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Escondio Police Chief Craig Carter holds a press conference Thursday morning to alert the public of the risk at the Kid’s Castle Day Care Center on Matinal Road in Rancho Bernardo. Children enrolled at the daycare were victims of child pornography. Photo by Ellen Wright

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed announces on Monday he will run against County Supervisor Dave Roberts. Photo by Ellen Wright

Abed announces run against Roberts By Ellen Wright

REGION— Escondido Mayor Sam Abed announced on June 8 that he will run for County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ seat in District 3 in the November 2016 election. Abed has been a vocal critic about recent allegations against Roberts from his former staff members. “I have worked with Supervisor Roberts for the last three years,” Abed said. “We have had a good relationship. We work together to make sure Escondido’s interests are served but when this came about, this is a leadership question. This is an integrity question.” In May, two of Roberts’ former staff members filed complaints accusing him of misusing county funds for his campaign, creating a hostile work environment and having an inappropriate relationship with a staff member.

Roberts has denied the claims and said his mistake was hiring the wrong personnel. Roberts is the only democrat on the County Board of Supervisors. He represents the coastal cities between Torrey Pines State Beach and Encinitas, and Escondido, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, Sabre Springs and Sorrento Valley. The county administers law enforcement, library and other services to the cities. Term limits were introduced in 2010, which means Supervisor Greg Cox will be termed out of the District 1 seat in 2018. Supervisor Ron Roberts in District 4 will also reach term limits in 2018. Abed hopes to replace Roberts and keep the board majority conservative.

“As term limits come to the San Diego Board of Supervisors, it’s critical to have a fiscal conservative supervisor joining Bill Horn, and the rest of the supervisors and Ron Roberts and Dianne Jacobs,” Abed said. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has neither confirmed nor denied that she is investigating Roberts. “We don’t confirm or deny whether or not we’re looking at cases, particularly in the area of political corruption for very good reason. We want to be very cautious that before we do anything, we know what we have so for that reason we really don’t talk about it,” Dumanis told San Diego CW 6. Gary Gartner, Roberts’ spokesperson said he is currently not under a formal investigation. Abed said he has already filed papers to run with the County Registrar

Alleged sex offender arrested in Escondido By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — An Escondido shopper led to the investigation and eventual arrest of a San Diego resident, who now faces charges of child pornography, lewd behavior and many other counts. Abdullah Sediqi, 64, has been arrested for child pornography, lewd and lascivious acts with minors and disorderly conduct. Sediqi was arrested after an observant shopper noticed him taking photos up women’s skirts

while shopping in Escondido on June 13. The woman, who has not been identified since she is also a victim, was shopping at Valley Thrift Store on East Valley Parkway. She noticed Sediqi, crouched low behind her taking photos with his cell phone. She then followed him and alerted police that he was taking photos up women’s skirts, which is illegal TURN TO ARREST ON 18


Feds bracing for costly wildfire season By Tony Cagala

REGION — Firefighters are already bracing for the upcoming fire season and so too are federal government departments anticipating spending anywhere into the millions, perhaps billions of dollars in fighting wildfires this year. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Forest Service Department chief Tom Tidwell spoke to reporters during a conference call last week to talk about the need for Congress to pass proposed reforms on how wildfire suppression costs are funded. “We know that we’re facing another potentially severe and dangerous wildfire season,” said Jewell. “It is no question it’s exacerbat-

Smoke from the Chariot fire rises over the eastern portion of the Laguna Mountains in San Diego County. Federal government departments are bracing for a costly wildfire season this year. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service

ed by climate change, which has led to prolonged western drought and longer, hotter, drier fire seasons.” Jewell said that extreme wildfires can risk drinking

water, threaten power grids, destroy homes and businesses, and repairing damage to watersheds caused by wildfires can cost millions and take decades to grow back.

“There’s a lot at stake for everyone,” she added. There’s a 90 percent chance that the United States Forest Service will spend anywhere between $810 million and $1.62 billion fighting fires this season, Vilsack said. He added that they’re facing the same potential dilemma as they have the last several years, which has been to borrow money from the restoration and resiliency funds — the very funds that would allow the departments to better restore forests in order to make them more resilient. “That is precisely the fund that reduces the risk long term of these catastrophic wildfires,” he said. Vilsack said the departTURN TO WILDFIRES ON 14

The Escondido City Council unanimously approves the construction of a 54-unit apartment complex for military veterans on Wednesday. Photo by Ellen Wright

54-unit complex for military veterans OK’d By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — On Wednesday the City Council unanimously approved a 54-unit affordable apartment complex for military veterans and their families. Six apartments are already on the site. They’re historical adobe structures built by the Weir Brothers Construction Company on the corner of South Escon-

dido Boulevard and 15th Street. The apartment complex is the only known commercial building and apartment complex designed and constructed by the company. They will stay in tact and serve as an office and laundry building for the apartment complex just TURN TO COMPLEX ON 18


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Group raises awareness of ‘drugged driving’ By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — While most teens have heard the message of “don’t drink and drive” many times, “don’t drive drugged” is a different story. To that end, several regional health organizations, the city of San Marcos and the County Sheriff’s Department have kicked off a campaign aimed at “putting drugged driving on the radar.” The message the speakers — including San Marcos Vice Mayor Rebecca Jones — delivered at a press conference on Tuesday is simple: driving drugged is as dangerous and carries as many consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol. “We have all heard the message do not drink and drive, and need to add ‘don’t be high and drive,’” said Dr. Roneet Lev, an emergency physician at Scripps Mercy Hospital and a sector leader with the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. “High on marijuana or high on prescriptions. We need everyone to put drugged driving on their radar.” The speakers on Tuesday said the reason for the campaign is because recent statistics have shown a rise in the number of traffic accidents involving drivers under the influence of illicit or prescription medication — including medical marijuana. According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of drivers with measurable al-

San Marcos Vice Mayor Rebecca Jones speaks during a press conference on the dangers of drugged driving. Photo by Aaron Burgin

cohol levels has declined 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, while the number of people with drugs in their system increased from 16 percent to 20 percent over the same time period. The percentage of drivers with marijuana in their system increased 47 percent over the same time period, according to the same survey. At the same time, the speakers said, drugged driving is often considered “less dangerous” than driving drunk. “It is a dangerous myth,” Lev said. California Highway Patrol statistics show the number of fatal accidents involving drugs increased from 267 in 2001 to 399 in 2011, a 40 percent increase over the 10 years. Lev urged people to not drive under the influence of prescription medication. She said that prescriptions often give people a false sense of security, espe-

cially if it is a medication they have been taking for a while. “It doesn’t matter that it’s prescribed to you, it doesn’t matter that you have been on them for years, the medications affect your reflexes, coordination, multitasking and alertness that is required for driving,” Lev said. “The problem is your judgment is impaired when you are on these medications and you think you are fine, when you really are not.” When speaking about today’s marijuana, Lev said that it is much more potent than the marijuana of yesteryear, and imperils those who smoke and get behind the wheel. “Being stoned and being high affects your ability to drive,” Lev said. They timed the start of the campaign with the high school and college graduation season, when police and Sheriff’s officials said they see a rise in drunken and drugged driving incidents. Yareli Perez and Melissa Arenas are members of the San Marcos Youth Advocacy Coalition, which was formed in 2013 to inform youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and performs tasks including helping to raise awareness of San Marcos’ social host ordinance. “We would like to ask everyone where they would rather end up after those celebrations,” Melissa said, referring to the graduation parties. “At home, in an ambulance, at the hospital, in jail or in the morgue.”

Another former staffer files claim against Roberts By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — The District 3 drama continues, with another former staff member of Dave Roberts filing a claim against the county and the first two who did so being sued by a current employee of the supervisor. According to documents filed June 8, Lindsey Masukawa, a former policy adviser, “was in total shock by what she understood to be an attempted bribe from Supervisor Roberts that she would get a promotion and substantial raise if she lied to HR.” Glynnis Vaughn and Diane Porter, his previous chief of staff and scheduler, respectively, reportedly told the county Human Resources Department that Roberts used county funds and staff time for his 2016 re-election campaign, created a hostile work environment and had an unprofessional relationship with a male staffer. Both women make the same allegations in claims filed last month against the county, a move that is a precursor to a lawsuit. According to Masukawa’s claim, Roberts asked her to tell human resources both women were lying. Masukawa also is accusing her former boss of sharing closed-session meet-


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ing information with labor unions. Roberts has denied all allegations and noted, based on text messages and otherdocuments, that Porter and Masukawa had a positive relationship with him. He said he believes Vaughn and Porter are making the false statements for financial gain. “I can’t get into the minds of these two people but … (y)our eyes immediately go to the bottom of both claims and you see the dollar amount they’re asking for and I think it’s pretty apparent what this is all about,” Roberts said. Vaughn and Porter are seeking settlements of $475,000 and $250,000, respectively, while Masukawa is asking for a minimum of $10,000. Harold Meza, the young man mentioned or alluded to in all three claims as having an inappropriate relationship with Roberts, a gay married man with six foster children, filed a lawsuit against Vaughn and Porter, accusing them of creating a hostile work environment. Meza, who has said he is “a straight man in a great relationship with a woman,” worked for Roberts as an unpaid intern for 11 months receiving college credit during his senior year at California State University

