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FASHION MODEL Cristina Ferrare strikes a relaxed yoga pose in a 1982 advertisement for the Golden Door spa retreat in San Marcos. Courtesy photo/ Golden Door

Luxurious San Marcos spa remains destination for rich and famous

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SAN MARCOS — Golden Door: even its name invokes luxurious feelings, but why wouldn’t it? For six decades it has been a hidden jewel in San Marcos where the rich and famous go to get pampered, lose weight and find solace. Celebrities who have walked through its hallowed entrance include Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Burt Lancaster and more recent visitors include Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Barbra Streisand. Founded in 1958 by Deborah Szekely and her then-husband, Edmond, Golden Door initially accommodated just 12 guests

as an upscale alternative to Rancho La Puerta, often referred to as the “health camp” the Szekelys opened in 1940 in Tecate, Mexico. Today it’s lavish entry — golden copper-and-brass doors hammered with an intricate “tree of life” design — continues to welcome those who can afford to stay here at more than $9,500. Yes, this storied spa, located on Deer Springs Road and considered to be the first of its kind in the U.S., aims to rejuvenate those who enter. Early beginnings

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ACTRESS CYBILL SHEPHERD poses for a photo in a sand and rock garden located on the grounds of the San Marcos’ retreat. Courtesy photo/Golden Door

Turning or returning to real estate? By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — Former Escondido Mayor Sam Abed wasted little time finding a new job after losing a mayoral race to new Mayor Paul McNamara. During his departing address at the Dec. 12, 2018, City Council meeting, Abed stated that he will begin working with the firm Brush Real Estate, an Escondido-based company founded and owned by Glen Brush. Brush was a candidate for Mayor of Escondido in 1996. Abed will work as an associate broker at Brush Real Estate, a position which generally lands brokers a cut of all of the commissions on properties sold by the company.

Abed, according to the California Department of Real Estate, earned his broker license in February 2018. The Department of Real Estate lists Abed as earning his real estate agent permit in May 2013. Brush Real Estate primarily focuses on home sales with occasional dealings in the commercial real estate sector, according to Brush. Even less, albeit some, of its real estate deal brokering centers on land sales, including a 12-acre piece of land listed as recently put up for sale for $850,000 on the real estate website Redfin at an intersection on Centre City Parkway near the Police and Fire Headquarters and the Escondido Commu-

nity Gardens just north of downtown Escondido. Long-term relationship

In an interview with The Coast News, Brush said that he first met Abed during the former mayor’s days working as a gas station manager in the 1990s. He added that they were both active members, at the time, of the East Valley Business Association. “I started going to all of the meetings and all of that kind of thing and we got to know each other,” Brush said. “Sam and I kept in touch. He became a councilman and I always donated to his campaigns ... I don’t agree with all of his politics, but I don’t agree with any-

FORMER Escondido Mayor Sam Abed has returned to the real estate sector, but according to a business associate and longtime friend, Abed never really TURN TO ABED ON 3 left. Photo by Shana Thompson

‘Puppy mill’ ban in effect By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Starting Jan. 1, pet stores in California should have a different feel. Gone should be the puppies and pets from towns in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other places where they are bred by the hundreds, sometimes in conditions that have been deemed as inhumane. In their place will be animals from rescue groups and shelters, the result of a state law that outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October 2017. Assembly Bill 485 bars pet stores from retail pet stores from selling animals from commercial kennels, which are sometimes referred to as “puppy mills.” According to the Humane Society of the United States, “puppy mills” are inhumane, commercial breeding facilities in which the health of the animals is disregarded to maintain low overhead and maximize profits. Animals born and raised in these mills and factories are more likely to have genetic disorders and lack adequate socialization, according to the staff report. Pet stores that are found to be in violation are subject to a $500 per each animal offered for sale. State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, introduced the bill in February 2017. The bill TURN TO PUPPY MILL ON 3

Hemp legalization draws praise from local farmers, advocates By Aaron Burgin

REGION — For farmers, consumers and advocates of hemp, 2018 ended with a high note that could be a potential game changer in 2019. President Donald Trump in December authorized the 2018 federal farm bill, which removed hemp — the nonpsychoactive variety of cannabis — from the federal government’s list of controlled substances. The farm bill could be the catalyst that opens up a multi-billion-dollar industry, as food and beverage giants, cosmetic lines and tobacco companies have begun positioning themselves in the hemp market. Locally, industry advo-

cates and farmers have reacted positively to the news, but said they are waiting to see the federal, state and local regulations that will govern the industry. “I think it was a step that was needed because it has been so difficult to produce,” said Bob Echter, owner of Encinitas largest cut flower grower, Dramm and Echter. “It’s a great product from everything that I can see. For the purpose of moving farmers further toward profitability, it is good. There’s not a good reason to have it banned.” Hemp contains cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound that’s popular for its medicTURN TO HEMP ON 16


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Carlsbad sues county over airport plan County housing battle to play out in new year By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Nearly one month ago, the city of Carlsbad filed a lawsuit against the San Diego County Board of Supervisors over the approval of the McClellan-Palomar Master Plan. The suit, filed on Dec. 6, requests for an injunction to prevent the county from going forward with its plan to upgrade the airport to a D-III designation, along with alleging the county’s failure to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The supervisors approved the plan on Oct. 10 in a 4-0 vote. Supervisor Kristin Gaspar recused herself since she owns property near the airport. On Oct. 23, the City Council met in a closed session with the City Attorney’s office and outside counsel, the Denver-based firm of Kaplan, Kirsch and Rockwell, and voted 3-2 to take an “aggressive approach” to “protect the city’s rights.” The suit claims the county received more than 100 letters from state and local agencies and residents regarding significant deficiencies with the PEIR. A revised PEIR was re-circulated in the summer and the final PEIR was released less than two weeks before the supervisors’ vote.


had near universal support in Sacramento, passing through both the State Assembly and State Senate with sweeping majorities. State lawmakers gave retail pet stores a year to comply with the new law before enforcement began on Jan. 1. The bill had the backing of nearly every animal welfare group statewide, including a strong contingent in North County that had worked for years to pass similar ordinances in cities throughout the county, including in Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos. Those groups celebrated the beginning of enforcement, but urged vigilance on behalf of the public. “NOAH Co-founder Leslie Davies and I are elated that the day has finally arrived,” said Andrea Cunningham, co-founder of the organization Not One Animal Harmed, which actively lobbied for the bill’s passage. “We are proud of the

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THE CITY OF CARLSBAD filed a lawsuit Dec. 6 requesting an injunction against the Board of Supervisors’ approval of the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan. Photo by Steve Puterski

Carlsbad contends the county failed to comply with CEQA, did not employ baselines for environmental reviews, did not provide adequate analysis of potential significant impacts such as air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, noise, land use planning and a host of others. Another contention from the city is the county may try to expand the airport’s footprint. The county owns 454 acres, 231 of which the airport currently resides. The suit alleges the county failed to analyze those components, along with 17 acres on the northwest corner of El Camino Real and Palomar Airport Road and mitigation meapart NOAH played in helping the bill’s sole sponsor, Judie Mancuso of Social Compassion In Legislation, achieve the passing of this historic legislation. “Now it will be a matter of enforcement, and these stores are already on Humane Law Enforcement’s radar,” Cunningham said. “It’s important for the public to be aware that just because the law is now in effect, the problem hasn’t necessarily disappeared. Especially in these early days, we really need to hold these stores’ feet to the fire. If you see something that’s not right, please report it to Humane Law Enforcement immediately.” The bill, though widely supported in the legislature, was not without opponents. These opponents of the bill — including the American Kennel Club, the California Retailers Association, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and one prominent San Diego County pet store owner — argued that the bill strips consumers of the right to choose where they purchase their animals. A call to David Salinas, who owns several pet stores in San Diego County and lobbied against the bill, was not returned at the time of publication. Salinas had been the most vocal opponent of local efforts to pass ordinances in San Marcos and in Oceanside, where he previously had stores, but shut them down following the passage of the ordinances. He hired a lobbyist to fight the bill.

sures. The suit also cites the county’s plans, which are over 20 years, from the relocation of numerous buildings and roads to moving the taxiway and runway plus the 800-foot lengthening of the runway. “The City Council directed the lawyers to file a legal challenge to the approval of the Master Plan and certification of the Program EIR unless the county agrees to extend the deadline for the city to file suit and also to pursue a creative and forceful strategy to supplement the litigation,” according to a statement from the city. “Notwithstanding its decision, the City Council made it clear that the

door is always open to a negotiated resolution, should the county change its approach to the city and its residents’ interests.” As for other questions surrounding the action, Kristina Ray, director of community outreach and engagement, said the city will not comment further due to the pending litigation. The county will also not comment, as a spokesperson noted several weeks ago when the resident group Citizens for a Friendly Airport filed its suit, which is independent of the city’s action, on Nov. 10. The suit challenges many of the same claims made by the city.


700 in compliance with Fair Political Practices Commission guidelines. Abed said that the only actual real estate transaction he carried out during that time period was brokering a deal on behalf of his brother, who at the time lived overseas, in an effort to avoid conflicts-of-interest and comply with Fair Political Practices Commission regulations. Jay Wierenga, a spokesman for the Fair Political Practices Commission, said that certain guidelines around accuracy exist when filling out the Form 700 for public officials. “(A)nyone required to fill out a Form 700 must do so to the best of their ability and as truthfully as required, and if mistakes are made, to correct and amend as quickly as possible, preferably before being notified,” Wierenga said. “If done so on their own, that can be seen as a mitigating factor if any violation did occur.”


body 100 percent. He’s a nice guy, we became friends, and that’s the extent of the relationship.” Though Abed only recently announced the career move to Brush Real Estate, Glen Brush said that Abed has actually worked as an agent at the firm for the past four to five years. Brush said that during that time frame, Abed worked as a referral agent, only earning a 25 percent referral fee — taken out of the commission earned on the sale of the property — if he provided a referral to another agent at the firm which led to the sale of a property. A review of Abed’s Form 700 documents filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, however, did not show any disclosure of income earned from Brush Real Estate. The California Political Reform Act, which created the Fair Political Practices Commission, mandates that elected officials must disclose the “name and address of each source of income aggregating five hundred dollars ($500)” earned outside of the public office sphere. Abed, in response to questions sent via email, said that he believed anything under $10,000 did not require disclosure by name, but merely as a source of income. Abed’s Form 700 for 2017-2018, he said, includes the Brush Real Estate income in the amendments section, but it does not name it by name because it totaled less than $10,000. He said that he filled out the Form

Political experience

Glen Brush also donated money to Abed’s campaign, according to a review of campaign finance documents published by the city of Escondido. The documents show that, throughout the 2018 election cycle, Brush gave $100 per month to Abed’s campaign. In total, Brush donated $1,000 to Abed during the campaign cycle as of Oct. 20, 2018. Brush maintained that he did not donate campaign money to Abed in return for any political favors, but as a token of their long-tenured

REGION — The battle over large housing projects in the back country and rural enclaves of North County will play itself out in in 2019 and 2020, by way of a lawsuit and a referendum. The lawsuit, filed last year by the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove Town Council, takes aim at the Harmony Grove Village South project the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved in July as part of a three-development general plan amendment. Critics of the project argue that it places new units in a fire-prone area with limited evacuation routes, increases density in a largely rural setting and introduces apartments into a landscape dominated by rural estates and single-family homes. “This Project—which would place hundreds of new residences in a wildfire-prone, rural area of the County, lacking urban services and infrastructure —is exactly the kind of suburban sprawl the County sought to curb in its 2011 comprehensive General Plan update,” the lawsuit states. “Nonetheless, the County bent over

friendship. “I have supported Sam for a long time and we have not benefited from any decisions regarding real estate decisions from City Council beyond what every licensed agent in San Diego benefited,” Brush stated. Brush said that Abed approached him about a possible job working at his firm not long after the finalization of the results in the mayoral race. “In Sam’s case, given his political background, he understands land use, he understands the process of putting something in front of the Planning Commission, getting approvals done and making sure the usage is correct,” Brush said. “So, he has a lot of experience on that side of things. Long-term, I think he would like to focus more on the commercial and development process because he has an expertise in that.” But Brush also said that the company does things in a “straight up” manner and would not seek to utilize Abed’s access to city officials to steer business toward Brush Real Estate. “We don’t represent brokers or development-type people,” Brush said. “All of our clientele are people we have worked with now for 20-plus years and they refer their friends, neighbors and kids to us. That’s how we do business. I don’t try to get involved in large-scale projects; it’s not what we do.” Cooling-off time

Under the Political Reform Act’s Section 87406, former public officials must have a one year cooling off period after governmental

backwards to approve the development, amending the General Plan, rezoning the property, and adopting a statement of overriding considerations to justify the significant environmental impacts of the Project, among other actions.” The parties are scheduled to meet for a status conference Jan. 11. Meanwhile, opponents of the county’s second large approval last year — the Newland Sierra project north of San Marcos — successfully gathered enough signatures to force the county to put the issue to voters. Petitioners collected nearly twice the number of signatures needed to force a referendum to rescind the Board of Supervisor’s Sept. 25 approval of the 2,135-unit development near Merriam Mountain. The Board of Supervisors, rather than rescinding the approval outright, voted 4-0 in December to place the item on the March 2020 ballot. Supporters said the Harmony Grove Village South and Newland Sierra projects will help ease the county’s lingering housing as well as provide infrastructure to both areas. service as it relates to advocating for policies on behalf of a private company in front of their former colleagues. Those colleagues can be either elected officials or regulators. Bob Stern, the first legal counsel for the Fair Political Practices Commission and co-author of the Political Reform Act, said that Section 87406 can be difficult to enforce unless city governments implement robust ethics precautions and best practices. That includes halting private meetings held between elected officials and their former elected office colleagues turned private sector advocates. “Well the question is, I don’t know that there are many of them going on,” Stern said about private advocacy meetings. “I don’t think there are a whole lot going on, but maybe there are. If that were the case and there was a whole bunch of these going on and it’s not being reported or being stopped, then you could have regulations requiring anytime someone was meeting with a former public official they have to keep a record of it. I suppose that would be a way to take care of it.” The Fair Political Practices Commission, in 2009 advice letter, wrote that for “a small meeting to discuss a particular administrative or legislative action, or other specific action or proceeding involving the issuance, amendment, awarding, or revocation of a permit, license, grant, or contract” it can “be inferred that the former employee’s presence at the meeting is intended to influence agency action.”


