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Judge sides with parents in school suit

Escondido sets police guidelines on de-escalation

By City News Service

REGION — A judge on March 15 ruled in favor of a group of North County parents who sued the state to overturn pandemic-related rules they allege have unfairly prevented school districts from reopening for in-person learning. The temporary restraining order issued by San Diego Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland prohibits the state from enforcing the provisions of its January framework for reopening schools, which the plaintiffs allege has interfered with school districts’ reopening plans and includes “arbitrary” restrictions that have impeded in-person instruction from resuming. Lee Andelin, an attorney representing the parents, said the order appears to apply to schools statewide. The parties will reconvene in two weeks for a hearing on a preliminary injunction. Regardless of the ruling, a representative from the California Health & Human Services Agency said that due to progress regarding declining transmission rates and the push for school staff vaccinations, San Diego County high schools and middle schools will be reopening for in-person learning this week. “California has and will continue to accelerate the safe reopening of schools by increasing access to vaccines for school staff, ensuring ample resources to implement key safety measures, and reducing COVID-19 transmission rates,” said Rodger Butler, the associate secretary, media relations, for the California Health & Human Services Agency. “Because of progress across each of these key factors, middle and high schools throughout San Diego County can reopen for in-person instruction this week. “We will continue to TURN TO PARENTS ON 7

By Tigist Layne

JESSE SATKOSKI, of Escondido, is a longtime fan of the popular game show “The Price Is Right.” In the March 12 episode of the show, he won nearly $40,000, a living room set and a new car. Courtesy photo

‘Price Is Right’ fan savors ‘jaw-dropping’ win By Jordan P. Ingram

ESCONDIDO — An Escondido resident won a Grammy-themed showcase, including a new car, during a March 12 episode of “everyone’s favorite game show,” The Price Is Right. Jesse Satkoski, 25, is a longtime fan of the program. After hearing from

a friend about the possibility of becoming a contestant and submitting an online application, Satkoski was selected to appear on the CBS daytime show hosted by comedian Drew Carey. Satkoski said this was his very first experience as a contestant on a televised game show.

“Honestly, it’s the most insane, jaw-dropping experience I’ve been a part of,” Satkoski told The Coast News. “It was just a really fun experience. Drew Carey is an awesome person to meet. It’s just cool to go on a show I’ve watched with my mom and family growing up.

You can go in there with nothing and everybody can leave with something if they’re lucky.” On Friday, Satkoski made it the show’s final showcase and went on to win $39,187, a living room set with a 75-inch television and a new Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible.

ESCONDIDO — Following incidents of police brutality across the nation over the past year that sparked widespread outrage and calls for police reform, the Escondido Police Department announced last week that it has established a standalone de-escalation policy. The policy says that officers should gather all of the information they can before entering a potentially tense situation. It also says that officers should use tactics to lower the intensity during these encounters. Officers are called on to stay calm, listen to the individual in question and use clear and concise language If necessary, officers can disengage, or walk away from a situation, as long as the person isn’t a threat to others. De-escalation practices and training have been a part of the department for years; however, this is the first stand-alone de-escalation policy the department has created. Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso told The Coast News that the department worked with North San Diego NAACP, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, as well as a few other groups to allow some community input on the policy. “For the department, it’s another commitment that we’re making,” Varso said. “De-escalation alone will not solve every problem that we face. … However, when we have moments where TURN TO DE-ESCALATION ON 6

Developers reach settlement with Villa Serena tenants By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — National CORE, a nonprofit affordable housing developer that has recently faced backlash over its decision to relocate dozens of low-income families for a redevelopment project, has reached a settlement with its tenants. According to André León from the San Diego Tenants Union, tenants who were a part of the union and were still at Villa Serena

Apartments could choose between a $10,000 settlement for relocation assistance or temporary subsidized hotel accommodations where tenants would be paying around $650 a month, with National CORE putting up the difference. The developer, which will soon begin the process of demolishing and rebuilding the Villa Serena Apartments located at 340 Marcos Street, sent 90-day notices to 60 low-income families

back in November alerting them that they would have to relocate. In December, members of the Villa Serena Tenant Association with the support of the San Diego Tenants Union sent a letter to the developer criticizing them for “depriv[ing] [tenants] of their legal right to relocation assistance.” This is referring to documents that tenants have been required to sign since at least March 2016.


Typically, tenants are entitled to relocation benefits and assistance, including, but not limited to rental assistance, advisory services and payment for moving expenses. However, in addition to standard leasing documents, National CORE has required tenants to sign a “Move-in Sheet” and a “Waiver of Relocation Benefits Notice,” which says that signatories waive their rights to federal Uni-

form Relocation Assistance (URA) and state relocation assistance, respectively. The “Move-in Sheet” claims that signatories “will not be entitled to any relocation payments or assistance provided under the URA, and the “Waiver of Relocation Benefits Notice” claims that signatories “will NOT be entitled to any relocation payments and/or assistance provided under the Califor-




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Vaccination participation at Silvergate blows away national averages SAN MARCOS, CA - March 19, 2021 - While only 10% of the general public in the United States has received a first-round COVID-19 vaccine shot, an impressive 93% of the residents, caregivers and staff at Silvergate Retirement Residence, operator of three senior living communities in north county San Diego, now have successfully received both rounds of the Pfizer vaccination. “When you’re a local operator, you can take more decisive action to protect your residents and employees,” said David Petree, Chief Executive Officer of AmeriCare Health & Retirement, owner of Silvergate San Marcos. “Through significant education and corporate incentives, our management team was able to convince the vast majority of both our residents and staff to participate in the vaccination process. I was incredibly impressed with the rate of participation they were able to achieve. I am so glad to see our team leading the industry in this effort. By establishing a safer senior living environment, we’ll now be able to open up to all kinds of new activities.” Vaccinations are now offered in California to anyone over the age of 65. However, seniors often struggle to secure a vaccination appointment, find the registration process confusing and have concerns about limited supply. As a Phase I priority location, Silvergate acted swiftly to secure an adequate supply of vaccine doses and arrange for multiple on-site clinic vaccination dates at the community. Silvergate residents benefited from a turn-key vaccine solution, with registration taken care of for them and shots delivered right where they live. As a result, more than 95% have completed the second round of

High Vaccination Rates Achieved Among Both Residents and Staff at Silvergate. vaccines and are now considered immune. Currently across the nation, roughly 50% of health care workers in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care communities have elected to receive the vaccination. Understanding this, Silvergate implemented a multi-faceted information campaign across all of their communities, coupled with attractive participation incentives, to counter common misinformation and personal bias among residents and staff. Silvergate’s additional efforts resulted in more than 90% of its eligible staff being vaccinated - a rate far above the national averages. The measures Silvergate took to achieve such a high rate of vaccination within the community included individual meetings with staff to address personal concerns, dissemination of educational materials

campus-wide, additional paid time off as a reward for participating, a day-of thank you gift card to Starbucks and an “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” shirt-collar button to wear with pride. “I really feel like our management did a great job of helping everyone understand how important it is to get vaccinated,” said Christina Woolard, the Business Office Manager at Silvergate who worked to secure vaccine consent forms, register those receiving shots and help schedule second-round vaccinations for everyone who had an initial shot. “I’ve gotten to know and love all the residents here at Silvergate. We’re like one big family, and I want them to be protected from this pandemic as much as I want my own family to be shielded from it. I felt it was my duty to get vaccinated and was simply the right thing to do.” Many seniors have been reluctant to consider a move to a retirement community during the COVID -19 pandemic. With all Silvergate communities having delivered both rounds of vaccines at such high participation rates, now may be the ideal time for seniors to explore the protective bubble Silvergate offers. Community-wide vaccination success means new and exciting events and activities can be reintroduced safely and without delay. About Silvergate San Marcos For virtual and private in-person tours of Silvergate, call (760) 744-4484. Information about available independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations can be found at

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CSUSM team wins hackathon; idea could help Defense Dept. By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — A team of three California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) students and one alumnus is one of only four groups nationwide to win the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) virtual hackathon, which helps solve problems for the U.S. Department of Defense. Team Synergy included three current CSUSM students — Jael Acuna, an electrical engineering major; Briana Cordova, business management;

