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San Diegan dies in attack on US Capitol By City News Service

JURASSIC QUEST AT FAIRGROUNDS Tyrannosaurus Rex is one of the most familiar of the dinosaurs. This species of dinosaur and three-quarters of all life on Earth disappeared with a “cataclysmic event” 66 million years ago. See this model at Jurassic Quest at the Del Mar Fairgrounds through Jan. 10. Story on Page 10. Photo by Jerry Ondash

San Marcos podcast gives voice to Muslim-American youth By Hafsa Fathima

SAN MARCOS — As a marriage and family therapy graduate student, hosting a podcast was the last thing on Sarah Kouzi’s mind. The 23-year-old San Marcos resident was already juggling classes at San Diego State University and had never produced any kind of audio before, she said. Today, Kouzi and her co-hosts — Doaa Abulebbeh, Sara Suleiman, Ro'aa Alkhawaja — are already 12 episodes into their show, “Caught in the Middle.” The podcast operates on a simple premise. As their blurb on Apple Podcasts states, it’s a series of episodic mullings on crit- CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: A group of Muslim-American women have launched a podcast to ical issues they believe talk about modern issues facing Muslim youth. Pictured from left, Ro’aa Alkhawaja, Sarah Muslim youth face in the Kouzi, Doaa Abulebbeh, Dr. Rola Abushaban and Arwa Alkhawaja. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram


United States. Kouzi and her co-hosts have spent the last year conversing about Islamic spirituality, finding an identity and recent discussions about the hardships of COVID-19. “I was a little bit anxious,” said Kouzi, recalling their early production days. “It felt also like a big responsibility, that what I could say could impact other people.” They’re joining a league of Muslim voices — several of whom are also all-female productions — on one of the most innovative and fastest-growing media platforms. Over 50% of the U.S. population above the age of twelve listened to podcasts in 2020, according to data TURN TO PODCAST ON 3

REGION — A woman who was fatally shot by police inside the U.S. Capitol during Wednesday’s insurrection was an Air Force veteran from San Diego, according to multiple reports. KUSI, citing the woman’s husband, identified her as Ashli Babbitt, a 14year Air Force veteran. Her husband, who did not travel to Washington, D.C., told the station Babbitt was a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump. Fox5 in Washington, D.C., also confirmed her identity, citing Babbitt’s mother-in-law. Babbitt was killed as chaos and violence erupted at the U.S. Capitol, when a pro-Trump mob attempting to block Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory stormed the building. The scene halted Congress’ vote-counting, and lawmakers were evacuated from the building for several hours. The Capitol began being cleared at 6 p.m., when a curfew that Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered earlier in the day went into effect. Babbitt and her husband owned a business in San Diego, Fox5 reported. Babbitt was shot by police when she and others broke into the Capitol and attempted to go into the House chamber, said Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee in a news conference. Babbitt and the others were confronted by plain clothed U.S. Capitol police officers, and one officer fired at her, Contee said. The department’s internal affairs division is investigating the shooting, he said. Babbitt was one of four people who died at or near the Capitol Wednesday, Contee said. Three other people suffered apparent medical emergencies.



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Palomar field hospital activated due to COVID surge By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — A 202bed federal field hospital inside of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido that was activated last week to support overwhelmed hospitals now has 10 patients. The FEMA hospital, located on the 10th and 11th floors of Palomar Medical Center, was first announced back in April, but was officially activated last week as ICU capacity in San Diego remains at 0%. According to Brian Ferguson from the California Office of Emergency Services, the Palomar field hospital will serve “the wider San Diego region with a particular eye towards decompressing overburdened hospitals in Imperial County.” One of these hospitals, El Centro Regional Medical Center, which is bearing the brunt of the coronavirus in Imperial County, reported that it ran out of ICU beds just last week. Ten patients have been transferred to the field hospital, Gov. Newsom said Monday. Currently, the state has 132 patients in its

ROWS OF BEDS holding hygiene supplies cover the 10th and 11th floors of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, as seen in April. Palomar is the site of a 202-bed Federal Medical Station, which has been activated to help overwhelmed local hospitals. Photo by Tigist Layne

The type of patients that will be seen at the site will be individuals who are not intubated, can self-feed and who generally require a skilled-nursing level of care.” Brian Ferguson California Office of Emergency Services

alternate care sites, or federal field hospitals. The field hospital, which officially opened on Dec. 31, is being used to treat patients that have health issues or injuries not related to COVID-19, according to the governor. “The type of patients

that will be seen at the site will be individuals who are not intubated, can self-feed and who generally require a skilled-nursing level of care,” Ferguson said in an email to The Coast News. “More specifically, the intent of Palomar alternative care site is to provide care

for patients and ease strain on health care delivery systems. This will allow hospitals to focus their resources on those with the most acute needs.” Gov. Newsom also said during the press conference that there are substantially more alternate care sites

throughout the state that are on standby, but have not yet been activated for use. Each bed at the Palomar site has a single chair at its side and holds a thin mattress, a pillow, and a package containing toilet paper, face masks, a toothbrush and other supplies. The beds and supplies were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the buildout of the site was done by the California National Guard. Ferguson encouraged that any persons requiring medical attention for COVID-19 should continue to consult with their physicians and should not seek admission or care directly at these sites. San Diego County’s stay-at-home order was extended last week for an additional three weeks, along with several other Southern California counties, due to the critical situation in hospitals. Businesses including restaurants, bars, salons, gyms, etc. will remain closed until the order is lifted.