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Anti-vaxxers are making it quite clear they won’t quit


Assembly back in session By Marie Waldron

On Jan. 7, 120 California legislators assembled in the State Capitol to begin the 2019-2020 session. Almost 3,000 bills will probably be introduced over the next few weeks. Some will be controversial, though I’m hoping that many important issues that face us, regardless of party, including disaster preparedness, water infrastructure, health care, transportation, education and many more, will generate bipartisan solutions. Proposals for new legislation must be submitted to the Legislative Counsel’s office by Jan. 25 so that bill language can be drafted by Feb. 22, this year’s final in-

troduction deadline. The first stop will be the Rules Committee, which assigns bills to policy committees based on subject matter and committee jurisdiction. Bills are normally assigned to more than one committee, and must pass each committee and be approved by their full house of origin by May 31. If approved, bills then referred to the alternate house where the process begins once again. Sept. 13 will be the last day that any bill can be considered this year. The committee system often means the final floor vote is the only time members not assigned to a bill’s specific committees actually see the bill. Once approved

by both houses, bills are forwarded to the Governor, who will have until Oct. 13 to sign or veto legislation. We also have to pass a new state budget by June 15 and, as always, we’re going to be busy. As Assembly Republican Leader, I will be working closely with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon as we tackle critical issues facing our state and region. I’m looking forward to a productive New Year in Sacramento. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

Do more to save Torrey pine trees Torrey pine trees have been dying at an alarming rate since about 2014. Thought to be remnants of an ancient forest that grew along the Southern California coast, these rare and endangered trees have survived and adapted to grow naturally in and near Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve where almost no other tree can grow. They were here when the early Spanish explorers named them Punto de los Arboles or “Point of Trees” and used them as a landmark for sailors navigating off the California Coast. They were here in 1883 when Dr. Charles Parry became distressed over their lack of protection and urged San Diego to save them from extinction. And they were here in the early 1900s when concerned newspaperwoman and philanthropist Ellen Scripps purchased land slated for development and donated it to the people of San Diego to protect the Torrey pines. But now they are dying. And although there have been smaller die-offs in

here were a lot of lessons from the fall election campaign whose results only recently became completely final, including these: President Trump has no clout beyond his vocal base, women voters can swing control of one or both houses of Congress, unpopular taxes can survive even if they were enacted on just a narrow vote. But one lesson that many Californians may have missed is that anti-vaccination advocates who believe disease-preventing inoculations can sometime cause autism and other ills will not go away soon. These folks would rather subject millions of other people to possible harm from once-feared scourges like measles, mumps, rubella, polio and whooping cough than give up the freedom to expose their own children to those diseases. They also find new ways to circumvent rules set up to protect the general populace and will go after any politician who’s interfered with their former right to “personal exemptions.” The persistence produced one of the fall’s least-reported but still interesting campaigns, a state Senate race in Sacramento. Running for re-election was Democrat Richard Pan, the state Legislature’s only pediatrician and the author of California’s 2015 law that ended personal exemptions. This law stopped parents’ right to claim even without proof that their religious beliefs forbade them from getting their schoolage children vaccinated. After it passed, the vaccination rate among California public school kindergarteners rose from 90.4 percent in the 2014-15 school year to 95.1 percent

california focus thomas d. elias in 2017-18. As a result, far fewer children are being exposed to measles than before, saving both lives and money. Also, parents numbering at least in the hundreds have been forced unwillingly to get their kids vaccinated so they could register to attend classes. But other anti-vax parents found a way around the new rules, taking advantage of the remaining right to a medical exemption if a physician writes that a child could be harmed by a vaccine. The peer-reviewed medical journal Pediatrics reported in November that one California doctor was getting $300 each for signing medical exemptions from vaccinations for measles, polio, diptheria, chicken pox and other diseases. The journal said a nurse practitioner also had written exemptions, when only physicians can legally do so. And it found other doctors who already issue medical marijuana recommendations for pot dispensaries have added vaccination exemptions to their repertoire. Overall, medical exemptions have tripled since 2015, rising as high as 20 percent of kids registering in a few schools. Doctors say that figure demonstrates at least some medical exemptions are “inappropriate,” polite language for phony. Into that climate came independent state Senate candidate Eric Frame to oppose Pan, who had no opposition from either major political party. Frame got 13 percent of the primary election

vote and 31 percent of fall runoff votes, saying, “It’s a fact that children have adverse reactions” to vaccines. Trouble is, that’s not a known fact: Widely reported “studies” making that claim have been thoroughly debunked, many of their authors forced to recant and apologize. Major health and science organizations unanimously say vaccines may rarely have small side effects, but no major ones like the claimed cases of autism. Responded Pan to Frame’s campaign claims, “Spreading misinformation about vaccines is dangerous. We’ve seen a fall in vaccination rates when people spread misinformation … and we’ve seen a return of (some) preventable diseases.” This doesn’t deter the anti-vaxxers, one of whose chief spokesmen is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who reacted during the campaign to Pan’s comment by charging Pan “would completely abolish free speech online in California…” Kennedy and other anti-vaxxers can’t factually argue with Pan’s statement in Pediatrics that “vaccines are (more than) 1,000 times safer than the diseases they prevent … (even though) vaccine risks may be too high for a few people, for example, those with a known severe allergy to a vaccine.” The upshot is that anti-vaxxers can only gain traction when parents become credulous enough to believe unproven claims, claims that don’t become valid just because some people deeply believe them. But there is no sign that any law will diminish their beliefs or their determination to evade vaccination requirements. Email Thomas Elias at

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the past, this time it’s worse. The official story is that drought and beetles are killing them, but there are questions that remain unanswered. Why did trees on Torrey Pines Golf Course die when they were being watered and didn’t have many beetles? What’s causing the excessive oozing of sap seen on some of the trees? And simply, have they been adequately analyzed? A small grassroots effort is trying to get a better understanding of why these

trees are dying. Their web page is A petition at their web page, currently with over 450 signatures, encourages authorities to analyze the trees for the same reason any doctor would order a blood test for a sick patient. We should all support this effort. Dale Williams is a retired landscape architect and former volunteer docent at Torrey Pines. He lives in San Diego


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13th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk this weekend By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Soroptimist International of Vista & North County Inland is gearing up for its 13th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk in downtown Vista on Jan. 12 at the Wave Water Park. The group is both a major sponsor as well as host for the yearly event. It’s anticipated that more than 100 walkers will take part in the day, which begins at 12:30 p.m. The walk will take place rain or shine, raising awareness on an important issue. “The purpose of this event is to continue to educate and raise awareness about trafficking in North San Diego County, specifically, the commercial sexual exploitation of men, women, and children,” said Kaye Van Nevel, a member of Soroptimist International of Vista and committee chair of the Prevention of Violence Against Women/Human Trafficking. According to Van Nevel, San Diego is the 13th largest city in the U.S infected by human trafficking. She notes that North County remains vulnerable. “Not long ago, local gangs joined forces and placed victims in motels on the 78 Corridor between Oceanside and Escondido. Law enforcement had infiltrated them, and made multiple arrests,” she said. “Stings like this are continually planned and performed. Middle and high schools are now including human trafficking information in health curriculum.” Van Nevel said 80 percent of human trafficking victims are citizens of the U.S.

WITH THE ANNUAL WALK to raise awareness of human trafficking set for Saturday, organizers of the downtown Vista event offer a reminder that 80 percent of human trafficking victims are U.S. citizens. Courtesy photo

“The age of recruitment ranges between 12 and 14 years old, mostly girls. In 2016, $800 million was the estimated ‘take’ for the criminals,” she said. Three guest speakers will be on hand for the day including San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, Jaimee Johnson, the founder of Sisters of the Streets, and Joseph Travers of Saved in America.

Information tables from North County Lifeline’s Project Life, Alabaster Jar Project, Muslims Against Trafficking, Operation Hope, and Pat Spencer who authored, “Story of a Stolen Girl,” will be set up, among others. The 1-mile walk will begin with a round trip from The Wave Waterpark to Civic Center Drive. The event is free, with a re-

quested donation of $10. “The money will go directly to Soroptimist International Vista North County Inland's service fund for future anti-human trafficking events,” Van Nevel said. Van Nevel also gave thanks to other organizations such as the city of Vista, which helps promote the annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk with an informative banner above Vista

Village Drive. “Also, The United Methodist Church of Vista freely opens their Fellowship Hall for bi-monthly meetings of the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meetings, supported by SIVNCI,” she said. Van Nevel said those who attend the meetings are actively involved in the ongoing fight against trafficking. Service providers also participate in the meetings, such as North County Lifeline’s Project Life, Alabaster Jar Project’s Hope House, Coordinator of Student Support Services, Vista Unified School District, Law Enforcement, Survivors, Free to Thrive, which offers pro bono legal services to victims, members of multiple area churches, Child Protective Services and Mottino Family YMCA. “And most importantly, interested individuals who have taken up the task to learn more and share knowledge with their family and friends,” she said. Van Nevel describes this annual walk as vital for the entire community because it helps resonate an important message. “This walk recognizes the dedication of North County citizens to continue to provide more services for victims, improved legislation for their protection and create appropriate punishment for those criminals to stop ‘modern-day slavery,’” Van Nevel said. To learn more about the 13th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk as well as meetings championed by the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative, visit


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crowd, I would be a happy woman. I want one for my bad hair days, one for my feeling fat days, one for days when my face is blotchy, one for days when I’m in a hurry, days when my legs are hairy and one for days when I just don’t feel like getting dressed. In return, I am prepared to send her some swell things she may not have yet. Let’s see. I’ll toss in both my curling irons, all my setting gel, my steam rollers and my frosting kit. If there’s room, I’ll pack up my control-top pantyhose, some Spanx, Wonderbras and high heels. In the same box will go my razor, shaving cream, hair-remover cream and SPF 90 sunscreen. I mustn’t forget to offer up my $40-a-bottle foundation, powder, spot cover, my eyeliners, three eye shadows, mascara, lipsticks and blush. I think my fingernails will still show, but I generally ignore them anyway. My new friend can have all my belts and anything with buttons, zippers or hooks. I know. It’s not a fair trade, so I’ll try to slip in some fuzzy slippers, a big fluffy pillow, some classic novels, maybe a pair of comfy, flannel PJs, a portable CD player with her favorite music, a few quarts of Haagen-Dazs, corn chips, several pounds of bon-bons, a Nordstrom credit card and a weekly cleaning woman. Let’s show these women what freedom really means.

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am looking for an Afghan woman pen pal. I’d like to say that I am being altruistic and globally oriented, but frankly, now that they have gained a few freedoms, I have a deal to offer her and I’m hoping to hook her up with a major fashion designer at the same time. To offset any inkling of misunderstanding by my readers, you must know how I, like any red-blooded American woman, feel about women anywhere being forced to do anything. Having your every breath dictated by self-righteous, hateful fanatics goes way beyond hideous. Nevertheless, you will probably notice that it is primarily the younger women who are whipping off their head-totoe robes, called burqas, at the first opportunity. The older, rounder, wiser women are seeking their freedoms elsewhere. The first step in my plan is to send my new friend several large, self-addressed, postage-paid boxes, which I hope she will fill with burqas of every color. Send them straight to me. Don’t even worry about laundering them first. The moment I saw those muumuus to the 10th power, I began to salivate. If I could succeed in making those fabulous, hide-every possible-figure-flaw outfits a new fashion trend for my over-60

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SAN MARCOS — Look out Facebook and Google: Steve Twyman, founder of San Marcos startup, is hoping to offer a better option. Four years ago, he launched with a simple idea: provide a safe social media experience without all the privacy issues. It’s been operational for two years to date. “As a follower of the internet, I knew several years ago of the privacy invasion going on by ‘big tech’ and I created to address those issues,” he said. “I just needed to wait for the market to mature and I think the time is right to start to get the word out.” Twyman’s target audience is anyone who values their privacy. “We believe this crosses all demographics,” he said. “In the near term, we believe those that have been banned (temporarily or permanently) from major social websites for their medical views or political views are actively looking for an alternative they can trust.” “We also believe that there is a large portion of our culture (5 to 10 percent) who value private communications to the point that they would switch to a service like if they know it exists. We have been laying low from a marketing standpoint as consumers become more aware of privacy issues. We believe the time is now to start to grow market share.” Twyman said his website is for “everyday people,” and “it is not a site for illegal activity to occur.” “It is simply a way to communicate without your personal information being shared to third parties and leveraged for their profit,” he said.

