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Virus death toll passes 400 in S.D.
Escondido city manager to stay during transition
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as the order technically doesn’t apply to them. “We try to look at every option. If we have to close again, well then it happens, we’ll be ready,” Schwartz said. “As a citizen of this state and this country, we can look around us and recognize that what was happening last week is different than this week, and to try and assume we don’t need
ESCONDIDO — Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp will officially retire on July 11 after 35 years of serving Escondido’s city government, but he will stay on temporarily to help the city transition to a new city manager. Epp has served as both city manager and city attorney of Escondido and is eligible for retirement this summer. However, Epp has agreed to stay on as a retired annuitant, citing unprecedented times due to an ongoing pandemic and recent increased social unrest in the community. “ W i t h COVID-19 still JEFFREY EPP being a big prob- is retiring after 35 years with lem nationwide, the city of Esas well as the re- condido, but he cent protests, it will stay on to seemed wise to help find his wait,” Epp said. replacement. “I just want sta- Courtesy photo bility for the city, and I want to do what I can to help create a smooth transition.” The City Council unanimously approved the decision at its June 24 meeting, agreeing that Epp’s temporary position will go into effect on July 12. Epp said that the search for a new city manager will be conducted in a national open search with the help of a recruitment firm. Council will then interview top candidates and make the ultimate appointment. The recruitment process is expected to take at least a few months, but Epp assured the
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REGION — San Diego County health officials reported 264 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths on July 8, raising the county’s totals to 17,842 cases and 406 deaths. Of the 7,607 tests reported Wednesday, 3% returned positive. A total of 402,494 tests have been completed in the county, along with 20,691 contact tracing investigations. Wednesday’s results come a day after a record-high 578 cases, a 10% positive test rate and 12 deaths were reported Tuesday. Despite the lower numbers, other signs show the pandemic is far from easing. A new daily high of 38 COVID-19 positive patients were hospitalized in Wednesday’s data, and about 136 of every 100,000 San Diegans are testing positive for the illness, well above the state’s preferred target of 100 per 100,000. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations have inched up over the last several weeks, said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “The pandemic is not over,” she said. “The disease is still widespread in our community, as evidenced by the rising cases.” Additionally, five new community-based outbreaks were reported TURN TO VIRUS ON 3
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HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, ECHIDNA
For the first time in San Diego Zoo Global’s history, a baby echidna (ih-KID-na) — or puggle, as they are called — has hatched at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido. Echidnas are one of only two mammals that lay eggs; the other is the platypus.The echidna is native to Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. The new puggle is 4 months old, weighs just over a pound and is about 6 inches long. It’s starting to develop its protective spines. Courtesy photo
Zoos staying open amid new closures Being outdoors, Safari Park in Escondido not affected by health order By Tigist Layne
REGION — San Diego County officials ordered the shutdown of indoor operations for a number of businesses starting Tuesday, including restaurants, bars, movie theaters, museums and zoos. The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park will remain open, however, saying that the order applies to indoor zoos, not outdoor ones.
The move comes after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that San Diego County was officially added to California’s “monitoring list,” joining 22 other counties in the state who are on the list. Newsom said at his Monday news conference that he expected local health officials in each of the newly added counties to issue an order enacting the measures, which
are expected to remain in effect for at least three weeks. San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido reopened to the public on June 20 after a three-month shutdown due to COVID-19. Rick Schwartz, spokesperson and ambassador for the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, told The Coast News that they will remain open
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Silvergate San Marcos Completes Memory Care Suites Remodel SAN MARCOS - June 26, 2020 Silvergate San Marcos, a premier retirement community in north San Diego county, proudly announces the completion of a major remodel and the reopening of private, socially distanced tours of its Memory Care Suites. Silvergate Suites offers a revolutionary neighborhood design for families seeking a proven, safe, and award-winning memory care solution. Dedicated Building with Neighborhood Design Located adjacent to Silvergate’s independent and assisted living retirement apartment homes, the Memory Care Suites building is a separate, dedicated structure, featuring 60 large, private and semi-private rooms. The building is specifically designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or memory loss. Six, distinctly themed and ideally sized “neighborhoods” group 10 resident suites together around a central, shared living room, kitchen, and dining room space. This safe and secure design facilitates the highest level of resident comfort, engagement, and supervision. Beautiful Accommodations Significant renovations in the Suites building were recently completed, and Silvergate has reopened the area for new residents. They feature some of the largest floorplan designs available in the marketplace today, high ceilings, large windows, and comfortable finishes. All of the Suites open directly to an inviting and open shared living room space to encourage resident interaction and daily socialization.
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Vista residents urge City Council to reallocate policing funds By Steve Puterski
VISTA — Residents spoke out about their desires for the city to reallocate funds to address issues with the homeless and improving opportunities for people of color during the City Council’s June 23 meeting. Several lobbied for the hiring of more homeless service providers and addiction recovery specialists as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for equality. Calls for defunding the police were targeted at better management of the budget and funds for other areas of concerns, and some on the council reassured residents that they’re taking all concerns seriously.
“The tone and insinuation that we don’t care is wrong,” Councilman John Franklin said. “From whatever background we come from, all of us in public service want to improve things. We are trying to protect all people’s rights … and that some people don’t feel safe hurts us.” Franklin said he wants to start the dialogue and that everyone deserves to be safe, but he said defunding or de-policing will hurt those who are already the most vulnerable. Councilwoman Corrina Contreras said the public has made a request of holding the council accountable for a better vision for the city. The goal to hire more
deputies, she said, costs about $277,000 and she asked why the cost will be higher and why the city increased its contract with the Sheriff’s Department by $5 million. “We could get in a pretty dire financial situation where we are hiring more deputies,” she said. “When my co-workers are getting laid off at the city, this is not a good goal. To have a goal that says hire more deputies, I just don’t think it’s a good goal.” As for the goals, Kevin Ham, director of economic development, updated the council on the progress of its six top priorities. Those include fiscal responsibility, improving traffic and roads,
enhancing the city’s image, continuing economic development, public safety and parks and recreation. Not all of the goals are funded, which happens separately during the city’ budget process, which is done every two years. Ham said the fiscal responsibility goal centers on the council incrementally increasing its emergency reserves until it reaches the 35% goal. Traffic is always a big issue and Ham said the goal includes traffic signal upgrades for better timing schemes and efficiency north of State Route 78. He said the city is ready to bid the project and is estimated to be completed by 2020. As for the image of
Nursing students pair with Catholic Charities By Catherine Allen
SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos School of Nursing has partnered with Catholic Charities in San Diego to provide students with 135 clinical hours required to graduate and become licensed nurses. With this partnership, students remain on track to graduate in August, receiving their Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a two-year program for students who already hold a degree in a non-nursing discipline. “I can speak for my entire cohort in saying that we’re a little concerned with how we’re gonna get all of the experience,” said Angeliki Hitchcock, a nursing student and volunteer at Catholic Charities’ Rachel’s Women’s Center. “With nursing, the hands-on experience is the most important piece, so we’re all pretty eager to get out there and start helping.” The students work 12hour shifts educating and screening the residents for health issues, namely skin cancer, diabetes and hypertension, according to Nursing lecturer Madelyn Lewis. With Rachel’s nine-person staff serving 120 women a day and La Posada’s seven-person staff working a 100-bed, round-the-clock shelter — both sites operated by Catholic Charities — the CSUSM partnership helps compensate for staff shortages.
