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EUHSD online till April By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) held a board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and announced that they will postpone in-person classes until April 16 due to a countywide surge in COVID-19 cases. The district announced in December that it would temporarily suspend a blended learning option that includes in-person classes until later in the spring semester, but families were not given a specific time frame. The board said they will evaluate conditions at their March 9 meeting and, in the meantime, will offer two online learning options for the upcoming semester through the first grading period. All students at EUHSD are currently taking classes virtually, though the district began allowing small groups, including special education students and English learners, to return to campus in September. These learning pods on campus will continue to be available for students with disabilities, ELD students, and students needing extra support. All meal services will also continue as “grab and go” curbside pickup as usual, on Mondays and Thursdays, the district confirmed. “Our priorities continue to be safety and flexibility for our students, families, and staff members. To make these decisions, staff and the Board of Trustees review the local COVID-19 metrics as well as the county color tier (currently purple),” Superintendent Dr. Anne Staffieri said. “The board approved a reopening plan in consultation with public health metrics. The board makes a determination at our identified checkpoint to inform TURN TO EUHSD ON 3

MEMBERS OF A GORILLA troop at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said last week. This is the first known case of non-human primates with the virus. The park suspects the gorillas were infected by a staff member who tested positive but was asymptomatic. “We are hopeful for a full recovery,” executive director Lisa Peterson said. Photo courtesy San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Call to ‘Let Them Play’ rallies parents, coaches, athletes By Steve Puterski

REGION — Coaches, parents, athletes and San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond are calling for the state to allow youth and high school sports to resume amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Let Them Play CA group, consisting of at least two dozen, rallied at Torrey Pines High School on Jan. 15 in an effort to persuade Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and others to open up the fields to competition. Currently, athletes are allowed to practice, but no games or seasons are allowed, according to Scripps Ranch football coach Marlon Gardinera. A liver transplant recipient and considered high risk, Gardinera said it is critical to get kids back to outdoor sports as a way to improve mental health, showcase skills to college

MANDELA TOBIN, a senior defensive lineman for Westview High School who has committed to play football at Duke University, spoke during the Jan. 15 Let Them Play CA rally at Torrey Pines High School. Photo by Steve Puterski

recruiters and rediscover interests in academics and extracurricular activities. “I’m a parent and I don’t need any politician telling me what’s in the

best interest of my sons,” Gardinera said. “In my role as coach, I do understand the anxiety and depression. I get calls from parents asking for additional activities

to get the kids away from screens and isolation.” Additionally, Gardinera said he feels outdoor sports are safe for him and his kids. If he didn’t feel

it was safe, he said there would be “no way” he would support this movement. Desmond, and several others including former Oceanside High School football coach John Carroll, said state and county leaders are not following the “science” and “data” when it comes to outdoor activities. They also noted other states have successfully reopened their fields with no significant evidence of widespread outbreaks. Mandela Tobin, a senior defensive lineman for Westview High School who has committed to play football at Duke University, said it is also important for his peers’ ability to socialize and take advantage of scholarship opportunities. Let Them Play CA started two weeks ago as a group on Facebook by Mission Hills High School TURN TO LET THEM PLAY ON 13


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New pictorial history of Escondido released By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido History Center recently released a book on the history of Escondido, which dates back more than 130 years, called “Escondido, a Pictorial History of the Hidden Valley.” The book, which was nearly two years in the making, was co-written by the Escondido History Center’s executive director, Robin Fox, and the center’s board vice president, Carol Rea. The work features hundreds of photographs, the earliest dating to 1886, most of which have not been seen before publicly, according to Rea. “The opportunity kind of came to us, and we agreed to do the research and pull the photographs,” Rea said. “First, we had to decide how to lay it out, and it was an interesting process because how do you tell well over a hundred years of history in a book and not take 10 years to do it?” The opportunity came in the form of a publishing company that approached the center and wanted to create a fundraiser book. “The back of the book is filled with families and businesses and organizations that paid for those pages, and that helped pay for the actual book,” Rea said. “And then proceeds from the book will go back to the History Center. We weren’t able to hold our

fundraisers in 2020, and 2021 is looking doubtful, so this is our primary fundraiser.” The last detailed history book about Escondido, “Hidden Valley Heritage, Escondido’s First 100 Years,” was written more than 30 years ago, in 1988. “It’s unique because it includes the last 30 years, and that’s why I love it,” Rea said. “It’s going to benefit the old timers who’ve been around here forever and watched their city transition into what it is today, but it’s also good for the newcomers. … I think it will appeal to a wide audience to enjoy, reminisce and to learn about the history of their city.” The 250-page book is divided into five chapters: Earliest Escondido, Community, Commerce, Culture and Government Sites & Services. This is followed by an Escondido Timeline and finally a sponsors section. “I love history and I like sharing that love with other people because it’s so fascinating to start reading all of these stories and seeing these photos and imagining what life was like here,” Rea said. “I believe we are a unique community, and this explains it.” The book can be purchased for $79.95 at escondidohistory.org. It is also available for sale by appointment at the Escondido History Center.

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Two join Palomar College leadership team By Staff

SAN MARCOS — With the approval of the Palomar College Governing Board Jan. 5, two new assistant superintendent/vice presidents joined Palomar’s Executive Team: Ambur Borth as the assistant superintendent/vice president of Finance and Administrative Services, and David Montoya as the assistant superintendent/vice president of Human Resource Services. “We’re thrilled to have these two leaders joining our team at Palomar College,” said Interim Superintendent/President Jack Kahn. “They bring a wealth

of experience, insight and fresh ideas that will help the institution continue to move in a positive direction.” Borth began her duties after the Governing Board meeting, and Montoya is scheduled to begin on Jan. 28. With more than 20 years of experience in school district administration, Borth comes to Palomar from the Menifee Union School District, where she was serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. At Palomar, she will oversee a variety of core functions and services, in-

cluding fiscal operations, facilities, payroll and the Palomar College Police Department. “I am very excited about the move, and looking forward to the opportunity to help the college grow and continue to support the needs of students, faculty and staff at the college,” said Borth. In his previous position at Humboldt State University, Montoya served as associate vice president of Human Resources and Deputy Title IX coordinator. Prior to joining Humboldt State, he spent a decade serving Native Amer-

ican tribes as an attorney and executive. He identifies as a bicultural person, with Mexican and Native American heritages and a tribal affiliation with the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo tribe in New Mexico. “Palomar’s commitment to equity and inclusion absolutely affected my decision to come to San Marcos — those issues are near and dear to my heart, and it’s very clear that Palomar has a close connection to the local Native American community,” said Montoya. “I’m excited to serve the entire community and be student-focused.”

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the learning model for the following grading period.” The district, which serves more than 7,000 students, also recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to keep students, families and the community up to date. According to the dashboard, the district has had 22 positive cases in January so far. EUHSD only had two positive cases in September and October, but that num-

ber dramatically increased to 24 cases in November and 41 cases in December, prompting the suspension of in-person learning. EUHSD joins several other North County school districts that have also decided to postpone in-person instruction amid a countywide surge in COVID-19 cases. These include Escondido Union School District, San Marcos Unified and San Dieguito Union High School District. The board’s next meeting is Feb. 9.

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On vaccines for seniors, a historic bait & switch

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e love our teachers. They are our neighbors, friends and our children’s heroes. We cheer from the same sidelines and attend the same performances. Each and every teacher is important, as they are the essential workers we depend on to provide our children a quality education. Thanks to a welltrained, professional teaching staff and highly engaged and supportive parents, North County school districts are some of the best in San Diego County. Highly ranked quality schools are the reason most of us choose to live in this community, and our public school teachers provide access to the high quality educational experiences we all want for our children and to which they are entitled under the California Constitution. Most teachers are doing their very best to provide instruction remotely. We fully acknowledge it is difficult. However, academic instruction is only part of the learning experience students need for social, emotional, and intellectual development. When academic instruction is provided remotely — no matter how well — students are deprived of virtually everything else

they need beyond subject matter content. While some students are faring well with the solitude of distance learning, many are not, and some are in true crisis. Most teachers know this to be the unfortunate reality. It’s too early to evaluate the data on how distance learning will impact students long term. However, sugar-coating the effectiveness of the distance learning model by citing attendance rates and a CoVitality survey does not resonate with parents who are seeing firsthand the effects of isolation and disengagement at a critical time in their children’s lives. Many teachers also know it is possible to reopen schools safely. With proper PPE and social distancing, elementary schools in Carlsbad, Vista and Del Mar, as well as independent secondary schools in our neighborhoods like Cathedral Catholic and Pacific Ridge School, have opened safely. Public high schools in Orange County are open and operating on a hybrid model allowing 73% of students to attend schools in person. Many schools across the country have opened safely. Schools in other countries never closed. The evidence is clear: Schools are not primary vectors of transmission, and positive cases can be man-