San Marcos. He was hired in July 2014 with an annual salary of $47,000 as a policy adviser and community representative. His title was changed to executive assistant and community representative by Vaughn when she took over as chief of staff in January. His retained his original title when she resigned in April. According to his lawsuit, Meza’s pay and responsibilities never changed. Meza has been referred to as Roberts’ driver. His attorney, Daniel Gilleon, said his client had “a long list of things he did for the supervisor.” “No doubt he did drive him,” Gilleon said. “But others did that, too. Harold was not a chauffeur. He got out of the car and went into events, talked with constituents about issues and was involved in research. “He wasn’t just a driver,” Gilleon said. “That’s so degrading.” In his lawsuit Meza states he and Porter were friends until she “made a vivid, obscene comment to Meza related to intimate marital problems.” Meza was “shocked and offended,” the lawsuit states, and he told her the office was “not the time or place” for TURN TO ROBERTS ON 14

Escondido limits outdoor water use to seven minutes three times a week By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — City Council approved restrictions to limit outdoor watering to three days per week for a maximum of seven minutes at a meeting on June 17. Customers can choose which days they’d like to water. The restrictions are a response to San Diego County Water Authority’s May 14 ordinance limiting the region’s watering to two days a week. It took the council three votes to come to an agreement. The council considered assigned days for each address because it’d be easier for water officials to monitor and police. Mayor Sam Abed was a champion of that plan. “It’s easier for me to set the meter Monday and Thursday and forget about it. If we leave it up to the people, it’s not going to work. We’re not going to achieve the 20 percent (required cuts) if we leave it up to the people,” said Abed. The city is required to cut water use 20 percent after resolutions passed in both the state and the county. It also was a problem with the school district, which likely would have had to water on Fridays. District officials ex-

pressed concerns that Friday is a busy day for athletics and a wet field could lead to safety issues. Ultimately the council voted to give residents flexibility in deciding which days to water. Councilmembers John Masson and Mike Morasco sided together for the three-day option. Masson argued that Escondido residents would have enough sense to know when and for how long they’ve watered. The seven minutes for three times a day also meets the required 20 percent cut. Abed and Councilmembers Olga Diaz and Ed Gallo couldn’t come to an agreement to pass a vote without Morasco and Masson. Gallo wasn’t in favor of two fixed watering days and Abed wasn’t in favor of two flexible days. Diaz said weather variability should dictate when people water their lawns. “I feel like managing the water usage of landscapes should be a little bit more flexible than just specific days of the week,” Diaz said. She gave the example that if it rained on a specific day people are assigned to water, and they don’t water their lawns, they lose a watering day. Diaz also reasoned that watering days could come

into conflict with religious observances. If Escondido is 100 to 115 percent above the annual San Diego County Water Authority’s allotment, the city will be charged a penalty of about $1,400 per square acre-foot in addition to the rate already paid for water. If the city is more than 115 percent over the allotment, then fine doubles. Abed said he’s worried not choosing watering days would leave the city open to hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties. Escondido Public Works Director Christopher McKinney said if residents and businesses are using too much water, it would be apparent almost immediately and council could take necessary action to try and further curb water use. The water restrictions go into effect July 10. If the three-day restriction doesn’t work, council has the opportunity to revisit the issue and make new ordinances that would be effective immediately. The water restrictions don’t apply to Rincon Del Diablo customers. Rincon customers are required to cut down water use to two days per week for a maximum of 10 minutes. It is illegal for everyone to water within 48 hours of measurable rain.


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Letters to the Editor

Housing now a huge, unheralded state crisis California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


n the Los Angeles area, fewer than one in four households headed by persons in their 20s or early 30s — known demographically as “millenials” — can afford to buy the median-priced home, which now goes for just over $500,000. Overall, just 34 percent of households in the L.A. metropolitan area can afford that same home. Which means that in the housing department, it only helps a little to be older and more established in a career. Things are even more restricted in the San Francisco Bay area, where the median-priced home costs about 8 percent more than around Los Angeles. Just 14 percent of all households in the city itself can afford the median-priced San Francisco home, which runs even higher than the regional median. Affordability barely rises in Marin County, where a mere 15 percent of households can afford a median-priced home. Things aren’t much looser in Sonoma, San Diego, Orange, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Alameda, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Napa counties. In the larger regions of Northern and Southern California, things loosen up as you get farther from the coast. In the Inland Empire region of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, 47 percent of households can buy the median priced home if they’d like, while half can in Solano County. The Central Valley is about the only large part of California where housing is reasonably affordable, with 56 percent able to buy the median-priced home in Madera and Tulare Counties, 49 percent in Sacramento County and 64 percent in Kings County.

By comparison, the national average is 57 percent affordability. If that’s not a crisis, it’s hard to see what qualifies. But this crisis can’t be photographed as easily as a half-empty reservoir, so it’s tough to dramatize the situation. And yet, if you’re a 28-year-old father who would like to live and work in the cooler, breezier climes near California’s coast, you can pretty much forget it unless you’re a computer programmer, lawyer, doctor or in another high-salaried job. Even young professionals pulling down salaries approaching $200,000 a year often can’t afford to buy in places like San Francisco, coastal Orange County or the West Side of Los Angeles.

Sports, Twitter, Snapchat, Hulu, TrueCar, and many more with strong presences in the so-called Silicon Beach area. They drove the price of one three-bedroom house that sold for $46,000 in 1973 to more than $1.8 million last month. Rents in the most desired areas have risen comparably, to the point where a two-bedroom apartment in much of both Los Angeles and San Francisco now goes for upwards of $3,500 per month, or more than $40,000 a year. One obvious solution might be more housing, which ordinarily could drive prices down. But with thousands of new units under construction and even more on the drawing board in the Playa Vista planned community north of the Los Angeles airport, pric-

One obvious solution might be more housing, which ordinarily could drive prices down. In part, the high pay of workers in high-tech companies drives this crisis, which for many is much more serious than the ongoing drought. There’s no sense worrying about cutting the watering time on your lawn if you can’t afford to own one. The Western Los Angeles County scene is among the most dramatic. There, realtors report large numbers of home sales now see straight cash payments. This in an area where the typical three-bedroom house goes for more than $1 million. “You’ll see scruffy-looking 20-somethings in t-shirts and jeans or cutoffs walk up and plunk down well over a million,” said one prominent realtor. This happens because of high salaries offered to creative and highly-skilled employees of companies like Google, Yahoo, YouTube, EA

es are rising, not dropping. Meanwhile, slow-growth advocates concerned about what more housing might do to already gridlocked traffic want housing growth to stop, and never mind affordability. The result is likely to be very slow growth in a state whose population increase last year amounted to just over 1 percent – far below the influxes so common in California’s high-growth 20th Century. So the state will likely lose seats in Congress after the next Census to states like Texas, Arizona and Nevada, where housing is both cheaper and more available. Mother Nature might eventually solve the drought crisis, but it’s hard to see what might solve the housing situation, fast becoming a frustrating catastrophe for many. Email Thomas Elias at

Seawall tour The front page article “Surfrider Foundation to host seawall tour” (The Coast News June 5, 2015) quotes a Surfrider news release, “Man-made seawalls diminish public coastal access, limiting residents and tourists from experiencing one of San Diego’s most fundamental draws ... the beach.” As a 33-year Leucadia resident who surfs, walks and runs these beaches I was nterested to go and take the tour “aimed at educating the public” about seawalls. The “walking tour” turned out to be a press conference where only reporters were allowed to ask questions. Only after they were done and packing up were others allowed to speak. I pointed out that if it weren’t for manmade seawalls and stairs at Grandview (which we had all just used to get to the beach), Stone Steps, D Street and Swami’s, the only public beach access from the bluffs in Encinitas would be at Beacon’s Viviana Sini, (and we will lose that if Oceanside the Coastal Commission

Downtown parking Regarding the decrease of free downtown public parking near Oceanside pier: In reducing free downtown beach parking I feel that the Oceanside City Council has very little concern for the senior citizens and the handicap. Now for access to the beach and pier for their needed exercise we have to pay for it! My husband and I are in our early 80s and have been enjoying the free parking behind Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort. We are not handicapped enough to obtain a handicap parking permit. Now if we want to get some exercise on the pier we have to park further away and walk that much further to the pier and beach. I feel the decrease of free downtown public parking will detour a lot of senior citizens from going to and enjoying the walks on the pier and beach. And all for the almighty dollar!

doesn’t approve the city’s plan to save it.) I then asked Surfrider’s Mark West if he would feel safer walking close to a seawall or an unprotected bluff. He refused to answer, saying it was a hypothetical question. It wasn’t hypothetical to the young woman who was killed a few years back when the bluff collapsed on her south of Stone Steps. Throughout human history and around the world man has built seawalls to protect himself from the sea. Would those who oppose seawalls on our bluffs also have the Netherlands get rid of their dikes ans let the North Sea flood their nation? Should we remove the levees from The Mississippi and let the cities and farms along its banks be flooded? “Letting nature take its course” isn’t always the best choice. Seawalls help protect the bluffs and beach users, and only keep a tiny amount of brown “sand” from ending up on the beach. Gerry Rahill, Leucadia