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Wednesday — in a bar, gym, daycare center, grocery store and health care facility. The number of community outbreaks over the last week is now at 24, well over the county metric of seven outbreaks in seven days. A community outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting from different households. More than 75% of the community outbreaks have been traced to restaurants and bars, and 44 community outbreaks remain active, tied to 137 cases of COVID-19. An additional 23 out-
the city, homelessness, like much of the county, is an issue. Ham said the city is releasing a request for proposal for a contract with a social worker to provide homelessness prevention services as part of a pilot program. Also, the city is negotiating terms for an agreement with a part-time Home Share coordinator who matches individuals for lowcost housing with homeowners with available space, Ham said. Public safety concerns focus on an exclusive pedestrian phases at high accident intersections, notably North Santa Fe and California avenues. The project is expected to be completed later this year.
San Marcos delivers on small business aid By Dan Brendel
MEMBERS OF a Cal State San Marcos nursing cohort are set to receive Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in August, upon completing 135 clinical hours as part of the program’s Community Health curriculum. Photo courtesy of Angeliki Hitchcock
“Not one of our programs has all the staff we need,” says Catholic Charities’ Homeless Services Director Antoinette Fallon. “[The students] really were a valuable safety net for the staff and people we serve. The staff is so busy sometimes, they can’t sit with somebody who’s struggling and listen to their story or just talk with them.” Catholic Charities shelters have not reported any COVID-19 cases but have not been able to conduct mass testing since May. The students provide residents with temperature checks and questionnaires, but spreading the virus re-
mains a concern. “You don’t know if you’re getting exposed when you go into work and into the community,” says Ilaina Hernandez, a La Posada volunteer. “It takes a toll on you. As a healthcare provider, you wouldn’t want to do anything to hurt anybody else — that’s the last thing that you wanna do. But we’re practicing everything that we can and we’re doing our best.” The CSUSM Community Health curriculum provides a first look into serving vulnerable populations, people who oftentimes don’t have access to adequate living conditions or health-
care. Fallon says some students already hope to continue volunteering and may pursue public health after graduation. Hitchcock is one such student. “You don’t really realize how big of an issue it is,” Hitchcock said. “The amount of people living on the streets compared to the resources is just astronomical. I felt a little ignorant before. Now knowing what I know, I want to continue to help serve in any way I can. It wasn't the experience I necessarily thought I would be getting, but I think it's better than anything else I would've been doing.”
breaks have been traced to skilled nursing facilities and 27 to other nursing facilities. As the county continues grappling with the current health crisis, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher reminded the public that officials are also looking toward the future. On Tuesday, the County Board of Supervisors approved several COVID-19 relief programs, including a $17 million business stimulus package and more federal CARES Act support for essential employee child care. The board also considered COVID-19 testing in schools, a situation that may become pivotal as the begin-
ning of the school year approaches. Fletcher said that since March, more than 600 child care businesses have shut their doors. “Are we tackling a health crisis or an economic crisis? The reality is that you have to do both,” he said. “If there is no child care and no school, there’s no reasonable expectation that people can go back to work.” For the new public health order restrictions put in place Tuesday, outdoor dining will still be permitted for restaurants, as will delivery and takeout. The restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks. Indoor operations were also halted Tuesday in mu-
seums, zoos, cardrooms, theaters and family entertainment centers. The decision to nix indoor operations at restaurants, bars and breweries is in line with restrictions imposed last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom on counties on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list, which now includes 23 counties. San Diego County was added to that list Friday. Wooten said Monday that more bad news is likely coming. “Deaths lag behind hospitalizations, which lag behind cases,” she said, comparing the pattern to what health officials see with seasonal influenza.
Additionally, the city is current working with Caltrans on a street plan for Townsite with improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and traffic calming measures, Ham added. For the parks, Bub Williamson Park will undergo improvements as construction is expected to begin in August and be completed in fall 2021. Final designs for Pala Vista Park improvements will come before the council in the next several weeks. As for the COVID-19 pandemic, staff is tracking expenses and hours related to the pandemic for possible grants or reimbursements from the state or federal governments, Ham said.
SAN MARCOS — Over the past three months, the City of San Marcos has distributed nearly $3 million in low interest loans to 120 local businesses, as part of its COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program. The program, launched March 24, gave first priority to businesses especially impacted by government ordered lockdowns, according to the city’s web site. San Marcos’ $3 million to small businesses more than doubles Oceanside’s $1.2 million through a similar loan program, though Oceanside’s population of roughly 176,000 nearly doubles San Marcos’ 97,000. In San Marcos, loan amounts range from $2,000 to $50,000, with a median of $24,000, according to the city’s June 29 response to The Coast News’ public records request. Interest rates range from zero percent to 3.5 percent, depending on the loan amount and repayment duration. Loan recipients include a number of eateries, gyms, salons and barbers. Numerous other kinds of businesses also received city loans, such as San Diego Music Studio, Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo, Sun Smile Dental Group, Bassett (home furnishings), Black Oxide Service (industrial metal coating), Christenson Surfboards, GotUWired (audio/ video/security) and Digitainment (home entertainment). The city denied applications from 15 businesses, most often because the city wished to reserve program capacity for businesses with greater need. Denied businesses include, for example, Diamond Environmental Services (porta-potty rentals and other services), Mitre’s Fence, Statewide Fumigation, and ASAP Drain Guys & Plumbing. In order to receive a city loan, businesses had to promise to spend the money “to the benefit of the business physically located
in San Marcos,” according to the city’s web site. The program has exhausted its city council approved funding and stopped accepting applications May 7. The county government on May 20 allotted to San Marcos $1.7 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Of that amount, council on June 23 unanimously approved $1 million (58 percent) as additional aid to local businesses. According to the city’s expenditure plan: “To further assist our local economy in recovery, the city would like to provide relief to our [COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program] borrowers by utilizing a portion of the CARES sub-grant funds to turn a portion of their loans into grants. Essentially, utilizing the CARES sub-grant funds to pay off a portion of their individual loan amount, for them.” The city also earmarked portions of its CARES dollars for paid sick/family/medical leave for public employees (13 percent); disinfection of public areas/facilities and other coronavirus related public safety measures (12 percent); telework capabilities for public employees (10 percent); and the remainder for various other purposes. The city did not earmark any CARES funding for medical and protective supplies, COVID-19 frontline worker payroll, or COVID-19 mitigation for homeless populations.