Who he is

Twyman, 55, and a father of four, has a tech background so this venture is fitting. With his bachelor of science degree in mathematical sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree from UC San Diego in software engineering business operations (formally called architecture-based enterprise systems engineering), he has a comprehensive background in all aspects of software engineering. “I have been a software engineer since college and have worked in both the commercial and defense industries as a software engineer and business leader,” he said. “I have designed, developed and deployed several types of applications, from webbased email, to large-scale databases, to first-responder software and specialized engineering applications.” The idea began seven years ago, when he was talking to a colleague about starting a company. They considered several ideas all centered on privacy-based software services. “We explored many ideas but had different

STEVE TWYMAN, of San Marcos, has created a social media site that he says provides users better privacy protection than Facebook. Courtesy photo

beliefs on where and how to move the company forward,” he said. “Ultimately, we split ways and in 2014, I started building” Going live

The website went beta in 2015 and launched in 2016 and he is hoping it becomes an alternative to other social media options. “We initially published a few press releases, but determined we needed to be patient,” he recalled. “The overall purpose of the site is to allow people to communicate knowing their posts will never be profiled and their personal information will never be sold to third parties,” he said. Twyman said’s approach, unlike big tech (e.g. Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc.), protects individual users’ privacy from third parties. He said this approach will make it competitive for these other reasons: • Big tech exploits user’s personal information which upsets people. • Big tech bans people based on user’s political and medical views. This forces users to look for an alternative. • Big tech is forced to consistently sell access to even more personal data to satisfy Wall Street’s desire for ever increasing revenues. Now big tech allows third parties (via “apps”) to gain access to friend lists, individual posts, pictures etc., and use that data in ways the public is unaware of. • Technology is at a point where a small company can keep its operating costs low while it becomes viable. • is architected such that it can incrementally scale its technology and operating costs as its user base expands. • Operating as a privately held company is critical to establishing trust with users. If it were a publicly held corporation or it

required large sums of venture capital, those investors would want a quick return, pressuring it to sell personal information. Website, app

Today, the website supports computers/laptop and phone-based browsers. Twyman is finalizing phone apps for the Apple and Android stores now and will launch those by March 1 or sooner. But if there are no ads on the website how does it make money? “Like Consumer Reports, we will cover operating expenses via modest subscription fees,” he said. “The business model is based on two tenants: Staying privately held and subscription fees. Both tenants must be in place to protect the consumer.” He said this assures that it can operate free from advertiser and Wall Street influence. This is required to build trust with people, he explained. At, being subscription-based means there is a contract (the subscription, if you will) between Connect23. com its users. This guarantees customers’ interests are its only interest. And that is only half the equation. is, and will always be, privately held. This is critical to staying true to its customers’ interests, he said. “Conversely a public corporation is pushed by Wall Street to constantly grow revenue and market share (or have their stock price drop),” Twyman said. “This forces companies such as Facebook to come up with new ways to profile people’s personal lives and sell access to that information. And that is not in the best interest of people because no one knows how that information may and will be used.”

com is hoping to be the top trusted source for privacy-based internet services. “Social media is only our first service and we will offer additional services as Connect23 grows and builds its brand,” he said. “We also want to give to charity through our efforts. We have established membership plans that donate to charity groups of each user’s choice.” And will it be a hit? Will it be able to compete with those big tech companies Twyman talks about? “I strongly believe that a subscription-based social media service will become a viable business and we will be a hit for our users,” he said. “Over time, as consumers become increasingly informed about privacy issues, they will gravitate toward I do not think Facebook is going away; however, I do think people are looking for a safe alternative and will join to communicate with their friends and family without being exploited.” Side work

As for Twyman he is fully dedicated to making the company a success and has devoted the last six-plus years to this effort. “I do have another job to help with bills as I make self-sustainable,” he said. Besides Twyman, has an advisory board with members possessing internet startup experience based in Silicon Valley and on the East Coast. The company itself has a small number of engineers who support the product and ongoing operations. And if you’re wondering how Twyman came up with the name he said: “It’s an easy place to connect like 1,2,3, and having a number in the name makes it easier to remember. Like 7-Eleven, Motel 6 and Six Flags.” Visit to sign up, learn more. Cost of A new source In the end, Connect23. service starts at $3/month.

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City of Escondido sued; disabilities act violation alleged By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — On Dec. 11, a plaintiff filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Escondido for an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as injuries and damages suffered as a result of lack of a handicapped accessible crosswalk and sidewalk at a heavily trafficked city intersection. Filed at the Superior Court of California in Vista, Winchester v. City of Escondido pits Fallbrook resident John Winchester, 46, against the city of Escondido. The complaint alleges that the injury took place at an intersection at the south 2000 block of Auto Parkway in Escondido, which contains numerous auto dealerships and is in close proximity to Interstate Highway 15. Winchester, who is wheelchair bound, alleges in the lawsuit that in October 2017 he encountered an area with “excessively and illegally abraded concrete, inaccessible walkways, which lacked protec-


answered. While operating Rancho La Puerta, Szekely was asked by her Hollywood celebrity clientele to create a smaller, more exclusive retreat for them nearer Los Angeles. And she did. The first location was where Interstate 15 is now; it was a small motel with 12 rooms. In 1968, she purchased 125 acres at the Deer Springs Road location. She went with architect Robert Mosher to Japan where they were inspired by the old traditional “honjin” inns designed to welcome weary travelers. Some of her guests loaned her money since no large bank would finance her. A smaller bank in Escondido did take the chance, and in 1973 she started to build. Golden Door opened in July 1973 bigger and better than its early beginnings. Hollywood elite

Leaving Hollywood’s material-centric world behind, luminaries have headed to Golden Door to rekindle their glow beyond the spotlight. Grande dames luxuriate in the riches of Mother Earth while royalty re-gild their spirits. Chief executives and heads of states herald their inner warriors, as do wives of the Fortune 500. Yet there are no status updates here; it’s all about relaxing, restoring and refreshing. Golden Door is a way of life — the best individual balance of healthy mind, body and spirit, it says. It’s easy to see why, since guests are greeted by the pure vitality of nature and the music of water flowing over rock cascades into quiet ponds, the soothing simplicities of an ancient labyrinth, the Japanese honjin inn design and a crisp cotton “yukata” robe as evening wear. The salubrious pleasures of bathhouse rituals, sunset hikes, moon-watching all offer a welcome return to quieter, “unplugged” times.

tion from sharp, exposed and/or abrasive features.” He added, “The walkway also had an unlawful change in height.” That rough terrain on cityowned property, the lawsuit alleges, led to Winchester falling and sustaining the following injuries: fractured pelvis, sternum, left knee, multiple ribs, his orbital, as well as a facial laceration on the right side of the face, a left thumb fracture and dislocation; and a right shoulder separation and tear. Prior to filing the lawsuit, as required by California state law, Winchester first filed a claim against the city of Escondido in April 2018. The city, however, never responded, elevating the claim to the civil litigation realm. Winchester has asked the court for over $25,000 in damage fees to come from the city of Escondido’s coffers. Richard Prager, a lawyer for Winchester in the case who works for the San Diego-based firm

Charles S. Roseman & Associates, said that he believes civil lawsuits of this sort can spark broader societal change and force cities to build out handicapped accessible infrastructure as a mainstay in development plans. “The importance of lawsuits like this are to make the city as accessible as possible for disabled individuals to improve and promote their independence and self-reliance,” Prager said. “The thing about the ADA is there’s authority that says basically the ADA applies to everything a city does. When you talk about sidewalks in particular, these types of claims can be common.” Not everyone agrees with using the civil court system as a way to adjudicate ADA claims, however, and it has come under fire by the American Tort Reform Association, a corporate-funded organization. An American Tort Reform Association affiliate website, Sick of Lawsuits, has a whole section oils. Size matters

critiquing ADA cases of the Winchester variety. “The ADA is an important, well-intended law meant to ensure the disabled have equal access to public places,” says the website. “The problem is that personal injury lawyers across the nation are using the ADA to extort settlements out of small businesses for violating the law.” Prager says that in this particular case, he believes the facts point toward Winchester as a righteous victim who was badly injured. He says his firm has filed similar cases throughout North County, including in Oceanside. “I don’t think anyone is going to criticize Mr. Winchester of having been a prior abusive ADA plaintiff,” Prager said. “He is a disabled guy trying to work and support his family. And he was very profoundly injured because the sidewalk was non-compliant with the ADA and that was part of the reason why he was hurt. And now,

because he’s not earning income, it impacts him and his family.” California, says Prager, has legal mechanisms on the books for ADA cases which allow for defendants in cases to settle cases with the aid of judges more hastily than other areas of the law. The goal, he said, is to keep legal costs low and have the law serve a broader public interest purpose. “One of the things that California’s done to make ADA cases more streamlined to save costs for everyone is that, if the defendant wants to voluntarily right away file a request to see a judge at a settlement conference, California law requires that,” Prager said. “So, if the city wanted to sit down right away with a judge and go over everything and try to revolve it and make it accessible the law and our law firm supports that.” City of Escondido attorney Michael McGuinnes said that, as a policy matter, the city does not comment on ongoing litigation.

the Golden Door is celebrat- a reported $24.8 million. ed.” The new management, led by Chief Operating Officer Kathy Van Ness, Healthy eating Don’t forget about the added upgrades including cuisine: Szekely strongly makeovers for the 40 guest believed that regular ex- rooms and the lobby, as well ercise and nutritious food as new programs and prodwere essential to a healthy ucts. Today the Golden Door life and focused her programs on active and passive experience continues to emexercise, including medita- power each guest to achieve a healthy mind, body and tion and yoga. Meals were low in fat spirit. Visitors relax, restore and nothing was fried. Most of the meals were soups, and refresh on a journey salads and chicken. Later, focused on personalized fitness, spa and nutrition fish was put on the menu. Most of the vegetables programs, thoughtfully deand fruits served were signed to meet the specific grown here as they are to- goals and needs of each. And of course, Golden day. Golden Door was the Door continues to be the first to offer garden-to-table place where celebrities, the elite, and the glitterati pay cuisine. homage when it’s time to be taken care of — from head New owners In 1998, Golden Door to foot. was sold to Patriot American, and Szekely and her son, Alex, remained active as consultants until Alex was diagnosed with melanoma and died in 2002. INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT? The Door was then When bad things happen taken over by Wyndham to good people, Hotels who sold it to The having experienced legal Blackstone Group, which representation is crucial. later sold it to Joanne ConCall: 818-478-8205 or way. In 2012, 22-time guest Visit: Conway, wife of billionaire Our fourth decade of diligently philanthropist Bill Conway, representing injury victims purchased Golden Door for

At Golden Door size doesn’t matter in fact, it believes “small is beautiful.” Amongst globally renowned wellness resorts, Golden Door remains singular. It offers an experience to just 40 guests each week that is exclusive and highly personalized. Over the years it has been renovated with the help of some heavy hitters like New York-based interior designer Victoria Hagan who refreshed the signature Asian decor of the 40 guest rooms, the dining room, reception lobby, bathhouse spa, guest lounges and yoga gyms. The outside comes inside through a mix of natural textures such as wood, bamboo, Japanese papers and grasses. Polished lacquered surfaces contrast with the humble matte finish of traditional shoji screens. “There's a tranquility that defines the Golden Door experience; a guest room becomes a personal sanctuary,” Hagan has said. “Subtle splashes of color ACTRESS JILL ST. JOHN takes part in a yoga class at the San and a sophisticated range of materials, evocative of Marcos spa. Courtesy photo/Golden Door the spa’s iconic past, have renewed the spirit of underHarmony abounds vate a diverse crop of rare stated elegance for which Its 600 acres of lands heirloom fruits, vegetables and gardens uphold eco- and plants, including more logical harmony through than 20 types of culinary bio-intensive agricultural herbs and 50 varieties of to® methods that harken back matoes. Renewal of the age-old to the 1920s. Pest control methods tradition of heirloom seed are natural; plantings are saving supports the preserin sync with the cycles of vation of a genetically diverse and safe food supply, the local ecosystem. Experiential garden it reports. • Auto Guests are surrounded tours guide guests through the multi-sensory sympho- by tea gardens, herb gar• Home ny of the pastoral landscape dens, avocado orchards, • Life — blooming with vibrant sand gardens and those excolors, authentic flavors quisite original, harmoni- Chad Hazelrigg • Retirement and heady aromas such as ously disciplined Japanese Hazelrigg & Associates CA Insurance License #0G19111 tension-dispelling lavender gardens. Sixty acres of citrus and mood-boosting lemon groves are now officially verbena. A full-service insurance agency with 3 convenient locations: A small flock of chick- certified as organic and a ens raised on site deliver recently transplanted olive ENCINITAS SAN MARCOS the pleasure of farm-fresh orchard boasts more than CARLSBAD 997 W San Marcos Blvd, Ste 103 250 trees bearing Italian 6994 El Camino Real, Ste 200 148 N El Camino Real eggs. Five culinary, floral varietal olives soon to be (760) 438-7712 (760) 942-5555 (760) 471-7545 and herb gardens and a sustainably harvested and 3,000-square-foot comput- pressed to create a collec- Subject to terms, conditions and availability. © 2018 Allstate Insurance Co. erized greenhouse culti- tion of fine gourmet olive

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Wondering what to do this winter? Don’t have to look far hit the road e’louise ondash


ec. 26 is not just the day after Christmas or Boxing Day. It’s the first official day of Southern California’s whale-watching season — one of the numerous signs that our winter has arrived. And it’s at this time of year that our off-shore neighborhood is filled with gray whales migrating south from their feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the warm lagoons of Baja California. Here they give birth to their calves and prepare for the return trip to Alaskan waters. A gray whale’s round trip totals 10,000 miles to 12,000 miles. Seeing gray whales off the Southern California coast has become almost commonplace and this is a good thing; it means that this once-endangered species is thriving. Gray whales can be as long as 45 feet and weigh up to nearly 100,000 pounds, so it’s no ho-hum experience when one or several of these leviathans surfaces next to a whale-watching boat. Regardless of the number of times I’ve seen gray whales, the encounter never fails to take my breath away. Their routes can run close to

