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JAN. 12, 2018
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seek re-election tion in California’s 49th DisREGION — Nine-term trict.” Issa becomes the second Congressman Darrell Issa announced Jan. 10 that he longtime California Repubwill not seek re-election in lican congressman to anNovember, sending shock nounce that he would retire waves throughout Southern from the House of Representatives. Ed Royce California and (R-Yorba Linda) both political parannounced two ties. days before Issa Issa, widely that he would not considered one of seek a 12th term the most vulnerin office. able incumbents Reaction to in the upcoming Issa’s retirement midterm elecwas split along tions, said in a partisan lines, statement that he as Republicans came to the depraised him as cision not to run a political force with the support Darrell Issa who wielded his of his family, but influence for the did not give a reason as to why he decided not good of the district, while Democrats derided him for to run. “Throughout my service, his voting record, which was I worked hard and never virtually in lock step with lost sight of the people our President Donald Trump. “On the governance government is supposed to serve,” Issa said in a state- side ... behind the scenes ment. “Yet with the support and helping out the city of of my family, I have decided TURN TO ISSA ON 7 that I will not seek re-elecBy Aaron Burgin
Gas tax repeal effort picks up momentum By Promise Yee
Hodgee stands over 16 feet tall and is carved from a red eucalyptus tree stump in Del Dios, where legend has it a lake monster resides in nearby Lake Hodges. Photo by Cari Hachmann
Wood carver brings Del Dios lake legend to life By Cari Hachmann
ESCONDIDO — Even some longtime San Diego residents may be unaware of the possibility that a monstrous lizard-like creature lives in the depths of Lake Hodges, a 115-foot deep reservoir just south of Escondido in a quaint little town called Del Dios. The mystery surrounding the legendary lake monster — nicknamed “Hodgee” by locals — is rooted so deep in Del Dios folklore, that the town decided to bring him to life in its own unique way.
On the evening of Jan. 6, nearly 100 showed up in festive spirit to witness the historic unveiling of the monster hand carved by a local artist. “It’s like the Loch Ness monster, but for Lake Hodges,” said Ewing Mitchell IV, known as “Mitch,” who spent more than 1,800 hours carving the creature from a giant red eucalyptus tree stump. The scaly sculpture towered over spectators at 16 feet tall with bright yellow and green eyes and large white teeth. It can be seen from the road where
Date Lane meets Lake Drive at the north edge of Del Dios Community Park. After dark, it’s rumored Hodgee’s glass-blown eyes change colors and glow purple in the night. This is because the monster is equipped with an LED solar-powered unit inside its head, explained 72-year-old Gary Cohen, the local glassblower who was responsible for creating Hodgee’s eyes. TURN TO MONSTER ON 10
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REGION — Supporters of a repeal to the increased state gas and car tax are about halfway to gathering the 584,400 needed California voter signatures to put a measure on the November ballot. Carl DeMaio, San Diego city councilman and chair of Reform California, wants to stop the gas tax that went into effect in November 2017, and halt the roll-in car tax that will impact vehicle owners when they renew their registration this year. The gas tax increase of 12 cents takes the tax from 29.7 cents per gallon to 41.7 cents per gallon. The diesel fuel tax increase of 20 cents raises the tax from 16 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon. Vehicle fee increases in the new year will range from an additional $25 to $175 for
nonelectric cars. DeMaio said cost increases for an average family of four with two cars will add up to $779 more a year in gas, car and food expenses. “It adds up real quickly,” DeMaio said. “The gas tax needs to stop, it hurts working families.” DeMaio has concerns about how the tax money will be spent. The state increases cannot go toward freeway expansion, and there is no guarantee funds will be used to improve local roads. “The law says money will go into the general fund and can be spent on anything,” DeMaio said. DeMaio said millions from gas tax revenues have been spent on park maintenance and light rails, not TURN TO GAS TAX ON 5
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Council OKs 34-lot subdivision
‘Lucky 13’ ready for big run By Christina Macone-Greene
CARLSBAD — A group of 13 people, coined as the Lucky 13, form a dedicated team that has trained with fitness gurus at the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad with the mission to race in the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Half-Marathon on Jan. 14. Each person has overcome a health obstacle making the half-marathon feat even more impressive. Every July, a new Lucky 13 Team is handpicked. It’s open to anybody in the community, and anyone can apply. “Lucky 13 is a community outreach program sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center, and it was designed when they opened up the Wellness Center over in Carlsbad in 2009,” Paul Carey, Lucky 13 coordinator and coach, said. In 2009, Carey, now 39, was a participant in the program. He had battled mental illness for years and found running to alleviate a number of his symptoms. “The Lucky 13 program and everything it taught me literally saved my life,” Carey said. He described the 2009 launch as a pilot program. “I just instantly fell in love with fitness, working out, running, and so I’ve
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been involved with the program since 2010,” Carey said. “I started working at the Wellness Center and then after a few years became a coach, and then I’ve been running the Lucy 13 program for about three years now.” The Lucky 13 team ranges from cancer survivors and heart transplant recipients to amputees, and more. When a candidate gets their medical clearance, The TriCity Wellness Center works with their doctor. Above all, those seeking to participate at the Wellness Center could be treated anywhere, not just Tri-City
Every Lucky 13 team that graduates become mentors for the new team that comes in each year. For Carey, every candidate’s health is priority one in ensuring they get safely through the program. Tanya Watanabe, 49, a two-time breast cancer survivor, is one of the Lucky 13 for the Jan. 14 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Half-Marathon. Watanabe was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and had a recurrence three years later. She’s doing well now. Watanabe heard about the Lucky 13 program from her best friend who had par-
Tri-City Wellness Center coach Paul Carey and Lucky 13 team member Tanya Watanabe, a breast cancer survivor, look forward to the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Half-Marathon on Jan. 14. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Medical Center. “We’re a community outreach program that goes by 13 incredible stories every year,” he said, adding that those who complete the program are part of the alumni community. “Once you’ve been through the program, you’re empowered. You understand nutrition because you work with a registered dietician. You understand how to work out. You understand how to recover, and how to take care your body.”
ticipated the same year as Carey. Watanabe decided to apply in June 2017 for Lucky 13 and secured a spot. She knew she’d get healthier, but didn’t imagine such camaraderie would happen — but it did. “We have this commonality of challenges which kind of bonded us automatically,” Watanabe said. “It’s been fantastic because you’re goTURN TO MARATHON ON 5
ESCONDIDO — After 13 years, an annexation and residential development project is moving forward. The City Council voted 4-0 on Jan. 10 to approve an extension of a tentative subdivision map for the North Avenue Estates, which is 34 residential lot developments and five open space lots on 17.2 acres on the north side of North Avenue, between Laurashawn Lane and Kaywood Drive. Three additional nearby properties would also be annexed into the city, since the owners of these properties have previously connected to city sewer services and signed Irrevocable Offers of Annexation as a condition of connection. “We are going to have a lot of benefits from this project,” Mayor Sam Abed said. “People are willing to have a good project that is good for the community and provide open space.” The plan was originally conceived in 2004 when the city initiated annexation of the site. A survey to neighbors about annexing into the city came back with a majority, 16 of 23, against it. The majority surveyed also voiced numerous concerns with the project, specifically with possible septic failures. Cathy Jones, who resides on Laurashawn Lane, said the neighborhood has significant concerns about the septic tanks, environmental
issues and build-ups with the new homes. Jones said the build-ups will present a wall of concrete and the open space offered as part of the project as an alleyway for transients, gang members or neglected landscape. “We still feel threatened somewhat,” she added. “The build-ups are a concern. We are the existing neighborhood. I doubt the city of Escondido would treat new homeowners like that.” Those residents against the project had concerns with drainage, traffic, privacy, public safety and environmental, to name a few. “I think we have a better project than we had in 2008,” Developer Casey Johnson of North Avenue Estates countered. “We’ve addressed a lot of issues regarding septic systems. Our intent has always been to be good neighbors.” Lot sizes would be adjusted slightly from 11,684 to 22,777 square feet. The map would include a 12.5-footwide open-space easement along the rear property line of several residential lots within the development “They’ve worked diligently with staff to get these
issues fixed,” said North Avenue Estates representative Dave Ferguson. “The entire periphery will have a drainage collection system.” On Nov. 28, 2017, the Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend that the council approve the series of actions related to the project. For the current proposal, the applicant has provided a letter from Geocon, a geotechnical engineering firm, that states that in the firm’s professional opinion, the grading proposed in conjunction with the residential development will not cause or contribute to a failure of the adjacent septic systems, according to the city report. Geocon has conducted exploratory trenching showing that groundwater flow below the development site and Laurashawn Lane moves in such a direction that grading on the development site would not cut off groundwater flow from and beneath adjacent properties, thereby causing a rise is groundwater and affecting percolation from septic systems. Councilman John Masson abstained because his engineering company worked on the project.
