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29 apply for 11 medical pot permits

Climate plan gets warm welcome

By Steve Puterski

VISTA — About 30 applicants submitted paperwork on Jan. 22 in hopes of becoming a permitted medicinal marijuana business. According to Vista City Attorney Darold Pieper, the city received 31 applicants with 29 submitting full applications for 11 city permits. Due to the rush and number of applicants attempting to jockey for the top 11 spots, the city held a lottery to make a fair system, Peiper said. The City Council approved its medical cannabis ordinance along with passing an extended moratorium on all medical marijuana-related business for the next 10 months. Applicants drew plastic balls and received their assigned position. However, being in the top 11 doesn’t necessarily mean those applicants will pass the application process. If the paperwork doesn’t line up, they will be disqualified and the next applicant will be under review. “We had no one object to the fee,” Pieper said. “The fee was based on an estimate of the hours that are required by the various departments in the city for processing the applications.” TURN TO POT PERMITS ON 12

By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council has tapped Escondido Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek to fill the vacancy on the City Council. The council unanimously voted Jan. 15 to appoint Petrek, a former longtime San Marcos Unified School District board member, to fill the void left by Rebecca Jones’ election as the city’s mayor. Council members said that Petrek had the best blend of local government and elected experience after spending nearly three decades at the city of Escondido and 10 years on the school board. “He has experience in local government, he has experience that he will be



PEGASUS RISING PROJECT President Gary Adler, of Carlsbad, bonds with one of the Polish Arabian horses at Escondido Equestrian Center for Natural Horsemanship on Jan. 13. Adler is a volunteer horse caregiver, helping feed and care for the herd on a weekly basis. “Every living creature needs a purpose,” said Adler, a former attorney. Photo by Gina Onori

Rescue & Recovery Once-neglected horses now provide therapy for veterans with PTSD

San Marcos taps Petrek for City Council vacancy By Aaron Burgin

post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic brain injury. Gary Adler, a Carlsbad resident and Pegasus Rising’s president and CEO, joined the project in June 2009. “The horses were still in emaciated conditions when I got there,” Adler said. “I came on board because I was looking for a way to give back to the community. I retired early and felt I needed a purpose. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from these horses is that

ESCONDIDO — The Climate Action Plan (CAP), a centerpiece of California’s city-by-city plan to stave off the impacts of climate change, received a warm welcome by the newly seated Escondido City Council at its Jan. 16 meeting. The City Council had tabled any further public discussion of the CAP at its Nov. 28 meeting, resolving to discuss the issue again once both Mayor Paul McNamara and Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez took their seats, which tipped the balance of the City Council to a 3-2 liberal majority. In California, every city must have a CAP as dictated by the 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act. Since 2018, the city of Escondido has unfurled both a public outreach and carbon emissions inventory to plan how it can comply with the state’s landmark climate law for its updated CAP. After listening to a public presentation about the CAP by Assistant Planning Director Mike Strong and taking public comments, McNamara said that he supports a “climate action revolution.” He shared his overarching philosophy on potential achievable actions in Escondido. “Some people think economic growth is somehow in conflict with environmental awareness … and I think we

able to hit the ground running, he understands our issues in San Marcos and he knows how tough it is to make hard decisions,” Jones said. Petrek said he was humbled by the selection. “I just want to say what a humbling experience this has been and what a great field of candidates there are,” Petrek said. Petrek was sworn in after a three-hour session in which the City Council interviewed 23 of the 24 applicants for the position and listened to residents who lobbied for the applicants they supported. Unlike the cities of Oceanside and Encinitas, which also appointed counTURN TO VACANCY ON 8

By Gina Onori

ESCONDIDO — Hidden beyond dirt roads, dusted pathways and jagged valleys lies a rare herd of Polish Arabian horses who have gone from neglect to nobility. More than a decade ago, the herd was rescued from Sacramento by Cynthia and Tony Royal, who eventually brought the horses to Rancho Santa Fe. After a full recovery, the Royals founded the Pegasus Rising Project later that fall, providing equine therapy to veterans suffering from

Nuclear site ‘fatally flawed’ By Samantha Taylor

REGION — Nuclear waste storage facilities at the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are “fatally flawed” and could cost Southern California nearly $13.4 trillion over a 50-year period if a major release of radiation occurs, according to two reports recently published by the Samuel Lawrence Foundation. The reports were published during an ongoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigation into electric supply company Southern California Edison and its contractor, Holtec International, which designed and built the storage facility. The investigation stems from an incident on Aug. 3, 2018, when a full canister of spent nuclear fuel came

SAN ONOFRE Nuclear Generating Station began operation in 1968 and closed in 2012 after continuous leaks were discovered in the plant’s steam generator tubes. Courtesy photo

within a quarter-inch of falling 18 feet. Edison’s plan is to move 73 canisters into the oceanfront storage vault, having already moved 29 by the re-

ports’ publication. After the August incident, regulators stopped any more canisters from being loaded into the vault, built to hold 3.6 million pounds of

nuclear waste at the San Onofre site, located on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on the coastal side of I-5. The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) began operating in 1968 and closed in 2012 after continuous leaks were discovered in the plant’s steam generator tubes. The first report, titled “San Onofre Nuclear Waste Problems,” examines damage caused to the “thinwalled, steel” canisters as they are lowered into the dry storage vaults. The report refers to this damage as “gouging” and considers it the most serious of the issues facing the storage facility. The report notes how storage tanks at gas stations in California must be TURN TO SAN ONOFRE ON 7


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JAN. 25, 2019

2 killed in 4-vehicle Vista crash

Vista OKs regulations for sidewalk vendors By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A lesser-known state law went into effect on Jan. 1 regarding street vendors, and on Jan. 22 the Vista City Council approved its regulations. The city is open for permit applications. The street carts — both mobile and stationary — will be allowed on various public sidewalks and all parks, although the council limited some areas such as proximity to the Moonlight Amphitheatre. Hours of operations depend on the zoning. For example, commercial and roaming vendors may operate between 7 a.m. and midnight; a roaming vendor can only operate in residential zones between 8 a.m. and sunset. In addition, roaming vendors in city parks are restricted to park hours, but not earlier than 9 a.m. and no later sunset, according to the staff report. “All vendors would also be prohibited from operating on city property other than city parks,” said Tony Winney, assistant to the city manager. Permit fees vary between $74.50 and $149 and must be renewed every year and carts must be inspected by the city. Applicants must also complete a background check. Other restrictions include vendors must be 100 feet away from any farmers market, swap meet and schools, to name a few. Stationary vendors, meanwhile, would be prohibited from operating on sidewalks less than 10 feet

in width and must be more than 200 feet away from the next closest stationary vendor. Vendors must also comply with specific design standards set by the city, which also requires the operator to submit photos or detailed plans of the cart to the city. In addition, all carts must include an umbrella or canopy. “There is a lot,” Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said of the limitations. “This is creating a low barrier entry for entrepreneurs, which is a good thing. The stationary designation, meanwhile, is more of an operational definition rather than descriptive of the cart, Winney said. Those “stationary” vendors must be able to move the carts after closing, but remain in one location during business hours. Winney said there is no limit for the number of vendors allowed and the amount is more dependent on market conditions and how many the market could bear. Councilman Joe Green asked how priority for spaces is determined and whether those spaces would be secure after one or many years. Winney said as long as a vendor renews, they would keep their space. It would require a vendor relinquishing their space for another vendor to have the priority. “They could relinquish it at any time,” Winney said. Per the ordinance, vendors are not allowed to sell alcohol, tobacco, vaping equipment, weapons and pharmaceuticals, among other items.

pleaded guilty to one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting in a manner that could cause injury or death. Charges against a third defendant, Jesus Garcia Lopez, were dismissed when it was determined that he was asleep and drunk in the back seat of the car driven by Morales, according to Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe. Deputies were dispatched about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2017, in response to reports of multiple shots fired in the 900 block of Rose Drive.

VISTA — Two women were killed and a man suffered serious injuries in a four-vehicle crash on state Route 76 in Vista, authorities said Jan. 22. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, on eastbound state Route 76 near East Vista Way, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe said. A 40-year-old man was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the left lane of eastbound state Route 76 when he swerved in an attempt to avoid a 2018 Hyundai Sonata that had stopped for traffic at the intersection, Latulippe said. The pickup hit the rear of the Hyundai, sending the sedan into the back of a 2016 Mazda SUV, which then struck the back of a 2016 Ford Fusion, Latulippe said. Two women in the Hyundai were declared dead at the scene and a man, who was also in the Hyundai, was transported to Palomar Medical Center with major injuries, Latulippe said. No details about the victims were immediately available. The occupants of the Mazda and the Ford were uninjured in the crash. Alcohol or drugs were not believed to have been factors in the crash, Latulippe said.

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The soon-to-open Maintenance & Operations (M&O) building at Palomar College has added a national award to its list of honors. Out of more than 800 entries, M&O joined 19 other projects around the country as Engineering News-Record’s “Best of the Best,” national recognition. Previous honors include “Best Green Project” in Southern California by ENR as well as awards for engineering and technological innovation. The staff is currently scheduled to move into the building in February, and a public ribbon-cutting is planned for March. Courtesy photo

Prison for 2 who targeted deputies VISTA — Two men were sentenced to state prison Jan. 23 for their involvement in a shooting that targeted sheriff's deputies who responded to reports of gunfire in a Vista neighborhood in 2017. Elmer Escatel, who prosecutors said was the shooter, was sentenced to 12 years behind bars. The 25-year-old pleaded guilty last September to two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer and one count of shooting a firearm in a manner which could cause injury or death. The getaway driver, Ixcauatzin Morales, 22, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison. He

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Community help available during federal shutdown By Staff

REGION — The doors to North County Health Services’ (NCHS) seven Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program locations remain open and services unaffected as the government shutdown continues. In addition, Community Resource Center (CRC) encourages those affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government to visit the Center for food assistance. To receive emergency food and assistance, contact Community Resource Center at (760) 7538300 or visit in person at 650 Second St., Encinitas. CRC’s Food & Nutrition Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The NCHS WIC Program serves pregnant women, new and breastfeeding mothers, and children to the age of five. Families who qualify based on the categories served and who meet income guidelines, receive monthly checks for nutritious foods to be used at local grocery stores, and valuable education to improve overall health and wellness. For those already enrolled in WIC, participants will not experience a lapse in benefits during the shutdown. For furloughed government workers, WIC encourages families to seek assistance during this unexpected incident. Many might not think they qualify, yet many may be approved to utilize WIC services to help during this temporary lapse of income. In addition to providing checks for nutritious foods such as milk, eggs, peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, WIC also provides participants with nutrition education, breastfeeding assistance and support, and referrals to health care and other community services. Contact NCHS WIC at (888) 477-6333 to learn more. For more information visit:

Exhibit focuses on Japanese internment camps “Last night on my way home from work, I was listening to a news program and they were talking about the internment of children being separated from their families at the border. And they used that word ‘internment’ ... and it just sent chills down my spine,” Marino, who said it took about 50 staff members to make the exhibit displays a reality, told The Coast News. “We keep hearing the word ‘separation’ and this and that, but when I heard the word ‘internment,’ ... it really struck a chord and made me say, ‘Yes, this show is timely, this show is relevant and this show is important.’” Marino said she believes it is the role of art museums, as community civic centers, to raise difficult questions and open up dialogue about them. “I understand that it’s a shameful stain on our Constitution, what we did, and what we’ve done to many other peoples over the years,” Marino said. “It’s important to keep these stories alive and to tell them, to keep these conversations going. It’s hard and I don’t want to rile any feathers and I don’t want anyone to be upset with us or saying we’re leaning politically this way or that way. So, we’re really just trying to tell the facts of the situation.” Elders who survived the internment camp-era attended opening night of the exhibit and answered questions from attendees. Maruyama was also in attendance. The festivities were bookended by two renditions of Japanese drumming in the Center for the Arts’ courtyard perofrmed by the La Jolla Taiko. The Japanese internment camp exhibit has multiple educational components, which include an in-depth talk led by Maruyama on Feb. 10 and a presentation by local historian Linda Canada titled “Japanese American Internment: A Local Perspective” on Jan. 27.

By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — A haunting new display is available to view at the California Center for the Arts, depicting a dark moment in history that may hit close to home for many Californians. “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams & Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066” features the art of San Diego State University Professor Emeritus Wendy Maruyama and photography of Ansel Adams to examine the United States’ internment of Japanese-American citizens in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attacks. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 into law on Nov. 16, 1942, authorizing Japanese relocation from military areas. The exhibit also features art created by K-12 students from around the region. The entire display will remain at the Center for the Arts through March 10. Two internment camps in California warehoused Japanese-American citizens during the final years of World War II — Tule Lake, near the California-Oregon border; and Manzanar, located in the central inland part of the state. Adams focused on Manzanar as site of photographic documentation. Today, besides serving as the focal point of museum exhibits, Adams’ photos of Manzanar appear in the 1944 book “Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese Americans.” “I trust the content and message of this book will suggest that the broad concepts of American citizenship, and of liberal, democratic life the world over, must be protected in the prosecution of the war, and sustained in the building of the peace to come,” wrote Adams, better known in his career for his landscape photography. Maruyama, whose art has tinges of humor and who focuses on furniture-centric pieces,

THE EXHIBIT at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido includes photos and lectures and runs through March 10. Courtesy photo

has seen her The Tag Project and Executive Order 9066 art installations at a number of museums throughout San Diego County. The tags, replicas of those doled out to Japanese-Americans hauled off to camps — which even have the names of those 120,000 people sent to the camps — offer a visual representation of just how many lives President Roosevelt’s wartime policy touched. Maruyama’s own family, who at the time lived in Chula Vista, also felt the impacts of the internment policy. In response to the controversial policy, her family departed from San Diego County and sought refuge in Colorado prior to her birth. The U.S. government shipped some 1,500 Chula Vista residents alone to internment camps. “Mostly unaware of her connection to internment, Maruyama did not dig deeper into this history until she received an artist-in-residence at State University New York at Purchase College in 2008,” reads a plaque introducing her art at the exhibit. “She used this time to delve into her family history

and relationship to Japanese internment.” Jerry Van Leeuwen, the executive director for the Center for the Arts, said that the artistic displays do not just sit as relics paying homage to the past. Instead, Van Leeuwen believes that the word “relevant” best describes what the Center for the Arts has brought to the fore. “This exhibit of Manzanar and that particular time seems very relevant to me ... There are very difficult issues being discussed within our nation at this time in the public arena,” said Van Leeuwen during opening ceremonial events on Jan. 11. “There are questions about responses to public threats. Our identity as a country and perhaps some of our own values are being challenged. I hope and I wish that similar questions were being asked 75 years ago, as well.” Beth Marino, museum exhibition manager for the Center for the Arts and a former student of Maruyama at San Diego State University, agreed with Van Leeuwen that direct parallels can be drawn between the exhibits on display and current events.

