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It has taken Keith Roynon 70 years to amass his collection of fossils and dinosaur skeletons. His museum in his home’s garage is in the process of moving to a bigger venue on East Grand Avenue. Photos by Ellen Wright
Dinosaur museum not ready for extinction By Ellen Wright
ESCONDIDO — For most North County residents a garage is a place to house their cars, extra knick-knacks, or even recent college graduates. For Keith Roynon, it’s become his prehistoric portal offering local school children glimpses into a time long before smart phones, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. After 15 years of operation, the nonprofit is finally ready to expand its Pterosaurs’ wings and move to a larger space. “The ceilings are full of Pterosaurs, so we need to move,” said Roynon, founder of The Roynon Museum. “There isn’t any room to do anything anymore. We need to expand so we can get large dinoThis rare skeleton of a tiny prehistoric horse was found in tact. saur material in here.”
The museum will be moved to East Grand Avenue and Roynon plans to be open by late September. Currently, the museum, which is located in his two-car garage, is only open for school and scout groups. Once the museum sets up in its new digs, it will be open to the public. Over the years, Roynon has collected roomfuls of artifacts, including 110 dinosaur eggs, dinosaur skeleton replicas and even prehistoric poop. Roynon said the museum is so popular with children that they won’t miss it, even if they’ve fallen ill. “I’ve had kids pass out on me TURN TO MUSEUM ON 14
City Council OKs new law to keep people off medians By Ellen Wright
ESCONDIDO —On July 8, the City Council voted to change the laws regarding pedestrians’ use of medians after a panhandler was killed while soliciting money in April. On April 24, 27-yearold Amanda Porter was struck and killed at the intersection of West Mission Avenue at North Quince Street. She stepped off a center median and went to collect a handout from a driver of a pickup truck with a trailer full of sand and concrete. After she collected the money, she tripped and fell into traffic, which had just started to move. The trailer ran over her. The new law will prevent people from using the median for anything other than crossing the road.
A new law passed by the Escondido City Council will keep people from using medians for anything other than crossing the road. The changing of the law follows the death of a panhandler in April using the median at the intersection of West Mission Avenue and North Quince Street. Photo by Aaron Burgin
“It should give the police a tool to keep (people) off the median, the narrow ones in the middle where you’re not supposed to be,”
said City Attorney Jeffrey Epp. The amendment also makes it unlawful for anyone to engage in abusive
solicitation on a sidewalk, walkway or anywhere else in public. Mayor Sam Abed said he supports the law amend-
ment because he believes it will increase safety. “I do support this amendment because it’s a safety issue and I think a lot of people are making it as a business,” Abed said. “I think we should address the needy people in a different way.” People will no longer be allowed to solicit money in the crosswalk areas, including nonprofit solicitations like the San Diego Firefighters’ Boot Drive, which raises money for the Burn Institute of San Diego. The amendment passed unanimously, with Councilmember Olga Diaz absent. Any violations to the law will result in a misdemeanor. The law first requires a second reading at the next council meeting Aug. 5, and will go into effect 30 days after, in early September.
REGION — San Diego’s largest water supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, just lost a major ruling on Wednesday to the San Diego County Water Authority, which sells water to regional water districts throughout San Diego. The district owes the Water Authority $188.3 million plus interest for overcharging the region, which will translate to cheaper water rates in the coming years. Mention of the ruling drew loud applause from attendees at the North County Economic Water Summit held Thursday at the Vista Civic Center, although good news at the summit was nearly as scarce as water in the state. Water leaders from across North County painted a bleak picture of the drought’s effects and government regulations while also offering hope and solutions to the current water state. General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority Maureen Stapleton spoke of the importance of diversifying the water supply. In 1991, San Diego was getting 95 percent of its water from the district in Riverside. After a major drought and the threat of getting cut off by 50 percent, the water authority worked towards securing new supplies to reduce dependency. These efforts included lining the Coachella Canal to prevent leakage, water conservation, expanding recycled water and a groundbreaking deal with the Imperial Irrigation District. Since 1990, residents have reduced their water usage 31 percent. San Diego has reduced its reliance on the district by 49 percent. It will reduce the supply 30 percent by 2020, once the Carlsbad Desalination plant is online. Peter MacLaggan, vice president of Poseidon Water, said the desalination plant is 94 percent complete. “We’re just a few short months away from that first sip of water from the Pacific Ocean,” MacLaggan said. Another step the region is taking is towards improving the water supply by increasing the recycled water network through the San Elijo Joint Powers AuthoriTURN TO WATER ON 14
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Community Commentary Vaccination risks: Knowledge is still power By S.E. Rogers
Lawn replacement: Mixed bag of good, bad effects California Focus By Thomas D. Elias
isten to water officials from Gov. Jerry Brown down to local officials and you’d think replacing lawns with drought-resistant plants or artificial turf is a pure good, no negatives involved. They know lawn replacement, often called “xeriscaping” because it can use cactuses and other desert plants, generally leads to at least a 30 percent cut in household water use. But…you could read reports from the ongoing Women’s World Cup soccer tournament, where ambient temperatures in cities like Winnipeg and Ottawa were in the high 70s at some game times, but temperatures on the synthetic grass fields ranged from 120 to 129 degrees. That’s the “heat island” effect, where non-grassy surfaces like the faux grass and gravel sometimes used to replace lawns gather heat from the sun. Unlike grass, they don’t use the sunlight for anything, so heat energy can pile up and even warm adjacent buildings. Temperature differentials won’t often be as extreme as at the Women’s World Cup, but can drive up electricity use and air conditioning bills. Reports the Accuweather forecasting service’s blog, “Grassy surfaces will be significantly cooler on a sunny day when compared to artificial turf, gravel or pavement.” This is one reason some homeowner associations are trying to ban replacement of front lawns with synthetic grass, even as many water agencies pay by the square foot for tearing out existing lawns. Homeowners often get phone calls from ser-
vices offering free natural turf removal and replacement in exchange for signing over those payments. Some local water agencies, however, refuse to pass along turf-replacement subsidies for fake lawns using synthetic turf. There’s also the fact that grass pulls carbon out of the air. The more green leaf surfaces in any area, the more greenhouse gases will be absorbed. Which means grass helps fight climate change. Grassy surfaces also facilitate recharge of ground water, most water landing on them eventually trickling down into aquifers. So unless replacement surfaces are extremely porous, more storm water will eventually run off into the Pacific unused and less will become ground water. This all leads to questions about the efficiency of lawn replacement campaigns now being run by myriad water agencies. By far the largest of these plans comes from California’s biggest water provider, the six-county Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, often called “the Met,” which has a $450 million, two-year conservation incentive program, aiming to save as much as 80,000 acre feet of water yearly over 10 years. That comes to $562 per acre-foot saved, far more than the Met pays for most water today. The most visible and expensive part of this program is lawn replacement, which will use about three-fourths of the money to replace 172 million square feet of grass, or 3,948 acres. But lawn removal is far from the most effective part of the water-saving plan. Much more will be saved by replacing old fixtures and equipment. “The device replacement part of our program should save about 60,000 of those acre feet,” says Jeff