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Climate change and the coming fire insurance crisis
Weather, taxes and more on water watch list for ’18 By Mark Muir
Over the holidays, I had a chance to get out my crystal ball and look at water issues for the year ahead. Of course, it’s impossible to know exactly what will happen, but here are my predictions about the water-related topics to watch 2018: THE RETURN OF THE WATER TAX PROPOSAL Last summer, an 11thhour effort emerged in the Legislature to impose – for the first time – a new statewide tax on residential and business water bills. The “water tax” was part of a bill that aims to improve access to safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities. While the Water Authority supports access to safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities, there are better ways to achieve that goal. Taxing water customers for something so essential is not right, and doing so will increase the likelihood of additional types of taxes on water in coming years. Thanks in part to vigorous opposition across San Diego County and other regions of the state, the proposed legislation stalled in 2017, but it’s likely emerge again this year. STATEWIDE SNOW AND RAINFALL The 2018 water year started out very dry in San Diego County, with above-average temperatures and minimal rain from October through mid-December. The snowpack in the Colorado River Basin also was well below average for the first two months of the water year, though conditions were better in the Sierra Nevada. Statewide interest quickly focused on
whether the wet winter of 2016-17 was an aberration in an other w ise dry longterm cycle – and that question will be front and center as this win- Mark Muir ter unfolds. We’ll know the answer by April 1, which marks the traditional end of California’s precipitation season. WATER SUPPLY SECURITY FOR COUNTY Regardless of rain and snow levels, the San Diego region will again have sufficient water supplies due to regional investments of $3.5 billion over the past three decades in drought-resilient supplies and infrastructure upgrades. Those investments, coupled with continued water-use efficiency by homes and businesses across the region, ensure long-term supply reliability. BAY-DELTA TUNNELS PROJECT Decisions by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and other State Water Contractors in 2017 provided momentum for Gov. Jerry Brown’s WaterFix plan to build twin tunnels carrying fresh water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. But the $17 billion project also suffered significant setbacks, including some unflattering audits and the refusal to pay by a major agricultural water district, prompting MWD leaders to suggest building the project in phases. It’s unclear how this proposal will play out during Brown’s
final year as governor, but whatever happens will have cost and water supply implications for water ratepayers in San Diego County. STATE BOND FUNDING FOR WATER PROJECTS California voters will consider a $4 billion general obligation bond in June – the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018. It resulted from passage of Senate Bill 5 in 2017, when the Water Authority worked tirelessly to secure $200 million in the legislation for Salton Sea restoration. If the bond passes, funding for the Salton Sea will provide environmental benefits and help protect vital water transfers from the Imperial Valley to San Diego County. In addition, a proposed $8.9 billion water and resources bond measure is being circulated for signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. That measure, if approved, would authorize $200 million in additional funding for Salton Sea restoration. To be sure, there are many other issues the Water Authority is tracking on behalf of the region’s ratepayers: how MWD sets its rates for 2019; the future of a potential energy storage project in East County that is under consideration by the Water Authority and its partner, the City of San Diego; and the development of state water-use regulations, to list a few. For the latest on regional water issues anytime, go to sdcwa.org. Mark Muir chairs the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Water Authority.
limate change, if you ask most state experts, has already created a wildfire crisis in California. In the process, it’s causing a fire insurance predicament. “All hell is breaking loose,” was Gov. Jerry Brown’s sum-up on national television of the effects climate change and its wildly variable and unpredictable weather patterns have had in fire-ravaged parts of the state. Anyone who tuned into broadcast news conferences by top-level firefighters during the blazes of both September and December also heard them bemoaning the changes global warming has brought to their jobs. As Brown noted, with only slight exaggeration, “The fire season used to be a couple of months in the summer; now we’re in December.” Before 2017, California sometimes saw major wildfires as late as early to mid-November, but almost never deep into December, a time when the annual rainy season has usually been well underway. But all fall a persistent atmospheric high-pressure ridge prevented rain clouds from moving into much of the state. One result was fires that lasted weeks, feeding off vegetation that mushroomed after last year’s unusually wet winter and then dried out almost completely, leaving huge amounts of fuel for fires. Most of the more than 2,000 homes and other structures destroyed in this year’s far longer than usual fire season were insured, some owners paying extra-high premiums because they’re in known fire areas. At the height of the infernos, state Insurance
california focus thomas d. elias Commissioner Dave Jones warned the new yearround threat to homes in many parts of the state could change the entire fire insurance marketplace. This crisis is real, but it’s not yet widespread even though some homeowners have already gotten notices of non-renewal from insurance companies. Those are likely harbingers of many more to come. Jones noted in an interview that insurance companies can’t cancel policies during their term. They must also renew policies for homes in fire disaster areas for at least one more year after any current policy expires. But they don’t have to renew policies in non-disaster areas when they expire and they don’t have to renew homes in disaster areas more than one year beyond current policy expirations. These rules mean there is a crisis, spurred largely by new weather conditions that have broadened areas rated as fireprone. But this insurance availability crisis won’t look like what happened after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, when property insurance companies refused to renew many existing policies and stopped writing new home and business insurance in the state. That impasse ended in 1996 with creation of the California Earthquake Authority and elimination of an old rule under which companies writing any property insurance also had to offer quake coverage. The state-run CEA now writes the vast majori-
ty of earthquake policies. “It’s possible some insurers will reduce their willingness to write policies in areas at risk for fires,” Jones said. The state’s Fair Plan, roughly equivalent to the CEA in that it must insure anyone who applies, is the fallback for homeowners in places now deemed fodder for future burns. Fire insurance through the Fair Plan costs more than ordinary policies, although by law prices cannot be excessive. But rates vary according to home replacement values and fire risk. Before last year’s blazes, the number of Fair Plan policies was rising by about 1,000 per year, Jones reported. That figure climbed in 2017 and likely will again this year. He added that homeowners should view the Fair Plan as a fallback option to be used only if no commercial insurer will cover them. One factor pushing some insurance companies to stop writing policies might be the 1988 Proposition 103, which forbids them from packing all their costs from last year’s fires into this year’s rates. Instead, compensation for those costs must be spread over 20 years to avoid big financial shocks to homeowners. Overall, said Jones, “insurers are using more and more sophisticated (computer) models to determine risk factors. Some of those models might cause them to back off writing insurance in some areas.” All of which means climate change now is impacting wallets, forcing an insurance crisis in both proven and potential fire disaster areas. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com.
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Time Machine sculpture to stay put By Christina Macone-Greene
VISTA — The City Council members cast their votes on Dec. 12 in a 4-1 decision to keep the Time Machine sculpture in its current downtown locale. Artists Rick and Jaydon Sterling Randall created the metal piece, which was installed during the Alley Art Festival on Sept. 10, 2017, at the intersections of E. Broadway and S. Indiana Avenue. The piece was approved for a 90-day timeline. City staff required direction from the council on whether the artwork should remain. The vote allowed the piece to remain permanently unless the artists decided to sell or remove it altogether. Imelda Huerta, management analyst with the recreation and community services department, explained that the City Council directed staff to acquire feedback from surrounding businesses and property owners in the proximity of the sculpture. The goal was to determine what to do with the Time Machine after 90days. “Staff revisited the businesses and made contact in November and followed up with property owners,” Huerta said. A total of 19 businesses and nine property owners provided feedback. “Businesses approving to keep the Time Machine in the current location are 12,” Huerta said. “Property owners approving were six. Staff also received a letter of support keeping the Time Machine from the Vista Chamber of Commerce.” Councilman Joe Green said that he was a fan of the Time Machine. He also encouraged residents to visit downtown and check out all the other public artwork installations. He noted that on the public art proposal form no
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‘Creeper’ gets 100 years to life ESCONDIDO — An Escondido man who broke into several North County homes and sexually assaulted young girls as they slept in their bedrooms was sentenced Jan. 5 to 100 years to life in state prison. Gilbert Chavarria, dubbed “the Creeper,” pleaded guilty in October to 13 felony charges, including assault with intent to commit lewd acts on children. The 29-year-old former auto mechanic admitted breaking into several homes in Escondido and San Marcos — cutting or removing window screens to gain entry — during early morning hours in June and July 2013. Chavarria would cut holes in the Gilbert Chavarria children’s sleepwear and molest them, according to authorities. Many of the assaults happened while parents were sleeping in the same room as their children. Chavarria also admitted molesting two 8-year-old girls and a 5-year- old in 2012 at homes where he knew the children, authorities said. The nine victims ranged in age from 5 to 15 years old. Investigators recovered DNA from a family member that linked all of the attacks to the same individual. When officers tried to make contact with Chavarria in August 2013, he fled. On Feb. 5, 2015, after the DNA evidence was submitted to the California Department of Justice, Chavarria was identified as a suspect in the series of sexual assaults. He was arrested a short time later. — City News Service
Lilac Fire cleanup to cost $3.9M
The Vista City Council agreed to keep the Time Machine, a metal sculpture, as a permanent piece in the downtown area. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
maintenance was required other than the annual application of WD-40. “I have visited the Time Machine several times because I knew we were going to have this meeting,” Green said. “I found that it does require a little bit more maintenance than a little just WD-40 once a year.”
Green said there were lots of leaves and dirt in and around the sculpture. He requested that the Art Community check it regularly and wipe it down for these reasons. “Make it to where somebody comes from out of town that they’ll want to sit inside that Time Machine because
I’ve walked by it a couple of times and thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to sit inside it just because of the dirt,’” he said. “My decision is that it remains there and that as a community we try to maintain it just a little better so that every time we walk by it, it’s a shining example of the art in our community.”
REGION — The county’s estimated cost of cleanup and erosion control in areas affected by the Lilac Fire stands at $3.9 million, officials said Jan. 9 as the Board of Supervisors voted to extend a state of emergency in connection with last month’s massive and destructive blaze. San Diego County could recoup about half that cost from a federal grant. Officials are requesting additional state and federal reimbursement that would cover efforts beyond initial erosion control, road repair, debris removal and other cleanup. By the county’s count, 113 homes were destroyed and 55 were damaged in the Lilac Fire, which broke out in Pala Mesa on Dec. 7. Driven by Santa Ana winds, the blaze that scorched 4,100 acres in North County over several days also destroyed two business structures and damaged another five. Ninety other buildings, such as sheds or barns, were destroyed and 18 were damaged, according to the county. The county has overseen the removal of more than 14,500 pounds of hazardous waste from areas burned by the fire; repaired 1,300 feet of guardrail along Old Highway 395; replaced 15 road signs and posts that were damaged; and removed 15 trees that toppled in public areas. The overall cost of the fire response has not yet been calculated. — City News Service
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roadways. He also has concerns SANDAG might not get the money if it is diverted to cover the state deficit. A number of North County mayors and council members are in agreement with DeMaio. San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond and Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern, both of whom are running for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, recently held a rally to repeal the gas tax. Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, also a SANDAG board member, said Escondido will only see a small increase in funds from the state gas tax. “We are not going to refuse it, but we’ll pay a lot more in (state) debt,” Abed said. Abed said there is a lack of trust in the state using the tax money wisely. “We have the worse roads in the nation,” Abed said. “They’re (state representatives) are not using it proper-
ly as promised.” He said raising taxes should be voted on at a city level, and allocation of funds decided on locally. “People are fed up,” Abed said. “We need to reprioritize. The state is at a breaking point. Let’s find local solutions.” DeMaio said polls show 74 percent of county voters support a tax repeal. Oceanside Deputy May-
or Chuck Lowery disagrees with repeal efforts. Lowery serves on the SANDAG and North County Transit District boards. He said the increase is needed to fund ongoing roadwork and pay for updated equipment. “Both of them (SANDAG and NCTD) are planning on sending the money,” Lowery said. “There’s a definite maintenance issue, that’s what this is about. We need
money for our infrastructure and don’t have very many choices.” Matt Tucker, NCTD executive director, confirmed that extra tax funds are anticipated in the transit district’s budget. “As it relates to NCTD, SB 1 makes a significant contribution towards (but does not fully fund) state of good repair needs,” Tucker said. Extra funds will purchase seven new locomotives that cost more than $49 million, and 98 new buses at a price of about $51 million. DeMaio said he sees the tax increase as unnecessary. He said he plans to launch an initiative to earmark current gas tax funds for that purpose. He said that simple change will ensure enough money to repair roads without a tax increase. He and others are working to have an initiative ready in 2018. As of Dec. 29, 250,000 signatures have been collected to put a gas and car tax repeal on the ballot. The deadline to gather needed signatures is March 2018.