Community Commentary

Conservation, crop insurance and tax dollars By Rachael Meyer

The federal crop insurance program provides an agricultural safety net, and crop insurance premium subsidies were created to increase usage of these risk management tools. The federal government subsidizes, on average, 62 percent of crop insurance premiums annually. Crop insurance guarantees income year after year, but does not require much at all in terms of good soil and water conservation. And nothing in the federal crop insurance program prevents or discourages the increased planting of marginal land or land that is unsuitable for row cropping in order to increase insured acres. And crop in-

surance policies will ultimately guarantee revenue on every acre, regardless of how large the operation grows. Congress took money out of programs that support conservation such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, all in the name of budget cuts. But, at the same time, they spent $58.7 billion (from 2003-2012) on crop insurance premium subsidies and administrative and loss reimbursements for insurance companies like Wells Fargo, which had $1.4 trillion in assets in 2013, and Ace, which had a $2.7 billion net income in 2012. It begs the question, why put money toward conserving

the soil and water we rely on for food when so much money goes into a crop insurance system that neither requires nor encourages efforts to protect and conserve our soil and water. America needs to reexamine the federal crop insurance subsidy program, and call for reforms that protect the soil and water we all depend upon. Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, nonprofit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

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Vista auto repair shop is looking to give away car By Ellen Wright

VISTA — TJ Crossman, owner of an auto repair shop of the same name, hopes to improve the life of a struggling San Diego resident by giving them a car. Crossman is working alongside national nonprofit Wheels to Prosper to give away a refurbished 1997 Ford Taurus. Every year, Crossman finds a charitable endeavor and this year, he decided to give away a car. “I thought it’d be a really cool accomplishment to be able to do that for somebody,” said Crossman. He believes in giving back to the community after his family endured their own health struggles. Crossman is a cancer survivor, his youngest daughter was born two months premature and he his ex-wife passed away three years after she received a heart transplant. “When you’re dealing with that stuff, you realize life is pretTURN TO GIVEAWAY ON 19

TJ Crossman, far left, with his auto repair crew spruce up this 1997 Ford Taurus to give away to a San Diegan in need. Courtesy photo

Palomar College chooses Escondido approves $91.2 million budget interim superintendent

“We have $800,000 in additional salaries to bring all city employees close to

By Ellen Wright

By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The Palomar Community College District board has tapped one of its own to succeed longtime superintendent Robert Deegan on an interim basis. The board has tentatively settled on Adrian Gonzales, the district’s assistant superintendent and vice president of student services, to serve as interim superintendent, pending board approval at its June 23 meeting. Gonzales will begin in his new role on July 1. “I am greatly pleased that the Governing Board has chosen Vice President Gonzales for this role,” stated Robert P. Deegan, Palomar College superintendent/president. “I know that he will do an outstanding job helping the college move forward during this transitional phase.” Gonzales was originally hired by the district in July 2013 to his current position. He previously worked for 15 years at Col-

lege of the Desert, where he served as the interim vice president of student affairs, the dean of student support programs and services, among other titles. Gonzales holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Education & Social Policy from the University of Washington, Seattle. He replaces Deegan, who retired after 11 years at the college district, which is the largest single-college district in the county. Under Deegan’s leadership, the district saw the passage of Proposition M in 2006, the $694 million bond measure that has transformed the San Marcos campuses as well as its satellite location in Escondido. Gonzales was born and raised in Brawley, Calif. and currently lives in San Marcos with his wife and two children.

Farm tours introduce agriculture REGION — The San Diego County Farm Bureau, headquartered in Escondido, is offering tours of North County farms. Farmers will open their gates and give tours of their farms, showcasing San Diego County’s diverse agriculture, during the sixth annual Farm Tour Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20. Purchase tickets and find more information at Tours are located in and around Oceanside, Encinitas and Valley Center and will each feature four

different farms. The tours offer an opportunity to get into and explore farms that are not typically open to visitors and guests.

ESCONDIDO — City Council approved the operating budget for the next two fiscal years at a meeting on June 10. City staff presented a balanced budget and projected a 5 percent increase in the city’s revenue. “It is a balanced budget without using reserves,” Mayor Sam Abed said. The council approved an operating budget of $91.2 million for 2015-16. That’s 3 percent more, or $2.7 million more, than the city used during fiscal year 2014-15. The city has nearly 640 full-time employees that are paid out of the general fund. More than half of the city’s employees are police officers, fire fighters and emergency responders. According to Assistant Finance Director Joan Ryan, multiple factors contributed to the increase. San Diego Gas and Electric raised the rates 25


Escondido City Council approves the next fiscal year’s budget. Tensions arose when Mayor Sam Abed, not pictured, attempted to limit Councilmember Olga Diaz’s, right, time. Photo by Ellen Wright

to 30 percent over the past two years which increased the budget $400,000. City staff also planned $800,000 for general city employee’s raises. Abed said the raises are a long time coming. A few years ago, he said employees would get raises once there was a balanced budget.


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crafting north county vince vasquez


hortly after I began an investigation last month into North County’s homeless epidemic, I came across a key program working to change the way we address the problem in our part of the county. At issue is the 25 Cities North County Initiative, a relatively new program. Launched in January 2015, the Initiative is managed by the Alliance for Regional Solutions (ARS), a coalition of more than 30 North County nonprofit community based organizations that all work in some aspect with the homeless population. Specifically, 25 Cities aims to end veteran and chronic homelessness by designing and implementing a coordinated entry system or “coordinated housing assessment and housing placement” (CAHP) system in North County. Interfaith Community Services, one of the ARS

Solving homelessness: Part II San Marcos extends partner organizations, has taken the lead role in implementing the CAHP system in the City of San Diego, as well as here in North County. Greg Anglea, executive director of Interfaith Community Services, explained to me in an interview that CAHP works to break down the inefficiencies and silo mentality of service providers and agencies in our area by creating a coordinated network of charities, nonprofits, law enforcement and municipalities united towards a common goal of placing homeless individuals into homes. Said Anglea, “we’re all working together on this.” Resources are prioritized to client needs on a caseby-case basis versus a onesize-fits-all approach. Through 25 Cities, there are currently five homeless intake sites in North County, with walkin services available weekdays in Oceanside and Escondido. The Initiative also works proactively to identify and house homeless indi-

viduals on the streets. An evaluation this spring of a 100-day goal to permanently house 40 individuals/households in Escondido, Vista and Oceanside found mixed results; while targets for client assessments and assistance were exceeded, goals for placing clients into permanent housing fell short. Still, there are good prospects for future success; Anglea cites a “very strong partnership” with elected officials in North County, and pointed to the support from the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside, which are allocating subsidized housing vouchers for their efforts. A regional, coordinated approach to homelessness in North County has precedent; in some respects, 25 Cities builds off the proven effectiveness of the North County winter homeless shelter system, established in 2007 by ARS, which we continue to use today. Anglea cited two challenges to making further gains: identifying more landlords who are willing

to rent to the homeless, and a bigger need for funding for direct services. Monthly rents continue to increase countywide, with low vacancy rates persisting for North County (3.8 percent). While ARS received $50,000 in seed funding to launch the CAHP system, there is currently no federal funding available. Compared to the San Diego metro area, Anglea noted that North County’s need for more landlords is similar. Still, in North County there are fewer emergency shelter options, and fewer resources across a much larger area. While the homeless population is less visible here, they are more mobile, he added. For more information about the 25 Cities North County Initiative, including how you can volunteer, donate, or become a landlord participant, contact Greg Anglea at (760) 4896380 ext. 230. Vince Vasquez is a policy analyst at an economic think tank based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.