Escondido led region in outbreaks in November, records show By Tigist Layne

According to the county’s website, outbreaks are identified through contact tracing. “We interview all cases about their activities during the two weeks prior to their illness onset,” the county’s website says. “They may mention places they worked, shopped, visited, went to church, attended a gathering, etc.” Countywide, at least 252 outbreaks occurred in nursing homes, jails, rehab facilities and shelters, at least 208 outbreaks occurred in restaurants and at least 125 outbreaks occurred in large retail and grocery stores. At least 205 outbreaks occurred in businesses with

services like pet care, banking and shipping. At least 30 outbreaks occurred at religious organizations since March. In November, these outbreaks had a combined case count of at least 187, almost half of those coming from Awaken Church, which has received two cease-and-desist orders but continues to hold indoor services. Awaken Church opened its second North County location in San Marcos last month. In Escondido, at least 89 cases were identified at Vista Del Lago Memory Care, an assisted living facility, in November alone, and another 15 cases at Cypress Court, a retirement


ly struggle, the team said. “It’s been a way to say that we exist, we’re here (as Muslims) and there are certain struggles that are unique to us,” said Kouzi. The idea to launch a show focused on Muslim-centered issues was inspired by two acquaintances of the team: Arwa Alkhawaja, who leads a non-profit focused on mental health and Dr. Rola Abushaban, who runs a private acupuncture practice in Mission Valley. The concept had been brimming in their minds for a while, Abushaban said, spending weeks trying to decide who would be best to bring the potential show alive. “This is the generation that learns from podcasts,” said Abushaban. “So I thought, ‘Let’s get with it.’” While topics were quickly pitched and discussed, the actual process of podcasting was not without its challenges. None of them had any previous technical experience, Arwa Alkhawaja said, picking up

skills as they went along. “We started off recording with a microphone clipped to a straw,” she said. “We had to get creative, learning things like how to fix the sound quality.” Production has since taken on a less improvisational approach, they said, with Ro'aa Alkhawaja and Abulebbeh editing and the rest researching, brainstorming and deciding what issues needed the most attention. Sometimes, it’s as simple as exploring the idea of gratitude or finding hope in the midst of the pandemic. Episodes like, “The Why Behind The What,” delve into more personal aspects, like Ro’aa Alkhawaja’s experiences wearing the hijab, a veil worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty. At the start, it was a decision that “never really clicked,” she says in the episode. “It was never really something that I thought about, I just put it on.” The ensuing conversation tracks how wearing the

ESCONDIDO — A recent review of public records by KPBS shows that the highest number of coronavirus outbreaks in November across the region happened in Escondido, with 51 outbreaks and 177 COVID-19 cases in just one month. The records reviewed by KPBS include 1,006 outbreak records during the first nine months of the pandemic, but only specific case counts for the month of November. An outbreak is defined as having three or more people with COVID-19, who aren’t in the same household, at the same place within a 14-day period.


from Infinite Dial, an annual digital media survey conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital. Podcasts on various streaming platforms drew in over 100 million listeners a month, the survey reported. “It’s the simplicity of the form that encouraged us, you’re just talking and connecting with an audience,” said Abulebbeh. The show’s introductory episode sets a clear path: the team is intent on providing a “safe space,” to explore issues like gender inequality, culture and finding a sense of comfort in both their Muslim and American identities. Muslim-Americans still face higher levels of discrimination than other faith groups at jobs, airports and health-care services, data from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding revealed. Voicing these concerns and unmasking stereotypes could still be a dai-

community. Victory Church in Escondido had seven cases in November, while six cases were reported at St. Mary Catholic Church. Resurrection Catholic Church had five cases in November, which was its second outbreak since March. Sixteen cases were reported at a local Target, and seven cases were reported at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Currently, Escondido Post Acute Rehab, a senior living facility, has 111 residents and 70 health care workers who have coronavirus, making this their second outbreak since March. According to the report, Escondido, specifical-

PODCAST focuses on issues facing Muslim youth in the United States. Courtesy photo

veil became more than just a piece of clothing, but the symbol of an identity she held important. It’s a piece they received positive feedback on and remains one of her proudest episodes, she added. The issues they’ve documented have long been a part of Muslim-American discourse, from comedian Hasan Minhaj’s story on growing up Muslim in a post-9/11 world, seen on Netflix’s “Homecoming King,” to more contemporary portrayals found in shows like

ly the 92029 Zip code, had the highest number of cases linked to outbreaks in November. This report marks the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that this much COVID-19 data has been available to the public. County officials denied more detailed public records requests by multiple news organizations, including The Coast News, and other public interest groups. Instead providing data that only listed outbreaks by category such as "bar/restaurant" or "business." Other jurisdictions, including Los Angeles County, make their outbreak information public. Hulu’s “Ramy.” Focusing on issues like identity and belonging hasn’t always come easy, but it’s also been empowering, they said. “Sometimes explaining ourselves takes so much energy, as a minority in America,” said Kouzi. “But I think in our episodes, it doesn’t feel like a burden. It feels like I’m having this conversation with others who can relate to me. It actually feels more like a’s almost therapeutic in a sense.” As they continue to conceptualize the future of the show, they hope to bring a diverse cast of guests in upcoming episodes. “There are Muslim women in fields that are extremely difficult, like astrophysics, medicine and politics,” said Arwa Alkhawaja. “And they dare to conquer them. We’d love to have their voices on the show soon.” “Caught in the Middle” currently streams on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

