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Kathryn Child knows there’s something wrong, but somehow “through everything she manages to just still be happy and cheerful and playful and charm the heck out of anybody she meets,” her father Brian Child says. The family is hoping to find a stem cell donor to complete a transplant for their daughter. Courtesy photo

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The golf course at the former country club has been closed for over two years and has been deteriorating since while the owner, city council and nearby residents struggle to come to a compromise for the site. Photo by Ellen Wright

Family seeking stem cell donor Talks over Country By Tony Cagala

VISTA — The questions plaguing Brian and Maribel Child every day all revolve around their young daughter Kathryn: Is she getting enough medication? Is she getting enough nutrition? What else can they be doing to help their daughter? Is she going to make it to next month? Fourteen days ago Brian created a gofundme account. In that short amount of time, some 104 people have contributed more than $7,000 — all in the name of helping Kathryn. At 7 months old, Kathryn was diagnosed with Leukemia. Kathryn, who turns four in April, has had every chemotherapy drug known to mankind pumped into her body, her father said.

He called it “extremely lucky,” that they were able to catch the Leukemia by a hair. “The doctors said if we had waited another day or two to bring her in she probably would have died,” Brian said. Since then, Kathryn has gone through two years of chemotherapy, lost all of her hair, lost weight and only just now, Brian said, she’s starting to gain weight. Speaking from the hospital, where the family spends the majority of its time now, Brian tries to explain just what Kathryn has been through, listing off the multitudes of illnesses and infections that have afflicted her with a breathless exhaustion in his voice. While the fundraising effort has a

goal of $60,000 to help offset the medical and living costs, what the family is seeking to find most is a stem cell donor with the right match. If all goes well, (and Brian is acutely aware that there’s a lot of things that need to go right), a stem cell transplant can help Kathryn be a normal little girl for once, he said. “(Kathryn’s) really aware that she’s ill and needs to be at the hospital,” Brian said. “She needs to stay from germs and from anything really dirty and she has to take all these medications and (that) there’s something really wrong. She doesn’t know exactly what’s going on, but she understands enough to where she works TURN TO DONOR ON 15

Paseo Santa Fe’s Phase 1 continues with streetscape enhancements By Rachel Stine

VISTA — To continue the transformation of the city’s “blighted” downtown, Vista City Council allocated $5.8 million to beautify part of Paseo Santa Fe with new sidewalks, benches, streetlights, and more. The goal is to transform the city’s core from “blighted, just old, old buildings” to an attractive area that is more pedestrian friendly and will bring in new businesses, said Mayor Judy Ritter. The city has been striving to upgrade South Santa Fe Avenue from Vista Village Drive to Civic Center Drive for years. But funding problems, particularly the loss of redevelopment funds, prevented the project from moving forward. To make the project more financially manageable, the improvements were broken up into three Santa Fe Avenue consists of some of the city’s oldest buildings. To prevent further deterioration and phases. The project has South attract new businesses, the city is renovating portions of the central thoroughfare by replacing utilities and TURN TO STREETSCAPE ON 15

adding new streetlights, sidewalks, and benches. Photo by Rachel Stine

Club reinvigorated By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — The defunct golf course on Country Club Lane has been a point of tension between city councilmembers, community members and Michael Schlesinger, the developer who purchased the site in 2012. The issue began when Schlesinger’s company, Stuck in the Rough, purchased the country club and closed it down after deeming it unable to make a profit. He proposed a development on the course but was met with backlash from residents on the golf course. Residents formed the group Escondido Country Club Home Owners or ECCHO, and rallied City Council to permanently designate the golf course as open space. In August 2013, the council did. Schlesinger argued that the permanent designation made his land worthless and began litigation against the city. During litigation, an initiative was placed on the ballot last November in hopes of coming to a compromise. Schlesinger launched a campaign called the Lakes Specific Initiative and hoped to woo voters with public amenities on the property including trails, a community center and an Olympic sized pool. He was unsuccessful. Proposition H failed with 60 percent of voters denying the development.

The lawsuit is still in court and a ruling will be made Feb. 26. City Attorney Jeffrey Epp said the city has spent almost $400,000 in legal fees. In the meantime Schlesinger has released another plan, which he sees as a compromise. The plan is to build 270 homes on lots ranging from 7,000 to 15,000 square feet. A representative for Schlesinger, former councilman Dick Daniels, said this plan would boost the property values of the surrounding homes. “Because the lots are larger it would have an upscale impact on the surrounding neighborhoods (because the new homes would be) priced significantly higher than what the surrounding homes are currently valued at,” Daniels said. He said the newest proposal, which isn’t official yet, would get Schlesinger a reasonable return on his investment. The proposal was put out in order to start a conversation with the residents. Daniels said the homes would likely cost upwards of $600,000. ECCHO’s lawyer, Ken Lounsbery, said the members have been gathering suggestions of their own to present to Schlesinger. “Most of the suggestions do have a golfing element but not all of them TURN TO COUNTRY CLUB ON 15


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‘Innovative’ Escondido school to open next school year By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — Escondido Union School District is opening a new school for elementary and middle school students called Quantum Academy. The school will open for the 2015-16 school year starting with fourth through sixth grades and will enroll 192 students in the first year, with 64 students in each grade level. Deputy Superintendent Leila Sackfield said the innovative curriculum will focus on technology and choice. As part of a new funding accountability plan, Sackfield said the district’s staff has been speaking with parents, teachers, community members and stakeholders. She said the notion of choice came up a lot in these talks. “Here in Escondido and all across the state, parents have lots of choices in terms of how they’re going to educate their children,” Sackfield said. She said that staff wanted to find out why students were leaving the school district for private, charter and online schools. “The Escondido Union School District wanted to expand our potential opportunities to the community in the same way some of these other organizations have determined that they will provide choice,” Sackfield said. The school will place a big emphasis on technology. An iPad will be available for each student to use during class time. Future Quantum teacher Jo-Ann Fox said the iPads will be used more for content creation rather than content consumption. Another emphasis will be on student choice. For an hour each day students will alternate between an “explore” and an “elements” class to learn more about STEAM related skills. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The explore classes will last six weeks to give students more opportunities to explore things, according to Colin Hanel, who

Deputy Superintendent Leila Sackfield gave a presentation to a roomful of interested parents on Jan. 26 at Mission Middle School. Photo by Ellen Wright

will be teaching at the school. “These are just small little bites of information, looking for things that might interest them,” Hanel said. Examples of explore curriculum would include lessons on robotics, upcycling or creating a presentation similar to the popular Ted Talks. The elements classes will last for a trimester and will include longer-term projects, like building an aquaponics garden, videography or starting a photography blog. “The idea of the element class is finding where your talent and your passion for learning and what you’re good at come together. When those two pieces come together, you’ve found your element,” Fox said.

The school will have students between fourth and eighth grades by 2017. Part of the community aspect of the school will involve “grade level” classes where students from all grade levels interact to learn something new in a structured environment. Sackfield said it can be extremely beneficial for the older students to teach the younger kids. Guest lecturers from the community will also come to the school to teach kids STEAM related lessons. The school will be located at the Nicolaysen Center on Falconer Road, which is attached to Orange Glen Elementary School. Students will be chosen by a lottery

system. Parents must enter their students in the lottery between Feb. 16 and March 6. The lottery is separate from the current school of choice process and parents wishing to enter the Quantum lottery must enter it separately. No school busses will service the school but the district will offer all of the same programs, including lunch, to students. In the future, students whose siblings already attend the school will be given priority in the lottery. Deputy Superintendent Sackfield said she hopes the first lottery will get 2,000 entrants. “We anticipate it being a popular choice,” Sackfield said.

