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Hobby Lobby set to open in August By Aaron Burgin

The Highlander Ray McNeil spins and throws a weighted ball in the heavy weight toss event during the annual two-day San Diego Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans at Vista’s Brengle Terrace Park last weekend. See more photos on page 12. Photo by Tony Cagala

Palomar Health to close downtown campus By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — The Palomar Health Board of Directors voted to close the Palomar Health Downtown Campus on East Valley Parkway at a special meeting on June 24. The board spent three hours in closed session to discuss the shut down. Board members decided to close the hospital because they said there isn’t enough money to make major infrastructure improvements. “I can assure you first and foremost as I’ve said throughout the entire process, was this the right recommendation for the right reasons at the right time? Yes,” Robert Hemker, president and CEO of Palomar Health said. The services will be consolidated to the downtown Palomar Medical Center on West Citracado Parkway and to Pomerado Hospital in Poway. Inpatient rehabilitation and labor and delivery services will move to the new Palomar Medical Center. Hemker said Palomar Health will move some staff to the other hospitals where there is a match and provide training to those who need it to continue on at the new hospitals. Not all of the 850 staff members will be relocated. “In the event (relocation is) not available to certain individuals, we will obviously work with them in terms of helping them identify where their skills can be applied and where they can be committed individuals at their new organizations,” Hemker said. Paul Neustein, M.D., Pomerado Hospital chief of staff supported the decision. He sits on the capital allocations committee, which prioritizes which equipment to buy. “The committee has become a theoretical committee because we aren’t able to purchase anything because there is no money available,” Neustein said. Hospital executives said the

SAN MARCOS — The county’s first Hobby Lobby is set to open in San Marcos in August, the company said in a news release. The Oklahoma-based craft and home decor store is set to occupy 58,000 square feet of the former Lowe’s building in the Creekside Marketplace, part of a city-funded renovation of the space that will now house Hobby Lobby and a WinCo grocery store. “We are excited to bring our unique store to the community. Customers new to Hobby Lobby are pleasantly surprised at the size of the store as well as the crafts and home decor selection of merchandise we carry. Shopping at Hobby Lobby is a truly unrivaled experience in value and service,” said John TURN TO STORE ON 14

Vallecitos refinances bond debt Move will save ratepayers million By Aaron Burgin

Residents against the closure hold up signs reading, “We demand August 10 and Safe Staffing.” They hoped the board would postpone the decision to give them more time to gather information. Photo by Ellen Wright

closure could save Palomar Health $20 million a year. The board spent $1 billion on the Citracado campus, which was opened in 2012. In 2004, more than two thirds of voters approved Proposition BB, which allowed the hospital to take out nearly $500 million in bonds. Some staff and residents spoke against the closure, because they felt the decision was intentionally rushed. “Our community has not been properly informed,” said Escondido resident Armando Telles. “We have residents here that are going to be coming to this facility but yet (services will) not be provided.” Hospital staff announced the discussions for the closure on June 11. Four community meetings TURN TO CLOSURE ON 14

The Palomar Health Board of Directors vote to close the Palomar Health downtown campus at a meeting on June 24.

SAN MARCOS — Coming off the heels of good news from credit rating agencies, Vallecitos Water District announced it has refinanced its bond debt and saved ratepayers $3.47 million in the process. The district took advantage of historically low rates for tax-exempt municipal bonds and its strong credit rating to refinance the district’s $45.4 million in bond debt. The district is scheduled to pay down half of that debt in the next 10 years and currently has no plans to take on any additional debt. “Refinancing these bonds allows us to save millions of dollars in interest over the life of the bonds. That’s a significant step in ensuring a TURN TO DEBT ON 14


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Vaccination bill becomes law, sets up potential legal battle By Aaron Burgin

REGION — California is now home to one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country, one that is likely to set up a legal battle between the state and opponents of vaccinations. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 277, which bars religious and personal-belief vaccination exemptions for school children. Students who attend home school or independent studies courses are exempt from the bill’s provisions. The bill takes effect July 1, 2016. Personal belief and religious exemptions had proliferated across the state in recent years, especially in Encinitas, where the Encinitas Union School District had the county’s highest non-medical exemption rate, according to state public health department statistics. Nearly 12 percent of EUSD students claimed exemptions from vaccinations, compared to

2.5 percent statewide. “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown said in a news statement. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.” Proponents of the measure believe personal and religious exemptions have weakened public health defenses and were partly the cause of a measles outbreak in 2014 that started at Disneyland and spread across the state. Most health organizations have come out in favor of the law, arguing that the exemptions were not in the community’s best interest. “We are fortunate in that we have little to worry about with polio or small pox today — mainly because the parents of our pediatric patients enabled

the immunization of their children to protect them. This law is a way for a modern society to assure that the next generation will be healthy enough to achieve its fullest potential in life. This is a benefit that far outweighs the risk,” said Dr.

made over the last 50 years,” said Irma Cota, president and CEO of North County Health Services. Still, a contingent of lawmakers, celebrities and anti-vaccination activists have railed against the law, which

This is why a lot of parents believe that the Governor of California has just legalized discrimination.” Rebecca Estepp California Coalition for Health Choice

Patrick Tellez, chief medical officer, North County Health Services. “Our collective experience in public health in this nation, and the world, has taught us that there is a tipping point of community immunization rates; once it drops below that point we can lose the gains we have

they said is an attack on both personal freedom and the state Constitution, which guarantees a public education without discrimination. They believe the case is destined for the courts, and potentially to the nation’s high court depending on the outcome at lower levels.

“There are so many issues with this poorly written law, first and foremost that it flies in the face of the California Constitution,” said Rebecca Estepp, a Poway woman who belongs to the California Coalition for Health Choice, which has opposed the law. “The 2.54 percent of people in the state who hold these beliefs are being discriminated against by not having access to a normal classroom education.” Newly enrolled who do not have immunizations after July 1, 2016 would not be allowed to be promoted to the kindergarten or seventh grade, respectively. Students who have written exemptions on file before Jan. 1, 2016 would have until they enroll in the next grade span in order to get immunized. Students enrolled past seventh grade with an exemption on file would remain exempt. “This is why a lot of parents TURN TO VACCINE ON 14

Bear Valley Parkway expansion underway By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO— The county is updating Bear Valley Parkway, between state Route 78 and Boyle Avenue. Improvements will focus on active transportation, meaning pedestrian friendly sidewalks, a bike lane and improved signage. The two-lane road will also be expanded to four lanes from San Pasqual Valley Road to Boyle Avenue. The sidewalk will be widened to five feet, in an effort to get more people walking. “The limited access for non-motorized transportation was a problem. These projects will result in greater travel choices and

safety for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Design Project Engineer Orland Mott. County staff views active transportation as a healthy alternative to reduce traffic and better the health of residents. When more people walk and bike instead of drive, air pollution is also reduced. The new sidewalk will also have a five foot landscaped buffer separating pedestrians from traffic. The signalized intersections will also have ADA-compliant ramps and marked pedestrian crosswalks. A bicycle lane will also be added. The lane will be desig-

nated with paint striping. It’s not a dedicated bike path. The county is installing energy efficient streetlights to improve visibility along the road. Construction is ongoing and will be done next fall. Right now, crews are installing a retaining wall along Boyle Avenue in order to expand the roadway and reinforce the hillside next to Bear Valley Parkway. Another set of retaining walls is being built along Idaho Avenue in an angle to prevent dirt blockage. The sidewalk is being installed between Boyle Avenue and Suburban Hills