Kightlinger, general manager of the Met. “Devices give a bigger bang for the buck.” The Met is paying customers to install everything from low-flow showerheads to high-efficiency lawn sprinklers and a new generation of ultra-low-flow toilets. The biggest savings may come from new-generation cooling tower controls for heating and air conditioning units atop large buildings. And yet, reports Kightlinger, “Almost all the news reports on our conservation program have focused around turf replacement.” Then there’s the fact that many thousands of acre-feet of water are wasted by over-watering grass and trees. “Commonly used shrubs, trees and grasses have a lot of drought tolerance,” says Dennis Pittenger, Riverside-based environmental horticulturist for the University of California’s Cooperative Extension. “They are usually overwatered. I think we ought to focus more on people’s watering behavior, and less on replacing plants.” Commercial turf grower Jurgen Gramckow of Oxnard maintains many new drought-resistant landscapes won’t hold up when rains finally come. “Landscapes with bark as ground cover, for example, will lose a lot of it and clog storm drains, too,” he says. “The water agency perspective on lawn replacement is one-dimensional. No one talks about tradeoffs, negative effects.” He’s right about that, which means today’s lawn replacement fad may really be less about water savings than trying to change attitudes, also known as social engineering. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net
This article is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet, valiant physician and medical researcher. He transformed the lives of countless vaccine injured children and their families and was beloved by thousands. His unique approach to detoxifying the victims of vaccine injuries was living proof that vaccines are dangerous and that by countering the effects of vaccines, children can be cured. Bradstreet’s great success in treating these children represented a huge threat to the status quo. Two other alternative doctors in the South were also were recently killed. Unde r s t a nd ably, other practitioners are gravely concerned for their safety and freedom. After all, isn’t the culture of fear the reason that most parents vaccinate in the first place? Who will treat our vaccine injured children if all the innovative doctors are killed off? Dr. Bradstreet’s family and friends have stated that he was the victim of foul play and never would have taken his own life. Prior to his murder in late June, Dr. Bradstreet’s office was raided by the FDA. As far as we know, he had only one enemy, the entities behind the raid. Dr. Bradstreet offered his expert testimony in “vaccine court.” There were over 5,000 such claims that vaccines caused autism. If the government were to admit to this connection, there would be insufficient funds in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Special masters of
this “kangaroo court” strive to pay out as little as possible and to deny culpability. Parents of the dead or damaged children must prove the connection to vaccines. The CDC sets illogically tight restrictions on the reporting of adverse reactions. In other words, if the child doesn’t die fast enough of the adverse effects or the symptoms do not manifest within an arbitrarily narrow time frame, then claim is dismissed and the parents are left out in the cold. Few pediatricians warn parents of what signs to look for after vaccinations, and fewer still will admit the connection if the parent brings it up. It would not be a good career move for them, now would it? With the passage of
swayed to vote against it. The corporate/medical/ fascist state of California is now the official pilot program for the nation. A child’s right to an education in the state of California is now predicated on blind adherence to the mandated vaccine schedule. Home schooling is now the only (separate and not equal) option for families that wish to delay or refuse vaccination. This is often not economically feasible. Was SB 277 was rammed through the legislature in the interests of public health? Tetanus is not a contagious disease. Mandating tetanus vaccine does nothing to protect the public. If a parent believes that the risk of this and
The Sacramento legislature has not seen such a huge public outcry since the Vietnam protests. SB 277, California families will be forced to cope with the loss of the personal belief and religious exemptions for state mandated vaccinations. The Sacramento legislature has not seen such a huge public outcry since the Vietnam protests. Many families hauled their vaccine-damaged children to Sacramento in hopes of meeting with legislators and compelling them to reconsider voting for this draconian bill. Corporate lobbyists advised legislators to decline personal meetings. As a result, few pro SB 277 legislators could be
other vaccines outweigh the alleged benefits, they are unable to opt out. Yet the government mandates both the trivalent D-TaP and the T-DaP vaccine. More on this in part II. Thank you Rocky Chavez for your fearless representation. Tim Donnelly has initiated a referendum to oppose SB 277. Stay tuned for information on signing the petition. Dr. S. E. Rogers of San Marcos has performed medical research in the fields of molecular and cellular biology, specifically the induction of tumor cell differentiation.
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RSF Association prepares community-wide survey By Christina Macone-Greene
Above, Fernando Nader, 11, at Madison Middle School, and his sister, Isabella, 7, are more than part of the Vista school district’s summer reading program at the Vista Unified School District’s Learning Center. By summer’s end, Fernando will be the Learning Center’s top reader soaking up more than 5 million words. Courtesy photo
Kids connect at Vista summer reading VISTA — Eleven-yearold Fernando Nader likes to take his imagination for a ride reading “Harry Potter” novels or the tales of a teenage boy his dragon in “The Inheritance Cycle” novels by Christopher Paolini. By summer’s end, Nader will have read more than five million words, making him the top reader in the school district’s summer reading program at the Learning Center on North Santa Fe Avenue next to Vista Academy of Visual & Performing Arts. Stretched out on the floor of Vista Unified School District’s Learning Center, Fernando said he’s fascinated by the way writers tap into someone’s imagination, with “words
falling off a page to create a story.” “I want to be a writer,” said Fernando, who will be a sixth-grader this year at Madison Middle School. “He opens a book and he doesn’t let go, in the car, everywhere,” said Fernando’s mother, Carmen Cortez. The reading program runs through July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Cortez said she’s there every day with Fernando and his 7-year-old sister, Isabella. Now in its second year, the program is attracting up to 50 children a day with their parents, said director Mireya Perez. The program is geared to students from kindergarten through fifth
grade. “There’s no check-in, check-out,” Perez said. The students can pick out any book they want, and if they find one they really like, they can take it home to keep. The books are donated. Most come from district schools, which bring in books they no longer use in the classroom. They include books in Spanish and some bilingual. The students can lounge on giant pillows scattered around the room for most of the day, with a break at 11 a.m. for lunch followed by a crafts project geared to the theme of the week, which can be anything from pirates to space exploration. Once a week, a guest reader comes in to read
aloud from books geared to the theme of the week. Eight-year-old Alek Gonzalez, who came with his brother, David, 7, said he likes the reading program because “it’s mostly quiet. If you finish a book, you can take a test on it.” Using the Accelerated Reading computer program, students accumulate points, which can count toward reaching their reading goal for the coming school year. The program measures how much a student reads in word count and how well they understand it, which is how Fernando knew he was coming up on 5 million words. Perez said she’s hoping to partner with Vista businesses for the program next year to offer prizes as well.
Service company fills food pantry for nonprofit SAN MARCOS — The Alabaster Jar Project, a nonprofit in North Country that helps victims of human trafficking, will be the recipient of a donation from Intelicare Direct, a customer service solutions company. The company collected 5,340 cans of food during its canned food drive, which ran for three and a half weeks in June. The Alabaster Jar Project is partnering with the Cal State San Marcos School of Nursing to open a food pantry. “Our employees really stepped up for this event,” said Gabriel Bristol, president and CEO of ICD. The purpose of Alabas-
ter Jar Project is to restore, rehabilitate and empower women and young girls who have been affected by human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The cans collected, which included canned vegetables, fruits, beans, rice, ravioli and
more ensures that the program will have enough cans to complete the required number of distributions to be certified as a food bank. “When a victim is identified, they typically have no identification, no means of getting food stamps or
any type of food so they need some sort of assistance,” said Susan Johnson, director of the Alabaster Jar Project. “This donation is absolutely fabulous because it fills up our food pantry for these women who are in need.”
RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent board meeting, the RSF Association unanimously agreed to send out a community-wide survey to all property owners. Fred Wasserman, the Association’s new director, offered up the resolution. On the heels of this resolution was a petition signed by a few hundred residents asking the Association to reconsider its decision of choosing traffic signals over roundabouts along the Paseo Delicias/ Del Dios Highway. The potential locations are at the intersections of El Camino del Norte, La Valle Plateada/El Montevideo and Via de la Valle. Before spelling out the details of the resolution, president of the RSF Association Ann Boon, said the county and Association began studying roundabouts in an effort to improve traffic flow safety along the Paseo Delicias/Del Dios Highway corridor about 12 years ago. Following some chronological history, Boon then handed the microphone over to Wasserman. He wanted to put a resolution on the board table which underscored that a survey be sent to property owners in the Covenant who pay assessments to the Association. The survey would ask individuals whether they want traffic signals or roundabouts. Enclosed in the survey, Wasserman suggested, there would be summaries available in the survey for both traffic signals and roundabouts. “Staff would prepare
the summaries to accompany the survey form so that there would be consistency in terms of presentation,” he said. Additionally, links to
The survey is being requested by the county of San Diego to assist them in finalizing the decision on which alternative to use.” Fred Wasserman Director, RSF Association
the Association’s website was also recommended for further descriptions. Wasserman clearly explained that this survey was not a vote for Association members. The reason it was not a vote for Association members, he said, is because there are about 300 people who live in the Covenant who pay assessments to the TURN TO SURVEY ON 14
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Carlsbad man’s portable shower business booms CALENDAR By Aaron Burgin
CARLSBAD — Chris Crawford didn’t set out to become a key player in California’s new drought order. But when the state announced it would be shutting off outdoor showers at the state beaches, the Carlsbad inventor of a pressurized portable shower has become just that. Crawford and his RinseKit have been featured on local and regional media outlets and the two-gallon device has become a hot-selling item for the beach-going crowd left frustrated by the shower shut off. “People have been buying them up like crazy, it’s been huge for us,” Crawford said on Wednesday, the day the statewide shower shutoff officially began. “People who have been on the fence about them are now saying, ‘Oh, man, I gotta jump on this fast before they sell out.’” Crawford said he’s even gotten his device into the hands of state parks’
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RinsdeKit, the two-gallon device has become a hot-selling item for the beach-going crowd left frustrated by the shower shut off. Courtesy photo
officials, who have been eager to give beach goers alternatives during the shower hiatus. “Everyone’s understandably upset about not having the showers,” Crawford said. “And when I talked to the parks people, they are looking for things
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the past few years, Crawford said he noticed an uptick in sales earlier this year, when beaches started unofficially downing their showers ahead of the state mandate. “I would pull mine out after surfing and people would see and they would say, ‘Whoa, where can I get one, that’s awesome,’” Crawford said. “They were confused how it worked, but after I showed them how, they were really intrigued. We haven’t had one person say, ‘Oh, this sucks’ or anything like that, everything has been positive thus far.” Then, when the state announced this month that it would take action as a result of the ongoing water shortage, consumers and the media latched on to the product, Crawford said, listing numerous television and newspaper interviews he’s had over the past few weeks. Crawford said the devices also go hand-in-hand with the state’s water conservation message, as the shower unit only uses two gallons of water for a two to three minute shower. “It saves water, and you get the same type of pressure that you would get from one of the showers at the beach,” he said. One portable shower costs $89 and can be purchased at one of 50 dealership locations in San Diego. For more information visit the company’s website at rinsekit.com
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JULY 17 FOOD, FUN & FANDANGO Join the dancers at the San Marcos Senior Center from 5 to 8 p.m. July 17, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos, with dance band Fandango. Cost is $5 at the door. Food, beer and wine for purchase. Pre-show performances by the senior center’s ukulele and hula classes. LIFETIME LEARNING Lectures with LIFE at MiraCosta College, a lifelong learning group, meets weekly at 1 p.m. July 17 on the MiraCosta College/Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Dr., Admin. Bldg. #1000. Check speaker schedule at miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972. JULY 18 ICE CREAM SOCIAL The Vista Historical Society will hold its annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 18, at the Vista Historical Museum at Rancho Minerva, 2317 Old Foothill Drive. Cost is $3 each for children 10 and under and $5 for adults. The museum will be open for tours during the event. RSVP to (760) 630-0444 or email email@example.com. COMPOST HAPPENS Composting experts from Solana Center for Environmental Innovation will teach the basics of composting and vermicomposting at a workshop 9 to 11 a.m. July 18 at Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Bring a folding chair, if possible. Cost is a $3 entry fee to Alta Vista Gardens. Pre-register by e-mail to vistacomposting @ gmail. com or call (760) 305-7842 or (760) 598-8289. CROP JULY.93 20 PATRIOTIC LUNCH .93 Celebrate The Red, White 4.17 and Blue” is the theme of the4.28 San Marcos – Vista Christian Women’s Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. July 20 at Broken Yolk Café, 101 S. Las Posas Road, San Marcos. The cost is $18.
For reservations, call Donna (760) 432-0772 or Martha (760) 471-7059. PARKINSON’S THERAPY Palomar Health will host Voice & Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease, 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 20 at Joslyn Senior Center, 210 East Park Avenue, Escondido. Cost is $5 per person. To register, call (760) 796-6020. JULY 22 ARTHRITIS RELIEF Palomar Health will host a free class on “Treating Arthritis and Joint Pain Naturally,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 22, Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, Education Classroom, first floor, 15611 Pomerado Road, Poway. To register, call (800) 628-2880 or visit PalomarHealth.org/classes. JULY 23 MAKING NEW FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County, a support group for ladies and gentlemen who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will visit the Butterfly Farm in Vista July 23, have dinner at Fish House Vera Cruz, San Marcos July 29 and play mini-golf at Boomers, Vista July 30. Reservations are required by calling (858) 674-4324. JULY 24 SPLASH BASH Alga Norte Aquatic Center is hosting a Splash Bash: A Parents’ Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. July 25 for children 8 and older, giving parents an evening away while their youngsters play on giant inflatables, walk on water in giant water balls, dive off diving boards and dance under the lights. Tickets are $8 per person. MARK THE CALENDAR BILINGUAL READ Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. July 25 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. “Me llamo Bud, No Buddy”/ “Bud, Not Buddy,” by Christopher Paul Curtis, is the selected book for July. Copies of the book are available through the Escondido Public Library catalog and can be reserved.
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Celebration time for Escondido Charter High School! It will be celebration time for Escondido Charter High School (ECHS) when the 2015-2016 school year begins in August! Founded in August 1996 by ‘Coach’ Dennis Snyder, ECHS has been providing top-notch, tuition-free public ‘Educational Choice’ for students for the last 20 years. In order to meet the needs of additional students over the last two decades, ECHS has grown to be a part of the ‘American Heritage Charter Schools’ - an excellent group of schools consisting of: Escondido Charter High School (ECHS), Heritage K-8 Charter School (K-8), and Heritage Digital Academy Middle School (HDAMS). • Escondido Charter High School - grades 9 to 12 - ECHS provides two distinct programs in order to meet the differing learning styles of students and their parents: a Traditional Classroom Program (TCP) and an Individualized Learning Program (ILP). By design the TCP is a small, intimate learning environment that emphasizes the teaching of traditional American culture and values with class sizes averaging 20 students, as opposed to over 35 students in many district schools.
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By keeping the teacher to student ratio low, ECHS creates a close-knit environment where students benefit by receiving personalized instruction. Even though the TCP setting is traditional, the instructional approach is innovative and engaging. The instructors take advantage of the small classroom environment by providing meaningful conversation, debate and student interaction. Students are given collaborative learning and project-based assignments which make the curriculum relevant. The TCP Academic Advisor meets with each student individually on a regular basis to plan for their high school success and college preparation. Students work with the advisor to optimize their academic program based on specific college and career goals. • Individualized Learning Program (ILP) - Oneon-One Instruction - Students in this program are assigned a ‘Teacher of Record’ (TOR) who will be the key person throughout the student’s academic experience. Teachers provide indepth, one-on-one instruction and assist with course selection and sequence. These specialized teachers and, according to the maintenance supervisor, still works fine. Fortunately, the supervisor said, the student still lives in the area and is available if problems arise. • Recurring Theme: Government officials who insist on such “bells and whistles” as redesigning their department’s logo are often ridiculed for wasting taxpayer money (yet design consultants continue to sell the illusion that a new logo can give a bureaucracy a refreshing rebirth). In May, Tennessee officials unveiled a new state logo (which cost only $46,000 — not counting the expense of changing signs, cards, stationery, etc.), which consists of the letters “TN” in white inside a red box with a blue trim underneath. (A Watchdog.org critic suggested a contest to design a superior one, but open only to kids age 12 and under, with the prize a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.)
Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade on the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage decision was a group of men outfitted in Jewish prayer garments and representing the Jewish Political Action Committee, carrying signs reading, for example, “Judaism prohibits homosexuality.” However, the men were very likely not Jewish, but in fact Mexican laborers hired for the day. A representative of the committee told The New York Times that the men were “supplemental” — necessary because the committee’s rabbis would not permit their students (who normally staff such protests) to be exposed to the sights of same-sex exuberance Compelling Explanations typical for the parade. Adultery is illegal in Japan — except, as a Tokyo Government in Action WOOD-TV of Grand District Court judge ruled Rapids, Mich., seemingly un- in a “psychological distress” covered an antiquity — if not lawsuit filed by the jilted wife, a potential vulnerability — when it is done by a company in the Grand Rapids public to retain a good customer. A school system in June when it nightclub hostess who had carreported that the heating and ried on with the married man cooling systems at 19 schools proved that she did so only as are controlled using a Com- “makura eigyo,” or “pillow modore Amiga computer (re- sales tactic.” Said the judge, leased in the 1980s, about the “As long as the intercourse is same time as Windows 2.0), for business, it does not harm operating on an early Internet the marital relationship at modem. It had been installed all.” (The ruling, from 2014, by a computer-savvy student was first publicized this year.)
are adept at tailoring the instruction to each of the student’s needs. Teachers of Record really get to know their students. In most cases, students and teachers stay together for the entire four years. Student personalities and learning styles are matched with the right teacher. Each TOR also functions as an academic advisor for their students. Whether the student plans to go to college, pursue a career or join the military, the TOR helps the student and parent(s) coordinate the requirements. ILP provides greater flexibility to students and the ability to work at their own pace and pursue outside activities and interests. Some students opt to accelerate their studies and graduate early and many students simultaneously enroll in college courses and earn college credit while completing high school. Many students pursue outside interests such as amateur/pro-athletics or other competitions as well as entertainment careers while many enjoy parent-directed educational opportunities. • ‘Satellite Campus’ in San Marcos - ECHS also has an ILP ‘satellite campus’ located at 1285 Stone Drive, Suite 103, San Marcos, CA.
located inside of Silverado Senior Living in Encinitas. The Glenner Memory Care Centers is an adult day care Business news and special program caring for those achievements for North San with Alzheimer’s and other Diego County. Send information forms of dementia. via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. ROTARY SALUTES HUCKABEE NEW ASG T h e PRESIDENT WELCOMED D e l The Palomar College Mar- SolaGovernna Beach ing Board Rotary welcomed Club rere-elected cently celAssociated ebrated Student P resident GovernD i a n e ment PresHuckabee ident Maat the end lik Spence. of her S p e n c e term, with the club’s annual will also Demotion Party, arranged serve as by Past President, Susan Governing Board Student Hennenfent. Immediate Trustee for the 2015-2016 Past President, Steve Weitschool year. zen, hosted the roast of outgoing President Huckabee. LEARNING CENTER OPEN The incoming president is The Boys & Girls Club Seymour Myers. of Vista opened its Raintree Park Learning Center on PRANA CANCELS June 11 with an official rib- NEW LOCATION bon cutting with the Vista prAna Living anChamber of Commerce. The nounced it will not pursue new learning center is at 545 plans to locate its first North Townsite Drive, Vista. For County store at 624 Highway more information, visit bg- 101, Encinitas. Construction cvista.org. at the new retail location has ceased. “We remain comNEW MEMORY mitted to opening a retail CARE FACILITY location in our backyard,” The Encinitas Cham- said Scott Kerslake, prAna ber of Commerce had a CEO. “Our roots are here ribbon-cutting July 6 for in the North County and we the Glenner Memory Care want to create a local brand Center at 335 Saxony Road, hub.” prAna noted that the
site did not meet its criteria for a new retail concept design. A search for a new site in the area has commenced. EMPLOYEE OF MONTH July 2, employees and members of the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA gathered to celebrate Customer Service & Outreach Department Supervisor, Jesus Garcia-Gomez, named Employee of the Month. Garcia-Gomez has been with the Encinitas YMCA for just over a year. He works to call each family, welcome them on their first day of camp or swim lessons, bridge language barriers and help them feel included. PALA GETS INVOLVED Pala Casino Spa & Resort’s Getting Involved In Volunteer Events (G.I.V.E.S.) program donated 746 pairs of shoes to Donate Your Old Shoes, a San Diego shoe charity that collects and distributes shoes to people living in extreme poverty or those recovering from natural disasters. The shoes collected at Pala will be distributed in Central America, West Africa or the Far East. NEW LOCATION Pediatric Respiratory Medical Group is now located in San Marcos on San Marcos Blvd. PRMG accepts all insurance and as a service to the community, parents are not charged out of pocket costs.
PROFESSOR OFFERS MISSION TOURS OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College history instructor Brad Byrom is the mind behind a new historical tour of the Old Mission San Luis Rey, the first tour the mission has offered in five years. An expert in California and mission history, Byrom has served as a volunteer docent at the mission since 2010. Byrom’s tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the mission and allows visitors to see areas not normally open to the public, including the private rose garden and the pepper tree. The cost of the tour is $12 per person and $10 for students and active military. Byrom leads the 60-minute tour every Saturday. For tour hours and registration, visit sanluisrey.org or call (760) 757-3651, ext. 115.
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Real ‘Santa’s’ United celebrate progress in effort to end childhood obesity at OTL By Helen Nielsen
Special to The Coast News It was Christmas in July again at this year’s Over The Line tournament held in Mission Bay. For the second year the Real Santa’s United to end Childhood Obesity, a group of concerned “real bearded” Santas, were a sensation at San Diego’s annual beach-baseball party held on Fiesta Island the weekends of July 11, and July 18. The Real Santa’s United are a growing group of professional Santas who are taking actions to help curb the dramatic increase in our school-aged children being overweight and obese. In addition to promoting a series of “food rules” suggestions, which had their début at last year’s
OTL, they have gone on to establish “Healthy Happy Santa’s” in Farmers Markets throughout the county. There, in addition to getting that Holiday picture with Santa, the Santas can review the food rules with the children, and parents. Plus, in the Farmers Markets the Santa can entice the kids to participate in a “treasure hunt” type adventure where the children scour the Market looking for signs on farm stands advertising that the children can get a “Santa’s Garden Bite” there, which is a taste of a whole food, fresh, raw or fermented, which is made available at that location. This year we will have Santa’s in at least 20 Farmers Markets throughout the county, says Sustainable The Real Santa’s United Over The Line team: Sustainable Santa Richard, team captain; Santa Ed, batting coach; Santa Glen, Santa Marv, score keeper; and Santa Ken, home run specialist. Courtesy photo
Santa®, the Carlsbad-based professional Santa who is also captain of the OTL team. In addition to Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Leucadia and two in Escondido, we are now scheduled to have Santas from Hillcrest and Chula Vista east through La Mesa and Poway, all the way to Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta in the Coachella Valley, says the Santa team’s captain. Additionally, there is growing interest in the movement in Northern California, too. In a separate effort, the
Santa’s United also have launched the “SPARK” initiative — Santa’s Promote American’s Right to Know. The vast majority of Americans don’t realize that the sugar and soda industry have managed to remove the Daily Value – which represents the percentage of the daily recommended allowance of Sugar — from the Nutrition Label on the cans and cartons, notes Sustainable Santa®. “While the actual grams of sugar are listed, the percentage based on the dai-
ly recommended allowance of 25 grams per day is not there,” notes Santa. “Most cola drinks and many of the so called ‘healthy’ drinks have over 200 percent of the daily recommended sugar allowance in just one bottle, but that information is missing,” notes Santa. Also missing is whether the food product in the package contains Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The SPARK initiative seeks to change that through legislation at the State or Federal level re-
quiring this full disclosure. “The Santa’s are perhaps the only persons whose concerns for the health of the children trumps the potential for retribution from the sugar, soda, fast food, processed food and GMO industries,” says Sustainable Santa®. Citing how Monsanto and the GMO industry advocates went after Dr. Oz this year for his simply proposing that products containing GMOs be so labeled, Santa notes how this has scared off many persons with legitimate health concerns from voicing their opinion that the GMO contents should be labeled. “Perhaps only the Santas ‘have the guts’ to do what is needed to help America’s moms know what is in the food they are feeding to their kids,” jokes this Santa. The efforts of the Real Santa’s United has drawn favorable attention within the professional Santa community. In May the Board of Directors of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, (IBRBS) which is the largest of the professional Santa organizations in the USA, endorsed their efforts. In a May 14, 2015 statement from Santa Bob Elkin, President and CEO of IBRBS, acknowledging their efforts, Elkin cites their mission, which is to encourage health eating and sustainable living resulting in children who are “Healthy, Happy and Fit for Life.” “Thanks men for your help!” concludes Elkin.