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Levin’s SONGS report should inform Coastal Commission vote By Bart Ziegler, PhD
A sure loser in November
eedless of informed advice about conditions in California, labor unions behind the Split Roll ballot initiative are now persisting in their attempt to fundamentally alter the landmark Proposition 13. Their measure would remove the 1978 ballot initiative’s property tax protections from commercial and industrial property, while leaving residential levies untouched. If this passes, commercial land and buildings would be taxed based on current market values, while yearly residential property taxes would still be based on 1% of the latest purchase price or 1% of their 1975 assessed value if ownership has not changed. Residential levies can climb by no more than 2% per year. This alteration would give local governments and public schools an additional $11 billion to $12 billion annually, sponsors say. It would do nothing about the longtime Proposition 13 inequity which sees neighbors in similar properties paying wildly different property taxes, depending on when they bought. But the alleged commercial property tax total is fictitious at this moment, the remnant of a bygone era that ended with the coronavirus shelter-at-home order issued in March by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The governor, using emergency powers, coupled his stay-home order with others allowing tenants, both individual and commercial, to delay paying rent for months at a minimum. With much of the withheld rent money — perhaps 15% of all that tenants normally pay — now in limbo, property owners and appraisers can’t accurately
california focus thomas d. elias assess the value of commercial property. Owners don’t know how much they will really get if tenants like the Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain, which refused to pay rent while its eateries were shuttered, don’t eventually pay up. Other commercial tenants withholding rent will likely let it pile up, then negotiate settlements with building managers. Owners of many buildings will never get the full rent they were due. Also, because corporations like Twitter, Facebook and many more have told white collar workers to keep working from home as long as they like — and many like it much better than commuting — a healthy percentage of office building owners have no idea how much of their space may soon be vacant. Taken together, this makes it almost impossible for owners or appraisers to calculate the actual value of much of California’s commercial property, since office buildings' value depends largely on income they produce. This makes the numbers often purveyed by Split Roll sponsors completely speculative. Into this quagmire steps the new ballot measure, pushing a fundamentally good idea, but one that will be slammed mercilessly in television and social media advertising as landlords fear high taxes that might force them out of business. When, not if, this proposition loses at the polls,
it will become virtually impossible politically to tinker with Proposition 13 for years to come, as the initiative most likely returns to its prior status as the untouchable third rail in California politics. The measure was nearly sacrosanct in Sacramento for more than 40 years, legislators of all political persuasions fearing the wrath of homeowners, who always cast ballots in higher proportions than other groups. Standing by to help dump the Split Roll into a deep grave is the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, named for the more famous of Proposition 13’s two authors. For decades, this outfit has opposed anything that looks like it might alter even the tiniest aspect of its pet law. The Jarvis organization frequently sends mailers to property owners warning them any attack on any part of Proposition 13 promises to send their taxes through the roof. That’s happening again now, as official-looking mailings from the group turn up from time to time in homeowner mailboxes. These will become more frequent as November nears. The din around Split Roll might even drown out presidential balloting, which figures to be among the noisiest in years. The bottom line: Sponsors believe the financial needs of schools in the wake of the coronavirus-caused recession, plus a rising sense of general resentment of injustice, will push this initiative over the top even in this very odd election year. The betting here is that they are dead wrong. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rep. Mike Levin’s task force issued a scalding report June 24 on our nation’s handling of nuclear waste. One of its many warnings is the lack of facilities and procedures to contain radiation if storage systems fail. That red flag is especially urgent at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, where the California Coastal Commission is set to act July 16 on the sufficiency of Southern California Edison’s management plan for 3.6 million pounds of radioactive waste at the shuttered plant. Levin’s “Report of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Task Force” blames the nuclear industry’s “lack of forethought” for stranding thousands of canisters of deadly waste at locations across the country. Thin-walled containers provide only a single layer of defense between radioactive material and the environment. That’s the case at San Onofre, where 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste is packed inside of steel canisters in a vault 100 feet from the ocean. The report says nucle-
ar plant owners admit to not having developed procedures to replace canisters fully loaded with radioactive material. Swell. The Levin report rips Edison for being unable to monitor or test the behemoth waste canisters once they are entombed within the concrete, dry-storage vault. Edison never implemented — much less tested — such protocols for fully loaded canisters, according to the report. “This is of serious concern because on-site storage of SONGS’s spent nuclear fuel is expected for an indefinite period of time,” the report states. At San Onofre, spent fuel cooling pools provide our last option for dealing with a damaged canister. But Edison — with the blessing of the Coastal Commission’s staff — is one approval action away from green lights to remove the pools as part of its 8-year decommissioning project. Will commissioners demand that Edison produce a contingency plan to deal with a disaster? They should, especially in light of the near-disaster at the plant in August
2018, when the utility’s contractor came within a quarter-inch of letting a fully loaded canister free-fall 18 feet into the storage vault. Before the spent fuel pools are removed, will commissioners require Edison to build an enclosed handling facility, or “hot cell,” where damaged canisters could be repaired or replaced? They should. Any contingency plan that does not allow for on-site handling of damaged containers and spent fuel assemblies must be rejected. Before they vote, commissioners should read the report of Levin’s task force and its warnings about concrete and steel degradation, fragile sandstone bluffs and other obstacles to moving the waste off of the beach and away from the rising sea. To address the commission during its remote meeting 9 a.m. July 16, register a request before 5 p.m. July 15 at www.coastal.ca.gov. Learn more at www.samuellawrencefoundation.org. Bart Ziegler is president of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation.
Help for small businesses and nonprofits locate. The deadline to apknow that the last three ply is Aug. 7 and funding months have been ex- around may be exhausted after tremely difficult for that time. Funds must be small businesses and the spent by Dec. 30, 2020, per nonprofits. While I’ve advofederal CARES Act requircated to open up businesses county ments. in a safe manner, there is
still a 15% unemployment rate, and that will rise with the latest round of closures in early July. To cope with these difficult times, San Diego County has created a small business/nonprofit stimulus grant fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide economic assistance to help small businesses and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 response. For the application or
other information please go to the website, sandiegocounty.gov/stimulusgrant/. Eligible businesses include private for-profit and nonprofit businesses with fewer than 100 employees including sole proprietorships and independent contractors, who are headquartered and operating in San Diego County. District 5 will have a total of $3.4 million to al-
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Candyce Yee of the District 5 team at Candyce.Yee@sdcounty.ca.gov. To the many businesses owners out there who are struggling, I’m fighting for you. I’ve heard from hundreds of San Diegans who aren’t sure how much longer they can get by. I hope this fund will help in the short term and I will continue to advocate for safely reopening.
