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Jeff Gemar, tandem pilot, and stoker Lex Gillette, a Paralympic Games medalist, ride across the Coronado Bay Bridge during the Blind Stokers Club’s Bike the Bay. The organization’s next event, Cycling for Sight, is June 29-30 in San Marcos and will benefit the San Diego Center for the Blind. Members of public are invited to ride. SEE STORY ON PAGE 8. Photo courtesy of Dave White/BSC

Escondido Dems endorse Diaz; process raises questions By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — At its June 8 meeting, the Escondido Democratic Club voted unanimously to endorse Olga Diaz for the District 3 San Diego County Board of Supervisors race for the seat currently occupied by Republican Kristin Gaspar, becoming the first county club to do so. Originally slated as a three-candidate forum moderated by the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego, only Diaz — a member of the Escondido City Council since 2008 — attended and




vouched for an endorsement. The other two declared candidates, Terra Lawson-Remer and Jeff Griffith, did not attend and competing explanations have arisen as to why. Georgina Tomasi, president of

the Escondido Democratic Club, addressed the topic of the two missing candidates in introducing Diaz at the meeting. She said that in May, the club was going to do a forum and endorsement, notifying all three of the candidates of that decision a week and a half to two weeks beforehand. But she said the club instead decided to push it back to June when some candidates said that they had pre-existing scheduling conflicts and could not change them on short notice. “We sent invitations out as a club on May 8, and we sent — it was


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an email communication to all of the candidates — and we said if you weren’t able to come to this event, please let us know and please send a surrogate,” said Tomasi. “And so, the candidate who responded to us and who is here to present to us and who accepted our invitation was Olga Diaz.” Diaz, too, broached the topic of the absence of Lawson-Remer and Griffith early on in her remarks. She knocked them for their inability to make it to the meeting. TURN TO ENDORSEMENT ON 20

REGION — The wife of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) pleaded guilty June 13 to a federal conspiracy charge in a case in which she and the congressman were accused of misusing campaign funds for personal use. Margaret Hunter, 44, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 16. Her attorney, Thomas McNamara, declined to say if his client plans to testify against her husband. McNamara read a brief statement from Margaret Hunter, in which she apologized for her actions. “Earlier this morning, I entered a guilty plea before the United States District Court,” Margaret Hunter said in the statement. “In doing so, I have fully accepted responsibility for my conduct. I am deeply remorseful and I apologize. I am saddened for the hurt that I’ve caused my family and others. I understand that there will be more consequences stemming from my actions but as demonstrated this morning with the entry of the plea, I’ve taken the first step to face those consequences.” Duncan Hunter, 42, and his wife were accused in a 60-count indictment of taking money from campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts and falsifying Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports to cover their tracks. Both Hunters were slated to go to trial this fall on charges that include conspiracy, wire fraud and falsification of records.

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SANDAG releases data as part of transit push By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS MAYOR Rebecca Jones cuts the ribbon on Tuesday, June 4, at the grand opening of the San Marcos Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will be held year-round on Tuesdays. Courtesy photo

San Marcos Farmers Market holds grand opening SAN MARCOS — Residents flocked to the San Marcos Farmers Market grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4 across the street from Decoy Dockside Lakehouse Hotel and Resort. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones cut the official ribbon for the event, hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, local business owners, VIPs, the Chamber’s Board of Directors and neighbors. Set against the backdrop of Lake San Marcos, guests enjoyed a selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked good, fresh cut flowers, local honey, breads, meat, fish, specialty prepared foods and handcrafted items, all while enjoying live music. The San Marcos Farmers Market will serve the community year-round on Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. in spring and summer, 3-6 p.m. in fall and winter. For additional information, contact Melanie Jamil, Event Director, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, VISITORS to the June 4 grand opening of the San Marcos Farmers Market browse 760-744-1270. a selection of locally made products. Courtesy photo

REGION — At its June 7 meeting, the San Diego Association of Governments Regional Planning Committee released new employment centers data as part of the roll-out of the framework of its “5 Big Moves” mass transit proposal. The new data maps out the locations of county jobs centers, as well as the mean number of miles people drive to and from work in those areas, their mode of transportation, number of employees in those respective districts, among many other things. The mapping out of the data will serve as one of the bases for SANDAG’s mass policy proposal set for release later in 2019, SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata said at the meeting. In North County, the SANDAG proposal has come under opposition by conservative elected officials due to its emphasis on public transit over highway expansion. Road and freeway improvements were initially promised to area voters by SANDAG after Proposition A passed in 2004. The plan extended the half-cent sales tax through the year 2048, depositing funds into the TransNet account. Ikhrata, in discussing the research conducted by SANDAG at the meeting, said that the data “constitutes the basis” for the broader mass transit plan. And he addressed his critics, as well. “One thing, when you look at this, you often hear people say ‘San Diego is so spread out, we can’t do anything right,’” said Ikhrata. “This data doesn’t support

that.” According to the SANDAG data, the top three employment centers within the county are downtown San Diego, Kearny Mesa and Sorrento Valley. In North County, they are the Carlsbad Palomar Airport area, the San Marcos Civic Center area and the Escondido - Pa lom a r area. S A N DAG has broken employment centers into four tiers Ikhrata based on the number of jobs. “(Tier 1 is) home to 8,700 businesses,” said Ray Major, chief economist for SANDAG. “These are really some of the largest employers in San Diego and a lot of the corporate headquarters are located in these areas.” According to Major, Tier 1 consists predominantly of biotechnology, local government and administrative services, as well as health care, with an average wage of $82,000. Tier 2, by contrast, has a workforce earning an average of $55,000. “A lot of these clusters are dominated by either health care or retail,” said Major. “With a lot of these you have low-paying wage jobs.” SANDAG also examined the Highway 78 corridor, a state highway at the center of controversy over the agency’s latest proposal. Data shows that less than 10% of 222,860 workers in the area actually live there. Despite the SPRINTER train, only 3% of the workforce takes public transit to TURN TO TRANSIT ON 16

Escondido Chamber of Commerce names new CEO Body of missing man found floating near pier By Steve Horn

OCEANSIDE — A body found floating in the surf near Oceanside Pier has been identified as a young man who fell off the pier last month while taking a selfie, authorities said June 4. Lifeguards spotted the body of 20-year-old Paul Ventura of Escondido drifting near the pier around 12:30 p.m. June 3, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. Ventura went missing

around 3:30 a.m. on May 25 when he fell from the pier railing while trying to take a selfie, according to Oceanside police. He was able to cling to a pylon in the water for a time but slipped under the surface of the waves as a police rescue swimmer approached. Ventura was presumed dead after hours of searching turned up no sign of him. — City News Service

ESCONDIDO — A new leader, James Rowten, has taken the helm at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. Rowten will take over the CEO position from Rorie Johnson, who had led the organization since 2014. Rowten comes to the Escondido Chamber by way of KPBS, where he worked as the corporate development manager from 2009 to 2018. “As I enter my second week here at the Chamber I am overwhelmed at how much I don't know,” Rowten wrote of his first days on the job at the chamber in its June 5 newsletter.




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“Fortunately I am surrounded with people, members, new friends and old friends whom I can turn to for help.” The downtown-based Chamber of Commerce has hired Rowten at a time of great change in Escondido, with a new mayor and liberal majority seated on its City Council. Mayor Paul McNamara has begun unrolling one of the key tenets of his 2018 electoral campaign, the density transfer program, which could a greater amount of high-density housing in the city’s historic downtown core. The chamber has come out in support of density

transfer. “As we know, Downtown Escondido is the envy of North County, with its historic charm, unique shops and fine restaurants,” the chamber said in an April 9 letter to the city of Escondido Planning Commission. “You will also find that more people desire a downtown lifestyle where they can walk and enjoy the amenities that Escondido has to offer. By allowing unused and underutilized density to be transferred to a Credit Pool, developers investing in downtown will have more flexibility in creating projects that will make the

most sense and accomplish the goals of the city, which is to increase housing in our urban core.” Rowten praised the legacy Johnston has crafted for the Escondido business community. “I am following in the footsteps of a talented leader who has elevated today's Escondido Chamber and earned her place among a storied history of Chamber leaders who have dealt with adversity and succeeded to make this Chamber a viable and treasured part of this Community,” Rowten wrote in the June 5 newsletter. “I am learning more than I am giving right now.”

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Opinion & Editorial

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not reflect the views of The Coast News

Will PUC, utilities make fire victims of most Californians?


SANDAG’s broken promises


ANDAG is working to redirect valuable taxpayer money away from important North County roads and highways in favor of a transit only approach. In 2004, voters willingly took on a higher tax burden in exchange for much needed highway and transportation improvements through the TransNet half cent sales tax. To date, 14 of 15 highway projects promised to the voters remain incomplete and unfunded. There is simply not enough money left in TransNet to complete the road improvements North County residents have been promised, since the bulk of the funds have already been spent on mass transit projects. Now, rather than working to complete as many road projects as possible, SANDAG’s Executive Director, Hasan Ikhrata, is advocating for us to shift our precious tax dollars into a mass transit only plan for our region. SANDAG’s bold new approach would divert the millions of dollars collected in TransNet taxes without any voter input. It would also incorporate congestion pricing — a tax scheme requiring residents to pay to travel on our local roads and highways at peak hours and have those miles logged

around the county Kristin Gaspar and reported to Sacramento bureaucrats. The promised projects including additional lanes on SR 52, safety improvements on the SR 67 and additional HOV lanes on Highway 78 will be abandoned with this new transit only plan. These projects were promised to residents and represented significant investment in North County to reduce our commute times, enhance our public safety and improve our quality of life. These highways could be essential during the next wildfire evacuation. North County is home to some of the largest employment hubs in our region and it continues to grow. We need the infrastructure to keep up with this growth. Housing affordability suffers under this plan as well as SANDAG advocates for growth along transit corridors. In North County, our primary transit corridor is along the coast. This is some of the most expensive land in our region and is simply not the

answer for young families or our senior populations. Additionally, housing that is along the transit corridor is not necessarily transit-friendly as stations are often miles apart and require a commute to board a train. I grew up in North County so I understand that it can’t be treated the same as our dense urban core. That’s why I am a strong advocate for a balanced transportation plan for our region. This balance should include meeting GHG reductions required by the State, improving mass transit options, incorporating environmental protections, and funding much needed highway and road improvements. I am not advocating for a highway only approach, I am simply asking SANDAG to fulfill the promises it made to voters. Absent significant public input demanding balance, this plan and a new tax will continue to move forward for approval. I encourage you to contact your local elected officials and ask if they agree with congestion pricing and please visit for updates and to voice your opinion. Kristin Gaspar District 3 Board of Supervisors

Summer means preparing for fire season Earlier this week, a fire broke out in a canyon between Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch. Thankfully, firefighters got the call quickly and put it out with help from a helicopter dropping water above. This was our first reminder that with heavy rainfall this past winter, the risk of fire danger is high. As the temperatures rise and we move toward

summer, it’s a good time to make sure you’re prepared in case of evacuation. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a series of measures to boost funding and staff for fire protection throughout our region. Our new plan calls for more fire breaks, supporting our fire safe councils and increasing home inspections to make sure your home is prepared.