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we’ve repurposed them.” Adler, a private attorney for 20 years in Los Angeles, began riding horses at age 7 and developed an early appreciation for animal-human communication. Adler helped bring the healing power of horses to the Veterans Village of San Diego, which established the four-week Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy program as a part its larger rehabilitation efforts for U.S. military personnel and their families. Once a week, veterans are put through a series of progressive challenges, learning how to establish themselves as a leader through various training exercises and master basic horsemanship skills. “A lot of service members give up,” Adler said. “They think that they're incapable of loving anymore or being loved. They have moral guilt and survivors’ guilt. Because of human to human trauma there’s no trust, so how do we get them (veterans) to start trusting again? They second guess everything about


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LEONARDO, a 14-year-old Polish Arabian horse, is the herd leader in the geldings’ paddock at the Escondido Equestrian Center for Natural Horsemanship. Photo by Gina Onori

their own thoughts and feelings they trust nothing around them. That is called existing … that’s not really living when you don't trust anything around you.” But there is bond of empathy between the horses and veterans that allow for a unique healing. According to Adler, both horses and victims of trauma tend to be hyper-vigilant, triggered by smells, sounds and sudden movements, shared characteristics that help create a natural connection. Pegasus Rising is a volunteer-based organization

and currently cares for 11 horses. “Everybody is healing at their own pace,” volunteer Mindy Carbett said. “These horses have been through some bad stuff and they (veterans and horses) really join up in that beautiful silent language of body language and expression.” The Pegasus Rising Program is currently looking for volunteers to help out at its ranch in the Lake Wohlford area of Escondido. To learn more about volunteering, donating, or the project itself visit http://

SAN MARCOS — Firefighters made quick work of a blaze that damaged a pair of golf carts and an outbuilding Jan. 23 at a North County school for kindergartners through eighth-graders. The non-injury fire at Double Peak School on San Elijo Road in San Marcos erupted shortly before 10 a.m., city spokeswoman Sarah Macdonald said. Crews were able to quickly douse the flames, which only damaged the two utility vehicles and the roof of the shed housing them, Macdonald said. The blaze, believed to have been sparked by a faulty battery in one of the carts, caused no interruptions to teaching or office operations at the campus east of Lake San Marcos, according to Macdonald. — City News Service

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N Big issues on the table By Marie Waldron

We have a new Governor, a new budget plan and a new legislative session that just began. Needless to say, many very important issues will be discussed in Sacramento over the coming months. The budget’s education initiatives would freeze UC and CSU tuition, make the first two years at community colleges free, make CalGrants more widely available and expand other aid programs. K-14 education funding would grow, including plans for universal preschool and efforts to help districts resolve their unfunded pension liabilities. The budget includes a proposal to create a statewide purchasing pool intended to drive down prescription drug costs for all

Californians by making the state the sole price negotiator/purchaser of prescription drugs. To improve mental health care and reduce homelessness, added expenditures are proposed to increase training for public mental health practitioners. And Medi-Cal resources would be increased so that better health care would be available throughout California’s underserved areas. In the wake of recent wildfires, Cal Fire would be updated with new equipment, including new air tankers and fire engines. Prescribed burns and other fuel reduction efforts that lead to improved forest health would reduce fire danger. California’s Public Utilities Commission would oversee wildfire mitigation plans, and require compli-

ance with mandates aimed at decreasing utility-caused fires. Efforts to increase housing affordability, provide additional paid leave for child care, upgrade the 911 system, along with many other initiatives, are all major issues for this session. What do you think? These policies and the budget will be reviewed, debated and modified over the coming months and I’d love to hear from you about some of these proposals. You can view the Governor’s budget here: Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

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Spread the word about San Onofre Finally a front page spead to get out the word! Excellent article, albeit terrifying. The public is far to complacent about this, because of a lack information being published and on the news. All 8.4 million of us, within a 50 miles radius are in danger! We must become informed, talk to our neighbors and make our voices heard, in order to get this safely moved by professionals. Call and write Governor Gavin Newson, and our representatives: Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Diane Feinstein, Congressman Mike Levin and Scott Peters to locate, fund and license a storage

facility away from the water, earthquake faults, freeway and railroad line. Congressman Scott Peters bill and I believe Darrel Issa, introduced a bill that has passed unanimously in the congress and is now held up in the Senate by Mitch McConnell, who will not bring it to the floor for a Senate vote. There is not time to waste. Get involved! Thank you Samantha for your excellent reporting. Thank you The Coast News for getting the word out! Alice Scull McNally Del Mar

o sooner had Gavin Newsom taken the oath of office as governor than he made it clear he will not fear becoming the new face of the national “resistance” to President Trump. Before Newsom took office, plenty of other Democrats were fighting Trump’s policies, which aim to reverse multiple environmental and social policies designed by both Democratic and Republican presidents of the last 50 years. In his own state, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris assiduously set herself up to run for president with pointed questioning of Trump appointees for many offices. At the same time, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank resisted Trump strongly when he was only the minority leader on the House Intelligence Committee; now he’s the chairman. And there’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, tweaking the president almost daily. On the legal side, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra leads resisters, with more than four dozen surprisingly successful lawsuits against Trump on subjects from birth control to immigration and the environment. But as governor of the nation’s largest state, Newsom can command more resistance impact than anyone else in America, far more than he did in his previous job as lieutenant governor and much more than ex-Gov. Jerry Brown ever cared to exert on any issue but climate change. Sensing Newsom’s potential, Trump early in last year’s campaign started jabbing him via Twitter, tweeting — among other insults — that Newsom is a “clown.” But Trump wasn’t laughing after Newsom’s

california focus thomas d. elias inaugural speech, where the new governor never mentioned the president by name, but still lambasted him. In just his third paragraph, Newsom called Trump’s administration “hostile to California’s values and interests.” He promised to “ensure a decent standard of living for all,” something Trump never mentions. Newsom described “powerful forces arrayed against us,” another Trump reference. Still not mentioning Trump, he said, “Washington failed on the epochal challenge of climate change” and declared “kids … shouldn’t be ripped away from their parents at the border.” It was an anti-Trump speech covering almost every front where the president has met strong opposition and Trump responded quickly. Taking Newsom’s cue, the president didn’t mention the governor, whom he last encountered amid the ashes of Paradise after the Camp Fire last November. But within a day of Newsom’s swearing-in, he threatened to stop Federal Emergency Management Agency money for fire victims and prevention in California. Days later, detailing which $5 billion he might use to fund the border wall he badly wants, Trump again hit California. If the president declares a national emergency on the border, his administration said, about half that money could come from California dam repair and renewal projects approved by Congress. It was likely no acci-

dent these threats came just after Newsom’s speech. But Newsom showed no signs of being cowed. He quickly tweeted that Trump’s threats were “partisan bickering … Pres. Trump’s go-to is governing by fear and division,” then blasted Trump over the border wall and the partial federal government closure. A few days later, he defied federal authorities by inviting federal airport security employees going broke in the federal government shutdown to apply for state unemployment benefits. Trump also drew fire for his threats from California Republican politicians in areas affected by last fall’s big fires. Said Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley of Rocklin, “FEMA funds must not become bargaining chips in political arguments.” Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher, who represents the devastated Paradise, called Trump’s threats “wholly unacceptable.” But Trump buddy and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield said nothing, even though his district includes the fragile Lake Isabella dam that would not get needed repairs under Trump’s border wall scenario. Newsom apparently feels he has little to lose and a lot to gain from Trump threats as he carves out a more and more visible slot at the head of the resisters. He could be setting himself up for a possible run of his own for president. But that can work out only if he also leads successfully and quickly on items like the potential breakup of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the fallout from the Los Angeles teachers strike. Email Thomas Elias at

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Residents should deny controversial North River project There will be a hearing on a highly controversial project called North River Farms, which is absolutely not a farm, on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in Oceanside council chambers. There are many reasons this project is highly objectionable and should be denied: conversion of 177 acres of prime farmland to high density residential, added dangerous amounts of traffic with the addition of at least 2,000 people in this project all

traveling on an already crowded,small two lane road, increased air pollution, fire safety evacuation problems, and letting the taxpayers hold the bag for lifelong repairs and maintenance of water and sewer lines. Don't be fooled. There is not going to be any affordable housing for low income earners either. These houses will range from the high $400s to over a million dollars, most on teeny, tiny lots.

This is sprawl at its worst. There is no rapid transit, no stores, and no services in this rural area. Please come to the hearing and state your objections to this wrong-headed project. If you can't make it please send your objections to rd mohowsk i @ c i.ocea ns We have to stop this horrible project in its tracks! Nadine Scott Oceanside

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Vista’s Wave Waterpark plans ‘Silver Summer’ for 25th a prize package,” Palasik said. What makes the Vista venue different than other water parks is noteworthy: “We have the Waterpark excitement but community appeal,” Palasik said. “We also continue to see new faces and families that are excited to participate in Wave Waterpark activities so close to home. The local high schools use our pool year-round for swim and water polo also,” she said. Apparently, it truly is a popular place to hang; check out these concession stats from last season as provided by Palasik:

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VISTA — It may be chilly outside but that hasn’t stopped Vista’s Wave Waterpark from getting ready to celebrate its 25th birthday aka a “Silver Summer.” According to Vista Wave Waterpark Manager Angela Palasik, the park that boasts a pool, a water slide, a simulated wave attraction and a lazy river plus an area for small kids, remains closed during the winter months, but it does undergo a lot of maintenance. Rest assured though it is slated to officially open May 25 with a preview day on May 19. The park typically closes in mid-August or early September. If you’re looking for a summer job, the Vista Wave Waterpark will also be hiring 175 positions (120 will be for lifeguards) starting in mid-February with training in March. “We host the training, and anyone is invited to apply in-house to work at the Wave Waterpark,” she said. “Many of the people who work at the park go on to get jobs as firefighters, nurses, EMTs and in the emergency fields.” The city of Vista opened the Wave Waterpark on June 30, 1994, after it was decided that residents needed a pool and gathering center, Palasik said. Apparently, it’s been a popular place to hang out: “Each year we see about

THE CITY OF VISTA opened the Wave Waterpark in June 1994 having determined that residents needed a pool and gathering spot. The water park, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, officially opens on May 25. Courtesy photo

100,000 visitors,” she said. “Our daily attendance consists of birthday parties, field trips, season pass holders, and day guests. We offer summer camps, swim lessons, private rentals, corporate events, flow rider lessons, Mermaid classes

and much more. “The Wave Waterpark is a community Waterpark and it is a small park where people have been coming for years or have just found us and are thrilled,” she continued. “Each year we have new guests that didn't

know we were here in Vista. There are patrons and groups that look forward to our opening each year. We also employee about 200 seasonal staff members each summer and this is a first job for most of our staff members.”

In December the Vista Wave Waterpark hosted its first winter event, the Penguin Plunge, which was a big success. “For being the first year it was a great turnout; we had 252 guests and 151 that rode the slides for

• Wave Delicious cookies, 7,419 sold • Soft-serve ice cream, 10,602 sold • Dippin Dots ice cream, 4,749 sold • Hot dogs, 3,707 sold • Hamburgers (regular, cheese, Malibu), 2,757 sold • 100,000 guests a season • 1,148 Wave summer camp participants • 1,079 Wave swim lesson participants • 165 birthday parties hosted • 161 group visit • 29 corporate private rentals Vista’s Water Wavepark is located at 101 Wave Drive in Vista. For more information,


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6 p.m. Jan. 26 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Escondido businesses are partnering Know something that’s going with the Library to share on? Send it to calendar@ their resources. For more formation, visit or contact Adult Services Librarian Azar Katouzian at azar.katouzian@ TENNIS INSTRUCTOR NEEDED or 760The city of San Mar- 839-4814. cos is looking to contract a USPTA Tennis Instructor to AUCTION AT ENGINE MUSEUM teach youth-adult classes on The Antique Gas and Tuesdays at the Las Posas Steam Engine Museum inTennis Courts. For more in- vites the community to its formation, visit san-marcos. Table Top Auctions at 9 a.m. net/departments/parks-rec- Jan. 26 at 2040 N. Santa Fe reation/enrichment-class- Ave., Vista. Visit es-camps /contractual-in- for more information. structors-copy.


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


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


A one-day Beginning and Refresher Genealogy Class will be offered by North San Diego County Genealogical Society 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. Call the Genealogy Desk at (760) 434-2931 to sign up.


The Escondido Genealogy Society hosts guest speaker, Colin Whitney, “Organizing All Of Your Materials” at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Park Avenue Community Center, Maple Room, 210 Park Ave., Escondido.


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A “Life Is Designed to Work” mini-workshop will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Dr. Jane Ilene Cohen’s home office in Encinitas. $10-$20 donation. RSVP at (760) 753-0733 to reserve a space. For more information, visit https:// events/


The California Center for the Arts Museum will be hosting a lecture titled “Japanese American Internment: A Local Perspective” at the Center at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Center museum, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Local historian, Linda A. Canada, hosts a lecture about the history of Japanese Americans in San Diego during World War II. Admission $10. Get more information about the lecture at japanese-american-internment-a-local-perspective/.

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


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can do both,” McNamara said. “Let’s get out of our comfort zone and be bold.” One conservative councilman said he supports also taking action on the issue from a clear air perspective. “We have seen great changes ... with the implementation of laws to help force reduction of emissions ... and it’s worked,” Councilman Mike Morasco said. “Anything we can do to improve our health and well-being by reducing emissions and the like makes sense. That is the direction we should go.” Councilman John Masson, the other conservative council member, also spoke about climate change from

an air-quality perspective. But he expressed caution and did not offer full-throated support. “Anything we can do to improve air quality is a good thing,” Masson said. “What I want to do is understand the economic benefits, the costs associated with whatever we do, the burdens that are placed on homeowners or business or future housing developers ... So, I think everything that was discussed tonight is very worthy of exploring or potentially implementing. I just need to understand how that works and what those implications are as that happens and I want (to know) the true cost of whatever we’re doing.” Masson also said that he believes that environmental

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permit at the machine in Lot A. For more information, visit or call REPUBLICAN WOMEN Republican Women (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. of California San Marcos will meet for luncheon at LIBRARY ART CLUB the St. Mark Country Club Drop in for the Inclusive 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at the St. Art Club for all ages, from Mark Country Club, 1750 4 of 5 p.m. on the first and San Pablo Drive, Lake San third Fridays of the month at Marcos, hosting Christopher the Escondido Library, 239 J. Harris, secretary for the S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Executive Board for Local Enjoy stories and create art 1613 - National Border Pafrom favorite picture books. trol Council. Reservations and payment of $30 to Susie Glass by Jan. 31. Call Bunny Nedry at (760) 744-0953

planning, changes to tax law and more, hosted by Helen Woodward Animal Center at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. Breakfast will be provided. RSVP with Erika Maher at (858) 756-4117 ext. 339 or BABY STORY TIME

The public is invited to a free Retirement And Estate Strategies Workshop at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Mission Branch Library Community Room, 3861 Mission Ave., Oceanside. This interactive and educational workshop will offer tips on retirement, key risks to consider, and tax efficient ways to leave an inheritance to families or charities you care about. No registration required. For information, visit or call (760) 435-5600.

