or making various Filipino items. “Those events are entirely designed for kids, but involve the whole family,” Brezin said. Perhaps more exciting, she added, is the growth of the series. When the series began, about 150 people at-
tended the first event. The museum began targeting specific cultures with large populations in the county and creating relationships with various groups within those communities to perform, speak or play music. As a result, word began to spread and now the series is a popular destination. “What was really powerful was different community members reaching out and wanting to get involved,” Brezin said. “It was to introduce people to different cultures in their own county. Because we’ve been running the series for a few years now, we have good contacts in the community.” Another benefit, she explained, is as the program has grown and become more successful, other ethnic communities are reaching out to be featured and get involved. “People just want to be
involved and that is very exciting,” Brezin said. “We are encouraging people to learn something new about a new culture.” The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum will host six community events this year celebrating different cultures represented in the county. Next up is Mexico on April 28 followed by Germany on June 16, China on Aug. 18, Ireland on Oct. 20 and Argentina on Dec. 15. However, admission will charged beginning with the August event, which costs $8 for general admission, $5 for military and $1 for EBT cardholders, Brezin said. The Roots series is funded through grants from the Nissan Foundation and the County of San Diego. For more information about San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Roots Series, visit www.sdcdm.org/ roots.
Hundreds compete at regional ballet semifinals By Angela McLaughlin
ESCONDIDO — Excitement and tension fills the room — the curtains rise and the music begins, as a dancer enters the stage. For a few moments, everyone is silent, holding their breath as the dancer moves with talent and purpose, given a brief amount of time in which to show the judges what they have to offer. The 2018 Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals took place at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18,
where 350 talented ballet dancers, ranging in ages from 9 to 19, were given the opportunity to shine. According to its website, Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global network of dance, providing scholarships each year to make continued education possible for many students. A nonprofit organization, Youth America Grand Prix hosts the event annually in locations around the world. Alexei Moskalenko, the organization’s assistant artistic director,
said that 2018 is a record year for them, with 10,000 students competing in 26 cities across the United States — and even more from eight additional countries. Dancers chosen during the semi-finals will have a chance to compete at the finals in New York City in April. “In New York, we have about 40 judges from all different kinds of schools around the world,” he said. “Our competition is kind of unique, TURN TO BALLET ON 13
on engineering program By Aaron Burgin
SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos officials did not have to look too far to find a founding partner for its fledgling engineering program. Carlsbad-based communications giant Viasat recently gifted the university $1.5 million to become the founding partner in the university’s engineering program. The university will begin its Bachelor of Science in software engineering this fall and will offer a degree in electrical engineering anticipated in fall 2019. University President Karen Haynes announced the gift during her annual report to the community on Feb. 7. “Their visionary support will create the future Viasat Engineering Pavilion,” Haynes told attendees, “with funding to renovate classroom and lab space, purchase new equipment and instrumentation, and support the work of our faculty and students — quite literally creating pathways to educate the next generation of talented engineers.” The university has been developing its engineering program since 2017, after a 2015 feasibility study conducted by the Educational Advisory Board on behalf of the university showed that the region badly needed an engineering program. Viasat was involved in that study, part of a task force
that structured the study along with General Atomics, Northrop Grumman and representatives of the university and MiraCosta College. The study showed that local employment postings for software engineering-related positions jumped more than 72 percent between July 2013 and June 2015 and that postings for electrical engineers increased by more than 34 percent during the same period. “Viasat is engaged with CSUSM and our community for the common good, moving forward together to enhance the intellectual and economic life of our region and the state,” said Katherine Kantardjieff, dean of CSUSM’s College of Science and Mathematics. “Viasat believes in the University’s importance in our region’s success.” In addition, San Marcos-based Hunter Industries recently made a $100,000 gift to fund a design lab that, according to a news release, will be a hub of collaboration, hands-on design and innovation. “Viasat and Hunter Industries are sending a strong message that an investment in CSUSM is a strong one, with qualified, workforce-ready graduates as the almost immediate return,” Haynes said. “Together, we are stepping forward to expand the boundaries of what is possible, for our university and for our region.”
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FEB. 23, 2018
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Zoning nullification: The end of local control?
Time to join the 21st century By Marie Waldron
Many California state agencies are burdened with archaic procedures that often get in the way of efficient public service. That’s why I have introduced Assembly Bill 2087, which will require all state agencies to establish modernization goals with specified objectives no later than Jan. 1, 2020. The bill seeks to establish flexible, family-friendly workplaces and efficient, streamlined processes in a way that will enhance cybersecurity, save money, reduce emissions, improve public transparency, encourage the use of cloud computing and other innovative new technologies, and enhance efficiency in all state operations. These technological innovations will help the legislative, judicial and executive branches operate more efficiently, encourage more women to participate in the workforce, and ensure greater transparency. They will also save taxpayer dollars. These innovations are long overdue for all state agencies, including the one I’m most familiar with,
the State Legislature. By using innovative new technological capabilities such as telecommuting, digital committee and floor systems and electronic calendars, we can drastically increase efficiencies, reduce paperwork and pollution, and save money spent on legislative operations. As many of you know, trying to deal with the state’s cumbersome bureaucracy can be a time consuming, even maddening process. It’s surprising how our state, which sees itself as a national example to be emulated in so many other areas, can lag so badly when it comes to the use of technology in its daily operations. California is too big and diverse to allow antiquated procedures, which in some cases date back to the 19th century, to impede citizen involvement. California’s government needs to join the 21st century. Passage and implementation of AB 2087 will be a big step in that direction. Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.
ov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor of Oakland who often griped about state government’s interference with local issues, ran in 2010 on a platform of stronger local control. He’s delivered on that for the most part, with the strong exception of pet projects like high speed rail and his putative water tunnels water project, both facing strong opposition from people and local governments in their direct paths. But now cities and counties around the state face the strong possibility of a new law that would essentially nullify local land use and zoning plans crafted through years of public hearings and detailed analysis. This comes in the guise of fighting homelessness and California’s severe housing shortage, which has contributed to driving up rents and real estate prices to the point where many California employers have trouble retaining workers because they can live elsewhere much more cheaply. The proposed plan takes the form of a state Senate bill sponsored by San Francisco Democrat Scott Wiener that would essentially take all zoning and land use authority away from cities and counties in areas close to mass transit. Known as SB 827, this bill would prevent localities from regulating housing construction within half a mile of a light-rail train station or within one-quarter mile of a frequently used bus route. Those rules would cover about 95 percent of the area of some cities. They would also mandate housing density seldom seen outside the downtown areas of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, setting minimum heights of 45 feet to 85 feet in such areas and making eight-story high-rise
Stop horse slaughter, for the love of horses We celebrate horses in America like Seabiscuit, a small but powerful champion racehorse who won the hearts of our Nation during the Great Depression. Our country was founded with horses carrying the load. Pioneers, ranchers, and farmers depended on horses for their survival and prosperity. Don’t forget the family horses and therapy horses that have enriched our lives. San Diego County has a long history of horse ownership. Horses are still an integral part of our lives. The city of Encinitas even has a Palomino horse on its Seal of the City to represent the horse enthusiasts in the Olivenhain community. We value horses in our country and we must not allow the horrors of horse slaughter. Every year more than 100,000 healthy horses are purchased at auctions for the foreign horse meat trade. More than 92
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thomas d. elias buildings standard in many parts of California. This plan already has the backing of many hightech moguls, including the CEOs of companies like Salesforce, Twitter, Lyft, Yelp and Mozilla, all headquartered in or near San Francisco. A corps of 130 tech executives and their venture capital backers signed a letter this winter griping that “the lack of homebuilding in California imperils our ability to hire employees and grow our companies.” But few of those executives live in areas likely to be impacted by the proposed rules. There are few rail stations or heavily-used bus lines in places like Hillsborough, Los Gatos and leafier areas of San Francisco like St. Francis Wood and Sherwood Forest. The Wiener bill draws strong opposition from residents and governments in places as geographically diverse as Mill Valley and Santa Monica. One Marin County blogger described the measure as “draconian,” because it would “remove local control of zoning and planning.” It could do that, if passed in its present form. Passage seems possible since the bill will have backing from powerful forces including developers and building trade unions. But the reasoning behind it is fundamentally flawed. For example, Wiener would make objections to projects on the grounds of vastly increased traffic irrelevant, presuming that proximity to mass transit
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*** percent are young and healthy, as confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These horses are then cruelly shipped thousands of miles across our borders to be inhumanely slaughtered for their meat in Canada and Mexico. The United States must pass legislation to protect our horses from slaughter. The Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE) Act, HR 113, would permanently ban horse slaughter in this country and end the shipping of horses abroad for that purpose. Some states, including California, have already banned horse slaughter largely due to its inherent cruel nature and unpopularity. Please contact our congressman, Rep. Darrell Issa to co-sponsor this bill and do the right thing. These American icons need to be honored, not inhumanely sent to slaughter.