Post-holiday hospitalizations continue to rise By City News Service

REGION — San Diego County public health officials reported 3,815 new COVID-19 infections and 37 deaths Jan. 6, as well as a record number of hospitalizations. The new cases mark the third-highest number of infections reported in a single day, behind a record 4,478 cases reported last Friday and 4,427 on Saturday, and the 37th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new diagnoses. Cases have crossed the 2,000 mark in 27 of the last 28 days after Tuesday's 1,814 broke a 26-day streak. The 3,000 mark has been crossed 11 times since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations resulting from the virus rose to a record 1,664 on Wednesday. Of those, 384 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units. The number of available, staffed ICU beds in the county dwindled to 39. County health officials attribute the increasing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths to gatherings over the holidays and the presence of the new coronavirus variant known as B.1.1.7. that was first detected in the United Kingdom. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said it's likely the number of hospitalizations will continue to increase, as we're in the 21-24 day “lag” period between rising cases and rising hospitalizations. The county's cumulative cases now number 176,662 and the death toll rose to 1,691. Of 26,320 tests reported Wednesday, 14% returned positive. The county reported 24 confirmed diagnoses of the more virulent strain of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the county's confirmed cases of the variant to 28. There have been no deaths locally connected to the variant. The variant was first found in the United States last week in Colorado. The first San Diego case was confirmed in a man in his 30s with no history of travel, who first became symptomatic Dec. 27 and tested positive Dec. 29. He was hospitalized and contact tracing was initiated. The 24 newly confirmed patients are believed to have no travel history and come from 19 households, but the investigation and contact tracing are ongoing, the county's Health and Human Services Agency reported. New cases have been identified in San Diego, Chula Vista, La Mesa and Lakeside. While the four youngest cases are in children under 10 and the oldest is over 70, the average age of the variant cases is 36 — the same as the overall average for all confirmed cases in the county to date.


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The cost when scofflaws aren’t enforcing the law


A secession session


By Bob Franken

f at first you don’t secede, try again.” It’s not that the secession of states is a good idea -- it’s not -- but the truth is, we are not a United States anymore, and never have been. Were it not for the fact that the motivation for the Confederacy to break off was so odious -- it was really about the states’ rights to hold fellow humans as slaves and brutalize them -- I would have said let them go. The Southerners were nothing more than a bunch of genteel backstabbers who talked funny anyway. But still, I see Lincoln’s point when he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The Civil War ended more than 155 years ago. And, amazingly, even after the grudging progress we’ve made from slavery through Jim Crow to those who still long for Jim Crow, we still have a bunch of regressives, like radio sage Rush Limbaugh, promoting secession. Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his MAGA-teers (Make America Great Again is just

another way of saying Jim Crow) have effectively left us with a Divided States. So why not? Well, there are some practical considerations, like land mass. The lower 48 are geographic neighbors, in the same subdivision, although they are more like relatives with bitterly feuding hatreds. So that obviously isn’t convincing. Besides, how do you account for Alaska and Hawaii, and, for that matter, Puerto Rico, Samoa, the Virgin Islands and all those distant places? So that’s not it. Is it that we are bound by a system of laws? That would be it, except when you have laws, you have lawyers, so you don’t really have laws. As we’ve witnessed with President Trump, we have attorneys ready to thwart the will of the people in this alleged democracy at the drop of a billable hour. Besides, when you have laws, you have lawmakers, Congresspeople and legislators who can be bought and sold. And you also have judges who are bound by

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their ideologies. Except in cases where the loser in the election goes bonkers and concocts legal impediments that out of necessity are, to use a technical term, shamelessly stupid. Getting back to the political system ... it’s really a series of fiefdoms, not only in terms of federal, state and local entities, but also with all the other sub-jurisdictions, all of which have their own potential for corruption. While it’s easy to sneer at the politicians, in fairness, there were a few who stood up to the bizarro tactics of Donald Trump trying to save his own skin -- some of them in his own party. That does not include the 126 Republican House members who actually backed the brief in support of that last-minute farfetched lawsuit initiated by the Texas state attorney general. A brief so asinine that the U.S. Supreme Court justices unanimously rejected even considering it. One has to ask, who elected those 126 congresspeople to begin with? Come to think of it, Texas politicians make a habit of trying to secede. Among the latest is Republican state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, who wants to establish a referendum for what he calls “Texit.” It will get to the point where the majority of our citizens try to simply ignore our politicians, which would make sense if it was not for the fact that they have life and death power over us. Still, that type of mental secession is the best America can do. Bob Franken is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covered Washington for more than 20 years with CNN.

he list of California law enforcement agencies refusing to enforce current stay-at-home, crowd-size and masking orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom and county health officials numbers at least two dozen, stretching into most parts of the state. Negative results of those scofflaw inactions were not obvious at first, while some counties let restaurants stay open despite closing orders, made no effort to prevent gatherings of more than 10 persons and assigned no sheriff’s deputies to enforce face masking. But now some nasty consequences are clear. Leaping out at readers of county-by-county statistics during Christmas Week was a direct correlation between lack of enforcement and coronavirus prevalence, infections and deaths. The numbers made it painfully obvious that inaction by law enforcement has cost plenty of lives. Lack of enforcement has also been counter-productive in achieving the scofflaws’ own proclaimed goals: allowing normalcy to return sooner rather than later. Larger caseloads inevitably mean longer shutdowns. The refusals to act are pure dereliction of duty in a state where the most common motto of law enforcement is “To protect and serve.” These folks are not doing much to help protect their constituents from the worst pandemic of the last century. Of the five California counties with the highest seven-day average COVID-19 cases in the week leading up to Christmas, just one has taken strong enforcement measures. That’s San Diego County, ranked fifth, where six deputies enforce anti-contagion measures full time.

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But sheriffs in the four large counties with by far the biggest case numbers – Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside – all refuse. Those four counties also had the highest per-capita case rates among the state’s large counties, ranging from 4,110 per 100,000 persons in Orange County to 7,520 in San Bernardino County. Meanwhile, Santa Clara County, whose strict shutdown famously forced the San Francisco 49ers and several college sports teams to hit the road for weeks at a time, had a per capita caseload – 1,176 per 100,000 – far below those of the big scofflaw counties. Socio-economic differences can’t explain such huge gaps. Do the anti-contagion measures work? These statistics, reported by the counties themselves, suggest the answer is yes. This has not yet changed policy anyplace where law enforcement is commanded by people who enforce only the laws they like, even when measures they ignore can spare illness and lives. Even contracting the virus in early December did not move Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones to change his policies. When the state imposed its mask mandate, Jones said his deputies would not enforce it, calling violations “minor.” How minor are they when they cause infections and death? So far, Sheriffs Alex Villanueva, Don Barnes and Chad Bianco, who respectively enforce most laws in Los Angeles, Orange and

