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MARCH 9, 2018

Escondido booming, Abed says

Departing mayor touts city’s health

Mayor gives 8th State of the City

Desmond delivers final State of City

By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The city is a hub for economic activity with housing and new businesses booming. Mayor Sam Abed, delivering his eighth State of the City speech, told the 450 people in attendance on Feb. 28 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the city is bustling with activity. However, he did note some large obstacles, such as homelessness and the city’s pension liability, but focused on the progress made over the past year. “We lead the region in business attraction and investment,” Abed said. “We have 35 projects for $1.5 billion and we have zoning amendments to streamline the development process.” As for housing, the second-term mayor noted the 380-unit project approved at the Escondido Country Club and hundreds more with the likes of Latitude 33 and Latitude II, along with the recent other projects such as Integral Communities’ projects at the old police headquarters and recent purchase of the downtown Palomar Health center. On the business front, Abed noted the city has seen 723 net new businesses, and 2,200 since 2010, when he was first elected mayor. In addition, he said plans are moving forward with a TURN TO ESCONDIDO ON 5

By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Mayor Jim Desmond stood in front of about 250 people inside the ballroom at the Cal State San Marcos University Student Union and proudly declared his belief that he will leave the city as good, if not better off, than his predecessors. Desmond, in his final “State of the City” address before he terms out of office later this year, touted the city’s successes in the fields of governance, business education and public safety. “When I was first elected mayor ... one of the things that came through when I looked about San Marcos was how much potential we had and (what) great shape (the) city was in. They left a really solid foundation for myself and for councils to come, and what stuck in my head was ... also to leave it in just as good or a better spot, and we have done that.” Voters elected Desmond mayor in 2006 after two years on the City Council. San Marcos rules, however, only allow elected officials to serve three consecutive terms before reaching term limits. He has been actively campaigning for the District 5 supervisor position, which is currently held by Bill Horn, who is also term-


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How a new Honda dealership came to Vista By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — A new Honda dealership is coming to Vista. Behind the scenes, this was a work in progress which took about nine years. Norm Reeves Honda Vista is planting its roots where the Vista Entertainment Center stands at West Vista Way. The bowling and entertainment complex closed last spring. Kevin Ham, the director of development for the city of Vista, said the city started working with the manufacturer years ago demonstrating that Vista could be an ideal location. Early on, one of the original locations which was the most sought after was the big vacant lot by the Food 4 Less Store on Hacienda Drive. “In talking with them, we showed them where we thought a site TURN TO DEALERSHIP ON 7

The Vista Entertainment Center is one of the buildings coming down for a new Honda dealership. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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Boys & Girls Club of Vista gets donations for new roof 5,000 signatures collected in

push to overturn housing vote

By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Boys & Girls Club of Vista had a huge surprise on Feb. 7. Inside the gym, the kids cheered as CEO Matt Koumaras accepted checks from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7041, American Legion Post #365 and the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent #40. The donations are part of an ongoing fundraising campaign for a new roof. The heavy rains in January left behind roof damage at the Vista Boys & Girls Club. The VFW and American Legion each gifted $2,000 while the Military Order of the Cooties gave $500. Terry Moxley, from the American Legion Post #365, said as soon as his organization learned of the water damage they moved into action. “We’re primarily a veteran-based service organization,” he said. “The Boys & Girls Club needed some help, and we were able to do it.” Joseph Watt from the American Legion described their organization as very giving. Bruce Mackamul of the VFW Post presented two checks. One from the VFW, and its other unit the Mili tary Order of the Cootie Pup Tent. Koumaras explained how the building’s rock roof was built in the 1960s. “After the big rain in January, all the rocks and water went into a drainage pipe and broke in the middle of the night and flooded a preschool that rents out our

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Art Haeussler, Bruce Mackamul, Terry Moxley and Joseph Watt. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Ceiling damage after the January rains. Courtesy photo

building and our game room at the Club,” Koumaras said. A total of 44 kids from Educational Enrichment Systems were affected. They had to find a temporary relo cation at Olive Elementary. Koumaras said new floors

are underway at the preschool and new cabinets and a ceiling were installed. He added the club kids are resilient — they thought it was cool that they’d do homework out on the baseball field.

At the club, the game room was first to reopen. Re pairs at the club are scheduled to start next week, he said. Koumaras explained that while their insurance covered the repairs for the roof, it is 50-plus years old. Over time, the roof has been patched on numerous occasions — now it’s time for a new roof estimated at 18,000 square foot. “We’re still accepting bids, but the prices are ranging from $100,000 to $300,000, which is a lot for us to raise,” he said, adding they also have a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $1,000. To learn more about the new roof fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, visit https://www.gofundme. com/raise-the-roof-for-thebgc-of-vista.

SAN MARCOS — Proponents of a signature drive aimed at overturning San Marcos’ approval of a 220-home develop ment appeared to have reached the threshold to force the city to revisit its decision. The group Friends of Discovery submitted the petition, which included around 5,000 signatures, to the city on Feb. 22. This is more than the 4,000 or so signatures needed to force the city to the next steps in the process. The city and the Registrar of Voters must validate the contents of the petition and the signatures before the San Marcos City Council will decide whether to accept the pe tition and reverse the vote or put the petition to voters during an election. “We collected right around 5,000 (signa tures),” a spokesperson for Friends of Discovery wrote in an email. “But we know many of the signa tures will be invalidated due to things like illegible handwriting, or forgetting to print their name above their signature. And then obviously there will be a significant number of people who will not actually be registered to vote or

who may not even live in the city boundaries who will be invalid.” The group is pursuing a referendum to reverse the council’s 4-1 approv al of Brookfield Residential Properties’ proposal, which would re-zone about 23 acres near the southwest corner of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Village Drive — just south of Cal State San Marcos — from commercial to residential to pave the way for the new condominiums. Friends of Discovery had more than 66 volunteers circulating petitions. The group of residents isn’t opposed to growth, spokeswoman Becky Ship ley said, they just want it to be well planned. In order for the petition to move forward, 4,016 validated signatures are needed, city spokes woman Sarah MacDonald said. Should the Registrar of Voters determine validated signatures meet the requirement of 4,016, notice will be given to Friends of Discovery and the City Council will need to certify the petition during a council meeting, at which time it can either accept the petition or put the petition to the voters on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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The Italian American community, rooted in tradition, is growing in Vista By Carmen L. Matthews

Vista, known for its rural history, originated with the Luiseno Indians. Because of the lack of water, this city slowly grew until 1948 and with the help of the Vista Irrigation District, agriculture began to grow. Eventually, Vista became known as the “avocado capital of the world.” There is more to Vista than its agriculture. Vista’s community includes many cultures, including a strong, growing Italian community. When you think of authentic Italian traditions, you may think of San Diego’s Little Italy. However, Vista has its own, “Little Italy,” with families who migrated here from nearby U.S. communities and communities that are thousands of miles away. The Vista community was born after U.S. Army Veteran Emile Ianni founded the American Italian Club in 1975. Ianni, an Italian-American from the Casalvieri, a small community south of Rome, Italy, initially created this club in Hawthorne, California, where he lived before moving to Vista to encourage his American-born son to know his Italian history. When Ianni’s immediate and extended family moved to Vista, they recognized that Vista was geographically equal to Casalvieri. This led many more family members to move from Italy and from Hawthorne to Vista. Forty years later, this community continues to

count upon their traditions. “It is hard to explain to someone who has never been in Italy what matters to me,” says Stanfania Longo, who describes herself as being “half Mexican and half Italian. I have to be around people who relate to my values and interests. And I don’t want to explain everything. Here we celebrate the traditions from my father came from. And every year, I return to Monte Casino, a Tijuana, Mexico community where my father grew up. “But the Italian community here in Vista is where I can get deep in my culture, and speak Italian. I wasn’t born in Italy. So, this community helps us to learn and in some cases, remember the values and cultures. It is easy as an Italian to blend with other cultures, because we encourage people in our community to grow.” “When my uncle died, the whole extended family in this community came by for nearly a week,” said Anthony Maola, “They are always helping me to be a better person.” One of the biggest challenges in keeping the Italian community alive, as noted by Nick Peppe, the vice president of Vista’s American Italian Club, is technology. “Sometimes the younger generation in this community has to be reminded to put down their technology and listen to our verbalized Italian heritage stories,” he said. So what does it mean to be Italian in Vista?

