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Escondido officials say police reform in works

Vista OKs Sunroad proposal

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — A recent review of public records by the San Diego Union-Tribune shows that in the last 20 years, 217 people have died at the hands of police in San Diego County. More than half — 114 people — were Black or Latino. Of those 217 people, 12 people died at the hands of the Escondido Police Department. Nine of the police-related deaths in Escondido occurred between 2001 to 2011. The city of Escondido makes up about 4.5% of the county’s total population, but accounts for 5.5% of these police-related deaths. In comparison, Chula Vista, which spends the least on law enforcement per capita, makes up 8.1% of the county’s total population, yet only accounts for 1.8% of the police-related deaths in the report. Escondido City Council recently approved a $45.6 million Police Department budget, sparking criticism from many residents who are calling on the city to di-

By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A controversial commercial development proposal known as Sunroad Plaza was approved by the City Council, 3-2, during its June 23 meeting after it had been denied by the Planning Commission. The land has long been zoned commercial, but residents pushed back against Sunroad Enterprises’ proposal for four drive-through restaurants and an undetermined business. The proposal does not meet standards set by the California Environmental Quality Act and detailed in the environmental impact report (EIR), but the council found reasons for approval. Lonna Leghart and more than 50 other residents from the Vale View neighborhood objected to the project, saying fast-food restaurants and a car wash are not ideal for the section of land off Vista Village and Hacienda drives just south of State Route 78. A car wash was part of the original proposal but was eliminated in a motion by Councilman Joe Green. Last year, residents were able to beat back a proposed hotel development on an adjacent property. “Vista City Council’s 3-2 vote to approve Sunroad’s development demonstrates a short-sightedness and lack of responsibility TURN TO SUNROAD ON 5


Thousands of residents lined sidewalks in San Marcos and elsewhere during a countywide We Pray San Diego event on Saturday morning, June 20. San Marcos was one of 11 locations that held the one-day prayer event that included residents, church leaders and city officials. Story on Page 5. Photo by Tigist Layne

vest funds from police and reallocate them to non-police forms of public safety, such as social services and other community resources. Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara told The Coast News that, though he “empathizes” with the “defund the police” initiative, the city spends less on law enforcement per capita than all other county agencies except Chula Vista. Though it may not defund the police, the city says it is working with the North County division of the NAACP to put protocols and policies in place to reform the department. “The first thing we did was a review of the ‘8 Can’t Wait’ campaign, which we were already following almost all of those policies, but there is always room for improvement,” McNamara said. “Now, we’re looking at: ‘Are we doing the proper training?’ For example, if an officer has training from when they were in the police academy, does that TURN TO REFORM ON 6

Escondido, region react to Supreme Court ruling on DACA By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Supreme Court ruled to uphold protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients last week in a landmark victory for the 40,000 DACA recipients who live in San Diego County. The Trump administration’s bid to end legal protections for DACA recipi-

ents would have affected more than 650,000 immigrants that were brought to the United States as children. DACA recipients, or “Dreamers,” celebrated countywide after the decision was announced on June 18. A rally was held in front of the San Diego County Administration Building with participants

holding signs that read “Here to stay” and “Home is here.” Michelle Ramos Pellicia, an associate professor of Hispanic linguistics at Cal State San Marcos and the co-founder and co-chair of the University Without Borders collective, told The Coast News that the impact of this decision goes beyond immigration status.

“We’re talking about the lives of 700,000 DACA recipients in the country,” Pellicia said. “Roughly 30,000 DACA recipients are health care workers in the U.S., these are people who are working on the front lines of COVID-19. Now these people won’t be living in fear of deportation.” Pellicia added that

there is still more work to be done because there is a possibility that the Trump administration will continue to fight the ruling. “We as a community need to stand up for each other,” she said. “Whenever I talk about my students and community, I’m always thinking that our home is


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Stone Brewing criticized for its handling of COVID-19 layoffs By Tigist Layne

REGION — Businesses in San Diego County have started reopening in the past couple of weeks after lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19 shuttered businesses for months. In trying to creatively adapt to these uncertain times, however, some companies are being criticized for mishandling layoffs. As businesses reopen, many of those who were furloughed are returning to work, while employees who were permanently laid off must grapple with the fact that they have been left behind. Last month, health care workers and nurses held protests in response to the layoffs of more than 300 Palomar Health employees, becoming one of the first and perhaps the most vocal group of employees to speak out about layoffs. More recently, Stone Brewing, the largest brewery in Southern California, has also been scrutinized for claims that they mishandled companywide layoffs. The brewery, which has two World Bistro & Gardens locations, including in Escondido, as well as several taprooms in San Diego County, reopened their doors at the beginning of June after statewide orders forced them, and numerous

STONE BREWING World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido. Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing

other businesses, to close down back in March. A former employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Coast News that they worked at Stone for several years before being laid off on April 6 via a roughly seven-minute conference call with more than 300 other employees. “It was very cut and dry. It wasn’t a furlough or anything like that. It was just like, ‘We’re restructuring the company, we’ll be running on a skeleton staff,’ which they didn’t even tell us what that meant,” the former employee said.

According to the source, the staff, which included servers, bartenders, bussers, hosts, food runners, kitchen personnel and retail personnel, were told that they could reapply once Stone reopened again but were given no indication that they would get rehired. “I think a lot of people were planning to reapply, but as time went on, we started realizing that they might not be having us back because they started utilizing GoTab, which was something Gregg Frazer was really pushing even before COVID,” the former

employee said. “There was a lot of suspicion that he wasn’t going to bring servers back because it means less labor costs for Stone.” Gregg Frazer is Stone’s vice president of hospitality who was hired in December 2017. He began implementing a mobile ordering and payment platform called GoTab in September 2019. This former employee told The Coast News that they were not contacted once Stone reopened, and when employees searched for positions on their website, they rarely found any listings.

“We found out that they’ve been calling people and handpicking who they want to come work for them,” the source said. “They also don’t have servers anymore. They’re using GoTab exclusively. So it looks they’ve eliminated the position of server completely, at least at this point.” The source said they are disappointed by the situation, but not surprised that the company would seemingly prioritize GoTab over their employees. “Because many restaurants are in this same situation and are trying to operate with these new regulations, it’s a little bit more understandable right now, but I think in the long run, they should go back to having servers, and I honestly don’t know if they ever will,” the employee said. A different Stone employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Coast News that they were one of a handful of people who was rehired. The source said there are currently around 1012 front of house employees working at each World Bistro & Gardens location, pointing out that before the layoffs, servers alone made up about 30 of the front of house employees. This employee con-

firmed that there is, in fact, no longer a server position at the moment. Instead, orders are made through GoTab and everyone is a “crew member.” The hourly pay rate has remained consistent, but employees are now required to pool their tips. Frazer responded to the criticism. “It’s incredibly unfortunate that we had to lay off employees due to COVID-19,” Frazer said. “We are, in fact, taking a slow approach to re-hiring, as we’re still not sure what the hospitality landscape will look like in the coming months, weeks or even days. Contactless ordering via GoTab has not been put in place to eliminate positions, but as a safety measure to protect our team members and guests during these early days of re-opening. “Immediately following our layoffs caused by the COVID-19 shutdown, we created a fund to support all laid-off employees. Our co-founder, Greg Koch, contributed his entire 2020 salary. Co-Founder Steve Wagner, CEO Dominic Engels and other executives also contributed. We opened it up to the rest of Team Stone and are proud to have offered additional support to these employees during this time.”

New daily high of 332 COVID-19 cases Wednesday By City News Service

SAN MARCOS FARMERS MARKET TO REOPEN AT NEW LOCATION San Marcos Certified Farmers Market has a new location at 251 N. City Drive, off Highway 78 and Twin Oaks Valley Road, and will reopen June 30. Hours are Tuesdays year-round, from 3 to 7 p.m. spring and summer, and 3 to 6 p.m. fall and winter. To follow San Diego County health guidelines, the number of people in the market at one time will be monitored and social distancing rules apply. Facial coverings are required. The open-air market features local fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, bread, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, yogurt, kombucha, artisan packaged foods and specialty prepared hot foods. For additional information, contact Melanie Jamil at (760) 744-1270 or melanie@sanmarcoschamber. com. Courtesy photo

REGION — San Diego County public health authorities reported 332 new COVID-19 cases June 24 — a new daily high — and six deaths, raising the county totals to 11,626 cases and 347 deaths. After 310 and 302 new cases were reported on Sunday and Monday — representing an above-average percentage of positive cases to total tests performed — the numbers dipped Tuesday, with 198 cases or 3% of the test total. Wednesday's 332 cases made up 5% of the county's 6,981 tests. A “modest uptick” in the number of hospitalizations and ICU visits also has officials worried. “The sense of community we brought together at the beginning of this to slow the spread is the same one we need to summon now,” County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. “It's natural to see the spread when things start to reopen. What we want to avoid is an exponential spread.” Fletcher said individual choices to do everything possible to prevent the spread would be vital in coming weeks. Frequent hand washing, wearing facial coverings in public and maintaining social distancing would all continue to make the difference in how quickly the illness makes its way through the community, he said. Among those who have contracted the disease in the San Diego region, 1,661 — or 14.3% — have required hospitalization. A total of 456 patients — representing 3.9% of all cases, and 27.4% of hospitalized cases — have had to be admitted to an intensive care unit. The current number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital — 370 — has increased by 40 in the last several days. Of those, 157 are in the ICU. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said a significant spike in cases could be traced to the periods following restaurants opening, churches allowing services, and the mass protests calling for po-

lice reform. “These could influence cases going forward for days, weeks or months,” she said. Another community outbreak was reported Wednesday, raising the number reported in the last week to eight — above the threshold the county set in a set of 13 “triggers” announced earlier this month. Community-transmitted COVID-19 outbreaks activated one of those triggers on June 18, placing a pause on any additional openings allowed by the state. The county could take industry-specific actions, pause all reopening efforts or even dial back

reopenings if enough of the metrics rise above a certain threshold. The threshold for community outbreaks — defined as three or more lab-confirmed cases from different households — was fewer than seven in a week’s span. A correlated increase in hospital stays, ICU visits and ventilator usage has not occurred, but Fletcher said those are lagging indicators and are likely to increase if the number of positive cases continues to rise. Wooten, suggesting how long the COVID-19 pandemic could impact the region, said it may not be safe for people to have gatherings at their home “until sometime next year.”


