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Escondido Mayor Sam Abed gives his annual State of the City address Wednesday at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Photo by Steve Puterski

Abed calls out state in annual address By Steve Puterski

Students harvest mixed baby greens from the Agriculture Department garden. Photo by Sara Benner

Farm to Fork Showcase puts a spotlight on high school students By Promise Yee

VISTA — The annual Farm to Fork Showcase on Feb. 23 drew about 100 guests to taste dishes that ranged from lamb burgers with feta cheese and caramelized onions to sausage and parsley stuffed mushrooms, and raspberry crepes — all raised, grown and prepared by Vista High School students. Guests mingled between taste tables and live cooking stations, and talked to Future Farmers of America (FFA) and culinary arts students, who shared their knowledge of farming and cooking. The yearly showcase generates a lot of student pride. FFA students attend accredited science and elective classes, which are part of a career education program, taught by Sara Benner. The high school campus boasts a three-quarter acre farm, which includes greenhouses, a garden and livestock area. Students plant and grow fruits and vegetables, and buy, raise and sell livestock, which includes cattle, goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens and

rabbits. Farmed food is used for the annual showcase, and for twice monthly campus lunches served at the Panther Cafe. FAA students also learn leadership, fundraising, budgeting and public speaking skills, and perform community service. Culinary arts studies teach students basic knife cuts; fruit, vegetable, pasta, gain and stock dishes; and customer service the first year. In the second year, it’s all about meat and protein dishes, deserts, baking, and food costing. “They all know their way around a kitchen,” Chef Kim Plunkett, Vista High School culinary arts teacher, said. Culinary arts classes are accredited electives. Students also earn Food Handler Cards and ServSafe Certification needed for restaurant employment. Lessons are taught in an industrial kitchen, which familiarizes students with a future workplace, and prepares them for food service and chef positions.

The week of the showcase all culinary arts students participate in preparing food for the event. “Every class that comes in is working on a recipe or partial recipe, it’s neat to see kids all working on something different,” Plunkett said. During the showcase culinary arts students also present foods, ensure dishes remain at the correct temperatures, and cook on site. “The showcase brings together everything we do in the kitchen and classroom, and makes it a real project, it takes it to the next level,” Plunkett said. “Students faces light up, and it builds big time self-confidence.” District staff, community members, farmers, chefs and restaurant owners annually attend the showcase. Donations are suggested to cover the costs of putting on the event. All monies go back into FFA and culinary arts programs. The showcase is also an opportunity to sponsor livestock for FAA students. Sponsors buy and own the livestock, and pay a student for their work to raise it.

ESCONDIDO — Much is going according to the vision of Mayor Sam Abed and the City Council. Abed gave his annual State of the City address Wednesday at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido in front of 450 attendees. A short video highlighted the day-to-day activities and lifestyles of residents as well as Abed commenting on the increased development and economic activity. However, Abed discussed the city’s increasing requirement to meet its state obligation. He railed against the state and its management of pension obligations across California. Abed said, as the council discussed at last week’s City Action Plan meeting, the lowered return of investment from 7.5 percent to 7 percent will increase the city’s spending on the fund by $20 million by 2022. Currently, Escondido pays $20 million toward pensions. The city has created a $500,000 pension liability reserve for long-term stabilization. “This unsustainable un-

funded mandate by the state is a financial crisis,” Abed said. “I am willing and ready to lead a class action lawsuit against the state to protect the taxpayers. Sacramento says we are your government and we are here to help you. We say, ‘Sacramento no thank you, just leave us alone.’” He also touched on poverty and the rising numbers of homelessness in the city. Since 2007, the poverty rate has climbed from 12 percent to 16 percent, a rate similar to San Diego County. As for homelessness, Abed said there are 532 people without homes, although 307 are sheltered, but the number of unsheltered has doubled in the last year to 225. Abed blamed the rising number of homeless on the state’s action to release criminals from prison and lower the threshold in prosecuting drug and theft charges. “We have partnered with Solutions for Change and contributed $2.1 million to build 33 transitional housing units in our city to proTURN TO STATE OF CITY ON 9

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Lawsuit filed against Escondido water recycling facility By Steve Puterski

Doug Applegate speaks to a voter outside the town hall meeting at the Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista. Photo by Ruarri Serpa

Town hall carries on without Issa By Ruarri Serpa

VISTA — Nearly 1,500 people swarmed a town hall meeting in Vista last night, hoping to express their concerns over health care with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). But Issa was a no-show, after weeks of protests outside his office calling on the Congressman to hold face-to-face meetings with his constituents. Nevertheless, dozens of residents delivered testimonials on how the Affordable Care Act helped them and their families. One woman said that her family experienced back-to-back fatal car crashes leaving them with expensive bills that would put a financial burden on anybody. “I’ve been in the hos-

pital wondering how this is all going to be paid for,” she said. Irma Salinas is a mother who said she had to purchase two insurance plans to get treatment for her daughter, who was born with disabilities. She was upset Issa declined to attend, and had hoped to ask him about people like her daughter. “First of all: Where are you?” Salinas said. “And what’s going to happen to people right now with pre-existing conditions?” The event sprang from a network of constituents and the various “Indivisible” groups around North County, but it was part of the #Fight4OurHealth TURN TO TOWN HALL ON 5

ESCONDIDO — The controversial recycled water facility project has hit a legal hurdle. The Springs of Escondido filed a lawsuit this month against the city over its approval to place the project adjacent to the senior community on the corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. The City Council approved the project, 4-1, in January with Councilwoman Olga Diaz objecting. The facility will add 2 million gallons per day of treated recycled water to the city’s system. It will provide advanced treatment of recycled water from the city’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) station. As of Tuesday, the city had not yet been served with the suit, although City Attorney Jeff Epp said his office and city officials are aware of its filing in Vista Superior Court. “I understand it says there should have been more environmental studies and it’s not compatible with the adjacent Springs project,” Epp added. “Our primary goal is to work with the neighboring Springs project to make sure they’re comfortable from a design and land use stand point.” The Springs of Escondido hired attorney Everett DeLano, who challenges that the membrane filtration reverse osmosis facility mitigat-

ed negative declaration, that the city violated the California Environmental Quality Act in “several respects” and that the city failed to adopt findings adequately supported by the evidence. In addition, the suit also notes comments from residents who said the lack of an environmental impact report (EIR) and the project would lead to health and safety issues. In addition, the site could be available for future expansion as the city aims to increase its recycled water supply. “It is a good project in a bad place,” DeLano said. “No-

body opposes recycled water. That is a wonderful thing. The problem is, it just doesn’t belong in this location.” DeLano said it could be many months before the litigation is concluded, which means the water facility could be on hold for an undetermined period. Should the city start construction, though, DeLano said he would seek an injunction to stop those efforts. The city, meanwhile, refuted any claims of health and safety impacts and will attempt to move forward with the project as quickly as possible. Chris McKinney, direc-

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What will President Trump mean for Real Estate? By Michael Carunchio

In a nation in which homeownership is largely seen as synonymous with the American dream, it’s a question that real estate professionals are now asking: How will President Trump impact the U.S. housing market in 2017? Will a Trump presidency launch a sustained upward trend in homeownership rates? Mr. Trump is a real estate tycoon who has made a fortune building luxury condominiums, hotels and casinos. But will that experience enable him to help the middle class, which faces a lack of affordable housing and rising prices? The surprise election of Donald J. Trump has real estate professionals wondering how a new Washington regime will impact our profession, one way or another. During his campaign, Mr. Trump has said his priorities would be cutting taxes and creating jobs. In addition, Mr. Trump’s tax plan explicitly stated that he would preserve the mortgage interest deduction. If we take him at his word, then the prospects for the housing market are not bad. Today, Americans want to feel secure and believe they have a fair shot in the marketplace. Overall, I believe Donald Trump represents good news for home buyers and sellers. Mr. Trump has a tremendous opportunity to write a new chapter in housing policy and build a legacy based on achievement and improving prosperity for the working class. If President Trump is successful in launching massive rebuilding programs in inner cities and for aging infrastructure across the country, then the impact could be tremendous for real estate, the building industry and skilled labor. Meanwhile, industry analysts vary in their predictions on the impact to the real estate profession under a Trump administration with

Defunding California: Whose money is it? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


ime and again, President Trump threatens to withhold federal grants from California cities, universities and the state itself unless they accept policies he wants to pursue, from large-scale deportation of undocumented immigrants to bashing the heads of campus protestors. “California is in many ways out of control,” he said in one recent interview. Out of his control, he seemed to mean. Then, asked if “defunding is your weapon of choice” to force the state into line, he allowed that, “It’s a weapon. We give them a hell of a lot of money. I don’t want to defund a state or a city. I don’t want to defund anybody…If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly, that would be a weapon.” Two questions he wasn’t asked: Whose money is he talking about? And, who gets most of that money? The answer to the second question is easy: Most federal money arriving here goes to ordinary people, via Social Security payments, Medicare and Medi-Cal payments. That accounts for the vast majority of the $367.8 billion the federal government spends in California every year. (The figure comes from a Tax Foundation study.) Meanwhile, Californians pay in much more than that in income, Social Security and Medicare taxes. So we’re really talking about our own money here, with the federal government mostly acting as a conduit. Should California adopt a wide “sanctuary state” policy requiring all cities and counties to follow the practice of police in San

Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Ana and other California cities that – among other things – don’t inquire about the immigration status of most people they arrest, Trump says, “If we have to, we’ll defund.” He plainly thinks he can take any federal funds he likes from California and its cities. Does he also propose to cut off Social Security benefits to Californians if legislators adopt the plan they’re now considering? No one knows precisely what Trump intends. But he plainly believes he can withhold funds at his will. But that’s not how most federal grants work. Repeat-