ing through everything the same as far as the all the training, all the walking, all the running and discipline.” Watanabe said that with Carey’s coaching and knowledge, along with the Motion Fit Running Club, she is ready for the Jan. 14 half-marathon. Every Saturday, Lucky 13 meets with Motion Fit for a group run. They are assigned homework runs during the week. “On Saturdays, we all go out as a big fun team, and we all go at our own pace,” said Carey, noting that they start at one mile and slowly work up from there over the course of six months. Watanabe said what she’s liked most about the training is how methodical it has been. However, she did share a personal setback — her father passed away. “Mentally, this program has been so great because it’s not only the exercise but the people, the support, and the love,” she said, holding back the tears.
“I’m very blessed. I feel very lucky.” Since starting the program, Watanabe has seen a significant change in her health. Her stamina is up and her nutritional choices have never been better. Watanabe adds that this lifestyle change will continue even after the half-marathon. In addition to the Saturday runs, the Lucky 13 team gets together Monday through Thursday at 6 pm for an hourlong workout. Casey requires a minimum of two workouts per week. On marathon day, Casey wants Lucky 13 to be in the moment. “I want them just to enjoy it,” he said. “I always tell them that the best runner is the one having the most fun. I always tell them is it’s not about crossing the finish line, it’s about the journey.” For Watanabe, what will move her most is spending the day with her team and all the people who helped them make it to that point. “I am dedicating my run to my dad,” Watanabe said. “This day is going to mean a whole lot.”
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Vista mayor looks back on an eventful 2017 “You just have to look at VISTA — Now that 2017 what’s best for the city and is over, city officials like understand people’s needs Mayor Judy Ritter are re- — you have to prioritize flecting on the work they and decide what’s the most accomplished. In her eighth important thing,” she said. “What does the year as a mayor, city need?” and serving her For example, 20th year on the traffic is a big Vista City Counpriority. Ritter cil, Ritter recogsaid that in 2017, nizes the team effort that has imthe city investproved the city. ed $8 million in Part of that traffic and infrateam is also comstructure. The munity involvecity is growing, ment, particularly and the roads during City Counmust accommoJudy Ritter cil meetings. date those num“I’m happy that bers. they (Vistans) are “This just there, and I want to hear isn’t in our city. I see it in what they think because it’s other cities,” she said, nottheir city,” Ritter said. ing her recent trip to Tokyo. Even if the community Ritter said that in an efisn’t in full agreement on an fort to improve congestion, issue, listening to what they the city approved a Traffic have to say means every- Congestion Management thing, she said. For Ritter, Plan, which also includes it’s all about balance. setting aside $150,000 every By Christina Macone-Greene
year to continue road improvements. Main roads improvements were completed at Civic Center Drive and Highway 78 as well as the Emerald Drive corridor. At North Melrose and West Vista Way, commuters were provided with lane enhancements. “Now, we’re concentrating more on a lot of neighborhood (roads),” Ritter said. Other revitalization efforts include Phase II of Paseo Santa Fe Street Improvements. In addition, downtown amenities have been implemented for a more visitor-friendly experience such as double street lighting. In the past four years, the city invested more than $9 million in park improvements. In 2017, two new skate parks opened. “For years, we tried to find places for them (skate parks),” Ritter said. “I’m
hoping the kids appreciate them and treat them nicely.” In 2018, new restaurants were established in Vista. Some opened in 2017 while others will arrive in 2018 such as Raising Cane’s, Swami’s Café and Mikko Sushi. Breweries are also in full swing. According to Ritter, there are 18 breweries in Vista with five more coming down the pipeline. A Honda Dealership is also in the works with an opening date sometime in 2019. Even with a growing Vista, crime numbers are at an all-time low. “Our sheriff’s department is doing a great job,” Ritter said. “Our fire department’s doing a great job.” In the same breath, Ritter commended the fire department, sheriff’s department and city staff for doing an impeccable job on the front lines and keeping residents safe and informed during
the Lilac Fire. While it’s a sensitive topic among residents, Ritter expressed the need for more affordable housing in Vista. She’s well aware how some Vistans don’t like to hear this, but there is a need, she said. There are individuals whose rely on affordable housing otherwise they will begin to double up at another residence. “People don’t like that we’re building housing, but the housing is needed — so that’s a challenge,” she said, adding that it’s important to look at the city as a whole. “Sometimes, people don’t agree with this — and for some people who have been here for a long time, they don’t like to see growth. Change is hard.” Ritter said she likes working with people and loves Vista. Her goal has always been to create a city that her children would call home, so she could be closer
to her grandchildren when they started building their families. “I wanted them (her children) to go to college, come back here and raise their families here,” she said. “I wanted them to be able to get good jobs in Vista and be proud to say they were from Vista. I just wanted to help make Vista a better town for them.” Ritter’s impetus to serve on the City Council was not only for her own family but for all families. “So now I have that pride,” she said. Looking ahead to 2018, the Vista City Council will now operate under a by-district representation. Ritter also hopes that the economy continues to improve and residents will have extra money to spend in Vista. Ritter is excited about upcoming projects, such as the construction on 100 Main Street.
Vista Storm’s Hall reflects on soccer’s positive impacts By Christina Macone-Greene
VISTA — Team-oriented sports can shape character, commitment and with the right coach, a moral compass. Matt Hall, the director of coaching for the Vista Storm Soccer Club, has this innate gift. For Hall, who grew up in Vista, soccer molded his life in a variety of ways. It paved the way toward self-confidence, gave him scholarship opportunities, a career in the sport and the ability to give back to the youth in his hometown. Established in 1982, Vista Storm has been a soccer hub for many kids — Hall was one
of those kids. The club has a full spectrum of age groups, the youngest starting at 7 all the way up to high school seniors. “Vista Storm was the first club I ever played in until I was about 14,” Hall said. “I had to move on because, at that point, my ambition as a player was greater than that of the club — and that’s one of the reasons why I came back is that I don’t want kids to have to leave Vista Storm to fulfill their goals.” Hall began playing for Vista Storm in 1984 for a total of eight years. To take his playing to a higher level, Hall went to a club called Pega-
sus out of Rancho Bernardo, which is now called the San Diego Soccer Club. “I was part of a team that ended up winning three state championships,” said Hall, adding that they won other very prestigious tournaments. “I went there, had a great career with them and used that as an avenue to get a scholarship and play the next level.” Soccer has had a positive impact on Hall’s life. Hall was a child of a single mother and had two other siblings. “We didn’t have a lot growing up,” he said. “Fortunately, my mom got me into soccer because candidly, I grew up
in an environment where we had a lot of peer pressure. Soccer was always something for me that made me choose the right decision.” While soccer instilled a sense of teamwork and character building, it also gave Hall an environment where he could focus on the positives in life. His team was like a second family with lifelong friends. “My best friends in the world are people that I grew up and played soccer with,” he said. “In many ways, the team was just like school where you were taught right and wrong — you learned lessons. In my opinion, it was
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irreplaceable in who I became.” In Hall’s senior year at Vista High School, he played goalkeeper. His team won the first CIF Championship. “I was fortunate enough to be recruited to play at San Diego State University,” he said. Hall played the position of goalkeeper throughout his sports career. He thrived under pressure. Hall played at San Diego State for three years. He then transferred and played at the University of San Diego in his senior year. Hall graduated as a history major and thought he’d become a teacher. “I value education, but as my life progressed, it just steered me towards coaching,” he said. Hall began his coaching career at San Diego State in 1996. Today, he is the associateCROP head coach for the San Diego .93State Men’s Soccer program. .93 In4.17 his third cycle at Vista Storm, 4.28Hall works hard raising the level of awareness of soccer to kids and families. “I just always want to continue talking about soccer being an avenue for young people’s lives,” he said. “I want to
express that soccer can be so much more than a pastime. It can be so much more than something you do on Saturday or Sunday. There’s a lot of opportunities for young people to better themselves through the game of soccer such as life lessons, character building, teamwork and camaraderie.” Hall is quick to point out there are educational opportunities in that a talent in soccer can get you a scholarship to a college. “There’s money and opportunity to be had through scholarships,” he said. “There’s just a tremendous amount of things you can achieve through the game if you have the right drive and ambition.” Hall never even thought about being a director of coaching at Vista Storm. The board of directors reached out to him on the matter. “A few years ago, our club experienced a crisis with some board members and decisions they made,” he said. “We were put in a difficult position of hiring a qualified director of coaches, in a short period of time,” said Lupe Farias, president of the Vista Storm Soccer Club. Farias said Hall had built an impeccable reputation as one of the head coaches in the Men’s Soccer Program at San Diego State University. “Knowing that Matt grew up in Vista, we reached out to him about the position,” Farias said. “Meeting with him, hearing him talk about what our club meant to him growing up, knowing that his heart remains in our city was a key factor in hiring him. Our club is primarily run by volunteers, individuals that not only love the sport of soccer, but love our city, and the kids in it.” Hall took the position. Farias describes Hall as pouring his “heart and passion” into the club since he arrived. “Matt has proven to us that we made the right choice,” Farias said.