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Opinion & Editorial

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Stand up for summer: Tourism’s critical role in economic recovery By W. Erik Bruvold

Post-lockdown realities are beginning to emerge


atio seating is more popular than ever at restaurants that reopened when governments relaxed precautions against the spread of COVID-19, one feature of the during- and post-pandemic world. Senior hours at some grocery and big box stores are no longer strictly enforced, with sprinklings of youngsters now appearing among the silver-haired. Beaches are crowded, and the supposedly required social distancing there fast became another non-enforced rule. Masks remain almost ubiquitous on the sand and will be at least for many months, but the question of wearing them or not remains political dynamite. Most white-collar workers sent home to work at kitchen tables or in their bedrooms are still there, many companies saying they can work from home as long as they like. Traffic on California freeways is far lighter than B.P. (before pandemic), but up from levels at the height of the lockdown. Gyms, allowed to reopen in most counties in early June, may be where change is most obvious. Some rules there have also been among the silliest. While reservations have been commonplace for centuries at fine restaurants, and even at some that are not so fine, they are new to gyms, but now required by some locations in the large 24 Hour Fitness chain. Gyms are getting cleaned more often and more thoroughly than most have been since they were built. Weight machines are wiped with germicides at regular intervals. It’s forbidden to stay in some gyms longer than an hour. Basketball and handball courts in many facilities

california focus thomas d. elias are now homes for treadmills, elliptical machines and other workout staples. In some gyms, these are about 10 feet apart; others create spacing by allowing members to use only one of every two or three machines. One seemingly absurd policy governed at many gyms until Gov. Gavin Newsom ended it on June 18 with a wide-ranging order for masking: Users for awhile had to be masked when entering and walking around, but not while exercising, when most persons breathe hardest and spew the most potential contagions. Many gym rats wonder why these facilities were ever shuttered, as their changes could have been made very quickly. Meanwhile, academic studies show that in all age groups, people who exercise have stronger immune responses and resist disease better than comparable folks who don’t. Said one 78-year-old regular at a 24 Hour Fitness in Los Angeles, “I never understood why they closed the gyms. This place is why I’ve lived so long.” He substituted home weight-lifting and long walks for gym activity, but says it never had the same benefits. Gyms are also symbolic of the lockdown’s economic toll. The iconic Gold’s Gym chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early May. 24 Hour Fitness, in expansion mode B.P., soon followed, firing many employees on impersonal phone calls. 24 Hour also eliminated dozens of gyms across Cali-

fornia, reopening only the most profitable. Amid this turmoil, many longtime gym users remain hesitant to return. Many have doubts about ventilation systems, as federal health officials warn that recirculated air can carry contaminated spit and sweat globules too small to see or feel. Others, like Gold’s Gym devotee and ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said they wouldn’t return unless masks were required at all times. They should be now. In business, group video calls on services like Facebook, Zoom and Google Meet were relatively rare B.P., but swiftly became lifelines for stay-at-home workers. These sessions remain common even as lockdowns fade away. They’re also vital tools for grandparents and their grandkids, whose personal contacts are hindered as many grandparents continue self-quarantining even while life reopens for others. While some psychotherapists decry the lack of personal contact in virtual meetings, others say the new services opened their practices beyond previous geographic limits. “Now I’m seeing patients in other states, even other countries,” said one San Francisco psychologist. “It’s true I can’t see their body language as well as I’d like, but the talk therapy is very useful. It’s much better than nothing, what we feared when the lockdown started.” All of which makes this already a changed world, with more shifts to come. Some will be improvements, some not. The only certainty: Life will never go back to the old normal. Email Thomas Elias at

The safe resumption of leisure tourism in North County, particularly during the coming summer months, is critical to the economic health of our region. While the Governor’s announcement that hotels can open is welcome, we also need to get our theme parks and attractions open and operating. Working together and following state guidance, our region has flattened the curve. North County residents have and continue to heed state and county mandates. Our tourism industry has been working diligently to adopt safety protocols and hotels are proceeding with a responsible reopening. North County, the economic region that I represent, has more than 18,000 residents who are employed directly by tourism. A depressingly large percentage of these employees have been furloughed and, today, are unable to

support their families. Reopening is essential to easing their hardship and getting us all on the road to recovery. I’m pleased we’ve taken a first step in that direction. It’s vital. Collectively, our North County governments receive more than $80 million dollars each year from Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) paid by overnight visitors and sales tax paid by visitors who patronize our numerous restaurants, attractions and merchants. We depend on this tax revenue to help fund essential services, things like parks, public safety, infrastructure and beautification. These are services that the people of our communities rely on and that make North County such a desirable place to live, work and play. North County, specifically, is a seasonal leisure destination. A significant share of the tourism industry’s tax

revenue is collected during the months of June, July and August when families have time to travel and the weather is ideal for enjoying our outdoor recreational opportunities and expansive coastline. According to Visit California, California’s destination management organization, without in-state options, Californian’s are increasingly escaping to neighboring states, such as Arizona and Nevada, that have relaxed restrictions for leisure travel. These are dollars that could be spent supporting our North County recovery. Now is not the time for a one-size fits all approach to reopening our travel industry. It’s time North County is allowed to determine its reopening timeline. It’s time we Stand Up for Summer. W. Erik Bruvold is Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego North Economic Development Council.

Letters to the Editor

Congress must protect the coast


s a competitive free diver, I dive 170 feet under the ocean and strive to adapt my physiology to the pressure and cold of the ocean. Through this practice, I see potential for humans to learn to treat the ocean with deep respect. In a recent proclamation addressing National Ocean Month, President Trump made it clear that all he sees is an “enormous opportunity” to expand oil and gas drilling.

Since taking office, President Trump has been attempting to expand dirty and dangerous offshore drilling to nearly all U.S. waters, including the San Diego coastline. This not only threatens marine life; it threatens our way of life and the gift we possess for people who have traveled far and wide to see California’s coastline. San Diego’s members of Congress — Mike Levin, Susan Davis, Scott Peters, and Juan Vargas —have all taken measures to protect

our coast. Now, there is a new pathway for them to meet the challenge. For nearly 30 years (starting in 1982), Congress restricted spending on federal oil and gas leasing activities, effectively banning new offshore drilling. With so much at stake for coastal communities, Congress must ensure protections from expanded offshore drilling in the next federal spending bill. Brady Bradshaw Encinitas

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Countywide prayer event draws thousands By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — More than 15,000 residents took part in the first ever We Pray San Diego event, a countywide initiative that brought residents, pastors, church leaders and city and county officials together to pray. The one-day prayer gathering on Saturday, June 20 was organized by Rock Church and spanned 11 different locations throughout San Diego County. “It brings tears to my eyes,” said Mary, a member of Rock Church who attended the San Marcos event. “During such an uncertain time in our nation and in our city, this is exactly what everyone needed. It brings me hope.” Pastors Daniel and Theresa Jones of Summit Church were the leads of the San Marcos location, along with Jason Mayer, the campus pastor at Rock Church in San Marcos. “This was really birthed out of what our nation’s been going through with COVID-19 and the racial and social unrest that is going on,” Theresa Jones said. “Pastors, city officials and people in the community decided that we need

MORE THAN 500 people turned out in San Marcos for the June 20 We Pray San Diego event. Photo by Tigist Layne

to pray for God to heal our land and for us to come back economically, physically, spiritually and socially.” For one hour, more than 7,000 people lined sidewalks and street corners while practicing social distancing guidelines, and another 8,000 people tuned into Facebook and Instagram live programs to pray from their homes. Residents were joined by city mayors, county supervisors and other elected officials who prayed alongside them at various locations, along with 148 pastors from 135 different churches

from across denominational lines. “It was an overwhelming success. There was so much momentum and encouragement. The fact that you can get that many churches and that many city officials united on anything is a miracle,” Theresa Jones said. More than 500 people attended the San Marcos location including San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, County Supervisor Jim Desmond, District Attorney Summer Stephan and Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall. Though the focus of

the event was to pray for COVID-19 and social justice issues that have been brought to the forefront in recent weeks, prayer guides were made available to attendees to encourage them to pray for a variety of things affecting their communities, the county and the nation as a whole. “It was an encouraging sign to the community. I think it gave everyone hope and showed so much unity,” Theresa Jones said. “Everyone was represented. It broke down barriers between a lot of people, even between church leaders and city officials.” Jones told The Coast News that the pastors and church leaders who took part in the San Marcos location decided that they will continue to meet for prayer. She also said she’s confident that this event is not a one-time thing. In a statement, Rock Church pastor Miles McPherson agreed, saying, “I couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout! ... (T)o see God unite so many churches and their congregations was a powerful feat! “I’ve heard from multiple people we must do this again. And I know we will.”



to our Climate Action Plan and to CEQA,” Leghart said. “That leads me to conclude the council just allowed another drive-thru restaurant to complete the five-pad development. I fear we will not have the opportunity to review the impact of that business, and it will actually worsen the GHG (greenhouse gas) impact overall.” The EIR showed the project will generate 10,054 average daily trips for vehicles producing 2,517 metric tons of emissions per year. Even if mitigated, the project would still not meet the city’s Climate Action Plan and state requirements regarding greenhouse gases. The staff report noted the GHGs would “still be significant and unavoidable.” Councilwomen Amanda Rigby and Corrina Contreras voted against the project. Rigby noted how the emissions are a problem, along with added traffic from Hacienda to Melrose Drive and getting on and off SR 78. She said by 2030, the



here. Regardless of your immigration status, you’re building your home here and you’re contributing to society here.” Escondido, with a population of more than 152,000, has one of the largest Hispanic populations in the county. More than 50% of the city’s population is Hispanic or Latino, and a significant portion of that population is undocumented.


