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Vista residents help city to create new boundary map

Vista High standout commits to Dartmouth

By Christina Macone-Greene

By Aaron Burgin

VISTA — Vista residents responded to a call to action after the city of Vista asked for their help in creating a new boundary map reflecting the districts for future City Council elections. With five focus maps to choose from, the City Council unanimously voted on the “purple map.” Mayor Judy Ritter asked City Attorney Darold Pieper to introduce the item. “Tonight is the culmination of a process which began back in March to consider district boundaries for the city of Vista,” Pieper said. He went on to say that this issue was prompted by the threat of litigation over the California Voting Rights Act. “To date, the City Council has held five public hearings; tonight, is the sixth, plus two community workshops and one informal workshop to discuss proposed maps,” he said. “At the last City Council meeting, the City Council identified five maps to bring forward for discussion this evening, and for possible adoption of an ordinance, choosing one of those maps.” On hand to assist was Dr. Justin Levitt of the National Demographics Corporation. As well as introducing the maps, he was there to help in the navigation process, if needed. “Thank you to all the members of the public who have participated and really made Vista’s districting process a real success,” Levitt said. He added to Pieper’s introduction that the hearings first began in March. He also said he wanted everyone to know that moving toward district elections would in no way impact any member of the City Council directly for their current

Next step for Country Club project By Jamie Higgins

ESCONDIDO — On June 28, the city of Escondido released a draft Environmental Impact Report for The Villages, the current development proposal for the former Escondido Country Club neighborhood, whose golf course and clubhouse have been closed for more than four years. The release commences a 45-day public comment period and represents a new milestone

for the project. The report addresses significant environmental impacts associated with The Villages — Escondido Country Club (Project) such as increased traffic congestion and construction noise, among other things. The developer, New Urban West, proposes to build 392 homes on the 109-acre site. “The plan features three distinct residential villages, a new $10 million clubhouse with a pool and

fitness center along with a neighborhood restaurant and bar, an urban farm as well as the preservation of 44 percent of the property as permanent open space,” according to a written statement issued by New Urban West. According to New Urban West, its plan represents a compromise by reducing the number of homes from 600 to 392, proposing what it calls “the largest solar powered project in Escondido his-

tory” with all new homes having solar, addressing existing road issues and ways to mitigate potential traffic impacts and preserving 48 acres as open space including four miles of trails. “We spent more than a year meeting with and listening to hundreds of Country Club residents,” said New Urban West officials. One such resident was TURN TO PROJECT ON 8

VISTA — Taurus Samuels is one of the top high school basketball players in North County. But he said for as long as he can remember, his mother, Maybel Nicolas, made sure he knew where his priorities should be. Raised in a single-parent household, Samuels said he learned his work ethic from Nicolas — a U.S. Air Force veteran who makes a 190-mile daily commute to work in El Segundo. “It was always the classroom first,” said Samuels, the starting point guard at Vista High School. “No matter what I accomplished in basketball, my mom always kept me focused on excelling in the classroom.” The prioritization paid off for Samuels this month, as the rising senior guard announced his oral commitment to Dartmouth College of the Ivy League. Samuels, who holds a 4.4 grade point average, said the opportunity to play basketball and prepare for his future after basketball with an Ivy League education was too good to pass up. This was music to mothTURN TO SAMUELS ON 13

Barefoot movement looks for toehold By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Jackie Bruner slides off her flip flops behind the counter at Encinitas Boxing and Fitness. Being barefoot, she said, is her preferred mode of existence. Bruner said she prefers being without shoes when she takes strolls with her boyfriend, works out at the gym and in the comfort of her home. “It’s more comfortable,” she said. She isn’t alone. Across Las Vegas-based nonprofit Barefoot is Legal sees Encinitas as fertile Encinitas — and the country — more and more peoTURN TO MAP ON 5 ground for spreading its message of barefoot acceptance. Stock photo

ple are shedding shoes on walks, shopping runs, workouts and other aspects of everyday life. The barefoot movement hasn’t been accepted by everyone. Restaurants and stores frequently admonish patrons that without shoes, they won’t be served. A Las Vegas-based organization, however, is trying to change this, and it sees Encinitas as a fertile ground for spreading the doctrine of barefoot acceptance. Barefoot is Legal is a nonprofit organization

that is trying to eradicate the stigma associated with being barefoot, and raise awareness that there are no laws against the practice, despite the common misconception of such rules. Proponents of being barefoot point to various health studies that tout the health benefits of the practice, including increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation and improving sleep. “Americans are conditioned to believe that not wearing shoes is illegal, unTURN TO BAREFOOT ON 11



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Crist retires after 27 years of service to city of Vista By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Vista Mayor Judy Ritter presented outgoing Director of Public Works Chuck Crist with a special recognition for his 27 years of dedicated public service to the city of Vista. Ritter shared highlights of his career including his climb in the ranks from park maintenance worker, to park supervisor, to public services operations manager and then ultimately director of public works in 2012. “Over the years, Chuck received numerous letters from both internal staff and the community commending him for his excellent work and customer service,” Ritter said. In 2014, Crist was nominated for the Excellence in Service Award. In years 2006, 2008 and 2009 he was nominated for Manager of the Year and won in 2009. “Chuck accomplished a great deal during his tenure with the city of Vista,” Ritter said. “He oversaw the replacement of 3,400 low-pressure sodium streetlights with more efficient LEDs to reduce our energy costs producing an estimated $500,000 in annual savings.” Crist was instrumental in improving the city’s numerous parks, which included energy-efficient tennis and basketball lights at Thibodo Park as well as sidewalk improvements at Brengle Terrace Park. Crist, a longtime Vista resident, graduated from Vista High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from San Diego State University. Currently, he serves as ad-

Vista Mayor Judy Ritter reads a “Letter of Appreciation” to Director of Public Works Chuck Crist, who is retiring after 27 years of service. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

junct professor at Palomar College for public works administration. “Chuck will be remembered in the organization for his integrity, his work ethic and positive nature,” Ritter said. “Never one to take personal credit, Chuck will be the first to say that he’s honored to work with a talented team of professionals in the Public Works Department who share a steadfast commitment to providing exceptional service to the citizens of Vista, improving Vista’s quality of life and being good stewards of the public resources.” After Ritter offered Crist well wishes for his retirement and future endeavors, there was a long applause welcoming Crist to speak. He began by saying that he had been accused of being a man of few words, but that it had been a privilege working at the city of Vista for more than two decades. Crist described partnering with the executive management

team at the city as both an honor and privilege. Crist turned to the dais facing the City Council, City Manager Patrick Johnson and City Attorney Darold Pieper and said, “It’s really been a privilege working with all of you as well. Your sacrifice and your service to the community is unwavering and we truly appreciated your supportive staff.” Crist singled out Johnson, thanking him for his leadership. “You’ve been a great mentor, and my family and I are so grateful to have gotten to know you,” he said. Crist then shared that success is achieved in concert with the people working behind the scenes. While he had a great career, Crist said it involved the collaboration of many very talented people and public service employees. “I’m honored to have had the privilege to serve this community for 27 years, so thank you all,” he said.

Local coaches and administrators given CIF life passes By Joe Naiman

REGION — The committee members who select recipients of a CIF San Diego Section life pass for distinguished service deemed Clark Gilbert, Terry Kok and Suzanne O’Connell worthy enough to be given life passes this year. Gilbert, Kok and O’Connell were among seven coaches and administrators presented with a CIF life pass May 24. Gilbert will be retiring as the Tri-City Christian superintendent, Kok is retiring from the CIF board of managers but will remain as the Calvin Christian superintendent for one additional year, and O’Connell is retiring as the deputy superintendent of the Carlsbad Unified School District. “It is an amazing honor,” Gilbert said. “I love high school athletics, so it will be fun,” Kok said of his life pass. “I’m just thrilled. I’m a sports addict, so having a lifetime pass gives me an opportunity to just really go enjoy sports and continue to watch the impact sports has

on kids,” O’Connell said. “It’s a real honor to be given that pass.” Gilbert, who lives in Encinitas, spent 22 years at Santa Fe Christian and has been with Tri-City Christian for the past 11 years. He coached football, basketball and lacrosse and was also a team chaplain. “I know how important sports are in the lives of high school students,” Gilbert said. “I think it’s one of the most influential classrooms that education has.” Use of his CIF life pass will be part of Gilbert’s post-retirement plans. “Just going to relax, watch sports,” he said. Kok came to Calvin Christian from the state of Washington 19 years ago. He spent a decade and a half on the CIF board of managers including 10 years on the executive committee and three years as president. Kok represented the private non-Catholic schools on the CIF board of managers. “Athletics made a difference,” Kok said. “It’s been a great experience for me.”

Kok chose to step down from the CIF board of managers a year prior to retiring from Calvin Christian so that he could assist his board of manager’s successor in the transition. “We’re in, I believe, a way better place than we were 10 years ago,” Kok said. “It’s in good hands.” O’Connell is originally from the Philadelphia area and taught in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and New Jersey before spending nine years with the San Dieguito Union High School District and 13 years with the Carlsbad Unified School District. She spent 10 years on the CIF board of managers including six years on the executive committee, and she also chaired the finance committee. “I’ve seen firsthand the difference this board has made,” O’Connell said. “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done here.” O’Connell noted that the impact of sports on student-athletes lasts behind their playing days. “You see the importance it has on them lifetime,” she said.

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Council names incumbents for Planning Commission By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Planning Commission incumbents Debra Cramer and Don Looney were reappointed by the Vista City Council in a 4-1 vote with Councilwoman Amanda Rigby opposing. Rigby made the recommendation to appoint Jeffery Wilson instead of incumbent Don Looney. Rigby thanked the community for the great response in wanting to be part of the city’s commissions and boards, which contributed to two to three days’ worth of interviews. She went on to say that

sometimes there is a discussion about how a commission or board may have an opening, but there are no vacancies because incumbents continually get reappointed. “I am of the mindset that being reappointed to a commission isn’t a lifetime appointment,” she said. Rigby’s view is that an incumbent must earn it — serving the city is an honor. “We need to see that the person has been an effective commissioner for the city and the City Council. To that end, there is one commissioner who

reapplied for a commission that I really feel has not been a good or efficient voice for the City Council and I am not in support of the motion as it is,” said Rigby, referring to Looney. “I am looking for commissioners on the Planning Commission and all of the commissions that reflect the vision of the City Council and the city as a whole.” Councilman John Aguilera defended Looney’s reappointment. While he was supportive of Cramer to serve on the commission once again, he said as an architect, Looney is qualified to

be a good Planning Commissioner. Aguilera then referred to a comment made by Looney in an interview, which he believed was misconstrued and the basis for Rigby’s objection. It suggested that the City Council and Planning Commission do not always agree 100 percent and the quote may have been misunderstood, Aguilera said. “You know, I actually kind of appreciated that comment because I don’t think the Planning Commission is there to rubberstamp our projects or ideas,” Aguilera said. He

added, “They (Planning Commission) are there to review projects independently.” Aguilera ended his comments by saying that he supported Cramer and Looney for reappointment because they were doing a great job. Mayor Judy Ritter echoed Aguilera’s views. Her opinion, she said, was the Planning Commission had a good balance and a great group of people because of all their strengths and different ideas. Before the 4-1 vote, Rigby interjected her point of view on the matter

again regarding the Looney interview. “I just wanted to clarify that the comment wasn’t so much well, that ‘we don’t always agree,’ but ‘it is a good thing to have a Planning Commission that doesn’t agree with your City Council,’” Rigby said. She added that this was the basis for her objection. She said the Planning Commission is, “the first stop for projects before they come to the City Council or before they are done; and they are based on what City Council has put forth as a platform and a vision.”

