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Endangered Habitats League files a lawsuit against the city of San Marcos challenging the council’s approval of the 189-unit San Marcos Highlands project. File photo by Tony Cagala

Environmental group files lawsuit to block Highlands project

On the march

Abel Valls’ sign is a popular draw for marchers wanting to take their photos in the mirrored sign last week during the San Diego North County Women’s March. See full story on page 5. Photo by Tony Cagala

Escondido hears on proposed skate park By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — Anthony Delgado launched off the ramp, catching his skateboard mid-air with his feet before landing the trick and rolling off to one side of the basketball courts that had become an impromptu skate park at Washington Park. He received a couple of fist bumps from friends after pulling up on the sideline. If Delgado, 18, and his friends weren’t skating there that day, they’d be skating out front of a busi- A skateboarder attempts a maneuver on one of the ramps set up at ness or somewhere else in Washington Park where city staff is proposing to build a new skate park. the city where skateboard- Photo by Tony Cagala

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ing wasn’t allowed — all the while keeping an eye out for security guards and trying to avoid police that could kick them out or issue citations. A new skate park would definitely be a good thing, he said, adding that there aren’t very many places to skate in the city. This week, city council heard a staff report on the proposed development of a new skate park at the cityowned Washington Park. “The whole purpose is to get those kids off the streets and to get them in TURN TO SKATE PARK ON 15

By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — An environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging San Marcos’ approval of the 189-unit San Marcos Highlands project. The 40-page lawsuit, filed by the Endangered Habitats League, contends that the city’s approval of the project and its companion environmental report didn’t adequately address the environmental issue, potential fire hazards, drought concerns and other issues created by the project. EHL, which served the city on Jan. 12, is calling for the courts to void the approvals and prepare a new environmental impact report, among other things. “The project must be modified so that San Diego’s wildlife can continue

to move across the landscape,” EHL Executive Director Dan Silver said in a prepared statement. “There is no excuse for not doing so, and we are ready and able to work with the City and applicant to achieve this goal.” The Coast News has reached out to representatives of the property owner, Farouk Kubba, for comment and will update the story when it is received. The City Council voted 4-1 on Nov. 15 after a four-hour public hearing in which most of the speakers railed against the project, citing environmental, traffic, open space preservation, wildlife protection and school overcrowding as flaws of the current project. Councilman Chris OrTURN TO HIGHLANDS ON 7

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Tri-City nurses protest perceived short staffing Council tightens rules

on mixed-use projects

By Promise Yee

REGION — On Jan. 11, more than 300 nurses rallied in front of the Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC) lobby entrance to bring attention to short staffing. Chants of “what do we want, safe staffing” were called out during the 2.5hour informational picket. “Nurses and community came in large numbers, everyone was energized and supported the nurses wholeheartedly,” Brenda Ham Tavares, a registered nurse who has worked at TCMC for more than 30 years, said. Picketers requested that staffing shortages be corrected, and nurses have more of a say in hospital decision making. “Currently we are working to negotiate a stronger union contract that gives RNs more power on important committees that address workplace violence, staffing and patient acuity tools,” Tavares said. The state has strict guidelines for nurse-to-patient ratios in acute care facilities. One nurse to four patients is required in the emergency room, in other areas of the hospital ratios range from one-to-one, to one-to-six. Tri-City nurses say studies show TCMC does not always meet standards. “Many times they fail

By Ruarri Serpa

Tri-City Medical Center nurses held a picket to bring attention to short staffing on Jan. 11. Nurses are in contract negotiations and want the public to know their concerns. Photo by Promise Yee

to provide adequate coverage for us nurses during meals and breaks,” Tavares said. “At times TCMC fails to meet the mandated ratios by not adjusting the RN assignments according to patient acuity.” Nurses say these lapses put patients in danger and force closure of critical units. “A higher acuity patient needs more care and not having appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios in our assignments is dangerous,” Tavares said. “We

often have to close critical units because there isn’t enough staff.” To exacerbate the problem TCMC eliminated its resource pool of nurses to cut costs. Tavares said this has left every unit short staffed. “Without these RNs we are missing additional specialized support during times of greatest need putting patients at risk,” Tavares said. Nurses say staffing shortages were felt over the winter holidays. And added the administration knew

weeks ahead of time that the emergency department would be short staffed by 11 nurses on Christmas and seven nurses on New Year’s Day, creating a dangerous environment for nurses and patients. Nurses say hospital management failed to address anticipated staffing shortages with a plan. The result was long wait times in the emergency department and the closing of beds. TCMC administration TURN TO NURSES ON 15

San Diego North Economic Development Council taps new CEO By Steve Puterski

REGION — After months of searching, the San Diego North Economic Development Council has found its next Chief Executive Officer. Last week, the SDNEDC announced the hiring of Mike Cully, who takes over the top spot after Carl Morgan resigned in June 2016. SDNEDC Board of Director Chairman Brian Lee of Wells Fargo said Cully’s enthusiasm and experience were big factors in his hiring. Lee said Cully beat out 150 applicants to land the job. “What really stuck out with Mike was his passion for taking the job on,” Lee added. “He’s really led successful turnarounds of chambers. He talked a lot about collaboration and that’s kind one of the key attributes in the new CEO.” Cully was a principal at MDC Global Consulting in Portland, Ore., for the past 20 months before moving back to his roots in San Diego County. He was also a founding member of car2go, a car sharing company. In addition to those jobs, Cully’s career has centered on business management and non-profit including working with several chamber of commerce’s. As for the SDNEDC, he said it is an opportunity to bring the stakeholders together, collaborate and turn the organization into a major player. “I saw this as an opportunity to step into this

Mike Cully is the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s new CEO. Courtesy photo

role to redefine what this organization was doing,” Cully explained. “Make it a really viable, powerful organization. What drew me to this was all the opportunity.” To accomplish those lofty goals, he said working with cities, the county, the San Diego Economic Development Council and stakeholders such as Innovate 78 are top priorities. He also praised the board of directors, headed Lee, as a visionary group whose goals and ideas are in line with his for moving the SDNEDC forward. “We represent North County,” Cully added. “This is all focused on the business of attraction, retention and growth in the county and region.” Another part, he said, is to develop strong partnerships with educational institutions and businesses to build workforce de-

velopment. He said the SDNEDC is “the tip of the spear” for anyone looking to do economic development. “We not only want to attract new business here … but make sure there is an educated workforce,” Cully added. “Our role will be to get our finger on the pulse of, not only what is happening, but what might be coming down the pipeline and being proactive in terms of seeking out those companies that would fit well in our region.” The new CEO will lead two arms of the SDNEDC — the 501(c)(3) and (c)(6). The differences between the two entities are specific to tax purposes, but the core mission of the SDNEDC remains. The 501(c)(3) is a recent addition to the SDNEDC because it allows for corporate foundations to donate. In just his first week, Cully is beginning to meet with economic teams from numerous cities, elected officials, chamber of commerce’s and more. “I have 26 communities, and unincorporated communities, to meet with and I think that is a good place to start,” he said. “It’s been a whirlwind week.” He said advocacy, such as issues and legislation affecting business will be “beefed up,” along with relevant programs bringing together community leaders and businesses. Also, he wants to partner with startups in an effort to retain those

industries once they grow. “He gave us a business plan that when you read through it, matched very much in alignment with what we were looking for,” Lee said. “We need to have better relationships with the regional EDC and the cities in North County than we previously had.” As for North County’s area of strengths, Bio Tech and Medical is a strong industry, but Cully said tourism must be addressed more thoroughly. “It’s not been considered a top sector and I think it has a lot of potential,” he added. “There are some emerging things in transportation and exciting things in education.”

VISTA — The Vista City Council tightened rules around new “mixeduse” projects throughout the city, in an attempt to preserve commercial space, and continue to attract new development. Mixed-use zones were originally intended to create a combination of commercial and residential development within easy walking distance, but four years after creating that vision, nearly 2,100 homes have been built or proposed, with very little new commercial. The new rules would reduce incentives for residential-only development by increasing parking and green space requirements for projects that lack commercial space. “We’re creating a lot of density, and Vista’s not going to stop growing. We’re going to continue to grow by 1 percent per year, and so we’ve got to protect some ability for commercial in the future,” Councilman John Franklin said. In Vista’s mixed-use areas, developments don’t need to include commercial space, but can provide less parking, distances between buildings, landscaping and amenities — all requirements that typically whittle down the number of housing units a developer can build at a site. Critics say those lower requirements provide every incentive to build residential-only projects, which are a windfall for developers who get to rent and sell more apartments and condos than would be allowed in residential parts of the city. By doing that, the city is dismissing its own vision for walkable neighborhoods, because residents would have to drive to do their shopping and errands. Mixed-use areas mostly fall along North Santa Fe Drive, South Santa Fe Drive and Vista Village Drive. Council members opted to apply the changes throughout that area, with the exception of leaving lower parking requirements in place for the im-

mediate downtown area. Anticipating a lengthy discussion about raising standards for North Santa Fe, the council also chose to keep lower parking standards there, to avoid reducing incentives for redeveloping the area. Councilman John Aguilera said it was important to bring some improvements to that part of town, where people live among blighted properties. “I live up in that area. I grew up in Indian Rock, which is not too far from that area. People walk — they don’t have cars. When school lets out, kids aren’t jumping in their cars — they’re walking,” Aguilera said. “And they walk through an empty lot... where drug deals go down, allegedly prostitution happens, and who knows what else goes down there...and there’s no reason kids have to go through that everyday. Whatever we can do to create some economic benefit to this part of town is important.” Councilwoman Amanda Rigby said the city should start with the higher standards, and consider lowering them for individual projects. “If someone can’t give us an additional tree here and there, perhaps that’s not a developer we should have in Vista, because they’re not going to develop that corridor they way it should be developed to Vista standards,” Rigby said. Teri Collins, who runs the Facebook group “Vista Community Advocate” said she liked the changes overall, but questioned how council members handled North Santa Fe Drive. “(That) they were making decisions on the fly for No. Santa Fe was concerning,” Collins said by email. “I also think the city should come up with a master plan for this area just like they have done for So. Santa Fe (Paseo Santa Fe). Such a contradiction to what they have planned there.” Other changes include reduced building heights TURN TO MIXED-USE ON 15