San Marcos financials pass auditor’s muster By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos finished the 201314 fiscal year with more than a $5.1 million surplus, auditors confirmed

after signing off on the city’s financial report. The City Council on Tuesday received the annual financial report, which details the state of all of

the city’s funding sources, including its operating budget and funds that pay for services such as sewers and utilities. The city previously estimated that it would have a $5.1 million general fund surplus largely as a result of a $1.3 million tax settlement with a rock quarry that the city said did not pay sales taxes for over seven years. The city collected $2.7 million more in revenue and spent $2.8 million than it expected during the year. The savings in expenses was the result of attrition of staff and contract services. The financial report paints a cautiously optimistic picture of the city’s finances, which it said is continuing to slowly recover from the Great Recession. Sales tax revenue, the lifeblood of a city’s basic services, has grown moderately, which the city has seen a drop in revenue it receives from renting city office and properties. The city will also likely see a drop in building permit revenue from this year, the report states, but as a result of developers of the major Palomar Station project pulling all of the building permits during the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014 although work still continues on the project this year, and will TURN TO BUDGET ON 15

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Downtown Escondido witnessing slow revitalization By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — A new type of business is coming to Grand Avenue as part of a growing trend towards a revitalized downtown. Spiritivity is opening up in late February offering group painting classes. Owner Cheri Kuptz is also hoping to serve beer and wine during the two and a half hour long classes. Participants are taught by using five color-coated brushes and given step-by-step instructions. Kuptz, who was a high school art teacher for 33 years, said her classes rebuild people’s artistic confidence. She tells students who are apprehensive about their skills that it’s a lack of experience, not creativity. “It’s not that you’re not creative, you just haven’t had experiences,” said Kuptz. “It’s just an opportunity to have an experience that they haven’t had.” Escondido Chamber of Commerce CEO Rorie Johnston said it’s these types of experi- The classic car event Crusin’ Grand is a popular draw for visitors and residents to Escondido’s downtown area. New, creative-style ence-based businesses that she businesses like Spiritivity, a group painting class studio, which opens in February, are hoping to draw more people from out of the hopes to see more of in downtown. city to the area. File photo by Ellen Wright

Team launches challenge to end homelessness By Promise Yee

REGION — North County inland cities and nonprofits are banning together through Alliance for Regional Solutions to share data and resources to end area homelessness. The local project is part of the federal 25 Cities Project supported by the Veterans Association and HUD, which aims to end homelessness for veterans in 25 cities across the U.S. by 2015, including San Diego. The goal of the North County Community Design Team is to end local

yons, and so forth. “The greatest challenge we face is the lack of affordable housing inventory in North County.” To solve local homelessness, agencies are asked to collect client data and share available housing resources in a common network. A regional client assessment and placement system minimizes redundant efforts, identifies clients’ service provider and efficiently directs those in need to services that best fit them. Sharing housing re-

What is most unique about our homeless population is that they are scattered and not as concentrated as (San Diego) downtown’s homeless population.” Filipa Rios North County Community Design Team

veteran and chronic homelessness using the 25 Cities Project model. “There is a real misconception that our homeless neighbors want to be homeless,” Filipa Rios, North County Community Design Team lead, said. “No one wants to be homeless.” The Regional Task Force on the Homeless recorded 1,660 homeless individuals in North County in 2014. “What is the most unique about our homeless population is that they are scattered and not as concentrated as (San Diego) downtown’s homeless population,” Rios said. “We have a different geography and many live in their cars, on the beaches, in the can-

sources is essential in order to meet clients’ needs. Greg Anglea, executive director of Interfaith Community Services, said two types of housing are needed. Rental housing provides rapid re-housing and temporary support for recently employed individuals, and is in high need for non-veterans. Subsidized permanent housing supports individuals with significant disabilities. Anglea said a regional assessment and placement system yields better results in meeting housing needs than agencies addressing homelessness alone. “It allows us to level the playing field and serve everybody equitably,” AnTURN TO HOMELESS ON 15

“It’s an experience, you go in and you experience their business and it’s exploratory for yourself,” Johnston said. “We’d love to have businesses that are a destination so you would travel outside of your zip code to come to our zip code to have an experience and leave your money here.” One way the chamber has been successful in enticing new businesses to relocate to the city is through sub committees, which focused on improving particular areas, like the East Valley Association. Also, recently two schools have located in Escondido. The K-8 Classical Academy took over the former Union Tribune building on South Bear Valley Parkway and John Paul the Great Catholic University offers a four-year degree program. “(The schools have) brought an incredible amount of revitalization to the area, not to mention the fact that we have just a younger generation now enjoying our downtown,” Johnston said. Kuptz decided to locate her TURN TO DOWNTOWN ON 15

New bicycle master plan rides into Vista Council hits the brakes on parking elimination By Rachel Stine

VISTA — City Council and community members alike recognized that cycling conditions in Vista are currently unsafe, underutilized, and in need of upgrades. The city supported proposed improvements to bicycle conditions and amenities with the approval of a new bicycle master plan at the Tuesday night City Council meeting. Yet concerns were raised about how the city could feasibly promote safe cycling and avoid eliminating parking. “Vista is not bike-friendly in a lot of areas,” said Deputy Mayor John Aguilera. “I don’t feel safe here to bike,” said Mayor Judy Ritter. Vista developed a new bicycle master plan, a planning document that will guide the city’s efforts to promote cycling, utilizing a recent grant from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Nearly half of residents surveyed for the plan consider the biking environment in Vista to be “poor” or “very poor”. Residents at public meetings expressed that the main cycling issues in Vista include a lack of bike lanes and facilities as well as unsafe riding conditions due to speeding cars. The bicycle master plan as a whole endorses cycling as a means of transportation and recreation, as well as a creator of potential economic and environmental benefits for the city.

Like many residents who were surveyed for input on Vista’s new bicycle master plan, Mayor Judy Ritter agreed that she does not feel safe riding her bike within the city. Photo by Rachel Stine

The document recommends adding nearly 20 miles of new bike lanes and pathways as well as installing new bicycle facilities, including restrooms and locked bike storage, throughout Vista when funding becomes available. Currently there are 28.1 miles of bike lanes in the city. While no one opposed enhancing cycling conditions, many residents strongly objected to the plan’s proposal of removing on-street parking to accommodate new bike lanes. Numerous public speakers on Tuesday spoke against getting rid of parking along North Melrose Drive specifically. “This isn’t going to encourage us to ride our bicycles but it will just cause disaster,” said one Vista resident who mentioned

that he parks along Melrose Drive for work. Taking away parking would “deeply affect our quality of life,” said a resident of Melrose Park Condominiums. She said the condos lacked parking as is and that street parking was essential. “I’m not satisfied this exact moment in time with the removal of street parking,” responded Councilmember John Franklin. “With the information I have, I tend to agree with the residents who spoke tonight.” Hearing speakers’ complaints, city council agreed that the master plan should be approved without the provision allowing for the removal of parking. They instead suggested that city staff consider redirecting bike lanes to avoid remov-

ing street parking. Councilmember Amanda Rigby also advocated for required bicycle education to increase bicycle safety. “I think it’s important that before we let (bicyclists) out on the road willy-nilly that they are educated,” she said. “They also need to understand the rules of the road.” While other councilmembers supported bicycle education, they stated that there was no realistic way to implement mandatory cycling education in the city. “It’s going to be very difficult and expensive for us to enforce,” said Aguilera. The City Council approved the bicycle master plan with four votes. Rigby opposed the plan without a clear direction on increasing education.


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Three minutes to midnight By Robert F. Dodge, M.D.