Director of ‘Cuba’s Secret Side’ to speak at Carlsbad Dove Library By Tyra Wu

CARLSBAD — Karin Muller was packed into a 1950’s muscle car bumping down a dirt road in Cuba when the car was waved over by the police. Inside the car, pandemonium broke loose. Her driver had broken a strict rule about picking up tourists, and was now at risk of losing his car as punishment. Right before the passengers were pulled apart for questioning, Muller turned to the driver with a cover story. “Jaime,” she said, “I’m marrying your brother in Florida and I came to get to know your family before the wedding.” Living up to the Cuban tradition of great storytelling, the locals added on. One of the passengers, a little old lady, called out, “And you have two children Maria and Lupe.” Another passenger in the back pitched in, “And your cousin hates your fiancé!” This is just one of the many incidences during Muller’s three months in Cuba where she had to rely on quick thinking and the help of the locals to get out of a tricky situation. To film her documentary “Cuba’s Secret Side,” Muller traveled to Cuba alone, armed with a 70-pound camera rig and a Swiss passport in order to shed light on life under Castro’s rule. The documentary was released in 2013 by PBS and captures the daily lives of the Cuban people, from the official hitchhiking system to their unique way of grocery shopping. “The goal is to find positive stories that will connect people across cultures, that will show us Westerners, the humanity of not the culture or the event, but the individual people,” Muller said. During her time in Cuba she was detained at least a dozen times, but thanks to the limited Internet access on the island, was free to walk away each time within hours. Before each trip, Muller spends months learning the language and researching the culture. It’s

this vast amount of preparation and her propensity for solo traveling that Muller credits for her ability to navigate through potentially dangerous situations. “What I learned is that it’s a whole lot safer to travel alone as a woman,” Muller said. “People take care of you. There are times when it can cause trouble, but if you have social awareness, what it allows you to do is blend in.” On July 15, Muller will share her experiences at the

Events like these are dying out around the country.” Karin Muller Director

Carlsbad Dove Library, one of her favorite lecture spots in the country. “Events like these are dying out around the country,” Muller said. “But Carlsbad always fills up the auditorium, which is symptomatic of a highly educated, curious and thoughtful audience.” This event is part of the Cinema Series of Carlsbad, which takes place at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. The program begins with a pre-show introduction led by a film expert, followed by the film screening and post-show discussion. Since filming in Cuba, Muller has traveled to Sudan and Egypt. Like “Cuba’s Secret Side,” these documentaries capture the everyday lives of the people in these countries, from refugees to garbage collectors to nomads. “The thread that runs through every single documentary is that they’re good people and we’re good people,” Muller said. “When you get to know that tobacco farmer and you get to know all the people in my films, that’s how we find peace.”


GFWC Contemporary Women of North County recently held its June Sew-In at the San Marcos Community Center. High schooler Mary Maddison joined her mom, Patty, and club members to iron, sew and stuff teddy bears. Sixty-four bears were delivered to the Vista Community Clinic in the hope that they will provide comfort for children receiving medical or dental treatment. Courtesy photo

Funds sought for park soccer fields By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The city is seeking funds to construct two soccer fields at Joe Balderrama Park. The goal to put in soccer fields follows community organization of a youth soccer league for Eastside neighborhood kids who want to play, but cannot afford to join formal city leagues. The neighborhood league began when a dad went to the park to practice soccer with his kids. Soon others asked if they could join the game, eventually another dad pitched in to help coach and an informal league was formed. Players in the grassroots league vary in ability and skill level, and include some of the top regional players. Currently teams practice on uneven grass, which is not ideal for playing and can lead to injuries. The city applied for a California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Programs grant that funds the construction of soccer fields in urban communities. City staff recently learned its grant request was denied. During the application process the city secured some matching funds and developed a water con-

servation component. All in all, Oceanside was well-qualified to receive the grant, except for neighborhood employment criteria. “Low unemployment rate was the only factor criteria that the application was not able to complete,” Maria Yanez, housing program manager for city Neighborhood Services, said. “All other cities had higher unemployment rates for their communities.” Eastside neighborhood has an 8.1 percent unemployment rate, which is considerably lower than most other applicants for the grant. The state received 166 applications that requested a total need of $134 million for soccer fields. Twenty-five agencies were granted a sum of $16 million. Awards were based on community challenges, project benefits, demographics and other set criteria. Oceanside is now pursuing a Housing-Related Parks Program grant to help fund the fields. Installation of two small fields for kids recreational play is estimated at $500,000. The fields would include turf, goals posts, lighting, irrigation and

painted boundary lines. Oceanside is awaiting word on the HRPP grant,

and readying its wish list in the event funds are awarded.

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State voting boss right to resist federal demands California focus By Thomas D. Elias

E.T., robo-phone home Village Idiot By Jim Mullen I still have a landline telephone. People ask me why. I actually keep it because that’s how I get my internet out on the farm, but that’s not what I tell them. I say things like, “I keep it in case my pager’s not working.” Or, “It’s how I receive faxes and dial up AOL.” Because saying that you still have a landline is like telling people you still have an outhouse and wear a powdered wig. It’s not something you brag about. Even though I rarely use the landline to call out, plenty of people use it to call in. While I rarely get a nuisance call on my cellphone, I’m averaging eight a day on the landline. And it’s a new type of nuisance call: It’s almost always a computer. You can tell because it’s from a number you don’t recognize, but in your area code. After you say “hello,” there’s a long pause. After you say “hello” a second

time, it’s obvious it’s a computer and you hang up. I’m going to turn off the ringer since none of my friends use the landline number, but it bothers me that I have to do that. It’s not the interrupting phone calls that upset me so much, because scammers are just trying to make a dishonest living. At least they’re trying. I wish I could say as much for the phone companies. The FCC reports consumers received about 2.4 billion robocalls last year — per month! Remember, if you’re on the Do Not Call list, these calls are illegal. Call me a control freak, but I don’t think strangers should be allowed to invade my home to sell me things or scam me. If a real person called me this many times a day, I could have him arrested for stalking. It bothers me that I can’t do anything about it. But the reality is, who can you call to complain? Here’s the weird thing: The phone companies know where most of these calls are coming from. They could block

most of them, literally, with a phone call. Why don’t they do that? Hmmm. Could it be about money? I also have a cellphone. I get about one nuisance call a month on it. And when it happens, I simply block that number. It’s quick and easy and oh, so satisfying. They can never call me again. That’s something you can’t do on a landline. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the millions of things you can’t do on a landline that you can do on a smartphone. Maybe that’s why last year was the first year that more than 50 percent of the country had gotten rid of their landlines Some of us can’t cut the cord yet for one reason or another. I think that’s what the phone companies want: for all of us to cut the cord. They don’t want to have to fix lines and come to your house to repair things. If a few billion robocalls won’t get you to cut the cord, maybe they’ll try something else. Like charging you for robocalls. Gotta go, the phone’s ringing.

Hand over all the information you have on every voter in your state, went the demand from President Trump’s newly appointed Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity. That included a list of all registered voters’ names, birth dates, party identification and voting histories, plus the last four digits of all voters’ Social Security numbers. So much for the old-fashioned secret ballot. So sweeping was the demand that even the commission’s vice chairman and de facto chief — the man who signed the order — said his own state of Kansas would refuse to turn over Social Security numbers to his own commission. What would the federal government do with all this information, if it were turned in? The commission and that vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, won’t say. But it’s common knowledge that should the data get into demonstrably hackable federal computers, it would be fair game for almost anyone from corporations to foreign powers like Russia, which already has an alleged history of stealing electoral data bases. This was the second major assault by Trump’s administration on citizen privacy, the first coming when his appointees to the Federal Communications Commission announced in May they plan to rescind previous “net neutrality” rules that prohibit commercial use of customer information held by internet service providers. California was the first state to react to the voter information demands, with Secretary of State Alex Padilla announcing the day the demands arrived that

Big changes ahead for taxpayers, businesses By Marie Waldron

The California State Board of Equalization is an agency familiar to our small businesses. Known as the BOE, it’s a place businesses file their quarterly sales taxes, fee and tax appeals, including fire fee and property tax appeals. The BOE handles tax fraud, taxpayer rights issues and criminal tax enforcement. Effective July 1, most BOE responsibilities, including permit, audit and collections have been transferred to the California Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), under the Governor’s office. In the past, quarterly returns would be filed with the BOE. As a result of the restructure, business owners will file through the CDTFA website at: http://www.cdtfa. For businesses filing their 2nd Qtr. sales tax this month, select “File a Return” and use the express login or resale number that you have previously used on the BOE website. 

While the BOE, with its five elected board members, will retain its constitutional responsibilities, including taxpayer assistance, most functions have been transferred to the new agency. The restructure also creates the Office of Tax Appeals (OTA). The longstanding right of California taxpayers to have their tax appeals heard by BOE officials, answerable to the voters, will now be transferred to unelected OTA officials appointed by the Governor. The BOE was established by a constitutional

amendment in 1879. Will a massive restructure, hastily crafted during the budget process, of a historic, constitutionally mandated agency that administers over 30 tax and fee programs that generated $60.5 billion in revenue during 2014-2015, result in greater efficiencies, or end in disaster? Business owners deserve to have stability along with the ability to remedy issues with CDTFA oversight. It is my hope that this new agency will continue to be responsive to small businesses and to California’s taxpayers. Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

he would fill none of them. Within a week, he was joined by the top voting officials of 43 other states, including many considered rock-ribbed Republican red, like Kentucky, Indiana and Mississippi. Said Padilla, “I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already ina c c u r at e ly passed jud g me nt that millions of Ca lifornians voted illegally (in 2016). Cali for n i a’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the vice president and Mr. Kobach.” His GOP counterpart in Mississippi was more colorful. “They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from,” said Delbert Hosemann. Louisiana Republican Tom Schedler added that, “The commission has quickly politicized its work by asking for an incredible amount of voter data that I have (always) refused to release.” Fortunately for voters who could be at risk for identity theft if Padilla and his colleagues complied with commission demands, Kobach’s group (formally headed by Vice President Mike Pence) has no subpoena powers and there is no known penalty for not cooperating. Maybe that’s why Kobach is refusing one of his own demands. It is also true that the Constitution gives each state the power to conduct its own elections. But Padilla was probably correct, too, in guessing that Kobach & Co. have al-

ready decided what their report (due in mid-2018) will say. He’s the one who spurred Trump to claim that his loss of the popular vote to Hillary Clinton last year was solely because of illegal immigrant voters. Neither Trump nor Kobach ever presented evidence for the claim of massive illegal voting, a charge Kobach has made for at least 10 years, since his days as a lawyer for the Federation for A merican Immigration Reform, long classed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law center. As secretary of state, Kobach has tried for years to ferret out illegal aliens voting in Kansas. Wikipedia reports that as of last spring, he had found six cases of illegal voting in his six-plus years in office; all involved double voting, none by undocumented persons. As Padilla noted, there is no basis for or proof of claims that massive illegal immigrant voting occurs or ever has. Republicans first made the claim when Democrat Loretta Sanchez in 1996 ousted longtime Orange County GOP Congressman Robert Dornan, one of the biggest upsets ever in California politics. The GOP majority in the House investigated then for electoral irregularities, but found so few even it had to admit the phenomenon was insignificant. The bottom line: This is one more form of California resistance to Trump administration attempts at actions that are political anathema here. Resistance has never been more justified than in this case.