Palomar Health downtown campus closure possible By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — The Palomar Health board of directors is considering closing the downtown location on East Valley Parkway and moving services to the Palomar Medical Center on Citracado Parkway. The board will decide at a meeting June 24. “We believe everyone in our service area deserves access to the best facilities and care available,” said Linda Greer, Palomar Health board of director chairwoman. “As we consider this recommendation, we also

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want to make an informed and appropriate decision so Palomar Health can continue to put patient needs first by providing the highest-quality clinical care to the communities it serves, now and for generations to come,” she continued. Some of the reasons for the possible closure are rising health care costs, declining reimbursements and new legislation. Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital in Poway are both not seeing ideal capacity. Officials expect to save $20 million a year by clos-

ing the downtown campus. “Palomar Health has shown a strong commitment to the community for over 60 years, and this decision would ensure we are placing the right resources in the right places at the right time to serve our district now and into the future,” said Robert Hemker, president and CEO of Palomar Health. “I am confident this decision will fulfill those responsibilities.” Inpatient rehabilitation and delivery services would be moved to the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and service will

be expanded at the Poway location. The downtown campus has been open since 1950 and serves 22,000 patients a year. The community is invited to information sessions before the board vote: • Monday, June 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. California Center for the Arts, Salon 5 340 North Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025 • Tuesday, June 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Pomerado Hospital Conference Room C/D, Third Floor 15615 Pomerado Road Poway, CA 92064

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SAN MARCOS — San Marcos officials have extended a ban on retail pet stores for 10 months, as it crafts more permanent regulations of the stores. The City Council voted 5-0 during a special meeting on June 12 to extend the urgency ordinance that was first adopted in April 2015 to April 2016. The City Council could at that time extend it for another year, but city spokeswoman Sarah MacDonald said the council indicated it would probably not do so. The City Council originally enacted a moratorium on the stores in the wake of a pet store opening up in a commercial center on Nordahl Road, owned by a man who prompted a similar moratorium in Oceanside. Retail pet stores have come under increased scrutiny in recent years by animal rights activists who allege the retailers are selling animals bred at socalled “puppy mills.” Seven people spoke at Friday's meeting, with four people — all with pet store ties — speaking in opposi-

tion to the ban and three others speaking in support of it. Pet store representatives presented a series of presentations showing information about financing, warranties, the store’s procurement practices and information about the USDA's rules regulating puppy providers. Owner David Salinas told the council that the pet shop did not procure pets from any breeders associated with the Hunte Corporation, a commercial puppy broker that has come under fire from regulators and consumer activists for their role in the puppy mill industry. Salinas, who opened Mini Toy Puppies in the shopping center off of Nordahl Road in March, also operates a store in Oceanside that is on the verge of closing after officials there enacted a similar pet-store ban. San Diego and Chula Vista already ban the operations. Oceanside might adopt a permanent ban before its temporary measures expire. Pet stores in both Westfield mall locations in North County closed earlier this year.

San Marcos city manager, attorney receive raises By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — With little fanfare, the San Marcos City Council voted to give compensation increases to its city manager and city attorney. The 4-0 vote, which was placed on the consent calendar, gives City Manager Jack Griffin a five-percent raise to his $199,000 annual salary, which according to the agreement will be paid into his deferred compensation account. Griffin's base salary is 18 percent less than his predecessor, Paul Malone, whom he replaced in 2012. His benefits package includes a $396-per-month

auto allowance, a mobile phone or an allowance of $75 per month, 13 paid holidays, 120 hours of vacation and 96 hours of sick leave per year (with maximum accruals of 400 and 800 hours, respectively) and other benefits. Griffin was previously the city manager in Sebastopol, a city in Sonoma County. The council also voted 4-0 to give City Attorney Helen Holmes Peak a $10 hourly raise from $200 to $210 an hour. Peak works all day Tuesday and Friday mornings and as otherwise needed by the City Council, as spelled out in her firm's contract. Peak's firm, Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona and Peak, have been providing the city's legal service since 1997, and according to the contract, the rates it charges the city are at a 30 percent discount.

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Longtime furniture business bids ‘Aloha’ to North County SAN MARCOS — It’s the end of an era, and for Jeff and Cindy McGee it’s bittersweet. Their business Aspire Furniture, a staple of North County for more than 20 years, is closing its doors next month. The sweet part for the McGees is that they have finally decided to move their lives entirely to Kauai. This means they have family, friends and a Kauai-based Aspire Furniture location all in one section of paradise. The bitter part is saying goodbye to a place that they have loved and been a part of since the late 1980s. Aspire Furniture initially began as a furniture manufacturer, but since the 1990s they have been serving San Diego as a retailer and have provided quality products and service throughout the years. So why the move to Kauai? “In 2010 Cindy and I moved to Kauai to open up our current retail store and reunite with family,” Jeff said. The couple had done a lot of traveling through the Hawaiian islands and fell completely in love with the area. Their children and grandchildren are also there. “It was the height of the recession, and we decided to make this move and it has been a very positive one. The Hawaiian market has come back a little faster than most areas.” But Jeff doesn’t want his customers to get the wrong idea. The move was not about surviving, it was simply about … well, simplifying. “We are closing down the San Marcos store to simplify our lives,” Jeff said. “It was a person-

After more than 20 years in North County, Jeff and Cindy McGee with their son Tyler are closing the Aspire Furniture store next month.

al decision. It was the right time to leave. Our lease was expiring, and we had the opportunity to focus all of our energy on our Hawaiian store.” But the decision was not one the McGees made lightly. “It was such an emotional decision for us to close down,” he said. “We have incredible clients and I will truly miss our dear friend and showroom manager Shannon Mercado.” Jeff takes comfort in knowing that Shannon, too, will be moving on to an exciting new chapter with her new consulting business Lilly Mack Designs. She will continue to work

with local clients as she has for the past 10 years in addition to new clients. Aspire has undergone a major change in the last few months as they switched from a Tuscan/ Mediterranean look to a Coastal one. The McGees found it hard to walk away from the San Marcos store just as their new line was starting to take off, but there is a silver lining for North County residents. Aspire is currently offering all of its Tuscan inventory at deep discounts. But Jeff is quick to point out that this is not a typical “going-out-of-business” sale.

While the sale will take place in phases (details at end of this article), Jeff doesn’t want customers to wait until the end to get the best deals. “You don’t want to wait until the last week,” Jeff said. “I encourage you to come in quickly since we have limited stock available in each category. If you’ve been on the fence about buying some incredible Tuscan and Coastal pieces, this is the time to do it,” he added. “It’s a very exciting time in our lives,” Jeff said. “We’ve put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears into our San Marcos location over the

last 20-plus years. Now it’s time to focus on enjoying our family and making our lives easier. We are exactly where we’re supposed to be.” The McGees will miss plenty about San Marcos, but they are proud of the work they have done and the relationships they have established over the years. “We have so many friends, family and wonderful clients,” Jeff said. “I will miss interacting with all of these wonderful people.” Aspire’s closing sale will take place in three phases, but Tuscan samples will immediately be priced at 40 to 70 percent off. The first phase will take place through June 25, and will feature 20 percent off all samples in their Coastal collection. The second phase will run June 26 to July 2 and will have a 30 percent discount on all samples in the Coastal collection. The final sale will run July 3 to July 12, where 40 percent will be taken off any remaining Coastal sample pieces. On July 13, all the remaining inventory will be shipped to Kauai. “All of our special orders in house will be filled prior to us closing,” Jeff said. “We won’t be taking any new orders unless they can ship prior to our July 16 closing.” Aspire Furniture is located at 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #103 in San Marcos. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 25. Beginning June 26 they will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (760) 744-2662.

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VISTA — For more than 45 years, the city of Vista has hosted an Independence Day celebration complete with fireworks. This year will be no exception, when the annual July Fourth event returns to the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park, at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. As part of the celebration, the city will honor three local heroes with military service. This year’s honorees are: — Marine Platoon Commander Pete Peterson, who fought in the Vietnam War

and was wounded twice during his deployment. He received the Bronze Star with Combat V along with a Navy Achievement Medal. — U.S. Army officer Natalie Marchetti, who now serves the military in the capacity as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist at the San Marcos Veterans Center, helping military retirees and active duty members with adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after returning from combat service. — U.S. Air Force B-27

and B-52 pilot Jay (Huel) Oldham a Carlsbad High School and San Diego State University graduate. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for his Vietnam Combat Mission The Independence Day celebration schedule at the Moonlight Amphitheatre includes the military salute at 7:15 p.m., the Mar Dels performing at 7:35 p.m., and the fireworks display at 9 p.m. The Amphitheatre opens at 5 p.m. Admission to the Amphitheatre is $5 per person. Admission for children

5 and under, active and retired military members and their family is free. Parking in the park is $15 per car and $30 per recreational vehicle. The city’s “Light Up the Night Dinner” features a barbecue buffet at the Moonlight Amphitheatre’s Artisan Café starts at 6:30 p.m. The dinner raises funds to support future city of Vista July Fourth events. The buffet menu includes smoked pulled beef brisket, pulled pork, barbecue chicken, baked beans and

potato salad. The dinner includes reserved parking and reserved seats offering the best views of the fireworks. Admission to the dinner is $60 for adults and $40 for children 10 and under. A table of eight may be purchased for $450. Reservations may be made by calling (760) 643-5265 by June 26. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the park. No pets are permitted. Alcohol cannot be brought into the Moonlight Amphitheatre but is for sale at the Artisan Café.