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THE SUNROAD PLAZA development includes four drive-through restaurants and a fifth business, to be determined, at Vista Village and Hacienda drives. Photo by Steve Puterski

traffic times will increase by as much as eight minutes and Sunroad’s traffic improvements will not alleviate the congestion. The drive-through restaurants and car wash were not permitted under the current zoning, but the council approved a special-use permit to allow them. Mayor Judy Ritter and

councilmen Green and John Franklin felt there were enough mitigating factors to approve the project. Additionally, they championed new jobs from restaurants and other businesses, plus added tax revenue. Sunroad’s Lisa Gordon said the project will be a boost for the city as the site has been vacant since 1997.

She said it was designed to promote redevelopment and revitalization. “The primary objections are there are too many drive-throughs,” Gordon said. “They are economically viable … and current trends are reinforcing this. A great deal of thought went into the planning and design of this project.”

It is widely perceived, however, that Escondido has not been an immigrant-friendly city in the past, despite its large Hispanic population. Most notable in Escondido’s history with immigration was the police’s years-long working relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the city’s decision to join a federal lawsuit that sought to overturn California’s immigrant sanctuary laws in 2018. Escondido Mayor Paul

McNamara reacted to the ruling and spoke to Escondido’s past, which he says is not its future. “I’m very pleased with the Supreme Court ruling, honestly I don’t know you could come to any other conclusion,” McNamara said. “In my mind, everyone is welcome in Escondido. These DACA recipients — this is their home. They’re a big part of this community and this economy, and it would be unfair to take that away from them.”

McNamara said he is proud of the Hispanic population in Escondido and said it’s something that should be celebrated. “Before I became mayor, members of the previous council viewed the Latino population as a problem, I view it as something we should celebrate,” McNamara said. “When I think of Latino culture, I think of values like family and community, so why wouldn’t you want your children to be exposed to those values.”

At town halls, Levin talks racial injustice By Samantha Nelson

REGION — In his recent virtual town halls, which have largely covered the COVID-19 pandemic, Rep. Mike Levin has turned his attention to addressing systemic racial injustice through policy. Since the death of George Floyd during an arrest on May 25 in Minneapolis, Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) has voiced his desire to reform law enforcement and put an end to racial injustice within the criminal justice system. “I stand with millions of Americans all across this country and around the world for adding accountability and comprehensive reform unto a system that has allowed police brutality and injustice against people of color for generations,” Levin said during his June 17 virtual town hall. Levin has hosted 26 virtual town halls with the most recent one on Wednesday, June 24. Most of the town halls have covered the COVID-19 situation, but since the beginning of June, Levin has brought on guests to speak about police brutality and racial injustice in the country’s criminal justice system. One guest was Dante Pride, the founding partner of The Pride Law Firm in San Diego. Both Pride and Levin attended a demonstration against police abuse in Encinitas earlier this month. Levin asked Pride, who is Black, to share his own experience with police while growing up in San Diego on the June 10 virtual town hall. Pride said he was a good kid who did well in school and stayed out of trouble. “I did everything I was supposed to do,” Pride said. Still, Pride has had “multiple run-ins” with the police which he said were mostly no fault of his own besides a few times when he was ticketed for speeding or making an incorrect turn. According to Pride, he is pulled over about once or twice a month. He believes it’s because he is Black. “Regardless of me doing well, doing the right thing, not getting in trouble, this skin that I’m in makes me a suspect,” he said. He recalled a conversation he had several years ago with a friend’s husband who was a police officer who told him that he too would pull Pride over if he saw him driving a nice car. When Pride asked why, the officer told him it was because he was Black and that it could mean he was a drug dealer or a pimp. “I was dumbfounded,” Pride said. Pride recalled another time when he was 14 when

a police officer threw him on the ground after accusing him of holding a weapon at a park. Pride had a broken wrist at the time and was wearing a cast. When his father took him to the police station to file a formal complaint, Pride remembered feeling like he and his father were being treated like criminals. When asked what specific action could take place to end systemic racial injustice, Pride called for community review boards “with teeth” to be established for police precincts. The boards would examine how officers conduct themselves while working with the community. These boards, Pride explained, could help reestablish the lost trust between communities and police. Another guest was Satia Austin, president of the North County NAACP, who appeared on the June 17 virtual town hall. According to Austin, while it is good for people to attend marches to show their support for change, the community needs to go further by making sure change happens through legislative policy as well. Levin is co-sponsoring a bill called the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would prohibit, state and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling; mandate training on profiling; ban chokeholds; limit the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement; mandate body cameras and dash cameras; establish a national police misconduct registry; and establish public safety innovation grants for community based organizations to create local commissions and task forces to help communities reimagine approaches to public safety. The bill has been put on the House of Representatives Union Calendar to be presented on the floor. Austin said the bill “spells out a lot of the demands we have.” Austin wants to see more assistance for children when it comes to experiencing discriminatory profiling from police. “What are we doing for the kids? They need assistance more than anything because they don’t understand, they haven’t had a chance to live,” Austin said. “This is something that they’re not prepared for.” Levin streams his virtual town halls every Wednesday at 2 p.m. on his YouTube page.

THINK GREEN If every person takes one small step toward being more conscientious of the environment, the collective effort will change the planet.

Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup goes virtual By Tigist Layne

REGION — Roughly 800 volunteers across San Diego County took to their neighborhoods and local parks, beaches and trails on Saturday, June 20 to participate in I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD)’s Creek to Bay Cleanup, but this year’s event looked a little different. Under normal circumstances, a Creek to Bay Cleanup event, typically held in April, would include around 6,000 volunteers at more than 100 designated sites throughout the county. As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb, however, I Love a Clean San Diego, one of San Diego’s leading environmental organizations, faced the decision to either cancel the long-running event or adapt to the circumstances. “We found this as an opportunity to do something different and engage in a different way,” said Lauren Short, community programs manager. “We pushed the education component. With this virtual option, people are able to learn more and be more engaged because they’re able to be on the platforms that we’re providing.” To join the initiative, volunteers were encouraged to register for the event online where they were given instructions and COVID-19 safety guidelines. On the day of, they could tune into ILACSD’s Facebook live kickoff event before going out into their neighborhoods or local beaches with their friends and family to clean up. Volunteers would then check in to the website with their location, amount of hours volunteered, how many pounds of trash/recyclables were picked up and any photos that they wished to share. An interactive map on the event’s website shows that volunteers collected almost 6,000 pounds of debris that day in cleanup locations all over San Diego County. “The feedback feels more positive than it ever has, I think people really were looking for a way to get involved and engaged,” Short said. “I think they saw the opportunity as we did, as a chance to still do something no matter how restrictive certain circumstances can be. “They were still able to be active in their community and learn more about their direct impact to their own community.” Short said that, though they had less volunteers than they typically would, this turned out to be a unique opportunity where going virtual ended up becoming a way to educate more people. ILACSD is providing free online workshops and webinars on their website to continue to educate people about practices and principles that promote sustainability.

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In Escondido, discretionary spending on police remains fairly flat but arrests & traffic violations decline General Fund Expendtiure* ($ millions; inflation adjusted to present)


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Even with COVID-19 squeezing revenues, city spending on police has slightly surpassed previous highs.

Great Recession & lag effects $160 Including COVID revisions $120


Total $ General Fund


Police spending has grown a bit faster than the population, increasing 15% from $260 per capita in 2003.

Traffic Violations

per 10k residents (2019): 474

Arrests per 10k residents (2019): 361


Police $ per capita (2021): $298

Police $ from General Fund $0

Police budget share (2021): 42%

Sources: city budgets, 2003-2019 CAFRs (*actual expenditures through 2019, revised budget estimates for 2020, 2021)


advocated reducing police spending in the city’s FY 2020-2021 budget. In an effort to determine how police spending in North County has actually trended historically, The Coast News dug into city budgets and other financial reports. Here’s what we found. Since 2003, city discretionary (General Fund) spending on police per capita has, after adjusting for inflation, increased by 58%, 50% and 15%, respectively, in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Escondido. By comparison, policing activities per capita generally declined. Though it’s important to note that the documents

we investigated didn’t all report the same policing measures. In particular, while Oceanside and Escondido’s reports include arrests and citations, Carlsbad’s include caseloads and calls for service. Still, we think these data show meaningful and reasonably comparable trends, if not exactly apples to apples. The comparability of the cities’ spending patterns is surer. The expenditure figures we compiled came mostly from annual financial reports with fairly standardized formats, as well as from each city’s budget documents. Escondido spends the greatest share of its General Fund on its police, but

the least per capita, due to a small overall budget relative to the population. Compared to Carlsbad and Oceanside, Escondido’s per capita spending on police has remained relatively flat over the years. Carlsbad spends the least share of its General Fund on its police, but the most per capita, due to a large overall budget relative to the population. Compared to Oceanside and Escondido, Carlsbad’s per capita spending on police has not only increased, but accelerated since about 2016. The Coast News used the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ online CPI Inflation Calculator.


more, while continuing to work within the community. “Our involvement in our community is always something that we’re trying to improve,” Varso said. “Through our Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL), our partnership with Escondido Education COMPACT, and working in early youth intervention programs and gang intervention programs, we’re trying to play our part to

not just be on the criminal enforcement side of things, but also on the intervention side of things.” Regarding the concern of systemic racial bias within the Escondido Police Department, Varso said he hasn’t seen anything that has led him to believe there are racist police officers in his department. “I see officers that go out of their way to, not just enforce the law, but to protect people, to help

people, to buy groceries for people, to be a part of the community and serve, and race doesn’t play a factor in those decisions of who gets what kind of quality of service,” Varso said. “I think we do a good job of serving everyone in the community regardless of their background.” Both McNamara and Varso said new policies and training programs are in the works and will be implemented in the near future.