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shore, just beyond the surf line, and their spouts can sometimes be seen from the beach. Lucky for us, North County residents don’t have to go far to get an up-closeand-personal look at several different types of whales that frequent our portion of the oceans. Whale-watching boats leave daily from Oceanside (Oceanside Adventures; 760-277-3737; ht t ps : / / w w w.ocea nside -, and Dana Point in southern Orange County (Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching; 888-224-0603; Despite what those who don’t live here think, winter in Southern California is a real thing, and the nicest thing about it is that it is optional. North County residents can travel to the snow and cold — about a two-hour drive northeast — have fun,

then return to the warmer climes whenever. Nearby mountain destinations include Big Bear Lake (https://, with snow play attractions and ski resorts Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Together they have 50 runs, are only two miles apart and are connected by a free shuttle; Wrightwood with Mountain High Ski Resort http://www. and Idyllwild (

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No skiing here; just a quiet, scenic alpine town with quaint shops and restaurants. The historic gold-mining town of Julian usually gets doused in the white stuff a couple of times a season, and this draws lots to the village for shopping, rustic B&Bs and hot apple pie. ( The winter and spring months are the desert’s best seasons. Within two hours

are Palm Springs (Modernism Week Feb14-24 https:// and all the desert communities in Coachella Valley that sit at the base of the now snow-covered San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains; the hiking trails of Indian Canyons (https:// ); Borrego Springs (http:// borregospringschamber. com) and Anza Borrego Desert State Park (https://www. with hiking trails galore, dozens of fascinating, giant metal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda, and with luck and some rain, lots of desert blooms. Bottom line: Drive two hours or less in any direction from North County and you’ll find beauty, history and adventure, and that includes our coastal cities, too: San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and all those cities with “beach” in their name: Laguna, Newport, Huntington, Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan. With all the tourists mostly absent now, the coast is clear! After a walk on the wide-open beaches, check out some of these cities’ lesser-known gems like their museums, historic neighborhoods and locals’ favorite bistros. Share your adventures. Email me at For more photos and commentary:

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Sports Day feels at home playing Torrey Pines sports talk jay paris


ustralian golfer Jason Day didn’t drop the phone. The same couldn’t be said about his jaw. “The Rod Laver,” Day said moments after winning the first of his two Farmers Insurance Open titles in 2015. Yep that one, mate, and how did the North County become an intersection for Aussie sportsmen? Two of them, Laver and Day, are in the news Down Under and around here. Day, who hails like Laver from Rockhampton, Queensland, is full of Aussie charm and is returning to defend his championship at the rugged Torrey Pines Golf Course from Jan. 21 to Jan. 27. The North Course is in play for the first two rounds, then it’s just a South Course void of any manners. Day prevailed in last year’s Monday playoff and looked to be bound for a big year. That didn’t happen for various reasons, but Day, ranked No. 11, is brimming with vigor in a bid to find his form. Where else is better to do it than the scenic bluffs of Torrey Pines? Day, 31, has been winning there since taking the Junior World Golf’s 15-17 years age-group crown in 2004. “It’s a golf course that I thoroughly enjoy playing at and competing against everyone,” Day said. “I’ve had a lot of good memories in the process.”

Among them are Day forming a connection with Laver, the Aussie tennis legend. Laver, a longtime North County resident, has long been keen on Day. “He’s a Queenslander, you know,” Laver often said when tracking Day. So when Day won at Torrey, Laver was watching from his Carlsbad couch. The longtime local was rooting for a home boy. After Day finished off the field and his media obligations, he had Laver on the line. “Yes, Mr. Laver,” Day said in accepting the Aussie icon’s congratulations. Day was wide-eyed then and now when hearing of Laver. “You have no idea big how big he is at home,” Day said. Laver, 80, finds the January spotlight, too, as he’s being honored at next week’s Australian Open. Tennis’ first Major of the season, in the arena that bears his name, will salute the 50th anniversary of Laver’s second and historic Grand Slam. In 1969 Laver became the only player to secure two Grand Slams in winning the Australian, French and U.S. Opens, plus Wimbledon, in a calendar year. He’ll be the toast of Melbourne and Day isn’t surprised. “He is such a giant in our country,” said Day, who’s donated signed caps to Laver’s charity endeavors. “And above what he did on the tennis court is he such a humble, nice person.” The two went on to exchange cell numbers and occasionally cross ways. Day knows why he enjoys beating a path toward Torrey Pines.

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GOLFER JASON DAY has won two PGA titles at Torrey Pines, including last year in a playoff. In doing so, he has become a favorite of North County resident, and fellow Aussie, Rod Laver. Courtesy photo

“It reminds me of Australia and obviously when you’re playing someplace that reminds you of home that brings a lot of good memories back,” Day said. “I know the course was set up for me and I like the ones that are harder to score on.” Day will try to go low in a field that includes five other tournament winners and Justin Rose, the world’s top-rated golfer. Tiger Woods was expected to play but has yet to commit. Others of note include Torrey Pines High’s Pat Perez and Jamie Lovemark, Poway’s Charley Hoffman and San Diego State products Xander Schauffele and J.J. Spaun. Schauffele won Sunday’s PGA Tour season-opening event in Hawaii and rise to No. 6. “That golf course is going to test you,” Day said. “You are not only playing

Trio of CSUSM hoopsters honored SAN MARCOS — The Cal State San Marcos Student-Athlete of the Month awards were presented to women’s basketDarae Elliott ball player Jon’Nae Vermillion and men’s basketball player Darae Elliott for December 2018. Leading the team with 14.2 points per game, Vermillion also came down with 9.0 rebounds per game during the month of December. Her best performance of the month came against Cal State Dominguez Hills on New Jon’Nae Vermillion Year’s Eve as the junior posted her third double-double of the season with 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Against San Francisco State on Dec. 8, Vermillion tallied a season-high 21 points for the Cougars. Elliott, meanwhile, led the men’s team with 13.8 points per game and a 52.7 field-goal percentage while coming down Emma Forel with 6.6 rebounds per game in

December. Elliott posted his fourth double-double performance of the season on New Year’s Eve at Cal State Dominguez Hills with a season-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Elliott scored at least 13 points in four of the Cougars’ five games. In the first game back after winter break, on Dec. 29, the Cougars’ Emma Forel led CSUSM to a triple-overtime victory en route to being named California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week. Forel, a 6-foot-3-inch forward, compiled 27 points while crashing the glass for 18 rebounds, both season highs. The sophomore from Lyon, France, was an effective 9-for-15 from the floor as CSUSM battled Cal State LA in the Cougars’ first triple-overtime game in program history, coming out on top in the 89-87 contest.

against the other guys but it’s yourself and your ego. There’s going to be a lot of disappointment out there sometime.” No worries, mate? Hardly, when trying to tame Torrey Pines. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports

REGION — The San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football opened training camp practices Jan. 5 in San Antonio, five weeks before their first game. “We had a lot of mistakes,” Coach Mike Martz said after the initial practice at Heroes Stadium, an 11,000-seat stadium serving the seven high schools in the North East Independent School District. “When you come out, especially when everyone is new to the system, it’s never good. It’s either horrible or it’s bad. Bad is good. There were a lot of mistakes out there, but the intensity was really good. I’m happy with the effort. I’m pleased with the players.” Former University of San Diego standout defensive end Jonathan Petersen called the first practice “great because everybody is kind of feeling out everybody, coaches included.” All but two of the 75 players on the roster participated in Saturday's two practices — recently signed offensive lineman Tylor King and offensive tackle Gerrad Kough, who is awaiting medical clearance, said Matt Provence,

the Fleet’s director of communications. The Fleet has the first right to sign players from San Diego State, USD, USC, Stanford, Washington and 10 other universities. The quarterbacks on the roster are Mike Bercovici (Arizona State), who played with the Chargers during the 2016 and 2017 preseasons; Philip Nelson (Minnesota/East Carolina); and Alex Ross (Coastal Carolina). Each AAF team is required to have three quarterbacks on its regular-season roster. The Fleet will conduct nearly 30 training camp practices overall, including a joint practice with the Atlanta Legends on Jan. 17 and what Provence called “a final dress rehearsal scrimmage” Jan. 27. All of the league’s eight teams are holding training camp in San Antonio. The Fleet must reduce its roster to the 52-player regular-season limit by Jan. 30. The Fleet will begin play Feb. 9 at San Antonio and play their first game at SDCCU Stadium Feb. 17 against Atlanta. — City News Service

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Teen defensive driving clinic moves to San Marcos By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — For years, living life in the fast lane was everything to Doug Herbert. It’s apropos: A former drag racing champion, it was Herbert’s job to go fast. But that all changed in 2008, when Herbert’s 17- and 12-year-old sons, Jon and James, died in a horrific car crash in North Carolina. His eldest son Jon was speeding at the time, Herbert said. “He was driving fast and recklessly, not anything different than I would have been doing at age 17,” Her-

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Tickets are now available for the Vista State of the Community luncheon at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at or by calling (760) 726-1122. Keynote addresses from Vista Mayor Judy Ritter and Linda Kimble, superintendent of Vista Unified School District.

JAN. 12


Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host a one-mile Human Trafficking Awareness Walk 12:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12, at the Wave Waterpark, 101 Wave Drive, Vista. Information tables and STOP Trafficking signs will be provided. Registration at Wave Waterpark entrance. Speakers will include San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, Joseph Travers, Saved In America, Jaimee Johnson, Sisters of the Streets. For more information, visit


The signature Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will make a stop in the area at The Shoppes at Carlsbad as part of its California tour, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Jan. 12 in the parking lot near Regal Cinemas and Luna Grill, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 729-6183 or


The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation, Carlsbad based soccer club and LA Galaxy San Diego are offering a free heart screening to all youth athletes aged 12 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave, Carlsbad. Register at https:// /register/ registration-galaxy/. The EP Save A Life Foundation will also provide hands-only CPR training for all youth getting screened as well as parents.


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bert said. “Because as teens, you think that nothing like this can ever happen to you.” Since then, Herbert has made it his life’s quest to teach teens the virtues of defensive driving through his nonprofit, B.R.A.K.E.S. “I wanted to make sure my boys’ lives were going to make a difference,” said Herbert, citing statistics from the Center of Disease Control that show that motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 killer of teenagers age 16 to 19. “If their lives can save another dad from go-

ing through this experience, then I have accomplished what I set out to do.” The organization, whose acronym stands for “Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe,” hosts defensive driving clinics across the country for teenage drivers. It started with a safe driving class for 50 teenagers in North Carolina in 2008. Today, Herbert estimates that 35,000 teens in more than 30 states have participated in the program since its inception. “It has turned into something really, really

neat, and helped avoid a lot of teenage driving deaths,” Herbert said. BRAKES formerly operated its San Diego clinic at Qualcomm Stadium, but has permanently moved it to Cal State University San Marcos. The first clinics at the new location take place Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. When asked to describe the program, Herbert said that the first thing that people should understand is that it is not a driver’s education class. In fact, all drivers are required to have at least 30

12 meeting at Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido, where newly-elected Mayor Paul McNamara and Council Member Consuelo Martinez will talk about their vision for Escondido.

dation has opened up the application for 100 scholarships for San Diego County students pursuing higher education during the 20192020 school year, totaling in $2 million in grant availability. The holidays are the perfect time for students to work on these applications for an opportunity to receive financial support for school. The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application is available at until 2 p.m. Feb. 5, 2019.

Huffman, a certified public accountant, from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Huffman will speak about the new tax changes and answer general tax questions. Visit for more information.

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will have a meeting and pot luck at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Oceanside Jan. 13 and go bowling at Surf Bowl with dinner at Hunter Steakhouse, Oceanside Jan. 17. Reservations are necessary at (858) 674-4324.