Join the weekly Baby Storytimes for pre-walkers to 3-year-olds and their families, every Monday from 10 to 10:30 a.m., at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, EsconESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR dido. The public is invited to a free informational seminar on estate planning, changes to tax law and more, hosted GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE A holiday blood dona- by Helen Woodward Animal tion shortfall is now prompt- Center from 7:30 to 9 a.m. ing the American Red Cross Jan. 31 at the Fairbanks to issue an emergency call Ranch Country Club, 15150 for blood and platelet do- San Dieguito Road, Rancho nors to give now to prevent Santa Fe. Breakfast will be a prolonged blood shortage. provided. RSVP with Erika Many may not realize that Maher at (858)756-4117 ext. blood products are perish- 339 or ErikaM@animalcenable, and the only source of by Jan. 28. lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors. Eligible donors can schedule an appointment at Blood Do- ALL ABOUT SUCCULENTS Growing succulents and nor App, visiting or calling (800) creating “undersea” succulent gardens will be the topic 733-2767. of a presentation at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. FingerFAMILY LITERACY FUN Encinitas Library is tip lunch is at noon followed continuing its Family Arts by business meeting at 12:40 and Literacy Connection p.m., horticulture report at series in January and Febru- 1 p.m. and program at 1:45 ary. The first event, “Stories p.m. Visit vistangardenclub. of Courage,” will be from org or e-mail Vistagarden4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30, fol- lowed by “Art with Heart” and Feb. 6 at the Encinitas LOOKING AT HOMELESSNESS Join the Alliance for Library. The free program, open to the public, offers Regional Solutions presenfamilies a performance by tation of “Getting Down a local storyteller, and a to Business: The Power of hands-on art activity led by Philanthropy and Business a local artist, followed by a Leaders Addressing Homelessness,” at 11:30 a.m. Feb. free book giveaway. 1 at the Westin, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Cost is $45. Register at https:// LUNAR NEW YEAR Join the Lunar New addressing-homelessness/. Year celebration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Es- LIVING WELL Mira Costa College’s condido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Life lectures features speakThere will be Lion Dancers. er Fred Kramer, on “PreserLearn about the history and vation of Wildlife Habitat” cultural significance of lion at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 and Kahleen dancing as the Three Trea- Stoughton, director, Lux Art sures Cultural Arts Society Institute on “Learning for Lion Dance team performs life” at 2:30 p.m. at Mira a traditional dance celebrat- Costa College, 1 Barnard Drive. There is a $1 parking ing the Lunar New Year.

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impacts of scaling up renewable energy deserve close examination before obtaining regulatory permits. “I spend a lot of time out in the desert and what I see is that my desert’s turning into a wind farm,” he said. “I’ve seen it turn into solar farms, with these vast solar arrays out in the middle of the desert where we used to spend lots of time camping with family. It’s all taken up with these massive solar farms that have got to be producing heat. The big windmills that are spewed through our mountains and through our desert landscape, those are an eyesore when drive out there and go camping. So, I really think we need to balance what we’re doing to our deserts and what we’re doing to oth-

er parts of our communities with the benefit of actually creating change in sustainability going forward.” Attendees at the meeting remarked that the new majority appears likely to approach tackling climate change in the city amicably. “It was kind of like an episode from the ‘Twilight Zone,” said Marian Sedio, an activist who works with the group North County Climate Change Alliance and who spoke at the meeting. After the dozen or so members of the public gave comments, she further noted, “the input from the mayor and council members was really positive. Things have gone from a ‘do only what you have to,’ to ‘do everything you can.’” Indeed, the North

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Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore holds a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1, with CDs for 25 cents and DVDs typically $1. Community members can join the Friends group at the door. Visit


The Hidden Valley Vista City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International will hold its Queen’s Court Luncheon, “Hands And Hearts Together,” at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at Casa De Amigos Mobile Home Estates, 1751 W. Citracado, Escondido. All Beta Sigma Phis – active, inactive, on leave, transferees and guests are invited to make a reservation by calling Marge at (760) 4029802. Cost is $15 per person. RSVP by Jan. 23.



The Vista Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for its “Heroes of Vista 2019” gala. It is looking for the Best in 2018 to honor. Nominate your company or another company for Small Business of the Year (50 employees or less), Large Business of the Year (51+ employees), New Business of the Year (in existence or in Vista two years or less), Non-Profit of the Year (501(c)3) or Business Person of the Year. Applications at play/4128343709062152223, due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1. The gala is April 5 at Cal State University San Marcos.


Register now for the city of San Marcos baking class “Cooking Round the World,” for ages 6-12, Fridays at 4 p.m. beginning Feb. 1 at San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. Cost is $169 for eight weeks. Students must join by the first class. Registration required at For more information, call (760) 744-9000.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Feb. 2 at California Music Studios, 1900 N. Coast Highway, Suite A, Encinitas. For more information or tickets visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call (760) 753-6413, or log on LADIES NIGHT to Join the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) Foundation for Chic & Savvy Ladies Night, 5-11 FAMILY FUN AT THE LAGOON p.m. Feb. 7 at the QLN Event The San Elijo Lagoon Center, 1938 Avenida Del Nature Center hosts a free Oro, Oceanside. Bring your Family Fun Day “Birds, friends to celebrate “GalenBeaks & Feet” from 11:30 tine’s” day and enjoy a sia.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at lent auction (with proceeds 2710 Manchester Ave., Car- going to FACE), food and diff. Learn about beaks, drinks, shopping, live enterfeet and everything neat tainment, free mani-pedis, that helps a bird survive hair, massages, mini makeand thrive, plus explore the overs, and more. Tickets at nature center’s exhibits and trail. ladies-night-oceanside-tickets-48228772557?aff=eand.

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County Sierra Club — which rallied its membership to come to the meeting — called what happened at the meeting nothing short of a “climate action revolution” in quoting McNamara in a press release. “Moving from ‘bare minimum’ to ‘the best one ever’, a new era is ushered in on climate commitment,” stated the Sierra Club in its press release published the day after the meeting. “In a stunning reversal on how the city of Escondido will address climate change, the new Mayor and Escondido City Council members demonstrated that the city is entering a new era of innovation, community involvement, vision, sensible, and long-term decision-making.”

The Sierra Club has called for its membership base to send thank you emails to the new iteration of the Escondido City Council for its apparent support for taking strong action on climate change. Stacking onto the praise from climate advocacy groups, Sophie Wolfram — director of programs for the San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign, which supports CAP throughout San Diego County — also called what ensued a “stunning shift” in tone. It “shows that the region is ready for 100-percent clean energy, and if the council can hold the line on sprawl development it will be a huge deal,” said Wolfram, who also testified at the meeting.

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Eight-class schedule pitched for 2 Vista Unified high schools By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A bold new proposal could drastically change the course for high school students. Rancho Buena Vista High School Principal Charles Schindler presented his case for an eight-class school schedule beginning next year. Schindler’s proposal during the Jan. 17 meeting was not an action item, so the Vista Unified School District board of trustees did not vote on the matter. Nevertheless, Schindler said this will give students at Rancho Buena Vista and Vista high schools the same opportunities as Mission Vista and neighboring high schools. “We started on it three

years ago,” Schindler said. “We all agreed our students need more options to take courses. For some of our ninth-graders who need extra support, it (six classes) doesn’t really give them the opportunity to take an elective or give them flexibility in their schedule.” One reason for the push, according to Schindler, is Rancho Buena Vista is considered an “outpost” school, which loses students to other schools and districts offering more robust academic opportunities. This dovetails into limiting students’ ability to be competitive and meet college requirements. If approved, the new schedule would remain at 165 school days, but expand

course offerings. As for teachers, they would have six classes with two prep periods. Students and teachers at Rancho Buena Vista would attend all eight classes on Mondays for 34 minutes, while Tuesday through Friday would shift to a block schedule with four, 90-minute periods. At Vista High, students and teachers would have a weeklong block schedule, with Monday classes 75 minutes and 90 minutes for each class Tuesday through Friday. The lunch break would at Rancho Buena Vista and Vista would 34 and 32 minutes, respectively, every day. With the additional classes, Schindler’s proposal includes a total of 20 new

full-time teachers between both schools with an estimated cost of less than $2.4 million, which represents 0.9 percent of the district’s total budget. “We know it’s going to cost money, we realized that and are not naïve,” Schindler said. “The teachers that I have working on it … had some solid arguments in terms of students, equity in the district and opportunity to take different courses.” Schindler said the presentation to the board of trustees went well and the board will revisit the issue during its Jan. 31 workshop, although he doesn’t know if it will be an action item. Regardless, this isn’t the first time teachers from Rancho Buena Vista have

lobbied for an eight-class schedule. Schindler said a group of teachers presented a similar proposal in 2003, but the initiative failed due to a lack of money, among other issues. Now, he, along with some of his staff, teachers from Vista High and Vista Unified officials including Superintendent Dr. Linda Kimble, worked on models. One challenge, though, is facilities, an issue brought up by the board, along with the additional cost. Schindler said he knew it would cost money, but looks at it as an investment in the future of those students and the district. As for the facilities, some electives, such as photography or robotics, require more specific

North County mayor to chair key SANDAG housing panel By Aaron Burgin

REGION — A battle over where more than 170,000 affordable units should be spread throughout the county is looming for the region’s chief planning agency. And Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear will be at the center of the debate. Blakespear was appointed to chair the San Diego Association of Government regional housing needs assessment, or RHNA, committee. RHNA is a state-mandated program that requires cities and counties to plan for enough homes to accom-


double-walled after experiencing how single-walled containers can leak gasoline into groundwater. “With a double-walled fuel tank, if a leak occurs it can be detected and the storage container can be repaired or replaced before any gasoline is released,” the report states. “At San Onofre, we certainly should expect that some kind of leak prevention system would be in place to contain extremely toxic high-level radioactive waste.” At an Aug. 9, 2018, community engagement panel discussing the decommissioning of San Onofre, Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector David Fritch told attendees about a near-accident at the storage facility. When workers using a crane were moving a canister containing spent nuclear fuel, it became lodged at the top of the cavity enclosure container into which it was being stored. Investigations revealed the operators and managers could not see the canister as it was being lowered and became stuck for nearly an hour, hanging 18 feet in the air from the guide ring along the top of the container. The Del Mar-based nonprofit Samuel Lawrence Foundation’s research determined that had the canister fallen, it could have hit the steel-lined concrete

modate their expected population growth. The committee will make a recommendation to SANDAG’s board of directors as to how to distribute the 171,000 new housing units the state is asking the region to plan for between 2021 and 2029, which is the next housing cycle. Blakespear and Encinitas officials are well versed in state housing law by virtue of the city’s clashes with it over the years. Encinitas is the only city in the county to not adopt a state-mandated housing plan known as a housing element, which maps out where a city will floor of the facility with “explosive energy greater than that of several large sticks of dynamite.” The damage could have caused a large radiation release, according to the report, and could have ruined the facility’s cooling system. According to the report, each nuclear storage canister contains 37 spent fuel assemblies, which generate “enormous amounts of heat” and are cooled by an air duct system, which could have been blocked by the damage from a canister falling. If that had happened, great quantities of water would be needed to cool the reaction and prevent or control a meltdown. That water would instantly become radioactive steam, similar to what happened during the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. In the report, retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Len Hering, Sr., who previously served as a nuclear weapons safety officer, provided a scathing assessment of the storage facility’s management practices. “I find that virtually none of the protocols that should be expected for the safe handling of this dangerous material are present,” he states in the report. “I find that personnel and companies are being hired virtually off the street, no specific qualification standards are present or for that matter even required, training is not specific to the risks of the material in-

plan for its share of the region’s RHNA numbers. A Superior Court judge is giving Encinitas until April to adopt a plan, after two previous attempts failed at the ballot box. “I don’t know if there is an elected official who knows more about housing element law than I do,” Blakespear said. “But that isn’t the reason I got appointed, it’s because I am serving as SANDAG vice chair.” Blakespear said that the committee hasn’t been seated yet as SANDAG Chair Steve Vaus, the mayor of Poway, hasn’t selected its members.

But once that happens, the committee will have several months to determine how many units each of the county’s 18 cities and the county itself will take on for planning purposes. She said she hopes reason and data — not politics — will govern the committee’s decision making. “My hope is that there is an analytic process that looks at factors beyond the perspective of the residents, but looks at where job centers are, transportation corridors, existing housing and the capacity for more housing, so it doesn’t come down to just politicking,” Blake-

Response to reports: ‘Untrue,’ ‘misleading’ REGION — Southern California Edison and a leading nuclear waste expert have called two recently published reports describing “fatally flawed” conditions at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) “untrue and misleading.” Southern California volved, and there is no fully-qualified and certified team assembled for this highly-critical operation.” The report also addresses the risk of storing them so close to the Pacific Ocean, where rising sea levels, frequent high humidity and coastal fog make metal susceptible to short-term corrosion and stress-induced corrosion cracking. According to the report, the mean high tide level is about 18 inches below the base of the oceanfront storage facility, which means sea level frequently exceeds that height. It states it’s likely that the present groundwater table will leach into the vault and result in damp storage, which the vault is not designed for. Rising sea levels due to climate change could make things worse, potentially causing the bottom seven feet of the storage canisters to be submerged and possi-

Edison and SONGS released a response to the reports, stressing that there is “zero possibility” of a radiological catastrophe that would affect anything outside of the plant’s boundaries. For the full response, see bility create a similar crisis to Fukushima, where spent fuel was exposed to moisture. In the second report, titled “Potential Economic Consequences from an Event at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station Interim Spent Fuel Storage Installation,” uses economic impact modeling software to estimate economic losses from diminished activities within evacuation zones of one, 10 or 50 miles over one year to 50 years. In a scenario looking at contamination across a one-mile radius, the report states the most significant loss is likely the disruption of regional transportation for up to a year costing $266 million. The 1-mile radius, which would only represent a minor event, would still affect I-5 and the rail line. Looking at evacuation zones of 10 to 50 miles over a one- to 50-year period, residential property losses

spear said. “The residents who feel strongly about having a lot more or a lot fewer units will probably be disappointed because it’s likely going to fall somewhere in the middle,” Blakespear said. “Every jurisdiction has to take more, just by virtue of the region having to take on more units. But there hasn’t been any radical changing of where the county’s population is, and unless there is some analytic framework that has changed, I would expect that it (the city’s housing allotments) would be a similar proportion (to previous assessments).” could amount to $11 billion to $500 billion depending on the evacuation scenario. In the 50-mile impact scenario, about $13.4 trillion in gross regional product could be at risk over a 50year period. The first report concludes that the nuclear waste at San Onofre requires “much better storage configuration” and needs to be moved to a “technically defensible storage facility” further away from major transportation corridors like I-5. “If an accident, natural disaster, negligence, or an act of terrorism were to cause a large-scale release of radiation, the health and safety of 8.4 million people within a 50-mile radius would be put at risk,” the report states. It also demands that a “complete analysis of canister loading procedure and comprehensive risk assessment” be conducted transparently by an independent party, and recommends a permanent stop to the loading of nuclear storage canisters into the seaside vault, to begin placing spent fuel into “reliable canisters that can be monitored, inspected and repaired” and to move them to a facility at a much higher elevation.

needs in the classroom, thus potentially limiting some shared classrooms. In his presentation, Schindler lists an aggressive timeline with implementation starting at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. However, he said it would more likely be at least another full school year before beginning to give the schools and district an adequate amount of time to prepare. “I’ve always cautioned that this takes time,” Schindler said. “Most schools who I know have gone in this direction have had a full planning year. A lot of high schools in North County have moved to schedules that allows their students flexibility.”