prevents most new traffic problems and congestion. But new figures from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Southern California demonstrate that’s not so. Despite introduction of billion-dollar new light rail lines over the past five years, ridership on buses and trains in the region was down 15 percent last year from levels of five years earlier. That represented a drop of 72 million trips. Yes, the new lines led to rail ridership increases – up 4 million, but that was far lower than the reduction in bus trips. At the same time those lines were added, so were numerous apartment buildings near them. This has neither cut road traffic nor led to increased mass transit ridership, as planners often assume it will. So the prevailing reasoning among planners seeking greater housing density is false. They’re wrong to believe Californians will easily abandon their cars. This is also a major part of the reasoning behind Wiener’s proposal. Because of its flawed logic, this measure would likely cause at least as many problems as it solves. “California’s housing shortage is a threat to our economy,” Wiener told a reporter, insisting his plan can fix things. But even the mayor of ultra-liberal Berkeley objects, calling it an “extreme reactive approach” that would lead to more teardowns of existing housing and more evictions of longtime residents. In short, this plan amounts to pure panic in the face of a problem. And panic rarely produces good results.
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How one local company aims to help in the opioid crisis By Christina Macone-Greene
VISTA — Pharmacy robberies continue to surge because of the opioid crisis. In California alone, the Federal Drug Force Administration revealed the drug store robberies in the past two years have increased 163 percent. One local company found a solution to not only have accuracy and speed in filling 120 prescriptions per hour, but is also offering a solution to help enhance narcotics security. RxSafe, headquartered in Vista, has constructed a robotics storage and retrieval system for pharmaceutical stock bottle inventory. The RxSafe 1800 Inventory Control System is offering a new generation of protocol in the pharmacy world. Bottled medications on shelves or narcotics in a locked door, otherwise known as open inventory, are a thing of the past with this auto-
mated pharmacy machine which can hold up to 1,800 stock bottles. “Our idea was to take these stock bottles and put them in a very small footprint to reduce the amount of inventory storage space needed,” RxSafe President and CEO William Holmes said. “These bottles are placed in a locked, secured vault, if you will, and hold everyone accountable who touches every bottle. So there is security and accuracy.” The size of the RxSafe is 6 feet by 8 feet. Additionally, the RxSafe provides the pharmacy user with the accurate bottle, pill, count and strength with every script fill. For Holmes, that’s another important feature. He shared that the human error rate in the industry is about 3 to 4 percent, so there is a 96 percent accuracy in a routine job. “We have not had a single re-
ported filling error using a RxSafe in 10 years,” Holmes said. “Millions of prescriptions have been filled perfectly and we are very proud of that.” Another issue with narcotics security has been how any number of people handle bottles without any records. “There are lots of opportunities for something to go wrong with that,” Holmes said. “Even just misfiling it is an opportunity for something to go wrong.” He added that narcotics security violations are something every pharmacy wants to avoid. “You don’t want to be having repetitive problems with missing narcotics.” When a bottle comes into a RxSafe pharmacy, it goes directly into the machine. “We put a sequential serial number on the bottom, so each bottle is uniquely identified in the sys-
tem,” he said. “We can run a report that shows you when it arrived, who put the stamp on it, and who put it in the machine.” He added that the bottles are weighed to ensure there has been no tampering. Once a bottle of medication is inside the machine, it’s locked. All that can be seen from the outside are serial numbers — no medication names are visible. “Every time this bottle is required to fill a prescription, the operator must be biometrically (fingerprint) logged in, so we know who it is,” Holmes said. Once authorized, the system will know what the user requested. Also reported is the number of pills when the bottle was retrieved and the number of remaining pills when the bottle goes back into RxSafe. “We track all of that. We can give you dozens of examples of peo-
ple who have tried to get around that system and take things — and every single time they get caught and usually arrested,” Holmes said. Holmes said RxSafe acts as a deterrent to thieves both internally and externally. He also believes that potential thieves will think twice about a pharmacy break-in after seeing this machine because the medications are not an easy grab. RxSafe towers are in pharmacies spanning 24 states in the nation. They are also making an international footprint in other countries such as Mexico. The company opened its doors in 2008 in San Marcos. It quickly outgrew its space and eventually found its newest headquarters at the Vista Business Park in 2015 with room to expand its square footage. Its suppliers are only minutes away.