Riverside counties, and San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon continue refusing to enforce key state emergency edicts which have so far survived legal challenges. Villanueva said early on his deputies won’t “take part in enforcing stay at home orders…” Barnes called following the rules “a matter of personal responsibility, not a matter of law enforcement;” Bianco said he won’t be “blackmailed, bullied or used as muscle” by the governor or health officials. In all their counties, intensive care units were filled to capacity through most of December, but the sheriffs remained adamant. The only major anti-Covid law enforcement actions in those counties saw Los Angeles deputies break up two underground parties where dozens gathered and may have created “superspreader” events. It’s not only sheriffs refusing to enforce laws, but also some police chiefs. In Stockton, Ceres, Dixon, Roseville, Folsom and many other cities, chiefs say they prefer an “education” approach to violators of masking and social distancing rules. That matches the stance of the non-enforcing sheriffs in the state’s hardest-hit areas. There have been no consequences so far for any of the law enforcement people making these sometimes deadly decisions. That’s worth contemplating as many millions of Californians respect the rules, stay home and try to save their lives and those of people with whom they might otherwise associate. It’s also something voters should remember when the sheriffs involved come up for reelection in 2022 and 2024. Email Thomas Elias at

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SMUSD pauses in-person learning for two weeks By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) notified parents last week that they would be pausing in-person learning for at least two weeks citing concerns over the recent countywide surge in COVID-19 cases. The district’s elementary students who chose a hybrid learning option have been attending in-person classes since October, while middle and high school students were set to begin in-person learning in January. On Dec. 29, the governing board and Interim Superintendent Kevin Holt

sent two different letters to families depending on if their child is in elementary or secondary learning. The letter to elementary families said that students will move to remote instruction on Jan. 11 for a period of two weeks. “It is an unfortunate reality that COVID-19 continues to spread across the region; with a postholiday surge expected in the early weeks of January. Based on this information and input from our SMUSD community regarding the health and safety of our students and staff, the Governing Board has made the

difficult, but prudent decision to temporarily suspend in-person learning after the return from winter break,” the letter stated. For secondary students, the letter states that they will not begin in-person learning until situations improve countywide: “As you know we have been working diligently to ready our secondary campuses for our middle and high school students return in January, and we are happy to report that our staff and schools are prepared and look forward to seeing our students back on campus as soon as possible,”

the letter said. “Please note, however, if San Diego County remains in the Purple tier our middle and high school students must continue remote instruction until the county moves into a less restrictive tier.” Both letters state that the governing board will meet on Jan. 11 to further review the status of COVID-19 in San Diego County and will make adjustments to these plans if necessary. “I applaud the SMUSD leadership team and governing board working through the holidays to try and give parents as much

notice as possible. They are in an unprecedented position trying to keep all team members, students and families safe,” said SMUSD parent Sandra Greefkes. “Based on the social media dialogue within the community… the reactions are wide-ranging from supportive and understanding to disbelief and complete disagreement with the decision.” SMUSD, which has more than 21,000 students in grades K-12, has had three positive COVID-19 cases within the last two weeks. It is unclear how many total cases the district has had.

A contagious can-do spirit helps bring in new year


fter a year centered on what people can’t do, well, we can’t wait to meet Manny Barrera. You know why? “Because Manny can,” Barrera said. That’s a promise that comes with passion. Barrera possesses more want-do than most 18-year-olds. His engine is constantly revved, refusing to let potholes stall his dream of being involved in athletics. For Barrera’s buddies, that translates into playing whatever sport is in season. It means running, jumping, diving and being in constant motion. But Barrera, to some, has been dealt a bum hand with a disease that often restricts him to a wheelchair. Hell on wheels? Not exactly, because Barrera’s refreshing attitude provides a slice of heaven on earth. “If Manny can, anyone can,” Barrera said. Barrera, a Palomar College freshman, produces the podcast “Manny Can!” It digs into the backgrounds of people, unearthing what motivated others to persevere, much like Barrera has. Barrera admits it’s a work in progress.



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REGION — A law prohibiting the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in California took effect Jan. 1. AB 2152, known as Bella’s Act, was sponsored by the San Diego Humane Society and written by Todd Gloria, San Diego's new mayor, when he was still a state assemblyman. The legislation aims to end the practice of selling animals bred and raised in unhealthy, inhumane conditions in out-of-state puppy mills that supply pet stores. The act was named for Bella, a corgi bred in a puppy mill who had been advertised as a rescue dog in a San Diego pet store and sold for thousands of dollars billed as her adoption fee. During that experience, Bella was declawed and developed a severe case of bronchitis, which cost her new owner thousands of dollars in prolonged veterinary care to get her healthy. Bella’s Act officially closed a loophole in AB 485, which took effect in January 2019 and made important progress, but allowed those seeking to continue to profit from imported millbred animals to circumvent the intent of the law. Pet store owners exploited a provision in AB 485 allowing them to sell dogs, cats and rabbits if they entered into a cooperative agreement with a shelter or rescue organization by partnering with insincere “rescues” or unsuspecting shelters. San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement officers ended up citing several stores for various violations including improper signage and not having a valid cooperative agreement. “With Bella’s Act going into effect, we’ll be able to end the inhumane retail sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in California once and for all,” said Bill Ganley, San Diego Humane Society chief of humane law enforcement. Service of San Diego (JFS) is offering its Hand Up Cars program, which facilitates low-interest car loans for low-to-moderate income residents in San Diego County. For more information about the Hand Up Cars program or to submit a confidential application for an auto loan, call Jewish Family Service at (858) 637-3210 or visit KEEP THEM ON THEIR TOES

