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.com ESCONDIDO, SAN MARCOS, VISTA

VOL. 5, N0. 3

FEB. 7, 2020

Bluff safety highlighted on D.C. trip

Area leaders divided over Measure A By City News Service

REGION — Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara and Vista City Councilwoman Corinna Contreras urged San Diego County voters Feb. 5 to approve Measure A on their ballots, while the North San Diego Business Chamber urged voters to reject the measure. Measure A would require a countywide vote on any major housing project that would require a change to the county's general plan. Business leaders, the building industry and many housing advocates are opposed to the measure. Conservancy groups, rural voters and those opposed to urban and suburban sprawl are in favor. McNamara spoke at a news conference Wednesday supporting the measure, saying he had seen what a similar — albeit smaller in scope — proposition had done for Escondido. Proposition S is a land rule which requires a vote to approve zoning changes in residential areas of the city. “In Escondido, the passage of Proposition S encouraged development where it was needed most,” McNamara said. “Prop S has not impeded economic development or housing development in Escondido, and there is every reason to believe that Measure A will similarly guide developers to build housing closer to jobs and infrastructure.” The North San Diego Business Chamber's Economic Development and Advocacy Advisory Council voted to oppose Measure A. “If approved, this measure will make creation of housing projects much more costly and difficult, causing developers to forgo developing within San Diego County,” according to a chamber statement. ``Without the creation of more housing outside of the general plan, San Diego will not be able to meet current and future population projections, the region will not be able to TURN TO MEASURE A ON 6

Father, husband of collapse victims is Levin’s SOTU guest By Samantha Nelson

FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the annual Escondido Chocolate Festival in historic downtown Escondido. This year’s event is noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, and will include horse drawn carriage rides and much more — including plenty of chocolate! Story on Page 11. Photos via Escondido Chocolate Festival on Facebook

CSUSM settles with student anti-abortion group By City News Service

SAN MARCOS —Cal State San Marcos will pay more than $240,000 in fees to settle a federal lawsuit by an anti-abortion student group, which alleged the school refused to fund the group's effort to bring an anti-abortion speaker to campus, while allowing regular student fees to fund programs on the opposite end of the political spectrum, attorneys said Feb. 4. The school reached a settlement in the case brought by Students for Life President Nathan Apodaca, who alleged the school authorized $300,000 in stu-

dent fees to fund the Gender Equality and LGBTQA Pride centers, but refused to pay $500 for Students for Life to bring its speaker to the school. CSU San Marcos officials could not immediately be reached for comment. As part of the settlement agreement, the university will revise its policies regarding mandatory student fees, which will only be used in the future “in a viewpoint neutral manner.” Additionally, the CSU system will issue a policy directive to all university system campuses mandat-

ing that any use of student association funds for speech events “must be based on procedures and criteria that are viewpoint neutral” and “may not be based on the approval or disapproval of an organization’s or association's viewpoint,” according to the settlement agreement. “Public universities should encourage all students to participate in the free exchange of ideas, not create elaborate and secretive funding schemes to fund their favorite groups while excluding opposing views from equal access,” said Alliance Defending

Freedom legal counsel Caleb Dalton, on behalf of the student group. “We're grateful the district court rejected the university’s unfair, secretive and discriminatory policy, and that the university has agreed to allocate student fees only in a viewpoint-neutral manner, instead of picking favorites. “The university system’s policy changes don’t simply benefit our clients but also benefit any student with a minority viewpoint and every citizen who cares about dialogue and intellectual freedom within our public colleges and university communities.”

REGION — Tragedy struck six months ago on Aug. 2, 2019, when three people were killed in a bluff collapse at Grandview Beach in Encinitas. Those three people were Julie Davis, Anne Clave and Elizabeth Cox, the wife, daughter and sister-in-law, respectively, of pediatric dentist Pat Davis of Encinitas. On Feb. 4, Davis attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address as the guest of Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano). Together, Davis and Levin hope to emphasize the importance of funding projects that will replenish the coast’s sand and make it safer for beachgoers to prevent any more deaths from happening. Levin has been pushing for funding for such a project since before the Aug. 2 bluff collapse. On July 31, days before the collapse occurred, Levin wrote to the commanding general and chief of engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting federal funding for the Solana Beach-Encinitas Coastal Shore Protection Project, also known as the San Diego County Shore Protection Project. Congress authorized the project in 2016 with a primary purpose of stabilizing tall coastal bluffs that are eroding due to high-energy storm swells. The erosion of these bluffs, according to Levin’s office, pose threats to life, safety, property and infrastructure like the rail corridor that runs along the coast. On Dec. 20, Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act TURN TO BLUFF SAFETY ON 5


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‘Farmer Jones’ plants seeds of education, compassion in Vista By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Vista resident Nancy Jones has always been comfortable in the garden. Growing up in Lemon Grove, Jones said her family grew their own vegetables and fruit trees, and each family member took part in gardening, weeding and composting. Therefore, when Jones retired from teaching, it made sense for her to join the beloved Alta Vista Botanical Gardens as a volunteer. “I first visited AVG (as it was called then) for Earth Day 2007,” Jones said. “We had a handful of visitors and just met on the back lawn of NANCY JONES has volunteered at the Alta Vista Botanical the Garden House. I joined Gardens since 2007. Courtesy photo the meetings, took notes,

provided agendas, and then was voted onto the Board of the Gardens.” Thirteen years later, Jones has become more than just a volunteer. Since 2007, Jones has become a driving force in the nonprofit, creating programs and events that have attracted visitors from throughout the region. Jones, a 35-year resident of Vista, has seen plenty of accomplishments since joining the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Under her guidance, the 13-acre field now has sculptures from famed artist Ricardo Breceda, a memorial rose garden, and a growing Children’s Garden complete with tube tunnels, music and a discovery trail.

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The Alta Vista Botanical Gardens also hosts the annual Fall Fun Festival and Earth Day Festival, events and programs that have attracted hundreds of nature lovers of all ages. One of her biggest accomplishments at the Vista attraction is building the children’s program. As the director of the Children’s Garden, Farmer Jones, as she’s lovingly known to the region’s young people, hosts a monthly Kids in the Garden class. In the class, children learn about different plants and insects found in the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens and their importance. The program that she has developed for the next generation is one she is most proud of, said Jones, who is also a member of the Woman’s Club of Vista. “When the kids share a lizard, bug, or flower they have found, when they remember the name of a plant, when they handle those worms and find their tiny cocoons — those are the moments that make it all worthwhile,” Jones said. “We are showing the next generation that nature is grand and spending their time outdoors is a wonderful way to spend a day. Screens are forgotten when they can see the flitting butterflies and bright coral tree blossoms, touch the smooth lambs ear and rough pepper tree bark, taste the sour grass, smell the alyssum and rosemary, and hear the hummers and hawks in the bushes and overhead.” Ron Holloway, president of the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, said Jones has made a lasting impact on the beloved Vista nonprofit. “She is a valuable member of our organization and is very much appreciated,”

Watchdog group files petition to halt San Onofre demolition By City News Service

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Holloway said. For her contributions to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens and to the city of Vista, Jones was given the Have a Heart for Kids Award from the Boys & Girls Club in 2012 and was inducted into the Vista Historical Society Hall of Fame in 2017. Jones, who taught for nearly three decades at Alamosa Park Elementary in Vista before retiring in 2006, isn’t slowing down anytime soon. She said she plans to continue to grow the Fall Fun Festival to include more activities, as well as, add more vendors to the Earth Day Festival. Jones, a mother of two and grandmother of two, also hopes to increase offerings to children. “With more publicity, we could increase the field trips for scouts and school groups,” Jones said. “I would love to find another teacher to share the gardens, classes, and field trip responsibilities.” For now, Jones loves being able to share her passion for gardening and nature with the public, especially with the children. “The children I am privileged to work with inspire me to continue teaching,” Jones said. “They are eager and open to learning, they appreciate nature and their world, and they smile and say thank you. These children are the canvas that I get to paint on all the time. I love sharing the Garden’s history, stories, details, plants, and sculptures with the kids and the adults. Adults love learning something new just as much as the kids do.” For more information about the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, go to altavistagardens.org/.

REGION — As Southern California Edison begins its eight-year-long process of decommissioning and dismantling the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a local watchdog group has filed a petition to put a halt to actions at the seaside plant. Public Watchdogs, a nonprofit advocacy group, claims that if the facility is flooded with rain or ocean water, the proposed method of disposing nuclear waste could lead to explosive radioactive steam geysers. It is asking for a detailed look into disaster-proofing the site while it still has radioactive materials present. Edison, the plant's majority owner and operator, Southern California Edison, disputed the group's contentions, saying its petition is rife with errors. The utility sent out notices a week ago to residents within five miles of the plant that it would begin initial work on the demolition. San Onofre hasn't produced power since a steam leak in 2012, and SCE closed the

plant the following year and began decommissioning activities. The nuclear waste is being stored self-cooling canisters which take in cool air and expel hot air. The nuclear waste can reach temperatures of up to 452 degrees, according to Public Watchdog, which fears that the thermal shock of cold ocean water could cause a rupture in the canisters. Edison, however, flat out rejected the allegation. “The Public Watchdogs' documents contain multiple errors,'' according to an SCE statement. “For instance, the outside shell of the warmest spent fuel storage canister on site is approximately 225 degrees, not an average of 452 degrees. This one fact alone undercuts the entire `geyser' narrative. Water is a better conductor of heat than air and actually would serve to more efficiently cool the canisters.” Edison insisted that it “continues to safely store spent nuclear fuel on site, TURN TO SAN ONOFRE ON 14


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San Marcos family works to honor daughter with All Abilities Park By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — Sophia Jones loved playing outside. She loved the fresh air, the bright sun and all the surroundings that came with being outdoors — as many children do. However, because Sophie, as she was lovingly nicknamed, had cerebral palsy, she was unable to play on much of the equipment typically seen at playgrounds around North County. Sophia died in her San Marcos home in October 2019 as a result of a brain injury from a near-drowning accident. Months after the devastating loss of Sophia, the Jones family hopes to honor their late daughter’s memory by building an All Abilities Park that will give every child the equal opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Since launching their GoFundMe campaign in October, the family has raised more than $45,000 from hundreds of donors around the world to help reach that dream. “We are overwhelmed by the support from our friends and community,” said Sophia’s father, Tyler Jones, who has lived in San Marcos since 2015. “We all miss Sophie so much. She had a beautiful personality

SOPHIA JONES of San Marcos, shown when she was younger, died in October at age 11. Her family hopes to honor her memory by building an All Abilities Park. Courtesy photo

and spirit that all who came in contact with her felt. As people have donated it has been a confirmation of the love that people felt for Sophie.” Jones said they discovered an All Abilities Park last summer after vacationing in Utah. During that trip

to the park, Sophia enjoyed all playground equipment, including a merry-go-round, teeter-totter and zipline. The family opted to launch the fundraising campaign, named Sophie’s Gift, after receiving food and flowers following Sophia’s death.