“It’s how people identify me,” Sandra Maola said. “People who I’ve known all my life are still growing with me. I am happy to see my kids proud to be Italians, because my husband was born in Italy. A lot of us live next door to one another, like it is in Italy. And there’s acceptance of different types of people.” Denna Cleary, a non-Italian who is an active member of this Italian community said, “An Italian community means great moral values, family, friends and hanging out with people who are there for you.” And what has this community done for 79-yearold, Cathy Dagotini? “Everything! This community keeps me happy. Every Sunday 24 family members come to my home to cook with me. We laugh and talk about what matters to them, and to me. Our Sunday cooking is an all-day celebration of traditions event.” For those who don’t live in Vista, or who may not be ready to be a member of the American Italian Club, one of the best known meeting spots in town is Ciao Ristorante. Created 20 years ago, this 3,000-square-foot restaurant is under construction for a 10,000-square-foot expansion. This family-owned and operated fi ne dining Italian restaurant was created by Giuseppe Digiovanni. His history in Vista began after he moved here from Ponce, Italy, by way of Mission Valley.

alifornia’s top two primary system is living up to its “jungle primary” nickname more than this spring than ever, with dozens of candidates vying in both statewide and district races across the state for rare, elusive spots on the November general election ballot. Before Proposition 14 passed in 2010, every political party recognized by the state got one slot and no more in the fall runoff. But now only the two leading primary election vote-getters make the final, regardless of their party. Over three election cycles since voters adopted the system, this has created dozens of one-party races for legislative and congressional seats and once put a congressional district with a significant Democratic registration margin into a runoff involving two Republicans. So far, there’s been only one statewide, top-ofticket single-party race: Two years ago, Democrat Kamala Harris easily defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez for the U.S. Senate seat long held by a third Democrat, Barbara Boxer. Barring a major upset, there will be another one-party Senate race this fall, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein facing off against longtime state Senate President Kevin de Leon. There also could be a one-party run for governor, as Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have paced the field since polling began early last year. But Republicans now show signs of smartening up to one basic law of the jungle primary – when too many candidates from one party run, they can splin-

california focus thomas d. elias ter their supporters’ vote so much that none of them makes the runoff. Barely a week before the fi ling deadline for the June primary, one of the three significant GOP candidates for governor dropped out for the sake of party survival. That was former Sacramento-area Congressman Doug Ose, who entered the race late and never drew many campaign donations or decent poll numbers. Ose, like San Diego County businessman John Cox and Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen, hoped to capture the bulk of the votes of California’s Republicans, who now total just one-fourth of those registered to vote. But he never got above 3 percent in the polls. If Allen and Cox split Ose’s meager support, both would still be running far behind Newsom and Villaraigosa, unlikely to advance to November. To field a fall candidate, the GOP probably needs one more of its hopefuls to drop out, the survivor presumably netting virtually all Republican votes and possibly pulling more currently undecided voters than any Democrat. An unlikely scenario. But at least the Republicans recognize the danger of having too many candidates for one office. So far, Democrats hoping to flip some of California’s Republican seats in Congress don’t seem to have gotten this message. It won’t matter in districts with an incumbent running, as that single Republican will make the November ballot along

with whoever tops the Democrats in June. But in the 39th and 49th districts, where longtime incumbents Ed Royce and Darrell Issa are retiring, Democrats risk not making the ballot despite Hillary Clinton’s carrying both districts in 2016. When he announced his impending departure, the 13-termer Royce endorsed longtime aide and former Orange County state Assemblywoman Young Kim. But several other strong GOP candidates also entered that race, along with four significant Democrats. It’s likely that Kim will advance to November, and there’s a possibility one of the other Republicans might pull a few more votes than any Democrat. Which would leave a one-party Republican race in a district Clinton won by almost 10 percent. In Issa’s longtime district, Oceanside Assemblyman Rocky Chavez and state Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey are strong Republican candidates, running 2-3 in a February poll behind Democrat Doug Applegate, who came within less than 1 percent of beating Issa in 2016. But if any of the four other Democrats in the running becomes even a bit stronger, Applegate could drop to third in the splintered primary vote, leaving a two-Republican runoff in another district Clinton won. The bottom line: Just as Ose dropped out for the sake of his party, some Democrats running for Congress must leave the field or risk failure for their party’s efforts to take over control of the House of Representatives. Email Thomas Elias at

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am about the lowest-ma i ntena nce woman you are ever going to meet. I don’t ask for vacations, flowers, jewelry or a new car. All it took to make me grin all week end was having my TV wall-mounted and getting new blinds up on the sliding doors. I had been contemplating these tasks for years. I can’t think why it took me so long to book a TV hanger, order the blinds and make it happen, but when I finally did, it was thrilling. Of course, I didn’t stop there. I got to sort out tangled cords and re arrange the entire family room. I require a change about every three years, a habit left from my Air Force childhood. I just get bored with my surround ings, and since I can’t lose the entire house, I must at least give it a fresh perspective. I flipped the section al around, got rid of the coffee table and cleaned out corners that hadn’t seen daylight in some time. I am still enough of a neat freak that this makes me feel like a new woman. Well, it did after I went on to rearrange the living room furniture, shine up a tea table, move the credenza, the dining table and chairs, change tablecloths, switch out my decorative baskets and mop the floor. Oh yeah, I was on cleaning-high roll. I am enormously fortunate that my young, strong, 6-foot-3-inch, gra cious and helpful godson was on hand to do the heavy lifting, For decades I did it all myself, and am now the proud owner of a dodgy lower back. Occasionally, I get impatient and just do it myself anyway, but it leaves me resembling the first cousin of the Notre Dame hunchback. Maybe it’s because it’s spring. Maybe it’s my three-year itch. All I had to do to get my grin on was to wander through the downstairs, oohing and aahing. As I said, my victories need only be small, but I wouldn’t say no to a cruise to Curacao, should the subject come up. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer with washerwoman’s elbow and a smile on her face. Contact her a jgillette@



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Man arraigned in fentanyl death of Camp Pendleton Marine REGION — An indictment unsealed March 2 ac cuses an alleged drug deal er from San Marcos with selling fentanyl to a Camp Pendleton-based Marine, leading to the serviceman's overdose death and the resulting filing of a criminal charge that could send the defendant to prison for life. Kyle Anthony Shep hard, 25, was arraigned March 2 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin in San Diego federal court in connection with the death 14 months ago of

the Marine, identified in court papers only as “Corporal M.C.” The 25-year-old serviceman died in his barracks room in late January 2017. He was found lying on the floor next to his computer, wearing headphones, and appeared to have been playing video games when he was stricken, according to prosecutors. A blue fentanyl pill was found on his headboard, next to a powdery substance and a rolled-up dollar bill.

An autopsy determined that he died of an overdose of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller many times more powerful than heroin. According to a criminal complaint in the case, Shephard furnished the drug that ended the Marine's life. Text messages obtained from the latter's phone revealed that the two men first met in November 2016. Over the following three months, they took part in numerous sales of fentanyl and other drugs,

and their conversations included comments by Shephard that the pills could lead to an overdose, court documents state. Their relationship culminated on Jan. 27, 2017, when Shephard allegedly sold four fentanyl pills to the corporal for $100. The Marine was found dead two days later. Eleven months after the fatal overdose, Shephard was arrested and charged with possession for distribution of about 2,000 fentanyl-laced pills.

The criminal count against him carries a poten tial sentence of 20 years to life in prison. “What a senseless tragedy that another young life has been lostbecause of fentanyl,” U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “This Marine was serv ing his country and had his whole life ahead of him. We are going to hold dealers accountable for the deaths that result from their reckless disregard for human life.” — City News Service

Hospital redevelopment seen as key to dynamic downtown By Steve Puterski

La Costa Meadows is one of three San Marcos schools undergoing transformations. Rendering courtesy of Alpha Studio Design Group

Trio of San Marcos school projects moving forward By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Three San Marcos schools are currently undergoing a transformation, thanks to the district’s Proposition K program. New buildings are rising at Alvin Dunn K-8 school, La Costa Meadows and San Marcos Middle schools, as the school dis trict continues to complete projects from the $287 mil lion facilities bond that voters approved in 2010. The most visible of the projects is at Alvin Dunn’s campus, one of the district’s oldest, where a two-story building has emerged along Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos on what used to be the school’s athletic field. Crews are likely to finish the first phase of the project by this summer, with classes moving into the 15 new classrooms by the fall. That will also co incide with the beginning of the second phase, which will include the rebuilding of the school’s multi-pur-

pose room and new fields. The project’s budget is $17 million. In addition, when students return to school, the school will be under a new name — La Mira da Academy. The name change coincides with the school’s transition from a K-5 elementary to a K-8 in ternational baccalaureate program, school district spokeswoman Anna Lucia Roybal said. San Marcos Middle School is also undergoing major changes, including new locker rooms, a fitness lab, 24 new classrooms and various beautification efforts. La Costa Meadows is undergoing a $33 million renovation. The campus, which currently has 39 portable structures and one permanent structure, will have two new, two-sto ry, permanent classroom buildings totaling 56,500 square feet. That project is expected to be completed in August 2019.


10-acre industrial site project at the Interstate 15 and Highway 78 interchange, which will house a Fortune 100 company. He also championed the city’s low unemployment and vacancy rates, which are 4.1 percent for unemployment, 3.7 percent for retail and a record-low of 2.4 percent for industrial. As such, sales tax reve nue is reach new heights. “Sales tax revenue is projected for a record-high of $40 million, up from $22 million in 2010,” he said. “We have done this with seven consecutive years of balancing the budget with out using reserves or raising taxes. This year will be the eighth year.”