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aged with appropriate quarantine protocols. Guidance for safe reopening from the County Health Department has been available since early summer. Uncertainty about virus transmission may have been the initial reason to close schools last March, but we now know so much more. Our schools can open safely by following well-established protocols used by many schools across the county that are offering in-person instruction without increasing community spread. While we love our teachers, we do not love the tactics of their unions to prevent the reopening of schools. After 309 days, these tactics to keep schools closed are doing irreparable harm to our children and to the public school system we all cherish and depend on as a community. Let’s finally put students’ needs first and find the path to restoring our school communities, not just in spite of the pandemic but rather because of it. It can be done safely. It is being done safely. We implore the leadership of school districts and the leadership of the teachers’ unions across North County to put aside the politics and rhetoric. You alone have the power to reopen our schools. Have the courage and the vision to do what is right for the students. Respectfully submitted, The leadership team of the Parent Association of North County San Diego, representing the following school districts, Carlsbad Unified, Encinitas Union, Oceanside Unified, Poway Unified, San Dieguito Union, San Marcos Unified and Vista Unified. Jana Anderson, Melanie Burkholder, Erika Daniels, Scott Davison, Dave DeVries, Gina Fierro, Kim Fogel, Aurora Guel, Bernadette Howarth, Liz Ingle, David King, Todd Maddison, Sharon McKeeman, Ginny Merrifield, Liz Parker, Allison Stratton

t may have been the biggest bait and switch event ever perpetrated in California, affecting the vast majority of the state’s 6 million-plus senior citizens, people aged 65 and up. So far, there has not even been an apology from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, which was responsible. If this had been an inside job aimed at stoking the current recall petition drive against Newsom, it could not have been carried out more effectively. Here’s what happened: On a Wednesday afternoon in mid-January, the state Department of Public Health issued a press release announcing in bold black letters that “Seniors 65+ Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine…” Except most were not. It’s the latest of many embarrassments for Newsom’s two-year-old administration, accused by recall organizers of being grossly incompetent and hypocritical. There have been the $8 billion heist from the state unemployment department, Newsom’s attendance at a too large and too unmasked Napa County dinner with lobbyists, and more. But this incident affected by far the most Californians. Less than an hour after the health department notice went out, long before television stations and all the state’s newspapers headlined the alleged large expansion of vaccinations, cyber links to a pharmacy vaccination scheduling website began circulating among many tens of thousands of seniors. The site offered appointments to get vaccinated at pharmacies in dozens of Ralph’s grocery stores, owned by the national Kroger chain. Except no seniors ended up vaccinated

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in most counties. It was, for the most part, baloney. Here’s the state health department’s explanation, from spokesman Darrel Ng: “The announcement is that when counties are done with the first phase of vaccinations (for health care workers and nursing home residents), they should vaccinate people over 65 next.” Except the press release did not mention counties. And while three counties — Orange, Riverside and Stanislaus — actually did begin serving some over-65 residents, that did not happen in most of the state. The bait and switch was most egregious in Los Angeles County, home to more than 1.6 million seniors. The pharmacy website was soon swamped, handing out thousands of appointments. Large numbers of seniors went to bed that night thinking they now knew where their isolation from the coronavirus plague would begin to end and life could begin returning to normal. It was a big relief for most. Except that when the “lucky” folks who scored appointments for the next day showed up, almost all were turned away, pharmacy persons explaining they were still vaccinating only health care workers. Other seniors received emails canceling appointments and telling them to stay away. It turned out Kroger executives reversed earlier corporate decisions to follow the state directive and vaccinate individuals over 65, deciding instead to fol-

low local health officials’ guidelines to the contrary. It was a classic bait and switch, leading thousands to believe they would soon have the item most coveted these days by many Californians, but giving them nothing. This was caused almost purely by the Newsom administration’s decision to issue that press release. Many seniors took this as a new sign of the governor’s supposed incompetence. Spokesman Ng said he could not say who wrote the press release and who authorized sending it. Lines of responsibility remain unclear. But many people’s anger was directed at Newsom, the front man for state government, who refused several requests to discuss the widespread confusion and frustration. “The guy looks like he’s in over his head,” said one 72-year-old Los Angeles man. Newsom press secretary Jesse Melgar did not respond to queries about how his boss plans to assuage the frustration his administration created. Would Newsom, for example, use emergency powers to order that pharmacies and mass vaccination sites start serving senior citizens, as his administration promised? Would he apologize for the bait and switch, as he did for his attendance at that Napa dinner with his lobbyist pals? Instead, other than referring questioners to the health department, the governor’s office said nothing. Which leaves senior citizens as frustrated as they have been at any time in the 10-month California lockdown and Newsom more vulnerable than ever to recall this year or reelection defeat in 2022. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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Vista Housing Element meets RHNA goals, ready for state approval By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The city is ahead of where it must for the current Regional Housing Needs Assessment as directed by the state and San Diego County. During its Jan. 12 meeting, the City Council took a report from Patsy Chow, deputy director of community development, on the draft Housing Element update, which centered on the RHNA numbers. According to Chow, the despite the city being allocated nearly double the units for the 2021-29 cycle compared to 2013-2021, Vista has already met its goals. Additionally, she

said the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has not voiced any objections to Vista’s numbers. “The Housing Element provides assessment of current and future housing needs, identifies constraints and opportunities and strategy to provide housing,” Chow added. “We have enough to meet the RHNA numbers and that’s the big news.” She also said General Plan amendments and rezoning are not necessary for the city to meet its RHNA goals. The Housing Element will now be submitted to

the HCD for review in January and February for preliminary approval followed by public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council in April with an April 15 deadline for the council to adopt the Housing Element, Chow said. Vista has met its goals with surpluses of 122 units for very low housing, 187 for low and 206 for moderate. However, the city has a deficit of 187 for above moderate, but the surplus can be applied to the above moderate category, Chow said. The total 2013-2021 RHNA numbers were 1,374 units and increased to

2,561 for this cycle, Chow said. Also, the city can use pending projects, accessory dwelling units, vacant and underutilized parcels in its calculations, she explained. “When the county looks at our city, they see we have a pretty high percentage of low-income people utilizing our housing,” said Councilman Joe Green. “If we need to build in any other area, you’re going to coach us as a council.” One issue the council discussed, but did not act on, was the potential for an inclusionary housing requirement within the Housing Element. Freshman Council-

Koffie Co. owner at ‘peaceful rally’ in DC By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Koffie Co. owner David Chiddick, who has garnered attention in recent weeks for defying state-mandated shutdown orders, attended the protest rally in Washington, D.C., on the day the US Capitol was attacked earlier this month. Chiddick, who posted on his shop’s Instagram from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 6, says he was not among those who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn President Donald Trump’s election defeat. In a Jan. 6 Instagram video, Chiddick tells viewers to “not stand by” and to “fight the good fight.” “This is not the time to run from a fight, this is the time to run to a fight,” he said in the video. “We can either flee the scenario and have our kids deal with it, or we can fight right now for our nation.” Five people died as a result of the rioting that followed Trump’s call for his followers to march to the Capitol. Among the dead was San Diegan Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran who was shot by police and

fatally wounded during the attack. In a separate video posted a few days later, Chiddick admits to taking part in what he calls the “peaceful rally” in D.C., but says he wasn’t “one of those idiots that took it too far,” adding that they should be “prosecuted.” “We’ve received a tremendous amount of evil and hate personally toward our shop, to our employees, to our children. … If you want to know what side we think we’re on, it’s confirmed that we are on the right side,” Chiddick said. Chiddick’s presence in D.C. quickly caught the attention of people on social media, with many urging others to stop supporting the Grand Avenue business altogether. A Reddit thread about the coffee shop owner has garnered hundreds of comments, with some people debating whether to report him to the FBI based on his videos, which don’t actually place him at the Capitol during the riot. The Escondido City Council heard a public comment from an Escondido resident at the Jan. 13 meet-

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and heard several public comments asking the council to enforce COVID-19 health guidelines at local restaurants and eateries. The council also approved a zoning change, a permit for a gas station and a time adjustment for council meetings. San Diego County, along with several other Southern California counties, is weeks into its latest state-mandated lockdown. Businesses across the county have been forced to temporarily close down due to the critical situation in hospitals. These businesses, which include restaurants, bars, salons, and gyms, are supposed to remain closed until the order is lifted. Multiple businesses, however, including several in Escondido,

have chosen to defy the stayat-home order. The Koffie Co. on Grand Avenue has been outspoken about defying shutdown orders, even announcing on the coffee shop’s Instagram explaining that they intend to remain open. Hunsaker at Vincent’s has also decided to continue operating outdoors a couple days a week, along with Tony Pepperoni Pizzeria, which has kept its doors open for both indoor and outdoor dining. Several other restaurants have since followed suit, prompting county supervisors to adopt stricter enforcement measures on Jan. 12. At the Jan. 13 council meeting, Escondido councilmembers heard one public comment condemning the Koffie Co. and Tony Pepperoni Pizzeria specifically,

built they are including affordable housing. Integrated approach to housing.” Mayor Judy Ritter and councilmen John Franklin and Joe Green said the inclusionary component is duplicative and not really needed as developers use the state’s density bonus to include affordable units in their projects, thus already creating a spread of affordable units across the city. “Inclusionary housing is great but speaking with Patsy Chow and looking at housing and income, we are providing enough affordable housing,” Green said. “It’s a little much knowing we’re not failing.”