“We started to receive so many kind gifts of flowers and food from our friends after Sophie passed,” Jones said. “Everyone asked as to what we needed. While we really loved the flowers and food, we really didn't need any of it. We really wanted something special to remember Sophie by. So instead of spending money on flowers that will wither away we came up with the idea to purchase this special playground equipment.” Since launching the fundraising campaign, the family has received gifts from family, friends and members of the public who never had the opportunity to meet Sophia. Educators who work with special needs children have also donated to the cause. “One of the most touching donations was from an elementary child who saved his allowance and went to all his friends and collected over $50 in small change,” Jones said. Jones said the family is currently working with an engineer and designer to develop their plans before taking it to the Carlsbad and San Marcos city councils. They hope to build the playground within an exist-

Escondido woman keeps husband’s memory alive with new downtown business venture By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — It’s been 16 years since Melissa Walker and Sam Pulvers purchased a desolate, 7,000-square-foot building on Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido. The duo purchased the vacant site on one of their first dates and quickly transformed it into a vibrant space now known as Distinction Gallery. After more than 100 exhibits, two children and sadly, the death of Pulvers — Walker is now completing the business with one final venture: the Last Spot bar. “Sam and I always had a passion for red wine,” Walker said. “We spent our anniversaries and special occasions at wineries in Paso Robles or Temecula and often visited our local Escondido wineries on weekends. I really wanted to combine our love for fine wine and craft beer with my love of art.” The Last Spot bar, which opened this month inside Distinction Gallery, features local, craft beers, wines and kombucha. It’s one of several businesses inside the warehouse, including ArtHatch, which provides local artists with rental space, and locally owned Escape Rooms. Walker said the Last Spot Bar contributes to Escondido’s developing character in the region as a hotspot for art, trendy restaurants and fun bars. “When we first opened, I remember a few people coming in saying we would never survive in Escondido showing the type of artwork

MELISSA WALKER, owner of the Last Spot bar in Escondido, sits at a table with a photo of her and her late husband, Sam Pulvers. Courtesy photo

we exhibit,” Walker said. “I just laughed and explained that we opened in Escondido for the good schools, fantastic restaurants, and ever growing downtown.” The 20-hour days Walker and her late husband worked for years paid off. Distinction Gallery is now a go-to art space for artists and aficionados alike. “Luckily I knew at the time that businesses see no boundary limitations,” Walker said. “We have always heavily relied on out of state and out of country sales. We still do although I have to say that locals have

supported us far more than I ever could have dreamed.” Sadly, Walker lost her life and business partner, Pulvers, two years ago when he died from a rare esophageal cancer. Despite the devastating loss of Pulvers, Walker said his memory is alive at Last Spot and the gallery as a whole. Pulvers, who had a passion for art, is remembered throughout the business, including at the new bar where his photos are shown on the furniture. “I am grateful that most of my staff knew Sam, but

not all of them,” Walker said. “It always crushes me to change anything Sam built and this project was filled with those changes. But I have to remind myself that Sam never dwelled on the past. He, like me, understood that in order for the business to work well you have to stay relevant and that means frequently updating with whatever is happening in the world or economy at the time.” Melissa Ralston, who has worked with Walker for years at Distinction Gallery, said customers will appreciate the warm space of Last Spot. “Melissa does everything over the top, so it has a really cool vibe and lots of artistic eye candy,” Ralston said. “It’s just a really cool place to be. They serve and support local breweries and wineries and have mocktails, which is trending right now for those who want to be out in the scene without alcohol.” More importantly, Walker hopes the Last Spot bar will bring in more customers to appreciate art — the way her late husband did. “My husband loved art,” Walker said. “I found that out on our first date and I have the reminder daily. Every piece we bought has a story and I am so lucky to be surrounded by them every single day.” For more information about the Last Spot, go to lastspotbar.com. For more information about Distinction Gallery, go to distinctionart.com.

ing park. More importantly, they hope the playground will bring joy to all children. “I personally believe the playground will serve children in so many communities and will bring together families from every walk of life,” said Emily Moore, Sophia’s stepmother. “Most importantly, it will give children of all abilities a chance to play and have fun. Currently most disabled kids sit on the sidelines watching other kids play.” Moore said the primary goal of the playground is to “bring joy and happiness to the kids.” “When we include everyone, life is more fun,”

Moore said. As they work to develop the playground, Jones, a father of four children, said he is still living with the pain of losing his beloved Sophia. “Losing a child is the most painful thing I have ever experienced,” Jones said. “I feel the pain of loss every day. I now don't try to avoid the pain but recognize it as love and use the time lost in thought thinking about my love for Sophie. It is hard not to be negative, but (the fundraising campaign) has really worked to lift my spirit.” For more information about Sophie’s Gift, go to gof u nd me .com / f / S oph ia039s-gift.


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Presidential candidates still not talking California issues

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omelessness in California is at extremely high levels and San Diego, while better than San Francisco and Los Angeles, has a steadily rising homeless population. Last week, I partnered with Supervisor Jacob on addressing the homeless population in San Diego’s unincorporated area. In our Board Letter, I’ve asked County staff to take a look at existing buildings, which could be used for transitional housing. Also, the County will be adding four additional deputies to the HART program. The value of human life must always be a fore-

around the county Jim Desmond most concern when developing sound public policy. Additionally, there is also a value to the quality of life that residents and business owners face daily interacting with homelessness. Right now, unintended consequences from ballot measures and policies at the state level have tied law enforcements hands. The citizens of San Diego County demand that we maintain order and san-

itary conditions in our public spaces. They are compassionate, but they have every right to demand that their streets and neighborhoods not become unsanitary tent cities for the homeless. None of us would welcome that near our homes, and we should not allow it near others. While homelessness is a major issue, we need to make sure we are using taxpayer dollars effectively. Taxpayers demand accountability. Compassion alone is not helpful. Programs must be effective and accountable. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Ill-conceived AB 5 isn’t working By Marie Waldron

This week I joined my colleagues to address a large crowd gathered on the Capitol steps to protest Assembly Bill 5, one of the most devastating pieces of legislation in California’s recent history. This ill-conceived attempt to deal with the problem of employee misclassification has jeopardized the livelihood and security of thousands. My office has received hundreds of phone calls, emails and letters opposing AB 5 from a broad cross section of workers, including Uber and Lyft drivers, newspaper publishers, freelancers, interpreters, artists, musicians, and even local community groups like Fallbrook Arts, Inc. Small businesses, like mine, now cannot contract out for services and bring in workers as job needs require. People needing flexible work schedules such as working moms, families with special needs children, those caring for elderly parents and many more have seen their incomes, their way of life, their families’ very security upended and threatened by AB 5. Despite a massive outpouring of criticism, AB 5 was pushed through last year with little consideration about its economic impact.

Many exemptions, mostly for powerful and well-connected interest groups were included in the bill, but they are complicated, vague and often unusable. Gov. Newsom has indicated some interest to making changes. My legislative colleagues and I are eager to help, and we are already introducing legislation, including the complete repeal of AB 5. Abuses of contract employees should be addressed, and laws to prevent misclassification of workers must be vigorously enforced. However, AB 5 limits freedom by preventing people from finding work schedules that fit their lives. It attempts to rig our economy with a onesize-fits-all solution that is unworkable in a state with 40 million people. We need a system of labor laws that work for all, not just the select, well-connected few.

Human trafficking

menace. A form of modern slavery, human trafficking has grown 842% in the United States since 2007. Worldwide, there are over 40 million victims of human trafficking, 75% of the victims are women and girls, and 25% are children. Locally, recent studies indicate that human trafficking is the second-largest underground economy in San Diego County, after drug trafficking, generating over $800 million in profits. San Diego County is one of the 13 worst regions for human trafficking in the country, impacting 8,000 victims per year. Many victims are trafficked by gangs, the average age of entry is 16, and victims are typically trafficked for three years before they come to the attention of law enforcement. This repugnant industry can be defeated, but we need to raise awareness that trafficking is taking place all around us. We must be vigilant, and recognize that this scourge impacts our state and our local communities.

Earlier this session I spoke on the Assembly Floor on House Resolution 7 (HR 7), that I jointly authored with Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D – San Assembly Republican Bernardino). HR 7 declares Leader Marie Waldron, January Human Trafficking R-Escondido, represents the Awareness Month in California, part of a nationwide ef- 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature fort to combat this growing

o…, as Elizabeth Warren would start out, the Democrats held a presidential primary debate in California, in the Westchester district of Los Angeles to be specific. And still California issues get virtually no attention on the national scene. Even now, more than a month after that debate, with ballots appearing soon in mailboxes across the state, there’s still no substantial talk about California issues except from late-coming candidate Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor. Nothing much on homelessness; no creative ideas from any candidate — or from President Trump, for that matter. Nothing much on wildfire safety, other than condemnations of big privately owned utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. No easy-tofollow formulas for buying them up and splitting them into local pieces. Nothing on offshore oil drilling or fracking; certainly no hints on fighting off Trump administration efforts to expand both in California. Nothing on how to solve the state’s massive housing shortage and affordability crisis. Nothing on charter schools or Trump-spurred threats to national parks and monuments. Not a word on water or the bullet train, which will go nowhere without more federal funding. What’s wrong here? If there’s any real answer to the lack of attention to this one state that will choose far more Democratic nominating convention delegates than any other both in the March 3 Super Tuesday voting and during the entire primary season, it may lie in the way Democrats apportion delegates.

california focus thomas d. elias While Republicans employ a winner-take-all system giving almost all of every state’s delegates to whoever gets the most votes in a primary or caucus, even if that candidate only wins a plurality, Democrats employ proportional representation. So no one running in California’s primary — basically separate elections in each of 53 congressional districts — will get the full pot of 495 delegates. Each district will annoint anywhere from 4 to 7 delegates, split among candidates who get at least 15% of the vote in a district. Another 114 delegates go mainly to the overall statewide winner. If all California’s Democratic delegates went to that overall winner rather than getting splintered, maybe the likes of Sens. Warren and Bernie Sanders, ex-Vice President Joe Biden and former mayors Bloomberg and Pete Buttegieg would be forced to learn about the many issues now shaping lives in California. But today’s Democratic system doesn’t require this from them. Yes, they’ve become conversant with local candidates and issues in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the earliest votes and caucuses might provide momentum going into Super Tuesday states like California and Texas. The Democrats crafted their system almost 20 years ago. They wanted to prevent anyone from getting all California’s delegates — or any other state’s — with a mere 25% or so of the votes but still

beating out competitors who finish barely a percent or two behind in the total vote. That leaves candidates open to damaging gaffes, like Sanders’ now-revoked endorsement of a far-left candidate in the race to replace Democratic Rep. Katie Hill in the 25th Congressional District stretching from Simi Valley into the High Desert of Los Angeles County. Yes, Cenk Uygur agreed with Sanders on most things, but the podcaster and former conservative has a history of homophobic and sexist rants. Sanders’ California staff advised him not to endorse, but he did anyway and ran into a buzz saw, then withdrew the endorsement after barely a day. Would this have happened if Sanders had studied California issues and knew how strong the LGBT and feminist movements are here? Instead, Sanders, like every other national candidate this year except Bloomberg, has viewed California almost entirely as a cash register, some candidates — like Buttegieg — even going to great lengths to conceal the luxury of several fund-raising venues. Will this all add up to yet another failed effort to give California more influence in choosing presidents by moving the primary ahead from its traditional June date? It’s too early to tell. For one thing, Bloomberg is concentrating time and money here heavily, hoping to make up for his late start by doing well here. Plus, if the very early small-state primaries yield contradictory results, California can still be a bellwether. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com

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Theater, nonprofit team up to break down employment barriers Palomar film By Steve Puterski

VISTA — From rock bottom to a career in the kitchen is the goal. And for more than 300 people over the past four years, San Diego-based nonprofit Kitchens for Good has been the opportunity to restart. The organization is now moving its culinary-based program into the Luna Café at the Moonlight Amphitheatre to serve their food to attendees enjoying the show. Aviva Paley, co-founder of Kitchens for Good, said the program was born out of a need to lift up people who’ve served prison time, been homeless or have exited the foster care system, for example, developing culinary skills that can translate into full-time careers. “We provide a culinary internship program for men and women with significant barriers to employment,” she said. “We equip them with the knife skills and life skills, as we like to call it, to really get and keep a job in the culinary and hos-

pitality industry.” Last year, Kitchens for Good and Moonlight teamed for a pilot program. Now, the program has expanded to a three-month training program beginning March 2 with the graduates then serving their food to patrons of the amphitheater. The program has an 86% graduation rate, Paley said, adding Kitchens for Good has helped 330 people over the past four years. Each year the program accepts about 130 students. Becky Arrollado, 49, is just one of the success stories. She spent decades abusing drugs and going in and out of prison before linking up with Kitchens for Good several years ago. The program, she said, gave her hope and turned her life around. Now clean, Arrollado manages the Imperial Beach location of Guahan Grill after starting as a dishwasher. The program gave her skills in the kitchen and in life, something