Drive. Areas that are unpaved from utilities and storm drain work are also getting paved. Crews are working to relocate utilities underground. The funds come from Transnet, a voter approved half-cent sales tax, Proposition 1B bonds and a contribution from Escondido. coastnewsgroup

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Community Commentary

Kudos to council over BIA letter By Stephen Keyes

What’s the point of Dog Beach? By Eric Ransavage

On June 23, I took my 3-year-old daughter and my dog to “Dog Beach” in Del Mar. I’m used to the beach being pretty full of dogs and dog owners. I was surprised to see only a few dogs when we got there at 10 a.m. Then I saw the sign requiring dogs to be on a leash. This is the new “Summer Law” at “Dog Beach.” Ahh, I thought. That’s why there are no dogs. What’s the point of “Dog Beach” if the dog can’t play in the waves, swim, or run around with other dogs? I noted however that the few other dogs on the beach were not leashed at 10 a.m. So I went with the flow and left my dog off of his leash. I had a great 45 minutes of fun swimming with my 3-year-old and with our dog running along with us on the beach (he doesn’t swim). Around 11 a.m. the lifeguard came on duty and told everyone that the dogs needed to be leashed. I put the leash on our dog and quickly realized I wasn’t going to be able to corral my 3-year-old in the waves while I held a leashed in dog my other hand.

So we left. Similarly, all the other dog owners put their dogs on their leashes — and left. Like me, I think everyone realizes that having your dog on a leash at “Dog Beach” is pointless. If the dog needs to be on a leash, like everywhere else in public, then why would I get in my car and drive him to “Dog Beach”?

I think everyone realizes that having your dog on a leash at “Dog Beach” is pointless. It’s easier to just put his leash on at home and walk him through the neighborhood or to a nearby park. It’s sad to think that this stretch of beach, which used to have dozens of dogs and dog owners typically enjoying the day, is now empty. Like so much in our society done in the name

of “safety,” I suppose some people were nervous about a large number of unleashed dogs and wanted this rule. This is despite the fact that there are 20 other miles of beach and parks in North County where dogs are not allowed at all and those nervous folks could simply go there. In reality, I suspect the rule might have been made for the benefit of some rich whiny millionaire homeowners whose beach front properties are seemingly devalued when their ocean view is mucked up by a bunch of barking dogs. The bottom line is that if safety was the issue, the rule has succeeded. Not because the dogs on “Dog Beach” are now on a leash and under control, but because there are no dogs anymore at “Dog Beach.” Something that was unique and cool about North County has been lost, and we have another stretch of sanitized beach that’s just like every other stretch of beach in the United States. Welcome to our cookie-cutter society.

It saddens me that the narrative being set for Republicans at a national level can be initiated by someone who has never been elected. My Republican colleagues in the California Legislature have a proven track record of supporting legislation that encourages comprehensive immigration reform. Earlier this year, I co-authored Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) by Senator Vidak (R-Hanford), which earned a majority vote from the Assem-

bly Republican Caucus. SJR 2 urged Congress and the President to work together to create a comprehensive and workable approach to reform the broken immigration system in our nation. Immigrants come to the United States from all over the world to both benefit from and contribute to our society; we owe it to our nation to welcome immigrants with open arms and to reform our current broken immigration system. We must not forget that the United States of Ameri-

absolutely being violated throughout the state by development companies, who are often the “storefront” for investment groups. They acquire the land, invoke Density Bonus with a municipality, overbuild, bear their profit and get out of town. The losers are not the buyers, not the builders, but the people of that neighborhood. It is plain wrong for

apparent that the building industry had everything to do with foisting this law upon our elected officials in Sacramento, starting with the pro-Density Bonus Law Patron Saint, Assemblyman Ed Chau. It is embarrassingly transparent. As someone recently wrote about this, having the building industry dictate the terms of our growth is disturbingly Kafka-esque. This law can-

The losers are not the buyers, not the builders, but the people of that neighborhood the state to not allow the individual municipalities more say in the application of these often specious Bonus Density invokings by the building industry, who are lining their pockets whenever they can get away with it. On the face of it this law seems well intentioned. But it needs retuning and more latitude granted to individual cities. As it stands, this law is generating ill will in neighborhoods and city governments throughout the state — it is being wildly over-invoked. It is all too

not stand as is. Though I’ve had my various differences of opinion with Encinitas City Council decisions at times, I tip my hat to you on this for having the backbone to stand up to the Building Industry Association, the bullyboy on our city block. Thank you, on behalf of us, your constituents and neighbors. This letter from Encinitas City Council to Assembly Ed Chau in Sacramento makes me proud to be an Encinitan. Stephen Keyes is an Encinitas resident.

Letters to the Editor Not pining for Nordstroms The flyers about Mr. Caruso’s strawberry fields projects would be funny if it weren’t for what might happen. Recently I received one which implied Coastal North County has long pined for a (Nordstrom’s) of its own. Oh really? I and many others have been pining

for the quiet seaside village atmosphere when you could easily cross the street without much traffic. When you could see roadrunners and quail and hear coyotes howl at night. Who sends their daughters into strawberry fields wearing white dresses pictured in an ear-

lier flyer? If his proposal goes into effect she might have trouble crossing over the five lanes of traffic into and out of the project. I suggest he get a different ad agency, which understands this area better. Pat Bleha, Carlsbad

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Chavez denounces Trump’s comments By Rocky Chavez

On behalf of more people than you likely realize, thank you each for officially, and in unison, standing up to the Building Association Industry (BIA) that is attempting to sue the city of Encinitas over city council’s conservative interpretation of the poorly-written State of California “Density Bonus Law.” It is right. And courageous. Thank you for endeavoring to hold at bay the numerous carpetbagger developers from further blighting our Encinitas neighborhoods with many crammed developments of $1 million-plus homes — typically adding a token lower-market rental as an appeasement to this law. What a ruse. By invoking the Density Bonus Law, these developers are often given a green light to zoning changes, have the numbers of houses they want rounded up (not down) in order to fit more homes, and accorded other various waivers and concession loopholes by obsequious planning commissions. The building industry is gaming the system, and everyone — starting with them — knows it. Access to transportation hubs is often overlooked, as is parking availability. The spirit of this law is

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ca is a nation of immigrants and our society has always grown stronger as we form a more diverse society. Immigration was a catalyst of the American dream in the past and will be the key to the future.

Rocky J. Chávez is a retired Marine Corps Colonel, former City Councilman and former Acting Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. He represents California’s 76th Assembly District, which includes Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista.







