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MARCH 20, 2020

Escondido councilman Masson dies By Jordan P. Ingram

LIVING AMID A HEALTH CRISIS CARLSBAD RESIDENT Shelly, left, and her daughter Cassie stand in line outside of a Target store in Encinitas early Wednesday morning to stock up on much-needed supplies in response to the coronavirus crisis. Cassie, who lives in Santa Monica, is working remotely and staying with her mother, who just started her second round of cancer treatment. “I wish I’d been better prepared,” Shelly said. Both women are following local health guidelines and staying at home, with the occasional trip to the grocery store. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

County libraries closed, New guidance affects gyms, child care curbside pickup available By City News Service

From Staff Reports

REGION — San Diego County public libraries, including branch libraries in San Marcos and Vista, are closed until March 31 in response to the developing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to a news release. Beginning March 18, county libraries switched to curbside pickup to help county residents practice social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus while accessing library books, music, movies and other popular items. Library patrons can use the online catalog or

call their branch libraries to place orders for books and pick them up outside the building on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. County librarian Migell Acosta said residents can still access all e-books and e-magazines around the clock — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — by downloading the Libby app for e-books or Flipster (under e-books and e-magazines) for e-magazines. According to its website, the Escondido Public Library is closed until March 31.

REGION — San Diego County public health officials expanded public health orders in response to the coronavirus March 18, closing all gyms and fitness centers and restricting childcare to “stable’’ groups of 10 children with one childcare provider. The “stable” vocabulary refers to the same group of 10 children each day and the same provider each day, County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said. If a daycare or related business has more than 10 children, each group needs to be in separate rooms and cannot inter-

mingle. Social distancing is encouraged even among the subgroups. The previous health orders banning groups of 50 or more do not apply to public transit, airports or any other mass transportation, Wooten said. Meanwhile, the Ramada hotel in Kearny Mesa announced it will be used as a quarantine site for people potentially exposed to coronavirus. The Ramada by Wyndham San Diego North Hotel & Conference Center located near Kearny Mesa Road, north of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near state Route 163, will be used by the

federal government to house patients currently under quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The hotel has 151 rooms. The patients being transferred from the base to the hotel are experiencing mild or no symptoms, the hotel said. The hotel will be closed to the public during the quarantine. Fox5 reported the hotel is being monitored by the California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service. Conditions within the hotel are being controlled to prevent exposure to the public, TURN TO GUIDANCE ON 6

ESCONDIDO — After a yearslong battle with cancer, Escondido City Councilman John Masson, 55, died on the evening of March 10. Masson was first appointed to the Escondido City Council in 2012, and later elected to serve District 2 in 2014. Four years later, Masson won his re-election campaign in 2018 after defeating fellow nonpartisan challengers Vanessa Valenzuela and Nicole Downey. During his time with the council, Masson served as deputy mayor, JOHN MASSON, worked on sev- who representeral boards and ed District 2 on c o m m i t t e e s , the City Council, including the died March 10 Economic De- after a lengthy velopment sub- battle with cancommittee of cer. He was 55. the City Coun- Courtesy photo cil, San Diego County Water Authority, and as Escondido’s representative on the League of California Cities. In a news release, Escondido City Manager Jeff Epp said that Masson was a dedicated civil servant to the residents and employees of the City of Escondido. “While there is much to say about all of the things Councilmember Masson was involved in and contributed to, I shall always remember his tremendous passion for all things Escondido, and his incredible support of City employees. John really, really cared about Escondido and doing great things for our community. He was inspirational to have on the City Council, as a colleague and as a friend to many of us. We will miss him a great deal.” Masson, a graduate of Escondido High School in 1982, also served as the president of Masson & Associates, a civil engineering and land surveying consulting firm, which was started by his father, Douglas Masson, in 1978. Masson was the former president of the Sunrise Rotary Club and served 15 years on the board for the Palomar Family YMCA. The longtime Escondido resiTURN TO MASSON ON 11


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College student, 11, wins regional math competition By Kirk Mattu

SAN MARCOS — An 11-year-old college student took home top honors in the region's newest math competition for college students hosted at Palomar College on March 7. The contest, HWY 78 Math Fields Day, awarded nine of the more than 80 undergraduate participants with the highest scores in the competition’s written exams between two categories, calculus I, and precalculus and below. Nicholas Passeto, a student at both Elite Academic Academy and Palomar College, won the inaugural event’s calculus I category. Passeto’s win highlights what the competition’s organizer Luis Guerrero, assistant professor at Palomar College, hopes participants will take away from the event. “They might say that this is only for a certain class of people, or students, and it’s not that,” Guerrero said. “It’s not gender based,

age based, race based. Your capability and potential for math is wide open, as long as you nurture the talent you might have.” The math competition was funded through a $3,000 grant by the North County Higher Education Alliance. The alliance unifies the region’s three higher education institutions — MiraCosta College, Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos — and pools resources to amplify their collective projects. The grant from NCHEA allowed Guerrero and his collaborating organizers to market the event to students with incentives of a free event t-shirt and catered lunch, in addition NICHOLAS PASSETO, 11, left, a student at Palomar College, to funding the competition. won the calculus I division of the inaugural HWY 78 Math The math competition Fields Day on March 7 at Palomar. Gavin Glenn, 12, at right, also featured talks regard- placed third in the precalculus category. Courtesy photo ing the applications of mathematics from college tions,” a cinematic display a 24-year-old senior at placed second of complex patterns com- CSUSM, professors Shahed News Shar-+ Inland Storm Safety_Coast Edition_RUN: 03_20_20__5c x 10”, 4C_TRIM: 8.525” x 10” in if, of CSUSM, and Zika prised of simple algebraic the precalculus category Perovic, of MiraCosta. Par- equations, in Palomar Col- and thought the fractal movie was “very cool.” Mcticipants also viewed a film lege’s Planetarium. Kacie McBarron, Barron said she was surcalled “Fractal Explora-

prised by her placement in the competition, but the event had her excited about a career in mathematics. “I want to be a high school math teacher, so it’s definitely going to inspire me to try to get high school students to come to this in the near future or influence more fun math stuff,” McBarron said. While the competition was geared towards undergraduate students in North County, Guerrero said that high school students were also invited to attend the event as an opportunity to network and see the available avenues to higher education. Guerrero aligned the competition with the Greater San Diego Mathematic Council, attending its annual conference in February to market the event to K-12 educators. The competitions marketing garnered 14 high school participants ranging from attendance at Mission TURN TO MATH ON 6


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Vista OKs homeless strategy By Steve Puterski