BECKY AROLLADO, 49, graduated from Kitchens for Good after years of drug abuse and time in jail and prison. She said the program turned her life around and she now manages a restaurant in Imperial Beach. Courtesy photo

Arrollado said she never had. Those skills included communication, interviewing, resume building, problem solving plus all the tools learned in the kitchen. “It’s a 12-week program where our students

Trust gives $1 million to Tri-City OCEANSIDE — The Pamela J. Gallade Trust donated $1 million to the Tri-City Hospital Foundation, it was announced Feb. 4. The nonprofit foundation, which was formed to advance healthcare in north San Diego County, will use the gift to acquire medical equipment for Tri-City Medical Center's cardiac and oncology care services. Pamela Gallade, a philanthropist who grew up in Oceanside and died in 2018, made clear she wanted some of her fortune to go toward the medical center. Both of her parents had received treatment at Tri-City. “Pamela was a ray of light in our community and will be greatly missed,” said Jennifer Paroly, executive director of Tri-City Hospital Foundation. “Her generous gift will have a lasting impact by enabling us to invest in technologies and resources to meet the current and future healthcare needs of the communities we serve.” — City News Service

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are taking life skills classes … and putting those skills into practice by working in the kitchen,” Paley said. Arrollado said the program is tough and the staff will call out bad behavior in an instant. The discipline, she added, is another tool

she learned from the program and has instilled into her work ethic. However, the stigma of an ex-con still rested over her as she prepared to graduate and go into the workforce for her first-ever job. Arrollado said she was honest during her interview, noting she’s an ex-felon and spent most of her life addicted to drugs and racking up arrests with stints in jail and prison. The restaurant took a chance and it paid off, she said, noting she has been promoted five times and now runs the restaurant. However, her goal is to land a job with Kitchens for Good and help those who were once in her position. “People need to be more open with us and understand we are trying to change our lives,” Arrollado said of erasing stigmas, while adding the journey is a mental one. “The hopelessness goes away, pay attention and run with it. The tough love changes our demeanor.”

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DR. PAT DAVIS, whose wife, daughter and sister-in-law died in the Aug. 2, 2019, bluff collapse in Encinitas, was invited to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as Rep. Mike Levin’s guest. Courtesy photo

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of 2020, which included $905,000 in federal funding for the planning, engineering and design (PED) phase of the project. An additional $4,000,000 was included for shore protection investigations. “Now we have to ensure that money gets spent without delay and that we move on with the actual replenishment,” Levin said. An estimated $30 million will be needed to fund sand replenishment for the next five years, according to Levin. The federal government would pay for 65% of that amount with the remaining 35% to be funded through state and local resources. The project will span over 50 years. Every five years, more funding will need to be requested to continue the replenishment project for that long. After the initial five years, the federal government will be responsible for 50% of the cost to be matched by state and local dollars. Levin said sand re-

plenishment is not the only thing that needs to happen in order to better protect the coastline. More solutions will be needed to address issues caused by “the more several impacts of climate change that have exacerbated the risks associated with living next to the coast.” Levin invited Davis as his guest to the State of the Union so that the two of them could highlight the need to address these issues. “After the accident, Congressman Levin reached out to me and expressed his empathy and his plans to make the beaches a lot safer,” Davis said. “I was more than happy to jump on board with him and do anything I could to raise awareness about the terrible bluff situation in Encinitas and Solana Beach.” Besides sand replenishment, Davis said he would like to see city and state officials come together and find solutions that will create safe zones on beaches, especially where staircases are built and near lifeguard towers.

ENCINITAS — SANDAG and Caltrans joined law enforcement and labor leaders early the morning of Jan. 28 off Manchester Avenue in Cardiff to celebrate crews reaching the halfway point on I-5 improvements, a critical component of the comprehensive Build NCC suite of highway, rail, environmental, and mobility improvements. Once complete in 2022, Build NCC will add one new high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction on I-5, between Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach and State Route 78 in Oceanside. The halfway point also coincides with the first important shift of traffic in both northbound and southbound directions. In early February, the traffic shifts will push motorists to a new highway bridge over the San Elijo lagoon. This shift is the first of several transitions that will be completed along the eight-mile stretch of I-5 construction during the next several months. The shift in traffic over the bridge is necessary to allow construction crews to lengthen the highway bridge to improve tidal flow in the lagoon and to widen the bridge to accommodate one additional HOV lane in each direction. The lane shifts are temporary and will be realigned upon completion of the bridge in 2021. The traffic shifts are scheduled to be completed at night over the course of two weeks, beginning the week of Feb. 3. The number of lanes along I-5 will not be reduced during construction. Once the lanes are shifted, motorists will experience a slight curve in both northbound and southbound directions as they approach

and depart the bridge. The Build NCC project began in 2017 and is anticipated to be complete in 2022.The $869 billion project is funded through a combination of federal, state, and local sources. The highway portion of Build NCC is estimated to cost $663 million. “I thank everyone involved in this project – from the elected officials, our agency partners, the planners and engineers, the joint-venture contractor, our trade workers, and the community,” said Allan Kosup, North Coast Corridor Director for Caltrans District 11. “This halfway point of the I-5 improvements marks the progress made in our region’s efforts to deliver a diverse set of multimodal transportation choices and quality of life improvements throughout north coastal San Diego County.” “This project is just the beginning of a larger vision of a Complete Corridor by increasing travel options along Interstate 5 in North County,” said SANDAG Vice Chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. To ensure safety for both motorists and the construction crews, drivers are reminded to “Drive 55 on the 5” in the Build NCC construction zone. Motorist Aid assistance can be easily accessed by dialing 5-1-1 anywhere in San Diego County. To learn more and to sign up for project email updates, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/BuildNCC. Text “BuildNCC” to 313131 to sign up to receive construction text alerts. The Build NCC project began in 2017 and is anticipated to be complete in 2022.

coming to the small screen SAN MARCOS — The documentary, “Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America,” produced by Palomar College Television (PCTV), is coming to small screens everywhere thanks to a distribution partnership with the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Providing an important take on a heavy topic, “Shattered Dreams” has won dozens of awards and appeared in film festivals across the U.S. Now it’s expected to reach 50 to 60 million homes under PBS distribution. The film’s public television debut occurred on Las Vegas’ KLVX on Jan. 12. According to the college, the documentary was well received and dozens of stations have picked it up. Bill Wisneski, the PCTV producer who directed the project, attributes the film’s success to its unique approach. “We focused on the psychology of why women are trapped in this situation and can’t get out — they call it the ‘mental handcuffs,’ he said. “And then we focused on the buyers more than most other films. Until recently, the women were focused on, they were considered the problem. But without the demand, you’re not going to have the problem.” “Shattered Dreams” premiered on April 4, 2019 at Palomar’s Howard Brubeck Theatre, and then commenced with a tour of film festivals from coast to coast. In June, the film won four Emmy Awards from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, including “Best Documentary,” directing, writing and editing. According to a 2016 study by the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University, human trafficking is San Diego’s second-largest underground economy after the drug trade, with an estimated $810 million in annual revenue. The study found approximately 110 street gangs involved in human trafficking in the region, many using social media and female recruiters. “We are incredibly proud of our PCTV team and the work they’ve done to bring awareness to this topic,” said Jack Kahn, acting superintendent/president of Palomar College. “Their work is going to help Americans far beyond our district make sense of this brutal industry that affects so many young women.”


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and 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. The tea service will offer homemade sandwiches and sweets. The cost is $15 per person and includes a tour of the Victorian home. Buy tickets at Sikesadobe.org. MIGRATORY BIRD WALK

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Growing herbs, recipes, and more, will be the topic of a presentation at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Azalea Room at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The speaker is herbal expert Karen England. Herb of the Year books from the International Herb Association will be available for purchase. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub.org or e-mail Vistagardenclub@ gmail.com.

Batiquitos Lagoon will be holding a bird walk at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. This free walk is for all birders who want to see the migratory birds that visit the lagoon every year. Bring binoculars. For more information, visit Batiquitoslagoon.org.

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The MiraCosta Horticulture Club will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Alta Vista Gardens, 1260 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Kathryn Blankinship, a Master Gardener, will demonstrate LIFELONG LEARNING garden grafting For more The LIFE lecture series information see the website continues at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at MCHClub.com or call 760Mira Costa College, 1 Bar- 721-3281. nard Drive. The first speaker is Gerilyn Brault, discuss- KIDS IN GARDEN ing MCC theater production Alta Vista Botanical “Into the Woods.” After Gardens hosts a Kids in the intermission at 2 p.m., Hen- Garden event, “Play With ry Eisenson will speak on Your Food - Veggie Critters” Improving Personal Cyber from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 Security. A parking permit at Alta Vista Botanical Garis available at Lot 1A. Visit dens, 1270 Vale Terrace miracosta.edu/life or Call Drive, Vista. Class fee is $5 (760) 757-2121. per person - pay at the class. Pre-registration required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail. com or (760) 822-6824.

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The Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive in Escondido, will hold its Valentine Teas with two seating options – 1 p.m.

meet for brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hunter’s Steakhouse, 1221 Vista Way, Oceanside. RSVP to Dale at (760) 522-5144.

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AARP provides free tax preparation services at the Gloria McClellan Center at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, to all ages, with priority given to seniors 50+. Appointments are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To schedule an appointment, call (760) 6435290.

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African Violet Society will meet on the second Tuesday each month at 10:30 a.m. in the community room of the Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. For additional information send email to bconrad999@yahoo.com SINGLE TRAVELERS CLUB

The Single Travelers Club will gather from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Hunter Steakhouse, 1221 Vista Way, Oceanside. The discussion will be on foolproof travel packing tips. Call Jackie at (760) 438-1472 to RSVP.

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will meet Feb. 11 Steak dinner at the American Legion, Vista. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.

The Aviara Women’s Club invites all women in Carlsbad and surrounding communities to hear Sherry Zak Morris, CEO of Yoga Vista, present “The Plus of Move, Groove & Hydrate” from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11, at Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. GENEALOGY MEETING For more information, visit Jeanette Shiel will aviarawomensclub.org. present “Migration Trails West: Using Maps” when MUSHROOM TOPIARY North San Diego County San Diego Botanic Gar- Genealogical Society meets den offers a class in Table at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in CarlsTop Succulent Mushroom bad Faraday Center, 1635 Topiary from 9 a.m. to noon Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad. Feb.11 at 230 Quail Gardens Free, reservation not necesDrive, Encinitas. Design sary. For information e-mail or a charming tabletop suc- programs@nsdcgs.org culent mushroom topiary call (760) 390-4600. using a special mix of succulents from the garden. All materials are included. Please bring small clippers. CARLSBAD JOB FAIR WIDOW-WIDOWER BRUNCH There will be a Carlsbad Job Fair 9:30 a.m. to The North County Wid- AFRICAN VIOLET LOVERS ows and Widowers Club will The San Diego County 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Holiday Inn, 2725 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Bring 10 to 15 resumes, dress business professional. This is a free event for job seekers.