Mayor Sam Abed As for the challenges, especially homelessness, Abed said much of the issue stems from AB 109, which released criminals early leaving them with no homes. In addition, he said substance abuse and mental health are also issues with the homeless population. He said partnering with nonprofits such as Interfaith Community Services and Solutions for Change, is making a difference with

ESCONDIDO — A major transaction is poised to give the city a big lift. Last month, Palomar Health announced an $18 million deal with Integral Communities to purchase the downtown site. According to media reports, the hospital has 15 months before the real estate company takes ownership so the hospital can transition employees. For years the Escondido City Council has been working with Palomar Health to facilitate a sale and help with revitaliza tion efforts downtown. “We’re really excited about this,” said Integral Communities Principal Lance Waite. “To have the west end with the (old) police station and start to connect Grand Avenue.” He said the firm has begun efforts for turning the police property into 126 residential condos. Waite said his firm had not targeted the health center after purchasing the po lice station, but once they started research, both projects made sense. However, with Palomar Health Integral Com munities has bookended Grand Avenue and is lining up with the City Coun cil’s vision for downtown. As for the hospital, Waite said they intend the homeless. Abed also decried Cal ifornia as a sanctuary state, noting his police force will make sure illegal immi grants, especially those who are gang-affiliated, will be arrested and deported. Continuing with crime, Abed said overall crime is down 17 percent with auto thefts plunging 41 percent over the past year. He also spoke about the city’s pension liability, which is spiraling and led to the privatization of the pub lic library last year. “Our pension liability continues to skyrocket,” Abed added. “Our increase in our annual obligation will go from $20 million to $38 million in 2022. The cost of doing business will increase to $40 million in the next four years.”

to use as much of what is there as possible. He said his firm is evaluating the property before construction commences. The plan is for residential use, which Waite said they intend to construct, along with supporting downtown businesses and creating a more walkable and bikeable area. However, there are thoughts of a mixed-use concept, although he said input from the city and other stakeholders will determine the direction of the project. “Our goal is to support the businesses already there and not necessarily bring in competitive businesses,” he added. “If we can provide businesses there that would be supportive of what’s existing and support the communi ty of what we’re thinking about, that would be the best solution. It’s very creative on how we can use the site.” After his State of the City speech on Feb. 28, Mayor Sam Abed said he was thrilled with the an nouncement and the pros pects of the new community. The 15-month gap, meanwhile, is a benefit for both the city and Integral Communities, Waite said. Abed said the city’s main goal is to strive for the best

quality project to enhance downtown. The two-term may or also said the property may be able to hold up to 500 units, and coupled with the 126 at the old police station, is key for a more thriving and bustling downtown. Waite said his firm will work the city of Escondido, Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders to deliver the best project possible. “It’s going to double the number of housing in the downtown area,” Abed said. “Right now, we have several projects that have almost 700 to 800 units be ing built near the hospital. Now, with 14 acres, you can build over 500 units and that is really going to bring people downtown and will really fit with our vision.” He said once the projects are completed, it will be one of the most “dynamic” urban centers in Southern California. “We have been expecting (this),” Abed said. “We told the hospital we want to have the highest and best use. They are very appreciated that Integral Communities is go ing to do the project. They have done great projects in our city and I think they will do a great mixed-use development.”

Kersey exits state Senate race REGION — San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey announced March 5 he is ending his run for the 38th state Senate District seat, citing “family health issues.” The Republican announced his decision via Twitter. He said the unspecified health issues would prevent him from commuting to and from Sacramento on a regular basis. Kersey said he will also step down from his post as vice president of the League of California Cities. “This is a very diffi cult decision because my broad-based support, our strong fundraising, and the polling all indicate that my path to victory in this race was clear,” he said. “How-

ever, family comes before politics, and it’s extremely tough to provide the support they need from 500 miles away.” Kersey’s departure leaves three candidates who have declared their intention to enter the race to succeed Sen. Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon. They are Democrat Jeff Griffith, a board member of the Palomar Health District; former Republican Assemblyman Brian Jones of Santee; and libertarian Antonio Salguero. Anderson is being termed out next year in the seat that represents subur ban San Diego, Santee, Es condido and much of rural East County. — City News Service



Council approves new downtown art By Christina Macone-Greene

management analyst, said staff, the public arts commis sion and the applicant discussed possible locations for the Peace Pole. The agreed on Main Street, across from the Village Café Restaurant located at 406 Main Street. Huerta said a public notice was posted from Nov. 22, 2017, to Jan. 2, 2018. No public comments were received. According to Huerta, a

2-inch-by-3-inch plaque will be placed at the bottom of the pole that reads “Gift from the United Methodist Church of Vista.” “The pole is an 8-foothigh vinyl pole in white with black lettering,” Huerta said. “The phrase 'May Peace Prevail on Earth' will be noted in eight different languages of the city’s choice. The languages pro -


ed: Honoring Women Past and Present Women who are Empowering Equal Representation in Government” at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oak Crest Park Drive, Encinitas. Q & A after the discussion. For informa tion, visit HEAR FROM CANDIDATES Lake San Marco Democratic Club will host candidates for state assembly and state senate at 12:30 p.m. March 10. The club has permanently changed its meeting location to Discovery Elementary School, 730 Applewilde Drive, San Marcos. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIBRARY The Friends of the Cardiff-by-the Sea Library invite book lovers, library lovers and cupcake lovers to the library’s 104th-birthday celebration and to birthday half-price sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. All materials, including collectibles and media will be half price. CHARITY CAR SHOW Motors for Music hosts its third annual Charity Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 at 1615 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos. Car entry fee: $25. Spec tators are free. Imports, classics, trucks, street rods, customs and modern vehicle categories. For more information, visit SOROPTIMISTS OPEN HEARTS Soroptimist International of San Diego invites the community to its “Open Hearts, Helping Hands” luncheon, awards and fashion show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel Bay Tower. Tickets at soroptimistinternationalofsandiego. og. CHAMBER HONORS BUSINESSES Get tickets now for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. March 16 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carls bad, to recognize North County businesses and organizations for achievements, community contributions and milestones. Tickets at /event/annual-business-awards-board-installation-dinner/. For this year’s nominees, visit carls BUGS AND BUTTER FLIES A Kids in the Garden class will be “Bugs and Butterflies” with Girl Scout badge workshops from 10 a.m. to noon March 10 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Cost is $5 each child or adult. Pre-registration re quested at altavistagardens.

org/html/kids_in_the_garden.html or contact Farmer Jones (760) 822-6824 farmer TASTE OF BRESSI This year’s Taste of Bressi is from 2 to 6 p.m. March 10, at the Boys & Girls Club’s Bressi Ranch Clubhouse, 2730 Bres si Ranch Way, Carlsbad. For more information or tickets, visit and or call (760) 444-4893. All of the proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. The $55 Clubhouse Pass provides a choice of eight beer or wine tastings, plus all restaurant offerings. Music by Fechez la Vache and Naked Saturdays as well as a DJ who will be spinning upbeat tunes all afternoon in the gym. SPRING FLING The Gloria McClellan Center hosts its first Spring Fling from 2 to 5 p.m. March 10, with The Sundance Band and dancing from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sit back and enjoy the music. lite bites and special “mocktails” (non-alcoholic beverages). For more information, visit or call (760) 643-5281. DIGITAL MUSIC MAKING Del Mar Library will host Teen Tech Week at 1:30 p.m. March 10 at 1309 Cami no Del Mar, where teens can create music with a digital, web-based recording app. Program highlights include the original creation of mu sic, as well as collaboration and distribution of created pieces. For more information, call (858) 755-1666.

VISTA — A new art piece is coming to downtown Vista on Main Street. The Vista City Council unanimously approved a Peace Pole sculpture which will be inscribed with, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The piece was donated by the United Methodist Church of Vista at the Feb. 13 council meeting. Imelda M. Huerta, a city

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TIME TO R.E.A.D. Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9 to 12, will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 9 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, to read “A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel” by Hope Larson. 49TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE FORUM The Vista Chamber of Commerce, with the League of Women Voters, will host a nonpartisan candidate forum 6 p.m. March 9 at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, for all 10 democrats and republicans running for Issa’s 49th Congressional seat. LIFELONG LEARNERS “Solar Cookers Uncovered” and “Military Past, Filmmaking Present” will be the topics discussed at the life long learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta Col lege, starting at 1 p.m. March 9 , at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. For details, visit or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972 . FILM ON HOMELESSNESS The LIFE group at MiraCosta San Elijo cam pus will host a documenta ry film on homelessness at 1 p.m., March 9, Room 204, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. FLOWER FIELDS OPEN The Carlsbad Flower Fields are now open for the season at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, with its rainbow of giant Tecolote ranunculus flowers over 50 acres, plus a sweet-pea maze, music and art workshops. Admission costs for the fields is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for children 3 to 10. Season passes are $35. GENEALOGY TIME The Legacy Users Group will meet noon to 2 p.m. March 9 in the Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Legacy is a genealogy software program. Free, reservation not necessary. For more information, email or call (760) 743-3660.


‘NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED’ The DelMar Leucadia branch of the American Association of University Women will celebrate Women’s History Month with a panel discussion from 10 a.m. to noon March 10 on “Nevertheless She Persist-

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posed are English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Samoan, Persian and the written of language Braille.” City public works will install the peace pole. The pole is low maintenance and weatherproofed, Huerta said. “Material costs are estimated to be $216, and the Recreation and Services Department has sufficient funding in the fiscal year 2017/18 operating budget,”

she said. “The donor is responsible for all costs related to the design and delivery of the sculpture.” Councilman Joe Green said he was a fan of the piece. “Our Arts Commission works really hard to come up with good art,” he said. “We’ve spoken as a council about a variety of different types of art that we’d like in our community, and this particular Peace Pole is awesome. I wanted to make sure that everybody

who’s here and everybody’s whose watching (television or online) knows that this is something that I am definite ly very supportive of — I’m glad we’re going to be having it here in Vista.” Green thanked the Arts Commission for its work. City of Vista Communications Officer Andrea Mc Cullough said that the Peace Pole installation is likely to occur in the next six to eight weeks following the order from the manufacturer.

ide and Vista. The event is free but RSVP to John Buell, Caucus Chair, at johnb@ or (760) 822-6001. BE PART OF THE PARK The San Dieguito River Park JPA will be holding a volun teer training for those inter ested in becoming trail pa trollers, educational docents or assisting the rangers with habitat and trail restoration, with a session from 9 a.m. to noon March 31, at the San Di ego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, with an afternoon session at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead from 1 to 4 p.m., 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. Register at For questions, visit or call (760) 716-1214.

Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale will be held March 14 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Gar den experts will be on hand to answer questions and pro vide helpful advice Sam, the giant Galapagos tortoise, will make a special appearance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 17 and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18 in the Star of the Sea Center, on the corner of Pier View Way and Freeman Street in Oceanside. For more information, contact Camille at (760) 757-0944. BOKASHI TIME Join the free Bokashi Basics & Bin Build workshop 10 a.m. to noon March 17 at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Learn how to transform your kitch en scraps into nutrient-rich soil using the Japanese art of Bokashi fermentation and composting. Register online at or contact or (760) 436-7986, ext. 700.


LOVERS OF THE VIOLET The San Diego North County African Violet Soci ety will meet at 10:30 a.m. March 13 at the Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. Barbara Con rad will discuss the various methods of fertilization of African Violets including an open discussion of how members’ methods vary. TIME FOR TEA Community Resource Center is seeking sponsors for its 23rd annual English Tea from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 14 at the Encinitas Community Center 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Proceeds support Carol’s House shelter for women and children, domestic violence prevenMARCH 11 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR tion. For more information, NORTH COUNTY SENIORS visit development@crcncc. Coastal Community Foun- org or call (760) 230-6538. dation offers scholarships to graduating seniors from the MARCH 14 San Dieguito, Carlsbad and BOOK SALE History Oceanside school districts. buffs and antiquarian book The scholarships range from collectors should consider $500 to $3,000. Scholarship the Used Book Sale at the requirements and applica - Lawrence Family JCC at tions are available at coastal- 10 a.m. March 14 through March 18, on the first floor Completed applications must of the Lawrence Family JCC, be submitted electronically 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolto the Foundation by April 2. la, followed by a clearance FRIENDS AND FAITH sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March The Catholic Widows and 18. Widowers of North County LENTEN WORSHIP support group for those who King of Kings Lutheran desire to foster friendships Church will host Wednesday through various social activi - Lenten services at noon and ties, have planned its month- 7 p.m. featuring dramatic ly meeting and potluck at readings based on the book Tanglewood Clubhouse, “He Chose the Nails” by Max Carlsbad on March 11. Res- Lucado at 2993 MacDonald ervations are necessary at St., Oceanside. For details, visit (858) 674-4324. ENDING ARGUMENTS A free seminar on “How to MARCH 12 CAUCUS HOSTS DE- Defuse your Relationship BATE The California 76th Conflicts” will be offered Assembly District Caucus from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 14 will meet at 6 p.m. March 12, at the Carlsbad Senior Cen for a debate among Republi- ter, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, can candidates running for led by Dr. Jane Ilene Cohen. the 76th Assembly District For information visit https:// in the 2018 elections, encom- passing Camp Pendleton, events/. TOMATO FEST A Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceans-


FRIENDS AND FAITH The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activ ities, have planned bowling at Surf Bowl and dinner at Hunter Steakhouse, Oceanside on March 15. Reserva tions are necessary at (858) 674-4324. HEALTH UPDATES The National Active and Retired Employees Association will host Alfred Santos, on Natural Diabetes & Natural Blood Pressure Solutions, at the monthly chapter meeting 1:30 p.m. March 15 at the Oceanside Senior Cen ter, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. EXAMINING THE CONFLICT Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated invites the community to an evening of Politics and Wine at 6 p.m. March 15 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Club House Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Father Pakrad Berjekian will speak on the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reservations re quired at (858) 4818904, tmi or, Names submitted to gate at Del Mar County Club. Cost is $25.


T R A NSP ORTAT ION The LIFE group at MiraCos ta San Elijo campus will host a lecture “Transportation in the 21st Century” with Ped er Norby, consultant with the city of Carlsbad and county planning commissioner, at 1 p.m. March 16 Room 201, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff.


LEPRECHAUN DASH The annual Tip Top Run “Leprechaun Dash & Bash,” to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 17 and includes a 5k/10k walk and fun run, lunch from Tip Top Meats, T-shirt, swag bag, bib, family fun activi ties, live music, World Water Day exhibitors, vendors and drinks. Register at active. com/carlsbad-ca/running/ distance-running-races/tiptop-run-leprechaun-dashand-bash-2018. PLANT AND FLOWER SALE St. Mary Star of the Sea Altar Society is holding a two-day Plant and Craft Sale


FRIENDS AND FAITH The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social ac tivities will dance at Elk’s Club and have Happy Hour at Brigantine, Escondido on March 18 and meet for Happy Hour and dinner at Maca roni Grill, Escondido, March 22. Reservations at (858) 674-4324.


BONSAI & BEYOND Bonsai & Beyond will hold its March meeting at 6 p.m. March 20 at the San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, with a workshop on creating terrariums. Remember to bring your trees, gloves, and imagination. Extra plants are appreciated. For details, call Cindy Read, (619) 504-5591. ENDING HOMELESS NESS The Encinitas Advi sory Committee on Home lessness will host a forum on ending homelessness in Encinitas from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. RSVP to crcncc. org/forum.


BE AN RIVER PARK DOCENT You can register now, at, to be a volunteer trail patroller, educational docent or assistant to the rangers with habitat and trail restoration with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. A volunteer training will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 31 at the San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, followed by a 1 to 4 p.m. session at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondi do. For information, contact Manager of Interpretation and Outreach: leana@sdrp. org or call (760) 716-1214.



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Suspected mule thief nabbed; animal back with ‘nomadic’ owner Massage parlor claim rejected; ESCONDIDO — A man era captured images of the east of the spot where she to a website that documents lawsuit unlikely, attorney says suspected of stealing a mule perpetrators, according to had gone missing, the lieu - his travels. He gravitated early Feb. 26 from a drifter making camp for the night in a North County park was caught hours later and arrested on suspicion of grand theft of livestock. David Albert Martinez, 28, and a cohort allegedly untied the roughly 1,000-pound animal, named Little Girl, from a tree at Grape Day Park inEscondido while her owner slept nearby and walked off with the mule shortly after mid night. A surveillance cam -

police. The mule’s keeper, 70-year-old John Sears, awoke around dawn to find his pack animal gone and immediately reported the theft, Lt. Ed Varso said. Officers searched the neighborhood and surrounding areas for hours with help from a sheriff’s helicopter crew. About 2:30 p.m., police caught up with Martinez as he led Little Girl alongside a road near Dixon Lake, about a mile

tenant said. The 28-year-old mule, appearing none the worse for the ordeal, was then reunited with her relieved master, Varso said. What inspired the al leged theft was unclear, the lieutenant said. Officers remained on the lookout for the outstand ing suspect. Sears has traveled Cali fornia on foot with a succession of mules, often three at once, for decades, according

toward his “ages-old nomadic life” because it's where he and his animals “want to be” and because doing otherwise “makes no sense,” a statement on the site asserts. Sears acquired Little Girl in 1993, according to the website, which explains that he began traveling the state and living outdoors in the mid-1980s and has been doing so full time since re tiring in 2001. — City News Service

Students get help to join Strawberry Run


Desmond alluded to the city possibly shelving the plan until officials can figure out the right mix. “In the ‘Amazon economy’ it does not work to have all that retail in the Creek District,” Desmond said. “We are going to adapt to the changing times and make sure we are flexible moving forward.” As in previous speeches, Desmond hailed the city’s strong educational ties and the work of the city’s sheriff’s department and fire department. He also touted the city’s affordable housing, which stands at about 10 percent of the city’s total housing units. “And you couldn’t find half of it,” Desmond said. “It’s beautiful and we make sure it’s well done.” Desmond, a Republican, managed to sprinkle in a few partisan shots in his 30-min ute speech. In discussing a conversation he had with an older pilot, he referred to him as a “crusty old pilot,” an apparent allusion to a con-

troversial statement made by District 49 Congressional candidate Sara Jacobs about fellow Democrat Doug Applegate. He also took a swipe at California and Washington, D.C., for their spending when discussing the city’s fiscally conservativepolicy. And in another moment when discussing the city’s tax base, Desmond said that the city doesn’t have a regional mall, car dealerships and “marijuana dispensaries” to rely on for income. Desmond finally ac knowledged several other major partners, including Tri-City Hospital, Palomar Health, Solutions for Change, North County Health Services and the Chamber of Commerce, among other groups, which he said all help the city to continue to grow. “I just want to say thank you for the honor and opportunity to be your mayor for 10 years,” Desmond conclud ed his speech to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Ham said. “I think there will be a benefit to the dealership next door and then also the benefit to Honda.” Richard Fisler, vice president of Facilities and Information Technology for the C.A.R. Group, said they have completed the design

process for Norm Reeves Honda Vista. “We’re going through all of the planning and the permitting process for the project,” Fisler said. “We were hoping to start the project in the first quarter, but it looks like it will be at the be -

VISTA — The Vista Chamber of Commerce has reached an agreement with Alpha Design Studio Group to help sponsor Vista Unified School District students who would like to run in the 2018 Vista Strawberry Run on May 27. Any Vista Unified School District student who would like to run in the 5k, 1-mile, or ¼-mile race will receive a $5 dis count from the $35 cost. The 10k is $45 and the 1-mile and 1/4-mile kids runs are $20. From 2014 to 2016, Vista Unified’s Wave Crest Café sponsored run ners in the Strawberry Run as a way to promote healthy active lifestyles. However, budget cuts ended that program in 2017.