VISTA — During its March 10 meeting, the City Council approved its Homeless Strategic Plan to address the growing number of homeless in the city. And the city of Vista has a bold vision, which is for homelessness to be “rare, brief and one-time experiences.” Still, the council agreed the detailed plan is a positive path forward. Amanda Lee, assistant to the city manager, said the plan includes several aspects such as an internal task force, prevention pilot program, HomeShare coordination services, outreach, encampment clean up, advocacy, securing 10 shelter beds and contracting a fulltime social worker. The annual cost is projected to be $760,000 with a one-time funding source from the state for $250,000, along with $440,000 from Senate Bill 2 and Affordable Housing Fund funds and $70,000 from the General Fund, she said. “For safety of the community and environment, encampment cleanups will continue on a continuous, as needed basis,” Lee said. “A significant priority of the strategic plan is to collect and report data to confirm the city’s resources are making a positive impact.” The Internal Homelessness Task Force will provide the City Council quarterly updates and add the city’s contracted social worker to the team, according to the staff report. Also, the Historic Downtown Daytime Outreach Program will delay implementation up to 12 months based on a confirmation from the social worker to ensure this option is a viable resource in downtown. Staff will research options and continue to work with county, state, and federal agencies to advocate for funding and other resources, and a maintenance of local control. Staff will conduct outreach statewide to identify like-minded cities interested in financially supporting efforts to address state legislative and ballot initiative challenges to addressing homelessness. “Staff will continue to work with county, state and federal agencies to maintain local control and other resources,” Lee said. “In addition, staff will continue to work in collaboration with neighboring cities to establish with relationships with county officials and working toward regional solutions.” The two primary ongoing funding sources for implementation of the strategic plan are $250,000 annually from the AFH and approximately $350,000 per year from state funding via SB 2.

MARCH 20, 2020

Vista, Escondido declare local health emergencies

Dates set for San Marcos Creek work By Kirk Mattu

SAN MARCOS — Construction for the 214acre San Marcos Creek project will begin either later this month or in April, and will take an estimated two years to complete. The $104 million project is headed by 4Leaf Construction Management and would look to add 1.5 miles of restored and preserved creek habitat, a new community park, the widening of Discovery Street to four lanes with additional sidewalks, bike facilities, and a bike lane as well as the relocation of SDG&E utilities in the project area. “One of the things I’m most excited about is the new park, nature trails and scenic overlooks that will be built to give the community a chance to enjoy the creek in a way we haven’t been able to do before,” Robin Rockey, San Marcos communications manager, said through email. The project will also address the frequent flooding at Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz that has recently left Bent Avenue closed on March 10 due to last week’s downpour. Rocky highlighted that the project will look to build two new bridges and raised roadways to reduce flooding and enhance safety. Initial construction will close Bent Avenue for road improvements and bridge construction as well as preparing Discovery Street for the fourlane widening and an adjacent levee. Non-native plants will also be cleared in the creek bed. San Marcos residents can receive traffic alerts during construction of the project by texting the keyword SMCreek to 484848. A hotline is also available for additional project information at 877-SMCREEK.


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The Barn Stage Company, a Temecula-based professional theater group, will merge with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, above, it was announced March 6. The Barn Stage’s executive director, Jordan Beck, and artistic director J. Scott Lapp will move the company to Escondido, where they will oversee the new Center for the Arts theatrics department and help in the production of theatrical arts at the center. Photo via Facebook



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The City of San Marcos is directing residents to the city website for a listing of grocery stores that are open, plus restaurants, breweries and wineries that are offering take-out service. Visit https://www. sa n-ma / depa r tments /city-manager/economic-development/openfor-business.


San Diego Humane Society is hosting a virtual Kitten Shower beginning March 10, to collect supplies needed for its 24-hour Kitten Nursery, to care for an expected 3,500 kittens this year. SDHS is looking for donations of kitten formula, bottles, heating pads, scales and nursing kits. A complete Amazon baby reg-

istry and more information, team dominated the field can be found at sdhumane. of 14 at the CSUSM Fujiorg/kitten-shower. kura Invitational March 9, with a 38-stroke victory to capture the Cougars’ PINNELL BACK IN TOWN Andrew Pinnell, a fifth tournament title of graduate of La Costa Can- the now-complete 2019-20 yon High School, has asso- season. Jaime Jacob colciated with the Encinitas/ lected her second-consecuLa Costa office of Coldwell tive tournament title after Banker Realty as an affili- carding a 7-under 137. ate agent. Prior to joining Coldwell, Pinnell graduat- SUMMER SESSION AT CSUSM ed from the University of The upcoming sumCalifornia Santa Cruz. He mer session at California has worked as a CAD jew- State University San Marelry designer for Casting cos begins June 1, running House, a jewelry manufac- through Aug. 8. The first turing company based in block of classes will be Chicago and an electrician held June 1 to July 2 and in the commercial con- the second block of classstruction industry. es are scheduled for July 6 to Aug. 8. A small selecCSUSM WOMEN’S HOOPS 1ST tion of classes run the full Before the collegiate 10-week summer session. sports season was cut short Registration for CSUSM by the coronavirus out- students opens March 23 break, the CSUSM wom- and for the public on March en’s basketball team quali- 30. For more information fied for the NCAA Division on summer session, visit II Tournament for the first time in program history. The Cougars were the No. 4 FIRE PREVENTION GRANTS seed in the West Regional. Concerned about possible wildfires on PaloCSUSM WOMEN GOLF WIN mar Mountain producing The No. 12/14 Cal State a very large amount of San Marcos women's golf greenhouse gas emissions

WE WANT YOU! The City of San Marcos Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol needs help. We know volunteers are sought by every service or organization out there. We’re no different in that regard but we currently find ourselves short-handed and unable to assist our great City as it should be. If you find you have some extra time on your hands and care about people, consider checking us out by contacting Mike Gardiner, 760-510-5290 at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station. He will introduce you to all the pluses of being part of this great team of volunteers. You have talents and experience we are looking for.