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You grew up moving around the country a bit as the daughter of a General Motors executive. Were there any areas that stood out to you for the local cuisine? I was born in Georgia and the story is that my first meal was black-eyed peas. I then spent seven years as a child in Oregon and my dad would go fishing in Alaska, bringing back huge crates of Halibut and Salmon. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had Salmon in every possible form. My dad has always had an adventurous palate and I remember eating marinated herring, Braunschweiger, calamari and other random foods at a young age. Some of our best times spent together when I was a child revolved around food! My parents also believed in family meals every day so I was able to enjoy the benefits of learning so many family recipes that had been handed down from the generations. What was your first experience in the restaurant/service industry? I started in catering during high school but when I moved away to college in Chico I worked for a Mongolian BBQ place that was very popular. The own-
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The Never Summer Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest (265 feet) natural lake, fed by streams flowing from Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake flows into Shadow Mountain Lake (headwaters of the Colorado River), which flows into Granby Lake. The latter two are manmade. Photos by E’Louise Ondash
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t’s 8 a.m. on a June morning, the temperature is 40-something and we have Grand Lake to ourselves. The water is almost glassy and the snow-laden peaks of the Never Summer Mountains in the distance are living up to their name. We paddle our kayaks toward the small canal that connects Grand Lake with larger Shadow Mountain Lake, the headwaters of the Colorado River. It’s been raining a lot so the water is high and we slide quickly through the narrow passage with no effort. Well, that was fun … except that in a little while
“Boy Reading to His Dog,” installed in 2008, sits on the south side of the Juniper Library in Grand Lake’s town park. The life-size bronze was created by Howard Neville. The artist had to walk the dog, a Lab named Pongo, for about an hour before each sitting so the dog would be tired enough to sit still for the artist.
A petting zoo with this miniature horse is part of Winding River Resort, near the town of Grand Lake. The property borders the Colorado River and Rocky Mountain National Park. The resort offers camping and rental cabins, trail rides, hay rides, pony rides and chuck wagon breakfasts.
we’ll have to run the water the other way. This turns out to be a challenge. I paddle and paddle and get nowhere fast. I consider blowing the “help whistle” on my life vest, then decide to give it one last try. I finally clear the passage enough that I don’t have to fear the current car-
rying me backward. I’m soaked, the air is still cold and so am I, but I’m still having fun. Back on shore, we return the kayaks to Mountain Paddlers and head for breakfast just a couple of blocks away. Nothing is very far from anything here in the town of Grand Lake, Colorado, which sits on the
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shore of the lake of the same name. The year-round population is less than 500, but summer brings many visitors who want to enjoy all the lake has to offer and to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The entrance is just a few blocks away. Earlier in the week, we took a boat cruise with Kyle Simpson at the helm. Having grown up and worked in the Grand Lake area most of his life, there’s little he doesn’t know about the lake’s history, legends and lore — or the geology. Two huge glaciers traveling down the nearby valley scooped out the very deep hole (286 feet) that is now Grand Lake. Simpson also entertains us with tales of the rich-and-famous who inhabit the estate-size homes that front the lake, but only for a few days here each year. Except for the homes of 13 year-round residents who live on the lake, none of the houses are insulated or
have winterized plumbing. The town of Grand Lake, a two-and-a-half hour drive northeast from Denver, sits at 8,369 feet. It takes a day or two to get acclimated, and the air is dry, dry, dry, so staying hydrated and close to town for the first couple of days is a good idea. This is not a problem. There is plenty to see and do in Grand Lake, and you can park the car and leave it. The town is pedestrian friendly and everything is close. Until the mid-1800s, the area was inhabited by the Arapaho, Sioux, Cheyenne and Ute Indians. The discovery of gold in 1859 brought people to Colorado and the Grand Lake area. In 1875, according to the town’s website, silver, lead, copper, and gold ore were discovered in the Never Summer Range, less than 20 miles from the lake. The town began to serve the miners with shops, hotels and saloons. On July 4, 1883, Grand Lake’s version of a Tombstone shootout took place, with the death toll at six. History records the reason as
“political differences” (and you thought current day factions didn’t get along). This incident discouraged investors and the town hit upon hard times. By 1890, the population of Grand Lake had dropped to 80. By the early 1900s, residents and visitors had returned, drawn by the extraordinary beauty of the area. Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915. Grand Lake’s western heritage is clearly visible in the town today, with its rustic wooden buildings and boardwalks, American flags and colorful floral hanging baskets — all against the backdrop of the magnificent Rockies. IF YOU GO: Sagebrush Bar & Grill, once the town jail, serves hearty fare for meat-eaters as well as vegetarians; also offers a full and separate gluten-free menu. O — a Bistro offers generous-size tapas as well as entrees. Ask owner, chef and sommelier Christina Pedersen for the best wines to accompany the stuffed dates, arancini (risotto-andcheese-stuffed, deep-fried balls with marinara sauce) and seared ahi tuna tacos. Blue Water Café features many omelets and a wide choice of scones-to-diefor. Western Riviera — the only hotel with lakefront property. Also offers cabins just a block away. Grand Lake events and activities — visitgrandcounty.com/discover-grand-county/towns-and-map /grandlake.html E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com
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J. Grant Brittain: Finding the integrity of the negative By Tony Cagala
ENCINITAS — If it wasn’t for surfing, decades of some of the best skateboarding and skateboarders in the North County and around the world might never have been documented. A picture of a then-unknown skateboarder named Tony Hawk doing the first of many unimaginable maneuvers might never have been exposed to a frame of film. If J. Grant Brittain had never moved from Fallbrook, where he grew up, to Del Mar for the surf, he most likely would be growing avocadoes, he said, instead of having become one of the most preeminent skateboard photographers in the world. As a testament to that, Brittain, in 2014, was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. “Brittain’s influence (especially during the ’80s) is so large that the history of skateboarding itself could not be told without including at least a dozen of his most famous action shots and portraits alike,”
Encinitas resident J. Grant Brittain, a skateboard photographer and 2014 inductee into the Skateboard Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo by Damon Way
the Hall of Fame said of him. But documenting the rise of skateboarding and some of its most famous skaters wasn’t at all at the root of his seeming surreptitious picking up of a camera. “A lot of that documentation back then, it’s documentation now,” he said. “Back then we were just having fun, and the span of time has made this
stuff vintage. “I never knew that shooting a photo of Tony Hawk in 1983 would be important now. You just never thought of that. Tony was a kid going to San Dieguito and Torrey Pines, and he wasn’t making a living. It’s become really important — skate photography has — where we ended up documenting something that we didn’t know we had to document.” Brittain grew up skating and surfing through the ‘60s and ‘70s. Later, in 1978, living next door to professional skater Tom Inouye, Brittain caught word of a new skate park opening up in Del Mar, which would become the Del Mar Skate Ranch — where the likes of Hawk, Christian Hasoi, Ed Economy and other skaters would push their craft to new levels. About a year into working at the skate park, Brittain borrowed a roommate’s camera and shot a roll of Kodachrome film. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “I just knew that you needed the sun be-
hind you and just match the exposure needle.” From that first roll, he got one good image, but it was enough. Brittain would buy a used camera and start shooting as much as he could when he had the time. But it was while attending Palomar College as an art major, that a friend showed him the school’s darkroom. It was there, when he saw one of his images develop in front of him, that he knew it was what he wanted to do. Switching his major to photography, by the time he had left the college there were no other photo classes for him to take. Forwarding some several years, Brittain was a major part of developing TransWorld Skateboarding Magazine. For 20 years Brittain was one of the reasons for the magazine’s success. But when Time, Inc., a division of Time Warner, Inc. purchased TransWorld Media in 2000 he began to see the corporate attitudes taking over as reason enough to leave. He and a small group of
other TransWorld employees splintered off, with the intent of starting their own, independent magazine. The result, 10 years ago, was The Skateboard Mag. While the recession hit them hard, last October The Skateboard Mag found a new financial backer in The Berrics — a skateboard media company founded by two professional skateboarders Steve Berra and Eric Koston. Brittain remains at the helm of The Skateboard Mag, which is based in Carlsbad, as production manager and photo editor. Though he may not be shooting as many skate photos as he used to, the art of the shoot is still there. For Brittain, there can be any little thing — a certain slant of light, the color of a skateboarder’s T-shirt, the trick itself, he explained, that can really make a great skate photo. As a skateboard photographer his role has been one of the babysitter, or the psycholoTURN TO BRITTAIN ON 14