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maintain its economic competitiveness and preserve the quality of life for our workforce and families.” The advisory council is chaired by Linda Bailey, president of Community Strategies Group, and Mike Nagy, public affairs manager for the Southern California Rental Housing Association. The council has 34 members, with a majority vote deciding which measures the chamber endorses. According to the Yes on A campaign, the current general plan focuses new housing in areas with infrastructure to support it. “Measure A encourages following the county's smart growth general plan, which is the key to meeting our greenhouse

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trail Feb. 13 at Lake Hodges, followed by lunch at Hernandez Hideaway, Escondido. They will also meet for Happy Hour and dinner at Barrel Republic Restaurant, Carlsbad Feb. 16, and for Lunch and tour at Stone Brewery, Escondido Feb. 19. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is holding its fifth annual Cuisine for Kids event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 5 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Tickets are $50 and include food samplings and two drink tastings. Tickets available online at bgcoceanside.org or at the AUDOBON SOCIETY Club. Join Buena Vista Audubon Society at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 SENIOR ANGLERS at 2202 S. Coast Highway, Senior Anglers of Es- Oceanside. The speaker for condido, open to all anglers the evening will be Phil age 50 and above, will meet Unitt, the curator of Birds at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the and Mammals at the San DiPark Avenue Community ego Natural History MuseCenter, 210 Park Ave., Es- um. For more information: condido. A Valentine’s bake (760) 439-2473 sale will also be held at this month’s meeting. Members SUICIDE PREVENTION TIPS of the club enjoy fishing The Oceanside Public tournaments and charters, Library will be hosting two picnics, RV camping, and Q.P.R. Suicide Prevention community service to help & Intervention trainings. kids go fishing. QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer, is designed to give anyone the basic skills necessary to recognize the NATIVE TO TORREY PINES warning signs that someJoin a fun, family-ori- one may be contemplating ented morning to learn suicide. The first training about native animal and will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at plant adaptations at 10 a.m. the Civic Center Library, Feb. 15 at the Torrey Pines 330 N. Coast Highway, and Pavilion. We will have live the second will be held at 1 animals, nature booths and p.m. April 9 at the Mission scavenger hunts. Free with Branch Library, 3861 Misadmission into the reserve. sion Ave. Come early and visit our museum or go for a hike. See torreypine.org for directions.

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TRANSPORTATION’S FUTURE

There will be an open house about the 2020 “Coordinated Plan:” a five-year plan to implement public transit and specialized transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and persons with limited means, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, The plan is part of the longer-range "5 Big Moves" Regional Transportation Plan.

The North County Widows and Widowers Club will meet for Happy Hour at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Black Rail Kitchen & Bar, Lower Level – Paseo Real Center, 6981 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. RSVP to Johny at (760) 731-9549.

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FRIENDS AND FAITH

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will walk a

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

gas emissions targets and creating a more sustainable region,” said Contreras. “When the county does not follow its smart growth general plan, it destroys habitat while creating more congestion in our region and making housing less affordable. Sprawl is bad for the cities and bad for the countryside.” The chamber, while opposing Measure A, does support Measure B, which would amend the county's general plan to authorize the development of the Newland Sierra Project just north of Escondido and San Marcos, and east of Vista. That project plans for 2,135 new homes. “Building homes near employment centers allows employees to live locally, keeping their tax base in the region and reducing emissions from commutes,”

according to the advisory council. “The project also follows Chamber requirements for housing projects in affordability, with over 60% of homes priced for working families.” McNamara has endorsed Measure B. Most of that measure's opposition comes from people worried about fire risk and the environmental impact of the development. In a ballot argument, John Thomson, retired deputy fire chief, said, “This project is located in a high fire danger zone and no affordable housing for firefighters is required by the project approvals — two good reasons to vote no.” The ballot measures will be decided in the March 3 election. Mail-in ballots have been sent to more than 1.3 million San Diego County voters.


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Medicinal marijuana fees Donnie Edwards remains a force locked in by Vista council sports By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The City Council approved three licensing fees for medical marijuana enterprise, delivery and work permits during its Jan. 28 meeting. The cannabis enterprise license application filing fee applies to any application for a cannabis testing, manufacturing or distribution facility and costs $4,318. Delivery service application fee is $978, a one-time payment, Aly Zimmerman, assistant city manager, said. Employee work permits are $15. “This would be for retailers wanting to expand their allowance to include delivery,” she said. “And any other authorized delivery retailer outside the city that is coming into the city to deliver.” Due to the city’s adoption of new regulations permitting certain forms of cannabis testing, manufacturing, distribution and delivery, application filing and review fees must be estab-

lished. In addition, the city’s Live Scan (fingerprinting) authorization must be updated to include recently approved business types and their employees. Rates were established by multiplying the estimated time to be spent by the average hourly rate for the position or positions that will be conducting the review, according to the staff report. The council also discussed potential for license renewals. Zimmerman said the fees approved by the council will be initial setup costs, but staff will return with additional recommendations for renewals. The business license, meanwhile, will be based off gross receipts, she added. “I just want a little accountability,” Councilman Joe Green said. Terry Polly, a registered nurse, who works at Dr. Green Rx dispensary, said her work centers on cannabis safety, noting it’s not for

everyone. Still, she said, patients should be allowed to make the decision for themselves. She said seniors are afraid of entering a dispensary, so it is important to create a patient-friendly atmosphere and method for them to receive their medicine. John Byrom of the North Coastal Prevention Coalition said the safety for the city’s youth is top priority for the group. He said the medicinal marijuana businesses lack monitoring, and encouraged a program like tobacco retail licenses, which regulate sales to minors. “When I was young, I knew what stores would sell me tobacco and what stores would sell me alcohol,” he said. “We don’t want that for marijuana. I believe this fee could be used to ensure marijuana shops and, especially the delivery services, do not sell to Vista youth.” Resident Becky Rapp echoed the comments of Byrom and others, saying the negative impacts of marijuana on youth must be a priority. She recited a survey from the Monitoring the Future Survey, which measures teen use. While alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug use are on the decline, vaping and marijuana use are increasing, she said. Marijuana vaping increased to 14% from 7% for 12th-graders, while 64% of California high school students said marijuana was the first substance they tried, Rapp said regarding a state-sponsored study. Rapp also advocated for funds from the marijuana fees to be used for educational advocacy against marijuana use.

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onnie Edwards deserves a salute and for that we need to get in line. Edwards, the former San Diego Chargers linebacker, was honored during Super Bowl weekend. While most will remember the festivities in Miami for the Kansas City Chiefs beating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54, we look to Edwards’ achievement as the one with the most significance. Edwards, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, was named the Salute to Service award winner for 2019. The distinction goes to an NFL community member who goes the extra mile in supporting the military. “It means so much to me to continue the legacy of my grandfather, Maximino, by honoring the ones who defended — and continue to defend — our freedom,” Edwards told the NFL Network. Edwards has long been a military history buff and that was evident when he was with the Chargers. While always accessible and honest about a past or future game, he really became engaged when chatting about veterans and U.S. troops in harm’s way. It was in 2002 that he started the Best Defense Foundation which supported our youth and military. With childhood obesity becoming more prevalent, Edwards spoke on the importance of the nutrition and exercise. His foundation donated $40,000 to Chula Vista High School for a

DONNIE EDWARDS is shown in 2007 during an NFL players tour of the Middle East. Now 46, the onetime Charger was presented with the Salute to Service award at last Sunday’s Super Bowl. Photo via Wikipedia

weight room where strong bodies could be formed, along with the camaraderie which comes from sports. Chula Vista was where Edwards graduated from and his plan was to follow the marching orders that often found their way to his 10 siblings. Many of them went into the military, a longtime family tradition which dated to Maximino, a World War II veteran and a Pearl Harbor attack survivor. But instead of going to college on the GI Bill, Edwards got there en route to the NFL. While he was set to attend San Diego State, at the last minute he got an offer from UCLA. From there he spent 13 years in the pros after being a fourth-round pick by the Chiefs in 1996. His career saw him record at least 100 tackles in 11 of those seasons and it included a Pro Bowl selection. Edwards came home to San Diego in 2002, starring on two AFC West title teams in his five years with the squad he cheered for as a youngster. When the 6-foot-2, 227-pound Edwards retired he was a 20-20 guy and it

had nothing to do with his exceptional vision which allowed him to start at a rugged position at less than the ideal height and weight. When he retired, he was among only eight NFL players with 20 interceptions and 20 sacks. With Edwards, the Chargers’ defense seldom rested. He’s making sure that same energy is expended when helping the military. Somewhere, Maximino is smiling upon his grandson’s attention to others. “My grandfather was the inspiration to start the Best Defense Foundation,” Edwards, 46, said. “His service and sacrifice to our country has always pushed me to pay tribute and give gratitude to those who protect our way of life. “He always used to tell me that I have a tremendous amount of opportunity and freedom by being born in this great nation. I now want to use my platform to serve and give back to our active military personnel and veterans.” Edwards has participated in nine USO tours and on Armed Forces Entertainment Tour overseas and he’s spearheaded excursions for veterans. In almost 14 years he’s directed more than 33 programs in which he escorts World War II and Vietnam Veterans to former battlefields and significant outposts. “From Berchtesgaden, Germany, to the beaches of Iwo Jima, and everywhere in between,” Edwards said. Last year’s Super Bowl had Edwards rubbing shoulders with troops at a watch party in Okinawa. Later he would be at Normandy with 16 veterans and a nurse to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. This year we toast Edwards.

BOY SCOUT Ryan Bostwick joins Women’s Club of Vista member Nancy Ellis to deliver the Covers of Love created by Bostwick toward his Eagle badge. Courtesy photo

VISTA — The Women’s Club of Vista has worked with Vista Community Clinic (VCC) since 2017, bringing in hand-sewn teddy bears for pediatric patients, and plush blankets and knitted hats for newborns. They call their projects “covers of love” because, as a spokeswoman for the club states, “those precious newborns are covered head to toe in hats and blankets made with love.” So when a local Boy Scout contacted the club late last year looking for a way to complete a community project, the ladies knew exactly who could use the help. It just so happened that a 16-year-old Boy Scout, Ryan Bostwick, was looking for a service project toward becoming an Eagle Scout. This project must “demonstrate leadership of others while benefit[ting] the community.”

The members of the Women’s Club were happy to provide the “Covers of Love” as a great project idea for the Scout. With the project set, he prepared to raise money to buy all of the necessary materials and gather volunteers to make the soft covers over the holidays. In the end he and his team had made 50 fleece blankets to donate, all with different patterns and colors, each perfect for wrapping a new bundle of joy warmly in mom’s arms. The Covers of Love projects taken on by this group of community volunteers at the Club uses the support of community work and collaboration. The addition of the Scouts illustrates how this work is being picked up by the next generation. To learn more about the Women’s Club of Vista, visit womansclubofvista.org/.

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SCOTTISH FIDDLER AND FILM

Scottish master fiddler Alasdair Fraser and American cellist Natalie Haas will be in concert, plus a documentary film beginning at 5:15 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. General admission $28, members $24, children 12 & under free, admission price covers film and the concert. Tickets at ticketweb.com or at the door.

