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Mayor: Despite looming challenges, San Marcos’ ‘economic engine’ running By Aaron Burgin

On a battle field Unidentified Civil War actors portray Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and President Abraham Lincoln at last Saturday’s Civil War reenactment held at Vista’s Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum grounds. See more photos on page 13. Photo by Pat Cubel

Farm Bureau offering year-round farm tours By Jamie Higgins

ESCONDIDO — The San Diego County Farm Bureau has said goodbye to Farm Tour Day, opting instead to offer a variety of farm tours throughout the year, as part of its Friends of Farming program. The change will allow the public to be able to tour more local farms and meet local farmers throughout the year. Farm Tour Day was an annual event that offered San Diegans the opportunity to, “spend a day in the country” and tour multiple TURN TO FARM TOURS ON 21

The San Diego County Farm Bureau is launching a new program that will allow the public to be able to tour more local farms and meet local farmers throughout the year. Photo courtesy San Diego County Farm Bureau


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mond said that the Sheriff’s Department — which contracts with the city for services — has worked to alleviate the impact that the released offenders — some of whom wind up homeless — have on the community. San Marcos saw a 22 percent decline in reported crimes, Desmond said, citing a SANDAG report. “Our sheriff’s need a hand for that,” he said. The other obstacle the city faces, Desmond said, is a looming increase to the city’s obligations toward employee retiree benefits. Those obligations are expected to rise a modest 4.5 percent next year, but by 2022 could rise as high as 42 percent up from $6 million to $10 million — according to current projections. In response to calls by some for the city to convert the city’s pension program to a defined-contribution plan, such as a 401(K), Desmond said that the buyout of pensions necessary to make the switch would “bankrupt the city today.” The council met in December to “get a grasp” on its obligations, and staff is expected to return in March with recommendations on how the city can prepare for the increase, Desmond said. Desmond’s speech TURN TO STATE OF CITY ON 21

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SAN MARCOS — San Marcos has a balanced budget, strong reserves and still provides the core services that keep and attract young families, but hurdles are on the horizon, Mayor Jim Desmond said Tuesday in his state of the city address. Likening the city and its economy to a car engine, Desmond said that it would take the efforts of the city and its partners in public and private education, the business community and other stakeholders to “keep the economic engine running.” “It’s up to everyone in this room to keep that economic engine running,” Desmond said. “My job and your job is to make sure providing housing, and the infrastructure, and the amenities, the roads, the hotels, restaurants and things like that. We have to keep that engine lubricated, oiled, keep it greased up so that it keeps running smooth.” Desmond, who is in his final term as mayor, said that the city does face challenges to that economic engine, listing two specifically: changes to state law that have led to non-violent offenders being released early or serving sentences in county jails as opposed to state prisons, and the city’s ballooning pension obligations. As for the former, Des-

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Escondido Council hears report on Innovate 78 progress By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Innovate 78 is generating steam as a regional and statewide player for its model in attracting and retaining businesses to North County. On Wednesday, the Escondido City Council took a report from the city’s Economic Development Manager, Michelle Gellar, and Matt Sanford, director of Economic Development at the San Diego Economic Development Council. Gellar, who recently took the top economic job with the city, said the department has consolidated and streamlined efforts to land new businesses or those looking to relocate. “I have the opportunity now to focus on business attraction, retention and expansion,” she said. “We are well positioned to leverage all opportunities com-

ing our way.” Part of the leverage, she said, is to create a city and business environment where businesses can grow or expand.

The successes here in our city are duplicated in cities throughout.” Sam Abed Mayor, Escondido

She said the efforts of Innovate 78, which drives business from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, is

generating more success. Sanford, meanwhile, said Innovate 78 not only recruits but assists businesses already located in the region with state applications for tax credits and other incentives. Its primary focus centers on three aspects, including economic development, branding and engagement. “This is really a role model for the country to follow,” Mayor Sam Abed said. “The successes here in our city are duplicated in cities throughout. We are really building on the success of the San Diego EDC. Innovate 78 is a part of this branding.” Sanford, meanwhile, noted several examples such as Project Membrane, Project Water Tech, VAVi, Klein Electronics, Briteworks Brewing, Green Guard, Baker Electric and Transpower,

as entities using Innovate 78. Others businesses are either in the process of launching or have opened their doors. Branding efforts are growing as well for Innovate 78. The model has 52.7 million total website impressions and a 24.8 percent increase in Twitter followers. As for initiatives, more visibility is a priority. Innovate 78 hosted a leadership workshop in September at California State University San Marcos, which drew guests from all over the state. In addition, efforts also rely on recruiting talent from Silicon Valley. “We were happy with that and will likely replicate that,” Sanford said of the workshop. “Recruitment is something we want to make sure we do well.”

Elevated lead Woman shot and killed by stray bullet in Escondido levels found Police chief vows ” and in SM school “thugs, “gangsters” responsible will be drinking found and arrested fountain By Steve Puterski

By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — A “higher than acceptable” amount of lead was found at a water fountain at San Marcos Middle School, the school district said this week. San Marcos has been proactively testing its drinking fountains districtwide in advance of a new testing mandate from the State Water Resources Control Board, district spokeswoman Anna Lucia Roybal said. Since schools built before 1986 — when lead solder was banned from use in joining copper pipes — are more likely to have traces of lead in the fountains, the district tested the fountains at its three oldest schools — Alvin Dunn and Richland elementary schools and San Marcos Middle School. Of the 15 samples taken, the lone one with elevated lead levels was a fountain outside of the gym at the middle school campus. The district immediately removed the water fountain, Roybal said. “The district is currently having the water tested at all locations in order to ensure that the water used by our students, staff, and community is safe,” Roybal said in a statement. There have been no reports of lead-related illnesses at the school site, Roybal said. School districts are requesting water testing after dangerous levels of lead were discovered at a San Ysidro elementary school. Test results in October and in January prompted school officials in San Ysidro to provide bottled water for students and employees.

ESCONDIDO — A 55-year-old woman was killed Tuesday night af-

ter driving through crossfire, according to Escondido police. Catherine Kennedy was struck in the head after she was reportedly driving home from a church function, according to Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. Witnesses interviewed at the scene believe the shooting may have been gang related,

although police have not identified any suspects. According to the EPD, Kennedy was driving on the 1800 block of East Grand Ave. close to Midway Drive around 9:09 p.m. when she was struck by the bullet. Witnesses reported two men on opposite sides of the street began shooting at one another as Kennedy’s car drove between them.

Her car, a silver Toyota Camry, then collided into a parked vehicle. Kennedy was found alive, but died after being transported to Palomar Hospital, according to police. On Wednesday, Abed and Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter issued statements of sympathy TURN TO MURDER ON 21

Cities within Carlsbad watershed to pay more for consultant By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The eight jurisdictions within the Carlsbad Watershed Management Area have agreed to pay more money for monitoring, assessment and analysis services of the watershed. The county of San Diego, along with the cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside, Vista and Solana Beach comprise the CWMA, which monitors stormwater runoff and outfall discharge and performs assessment activities in the 210-square mile watershed, as outlined in the 2013 municipal stormwater permit. The groups share the cost of those activities including the consultant that performs the work, Amec Foster Wheeler Environmental and Infrastructure Inc. Recently, however, the Regional Water Quality and Control Board deemed that individual watershed groups had to perform individual watershed analysis, a cost that was initially expected to be borne at the regional level. To that end, the watershed area cities each voted to increase the contract with Amec Foster from $483,000 to a little over $573,000, meaning that each city would have to pay between $5,000 and $8,000 more toward the fee, based on their share of cost. Encinitas, which administers the contract, also had to increase its administration costs incrementally. Encinitas officials voted unanimously on the contract increase during its consent calendar vote on Feb. 16.


Palomar College officials from left are Governing Board Trustees Mark Evilsizer and Nina Deerfield; Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake; former Governing Board Trustee Nancy Chadwick; Governing Board Vice President Paul McNamara; and Governing Board Secretary Dr. John Halcón breaks ground on the college’s new South Education Center in Rancho Bernardo earlier this month. Classes are scheduled to begin in summer 2018. Photo by Melinda Finn coastnewsgroup

How to Sell High: Avoid these Mistakes When Selling Your North County Home

TAKE A PEEP AT CHICKS Chicken lovers will be heading to the Hawthorne Country Store, 675 W. Grand Ave., in Escondido for Chick Day and the Peep Show. After closing time, by appointment, the night before Chick Day, the store gives a sneak peep and party from 6:15 to 8 p.m. March 10. For $20 per person, 21 and up only; you get hors d’oeuvres, wine, personal attention with your chicks, no parking hassles and first pick of all the rare, exotic and best laying breeds. Annual Chick Day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11. Make a reservation at Heather@hawthorne Country or call (760) 746-7816. Courtesy photo

NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY - When you decide to sell your home, setting your asking price is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Depending on how a buyer is made aware of your home, price is often the first thing he or she sees, and many homes are discarded by prospective buyers as not being in the appropriate price range before they’re even given a chance of showing. Your asking price is often your home’s “first impression”, and if you want to realize the most money you can for your home, it’s imperative that you make a good first impression. This is not as easy as it sounds, and pricing strategy should not be taken lightly. Pricing too high can be as costly to a home seller as pricing too low. Taking a look at what homes in your neighborhood have sold for is only a small part of

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‘Sanctuary State’ would give sanctuary to dangerous criminals By Sen. Patricia Bates

In the coming days the state Senate will vote on a bill that essentially will turn California into a “sanctuary state.” That bill, Senate Bill 54, will create safe haven by making it harder for state and local officials to turn over violent criminals who are in the country illegally to federal officials for deportation. Whether someone is a citizen, legal resident or undocumented, all Californians deserve safe neighborhoods. The Pew Research Center estimates the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area is home to one million illegal immigrants and the San Diego-Carlsbad area to 170,000. SB 54’s author has stated that the percentage of illegal immigrants committing serious and violent crimes, “if it is more than a percentage point or two, is extremely, extremely small.” If SB 54 is signed into law, even that “extremely small” percentage means up to 23,400 violent criminals could be shielded in the San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles region alone. Statewide, Pew’s estimate of 2,350,000 illegal immigrants in California means nearly 50,000 violent criminals could be shielded from deportation and released back into local communities. For perspective, the entire population of the City of Encinitas is 62,930. There have been horrific instances of sanctuary policies shielding violent criminals. In 2015, there were the tragic murders of Kate Steinle in San Francisco and Marilyn Pharis in Santa Maria. In both cases, the suspects were in California illegally and had recently been released from