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terms. “So the first two districts that have elections in November 2018 plus the mayor’s race will be in the districts which are currently on the 2018 cycle and contain the representatives currently on the 2018 cycle,” Levitt said. He added, “The remaining two districts will hold their first election in 2020.” Levitt explained that looking ahead to 2021, new census information will be available regarding the total population. This will allow a closer look at where the city has evolved and changed, he said. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby took part in one of the workshops that was held and highlighted the great participation. “It was a really great back-and-forth discussion talking about the neighborhoods, talking about what we were looking for, and what we were trying to avoid,” she said. “I’m really glad that we had the chance to do that, and I’m sorry we didn’t have more opportunities to do that throughout the city because I think that was a really good process for us. And at the end of it, we did end up back at the purple map.” Rigby went on to say that the discussion process from different neighborhoods regarding the purple map decision triggered a better understanding as to why they arrived at that point. She described it as a valuable experience and said

that she was hopeful that they could do it once again in 2022, when the updated census numbers were released. “I really appreciate everybody coming out to all of the meetings that we had, coming out to the council meetings, the emails, the phone calls and to everybody who submitted maps,” she said. “Thank you for being here and participating in the process.” Ritter shared that she expected in another three to four years that the city of Vista would have a rising population change. Councilman Joe Green echoed the same appreciation to Vista residents. He thanked everyone who was part of the process. “Even the idea of additional community workshops came from people in this room right here,” he said. Green went on to say that while they weren’t initially happy when they got the news of creating new district boundaries for by-district elections, he believed that those views did change as time went on. “We’re all a part of this town and we’ve all worked really hard to be a part of this process, so I am glad that it’s at its end now and that we’ll be moving forward,” Green said. “I look forward to 2022 and Lord willing, if I’m in office then, collaborating with the community. If not, still being at that table, because one of my favorite sayings is that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu, so thank you guys for being at the table and helping make decisions.”

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NEW AT NEW VILLAGE “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” has moved from the Horton Grand Theatre to the New Village Arts Theater, through Aug. 27, at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. For tickets: or call (760) 433-3245.

By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — A drunk driver allegedly struck and killed a 25-year-old active duty Marine on June 28. The collision took place around 9:20 p.m. at the intersection of El Camion Real and Mission Avenue. Police and paramedics responded to multiple calls that reported the collision. Upon arrival they found the victim thrown off his motorcycle and unconscious. He was immediately transported to a local hospital. The driver of the pickup truck was detained at the scene and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Witnesses reported the motorcycle rider was traveling north on El Camino Real and proceeded through the Mission Avenue intersection during a green light. The driver of the Dodge truck was traveling west on Mission Avenue. He stopped for a red light, then turned north onto El Camino Real, into the path of the motorcycle. People at the scene said the motorcyclist tried to stop, but collided with the driver side of the truck and was ejected from his bike. Collision victim Nicholas Kursinskis died from his injuries three days after the incident. His family was with him at the hospital. The pickup truck driver, Kennith Allen, 59, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing serious injury on June 28. The charge of vehicular manslaughter was added upon Kursinskis’ passing. Bail for Allen is set at $500,000. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call Accident Investigator David Paul at (760) 435-4431.

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Learn the Bon Odori dances and join in at 6:30 p.m. both days of the Vista Buddhist Temple Obon Festival from noon to 8 p.m. July 22 and July 23, at 150 Cedar Road, Vista, featuring Japanese food, taiko drumming, cultural demonstrations, a farmers market, koto performance, boutique items, game booths for children and talks on Buddhism. Lessons both days at 3 p.m. Free parking. Visit or call (760) 941-8800 for more information. Courtesy photo

Four Oceanside locations will celebrate National Night Out By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Aug. 1 is National Night Out. The annual celebration bring residents together to get to know their neighbors and learn community safety tips. Oceanside has held National Night Out gatherings for more than five years. “This is an opportunity for families to come out and become familiar with one another, build up their community and be involved in the daily happenings of their neighborhood,” Adrian Mendoza, Libby Lake Resource Center community assistant for city Neighborhood Services, said. This year National Night Out activities will be held at four city parks. Each gathering is organized by local groups that serve the neighborhoods year-round. “We have a variety of groups that organize and participate in the events,” Mendoza said. “There are local neighborhood groups, faith-based groups, nonprofit youth programs and city departments.” A basketball tournament

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, AUG. 1 Crown Heights Resource Center, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. John Landes Park, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joe Balderrama Park, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Libby Lake Park, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

will take place at John Landes Park. Pastor Sheldon Brown sparked the idea as a fun way to engage families. Kids can participate with their team or show up and be assigned to a team. “He (Brown) starts the basketball tournament earlier in the summer, and has the championship games on National Night Out as a big finale,” Mendoza said. “This has brought out more of the older youth and young families.” At Joe Balderrama Park, Crown Heights Resource Center, and Libby Lake Park family-friendly movies will be shown on 20-foot outdoor screens. Snacks and activities will also be part of the fun. “Balderrama Park will

have a small resource fair and food, Crown Heights will have a small carnival-style event with games and food and Libby Lake will have the movie and some snacks,” Mendoza said. City police officers and firefighters will be at all sites to answer questions, build rapport with residents and hand out stickers to kids. “Recent violence has perpetuated fear in some of these neighborhoods and residents have retreated to the safety of their homes,” Mendoza said. “The National Night Out events provide the city with an opportunity to remind its residents that the city is invested in its neighborhoods, and continues to work on making their parks and streets safe.” The city’s goal is for residents to walk away from the gatherings with a sense of being heard and supported. The night promotes police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and encourages everyone to make their neighborhood a safer, better place to live.

SYMPHONY MOVIE THEMES The North Coast Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Swem, will perform “Best in the West” at 2:30 p.m. July 15 at the at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max. For more information, visit northcoastsymphony. com. RSF ART GUILD SHOW AND SALE The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild present “Art in the Afternoon,” a presentation and art sale by members of the Guild from 4 to 7 p.m. July 15 in the courtyard at La Flecha House, 6036 La Flecha. For any questions or directions, call Sharon at (858) 756-9291. IPALPITI IN ENCINITAS Soloists from the iPalpiti festival will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 14 and July 15 and at 2 p.m. July 15 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets at


CARLSBAD GALLERY SHOW The Carlsbad Oceanside Arts League (COAL) Gallery continues its monthly Fine Art Show and High School Scholarship Wall with featured artist, Stevie Benintende, through July 28 at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. The gallery is open daily except Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday till 8 p.m.


SINGING COWBOY NEEDED Wanted! A cowboy to sing in the Sisterhood Theatre’s fall show, “Hoedown in the (sister) Hood.” The role calls for you to sing a couple of Country-Western songs and do a few lines in an old-fashioned saloon melodrama. Rehearsals Tuesday and Thursday mornings at San Marcos Senior Center. The shows runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 9. Give a holler to (619) 846-7416 or


CRAFT WORKSHOPS The Escondido Arts Partnership offers Art in Craft Media Fine Functional Art workshops from 5 to 8 p.m. July 18, July 25 and Aug. 1 at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. Get tickets at eve ntb r ite .c om / o / r ic h ard-chaudavis-with-roberta-kuntz-13110544863 or reserve at the gallery.

EXERCISE YOUR ART ArtGym artists are in the Expressions Gallery 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through July, at the Escondido Arts Partnership, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. Come flex your creative muscles with ArtGym workshops, lectures and life drawing sessions with live models. TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS Tuesday Night Comics hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence, comes to the North Coast Repertory Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 18, at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets: $18 to $23. Rated R. Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m. with $3 beers and free appetizers. Box office: (858) 481-1055. WILD WATERCOLOR Try an Oceanside Museum of Art class in “Experimental Watercolors” 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, July 18 and July 20. Cost for members $30, visitors $40. Vivid colors and large expressive brushstrokes will be used on a variety of surfaces including paper and unique fabrics in this twoday workshop with Robin Douglas. Supplies provided.


‘LITTLE MERMAID’ Moonlight Stage Productions stages Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from July 19 through Aug. 5 at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Gates open for picnicking and dining at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 7242110 or visit moonlightstage. com. Ticket price range $23 to $55 for all reserved seating (general lawn is $17 to $22 and includes lawn chair provided at entry. Additional general lawn discounts for children, seniors, military). Tickets at moonlightstage. com or Box Office (760) 7242110. IPALPITI ORCHESTRA At 7:30 p.m. July 19, the community can hear the 22-member iPalpiti orchestra, conducted by Eduard Schmieder, in a performance at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas, Tickets: (800) 595-4849 or


PAINT BY THE LAGOON Join a free adult art workshop with Linda Luisi from 7 to 8 p.m. July 20 at the Buena Vista Lagoon Audubon Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Bring pencils or pastels and paper. Beginners are welcome. Intermediate artists improve skills. Register at (760) 432473 or at Luisi will teach a second free class at the Lagoon Center on Aug. 17.


MUSEUM SUMMER CONCERTS San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is hosting its Summer Concert Series from 5 to 8 p.m. July 21 and Aug. 4 in the Children’s Discovery Garden at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido, featuring live music from Hullabaloo, crafts in the Outdoor Art studio, food vendors, beer and wine for adults, opportunity drawing, and more. Museum admission is $8 per person.

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City Council approves higher ambulance transportation fees By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The authorization to restore a fourth authorized Advanced Life Support ambulance in the city of Vista led council members to deliberate and unanimously approve a raise in its ambulance transportation fees effective July 1. Current ambulance fees for Vista residents will increase from $1,188 to $1697. Nonresidents will see a rise from $1,325 to $1829. Cost increases cited were in line with other neighboring cities. The present transportation mileage fee of $18 per mile will get a boost to $27 per mile, also effective July 1.

Before the public hearing, Vista Fire Chief Jeff Hahn explained that after the fourth ambulance restoration was approved, he was directed by staff to bring options to help fund this service back to the City Council for discussion. According to Hahn, general fund money should be provided for a full-service fire department that is trained, equipped and ready to respond at all times to calls for emergency service. While the general fund provides funding for emergency services, he said, balancing these expenditures with the users of emergency medical services helps to distribute

operational costs between taxpayers and users also takes place. “All residents and nonresidents who utilize the fire department/paramedic ambulance transport service are charged a fee,” Hahn said. “Base rates are established to cover the fixed costs of personnel, nondisposable supplies and equipment assigned to the ambulances. The ambulance fees have been allowed to be adjusted annually based on the Ambulance Inflation Factor, or AIF, which is set each year by the federal government for Medicare fees.” Hahn wanted the City Council to know that staff-

ing and equipment may cause an increase beyond the number outlined by the AIF over time. Additionally, the changes in Medicare and reimbursement from health insurance companies have negatively impacted the collection of revenues. Restructuring the ambulance transportation service fee was an option to help mitigate this, particularly with restoring the fourth ambulance. Hahn presented ALS2 fees, which were consistent with the average fees that were charged by other providers in the San Diego region. “After the initial year,

the ambulance transport service fee will continue to be adjusted annually based on the AIF,” Hahn said. “This will allow the department to keep pace with rising costs and it’s intended to increase revenue by $96,000 per year to help offset costs.” Councilman Joe Green said that it was his understanding that if an ambulance from Oceanside or San Marcos came into Vista, people were already paying those fees. And if a Vista ambulance went into those cities, people were receiving a discount because Vista hadn’t changed their price structure yet. For Green, the in-

crease made complete sense from an accounting view to keep prices customary within the county. “It’s great that our residents do get a better discount than nonresidents,” Green said. Also questioned was what fee an undocumented resident living in Vista would receive. According to Hahn, if they live in Vista, then they are considered a resident regardless of their immigration status. Despite the increases in mileage jumping to $27, Green said he believed that the Vista prices are still relatively below average for the county.