San Marcos council backs lawsuit against outdoor dining restrictions By Tigist Layne

DAVID CHIDDICK, owner of the Koffie Co. in Escondido, attended the pro-Trump protest rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 but says he was not among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Courtesy photo

ing criticizing Chiddick and the Koffie Co. “I would like to bring attention to the remarks and actions made by the owner of the Koffie Co., the owner of the establishment was in the Capitol the day of the insurrection. … He traveled across the country, came back and might have been infected with the virus. … These actions are unacceptable and should not go unaddressed,” said

the resident. Chiddick and the Koffie Co. could not be reached for comment. Last month, after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered several Southern California counties to enforce stay-athome orders due to critical hospital conditions, the Koffie Co. quickly took to social media to tell users that it would remain open for indoor and outdoor operations.

Escondido urged to enforce county health orders By Tigist Layne

woman Katie Melendez said her interests include units built in a sustainable way and to do it is to ensure affordable housing units with an inclusionary housing requirement. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras agreed and said the council should consider adding the inclusionary provision in the Housing Element. Both women said it would help ensure not one part of the city has more affordable units than others. “It’s a built-in affordable component,” Melendez said. “Allocate space for affordable units and ensure anytime these projects are

claiming that the two establishments have consistently been packed indoors, with many people not wearing masks or social distancing. Another comment criticized Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso and the Escondido Police Department for allegedly failing to wear masks. “When are we going to get any enforcement on health regulations? ... Every day I see tons of people at places like the Burger Construction Co. going about business as if there’s no pandemic. The patio is crowded and there’s no social distancing. … Our small businesses would get a lot more support if people felt safe going to them,” said another Escondido resident. The council asked staff to bring back more information on this subject. “We had a lot of com-

ments tonight about the enforcement of the restaurants and the rules — we can’t talk about it because it’s not agendized — but it’s not as simple as people think,” Mayor Paul McNamara said. “So, I’m going to ask the city attorney to put together a brief for us to kind of explain the complexity of the issue for, hopefully, our next council meeting.” Councilmembers then discussed and approved a zoning change from light industrial to commercial general for a property at 900 W. Mission Ave. to allow for the development of a new gas station/convenience store that would also sell alcohol. They also reviewed the starting time for council meetings, per Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco’s request, and voted 3-2 to move the starting time back to 5 p.m. from 6 p.m.

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 12, to file a “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) brief to support a lawsuit against the state regarding outdoor dining restrictions. San Diego County, along with several other Southern California counties, have been under a state-mandated stay-athome order since the beginning of December due to the critical situation in hospitals and a shortage of ICU beds. The order temporarily closes a number of business including on-site dining, even outdoors, at restaurants, breweries and wineries. Hair salons and barbershops, personal care services, museums and zoos, movie theaters, and indoor recreational facilities also had to close. In mid-December, Midway Venture LLC filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom challenging ceaseand-desist letters issued to the company’s adult entertainment (strip club) facilities. San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil issued an injunction that permitted plaintiffs to operate indoors and exempted all restaurants in San Diego County from the closure orders, including the state’s regional stay-athome order. The state and the county have since appealed Wohlfeil’s ruling and were granted a stay on the ruling pending the appeal. At Tuesday’s meeting, the San Marcos City Coun-

cil voted 5-0 to file an amicus brief to support the restoration of outdoor dining. “When you look at all of the closures of the businesses and the infection and the outbreaks… there’s been no proof offered by the state or the county that has shown that outdoor dining is a contributing factor to an outbreak,” Mayor Rebecca Jones said. “There are businesses that are going out of business, like San Marcos Brewery, that just couldn’t make it with the closures. … I’m in favor of supporting outdoor dining.” Councilmember Randy Walton agreed with the mayor, adding that restaurants have not been treated equal to other businesses throughout these restrictions. “I support this effort, as well. I’m a person who believes that the reasonable government restrictions that attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are a good thing … but we’ve got to let the science lead our policy making,” Walton said. “Our policies and restrictions to business should be applied equally to all business, but with restaurants that hasn’t been the case. … Our restaurants have been hit disproportionately hard.” The matter was set for oral arguments this week. The council also made appointments to various city boards and commissions and approved creating a San Marcos Civic Smile award program to recognize residents for outstanding contributions to city life.

Trump pardons ex-Rep. Cunningham By City News Service

REGION — Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham was among those receiving pardons from President Donald Trump on Jan. 19, hours before he left office. Cunningham was sentenced in 2006 to eight years and four months in prison for his guilty pleas to conspiracy and tax evasion for taking $2.4 million in bribes in return for unduly influencing the awarding of Defense De-

partment contracts. He was released in 2013. After being incarcerated, Cunningham denied accepting bribes and said he regretted his plea. Cunningham, a Republican, represented portions of San Diego County in Congress from Jan. 3, 1991 to Nov. 28, 2005 when he resigned. Prior to politics, he flew an F-4 Phantom fighter jet for the U.S Navy during the Vietnam War.


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The “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program, through Jan. 28, has Main Street America partnering with Brother Office USA to offer a competitive grant program to help brickand-mortar small businesses in designated Main Street districts as they work to adapt to COVID-19 and prepare for the next phases of reopening across the country. Grants range from $5,000-$10,000. Applications open Jan. 21. LIBRARY LECTURE SERIES

istration is required at nsdcgs.org. For questions about the class content, e-mail the instructor at president@nsdcgs.org. If you need additional technical assistance, e-mail info@nsdcgs.

JAN. 24

LOOKING FOR HEROES

The Vista Chamber of Commerce is looking for the Best in 2020, nominated by you, to honor at the Heroes 2021 Gala in March. All nominees must be current Vista Chamber of Commerce members in good standing. Contact info@vistachamber. org or call (760) 726-1122.

JAN. 25

RECYCLING REFRESHER

Online Businesses and employees are invited to tune in at noon Jan. 25 to Food Scraps Recycling 101, for a short virtual refresher of what goes into recycling bins, ways to avoid contamination, examples of common contaminants and ways to find overall cost savings. A Q&A session will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Visit https:// conta.cc/35Eu3Gf.

The Oceanside Public Library and MiraCosta Learning is For Everyone host a free series of online lectures in North County San Diego, on Fridays at 1 p.m. Learn about our changing community from a news journalist, get an update on the decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, learn about meanings of flowers from an art historian and more, on Zoom. Registration is required at https://forms. GENEALOGY WEBINAR gle/UMnrvJrnnNfHEcNVA North San Diego Counor e-mail life.miracosta@ ty Genealogical Society will gmail.com. hold a live webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26. Forensic genealogist and scientist Colleen Fitzpatrick will GENEALOGY REFRESHER present how genetic genealA Beginning and Re- ogy confirmed the account fresher Genealogy Class, of Alex Kurzen, the Nazis’ sponsored by North San Di- “Little Jewish Mascot.” ego County Genealogical Free, but registration reSociety in webinar format quired at https://nsdcgs.org/ continues from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 23. Free, but regTURN TO CALENDAR ON 13

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. CONGRATS TO GRADUATES

Madison Berman of Oceanside earned a master of education degree and Jessica Alva of Carmel Valley earned a master of education in the fall 2020 semester at from Concordia University, Nebraska. NICELY DONE

el Valley, to its dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of 2020-21. • Carl Ash from Encinitas has been named to DePauw University's Fall 2020 dean's list. • Gabrielle Russell of Oceanside has qualified for the Fall 2020 President's List at Chadron State College in Nebraska. • Libby Norlander of Carlsbad has been named to the 2020 fall semester Dean's List at Ohio Wesleyan University in Ohio. • Alexandria Rohrbaugh of Carlsbad was named to the Muhlenberg College School of Continuing Studies Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester. • Mara Davis of Oceanside has earned Dean's List honors for the Fall 2020 semester at Mount St. Mary's University, Maryland. • Nolan Booher of San Marcos was recognized on the president's list at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri, for academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester. • Rachel Medina of Carlsbad was named to the Vermont Castleton University Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2020-21 academic year.

• MiraCosta Community College student Askar Bashirov is a recipient of a 2020 Study California Scholarship. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic ability, financial need, and leadership qualities. Scholarships were awarded Dec. 31, 2020. • Kaelan Taylor of Oceanside, majoring in aeronautical engineering, was named a Presidential Scholar for the fall 2020 semester at Clarkson University in New York. • Bucknell University named Tatym Racz from Encinitas; Chris Phelan from Oceanside; Alex Burch from Rancho Santa Fe; Carly Irvine from San NO SENIOR ALONE GRANTS The No Senior Alone Marcos; Brendan Egan, Allison Zhang and Renee initiative, of the San Diego Shahnazarian from Carm- Seniors Community Foun-

JAN. 22, 2021

Charter school delays return despite CEO’s ultimatum By Samantha Nelson

REGION — While many parents of students attending The Classical Academies are eager to see their children return physically to school, some teachers worry they are being pressured by school officials to return to an environment that could endanger their families, students and themselves. The Classical Academies is a charter school organization based in Escondido with campuses throughout North County. Originally, the school had plans to return most students to campus by Jan. 19, but due to rising COVID-19 cases, the school recently decided against returning large groups of students back to campus until February at the earliest. “We feel the public health risk is just too great at this time and will be closely monitoring public health mandates,” Chief Communications Officer Michelle Stanley said via email. Students may continue to attend school in smaller groups, a system the organization has had in place for several months now. Each campus, grade and class do this a little differently, according to Stanley. “For example, there may be a Great Books class for a handful of 5th-grade students and they would gather on campus with masks and social distancing for class time,” Stanley said via email. Earlier this month, the school circulated a virtual dation has distributed several grants to the San Marcos Senior Center: $14,910 for Connecting Seniors with Technology; Oceanside Senior Center: $15,000 for Digital Cafe, a program to provide equipment, instruction, and support to improve virtual connection for seniors; Escondido Senior Center: $3,000 to provide holiday decor for 200 isolated older people or gift a poinsettia to place in their homes with a handwritten holiday card and Del Mar Community Connections: $2,500 to deliver greenery arrangements and gift bags containing word puzzles, books, and sweet treats to 70 isolated seniors. BE A JR. PGA CAPTAIN

The deadline is approaching to register as a PGA Jr. League captain. The countdown is to Jan. 21, to register as a captain for the 2021 season. Parents are looking for healthy and responsible activities for their children - be their game changers this year and help them stay emotionally and physically healthy. Register at pgajrleague. com/.