No one knows precisely what Trump intends. But he plainly believes he can withhold funds at his will. ed court decisions, like the 1987 case of South Dakota v. Dole, say there has to be some link between the purpose for withholding federal grants and whatever program they’re being taken from. This means that Trump cannot withhold Pell Grant money from California students just because he didn’t like it when police failed to beat black-clad marauders who violently took over a demonstration at UC Berkeley that began as a peaceful protest over a scheduled speech by an editor of the alternative right website Breitbart News. Nor can he out of pique withhold cancer research funding. He also can’t take money from sewer or mass transit projects if he’s unhappy with policing in sanctuary

cities getting those grants. But the decisions probably do mean that if Berkeley again cancels a similar sort of speech, Trump could halt grants used in part to pay campus speakers — although there is no record of federal funds paying for this. A significant question is why Trump singles out California, which contains a relatively small minority of the nation’s 106 sanctuary cities. Why, for example, did he not threaten Tucson, Ariz., whose sanctuary policy is one of the oldest, dating from the 1980s? Might it be relate to the fact he carried Arizona last fall while losing California by more than 4.5 million votes? Is this more a matter of revenge than policy? Only Trump knows what he intends and why, just as only he knows why he left Saudi Arabia off the list of nations whose citizens he’s trying to deny admission to the United States, when most perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, the most significant terror ever on American soil, came from there. Like much of Trump’s agenda, widely defunding California would require action from Congress. It’s doubtful many California Republican House members would meekly acquiesce in withholding funds from the state in a general, non-targeted way that could severely affect their constituents. All of which makes it highly unlikely that Trump alone can deny much money to California, even if he tries. That’s only fair, since the money he’s talking about actually comes from Californians, even if it is later mingled with other funds while in the Treasury. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, go to

Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress. Mr. Trump made his billions as a real estate developer so he knows well the hurdles of dealing with zoning burdens. We might see fewer regulations for new home construction, thereby lowering the cost of building and increasing homeownership. Simply put, Mr. Trump’s first term will be defined by fulfilling his campaign promises and economic improvement. Among other crystal-ball predictions: • If Trump is anything, he is a guy who has built buildings. And, a lack of inventory is widely considered the biggest current drag on the housing market. So, if builders could benefit from lower corporate taxes and deregulation, then the result could be an expansion of existing home inventory. In July of last year, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the homeownership rate in this country had hit its lowest level since the government began measuring the stat in 1965. • The housing market thrives on optimism. Boosted by a Trump confidence pop, demand may increase and mortgage money may become plentiful as equity-sharing mortgages become more widespread with support from big lenders. If banks make it easier to lend to average Americans and lower the credit scores required to qualify for mortgages, then this could increase the buyer pool and give more people a pillar of the American dream: homeownership. Subsequently, lower mortgage rates also could lead to higher home values. Even if rates slightly increase, factor in Mr. Trump’s promised tax cuts, big spending initiatives and reductions in regulations, then home buyers face higher interest rates still won’t be a huge problem.

• Watch for a move away from stringent mortgage underwriting to more normal lending, as well as reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Indeed, some investors are betting Mr. Trump will move the government-controlled mortgage giants into private hands. The fate of mortgage rates may depend in part on the how much pressure the Trump administration puts on the Federal Reserve. • Speaking of optimism, a combination of tax cuts and government spending in the form of upgrading nation’s infrastructure and for national defense is certain to provide a boost to the economy. A stronger economy is always good news for real estate professionals. Accompanying gains in consumer confidence also will further move the economy higher. If we are rooting for the economy to improve, then we are hoping that with Mr. Trump’s background as a business entrepreneur and real estate developer will pave the way for more growth and more development, which would be a net beneficial for real estate. Let’s hope that Mr. Trump can deliver positively as only he can do. “Making America Great Again” could mean significantly improving confidence and behavior leading to a positive economic outlook that would not cost taxpayer an extra penny. Now, that would be a terrific scenario. Mike Carunchio, a resident of Escondido, is serving as 2017 president of the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR), a 4,800-member real estate trade group for San Diego-area realtors. NSDCAR operates offices in Vista, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook. For more information on NSDCAR, visit

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Issa meets with Solutions for Change residents By Tony Cagala

VISTA — While thousands of Rep. Darrell Issa’s constituents were a couple of miles down at the Jim Porter Recreation Center waiting for him to appear on Tuesday night for a town hall meeting, the 49th District congressman was instead at the Solutions for Change homeless shelter talking with a handful of the program’s selected residents. Earlier in the day, Issa (R-Calif.) did hold what’s been described as an impromptu town hall out front of his Vista office, where he spoke for a reported 90-minutes, addressing a number of issues ranging from healthcare reform to President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration. At the heart of the evening discussion, where about 15 residents seated in chairs arranged in a circle, talked informally with Issa, was the loss of grant money the homeless program sustained due to new rules imposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the importance of having a safe and sober living arrangement and the lack of affordable living in the county. When the Congressman, who is back in his


campaign, backed by labor and health care advocacy groups. The use of the Jim Porter Recreational Center for Tuesday’s town hall was paid for by the Service Employees International Union. A few people who said they were Republicans also spoke at the town hall, and were concerned that changes to the ACA would cause more people to use the emergency room for help. David Ford, of Oceanside, said he was a disengaged Republican before this election, but he opposes President (Donald) Trump’s policies on immigration, health care, the use of executive orders, and the rise of “fake news.” “Darrell Issa is in bed with Donald Trump,” Ford said. In recent weeks, calls have been growing for Issa to hold in-person town halls. Protesters have gathered outside his office in Vista, and been vocal about Issa’s use of telephone town halls. They say he uses the calls as a way to control the audience and questions that he answers. Earlier on Tuesday, Issa spoke for 90 minutes to the demonstrators and a group of supporters who gathered outside his office for an impromptu town hall, and answered their questions about healthcare, Planned Parenthood and the President’s conflicts of interest.


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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) talks with a handful of residents at the Solutions for Change apartment complex in Vista on Tuesday night. Photo

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district this week during the Congressional recess, asked what the residents would like to see changed in Washington, D.C., there was a palpable silence. The majority of the residents at the meeting had gone through some sort of abuse — either domestic or drugs. And most had “comeback” stories that they told during the hour-long meeting. One of those was John, 41, a resident of the program for the past 20 months. He’d been in prison, has a family of five, and

makes over the minimum wage, though he told Issa he wouldn’t be able to afford renting an apartment once out in the “real world.” He said he was grateful for the Solutions for Change program and the low rent associated with it. Each of the families in residence has the opportunity to stay for 1,000 days at their apartment complex, according to Chris Megison, founder of Solutions for Change. It was early last year that Megison found out that their program would

Issa declined to attend the town hall at night, saying he had a previous engagement, and on Tuesday night he met with residents from Solutions for Change, a nonprofit group that provides jobs and housing to homeless families. Issa’s Democratic opponent, Doug Applegate attended the town hall, however, and greeted voters outside the venue. “I came without any agenda,” Applegate said. “I thought, ‘I’m happy that I’m here – why don’t I stay outside talking to people.’” In the November election, Applegate led Issa in the San Diego County por-

tion of the district, but in southern Orange County, the part of the 49th District that more heavily favored Issa, ultimately gave him the victory. Applegate has already promised to run again in 2018, however, and compared the energized voters at the town hall with his campaign last fall. “There’s lots of energy — it feels like October,” he said.

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have to give a federal grant of $600,000 back after a rule change. Because the program didn’t want to accept active drug users on the property, Megison and Solutions for Change returned the grant in $100,000 increments. Giving that money back, however, forced the closure of one of their longest standing programs — the family shelter, which now sits empty, he said. To date, the program has about 300 families on the waiting list to move into the residency. “It’s so many families compared to what we’ve ever seen before,” Megison said. “I want to get the rule changed,” said Issa, who recommended the residents form a group to write letters and lobby the HUD secretary. “We don’t do earmarks,” said Issa. “We haven’t in a lot of years, but this is a group (Solutions for Change) that has earned grants many, many times. And so when they actually give back money from a grant because they refuse to deal with a rule that would’ve been detrimental to this community, TURN TO SOLUTIONS ON 9

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Epp tapped as interim city manager By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The city attorney will take on city manager duties effective March 9, according to the city. During its closed session Wednesday, the City Council received current City Manager Graham Mitchell’s resignation. Mitchell’s final day will follow the March 8 council meeting. City Attorney Jeffery Epp was tapped to fill the interim void as the recruitment process continues. Assistant City Attorney Michael McGuiness will serve as interim city attorney. Initially, Mitchell submitted his resignation on Oct 21, 2016, and his final day was supposed to be on Dec. 31, 2016. However, the council asked Mitchell to remain on board until March to give time to the city’s search firm more time to conduct interviews and recommend a replacement. Prior to his work in Es-

condido, he was city manager in Lemon Grove for 12 years and Farmersville for three. Mitchell was the assistant city manager in Escondido from June to December 2015. In a statement to Mayor Sam Abed and the council in October, Mitchell said after “serious reflection and for personal reasons,” he is stepping down from the position. He was named city manager in December 2015 after Clay Phillips retired from the job. “I believed that I had opportunities to build better relationships between the city and the development community, engaged staff in preparing the first phase of streamlined measures to assist businesses and new development, participated in the visioning of a potential new library and expanded Grape Day Park, and led an organization that generated a General Plan budget surplus of $1.8 million last fiscal year,” Mitchell’s resignation letter read.



