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Millions pour into 49th race

Orlando to run for mayor By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Chris Orlando, who has served on the City Council since 2006, cannot seek re-election due to term limits. He's running for the seat being vacated by Mayor Jim Desmond, who is also termed out of office and is running for District 5 Supervisor. “My priorities as mayor will be reducing traffic congestion, keeping city finances and infrastructure strong, planning for our future with a more thoughtful approach toward growth and constantly focusing on improving the quality of life in San Marcos for families, students and seniors,” Orlando said. On a council that has voted in unanimity on most issues, Orlando has been the lone dissenting vote on a pair of highly controversial housing issues. In 2016, he voted TURN TO ORLANDO ON 6

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The 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk in downtown Vista on Jan. 20 attracted its largest number of participants this year. Photo by Nashelle Brown

More than 150 walk to raise human trafficking awareness By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — A group of concerned citizens took a step toward eliminating human trafficking during the 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk. The one-mile walk, which started in downtown Vista on Jan. 20, helped spread this message with more than 150 participants. Hosting the event was Sorop-

timist International of Vista and North County Inland, which also champions its North San Diego County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative. According to Kaye Van Nevel, who leads the collaborative, this year attracted more walkers than ever. Van Nevel said the event raised the consciousness about the issues of sex trafficking, specifi-

cally in North County. “I think that awareness is improving, and beyond awareness people are interested in becoming involved in helping address these crimes by joining organizations already in place, offering help to victims and being mentors,” she said. Van Nevel pointed out that

REGION — The 49th District race, which is expected to be one of the more competitive midterm races in 2018, was turned on its head when incumbent Darrell Issa announced last month that he would not seek re-election. According to the year-end filings, Sara Jacobs, the former international nonprofit director who recently entered the race to replace Darrell Issa (R-Vista), raised the most money of the candidates during 2017, raising $1,390,972. Of that amount, Jacobs contributed more than $1 million of her own money to jump- start financing of her campaign. The Coast News contacted Jacobs’ campaign and will update the story with the response. Orange County environmental attorney Mike Levin reported raising $1,239,889, the second highest amount. He also reported spending the most of any candidate, $753,665. Without the self-contributions, Levin actually raised the most of the candidates that have



Escondido police say cause of Country Club fire undetermined By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The cause of the November 2017 fire at the Escondido Country Club has officially been classified as undetermined, according to a press release from the Escondido Police Department. The two-alarm blaze broke out at 5:20 a.m. at the club and took more than 12 hours to contain and extinguish, Escondido Fire

spokesman Jeff Murdock said in a previous interview. Due to a lack of resources, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms analyzed evidence from the site, but results could take weeks, Murdock added. In addition, the Metro Arson Strike Team and San Diego Bomb Arson units also investigated the fire. Several residents are ques-

tioning the timing of the fire. The intensity of the blaze prevented firefighters from entering the building when they arrived on scene. Walls and the ceiling collapsed, so units from Escondido, Vista, San Marcos, Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe had to fight the fire from the outside and couldn’t dose it with water until an opening in the roof was discovered. No injuries or other damage to


nearby buildings was reported. The 12,000-square-foot clubhouse was abandoned four years after a bitter dispute between residents of the Escondido Country Club and property owner Michael Schlesinger, who wanted to develop the land with hundreds of homes. The site was also the subject of a controversial development project recently passed by the City

Council on Nov. 15, 2017, and is slated for 380 homes by developer New Urban West. In addition to 380 homes, the project calls for 48.7 acres of open space including a massive green belt, a new clubhouse and four miles of trails. Each home will also be 100 percent powered by solar energy. Police estimate the fire did $850,000 worth of damage.

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Tri-City hosts National Wear Red Day By Christina Macone-Greene

OCEANSIDE — A crowd of people wearing red supported Go Red For Women by taking part in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 2 at Tri-City Medical Center. After posing for a Group Red Photo, everyone put their best foot forward trying out the new walking path at Tri-City. The trail was built in collaboration with the American Heart Association with some of the funds raised at the Tri-City’s inaugural Heart Walk last September. Following the walk, guests were invited to stay for the free Women’s Heart Health Lunch and Learn session. On hand for the luncheon to share hearthealthy tips was the Cardiovascular Health Institute and intervention cardiology specialist Dr. Karim El-Sherief. For Tri-City Medical Center CEO Steve Dietlin, the day was about raising awareness about heart health in women. “We really want to bring health and wellness information and education out to the community,” Dietlin said. Dietlin said he was delighted that everyone joined together on this special day. He attributed the high attendance to the fact that Tri-City Medical Center is owned, managed and governed by the community.

American Heart Association Executive Director Jennifer Sobotka, AHA Mascot Ticker and Tri-City Medical Center CEO Steve Dietlin at National Wear Red Day on Feb. 2. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

“This is all about a community effort,” Dietlin said. “It’s great to see so many people come out.” Dietlin said hoped to get critical heart information out to the public so that could people could have more elective procedures and less emergent ones. “Over 80 percent of events are actually preventable that show up in the emergency room,” Dietlin said. “We really want people to get educated, go out and get the care that they need. And Tri-City is here if you have an emergent or nonemergent issue.” Also taking part in the day was Jennifer Sobotka, executive director of the

American Heart Association. She wanted everyone to know how grateful the association was to Tri-City Medical Center for helping them bring their messages of heart health to North County. “We were looking for a strong partner to help us do that, and so we’re grateful for this collaboration,” Sobotka said. “Our goal is to help people think more about their daily decisions, such as eating right and exercising.” She added that keeping track of blood pressure and cholesterol levels is also part of the lifestyle process. Sobotka echoed Dietlin’s statistic that 80 per-

cent of heart disease is preventable. She said there are a lot of things people can do to empower themselves to prevent heart disease. “Especially this month we’re talking a lot about women because they don’t often think of heart disease as their No. 1 health threat, but it is,” she said. “We need women to be talking about this to their friends and their loved ones a lot more.” Sobotka wants to remind the community that heart awareness isn’t just for February, it should take place all year long and that it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Help sought to ID suspect in doughnut shop robbery SAN DIEGO — Authorities are asking the public for help in identifying a man who threatened a clerk with a pistol while robbing a North County doughnut shop. The thief entered the Yum-Yum Donuts outlet in the 1200 block of East Mission Road in San Marcos at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 1, then pulled the handgun, pointed it at the employee and demanded cash from the register, according to San Diego County sheriff's officials. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money. The robber was described as a roughly 5-foot 8-inch, 180-pound black man with pierced ears. He appeared to be in his mid20s to early 30s and was wearing dark blue jeans, a black shirt, a dark jacket, a gray knit cap, white tennis shoes and a key chain around his neck. Anyone with informa-

Suspect in Feb. 1 robbery in San Marcos.

tion about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. — City News Service

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Rebuke for PUC as state consumers get half a win

T Ways to save water this winter By Mark Muir

The headline-grabbing storm during the second week of January not only broke a long dry spell across San Diego County but provided an important reminder that we need to make the most of our region’s limited natural water resources. Of California’s 10 largest cities, only Bakersfield gets less rain than San Diego. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento and other major metro areas get more rain – in some cases, significantly more – than we do. And many of those cities have additional local water resources such as groundwater that San Diego doesn’t have. So how do we do maintain our world-class economy and quality of life in this semi-arid landscape? A big part of the San Diego County Water Authority’s strategy is investing in diversified water supplies – from the Colorado River, seawater desalination, water recycling, potable reuse and other sources. But we all play another role as well. As residents, we can help by making the best use of the water supplies we have – and we are doing a great job of it. In the 31 months ending in December

2017, regional potable water use was 18 percent below the state’s baseline period in 2013. One easy way to maintain water-efficient lifestyles is to turn off irrigation systems for a week or more following soaking storms. Hopefully, we’ll have a few more of those this winter and we can collectively leave significant amounts of water in storage by shutting down the sprinklers. The Water Authority also offers many water-efficiency resources worth exploring. For instance, the Sustainable Landscapes Program has published a comprehensive, full-color guidebook for transforming turf-based urban landscapes to landscapes that provide multiple environmental benefits, such as increased water-use efficiency and improved stormwater management. In addition, incentive funds remain available for landscape upgrades. Check out the program and the incentive requirements at We also continue to offer free WaterSmart Checkups at commercial, multi-family, industrial, institutional and single-family properties. Our certified specialists provide site-spe-

cific advice for improving irrigation efficiency at large properties. Single-family home checkups include indoor and outdoor assessments. Participants decide on their own whether to act on the recommendations. Learn more and apply at In addition, I encourage you to check out the regional WaterSmart Landscape Contest. It’s a great way to showcase your efforts to support water-use efficiency and neighborhood beautification. Plus, each winner will receive a $250 gift certificate and regional recognition. San Dieguito Water District, Olivenhain Water District, the City of Oceanside and several other water agencies are participating, so their customers are eligible. See the full list of participating agencies, along with the entry form and tips to improve your chances of winning, at WaterSmartSD. org. Click on the headline for the WaterSmart Landscape Contest to get the details. And thank you for a WaterSmart start to 2018. Mark Muir is chair of the Board of Directors of theSan Diego County Water Authority

he bottom line on the 2012 shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station was that by all sensible logic, consumers should never have had to pay anything for its eventual scrapping. And yet, customers of two of the three largest electric utilities in California have paid for its closure every month since early 2014, when the state Public Utilities Commission – without so much as a public hearing – assessed consumers almost 70 percent of the $4.7 billion costs. So far, customers of the Southern California Edison Co. and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. have paid more than $2 billion. But the incident has ended up as the first time in modern memory where the scandal-ridden PUC essentially admitted a mistake of billion-dollar proportions. This one resulted from a well-documented secret meeting during a 2013 trade conference in Poland which saw Edison executives and former PUC President Michael Peevey agree on terms of the 2014 decision and evade public hearings. An ongoing criminal investigation has so far yielded no indictments. The monthly payments by consumers will now end, under terms of a new settlement agreed to early this month by Edison and several consumer groups. Customers will save about $873 million over the next four years, eliminating the “nuclear decommissioning charges” item on their monthly bills. The average customer will be spared paying a total of more than $100. The new deal should serve as a warning to both the PUC and other major California utilities like Pa-