REGION — The Vista City Council adopted a local health emergency declaration during a special meeting on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration gives emergency powers to the director of emergency services, Patrick Johnson, who is also the city manager. The council approved the proclamation for two weeks and will re-evaluate the issue depending on the status of the coronavirus and other regional and state mandates. It gives Johnson the ability to obtain aid from any and all sources, make purchases of supplies, equipment and contractual services at the lowest rate. In Escondido, a Declaration of Local Emergency was signed by City Manager Jeffrey Epp and ratified by the City Council on March 18. As a result, the City is now able to enact emergency powers, as well as potential-

affecting San Diego and neighboring counties, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection awarded $169,520 to the Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council for its 2020 Palomar Mountain Fire Break & Evacuation Project. In the event of wildfire or structural fire, this fuel reduction project will enable access to this area for fire vehicles and crews, protecting 187 habitable structures and critical community resources including water and power. UNDERSTANDING AGING

Find out how it really feels to get old. According to Home Instead Senior Care in Vista, 83 percent of older adults in the U.S. live with sensory loss. The world isn't designed to accommodate those living with these challenges, Home Instead notes, which can often lead to social isolation, depression and declining physical health. Home Instead has created an online sensory loss simulation at agingsenses. com to help this experience come to life.

ly gain access to federal and state relief funds. In Vista, the City Council agreed to hold a regular meeting every week until emergency measures are lifted. The council only meets twice per month, but it wanted to ensure residents are informed on a weekly basis and have an opportunity to submit comments during those meetings. The Vista Civic Center closed to the public on March 19 and the March 24 City Council meeting will be livestreamed through the city’s website. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and the council will be present through a conference call, which will be standard until the emergency is lifted, Johnson said. Business with the city, though, can still be conducted online through the city website. — Steve Puterski

Rolling Stones’ San Diego tour opener postponed REGION — The Rolling Stones have postponed the “No Filter” tour set to begin at San Diego Community Credit Union Stadium on May 8 due to the coronavirus outbreak, the band announced March 17. The North American leg of tour by the legendary rock band would have ended in Atlanta on July 9. The Rolling Stones are the most recent act to postpone or cancel performances in San Diego County. Chicago was scheduled to perform March 17 at Sycuan Casino, and Pearl Jam postponed an April performance. San Diego County health placed a ban on all gatherings of 50 or more people, legally prohibiting all but the smallest concerts. Gatherings of 10 people or more are strongly discouraged. — City News Service

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MARCH 20, 2020

Opinion & Editorial

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Being overprepared is key


e truly are living through a historic time. Usually, our weekly op-eds are on the latest developments at the County of San Diego, or a helpful tip on solving a problem, but given this difficult time, none of that seemed appropriate. Giving an update on the coronavirus seems outdated the second I type the next word, however I wanted to speak generally on all that we are doing at the County of San Diego. The County of San Diego is the Health and Human Services provider for the entire region. The Board of Supervisors along with our medical experts are the ones making the calls for the over 3.3 million people in San Diego County. Along

around the county Jim Desmond with working with our state and federal partners, it’s up to the County on how to attack the coronavirus. While there have been some drastic measures over the last week, all of this was done out of abundance of caution. We’ve heard from many constituents, “Why close all of these institutions, when only a couple dozen people are sick?” The answer is simple, we must overprepare. None of these decisions have made lightly. We all under-

stand the gravity of the situation and the effect it will have on businesses moving forward. These decisions were made in accordance with our medical experts who have studied the viruses spread across the world. While the situation is very fluid, this much is clear. Those 65 and over, or with a compromised immune system are strongly urged to self-quarantine for the time being. In the meantime, follow my pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest news regarding the coronavirus. Together, with everyone on board we can get through this! Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Coronavirus response in Sacramento By Marie Waldron

As Minority Leader, I have been working with the Governor to coordinate the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. A number of important steps are underway. Last week we passed bipartisan legislation to provide $500 million in initial emergency funding expandable to $1 billion, to activate closed hospitals, increase equipment capacity for existing hospitals, provide hotel beds for the homeless, clean up child care facilities, fund InHome Supportive Services addressing senior isolation, backfill schools for lost Average Daily Attendance, finance expanded family leave, reimburse for the cost of COVID-19 testing, and much more. Other steps include a DMV request that law enforcement use discretion

for 60 days regarding driver’s license and vehicle registrations that expired on or after March 16. This will protect the health of individuals over 70 who are required to visit a DMV to take written or vision tests. More information is available at: California’s Economic Development Department will allow employees unable to work due to COVID-19 exposure to file Disability claims, and employees caring for ill or quarantined persons can file for Paid Family Leave. Parents staying home with children due to school closures may be eligible for unemployment (UI) benefits, and a UI claim can also be filed if work hours have been reduced. Employers reducing hours of operation may apply for a UI work-sharing program aimed at avoid-

ing layoffs, and businesses faced with closure or layoffs can contact EDD Rapid Response teams to discuss their needs. Employers may request a 60-day extension to file payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalties or added interest. More details are available at: For the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit the California Department of Public Health at: cdph. Lastly, we passed ACR 189, (Rendon/Waldron) to put the Legislature in recess and allow some employees to telecommute. The work of the people will continue. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature

hile the world waits for someone, somewhere, to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, it would be nice if residents in America’s most populous state could be sure their governor really is on board with vaccinations. There is some reason to doubt he is. It’s true that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a legislative bill intended to close loopholes allowing some children to avoid vaccinations required for public school enrollment. And he’s demanded Californians take many coronavirus precautions, from closing all bars to forcing over-65s to stay home. But… Newsom only okayed last year’s SB 276 after intervening twice in the legislative process to make the measure far weaker than the original version proposed by Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento, a pediatrician. For anyone who doubts the impact of vaccinations on diseases like measles, rubella, mumps, polio and whooping cough, diseases that once could become epidemic, a look at the spread of the coronavirus might be illuminating. Without a vaccine to hinder it, this virus sped around the world in two months, causing personal and financial panic. It halted most travel to Asia and Europe, the government warns Americans against cruises, sports events are canceled, many restaurants are closed and thousands wear surgical masks. All this for a virus whose death toll is less severe than it was from some diseases for which vaccines are now well established. Last year, Newsom did as much as he could afford politically to ease

california focus thomas d. elias the impact of SB 276 on anti-vaccination parents who believe the almost certainly fictitious side effect of autism that’s claimed by discredited anti-vaxx leaders. Those parents say this supposed occasional side effect outweighs any risk of disease epidemics. Today’s stock market and multiple deaths from the coronavirus suggest otherwise. Before SB 276, hundreds, maybe thousands, of parents located the few doctors who push the unproven autism claims and charge about $300 each to sign medical exemptions from the vaccination rules. Pan sought to close this loophole by having state health officials vet all such waivers, approving only those for children with organ transplants and a few other conditions. Newsom bridled. Last summer, he said, “I believe in immunizations; I do not subscribe to their point of view broadly. I back immunizations, however I do have concerns about a bureaucrat making a decision that is very personal…I think that’s just something we need to pause and think about.” Does this verbal mush mean he thinks vaccinations belong in the realm of personal choice, not public health necessity? He won’t say. Newsom essentially forced Pan to revise his bill so vetting will apply only to doctors who sign more than five waivers in any year. That seemed to satisfy Newsom — until late August, when he weighed