Nonprofit champions Vista Boys & Girls Club names Youth of the Year South Vista residents By Christina Macone-Greene
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VISTA — Local nonprofit group South Vista Communities aims to shed light on issues that impact South Vista residents. The advocacy organization, which was founded in 2006, works to improve the quality of life and to preserve the area south of I-78. President Stephanie Jackel said the mission of the organization is all about collaboration. “If a resident sees a problem or an issue and brings it to SVC, we can work together — collaboratively with the city — to find the best solution,” she said. “Working together and communicating makes us more familiar with each other and finding a beneficial solution becomes easier and quicker.” According to Jackel, one of the group’s most significant victories was when it defeated the proposal of two electronic billboards off the I-78 in 2013. Issues championed by South Vista Communities are measured by how they effect a resident’s quality of life. Currently, a few issues are at the top of the group’s agenda. “We continue to be concerned about the low, loud airplane flights over our neighborhoods,” Jackel said. “And we’re concerned about the lack of enforcement by the FAA for violations, the lack of interest by the FAA in how these flights are negatively affecting our quality of life and how all of this may be greatly increased if the proposed expansion of McClellan-Palomar Airport goes ahead. We are working with the Citizens for a Friendly Airport in Carlsbad on this mutual concern.” Another item of concern is the link between a lack of sufficient parking and the proposed condos and apartment houses in South Vista. Jackel said that architectural design and landscaping are also related to this issue. “We understand the need for housing but do not
think existing neighborhoods should be negatively impacted by these new projects,” she said. Another worry is vehicles traveling over the speed limit on Melrose Drive and Shadowridge Drive. Jackel noted the growing number of accidents, describing it as “numerous” in recent months. “We are encouraging Sheriff’s deputies to increase traffic control,” Jackel said. Val Brown, a board member of South Vista Communities, shared how the organization has made an impact. “As Vista continues to grow, SVC is a great way to stay connected to your community and meet your neighbors and work collectively to maintain the quality of life in Vista,” Brown said. Board member Leonard Finkel and his wife Lynell Ciranna said it is a good idea to have community input since Vista is changing rapidly. “Because of our awareness from members of City Council and their cooperation with us personally, we've had input into dealing with the changing traffic patterns on Melrose Avenue,” the couple said. “We’ve seen that when a community bands together, things can be accomplished.” They added, “SVC can have an impact and the more involvement we get from community members, the greater the impact we can have. Your voice can be heard.” The general public is invited to South Vista Communities meetings at the Shadowridge Golf Club, which occur about three times per year depending on the issues. Membership is always encouraged since the annual $25 dues help with the organization’s minimal expenses. E-newsletter blasts are generally sent out monthly. For board member Kathy Bagwell, staying connected is important for residents. “Being involved in South Vista Communities, either serving on its board or as a general member,
VISTA — The Boys & Girls Club of Vista recently appointed Julie Martinez as its 2018 Youth of the Year. While representing the Vista club, Martinez will be vying for top recognition during the Youth of the Year competition along with other Boys & Girls Clubs in the county next month to represent the entire San Diego County. According to the Matt Koumaras, chief executive officer of The Boys & Girls Club of Vista, Martinez was selected from more than 1,400 club members. “It was because of her efforts here at the club, helping out as a junior staff person, helping kids with homework, overcoming a lot of obstacles in her life and being a great role model for our younger kids that she was chosen,” Koumaras said. Martinez, 17, is a senior at Rancho Buena Vista High School. In her freshman year, she clocked in some community hours. However, after she earned those community hours, she returned to the Vista club as a volunteer. Martinez volunteers at the Vista club daily during the summer months and visits three times a week during the school year. “A lot of kids will come in, they’ll do their community hours for high school, and then they’re gone. But Julie embraced herself as part of our family and kept coming back,” Koumaras said. “The front desk staff made her feel like part of the team.
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vided a key focal point for what is our downtown.” She said 20-foot sidewalks for pedestrians, outdoor dining and 70 parking spaces would be gained with the plan. However, Procopio stressed the idea is in the concept phase and more community input will gathered. “We can’t build it all at once,” she said. “We would look to get their input on what it should look like and if it should be refined.” The overall cost is estimated at $15 million. Phase I focuses on Maple Street to Broadway including bus realignment. Design and construction is projected at $2.5 million. Phase II covers the remaining sidewalk extensions and roundabout at Broadway and is project-
CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, Matt Koumaras, and Julie Martinez, who was chosen from among 1,400 club members. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Julie started helping them out, started playing with the kids and helped the kids who were scared if it was their first day at the club.” Martinez wants people to know the Vista club is like family — it’s a place of comfort and happiness for her. “They all support you and love you — it’s just that bond and that’s why I love coming here,” she said. Even with challenges in her life, including injuries she sustained in a car accident and the death of family member, she found a sense of refuge at the Vista club. “I could just forget about things
ed at $2.8 million. “What I hear from my colleagues is that it is very nice and calming,” Mayor Sam Abed said. “This is an opportunity for us to take that Smart Growth Incentive Program. Everybody should get something, but not everything. I think we can come to a beautiful project that preserves our history and also creates some vibrancy and a walkable Grand Avenue.” The council approved an application to SANDAG for two Smart Growth Incentive Program grants before the March 15 deadline. Once plans are solidified, construction would begin in mid-2020. Procopio said if the city receives the grant, the public would still be able to comment on the plan as it is currently a concept. Resident Sharon Sanders said a majority of
and always focus on the kids and help them out,” she said. “I didn’t have to worry about any outside problems like school, family, and life.” Koumaras went on to say that Martinez always returned to the Vista club with a smile on her face, no matter what was going on her life. “That’s why the staff selected her,” he said. Koumaras added, “Julie was dealing with challenges at home, and she found a great support group of people here — Julie is very active in her school, and between the school and the club, it really helped her get through those things. Now, she’s looking to help other kids that are in a similar position.” Martinez is quick to point out that after achieving those community hours in her freshman year, she came back to the Vista club because she felt it was a great program that could be a springboard of opportunity to help the youth and quite possibly her future career with children. “I want to be a medical assistant and keep on going with my education and become a radiologist for kids,” Martinez said. Being honored with Youth of the Year gives Martinez to give back even more. It’s an extension of her personal mission. “I hope to show kids that they should never to give up — even if life puts you down, you should never stop,” Martinez said. “Continue even if it’s hard because at the end of the day it’s going to be worth it.”
those in attendance at the October meeting were in opposition to the plan. In addition, two other residents also voiced concerns the removal of Eucalyptus trees would be a negative impact. “I recall two to three strong support voices that night,” Sanders said, “but the vast majority around me were negative. We have such a quaint and peaceful grace about Grand Avenue. If you took the trees out and widen the sidewalks, it would just be the sun. Why can’t we do one block and give it a try?” Like Abed, the rest of the council supported the project, although each did have their own concerns. However, each council member stressed more engagement with residents and business owners are critical in developing the best possible project.