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This musician ain’t gathering no moss By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — Matt Rivers looked something straight out of Americana. In a white T-shirt and jeans, Rivers sat on an old painters bucket in the middle of a parking lot in an Escondido shopping center, a Pall Mall cigarette dangled from his lips, a fedora cast a shade over his face. His guitar showed signs of wear from heavy use. Where it used to read “Stop and Listen,” on the body of the instrument now reads “Top Ten,” the rest of the letters being rubbed away over time. At his feet a tin can collecting whatever dollars and change passersby were willing to give. The tattoo on his right forearm, a drawing of a skeleton still wearing his boots and the words, “Ain’t dead yet,” he said, has acquired more meaning for him as the years have gone on than what he originally intended for it to have. “Live life to the fullest,” Rivers said in between songs. And he might just be doing that. In a few days Rivers, who grew up in Escondido, will be on the road again — this time, he said, heading up the coast towards the Pacific Northwest, dipping into Alaska for a minute and then heading east to Minnesota and finally to the south, winding up in Mississippi. “Home is the highway,” Rivers said, in true troubadour fashion. He was back in town only for a short while, he said, raising some cash by playing on the streets. Rivers has been living the lifestyle of traveling

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Matt Rivers plays some jug band music in the parking lot of a shopping center in Escondido on Saturday. Rivers, who grew up in Escondido, has been living the lifestyle of troubadour for at least six years now. Photo by Tony Cagala

musician for at least six years now, making it to 44 states all the old-fashioned way — hitchhiking and hopping the freight trains. “The real stuff,” he said. “I decided if I was going to sing about riding trains and hitchhiking, I’m going to have to do it, at least once. I did it once and I liked it. It was fun. It is fun.” But things are a little different now that he’s recently bought a truck. “That’s one of the things that I’m worried about having a truck now,” he said. “Because I don’t know if I’m ever going to —

if I ever ride a train again, it’ll be because I want to.” He’s also traveled abroad to nine countries. Rivers began playing guitar 13 years ago. “There were guitars around,” he said of his gravitation towards the instrument he now rakes his hands across, sometimes flipping and twirling it into the sky before catching it and resuming the fastpaced strumming — an attention grabber for anyone walking by. Though he never took any formal lessons, he said. Before settling on playing jug band blues, a form

of Americana folk music, Rivers said he’d play mostly covers of Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie songs. But he credits a friend of his, who had visited New Orleans and brought back some of the songs with him, for introducing the style to him. “It’s like the original dance music of the early 20th century,” Rivers said. “It’s fun,” he added. “It gets people moving and at the end, it’s pretty simple to play once you get the feel for it. Once you listen to it enough, it becomes almost second nature to fall into that beat.” The lifestyle, he said, isn’t something that he remembers deciding on, more something that he just fell into. “When I’m broke is when it’s time to play,” he said wryly. “But I’d be playing anyways, whether I’ve got money or not.” But what about when it’s time to leave again? “I don’t know,” he said. “That varies. Whenever things get stale, I guess.” The life is no harder than living check to check, like everybody he knows around here does, he said. “It’s easier, I think… maybe you have to sleep outside sometimes, and you don’t have cigarettes sometimes; maybe you don’t have all the things that you wish you had. “But you have all that you need. And there’s no pressure. I don’t have to worry about making rent. I don’t have to worry about all that stuff that people worry about. It shortens your life,” he said. His music can be found online at mattrivers.

Jerry Van Leeuwen, executive director of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido announces the 2015-16 line up to members during a preview party on June 11. Photo by Tony Cagala

Center for the Arts taking a hipper line By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The upcoming 2015-16 season at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido might look and even sound a little hipper than its traditional programming of years past. The San Diego Symphony makes its return to the Center in the new season, but this time with a twist — performing with Ben Folds. Also, Swedish indie folk singer José González will be performing with yMusic, a six-member instrumental ensemble. It’s part of the Center’s approach to try and attract a younger audience, explained Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen. The Center, which operates on 26-show season business model, is working under the guidelines of creating a mix of programming, Van Leeuwen explained, so that there would be at least one thing that everyone would say they’d want to see. Van Leeuwen has left that to booking agent Bruce Labadie, now in his second year of solidifying the Center’s programming. It’s about putting out a lot of offers and seeing what happens, Labadie said of getting the season’s line up together. Labadie, a Santa Cruz resident is also the artistic and festival director of the San

Jose Jazz Fest. “I think landing Ben Folds is good,” Labadie said. “If we can draw an audience to symphonic music and also draw a younger audience to see Ben Folds, it’s a reason for success.” Labadie found that country does well at the Center, and so they were able to bring in Vince Gill with his side project The Time Jumpers. Van Leeuwen said he was surprised that they were able to get the TEN Tenors, an Australian classical-crossover group. “The good surprise for me was that Bruce achieved that breadth of different artists,” Van Leeuwen said. While there might be competition in booking talent against the Belly Up in Solana Beach, Humphrey’s in San Diego, to some extent and the Poway Performing Arts Center, Van Leeuwen likened it to the craft brewery industry. “We don’t compete,” he said. “The more you go, the more you enjoy it, and I hope that that’s the case for us.” Van Leeuwen did tease that there are three or four artists, “big names,” he said, that will perform at the Center, though because of contractual constraints, they can’t announce them yet. The first of those announcements will come in August, he added.

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Artists group about to embark on another odyssey ENCINITAS — The building on Encinitas Boulevard that once used to be a bank — the vault is open but empty — and at another time a RE/MAX office is now serving as a temporary studio for artists. For the past few months, almost a dozen local artists have been sharing ideas with each other and taking advantage of having a space of their own to work. The whole of the idea was borne out of a frustration that Chris Fessenden, founder of The Artist Odyssey, a group of art lovers that share stories about artists and supports school arts programs, felt due to the lack of space available. But come August, Fessenden and the other artists will all have to vacate the site — the building is slated

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inspiration, that, Fessenden said, is where the deeper emotional connection between the audience and the artist and the work is. But since the group’s inception it’s been tough to find a spot where the nonprofit can grow and still be able to pay the rent. The group has had other locations in Del Mar, where Fessenden lives, and in Sorrento Valley. Fessenden said they’re looking to find a permanent home that will allow them to grow and foster a creative environment, but added that he still doesn’t know where that will be after the August deadline. The group recently finished a kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for new projects. The building is at 1509 Encinitas Blvd.

Chris Fessenden, founder of The Artist Odyssey stands out front of the old RE/MAX building in Encinitas. The abandoned building has been used as an open space artist studio for the past few months, but is slated to be demolished in August. Photo by Tony Cagala

An artist’s reception will be the Del Mar Branch Library held at 6 p.m. June 23 with at (858) 755-1666. music by Yael and Vlady and to meet Solana Beach MARK THE CALENDAR artist Susan Moore at the Know something that’s going Solana Beach Library, 157 on? Send it to calendar@ Stevens Ave. For more formation on the exhibit JUNE 19 and reception, contact the BY THE SEA Mu- Solana Beach Library at sic by the Sea presents (858) 755-1404. The Whyman Project with genre-bending chamber JUNE 25 music at 7:30 p.m. June 19 Suzanne Harper will INCENDIO San Marat the Encinitas Library, p e r f o r m cos hosts a concert in the 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets: a free gardens featuring Incen$13 at, or c o n c e r t dio at 7:30 p.m.. June 27 at door. at 6:30 at Wood House Gardens in p.m. June Woodland Park, 1148 Rock JUNE 20 25 at Del Springs Road, San Marcos. MUSIC EVERYMar Li- Tickets can be purchased WHERE The free Carlsbad b r a r y at the door or in advance at Music Festival Village Walk at 1309 the San Marcos Community will run from 4 to 10 p.m. C a m i n o Center. June 20 with an after-party Prices are $6 preDel Mar. from 10 p.m. to midnight. For more sale, $8 at the door, free Thirty musicians will peri n for ma- for children aged 3 to 12. form for six hours in parks, tion, call Bring beach chairs or blanart galleries and businesses with 20-minute sets starting every half hour. For more California State University information, go to carlsbadSan Marcos UNDER THE UMAs we celebrate our 25th anniversary BRELLAS Join members we salute the faculty who are making a of the Sargent Art Group at “Art Under the Umbreldifference in our students’ lives every day. las” from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. June 20 at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, 2100 “Seeing so many students go on to have Costa Del Mar Road, Carlssuch great success is the best reward a bad. Meet watercolor artist Mark Sherman; photo illusprofessor can have.” -Vassilis Dalakas trator Bob Coletti, the Pottery Lady Karen Fidel, from Dr. Vassilis Dalakas: Glass Giraffe Carol Korfin, Rosemary Valente and artist Donald Pallia. JUNE 23 HEAR THE GOLD RUSH Escondido Public Library Presents “Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush,” an interactive musical event at 6:30 p.m. June 23 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For more information, call (760) 8394839 or email

idence,” Fessenden said of the goal of The Artist Odyssey. He grew up around the arts and has friends that have built careers in the arts. “To have a front row seat, to observe them going from their first exposure to the arts to them becoming really accomplished artists and all the struggle, and the failure and the perseverance required to get to where they are now, I felt really fortunate, privileged to be able to watch that,” he said. That’s what Fessenden is trying to bring to audiences with the open studio and the other work The Artist Odyssey does. Making an emotional connection with the art, by observing the artist mid-work and talking to the artist about the background and their

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ere it is — the genesis of C a l i for n i a’s “modern” history and it’s in Baja California. The spot is marked by the familiar bell that we’ve all seen along what has become known in California as El Camino Real — The Royal Road. It’s the route taken by Spanish padres as they established missions in the then-New World. The historic spot is at the end of Loreto’s main street. This town of 15,000 sits about two-thirds of the way down the Baja Peninsula, officially known as Baja California Sur (South). We live in what was once Alta (Upper) California, and until the mid-1800s, there was no border and we all belonged to Spain or Mexico, depending on who won the war. Loreto was the first Spanish settlement in this part of the world. Jesuit priests built the Mision Nuestra Senora de

The iconic El Camino Real bell, in a plaza at the end of the main street of Loreto, marks the genesis of “The Royal Road.” It is the route taken by Spanish clergy as they established missions in the New World and claimed what are now Baja California and the state of California for Leafy ficus trees have been trained to form a shady arcade down Loreto’s main street, the town’s main shopping district. It offers many stores selling local crafts and clothing. There are several excellent seafood Spain. Photos by Jerry Ondash restaurants, too.