Ovation Theatre presents “Matilda,” a musical based on the Roald Dahl book, at the Thompson Performing Arts Center at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad. Shows are 7 p.m. Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9. Tickets: $22 at ova- SOUNDS OF THE CELLO Cellist/singer-songwrittiontheatre.brownpapertickets.com. For more infor- er Shana Tucker isin conmation: ovationtheatre.org. cert at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, CarlsTEXTILE ART bad. Tickets are $25 at muAlex Nichols hosts his seumofmakingmusic.org. textile art exhibit “Wild & Free,” through Feb. 23 at the Civic Center Gallery, COMIC OPERA San Diego Baroque City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. Nichols presents the comic opera, creates whimsical wall “La Serva Padrona” by hangings mixing textures Giovanni Battista Pergoleand colors using yarn and si at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the unconventional materials Encinitas Library, 540 Corsuch as jewelry, ribbon, nish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $35 for adults and $25 clothing and toys. for seniors at sdbaroque. ticketleap.com/la-serva-paFIDDLE MASTER drona/. Hear fiddler Calvin Vollrath at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the home of Jerri-Ann and Gary Jacobs, Del Mar, along with master guitar- IMAGINATION AND ART Grace Chow offers a ist, Clinton Pelletier and Mixed Media show, “Jourstep-dancer, Rhea Labrie, of Imagination,” in a house concert set- neys through Feb. 24 at the Enting. There will be a $50 VIP pre-concert wine & cinitas Library Gallery, 540 cheese reception/meet the Cornish Drive, Encinitas. performers/preferred concert seating at 6:30 p.m. $30 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Call (760) 522-8458 or JAZZ CAFÉ The Jazz Café at the e-mail avery@familyfiddlecamp.com for performance Museum of Making Music location and parking inforTURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 13 mation.

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Craft woodworking show at Municipal Gallery By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — For Brian Murphy, craft wood-making conjures a simpler time, one in which automation did not reign supreme over the entire industry. But automation has also driven down the cost of furniture for everyday people. "It's art,” Murphy said. “So, it's discretionary income money that buys custom furniture. Some people buy it just because it's art and some people want it to be very functional. The trade itself is like the stock market. Sometimes it goes up, and it goes down. It goes up, it goes down. The more money people have, the more they will buy art.” As a way of bringing the past to the present, Murphy works as sponsor with his wife Nancy Murphy for “Wood: A Furniture Show,” which is currently making its 11th annual appearance at the Escondido Arts Partnership’s Municipal Gallery. The show features the work of 39 craft wood-makers and will be on display through Feb. 21. The owner of Murphy’s Fine Woodworking in Escondido, Murphy also has one of his own works on exhibition, a chair. “In 1981, we bought a chain of stores called The Cutting Edge here in California,” Murphy said of his interest in the woodbased art form. “It was a woodworking (retail store) and at that time, we established a school to teach woodworking and some of the amazing young artists at that time now are some

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CRAFT WOOD art pieces on display at “Wood: A Furniture Show” at the Escondido Arts Partnership’s Municipal Gallery. Photo by Steve Horn

of the most famous woodworkers in America today. It kind of just stuck and became a passion.” Murphy said that for this year’s show, 10 students from Palomar College’s Cabinet and Furniture Technology program have 12 different works on display, a program he praised as “the best west of the Mississippi.” One of those pieces, Werner Pyka’s “Five Game Federal Demilune,” won “best of show.”

“They have sourced some of the best woodworkers in San Diego,” said Murphy. “Now San Diego has a reputation for some of the most famous woodwork. The largest guild woodworking club is the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association.” San Diego-based artist David Marr, who had a dresser and two-tiered table on display, expressed excitement about the gallery. “It’s always nice to

be able to show your art,” Marr said. “Hopefully, people that see your work will gain some appreciation for something that is made by hand from the soul. It’s something really special to have a gallery for us artists to show our work.” Paul Schürch, a Santa Barbara-based wood-maker, also has two pieces on display. Both are wall pieces, one a palm frond motif and the other a woven mat TURN TO WOODWORKING ON 9

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Silvergate San Marcos wins ‘Best of Assisted Living’ award SAN MARCOS — Silvergate San Marcos is proud to announce the community has been selected as one of the 2020 “Best of Assisted Living” Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the nation’s largest online ratings and reviews site for senior care and services. Based on more than 240,000 trusted and published online reviews written by seniors and their families last year, SeniorAdvisor.com’s “Best of 2020” Award winners represent the top tier of outstanding providers of senior care and services in independent living, assisted living and senior living homes and communities. The exclusive designation honors only the top 2%3% of senior care providers across the United States and Canada. The annual SeniorAdvisor.com “Best of Senior Living” Awards analyzes and tabulates family-writ-

SHIRLEY FOY, resident at Silvergate San Marcos, has been so pleased with the community that she felt compelled to sing the community’s praises on the online ratings and reviews website, SeniorAdvisor.com. Silvergate San Marcos was honored by the site again this year. Courtesy photo

ten reviews to find the high- 45,000 communities curest quality care providers rently listed on SeniorAdvifor the honor. Of the nearly sor.com, just over 610 were

recognized with this prestigious award. Silvergate San Marcos is one of the only winners in San Marcos, California, and the community continues to regularly receive exceptionally positive reviews from residents and their families like this one: “You never have to be alone at Silvergate. You can always find someone to do something with. There are so many social activity choices, and you gain a whole new family,” said Shirley Foy, a recent review poster on the SeniorAdvisor.com website. “I wanted to make the choice of where to live instead of having my two sons make it for me. They greatly appreciated me making the decision for myself. It’s no longer their responsibility. They felt relieved when I chose Silvergate.” "The reviews we receive on SeniorAdvisor. com really matter to Silvergate,” said Joan Rink-Car-

roll, Executive Director at Silvergate San Marcos. “We always tell families… don’t take our word for it… check out our reviews online. They set an exceptionally high performance bar in their selection process, and every year we strive to meet that bar in terms of both resident fulfillment and family satisfaction.” In order to ensure that only the best communities and care providers were selected for the 2020 award, the SeniorAdvisor.com organization elected to make the criteria even more stringent this award season, citing that only the cream of the crop senior living providers were able to rise to the challenge. Officials of the senior living review site have been increasingly impressed each year with the quality of winners and looks forward to spreading the word about the award winning organizations.

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2020 Awards, care providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving five or more new reviews between November 17, 2018 and October 18, 2019. About Silvergate San Marcos Those interested in experiencing the caring family atmosphere of Silvergate San Marcos firsthand and learning more about the community can call to reserve a space at an upcoming VIP Luncheon & Tour by calling David Nelson, Marketing Director, at 760-744-4484. A limited selection of one bedroom and studio apartment homes are currently available at Silvergate San Marcos, with select Memory Care suites also available. Silvergate San Marcos is located at 1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA 92078.


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A rts &Entertainment

‘Recycled Runway’ show seeks designs By Hoa Quach

BRIAN MURPHY, sponsor of “Wood: A Furniture Show” at the Escondido Arts Partnership’s Municipal Gallery, stands by his hand-crafted chair. Photo by Steve Horn

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theme. “It gives me great pleasure to exhibit my work in such venues such as the Municipal Arts Gallery in Escondido,” said Schürch. “My medium is wood, and the technique is marquetry. I delight in creating unusual pictures and patterns using the natural color of wood. I strive to convey strong visual content and depth of field and inlaying the little curiosities in the image becomes the fun aspect of showing it was made by human hands.” And Steve Zonce, a San Diego-based woodworker who won first place for best craftsmanship, has his table on display. He began woodworking as a teen. “I love creating pieces that make people say, ‘Wow!’ or ‘How did he do that?” said Zonce. “It’s been one of my lifelong passions that I turned into a

business. I take great pride in my work because you’re working with a once-living thing.” Murphy says that at the end of the day, the annual show is a way to raise awareness of and keep the niche artform alive. “The health of the custom furniture business is never fantastic,” he said. “It's a challenging way to make a living. And for young people coming out, they need to mentor with somebody. And they need to have guidance and direction they need to understand it’s a business first, because really you can be the greatest artist in the world, but unless you manage your money, you're going to starve to death.” The Escondido Arts Partnership’s Municipal Gallery is open from Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 262 E. Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido.

ESCONDIDO — Beach balls. Shower curtains. Umbrellas. When it comes to creating fashion, the materials available are endless — at least that’s what you’ll see at the Recycled Materials Runway Event, a program created by the nonprofit Escondido Arts Partnership, that has hosted the event since 2008. The program, set for June, is accepting designs from artists and hopes to receive up to 20 participants. The show, which only features clothing designs made of recycled materials, is the only known “Recycled Runway” event in the region. “All garments and accessories are constructed, assembled and embellished using conventional and non-conventional elements including thrifted, reconditioned and trashed materials,” said Chrisanne Moats, executive director of the Escondido Arts Partnership. “This exciting evening combines visual arts, including film, and installations which are inspired by the re-using of objects destined for landfills. The Recycled Materials Runway Event features artwork and fashion designs, with a focus on student and emerging fashion designers and artists.” Moats said designers have created clothing out of every material imaginable, including venetian blinds, maps and palm fronds. “Some of my favorites were a sparkling black evening gown made with crocheted VHS tape and both a man’s suit and cocktail dress made of dental X-rays,” said Moats, an artist herself, who has led the organization since 2015. “Attendees are treated to a unique runway performance with an emphasis on what we can do with items that would be discarded. Designers create wearable art that dazzles us with their ability to create fashions with these unconventional materials.” The event typically attracts designers from across California who hope to share their creative and

ARTISTS recycle materials to create unique garments at a previous Recycled Materials Runway Event. This year’s show is June 6. Courtesy photo

environmentally friendly designs, Moats said. Designer Renée Richetts, who has participated in the program since 2008, said she immediately fell in love with the concept after learning about it. “I was already into reusing recycled materials for my mixed-media sculptures — not just repurposing but finding and using bits and pieces of things that seemed done-for,” Richetts said. Richetts said her first creation for the Recycled Materials Runway Event was a woman’s outfit made out of newspaper bags and TURN TO RECYCLED ON 13

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Food &Wine

What would your last supper be? lick the plate david boylan

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ne of the long-standing questions posed to guests on my Thursday episode of my radio show is what would their last supper, their last meal on earth, be. It would consist of three courses, a starter, main and dessert. I’ve heard a lot of crazy ones over the years and one of the more notable ones was a chef who worked in a very high-end restaurant and all he wanted for his last supper was Taco Bell. I laughed like he was joking but he was dead serious. And after some thought, I could somewhat relate how he is around high-end, very rich cuisine on a daily basis how he would want to go in the complete opposite direction for his last meal. And hey, even with all the solid Mexican options we have around here I still get a Taco Bell craving that harkens back to my high school days. Given what I do with Lick the Plate, my last supper is constantly changing. But since there are five episodes of Lick the Plate that air weekly, for that week of shows I had Jennifer Eve Thorn from Moxie Theatre guest host and I gave myself the luxury of picking a last supper per episode, from San Diego restaurants that I have either written about for The Coast News

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or had on the radio show. With that, here we go with my first selection. Because most of these selections would have ended up in separate episodes, I combined them into one and am going all in on Fish 101 for my first three courses. I’d start with a couple dozen of their super fresh oysters, paired with a glass of grassy Sauvignon Blanc. They serve a lot of oysters at Fish 101 and they are always super fresh, crisp and delicious. My main would be their Fish Po Boy with a side of their fresh cut fries. This is a monster sandwich with an extra piece of fish to share or trade with a dining companion. The pickled onions give it a twang and the roll it’s served on is a beauty … along with those amazing fries of course. My

dessert would be almost any dessert they serve up at Fish 101, but their Tres Leches is the best I’ve had. For my second last supper I’d start with the Quail I had at Solterra a few months back. Three of those delicious birds were served on a board with and were just a perfect way to start a meal. I’m not sure if they are still on the menu but they really should be if not. For my main I’m going to head downtown San Diego to Cowboy Star for their Bone-In Ribeye cooked medium rare with a side of asparagus. It’s meat and veggie perfection and worth the drive down. I’m coming back into North County for my dessert and getting a variety box of doughnuts from VG Doughnuts and yes, I’m eating

them for dessert because it’s my last supper and dang it I want doughnuts! My third has me driving way south to Bonita where Romesco is located and I’m going to start with their exact replication of Tijuana’s original Caesar’s Salad. It’s the best Caesar outside of TJ and the tableside presentation adds a romantic flair to it. I’m Encinitas bound for my main course on this last supper and I’m going to keep it real with the Patty Melt from the Encinitas Café. I’ve raved about this in the past and I really do love it. I’ll finish this version of my final meal off with any pie from Pannikin in Encinitas. They are all so good I would be very happy with TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14