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Oceanside, Darrell was great,” said Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern, a prominent local Republican. “It is amazing to be in a meeting with Darrell and see his breadth of knowledge on so many issues. I will miss him and his ability to get things done for us in Washington, and I am rather apprehensive of having someone else go in and handle that learning curve.” The announcement gave way to an impromptu celebration outside of Issa’s Vista District office, as hundreds of people who had protested outside of Issa’s office over the past year congregated to commemorate the announcement. “Today we celebrate,” said Ellen Montanari, one of the chief organizers of the protests, which have occurred every Tuesday for nearly a year. “Tomorrow we strategize, but today we celebrate.” “It’s like Christmas time for me,” said Allison Stratton, who belongs to Indivisible 49, one of the driving forces behind the protests. “Since we started, we never thought Issa would retire, and there was no indication that he would, so this announcement came as a total surprise. We feel our weekly presence has played a role in his decision to retire because it shows him that he is out of step with his constituents.” Until Wednesday’s announcement, Issa had not given any indication that he would not run again for office, and had $852,000 cash on hand for the 2018 race, more than any of his Democratic challengers, according to Federal Elections Commission filings. Issa most recently had voted against the Republican tax reform bill that Trump signed into law, and also criticized the administration for its decision to open up federally controlled waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling. Issa’s Democratic challengers pounced on his announcement, declaring that the congressman had seen “the writing on the wall” and that his support of President Donald Trump had weakened his standing in the district. “Another one bites the dust. The tsunami warnings of a blue wave are being heard in California,” said Doug Linney, campaign manager for Flip the 14, a group aiming to defeat California’s 14 Republican congressional representatives. “Congressmen Darrell Issa and Ed Royce like to present a moderate face for the cameras, but like every
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other Congressional Republican in California, their votes repeatedly and dramatically harm their constituents and our state. And they refuse to do anything about Trump’s flagrant disregard for democratic norms and basic human decency. “In California, the Resistance is fired up and voters are paying attention,” Linney said. Issa’s announcement will also set off a whirlwind search by Republicans to find a viable candidate before the March 9 filing deadline. Shortly after noon Jan. 10, California Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) became the first Republican to announce candidacy for the seat. “It’s time we come together and focus on progress, not partisan politics and gridlock,” Chavez said. “We need to celebrate what unites us, not what divides us. This has guided my work in the State Assembly, and it will guide my work in Congress, where I’ll work for solutions that benefit us all as Americans — a strong economy, a strong military, rebuilding our infrastructure and protecting public safety and national security.” Other officials whose names have been linked to the congressional race include former State Assemblywoman and current Board of Equalization Chair Diane Harkey, State Sen. Patricia Bates, former Assemblyman Scott Baugh and former congressional candidate Denise Gitsham. Considered one of the wealthiest members of Congress, Issa co-founded and served as CEO of Directed Electronics, one of the largest makers of automobile aftermarket security and convenience products in the country. He first came to political prominence after an unsuccessful run for U.S.
Senate in 1998, but voters elected him in 2000 to the 48th Congressional District seat vacated by longtime Republican Ron Packard. Issa was a regular on cable talk shows when he chaired the House Oversight House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2011 to 2015. He was a vocal critic of the Obama administration and led the investigation of the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi until GOP leaders decided to create a special committee to handle that probe. Issa was also a prominent figure in the successful recall of former California Gov. Gray Davis, contributing $1.6 million of his own money to the signature gathering campaign to place the recall on the ballot. He announced he wouldn’t seek the governor’s seat shortly after Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ultimately won the 2003 election, announced he would run. After congressional redistricting, Issa’s district was renumbered as the 49th District, and he dominated his re-election bids until 2016,
when he narrowly survived a challenge from former Marine Col. Doug Applegate by a margin of less than 1,300 votes, or 0.6 percent. Changes to the district lines have changed the overall lean of the 49th District from one that was strongly Republican to one that is closer to even, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index. In 2016, the 49th District voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, which posed further issues for Issa during a potential re-election bid, experts said. Applegate announced shortly after his defeat that he would challenge Issa again, and since then three other prominent Democratic challengers have emerged to campaign for the seat, Orange County environmental attorney Mike Levin; Sara Jacobs, granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and foreign policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s campaign; and Rancho Santa Fe businessman Paul Kerr. All four Democrats issued statements regarding Issa’s announcement.
“I think Darrell Issa realized what these activists had been telling him the past year every Tuesday that he no longer represents the values of this district,” Jacobs said at the rally. “But it’s important to remember this race isn’t about one person, it is about Southern California families having a representative who shares their values and will stand up to Donald Trump ... every day.” “As much as I was looking forward to running oneon-one against Darrell Issa later this year, it’s best for the residents of the 49th that he leave sooner rather than later,” Levin said in his statement. “With Donald Trump in the White House and a lap-dog Congress that refuses to hold him accountable, we face an unprecedented crisis. That doesn’t change just because Darrell Issa is retiring. It is critical that Democrats retake the House to uphold our values, our families, and our democracy, and I look forward to bringing this seat home for the democrats.” Kerr echoed Levin’s sentiments regarding the election. “Darrell Issa saw the writing on the wall,” Kerr said in his statement. “For the past year, Republicans have focused on stripping health care from millions of people and giving tax breaks to large corporations and the rich, all at the expense of hard working Americans. In fact, the tax proposal was so bad that even Issa couldn’t vote for it. Americans are saying, enough is enough.” Applegate, who spoke before a large rally outside of Issa’s Vista district office, said that Issa “didn’t want a rematch.” “I think that his own internal polling showed that he wasn’t going to be able to win, and that is why he’s retiring,” Applegate said. Applegate said that he hoped the Democratic Party would endorse one of the challengers in the next 60
days so that the party could mount its best challenge for the now open seat. “I think they need to endorse within the next 60 days or there is a serious risk that a Republican will still be sitting in the congressional seat for the California 49th,” Applegate said. UC San Diego political science professor Thaddeus Kousser said that Issa and Boyce’s retirements are likely the result of the perception and expectation of a Democratic surge in 2018. “This is what happens when everyone thinks it is going to be a bad year for their party ... the expectation creates this self-fulfilling prophecy where all these threatened Republicans are retiring, and every strong Democratic candidate decides this is their year to take their shots.” Kousser said. “Even if the (outlook) changes and 2018 is not a bad year for Republicans, the way the lineups have changed this winter, that alone can change the shape of the course of the midterms.” Kousser said that Democrats should move quickly to coalesce behind a candidate to avoid a protracted — and potentially fractious — primary, similar to the 2016 presidential race. “The only way Democrats can screw this up is if they have a rerun of the 2016 civil war between Bernie (Sanders) and Hillary (Clinton). In a district that still leans Republican, this means a Rocky Chavez could still have a chance.” Democratic strategists at Wednesday’s rally said that despite the number of candidates, they fully expected to support whichever candidate emerged from the primary election. “Our focus has been to remove Issa, and now that he is gone, it is making sure that we have a Democratic voice in the 49th seat,” Stratton said. “We will back whoever wins the primary.”
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Vista seeks Hall of Fame nominees VISTA — Nominations are now open for 2018 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. 23 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
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nominee can be living or dead and must meet the first three criteria listed below. The early resident’s division nominee must also meet the first three criteria and must also meet 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. Nominations can be made by calling the museum telephone number, (760) 630-0444, by mail at P.O. Box 1032, Vista, CA 92085-1032 or by email to email@example.com. com. Details of the nominee’s service, a photo and other supportive information must be included for consideration. The criteria for election to the hall of fame are as follows: — Each nominee must have lived in Vista at least 20 years.
— Each nominee must have made significant contributions to the betterment of the community. The accomplishments must be verified to the society’s satisfaction. — Married couples who both meet the criteria may be nominated together as one nominee. — The early resident nominee must have died in 1998 or prior to that year. Those who are selected will be honored during a ceremony to be held at the Vista Historical Society annual meeting, and their photographs will be placed in the Historical Society Museum alongside those elected in former years. The annual meeting will be held on May 26 at the Vista Valley Country Club, 29354 Vista Valley Drive. The Vista Historical Society board of directors will appoint a committee of former Hall of Fame inductees and community representatives to review nominations received from the public.
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resident of Mount Dora, Florida, has approached the city council more than once about the speeding traffic along Clayton Street, where she lives. On Nov. 27, Bisanti made good on her threat to take matters into her own hands if the council didn't by wielding a handmade sign reading "SLOW DOWN" as she stood next to the roadway during rush hour wearing her pajamas and robe. "The mothers up the street who send their kids down to the bus stop should have every expectation that those kids will be able to cross Clayton without being killed," Bisanti told the Daily Commercial, saying she plans to continue her protest until the city takes action. "I am frustrated, angry and fed up. There needs to be a solution sooner than later. Remember that vision of me in my pajamas," she added. [Daily Commercial, 11/28/2017] Unclear on the Concept Melissa Allen, 32, was arrested on Dec. 19 after attempting to shoplift more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Framingham, Massachusetts, Target store, reported the Boston Globe. On hand to help in the arrest were more than 50 police officers who were at the store to participate in the annual "Shop With a Cop" holiday charity event. [Boston Globe, 12/20/2017] Unintended Consequences Stephen Allen of Tukwila, Washington, moved in with his grandmother years ago to help care for her. When she died last year, he invited his brother, a convicted drug dealer, to move in, but along with him came drug activity, squatters, stolen property and debris. Allen eventually asked police to raid the home, but when they did on Dec. 15, they evicted Allen as well, leaving him homeless. "It's all legal, but it's wrong," TURN TO WEIRD ON 14
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New San Diego County Board of Supervisors chairwoman Kristin Gaspar, right, accepts the gavel Jan. 9 from Dianne Jacob, who served as chair in 2017. Courtesy photo
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REGION — Supervisor Kristin Gaspar was chosen by her colleagues on Jan. 9 to serve a year-long term as chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Gaspar, a former Encinitas mayor elected as supervisor in November 2016, will be the board’s most senior member when two of her colleagues, Bill Horn and Ron Roberts, hit term limits at the end of this year and the remaining two, Dianne Jacob and Greg Cox, complete their current terms in 2020. Gaspar accepted the gav-
el from Jacob, who served as chairwoman in 2017 for the sixth time. Jacob was elected as the board’s vice chair and Cox as chairman pro tem for 2018 At this week’s board meeting, Jacob outlined accomplishments in the past year, which she said included adding muscle to rural fire and emergency services; making it possible for residents to report potholes, price gouging and other non-emergency problems through the Tell Us Now smartphone app; and giving more students access to a camp that works to improve relations between
teens and law enforcement, the spokesperson said. She praised her staff and the county’s 17,000 employees for their efforts during the year. “You’re only as good as the people who work for you and I’m blessed with an outstanding team,” Jacob said. “…I’m starting my 26th year in this job and serving as your representative over the years has been my greatest honor.” As new chairwoman, Gaspar will outline the county’s 2018 goals at the annual State of the County address on Feb. 27 at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla.