JAN. 15


The Gloria McClellan Center offers free Line Dance classes for beginners on Tuesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Class is taught by Helen BRUNCH WITH FRIENDS North County Widows Pietroforte. To register, call & Widowers Club will gath- (760) 643-5281 or log onto er for a Champagne Brunch and lively conversation at 11 a.m. Jan.13 at The Broiler in Oceanside Harbor. Cost is JAN. 16 $28 (tax and tip not includ- KIDS’ COOKING CLASSES ed) and $6 for a bottle of Register now for the city champagne. Make reserva- of San Marcos baking class tions with Dale at (760) 522- “Cooking Round the World,” 5144. for youth 6- to 12-years old on Fridays at 4 p.m. beginning Feb. 1 at the San Marcos COMPOST IN 2019 A five-week Master Community Center, 3 Civic Composter Course is be- Center Drive, San Marcos. ing offered from 10 a.m. to Cost is $169 for eight weeks. 1 p.m. Jan. 13 to Feb. 17 at Students must join by the San Diego Botanic Garden, first class. Registration re230 Quail Gardens Drive, quired at Encinitas, with lectures, register. For more informademonstrations and a field tion, call (760) 744-9000. trip, presented by the Solana Center for Recycling. Cost is TROPICAL BIRDING $50. Register at solanacenThe Buena Vista bon Speaker Series offers a taste of tropical birding at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at 2202 S. JAN. 14 Coast Highway, Oceanside. Martyn Kenefick will report NOMINATE TOP BUSINESS The Vista Chamber of on The Republic of Trinidad Commerce is asking for nom- and Tobago’s high mountain beaches, and inations for its “Heroes of rainforest, Vista 2019” gala. It is looking mangroves, home to 482 spefor the Best in 2018 to honor. cies of birds, 68 bat species, Nominate your company or and 765 butterfly species. another company for Small For more information: (760) Business of the Year (50 em- 439-2473 ployees or less), Large Business of the Year (51+ employees), New Business of the JAN. 17 Year (In Existence or in Vista WIDOWS & WIDOWERS two years or less), Non-ProfNorth County Widows it of the Year (501(c)3) or & Widowers Club will gathBusiness Person of the Year. er for Happy Hour at 4 p.m. Applications can be gotten Jan. 17 at the “Old Spaghetti at Factory” on Twin Oaks Valplay/4128343709062152223 ley Road, San Marcos. Resand are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1, ervations are required. Call 2019. The gala will be held Dale at (760) 522-5144. at 6 p.m. April 5at Cal State University San Marcos. TAX NEWS The National Active and SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Retired Federal Employee The San Diego Foun- Association will host Dale


JAN. 11, 2019 hours of experience behind the wheel to participate. Teens get behind-thewheel experience on how to, among other things, avoid a crash, a “panic stop” exercise aimed at teaching them how to employ anti-lock brakes, a “drop wheel” recovery exercise that teaches them how to avoid over-correcting when they drive off of a shoulder, and a skid-avoidance course in a vehicle with special tires that simulate slick driving conditions. Herbert said there is also a distracted driving course that reinforces in teens the dangers of texting or using other devices while

driving. “I tell them when I am driving my dragster, do you think I am FaceTiming my friends? No,” Herbert said. The program’s instructors include a collection of former and current law enforcement, race car drivers, first responders and stunt drivers who all undergo background checks and special BRAKES training to learn how to teach teenagers. “We try to exceed everybody’s expectations,” Herbert said. Space is limited and seats are filling quickly. Online registration is available at

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The San Diego Botanic Garden hosts its annual meeting and a retirement reception for President Emeritus Julian Duval from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 19, for the meeting and noon to 2 p.m. for the retirement party, at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. The meeting and retirement party are free, but reservations are required at htm.

Join the PET Talk, “Acupressure for Pets” at the San Diego Humane Society of San Diego Oceanside Campus from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, showing participants some useful points for keeping their pets in balance as well as points for various issues their animals may be having. For more information, visit http://support. JAN. 20 tail&id=133897. FARM FOOD FESTIVAL Coastal Roots Farm SCIENCE AND FUN hosts Tu B’Shvat Food ForThere will be a STEM est Festival from 10 a.m. to Exploration Hour from 3:30 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at 441 Saxony to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 for ages 6 Road, Encinitas. The famito 12 at the Escondido Public ly-friendly event will include Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., tree planting and hands-on Escondido. Explore hydrau- learning about the Seven lics, wind power, coding, and Species – wheat, barley, engineering at various activ- dates, figs, grapes, olives, ity stations. The library’s 3D and pomegranates. There printer, Silhouette Cameo will be a Kids Zone, jewelprinter, and Raspberry Pi’s ry making, live music and will be on display. local food for purchase. The event is free, but RSVPs are required at CoastalRootsJAN. 18 VISTA DOWNTOWN MARKET

Drop by the Monthly Market in Downtown Vista plus an evening of live music, shopping and good vibes from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18. If you are a local maker, artist, crafter or local business, 10-foot-by-10-foot booth spaces are available for $40. Bring battery-powered lighting; canopy optional. For more information, e-mail dow ntow nv istav i l lage @


Register by Jan. 18 for The Elizabeth Hospice “Uprooted by Grief: Planting Seeds of Hope,” workshop for guidance and support after the death of a loved one, from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26, at the North Inland Live Well Center, 649 W. Mission Ave., Escondido. To reserve a seat, go to For more information about the workshop, contact Paula Bunn, Bereavement Manager, at (760) 796-3726.


The Gloria McClellan Center will screen a free, new movie release at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at 1400 Vale Terrace

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will gather for lunch and bocce ball at the Elk’s Club in Vista Jan. 23, and will have dinner at the Olive Garden before “Dancing Lessons” performance at the Scripps Ranch Theater, Scripps Ranch Jan. 26. Reservations are necessary at (858) 674-4324.

JAN. 26


San Diego Botanic Garden hosts a Living Wall/ Vertical Garden class from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $36, plus an $80 per student materials fee on day of class. Learn the basics of planting a 10-inch-by20-inch vertical plant wall made out of succulents. To register, visit classes.htm.


The Escondido Public Library will host a Wellness Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Visit and learn from community partners, including mental health professionals, financial advisers, senior medical care liaisons, essential oil experts, and other service providers.

On Martin Luther King Day, the community is invited to “MLK: In the Footsteps of a Dreamer” prayer breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at the QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside. Entry is $35 JAN. 27 for adults, $20 for under 17. AUCTION AT ENGINE MUSEUM The Antique Gas and QUILTERS MEET & BOUTIQUE Steam Engine Museum inNorth County Quilters’ vites the community to its Association’s will host Tiffa- Table Top Auctions at 9 a.m. ny Hayes from 6:30 to 8:30 Jan. 26 at 2040 N. Santa p.m. Jan. 21 at Gloria Dei Fe Ave., Vista. Visit Www. Lutheran Church, 1087 W. for more inforCountry Club Lane, Escon- mation. dido. Admission is $5. There will also be a White Elephant Boutique at 5:45 p.m. JAN. 31 LUNAR NEW YEAR

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Virtual Reality is back from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays through May 28 for ages 13 and older in the first floor Collaboration Corner of the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Step into virtual worlds using the Library’s Oculus Rift Virtual

Join the Lunar New Year celebration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. There will be Lion Dancers. Learn about the history and cultural significance of lion dancing as the Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society Lion Dance team performs a traditional dance celebrating the Lunar New Year.

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Faith and a double eagle make Del Frisco’s a winner


dramatic dining delight has come to San Diego. It’s the first West Coast location for Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, the nationally acclaimed restaurant with a tasty looking waterfront panoramic view in the Embarcadero District. Del Frisco’s brings sophisticated class, always welcome in “America’s Finest City.” It spotlights a big,

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selections further into the column. What attracted me was the nationally acclaimed wine selections, created by Wine Director Faith Fulginiti. You get instant evidence that this is not your father’s wine cellar, when you ascend a staircase of Italian marble steps with glass walls on either side, housing more than 7,000 bottles of temperature-controlled wine, to enter the dining room. This creates a wine display visible from almost every seat. I had experienced Del Frisco’s palate popping wine list when I was a frequent visitor to the Dallas downtown district where Del Frisco’s is the go-to dining spot for big cut steaks. At a family dinner, I was offered a bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet from the winery’s founding vintage, 2007, for $10,000. This wine is considered to be a leading edge brand for the “cult” status of Napa Valley Cabernets, and points to the depth of the wine program for Del Frisco’s. The San Diego location under the management of Faith Fulginiti, has amassed 10,000 bottles with over 1,400 varietals. Fulginiti has two decades of hospitality experience. For the past nine years, she was head bartender and sommelier at Del Frisco’s flagship restaurant in New York City and was instrumental in gaining a Wine Spectator Grand Award, the highest level distinction for a restaurant with a superior wine collection. We sat down with her

German Riesling Blue Slate. A Burgundy Chablis graced the crispy bright Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge. The iceberg lettuce was chilled to perfection and crackled as it was bitten into. The same with the cherry tomatoes, bacon and Danish blue cheese dressing. Our shared main course, a Double Eagle 45day dry-aged double-bone 32-ounce Prime Ribeye is an over-the-top culinary experience that is carved at the table to the diner’s exact proportions. This menu selection is $140, plus a wide choice of seasonal sides. The wine that is a perfect companion is the Del Frisco “house” 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon made by the legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs from Napa Valley and Sonoma. There are 17 Del Frisco locations nationwide open for lunch and dinner. Reservations on line at delfriscos. com or by calling (619) 2725060.

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• Parc Bistro-Brasserie DEL FRISCO Double Eagle Steakhouse had a recent opening in downtown San Diego and brought their award-winning in San Diego is having a Stewine director Faith Fulginiti to manage the acclaimed wine ven Kent Wine Dinner, from program. Courtesy photo 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16. recently and she expressed satisfaction with getting out of New York City. “We were serving about 1,200 diners a night, a tremendous accomplishment. San Diego is more a relaxed format and I’ve put a lot of love into the wine list. It’s my baby.” I asked her how the restaurant can manage such a large amount of choices. “We always have two sommeliers on staff to ed-

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ucate and guide our guests through the list,” Fulginiti said. “Do you like fruit forward, earthy, high acid, aged, full bodied? We carefully show them what they are can try. It’s meant to be a fun adventure and a journey. In the front of the book are featured selections that pair well with menu items. If a glass of wine will do, we have over 30 selections and we just added a 2006 Dom Perignon Champagne. Our by- the-glass program allows diners to try a brand before they buy a bottle. We have many of the great names in California wine, as well as Italy, France and Spain. “I’ve also chosen some Guadalupe Valley Baja names,” Fulginiti added. “Our goal is to cover all the wine countries in the world. We recently added wines from Lebanon and Greece. We have house wine with the Del Frisco’s brand. It’s a Cabernet Sauvignon made by the great Paul Hobbs of Sonoma and Napa Valley.” I asked Fulginiti what she enjoys when the work day is done. “When I relax after hours, it depends on my mood. It may be a fine glass of French champagne, but I have a love affair with Italian Amarone Valpolicella (a red blended wine from the Veneto region). It stirs my soul, a true gem,” she said. Food menus have their own story. I usually stay with what I know so that brought me to Del’s Jumbo Crab Cake for the 1st course. It had a delicious Cajun Lobster cream sauce placed like frosting on a cake. Paired with it was a familiar wine, the 2017 Dr Loosen

This is a five-course gourmet menu with the winemaker Steven Kent. Price is $99 per person. RSVP at (619) 795-1501 or at • Carruth Cellars is hosting Corks for Cause at their Little Italy Wine Garden location in San Diego from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. It is partnering with Rescue Express in Rancho Santa Fe that saves animal lives. Twenty percent of the sales proceeds that evening will be donated to this cause. For more, call (858) 876-7027. • The Craftsman in Encinitas has their first wine dinner of the year at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 featuring owner John Fones of Cellars 33 winery. This five-course custom dinner features Espresso Crusted Sirloin with a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, one of five wines served. Cost is $65 each. Call Mike at (760) 452-2000. Reach him at Frank@

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Beauty of food, travel and surfing as told by Jim Kempton


s a surfer on the fringes of the insider industry scene, the chance to meet and record a Lick the Plate radio show with an iconic figure like Jim Kempton was a thrill. A friend had given me a copy his killer new book of “First We Surf Then We Eat, Recipes from a Lifetime of Surf Travel� and I devoured it in one reading. As a surfing foodie who loves to travel, this book documents those topics, telling the stories of Jim’s real-life travels around the globe and accompanying those stories with recipes detailing meals that followed surf sessions or were part of the travel experience in that area. I should note that Jim has had the epic good fortune to fall into amazing jobs that provided these experiences while getting paid for it! It sounds like some crazy culinary surfing dream that I’ve had then am rudely jarred awake by the alarm clock. Billabong, Quicksilver, Surfer Magazine, Tran-

‘FIRST WE SURF, THEN WE EAT’ is the latest book by surfing foodie Jim Kempton, who shares his adventures and food experiences from his travels around the world. Courtesy photo

sworld Media, California Surf Museum ‌ are all entities that Jim has worked for or with over the years and provided much of the travel experiences that contributed to this amazing book. During his gig at Quicksilver he was assigned the task of joining a surf-exploring vessel called the Indies Trader.

This surf vessel took him and 14 guests plus five crew and various big name surfers around Europe, South America, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. This global multi-year epic adventure sounds like a fantasy scenario I would make up with some friends around the campfire after a

surf session and some drinks. I mean really, could it get much better? In addition to the travel and the surfing, Jim walked the culinary talk by teaming up with the owners of a successful restaurant in Tijuana to open an authentic Mexican joint in San Clemente called Margarita’s Village. Of course the surfing community followed him there, which gave it immediate street cred and provided a solid run as a restaurateur for Jim. Given that trifecta of surf industry insider and surfer, world traveler and restaurant owner, a book combining those elements in some form or fashion was inevitable. As Jim puts it, “I’ve been able to make a living while enjoying the three things I enjoy the most: surfing, traveling and cooking. In a certain way I’ve been working on this book all my life.� The book has forwards by Steve Pezman, the editor and publisher of The Surfer’s Journal and Raphael Lunetta, the chef/owner of Lunetta restaurant in Santa Monica, California. They provide keen insight into their relationships with Jim and include some great stories that of course combine surf adventures

followed by memorable meals. St e ve ’s account of “surfing a summertime swell in Malibu with dim Kempton sum on the way home� or “attending the Eddie Aikau big-wave contest and meeting George Downing for Oahu’s best Korean barbeque� made me lust for similar surf and food adventures. I should also note that Jim was born on the island of Guam in the Northern Pacific Ocean. He cut his surfing chops there and became familiar with the tropical cuisine of the locals that he favored over with the military commissary’s mainstream offerings. His family eventually landed in Poway where he spent his high school years but found himself at the beach every chance he had and found jobs with local surfboard shapers. Regions that are represented in the book include Guam, Tahiti and the Pacific, The Basque Country of France, California, Central America, Morocco, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Indonesia and Peru. Each features an introduction that tells a brief surf

tale, an anecdote and some history on the region and of course a culinary tale that will have you salivating. That is followed by very accessible recipes that most of us can pull off at home very easily. I envision hosting dinner parties that feature several of the dishes from a region preceded by reading the history and description to guests before our feeding frenzy. This is a beautiful book that should belong on the coffee table or in the kitchen of every surfer, foodie, traveler and anyone with a lust for life. It’s not just a cookbook, it’s a journal and oral history of a guy that’s led a charmed life and whose wanderlust and love of food and stories are worth sharing. You can purchase it on Amazon with a quick click and send it to friends and family who fit into one of those categories, and I think all of us fit in at least one of them! Better yet, take some time to visit local retailers like Surfy Surfy in Leucadia, Bliss and Hansen’s surf shop in Encinitas, Quicksilver Boardriders La Jolla, California Surf Museum in Oceanside, Warwick’s in La Jolla, Ocean Beach Surf Shop or Barnes & Noble.