Governor could — but won’t — dominate Senate race California Focus By Thomas D. Elias If the current large corps of potential candidates for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job look to some like a gaggle of political pygmies, it might have something to do with the proverbial 800-pound gorilla lurking in their living room. That would be Gov. Jerry Brown, who could most likely have the job for the asking. There are plenty of other names, including state Attorney General Kamala Harris, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a bunch of Congress members including Loretta Sanchez and Adam Schiff and John Garamendi and Xavier Becerra, and even Republicans like former party chairman Duff Sundheim, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and San Diego County Assemblyman Rocky Chavez. But the reality is that if Brown wants the Senate seat, it’s almost certainly his. He has coveted a Senate seat before. Back in 1982, he tried to move from the governor’s office to the Senate, only to be whipped by former San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson, who would himself become governor eight years later. It’s still the only loss of Brown’s 47year political career. Notoriously impatient, easily bored and always eager for new challenges, Brown could dominate the Senate race. But because Harris now employs Brown’s 2012 campaign manager and campaign spokesman, her presence means Brown won’t run, even though he’s said nothing on this. Not only does he have more campaign money available than anyone else, but Brown sports an unusually high approval rating in every poll, his ratings high-

er than any other California figure. Plus, Brown has moved the state’s nascent bullet train forward about as much as he can for the moment and has been stymied so far in advancing his “twin tunnels” water project. And people his age (mid-70s) are much more common in the Senate than in governor’s mansions. So, why isn’t he running? He would say it’s because he wants to finish what he started in 2010, when he began his second incarnation as governor. But maybe it’s also because he knows there are vulner-

So yes, Brown could likely be the top primary election vote-getter in the upcoming Senate race. abilities in his record. One weakness: some of his appointments to key state jobs. This was never discussed in last year’s campaign, where the worst names Republican candidate Neel Kashkari called him were “lazy” and a “do-nothing advocate of the status quo.” That was before Brown appointed non-Californian Leondra Kruger, who has never contested a legal case in California, to the state Supreme Court. No non-Californian in memory has ever been given a spot on the state’s highest court. The appointment was a slap in the face of the state’s huge corps of lawyers, who certainly believe many of them could do at least as good a job as someone who knows virtually nothing about California. Then he named his former renewable energy

adviser Michael Picker to replace the disgraced Michael Peevey as president of the vital and powerful state Public Utilities Commission. Peevey left after disclosure of private emails between him and officials of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Since then, other emails have turned up showing he was also cozy with Southern California Edison Co. During the year Picker and Peevey were together on the five-member commission, Picker never voted against Peevey in any significant case. There was also Brown’s reappointment of Robert Weisenmiller to head the state Energy Commission. Among other problems, Weisenmiller presided over awarding of multi-million dollar “hydrogen highway” grants despite the fact both he and Brown knew about serious conflicts of interest by one major recipient. There have been other questionable appointments, too, some of them present and former Brown aides and cronies. He consistently refuses to discuss any beyond bland press releases announcing their appointments. And there was his bill-signing message making it easier for parents to avoid getting their children vaccinated for diseases like measles and mumps, a possible factor in this winter’s measles outbreak. So yes, Brown could likely be the top primary election vote-getter in the upcoming Senate race. But a little opposition research by any runoff opponent could make things at least a little unpleasant for Brown, and chances are he knows it. Which could be one reason he’ll likely never run for office again. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, go to

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has just announced its latest nuclear Doomsday Clock moving ahead the minute hand to three minutes till midnight. The clock represents the count down to zero in minutes to nuclear apocalypse - midnight. This significant move of two minutes is the 22nd time since its inception in 1947 that the time has been changed. In moving the hand to three minutes to midnight, Kennette Benedict, the Executive Director of the Bulletin, identified in his comments: “the probability of global catastrophe is very high”... “the choice is ours and the clock is ticking”...”we feel the need to warn the world” ...”the decision was based on a very strong feeling of urgency.” She spoke to the dangers of both nuclear weapons and climate change saying, “they are both very difficult and we are ignoring them” and emphasized “this is about doomsday, this is about the end of civilization as we know it.” The Clock has ranged from two minutes to midnight at the height of the Cold War to 17 minutes till midnight with the hopes that followed the end of the Cold War. The decision to move the minute hand is made by the Bulletin’s Board of Directors in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates. What is clear is that the time to ban nuclear weapons is now. Today’s announcement by the Bulletin further corroborates the dangers confirmed by recent climate science. These studies identify the much greater dangers posed by even a small regional nuclear war using “just” 100 Hiroshima size bombs out of the 16,300 weapons in today’s global stockpiles. The ensuing dramatic climate changes and famine that would follow threaten the lives of up to two billion on the planet with effects that would last beyond 10 years. There is no escaping the global impact of such a small regional nuclear war. Medical science has weighed in on the impacts and devastation of even the smallest nuclear explosion in one of our cities and the reality is there is no adequate medical or public health response to such an attack. We kid ourselves into a false sense that we can prepare and plan for the outcome of a

bomb detonation. Every aspect and facet of our society would be overwhelmed by a nuclear attack. Ultimately the resultant dead at ground zero would be the lucky ones. Probability theorists have long calculated the dismal odds that the chance for nuclear event either by plan or accident are not in our favor. Recent documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act detail more than 1,000 mishaps that have happened in our nuclear arsenals. Time is not on our side and the fact that we have not experienced a nuclear catastrophe is more a result of luck than mastery and control over these immoral weapons of terror. The time to act is now. There is so much that can and must be done. Congress will soon begin budget debates that include proposals to increase nuclear weapons spending for stockpile modernization by $355 billion over the next decade and up to a trillion in the next 30 years — expenditures for weapons that can never be used and at a time when the economic needs for our country and world are so great. Around the world, there is a growing awareness of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, and a corresponding desire to rid the world of these weapons. The Vienna Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons conference last month saw 80 percent of the nations of the world participating. In October 2014, at the UN, 155 nations called for the elimination of nuclear weapons. At Vienna, 44 nations plus the pope advocated for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized that we are one people with a common destiny. He said this both in reference to our nation and our world. The threat of nuclear weapons unites us even as it threatens our very existence. The time for action is now, before it is too late. It’s three minutes till midnight. Robert F. Dodge, M.D., is a practicing family physician, writes for PeaceVoice, and serves on the boards of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Beyond War, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, and Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions.

Letters to the Editor Re: Puppy mills ban Regarding your article in The Coast News of 23 January about the ban on the sale of dogs from puppy mills, I would like to say hurray! As a volunteer in animal sanctuaries, I have seen the problems caused by puppy mills and backyard breeders on a daily base and am sick and tired of the enormous amounts (5 million to 10 million a year in the U.S.A.) of healthy adoptable animals getting killed (you refer to it as euthanized, but that is too soft). Mr. Salinas says he is continuing, as

it is not fair to the public? Or is it not fair to his wallet? It is like preaching to the choir. Whoever still doesn’t know what is going on in puppy mills should have a look on the Internet and get informed. It is absolutely disgusting and he or she, who is buying, is guilty to all this cruelty. I would like to say: Don’t breed or buy, while animals in shelters die. And spay and neuter your animal to help prevent so many animals ending up in shelters. J.W.H.Haak, Fallbrook

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MiraCosta chosen to offer four-year biotech degree The college has offered biotechnology courses since 1990 and opened a dedicated facility in 2006 to train students in bioprocessing curriculum. Superintendent Cooke said the existence of the biotechnology program will lay the groundwork for the four-year degree. “The biomanufactur-

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CLEARING THE TREES Before the light rains last week, workers at the Del Dios Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe climb ladders tall enough to pick the navel oranges off the trees. The ranch is certified organic that produces citrus fruits. Photo by Tony Cagala

O’side puts ban on puppy mill dog sales By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — City Council gave final approval to regulations aimed at eliminating the sale of puppy mill dogs and cats in a 3-2 vote on Jan. 21, with Councilmen Jerry Kern and Jack Feller voting no. “The sale of puppy mill dogs is an atrocious thing,” Councilwoman Esther Sanchez said. “I don’t think it’s good for Oceanside.” Puppy mill practices of repeated breeding and housing animals in small cages are considered inhumane, and have been shown to lead to more genetic disorders and lack of socialization in offspring. In turn these practices cause there to be more unwanted pets that the city animal control service must house, and

sometimes euthanize. City Council discussed adopting regulations shortly after Oceanside Puppy pet store opened in 2013. Storeowner David Salinas had a pet shop in San Diego until similar regulations were passed there. Council took up the discussion again this past December, and moved forward and introduced an ordinance earlier this month. The city law puts strict guidelines on pet stores. Pet shops may only sell dogs and cats obtained from animal shelters, rescue groups and small-scale hobby breeders. Animal advocate groups objected to pet shop sales of animals obtained from hobby breeders. Group representa-

tives said it would be difficult to regulate whether breeders sold fewer than 20 dogs or cats a year, and this would reduce the effectiveness of the law. No speakers objected to the entire regulation. Salinas was not present. He spoke at the Jan. 7 meeting, when the ordinance was introduced, and said he would pursue legal action against the city if the law passed. “I’m not going to just lay down and do nothing, it’s not fair to the public,” Salinas said during that meeting. “Absolutely we’re going to stay in operation.” Mayor Jim Wood, Sanchez and Councilman Chuck Lowery supported the regulations, which will go into effect in 30 days. Sanchez said it is a strong law that would hold up in court.