Deaths ruled murder-suicide VISTA — The deaths of a retirement-age North County couple over the weekend were a case of murder-suicide, authorities reported Feb. 20. The bodies of Alfredo Astorga, 76, and his 69-yearold wife were found by the couple’s son in the family’s home in the 800 block of Warmlands Avenue in Vista on Sunday afternoon, according to sheriff’s officials. Both had died of gunshot wounds, Lt. Rich Williams said. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Della Astorga was shot by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself. Officials disclosed no suspected motive for the shootings. — City News Service
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Our ‘larger than life’ beloved father, husband, patriot, athlete, teacher, coach, fisherman, lifeguard, vocalist and mentor Leonard John Sam Thomas Pecchia, born in the northern Minnesota mining town of Nashwauk on September 21, 1921, peacefully passed away with family at his bedside in Carlsbad, California on January 28, 2018 (predeceased by his brother, John, and sister, Mary). Son of Italian immigrants who arrived in America in the early 1900s, he attended Nashwauk High School (starring in football and basketball.... and playing ‘pond’ hockey for fun when the coaches weren’t looking), worked in the local iron ore mines on the ‘track gang’ (laying down track into the mining pits for the mining cars/trains). He later attended Hibbing Community College before volunteering to train as a US Ma-
rine Corp Paratrooper to join the efforts of WWII. His tour of duty (Company H, Third Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division) included the battles of Bougainville, Guadalcanal, Vella Lavella and Iwo Jima where, during action there on March 2, 1945, he was severely wounded and later awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action. As excerpted from the official citation from the President of the United States: “…during an attack by Pvt. 1st Class Pecchia’s company against a strongly defended hostile ridge on which serveral dual purpose guns were emplaced, the leader of an adjacent fire group was wounded and fell on the enemy held side of the ridge; he courageously went to the aid of his fallen comrade and succeeded in treating and evacuating him before he himself was wounded”. Recovered and prepared to lead a squadron for the planned invasion of mainland Japan in the summer of 1945, he instead served in a peacekeeping role in Sasebo, Japan after the surrender of the Japanese Imperial Army in August of that year. Subsequent to his military service, he briefly worked by day as a laborer in auto-manufacturing in Detroit, Michigan where, while working evenings as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios (where he met his fellow dance-instructor, and future wife, Joan Blum). After their marriage
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in 1947, he completed his secondary and graduate education at St. Cloud State University, University of Colorado and Claremont Men’s College (where he completed a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis of the general benefits of Ballroom Dancing as taught to high school age students). Taking a position as a junior high school physical education teacher and coach in nearby San Bernardino, he worked evenings as well as a dance instructor at the local YWCA. Accomplished singers and dancers, he and Joan also participated in the local light opera company for a number of performances during their early years there. While raising three boys born over the next 10 years, Leonard quickly advanced his career as a high school and college teacher, football and track coach at Pacific and San Bernardino High Schools (at Pacific he also commanded the Cadet Corp) and later, at Cypress College. At Pacific, he coached a national high school shot put record holder, and at Cypress, coached a number of elite track athletes (one of whom later become a world-record holder in pole vaulting). At Cypress, he was also a skiing and bowling instructor while maintaining his skills in these sports well into his retirement. He was a long-time member (and occasional soloist) of the choirs at a variety of churches in San Bernardino and Ana-
heim with his last years of singing ministry taking place at St. John’s Catholic Church in Encinitas (the northern San Diego County coastal village of his retirement years). He and Joan travelled extensively during their retirement years while enjoying the proximity of excellent shore fishing, shoreline jogging, gardening and shared time at their beach cottage in the Cardiff-by-the-Sea district of Encinitas with lifelong friends, relatives and immediate family. While practicing a wellness-oriented, active Mediterranean diet and lifestyle for most of his life, ‘Da Vinci’ (as his wife would often affectionately call him) experienced a degree of longevity reflective of that enjoyed by many of his relatives in his ancestral village of Campodimele, Italy. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joan, sons Lance, Greg and Jon, his daughters-in-law June and Cathleen and granddaughters Michelle, Antonia and Carole Anne. Though he has left us for a better place, his memory and example of a long life fully-lived as an unselfish defender of freedom and leader of men will live on within our family, his community and our nation for generations to come. A funeral mass and Interment will be held at 1:30 pm, Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, CA on Monday, February 26, 2018. Also on mission grounds, there will be a reception from 3-5 pm.
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ESCONDIDO CUISINE The Escondido Library introduces “Recipes of Escondido,” a project to capture the culinary history of the community. Share family recipes, the story behind the recipe, and a photo, either online at http://library. escondido.org/recipes or in person in the Pioneer Room, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, during business hours. Staff will digitize submissions, create a cookbook, and all participants will receive a copy. Contact is Aspen Hill at email@example.com or (760) 839-4315. BLACK HISTORY MUSIC A North County Black History Month celebration will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, 5301 Mare Road, Oceanside, featuring music scholar and historian Kimberly Hawkins, with “Music of Black Protest.” At 6 p.m. Heritage Market, at 6:30 p.m., Taste of Soul Buffet, and at 8 p.m., Music of Black Protest lecture and sing-along HAVE A HULLABALOO Hullabaloo is coming to the Oceanside Public Library at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway. This event is free, for children through age 5, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For information, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 4355600. BOOK SALE Friends of the Escondido Public Library host its monthly HalfPrice Sale Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 at 239 Kalmia St., Escondido. For. More information, call (760) 489-4832. WORKSHOP ON INTERVIEWING The Fellowship Center presents a Motivational Interviewing Training workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at 737 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. Cost CROP is $50.Participant will earn .93 education units continuing .93 for attending. Register at 4.17 firstname.lastname@example.org. 4.28
FREE KIDS DENTAL CARE The free annual Give Kids a Smile event will offer free dental sealants and fluoride varnishes to children 1 to 18 years old who have no dental resources, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at sites throughout San Diego County. Sites include Neighborhood Healthcare, 425 N. Date St., Escondido and North County Health Services, 150 Valpreda Road, San Marcos. To schedule an appointment at a site near you, call (619) 692-8858. WALK FOR ANIMALS Join the San Diego Humane Society Walk for Animals – North County being held from 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 24 at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido. Register at sdwalkforanimals.org. GENEALOGY GROUP MEETS The Escondido Genealogical Society will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at Vinz's Wine Bar, 201 Grand Ave.,
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ALICE WATERS AT CHINO FARMS Welcome chef, author, and food activist Alice Waters back to Chino Farm from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe for a book-signing of her memoir, “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook,” a fundraiser for the Edible Schoolyard Project and celebration with live music and food. Pre-ordered books can be ordered at https://squareup.com/store/ goodearthgreatchefs, to be picked up at the event or after during regular Chino Farm hours. END-OF-LIFE CHOICES An “Exit Papers” workshop, to deal with end-of-life decisions, will be presented from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Feb 25 and monthly. For location and more information, visit BeautifulDying.com. Cost $35 per person. Make reservations at 760) 944-7540, visit BeautifulDying.com or email Michele@BeautifulDying.com.
THE LESSON OF GIVING The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund welcomes Ilene Schaffer as guest speaker for its Feb. 27 membership meeting at the Fairbanks Ranch Golf club from 10 a.m. to noon for $20, including continental breakfast. Contact womensfund@ rsffoundation.org to register. DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE Escondido Public Library presents the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile, in the library parking lot, 239 Kalmia St., Escondido, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27. Come browse your library’s digital books and play in the Gadget Gallery, an interactive experience with multiple Overdrive-enabled devices. REPUBLICAN WOMEN Reservation are due by Feb. 21, as Carlsbad Republican Women welcomes Rosalia Zamora, newly-elected president of the San Diego County Federation of Republican Women, at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35 non-members. For more information, contact Ann at (760) 415-7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. LOOKING BACKWARD North San Diego County Genealogical Society will hear professional genealogist Linda Cerna present “Tales to Docs to Stories” at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. For details, call (760) 390-4600 or email email@example.com.
ALL BUSINESS The Hive at Leichtag presents “What is Social Enterprise and is it the Right Choice for Your Organization?” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 1 at The Hive at Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Tickets $18 at eventbrite. com /e /what-is-social- enterprise-and-is-it-the-rightchoice-for-your-organizationtickets-42725236332?mccid=510611382b&mc_eid=cf9aecb6bd.
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ennifer Johnson hears the new title preceding her name. When she does, it always produces a smile. Coach Jennifer Johnson? “This is definitely a transition,” said Johnson, an assistant with the Cal State University San Marcos golf teams. “It used to be you just had your own game in your head and now you have 18 others. But it feels pretty natural and it’s going good.” Johnson had a good thing going on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. She earned more than $1.2 million in prize money over a six-year stint that took her around the world. The Carlsbad resident has a LPGA tournament win on her resume and six top-10
finishes. Those marks came after a celebrated amateur career. But Johnson exited the LPGA grind in 2016, chased there by migraine headaches and an eagerness to see what else life offered. “I went home and just kind of chilled a little,” she said. Then her competitive fire was ignited when learning of an opening at the San Marcos campus. Coach Greg Hutton was seeking help and how many LPGA veterans thrust their hand into the sky? One. “You never know what life has in store for you,” Johnson said. “And I do love golf.” That affection goes both ways. Jaime Jacob, the Cougars’ top woman player, is all in with Johnson. “Coach Jen is an amazing addition,” said Jacob, a recent medalist in the Cougars’ season-opening event in which they won.” She wants to win and knows how to do it.”