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have this friend. You have one just like her, I know. She is the friend I always marvel at, gently envy and love despite her shortcomings. Her shortcomings? Well, we all have them. Hers differ because they aren’t really shortcomings — more like longcomings, I suppose. This is that friend who seems to accomplish everything I do — kids, school, job, house, car — yet she lacks the wear and tear I seem to so readily display. Invariably, she is up and out early, even when she doesn’t have to be. And she’s cheerful. And she has read her morning paper cover to cover. Women who can do that will someday rule the world. When I finally give in to the alarm, I am lucky to get out the door with my contact lenses in the right eyes. She gardens. Not because she has to, but because she finds serenity in it and loves the feel of the earth between her fingers. She and her yard have stuck a truce. I am still at war with mine. I can handle dirt under my fingernails. It’s the 45 minutes in line at the garden store, the battle to attach the anti-fungus sprayer and the ant nest I invariably upend that I’m not so thrilled about. I’ve never heard my friend mention any of these things, though, including the asparagus fern thorn in your thumb. Speaking of fingers: Her nails are always beautifully manicured. Mine are reasonably manicured every six months or so, last about two days and then fall prey to tape that must be scraped loose, splinters that need removing and tacks to be pried out. Next thing I know, every nail is a different length. My lovely friend never has a bad hair day. She even looks good first thing in the morning, which is hard to forgive. She probably has naturally curly hair. Left to its own devices, my hair
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to prepare for all options would be a bad idea.” The Zoo and Safari Park have implemented safety measures for guests including health screening areas, social distancing markings, face mask requirements, an online ticket system and reduced capacity. Both are now operating at below 50% of normal capacity — no more than 5,000 people at the Zoo or 3,000 at the Safari Park at a given time. Furthermore, the Zoo has suspended bus tours and the Safari Park has suspended tram tours to maintain social distancing. Schwartz added that plexiglass has been installed to serve as a barrier between the animals and the guests because some species can possibly receive a version of the coronavirus. During the closures, the Zoo and the Safari Park kept essential staff to take
small talk jean gillette would prefer to lie down and die. I feel rather like a wrangler with my coif, applying mousses and gels like sheep dip, chasing it around my head with a blow dryer, whipping it along with oddly shaped brushes and branding it with a curling iron. Even then, it remains full of maverick cowlicks that stray from the herd without warning. Her clothes stay pressed all day, never showing a seatbelt wrinkle. She never has surprise grease stains that show up when she is already 20 minutes late. She doesn’t seem to need clothes for fat days, and she always has the right color sweater to match her shoes. I’ll bet she doesn’t even own a sweatshirt with a white stripe across the stomach from leaning over the bathtub and scouring with bleach. (I have six of them.) The final test of our friendship? Her shoes are always polished. She has mastered the skill of keeping white shoes white. I know there are products that claim to do that, but using them requires almost as much time as shopping for a new pair. It also calls for removing the laces. I can kiss off 30 minutes of intensive shoe-lacing in the time it takes a muddy dog to plop down on my instep. So why do we keep this icon as a friend? Well, invariably, she is the one who makes you feel like you’re still really great, even as you crash through life. I don't know how she does that, either, but I guess I don’t really need to.
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ESCONDIDO — Palomar Medical Center in Escondido announced the opening of its new mental health crisis stabilization unit (CSU), the first of its kind in San Diego County. The new two-story, 6,000-square-foot building can hold up to 16 patients and will serve as a temporary refuge for people needing immediate care for a psychiatric crisis. Patients who qualify to enter the short-term facility can stay up to 24 hours before being discharged home or into the next level of care. Crisis stabilization is not comprehensive medical care, but a direct and quick approach to behavioral challenges. The CSU was created in collaboration with the county’s Behavioral Health Services in response to an increase in behavioral health patients in emergency departments countywide and in an ongoing effort by the county to invest in services that are more accessible to residents. Don Myers, district director at Palomar Health’s Center for Behavioral Health, told The Coast News that, before this new facility, behavioral health patients who needed crisis
PALOMAR MEDICAL CENTER in Escondido has opened a new two-story crisis stabilization unit that can hold up to 16 patients at a time. The short-term facility will provide urgent care for residents experiencing behavioral health episodes. Photo courtesy Palomar Health
stabilization would visit the emergency department in Escondido then would have to be transported to Palomar’s previous downtown location. “Because it’s located really close to the emergency department, this will really help with timely access to care. It will cut the access to care by hours,” Myers said. Myers said that the facility will be available to underserved members of the community, and the county will reimburse Palomar for those patients’ care. The county also helped pay
for a portion of the building itself. “This new facility not only meets the needs of our growing community, it also fulfills a promise Palomar Health has made to take care of the most vulnerable residents in our community,” Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen said in a statement. The unit will be staffed with psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, crisis stabilization specialists and peer support specialists. “Peer support special-
Vista Chamber of Commerce celebrates new year, board By Staff
VISTA — The new Vista Chamber of Commerce board has rolled up its sleeves and is ready to work. One of its first efforts will be the launch of a new Vista Magazine in August. The chamber is ex-
panding the digital version to make it more interactive and to reach a wider audience. The 2020-21 Board of Directors Executive Board includes Board Chair Ron Adams; Past Chair Nick Ljubic; Chair Elect Adam Brooks; Secretary Margo
Cobian; Treasurer Steve Harrington; Vice Chair Terry Woods and Vice Chair Marilyn Furbush. The board also includes Xiomara Arroyo, Dave Baldwin, Denisse Barragan, Aaron Byzak, Aaron Gobidas, Betsy Heightman, Andrea Ru-
ano, Sarah Spinks, Terry Van Kirk and Dani Witchowski. Notable member anniversaries were celebrated, including EDCO (40 years), Alta Mira Animal Hospital (35 years) and California Bank and Trust (30 years).
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ists are people who have lived experiences, so they have a mental illness that they’re in recovery from,” Myers said. “It’s a great addition to our clinical team because they can talk to people in crisis in a way that those of us who don’t have a mental illness can’t. Myers added that they plan to hire more staff once all processes are in place and as demand grows. The completed facility had been in the works since 2016. Up next, says Myers, is a 70-bed psychiatric hospital on the Escondido campus.
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Getting creative to salvage the summer vacation
here is so much to be said about summer vacations — and so much that can’t be said because of the continuing pandemic and all the uncertainty around whether to take a vacation or not. Looks like I’ll be staying put, at least through mid-October, but others I know are trying to figure out how to travel within limitations. In some cases, you’ll have to expend extra effort to visit that destination. For instance, before exploring Alaska, you must produce a travel declaration form and several negative COVID-19 tests, fill out some surveys, then foot the bill for a 14-day quarantine before you actually start that vacation. A similar dance is required by Hawaii. And then there are those states that won’t let you in, no matter what, if you hail from the Golden State. The rules and regs change frequently, so the lesson here is to check them before you choose your destination and/or purchase that plane ticket.
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Robin Fox, executive director of the Escondido History Center, presented a framed certificate to Orange Glen High School’s Honored Student, Cael Patterson, on behalf of classmate Daniella Sanchez, for the 2019 Escondido Legends award.