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Coastkeeper marks 20 years advocating for region’s waters By Tony Cagala

REGION — Commuting along Interstate 15, just before exiting Auto Parkway in Escondido, motorists drive over a concrete bedded portion of Escondido Creek. Whatever debris and other materials that find its way in there will eventually flow from that creek into the nearby watershed and possibly all the way out to one of North County’s beaches. “It’s a recognition that what we do inland affects everything,” said Everett DeLano, an Escondido-based attorney and longtime member of the San Diego Coastkeeper. And someone walking along the beach may stop to pick up that debris. That might be a modest component to helping keep the beaches and waters clean, but somebody has to do it, DeLano said. “But what it does is raise the awareness level,” he added. For 20 years now, San Diego Coastkeeper, a part of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, has been working to raise that awareness level about all things water related throughout the county. Recently, that includes bringing attention to inland North County — namely the drought — and asking the question of where will the region’s drinking water be coming from, explained Megan Baehrens, executive director of Coastkeeper. The organization has spoken out extensively against desalination plants

San Diego Coastkeeper is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. As part of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, the nonprofit has been working to raise that awareness level about all things water related throughout the county. Photo courtesy San Diego Coastkeeper

and the state’s policy on their construction, including the one in Carlsbad, which is slated to go online later this year. “Water recycling and conservation are always our top tier choices for water supplies,” said Baehrens. “Desalination, in some regions, at some point in time, and done in certain ways, can be an important part of water supply, but here in San Diego County and with the tech-

nology that they have now, it’s a really poor choice for us, because we haven’t exhausted other ways to get water,” she said. The nonprofit has grown from a two-individual, single-issue organization back when it was known as Baykeepers, to one that now includes educators, scientists and lawyers, capable of affecting change by holding local government and businesses accountable through

litigation — something not all nonprofits have the ability to do. That’s what drew Marco Gonzalez, an attorney at the Coast Law Group, LLP in Encinitas, to the organization. “They were the one environmental group out there that really wasn’t scared to use litigation as a primary tool for achieving its environmental objectives,” said Gonzalez. In the early 2000s,

San Marcos’ Alvin Dunn school gains IB status By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — A San Marcos Elementary school that is already poised to become a K-8 campus is now also becoming one of the select International Baccalaureate World Schools in North County. Alvin Dunn Elementary, which is currently a K-6 campus off of Rancho Santa Fe Avenue, celebrated the achievement toward the end of the school year with a mid-morning assembly. Created in Switzerland in 1968 with the goal to promote world peace, the IB program, according to its website, offers four programs for students ages 3 to 19 to help develop intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live learn and work in a rapidly globaliz-

ing world. IB schools are known for their academic rigor and student-driven learning process where teachers are more mentors and supervisors as opposed to more traditional schools, where a teacher’s role is more of the source of fact. Schools like Alvin Dunn must go through a rigorous process of revamping their curriculum to embrace a more holistic form of education. The en-

tire staff, under the stewardship of IB coordinator Yvonne Fojtasek, had to be retrained in the program’s elementary school model, called the Primary Years Program. The six-unit program is based on six trans-disciplinary themes, aimed at helping students see subjects in a more global context: Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How the World Works, How We Organize

Ourselves, Sharing the Planet and How We Express Ourselves. The school’s application process was completed earlier this school year with a site visit by an international panel of program representatives, which gave Alvin Dunn program the critical stamp of approval. Alvin Dunn’s planned expansion will allow it to become an IB middle school in 2017.

Gonzalez was the lawyer representing San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation in a lawsuit against the city of San Diego for what he said was its “historic neglect of its sewage infrastructure.” The city, Gonzalez said, was having more than 360 sewage spills every year because their sewage pipes weren’t being maintained. Ultimately, the lawsuit resulted in a settlement with the city having to replace or rehabilitate thousands of miles of pipe over a number of years. That resulted in a reduction of sewage spills by more than 85 percent, he said. “That’s probably Coastkeeper’s biggest achievement when you think about the impact to the people who use the beach, to the reputation of San Diego and the impact on tourism,” said Gonzalez. “We used to be considered one of the dirty water capitals of our country and we’re not anymore.” But being a nonprofit with the ability to use litigation can lead some to see them as overly aggressive, making fundraising a challenge. Coastkeeper operates totally on donation-based

funding, according to Baehrens. Though she said they have a diverse portfolio of funding resources, which include foundations, corporate contributions, individuals and grants from the state for their water-monitoring program. “If the nonprofit community doesn’t have the capacity to sue, then agencies and government in general, they don’t have the incentive to comply,” Gonzalez said. “I think we’d have a lot more dirty water, we’d have a lot more bad projects.” DeLano agrees that litigation is a helpful tool for the organization. And as to whether it would ever become too expensive or time-consuming for the nonprofit to pursue a lawsuit, DeLano said that’s always a consideration no matter what the group is. “Can you afford to do it…on the other hand sometimes, it’s, can you afford not to do it?” he added. Baehrens said that looking ahead to the next 20 years, Coastkeeper sees an evolution of issues, but not really a wholesale exchange — one for the other. “So we’ll continue to work on preventing water pollution, urban runoff…and water supply,” she said.


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Vista’s volunteer Fire Department seeks new members VISTA — The Vista Fire Department Senior Volunteer Program is accepting applications now for an orientation academy in July. Qualified applicants, both men and women, must be at least 50 years old, pass a background check, and be available at least once a week. Uniforms and equipment will be issued upon completion of training. Examples of volunteer responsibilities include: picking up and delivering supplies and mail among

six fire stations; fire prevention education; conducting fire station tours; assisting with the Smoke Alarm Program; providing hydration and food to firefighters at special fires and other extended emergency incidents. Applications are available at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive or at To learn more about the program, contact Capt. Mark Standifird at (760) 643-2801 or by email mstandifird@ cityof

SEVEN SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS The Woman’s Club of Vista awards $16,000 in scholarships to high school seniors from seven Vista Schools, including, sitting, from left, Jocelyn Ordonez, Vista High School; Marissa Medici, VHS; Therese Ahlers, Rancho Buena VHS; Alyx Bogus, Mission Vista High School, joined by, standing, from left, Club President Nancy B Jones with Kyle Scarcia, MVHS; Areli Hernandez, Murray High School; Rose Smith, Guajome Park Academy; Marie Joyce, Kayla Lattig, North County Trade Tech High School; Megan Daley, GPA.
Not pictured: Antonia Pantanleon, Alta Vista High School; Aleshanee Ventura, AVHS; and Iray Gomez, RBVHS. Courtesy photo



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ ROTARY STAYS BUSY Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club noted the 25 local organizations the club provides with help and funding. They included Just in Time for Foster Youth, Reality Changers, YMCA Summer Camp (for foster children), Community Resource Center, La Clase Magica, Stand Down (for homeless vets) and Pegasus Rising. The club’s efforts also include a medical clinic in El Salvador; improvements and training at the Bidadhi,