Johnson can relate, sharing her players’ predicaments with this unpredictable game that can test the stoutest of souls. There’s more to golf than bringing a club back and Johnson is front-and-center about its challenges. “I’ve been in their shoes on the course,” Johnson said. “You can be playing well and then have a bad stretch of holes.” The key — and most difficult part — is remaining upbeat, Johnson said. “You can turn back a round real quick and that’s what I tell them,” she said. “I try to keep it lighthearted and tell them not to get down on themselves.” The CSUSM squads put the beat-down on rivals to begin the season with wins. The men were triumphant as they won the CSUSM Fujikura Invitational. “This is just a super-talented group,” Johnson said of the Cougars’ golfers. “I’m just trying to help them a little with their preparation and mapping out the courses. It’s the little details which
can mean so much.” Fact is Johnson’s old LPGA crew arrives in Carlsbad next month. The KIA Classic will be held at Aviara Golf Club, March 19 through March 25, and Johnson’s buddies are already checking in. “I’ll get a chance to catch up with them that week,” Johnson said. While, of course, monitoring her current charges. “Our women players will be marshals on the 18th hole for (the final round),” Johnson said. Sorry that’s coach Johnson. “I’ve already learned a lot from her,” Jacob said. “And I continue to take notes.” Johnson, 26, might continue her pro career. Until then, she’s playing through in another manner. “Right now the goal is getting to the nationals,” she said. Spoken like a true coach. Contact Jay Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @jparis_sports.
High school football stars make college choices By Steve Puterski
REGION — It is no secret Southern California is a hotbed of college recruits. On Feb. 7, several of North County’s best football players made it official and signed with Division I programs to continue their careers. This year marked the first time the NCAA allowed for two signing periods. Traditionally, early February has been what is referred to as National Signing Day. But starting this school year, the NCAA began an early signing period, which ran from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22. North County stars like Mission Hills quarterback Jack Tuttle of San Marcos took advantage of the early window. Tuttle signed with the University of Utah and enrolled in January. Tuttle completed 205 of 295 passes (69 percent) for 3,171 yards and 41 TDs and was named the San Diego
Section Player of the Year. He only threw four interceptions and is the highest recruited player ever to sign with Utah. Tuttle was a four-star prospect ranked 16th overall in California, the fifth best quarterback and the 104th best prep player in the country, according to Rivals.com. On the receiving end was Tuttle’s favorite target, wide receiver Chris Olave, who signed with traditional power Ohio State. Olave had a monster season hauling in 93 passes for a San Diego Section-record 1,764 yards and 26 TDs. Mission Hills, which went 12-1 and lost to Helix in the section finals, also saw wide receiver Kyle Phillips sign with UCLA and running back Sam Dixon will continue his career at Navy. Locally, San Diego State signed a pair of recruits in Carlsbad High
Apply now for ‘Promise’ scholarship SAN MARCOS — With more than 600 freshmen in their second semester of free college under the Palomar Promise, high school seniors in the Palomar Community College District have until March 2 to apply for the 2018-19 Promise. The Palomar Promise offers one year of free course enrollment and related registration fees, textbook assistance and access to specialized planning and support services to entering students who graduate from eligible high schools in the Palomar College service area. The program is gearing up to welcome a new
group of high school graduates this fall, with applications for the 2018-19 Palomar Promise due March 2. Get information at https:// www2.palomar.edu/pages/ palomarpromise/students/. The Promise is funded using a combination of possible state, federal and local funding resources. Every high school district in the Palomar College service area was represented in the initial cohort of Promise students. Nearly a third came from the San Marcos Unified School District, with another 25 percent coming from the Escondido Union High School District and 20 percent from Vista Unified.
School defensive end Cameron Thomas and San Marcos High School linebacker Josh Bornes. Thomas had 11 catches for 210 yards and four TDs, but no defensive statistics were available. Bornes, meanwhile, had 114 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and one interception. Other signees include El Camino (Oceanside) teammates running back Christopher Brown Jr. and safety Rocky Katoanga, who will attend Cal Berkeley and Washington State,
respectively. Brown piled up 925 yards on 188 carries and 12 TDs and added 14 catches for 136 yards. Katoanga had a team-high 125 tackles, six tackles for a loss, four sacks and one interception. Also signed were Oceanside High School offensive tackle Donovan Laie (University of Arizona); Santa Fe Christian defensive end Demitri Washington (Boise State). Washington tallied 45 tackles, seven for a loss, five sacks and a forced fumble.
By Aaron Burgin
REGION — A trio of North County teams will compete in the highest division of the CIF Basketball Playoffs, while another North County team fell victim to one of the biggest upsets on record. Torrey Pines, San Marcos and Vista are seeded second, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the CIF Open Division playoffs, which pits the top eight teams in San Diego according to a rating system by Maxpreps. Torrey hosts La Jolla Country Day and San Marcos hosts Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista, while Vista will travel to Mission Bay for its game. All three games are Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Rancho Buena Vista, which was seeded second in the CIF Division 3 playoffs, fell at home to 15th-seeded University City, 61-51. It is believed to be one of the largest upsets on record in CIF history. A number of North County programs are still alive in CIF Divisions 1-5 after winning their opening games, including El Camino, Santa Fe Christian and Canyon Crest Academy, which are the No. 1, 2 and 3 seed in Division 1, respectively. Orange Glen, the fifth seed in Division 1, advanced to a quarterfinals date against No. 4 Poway after defeating Grossmont in the first round. La Costa Canyon, seeded 10th in Division 1, registered a moderate upset by defeating No. 7 Rancho Bernardo 61-53. The Mavericks face Canyon Crest in the second round.
Oceanside is the lone team in The Coast News’ coverage area to advance in the Division 2 playoffs. Seeded seventh, the Pirates travel to El Cajon to face Christian High School in second-round play. Carlsbad (seeded sixth) and San Dieguito Academy (seeded eighth) are the lone North County teams remaining in the Division 3 field. Despite its seeding, Carlsbad will host Central High School of El Centro, the 14th seed, which defeated No. 3 Bonita Vista in opening round play. San Dieguito Academy gets a crack at the top seed Mount Miguel, which enters the playoffs as the heavy favorite to win the Division 3 crown. Small schools Tri-City Christian, Escondido Adventist Academy and Guajome Park Academy all advanced in Division 4 play, but only two of the teams will have a chance to advance to the semifinals, as the Eagles and Red Hawks will face each other in the 4-5 game, while the Frogs will face No. 3 seed Monte Vista in another quarterfinals game. And in Division 5, No. 11 seed Del Lago Academy of Escondido upset San Pasqual, the No. 6 seed, in opening round play and will face Southwest San Diego, of San Ysidro, in quarterfinals action. Escondido Charter, the No. 2 seed in Division 5, faces Clairemont in the second round. All quarterfinals action resumes at 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Playoff brackets can be viewed at http://www.cifsds. org/boys-basketball.html.