Also, we’ve created a grant program to encourage homeowners to install ember-resistant vents and other fire-resistant materials. As we know, fires are part of living in California. As County Supervisor, I will do my best so that the County of San Diego is prepared when it happens. Jim Desmond District 5 Board of Supervisors

ntil now, the California Public Utilities Commission has appeared to work responsibly at minimizing future wildfire risks in this thoroughly singed state, certifying new safety plans from electric companies it regulates and imposing a few fines where the big utilities have been found negligent. But those moves and a unanimous PUC vote in 2017 to hold one company financially responsible for helping cause one of the huge fires that plague this state might be no more than a smokescreen. The aim, it appears, has been to make the commission and the utilities whose wishes it usually carries out look like responsible public servants, when that may not be true. This was the upshot of a waiver filed quietly with the U.S. Supreme Court late last month by PUC lawyer Christine Jun Hammond and a follow-up from another PUC attorney three weeks later. The first document was Hammond’s response to an attempt by the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to get the high court to hear its appeal of the 2017 decision. The ruling held the company liable for losses in the 2007 Witch, Guejito and Rice fires. “I do not intend to file a response,” Hammond’s form letter said. Without PUC opposition, it’s much more likely the Supreme Court will eventually give SDG&E its way. The second PUC letter asks the court for another month to respond, apparently contradicting Hammond. Suddenly there’s confusion about what this commission really wants. Here’s the background to the legal maneuvering,

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which has huge implications for how damages will be apportioned from many subsequent fires. These include the Camp, Thomas, Carr, Woolsey, Mendocino Complex and Wine Country fires of 2017 and 2018. Companies like Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison have accepted some blame for most of those. At a moment when high winds propelled wildfires across California early in December 2017, the PUC unanimously held SDG&E would have to pay more than $379 million in uninsured costs from the fires that devastated large parts of San Diego County 10 years earlier. The blazes destroyed more than 1,300 homes and killed two persons. SDG&E has tried ever since to fob much of the cost onto all its customers, including people whose homes burned. State investigators found SDG&E failed to properly maintain equipment or trim tree branches and chaparral growing near power lines before the infernos began. The company and its insurers paid more than $2 billion in claims, but it wants customers to foot almost all other bills. No, said the PUC in a uniquely (for it) consumer-oriented decision. This was utility negligence. That’s essentially what state authorities also found about utility conduct before several of the later blazes, so the SDG&E decision bore huge implications for other utilities. If the decision stands,

it could cost them many billions of dollars. Like SDG&E, they want to make all their customers into financial fire victims. So PG&E and Edison filed court briefs as SDG&E appealed the ruling. All the companies falsely claimed the assessment against SDG&E was due to “inverse condemnation,” a concept in state law that holds utilities responsible for fire damage even when they don’t cause it. But the SDG&E decision was about corporate negligence, not inverse condemnation. The PUC could have defeated the utility argument by simply pointing this out and urging the high court to uphold the PUC ruling by not taking the case. It might not do this, the Hammond waiver makes clear. The PUC also initially claimed to represent all victims of the 2007 fires, another untruth. But before San Diego lawyer Michael Aguirre, who has long represented some fire victims, knew about that claim, the false statement had been circulated to all Supreme Court justices, who will decide this summer whether to take the case. “The utilities are trying to make other people pay the bills for damage they caused,” Aguirre said. “If they win this case, it will be a precedent for all the other fires.” This could be yet another case of the PUC carrying water for companies it’s supposed to regulate. “It’s a backdoor effort by the PUC to get the customers to pay all the bills,” Aguirre said. He might be dead-on right. Email Thomas Elias at

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Vista middle school film program a national success Special By Steve Puterski

VISTA — It is one of, if not the best, middle school broadcast and video production programs in the country. The seventhand eighth-grade students with the Rancho Minerva Middle School Kid Witness News (KWN) made an indelible mark this year, even by teacher Beth Duncan’s standards. The students entered seven competitions and won 10 awards including first place for the prestigious Panasonic New Vision competition for the documentary “Through Their Eyes.” “It’s all depending on what they put into it,” she said. The program began four years ago with nothing, not even a camera, she said. Still, the students then brought the goods and awards, which in turn led to a bigger investment from the Vista Unified School District. They have high-end cameras, work on Apple computers and create a bimonthly news program for the school and shoot documentaries, the calling card of the program. Duncan has two programs within the program. The seventh-graders learn the basics of shooting, editing, pre- and post-production, digital photography and the software, along with creating and delivering a bimonthly news program.

STUDENTS AT Rancho Minerva Middle School racked up 10 awards this year from its broadcast journalism class, including first place in the national Panasonic New Vision competition for the documentary “Through Their Eyes.” Photo by Steve Puterski

The eighth-graders, meanwhile, are on the competitive team, creating documentaries and expanding their skills and creative minds. “We did very simple iMovie and nothing fancy,” Duncan said of the program’s early days. “From there, I started pushing for more computers and more cameras. As we started entering competitions and winning them, more people said yes.” As the program found its footing, the compet-

itive eighth-grade team began racking up national awards. Since the program’s inception, the students have won the Panasonic competition every year, which also enters them into the international competition in Japan in July. Duncan stressed that every year there is a new set of students who create, shoot, edit and win various awards, including the Panasonic competition. As for the creative juices, Duncan allows the

students freedom to pursue projects and subjects of their interests. “It’s about the process,” she said. “And then to have industry professionals validate that what you did is exceptional. That changes their perception of themselves and that also gives them work options and college options.” Eighth-grader Chelsie Cunanan, 14, is part of the Panasonic team. She does post-production, mainly editing and will be traveling to Japan to represent

the school and the U.S. “I’m thrilled to go to Japan and represent Team USA,” she said. “It’s an opportunity not really everyone can get. If I didn’t take that class, or help produce that video, I wouldn’t be where I am now.” Ilenna Hawkins, a 14-year-old eighth-grader and also a part of the team, said she focuses on pre- and post-production with some editing. She also represented the class as a guest emcee at the annual Classroom of the Future Innovation Awards several weeks ago. Other members of the Panasonic team include Fabian Bernabe, Nicole Villagomez, Brigitte Esquivel, Javiyah Moliga, Barbara Avila, Jasmine Ratliff, Stephanie Martinez, Amilia Sakiewicz, Aldo Hernandez, Lizet Solorio, and Cassandra Vazquez. “There’s been lots of opportunities to do our own projects and collaborate on projects,” Ilenna said. As for the awards, the seventh-grade team won a San Diego iVIE (innovation video in education) award for “Bailando con nuestra Cultura” (Dancing with our Culture), plus three other wins and $400. In addition, the program racked up three “Best of Show” awards for the San Diego County Fair, outdoing high school and college entries.

senior year scholarships ESCONDIDO — The Escondido History Center announced that the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians will provide an award and a $1,000 honorarium to the 2019 Future Legends Awards Group (FLAG), recognizing the nine 2019 Escondido’s Forever Legends and nine seniors from high schools in Escondido. The nine 2019 Flag Awards will be named for Lorraine Boyce, Leo Calac, Harriett Church, Robert “Chick” Embrey, Ben Hillebrecht, Shannon MacMillan, Jack Raymond, Marilyn Shriver and Bob Wilson. The nine seniors will be selected by the FLAG committee and winners will be matched with one of the 2019 Escondido Forever Legends. The Forever Legends will have a FLAG senior honored in their name at an October ceremony. The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the FLAG Committee wish to honor Escondido Forever Legends and assist the FLAG seniors by making their last year of high school memorable. The honorarium presented to each FLAG senior will be used for expenses such as AP tests, SAT/ACT, college application fees, senior pictures, yearbook, sports fees and equipment, school spirit clothing and memorabilia.



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The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a “Father’s Know something that’s going Day Luncheon” at 11 a.m. on? Send it to calendar@ June 14, at 1400 Vale race Drive,Vista. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. DANCE AT TWILIGHT Reservations are required North County Widows by 1 p.m. one day prior at and Widowers will gather (760) 643-5288. for a Twilight Dinner Dance at 5 p.m. June 14 at the Vista Elks Lodge, 1947 E. Vista Way, Vista. Cost $15 plus RIDE THROUGH HISTORY $2 service charge. Dinner is Take a ride with the at 5 p.m. and music at 6:30 Encinitas Preservation Asp.m. Reservations are re- sociation on the Historical quired at (760) 428-5491 Bus Tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 at 1883 School LIFE LEARNING House, 390 F St., Encinitas. The LIFE lecture series Tickets are $65 and includes continues at 1 p.m. June 14 historical points of interest for a presentation by Mi- throughout Encinitas. All chael Aquirre, attorney on proceeds benefit the pres“San Onofre Update” and ervation of the Boathouses., at 2:30 p.m., Dee Folse, Bd. a favorite local restaurant Member Honor Flight San on Coast Hwy, will provide Diego. The lectures are in a scrumptious lunch will be the Administration Bldg. at provided at noon by ROXY, the Oceanside College Cam- at the 1883 Schoolhouse. pus, 1 Barnard Drive. Pick up a $1 parking permit in FRIENDS AND FAITH Lot 1A and park in Lot 1A. The Catholic Widows Check us out at miracosta. and Widowers of North edu/life or call 769-757-2121 County support group for ext. 6972 those who desire to foster friendships through various SENIOR ANGLERS social activities will walk Escondido Senior An- along the Highland Valley glers will discuss the San Trail and lunch at Cordiano Diego River watershed at Winery, Escondido June 15 9:30 a.m. June 14, with and host Happy hour and Shannon Quigley, assistant dinner at Fish House Vera San Diego River manager Cruz, San Marcos June 17. open to all anglers age 50 Reservations are necessary and above, at the Park Av- at (858) 674-4324. enue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. For more information, visit http://senioranglersofescon- FREE MUSEUM PASSES The Escondido Public




Library are now offering free family museum passes for checkout to San Diego Museum of Art good for two adults for seven days, the San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Museum of Man for seven days, good for free general museum admission for two adults and up to four children. The New Children’s Museum family pass checks out for 10 days, good for up to four people. Passes can be checked out from the Youth Services Desk with a valid Library card. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department, (760) 838-5456.


North County Widows and Widowers will gather for a Lobster Happy Hour Dinner at 4 p.m. June 18 at the Grill at Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Cost is $14.99. RSVP by June 15 to (760) 731-9549.