India, village training center; five $1,000 emergency shelter boxes for earthquake-stricken Nepal; and uniforms and supplies to allow Tijuana dump students to attend public school. Its funding is primarily raised by the club’s Bocce Ball fundraiser. NONPROFITS GET SUPPORT The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation provided six nonprofit organizations with a total of $102,200 in funding in 2015. The programs funded include: Adopt a Stairway with Friends of Cardiff and South Carlsbad State Beaches ($7,500); Science in a Satchel Program with Carlsbad Educational Foundation ($17,900); Kids and Conservation in the Great Outdoors with I Love a Clean San Diego County, Inc. ($13,500); Pickleball in the Village with St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church ($23,400); Recycling Education & Infrastructure Program with Carlsbad Educational Foundation and CUSD Grant Writing Collaborative ($29,900); and Reptile Researchers with the Zoological Society of San Diego ($10,000). SCHOLARSHIP FROM MILITARY Graydon McDermott of Carlsbad won a $2,000 college scholarship awarded through Camp Pendleton MCB. McDermott was active in choir, peer leaders, Kids for Peace and Interact Club, and is the son of Ted and Summer Hunt. He will be attending George Washington University. KICKSTART MUSIC Carlsbad Music Festival is asking for support to for its August Carlsbad Music Festival and June Village Music Walk. For its 12th season, the organi-

zation is aiming for $12,000 on Kickstarter to support the 120 free performances offered this summer. Donate at SWEET SCHOLARSHIP Haley Kaylin Petitt, of Vista High School, sponsored by her grandmother, Martha Webber Dix, received a $2,000 scholarship from the Retired Employees of San Diego County, Inc. NONPROFIT MAINTAINS ACCREDITATION Coastal Community Foundation, a North County nonprofit, philanthropic organization, has again received accreditation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board. This achievement recognizes that CCF has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards of accountability, excellence and service. More information at WATER-SAVERS CELEBRATED Olivenhain Municipal Water District honored the Edingfield-Murphy family of Escondido, as OMWD’s 2015 winner of the annual California-Friendly Landscape Contest. Despite having a four-acre property, the Edingfield-Murphy’s conservation efforts have allowed them to consume only three to five units of water per month — an amount comparable to a mobile home. The Lyndes-Ashley family received this year’s first-place award from the San Dieguito Water District for their California Friendly Landscape. The turf in the front yard was converted to drought tolerant landscape and after eight months in the ground, they are saving about 13 percent on their water bill. B&R COMING TO ESCONDIDO Baskin-Robbins is seeking franchise candidates for its newest location at North County Westfield Mall at 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway in Escondido, as part of its latest expansion efforts in the San Diego area. For additional information, contact the Baskin-Robbins Franchising Team at (781) 737-5530 or franchiseinfo@

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Vista students sow the seeds of knowledge in space

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By Ray Huard

VISTA — A hunt for organic strawberry seeds that took three Vista sixth graders all the way to Portugal via the Internet won their experiment a place on the International Space Station. Karsyn Lee, 11, said she was “blown away” when she learned that the experiment she designed with Vista Magnet Middle School classmates Victoria Arsenault, 11, and Lexie Kondo, 12, was chosen to be sent up to the space station later this year as part of the Student Spaceflights Experiment Program (SSEP). “This is going to look really good on college applications,” said Karsyn, who already has her eyes on the University of California Davis, where she wants to study veterinary medicine. Lexie, who has toyed with the idea of becoming an orthodontist, said she was “super happy” to have her experiment chosen. She said her parents took the whole family out for frozen yogurt to celebrate when they heard the good news. Equally enthusiastic, Victoria said it was “very cool” to have her team’s experiment chosen. She plans to continue looking skyward as a meteorologist. “I just think the weather is pretty cool,” Victoria said. “If you look up, every day, it’s different.” The experiment the three proposed is to see how seeds from a type of strawberry, arbutus unedo, will sprout in the microgravity of the space station, Karsyn said. Ultimately, she said their experiment, combined with others, will help determine how people will feed themselves on long space missions. Accompanying the experiment will be mission patches designed by Vista Magnet School eighth grader Callie O’Connor, 14, and Grapevine Elementary School fifth-grader Daisy Sanches, 11. Vista Magnet is one of 14 communities in the United States and Canada participating in the SSEP’s Mission 8. The program was started five years ago by the National Center for Earth and Space Science in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, the flight services provider. The goal is to promote interest in space and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. SSEP was expanded internationally in 2012 through the Arthur C. Clarke Institute. Earlier this year, the entire student body at Vista Magnet was divided into teams of three to five stu-

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Students Lexie Kondo, 12, Victoria Arsenault, 11, and Karsyn Lee, 11, are part of a winning experiment that will be sent to the International Space Station later this year. Courtesy photo

dents. Each team developed a proposed experiment which could be sent to the International Space Station. The experiments had to fit in a narrow tube 6.7 inches long. Three proposed experiments were chosen by a six-member panel assembled by Vista Magnet Principal Anne Green. They were submitted to a second panel chosen by the SSEP, which picked the one to submit to NASA. Lexie said she came up with the idea of using strawberry seeds because “I like to go strawberry picking.” They chose the variety arbutus unedo because it was a kind of strawberry they’d never heard of with unusual characteristics, like growing on trees. “I didn’t know strawberries grow on trees,” Victoria said. The fruit also looks different — spikey and round. “It’s not very tasty, but you can cook with it if you want,” Karsyn said. To meet NASA’s requirements, the seeds had to be organic, and that was a challenge. Finding arbutus unedo seeds was easy, but finding a supplier who could guarantee they were organic was another matter. Finally, with the help of their teacher, Christine Bartee, the students tracked down a seed company in Portugal, which could verify that the seeds were organic. Bartree said she got help through the Internet from Ana Vasques, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. As described by Karsyn, Victoria and Lexie, their experiment separates a plastic tube into three chambers with a valve connecting each chamber. One chamber will contain the seeds in a rock wool soil. A second will contain a mixture of willow water and honey. The third contains formalin, a clear solution of formaldehyde in water, which acts as a preservative.


Her patch shows a gray rocket blasting off from a green and blue Earth in the background against a black background to represent outer space. The rocket has the letters SSEP and VMMS on it, to represent the school and the student experiment program. The round patch has a maroon border, representing the school color, with the words Student Space Flight Experiments Program in black. Callie’s patch was selected in a district-wide competition, with one winner from elementary school and one from upper level grades. The patch designed by Daisy Sanches shows her school’s mascot — a bear — wearing a blue space suit, holding his helmet, standing on a gray moon against a blue background next to a black spaceship with the letters “U.S.A.” on its side. “Education is the Future,” is printed in yellow lettering in the upper right corner of the square patch. “My patch symbolizes, if you have a good education, you can reach for the stars,” Daisy wrote in describing her patch. Ray Huard is a communications consultant with the Vista Unified School District.

y dear friend in Georgia sends me delightful descriptions of the wonderful nature tableaux that daily unfold outside her windows. I have sat on her large, comfortable porch and it is every bit as charming as she claims. She has robins hatching, squirrels racing along her balconies and cardinals perching on her windowsills. She tells of young, brown bunnies with white cottontails munching on her backyard grass. They are adorable and just as nature should be when it bumps elbows with people. Around here, our suburban wildlife encounters have taken on the earmarks of an episode of “The Adams Family.” Not so long ago, as I sat at my kitchen window, my dog sprang into her best hunter-pointer stance and then swiftly caught a large rat. I was enormously impressed with my dog’s speed and agility, but I nearly lost my lunch. Of course, being Jean Gillette is a freelance bred with the soft mouth of a retriever, the dog did not writer who should be grateful kill the rat. No, that pleas- her dog didn’t catch a possum. ant, one-with-the-earth task Contact her at was left to me, once I persuaded the dog to stop using the half-dead creature as the best darned squeaky toy she had ever found. Later, I watched a spider in the corner of my kitchen actually catch one of the disgusting black flies that are the co-harbingers of summer, along with mosquitoes. While I do appreciate their cunning and insect-eating skills, they need to step up production and take it outside. That fly was just one down, 10,000 to go. Later, I watched that