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A recent survey conducted by Travel Leaders Network, an organization representing travel agents who design personalized itineraries, found that half of the 2,700 frequent travelers interviewed “are starting to make finite plans for their next vacation or have already made plans, while the other half continues to dream about it.” Forty-three percent said they’ll hold off until 2021. Some consumers figure that, if they can’t visit a foreign country or fly long distances, camping is one alternative. That’s why searches for campgrounds are up 400% on the campground-search app, The Dyrt (https://thedyrt. com/), according to Sunset Magazine’s email newsletter; memberships on the app have increased 500%. These same reasons, as well as the need to social distance, are no doubt driving the demand for recreational vehicles, which is up 1,600%, according to RVshare CEO Jon Gray. Travel writer Sean Szymkowski confirms this. “The spread of
COVID-19 has made air travel and public transportation mighty unpopular options,” which means that “personal vehicles feel like more of a safe haven.” This trend bodes well for Jonathan Distad, a tech entrepreneur who recently launched Blacksford (https: //www.blacksford. com), an RV rental enterprise that offers a highend experience. Rental packages include a new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and various amenities, like fully stocked vehicles and “curated itineraries.” Prices start at $199/day. After signing up online, “we greet you at your airport gate, load your bags … and offer 24-hour roadside assistance,” Distad says. Pick-up service is currently available at Las Vegas and Bozeman, Montana, airports, with plans to open at Denver International Airport this month. Have an idea for vacations in the time of coronavirus? Email eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com. For more photos and discussion, visit www.facebook.com/ elouise.ondash.
ing water standards. Vista Irrigation District’s Consumer Confidence Report, also known as the annual water quality report, is available to be viewed online at ASSISTANCE LEAGUE AID The Assistance League vidwater.org/2020-consumof Rancho San Dieguito er-confidence-report. Scholarship Committee has awarded $17,000 in scholas- SCHOLAR-ATHLETE tic scholarships to graduatDyllon Mack of Oceansing students from the San ide, has been named a 2019Dieguito Union High School 20 scholar-athlete by the District. Awards were given Heart of America Athletic to Jackalynn Bidwell and Conference for exceptional Erika Lopez-Miguel, La academic achievements at Costa Canyon; Kayla Brown Graceland University. and Cassandra Hicks, San Dieguito Academy; Keyli OUTSTANDING SR. PROJECT Garibay, Torrey Pines; DaJonathan Shiery of San vid Maldonade and Vennise Marcos, majoring in interacPun, Canyon Crest; Eze- tive media and game design quiel Martinez-Gomez, Ella at Worcester Polytechnic InSoth, and Haley Stelzl, Sun- stitute, was part of a student set. In addition, five scholar- team that recently comships were awarded to col- pleted an intense research lege sophomores who were project titled “Guidelines recipients of scholarships for Promoting a Fifth-Grade last year, including Lily- Stormwater Curriculum anna Figueroa, Cal State for Central Massachusetts Chico; Julissa Huerta, Cal Schools.” State San Marcos; Christina McLaughlin, Mira Costa; CONGRATS TO GRADUATES Alex Sanchez, Cal State San • The University of Utah Marcos; and Jennifer Eng, summer 2019, fall 2019 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. spring 2020 graduates inFor more information, visit clude, from Carlsbad, Alex alrsd.org. Bradford, accounting MAC; Harrison Brandon of CarlsACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT bad, film and media arts BA; Cal State San Mar- Dallin Jones of Carlsbad, cos Athletics saw Clarissa accounting MAC; Brandon Garcia from women’s track Recce of Carlsbad, Comput& field/cross country and er Science BCS. From San Joshua Litwiller from men’s Marcos, Terrell Burgess, track & field/cross country kinesiology BS, and Guadaearn 2019-20 CoSIDA Aca- lupe Feria educational leaddemic All-District 8 honors. ership & policy MED. From The 2019-2020 Academic Oceanside, Ashley Kinney, All-District Men’s and Wom- communication BS; Krisen’s Track & Field/Cross tin Desplinter, mathematCountry Teams, selected by ics MS; Adam Rose, family CoSIDA, recognizes the na- community & human develtion’s top student-athletes opment BS. From Encinitas, for their combined perfor- James Cornish, business mances in athletic competi- administration MBA, and tion and in the classroom. Lindsey King, accounting BS. From Rancho Santa Fe, TOP-NOTCH WATER Geoff Francis, biology BS Vista Irrigation Dis- and Lydia Miller, marketing trict’s tap water meets all BS. • Delaney Benson, of federal and state safe drink-
Carlsbad, graduated from Fort Lewis College in May 2020 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. • Gilbert Lopez of Vista graduated from Kennesaw State University with a masters in International Policy Management.
hit the road e’louise ondash P.S. — Hawaii and New York impose fines as high as $10,000 for various COVID-related infractions. Europe doesn’t want Americans (re)infecting their populace either, so AFAR Magazine’s website ( ht t ps : / / w w w. a fa r.com) suggests making these substitutions: Aspen, Colo., for the Swiss Alps; Calistoga, in Napa Valley, for the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary; and (who knew?) Catalina Island for the Greek Islands. To encourage that substitution, Catalina has launched a “Love Catalina Island” campaign (www.lovecatalina.com) to bring more visitors 26 miles across the sea, according to consumer advocate and travel writer Christopher Elliott (https://chriselliotts. com/). “Catalina’s new site is more than a fresh take on
COVID-19 makes traveling via recreational vehicles, like this one offered by Blacksford RV Rental Company, an attractive option. There is no need for hotels/motels, and it’s easier to maintain social distancing. Courtesy photo
a favorite California destination,” he writes. “It also keeps visitors up to date on the latest hotel and attraction grand openings.” To mitigate the disastrous effects of the virus, some destinations are getting creative.
A few wineries in Sonoma County are offering private tours and accommodations that promise to be practically sterile. Masks, of course, are required everywhere and at all times except when sipping and supping.
Event and another first in ing the campaign goal of Wildcard: Interactive Photo $50 million. Frame Display used during the Report the Region. NEW VCC DENTAL OFFICE July 6, Vista CommuNEW ASST. SUPERINTENDENT nity Clinic opened a new The new Assistant Su- dental clinic at 1910 Mission perintendent/Vice Presi- Ave., Oceanside. Mission Pedent of Student Services at diatric & Family Dentistry Palomar College, Vikash will be open Monday, TuesLakhani, began his duties day, Wednesday, and Friday, July 1, coming to North from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on County after serving as the Thursdays from 10 a.m. to assistant vice president for 7 p.m. The office is within Student Success/Student walking distance of the VCC Affairs at CSU Bakersfield. health centers at Horne and Pier View This dental office will be accepting Medi-Cal, CSUSM EMERITUS DIRECTOR Businessman and a factor that will set it apart philanthropist, Jack Ray- from many other local denmond, was elected as the tal options for North CounCal State San Marcos Foun- ty residents. Visit vcc.org dation Board’s inaugural or call for appointments at emeritus director June (760) 631-5000. 18. Raymond served three terms as an elected director BOOMERS REOPENS of the Foundation Board. After being closed for Raymond also chaired the more than three months Foundation Board during because of the COVID-19 CSUSM’s first comprehen- pandemic, Boomers, at 1525 sive campaign, in 2018. Un- W. Vista Way, Vista, began der his leadership, the For- welcoming guests back by ward Together Campaign reopening its miniature golf raised $55 million, exceed- courses and arcade June 20,
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• Lauren Redford of Oceanside was among named to the spring 2020 Dean’s List at Adelphi University. • American International College named Wynona Shaw and Sydney Washburn, of San Marcos, to its Spring 2020 Dean’s List. • Haley Johnson, Sophomore health studies major, of Oceanside earned a spot on the Harding University 2020 dean’s list. • Wheaton College named Stephen Pierson of Carlsbad, Katherine Papatheofanis of Rancho Santa Fe and Morgan Brown of Cardiff-by-the-Sea to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester. • Students named to the Dean’s List of Pensacola Christian College, during the 2020 spring semester, include Jasmine Brannen of Carlsbad and Faythe Karp of Oceanside. • Mary Jo Addy, of Encinitas was named to the spring 2020 dean’s list at the University of Findlay. • University of Nebraska-Lincoln students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 201920 include Alexis Dawn Sun of Encinitas, Jessica Anne Pentlarge of Oceanside and Noah Martin Garcia of Solana Beach. • The University of Delaware named Griffin Baker, Tyler Dalton Brandan Hall and Erica Schwartzberg, all of Carlsbad, and Neve Brown of Del Mar to its Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester.