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Vista Optimist Club Foundation representative Bill Hard is joined by Mayor Judy Ritter with Exagen Diagnostics President Ron Rocca, as Rocca presents a $5,000 check toward the Optimist Club Summer Fest fundraiser, set for Aug. 27. Exagen Diagnostics is the maker of the lupus testing product Avise CTD. For more information, go to upcoming-events/. Courtesy photo

CAMP PENDLETON — Engineers at the 24 Area water treatment plant noticed high levels of iron and manganese traveling through filters in February 2016. The water quality was too poor for consumption leading to a temporary shutdown of the plant. New filters have been implemented into the plant since then to improve water quality. “This benefits the entire southern part of the base,” said Joel Heywood, project engineer for the 24 Area water treatment plant. The reopening of this plant will provide better water quality from Mainside to

the 41 Area in Las Flores. Iron and manganese filters have been installed to lower the levels of these minerals allowing the water to meet secondary drinking water standards. These standards ensure the content of certain chemicals in the water do not exceed levels that might pose a risk to human health. Although hard water isn’t a health risk, softening water helps prevent the buildup of minerals in toilets, sinks and on windows. “You’re not going to have to empty out your faucets of all the calcium carbonate that clogs them,” said Keith

Regalado, Shift Water Treatment operator. The project staff had the goal of keeping the cost as low as possible with their negotiations saving more than $1 million on the supplies to improve the water filtration systems. “We’ve done the labor ourselves,” said Regalado. The project team determined that the cost of doing everything themselves, instead of hiring contractors, would be the most beneficial course of action and, over the past year and a half, 18 project staff members and engineers have managed to get the plant running again.

Landfill diversion rises at city events By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Organizers of two of the city’s signature summer events, the Summer Fun on the 101 in Leucadia and the Switchfoot Bro-Am at Moonlight Beach, asked the same question during cleanup of the events. Where did all the trash go? The events produced significantly less trash than years past, and organizers also reported more waste being kept away from landfills through recycling and diversion efforts — both good things, said Jessica Toth of the Solana Center for Environmental Sustainability. “It’s a small victory for the environment,” said Toth, who oversaw the “Green Team” recycling program at the Bro-Am, a group of 60 volunteers who educated eventgoers on the proper way to dispose of refuse at the collection sites. “Both events saw drastically less trash than the previous year, and I think that’s a result of a couple of factors.” The Bro-Am — the daylong surf contest and concert attended by 16,000 people — generated 1,700 pounds of waste this year, compared to more than 3,000 pounds in 2016. Numbers weren’t available for the Summer Fun event, which is organized by Leucadia 101 Main Street Association, but organizers anecdotally noticed a “significant decrease” in trash. Leucadia 101 Interim

Executive Director Kellie Hinze said that historically they have to replace the trash bags at the event multiple times during the day. This year, she said, they didn’t have to replace any of the trash bags. “Every trash can had the same bag as it did at the beginning of the event,” Hinze said. “It was kind of a beautiful thing to see.” Toth attributed the decrease to a couple of factors. First, Toth said, vendors are paying heed to the city’s recent bans on plastic bags and expanded polystyrene food packaging and using more environmentally sustainable packaging. Second, event attendees are getting the message and generating less trash. “I think the city’s efforts are leading to a more educated public,” Toth said. Hinze said that at the Summer Fun event, one of the event’s sponsors, Carlsbad Alkaline Water, provided refillable water stations and Leucadia 101 encouraged eventgoers to bring their own water bottles, which led to a significant decrease in the amount of paper waste. The same occurred inside the event’s beer garden, where the sponsor handed out reusable cups that attendees were able to take home. “I think the vendors and the public did a good job limiting the waste,” Hinze said. The public is also more

educated on how to properly dispose of waste, Toth said, pointing to the Bro-Am’s 41 percent waste diversion rate in 2017, more than twice as high as 2016, when only 18 percent of the waste stayed out of landfills. This isn’t near, say, the 93 percent diversion rate of the mayor’s State of the City Address earlier this year and it is actually significantly lower than the 2015 installment of the Bro-Am that saw 83 percent of waste go to landfills, Toth said, but a step in the right direction. Here’s how. In previous years, Toth said, volunteers manually sorted trash after the events to reach the high diversion rates, which she called “artificially high.” “I don’t think (sorting trash) is what we should be doing,” Toth said. “We should be educators, not sorters.” So in 2016, Toth said, they didn’t sort the waste, and the diversion rate dropped as a result. This year, Green Team volunteers manned 60 of the event’s 100 or so collection sites, and educated people on where to place their waste in one of several bins — recyclable products, trash and food waste. Toth said that they saw diversion rates of 55 percent at stations with a volunteer. “I think clearly next year we will look to expand the number of volunteers so that we have them at all of the stations,” she said.

COMMUNITY MEMBER OPENING(S) ON TRI-CITY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE The Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors currently has two (2) community membership opening on the following working Committee: Finance, Operations & Planning Committee – two (2) open community seats. This Committee meets monthly to review Hospital finances, operational issues and strategic planning issues, including but not limited to budgets, operating performance and proposals for new capital. Applicants should have a background in finance. If members of the public have an interest in serving as a community member on the above listed Committee, please send a resume or biography delineating your experience relevant to this Committee to: Teri Donnellan. Executive Assistant Tri-City Medical Center - Administration 4002 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92056 Your information will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Committee and Board Chairperson for review and consideration. After consideration by the full Committee, a recommendation will be forwarded to the full Board of Directors for final approval/ appointment. All appointments are voluntary and do not include compensation. Community members shall serve a term of two years, with an option to renew the appointment for one additional two year term. At the conclusion of the second term, the community member shall not be eligible to serve on the same Board Committee for at least two years. It is preferable that a community member shall be a member of no more than one Board Committee at a time. The Board of Directors of Tri-City Healthcare District desires to ensure that its Committee community members are knowledgeable as to the issues that face the District. Therefore, only applications submitted by persons residing within the boundaries of the Tri-City Healthcare District will be considered.


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Renderings of The Villages, the current development proposal for the former Escondido Country Club neighborhood, whose golf course and clubhouse have been closed for more than four years. The developer, New Urban West, proposes to build 392 homes on the 109-acre site. Courtesy photos


Lisa D., who asked that her last name be withheld. She and her husband bought their home on Vaquero two years ago. The couple moved to the Country Club area for its tranquil environment. She said that she supports New Urban West’s development plan in part out of concern over the evidence of vagrants and vandalism that she’s witnessed in areas of the dilapidated former golf course. “I believe it (the proj-

ect) would increase property values,” said Lisa D. She said that her husband, on the other hand, opposes the project because he’s concerned that 392 new homes will bring noise and congestion, the very things that the couple moved to the quiet Country Club neighborhood to escape. Opinions over how to develop the former Country Club and golf course continue to divide the neighborhood. The Escondido Country Club & Community Homeowners Organization (ECCHO) opposes New Ur-

ban West’s plan, referring to it as a “massive housing development.” ECCHO has suggested the housing density be capped at 158 units. “ECCHO’s purpose is not to revive the original golf course. Rather, its goal is to promote the preservation of open space and recreational assets in a project that will enhance the neighborhood,” according to a statement posted on ECCHO’s website by Mike Slater, ECCHO president. While the majority of yard signs seen driving around the Country Club

neighborhood support ECCHO, a handful of signs support a new group — Renew Our Country Club, which supports The Villages plan. “We are thrilled that New Urban West is going to such great lengths to address the traffic circulation problems we have here today and to also accommodate our future neighbors,” said country club resident Mike Finsterbusch, a founding member of Renew Our Country Club. “They have not just listened to our ideas; they have acted on them.” A public meeting to ad-

dress the project and EIR will be held at Escondido City Hall, Mitchell Room from 4:40 to 7 p.m. July 31. “It will be an openhouse style meeting with the purpose of helping the public understand the project and the CEQA process,” said Kristin Blackson, contract planner for the city of Escondido. The city also has a website for the project and the EIR, which can be found at ecc.aspx. In December 2012, Michael Schlesinger obtained


ownership of the Escondido Country Club. New Urban West, the developer of two other housing communities in Escondido — Brookside and Harmony Grove — would purchase the site from Schlesinger. The review period for the draft EIR began on June 28 and ends Aug. 11. To learn more about the planning process, the current status of the project, or to submit comments (reference Case Number SUB 160009), contact Kristin Blackson at kblackson@escondido. org or (760) 839-4543.

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Comedian raises $11,000 to help self-publish his first book By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Encinitas comedian Robbie Pickard had an idea for a book for today’s short attention span: a series of funny “adult” short stories, none more than five pages, that could be finished in the one place where a person can seemingly have “alone time” — the toilet. But when he submitted several chapters of his book to editors, he was met with a similar refrain: it’s a great concept, but you’re an unpublished author. In short, rejection. So Pickard, 33, decided to do it himself. He launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover the cost to self-publish his book. The campaign raised $11,000 and has now sold 450 copies of his debut book, “Toilet Material: Very Short Stories for Very Short Attention Spans.”

“Toilet Material” is a series of funny “adult” short stories.

“If you really want something, there are really no excuses because there are so many avenues to get your voice out there,” said Pickard, who moved to Encinitas three years ago from Santa Monica, where he was

If you really want something, there are really no excuses because there are so many avenues to get your voice out there.” Robbie Pickard Comedian

Pickard is having an official book launch party at 6:30 p.m. July 7 at UNIV Studio where guests will be able to meet him, his illustrator and hear him live read a few chapters.

a stand-up comedian. “You don’t need to be signed. If you are a musician, you can put your music up on Soundcloud, and if you’re an author you can self-publish. For me, Kickstarter was a way to

Encinitas comedian Robbie Pickard, 33, had an idea for a book for today’s short attention spans. Courtesy photos

prove there was an audience for this idea.” Pickard’s concept for the novel came from his standup routines, where he liked to point out the idiosyncrasies of things that are often considered routine and mundane. Take large group chats, Pickard said. They’re totally routine, but think about

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how annoying they would be if they played out in real life, yelling your opinion to a crowd of 15 people when you are really talking to one person. “It would be insane, right?” Pickard said. “Well, that was the inspiration for one of the short stories.” And the stories are short enough to capture the attention of today’s audience, where readers don’t often have the patience to sit through a long, drawn out novel. There are 38 of these abbreviated stories in the book, which Pickard’s friend Brooks Wheelan of Saturday Night Live fame in a

testimonial said was “such a fun, easy read. Like for children, except don’t let children read this.” “I think that sums up what I was going for,” Pickard said. Pickard started working on the stories in 2015, completing as many as 60 before whittling down the final selections. He launched his 30-day Kickstarter campaign Jan. 9. Pickard said the fundraising campaign was almost as tough as writing the book itself, as he had to market and promote it in order to reach a wider audience. “There’s this connotation that it is a free hand-

out, but it is really a ton of work,” Pickard said. “And it is stressful, you’re constantly refreshing that page over the 30 days.” When it was done, Pickard raised more than enough to hire a cover designer, editor (his dad), printing and shipping and other costs. Pickard said the success of his toilet stories has him thinking about the next book he’s going to write. It could be a novel, but he doesn’t want to speculate. “It could change a lot,” Pickard said. “I’m hoping now that I’ve proven to those editors and publishers that I am no longer an unpublished author.”