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municipal code and General Plan. The suit also alleges the residents would be adversely affected by the placement of the facility on the empty lot, which will be less than 300 feet away from the nearest apartment. Epp said the city is making efforts for recycled water, which is beneficial for the city especially coming off years of drought. He said the pushback is surprising given those efforts. “We are being stymied in going forward because of apparent environmental considerations,” Epp said. “We’d like to get that taken care of

so we can move forward and do something that is good. That is the objective.” DeLano’s suit also alleges the city could not produce analysis records concerning the cost benefit, alternative locations, projects and approaches to certain water needs in the city. The Springs of Escondido appealed the planning commission’s approval on Dec. 21, 2016, according to the suit. They reasoned it was inconsistent with municipal code, General Plan requirements, that an EIR should be prepared and the city was “illegally piecemealing” consideration of the project.

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond will deliver the 2017 San Marcos State of the City Address Feb. 28, at California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., in the University Student Union Ballroom. Registration and networking begins at 11 am with lunch and program to follow. For Desmond, who is reaching the end of his term as San Marcos mayor, this


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Escondido identifies priorities in City Action Plan By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Over three hours, the Escondido City Council outlined its top priorities for the city for the next several years. Atop the list is the growing concern over unfunded pensions, which are estimated to rise by $40.2 million by 2022, according to Mayor Sam Abed. He said it is “rising to a crisis level,” which puts the city in a difficult position regarding its General Fund, as a portion of those funds are used to pay for CalPERS, the state pension fund. The rise in cost, Abed said, amounts to 33 percent of the General Fund, which would wreck havoc on city services provided to residents and cuts to staffs may be possible. Councilwoman Olga Diaz added to the discussion say the rate paid by the city could force entire departments to be cut. The five city leaders, though, said the problem begins with the state of California and its investments and rate of returns. Those returns were pegged at 7.5 percent, but cut to 7 percent, which led to the significant rise put on the city. Councilmen John Masson and Ed Gallo, along with Abed, said the rate of return would be more like 5 percent, which would put the city even deeper in the hole. However, Escondido isn’t the only city in the state facing the issue, the council said. In fact, it concerns every city and adjustments to funding pensions must be addressed as soon as possible. “I’m concerned with the lack of control we have as a city,” Masson added. “This thing is a disaster and we could all end up in bankruptcy.” Perhaps the second biggest topic of discussion centered on the city’s rising homeless population, which fell under public safety. Gallo said the city should approach San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar to tap the county for funds to get people off the streets. Diaz said the lack of shelters compounds the issue, and the one catering to homeless kicks them out during the day. As a result, homeless populate parks, sidewalks, libraries and do not get the services required to get them into housing and the workforce. “They don’t have anywhere to go,” Diaz said. “They need a place to go TURN TO ACTION PLAN ON 14

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ESCONDIDO — San Diego County Sheriff’s officials said on Wednesday a man accused of murdering a young woman in January was arrested in Las Vegas. Lt. Kenn Nelson said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police had arrested 27-year-old Paul Castro on an unrelated charge during a traffic stop. Castro is currently in Las Vegas awaiting extradition to San Diego County to face charges for the murder of 23-year-old Antonia Herrera. Herrera was shot several times in the torso, according to Nelson. Her body was found on the side of Champagne Boulevard on Jan. 12. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police told Sheriff’s investigators that Castro was a documented gang member in the area, though law enforcement wasn’t releasing what gang he is a member of. Castro’s arrest for the murder stemmed from physical evidence found at the scene as well as witness statements, according to Nelson. Herrera did have a

In loving memory of

Karl Byron’ Barney Fields November 29, 2016

Karl Byron Barney’ Fields March 16, 1935 - November 29, 2016 Cathedral City Karl B. “Barney” Fields passed away suddenly November 29, 2016 in Vista, CA. He was born March 16, 1935 in Springfield, OH. Barney was raised in Ohio until he entered the United States Marine Corps in 1954. After his time in the service, he moved to Vista and lived there until 2005 when he moved to Cathedral City, CA. He lived in Cathedral City until his passing. Barney is survived by his wife, Donna; sons Byron “Pug” and Stephen; stepdaughter Deborah Braun; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by siblings Fred Fields, Ruth Ann Hagley, Helen Moore, Billie Glenn, Becky Alexander, Karl David Fields, Karla Marsh, Nancy Reilly and

residence in San Marcos, though often traveled back and forth to Las Vegas, to visit friends, where she had had past residences, Nelson said. Nelson described the relationship between Herrera and Castro as “acquaintances.” He said she was on her way back home when she was killed. During the investigation, autopsy results had been sealed. “Usually when we have a homicide investigation and we don’t know who the suspect is, and we have very few leads, we hold back, we seal the medical examiner’s report,” said Nelson. “Because when we go to question people, we want to make sure that what they’re telling us, they’re not getting through things that they’ve learned through open sources, like media and social media platforms. “We want to make sure that they’re telling us what maybe a real witness would know or something the suspect would actually know.” Tips came in from

their families. Barney was predeceased by his parents, Karl Daniel and Neva Pauline, his brother Charles and sister, Kay. Barney and Donna also fostered many children over the years whom he remained close with. Barney was the owner and operator of Barney Fields Electric for more than 35 years, where he worked until his death. He was also active in many community organizations including the Vista Community Exchange Club and Optimist International Club of Vista. He was a So Cal District Sergeant of Arms of Optimist International for 25 years; a Boys Club of Vista Man of the Year and a Vista National Little League coach for many years. He and Donna were also inducted into the Vista Historical Society Hall of Fame. Barney had a quick smile, hearty laugh and an ability to make everyone feel important and welcome in his life. He will be missed by many. A service and celebration will be held March 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at North Coast Church, 2405 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92084. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ronald McDonald House. The donation form can be downloaded at Mail donations to Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House 11365 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92354.

Las Vegas to people in San Diego, which ended up making their way to local investigators, Nelson said. Sheriff’s investigators made multiple trips to Las Vegas, Nelson said. “With the help of Las Vegas Metro Police Department, we served multiple search warrants at multiple locations in this investigation. We spent countless hours in Las Vegas following up on all leads.” On Herrera’s Facebook page, numerous postings showed an outpouring of support that justice would be served. “Baby girl justice is coming !!!,” one post read. “My heart is heavy but I smile for this. Finally justice for you and for your family. Justice for the lives you’ve touched who’s hearts are hurting because someone took you from us. But justice is coming and for that I smile, I may cry but I smile too. You may physically be gone but nobody can take away the memories. I know you’re watching over us and for that I smile. I love you so much! RIP Baloni!”

small talk jean gillette A vintage column from 1992. “Hi, hon. What did you do today?” A simple question asked, with no malice intended, by a husband fresh from his organized, onetask-at-a-time, hour-forlunch, coffee-breaks, conversation-with-adults place of business. Why then does the question make me bristle with frustration and draw a complete blank? I know I have been going non-stop. I feel like I have been negotiating every bit as much as Donald Baker in the Mideast. Any trace of those ef-

forts is lost in a house, and children, once again sticky, spattered, cranky, matted and streaked. Not exactly a glossy-bound, year-end report with three-color graphics. I wince to remember that I had once been a childless working person who sincerely posed the classic question, “What does she do all day?” Well…nothing, of course. Eat bon-bons, watch soap operas…oh, and respond promptly to every whim of those enormously whimfilled creatures in her charge. Let’s begin our day at 6 a.m. with the high-pitched sound of “Mommy!” (Never “Daddy!” Researchers remain baffled.) Cartoons must be swiftly tuned in, with the full debate renewed over what they may and may not TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 14

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vide permanent solutions for homeless families,” the mayor added. On the economic front, Abed boasted about the city’s success with 560 new net businesses last year, while Westfield North County has also expanded. The city has also fast tracked 35 “major” industrial, commercial and residential projects with a value of $1.2 billion. As a result of new businesses, sales tax hit a record high of $36 million in 2016. Two of those projects in the pipeline, however, are also addressing a need the city has been chasing for decades in the form of hotels. Stone Brewing and the Marriott Springhill Suites at La Terraza were approved and a needed addition to the city, Abed said. “Our first full service hotel will break ground in the next couple of months,” he added. “When Stone Brewing Company submits their plans to build a new hotel, the city promised to approve their application in 60 short days. We are proud to have such a successful business here in Escondido.” Abed also discussed city projects such as $3 million to fund street maintenance, $300 million over the next 20 years to improve water quality including the controversial recycled water facility at Washington Avenue and Ash Street and using technology to push Escondido forward as a smart city. Abed highlighted the Track it Program and Report It! and PulsePoint apps as creations from the city used to take advantage of technology. Prior to Abed’s remarks, he and the city council honored a nonprofit and several residents for their contributions to Escondido. The two-term mayor honored the Escondido Charitable Foundation with the Escondido Mayor’s Leadership Award. In 2016, the ECF celebrated its 10th anniversary


I want to get the rule rolled back. back. And then the grant should be considered in ordinary course.” Issa said he was supportive of programs to get people that are addicted to drugs or alcohol dry, adding that the program here is an environment where children are. “Many of these people got their children back as part of a reward for getting sober. And you can’t mix those two,” said Issa. To get the rule rolled back would be “huge,” Megison said. “But not just for the $600,000, because that frankly would help us, but it’s really about going forward. And we’re building…in Escondido, Oceanside and Carlsbad right now.” Having gone from helping 130 families per day to 240 families, and undergoing significant expansion, Megison said the money becomes even more important. “The federal govern-