site might work, and why it would make sense from a customer standpoint for sales and service,” Ham said. “We had the manufacturer interested, and then we went through that little thing called a recession which impacted manufac turers as a whole and many retailers — so things kind of slowed down for a while, but over that period of nine years, we continued the conversation with the manufacturer, and they became interested.” Ham explained that the day before Norm Reeves Honda was selected by Honda as the owner of the new Honda store, the primary site by Food 4 Less was acquired by another party. It wasn’t available for the Honda dealership any longer. So, the next goal was finding more than six acres within the general vicinity for the new dealership. It was also important to stay close to the freeway. “We had heard that the Vista Entertainment Center wanted to close so that made one piece of the 6-acre puz zle,” said Ham, adding that the business had been in the family for years. North County Ford also played an important role. According to Ham, North County Ford owned a piece of property and a piece that the city of Vista sold it to bring an additional auto dealership to town.


ing out of office after five terms. Horn has endorsed Desmond to replace him. Desmond in his speech highlighted the city’s fiscally conservative policies, which he said has allowed the city to invest in its infrastructure. “Not spending more than we take in, I know that’s wacky for government,” Desmond said. “And we always have strong reserves.” A pilot by trade, Desmond compared the city’s fiscal policy to flying a plane; he would never use more fuel than he has in the tanks, Des mond said. Looking ahead to challenges that face the city, Desmond pointed to the Creek District plan, which the city has been working on retooling for a year. Originally slated for more than 1 million square feet of retail space, the city has been working on a plan with less dedicated to retail in the wake of chang ing spending habits. “North County Ford was working to try to bring in a new auto dealership generally in this location,” he said. “For it to work, it was necessary to piece together the North County Ford property, the Vista Entertainment Center property and the Bittner’s Restaurant Supply to get the over six acres that Norm Reeves needed for the new dealership.” Ham said the buildings in these lots, including the Vista Entertainment Center, will be coming down soon. Gas and electrical needs to be torn out before the buildings are removed —a lengthy process. SDG&E has completed its portion. The electrical was slated for February. “Shortly thereafter, they will be tearing down the buildings,” he said. Ham suspects the deal ership will open its doors either at the end of 2018 or at the beginning of 2019. Ham believes the Honda dealership will further enhance the city of Vista. “The dealership will provide another amenity for our community, so when residents want to take their vehicles in or purchase a car locally, they will be able to go into this dealership,” he said. North County Ford will be a stone’s throw away from the Honda Dealership. “In talking to several industry experts, when you locate dealerships next to each other like that, sales in crease by about 5 percent,”

By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos officials rejected a claim filed against the city by the owner of a defunct massage parlor who alleged the city violated its own ordinance by issuing a license to a competing parlor within 150 feet of the business. But an attorney representing the business, whose license the city re cently revoked, said the business owner likely will not file suit against the city, which should bring the saga between the city and the business to a close. Typically, claims like the one filed by King Mas sage Parlor owner Xianhe Li are precursor to lawsuits after the city rejects the claim. In the claim, the own er argued that the city last August issued a license to Crystal Massage, located at 705 Center Drive, which was less than 150 feet away from King Massage, locat ed at 702 Center Drive. This was after the city had adopted new massage parlor regulations in June 2017, which prohibited new massage parlors from opening within 1,000 feet of an existing establish ment. Xianhe Li filed the claim in November, arguing the city’s decision had harmed his business. The claim sought damages greater than $10,000. “Ever since CM started its business so close to

ginning of the second quarter, and it will be an eight- to a nine-month construction project.” He also added that the building would be roughly 46,000 square feet. In addition to having a new a used car lot, it will also house a

KM, KM suffered a lot of customer loss, which resulted in great income decrease,” the claim stated. “The City of San Marcos’ decision on the issuance of a MEL to CM is the di rect and proximate cause of KM's loss, therefore, the City of San Marcos shall compensate KM for its loss.” Around the same time the city issued the new li cense to Crystal Massage, it had cracked down on King Massage after find ing numerous violations during a routine inspection. The city ultimately revoked King Massage's business license and the City Council upheld the revocation in January. King Massage has since shuttered operations. The City Council re jected Xianhe Li's claim at the Feb. 27 meeting. Xianhe's attorney, Youjun Liu, said his client is likely not going to file a lawsuit, citing the revoca tion decision as the reason. “The owner doesn't want to fight against the city,” Liu said. “He real izes that it is so difficult. The first case (the revoca tion) was so difficult, the council members are not law professionals, and I don’t think they quite un derstand the law, even the city’s own ordinances. “The reality is from the first case, the owner has lost confidence,” Liu said. large service department equipped with modern technology. “With all the cities that we deal with, the city of Vis ta has just been fantastic to work with — we feel we have a great partnership between the city and the community.”



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A RTS &ENTERTAINMENT Volunteers needed for art gala ESCONDIDO —Escondido Municipal Gallery/ Escondido Arts Partnership will host the Panache fundraising event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 24 and volunteers are needed March 10 and March 24. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 10, the Escondido Municipal Gallery will host a preview of Panache at the Second Saturday Art Walk, with a reception of “The Studio Door” event in the Expressions Gallery. This event will need help from two bartenders and two food volunteers. On March 24, for the Panache event, the gallery

will need two bartenders, two greeters/ticket takers, six bid attendants for the auctions, and help with packaging of art for the purchasers. The evening also needs two food run ners to work helping the caterer. To volunteer, email or call during work hours to (760) 480-4101. The Panache gala, and the funds generated into the gallery helps keep the community gallery going and growing into the fu ture. Tickets are $65 and can be bought at http://

Moonlight Stage Productions received five Craig Noel Awards, including one for Randall Hickman, for his role as Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.” Courtesy photo

Moonlight Stage Productions wins 5 awards By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — It was an evening of wins at The San Di ego Theatre Critics Circle, where Moonlight Stage Pro ductions received five Craig Noel Awards. The Feb. 12 event was held at the Jacobs Center in San Diego. Entering its 38th season, Moonlight Stage Pro ductions is the cultural arts program of the city of Vista. The Moonlight Amphithe atre is located at the Brengle Terrace Park in Vista. Moonlight Stage Productions walked away with Outstanding Resident Musical for “In the Heights.” The musical also received wins for Outstanding Direction to James Vasquez, Outstanding Choreography to Carlos Mendoza and Outstanding Musical Direction to Elan McMahan. Randall Hickman was the male recipient

for Outstanding Featured Performance in a musical for his role in “The Little Mermaid.” Steven Glaudini, pro ducing artistic director of Moonlight Stage Productions, said they were nominated for eight awards and walked home with a total of five. Glaudini attended the ceremonies. “I always find that awards are icing on an already delicious cake,” he said. “I was very proud of our summer season.” Glaudini was quick to point out how all the other theatres produced terrific musicals. “Everyone deserved it (an award),” Glaudini said. “We were just lucky to walk home with the prize at the end of the night.” Glaudini said their


with Rabbi Ben Leinow Cantor Larry Kornit


CARLSBAD SENIOR CENTER 799 PINE AVENUE CARLSBAD, CA 92008 Please join us for a warm and welcoming Passover Seder. A delicious, catered, Kosher-style dinner will be served. $35 per adult, children half price. To purchase tickets, visit and click “Passover” Questions? Call 760-650-2262 or Email If paying by check send payment to Congregation B’nai Tikvah P.O. Box 926 Vista, CA 92058

musical production “In the Heights” was the most contemporary show ever done at the Moonlight Amphithe atre with rap and hip-hop. At times, it was a challenge Glaudini said, but it was artistically rewarding for him — not to mention successful. “In the Heights” was the third highest grossing show in the history of The Moonlight, he said. “For it to be financially successful for the business side of it, and then artisti cally successful that we took home awards, was absolutely lovely,” he said. Glaudini wants people to know that when he creates a production, his team painstakingly tries to find the best production values, sets, costumes, talent, and, orchestra. “I love when people come here for the first time,” he said. “We are always having people discovering our theater for the first time, and we’re really lucky that we have this beautiful outdoor venue with perfect weather.” Glaudini said when people walk through the

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ART AT LUX Francis Upritchard shows the use of oil paint and mixed media at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, through March 23. For more information, visit or call (760) 4366611. CALL FOR ARTISTS Oceanside Days of Art will be held the weekend of April 14 and April 15. Booth spaces are priced at $155 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot and $260 for a 10-foot-by-20-foot space. Applications and full details are available at ocaf. info or call (760) 433-3632.