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Food &Wine lick the plate david boylan
Changing of the guard at Rosanna’s
taste of wine frank mangio
f you are at all a wine lover, you’ve been to one or more of the many wine events that are currently on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This disruption will someday be in the history books and, I know, if you’re like my friends, you’ve been developing your knowledge of wine during these long periods at home. Well, you too can be a wine tasting host and get your friends together at
doesn’t have to be hundreds of bottles, just 50 will get you going, but make them mostly reds and make sure you have a variety of them from the major wine regions of California, Washington, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina (new world wines) and the major wine regions of Europe (old world wines). From Europe, you will want to have a few from Italy, France, Portugal, Spain and Germany. The defining difference between new and old world wines is that SEVEN COVERED bottles of prized red wines stand ready for a party of wine lovers who new world emphasizes the must identify each, based on an out-of-order clue sheet. Photo by Frank Mangio fruit of the wine (“fruit forward”), while old world If you haven’t yet, I wines emphasize the earth the ultimate wine party … cess, you need to prepare the “Drink Yourself Blind– your home to entertain and urge you to start a wine col- (“terroir”) from which the Name Those Wines” party. educate your friends to the lection in a wine cellar or a refrigerated wine cooler. It To make the party a suc- dynamics of wine. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 10
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here has been some restaurant revisiting of late and that usually happens when either there is some big news or I just feel so strongly about the place that more Lick the Plate love is in order. In this case, it’s a combination of the two. The husband and wife team of Rosanna Martin and Jean-Luis Martin retired a while back and their daughter Sara has taken over as owner-operator of Rosanna’s Pasta Shop in Encinitas. That and I’ve met several people in the area lately whom I consider in the know of area restaurants who had not heard of Rosanna’s, and I literally gasped in disbelief. I had the chance to interview Sara Martin for my radio show, “Lick the Plate,” on 101.5 KGB and while we were discussing her life as told through food and music memories, I thought this would be a great time to update Coast News readers on the status of Rosanna’s. I am happy to report back that all is well and that Sara has kept things pretty much the way they were before, which is great news for all of us regulars. Before I get into her story, I’d like to briefly touch on that of her Italian mom and French dad, who met in England. Jean-Luis was there to finish his apprenticeship to become a culinary chef, and Rosanna was there for art and business school. They came to the United States to work primarily because of the great opportunities in the early 1980s here for French chefs. Jean-Luis took a job at the La Costa Resort & Spa to open the Champagne Room. Fast forward to them opening The Italian Market 1987 on Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. That is where I became familiar with Rosanna’s, and I followed them over to their current location on El Camino Real. Sara grew up in the restaurant and while she did take some time to explore the world for a few years, it was in her blood, and she returned sensing that at some point her parents were going to retire. The menu has stayed pretty much the same, though Sara will add more seasonal limited items and specials. Now for those of you who do not know Rosanna’s, here is a brief explanation
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t happened in that time crease that separates afternoon from the evening. The sun was on its downward slide and warming just one side of my face. A few light clouds were rolling in from the west, off the ocean, but the sky was mostly blue. I leaned back in my chair, kicking my flip-flopclad feet onto another dusty patio chair. There was an unopened book resting on an overturned milk crate turned side table. A breeze took the opportunity to pass on by, hummingbirds chattered and circled each other like lightning-fast boxers looking for the briefest of opportunities to dive
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Ryan Woldt toward the feeder for a few slurps of sugar water. It was there that it happened. The succulents to my left were almost glowing green. Their leaves fleshy and engorged from recent waterings, with raspberry-red tips so vibrant they inspired me to close my eyes. I took a sip of the cold beer in my hand. I took a second, my eyes still closed,
then a third, and that is when it happened. That is when the Fourth of July became a holiday for me. Fireworks were popping in the background, but they faded into the cacophony of background noise that is the city, and I sat doing nothing but sip, sip, sip my beer. I did nothing but relax. It felt like the first time in months of pandemic, of protest, of politics I’ve been content. The beer was my holiday. It’s crispness, chill and easy drinkability. Locally brewed with a pilsner malt, it has a husky base, but combined with a Belgian yeast to create a light, almost effervescent body. There is floral hop bouquet that tickles the inside of my nose, sending pleasure signals to my brain. With it I feel connected to this community, and also to my European heritage. This is the first year in many my wife and I weren’t traveling home to visit family for Independence Day. We go in July because we enjoy our winter holidays here at the beach. You don’t know cold until you experience Wisconsin cold. There was no visit to a lake this year. No grill-out with the family. No potato salad, or game of Kubb. No cribbage or euchre. No fishing, and no American flag shorts to be seen anywhere. But there was this beer. When I opened my eyes, the glass was still hovering near my lips. The beer glows golden, reminiscent of a wheat field in the fading summer light. Nearly perfectly translucent, the only breaks in clarity were the swirling trails of carbonation forming a near perfect mandala. Every song emitted from the speaker was the right one for the moment. Every smell, the neighbors’ charcoal grill, the exhaust from a passing motorcycle, hints of pine and clove from my beard oil, mix with the light yet distinctly bread-y beer aroma. The overgrown palms in the neighbors’ lawn waved their fronds at me. I closed my eyes once more and did … nothing. No cellphone out to compulsively check Instagram or Twitter. I successfully ignored that book, and no part of me even pretended not to enjoy the peace of just sitting. Since I’m not home with the family (who I miss dearly, and obviously, I’d rather be with you if you’re reading this), I also never try to get through a conversation about the upcoming election with Uncle So-and-So, or get sprayed in the crotch by Cousin Something-or-Other’s unrelentingly cute kids who’ve commandeered the garden hose. I know I won’t be sleeping on a rock-hard guest bed, or in a tent on the ground. I just drank one unTURN TO CHEERS! ON 10
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Rock Church distributes food, supplies to hundreds of families By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Rock Church, in collaboration with the Rock’s Provision Group, held a community food, diaper and supplies
and allowing more than 466 households to receive groceries and other supplies. The food is donated by a variety of local businesses and grocery stores, including North County Food Bank, Einstein Bagels
HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES made their way to the Rock Church San Marcos on July 2 for a free food distribution to help those struggling with the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Tigist Layne
distribution for hundreds of families at its San Marcos campus. Roughly 200 residents made their way to the free event on July 2, one of several distributions that will be the first and third Thursdays of every month. The distributions began on April 3, each one serving an average of 177 residents
in Oceanside and WinCo Foods San Marcos. Becky Aniversario, a pastor at Rock Church San Marcos and a staff member at the distribution, told The Coast News that a local farm had even donated to the cause. “They heard about what we were doing and because they had so much ex-
tra product they decided to help out rather than waste it,” Aniversario said. “It ended up being more than enough food.” Staff and volunteers at the event made sure social distancing measures were in place while also helping families receive all of the supplies they needed. After picking up supplies, many of the residents prayed with their families or in small groups in the church’s parking lot before heading home. “This is my second time coming to a distribution,” said Angelina, a single mother of two young kids. “It’s something that has really helped my family, and I’m just so thankful for that.” Also volunteering at the event were two sheriff’s deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s San Marcos Station who bagged and distributed food to the families. The entire staff then gathered around them and prayed for them as the distribution wrapped up. The Provision Group was started by Rock Church San Marcos attendee Ken Eick. The ministry launched its first food distribution last Oct. 3 and has served thousands of families since then. The next distribution will be July 16 at Rock Church San Marcos.