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REGION— MiraCosta Community College received initial approval to start a pilot baccalaureate program during the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting Tuesday. Of the 112 community colleges in the state, 15 were chosen to run a pilot four-year program. “This is an historic moment not just for California’s community colleges, but also for MiraCosta College,” said MiraCosta College Superintendent and President Sunny Cooke. The biotechnology degree will prepare students for careers in the manufacturing sector of biotechnology, according to Lorie Nolte, MiraCosta’s public information officer. Students will be also be trained for technical and quality assurance/control-related positions, Nolte said. The program is required to be running by 2017 but some districts may start the program as early as fall 2015. One of the state requirements is that the program meets a regional work force need. MiraCosta officials said many North County biotech companies have approached school officials expressing a need for more trained workers. “Due to our location and our relationships with local biotechnology companies, MiraCosta College is uniquely positioned to meet this biotechnology workforce need,” said Dr. Cooke.

Our proposal for a degree program in biomanufacturin is incredibly important to our region...”

Mike Fino MiraCosta College Instructor

ing baccalaureate program will help fulfill an unmet workforce need for the greater San Diego region,” said Dr. Cooke. “It builds on an already exemplary Biotechnology Program and is responsive to the local need for trained manufacturing and production technicians in North County.” San Diego County is among the top three life science clusters in the country, behind Boston and San Francisco. “Our proposal for a degree program in biomanufacturing is incredibly important to our region and, specifically, North County San Diego,” said Mike Fino,

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MiraCosta College biological sciences instructor. He said the jobs in the bio manufacturing industry are well paid. “Objectively, this is a remarkably worthy degree program that is industry-responsive with well-paid, in-demand career paths within an industry segment that is one of the largest in the nation,” Fino said. Officials estimate the four-year program will cost students about $10,000, which is half the price of a degree offered by a Cal State school. Another requirement of the program is that it can’t offer a four-year degree already offered at a Cal State school. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors will take a second vote to finalize their decision in March. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges also must approve the program. The only other community college in San Diego that was approved was San Diego Mesa College for a health information management degree.

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here is a part of me that would love to be like the Queen Mother, or perhaps the Dowager Countess of Grantham. There is never any doubt these women are beautifully schooled in the finer things. That fantasy is regularly torn to shreds by my inability to sit still, wear gloves or be even occasionally demure. It also takes a beating if anyone wants to discuss art or fine music. However, this week I took a giant step closer to my goal, thanks to a lovely friend who already has the education of a countess, and is occasionally willing to bring me to court. I am sitting up a bit straighter in my chair today, with a somewhat more intelligent look on my face, because last night I attended my first salon. It was at Balboa Park’s Timkin Museum of Art, surrounding its current display of a Raphael painting, “The Madonna

of the Pinks.” I got to hear a true Raphael expert, who was like the best professor you ever had in college. You know, the one who made a possibly dry and dull subject sparkle with their knowledge and enthusiasm. I hung on her every word as she brought Raphael, his art studio, his bad-boy apprentices and his era to life. I finished the night feeling ever so well-schooled. I sipped prosecco surrounded by true art afficionados and absorbed an evening of educated questions and observations in a way I would never have done when a grade-point average was at stake. It was the sort of evening that sends you off with delicious new information and wanting to know more. It might even prompt a visit to the library to pore over reference tomes about the Renaissance. More likely, though, I will Google it. Either way, the great masters continue to enlighten even borderline Philistines like me. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer doing her best to sit still and become serene and scholarly. Contact her at jgillette@

JAN. 30, 2015

RSF home chosen for Dream House raffle By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego is causing a stir of excitement with its 11th annual “Dream House Raffle.” This special annual event encompasses prizes galore, while benefitting the great work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Chuck Day, president and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego said this annual event has netted more than 1,300 prizes, including a spectacular, multimillion-dollar home or up to $2.1 million cash as the grand prize. “Raffle ticket sales provide unmatched support for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House allowing us to provide a home away from home for families with hospitalized children,” he said. Day continued, “The Dream House Raffle is a win-win opportunity for everyone, including the 12,500 family members we serve each year.” The Dream House listed this year is a sprawling estate in Rancho Santa Fe. The home affords six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and is more than 7,000 square feet nestled on 2.4 acres. At this impressive property, there is a private guest house, infinity pool, breathtaking views, chef’s kitchen, grand master suite, limestone flooring and much more.

The multi-million dollar home in Rancho Santa Fe that is available to win through the 11th annual Dream House raffle. The proceeds from the raffle benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Courtesy photo

Securing this home was a team effort. “Some generous supporters of Ronald McDonald House made this house available to us for the raffle. We feel lucky to have such great supporters, but I bet the winner of this raffle will feel even luckier,” Day said. While many supporters have already purchased tickets for the Dream House Raffle, Day shared, they are still very early in the raffle period and are counting on support from the San Diego community to continue to make this its biggest fundraiser of the year. “In fact, if participants purchase their tickets by Feb. 6 they’ll be entered into our first early bird drawing for a choice between an Acura ILX, BMW 320i, Ford Mustang or $30,000 cash,” he said. According to Day, he believes this Rancho Santa Fe home is one of the grandest properties they have ever offered. “The home’s architecture is incredibly tasteful and welcoming, and the

property’s location is exclusive and private, while offering views of the mountains and ocean. This house is a tantalizing prize, which will generate support for our organization through ticket sales,” he said. Day wants people to know that the important thing to remember is that each raffle ticket purchased helps them provide support and care for families going through a medical crisis. “Every day at the Ronald McDonald House, I see families whose lives have been turned upside down by their child’s serious illness, and every day I see funds from the Dream House Raffle ticket sales helping these families,” he said, adding how this funding aids families with lodging so they can focus solely on their hospitalized child. According to Day, the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego offers a total of 47 overnight suites. Additionally, they have a Family Care Center which serves and helps daytime guests. Meals, showers, laundry

facilities, computer rooms, napping areas and more are on hand for the families. “Our youngest family members even have a play area and access to a San Diego Unified School District teacher right in our facilities. The Ronald McDonald House was built on the proven idea that children heal faster when families are near,” he said. Day added, “The Dream House Raffle and its more than 1,300 prizes is a very exciting prospect for ticket purchasers, and we’re so thankful to the community for supporting the families we serve during an unthinkably difficult time.” Ticket prices are $150 each, but discounts are given for multiple ticket purchases. For more information in purchasing tickets, please call (888) 824-9939 or visit for more information. Early bird drawings for multiple prizes will be held in Feb., March, and April. The Dream House drawing will be in May and last day of ticket sales will be May 1.

Girls World Expo helps girls form future SAN MARCOS — Girls World Expo will be at San Marcos High School, 1615 W. San Marcos Blvd. from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 22.

The one-day, fun-filled event combines education and participation to create futures for our girls in San Diego. Girls World Expo is where girls 11 to 18 can dream about, imagine, believe in and shape their futures. In workshops, seminars, demonstrations and displays, they can explore different college and career choices with the help of mentors and experts in those fields, learn how to create a healthy body image by uncovering the facts about food and nutrition, unlock the secrets to staying safe online and in life, and hear success stories from creative women leaders from all walks of life.

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At Girls World Expo, girls can interact and enjoy their shared interests. Admission is free, however attendees must register at girlsworldexpo. com. For questions and more information about the expo, email info@girlsworldexpo. com. The day’s schedule will include: — Seminars on today’s trending topics, such as body image, bullying, self-esteem, healthy relationships and self-defense. — A marketplace with local vendors displaying clothing, jewelry, books, art and salon items. — “Bright Ideas,” a science fair showcasing inventions from local middle school and high school girls. — College and career sessions for teens and parents, featuring information on career paths, degree programs and internships. — A runway fashion show featuring local girls from the community. — An art show, live music and dancers. — Nonprofit and community service opportunities.