Come and enjoy the flavors at the 11th annual “Taste of Vista,” from 5 to 8 p.m. June 19 along Main Street and surrounding streets in Historic Downtown Vista. Taste 20 local restaurants and 15 breweries & wineries while enjoying live music from four music venues. This year’s Happy Hour spot will be the new Dog Haus Biergarten, on the corner of Indiana Avenue and Broadway. Check in from 4 to 5 p.m.,

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Join Buena Vista Audubon Society and filmmaker Maya Khosla for a showing of her film, “Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After Wildfire,” 6:30 p.m. June 19 at 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside, to follow the remarkable return of life in forests after wildfire. For more information: (760) 4392473

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Calling all fairy prince and princesses. Children (and parents) are invited to celebrate summer at the annual Fairy Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Garden entry is $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. The festival features fairy-themed activities, photos with Fairy Princesses, leave wishes at a magic wishing bush, shop in the Fairy Land Market, and enjoy fairy-themed crafts, plus live performances by Ruth & Emilia and Twinkletime. Adult attendees are asked not to dress up for the Festival for child safety reasons. For more information, visit

The city of San Marcos is offering specialized halfday camps for children ages 5 to 17 that will run for one week from 9 a.m. to noon, or from 1 to 4 p.m. Camps include science, technology, sports, dance, art and cooking programs, with indoor camps held in the San Marcos Community Center, and outdoor specialty camps SUMMER READING at various city parks and Escondido Public Lifields. Learn more by visit- brary’s 2019 Summer Reading ing Challenge festivities run through July 27, at 239 S. REPUBLICAN CLUB MEETS Kalmia St., Escondido. ParRepublican Club of LIFE LECTURES Ocean Hills will meet for The LIFE learning ticipants of all ages log readlunch at noon June 19 at group will host Shawana ing and event participation the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Schenk, Yoga teacher and online at escondidolibrary. Vista Way, Oceanside, host- Reiki Master at 1 P.M. Chris- org/summer to earn prizes ing Ruth Weiss, Statewide tina Phillips, Director, Corp. donated by the Friends of director of Education and Communications 2:30 P.M. the Library and local busiTraining for the Election June 21 in the administra- nesses. Integrity Project. $15 per tion bldg. at the Oceanside person. Cash or check only College Campus, 1 Barnard WRITE ON! OCEANSIDE at the door (no credit cards). Drive. Pick up a $1 parking The Write On, OceansRSVP to Don at dcsyvs@ permit in Lot 1A and park ide! Literary Festival will in Lot 1A. Check us out at take place from 1 to 5 p.m. or call June 22, in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms (769) 757-2121 ext. 6972.
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Officials demand Tri-City action on psych units Measure Z projections REGION — A war of words erupted this week over a letter from State Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath and San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher demanding Tri-City Medical Center take action to re-open its shuttered inpatient psychiatric facilities. The letter, dated June 10 and addressed to TriCity Chief Executive Officer Steve Dietlin, accused the North County public hospital of failing “to show substantive progress towards reinstating emergency be-



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Olivenhain Municipal Water District and the Escondido Creek Conservancy celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve’s Interpretive Center, 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, honoring Susan J. Varty, and the collaborative efforts between OMWD and the conservancy that made the facility possible. The conservancy will announce the Escondido Creek Eichen Education Fund that will continue, in perpetuity, the joint outdoor education programs held at the Center for students and adults. The Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., subject to the availability of its docents.


The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Proposition E Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC). The ICOC has two vacancies - one Community At Large representative, and one alternate. Applications and details at icoc/membership. Members serve two-year terms.


Nancy Nutt has associated with the Del Mar office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. She comes to the office with 25 years of real estate experience. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, she was a marketing analyst with Robert Charles Lesser & Co.


Both Del Mar and Solana Beach passed resolutions making June 7 Gun Violence Awareness Day and honoring Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago student shot and killed six years ago. Hadiya's friends launched Project Orange Tree to honor her life and raise awareness about gun violence in their community. Supporters wore orange June 7 to honor the hundreds of Americans killed and wounded by gun violence every day.

havioral health services at the Tri-City Medical Center,” despite ongoing talks between the county and the hospital executive staff. It calls on the hospital to deliver a plan to the county within 30 days, and threatens legislative action against the hospital, including a state financial audit. “We understand that ‘conversations’ are taking place, but we have sat patiently for six months waiting for movement and it is time for conversations to turn into a specific, realistic and achievable action plan,”

Fletcher wrote in the letter. Fletcher and Boerner Horvath’s letter comes on the eve of a meeting that Tri-City officials said would have culminated negotiations between the county and North County health care officials. The letter was met with a strong rebuke from Fletcher’s fellow Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and the hospital itself, whose officials said they were disappointed by the turn of events. “Tri-City has been actively engaged with public and private stakeholders

for the past year working towards real solutions,” the hospital said in a prepared statement. “We were disappointed to receive the Supervisor and Assemblywoman’s letter on the eve of what we anticipated to be a positive meeting to further advance a cooperative and collaborative regional plan within the County of San Diego and other healthcare providers.” Gaspar took it further, calling the statement “self-serving” and politically motivated.


School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering included William Glockner of Encinitas, with a degree in Engineering Psychology, Megan Thode of Carlsbad with a degree in Community Health, cum laude, and Emily North of Solana Beach with a degree in International Relations, magna cum laude. University of Mississippi 2019 graduates included Jarrett Simmons of Encinitas, B.S. in mechanical engineering, and Caleigh Ryan of Carlsbad, Bachelor of Business Administration. Oregon State University 2019 graduates include Carlsbad residents Brionna R. Geldert, Honors Bachelor of Science and Business Administration, cum laude; Connor J. Hull, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering; Sophia C. Ilas, Bachelor of Science, Psychology; Elizabeth P. Lieberman, Bachelor of Science, Marketing; Kelly F. Liekkio, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences; Jordan H. Masters, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering Management; Maggie O'Rourke-Liggett, Bachelor of Science, Earth Sciences; McKenna L. Smith, Bachelor of Science, Marketing.

Encinitas graduates included Liana D. Broyles, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, Psychology; Thomas R. Kuznia, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Margaret A. O'Hara, Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling; Andrew H. Ross, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering. Autumn R. Pierce, of Escondido, earned her Bachelor of Science, Zoology. Oceanside students included Devon Aleshire, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science; Elizabeth D. Barba, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration; Austin L. Greenlee, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Sciences; Catherine C. Kaethler, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science; Nathanael L. Roberts, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and Rafael Robles, Master of Science, Psychology. Graduates from San Marcos included Ann M. Decker, Bachelor of Science, Public Health; Catalina R. Parcell, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology; Quinn T. Smith, Bachelor of Science, Marketing. From Vista, was Eduardo Patino, Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science.

Sarah Oskam from Oceanside was honored with membership into Biola University's Epsilon Kappa Epsilon honors baccalaureate society,. At Bucknell University, Rachel Dumiak, of Carlsbad, earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Jordan Edmonds of Carlsbad, earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Catherine Vanderpool, of Carlsbad, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester at the University of Vermont. Vanderpool is majoring in Secondary Education - English in the College of Education. Nathan Luong of Carlsbad, a student on Trine University's main campus, earned dean’s list recognition for the spring 2019 term. Luong is majoring in Business Administration. Steven Spencer, of Carlsbad, was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi collegiate at University of Southern California. Christopher Cheever of Solana Beach received his degree May 19 from Curry College. Belou Quimby, of Carlsbad, earned degrees in 2019 in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Cornell College. Craig A. Sharpski, of Oceanside, was named to the Provost’s Honor Roll at University of Wyoming. Harding University students Brandon Johnson, a nursing major from Oceanside and Brittany Tate, accounting major from Carmel Valley, made the dean's list. Carl Ash, of Encinitas, has been named to DePauw University's spring 2019 Dean's List. Kyle Crumbaker of Carlsbad, was named to the Culver-Stockton College honor roll. Crumbaker is majoring in Business Administration. Nikki Olguin of San Marcos was named to Ohio Wesleyan University dean's list. The dean's list for the spring 2019 semester at Clarkson University included Brittney Binkinz of San Marcos, a chemical engineering major, and Alexander Kupin of Carlsbad, a computer science major. Samantha White of Oceanside, earned a spot on the State University of New York at Potsdam dean's list The 2019 graduates from Tufts University's


help balance Vista’s budget By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The city’s finances are steady, yet in a precarious position should another economic downturn occur. The city released its draft budget during its May 28 City Council meeting. The city is projecting a small surplus for its 2019-20 fiscal year and an even smaller one in 20202021. The council recently approved presenting two fiscal year budgets as a way to project further ahead. And as a result of the latest budgets, the council also directed staff to come up with a fiveyear, high-level projection so the city can see the potential challenges in the future. Councilman John Franklin said he is concerned about the upward trajectory of the budget, noting the public safety budget. “The increases in our expenditures are rapidly outpacing the increases in our revenues,” he said. “I’m looking at within the next five years, if our growth continues the way it’s continuing, I don’t understand how we could live with our revenues.” Sara Taylor, senior management analyst for the city, said the 2019-20 General Fund revenues total just over $83,100,142 with an ending balance of $35,539. Expenditures, meanwhile, tally $83, 064,613. The total operating budget for 2019-20 is $149.3 million and $150.2 million for 2020-21. The following year, meanwhile, shows an even leaner budget as revenues are projected at $85,472,231 and expenditures at $85,469,108 for

an ending fund balance of $3,123. According to the staff report, the city had gaps of $930,000 and $2.5 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21, respectively, so cuts and adjustments were made to ensure a balanced budget. However, one saving grace for the budgets was the addition of estimated revenue from Measure Z, which is estimated at $250,000 and $1.3 million in 2019-20 and 2020-2021, respectively. Measure Z was approved by voters in 2018 to allow 11 medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the city. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said she wanted a comparison of the $1.3 million so the city doesn’t over project future marijuana revenues. The rest of the council also expressed concerns with the dispensaries and revenue projections. Assistant City Manager Aly Zimmerman, though, said the comparison was based on other cities’ marijuana businesses and was very conservative so staff wouldn’t have to adjust the figures downward. “We are pretty confident in those conservative Measure Z numbers assuming ... that we have a reasonable number of them opening,” Zimmerman said. “These estimates assume maybe 50% are open by the second year.” The city’s largest revenue stream is property taxes, accounting for $24.1 million and $25 million for 29% of each budget over the two years. Sales taxes are projected at $18.8 million and $20.3 million, which includes the Measure Z estimates.

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Blind Stokers Club riding high By Lucia Viti

REGION — The Blind Stokers Club is more than a cycling club. Membership in this unique organization transforms lives through the alliance of its members — sighted, blind and visually impaired — as they share the joy of recreational tandem cycling. Teamwork, mentoring and adventure underscore the simple pleasure of cycling with those who can’t see well enough to do so alone. All ages and athletic levels are welcome. Equipment is provided and membership is free. Founded by Dave White in 2007, the Blind Stokers Club teams tandem cyclists and coordinates rides throughout San Diego’s cycling hot spots, including track cycling at the San Diego Velodrome and North Island’s Naval Air Station. Sighted captains/pilots are paired “accordingly” to visually impaired or blind stokers. Tandem bikes are donated. Stokers receive clothing, equipment and transportation to and from all rides and social activities. The club even loans home-training systems for riders to spin independently. The club no overhead, paid staff, or brick-andmortar facility. Everything is done via volunteers, although the club chooses to sidestep the “v” word. “We don’t use the ‘v’