CAMERON CURRY

survey asking parents if they would prefer their students stay home and continue distance learning or return to school in person. On Jan. 4, CEO Cameron Curry addressed parents and staff regarding this survey. He announced that early results showed about 70% of families wanted their students to return to campus. The plan was to return everyone by Jan. 19. Later that evening, in a video to staff, Curry addressed what he called “the elephant in the room” — the choice TCA employees must make to either return to school and teach or leave the organization. “What you need to know is each of our employees has a decision to make: Either come and be with us or talk with HR and make the appropriate decisions on what you want to do next,” Curry said in the video. Curry went on to explain that TCA is an “educational organization” that is “here for the benefit of students.” “We want to support cal fees, including liquor licenses and health permits. The legal action is a result of restaurants across the state facing unprecedented challenges to stay open and maintain cash reserves amid new operating restrictions in the COVID-19 era. Plaintiffs just filed lawsuits in San Diego, Orange, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles Counties. WATT PRESIDENT OF OMWD

Board director Larry Watt presided over Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s first meeting of 2021 as president. OMWD’s board elected to Watt for a third term as president. Initially appointed to the board in 2011, Watt represents Division 2 of OMWD’s service area, which includes portions of the cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas. HOME INSTEAD HIRING

Home Instead, a provider of in-home senior care, is hiring 25 permanent parttime and full-time positions in Vista to accommodate the growing number of adults age 65 and older, who desire to age at home where they feel safe and most comfortLAWSUIT FOR PERMIT FEES able. For more information Restaurant owners about career opportunities in San Diego are filing a at Home Instead, visit Hoclass-action lawsuit against meInstead.com/careers. the state and the county aimed at recouping the NEW EATS IN DEL MAR money spent on state and loThe Del Mar Village

those students who want to come back,” Curry said. “If you’re one of those employees who do not feel safe, who has a health condition, who really has a fear or anxiety, you need to talk to HR because you are ultimately responsible for the destiny of your life. “We want to support our families and we want to bring them back, and if that in any way, shape or form impacts where you want to be and the influence and impact that you want to have, you have a decision to make: You can either be with us or you can choose to work with HR and leave the organization.” The video, which was originally posted to YouTube and provided via a link to employees of TCA, was taken down shortly after it was distributed when parents began sharing it on social media. Curry told The Coast News via email that the video was taken down because an individual posted the video on social media making “false claims” and “badmouthing” the organization. The message didn’t sit well with some staff members and their family members. Some felt the message was cruel towards TCA employees, but Curry disagreed, explaining that was a “false impression of someone not in the organization.” “This particular video was to remind employees, as they returned from the holiday break, that we were completing our parent sur-

vey, data was showing 70% wanted more time with credentialed teachers,” Curry said. Curry also explained that he regularly communicates with others in the organization with videos like this one. “The video message is one moment in time and is completely out of context after months of communications, memos and emails exchanged providing our team support and encouragement,” Curry said. An individual with ties to the organization who wished to remain anonymous noted that the survey only asked parents, not employees, if they wanted to return to school in person. Curry said the school surveys both parents and employees often, adding that both have participated in two surveys in the past four months. “I understand that everyone is dealing with their own emotional wherewithal and processing the meaning and intent of my message fluctuates from person to person,” Curry said. “We are providing follow up to those needing support in the same manner that every employee is used to experiencing in their employment at The Classical Academies.” On Jan. 8, a few days after Curry’s video was posted and subsequently taken down, TCA made the decision to not return large groups of students to campus in response to the growing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and lack of ICU capacity.

Association welcomed new Del Mar restaurant openings, including Del Mar Seaside Grill at 1328 Camino Del Mar; Monarch Ocean Pub at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 322; Villaggio Ristorante at 1201 Camino Del Mar Suite 101 and Westbrew at 1435 Camino Del Mar, Suite D

multiplex molecular diagnostic testing systems, provided preliminary operational and financial results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2020. Total revenue for 2020 is expected to be approximately $171 million, representing an increase of approximately 95% over 2019.

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

NEW GOODWILL SITE

The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza, announced Jan. 11 the launch of Ascent, a first-of-its-kind, free digital e-learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. Ascent has content such as tips on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and business financial strategy development. Visit Ascent.SBA.gov to register for free access.

Civic Community Partners announced Jan. 8, the closing of a $9 million New Markets Tax Credit investment with Goodwill Industries of San Diego County to finance a new retail store and community employment center in Escondido. At 315 W. Washington Ave., the project will transform a former Rite Aid into a retail store that will receive and sell used goods and have a new employment center to assist those with barriers to employment and provide training and job placement GUITARIST HAS NEW BOOK Encinitas resident and assistance. Taylor Guitars artist Alex Woodard has published a RESORT GETS VERIFIED Rancho Valencia Renew book, “Living Halfway,” a journey through sort & Spa, 5921 Valencia time, reflective of readers Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, tired of the modern happi- has become Sharecare ness culture. The book is Health Security Verified available at parallel33pub- with Forbes Travel Guide. licrelations.com/alex-wood- The comprehensive facility verification helps ensure ard. that guests and travel planners can book with confiGENMARK HAS GOOD YEAR GenMark Diagnos- dence at properties that tics, Inc., a Carlsbad-based have appropriate health provider of automated, safety procedures in place.


JAN. 22, 2021

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Left hand puts Mom on wrong side of kids small talk jean gillette Enjoy one from the archives

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ow that both my children are handling pencils and writing, more or less, I have relaxed a bit. It appears they are both unquestionably right-handed. I am left-handed. Based on the struggles it has added to my life, I truly did not wish it on any child I produced. Oh sure, we lefties have prompted a whole line of specialty products, from scissors to sports equipment. We also have a glib string of defensive phrases (“Left is right!”) and talk about how much more sensitive we are since our right brain is in control — we are more artistic, more creative. Well, maybe; but for me, none of that compensates for having to spend my entire life swimming upstream in a downstream world. And as I watch the numerous “lefties” in my son’s kindergarten class fight over the “lefty” scissors and struggle more than their peers to master cutting and writing, my opinion is reinforced. I ache for them. From the first moment I picked up a writing utensil, I wrote backward. Once corrected, I began to drag the heel of my left hand across everything I wrote upon (and still do), smearing even the hardest of leads. I can’t go near a fountain pen. My kindergarten teacher back in the ’50s was not the least bit enlightened, as teachers are today, and seemed unable to figure out that to achieve the tidy work she required, she needed to teach me some new way to hold my No. 2 pencil. She did no such thing. She simply wrote “too messy” on all my papers. And so the frustrations began. My handwriting remains atrocious, a terrible hybrid of all my best efforts equaling one lame effort. I

joyfully embraced and still celebrate the arrival of the computer, which is practically like a prosthesis to me. Because of my handicap, I even commit the faux pas of writing my thank-you notes on the computer. I will do anything to avoid the embarrassment of longhand communication. The worst thing has been because of my left-handedness, I am slightly ambidextrous and cannot quickly identify left from right. I cannot give directions or follow them. In ballet, I often leaped one way as the rest of the class leaped the other. My children and I practiced learning our lefts and rights together. They often score better than I do. Then I discovered the final frustration. For years, I had been harassing my children because they seemed to always do things in the absolute opposite direction I intended them to. I thought they were just not paying attention or perhaps were simply pushing my buttons. Pondering my left-handedness, it dawned on me with a crash that all their body movement and tracking calculations are based on right-handed orientation, and all mine are based on my leftness. When I went to put on shoes, they invariably stuck out the foot opposite the shoe I had in my hand. The same went for whichever pant leg they went to put on first. We approach the car, and I reach to open the doors on one side, while they automatically walk to the other. Arms in coats and sweatshirts, same deal. It happens again when I sit down to help them with homework, automatically choosing the side where their elbow sticks out in to my ribs. It happened when I try to brush their teeth, and they unconsciously turn their head the opposite way. The list goes on and on, and I am feeling thoroughly guilty having put the blame on them all this time. But I have, at least, come clean. Nothing has really changed, but when we madly fail to match feet to shoes, at least they no longer take it personally, and neither do I.