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Community Commentary

Explaining our superintendent vote By John Salazar & Maureen “Mo” Muir

Why we voted NO on Eric Dill as the San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent We were asked to approve the hiring of Mr. Dill as our superintendent for the San Dieguito Union High School District. We voted no because we believe approval of him is premature. We were given the choice of one candidate for the most important job in our district. The other three trustees refused to consider anyone else. When we conducted interviews with experienced Superintendent search firms, we were told that the beginning of the calendar year was the most productive time to find the best superintendent. We believe we have a responsibility to our students, parents, faculty, and taxpayers to at least explore, during this optimal time, what other candidates may be available. While Mr. Dill may be the best candidate, we don’t know that he is the best one for this district because he is the only person that was considered. We do have concerns that Mr. Dill has no teaching degree, has never taught in a classroom, has never

What if Trump-care works in the state? What if it doesn’t? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


ne problem in having a president who operates without much regard for facts, truth or consistency — one whose staff has devised the concept of “alternative facts” — is that when he says or promises something, no one can know whether he means it. So it was with President Trump’s mid-January promise of “health insurance for everybody,” including better coverage, more choice among policies, lower deductibles and no one left behind — far different from anything his Republican allies in Congress ever promised in their many efforts to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Trump later “walked back” this commitment, promising now only that, “There will be nobody dying on the streets in a Trump administration.” Then, in his first executive order, he authorized officials to disregard or delay parts of the ACA, including the unpopular mandate that most Americans must buy insurance or pay a tax. For now, details of what some are calling “Trumpcare” remain a mystery. But there’s plenty of information available on what Obamacare has meant in California. Here are some facts: The number of previously-uninsured Californians covered under Medi-Cal (the state’s version of federal Medicaid) and the Covered California program of group and individual policies jumped this winter above 5 million — most of whom had no coverage before Obamacare. Premiums have risen for them, but so have federally-funded subsidies to help many cover those costs — unless Trump and his allies undo the subsidies. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says more than 3.7

million low-income California adults would lose health coverage if the ACA were repealed, as Republicans in Congress voted tentatively to do the other day. Another 1.2 million here would lose the tax breaks they now use to buy insurance through Covered California. But Republicans in Congress, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, insist they won’t merely repeal what exists now; they’ll

The devil is always in the details, of course, and that’s especially true with any Trump proposal... replace it with something better. Most versions they have floated of that “improvement” would include higher deductibles and lower coverage at greater cost, but the GOP says customers would then comparison-shop and see market competition drive prices down. Now comes Trump, at first promising something no other Republican ever touted: In a telephone interview with the Washington Post, he promised universal coverage, which Democrats sought for decades but never achieved. He also vowed to force drug companies to negotiate prices directly with both Medicare and Medicaid, possibly lowering prices for seniors on Medicare Part D and for some others. Said Trump, “There was a philosophy…that if you

can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” Rather, he said, everyone in America “can expect to have great health care….Much less expensive and much better.” We already know that if Obamacare were simply abandoned, left moldering beside history’s highway with no replacement, at least some deaths and disabilities would follow. Cancer patients who could previously get no care once again would get little or none. Immunizations would drop drastically. Treatment for everything from kidney stones to the common cold would be cut, with commensurately more epidemics. All this could happen if Trump’s still secret new plan for health care doesn’t work and amounts in real life to a simple repeal of Obamacare. Obama claimed in one of his many exit interviews that the ACA has established that mass insurance can be done; Trump’s mixed messages leave it unclear whether he buys this idea. And what if Trumpcare actually appears and it works? The first reality is that this would likely see Trump and his fellow Republicans reelected easily both in 2020 and in the mid-term year of 2018. A second is that if health care becomes available to all at lower prices than today’s, California and America will be healthier places. But there is no assurance anything remotely like this will happen, or that it will work if it is mandated. In fact, Trump backtracked at least twice on what he said about universal access to health care. The devil is always in the details, of course, and that’s especially true with any Trump proposal, if only because he so often plays fast and loose with both facts and his own past statements. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, go to

run a school as a principal or served in any other administrative position at a school. He also has very limited experience working with parents in terms of problem solving or providing a district’s educational vision. We have students under-performing in many of our subgroups and we believe we should have someone with experience in improving student achievement, of which he has no experience. The school board has approved certain items over the past year based upon Mr. Dill’s recommendations that are now problematic for our district, and concerns us. He strongly advocated for the lease-leaseback agreements, which we raised concerns about because of the litigation trend to sue districts because these models were being challenged as not having competitive bidding. Our dissenting votes were of course repeatedly ridiculed and protested by union representatives and others. Unfortunately, despite our cautioning against entering into lease-leaseback agreements, the district has received an intent to

sue letter pertaining to several of these contracts on the exact basis we tried to warn the other members of the board and Mr. Dill about. But now, under threat of a lawsuit from a well-respected law firm, supported by a state taxpayers organization, he is recommending that we do a complete turnaround and rescind our vote on these contracts. In other words, he is now recommending that the board do exactly what we recommended months ago. Mr. Dill also advocated for certain other questionable fiscal decisions, such as the 12.5 percent employee raise, which raised our budget by a total of $15 million if you combine the certificated with the classified and administrative raises, including his own raise. The school district now has a nearly $10 million deficit. We will always put your children’s education first. Until a search is conducted, we believe it is premature to make this extremely important decision. John Salazar and Maureen “Mo” Muir are San Dieguito Union High School District Board Members.

Letters to the Editor On the backs of the working class Andrew Puzder has gotten rich on the backs of people working for minimum wages that keep them in poverty. (President Donald) Trump has promised to help working people but this appointment of a person who seems to have distrain for his workers,

insisting that minimum wages are enough and that they don’t need overtime pay because a “sense of accomplishment should be enough.” He also has talked about replacing workers with machines. Trump has promised to create more jobs. How does replacing workers with machine create more

jobs? I wonder where these machines would be made, in China to save money for Puzder, CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s and increase his wealth while he takes jobs away from people that are most in need? Thank you, Virginia Davis, Carlsbad

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Worry brings marchers out in North County

Seemingly thousands of marchers attend a rally at San Marcos’ Civic Center. Photos by Tony Cagala By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — They came by foot, train and autos, most clad in pink hats with cat ears on them and carrying signs with a broad range of messages from human rights, to women empowerment to signs disapproving of President Donald Trump. It was North County San Diego’s Women’s March. Tied in with the women’s marches taking place around the country and in other parts of the world on Jan. 22, thousands were expected to march from the Civic Center to Palomar College, and based on the reporter’s observations, it seemed that was accurate. Leah Rives sat on a utility box outside the Civic Center with her 11-yearold daughter Violet Rives, knitting another one of the pink hats with cat ears that dotted a good number of marchers’ heads. She had knitted a good handful already and handed some out to friends. Violet, holding a sign that read, “Women are people too,” also wore one of the knitted pink hats with cat ears. It was worry that prompted Leah into action. “I, like many of these people, felt pretty powerless and disappointed after the election and I just wanted to do something to say that, ‘I didn’t agree with it and I’m worried,’” Leah said. Coming to the march was one thing, she said. Knitting the hats was another way to do something with her hands and create something visible. The hats have become a movement in their own right. Called the “Pussyhat Project,” it got its start in Los Angeles by two women as a way to protest Trump’s comments he had made on video about grabbing women’s body parts. People began knitting the hats around the world. The hats

Munoz said she was encouraged seeing men participating in the march. As for what she’d like to see happen beyond the march she said: “I would love to see unity as a whole.” At a train station exit along the marching route, Abel Valls got a lot of attention with his sign. Marchers stopped to take a photo with their reflections appearing in the

mirrored sign, which read, “This is the face of democracy. Beautiful isn’t it?” The sign came to him in a moment of inspiration, Valls, a native of Argentina who’s been living in the U.S. since the ‘70s, said. “Typically these signs are meant to be read by the people that are not marching, and I wanted to have a sign for people that are marching. And I thought

that looking at themselves, they’ll probably increase their accountability.” Valls’ respect for his mother, which caused him to get emotional when talking about her — that, and feeling scared about Trump’s cabinet picks brought him out. “Elections are not dangerous,” Valls said. “The people that we elect are. Some more than others.”

Signs of women empowerment are prevalent during the march.