BLIND STOKERS CLUB, founded in 2007, has been helping blind cyclists go on tandem rides across San Diego County. Pictured above are tandem pilot Kevin Knapp and stoker Levi Bressan. Photo courtesy of Blind Stokers Club

word because we don’t feel like volunteers,” White said. “We’re an equal give and take of a two-person team. We collaborate to ride efficiently while having fun and sharing social activities.” Seasoned cyclists become captains after com-

pleting the League of American Cyclists Smart Cycling Course followed by a training program with a sighted stoker to learn the special skills associated with pulling a heavier load. “As a captain, I’m an extension of the athlete who rides without fear of

repercussions,” said pilot Greg Smeltzer. “I can’t trip, crash, or run my stoker into the ground. I’m a tool just like the bike is a tool.” Smeltzer described guiding as a win-win that “gives back while doing something that I love.” “We befriend the athletes,” he continued. “We banter, laugh, chat, joke and groove into a rhythm. Pilots learn the stoker’s benchmark to establish and achieve goals. We empower each other, building on the good to promote ability rather than disability.” Upon the loss of his vision 10 years ago, 65-year old Rocky Camp, a former veterinarian and triathlete, isolated himself into a depression. “Disability makes a difference,” he said. “It’s hard.” Camp moved to Southern California after learning about the Blind Stokers Club to become a more active member. “The BSC enabled me to return outdoors to do things I love,” he said. “Captains are trusted without question. It’s wonderfully freeing. I pinch myself every time we ride. Members are generous, kind and eager to help. I’ve made lifelong friends.” Today, Camp describes the challenges associated with his vision loss as opportunities for personal growth. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world around me,” he continued. “I no longer take things for granted. The positive experiences I’ve shared with my family because of my vision loss has brought us closer together.” Legally blind since birth, stoker Terry Meehan lauds the club as an “amazing and brave” endeavor whose real genius lays in its ability to solve the obvious obstacle. “The Blind Stokers Club elegantly solved the fundamental problem stokers face — getting from point A to point B,” he said. “The simplicity of transportation created opportunities that we wouldn’t have if not for the planning and coordination of family and friends.” The Kentucky native rides “fearlessly,” enhanced by a freedom to move his legs that sighted people wouldn’t think twice about.” “The freedom to cruise downhill at 45 miles per hour is crazy, amazing and empowering,” Meehan said. “To pursue athletics for the sake of athletics allows you to grow physically and emotionally and discover what you can do.” “Blindness is an agency, an independence one has to take back,” he continued. “Athletics supports an inherent dignity for doing your best without competition. Captains ride with pride — sharing what they love with a friend. The BSC is a familial community where the blind and sighted

partner-up as equals.” Meehan commended the valuable experiences made possible by the Blind Stokers Club. “Participating in a team sport, that is working with someone towards a common goal, is a gift made possible for the unsighted — like me — because of the club,” he said. “Blindness can isolate. Tandem riding is a partnered activity that connects me with the rest of the world.” White describes the efficient, unincorporated club’s philanthropic path as “unconventional.” “The BSC uses a lean, no-frills approach that captures in-kind contributions with little cash,” he said. “We’re a true community service, modeled through the simplicity of team work.” The Blind Stokers Club is a nonprofit organization that partners with the San Diego Center for the Blind as its 501 3 (c) partner. “These partnerships transform strangers into friends,” White said. Vista’s Carol Corcoran discovered the club from Vista’s San Diego Center for the Blind. The former swimmer and “never before” cyclist, was paired with Sabine, a “a terrific cyclist and a beautiful person.” “We immediately became a pair,” Corcoran said. “We had a great time. I learned so much about the aspects of cycling, endurance and nutrition. To this day, I’m very active in the club not only for the cycling events but for the social events. The Blind Stokers Club has become family.” The club has received multiple requests to open satellite chapters globally. White’s polite denial is accompanied by encouragement. “We encourage others to use our simple, homegrown and no overhead approach to create a network of clubs tailored to suit local needs, resources and lifestyles,” he said. The club’s annual fundraising event, Cycling for Sight, will take place in Vista and San Marcos on June 29 and June 30. Benefiting the Blind Stokers Club and the San Diego Center for the Blind, the weekend retreat includes daily riding routes, picnic lunches, a craft brewery social, and fun for the entire family. “Cycling for Sight is a community fundraiser and reward retreat for members,” White said. “The event is an invitation for local cyclists to share the journey that comes from the enrichment of friends riding thousands of miles while enjoying good times in an around the club.” Although the year’s bi-monthly rides are scheduled in January, many members conduct rides outside of the club’s orbit. “The BSC is amazing a diverse group across generations and cultures sharing their love of biking,” Meehan said.

Winslow guilty of rape Jury deadlocks on 8 charges REGION — One day after finding ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II guilty of raping a woman in Encinitas and exposing himself to two others, a jury June 11 deadlocked on eight remaining charges, including rape and kidnapping in connection with two other women. Following about a week of deliberations, the panel on June 10 convicted Winslow of last May’s rape of a 58-year-old homeless woman — Jane Doe 2 — exposing himself to Jane Doe 3, who was gardening in her front yard in Cardiff last May, and touching himself in front of a 77-year-old woman — Jane Doe 5 — at a Carlsbad gym in February. The 35-year-old son of former San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow was acquitted of committing lewd conduct in front of Jane Doe 5 on a separate occasion. The jury was unable to reach consensus on rape and kidnapping charges involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker targeted last March in Encinitas, and a 17-yearold girl who was allegedly raped in 2003 at a Scripps Ranch house party. A status conference will be held this morning to decide whether there will be a retrial on those counts. Winslow was initially charged last summer with raping Jane Doe 1 and 2 in Encinitas in early 2018, as well as exposing himself to Jane Doe 3 in her yard. After his highly publicized arrest, Jane Doe 4 came forward to allege that he raped her in 2003 at a home in Scripps Ranch, when she was 17 and he was 19. Earlier this year, while Winslow was out on bail, he was arrested for exposing himself to Jane Doe 5 at a Carlsbad gym. Bail was revoked following his arrest in that case. “Kellen Winslow took from these women what he wanted,” Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens told the jury in his closing argument last week. “Kellen Winslow took from these women again and again and again. This man took what he wanted from them and threw them away like trash because that’s what he thought of them.” Owens said none of the five women knew each other, yet their accounts yielded common details and similar physical descriptions of the suspect. Winslow’s attorneys, Marc Carlos and Brian Watkins, told the jury that the charged incidents were either consensual sex or never occurred at all. — City News Service

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Planning Commission OKs Escondido 5-story complex By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — A midrise apartment proposal that would bring hundreds of housing units to Escondido’s historic downtown core has taken a key first regulatory step toward materializing. The Ivy, a five-story and 127-unit complex owned by Touchstone Communities, got a unanimous 7-0 vote from the Escondido Planning Commission at its May 28 meeting. It will now advance for a hearing and eventual vote before the City Council. “We are thankful to receive the Escondido Planning Commission's recommendation for approval of our project, The Ivy,” said Addison Garza, the executive vice president of the San Diego-based Touchstone Communities. “The Ivy will add a much needed urban residential component and help cultivate the vibrant mixed-community that the local businesses and officials envision. The project meets the goals of the city's Downtown Specific Plan and promotes infill development, which is critical to solving the current housing crisis.” The Planning Commission approval was the first of the “density transfer” era, a land use law passed by the Escondido City Council on May 1 aiming to bring more high-density housing to the city’s downtown in close proximity to public transit. In turn, Mayor Paul McNamara has stated a goal of moving away from “sprawl” style housing in the city’s outskirts. Touchstone has requested a California legally sanctioned “density bonus” of 35%, or 27 units, for providing affordable housing within the complex, while also obtaining a 24-unit increase under the city’s new Density Transfer Program. Density Transfer is a policy lever broadly concerning to Carol Rea, an appointee of the Escondido Historical Preservation Council, as it pertains to historic preservation. But she said at the meeting that The Ivy has dulled some of those concerns as applied to that particular project. “I’m relieved that this project is in an appropriate place and located near other apartments and away from the historic downtown,” Rea said. The Ivy is just one of a half a dozen housing proposals under consideration in Escondido, including one of two owned by Touchstone Communities, with another in the works called Aspire. In total, close to 1,000 infill units of the sort could exist in downtown Escondido. Rea said she remains concerned about the future of historic downtown Escondido, with all of those projects in the works and a beneficial regulatory landscape now in place. “I’m frustrated that it opens the door and we lose some historical buildings to developers. I feel like we’ve put them in the driver’s seat,” Rea said. “We


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may lose historic buildings and people may say ‘Let’s just tear it down and put up something new.’ But our downtown is probably the most significant concentration of historic buildings in the city and you start mixing in buildings that are towering over our charming downtown and you’re going to lose that feel of historic integrity.” Planning Commission members also raised parking, and the lack of spots downtown, as a chief concern for The Ivy. Touchstone will build 157 parking garage spaces and have an additional 27 guest parking spots. The project will have a mix of studio apartments, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and range in size from 550 square feet to 995 square feet. The city of Escondido believes, if built, The Ivy could be a boon for the downtown area. “The proposed project is consistent with the General Plan and the Downtown Specific Plan as it encourages higher density urban residential growth,” reads a report written in advance of the May 28 Planning Commission meeting. “New development, higher densities, residential opportunities and pedestrian places and courtyards are encouraged to provide an optimal setting for urban living in close proximity to entertainment, retail and professional offices.” Garza said that Touchstone will ideally begin construction in late 2019 or early 2020, while construction could take about 20 months for The Ivy.

PR firm honored for Newland Sierra work By Steve Horn

REGION — A firm with a specialty in navigating contested public policy battles has won a major public relations industry award for its work on the Newland Sierra housing proposal. Owned by Newland Communities, Newland Sierra is a 1,985-acre, over 2,100-home proposal planned just north of San Marcos and west of the Escondido border, just west of Interstate 15. Despite criticism from residents opposed to building sprawlstyle housing which would increase area traffic and potentially put a new legion of residents in the crosshairs of wildfires, the proposal received a 4-0 unanimous vote by the County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 26. And it is for that vote that the judges for the 2019 Bulldog PR Awards gave the gold medal for Best Public Affairs Campaign to Davies Public Affairs, a Santa Barbara-based industry giant best known for its work on crisis communications and grassroots mobilization on real estate and energy industry policy fights. Tom Hallman Jr., a senior reporter for The Oregonian and one of the judges, compared the work that Davies did to win over skeptical stakeholders to that of a good journalistic storyteller. “What I found interesting on this as a journalist was how, in covering a controversial story, that they had to figure out what it was all about,” said Hallman Jr. “And I found what they did from a reporting standpoint, which I’m going to call it, applies to how people in the industry tell a sto-

ry and how companies try to connect with their constituents or their customers.” Davies Public Affairs was also involved in public relations work for the contentious fight over One Paseo, a mixed-use development owned by Kilroy Realty located just east of I-5 along Carmel Valley-Del Mar border off of Del Mar Heights Road. One Paseo recently opened for business after a years-long debate. “We got this elaborate brochure in the mail, and we wondered why they were sending it to us. Something just felt weird about it,” a Carmel Valley resident explained in 2012 in an article published by the San Diego Reader of a Davies Public Affairs mailer that she received. “And then we started seeing these letters printed in the Carmel Valley News in support of the project. I knew this wasn’t grassroots, it just pretended to be.” According to its awards application shared with The Coast News by Bulldog PR, Davies Public Affairs conducted 45 different hourlong interviews to understand stakeholders’ positions on Newland Sierra. The firm then crafted a sixmonth campaign, based on what it learned from those interviews, saying that it believed that made the difference in getting the sought county permit. That Davies Public Affairs campaign included helping to create a website, disseminating direct mail materials, helping plan community events, doing a phone call campaign and more. Davies Public Affairs has posted one of its infor-

mational brochures online, which emphasizes family life and tranquil cohabitation with nature. In total, Davies Public Affairs said in its application that it reached out to 5,000 households located close to the project proposal, and then an additional 4,000 households countywide, as part of its Newland Sierra outreach. Bearing the fruits of its labor, it says it gained 1,000 new individuals voicing their support for the proposed housing development. Of those 1,000 supporters, 155 came to a key Sept. 26 San Diego County Board of Supervisors hearing on Newland Sierra, with over 50 of them testifying on the record in front of the board, according to the awards application. Back in 2006, two Davies Public Affairs staff were traced as writing comments on a message board disguised as grassroots proponents of a housing development set go into a former mining quarry in Pacifica. And beyond area real estate standoffs, Davies Public Affairs has also helped high profile clients such as ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, BP, and Sprint, Home Depot and others navigate through turbulent policy and regulatory terrain. Edward Walker, a professor of sociology at University of California-Los Angeles and author of the 2014 book “Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy,” said that the work firms like Davies Public Affairs does has become increasingly sought after in rough-and-tumble policy

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Batoul Meghrazi, aka, Anno, passed away on Saturday June 1. 2019 of heart failure where she was surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Iran May 24, 1927 and immigrated to the United states September 1977. She has lived in San Diego, Ca since then and has had a wonderful life. She is survived by her 2 sons who reside in San Diego with their families including 3 grand children and 1 son residing in Iran with his family, including 1 grand child and one great grand child.

fights. “Of course, the job of a firm like this is to work behind the scenes to help amplify the preferred message of their client, typically working through third parties and coalitions in order to get their message across,” Walker said. “The work of such firms varies depending on the case, ranging from conventional PR and advertising strategies to facilitating public events to even directly organizing local residents in support of the development project.” Sharon Beder, the author of the 1997 book “Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism” and professor at University of Wollongong in Australia, put it more harshly. “Public relations firms like Davies are skilled at deceiving people and their political representatives that there is wide public support for their client’s environmentally or socially damaging projects,” said Beder, who has cited Davies Public Affairs in her scholarship. Davies Public Affairs CEO and founder John Davies said the contract with Newland has ended, concluding after the unanimous County Board of Supervisors vote. He did not specify how much money his firm earned in its contract with Newland Sierra. Since securing a Board of Supervisors approval vote, opponents of Newland Sierra gathered the 100,000 signatures necessary to put the housing proposal on the ballot for the March or November 2020 election as a referendum vote.