T he C oast News - I nland E dition and focused on programs preventing homelessness and promoting housing stability. In 10 years, the ECF has distributed $1.8 million in grants and an endowment of more than $960,000. The four other city council members also handed out awards to numerous Escondido residents and business owners for their contributions to the city. Robert Barrientos, community, is president of the Lansing Circle Neighborhood Group, who transformed the 16 apartment complexes to eradicate crime and bring a family-friendly atmosphere. Margie Ballard, 94, was recognized for compassion as she has volunteered with Palomar Health Group for 29 years, assists the birth center and Behavioral Health Unit. She has volunteered more than 13,000 hours. Dominic Polito, public safety, is an Escondido firefighter and started the StachetoberFest, which has raised nearly $100,000 over the past nine years to aid families in need. Dan Forster and Heather Moe, business, were tapped for their efforts with Design Moe Kitchen and Bath, a specialty business in downtown. Forster and Moe also volunteer with the Downtown Business Association and Escondido Art Association’s scholarship program, respectively. Keith Roynon, youth, opened a museum in his garage in 2000, which eventually evolved into the Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology on Grand Avenue in 2015. Don Piller, education, volunteers with Oasis to teach seniors computer skills and has served more than 3,000 people. He also volunteers with the San Diego Hiking Club and Forest Fire Lookout Association. Barbara Preston, arts, started as a board member of the Escondido Arts Partnership, First Night Escondido, Escondido Art Association, Public Arts Commission and library. ment is a partner with Solutions, so it should remain that way if the funds are getting good results,” he said. Megison said that with the success of its program, Solutions for Change has saved taxpayers $49 million since they’ve opened back in 2000 by taking people off of welfare and food stamps. “The human impact is huge,” Megison added. “Because we’re talking 840 families and 2,400 kids in 17 years, who came here homeless, dependent, stuck, and are now employed, housed, wealthy, (and) back in the community.” Riverside County has asked to have the program transplanted up there, as well as in El Cajon, with proposals in the works to replicate what’s being done here, according to Megison. “We call them ‘Solut ion i z ed -w a r r ior s ,’ ” Megison said of the residents living at the Solutions for Change complex. “They have a deep passion to carve out a new life for their kids.”

Dogs, walkers will fill up Kit Carson Park Saturday By Jamie Higgins

ESCONDIDO — Animal lovers and their four legged friends will take over Kit Carson Park in Escondido later this month. The San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals — North County, a 2-mile walk, will take place at Kit Carson Park Feb. 25 from 7 a.m. to noon. The event is a community celebration and fundraiser for the San Diego Humane Society, a nonprofit charity supported almost entirely by donations. “Walking celebrates

our love for animals while raising the vital funds needed to ensure that every homeless animal can find a loving home,” said Kelly Schry, communications manager for the San Diego Humane Society. The morning festivities include a pancake breakfast, a scenic twomile walk, doggie activities and Vendor Village. The Blessing of the Animals takes place at 8:30 a.m. and is a tradition at the Walk for Animals to celebrate animals and all they add to people’s lives. The event started in

1999 as the 5K Doggie Dash and evolved into Paws in the Park in 2006. It then became Walk for Animals — North County when the Escondido Humane Society and the San Diego Humane Society merged in 2014. The merger made San Diego Humane Society one of the largest animal sheltering organizations in the nation. Adoptions are just one of the many services that the San Diego Humane Society provides for San Diego County. For residents of the North County communities of

Escondido, San Marcos, Poway, Oceanside and Vista, the organization provides animal control and stray pet services. “It’s wonderful to see the people of our community come together not only to celebrate our love for pets, but to also fundraise to support homeless animals throughout our county,” said Schry. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at or to make an online pledge. The public can also register on-site beginning at 7 a.m.

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Nicky Longo inspires team, community with shot By Aaron Burgin

VISTA — In the waning seconds of a Vista High boy’s basketball game on Feb. 8 against Oceanside, Nicky Longo stood under the basket, unguarded. It was his moment. His teammate, senior guard Michael Flynn, spots him open and throws him the ball. Longo caught the ball and deftly shot it off of the glass, and the ball swished through the net. What happened next, was sheer ecstasy. Both Vista and Oceanside’s crowds erupted in applause. His teammates jumped off of the bench, some with tears streaming from their eyes. His coaches cheered as loud as some of the players. The moment was captured on multiple videos, and became viral on the internet. It was Nicky’s first basket. But, why was this basket more special than others? For that, you need to know some things about Nicky, the 18-year-old heart and soul of the Vista High Panthers basketball team. He loves long pants and airports. His Instagram ac-

Crowds erupt in applause after Vista High School basketball senior Nicky Long makes his shot. Courtesy photo

count will tell you as much. “I just love wearing long pants because they are comfortable and I like airports because they have so much to do,” Nicky explains. He loves his friends, and they love him equally in return.

But his greatest love, perhaps, is Vista Basketball. Longo, 18, grew up playing basketball in Vista’s recreation ranks and watched his older brother, Sean, play for the Panthers. But basketball hasn’t come easy to Nicky. He has a

disability that takes him longer to process movement, actions and other activities. This disability makes him slower than his peers at just about everything. But he’s never let his disability deter him. His mother, his coaches and his teammates can attest to this. “For four years he has showed up to every single basketball thing, he’s fundraised and he’s done everything we do,” said Taurus Samuels, a junior at Vista and captain of the team. “If you say you love the game, I bet you don’t love it as much as he does.” Cathy Longo, Nicky’s mom, said that Vista basketball has meant everything to her son. She worried, however, that as a senior, Nicky, who was on the junior varsity team as a junior, might not make the team. However, Vista Head Coach Anthony Bolton, who is in his first year coaching his alma mater, quickly put those fears to rest. “He said, ‘Cathy, he is on my team,’” Cathy said. “I know it would have been pretty devastating for him had he not made the team. For him, he just wants to be a part of the team. He knows he isn’t

going to play much, he just wants to be there, so it was a huge deal for him.” Bolton said that Nicky’s journey has been inspiring. Despite his disabilities, he’s never missed a practice and has performed all the tasks his teammates have done. This included during the fall, when the team was preparing for the season, each player had to run five miles by the end of the conditioning season. Bolton said his goal for Nicky was for him never to walk through his run. And he didn’t, Bolton said. “He fulfilled that and then some in my opinion,” Bolton said. With Nicky now on the varsity, Bolton said he wanted to give him an opportunity to score a basket before the season was over. It was important to the team. It was important to him. It was important to the school’s tight-knit community. Most importantly, it was important to Nicky. This wouldn’t be the first basket Nicky has ever scored. Two years ago, during a fallleague game at Canyon Crest Academy, Nicky scored in the final seconds of a blowout against Mission Vista’s junior

varsity team. “But scoring in the regular season, it’s official, it’s real,” Bolton said. “Summer and fall ball, it just isn’t the same as being in the official books. He will always and forever be in our official books as being a Vista basketball player who scored.” So Bolton and the coaching staff looked for chances to get Nicky a score. Each time, the clock expired without Nicky scoring a basket. Though, in one of the previous efforts — in a win over Rancho Buena Vista — Cathy said it was then she realized how much her son meant to everyone, as the crowd erupted when he checked in the game. “I was in tears, going, ‘Wow, my son means so much to everyone,’” Cathy said. “As a mother, it was a cool thing to see all the kids and parents cheering for my kid and his teammates.” That, as it turns out, was just the prelude. Going back to the Feb. 8 game, Vista was in the midst of blowing out Oceanside by more than 40 points when Bolton summoned Nicky and several of the seldom-used TURN TO LONGO ON 14

Before hauling off to LA, Rivers says bye at Hall of Champions event became a salute to San Diego. Few evenings are more enjoyable than the annual Salute to the Champions dinner, which enshrines the latest class into the Breitjay paris bard Hall of Fame. Three athletic greats t was a salute to the with San Diego roots were champions. Then enshrined on Tuesday: forPhilip Rivers spoke and it mer Chargers center Nick

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Hardwick, ex-basketball star Candice Wiggins and Johnny Ritchey, the first African American player in the Pacific Coast league when playing for the Padres. But there was more. Bob Breitbard, the keen sportsman who founded the Hall of Champions, loved to spread the sugar around in the form of recognition. While easy to pat a wellknown on the back, Breitbard was just as concerned about the amateur and prep stars, of which there are so many in San Diego County. That’s why before Hardwick and his class were in-

troduced teenagers from all sports had their turn on the stage. With state and CIF San Diego Section titles are on their resumes, those given a fist bump were: Torrey Pines boys golf, Cathedral Catholic football, boys cross country and girls volleyball and others. Others honored included Cardiff’s Kraig Chiles (soccer) and the World Team Tennis San Diego Aviators, who play their home matches at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Then Rivers seized the stage. He did so while accepting a plaque he was giv-


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ing as well. “It’s always an honor when you receive an award, especially from my hometown city,’’ Rivers said. His message was as clear as the Los Angeles air is murky. Like everyone not named Dean Spanos, Rivers recognized how special a place our locale is. Saying “adios” isn’t easy. That’s why Rivers’ voice cracked. That’s why his upper lip quivered. That’s why his eyes were misty and, to be sure, there were no onions on anyone’s plate. But others felt tears welling, too. Here was an NFL star explaining how difficult it is to uproot his family, career and point it some 100 miles north. The Chargers are moving, but Rivers, an Alabama native, made it clear what remains in his blood. “I hope you’ll always see me as a San Diego Charger,’’ he stressed. Hardwick followed Rivers. “Now you know what it’s like to have him in the huddle,’’ said Hardwick, a former center. Hardwick was the center-of-attention on Tuesday. But he shared the spotlight with one of his closest friends, a quarterback whose sincerity never misses its mark. Rivers, with eight kids at home and San Diego no longer his professional home, could have skipped the event. Then again, that wouldn’t sit right with the classy Rivers.