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JULY 17 FOOD, FUN & FANDANGO Join the dancers at the San Marcos Senior Center from 5 to 8 p.m. July 17, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos, with dance band Fandango. Cost is $5 at the door. Food, beer and wine for purchase. Pre-show performances by the senior center’s ukulele and hula classes. LIFETIME LEARNING Lectures with LIFE at MiraCosta College, a lifelong learning group, meets weekly at 1 p.m. July 17 on the MiraCosta College/Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Dr., Admin. Bldg. #1000. Check speaker schedule at miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972. JULY 18 ICE CREAM SOCIAL The Vista Historical Society will hold its annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 18, at the Vista Historical Museum at Rancho Minerva, 2317 Old Foothill Drive. Cost is $3 each for children 10 and under and $5 for adults. The museum will be open for tours during the event. RSVP to (760) 630-0444 or email email@example.com. COMPOST HAPPENS Composting experts from Solana Center for Environmental Innovation will teach the basics of composting and vermicomposting at a workshop 9 to 11 a.m. July 18 at Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Bring a folding chair, if possible. Cost is a $3 entry fee to Alta Vista Gardens. Pre-register by email to vistacomposting@ gmail.com or call (760) 3057842 or (760) 598-8289. JULY 20 PATRIOTIC LUNCH "”Celebrate The Red, White and Blue” is the theme of the San Marcos – Vista Christian Women's Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. July 20 at Broken Yolk Café, 101 S. Las Posas Road, San Marcos. The cost is $18.For reservations, call Donna (760) 432-0772 or Martha (760) 471-7059. PARKINSON’S THERAPY Palomar Health will host Voice & Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease, 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 20 at Joslyn Senior Center, 210 East Park Avenue, Escondido. Cost is $5 per person. To register, call (760) 7966020. JULY 22 ARTHRITIS RELIEF Palomar Health will host a free class on “Treating Arthritis and Joint Pain Naturally,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 22, Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, Education Classroom, first floor, 15611 Pomerado Road, Poway. To TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 14
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Artful nonprofit Ship in the Woods seeking a new port
— first with group showings. Brooks remembers the first event they had at the house — about 30 people showed up. At one of the home’s recent events, there were almost 450 people. Though at the beginning, Brooks said he never had the intention of creating the nonprofit. “Now, I guess I’m kind of stuck with Ship in the Woods for a while,” he said. “But it’s a great thing to be a part of.” While Brooks and his associates knew they’d have
to leave the home eventually, they’ve made the most of their time there. But now, the current owners of the property, who are in Washington, D.C., are ready to move back, demolish the structure and build their dream home. “It’d be sad to see this house go, but we don’t want to keep someone from their dream as well,” Brooks said. While Brooks couldn’t say where they might be landing next, wherever it is, they’ll still be sailing under
the moniker of Ship in the Woods. The old mid-century home was built in 1954 by photographer Harry Crosby, with one of its owners being actor George Brent. The home is rife with objects left behind from previous events — objects that will eventually need to be packed up: A geodesic dome covered over with the remnants of melted down candles, a side room wrapped floor to ceiling with vinyl wall paper from artists the de la Torre broth-
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world is definitely having an impact, especially in the North County, by showing that art is not just something that’s in an institution or box gallery, that it’s part of everyday life and that you can have these dialogs within your own home. In between seeking new ports, the group has been putting on events around the county. Their latest, scheduled for July 17, is at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown and will feature music by former professional skateboarder Tommy Guerrero. They also are hosting an Indiegogo campaign through August to help raise funds for the nonprofit, including selling a 44-track music compilation from the bands that have performed at the house. Brooks said he’s alerted his neighbors that they’ll soon be hoisting up their anchor. Over the years, they’ve had “mixed” responses from the neighborhood, though mostly they’ve become friends with the majority of them, Brooks explained. He said he could understand some issues with neighbors, namely parking. But the neighbors who haven’t come to the shows don’t know what exactly goes on or the people that come, Brooks added. Though he was quick to point out that it’s not a party house.
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ers, and outside a wooden structure dubbed the Rhodospin. Working with the New School of Architectural Design to build the Rhodospin, the structure gives an experience of perception based on the work of Patrick Cavanaugh, a vision scientist, who also was one of the house’s guest lecturers. “I think that’s the attraction for Ship in the Woods, is that it’s more of like an immersive experience of these interactive installations,” Brooks said. “It’s not so much just art that you put up on the wall kind of thing.” A lot of the shows that are put on at the house are conceptual-based. “It’s not just flat work, or landscape painting or ocean painting or surf stuff. It’s academic,” Brooks said. For Brooks, a Pittsburgh, Penn. native, who came out to the West Coast almost 10 years ago, and without knowing too many other people out here, it was a chance for something different, he explained. Now he knows a lot of people in San Diego and the work he and the others have done with their nonprofit have captured the attentions of plenty of artists, musicians, educators, scientists and idea-makers locally and around the country. But Brooks said he feels what they’re doing in the art
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Camp Pendleton maintains vernal pools By Camp Pendleton Public Affairs
CAMP PENDLETON — Pendleton is continuously maintaining vernal pool habitats in an effort to preserve the environment on base and enhance the coastal bluff overlooking the San Onofre State Beach. The base began coordinating with California State Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services during the fourth quarter of 2014, conducting habitat replacement for the San Diego Fairy Shrimp, a federally listed endangered species. “There’s a federal requirement to protect the species and their habitat,” said James Asmus, wildlife biologist with the base Environmental Security Department. “These are communities of plants and animals that serve other portions of the ecosystem and some of
those portions benefit us directly.” Vernal pools serve as specialized seasonal habitats for Fairy Shrimp to survive during the Spring and Summer months. “The vernal pools serve as a good source of protein for ducks and other wildlife that licensed hunters can hunt,” said Asmus. There are approximately 4,000 vernal pools on Camp Pendleton. The amount of pools differ throughout the year due to changes in temperature, weather and other ecological conditions. “There are places where old fighting positions or depressions made from construction now have listed shrimp and plants,” said Asmus. “We also have road pools where there are rarely any plants but still draw in crustaceans. In January and
Vernal pools serve as specialized seasonal habitats for Fairy Shrimp to survive during the Spring and Summer months. The amount of pools differ throughout the year due to changes in temperature, weather and other ecological conditions. Dry vernal pools are restored by heavy rainfall during the rainy seasons. Photo
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February you can find Fairy Shrimp in there. I think it’s pretty remarkable.” Vernal pools in Southern California are rare due
to the droughts and erosive effects of coastal development but the base Environmental Security Department is committed to preserving
natural resources and environmental stewardship. “We try to locate and identify where the vernal pools are so we can pre-
serve their conditions,” said Asmus. “If they’re in poor condition, we restore those pools and we conduct surveys to determine if they’re occupied by endangered plants or animals. Finally, we monitor the pools to see if their ecology changes over time.” As the base protects training areas from urban construction it also preserves ecological conditions in these areas and allows vernal pools to develop. “In the San Diego County, approximately 90 percent of vernal pools are on Marine Corps bases,” said Asmus. “The Marine Corps keeps training areas undeveloped to conserve the wildlife in those areas while maintaining operability for training.” “In a sense, the military mission is very complementary to resource conservation,” added Asmus.
MCI-West, Camp Pendleton conducts Exercise Semper Durus 2015 By Camp Pendleton Public Affairs
CAMP PENDLETON — Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton conducted Exercise Semper Durus, a fullscale base Force Protection exercise on June 15. Semper Durus is a regional command post exercise and is comprised of a series of field training scenarios designed to improve regional command and control, enhance interagency coordination, and improve installation capabilities to respond to, and recover Camp Pendleton takes part in a full-scale base Force Protection exercis from, a crisis event and vali- on June 15. The exercise is designed to improve regional command date the installation mission and control among other capabilities. Photo by Lance Cpl. Asia J. Sorenson assurance all-hazard plan. “Marine Corps Installations – West has a mission to protect and support our operational forces and families,” said Col. Gregory Martin, assistant chief of staff for operations, exercises and plans. “There are numerous threats that we train and exercise so that when the time comes, we are ready, willing and able to perform that mission,” Martin added. Leadership established an Emergency Operations Center on base which responded to numerous simulated threats throughout the exercise, such as a hazardous materials contamination, an active shooter and various command and control challenges. “The training is vital to maintaining constant readiness for any crisis,” said Cpl. Riley Millar, corporal of the guard for 21 Area during an active shooter exercise. “This exercise brings together all our training and enables us to prepare for the worst-case scenarios, and that is crucial to saving as many lives as possible when these situations come up.” In addition to base units such as the 21 Area Guard, the Provost Marshal’s Office
and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, other military and civilian organizations came together to react to the scenarios. The Camp Pendleton Fire Department, the San Diego County Environmental Health Department, and
the U.S. Army’s 9th Civil Support Team also contributed to the exercise in an effort to increase interoperability between the groups. “The exercise provided individual skills training and increased the coordination for the
groups involved,” said Tom Kircher, regional Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive protection officer. “Increased interoperability and proficiency means we’re able to respond more effectively to real-world threats.”