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Kids for Peace celebrates 10 years of kindness small By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Nearly 15 years ago two local women set out to change the city. Instead, they had a global impact when they launched Kids for Peace, the Carlsbad-based nonprofit committed to bringing peace, happiness and gratitude to children across the globe. And now, Kids for Peace is gearing up for its 10th annual Great Kindness Challenge, one headed for the record books, said co-founder Jill McManigal. Dubbed “Linked by Love” and part of the “Kindness Unites” campaign, Kids for Peace is receiving links of recycled or reused paper to connect into a chain covering 110 miles. The Great Kindness Challenge runs from Jan. 25 through Jan. 29. “We always want to take a positive approach,” McManigal said. “We came up with the idea of having kids take action and spread kindness. Instead of focusing on what we don’t want, we focus on what we do want.” When McManigal and Danielle Gram created the concept for Kids for Peace in

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KIDS FOR PEACE is celebrating its 10th year of the Great Kindness Challenge with a Kindness Unites campaign highlighted by “Linked by Love.” Photo by Christina McGoldrick

2006, their goal was to focus on local children and showcasing their acts of kindness. In their first year, the nonprofit started in three Carlsbad elementary schools — Jefferson, Hope and Kelly. The reaction was so overwhelming that by the second year, the organization expanded to more than 260 schools nationwide. Now, Kids for Peace reaches more than 15 million children in 148 chapters across 121 countries.

But 10 years ago, McManigal and her team came up with the Great Kindness Challenge, which promotes a weeklong event with a 50-point checklist of acts of kindness. The challenge encourages youngsters to incorporate kindness throughout the week. However, McManigal said they have also been focused on keeping those acts going all year; along with extending the challenge and acts of kindness to the kids’ parents. The program


tivity Challenge craft kit. Felt Succulent Garden kits will be available beginning Jan. 13, while supplies last. Pick up your craft kit with curbside pickup by calling the Adult Services Desk at (760) 839-4839.

Join Escondido Public Library’s Virtual Author Chat at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 with authors Crystal Maldonado (“Fat Chance, Charlie Vega”) and Olivia Dade (“Spoiler Alert”). Register at

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An intermediate genealogy class, presented in a live online webinar by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12. Jeanette Shiel will discuss, “Researching New York State Records.” Free, but registration is required at For questions, call (949) 310-1778.

If you want to lend a helping paw to the pets at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, but this isn’t a good time for you to take a cat, dog, or rabbit into your home, this is perfect for you. Trained foster volunteers care for the pets in their homes. “Virtual fosters” sponsor the pets to help pay their expenses while they’re in foster care or at the shelter, waiting to HOME CRAFT KITS Get crafty at home with be adopted. For more information call (760) 753-6413 Escondido Public Library’s Artsy Adults Winter Acor log on to

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The California State University system has again extended its application deadline until Jan. 13. As part of that process, CSUSM is reminding students that financial aid is available to those who apply and who are qualified. More than 70% of CSUSM’s student population receives some type of financial aid. Students can apply to CSUSM at apply. The federal financial aid form is available at apply-for-aid/fafsa.


Shop the Oceanside Morning Farmer’s Market every Thursday with local farmers and vendors on Market Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Pier View Way, Farmer’s Market is operating in three socially distanced sections. Face coverings required to enter.

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The Escondido Writers Group will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 on Zoom. E-mail Azar.Katouzian@ to register. Writers of all genres are invited to join Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment.

has become so popular that California and Virginia are certified kindness states promoting the event to all their schools. “Kindness is a great unifier and something everybody can grab a hold of and is very actionable,” she said. “It’s been beautiful to see how it has grown and given kids opportunities to actually practice kindness and be part of this global movement. Richard Tubbs, the principal at Pac Rim Elementa-

ry School in Carlsbad, said when he manned the position at Hope, the decision to join the challenge was easy. He said the checklist makes for a good starting point each year and is a positive way to motivate the community. Additionally, the challenge has taken on a life of its own as children will make their own checklists or add on to the one provided by Kids for Peace, Tubbs said. “The real joy is seeing the students and their families promoting a positive school culture by emphasizing kindness as a community theme that permeates throughout our campus,” he added. “The powerful impact of sharing love, warmth, compassion, and kindness with others leaves a lasting impression that really makes a difference.” Note: Kids for Peace’s “Linked by Love” paper chain will be unveiled in the spring, or when it’s safe for gatherings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids and adults can send “links” to the nonprofit to be included in the chain at



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Enjoy the works recorded by MiraCosta’s own MOJO and Jazz Collective. The set features Grammy award trombonist Francisco Torres. Jazz, blues, Latin, R&B, and a little holiday NOLA funk. Watch and listen at watch?v=pgj7DJfja_U&

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MiraCosta College is now offering two free online productions, “Lysistrata” a comedy of sexual proportions, and “The Birds,” a fantastical, political fable. Visit watch?v=lLmCkXIwTyA&

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The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus is launching its all-virtual new season, called “Stay at Home with Us.” It offers a “pay what you can” subscription option. For more information, visit

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The North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “An Iliad” a dynamic adaptation of Homer’s classic poem about the Trojan War. The $35 video-on-demand will be showing through Jan. 24. Get tickets at

Quint Gallery’s ONE begins its 2021 season with Manny Farber’s 1985 painting, “From The Mid-Eighties” through Jan. 28, at 7722 Girard Ave., La Jolla.

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Calling all artists and sign makers. Oceanside is sending out a call for artists to submit a proposal for the new city landmark sign to span the intersection at Pier View Way and North Tremont Street. Proposal submissions are due Jan. 13. Round 1 Proposals should be e-mailed to lauren@osideproperties. com with the subject line “Oceanside Landmark Sign.” MainStreet Oceanside is seeking proposals for an iconic sign design for the Downtown Oceanside Property and Business Improvement District.