“Out of respect to the Hall of Champions and knowing what it means — this is the 71st one,’’ Rivers said. “I never take any honor for granted. I’m here for my award but more importantly for Nick.’’ Rivers was here, as well, for those upset that he’s leaving. “I certainly appreciate San Diego’s passion — the people in the community and their support,’’ he said. “And I would like to think they appreciated the passion I played with and the approach that I have. Over time that (bond) forms.’’ It’s one that started slowly, with Rivers in a contract dispute with the Chargers and him not being positive what San Diego was about. “I would have never hand-picked San Diego, to be honest,’’ Rivers said. “I knew nothing about this part of the country. But I am certainly thankful that I did get to spend 13 years here. “I’m even more humbled by how many people, since the move was announced, at the store or whatever have said, ‘Thanks for all you have done and we hate to see you go.’’’ With the crowd hanging on every word from Rivers, it was obvious they didn’t want to see him exit. “I’ll be around,’’ Rivers said. “At least for the next five months.’’ Follow Jay Paris @jparis_ sports. Read his book, “Game of My Life Chagers,’’ which is available at book stores and at

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Vista and Mission Hills headline local playoff games By Aaron Burgin

Recent Academy Skate campers celebrate another successful camp by posing on the street obstacles. The skatepark’s founder Neal Mims is readying to celebrate their second anniversary in April. Courtesy photo

Academy Skatepark readies to roll in second anniversary By Adam Sullivan

VISTA — In a quiet culde-sac in Vista’s industrial district sits a nondescript warehouse, no different than any other to the untrained eye. Like most warehouses, it will soon become a hive of activity. But unlike most warehouses, it will be filled with skateboarders of all ages, learning moves, practicing tricks, getting exercise, and having fun. This is Academy Skatepark, on the eve of its oneyear anniversary. Professional skateboarder Neal Mims, a prominent member of the skateboarding industry, launched the park. Prior to opening the Academy, Mims spent the past 20 years, as a pro, a contest judge, and recently, as a skateboarding instructor.

By his own admission, Mims says opening up an indoor skatepark that’s only an indoor skatepark is a great way to go out of business in a hurry — especially in North County San Diego, where there are 10 other parks in a 10-mile radius. Competition is fierce, so the success of the Academy brand doesn’t rely solely on drop-ins looking to drop in. Mims has established a rigorous schedule of a la carte events that range from group and private lessons, demos, and camps. “Really, that is the business,” said Mims, “to create programming for the kids and the families so they can come here. It’s all lessons, camps, private rentals, birthday parties, and premieres.” In addition to the competitive public park landscape, there’s even another

indoor skatepark in North County — two miles away. Asked if this was coincidence or strategy, Mims explains that the location he’s so proud of was something of a plan B. “Originally, we wanted to set up shop in Bonsall, regardless of what anyone else was doing,” he said. The neighboring indoor skatepark is the Aura Skateboarding Company, a 6,000-square-foot space that acts as a showroom for its custom-ramp-building business. Owner Jim Bell explains that there were some initial bumps in the road, competition-wise, but he’s since come around. “Neal does a good job, he’s got a rad vert ramp. They are on fire, and rolling

REGION — The Vista and Mission Hills High School boys basketball teams have competed in two of the most exciting games of the high school basketball season, with the teams splitting the season series 1-1. So it is only fitting that when CIF San Diego released its open division playoff brackets, the two teams would meet again for a third time. Vista, which clinched the Avocado East championship with a 26-3 record and a 9-1 league record, earned the No. 3 seed in the eight-team open division bracket, which is composed of the top eight teams in CIF’s Division 1 field as determined by a power rankings formula. The Panthers face Mission Hills, which earned the No. 6 seed after finishing the regular season with a 20-7 record and an 8-2 league record, a game behind Vista. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Vista High. “I think everyone is excited for this one, it’s a big time game and both teams are playing at a high level,” Vista Head Coach Anthony Bolton said. “The stakes are much higher in this one.” Indeed they are: the winner will move one step closer to the San Diego Section’s top playoff cham-


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Food &Wine

Introducing DOH! Cookie Dough!


Wine columnist Frank Mangio, center, samples a Zinfandel blend from the new Avensole Winery with Hospitality Manager Jennifer Capps and Marketing Manager Stephanie Swinton. Photo courtesy Frank Mangio

Lots of wine open spaces in Temecula taste of wine frank mangio


he Temecula Valley Wine Country’s special occasional events are always full of value and offers visitors focused knowledge about wineries of their choice. Its recent two-day Barrel Tasting Event offered a “drop-in to your favorite winery” format with a passport ticket for admission to a number of wineries of your choice. There, you could be assured of visiting with the management team or the winemaker, with tasting from barrels as well as newly released bottles. This wine country was the first I covered as a newly minted wine journalist some 12 years ago. Joe Hart was my first interview. I threw him a few softball questions about his winery and some 30 minutes later he was still engaged in convincing me that Temecula had a lot going for it.




The Wiens brothers had just come in and set up a trailer while they tended their new crop of vines and John Thornton was operating the best and most successful Champagne Jazz Concert series in Southern California. He still does with his son Steve, now the president of the winery, and his long-time special events manager Tonya Wake. And 12 or so years ago, Robert Renzoni, then a sales manager for Leoness Cellars, convinced his father Fred, that the time was right for their own winery in an area that would later be called the De Portola Wine Trail, an important link with the Temecula Valley wineries. My entourage and I had planned this day with a set number of wineries to visit, topped by the “newest kid on the block,” Avensole Winery, occupying what used to be Van Roekel winery, then La Cereza. In 2013 the Lytton Family saw that the property was for sale and purchased it in 2014, naming it Avensole. It’s a word comprised of “aventura” (Italian for adventure), and “sole” (meaning one of TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14

Tell me about growing up and your early culinary/baking influences in the home. Did you have any culinary related jobs? I’ve been cooking my entire life. My grandma taught me all the basics of baking when I was a kid, from not overworking the dough for a light and fluffy scone, to the creaming method for simple shortbread cookies. I’ve always loved baking. Even my school projects would revolve around food. For science class in 6th grade, I remember making a model of a single cell out of Jell-O, with various candies and ramen noodles. Then in 9th grade, I made a model of my art teacher out of homemade rice crispy treats! From my very first job at a little Hawaiian restaurant in Encinitas, I’ve always worked in the food industry. I didn’t figure out that I wanted to go to

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Nick Hart, left, and Annalise Brolaski at the Leucadia Farmers Market with their DOH! Cookie dough. Photo by David Boylan

culinary school until I had a culinary class in high school in my senior year in 2012. In 2014 I graduated from The Art Institute in San Diego as the Outstanding Baking & Pastry Graduate. I then went on to work at a few restaurants, and decided that I wanted to do my own thing. I did my own catering, as well as provided desserts for a couple restaurants around town, and then most recently started DOH! with my best friend and boyfriend, Nick Hart, this past October 2016. DOH! is a brilliant name with unlimited marketing potential. Where did this idea come from? Nick is the genius behind the name! I was skeptical at first, but it really stuck with us! Are you a Simpson’s fan? If so, what are your top three characters? First, DOH! is not affiliated with The Simpsons or FOX, however, who isn’t a Simpson’s fan? We’ve been watching the Simpson since we were kids, the first three seasons being our favorite of them all. If I had to pick my top three characters I’d say: Bart, Lisa, and Homer of course! Back to the DOH here, tell me about the product development and your decision to leave out eggs and dairy. Nick and I were out to dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant (this is important,

because all of our good ideas come over Thai food). I had been overworking myself doing my catering business alone, it was too much for one person to handle. So he suggested I re-think my entire game-plan, create something that could be sold in grocery stores, with a shelf life so I wouldn’t be constantly wasting what didn’t sell, and having to make everything for basically free. I had recently been experimenting with vegan and gluten-free desserts. It was something challenging that I was interested in. I’m a pretty health conscious person, very conscious about organics, and non-GMO’s, food labeling, and healthy diets in general. So I’ve seen the push for better quality foods and how people are becoming much for conscious of what they put in their bodies. I read a statistic about my generation, the Millennial and that one in three are either vegetarian or vegan, and two in three are open minded about alternatives to animal products. So I believe that the future of food is plant-based, without a doubt! As far as the decision to make DOH! gluten-free, about 1 percent of the entire population really does have an autoimmune disease called Coeliac. If you think about it, that’s 1 in every 100 people, that’s really a lot of people! Nick has a little cousin who has Coeliac, and he gets really sick if he has anything contaminated with gluten. So though it may be

a diet fad for some people, it really is something that is important for a lot of people to be able to eat without getting sick. So what are the basic ingredients? We use just eight simple ingredients: Certified gluten-free Oat flour, organic coconut oil, almond milk, vegan brown sugar, semisweet vegan chocolate chips, baking soda, salt, and pure vanilla. All are non-GMO, and we’d like to be all-organic in the future. We use no preservatives and nothing artificial. If the lines at your booth at the Leucadia Farmers market are any indication, people are responding very favorably to your product. Where else can folks find DOH in North County? It has been amazing to see such positive feedback from the public! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard people say, “Oh, this is dangerous!” after they’ve tasted DOH! for the first time. Nick and I do three farmers markets a week: Leucadia (Sun), Carlsbad (Wed), and Oceanside (Thurs). We are also available in seven local grocery stores: Frazier Farms (Oceanside & Vista), Cream of the Crop, Carlsbad Ranch Market, Seaside Market, Lazy Acres, and Specialty Produce (Downtown San Diego). Besides that you have some exciting new distribution news, are you at liberty to share that? Yes, we’ve gotten approval at Whole Foods Market! We are in the process of TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14

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Ten Tenors bringing the power of rock opera to Center for the Arts He said the group’s popularity is most notable, other than in their native Australia, in Germany, while the American crowds typically are the most engaging. As for the new show, he said the 10-member ensemble has a new song list and arrangements. Edwards was also thrilled to return to the CCAE, noting the reception from the December show was “really, really positive.” “We try to do a whole bunch of things,” he explained. “We dance, we like to get the audience involved. American audiences are very generous. We get them on stage and want them to be part of the show.” Admittedly, the show, thanks to its length, is a grueling endeavor as the men may perform up to seven times per week. For their American tour,

the group begins in La Mirada on Saturday followed by Sunday’s Escondido show and a run from Tuesday through March 5 in Palm Desert. The group hits the East Coast from March 9 through March 25 before returning to Australia. “This current show we designed at the start of 2016,” Edwards said. “This upcoming tour is going to be a bit of revamp, it’s got a whole bunch of new music in it, so it’s going to be quite different to what it was last year.” Andretta, meanwhile, said the show is for all ages and although the December show was a Christmas theme, concertgoers were thrilled. “It’s an opportunity to combine both rock with opera,” she said. “Exhilarating is how they’ve been described.”

of the documentary, “Screenagers,” at 7 p.m. March 2 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas. R.S.V.P. to Donations are welcomed. Horizon Prep will also host a follow-up discussion for parents and film attendees entitled, “i Love/i Hate,” a behindthe-scenes look at parenting in the digital age at 8:45 a.m. MARCH 2 ‘iLOVE/iHATE’ Horizon March 9 at Horizon Prep, 6233 Prep will host a free screening El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa

Fe. R.S.V.P. required at info@ ‘DOROTHY PARKER UNSCRIPTED’ Get tickets now for the North Coast Repertory Theatre production of “Impro Theatre’s: Dorothy Parker Unscripted,” at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Call (858) 481-1055 or visit season/offnights.html to purchase tickets.