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and fall flat,” Roynon said. He teaches a three-hour session to the students and he encourages them to touch the expansive collection of dinosaur replicas and rocks. “It’s an interpretative museum,” said Roynon. He teaches following this motto: “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand.” The museum was forced to move because it was operating in a residential zone. Jeannie Nutter, the museum’s director, feared a permanent closure, but they were able to find a suitable location. “It was either do something, or shut down,” said Nutter. The new space is three
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gist, trying to coax a skater to do something. “Like any athlete, skaters come up against these mental blocks and they can’t do things,” he said. “So lots of times you have to talk them into it, or you’re taking them to the hospital. You just never know what capacity you are (in) when you’re out traveling around skating,” he said. His home’s garage remains full of negatives and slides of 30-something years of skate photography — enough to fill a book with
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ple because everyone wanted to add a sushi bar to their concept and the market was overly saturated. Now we have become better at building in-house talent and finding the right people. We sampled some amazing rolls, sashimi and sushi; can you describe what you brought out for us? We pride ourselves on the quality of our fish and all the sauces we make to complement the dishes. The Tsunami roll features Cajun shrimp and Cajun albacore with warm garlic Serrano chili cilantro ponzu sauce. The citrus chili yellowtail sashimi has thin slices of lemon, Serrano pepper, cilantro and a yuzu soy sauce. We have a Gluten Free menu that offers many of our most popular items. The protein roll has no rice with lump crab, salmon, yellowtail and avo-
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Association who are not registered to vote. “But they are property owners, and they’re entitled to participate in the survey,” Wasserman said. “The survey is being requested by the county of San Diego to assist them in finalizing the decision on which alternative to choose. So that’s the resolution.” More than 15 members requested to take part in the public comment section. Association Manager Bill
T he C oast News - I nland E dition times as large as his current converted garage, which will allow for new exhibits. “The only museum that will have a wall better than this, is the Field Museum (of Natural History) in Chicago,” Roynon said of his plans for the new location. The collection is 70 years in the making. Roynon’s interest in paleontology began when he was growing up in the hills of Santa Cruz. He found fossils there, some of which are showcased at the museum. He’s been all over collecting fossils although new legislation eventually stopped him from continuing to dig. Roynon said the collection has been viewed by U.S. Customs and all of the pieces have been grandfathered in to current legislation.
His collection includes pieces from the Badlands in South Dakota, China, Mongolia, England and Mexico. Since legislation makes it difficult to get new pieces, he gets new artifacts from trade shows, including one in Tucson, Ariz. The collection is worth $5 million. Roynon said he’s not extremely worried about thieves because the pieces are so unique, they’d be impossible to sell. His biggest concern is funding for the museum’s future. “When I leave this mortal coil, I want it to be in safe hands and I want it to be in perpetuity,” Roynon said. He hopes to raise $150,000 for relocation fees. To find out how to donate time, funds or labor visit RoynonMuseum.org.
— something he said he’s been trying to work on for the past 10 years, adding that he’s glad, he didn’t throw any of those old negatives away when he was younger. Looking at old photos and noticing that they’re not perfect, that’s what’s great about it, he explained. “Maybe the image got messed up in the development or there are light leaks coming in from the side. It’s called the integrity of the negative and I see those things are where…I look at things more like that now and appreciate it. “I look to the past a lot,”
he said, especially looking at the masters of photography who came before him. “You borrow styles from other photographers that have come before you,” he said. “And then I’ve just adapted those styles into my own style. And I still have my own eye and the way I look at things,” he said. “You have to find a style, otherwise you’re just walking around with a camera,” Brittain said. Skateboarding has taken him around the world. “I owe everything to skateboarding and photography,” he said.
cado with soy paper. The Double Crunch Roll is our vegetarian version of a Crunchy roll with Tempura Asparagus and cream cheese with a sweet soy glaze. The final item is our current Roll of the Month-the Roll of Honor-a roll with lobster salad, tempura asparagus, salmon, yellowtail and a lemon truffle sauce.
You are known for giving back, tell me about those programs. We are very active in our community, whether through supporting local schools, Chelsea’s Light, or creating a Roll of the Month with proceeds going to organizations such as Movember, Susan G. Komen, Resounding Joy and Wounded Warrior Project.
For folks that have not been to your Encinitas location, what other items from the menu would you suggest? I recommend sitting at the bar and allowing the chefs to walk you through any one of our daily specials. If the sushi bar intimidates you then allow our servers to help you find exactly what you’re craving. My current favorite item-The Sashimi Q Wrap roll-spicy tuna, crab, avocado, yellowtail and salmon, wrapped in cucumber with light ponzu dressing. Overton directed members to specifically speak about the resolution and not if they were in favor of roundabouts or traffic signals. Moreover, Overton pointed out that an upcoming meeting, to be determined in the near future, would have a county representative present to discuss roundabouts and traffic signals and be available for questions for Covenant property owners. Following this meeting, staff would glean more informational details for the community survey. While the board did
Sushi Lounge Encinitas is located at 461 Santa Fe Dr. Check out their website for other locations and full menu at sushiloungeencinitas.com Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday – Friday during at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905. make a decision on traffic signals, which was now amended to a community survey, Boon said she didn’t mind being second-guessed and questioned in public for their previous choice. “It comes with the territory,” Boon said. “And I don’t think it serves the community well for us to go on months and months when we have lots of other issues to deal with.” Boon pointed out in the interest of fairness it was time to move forward so everyone could weigh in on the issue once and for all for the county.
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General Manager of the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Michael Thornton spoke about the regional partnership, which includes water districts from coastal Del Mar to Camp Pendleton and expanding inland to Escondido. Currently North County is recycling and reusing about 3.5 billion gallons of water a year. The joint powers authority aims to do more. “It’s impressive, but we felt it wasn’t good enough. We needed to do more,” said Thornton. Over the next 10 years, the authority hopes to double the amount of recycled water that is being produced today. In 20 years, the authority hopes to quadruple it. Authority members look to do this by expanding and integrating the recycled water network and “using science and technology to purify water that was once used and reinte-
JULY 17, 2015 grate it into the drinking water system,” he said. The majority of San Diego’s residential water usage is used for irrigation, at 60 percent, which is more than California’s average of 39 percent. Globally, people use an average of 8 percent of water for irrigation. Dr. Wesley Schultz, Professor and Interim Dean for Graduate Studies at California State University San Marcos, said the there is a problem with not just conservation measures, but getting the message out about them. “The commonly used strategies to promote water conservation have been largely ineffective,” Schultz said. Behaviorally, people aren’t changing much. “The savings that we’ve achieved have largely been in the area of efficiency,” he said, like that in water-efficient appliances and the transportation of water. He said it’d be more effective to use collective action messages instead of
the currently used messages of “do things differently.” Most of the panelists agreed that state regulations were a hindrance after the San Diego Water Authority worked hard to reduce water consumption. “In San Diego, we do not have a water drought, we have a regulatory drought,” said Stapleton. “It is totally frustrating that we’ve made this investment, we’ve done the right thing, we’ve actually followed the governor’s water action plan to a ‘T’. We did it and now we’re not being rewarded.” President of the San Diego Building Industry Association Borre Winckel also called government regulations difficult. He said 40 cents of every dollar used for development goes towards government regulation fees. Winckel also said that newer housing is necessary because it’s more water efficient than old infrastructure, so by getting people into newer homes, it reduces water consumption.