OCEANSIDE — An Escondido man who died in a fiery triple-fatal crash on Christmas night in Oceanside when he suddenly swerved and hit a barrier was identified by authorities for the first time Jan. 11 as Boris Sarsania. The 52-year-old Sarsania was in a 1996 Nissan sedan on southbound Interstate 5 when he suddenly tried to swerve from an exit lane back onto the freeway and struck the barrier, launching his car into the air before it landed partially in the freeway’s slow lane, authorities said. That’s where it was struck by a car with three family members returning from a Christmas celebration in Los Angeles County, killing a San Diego couple. Those victims were earlier identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office as Jose Delos Reyes Cortez and Ruth G. Cortez, both 80. “They were coming home from a family Christmas gathering in Glendale,” wrote son Allan Cortez on Facebook shortly after the tragedy. “Though this is a great loss for my family and the sadness is at times unbearable, we find comfort that they were together and had one last (Christmas) with their family.” Police said Sarsania was southbound on the I-5 and headed toward the exit for state Route 76 when he
City eliminates library director position By Steve Puterski
ESCONDIDO — The City Council approved a resolution to remove the director of library and community services and add a director of communications and community services. According to the staff report, the removal of the library position is part of the cost savings analysis stemming from the council’s decision on Oct. 18 to outsource library operations to Maryland-based Library Systems & Services. Subsequently, the city was sued in November. Regardless, the City Council approved the Dec. 20 resolution 3-1, Councilman John Masson was absent, to allow City Manager Jeff Epp to move forward. The staff report said the addition of the new position will be absorbed by other savings from the General Fund. Councilwoman Olga Diaz railed against the report saying it did not define a salary and more discussion was needed before moving forward. She was the lone council member to vote against the outsourcing. “It seemed like not the most effective way to market our city,” Diaz said. “I think this is a premature decision. I’m not interested in creating positions without more discussion and without knowing specifically what the salary will be.” Diaz said the discussion has not been robust enough, noting the library outsourcing will save $400,000. With
the new hire, she added, the city will be saving “much less” than what was previously discussed during the process of hiring a private company to operate the library. Escondido must to be portrayed in a positive light in as many ways as possible, she continued. “The position is created for somebody who was previously with the library and this position creates fewer savings than previously discussed,” Diaz said. “It feels like a blank check.” However, Epp said next year’s budget will show a savings of $400,000. As for the “blank check,” he said there are salary bands (maximums) and he cannot exceed those requirements. “I’m creating a new position, but also creating a brand new position in the budget,” Epp added. “Until the end of the year and looking at your General Fund, you won’t be able to really make an argument of any integrity that it is eating into the library savings.” Mayor Sam Abed said the council does not set the salary, which falls under the authority of the City Manager. He said the council has given direction to market the city in a positive light. “We’re not allowed to interfere with who the city manager hires and how they pay them,” Abed said. “It is within the budget.” According to the report, with the outsourcing of library operations some contract oversight will be necessary. However, the work
does not justify a department head position. Additionally, the city is “significantly increasing communications and community outreach functions,” including the Grape Day Park expansion and prepar-
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swerved and crashed with the barrier about 5:20 p.m. Reports from the California Highway Patrol and the medical examiner’s office differ slightly regarding what happened next, but his car was ultimately struck by a newer Nissan in which Jose and Ruth Cortez were passengers. The collision sent both cars careening across all four lanes of the freeway and sparked a fire that engulfed Sarsania’s car, authorities said. The 52-yearold was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force injuries and burns. Jose and Ruth Cortez died of multiple blunt force injuries, and all three victims were pronounced dead
at the scene without lifesaving efforts or medical intervention due to obvious fatal trauma, according to the medical examiner’s office. The 65-year-old San Diego woman driving the car that carried the Cortezes sustained moderate injuries, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said. On Facebook, Allan Cortez identified her as his aunt, Cherry Nunez, and said she was in stable condition a day after the deadly collision.
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actually catch the monster using a cage-like trap and a sea lion as bait also proved futile. Still, a long history of supposed sightings and word about town has been enough to keep the mystery alive and well. “Everybody’s been talking about it for years,” said Smith, who has lived by the Del Dios lake for 30 of them. The Texas native has been on the lake “hundreds of times,” but said he’s never personally seen the monster. However, when Smith lived on top of the hill overlooking the lake, he said, “I would see things — currents — moving in the water ... it could have been schools of fish or the wind.”
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Much to the excitement of an eager crowd, the 62-yearold wood carver and local hero arrived to the community event donning cowboy boots and riding on an electric red scooter. Hodgee and Mitchell’s big turnout revealed the eclectic mix of friends, families and dogs that make up the close-knit community of Del Dios and nearby Mount Israel. Decades-old friends hugged each other and exchanged warm conversation as kids ran and played near the monster adding to an atmosphere of excitement akin to the Fourth of July. Locals will tell you Del Dios is a special place. “It’s a little community, and it’s just a world of its own,” said local resident Leona Matthews, 68. “Everybody knows everybody.” With a huge grin across his face, another resident said before parading off into the celebration: “it’s where all the hippies have gone to die.” While there was a majority of graying, good-timing and long-haired folks in their 60s and 70s, it could be argued to the contrary... it’s where hippies go to thrive.
Monster in the making
Sometime over a year ago, a decaying eucalyptus tree estimated to be 20 feet tall and 100 years old, was scheduled for removal.
Many of those who live the community have
Artist Ewing Mitchell IV, known as “Mitch,” who is 62, spent hours working on the wood carving, which took him about a year to complete. He put watched Hodgee’s creation the final touches on his piece last week. Photo by Cari Hachmann
That was before it caught the eye of Stacey McCline, president of the Del Dios Habitat Protection League, a nonprofit organization focused on restoring the ecological function in and around Lake Hodges. McCline convinced the folks removing the dead tree from Del Dios Community Park to leave the very tall stump because perhaps someone might like to transform it into a piece of art. She said the 7.5-mile long Coast to Crest Trail that winds around the park and lake is a popular place for people to come walk, hike and ride their bikes. The idea floated around
Del Dios and Mount Israel Town Council until it was soon determined that the best man for the job was a local wood carver: Mitchell. A sound engineer and carpenter by trade, the San Diego native had already completed several wood carvings. They run the gamut from owls to mermaids and sharks to a fight-foot-shy flying dragon that earned Mitchell a first-place award in the design and wood category at San Diego’s Del Mar Fair.
lake monster would be a challenge to carve due to the tree stump’s sheer stature and location. He started out by studying the stump before he sketched out a design. With the help of his good friend, Stan Smith, the two used chainsaws to cut out the rough shape of the monster. After that, Mitchell said he began whittling away at it “with just about anything that would do the job,” like grinders, sanders, and a good old fashioned hammer From stump to and chisel. He learned that red eumonster visions calyptus isn’t as reliable to Mitchell admitted the work with as say, an oak. “It inevitably cracks a lot,” the artist said. “I exposed wood that hadn’t been exposed in over 100 years.” He shrugged off the cracks and filled them with Bondo putty or whatever he found appropriate. Mitchell said it is what you take away — in this case hunks of wood — that cre-
ates the vision (of the monster). Sometimes he spent up to six hours a day working on the sculpture for the better part of a year. “I loved every minute of it,” he said.
Legend lives on
Most locals will tell you they believe in Hodgee the lake monster, though few have actually seen the beast. The legend of the lake serpent dates back to Indian lore of a “river creature” said to be lurking in the San Dieguito River before it was damned. In 1918 it was then turned into the scenic 1,234acre Lake Hodges Reservoir. According to a website dedicated to the monster, Hodgee.com, formal requests (in 1929) to have San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography look into the matter ended with researchers finding “no conclusive evidence of any sort of creature in the lake ... ” Alleged later attempts to
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and progress since his stump beginnings, so his completion was reason to celebrate this past weekend. Local philosopher Dr. Tobin Barrazo, 76, likened Mitchell’s artistic ability to one of history’s greatest sculptors. “It’s always been amazing that someone can look at a piece of granite, like Michelangelo, and see a figure,” Barrazo said. “And Mitch did the same thing. He looked at a huge tree stump and he saw — Hodgee.” At the Saturday unveiling, the wood carver thanked the community for its support throughout the long process. He said he hoped Hodgee would remain a landmark in Del Dios for a long time, and help keep the legend alive for generations to come. “I hope everyone enjoys Hodgee as much as I do — and look at him — he’s beautiful!” McCline, who can be credited with saving the tree stump, said Mitchell’s vision was nothing she could have imagined. “The dedication he’s put into making such a breathtaking piece of art — I just had no idea that would happen.” When asked if she’s ever seen the creature, the local resident of 20 years said, “I have yet to see the lake monster, though I always keep an eye.”