Tackling Valley Fever, a growing problem By Marie Waldron

Valley Fever is in our soil and the very air we breathe. Since 2011, confirmed cases of Valley Fever have been reported in 50 of California’s 58 counties, reaching a record of 5,372 confirmed cases in 2016. And the problem is growing, with 7,471 provisional cases reported in 2017. This region is also impacted by Valley Fever, with 123 in San Diego County during 2016. Valley Fever, which is caused by breathing in fungus spores that live in the soil, is spread when soil is disturbed by wind or by human activities such as digging or plowing. Unfortunately, once the spores become airborne, they can be carried hundreds of miles by the wind.

Symptoms often include fever, cough, rash, headache and muscle or joint pain. The infection can lead to chronic pneumonia and can spread from the lungs to the rest of the body, sometimes causing meningitis (spine or brain infection) and even death. Because the symptoms resemble many other common diseases, Valley Fever cases are underreported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called Valley Fever a “silent epidemic,” and estimates that nationwide 150,000 cases go undiagnosed every year. To help tackle this serious health problem, this year I will be co-authoring a package of bills aimed at addressing Valley Fever in our state and region. Among the new

initiatives, legislation will encourage greater utilization of tests to identify new cases, foster collaboration and communication between state and local health officials dealing with the disease, require new health standards to prevent and control the disease in public works projects, and encourage more training for physicians and surgeons. By taking these small steps, we can move toward reining in this preventable and treatable disease. Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

california focus thomas d. elias cific Gas & Electric Co. and the Southern California Gas Co. that commission decisions are not necessarily final and can be altered if consumer interests are sufficiently persistent and if those decisions are not reached with integrity. Most persistent in pursuing cancellation of the secretive earlier settlement were former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre and his law partner Maria Severson, who endured frequent mistreatment from PUC commissioners as they represented a group called Citizens Oversight in pursuing the new deal. “Consumers should feel good about not paying for this anymore,” said Aguirre. “But we’re well aware that stopping future collections is not the same as recovering all the money that’s been collected.” In all, consumers who were assessed about 70 percent of the total shutdown costs in the original settlement now have paid about 53 percent of those expenses and won’t pay more. That doesn’t alter the moral reality that in a perfect world, consumers would have paid nothing beyond the approximately $500 million worth of replacement power the companies provided after San Onofre was disabled. This morality is clear because the plant had to be closed due to failure of a steam generator built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries whose design Edison knew could fail. In a 2004 letter to Mit-

subishi executives, Edison Vice President Dwight Nunn wrote that “I am concerned that there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences (e.g. tube wear and eventual tube plugging). This would be a disastrous outcome…” Despite that foreknowledge, Edison installed a steam generator that produced precisely the “disastrous outcome” of which Nunn warned, leading to closure of San Onofre many years before its lifespan was expected to end. Edison later sued Mitsubishi for the full costs of the shutdown, but got only $125 million, a small fraction of what it sought. Since consumers had nothing to do with the conduct of either Edison or Mitsubishi, it made no sense for them to pay any of the decommissioning costs. But they will not be getting back what they’ve already paid. The new settlement thus represents a sort of compromise, with consumers ending up out only about two-thirds of what the first settlement called for. It also spells relief for Edison, whose corporate fortunes have been uncertain as long as the San Onofre case hung over it. But it’s a defeat for the PUC and its current president, Michael Picker, who voted for the 2014 deal and later pledged transparency, while steadfastly refusing to explain his reasoning, even to legislative committees demanding details. The PUC also faces the possibility of an FBI investigation of this entire fiasco. Email Thomas Elias at

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In the sailboat lifestyle, adventure always around the bend hit the road

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f there is a bad place to lose a job, it’s the San Francisco Bay Area, where it’s not uncommon for a one-bedroom apartment to cost $3,300 a month. That’s what happened

could afford my room in a Sausalito (permanently anchored) houseboat at $1,450 per month, and my fancy gym membership at $210 per month,” she wrote in a blog that appears on sfgate. com, the San Francisco Chronicle’s online site. And “there was no way I wanted to go into debt … so something had to give.” Hanes purged her belongings for a second time (more on that later), stored a few things and took the rest to her boyfriend Tom’s

Freelance journalist, blogger, voice-over artist and pet sitter Kristin Hanes shares this 150-sqaure-foot sailboat interior with her boyfriend. They plan to sail the West Coast when the renovations are complete.

in March 2016 to Kristin Hanes, a reporter at a large San Francisco radio station, when she and many others were laid off with no warning. Suddenly Hanes was facing homelessness. “There was no way I

41-foot sailboat, anchored in San Francisco Bay. It’s been a drastic change of lifestyle, but it has allowed Hanes to spend more time doing what she loves — traveling, exploring, having new adventures and

meeting people who share her values. “I’m really excited now because we’ll be able to explore other areas — Mexico, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver, Baja California,” said Hanes, a native Oregonian who earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. “Luckily, my boyfriend can take a couple of months off because he has a flexible work environment.” But how does one living in a high-rent district and with no regular job manage to buy groceries and pay for life’s other necessities? By cobbling together a string of jobs, Hanes said. She does some freelance writing, monetizes her blog (“I hope to do more with this in the coming year”), does voiceovers for a tech company and pet-sitting, which has dual rewards. “Over Thanksgiving, I had 10 days in a beautiful house in Berkeley, and they paid me, too,” she explained. Still, when she and Tom are on the boat, it takes some ingenuity and patience to live comfortably in 150 square feet. “You have to get along,” Hanes said. “Luckily we get along really well and can live in a small space. We are 15 feet apart at the most. And I didn’t know anything about sailing. My boyfriend is teaching me.” The couple also has

Kristin Hanes, a Bay Area radio journalist, lost her job in March 2016 and has been living on a 41-foot, as-yetunnamed sailboat in San Francisco Bay since. The experience has given her unexpected freedom to travel and meet others who also have given up the rat race. Photos courtesy Kristin Hanes

been resourceful when it comes to life’s basic needs. “The dock has bathroom facilities,” she added, “and I joined a gym for showering, Wi-Fi and desks. It doubles as my work zone.” Adapting to this lifestyle hasn’t been as hard as some might think. This is actually the second time Hanes has moved from traditional housing to, well, an alternative. The first time around it was her choice. In 2015, she voluntarily vacated her $1650-a-month studio apartment in Mill Valley (north of San Francisco), jettisoned much of her stuff, and moved into a

rent-free tent on Mt. Tamalpais with her boyfriend. The goal was to pay off a $4,000 “lingering debt.” She tells of this adventurous and sometimes dangerous endeavor in a feature written for Marie Claire Magazine. (http://www.marieclaire. com/culture/a27792/homeless-on-purpose/). And Hanes’ blog at w w w.t hew ay w a rd home. com explores “living minimally.” “The main reason to start the blog,” she said, “was to inspire people if they are in debt or the rent is too expensive, they can think outside the box to get

the budget under control.” So for now, Hanes is focusing on the present. “I love being financially free, debt no longer weighing me down,” she writes. “I love anchoring the boat off a forested shoreline, feeling like I'm deep in the wilderness, knowing I could find a way to survive anywhere if I had to.” For more photos and travel talk, visit





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A look into the economic development branch of Vista

to create jobs,” Ham said. “Either those jobs in the community or help find the correct jobs for a company. I call it get ‘em, keep ‘em and

help ‘em jobs.” Ham went on to say that what makes Vista’s business environment so unique is the economic development

branch’s listening skills. The department will do what it can to help a business. “But if we can’t do something, we are very clear we can’t,” he said. “Because for a business person, at the end of the day, they want to know if they can do it or not. They do not want to be strung along.” One example Ham shared was the building process. Sometimes businesses need to tear down walls for expansion or converting a former storage space to manufacturing. “Our planning staff is very clear on what needs to be done and how we can do something to help you,” he said. “If there is an issue that comes up, we will take the time to explain another way that it could be done.” Ham said the economic development department’s mission is one of the reasons

agent Masayo Halpin, from Portland, Oregon, talked about her experiences particularly with the Innocence Lost Task Force and the Human Trafficking Task Force in Portland. The FBI and law enforcement agencies were part of the task force. Another speaker was Jaimee Johnson, a peer counselor for Project Life North County Lifeline. Johnson is also a founder of the nonprofit Sisters of the Streets, based in San Diego County.