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Some words are just funny
eenagers are never wrong. I know this because when my kids were teens, they subjected me to long-winded arguments in which logic played very little part and I never won. One day, rather than admit their vocabularies were a bit lacking, my teens accused me of making up words. The only time I have ever created nonsense words was to replace my stevedore-like cursing, so this time I held my ground. I might be guilty of having hidden food I didn’t want them to immediately devour, fibbing about how many errands we had to run or been a little vague about how much yard work there was to do, but words are where I draw the line. Do not throw shade on my word choice. I have lousy eyesight, thin hair, a waning memory and I cannot add numbers in my head, so I place much of my leftover pride in my vocabulary. My children occasionally benefited from it, as I berated them regularly with some of my favorite quotations. For instance, they knew, long before they hit high school English class, what “throwing pearls before swine” meant. It was one of the few remaining ways I could occasionally impress my children. Then just like that, it became a source of high amusement. “Pride goeth before the fall.” It began when I foolishly decided to try and get my teens to give me some feedback on my look. Right away they were puzzled. “Your ‘look’?” they chimed. “You have a look?” That stung, but I persevered, because I truly do harbor a horror of dressing in a manner that is unseemly for my age and mom status. So I tried to describe to them the looks I was trying to avoid. I wanted to look casually classic, I said. I wanted to look like a woman growing old gracefully, but, I said, “I don’t want to look dowdy.” “Dowdy? What does dowdy mean?” they asked. Oh, I replied, you know. Frumpy. My son nearly fell off the kitchen chair, howling with laughter, screaming, “Frumpy? That’s can’t be a real word either!” I insisted it was, albeit relegated to the vocabulary dust heap as newer slang came along. It is a throwback of undetermined age, but I think it is almost onomatopoetic, and so I love it and won’t let it go easily. “Frumpy is a character on ‘Sesame Street,’ isn’t it?” my son chortled. “No, I think it’s the eighth dwarf,” my daughter cackled. Trying to contain my own laughter, I bravely continued, calmly insisting that frumpy was indeed a word.
It was. I explained, sort of a combination of dumpy and frowzy. “Frowzy?” they cried, again splitting with glee. “That cannot be a real word either. You’re just making these up.” I protested roundly, but the game was lost. I never really got any solid information about whether I looked presentable or not, but I was laughing so hard, it really didn’t matter anymore. For the next hour, I got lots of creative suggestions. “Actually, Mom, I think you need to avoid looking frizzpy,” one would say. “Yes and by all means, don’t let yourself get froobly,” the other would add. “Or drablish.” Yuk, yuk. Everybody’s a comedian. And that is why we all survived their teen years. They never let me take my vocabulary or myself too seriously. If I can’t do anything about looking flarbish, at least I have genuine laugh lines. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and unrepentant logophile. Contact her at email@example.com.
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San Marcos unveils new logo By Aaron Burgin
SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos recently formally unveiled its new logo, a nod to San Marcos’ untapped potential as a city. The new logo includes the city’s name, with a four-colored compass inside of the “O.” Underneath the city’s name is the slogan, “Discover Life’s Possibilities.” City officials said the slogan captures input from the community over the past year from several surveys, a focus group and a communications and media audit. Three themes emerged from the research, city officials said: the notion that San Marcos’ best days were still ahead; there is something for everyone in the community, from the school aged to seniors; and San Marcos was a “bestkept secret” that people are just now starting to discover. “Whatever you are looking for can be found in San Marcos,” City Manager Jack Griffin said. “From
our trails and parks, to the city’s bustling commercial districts and leading educational institutions, San Marcos has plenty to offer. “We are this hidden gem in San Diego County,” Griffin said. “San Marcos is a dynamic community of more than 90,000 residents who enjoy a fantastic quality of life.”
face” of the city, and it appears on signage, city vehicles, uniforms, official stationery and the San Marcos 360 magazine, which lists recreational opportunities throughout the city. The city’s seal, which had been used on those things, will now be reserved for official city documents. “San Marcos is coming
City officials said the slogan captures input from the community over the past year.
The four colored quadrants within the compass circle, officials said, speak to the vibrant and diverse aspects of the San Marcos community. And the warm orange color for the tagline “Discover Life’s Possibilities” ties into the Innovate 78 campaign’s selection of orange to represent San Marcos in promoting the five cities along the Highway 78 corridor. The logo is the “new
of age, and it needed a clear identity to convey that,” city spokeswoman Sarah Macdonald said. “The city wanted a mark that would resonate with residents, while also supporting efforts surrounding economic development — a newly emerging priority for the city.” The city has been slowly introducing the logo since May 2017 as events occur in order to keep costs down.
Overturned SUV, no injuries in road-rage incident on 78 City News Service
REGION — Two North County residents face potential criminal charges over a road-rage confrontation that left one of the men’s vehicles overturned in rush-hour traffic on state Route 78, the California Highway Patrol reported Feb. 16. The roadway dispute erupted for unknown reasons shortly before 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 on the eastbound
side of the freeway near College Boulevard in Oceanside. In a line of vehicles mired in stop-and-go traffic, one of the disputing drivers, later identified as 33-yearold Kevin McCall of Vista, got out of his BMW convertible, walked back to the rival driver and accosted him as he sat inside his gray Ford Escape, CHP Officer Hope Maxson alleged.
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Following a brief exchange of angry words, McCall allegedly spat on the SUV, then walked off and got back in his car, Maxson said. At that point, the driver of the Escape, 23-yearold Andrew Carson Branch of Escondido, pulled into a center median and allegedly drove his vehicle into the side of the BMW. After hitting the car, the SUV rolled up the side of it and overturned, coming to rest on its driver’s side, Maxson said. By then, traffic was moving again on the freeway, and McCall drove off, the officer said. A person in a vehicle a short distance behind the feuding drivers captured cellphone camera images of the confrontation and subsequent crash, according to the CHP. The witness shared the video clip with investigators, allowing them to readily identify and track down McCall, Maxson said. The CHP will seek misdemeanor charges against him, she said. Branch, for his part, was arrested later in the day and booked into county jail on suspicion of felony assault. “Thankfully, the involved parties were not seriously injured and did not injure others around them,” Maxson said. “Our roadways are no place for highway violence and this type of behavior.” The officer urged witnesses to such dangerous roadway encounters to do their part for roadway safety by reporting the problems. “The public's assistance is essential to combating aggressive drivers and road rage,” she said.
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because we don’t fall into the category of other competitions.” He explained that many dance competitions include forms such as jazz and tap, while Youth America Grand Prix solely
Kennedy Huston, 15, performed a contemporary solo. Photo by Angela McLaughlin
focuses on classical and contemporary ballet. “We target students who may be more serious about becoming professional ballet dancers,” he added. “We are trying to find talents who will go to much bigger schools, such as The Royal Ballet School in London. We are a scholarship-oriented com-
petition.” Dancers not only competed over the four days, but had an opportunity to participate in workshops and classes, as well. Emily Hood, 16, has been dancing since she was merely 4 years old, and has participated in several Youth America Grand Prix competitions over the years. Currently a dancer at North County Academy of Dance, she said her favorite style of dance is classical ballet. She competed in two classical ballet solos and one contemporary ballet solo on Feb. 17. “I had a lot of fun on stage,” she said. She enjoys competitions such as this one, and hopes to continue dancing after graduation and eventually make it into a company, she said. “Dance is a big part of my life,” Hood said. “I go to class pretty much every day. Like with anything that people want to pursue or work hard toward, a lot of physical and mental energy goes into it.” Aside from the competitions, she also participated in classes. “I always enjoy taking the master classes — the teachers are very renowned, and they have lots of experience and knowledge to give to the dancers,” she said. It is a really great experience.” As the panel of judges works on their decisions for the dancers here in the San Diego area, Youth America Grand Prix is headed to its next destination in San Francisco. Many anxiously await the news of their competition results, but Hood reminded younger dancers of one thing: to have fun. “Remember that you’re doing it for the right reason — you’re doing it because you love it,” she said. “Do it for yourself.”