Man killed on I-15 ramp ESCONDIDO — Authorities have released the name of a 53-year-old man killed late last month in a motorcycle crash on an Escondido freeway onramp. Chris Wickersham of Escondido was riding on the connector from West Citracado Parkway to northbound Interstate 15 when a sedan rear-ended his two-wheeler shortly after 6 p.m. Dec. 28, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Though he was wearing a helmet, Wickersham suffered severe head wounds when he tumbled onto the roadway, the county agency reported. Medics took him to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where he was pronounced dead about 3½ hours after the crash.
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can recall not so long ago, when buying wine meant searching for an empty kitchen cabinet near the glasses, to store the wine standing up until being opened by some gullwinged contraption. Worse yet, squeezing the wines between the frozen food and meat section of the fridge, then thawing it out to drink a wine in shock due to radical temperature changes. Bottles of wine, in order to give their best to the wine drinker, need to be treated like babies. They are fragile and vulnerable and subject to being wasted and spoiled if some rules are not applied, like fundamentals of light exposure, temperature control, humidity and storage position. If you consider yourself a collector, you might consider using the services of a wine storage warehouse and store your wine in one of their temperature-controlled lockers with high security and computerized supervision of your collection, for a monthly fee. At the other end of the spectrum, you could measure a space in a corner of your garage or closet and fill it with bottles and hope that they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spoil in time. Both game plans are not necessary for the majority of us because there are a vast variety of wine coolers and refrigerators that offer technology to protect your wine, and nurture it to just the right flavor for the occasion. When it comes to storage, there are three types of wines you will want to store. The most important are the Cabernets and Burgundies from France and Napa/Sonoma in California, and elite Italian wines. These wines need time to mature to complexity due to tannins in the grape skins that preserve and add flavor to these wines. Then there are other wines that are unlikely to improve with age that will keep their flavor profile with smart storage. The third category is the budget low-priced wines that will deteriorate right away without the right level of storage. Always, no matter if the wine is a collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottle or a pickup for the week, store all bottles on their sides. This prevents the cork from drying out and shrinking. Of course, the trend to twist caps that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have this problem make them an attractive alternative in the wine industry, but they have a difficult time being accepted in most wines that
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treasure the subtle flavors of a traditional bottle that include a quality cork. Temperature is the most important element in the preservation of your wine. I prefer 55-degree storage for red wines and 48-degree temperature for whites. Both these wines, when taken from storage and opened, should remain in place without tasting for some 20 minutes. This is to allow aerating and for the temperature to rise some eight to 10 degrees for a perfectly formed flavor profile of 64 degrees for reds and 56 degrees for whites. You can find home wine refrigerators with room for 60 to 300 bottles. Some have dual-zone cooling systems for whites and reds, with shaded glass, oak wood shelving that rolls out to display all your wines, LED lighting and space for a diverse wine collection that fits all sizes snugly. You set the desired temperature and the fanforced cooling system adjusts the interior temperature to match your setting. A security lock protects your wines from sticky fingered intruders. I recommend keeping an inventory system so you know where your wines are in the storage unit. This can be by vintage year, varietal, wine district or by price points. Do all this and you will be on your way to a new level of wine enjoyment. WINE BYTES â&#x20AC;˘ Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Auberge Del Mar continues its Wine Wednesday events with its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Market Priced Selectionâ&#x20AC;? each Wednesday with your favorite wine and no corkage fee when you dine with them. Live music. Call (858) 2591515 for details. â&#x20AC;˘ BK Cellars in Escondido is celebrating its fourth anniversary as an Urban Winery from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 14. Enjoy a live DJ, paintings and a release of new wines. Forty percent discounts on wines. Details at bkcellars.com. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14
Moto Deli now doing dinner
tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often that I will revisit a restaurant for a LTP column one year after the initial story, but with Moto Deli now open for dinner it was definitely worth celebrating. If you remember my original column Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big fan of Chef Andy and what Halvorsen he has going on in the kitchen at Moto. Now with dinner hours I have the ability to indulge in their culinary goodness with a beer or glass of wine or kombucha, welcoming the potential food pleasure-induced coma instead of avoiding it as a result of post lunch going back to work concerns. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not ruling out lunch at Moto as there are definitely ways to eat on the lighter side there, I just prefer to go big and indulge in Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cuisine and chill on the super cool patio. Before I get into whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new on the menu, let me clarify that any sandwich they serve for lunch can easily translate into a solid dinner. The Chicago Beef with marinated roast beef, au jus, hot giardiniera on an Italian roll is Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on one of my favorites, the Chicago Italian Beef. I love this sandwich and it made for a great dinner recently with a side of macaroni salad, spicy pickle spear and chips. His Hot Chicken sandwich with a fried chicken thigh, spicy cayenne glaze, coleslaw, pickled sweet peppers and crispy shallot on Texas Toast is another lunchtime winner for dinner. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forget the Cubano, Reuban, Kim-Chicken, BLT, Grilled Cheese and Falafel, which are all super fine options. My point is, this is an all day and into the night menu. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get into some of the new items though as some of them are quite good. There are a couple of burgers on the menu now including the Moto Burger, a simple American cheese burger, inspired by Chef Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time at The Lodge
The glorious giant Buffalo Wings are a new LTP favorite at Moto Deli
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at Torrey Pines and Jeff Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous Drugstore burger there. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall, Andy has some extensive culinary experience under his belt, which is one of the big attractions to Moto Deli. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get back to the burgers though as he also created the Fancyburger, a 1/3-pound blend of chuck, brisket and short rib patty with caramelized onion, agave mustard, blue cheese and bacon served on brioche. The Moto Burger has the same fabulous beef blend by the way. Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine dining experience is also evident in the new Smoked Trout Rillettes and Chicken Liver Pate.
Next up are the Buffalo Wings and while I am far from a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wings guy,â&#x20AC;? I am quite smitten with these super sized meaty morsels of goodness. They are described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;large double
wingsâ&#x20AC;? with spicy buffalo sauce served with celery, carrots and blue cheese. The term double wings refers to the wing with the drumette and tip still attached and that makes for some seriously hearty wings. Andy is a Buffalo native so he knows a thing or two about how to do these right. They come in a three- or six-piece serving and are perfect to share before your sandwiches arrive or just make it a beer and wings night. Besides the menu changes and expanded hours for dinner Moto has a new and improved patio and beer and wine available. The patio is now covered and heated with a couple of TVs and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area. Live music happens on Friday evenings, and that TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 18
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LIFE LECTURES Learn about “Fall Prevention” and if you are “Ready for the Senior Tsunami?” with the lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 19, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta.edu/ life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. TALES OF REAL HOUSEWIVES Make reservations now for The San Marcos – Vista Christian Women’s Club luncheon at 11:30 am Jan. 15 at Meadowlark Community Church, 1918 Redwing St., San Marcos. The cost of the luncheon is $15. Speaker will be Julianne Chene with the
“Real Housewife of Orange County.” Walk-ins welcome. For more information, go to stonecroft.org. LEARN YOUR LEGACY Legacy Users Group, sponsored by North San Diego Genealogical Society, will meet noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Bring your laptop. For information, phone (760) 7433660 or email ca1skibum@ yahoo.com. ALL THAT SPARKLES Gem Faire, Jewelry & Bead Show, is set for Jan. 12 through Jan. 14 at Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar., noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 14. Admission of $7 is valid for the entire weekend. For more information, visit gemfaire. com. TACKLE THAT PHONE The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a free Smartphone class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Registration is required at (760) 643-5281.
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FREE DENTAL CARE Gregory Smith, DDS and Encinitas Dental Designs will host a Dentistry From The Heart event providing adults with free dental care Jan. 13 at 274 N. El Camino Real, Suite D, Encinitas. They will try to see the first 50 people first-come, first-served. For more information, visit dentistryfromtheheart.org. BUNCO WITH CIVITAN Oceanside Civitan Group will be having a Bunco Fundraiser for local non-profits, from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Clubhouse, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Tickets are $20. Contact Barbara at (760) 758-2769. Civitan is a service group that meets the second and fourth Mondays each month at Jolly Roger in the O’side Harbor at noon. ‘MESTIZO JOURNEY’ Former San Diego County Library Director and local photographer José Aponte brings his show, “Indigenous: A Mestizo Journey,” to the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista, with
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101, Solana Beach. BONSAI AND BEYOND Bonsai and Beyond will meet at 6:30 pm. Jan. 16 at the Ecke Building, San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas for a workshop on creating a deciduous tree bonsai. Bring gloves and imagination. Call (858) 259-9598 for more information.
KIDS IN THE GARDEN
Join the Kids in the Garden class from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 13 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Walk the Gardens with Farmer Jones and discover special features, plants and animals. Class fee is $5 per child, and $5 per adult Garden entry. Pre-registration required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail. com or (760) 822-6824. Visit altavistabotanicalgardens.org.
an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13. The series runs through March 10. For more information, call the Vista Library at (760) 6435100.
EVERYBODY DANCE NOW Georgia’s School of Dance in downtown Escondido will celebrate its 65th anniversary, and is calling on all alumni to participate. An anniversary planning meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at 142 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. All former students of Georgia’s School of Dance are encouraged to attend. RSVP at (760) 745-6662 or georgiaschoolofdance@ gmail.com. STRAWBERRY RUN You can register now for the 2018 Vista Strawberry Run on May 27 for the 10k, 5k, Combo or Kids’ Runs. Visit https://events.com/r/ en_US/registration/2018-vista-st rawber r y-r u n-v is ta-may-729881. All runners receive Tech T-shirt, cool custom finishers’ medal, strawberries, swag bag and free Vista craft beer (21+
only). WORKSHOP ON LIFE “Life Is Designed to Work” a free mini-workshop, will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. RSVP at (760) 753-0733 to reserve your space and for address. MAKING NEW FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will hold a monthly meeting and potluck at Green Valley Mobile Home Park, Vista on Jan. 14 and do lunch and a concert at Pala Casino Jan. 16. Reservations are necessary, at (858) 674-4324. HERITAGE CRAFTS Every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., do a free craft at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. This month, using a variety of art materials like fabric, paint, yarn, beads, and branches, create your own New Year banner. For more information, call (760) 6329711.