REGION — The three North County cities with their own police departments — Oceanside, Escondido and Carlsbad — have generally increased discretionary spending on police, while at the same time policing activity has fallen. Especially in the wake of Minneapolis police officers killing George Floyd, an African American man, on May 25, protestors nationwide have called on local governments to shift funding from law enforcement budgets to other community programs. Locally, for example, at the Escondido City Council’s June 10 meeting, hundreds of residents


officer remember that class 20 years later or are those things that we need to consistently be working on?” Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso, who took over as chief in January 2020, said that the department has been working on de-escalation techniques and further training for years, but is now working to refine those policies and implement

All Vista Community Clinic services now available VISTA — Local community health center, Vista Community Clinic (VCC), has officially re-opened all of its locations and services, including family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, pharmacy, dental, optometry, chiropractic care, acupuncture and podiatry. The health center had to limit services since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. The re-opening comes with new policies to ensure optimal patient health and safety, including but not limited to: enhanced disinfecting

of exam rooms between every patient, requiring all employees to wear face coverings at all times, and screenings and temperatures of all staff, patients, and visitors prior to entering the clinic. VCC is also taking the extra step to schedule patients who are sick or symptomatic at different locations than patients who are well or are visiting the clinic for chronic disease follow-up appointments. As the clinic continues to navigate through what healthcare looks like

during a pandemic, some services will be slower to fully reintegrate than others. As VCC recognizes that all types of care are essential to patients, the clinic is encouraging patients to call the scheduling line at (844) 308-5003 to schedule an appointment or learn which services are still not fully ramped-up. Outdoor “drive-up” clinics are offered Monday through Friday for vaccinations, lab draws, and vitals for patients who have had virtual visits exclusively through Telehealth.

VCC is currently accepting new patients and offers assistance to anyone in need of insurance enrollment. Patients at VCC are eligible for all of the social support programs and services the clinic offers, including its food and diaper distributions and local resource guides. Simply call or text (844) 308-5003 to speak with a VCC patient-care representative. VCC offers a wide array of community health education programs which are free and open to all community residents.

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Board nixes Lilac Hills development By City News Service

REGION — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 June 24 to deny a controversial 1,700-home development near Valley Center that voters rejected nearly four years ago. Village Communities LLC, the developers of Lilac Hills Ranch, wanted board approval for the master-planned community, located east of Interstate 15 and Old Highway 395. However, the board ratified the county Planning & Services recommendation that the project not go forward. Mark Wardlaw, Planning and Services director, said his department didn't “present this recommendation lightly.” He added staffers spent more than eight years dealing with the applicant over fire safety and related concerns. Supervisor Jim Desmond, who proposed remanding the application for further review, cast the sole vote in favor of keeping the project alive. Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Dianne Jacob faulted the proposed development for not meeting fire safety concerns or being consistent with the county’s General Plan. Other issues were the developers not having a firm agreement with the Deer Springs Fire Protection District, and its policy on reducing potential fuel in a wildfire-prone region. “This is a bad project,” Jacob said. “It's in the wrong location.” Jacob said she has never seen county staff deny a project. “I think it’s time the board send a message that any project that blows up our general plans (is) not acceptable,” she added. Fletcher said that while the county does have to allow more housing while mitigating climate change, “we're just stuck in a mindset that's dated. In referring to the project, Fletcher asked, “How many times over how many years are we told that this just isn't gonna work?” Board Chairman Greg Cox said he wasn’t sure that remanding the development proposal back to county staff was the answer. “The public has spoken,” Cox said. “I find myself not in a position where I can support it.” After the vote, Desmond said that it wasn't “good government to deny a project when the developers are willing to continue working on a solution.” He acknowledged that county Fire Chief Tony Mecham had also opposed the project, because it couldn’t be safely evacuated in case of a major fire.

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June 9, the Governing Board of the Palomar Community College District unanimously voted to appoint Jack Kahn as Interim Superintendent/ President of the District, effective July 1. Kahn has been serving as acting super i ntendent / president since December 2019. Each member of the Governing Board provided statements of support and approbation of Kahn, recognizing him for his leadership and dedication during the last six months.



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To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19, on June 15. For additional information, visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA. gov/Disaster. GRANT FOR B&G CLUB

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside has receive a $50,000 grant from the Genentech Foundation to support its emergency food program. BGCO has been providing meals to the community’s youth since May 4, to children under 18. BGCO will continue to provide curbside lunch pick up throughout the summer. Since beginning the program, BGCO has served over 10,000 meals and snacks.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas is tied with three others as the only working animal shelters in the United States to earn perfect scores of 100 points and four stars by Charity Navigator. Two years ago RCHS earned a score of 99.97. The next year we managed to make up that pesky 0.03 points to earn 100 points. Again this year, for the second year in a row, RCHS SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS has earned 100 points and The Carlsbad Educaa four-star rating. tional Foundation (CEF) 501(c)(3), nonprofit organiMARKETING HONORS zation, has awarded $1,000 MiraCosta College scholarships to 15 seniors earned top honors from from Carlsbad and Sage the National Council for Creek High Schools, who Marketing and Public Re- best demonstrated how lations. MiraCosta earned their educational experithe Paragon Award, a ence benefitted from CEF bronze award for Print Ac- programs in music, science, ademic 2018-29 for Catalog, and innovation received a and four recognitions from $1,000 award. California Community College Public Relations TOP SCHOLAR AWARDS Organization including a Santa Fe Christian first place for Promotional High School seniors earned Campaign: MiraCosta Col- top tier awards and schollege Alumni Association arships for academics, exInaugural Event; first place tracurriculars, and social for Wildcard: Interactive impact. Student awards inPhoto Frame Display used clude: during the Report the Re- Nils Roede, Oceansgion; second place for Logo ide, National Merit ScholDesign: Biomanufacturing arship and a third for 2018-2019 - Daniel John, CarmAnnual Report: Breaking el Valley, National MerNew Ground. it Commended Scholar, Princeton Prize on Race BRONNER ALL U.S. SUPPLIED Relations, and Author - Saagar Dhanjani, San Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned Escondido mak- Marcos, National Honors

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—Melissa Schneider of Oceanside, California, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. —Alexander Tran was named to the Siena College President’s List for the Spring 2020 Semester. —Currie Thomason of Vista, graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in spring 2020. —Dashiell Gregory of Encinitas, a graduate of San Dieguito High School Academy, majoring in music theatre, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester at Baldwin Wallace University. —Dominik Khuat, of Rancho Santa Fe, was named to the Lincoln Memorial University Dean’s List for the Spring semester of 2020. —Cora Wailana Johnson-Woessner, of Encinitas

was named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List at Central Methodist University. —Rylee Skachenko, of Oceanside, is on the McKendree University Dean’s List for Spring 2020. —Lauren Redford of Oceanside, was named to the spring 2020 Dean’s List at Adelphi University. —Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 includes Lawrynce Cecio of Encinitas - Comedic Arts; Keona Lee of Oceanside - Business Creative Enterprises; Sarah Michelsen of Carlsbad - Creative Writing BFA; Taina Millsap of Encinitas - Journalism, and Rocco Polanco of Carlsbad Comedic Arts. —2020 graduates, from Ohio University, include Tara Powers of Oceanside with a bachelor of science in nursing and Amber Thomas of Oceanside with a bachelor of science in nursing. —Austin Peay State University named Spencer Katoanga from Oceanside, to the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring 2020 semester. —Dean’s List recipients at the University of Iowa, included Kasey Dresser of Carlsbad, majoring in political science; Hailey Hendrix of Oceanside, majoring in human physiology; Chloe Torrence of Rancho Santa Fe, majoring in business standard admission and Evita Woolsey of Encinitas, majoring in speech and hearing science. —University of Iowa 2020 graduates include Kasey Dresser of Carlsbad, Political Science; Kathleen Moorman of Oceanside, Master of Science; Chemistry; Mark Newman of Carlsbad, Master of Science; Finance; Grace Tencer of Del Mar, English and Creative Writing

Vista council approves marijuana fee program By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Another piece of the marijuana puzzle has fallen into place. During its June 23 meeting, the City Council approved a new fee structure for medicinal cannabis dispensaries under Measure Z. As of July 1, marijuana businesses will be subject to yearly fees of $23,000 for non-delivery businesses and $28,000 for those with delivery services. Aly Zimmerman, Vista’s assistant city manager, said the program is intended to recover 100% of costs for staff time, consultant’s fees and other expenses. “Staff intends to track the hours spent on each permit for the next 18 months and will return to the City Council with any modifications needed,” she said. On Dec. 10, 2019, the council approved authorizing an unlimited number of cannabis testing facilities, along with two of each for manufacturing and distribution centers in the Vista Business Park Specific Plan. Also, the council approved delivery services for permitted businesses under Measure Z. Currently there are six medicinal cannabis businesses operating in Vista, which would result in total annual permit fees between $138,000 and $168,000, depending on the number of businesses with delivery privileges. The council’s adoption of new regulations permitting certain forms of cannabis testing, manufacturing, distribution and delivery included requirements for

cannabis businesses to be subject to annual financial auditing by the city, according to the staff report. In most cases, those businesses are also subject to quarterly regulatory inspections. The coordination of these inspections and fee program will be folded into the Cannabis Management Program (CMP) overseen by the city manager’s office. Zimmerman said the city’s consultant calculated 185 hours per business to assess the fee program. Those hours are spread among various city departments resulting in a recommended base annual permit fee of $23,000 per business. Those businesses subject to quarterly inspections — retailers with delivery or manufacturers, distributors and testing laboratories —require an additional 20 hours per year of staff time, resulting in a permit fee of $28,000 per business. Zimmerman said Vista’s fee structure is in line with other cities in the state. Also, Zimmerman said those cannabis businesses in operation as of July 1 will be notified prior to the implementation of the program. New cannabis businesses permitted after June 30, or after implementation of the CMP, whichever is later, shall pay CMP fees upon the issuance of its business license. The CMP fees will be due annually with the renewal of the business license; although, the first year of fees may be prorated to the implementation date of the CMP.