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Surfboard shaper Scott Sherwood, 46, passes away By Tony Cagala

REGION — As a budding surfer, Ricky Whitlock was introduced to Scott Sherwood through a mutual friend as a possible sponsor. The plan, Whitlock explained, was to meet with two other companies after the meeting with Sherwood. But after the meeting, Whitlock wasn’t interested in going anywhere else. “The vibe and the connection I felt with him was unparalleled,” Whitlock said. “I just felt like he was one of my older brothers.” That was 10 years ago — the beginning of a friendship that would extend far beyond the shaping room, surfboards and riding waves. On Jan. 18, Sherwood, 46, the noted North County surfboard shaper, passed away, suffering a heart attack and later pneumonia while staying at his dad’s house, according to Whitlock. In an interview with The Coast News earlier this month, Sherwood talked of having just last November celebrated his 11th year of surviving cancer. He never let the cancer affect his daily life or his relationships with friends and family, said Whitlock. “He always beat the cancer.” It was a few years ago when Sherwood would begin the process of building his newest surfboard company, Avasin, based in “You wanted to be like him, you wanted him to rub off on you so that way you can be Solana Beach. more like him,” says Ricky Whitlock of Scott Sherwood. Sherwood, a noted surfboard With the idea for the com- shaper in the North County passed away on Jan. 18. Courtesy photo

pany in mind, Sherwood called upon Whitlock to see if he wanted to be a part of it, along with co-owner Seth Stuckert, as a co-owner and team rider. Whitlock’s response: “Of course I do.” “Ever since Avasin, we’ve become even closer — talking everyday, working everyday, working on surfboard designs everyday,” Whitlock said. “And now I just want to continue his legacy.” In the January article, Sherwood said that he and Whitlock would spend lots of time together working in the shaping room. The dynamic between the two was a matter of pushing each other out of their comfort zones, Whitlock said. “We both made each other progress,” he added. Whitlock recalls the final time they were in the shaping room together, just talking. And Sherwood said: “I’m not going to be here forever, so someone’s going to need to take over.” “His exact words,” said Whitlock. “He was just referring to the big scheme of things — like down the road — and it’s crazy, that that was the last time we were in the shaping room was when he said that.” Sherwood began shaping surfboards 23 years ago. He said the ideas for his designs came more from the surfers he worked with rather than the actual waves they rode. Whitlock, Sherwood said,

was one of those he took his shaping cues from. Whitlock described Sherwood as the “definition of cool” in an Instagram post memorializing his friend. He said it was all because of his persona. “He never once lost his cool — you could have someone come that starts spitting in his face and he would just still sit there and keep his cool. He never lost his temper; he never let anyone get to him…. “You wanted to be like him, you wanted him to rub off on you so that way you can be more like him. Because he made you feel like a better person. He just brought out the best in every one around.” He saw the best in people and he would encourage you to be a better person and pursue your dreams, Whitlock added. “If you were down and out he would pick you up and help you out.” A paddle out for Sherwood is scheduled for Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at Seaside Reef in Cardiff. The paddle out is open to the public, Whitlock said. “Anybody that’s ever encountered Scott, anyone that wants to know anything about him, that’s intrigued by him, anyone that’s ever had any type of relationship with Scott is more than welcome to go,” he added. “I know he’s in a better place now,” Whitlock said. “It was definitely hard the first few days, but I just know that he’s there, he’s smiling and he’s in peace.”

For Pete’s sake, Carroll is playing the good guy at the Super Bowl sports talk jay paris He’s no saint, but for Pete’s sake he’s not the heavy in this coaching battle. The Seahawks’ Pete Carroll usually draws the most microphones and writers to his press conferences, especially during Super Bowl week. But as he prepares Seattle to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday, Carroll is singing a backup role. “The game plan for us is to play like we always play,’’ Carroll said. Same goes for the Patriots, but their run-up to the Super Bowl has been anything but calm. “Deflategate” threatened to consume the pregame hype. The controversy had New England Coach Bill Belichick answering questions he didn’t want to entertain and spend time on an issue he has little use for. “We’re focused on Seattle,’’ Belichick said, like a robot. But while the players will draw the most eyeballs on Sunday, don’t overlook the two gentlemen under their direction. Carroll has stains on his resume — hello, USC

and numerous Seahawks were suspended for drug use on his watch. But it’s clear, Belichick is the villain in this goodguy, bad-guy dance. “Home Alone,’’ Belichick said when asked his favorite movie. But one wonders if that would be his preferred place, instead of thousands of curious media members asking about pounds per square inch. By any measure, the connection between Carroll and Belichick is seldom seen in the NFL. One in which a coach replaced another, and then 15 years later, they are vying for the game’s biggest title. Carroll, after directing the Jets in 1994, spent three years barking orders in New England. But Carroll was let go after the 1999 season by some new guy who had little success in his previous stop, Cleveland. That new guy was Belichick and how do you like him so far?

What’s clear is Belichick digs Carroll and so do most spending time with him. “Not a coach in the NFL that I respect more than Pete Carroll,’’ Belichick said. “He is a tremendous head’s how good of a fundamental teacher he is, the way his teams play.” The closer one looks, the more the pair resembles each other. “We’ve both been defensive coordinators, we’ve both been head coaches,’’ Belichick said. “He and I have kind of come up together in roughly the same era.’’ It’s an era in which each can make a significant mark. Carroll is attempting to win consecutive Super Bowls for the first time since, yep, that other guy did it in 2004. Belichick is aiming for his fourth Super Bowl championship and his 21st postseason win with the Pats.

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But good luck getting Belichick to reflect on his success. “I’m totally focused on Seattle,’’ he said. “That’s it.’’ That’s Belichick and it’s not Carroll. He’ll expand on any subject, football-related or not. But what’s grown is Carroll’s status as a topshelf coach. One doesn’t win two NCAA titles at USC and be four quarters from his second NFL crown without being keen. Although Carroll, who oozes with enthusiasm, said he’s not the same cat the Jets ran off.

“I’ve been through so many experiences since then, so many challenges, and it’s really just about evolving as a coach and a man,’’ he said. “There are a lot of things we go through.’’ Although Carroll had one less thing this week as Belichick tried to stiff-arm “Deflategate.” “I can empathize with Coach Belichick,’’ Carroll said. And he can beat Belichick come Sunday. If Pete Carroll claims his second Super Bowl, he might be a saint in the eyes of the rabid Seahawks fans. For the No. 12s, No. 2

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Training takes on ‘significant’ tone for Japanese forces Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd

By Tony Cagala

CAMP PENDLETON — With tensions heightening between China and Japan recently, the 10th annual Iron Fist training exercise, which held its opening ceremony on Monday, is taking on extra significance for the members of the Japanese Army’s Ground Self Defense Force. Iron Fist is a bilateral training exercise designed to increase interoperability between the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. The month-long training will include a series of exercises conducted on Camp Pendleton, Twentynine Palms and San Clemente Island, concluding Feb. 27. Brig. Gen. Joaquin F. Malavet, deputy commanding general of 1 Marine Expeditionary Force used words as “important,” “purposeful,” “meaningful,” and “symbolic,” to describe the exercise in front of the Japanese forces and the 13th MEU (Marine Expedition Unit). “It is also important to recognize that the value of our training and cooperative actions, no doubt, have strategic importance,” he said. China and Japan have seen escalations in tensions in the past year over a number of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which each country says belongs to them. “The strategic conditions surrounding Japan is

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Members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force take part in the opening ceremonies of the 10th annual Iron Fist training exercise with Marines from Camp Pendleton. About 250 Japanese troops are working with the 13th Marine Expedition Unit to better increase interoperability between the two militaries. Photo by Tony Cagala

ever more severe everyday,” said Col. Yoshiyuki Goto, regimental commanding officer, speaking through a translator. “Japan has decided to stand up and introduce a rapid deployment brigade in the next three years. In that regard, this training here at Camp Pendleton is a particularly significant one

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Kathi Fedden filed a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit in December against Suffolk County, New York, police after her 29-year-old son, driving drunk in 2013, fatally crashed into an office. She reasons that the son’s death is the fault of the police officer who stopped him earlier that evening and who must have noticed he was already drunk but did not arrest him. The officer, who knew the son as the owner of a popular-with-police local delicatessen, merely gave the son a lift home, but the son later drove off in his mother’s car, in which he had the fatal crash. A generous resident (name withheld by KDKA-TV) of South Oakland, Penn., in seasonal spirit the week before Christmas, invited a pregnant, homeless woman she had met at a Rite Aid store home with her for a hot shower, a change of clothes and a warm bed for the night. The resident was forced to call police, though, when she went to check up on her guest and discovered her engaging in sexual activity with the resident’s pit bull. The guest, enraged at being caught, vandalized the home before officers arrived to arrest her. The New Normal The website/smartphone app Airbnb, launched in 2008, connects travelers seeking lodging with individuals offering private facilities at certain prices. About a year ago, entrepreneur Travis Laurendine launched a similar smartphone app, “Airpnp,” to connect people walking around select cities and needing access to a toilet, listing residents who make their utilities available, with description and price. Laurendine told the New York Post in January that New York City is a promising market (though his two best cities are New Orleans and Antwerp, Belgium). The prices vary from free to $20, and the facilities range from a sweet-smelling room stocked with reading material to a barely maintained toilet (with no lavatory), but, said one supplier, sometimes people “really need to go, and this will have to do.”