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Aboard the space station, station crew members will release a clamp to mix the contents of the first two chambers. Just before the tube is returned to Earth, they’ll release a second clamp to mix in the formalin to stop the seeds from growing any further. “We don’t want it to do anything while it comes back to Earth, because we want to know the effect of microgravity,” Victoria said. The students will perform the same experiment on Earth, and compare the results with the experiment from the space station. Besides designing the experiment itself, the students had to prepare a 2,000 word essay describing their proposal. “It takes a lot of thought, designing that experiment,” Bartee said. “It’s what real scientists need to consider in designing an experiment for the International Space Station.” Designing a mission patch was fun for Callie O’Connor. “I like to draw,” Callie said, although, like Karsyn, her career goal is to become a veterinarian. “It’s kind of weird to hear something of yours is going into space,” Callie said.

spider’s really large and hairy cousin spin its web among our now ripening fruit trees. I expect I will accidentally walk into that web and catch that spider in my hair sometime in the next few days. I can hardly wait. We had a lovely little nest in a low pine, with three tiny eggs and a mother bird with bright green neck feathers. When my husband came near it to pick some berries, she’d hysterically bail on the eggs and dive at him, doing a scene from Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” The next time we looked, the nest was on the ground, surrounded by feathers, empty and abandoned. All her shrieking did not overcome her poor choice of nesting spots. It was apparently too close to the fence, just within cat- or rat-paw reach. This is when I try to remember my mantra of “Everybody’s got to eat something.” The remaining nature highlights of late have been the news of a mangy, hungry coyote roaming the neighborhood in the early morning – and the equally disturbing news of the missing neighbor cat. I realize that coyotes and even rats make the list as God’s furry creatures, but I’d sure love to swap them out. We could really use a couple of bunnies and maybe a blue jay.





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value at $18. We also tried the grilled Spanish Octopus with smoked paprika, calamari, and confit potatoes. Very unique pairing the octopus and calamari (squid) and the octopus was as tender as I’ve had with an amazing grilled flavor. It

was my favorite dish of the night by far and I will be back for more. And again, this dish was a very reasonable $17. Evan also has a rib eye cap, which was another new cut for me. We all know that rib eyes are the most flavorful premium steak available, while tenderloin is the most tender. Well the rib eye cap has the

best of both worlds, all the flavor and juicy fat of a rib eye, with the tenderness of tenderloin. Look it up, it’s worth pursuing and it’s on the menu at Arterra for $20. Other entrees of note are the Loch Duart Salmon, the Delmonico steak, gnocchi, and the much raved about angnolotti with sweet peas, oxtail and ricotta. It reads like a cold weather dish but the sweet peas lighten it up quite a bit. Longtime sushi Chef Andrew Hoh is still inhouse, making his house specialties that include the Albino, Scrumptious, Rasta and Spicy Albacore rolls. We started the meal with the Albino and it’s crab and avocado inside baked halibut is amazing. Cruz is also a pastry chef, his creative take on cappuccino — a mini espresso cup is filled with chocolate pot de crème and topped with toasted Bailey’s Irish cream marshmallows made to look like steamed milk foam. On the side is a spoonful of sugar and a raw sugar cube that is actually a crumbly hazelnut praline. It comes with a small Meyer lemon tart topped with fresh blueberries. Wow. Being a hotel restaurant full of travelers on business accounts, I was surprised at the affordability of the menu given the quality and creativity. They also have one of the more happening happy hours in town along with breakfast and lunch. Located in the San Diego Marriot Del Mar at 11966 El Camino Real, or call (858) 369-6032.


t one point half a dozen years ago Arterra was on the cutting edge of San Diego restaurants. It never went away, but with the explosion in the local culinary scene, it may have been nudged to the back burner a bit. New Executive Chef Evan Cruz arrived five months ago and has already put his personal touch on Arterra, and it the process has put it back on the San Diego culinary map. Cruz is a San Diego native with extensive experience in fine dining with some of the best in town. He spent five years as an executive chef and trainer with Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, two years as chef de cuisine at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and a year as executive chef at Pacifica Del Mar. His time at Roy’s is very evident in some of the dishes at Arterra including the Chinese duck steambuns, of which I could have made an entire meal out of. The crispy duck confit with scallions and black soy sauce is sandwiched between fresh steambuns, a new combination for me and it works on every level. The steambuns are on the starter portion of the menu along with the Coca Cola glazed Duroc pork ribs with a radish salad, which is another winner. This is more like a world menu as Cruz takes it in a lot of directions but they all work. The Empanada with Barbacoa beef, pollo asado and Chimichurri is a prime example of that. In between starters and our main courses, we sampled his somewhat deconstructed Caesar salad with romaine, whole anchovy, croutons and Parmesan. Simple, fresh, and a perfect bridge course to the main event, which I had been looking forward to for some time prior to my meal. It was like Cruz had my tastes in mind when he designed this as it has a perfect mix of poultry, seafood, meat and pasta, and none of it typical. I am a huge fan of game hens and Cruz does his with heirloom beans, charred leaks, chorizo, and fava and it all works perfectly together and a great

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alf of 2015 has already gone by, so how many new wines have you tasted in the last six months. Better yet how many would you buy again? Well, I am happy to report that, despite more than a few personal afflictions, this first half of 2015 I managed to be in the middle of about 75 wine events (plus a few Tequila events). I’m happier to report that half of my top 10 wines are brands that I had not tasted before this year. White wines are on the rebound, including white blends. I have three on my

list. Italian wines continue their renaissance in Southern California, thanks to restaurants like Solare and Vittorio’s in San Diego, and Thornton Winery in Temecula. Napa Valley captured four places, Italy three, Paso Robles one, Washington one, and a San Diego winemaker and owner with a beautiful Pinot Noir from grapes in Sta. Rita Hills above Santa Barbara. All 10 wines are rated equally. Alphabetical considerations cause their place on the list. Prices shown are listed in the wine’s website or best values in wine stores. Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2010. $65. The 2009 vintage was in the top 10 last year. This one shows more finesse, intensity and flavor. Structured, long finish from rich fruity roots of Sangiovese. A five-year wait for this

princely wine.Castelloban- richness without oak. Lively acidity. Castello di Amorosa Chardonnay, La Rocca Napa Coomber Family Ranch Valley, 2013. $38. A dry, Pinot Noir, San Diego/St single vineyard white wine Rita Hills Ca. 2013. $74.99. fermented and aged in con- A big Pinot with Central Aged in crete egg-shaped vessels. Coast grapes. From the legendary Bien Oak to bring out flavors Nacido Vineyard in cool of cinnamon, cherry and Santa Maria, Calif. Hand- spices. Based in San Diego. crafted in the ancient con- crete method, that imparts TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 10