RV park sold for more than $2 million By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The Sandy Shore RV Park recently sold for $2.5 million. Colliers International commercial real estate agency announced the sale of the 1.75-acre site that provides 40 recreational vehicle spaces. GMC Ocean, LLC, bought the longtime family-owned property, and plans to continue operation of the RV park. No development plans have been shared. “Acquiring the Sandy Shores RV Park from longterm family ownership was an incredibly rare opportunity to invest in well-located property west of I-5 and adjacent to the Oceanside Harbor,” Richard Lebert, Colliers International San Diego Region senior vice president and representative of the buyer and seller, said. The property located at 1410 Carmelo Drive is a stone’s throw from Oceanside Harbor, and features short- and long-term RV and mobile home spaces. The park has been in operation since 1951, which was the heyday of travel trailers. At that time units

were first built with the conveniences of kitchens, refrigerators, bathrooms and plumbing, which are standard features today. The trailer park originally offered 55 spaces, and neighbored the former Harbor View Trailer Coach Villa, which had 100 spaces. The property also boasted sweeping ocean views, before area development sprang up. Currently the park looks onto the multi-story Holiday Inn, which was built in 2009. Sandy Shores Trailer Park was purchased by Harold Carpenter of Oceanside in 1962. Carpenter also owned and operated the nearby Carpenters Towing and Auto Salvage operation on North Coast Highway. A year after Carpenter bought the RV park Oceanside Harbor was constructed and opened. The manmade harbor instantly added an engaging attraction for travelers staying at the park. In the late 1960s the Harbor View Trailer Coach Villa closed, and Sandy Shores Trailer Park reduced its number of spaces to 40 to accommodate new,

larger travel trailers. The Carpenter family continued to operate the RV park for 55 years. Most of the park spaces are used as vacation rentals by Riverside and San Bernardino County residents. A number of families have held spots at the park for two to three generations. The park’s quaint atmosphere and ideal location continue to be big draws.

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healthy and dangerous,” said Dave Kelman, founder and president of the nonprofit. “Flip flops are the world’s most worn shoe. People wear them because they want to go barefoot, but think it is illegal. There are many health benefits to ‘earthing’ — that people will not take advantage of because of being yelled at or kicked out of a store.” Myekah Beond, the organization’s Pacific regional director, said the group’s research points to the stigma associated with barefooted behavior starting with the anti-hippie movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. “We looked and before that, being barefoot was considered normal,” Beond said. “But during the end of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, store owners started putting those ‘no shirts, no shoes no service’ signs up because they did not want the hippies in their establishment. “What happened between then and now is that it has been perpetuated and now people believe there is some health code violation or rule against being barefoot in stores, restaurants and other places, and we’ve debunked that,” Beond said. “It’s a myth ingrained in everyone’s head.” For instance in San Diego, the County Department of Environmental Health has no laws or regulations dealing with being barefoot in establishments, said Michael Workman, a county spokesman. “Since being barefoot while dining is not considered a factor in maintaining a safe food environment or food handling practices, it is not addressed under the food safety regulations,” Workman said. “Requiring patrons/customers to wear shoes or other customer practices that do not affect food safety are completely at the discretion of the food facility management.” Beond said that half of the organization’s efforts are aimed at assisting people who run into problems at establishments who discriminate against them because they are barefoot. For example, Beond said that last week he dealt with a drugstore manager who told him to leave the store because he was barefoot. He ended up contacting the store’s regional manager who said apologized and said that he didn’t believe in enforcing the store policy because he knew it wasn’t backed by any laws, and told the store manager to allow him to shop. “You regularly run into employees who think there’s a law against it, and a higher up who knows that there isn’t and doesn’t want to kick out a paying customer, so 80 percent of the time they’ll apologize and say it shouldn’t have happened,” Beond said. While there aren’t any laws, some restaurant and other businesses will continue to enforce those pol-


T he C oast News - I nland E dition icies — and it’s their right, a representative of the California Restaurant Association said. Restaurants and other establishments reserve the right to refuse service for various reasons, said Chris Duggan, the organization’s director of local government affairs. In the case of a barefoot patron, Duggan said, a restaurant might decline to serve them out of an abundance of caution because of liability issues. A barefoot patron’s foot could get cut on a glass shard or some other debris, he said. “You want to make sure you have a safe environment, so a barefoot customer could get turned away because of safety concerns,” Duggan said. “Of course, there are a lot of beach communities in San Diego, from Ocean Beach all the way up to Oceanside, so some restaurants might be more liberal in enforcing the policy.” Beond said this was one of the reasons he moved from Valley Center to Encinitas in December. “When I came here, I was working at a vegan restaurant and every day I saw someone new come in who wasn’t wearing shoes,” said Beond, who shed his

footwear 20 years ago after suffering from knee pain that doctors said would require surgery to fix. He’s been pain-free since losing the shoes, he said. “We’re looking at this area as a hotbed of awareness, so to speak,” Beond said. To that end, the organization is hosting a meetup at 4 p.m. July 29 at Native Foods in Encinitas, as it looks for more people to be ambassadors of the barefoot movement. For people like Bruner, this is music to their ears. “I think there should be more awareness of the fact that it’s not bad to be barefoot,” she said. “I think there shouldn’t be a stigma against it because it’s natural, it is the way we were made to walk.” For more information about Barefoot is Legal, visit the group’s website www.barefootislegal. org. coastnewsgroup




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Santas celebrate progress to end childhood obesity Vista will By Helen Nielsen

It was Christmas in July again this year at the Over the Line “beach baseball” tournament in Mission Bay. For the fourth year the Real Santas United to End Childhood Obesity and promote children’s health fielded their largest team ever, which this year included “Lady Santas.” As in prior years, the team was a sensation at the 64th tourney on Fiesta Island. In past years the Santa team scored a first and second place in one of the Men’s categories. Their biggest hits, however, have been their advocacy activities to help parents wean their kids off the fast, junk (now called “snack”) and processed “food-like substances,” which is leading to record levels of diet-derived illnesses in kids never seen in them just 20 years ago. The statistics show that illnesses like nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases, bleeding bowel syndrome, diabetes, even heart disease and cancer, which are now showing up in elementary school children, have exploded. “It’s all due to the so called ‘American diet’ loaded with sugar, chemicals,

pesticides and preservatives with the ‘processing’ stripping out both the nutrients and the fiber essential for good digestion,” says Sustainable Santa®, captain of the OTL team. The Santas have educational programs that teach parents how to read and understand “food labels” including what is there and what “essential data” is missing. Their biggest effort, however, comes at holiday time when they deploy Healthy Santas to farmers markets all over California. Locally, last year they had health-promoting Santas in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Leucadia and two in Escondido — a total of seven Santas in 12 markets in the county. They started with just one in 2013 and the list will grow larger again this year. In addition to taking holiday pictures with the kids, they pass out cards continuing “Santas 3 Food Rules” designed to get kids off the “bad stuff,” then send them into the market on a “treasure hunt” looking for “Santa’s Garden Bites” — tastes of wholesome real foods. These are provided by the farmer vendors and include foods that are fresh, raw, dehydrated or fermented

— many of which the children have never tasted, but soon come to love. “We also show moms and dads the importance of ‘eating the rainbow of vegetables’ highlighting the differing nutritional values of each color,” said Santa Glen, the OTL team member who staffs the Tuesday evening downtown Escondido market. “We have them make a game of picking veggies of their kids favorite color — and showing them how to prepare them to preserve both the taste and their nutritional value. Perhaps all reds this week, purple and yellow the next.” At the OTL tournament, in addition to their batting and fielding talents, their entire ensemble of programs to promote kids health were on display. “I love what these guys and now Lady Santas are doing,” said Carlin Palenske, the 2000 “Miss Emerson” Queen of the Fest. In 2014 she was very pregnant with her soonto-be 3-year-old son Parker, and she asked the Santas to “stand up” to the task of making the San Diego area kids into healthy playmates for him. “They are doing a super

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Members of the Real Santas United to End Childhood Obesity kick up their heels in preparation for the 64th annual Over the Line tournament on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. Courtesy photo

job of doing just that,” Palenske said. The addition of the Lady Santas to the effort is the result of needing to change the Coca-Cola-inspired image of Santa, who since 1931 has been an obese male clad in a Coke can-colored outfit, said Lady Santa Sara, a dual-citizenship Swedish-American engineer now living in Carlsbad. “In Europe we have Lady Santas whom we call Snow Queens, who not only accompany our Santas as they make their rounds, but on their own focus on bringing joy, happi-

ness and good health to the kids and never distribute sugar-snacks,” she said. “If we are to truly change the eating culture of American kids to prefer eating ‘real food’ we likely will need the help of these ‘Santa Nanas.’” Since 2014 the effort has enjoyed the support of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IBRBS), America’s largest Santa organization which is helping spread this effort nationwide. Visit them at or contact


VISTA — Summer just got a whole lot hotter with the Vista Rod Run returning Aug. 6 to Vista’s historic Main Street. The tradition is hosted by Vista Village Business Association and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thirty trophies will be awarded and all proceeds from the raffle will benefit Vista Teen Outreach and Hunger Hurts. The infamous “Rumblefest” draws more than 5,000 fans eager to check out hundreds of classic and custom hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and trucks. The Millionaire Beach Bums will be back on stage with its popular hits. High Energy DJ will be mixing it up with rhythm and blues music from the ’50s and ’60s. There is still time to enter your vehicle. Vista Rod Run is open to all pre’74 makes and models. Contestants who return their registration form along with a $25 participant fee before July 15 will receive a free event T-shirt. Car clubs registering a group of 10 or more cars will have spots reserved. Everyone receives a dash plaque and raffle ticket for entering. T-shirts will also be available to purchase for $12. Car and vendor applications can be found at, by email at or call (760) 390-2932. Spectators are free. Organizers ask that visitors provide for their pets’ needs.