COMMUNITY MEMBER OPENING(S) ON TRI-CITY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE The Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors currently has community membership opening(s) on the following working Board Committee: Governance & Legislative Committee. This Committee meets monthly or as needed to monitor developments in governance best practices, make recommendations to the District’s Board of Directors (“Board”) on governance matters referred to it, and monitor, report upon, and make recommendations to the Board regarding state and federal legislative developments related to District and hospital governance, legislative affairs and advocacy. Tri-City Healthcare District desires to ensure that its Committee community members are knowledgeable in the area of Governance & Legislative Affairs oversight. The committee will respond to Board requests, monitor developments in, report upon and make recommendations to the Board regarding the following:

Marchers carry signs with a broad range of messages from human rights to signs disapproving of President Donald Trump.

were widely visible during the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Leah said the hats were a way to take back the word and the color pink. Besides healthcare, especially for women, Leah expressed concerns on how Trump handles himself not only for the country, but on worldwide level, “shooting his mouth off on Twitter… that worries me. I’m worried on a lot of levels.” The marches attracted the attentions of President Trump, tweeted from his Twitter account on Jan. 22 that: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

Leah said she’d like to see people continue to stay involved past the marches. “I want us to be not just posting online, but talking to our local government on things that are important to us, calling our senators and congress (representatives) and going to town halls,” she said. Briana Munoz marched in solidarity with her sisters. “Having Mr. Donald Trump in the presidency now is a big deal. I want to make a stand,” she said.” “I believe that no man in the presidency or in senate…should actually have control over women’s rights, women’s health specifically, or talk about women in the manner that (Trump) has,” she said.

a. Changes in best practices and legal requirements relating to healthcare district governance and healthcare reform initiatives; b. The District’s governing documents, including Bylaws, Policies, Committee charters, and other governance or policy matters as requested by the Board; c. Proposed amendments to the Medical Staff Rules and Regulations and Privilege Cards and Medical Staff Bylaws. Legislative Affairs Oversight may include but not be limited to the following: a. Significant changes to state and federal laws, rules and regulations and accreditation standards applicable to the District, with special attention to the legislative and policy agendas of associations of which the District is a member (e.g., Association of California Healthcare Districts and California Hospital Association); b. Actions to be taken to address or implement legislative or regulatory changes proposed, pending or enacted, including advocacy efforts. If members of the public believe they are knowledgeable in this area and have an interest in serving as a community member on the above listed Board Committee, please send a brief resume or biography delineating your background and/or experience relevant to the Committee, along with a cover letter stating your intent to serve on the Committee to: Teri Donnellan, Executive Assistant Tri-City Medical Center 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 Your information will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Committee and Board Chairperson for review and consideration and interviews with members of the Committee will be scheduled. The Committee’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the full Board of Directors for final approval/appointment. All appointments are voluntary and do not include compensation. Community members shall serve a term of two years, with an option to renew the appointment for one additional two year term. At the conclusion of the term, the community member shall not be eligible to serve on the same Board Committee for at least two years. It is preferable that a community member shall be a member of no more than one Board Committee at a time. Only applications submitted by persons residing within the boundaries of the Tri-City Healthcare District will be considered. 01/17


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Inaugural North County Stand Down to be held this week By Promise Yee

REGION — Preparations for the inaugural North San Diego County Veterans Stand Down are underway. The three-day event aims to introduce homeless veterans and their families to needed services to get them back on track. Matt Foster, North San Diego County Veterans Stand Down board chair, said the goal is to raise community awareness, and help homeless veterans get off the street. Foster said no one should be homeless, especially not our veterans. “This should not be a problem,” Foster said. The idea to hold a Stand Down in North County percolated about 18 months ago. Veterans volunteering at the San Diego Stand Down saw a need to hold an event closer to home. The North San Diego County Veterans Stand Down will take place at Green Oak Ranch in Vista. The ranch is a 142acre site with heated cabins, a dinning facility, meeting halls, and a kids playground and petting zoo. It is built to accommodate large private groups. Veterans and their families will be housed and fed on site during the three-day event. On day one homeless veterans will check in and be accessed for needed health, legal, career and

housing services. Then they will receive a personal care bag, be able to take a warm shower, and a fresh change of gently used clothes. The following two days they will receive initial services. Community professionals will donate a variety of services during the event. Service organizations will be on site to sign up veterans and begin assistance, which will continue after the event. “The niche we fill is we put all the services together for a three-day event,” Foster said. “It’s amazing how many people have come forth (to volunteer).” A bus will take veterans to participating dentists to have dental work done. Legal counsel, a misdemeanor forgiveness court, and range of medical services will be provided on site. There will also be housing services referrals, counseling, and haircuts. To get ready for the event, Escondido Rotary clubs held a clothing drive on Jan. 7 with the goal of collecting clothes for the 200 veterans expected to attend the Stand Down. Rotary club member Bonnie Maloney said when club and community members found out about TURN TO STAND DOWN ON 15

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Hydration station helps Vista students quench their thirst By Promise Yee

VISTA — Monte Vista Elementary School is the 10th Vista Unified School District site to add a hydration station to its campus to help students quench their thirst. The station allows students to easily fill up water bottles. It has a push button dispenser, marked spot to place a bottle and ample room to fill it up. School Principal Charlene Smith said she has seen more students keep themselves hydrated and healthy since the station was installed. “They love it,” Smith said. “I don’t have hard facts, but attendance is going up and they’re drinking more.” Smith said students are excited about the new push-button station, and it sparks classroom discussions on health and hydration. “When kids see a water bottle sitting on their desk, they’re going to drink it,” Smith said. “It’s helping to prepare the whole child for success.” The station was installed in the fall. On Jan. 6, students and teachers celebrated receiving the station along with district facility staff and Vista Irrigation District personnel. The irrigation district distributed water bottles to all 586 students to mark the day. A group of students helped cut a ceremonial ribbon to recognize the station, and immediately filled up their new water bottles. “These stations make a small but vital part of a student’s day much easier,” Brock Smith, school district executive director of facilities and operations, said. Prior to the station being installed a smattering of students would bring in water bottles, and struggle to fill them at the drinking fountain. During hot months many teach-

David Salas, a fifth grader at Vista’s Monte Vista Elementary School, fills his new Love Tap! water bottle. Courtesy photo

ers would take it upon themselves to buy a case of bottled water to keep students hydrated. The station paired with reusable water bottles solves the dilemma, and reduces one-use plastic bottle waste. Brett Hodgkiss, Vista Irrigation District assistant general manager, said the irrigation district supports the school district’s efforts to make local drinking water accessible and

convenient. “The school district’s efforts compliment the Vista Irrigation District’s drink tap water campaign, Love Tap!, aimed to raise awareness of the quality, value and environmental benefits of the water the Vista Irrigation District delivers,” Hodgkiss said. The station was purchased by the school district as part of its facilities improvement efforts.

Interfaith recieves $3.2 million donation By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Interfaith Community Services received one its second-largest donation ever thanks to the late Joan and W. Lee James Jr. The San Marcos couple’s estate donated $3.2 million to Interfaith recently, according to Lauren Holt, communications coordinator for Interfaith. After moving to San Marcos in 1998, Joan James became active with Lake Church and after her

husband’s death, took a more proactive role. She chaired the church’s Mission Committee, which led concert benefits, organized food donations to Interfaith’s Julia’s Pantry and attended Interfaith’s general membership meetings. “I think it’s one of gratitude and appreciation for Joan and her late husband Lee,” said Interfaith Executive Director Greg Anglea of the attitude of employees and

clients. “It’s an honor and also a big responsibility to be trusted with a sizable gift.” Before Joan Lee passed away, she decided to leave her and her husband’s legacy through the W. Lee James and Joan A. James Trust. Anglea said Joan Lee approached Interfaith several months before she died to discuss an estate gift and how she could help. As the talks progressed, Lee decided to

include Interfaith into the trust as a beneficiary. According to Interfaith, Joan James was passionate about helping the homeless and veterans. Their gift will also play a critical part in launching Interfaith’s new Recovery and Wellness Center, which provides safe shelter for homeless veterans and individuals battling addiction. The center will be reTURN TO INTERFAITH ON 15

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Escondido lands new hotel By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — After more than three decades, the city will finally land a hotel at La Terraza Boulevard. The council unanimously approved a 10-year financial incentive agreement with Excel Hotel Group, which will operate the 105-room La Terraza Springhill Suites hotel by Marriott Hotel. The franchise deal between Magnolia and Marriott runs 20 years. The incentive, meanwhile, will come from the transient occupancy tax (TOT) at a 50-50 split between the city and the hotel. According to City Manager Graham Mitchell, an independent review by Keyser-Marston set a target of a 12.5 percent rate of return through occupancy and average daily rate, which will generate millions of dollars over the next 10 years. Escondido’s offer, meanwhile, is for an estimated maximum of $1.8 million to Excel. The city’s cut of revenue would be an estimated


lando cast the lone dissenting vote. The project calls for 189 homes to be built on the 262 acre property in the city’s northern foothills and also will require that 124 acres be annexed into the city from the county by a vote of the Local Agency Formation Commission. While the project is smaller than previous iterations — originally Kubba proposed a 275-home project on the same footprint — residents, activists and environmental groups have contended that many of the impacts remain. Among the most prominent arguments made by the EHL in its lawsuit is that the city’s approval calls for conditions that run counter to what would be allowed under the county, especially in the matter of project density and habitat preservation. For example, much of the project rests in an area known as the North County Multiple Species Conservation Plan, which requires, among other things, a 1,000foot corridor for wildlife to pass through future development. According to the lawsuit, the project’s proposed wildlife corridor is 500 feet. The lawsuit also contends that the land that would be set aside in the county portion for open space (53 percent of the acreage) is less than the 75 percent the county would require under its rules. Additionally, the EHL contends that the project doesn’t adequately address the loss of about 77 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, which is considered endangered and home to endangered wildlife. Fire protection is also


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offer incentives because of their proximity to the beach, which is a major draw for tourists. Gallo was also concerned about the company not hitting their 12.5 percent projections and coming back to the council to ask for an extension on the deal. He noted, though, the positives of the deal such as property taxes and sales tax revenue from guests. “To have that Marriott sign up with be big for our community,” Gallo said. “Right now the best hotel we have is Best Western.” The property, meanwhile, has been undeveloped since the city’s founding and even after the city approved the lot of a hotel in the 1980s. In 1999, the council approved a modification for the La Terraza Corporate Center consisting of a 154-room hotel. However, a hotel never materialized, although a 24-Hour Fitness was constructed. Six years later, the city again approved a four-story, 100-room hotel, but the deal fell through.