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Palomar set to reopen Early Childhood Education Lab small talk SAN MARCOS — After more than two months of vacancy, the administrators and staff of Palomar College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Lab School are making plans to reopen the San Marcos facility in observance of California’s phased reopening procedures. The school serves the community at large, as well as Palomar’s students and employees. Under the current reopening plan, administrators and teachers will return to the Lab School on June 15, with the first children following on July 1. “Reopening the Lab School is another step in resuming the many services Palomar College provides in the greater North County community,” said Acting Superintendent/President

PALOMAR COLLEGE’S Early Childhood Education Lab School will reopen July 1. The school offers child care for Palomar students and employees and the public. Courtesy photo

Jack Kahn. “We’re looking forward to welcoming our youngest students back in a safe, educational environment.” Located near the West

Borden Road entrance to the San Marcos campus, the Lab School serves children from infancy through age 5, and normal class sizes average 16 children per room.

By limiting classes to 10 children and maintaining strict separation between groups, in addition to frequent cleaning throughout the day, the ECE Lab

School may resume operations, said Diane Studinka, a Child Development professor and Lab School liaison. “Our main purpose is to reopen for essential workers—to ensure that they have high-quality childcare and preschool services during this time,” said Studinka. “We have to maintain ratios of 10 children per classroom, so we’re going to be operating at around 60 to 70 children, at the most, during our initial phase.” Typically, the Lab School would employ 40 to 50 staff, but at reopening will have about half of that number on site. Studinka said parents are currently being surveyed to determine interest in returning.

CarMax settles state Fairy shrimp found in Escondido environmental lawsuit REGION — A $1.6 million settlement was announced June 16 in an environmental lawsuit filed against CarMax alleging illegal dumping of hazardous materials in dumpsters at company stores across the state, including one in Escondido. The case was brought on by 16 District Attorney’s Offices throughout the state, including San Diego County, where stores in Kearny Mesa and Escondido were found to be out of compliance with hazardous materials and hazardous waste laws, according to San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. A years-long undercover investigation found that materials such as auto body sanding dust, sanding pads, automotive paints, clear coats, solvents, non-empty aerosols, and other hazardous substances used during the auto body repair process were unlawfully disposed at CarMax stores between 2014 and 2020, Stephan said. The settlement requires CarMax to pay $1 million in civil penalties

and $300,000 for investigative costs, of which nearly $60,000 will go to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. CarMax will also pay $300,000 to fund supplemental environmental projects furthering consumer protection and environmental enforcement in California, Stephan said. The settlement also mandates training, reporting and compliance with regulations on handling hazardous materials and hazardous wastes. CarMax was cooperative throughout the investigation and implemented training and compliance programs at its stores as a result, Stephan said. “This settlement holds CarMax accountable for violating laws that are in place to protect the environment,” Stephan said. “These types of investigations and settlements are a reminder to corporations that they have a responsibility to be a good steward to our environment or face consequences.” — City News Service

ESCONDIDO —The Escondido Creek Conservancy recently discovered fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lindahli) at the Mountain Meadow Preserve near Hidden Meadows. This elusive species is fairly uncommon in San Diego County due to the loss of preferred habitat — vernal pools. And while they won’t grant you three wishes, their discovery is quite magical. Vernal pools are small depressions in the earth that fill up with water in the winter months. During that period, they spring to life with rare plants, amphibians, and other aquatic creatures. In this case, the fairy shrimp were found in a road-rut on the preserve that had filled with water this spring—six pools total. While they aren’t natural vernal pools, they provided homes to tadpoles, plants, aquatic insects, and the elusive fairy shrimp. The shrimp are known for their translucent bodies, swimming upside down and their unusual life cycle. They only live for about two months which is just enough time for the females to continue their legacy by laying eggs. With enough rainfall, these eggs typically hatch around De-

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A VERNAL POOL in Escondido where fairy shrimp were discovered. The elusive fairy shrimp are known for their translucent bodies and unusual life cycle. Courtesy photo

cember. Although the eggs themselves have been known to last for up to 15 years without hatching— which is great in areas experiencing prolonged droughts. San Diego County used to be home to more than 28,500 acres of vernal pool habitat. By the year 2001, fewer than 2,400 pools remained due to a rapid increase in development. Their preservation has become a higher priority in recent years and thanks to

the acquisition of Mountain Meadow Preserve by the Conservancy — in partnership with the county of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and the United States Navy on behalf of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton — these pools will be protected in perpetuity. The Conservancy hopes to restore these pools and utilize them as part of future education programs. For more information, visit and

CWONC AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP GFWC Contemporary Women of North County recently awarded a $2,000 scholarship to MiraCosta College student Maddison Smith, pictured at right. Smith’s goal is to become a nurse practitioner and continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. CWONC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and serves the community by volunteering support to women and children, the military and their families, and local humane societies. For more information on Contemporary Women of North County, visit Courtesy photo

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t seems my home has contracted GOTOLD-40. During the past month, I have been assaulted by relentless repair needs. It might be because I have largely ignored these things for three decades. But I think it’s just my house being hateful, as we have been using it so much these past three months. I thought it an ungrateful wretch, because I have spent a fair bit of time during quarantine pulling weeds, putting down bark, trimming bushes and whatnot. But maybe the house is jealous that the yard is getting all the attention. That would certainly explain last week’s frontyard sabotage. This was followed with water damage from the pipe-leak geyser, a leak under a bathroom sink, a broken bathroom light fixture, broken screens and the cold realization that we absolutely must get a new roof. Discussing all this makes me more than a little queasy. Yes, we will probably recoup the costs once we sell the place, but that won’t ease the dent in my wallet right now. So, instead of lounging around reading a good book, my free time has been filled with endless trips to the home repair store and chatting up plumbers and roofers. I’m doing that in between praying that we get no rain anytime soon. I was terribly proud of myself for finding and replacing the bathroom light fixture. But the new one is so bright, it’s like stepping onstage when you turn it on. This is not the feeling I want as I get into the shower. My well-meaning spouse has risked life and limb to take every tile off our roof and replace the underlining, not once, but twice in the past 30 years. Despite his noble and Herculean efforts, we have leaks. It is time to cough up the cash and call in the pros. Said husband is not happy with me, but I want my house to be sound and pretty now, while I can enjoy it. And hey, the yard is looking spectacular. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who has fantasies of renting. Contact her at

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Talking permaculture with the other David Boylan


irst off, there is quite an entertaining backstory to this week’s column. When I moved to the area, I scored one of the last old school cottages on the bluff on Neptune in Encinitas. It was like going back in time as the house did not take up the entire lot and offered us both a street side yard and a 50-by-50-foot piece of grass and gravel on the bluff with a fire pit. It was an epic location with affordable rent and provided several years of “living on the edge” that I will cherish forever. It was during that time that I would receive mail that was addressed to David Boylan but was obviously not intended for me as it was scientific in nature. Long voicemails addressing similar topics were also common along with a dry cleaning mix up at Surf Cleaners. It was then that I discovered that there was another David Boylan living on Neptune and, well, of course we had to meet! When we finally did we discovered we had many random similarities, including both owning a 1962 Lambretta scooter, a shared passion for surfing and body surfing at Stone Steps, and a mutual appreciation for renewable energy and gardening, to name a few. I became good friends with David Boylan, his wife, Gloria, and their daughter, Erin, who is a respected local Pilates trainer. To this day we still get a good laugh when we run into each other with friends and are introduced as “the other David Boylan.” The other David Boylan has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Hawaii and did postdoctoral studies at UC Berkeley and at the University of Bristol in England. He has written over a dozen publications and holds a patent on a low temperature distillation system. That is just a sampling of his extensive accomplishments and he is now easing into semi-retirement, still living on Neptune, and writing a book on Future Science. All that said, when the coronavirus led to self-quarantining, his thoughts turned to potential food shortages and how folks with limited space for traditional gardens could utilize the concepts of permaculture gardening to produce gardens that can be planted anywhere and that use little soil, less water and organic waste sources as mulch. He told me about this over a recent conversation at Stone Steps and I thought it would be a perfect story for Coast News readers, many of whom don’t have space for extensive traditional gardens and who could benefit from what he calls small, high-yield mulch gardens. David learned about permaculture from one of the most respected authorities on the subject, Bill

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ed in cinder blocks, old tires, and traditional pots around his yard. His potting mix includes 50% commercial potting soil, and 50% native soil with the potting soil including bark, compost, pumice, earthworm castings, kelp meal, bat guano, oyster shell and dolomite lime. His organic mulch contribution to the mix has included pine needles, oat straw, wood shavings and leaves when available. His go-to commercial soil is Edna’s Best from EB Stone Organics. David shared a fun story of the time while cleaning his roof of pine needles and came across a pile of needles with a vibrant

Mollison, in Maui years ago. It has been defined as a holistic approach to gardening and can also be applied to other facets of life. Even though the word permaculture was coined recently, the principle goes way back and indigenous cultures around the world have practiced it. To keep it simple and concise here, I’m going to go back to the other David Boylan’s mulch garden ap- Crew Safety__Coast News Inland Edition__RUN: 06/19/20__5col x 10” 4C__Trim: 8.525” x 10” 20SDG16438_Gas TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14 DAVID AND GLORIA Boylan in their permaculture garden in Encinitas. Photo by David Boylan proach. He has these plant-