Green groups say Brown living down to his name California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


rom the day Republican President Donald Trump won last fall’s election, Gov. Jerry Brown has worked to position himself as the leader of the loyal opposition, saying time and again that he will fight for the liberal agenda so popular in California, from same sex marriage to climate change activism. He’s especially vocal about preserving the state’s ability to move on its own to improve air quality and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases most scientists have found are a prime cause of climate change and global warming. So it was a little startling when 12 environmental and public interest groups published a report the other day questioning Brown’s green credentials, claiming he consistently lives down to his name: “Brown” on everything from oil drilling to preventing toxic emissions and promoting an overcapacity of fossil-fueled, greenhouse gas-spewing electric plants. That last may have been the biggest surprise, considering Brown’s frequent posturing as a champion of renewable energy, especially power from wind and solar sources. Despite his frequent words, the 12 groups say California now derives 60 percent of its power from fossil fuels, mostly natural gas, while in 2012, just after Brown took office for the second time, the state was getting just 53 percent of its electricity from such “dirty” sources. What’s more, the groups charged in their 56page report, Brown systematically encourages a glut of power plants that sees

consumers pay for about 20 percent more generating capacity than the state will ever need in the foreseeable future. The accusing groups include Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Restore the Delta, among others. Restore the Delta has long opposed Brown’s “twin tunnels” plan to bring Northern California river water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta, while Consumer Watchdog previously issued a report accusing Brown of political corruption. As with past reports like that, Brown has said nothing about the claims against him, thus assuring they got little publicity. “Same drivel, different day,” press secretary Evan Westrup opined. But the claims in the environmental report appear every bit as solid as those in the previous corruption allegations, the subject of an ongoing investigation by a state watchdog agency. Food and Water Watch is particularly incensed about the apparent acquiescence of Brown appointees in plans of Southern California Gas Co. to reopen its flawed Aliso Canyon gas storage field in northern Los Angeles, even if it’s at somewhat lower levels of gas quantity than SoCal Gas finds optimal. The group noted that Brown’s sister, Kathleen, the former state treasurer, draws a six-figure fee as a board member of SoCal’s parent company, Sempra Energy, saying that makes his actions — or inaction — on Aliso a conflict of interest. The report also castigates Brown for “nurturing (oil and gas) drilling and fracking,” repeating a contention that early in his term he fired regulators

who tried to delay hydraulic fracking for gas and oil in Kern County until there were assurances that waste water from those operations would not harm ground water supplies often used for crop irrigation. The report claimed Brown is living out his 2012 statement that “The oil rigs are moving in Kern County…we want to use our resources (including) the sun and all the other sources of power. It’s not easy. There are going to be screwups, there are going to be bankruptcies, there’ll be indictments and there’ll be deaths, but…nothing is going to stop us.” So far, there have been no indictments, but former Brown-appointed members of the state Public Utilities Commission have been under investigation since early 2015 by federal and state authorities. The green groups noted that Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein endorses a state legislative bill to keep Aliso Canyon closed until the causes of the storage field’s months-long leak in 2015 and 2016 are found and fixed. Brown is silent on that bill. None of these claims has yet affected either Brown’s approval ratings or his policies. No one yet knows if the contradictions cited between his posturing and his actions will sully his legacy, his standing in state history or his prospects in a potential future run for the Senate. Which means all anyone can do is stay tuned. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is

local custody without notice to federal immigration officials despite criminal records and prior deportations. Other examples include the ambush murders of two law enforcement officials during an hours-long crime rampage in Sacramento and Placer counties in 2014, the murders of a father and two of his sons in San Francisco in 2008, and the murder of a student walking home from high school in Los Angeles in 2008. Each was committed by individuals with lengthy criminal records who were in California illegally. Californians do not want rapists, murderers and gang members being sent back to any neighborhood to commit more crimes. Yet SB 54 will unintentionally help protect these dangerous criminals. SB 54’s author says nothing in the bill would shield violent criminals. However, it will be more difficult for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest and detain criminals released early under the recently passed Proposition 57. Crimes deemed “non-violent” under state law include many most of us would absolutely consider violent: assault with a deadly weapon, rape of an unconscious or drugged person, arson, domestic violence and beating a child. None of these crimes are defined as “violent felonies” under Prop. 57. The California State Sheriffs’ Association opposes SB 54, stating: “We believe it is inappropriate for the state to tell a local agency that it cannot respond to a request for information from the federal government.” The sheriffs’ associa-

tion is right. Governor Brown has rejected sanctuary city policies in the past. When he was California’s attorney general, he said: “I don’t support sanctuary cities. ... Just opening up the cities and saying our borders don’t mean anything, as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, I’m not going there.” And in 2012 Gov. Brown vetoed AB 1081, a bill similar to today’s SB 54. He pointed out that the bill would have barred local cooperation even when the person arrested had convictions for crimes involving child abuse, drug trafficking, selling weapons, using children to sell drugs or gangs. “I believe it’s unwise to interfere with a sheriff’s discretion to comply with a detainer issued for people with these kinds of troubling records,” he stated. If SB 54 gets to the governor’s desk, all Californians should hope he remembers his own words and vetoes it. This is not a partisan or political issue — it is about safety. My top responsibility as a legislator is the safety of all Californians, and I support protecting all our state’s communities, including those with large numbers of immigrants. We must not pass bills limiting law enforcement’s ability to keep us safe. The bottom line is Californians deserve safe neighborhoods, not SB 54. Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers North San Diego County, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and South Orange County.

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Claire Oksayan, a San Elijo resident, is bringing coffee drinkers their caffeine fix with her Rush Coffee Truck, which will launch this month in North County. Courtesy photo

WORTH THEIR SALT Pro surfer and longtime Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident Rob Machado, far right, greets friends at the grand opening celebration of his wife Sophie’s new clothing store SALT Collection in Encinitas last Saturday evening. The store features signature men’s and women’s clothing as well as some of Sophie’s favorite brands including home goods. SALT Collection is at 930 S. Coast Highway 101. Photo by Pat Cubel

Race track readies to host Breeders’ Cup By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With less than 250 days to go before the Breeders’ Cup makes its debut in Del Mar, planners behind what is considered the Super Bowl of thoroughbred horseracing held a press conference on Feb. 28 to announce details of the 34th running of the event, which begins Nov. 3 through Nov. 4. “This is not going to be your grandmother’s Del Mar,” said former Del Mar resident Craig Fravel, who now serves as Breeders’ Cup president and CEO. Organizers have spent about $4.5 million on improvements, including widening the track and creating 2,700 new premium seating options. Two private, luxury “chalet villages” at the west end of the grandstand that will offer ocean and track views will be created. A casual-but-upscale infield sandy “beach” will seat up to 250 people, and 900 new temporary box seats will be added. “So there will be plenty of great seats right along the stretch near the finish line,” Fravel said. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 6 at Tickets, but horseracing fans can sign up now at for presale access. Single-day ticket prices will range from $35 to $375 on Friday and $50 to $500 on Saturday. Two-day packages will run between $85 and $1,875.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President Joe Harper explains some of the highlights of the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at a Feb. 28 press conference at Del Mar Plaza. Looking on are, from left, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Breeders’ Cup CEO Craig Fravel and Laffit Pincay III, son of the Hall of Fame jockey. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Presales to Turf Club members, box seat holders and previous Breeders’ Cup buyers totaled more than $3 million, including about $500,000 in the first hour of a recent release. “We expect that kind of demand for tickets to prevail here at Del Mar,” Fravel said. “So we’re well on our way to doing exactly what we said we were going to do when we come to Del Mar, which is to sell this place out early and quickly.” Attendance will be capped at 37,500 people — a few thousand less than opening day of the summer meet — and there will be no walk-up sales. “You can’t drive in on Nov. 3 or 4 and just buy a ticket at the gate and walk in like you can on any oth-

er day of a race meet,” Fravel said. “You’ve got to buy them in advance. You’ve got to arrange parking in advance.” For those who don’t secure onsite parking, there will be prepaid shuttles from several off-site locations, including area hotels, and “extensive Uber and Lyft service,” he said. With all that in mind, Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott offered the first racing tip for the event. “Come early,” he said. “We anticipate not only two days of the best competitive racing, but we look forward to all the many social, charity and community events that will take place in Del Mar throughout the week of TURN TO BREEDERS’ CUP ON 21



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The Fairfield Inn and Suites at the corner of San Marcos Boulevard and Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos is expected to open in April. Courtesy rendering

San Marcos Fairfield Inn and Suites expected to open in April By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — A long-awaited hotel project on the corner of San Marcos Boulevard and Twin Oaks Valley Road is scheduled to open in April. The Fairfield Inn and Suites, the centerpiece of an area known as “Corner @ 2 Oaks,” will have 85 rooms, 31 suites and two meeting spaces. It will also house a first-of-its-kind robot that will communicate with guests through typed messages that appear on its display screen. The robot will enhance each guest’s stay by delivering food, towels and other

necessities to guest rooms, according to a news release. San Diego-based RAR Hospitality will operate the hotel. San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond foreshadowed the future of the southwest corner of Twin Oaks and San Marcos in his recent State of the City Address. In addition to the hotel, a new “Blooming Onion” restaurant, a retail-office building, and townhouse will follow the hotel at the intersection, complementing the current developments across the street and civic and school buildings that are all within a quarter-mile radius.