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Police, community help victim’s family after tragic wrong-way crash By Samantha Taylor

OCEANSIDE — After an Oceanside man was killed in a wrong-way crash suspected to have been caused by a drunk driver, the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association and community have come together to help his family. Christopher Williams, 29, was on his way home from his job as a security guard and emergency medical technician at Pauma Casino around 4 a.m. on New

Year’s Day, according to the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association (OPOA), which also employs his wife Sarah as a public safety dispatcher. Adam Daniel Barooshian, 25, was allegedly speeding to the east on the westbound side of state Route 76 near Via Monserate when his Lexus IS 300 hit Christopher Williams’ motorcycle. Christopher Williams died at the scene. Barooshian, a Camp Pendleton

Marine and Massachusetts native, was taken to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of superficial injuries before he was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and murder. The Marine has a prior recent DUI charge still pending against him. His arraignment was held Jan. 4. According to the OPOA, Christopher Williams “was tragically and senselessly killed … by a drunk driver.”

Christopher Williams is survived by his wife and two sons, Jonathon, 8, and Nathan, 5. The association stated Sarah Williams “plays an integral part in the daily operations of keeping our city safe.” “While words cannot express the grief and pain we all feel as part of the Law Enforcement family, we all know that there will be harder days and times ahead,” the association stated. “Hav-

CSUSM opens Ecke family archives By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — Encinitas is the birthplace of the mass-produced poinsettia industry, a flower typically associated with the holiday season. And now California State University-San Marcos has opened an archival trove of records to memorialize the Ecke family business which helped bring the poinsettia to national prominence. Those records, housed with Special Collections at the CSU-San Marcos Library as The Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc. Business Records and Family Papers, feature the historical documents of their namesake, which the university obtained in 2013. The Ecke family ran a poinsettia business from from 1909 to 2012 headquartered in Encinitas. Today, what was the Paul Ecke Poinsettia Ranch business ceases to exist, undone by the globalization of the industry. But the records and memories remain intact. “The collection is approximately 600 cubic feet and over the past two years,

me and two student assistants have processed nearly two-thirds of the paper records,” said Aditi Worcester, a processing archivist at CSU-San Marcos’ Special Collections. “We’re also simultaneously working on digitization, file format migration for legacy and analog media, (as well as) cataloging and digital asset management. Prior to my joining the library team, Dr. Jeffrey Charles, professor in the history department at CSUSM, worked on the collection along with five student assistants, primarily to create an inventory of boxes and on digitizing images.” All student researchers received funding to work with the Ecke’s nonprofit family foundation. “The story of the last five years has not been the growth of the collection, but rather the progress made in organizing and cataloging it, to make it accessible to researchers,” Charles wrote in a recent press release. “A team of history grad students and I did preliminary sorting early on, but the recent work done by the University Library, again with some history students, has

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been tremendous. And as the collection has become accessible, it has begun to reveal the impact of the Eckes on the region, on the flower business, and on the way we celebrate Christmas.” To a nonhistorian, visualizing 600 cubic feet may not come naturally. So, Worcester put it into perspective. “Picture a banker’s box. Then picture 600 of them. In addition, we have three-dimensional objects, artwork, aerial pictures of North County over the years, blueprints, digital and analog media, and prints and photographs,” Wrocester said. “The CSUSM Library has put a lot of thought into space planning and climate control — since archival records need to be stored in spaces with controlled temperature and humidity — to develop a dedicated storage area for our growing special collections and it all began with the Ecke collection. It's an impressive collection, not just in terms of extent but also in diversity of record and file formats, as well as digital preservation.” Worcester also said the archival trove offers different perspectives from throughout the course of the Ecke poinsettia empire. “Researchers get to understand and appreciate the impact of local, national and global events on the operations of the ranch, and also on multiple generations of a family,” Worcester said. “Events such as the Great Depression, World War II,

the Bracero program, labor relations, globalization etc. In addition, the collection situates these events in the context of North County.” Already, Worcester said, one historian has begun working on a booklength history which will tap into the Ecke archives. That out-of-state historian will use the records to tell the broader tale of the history of the poinsettia. “Naturally the Ecke family's contribution is of significant interest and several trips have been made for access to these one-ofa-kind primary source records,” she said. Over 1,100 document sets currently exist online and availabel to the public. Charles said he believes that the new special collections symbolizes the role a public university should play as it relates to its interaction with the broader community. “The university can and should be a repository of knowledge as well as an institution that conveys knowledge to students,” Charles said in an article. “But even beyond that, I feel the university’s job is not just vocational. Of course we want to prepare students for the job market, but we also want to enrich their lives. Understanding how a local poinsettia grower has shaped their Christmas memories might not change what gifts students can afford, but it helps them appreciate the historical sources of holiday traditions and make these traditions more meaningful.”

ing a member of your family ripped from your life without warning is terrible, raising two small boys on a meager public safety paycheck will be near impossible.” The police association’s goal is to help its members during hard times like what the Williams family faces. The association is currently trying to raise $25,000 to ease the burden of funeral costs and other financial needs for the family. “The bills will need to get paid, the boys will need to get to school, and Sarah will still have to work … only harder, and without Christopher,” the association stated. A GoFundMe page was started to help fundraise for the family. Nearly 230 people have raised more than $14,000 in four days through GoFundMe, and about $700 has been sent directly to the police association, President Jim Ridenour said. Ridenour said he was

Have a Heart for Kids Award nomination deadline today By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — With just hours left to go, the Boys & Girls Club of Vista is encouraging nominations for the Have a Heart for Kids Award for adults dedicated to the well-being of children who live in Vista. Submissions need to be entered by Jan. 11 and the winner will be announced at the club’s annual Youth of the Year event on Jan. 31 at the gym. “This award reinforces to me the fact that there are quite a few incredible people in our community, many of which fly under the radar year after year, but it’s these people that make a huge impact on the future directions of kids,” Matt Koumaras, the club’s CEO, said. “This award is to recognize someone who is dedicated to the future of Vista’s youth by meeting their basic needs, encouraging them, or providing opportunities for kids to grow and thrive.” Award recipients don’t need to be Vista residents. Since 2008, the Have a Heart for Kids Award has honored one winner a year. Recent award winners in-

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impressed with the “overwhelming support” the association and the family have received from the community. He said Sarah Williams is also grateful for the help. Ridenour called the New Year’s Day incident “a senseless act.” “It’s 2019 now, there’s no reason to be drinking and driving with all the Ubers and Lyfts we have, especially on New Year’s Eve,” he said, adding, “There are so many free rides out there — people will give you rides. “A senseless act just ripped a family apart,” he continued. Those who wish to donate to the Williams family can do so by visiting the GoFundMe page or by sending a check made out to the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association with ‘for the Sarah Williams family” written in the note section to 4141 Avenida De La Plata, Oceanside, CA 92056.

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clude Jason Omundson, Debbie Medrano and Sue McLeod. These individuals, Koumaras said, go “over and beyond” serving youth members in Vista. “We’re looking for someone that consistently goes out of their way to serve all kids in Vista without seeking any special recognition,” Koumaras said. On average, five to 10 nominations are received, and the ad hoc committee comprised of board members, staff and volunteers choose the winner. The club will notify the recipient by Jan. 18, Koumaras said. Club Executive Director Ellen Clark said the annual award really complements the mission of the club. “The club is committed to providing Vista’s kids with the tools they need to achieve great futures. This award highlights individuals in the community who are investing in our youth in a way that positively affects their lives,” Clark said. “It is a privilege to learn about and work with the incredible people who are dedicated to helping local kids.” Koumaras said the Youth of the Year event has on average 125 attendees. Last year’s recipient was Julie Martinez. “Our Youth of the Year event honors club youth age 5 to 18 that have overcome tremendous odds and demonstrate exceptional character and accomplishments at the Boys & Girls Club, their school and community,” Koumaras said. Koumaras described the evening as a special one where both an adult and youth member get honored for their exceptional work and dedication. To nominate an individual for the Have a Heart for Kids Award, email Koumaras at or fax a letter to (760) 724-1159. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, visit

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Inland residents overcome physical odds for Carlsbad Half Marathon By Steve Horn

REGION — When runners toe the line at the TriCity Medical Center Carlsbad Full And Half Marathon on Jan. 20, a “lucky 13” of them will do so in the aftermath of defying the physical odds. Two of them are North County residents. Those two, Vista’s Christine Anderson, 33, and Escondido’s David Zumaya, 55, have both trained as part of a group of 13 participants under the banner of the TriCity Medical Center’s Lucky 13 program. According to the website for Lucky 13, trainees in the program must have “overcome significant health challenges” as a participation prerequisite. Anderson, according to her Lucky 13 team biography, formerly suffered from ailments such as bipolar disorder, ulcerative colitis, and a torn ACL. This put a damper in her plans to train for a half-marathon and convert herself into a consistent

long-distance runner. But training for the Carlsbad Half Marathon, she says, has proved beneficial physically and mentally and jump-started her running goals. “The most rewarding thing is gaining confidence as a runner,” said Anderson, who added that she did a run-walk of a half-marathon in March last year, but this time around she has a goal of running the whole enchilada between a time of 2:30 and 2:40. “It's been amazing to see how my body has naturally adapted to longer and longer distances (during training). I'm excited to continue with this newfound skill and passion, and to continue to use it to manage my bipolar depression.” Anderson says training is still sometimes difficult due to continuing to grapple with bipolar disorder, but that running helps to lift her out of the rut of depression. “I love that I can be feeling depressed, and running

CHRISTINE ANDERSON, of Vista, and Escondido’s David Zumaya are part of Tri-City’s Lucky 13 program. Courtesy photos

will pull me out of it every time, even if only for an hour or so,” Anderson said. “That brief window of joy gives me hope when I'm depressed. It reminds me that the world is still a pretty wonderful place, and I won't always feel in despair. I also really enjoy being out in nature. I feel more grounded and centered when I come back from a run because of the sensory experience out in nature.” Zumaya, for his part, recently had a knee surgery which halted him from most

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physical exertion, and he gained 50 pounds as a result. His biography for Lucky 13 details that he recently went on disability leave from work due to suffering simultaneously from both severe chest pain and stress. That, combined with his mother’s passing away from Alzheimer’s disease, created a perfect storm and led to persistent bouts of depression for Zumaya. But training as part of the Lucky 13 crew has helped lift him out of the

abyss, he said. “Training for the Carlsbad Half Marathon has been very rewarding [and so has] doing it together with a positive support group of people, from fellow Lucky 13 members and to our great coaches,” Zumaya said. “Training at Tri-City Wellness Center has been maybe the best thing about training. I enjoy walking and jogging in North County, but this gym has everything we need. Doing a well-balanced training program with Lucky 13 has help reduce pain and injury. Swimming at the Wellness Center has really help to balance my training for the half marathon.” His goal for the race, Zumaya said, is just to finish and to walk the course. Initially he set a goal of under three hours, but his body spoke to him and had different plans. “I am listening to my body and it’s telling me to stay with walking the half

marathon,” he said. “Past accident and knee surgery were my fear training for the run. I feel strong and really want to run the race, but as I get older, I guess I am getting a little smarter about my body. I may still sneak a little jogging on race day.” Coach Paul Carey, who also has bipolar disorder, spoke in metaphorical terms about his duty in overseeing training and helping his runners reach their goals. “We emphasize focusing on the journey, not the destination,” Carey said. “We all have the common goal of completing the half marathon but it is every day leading up to race day that makes crossing the finish line so rewarding. It is during that time where they develop healthy habits, form new friendships, and grow individually and as a team. The journey is where they find out who they are. Race day is when they show the world who they have become.”

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Nominees due for Vista Hall of Fame VISTA — Nominations are now open for 2019 selections for the Vista Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Vista Historical Society. The Hall of Fame celebrates Vista’s history by highlighting individual accomplishments in support of Vista. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 22. Nominations can be made by calling (760) 630-0444, by mail at P.O. Box 1032, Vista, CA 92085-1032 or by e-mail to vhm67@1882.sdcoxmail. com. Details of the nominee’s service, a photo and other supportive information must be included for consideration. A minimum of two members will be elected to the hall of fame each year. One of these members will be from the regular division and one from the early residents division. The regular division nominee can be living or dead and must meet the first three criteria listed below. The early residents division nominee must also meet the first three criteria plus the fourth criteria, that he or she must have been dead for 20 years or more. The reason for the difference in the divisions is to ensure that early residents who made significant

contributions to Vista are remembered. The criteria for election to the hall of fame are: 1. Each nominee must have lived in Vista at least 20 years. 2. Each nominee must have made significant contributions to the betterment of the community. The accomplishments must be verified to the society’s satisfaction. 3. Married couples, who both meet the criteria, may be nominated together as one nominee. 4. The early resident nominee must have died in 1999 or prior to that year. Those selected will be honored during a ceremony at the May 18 Vista Historical Society meeting at the Shadowridge Country Club, and their photographs will be placed in the Historical Society Museum. The Vista Historical Society board of directors will appoint a committee of previous hall of fame inductees and community representatives to review nominations received from the public. Existing hall of fame members can be found on the Vista Historical Society website and Facebook page.