Fairgrounds gunman pleads guilty DEL MAR — An Escondido man who pulled out a gun and fired two shots in the air when he couldn't get a ticket to a sold-out Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, prompting a sheriff’s deputy to shoot him four times, pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. Daniel Elizarraras, 22, faces three years in prison when he is sentenced March 4. A charge of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic weapon was dismissed as part of the plea. Prior to the shooting last Sept. 2, fairgrounds officials had determined that the venue was at capacity and turned people away from the horse races and the concert by the rapper Ice Cube. Fights broke out between security guards and would-be concert-goers who were upset that they weren't going to be allowed into the show, witnesses said. Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Eikermann — an 11-year veteran of the department — saw Elizarraras raise a silver-colored firearm and shoot into the air in a large crowd by a ticket booth, prompting the deputy to pull out his Taser, but it was ineffective, authorities said. Eikermann pulled out his firearm and shot Elizarraras four times when the defendant lower his right hand and pointed his semi-automatic weapon at the deputy, according to prosecutors. Elizarraras was hit three times in the torso and once in the arm. One bullet is still lodged near the defendant's spine, McNees said. — City News Service




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Vista to broadcast meetings

How to fight back against flu and colds

By Steve Puterski

REGION — Physicians with American Family Care join the medical community to remind all that it is the season for colds, the winter mystery virus (adenovirus) that looks a lot the flu, and the flu. Each is a respiratory virus. While flu shots are important, there are several suggestions on the best way to avoid all viruses: — Avoid sharing pens. Whether at work or signing a credit card receipt at a store, never pick up a public pen because they’re covered with other people’s germs. Keep a pen handy. — Knuckle it. When using a debit card machine, get into the habit of punching in your card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs. — Play it safe at the pump. Drivers must get gas for their vehicles no matter what, sick or not. Protect yourself at the pump, grab a paper towel before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/ credit card info. — Shake and wash. People are more germ-conscious these days so avoiding a handshake is not as rude as once thought, especially during flu season. If you must do it, wash or sanitize with your hands immediately. — Hands off, please. You are constantly using either your phone or computer tablet to show friends and coworkers pictures or videos. This means other people are putting their germs on something you are constantly touching. Get into the habit of wiping your phone down with a disinfecting wipe to cut down on spreading germs — or just text your friends photos and videos. Additional facts about the flu: — Kids under the age of 6, pregnant women and adults 65 or older are at high risk for serious flu complications like inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues or multi-organ failure. — Most experts think flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. They can infect you from six feet away. — People can carry the virus and risk exposing others when they show little symptoms. — Frequently touched surfaces at work or school should be cleaned and disinfected especially if someone is ill. Flu activity is monitored by the Centers for Disease Control. For more, visit index.htm#ILIMap.

VISTA — Many of the region’s City Council meetings are broadcast live, whether over the airwaves on public access television, online streaming or a combination of both. For the city of Vista, its council will now exclusively be broadcast via the internet through the city’s website. In addition, the city will no longer have a delayed broadcast through TV, according to City Clerk Kathy Valdez. For years Vista City Council meetings were available the next day on the city’s website, but now it will air live (and archived) for residents to follow in real time. The City Council did not use any formal action and Valdez said since the equipment is already in place, the city will not incur any additional costs. “We just wanted to make it more accessible to folks,” she said. “If they were interested in what was happening in the meeting or didn’t have time to come down … and if they have access to a computer they can watch.” Valdez said for at least 10 years, and perhaps longer, next-day broadcasts were available to residents and the public. Most, if not all, San Diego County cities livebroadcast meetings, either online, on TV or a combination. All San Diego County Board of Supervisors and San Diego Association of Governments meetings are also broadcast online.

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DENIM FOR A GOOD CAUSE The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC recently donated 22 denim jackets to members of the San Diego Chapter of International Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) for use in its program creating a safer environment for abused children. The Woman’s Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon is $18 and everyone is welcome. For reservations, contact or (919) 847-2786.



cil members to fill vacancies, San Marcos did not pick a candidate who resides in a district that will be up for election for the first time in 2020. The council said this was by design, as to not give the appointee an unfair incumbency advantage in 2020. Jones in her remarks criticized “other cities” for a lack of transparency in their process, but did not specify which city. “Transparency is very important, and there were some other cities in the same position, and they had

their little picks ahead of time and they didn’t interview all of the candidates,” Jones said. “I think it was important to have a transparent process and set aside personal feelings, listen to every single candidate, because it is important.” Other council members echoed Jones sentiments, saying that the process and the selection of someone from outside of the districts would give the public the right to choose their representative in 2020. “I do hope to avoid creating that inherent incumbency somebody gets by being appointed, it is a very large advantage,” newly elected City Councilman Randy Walton said. “I would prefer that it is truly the public’s choice for who they get to pick for those two districts.” Petrek said after joining the council on the dais that he will not run in two years. San Marcos received 24 applications for the position, a list that included current planning commissioners, a

state assembly candidate, an FBI agent, a former City Councilman and business owners. Petrek worked his way up Escondido’s ranks since 1984 to the position of community development director before being selected as the city’s assistant city manager in 2016. San Marcos City Attorney Helen Holmes Peak said that Petrek’s employment with Escondido doesn’t pose a conflict of interest because he isn’t directly involved with any financial decisions that would impact his appointed and employed positions. A San Marcos resident for 25 years, Petrek served on several school district committees, including the budget oversight, curriculum, overcrowding and Proposition K steering committees. He was appointed to the school board in 2006 and elected in 2008 and served until 2016, when he did not seek re-election. Last year, he chaired the school board committee that helped realign the

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evin Burke was nestled in his Cardiff residence, but his heart was in Chico. The devastating wildfires that recently punished that region had an impact. “I grew up in the area between Chico and Paradise,” Burke said. “And you never forget your hometown.” It was an area which suffered unimaginable death and devastation.

throughout North County, was going to be canceled. Then Burke got busy. Like a winter set forming off Swami’s, the thought of aiding the PLL kids gathered momentum. Burke’s project was grand for ELL but what if others got involved? His endeavor was pitched to Roberta Moore, the Little League’s District 31 president, and she helped spread the news. Solana Beach LL? It had some gear and pitched in, as did Carmel Mountain Ranch. Poway American and National were in, with a donation which included pristine uniforms for the entire PLL. Del Mar American and Encinitas National were also contributing and we apologize for missing

People really related to it and they wanted to be a part of it.” Kevin Burke Equipment drive organizer

Burke, through social media, saw the havoc challenging his friends’ safety and possessions. “These people were losing everything,” he said. “I felt so helpless.” So Burke combined his affection for his buddies and the Encinitas Little League. He started an equipment drive for Paradise Little League and was awed by its results. Paradise Little League was in the flames’ path, with its field and equipment sustaining significant damage. The PLL season, unlike those getting underway

anyone. “People really related to it and they wanted to be a part of it,” Burke said. Burke’s son, Joe, mimicked Pops with his drive for the drive. “We started to get help from all over which was really neat,” Joe said. “It seemed like everyone had something to donate.” Soon Little League headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was saluting ELL’s undertaking. Locally, KUSI and Fox 5 San Diego featured the boys and their empathy for children they had never

In loving memory of

Robert Wade Ratliff May 2, 1960 December 7, 2018

Robert Wade Ratliff died on December 7, 2018, at his home in Encinitas, California, with his wife, Jennie, and other family members at his side. He was the son of the late David L. and Jane Selim Ratliff, and the grandson of the late David W. and Priscilla Ratliff of Stamford, Texas, and the late George and Dagmar Selim of Lanyon, Iowa, and the son-in-law of the late Hal and Diane Drum of Encinitas, California. He is survived by his wife of 29 years (together for 41 years), Jennie Drum Ratliff; a sister, Rebecca Ratliff of Ramona, California; a brother-in-law, Wes Drum and his wife

Linda of Port Orchard, Washington; two nephews; a niece; aunts and uncles; many cousins; and two lifelong friends, Todd Arnold of San Marcos, California, and Andy Nieto of Phoenix, Arizona. Robert (Bob) was born in Austin, Texas, on May 2, 1960. He graduated from Sunset High School in Encinitas, California, in 1978. Throughout his life he was an artist, a designer, a gardner, and an engineer. He created pottery, built surfboards and skateboards, and designed a beautiful landscape at the home where he and Jennie lived for 22 years. In 1994, Bob became a Tile Contractor, earning his license from the state of California. Until his death, Bob designed and installed tile in residential settings in the greater San Diego area. Bob loved the ocean, and he studied oceanography informally all his life. He began surfing when he was eleven years old, and he became an accomplished surfer, active until the last ten years of his life. He was an avid fisherman who could be found at the beach near Encinitas surf

met, and likely never will. “Just to know we made a difference is enough,” Joe said. ELL’s Chaz Gagne drove the loaded U-Haul to Paradise. Actually Gagne first met PLL president Pam Beauchamp in Chico. “All the Paradise street signs had been burned down so she couldn’t give us directions on how to get there,” Gagne said. When escorted to the PLL field, Gagne was flabbergasted. “It looked like a war zone,” he said. “The town had been closed for a month so people were just starting to come back in. For them, the emotions were still raw.” Can the PLL season return as well? With North County Little Leagues’ help it will and it had registration last week. “This could help us put the kids back on the field and give them a chance to play baseball in a year where they may have missed it,” Beauchamp said. The missing link was how to unload this bounty of baseball kindness. Gagne’s son, Billy, attends Chico State University and he arranged for some brawn. His Sigma Chi fraternity members appeared and got the goodies in the right place in a pouring rain. That these young men assisted on a dreary day instead of watching the NFL playoffs is telling. “They were awesome,” the elder Gagne said. “They had a great attitude and ended up playing with the kids. Now they’ve offered to fishing on the shore, always catching and releasing. Many days, he would drive to the beach just to sit and watch the sea or enjoy the magnificent sunset across the Pacific. His love for the ocean extended to the lagoons along the beach highway, especially the San Elijo Ecological Conservancy near his and Jennie’s home in Encinitas. He enthusiastically supported the recent decision to restore the lagoon and the surrounding lands. We, his family and friends, are saddened by Bob’s passing, but we are grateful for his life. We will love and treasure you, Bob, with each passing sunset. Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Information about donating appears below. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy P.O. Box 230634 Encinitas, CA 92024 The website is joinrenew. Please add Robert’s name in the“Special Instructions” box to indicate a memorial gift. To contact the Conservancy by phone, call 858-7044556 for Jamie Consolo.

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A TRUCKLOAD of baseball equipment was recently delivered to Paradise Little League, which suffered damage when the Camp fire ravaged the town in November. The equipment drive was spearheaded by Encinitas Little League, but other North County Little Leagues got involved. Courtesy photo

volunteer and cook hot dogs on PLL’s opening day.” Everyone knows a hot dog tastes like prime rib at a baseball game. The kids will get to enjoy our national pastime, and a frankfurter or two, with an assist from North County. “I’m still getting emails from people that I don’t know that want to help,”

Burke said. “It’s amazing that a grass roots effort like this can produce these results.” And a baseball season that will long be remembered by Paradise Little League. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports

SAN MARCOS — The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has selected Cal State San Marcos to host the 2019 CCAA Women’s Golf Championships, April 15-17 at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. The school took first in the event last year. “We are honored to get the opportunity to host the conference tournament in San Diego at a great golf course,” CSUSM head coach Greg Hutton said. “The university is excited to welcome the CCAA and conference schools to North County.” This marks the first time CSUSM will host a conference championship, with the Cougars being able to compete in it. CSUSM hosted the 2016-17 CCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships while the Cougars were in their second year of transition to NCAA Division II, but they were not eligible to compete. The Cougars will look to defend their 2018 CCAA championship title. In the inaugural championship tournament held at Sonoma Golf Club, the Cougars won with a 19-stroke cushion to capture the school’s first-ever CCAA championship. Then-sophomore Jaime Jacob also made school history by becoming CSUSM’s first individual champion after carding a four-over 220 in the 54-hole, threeday tournament.

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New mayor, deputy visit Democratic Club By Steve Horn

REP. MIKE LEVIN, left, spoke to a full house at Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast in Oceanside and touched on getting America back to work and putting an end to the government shutdown. At right, Rev. John D. Hill, of Walker Chapel AME in Oceanside, leads the opening prayer at the breakfast. Photos by Pat Cubel

North County honors King’s ‘footsteps’ By Samantha Taylor

OCEANSIDE — North County honored the “footsteps of a dreamer” throughout last weekend with acts of community service and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast. Each year for the past few decades, the North San Diego County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has held the breakfast on the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Community members had the chance to meet and speak with leaders over a glass of orange juice while listening to several speakers from the NSDC NAACP branch and elected offices as well. The keynote speaker for the event was Ron Hasson, a board member of the National NAACP. “I’m a child who grew up when Martin Luther King was moving forward in his efforts to bring the dream out in each and every one of us,” Hasson said. “I was excited about the things that were going on but at 18 I was only beginning to understand what the dream was all about.” Hasson grew up as a “military brat,” moving

around to different places and living on bases. That lifestyle, he said, protected him in many ways because of how equality and equal opportunities were established within the military communities. “(King) was a part of a dream, he was a part of a philosophy and idea that

We can’t really complain about what’s going on if we don’t get involved.” Satia Austin NSDC NAACP president

said we all can stand in and stand up for equal opportunities for all,” Hasson said. U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) also attended the event and spoke briefly on the government shutdown. “I wish that those of us in Washington could fully embrace the words and legacy of Dr. King as we face an unprecedented 31-day shutdown,” Levin said.