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• P/C C.J. Stubbs Houston Astros (10, 316), USC/Torrey Pines H.S.

• P/OF Spencer Jones Los Angeles Angels (31, 931), La Costa Canyon H.S.



“This is an all-too-familiar tactic from two Sacramento politicians who make grandiose threats to create the allusion that they are the reason for the change,” Gaspar said. “My friends in Sacramento who claim to ‘prefer an environment of collaboration and cooperation’ have instead abandoned the famous words of Ronald Reagan

sell to my 3- and 4-year-old about the thrill and honor of having their very own room. I found an adorable, frilly bed for my daughter. We hung pictures, we arranged stuffed animals, we divided up toys. They rejected it. He wanted to sleep near his sister, and she wanted company of any kind. Consistently for my daughter, bedtime was a verbal wrestling match. If I was more than 10 feet away, she considered herself “alone” and completely vulnerable to all of childhood’s nighttime demons. I yearned for visit from the Wizard of Oz to grant her some courage. Fast-forward to my son’s fifth birthday when we got

in June 2018 to shut down the units, citing a recent change in federal regulations requiring hospitals to remove from rooms all features that patients. They also cited a $5 million budget shortfall within the department that oversees the unit, as well as a shortage of psychiatrists to staff the unit. District officials said after Tuesday’s meeting that as long as the hospital operated the units without

fixing the ligature risks — which would require a $7.9 million renovation — it exposed the hospital and patients of the facility to undue risks. “Your decisions have created an untenable deficit of services in North County exasperating a mental health emergency system that was already overwhelmed,” Fletcher wrote. Fletcher’s letter contrasted Tri-City’s supposed

lack of action to the county’s recent decisions to add 20 beds to its psychological hospital (with 20 additional beds to be added shortly) as well as increase the budget toward behavioral health services. “In the six months since you suspended operations of your Behavioral Health and Crisis Stabilization Units, citing new federal guidelines requiring capital improvements as a significant obstacle,


• 1B Garrett Frechette San Franciso Giants (5, 146), Orange Lutheran H.S./Cathedral Catholic H.S.

• P Jonathan Pendergast Baltimore Orioles (28, 828), Pepperdine/ Cathedral Catholic H.S.

n our first home, a tiny, two-bedroom affair, my children were born and eventually shared the nursery. I feared that one’s noise would disturb the other, but to my surprise, my infant son’s yowling rarely seemed to bother his older sister’s sleep, and her desire to sit up with the light on didn’t concern her baby bother. Before long, they began what I christened the “baby opera.” At bedtime, my daughter and son would spend a raucous half-hour of hysterical giggling, shouting and yakking between crib and bed. They were having a wonderful time. Sharing a room seemed the most natural thing in the world to them, and I soon learned, it was just the way they wanted it. When we found our spacious, four-bedroom home here, I began a serious, hard-

bunk beds. The minute it was stacked up, my daughter began negotiations with her brother for occupation of the top bunk. I insisted that because they were his beds, he could at any time demand his right to the top bunk and she could either sleep below or go back to her own room. Lucky for her, my son was a classic, adoring, younger sibling void of any slumlord instincts, which might have cost her several years’ allowance. In the top bunk, she claimed, no monsters can get her, or at least she can see them coming in time to holler for help. There was no mention of the fact that she is content to leave her brother down below for diversionary bait. She occupies the penthouse every night. To show her noblesse oblige, she occasionally grants him the privilege of sleeping up there with her. When I can set aside my annoyance, I realize how cute they are, all

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• C Korey Lee Houston Astros (1st round, 32nd overall), UC Berkeley/Vista H.S.

• P Connor Lunn St. Louis Cardinals (11, 335), USC/Cathedral Catholic H.S.

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VISTA HIGH product Korey Lee, a catcher at Cal, was the top pick of the Houston Astros. Photo via Twitter

• SS Cole Roberts San Diego Padres (38, 1,133), Santa Fe Christian • OF Mac Bingham Chicago Cubs (40/1,212), Torrey Pines H.S. who said ‘There’s no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.’” Tri-City’s board of directors voted last year in August to suspend the hospital’s 18-bed behavioral health unit and 12-person crisis stabilization unit, which had already shut down with the county’s approval. The closure went into effect Oct. 2. Tri-City Healthcare District originally voted

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curled up side by side. They are happy. I am mostly content. I use my daughter’s frilly bed to fold and sort laundry. Getting them to sleep at night has lost most of its struggle. Still, I do find the whole situation puzzling. I grew up believing that all children long for their own room, and it was the ultimate luxury. My two children are some kind of throwback to the Waltons, for crying out loud. Their comfort in sharing one small room, and sometimes one small bed, almost makes me feel like the most wasteful, self-indulgent, spoiled creature on Earth. Pass me that box of bonbons, will you? My nails are wet.

the County has made those same capital upgrades at the San Diego Psychological Hospital and obtained accreditation from Joint Commission this past February,” Fletcher wrote. “This compliance is not insurmountable ... Despite this significant achievement, the closure of psychiatric beds at Tri-City during this same time frame ensured no true regional progress as the gain was cancelled out by your deficit.”

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Bitmo app aims to change the gift card game ting a consumer back into the store, they will spend more money, which is an added value to the retailer. “Rather than a prepaid store of liability, we store all the value in a fungible asset,” he added. “What that fungible asset means is … it’s held like in a bank account until the point of redemption.” Now, if a user gifts another user to a specific store, the recipient can “exchange” the card for a different retailer. How the app works is a user connects their bank account to the app, then buys a gift card and sends it to a friend or family member. In addition, Bitmo works with the retailers to drive traffic through incentives, such as increasing the value of the gift card, at no added charge to the users. “It’s all about how we give a little bit more for all of our users, all of our customers and for all of our retail partners,” Smallwood said. “They want to get customers in the store, engage them and get them into loyalty programs.”

a faster rate than industry standard. “They loved the idea,” Smallwood said. “The results were phenomenal. The No. 1 piece of information they gave us was hey, ‘we’d like to use this beyond the walls.’ That’s when we started to grow the user base.” Since then, Smallwood and company have expanded the team along with funding. Bitmo recently secured $3 million in seed funding

in its second go round of landing capital investment. As for its revenues, the retailers pay Bitmo to engage and drive those consumers to their stores. As for users, Bitmo targets millennials and is growing at an accelerated rate. Smallwood said company projections call for more than 1 million users by the end of the year; although he said the company may smash those targets by double or triple.

The company has 132 retailers on board with the app including such heavyweights like Nike, Nordstrom, Old Navy and Regal Cinemas. The value Bitmo provides is cutting down on the losses, getting people into the stores and reducing the amount of time people use to redeem the cards. To cut into the 40%, customers must get back into the store to spend the money. In addition, Smallwood said it’s likely by get-
















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VISTA — The Vista Irrigation District board of directors saluted a customer for her entry in the district’s WaterSmart Landscape Contest. The annual contest recognizes outstanding water-wise residential landscapes based on the criteria of overall attractiveness, appropriate plant selection, design, appropriate maintenance, and efficient methods of irrigation. Deborah Brandt received the “Best in District” award. Brandt replaced her water and maintenance intensive lawn with a WaterSmart landscape, which saved both water and money and reduced the amount of time she spent on yard maintenance. By including contrasting elements, such as cactus, river rock and wood chips, against a backdrop of dramatic magenta, purple and striking orange, Brandt transformed her yard into an array of textures and colors. Brandt chose low maintenance plant varieties that grow easily and require little care or trimming, providing her landscape “yearround colorful contrast of form, shape and color.” Plant selection included a variety of agaves, cactus, yuccas and ornamental grasses, such as Pink Muhly and Pony Tail grass, Sea Lavender, Calandrinia Grandiflora, Bird of Paradise and Sticks on Fire (also called Firestick). Brandt said she has really enjoyed receiving so many compliments on her yard transformation from friends and neighbors.

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CARLSBAD — They are changing the way gifting is done. The city’s latest tech sensation, Bitmo, is redefining the gift card industry through its mobile platform. Bitmo is an app allowing users to send custom gift cards and exchange unwanted ones for other brands. Owner Michael Smallwood started the project less than two years ago after speaking with retailers about the industry. Gift cards are a $160 billion industry, but Smallwood said 40% of the money is either lost or never redeemed. Through his previous career experience, Smallwood was plugged in to growing mobile products and services. He saw an opportunity in the gift card market to solve several problems. “Having been in mobile software for, really, my entire career … there was this disconnect,” he said. “Essentially it’s been unchanged for 25 years. Everybody had the same concerns. Loss is a big problem.”


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Hitting the roads less traveled across the United States hit the road e’louise ondash


few weeks ago I attended a gathering and was introduced to a friend of a friend. “Oh, aren’t you the one who writes that travel column?” she asked. “Guilty,” I said. Her face lit up. “You write about the weirdest places,” she said. “I love reading about them.” And I like visiting them — but don’t call them weird; call them off-thebeaten-path because you can be assured that you won’t be fighting the Disneyland-Yosemite-Grand Canyon crowds. Even better, you’ll meet incredible people, make great memories and bring home wonderful stories. For your next vacation, think about these destinations which you’ll find along FANTASTIC ROCK formations are everywhere along the trail in the Colorado National Monument, just a few minutes’ drive from Grand Junction. Photo by E’Louise Ondash the roads-less-traveled:


This charming town of 44,000 in the northwest corner of New Mexico hugs the bucolic Animus River and is notable for its 58 leafy parks, mammoth Russian olive trees and stately cottonwoods.

DON’T MISS: Lake Farmington (kayaks and paddleboats); and Farmington Museum (heaven for amateur paleontologists). GOOD EATS: Three Rivers Eatery & Brewhouse. NEARBY: Chaco Culture National Historical Park; Shiprock Pinnacle;

Four Corners Monument; Aztec Ruins National Monument and paleontological paradise Bisti Wilderness.

Colorado and Gunnison rivers against the stunning Book Cliffs that changes colors at sunset. Farmers discovered it’s a most perfect place for growing fruit Grand Junction and making wines. This town of 59,000 in Hence the popularity of central western Colorado agritourism and wine-tastsits at the junction of the ing. DON’T MISS:Palisades Peaches and the farm’s museum; the eclectic, walkable, art-heavy downtown; and kayaking on the Colorado. NEARBY: Colorado National Monument, with its other-worldly rock formations and comfortable trails.