COMMUNITY MEMBER OPENING(S) ON TRI-CITY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE The Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors currently has community membership opening(s) on the following working Board Committee: Community Healthcare Alliance Committee (CHAC): • District Resident for Oceanside (must reside within the City of Oceanside) • District Resident for Vista (must reside within the City of Vista) This Committee meets monthly or as needed to provide governance oversight and to make recommendations to the District’s Board of Directors in four key areas: a. The exchange of ideas between The District and the community to identify potential areas of cooperation; b. Explore potential strategic alliances between the District and the community based on this forum providing an exchange of dialogue about community concerns, healthcare needs and short and long range planning of service needs; c. Grant-funding opportunities to help healthcare related, non-profit organizations that benefit District residents and further the District’s Mission of “advancing the health and wellness of those we serve”; d. Allocation of discretionary funds, in addition to the grant funds listed above, to meet demonstrated community healthcare needs if determined by the Board to be vital and necessary. The Board of the Tri-City Healthcare District desires to ensure that its Board Committee community members are knowledgeable as to the issues that face the District. Therefore, the TriCity Healthcare District shall only consider applications submitted by persons residing within the boundaries of the Tri-City Healthcare District, or persons employed by a local agency or business within the boundaries of the District who appoint the individual to serve on a Board Committee on behalf of the local agency or business. If members of the public believe they are knowledgeable in this area and have an interest in serving as a community member of the above listed Board Committee, please send a brief resume or biography delineating your background and/or experience relevant to the Committee, along with a cover letter stating your intent to serve on the Committee to: Susan McDowell, Senior Administrative Assistant, Tri-City Medical Center 2095 W. Vista Way, Suite 214, Vista, CA 92083 Your information will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Committee and Board Chairperson for review and consideration and interviews with members of the Committee will be scheduled. The Committee’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the full Board of Directors for final approval/appointment. All appointments are voluntary and do not include compensation. Community members shall serve a term of two years, with an option to review the appointment for one additional two year term. At the conclusion of the term, the community member shall not be eligible to serve on the same Board Committee for at least two years. It is preferable that a community member shall be a member of no more than one Board Committee at a time. Only applications submitted by persons residing within the boundaries of the Tri-City Healthcare District will be considered. 2/17

Francisco Rodriguez and Andrew Garcia work on Sparky the robot at Rancho Buena Vista High School. Courtesy photo

Rancho Buena Vista High fields its first robotics team By Ray Huard

VISTA — Calling themselves “Robohornz, 16 Rancho Buena Vista High School students for the first time ever built a robot that will challenge machines from more than 50 other schools in a regional robotics competition. “It’s exciting, but at the same time, scary,” said sophomore Ivan Chavarin. The Rancho Buena Vista team will take to the floor at the Del Mar Arena March 9-11 in the 11th San Diego Regional FIRST Robotics Competition presented by Qualcomm. Founded in 1989 in Manchester, N.H., FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national not-for-profit organization aimed at inspiring interest in science and technology. The goal of the Rancho Buena Vista High School team is to get Sparky, their robot, to roam about the floor, scoop up balls about the size of grapefruit and deliver them to a bin. Sparky also must slide a gear about the size of a small diner plate onto a peg, and when that’s done, it must climb a four-foot rope and hang suspended from a bar at the end of the rope. Robots from more seasoned teams also must toss the balls into a tower, which is about eightfeet tall, to complete their task. Sparky isn’t quite up to that challenge, said Dadre Rudolph, who teaches robotics and computer science at Rancho Buena Vista, and was the team’s lead mentor. The other mentor was Matthew Young, a guest teacher at Vista Unified and robot enthusiast. “Just making it to the

competition and having a robot that works is a tremendous accomplishment,” Rudolph said. “It’s a big learning curve.” Sparky is a box on wheels, a little larger than a milk crate, measuring 40 inches by 36 inches by 2 feet. Working with a FIRST starter kit that came with a chassis, controls, drive motors, wheels, gear boxes

They experience the whole engineering process and see how many iterations you have to do.” Dadre Rudolph Teacher, Rancho Buena Vista High School

and miscellaneous electronics, the Rancho Buena Vista students had to come up with their own design and make the rest of the robot body for Sparky. The team had a tight deadline — exactly six weeks to design and build Sparky under the FIRST competition rules, and they were working right up to the end of the last day. After that, Sparky had to be bagged up and put aside until the competition starts. “It actually took us a lot of trial and error,” said senior Andrew Garcia. Evidence of the error part was scattered about Rudolph’s classroom, with discarded robot sections

lying on desks and page after page of designs that didn’t pan out. “It does get very frustrating,” said freshman Justin Rodriguez Salazar, “but once we actually get it, it’s fun.” That trial and error is a big part of what Rudolph hopes her students take away from building Sparky and the competition. “They experience the whole engineering process and see how many iterations you have to do,” Rudolph said. “It’s an excellent lesson, not only for engineering, but for life. Keep going. Things are going to fail, but just keep going.” Most, but not all of the Robohornz members are students in Rudolph’s robotics class. “I have some kids on the team who were not in my class at all, they just came in and said, ‘I want to be part of the robotics team,’” Rudolph said. To be on the team, students had to be interested in robotics and willing to work hard, including during lunch breaks, after school and on weekends. “They didn’t have to have any experience, be good at building or anything,” Rudolph said. Along with Ivan, Andrew and Justin, Robohornz team members are seniors Andres Madera, Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Gomez; juniors Raymond Harding, Olivia Garcia, Grace Ehm, Erik Marquez and Angel Mendez; and sophomores Aiden Colin, Tod Manotharauk, George Zavala, and Kaitlyn Chavez Support for the robotics team came from a $6,000 grant from NASA and a $2,850 grant from Qualcomm.

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In spite of all the rain small talk

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Progress on addressing homelessness

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omelessness in North County has been on my mind lately. In the last week and a half, I’ve experienced a few “firsts” in Carlsbad. In the same morning, I saw someone sleeping on a public bench in Carlsbad Village, and another individual, who is a known transient, having a psychotic episode at the train station, screaming obscenities at passersby. Later that evening, I was panhandled outside my grocery store. All in Carlsbad. Sadly, I experienced incidents like this all too often in my years living in downtown San Diego, but never in North County. Perhaps the mere mentioning of these incidents is embarrassing for some folks in town, but I’d rather spend my time in the community building public awareness and urgency to grapple with the challenges we have, whether we choose to acknowledge them or not. To be sure, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest we’re making progress on addressing homelessness here in North County. Recently, I saw a news segment on a “Community Forum on Homelessness” in Oceanside, hosted by the Oceanside Charitable Foundation, which drew a standing-room crowd. One of the forum panelists answering questions from the public was Greg Anglea, executive director of Interfaith Community Services. I’ve interviewed him before for prior columns on homelessness, as his agency is the largest provider of homeless services in our part of the region. Interested in catching up with Anglea, I gave him a call to check in on the latest developments in serving our at-need community members. “Homelessness is a broad and complicated problem,” remarked Anglea, who pointed me to a number of efforts underway here to address the issue. Earlier in mid-February, the Carlsbad City Council approved a $4.25 million construction loan to build a new 50-unit housing project for homeless veterans and their dependents in the Barrio neighborhood (the 2016 annual homeless count identified 1,157 homeless veterans in the county). Interfaith Community Services is also currently TURN TO NORTHBOUND ON 21


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FREE OPERA CONCERT Soprano Kasondra Kazanjian and a pianist will perform a free concert featuring famous arias from operas ranging from “La Boheme” to “Turandot” to “Carmen” at the Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Dr.) March 19 at 6 p.m. The duo will also mix in jazz tunes and Armenian folk songs. Kazanjian has performed at venues such as the New York City Metropolitan Opera Guild and can be heard in films such as “Hail Caesar.” More details are available at Courtesy photo

Board approves forest health study By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors approved a forest health study presented to them by the Committee on the Natural Environment (CONE) at its February monthly meeting. The Board agreed on working with Dudek, a local environmental consulting company. During the course of the approvals, Tree San Diego was also designated as the organization to assess the trees within the Covenant. The cost of the study is $50,000. While the Rancho Santa Fe Association approved a $30,000 allocation, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation will provide the remaining balance of $20,000. “As you know, we have dying trees inside the Covenant,” said RSF Association President Fred Wasserman. “We’ve lost many trees over the last several years from drought and disease, and so this activity that is being discussed and presented is in response to the need for dealing with the serious problem that we have.” Wasserman then asked board director Rick Sapp to provide further details. Sapp explained how CONE meets regularly on the subject of the natural environment. He went on to say how


their planning committee has worked with CONE to establish and finalize the contracts for both Dudek and Tree San Diego. One study will offer a list of deliverable trees while the other will be a data assessment to acquire facts, figures and trends in community. Included in the study would be comprehensive maps, photos, assessments and summaries of the forest health study relating to topics such as disease, forest density and fire danger. In addition to pointing these areas out, recommendations in addressing the issues would also be made. “The Board is being asked to ratify the two con-

tracts that the planning committee has approved,” Sapp said. “I move to approve the expenditure of $30,000 and ratification of the two contracts.” Sapp explained that the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation had already deposited the $20,000. The board agreed to the contracts. Following this, Sapp did confirm that there was going to be a distinction made between public property and private property in the study for the entire tree inventory. Sapp shared that there would also be the consolidation of a recommended drought tolerant trees list which would be beneficial.

oly high tide, Batman! Of course, we are grateful that the drought is all but over, but gee wowzer. This winter has been astounding and lately has me feeling a bit like Chicken Little. During that last 24-hour downfall, when it continued to pour rain for a full night and day and a night, I started getting a little nervous. The waters have receded, but my entire yard is seriously soggy. I am once again dealing with mud being tracked throughout my house and I don’t even have dogs or children around anymore. I do remember back in the 20th century, when I had toddlers at home, it rained — a lot. I might joke that it just seemed like it rained a lot, because I had toddlers to entertain, but I clearly remember the water coming right up to my back sliding door. Lake Gillette, I called it in jest. It has become the gauge by which I measure all rainstorms. If my husband hadn’t redug the drains in the yard 20 years ago, we would have been throwing down sandbags this week. In spite of proper drains, the “lake” got right up to the door again. Yikes. Fortunately, I didn’t have any serious flooding, if you don’t count the six leaks that appeared in my ceiling. Every storm brings a new surprise drip in an unexpected place and leaves

me cursing the roof roundly. I really have to query why technology hasn’t made greater strides in this area. We have spaceage polymers, and silicon sealants. Why can’t we just pour some of that atop my house? Heck, I’d settle for a giant version of those little shower caps I put over my leftovers. Just pop that over the house, and leaks be darned. I suppose something more permanent would be better, of course. Lest I allow my inner curmudgeon to get the upper hand, I have found a delightful up side to the continuing damp. It makes weeding a breeze. It was glorious to get out and have those green invaders pop out with one good yank. Please refrain from pointing out that continued rain will just help them all grow back. The hills look lovely, though, and even the mushrooms that sprouted were interesting. And it gave me an excuse to buy the cutest boots. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer wondering when her towels will take less than 24 hours to dry. Contact her at jgillette@