SOS is a nonprofit championed by survivors who offer help and hope to those who have been victims of human trafficking. Johnson is also a survivor. Informational tables were also on hand by organizations including Alabaster Jar/Grace House, Operation Hope, North County Lifeline (Project Life), Soroptimist International Vista and North County Inland, Friends of the Park/Church of Christ and Muslims Against Trafficking.

The tables offered services and educational information to the public. Attendees also learned about advocacy to end human trafficking as well as any legislation related to the topic which impacts so many lives. For more information on Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland and its North San Diego County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative, visit www.soroptimistvista. org.

ple’s seat, and it’s not for sale.” Rancho Santa Fe businessman Paul Kerr also reported raising $1,013,489, and spending $493,448.22 during the calendar year. Like Jacobs, Kerr’s biggest contributor was himself: he contributed more than $712,000 of his own money to his campaign. Doug Applegate, who

nearly defeated Issa in 2016, reported raising $682,845, fourth among the four major Democratic candidates. The Coast News also contacted Kerr and Applegate’s campaigns for comments and will update the story when it receives them. Since Issa’s announcement, five Republican and an additional Democrat

have announced election bids. Those candidates are Republicans Kristin Gaspar, Diane Harkey, Rocky Chavez, Brian Maryott and Joshua Schoonover and Democrat Christina Prejean. Since they filed for election after Dec. 31, no campaign financial information is available for them.

Brookfield Homes request to build 218 units adjacent CONTINUED FROM 1 to the already existing 346against the 189-unit High- unit project under developlands project, and last ment. On both occasions, Ormonth voted against the

lando expressed concerns that the city was building too many homes without the necessary infrastructure to support them. “We used to have redevelopment dollars, now we don’t have the ability to do infrastructure at the rate we used to,” Orlando said when explaining his opposition to the Brookfield project. “We are going to deal with (the infrastructure woes) for a very, very long time, yet we keep doing things the same way.” Orlando’s chief opponent in the 2018 election looks to be fellow council colleague Rebecca Jones, who announced her candidacy last year. Jones, who is a Republican, has racked up endorsements from several high-profile Republican elected officials, including Current Dist. 3 Supervisor and Congressional candidate Kristin Gaspar, Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Desmond. While City Council seats are nonpartisan, the

influence of party politics on local races has ramped up in recent years. Orlando is a registered Democrat. Orlando has lived in San Marcos since 2002 with his wife Jenny and two sons, who attend San Marcos High School. He served a term on the planning commission before running for office in 2006, and also served on the boards of directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Youth and Community Services. San Marcos will be having its first by-district elections in the fall, with Districts 1 and 2 up for election. Districts 1 and 2 will be decided in 2018; districts 3 and 4 will follow in 2020. Kristal Jabara and Orlando live in District 2, but no current council member lives in the first district. Two people — Clifton Ireland, Jr. and Craig Garcia, owner of the Old California Coffee House & Eatery in Restaurant Row — have filed notices of intent to run for the Dist. 1 seat.

By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Over the years, the city of Vista has aimed to create a thriving business environment. At the center of this focus is the economic development division led by Kevin Ham. Ham is quick to point out that the city’s economic development branch recruits companies and helps keep companies within a community. Currently, there are more than 900 companies in the Vista Business Park that cover 14 million square feet. It’s estimated that nearly 20,000 people work there. Ham also calls the city’s economic development branch the ombudsman. Be it problems, questions, issues or challenges, the department jumps right in. It’s a very robust program, Ham said. “We then also help


there are always a few surprised faces in a group who still believe that trafficking comes from other countries into the United States. “It’s important to impress on them that it’s our youth for the most part who are in danger and who make up the 72 percent of the victims of sex trafficking in the country,” she said. Two guest speakers took part in the day. Retired FBI



reported, $1,217,019. “We are very proud of the over 12,000 contributions we’ve received to date, with the average amount around $100,” Levin said. “Our campaign is powered by the grassroots, and that’s what it will take to win in November. This is the peo-

Kevin Ham, the director of development for the city of Vista, attributes the city’s thriving business environment to programs such as Vista C.A.R.E.s. Business Walk. Courtesy photo



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that the breweries started in Vista. “We have 18 breweries and three more in the works,” he said. “When they started up in other cities, there was no model for what a brewery was before, especially a tasting room. We took the time to listen to what the breweries needed.” Ham also credits the annual Vista C.A.R.E.s. Business Walk with garnering information. This year will mark the eighth event, which the city does in collaboration with the Vista Chamber of Commerce. It’s a way to connect with local businesses. Fifty volunteers gather together and survey around 250 companies in the business park. The goal is to retain businesses by helping them succeed. One of the questions

businesses are asked is how the city can help. Ham said the business walk has been productive. In fact, the idea of bringing hotels into Vista came out of that retention program. “Businesses told us that they needed hotels nearby,” said Ham, adding that the expansion of Sycamore also came out of that discussion. “Our businesses needed to get people in and out of the business park as well as products. We needed to have that expansion take place.” The data brought back from the annual business walk is incorporated into city decisions, Ham said. The end goal is to support companies in the business walk as well as the happenings in downtown, which can reflect those businesses. For Ham, it’s all about creating a strong business environment.

Vista fire inspector to visit 20 wood shake roof homes By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Vista Fire Protection District discussed wood roofing shingles and their susceptibility to catching fire at its Jan. 10 board meeting. In a wildland fire incident, flying embers land on these roof types adding to an already hazardous situation. “Our goal has been, and continues to be, to get as many of those (wood shake roofs) replaced with noncombustible, fire-rated roofs that we can,” Vista Deputy Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol said. “Over the years, we’ve been encouraging residents as they are able, to replace those roofs with noncombustible roofing material. A home with a wood shake roof that catches fire creates a problem for neighboring homes.” Currently, there are 20 homes in Vista with combustible wood shingles — and they are spread throughout the district. According to Vander Pol, Fire Inspector Mike McFadden will visit those 20 identified homes. The goal is to meet with residents and discuss some options, mainly replacing their current roof with a material that is a noncombustible fire-rated roof. McFadden is meeting with district residents with the goal of educating homeowners in person. That’s the priority, Vander Pol said. The fire inspector will also leave homeowners with literature and investigate other ways of reducing the fire risk for structures with a wood shake roof. Vander Pol was quick to point out that cost was a big concern for homeowners unable to swap out a shake roof with a noncombustible one. He also shared that he was unaware of any homeowner incentives or grant opportunities at this time. Vander Pol said wood shake roofs have always been a concern ever since

they were outlawed by the state approximately 30 years ago. “This has been an identified concern for us and the fire district,” he said. “Just like any other district throughout the state, they have actively worked in the past to identify and encourage property owners to change those (wood shingles) out. We understand though that often this is a financial concern and people just don’t have the ability to do it.” Vista Fire Protection District Director and Vice President Robert Fougner said for those district homeowners who have wood shake roofs, who are for whatever reason unable to address the issue immediately, McFadden can assist in other areas. “Inspector McFadden will be encouraging them (homeowners) to take other remedial steps to improve their defensible space, in clearing around their dwelling to minimize the risk of embers getting to their roof at least to the extent they can,” Fougner said. “In addition to his outreach directly to those 20 people, we plan to increase signage throughout the district promoting the availability of Inspector McFadden’s services to come and visit individual properties and give a briefing on steps they can take to improve fire safety.” Vander Pol said that educating residents is an ongoing effort. When Santa Ana conditions do develop, that’s when large loss fires can occur. Individuals are encouraged to have a heightened situational awareness, pay attention to the weather and to use apps like Alert San Diego and “These apps are great resources to get that information,” Vander Pol said. To reach Fire Inspector McFadden, Vista residents are asked to call (760) 643-2801.

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Student study gauges CSUSM’s economic impact

A promotion at O’Brien Mobil in Encinitas on Monday brought out motorists looking for $2.49-a-gallon gas as well as protesters seeking repeal of a state tax that caused prices to jump when it took effect in November. Staff photo

Gas promotions call out state’s tax By Steve Puterski

REGION — In a scene reminiscent of the oil embargo in 1973 when American cars piled up for miles as drivers tried to buy gas, a political statement was made at two North County gas stations on Feb. 5. A gallon of unleaded gas at the Shell station at 2509 Palomar Airport Road went for just $1.99, while gas at the O’Brien Mobil in Encinitas, 310 Encinitas Blvd., went for $2.49 per gallon. In Carlsbad, cars were stacked up on eastbound Palomar Airport Road and even down Yarrow Drive, about one-half mile west. The Lowe’s parking lot, meanwhile, was congested and chaotic until employees were able to control the overflow. Both stations participated in the protest after gas prices exploded in November when the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was implemented by the state of California. “It is everybody’s responsibility to make a statement,” said Shell station

manager Mark Vader. “Just don’t let things happen.” Under what is known as the “gas tax,” unleaded gas jumped 12 cents and diesel 20 cents per gallon, which is why former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio spearheaded the protest. A message left with DeMaio was not returned. DeMaio, who is chairman of Reform California, a conservative political action committee and radio host on KOGO: 600 AM, is working to place the tax on this year’s ballot in hopes of repealing the measure. The effort had numerous volunteers lobbying for signatures to put his petition on this year’s ballot. Many customers gladly put pen to paper in hopes voters will repeal the tax, which is estimated to raise $52 billion for road repairs, new highway lanes and other infrastructure projects throughout the state. “We did it for the sole purpose of bringing awareness to the repeal of the gas tax,” Vader said. “Nobody had a chance to vote on it, and it was pretty much shoved down our throats. The money was directed to the (state’s) General Fund.” However, the cost being added to residents is becoming overwhelming, he added. He said the station lost money with the promotion, but it was worth it due to the media coverage and signatures gathered to certify the petition. In addition, he said another promotion is likely to happen later this year. Vader said people from all over the county waited up to two hours to buy gas. Admittedly, he said, many people came just for cheap gas. “There are a lot of

people that are passionate about this but couldn’t participate yesterday,” Vader said. “We were already one of the highest gas-taxed states in the country. Now, we are the second highest.” Carlsbad resident Eva Polome waited 90 minutes to fill up and said it was worth the wait. She also signed the petition and said legislators in Sacramento must find new ways to fund projects without raising taxes. Polome works as a nanny and said her paycheck is being gouged by taxes,

making it more difficult for her to afford rent and other necessities. “It’s too much,” she said. “We pay taxes for everything. It’s getting so hard. We cannot live that way. I work so hard, six days a week and I struggle to pay my bills. It’s becoming so hard to make a living here.” Car registration is also included in the act, with costs increasing between $25 and $175 based on value. In addition, “zero-emission” vehicles after 2020 will cost an extra $100 to register.

SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos is an economic engine that supports thousands of jobs by pumping more than $458 million into the region annually and boosting the future earning potential of its students, according to a comprehensive study based on reams of research. “Cal State San Marcos is an anchor institution for North County San Diego, and as such it is having a significant impact on improving the quality of life in the region. The profound economic contributions supported by this study constitute a large part of that quality-of-life impact,” said Sarah Villarreal, associate vice president for community engagement. The 45-page report was conducted by a team of CSUSM seniors who spent several months collecting and analyzing state, local and federal data. The report — which looks at both the main campus in San Marcos and a satellite campus in Temecula — investigated the University’s economic impact during the 2016-17 academic year. Among the highlights: The combined impact of CSUSM and its auxiliary organizations — including payroll and student expenses — at the San Marcos campus came to $443,658,002. The combined impact of CSUSM’s Temecula campus resulted in $14,406,610. The impact of the $123,115,529 in payroll distributed and spent by CSUSM and its auxiliary organizations at the San

Marcos campus supported 1,970 jobs. The impact of the $3,574,379 in payroll distributed and spent by CSUSM at the Temecula campus supported 57 jobs in Southwest Riverside County. Students at the San Marcos campus spent a total of $145,455,317 (not counting tuition, fees and books), while students at the Temecula campus spent a total of $4,414,317 (not counting tuition, fees and books). The total estimated state and local tax revenue generated by university-related activities at the San Marcos campus exceeds $25 million annually, and the total estimated state and local tax revenue generated by university-related activities at the Temecula campus exceeds $800,000 annually. The study was produced by students taking part in CSUSM’s Senior Experience program, which matches teams of students with projects submitted by local businesses and organizations — in this case CSUSM’s University Advancement. “The primary goal of the economic study was to demonstrate the short- and long-term impacts generated from the University’s direct spending activity, as well as from developing a more productive workforce with higher wages and an overall improvement in the lives of the graduates and their communities,” said Kevin Dunwell, an accounting student who led the team.


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LIFELONG LEARNING MiraCosta College LIFE Lectures will offer talks on “Heart Health” and “Uncovering South Korea” starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 9, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit life or call ‪(760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. FOR DISASTER AID A new disaster-recovery center has opened at the Bonsall Community Center, 31505 Old River Road, Bonsall, for those affected by the December wildfires or mudslides. First apply online at DisasterAssistance.gove or by calling (800) 621-3362. OCEANSIDE ANGLERS Captain Joe Cacciola, of Oceanside Sea Center landing, will speak at the general meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Park Avenue Senior Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Meeting are open to all anglers age 50 and above. Cacciola will talk about his new company, which recently took over the old Helgren’s Sportfishing docks at Oceanside Harbor. Visit for details. PRESIDENT’S DAY CAMP Send the kids ages 7 to 12 to President's Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at House of Air Feb. 16 and Feb. 19 at 6133 Innovation Way, Suite 102, Carlsbad. Lunch provided along with jumping socks. Cost is $65. Flyers will have access to the trampoline court, rock climbing, dodgeball, slacking, dunk competitions and more. Register at https:// com/EnrollmentDetail. SIGN UP FOR SOFTBALL Registration has begun for the city of Vista’s adult softball leagues. Men, women and coed teams may register until March 12 for league play that begins in March and continues through June. Fees are $440 for resident teams, and $527 for non-Vista resident teams. Pick up registration forms at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, or register online at For details, call (760) 643-5273, or visit GENEALOGY SOFTWARE The Legacy Users Group will meet noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Carlsbad Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Legacy is a popular genealogy software program. Free, reservations not required. For more information, call (760) 7433660 or email ca1skibum@

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T he C oast News - I nland E dition girls who would like to learn how to skate hosted by Neal Mims Skate Academy, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Encinitas Skatepark, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. The all-girls skate event will have arts and crafts to help raise awareness for the homeless. Bring socks to donate. ESCONDIDO CANDIDATE FORUM The Escondido Democratic Club will be holding a local candidate forum from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 10 at 210 E. Park Ave., Escondido. Democratic candidates for Escondido mayor and city council will speak. FAMILY BIKE RIDE Get rolling at the free Oceanside Family Bike Ride at 9 a.m. Feb. 10. Wear your helmet and a Valentine’s themed outfit. Meet at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater for the flat, 7-mile round trip bike ride. At 11 a.m., there will be a Valentine’s Costume contest for all cyclists back at the Amphitheater. FERRIS WHEEL AND CARRIAGE RIDES Take a Ferris wheel ride at the Oceanside pier between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 at 300 N. The Strand, beside the Junior Seau Beach Recreation Center. Cost is $5 per person. Horse & Carriage rides from noon to 5 p.m. will depart from the Ferris wheel area. Rides will be $5 per person. POKER FACE Get tickets now with payment by mailing a check to: The Boys & Girls Club of Vista, attn: Ellen Clark, 410 W. California Ave, Vista, CA 92083, for the Boys & Girls Club of Vista Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. and play from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 10 at 410 W. California Ave., Vista. Tickets are $125 or dinner-only $35. All proceeds from the Poker Tournament will benefit programs offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. READY TO READ The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will hold a Books and Media sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at 602 Civic Center Drive, Oceanside. For information, call (760) 435-5564. DIG IN Alta Vista Botanical hosts Kids in the Garden, from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 10 at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Pre-registration is required at or call (760) 822-6824. The class fee is $5 child and $5 per adult for AVB Garden entry. ESCONDIDO AUTHOR VISIT Visit with Author Michelle Carter from 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Journalist and Escondido native Michelle Carter will read from and sign copies of her memoir, “From Under the Russian Snow,” an eyewitness account of the second great Russian Revolution. Copies will be available for purchase. DOGGIE VALENTINE’S DAY The Del Mar Foundation will host a Valentine Meet & Greet for dogs and their owners at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at The Shores Park, east of Strat-

ford, south of 9th Street. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation visit STOCK UP ON BOOKS The Friends of the Cardiff by the Sea Library will hold a $3-per-bag book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Cardiffby-the-Sea Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, visit, or call (760) 635-1000. BREWBIES FEST Drop by the ninth annual Brewbies Festival 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Bagby Beer Co., 601 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Tickets are $45 to $65 at http:// For details, visit brewbies. org. SAVE A LIFE Join the Carlsbad Village Association’s inaugural Heart of the Village Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 through Feb. 14 at 400 Carlsbad Village Drive in the Visitor’s Center parking lot, adjacent to Choice Juicery, with snacks and live music from the Flying Mangos. Schedule your appointment by visiting

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TEA AT THE ADOBE Make reservations now for Tea at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 at 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. Cost is $15 at www., presented by the Friends of Sikes Adobe. Any questions, email or call (760) 432-8318. PUPPY LOVE Get ready for the Seaside Bazaar “Puppy Love” event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at 459 S. Coast Highway 101 (Next to La Paloma). Bring your pets and enjoy rescue groups, training demos, Reiki massage, psychic readings, pet photographers, products, SNAP Neuter Scooter and more. Call (760) 753-1611 for vendor inquiries. DOGGIE GRAS Join the Doggie Gras Parade and costume contest between 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 11. in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center, 16077 to 16091 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. Contest participation is $10 with all proceeds supporting the pets and pro-

grams at Helen Woodward Animal Center. To attend, or for more information, go to https://animalcenter. org /events /doggie-gras, call (858) 756-4117, ext. 379 or contact MindyW@ NARCISSISM WORKSHOP A workshop on “Understanding Narcissism & What to Do About It,” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Encinitas, by Dr. Jane Ilene Cohen, Intuitive & Transformational Counselor. RSVP to (760) 753-0733 for specific address and to reserve your spot. For details, visit

Del Mar College Admissions Strategist Greg Kaplan will do a free book talk at the Carlsbad Library at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, on his book ”Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges.” or more information, call (858) 204-6553 or visit MIXER AT GLOW ZONE Join the Vista Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at GlowZone, 1611 W Vista Way in Vista for its Mardi Gras Business Mixer. General public entry fee is $20.