Loreto (Our Lady of Loreto) here in 1697. The well-preserved church still stands and is an active parish, its thick walls creating a cool respite on warm Baja days. We sit inside the church for awhile, marveling at how the interior belies the fact that the building is 318 years old. Loreto served as the capital of the Californias until 1777. (It was the capital when San Diego’s mission was founded in 1769.) Other missions were built in Baja and went through a quick succession

of management. After the Jesuits, the Franciscans were put in charge. They were replaced by the Dominicans who accompanied explorer Gaspar de Portola on his hike north to Alta California. Today’s Loreto is just downright charming and seems eons away from the bad news we often hear coming out of Mexico. The residents like to tell visitors that they are the authentic Mexico — welcoming, laid back, peace-loving, colorful, hard-working and proud of this historic home town. Loreto’s main-street median is manicured with palms and lots of drought-tolerant vegetation (we could take a lesson from them). A cool leafy arcade welcomes tourists to the central commercial district that is lined with shops offering handmade crafts and clothing. Restaurants and bars draw tourists with al fresco dining, cold beer and delicate local fish cooked to perfection. And then there’s the ice cream. With vague direction,

Many say that if you want the authentic Mexican experience, visit historic Loreto, about two-thirds of the way down the Baja Peninsula. The town sits on the Sea of Cortez, which has been dubbed “the world’s The iconic El Camino Real bell, aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau because of the huge number of spein a plaza at the end of the main cies found in the area. Tourists like the great fishing, scuba diving street of Loreto, marks the gene- and snorkeling. sis of “The Royal Road.” It is the route taken by Spanish clergy as colors and flavors. Finally between the hotel and Lothey established missions in the New World and claimed what are forced to choose, I grab a reto several times a day. now Baja California and the state coconut bar and am not dis- It’s been a good day, and it’s appointed. Nothing could not just the ice cream that of California for Spain.

we follow our noses down a side street and find a small store with a freezer full of ice cream bars in more flavors than I could ever imagine. They are stacked high — homemade; sweet; creamy; fruity. All those

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Would you know your favorite wine in a blind taste test? I will wager you will get some questions correct and more as you go forward. You may get all and identify your favorite wine from the group, but in 2014 only six candidates out of 165 made frank mangio it to master sommelier — you would be in the top 4 percent hose of us who en- of blind tasters. Cheers! joy all that wine And good fortune. can and will give us to enhance our lives, at one The Oldfangled point in our journey will want Unaffected Wines of Bonto take the next step forward ny Doon and broaden our horizon. ittorio’s Restaurant, Not only to learn about in the Carmel Valley as many wine styles as we district of San Diego, seems can fit into our day, but to un- to have the edge in bringing derstand and test those styles in small, quirky wines, brilin stimulating rituals and liantly made by eccentric contests that determine our small production masters. skills as wine connoisseurs. Such was the case again One of the most exciting when Bonny Doon from and challenging tests of wine Santa Cruz opened up their tasting skill is that of a “Blind best, including my pick of Tasting.� the evening, a Clos de Gilroy A simple question that Grenache 2013 ($20). It was asks, “if I cover the label of served with a grilled Swordyour favorite wine and add a fish over Crab Cake, Tomato number of other wines into and Onion Relish. Learn the mix of tastes, would you more at bonnydoonvinebe able to identify yours?� TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 13 Easy you say? In a recent internationally certified test of professional wine skills called the Court of Master Sommelier Diploma Examination, held in Colorado, four San Diego advanced sommeliers tried and failed to win the Master Sommelier distinction. One passed the “service� part of the tests, but failed, as the others did, at the blind tasting portion. I happen to have the guidelines for the Court of Master Sommeliers Blind Tasting. So here is what you need to know when going through this requirement: Comment on Visual: is the wine bright, dull, transparent. Is it clear, hazy, cloudy? Describe the color of the wine you’re tasting. With its Nose: alcoholic power, fruit, earth, wood, flowers. What do you taste on the palate? Dry, sweet, body, fruit, earth, wood, flowered, spices, herbs, acidity, tannins, and complexity. Conclusions: new or old world, cool or warm climate, grape variety or blend, level of quality, age. What country region, vintage? So give it a try with others. Discuss what you are tasting and trust your palate.

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f you have been in coastal Encinitas or Carlsbad or at several of our local farmers markets, there is a good chance you have seen the very cool Leucadia Liscious e-bikes around. Next time flag them down they offer some as very tasty sorbet and now gelato and it makes for a delicious summer treat. I caught up with co-founder Serena Milne recently to learn more.

 You are originally from the U.K., what brought you to the U.S. and Leucadia? We came here just over four years ago due to my husband’s job requirements. We wanted to live in one of the beach communities and were lucky enough to find a house and settle in Leucadia. We love the sense of community and the creative, independent and local vibe of Leucadia. It is inspiring. Did you have favorite sweets growing up there, was sorbet a part of that mix? At the seaside we would always have ice creams — rain or shine! There would be a local ice cream truck or bike by the beach and it was very much part of the sum-

Serena Milne from Leucadia Liscious at the Leucadia Farmers Market. Photo David Boylan

mer in the U.K. or on sum- regular family outing with mer vacations in Europe. some friends. It was a hot However my eldest son has summer’s day and we were a number of food allergies talking about wanting to so there were never a lot of get some refreshing frozen options for him. treats for the family. We  were discussing how we How did Leucadia Liscious wished there was an ophappen? tion closer to the beach like Well, we were at our we have in the U.K. or in local beach, Beacons, on a Europe and wanting to be

able to buy something that we would feel good about giving our kids. Something made from all natural ingredients, something wholesome. I love to cook and we regularly make our own ice cream and sorbet at home — it just came to us there and then that “weâ€? should do it. Our friends, and now business partners Stine Bergholtz and James Gilmore have a similar passion for food and we got together with them to create Leucadia Liscious.  Tell me about the process of making sorbet. With the right equipment and high quality fresh ingredients it is actually quite simple. The secret ingredient is really the outstanding organic fruit from local farms including Stehly Farms and Sweet Tree Farms. We are incredibly lucky to live in an area where we can source locally. Our product is handmade in small batches and we hand press all of our fruit. Stine, who was previously a microbiologist, is meticulous about the recipes and we have to measure the natural sugar content TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14


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New CSUSM academic programs meet local industry needs The California State University system has been called the greatest jobs engine the state has ever known, and Cal State San Marcos takes that role to heart. Based on feedback from stakeholders in multiple business and nonprofit sectors, CSUSM is launching two new and innovative programs in cybersecurity and hospitality and tourism management. Cybersecurity San Diego is increasingly seen nationally as a cybersecurity cluster. A recent study highlighted in the San Diego Union-Tribune noted that the region is home to more than 100 cyber companies which—along with the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare System Command Center—employ about 6,600 workers. However, within the field there is a clear industry need for employees who are both technically proficient and business savvy. Starting this fall, CSUSM will offer a first-of-its-kind Professional Science Master’s in Cybersecurity. A professional science master’s (PSM) is an inno-

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vative, new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace and business skills. “Local companies have made it clear that there is a skills gap, making it difficult to hire a workforce knowledgeable in both cybersecurity and business,” said Katherine Kantardjieff, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM). “Cyberattacks affect

all industry sectors. CSUSM was approached by several industries including financial, healthcare, telecommunications and defense, requesting training for their existing personnel. We are very pleased that we could move quickly to offer this unique program and fulfill a significant regional need for cybersecurity professionals.” The program, designed for working adults with classes in the evening, can be completed part-time in two years. Curriculum will be a blend of

cybersecurity courses, business courses and a capstone semester-in-residence project that includes onsite experience in a company. “Information security infrastructures are the needed fabric to insure that organizations are secure, compliant and providing protection for critical data,” said John Gormally, a major account manager at F5 Networks, Inc. and member of the CSM Advisory Board. “Cal State San Marcos is leading the way with the launch of this program which is so closely aligned with workforce needs in the technology industry.” For more information visit Hospitality and Tourism Hospitality is a global industry but in the San Diego region, it’s almost a way of life. From the wineries of Temecula to the beach resorts of San Diego, the region is the fifth most popular travel destination in the United States. In fact, one in eight jobs in San Diego County is tourism related. As visitor demand to Southern Cali-

fornia continues to increase, the College of Business Administration (CoBA) is proud to be launching a new hospitality management option in its Specialized Accelerated MBA (SAMBA) program. The SAMBA is a unique “stackable” program consisting of three phases: the foundation, the core and the specialization. The specialization entails 12 units of advanced study in either business intelligence, international business or, as of this fall, hospitality and tourism management. “We initiated the new hospitality and tourism management option for our SAMBA program after meeting with a focus group of local industry experts and City of Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall to discuss the growing need to educate hospitality employees in each functional area of the hospitality and tourism industry,” said Mohammad Oskoorouchi, associate dean and director of Graduate Programs. “Together with the local experts from Marriott, La Costa Resort, LEGOLAND, Welk Resorts, Grand Pacific Resort, Hilton and Sheraton, the College developed a pro-

fessional certificate for entry- and mid-level managers who are already working in the hospitality field.” Ed Fuller, an active member of the CSUSM Foundation Board and an internationally recognized hospitality industry leader, educator and best-selling author who served as the former president and managing director of Marriott International, is pleased to see that CSUSM is meeting the demand with this innovative program. “This is the perfect combination, uniting the strength of the University’s MBA program with the needs of the expanding hospitality industry,” Fuller said. “And, given the nature of the booming Asian hospitality market, I would expect the program to attract a significant number of international students as well.” This one-year program is composed of three certificates: foundations, core and specialization, and ends with a culminating experience or internship. For more information on the Hospitality and Tourism program visit