I have no tech experience at all. Jumping in, getting your feet wet and learning as much as you can will benefit you in the long run.” CSUSM senior Briana Cordova

and Lemuel Johnson, applied physics — and a 2020 alumnus, Chris Morales, who founded an online menswear retailer after graduating with a degree in entrepreneurial management. They were led by Dan Hendricks, a retired Navy captain and owner of Open Source Maker Labs in Vista. After pitching Syn6, an encrypted, compartmentalized and intelligent three-tier cybersecurity architecture that maintains operational resilience for human-controlled and autonomous vehicles, the team received an award of $15,000 during the NSIN virtual hackathon, Mad Hacks: Fury Code. The hackathon, which took place Feb. 5-26, challenged more than 500 participants to develop

technologies to help human-controlled and autonomous vehicles operate through cyberattacks or other instances of electronic warfare. “It was a very collaborative effort,” Hendricks said. “I like to say I’m a mentor, not an instructor. I love to work with young professionals, they have so much talent and potential, they just need a good problem and some guidance and direction.” Cordova, a senior at CSUSM, told The Coast News that only two of the team members knew each other beforehand, but they met every single day over the three-week period via Zoom and other online platforms. “I have no tech experience at all,” Cordova said. “Jumping in, getting your feet wet and learning as much as you can will benefit you in the long run. Being open to learning and being open to the unknown is going to help you ultimately achieve your goals.” Hendricks said that he is proud of his team for all of the work they put in, and he encourages others to try new things, as well. “There are a lot of people that are hesitant to try new things, or they’re afraid of failure, but that’s my mentoring role for young professionals,” Hendricks said. “My message is, go ahead and try it, it’s okay. you’ll be surprised by the outcome and what you are able to do.” The $25,000 grand prize went to Team Distributed Spectrum, composed of three seniors at Harvard University, for a solution that will detect cyberattacks in the radio spectrum in real time. The NSIN is a Department of Defense program office that seeks to create new communities of innovators to solve national security problems. The program partners with national research universities and the venture community to reinvigorate collaboration between civil and military technology.

Red means go: Indoor dining, theaters open By City News Service

AFTER LAST YEAR’S fair was canceled due to COVID-19, the 22nd DAA approved plans last week for a modified version of the San Diego County Fair. This year’s event is called “Homegrown Fun!” and will take place June 11 to July 4. File photo

Fair gets the go-ahead By Bill Slane

DEL MAR — After much speculation, and recent changes in state reopening guidelines regarding the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the 22nd District Agricultural Association tasked with operating the Del Mar Fairgrounds agreed to plans for a modified version of the annual county fair. San Diego County Fair Presents: Homegrown Fun! will take place from June 11 to July 4 — closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open from noon to 9 p.m — in a smaller footprint than San Diegans are used to with the traditional county fair. “We are very pleased to present a version of the fair that will provide the community with an essence of some of the most important traditions San Diegans look forward to every year to start their summer,” said Katie Mueller, chief business services operator at the fairgrounds. The event will not take space from the current vaccination supersite at the fairgrounds, according to the plans presented to the board. That was the most difficult task since the supersite is using the main parking lot for the fairgrounds. “We’ve gotten cre-

ative with our parking and traffic teams,” Mueller said. “We’ve been able to identify the racetrack, the training track and a part of the west lot as well as the green lot.” It is estimated there will be about 3000 parking spaces to utilize for the duration of the event. Expectations are also that a capacity of 10,000 attendees will be enforced to comply with COVID-19 protocols but that number is limited more by the parking situation. Bing Crosby Hall and the Seaside Pavillion will both be used for retail shopping and sponsorship displays. Under the current COVID tier, indoor venues such as those are limited to 25% capacity. “We hope and anticipate that we will be moving up tiers by June and we will be able to allow more capacity,” Mueller said. A central part of the fair every year is food, as shown by the Fair Food Fix drive-thru event the fairgrounds put on last summer. Food stands will be returning to the event this year with at least 20 vendors with the board hoping for more before June. Other attractions will include animal presentations, community demon-

strations and the fairgrounds also hopes to have a Fourth of July fireworks display to close out the event. Carnival rides or midway games will not be at this special county fair event. Mueller says the fairgrounds has been in consultation with the county public health department to determine the safety of the event. “They have advised us that with the proper COVID-19 protocol plan in place this event is doable. And especially by June, we’re all optimistic that it’s doable if things continue on the positive path that they’ve been on,” Mueller said. While it is still a moving target with guidelines changing as vaccinations increase and hospitalizations decrease, it is currently anticipated that masks will be required for the event. However, the fairgrounds will look to local public health orders for such a requirement. Additionally, to help curb large groups coming to the fairgrounds that exceed the capacity, all tickets and parking passes will be sold online only for this event although specifics on purchasing those tickets is not yet available.

REGION — Restaurants, movie theaters, fitness centers and other businesses resumed indoor activities March 17 with San Diego County advancing into the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening blueprint. The state confirmed the move Tuesday when it reported the county’s new daily COVID case rate was 6.8 per 100,000 population, the second consecutive week the county registered a sub-10 per 100,000 number, allowing for the shift to the red tier. The rate last week was 8.8 per 100,000 residents. “This is another strong step forward in our responsible recovery from COVID-19,” Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said. “While it has been a long year, particularly for our gyms and restaurants, the vaccine has given us hope that we cannot only save lives, but get our way of life back.” A move to the red tier allows for indoor dining and movie theaters at 25% capacity or 100 diners — whichever is fewer, as well as gyms operating at 10% capacity indoors, and museums, zoos and aquariums at 25% indoors. Retail businesses in shopping centers can increase capacity from 25% to 50% in the red tier. School districts may reopen without seeking a waiver. Higher education institutions can reopen to in-person, indoors instruction at 25% capacity or 100 people — whichever is fewer. Also, live outdoor events will allow for 20% capacity — meaning fans could be in the stands for the Padres’ opening day game April 1. A full list of what changes between tiers can be found at safer-economy/. County public health officials reported 411 new COVID-19 infections and eight deaths Wednesday, increasing the total cases to 266,317 and the death count to 3,470.

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Anti-Asian violence shows folly of defunding the police


5 powerful practices to help small businesses be successful


By Gloria Martinez

s a small business owner, you know you need to invest time, talent, and energy in keeping your business successful. You’re willing to learn through trial and error what works and what doesn’t. But wouldn’t it be better to skip the “error” phase of the learning curve? Adopting good practices that have proven successful for other business owners before can help you get off to a good start without the worry that you’ll stumble along the way. The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce offers five of the most important practices to keep in mind if you’re a small business owner. KNOW RELEVANT RULES & REGULATIONS Before you make a plan, you need to know the legal aspects of business ownership. It’s wise to educate yourself on existing regulations before you even launch your business as you’ll be required to start jumping through the legal hoops from the beginning — but also because you need to take into account such considerations as zoning laws, tax law, employment law, and copyright laws if your business plan is to be practicable. Seek out educational webinars to help you learn the ropes of business management, such as the ones offered by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. CREATE A BUSINESS PLAN Once you understand the legal landscape, it’s critical to craft a business plan. A good plan is intended

not only to showcase your business to potential customers and investors, but it should also help you stay focused on your goals and maintain a coherent vision. A good business plan will include an executive summary, management bios, a product description, and a marketing plan. Most importantly, you must have a realistic financial plan that takes cognizance of tax law. PUT YOUR MONEY IN THE RIGHT ACCOUNT The financial portion of your business requires regular monitoring and tracking. To stay on top of your finances, it’s wise to open a bank account that is specifically tailored to the needs of small business owners. The best business bank account will offer highyield interest and merge well with your payroll software. Other benefits to look for in the ideal account include free instant deposit, fewer fees, and cash flow projections.

and communication apps make a huge difference in this area. INVEST IN YOUR EMPLOYEES Finding ways to cut corners in some areas may be prudent, but not when it comes to valuing your employees. Employment models that rely on overworked, underpaid staff may look enticing if you’re thinking about economizing, but these plans are harmful in the long run to all concerned and definitely bad for business. Pay your employees and freelancers adequately and promptly, and find other ways to make sure they feel valued. Invest in your team, and they will invest in your business. While learning the ropes of business management may seem overwhelming at first, remember there is a wealth of resources available online, including information from seasoned business owners. Seek out support from your local community, too, by joining your area chamber of commerce. Other benefits of membership in your chamber include increased visibility, promotion, and access to ongoing education. Encinitas Chamber of Commerce can help small business owners hit the ground running and support them as they develop and grow. Consider joining today.