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Girl Scout honored for mindfulness curriculum Escondido extends By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — Five San Marcos teens recently earned Girl Scouts’ top national honor, the Gold Award, for implementing various projects that aimed to address specific needs in their communities. Eighteen-year-old Sophia Morrison is one of them. Sophia, a recent graduate of High Tech High North County, earned the award for her implementation of a mindfulness course curriculum that addresses the need for mental health practices in elementary schools. She worked with students at High Tech High North County to design and lead interactive workshops for students ages 6-18. These workshops included sensory exploration, mindfulness and meditation. She calls it Project Happy Hearts. Sophia donated her syllabus to local elementary schools for future use. “I think it’s so important for young kids to learn about mental health and mindfulness,” Sophia said. “It was incredible how open they were to learning about it, and I think it’s something that’s needed in our community and everywhere.” Sophia told The Coast News that she’s been a Girl Scout for 13 years; she got
SOPHIA MORRISON, a recent High Tech High North County graduate, implemented a mindfulness course curriculum for ages 6-18 to earn a Girl Scouts’ Gold Award. She was one of five San Marcos Girl Scouts honored. Courtesy photo
involved through her mom, who was once her troop leader. She previously earned the Bronze and Silver Awards during her time as a Girl Scout Junior and a Cadette. “This award has always been something that I’ve looked up to,” Sophia said. “I’ve always admired the impact of making a sustainable project and the process of going through that. And being able to finally finish it — I’m proud of it. I feel bec.
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wine came. Blended wines are excluded as they tend to be a mix of several red grapes. For a seven-bottle test, I would suggest you include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese and Mal-
Pass around an information sheet (with a pen for each guest) that includes an agenda with times for meetand-greet, buffet and drinks, going over the rules, a time frame for tasting and discussion among the guests, and a finish time for all guests to fill in their choices (i.e., No. 1 was a Malbec, etc.) before
like I’ve made a real impact in my community.” Sophia is one of 66 Girl Scouts from San Diego and Imperial counties who earned the Gold Award in 2020. The winners were honored by Girl Scouts San Diego during a virtual ceremony on June 20. Anne Bader, Sophia’s Gold Award committee mentor and the director of membership at Girl Scouts San Diego, said that the bags are removed to disclose the wines. Each form will be tallied for correct answers and winners are then announced with wine prizes awarded to the top three guests with the largest number of correct choices. In a number of my columns, I refer to the five S’s of tasting. If your guests know their wines, they use
she also grew up as a Girl Scout, but wishes she had worked toward earning a Gold Award when she was Sophia’s age. “The girls grow and learn so much. They make connections in the community and they help the community,” Bader said. “I love the program because it positions these girls with skills and knowledge and confidence, which helps fuel the female leadership pipeline that will make a difference in society as a whole.” Sophia plans to attend Palomar College to study elementary school education and behavioral therapy, and later transfer to a four-year university. “I hope to mentor other girls, and at some point, I want to start a troop with younger girls,” Sophia said. “Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization and they do so much to empower and create opportunities for girls. I’ve been lucky to gain so many experiences through Girl Scouts, so I hope to give back in that way.” Other Gold Award winners in San Marcos are Cammy MacKinnon (Mission Hills High School, 2019), Sydney Huy (San Marcos High School, 2020), Jordan Grasley (San Marcos High School, 2021) and Courtney Titus (San Marcos High School, 2021). this system to identify and get the most knowledge out of wine consumption. The five are: Sight, swirl, smell, sip and swallow. (For more on this, check out the May 10, 2020, column at tasteofwineandfood.com.) As host you should supply appetizers before and during the tasting and make water available for sip-
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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council voted June 24 to extend the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for a second time, to July 31, 2020, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The eviction moratorium, which was set to expire on June 30, was originally adopted by City Council on April 8 and was extended on May 20. The original mandate followed an executive order that was issued in March by Gov. Gavin Newsom creating a statewide eviction moratorium. On May 29, Newsom extended the statewide order through July 28, 2020. The city’s urgency ordinance makes it unlawful to evict a residential or commercial tenant in Escondido if the tenant has provided notice to their landlord that they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. Once the moratorium expires, tenants will have up to three months to pay all of the rent owed. When asked about potential eviction threats by landlords, City Attorney Michael McGuiness said during the council meeting that the statewide mandate criminally prohibits harass-
ing behavior from landlords to tenants, which would also apply to Escondido residents. The council also approved an amendment to the Mobilehome Rent Review Board Guidelines. The amendment protects the equity in mobile homes by limiting rent increases to 8% when a tenancy ends, up to a $950 limit. The city has regulated rents for some mobile homes for decades under the Escondido Rent Protection Ordinance (Proposition K). The new amendment implements a vacancy control to restrict the amount a park owner may charge upon turnover of a mobile home space to a new tenant. The council then approved keeping City Manager Jeffrey Epp on after his July 11 retirement until his replacement is found. Effective July 12, Epp will resume as a retired annuitant to the vacant position of city manager while assisting with a smooth transition to a new city manager. The council also heard a status update on the city’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to achieve the greenhouse gas reduction targets set forth by the state of California.
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grees is perfect to bring out the brightness of the bottled wine. Save this article and start putting your creativity to work to plan a “Drink Yourself Blind” wine party, but first, wait for the allclear from the authorities that COVID–19 has passed. Then, you’ll really have something to celebrate.
• Pure Brewing at the Village, next to the Carlsbad Village Coaster stop, has opened for the first time offering, beer to go. • Due to rising rates of infection and positivity rates, San Diego County has been placed on California’s coronavirus monitoring list. Bars, breweries and wineries not serving food will be closed, and locations with a food license or partner will be able to open for outdoor dining with food only.