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The Oceanside Museum Of Art will host a series of online lectures, “Small But Mighty Must-See Museums,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on select Thursdays in January. Jan. 14: South of France; Jan. 21: Venice, Italy; Jan. 28: Back In The USA. Cost is $5 per virtual tour. Join Robin Douglas for a three-part journey not found in traditional guidebooks. Take a walk through actual countryside scenes painted by Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Matisse, then glide down the Grand Canal in Venice to visit Peggy Guggenheim’s daring Modernist collection—all before flying back to the USA to explore the eclectic and eccentric art collections of famous Americans.


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A gift of discovery


he winter holidays and 2020 are behind us and the new year slides in, still carrying the ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” As I compared it to past holiday gatherings, I realized this quarantined holiday was the simplest, least stressful I have had as a grown-up. It was the final door slamming on my efforts to be my mother. I was trying way too hard, but nobody wanted to be the one to tell me to lighten up. How lucky am I that the fates saw to it? I’m a little sad I am not the matriarch of large, laughter-and-family-filled holidays, but I needed to birth three or four more young’uns to set that in motion. And who knows? Even with a brood of kids, it might still have turned into a familial bun fight. You just can’t count on that sort of thing. So, this year we learned things, and it was good. My adult daughter had recently shared that opening gifts with everyone watching and then being expected to emote over said gift has always been absolute agony for her. Instead, I let her call the shots, and we did a kind of every-man-forhimself approach. There aren’t so many of us that we can’t keep track of who got what with just a little side-eye action. And it was incredibly relaxed. Truly, who knew? I did fix some Christmas morning breakfast, but this year no introverts were forced to sit at a carefully decorated table and pretend to like my egg casserole. I had also turned every bauble of the holiday decorating over to my creative girl-child and that was about the best idea I ever had. It took longer to get it all in place, and will take longer to dismantle, but it was a good exercise for my OCD and patience. We celebrated right through the proper 12 days of Christmas, with the decoration boxes not coming out until well after New Year’s. I can see my Irish Anglican Nana nodding her approval. Sure, I’m hopeful about 2021, but being older and wiser, I do plan to keep my seatbelt buckled. Wishes for a less interesting new year. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who knows life is always a bumpy ride. Contact her at jean@

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terview with “Cal Burrito” are below and include a look at its history, definitive ingredients, music to enjoy eating one with, and some other highlights from the Juanita’s menu where our favorite California Burrito calls home.

INTERVIEWING Cal Burrito outside of Juanita’s in Encinitas. Photo courtesy Lick the Plate


’ve always been intrigued by the California Burrito, that delicious combination of carne asada, cheese, sour cream and the most important ingredient, french fries — that is native to San Diego. I wanted to learn more about this special burrito, so in the Lick the Plate tra-

LTP: Let’s start with a history of how you came to be, your origins in San Diego. Cal Burrito: Well first off, there is no definitive history on my origins, but relatives have told me I originated from what San Diegans call a ‘bertos taco shop of which there are many. You know, all the taco shops that all end in ‘berto’s’: Roberto’s, Rigoberto’s, Aliberto’s — there are like 200 of them in San Diego … so you get my point.

dition of interviewing food items (our first was a Cuban sandwich), I recently recorded a radio show with a California Burrito or “Cal LTP: And what are your Burrito” from Juanita’s definitive ingredients? that is airing this week on Cal Burrito: The beauty 101KGB and can be found of my ingredients is their in podcast format at www. simplicity. I come stuffed TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 11 Highlights from my in-

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Making the best of it in the new year

2 PIZZA & BEER in 2021? You bet. Photo by Peter Bravo De Los Rios

021 is here. Now what? The pandemic isn’t gone. Basically, in North County San Diego, every-one is arguing over school re-openings and masks and restaurant openings and allowing legal weed. It’s enough to make you want to head back to sleep for six more weeks. Unfortunately, I’m not Punxsutawney Phil and can’t go back into hibernation. What I can do is follow the advice of my Mom. “You just got to make the

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with a takeout dinner from Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside. My wife and I scarfed down pizzas with a side of It’s Festastic, a German-style am-ber lager next to our little gas patio fire. Side note: Before refrigeration, German brewers would brew lagers in late winter and then cold store them in underground cellars filled with ice from near-by lakes. They would mature underground through the summer months. The Festastic has been aging splendidly, and in combination with homemade dough and sauce baked in a stone hearth oven, true joy was created in my mouth. The alchemy of pizza and beer is hard to describe fully. Ten feet across from us, my wife’s snowbird parents gnawed on pizza and drank beers and a glass of wine. They brought their own plates and silverware and napkins for pizza grease. After 10 months of this pandemic, we’ve all gotten reasonably adept at the "shift mask, sip or bite, readjust mask" routine during the few in-person eating and drinking interactions we’ve had. I’m grateful for these socially distanced moments with them. Sometimes I imagine striding across the patio in a devil-may-care manner to hug them, but then I remember what is at risk. My parents are thousands of miles away, and I hope that sometime in 2021, we will finally be able to close that gap again. So instead, I move my mask, sip my delicious beer, and bring the mask back down. Make the best of it. Repeat.

One way I’ll be making the best of it throughout 2021 is by really appreciating the incredible crea-tors in our local brewing, distilling and coffee roasting industries. San Diego is one of the finest beverage producing communities in the world, and San Diegans have the luxury of choice when it comes to supporting local. Expect this column to be filled with plenty of interviews with local drink makers, explorations into some of the nuances that make them great, and even some pushing of boundaries as we learn more and more about these elixirs we all love so much. I started writing the Cheers! North County column only a few weeks before the first pandemic shutdown, and yet somehow, with your help, we were able to pack in a whole bunch of drinking adventures last year. I’m looking forward to making the best of it, embarking on new adventures with all of you again in 2021. Thank you for reading. Do you listen to podcasts? Are you interested in exciting things being done by interesting people in North County San Diego? Be sure to check out the most recent episode of the Cheers! North County podcast. Stream it on The Coast News online or search for it on your favorite podcast plat-forms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Don’t forget to follow Cheers! North County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Got an interest-ing story about your drinking adventures? Reach out! I want to hear it.