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JAN. 30 GONG AND BOWL A Tibetan Bowl and Gong concert from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30, by Diane Mandle, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, is the final evening of Encinitas Wellness Week. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit Healthy Day Partners. Bring mats for the floor. For more information, visit JAN. 31 NIGHT MUSIC The L101 After-Hour Session features the contemporary jazz of Ascent Trio & Rana Tabrizi from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For information and tickets, $12, $11 seniors and students, visit FEB. 1 GARRISON KEILLOR S p e n d “An Evening with G a r r i s on K e i l lo r,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the C a l i fornia Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Ave., Escondido. For tickets, $30 to $75, call (800) 988-4253 or visit artcenter. org. JUMPIN’ JAZZ First Sunday Music Series persons the Chris Klich Jazz Quintet 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas For more information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit FEB. 2 SISTERHOOD THEATRE San Marcos’ Sisterhood Theatre has a new show available for performance, Colors of Love, a production of songs, poetry, and comedy about the different aspects of relationships and love. Schedule them now by contacting Carlyn at (619) 846-7416 or carlyn3star@ for more information and booking details. FEB. 3 GREAT GOURDS “From Vine to Design” gourd art by Encinitas resident Grace Swanson will be on display through Feb. 10, in the lobby of Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Library hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. FEB. 4 C.O.A.L. GALLERY Carlsbad Oceanside Arts League Gallery hosts “Things To Do With Water” featuring watercolor artist Brigitte Pfahl, through March 1 every day except Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. Vis-

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he little painted houses sit close to the ground, shaded by the alder and birch trees, fresh with new growth. The tiny houses, some nearly enveloped by early summer grass, sit atop mostly unmarked graves of Dena’ina Athabascans who lived in Eklutna, a historic village 24 miles northeast of Anchorage.

Disintegrating track that once carried ore out of the earth still stands at the Independence Mine in the Mat-Su Valley north of Anchorage. The mine closed in 1943 after the federal government declared gold mining a non-essential industry for wartime. Postwar, the price of gold was fixed at $35 an ounce, so mining was not profitable. Photo by Jerry Ondash

Those flying by on Alaska’s Highway 1 will miss this cemetery, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Fortunately, my cousin Panu, and her husband, Mark, want to show it to me and my husband, Jerry. We are so glad they did. Eklutna is a microcosm of Alaska’s history — a meeting of the native population and the Russians settlers who arrived in the early- to mid-19th century. The pioneers and missionaries brought the Russian Orthodox religion, and when a smallpox epidemic killed half of the Dena’ina, they converted. Prior to conversion, it was the custom to cremate the dead. After all, it was difficult to bury people in a place where you hit solid rock 3 inches below the topsoil. The Native Alaskans also believed that cremation released the spirits of the dead, but Russian orthodoxy forbade cremation. As a compromise, the

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Dena’ina built spirit houses over the graves as a place for the spirits to reside until the little houses deteriorated and the spirits were set free. Some of the graves display Russian Orthodox crosses next to their spirit houses, and our guide explains that each color on the spirit houses denotes a certain Eklutna family. While these colors substituted for tombstones, it makes family identification today difficult. According to the guide, there is a current attempt to find out who is buried and where in the historic cemetery. Visitors to Eklutna Historical Park can also see the site’s two Russian Orthodox churches. The Old St. Nicholas Church was constructed in the town of Knik (17 miles northeast of Anchorage), possibly as early as 1830. In 1900, the building was moved to Eklutna, then replaced TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 11

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We get a good workout climbing up and down the walkways and trails that wind all over the landscape, stopping to take photos of the dramatic peaks and valleys that lay before us. Today there are tiny white blossoms on the low-growing blueberry bushes, but visit in late summer and


by the New St. Nicholas Church in 1962. This more modern church features the characteristic onion domes. (No one seems to be able to explain the shape; some think it discourages snow from sticking.) Further north and off the beaten path is the Independence Mine State Historic Park. Set against a spectacular backdrop of grandiose Alaska mountains, the grounds of the mine operation give a fascinating look into the life of the miners and their families who lived and worked there, even in the deadest of win-


T he C oast News - I nland E dition you’ll find shrubs heavy with fruit. Eklutna and the Independence Mine State Historic Park are just two reasons not to take a cruise to Alaska. You just can’t see people, places and things like this from a boat or a quick tour. Best to base in Anchor-

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After the Dena’ina Athabascan Indians of Eklutna, Alaska, converted to Russian Orthodoxy in the mid-1800s, they were no longer allowed to cremate the bodies of their dead. Instead, they built “spirit houses” over the graves so the spirits of the dead had someplace to reside before making their final journey. Each color represents a different family. Photos by Jerry Ondash

St. Nicholas Church, a Russian Orthodox church, was built by Eklutna residents in 1962. It replaced the first church built sometime in the mid1880s after Russians began to settle Alaska. The old church still stands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Weekly services are still held in the new church. The origin of the typically Russian onion domes is disputed, though some say they make it difficult for the snow to stick.

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Nature looks back on humans New series explores how humans are a part of nature By Tony Cagala

Abstract oil paintings of Oceanside artist Anita Lewis are on exhibit at L Street Fine Art through March 26. Photo courtesy Anita Lewis

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nita Lewis revels in the challenge of incorporating classical with modern. Combining her European cultural heritage and affinity for modern design with natural influences, her work is an intriguing fusion of design and fine art. Through her many years as a professional interior designer, Lewis gained a sense of space and scale for artwork and its importance in the aesthetic success of an architectural space. She suggests, “My art should serve as a never-ending inspiration of moods, memories, emotions and experiences, well integrated into the interior space as a refuge for the soul.”

From her studio and gallery located in Artist Alley in the art district of Oceanside, Lewis reflects on the character of her abstract compositions: “I feel I can express a concept of nature without having to literally paint it. Detail becomes obscured; perfection takes place in the imperfection. Structures become dissolved, yet there is a quality of structure to the overall work itself.” Lewis rarely uses traditional brushes while working with the classical medium of oils in her abstract paintings, but instead prefers unconventional tools for dragging, rubbing and spreading paint. By incorporating bits of metal leaf, which seem to mystically change with varying light, she creates an additional sense of mystery in the textural nuances achieved by many layers of paint. Born in Santa Monica, Lewis began painting at TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON 15

In 2015 California State University San Marcos celebrates its 25th anniversary. Founded on the principles of excellence and access, the University opened its doors at a temporary storefront location for the first time in 1990 to 448 students. Today CSUSM is home to nearly 13,000 students and boasts approximately 33,000 proud alumni who are making an impact every day in the region and beyond.