Fire seriously damages four businesses in Vista By City News Service

VISTA— Four businesses were seriously damaged Jan. 17 in a possible arson fire and residents of a nearby apartment complex had to be evacuated. Around 2 a.m., deputies from the Vista Sheriff’s Station discovered a fire in the alley behind the 400 block of North Santa Fe Avenue, said Sgt. A.W. Moses of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The fire had quickly spread to at least four nearby businesses, Moses said.

Firefighters from the Vista Fire Department, Carlsbad Fire Department and Oceanside Fire Department were able to control and put out the fire, the sergeant said. The fire appears to be suspicious, he said. Smoke from the fire forced families to evacuate a nearby apartment complex, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Detectives from the Sheriff's Bomb-Arson unit were handling the investigation.

In Loving Memory

SABAH BASHIR BANNA December 23, 2020

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the Banna family lost their beloved husband and father. Sabah Bashir Banna was born to Bashir Aboodi Banna and Dawlat Ibrahim Yousif on July 1, 1961, in Baghdad, Iraq. He immigrated to Fresno, California in 1978 where he attended high school and pursued a degree in Business at California State University, Fresno. In 1989, he moved to San Diego, California. He poured his heart and soul into building successful businesses. He opened Primo Pizza & Pasta in Carlsbad 28 years ago. He also acquired Pelly’s Fish Market and Cafe and quickly put his special touch on it to make it his own. He would always express his love for his employees and remind

them that they are one family. He was a loving husband and father, affectionate brother and uncle, and passionate and considerate business man who loved life and shared his contagious smile with the world around him. He was known for his compassion, wisdom, kindness, and forgiveness. He married his soulmate, Ilham, in 1994 and made it his life’s mission to provide her with all the love and joy a man can give. He took God’s words to heart when he said “Husbands’ love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” In 1998, they were blessed with their pride and joy, Christopher, who filled his heart with a type of love he had never known before. He is remembered for saying, “no one knows the meaning of love until they hold their first child.” In addition to his loving wife and son, he is survived by his sisters, Bushra Eramya, Balsam Kasto, Nuha Alsheikh, and Ruda Tappouni. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Buthaina Dawisha and Raja Banna.

Theresa Mary Stein, 95 Carlsbad January 6, 2021

EDGAR ENGERT April 15, 1936-Jan. 10, 2021

Edgar Engert of San Marcos, California, passed away unexpectedly due to complications associated with the coronavirus. Edgar immigrated from Germany to New York in 1958. After spending 10 years in New York, he moved his family to Cardiffby-the-Sea, California. He loved spending time with family and was a wonderful humanitarian, giving his time to many organizations including the YMCA, Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Del Mar Fair Flower and Garden Show, San Diego County Flower and Plant Association, California State Florist Association, San Diego Botanical Gardens, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and the Y Service Club International. A couple of his big-

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gest contributions, in which he took pride, was starting the Oktoberfest and the Holiday Parade in Encinitas. He was a kind and loving partner to his spouse Renate, as well as an amazing father to his daughter Liane, and sons, Ron and Jim. Family is what mattered most to him and he cared deeply for us. Always encouraging us to reach for the stars. He lit up a room when he entered it, never met a stranger, and was always concerned about the wellbeing of his family and friends. Edgar loved life and made those around him smile. There will be a hole in our hearts, but he will always be remembered. He will be dearly missed by his family, his wife, Renate, daughter, Liane and her husband Larry, son, Jim and his wife Anne along with their children Nicholas and Amanda, son Ron and his children Madelyn and her husband Michael, Makenna and her husband Zachary, Milena, and his great grandchild Josephine. Unfortunately, due to COVID, his celebration of life will hopefully be held later this spring. We appreciate everyone that has reached out to our family and ask that in lieu of flowers, please donate to the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. https:// sdheritage.org/donate/

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Half of January is already gone, and they are preparing for the upcoming holidays including Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and all of the items needed for your upcoming summer BBQ’s! At Tip Top Meats you always get the highest quality items at the best possible prices. They are featuring their very popular Prime Rib Dinner to go for take-out with extremely large portions of beef, a baked potato and salad all for only $14.98, available Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Also, by popular request, they are featuring their sirloin steak dinner, complete with broccoli or sauerkraut, soup or salad and a baked potato for $12.98 or a Filet or New York steak dinner for $14.98. Their Big John Burger continues to be in high demand where you get a ½ pound of beef, fries and a soda for only $7.98! John says, “We offer the highest quality products at the most affordable prices in town, we are known for our large portions, and you will never leave Tip Top Meats hungry!” In addition to their trademark specials,

Tip Top Meats’ entire menu is available for take-out, from 7 AM to 7 PM, 7 days a week. This week, Tip Top is featuring their soups. all original recipes from home-made stock. There is a wide variety including: Lentil, Potato, Cream of Broccoli, Vegetable, Oxtail, all gluten free, & Chicken Noodle. Also available is their famous Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stew and the largest portions of homemade Meat Loaf in the county!

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On special this month, you can buy any 3 steaks and receive a FREE 8 – 10 oz Filet Steak! Choose from the large selection of kabob’s, chicken and beef, made fresh daily. Don’t forget about their legendary Burgandy Pepper Tri-Tip, commonly known as the “wedgie,” one of their top sellers, a great price at $8.98/lb. Their mild-cured corned beef is served up as a well-trimmed brisket. There are several different mild and well-seasoned cuts available at $4.69/lb. Now, let’s get on to their home-made sausages. Over 50 different varieties are available fresh, smoked or cooked. Many original flavors, low sodium and natural flavors with NO Additives, ever! You’ll find Swedish Potato Sausages, English Bangers and so many other German specialties, they have the largest variety of meats than anywhere else. Big John says, “We buy the best and sell the best at the lowest prices. No one else in the county can compete with us.”

Enjoy one of our everyday specials! Three eggs, any style, home fried potatoes & toast. ALL YOU CAN EAT (on the premises) sausage, bratwurst or ham.

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Food &Wine

In the moment with Mother Earth Brewing Ercolano is our pick for not everyone has the same business or distribution model as we do, but I can’t imagine having to shut down for weeks at a time. It would be devastating.

Cheers! North County

Ryan Woldt

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e’re 10 months into the coronavirus. Cases are still skyrocketing, and staying open or closed or even wearing a mask still sparks arguments. The state of California’s health order has ordered hospitality businesses closed for anything except takeout orders in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It feels like a good time to check in with some local San Diego breweries to see how they are responding in the moment. Up first is Vista-based Mother Earth Brewing Co. Partner and Director of Marketing Kamron Khannakhjavani took a few moments to answer my questions. Cheers: Mother Earth Brewing has been complying with the California health order. Besides the obvious legal reasons, are there any other motivators to do so when so many breweries have (very publicly)

HOP DIGGITY, one of Vista-based Mother Earth Brewing’s most popular offerings, is now available year-round. Photo by Cody Thompson, Beer Night in San Diego

chosen not too, often seemingly without repercussions (so far)? Kamron: There are a few motivating factors for this. Number one is that we recognize the severity of this virus, and it’s incumbent upon us to follow the guidance of public health organizations and officials to mitigate its spread. History has shown us that a failure to remain disciplined, particularly during a surge like the one we are seeing now, has

led to drastic results, and though in the short term it negatively impacts our business, it also prolongs the effects of the pandemic. We figure it’s a pay now or pay later situation. Secondly, our entire business hinges on beer manufacturing, and if we violate orders or recommendations and bring someone into the “safe zone” that infects our essential workers, we’re screwed. If we can’t make beer, what the hell are we going to do? I realize

Cheers: How has COVID-19 impacted your brewery so far? What adjustments have you made, and what are your expectations for 2021? Kamron: Like many others, the impact to on-premise sales was huge. It was 50% of our overall business. We’ve lost employees in nearly every corner of the brewery and shut down our tasting rooms for periods of time. It was terrible. In response we followed demand. We moved almost all of our production to cans, as folks started shopping for beer to take home rather than drink on-site. Unfortunately, our expectations for 2021 look like Groundhog Day. On-premise will remain tenuous as consumers reluctantly begin gathering post-vaccination, and cans will continue to dominate. I don’t see anything monumental occurring in the coming months, certainly not returning to “normal.” Cheers: What is the TURN TO CHEERS! ON 14

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uring the last year, for the embattled restaurant and bar business, there was no place to hide. The tsunami of coronavirus whipsawed these businesses dizzy with a plethora of “on again, off again” rules from federal, state and local governments, in an attempt to stem the pandemic. The carnage continues. According to the Labor Department, restaurants and bars nationwide cut 372,000 jobs last month, in what should have been a banner December with holiday cheer and good times for all. Throughout this crisis, Sal Ercolano made himself a promise that he would not shrink or back away from his commitment to serve his customers as his special guests and his employees as family. Through this past year, his charming, easy-going style was inviting and comforting in every aspect of the dining experience.