Local home price forecast: Best in US in ’21 By City News Service

REGION — Home prices in San Diego County are expected to increase by 8.3% over the next year, the largest such increase in the nation, according to a report released Jan. 5 by real estate analysts at CoreLogic. Among a sampling of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation, single-family home prices in San Diego are projected to increase the most by No-

vember, “as low inventory continues to increase prices,” according to the report. Despite the expected increases locally, CoreLogic’s report said home price growth will slow in most markets nationwide through November, due to lower buyer demand and more supply in the coming year. The next highest price increase is projected for the Miami metropolitan area, at 3.3%.

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Our picks for 2020’s top wines


n our previous column, we unveiled the World’s Top Ten wines from Wine Spectator. Six countries were represented, the result of a blind tasting of over 11,000 wines. Rico and I keep our tasting to nearly 1,000 wines that are readily available at most supermarkets, wine shops and online. We are now pleased to present our BIG 10 best wines of the year. Unlike Spectator, they are not ranked but are listed alphabetically, equally excellent in flavor, body, value (the wine’s price comparison) and the “wow” factor. Our choices include four Cabernet Sauvignons, two Pinot Noirs, and one each of a Barbera. Brunello, Chianti Classico and a Red Blend. The five from my corner starts off with… Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany Italy, 2016. $24. The Ricasoli family has produced wine in the heart of Tuscany since the 12th Century. The massive castle, on the highest point in the vineyard, once a French Nunnery, can be seen for miles. This Chianti displays a ruby red color deepening to garnet, with a rich and generous taste. Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2017. $25. High in the hills of Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder vineyards grow highly concentrated grapes that fully express the unique characteristics of mountain-grown fruit. Enjoy the flavors of blackberry and cherry layered with cocoa, tobacco and cedar notes. Orin Swift Abstract Red Blend, Napa Valley, 2018. $34. Aromatics with gravity, this wine pulls you in with boldness on entry. Your palate will feel the richness of dark plum, black fig and hints of musk and rhubarb, all radiating from a mix of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Runquist Reserve Barbera, Plymouth CA, 2018. $48. Barbera is the

several of their vineyards. The 2016 Cab lived up to Cakebread’s reputation with ripe blackberry and boysenberry on the nose and dark fruit with smooth tannins on the palate begging for rich frank mangio red meat and savory food. favorite family wine of Chateau Buena Vista Piemonte Italy. Jeff Run- Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa quist brings it to a new level Valley, 2016. $40. I had this of love with black raspberry Cab at a wine dinner and and dark cherry fruit fla- had a hunch this historical vors. It hits the palate with vineyard’s wine dating back a unique character of rich to the 1860s was going to be and creamy flow, with bright one of my 2020 Top 5’s. Arozesty sensations. The finish mas of currants and cranberis long and harmonious with ries with flavors of bluebera toasty oak nuance. jef- ry and strawberry and hints of cocoa and cardamom on San Simeon Monterey the finish made this an easy Pinot Noir, 2017. $23. A di- choice. buenavistawinery. vision of the Riboli Family com. with headquarters in Los DAOU Estate Cabernet Angeles, San Simeon stra- Sauvignon, Paso Robles, tegically reflects the rugged 2016. $85. I suspect that California coastal dynam- Master Winemaker Daniel ics of growing Pinot Noir in Daou enjoys making this the Santa Lucia Highlands wine perhaps even more South of Monterey. This than flagship Soul of a Lion artisan wine is handcrafted as this is a 100% Cab with no in small lots. The precious blending like Soul requiring wine settles into an oak bar- even more skill and finesse. rel bed, not to be bottled This Robert Parker 95 point for at least 10 months. Pairs rated Cab is estate free run flexibly with fish, pork, ham juice and aged for 20 months and mild cheese. in 80% new French Rosewood oak barrels. The color is deep purple almost black RICO’S PICKS Frank thank you for with currant and blackberry the handoff. This pun was on the nose, a powerhouse intentional with the kickoff full-bodied palate, and a (another pun) of the NFL silky smooth finish. Drink this world-class Cab now or playoff season. Belle Glos Clark & Tele- put it away for that perfect phone Pinot Noir, Santa Ma- moment. daouvineyards. ria Valley, 2018. $55. The com. Talenti Brunello di MonClark & Telephone vineyard is one of Joe Wagner’s, talcino, 2015. $50. This originator of Meiomi, four Sangiovese based wine is pinot vineyards along the assembled from five differCA coast and happens to be ent vineyards ranging from the southern warmest one. 200 to 400m in altitude from The added warmth creates Montalcino hillsides. I knew a boldness of cherry and it would be a perfect complecranberry, like a Zinfandel ment for an out of this world or Cab Sauv, even though a Rigatoni Pasta Bolognese Pinot and can handle richer that I made in an Instant and spicier foods compared Pot. The ruby red color with to nominal Pinots. belleg- floral aromas including rose had cherry and cranberry Cakebread Cabernet on the palate with an orange Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2016. zest finish. Ideal for any $70. From photographer to Italian dinner. Happy New Year 2021 vineyard owner, Jack Cakebread has amassed over 600 to all our readers! acres of prime Napa Valley Reach him at frank@ vineyards allowing bread to blend fruit from

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Prehistoric creatures at Fairgrounds this weekend


inosaurs with feathers? Giant sea snails? Toothless, airborne dinosaurs with hollow bones? Who knew? For one, the visitors around the country who have cruised the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru, a touring exhibit that features more than 70 life-size, animated prehistoric dinosaurs and undersea creatures, large and small. These same creatures will inhabit the Del Mar Fairgrounds through Jan. 10.

hit the road e’louise ondash This is the eighth year for the touring exhibit, but the first time Jurassic Quest has been designed as an outdoor drive-through, explained “Dino Dustin” Baker, spokesperson for Jurassic Quest and all its

creatures. “It was originally designed to be a walk-through exhibit indoors, but we had to pivot with the pandemic," Baker said. Since it launched the national tour in mid-July, the Jurassic Quest experience has been visited by more than 250,000 cars and one million people, according to the press release. Once visitors are through the gate, they can tune in to a narration on their cell phones (signs will provide a prompt).