in again, causing SB 276 to be further weakened. It no longer requires doctors to certify under penalty of perjury that what they’re saying is accurate. If they won’t do that, why believe them at all? Then, in February, Newsom’s “First Partner,” wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, told anti-vaxx activists in Sacramento that “I think there needs to be more conversation around spreading out vaccines, around only giving children the vaccines that are most essential.” Does the former actress believe she knows which ones fit that bill? Does the governor share her belief? The First Partner asked the activists not to post her remarks on social media, but they did it anyway. A Newsom spokesperson later noted that the severely weakened law he signed is the position of his administration, but he has not pushed the health department to set up either the required vetting system or any oversight. Pan told a reporter, “This should absolutely be happening now.” What’s more, once a coronavirus vaccine arrives, it should be added to the required list to reduce risks from that sometimes deadly micro-organism. It adds up to a situation where the governor talks strongly about combating the coronavirus, but has gone easy on other diseases that could spread even faster than the new threat, including some with far greater risks of death or brain damage for those they infect. Which opens the question of how badly he actually wants a coronavirus vaccine. Email Thomas Elias at

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In light of state and federal guidelines regarding the COVID-19 virus, most gatherings, events and performances have been suspended through at least March 31. Call your venue or visit its website for specific information.

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Although North County school districts have closed through March 31, any student needing food during this period of closure can visit a school site on weekdays to pick up a lunch. [See Inland North County list on Page 6.]


Alternate arrangements will be made for essential services at all area cities. Senior Nutrition Program meals will still be offered on a pick-up or delivery basis. Visit your city website for details.


The CRC will distribute all food essentials (including fresh items) through its Food and Nutrition Center entry points. Participants may not enter the Food and Nutrition Center to shop. General bags with food staple items have been created, but CRC is unable to accommodate special food item requests. Operating hours remain as usual.


Casa de Amparo will continue to operate, but needs supplies to provide its kids with basic hygiene and cleaning supplies. For a list of what is needed,

In loving memory of

Gary Lynn Bruce October 27, 1951 February 7, 2020

Gary Lynn Bruce passed away at the age of 68 on Friday, February 7, 2020 in Encinitas, CA. Gary was born on October 27, 1951 to Earl & Helen Bruce of Texas. He was born & raised in Houston and spent his childhood summers at the beach in Galveston, TX and California where he developed a love for the ocean and found peace with God. After high school graduation in Texas he made the decision to drive west to the state of California, where he settled in Cardiff by the Sea, CA.


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Operation HOPE-North County has made its Spring into HOPE Auction themed “Cultivating Colorful Connections” March 28 into a virtual event. For more information, visit


San Diego Botanic Garden is closed to all visitors, members and volunteers until further notice. For more information, visit


The Del Mar National Horse Show, which was set to run April 14 through May 3, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Patrons who purchased tickets to the horse show’s Saturday evening events have two options: This year’s tickets will be honored at next year’s show or a refund can be obtained through the point of purchase.


The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Art has canceled or postponed everything through April 27. For more information, visit

He attended bible college, was a carpenter by trade, and the maintenance supervisor at the Rancho Santa Fe School for many years until he retired. He was also the proud father of his two boys, Dan & Chad. He loved surfing, coaching, fishing, dogs, carpentry, dirt biking in the desert, was an avid golfer, would drop anything for someone in need and was proud to be from the state of Texas. But above all his interests, it was spending quality time with his boys and grandchildren that brought him the most joy. He is now in the presence of the Lord alongside his two best friends, his father Earl and his son Dan. He is survived by his wife Tammy Bruce; his son Chad Bruce & daughter-in-law Opal Bruce; and his grandchildren Grayson and Teagan Bruce. His sister Phyllis Bruce of Houston, TX and brother Phil Bruce of Encinitas. On Friday, March 20, 2020 a celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 PM at the Beach Chapel in Encinitas, CA.

Navigating the Great Shutdown hit the road e’louise ondash


think I broke the law this morning when my two walking buddies and I met for an early-morning, hour-long hike around the neighborhood. Hoping to avoid the Shutdown Police, we began before sunrise. This would not be a slight exaggeration if we were living in China, Ground Zero for the coronavirus outbreak and where comings and goings are strictly monitored. My son, who deals with Chinese businesspersons, was told recently that when residents leave their block, they must pass through a checkpoint where names and temperatures are taken. This is repeated when they enter and leave stores and when they return to the neighborhood checkpoint. Thankfully things aren’t that drastic here, but the freedom to make plans and move about freely has been curtailed somewhat. As a result of the Great Shutdown, millions are facing difficult circumstances with work and family, wondering how long quarantines and social isolation is necessary, what to do with children while schools are closed, whether workplaces will close and how to pay the bills. All of this is reason for our collective anxiety, made worse because of the unknown. Most of us are hoping just to make it to next week; travel is the last

SANTIAGO, CHILE’S Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport was a challenge to navigate in the coronavirus-free days of 2018. Today’s travelers trying to enter the country or return to the U.S. face hours-long waits in immigration and customs lines. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

thing on our minds. Hence, the challenge to write travel features when the Great Shutdown has brought the travel industry to its knees and travelers are returning home early, cancelling plans and scrambling for refunds. We can’t even entertain notions of staycations. Unless something changes by the time you read this, there’s no place to go. Restaurants, bars, brewpubs, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Disneyland, churches, events — all closed, postponed or cancelled. Just within my circle of family and friends, a visit to an elderly parent in Seattle, a trip to Ireland, a cruise in

the Mediterranean, visits with grandkids and doctor and dental appointments – all wiped off the calendar. My sister and her husband, on an extended bicycle trip in Chile and Argentina, will return home six weeks early because of the virus. They’ll have to survive the ramped-up gauntlet of hours-long lines and drug-seeking dogs at Miami International Airport, a bad bottleneck in the best of travel times. The Great Shutdown has brought lots of Netflix Nights to our home. I discovered a new travel-showof-sorts called “Restaurant on the Edge.” A makeover team rescues round-theworld restaurants with fab-

ulous views and bad bottom lines. The first episode introduced me to Malta, a destination that was never on my list. It is now. The island is gorgeous, quaint, laid-back and inexpensive, and when I checked, there were great flight/hotel packages available online. Nearly all the emails I receive now have some coronavirus-tinged message. I do a lot of deleting, but one caught my eye. It was sent prior to the current mayhem and initially looked too good to be true. I checked and it is not. These deals, offered by San Diego Mission Bay Resort (https:// w w w.m issionbay resor t. com/) are available until June 30: The Ultimate Spring Break Package ($178 per night per room) includes four tickets to the San Diego Zoo, $70 toward rentals at nearby Action Sports Rentals, a s’mores kit, free parking and waived resort fee. Must be booked two days before arrival. The Carefree Cabana Experience ($185 per room per night) includes a one-day cabana rental that comes with two large lounge chairs, wi-fi, flatscreen TV with DVD player, movie rentals, snacks, VIP food and drink service, two frozen treats from The Marketplace; free parking and waived resort fee. Requires a two-night minimum stay. Rent cabana for additional days upon arrival. Just because you are hunkered down doesn’t mean you can’t share past travels. Email eondash@ For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook. com/elouiseondash.