In fact, he added two fine dining restaurants, West End Bar & Kitchen in Del Mar and FLORA, his latest triumph in Carmel Valley. The most warm and memorable feature about FLORA is that it was named for his mother. Sal was born on Capri in southern Italy, where his mother, at 82, still enjoys her life on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. As a teen, Sal quickly learned the restaurant business from his parents, who owned a restaurant on the island. It didn’t take him SAL long to masERCOLANO ter many dining positions and at 22, he left the island to seek his fortune. He landed in New York in the ’80s, eventually managing the well-known celebrity hangout Mezza Luna in Manhattan, then on to Hong Kong’s famous Va Bene. San Diego beckoned in the ’90s and in a short time, he was the toast of the Gaslamp District downtown, TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14

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Right next store to Tip Top Meats is Top Choice Fish Market and Eatery. They feature daily specials. Their suppliers bring in daily fresh catches, all fileted on-site on a daily basis for take-out. You can order any fish entry in the eatery grilled, sautéed, poached or fried. And their portions are HUGE. Come in and try their Fish and Chips, large portions complete with French fries for only $9.49. Diners drive from miles around to delight in Big John’s Seafood Burrito. This 16 oz. burrito stuffed with sautéed white fish, shrimp, veggies, cabbage, lettuce, rice and beans, served with warm tortilla chips and salsa is a complete crowd pleaser with the largest portions at the everyday low price of $10.99. Don’t forget about their fresh daily soups including fish stew and their famous

clam chowder. You can order take out of their full menu at Top Choice too, and conveniently order online. Noah Boes, their passionate fishmonger says, “If you find fish any fresher, they are still breathing!” Both Tip Top and Top Choice’s staff are in full compliance with the current CDC health standards and they are working hard every day to maintain and exceed these health standards. Big John says, “Most of my customers drive by other market who offer similar items as Tip Top and Top Choice, but they drive right by, because they know that NO One can do what we do, we have customers drive down from all over the county to shop and eat her, even regular customers from Orange County, and that we are proud of.”

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ey, I’ve gotta get out of this place.” “Yeah, let’s go somewhere.” “OK, but where CAN we go?” I wonder how many times this exchange has occurred since last spring when Pandemic Part I unfolded. It’s been about 10 months since we began to live altogether differently in an effort to quell COVID-19, and now we are fully immersed in the Pan-

demic Doldrums. We are going nowhere fast. To be honest, I’m luckier than many. I’ve got a walkable subdivision, have met neighbors who have discovered the same as an alternative to confinement, and occasionally enjoy hikes at Oceanside Harbor and nearby Calavera Nature Preserve. We even took a side trip to ride the Verde Canyon Railroad, northeast of Prescott, Arizona. The outdoor train cars made social distancing possible. More recently, though, we’ve watched way more Netflix than my conscience is comfortable with, lost enthusiasm for cleaning more closets, and have traveled only via our old photo albums.

A HORSE-DRAWN carriage ride through Temecula’s vineyards and gourmet noshing is an experience still available through the Temecula Carriage Company. Courtesy photo

We are eager to get out and go. If you’re feeling the same, this might help: a list of destinations, all within a 90-minute drive and focused on the outdoors. As of this writing, all are open, but check before you go. • Take a horse-drawn tour through various Temecula vineyards with Temecula Carriage Company. The tours are private and with household or pod members only. Drivers will narrate while you enjoy a picnic of meats, cheeses, olives, crackers, wine and chocolates. • Still a quaint town nestled in the San Jacinto mountains, Idyllwild offers serenity among the pines and clean air. There also are challenging hiking with great views and interesting landscapes. Nearby Lake Fulmor provides for more

leisurely walks, fishing and picnics surrounded by equally beautiful scenery. Idyllwild Regional Park offers five trails, a challenging rock-climbing course, and perfect picnic spots in its 200 acres. • The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, just southwest of Murrieta, offers 9,000 acres of hiking trails through protected ecosystems that include woodlands, riparian wetlands, chaparral and more. It’s also home to Riverside County’s oldest standing structures and a species of fairy shrimp found nowhere else in the world. • For a contemplative stroll, visit Veterans Memorial Park in the new Paseo Santa Fe section of Vista. Created and financed by the Pinamonti family, it honors their son/brother, Ernie,

BLUE SKY ECOLOGICAL Preserve in Poway offers both easy and challenging trails through various terrains, including riparian, oak woodlands, chaparral and sage scrub. Photo by Robin Sjogren

who died in 1969 during the Vietnam War. He is represented by a stunning sculpture at the pond. Memorial designers also have incorporated letters between Ernie and his family, and the letters of other Marines who have died, in the walkway and on nearby walls. • It’s a quick drive to Orange County and its wealth of trails, all nicely listed at SoCal Hiker. The guide provides an interactive map and excellent roundup of trails with descriptions and

degree of difficulty. • A friend recently recommended Blue Sky Ecological Preserve in Poway, and her photos convinced me that I need to go. The terrain and vegetation are diverse, and the really ambitious can hike all the way to Ramona Lake. It’s a popular spot, so weekdays are best. Do you have a favorite place that is still accessible during the pandemic and that you are willing to share? Email eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com.

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North County state legislators share priorities for new session By Dan Brendel

REGION — Since California’s legislature reconvened last week, North County’s lawmakers say they’ll look toward COVID-19 recovery, climate change, balancing housing affordability against local control and healthcare issues, among other things. Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner-Horvath (D-Encinitas) represent Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton. Sen. Brian Jones (R-Santee) and Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) represent San Marcos and Escondido. Voters reelected Boerner-Horvath and Waldron in November. All four legislators’ terms expire in 2022. SEN. PAT BATES

Alongside other North County Republicans, Bates coauthored the Keep California Working Act, SB-74, which would appropriate $2.6 billion to aid small businesses and nonprofits hard hit by COVID-19. The bill defines small businesses as those employing fewer than 100 people. It would award grants of unspecified amounts on a firstcome-first-served basis. Bates also coauthored SB-58, which would prohibit the Employment Development Department, or EDD, from sending mail containing certain personal identifying information, and SB-75, which would create a task force to improve Southern California’s response to fentanyl abuse. “She also plans on introducing … a new version of a prior bill [SB 1090] to address coastal erosion in North San Diego County and beyond,” said Ronald Ongtoaboc, Waldron’s communication director. COVID-19 vaccine: Bates “agrees with Gov. Newsom that the current pace of distributing the COVID vaccine in California is too slow,” Ongtoaboc said. “She also wants to ensure that the vaccine’s side effects are minimal.”

vaccine ought to be available as soon as possible to those that choose to take it, with the priority being those who are most susceptible to COVID …. Some of the delays in distribution in California and other states stems from governors trying to politicize it along the lines of so-called ‘racial equity,’ which I think is the wrong way to go and only adds to delays in distribution.” Affordable housing: “I am open to legislation to make it easier for developers to build housing, however, this must remain balanced with local control. Communities need to make it possible for developers to make projects pencil out, but locals still know what is best for their own community.” Jones voted last year in THE COAST NEWS asked four North County state lawmakers about their priorities and favor of SB-1120. planned bills over the next two years. File photo

to addressing the state’s housing crisis, but not at the cost of eliminating local control, Ongtoaboc said, referring readers to a 2018 op-ed she published in this newspaper. ASM. TASHA BOERNER-HORVATH

In addition to “a path to recovery” from COVID-19, Boerner-Horvath said she’ll focus especially on the “existential threat” of rising sea levels due to climate change. “I introduced AB-50, my bill to establish a Climate Adaptation Center that provides technical assistance to smaller coastal cities,” she said. AB-66 would “fund research into bluff failures with the goal of developing an early warning notification system.” AB-111 would allocate “$5 million to SANDAG for the LOSSAN corridor realignment study so we can make sure these collapses do not permanently sever this corridor and disrupt the critical movement of goods.” Other bills in the works would “continue to build on my existing legislative priorities,” Boerner-Horvath said. “I am also still taking Affordable housing: applications for my ‘There Waldron “believes that in- Ought to Be A Law’ concreasing supply is essential test, where your idea could

end up becoming a new law here in California. We continue to look at ways to make telework a continued viable option for employers and employees alike, both to strengthen economic opportunity and reduce greenhouse gases.” COVID-19 vaccine: “We have heard of problems and confusion from constituents …, and we are actively talking to the Administration and staff from the Governor’s office about concerns and how they can best be addressed.” Affordable housing: “I voted ‘No’ last year on SB1120, and it is not unreasonable to expect that there will be a number of new bills on the issue of housing this year. I will be looking at each to assess how they impact my district … and ensure we are not imposing one-size-fits-all solutions.”

non-compliance with shutdown orders without proof that the business was a cause of widespread COVID transmission; preserve our liberty by ensuring that a State of Emergency declaration issued by the Governor expires after 60 days rather than going on indefinitely; require equity in education by ensuring every California child has the right to in-person instruction; and provide grants of funding to struggling small businesses.” COVID-19 vaccine: “The

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Waldron emphasized healthcare issues and her priorities include “ensuring access to physical and behavioral health care, particularly in underserved rural areas, which includes the expansion of telehealth, increasing providers and streamlining the healthcare system.” Waldron will work on “substance use treatment expansion and recognition of the interconnectedness of healthcare and [substance use disorders].” Additionally, she plans to “intro-

duce legislation addressing the underlying behavioral health issues that lead to homelessness and incarceration.” Other priorities include “ensuring a swift, equitable and efficient reopening of schools and businesses when it is safe to do so,” as well as “combatting wildfires with adequate state funding and rational prevention policies,” Waldron said. COVID-19 vaccine: “I understand the challenges … but am disappointed with the results so far. California is woefully behind where it needs to be in terms of administering the vaccine, which the governor has made a precursor to reopening. I support allowing more providers to distribute the vaccine, including pharmacists, dentists and nurse practitioners who are trained as necessary.” Affordable housing: “I believe there are opportunities for policies that will grow California’s housing stock, drive down the cost of living, and maintain a balance between state and local authority. Our state imposes too many regulations on housing development that add to costs, delays and lawsuits. We need to look at reducing these burdens.” Waldron said SB 1120, which she voted against, “had some problems … due to it creating a statewide one-size-fits-all mandate that took away local control.”