PRIORITIZE ORGANIZATION It’s not enough to have a plan that looks great on paper. You need to put it into practice. To do so, organization should be a priority. When you have a schedule, stick to it. Communicate clearly with customers, investors, and employees, so everyone is on the same page. Keep meticulous records, and double-check Gloria Martinez runs regularly to be sure you WomenLed, a group that are not making mistakes or celebrates women’s achieveomitting essentials. ments in the workplace. MarEnlist technology to tinez’s op-ed appears courtesy help you in your quest for of the Encinitas Chamber of organization — scheduling Commerce.

ithin days, or a couple of weeks at the most, Californians will know whether their state Supreme Court will respect their views on a key aspect of criminal justice, or whether their ideas on what is right and just will be ignored. Only a few months ago, voters opted by almost a 57%-43% margin to reject Proposition 25 and along with it a law passed in 2019 that would have ended cash bail virtually everywhere in this state. Instead, judges would have been forced to grant pretrial release for criminal defendants regardless of how serious their offense so long as even one judge deemed them unlikely to flee or commit more violent acts. Bail bondsmen and crime victims alike breathed a sigh of relief when that so-called reform was tossed. But now comes the state’s highest court, seemingly ready to disregard the voters’ will completely. If the justices opt to get rid of cash bail in almost all cases, they’ll be following the example of Gov. Gavin Newsom, who used pandemic-enabled emergency power to suspend most cash bail last spring ostensibly to cut down crowding in county jails and help prevent more spread of disease. The case the justices are using as justification for their likely ruling against the established bail system involves a San Francisco man who spent a year in jail on a robbery charge, unable to make $350,000 bail. When they took up the case about two months ago, the justices appeared

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to believe the accused was being discriminated against because he could not come up with one-tenth of his nominal bail, the amount most bondsmen require before putting up the balance of the bail as a kind of loan. What had the 66-yearold suspect done? He allegedly broke into the apartment of a 79-year-old man in 2017, threatening to put a pillowcase over the victim’s head while stealing $5 and some scented water. The theft was trivial, but the alleged break-in, the threat and the alarm it caused should not happen to anyone. His lawyer argued it was unjust to keep the accused intruder in jail awaiting trial just because he was broke. Most legal officials involved in the case appear to agree. An appeals court ruled in August that it’s unjust to keep a defendant in custody when the bail set is far beyond his or her capacity to pay it. The Supreme Court followed by telling all California judges to set bail only in amounts a defendant can afford to pay, at least until the San Francisco case is decided —which will be soon. Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, in a later hearing, cited a Nevada Supreme Court ruling holding no judge can set bail higher than a defendant can afford unless that is the only way to assure

the suspect will show up for trial. California now has no such limits, but Cuellar argued that California’s state constitution can be interpreted in the same way as Nevada’s. Other justices backed “taking each case individually, trying to figure out the dangerousness and how much bail must be set to amount to detention,” with a defendant’s finances part of that calculation. There is a naïve quality to all this. For one thing, it assumes police or other court personnel can investigate the finances of thousands of accused criminals. One deputy attorney general, with backing from the sitting state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, argued that most cash bail is unfair because it “treats equally dangerous defendants differently based on their wealth.” All this, of course, runs counter to both the voters’ recently expressed will, besides essentially ignoring the 2008 Proposition 6, which denied any bail to undocumented immigrants accused of felonies, while allowing judges to set bail according to the seriousness of the crime, the defendant’s prior record and the risk to the victim. There is currently no law in California making a suspect’s financial condition part of any bail calculation. Which may not make any difference to the state’s top court. It seems to be heading straight into defiance of the voters’ will and does not seem to care about that. Email Thomas Elias at

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Palomar plans drive-through graduation

By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — Graduates of Palomar College in 2021 are on track to celebrate in a historic way, with a drive-thru commencement ceremony that will take eligible candidates on a lap of the San Marcos campus before receiving their diplomas. The ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. May 28, and will be livestreamed in addition to a special pre-recorded program featuring the customary schedule of speakers and awards. The recorded program will be available online starting at 2 p.m. on commencement day. To minimize traffic congestion, the event is limited to one vehicle per graduate and vehicles without a graduate will not be permitted to enter. Student Activities Coordinator Kelly Donaghy said students will need to register ahead of the event, with predetermined entry times. Eligible candidates must wear academic regalia and may bring friends and loved ones, but only in one vehicle. The route will begin at the Comet Circle entrance off West Mission Road, just east of the main entrance to the college. Meanwhile, over the airwaves, Palomar College’s radio station, KKSM will host a special preevent program featuring pre-recorded messages, live call-ins, music and commencement information. Listeners can tune to AM 1320 or find KKSM on their favorite radio app to listen along.

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, March 10, to give final approval to the city’s updated Climate Action Plan (CAP), which outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stay consistent with state requirements. The city, among the first group of cities to prepare and adopt a CAP in the San Diego region, adopted its plan in 2013 as required by Assembly Bill (AB) 32, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Currently, there are no direct fiscal impacts associated with the update, but budget implications in future years could include an additional full-time sustainability staff member, or contractor equivalent, as well as staff resources and other direct expenses to support a Climate Commission and its meetings, according to the staff report. At a council meeting in February, a few council members suggested incorporating an action on reducing plastic waste. At the March 10 meeting, almost every public comment urged the council to adopt language concerning reducing plastic waste. However, the council decided not to add any such restrictions at this time. Mayor Paul McNamara asked that an amendment adding plastic waste restrictions be put on a future agenda. “What we are trying to do is acknowledge that plastic waste is something that we need to kind of work on. We need to send the right signal to the community that it’s important to us,” McNamara said. “I feel we should include some of the language that was suggested in terms of plastic waste.” Multiple public comments also urged the council to adopt regulations regarding inclusionary housing requirements in the city. Escondido and Vista are the only cities in San Diego County that do not have an inclusionary housing requirement. The council did not add inclusionary housing language to the CAP at this time, however the city is currently conducting a sector feasibility study to determine fiscal implications of requiring affordable housing as part of development projects, according to Karen Youel, Escondido’s housing and neighborhood services manager. The CAP also discusses a feasibility study that has already been commissioned by the council regarding the possible pursuit of Community Choice TURN TO CLIMATE ON 6

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SAN PASQUAL ACADEMY in Escondido. Community members and alumni have been fighting to keep the school open after the state recently notified San Diego County that the academy must shut its doors by Oct. 1. Photo courtesy of Davy Architecture

Supervisors back foster youth school From staff and wire reports

ESCONDIDO — The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed March 16 to ask the state Department of Social Services to extend operations at the San Pasqual Academy in Escondido, which houses and educates foster youth and is slated to close in October due to declining enrollment. State and federal law changes regarding foster care will also end funding to the academy, described by county officials as a firstin-the-nation residential educational campus designed specifically for foster youth. If the state allows it to remain open through June 30, 2022, the county would spend $1.4 million to cover the loss of Title IV federal funding. Based on a request from Supervisor Jim Desmond, the county will also work with state and federal officials to see if the academy could be granted a license to operate past the June 2022 date.

“I understand the laws have changed, but (the academy) is unique,” Desmond said. The academy is operated as a public-private partnership between the County of San Diego, New Alternatives Inc., the San Diego County Office of Education and Access Inc. Open since 2001, SPA has been lauded for its successful education programs and high graduation rate. The residential education campus serves foster youth ages 12-17 years old, and non-minor dependents up to 19. Since the announcement, members of the community have been urging state and county officials to keep the academy open in order to keep servicing foster children. In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Friends of San Pasqual Academy claimed that the decision to shut down the school is a misnomer as the school “is not a group home and should not be categorized as such.”

“It has been granted an exception to that designation over the last 20 years to specifically address the anomaly for the standard classification as it does not fit the model or definition of group homes,” the letter said. The letter goes on to express concern for the foster youth and where they will be placed once the school is shut down. “Foster teens have a chance but only if they have the right program and environment to help build their confidence and trust allowing them to focus on their growth instead of their next meal and a safe space. San Pasqual Academy offers that,” the letter said. Supervisor Nora Vargas said that while she supports an extension for SPA, the county should have a larger conversation about how to best serve foster youth. “I’m not ready to say, ‘Let’s keep this one open forever,” she said. Board Chairman Na-

than Fletcher said SPA supporters need to understand that “it’s unlikely the federal and state government will change their entire approach to foster care.” Fletcher said the purpose of SPA is not under attack, and that the county has taken steps to improve the entire foster care system, including for those who are not at the academy, which was approved by the California Department of Social Services as a threeyear pilot project. If a license extension isn’t granted, Fletcher asked, “How do we ensure we remain united in protecting foster care youth?” The Rev. Shane Harris, a social justice advocate and SPA graduate, urged the board to keep the facility open. He added that supporters have a petition with 500 signatures.