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As they slowly drive by, the many ginormous creatures move their heads, tails, arms and gaping mouths, most filled with razor-sharp teeth in search of prey. The drive takes about an hour. We arrived before 8 a.m. New Year’s Day and Baker had his hands full fulfilling media requests for interviews. Throughout the exhibit, workers were busy setting up the gift shop, replete with colorful inflatable dinosaurs of all types and sizes, while others were checking the various dinosaurs making sure all parts were working. Among them were Tyrannosaurus rex, Raptors, Triceratops, Spinosaurus and a whole bunch of other prehistoric creatures that you’ve probably never heard of or seen.

There’s the toothless Quetzalcoatlus, a flying dinosaur similar to the pterodactyl but a whole bunch bigger. In fact, it’s the largest known flying animal ever. And there’s the liopleurodon, a carnivorous, marine reptile that grew as large as 82 feet long and weighed up to 3,700 pounds. You’ll also meet the Qianzhousaurus, who started a new branch of the Tyrannosaur family. Because of his elongated snout, paleontologists in this country nicknamed him Pinocchio Rex. According to Baker, whose job combines his love of acting and boyhood fascination with dinosaurs, all of the animatronic dinosaurs for Jurassic Quest are custom-made in consultation with paleontologists. “We work with pale-

ontologists and always replace (older models) with the newest known dinosaurs,” he said. Jurassic Quest is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. $49/per car for up to eight people. A group photo is included in the price of admission. To purchase tickets and reserve a time, visit www.JurassicQuest. com. All visitors must have their temperatures taken and wear masks until they pass through the entry gate. The audio tour is available in both English and Spanish, and special accommodations can be made for the hearing-impaired. A list of frequently asked questions can be found here. For more photos and videos, visit

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menu items at Juanita’s you would suggest. Cal Burrito: Right on Mr. Lick the Plate, you are correct, I am but one of many fine menu selections at Juanita’s. My sibling the fish taco is amazing. So good in fact that in 2010, NY Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton listed it as one of the 15 best things he had eaten that year. I’m still a little jealous over that as he did not even try me!! But besides that, the veggie burrito, carnitas, and fish burrito are all good. We also had very cool calendars this time of year, but the company that makes them went out of business, which is a big bummer.

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REGION — San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas announced Jan. 6 they will ask the Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and supporting actions to have the county address systemic racism at its Jan. 12 meeting. “In declaring racism as a public health crisis, we are acknowledging that racism underpins the health inequities throughout the

region,” said Fletcher, who was elected chair of the board on Tuesday. “So much of the division we face as a society is the result of intentional government policies put in place to perpetuate systemic racism. “The only way you address it is to come back with intentional government policies designed to dismantle the barriers of oppression and move toward equality of opportunity and access for Black and brown

people,” he said. According to the supervisors, as the public health agency for the County of San Diego, there is a responsibility to tackle the issue of racism and make substantive changes to county operations. The proposed measures in the board letter are intended to ensure the county is making decisions based on equity data, promoting health equity and engaging communities in a participatory process.


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1. U.S. PRESIDENTS: The poem “O Captain! My Captain!” was written after the death of which president? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the weight of a U.S. quarter? 3. MOVIES: What was the name of the skyscraper in the drama “Die Hard”? 4. TELEVISION: What city was the setting for the sitcom “Mork and Mindy”? 5. SCIENCE: What is the study of knowledge, reality and existence called? 6. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What are male blue crabs called? 7. GEOGRAPHY: What is the highest point in Japan? 8. FOOD & DRINK: The acai berry is native to which continent? 9. LITERATURE: Who wrote the “Winnie-thePooh” book series for children? 10. MEASUREMENTS: What is an angstrom?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Aspects call for care in preparing material for submission. Although you might find it bothersome to go over what you’ve done, the fact is, rechecking could be worth your time and effort. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The week is favorable for Bovines who welcome change. New career opportunities wait to be checked out. You also might want to get started on that home makeover you’ve been considering. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might have to be extra careful to protect that surprise you have planned, thanks to a certain snoopy someone who wants to know more about your plans than you’re willing to share. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Family ties are strong this week, although an old and still-unresolved problem might create some unpleasant moments. If so, look to straighten the situation out once and for all. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Although the Lion might see it as an act of loyalty and courage to hold on to an increasingly shaky position, it might be wiser to make changes now to prevent a possible meltdown later. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your gift for adding new people to your circle of friends works overtime this week, thanks largely to contacts you made during the holidays. A surprise awaits you at the week’s end.


LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Don’t hide your talents. It’s a good time to show what you can do to impress people who can do a lot for you. A dispute with a family member might still need some smoothing over. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be open with your colleagues about your plan to bring a workplace matter out into the open. You’ll want their support, and they’ll want to know how you’ll pull it off. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Trying to patch up an unraveling relationship is often easier said than done. But it helps to discuss and work out any problems that arise along the way. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While your creative aspect remains high this week, you might want to call on your practical side to help work out the why and wherefore of an upcoming decision. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Dealing with someone’s disappointment can be difficult for Aquarians, who always try to avoid giving pain. But a full explanation and a show of sympathy can work wonders. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Getting a job-related matter past some major obstacles should be easier this week. A personal situation might take a surprising but not necessarily unwelcome turn by the week’s end. BORN THIS WEEK: You can be both a dreamer and a doer. You consider helping others to be an important part of your life. © 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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