GUIDE YOUR CITY The city of Solana Beach is currently seeking volunteers to fill 18 vacancies among its five local Citizen Commissions, offering an opportunity for Solana Beach residents to participate in their local government. The application deadline is 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 for commissions including Budget & Finance, Climate Action, Parks & Recreation, Public Arts and View Assessment. Applications, and contacts are available at cityofsolanabeach.org or at City Hall, 635 S. Highway
KERN HOSTED BY CLUB The Republican Club of Ocean Hills will host Oceanside Mayor Jerry Kern at noon Jan. 17 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. RSVP by contacting Colleen at (760) 842-8735. Kern will address, “The Decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station” and his candidacy for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 5. ‘BLUE WAVE EXPERIENCE’ Blue Wave Kiwanis of North San Diego County will host its “Blue Wave Experience,” open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Veterans Association of North County, 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Dianne Hilbert, (760) 721-8025 or visit bluewavekiwanis.org. RETIRED TEACHERS MEET The California Retired Teachers’ Association (CalRTA) will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17. at Cocina del Charro, 890 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido. The program will feature a speaker from the Valley Center, Pauma Union School District. Call (760) 509-4515 for reservations by Jan. 15. For further information, visit https://div63.calrta.org/. MUSIC APPRECIATION A music appreciation presentation is offered to lovers of classical music from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Free and no registration required. For information, call (760)643-5288 or e-mail email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER AT BOTANIC GARDENS Become a Docent at San Diego Botanic Garden. SDBG Introduction to Docent Program & Garden Overview classes begin 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18. Cost is $60 for the eight-class training. Register by contacting Jill Gardner, SDBG volunteer manager, at jgardner@ TURN TO CALENDAR ON 13
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WALL GARDEN Learn the basics of planting a 10” x 20” vertical living wall made out of succulents at the Know something that’s going San Diego Botanic Garden from 9 a.m. to noon at 230 on? Send it to calendar@ Quail Gardens Drive, Encincoastnewsgroup.com itas. Cost is $36. An $80 materials fee per student is also JAN. 12 paid directly to the instrucPUPPING ON STAGE tor at the class. For more inLocal guitar master Peter formation, visit sdbgarden. Pupping will perform from org/classes.htm. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. JAN. 14 Coast Highway, Cardiff By WYNONA JUDD AT CENthe Sea. He will be joined TER Country music icon by bassist Mark Hunter and Wynonna Judd takes over Kevin Koch on drums. For the California Center for information, visit kisrestau- the Arts, Escondido’s Conrant.com or guitarsounds. cert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jan. com. Reservations recom- 14 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., mended at (760) 436-5236 Escondido. Tickets at (800) WASSEF TAPESTRIES 988-4253 or artcenter.org. Garden-themed tapestries JACK IS BACK Cowboy from the Ramses Wissa Was- Jack and the North County sef Art Centre in Egypt will Cowboys will be performing be on display at the San Di- from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, ego Botanic Garden from at the Carlsbad Marathon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Jan. 8 901 Palomar Airport Road, through March 31. To view Carlsbad. tapestries on display, visit ‘RHYTHMS & RIPPLES’ sdbgarden.org/tapestries. Hear a variety of music with htm. “Rhythms & Ripples,” by the Wind Spring Quintet at 3 JAN. 13 p.m. Jan. 14 at the First ConSTEINWAY MASTER gregational Church of Es2nd Saturday Concert Series condido, 1800 N. Broadway, presents Steinway Artist Escondido, featuring Becky Louis Landon, for all ages, Dominguez on flute, Gerry from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 Lester on oboe, Rebecca at the library, 239 S. Kalmia Frybarger on clarinet, Eric St., Escondido. Gripp on French horn, and QUEEN CALIFA AND Cheryl Knapp on bassoon, MORE The California Cen- with guest musician Emily ter for the Arts, Escondido Just on percussion. There Museum announces the will be a free will offering. opening Jan. 13 of sculptor, PENS AND WATERCOLpainter, and philanthropist ORS Try Journaling with Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Myth- Pens & Watercolor 9:30 a.m. ical California,” celebrating to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at the San her iconic monument using Diego Botanic Garden, 230 never before seen sketches, Quail Gardens Drive, Enphotographs, models, blue- cinitas. Cost is $114. A stuprints and film, document- dent-supplied materials list ing the creation and imple- is available on SDBG classes mentation of Queen Califa’s website. For more informaMagical Circle. at 340 N. tion, visit sdbgarden.org/ Escondido Blvd., Escondido. classes.htm. For times and tickets, call (800) 988-4253 or visit art- JAN. 15 center.org. AUDITIONS FOR MUMEET THE ARTISTS SICAL Auditions for Vista City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Broadway Theater’s “Mary Arts Office is launching a Poppins” will be held 5 to new program designed to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at 340 East take participants on a jour- Broadway, Vista. Audition ney through the minds of information can be found performing artists, begin- on the auditions page at ning with “Exploring Cloud broadwayvista.com. They Tectonic,” from 2 to 3:30 will be auditioning two prop.m. Jan. 13. The inaugural ductions in Vista and San season of “Starring Artists: Marcos. For more informaAn Interview and Perfor- tion, email broadwayvista@ mance Experience” runs gmail.com. through May 2018 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditori- JAN. 16 um, in the Carlsbad City LiOPEN MIC NIGHTS Evbrary complex at 1775 Dove ery Tuesday from, 6:30 9 Lane. Admission is free. p.m. there are Open Mic PHILEAS FOGG HEADS nights at UNIV Studio, 1057 OUT North Coast Repertory S. Coast Highway 101, EnciTheatre presents “Around nitas, with signups at 5:45 the World in Eighty Days,” p.m. and 9 p.m. at 1st Street running through Feb. 4 at Bar, 656 S. Coast Highway 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, 101, Encinitas. Suite D Solana Beach. Tickets at https://tickets.north- JAN. 17 coastrep.org. AT THE KEYBOARD
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sdbgarden.org or by calling (760) 436-3036, ext. 213. JUST SAY YES Youth Enrichment Services (YES) will meet 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at North Coast Calvary Church, 350 Poinsettia Lane Room C 205, Carlsbad. YES is a nonprofit that offers outdoor and enrichment programming outside of school to at-risk youth.
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NARFE MEETS The National Active and Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) Association will meet and host accountant Dale Huffman, at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane. NARFE is a nonprofit organization that works in the best interest of all Federal employees and retirees and their families. Visit narfechapter706.org.
January’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will host pianist/ composer and Steinway artist Louis Landon at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at 3919 Townsgate Drive, Carmel Valley. For information, call (858) 5521668.
exotic jungle of Henri Rousseau’s paintings with Robin Douglas for an evening of food, drink and painting exotic beasts. All materials supplied. CLASSIC SILENT FILMS Beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 and continuing every third Thursday, the Oceanside Public Library will be screening Classic Silent Films at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. The first showing will be Charlie Chaplin’s “The Tramp,” “The Vagabond” and “The Pawnshop.” For more information, visit the library’s website at oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600.
DISCUSSION OF ART The Oceanside Museum Of Art offers a panel discussion on “Border Art” at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $10. Moderated by unDocumenta curator Alessandra Moctezuma, panel members include Cris Scorza, Sara Soleimani and Leticia Gomez-Franco. KNOW ROUSSEAU Try JAN. 19 a “Taste of Art: Henri RousLIBRARY CONCERT seau” at the Oceanside Mu- Music By The Sea presents seum Of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. Cristinia Montes Mateo on Cost is $45. Delve into the harp at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at
the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $14 at encinitas.tix. com or call (800) 595-4849. For more information, visit cristinamontesmateo.com. ‘BACH AND ROCK’ The Hutchins Consort present “Bach and Rock” accompanied by pianist Maksim Velichkin. Offering “Purple Haze” to pieces by J.S. Bach, at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Andrew´s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Tickets: $35 adults, $20 seniors/students, $60 family package. Purchase tickets at hutchinsconsort.org or at the door.
in Color!” acrylic painting at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. BLOWN GLASS Through Jan. 31, see the blown glass of James Stone, “An Adventure Under the Sea.” The sea creatures and marine-themed sculptures are created in hot glass at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 943-2260 or visit https://stoneandglass.com. THE ART OF ART SHOWS The Escondido Arts Partnership presents Patric Stillman with a free lecture, “The Gallery Ready Artist” at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at MARK THE 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. For questions, contact CALENDAR ‘LIFE IS ART’ Join Mari- Stillman at The Studio Door, lyn Huerta, through Jan. 25 http://thestudiodoor.com/ for “Life Is Art, Live Yours inside/.