TASTE OF WINE CONTINUED FROM 11 The next wine dinner at Vittorio’s will be Benziger Family Winery with winemaking facilities in Sonoma on 160 acres. The winery was just purchased for between $70 million and $80 million. The date is June 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $49.50. RSVP at (858) 5385884. Wine Bytes The Westgate Hotel Downtown San Diego presents Rosé on a mid-summer eve June 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Rosé wines served with Chef Fabrice’s selection of charcuterie. Live funk music by the 14-piece Bump and Brass for dancing. Tickets are $89. Call (619) 557-3655. The WineSellar and Brasserie in Sorrento Valley has a wine and food Tribute to Italy “Una Buona Notte” June 20 with tasting from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and then a reception and dinner at 5 p.m. Tasting of 20 wines is $29; dinner is $89. RSVP required at (858) 450-9557. The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo has a Napa Cabs for Dad, June 21 at 2 p.m., plus meat and cheese on the patio. Price is $60 for six unbeatable wines. For details call (858) 673-7512. Bella Notte is the musical, wine and dinner theme at Europa Village Winery in Temecula, June 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. A gourmet fourcourse dinner, each course paired with Vienza Wines. Tickets are $85. Call (951) 216-3380. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View and link up with his columns at, and reach him at Follow him on Facebook.

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of Voters and has $100,000 in campaign funds. He hopes to raise $500,000 to face Roberts. “We are ready to roll, raise funds and send Dave Roberts back home,” Abed said. Escondido Councilmembers Ed Gallo and John Masson were at the press conference to voice

northern Idaho moving into Montana seeing conditions deteriorate. “It looks like we’re set up to have a very similar fire season as we had last year, where we saw seven of the 10 largest fires occur in California, Oregon and Washington.” Last year, Tidwell said the U.S. Forest Service exceeded their appropriated fire suppression funds by $240 million. He anticipates a similar situation happening again this year. Fire season is about 60 to 80 days longer than it has been traditionally, said Vilsack. It’s not just fighting more fires, but fighting them over a longer period of time during the year, which, he added, complicates the bud-

get situation. “We continue to see an ever-increasing amount of Forest Service budget allocated towards fire suppression — nearly 50 percent of the budget in the past several years,” Vilsack said. “That has significantly increased over the last generation.” The departments have taken some preliminary steps to try and limit risk, including working with local and state governments to build awareness of the need for individual homeowners and communities to be fire ready. “If we live in that wild land urban interface, we’ve got to clear brush and trees and other flammable materials away from our homes,” Jewell said.

their support for Abed, who was re-elected mayor last November. “Sam’s done a tremendous job for Escondido over the years, leading us into prosperity and I think he’ll do a fantastic job as our county supervisor and our representative on a larger scale,” said Masson. Abed said he didn’t originally plan to run but decided to after the allegations against Robert

surfaced. “The trust with the county residents and the broken relationship with the County Board of Supervisors will never be restored under Supervisor Dave Roberts,” Abed said. “I was not planning to run for office but I owe it to the 630,000 residents of District 3,” Abed said. He’s received support from Congressman Darell Issa and State Assemblywoman Marie Waldron.


of the fruit to work out the appropriate additional ingredients for the required freezing point. There is definitely some science as well as creative flare behind making the sorbet! And how does it differ from ice cream or gelato? When you taste Leucadia Liscious, you absolutely can’t tell the difference from a high quality ice cream or gelato. It is equally creamy, smooth, flavorful and deliciously tasty. Our sorbet is also refreshing and you get all the benefits of eating organic fruit as the main ingredient. Traditionally, ice cream and gelato are dairy based desserts, however sorbet is a fruit and water based dessert. Our sorbet and gelato is dairy free (it is also egg, nut and gluten free). We do in fact make a gelato, our Choc & Roll, which we have just introduced. It is a coconut-based gelato and is rich, creamy and delicious. You have quite a variety of delicious flavors, how do you select which ones to go with?

JUNE 19, 2015 There are some flavors, which we know people love, these are our all season flavors such as Lemon and Chocolate and Strawberry, which has a very long season. After that we really work with what is in season. It is very exciting at the moment, as all the summer fruits are coming into season giving us a huge variety including peach, grapefruit and various berries. We also like to explore and mix it up a bit. Mixing fruit flavors, infusing herbs and spices and playing with sweet and savory flavors. I first saw you at the Leucadia Farmers Market but you are popping up all over the place now. Where else can folks find you? You are right! Check out our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to find out where we are at and our current partners. We go to the Leucadia, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Vista Farmer’s Markets and various local restaurants carry our product. We also do home deliveries and events from small backyard parties and sports events to large celebrations where people can hire a bike, a server and customize our lids such as weddings, graduations, corporate events. Our Leucadia Liscious riders bike along the beach routes on

our e-bikes and will also be at Summer Fun on the 101 June 26 and June 27. You have three kids in Encinitas schools, are they involved in the business? Yes they are. In fact our eldest son drew our original business plan and he gets involved in the artwork for our menu boards. Our middle one is our biggest advocate; she is very social and spreads the word to her friends. Our little one very much enjoys the product and they all love to get involved in taste testing! We offer nonprofits, schools and charitable organizations 10 percent back on sales as a donation for any events in which we participate. For more information on Leucadia Liscious contact Serena


Roberts said everyone on the trip was assigned to a room with another person of the same gender. He said he and Meza did not share a bed. “We did not have an affair,” Roberts said “These slanderous, false allegations have to stop. They are a lie.” Gilleon said his client is suing Vaughn and Porter because they “are asking the taxpayers to pay them for quitting.” “If the county wants to do that, then they should pay Harold for what they did to him,” Gilleon said. “They are trying to paint an image of an older gay man with a young boy around him, and it’s all meant to extract money out of the county. “This is a money grab and Harold’s the one that got harmed so they should give that money to him” he added. If the county decides not to settle the claims filed by Roberts’ former staffers, the women can then file lawsuits. The four other supervisors have already said the county should not be liable. Meza’s lawsuit is not against the county or Roberts. Porter’s attorney did not respond to multiple phone messages seeking comment.


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such a discussion. “As a result of Porter’s offensive, sexually charged language during work hours, Meza felt extremely uncomfortable around Porter, and he would avoid her as much as possible,” according to the document. “Feeling shunned by Meza and fearing (without justification) that her intimate secrets were not safe with Meza, Porter embarked on a smear campaign,” the lawsuit states. It also accuses Vaughn of spinning “a deceitful story that would supposedly force her to resign” because she was “generally unhappy CROP for a way to quit and looking her job .93 but blame someone else.”.93 Meza 4.17 also claims the two 4.28 women spread “despicable rumors,” and called him “socially awkward” and a “barista” because he once managed a Starbucks. They also allegedly criticized his job performance, saying “no one knows what you do” and “no one trusts you.” The allegations of the inappropriate relationship stem from a work trip during which Roberts and Meza were assigned to the same room by the water authority, which hosted the visit.

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juveniles, according to police. Twenty-three photos of six children from the daycare were found on Sediqi’s cell phone that were concerning, according to Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter. At least two children

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were victims of child pornography. Some of the children were between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Carter called the photos of the female children “graphic.” Almost all of the children have been identified and their parents have been notified but the investigation is ongoing and Carter said it’s possible that more children were victimized. Sediqi’s ex-wife Katrien Sediqi operates Kid’s Castle Day Care in Rancho Bernardo. Carter is asking for any parents who enrolled their students at the daycare to contact Detective Michelle Mayfield at (760) 839-4926. Sediqi posted bail and was free when the police uncovered the child pornography on his cell phone.

The police then worked with the U.S. Marshal’s San Diego Fugitive Task Force to find and arrest him in less than 24 hours. As of press time, the daycare had not been shut down although Carter said he spoke with officials at Child Protective Services and the state licensing division many times. “They are very attentive to this,” Carter said. “They’re going to work as fast as they can within the parameters that they have with the state,” Carter said. Carter said parents of the children that attended the daycare facility were shocked. “The reactions, as you can imagine are shock. They say they ‘trusted this family.’ This certainly caught them off guard,” Carter said.