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Cox Communications to reduce carbon footprint in San Diego EDF Renewables North America selected for the project Cox Communications is installing the company’s first solar plus storage project in the country to help reduce its carbon footprint, and the project is taking place in San Diego. Cox has selected EDF Renewables North America to provide solar photovoltaics and battery energy storage services in support of Cox’s long-term financial and sustainability goals. EDF Renewables will design and build an integrated 360 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic and 560 kW / 1,360 kilowatt hour (kWh) onsite behind-the-meter battery
storage solution at Cox Communications’ main campus in San Diego, located at 5159 Federal Blvd. The carport and roof-top solar installation combined are projected to offset more than 374 tons of carbon each year, contributing to the more than 567,000 tons of CO2 offset by Cox’s parent company, Cox Enterprises, since 2007 as a part of the Cox Conserves program. “Sustainability and driving positive environmental change are core to the way Cox does business,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications’ California region. “We’re excited our largest California facility is spearheading the use of solar power and battery storage to reduce our carbon footprint in the region.” The installation marks the first solar plus storage
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council that getting the process started will be one of his first orders of business. Under state law, retirees typically have to wait 180 days before they can work as a retired annuitant but can do so under certain circumstances and with a unanimous vote from the council. “Thank you for your service all of these years,” Councilwoman Olga Diaz said to Epp during the meeting. “I know there have been ups and downs, and I appreciate that you’re willing to stick around.” The temporary position will pay the same rate as Epp’s current salary, but won’t include benefits such as health insurance, vacation leave or sick leave. Epp told The Coast News that he’s looking forward to really being able to reflect on his years serving the city of Escondido once the time comes for him to fully leave his position, but until then, he is focused on helping the city transition into capable hands. “It’s very bittersweet,” Epp said. “Although I look forward to doing something different and hopefully something exciting, the years I’ve spent serving the city have been outstanding and extremely fulfilling, and we’ve done a lot of cool things during my time here.”
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of why you need to put it on your list of regular stops immediately. As I said several years ago, Rosanna’s reminds me of a joint one would find in an urban neighborhood, not a strip mall on El Camino Real in Encinitas. It’s a narrow storefront with a nice selection of wine and other Italian products up front, followed by coolers filled with fresh pasta, olives, cheese, dishes to go, and Italian meats. One thing I always notice when I go in to pick up an order is the faces of the customers. There is a look of anticipation, excitement and happiness as they wait for their food. The folks getting it to go tend to bolt to their cars, counting the minutes until they are home and can dig into that Italian goodness. There have been several occasions where my food has not made the trip home — I pulled over on a side street and ate it all in the car. I’ve always been somewhat of a creature of habit
when it comes to Rosanna’s, though I have been spreading my wings of late. My go-to is the meatball sandwich (which is more of a sub or hoagie than a traditional sandwich) with extra provolone cheese — though that’s just a personal preference. The soft roll with the crunchy edges, house-made meatballs and sauce with cheese is on my mind on a regular basis. They also offer a hot sausage with peppers and eggplant Parmesan in this category as well. The lasagna is as good as I’ve had anywhere, period. It’s just so perfect. I prefer to order it hot to go and by the time I get it home, it’s still warm, but the cheese has solidified to the point where it’s easier to cut slices while holding it’s shape. I’m not sure if this is a serving for two or not but it’s very difficult to resist eating the whole thing. If I do exercise some self-control, it’s equally good cold as breakfast the next morning. In fact, cold lasagna from Rosanna’s is a go-to fixer the day after a big night out. It’s kind of in
the same category as cold pizza but much more satisfying. Trust me on this one; it’s all that and then some. There are 11 varieties of homemade pasta available with as many selections of sauces and toppings. I did venture into panini-land recently and kept it simple with the ham and provolone cheese, but I counted 11 different types of panini and every one looked like it was worth trying. Of the seven salads, I’ve only had the Caprese California with sliced tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella, avocado, and hearts of palm, with an olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. It’s their take on the traditional caprese and it’s darn good. In addition to fabulous deserts and wine to go, don’t forget to shop for pantry staples in their small market. Get to Rosanna’s, you will not regret it. Rosanna’s is located at 270 N. El Camino Real, Suite I. For more information, call (760) 753-6867 or visit online at rosannaspastashop.com.
Lux Art Institute in Encinitas will launch the residency of sculptor Cammie Staros, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, from July 11 to Aug. 22. The inability to present a show to the public offered an opportunity for Cammie and our curatorial staff to reimagine the gallery space and the virtual engagement with her artwork. Staros presents her sculptures in a virtual Lux gallery, submerged beneath risen seas. An augmented reality phone application will bring the museum to your home. Visit luxartinstitute. org/artists/cammie-staros/.
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landfills by 2024 and being carbon and water neutral by 2044.” Solar reduces utility costs by reducing energy consumption, while the battery storage shifts the solar generation into the evening on-peak period of expensive power. The storage system will also be used to mitigate spikes in usage, thereby, lowering utility demand charges. Raphael Declercq, Executive Vice President, Distributed Solutions and Strategy, at EDF Renewables said, “EDF Renewables is proud to work with Cox on this multi-technology project, demonstrating how a holistic solution provides the facility the most control of its operating energy costs – and further providing benefits to the employees and supporting Cox’s sustainability initiatives.” al Science & Sports Academy, starting July 13, and raise money for Encinitas 101 MainStreet at the same time. Check out the video at youtube.com/watch?v=qFfBGA19Ed4&feature =youtu.be. Get tickets at sdlabrats.org/academy, for 15 hours of engaging, at-home activities with live Q&A sessions with the instructors. Every ticket pays for a low-income family to participate in the Academy, is partially tax-deductible and 80% of ticket sales will be donated to Encinitas 101 MainStreet.
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The next Kids in the Garden class at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is July 11, at 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, focused on birds, feathers, and nests. Pre-registration is required at altavistabotanicalgardens.org. Fee is $5 per person or free VISTA MUSEUM OPEN with AVBG membership. The Vista Historical Museum is now open for scheduled tours, on most Wednesdays, Thursdays CHANGES TO NCTD ROUTES and Fridays from 10 a.m. The North County to 2 p.m. Tours of up to two Transit District will im- hours for up to four people plement schedule changes can be booked by calling for Breeze fixed-route bus (760) 630-0444 or e- mailservice effective July 12, ing vistahistorical@gmail. adding service and more com at least 48 hours in adbus options for passengers vance. during school bell times. Breeze routes 305, 313 and MUSIC FESTIVAL POSTPONED 350 will be modified to The summer 2020 add capacity during school Carlsbad Music Festival has bell times. These additions been officially canceled. will be reliant on schools After much creative brainbeing back in session for storming, discussion and Fall. More information can reflection, organizers debe found at GoNCTD.com/ termined that with the panschedulechange. demic and the restrictions in place, holding the Festival or alternative programming this summer would SUMMER SCIENCE & SPORTS be prohibitive. The festival Sign up for the Virtu- will be back in 2021.
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EMERGENCIES DON’T WAIT If you or someone you know is experiencing a pressing health crisis, your local ER is safe, ready and waiting.
Tri-City Medical Center follows protocols to protect patient safety and reduce the risk of COVID transmission.
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Mental Health Tri-City’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services offers virtual treatment options for patients who would benefit from Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) care. These include services for the following diagnoses: • Major Depression • Anxiety Disorders • Schizoaffective Disorder • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Tri-City Medical Center now offers Telemedicine appointments. To learn more visit tricitymed.org/telemedicine or call your primary care physician. Current providers include: • Orthopaedic Specialist of North County • Urology San Diego • Tri-City Primary Care • Tri-City Medical Center Behavioral Health Services
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