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has just one specialty — hair restoration. A consultation with an expert in the field will be in-depth and highly informative. The first step in the consultation is to discuss the trouble area. “We start by discussing your concerns and expectations,” Wagner said. “Together we will agree on a realistic hair restoration plan. All of your questions will be answered and your short and long-term goals will be addressed. Next will be to define the area. “We outline the trouble area so we agree on the exact area you want restored,” Wagner said. “Our clients leave here with a clear vision of both their current hair loss situation as well as what is truly possible. Other offices might tell clients what they want to hear. We tell them what they need to hear. Once the area is defined we then
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document our findings with photos.” The third step is to map the area. “We measure precisely so that our calculations are correct,” Wagner said. “We outline the trouble area and then transfer the data onto our 3D Hair Mapping Template. We then calculate the size of the restoration area in square centimeters.” The template helps determine the area of baldness and the number of grafts needed. “This is based on what they client wants, and how much
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we place as many grafts as possible to cover the area in question,” Wagner added. “We allow that to grow out, and then we add density, so that it blends in perfectly with surrounding hair.” The final step in the consultation is to calculate the costs. “Our clients leave here knowing exactly how many procedures they will need for the results they desire,” Wagner said. “We don’t mislead clients by underestimating what it’s going to take to reach their desired goal. We back it up
based on hair science using our calculations.” At MyHairTransplantMD there are no hidden costs and no sales pressure. They also offer financing and cash payment options. M y H a i rTr a n s p l a n tMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. For a step-by-step guide to their consultation process and a complete explanation of pricing, visit their website at www.myhairtransplantmd.com or call the office at (800) 262-2017.
for driving under the influence and leaving the scene CONTINUED FROM 8 of an accident. [The IndeAllen told KIRO-7 News. "I pendent Florida Alligator, can't do anything about it." 11/26/2017] [KIRO-7, 12/16/2017] The Sunshine State -- Workers at Captain The Call of Nature Tracy Hollingsworth Hiram’s Sandbar in SebasStephens, 50, of Alachua, tian, Florida, resorted to Florida, answered nature’s calling police on Nov. 17 call on Nov. 25 by stopping when customer William Anher car in the middle of tonio Olivieri, 63, refused to County Road 232 and step- leave the bar after a night ping outside. An officer of of drinking. Olivieri told the Florida Highway Patrol Sebastian police he had arsoon took notice as he had rived by boat, but when a been searching for Stephens quick walk down a nearby following her involvement dock failed to uncover the in a two-car collision in the boat, he said perhaps he had parking lot of a nearby T.J. driven himself to the bar in Maxx store earlier that day. a black Hyundai. ThroughStephens subsequently un- out the interview with poderperformed on a field lice, reported the Sebastian sobriety test, according to Daily, Olivieri also mainThe Independent Florida tained that he was in downAlligator, and was arrested town Melbourne, Florida,
where he lives. Finally, he was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication and taken to the Indian River County Jail. [Sebastian Daily, 11/21/2017]
Alarming Animal North Fort Myers, Florida, homeowner Joanie Mathews was terrorized for hours on Nov. 14 by a large pig that wandered into her yard overnight and spent the day destroying the lawn and biting Mathews three times before trapping her in the cab of her truck. “She would circle the truck ... and I would jump in the back seat and I was like ‘Go away, pig!” Mathews told NBC-2 TV. Mathews finally called law enforcement, and it took three Lee County sheriff’s officers to wrangle the testy porker. “It was just hilarious because the pig fought them every which way,” Mathews said. No one, at press time, had stepped forward to claim the pig. [NBC2, 11/14/2017]
-- Sumter County, Florida, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to The Villages on Nov. 19 where resident Lori Jo Matthews, 60, reportedly barked at her neighbor’s dogs, then entered her neighbor’s yard, yelling at the neighbor and finally slapping the neighbor after being told to leave. Deputies caught up with Matthews as she attempted to enter her own home, where she was handcuffed and arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest. Alcohol, reported Villages-News.com, may have been involved. [Villages-News.com, 11/20/2017]
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Expect the unexpected when it comes to traveling
Bernadette Lissner and Ross Borland of Tempe, Ariz., seen here in a more tranquil moment at a waterfall in Costa Rica, found they were without lodging halfway through their early January vacation. Fortunately, after hours of looking, a restaurant owner provided them with two rooms for their group of five. Courtesy photo
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will be expanding to other nights as the weather warms up. Their new draft beer system offers a constantly rotating selection of local craft beers, as well as locally made kombucha from Bambucha Kombucha and root beer from Moonglade. Just a reminder that as kombucha goes, Bambucha Kombucha is as good as it gets, chef crafted, locally made and goes great with
y sister, Bernadette, sent me this text New Year’s Day. “We are stranded in Nosara (Costa Rica). We made a reservation at a place and she denied ever receiving it … and there are no other places. So we are soliciting locals for a place to lay down for the night. May be home early.” Then later: “I just spent 5 hours trying to find us lodging. Ended up that this restaurant and they offered us 2 rooms for $60 a night right here! I’m super exhausted. The rooms will be ready in about an hour. Whew!!” Well, my sister kept her cool and stayed true to the travelers’ creed which says that, to maintain sanity, you must be flexible and patient, have a little luck, exercise some ingenuity, exhibit a little chutzpah and perhaps in the end, depend on the kindness of strangers. Which reminds me of two stories told to me by another sister, Jenny. She and husband, Dan, were just nine days out on their 90day, cross-country bicycle trek last summer (Santa Monica to Bar Harbor, Maine) when it was clear that the weather was turning problematic. “We had 51 miles to Flagstaff and 3,000 feet of climbing on I-40 to do that day,” Jenny said. “We had gone about nine miles when the rain was turning to snow. That’s when we learned that our gear was water-repellent, not waterproof. Rookie mistake. We were completely soaked and freezing.” Dan and Jenny changed their plans and decided to make Wil-
most of the menu at Moto Deli. They also have a modest selection of wine that will be expanding as they grow their dinner business. As that dinner business grows, guests can expect to see more seasonal specials and not just sandwiches. Plated entrees like steaks and locally caught fish will be appearing soon. There is also a “groms” section of the menu featuring a variety of kid-friendly sandwiches and such. Keep an eye on the MotoDeli Facebook and Instagram
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Jenny Lucier of Tempe, Ariz., stands outside a motel in Ashfork, Ariz., in May 2017 with her tandem bike and wearing what she thought was adequate rain gear. Just a couple of hours later, she and husband Dan O’Neill were caught in a freezing, life-threatening rain- and snowstorm. A kind couple drove them to the nearest motel. Photo by Dan O’Neill
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liams, Arizona, their goal — about five miles away, but conditions worsened, their back tire went flat, and they knew hypothermia was next. They decided to flag down a vehicle, but were passed by many trucks that could’ve accommodated two riders and an extra-long tandem bike. Their last resort: Call 911. “But I couldn’t even use our cell phones because our hands were too cold,” Jenny explained. (Touch screens respond to heat generated from fingers.) Just when all looked lost, an “ancient” Chevy Suburban pulled over. “They were the least likely people to stop. The couple had a 6-week-old and a 2-year-old aboard, and told us there were four more kids at home. They were
page for new menu additions. This place is evolving into one of the better coastal dining and drinking options and is worth following. Find them at 810 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Call (760) 943-6688 for carry-out orders and visit www.motodeli.com. Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over the past 10 years as a column in The Coast News and in Edible San Diego. He can be heard on KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny98.1. More at www.lick-the-plate.com
trying to get someplace for the wife’s first day of work after having the baby.” Though there was barely enough space, the couple found some to squeeze in two riders and their gear, and the father found a cable that allowed them to strap the tandem bike to the roof of the car. They drove to the nearest motel where the desk clerk took one look at the cyclists and said, “Here are the room keys; you can check in later.” A hot shower never felt so good. The second story begins in 1985 in what was then Yugoslavia. Dan and Jenny were cycling across Europe and had visited Medjugorje, purported at the time to be the site of active apparitions of the Virgin Mary. They headed north, pedaling through countryside that had no tourist services — not even a campground. “There was an obvious storm on the way and we started eyeing farmers’ fields,” Jenny related. “We picked a field and started setting up our tent. Then a police officer came by, and even though he
didn’t speak English, he made it clear that we couldn’t stay there.” They put away their camping gear, hopped back onto their bike and peddled to just outside the tiny town of Kumrovec, in present-day Croatia. “We called it Tito Town because it is the birthplace of (Yugoslavia’s long-time Communist dictator Josip Braz) Tito,” Jenny remembered. With the weather worsening, they knocked at the door of the first house they saw. With hand gestures, they communicated that they’d like to set up their tent in the front yard, but the woman invited them in, fed them dinner and offered a bedroom. “We slept really well,” Jenny said, “and the next morning, we are sitting at the breakfast table and enjoying rolls and coffee when the woman’s husband came into the kitchen. It was the policeman from the night before who had told us that we couldn’t camp in that field.” For more travel stories and photos, visit www.facebook.com/ elouiseondash.
Car show confirms I’m no gearhead
f there was ever any question in my mind, it is now settled. I am not a car person. I took the acid test and failed spectacularly as I followed some friends down to a big car show in downtown San Diego. I found it high irony that it was more than difficult to find the proper parking garage entrance. The obvious and easily located one was forbidden to those of us trying to see the car show. The entrance to the other was backed up for blocks. The first message the city sent to its biggest fans of internal combustion was just a tad mixed. Come see our expensive, new cars. Buy them. But don’t expect to be able to park them anywhere near here. When we finally schlepped our way out of the parking garage and half a mile to the show entrance, I was stunned to find that they wanted us to pay to get in. Every major car company had undoubtedly paid a hefty fee for a space to show off their three or four hot new models, but we still had to pay for the joy of looking at them. It was just a big car lot, minus the salespeople … acres and acres of black, silver or beige four-door coupes, red trucks and SUVs. They were new. They were shiny. They were pretty, but they all looked alike to me. I truly do not begrudge anyone who gets pleasure from all that, but I know for certain that I did
not, do not and will never, ever understand the attraction. So that I am not a total naysayer about all this, I admit I got a kick out of seeing the classic Mustangs, GTOs and Corvettes. It looked like my high school parking lot. It was fun to see the incredibly slick Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Jaguars, and I loved seeing the small sprinkling of souped-up street cars like one little canary yellow muscle car with flames underlaid with $100 bills. I will even admit there was one car out of the vast array that made me covet my neighbor’s vehicle. It was a handsome, baby blue Thunderbird; complete with those round windows reminiscent of that sweet little model they turned out in 1957. I fantasized for 10 or 15 seconds about being able to afford it, maintain it, register it and insure it. Then I pictured it awash in bird droppings, sloshed lattes, sticky fastfood wrappers, smelly sweat clothes and assorted makeup and sports equipment. I tried to picture throwing the old water heater into the back for the trip to the dump or having the orange juice amid the groceries burst open and leak all over the floor. It
swiftly occurred to me that neither I, nor anyone I am related to should ever be permitted to ride in it, or even come very near to it. I could tell, though, as I watched the host of hard-core car lovers wander past taking photos and even videos, that this was somebody’s candy store. Never mind the oil shortage and the Mid-east mayhem attached to it. It will require some serious technology to wrap that T-bird around an electric or self-driving engine, and still bring up the same spark I saw in those car-lovers’ eyes. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer driving something other than the new Thunderbird. You can contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.
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