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SOCKS OF LOVE The Woman’s Club of Vista members, from left: Tonya Brynie, Jan Winters and Dolly Cooper, recently donate Socks of Love to Operation HOPE Vista, a year-round shelter for homeless families. The socks were filled with toiletries and candy donated by club members and businesses and professionals from the community. An equal number of extra fillers were donated to The Woman’s Resource Center. For more information, visit or (760) 822-6824. Courtesy photo

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A Carlsbad woman and her business partner are launching their new app, Envy, within the next week and will also take part in the prestigious South by Southwest Accelerator competition from March 11 and March 12 in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

App developed in Carlsbad could be next big thing By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — It launched last week and by the end of the month a Carlsbad-based app could be the next big thing. Jennifer Cosco, 32, of Carlsbad and her business partner, Christopher Nebel, were admitted into the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) Accelerator competition, which commences March 11 and March 12 in Austin, Texas, to unveil their app, Envy. According to Cosco, the app is a blend between Yelp and Instagram — two of the more popular apps in the world — yet also adds the swiping concept now popular among many other smartphone apps. As for the competition, Envy was just one of five selected for the Social and Culture category out of hundreds of entries. In addition, Cosco said many of the competitors have already secured prominent financial backing or partnerships, while Envy is still seeking to secure investors. Cosco, who owns the Studio Barre Bird Rock gym in La Jolla, said Envy has lined up potential venture capitalists, which gives her latest endeavor some leverage in the “Shark Tank” style competition. “Envy is social media with purpose,” Cosco said. “Envy is going to visually stimulate you to be able to find something that looks really good. I see a lot of women come through my studio every week and they say hey, ‘Where do you get this done?’ The idea with Envy is it’s social, so you can follow your friends, and it’s going to get rid of that question … and take it online.” The core of the app, though, is to bring consumers and businesses together. In short, it’s a visual search engine.

The concept is simple: Users take photos, write a quick review and upload to the app. Other users search, for example, hairstyles, and can view reviews, websites and other functions. To start, the app will focus on hair, nails, tattoos and food and beverage — some of the more popular visual online content. Eventually, Cosco said, the app will be an avenue for home purchases, along with a vast array of industries. Also, the app will launch “city by city” starting in San Diego and Austin in the next several days or by March 10, depending on the speed of the final adjustments, Cosco added. As the app grows, she said other cities would be added. She said consumers typically have to utilize multiple platforms, sift through lengthy, written reviews, which are often times inauthentic, just to find one thing. “Whereas we do it all on Envy. Instead of writing a review, you would take a picture. You write a micro review under it, load it up to our system. “It loads one picture at a time,” she said. “You swipe right if you want it, left if you don’t. If you find one that you want right then and there, you tap on it, you can map it, call it and even schedule your Uber right there.” As for the app’s roots, Cosco met Nebel through a mutual friend and pitched the idea. He came on board and is the driving force behind the programming, while Cosco handles much of the business and marketing efforts. The two began work on Envy last August, and TURN TO ENVY ON 21

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CHANGE OF SCHEDULE There has been a change in the date and time for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Business Awards dinner, originally scheduled for the evening March 10. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 24. For more information, email ALWAYS LEARNING Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE) will host speakers on the emergency room at Tri-City Medical Center and “Harriet Tubman: Slave to Freedom Fighter” starting at 1 p.m. March 10, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972.


LIBRARY BIRTHDAY The Friends of the Cardiffby-the-Sea Library celebrate the library’s 102nd birthday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 11 at 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. The Book Nook will offer all materials and books for half off. For more information, visit DEMOCRATIC CLUB Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. March 11 welcoming guest speaker San Marcos Unified School District board member Randy Walton, at 1 p.m. at the Conference Center in Lake San Marcos, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos 92078. For more information, visit FRIENDS AND FUN The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those


who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will Walk the Highland Valley Trail with lunch to follow at Cordiana Winery, Escondido March 11 and gather for a meeting and pot luck at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Oceanside March 12 and happy hour and dinner at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Escondido March 14. Reservations are required at (858) 674-4324.

Games from 9 a.m. to noon April 5 at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore, San Marcos. At this “Live Well San Diego” event, active older adults are teamed up with elementary school-age students for a half-day of educational and physical activities. There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required. To register or obtain more information, call (760) 744-5535.



FULL MOON HIKE Join the Full Moon Hike with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy at 7 p.m. March 12 along the Dust Devil Nature Trail at the San Dieguito. Directions provided upon registration at form.jotform. com/6144615060014. VEGGIE FEST Weidner’s Gardens, 695 Normandy Road, Encinitas, is hosting a Celebration of Herbs & Veggies Festival March 11 and March 12 with gardening experts, seminars, demonstrations and a free basil plant with any purchase. Free hotdog lunch both days from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (760) 436-2194 or visit

MARCH MADNESS Del Mar Foundation hosts March Madness, a St Patrick’s Day Meet & Greet from 6 to 9 p.m. March 14 at Jimmy O’s, 225 15th St., Del Mar. Adults-only and guests must be over 21 years of age to attend. RSVP at survey. /survey/a07edv7uc74izix003z / a01rrizoezk3u/questions. VIOLET SOCIETY The San Diego North County African Violet Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. March 14 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, hosting Leonard Re, an African violet expert.


MEDITATION Meditation is offered at 6 p.m. March 15 for all adult ages and physical conditions at Mira Costa College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Cost is $35 for three sessions at miracosta.augusoft. net. For more info, contact Christina at


WATER INDUSTRY California State University San Marcos has opened registration for the March 18 Water Management Fundamentals and Practice in California course. For more information, visit csusm. edu/el/water. INTERGENERATIONAL GAMES The city of San Marcos is looking for older adults (age 50+) to be a part of its Intergenerational

Place, Encinitas; Olivenhain Guest Home, Olivenhain; Sunrise at La Costa, Carlsbad; Vista Gardens Business news and special Memory Care, Vista and achievements for North San Pacifica House-North Diego County. Send information County Hospice, Carlsbad. via email to community@ The Trader Joe’s store on El Camino Real, Encinitas donated 128 bouquets of flowers.For more informaMACHADO OPENS SALT COLLECTION Pro- tion, visit their fessional surfer and Cardiff longtime resident 5.11 OPENS STORE a Rob Machado opened Salt global innovator of tacCollection at 930 S. Coast tical apparel and gear, Highway, Encinitas, on celebrated the opening of March 4, with his wife So- its new brick-and-mortar retail store March 11, at phie in Encinitas. The store features sig- 3186 Vista Way, Suite 100, nature men’s and wom- Oceanside. For more inen’s clothing as well as formation, visit facebook. some of Sophie’s favorite com/511Oceanside or conbrands that include home tact goods. Rob also curated the men’s side with some NEW WHEY PROTEIN of his hand-shaped boards Carlsbad-based Designer and will feature the line Protein is celebrating its 25th year and Feb. 17, it inRoark. troduced a new product in the Designer Whey range, ASSISTANCE LEAGUE DELIVERS Native Whey Isolate, beMembers of Assistance lieved to be the cleanest, League of Rancho San Di- least processed whey proeguito recently delivered tein on the market. 45 floral arrangements to For more information on several senior care facili- Designer Protein, visit ties including Somerford



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UGLY DOG LOVE Discount tickets are available through March 15 for the San Diego Coastal Chamber and the Del Mar Kiwanis

22nd annual Ugly Dog Contest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9, contest starts at 11 a.m. Tickets at REPUBLICAN CLUB The Republican Club of Ocean Hills will meet at noon March 15 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside., to hear Oceanside City Councilmember, Jerry Kern on “Decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.” RSVP by contacting Colleen at (760) 842-8735. LENTEN SUPPER Each Wednesday at 6 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran Church invites you to share a Lenten Soup Supper at 2993 MacDonald St, Oceanside. For more information, call (760) 757-2525 or visit


POLITICS AND WINE Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated will host an evening of Politics and Wine, with Craig Missakian, former assistant U.S. attorney speaking about “Prosecuting Federal Crimes & Investigating Benghazi” at 6 p.m. March 16, at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Club House Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Reservation required. Donation $25. Contact Terry Minasian at ( 858) 481-8904 or tminasian@sbcglobal. net. RETIREMENT NEWS The National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association will host Matthew Parcasio from the Aging and Independence Services at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. For more information, visit


GOLF THE GREEN There will be Irish festivities, a Skins game, Pot o’ Gold Drawing, dinner, drinks and music from 3

p.m. March 17 at the Emerald Isle Golf Course, 660 S El Camino Real, Oceanside. Cost: $16 includes cart and green fee / $10 Skins game. ST. PATTY’S LUNCH Gloria McClellan Center will host a St. Patrick’s Day Buffet at noon March 17 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista with entertainment by Randy Renner at 11 a.m. Lunch reservations and transportation are needed by 1 p.m. day prior. For more information, call (760) 643-5288. MARK THE CALENDAR DINNER WITH ISSA Make reservations at for the Vista Chamber of Commerce “Meet the Leaders,” dinner with U.S. Congressman Darrel Issa, State Sen. Patricia Bates and California State Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey at 6 p.m. March 24 at the Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. Make reservations by calling (760) 726-1122. TICKETS FOR TEA The Community Resource Center invites all to its 22nd annual English Tea from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 1 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Get

tickets at crcncc.ejoinme. org/Tea. BOYS & GIRLS CLUB GALA Support the Boys and Girls Club of Vista’s “Diamond Ball” Gala on May 6 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa including the “Have a Heart for Kids” award to a special community hero who has made a difference in the lives of local youth. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact, Ellen Clark at (760) 724-6606, ext. 12, or visit VINTAGE VW The vintage Volkswagen show will be March 19 at Bob Baker VW 5500 Paseo Del Norte, in Car Country Carlsbad. Viewing is free. Commemorative shirts will be sold. Roll in begins at 7:30 a.m. SCRABBLE DAYS Scrabble days at the Gloria McClellan Center have changed. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. coastnewsgroup



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LGBT and fair housing — A patchwork of unequal protection By Branden G. Butler

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision ruled a fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples. However, the right of same sex-couples to rent or purchase a home is not a specific right protected under federal law. The federal Fair Housing Act, bans discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, gender, and disability, but does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as prohibited bases. Recently, voters in the city of Houston rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that would have banned housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Against this backdrop, a recent study demonstrated that same-sex couples experience less favorable treatment than heterosexual couples in the online rental housing market.