By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — From down under to the California Center for the Arts Escondido, the world famous Ten Tenors will once again light up the city. The hit group is celebrating its 20th year as it unveils its newest show, “The Power of 10,” a rock opera covering songs from opera legends to Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bruno Mars and more. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the CCAE and tickets are available, but going fast, according to the center’s Director of Marketing Megan Andretta. Tickets run from $35 to $70. “It’s selling fast, but it’s looking good,” she added. “It’s going to be a great show.” Speaking from the Brisbane Airport in Australia on Wednesday, Michael Ed-

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CON T E M POR A RY JAZZ Join the “After Hours Session: Ascent Trio” playing original compositions of contemporary jazz from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $12 at the door or HISTORY OF MISSIONS Author Elias Castillo will discuss his book, “A Cross of Thorns,” which presents the history of abuse of the native Indians at the California missions at 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 27, in BLDG 3400 Student Center, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside.

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MURAL PARTY A Music Mural Fundraising Concert will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Leucadian Pour House, 1542 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia. Robert Cowan, Casey Hensley Band, Graham Nancarrow, New Leaf, Semisi & Fula Bula will perform live. Funds will help local artist Michael Richard Rosenblatt paint an impressionistic mural on the Leucadian’s south-facing wall. Entrance fee is $5. Visit for more information. ALUMNI BENEFIT San Dieguito High School Academy presents its Alumni Benefit with Paul Coates (Class of ‘76) premiering “Part Two” of his “The Living Plays” trilogy 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Liggett Theatre, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets are $35 at SOPRANO CONCERT Soprano Anna Belaya with pianist Natalia Ryabova, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets are $30 at the door. PHOTOGRAPHY

The Australia-based Ten Tenors return to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for a 7:30 p.m. show Sunday to perform their new rock opera “The Power of 10.” Courtesy photo

wards of the Aussie-based Tenors said the group is thrilled to be back in Escondido. The Tenors performed a Christmas special in December to a sold out theater and were more than happy to return. Edwards, who joined the group about two-and-ahalf years ago, said the new

set is energetic and will engage with the audience. He said the show is expected to run between two and two-and-a-half hours and will cover a variety of songs and artists. “It’s a pretty varied show, actually,” he added. “The group started as a really classical based group with

opera tunes. More recently we’ve really delved more into the contemporary side of music with rock numbers and pop numbers with a classical cross over.” Edwards said his journey with the Tenors has been a whirlwind, giving him the opportunity to travel and perform all over the world.

CLASS “Visual Story-Telling Photography” with Cliff Oliver at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Art Lounge on 101, 816 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Cost is $55. Learn new camera and editing apps to capture, edit and share your images—while telling a visual story. For more information, call (858) 442-8666. BRUSH UP YOUR SKILLS “Drawing/Painting, Getting it Right,” with Linda Luisi workshop from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Art Lounge on 101, 816 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Cost is $75. For more information, call (858) 442-8666. SISTER SPEAK Canadian artist Sister Speak will be back to the Belly Up, Feb. 25, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets are $9 advance, $11 at door. Visit or call box office at (858) 481-8140. NEW GALLERY Impressionistic landscape artist, Erin Hanson has recently relocated to San Diego from Los Angeles. The grand opening of The Erin Hanson Gallery will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at 9705 Carroll Centre Road, San Diego. View her portfolio at

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mation, call (760) 635-1000. AMERICAN MUSIC Running through April 4, see “American Music” acrylics by Barbara Mastro, at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 753- 7376 or email

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BESOS DE COCO First United Methodist Church of Escondido will host a concert women’s jazz chamber trio Besos de Coco at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. A reception for the artists will follow the concert. A free-will offering will be accepted. CONCERT BAND Coastal Communities Concert Band will play its 34th anniversary concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $15, $12 at or call (760) 436-6137. MUSIC OF WOMEN A free concert, “Music of Women Composers” will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit

SONGSTRESSES AT NCRT Hear “Hey! I’m Tha Mama” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, a musical journey of a showbiz mother and daughter, with Spanky Wilson and Angela Teek. At the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. For tickets, call (858) 481-1055. HEAR SOME HISTORY “Quiet Philanthropy: Legacies of the Putnam Sisters in San Diego” will be the topic of Derrick Cartwright, professor of practice, art architecture and art history at USD, at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Del Mar, 15th & Maiden Lane. Cost is $10. For more information, call (858) 523-1411 or (858) 259-5232.

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TV COMPOSER California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), Arts & Lectures department, present musician Jonathan Wolff for a Concert Talk at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at CSUSM, (Arts 111), 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. Wolff is creator of the music for 75 primetime network series. JACK IS BACK Cowboy Jack and the North County Cowboys will play from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at St. Margaret’s Mardi Gras, 4300 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside. For tickets, call (760) 941-5560. FINE ARTS SHOW The monthly Fine Art show at COAL Gallery, with featured artist Jerrie McCluskey, will run through Feb. 28 open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Tuesday, Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m. at Village Faire, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, # 104, Carlsbad.


SWINGIN’ CONCERT Friends of the Cardiff Library will be hosting a free concert with Dean Paul Ratzman at 7 p.m. March 1, featuring the “Swingin with Dean” Show at the Cardiff Library Community Room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more infor-


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during the daytime.” As for economic development, the council had numerous ideas and plans, but all agreed the old Palomar Hospital campus is of critical importance to the city. Masson said the city must be selective in the project, as the right one would change, for the better, the surrounding areas. Abed noted the city’s “35 significant” current development projects and how those will also add revenue to city coffers. He highlighted the two hotels approved, one at La Terraza and the other at Stone Brewing. They also discussed options to streamline development opportunities, which would help the city generate more revenue to combat the pension prob-

lem and continue to provide services. “We need to entice more business, better business,” Councilman Mike Morasco added. “There are too many inhibitors. We need to become better facilitators.” The new storm water regulations mandated by the state, which many on the council have railed against, said it slows the process and can turn away potential developers. Diaz said alternative compliance would be advantageous for the city, if they can get a plan approved by the state before any other entity. City Manager Graham Mitchell, said the alternative compliance plan is in the process of being completed, although it wouldn’t be finalized and possibly approved by the state until next year.

They also discussed other areas of improvement such as a stronger and better presence online including the city’s website and social media feeds. In addition, Masson re-ignited a long running passion project of Diaz’s in stumping for a linear park along Escondido Creek. Currently known as the “Homeless Highway,” Masson and Diaz said if the city could manage to create the park, it would dovetail into economic development as well as provide numerous recreational activities for residents such as walking and biking paths. The council also discussed at length cleaning up blight, holding property owners accountable for violating city codes and traffic light synchronization.


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my dream concert line up would be Led Zeppelin, Santana, and Bob Marley. Luckily, Nick is a musician too, so music is a big part of our lives. He plays guitar, and he taught me to play bass, so we love to jam together. I can’t wait for the day I get to go to his band’s concerts! Learn more and find out where to purchase DOH! at



getting our Gluten-Free Certification and once we have that GF logo on our tubs, we will be stocked on Whole Foods’ shelves! We never thought that just four months in to our business ventures that we would even be approaching a big store like Whole Foods, but once people taste our product, they’re hooked! Any plans for expanding the product line? We definitely want to add more flavors to our product line. I have a really great Peanut Butter recipe that we


watch. That settled, you give them a cocoa fix and try to grab a shower. Midway through your hair gel and underarm deodorant, you are questioned as to why you cannot stop and do a puzzle, read a book and where is their waffle with syrup, no butter, lightly toasted? Then comes the hunt for clean clothes that match, and the trick of getting them to put on shoes and socks. Civilization comes hard to preschoolers. The morning is filled with brief encounters with crayons, paints, puzzles, blocks, hide’n’seek, popcorn, juice, emptying the linen closet and every toy in their box, then on to the park. By midmorning, my son has used his clothes to wipe hands of everything from peanut butter to Playdoh, missed his potty aim a time or two, and has rolled through the park. Things



players into the game. Nicky had an initial shot at a basket and missed. Then, with about 10 seconds left in the game, Bolton told his team not to score, as he didn’t want to be seen as running up the score on the Pirates. But, as it turns out, some of the Pirates faithful under-

On another note, you are a young entrepreneur, I’m curious to know your taste in music. What was your first concert and what would be your dream concert lineup? Three bands, any era, dead or alive, one stage, who are you booking? I’ve been listening to Bob Marley ever since I can remember! My dad would always blast the speakers with Marley, Peter Tosh, and Steel Pulse. My first concert was going to see Tribal Seeds for my 18th birthday. Since then I’ve gotten to see legends like Santana, B.B. King, and The Rolling Stones. I think