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Etude Chardonnay, Carneros Napa Valley, 2012. $14. A work of art, rich and vibrant fruit, harking back to the natural days of minimalist Chardonnay. Apple, pear and citrus. Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2012. $65. The thinking man’s Cab. A touch of Merlot Petit Verdot and Cab Franc. Organically crafted in Frank Mangio, TASTE OF WINE columnist, with Tonya Wake, Wine a perfect vintage that Club Manager from Thornton Winery, as they celebrate Thornton’s Barwinds up more complex bera wine awards. Photo by Frank Mangio than the sum of its parts. San Felice Pugnitel- Treana White, Paso Rolo, Tuscany Italy, 2010. bles, 2013. $16. The third Hill Family Merlot, Napa $55.95. From the ancient of our whites to hit the Valley, 2012. $19.95. vineyards of San Felice, charts, this one is actuFourth generation farm this grape contends with ally a white blend, rare family, they know to bal- Sangiovese as the patron in the wine industry. It’s ance the vineyards be- grape of Tuscany. Intense a Rhone Valley French fore harvest, for depth purple-red. Velvety with style Marsonne and and character. After massive fruit taste. From Viognier. Bright tropiyears of growing grapes the 30 year winemaker cal flavors of stone fruit for others, they have Leonardo Bellacini. and honey. Crisp acidity their family name on the enhances most dishes. best of the crop. Hillfam- Thornton Winery Bar- Wine Bytes, normally bera, Temecula Calif., 2013. $44. Winner of the seen in this segment of the Pepper Bridge Sev- sweepstakes prize for column, will be seen next en Hills, Walla Walla, Best Red Wine at the week. Wash., 2012. $60. Anoth- 2015 Riverside Internaer great Washington wine tional Wine Competition. Frank Mangio is a rewhere wines are made in Winemaker David Ver- nowned wine connoisseur the vineyard, according gari handpicked these certified by Wine Specto winemaker Jean-Fran- Italian grapes from across tator. He is one of the cois Pellet. “It’s all the street fromThornleading wine commentaabout striking the right ton. French Oak supe- tors on the web. View and balance,” said Pellet. Fi- rior treatment secures link up with his columns nesse, elegance and a long the raspberry and blue- at, and finish. Mostly Cab, with berry aromas. This is reach him at mangiompc@ Merlot and Cab Franc. a cellar-worthy wine. Follow him on Facebook.


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‘Four Girls’ take over Moonlight Amphitheater She returned to Broadway during the late 80s and won her first Tony for her role in the 1992 revival of “Guys and Dolls,” and was nominated for three others. She also continues to have recurring roles TV, including the shows “Drop Dead Diva” and “Melissa and Joey.” Prince said her passion has been the stage. “There is nothing like being in the room with the living energy between the audience and yourself,” Prince said. “One thing that I really like is that it’s there, it is at that moment, and then it is gone, it is in your memory. It is not someFaith Prince and three of her Broadway friends are taking over Moon- thing that you put on digital tape for the end of the light Theatre in Vista for a one-night event and fundraiser July 3. century. It is this thing that Courtesy photo passes between you and the know about your life or how as Angela Viracco in the audience for that moment, you are got there,” said ‘80s cult classic “The Last and I love that.” Prince said her expeDragon.” Prince, 57. “On Friday, they will be able to hear us sing the songs we are known for mixed with stories of how we got there, as well as some funny backstage stories. They’ll get a sense of us as people and the industry, and people love that because they get to hear those stories.” Prince started her career on the stage before achieving moderate success on screen. She is probably best known for her role

rience on “The 4 Girls Phenomenon” has been made by the bond she has forged with her fellow performers. “It has been a lot of fun, it is like working with four of your best friends, but after work, you get to talk shop, talk about home and your past and your future, and you can really be yourself and trust them,” she said. “They’ve picked some incredible women, and we have incredible chemistry with each other. And you see truth. “When you’re on stage with them, who you are comes through, your humanity comes through and you can not fake that,”

Prince said. “You have four women who really get along and that is not easy. That situation could easily be like dynamite, and when it doesn’t work, oh man, it is torture, and the audience sees that.” Fortunately, Prince said, this is not the case. “This is a great bunch of broads, you’ll love it,” she said. “I’m 57, I’m just getting started and now I am in my prime. Now that I have no filter, it is beautiful. You are just yourself, and the beauty of watching that, the history of how we got here, it will be life changing for you.”


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VISTA — Faith Prince’s career has spanned four decades. It has taken her from the stage to the big screen and back again, along the way earning a Tony Award and netting her a legion of fans. It’s been a long and grueling journey, but above all, it’s been full of laughs, she said. To that end, Prince and three of her very best friends from Broadway — Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern and Randy Graff — will share some of those laughs in Vista on Friday, as the “The 4 Girls Phenomenon” stage show hits the Moonlight Amphitheater for a one-night fundraiser for the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Proceeds from the concert will help the foundation raise funds for arts education programs for youth and adults, to foster engagement of new audiences and increase student-educator participation in the artistic process. Prince said the stage show with the four actresses has been a hit since it debuted 18 months ago, as fans get a chance to connect with the women in a very unique and intimate way. “People know you as performers, but they don’t

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A competitor of the Scottish Highland Games sets a hammer flying in the hammer toss event. Photos by Tony Cagala

Members of the 42nd Black Watch Color Guard open the annual Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans event in Vista on Saturday.

VISTA — The two-day San Diego Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans began on Saturday at Brengle Terrace Park. Bellowing bagpipes, folk music and Highland games, mark the annual celebration of Scottish tradition and culture. A competitor struggles to stabilize a 16-foot pole in the caber toss event.

Brian Caldwell, singer of Highland Way, a traditional Scottish folk band, mixes it up with an enthusiastic crowd member.

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Stephen Fishwick is hosting an Art Pop exhibit July 18, which will feature artists from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and more. Here, he is painting “Love Affair” for Disney’s 50th Anniversary. Photo by Ellen Wright

Art Pop offers Comic Con alternative By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — Comic Con is coming to San Diego July 9 but for those not wishing to brave the traffic and crowds, artists Stephen Fishwick and Beau Hufford are giving local residents a closer option for pop culture immersion. On July 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Fishwick will host Art Pop, an art exhibit featuring local artists specializing in pop culture and illustrators from Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Art Pop will feature free illustration seminars and art classes welcome to all skill levels ranging from beginners to experienced artists. Stephen Silver, who created the likeness of Nickelodeon’s Kim Possible and Danny Phantom will have his work on display. Current Cartoon Network and former Pixar artist Manny Hernandez will also give a seminar on illustration. Art Pop kicks off a month long art exhibit featuring works from Silver, Fishwick and Daniel Jaimes. “We’re going to basically just have a fun-filled popular arts show,” Fishwick said. Jaimes paints portraits of pop culture icons like Superman, Wonder Woman and characters from Star Wars. The pop art show will last a month from July 18 to August 18. “People can come see it anytime even if they miss the grand opening on July 18,” Fishwick said. Fishwick has been involved in Comic Con for 20 years and he got his start locally at Sea World doing caricature paintings. The theme park has gotten lots of criticism for its treatment of killer whales after the documentary “Blackfish” gained widespread popularity. Yet unbeknownst to many in the community, the company has been churning out successful artists

for years. Many illustrators who have gone on to work for big studios start their careers as caricature painters at Sea World, Fishwick, Huffman and Hernandez included. The caricature program run by Kaman’s Art Shoppes gives young students loads of experience, which Fishwick said is why many go on to successful careers in the industry. “It puts them in the public drawing three-minute caricatures with marker for eight to 10 hours a day,” Fishwick said. “You practice anything for eight to 10 hours a day, you get really good at drawing.” Fishwick has since become a Disney featured artist and worked with the estates of Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, James Brown and

Jimi Hendrix to produce prints for souvenirs ranging from lighters to tee shirts. Fishwick and his business partner Huffman hope to bring in more people to The Centre. “The biggest kept secret in Escondido is The Centre,” Fishwick said. It’s a hybrid shopping center and car dealership. A Lexus dealership takes up the bottom floor, retail space occupies the second floor and a Cohen Brother’s owned restaurant, Vintana, is on the top floor. The Centre also serves as an event space hosting weddings and business meetings. The seminar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Stephen Fishwick’s Fine Art Collection 1205 Auto Park Way 2nd Level.