$1.9 million during the 10year period. After the 10 years, 100 percent of the TOT would flow into city coffers. “The potential developer and operator formally presented the request to the city council’s economic subcommittee,” Mitchell said. David Ferguson of the Excel Hotel Group said his client initially offered a 60-40 split in favor of Excel, but accepted the 50-50 deal to expedite the process even though some additional financing will be needed. He also said if “all goes right,” the groundbreaking would be in two months. Once the discussion move the dais, the council backed the deal, but not without some questions. Councilwoman Olga Diaz said the city should establish standards for future hotel projects, such as incentives, so as to not undercut neighboring cities. However, Councilman Ed Gallo noted coastal communities such as Carlsbad, Oceanside and Encinitas don’t have to

districtwide, conclusions regarding adequacy of supplies are unsupported,” the lawsuit states. The Highlands project has been in the works for more than 30 years since Kubba purchased the property in 1981. Kubba originally proposed a 275-home development in 1990, but over time he has reduced the number of homes with each iteration of the project before finally settling on the 189-home version that received the Planning Commission approval in September. It was revived in late 2014 after developers temporarily shelved the plans, and has been very controversial in the communities immediately surrounding the project, which is proposed on 262 acres northwest of Palomar College. Consultants representing Kubba said that each variation of the project has improved it’s impact on the surrounding habitat, and that the current project calls to preserve 240 acres of open space. But opponents said the improvements don’t go far enough.

addressed in the lawsuit, as the EHL said the project doesn’t adequately address fire hazard mitigation due to its failure to address the high winds experienced during the 2007 fires and doesn’t require an evacuation plan for homeowners. Also, the lawsuit argues that while there are some requirements to prevent fires, such as creating defensible spaces around homes and prohibitions on certain plants being placed within 50 feet of the home, these requirements have no enforcement mechanism. And the lawsuit also addresses questions about the ability to provide adequate water for the project, piggybacking off of a Vallecitos Water District report that shows the district in a water deficit over the next 20 years. Vallecitos, which would serve a portion of the project (the Vista Irrigation District would support the other), cites a 2015 report that said that the district would be in a deficit in normal, dry year or multiple dry year scenarios. “If the district will not have adequate supplies



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Teen is semifinalist for Military Child of the Year By Promise Yee

SAN MARCOS — Sierra LeFlore is being recognized for being one smart cookie, volunteering, and demonstrating leadership skills. She has been named as a semifinalist for Marine Corps Military Child of the Year 2017. Six Military Child of the Year awards are given annually to kids who show excellence and face the demands of being a military child, which entail numerous moves and a parent’s deployment. Out of 400 nominees, 90 semifinalists are selected nationwide. Sierra is a senior at Mission Hills High School and holds a 5.0 GPA for advanced placement studies. She has served as a National Honor Society Project Leader throughout her high school years. But not all those years have been in the U.S. Sierra moved from Germany to California just before her senior year. Her mom, Kathy LeFlore, is proud of Sierra’s accomplishments and nominated her daughter for the recognition. “Sierra has always been a leader,” Kathy LeFlore said. “She was also the student who stepped up first when volunteers were requested in the classroom.” Sierra has been a member of numerous school clubs including the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Students 2 Students Ambassador, I Am AP Club and the Biology Club. This year her service

projects through those clubs included peer tutoring, assisting in the special education center, helping to organize and hold teacher breakfasts and providing free childcare on teacher work days. Additionally, Sierra uses

She was also the student who stepped up first when volunteers were requested in the classroom.” Kathy LeFlore Mother of Sierra LeFlore

her free period at school to serve as a teacher assistant. She also helps off-campus as a youth soccer team coach and has pitched in

during a beach cleanup. During her high school years Sierra has taken on a range of service opportunities from leading kids to healing animals. This past summer Sierra participated in Service and Leadership Training at Camp Crestridge for Girls. She helped with daily operational tasks and led campers in activities. Last year she served as a hands-on intern at Stuttgart Veterinarian Treatment Facility. There she learned how to handle animals, read X-rays, give shots, sterilize surgical tools and help the office run efficiently. Sports are also a big part of her life. Sierra was the cross country varsity captain throughout high school. She received the Department of Defense Education Athletic-Academic Excellence Award varsity letter in cross country. She equally excelled at TURN TO TEEN ON 9

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Robotics in hair restoration? It’s a buyer beware scenario OCEANSIDE — Robotics are becoming increasingly common in surgical procedures, and for good reason. However, no matter how efficient and precise a machine can be, when it comes to aesthetics there is no replacement for a highly skilled surgeon. Hair restoration is one such industry that is being flooded with robotic surgery, but its popularity doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your best choice. “Essentially what is happening is that robotic surgery is enabling less skilled surgeons to perform delicate procedures such as hair transplants,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD said. “And when you are trying to visually recreate what God gave you, it’s just not going to happen with a robot. There are problems with it.” Currently there are two main methods for hair

transplant. Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) and the more recent Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUG procedures, also known as the strip method, are done by taking a strip of a patient’s scalp and extracting donor harvesting from that strip. A robot cannot perform FUG procedures. FUE procedures, by contrast, involve extracting follicular units one hair at a time from the donor area. When it comes to FUE, Wagner advises patients to opt for the skill of a surgeon versus a robot. “The human eye can see things that a computer or robot can’t,” Wagner said. “At MyHairTransplantMD we pay the utmost attention to the artistic side of the procedure. We found that advanced technology is amazing, but in the wrong “Essentially what is happening is that robotic surgery is enabling less hands it yields bad results. skilled surgeons to perform delicate procedures such as hair transIf you’re looking for the plants,” says Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD in Oceanside. highest aesthetics, the best Courtesy photo

results, only a skilled surgeon can deliver that.” Hair restoration by robot is being offered more and more frequently at offices where FUE is just one of a menu of cosmetic procedures. “At MyHairTransplantMD, we do one thing and we do it extremely well,” Wagner said. “This isn’t something we decided to do on a whim or to keep up with the growing demand. It’s the only thing we do, and we stand by the results our surgeons deliver. Our team in particular has a more artistic approach than some of the other offices that might offer it.” Robotic surgery’s popularity is often attributed to the precision it offers and the elimination of the possibility for human error. However, robotic systems are prone to software and mechanical errors, and when you have less skilled surgeons performing sur-

gery in any capacity, the chances for mistakes may increase exponentially. “To anyone who says that robotic surgery is the way to go, and that surgery performed by hand is out of date, I say that there is valuable difference when choosing a surgeon over a robot when it comes to hair restoration,” Wagner said. “Studies have proven the dangers that can be associated with robotic surgery in any field. We feel strongly that what we do here is best done by hand, and done best by highly skilled, trained and experienced surgeons.” M y H a i rTr a n s p l a n tMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. For a complete explanation of pricing and procedures offered, or to schedule a free consultation, visit their website at or call the office at (800) 262-2017.


b e / w p - c onte nt / up loads / 2017/ 01/ 2017-Nomination-Form.pdf. Supporters can also promote their business by donating items to our silent and/or live auction. VOLUNTEER FOR FLOWER FIELDS Spring is right around the corner and The Flower Fields at 7220 Avenida Encinas, Suite 204, in Carlsbad, is seeking volunteers for the spring 2017 season to conduct children’s walking tours that begin in April. Sign up at theflowerfields. com. Volunteers must like flowers and must enjoy working with children and being outdoors. Experience is not required. For more information, contact Joni Miringoff at (760) 930-9123 ext. 118 or call (760) 930-9123. BUTTERFLIES AND STARS The last in the Sikes Saturday Series presents “Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to your Garden” at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m., “Astronomy-Super! Nova!” both
Jan. 28 at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. Register at The cost is $5. FRIENDSHIP GARDENERS The Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 28 to plant our own container with spring blooming bulbs. The club meets in members’ homes and newcomers are always welcome. Call (858) 755-6570 for meeting location. BILINGUAL BOOK CLUB Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club will start with “Historia de un canalla”/ “Story of a Sociopath,” by Julia Navarro at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. TURNER GALLERY The Herbert B. Turner Gallery at Southfair in Del Mar, presents a solo photography exhibit by

goon Foundation 5k/10k walk and fun run “Leprechaun Dash & Bash” March 11. Cost is $40 which includes lunch from Tip Top Meats, T-shirt, swag bag, bib, live music and a beer garden. The race is open to all age groups and celebrates the eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia and raises awareness about the lagoon. To register, go to JAN. 29 IT’S IN THE BAG Es- or call condido Public Library, (760) 804-1969. 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, now offers Kids Book FEB. 1 Club in a Bag for children SEASON FOR NON-VIages 9 to 12. Each bag is an OLENCE The San Dieguito all-in-one kit that includes Interfaith Ministerial Asmultiple copies of one juve- sociation hosts “A Season nile title, discussion ques- for Non-Violence,” with a tions, author information, kick-off event from 7 to and tips for conducting a 9 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Seabook club meeting. Bags side Center for Spiritual can be checked out for six Living, 1613 Lake Drive, weeks at the Customer Ser- Encinitas. It will include vice Desk with a Library a Community Resource card and a Book Club in a Center Domestic Violence Bag borrowing agreement, program, International signed by an adult or legal Rescue Committee Peaceguardian. For more infor- makers, Pacific Internamation, visit library.escon- tional Children’s Choir, or call Kristine the Encinitas Sheriff’s Macalalad at (760) 839- Department and FACESS 5458 - Freeing American Children from Exploitation and JAN. 30 Sexual Slavery. The season ‘BEAT BACK PAIN’ runs through April 4. “The Palomar Health will host Gandhi-King Season for a free “Beat Back Pain” Nonviolence “is a 64-day seminar from 6 to 7:30 campaign, co-founded in p.m. Jan. 30 at the Palomar 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi Medical Center Escondido, and The Association for 2nd Floor, Raymond Fami- Global New Thought. ly Conference Center, 2185 NEWCOMERS MEET Citracado Parkway, Escon- Carlsbad Newcomers will dido. Register at Palomar- present Kevin Brennan, or at Department of Fish and (800) 628-2880. Wildlife biologist, at 9:45 HELP FOR FOOD AD- a.m. Feb. 1 at the Carlsbad DICTS For anyone who has Senior Center, 799 Pine struggled for years to eat Ave., Carlsbad. No-host healthy foods and main- lunch will follow. For more tain a healthy weight, Food information call (760) 574Addicts Anonymous (FAA) 7472 or visit carlsbadnewmeets Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Pilgrim Church, TOAST M AST ERS 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carls- MORNING The North bad. Call Mary Rae at Coast Toastmasters will (760) 453-2130. beet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 1 at St. Peter’s EpisJAN. 31 copal Church, 334 14th St, LEPRECHAUN DASH Del Mar. For more informaRegister now for the Tip tion, call (760) 402-4759 or Top/Agua Hedionda La- email

CATHOLIC MEET-UP The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend the “Zydeco Patrol” concert at California Center for the Arts with dinner to follow at Dominic’s Italian restaurant, Escondido. Reservations are necessary at (858)674-4324.