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have begun to stick to him. Once home, he leaves a trail of sand and clothes beginning at the door. My daughter has gotten her button-down-the-back dress turned completely around in an attempt to undo it herself, nearly hanging herself in the process. She is clean but has decided this dress is unacceptable for midday wear. I head into my son’s room for fresh clothes but must move his play table away from the closet door (all things migrate in a random pattern in children’s rooms…deadly in the dark). As I grab it, my fingers stick to it. As I move the table, I step into an unidentified wet spot. I don’t ask for details. My concentration is now fully derailed. Blot the wet spot, wipe the table and…now what the blazes did I come in his room for anyway? My son jogs my memory as he races by, buck-naked. Finally, everybody is dressed again and

I have a minute of peace as they begin playing. I limp off to put the dirty clothes and wet rags downstairs and face the ever-present dinner-breakfast dishes. No sooner have I donned my rubber gloves then my daughter comes in screaming with a toy her brother broke. I sprint upstairs to referee and plug in the hot glue gun for repairs. I will probably forget about it, though, until it has melted a hole in my desk…again. Back downstairs, the troops now chant for lunch, lunch, lunch. The balance of the day is filled with variations on this theme, including the post-bath towel races, the jammy debates (too hot, too cold, too scratchy), dinner and (gasp) bedtime, and there you have it. I’m now petitioning Funk & Wagnall to add a second accepted meaning to the definition of “nothing.”

stood the magnitude of the moment. They stopped playing hard defense, creating an opening for the pass from Flynn to Nicky. Nicky caught the pass. He shot the basket. And he scored. “I felt really happy and excited,” Nicky said. Understatement. “If you had seen me, I was crying like a big, fat baby,” Cathy said. “I have to

tell you, it was all overwhelming.” In the aftermath, Nicky has been the center of attention on campus. Television networks have reached out for interviews. Students high five him and congratulate him on the moment. “It’s really surprising,” Nicky said. “I just scored a basket.” But to everyone else, it was much more.

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a kind). Avensole has been open since April 2016 and its first bottles are a fascinating potpourri of wine varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat Canelli, Gewurztraminer, “new vine” Zinfandel and “old vine” Zinfandel, plus some relatable blends. Avensole’s energetic marketing and business development manager is Stephanie Swinton, who pointed out that the vines are still young with the important exception of the old vine zin. “We can trace their origins to the hills of Croatia,” she said, pointing to the 2013 Aventura, a robust wine with 95 percent, Zinfandel and 5 percent Syrah. “We have them on the property because some of the early pioneers in the late ‘60s planted them, along with Muscat Canelli and Cabernet Sauvignon.” The 2013 Aventura ($46.95 at the winery) is a classic old vine zin and I recommend you enjoy a bottle. The newest release should be out this spring. Visit the winery first on line at It also has a full service restaurant, marketplace, with a beautiful terrace and pond with occasional live music.

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Fume’ Blanc, SIENA and Tresor — these are household names at Sonoma’s best-known Ferrari Carano, due in large part to the efforts and hospitality of Michael Hurst, the voice for this winery in Southern California. “Fume’ Blanc ($12) is our biggest seller by far,” Hurst pointed out. “Tresor is a deluxe Bordeaux style blend ($34) that sits 18 months in a barrel before release and SIENA is an Italian Sangiovese-based red blend with supple tannins and a delicious strawberry jam flavor ($16). The SIENA label is really unique. It was designed by Rhonda Carano. She took the red soil of Sonoma and artfully swirled it across a label. The latest vintage is the 2014. It pairs beautifully with Italian food. Leading restaurants like Seasalt in Del Mar and La Gran Terraza in San Diego have great success on the wine menus and at the bar with this label. See more at

owner-winemaker, will preside; $80 for five-courses and seven tastings. Phone (858) 673-7512 for an RSVP. Carruth Cellars Urban Winery in Solana Beach has its annual Barrel Party Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 from noon to 7 p.m. Cost is $30 for 10-barrel samples. Taste wines from the barrel before it gets bottled, and you can order “futures.” Live music and Red Oven Pizza. Call (858) 846-9463. A Grgich Hills Estate wine dinner is being planned for West Steak & Seafood, in the West Room in Carlsbad, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. This is a five-course sit-down dinner with wine pairings. Cost is $125. RSVP at (760) 930-9100. Carnevale comes to Il Fornaio, Feb. 28. It’s an evening of celebration featuring Italian Venetian menu specials, live music and costumed performers at the Coronado restaurant location, directed by Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon. Reservations a must.


Wine Bytes The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo, in the RB Plaza, will present Laird Family Estate of Napa Valley in a feature wine dinner, Feb. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Rebecca Laird,

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merged in 2014. The merger made San Diego Humane Society one of the largest animal sheltering organizations in the nation. Adoptions are just one of the many services that the San Diego Humane Society provides for

San Diego County. For residents of the North County communities of Escondido, San Marcos, Poway, Oceanside and Vista, the organization provides animal control and stray pet services. “It’s wonderful to see the people of our community come together not only to celebrate our love

for pets, but to also fundraise to support homeless animals throughout our county,” said Schry. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at or to make an online pledge. The public can also register on-site beginning at 7 a.m.

thing extreme, and we really just wanted to create a space that’s safe, and comfortable for parents to come into. It’s important to them, so it’s important to us.” One of the obvious advantages an indoor skatepark has over an outdoor park happens on rainy days. San Diego, however, is one of the driest cities in the country, with an average annual rainfall of 10.34 inches. It helps, then, that San Diego has already received more than 10-inches since the beginning of the year. “Trust me, I’m not some knucklehead,” said Mims. “We’re coming in, trying to build an indoor skatepark in Southern California, where it hardly rains, with the exception of every 10 years. We just happened to open up when it did, which helped.” Bell adds that it’s weather extremes on both ends that drive skaters indoors: “Come July, August, a lot of people will come inside to get away form the heat,” Bell said. Social media marketing has been another feather in Academy’s cap. Mims’ place in the industry and status as a former pro skater gives him access to some of the world’s best, and best-

known skateboarders (local boy done good Tony Hawk has done two Facebook Live events at Academy so far). “A Tweet or an Instagram from a guy like (pro skater) Chris Cole, who has a million followers, it goes a long way,” said Mims. Mims’ vision of establishing a skateboarding school could have some unforeseen — yet lucrative — long-term benefits. In August of last year, just a few months after Mims opened Academy’s doors, the International Olympic Committee officially announced that skateboarding would be included in the 2020 Olympic games, to be held in Tokyo. Though controversial in the skateboarding industry, this announcement indicates a participation uptick in the coming years (currently 6 million strong), and Mims already has one eye toward expansion. “Who knows?” he smiles. “It sounds goofy, but maybe we put in a yoga center, so the moms can take a class while their kids are here.” Academy is currently adding a bowl to the park, which will be completed by the April 2 anniversary date.






right now,” Bell said. If that weren’t enough, the city of Vista has dedicated $1.8 million and broken ground on two outdoor concrete public parks, slated to open by summer. “I’m all about growing skateboarding,” said Mims. “We’re not concerned with another public park opening, I think it’s a great thing. We may feel it, initially, when (the Vista parks) open. We’re offering a different space anyway. Eventually, there’s gonna be some riff raff going on — that’s why the first Vista park closed down — and it’s gonna turn the people we want over here — kids, and their parents. They’ll have a safe spot.” Safety is an important concept for Mims. He takes pride in the caliber of his instructors, the design of the park, even the cleanliness of the bathrooms. It all funnels back to creating an environment where kids and parents alike can feel safe. “We wanted it to be fun, and less intimidating for the kids,” he explained. “Everything is small and fun here. I didn’t want any-

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FEB. 24

FASHION FOR A CAUSE There are still prime seats available for the fashion show and champagne lunch, “Catwalk for a Cause,” at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 1001 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, held by the Altar Society to benefit its food pantry. Tickets are $35. Please RSVP to Michele at (760) 846-1006. DEL DIOS HIKE Join the Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, Trish Boaz, for an easy-to-moderate hike at Del Dios Gorge at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25. Free for member; $15 donation suggested for non-members. Register at LIFELONG LEARNING “The Dracula Chronicles” and “On the Road to Stardom, Past, present and Future” will be the topics for Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE) Lectures at MiraCosta College, starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. VOLUNTEER AT IVEY RANCH Ivey Ranch invites you to its Equestrian Volunteer Orientation 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 7 at 110 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Oceanside. Volunteers assist with the Therapeutic Riding Program as well as the care, grooming and exercise of the horses. For more information, visit Volunteers must be at least 9 years old. No horse experience necessary. FUTURE FARMERS The bi-annual Future Farmers of America contest will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the MiraCosta College Horticulture Lab, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, as California southern region high school students compete for awards in three categories: floral, vegetable crops, and nursery/landscape.

FEB. 25

NO COASTER OR SURFLINER There will be no Coaster or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service in San Diego County on the weekend of Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, as part of ongoing infrastructure improvements along the coastal rail corridor. Additional closures are scheduled for March 11 and March 12, March 25 and March 26, April 29 and April 30 and May 20 and May 21. Southbound Amtrak 796 and 592 (both Rail-2-Rail trains), scheduled to depart Oceanside on the Friday nights preceding each weekend at 10:19 p.m. and 11:57 p.m., will terminate in Oceanside unless otherwise announced. PRESERVING PACIFIC VIEW Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance invites all to its volunteer work party from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, at 600-698 3rd St., Encinitas, to help clean up the historic school site, and reduce ero-

T he C oast News - I nland E dition sion and blight. The group is working on the continued rehabilitation and reboot of the original Pacific View School site as an Arts and Ecology Center. BEST OF BREEDS The Silver Bay Kennel Club AKC Dog Show will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 through Feb. 26, at the Del Mar Fairgounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. The weekend includes all-breed AKC shows, agility, obedience, and rally trials plus “Meet the Breeds Extravaganza” tours. Free Admission to all shows. For more information and breed times, visit RETIREMENT SEMINAR The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of Encinitas presents “Embracing Retirement, Before and After 65,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) 753-6041 or visit embracing-retirement for more information. BI-LINGUAL CORNER Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Turrentine Room to discuss “Uno más uno/One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes.