SMUSD to lay off over 100 staffers By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) held a governing board meeting on Tuesday, March 2, and approved its second interim budget and fiscal stabilization plan, which includes authorization of preliminary layoff notices to more than 100 staff members. The layoffs, which include teachers, instructional aides and Kids on Campus staff members, are an attempt to reduce costs and avoid a nearly $60 million budget deficit in two years, according to the report. Declining enrollment, increased cost of special education and the increased contributions to pensions are all factors that school officials point to as reasons for deficits like these. Unlike other North County school districts including Oceanside and Escondido Union, however, San Marcos saw a steady in-

crease in enrollment before COVID-19. After the start of the COVID-19 crisis, school districts across North County, including SMUSD, have seen a decrease in enrollment and are all feeling the financial impact. SMUSD has recently seen a loss of 1,100 students (5% of the student population), which may become a larger number at the end of this school year. The interim budget does predict a limited number of these students will return (300 total over the next two years), with the worst case being that none of these students return and that more current SMUSD students will unenroll. A second round of layoffs is also scheduled for some time next year, according to the staff presentation. “All of us understand that we are dealing with people’s lives and people’s livelihoods, so this is a dif-

ficult conversation… something that we cannot take cavalierly,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Campbell. Campbell also said during the meeting that “the goal for the Fall is to return to 5 days per week, full day, in-person instruction.” The board also heard a presentation from the Parent Institute for Quality Engagement and approved a resolution affirming its commitment to anti-racism and equitable practices. Increases to substitute teacher pay were also approved, as well as funding for the modernization of Richland Elementary School. Barry Zeait was promoted from assistant principal of San Marcos High School to principal of San Elijo Middle School and Mareesa Evans was hired as the district’s risk management coordinator.

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The Vista Chamber of Commerce invites all to its annual Gala, celebrating excellence in business, education and community service from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 20, a live community event that also raises funds for the Vista Education Foundation. Pre-registration is available at vistachamber. org/home-2 /heroes-of-vista/. For the event, enjoy a "Gala in a Box" with treats from Bleu Oak Charcuterie, Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen, and a sparkling beverage. Purchase now on the auction page at https:// MAKERS MARKET

The next Downtown Oceanside Makers Market is popping up on March 20, at Pier View Way and North Tremont Street and in Artist Alley, Oceanside. Shop handcrafted and artisanal goods from area makers and Downtown Oceanside businesses outside in Downtown Lot 35, the location of the Sunset Market Main Stage, and Artist Alley while enjoying live music. Face coverings will be mandatory.


The North County Transit District and Scripps Health, will provide a free, direct shuttle service between the Solana Beach Station and the Scripps Del Mar Fairgrounds Vaccination Super Station. The shuttle will depart from the Solana Beach Station (North Cedros Avenue side) and take passengers directly to the Super Station entrance. Riders will be dropped off to access the Super Station walk-through services and permitted to reboard a departing shuttle. See schedule at https:// /maps-schedules/trip-planner/.



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Energy for the city. According to Mike Strong, Escondido’s community development director, city staff is about a month and a half from completing that study and presenting it to the council. The council also interviewed candidates for a library board trustee position, and Herminia Ledesma was appointed on a 3-2 vote to the Planning Commission. Councilman Mike Morasco asked that an agenda item be added to consider the way Planning Commission members are chosen.

we can think ahead and come up with a strategy, this policy… will allow us to more consistently apply what we’ve practiced over the years.” Police departments nationwide have been in the spotlight since the deaths of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May 2020 and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police in Louisville, Kentucky, in March 2020, sparking numerous protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Residents have since been demanding police reform from city and county governments, including in Escondido. Many residents even called on the city to divest funds from police and reallocate them to non-police forms of public safety, such as social services and

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nia Relocation Assistance Law.” The 90-day notice that tenants received only provided a list of properties in the area that tenants had preference for the waiting list. The notice explicitly said that it was the responsibility of the residents to secure their own housing. On Feb. 6, members of the Villa Serena Tenant Association led a demonstration in front of the apartment complex demanding their right to relocation assistance. Soon after these events, National CORE began helping tenants with rental applications, applications to the San Marcos Rental Assistance Programs, moving expenses, monetary support, job searches, as well as making their tenants a priority for an upcoming affordable housing community called El Dorado. However, according to

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ood morning, and welcome to the seasonal weather forecast. We go live to Helga Whistlescreech, a playground monitor at a local elementary school. “Yes, Bob. With no help from groundhogs, teachers here have confirmed signs of an early arrival of spring. They’ve noticed a strong noise and motion front that has held steady since the sun came out last week. It was particularly strong Friday afternoon, subsiding slightly Monday morning. It has gained momentum, however, through the week. “This phenomenon is primarily fed by solar energy and 12-year-old hormones. However, it gained additional strength when it encountered the clouds of Easter paraphernalia in the local grocery stores. “We generally don’t get hit with this level of noise and motion storms until just before our spring break in late March. This seems to be fueled by the internal clocks of 5- to 12-year-olds. “Accompanied by steady ultraviolet rays, if children spot a bag of jellybeans or get a whiff of chocolate bunnies, they begin to twitch and spin, emitting high-pitched shrieks. This additional psychic energy will set off an unavoidable alternative gravity pull that has been known to knock books off of desks and snatch the glasses right off a teacher’s face. “According to third-

León, tenants wanted their relocation benefits legally restored, in writing. In late February, the Villa Serena Tenants Association, along with the San Diego Tenants Union, met with National CORE leadership, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and the corresponding councilmember. Since then, the settlement has been finalized and tenants had until March 15 to move out of Villa Serena. “The Villa Serena Tenants Association accomplished so much because they unionized and supported one another in the face of strong opposition,” León said. “They used every tool at their disposal—the law, politics, social media, direct organizing—to get the relocation assistance they deserved. We will continue to support Villa Serena tenants and have no doubt that they will be leaders in training and supporting tenants across the county.” León said that they will continue to work with some

grade teacher Babs Bookisser, ‘We could sense the Sunshine Syndrome long before we ever spotted it. If you watch your younger locals, their behavior will take a decisive shift that is an indisputable harbinger of the change of seasons.’ “Our real worry, Bob, is that these strong noise and motion fronts tend to separate into small clumps that eventually collide, causing partial disruption with scattered confrontations. The principal reports a high tidal flow of students into her office for a host of minor disciplinary issues.” Thanks, Helga. This is a strong indicator of an expected buildup of punitive action. From the blacktop areas, the school nurse reports a rash of skinned knees and elbows from ill-considered, spontaneous leaps for joy. Experts have also noticed a corresponding number of playground balls on the roof. Schools and homes are on 24-hour alert because of the storm warnings, and agree that extra caution must be taken until the arrival of spring break. Parents are asked to keep the number of their pediatric orthopedic surgeon handy and to stock up on Band-Aids, Popsicles and ibuprofen. Hard threats and soft restraints are recommended to counteract the strong pull of the sunshine on children during homework hours. If all else fails, head for the basement. Not the kids. Just you and a pint of chocolate chip ice cream. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer stopping to smell the seasons change. Contact her at tenants who are still in need of more permanent housing. In the meantime, the union is looking ahead to phase two of National CORE’s Villa Serena redevelopment project, which will redevelop a second building in the complex. The union plans on providing assistance to those tenants, as well. “It’s completely hypocritical for an affordable housing developer to come in and tell low-income tenants that they need to leave and that they’ve signed away their rights,” León said. “What we often see with affordable housing developers, in particular, is they try and kind of mask themselves in this false moral superiority. They talk about how they’re doing this to help the community and make a positive difference when the reality is that they’re adding maybe two dozen new units to a city that has grown tremendously in population.” National CORE declined to comment.