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Walking down Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco a few weeks ago, Dr. M. Sanjayan, a conservation scientist and nature filmmaker, stopped at the pier and watched a school of small fish. He watched as the fish were darting about in every possible way, trying not to become the next meal for the sea lions chasing them or the pelicans diving at them from overhead. He could have grabbed a camera, some scuba gear and filmed the feeding frenzy from underwater. It would have made a captivating sequence. But to Sanjayan, it was when he shifted his eye line up: On his left, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, and behind him, the city’s concrete jungle. “That is unbelievable. That’s for me, the story,” Sanjayan said. “If there was something that I wanted to come out of the show, it would be as simple as that I wanted people to come to the realization that we are a part of nature. “Because if you start realizing that we are part of nature, and the reason we’re saving nature, it really becomes about saving ourselves,” he said. The show is “Earth: A New Wild,” a new documentary series to air on PBS stations beginning Feb. 4. So why has it taken so long for a nature documentary to look at humans as being a part of nature rather than apart from it? The short answer: TV is so expensive and is so risk-averse, explained San-

Dr. M. Sanjayan is the host of the new documentary series “Earth: A New Wild,” airing on PBS stations beginning Feb. 4. The series shows how humans are a part of nature rather than separate from it. Photo by Ami Vitale

jayan. That’s what made PBS the right partner for this — with grants to help with costs the public station could also take a big risk — a multi-million dollar risk, he added. “I felt that for a long time natural history shows have oscillated somewhere between, on one end, which shows the planet in this gorgeous, beautiful eyein-the-sky-way and on the other end you had this — ‘let’s catch the animal and let’s wrestle it,’ idea,” Sanjayan said. “And I wanted to get something that was a little bit different to that

— I wanted to show you the planet as it really is.” But the conservationist of about 20 years knows that you can’t start a TV show by saying, “I want to make a show about that. You kind of have to make sure that people watch it, and make sure it’s fun and interesting and amazing,” he said. Traveling to 29 countries and locations from the Arctic to Uzbekistan, Sanjayan said that what you find is every location you go to there are people. “There are incredible people around the world doing incredible things. All of a sudden, I didn’t feel alone.” Sanjayan said he thinks that the old notion that there is this wilderness out there, is really not

true anymore. “For me I didn’t want to have a show that said, ‘we humans are here and nature’s over there,’” he explained. But that doesn’t mean the world at all seems small to him. “It doesn’t,” he said. “It feels just as big. I’m still amazed that there are stories that I was uncovering in places that I’ve been to dozens of times before…and yet we find stories. They’ve never been filmed before — never been filmed before and we bring it to the screen. How is that even possible in this day and age when people are running around with cameras everywhere?” “Earth: A New Wild,” airs on local KPBS stations beginning Feb. 4 at 9 p.m.

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Cal State San Marcos celebrates 25th anniversary By Christine Vaughan

From humble beginnings as a chicken ranch to becoming a bold, innovative university with a forward focus, California State University San Marcos turns 25 this year. To mark the milestone, the University will host a yearlong series of programs, activities and signature events. The Year Was... Although founded in 1989 when the governor signed Senate Bill 365 declaring the former SDSU satellite campus as a new state university, CSUSM marks its anniversary by its first day of classes, which were held in the fall of 1990. A lot can happen in 25 years. The same year that CSUSM opened its doors, the first webpage was posted on the World Wide Web; West and East Germany were officially reunited as one nation; the Hubble Telescope was launched into orbit; and Activist Nelson Mandela was released from prison after spending 27 years as a political prisoner in South Africa. Where It All Began Cal State San Marcos was the first in a new era of public higher education. Prior to its establishment, there had been no new comprehensive universities built in the U.S. in two decades. Founded on principles of academic excellence and access, CSUSM welcomed

ing year and beyond. March 14: Super STEM Saturday Explore interactive demonstrations and handson science activities at Super STEM Saturday, including rocket launches, build-a-robot stations, model displays, scientist chats and a obstacle course. The event is free and open to the public, drawing over 5,000 science enthusiasts each year to the university campus. March 23: The Sports Center Groundbreaking Celebration April 11: Discover CSUSM Day An open house event for prospective students and the community, Discover CSUSM invites attendees to become acquainted with the campus and get an up-close Join in on the many events and festivities to help celebrate Cal State San Marcos’ 25th anniversary. Courtesy photo glimpse into college life as a Cougar. Take a campus tour, attend an open class, meet its first students (448 juniors rollment reached 1,700 stu- mor suggests that students professors, enjoy a matinee and seniors) in 1990. While dents and the University who dare to walk on the seal Celebrate with Us showing of the spring play, the permanent campus was moved to its permanent ad- will not graduate in four Throughout its anniver- and cheer on the Cougars being constructed on the dress on Twin Oaks Valley years. Since its modest be- sary year, CSUSM will host at an athletic game — all on former site of the 304-acre Road with the completion Prohoroff Poultry Farm in of Craven Hall, Academ- ginning, CSUSM remains signature events and pro- Saturday, April 11. the foothills of San Marcos, ic Hall and Science Hall I. focused on its vision to pre- grams to celebrate with stuJune 20: Annual Gala students attended class at a The center of campus was pare tomorrow’s leaders, dents, faculty, staff, friends Join us for an evening of temporary storefront loca- marked by the Founders build great communities and the wider community. Seal which commemorates and solve critical issues. Mark your calendars. dinner, dancing and entertion. Today CSUSM is home tainment. Proceeds support In those early semes- the twelve founding faculty February 5: Report to innovative research, stuters, students and employ- who laid the groundwork to to nearly 13,000 students dent programming and the ees informally nicknamed shape CSUSM with a bold and boasts approximately the Community Every year President professional development of the university Cal State Je- vision that focused on com- 33,000 proud alumni who rome’s in homage to its near- munity engagement and are making an impact every Haynes provides an over- faculty. Purchase your tickby neighbor and landmark experience-based learning. day in the region and be- view of recent University et at successes while also sharFor a complete calendar business, Jerome’s Furni- That campus landmark has yond. Discover more about ing her vision for moving of events and to learn more, become the site of one of ture. Within two years, en- CSUSM’s urban legends; ru- CSUSM’s history by visiting CSUSM forward in the com- visit


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City of San Marcos Senior Center events SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave. serves a nutritious lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (760)744-5535 ext. 3606. Lunch choices include a hot or cold entrée with dessert and Soup & Salad Bar option every Tuesday and Thursday, a $4 suggested donation for seniors 60 & over, under 60 $5 cost. Lunch transportation is provided for San Marcos seniors that no longer drive. $1 suggested donation is requested in addition to the lunch donation. The San Marcos Senior Center accepts EBT card donations. The San Marcos Senior Center has Cal Fresh & Medi-Cal applications also available. • Feb. 1 Senior Prom Ballroom Dance music by The Sundance Band & refreshments 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by local high schools • Feb. 3 to March 31 “The Middle East 101,” is the Brain Fitness through Cultural Discovery classes, continues as we learn more about the origins, roots, and peoples of some long standing conflicts. This last third of the study will be focused on the Islamic countries. Join us Tuesday’s at 1 p.m. $52

• Feb. 5 through March 12 Free Nutrition Classes for seniors by the San Diego Food Bank 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. • Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 “The Electronic Caregiver “A mobile fall assessment and Prevention Lab that will give you preventative steps for safety Free for all those that register at the Senior Center. • Feb. 10 through April 23 FALLPROOF: reduce your risk of falling while improving your balance and mobility Sessions are 8 weeks in length Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Cost is $3 • Feb. 12 through March 19 A 6 Week Grief Support Group Sponsored by Seasons Hospice the second Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. Auditory Assistants Hearing Aid Center • Feb. 13 Valentines Party Entertainment by iTapLive A tap and drum duo 10:30 a.m. • Feb. 17 Mardi Gras celebration entertainment, chair parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Cajun lunch at 11:30 a.m.. Visit their website for a complete list of activities at Contact Venessa DeMatteis at (760)744-5535 ext. 3618 for more information.