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Cox helping families stay connected amid closures Relief support includes relaxing data usage overage charges and new internet offer for low-income households. As communities around the country continue to see schools and offices close temporarily amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cox Communications has announced some relief support efforts to help customers stay connected as they move to working and learning from home. “As we are all adapting in these uncertain times, Cox is continuing to focus on our customers with the greatest need to ensure they have the tools to work and learn from home,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications. “We remain committed to keeping our customers con-

nected and supporting the communities we serve.” Cox is offering the following through May 15: • Eliminating data usage overages as of March 16 to meet the higher bandwidth demands of households with family members working from home and learning online. Customers with a 500 GB or Unlimited data usage add-on plan will receive credits. • A $19.99 offer for new Starter internet customers with a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps download speeds, no annual contract or qualifications to help low income households and those impacted from the coronavirus challenges such as seniors and college students. In addition, Cox has increased internet speeds for select residential packages



Hills High School in San Marcos to Great Oak High School in Temecula. The two categories for the test, calculus I and precalculus and below, were selected to garner a higher pool of participants rather than focusing on higher intensive math courses and the “cream of the cream of people who’ve taken calc I and above,” Guerrero said. Gavin Glenn, 12, who attends Davidson Academy, placed third in the competition’s precalculus category and was surprised by his placement in a competition full of college students. “I like math a lot, I don't want to brag but it comes easy,” Glenn said. “It wasn't a national competition, it was a local competition and I thought that was a really cool aspect to it because all the other math competitions are national and you're not going to get top five or top 1%, that's really hard to do.” Shannon Glenn, Gavin’s mother, was not overly surprised by his placement in the competition, based on his past experiences, and that these types of competitions are exciting for students to see math beyond the classroom. “Math can be fun and that’s what I think learning needs to be,” she said. Outside of networking, Guerrero said the ultimate goal of the math competition is to make math less intimidating and create an exciting event for students to experience math in a healthy way through competition. “Not everyone is going to get the top prize but at least they can experience math in a non-classroom, graded, stressful situation. It's just math for fun's sake.”

authorities said. Dr. Eric McDonald, head of the county’s epidemiology division, said there were 238 people in quarantine at MCAS Miramar, including two San Diegans. Of those, 38 were scheduled to leave the base Wednesday. Holland America cruise ship Eurodam docked Wednesday in San Diego, and all 1,839 passengers and 61 of the more than 800 crew members disembarked. McDonald said none of the passengers were showing any symptoms of novel coronavirus, but three went to the hospital for unrelated medical issues. “Self-quarantine is recommended after a cruise according to CDC guidelines,” McDonald said. The Eurodam is scheduled to leave San Diego and head for Ensenada on Thursday. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the county had increased the number of available hotel rooms for unsheltered individuals or for those who cannot shelter in place to more than 2,000. At 7 p.m., Simon Property Group will temporarily close all its malls and outlets until at least March 29. The group owns several properties in the county, including the Fashion Valley mall and Carlsbad and Las Americas Premium outlets. Students at University of San Diego and San Diego State University will move out of their dorms amid the coronavirus pandemic. San Diego State University students were sent an email Tuesday morning stating the university had plans to “expedite moveout plans for students this week.” The university said that students living on campus are being asked to make arrangements to move out immediately. Most students



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Eight locations will be open for sack lunch and breakfast pick up on weekdays during the closure: Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools, Del Dios Academy, and Mission Middle School will be open from 6 to 8 a.m.

tritious meals at all school sites "grab-and-go" style on a daily basis. Meals may be picked up at each school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vista Unified

The district’s Child Nutrition Services Department will serve meals 11 a.m. to noon during the weeks of March 16-20 and March 23-27. Meal services will San Marcos Unified not be provided during The Child Nutrition the spring break week of Services Department will March 30-April 3. • Roosevelt Middle prepare and provide nushould be out by 7 p.m. Wednesday. Exceptions include students who can’t go home, those without a home to return to and those with known health and safety risks. University of San Diego had originally asked residential students to move by March 22, but sent a memo Tuesday advising that all students should move out of their dorms by late today. San Diego Community College District colleges, including City, Mesa and Miramar colleges, have officially closed their campuses. Remote operations for the schools will begin Monday. The number of positive cases in the county rose Tuesday to 60 total in the county, including residents and non-residents alike. The following new public health orders took effect Tuesday in an attempt to limit the spread of the illness, also known as COVID-19: — All public and private gatherings of 50 or more people are legally prohibited, and all nonessential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged. — All bars, adult entertainment businesses and

any business which serves alcohol and not food are to close. — All restaurants must prohibit dine-in service and restrict services to drivethrough, take-out and delivery. Restaurants and employees are urged to follow social distancing guidelines during this time. — Businesses that require a doctor’s note for a leave of absence must suspend those policies until the public health crisis is over. — All public schools must cancel all classes, gatherings and events. — Nonessential personnel are prohibited from entering hospitals and longterm care facilities, and all essential personnel displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are prohibited. — Hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 must report such cases immediately to county health officials. — All people traveling to San Diego County from China, Iran, South Korea, Italy or any other country at extreme contagion risk must self- quarantine in their homes for 14 days, regardless if they show symptoms or not. — All people showing symptoms of COVID-19