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CARLSBAD — A threeyear court battle came to an end with each side claiming victory over the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan. Citizens for a Friendly Airport filed a lawsuit suit in 2018 alleging San Diego County, which owns the airport, had sidestepped the City of Carlsbad's conditional use permit process first agreed upon in 1978 and was not properly monitoring noise. A judge ruled in favor of Citizens for a Friendly Airport on seven components of the master plan, including the lengthening of the runway by 800 feet and changing the airport's designation from B-II to D-III to accommodate larger jets. Additionally, the county must apply for an amendment to the conditional use permit (CUP 172) and undertake more robust noise monitoring. All projects must be set aside and the County Board of Supervisors must decide the next steps, according to Hope Nelson, president of Citizens for a Friendly Airport. “The county must go back to the city to get a conditional use permit,” Nelson said. “That’s a game-changer for us because the city has the option of what they want to do with the conditional use permit. There’s nothing that says that they have to extend a revision in the way that the county wants it.” However, the county prevailed in its challenges to the group's claims concerning noise, traffic and energy impacts and greenhouse gas, Michael Workman, director of communications, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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A JUDGE recently ruled favorably for Citizens for a Friendly Airport on several aspects of the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan. Additionally, the county will have to apply for a conditional use permit with the City of Carlsbad. File photo

Workman did not immediately respond to questions from The Coast News. Regardless, both Nelson and Frank Sung, also a member of the resident group, said the county plans to “expand” the airport via the 800-foot extension, plus the redesignation. However, Nelson said the ruling prohibits the county’s expansion until it secures the conditional use permit and addresses other issues from the ruling. Additionally, the Carlsbad City Council passed two resolutions in 2019 — one stating its opposition to the D-III designation and one in support of the B-II with a 200-foot engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) for safety. The city and Citizens for a Friendly Airport also sued the county in 2018, with the city and county setchildren has suffered amid the isolation and loneliness brought on by school closures. Coupled with the hurdles of navigating remote learning, their education has also floundered, they allege. Freeland wrote that the state’s guidelines have “had and will continue to have a real and appreciable impact on the affected students’ fundamental California right to basic educational equality.” While she said the state does have a compelling interest in stemming the spread of COVID-19, she ruled that the January 2021 framework “is selective in its applicability, vague in its terms and arbitrary in its prescriptions.” Scott Davison, co-counsel and director of legislative affairs for the Parent Association of North County, said, “Students are experiencing significant harm as a result of longterm school closures. “It is reassuring that the judge appeared to take that suffering into account in balancing the state’s claims that it is within its rights to restrict school reopening to ensure the utmost safety of the public in this pandemic.”

tling in 2019. The group’s lawsuit over the environmental impact report (EIR) over concerns of the county’s methodology and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings is ongoing, Nelson said. “The judge says the project requires an amendment,” Sung said. “The reason is the project changes the designation of the airport. So, this is not a little 200-foot EMAS, this is an 800 to 900-foot extension of the runway. The county claimed they were immune to it … but the judge agreed that the county waived their immunity. You can’t have it both ways.” The group also plans to approach the Board of Supervisors, which has five new members since 2018, to approve the court’s invalidation of the Master Plan update, adopt the California

Public Utilities Commission definition of an airport expansion and commit to retaining the airport’s current classification. But the noise concerns are not relegated to Carlsbad, as residents in Vista and San Marcos have long voiced complaints. Nelson and Sung said the voluntary noise abatement program doesn’t work because no one follows it. According to Sung, airports in operation prior to 1990 are exempt from implementing restricted hours or mandated flight paths. McClellan-Palomar Airport does not, and cannot, have mandatory quiet hours and flight paths, Sung said. “The (Federal Aviation Administration) has this new Next-gen strategy where they just fan out,” Sung said. “Even here at Palomar, they are doing it.”

Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas has put its core executive team of seven members in place, working alongside General Manager Benjamin Thiele. The team includes Chef Claudette Zepeda; Bill McKinney, director of Food & Beverage; Robert Harter, director of Sales and Marketing; Jaime Klein, director of Leisure Sales; Michael Savastano, director of Operations; Emma Spencer, director of Spa and Wellbeing; Alex Gregg, Beverage manager and Chris Simmons, director of Outlets. The resort was set to open March 17. NEW FAIRGROUNDS CEO

With unanimous support, the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors/Del Mar Fairgrounds appointed Interim CEO Carlene Moore to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Moore initially joined the staff as Deputy General Manager in February 2019. CHAIRS AWARDED AT SALK

Professors Tatyana Sharpee of Carmel Valley and Satchin Panda have been recognized for their contributions and dedication to advancing science through research by being named to endowed chairs at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. Sharpee, named to the Edwin K. Hunter Chair, is a neurobiologist and data scientist who seeks to understand how the brain

and other biological systems work to efficiently process signals from the environment and select the best actions. Panda, named to the Rita and Richard Atkinson Chair, is a biologist who explores the genes, molecules and cells that maintain the circadian timekeeping system. SUMMER BALLET

La Costa Heights Elementary School student Ariel Asatryan has received a 75% scholarship to spend the summer working with The Joffrey Ballet. Also, Encinitas Ballet Academy student Sejal Janaswamy will spend her 2021 summer as part of the San Francisco Ballet Summer School. EASTER’S COMING

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The Flower Fields returns — with blueberry picking


s we pass through the portals of The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, I’ve got one thing on my mind: Blueberries. Yes, strange but true. Blueberries. In March. In San Diego County. For the first time, The Flower Fields is offering a U-Pick Blueberry patch (an acre and a half), certainly a unique attraction for these climes and times. “There’s nowhere else in this area you can do that,” says General Manager Fred Clarke. Unfortunately, though, we have arrived a bit too late — or early. Picking

will set fruit under warmer conditions.” Yes, I’m disappointed, but grateful for the upcoming second chance to sample the four varieties of warm-tolerant blueberries: Jewel, Emerald, Ventura and Snow Chaser. Still, like a doubting Thomas, I have to see the bushes, so we walk to the north end of the 55 acres

WORKERS AT The Flower Fields in Carlsbad cut ranunculus blooms for bouquets that visitors can purchase in the gift shop. Last year’s entire crop had to be plowed under because the fields could not open to visitors because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Jerry Ondash

blueberries was so popular that all of the ripe ones were harvested by eager visitors as enthusiastic as I during the first few opening days. “It doesn’t look like there will be picking again until the first week of April,” Clarke explains, “but that’s an estimate, trusting that the weather cooperates. The bushes are loaded with fruit now. They just aren’t ripe yet. They


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of brilliantly blooming Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. We peer through the protective netting that keeps out marauding birds and I am assured; the bushes are heavy with fruit, plenty for the next round of berry pickers. I make a mental note to mark my calendar for early, early April. (Visitors will be able to enter the blueberry patch from Cannon Road without entering the Flow-

er Fields.) The berry patch is only one of several things to see and do at The Flower Fields, which lay before us in bright pastel and iridescent stripes, visible from the road above and Interstate 5. Seeing the blooms at close range, though, is a treat; their double-layered petals remind me of the crepe paper flowers sold as souvenirs in Mexico, but denser. The annual sprouting of The Flower Fields didn’t happen last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought the entire globe to a standstill. “We spent so much time getting ready last year and then we had to plow it under,” Clarke recalls painfully. “But this year might be even better than last because we’ve got more plants per acre, which means the color is denser.” The 55 acres are planted over time so there are always plenty of blooms from opening day in March to Mother’s Day, this year on May 9. (The fields are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are a must.) Visitors can walk the access roads proximate to the fields or take a tractor ride. Passengers are limited and plexiglass partitions are used to maintain social distancing. Other elements include a stunning exhibit garden with everything from annuals to succulents designed and maintained by San Diego Master Gardeners; a rose garden; a sweet pea maze; a cymbidium orchid greenhouse; a historic poinsettia display with some rarely seen varieties; aviaries that house doves finches and quail; selfie photo stations; and Santa’s playground. “You know how they have Groundhog Day in the East?” Clarke asks. “Well, we’ve been working hard to make this a world-class floral experience. We want to be Southern California’s Groundhog Day.” For more photos, visit ondash.



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Escondido City Council adopts new campaign contribution rules By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Just months after the previously seated Escondido City Council enacted new campaign contribution limits, the city’s new council voted March 3, to set new campaign finance rules for city elections. In October, the council voted 3-1 to reduce campaign contribution limits for the mayor, council members and city treasurer, and also approved a prohibition on candidates carrying over surplus campaign funds from one election to the next. They also set new contribution limits on all political parties, businesses and labor unions. After the November elections, the council’s previously liberal majority became a conservative majority as three of the seats were won by conservative-leaning candidates. On March 3, the council voted 3-2 to get rid of the prohibition on candidates carrying over surplus campaign funds from one election to the next and to allow political parties to abide by the state contribution limit of $4,700. Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilmember Consuelo Martinez voted no. The new council did, however, keep the previously enacted limit for district-only council seat cam-

paigns at $1,000, as well as the $1,750 limit for city-wide races for mayor and city treasurer. According to a report from City Attorney Michael McGuinness for the council meeting, state law does not specifically address the issue of rolling over surplus campaign funds from one

A level playing field means that everyone plays by the same rules. ... It has always been a fair and level playing field.” Councilmember Mike Morasco

campaign to the next. The council received several public comments on the issue, all in favor of keeping the rules that were adopted in October. “The proposed removal of the current requirements for dispersal of surplus campaign funds after the 2020 election creates an unfair disadvantage for new candidates who don’t benefit from prior corporate or vested

interest support,” said the Escondido Chamber of Citizens. “The proposed removal of this restriction creates an exclusive advantage only to incumbents that is disproportionate and unfair to new candidates competing in future elections.” Martinez, who proposed the ordinance regarding rolling over campaign funds in October, said the reason for this rule is fairness. “My proposal of not carrying over campaign funds is about a level playing field for all, regardless of your ideology, regardless of your platform. It is to be fair… and what is being proposed tonight is anything but fair,” Martinez said. Councilmember Mike Morasco, who voted yes on the proposal, said that the previous rule was politically motivated and based on individuals’ wants and desires. “A level playing field means that everyone plays by the same rules. … It has always been a fair and level playing field, and so this notion that it’s somehow not because of an overreaching decision made by council a couple of months ago doesn’t change the fact that things have been fair,” Morasco said. He added that Escondido is the only entity or jurisdiction in the state that has this ordinance in place.