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Venturing out to where safety is on tap, too Two names kept coming up — Societe and Eppig Brewing companies. I reached out to ask North the breweries about their COVID-19 safety protocols. County At Eppig, based in Vista, Ryan Woldt co-founder Stephanie Eppig was the driving force behis week my beer hind planning. I asked her fridge needed a re- how it felt to find out they fill, and I wanted to would be able to reopen. support local brew“[T]he notion of reers. In the old days I would opening came with a mixed head over to a brewery to bag of emotions from feelget something fresh, but ing overwhelmed to a sense I’ve been social distancing of relief … we only had a so long the thought made few days to develop protome nervous. cols and procedures, secure If I was going to leave all the PPE and cleaning my bunker, err, apartment supplies needed to safely I wanted two things —great reopen, and train our team beer and to be as safe as to make sure that a) they possible. 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At I was looking for the safest of Operations at Societe, brewery’s efforts to creSociete, I was comforted by places possible. spearheaded the San Diego ate a safe drinking space. signage indicating where He also acknowledged reto go, how to get beer and lief at knowing they would expanded outdoor seating. reopen and said the key Inside it was apparent the component to the success protocols had been well of their efforts has been the “recognition of the fact thought out and tested. that there is no end game to At Eppig, it was more of safety, and we are going to the same. Well-spaced seatstay in a proactive posture. ing, signage, masks, gloves It's an ongoing process that and socially distanced staff requires constant mainteworking hard to maintain nance which we are always a clean, safe environment learning from and tweakso guests can take a mental ing as new information bebreak with their beer. comes available.” I kept having to check Stephanie echoed simmyself. 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Discover San Diego’s newest treasure! THERESA’S

RIGATONI ALLA NORMA at Mangia e Bevi, made with San Marzano PDO tomatoes. Courtesy photo

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ast month, I shared with viewers the superiority of San Marzano tomatoes, especially in Italian cooking. I was hoping that there would have been a higher number of tomatoes that were ripe at the time of writing this week’s column. The warm late May/early June temperatures were a shot of lightning. However, the onset of June gloom over the past two weeks has slowed the growing and ripening process. Frank and I decided we would provide an update this week and share ripe San Marzanos on Neapolitan pizza next month. Despite Mother Nature not cooperating, the column must go on. This is when I reached out to the CEO and co-owner of Mangia e Bevi in Oceanside, Tore Trupiano. Trupiano, a three-time Pizza Expo Champion and U.S. Pizza Team member, along with co-owner Ann Perham and Chef Sterling Smith have been busy during the COVID-19 pandemic serving their full menu for takeout, but more importantly serving the community via the “Great Plates Delivered” program. Each day, the Mangia e Bevi team creates and delivers three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 80 Oceanside seniors. The program has been extended to July 10. Trupiano said, “The Great Plates Delivered program was some of the most rewarding I have ever done.” Back to the San Marzanos, I asked Trupiano to share a favorite recipe featuring these sought-after red beauties. He provided Rigatoni alla Norma. Ingredients: Rigatoni 320g, Eggplant 500g, 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped, fresh or

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If you dig dinosaurs, Arizona paleontologist can help hit the road e’louise ondash


e are standing at the base of a rust-colored cliff in New Mexico, just east of the Arizona border, looking at the gargantuan blocks that nature has chiseled into the cliff’s façade. Parts of this massive wall have surrendered to the ravages of wind and water, causing large chunks to tumble where we stand. It’s an overpowering landscape and we are fixated, but we must focus our attention on something much smaller but no less dramatic: dinosaur tracks. Our guide, geologist/paleontologist Douglas Wolfe, points out the imprints of three dinosaurs that roamed this Zuni Basin during a steamy time known as the middle-Cretaceous period — about 145 million to 66 million years ago. What is singular about these tracks, embedded in a giant boulder, is that they belong to dinosaurs unknown to exist until Wolfe, wife Hazel and son Christopher discovered them, beginning in 1996. It was that year that Christopher unearthed bones of what became known as Zuniceratops christopheri (trans-

DOUGLAS WOLFE, of the White Mountain Dinosaur Exploration Center in Springerville, Arizona, stands near a life-size model of the Zuniceratops christopheri, a dinosaur discovered in 1996 by his son, Christopher, then 7 years old. These Zuni dinosaurs walked the Earth 90 million years ago “during the all-time, peak rise of the world’s oceans due to greenhouse climate,” says Wolfe. Photo by Jerry Ondash

lation: Christopher’s HornFaced Dinosaur from Zuni), named in honor of the then7-year-old. The discovery earned him a spot on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in 1998. “When you find things in the field, you don’t immediately know what they are,” Wolfe explains. “It took a few days to even realize it was a dinosaur. We had to convince people of what we had. Once it was confirmed, we were jumping up and down.” This discovery also set the world of paleontology on its ear because the field was missing data for about 20 million-30 million years of the middle-Cretaceous period. This was a time of “ecologic crises, species ex-

tinctions, and the burial of massive amounts of organic carbon,” which became the fossil fuel deposits of today, Wolfe explains. Last year, a fourth “new” dinosaur was named in honor of Hazel, a tribute to her contribution to the dig that discovered it. Called Suskityrannus hazelae, it is the oldest well-documented tyrannosaur in North America. Wolfe is co-founder of the White Mountain Dinosaur Exploration Center in Springerville, Arizona, and the nonprofit Zuni Dinosaur Institute for Geosciences (ZDIG). Together they provide both educational online and field experiences for area students and the public.

“Dinosaur paleontology inspires young students and lifelong learners to develop an ethic of stewardship,” Wolfe says. First-hand experiences provide “an understanding of the scientific method and the geologic processes that shaped both the ancient and modern Earth.” Springerville, a town of 2,000, sits at 7,000 feet in the White Mountains and 12 miles west of the New Mexico border — a 4½-hour drive from Phoenix, so well off the beaten tourist path. But the town is near the Zuni Basin, an area of abundant fossils of flora and fauna (plenty of dinosaurs) that thrived here millions of years ago. The Zuni Basin “has some of the very few rocks

on the planet that show how we go from one period to another,” Wolfe says. “And Springerville is an authentic Western town, only an hour from Petrified Forest National Park (which includes the Painted Desert). This part of the world has remarkable resources. We want to highlight the geology, paleo-history and biological diversity of the Arizona-New Mexico region.” Wolfe wants to emphasize that “much of our work is on public lands requiring federal permits, a designated museum to house the finds” — in this case, the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa, near Phoenix — “and a team of professionals and volunteers.” Through the explora-

tion center and ZDIG, he says, “We hope to provide access to a process that most people can’t experience as individuals.” It’s also important to be aware of the restrictions that exist regarding exploration of Native American lands, he adds. The exploration center in Springerville features an assortment of fossils, rocks, dinosaur graphics, smallscale dinosaur models, a life-size replica of Zuniceratops christopheri and lots of hands-on opportunities. (For photos of the center and the field trip, visit Wolfe, 61, has worked in various capacities in academia and the oil industry, and as a consultant to many businesses. COVID-19 has put a halt to some activities, but the exploration center and ZDIG continue to move ahead with plans to educate people of all ages and abilities about the connection between the Earth’s “intricately interconnected systems — the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere.” For information or to schedule a tour, email Wolfe at or call (480) 201-0665, or call Hazel Wolfe at (480) 202-8362. Visit Also check out and https:// Want to share your travels? Email

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Ex-agent Axelrod pitches in to make baseball podcast a hit sports talk jay paris


merica's pastime should borrow the podcast name of an endeavor featuring two North County baseball insiders: Major League Beginnings. The fussin' and fightin' between team owners and players has paused with baseball set to return in July. In June, Major League Beginnings had its debut and that tells its tale as well. “It is the individual story about the person,” said Mark Sweeney, the former Padre and a Carmel Valley resident. “There's not a lot of numbers, not a lot of stats. Instead it’s the person talking about themselves and how they got started.” It’s a three-person project that peeks into baseball’s three-ring circus. Cardiff’s Barry Axelrod, a legendary agent, and Mike Pomeranz, a colleague of Sweeney’s at Fox Sports San Diego, complete the lineup. “It’s very unique to

CARDIFF’S BARRY AXELROD, center, a longtime baseball agent, is seen with two of his former clients, Hall of Famers Jeff Bagwell, left, and Craig Biggio. Axelrod is part of the Major League Beginnings podcast, which recently made its debut. Courtesy photo

have someone like Barry and his ability to be a contributor is huge,” Sweeney said. Alxerod represented Sweeney for the majority of his 14-year career, which ended with Sweeney col-

lecting the second-most pinch-hits in history. Alxerod’s stories collected over his long run provide a perfect side dish on podcasts that feature Cardiff’s Dave Roberts and Del Mar’s Trevor Hoffman.

Major League Beginnings reveals the winding path players took to reach their dream. “I’m always fascinated about the stories of when the player gets the call to come to the majors,” Axel-