Since the early 1990s, the NSDC NAACP branch has partnered with the city of Oceanside to present its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Awards at the breakfast. According to the city’s website, the award is given to either an Oceanside or Camp Pendleton resident who volunteers for community service and “exemplifies the philosophy and ideals of the late Dr. King, who worked to advance civil rights, equal education, labor rights, voter rights, and who fought racial inequality through non-violence and civil disobedience.” This year’s recipient was Cynthia Rice, a community and civil rights activist who serves as the vice president of institutional advancement at MiraCosta College. Several of the speakers, including NSDC NAACP President Satia Austin, touched on this year’s breakfast theme, “In the Footsteps of a Dreamer.” “We can’t really complain about what’s going on if we don’t get involved,” she told The Coast News after the breakfast. “King gave us an avenue to have a voice and a seat at the table. It’s up to us to press forward and make change.”

On the Saturday before the breakfast, the branch partnered with MiraCosta College in Oceanside to host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The event gathers hundreds of volunteers to go out into the community to perform various service projects, such as visiting Operation HOPE-Vista to help with maintenance and childcare needs. Austin started the Day of Service event about six years ago, she said. According to Austin, change must happen in smaller communities in order to make change possible on a larger scale. “It’s up to us to carry out the message and to do work in the community,” she said. “We could be a better community if we work together.” Hasson emphasized the importance of working with the younger generation to make the future better for them. “The dream that Martin Luther King had continues,” Hasson said. “It looks a little different, but it’s not. Because we are different, we grow in a way that we allow ourselves to be committed to a movement, to a society that’s giving us growth opportunities, that’s giving us ideas and ways to be successful as we move forward.”

Deadline nears for commision seats in Vista, Carlsbad By Steve Puterski

REGION — A handful of commissions are in need of returning or new members in Vista and Carlsbad. City boards, such as the planning commission, have vacant positions and the cities are encouraging residents to apply. In Vista, positions are open for Community Safety, Investment Advisory, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Public Arts, Sales Tax Oversight, Senior Citizens Affairs, Traffic and the Central Vista Business Improvement District. In total, 33 positions will be

approved by the City Council. The terms for those positions expire March 31. Incumbents must apply on or before Jan. 31, while new applicants have until Feb. 10. Applicants must be a resident of Vista and 18 years or older, except for the Senior Citizens Affairs Committee, which requires three of the seven members to be 55 or older, according to Vista City Clerk Kathy Valdez. In Carlsbad, the City Council will approve two positions to the Planning Commission, as the terms

of Marty Montgomery and Jeff Segall expire in February. Applications are open with the filing deadline expiring on Jan. 31. Several other vacancies will be open later this year and the city typically gives a 30-day notice for applicants. Applicants must also be a resident in Carlsbad and registered to vote, although members of the Carlsbad Business Improvement District and Carlsbad Golf Lodging Improvement boards are exempted. Nominees will be confirmed by a majority vote of the City Council.

ESCONDIDO — On Jan. 12, new Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara and new City Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez gave a first taste of what the priorities may look like for the city government in the weeks and month ahead. McNamara and Martinez spoke to the Escondido Democratic Club in front of a packed house at the Park Avenue Community Center in downtown Escondido. The two newly minted City Council members, whose victories in November locked in a 3-2 liberal majority in the city’s legislative branch, spoke about what they have busied themselves with during their first days in office. They also spoke, sometimes in broad strokes and at times offering specifics, about what they hope to accomplish in the city as new legislators. Both Martinez and McNamara said that, above all, they hope to make government more open to the people of Escondido. That, for both of them, will mean more town hall-style meetings with constituents. “For me, I haven’t forgotten about why I’m there, to make sure that everybody in our city has access to City Hall and make sure that we are an inclusive city,” Martinez said. “And to make sure that we’re passing the right policy that benefits the majority of Escondidans. (H)old us accountable and engage with us.” One of his goals in the transparency realm, said McNamara, is to hold once a month “Meet the Mayor” town hall meetings at various venues throughout the city. Making light of the fact that sometimes facing the music from constituents proves challenging, McNamara said that “goes with the job.” “I hope it doesn’t turn into a big complaint department,” McNamara quipped. “We’ve barely unpacked and we’ve already got people telling us — we’ve got co-council members and co-mayors telling us what to do already, telling us what needs to be done. But that goes with the territory and honestly — and I make kind of a little bit of a joke about it, but I do appreciate it because it’s a lot easier to talk to people who care about the city than those who don’t care about the city. I’d rather have the dialogue and hear your opinion about what’s going on.” Both of them, too, spoke about the hard work of getting up to speed on the mechanics of how city government works. “There’s lots to learn. I’m still in learning mode,” Martinez said. “I feel like that’s just going to keep happening for a while. I’m meeting staff and I’m just learning so much about

ESCONDIDO MAYOR Paul McNamara addresses the Escondido Democratic Club on Jan. 12. Photo by Steve Horn

how our city runs.” McNamara said that one of the toughest lessons he has learned so far is the existence of inertia within the city’s bureaucracy going in a direction different than his policy goal aims. “When Consuelo and I got to our offices, we looked for a magic wand, but we couldn’t find one, so we still have bureaucracy to deal with to change things,” McNamara said. “You’ve got to get the staff on board and show the rationale of why you want to do this and you talk of the will of the people and all that.” One of her first goals out of the gate, said Martinez, will be to shift the starting time of City Council meetings from 4:30 to a later time. She believes that doing so will make City Hall more accessible to residents with standard 9-to-5 jobs. McNamara said one of his top priorities early on will be creation of a budget oversight committee, which he hopes Vanessa Valenzuela — who ran for City Council to represent District 2 — could run. Valenzuela, the treasurer of the Democratic Club and present at the meeting, confirmed with The Coast News that she take the position if offered. He also stated that he would like to create a greater number of formal partnerships between the city of Escondido and community organizations which offer services to different constituencies, including on issues such as housing and homelessness. “We all know there isn’t enough money at City Hall to do everything that needs to be done,” McNamara said. “Pick an issue. It could be food, it could be homelessness. We expect (to create) structures and committees where, and I’m not even sure they city is necessarily the leader. They may be the facilitator, but they may be the lead in one area and not the facilitator. And I’ve gone around to city staff and they like that idea.”

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US Supreme Court rules on Escondido police misconduct case By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Jan. 7 in a case involving the City of Escondido, its police department and issues of misconduct and accountability. In a per curiam decision, the panel of nine justices concluded in the case City of Escondido, California, Et Al. v. Marty Emmons that the lower court’s ruling did not provide sufficient legal analysis and sent it back to Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to be reheard. Marty Emmons, of Escondido, filed the original complaint on Oct. 29, 2014 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. Marty’s daughter, Maggie, was a co-plaintiff in the case. The plaintiffs alleged that on May 27, 2013, the Escondido Police Department unlawfully entered Maggie’s apartment located near downtown Escondido without a warrant. The complaint further alleges that police used excessive force when placing Marty under arrest.

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When the police arrived at the premises in response to a 911 complaint of “loud shouting,” Maggie’s roommate Ametria Douglas was by the swimming pool with her children. Douglas told officers “(Maggie) was fine and there was no need to go inside,” according to the complaint. Police officers proceeded to the apartment and spoke with Maggie through a window, demanding to enter the home as part of a welfare check. Just a month earlier, Maggie had dialed 911 due to a case of domestic abuse involving her husband. The police arrested her husband at the time, though he did not face charges. “Upon seeing Officer Craig through the peephole in her front door, Ms. Emmons became scared and did not want to answer the door ‘(b)ecause of the aggression of how the way that they were knocking on the door’ and because of a previous incident when her husband was arrested against her wishes by officers from the same department,” wrote the Emmons legal team in a response to the city of Escondido’s July 2018 petition to the Supreme Court. Maggie eventually opened the door for the officers after they threatened to break it down if she failed to let them in, according to the complaint. Police did not find any immediate evidence of domestic abuse. Maggie’s husband was out of town at the time of the incident. Michael McGuinness, city attorney for Escondido, told The Coast News that case law says that during welfare checks in response to 911 calls, an emergency does not have to be confirmed in order for police to search the premises. “The perception of an emergency does not have

to prove true; it is whether a reasonable officer would have believed that entry was necessary to protect an occupant or respond to the emergency,” said McGuinness, who filed the petition to the Supreme Court on behalf of the city. The city of Escondido claim that law enforcement forced Marty Emmons to the ground outside of the apartment because he had slammed the door, refusing to allow them inside. The city also alleged that Marty attempted to walk away from the scene, resisting requests from police. Escondido Police Department arrested Marty for resisting a peace officer but the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office later dropped the charges.

Mr. Emmons was unarmed and non-hostile,” wrote the court. “The right to be free of excessive force was clearly established at the time of the events in question.” Reversal

Daniel E. Walters, a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania whose research focuses on issues of constitutional and administrative law, said that the Supreme Court often issues per curiam decisions as a way to send signals to lower courts. “The (Supreme Court will) sometimes do it when they see an obvious mistake in the Court of Appeals’ reasoning, or more likely when they see a pattern in

a court’s decision making that is out of step with the (Supreme) Court’s recent decision making,” Walters said. “It’s a way for the court to police decision-making in the judiciary at a low cost. It can sometimes amount to a shot across the bow, or an attempt to deter a departure from compliance with court precedent.” For the city, McGuinness said he was pleased with the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling. “The Supreme Court reiterated that the trial and appellate courts must undertake a genuine and robust Qualified Immunity analysis as the court has instructed them to do in the past,” said McGuinness.

“This is important to all police agencies because the text of the Fourth Amendment itself provides little specific guidance to police officers facing unique and fast-moving incidents in the field ... With Qualified Immunity, objectively reasonable officers acting in good faith and consistent with their training, will not be burdened with constantly facing lawsuits where their actions are being improperly second-guessed.” ‘Near-zero accountability’

But “qualified immunity” has come under opposition in legal circles. The Cato Institute, a libertarian advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C.,

has called for the end of the qualified immunity doctrine. “(The) standard is incredibly difficult for civil rights plaintiffs to overcome because the courts have required not just a clear legal rule, but a prior case on the books with functionally identical facts,” according to a March 2018 article. “(T) his doctrine lacks any legal basis, vitiates the power of individuals to vindicate their constitutional rights, and contributes to a culture of near-zero accountability for law enforcement and other public officials.” McBride said that he is pleased that Marty can “live on to fight another day” in the Ninth Circuit.

Qualified immunity

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller dismissed the case in March 2016. Judge Miller ruled that the “qualified immunity” doctrine exempts the Escondido Police Department from the Fourth Amendment claims brought by the plaintiffs. The legal principle of “qualified immunity” was developed in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd, establishing guidelines of what a “reasonable official would have understood that what he is doing violates that right.” The Emmons’ appealed to the Ninth Circuit, arguing that the facts show that the Escondido Police Department acted in a way which defies the “reasonable official” test cited by Judge Miller. “The district court erred in concluding no genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether a reasonable officer because,” wrote the Emmons’ attorneys, “(a) several facts indicated no emergency was at hand when the officers arrived at Ms. Emmons’ apartment complex (especially no emergency of the kind reported), (b) the officers made no attempt to corroborate the details of the 911 report, and (c) the officers own words and conduct indicate they did not believe an emergency was at hand.” The Court of Appeals ended up splitting the difference, ruling that the Escondido Police Department should receive qualified immunity with regards to Maggie, but not for Marty. “Once inside the apartment, the officers reasonably limited the scope of the search to a welfare check,” wrote the court. “Furthermore, given the red flags the officers encountered at the scene, a reasonable officer could conclude that the potential emergency did not dissipate even though a woman outside the apartment identified herself as the subject of the 911 call.” For Marty, however, the Court of Appeals concluded that the Escondido Police Department acted outside the bounds of qualified immunity. “There is evidence from which a reasonable trier of fact could find that

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North County takes to streets for women’s march By Lexy Brodt

OCEANSIDE — “I am woman, hear me roar.” In keeping with the rally-style chants and cheers of North County’s third women’s march on Jan. 19, local activist Laura Jane Willcock bellowed the 1970’s anthem “I am woman” across the courtyard of Oceanside’s civic center. And few songs could’ve been more appropriate, as about 1,000 North County women and supporters joined in on what has become a nationwide tradition since the 2016 presidential election. Attendees took to the streets — or more accurately, sidewalks — to not only support equal rights for women, but to protest the current administration and bring awareness to a number of local and national issues. Signs were lifted high and sung messages against gun violence (“Arm teachers with books not guns”), the treatment of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border (“Seeking asylum is not a crime”), and ties between Russia and President Donald Trump (“get Russia out of our White House”). After marching .7 miles along Coast Highway to the city’s Transit Center, many attendees opted to take a Coaster train to join the San Diego Women’s March downtown. The march was the first of its kind of Oceanside, with the prior two North County marches be-

MEMBERS OF CARLSBAD HIGH SCHOOL’S Female Empowerment Club, Isabela Vega, left, and Lena McEachern, advocated for universal health care at the Jan. 19 women’s march. McEachern said learning about women’s rights issues in the classroom “made us want to go out and actually execute those actions in the community.” Photo by Lexy Brodt

ing held in San Marcos. The first North County women’s march in 2017 drew about 10,000 people. The event was a landmark for many of the event’s attendees and speakers, who see the party-turning tides of the 2018 elections in San Diego as a good sign for area women. The election outcome has prolifically been referred to as a “blue wave,” and North County is no exception. Newly elected Democratic Congressman of the 49th District Mike Levin

attended the march, wearing a “I stand with Planned Parenthood” sticker. Resident Carol Hanrahan said that after the election, “it seems like both sides are represented” in what has long been a predominantly Republican region. “I want there to be a fairness,” Hanrahan said. “It’s only fair that women have rights.” For others, the event is becoming a yearly family tradition. Resident Yuki Mese made and wore a pink

knit cap to the event along with her daughter, a trend that has become an emblem of recent women’s marches. “I’ve always told her having a voice as a woman is one of the most important things in the world,” Mese said. Men also attended in droves, feminist T-shirts and all. Jim Brown, a Vietnam War veteran with Veterans For Peace, marched in support of female veterans. “We felt they never got their just due … yet they’re just as capable as men are,” Brown said. “We really want to push that idea.” Attendee Joshua Lazerson participated in the march holding a sign with the message: “Men can listen, men can validate women’s experiences, men can lead in raising generations of better men.” He feels men have a responsibility to advocate for women. “I don’t know why we haven’t, but that’s my small movement in that direction,” he said. According to Tazheen Nizam, a former Vista City Council candidate who helped organize the two previous North County marches, the participation of men in the march is nothing new. “Men show up; and they better!” Nizam said. Nizam said the event helps show women community. “It’s very important because we show women that they’re not alone, they

have a community, and they have support when they decide to go outside and run for office, or take charge, or organize, or be an activist,” she said. The event drew several local female politicians — with Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear at the helm. “Today we march for ourselves, and we march for each other, and we march for the next generation,” Blakespear said. “And we continue the march that my mom and her generation started.” The speakers encouraged attendees to get involved and create platforms for women and people of color in local government. “If you have citizens around you where you don’t see them being represented, please create that space for them,” said Carlsbad City Councilwoman Priya Bhat Patel. “It is really essential to have that diversity and have that space for everyone.” Martha Alvarado, a member of the Vista School Board, challenged the audience to “take your advocacy to another level.” “I think it’s important you find an issue to champion — volunteer and contribute to local organizations … join a committee, perhaps become a commissioner for your city council, or better yet — run for office,” she said. “Each one of you has a voice, and with that voice, some untapped power that needs to be heard.”