dinner at Fish House Vera Cruz, San Marcos July 29 and play mini-golf at BoomPomerado Road, Poway. To ers, Vista July 30. Reservaregister, call (800) 628-2880 tions are required by calling or visit PalomarHealth.org/ (858) 674-4324. classes. JULY 24 JULY 23 SPLASH BASH A ParMAKING NEW ents’ Night Out from 6 to 9 FRIENDS The Catholic Wid- p.m. July 25 for children 8 ows and Widowers of North and older, giving parents an County, a support group for evening away while their ladies and gentlemen who youngsters play on giant indesire to foster friendships flatables, walk on water in through various social activ- giant water balls, dive off ities, will visit the Butterfly diving boards and dance unFarm in Vista July 23, have der the lights. Tickets are $8
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p.m. Cost is $85. Call (858) 373-1252. Il Fornaio in Coronado presents “Balcone Siciliano” July 23 with a reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. This is fine Sicilian food with wines from Planeta in Sicily, moderated by wine expert Marco Barat. Feature wine with this five-course meal is the Planeta Etna Rosso 2013. $60. RSVP at (619) 437-4911. North County Wine Company in San Marcos has a fifth year wine celebration, July 24 and July 25, from 4 to 10 p.m. Details at northcountywinecompany.com. Wine & Wishes, a premier wine and food tasting event that benefits Make a Wish kids in San Diego and Imperial County, will be presented July 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Napa Valley wines and other quality names, along with delectable food from top restaurants, will be offered. The event will include silent and live auctions, luxury raffle and live entertainment. Complimentary valet. Tickets are $200. Visit bidpal.net/wineandwishessd, or call (619) 279-5211.
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and created the ultimate party wines, first with a Luscious Lips bottle in a white or red varietal. There is even a Luscious Lips bright Rosato pink wine. The sensual strawberry and cranberry flavors pair beautifully with summer parties. Then there is the gold medal winning Risque Riesling with a semi-dry taste of pear, cinnamon and spice. Package it all up and you have the Seductive Series of four wines. Each bottle is not more than $19.95, with a discount for the four-wine series. Even bigger discounts are featured in the Crush Club. See falknerwinery. com. Over at Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery outside of Ramona, an influx of investors, a new winemaker known as the “Mexican Mondavi,” and an ambitious inside and out renovation, have made this winery a popular summertime favorite. Their party recommendation is a “Milagro Spitzer,” with their Aleatico Port and other ingredients like Lavendar Cola Syrup. Check out Milagrofarmvineyards.com. The French drink more Rosé than any other country, about 16 bottles per year, that courtesy of Wine Spectator. This pink wine makes for a sweet fruity flavor to keep the party going.
Thanks to wineries like Pedroncelli of Sonoma, California Rosé is abundant and getting recognized. Pedroncelli makes a Dry Rosé of Zinfandel with a mixed berry and cream soda flavor that makes you coming back for more. They pick and produce in virtually the same year with the current vintage at 2014; ($12). Pedroncelli. com. “Life is full of flavor” and that really applies to summer party wines. I want you to try a couple of fun wines from Argentina: Decopas Sauvignon Blanc from Bodega Trivento with youthful refreshing flavors, and Trivento Reserve Torrontes, both from Mendoza ($11). See triventousa.com. Let’s turn to Chile for a fun Chardonnay with a great story for partygoers, the Casillero del Diablo. The “cellar of the devil” comes from Chile’s premier winery, Concho Y Toro. This is light yellow in color with aromas of pineapple, citrus and vanilla ($12). This one, like most others we have suggested, is topped with twist caps, so convenient for party people. No corkscrews, no problem! Casillerodeldiablo. com. Wine Bytes Harry’s Bar & American Grill on La Jolla Village Drive across from UTC in La Jolla has a five-ourse dinner paired with five fine Italian wines featuring a Masi Amarone 2010, July 22 at 6:30
MARK THE CALENDAR BILINGUAL READ Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. July 25 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. “Me llamo Bud, No Buddy”/ “Bud, Not Buddy,” by Christopher Paul Curtis, is the selected book for July. Copies of the book are available through the Escondido Public Library catalog and can be reserved.
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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrives at Del Mar earlier this week. The Del Mar Race Track celebrated Opening Day on Thursday. Photo by Jay Paris
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OCEANSIDE — The Supergirl Pro surf competition is set to hit the shore of Oceanside Pier beach the weekend of July 24. The top 108 professional female surfers will be competing for significant prize money, and earning points toward the World Championship Tour. This is the ninth year of the annual all-women competition. Rick Bratman, event founder, director and CEO of ASA Entertainment Group, said during the first year many people didn’t realize the contest’s potential. “Ten years ago, when I was contemplating doing
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There will be continuous competition over three days to pack in top female surfers, who range in age from 11 to 34. Elite surfers to hit the waves this year include Alana Blanchard, Courtney Conlogue, Coco Ho, Malia Manuel and Lakey Peterson. Bratman said female pros carve up the waves with style and grace, and bring kindness and appreciation to competition. “It’s the best surfing in the world,” Bratman said. July 24 will narrow the field from 108 to 48 semifinalists. “On Friday dreams are made,” Bratman said. “Of the 17 girls from the World Championship Tour, 15 of the 17 came through Supergirl,” Bratman said. The following day will cut the number of top surfers from 48 to 16. Final competition will take place on July 26 and crown the Supergirl Pro winner. There will also be a celebrity surfing contest between “big name” ac-
tors and musicians to raise money for charity on Sunday. Throughout the threeday event professional surfers will hold autograph sessions with fans, and a contest village will be held at the Pier Amphitheater. The village features female pro skateboarders, surf films, yoga sessions, a hair-styling station, free give-aways, a beer garden, food trucks, comedians and live music. “It is all about women and healthy living,” Bratman said. “There’s not another surfing event in the world that focuses purely on women.” Local heartthrob Cody Lovaas headlines Saturday’s performances, and Kari Kimmel headlines Sunday. Bratman said the contest inspires surfing hopefuls and fans. Supergirl Pro runs July 24 to July 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The event is free to attend. For more information go to supergirlpro.com.
f you can read this, congratulations: you survived Del Mar Race Track’s opening day. But if not foggy from Thursday’s festivities, you ready for the meet’s first Saturday? Some greet summer on Memorial Day Weekend, others mark June 21, the longest day of the year, to signal summer’s arrival. But North Countians know it’s not our favorite season until Trevor Denman, the voice of Del Mar, clears his throat for those enticing words we love to hear: “And they’re off.’’ Yes they are and take a plane, take a train or take a car to reach the iconic racing oval hugging the Pacific Ocean. “It will be crazy,’’ Joe Harper said. Harper, a Del Mar resident, should know. He’s the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s head honcho and through his handy work, Del Mar is a horse of different color. While other tracks around the nation and Southern California struggle — R.I.P., Hollywood Park — patrons continue to cram into Del Mar. Thursday’s opener was expected to draw in excess of 40,000 people and some will even remember being there. We recall when Del Mar was as popular as the Chargers’ Mark Fabiani. But Harper and his marketing crew transformed a
day at the races into a party by the sea. And it’s clear it wasn’t some half-baked idea. You’ll still see the elderly Del Mar bettors, chomping an unlit stogie and staring at the handicapper’s tips as if they were the scriptures. But Harper decided years ago to mix some Eves with all these Adams and there’s been nothing rotten about it. “It’s the women,’’ Harper said of Del Mar’s niche. That’s the difference — and we can’t argue. Harper combined folks going to the races to see the horses with those going to the races to be seen. The parade of well-dressed women — and men — sauntering through the gates is what makes Del Mar, Del Mar. Never mind the most famous horse since Mr. Ed is lounging in stable FF. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is chillin’ at the beach and can you blame the 3-year-old colt? “It’s cooler here,’’ said American Pharoah’s handler, Jimmy Barnes, after the celebrated horse arrived on Tuesday from Santa Anita. It’s doubtful American Pharoah competes next month in Del Mar’s $1 million Pacific Classic. Instead its blinders are pointed toward the Haskell at Monmouth Park, and then this fall’s Breeder’s Cup. But take a long drink of Del Mar, with or without American Pharoah. Even if not racing, he wants to be near the action. Del Mar’s plate is overflowing with events that have as much to do with horse racing as the Padres TURN TO RACE TRACK ON 19
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