for Encinitas, Escondido, to support Garden mainte- SCHMOOZE WITH THE STARS North Coast RepertoSan Marcos, Solana Beach, nance. Details at altavistabry Theatre welcomes new Vista and unincorporated Know something that’s going areas of San Diego County. celebrities each week to its on? Send it to calendar@ “Theatre Conversations,” an ongoing selection of inFLEET REOPENS The Fleet Science Cen- LEGOLAND AQUARIUM OPEN terviews with various acSea Life Aquarium tors and others from the ter building in Balboa Park will reopen to the general at Legoland, officially re- theater world. Subscribe to ENGAGE IN ART public July 3. More at fleet- opened June 20. For more the NCRT YouTube channel information, visit legoland. at or The Oceanside Muse- com/california. e-mail NCRT at conversaum of Art presents “ covering Identity” at 7 p.m. June 26. Sign up for this doSHARE YOUR HISTORY nation-based studio visit at VISTA FIREWORKS As part of summer LIBRARY REMAINS CLOSED Join Escondido Public Liprogramming, Oceanside The city of Vista is OMA’s exhibition manager planning an Independence Public Library invites you brary will be closed to the and art enthusiast Katie Day Celebration July 4, at to share your thoughts and public until further notice. Dolgov with artists Jenni- Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 experiences about this Due dates for items checked fer Georgescu, Yevgeniya Vale Terrace Drive. State unique time in history, held out before March 16 have Mikhailik, and Gail Schnei- health regulations will be in via Zoom, and preregistra- been extended and no overder for a discussion on using effect. Tickets are on sale to tion is required in order to due fees will be accrued the creative process. Vista residents only, in per- receive the Zoom link. Tell until July 1. Book drops in son from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 your stories that reflect on parking lot are now open. p.m. through June 26, at the these past few months spent The library will schedule VisTix/Recreation Office at social distancing and/or in pickups for books on hold. SUMMER CHALLENGE Submissions the Civic Center, 200 Civic quarantine. Participate in Escondi- Center Drive. Proof of Vista accepted through July 31. QUARANTINE COOKBOOK do Public Library’s Summer residency required. If tick- Visit https://oceanside.liThe Rincon del Diablo Virtual Activity Challenge ets are available after Vis- Chapter, National Society starting June 29 by signing ta residents purchase, they er/ to submit stories, There Daughters of the American up at will be for sale to non-Vista will be workshops at 11 a.m. Revolution, continues its summer and win digital gift residents 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 July 7 and July 28 to help fundraising efforts with the cards. Activity bags will be p.m. June 29 via walk-in at writers begin the writing sale of the newly published available for curbside pick- the Recreation Office or by process. “Quarantine Cookbook, up during selected weeks; phone at (760) 643-5268 or Rincon del Diablo Colonial check the library website online at vistarecreation. VISTA MUSEUM OPEN Tavern.” The cookbooks can for a schedule. com. Tickets are $15 per The Vista Historical be ordered online at quaranvehicle and are limited to Museum is now open for for $16, one per household. Tickets scheduled tours, on most with payment via PayPal. will stop being sold at 5:30 Wednesdays, Thursdays For more information, visit p.m. on July 3. Tickets will and Fridays from 10 a.m. TRASH PICKUP UNCHANGED Although the Fourth be limited to 600 vehicles to 2 p.m. Tours of up to two of July holiday will be ob- total. hours for up to four people CRUISE NIGHTS PAUSED served July 3, all EDCO colThe E101’s traditioncan be booked by calling lection services will be un- CELEBRATE WITH GARDENS (760) 630-0444 or e-mailing al summertime Encinitas affected due to the holiday Since the annual Din- Cruise Nights have been falling on a Saturday this ner in the Gardens has been at least 48 hours in advance. canceled until further noyear. All trash and recy- canceled, Alta Vista Bo- All tours will include tem- tice. The state of California cling collection will be pro- tanical Gardens, 1270 Vale perature check and social has yet to lift the ban on vided on regularly sched- Terrace Drive, Vista, offers distancing. Masks are re- large events, so until then, uled service day all week a virtual fundraiser July 4 quired at all times. events will be on pause.







rod said. “And the different ways their managers told them.” Former big-leaguer Mark Grace, who played at San Diego State and resided for years in North County, had his hotel phone ring at 2 a.m. Prior to his manager’s call, Grace had heard last call at a watering hole. “Grace didn’t believe him and hung up on him,” said Axelrod, who was the first baseman’s agent. The Astros’ Craig Biggio was also in Axelrod’s Rolodex. Before becoming a Hall of Famer, Biggio was in Triple-A earning his stripes. “He’s in Tuscon in the middle of the summer when the manager told him,” Axelrod said. “His mother was with him, but they had trouble getting a hold of his father — there were no cellphones. “His father was driving from New York to Tucson. When he finally calls he’s in New Mexico and tells Craig that it’s 500 degrees in his car.” Biggio had flipped its seat warmers on during the offseason and pops was clueless on how to switch them off. That was offset by him changing destinations. Axelrod’s players loved having him at the wheel. While Axelrod was a

strong advocate, they knew of his love for the game and its stewards. “When I signed my final contract it was for two years with the Giants,” Sweeney said. “A player in my position didn’t get too many two-year deals but that’s what Barry got me. After the negotiations, the Giants told me how much they respected Barry.” Axelrod stopped representing players in 2011 after Kevin Towers, the ex-Padres general manager then living in Leucadia, became the GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Axelrod shed his agent’s skin to join someone who was once on the opposite side of bargaining table. “I was tired of it anyway,” said Axelrod, who remains an agent for entertainers such as TV’s Mark Harmon. “I never recruited players; I just relied on word of mouth. The competition to be an agent was getting pretty heavy, so it was a good time to get out.” Fortunately for Major League Beginnings and its listeners, Axelrod didn’t leave his countless stories behind. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports.

San Luis Story Project gets NEH grant boost Staff and wire reports

VISTA — The San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation in Vista is among 317 recipients of CARES Act economic stabilization grants to support cultural institutions nationwide that have taken a financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced June 22. The foundation will use its $29,950 grant to retain one full-time and two part-time staff working on phase one of the San Luis Story Project, a tribal ethnographic history of the 'Atáaxum — the People — or Payómkawichum — People of the West — who are referred to as Luiseños today. Also in San Diego County, the Balboa Art Conservation Center received $52,417 to support the development of “innovative tools, practices and procedures at BACC, namely cross-training art conservators and implementing a virtual pre-examination program for art objects so that staff can pivot to provide programming and services during the COVID-19 health pandemic,” according to the center. NEH CARES grants were awarded across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to

NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. More than 2,300 eligible applications were received from cultural organizations requesting more than $370 million in funding for projects between June and December. About 14% of the applicants were funded. In March, the NEH received $75 million in supplemental grant funding through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agency has already distributed $30 million of that funding to 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils to support local cultural nonprofits and educational programming. The 317 grants will allow cultural organizations to retain staff to preserve and curate humanities collections, advance humanities research and maintain buildings and core operations, as well as to prepare buildings, exhibitions and programs for reopening. Several recipients plan to use their grants to shift in-person programs and institutional resources online to reach a wider public during the pandemic, and other grantees will document the pandemic’s impact on American communities.


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Need teeth replaced? Dentures aren’t your only option When you lose teeth as an adult, it can be tough to find replacements that feel real. The comfort and quality of dentures has increased significantly over the past several years, but sometimes, patients are searching for something more. That’s when Dr. Gregory Hurt, DDS, with San Marcos Dental Center recommends looking into implants. “Implants and implant retained dentures more closely resemble the feel of real teeth,” Dr. Hurt says. “They are perfect for patients seeking a more comfortable and natural-looking alternative to dentures.” Dental implants support permanently cemented bridges, meaning the new teeth are directly anchored to attachments in the bone. Patients report higher levels of comfort with implants, finding that they shift much less than traditional dentures. “At the San Marcos Dental Center, we work with each patient to educate them on their options and ensure that they receive the dental implant option most

suited to their needs and lifestyle,” Dr. Hurt says. While some may opt for dentures, Dr. Hurt explains the benefits that accompany dental implants are tremendous. People get the confidence of having a smile that feels real and looks natural. They also report more stability during eating, healthier bones and gums and even more improved dental hygiene. Dr. Hurt says that patients do have to take a few extra steps to maintain their implants, but overall, it’s worth it. “Whenever we help a patient with implants and implant retained dentures, our team is here to provide them with all the necessary information to keep the implants healthy and in excellent shape,” Dr. Hurt explains. It’s important to note, however, that dental implants aren’t for everyone. The San Marcos Dental Center Team carefully evaluates each interested patient to make sure that they are a good fit for this denture option.

THE BENEFITS THAT accompany dental implants are tremendous. People get the confidence of having a smile that feels real and looks natural. Courtesy photo

“Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures, but not everyone is a candidate for implants,” Dr. Hurt explains. “We en-

courage those interested in this method to schedule a consultation to find out if this is the best option, or if there is another form of care

we can help them with.” So how much do these implants cost? Dr. Hurt says it’s typical for these implants and implant retained

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was what I needed…a certified Italian Wine Connoisseur award by this highly circulated international wine publication. What I didn’t know until it began was that it would be taught by the most honored figure in the history of winemaking in Tuscany. Marchese Piero Antinori traces his family’s Tuscan wine history to 1385. Over the centuries, the family went through periods of great wealth, partnering with the Medici family and expanding the winemaking empire south of Florence to what is now San Casciano and neighboring Tignanello. In 1966, the 28-yearold Piero Antinori took the reins from a scandalized father who was discovered making Bordeaux wine varieties and adding cheap white wine to the revered native Tuscan red wine, Sangiovese, the backbone varietal to Chianti Classico. As Antinori put it: “the Chianti that went into bottles was thin, watery and lacking in body.” He immediately began to innovate with small barreled “barriques,” stainless steel vats and the biggest revolution, the launching of Tignanello’s first vintage in 1974, from a harvest of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. I suppose Tignanello and other “Super Tuscans” of the day, Sassicaia, Guado al Tasso and Solaia, really shook up the Italian wine officials who spitefully designated this group a mediocore IGT designation. But young progressive

REGION — San Diego Humane Society is participating in Hip To Chip!, a free microchipping event from 9 a.m. to noon June 27, with clinics at campuses in Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego, organized by members of the San Diego Rescue Coalition. Sadly, one out of every three pets gets lost during its lifetime, and only one in 10 lost pets are found. The July Fourth holiday can be especially terrifying for pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks and revelry. Pets get spooked by the noise, resulting in a higher number of stray animals entering the shelter post July Fourth celebrations. If your pet does go missing, ensuring your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with tags will assist in a quick reunion. Hip to Chip! is a collaboration between San Diego Humane Society, Lionel’s Legacy, Second Chance Dog Rescue, Spay Neuter Action Project and Frosted Faces. Details, including specific addresses and Span-


PIERO ANTINORI, the famous Florentine vintner, displays his 2016 Ruby Red Tignanello, with ratings in the high 90s by the most esteemed critics in the world. Courtesy photo

Tuscan winemakers had grown tired of the government-dictated rules of making fine wine, which called for absolute purity of the native Sangiovese wines with long periods of barrel aging before they could be sold to an adoring public. These so-called “Super Tuscans” were exciting blends that could be harvested, aged and off to market in two years. Tignanello is now $134.99 in most retail establishments. Antinori, not content with his Tuscan success and visualizing the dynamic wine market on the West Coast of America, began a focused foothold in Napa Valley with investment in Atlas Peak and Stag’s Leap wineries, then Col Solare, part of the St. Michelle group of wineries in Washington. Later he ventured into Romania, Chile and Hungary. Over the years, Piero