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DEAR DOCTOR: I am an 86-year-old female, and sometimes, about an hour after eating a meal, my blood pressure drops significantly, from a normal of 123/74 to as low as 93/47. When it happens, my lips tingle and get dry, and I feel “zonked” out, like I'm in some kind of a trance. What causes this? What can I do? DEAR READER: What you've described is known as postprandial hypotension, which means that someone's blood pressure drops measurably in response to eating. (Postprandial refers to the time after a meal, and the “hypo” in hypotension refers to low blood pressure.) The condition is common in older adults and is estimated to be present to some degree in up to 30 percent to 40 percent of the elderly. It is also often found in people living with Parkinson's disease. Because the condition can lead to dizziness, falls and fainting, and in some cases can result in angina, stroke or heart attack, it's important that it be diagnosed and addressed.

Each time we eat, we require our circulatory system to reorganize and recalibrate its activities. That's because the tasks of digestion and absorption create the need for additional blood flow to the stomach, particularly the small intestine. To accommodate that need, blood vessels throughout the body that are not involved in the digestive system begin to narrow. This allows blood to be redirected to the stomach and small intestine, while still maintaining consistent blood pressure throughout the body. To aid in those dual goals, the heart beats faster. As the stomach and intestines complete their work, blood vessels dilate again, and the heartbeat returns to normal. In people with postprandial hypotension, blood flows as needed to the digestive organs. However, the circulatory system doesn't respond with the appropriate measures. For reasons not yet clear, the heart rate doesn't increase enough, and blood vessels do not narrow enough to compensate for the redirected blood flow. That results in a drop in blood pressure and the symptoms you described. Since low blood pressure can lead to a loss of consciousness and a fall, as well as the more serious complications mentioned earlier, it's important that you address this with your family doctor. It sounds as though

you've been tracking your blood pressure with a home monitor, and your doctor will want to see those readings. They will also want to follow up with a definitive diagnosis, which entails a baseline blood pressure reading before a meal, and then up to two hours of post-meal blood pressure monitoring. People who take blood pressure medications may be asked to make changes to how and when they take the drug. But please don't make any changes without your physician's input. Lifestyle changes may include a pre-meal cup of coffee, as caffeine can cause an increase in blood pressure. A large glass of water before a meal has also been shown to be helpful. Diet may play a role too, as postprandial hypotension has been linked to meals high in carbohydrates. It's a good idea to track what you're eating and see if the food correlates to episodes of low blood pressure.

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inal properties, and contains low amounts of THC, the compound in cannabis that gets people “high.” Jerri Lyne Nachman, a cannabis advocate and educator, said in a statement that the move by the Trump CROP administration could lead to .93 an “explosion” of CBD prod.93 could treat everyucts that thing4.17 from epilepsy, inflam4.28hyperactivity and mation, other ailments. “With Canada legalizing cannabis nationwide in October, 2018 and the 2018 U.S. farm Bill completely removing hemp from the DEA’s controlled substance list, the stage has been set for an explosion of products ranging from functional foods and supplements to CBD-based Biopharma, Phytoceuticals (plant-based) and Nutriceuticals (medicinal uses of plants and herbs) into a projected $22+ billion industry,” Nachman said in a statement. Whether local farmers step into the hemp industry depends on several things, said Eric Larson, executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau. First, Larson said, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will regulate hemp, hasn’t crafted its regulation. Neither has the state, which is in a holding pattern until the federal government releases its regulations. And locales will likely have some regulatory authority over the growth and manufacturing of hemp, Larson added. Second — and perhaps

can be contaminated with dangerous pathogens. In the summer of 2016, it was discovered that multiple brands of all-purpose flour were contaminated with E. coli, a nasty intestinal bug that can cause serious illness. Add that to the known risks of contamination of raw eggs by salmonella, and raw cookie dough becomes risky. That said, if you can’t reliably keep your little (or big) family members away from the mixing bowl, you can take steps to make the dough a bit safer. Regarding flour, check the Food and Drug Administration website for the latest information on any recalls. If your batch of flour is cited, dump it. As for eggs, consider baking with the pasteurized variety, which have been exposed to enough heat to destroy potential bacteria. Some heat-sensitive vitamins, such as riboflavin, thiamin and folic acid, are lost as a result of the pasteurization process. However, when it comes to raw cookie dough, we suspect nutritional value isn’t the main concern. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health. more importantly — Larson said, will be if growers can turn a profit growing the plant, given the region’s relatively high water costs. Additionally, processing facilities would need to emerge to complement the agricultural component — you can’t have one without the other, Larson said. “As an organization, we do support production of commercial hemp,” Larson said. “But we are waiting to hear what the regulations are, see if they trickle down and if growers can do it profitably.” And while the farm bill declassifies hemp as a controlled substance, the Food and Drug Administration still deems it illegal to sell a food or dietary supplement that contains added CBD or THC in interstate commerce. The FDA statement said three ingredients derived from hemp — hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil — are safe as foods and won’t require additional approvals, as long as marketers do not make claims that they treat disease. “It has a ways to go,” Larson said. Nachman said she has spoken to farmers who have expressed interest in growing hemp. She said the key to them will be to have a well-devised plan on what market they plan to enter. “They have to have a reason for it, they can’t just grow hemp just to grow it,” Nachman said. “Too many people will get in quick and a lot will fail because they don’t know how to distinguish themselves.”

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Fire Department recruiting senior volunteers By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The city of Vista Fire Department is looking for seniors in the community who may be interested in volunteering for its program. Volunteers perform various tasks from administrative duties to emergency incident support. The Fire Senior Volunteer Program has around for several years. Deputy Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol spoke of the importance of the work volunteers perform day to day. He said responsibilities vary from picking up and delivering supplies, to delivering mail between the fire stations, and offering emergency support. “We have utilized senior volunteers in the past on incidents such as a large structure fire where we have firefighter personnel on scene for multiple hours,” Vander Pol said. “Senior volunteers will help with handing out water, cool towels, bringing food, and supplies to the incident scene.” Having senior volunteers on hand for administrative duties helps firefighters in many ways. Vander Pol said that before this program, they would have fire engines driving around town and picking up supplies. The Vista Fire Department has a total of six stations. “By having the Fire Senior Volunteer Program in


VISTA FIRE is looking for about five additional senior volunteers. Courtesy photo

place, we’re allowed to keep the fire engines in their fire stations, in their ‘first in area’ — that’s the area of the city that the fire engine and the ambulance are responsible. So, this program really helps us with our emergency services delivery,” Vander Pol said. “The goal is to have those fire engines and ambulances in their 'first in area,' so if an incident does happen in that area, they are as close as possible to that incident.” According to Vander Pol, senior volunteers have also helped with public educational programs. “It’s beneficial when we go into a senior citizen community, and we have a senior volunteer there with us to talk about smoke detectors and topics like fall prevention,” he said. Currently, the Fire Se-

at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Steffen was nominated by then-U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa. As part Business news and special of her four-year education, achievements for North San Diego County. Send information Steffen will spend one year training as a cadet aboard via email to community@ ocean going vessels. MA is the only federal academy where students train NEW RULES FOR GOLF on commercial vessels travThe new Rules of Golf, eling around the globe. as written and approved by the United States Golf TOP SCHOLARS Association and The Royal Addison Azar of Carlsand Ancient Golf Club of bad, from the Pomfret St. Andrews, will go into School Class of 2020 was effect on Jan. 1, 2019 after named to the Fall 2018 a six-year review process, Head of School Scholar Honwhich included input from ors list. Currie Thomason, golfers and officials across of Vista, has been named the industry. This single set to the Eastern New Mexiof Rules will apply to golfers co University Dean's List and officials at all levels of for the fall 2018 semester. the game and with the new Also Coby James Roscoe of golf season. The USGA is Oceanside received a Bachoffering golfers a free and elor of Security Studies in enhanced version of the Intell, Sec Studies Analysis USGA’s Rules of Golf app, during the 2018 Fall comcompatible with iOS and mencement exercises at AnAndroid devices - New fea- gelo State University, Texas. tures will be added to the app throughout the year. NEW SPROUTS IN CARLSBAD There will be a seminar Sprouts Farmers Marat Shadowridge Golf Club ket will open a new store from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Jan. 16 in Carlsbad at 2634 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, Gateway Road. The first with a PowerPoint presenta- 200 shoppers will receive tion that will review the ma- 20 percent off their inijor changes. Each workshop tial total purchase. Muffin will review the new rules, and coffee samples will be with a specific focus on the served to everyone in line major changes that will ap- before the doors open. As ply to you and your club. For part of Sprouts’ commitmore information, call (760) ment to “zero waste,” the 727-7706 or new Carlsbad store will dorules-seminars. nate unsold and edible groceries to Feeding San Diego LOCAL MERCHANT MARINE through the grocer’s Food Sierra Ruth Steffen Rescue program. Food that of Encinitas was recently is not fit for donation is prosworn in as a Midshipman vided to local cattle farms in the US Naval Reserve and composting facilities.


unteer Fire Program. Once applications are received, Vander Pol said he and Capt. Michael Lemire, who oversees the program, will review the paperwork. Once they have a couple or more volunteers who meet the requirements, they will schedule a brief orientation. Following the orientation, the new volunteers can begin to help out with the day-to-day activities. To learn more about the Fire Senior Volunteer Program, call Capt. Mike Lemire (760) 6435331 or visit https://www. /services / city-departments /fire-department/fire-prevention/ fire-stations/senior-fire-volunteer-program.

nior Volunteer Program has 10 volunteers who have various levels of commitment to the program. The goal is to have 15 volunteers. “There is a lot of flexibility in the program, and that’s because a lot of the people that volunteer are retired, and so they might be traveling or have other commitments. Some of the volunteers that we have also volunteer with the Sheriff’s Department or the California Highway Patrol,” he said, adding that there is not a minimum number of hours required. Vander Pol said those interested in volunteering can log onto the city of Vista website and download an application for the Senior Vol-


From left, Woman’s Club of Vista, GFWC, Second Vice-President/Membership Tonya Brynie welcomes newly initiated member Cindy Taylor, joined by First Vice-President/Dean Karen Keusseyan. The club meets the second Wednesday of the month at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista at 10:30 a.m. with lunch and speaker to follow. Additional information is available at For reservations, kdkyan@gmail. com or call (919) 847-2786. Courtesy photo

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Carbonaro One-on-one with ‘bizarrist’ magician appearing at Pala Casino in April

Special to The Coast News

REGION — Step aside David Copperfield and Penn & Teller, Michael Carbonaro is making his mark on magic and then some. From appearing on TV shows to hosting his own show, as well as appearing live, the 42-year-old Carbonaro is becoming a household name. Come April 6, the performance bizarrist Carbonaro is returning to the road with his highly acclaimed national theater tour, “Michael Carbonaro Live!” with stops including New York City, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, St. Louis and the Pala Casino on April 6. The Pala show is for those 21 and older. Carbonaro has performed more than 500 comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit TV series, “The Carbonaro Effect” on TruTV, currently in its fourth season. A trickster at heart, he performs inventive tricks on unsuspecting members of the public who are unaware that he is a magician. Jaws drop when he causes a car to disappear from under a security guard’s nose or makes alien crabs transform into kittens in a science lab. Whether posing as a coffee shop barista, museum curator or seemingly unremarkable store clerk in the real world, Carbonaro's illusions — along with his absurd, matter-of-fact explanations — leave real people bewildered and families at home laughing out loud. And now, he is taking his popular theater show back on the road so more families can feel the effect of “Michael Carbonaro… Live!” You will not just “sit back, relax, and enjoy the show,” which is jam-packed with audience interaction, humorous video clips and a whirlwind of magic per-

formed live on stage. Named “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts, Carbonaro has been presented with the first-ever “Copperfield Prize,” which recognizes an individual for elevating the art of magic.

One-on-one Carbonaro, who resides in Burbank, recently chatted with The Coast News about the upcoming live tour, his busy schedule and how he chose magic as a career. “’The Carbonaro Effect’ is really fun because it’s ‘Candid Camera’ with magic,” he said. “It’s super great for families and I’ve got fans who write and say it’s the only show they can watch together as a family. This is nice to hear, always.” He said his TV show is not “mean-spirited” like other prank shows and doesn’t aim to make people look bad. “It gives me the ability to utilize all my skills of magic, special effects and to still be able to make people believe in the most outrageous and fascinating things,” he said. When did magic become so fascinating for the Long Island, New York, native? “Well, I don’t have a tremendous amount of family history of family who were in acting or performing,” he said. “But my mom, Elizabeth is outrageous, funny and crazy. My dad, who passed away two years ago, was quiet but when he said something, it was funny; we had lots of playfulness in our family.” Carbonaro, who attended NYU and studied theatrics, said he was planning on a career as a makeup artist, but things changed. “I think magic really finds a person and some

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MAGICIAN MICHAEL CARBONARO, who studied theatrics at New York University, stars in his own show, “The Carbonaro Effect,” on TruTV. Courtesy photo

people become attached to it,” he said. “For me, I was fascinated with special effects which lead to magic. I wanted to be a makeup artist before I wanted to be a magician. I’ve always loved horror movies, Halloween and special effects.” Carbonaro recalled his first experience with the genre was when he was inside a magic shop after going to buy makeup supplies. “When I went in it was filled with all kinds of things under one roof — magic tricks, jokes, etc. and I started to look at other things besides the makeup. I think there is something

about magic and creating something that isn’t real … and then seeing how it can affect people … this is the heart of being a magician.”