gates, he wants them to be charmed by the venue. “I want you to feel like you don’t need to go to New York because you have Broadway right here in your backyard,” he said. In 2015, Glaudini was awarded Producer of the Year for 2014 by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle with a Craig Noel Award. It was only the third time the organization gave this honor. Glaudini also pointed out how these recent wins for the 2017 season are wonderful for the city of Vista. “How many theaters do you know have the support of the city?” he said. “It’s unheard of, really.” Glaudini said he believed winning these awards was more of a testament to the city of Vista. He also shared that ticketholders come from all over San Di ego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties. “I always call the Moon light the best-kept secret in town,” he said. “It’s an incredible venue, and all we need is to get you here once, and you’ll come back.” NERS UNVEILED Everyone is invited to the 19th annual Encinitas Arts Alive Exhibit Unveiling noon to 2 p.m. March 10, at the Pacific View School, 608 Third St., Encinitas, presented by the 101 Artists’ Colony and Leu cadia 101 Main Street. The banners will be displayed on the light poles along Historic Coast Highway 101 after the unveiling, until the auc tion May 20 at the Cardiff Town Center. This year’s media sponsor is Coast News Group. DRAMA AT SDA San Dieguito Academy High School will present “The Yellow Boat” at 7 p.m. March 15 through March 17 at San Dieguito Academy’s Clayton E. Liggett Theater on the San Dieguito Academy Cam pus, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $15 for adults and $8 for students at the door or at seatyourself. biz/sandieguito. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 14



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Mud baths, hot springs remain a casual luxury at Glen Ivy hit the road e’louise ondash


he day began with mud and ended with slime. In between, my friend, Wanda, and I took in the pools, the pampering and nachos piled high. This, in summary, was our day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, a day spa situated on a leafy, landscaped slope in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, south of Corona and just east of Interstate 15. I had not visited the spa for about 25 years and my memory offers a much more rustic experience than this recent one. Back then it was, shall we say, a place of potential. Today, however, Glen Ivy has reached that potential and guests will find a markedly different experience. Luckily, though, the spa hasn’t lost that casual ambiance, and visitors can choose their level of luxury. There are 19 pools of varying sizes and temperatures situated among the live oaks, palms and birds of paradise. Upon your fi rst visit, a map is a must. You’ll need it to navigate the property’s maze of sidewalks that take guests to spa treatment rooms, pools, restaurants,

ABOVE: Guests at Glen Ivy Hot Springs near Corona can bring out their inner child at the spa’s signature mud pool. The slather-bake-rinse ritual at Club Mud is said to benefit the skin. RIGHT: This old handbill was used to advertise Glen Ivy Mineral Hot Springs to draw visitors from Los Angeles, where the automobile was mud brings back childhood memories. Then it was off to becoming a popular mode of transportation. Courtesy photos

bars and mud and slime immersions. Until 1880, Glen Ivy was known as Temescal Sulfur Springs, so-named for the Spanish word that means sweat lodge. But long before Europeans discovered these hot springs, Native Americans believed the waters had healing powers and built sweat lodges for purifi cation ceremonies. The arrival of the Spanish and later the onset of the California Gold Rush brought thousands to the state quickly. As area historians like to point out, Abra-

ham Lincoln was running for president when the “powers of the waters” were fi rst advertised to Los Angelinos. Glen Ivy acquired its current moniker in the late 1800s. It was named by the owner’s English wife, possibly because in Britain, a canyon is known as a glen, and there was an abundance of ivy growing in the area. Through the years and various owners, the spa has expanded, evolved, and had its ups and downs. But in 2016, GOCO Hospitality acquired Glen Ivy and infused new life. There

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are now plans to build a hotel. Our visit began on a brisk February weekday, so we were grateful for the heavy velour robes that guests wear everywhere — even while lunching in the Ivy Kitchen. This indoor-outdoor eatery offers plenty of garden-fresh entrees, some made with fruit and herbs grown in the nearby garden, and $5 will buy unlimited coffee refi lls. Before our massages, we visited the spa’s signature mud pool, where slathering on the copper-colored

the baking cave, a welcome destination on this chilly day. Rinsing is usually done in a nearby cool shower, but the weather had us beelining back to the warm pool. After our mud bath, the day’s itinerary played out with massages and facials, lunch in the Ivy Kitchen, and a visit to the Grotto, a great way to end our visit. We entered the fi rst room where painters slopped on green goo. The extra was dumped into our hands as we passed into the next chamber — a warm room that mimics an underground cave or grotto. We fi nished applying the

goo and sat for 15 minutes. Finally, we rinsed off in warm showers, and enjoyed the promised silky skin. Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a 60- to 90-minute drive from North County. Admission is $49 weekdays; $68 weekends and holidays. Included are the use of all pools and the mud bath. Other services are extra and reservations are recommended. There is a charge for robes or you can bring your own. Visit or call 888-GLENIVY (453-6489) for more information. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook/elouise.ondashw.



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Friends of WRC luncheon raises more than $8,500 By Christina Macone-Greene

OCEANSIDE — Everyone who attended the Have a Heart for a Child fundraiser on Feb. 15 had one mission in mind. That was to help raise money for children in need. More than $8,500 was raised, which will go to bridge the financial gap for the youth at Women’s Resource Center. Nearly 100 guests were in attendance. Taking part in the luncheon were Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern, Margery Pierce of the Oceanside Housing Commission and Oceanside City Manager Michelle Lawrence. Friends of the Women’s Resource Center hosted the event. The Women’s Resource Center helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. It offers an emergency shelter as well as transitional housing in Oceanside. Mothers bring their children to the center for safety and shelter, which

also helps men since they, too, are victims of abuse. “The monies raised will be used toward our goals of increasing the children’s counseling budget and refurbishing the WRC playgrounds for the children,” event chair Marybeth Glenn said. “We are looking forward to an amazing year of providing the children of WRC with positive, enriching and memorable experiences.” After guests checked in for the Have a Heart for a Child luncheon, they perused silent auction items, including a Big Bear Mountain getaway. People selling opportunity tickets were busy since ticketholders were vying for a gift card tree estimated to be worth more than $1,000. Following the reception, Colleen Barret welcomed guests with a brief introduction. Next up was Karen Bond, a member of the Friends of the Women’s Resource Steering Committee,

who spoke about the nonprofi t and gave thanks for all the support. During the three-course luncheon, Tracy Prior, district attorney for San Diego County, spoke about the importance of educating people on domestic violence aimed at children. In addition to spotting it, she discussed the steps people can take to stop it through raising awareness. Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse can be done through intervention and education, she said. Toward the end of the event, the Fallbrook High Madrigals Choir Ensemble delivered a message of hope and love through songs. Glenn was thrilled about the great success of the luncheon and extended a warmhearted thanks to all involved. “It would not have been possible without the support of our members, donors, guests and, of course, our sponsors,” she said.

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tunately he hasn’t fl ipped many years on his calendar. At age 20, he seems to be an option for the future. Then again, his sizzling spring has some thinking the future is now. jay paris “His at-bats,” manager Andy Green said, “have pring is in the air and been scary good.” The running horror with it arrives a dose of Padres optimism. show at shortstop has been Hopefully it’s a feel- halted and we’re not talking good vibe that lasts longer about Fernando Tatis, Jr. the Padres’ prized prospect. than usual. The Padres are in the Freddy Galvis was acquired dog days of training camp, in the offseason and everymeaning opening day on one is buying in to the PaMarch 29 is right around dres having an anchor at the corner. But this year, the infi eld’s most important the fi rst of San Diego’s 162 spot. A familiar face resides games might not mean a painful journey toward a at third base as Chase Headdestination Padres follow- ley starts his second stint with the club. Headley will ers are familiar with. For seven consecutive get on base and not on his losing seasons the Padres teammates’ nerves. The have resembled a CD with a veteran has embraced his skip in it. They’ve produced responsibility of being a losing baseball, boring clubhouse mentor and the baseball and baseball that peach-fuzz brigade would seems meant to entertain be wise to follow his lead. Austin Hedges rethe visiting team’s fans instead of those faithful to the turns to catcher after a year in which he proved he local nine. But is change on the belonged. If his bat ever horizon? Could a youth equals his glove, the Padres movement that has been de- will have an All-Star. With Myers in right, clared the path to sustainable success be more than then left fi eld could offer a a nifty catchphrase? Can platoon situation with Huntthe Padres catch not only er Renfroe and Jose Pirela. the ball, but possibly snag The thought of Renfroe — a lighting in the bottle and be one-time savior — being a part-time player speaks to competitivethis year? That’s a stretch and one the Padres’ progress. Manuel Margot mans glance of the starting pitching tells you why. But when center and there’s few otheyeing the club, it’s just as er young talents the Padres clear that the painful pro- would prefer roaming the cess of getting good is tak- wide-open spaces of Petco Park. His bat has some bite, ing shape. First things fi rst and too, which is why the Padres that leads to fi rst baseman are excited about his develEric Hosmer. The Padres opment. The bullpen looks descratched out a $144 million check to an All-Star that cent with Brad Hand holdcan hopefully point the kids ing down the fort. What’s not as fortifi ed is the rotatoward the promise land. Hosmer, who is as tion, as the Padres hope the smooth with the media as young arms in the minors he is with his Gold Glove, — Cal Quantrill, Mackenzie appears to be a perfect fi t Gore, Michel Baez — grow as the face of the franchise. up fast. Two starters with poWil Myers was anointed that role when he signed his tential are Dinelson Lamet big deal before last season, and Luis Perdomo. If castoffs Tyson Ross, Clayton but it never took. “It was one of those Richard and Chris Young things I wasn’t equipped can contribute, that would for,” Myers told the Mighty be plus. What’s not a negative is 1090. “The Padres went out and got that guy. That’s the the track the Padres are on. It fi nally appears the light leader we’re looking for.” With Hosmer aboard at the end of the Padres’ Myers will land in a corner tunnel is no longer an onoutfi eld spot, likely to be coming train. Play ball! right fi eld. That’s fi ne for Myers, who often looked Contact Jay Paris out-of-sorts at first. at Luis Urias has turned Follow him @jparis_sports. heads at second base, unfor-