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Photography honors awarded to local residents at fair By Joe Naiman

Vista’s Taurus Samuels chooses academics and athletics, commits to Dartmouth. Courtesy photo



er’s ears. “I always knew as a minority you have to have education; I never had a lot growing up, my mom had to quit school at a young age,” said Nicolas, who moved Samuels to North County from San Pedro in 2010. “But my mom worked hard and she gave me more opportunities than she had, and I wanted to give Taurus more opportunities than I had, and with basketball, he’s going to have that. “He’s using basketball now, not the other way around,” Nicolas said. Samuels, 17, chose Dartmouth, a school not known for its exploits on the hardwood, over Montana, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and several other schools with better basketball programs. “Obviously, Dartmouth, being an Ivy League school, that’s something that would’ve been very hard for me to say no to,” Samuels said. But it was not an easy decision. Montana had heavily recruited Samuels since his sophomore year. Coaches regularly attended his high school and travel basketball games, and he grew fond of their staff. “It was really tough for me because I had built a strong relationship with the coaches at Montana and with the school,” Samuels said. “But after talking with my mom and my coaches, I had to really evaluate my motivation in my decision. And after doing that, it was clear that Dartmouth was the right decision.” Nicolas, who credited

Samuels’ extended “basketball family” for much of her son’s character development, said she just reminded Samuels of where his priorities had been up until that point. “He was really leaning toward the school with the better record, but I told him that academics have always come first so why should he change that now?” Nicolas said. Samuels said that Dartmouth Head Coach David McLaughlin, who is entering his second season, sold him on coming in and having an immediate impact on a team that was last place in the Ivy League last season. McLaughlin led Northeastern University to its first National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament appearance since 1991 in 2015, something Samuels said resonated with him. “The things that the coaches want to accomplish there, to change the program around, that’s something that was very special and that I wanted to be a part of,” Samuels said. For Samuels, his announcement is the culmination of a recruitment process that began during his freshman year, when he emerged as a starting guard on the Panthers varsity team. By his sophomore year, coaches named Samuels to the CIF San Diego Section 2nd Team, and he had received scholarship offers to several universities. This past season, he led the Panthers to a semifinals appearance in San Diego’s highest basketball

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level, the CIF Open Division. His team advanced to the state Division 1 playoffs, where as the 11th seeded-team, the Panthers upset the No. 3 seed, Santa Margarita, in a double-overtime thriller. He credited his emergence as a top prospect to the coaches at his high school and travel team, Gamepoint. All the while, Samuels said, he made sure that he was on top of his work in the classroom, which included a heavy load of advanced placement and honors classes. Samuels said he is not sure what he wants to do after college, though he would love the opportunity to play basketball professionally, either overseas or in the National Basketball Association. But he said he feels confident that with an Ivy League education, his future will be bright. “I am really excited that I am in this position, and I am so thankful to everyone who helped to guide me along the way,” Samuels said. “That list starts with my mother.”

DEL MAR — The San Diego County Fair’s Exhibition of Photography included the presentation of Best of Show honors to Vista’s Stephanie Benintende and the Coordinator’s Award given to Oceanside photographer Heidi Gauthreaux. Benintende received first place in the Digital Photographic Art category as well as Best of Show for “Blue Heron with Fish,” which is an image of a blue heron on a shore with a fish in its mouth. The photograph also received a donated award from Nelson Photo. This year the Exhibition of Photography received 4,368 entries, and 1,244 of those were accepted to hang. Specific judges provide place awards along with honorable mention ribbons for each category. The first-place photos from the categories are reviewed by the judges to determine the Best of Show honor. This year was the first in which Benintende entered the Exhibition of Photography. Although her photo “Small Worlds” did not place in the Macro class, Gauthreaux earned the Coordinator’s Award for the water drops on two dandelion seeds. The Coordinator’s Award is the decision of exhibit coordinator Gene Wild. “It’s a very interesting macro,” Wild said. Wild noted that Gauthreaux’s use of cool and warm colors in the background complemented the dandelion seeds. “It’s crisp and sharp where it should be and well-composed,”

Wild said. Various photographic societies and industry members provide donated awards and choose the recipients based on the group or company’s criteria. Lana Ansay of Oceanside took first place in the Digital Artwork and Illustration class. “Starfruit Dragon,” which was printed in Photoshop and sketched in FireAlpaca, portrays a dragon surrounded by leaves and flowers. Morris Asato of Del Mar was the first-place All Other Plants and Trees winner. “Torrey Pines Sapling”

was shot in Del Mar and is of a small Torrey pines sapling. Kimberley Evensen of Del Mar had the first-place Family Moments photo. “Focus of Attention” captured children and their father shaving in front of a mirror. Art Ferber of Carlsbad took first place in the Animals - Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians and Aquarium Sea Life competition. “Can You Hear Me Now?” features two California alligator lizards with one’s mouth around the back of the other’s head.

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Citracado Parkway extension project draws on

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Community rallies behind Vista teacher placed on leave

By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Current and former students and parents are demanding a Vista social studies teacher be allowed to keep his job. Vincent Romero, who has worked for the Vista Unified School District since 1990, was placed on paid administrative leave from his job at Rancho Buena Vista High School on March 7. Now, an online petition with more than 1,900 signatures is asking the admin- A social studies teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School was istration to bring Romero placed on administrative leave in early March. The move prompted students and parents to launch an online petition in support of Vincent back to the classroom. Romero. Photo by Hoa Quach On his last day, Romero told students he was sorry leaving because “the orga- the I can’t be with you for do — we’re going to fight nization decided to make a my rest of the year. It’s not until there’s nothing left to choice, but it’s the way fight change.” with. I plan to be back it goes.” for your senior year.” “(They) no longer have confidence in me that I ute In the roughly 4-minRomero also urged his speech to students, an students know what I’m doing,” said emotional to be kind to their Romero vowed new Romero, whose remarks to fight the administration. but social studies teacher were recorded and posted to give “hell” to Princion Facebook. “They don’t ing,”“I’m not disappear- pal Charles Schindler. like what I do. They don’t not said Romero, 55. “I’m Following the angoing away. This is nouncement like the way I do it. So, this something of his deparI can fight, and ture, a petition is what happens. I’m really that’s was created what we’re going to on, urging

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ESCONDIDO — An amendment to the resolution of necessity for the Citracado Parkway extension project was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Debra Lundy, real property manager for the city, said it was needed due to a clerical error, the omissions of deeds to be attached to the land. The adjustment is the only fee parcel being acquired by the city, which is a necessity, she added. The eminent domain project, which has been in the works for several years, will complete the missing section of the roadway between Harmony Grove, Village Parkway and Andreason Drive. The city conducted a review of the project, which was outlined in the

environmental impact report from April 2012. Alternatives were discussed with residents in four community meetings and a trio of public gatherings. “The project as currently designed was located and planned in a manner that will be most compatible with the greatest public good and least private injury,” Lundy said. She also reported the city and property owners have had more than 35 meetings in the past four years to develop the plan. However, the property owners did not submit a counteroffer to the city’s statutory offer on April 14, 2015. According to Lundy, the owners did not feel the offer matched what the land is worth, alTURN TO EXTENSION ON A3

Republicans endorse Abed over Gaspar

By Aaron Burgin

Krvaric said. “Clearly the administration to keep Romero at Rancho Buena ty REGION — The Coun- Sam Abed’s long-time and Republican Party has steadfast Vista High School. thrown its support behind Republicancommitment to A protest was also held Escondido principles and Mayor Sam values earned him at the school. the supAbed in “This makes me so an- ty Dist. the race for Coun- port of committee mem3 Supervisor. bers and we are proud to gry,” wrote Jeffrey Bright of Fallbrook, who said he of The Republican Party endorse him.” San Diego announced Gaspar’s graduated from the school last campaign week that it voted to reached more than 20 years ago. “I endorse this week exAbed over fellow pressed disappointment already fear that our ed- Republican in and Encini- not receiving the ucation system is falling tas party’s apart. I worry my kids are whoMayor Kristin Gaspar, nomination, but touted is also running for the several key not going to get a valuable supervisor endorsements seat currently she has received education at public schools held by Dave Roberts, who out the campaign. throughanymore.” is seeking re-election. “While I’m disapDavid Whiddon of San Marcos called the move a Abed, who has been pointed not to get the parpolarizing figure during ty endorsement, “shameful.” I’m very his two terms as mayor in proud to have the support “This is a teacher that Escondido, secured the of Mayor Faulconer genuinely cares,” Whiddon coveted party endorse- the four Republican and wrote. “Both of my sons had ment City Mr. Romero and greatly en- than by receiving more Councilmembers, Senatwo thirds of the tors Bates joyed his class.” and Anderson, committee’s votes, the and Assemblyman Rocky A former student, Jas- threshold mine Velare of Vista, said candidate required for a Chavez,” Gaspar said. to receive the “I’ve been a Romero was “an amazing endorsement very effecover a fellow tive Republican mayor teacher.” in party member. a Democratic city by focus“I was lucky enough to “Endorsing one Re- ing on balanced get him myself,” she wrote. publican budgets, “He truly cares for what he quires over another re- economic a 2/3 vote threshold and quality development, — and rarely happens,” continue of life and will to do so on the TURN TO TEACHER ON A15 GOP Chairman Tony Board of Supervisors.”


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hen you don’t particularly like to travel and aren’t very experienced, where do you begin? Probably not Entebbe — as in Uganda – as in Africa — as in a 60-hour journey from home. But central Africa is where novice traveler Ken Schneck landed in 2010 after impetuously volunteering to go to Uganda with a friend who was doing charitable work there with a children’s school. This and other unlikely exploits are chronicled in Schneck’s recently published softcover, “Seriously…What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew” (1984 Publishing; $15.95). A native New Yorker, Schneck spent his forma-

Author Ken Schneck, an associate professor and radio show host in Cleveland, believes the most important element of travel is the Ken Schneck really stepped out of his comfort zone when he signed up people you meet. in 2015 for a week with Outward Bound in the Colorado Rockies, which tive years in Lower Manhat- included rock climbing. Courtesy photos

tan below 16th Street. “I had heard a tale that there were four other boroughs to explore,” writes the associate professor at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland and the host of the radio show/podcast “This Show Is So Gay.” “This was a myth that was often repeated in hushed tones in backrooms but one I had never actually been able to confirm.” Schneck and his parents eventually did venture beyond 16th Street; they

made four trips to Club Meds. It was not until 2010 that the dedicated homebody whose long-term relationship had gone south decided to spread his wings and take a chance. That’s when the Uganda opportunity appeared, the first of five adventures that Schneck faithfully chronicled nightly in his journal. It was this journal that eventually became his humorous introspective “Seriously…What Am I Doing Here?”

The other four adventures were a 425-mile fundraising bike ride from Montreal to Portland, Maine; a touchy-feely, self-awareness retreat in Big Sur; a second trip to Uganda; and a weeklong Outward Bound foray into the Colorado Rockies. Suffice it to say that, for most of these experiences, Schneck was woefully unprepared. And therein lies the fodder for his hyperbolically funny recounts that can serve as inspiration for any-

Associate professor and radio show host Ken Schneck discovered he was woefully unprepared for the 425-mile bike ride he signed up for in the summer if 2011 – but he hung in there and completed the ride from Montreal to Portland, Maine.