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W E D N E S D AY FRESHNESS Encinitas Farmers Market Every Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. at 600 S. Vulcan Ave. (corner of E Street and Vulcan), Encinitas, offering locally grown food, vegetables, flowers and more. A dollar spent at the Farmers Market has about twice the impact on our local economy compared to spending a dollar on at a supermarket. The State Street Farmers Market takes place in downtown Carlsbad every Wednesday. Enjoy Emilio’s authentic Spanish Paella, made fresh on site, plus fresh organic produce, handmade crafts, and live on State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue. Winter hours 3 to 6 p.m. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED Cox Communications is offering college scholarships from $1,000 to $5,000 to high school seniors in San Diego County. The deadline to apply is 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Recipients must be a 2018 graduating high school senior living in the Southern California Cox service area. For more

HELPING SENIORS The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing, 131 Richmar Ave., seeks volunteers to help North County seniors at the Information Resource Center. Duties include answering phones and providing free resources to seniors, their caregivers and families. The mission is to help vulnerable seniors with resources to improve housing, transportation, food needs, health issues and more. Volunteers help in the office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Training is provided. Call (760) 891-8176.

FEB. 13

TALES OF LUNAR NEW YEAR Escondido Public Library will celebrate the Lunar New Year with stories read by Escondido resident Virginia Loh-Hagan, an author, presenter, and professor at San Diego State University, for children ages 6 to 12 years and their families from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. VOLUNTEER AT HOSPICE The Elizabeth Hospice will host its next volunteer orientations from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 at The Elizabeth Hospice Escondido office, 500 La Terraza Blvd., Suite 130, Escondido and from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Elizabeth Hospice Carlsbad office, 5938 Priestly Drive, Suite 103, Carlsbad. To ensure a place in the volunteer orientations, contact the Volunteer Department at (800) 797-2050 or email to GET INTO COLLEGE

information, visit VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCH The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a “Valentine’s Day Luncheon” at noon Feb. 14 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista. Entertainment by Ricky Rivas, dancing and fun. Reserve by 2 p.m. one day prior at (760) 6435288. TWO GROUPS FOR WOMAN’S CLUB The Woman’s Club of Vista will meet at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista for a luncheon and presentation on Heart Health. For luncheon reservations or information on The Night Owls, the evening section of the club which meets at 6 p.m., contact or (919) 847-2786.

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUB of Oceanside will hold a President’s Camp with a theme-filled week of camp and a snow trip to Julian Feb. 20 through Feb. 23. Cost is $65 if registered by Feb. 16, $75 after. Register at INFO ON ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES The National Active and Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) Association will be hosting Matthew Parcasio from Aging and Independence Services, San Diego County, speaking on the importance of Advanced Health Care Directives, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane. YES AND YES AGAIN Youth Enrichment Services (YES) will meet at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at North Coast Calvary Church, 350 Poinsettia Lane Room C 205, Carlsbad.

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New CEO tapped for local economic development council By Steve Puterski

REGION — The door has been a revolving one at the San Diego North Economic Development Council. In the past three years, there has been a trio of CEOs including the newest, Erik Bruvold, who takes over after the departure of Mike Culley. Bruvold, 52, previously worked for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and was the chief economist at National University. He returned Jan. 1 to usher in a new, and hopefully stable, direction. He said his passion for North County, having lived in the area for the past 25 years, is one reason he returned and aims to push the

ing with policy makers to remain competitive. The workforce, meanwhile, is a point to break down barriers so businesses and educational institutions can connect with the talent. Mark Cafferty, CEO and president of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, said Bruvold is a great fit for his new position. “It’s great when you someone who is local,” Cafferty said, noting he wasn’t disparaging the other CEOs. “He goes into it with a strong understanding of who the business community is and what’s critical and important to them now.” Cafferty said the San Diego North Economic De-

council’s core values. “I thought it was a great opportunity to help the organization get to a new level,” Bruvold said. “It needed to have a little bit more strengthening of its core value proposition and mission statement. It’s core reason for existence is economic development.” The three pillars of those core values, he said, are to market the region, retention and the workforce pipeline. Marketing includes the lifestyle and displaying North County as an economic hotbed of growth and development. As for retention, Bruvold said it is critical to work with businesses to keep them in the region and work-

velopment Council, along with the two other economic development councils, are the eyes and ears for the regional council. He said North County’s economy is healthy and robust, yet a microcosm of San Diego. Cafferty added Bruvold’s strengths are twofold: he has the research experience from his previous positions, along with public policy work. Also, he praised the efforts of the council and the mayors of the five cities — Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido — through the Innovate 78 program to join forces and keep business in North County. “It’s a great microcosm

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“There are going to be pockets of our downtowns that can be denser, more walkable and more conducive to that kind of lifestyle,” he said. Future plans include a North County Housing Summit this summer. The housing summit is to discuss the need for more housing and why affordability is hurting companies’ ability to recruit talent and to display the denser and mixed-use developments. “Really, appealing to a key demographic that is going to be critical to attract and retain if we are going to be economically competitive,” Bruvold said. “North County is becoming a self-contained economic entity.”



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Debbie Bamford of Debbie’s Restaurant & Pie Shoppe in San Marcos with one of her fabulous apple pies. Photo by David Boylan

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opened a deli back there and that’s where I started in the business. I went wto college for two years and got an AA degree in business as I thought that’s the path I wanted. I moved out

to California in 1986 where I started serving at various restaurants. In 1990 a coworker thought it would be great to open our own restaurant so in 1993 we opened up a restaurant in Vista called Debbie Ann’s Kitchen & Pie Shoppe. We sold that restaurant I opened Debbie’s Restaurant and Pie Shoppe in San

Marcos in 1997.


n an area where chain stores and restaurants tend to dominate, Debbie’s Restaurant and Pie Shoppe is an independent oasis with a warmth and charm that would fit in anywhere. I wish this place were down the street from me as I’d be there at least a couple of times per week. That said it’s worth the LTP: What was your drive to San Marcos from wherever you are as it’s restaurant/cooking/baking right off the 78 on Nordahl experience prior to opening Road, so very easy to get to. Debbie’s? DB: I always loved Besides its charm, Debbie Bamford has been in the TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 22 restaurant business going way back to her roots in New Jersey and her food reflects it. From the savory side I’ve had the chicken pot pie, patty melt, biscuits and gravy and a bean and kielbasa soup of the day that was hearty and delicious. The dining room filled up quickly during the weekday lunch when we went which is always a good sign. The interview below highlights Debbie’s roots, how the restaurant happened and more about her menu.

Lick the Plate: Where are you from originally and what was going on growing up in your food world? Were your parents good cooks or involved in the restaurant business? Debbie Bamford: I’m originally from New Jersey and my first job was as a server at Friendly’s family restaurant. My parents then

alentine’s Day is close to our hearts as a day to recognize romantic love with Feb. 14 set aside as a holiday to honor this tradition. It actual was a Christian holy feast day known as the Feast of Saint Valentine. You have to dig back to the year 269 for the story of Saint Valentine, a priest of Rome, who was martyred, persecuted and executed by the Roman emperor for being a Christian, whose farewell note was signed “your Valentine.� It evolved in 18th century England as an occasion when lovers expressed their love of each other by offering flowers, sweet foods and greeting cards known as valentines. These cards were handwritten personal notes with expressions of intimacy, a kind of courtly love. Fast forward to today and Hallmark and others provide many attractive choices to present to our loved ones, complete with beautiful imagery and loving poetry for just the right thought. Valentine’s Day is the second most popular gifting day and stores, online buying services, restaurants and wineries constantly remind us about that as the big day nears. My in-box is full of wine and dine locations for that special experience together. Romance is an experience that is perfect with food and wine, and Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular gifting day.

Day is a reason to make it special. Here is a selection of wineries and restaurants of distinction that are offering hearty and memorable menus on Feb. 14: • The Marine Room on the shores of La Jolla, with romantic candlelight, has a four-course dinner with main entrÊe choices including lobster tail, halibut and duck breast. A signature dessert trilogy caps this romantic setting. Cost is $150 per person. Call (866) 6442351. • Firenze Trattoria in Encinitas is presenting an Italian Valentine’s feast with Primi, Principale and Dolce. Consider the Lasagna Firenze with a trio of special meats. Cost is $75 each. RSVP at (760) 944-9000. • Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery in Temecula will host a romantic dinner with four courses. A paired premium wine will go with each entrÊe, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Price varies, so call the winery for an RSVP at (951) 676-8231, ext. 4. • Lorimar Vineyards and Winery in Temecula with celebrate Valentine’s Day starting at 7 p.m. with a four-course dinner, wine pairing and live music. Main course will be halibut filet or filet mignon. Cost is $75 per

person, $65 for club members. Got to lorimarwinery. com for an RSVP. • Thornton Winery in Temecula has a special menu from 5 to 9 p.m. for $82. Choice of lobster ravioli, filet mignon, seared salmon or chicken saltimbocca. Reservations at (951) 6990099. • Capri Blu Italian Bistro in the 4S Ranch near Rancho Bernardo is offering a four-course menu for $45 with lots of choices. Details and RSVP at (858) 673-5100. THAT’S AMORE! Rosa Regale, a product

of Banfi Vintners of Tuscany, is romance in a bottle. It comes in a fine crystal decanter with a beautiful red color. Its mild alcohol level makes it a nice choice for Valentine’s Day or other special occasions. Softer and smoother than Champagne, serve it chilled as an appetizer, cool pairing to spicy Italian or as a dessert accompaniment. It’s best to serve it chilled. The grape varietal is that of Sangiovese (Chianti Classico) with a DOCG rating. The single red rose depicted on the label refers to the wine’s origin from the single-vineyard La Rosa Estate in the small Piedmont Italy town of Acqui ($20 for the 750 ml size). See for more. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading commentators on the web. Reach him at mangiompc@