FEB. 3 MAKE THEM SHINE The second annual SHINE Arts Showcase and Inclusive Dance for children with special needs will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3, at Ocean Knoll Elementary School, 910 Melba Rd, Encinitas, to promote the fine and performing arts to children with special needs and their families. The SHINE Project Foundation works to provide inclusive enrichment events for children with special needs in the North County Coast, by partnering with local businesses and organizations. For more information, visit

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JAN. 27 TOWN HALL The North County LGBTQ Resource Center will host a Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Oceanside Public Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Meet LGBTQ-supportive officials and learn about the center. LIVING WELL El Corazon Projects in Oceanside and Highland Games: Heavy Athletics will be the topics for LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College lifelong learning group starting at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. FRIENDS OF JUNG Del Mar Friends of Jung host a Friday lecture on “The Role of Love in the Right Use of Power,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar and a Saturday Workshop for participants to explore the personal relevance of Jung’s statement about love and power, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar. NOMINATIONS NEEDED Vista Chamber of Commerce invites all to nominate a company for the Best in 2016 award, to be presented at its Heroes of Vista event April 21, at the Carlsbad Sheraton The gala proceeds will Benefit Vista Education Foundation. Table sponsorship (table of eight) is $1,250. For information or an application, visit http://vistacham-

Michael Orenich, of his journey to Cuba, Mongolia, Morocco and other destinations in “Retrospective, A World Journey” through March at 42010 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. A black-tie optional opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Free parking.

FEB. 2 MONTH OF LOVE Oceanside Valentine’s Week celebration will run Feb. 2 through Feb. 14 with a gigantic 25-foot heartshaped balloon making appearances over the 12 days at different locations, and businesses and attractions celebrating love of all kinds. For more information, visit FIGHTING DOMESTIC ABUSE National Association for Female Executives (Nafe) Escondido presents “Healing Journey thru Fashion” with 13-year-old Anika of Anika’s Pink Closet, at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Cocina del Charro, 690 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Anika’s sister was killed by her abusive husband and her store supports organizations against domestic violence. The network meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Cocona Del Charro. Cost is $15 for the lecture. Lunch is separate. For more information, visit Join the Nafe Meet up page at AFRICA TRAVEL TIPS Del Mar Library hosts Local Ian Hirschsohn, as she facilitates a new monthly Affordable African Travel group on the first Thursday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666.

MARK THE CALENDAR WRITERS’ GROUP Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Registration is required at KIDS IN THE GARDEN The Kids in the Garden classes begin again from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 11 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive. Cost is $5 per child age 3 and over, and $5 per adult. Register now at farmerjonesavbg@gmail. com or (760) 822-6824. LAGOON FUN RUN Registration is open now for the Love your Lagoon Fun Run from 9 TO 11 a.m. Feb. 12. Love to run trails? Doug Gibson, the Conservancy’s executive director and expert trail runner, is leading the pre-Valentine’s Day run. Runners can choose a distance with 3-mile and 5-mile options, with Valentine treats at the end. The run is for ages 13 and older. Cost for Conservancy members $5, public $10. Register at

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Encinitas local wins hit television show ‘Cake Wars’ By Rebecca Sykes

ENCINITAS — Have you ever dreamed of competing on the hit television show “Cake Wars?” Encinitas local Monika Stout lived that dream by not only competing on the show, but also by taking home top prize from the Food Network hit series. Before winning “Cake Wars,” Stout took an adult education cake-decorating class at La Costa Canyon High School 14 years ago to create birthday cakes for her children Kelsey and Griffin. However, she didn’t know this would soon become a passion. “I just thought I could make cakes for my kid’s birthdays, but once I made my first cake, I knew I was meant to do this,” Stout said. Eventually, Stout wanted to challenge herself by competing on “Cake Wars.” “I wanted a challenge and to prove to myself that even if you’ve never been to culinary school, you can still succeed in the cake world,” said Stout.



soccer. She served as the soccer junior varsity captain in grades nine, 10 and 11. Additionally she received a varsity letter in soccer, and played on the winning 2016 All-European Team. Her list of accomplishments is long and places her among the best. “All Military Child of the Year nominees are amazing,” Stephen Thomas, Operation Homefront regional communications manager, said. “They perform spectacularly in the classroom, embody strength of character and contribute tirelessly to

The show consists of two rounds, on the second and final round, a winner is chosen. Contestants have to choose at least two of the ingredients given for their cakes. The contestants are given 75 minutes for the first round and four hours for the second round to bake and decorate the cakes. The judges rate the cakes on taste and design, then one team is eliminated based on the judge’s decision. Stout and her good friend/assistant, Louise Pass, made a pizza cake which contained a tomato spice cake with a mascarpone caramel buttercream sprinkled with candied pepperonis with cay- Encinitas baker Monika Stout, foreground, takes her cake making skills enne pepper and covered in to the Food Network Show “Cake Wars,” earlier this month. Stout won the competition with help from her friend Louise Pass. Courtesy photo dark chocolate ganache. For the second and final round, Stout and Pass created a Ninja Turtle cake with a mocha dark chocolate with butterscotch swiss meringue buttercream sprinkled with candied pecans and covered in dark chocolate ganache. “For taste the Round One Pizza Cake is definitethe betterment of their communities while they endure the challenges inherent in military life. Sierra LeFlore is one of those standout students who reached the semifinals.” Other semifinalists from California include Isabelle Richards, 12, of Jamul, and Reagan Warrick, 12, of El Cajon. Both are Navy military children. Finalists will be announced in mid-February. Winners representing the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard will be selected in early March. They will each receive $10,000. For more information, go to

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the icing on the cake,” said Stout. Stout has lived in Encinitas with her husband Kevin for 31 years. In 2004 Stout had been diagnosed with breast cancer and finished treatment in 2005. Stout volunteered with a team to raise money for San Diego Susan G. Komen in 2008. As captain, her team, Walk Now Wine Later, raised the highest fund with $176,000. Fans eager to try Stout’s unique cakes can order through her website/business or by calling her at (760) 8030869. Customers can pick up these custom made cakes in Encinitas or the orders can be delivered throughout San Diego County.

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A story told through every snap of the shutter hit the road e’louise ondash


ichael Ambrose has to re-schedule our phone interview because nature is

calling. No, not THAT nature, but the kind you see in Yosemite National Park — grand, gorgeous and greater-than-life. Ambrose, a professional photographer, moved our interview to mid-morning because he needed the afternoon hours to explore the park’s landscape ahead of an eminent big snow. “My wife, Kristen and I, are going to head out on snowshoes to check out a potential new picture,” Ambrose explains in a phone interview from his home near the park’s edge. “I’m hoping for a photo of fresh snow, untracked. After a storm, the sky is always very dramatic. It’s an opportunity for the sun to drop below the clouds and light everything up.” Ambrose always speaks of photos in the singular; each picture of his beloved Sierra Nevada mountains is carefully considered, both aesthetically and economically, before he commits a permanent image on 4-inch-by-5-inch slides. (A box of 20 costs about $100). Even with a recent switch to digital, Ambrose has a story to accompany each photo. “I think about them one at

This iconic view of Yosemite National Park is known as Gates of the Valley. El Capitan is on the left; the Merced River in the foreground. It was captured in 2015 by Michael Ambrose to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the park. As the photographer and wife, Kristen, endured an autumn rain storm, a rainbow formed, bridging El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls. Photo by Michael Ambrose

a time,” he explains. “I typically pre-visualize something. I come up with an idea on a hike and most often the photo doesn’t materialize until a set of conditions happen. Weather and light all have to come together… More often than not, I come out empty-handed. When it does happen, though, I feel as if I’ve closed a circle.” It happened with the image he captured of the iconic Gates of the Valley view.

“Kristen and I found ourselves enjoying a fall storm while walking around the western edge of the valley,” Ambrose recalls. “While rain poured on us, an outstanding rainbow formed right over El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls. Kristen did her best to keep the umbrella over me while I worked as quickly as possible.” Another photo of approximately the same view yields entirely different colors and mood. On this

expedition, Ambrose had left the park because conditions didn’t look promising. But then the storm began to break up and he reversed course. “After a long cold wait something magical began to happen,” 48-year-old Ambrose remembers. “The clouds were settling onto the floor of the valley... I was watching the strongest image I had ever seen unfold before my eyes. The light was failing fast as I counted down a

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60-second exposure out loud. By the end of the exposure, it was so much darker (outside) that I decided to add some exposure time…” The shot became his “signature piece.” Ambrose, who has been making a living with his photos since 2002, came to photography through a near-fatal accident. About 20 years ago, while living on Catalina Island, he took a cross-country hike alone. While scrambling down a canyon, he fell “a long ways,” and remained unconscious for three days. Among his injuries were “a lot of broken bones and torn lungs.” On the fourth day, having had no food or water, Ambrose managed to crawl down to the ocean and was rescued by paramedics. While in intensive care, his parents gave him a 35-millimeter Nikon camera. “It was like they were telling me I would get better,” he says. While in a wheelchair for six months, Ambrose read about the art of photography and famous photographers like Ansel Adams. “It fired my imagination. (Learning about photography) really helped me when I couldn’t move.” With the abundance of rain and snow that California is receiving, Ambrose predicts many opportunities to create memorable images of the Sierra Nevada in the coming year months. Ambrose’s photos can be seen and purchased on his website E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@


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Here and there in the wine world taste of wine frank mangio


Brian Gruber is owner of Notorious Burgers in Carlsbad, which offers an extensive menu with something for just about everyone and an extensive local beer. Photo courtesy Notorious Burgers

A conversation with Brian Gruber from Notorious Burgers in Carlsbad

was a great point in my life and a lot of fun. In 2007, I met my soon to be wife and we had a baby. So I needed to get a job that would supply some insurance. I went to work for US Foods. During my stint at US Foods, I took an in depth training course on what it takes for a restaurant to succeed. Then the opportunity to purchase the already opened Notorious Burgers came along. With my culinary knowledge and newfound knowledge of the restaurant industry, we decided to dive in headfirst.


was turned on to Notorious Burgers from a friend that lives in the neighborhood who raves about their burgers and their “Cardiff Crack� sandwich. I discovered it’s an extensive menu with something for just about everyone and an extensive local beer. I sat down with owner Brian Gruber recently to learn more about how Notorious Burgers. Here are some highlights from that conversation.