Yes, that Lodi, but you won’t feel stuck there if you go. More likely you’ll want to linger in any of the 80 wineries that cultivate the area’s 100,000 acres of vineyards. While visitors in the Napa Valley are sitting in traffic, you’ll be enjoying open roads, expansive views of the Sierras, easyto-digest history lessons at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum, and the redwoods of the lush Micke Grove Japanese Garden. DON’T MISS: Kayaking on Lodi Lake and the meandering Mokelumne Riv-

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er; bicycling to Sacramento (it’s flat!); and Lodi’s downtown murals. GOOD EATS: Root beer floats at the original A&W (check out the nostalgic collection of A&W paraphernalia). STAY AND DINE: Wine & Roses, a boutique hotel with elegant, manicured grounds and restaurant, where innovative cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients is the rule.


This tiny fishing town in Maine is on the way to nowhere unless you’re headed for the furthest eastern point in the continental United States. Visiting the West Quoddy Head Light(house) gives you bragging rights for seeing the sun rise before anyone else in the country. Exceptionally high and low tides make for dramatic coastline. DON’T MISS: Hiking in Quoddy Head State Park. NEARBY: The loneliest border check in the country takes you over the bridge into Canada and to Campobello, the childhood summer home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Many of the former president’s personal effects are on display. GOOD EATS: Great “chowdah” and seafood everywhere.


A revived South Dakota town (thanks to local casinos) of barely 1,300 that is layers deep in Western history and beautifully restored 19th century buildings. DON’T MISS: Days of ’76 Museum (check out the hearse collection); elegant home of Harris Franklin, wealthy businessman; and the views from historic Mount Moriah Cemetery, last home of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and other Western legends. Sign up for behind-the-scenes tours that take visitors into the city’s archives and historic buildings. NEARBY: Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Black Hills (I promise you’ll be impressed). BIG EVENTS: Wild Bill Days (mid-June) and Days of ’76 Rodeo (late July). For more travel talk, visit ondash. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@

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2 deputies Palomar student housing survey raises questions acquitted of assault By Steve Horn

VISTA — A pair of San Diego County sheriff’s deputies who were accused of assaulting two handcuffed men during an arrest in Vista last year were acquitted June 4 of misdemeanor assault charges. Nicholas Morgan, 27, and Joshua Nahan, 31, could potentially have faced jail time had they been convicted of assault without lawful necessity by an officer involving the May 7, 2018, arrests of Gerardo Martinez Jr., then 24, and his father, Gerardo Martinez Sr., then 50. Morgan had faced two counts for allegedly assaulting both men, while Nahan was charged with one count for allegedly assaulting the elder Martinez. The father and son were arrested after the deputies responded to a domestic violence call, in which Martinez Jr’s girlfriend told a dispatcher that he’d punched her and refused to let her out of their apartment. A 22-second video shot by a bystander appeared to show the deputies shoving Martinez Sr. into a wooden fence while his son was pinned on a concrete sidewalk and repeatedly struck in the head. Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh told jurors the footage, which garnered widespread public attention, showed the deputies displaying an “unreasonable and unnecessary” amount of force. Defense attorney Michael Begovich told the jury that the deputies were involved in a “chaotic, dangerous situation with two subjects actively resisting.” Begovich played a series of clips from the 911 call Martinez’s girlfriend made, in which he can be overheard saying several times that he was “not going to jail over this.” “Had (Martinez Jr.) cooperated with law enforcement, had he followed the commands, we wouldn't be here today, folks,” Begovich said in his opening statement. ­— City News Service

ESCONDIDO — The Palomar College Governing Board has advanced a proposal championed by Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake to become one of the first community colleges in Southern California with on-campus housing. After its second public hearing about the on-campus housing prospect, the Governing Board moved to advance campus housing to a Request For Proposal phase at its May 28 meeting and vote on it at its June 11 meeting. If it passes, it will give developers a chance to submit project ideas for consideration. The deliberations took place after a follow-up presentation given by the Chicago-based firm Scion Group, a firm which says that its survey distributed to the student body this spring showed a broad appetite for affordable on-campus housing. Scion Group staffers had previously presented in front of the Governing Board at its April 23 meeting. During the second meeting, Governing Board member Norma Miyamoto questioned Scion Group on the potential for “selection bias” in the methodology it used to survey students, which Scion did by sending out an email asking students to fill out the survey to the student body at-large. In response, Scion Group Senior Project Executive Ann Volz said she agreed with the validity

of those concerns. But she also said that the firm oversampled past the minimum number of responses needed to make the survey results statistically significant. Shannon Lienhart, a mathematics professor Palomar College, additionally questioned whether “the company preparing and analyzing the data had a vested interest in the outcome” in an email to The Coast News. Volz said it is “not Scion’s practice to discuss our findings with the press” when asked if the company has ever recommended against student housing during the feasibility study period for a community college. A review of the company’s website did not yield any examples of the company recommending against building campus housing at a community college. Volz also declined to explain Scion Group’s methodology, or provide a copy of the survey questions that the company distributed to students. She also denied comment on whether Scion Group receives a cut of the revenue if a college or university proceeds to develop a housing project in the aftermath of its feasibility study. In her presentation, Volz further stated that survey data showed enough interest on-campus for over 300 student beds and a 78% rate of students who expressed interest the prospect of campus housing. She added that the on-campus housing would cost between

about $750 to $1,000 per bed and per person, per month. Anthony White, the vice president of Shared Governance for Palomar College’s student government, is currently advocating for Palomar College to develop a homeless student overnight parking program and for a state bill which would mandate that all community colleges provide the same. White said it is unlikely that student housing would put a halt to broader economic hardship facing students at the college. “I don’t think housing is the end all solution for homelessness on our campus and among students. We need a variety of solutions,” he said. “Housing being one, overnight parking, off-campus housing options, etc. Housing won’t be built for another three to five years at least. What are friends facing homelessness supposed to do tonight?” Blake, however, said at the meeting that she believes more “respectful” alternatives to students sleeping in their cars overnight in campus parking lots, such as on-campus housing, are the way forward at the school. “From an ethical and moral perspective," Blake said. "I think it’s an indictment against our society that we’re even having to pass legislation to have folks sleep in the parking lot." At other community colleges nationwide at which Scion Group did a feasibility study and subsequently recommended moving forward,

Deaths at San Marcos home ruled murder-suicide SAN MARCOS — The shooting deaths of a man and woman in a residential neighborhood near Lake San Marcos were a murder-suicide, authorities reported June 4. Deputies responding to a 911 call from a home in the 1000 block of Lanza Court in San Marcos about 10:15 a.m. June 3 were told by a neighbor that two children, ages 10 and 11, were inside the residence and afraid to come out, according to sheriff’s officials. The patrol personnel entered the house and found the bodies of Michelle Johnson, 43, and 49-year-old Tiko Masai Leal, sheriff's Lt. Chad Boudreau said. The children were tak-

en into protective custody and were expected to be turned over to other family members, Boudreau said Autopsies determined that Leal shot Johnson before turning the gun on

himself. Details on their relationship to each other and a suspected motive for the shootings have not been released. — City News Service

mixed results have arisen for both costs and student interest. Adirondack Community College in rural New York, for which Scion did a feasibility study in 2009, now has over 400 student beds. That housing costs students about $3,350 to about $3,900 per semester, not including mandatory meal expenses. Similarly, housing at Lake Michigan College in Michigan, another place at which Scion Group did a feasibility study, costs about $6,000 to $7,250 per school year. Others, though, have gone in different directions. Walla Walla Community College’s administration rejected campus housing in 2018 after working with Scion Group beginning in 2017 to put forward a proposal. Plattsburgh, New York’s Clinton Community College shut down campus housing in the fall 2018 semester due to steadily declining enrollment numbers at both the college and for live-in campus housing. Instead, that former housing building now serves as a community drug rehabilitation center. Scion had begun doing

the feasibility study for Clinton Community College dating back to 2015, but as of July prior to the 2018-2019 school year, only 20 students had signed up to live on-campus out of the possible 200 open slots. Costs ranged from $2,950 to $3,525 per semester at Clinton. Given the lack of a full-scale examination of the successes and failures of on-campus housing at community colleges nationwide, Teresa Laughlin, the co-president of the Palomar Faculty Federation union and an economics professor, urged the college to slow down and do its full “due diligence” in its push to realize student housing. “I know that the president is very interested in having student housing and frankly it’s an exciting idea,” Laughlin said. “My real concern is that it seems like we’re rushing it. It seems impulsive. I feel like if we investigate it a little bit, go to other colleges that have actually done this and seen what are their pros and cons and what has been going on, whether it has been positive or negative, I think that would be prudent.”

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he month of June has always been one of my favorite months as I love the long days that surround the summer solstice. In the past I would go big with some type of solstice celebration that involved bands and lots of good food but I’ve since deferred that to Michael Schmitt and his Summer Fun on the 101 that happens June 22 in Leucadia. If you have not been I highly suggest checking it out. June is also the halfway point in the year and a time I reflect on some of the best things I’ve eaten so far, stuff I can’t get out of my mind. Let’s start with the Seafood Curry at Fish 101. This dish is easily enough for two with a generous mix of seafood and has a mild, creamy curry sauce and your choice of white or brown rice. Given the fact that I would be happy with anything on the menu at Fish 101, I find myself going back for this one on a regular basis for this dish. To continue the Fish 101 love here with their beautiful Tres Leches. I don’t always have room for dessert at Fish 101, but when I see this on the menu I make sure to plan for it. This dense, yet light at the same time moist “three milks” cake is my favorite way to end a meal. Next up is the Quail & Grits at Solterra. This is a beautiful presentation of three crispy quail on a board with siracha honey glaze with cheddar cheese grits. Honestly, I could eat about a dozen of these but it’s a fine way to start a meal at Solterra.

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SEAFOOD Curry at Fish 101 restaurant in Leucadia.

Two doors down from Solterra is Kai Ola and their Hangover Bowl. I’ve never been actually hungover for this fish stock noodle bowl but it makes me very happy regardless. Heading up to inland Oceanside is the Chicken & Veggies plate at Carlito’s. There will be an entire column devoted to this joint soon but this dish is my weekly low carb, kind of healthy lunch. I’ll stay in Oceanside for the Fish Burrito at Pedro’s Tacos. This place is known for their fish tacos and this is just the burrito version of those. It had been a while since I’d been to Raul’s Shack in downtown Encinitas and I have two favorites there, the Chicken and Rice Burrito and of course the Chicken Soup. A big part of the pleasure derived from Raul’s is the old school “shack” it occupies in the heart of downtown Encinitas surrounded by so many new restaurants. Enjoy this place while you

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A Little Moore Café is the all-day breakfast and lunch diner in Leucadia with booth, counter and sidewalk seating that serves up some traditional fare but also the occasional Asian influenced dishes. My favorite there is an omelette with Polish sausage and a side of cottage cheese. Yes, it’s kind of random but that uniqueness is what makes it special and a favorite for mine. Plus, it’s just such a cool place. A new discovery is the Corner Bakery Café in the completely revamped Encinitas Village Square on Encinitas Boulevard. I’m a big fan of salads that are chopped and their Chopped Salad with chicken, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, bleu cheese, tomatoes, green onions with chopped iceberg and romaine lettuce with their house vinaigrette is my new favorite. I wrote about Live Culture Café in Leucadia re-