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ike most winery owners, Ray Falkner and his wife, Loretta, dealt with multiple problems trying to operate a business during the pandemic. For the Falkners, the situation was compounded by also trying to run a restaurant, Pinnacle, an award-winning, circular dining establishment with a world-class sweeping view of Temecula Wine Country. Lunches at Pinnacle are PINNACLE RESTAURANT on the grounds of Falkner Winery in four-course events set on a the Temecula Valley features dining in the round with spec- 1,500 foot hilltop, with evetacular views from its 1,500-foot perch. Courtesy photo nings reserved for weddings

and banquets. The winery had one set of COVID-19 rules to follow, while the restaurant had to abide by other protocols. But nothing could prepare them for what happened on the night of June 5. At their home in La


Colorectal cancer awareness, screening saves lives By Aaron Byzak

On March 19th it will be sixteen years since my mother lost her seven-and-a-half year battle with colorectal cancer. She was 55 years old. Each year at this time our family celebrates her life and acknowledges the importance of taking measures to prevent a repeat of what has, to our knowledge, taken the lives of more than a half dozen of my family members: Colorectal cancer.As a matter of fact, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society’s estimates, there will be 104,270 new cases of colon cancer and 45,230 new cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in 2021.Even though rates of new colorectal cancer diagnosis have been dropping for decades, mainly because more people are getting screened and taking better care of themselves, these numbers are still staggering.That’s nearly 150,000 people whose lives will be turned upside down this year due to colorectal cancer. Looking back at my mother’s experience, her diagnosis shouldn’t have come as a surprise. She had been symptomatic for some time: weakness and fatigue, a marked change in bowel habits and bleeding. Add to the mix that for years she had only limited access to healthcare services because we lived in poverty. When diagnosed, she was already stage IV, the most advanced stage of colorectal cancer. She was handed a bleak prognosis of only 4 to 6 months to live. It was recommended that she get her affairs in order. However, after just a short discussion, she decided to fight and began a marathon on surgical interventions, chemotherapy and radiation treatments that lasted the better part of a decade. Her treatment regimen changed frequently as the cancer spread to her liver, lungs, bone and ovaries.

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She eventually turned to clinical trials looking for hope—some of the medications worked for a time, others not so much. It was a very challenging period for our family but one that proved to me and my siblings just how strong mom could be when the deck was stacked against her. Unfortunately, the cancer was just too much and she eventually succumbed to the disease. Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, and now more than two decades of experience working in healthcare at a variety of levels, I can’t help but recognize the potential of what could have been had she been more aware of the symptoms and had access to screening services. Things might have turned out differently. She might have been here to see her now five grandchildren grow up. If only. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are between the ages of 50 and 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer. If you are like me and my siblings and have family members who were taken by the disease, you start even earlier. I was screened the first time at age 35. At Tri-City Medical Center we partner with a wide array of non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, through our COASTAL Commit-

ment initiative to improve community education and access to cancer screening and care. Additionally, our cancer care services are excellent and available to our community. This month please take the time to familiarize yourself with the screening recommendations. Know the symptoms. Get screened if you have concerns or fall into a high risk category. With your help, we can continue the downward trend of new cases, save lives and reduce the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. Aaron Byzak serves as Chief External Affairs Officer for Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside.

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Jolla that night, the Falkners received a call from neighbors sounding the alarm that the winery had caught fire, and it eventually burned to the ground. Evidence suggested that rodents had created electric cable sparking. In the days that followed, Falkner and his longtime winemaker, Duncan Williams, worked feverishly on the most pressing crisis, rescuing what they could of the hundreds of bottles and barrels stored in the winery. They determined through lab testing which bottles could be sold and which had to be dumped. Meanwhile winery headquarters was set up at Pinnacle Restaurant, which was spared the fire, although it took some 10 days to restore the power. “We were able to save about 40% of our wine with the other 60% declared unfit for consumption,” Falkner said. Neighboring winery Maurice Car’rie kindly allowed space and facilities for Falkner and Williams to get back to making wine and storing it, and continue in business, while the recovery continues. Prior to the beginning of Falkner Winery in 2000, Ray Falkner was a sales executive with Microsoft , where he learned that perseverance pays, something that helped him beat the fire crisis. He also “redefined the word agile,” moving quickly and actively solving unique problems with skills that secured the recovery’s progress. The new winery is in the planning stages with major upgrades and modern equipment while maintaining the same footprint. Large deck areas will afford maximum panoramic views, now currently seen at Pinnacle. Pinnacle’s concept, created for an elegant lunch lover, was opened in 2006 offering a Mediterranean style menu and meticulous service to go along with the views. Best of all, it offers the finest Temecula wines, craft cocktails and beer.. Under the care of Executive Chef Jason Barradas, Pinnacle was recently voted #1 Top Lunch Restaurant by area

diners of Open Table. Chef Jason has been voted Best Chef two years in a row by Inland Empire Magazine. The restaurant is open Wednesday -Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rico and I, reviewing the current release Falkner wines, loved the 2020 Viognier ($35). This white wine is a tropical, smooth, fruity peach, banana, guava favorite, sure to please when the days turn warm. On the red wine side, thumbs-up for a longtime favorite of mine, the Falkner Amante Super Tuscan Style Red Wine, the latest a 2017 ($59.95). This is an excellent blend of 50% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauv and 10% Cab Franc. Many of the Falkner wines are 90+-point, award-winning wines. Falkner Winery’s first big Pinnacle event of this year is the Easter Champagne Brunch on Sunday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The delicious premium menu, created by Chef Jason, will be a la carte Mediterranean style, with live entertainment. All guests over 21 will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne. Reservations should be made ASAP by calling 951676-8231, ext. 4, or online at WINE BYTES • Join L’Auberge Del Mar Friday and Saturday evenings for a new outdoor dining experience, with vibrant, live music, light bites or full dining experience. Call 858-793-6467. • Live music is back at the Loft, at Lorimar Winery Tasting Room in Old Town Temecula, from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. For details and entertainers, call 951-694-6699. • Meet the winemaker of Castelli Family Wines, Mike Castelli, at Cork and Knife in Escondido. Sample the Castelli Syrah and Sangiovese wines, Wednesday, March 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info, visit Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. Reach him at