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Seniors at Silvergate excited to receive first dose of Pfizer vaccine SAN MARCOS - January 22, 2021 -

After much anticipation, Silvergate San Marcos, a premier San Diego County retirement community, announced today that the long-awaited first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were administered to residents, caregivers and staff on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Licensed Vocational Nurses at Silvergate assisted incoming vaccine teams from Omnicare, the parent company to well-known retail pharmacy chain, CVS Pharmacy, in vaccinating the community’s residents, who were designated as a priority for the shots in Phase I of the Centers For Disease Control’s national vaccine rollout guidelines. “We are all ready to get back to normal and enjoy life beyond the pandemic, and these vaccines are the key to doing that,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, the Executive Director at Silvergate who has been closely working with state authorities to ensure that Silvergate was one of the first senior living communities in San Marcos to be able to vaccinate its seniors. “There’s finally a light at the end of this tunnel. We’re already planning new activities for our residents to enjoy in the coming weeks once everyone is safely vaccinated a second time.” Second Round Vaccines Coming to Silvergate Silvergate has already received confirmation from CVS Pharmacy for its second-round vaccine clinic dates, which are set to take place in early February. Teams from CVS Pharmacy will return to Silvergate to help run follow-up vaccination clinics, as the Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose three weeks after the initial shot in order to reach the 95% effectiveness rate. “Despite the delays in the distribution of the vaccine, all of our nurses and caregivers went

“Here’s Your Shot To Change The World” was the resounding sentiment of Silvergate San Marcos residents who received their first vaccine shots this week. Lena Toliver shares in the excitement after being vaccinated. above and beyond the call of duty to make this happen,” said Joan Gomez, Director of Resident Care for the community. “They have been incredibly dedicated to the health and wellness of our resident population…all while working through this national health crisis we’re all experiencing together. They are true front-line healthcare heroes!” Silvergate San Marcos has had enthusiastic cooperation from its resident population in the community’s first-round vaccination efforts. Seniors at Silvergate thrilled to receive vaccine “We knew that we would be in the first wave of vaccinations, and I’m just really thankful to be here,” said Marlene Champlin, a Silvergate San Marcos resident who has enjoyed her forever home since 2013. “The Silvergate staff has taken wonderful care of us. We’re a lot better off here

than we would have been in our home with all that’s going on. Hopefully, we can just return to normal with the vaccine.” “Being able to get back to gatherings, events and real activities was one of the main reasons I wanted to be vaccinated,” said Christine Okun, who misses cocktail hour with her friends and leading the community’s regular social hour. “Our Activities Director here puts on such fun events for us and finds all kinds of interesting things for us to do. Any of our events where we were gathering together indoors had to pretty much be put on hold. Now, we’re all just waiting with bated breath for the pandemic to be behind us so that Silvergate can go back to doing one of the things it does best…which is having great events and enjoyable activities.” “I’m so thankful to be here at Silvergate and to be among the first to be getting this vaccine,” said Leonor Renter, a Silvergate resident who says she misses the community’s day trips, going to restaurants, being a part of the Walking Club and her beach walks. “We’re all tired of dealing with masks and social distancing. We want to go back to our everyday lives and be able to have family and friends visiting again. I’m so grateful right now to the Silvergate staff because it’s clear that they’ve done everything they could to get us all vaccinated as quickly as they could.” About Silvergate San Marcos Silvergate San Marcos is now scheduling virtual and private in-person tours of the community. For information, call David Nelson at (760) 744-4484. For general information about the independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations at Silvergate, visit SilvergateRR.com/SM. Silvergate is located at 1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA 92078.

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Join the Painting Challenges and Plein Air Paint Share with Oceanside Museum of Art. Paint all month, share noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 7. More at OMA-online.org.

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parent Brad Hensley and his wife. The movement has quickly spread to include more than 33,000 members across the state; 140 rallies were planned for Jan. 15 at schools and school district offices. A number of former professional athletes from California have also called

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webinars. For questions call (760) 390-4600 or e-mail programs@nsdcgs.org. REPUBLICAN CLUB

The Carlsbad Republican Women Federated club welcomes author and speaker Tom Del Beccaro and 2020 congressional candidate Brian Maryott at 11 a.m. Jan. 26. For more information and the Zoom meeting link, e-mail Ann at annie13035@ yahoo.com. GRUB BOOK CLUB

Grub Book Club I for ages 13 to 18 meets at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 on Zoom. It is reading “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman. Register to receive the book and Zoom link at escondidolibrary.org/grubbookclub.

poem about the Trojan War. The $35 video-on-demand will be showing through MOJO AND JAZZ COLLECTIVE Enjoy the works reJan. 24. Get tickets at corded by MiraCosta’s own showtix4u.com /event-deMOJO and Jazz Collective. tails/42229. The set features Grammy award trombonist Francisco Torres. Jazz, blues, Latin, R&B, and a little holiday TRY SOMETHING NEW NOLA funk. Watch at youIt’s Free Demo Week at tube.com/watch?v=pgj7DLux Art Institute, Jan. 25Jfja_U&feature=youtu.be. 29. Not sure which classes you would like to take this year? Try a single session for free. Contact Veronica LA JOLLA SYMPHONY SERIES Bellocci, at vbellocci@luxLa Jolla Symphony and artinstitute.org, to sign up. Chorus offers a re-imagined, all virtual 2020-2021 Season. “Stay Home With BEHIND THE EXHIBITION Us” is a six-part monthly Oceanside Museum series, with musical enOf Art presents “Behind counters, interviews, solo The Exhibition” from 7 to performances and selected 8 p.m. Jan. 26, online. Cost pre-recorded works from is $5. Join curator Susan M. the symphony and chorus Anderson and exhibitions archives, preceded by a semanager Katie Dolgov for a ries of newly produced and virtual discussion covering recorded pre-concert lecthe stories behind building tures, interviews, and readthe collection of OMA’s up- ings, hosted and curated coming exhibition “GIFT- by Steven Schick, music diED: Collecting the Art of rector. Airings are Feb. 19, California at Gardena High March 19, April 16, May 14 School, 1919-1956.” Visit and June 18. Subscriptions https://oma-online.org/gift- or individual event tickets at lajollasymphony.com. ed/.

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In association with Oceanside Museum of Art’s upcoming Plein Air Festival in April, OMA invites seasoned or beginner painters to venture solo into the great outdoors and paint iconic Oceanside locations over the next four months. Each month we will offer a suggested painting location to celebrate the environmental diversity in Oceanside. January’s suggested location is the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve, Paint In: Explore the beauty of Oceanside without leaving your home. Grab your art supplies and a computer or personal device, and

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take a virtual trip to sever- their vision, journey and the height of the Civil War. al favorite spots selected by process throughout the Tickets at showtix4u.com/ members of OMA’s Artist year. event-details/39277. Alliance on this month’s interactive map at https:// oma-online.org/.

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The Escondido Arts Partnership, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, has extended “Summation 2020” for viewing until Jan. 22. The annual exhibition asked artists to complete

North Coast Repertory The North Coast RepTheatre has extended “Nec- ertory Theatre presents essary Sacrifices” through “An Iliad” a dynamic adMarch 7. “Necessary Sacri- aptation of Homer’s classic fices” is based on the two documented meetings between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass at

on the state to allow youth sports to return. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines on Jan. 14 by calling out Newsom and the state’s politicians for not letting kids play while also not following COVID-19 guidelines themselves. Hensley said a number of former pro athletes have reached out, voiced support

and posted to his group. They include former Major League Baseball player David Wells, former Packers wide receiver James Jones, NFL player Geoff Swaim and NHL great Jeremy Roenick. “We were just so tired and frustrated,” Hensley said. “We’ve been too patient in a system that has failed our kids. No one is standing up for our kids.”