Schneck writes that his one who is considering stepping out of his/her comfort book “ … is not a recounting of the bullet points and zone. time stamps of my itinerary. Instead, the words … are a daily diagnosis, a deep-dive analysis, and a reflective verdict of me: my physical and emotional struggles, my path to figure out my own voice, and ultimately, my quest to figure out what the hell I was doing on those crazy adventures.” Travel and personal growth don’t always have to come in faraway destinations like Uganda, Schneck said in a phone conversation from his home in Cleveland as he prepared to leave for Guatemala. “My adventures are not so much about places I went but more about the people I have interacted with. My family did Club Med. It was a great experience, but the real fun was interacting with others. … Even on a cruise, you’ll meet people who you never would have met but for this cruise.” Schneck also has modified his view that traveling must include opportunities to learn. “I’ve learned to take the pressure off myself,” he said. “Sure, I might have learned something on that day, but it might not work when I apply it in another context. Sometimes you have to relearn lessons five or six times.” The most important thing, in Schneck’s opinion, is to learn to say yes to the unfamiliar. By doing so, “I’ve met people that I never would have met,” he said. “I’m a sociologist. I tend to study people and the way they interact. I’m also someone who can feel like a speck in a big world. I can make this more manageable by interacting with as many people as possible.”


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Boys & Girls Club of Vista visits senior center By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Gloria McClellan Center had young visitors from the Boys & Girls Club of Vista during a special June event called Make a Quilt with Vista’s Youth. According to organizers, the intergenerational paper quilt making activity was a way to encourage individuality for the children. “We’re hoping this discussion will offer character building where our older adults will share with the children how they were at their age, what their characteristics were like and what was going on in the world at the age of these day campers,” Program Manager Donna Meester at the Gloria McClellan Center said. “For our older adults, they have an The Boys & Girls Club of Vista members met with their elders at the Vista senior center opportunity to give back to the for an event called “Make a Quilt with Vista’s Youth.” Bottom row, from left, Zamiranuyu younger generation.” The senior center offers Hand, Jimena Villalobos, Isa Castillo, Ana Marie Carl, Andrew Cupin and Griffin Ronsom. Back row standing, from left, Raul Castillo, Jose Guzman and Edgar Alcala. Courtesy photo older adults a place to go to and


cone is pi (times) r (times) s where r=radius and s=slant height; for the surface area of a sphere, it's pi (times) r (squared), and, alas, for a flat surface, it's length times width.) [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 4-41999] -- (1998) On the day before Good Friday, reported the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Ernesto A. Moshe Montgomery consecrated the Shrine of the Weeping Shirley MacLaine in a room in the Beta Israel Temple in Los Angeles. Inspired by an image he said he had while riding in the actress's private jet, Montgomery said a subsequent large photograph of him with MacLaine was "observed shedding tears," which had inspired prayers and testimony of miraculous healings. [Los Angeles Times, 4-10-98] -- (2001) A child pornography investigation in Minneapolis turned up 1,000 suspect images on the office computer of a 58-year-old University of Minnesota classics profes-


sor -- named Richard Pervo. [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2-13-01] -- (1993) In May, Elk River, Minnesota, landlord Todd Plaisted reported that his tenant Kenneth Lane had fled the area, abandoning his rented farmhouse and leaving behind at least 400 tons of used carpeting, at least 10,000 plastic windows from Northwest Airlines planes, and rooms full of sofas, mattresses and washing machines, among other things. Lane told townspeople he ran a "recycling" company, but there was no evidence of sales. A deputy sheriff driving by the farmhouse the year before saw Lane burying carpeting with a tractor and said Lane merely muttered, "I don't know what to say. You got me. I can't even make up an excuse." [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 5-17-93] -- (1990) An FBI investigation into interstate trafficking by diaper fetishists resulted in the arrests of five men belonging to an organization called the Diaper Pail Foundation, which has a letter-


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socialize. This type of communication invariably gives seniors a sense a purpose, particularly with children. In return, they pay it forward by providing children an understanding about how much they matter in the world. Meester pointed out that older adults are an excellent example of a well-lived and mindful life. Through experience, they know how to navigate through the challenges. This first-time program triggered excellent feedback. On a personal level, Meester said she was looking forward to the day and was hoping that this would become an activity that everyone could enjoy on a regular basis. While it may be difficult to coordinate something monthly, Meester said a quarterly event could be more likely. The concept of bringing youths and elder adults together

parties, and wondered how nice it would be "to have a group of people where you wouldn't have to talk." [Philadelphia Inquirer, 6-2-92]

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East End Club looks back 110 years ESCONDIDO — On July 25, the East End Club of Escondido will celebrate its 110th birthday. This oldest social organization in Escondido was formed by women living in the east end of the valley who wanted closer friendships with neighbors. At the first meeting on July 25, 1907, officers were elected and a committee was appointed to create a constitution and bylaws. “The object of the meetings shall be for pleasure and self-improvement,” the constitution states. Annual dues


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VISTA — Summer can be a busy time of the year for local school districts, and that’s no exception in the Vista Unified School District. In VUSD, activities range from summer learning programs to teacher training, facilities upgrades to specialized camps. A recent day at Maryland Elementary saw classes held in art, music, dance and health, while tutors helped in the library, fitness activities happened on the grounds, and a course on the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” designed for children was held as part of the school’s “Leader In Me” curriculum. “Our Family Literacy program is designed to help children be successful learners who complete high school, go to college and get good jobs,” said Maryland Elementary Principal Carol LaBreche McKane. “It is a partnership with many volunteer community members as well as middle and high school students who mentor, read, and interact with the students daily.” A violin class that involved students from across the district was one example of how schools keep entire communities active in learning all year round. “We have Kim Stephens-Doll and her orchestra, which includes students from all over the district,” LaBreche-McKane said. “She is creating a mentor program with older, experienced students teaching younger students.” Other schools, like Breeze Hill Elementary, Monte Vista Elementary and Temple Heights Elementary, join Maryland in holding Summer Support courses through July 14, with learning opportunities including small-group reading instruction, writing development, and hands-on STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). And then there are the facilities projects. VUSD has $3.6 million in budgeted facilities projects across the district, ranging from paving projects to permanent shade structures, repaired and upgraded restroom facilities to new playground surfaces.

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t’s a gaudy hunk of bling and Del Mar’s Jim Ault is the first to admit

“It is a pretty big ring,” he said. But Ault, the San Diego Aviators general manager, has no problem showing off the fruits of victory. Just maybe it’s sweeter for Ault than the others involved with the Mylan World TeamTennis team that calls Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort and Spa home. “I’m a cancer survivor,” Ault said. “Six years ago I was just striving to live. If you would have told me, ‘Hey, you’re going to be managing a professional tennis team,’ I would have told you, ‘You are crazy.’” What’s nuts is what is on tap on July 16, in the first of the Aviators’ seven matches at La Costa. The Aviators begin their title defense against an Orange County Breakers team that includes Maria Sharapova. Yeah, that Maria Sharapova, one of only 10 women to claim a career Grand Slam. She’s won the French Open twice and Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, once. “She’s only the most famous female athlete in the world,” Ault said. Sharapova, in her comeback after being suspended for using performance enhancing drugs, is no stranger to La Costa. She won the WTA tour stop here twice, back when La Costa hosted an annual event. For the Aviators, it’s

sports talk jay paris their second year at the storied resort. But it’s the first season they’ve been here as a champion. The Aviators beat the Breakers for the title last summer at Forest Hills. That means a fancy Tiffany trophy will be on display when the Aviators raise the curtain on Sunday. “Hopefully we can keep it for another year,” Ault said, with a reminder his team is undefeated at home. Ault has felt cozy on the tennis courts for seemingly forever. A standout at San Diego State and Grossmont College, he transferred into a coaching position after some time on the men’s tour. Among the places Ault has hung his racket is at the Del Coronado, the San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club, the Barnes Tennis Center and the Bay Club in Carmel Valley. But Ault jumped at an opportunity to run the Aviators. It’s put a crimp in him delivering his sought-after lessons, but there’s a motto to his story. “I’m able to help grow the game of tennis like never before in my life,” Ault, 52, said. “If I give a great lesson to someone, that helps one person. But when people come out to our opening night, we are exposing more than 1,400

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Community rallies behind Vista teacher placed on leave

By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Current and former students and parents are demanding a Vista social studies teacher be allowed to keep his job. Vincent Romero, who has worked for the Vista Unified School District since 1990, was placed on paid administrative leave from his job at Rancho Buena Vista High School on March 7. Now, an online petition with more than 1,900 signatures is asking the admin- A social studies teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School was istration to bring Romero placed on administrative leave in early March. The move prompted students and parents to launch an online petition in support of Vincent back to the classroom. Romero. Photo by Hoa Quach On his last day, Romero told students he was sorry leaving because “the orga- the I can’t be with you for do — we’re going to fight nization decided to make a my rest of the year. It’s not until there’s nothing left to choice, but it’s the way fight change.” with. I plan to be back it goes.” for your senior year.” “(They) no longer have confidence in me that I ute In the roughly 4-minRomero also urged his speech to students, an students know what I’m doing,” said emotional to be kind to their Romero vowed new Romero, whose remarks to fight the administration. but social studies teacher were recorded and posted to give “hell” to Princion Facebook. “They don’t ing,”“I’m not disappear- pal Charles Schindler. like what I do. They don’t not said Romero, 55. “I’m Following the angoing away. This is nouncement like the way I do it. So, this something of his deparI can fight, and ture, a petition is what happens. I’m really that’s was created what we’re going to on, urging

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the administration to keep Romero at Rancho Buena Vista High School. A protest was also held at the school. “This makes me so angry,” wrote Jeffrey Bright of Fallbrook, who said he graduated from the school more than 20 years ago. “I already fear that our ed-

ucation system is falling apart. I worry my kids are not going to get a valuable education at public schools anymore.” David Whiddon of San Marcos called the move “shameful.” “This is a teacher that genuinely cares,” Whiddon wrote. “Both of my sons had Mr. Romero and greatly enjoyed his class.” A former student, Jasmine Velare of Vista, said Romero was “an amazing teacher.” “I was lucky enough to get him myself,” she wrote. “He truly cares for what he TURN TO TEACHER ON A15

ESCONDIDO — An amendment to the resolution of necessity for the Citracado Parkway extension project was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Debra Lundy, real property manager for the city, said it was needed due to a clerical error, the omissions of deeds to be attached to the land. The adjustment is the only fee parcel being acquired by the city, which is a necessity, she added. The eminent domain project, which has been in the works for several years, will complete the missing section of the roadway between Harmony Grove, Village Parkway and Andreason Drive. The city conducted a review of the project, which was outlined in the

the World Baseball Classic. The WTT is proud of being loud and it shouts out its intentions with glee. “I’ll probably get a bunch of grief for this but I like to say it’s tennis on legal steroids,” Ault said. “It’s basically high-energy tennis and in two hours you get to see what it would take two days to see at a Grand Slam event.’’ The play includes men’s and women’s singles and doubles and a mixed doubles match. All of it comes with an invitation to

be in full throat during the action and in between. “It is really cool,” Ault said. So is Ault, who was the Aviators’ assistant coach in its first year. Now as the GM, he’s constructed a roster which includes rising American star Ryan Harrison, who won at Memphis and then the French Open doubles crown; Shelby Rogers, who nearly knocked off No. 1 Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon; and the standout doubles team of Raven Klaasen

and Rajeev Ram. It’s a potent squad which will contend again for the WTT finals, which will be played next month at La Costa. “It looks like I know what I’m doing,” Ault said. “But I’ve really been lucky.” Considering Ault’s cancer scare, his good fortune extends on and off the court. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports.