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ou hike all day. You have a few local craft brews by the campfire. You look at the stars. You fall asleep snug as a bug in a rug inside your sleeping bag, but it doesn’t last long. The camp pillow isn’t the same as the comfortable one from home, so you start shifting. Raindrops ex-plode like drum beats on the nylon tent roof and the cacophony begins. As dawn breaks, a nearby rooster — there is always a nearby rooster — starts to crow, waking the campground dogs. Bluebirds chirp. Crows chatter. California quails … I don’t know … quail? Either way you’re awake and you are tired. You need coffee. You need it fast. Enter the Pourtable. According to Libra Coffee in Oceanside, “Pourtables are single cup brews of premium coffee for those on-the-go. Now you can enjoy fresh, small-batch coffee at the office, in your tent or anywhere else life takes you.” It’s a good cup of morning camp coffee without the mess, and you’re seeing single-serving coffees infiltrating the shelves at bigger brands like REI and Patagonia stores, but you can often find local versions if you look. My recent Libra Coffee subscription came with a sin-gle-serving Columbia to sample. It was packaged in a slim, lightweight, sealed package (im-portant for backpackers). There were no directions, but upon tearing it open it was pretty self-explanatory. Tear off the top of the filter. Little arms pop out and stretch out over the lip of a camp mug. The preground coffee is suspended

over the mug. I slow-poured hot water into the filter cup, and the coffee dripped out the bottom, filling my mug. All done. The best part, it’s pretty dang good. Mine was well-balanced. I’m guessing a medium roast with notes of dark chocolate and just a hint of sweetness. It was so enjoyable, in part because I didn’t have go through the hassle of grinding the beans or doing any real work, I didn’t even notice the rain clouds rolling in. If you’re a hiker, camper or just someone who likes to go have a cup of coffee at the beach, the Pourtable is a convenient coffee accessory. Want to know more about Libra Coffee? Do you listen to podcasts? Are you interested in interesting things being done by interesting people in North County San Diego. Be sure to check out this episode of the Roast! West Coast podcast featuring a full interview with Eric Medina, founder of Libra Coffee in Oceanside. SOME NORTH COUNTY BEER NOTES: • Breweries are now able to be open without having food available. Previous COVID-19 re-quirements required a food purchase with your on-site beer in order to be open. Many breweries partnered with food trucks, but if a food ven-

dor wasn’t available, they couldn’t open. This is a big change for local brewers. The new rules allow breweries to open for outdoor, on-site beer consumption without food, but with a 90-minute visit time limit, social distancing and masking when not enjoying your beverage. • Pure Brewing is continuing its pursuit of world domination by expanding again — this time into Vista. The project includes a 14,000-square-foot facility and a large indoor/outdoor tasting room it hopes to have open for takeaway sales in the next couple of weeks. • Carlsbad’s Rouleur Brewing has made a ton of moves recently, including a brand redesign you can see on all beer it has started canning for resale. Now the brewery has announced it is headed south to open a new tasting room with food next to The Observatory concert venue in North Park. • Bagby Beer in Oceanside is back open, and for the first time is canning its beers. Not crowl-ers out of the tap, but 4-packs of 16-ounce cans of some of its core beers, including Absolute-ly! Amber, Sweet Ride Pale Lager, Worker Bee Golden Ale and a rebrew of its 5th Anniversary beer, What a Time to Be Alive IPA. A fitting name. Stream all of the Cheers! North County podcasts now on The Coast News online or search for it on your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Thanks for listening, and for following Cheers! North County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Goal to dramatically increase supply San Diego is seeking input from the public on a new water plan introduced by Mayor Todd Gloria. Under the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan, the city would develop more than half of the city’s water locally by 2045. WHERE’S THE WATER? To fill glasses, cooking pots, sinks, and bathtubs, San Diego currently purchases 85% to 90% of its water from imported sources. As the city’s population has grown approximately 10% since 2010, water demand has decreased thanks to conservation efforts, and residents and businesses using water more efficiently. This drop has been more than 81.5 billion gallons in 2007 to 57 billion gallons in 2020. “The decrease in our water demand is remarkable. It’s a testament to the resolve of San Diegans to make a positive change for the present as well as our future,” Gloria said. But continual population growth, drought, and climate change make it necessary to also find other water sources. WHAT’S ON TAP? A new plan intends to utilize the Pure Water recy-

cling program to purify recycled water to be used as safe drinking water. Mayor Gloria says this will dramatically increase the local water supply. Expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2035, the plan will have the capacity to create 83 million gallons of water daily, with a goal to produce 50% of water locally by 2045. While the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan is slated to be discussed at public meetings, including the Independent Rates Oversight Committee (March 15), the City Council’s Environment Committee, and will be presented to the City Council later this year, the city encourages the public to weigh in. “The new Urban Water Management Plan provides us with a roadmap for a more sustainable city in the years to come. I encourage San Diegans to weigh in on this critically important plan,” says Gloria. The entire plan can be read online and citizens can send their feedback from March 1 until April 5, 2021. Contact manager Khuram Shah at khshah@sandiego. gov. Source: abc 10 News By Mark Saunders

MARCH 19, 2021

PRO Act bolsters unions; critics call it ‘job killer’ By Steve Puterski

REGION — A broad and controversial labor law is set for a showdown in Congress this week. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474) will come to the floor on March 9 as union leaders and Democrats have united to pass the sweeping legislation and amend the National Labor Relations Act. Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49), one of 218 Democratic co-sponsors of the bill, said he supports the PRO Act as it will strengthen the ability for workers to organize into unions, eliminate right-towork laws, codify the ABC Test used in California via Assembly Bill 5 and more. The bill is expected to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the U.S. Senate is another obstacle, according to experts following the bill. However, there has been considerable blowback against the legislation from independent contractors, construction trade associations, retail associations who worry the bill will destroy freelancing, strip employers of their rights and put millions out of work. Regarding the ABC Test, a controversial employment standard established in 1937, Levin stressed several times the test will only be used in the PRO Act to help workers organize and collectively bargain. “I think it’s important to fight like crazy to get this to the president’s desk,” Levin told The Coast News. “The federal bill is basic, and the ABC Test is for a singular purpose and not to impact a particular industry or undermine the gig economy.” The ABC Test has three prongs to determine independent status: 1) the worker is free from control and direction in connection with their performance of service; 2) the service provided is performed outside the usual course of business of the employer; 3) the individual is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, profession or business of the same nature as that involved in the service performed. Critics of the PRO Act link the ABC Test to California's gig worker law,

Test is fine. The IRS has no problem with me and the California Franchise Tax Board has no problem with me.” Other studies show the popularity of independent contracting has increased, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upwork, an online platform for freelancers, conducted a report showing a growth of more than 20% in freelancing in 2020, while independent contractors earned $1.2 trillion in wages. The pandemic, freeUNION APPROVAL has risen, but studies show the popularity lancers have argued, proof independent contracting also has increased. File photo vides freedom and flexibility from an employer. which negatively impacted a way for the party to stand Others standing at least one million inde- up for the middle class and against the PRO Act inpendent contracts, accord- low-wage workers, noting clude the Associated Gening to a February 2020 Congress failed to pass eral Contractors of Amerireport from the California a federal $15 minimum ca, Associated Builders and Legislative Analyst’s Of- wage law recently, which Contractors, National Refice. would’ve helped those indi- tail Federation, Retail InRep. Darrell Issa (CA- viduals. dustry Leaders Association 50) issued a statement in According to Levin, and a number of minority opposition to the PRO Act, unions have high support, chambers of commerce. comparing the legislation citing a Gallup poll of Several women’s assoto a federal version of Cal- 64% of Americans support ciations oppose the bill as ifornia's controversial law. unions and another poll well. “Even worse, the PRO showing 48% of non-union The National Law ReAct will bring to every state workers would seek to or view reviewed the PRO California’s AB 5, which de- ganize. Act and found it would also stroyed numerous jobs by “I think the bottom overturn three U.S. Sudenying work to indepen- basic issue is too many preme Court rulings; prodent contractors. To take a people in this country are hibit mandatory arbitration reckless job killer like AB 5 working too hard for too agreements in employment and extend it across Amer- little to show for it,” Levin contracts; codify union “amica is to make one state’s said. “Our economy should bush” election rules; instimistake the entire nation’s reward hard work. When tute a “stealth” card check crisis.” workers have the power (allows unions to challenge But Levin argued the to stand together and or- election results and get certest within the PRO Act ganize they have higher tified automatically in ceris to determine whether wages, better benefits and tain circumstances); introworkers are employees for safer working conditions. duce new civil penalties for the purpose of union orga- That’s all this legislation is labor law violations, includnizing and collective bar- designed to do.” ing personal liability; augaining. He said the federal For Joe Naiman, a free- thorize secondary boycotts version of the ABC Test is lance writer based in San (allows unions to target any much different in its appli- Diego County, the PRO Act company through picketing cation than what California is just another AB 5, but on and protests, even those unhas done. a national scale. related to a labor dispute); President Joseph R. The chaos and uncer- and banning employers Biden has said the ABC Test tainty of AB 5 led him to from permanently replacwill be the basis for all fed- lose clients and other op- ing strikers. eral labor, employment and portunities. The bill would also altax law. Naiman called the PRO low for unions to have acTom Conway, the inter- Act a “terrible law” and cess to an employee’s pernational president of the said if enacted will force sonal information. United Steelworkers Union, companies and workers to “Certain freelancers, wrote in Salon the PRO Act move out of the country. especially those who have will also prevent companies Naiman said it would specialized talents and from interfering with union also create a barrier of en- skills, need to be independrives. try for young people just dent in order to earn a livAlso, Levin said the starting in their careers. ing, mainly because they PRO Act is a step forward Naiman also believes the work with a large number in the fight to protect work- ABC Test would create nu- of clients on short projects,” ers, deliver higher wages, merous issues for hiring said Madeline Rios, a freeaddresses misclassifica- contractors similar to AB 5 lance translator and intertion, push back against impact in California, where preter from Claremont. “It anti-worker policies, penal- many companies canceled is possible to create legisizes companies exploiting contracts instead of hiring lation that recognizes both their employees and re- their contractors. realities if everyone gets off stores fairness to workplace “There are so many of their ideological horses policies. problems with the ABC,” and starts to care about the He said the PRO Act is Naiman said. “The Borello welfare of real people.”