The daycare is licensed to have six children at a time and 13 are currently enrolled. It’s been open since 2013. During the investigation, police found more tablets, computers and hard drives which are undergoing a forensic investigation. Carter said it’s possible there are more victims and stressed the importance of parents coming forward, regardless of how long the child was enrolled there. “This is a case we think is going to get bigger,” Carter said. On June 15, police searched the daycare, which also serves as the residence of Katrien. Abdullah was also apparently still living at the residence. They found 13.88 grams of cocaine that belonged to their older son,

26-year-old Roin Sediqi. Sediqi has four adult children. Carter said it’s too early in the investigation to say whether or not Sediqi’s ex-wife had knowledge or culpability although he said the reason he held a press conference was because he felt there was still some risk with the daycare remaining open. “Her reaction was not what I would have expected,” Carter said. Sediqi will be arraigned in Vista Court June 19 at 1:30 p.m. He faces multiple counts of child pornography, two counts of annoying and molesting a child, four counts of “up skirting.“ “Based on the information alone on his phone, he is looking at multiple lifetime terms,” Carter said.


training. “The overall program of Veteran’s Village is vocational training,” David Ferguson with Veteran’s Village said. “(The commercial space) works out very well.” As part of the agreement, Veteran’s Village agreed to install sidewalk along 15th Street between Maple and Broadway and along the perimeter of the apartment complex. The project went through approval quickly, Ferguson said. It took about a year. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the project with

the stipulation that the two apartment buildings change colors. The commission wants to see more earth tones. They were originally white to serve as a backdrop to the historical adobe buildings on the site. Councilmembers John Masson and Olga Diaz both said they like white. The Weir Brothers Construction Company built adobe homes throughout Escondido, making it the city with the highest concentration of adobe structures in the country, aside from New Mexico. The California Environmental Quality Act

determines the six adobe structures, built in 1961, are eligible for historic listing under local, state and national levels. There will be 11 one-bedroom apartments, 32 two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom apartments. There is a North County Transit District bus stop very nearby. All of the councilmembers were in agreement that it’s a great project. “It’s a great urban living project. It’s a great service to the veterans and their families,” said Mayor Sam Abed. “I like this project.”


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approved. Two three-story buildings will be built in an l-shape. Veteran’s Village owns the property and is looking to house veterans and their families. The units will be available to those who make 60 percent or less of the area median income. There will be 84 parking spaces, which is consistent with the general plan. A commercial building will also be built on the corner of the property to give veterans vocational


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ty short,” Crossman said. “If there’s something I can do to help out somebody that’s a little bit less fortunate, then that’s what I want to try and do.” The car has new brakes, tires, motor mounts, a new air conditioning system, and will be completely tuned up to ensure the recipient of the car won’t have to worry about breakdowns or expensive fix ups. Euro Pacific is also doing bodywork on the outside of the car and Auto Specialty Warehouse has donated about $1,000 worth of parts. About 80 hours of labor will have been dedicated to the car, once everything is all finished. Three judges will decide between the nominees. One of the judges received help from Cross-

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T he C oast News - I nland E dition man last year after suffering a brain injury. John Van Vuren had complications due to a hematoma. Crossman restored his car, free of charge. He also set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Vuren’s medical bills. “What he did was above and beyond what I expected from anyone,” Vuren said in a video. Crossman won’t serve as a judge because he said choosing just one recipient is too difficult. “I would like to give everybody a car so I’m not even going to be a judge in this,” Crossman said. This last year, the Vista Chamber of Commerce named him the Small Business of the Year for his work in the community. He hopes to give away another car next year. Crossman bought the car for $350 after asking around for a worthy car to

fix up and donate. After all the labor and donated upgrades, the recipient will only have to worry about oil changes. People can nominate individuals or a family by July 4. Crossman asked people to explain why the family or individual needs a car. Entrants can submit applications through email at or through the mail at 1330 N. Melrose Dr. Suite F. Vista, California 92083. The winner will be announced July 18 at a barbeque, which will also celebrate the auto repair shop’s second year in business at its current location. Crossman began his business in 2006, starting as a mobile repair shop. Once business picked up, he added another mobile truck and eventually opened on Melrose Drive.

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p.m. June 23 at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, seeking input for the updating of its Parks and Recreation Master Planto create a vision for the future of the city. For further information, visit or call (760) 744-9000. WORD ON WATER The Santa Fe Irrigation District hosts a Town Hall Meeting on Level 3 Drought Allocations, Restrictions, and Penalties at 6 p.m. June 23 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

JUNE 20 WALK THROUGH HISTORY The Encinitas Historical Society will host an Encinitas history walk from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 20 from the 1883 Encinitas Schoolhouse, 390 West F St. For more information call (760) 753-5726. DEMOCRATIC CLUB The Carlsbad-Oceanside Democratic Club will host John Loughlin, Social Media Guru at its 10 a.m. meeting June 20 at the Woman’s Club of Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Parking in rear lot. For more information, call (760) 753-4082. JUNE 22 MAKING NEW FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County, a support group for ladies and gentlemen who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will gather June 22 for dinner at St. Mark’s Golf Club, San Marcos and Happy Hour at Casa De Bandini, Carlsbad June 25. Reservations are necessary at (858) 6744324.

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the median,” Abed said. The budget has been balanced without using reserves for the past five fiscal years. The Public Employment Retirement Fees System fees went up $900,000 for the next fiscal year. Liability and insurance costs increased, resulting in a $600,000 increase. While the spending is up 3 percent, projected revenue is also up $4.1 million. The city’s largest funding source is property taxes, which bring in $30.3 million. What was otherwise a run-of-the-mill council meeting, turned sour when Mayor Abed tried to limit Councilmember Olga Diaz’s time speaking. “I’m going to give you five more minutes, that will be a half an hour,” 20 through July 24, with Family Day at 10:30 a.m. July 26. Register at or call (760) 724-2280. JUNE 25 FUZZ THERAPY Fur Fix Thursday will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. June 25 at the San Diego Humane Society, 576 Airport Road, Oceanside. You can touch, pet and play with the animals or make animal toys. SAYING GOODBYE Join the Pet Loss Support Group at the San Diego Humane Society at 6:30 p.m. June 25 at 572 Airport Road, Oceanside. Sessions are led by a licensed social worker for those ages 10 and up. Reservations are encouraged but not required and can be made on-line or by calling (619) 299-7012, ext. 2311. YOUNG TALENT

said Abed. “It’s unheard of to limit a councilmembers comments on the most important document. The most important thing we do all year long is approve this budget,” replied Diaz. A resident interjected and walked out of the meeting in protest of the time limit. Diaz continued with her questioning for about 15 more minutes. Once she finished Abed told her she was asking valid questions but said it would be better to get the information outside of a council meeting. As part of the budget, city staff is looking to cut some recreational funding because the revenue projections for the fiscal year are down $434,000 according to staff. Director of Library and Community Services Loretta McKinney said the recreation division always goes through restruc-

turing and evaluation. “We are planning to reevaluate and reconstruct some of the classes,” said McKinney. “We have not determined at this point what those are.” McKinney said the department hopes to increase revenue from other means, like renting out the pool. However, renting it out will cause the water polo club and the swim team to lose three seasons of pool use. The budget for fiscal year 2016-17 was also approved and City Manager Clay Phillips said staff can return to council with changes to the budget or when unexpected circumstances arise. Councilmember Diaz said while the budget is balanced, it’s tight. “It’s balanced but we’re spending every single dime,” Diaz said. “There’s no wiggle room really.”

Come to the Explorer’s Talent Show luncheon at 11 a.m. June 25 at the McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista where third- to fifth-grade students from day camp will perform. For information, call (760) 639-6160. Preschool Party Time at 11 a.m. June 25 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, with a 30-minute story time for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Hand stamps and a 15-minute playtime plus Bright Futures Parent Workshops offered in lieu of regular story time.

Come and see what is available from neighborhood collectors. For further information contact Thor Strom at (760) 696-2821. BILINGUAL READ

MARK THE CALENDAR COIN SHOW The Oceanside-Carlsbad Coin Club is hosting a One-Day Coin Show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 at the Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad.

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on new 2015 Passat TDI & Passat Limited Edition ***



*On approved above average credit through VCI. $16.66 per thousand financed. In lieu of factory rebates. See dealer for details. **On approved above average credit through VCI. $13.72 per thousand financed. In lieu of factory rebates. See dealer for details.***On approved above average credit through VCI. $13.72 per thousand financed. In lieu of factory rebates. See dealer for details.Volkswagen Credit will give you up to $1,000 in available bonuses when you purchase a new, unused 2015 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition through a participating dealer and finance through Volkswagen Credit from June 5, 2015 to June 30, 2015. Subject to credit approval. Bonus paid toward MSRP and is not available for cash.

760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 6-21-2015.

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For up to 72 months PLUS $1000 Volkswagen Credit Bonus Cash