You are a Carlsbad native. Tell me about growing up here and your early culinary influences. I couldn’t have grown up in a better place. In my opinion, North County San Diego is the best spot to live in the entire U.S. Where else can you surf, snowboard, motocross and visit a foreign country, all within an hour and a half car ride? When I was younger, that is all I did was surf, snowboard and eat burritos from Juanita’s taco shop. My early culinary influences were my grandmother on my mom’s side and watching cooking shows. My grandmother, or “Oma� as I would call her, was always in the kitchen whipping up some delicious Indonesian dish. The cooking techniques and various intrigued me at a young age.

How did the restaurant come to be and what was behind its prohibition and gangster theme? My good buddy, Joey Maggiore, came up with the theme of the restaurant, and then I took it and ran with it. It is fun to come up with the names of the menu items. I think the names make it a little more fun and interesting.’ Your menu is extensive and the dishes all have unique names. Tell me about the menu development and mix of dishes. The concept that we took over was mainly burgers and fries. Seeing the “gourmet burger� trend come into full effect, I needed to differentiate myself from all of the “better burger� chains that were popping up all over the place. I didn’t want to be stuck in the “burger� category, so I decided to expand the menu to cater to what my customers were asking for. Now you can find anything from bacon wrapped chicken wings, to Kung pao Brussels, poke tacos, Mexican shrimp cocktail, or a Chicago dog. Everyone can find something that caters to them on our menu.

Tell me about your road to opening Notorious, were you kitchen trained or did you attend culinary school? I really had no formal training, just a love for For folks that have not food and unique flavors. been to Notorious yet, what Before Notorious Burgers, TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 15 I was a private chef. That

he New Year is off to a speedy yet wet start for wine

events. Word from Napa Valley is that flooding is causing great concern for the 2017 vintage. On the bright side, the drought seems done and over with in California. You have to know the rainy season is getting extreme when rain is in its third week in the Palm Springs, where I spent time with my close friend Mike Grgich, the pioneer winemaker who created the foundation for Napa Valley wine greatness. Grgich has been my hero since I began writing on wine in 2005. His rise in the ‘60s and ‘70s as a premier winemaker is well known. This year, Grgich and family are celebrating their 40th anniversary since founding Grgich Hills Estate in the Rutherford district in 1977. His current release 2013 Merlot is one to taste ($43). Consistent sunshine and temperatures have created a complex, excellently balanced wine. As Grgich determined, “this is a Cabernet lover’s Merlot.� Croatian born and raised, Grgich and his daughter Violet, established a Croatian winery in 1996, Grgic’ Vina, over-

Wine columnist Frank Mangio, left, visits with Napa Valley wine pioneer Mike Grgich and samples his new release 2013 Merlot. Photo courtesy Frank Mangio

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Dr. Joe Stanford, right, artistic director of Escondido Choral Arts Foundation, will be conducting a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem” Jan. 29. Stanford has become a doppelganger of sorts to the German composer. Courtesy photo

Brahms look-alike brings composer’s music to life By Jamie Higgins

ESCONDIDO — Johannes Brahms is alive and well in North San Diego County — sort of. Brahms’ doppelganger and long-time San Diego musician and educator, Dr. Joe Stanford has loved the composer’s music for over 40 years. Stanford will conduct the Center Chorale and the Pacific Coast Chorale with the Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ great masterwork, “A German Requiem” Jan. 29, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This vocal and orchestral tour-de-force is a largescale work that established Brahms as a major composer.

“It is rare to be able to hear this great work with 100 voices and full, professional symphony orchestra right here in our own community,” said Stanford. The work was also revolutionary for its time. Unlike traditional requiems, Brahms’ was not written for the dead — but for the living. It was also written in German rather than Latin. “The requiem is serious in that it is about our mortality and mourning, coupled with exuberant expressions of faith and hope. It is also about joy and our connection to each other,” said Stanford. Maybe that’s why Brahms referred to his work as a “human requiem,” ac-

cording to Stanford. While Brahms’ requiem is a spiritual work at its core, it is a piece of music that is accessible to all. “The expression of text and power of the music reaches into our hearts no matter what our religious preference may be,” said Stanford. The performance will also include videotaped footage of the performers sharing their feelings about what Brahms’ requiem means to them. Stanford, a former Palomar College music teacher and currently artistic director of Escondido Choral Arts Foundation, was pleased to introduce this great music to so many singers for the first time.

“It takes real vocal stamina and focus to perform the Requiem,” he said. “This concert fits the goal of Escondido Choral Arts to educate, challenge and expand our musical horizons at the same time we are bringing great music to our community.” It is also a piece of music that is very special to him. “It’s stunningly beautiful and its emotion lifts me. It is a very spiritual piece for me personally,” said Stanford. Tickets to Brahms’ “A German Requiem” are available at (800) 988-4253 or online at For more info about Escondido Choral Arts Foundation, visit

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JAN. 27 SONGWRITER IN CONCERT A concert with singer-songwriter Peter Mayer will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Founders Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach. Purchase tickets at http:// p et e r m aye r2 017uu fs d . FOLK MUSIC AND MORE Happy Traum, fingerstyle guitarist, songwriter and interpreter of folk songs presents The Greenwich Village Folk Revival and Woodstock Scene at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. Cost: $18, 12 and under free. For more information and tickets visit sdFolkHeritage. org. ENCINITAS CHORALE Hear “Voices of the Inner Spirit,” with the Roger Anderson Chorale, new Encinitas-based auditioned adult chorus, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas and again at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive. Cost is $15, $10 military, at the door.

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Siro Cugusi through Feb. 18. Born in Italy in 1980, Cugusi works and lives in Sardinia. He has exhibited widely throughout Italy. Siro’s residency piece will realize as a large oil abstract painting. For more information, visit

CABARET CACCIA The chamber folk duo Cabaret Caccia: Bulgarian Song with vocalist Kate Conklin and Bryan Landers, banjo will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Cost is $20 online at event/2571308 or $25 at the door. JAN. 30 ‘RED HOT LOVER’ The Carlsbad Playreaders invite you to go back to the ’60s with the “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” by Neil Simon, directed by Jill Drexler featuring Sandy Campbell, Cris O’Bryon, Amanda Sitton and Michelle Marie Trester, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, free at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad. Seating is first-come, firstserved. YOUTH ART EXHIBIT The Public Arts Commission presents “Vista Visions,” a Vista youth art exhibition, on view now through Feb. 17, at the Civic Gallery, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista. The exhibition’s theme, “kindness,” depicts through art the meaning of the theme to each artist. The gallery is open during regular Civic Center hours, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and every other Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information, visit

JAN. 28 ART OF INDIGO Learn Shibori, the Japanese tradition of Indigo Fabric Dying from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Art Lounge on 101, 816 S. Coast Highway 101. Cost is $70. Students leave the class with several dyed garments. Instructor; Amanda Letscher. For more information, call (858) 442-8666. TRIO CONCERT Enjoy a free concert by the Orvieto Piano Trio, Lauren Basney, violin; Daniel Frankhuizen, cello and Byron Chow, piano, at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, JAN. 31 Encinitas. ART ANOTHER WAY The Oceanside Museum JAN. 29 NEW ARTIST AT LUX of Art invites the commuLux Art Institute, 1550 S nity to Art Making With El Camino Real, Encinitas, TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 13 welcomes Italian artist,

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When winter is a concept beyond the ken of our California kids small talk jean gillette This column originally ran in 1998. s temperatures dropped here recently, my husband and I were waxing eloquent about winter. Remember, winter is a concept somewhat beyond the ken of our California-born-and-bred bambinos. These would be the same children who haven’t owned a coat in five years. For that very reason, we were broadening their



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scope with tales of true winter conditions we had experienced in our day. They were hanging on our every word, of course, as teenagers always do. My husband did get their attention briefly with stories of the winter he spent in Chicago a few years ago when it hit 19 degrees below zero plus wind chill. We put this in context by pointing out that around here it never even gets to 19 degrees above zero. “Why did people settle in places like that?” my child asked ingenuously. As we sat on our neighbor’s balcony, watching the palm trees sway beneath a clear, blue sky, I had to really think a minute to come up with a reason.