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Vistans oppose Shadowridge roundabout Paseo Santa Fe Project — it’s a large roundabout,” McCullough said. “Then we have a smaller one that was just installed on Vale Terrace and Ponderosa — that’s a smaller one based on mostly crossing a trail that links to the other side of the street.” McCullough added that the last site had issues before the roundabout installation. Lights were put up, and the traffic engineering department did what they could to slow down the traffic. “But pedestrians were still at harm’s way, and so we put the roundabout there to slow traffic and people hiking the trail to cross the street safely,” she said. Phase II of the Paseo Santa Fe Project, which is currently underway, will have a roundabout on Guajome and Terrace drives. While currently unfunded, there are plans for another roundabout for Pala Vista Drive and South Santa Fe. The city of Vista has noted that roundabouts are helping with the traffic flow. McCullough said it reduces vehicle speeds and saves money on traffic signals. “When other roundabouts go up, we’ll be sure to let the public know via social media, the city website, and then other methods to get the word out to them,” she said.

By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Vista Traffic Commission listened to residents who opposed the idea of a roundabout installation at Live Oak Road and Shadowridge Drive. At the Jan. 3 meeting, the traffic commission decided that the stop signs will remain. According to Andrea McCullough, communications officer with the city of Vista, the proposed roundabout was to help enhance public safety by slowing traffic and deterring people from running the stop signs. “The stop signs were installed in 2013 because of a long history of speeding complaints on Shadowridge Drive,” McCullough said. Since the all-way stops signs, the city noted how pedestrians had challenges crossing Shadowridge because of the multiple lanes. A couple of rear-end crashes were also reported. McCullough said the Traffic Commission decided not to move forward with the roundabout because of resident input. “The residents did not want it,” she said. “They wrote to the traffic commission and also wrote to the City Council.” Residents opposed the traffic circle calling it not a good fit in their neighborhood. They believed the narrowing of the road to accommodate vehicles moving into the roundabout would not work in the area.

An image of the Paseo Santa Fe roundabout at Eucalyptus Avenue and S. Santa Fe Drive — one of three traffic circles planned for this road. Courtesy photo

McCullough also said the roundabout decision was initially scheduled for Dec. 6, 2017. However, one of the commissioners was unable to make the meeting, and a quorum was not met moving the item to Jan.


The city publicized the January meeting and placed signs on Shadowridge Drive. The public appeared on Jan. 3 and voiced their public opposition to the round-

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h yippee. Only five more days until St. Valentine’s Day. You will never, ever convince me this guy was a saint. In fact, I really doubt it was a guy at all. I’m betting it was some woman who whacked off her hair and slapped on a monk’s cowl in an effort to get her husband’s attention. The result has become this tiresome day when

every man gets the opportunity to have his thoughtlessness really stand out. Doesn’t every woman need a day geared to squash that fantasy that men suddenly want to drop everything and cuddle? Some women don’t mind giving gentle reminders to their significant others. The way I see it, if I have to remind a man to notice me, any real sincerity comes seriously into question. Cripes, my dog will roll over if I ask him to, but that sure as heck doesn’t mean that he wanted to. And I have no time for the magazine’s advice that I “turn it around and make him the object of the Valen-

tine goodies.” I tried that. My kind and well-meaning husband just smiled and said, “Oh, thanks. I might have some of that cake after I check my email, mow the lawn and take my shirts to the cleaner.” The pressure to be romantic once a year has become a marketer’s dream. On every storefront there are giant pink hearts. Every magazine cover offers recipes for intimate dinners for two. On every sidewalk there are deals on roses. The kids are buying their cute, little heart-shaped cards and the candy aisles look like a “Lolita” film festival. Even the men’s department offers clever boxer shorts

covered with lipstick kisses, which most men would sooner leave the planet than wear, anywhere, anytime. Don’t even go near the lingerie department of your local department store. That much concentrated spandex and ostrich feathers may cause a serious rash. My simple and delicious solution is to order up spring rolls, some dim sum and perhaps some war won ton soup and spend the entire month of February celebrating the Year of the Dog. Gung Hay, Fat Choy! Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who will admit this is a great excuse to buy herself a pound of chocolate.

A Fluttering Heart – Is It Love Or Something More? David Cohen, MD Cardiac Electrophysiology

We’ve all had that feeling – you see someone you like or a loved one, and your heart skips a beat. It’s something we can’t control, but how do we know when it’s a sign of love or something much more serious? As a cardiologist, I am fascinated by the heart and I’m convinced that the heart is the most vital and elegant organ of the human body. It perfectly unifies structure and functionality to pump blood throughout the body, beating more than 2.5 billion times in an average human lifetime. The heart is divided into four chambers – the left and right atriums and ventricles – that have very specific and equally important jobs of holding and pumping blood throughout the body. Prompting the heart is an automatic electrical system that functions to synchronize the heartbeats we feel in our chests. However, when abnormalities occur in this electrical system, the heart can go into arrhythmias affecting and leading to issues with heart structure and function. Here’s a quick rundown of various types of arrhythmias & what symptoms to look out for: • TACHYARRHYTHMIAS are abnormally fast (tachy) heart rhythms of over 100 beats/minute. You may experience them during bouts of exercise but if you experience this high rate during rest, it may signal underlying health conditions. Symptoms also include dizziness and difficulty breathing, but sometimes the only symptom of a persistent tachyarrhythmia may be fatigue. • BRADYARRHYTHMIAS are the opposite of tachyarrhythmias and occur when the heart beats abnormally slow (brady) at a rate under 60 beats/ minute. Symptoms most commonly include dizziness, fainting, fatigue and difficulty breathing, however, symptoms don’t usually appear until the heart rate drops below 50 beats/ minute. Bradyarrhythmias are treated with a pacemaker which functions to pace the heart at a normal rate and coordinates proper function of the heart chambers. • SUPRAVENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA (SVT) refers to rapid heartbeats that originate

in the upper portion of the heart (atria). These can arise suddenly due to stress, exercise, and emotional influence and you may experience a ‘pounding’ heart, shortness of breath, and chest pain. This arrhythmia often resolves itself without treatment but may require medical attention if lasting for extended periods of time. • ATRIAL FIBRILLATION (AF) is the most common supraventricular arrhythmia and is characterized as a rapid irregular heart rhythm. Causes of AF include genetics, aging, sleep apnea, heavy alcohol use, and high blood pressure. This type of arrhythmia can lead to serious complications such as embolism (blood vessel blockage) and stroke. Medications have been shown to help reduce atrial fibrillation and other treatment options are now in use, such as ablation, which is intentional scaring to destroy the small portion of heart tissue causing the irregularity. The heart is an incredible organ and what it does within our body can be considered a work of art. As a cardiac electrophysiologist, I continue to learn about treating a r r hy t h m i a s through the latest in minimally-invasive, outpatient procedures including device implantation. It is a privilege being part of a field that allows me to cure debilitating arrhythmias, guard against life-threatening arrhythmias, resolve heart failure symptoms, and allow patients to return to normal livingin essence, to improve my patients quality of life and to save lives. The field of cardiac electrophysiology is constantly evolving, and I look forward to showing my patients that

the heart goes beyond the traditional symbol of love and will accompany you through many years of future happiness if you treat it right. Show your heart some love and it will love you for a lifetime. 2-FOR-1 HEART HEALTH SCREENINGS AVAILABLE NOW In honor of February Heart Health Awareness Month, Tri-City Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Health Institute will be offering 2 screenings for the price of 1. Screenings are $225 and include a coronary artery calcium screening via cat scan, EKG, lab blood results, 30 minute consultation with the Cardiovascular Clinical Coordinator, and a 2-week pass to the Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center located in Carlsbad. Appointments can be scheduled in future. Must call before March 31, 2018. Call toll-free 855.222.8262 to schedule an appointment or for more information. ABOUT THE PHYSICIAN Dr. David Cohen underwent intensive training in the cryoballoon ablation technique. He is the leading Electrophysiologist in the San Diego area that routinely performs atrial fibrillation cryoballoon ablation. Tri-City Medical Center is the only hospital in the Northern San Diego Region that provides this cutting-edge technology. Dr. Cohen considers it a privilege and reward to utilize the newest, safest and most effective techniques for patients with atrial fibrillation in the TriCity community. To learn more about this advanced technology or Dr. Cohen visit or call 855.222.8262.