From left, Gibhran Jimenez, Lorna Rammon, Flo Gascon, Kathleen Steel, Wendy Woroby and Amy Riviere. Photo by Rebecca Sykes
San Marcos volunteers turn out for challenger’s campaign By Rebecca Sykes
SAN MARCOS — Though November is nine months away, organizers and volunteers are already planning how to get Democratic candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar elected for the 50th Congressional District in California. A group of organizers throughout San Diego County has been volunteering since the end of last year for Campa-Najjar. More than 60 volunteers alone are working in San Marcos. Other cities in the district are working and volunteering for Campa-Najjar as well, and more people are starting to volunteer as elections are approaching. Kathleen Steel and Flo Gascon of San Marcos are two of the main organizers of the San Marcos volunteer group for Campa-Najjar. They both knew right away they wanted to get involved with Campa-Najjar’s campaign. “I volunteered with Indivisible and that’s when I first met (Ammar) and I got to know him really well,” Steel said. “He is perfect for this district. He listens to all and
asks what concerns voters. He is not concerned with parties; he is concerned with what people care about most.” Some issues that concern constituents are health care, immigration and jobs, which are the main issues Campa-Najjar focuses on. “I’m running for the community that helped raise me, for my family and friends, and for voters who deserve a congressman who puts their interests ahead of special interests,” Campa-Najjar stated on his campaign website. Campa-Najjar’s experience include working with the Obama administration for employment and training opportunities and promoting small businesses at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. According to Steel and Gascon, Campa-Najjar is the only candidate who has been knocking on doors, making phone calls and visiting rural areas to speak to people, no matter what party they are. “At the beginning of a conversation, with some people we speak to, they say they won’t vote for
Ammar,” said Gibhran Jimenez, field organizer, and analysis and researcher for Campa-Najjar’s campaign. “At the end of the conversation, we’ve had people donating money to the campaign.” Jimenez stated Campa-Najjar’s campaign has raised $520,000 since they started in March/April 2017. The money has not come from corporations, instead from constituents, according to Jimenez. Organizers met Feb. 8 in San Elijo Hills to discuss ways volunteers can help with this congressional race for Campa-Najjar. Tasks included voter registration, phone banks and going from door to door to educate constituents about the candidate. Volunteers also have been going to high schools to register students to vote, including 16-year-old students to prepare them for when they are 18 and can vote. Chapters have formed on college campuses such as Grossmont, UCSD and SDSU focusing on electing CamTURN TO CAMPAIGN ON 18
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Hair restoration options extend to facial and eyebrow hair OCEANSIDE — Trends in facial hair have fluctuated for centuries. Goatees, long sideburns and currently thick beards and mustaches have all had their day in the sun. For those experiencing facial hair loss, certain styles were previously unachievable. But advances in technology over the last several years have enabled specialists to offer hair restoration to those whose hair loss isn’t just confined to the scalp. “We now have options to help men and women regain their confidence when it comes to hair loss with natural looking results,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD, said. “Specialists are able to use minimally invasive procedures to restore hair affordably and successfully.” The reasons for hair loss can vary, and when it comes to facial hair there are generally three different reasons it occurs. “We see patients that are experiencing facial hair loss for a few different reasons,” Wagner said. “Some men can’t grow facial hair because of their
ethnicity, others can grow it but it comes in patchy and sparse. Accidents and scarring can also inhibit facial hair growth.” Disease and aging can also factor in. “Some of our patients are looking to achieve a thick full beard, others might want to increase the density of their mustache or sideburns,” Wagner said. “Our highly experienced team works exclusively on hair restoration, giving our patients options based on how they want to look and the donor hair they have available.” It’s important to recognize that we have several different types of hair on
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our bodies that differ in function as well as texture. “We have hair on our heads, body hair, eyebrow and eyelash hair and pubic hair,” Wagner said. “When doing any type of hair restoration, we need to consider where we are taking the donor hair from and how it will work and feel for each patient.” Typically, facial hair restoration using donor hair from the back of the head works well. “Whether we are consulting with a male patient looking to increase the density of his beard or a female patient who is looking for thicker, fuller eyebrows, we have a detailed conversation and review
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any concerns the patient might have as well the reality of the results,” Wagner said. “With facial hair restoration we determine what a patient desires and go over the different hair types.” Wagner used the example of restoring eyebrow hair with hair from the back of the head or nape of the neck. “When using donor hair from those areas, our patients encounter a level a grooming they might not be accustomed to,” he said. “When we use donor hair, it will continue to grow as if it’s still in the original donor area. So a patient with kinky or curly scalp hair is going to have that same type of hair
to the transplant area and it will require the same level of grooming. Whether it’s eyebrows, a goatee, a mustache or a beard, it could require clipping every other day. We make sure our patients are fully aware of this so that they can make an informed decision.” Facial hair restoration is available using two different procedures. “We have Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) and the more recent Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).” Wagner said. “FUG procedures, also known as the strip method, are done by taking a strip of a patient’s scalp and extracting donor harvesting from that
strip. FUE procedures, by contrast, involve extracting follicular units one hair at a time from the donor area.” A patient can choose which method would be best for them based on the size of the area they are restoring and the cost. With either method, the downtime is minimal. “You can be back at work the next day,” Wagner said. “Following the procedure patients might experience some mild discomfort. And in the following months new hairs will fall out and then regrow from the transplanted hair follicle, which is completely normal. As the transplanted hairs grow into their new position, they won’t ever fall out again.” If you’re interested in learning more about the options to restore your facial hair, Wagner invites you to visit www.myhairtransplantmd.com or call the office at (800) 262-2017 to schedule a free consultation. MyHairTransplantMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201, Oceanside 92054.