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I pass every morning and is known for its fi sh tacos and burritos, which are right up there with Juanita’s as far as I’m concerned. It’s on the corner of Benet Road and the 76 in the same center as the gas station. It can take a few

minutes to get your order but everything I’ve had there has been solid. My favorite discovery in this slice of industrial Oceanside is El Mundo De Mariscos, which translates into “The Seafood World.� Their Ceviche Tostada for $6.49 comes with a generous portion of fi sh or shrimp ceviche, a heaping helping of

avocado, cucumber, a tostada shell, and the best chips and salsa I’ve had lately. For $6.49, are you kidding me? It’s the healthiest value at that price point I’ve seen in a while. OK, minus the chips and salsa but I spread them over two meals as they give that added crunch. And yes, seafood rules here with shrimp, octopus, snapper, catfi sh, tilapia, oysters and seafood soup among the extensive menu. Tacos, burritos and a plethora of Mexican entrĂŠe’s are also available along with beer, wine and margaritas. From what I’ve heard this place really gets hopping on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with dancing, karaoke and colorful attire. My next move is to hit it up after work for dinner and stick around for the festivities. In the same center is a bar with one of the best names ever called “One More That’s It.â€? It’s a solid dive bar with a great cast of charac-


uring the course of the past seven years my day job has moved from downtown Encinitas to suburban Carlsbad and now an indusLEFT: Ensalata di Finocchi e Pecorino Pepato started the Umbrian meal at trial section of Oceanside Il Fornaio, washed with a white Argillae Umbrian wine. that sits between the 76 and Mission Avenue just east of ABOVE: Il Fornaio Senior Soux Chef Carlos Ruiz displays his favorite Umthe 5. It’s full of light indus brian dish, Risotto Umbro. Photos by Frank Mangio trial businesses, surfboard shapers, auto body and glass shops, printers, motorcycle chopper and Tesla repair shops to name a few. I should note that the chopper and the Insalata di Finocchi Italy. grilles and rotisseries. On the evening of my e Pecorino Pepato, a fl a- Tesla repair shops are in the I really love Il Forsame building, which makes naio’s long-standing “Festa visit, the district of Umbria vorful fennel with endive, for one of the more interestRegionale,� a brilliantly was the star menu of the watercress, celery, carrots ing business scenarios I’ve and imported pecorino conceived monthly culi- month of February. encountered with the loud Umbria is the only pepato cheese from Parma. nary and wine tour through frank mangio choppers roaring down the I also discovered an one of the 20 districts of landlocked district in Italy. street testing repairs comItaly. The district changes Black truffl es are a deli- Italian Tellus 2013 Merpared to the silent Tesla’s dol Fornaio, in Del Mar monthly and the restaurant cacy. It can be featured in lot from Umbria that had ing the same. and Coronado is Italian unveils the most sought many food recipes, even aromas of blackberry and The airport across the fine dining, its 23 loca- after dishes and wines in mixed into a salmon, but plum with soft silky tan76 is a buzz of activity with tions mostly in Califor- the chosen areas. There is is best in pasta and risotto. nins that paired well with planes and helicopters taknia. The brand started out a rewards program known Carlos Ruiz is the Senior the risotto. However, Umbria’s ing fl ight and what seems to as a bakery in the Lombar- as Passport to Italy, with Sous Chef at Del Mar’s Il be an endless stream of skytop of the line red wine is dia district of Italy and the the entire year’s menu loca- Fornaio. divers fl oating down from the logo proclaims it as an au- tions printed on it. Diners He loves his specialty, Sagrantino di Montefalsky. It’s a world away from co. This is an inky blackthentic Italian Restaurant who choose the Festa Ri- Risotto Umbro. Encinitas and it has an enerand Bakery. It’s still evi- gionale menu, will receive Umbria wine will al- ish-purple wine, big, bold gy all its own with zero predent in their freshly baked a stamp of attendance and ways be in the shadow of and muscular, made from tensions and a whole bunch bread with every meal and a culinary gift as a reward. neighbor district Tuscany the Sagrantino grape. The of characters. the enchanting desserts of- March will be Lazio month, with its worldwide reputa- brand here is Colpetrone, I’ve discovered some fered. a district that boasts Rome tion, but if you talk to Um- a 2013 ( $66 a bottle at Il restaurants and breweries The freshness doesn’t as its capitol. The Passport brians about their wine, Fornaio). in the area that make for As I mentioned, this stop at the bread and rolls. gift will be a Spice Mix for they will tell you that the some solid lunch and dinner The pastas are made in- Penne Pasta, the all’Arrab- landscape is virtually the month Il Fornaio features options and are easily walkhouse daily and all sauces, biata. Be sure to ask the same and that their Orvie- the district of Lasio, March ing distance from our offi ce/ soups and dressings are wait help for details on this to Argillae is a racy white 5 through 18, featuring trawarehouse. made from scratch. Most bonus at Il Fornaio. You wine with lovely acidity, TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 12 Pedro’s is the fi rst one locations have wood-fi red may win a trip for two to served with salads such as

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The healthy and affordable Fish Ceviche Tostada at El Mundo De Mariscos. Photo by David Boylan

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North County Health Services board of directors has appointed Barbara S. Kennedy, M.H.A, F.A.C.H.E., as president and chief executive officer of North County Health Services. Kennedy assumed her new role at NCHS Feb. 26. Most recently, she served as president of Northern Arizona Healthcare Verde Valley Medical Center in Arizona. NICE WORK, FASTSIGNS

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Two San Diego-based nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities, TERI Inc. and Crimson Center for Speech & Language Pathology, made their September 2017 merger official. Cre ating TERI Crimson Cen ter for Speech & Language. Since 2009, the Crimson Center has provided clin ical supervision at TERI’s Learning Academy, delivering speech and language support to TERI’s nonpub lic K-12 students. Over the eight years of collaboration, the two organizations

novation economy by creating more opportunities for students, particularly from underserved communities, pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering CSUSM SALUTES STARS The Cal State San and mathematics) opportuMarcos women's basket- nities. ball team honored graduating seniors Shekinah SAN DIEGO SALUTES ZORN Mackenzie Zorn, a Broadway, Savannah Camp, Lupe Cruz, Monica 17-year-old Carlsbad resi Friedl, Raegan Lillie, Kait- dent, received a San Diego lyn Reina and Stephanie city proclamation for NarSomers prior to their final colepsy Awareness Day, collegiate basketball game March 10. Zorn, diagnosed Feb. 24. The men’s team with narcolepsy and cataalso saluted seniors Brian plexy at the age of 10, reWright, Josh Spiers, Tan- quested the proclamation ner Waldrip, Collin Host, on behalf of Narcolepsy Joe Boyd, Ethan Alvano Network, Inc. and all those and Chris Porter prior to who are affected by this rare neurological sleep their final home game. disorder. The city of San Diego was issued by MaySCIENCE GRANT FOR CSUSM California State Uni- or Kevin Faulconer on beversity San Marcos Foun- half of the citizens of San dation was a recipient of Diego, proclaiming, March a San Diego Foundation 10, 2018 to be “Narcolepsy grant for programs that Awareness Day” in the city strengthen San Diego’s in- of San Diego.

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She is survived by her husband Paul Pilo and sons James Hall and Jason Estudillo. She was a loving person who always put everyone else first. We will miss her forever.

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nently on the property of his daughter, Ronette Dec. 5, 1930-Feb. 17, 2018 Youmans, and her husband, Dana Pearce in Encinitas. Robert greatly relished his relaxed life in the quiet gardens of their home and enjoyed going to the Senior Center on Wednesdays for lunch and attending Sunday service at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church. You might have seen him walking the neighborhood or down to the old Del Taco on Calle Magdalena. Robert is survived Robert(Bob)Youmans, of Encinitas, passed by his former wife Evepeacefully on Saturday, lyn Youmans of San DiFebruary 17, at the age ego; daughter Ronette of 87. Born in Kan- Youmans and her husDana Pearce, sas City, Missouri on band December 5, 1930, he and grandchild Marisa grew up with four broth- Pearce; his daughter Miers and a twin sister. chele Youmans Craig, He attended Wyan- her husband Derrell and dotte High in Kansas their children Ryan and City, KS, graduating in Molly Craig of Hamilton, 1948 and Baker Univer- Montana; and by Sabrina sity in Baldwin City, KS, Youmans and her daughgraduating in 1951. He ter, Avery Youmans of married Evelyn Louise Los Angeles. Robert YouWilson Youmans in 1953. mans is also survived by Robert served in the his loving twin sister, Roarmy during the Korean berta Youmans of Kansas War and was awarded a City, Missouri. brothers Bronze Star for bravery. Ronald Youmans of PraiRobert received his rie Village, Kansas and theological training at Roger Youmans of Sithe Perkins School of loam Springs, Arkansas, Theology at Southern and many loving nieces Methodist University in and nephews. He was Dallas, Texas. His fi rst preceded in death by ministry was at a small his brothers Russell Youchurch in Covington, Tex- mans and Ray Youmans. Robert was a genas. In 1962, he was offered a job as Chaplain at the erous and talented man San Diego County Jail. who enjoyed oil paintRobert earned his PhD ing, sharing his views at U.S.I.U. (United States on politics, philosophy International University) and government over a and established one of hot cup of coffee. He can the fi rst rehabilitationbe best remembered as counseling groups for a supportive and loyal prisoners in the nation. father, as his family was After retiring in most important to him. Robert Youmans en1983, Robert enjoyed traveling in his moto- couraged education, free rhome throughout the thinking and independeserts of California dence and his daughters and Nevada. In 1996, he each carry a part of him parked his trailer perma- in their hearts and soul.