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Republicans endorse Abed over Gaspar

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Krvaric REGION — The Coun- Sam Abed’ssaid. “Clearly long-time and ty Republican Party has steadfast thrown its support behind Republicancommitment to principles and Escondido Mayor Sam values Abed in the race for Coun- port earned him the supof committee memty Dist. 3 Supervisor. bers and we are proud to The Republican Party endorse him.” of San Diego announced Gaspar’s campaign last week that it voted to reached endorse Abed over fellow pressed this week exdisappointment in Republican and Encini- not receiving tas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, nomination, the party’s but touted who is also running for the several key endorsements supervisor seat currently she has held by Dave Roberts, who out the received throughcampaign. is seeking re-election. “While I’m disapAbed, who has been pointed not to get the para polarizing figure during ty endorsement, I’m very his two terms as mayor in proud to have the support Escondido, secured the of Mayor Faulconer and coveted party endorse- the four Republican City ment by receiving more Councilmembers, Senathan two thirds of the tors Bates and Anderson, committee’s votes, the and Assemblyman Rocky threshold required for a Chavez,” Gaspar said. candidate to receive the “I’ve endorsement over a fellow tive been a very effecRepublican mayor in party member. a Democratic city by focus“Endorsing one Re- ing on balanced budgets, publican over another re- economic development, quires a 2/3 vote threshold and quality — and rarely happens,” continue of life and will to do so on the GOP Chairman Tony Board of Supervisors.”


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Tri-City presents grants to 16 local nonprofits OCEANSIDE — The Tri-City Healthcare District works to improve the health and well-being of those in the community. On June 29, through its community grants program, the district awarded 16 local nonprofit organizations with $300,000 in funding ranging from $5,000 to $45,000 each. The health care district’s board of directors allocated the funds for health care projects run by nonprofit agencies located in or serving the citizens of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista and that address the health care district’s priority issues: access to health care, health conditions related to lifestyle and mental health.

This year’s funded programs range from mental health services for children and teens to hospice and bereavement care. “We are proud to support these nonprofits and partner with them on programs that help improve the community’s health and well-being,” said Julie Nygaard, chairwoman of the Community Healthcare Alliance Committee and Tri-City Healthcare district director. “We look forward to seeing the great work they do throughout the year.” For more on the Community Healthcare Alliance Committee, visit community-grants.

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Store owners build community with gaming tournaments By Rebecca Sykes

SAN MARCOS — Comic books and gaming tournaments are a way to escape reality and meet new people. At least those are the goals for comic book store owners Mathias Lewis and Ken Slack Jr. The owners of Knowhere Games & Comics in San Marcos, the store’s only employees, hope to create a community feel with their customers. “This way we get to know our many great customers and change the store to fit their needs and desires where we can,” Lewis said. As its name implies, Knowhere Games & Comics isn’t only home to comic books, but also carries games for tournaments. The store hosts tournaments for Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, Weiss Schwartz, Fore of Will, Star Wars, Destiny and more. Pokémon tournaments started in January for fans at Knowhere Comics. Before they started hosting tournaments, Lewis and Slack met a Pokémon professor, Chris LaJeunesse, who taught them how to play Pokémon. Pokémon professors are official Pokémon USA-approved judges, tournament organizers and aides to stores running Pokémon events. “He then helped us create a wonderful com-

Pokémon professor Chris LaJeunesse, foreground, helped store owners Mathias Lewis and Ken Slack Jr. establish the gaming tournament at the San Marcos store. Photo by Rebecca Sykes

munity of new players while getting our events sanctioned,” Lewis said. “Pokémon is now one of our favorite and highest selling games in the store.” Gaming tournaments usually attract a large number of people who regularly play the game they’re competing in. An entry fee is required, which covers prizes. Players are randomly assigned opponents. Lewis said that playing games with the same group of friends could get

boring, so tournaments offer a chance to find new players. “My favorite thing about the Monday night Pokémon games is that it has such a diverse group,” Slack said. “The ages involved are astounding in my opinion and I think that’s a really good thing. From my point of view, it’s a great look for the community.” Participants typically are ages 16 to 22, but there are children who attend a sub-tournament, for ages 5 to 14.

“I see (tournaments) as mainly what helps the community thrive and grow, and I feel that’s really important,” Slack said. “Seeing people come from one game to another, or to bring friends that have never played something and seeing them learn about a whole new thing that they had no idea they liked so much, it’s magical.” These tournaments are mostly attended by men, and the store owners hope to change that. “Any opportunity we have to teach new female players we encourage as much as possible,” Slack said. In addition to tournaments, Knowhere Games & Comics offers several tables for fans to play for free during store hours. Rooms can also be rented for gaming. Knowhere Games & Comics is at 744 Grand Ave. in San Marcos. For the full list of tournaments, view their calendar on



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Teachers Summit returns to Cal State San Marcos By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Teachers across North County will converge on California State University San Marcos on July 28 for a one-day state-

wide educators summit headlined by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden. Jill Biden, the keynote speaker for the third annual “Better Togeth-

er: California Teachers Summit,” will speak from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and her remarks will be simulcast to 34 satellite sites, including San Marcos. The summit is billed as a “free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators.” The theme for this year is “Better Together: Now More Than Ever,” and also include addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers and Edcamp discussions on timely, relevant and resourceful topics. “Teachers have described past summits as a powerful day of learning that made them proud of what they do and reminded them what an important difference they make in the lives of their students,” said Leslie Mauerman, a lecturer in CSUSM’s School of Education and the University’s Teachers Summit site lead. “We’re thrilled to invite San Diego-area teachers to our campus to join this growing network of teachers.” The 4.5-hour summit begins at 8 a.m. at the University Student Union Ballroom, 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road.

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CONCERT IN PARK The city of Oceanside hosts Concert in the Park at 5 p.m. July 14 at Rancho Del Oro Park, 4701 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, with Greg Douglas Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a low beach chair or blanket. For questions about Oceanside Parks and Recreation programs, visit, call (760) 435-5041 or visit Facebook at “Oceanside Parks & Recreation.” ESCONDIDO ANGLERS Walt Bailey, owner of Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle, will be speaking at the July meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido at 9:30 a.m. July 14, at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido, open to all anglers in Southern California, age 50 and above. Visit http:// senioranglersofescondido. net/ for more information. TASTE OF ENCINITAS Tickets are on sale now at https://visitencinitas. org/, for the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association’s Taste of Encinitas from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 along Coast Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas. With the purchase of a $45 ticket, participants will be able to enjoy tastes from a number of local restaurants, sample wine and beer at Sip Stops and enjoy a variety of

live music. Tickets also at the Encinitas 101 office, 818 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. The $45 per person price includes all food and drink samples. Same day tickets are priced at $50. HOMES NEEDED FOR VISITORS Former Torrey Pines football coach Ed Burke is hosting a high school football team from Japan in August and is looking for families to host a player in their home, providing lodging, meals and transportation to and from Torrey Pines High School. The 13 senior boys will be here Aug. 17 through Sept. 4. The team will be attending school and practicing at Torrey Pines during their stay. A daily stipend of $15 to help offset your food and gas expenses will be provided. If interested, contact Ed Burke by phone at (760) 331-7412 or through e-mail at edandloretta@sbcglobal. net. HEAD START AT MIRACOSTA Spartan Start is a one-stop shop where students can complete the registration process and get questions answered before they attend the New Student Orientation in August. Event is at the Oceanside Campus 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 14 and at the San Elijo Campus 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 19 and 2:30 to 5 p.m. July 29. For more information, contact Tina Helmstreit at (760) 795-2121 ext. 6307 or thelmstreit@



First Step House fundraiser concert from 4 to 8 p.m. July 15, at Green Oak Ranch, 1237 Green Oak Road, Vista. Music features Joe Wood, Troy Jennings, Jordan Janowiak, Keith Cox, Ken Volpe and more. Tickets are $20 at Musicdetox. org or $25 at the door. Free parking. Food and games, Children welcome. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, call (203) 247-1999. YOU SCREAM, ICE CREAM Tickets are on sale now for The Vista Historical Society’s annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social on July 15 at the Vista Historical Museum at Rancho Minerva, 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista. The event will be held on the patio of the museum, at San Clemente Avenue across Foothill Drive from Rancho Minerva Middle School. Cost is $3 for children 10 and under and $5 for each adult, for unlimited ice cream, root beer floats and soft drinks. For tickets, call (760) 630-0444 or email vhm67@1882.sdcoxmail. com.


JOIN THE FEAST Go behind the gates at Old Mission San Luis Rey from 6 to 9 p.m. July 26 for the third annual “Feast,” an evening of sampling food, wine, beer and spirits. Enjoy live music, food, history and art as you stroll through the private gardens. Advance tickets for $45 or at the door for $50, are available at Each ticket benefits one of several lo-

cal organizations including the Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside Museum of Art, the Oceanside Rotary, the YMCA and TERI Inc. All beneficiaries of this fundraiser are 501(c) (3) organizations. Visit for more information.


GET IN THE SWING Sign up today to participate in the 2017 Vista Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament Aug. 7 at Shadowridge Golf Club, to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Register at http:// FIGHTING WEIGHT If you have struggled for years to maintain a healthy weight, Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA) may be the place for you. They meet Mondays 10:30 a.m. at Pilgrim Church, 2 ​020 Chestnut Ave.​ , Carlsbad. ​ Call Mary Rae at (6​​19) 813-​​ 4383. REPUBLICANS MEET North County Republican Coalition meets at 6 p.m. July 17 at the Veterans Association of North County Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. RSVP to or contact Jerry Kern at (760) 805-5572.


ANIMAL CAMP Summer Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society runs through Aug. 25. There are openings during the week of July 31 through Aug. 4 for animal lovers ages 11 to 14. Camp-

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ers take part in games, arts and crafts and hands-on experiences with animals. For more information, call (760) 753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas or visit


OPENING DAY AT RACES It’s Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack on July 19. On Opening Day will be “The Party” and Opening Day Hats contest. On July 21, Tribal Seeds Concert. Join the Party in the Plaza/Happy Hour every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. (half-off signature drinks and beer specials) and July 22 see the best horse in the world Arrogate races in the San Diego Handicap race. BEER COMMITTEE The Vista Beer Committee will hold its monthly gathering at 508 Tavern at 5:30 p.m. July 19. 508 Tavern, 508 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. All are welcome. No cost to attend. Don't forget your business cards.

ESCONDIDO — Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge continues through July 31. Children log their progress online to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. This year’s theme is Design Your World. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed events in July at the library, 239 S. Kalmia St., for children and families include: • Baby Storytime for children newborn to 3 years on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Babies and their parents or caregivers enjoy interactive stories and action songs. Seating is limited to 30 children. • R.E.A.D. Book Club for children ages 9 to 12 on July 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Explore Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel, “Secret Coders.” Registration is required at • John Abrams’ “Animal Magic” for children ages 4 to 12 will be from 2 to 3 p.m. July 20. Abrams employs a wacky blend of magic, comedy, music and live exotic pets in his show. For more information, visit summer.


SUMMER BLOCK PARTY The Vista Chamber of Commerce invites all to the Solatube Summer Block Party from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 20, a mixer with local business leaders and North County neighbors at 2210 Oak Ridge Way in the Vista Business Park. No cost to attend, but preregistration requested at http://events.r20. ezxxfqpab&showPage=true.

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