While the federal government bans housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity only in government operated housing, states and cities across of the country

have had to enact specific laws that ban housing discrimination against LGBT persons because the federal Fair Housing Act does not grant specific protections to LGBT persons. Only 21 states, which include

California, have a law that bans housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Only 17 states ban housing discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. This fact means LGBT persons are not protected against housing discrimination in many states and could face lawful discrimination from a landlord who refuses to rent an apartment to gay, lesbian, or transgender persons. Currently, a same-sex couple can marry but can still be denied the opportunity to purchase or rent a home together because of the unequal protection of fair housing rights for LGBT persons under federal law. However, California specifically bans housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. If you believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, contact the city of San Diego’s Fair Housing Hotline, administered by the Fair

Housing Center of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego Inc., at (844) 4493500 The Legal Aid Society of San Diego Inc. offices are accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information call The Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. (844) 449-3500 TTY (877) 734-2929 or visit online at As a Part of the National Fair Housing Month, LASSD invites you to join a series of fair housing trainings: Encinitas City Hall — April 11; 505 Vulcan Ave.; Escondido City Hall — April 28; 201 N. Broadway;Oceanside City Hall — April 7; 300 N. Coast Hwy.; Vista City Hall — April 5; 200 Civic Center Dr. Times 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For registration call (619) 471-2644 or email Branden G. Butler is senior attorney, Fair Housing Center of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

Women and hair loss: There is good news for a remedy OCEANSIDE — When it comes to hair loss, it’s safe to say men tend to fare better than women. Male hair loss is more common and acceptable to discuss, while a level of shame and embarrassment can occur for women that prevents them from seeking help. Female hair loss can occur in a few different areas including the sides of the head, the top of the head, the front of the head and the eyebrows. While female hair loss can be the result of a medical condition, it is often due to surgery, damage from hair processing and — when it comes to eyebrows — from overplucking. “The majority of women we see have had prior surgery such as a facelift or a forehead lift,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD, said. “If a woman is experiencing thinned out hair over their entire scalp, that is something that should first be addressed medically. If the hair loss is in a distinct pattern or patch area, we can help.” Facial surgeries such as facelifts or forehead lifts will move back a woman’s hairline, which is

“If a woman is experiencing thinned out hair over their entire scalp, that is something that should first be addressed medically. If the hair loss is in a distinct pattern or patch area, we can help,” says Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD in Oceanside. Courtesy photo

something the specialists at MyHairTransplantMD are able to reconstruct. “It is common for us to see women who have had prior cosmetic work,” Wagner said. “While they have managed to fix one problem area, it can create another one.”

In addition to cosmetic surgery, extensive hair processing is another leading cause of hair loss in women. Bleaching, perming and even excessive blow drying can result in scalp and hair follicle damage. “We see a lot of women who have experienced hair loss due to

chemicals and blow drying,” Wagner said. “When they find us they are excited because they had believed their situation was hopeless. During our consultation we show them exactly how we can help them remedy their hair loss once any burns that have occurred heal. They leave our office with a plan. And once the plan has been executed, their confidence is restored.” When it comes to eyebrow thinning, tweezers are usually the culprit. “Whether trying to keep up with trends in eyebrow shaping, or just a result of aggressive plucking, many women live with thin to nearly non-existent eyebrows. Makeup and tattooing are common solutions, and many women mistakenly believe they are the only ones. “Makeup and permanent makeup in particular can be effective, but they don’t produce the most natural-looking results,” Wagner said. “At MyHairTransplantMD we are able to use the same techniques that can restore hair to the scalp and adapt them to restore the full, natural appearance of your eyebrows.” Procedures for

eyebrow hair transplants start at $3,500, depending on the extent of the hair loss. Wagner invites anyone who is experiencing hair loss and is interested in a solution to contact MyHairTransplantMD for a free consultation. “We want you to come in and see us,” he said. “We will ask you to describe your problem, and if necessary we can do a consultation with your physician if a medical issue has created your hair loss problem.” He also urges women to let go of any humiliation they might feel associated with their hair loss. “Female hair restoration is more common than you might think,” Wagner said. “We will make you feel comfortable and when you leave our office you will have a clear vision of what your next step is. We aren’t just restoring hair here; we want to restore your confidence.” MyHairTransplantMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. Visit their website at or call the office at (800) 262-2017 for more information.

‘ I LLUSI O N ’ AT NORTH COAST REP Onstage through March 19, North Coast Repertory Theatre actors, from left: front, Andrew Ableson, Christina L. Flynn and Sharon Reitkerk; from left; middle row, John Herzog, Michael Polak and John Greenleaf, with back row, from left, Paul Turbiak and Kandis Chappell, star in “The Illusion,” by Tony Kushner, directed by David Ellenstein at NCRT, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets at Courtesy photo


From left: GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC) members Rebecca Buchen, Jean Smithers, Laura Dolloff, Nikki Smith and Kathy Shattuck, are among CWONC members that raised $600 by participating in the annual San Diego Humane Society “Walk for Animals” on Feb. 25 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. For more information, visit cwonc. org. Courtesy photo

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African-American Marines share experiences in serving OCEANSIDE — In honor of Black History Month, Camp Pendleton invited two active duty African-American Marines to share their experiences in serving our country. Cpl. Marcus Mack, administration specialist, 21, has served in the Marine Corps for a year-and-a-half. He was not expecting to be a Marine, but after a five-hour talk with a recruiter, he decided he needed to join. Mack is from Maryland. He grew up with one brother and was raised by his mother, without knowing his father, who also served in the military. He said he found family in fellow Marines, who are brothers and sisters he would lay down his life for, if needed. “Anybody that’s wearing this uniform I would lay down on the ground for them, it’s a tight bond here,” Mack said. Mack also has great respect for his commanding officers, which lead by example. “The days I’m down, I imagine what my colonel would look like, it motivates me, (there) will be the day I give it (motivation) to him,” Mack said. Mack sees himself fulfilling his role as a leader in the Marine Corps, and plans to work his way up the ranks to become a sergeant

major. He is thankful for African-American Marines who served before him, and the barriers they broke down. “There was a point in time I couldn’t be in the Marine Corps,” Mack said. “If the Marines, back in the day, didn’t do what they did for us, I don’t know where I’d be.” Mack will leave on his first deployment this year, and confesses he has never been on a boat, and hopes not to get seasick. Sgt. Paris Capers, a mass communication specialist, 25, has served for seven years. He said his job as a communication specialist is to “tell the Marine Corps story” through photos, videos and writing. Capers was raised by his mother and father in Philadelphia, and remains close to his parents. Like Mack he was introduced to the Marine Corps by a recruiter. He described himself as an impatient, brash young man when he joined at age 18. He said the Marine Corps taught him patience, flexibility, professionalism, courtesy and life balance — lessons he shares with friends who did not join. “My friends that went to college are just discovering who they are as people,” Capers said. “The last four years, have made me more settled, more set in who I

am as a person.” Capers thanked the 20,000 African-American Marines who trained at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina to serve in WWII, and the positive im-

pact they made to help end segregation. He added misconceptions continue to exist. “As an African-American, sometimes people perceive me differently than I

do myself. As a Marine that already happens,” Capers said. “People don’t know what my job is, people don’t know what I do, and people don’t know what I stand

for.” Capers’ goal is to become a drill sergeant and teach young Marines the core values of honor, courage and commitment that have been taught to him.

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Encinitas teen launches fundraising campaign By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — It has been a busy 12 months for Nikki Arm, the San Dieguito High School Academy senior who last year published her first book aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and math, better known as STEAM, to young girls. Following the positive reception of “Riley Loves Robotics,” her 32-page story about a little girl who turns to robotics to make 100 posters for the fictitious “Ocean Conservancy Day,” Arm, 18, has written a follow-up book, “Sarah loves Science,” and is working on the third book in the series. Last month, Arm was invited to participate in the STEAM Night event at Mission Meadows Elementary School in Vista and hosted a book signing at the event. And in between, Arm launched and incorporated her own company, “Girls Love STEAM.” But perhaps the most exciting development for Arm, the girl whose passion for science, robotics and creative writing inspired her to start the series for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, is coming in the way of a Kickstarter campaign that kicks off March 9. The six-week fundraising campaign is aimed at helping her raise enough money to publish 1,000 copies of “Riley Loves Robotics” and cover other business costs. For Arm, the fundraising drive is the beginning of her goal to spread the gospel of STEAM to girls — and boys — across the globe. “My dream for my books is to have an ever growing series of books

that can be found in every school and library across the country, and even around the globe,” she said. “I want young girls, and boys, everywhere to know that STEAM activities are for everyone, regardless of their gender. I want to inspire young girls to pursue their own passions and not let anything stop them.” Arm said she has been inspired by the response she has received from kids, parents, teachers and people in the fields of science, robotics and engineering. “Kids enjoy the rhyming story and have a blast building the projects,” she said. “Parents like the fact that their kids both have fun and learn something new while reading my books. “Educators want to use them as learning tools in their classes, they especially like the information and terminology sections in the back of the book.” Arm recalled a story of when she went to an elementary class to teach a lesson on Riley Loves Robotics, and a young girl in the class appeared visibly bored at the topic. Upon reading the book, Arm said she could see the girl’s facial expression change, and as she was leaving, the girl ran to her, and told her that she was going to be take up robotics next year. “That was the moment I knew I had changed her life, and that was the moment I knew all the hours of hard work I had put into my books were more than worth it,” Arm said. Arm’s Kickstarter campaign can be found here at / projects / g i rlslo vesteam /1654664377?token=94ca8048.

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McMahon’s success has had twists and turns By Alan Sculley

Andrew McMahon’s 2014 self-titled first solo album under the name Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness gave him the biggest success of his 15year music career when the song “Cecelia and the Satellite” went top 10 on four different alternative and rock singles charts. It might seem like a long wait for a breakthrough to mainstream radio, but McMahon, in a sense, is happy he didn’t have that sort of success any earlier in his career. “I think what struck me the most, and I think why there’s a sense of gratification of when it came to me is I think it was the first time I was ready for it,” said McMahon, reflecting on his hit single during an early March phone interview. “I think there’s a lot that I’ve learned on this road of making music and living and surviving some pretty strange twists and turns. But I don’t know that in any other scenario, I would have felt one, as prepared, and two, as ready to sort of keep moving in the right direction. “I think I had to do all of the living that I did that led up to that song taking off and everything that followed,” he said.