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The final day to submit an application is Jan. 29, according to the city’s timeline. The city will then publish the priority list the week of Feb. 21 to Feb. 28, which marks the end of the 30-day processing period and Vista will issue notices of completed registration. Should a potential business receive the green light from the city, it must then receive its state license before opening. Those applying for a medical cannabis dispensary business license paid $100,000 to prove to the city they have funds available for any building improvements or other costs and fees associated with the application process, according to city code. The $100,000 was a condition of the ordinance. The Measure Z application filing fee, meanwhile, is $9,368, according to city records. The money from the 29 applicants equals $3,171,672 in fees delivered to the city. The city also only allows one cannabis business per 10,000 residents, which is based on the most recent federal census. Businesses are not allowed within 600 feet of any school, operating out of a residence and must be 500 feet away from the next closest dispensary. Also, businesses are only allowed in commercial, research light industrial, industrial park, mixed-use or light manufacturing zones. Those who violate the city code will be fined $10,000 for “each and every offense,” and each day a violation continues is considered a new and separate offense, according to the city ordinance. For example, if a business is cited for a violation, and the violation occurs for three days, the cost would run $30,000. As for the moratorium, Deputy Attorney John Franklin lobbied for an exemption regarding marijuana testing facilities, which are required by state law. He said he spoke with an individual who has worked in such labs and said they are needed to safeguard customers. Additionally, it opens new business and tax revenue avenues for the city. However, city staff and the rest of the council said due to the overwhelming nature of Measure Z and the new policies, it would be best to give staff at least six months to process the applications and work out any issues with the new law. “What about testing?” Franklin asked. “Those types of uses are not related to sales.” Mayor Julie Ritter agreed, in part, saying testing and research are the same kind of business, but said waiting six months will allow the city to work through the issue.

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Food &Wine

Celebrate with Dom Perignon

Chef-driven spot blends Chinese and Korean cuisine They tapped the talented Eric Brannon to execute and add his personal touches to the menu as the executive chef and general manager of the Encinitas location. I had the pleasure

meeting Eric somewhat randomly sitting at the bar at O’Hurley’s in Leucadia prior to their opening where he filled me in on his impressive culinary resume. He was there with his wife who bartends the afternoon shift at my favorite Leucadia watering hole. When I interviewed Drew

he was hesitant to use the words fusion or hybrid to describe the menu at Chiko. And while those words have fallen out of favor in the culinary world, they do somewhat describe what’s going on at Chiko in the best possible way. The menu has roots in traditional flavors and ingredients, but they have definitely put their own creative spin on dishes like the popular and delicious Orange-Ish Chicken made with candied mandarin oranges and chicken thighs. The Soy-Glazed Chopped Brisket with a six-minute egg, furikake butter, and rice is another fun example. A tribute to the famous Cardiff Crack from Seaside Market is incorporated in the form beef skewers featuring the famous marinated tri-tip. We ate our way through a good portion of the menu so let me back up and start from the beginning. Snacks can be ordered individually or as the “Full Montyâ€? on a very cool multi-tiered metal display thing ‌ for lack of a better description of it. We went with the Full Monty and while everything on it was really good, the Potato and Egg Salad, Chilled Marinated Littleneck Clams, Napa Cabbage Kimchi and Sichuan Spicy Cucumbers were amazing. I’m still thinking about that potato salad. Our sampling from the starters section was equally

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here was a lot of buzz leading up to the opening of Chiko, located in the building formerly occupied by DB Hackers, Jamrock, and most recently Bull Taco. In my time in Encinitas, Jamrock made the longest run of it there but nothing really thrived in that space next door to Encinitas Surfboards on Coast Highway 101. I’d have to say that based on the experience of the new management team, the chef-driven kitchen, and the complete transformation of the interior and exterior, that Chiko has a solid shot for success in the spot. They have made it work once already at their Washington, D.C., location where they were the winner of Eater DC’s 2017 Game Changer of the year award. Chiko was created by a trio of restaurant veterans called the Fried Rice Collective. The partners include co-chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno, who created the menu based on their mutual experience with Korean and Chinese cuisines. The third partner, Drew Kim, was co-founder of Matchbox Food Group along with several other restaurant and nightclub ventures. He relocated to Encinitas and is running the Encinitas location. He has immersed himself in the local community and his kids attend Paul Ecke Elementary in Leucadia. Drew will be my guest next week on Lick the Plate on The Mighty 1090 where we talk food, restaurants, music and him growing up a Steelers fan in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.


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RESTAURANT CO-OWNER Drew Kim stands in front of the colorful kitchen at Chiko in Encinitas. Photo by David Boylan

impressive. The Half-A-Cado Salad with citrus soy, breakfast radish, almond slivers and avocado was a new sensation for me and a beautiful salad. The Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry with Cali Gold rice porridge was a unique spin on shrimp and grits, and the Pork and Kimchi Potstickers were as good as I’ve had anywhere. I mentioned above two of the entrĂŠe’s we sampled but the Cumin Lamb Stir Fry with wheat flour noodles and caramelized shallots and the Rib Eye & Rice Cakes were equally impressive. I should add that the entrĂŠe’s are substantial portions. Another new sensation was the Sesame Custard for desert. It had lemongrass infused basil seeds, candied almonds and blood orange sorbet and was a perfect way to end the meal. Adult beverages include local crafty beer along with their “patio pounderâ€? a Korean tall boy called Cass Korean Lager. That’s a perfect segue into a mention of the very nice patio that is an exten-

sion of the dining area and a perfect place to hang out. Hard Kombucha and Soju are available as well along with a couple very tasty Soju concoctions called the Chiko-Lada and Caloe-Fornia Love. Wine is available by the glass or bottle and on the non-alcoholic side Korean fruit juices and Bos Yuzu Iced Tea round out the beverage options. Coming soon is a reservation only, four-seat chefs counter offering a $50 tasting menu that takes diners through a greatest hits selection from the menu. Chinese New Year celebration week is happening Feb. 4 to Feb. 10 featuring a Chiko Brunch on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10. Check out their website for all the details. Whatever you want to call this cuisine, its really good food and there is definitely an energy around Chiko that previous concepts in the space were lacking. Give it a try for yourself. Find them at 101 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Call (760) 230-1076 or visit

nything that is cause for celebration: a birthday, an anniversary, a new job, winning the lottery, a new marriage or just another day of living, calls for popping a cork and sipping some French Champagne, or countless other bubbly wines. In my column a few weeks back, I reported that in my review of THE MED at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, the first drink they served was the new release 2008 Dom Perignon ($180) from Champagne France, home of all true Champagnes. Prior to that, I was never a sparkling wine drinker, due to real or imagined “headaches.� After one sip of this elegance, masterful beverage, I became a follower of Dom Perignon. Vivid acidity is the hallmark of this wining champagne. Weather played a major role in its extraordinary finish with a cool early summer and a hot, sunny season in September. �Legacy Limited Edition� was added to the label to celebrate Geoffroy’s retirement at the top of his game. Wine Spectator’s descriptive declared it to be “powerful yet graceful with viv-

id acidity, swathed in a fine, creamy mousse and flavors of toasted brioche, kumquat, pastry cream, candied ginger and poached plum. An underpinning of smoky mineral, gains momentum on the lasting finish.� This is a Brut Champagne which denotes a dry to very dry style with a luminous gold look to the beverage. Only three kinds of grapes are allowed to be converted to Champagne. All are French. They are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Menier. The complicated process of “double fermentation� to achieve the “tiny bubbles� effect was perfected by Dom Perignon, a winemaker from the house of Moet and Chandon in the 17th century. He is considered one of the great figures in the world of Champagne. The Champagne region is its own appellation by the same name and is the only region that can use the word Champagne for its wines. The explosive “pop� of the cork, all the bubbles (some say in excess of 1 million per bottle, but who’s counting) and the image of Champagne as a celebratory drink, all point to it as exclusively a party bottle, but that’s not so. It goes very well with food. From omelets to caviar to smoked salmon, Champagne and other sparkling wines should be the TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 16

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Screenwriter travels through real-life bucket list hit the road e’louise ondash Zackham was a few years out of college, Jin ustin his early 30s, living in

Los Angeles and “doing anything but furthering my career,” explained the screenwriter in a phone interview from his home in Vermont. “I had wasted my 20s and it was time to do something with my writing.” To create some motivation, Zackham wrote down all the things he wanted to accomplish and experience before he died. He called it the “List of Things to Do Before I Kick the Bucket.” Included on the list was “getting a movie made by a major studio.” Zackham later shortened the title to “Justin’s Bucket List,” which came to inspire the title and the script of his 2007 film, “The Bucket List,” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The script was not an instant hit; several producers turned down the script before it landed on producer/director Rob Reiner’s desk. He read it, and it took only 10 pages in before Reiner knew that the film would be a winner. “We started playing

COLE ZACKHAM, 5, son of screenwriter Justin Zackham, is delighted to meet a camel during a 2018 trip to Morocco. Courtesy photo

with the title and other people told us that no one would know what a ‘bucket list’ was,” Zackham explained, “but Rob said ‘they will after this movie.’”

Reiner, of course, was not only correct, but the term “bucket list” has become a permanent part of our lexicon and the concept a permanent part of our culture. You can now

find “bucket list” in both Webster’s Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary. Since that first film, Zackham has written several others including “The

Big Wedding” (2013) and the recently released “Second Act,” starring Jennifer Lopez, which he wrote and produced. Lopez portrays a 40-year-old woman struggling with unfulfilled dreams until she gets the chance to prove that street smarts can take her to success. “My movies are mainly character-driven,” Zackham said. “It’s become my niche. It wasn’t my intension, but I gravitate toward character-driven stories.” The popularity of his films has allowed Zackham to revise his bucket list, which includes visiting every country in the world with his wife, Katherine, and sons, 5-year-old Cole and 10-year-old Finn. So far, the family has checked off 20 of the world’s 195 countries. Zackham’s sons are home-schooled, so travel fits nicely into their curriculum. “We did a trial run last fall and visited Spain, Morocco and Portugal, and did a driving trip cross-country. Our kids loved it.” There were plenty of historic sites on the itinerary and “you can’t get that kind of experience in (regular) school,” Zackham said. Also, “we’re going to do volunteer work in every country we visit, and we’re looking to interview people who have had an extraordinary life. We want (travel)

to be a lesson for our boys — showing them people who have done extraordinary things.” How long will it take to check off those 195 countries? “We think we can see them all in three years. In February, we’re going to the Bahamas, then will travel to Central America and South America. There’s still a lot to figure out.” As yet unsettled: How to see the countries that are on the danger list for Americans. “There are about 10 countries in world where it’s not safe to go to — like Honduras. That’s one country to avoid, but there is the island of Roatan off the coast, where it is safe. Yemen is another country, but there is the island of Socotra off the coast that is part of Yemen. We have 185 countries to knock off before we have to figure out how to see the final 10.” And if it’s impossible to complete the list? “It’s O.K.,” Zackham said. “It’s the journey that’s important.” Follow the Zackham family’s globetrotting on Instagram @thisbucketlistlife. Share your travels; email See more photos and commentary at

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work? Or maybe you want the house nice and toasty when you get home at night. Programmable thermostats like the ones Cox Homelife offers allow you to remotely turn the heat and air in your home up and down and on and off so that you have the perfect temperature while managing energy costs. SMART SEARCH ENTERTAINMENT. There are many options to watch TV and stream content online, and Cox’s Contour TV service brings smart search options, Netflix and YouTube Kids integration, a voice-controlled remote, and cool apps together into one service that is easy to navigate. Speak into the remote to find the programming you want to watch – use a famous movie quote (“Hasta la vista, baby” brings up “Terminator 2”), the title of a show, a genre, or the name of an actor. You can even say “free movies” and available

titles in the On Demand library will pop up. NEXT GENERATION INTERNET CONNECTION. Just as important as the smart home technology you select is the internet service you choose. To get the optimal experience from your smart home devices and technology, make sure you have the right internet speeds for your household. Cox Gigablast offers next generation gigabit internet speed (1 gigabit is equivalent to 1,000 megabits per second) and can connect dozens of smart devices in the home simultaneously with the fastest residential internet speeds around. When it comes to smart home technology, Cox offers a variety of internet speeds and services to fit the individual household need. Take a short quiz on the speed advisor at to determine which speed is right for your smart home.

can help you achieve the look you want. Some of our clients do it to avoid hair transplant surgery and its costs altogether, and others look to SMP to work in conjunction with previous or future hair restoration efforts.”

Each procedure takes approximately two to five hours, depending on the extent of the bald or thinning area. “It might take up to three sessions to achieve the look you want,” Wagner said. “It’s still about a third of the cost of a hair transplant and the results are also permanent and immediate.” Wagner invites anyone interested in Scalp Micro-Pigmentation and any other hair loss solutions to visit MyHairTransplantMD at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. For a step-by-step guide to their consultation, hair restoration processes, before-and-after photos and a complete explanation of pricing, visit their website at or call the office at (800) 262-2017.