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JULY 3 FIRST FIREWORKS There will be a fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 3 at El Corazon Park, north of El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. HOLIDAY TRANSIT The North County Transit District will provide an extra late-night Sprinter trip on July 3 and July 4. A westbound train will depart Escondido Transit Center at 11 p.m. and an eastbound train will depart Oceanside Transit Center at 12:23 a.m. 
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believe that the Governor of California has just legalized discrimination,” said Estepp, who said the government has essentially forced people to choose between their beliefs and their child’s education. “We are at the point where we have to weigh possible permanent medical damage for a normal classroom education, and that is just coercive,” said Estepp, who said it was ironic that Brown’s law strikes down the religious exemption that his father, former Gov. Pat Brown, signed into law more than 50 years ago. Brown supported the exemptions as recently as three years ago, before sig-

JULY 4 FIREWORKS There will be July 4 fireworks at 9 p.m. in San Marcos at Bradley Park, Rancho Santa Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos; in Vista at 9 p.m. at Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista; at The Omni La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad at 9 p.m.; from Legoland California at One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
 at 8:30 p.m.; at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, at 9 p.m.; in Escondido at 9 p.m. at 340 N. Escondido Blvd.; at 9 p.m. at La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Blvd., La Jolla. LOVE ON A LEASH Del Mar Branch Library presents Saturdays at Del Mar, at 1309 Camino Del Mar, with Love on a Leash, where youngsters read books aloud to dogs July 4 and July 18. July 11: Jigsaw Puzzle Club for Kids, with Ms. Gretchen. For more information, call was preceded by the district’s securing of a credit-rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s, which boosted the district’s rating from AA to AA+. Fitch Ratings also affirmed the district’s AA+ rating. Vehicles location on Rancheros Drive. The DMV is also expected to open later this summer. Hobby Lobby representatives said the store will bring between 30 to 50 new jobs that pay $15.24 for fulltime employees and $10.16 for part timers. naling his support when the bill reached his desk. Local Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside), echoed Estepp’s concerns in his statement explaining his opposition to the law. “The state should not get in between parents and their children when it comes to health and access to education,” Chavez said. “Children in California have a right to an education, and denying them that right is going to have major ramifications in California.”

Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. Live music and a light meal. Tickets are $10 at both Oceanside Senior Centers until sold out. For further information call El Corazon at (760) 4355300. GO SAMOAN The Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration runs from July 5 through July 11. Join the Welcome and Kickoff, at 5 p.m. July 5 at the MiraCosta Clock Tower, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Call (760) 757-2121, JULY 5 P O S T - H O L I D A Y ext. 6279, for event schedBEACH SWEEP Join the ule or visit beach clean-up with SURF- events/232381603439375/. SESH from 8 to 11 a.m. July 5, at Pillbox Beach. SURF- JULY 6 COWBOY JACK AND SESH will be providing water and recyclable bags. BARBECUE Can we hear Keep our mother ocean a Yee-Haw? Tickets are clean. Call (858) 213-5415 available now for the Rodeo Buffet featuring music by for more information. SENIORS STEPPING Cowboy Jack at 11 a.m. July OUT Get tickets now for The 24 at the Gloria McClellan Oceanside Department of Senior Center, 1400 Vale Parks & Recreation senior Terrace Drive, Vista,. Call dance from 6 to 9 p.m. July (760) 639-6160 for more in12 at the El Corazon Senior formation. the Del Mar Branch Library at (858) 755-1666. HOLIDAY HOUNDS Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, is holding Seniors Adoption Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4. Military families and seniors (55+) adopting senior pets (5+) will get a discount on adoption fees. For required identification, call (858) 756-4117 ext. 313, or visit



were held to allow the public a chance to learn more and give their opinions on the closure. Some see the closure as an opportunity to convert the 319-bed facility into new housing. “This proposed decision should be looked at with fresh eyes as a great opportunity to revive and change the look and use of the property at the end of Grand,” former Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler wrote the board.

JULY 3, 2015 JULY 7 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 meet July 7 for golf at the Reidy Creek Golf Course, Escondido and July 11 for Happy Hour/Dinner at Bentley’s Steak and Chop House, Encinitas. Make reservations by calling (858) 674-4324. JULY 8 HAPPY HOUR POLITICS Reservations are needed by July 8 for the July 15 Happy Hour Politics hosting Trisha Amador, deputy district attorney, sex crimes, human trafficking division. The gathering is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 15 at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Coordinator Melanie Burkholder at (307) 690-7814 or Hap-

The San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond agreed with passed 5-to-2. the closure. “Palomar Health is taking the steps necessary to ensure the patients continue to have high quality care, therefore it makes sense to consolidate,” said Desmond. The hospital was built in 1950 and some staff said the building was too far gone for repairs. Facilities Manager Bill Ruffin told the board the boilers are running at 65 percent efficiency. He spoke in support of the closure.

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REGION — For a third consecutive year, more than 100 of San Diego County’s most talented basketball players — including a number from North County — have converged on Alliant International University for three days to learn what it takes to play the game at the next level from a player who has been there. Jared Dudley, a former Leucadia resident small forward for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, hosted his third annual “Jared Dudley Camp of Opportunity,” which he started with the aim of bringing the region’s best basketball players together for a dynamic camp experience. This year was arguably his most successful installment, as a record number of kids participated in skill work and competitive games, as well as heard from Dudley and Bucks teammate Jabari Parker, who attended the last two days of camp. “This was definitely

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our best one yet,” Dudley competed. “They also were great said. “The caliber of talent was the highest we’ve listeners and I feel they had, and the kids really got the most out of every minute of the camp.” Parker, who was having a Rookie of the Yeartype season before injuring his knee, spoke to the campers on Tuesday about the importance of embracing your role on the team. “I think it is important for kids to learn to embrace their roles, and never try to look or be bigger than their team,” said Parker, a McDonald’s All American who attended Duke University for one year. “They have to understand that at the next level they will be surrounded by other talented players, and learning how to accept a role and hone

their craft is the best way to stand out.” Parker said he was impressed with the San Diego contingent on hand, which included rising junior forward DeAndre Ayton, widely considered to be the best high school basketball prospect in the country. “I’m excited because it’s San Diego,” Parker said. “It’s not LA or a larger market city, but the kids are just as competitive.” Sam Eshelman, an assistant coach at Carlsbad’s Army and Navy Academy, was one of the camp’s coaches. He said the opportunity for players to learn from an NBA player TURN TO CAMP ON 19