I could only suppose that since most of the early immigrants came from equally miserable and frigid locales, it didn’t seem all that peculiar. They weren’t expecting better weather. They just wanted somewhere with more land and fewer landlords. You have to notice pretty quickly, however, that the settlers moved steadily west. I don’t believe I ever read about an explorer who landed in Mexico or California, checked out the sun, surf and sand and then insisted on moving east. I’ve been warm and I’ve been cold. Warm is better. I have it on solid authority that even if you have moved from frosty climes, a few California

winters under your belt will make you molt. You lose your edge. A winter day with temperatures below 60 becomes a day to remark upon. Our sinuses slam shut if a ceiling fan is cranked up too high. Once you learn you can usually leave the house without a coat, hat or gloves, there’s no going back. I work alongside a former Nebraskan who howled with laughter when she spotted a photo of some man in the snow in Julian. The caption read something about him being amazed because he was “up to his ankles in a foot of snow after the heavy storm that blanketed the Southern California

mountains.” “Whoopee. Up to his ankles!” she sneered. “That’s a spring day in Nebraska.” Then she went home to Nebraska for a visit. Upon her return, she was considerably chastened, admitting reluctantly that she had been cold the entire time and, very frankly, didn’t plan to be that cold again if she had a choice. No doubt her relatives tsk-tsked her, noting how pathetic she was after living too long out in that lackluster, half-baked, no-changing-leaves, neve r- b e low- 5 0 - deg re e s , namby-pamby, probablydoesn’t-rain-much-either California. But as they scraped the ice from their car windows and waited for

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FEB. 2 BLACK VIOLIN Violin virtuosos, Black Violin, play the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, in the Concert Hall, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $20 to $40 at (800) 988-4253 or ‘ON GOLDEN POND’ Vista’s Broadway Theater presents “On Golden Pond,” Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1

In loving memory of

Mary “Lois” Hinds August 4, 1919 – January 7, 2017

Lois passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 97 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Lois was a longtime resident of Oceanside and Carlsbad until 8 years ago when she moved to Mission Viejo to be closer to family. Lois was born in Patrick County, VA to James O. Newman and Mattie Adams Newman. She did not like her first name of “Mary” so changed it on her own at the age of 5 to “Lois”. Lois graduated from Martin Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in NC and entered the Navy Nurse Corp in 1945. Lois married George Hinds August 18, 1946 in Washington DC; they had met while George was a patient at

the Naval hospital where Lois was a Navy nurse. Lois and George moved to Oceanside in 1957 when George, a career Marine, was transferred to Camp Pendleton. She worked for Dr. Schultz in Oceanside for many years and later worked at Carlsbad by the Sea. She finally retired at the age of 76. Lois was active in the local Republican Women’s Association and was a member of the Carlsbad Community Church. Lois loved to travel and had visited Australia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in addition to many States in the U.S. She loved to visit her family in Virginia and George’s family in New York. She was preceded in death by her husband George and her 6 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her two sons George Edward Hinds, Jr. of Merced, CA and Samuel Kyle Hinds of Mission Viejo, CA. Lois also had three grandchildren Cristi Hinds Schumacher of Atwater, CA, David Hinds of Quincy, CA and Erik Hinds of Oceanside, CA in addition to four great granddaughters, McKenzie and Grace Schumacher of Merced, CA and Claire and Leah Hinds of Quincy, CA.

the snowplows to come by again they heard the siren song. They couldn’t help but notice that while her lips were blue, her skin was no longer was the color of an uncooked potato pirogue. It was truly too much to resist. Next week she’s making up the guestroom. The relatives are on their way. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer still using two down comforters. You can contact her at jgillette@


MARK THE CALENDAR LCC ART FEST La Costa Canyon High School presents a day showcasing art from several departments at its first Maverick Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4, on the LCC Campus, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad. It includes the works of art students from LCC and from other district elementary and middle-school classes. Live demos and performances will be held throughout the




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hargers? Not sure that name still rings a bell. OK, the San Diego Chargers? Got it. It’s that ungrateful bunch that delivered a stiff-arm and a one-finger salute to a region after nearly six decades of the team’s fans passionately supporting an inferior product, and honestly, it did sting. The manner in which they bolted from town for the city with brown air and Dodger Blue left a mark. And that sensation lasted about a week. With the Chargers thumbing their nose at America’s Finest City, Mission Valley is being eyed for a new sports complex, one that includes futbol instead of football. You can always get your kicks on Route 66, but by 2020, they’ll likely be available just off Interstate 8 and Interstate 15 as well. A chunk of asphalt is also being set aside just in case the NFL wants to hang its shingle in these parts again. But really, is that a conglomerate anyone wants to do business with? Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice is what likely happens if joining hands with the NFL again. The quickness in which developers swooped in was revealing. It showed that the 166 acres is an amazing blank canvas for a fan-friendly stadium, San Diego State dorms and a plush park along the San

Diego River. It also served as an example of what can be accomplished when an entrepreneur offers his hand to write the check to fund his vision, instead of showing an open palm seeking taxpayers’ funds. So we got that going for us and that’s right up the North County pipeline. Cruise our area any Saturday and the fields are filled with soccer games. We’ve heard the argument that soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and the fastest growing one in America. If all that is true, why not hitch our wagon to a future, which includes it? But it’s not just what’s happening in Mission Valley, an area that was once home to dairy farms. The sour taste the Chargers left in everyone’s mouth is easy to rinse away with North County events and athletes. The Farmers Insurance Open just laid claim to Torrey Pines Golf Course and maybe that’s what chased the wet weather away. If TV viewers aren’t jealous of where we live, then their reception must rival the video boards at Qualcomm Stadium. And the field was filled with locals: Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman (Rancho Santa Fe), Pat Perez and Michael Kim (Torrey Pines High) and J.J. Spain and Xander Schauffele (San Diego State). Plus Encinitas’ Dennis Paulson, a former pro, is commentating on the PGA Tour’s Sirius XM Radio network. Then there’s TaylorMade, which Tiger Woods has taken a liking to. He’s bag now includes its woods TURN TO PARIS ON 15


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SAN DIEGO — By this time, Jamie Lovemark will have been re-introduced, in a way, to the North Course of Torrey Pines Golf Course. Prior to teeing it up at the Farmers Insurance Open, which started this week, he’d only seen pictures of the newly renovated North Course. But Lovemark, 28, who grew up in Rancho Santa Fe and had played Torrey Pines probably 20 times before turning pro, was already familiar with the North Course’s tricky ways and long, narrow fairways. “It looks great,” Lovemark said of the photos he’s seen of the renovated course. He was speaking from La Quinta last week while playing in the CareerBuilder Challenge. “I thought it was pretty sneaky hard before, so I’m sure it’ll be even harder now,” he said. Still, having the Torrey Pines Golf Course nearby while growing up, playing it with family and friends and going to past tournaments as a spectator walking outside the ropes, he does feel a certain sense of local knowledge to the course. Now, walking inside the ropes on that course, in a field of great players, is really neat, he said. “It’s one of the most beautiful and challenging and demanding courses on tour,” Lovemark said. Though Lovemark is no stranger to playing alongside some talented golfers. As a Torrey Pines High School golfer, he and his teammates had achieved a number of impressive successes. “Torrey (Pines High School) always had a great golf program, so I was surrounded by a bunch of really

Rancho Santa Fe native Jamie Lovemark is back at Torrey Pines Golf Course, a familiar spot for the 28-year-old golfer that has grown up around the public course. Courtesy photo

great players…great competition. We had a good enough team to win state (in 2006), and always playing against the best teams in high school was huge.” After moving away in 2010 to undertake his collegiate golf career at USC, Lovemark said he hasn’t made it back to his hometown as often as he’d like. His family, he explained, all moved away at the same time he did, though he still has friends in the area.

Despite missing the cut last week at La Quinta, Lovemark is coming off a good 2016, and has placed getting his first win on the PGA Tour as one of his biggest goals for 2017. Before La Quinta, he made five cuts in the six events he played in this year. Last year he played in 26 events, achieving the biggest earnings of his golfing career, yet, including his best PGA finish — second place at the ZuTURN TO LOVEMARK ON AX

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he future of competitive soccer in North County is looking bright

for 2017. This week, the North County Battalion, an adult soccer team established in

2015, announced a team rebranding to the “SoCal Surf,” and a new home venue in downtown Carlsbad. Matches in the 2017 spring season will now be played in the Army & Navy Academy’s Maffucci Field, at the western edge of Carlsbad Village, just a couple blocks away from pubs, bars and restaurants. Previously, they were held in 4S Ranch. This news follows a November announcement that the team is partnering with San Diego Surf, a top youth soccer club, to join the Premier Development League

(PDL) as the latest “Path to Pro” soccer franchise in the United States. In a release, team founder and CEO Jason Barbato expressed enthusiasm for the next development phase of his soccer club. “By rebranding as SoCal Surf, joining the PDL, and relocating our home matches to beautiful downtown Carlsbad, we are further fulfilling this promise and ensuring that we provide the entire San Diego community with the soccer club they deserve, a soccer club with deep roots, proud tradition, and a bright future,” Barbato said in the release. Kudos to the SoCal Surf. In my prior interviews with Barbato, there was always a strong sense of vision, optimism, and hard work driving his efforts and building the franchise. Combined with talented players, coaches and wins on the field, So Cal Surf has in short order made the most of their opportunities. While I preferred the original team name and logo, I imagine there will probably be a broader brand appeal and more sponsorship opportunities as the SoCal Surf. I’m particularly excited about the move to downtown Carlsbad, The Carlsbad Village Transit Station is less than a five minute walk from the home venue, allowing fans from as far away as Los Angeles and Orange County

to take public transit (Coaster, Amtrak) to games. As a Carlsbad resident, I’ve seen new dining concepts and activity emerge in the Village in just the last six months — I know my town will be happy to host fans before and after matches. In a post-Chargers sports world, I’m eager to see where soccer takes us as a community. There’s a new proposal from private investors for a new Major League Soccer team expansion franchise in San Diego, along with a new soccer stadium within the old Qualcomm Stadium footprint. There are a lot of steps and “ifs” to make this dream a reality, and even if all goes well, that first MLS home opener would take place years from now. In the meantime, there are competitive soccer athletes playing their hearts out in North County that need our support. We’re still a few months away from the start of the season, but we’ll have more details soon. SoCal Surf’s season schedule will be released Feb. 4, and the first game is already set for the first weekend in May. I hope you’ll join me and attend the season opener in Carlsbad this spring — circle the date on your calendar! Vince Vasquez is an avid soccer fan and a Carlsbad resident. Go Surf!