School, 850 Sagewood Drive, Oceanside. • Vista High School, 1 Panther Way • Grapevine Elementary, 630 Grapevine Rd. • Rancho Buena Vista High School, 1601 Longhorn Drive • Foothill Oak Elementary, 1370 Oak Drive • Boys and Girls Club of Vista, 410 W California Ave. For more information, visit individual school district sites; for additional county locations, visit must self-isolate in their homes. Additionally, county health officials strongly urged people over the age of 65 with underlying medical conditions or a suppressed immune system to self-isolate. Hospitals were urged to delay elective procedures. At least one person with a connection to three La Jolla schools has tested positive for COVID-19, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten said in a statement late Tuesday. “The schools impacted by this announcement are Bird Rock Elementary, La Jolla Elementary and La Jolla High School,’’ Marten said. County health officials notified school district officials of the positive test or tests Tuesday afternoon, but no information about that person or people has been disclosed. Encinitas Union School District reported late Sunday that a person at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School has tested presumptive positive for coronavirus. The district has not yet said whether the infected person was a student, teacher or school employee. San Diego County li-

month free to new customers of Connect2Compete, Cox’s low-cost internet product for K-12 families enrolled in low-income assistance programs. Schools are being asked to contact with a list of eligible low-income students that currently do not have an internet connection. Cox partners with the nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego to help low income families that need computers. Families can visit • Increasing the speeds for Essential tier customers from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps, which was originally planned for later in the year. For more information about Cox’s relief support offerings, visit www.cox. com. braries are shifting to curbside pickup and drop-off to encourage residents to practice social distancing while still getting books, music and movies from the library. Residents can use the library’s online catalog or call their branch libraries and pick them up between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. County Supervisor Greg Cox said the county had placed more than 200 hand-washing stations around the county. The Navy announced Tuesday it closed its Training Support Command center in San Diego on Saturday after a third sailor with ties to the school tested presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus. Two students and an instructor at the school have tested presumptive positive for the illness in the past several days, according to the Navy. The latest sailor with ties to the school to test positive is stationed aboard the USS Essex and had been attending a course at Naval Base San Diego since Feb. 6. “The individual is currently isolated at home and restricted in movement,” according to a Navy statement that said personnel who came into contact with the sailor have been notified and are in self-isolation. Two more sailors, one stationed on the USS Boxer, which is homeported in San Diego, and the other aboard the littoral combat ship Coronado based at Naval Base San Diego, also tested positive for COVID-19. The schoolhouse where the training occurred will remain closed until further notice. Military health professionals are conducting a contact investigation to see if any additional precautionary measures need to be taken. Two Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar have also tested positive for the virus, one on Friday and another on Saturday, leading to new health protections on the base.

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ESCONDIDO — Escondido woman Ruth Weber and her daughter, Emilia Lopez-Yañez, will release their latest music album this month with the goal of teaching children and their families about the environment. The professional musicians gained a fanbase in recent years by telling the story of a young girl named Emilia as she encounters aliens. Lopez-Yañez plays the young girl while Weber plays an alien from the Planet Goopda. Their previous album, “The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard,” was honored with 11 awards. The duo have been performing live music together since Lopez-Yañez was just 3 years old. Together, they have performed and recorded several award-winning, Billboard-charting albums in a variety of genres, including classical, new age and world music. Lopez-Yañez and Weber’s latest album, titled “Kokowanda Bay,” tells the story of the duo reuniting as they encounter challenges facing the planet. The duo said they hope their 11 new songs teach families and their children about the importance of caring for the planet, and how each person can do that. “Fans can expect a very upbeat album with positive messages taking care of our environment, and lots of new fun adventures for Emilia and her alien friend URR,” said Weber, a professional musician and teacher who said she has always enjoyed playing music with her children. “Our goal is to make the world a better place, and what better way to do that than inspiring the next generation with positive messages.” The mother-daughter team unveil songs such as “We’re Goin’ Green,” “The Food Chain” and “Turn It into Something New” to encourage listeners to recycle, reduce and reuse products. Other songs such as “With My Snorkel On” and “Soaring Through the Galaxy” inspire adventure. The album is complete with a rich production of saxophone, brass, drums, guitars, harmonica, trumpet, oboe and piano, according to the band. While Weber recruited the help of her son, Enrico Lopez-Yañez, who is always a professional musician, to help write the album. Weber is the recipient of multiple awards for song-writing. Her work has also been performed by symphonies, choirs, solo artists and appear in print music and choral music collections and in award-winning films. Her song “We're Gonna Be Legendary” is the San Diego Unified School District's theme song for 2020. Together, the family band has created an assortment of songs that cater to TURN TO ALBUM ON 11


RUTH WEBER, left, and her daughter Emilia Lopez-Yañez plan to release their latest album, “Kokowanda Bay,” this month. The pair gained a following with their previous album, the award-winning “The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard.” Courtesy photo

y son just ate a snail. “Oh, yeah?” you say. Your 2-year-old just ate a worm, a snail and half a can of Silly Soap. Yes, but my son is 10, this snail yet another step into the world of things I can’t afford to feed him. He got kudos from his adventuresome grandparents for downing even one garlic-laden gastropod, but from my vantage point, it spells trouble. I realize that escargot will not immediately tempt him away from pizza and Gummi bears, but the fact that he didn’t run screaming from the room, when his grandfather offered it, has me more than a little worried. You see, our family has a somewhat expensive history of craving gourmet food at an early age. It was just about at my son’s age that my brother decided his favorite meal was chateaubriand, the prime cut of steak meant to feed two adults. I was right behind him with my choice of veal Cordon Bleu.

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sively on brie cheese and croissants, given the chance. The other has developed a taste for salmon steaks, French baguettes and imported Italian salami. I foolishly tried to serve them my childhood favorite of canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches the other night. They turned up their noses so high, I could see their adenoids. Whatever happened to the “Dennis the Menace” list of “Things kids love to eat the best”? Isn’t it supposed to consist solely of peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies, spaghetti, root beer and pizza? Nowadays, that list more likely reads: freshly ground, organic, no preservatives or sugar-added almond butter; fresh-from-the-bakery chocolate chunk cookies, spinach pasta with five-cheese, sundried tomato marinara sauce, Dr. Zootie’s original recipe ginger beer, and goat cheese, portobello mushrooms and free-range turkey sausage on focaccia. My mom always said there were children starving in some remote, foreign country. Maybe they’ll eat this tomato soup.

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Food &Wine Celebrating 20 years of Q’ero in Encinitas lick the plate david boylan


’ero resides along that stretch of Coast Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas that I hope stays as much as it is as possible. To know that establishments like Q’ero, The Daily Double or Saloon as we all call it, Kim’s Alterations, 101 Diner and the watch repair shop are still thriving there makes me feel somewhat connected to the Encinitas I knew when I arrived just over 20 years ago. That coincidentally is when Amici, as Q’ero was originally called came on the scene, April 20, 2000. That longevity in itself is worthy of celebration and the fact that they are even more relevant than ever to our dining scene makes me smile. I said it best in 2009 when I first wrote about Q’ero in this very column, and those words still ring true so here is a brief sampling. “I’m not one to run around proclaiming things or establishments as the best of anything, but in the case of Q’ero, I have no hesitation whatsoever. I don’t