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cently and Sandwiches at Live Culture Café and have found myself back several times for their deli inspired sandwiches on sourdough bread from chef/owner Michael Zonfrilli. The Turkey with pepper jelly, Salami with pesto, Ham with maple mustard and Brie with fig jam are all delightful. A new discovery at the Leucadia Farmers Market is Frieda’s Street Tacos. There is always a line, which is a good sign, and the combo plate of three hearty street tacos rice and pinto beans makes for a perfect Sunday brunch. I’ll wrap this up with one of my favorite simple pleasures, a basic hot dog at the beach. I was strolling through Moonlight Beach recently and stopped in to the Aqua Café concession stand there. A Nathan’s hot dog, bag of chips and a soda hit the spot perfectly. Look for a full story on Aqua Café at Moonlight Beach coming soon.

like to call it “Paris in the Spring” with its garden look and feel, murals of the French Quarter and customers swirling and sipping European wines. Such was the scene recently at Parc Brasserie as a traditional wine favorite returned to this San Diego downtown 5th Avenue gathering place for new seasonally exciting menu selections. Owner Garo Minassian and Executive Chef Benjamin Navarro warmed up the menu with their finest creations, now offering a variety of seafood headlined by Alaskan Halibut, a fresh Scallop and Shrimp Duo, Branzino and Shrimp Scampi. And for fun, they introduced Happy Hour Lobster Tacos garnished with fresh avocados. Oh, so delicious! And the Banfi Wine brought out the Italian wine lovers recently and encored their enshrined lineup. Banfi is Italy’s premier vineyard estate, and the creator of modern day Brunello di Montalcino. In 1977, the Mariani family, major U.S. importers of food and wine products from Italy, noticed the decay in quality of Italian wines at the time. The decision was made to purchase 7,100 acres of rolling hills in Montalcino, in the south of Tuscany and name it Castello Banfi. To this day, they continue to pursue excellence in the quality of wines that are made from the native Sangiovese grape, found in their noble Brunello and other “Super Tuscan” wines, which were featured in the five-course Parc Brasserie menu. Earlier in the month, Parc went local with an

Olsen & Perri wine dinner with authentic French tastes on the menu. This winery, headquartered in San Diego, draws the best grapes, mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from California’s Central Coast. It was a “French Foodie’s” dream list, starting with fresh Dungeness Crab Cake with the Chardonnay and finally the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb. Enjoy much more at, and banfi. com. At West End, four nights of Caymus Wine dinners Congratulations go out to the impresario of Seasalt and West End Bar & Kitchen, Sal Ercolano, who recently presided over four consecutive nights of Caymus wine dinners at his West End location in Del Mar. You have to be nothing short of a magician and a juggler to pull something like this off. Each night was a sellout! Mind you, the Wagner family of Caymus in Napa Valley has many brands. All have a special quality and charm about them and are always in demand, but let’s give it up for Ercolano and his brand of charm that keeps customers coming back with each winery that engages Chef Noe and his special cuisine. Ercolano’s other restaurant in Del Mar, Seasalt Seafood Bistro, is just a block from West End. It will host the next blockbuster dinner, Antinori Family Wines at 6 p.m. June 2021, featuring Antica wines from Napa Valley! Antica’s old world-new world blended approach, combines 630 years of Italian wines with modern Napa Valley techniques, to craft a five-star treasure in Antica’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Seasalt’s pan-seared Sea Bass highlights the five-course dinner, offered for just $75 per person. Call now at (858) 755-7100 to reserve your seat for this memorable TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 15

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A beer with lunch? Where to go to tap into an old tradition craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


We all know that the laborers who built the pyramids were paid in beer— there was no better way to deliver sufficient calories for the work while at the same ensuring safe hydration by getting the alcohol to kill off the nasties in the water. The beer called porter took its name from the men who used to drink it for refreshment and rejuvenation as they carried things all over London. Guinness is good for you, the ads used to tell Dublin’s shipyard workers. And any re-watch of the hit show Mad Men will remind you that drinking during the workday used to be almost required. We’ve since mostly given up this civilized practice, in part because alcohol makes industrial accidents a little too likely, in part because of our obsessive focus

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on workplace productivity, and in part because American society seems to always oscillate between liberty and prohibition. After the three-martini lunches of the 1980s, it makes sense that we would pull back. But maybe it is time for the pendulum to swing in the other direction again. After all, alcohol is good

for you. At least in moderate quantities. In fact, large-scale studies show that moderate drinkers have better health outcomes than absolute non-drinkers. The effect is usually described as being due to a lowering of incidences of heart disease. Drinking more than a moderate amount—about

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two standard drinks per day—is also associated with higher mortality rates due to increased cancers and other health problems. Drinking a lot on some days of the week and none at all on the others leads to the worst outcomes. Slow and steady seems to win this race, too. But keep in mind that a standard drink is 12 ounces

fields. In Escondido, there’s the huge Stone location, plus Plan 9 Alehouse. Plan 9 doesn’t usually have more than one or two of their own beers on, but they have an excellent guest tap list. In San Marcos, your options are Mason Ale Works near CSUSM and the San Marcos Brewery & Grill. In Oceanside, you’ve got the amazing Bagby Beer Co., Breakwater Brewing, Mason Ale Works, and Northern Pine Brewing. Vista has a higher density of breweries than most other parts of North County, so it isn’t surprising that it has several good options for a beer with lunch. Belching Beaver has two Vista locations that are open for lunch: the Tavern & Grill in Vista Village, plus Pub 980 on Park Center Drive. Back Street Brewing is co-located with a pizza place. Prohibition Brewing also has an extensive food menu and a long list of house beer. Most of the places I’ve mentioned open at 11am, but some are closed part of the week. It is best to do a quick check online so you don’t show up and find yourself disappointed.

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of a 5% alcohol-by-volume drink: One 16-ounce pint of your favorite 8% IPA already puts you over the twostandard-drink threshold. Health considerations aside, a nice beer just tastes good. What’s the point of being alive if you aren’t going to enjoy it, amirite? And there are few pleasures in life better than pairing beer with food. A single, low-ABV beer with food probably won’t impair your work performance, and it might just make the day go better. So where can you get a beer with lunch? Unfortunately, a lot of the breweries and tasting rooms in North County don’t open for business until late afternoon. Some are closed altogether early in the week. But a few spots stand like shining beacons on a hill, ready with a cold pint and a warm sandwich so we can relish the middle of the day. In a column earlier this spring, I told you about the excellent deli at Culver Beer Co. in Carlsbad. Carlsbad is also home to two Pizza Port locations— pizza and beer, what could be better? And don’t forget the gorgeous Karl Strauss restaurant near the flower


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Cox adds Prime Video app to Contour TV Wondering which TV show or movie to watch when you have some time to unwind? Cox Communications just made it even easier to find a new favorite show with its recent launch of Prime Video on Cox Contour TV. Prime Video joins Netflix, YouTube, NPR One and others in the Contour TV library of apps. Cox Contour video customers can use their voice remote control to easily and quickly access their Prime Video subscription to watch critically-acclaimed shows such as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” directly on their televisions. Other popular Amazon Originals on Prime Video include “Hanna,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “Guava Island,” “Homecoming,” and “The Man in the High Castle.” “There’s no need for a secondary device or input switch,” said Suzanne Schlundt, Vice President of Field Marketing. “Similar

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Fair Housing — A New Source of Income Protection The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Cal. Gov. Code §12955, et seq.) prohibits discrimination based on source of income. However, its definition of source of income does not include Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other rental assistance. In July 2018, the San Diego City Council amended the Municipal Code to add a Source of Income Ordinance (SOI), which includes Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance as a protected source of income. Effective August 1, 2019, landlords with rental properties in the City of San Diego cannot decline a tenant based only on the household receiving rental assistance from a government or nonprofit administered program. What Kind of Rental Assistance is Covered under San Diego’s New Protec-

tion? THE MUNICIPAL CODE STATES: Source of income means all lawful, verifiable sources of income, or rental assistance from any federal, state, local, or nonprofit-administered benefit or subsidy program, or any financial aid from any rental assistance program, homeless assistance program, security deposit assistance program, or housing subsidy program, whether paid directly to the program participant, landlord, or representative of either. This includes Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers; non-profit rental subsidies issued by organizations such as those assisting Veterans, seniors, and individuals experiencing homelessness or with disabilities; and security deposit assistance programs.

ifornia’s state legislature is considering a bill that would create statewide source of income protection. SB 329 (Mitchell) would add to the list of protected sources of income the following: income paid directly to a landlord by a federal, state or local housing assistance program, including the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The bill passed in the Senate and is currently being considered in the Assembly. For More Information please call: The Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Source of Income Hotline: (833) 801-4420 HOUSING PROVIDERS are no longer allowed to state a preference for tenants without a housing subsidy. TTY (877) 734-2929 / Courtesy photo For more information visit WHAT DOES IT MEAN preference for tenants with- sistance. sourceofincome. FOR HOUSING out a housing subsidy. Nor The Legal Aid Society PROVIDERS? may housing providers treat PENDING STATE of San Diego Inc. offices are tenants who receive rental LEGISLATION In addition to San Di- accessible to persons with Housing providers are assistance different than no longer allowed to state a those who do not receive as- ego’s local ordinance, Cal- disabilities.

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work, according to SANDAG. Ikhrata said this data will help determine what type of plan the agency presents as a proposal for its updated transit plan. “This data that we are bringing in is going to be even more important as we move into the 5 Big Moves and what each one of them means based on this data,” said Ikhrata. “This is all going to lead into what kind of future transportation system we’re going to move forward with.” But Debra Rosen, president and CEO of the North

San Diego Business Chamber, said she thinks the new data raises just as many questions as it does answers. “One of the challenges with developing mass transit in North County is how widely spread out the population is,” said Rosen. “While there may be some large employment hubs, people commute from all over San Diego. Creating a mass transit plan that can serve everyone will be difficult considering how much infrastructure would be required.” Bret Schanzenbach, president and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, sounded slightly more optimistic tune about

the new data and 5 Big Moves proposal. “One of the proposed new public transportation loops that our local City Council member has shared with us could be very beneficial to our area,” said Schanzenbach. “However, the Carlsbad Chamber’s board does not support diverting any TransNet funds that were generated from the 2004 measure passed by the voters to projects outside what was promised to the voters at that time. We recognize that transportation issues are complex, and look forward to more meaningful discussions about future directions.”