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have that on a waiter’s fancy towel hanging from my floor-to-ceiling wine cooler. They are all wines I love to open and sip. You grey-haired types, if you still have hair, surely remember Crosby Stills and Nash from the ‘60s. Stephen Stills sang the lead on “Love the One You’re With.” “Wine” replaced “one” shortly after. Music and wine have had an intimate relationship in all kinds of music formats. A sample: “Red Red Wine,” UB40; “Spill the Wine,” Eric Burden and War; “Cracklin’ Rosie,” Neil Diamond; “2 More Bottles of Wine,” Emmylou Harris; “Elderberry Wine,” Elton John; and the classic “Days of Wine & Roses,” Andy Williams. A disturbing shift in Valentine tradition … greeting card companies like Papyrus and American are closing operations. Even Hallmark is slashing stores and increasing their online offerings. Millennials and Gen Zs aren’t sending Valentine cards. Even their parents are moving over to digital substitutes. Clever restaurants this year are offering the same specials Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 through Feb. 16. Exhibit A is the Charthouse group and their threecourse “Sweetheart Special Menu.” All four nights can include choices of gourmet offerings, and a premium bottle of Golden Eye Pinot Noir or a Patz & Hall Chardonnay wine for a nominal extra cost. In the Encinitas Charthouse, you get the bonus of a gorgeous ocean view. For an RSVP we advise calling (760) 436-4044 ASAP. Wines to embrace for that complete intimate home dinner: Banfi Rosa Regale sparkling wine, Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling, DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a minimum 20-year Tawny Port from Taylor Fladgate. All are Valentine poetry in a bottle. Sojourn Cellars Wine Release Party Sojourn Cellars hailing from Sonoma was at Ruth’s Chris Del Mar for their spring 2020 Wine Release Party. They are calling the 2018 vintage a winemaker

taste of wine frank mangio and grape grower’s dream across Sonoma and Napa Valley. Moderate temperatures and dry weather created abundant yields of high-quality fruit. Cool evening temperatures and a long, even growing season allowed for complex flavor development while retaining natural acidity. Sojourn offered guests the first five wines to prove the 2018 Dream with seven wines to enjoy in total. Attendees were greeted with the Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay sporting fruit forward notes of citrus with hints of apple. Next was a Pinot Noir quad starting with Rodgers Creek Vineyard nestled in a ridge in the heart of Petaluma Gap benefitting from cool nights and fog-perfect for Pinot Noir. The Sangiacomo Vineyard was next. This has been Sojourn’s flagship wine since 2004 with good reason. Berry flavors and a creamy mouthful feel made this an outstanding wine. The third was the Walala Vineyard at 1,200-foot elevation with gravely soils and abundant sun at high altitude to ripen the fruit resulting in tropical notes. Fourth was the Gap’s Crown Vineyard at 800-foot elevation with volcanic soil and windy conditions resulting in the most intense qualities of the four Pinots with dark berry and cherry on the nose, deep garnet in color, and cherry and baking spice hints on the palate. In between wine sipping, the Ruth’s Chris team ensured that visitors enjoyed sliders with their signature beef, chicken cakes, and puff pastry inspired delicacies that equally matched the great Sojourn wines. Tech Director Rico and I were able to see our good friends from Ruth’s Chris Del Mar, Beverage Manager Mark Parsini, and Sales and Catering Manager Yadira Navarro. Yadira was sharing her excitement for events that will be held TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14


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Sweet success for Escondido businesses during Chocolate Festival By Stephanie Stang

ESCONDIDO — Every year, downtown Escondido gets a little sweeter for one weekend thanks in part to an overwhelming adoration for chocolate. “I think chocolate is such a universally loved thing and people are fascinated by it,” said Dayleen Coleman, owner of D’Liteful Chocolate. “I’ve been working with chocolate for a long time and I’ve only come across two people out of all the years and thousands of people that actually said they don’t like chocolate.” Coleman owns one of the two dozen businesses that participate in the Escondido Chocolate Festival. The event is Saturday, Feb. 8 in historic downtown Escondido from noon to 5 p.m. Folks buy what’s called a “passport” ticket and can visit 24 tasting locations along Grand Avenue. “It has less to do with about making profits and more to do with getting feet on the street and getting them inside the businesses,” said Kyle MacLachlan, President of downtown of Escondido Business Association.

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“It’s nothing but happy people. There are happy people and they go home wondering how they did not know about this before but it’s a real fun event,” The festival is designed so shoppers can visit new businesses in downtown Escondido they normally wouldn’t frequent. Each stop features a different wine and chocolate-themed pairing. “We have art galleries that do more business on this day than they usually do the whole month,“ said MacLachlan. The event has been going on for nine years and sells out every year. Ticket sales are capped at 350 people to keep crowds at a minimum and maintain a loyal customer base. “People that have their existing customers and they want to grow their existing business but they don’t want to upset their existing customers,” said MacLachlan. “It’s a very fine line.“ Folks who buy tickets online can pick them up at will call. A ticket includes a swag bag, long stem rose, and wrist band that grants a person access to the various

DAYLEEN COLEMAN, owner of D’Liteful Chocolate, teaches chocolate making classes at the Escondido Chocolate Festival. The classes are a popular addition to the festival and last at least three hours. Courtesy photo

locations along the mile and half loop that feature beer, wine, and of course plenty of chocolate. “They shop. They sit. They have a pretty good time,” MacLachlan said. “Once it takes off, everyone has a really good time. What we have done as the event footprint has gotten larger is invested in horse drawn carriages. We then figured, we couldn’t move enough people who wanted to do that, so we went with cabs

the next year. The event got bigger, so we ended up with a shuttle. This year there is a 20-person shuttle that loops around all of the stops for five hours.” Event planners advertised it for a month to make sure everyone could buy tickets in advance. Although the event sells out every year, there are options for folks looking for features that didn’t get a ticket. Event organizers say it’s difficult to find quality

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to showcase their product. “I think that people that never knew about those businesses are coming in and that’s why I support it,” Coleman said. “I have a connection to Escondido. That’s where I was born. I’m glad I can help bring customers into a location, so they can get into a location, so they can get a sale. It’s just to get into those shops so they can see these hidden gems or the shops that they have missed in the past.” The chocolate-making classes she teaches at the festival are intricate and three hours long but remain a highlight at the festival. Proceeds from the festival are used to promote Historic Downtown Escondido. “I think it’s something unique that they are able to draw to Escondido and I think it’s great for the downtown business association,” Coleman said. “I think they are doing a great thing. One, they are helping the businesses. Two, they are bringing the community together.” For more information about the festival, go to www.visitescondido.com.

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Winter means it’s whale-watching season hit the road e’louise ondash

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ost people call it winter, but here in Southern California, we call it whale-watching season. December through March is the optimum time to see some of the thousands of gray whales that migrate from their feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the warm lagoons of Baja California. Here they give birth to their calves and prepare for the return trip to Alaskan waters — a round-trip that totals 10,000 miles to 12,000 miles. Lucky for us, we don’t have to travel far to see these gray whales, as well as several types of dolphins, perhaps a shark or even a blue whale. Just head to the Oceanside Harbor (https://www.oceansidewhalewatching.com) or Dana Point Harbor (https:// danawharf.com) where whale-watching tours leave several times daily. Spotting gray whales off our coast has thankfully become commonplace, which means that this once-endangered species is thriving. Gray whales can be as long as 45 feet and weigh up to nearly 100,000 pounds,

THIS SPY-HOPPING gray whale was recently seen off our Southern California coast. This is the best time of year to catch these giant ocean mammals as they migrate south to the warm waters of Baja California. Photo courtesy OceansideWhaleWatching.com

so it’s no ho-hum experience when one of these leviathans surfaces next to a whale-watching boat. Twice-daily whalewatching cruises with Flagship Cruises & Events also leave from San Diego Harbor (https://www.flagshipsd.com/cruises/whalewatching-san-diego) with Birch Aquarium (https:// aquarium.ucsd.edu/) naturalists aboard. And if you visit the aquarium between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 8 to Feb. 16, you can participate in

Whale Fest (https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/ events/whale-fest) activities. Talk to experts as they take a deep dive into whale biology, evolution and culture, conservation and habitat, and baleen and bones. Learn how to spot whales from the aquarium’s panoramic Tide-Pool Plaza. Whale Fest weekends feature meet-ups with whale scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego or NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

“We hope to inspire curiosity with these marine mammals and empower our guests to take action to help protect them by continuing to find ways to connect with our ocean planet,” says Birch Aquarium education specialist Delanie Medina. The aquarium also offers unique experiences with sea creatures at the other end of the size spectrum. For the first time, visitors can go behind the scenes and see the aquari-

um’s groundbreaking work of breeding and caring for seahorses. The “Growing Up Seahorse” tour (https:// aqu a r iu m .uc s d .e du / e xperiences /programs / behind-scenes-tours) takes guests through seahorse exhibits with an expert to learn about the diversity and conservation status of these unique fish and how seahorses are cared for and bred. The tour also allows guests to take a look into the breeding room to see tiny baby seahorses. (FYI: During mating season, the female deposits her eggs into the male’s pouch, where they are fertilized. The male gives birth after a two-week gestation.) Birch Aquarium is a leader in the field of seahorse breeding conservation, and has been breeding seahorses for more than 25 years. It has shipped about 5,000 seahorses to more than 100 facilities around the world. “Supporting breeding programs with our colleagues around the world is critical to the sustainability of our animals and our oceans,” says Jennifer Nero Moffatt, senior director of animal care, science and conservation. For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com/elouise.ondash. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

MiraCosta getting new student facility OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta Community College District has announced the start of construction of a new Student Services Building at the District’s Community Learning Center Campus in Oceanside. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 13. The 9,910-square-foot Student Services Building will provide a student-centered facility that consolidates the study areas and socialization spaces, along with staff space, into a single, dynamic environment. The new building will provide an anchor for the new campus quad that will encourage students to interact with the outdoor environments. The design will correct previous space deficiencies in office, library, and instructional media spaces. The $12.3 million project includes an events terrace, a park and native garden, and a series of bioswales — shallow, open, and typically vegetated channels with gently sloping sides that can be incorporated into landscapes to direct and slow storm runoff and promote pollutant removal. The new Student Services Building project is funded under Measure MM, the $455 million general obligation bond that was approved by voters in 2016.