Thinning hair? Try hair tattoo OCEANSIDE — Thinning hair is a fact of life for many men and women. It’s so common, in fact, that strides have been made in hair restoration making permanent solutions available at a variety of price points. These days, a thicker-looking head of hair is possible for anyone. Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD, and his team of hair restoration specialists are excited about the latest solution they have to offer — hair tattooing. Yes, you read that right. If you have an aversion to tattoos, or needles in gener-

al, Wagner urges you to read on. “Some clients say the procedure is virtually painfree,” he said. “It’s called Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP), and it’s non-invasive and uses a tiny needle to plant dots of ink into the skin, imitating the look of hair follicles.” While a traditional tattoo penetrates rive layers of epidermis, SMP only penetrates two layers. “It works by placing natural ink pigments via a micro needle at the epidermal level of the scalp, realistically replicat-

ing the appearance of natural hair growth and density.” While previous hair loss treatments either didn’t last or involved surgery, SMP offers a permanent solution to a problem that will only get worse over time. “By the time you recognize your

hair loss, you’ve already lost 50 percent of your hair,” Wagner said. “Topical treatments become a temporary band aid at best. Perhaps maybe you don’t want to have surgery at this time, but might consider it in the future. In either case, SMP


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Winery, composter join forces By Steve Puterski

REGION — Grapes are a juicy treat, whether as a snack or after fermentation turns the fruit into wine. But urban wineries have a challenge, disposing of the skins after the grapes are pressed. But for Carruth Cellars Winery, owner Adam Carruth went a more eco-friendly route in partnering with BioEve and recycling the skins. Dave Johnson of Cardiff founded BioEve in 2016 and has seen his business grow with some pace as he provides an organic option for composting and soil. “It started out of necessity so that I could have ownership over my own landscaping business,” he said. “We do landscape maintenance and renovation projects. We take care of a lot of fruit trees … and veggie gardens.” Johnson and Carruth met three years and formed a business relationship and friendship. Johnson, meanwhile, has expanding his operation to a larger private farm to handle a growing customer base. He also owns chickens, from which he harvests the manure to then sell as fertilizer, while also using the manure in his compost heaps, which are also mixed with hay. However, due to a lack of precipitation over the past year, most of his piles have not decomposed as quickly. With water, the natural composition of the hay and fermented grapes rapidly breaks down, and adding mulch creates a natural fertilizer. But with the recent rains, the process will get back on track, although much of his product won’t be ready until mid-spring and early summer. “I sell it as fertilizer or screen it and sell it as

Former Energy Department official talks climate change By Steve Horn

CARRUTH CELLARS WINERY and BioEve have partnered to recycle spent grapes from the winery into compost and potting soil. Courtesy photo

a potting mix,” Johnson said. “Any sort of soil input, that’s where it starts.” Carruth, meanwhile, began his career in his backyard in 2001. By 2006 and after a stint learning the business in Sonoma County, he was producing 30 barrels per year and in 2010 opened his first location in Solana Beach, where production is done. He has since added two other locations in Carlsbad and Little Italy in San Diego. Last year, he said, the Solana Beach winery processed 200 tons of grapes, with 80 tons going to BioEve. Carruth began his partnership with Johnson in 2016 and each year Johnson has taken on more including 200 cubic yards last year. “It was just getting rid of the spent grapes and it’s great to do something good with it,” Carruth said. “For me, making wine in an urban setting is challenging. Part of it is getting rid of

your waste. It’s best to get rid of the waste within a day because if you let it sit around, it starts to attract fruit flies.” He also hired Johnson to build out the wine garden in Little Italy, in addition to his normal routine of gathering spent grapes about every 10 days, which is how often Carruth presses grapes. Johnson, though, has been able to expand quite quickly over the past three years. He went from composting and using hand-labor to now loading waste with a large dump trailer to accommodate his growing stock. Once the compost is ready, he sells his product to fertilize flowerbeds, shrubs and trees. “It’s a win-win-win all the way around,” Johnson said. “I see everything as retail or distribution. I try to sell everything directly to my clients. Honestly, that’s where I sell out most of my stuff.”

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VISTA — A former U.S. Department of Energy official and utility industry executive told a crowd at the Vista Library on Jan. 10 that he believes it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to climate science. Speaking at a panel convened by the North County Climate Change Alliance, Robert Hemphill gave a presentation titled “Renewable Energy: Good Trends and Terrible Ideas.” The best trends, Hemphill said, revolved around bull markets for solar and wind energy. He said the bad news is that billions of dollars still subsidize the legacy oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries. Further, he said that in some cases, policymakers have rolled out renewable energy in a foolhardy fashion, using rooftop solar regulatory mandates as a case in point. “People who want solar have been putting it on their rooftops,” said Hemphill, who was a senior policy adviser for the energy department as well as executive vice president and chief of staff to the CEO for the publicly traded utility sector company AES. “There are 100,000-plus solar installations in San Diego. So, maybe we can let the market do something about this, otherwise it’s going to be a very troublesome and bureaucratic mess.” He also said that rooftop solar is about three times as expensive as placing solar panels on the ground, concluding that he favors solar from the market in the cheapest form possible. Another false panacea to climate change, said Hemphill, is natural gas.

As the oceans, including the Pacific, get warmer, the hurricanes will get more powerful and more frequent.” Robert Hemphill Former U.S. Energy Dept.

Touted by some as the cleanest of fossil fuels, Hemphill pointed to ever-increasing amounts of methane leakage throughout the supply chain as a trend worth watching. Methane is the chemical name for natural gas, while also a heat-trapping greenhouse gas with more potent global warming potential than carbon dioxide during its first 20 years in the atmosphere. In an interview after the event, Hemphill said he believes far more in public money should go toward the manufacture and sales of electric vehicles. He also expressed cautious praise for various cities within San Diego County adopting a Climate Action Plan. “The push for climate action plans in each jurisdiction is a good idea,” Hemphill said. “(But) including plan components like ’25 percent (of people) commuting by bicycle’ is lunacy and will never be achieved, no matter how many times the Sierra Club sues cities and counties.” Hemphill also provided a nightmare scenario for cli-


only choice. Blue cheese is also a delight. Recently, at a pre New Year’s dinner, Vittorio’s in Carmel Valley staged a Champagne and Sparkling Wine dinner, collaborating with The Estate Group wine rep company that brought in five bubbly-style wines served with such foods as: Baked Brie Cheese, Jumbo Scallops, Veal Tenderloin, Prosciutto Chicken and Herb Crusted Halibut. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut was the bottle with the biggest buzz, with the reasonable price of $60. Vittorio’s next event will be headlined by Beaulieu Vineyard at 6 p.m. Jan. 31. RSVP at (858) 538-5884. For more on Dom Perignon, visit WINE BYTES

• THE MED at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla will host monthly five-course dinners for the year, starting with a special wine brunch with Iron Horse Vineyards at 1 p.m. Feb. 9. Brunch dishes will be offered along with striking

mate change impacts in the years ahead, if the scientific phenomenon goes unaddressed. “The ocean’s heat is what gives energy and strength to hurricanes, and why the most destructive ones for the U.S. are born in the Caribbean, a warm ocean that also fathers the Gulf stream,” Hemphill said. “As the oceans, including the Pacific, get warmer, the hurricanes will get more powerful and more frequent. A ‘Puerto Rico’ strength hurricane would devastate San Diego, because none of our buildings or transportation or power infrastructure were built for 155 mph winds. Our building codes are far less stringent than those on the East Coast, and the result of a Category 5 storm here would be catastrophic.” The North County Climate Change Action holds monthly lectures at the Vista Library. One volunteer for the group, who also organizes for Sunrise Movement’s San Diego branch, said he believes the lectures are among North County Climate Change Action’s most important activities. “Each month we get more educated about either the science of climate crisis, about how we can help effect change, or both,” Karl Aldinger, who lives in Fallbrook, said. “It's an excellent way to get keyed into the climate movement in San Diego and find people who can help you get involved.” Aldinger said he will speak at the next North County Climate Change Alliance event Feb. 14, when he will discuss the burgeoning Sunrise Movement. ocean views on their outdoor terrace. Cost is $165 and is all-inclusive. On March 14, Miner wines will be invited, with wine maker Stacey Vogel. To RSVP, contact (858) 454-0771. Reception starts at 6 p.m. • Il Fornaio in Del Mar will offer an Antinori Italian Wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. A selection of Antinori wines will be presented with a five-course feast including a Risotto al Vino Bruciato paired with Guado al Tasso 2016. Price is $85 per guest. Call (858) 755-8876. • Winesellar & Brasserie in Sorrento Valley San Diego has a Walk Around Tasting of their favorite wines from 2018 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Taste over 15 for $35 each guest. Club members $30. Appetizers are included. RSVP at (858) 450-9557. • La Fleur’s Winery in San Marcos has a class, Wine 101, at 5 p.m. Jan. 31 with guest winemaker Brian Vitek. How do you really taste wine? Tasting of right different wines. Cost is $20 each, $15. for club members. RSVP at (760) 2905082.

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had a visit from my Irish paternal grandmother during the recent rains. I think of her often, but what truly conjured her up was when I opened my umbrella in the house, before going outside. Nana would not have been pleased. Perhaps it is the practical German in me, but I refuse to be superstitious. However, everything I

know about superstitions I learned from my Nana. And while I’m a nonbeliever, I never fail to notice an open umbrella indoors. I do throw a pinch of any spilled salt over my left shoulder. I like to think it is just a brief homage to Ethel O’Brien Hart. I have walked under ladders, but when I do, I see her face. The same applies when I see a peacock feather (not attached to the peacock). Birds in general were bad news to my grandmother, as one flying into the house meant someone was going to die. In my experience, it is usually the bird that meets it demise.

City, NCTD ink deal on 101 ‘parking’ areas By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The dirt informal parking areas on both sides of the railroad corridor through Leucadia are now in the city’s control, after the city and North County Transit District entered into agreement. For years, beachgoers and downtown Leucadia visitors and residents along Vulcan Avenue and Coast Highway 101 have parked along the dirt stretches on either side of the railroad tracks, even though North County Transit District, which owns the land, hasn’t authorized the use. The temporary memorandum of understanding between the transit district and the city grants the city control over the land in exchange for assuming all of the costs to maintain it and associated liability. “After many years of a stalemate, the city is taking responsibility and going to be improving the corridor and the dirt area along the rail corridor, which has been largely unmanaged,” Mayor Catherine Blakespear said. “With this agreement, we are taking on the liability and responsibility of the land, and in exchange we get to provide benefits to our residents that we haven’t before.” Blakespear likened it to when the city signed an agreement in the 1990s to assume maintenance of several state-owned lookout areas near the beaches. “Now they are nice little places, and a public amenity,” she said. “Once this

agreement is signed, we can make improvements because we will have that ownership, and make the public space just that much better. NCTD is cash strapped, and they have to focus on the safety of the rail corridor and stabilizing its budget. We as a city, we can take good care of the land, and it’s better to have control of the land than not have control. With control, you can make decisions and be responsive to residents.” North County Transit District officials said they have been working with the city for years on a variety of items within the rail corridor, but with the city advancing its plans on the streetscape and other fronts to a point where they were ripe, both sides were able to move forward on the agreement. “NCTD and SANDAG are required to review the city’s plans to ensure consistency with expanded rail operations and regional plans,” district spokeswoman Kimy Wall said. “The great news is that the city’s plan have now reached a milestone which will allow the agencies to review the details and work collaboratively to finalize plans that create wins for all parties.” The temporary agreement, which the City Council unanimously adopted Jan. 16, paves the way for the city to create parking stalls as part of the streetscape, though final approval for those stalls will be part of a permanent agreement still under negotiation, officials said. As part of the agreement the city agreed to a pair of contracts, including a $160,000 contract with LC Paving for grading and maintenance and a $51,000 contract with Michael Baker International for surveying and legal expenses. The agreement also prohibits parking along the dirt side of the tracks on the west side of Vulcan Avenue between Leucadia and Encinitas boulevards. City officials said a public information campaign will warn residents not to park in that area before they begin enforcing it.

Now I never saw her actually do this, but she told me that if you forget something after you go out the door, and have to come back in, you need to turn around three times to ward off the bad luck. If I did that, I’d spend all my time spinning in circles. The one that always made me laugh, but not in front of her, was that she absolutely would not sit at a table with 13 places. Many a family gathering required a card table set up, just to keep the count down at the main table. I never could sing so I default to whistling. That was when she would get a

twinkle in her eye and say “Whistling girls and cackling hens, never come to any good ends.” She believed if your hand itches, you are coming into money. I always liked that one. But if you take the last slice of bread or serving of anything, you’ll be an old maid. I suspect this may have been a way to keep the kids from eating all the food before the adults had a shot. Tá mé i ngrá leat, Nana. You were never boring. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer hoping for an itchy palm before the end of the month.

pedestrian pleads guilty ESCONDIDO — A drunken driver who struck and killed an Oceanside woman as she walked across an Escondido street with her boyfriend pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Joel Francisco Juan, 33, will be sentenced to four years in state prison Feb. 13. Juan was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI — including an enhancement that his blood-alcohol level was above 0.15 percent when he hit Esmeralda Eusebio Guerrero, 32, last June 3. Witnesses told police

that Juan — driving a Ford Ranger pickup — was traveling west on East Washington Avenue near North Ash Street when he approached the couple crossing the street, swerved to avoid Eusebio Guerrero’s boyfriend but instead hit her, Escondido police Lt. Mike Kearney said. The victim — the mother of a 10-year-old daughter — was taken to Palomar Medical Center with head injuries, multiple internal injuries and two broken femurs. She was pronounced dead a little more than five hours after the crash. — City News Service

What Keeps You Moving? By Makena Nixon, CPT

Many of us look at working out as a chore. But what if you reframed that idea of working out to a relationship that nourishes and sustains you. Find something that YOU enjoy. This small mindset shift can lead to enjoying and sticking with something for a longer period of time. Instead of having this negative connotation to exercise, as something you need to “achieve” or a kind of “fitness perfection.” Exercise should be something you are consistently practicing as means of reclaiming movement, and overall well-being. The human body is designed to MOVE! It is made to walk frequently, to change physical planes (sitting and standing, pivoting, or lunging in multiple directions) and to push or pull things. Each of these movement mechanics force the skeletal and muscular systems to move fluidly, which allows your joints to stay lubricated and injury-free. However, we live in a very one-dimensional world without much movement variety. This type of lifestyle causes a host of unwanted side effects, such as restricted mobility, stiffness, higher cancer risk, depression, lower cognitive ability, pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and the list goes on and on…. FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING: WHAT IS STRENGTH? Strength is the ability to carry a load from point A to point B, whether that be a dumbbell, grocery bags or your own body weight. It requires having the structural ability to meet the demands of carrying the various loads we come across each day. Cultivating this strength is crucial in preventing injuries, slowing down the aging process (you lose muscle mass as you age, so building it up preempts excessive loss) and boosts mood-enhancing endorphins. HOW DO YOU START A STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAM? This is an intimidating question because there are numerous methods ranging from kettlebell workouts, olympic lifting, bodyweight training etc…Rushing into a strength training program without proper technique or correct loads can cause more damage than good on the body. If you do not have past experience working out with weights, or exercising in general the best and safest option is to find a qualified trainer who can progress your strength program in a safe and effective manner.