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here,” said Loretta McKinney, the city’s director of library and community services. In Escondido, the only other skate park is the skate center in city-owned Kit Carson Park. Delgado said he doesn’t go to the skate center mostly because the obstacles there are meant more for scooters. A lot of the kids living in the area of the proposed skate park don’t necessarily have the transportation to cross town to use the skate center, according to Danielle Lopez, director of community services, who, along with McKinney, wrote the staff report on the skate park. And the skate center does charge a fee to use the facility. The proposed skate park would be free to use. Earlier in the month, Lopez and McKinney hosted a


the Stand Down everyone wanted to help. All kinds of clothing donations were collected, including business clothes for job interviews and work. In addition to collect-


rich Classic of New Orleans. He finished tied for 31st at the Farmers Insurance Open last year. With most of the county still drying out from the heavy storms of recent weeks, a soggy, wet golf course doesn’t sound like such a bad thing to Lovemark. “I’ve always carried it a long way, so it’s definitely advantageous for me to play a wet course. That being said, I’m sure the rough will be even longer and thicker,” he said. “There’s pros and cons to


vinegar. Use a pump and stopper to get the air out of the bottle before it accumulates and you can extend the time in a bottle to four days. If the bottle has a twist cap, you can get a week out of it. Another thing that will help longevity is to keep it in a refrigerator after opening and buy quality wines whose tannins will help preserve its life to a week. Did you know that one of the foremost Port and Sherry style wineries is in Vista? ric Brooking took us back to the pre-prohibition days in the city of Vista and other North San Diego County hubs that were making wine, especially fortified wine. Some 120 wineries were producing fortified wine before Prohibition. When that hideous law swept across America,



T he C oast News - I nland E dition rally for the new skate park and to gather input from local skaters on what kinds of obstacles and designs they’d like to see. Plenty of skateboarders, along with scooter riders, placed stickers on images of various parks and designs they’d like to ride. The proposal calls for building the new skate park, anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000-square feet, where the existing basketball courts are now, and move the courts over to where the tennis courts are. The move would allow for larger basketball courts, while getting rid of the tennis courts, which are under-utilized, McKinney explained. Any timeframe for the project to get going will depend on whether the council agrees to move it forward, though McKinney said a typical design time would take anywhere from six to eight months. Funding for the proj-

ect, which was estimated at $250,000 will also have to be secured, but would likely come through multiple sources, Lopez explained, including grants, and potentially through private and corporate donations. The majority of the obstacles would be constructed from concrete, which reduces maintenance costs, compared to wood ramps that can be damaged from weather. Most of the ramps and obstacles at the skate center are still made from wood. According to McKinney, what they’re hoping will happen if the skate park is built, is that the neighborhoods and businesses nearby will also benefit from it. “It just really adds to that whole neighborhood concept that you want people to move here because you’re providing for the youth who’s typically ignored. You’re providing an activity for them to come use at their leisure,” McKinney said.

ing gently used clothes, donations of new socks and underwear were also gathered. As another step to prepare, Foster will give service providers a tour of the grounds and available accommodations this Friday. The North San Diego County Veterans Stand

Down takes place Jan. 27 to Jan. 29. Preregistration is required of veterans in need of services, and volunteers. Shuttle service to the event will be provided at eight stops in Oceanside, and seven stops in Escondido. For more information visit

everything.” And for all that talk of Lovemark making a comeback to his professional career following back surgery in 2011, he said he’s a longtime removed from that. The surgery to repair a herniated disc some six years ago may have cost him a couple of years on the tour, he said. “I feel great now and golf’s a long career,” he added. “I have to keep improving,” he said. “I’m definitely down the right path, so I have to keep getting better. All these guys out here are extremely good and the fields are so deep nowadays that anybody can win. The

competition’s always stiff.” Lovemark began the tournament on the South Course Thursday at 9:40 a.m., and with a tee time for round 2 Friday on the North Course at 10:40 a.m. He’s paired with golfers John Huh from Dallas, Texas and Michael Kim, also from Dallas, Texas. Another notable Rancho Santa Fe resident and golfer Phil Mickelson teed off on the 10th tee of the North Course Thursday morning. The Farmers Insurance Open runs from Jan. 26 through Jan. 29. For tickets and more information visit farmers

most of the wineries in San Diego County were wiped out and swept into the history books. Brooking and his family survived and mastered the technique of fortification, where grapes grown in a warm, Mediterranean climate like Vista has, were fermented and interrupted by the addition of grape brandy, retaining the natural sugars. The grapes used are Tempranillos. He also makes Muscat Canelli Angelica on his six-acre estate. Wines are $49 per bottle. See

Ocean Beach is having a wine and yoga event Jan. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $40. Check out details at, or call (619) 991-9911. Wine 101 — Vino with Gino, is the first class with master sommelier Gino Campbell at PAON in Carlsbad. First intro class is $19. For more on this wine program, email Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula Wine Country is planning another Reserve Zinfandel and Chocolate Dinner Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. You get five glasses of wine with four-paired food courses, all infused with chocolate. Call (888) 98-WIENS (94367) for details.

Wine Bytes 2Plank Vineyards in Vista is having its Estate Release party Jan. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is $10 for non-members. Their new address is 2379 La Mirada Dr. For more information, call (858) 500-7757. This is the only San Diego urban winery that grows their own grapes. Gianni Buonomo Vintners, an urban winery in

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along Civic Center Drive and along a short length of South Santa Fe. Five par-



disagrees that there is short staffing and points to an ancillary nursing staff increase by 18.7 FTEs since July 2016. Hospital administration says state-mandated ratios are consistently complied with and that the hospital pays “premium dollars” to fill shifts. There are also active procedures to deal with unexpected staff reductions, which include temporary closure of some beds. “If the ER is short staffed RNs, due to absences planned or unplanned, we may suspend some beds until staffing is rectified,” David Bennett, TCMC chief marketing officer, said. Additionally, wait


named in the James’ honor. “It’s huge because our hope is to be able to use the gift to purchase a home for our Recovery and Wellness Center, which is a new program,” Anglea explained. “We haven’t started it yet because it doesn’t have a home. It’ll be a place to help extremely low-income and homeless individuals who are struggling with addiction and mental health.” Interfaith provides



and irons and that’s a nice plum for the Carlsbad-based company. At the high school level on the boys basketball front, it’s clear where the best ball is being played. Our locale is showing its prowess with three teams — Torrey Pines (No. 3),


are some of your favorites from each of those menu sections? My favorites include our Capone burger and bang-bang Brussels. Recently, I have been devouring our “Napoleon” dip, which is a play on the classic French dip. You also have an extensive list of beers on tap, how do you come up with your tap mix? Local first. We are currently the only restaurant (that I am aware of) in San Diego County that has said “NO” to conglomerate beer brands such as Anheuser Busch. We like to support all the little guys in the industry. Heck, they are producing phenomenal beer and they are right in my backyard.

cels were changed back to commercial uses only, including at Breeze Hill Road and Melrose Drive, Bobier Drive and Sports Park, the Stater Bros plaza on Bobi-

er Drive at North Santa Fe Drive, the Vons on South Santa Fe, and at a few properties on South Santa Fe that currently have auto repair shops.

times in the ER have been reduced by more than 40 minutes. “Patient care and staff safety has always been the utmost priority at Tri-City Healthcare District,” Bennett said. “We have always taken our roles as administrators seriously and continually implement proactive actions every shift, every day to ensure appropriate staffing, capacity and safety.” Tavares said Tri-City nurses are speaking up to protect patients. She added the solution is adequate planning, and keeping patients’ needs a priority. “We are demanding to have a real voice in patient care because we fear for both our license and our patients,” Tavares said. “Staffing has reached a crisis level

especially in the emergency room and the behavioral health unit.” Tavares added that (perceived) short staffing has caused nurses with 10plus years of experience to leave TCMC for better working conditions elsewhere for the remainder of their 30year career. “Good, experienced nurses from the community chose to leave, and those are the nurses with the level of experience that the community deserves to have at this hospital,” Tavares said. Tri-City nurses have been in contract negotiations to settle staffing and other working conditions concerns since last summer. The picket was a means to inform residents within the healthcare district about ongoing concerns.

a variety of programs designed to empower hungry, homeless, and low-income community residents to start a path toward self-sufficiency. Each year Interfaith serves more than 17,000 community members by providing basic needs and nutrition support, social services, shelters and housing, employment development, youth programs, senior services, veterans programs and addiction recovery support. Although the gift is substantial and Anglea and Interfaith employees are thrilled to receive it,

he said it won’t change the day-to-day operations and tasks. In addition, the organization will continue its fundraising efforts, as the Lee’s gift will be used to purchase a facility for the Recovery and Wellness Center. “Hopefully it will secure us a location,” Anglea explained. “It will be transformational so that the men and women who use it will be able to rebuild their lives there. For us … we still have, unfortunately, huge amounts of needs of people turning to us who need shelter, food and employment.”

Mission Hills (No. 4) and Vista (No. 6) — appearing in the San Diego County top 10. Don’t forget, as well, CoCo Vandeweghe (Rancho Santa Fe) advancing deep into the Australian Open. Nothing tops the Chargers being in town? Maybe. But among coach John Wooden’s more enlighten-

ing quotes is one that applies to the fans the Chargers left behind: “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.”

As with our radio show, we like to find out a bit about our guests musical tastes. Who and where was your first concert and what three bands would you put on a one stage for a night, any era, dead or alive? The first concert I ever attended was, I think it was called “Clash of the Titans” or something like that. It included Anthrax, Metallica, Guns and Roses and Body Count...amazing show. Three bands is a tough one. I would have to say Led Zeppelin, Slayer, and Michael Jackson.

potatoes If I could get a prime rib eye roast and cut out the entire spinalis which is my favorite part of the rib eye, that would be my perfect steak, served up with some roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a Caesar salad. For dessert, it would have to be a nice crème brûlée....PERFECTION!!

Also, what would you pick for your last supper, you get a starter, main, and desert...your last meal on earth? I would definitely start with a poke salad (with Uni on top). Main dish would be meat and

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