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SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met on Tuesday, March 9, and discussed proposed uses for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, ultimately deciding to seek further public input on the matter. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which will be more than $700,000, will allow the city to help residents who are financially impacted by COVID-19. The Department of

Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG program requires participating cities to use their allocated funds to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight or meet a need having a particular urgency, according to the staff report. The City of San Marcos is using those funds to help residents seeking help with basic needs due to impacts from COVID-19. The majority of these funds will continue to go

to the city’s fair housing efforts, the 211 program and handicapped accessibility improvements throughout the city, according to the staff. “I agree with the necessities that are stated, it’s what we’re seeing on the ground as far as the basic needs that I think residents are experiencing,” said Councilmember María Nuñez. The council also approved participating in the county’s fire mitigation fee program, an annual resolu-

tion required by San Diego County. The fees will be used “solely for the purpose of expanding the availability of fire suppression and/or emergency medical capital facilities and equipment to serve new development within the District,” according to the staff report. The City Council also rejected a protest related to a construction bid for the 2021 citywide ADA infrastructure improvement project and awarded the bid to Baker Electric, Inc.


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The week promises a calmer aspect. Although there might be some lingering effects of a recent job problem, things should continue to ease up. Also expect a change in a home-based situation. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) If you feel uneasy about a colleague’s suggestion, it might be that your wise inner Taurean guide is alerting you to a potential problem. Stepping away could turn out to be the right thing to do. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A family get-together opens up new opportunities for renewing ties. It can be especially effective in dealing with disagreements that should have been, but never were, fully resolved. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might be surprised at the response you get to a recent decision. You might be even more surprised by the reasons behind it. In any event, you’ll learn something important. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your aspects favor resolving any tensions left over from a recent incident. You might want to consider having a “clear the air” talk as soon as you can. A call can lead to a change of plans. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Avoid repeating yourself. If your first few efforts fail to connect, maybe it’s because you haven’t found the right way to get your message across. Try changing your approach.


LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Good intentions plus a strong resolve to succeed can take you where you want to go. Don’t give up just because someone suggests you might be pursuing an impossible cause. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An unexpected setback can be a blessing in disguise. Use it to recheck your facts and how you’ve presented them. Meanwhile, look for ways to expand your contacts. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You should finally be seeing a positive change in a recent personal situation. However, an on-thejob matter might need more attention than you realized. Stay with it. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While you should be close to completing an important matter, you still need to focus on being focused. But things ease up in time for weekend fun. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A certain matter might take an unexpected turn. Don’t simply accept it; ask for an explanation. What you learn might be helpful in shifting the situation around to your benefit. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Projecting a positive attitude helps restore calm even when you’re confronting some pretty stormy situations. Stay the course. The outcome will be well worth your efforts. BORN THIS WEEK: While you enjoy tradition and stability, you also appreciate the good things that change can bring. © 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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“Thinking Shakespeare Live: Infinite Book,” is a series on Shakespeare, his works, and how they come to life at the Old Globe Theatre. An ongoing production, it will look at how the language of Shakespeare made its way across four centuries from the Bard’s quill pen to the scripts our actors hold as they rehearse their work today. Visit OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART offers a free Virtual Exhibition Celebration at 7 p.m. March for times and information. 25, highlighting new work recently installed at the museum. Courtesy photo SENIOR ART SERIES

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On March 19, online, the Oceanside Public Library and Studio ACE are partnering to host a free series of online art talks and virtual art making activities for older adults this spring. The March art talk will cover Feminist Art focusing on Faith Ringgold, painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist and teacher. During the art making class at 10 a.m. March 19, participants will create paper collage quilts in the style of Ringgold with paper and glue. Registration is required and all supplies are included. LA JOLLA SYMPHONY SERIES

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The Shoppes at Carlsbad is hosting “Music at the Shoppes" from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday evenings throughout March in the outdoor patio/entrance area, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, next to Regal Cinemas. March 20: Blaise Guld (top 40, pop, folk) and March 27: Jesse Ray (Americana, soul, classic rock). For more information, call (760) 444-0620 or https:// ART WELCOMES SPRING

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E101 Art Gallery, 818 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, presents “Tranquility,” a new show with Skye Walker through April 2. Walker is a muralist and artist based in Encinitas, with work inspired by nature. Original paintings, prints, stickers, and enamel pins available for purchase.


Candice Lin is the last in Lux Art Institute’s resident artist exhibitions, at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, March 23 through March 28. Due to COVID-19, artists will work onsite outside of regular visitor hours to maintain distance from visitors.

The Oceanside’s Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, has developed a suite of programming for our community that focuses on providing COVID-friendly, educational experiences for every age group in four- to six-week workshops. Visit to learn more about the Downtown Oceanside theater’s Musical Theatre Acting & Movement Camp, Triple Threat GET YOUR ART FIX Oceanside Cultural Workshop and Actors ColArts Foundation Presents lective. Oceanside Arts Live! Is ongoing, online. While the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation programming ‘TRYING’ AT NCRT is still on hold, you can The North Coast Repget your “art-fix” for mu- ertory Theatre presents sic, dancing, poetry and “Trying” By Joanna Mcarts - even cooking lessons Clelland Glass, directed by - through the Oceanside David Ellenstein streaming Arts, Live! Facebook page March 24 through April 18. and YouTube channel. The play stars Emily Goss There is no cost to sub- and James Sutorius. The scribe. play is based on the playwright’s experience as an assistant to famed Attorney NEW VILLAGE ART The Foundry Artist General and Chief Judge at Studios at New Village Arts Nuremberg, Francis Biddle, is hosting an art exhibit during the final year of his “The West Abstracted,” life. Tickets are $35 to $54 featuring a collection by at artist Carey Gar- tails/47241 or northcoasneau. The exhibit will run ”Trying” will through March 31. New Vil- stream on lage Arts is next to the New on demand Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad and is SPRING BREAK ART CAMP open to the public from Lux’s Spring Break noon to 4 p.m. on Wednes- Camp from 9 a.m. to noon days, Saturdays and Sun- for ages 5 to 12, and Spring days. Break Studio from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 13 to 17, begin March 29 through April 2, HARMONIUM AND CHANTS A Harmonium 103 Monday through Friday. Immersion with Girish Register at luxartinstitute. is scheduled March 22 org. Price: $300. through April 12 beginning at 4 p.m. March 22 with live interactive 90-minute sessions each week. Every ses- WHAT’S NEW AT OMA sion will be recorded and The Oceanside Muavailable for viewing on de- seum Of Art offers a free




Virtual Exhibition Celebration at 7 p.m. March 25. See what’s new at OMA and explore fresh artwork recently installed at the museum. The program will highlight four newly installed exhibitions – “Inspired,” selections from OMA staff; Kevin Vincent: “Material Memory,” Amanda Kachadoorian: “Botanical Hybridity of San Diego's Multicultural History,” and “Twenty Women Artists: NOW.” The link to connect online will be sent in the confirmation e-mail after completed registration at https:// GOURD ART

The Escondido Art Association Gallery will show a Gourds by Grace exhibit, “Out of Africa” through April 30 at 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondido.



North Coast Repertory Theatre welcomes Benjamin Cole, North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Director of Theatre School Education and Outreach, and new celebrities each week to its “Theatre Conversations,” an ongoing selection of interviews with various actors and others from the theater world. Subscribe to the NCRT YouTube channel at or e-mail NCRT at PANACHE ART AUCTION

The Escondido Arts Partnership hosts Panache 2021, an on-line auction with artworks by San Diego artists through March 27. Also up for auction is “Sans Titre,” a signed Niki de Saint Phalle lithograph donation from the Niki Charitable Art Foundation. Auction ends 9 p.m. March 27 at MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS

Carlsbad Music Festival is scheduled to return Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, after having to cancel last year. As a continued precaution against COVID-19, the 2021 festival will be held entirely outdoors for the first time. You can support the return of the festival at support/give.

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