MOVING IMPROVES everything your metabolism, your microbiome, your sleep, your immunity, your cognitive function, your stress level and overall balance in your daily life. Courtesy photo

SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE ENCOURAGES PHYSICAL ATROPHY When we are sitting and not moving we are getting stuck. Muscles stop firing, joints get stiff and bones lose density. Moving improves everything your metabolism, your microbiome, your sleep, your immunity, your cognitive function, your stress level and overall balance in your daily life! It is time to Get Moving! TIPS ON MOVING DAILY: Park further away from stores, always choosing to walk the distance instead of driving • Take stairs whenever possible • Walk during your lunch break • Perform 10 Sit-to-Stands every 30 minutes, or some form of movement for 1-minute every 30 minutes • Get a standing desk • Pick one exercise (squats, crunches, plank, push-ups) during commercial breaks • Go for walking dates with friends instead of coffee dates • Find a gym or workout classes you enjoy • Research and find a trainer who can hold you accountable, train you properly and assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals • Get a fitness tracker and set a daily step or movement goal

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Les Artistes Inn: An exotic, quirky celebration of art By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Perched near the southern edge of the city’s downtown stretch, Les Artistes Inn is a charming, albeit mysterious symbol of quirky Olde Del Mar. Although residents may be familiar with the inn’s artist-themed rooms, bubbling stone fountains and lush courtyards, they may not have met the creator behind it all. Sulana Sae-Onge, a Del Mar resident originally from Thailand, is the architect who painstakingly planned and crafted the structure and interior design of each of the inn’s 12 rooms, in collaboration with the inn’s co-owner John Halper, a contractor. Sae-Onge calls the inn her “playground.” Les Artistes Inn has been in business since the mid 1990’s — but the building itself is between 70 and 80 years old. When SaeOnge came across the property, it was a more generic, “run-down” roadside inn. When she purchased the inn along with Halper, the idea struck to build each room around the theme of a renowned artist. From there, Sae-Onge said, “I just have fun.” “I cannot stop thinking, what should I do,” Sae-Onge said. “I never sleep at night, sketching and seeing what I want here, there.” The result? Rooms colorfully and meticulously decorated to celebrate artists such as Diego Rivera, Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Gauguin. What makes the rooms unique is not necessarily the paintings that adorn the walls — which are all copies, mind you — but the small, striking details.

LES ARTISTES INN, which has been open for more than 20 years on Camino Del Mar, is comprised of a dozen themed rooms. Each room commemorates a specific artist or artistic style. Photo by Lexy Brodt

To name a few: a mirror framed by a horse collar in the Remington bathroom, miniature Mayan sculptures lining the wall enclaves of the Rivera room, and small ornate tiles fixed into the adobe partition wall of the O’Keeffe room. Sae-Onge has drawn much of her design inspiration from the artists’ own past homes or apartments — several of which she has visited in her travels. Although one wouldn’t know it at a first glance, Sae-Onge has given many once discarded objects a second life at the inn.

Many of her materials — granite countertops, wooden headboards, tiles used for the floor designs, even a clawfoot bathtub — were collected haphazardly and renovated to fit the theme at hand. For instance, Sae-Onge was walking near the train tracks in Del Mar one day, found a 3-footlong piece of driftwood and decided to paint it and use it to construct a cabinet for one of the rooms. A circle of horseshoes in front of the western-themed Remington room were donated by jockeys who stayed at the hotel while competing at the racetrack.

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They apparently recognized Sae-Onge’s passion for finding artistic merit in commonplace, and sometimes forgotten items. “A lot of things you can do, with the old,” she said. And although the subject matter is worldly and artistic, there are also heart-felt homages to Del Mar. Across the floor of the large upstairs living area, is a sprawling floor engraving of Torrey pine trees, and a pair of pelicans flying over an abstract beach. Sae-Onge said she carved the etched, Japanese-inspired markings herself with a kitchen fork.

Sae-Onge moved to the United States over 30 years ago, and studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania as a student under Louis Kahn, the famed architect who designed La Jolla’s Salk Institute. She said her trademark as an architect is lighting — evidenced by the use of skylights and even portholes to let extra sunlight illuminate the rooms. The sculptures in the Diego Rivera room are fronted by a set of lights that brings shadow and depth to the pieces. “Normally the home is not alive until you turn the light on,” Sae-Onge said. When it comes to Les Artistes Inn, it’s all about lighting and water. Sae-Onge said the inn’s many fountains were inspired by the water elements in her home growing up, in Thailand. She now runs the hotel’s daily operations while continuing her work as a designer and architect. She also owns the Secret Garden Inn in Del Mar, and either owns or has worked on countless other projects in the region and elsewhere — from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Paris, France. And the hotel guests come from all over as well. Sae-Onge said she frequently has guests from Switzerland and Germany. She said she enjoys showing visitors the work that distinguishes Les Artistes Inn, and maybe leaving them with inspiration for their own homes. “My customers come, and when they go home they have some ideas of what they’re going to do with their space, and I teach them how to do it,” she said.

Getting a shampoo at salon not as hazardous as headlines imply Ask the Doctors

DEAR DOCTOR: The back of my neck hurts when I have my hair shampooed at the salon. This worries me because I've read that some people have strokes when they have this type of shampoo, due to the arteries in the neck. Is there truth to this? Dr. Elizabeth Ko DEAR READER: While it's true that some individuals have experienced strokes after spending time in a shampoo chair at a hair salon, it's actually quite rare. And don't worry — there's more to it than simply leaning one's head back for a few moments. An early take on the topic appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1993. Since then, additional research and case studies have been published, and occasional cases of women -- and a few men -- suffering strokes after a visit to the shampoo chair have made a splash in the headlines. Most recently it's been in the news because a woman filed a lawsuit against a hair salon in San Diego, claiming a neck injury she suffered while getting a shampoo led to a stroke two weeks later. Specifically, she said an artery in her neck was damaged when she angled her head back and rested her neck against the hard surface of the sink. This re-

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portedly caused bleeding, which led to a blood clot, which caused a stroke. In media coverage, the injury goes by the name "beauty parlor stroke syndrome." In reality, though, what we're talking about is cervical artery dissection. That is, a rip or tear in one of the arteries in the neck, which supply blood to the brain. And despite what the injury's colorful nickname implies, it has multiple causes outside of the shampoo chair. The injury begins with the anatomy of the neck, which includes arteries that run along the back of the vertebrae and deliver blood to the brain. In the people who experienced the socalled beauty parlor stroke, either one of two things appears to have happened: An artery was damaged by pressure from a vertebra, or pressure from the rim of the sink or the back of the chair squeezed the artery shut. In either scenario the result was the same -- a lack of blood flow to the brain,

which is the definition of stroke. This same injury has been seen in individuals undergoing prolonged dental work, receiving anesthesia, having chiropractic manipulations of the neck, and even painting a ceiling or doing yoga. In each case, hyperextension of the neck played a part. If you're worried about your safety while getting a shampoo, talk to your hairdresser. Make sure the chair is adjusted properly for your height. Ask for additional towels for padding and support. Don't allow your neck to hyperextend. Or skip the backward approach entirely and ask to stand up and lean forward while your hair is washed. Neck pain is not necessarily a sign that something is wrong. However, if you experience symptoms like loss of muscle tone in the face, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, slurred speech, impaired vision or loss of coordination, you should definitely -- and immediately -- seek medical attention. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and primary care physician at UCLA Health.

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VISTA — At some point, everything comes back in style. Take Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a popular 1980s icon who gave her opinions and advice about sex. She is once again in vogue thanks to the new play “Becoming Dr. Ruth.” North County residents can see the show, which opens Jan. 17 and runs through Feb. 3, at Vista’s The Broadway Theater. According to the theater: “Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper, to her struggle to succeed as a single mother newly-arrived in America … ‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became ‘Dr. Ruth.’” The show appeared Off Broadway and had a successful run ending in 2014. According to Robin LaValley, who is performing in the one-woman show as Dr. Ruth, this is the San Diego premiere. “I was approached by the producers Randall Hickman and Doug Davis to portray this character,” she said. “I had performed in several plays and musicals for their production company previously and they talked me into it. It was easy after reading the script to want to introduce a Dr. Ruth we had not seen before to audiences. As a character actress,

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Sing Your Song and Blue Rose Theatre Project presents “Annie,” at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. In addition, there are complimentary tickets for families of Federal Employees affected by the shutdown. Tickets can be purchased at https:// blueroseannie.brownpaper-

ROBIN LAVALLEY stars in the one-woman show “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” centered on the life of 1980s icon and sexpert Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The show runs through Feb. 3 at Vista’s Broadway Theater. Photo courtesy Broadway Theater

you are always looking for that character that allows you to use all your abilities to the fullest and this piece requires comedy timing, accent, strong emotions to convey Ruth Westheimer's amazing journey in life.” While it may be her first time playing the sexpert and doing a one-woman show, it isn’t LaValley’s first acting gig by a long shot. Raised in Covina she has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from Cal Poly University, Pomona, and has performed in Summer Stock at North Shore Music Theater with Hal Linden. She’s also performed with Chita Rivera in "Kiss Me Kate" and Bonnie Franklin in "Sugar." “I’ve performed in several shows with the American Theater Alliance at the Fringe Festival in Ed-

inburgh, Scotland, where I also married fellow actor Terry Jackson during the tour,” she said. LaValley has appeared at many local venues including Birdcage Theater at Knotts Berry Farm, San Gabriel Civic Light Opera, Downey Civic Light Opera, Globe Theater Los Angeles, Glendale Center Theater, Welk Resort Theater Escondido and the Broadway Vista Playhouse. She’s even been on TV in several popular shows including “Dif'rent Strokes,” “Mr. Belvedere” and as a comedian on ABC's “Make Me Laugh.” “I am an original member of The LA Connection Improv Comedy Troupe, Hollywood where I performed, as well as taught improv,” she said. For more information on either of these programs, e-mail

ice in Wonderland” for the San Marcos cast Jan. 28 and the Vista cast Jan. 29. Visit the audition page for more information, at

JAN. 26


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


The Broadway Theater, 340 E. Broadway, Vista, will hold auditions for “Lost in Yonkers” by Neil Simon Jan. 27. The theater will also host auditions for “Al-


St. Thomas More Catholic Church is pleased to host the Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, “Hymn of Praise” at 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at 1450 S. Melrose Drive, Oceanside. Free will donation will be taken at the door.

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

LaValley said she’s excited to play Dr. Ruth in the play and thinks it’s a show worth seeing for a lot of reasons. “Why should people want to see ‘Becoming Dr. Ruth?’” she asked. “I can tell you why I would want to see it. We rarely get a glimpse of the real lives of many celebrities who have lived extraordinary lives but have never mentioned it to the world. Dr. Ruth went from being an orphan refugee to a student, wife, mother, professor, celebrity. People need to see and hear about this amazing journey. And this show reminds all of us to never turn your back on evil and to speak up.” When asked if the real Dr. Ruth saw the show Off Broadway, LaValley said yes, many times and even gave question/answer sessions after the show when she was available. “She was fascinated by the fact that the star of the show, writer, producers were not Jewish, yet she felt they embraced the Jewish spirit of the piece wonderfully,” LaValley said. LaValley said while she’s never met Dr. Ruth in person, given the chance she would ask her about how it feels to reinvent yourself over and over as a survivor and remain positive and upbeat. “And, of course, I would try to get a one-on-one therapy session with Dr. Ruth,” she said. “Who wouldn’t!” Tickets for Broadway Theater plays are $25. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call for tickets at (760) 806-7905 or order online.

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arlsbad resident, career surfer and cartoon artist James Daigh says he used to get in trouble for scribbling early cartoon characters onto his test papers when he had finished the test early. The nuns in his San Diego school were not amused. But James was and continued to doodle all the day long for years. Says he uses it for mental health. “The contradictions in life are too hilariously glaring to avoid commenting on,” says he. For the last almost seven years James has been drawing and submitting cartoons to The New Yorker magazine, the only magazine since the implosion of Playboy to publish smart cartoons on a regular basis. It is also the Mount Everest of cartoon publishing

through Feb. 1 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. For hours, call (760) 4804101.

sive Art Club for all ages, from 4 of 5 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month at the Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Enjoy stories and create art from favorite picCOLLECTION OF ARTISTS The Escondido Arts ture books. Partnership Municipal Gallery will highlight “Our Journey to this Place,” the art of Petey Dietz, Susan YEAR OF THE PIG Avery Clark, Helen Shafer Pala Casino Spa & ReGarcia, Jane LaFazio, Lori sort celebrates the Lunar Mitchell and Andrea Hein New Year, Year of the Pig, through Feb. 11 at 262 E. with Traditional Lunar Grand Ave., Escondido. For New Year Lion dances in more information, visit es- the casino at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 or call (760) and Feb. 16, and traditional Asian dishes through Feb. 480-4101. 16. For more information, visit

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Entries for the city of San Marcos Juried Art & Photography Show will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the San Marcos Community Center. The will display from March 1 through April 30. Up to two entries per category per person will be accepted. $10 per entry. For more information, visit san-marcos. PHOTO ARTS The Escondido Arts net/arts. Partnership PhotoArts Group presents its show LIBRARY ART CLUB “Black & White” running Drop in for the Inclu-

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A CARTOON by Carlsbad resident James Daigh.

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Celebrate all levels of music making with a concert by the Museum of Making Music’s adult music learning program, the North Coast Strings, in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the MiraCosta College Concert Hall, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. A $5 suggested donation. North Coast Strings is a musical ensemble designed to be an entry point for adults who want to learn to play a

goals: To publish there is to be among the gods. With this singular focus driving him — to publish in The New Yorker — James has drawn over 1,700 single panel cartoons of the type that might be expected to appear in the magazine: pithy, insightful observations of the awkwardness of the human condition rendered simply and artfully. A former career as a national and international magazine editor helps him in his submission process, knowing of some of the ropes, though some of the ropes are now electronic. After submitting consistently for over 6 1/2 years James has recently been accepted as a cartoonist for The New Yorker. Cartoon by cartoon his persistent climb has brought him to that hallowed summit. James is also an accomplished fine artist painting in watercolor and oil. His watercolors of surfing are extraordinary. Bob Coletti is director of CA Art News stringed instrument.

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The 60+ Club will continue its free February entertainment in the Pala Events Center with a Dean Martin Tribute by Andy Dimino at 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at 11154 CA-76, Pala. For more information, visit

FEB. 8


Award-winning, Encinitas-based Ovation Theatre presents the first community theater production in San Diego County of the new musical “Freaky Friday,” a heartfelt, funny and emotional update on the classic American story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically switch bodies — with just a day to put things right. Feb. 8, 15 & 16 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 9, 10 & 17 at 2 p.m, at Brubeck Theatre, Palomar College, San Marcos. Tickets: $20-$22; purchase online at ovationtheatre. brow For more information, visit

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