THE AMAZING Sopa Pescado Del Norte at Q’ero, which serves South American cuisine. Photo by David Boylan

have any fancy market research behind this decision, it was made quite simply after one of the most complete dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. My criteria was simple. Q’ero has a combination of a great location, elegance, sex appeal, warm design, a unique menu inspired by the cuisine of Peru and South America, fresh ingredients, an attentive and educated staff, vibrant and appreciative clientele, and most of all, a passion for what they do that is evident in every aspect of this restaurant. I’ll repeat that part about passion for what they do, as that is what elevates Q’ero to another level.” Even with all the competition surrounding it these

days, Q’ero has the longevity arrow in its quiver that the others lack and it’s sexier than ever. I should also mention that as of this writing, owner Monica Szepesy is enjoying a much-deserved trip to visit family in Peru. It was that trip, and the fact that I got wind that her 18-year-old son Nico was running the restaurant that I thought it would make for a great Lick the Plate on 101.5 KGB radio interview and a The Coast News revisit column to go with it. I had Monica on Lick the Plate back when we were on KPRI and we had a hoot over my kitchen table talking food, restaurants, music and Peruvian cuisine of which I was very unfamiliar with at the time. Speaking of the food and the Q’ero experience, it has always gone very well with a movie at the La Paloma Theater, either before or after dinner. Both places have a lot of history and it is a short stroll up Coast Highway 101. It’s almost impossible to start off at Q’ero without their famous Empanadas. With six varieties to choose from including several vegetarian options, there is one for everyone. My favorite is the Saltena de Carne with it’s ground beef, potatoes, onions and spices. It’s like a TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 11

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had planned on a fun article about hard seltzer this week. I had reached out to a bunch of hard seltzer brewers, collected a bunch of wild statistics and drank more than a few for inspiration. Then the NBA canceled the season followed by every other sport. European travel was curtailed, a national emergency declared, schools closed, and “social distancing” began climbing the list of phrases that will reflect the tenor of 2020. In short, my hard seltzer article didn’t seem to be terribly appropriate. You’ll have to wait till next week for that kind of hard-hitting journalism. This week I’m thinking about my previous career managing restaurants. The places that become our second homes, our places of refuge and the settings for our stories. If I were still running an alehouse today what would I be feeling and doing? I’d probably spend a few minutes in the office panicking, but that would end quickly. This pandemic is happening whether I like it or not. Then many hours coming up with a plan to make sure my staff and customers were safe. Trying to decide if opening the doors even makes sense. Then trying to figure out how to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus. I’d be making lists of the anticipated impacts of this pandemic, how to ensure the safest experience for my employees, customers and community. I’d call neighbor businesses to see if we could collectively come up with a plan to in-

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Ryan Woldt spire customer confidence, and I’d work as hard as possible to ensure our business stayed viable enough to keep the doors open, pay the bills and be there when this is over. I’d question my choices. In the service industry you work long, odd hours which includes long stretches of waiting punctuated by furious bursts of high stress effort. You need a team to survive it. No matter what as the boss you care about your people, and this pandemic is going to hit them hard. It will hit the industry hard. Not just for the spring and summer, but for an extended period. This week I’d be working hard to minimize the impacts to my team. That, and extra cleaning. How many times in the past week have you stayed home from a social excursion instead of going out to do something? Here is my list of things I did not do this week: A second trip to the grocery store, coffee with a friend, and visiting a brewery. That’s only three things, but this is only the first week. Combined that was about $100 I did not put into the community. How many others made the same choice? How many local businesses can withstand an extended period in which customers choose to stay home more than go

out? How much tourism money doesn’t get spent? How many for sale or rent signs will be going up this year? I bet more than a few. I’m not advocating that we ignore the coronavirus, and pile into the nearest brewery for a pint. Not by a long shot. People are getting sick and dying. Yes, I know the flu has caused many more deaths, but that is the devil we know. We just don’t know enough about this to be able to say its impact is being exaggerated. We aren’t letting the virus win by staying home. It is how we create a more even playing field. Everywhere is the battlefield, and, for today, home is safest zone. Not just for you, but for others at risk. For now, look for science-based information on best practices from smart, researched sources. If you go out minimize the risks. Wash your hands like you hope the cooks in the kitchen do at your favorite diner. Use sanitizer wipes. Maintain appropriate distance in stores. No hi-fives, brohugs or knuckle bumps. Pretend you are Jim and Pam from The Office, and air-five from a distance. Be patient. All these local businesses are dealing with this for the first time too. If you operate a business let us know how you are combating the potential impacts of COVID-19. Be open about cleaning procedures, and changes made to regular policies. Many local businesses already have plans in place, and are posting them publicly like Ironsmith Coffee Roasters in Enci-

nitas. They’ve inspired confidence that when I do run out of coffee they will do their best to ensure a great, safe experience, and because they offer sick pay to their staff they are minimizing the risk that infected employees will come to work. At some point I will run out of the craft beer in my fridge. I’ll go out into the world to restock at the local spot, and know it really does matter to the people working there. Until then I’ll buy a gift card online. The economic recovery from this event will take a long time. Support the brewers, coffee roasters, distillers and service staffs that work and live here. They already make some of the finest products avail- LOCAL BUSINESSES including Ironsmith Coffee Roasters able anywhere. It will help. in Encinitas have been working hard on contingency plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Kai Diaz It will matter.

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Coronavirus sparks compassion in North County By Hoa Quach

REGION — San Marcos resident Lauri Trunnell said she was devastated on March 13 when she found out her employer, the San Diego Safari Park, had to close its doors as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 160,000 people and claimed the lives of thousands of others worldwide. “I felt extremely melancholy on my last day because I knew that I wouldn't be able to see them for quite a while as we are not allowed to visit,” said Trunnell, who has worked at Safari Park for more than a decade. “I intently listened to the roar of Izu, our lion, one last time, and watched

the baby elephants playing in the mud. My hope is to get back to normal again and see these beautiful creatures as part of my regular day again.” Although March 13 was a somber day for Trunnell, she was surprised to find out she would still get her paycheck despite the weeks-long closure. From there Trunnell said she had to share her “blessing” with others by helping those who needed it. The 25-year resident of San Marcos went to Facebook to offer any help in running errands or picking up groceries to those in need. “I feel that we have been so blessed and even though my husband lost 100% of his business over-

night in the past month — that in crisis times, we have to try to help others despite what we are going through,” Trunnell said. “We should all be here for each other.” Trunnell kept her word and even offered a neighbor the chance to pick fruit from her own yard. Trunnell isn’t the only one offering a helping hand. Tim Hoh in Oceanside took to NextDoor to offer any seniors help in picking up groceries. Hoh, who has lived in North County for about 10 years, said he knows firsthand what it’s like to need support from others. “I grew up in Crestline, California, where wildfires were present,” Hoh said. “I was evacuated in 2004 and 2007, and received a lot of help from the local community. I feel that during these hard times it is important to come together as a community. God has blessed my wife and I in these times so we feel if we are healthy and able, we should help.” In Vista, helping one another through the crisis has become a group effort. Danielle Pickerill — who helps manage the Buy Nothing Group in Vista, a group of people who share and trade items at no charge — said she has seen many members share in unprecedented ways during the pandemic. For example, neighbors have been of-