“And I think as a result, I feel more equipped to sort of keep going and hopefully make good on that success with the follow-up.” That follow-up, the album “Zombies on Broadway,” was released in February and McMahon will now find out if the lead single, “Fire Escape,” or another song from the album connects at radio and online (“Cecelia” was

streamed some 40 million times) to help cement his place on mainstream pop radio. What McMahon will also have — regardless of the success of “Zombies on Broadway” — is an album that will always hold a special place for him. He began working on “Zombies on Broadway” in New York City before “Cecelia” started to catch on, so some songs reflect

the fear that the “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness” album would falter and the thrill McMahon then felt as “Cecelia” became a hit and took his career to a new level. And the setting for the making of much of the album — New York City — is also significant for McMahon. But one has to go back a dozen years to TURN TO MCMAHON ON 15

KAABOO offers monthly payment plan for passes By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With the KAABOO Del Mar 2017 entertainment lineup scheduled to be revealed this month, organizers of the three-day music festival recently announced a


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program that could make ticket purchases a little easier on the wallet. There are three pass options available. The “Hang Loose” is $219, plus $36.45 in fees, and provides three-day access

into all general admission “experiences.” The three-day “Hang 5 VIP” is $719, plus $50.45 in fees, and offers premium stage viewing in the lounges and amplify-only viewing platforms. For $2,599, plus $102.45 in fees, the “Hang 10 VIP” early-bird pass, which sold out last year, also offers access to the artist lounge, meet-andgreets with artists and chefs, golf cart access, free parking and complimentary food and beverages in designated areas. Three-day parking passes for the first two options range from $100 to $200. All onsite parking must be purchased in advance. Attendees can secure passes for $45.90 and

make monthly payments until the event, which will be held Sept. 15-17 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Weezer will be performing. Additional acts will be announced on the KAABOO website March 23. Described as an “adult escape” arts and entertainment “mix-perience,” KAABOO is geared toward an older crowd. It features about 100 acts on several stages throughout each day. Last year performers included Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Fall Out Boy, Gin Blossoms, Lenny Kravitz, Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Ludacris and Jack Johnson. Comedy headliners included Dana Carvey, Sarah Silverman and Cheech & Chong.

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GUITAR ORCHESTRA Guitarists of all skill levels are invited to join the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s upcoming session beginning March 13 through the end of May, with a concert on June 2. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 415 Rancho Santa Fe Rd., in Encinitas. For more information, the guitar orchestra’s registration tab, or contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 943-0755 or COCKTAIL AND ART Lux Art Institute invites the community to its “Museum Next Door: Cocktail hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 10at 1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas, to celebrate the midpoint of its 10th anniversary season with an evening of cocktails and art. Cost is $10 online at /museumnext-door-cocktail-hour or $12 at the door.


‘HONKY TONK LAUNDRY’ “Honky Tonk Laundry” plays Thursday through Sunday shows through March 26 at Vista’s Broadway Theater, 340 E. Broadway, Vista. All seats are $25.50 at (760) 806-7905 or ART AUCTION Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery readies for its annual art auction fundraiser gala, Panache in the gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, with the Auction Preview from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 11 during 2nd Saturday ArtWalkArt and the gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 18 with the live auction at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 before March 17 and $65 at the door. Purchase tickets at, at (760) 480-4101, or at the gallery.


‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ Tickets are available now for the city of San Marcos Theatre West Youth Theater’s musical production, “Beauty and the Beast” at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive on April 21 through April 23. Show times are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for youth/students/seniors and

SHIBORI DYING WORKSHOP Palomar Hand Weavers Guild will host Kathleen Waln, Shibori artist and weaver, for a loom-controlled Shibori weaving and dyeing workshop 1 to 4 p.m. March 13, and 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. March 14 and March 15 at the Weavers Barn, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista. Class fee is $175. Materials fee: $15. Register at agsem. com, (760) 650-1791 or PLAYREADERS Join the Carlsbad Playreaders for “Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Shanley at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. For more information, visit


THEATER FOR A CAUSE San Dieguito High School Academy will present “Snow Angel” at 7 p.m. March 16, March 17, and March 18 in SDA’s Clayton E. Liggett Theater, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for students at the door or A mysterious girl steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of Vermont teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. The event is a Theater for a Cause production, with all proceeds benefitting the Community Resource Center. INDIAN WELLS ART North County artists, Vandegraaff Gearheardt and Anita Lewis, will be exhibiting their work at the Spectrum Indian Wells art show, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, March 16 to March 19 in the Coachella Valley. General admission tickets are $20 online and $30 at the door. Free general admission with a ticket to the BNP Paribas Open. P HO T O G R A P H I NG ART Oceanside Museum Of Art presents “Lecture: Photographing Art” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 16 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Larry Vogel will demonstrate techniques for photographing artwork. Artist Alliance is free, OMA members $10, visitors $15. For more information, visit


C ON T E M P OR A RY DIALOGUES A Ship in the Woods, a nonprofit organization pursuing contemporary dialogues in art, science, music and culture launches its next exhibition “Wake” with an opening reception 6 to 11 p.m. March 17 at 3007 Felicita Road, Escondido. The show, running through April 20, will feature immersive art installations and musical performances by Xiu Xiu and Kid606. Presale tickets $15 at brownpapertickets. com/event/2858883 or $17 at the door.

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Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd Exploiting Villains In February, two teams of South Korean researchers announced cancer-fighting breakthroughs — by taking lessons from how two of medicine’s most vexing, destructive organisms (diarrhea-causing salmonella bacteria and the rabies virus) can access often-unconquerable cancer cells. In journal articles, biologist Jung-joon Min of Chonnam National University described how his team “weaponized” a cancer-fighting invader cell with salmonella to stir up more-robust immune responses, and nanoparticle expert Yu Seok Youn’s Sungkyunkwan University team coated immunizing cells with the rabies protein (since the rabies virus is remarkably successful at invading healthy cells) to reach brain tumors. Unclear on the Concept Gemma Badley was convicted in England’s Teesside Magistrates’ Court in February of impersonating British psychic Sally Morgan on Facebook, selling her “readings” as if they were Morgan’s. (To keep this straight: Badley is the illegal con artist, Morgan the legal one.) • Wells Fargo Bank famously admitted last year that employees (pressured by a company incentive program) had fraudulently opened new accounts for about 2 million existing customers by forging their signatures. In an early lawsuit by a victim of the fraud (who had seven fraudulent accounts opened), the bank argued (and a court agreed!) that the lawsuit had to be handled by arbitration instead of a court of law because the customer had, in the original Wells Fargo contract (that dense, fine-print one he actually signed), agreed to arbitration for “all” disputes. A February Wells Fargo statement to claimed that customers’ forgoing legal rights was actually for their own benefit, in that “arbitration” is faster and less expensive. Great Art! French artist Abraham Poincheval told reporters in February that in his upcoming “performance,” he will entomb himself for a week in a limestone boulder at a Paris museum and then, at the conclusion, sit on a dozen bird eggs until they hatch — “an inner journey,” he said, “to find out what the world is.” (He apparently failed to learn that from previous efforts, such as the two weeks he spent inside a stuffed bear or his time on the Rhone River inside a giant corked bottle.) He told reporters the super-snug tomb has been thoroughly accessorized, providing for breathing, eating, heart monitor and emergency phone — except, they noted, nothing on exactly how toileting will be handled.


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Exhibit opens at Civic Center Library By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The photo exhibit “Between Two Worlds: The United States/Mexico Border” by Pulitzer Prize winner Don Bartletti opened at the Civic Center Library on March 4, with a lecture by Bartletti on his body of work over 38 years. Bartletti captured images of U.S./Mexico and South American country borders as a photographer for the Los Angeles Times. He presented a slideshow of photos taken throughout his career, and narrated the story, photo technique and his journey to capture the images. In many instances he imbedded himself with subjects as they jumped trains, forged rivers, crossed borders, settled in make-shift shelters and performed labor in the U.S. His photographs also captured the poor villages and family members immigrants left behind, impacts of the cartel and work of smugglers and border patrol officers. In the 1990s, 10,000 South American undocumented immigrants crossed the U.S. border. Over the years, Bartletti grew to know individuals who successfully crossed the border, reunited with family, and were later deported or became citizens. Bartletti said immigration is a collection of personal stories. He described a photograph of a group of men and boys riding on top of a train they jumped.


understand how the city fits into the singer-songwriter’s life and career. In 2004, McMahon’s first band, Something Corporate had decided to take a break after releasing three albums and a pair of EPs (and notching a modest alternative rock hit with the single “If You C Jordan”). At that point, McMahon wanted to explore a more classic pop direction with his songwriting and decided to make a solo album under the band name Jack’s Mannequin. That album, “Everything in Transit,” was ready for release when, in May 2005, McMahon was diagnosed cancer of the white blood sells, or acute lymphoblastic leukemia as it was officially known. On Aug. 23, 2005, the day “Everything in Transit” was released, he received a stem cell transplant from his sister, Katie. McMahon had come to New York in this period to work on a second Jack’s Mannequin album that would offer an East coast counterpart in a sense to the very West coast feel he felt “Everything in Transit” possessed. His cancer upended that plan, but a decade later, a cancer-free McMahon decided to return to the scene of his biggest life scare and use the “Zombies on Broadway” project as a way to make good on making the New York City album he intended as the follow up “Everything in Transit.” In making “Zombies on Broadway,” McMahon and his songwriting

Photojournalist Don Bartletti, center, with librarian Hilary Holley, left, and principal librarian Monica Chapa Domercq, right, stand in front of Bartletti’s photo “Too Hungry to Knock.” The exhibit, “Between Two Worlds: The United States/Mexico Border,” is on display at the Civic Center Library through April 22. Photo by Promise Yee

“Nobody’s looking back, they’re looking at the promised land, it’s the hopes and dreams of each individual,” Bartletti said. He said his role as a photojournalist was to remain an observer, gain subjects’ trust, and not change the course of often heartbreaking situations he witnessed. A focus of his photography was children crossing the border, often to reunite with their parents. In 2003 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his work. In a few instances Bartletti be-

and producing collaborators (which included such A-listers as Gregg Wattenberg, Jake Sinclair and Tommy English) crafted a sound that leans more toward synthetic sounds than on the “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness” album. “Don’t Speak For Me (True)” “Brooklyn You’re Killing Me” and “Fire Escape” are among the new songs that use the

friended those he met and photographed, and developed longstanding relationships with them and their families. Sixteen of his photos are on display at the Civic Center Library second floor gallery. The photos show the life of undocumented immigrants in San Diego County during the 1970s through 1990s. Poignant images include priests blessing immigrants as they begin their journey just north of the Tijuana, Mexico/U.S. border, a worker carrying cut flowers in Encinitas

kind of electronic tones, synthetic beats, big choruses and sing-along vocal parts that typify today’s top 40 pop. With introspective ballads like “Birthday Song” and “Love and Great Buildings,” providing balance, it makes for an enjoyable, radio-ready album that shows more emotional range and depth than much of today’s pop music. McMahon and the other

fields and a group of immigrants racing across Interstate-5 before driver warning signs or fencing was in place. The “Between Two Worlds: The United States/Mexico Border” exhibit is on display through April 22. The lecture and exhibit were funded by the Californians: community conversations about immigration grant program. Bartletti resides in Vista, and is working on a book of his documentary photographs, which is expected to be released next year.

three musicians that make up the touring version of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (the band) are now starting what figures to be an extended run of touring to support “Zombies on Broadway,” and McMahon is excited to bring out a show that includes some visual bells and whistles. “Obviously, the tour will be largely dedicat-

ed to bringing these new songs to life and have people hear the songs off of ‘Zombies on Broadway,’” McMahon said. “In that process, this is really the first time in awhile that I’ve been able to take a full headlining production out, so we’re excited to stretch out and bring out some cool toys that we don’t always get to play with.”