Antinori has passed the torch of great winemaking to his three daughters, Alberia, Allegra and Alessia, the 26th generation of winemaking Antinoris. This was possibly his most challenging decision but one that has seen great returns in the success of the Antinori wine empire. Visit wines. WINE BYTE — The DAOU winery experience on DAOU Mountain in Paso Robles has re-opened. Its one-on-one experience has been enhanced with guided walking experiences and the latest offering, the “French at Heart” Picnic, in a new lawn area near its Cabernet Sauvignon clonal vines. Details at Reach Frank Mangio at


plant growing in the middle. A great example of the power of composted mulch! Mulch is important to the success of the garden as it decomposes during the growing period, slowly releasing nutrients. It also is a key component in retaining moisture and is essential to the overall health of your

A MICROCHIP feels similar to any other routine vaccination. Courtesy photo

ish translation, can be found at hiptochip. Microchipping is permanent pet identification. The Humane Society notes that the process is safe, simple, permanent and designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), is injected beneath the surface of the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds and your pet will not react any more than she would to a

vaccination. No anesthetic is required. Pet parents must make an appointment in advance before driving up to any of the seven participating sites. Appointments can be made at hiptochip. Times will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Microchips will be available while supplies last. All dogs must have a collar and leash, and cats must be in a carrier. Humans must wear masks at all times and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

plants. There is much more to it but that’s the nutshell, and I highly encourage you to do some research on composting, mulch and permaculture. David and Gloria Boylan’s garden is a prime example of permaculture at work and David mentioned that he would be happy to share tips and advice on the topic with anyone who is interested. You can reach

him at kpmresearch@cox. net. Gloria is also developing a curriculum on gardening and more geared for young children. I will keep you posted on that as it becomes available. I’ll leave you with the words from a sign in their garden that sums it up nicely and reads “A garden is for believers in a fruitful and new tomorrow” and how true that is.

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SOLANA BEACH — Concert venues across the country have gone quiet, as the premise of mass gatherings remains remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But some are learning to adapt to the challenging climate — presenting music in ways that are perhaps less intimate, but ultimately more global. The Belly Up, one of the most iconic and beloved concert venues in San Diego, is among those dead set on not “hanging (their) heads,” said Chris Goldsmith, president of Belly Up Entertainment. Since closing its doors in mid-March and canceling about 200 shows slated for 2020, the famed North County venue has shifted its focus to releasing archival content, as well as bringing fans new livestreamed shows from the Belly Up’s stage. In early May, the club released 40 live concert recordings on its website through the “SharkBelly Festival,” a limited-time offering that will allow fans access to past shows from the English Beat, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Rufus Wainwright — to name a few. The venue was able to get licensing permission from the artists and release the show recordings as albums about six weeks after the start of quarantine


Local rock band Switchfoot will host its 16th annual BRO-AM benefit as a livestream concert, 5 p.m. June 27 at Tickets are at for $10.99. The event includes performances by Switchfoot, Needtobreathe, Judah Akers, Colony House and The New Respects. There will be live commentary from Switchfoot guitarist Drew Shirley, Chris Cote of the World Surf League and local pro surfer Rob Machado. More at Courtesy photo

— what Goldsmith called a “gigantic effort” that has now prompted thousands of downloads. “It maintains the connection with our audience,” Goldsmith said. “and it provides them with quality entertainment while they’re sheltering at home.” And in an effort to bring fresh performances to Belly Up supporters, the club is homing in on livestreamed shows, having converted the venue into the likes of a television broadcast facility. “On our dance floor we have a bunch of cameras … It’s kind of like you’re watching a TV show,” said Goldsmith. Local band HIRIE

kicked off the experiment in mid-May, attracting about 5,000 viewers — an obvious step-up in “attendance” from the venue’s 600-person capacity. And according to Goldsmith, this is the real upside of the live show concept. Although it clearly can’t replace the energy and ambiance of an in-person performance, it allows for a greatly expanded reach. On top of bringing in revenue for the club, the shows also allow artists in the area to earn an income through the crisis and stay connected with their audiences throughout the country — given that most tours have been canceled and the

idea of stepping on an airplane is taboo at best. The venue hosted two more live shows this past weekend — with local band Electric Mud playing on Saturday and the White Buffalo coming on for a show Sunday. Donavon Frankenreiter will be playing a live show next week — livestream tickets cost $10. Goldsmith said the venue is planning to do 20-30 such shows over the course of the summer. The venue is also looking to help local charity organizations that had planned fundraisers at the club to go digital, holding live silent auctions, for example. “All of that can happen

here as well, and we’re seeing that there’s a real need for that,” he said. Times are tough, but the industry is adjusting — and Goldsmith hopes to keep many of these changes alive even in a post-pandemic world. “That’s one of the things about this, it’s very challenging and it’s hard not having our club running the way it normally runs, but we’ve definitely discovered some really cool things to do and things we’ll still do even when we get back to full capacity,” Goldsmith said. But for music lovers and habitual concertgoers, digital performances will have to suffice for now. Goldsmith said the venue won’t be opening anytime soon. “It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride trying to figure out what we might do,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll get back to full capacity for a while — best case scenario in fall, and more realistically into 2021.” The venue will likely first open at 25% capacity and move up from there, in keeping with social distancing standards. Goldsmith said the venue’s team has been considering a “hybrid model” of live entertainment — keeping the current broadcast setup for viewers at home but also opening their doors to a smaller au-

dience. Plenty of fall concerts are still on the books, and according to Goldsmith, enthusiastic audiences have still been buying. But the club isn’t actively promoting any shows right now. Many of the artists who had shows scheduled for 2020 shifted their concert dates to exactly a year later. Goldsmith said the live entertainment industry will probably take a while to fully recover due to its dependence on band tours, which are coordinated to pass through 40 to 50 cities. “You can’t turn that back on at a dime like you can if you’re a restaurant,” he said. “When we open, it’s going to take us months to reconstruct our ‘menu of items.’” But whatever comes next, Goldsmith said the club will make sure it’s a unique for the venue’s supporters. “We’re chomping at the bit to be able to (open), but we’re also very comfortable waiting till the time is right,” he said. “And when the time is right, we’ll have a very good plan, it’ll be very safe, very comfortable, and a cool experience.” For more information on the SharkBelly Festival and the Belly Up’s livestream concerts, visit bellyuplive. com.

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1. ASTRONOMY: How often does the Sun rotate on its axis? 2. GEOGRAPHY: What is the state capital of Delaware? 3. GOVERNMENT: Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits presidents to two terms in office? 4. HISTORY: What was the highest social class in the early Roman empire? 5. ENTERTAINERS: Which 20th-century actress was born with the name Lucille LeSueur? 6. TELEVISION: What were the names of Elly May’s two pet chimpanzees in “The Beverly Hillbillies”? 7. ART: Which artist painted “The Persistence of Memory”? 8. MOVIES: What kind of gun did Clint Eastwood carry in the “Dirty Harry” series? 9. MUSIC: Which singer-songwriter’s nickname was “The Lizard King”? 10. FOOD & DRINK: What is the most expensive spice on earth?

JUNE 26, 2020

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Making things more complicated than they need to be can be a problem for the typically orderly Lamb. Try to look for a less intricate way to accomplish the same goals. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Avoiding personal involvement in a troubling situation might be advisable at this time, especially since you probably don’t have all the facts. The weekend brings a surprise. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A problem with a colleague you thought had been resolved could recur. However, this time you’ll be able to rely on your record to get a quick resolution in your favor. Good luck. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Giving your self-esteem a boost could be a good idea for the Moon Child, who might feel a bit daunted by the week’s occurrences. Just focus on all your positive accomplishments. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The “mane” attraction for the Lovable Lion this week is — what else? — love. New relationships move to new levels, while long-standing partnerships are strengthened. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A recent workplace problem will prove to be one of miscommunication, and once the matter is settled, you should have a better chance of getting your proposals approved.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Good news! After dealing pretty much in the dark with a matter that seemed to be taking forever to resolve, you should soon be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A positive message should help lift that energy-draining sense of anxiety, and you should soon be able to deal with even the peskiest matter, whether at work or personal. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Try to control that heated Sagittarian temperament while dealing with what you believe to be an unfair matter. A cool approach is the best way to handle things. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Nursing hurt feelings could keep you from learning what went wrong. Ask your partner, a family member or a trusted friend to help you reassess your actions in the matter. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Nature is dominant this week. Try to spend time outdoors with someone special. An act of kindness in the past might be recalled by a person you believed was out of your life. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) An upcoming career decision could be based on how well you might be able to apply your artistic talents. Be sure to use the finest samples of your work to make a strong impression. BORN THIS WEEK: Doing good things for others comes easily to you. You are considered a good friend, even by those you might hardly know. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2020 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

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JUNE 26, 2020

EMERGENCIES DON’T WAIT If you or someone you know is experiencing a pressing health crisis, your local ER is safe, ready and waiting.

ER Check-in

Tri-City Medical Center follows protocols to protect patient safety and reduce the risk of COVID transmission.

For non life-threatening conditions check-in to the emergency room online at and wait comfortably at home until your time to be seen.

TELEMEDICINE Convenient, Quality Care From the Comfort of Home

Mental Health Tri-City’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services offers virtual treatment options for patients who would benefit from Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) care. These include services for the following diagnoses: • Major Depression • Anxiety Disorders • Schizoaffective Disorder • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

• Bipolar Disorder • Schizophrenia • Personality Disorders • Substance Use

Please call 760.940.5051 to go through the screening and intake process.

Tri-City Medical Center now offers Telemedicine appointments. To learn more visit or call your primary care physician. Current providers include: • Orthopaedic Specialist of North County • Urology San Diego • Tri-City Primary Care • Tri-City Medical Center Behavioral Health Services

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