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Vista residents enjoy ‘Crop Swap’ thanks to local moms By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Thanks to two entrepreneurial moms with a passion for their community and locally sourced food, Vista residents have been enjoying a monthly “Crop Swap” at Brengle Terrace Park. The “Crop Swap,” which is slowly gaining momentum throughout the country, encourages neighbors to exchange excess produce with one another in an effort to eliminate food waste. Danielle McLaughlin and Annemarie Cox said more than 100 people have participated in their Crop Swap since they launched it months ago. “For years, I have given away my homegrown fruits and vegetables,” said Cox, a mother of two who has lived in Vista for more than three decades. “However, in the past few years, much of our garden had been wasted and it was heartbreaking.” Cox, who is active in various community organizations, said she was encouraged to launch a Crop Swap in Vista after meeting McLaughlin at a similar event. “Since I had event planning experience in the city of Vista, I made a few

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RESIDENTS exchange excess produce with one another during a Crop Swap at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista. Courtesy photo

whelmingly positive. “The feedback has been so positive and wonderful,” said McLaughlin, a mother of four children. “When you are passionate about something, it’s second nature to want to share that passion with others. I feel

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offers the "1st Edition" jazz band at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Museum of Making Music 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. The event is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated ‘MURDER FOR TWO’ New Village Arts presLADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO ents “Murder For Two,” the The Ladysmith Black musical comedy whodunnit Mambazo, the South Afri- for two performers and one can male a cappella group, piano, through March 1 at will do a seated concert at 8 2787 State St., Carlsbad. p.m. Feb. 10 at the Belly Up Visit newvillagearts.org for Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., dates and showtimes. TickSolana Beach. Tickets are ets: $25 to $47 at newvil$35 to $62. For tickets and lagearts.org, or via phone at Information, visit http:// (760) 433-3245. bellyup.com/ or call (858) 481-9022. CONCERT PIANO The Carmel Valley Library Concert Series presents pianist Cho-Hyun Park 3-D ART at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 12 at 3919 An exhibit by Karob- Townsgate Drive, Carmel Studios, “Our Story,” of Valley. She will perform a mixed media, 2-D and 3-D, 45-minute program of music will be on view through Feb by Maurice Ravel. For fur26 at the Encinitas Com- ther information call (858) munity Center Gallery, 552-1668. 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. KarobStudios ‘FUTURE DREAMING’ is a collaborative effort of Artist Su Lund presKatherine Ruth-Bender and ents a mixed media showRobert Bender. ing, “Future Dreaming” on view through Feb 24 at the SINEAD O’CONNOR Encinitas Library Gallery, Activist and Irish sing- 540 Cornish Drive, Enciner, Sinead O’Connor, will itas. Lund is a visual artist be at the Belly Up Tavern, and bookmaker. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets are currently sold out. For more information, visit http://bellyup. TASTE OF ART com/ or call (858) 481-9022. The Oceanside Museum Of Art presents “Taste Of Art: Aboriginal Dot Painting” from 6 to 8 p.m. ‘FEEL GOOD’ JAZZ REVIVAL Feb. 13 at 704 Pier View The seven-piece jazz Way, Oceanside. Cost is band, Sammy Miller and $50. Aboriginal artists are the Congregation, will be transfixed by the sky, land, performing at 7:30 p.m. and nature, creating incredFeb. 12 at the California ible dot paintings that swirl Center for the Arts, Escon- and dance on the canvas. dido in the Center Theater, Join Robin Douglas for a 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Es- quick introduction. Enjoy condido. Tickets are $15 to food and drink and then

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that everyone who comes to swap shares that passion with Annemarie and I. Our community is so fortunate to still have land where we can cultivate, grow and share.” Aside from sharing produce and reducing food

phone calls and with the city's blessing, Danielle and I started Vista Crop Swap,” Cox said. McLaughlin, who has lived in Vista for two years and owns an avocado grove, said the feedback from neighbors has been over-

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Lux Art Institute presents the Kontras Quartet with a one-hour musical program will draw inspiration from the work of resident artists Leo Chiachio & Daniel Giannone with a 6 p.m. pre-concert Meet the Artists reception and the 7 p.m. concert in the gallery Feb. 13 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas. Tickets are $50 at https://art-of-elan.ticketleap.com/lux/. Complimentary valet is available.

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St. Thomas More to host a concert by the Rancho Buena Vista High School Wind Ensemble at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at 1450 S. Melrose Drive, Oceanside. It will include a Mozart bassoon concerto, Mozart clarinet concerto, John Mackey’s soprano sax concerto a trumpet solo and David Maslanka’s trombone concerto. For more information, contact Theresa Harris at theresah@stmoside.org or call (760) 758-4100.

waste, the Vista Crop Swap has also allowed for neighbors with a passion for growing food to come together, McLaughlin said. The Crop Swap is simple too. Each “swapper” sets down their goods on a table or blanket to share with others. Anyone who attends is welcomed to take what they want or need and there isn’t a minimum amount of food they need to bring. McLaughlin said swappers have shared all kinds of citrus, avocados, greens, sapote, guava, persimmons, pomegranates, and kale, among other produce. Neighbors also bring “homemade soap, painted rocks, with some beautiful plants and succulents,” she said. “We encourage homegrown and homemade items so baked goods work too,” McLaughlin said. “One swapper makes delicious apple cheddar muffins from her apple tree. I started a sourdough starter just for the swap and I bake sourdough breads to share too. Everyone is generous with what they bring to share.” Each Crop Swap is prefaced with an “educational talk” about growing proGET BACK WITH RAT PACK

Enjoy a Las Vegas-style night at the Sinatra & Friends Tribute Show from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. You’ll revisit legendary classics of the Rat Pack. Admission is $10 at oceansiderec.com or at the Country Club Senior Center, El Corazon Senior Center, and at the door. For more information, call (760) 435-5250.

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Violist Eunice Kim will be performing at the at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Tickets for “Intimate Classics: Eunice Kim” are $35 to $55 at artcenter.org or at the Center ticket office, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. More information and tickets at http://artcenter.org/ event/intimate-classics-euNEW EXHIBITIONS The Oceanside Muse- nice-kim/. um Of Art presents an Exhibition Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Visitors $10. Sip, nosh, and mingle with MIRACOSTA ART EXHIBIT MiraCosta College artists and fellow art lovers as OMA celebrates the hosts the Art Exhibit “Suropening of three exhibitions face Tension” by Wayne including Artist Alliance Hulgin and Nikko Muel2019 Biennial, Sidewalk Ac- ler through Feb. 28 in the tivism, and Griselda Rosas: Kruglak Gallery (3400), on campus at 1 Barnard Drive. Regata Abscisa. Oceanside. The Music By The Sea Concert presents “Voices Of Central America” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, with Camila Lima, soprano; Xavier Prado, tenor and Danny Pravder, accompanist at the Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

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“Film Screening: The Ballad of Don Lewis” at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Museum of Making Music 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. The story of an electronic music pioneer whose musical genius and vision personified the creative freedom and institutional fears in the music ROMANCE AND GUITARS The Peter Pupping industry. Tickets are $25 Quartet presents a roman- at museumofmakingmusic. tic evening Valentine’s org.

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Auditions will be held for the musical “Bambino,” the story of Babe Ruth, at Village Church Community Theater, by appointment or walk-in from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 and from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Make appointments at VillageChurchCommunityTheater.org.

duce, Cox said. The two Vista women said they hope their Crop Swap will continue to grow and that they’ll still be “hanging out” at Brengle Terrace Park the second Saturday of every month sharing goods with their neighbors. “I love our community and we are just so grateful for everyone who comes to participate and swap with us,” McLaughlin said. “Without the support of our neighbors, this would not be possible, so we are thankful for everyone who shows up to support the Vista Crop Swap.” For now, the two are enjoying the impact they’ve made to the community. “The best part of Crop Swap is welcoming new participants, reconnecting with returning swappers and watching children eat fresh produce and baked goods with a smile,” Cox said. For more information about the Vista Crop Swap, go to facebook.com/pg/vistacropswap. The next Crop Swap will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Brengle Terrace Park at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista.

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computer wrapping. This year, she plans to channel Paris to create a memorable outfit. “I was (in Paris) in September and kept all my shopping bags,” Richetts said. “They are so incredibly cool. I’ve cut the bags and swatches into retro styles from the 60s and am once again doing both men’s and women’s snappy duds. All these clothes are washable and sewn to last. Thankfully I’ve come a long way from that first wear-it-only-once ensemble.” But the event is about more than just showcasing the artwork of those from throughout California. “People love this show for its uniqueness and since of wonder,” Moats said. “As well as being fun and festive, the fashion show brings attention to all those things that we would throw away. It sheds light on how we might reuse or even curb our use of material goods.” Any artist interested in participating in the Recycled Materials Runway Event can submit photos before May 16 to mail@ escondidoarts.org. Artists can submit up to three different garments that were made in the past two years and is made up of 75 percent of non-toxic recycled and repurposed materials. Chosen artists will be announced on May 19. Organizers of the show are also accepting model applications. The event is Saturday, June 6 at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery at 262 East Grand Ave. in Escondido. For more information, go to escondidoarts.org/.


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CSUSM students to survey San Marcos Parks and Rec Department for project By Stephanie Stang

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Did we miss a super high tide, or what? This boat, named “Dropp Off,” was left on the pavement at Chuck’s Cabinets on Jan. 24, behind 181 Balboa St., San Marcos. Photo courtesy Chuck’s Cabinets

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and will do so until the federal government licenses and off-site facility that the fuel can be moved to.” When the California Coastal Commission voted 9-0 last October to allow SCE to begin dismantling the plant, the canisters were being moved from a “wet storage” facility to a newly constructed “dry storage” facility on the site. San Onofre is located on 85 acres of the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base

and is home to 3.55 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel, the San Diego Union Tribune reported last year. The vote to dismantle the facility came with its own set of disputes, as there is no permanent federal site for nuclear waste, allowing it to pile up at facilities such as San Onofre. Public Watchdogs claim the risk of having the waste sitting at the site within a short distance of millions of people is a disaster waiting to happen. Charles Langley, executive director of the advoca-

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cy group, pulled no punches in his letter to Margaret Doane, head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “This petition identifies possibly the most significant man-made engineering disaster of the century, exceeding such disasters as Chernobyl, Fukushima, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, and the Deepwater Horizon oil expulsion,” he wrote. In its statement, Edison encouraged “people in our local communities to take a tour at the site and see if for themselves, or learn more about spent nuclear fuel storage at San Onofre by visiting our website, www. SONGScommunity.com.” The costs of deconstruction come from $4.4 billion in existing trust funds for that purpose collected over years from Edison's customers and from trust investments.

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in the new downstairs patio overlooking the ocean for perfect sunset views. Be on the lookout for upcoming events in forthcoming Wine Bytes. Visit ruthschris.com. The last two Sojourn tastings were non-2018 Cabernet Sauvignons. The first, 2017 Home Ranch Cuvee, originally planted by Sojourn proprietor Craig Haserot in 2002 in the southwest corner of Sonoma Valley. Warm tempera-

WE WANT YOU! The City of San Marcos Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol needs help. We know volunteers are sought by every service or organization out there. We’re no different in that regard but we currently find ourselves short-handed and unable to assist our great City as it should be. If you find you have some extra time on your hands and care about people, consider checking us out by contacting Mike Gardiner, 760-510-5290 at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station. He will introduce you to all the pluses of being part of this great team of volunteers. You have talents and experience we are looking for.