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SDG&E talks to City Council about Alert SDG&E cameras By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Vista council members listened to a presentation Jan. 23 by SDG&E on how the utility company and the city partner together every day. Leading the discussion at the council meeting was Joe Gabaldon, regional public affairs manager for SDG&E. “Our employees are not only our customers, but they’re your constituents as well,” Gabaldon said. “Our highly trained team of 4,000 employees includes 92 employees who live here in the city of Vista. We have a very important mission at SDG&E, which is to build the cleanest, safest and most reliable energy company in America. Our highly trained responsible team of employees are the reason why we’re able to deliver clean, safe and reliable energy to every home and business every day.” During Gabaldon’s presentation, he mentioned how the Alert SDG&E cameras offer real-time video with other highly technical features. In collaboration with the University of California San Diego and the Seismology Lab at the University of Nevada, SDG&E launched 15 of these high definition interactive cameras in November 2017. Gabaldon said the cameras are designed to improve fire and public safety by creating a live streaming view of San Diego’s most fire-prone communities. “These cameras were put to use last month as our emergency response teams worked with Cal Fire and OES (Office of Emergency Services) to identify fires quickly using these cameras,” Gabaldon said. “I’m pleased to share with you an

action that the board of supervisors took this morning where they allocated another $437,000 to buy five more cameras.” According to Gabaldon, the cameras will be installed at new sites, and internet connections will be ramped up for this technology. “I know that Kevin Ham (director of development for the city of Vista) is talking to you guys about internet and broadband speeds. So, we’re excited that it’s being used to not only provide these cameras but also as a wireless network to the regions of fire safety locations in the backcountry — very important.” Alert SDG&E cameras are available for public viewing via the internet at http://www.alertwildfire. org/sdge/. Public safety officials have enhanced capabilities. “Fire folks can actually control these (cameras) and move them around to triangulate and find fires,” he said. “And they really have instantaneous ideas about where they want to form a fire line.” Gabaldon also wanted the council and residents to know that no other entity was doing what SDG&E is doing by way of fire and weather science. He went on to say that SDG&E crews replaced more than 13,000 wood poles to fire-resistant steel poles. He also noted that SDG&E’s network has 170 weather stations in the region. “This is the largest private network in the country which reports temperatures, wind speed and humidity, every 10 minutes,” he said.

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Palomar College adds 11 to hall of fame SAN MARCOS — Eleven of the best athletes to ever compete at Palomar College were honored with induction into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 27. The 2017 class represents nine intercollegiate-sport programs, spanning 51 years of Comet sport history. The sixth induction class includes: • John Ashworth (Golf – 1978). Ashworth helped lead the Comets golf team to its best season record in history and went on to grow his iconic Ashworth golf apparel brand into world renown. • Scott Barrick (Football – 1989) As the team’s quarterback, Barrick led the Comets to a Mission Conference Southern Division championship and the college’s first-ever postseason appearance. • Billy Dunckel (Baseball – 198889). Dunckel led the Comets baseball team to back-to-back Pacific Coast Conference championships — the program’s first consecutive titles since 1962. • Tammy Fa’agata (Softball – 1992). Fa’agata was selected as the California Community College State Player of the Year after leading the Comets to a Pacific Coast Conference title and state runner-up finish. • Paul Farley (Water Polo, Swimming – 1977-79). Farley dominated in both water polo and swimming during his Comets career, competing in both sports under Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Hubbard.

Quarterback Scott Barrick led the Comets to their first-ever postseason appearance in 1989. Courtesy photo

• Hillary Horman (Water Polo, Swimming – 1999-2000). Horman was clearly the outstanding female aquatics athlete at Palomar College during her two-year community col-

lege career. • Corey Mace (Football – 200304). A two-time All-Mission Conference defensive end, Mace went on to stardom at the University of Wyoming, the Buffalo Bills and the Calgary Stampeders. • Lt. James “Jimmy” Mitchell (Basketball – 1958-60). Mitchell was a spectacular athlete and natural leader on two of Palomar’s best basketball teams who lost his life as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. • Syliva Quirk (Volleyball, Track and Field – 1978-80). Quirk stood out as one of the truly premier multisport athletes in the early days of the Palomar College women’s athletic program. • Tyler Saladino (Baseball – 2008-09). A two-time first-team all-conference, all-state and Community College All-American infielder, Saladino is enjoying a successful Major League Baseball career with the Chicago White Sox. • Mya Sanders (Softball – 197980). Sanders absolutely set the standard for pitching in the early stage of the Palomar College softball dynasty created by Head Coach Mark Eldridge. Initiated in 2010 and celebrating its inaugural induction class in 2012, the Palomar College Athletic Hall of Fame will grow to 85 members with the addition of the class of 2017. Photo plaques of all inductees can be seen on display above the foyer of the Comets’ Dome gymnasium.

25-year-old Vista man fatally injured in crash CARLSBAD — A suspected drunken driver was fatally injured when he crashed his pickup truck near Calavera Trails in Carlsbad, police said Feb. 5. Gage V. Bergmann, 25, was apparently speeding east on Carlsbad Village Drive when he ran a red light at College Boulevard around 10:15 p.m. Feb. 4, Carlsbad

police Sgt. Matt Lowe said. His Toyota pickup sped through the intersection onto Peninsula Drive, where it struck a guard rail, a tree and a parked car before overturning and coming to a rest on its roof in the driveway of a home. Bergmann, a Vista resident, was not wearing a seat belt, according to the San

Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. Firefighters provided advanced life-support medical treatment and took Bergmann to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead at 11:14 p.m. Carlsbad traffic officers were conducting a full investigation but believe that

alcohol was a contributing factor, Lowe said. The deadly accident happened roughly three hours after the end of the Super Bowl during a time when police agencies and the county Sheriff’s Department were conducting extra patrols in search of impaired drivers. — City News Service

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he ride south to work would always pull alongside the Highway 101 curb like clockwork. Bobby Beathard would pop out of the SUV, his head still wet from an early surfing session at Beacon’s. “You ready?” Beathard would always ask. “What a great day!” It was the beginning of another one of those memorable mornings more than two decades ago when hanging with Beathard, the Chargers’ former general manager. In an example of just how far in the past that was, Beathard carpooled with a media member: me. Beathard, a longtime Leucadia resident now living in Franklin, Tennessee, was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. He’ll be inducted into the hallowed grounds at Canton, Ohio, in August, an appropriate time of the year for someone always chasing the endless summer. “The waves were pretty good today,” Beathard would

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say, still plucking seaweed from his disheveled swath of blonde/white hair. That was the exceedingly enthusiastic Beathard and that was what made him special — and unique. In today’s NFL, a team’s GM seldom interacts with the press. Current Chargers GM Tom Telesco, once of Rancho Santa Fe, is polite but is not known for returning calls. Let along collecting a sportswriter outside Surfdog’s Java Hut in Cardiff for a lift. A.J. Smith, the GM preceding Telesco, was notoriously sour and once hung up on a media member: me. Then there was Beathard, who understood the press’ mission. He was always willing to help with a sly grin, a pat on the back and

Boys’ basketball teams jockey for league titles By Aaron Burgin

REGION — With the announcement of the CIF Playoff brackets a week away, boys basketball teams across North County are jockeying for coveted league titles. While one of the county’s top leagues is still up for grabs, at least one team appears well on its way to wrapping up yet another league championship. Torrey Pines, in its second year in the Avocado West League, entered Feb. 7 with a 6-0 league record, two games ahead of Canyon Crest Academy and La Costa Canyon. If the Falcons defeat Canyon Crest Feb. 7, they will have clinched at least a share of the league title. Meanwhile, the Avocado East League appeared to be in San Marcos’ favor before Feb. 6, when the Knights suffered one of the biggest upsets of the season at the hands of Rancho Buena Vista, which had only one league win coming into the game. The 58-56 setback now puts San Marcos in a firstplace tie with Vista, with the teams scheduled to face each other Feb. 9 at Vista High School. The winner of that game will lead the league standings by one game with two games left in the season. Escondido (13-10, 5-0) has also opened up a twogame lead over both Valley Center and Ramona in the Valley League. The Cougars face Ramona Feb. 7, looking to expand its lead over the Bulldogs and Jaguars depending on the outcome of Valley Center’s game against Fallbrook. A win over Ramona would all but seal the Cougars league championship. In the Pacific League, composed of smaller, Christian schools in North Coun-

Coast News Top 10 1. Torrey Pines (23-2) Bryce Pope and Finn Sullivan have been phenomenal. 2. Vista (20-6) Has a chance to avenge lone league loss against San Marcos on Feb. 9. 3. San Marcos (20-3) Loss to RBV snapped 12game winning streak. 4. Canyon Crest (15-8) Ravens look to give Torrey Pines its first league loss. 5. Santa Fe Christian (13-10) Upset over La Jolla Country Day and good showing against Foothills Christian have Eagles looking good. 6. Orange Glen (15-9) An OT loss to La Jolla Country Day and a two-point loss to Francis Parker are nothing to frown upon. 7. Mission Hills (13-10) Warren Washington is putting up massive numbers for the Grizzlies, who just avenged league loss to El Camino. 8. El Camino (13-10) Wildcats on a three-game slide after losses to Vista, San Marcos and Mission Hills. 9. Rancho Buena Vista (16-9) Scored upset of the year with a home win over San Marcos 10. La Costa Canyon (11-12) Up and down Mavs are 4-2 in league, but 0-2 against the league's best.