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T PURE MEAL PREP SD serves all of San Diego County. Its farthest delivery is currently in Oceanside. Courtesy photo

Fine dining on the run Deliciously creative and healthy dinners can be hard to come by for those with busy schedules. For many, there isn’t much time left in the day to eat anything except takeout or bland microwave dinners. That’s why husband and wife duo Brett and Cassie Dudley have been livening up dinnertime for busy San Diegans for the last three years with Pure Meal Prep SD. Pure Meal Prep SD brings intricate dishes of pastas, breads, marinades and more to the tables of San Diegans who just don’t have time to cook that creative meal they have been dreaming of at home. “We like to say it’s fine dining on the run,” Cassie Dudley said. Based out of an industrial commercial kitchen in Sorrento Valley, Pure Meal Prep SD serves all of San Diego County with its farthest delivery currently located in Oceanside. While Cassie runs the operations side of the business, her husband Brett Dudley is the executive chef. The two have several years of experience in the restaurant industry, Brett having over 10 years of experience working in fine dining restaurants in the local San Diego area and Cassie having managed several successful restaurants between Phoenix and San Diego. Pure Meal Prep SD focuses on making creative, tasty dishes more convenient for its customers. Each week, a new menu is created and features something different from the last week. “We try not to repeat the same dish,” Brett Dudley said. The new menu is posted on Monday of every week. Customers choose their meal plans by Thursday at 4 p.m., and the food is delivered safe and contact-free to their doorsteps by Sunday. “Our loyal customers have continued to order from us every week for the past two years,” Cassie said. “They enjoy our meals for our quality and value, as well as the variety

of our menu, which has not been duplicated at all since our company was founded two years ago.” Not only is Pure Meal Prep SD a tastier option, it’s a healthier option for people who are on diets trying to lose weight or even bulk up. There are three different meal plans for customers to choose from: the standard plan, the lean plan and the keto plan. Each offers a choice of 10, 15 or 20 meals per week. There is also a family pack-

Our loyal customers have continued to order from us every week for the past two years.” Cassie Dudley Owner

age and desserts plans offered as well. The meal plans offer generally the same meal but with certain modifications. For example, the lean plan provides smaller portions while the keto plan keeps the same main protein and vegetables but substitutes any carbs out for a tasty alternative. The Dudleys also give back to their community through the business. With every meal plan purchase, Pure Meal Prep SD donates one meal to either a homeless person or a hospital worker each week. The business has donated about 3,600 meals since last April. With almost 20 fulltime employees now, Pure Meal Prep SD has also been able to provide jobs to several people from the restaurant industry who lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to COVID-19. To make your dinnertime easier and more delicious, visit www.puremealprepsd.com.

he Famers Insurance Open is coming. Just don’t listen for its arrival as the pandemic forces its spirited fans to sit this one out. The annual house party that North County hosts along its ocean cliffs, with the whales headed south and hang gliders overhead, is making an adjustment. The world’s best players will grace the Torrey Pines Golf Course on Jan. 28-31, but among them won’t be some of the Tour’s most lively spectators. Locals, though, will be traipsing the track, which is the site of this summer’s U.S. Open. If the Farmers entry fee included a neighborly discount, many would qualify. Xander Schauffele is among those familiar with the North and South layouts. Others with North County ties include Pat Perez (Torrey Pines High), Charley Hoffman (Poway), Jamie Lovemark (Torrey Pines) and Phil Mickelson. We’re not sure if the nomadic Mickelson still has a Rancho Santa Fe home, but the San Diego native gets mentioned, too.

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best way for North County residents to get their hands on some of your beer, and what should we be looking out for? Does it matter if we order from our local grocery or better to order direct from Mother Earth? Kamron: Well, our beer is pretty widely available since we sell through the best SoCal distributorship, Stone. We just released NITRO Cali Creamin’ not too long ago and everyone’s favorite DIPA, Hop Diggity, is now available year-round. That just dropped this week. In addition to that we’ve got a rotating Hazy series called Project X that is putting out

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with ZAGAT-rated restaurants Bella Luna and Paper Moon. His successes continued with in-demand names like Villa Capri Carmel Valley, Torrey Club Café in La Jolla, Come-On-In Cafes in several communities in San Diego and Seasalt Seafood Bistro in Del Mar. Throughout 2020 Sal brought more than a dozen great winery names to West End, with names like Caymus, DAOU and Cakebread, that featured a minimum five glasses of award-winning wines with five uniquely crafted culinary food courses that

XANDER SCHAUFFELE, shown in action last June, is a Carmel Valley resident who starred at San Diego State. He’s ranked No. 4 in the world. File photo

“It’s just good for our sport and our game,” said Schauffele, whose best finish at the Famers is tied for 25th in 2019. “It’s better for competition, really.” The X Man on the Tour said it’s difficult to ignore the void when the stakes are high. “It sort of is the ‘X’ factor that tournaments really don’t have right now,” he said. “It’s sort of an inside competition amongst us. But when there are fans there everyone seems to — it’s just like everything (now) kind of feels like practice.” Schauffele, 27, feels relieved that he’s back outdoors chasing a golf ball and a tournament win, something that alluded him last year. Being cooped up and idle isn’t par for Schauffele’s course. “I have two dogs, so they were going stir crazy,” he said. “The first four days were very much on the couch and in bed. I live in a 2,000-square-foot condo, so it’s not like we have a whole lot of space to sort of stretch out and run around.” When Schauffele roams Torrey, it’ll come minus the roars that ricochet off its canyons to signal a round-shifting shot. The real change is that there will be no customers this year.

Schauffele, ranked No. 4 in the world, is a Carmel Valley resident and a former San Diego State star. He’s on cloud nine just to be able to compete after his go-round with COVID-19. Schauffele, a four-time Tour winner, tested positive in mid-December after his girlfriend was exposed to the virus. Schauffele learned of her fate while at a Callaway Golf advertising shoot with fellow pros Joh Rahm and Mickelson. Suddenly golf was secondary to 10 days of quarantining, and Schauffele completed it while ex-

periencing mild symptoms. But like any duffer standing over a birdie putt, he did so while letting his mind wander. “It’s a bit scary just because there’s so many unknown facts about the whole COVID process,” Schauffele told reporters at the recent Sentry Tournament of Champions. Schauffele finished second at the TOC. He’s primed to soon parade around Torrey Pines, although no boosters will be tooting his horn or hugging the ropes. For Schauffele, he’s positive that’s a negative.

something new about every 60 days. Obviously, we make more money when we sell it ourselves, but our hours are limited for to-go sales so if they don’t coincide with your schedule, by all means supporting our retailers is just as good. After all, they are businesses in need as well, and they should get credit for supporting us during these difficult times.

your friends and family about us and share your beers with others!

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f you’ve been through the Leucadia Farmers Market or several others in the area lately, there is a good chance you’ve heard Thomas Crain describing the many delicious attributes of his sweet potato pies in his deep, silky voice. His techniques worked as I gravitated to his booth in Leucadia recently and picked up a couple of his fabulous sweet potato pies. They are very similar to pumpkin pie in texture and taste but more nutritious and have a fascinating history that is worth reading up on. I wanted to know more about Thomas, who is an Oceanside native, and his fabulous pies, so we connected recently over a Lick the Plate radio show on 101KGB. Below are some highlights from that conversation. Check out the radio interview at www.lick-theplate.com. LTP: Tell me about growing up in Oceanside. Thomas: I remember when the roads weren’t paved as a child. My Uncle Wheeler & Aunt Eddie Johnson owned a soul food restaurant called The Progressive Cafe. It was located on San Diego Street that was the

lick the plate david boylan main street in the neighborhood. Their menu consisted of crispy fried chicken, rice and gravy, sweet corn and cornbread. They also had BBQ ribs, and a steak now and then. My aunt Eddie also made an awesome sweet potato pie. Don’t tell nobody, but Boo Boo’s is better! LTP: Did you go to Oceanside High School? Thomas: I went to Oceanside High school, 1967-1971, and participated in the boys’ glee club and the ensemble choir. In my final year I began hanging with the wrong crowd, I was behind academically so I took the GED test and entered the US Army. After my three years of military service. I came home and got a job as a government employee on Camp Pendleton. During this time, I also sang in several bands. One was called Zafire. We were an R&B band, singing around San Diego County. LTP:

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LTP: Describe the process of making a sweet potato pie. Thomas: This may seem like a simple process but peeling and boiling potatoes, then mixing and blending the ingredients is actually an art. The love and passion my wife, Cynthia, aka Boo Boo, has mastered. Our main ingredients are yams, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, nutmeg, salt, flour, sweetened milk, butter, eggs. These ingredients change slightly depending on type of sweet potato pies we’re producing. It took Boo Boo a few times good before she made that perfect one. When she did, I jumped out of my chair and I told her that was it! Our business is 100% owned by Cynthia and me, and we have a longtime friend I grew up with on the streets of East Oceanside named Dana McCargo. Our goal is to share this pie in school lunches, sporting events, mini-marts, major grocery store chains. So spread the word, we got the Boo-Ba-Licious Sweet Potato Pies!

Find out more at www. the booboospies.com.

SAN MARCOS — The Elizabeth Hospice, nonprofit healthcare serving San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County, is the recipient of a $6,500 grant from Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund, a foundation supporting health-related services for underserved children. The money will be used to fund grief support groups for children between the

ages of 3 and 17, bereavement workshops for children and their families and training for volunteer facilitators working alongside staff members. The grief support groups are being conducted virtually, via Zoom, until the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. “Before attending the support group from The Elizabeth Hospice, I didn’t even know that grief was a

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LTP: What varieties do your pies come in? Thomas: As our business began to grow, we realized we had to expand our menu. So, after trying several different mixes, we made the perfect Vegan and then Gluten Free Vegan Sweet Potato Pie.

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