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glea said. “On the flip side it requires organizations to put forth resources. “It’s a systems change in which they’re giving up control and moving beyond organization identity and interests to systems interests.” Working as a region is a big step for cities and nonprofits that are accustom to working within their own operation goals and budgets. To encourage participation, the North County Community Design Team has posed a 100-day challenge to build an assessment and housing placement system,


age 11 and was immediately singled out for her exceptional talent. With the confidence derived from raves over her innate gift, her formal art training continued and young Anita soon began accepting commissions. As college approached, her father’s mid-western values influenced Lewis to pursue a “useful” degree in Interior Design. After earning a bachelor’s degree in art with a focus in interior architectural design at California State University, Northridge, Lewis departed for Germany, where since early childhood she had spent many summers with her maternal grandparents. Intending to stay only one year, she immersed herself in European culture, traveling frequently to the great art museums of Europe. However, while abroad she embarked on a career in interior design, which resulted in living in Germany for 18 years. When presented with


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and permanently house 40 clients within four months. At the kickoff luncheon on Jan. 14 the cities of Carlsbad and Escondido, and Interfaith Community Services stepped up to lead the challenge. Nonprofits, churches, government officials and concerned residents also attended. “This is just the beginning,” Anglea said. “We had a very good turnout, 115 people were present.” The 100-day challenge formally began on Jan. 23. Participating agencies are asked to name a housing navigator to enter information into the regional placement system, and serve as a point of contact. Interested individuals

are also encouraged to volunteer, including property owners who will rent to program clients at market rate. Following the 100-day challenge the program will be evaluated and expanded to North County coastal cities. The long-term payoff is expected to be a final solution to homelessness. “It is the only way we end homelessness in North County,” Anglea said. “To move beyond ourselves as an organization, and be moved to what we were called to do.” For more information on the 100-day challenge, contact or filipa_rios@

an opportunity to launch a retail store of high-end European kitchen design and furnishings in La Jolla, Lewis relocated to San Diego in 1997. After several years of success as an interior designer, she began to turn her focus back to her original love of fine art. Through time Lewis has experimented with various styles, resulting in an aesthetic style that is distinctly her own. One critic says of the Lewis’ paintings, “There is a freedom to her work, but an underlying structure prevents chaos, pulling the pieces together in harmonious compositions. Stark linearity seems to dissolve into abstraction, yet with detail in the obscure.” Reflecting on the correlation between the characteristics of her paintings and her personal life, Lewis states, “I have a very disciplined and structured personality; yet in my later years, I take pride in dissolving some of those structures but keeping discipline focused on where I want to go in life.”

She has indeed gone places in her professional career. During the past decade the work of Anita Lewis has been published in notable art and design magazines, including FINE, Luxe, and Art Business News. Most recently she was a featured artist in the December 2014 issue of American Art Collector. Lewis has exhibited her work in many art fairs throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Art Expo NY, Art Expo Las Vegas, Contemporary Art Exhibition Soho, Arte Classica Buenos Aires, and galleries too numerous to list. In addition to several galleries across the country, as well as Galleria Nazionale in Cortona, Italy, Lewis’ work can currently be seen at L Street Fine Art in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter through March 26. The public is invited to an opening reception Feb. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Email Director@LStreetFineArt. com to RSVP. For more information about the artist visit

insist on an 18-hole golf course,” Lounsbery said. He said that even though ECCHO members got what they wanted in the November elections, they don’t have a triumphant attitude. “It’s sort of instilled a sense of responsibility in them,” Lounsbery said. He believes the issue is not a home density issue but is instead about a



with the doctors. She tries to be as helpful and cooperative as possible. “Somehow through everything she manages to just still be happy and cheerful and playful and charm the heck out of anybody she meets,” he said. Though under constant stress, the event has brought Brian and Maribel, their family and their community closer together. “We’ve got a lot of support, which is nice,” said Brian.


been named Paseo Santa Fe. This first stage of upgrades consists of narrowing South Santa Fe Avenue from four lanes to two lanes between Main Street and Ocean View Drive. Utility cables will also be moved underground, a roundabout will be constructed at Eucalyptus Avenue, and sidewalks and gutters will be replaced. Funding for this first part was eventually obtained from a variety of sources. Construction to replace the sewer, water, and storm drains began in May 2014.

While the downtown area is improving, it’s far from reaching its full potential. Johnston said the chamber is focusing on helping already established small businesses thrive in order to entice new businesses to relocate. “I think if you have a healthy business on Grand Avenue than that’s going to entice somebody else to come join the businesses there as well because if you’re healthy next door on your left and you’re healthy on the right, the chance of you being healthy in the middle just increases significantly,” Johnston said. She said the chamber does face challenges in creating a vibrant downtown. One reason is that old infrastructure can be cost-

ly for new businesses to bring up to code. Also, some landlords own their commercial space outright so they don’t have an urgent need to fill the space, which leaves long-term vacancies, according to Johnston. Revitalization doesn’t happen over night and Johnston said she’s heard good feedback. “The comments I’ve heard about downtown is ‘this is the best it’s been in a number of years’ so it’s definitely heading in the right direction,” she said. The new art studio Sprititivity will have a soft opening Feb. 24 and officially open Feb. 28. The studio, located at 102 West Grand Ave., will host classes Wednesday through Sunday with different paintings each class.

last year’s Cocos fire. Officials estimated the firefighting costs would be close to $10 million, with federal emergency funds footing most of the bill. The city’s contract auditing firm, Rogers, Anderson, Malody and Scott LLP,

signed off on the financial report, essentially clearing it of being accurate on its face. Representatives of the firm gave a brief presentation at Tuesday’s council meeting, the only new business on the council calendar.

lost amenity. “The focus ought to have been and still has to be on how to replace the lost amenity, not necessarily to replace it in kind, but it’s hard to lose 110 acres, which for 50 years has been an open space recreational amenity and not replace it with anything,” Lounsbery said. Schlesinger’s representative Daniels said that if the judge rules in favor of Schlesinger Feb.

26, he’ll likely continue with the 270-home plan. “If the judge invalidates the ECCHO initiative and reinstates the (residential) zoning, Stuck in the Rough will work within its present 270-home plan which more than conforms to that zoning,” Daniels said. The city is also planning to hold a public workshop in March to gather public input on the matter.

The couple is leaning on each other constantly. If one needs a break the other steps in and vice versa, Brian said. “Every day at work, every time I get a phone call from the doctor I’m expecting to hear that something’s happened with Kathryn and she’s dead,” Brian said. “That never leaves your mind.” Yet, the support coming through the gofundme account he created has really changed his entire look on humanity, he said. “I didn’t have such a positive view…on mankind,” which,

he said, stemmed from a rough childhood. The family is planning stem cell drives. And because Kathryn is half Mexican, which plays an important factor in finding the right stem cell match, they are hoping that ethnic groups will also be willing to donate. People can visit to register to become a donor and get tested. With the stem cell registry updated every few weeks, it’s been frustrating for Brian, he said, because there’s nothing they can do but sit and wait.

This work is near completion and construction on dry utility enhancements is slated to begin next month. City Council’s allocations of the additional funds, along with the awarding of the construction contract and approval of purchasing agreements, at Tuesday’s meeting will enable the aesthetic improvements to the street to proceed. The streetscape renovation will begin this March and will also include angled parking, bike lanes, and new signs. Phase one is expected be completed around the beginning of next year. Phase two of Paseo Santa Fe will enhance

South Santa Fe Avenue from Ocean View Drive to Terrace Drive. The estimated cost is $7 million and the city has not yet obtained funding, according to John Conley, Director of Vista’s Community Development and Engineering Departments. Alongside the Paseo Santa Fe project, a 69unit affordable housing and commercial complex, Paseo Pointe, is currently being built at 325 South Santa Fe Avenue. Another affordable housing project, the North Santa Fe Apartment project on North Santa Fe Avenue, is also being constructed and will be completed this year.


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$1,995 due at lease signing 36 month lease 15 at this payment (Standard 2.5i Automatic model, code FFB-02). $1,995 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. Tax, title and registration fees extra. Other leases available on other models. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers and are subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorem taxes (where applicable), insurance, maintenance repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear and tear and a mileage charge of 15 cents per mile for mileage over 10,000 miles per year. Retailer participation may affect final cost. Cannot be combined with any other incentives or offers. Must take delivery from retailer stock by January 31, 2015.

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2015 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

Cannot be combined with any other incentive. Financing for well-qualified applicants only. $20.83 thousand financed. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. No down payment required. See participating dealers for details. Must take delivery from dealer stock by January 31, 2015.

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 1-31-2015.

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Car Country Drive

2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition Automatic Transmission, Bluetooth, Sirius XM and More!

per month + tax



for 36 months

3 at this payment FC019618, FC006303, FC013516. On approved above average credit. $1999 Due at Signing. $0 security deposit required. Payments plus tax & license, 36mo. closed end lease with purchase option. Excess mileage fees of 20¢ per mile based on 10,000 miles per year. Offer Expires 2/1/15

760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 2-1-2015.

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