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Allison Angelucci, 52 Oceanside February 22, 2018 Irene L. Bridges, 79 Escondido February 21, 2018 Charlene Smylie, 77 San Marcos February 26, 2018

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STARRING ARTISTS Enjoy a free concert, “Traversing the Americas with Violin and Guitar,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with local musi cians Branden Muresan and Eric Foster, as part of Starring Artists: An Interview and Performance Experience at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located in the Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. BACK TO THE BAYOU The 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Zydeco-influenced Bayou Brothers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 10 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For more information, visit FREE ART LESSONS The California Center for the Arts, Escondido offers free lessons as part of its 2nd Saturday Art Lesson at 10 a.m. and a second lesson at 11 a.m. March 10. Learn how mix paints, express space, depth and form in springtime scenes. Materials pro vided. RSVP to http://art OCEAN ART OPEN HOUSE Artist Wade Koniakowsky invites you to his annual studio open house at his home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at 1889 High Ridge Ave., Carlsbad.


FUNDRAISER TO ROCK Encinitas School of Music will be holding a fund raising event with entertainment by The Blast Big Band, TheCROP Young Rock Allstars and.93 the Ol’ Man Band from 1 to.93 4 p.m. March 11 at the Encinitas Elks Lodge at 4.17 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiff. 4.28 A $20 donation is suggested.


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YOUNG STAR IN CONCERT A junior at San Dieguito Academy High School in Encinitas, award-winning, 16-year-old bassoonist, Zackery Edwards, will high light the March free fami ly music program at 7 p.m. March 14, sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library, 3919 Townsgate Drive, Carmel Valley. For more information, call (858) 552-1668.


PAINT YOUR PET Join PET Talk: Paint Your Pet’s Portrait from 6 to 9 p.m. March 15 at the San Diego Humane Society Oceans ide Campus, 572 Airport Road, Oceanside. A pet portrait painting class with step-by-step instructions, supplies and a pre-drawn portrait of your pet will be provided. For registration, visit http://support. WHAT’S AT BELLY UP? Rachael Yamagata will appear March 15 at the Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit http://


DUAL PIANOS The Latsos piano due will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, as part of the Encinitas Music by the Sea Concert series. For details, FOREIGN FILMS The Dove Library, Carlsbad, continues its Foreign Film Fridays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 16 with “Heartbreaker,” France, romantic com edy, at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. For details, call (760) 434-2920 or visit


LEDERER DANCES WITH WORDS Friends of the Oceanside Public Library presents “Rich ard Lederer Dances With Words” 2 p.m. March 17 at Civic Center community room, 300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Lederer will perform a unique concert with folk-singer humorist Bill Shipper. The performance merges word fun with origi nal music. Admission $5. FINE ART SHOW COAL Gallery’s monthly fine art show will run through April 2, open every day except Tuesday. Free Admission to public at 300 Carlsbad Vil lage Drive, Suite 101, Carls bad.


HANDBELL CONCERT The 27-member Concert Handbells of Concordia University will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. March 18 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2993 MacDonald St., Oceanside. For details visit ART ON THE GREEN Every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting)., COAL Gallery member art ists display their artwork for sale at Art on the Green, on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carls bad.

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Waterpark readies for new season, recognized for safety By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Wave Waterpark is gearing up for its 24th season starting in May. While things are quiet at the park right now, all that will change when their doors open in the months ahead. According to The Wave Waterpark Manager Angela Parasik, the hiring process is underway. The majority of the applicants are returning seasonal employees. Most applicants are between the ages of 16 and 20, she said. Parasik said they are currently reviewing past hires while new applicants can start submitting applications beginning on Feb. 20. “This is a great job, especially for fi rst-time job experience,” she said. “There’s a lot of account- The Wave Waterpark Manager Angela Parasik and Therron Dieckdirector of recreation community services with the city of Vista, ability that we hold them mann, prepare for the upcoming season that kicks off in May. Photo by Chris(employees) to,” she said. tina Macone-Greene “It (The Wave Waterpark) gives them good experience barbeques. nounced and do an anonyfor going into fi elds of nursParasik attributes the mous investigation to ening, fi refi ghters or emergen- return of their staff mem- sure all rules and safety cy medical technicians. So, bers to the family-type of measures are enforced. a lot of our lifeguards will atmosphere that is built Therron Dieckmann, transition into those fi elds.” during the summertime. director of recreation comIn addition to hiring For three months, fellow munity services with the 100 lifeguards, other job employees can make life- city of Vista, explained how opportunities include guest long friends. he regularly works with services and concessions. The Wave Waterpark Parasik and her staff at Parasik shared that the is opened from Memorial the waterpark. Dieckmann job atmosphere is teamwork Day to when Vista Unifi ed oversees the entire aquatics oriented. They have a lead- schools reopen right around division. ership team in place that mid-August, she said. The “I think it says a lot they will pair up with new waterpark also stays open about the city of Vista’s staff members. on the weekends up to the leadership both past and “We have a mentorship end of September. present to have an amenprogram which is returnParasik said The Wave ity like this that’s been in ing staff members that like Waterpark was awarded service for over 20 years,” to share with the new staff last month with a Star- he said. “And an aquatics members tricks that they’ve Guard Elite 5-Star Rating. operation, let alone a walearned along the way,” It has received this honor terpark, is a very expensive Parasik said. “We’ll put for 11 consecutive years. operation especially when them in teams throughout Parasik said this recogni- it doesn’t operate 12 months the summer and do team ac- tion conveys a message that of the year. So, making tivities.” employees are working at that affordable for our citiAnother part of the job a place that takes training zens and folks who visit the is to have fun — there are and safety seriously. Wave Waterpark as a destiemployee family-oriented StarGuard auditors nation is always one of our events after hours such as come to the park unan- top goals aside from safety

and having a great user experience here.” Dieckmann went on to say that elected offi cials and the city manager’s offi ce have made it a point to give the waterpark the funding they need to help subsidize the operations and keep the price points affordable. “I feel like we do a great job and The Wave Waterpark is defi nitely a destination for visitors not only from the city of Vista but San Diego County as well as other areas around,” he said. In addition to San Diego County, people travel from Temecula and as far north as Mission Viejo and Los Angeles. Aside from families, schools and summer camps also take part in the fun and have even been known to rent the waterpark after hours. Dieckmann said corporate events also happen at the waterpark. “Businesses try to do special outings for their employees and their families, and we’re a great venue for that,” he said. “Where else can you go and just kind of chill out with your family, enjoy the water to cool off and even have food here? We have different amenities like Flow Rider where you can simulate surfi ng, Lazy River if you’re just looking to fl oat for a while, or just kick back in a chair, soak up the sun and just enjoy some relaxing downtime.” Dieckmann also noted a new splash pad, a zero-depth water play area, is under construction for tiny tots. “Angela and her staff are the best around,” Dieckmann said. “If you come to The Wave Waterpark, you will be met with great customer service.”

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Scrabble tournament coming to Escondido ESCONDIDO — Es- teammates compete within condido Public Library and the same division. Players the Friends of Literacy Ser- compete for prizes at the vices will host the 14th an- end of each game as well as nual Scrabble-Thon Tour- the fi nal awards for highest nament & Fundraiser from individual and team scores. Scrabble-Thon raises 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 17 in the Auditorium of the funds to benefi t the LiPark Avenue Community brary’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Center, 210 Park Ave. Doors open for player Friends of Literacy Sercheck-in at 8 a.m. and tour- vices, a 501(c)(3) nonprofi t nament play begins at 9 Library support group, 100 a.m. Players must pre-reg- percent of the proceeds will ister by March 12, online be used to provide literacy at http://library.escondido. materials and resources. org/scrabblethon, by mail There will be opportunior in person at the Litera- ty drawings, a Pick-a-Tile cy Services offi ce, 239 S. game, and silent auction Kalmia St. The registration items throughout ScrabOpportunity fee for adults is $25; regis- ble-Thon. tration for high school stu- drawing tickets will be on sale at the library prior to dents is $15. The Scrabble tour- March 11 and at the event. nament consists of fi veDonations are tax-deduct30-minute games and is ible. For more information open to adults and high school students. Players on Scrabble-Thon and lisign up to play in one of brary services, visit library. three divisions: novice, in- or contact termediate or advanced. Senior Librarian for LiterParticipants can compete acy Services, Dan Wood, individually or as a part of at (760) 839-4827 or dan. a four-player team. Team wood@escondidolibrary. play requires that all four org.

Man hurt seriously in San Marcos crash SAN MARCOS — A man was seriously injured March 4 when he crashed his car into a tree in San Marcos. Just after 9:30 a.m., the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was informed of a car that slammed head-on into a tree on South Twin Oaks Valley Road, north of Village Drive, sheriff's Deputy David Arnold said. Witnesses told deputies that they had seen the driver of a red 2008 Nissan Versa swerving between lanes just prior to striking

the tree, Arnold said. Deputies and fi refi ghters had to pull the man from the car. He was taken by paramedics to Palomar Medical Center for serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries to his head, chest and abdomen, the deputy said. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision, Arnold said. Witnesses to the crash were asked to call Arnold at the San Marcos station at (858) 565-5200. — City News Service

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