ty, Maranatha Christian of Rancho Bernardo has a halfgame lead over Carlsbad Pacific Ridge and a game lead over Tri-City Christian of Vista. In the Ocean League, Guajome Park Academy in Vista (15-5, 5-0) is undefeated, and leads Classical Academy of Escondido by one game. The Frogs, runners-up in CIF Division 5 last year, are one of the top teams in Division 4 this year.

by offering his passenger seat — albeit after a wet towel had graced it — to a sportswriter. When I started covering the Chargers in 1992 for the Oceanside Blade Citizen Tribune, I didn’t know a soul connected with San Diego’s NFL squad. Then two soul brothers quickly emerged in Oceanside’s Junior Seau and Beathard. Seau, who was drafted by Beathard in 1990, told me to never hesitate to reach out if I needed something. And Beathard never quit letting me stick out my thumb for a much-needed ride. It was those commutes

with Beathard that anyone would cherish, an opportunity to pick one of the NFL’s smartest brains. Beathard directed the Chargers to their lone Super Bowl to cap the 1994 season, and in a career that spanned three decades, he took three organizations to seven Super Bowls. Remember the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season? That bunch had a young director of player personnel in one Robert Beathard. His credentials were unmatched, which makes his inclusion among the game’s greats past due. So when word came that Beathard was

honored, it became a super weekend before the Philadelphia Eagles upset the New England Patriots in Sunday’s extravaganza. Just don’t expect Beathard, 81, to be long-winded with his induction remarks. Shy and modest, Beathard won’t ramble like others. “It will be the shortest speech in history,” Beathard promised. But he never sold a fresh sportswriter short and for that I’m grateful — if I was a tad naive. Maybe Beathard just wanted a passenger to use

the I-5 car pool on-ramp at Via de la Valle in Del Mar. Maybe he just wanted some company. Maybe he was just a good guy helping a young guy get his feet under him in a new city while writing about a team which was new to him. Secretly, I would root for a traffic jam at the I-5 and I-805 merge. The result was more stories from Beathard, which made any morning commute a pleasant ride. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports.


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As a community health center, NCHS is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare and social support services to those who need it most. Courtesy photos

From the fields of Calexico to the Corner Office


or more than 20 years, North County Health Services President & CEO, Irma Cota, has been a driving force in advancing access to healthcare to residents of North San Diego County as well as Riverside County. As Irma plans her retirement, her legacy of providing quality, affordable health care to those in need will live on. When Irma was a schoolgirl Irma Cota, President & CEO since 1997. in Calexico helping her mother ed Farm Workers went on strike in Salinas. Because Irma spoke the best English, she found herself thrust into a leadership role, translating for her group of workers. That was when she learned about the free clinics run by the United Farm Workers union. Twice a week in the evenings, she would volunteer as a translator. When she returned home to Calexico for her junior year, her mother had a health crisis and was taken to the hospital. Her mother had terminal cancer. Irma was her interpreter and her support system for six months. This sudden health crisis that her family faced, as well as her experience with the farmworkers clinic, were defining moments that guided her pick carrots and tomatoes in the career. And brought her to North fields, she never dreamed that she County Health Services! As a high school student, would one day lead a multimillion-dollar nonprofit corporation. Irma didn’t visualize a robust colDuring the school year, she lege experience. She reluctantly and her family earned their living entered Imperial Valley College in the fields. In Calexico, the win- and carpooled with friends. But ter season was carrots and brocco- she thrived, took part in student lini and in the spring, they would government and even made the pick onions, garlic and tomatoes. men’s tennis team! When it came time to transIn the summers, they traveled to Salinas for the strawberry har- fer, Irma needed a push from an vest. In the season before her ju- angel, a counselor at the college. nior year of high school, the Unit- Once she entered San Diego

Irma has built North County Health Services from an organization, which was struggling in 1997, into a thriving network of 13 health centers that cover San Diego’s North County and Riverside County.

One of 13 North County Health Services locations, servicing North County San Diego and Riverside County.

State, she never looked back. She earned a master’s degree in public health from SDSU and has four certificates in health administration leadership from various institutions: John’s Hopkins University School of Public Health, UCSD School of Management, Harvard Business School of Management, and UCLA Anderson School of Business. There is no doubt that her early life experiences in the fields were at the very root of her passion in making high-quality health care accessible for thousands of individuals in our community. Irma has built North County Health Services from an organization, which was struggling in 1997, into a thriving network of 13 health centers that cover San Diego’s North County and River-

side County. Irma feels that our health centers are the “medical home” for NCHS clients, now over 65,000 people. NCHS offers the following health care services to its patient’s: pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics, gynecology, dental care, pharmacy, and transportation services, as well as community health outreach, prevention, and disease management programs. She leads with passion, strength, tolerance, persistence and patience. She knows from life experiences how important NCHS’ services are to its patients and she has driven the organization to outstanding growth during her tenure. Upon arriving at NCHS as the CEO, the organizational budget was $12 million with a staff of 200. Today, the

budget is $78 million with a staff of more than 700 employees. Irma Cota will retire in March 2018 and will leave behind a legacy founded on the principle belief that healthcare is a right and not a privilege. She will be missed but her work and leadership will live on through the work of NCHS. For more information, please visit

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connection, the discussions you have and the promises you make will help you excel.

SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Eugenia Last FRIDAY, FEB. 9, 2018

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

Where there is a will, there is a way. An energetic approach to whatever you pursue will help you bring about positive change. Use your intelligence and your innovative ideas to pave the way to a brighter future. Love comes from within, not from your wallet.

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PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- You’ll end up in a compromising position if you choose to go to battle. Make sure you have your facts straight and that you are willing to lose if you end up in a no-win situation.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- A short trip with someone you love will bring you closer together. Personal changes will make you feel good about the way you look and what you have to offer.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- What you want to do will not sit well with someone ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Helping you live with or love. Find a compromise others will lead to rewards. You cannot or offer an incentive that will allow you to be faulted if you do your best and are explore your pursuits. honest about your feelings. Walk away SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -from petty arguments. Emotions will fester if you don’t channel TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Don’t donate money to a cause if you don’t have the funds. Offer your time, but don’t let anyone take you for granted. It’s admirable to want to help, but make it clear what you can do.

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Emotional deception will throw you off guard. Don’t let a disagreement lead to an argument. Instead, state facts, listen to the other side’s viewpoint and find common ground.

your energy into something physical. Don’t take risks, but do take on a challenge that will tire you out.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Someone will take advantage of you if you are too forgiving or helpful. Ask GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Partner- questions and determine if you are dealships will make a difference to your fu- ing with someone who is merely lazy or ture. Whether a personal or professional actually in dire need of assistance.


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helping my mom cook in the kitchen growing up. We made a lot of different sandwiches at the deli they owned and actually the Debbie Club, which is featured on our menu, is one of the sandwiches we had at the deli and it’s a popular one. LTP: You wear a lot of hats at the restaurant; tell me about that and your involvement with what makes it on the menu. DB: I am blessed to say that I have so much to be thankful for. It’s only by God’s grace that I’m here. I have done just about everything that an owner does in this business. The menu does not change too often as we have a lot of regular customers who expect the dishes they are familiar with. We do have regular specials though and my staff helps me with those. LTP: Your pies are amazing, what are your favorites and best sellers? DB: We have over 25 pies and one of my favorites is the lemon meringue since that’s my grandma’s recipe. Dutch apple crunch and banana cream are very popular also. LTP: You also have a great selection of savory dishes many that incorporate your baking skills. Tell me about that part of the menu and some of the best sellers.

FEB. 9, 2018 DB: The menu has the Debbie Omelet named after me and I have omelets named after my son Nick and daughter Nicole and these are the most popular. We also have the San Marcos Special, which is a good seller as you have four choices that include hotcakes, waffle or French toast and eggs and choice of meat and choice of hash browns home fries fruit or grits. Homemade biscuits and gravy are another specialty that is very popular. The Eggs Benedict, Corn Beef Benedict and California Benedict are big sellers as well. People rave about the homemade cinnamon rolls and muffins and as I mentioned the Debbie Club is very popular along with Ortega Beef Sandwich and Chicken Parmesan Melt. Turkey and Dressing, Meatloaf, Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken Pot Pie, Fish and Chips are old-school favorites that people love! Our soups are all made here and corn chowder is our house soup. Homemade chili is another favorite which you can get on its own or in an omelet or as part of a chili omelet. And of course we cater to the health conscious with our gluten-free items and salads. LTP: Debbie’s is a family affair, tell me about that. DB: My kids grew up in this business my son worked in the restaurant for years busing tables and serving before going into the Air Force. My daugh-

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ter currently works at the restaurant and she helps out with the pies also. I have a couple employees that of been with me for over 13 years. I’m a people person so this business fits me. I love talking to the customers and we have a lot of regulars that have known my kids since they were little so they are like family. We know a lot of their names and they just love that we even know what they eat. It’s all a team effort and by God’s grace that I’ve come this far. I am all about places like Debbie’s Restaurant & Pie Shoppe. They are family focused, good people making really good food and have put in the hard work and have the instincts and personalities to make their endeavor a success. That’s Debbie and her family and crew and I suggest you check them out. Find them at 740 Nordahl Road #114 in San Marcos and they are open from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 7 days a week. Call (760) 741-5680 or visit www.debbiesrestaurantandpieshop. com. Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over the past 10 years as a column in The Coast News and in Edible San Diego. He can be heard on KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny98.1. More at www.

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