Early start Carbonaro got an early start with dipping his foot in magic and said he began performing magic tricks at 8 years old. Later during his early teen years, Carbonaro performed at birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, christenings, family picnics and other get-togethers. Carbonaro said he would spend a lot of time watching famed magician David Copperfield perform

and become fascinated with his work. “I’d watch him host a whole night taking people on a journey with his dramatic illusions and jokes,” he said. “I jumped right on that and said, ‘I want to do that and be a host of my own magic show.’” And so, the journey to become a household name began. After high school Carbonaro attended NYU and spent a lot of time in the theater department where he learned as much as he could in hopes of “creating a great, future magic show.” During his college years he became interested in acting and comedic acting, as well as intrigued by all the aspects of theater. “Today I love performing magic all over but I still love being a guest star on sitcoms, too,” he said. “I love all forms of expression of theatrics. But performing live is my favorite.” About six years ago he was a guest on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno performing his live “Candid Camera” style magic. He was such a hit he went on to perform on the show eight more times. He also has starred in CBS’s “Rush Hour,” NBC’s “30 Rock,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Three years ago, he guest starred on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” playing a guy whose hand got stuck in a meat grinder, it was a great experience for him “and right up his alley.” “I was a patient over the entire episode and the special effects were mind-blowing that the did to my hand; I was excited,” he said. “It was a real illusion how they made my arm look all chewed up.” These days he makes his home with his husband Peter and spends a good portion of the year filming his TV show. “I like having a TV show and meeting fans, but I love live shows, which is where I am in full flow,” he said. I like a live crowd and the back and forth energy. I enjoy having them help me with tricks as you never know where it will go. Riding that vibe back and forth with the audience right there, well, there’s nothing like it. I’m thrilled to be hitting the road and excited to be doing live shows in casinos and theaters all over the country.”

Why so popular? “I think I have a kindness and a playfulness about me that comes naturally; I’m not cutthroat or competitive like a lot of entertainers,” he said. “I have a good moral compass and a good kinship with fellow human beings and as a result all my shows are done the way I would want it to be done TURN TO MAGICIAN ON 22

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Register now for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s curriculum-enhancing performing arts series, “Center Stage.” It will introduce students to a live theater performance and provide a curriculum connection for grades K through sixth. At 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22, the program features Jacque Nuñez’s “Journeys to the Past,” taking students on a journey into the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, which flourished in Southern California hundreds of years before Father Serra. Learn about the past and present culture of California Indians through stories, songs, dances, indigenous tools, instruments, games and clothing.


The Escondido Public Library offers an Inclusive Art Club every first and third Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. through April 19 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. The club is for all ages to enjoy stories and create art from favorite picture books.


Lux Art Institute hosts a reception and Artist Talk with artist Yesnik about both her work and artistic process, from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 11 at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost is $10. For more information, visit or call (760) 436-6611.

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Meet the artists at opening receptions 5:30 to 8 p.m. during Second Saturday Artwalk Jan. 12, for the spring art shows at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido.


San Diego Folk Heritage presents the musical partnership of Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Californian cellist Natalie Haas at 7:30 pm. Jan. 12, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. Tickets $24 at


The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting another free “2nd Saturday” art lesson from at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Jan. 12 in Education Studio 2. Join Center Teaching Artist, Nancy TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 22

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La Costa Canyon grad tackles Rock’s endurance TV show By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — One former Carlsbad graduate will be kicking off the new year on a national stage. Nika Sedghi, 25, is one of 64 contestants (32 men, 32 women) who will compete for $100,000 grand prize on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new show, “The Titan Games.” The show premiered Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Sedghi said she was one of 10,000 applications for the show, which pushes contestants through physical tests, a sort of combination between “American Ninja Warrior” and “American Gladiators.” “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something I’m thankful for with ‘The Rock,’” she said. “He set out to create a platform for ordinary people to do extraordinary things and that’s genuinely exactly what he did. The opportunity to extend my reach on a national level is something that



on me,” he said. “I think it goes back to when I was a kid and performing shows. I developed into a Johnny Carson-esque kind of show; I think because I always had a mixed crowd of kids and adults I was performing for. That’s how people are responding to the TV show and the live show now because of that. I’m excited to hear this.” Like Houdini and other magicians Carbonaro has what he calls a “signature act” and it has to do with shaving cream. “I end my shows with a mime piece where I cover myself in shaving cream and sculpt it into different people and creatures with my hands,” he said. “It’s creating live sculpture set to music and very transformative, very bizarre … audiences love it.” He said the idea stemmed from when he was a kid and working with special effects and makeup. “I used to do it all the time as a kid, but I never showed anyone because I thought I’d get into trouble for using all my dad’s shaving cream,” he laughed. “When I was at NYU, I remembered it and thought I could turn it into a wild stage act. I did that, and it took me all over the world; Paris, Russia Germany … on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ It was my bread and butter before I started to do the live shows. Audiences love it, it’s now my big finale and lets them know who this bizarre guy is that they have been watching.” The “Michael Carbonaro Live!” tour comes to the Events Cents stage at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. A reminder: this show is 21 and older due to casino regulations.

NIKA SEDGHI, 25, raised in Carlsbad, graduated from San Diego State and works as a gas turbine engineer in San Diego. Photo via Facebook

warms my heart.” Raised in Carlsbad, the current San Diego resident said she is inspired by Johnson’s goal of showing everyday people they can ac-


Robinson, to create a watercolor cardinal. “2nd Saturday” art lessons are 1-hour-long, free, ticketless events. More information at event / 2nd-saturday-winter-cardinal/. After the lesson, enjoy the museum exhibition, “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams & Wendy Maruyama” with free admission. All events at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido can be found at LEARN TO DRAW

Escondido Arts Partnership offers Drawing Workshops with Duke Windsor for students 15 years old and up on Saturdays, at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12; 2 p.m. Jan. 19; 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9, covering Drawing Fundamentals Part I, Drawing Fundamentals Part II, The Sketch Book, Drawing with Pen and Ink and Drawing the Still Life. Drawing 101 Workshops teach the fundamentals of drawing to non-artists, painters, sculptors, and designers. One class, $45, five classes $145. RSVP to (760) 480-4101 or


complish the most difficult tasks. Johnson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, was a former Division I football player at the University of Miami and star wrestler in the WWE before turning to Hollywood. As for Sedghi, she was a standout water polo player and swimmer at La Costa Canyon High School, before joining the water polo team at San Diego State University. While there, though, she said her final years were tough as she experienced a drastic change in weight. Sedghi, who works as a gas turbine mechanical engineer at Agilis Engineering, put on nearly 40 pounds after an injury training for a triathlon. Even though she was an active DI athlete, she said the dramatic change had a profound effect. She also learned she had a heart condition, supraventricular tachycardia, which is an abnormally fast heartbeat, but turned it around with better nutrition and was able to stabilize her

weight and health. After graduating, she found bodybuilding, which has been her passion over the past several years. Then, earlier this year, a friend showed her the application for “The Titan Games.” Sedghi applied earlier this year and months later while on the Stairmaster at the gym, she received a call informing her she was in. “I remember I got the call and shocked would be an understatement,” she said. “I didn’t believe it. It led to an immediate physical spring on the Stairmaster.” Her passion for health and fitness is a driving force in her life she said. And the opportunity to bring her story and message to a national audience is inspiring. Sedghi said weight is not the only measurement of health. Standing 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds, the chiseled woman is also looking to inspire others the way Johnson is doing with the show.

cludes all art supplies. Reg- Appreciation from 1 to 3:15 ister at kidsARTclasses19@ p.m. Jan. 16 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Whether you are a lover of classical music or a newcomer, enjoy lisJAN. 13 tening to and appreciating AUDITIONS classical music. No registraAuditions are set for tion required. For informa“4000 Miles” by Amy Her- tion, call (760) 643-5288 or zog from 10 a.m. to noon e-mail luigibeethoven@cox. Jan. 13 at Vista's Broadway net. Theater, 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Callbacks 1 to 2 p.m. Non-equity only. For more JAN. 17 information, e-mail broad- TASTE OF ART Oceanside Museum Of Art presents “Taste Of Art: CROCE LEGACY Tiffany Glass“ from 6 to 8 The California Cen- p.m. Jan. 17. Cost is $50 to ter for the Arts, Escondido join Robin Douglas for appresents A.J. Croce at 7:30 petizers and drinks while p.m. Jan. 13, at 340 N. Es- learning about Tiffany condido Blvd., Escondido. stained glass. Then try reTickets are $25 to 40 at verse acrylic painting tech(800) 988-4253 or online. To niques to create an original learn more, including per- work of art. All materials formance dates, times, and supplied. ticket information, visit

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Carlsbad Playreaders open their 2019 season with “An Act Of God,” a comedy directed by Gerilyn Brault at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. No reservations. Suggested donation: $1 student, $5 adult, $10 Support The Arts. Cash only. Playreaders is made possible in part by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation, Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund. For more information, visit

Hutchins Consort Family Concert will be in concert with “Something Old, Something New” at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, JAN. 15 visit JIMMY BUFFET TRIBUTE The free Pala January ART CLASSES FOR KIDS entertainment schedule The Winter Session of Casino and Resort presents Art Classes for Kids will the Jimmy Buffet tribute be offered Saturdays 9 to band, Coral Paradise at 1 10:30 a.m. beginning Jan. p.m. Jan. 15 at the 60+ Club, 12 at New Village Arts, 2787 11154 Highway 76, Pala. State St., Carlsbad. The For more information, visit classes are open to grades K-5 and are taught in a working artist studio environment where the children JAN. 16 learn about art and differ- ENJOY THE CLASSICS ent important artists each The Gloria McClellan week. Cost is $275 and in- Center is offering Music

“Being active and fit means the world,” she added. “My transformation was about 20 weeks. I found such a passion for fitness, nutrition and health. I want to help other people reach their fitness goals and not struggle through the things that I did. What I preach on my social media platforms is focus on health, not the scale.” As for the show, filming has already ended, although results are kept secret, according to Rob Tobias, a public relations director for the show. Each gender will compete against each other in an elimination-style format, with the male and female winners squaring off against each other for the grand prize. “It’s exactly like what you’d get from the March Madness tournament,” he said. “Each week they dwindle down. They did it all in Los Angeles and built a massive arena.” Follow Sedghi on Instagram (neeks93) or Twitter (neeks_93).

JAN. 19


The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $60 to $225 at (800) 988-4253 or online. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit Get more information about the upcoming season at


The North Coast Symphony Orchestra chamber music players will present “Carnival of the Animals” and “Septet” for piano, trumpet and strings, both by Camille Saint-Saëns, at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free, JAN. 18 donations are encouraged. CONCERT ENSEMBLE For more information, visit At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Music By The Sea presents the Los Angeles Ensemble with Joanna Lee, vio- SECOND SATURDAY MUSIC Escondido Public Lilin; Tanner Menees, viola; Bingxia Lu, cello; Sung brary’s free 2nd Saturday Chang and Esther Lee, pia- concert series presents solo no at the Encinitas Library, pianist and Steinway artist 540 Cornish Drive, Enci- Louis Landon from 3 to 4:30 nitas. They will perform p.m. Jan. 19 at 239 S. KalMendelssohn’s Piano Quar- mia St., Escondido. tet No.2 and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3, and virtuoso piano duets. Tickets $14 at JAN. 20 the dooror visit encinitas. AUDITIONS Village Church munity Theater announces auditions for “A Pirates RSF CONCERT SEASON Tickets for the Com- Life For Me!” from 1 to 4 munity Concerts of Rancho p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 Santa Fe 2018–2019 season and Jan. 21. Ages 8 through are now on sale, begin- adult invited for musical ning with the country duo, cast. The performance The Malpass Brothers, at 7 dates are March 29 through p.m. Jan. 18 at the Village March 31. Contact Amy at Church in Rancho Santa for Fe. Each concert includes an audition appointment. a catered appetizer spread, For audition details, visit coffee and dessert at inter- v i l lagec hu rc hcom mu n imission, and a wine bar. Tickets are $75 for adults and $15 for youth ages 13 to 18 at or by mail to JAN. 21 P.O. Box 2781, Rancho San- GARDEN FULL OF ART Sculpture in the Garta Fe, CA 92067. For more information, e-mail info@ den IX continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April

2019 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. This exhibition showcases 50 sculptures from 30 artists set against the backdrop of San Diego Botanic Garden. All sculptures are for sale. Naomi Nussbaum, curator. Free with paid admission or membership. Sculpture Map at For more information, visit or call (760) 436-3036.

JAN. 24


The Italian Film Festival presents “Lasciati andare” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Admission $12, $8 (cash only). More information at

JAN. 25


Lux Art Institute presents an opening reception from for new artist-in-residence Courtney Mattison, 7-9 p.m. at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost is $10. For more information, visit or call (760) 436-6611. See her work and learn about her artistic process.

JAN. 26


Escondido Arts Partnership Workshops presents a 4th Saturday Workshop with Lisa Bebi, “Family History Redux: A paint-over approach to your family narrative” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Escondido Arts Partnership, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. Cost is $40 plus $10 materials fee. RSVP to (760) 480-4101 or e-mail mail@escondidoarts. org. All is possible when you direct your stories by painting, marking and collaging on top of photocopy images from your family album. Bring your own black-andwhite, photo-copied images. Other materials/tools will be provided.

JAN. 11, 2019


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