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It goes by the Perfect Game but Perfect Perspective might be a better fit. “When you’re a baseball player, it’s all about getting to the next level,’’ the Padres’ closer Craig Kimbrel said. “It’s what can I do for myself.’’ And next month’s Perfect Game will do just that, showcasing the nation’s top senior players at Petco Park. That includes La Costa Canyon center fielder Mickey Moniak. But the game is more than a game and this is where we circle back. A bunch of kids over at Rady Children’s Hospital will all be the better for it. The 13th annual game serves as a fundraiser for children battling cancer and its participants are a key part of it. Before the contest, each player mounts an online drive to get dough for those tough youngsters. Then during game week they visit the hospital, meeting kids that life has thrown a curve. Although the patients are often grinning like they just crushed a fastball. Those smiles and their determination trump any Perfect Game accomplishment. “That is very important,’’ Kimbrel said of that impact on the players. “Because they take it with them.’’ And just maybe they

meet up with Kimbrel in the big leagues. Kimbrel is the chairman of the Curing Kids Cancer and isn’t shy about asking others in the majors to lend a hand. “In Atlanta we could go to the children’s hospitals in vans and just meet the kids, see what their families are going through,’’ said Kimbrel, who was acquired from the Braves earlier this season. “It’s amazing what that does for the kids. “And really it’s nothing out of the day for us, in the grand scheme of things.’’ Trevor Hoffman has long sounded the horn about the Perfect Game as its spokesman. “It’s pretty special to be a part of it,’’ said Hoffman, the ex-Padre great living in Rancho Santa Fe. “We are extremely proud here in San Diego to host the game, but also to have Rady’s and what it does for kids.’’ But it’s what those kids do for those gifted athletes that the real present appears. “I know when the (players) get to go over and visit with the kids and get a chance to get to know them, it’s something that is a little different,’’ Hoffman said. “I think it opens their eyes that they have an obligation.’’ If the players are fortunate, they advance to the majors — where Kimbrel will be waiting, asking for their help in fighting cancer. He donates money for each save, strikeout and along with his wife, Ashley, treats kids and their families to games, barbecues and concerts. The sound of success will be easy to hear at the Perfect Game. It has produced 165 first-round picks and 109 players made it to The Show. LCC’s Moniak is among those many predict will make it. He was All-CIF, has a full ride to UCLA and survived the first cut for the USA Baseball’s 18-and-under national squad. But there’s a bigger team Moniak will be part of thanks to the Perfect Game Aug. 16. “Not only do they have an opportunity to give back,’’ Hoffman said, “but maybe touch some lives that maybe are a little less fortunate than they are.’’ Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter on jparis_sports.


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Vista’s Elliot Sloan focused on reaching new heights By Tony Cagala

VISTA — Looking down the face of mega ramp wasn’t the issue for Elliot Sloan. In fact, he’s dropped in to so many ramps over his skateboarding career that it’s seemingly become second nature for him to roll into one, launch himself through the air and pull off a kind of death-defying maneuver. The issue for Sloan was, well, Sloan. The successful skateboarder, who just won another gold medal at the X Games in Austin, Texas in the Best Vert Trick category, admitted he was his own worst enemy when it came to dealing with the mental pressures of competition. There’s no way to practice for that. The pressure, that at any moment, Sloan would choke — blowing his run and then having to wait for the next competition to redeem himself. “That was something that’s always been a challenge for me, is dealing with the pressure of it (competition),” Sloan, the Vista resident said. It was a few years ago when he decided to start working on the mental side of skateboarding. Using a headset device from SenseLabs, a San Francisco-based technology company, Sloan began his “brain training.” The brain training, Sloan said, has since helped him to “zone out” — almost like a meditation. That’s the closest he could get in describing what the mental training does for him. “It really just puts me in a calm, relaxed state in contests,” he said. “It’s changing the way that the brain functions,” said Dr. Leslie Sherlin,



is invaluable. “It is a tremendous opportunity for North County kids to learn from someone who was once in their shoes,” Eshelman said, referring to Dudley’s North County roots. “It is a great way for them to see, up close and personal, someone who made it to the higher level of which they are aspiring to make it. “The camp has provided them a great place to hone their skills and compete against some of the very best players in San Diego County, which doesn’t happen all the time,” Eshelman said. Eric Pierce, a 16-yearold soon-to-be-senior at El Camino High, said he couldn’t agree more. “I took a lot away from this camp from drills to speeches I like how they both expressed how important school, nutrition and doing what’s best for yourself is key in the game of basketball,” Pierce said. “And hearing it from players like Jared Dudley and Jabari Parker makes it that much more important, because they’re at where we want to be.”

Sloan takes home the gold medal in the Best Vert Trick category at the X Games in Austin, Texas. Photo by Gabriel Christus/ESPN Images

The madder professional skateboarder Elliot Sloan would get, the further away from landing a trick he would get. Sloan, pictured, has turned to “brain training” to help overcome the pressures of competition by using a headset device from SenseLabs. “We’ve kind of reached this capacity for physical performance and the brain is the next frontier,” says Dr. Leslie Sherlin, Ph.D., co-founder and chief science officer of SenseLabs based in San Francisco. See full story on page A16. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke/ESPN Images

Ph.D., co-founder and chief science officer of SenseLabs. “There is a thinking component to it, but it’s unique.” When thinking or concentrating the brain is responding in a particular way. What SenseLabs is helping to do, Sherlin explained, is shape the way that the brain responds by showing the user just how their brain reacts. For Sloan, it’s all about the thought process — one that he believes will calm him down. “He (Sloan) might be imagining a vacation or he might be trying to just focus on something else to

distract himself before the competition to keep from getting those nerves,” Sherlin said. “But in reality, we don’t know if that’s actually changing his physiology. He’s just trying these techniques to see what he can do to improve that anxiety level,” he added. What makes this training different from say a meditation practice, is that meditation is asking you to subjectively sit there and experience something and to practice doing that, said Sherlin. “And that can be a very effective technique for people to have some time set aside for internal reflection,” he said. But he added that for

some people that can be very challenging, not very rewarding or just boring. The company, Sherlin said, turned their attentions towards high performance athletes because they’re the ones that, from a mental standpoint, put themselves under the highest pressure, the biggest stressors. SenseLabs has also

worked with the military using the headset. Still, there are some athletes that perceive a negative association for seeking out help with the mental side of things, but a shift in that way of thinking does seem to be happening now. “It’s absolutely changing,” Sherlin said. “There’s an increased awareness and recognition of the mental components of performance with athletes.” It used to be thought that only people who had problems were seeking help, according to Sherlin. “Now, training the brain is becoming as common place as training the body,” he said. The technology in this fitness monitoring industry is evolving very rapidly.

“Whatever we can imagine the next five years to be, the only thing that we know for sure is that it’s going to be faster and it’s going to be much broader and much bigger than we expect,” said Sherlin. What he does see in the future is more technology around sensor headset training and the awareness of the brain and the brain performance’s role in the overall outcomes in people’s lives, whether they’re a stay at home mom, a student or a corporate executive or a high performance athlete. “We’ve kind of reached this capacity for physical performance and the brain is the next frontier, and learning how to control it and push that boundary,” Sherlin said.


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