MOUNTAIN BIKING Join “Family Fun on Bikes” at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. Family Ride with San Diego Mountain Biking Association. Cost is $5. To register go to For more information, visit (858) 674-2275 BEST OF BEES Celebrate the “Humble Honey Bees” at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 with Claire Winnick, beekeeper of RFB Family Farms and Apiaries. Cost is $5. To register, go to For more information, visit (858) 674-2275 Rotary Club of Carlsbad is sponsoring am Electronic Recycling and Paper Shredding event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 at ViaSat, Building 5, 6155 El Camino Real. They will take most items, including TVs, computers, monitors, speakers and telephones. Shredding is $5 per file box. Large appliances can be recycled at a small fee. DEMOCRATS MEET Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside, will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad For more information, contact Carol, (760) 753-4082.

FEB. 26

SCREEN YOUR TEEN Bring your teen in for a free

heart screening between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at Sage Creek High School, 3900 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Register at The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation provides free heart screenings because they are not part of regular wellchild exams or pre-participation sports physicals, even though many heart conditions often have no symptoms or unrecognized warning signs. DOGGIE GRAS PARADE Helen Woodward Animal Center is marching its annual Doggie Gras celebration from 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 26 from 6461 El Apajo, back to the Farmer’s Market, 16079 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Bring your pet and enter the costume contest.

FEB. 28

EATING DISORDERS IN TWEENS Sharp Rees-Stealy and San Dieguito Unified High School District present a free doctor-led talk, “Not Too Young: How Eating Disorders Can Develop in Tweens,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb.28 at Earl Warren Middle School, 155 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. To register, call (800) 827-4277 or visit sharp. com/schooledonwellness. REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEET Mary Baker,

FEB. 24, 2017 president of the California Federation of Republican Women Southern Division, will be the keynote speaker at Carlsbad Republican Women Federated meeting at 11 a.m. at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35. For more information, contact Niki at (760) 931-9420 or RANCHO WOMEN’S FUND The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund will host Susan Taylor, a former NBC San Diego news anchor, its general meeting and site visit sign-up, from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in the 1929 Room, 827 Via De La Cumbre, Rancho Santa Fe. Cost is $15 per person. Register at FREE SPAY DAY San Diego Humane Society is offering income-qualifying individuals with pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats to sign up their pets for a free spay or neuter surgery on World Spay Day, starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 28. Make an appointment by calling (760) 757-4357 at the Oceanside Campus, 572 Airport Road or (760) 888-2275 for the Escondido Campus, 3450 E. Valley Parkway.


SWINGIN’ CONCERT Friends of the Cardiff Library

will be hosting a free concert with Dean Paul Ratzman at 7 p.m. March 1, featuring the “Swingin with Dean” Show at the Cardiff Library Community Room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 635-1000. IRISH DANCE Carlsbad Newcomers will present The Butler-Fearon-O’Connor “School of Irish Dance” dancers at 9:45 a.m. March 1 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. A no-host lunch will follow.


SURVIVNG SEX TRAFFICKING Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting at 9 a.m. March 2 with guest speaker Grandville (Tom) Jones, at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., Vista. The event is free to the public. GARDEN CLUB The Carlsbad Garden Club will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Jim Horacek from Armstrong Nursery will discuss growing fruit trees with an emphasis on stone and citrus fruits. For more information, visit

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WOMEN HELPING WOMEN Six local women, from left: Alisha Donaldson and son, Blanca Gonzalez and daughter, Michelle Glathe, Rachelle Schull, Eleyna Smith and son and Nicole Galicia, are congratulated by Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland co-president Runa Gunnars. A total of $26,500 was distributed to the women to help further their education and training. The women were honored at Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland’s annual Soroptimist Women’s Award Gala Feb. 19. Courtesy photo

Jamie Higgins likes to head to the Northeast County where there are a plethora of trails, many of which are more enjoyable to do in the cool winter months. Courtesy photo

Breathing room Nature Calls By Jamie Higgins


ife moves so fast that sometimes it’s hard to catch my breath. I know I’m lucky to live in the land of fun and sun, where there’s always something to do and 60 degrees is considered cold. Still, sometimes I need to ignore my To Do list (it’ll be there when I get back), step off the proverbial hamster wheel and recharge. Those are the times that I seek out nature. It’s cheaper than a therapist and good for my waistline, but be warned — I have found spending time in nature to be highly addictive. When I need my nature fix, I need look no further than my own backyard. San Diego County is a hiker’s paradise. With scenic beaches, wetlands, grasslands, chaparral, riparian corridors, Oak woodlands, deserts and even real mountains, the variety of landscapes is incredible. I’m not exaggerating — we actually live in the most biologically rich county in the continental United States, according to The Nature Conservancy. This means that whatever scenery floats your boat, we’ve got it here in spades. This time of year, I like to head east. Northeast County is home to a plethora of trails, many of which are more enjoyable to do in the cool winter months. Some of my favorite walking and hiking spots include Daley Ranch in Escondido, Palomar Mountain, Volcan Mountain outside Julian, Potato Chip Rock on the Mount Woodson Trail in Poway, Cedar Creek Falls in Ramona and Iron Mountain. I will save the wonders of Palomar Mountain for another column. I really enjoy the 5.6mile Iron Mountain Trail. This well-marked and well-travelled trail has a

moderate 1,000-foot elevation gain. In other words, it’s relatively easy but still challenging enough to make you want to high-five and feel like you worked off the donut you ate. It takes two to three hours to complete and the trail winds through a scrubby chaparral landscape with great views. Comments from people online suggest doing the hike at sunrise — it’s supposed to be spectacular and worth the effort. I’d also recommend doing the hike in the early morning or on a cool, cloudy day, as this trail has virtually zero shade. You can’t miss the trailhead, it’s clearly marked by a Wrought iron sign and a large parking lot off Highway 67, with free parking. A number of people had dogs with them on leash. Just remember to bring plenty of water for you and your furry friends. For more information about these hikes and others, check out Jerry Schad’s, “Afoot & Afield in San Diego County,” considered to be “the bible of San Diego hiking.” A great online source for information about local hikes is the San Diego Hikers Association’s website at Lace up those running shoes or hiking boots and I hope to see you on the trail! Jamie Higgins is a freelance writer who loves living in North County.

A Fluttering Heart – Is it Love or Something More? By 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 which functions to pace the heart at a normal rate and coordinates 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 a 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 complications such as embolism (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 causing 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 t ra d i t i o n a l 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. Schedule a 2-for-1 heart health screening now through February 28 at heart. For more information on comprehensive heart health screenings or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen call 855.222.8262.


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CLASSES & EVENTS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES Behavioral Health Support Group 6-7pm Call 760.940.7878. Meets Tuesdays Grupo De Apoyo Para Enfermedades Mentales/Mental Illness Support Group 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Spanish speaking. Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.722.3754. 1st Friday of Every Month/ Primer Viernes de Cada Mes

HEART CARE CLASSES Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Renewal Course 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. March 8 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Full Course 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. March 29 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Renewal Course 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. March 2 March 16 Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. March 4

CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Breastfeeding Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 760.940.5500. Meets Wednesdays


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Baby Care Class 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Next Class April 13

Ostomy Support Group of North County 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Dates may vary.* Call 760.470.9589 for more information. * Last Friday of Every Month

Young At Heart 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Maternity Orientation / Orientación de Maternidad En Español* Registration required. Call 760.940.5784. Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.940.5750. March 11 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. March 16 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m. March 27 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Diabetes Support Group Call 760.644.1201 to register. 1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Aphasia Support Group 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 760.940.7151 to register. Meets Thursdays

Diabetic Exercise 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Available 24/7

Survivors of Suicide Loss 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Call 619.482.0297 for more information. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month

SUPPORT GROUPS Bereavement Support Group 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Call 888.328.4558 for more information. Meets Wednesdays Better Breathers 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Call 760.940.3055 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month Women’s Cancer Support Group 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Call 760.940.3540 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic Call 760.940.5500.

Writing Through Cancer Support Group 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Call 760.940.5642 for more information. Meets Wednesdays, February 22-May 3

Baby Safe Class 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Next Class April 20

Mended Hearts Support Group 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 858.592.9069 for more information. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month


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Diabetes Self-Management Course Times may vary. Call 760.644.1201 to register. Meets Wednesdays Next Step in Control – Basic Diabetes and Meal Planning Class 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Call 760.644.1201 to register. Meets Mondays & Wednesdays

AA Young People’s Group 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Call 760.758.2514. Meets Saturdays

Parkinson’s Exercise 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 760.940.3617 for more information. Meets Fridays

Narcotics Anonymous 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Call 760.940.3333. Meets Fridays & Sundays

Stroke Exercise 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Call 760.940.7272 to register. Meets Thursdays

WELLNESS Cancer Fitness at Tri-City Wellness Center 3 p.m. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Fridays Comprehensive Weight Loss Program at TriCity Wellness Center, powered by Itrim: Info Sessions Call 760.931.3171 for more information. Next Info Session in April “Stepping On” Fall Prevention Workshop 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Call 760.940.3617 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, March 6-April 24


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ORTHOPAEDICS CLASSES Spine Pre-Op Class 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Call 855.222.8262 to register. March 7 March 22 Total Joint Replacement Class 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Call 855.222.8262 to register. March 1 March 15 Total Shoulder Replacement Class 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Call 855.222.8262 to register. March 8


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