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a gun with a caption that read “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.” The viral picture of the South Carolina teen was reposted by local students, and the fear of a local school shooting was spread via social media. Despite the threat being deemed a hoax, many parents kept their students out of school earlier this week. The school reported attendance on Tuesday at 60 percent of the total enrollment. Hunt sought to assure parents that the school is prepared for emergency situations.
diologist and has dedicated his career to vein care. Dr. Isadore’s dedication to excellence and exclusive focus on venous disease of the legs has enabled him to create the most advanced vein center in North San Diego County, ensuring optimal results and happy patients. “Early in my career I decided to focus exclusively on venous disease of the legs. Our mission at Oceana Vein Specialists is to offer the most advanced vein care available, to make your legs look and feel fantastic“ says Dr. Isadore. Some of the leading-edge, minimally invasive treatments that Oceana Vein Specialists provide include Endovenous Radiofrequency and Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins, VenaSeal Closure System, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound Guided Sclerofellowship trained Vascu- therapy, Spider Vein Sclerolar and Interventional Ra- therapy, VeinGogh Spider
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“This event, along with the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, is another unfortunate reminder that we must be ever vigilant about school safety and always be prepared to respond,” Hunt wrote in a statement. “We address safety from both prevention and response strategies, with a high priority on effective communication during an emergency. Over the last many years, we have worked closely with local law enforcement, fire and other city and county safety personnel to learn and train in the best practices related to school security. “The best prevention strategies involve the awareness and alertness of stu-
dents, staff members and parents,” Hunt continued. “We encourage students and community members to notify the school, district office or the Sheriff’s Department if you see or hear of a student or other individual who may have the intent or potential to harm themselves or others. Students and parents can help by being our eyes and ears on campus and in social media. The school district and law enforcement are thankful so many students and parents came forward so quickly yesterday. Together, district staff and law enforcement were able to respond and investigate what, thankfully, turned out to be a non-credible threat.”
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which is something we do not want to see,” Jamie Phillips, school district director of child nutrition services, said. “We want to make sure students have access to fruits and vegetables as this can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.” One of the community donors who stepped up said they heard of the idea of paying off school lunch debts on social media and wanted to do the same. The second donor works at Beaumont Elementary. Isabel Xochihua, a school aide, said she
wanted to help families who are having a difficult time get caught up on their payments. On her last day of work before taking time off to battle recurring cancer, she made a donation. School principals said they are grateful and deeply appreciative of the donors generosity. “What a wonderful way to support the students at Maryland and make an impact in their lives,” Carol McKane, Maryland Elementary principal, said. “We don't always think about the things that may be affecting families, such as a negative food balance. To know that this is off
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it cards and a cash pocket. An indicator light shows how much battery power is left. (It took about a quarter of the power to charge my 6s phone from 40 percent, and product information says it will provide one full charge to an iPhone 7.) The wallet-charger concept is true to the Santa Barbara company’s creed: “Own Nomad wallet fewer things, be resourceful and seek adventure.” Batcharger tery charger cord included. A wallet with a cell https://www.hellonomad. phone charger? Yes, way! com/leather-charging-walNomad has designed one let-slim. for iPhones that looks stylish and still fits in a pocket Pawscout or purse. It’s constructed Pets, like children, of rugged Horween leather don’t always mind. But and has slots for six cred- unlike children, they can
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wander off and cover many miles in a fairly short time. That’s where Pawscout comes in. The technology combines a smartphone app with a Pawscout Tag, which emits a Bluetooth signal to help owners find a lost pet. The app creates pet-friendly communities wherever the app is being used, even by those that don’t have pets but are willing to help owners find them. The app is free, tags are $14.95-$21.99. https://pawscout.com. For more stories and photos, visit www.facebook. com/elouiseondash. If you have a travel story to share, contact me at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com.
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pa-Najjar. “We’re trying to engage the young voters and with Ammar being young (29), he speaks (the young voters’) language,” Gascon said. Campa-Najjar and Democrats Patrick Malloy and Josh Burner along with Republicans Shaymus Sayed, Andrew Zelt and possibly Darrell Issa (R-Vista) from the 49th Congressional District (who is retiring from his own district this year) have been rumored to be running against Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) for the seat. According to Jimenez, 40 percent of registered voters in the 50th District are Republican. However, Democrats are reportedly registering twice as much. “The district is switching. However, this isn’t about parties, this is not a partisan thing, Campa-Najjar is good for the people,” Jimenez said. Hunter has been the representative for the 50th District since 2009. He is facing allegations of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of his campaign funds for his own personal use.
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1 at this payment JG492232 Model not shown. (Standard 2.5i 6MT model, code JFA-01). $1,719 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $23,710 (incl. $915 freight charge). Net cap cost of $21,600 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $7,884. Lease end purchase option is $15,174. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 12,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 2/25/18
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5 at this payement (Limited 2.5i model, code JDF-24). Model not shown. $1,500 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $36,482 (incl. $915 freight charge). Net cap cost of $34,982 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Lease end purchase option is $21,939. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, .15Â˘/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 2/25/18
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DOCTOR’S DAY• MARCH 30TH
CLASSES & EVENTS AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CLASSES
For even more classes & programs visit Tricitymed.org
CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Tricitymed.org Available 24/7
Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. 3/29
Better Breathers 1:30-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3055 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month
Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Accelerated Course 8-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. 3/1, 3/15
Women’s Cancer Support Group 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3540 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month
CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Breastfeeding Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. Meets Wednesdays Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. Breastfeeding Your Baby Class 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500 to register/fee involved. 3/15 Baby Safe Class - Infant CPR 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Next class 4/19 Baby Care Class 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Next class 4/12 3-Week Child Preparation Class 6-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5750 to register/fee involved. Begins 3/4 Maternity Orientation Tri-City Medical Center. Registration required. Call 760.940.5784. Next open 3/20 6:30-7 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m. Orientación de Maternidad En Español Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.940.5750. 3/10, 3-3:30 p.m., 3/22, 7:30-8 p.m.
To Find an Exceptional Doctor Close to Home call our Find a Physician Hotline toll free, 24 hours a day at 855.222.8262 or visit www.tricitymed.org/find-a-doc
All classes are held at locations below unless otherwise indicated. Tri-City Medical Center – 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center – 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Please note, classes are subject to change. Please call to confirm.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Update Course 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. 3/12
Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Visit Tricitymed.org to register/fee involved. 3/10
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Mended Hearts Support Group 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.846.0626 for more information. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month Ostomy Support Group of North County 1-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Dates may vary.* Call 760.470.9589 for more information. * Last Friday of Every Month
WELLNESS Stroke Exercise 10-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7272 to register. Meets Thursdays NEW Mi Strength (Cancer Fitness to be integrated into Strength program) 10-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved. Meets Wednesdays & Fridays NEW Mi Cardio (Young at Heart to be integrated into Cardio program) 9-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays NEW Mi Ortho (Arthritis Foundation Aquatics to be integrated into Ortho program) Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 for more information, class schedule, registration/fee involved. Call for Class Schedule
Diabetes Support Group Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register. 1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7-9 p.m.
NEW Mi Neuro (Step by Step for Parkinson’s to be integrated into Neuro program) 11 a.m-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays
Aphasia Support Group 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7151 to register. Meets Thursdays
Parkinson’s Exercise 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 for more information. Meets Fridays
Survivors of Suicide Loss 7-8:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 619.482.0297 for more information. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month Narcotics Anonymous 7:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3333. Meets Fridays Bereavement Support Group 2:30-4 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 888.328.4558 for more information. Meets Wednesdays
WELLNESS “Stepping On” Fall Prevention Workshop 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 to register. FREE class. Begins March 5 for 4 weeks
ORTHOPAEDICS CLASSES Spine Pre-Op Class 12-2 p.m.,Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. 3/13, 3/28 Total Joint Replacement Class 12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. 3/7, 3/21 Total Shoulder Replacement Class 12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. 3/14
PRESENTED BY KATIE DI LAURO, DIETICIAN & NUTRITIONIST MARCH 14 • 10-11 A.M. TRI-CITY WELLNESS & FITNESS CENTER 6250 EL CAMINO REAL, CARLSBAD
For more information call 855.222.8262 or visit Tricitymed.org