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here’s a laundry list of areas where the Padres are seeking improvement. They’ve been busy at spring training breaking in youngsters at positions spots, while wondering where to start with the pitching. How about, with the starters? The Padres most prized hurling prospects aren’t quite ready. That includes Anderson Espinoza, the gem that headed west in the Red Sox trade for Drew Pomeranz. While the majority of the kiddie-corps Padres aren’t far removed from losing their baby teeth, it’s the guys long in the tooth that will begin games. Trevor Cahill is among the veterans looking to resurrect their careers in pitching-friendly Petco Park. If nothing else, Cahill knows the way to the downtown digs. “I’m actually playing for the hometown team,’’ Cahill told the San Diego Union-Tribune. Cahill, an Oceanside native and Vista High graduate, is in the mix for a starting role. He could join a rotation that includes Jered Weaver, Clayton Richard and Jhoulys Chacin. None of those arms belong to kids. So a motivated Cahill, 29, fits in nicely. “There’s reasons for optimism,’’ manager Andy Green said. The right-handed Cahill worked almost exclusively as a reliever for the world champion Chicago Cubs bull-

pen. He started but once, when the Cubs were caught short on a doubleheader that forced him into action. Cahill went 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 65 2/3 innings over 50 games. But Cahill, a one-time starter, is itching to let someone else burst through those bullpen gates. Taking the mound soon after the national anthem is Cahill’s goal. “He’s hungry to regain a rotation spot after pitching out of the bullpen the last few years,’’ Green said. It wasn’t that many years ago that the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Cahill was not only a starter, but one that performed at an All-Star level. He made the 2010 Midsummer Classic with the A’s, and Green said if he stays on his Ps and Qs, he can recapture that past glory. Cahill’s breakthrough season produced an 18-8 record and a 2.97 ERA that was among the top five among American League starters. The second-round pick of the A’s pitched to his pedigree. “If we get him back to form, where he was in Oakland, and help him take a step forward — he was one of the better young starters the game,’’ Green said. Now he returns to pitch for the team of his youth, the one he pulled for as a North County tyke. “You get drafted and you’re like, ‘Oh, I wish it was the Padres,’’’ Cahill said. “And then after a while, I played at Petco many times. It’s kind of like you don’t even see them as the team you grew up with; it’s just another opponent.’’ Then he walked into the Padres’ Arizona complex. He looked around saw those players he once cheered for working as coaches. Guys like Trevor Hoffman and Mark Loretta. “Now that I’ve put on TURN TO PARIS ON 20


Clockwise from top: Santa Fe Christian’s men’s basketball team thanks their student body for their support as the Eagles defeat Lincoln 39 - 35 to win their first CIF Men’s Basketball Championship since 2006. Reassusring his men’s team with just seconds left and 2 point lead, Santa Fe Christian Coach Chad Bickley settles his players down. Santa Fe Christian’s Owen Ashieris pulls up for a jumper. Photos by Pat Cubel

Sage Creek captures first hoops title in school history By Aaron Burgin

CARLSBAD — When Brandon Dowdy was hired as Sage Creek’s first varsity basketball head coach in school history in 2015, he spoke to the 11th grade basketball players, including point guard and team leader Xavier Allison. The group of juniors, which had played junior varsity basketball for two years, were about to embark on their first varsity season, and Dowdy said he told them his goal — to win a CIF title by the time they were seniors. “I told them that I believed they could win a CIF title, but it would take a lot of work and a lot of sacrifices,” Dowdy said. Flash forward to last Saturday, and the speech Dowdy gave two years ago appears prophetic. Led by Allison’s 13 Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School basketball team makes an improbable run through the Division 3 brackpoints and 12 assists, Sage et as the 10th seed en route to winning their first championship title in school history. Photo by Aaron Burgin The Carlsbad school Creek defeated Mount Miguel 68-52 to capture the made an improbable run CIF Division 3 basketball through the Division 3 championship, the first title bracket as the 10th seed, in the neophyte school’s exTURN TO SAGE CREEK ON 20 istence.

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Far Niente of Napa Valley celebrates its new release, a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, at the luxurious Meritage Resort in Napa. From left: Executive Chef Dana Hicks, guest Chef Miller McRae, and Far Niente Winemaker Nicole Marchesi. Courtesy photo

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the jersey and I’m seeing the guys I used to watch growing up in the clubhouse, I guess it hit me then,’’ Cahill said. He didn’t get hit in his Padres debut and that’s a plus. It was just a split-squad game, but he stymied the A’s over two hitless innings, with three strikeouts and a walk. It was a baby step for someone raising the team’s median age. “I’ve been really impressed in how he is throwing the baseball so far,’’ Green said. “Arm looks really healthy.’’ It’s a right arm that once gobbled up innings. “I feel like if I can still do that I can help this team out in that regard,’’ he said. “But I haven’t done it in a couple of years, so it’ll be interesting to see how I hold up over throwing 100 pitches.’’ The Padres’ pitch was to return home. Cahill’s accepted and he’s bent on securing a starting assignment. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@ His book “Game of MyLife Chargers” is available at bookstores and at

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GFWC Contemporary Women of North County members Susan Walsh, left, and Marianne Valencia, bake more than 300 “dog theme” cookies for the Canine Companions for Independence graduation ceremony that was held recently in Oceanside. Canine Companions for Independence provides trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. On-line donations can be made at any time to Courtesy photo


defeating No. 7 Christian, No. 2 Granite Hills and No. 6 Montgomery to advance to the title game at Jenny Craig Pavilion, where Dowdy played part of his college basketball career for the University of San Diego. The Bobcats (14-18) dominated the ninth-seed Matadors, which knocked off top-seeded Coronado and fourth-seeded Point Loma on their way to a sur-

prise berth in the finals. The team shot 59.5 percent from the field in the finals, the only team to shoot over 50 percent in the five championship games played on Saturday. Sage Creek jumped out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back, amassing a 31-15 halftime advantage and leading by as many as 20 points in the third quarter. Dowdy said the team played to its strengths and looked for scoring inside. “If you look at the

tape of us throughout the year, we are not a good outside shooting team,” said Dowdy, who played part of his collegiate career at USD. “We really stressed getting the ball inside and playing inside-out and I think the boys bought into it.” Unheralded senior Bryce Buscher led the Bobcats with 16 points. Allison’s double-double was his second big performance in as many games, as he notched a triple double in the semifinal

game with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dowdy said that much of the team’s success is because of Allison’s growth over the year. “I think he is a very underrated prospect, and I think that colleges need to definitely give him a look,” he said of his unsigned senior point guard. Sage Creek’s season would end this week in the state playoffs, as the team lost of Twentynine Palms in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs.


lease party was, as always, an original event at their Oakville winery. It was a celebratory day of new release Cabernet, food pairings and bottle signings with the proprietors, the Duncan family. Oakville is considered central to Napa Valley world-class Cabs. Over 80 wineries dot the district with over 5,000-acres under vine including Silver Oak and Far Niente. Others include Heitz Cellars, Paradigm, Plumpjack, Girard, Nickel and Nickel, Turnbull, Ramey, Screaming Eagle, Cakebread, Tamber Bay, Opus One and Robert Mondavi. You can almost always get a Cabernet Sauvignon in a blend, as most Napa Valley blends are Bordeaux style, which mandates a Cab as lead varietal. If an authentic single vineyard 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon is your style, be prepared to pay up for the real deal. Visit and Wine Bytes Cheese 101 accompanied by six wines from 2Plank Vineyards in Vista will be March 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the 2Plank Tasting Room. Learn the tips and tricks about cheeses and taste the flavors of goat, sheep, cow or combined milk cheeses; $28 per person. To register, contact Tamara Golden at (760) 472-3127 or Tamara@ The 6th annual Taste of Bressi happens with the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad at Bressi Ranch Clubhouse, March 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. Craft beers and premium wines, food from local restaurants and live music are planned. Call (760) 444-4893 for tickets. The WineSellar & Brasserie presents a Journey Through Tuscany March 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. with tastings of some 20 Italian wines; $26 each for this event. Add a Tuscan dinner at 6 p.m. with five courses for $89. Both cost $105. Phone (858) 4509557. Charcuterie and Cheese is the event March 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Angel’s Salumni and Truffles in Carlsbad. These expert meat professionals invite you to sample favorite meats and cheeses, many containing truffles. Learn more at (760) 931-1324. Cost is $50 each. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View his columns at and reach him at Follow him on Facebook.