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SAN MARCOS — Who visits the parks in San Marcos? How far do people travel to attend an event? How do people learn about the events? These are a few of the questions students from California State University San Marcos might be asking during an upcoming survey as part of the next “Democracy in Action” project. Each semester a class from Cal State San Marcos teams up with the city of San Marcos to address an important issue. The collaborations have been happening since 2017. This semester a 400-level geography class, “Parks and Protected Areas,” is working with the city of San Marcos to create a communitywide survey that will measure the Parks and Recreation Department’s current areas of success and limitations. Overall, the goal is for students to learn about civic engagement, local government and geography while administering a citywide survey. “In the geography class, we are going to give them a glimpse into ... this is a career that you may interested in,” Assistant Professor of Geography Elizabeth Ridder said. “Also, this is a geography class, so we are going to be mapping where we get respondents. The survey is completely anonymous, but where we have collected responses and how far people say they have travelled to use

these facilities.” The parameters of the survey have yet to be determined but it will be quantitative and qualitative. Forty students in the class will be broken up into groups of four and will be administering the sur-

Most people in San Marcos, and this is not normal, live within a 10to 15-minute walk of a park.” Elizabeth Ridder

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veys in pairs. Ridder estimated the surveys will be in person and administered throughout the month of February. Students will have tablets and can record the answers immediately, then sync all of the data continuously. “This also gives us the power to provide the city with a link, so the surveys are web-based.” Ridder said. “The city can pass the link out. When people wish to take the survey, their responses are automatically included in our database.” San Marcos is known for its parks department,

however, there are several unknowns that geography experts like Ridder would like to explore. Students are asking how far people are travelling to visit the parks, determining what demographic do the parks primarily serve and asking why people aren’t using the parks if they are so close. “Most people in the city of San Marcos, and this is not normal, live within a 10- to 15-minute walk of a park,” Ridder said. “This gives us some potentially good information about the benefits and what people do with something that is relatively that easy to access.” Last semester, students presented a project on how to beautify a neighborhood across Barham Drive from the university. The idea for Democracy in Action originated out of the University of Oregon and Cal State San Marcos put its own twist on it. This project will be done by the end of the semester. Students will present the results to City Council by mid-May. Overall, Ridder hopes the partnership between the students and the city will provide a lasting impact to the department’s success. “It’s a product from our class this is actually going to be used,” she said. “The idea of civic engagement, that you do have a voice in your community ... This will have a purpose, a use beyond our classroom.”

tures with large fluctuations ripened the 2017 with blueberry aroma, balanced tannins, and a long dark fruit lingering finish. Second was the 2016 Oakville with blackberry, cassis, and plum with vanilla hints. This was Tech Director Rico’s favorite of the day. The 2017 Oakville releases in the fall. Of note with Sojourn Cellars is its iconic lounge chair logo. Sherrie Perkovich, director of marketing shared with us, “Sojourn is all about recognizing that Life is a Journey.” Proprietors Craig Haserot and Eric Bradley, also the winemaker, wanted to create amazing wines sourced from the best vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valley so that their wines could

be enjoyed with family and friends when we slow down to enjoy great times on our own life journeys. More info at sojourncellars.com. Wine Bytes • Firenze Trattoria in Encinitas has a Valentine’s Day special premium menu with several choices per entrée Feb. 14. Main entrée choices include Halibut, Risotto, Pollo, Salmon and other choices. Cost is $75 each. Call (760) 944-9000 for details. • Enjoy a Valentines Sparkling Wine Rose’ Tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Vintage Wine Storage in Carlsbad. Light appetizers available. Cost is $20. • South Coast Winery, Resort and Spa in Temecula

offers romantic dining for Valentine’s Day at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant in a three-course gourmet experience, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. A sweet surprise awaits at the climax. Cost is $150 per couple. RSVP at opentable.com or (951) 7198356. • Celebrate St. Valentine at Il Fornaio in Del Mar Feb. 14 as well as Feb. 3 to Feb. 16! It’s a unique menu inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of St. Valentine. Featured dishes include Risotto Umbro and Fondente ai Tre Cuore, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed berry gelee hearts. Celebrate with a reservation at (858) 755-8876.

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sushi and sashimi on the menu but am quite happy with any of the sushi they have available. The Butterscotch Pudding at Blue Ribbon will finish off this meal and please don’t expect conversation from me while I slowly indulge in this lovely dessert. And to wrap up this week of last suppers I’m getting the Meatball from Buona Forchetta in Encinitas and having my way with it. The Drugstore Hamburger from The Grill at Torrey Pines is the best burger in

San Diego and that’s why I’m picking it. And finally, to celebrate some great news, I’m going to get the Acai Bowl to celebrate the reopening Mozy Café when it reopens soon in the Fulano's space in Leucadia. And there you have it, five meals that I would be very happy with as my last. I’d love to hear from readers who would like to share theirs. Let’s keep them San Diego centric and shoot me an email at david@artichoke-creative.com with your picks.

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any of them. My fourth last supper takes me to the Shelter Island Pier and a place called Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle Thursday for their Wedge Salad. First off, Fathom is on the pier and yes, it’s attached to a bait and tackle shop. It’s an amazing place and their Wedge Salad is one of the best I’ve had. Leucadia is home to Kai Ola and my main course where I will hope for some Bluefin


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Sober living home bill dies in state Senate Colds — a family affair By Steve Puterski

REGION — A bill languishing in the California Senate for more than one year was blocked by the Health Committee on Jan. 15. Senate Bill 486 was introduced by Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and would have prohibited commercially operated substance abuse recovery residences, also known as sober living homes, from engaging in patient brokering. Bates has long battled the loopholes within the industry, especially in Orange County, which has been tagged as the “Rehab Riviera.” Patient brokering has also long been a target for Bates as she wants to stop the practice of commercial entities paying one another to bring a patient to their facility. “It’s sad that today’s decision means that patient brokering for sober living homes will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Bates. “While passing any

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The new Cinépolis Cinema, at 3434 Via Mercato, Carlsbad, hosted a reception to celebrate the newest cinema location in San Diego, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas La Costa Town Square Feb. 6 with a film screening of “Birds of Prey.”

SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD

Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez, research director of the National Latino Research Center at Cal State San Marcos, has won the 2020 Ashley L. Walker Social Justice Award for her years of work with Latino and migrant communities. Nuñez-Alvarez received the award on Jan. 20 from Alliance San Diego. Nuñez-Alvarez was recognized for her “tireless empowerment of rural and migrant community members in San Diego County.”

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced the 2020 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship semifinalists and MiraCosta College is excited to share that multiple students have been nominated to receive this prestigious scholarship. Semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 311 community colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia. With nine nominees, MiraCosta has the most semifinalists from one college in San Diego County. MiraCosta College semifinalists are Mayra Angon, Khadijah Bint Sadiq Abdulmateen, Ava Davari, Emiliia Dyrenkova, Oscar Fernandez Paz, Gabriel Lee, Jovanhy Mar-

ported the bill, while the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals supported it if amended, saying the $50,000 fine was excessive. In addition, the group said local governments may entertain “disparate zoning for commercial and non-commercial homes, thereby zoning recovery residences out of residential neighborhoods.” Disability Rights California (DRC), a nonprofit legal service for people with disabilities, opposed the bill, saying it violated state and federal fair housing laws regarding people with disabilities. State law does not apply to commercially operated recovery residences due to concerns that it would conflict with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The act protects people who are recovering from substance abuse from laws judged “discriminatory” because they are considered legally “disabled.”

Curt Child, director of legislation with DRC, said the flaw with the bill is it puts restrictions on recovery residents who are protected by the Fair Housing Act. He believes Bates’ intentions were not malicious and agreed patient brokering is something his organization “abhors” and is detrimental to their clients. Child said he and the DRC are open to working with Bates on future legislation addressing both parties’ concerns and to help those patients being used. “It doesn’t serve our clients well in what some of these providers are engaging in,” he said. “Our concern is once you step over into Fair Housing law and putting limitations on individuals who are living together … that’s when we think there are particular problems.” Messages left with Senate Health Committee Chairman Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) were not returned.

tinez, Samaun Nejad and Named to the Emerson Licol Zeinfeld. College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester were Sarah Michelsen of CarlsOMWD TAKES HONORS On Jan. 25, Olivenhain bad, majoring in creative Municipal Water District writing; Danielle McLean received the “Community of Solana Beach, majoring Engagement & Outreach in marketing communicaProgram of the Year” tions, and Henry Aceves of award from the San Diego Solana Beach, majoring in section of the California theatre. Oliver Thode of RanWater Environment Association during the section’s cho Santa Fe, majoring annual awards ceremony. in computer science and OMWD’s outreach program robotics engineering; Wilhighlights the importance liam Schwend of San Marof investing in recycled cos, majoring in aerospace Jonathan water as a critical water engineering; source. CWEA’s award pro- Shiery of San Marcos, magram recognizes achieve- joring in interactive media ments in the wastewater and game development and industry and raises public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the environment.

Vinh Tran of San Marcos, majoring in mechanical engineering and robotics engineering, were all named to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Dean’s List. Carthage College has named Bradley Dodds from Carlsbad to its Dean’s List for academic excellence during the fall 2019 semester. Melissa Thomas, of Solana Beach has been named to the College of Charleston Dean’s List. Thomas is a Communication major. Griffin Baker and Erica Schwartzberg of Carlsbad made the Dean’s List at University of Delaware.

kind of state legislation regulating sober living homes is challenging given potential conflicts with federal law, we must continue to do what we can to stop fraud and hold dishonest commercial operators accountable. I will continue to work with stakeholders to try to address concerns.” According to the bill, SB 486 would have added commercially operated recovery residences to the list of entities not allowed to give or receive anything of value for the referral of an individual seeking alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and treatment services. It also adds a $50,000 penalty for violations. Bates said the bill was designed to prevent insurance fraud and abusive practices resulting from provider decisions that are based on self-interest rather than matching people with appropriate treatment. The County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California sup-

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we take another three days or sleepless nights and high temperatures?” An executive decision was made. Despite the cost of another doctor visit, we would nip it in the bud. All the signs pointed to strep. How could I have been so misled? That notice from school was a red herring. Perhaps I have been watching too many TV mystery shows. Of course, after a moment or two, I pulled myself together and realized that I was saving money on pharmaceuticals, avoiding antibiotics and we did not (yet) have an infectious disease of the throat. This was excellent news, but it took some attitude adjustment. Meanwhile, my daughter succumbed to the viral cough and cold that my son fought the week before. I am in the mood to rend my garments and tear my hair, but I know I am being a sissy. Because my husband worked at home, I did the night duty and lost a fair amount of sleep, but escaped those challenging days of entertaining a “sick-enough-to-stayhome-but-not-sick-enoughto-sleep-all-day” child. I borrowed videos, handed my son the remote control, fluffed his pillows, gave him his first dose of pills, and went to work. Then I got the truly bad news. My husband was to leave town the next week. I need to rent again “Ernest Goes to Camp” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”

ould you like the night to last forever? Just wait until your child has a cough and fever. After an astounding eight or nine months of blissful childhood health, including the Christmas season, I was sucked completely into a hubris-laden euphoria. The gods did not disappoint. Seeing your child sweat with a 103-degree temperature and listening to him/her bark and sputter, even in his/her sleep, just unnerves me. It put me in a very strange frame of mine, which I am embarrassed about, and yet suspect many a parent has experienced. During my third pediatrician visit in two weeks, I became — well — angry when my daughter’s strep throat test came back negative. That meant it was a miserable, untreatable virus. Yeah, I know how that sounds. My son had been home with a cold all week. Then an official notice then came home from school saying that strep was reported. That same day, my daughter registered a 100.4-degree temperature, complained of a sore throat, then lay down and fell immediately asleep on Jean Gillette is a her bed after school. All my freelance writer who, of Mommy bells and whistles sounded. I went through course, caught her children’s cold. Contact her at jean@ the mental struggle of “Is it coastnewsgroup.com. too soon to take her in? Can

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Megan Scherer of Encinitas has been named to The University of Hartford Dean’s List for Fall 2019. Austin Carl Macdonald-Shedd of Carlsbad, whose major is genetics, has been named to the President’s List at Clemson University. Emily Boies of Carlsbad and Cameron Sippel of Carlsbad were named to the Seton Hall University Fall 2019 Dean's list. Noah Berkebile, a sophomore biology/health major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction for the Fall 2019 semester. Alexandria Rohrbaugh of Carlsbad made the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Fall 2019 semester. Jenna Templin of Carlsbad earned a place on the academic honor roll during fall quarter 2019 at Spokane Falls Community College. Jordan Dubroy of San Marcos, Alexis Friedman of Oceanside and Mackenzie Scott of Vista were named to the Hofstra University Fall 2019 Dean’s List.

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