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Meanwhile, Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas, plans to continue to offer high-quality produce at its pay-what-you-can Farm Stand, which is open Thursday and Sunday. Kesha Dorsey Spoor, philanthropy manager for Coastal Roots Farm, said the nonprofit has had to make adjustments to its operation as a result of the pandemic but is still working to provide food to the community. “We will continue to get food into the hands of vulnerable members of our community,” Spoor said. “We have modified our protocols in order to participate in social distancing



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SDG&E temporarily halts service shutoffs REGION — With the coronavirus pandemic already impacting the economy and livelihoods, San Diego Gas & Electric announced March 13 it will temporarily suspend service disconnections. The moratorium on disconnections will remain in place until further notice. The utility company is urging customers struggling to pay utility bills due to financial hardships stemming from the outbreak to call its customer contact center at 800-411-7343 to make payment arrangements. “With our entire region already experiencing many disruptions due to the coronavirus, the last thing we want our customers to worry about is whether they can afford to keep their lights on,” said Scott Crider, SDG&E’s VP of customer services. SDG&E will also waive late payment fees for business customers whose finances have been hit hard by COVID-19. The company does not charge residential customers with late payment fees. — City News Service

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Ex-Rep. Hunter sentenced to 11 months in prison By City News Service

REGION — Former Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison March 17 for misusing campaign funds to support years of personal expenditures. The former lawmaker admitted in last year’s guilty plea to a conspiracy charge for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars with campaign credit cards on family vacations, restaurant and bar tabs, clothes and other frivolous expenses over the course of several years, while falsely stating to his staff that the purchases were campaign-related. Hunter's wife and former campaign manager, Margaret, 44, also pleaded guilty last year to misusing campaign funds and was due to be sentenced next month. The couple were charged in 2018 in a 60-count indictment. Hunter, 43, must also go on three years of supervised release after his term is up. He was ordered to surrender to authorities on May 29. Prior to sentencing, Hunter addressed the court, saying he took “full responsibility for any dime spent on my campaign by me or anyone else.” He also asked U.S. Dis-



dent is survived by his wife, Tricia, and their two children, Nick and Taryn. Mayor Paul McNamara expressed the city’s collective sense of loss following Masson’s death. “John was a true public servant who always had the best interest of Escondido as his number one priority,” McNamara told the San Di-


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trict Judge Thomas Whelan for leniency and sympathy when he sentences “the mother of my children,” asking the judge not to give Margaret Hunter custody “if it’s possible.” Prosecutors asked Whelan to impose a 14-month prison sentence, while Hunter’s attorneys asked for 11 months of home confinement, plus 1,000 hours of community service. Defense attorney Paul Pfingst argued that Whelan should take Hunter’s service in the Marines into account, as well his contributions in Congress, arguing that “on balance, Duncan Hunter has contributed much to his country, his constituents and his children.” Pfingst reminded the court that “not a single dollar of taxpayer money” was taken by Hunter and also took umbrage with what he said was the prosecution’s assertion that Hunter “betrayed his office” or represented “a threat to democracy.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern said that Hunter “abused his position from the very beginning” of his political career, noting that the misuse of campaign funds began in 2009. The prosecutor argued ego Union-Tribune. “He was a dedicated family man and man of faith. He represented the best values of the city. “Whether you agreed with him or not, you could always count on him to listen to opposing views and consider them. Losing him is a great loss for the city. I think I speak for the entire city when I say we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and that he and his family are in our prayers.” quinoa. I went with the rice and had I not been so distracted with the Sopa Pescado I would have been quite content with it. Our server paired a very nice dry white wine that I requested and that worked throughout the courses. I should point out that there are several signature dishes that show up on certain days like the Tallarines Y Pastas on Tuesday, the Seco de Cordero (lamb shank) on Wednesdays and Fridays and Pernil de Chancho (pork shank) on Thursday and Saturday. But please, and I’m quite serious about this, leave room for the Tres Leches because they make the best version of it I’ve ever had at Q’ero. I guess you could share it but it’s light enough that I prefer the whole piece to myself. That’s my update on Q’ero. It’s better than ever and I should mention that you can order online for carry out which may be the only option by the time you are reading this. Do me a favor though and make this one of the places you support with carry out throughout these crazy times. Find them at 564 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas or www.qerorestaurant. com.

that Hunter “had every advantage that an American citizen can have,” yet chose to dip into campaign funds on a regular basis, with full knowledge of his wrongdoing. In the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum, it states the Hunters were “virtually penniless” and amid dire financial straits, resorted to using campaign credit cards to support “a profligate lifestyle leading to continual debt and an ever-increasing need to find cash to pay bills.” Despite the family bank account not carrying a positive balance throughout any single month between 2009 and 2017, prosecutors say the family lived extrava-

gantly, racking up thousands on expensive family trips and scores of other improper personal purchases, according to the memorandum. It was also alleged that Hunter used campaign funds to pursue extramarital affairs and repeatedly used campaign credit cards or sought reimbursement for expenses that included resort hotel rooms, airfare, a skiing trip and Uber rides to and from the homes of five women with whom he had “intimate relationships.” Hunter, a Republican, represented California’s 50th congressional district, which includes Escondido and San Marcos, from 2013 until his resignation from Congress in January.



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Colon Cancer Awareness & Prevention Tri-City Medical Center recognizes the significance of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Learning about any disease that takes many lives is difficult, but the fact is that early detection through education and screening is proven to dramatically reduce fatalities from colorectal cancer. What is Colon Cancer? Colon cancer is a malignant growth or tumor in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the United States. Colorectal cancer can be both curable and preventable if detected early and completely removed before the cancerous cells spread to other parts of the body. Who is at risk? Certain lifestyle factors are known to increase the risk of colorectal cancer which include being overweight/obesity, excessive alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, a diet low in fiber, a diet high in red meat, as well as a sedentary lifestyle. A family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, certain colon polyps and genetic syndromes like familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Decreasing the risk Fortunately, there are a few things that can be done to decrease the chance of developing colon cancer. Most colorectal cancers come from colorectal polyps. Even though colorectal polyps are initially benign, they can grow and change into colorectal cancers


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