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during the City Council meeting. In addition, the two also issued stern comments about brining Kennedy’s killer to justice. “Gang violence will not be tolerated,” Abed added. Carter, meanwhile, said the “thugs” and “gangsters” who committed the crime will be found and arrested. He also said there are gang


farms in a single day. The event’s popularity led to growing pains, according to Taylor Zumstein, San Diego County Farm Bureau’s event and marketing coordinator “As our event grew, so did our need for volunteers and farm tour guides. In order to accommodate such large groups, we also needed expansive parking. Some of the farms that would have been great for a tour simply couldn’t provide the capacity for such large crowds,” said Zumstein. Still in its infancy, Friends of Farming is the Farm Bureau’s up and coming program. For just $27 a year, Friends have the opportunity to attend six farm tours throughout the year. Program participants can attend as many or as few of the tours as they would like. Tours are typically held on Saturdays with multiple tour times. Farm tours give consumers the chance to visit a working farm and see what goes into producing the head of lettuce, gallon of milk, or the plants they buy. The popularity of farm tours has increased in recent years, according to Zumstein. “Now, more than ever, consumers want to know what’s in their products, how it’s grown and harvested, and where it was sourced. Consumers are buying local produce, protein, plants, and flowers more often now,” She said. So many people are urban and suburban dwellers, that they have largely lost their connection to the farming way of life. Visiting farms can help to reestablish the connection to our food and to hear farmers share their passion for agriculture can be quite interesting.


looking for a site in North County to host a new Recovery and Wellness Center, to provide assistance for those struggling with addiction with recovery and recuperative care, reducing public costs for incarceration and hospitalization. Anglea says the Center, which may range from 15,000 to 30,000 square feet, would ideally have 75 beds, and once built, would be the first of its kind in the region. As homeless programs and shelters require sobri-


T he C oast News - I nland E dition members who know who shot Kennedy and urged those individuals to anonymously contact Crime Stoppers to relay any information. Carter’s said the reason for his plea to the gangsters who have information is because “they have parents.” “Somebody in that community knows what happened,” he added. “If you have information, even a little, it could help.” Carter also railed

against the apartment complex, Pepperwood Meadows for renting to criminals and gang members. He said the police will do everything in their power to discontinue those practices. Carter said the apartment complex has been an issue for years as the area has become a location for gang activity. The EPD urges any witnesses to call (760) 839-4926, (760) 839-4422 or anonymously at (760) 743-8477.

“Witnessing a farmer speak about their operation is quite the heartwarming experience. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into their farms, so facilitating tours gives farmers the chance to show off their hard work and also educate visitors about their slice of agriculture,” said Zumstein. Many of the farms they tour are usually not open to the public. The program offers a one-of-a-kind experience that will allow participants to learn about these special farming operations. A few of the agricultural commodities that Friends of Farming have toured in the past include farms cultivating everything from citrus, cut flowers, and heirloom beans, to honey, hops, and mushrooms. One of Zumstein’s fondest farm tour memories was when a family visited a local organic farm for the first time. “All of them were dressed very nicely, and the kids had on matching crisp, clean white shirts. Well you know what happens when you get on a farm…you get dirty! They were having the time of their lives: petting the goats, sticking their hands in the soil like the farmer showed them, and getting their hands sticky with fresh fruit that they had picked themselves,” said Zumstein. The first Friends of Farming tour of 2017 will take place March 18 at Solutions Farms in Vista. Solutions Farms is an integral part of Solutions for Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving family homelessness. The Farm functions as a laboratory for teaching work values and preparing people for re-entry into the workforce. Solutions Farms raises hope, as well as pro-

duce, according to the organization’s website. It’s also a farm that uses aquaponics, which means that nutrient-rich water from fish culture is used to nourish produce. In fact, they are currently one of the largest aquaponic facilities in the West. Solutions Farms organic herbs and greens are available at farmers markets, restaurants and Community Supported Agriculture groups (CSA’s) throughout North County and beyond. Kevin Gorham, who is the head grower, and aquaculture and hydroponic specialist, operates the Farm. Gorham has been in the farming industry for about six years. After completing an internship on an aquaponic farm in Hawaii, he returned home to Vista and helped build the first aquaponic systems at Solutions Farms in 2012. He’s worked there ever since. Gorham believes that local agriculture is critical to keeping people connected to their food, community and the environment. “Supporting local farms supports the local economy, creates jobs, and when we’re connected with our local farms we can ensure our food is being produced in safe, environmentally friendly ways,” said Gorham. He thinks people will find the Solutions Farm unique integration of hydroponics and aquaculture very educational. “Tour participants will learn about the environmental downsides to traditional hydroponic and aquaculture operations, while at the same time learning how through integration we are able to eliminate those environmental concerns,” said Gorham. For more information about Friends of Farming, visit

ety upon entry, substance abuse prevents many homeless residents from receiving shelter or other services they need. For all the steps in the right direction, to task before us, as a community, is daunting. Anglea mentioned that data on the region’s homeless population has improved, and we know now that more than 17,000 individuals accessed homeless services in 2016 from more than 200 service providers in San Diego County. Of those 17,000-plus individuals, about 10,000 were homeless for the first time.

Carlsbad doesn’t have the large homeless population Oceanside does, nor the population spike which probably necessitated Oceanside’s town hall forum, but we nonetheless have a vulnerable population that needs our attention and our support to get on the road to permanent housing. Perhaps it’s time for Carlsbad to host a town hall on homelessness this year — what do you think? It’s got my vote, and I’d definitely attend. Vince Vasquez is an economist based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.



have made a quick turnaround to get their creation into the prestigious event. SXSW’s accelerator competition was the launching point for such apps and sites such as Twitter and Airbnb. According to Chris Valentine, SXSW Accelerator event producer, 71 percent of startups over the


the Breeders’ Cup. “There will be a lot to enjoy in Del Mar — beaches, restaurants and relaxation,” Sinnott added. Off-site events being planned include a golf tournament, a 5K race and a week of private and public activities at a temporary “Barn at the Beach,” currently in the permitting process, at Powerhouse Park. Attendees can also go in search of 20 lifesized sculptures of historic Breeders’ Cup horses that will be decorated by local artists and displayed in Del Mar and throughout neighboring cities in an exhibit called “The Art of the Horse.” Also on hand for the press conference, hosted by Laffit Pincay III, son of Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., were Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith, who rode Arrogate to victory in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. “Del Mar has become



Truck’s menu will include typical coffee shop drinks, fruit smoothies, pastries, oatmeal cups and grab and go snacks. All of the coffee drinks can be iced or blended. The coffee beans are locally roasted from a company out of Oceanside called San Diego Coffee Company. As well as the pastries will be locally made from S & S Bakery located in San Diego. She’ll be hitting the streets officially March 18, focusing on San Elijo untill she goes full time around September. The goal is San Elijo, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Elfin Forrest


was not all about challenges, as he pointed out many of the city’s accomplishments over the past year, including a balanced $71 million general fund budget, a robust road maintenance program, several major infrastructure projects — including two bridges over flood-prone San Marcos Creek — and a developer-led housing boom that has created various housing types. These accomplishments, Desmond said, are all products of the city’s commitment to three priority areas — public safety, management of resourc-

eight years of the program have received more than $3.1 billion in funding and 14 percent were acquired. Cosco and Nebel’s goal, though, is to secure “Series A” funding, which gives investors preferred stock for their investment, she said. Cosco and Nebel got their project off the ground with grassroots funding mostly through parents and friends. If the presentation

doesn’t go their way, Cosco said they would continue with their current funding efforts, while seeking out other methods, including from those already interested venture capitalists. “South by Southwest was the first validation for our idea,” she added. “We’re just bootstrapping it. It’s something we’ve done completely on our own. To be selected … was really amazing.”

my favorite city to be at,” Smith said. “And then to add my two favorite (racing) days on top of it is going to be incredible. I can’t wait. … To me, anyway, it’ll probably be the best one ever.” “We didn’t know if this day would ever come,” said Stevens, who rode in the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 at Hollywood Park. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who also attended the press conference, said the event will benefit the entire county. It is estimated it could have a total $100 million economic impact to the region. “We’re going to have some of the best athletes in the world, the best horses in the world, right here in Del Mar and in San Diego for the entire world to see,” Faulconer said, highlighting other area attractions such as the zoo, SeaWorld, the USS Midway “and, of course, our world-class beaches and bays, not to mention craft beer and the fish tacos.” “We really look forward to this kind of cel-

ebration of racing and the Breeders’ Cup,” Sinnott added. “We’re very pleased to be a host. We’re going to work hard to make this event a tremendous success for the region.” Joe Harper, president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said he has been trying to bring the Breeders’ Cup to Del Mar for more than a decade. “When we first went back to pitch Del Mar to get a Breeders’ Cup it was obvious to me that what I had to pitch to them was San Diego and North County and Del Mar in particular,” Harper said. “Many of the people who made the decision to have Breeders’ Cup here had never been to Del Mar. Some had never been to San Diego. “It’s pretty easy for me to sell something like this,” he added, referencing clear blue skies while standing atop the Del Mar Plaza with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. “I think that of all the venues that Breeders’ Cup has been to this has got to be the icing on the cake.”

and Harmony Grove. Once the business goes full time, Oksayan wants to be in San Elijo for school drop off every morning. “I think it will be very welcoming to the community. I hope it will eliminate any stress in the morning. I want to be something that can be a quick grab and go. I imagine the middle school kids walking to school, if they haven’t had anything they can stop and grab a pastry,” said Oksayan. Though food trucks have become a popular way of business, there are only five coffee food trucks in San Diego according to Roaming Hunger. “The fact that it is mobile makes it unique.

It is so nice because we can take it place, we can take it to events such as the Vista Vintage Market and street fairs,” said Oksayan. “I think what will make it different is there are a lot of great coffee shops out there but they get so incredibly packed, especially on Saturdays. They can’t move around, so I’m hoping this becomes a local staple. The Rush Coffee’s will have a grand opening in San Elijo March 18, while Carlsbad will have a grand opening at a date still to be determined. Interested coffee lovers can follow The Rush Coffee on Twitter and Facebook for grand opening details for each city.

es and quality of life. The city saw 15 major projects start or near completion in 2016, including The Marc, the large apartment-centered development near Palomar College, the North City District adjacent to Cal State San Marcos, a Fairfield Inn and Suites under construction on the corner of Twin Oaks Valley Road and San Marcos Boulevard, and the first projects within the Creek District, two mixedused developments. A major change regarding development that Desmond pointed out was the “recalibration” of the Creek District plans, which started late last year when city officials acknowledged

the old plan — approved in 2007 — included too much retail space and needed an overhaul. The city, Desmond said, has revived and expanded the Creek District oversight committee in an effort to capture more public input on the future of the plan. Desmond gave his speech in front of more than 300 guests at Cal State San Marcos’ student union as part of a joint event with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. The chamber celebrated its annual officer installation and gave awards to several businesses of the year and an ambassador of the year.


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