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Questhaven: North County’s best kept spiritual secret soul

on fire Susan Sullivan


riving down Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos, into the expanding suburb of San Elijo, one would never know or expect that there was a magical 640-acre parcel of open space at the heart of the neighborhood. Questhaven Retreat, with its meticulously groomed paths, fountains, buildings, statues, churches, and chapels, has been offering serenity to all those who seek it. One might miss the fact that there resides in this protected and sacred parcel of land, all that exists in the unseen world. It is literally a magical realm. Once you pass through the gates you feel like you are walking through an energetic field and thrown back in time. Started in 1940, drawn to this open space, groups of followers from far and wide would gather around the old oak tree to hear the founder, Flower Newhouse. She would speak about past lives and her connection to angelic realms, emoting an angelic presence herself. Her teachings revolved around the idea that

QUESTHAVEN Retreat’s Meditation Walk and Garden honors mystic founder Flower A. Newhouse. Courtesy photo

there is so much happening around us in the things we don't see. Coming into contact with those things we can connect more easily to the

Divine within. Discussions about how to live as Spirit on earth, and the conscious steps necessary to accomplish that are a moment by moment choice. That life is

either circumstantial or a choice. A renowned speaker and writer in all things New Age, audiences flocked to hear discussions on the deeper mysteries of life. Flower's mystical gifts were discovered when she was a young girl, and through her lectures, essays, lessons, and books, her following built rapidly when her words were published and distributed worldwide. With her husband Lawrence and a small staff that grew over time, it was evident they needed to create a center to support their mission to continue their important work. Flower was led by unseen Masters and entities with instructions on creating this special retreat center and was given a vision of what it should look like to best help seekers and pilgrims awaken the "I AM" in themselves. The goal of Questhaven is to allow guests to vibrate with the self-knowledge of God inside each of us. To find solitude and serenity in a quiet, unadulterated natural setting and to draw closer to that God. Students of Truth, religious teachers, ministers, scholars, and artist come from all over the world to Questhaven for inner renewal. When asked what message I could bring back to the readership of The Coast

News, Blake Isaac, the longtime director, and beloved steward to Questhaven had this to say. "Life is a journey of uncovering the real self within. We have got to get back to the Living Christ, not just the image or remembrance of Christ, or stopping at the consciousness of Christ. We must invoke the light of this transformation out into the world." Described as a Christian Mysticism, it is believed that the Christ energy exists in all things. It is through our connection to that energy, which is realized in nature and in silence, we realize our connection to all things. That we are All One. Spending time at this retreat center, that is open to a public that is open to it, helps expedite that journey. "There is an accelerated spiritual growth that comes by being connected to the Questhaven energies, no less powerful than Mr. Shasta, Peru, or Sedona," says Gary Palisch, who lived onsite for three years as a steward and ambassador to the retreat center. All of the land at Questhaven is sacred, with 5 miles of trails to connect Spirit and Soul. Because of Flower and Lawrence Newhouse, it will never be developed because of a land agreement with the Escondido Creek Conservancy. The Christward Ministry

is the nonprofit, non-denominational organization that was founded here by the Newhouses. There is currently an academy on site that serves as a school of Ministry, a retreat center with some overnight accommodations, a friendship hall and Sunday services in the Church of the Holy Quest. When you are ready for a visit, please adhere to devout and reverent silence. There is a gift shop that serves as a welcome center, and three pools representing Peace, Reverence, and Love that have been constructed with drought-tolerant native plants around the waterfalls. This first stop on the path will prepare the visitor for the loving exchange of energies available on the site. It is and always has been for those spiritual seekers that are drawn here. It is not by chance you will find yourself here. Whoever is meant to find it will find it. Whether it is in the church sanctuary, the labyrinth, one of the meditation trails or the I AM path below the loving stare of the bronze statue of Christ, your quest for enlightenment will be enhanced by a visit to Questhaven. Soul on Fire will hear from Soul of Yoga on our next discovery, as we continue our quest for enlightenment in North County.

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Community encourages seniors to have it all ESCONDIDO — The phrase “the golden years” brings to mind images of relaxation — a chapter in life free of stress for seniors when they can fully enjoy all that life has to offer. However, for many, those years are anything but golden. The isolation many seniors experience can lead to physical and emotional health issues. One local senior living community, Cypress Court, has distinguished itself as being a place where seniors with varying needs can truly live those years as they are meant to be lived. “We offer exceptional independent living, as well as personalized assisted living,” Executive Director Donna Daniel-Herr said. “We are especially proud of our ability to allow people to age gracefully, with dignity and independence, even if they require differ-

ent levels of attention. With couples, this alleviates a lot of stress and isolation that goes handin-hand with the caregiver role, as they get support to be able to remain together as they have transitioning needs.” One main concern for seniors is the idea that there is a loss of freedom that can come with moving to a senior community. The staff at Cypress Court works with each resident to ensure that they have a level of independence that works for them. With on-site licensed care services and all-day dining as well as scheduled transportation and checkins, residents are able to stay on campus for anything they need, as well as continue to be a part of their greater community if they choose. This allows residents more liberty to enjoy themselves, without


cratic Club with a request for a different date. “We have been a very cordial set of candidates so far, with everyone focused on the issues and qualifications, so I will not be surprised if (Diaz and Griffith) choose to continue operating with good sportsmanship and fairness and support my request to postpone this forum to the July or August meeting,” wrote Lawson-Remer. “Or, alternatively, to hold it on another day in July in conjunction with other clubs in the area so that we maximize attendance and participation.” She closed the email by asking Diaz and Griffith how they preferred to proceed. According to the email chain, only Griffith responded. “There has been no coordination from the Escondido Democratic Club with the candidates on this matter,” wrote Griffith in a May 22 email. “I do not feel that it is


“I would have loved to have some of my candidate colleagues so that you could see the difference between our level of knowledge and our ability to answer questions … ,” said Diaz. “That said, if you have candidates who do not make themselves available, right off the bat you should understand that’s not a candidate who’s doing to be able to make it in the long run.” Griffith and Lawson-Remer, though, said they see the story as a bit more complicated. Lawson-Remer told The Coast News she could not attend due to a professional speaking commitment predating her decision to run for office. In an email dated May 20 provided to The Coast News by Griffith, she wrote that she responded to the May 8 email invitation from the Escondido Demo-

the hassles of vacuuming the house, getting the roof repaired, or the leaky sink fixed — it’s all now taken care of. The Cypress Club Restaurant is open dai-

ly from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with delicious meals that can accommodate dietary needs such as gluten-free or heart healthy diets. “We have expansive offerings, and our chef designs dishes

that support not just overall health but brain health as well,” Daniel-Herr said. The Horizons Wellness program is just one of the ways Cypress Court encourages building relationships through engagement and support with cognitive changes. “Studies have shown that typically seniors live longer, healthier, and happier lives when they move into a retirement community, much of this is related to the social interaction intrinsic to the setting of independent and assisted living,” Catt Babinski, Sales Director said. “We offer activity-based programs to help our residents stay engaged and active, while having an absolute blast!” At 3 p.m. June 25, Cypress Court will host a guest speaker from the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego for an informative session on lifestyle

appropriate to have a forum when another Democratic candidate can not attend. I believe in fairness especially when I respect my other opponents. If we can not change the date to include all of us, I will sit out on this forum.” According to a follow-up email provided to The Coast News by Griffith, seeing no change in the scheduled date of the forum, he decided to pull out due to an expressed desire to keep the process “fair and inclusive.” “I'm sorry that I will not attend. We could have coordinated a date when all the candidates could attend,” wrote Griffith in a May 30 email. “We have enough time for an alternative date. I am saddened that we could not come together as Democrats to solve this matter.” With only one candidate left in the forum, the League of Women Voters also backed out. Lawson-Remer says that

she believes more efforts should be made to ensure candidates can attend Democratic Club meetings and make the case for endorsement. “I think it’s important to support an inclusive and truly democratic process that proactively creates opportunities for working people to participate — most people who work cannot just show up when they have non-negotiable job responsibilities,” she said. “That’s what democracy is about — creating the conditions to make it easy for people to participate, and encouraging maximum participation— not inflexible rules that exclude diverse voices.” The June 8 meeting was not the first time a controversy had arisen between the tandem of Lawson-Remer and Griffith, juxtaposed with Diaz, as it relates to the Escondido Democratic Club’s endorsement process. And it predates the May

membership meeting timeline offered by Tomasi. According to an email provided by Griffith, Diaz had sought the Escondido club’s endorsement at the April meeting. The club had a vote scheduled at that time, but Griffith said he asked for the County Democratic Party’s leadership to intervene just days before and it was called off. According to County Democratic Party bylaws, all primary candidates for an elected office must receive the “date, time, and place of the club’s meetings and of the club’s endorsement process” at least five days prior to the meeting. A North County-based Democratic activist who requested anonymity due to involvement in the race noted that Diaz had a long-standing relationship with Tomasi, the latter also a member of the Escondido Union School District Board, saying it could explain the ear-

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN that seniors typically live longer, healthier, and happier lives when they move into a retirement community. Courtesy photo

choices that can help maintain your brain and body health as you age. The event is open to the public and will educate about research in the areas of diet, proper nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, and hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. “We also welcome our guests to stay for dinner afterwards,” Babinski said. “All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes!” Cypress Court of Escondido is located at 1255 North Broadway. For more information on the upcoming presentation on Healthy Living Brain and Body by the Alzheimer’s Association, call (760) 7471940 or visit RSVP by June 19 as space is limited. ly push for an endorsement from the Escondido club. Cody Petterson, president of the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, said there are many reasons why getting an endorsement from a local club is important. But perhaps first among them is that it can help for branding. “Right off the top, you get to put it on your campaign literature, so if it’s a club that’s influential or it says something important about who you are that they would support you, you can put that on your literature,” said Petterson. Petterson also said that, all maneuvering aside, it was always most likely that Diaz would get the endorsement of her hometown club. “Once you understand the dynamics (of the club endorsement process), it can be pretty obvious which way a club is going to go and if it doesn’t go that way, it can be pretty shocking,” he said.


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cal art news Bob Coletti front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others. According to the old kahunas (priests), being able to live the Spirit of Aloha was a

Surf Art/The Aloha Spirit June 23 - Aug. 17 at Front Porch Gallery at 2903 Carlsbad Blvd.


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Mission Federal Credit Union has partnered with California Center for the Arts, Escondido to bring “Musica En La Plaza,” a free community series with Banda Reyna Del Rio, 7-10 p.m. June 28 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. The series brings live music, dancing, tacos and tequila to the California Center for the Arts.


The Desperado Show (Eagles tribute) returns to the Belly Up stage at 9 p.m. June 22 at the Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Santana Ways opens the show. Tickets are $18/$20 and may be purchased at the venue’s box office, by phone at (858) 4818140 or online at bellyup. com. The show is 21+.


Celebrate Summer 2019 at the Home and Garden Tour fundraiser, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 22 at the museum-quality home and gardens of Darrell and Loren Dixon. Tickets are $25, checks payable to Woman's Club of Vista. Address provided upon payment. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Contact Amanda Jones at (760) 586-8655 or mandaJUNE 21 for reservation. Tickets are transferCONCERTS IN THE PARK Carlsbad Cultural Arts able.

way of reaching self-perfection and realization for our own body and soul. The Front Porch Gallery’s new exhibit, “Surf Art/ The Aloha Spirit” captures this sentiment in a collection of work by local surf arists who have shaped thier life’s and careers around the Aloha Spirit. Exhibit includes art work by Mike Doyle, Wade Koniakowsky, Tim Bessell, Jim Phillips, Kevin Anderson, James Daigh, Letty Nowak and Angela Jackson.


Register now for the Performing Arts Camp at Village Church Community Theater Camp that will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 to July 19 daily at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Cost is $160. There will be a Youth Camp and a Teen Camp. Register at Auditions for registered campers interested in singing a solo, a speaking role or a dancing role, will be held 2 to 5 p.m. June 22. SUMMER ART CAMPS

Lux Art Institute offers summer art camps for ages 4 to 7, a STEAM art camps for ages 8 to 12, Youth Studio for ages 10 to 15 and Teen Ceramics for ages 12-17. For registration and informa-


You may register now for the Oceanside Museum Of Art Summer Art Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, July 8 to July 26. Cost is $350 per week. Young artists ages 7 to 15 can choose from Week At The Living Museum July 8 to July 12, Sky-High Puppet Masters July 15 to July 19 or DIY Fashion Week, July 22 to July 26. Register at camp/.


North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “A Walk in the Woods,” through June 23 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets at https:// or call the Box office at (858) 481-1055.


Through July 16, see Pierre Bounaud’s “Glazed/ Unglazed: Working the Ceramic Surface,” with a diversity of decorating techniques, glazes and non-glazing elements at Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.


New Village Arts Theater presents the classic horror-comedy-rock-musical “Little Shop Of Horrors,” through Aug. 4 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. For tickets and information, call (760) 433-3245 or visit www.

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