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Escondido names new fire chief By Adam Sullivan

At the Del Dios intersection of Date and Lake stands the 20-foot-tall sculpture of Hodgee. The statue was carved out of an old eucalyptus tree. Photo by Adam Sullivan

Del Dios denizens immortalize lake legend By Adam Sullivan

ESCONDIDO — Bigfoot. Nessie. The Chupacabra. All members of an incredibly rare subset of the animal kingdom, whose very existence is a matter of faith, not science. North County residents have another name to add to the list: “Hodgee.” Hodgee is a beast of unspecified proportion and unknown origin that makes its home in the murky blue waters of San Diego’s Lake Hodges. Though Hodgee hasn’t quite achieved the worldwide fame of say, Bigfoot, it is a beloved local story. An unofficial mascot, even.

Lake Hodges is a 1,234acre reservoir that provides much-needed water to arid San Diego County. It’s also a popular destination for fishing, hiking and a number of other outdoor activities. And now, at the northernmost tip of the lake, stands a two-story statue of Lake Hodges’ eponymous beast. The sculpture, carved over the past few months from a eucalyptus tree, serves as a fun homage to the unofficial mascot of Lake Hodges. Like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, Hodgee is a cryptozoological beast that makes its home in the reservoir.

“I think it’s absolutely terrific,” said Del Dios resident Renee Richetts. “It’s the essence of public art.” Richetts is herself a sculptor, with work on display in a room of the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, called “Richetts’ Space.” She was admiring the nearly completed sculpture with her grandchildren. Richetts explained that the city intended on cutting the massive eucalyptus down, when the top half had been stricken with a disease. “It was going to kill someone,” Richetts said. The Del Dios Town council stepped in and voted that, instead of

taking the tree down completely, they remove the top half, which was the diseased part, and make something of the rest. That “something” became a friendly, 20-foottall creature. A pair of local artists stepped up, volunteering their time and their craft to recycling the towering tree into something that will last forever. Ewing “Mitch” Mitchell and Stan Smith are both to thank for the sculpture. “Public art can have so many roles, beyond the obvious,” Richetts said. “To me, TURN TO HODGEE ON 16

‘Kitten season’ descends on San Diego County Humane Society By Adam Sullivan

REGION — San Diego County is being overrun, as it is each April, by a plague. But it’s not frogs or locusts that overrun the county. It’s kittens. Fuzzy, mewling, big-eyed kittens. This feline population leap, commonly referred to as “kitten season,” is the direct result of stray cats doing the stray cat strut (love was in the air approximately two months back), and kittens are showing up at Humane Societies all around San Diego. Kelli Schry, communications manager for the Humane Society, explained the phenomenon. “Kitten season is the time of year when cat breeding is at its highest,” she said. “Due to San Diego’s warmer climate, kitten season lasts most of the year,

A pair of kittens awaiting care. The Humane Society recommends fostering in pairs, so kittens can have companionship and socialization. Photo by Adam Sullivan

compared to other parts of the country. It is not uncommon for people to set out food and water for a lost cat, but

never take ownership of the cat, which results in thousands of stray, unaltered cats throughout our community.”

Because of the increased volume (the “season” can last from April through November), each year the Humane Society reaches out to the public for temporary foster homes. This allows the caregivers to handle the increase in care. Becoming a foster home for one of these adorable, potato-sized babies is not a simple process. There are specific steps to take in order to get approved. It begins with filling out an application on the Humane Society’s website ( that asks for, among other things, your previous experience with animals and any accommodations you may need. Once completed, potential foster families are invited to attend a monthly orientation meetTURN TO KITTENS ON 6

ESCONDIDO — In the wake of Chief Russ Knowles’ recent retirement, Escondido Interim City Manager Jeffrey Epp has appointed a new fire chief by the name of Rick Vogt. Vogt brings three decades of experience to the table. He began his Escondido career in 2015 as the division chief for training and EMS, and was promoted to deputy chief of operations in 2016. Vogt began his career as a volunteer firefighter for the city of Palm Desert. From there he moved on to Temecula, where he was appointed station captain for Riverside County/ Cal Fire. Most recently, he served as the administrative and field battalion chief for the city of San Marcos. “Chief Vogt is the ideal candidate to continue the traditions of excellence, efficiency, integrity and outstanding public

Newly appointed fire chief Rick Vogt brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role. Courtesy photo

service that characterize the Escondido Fire Department,” Epp said. According to a 2011 report, the Escondido Fire Department maintains a staff of 96 full-time employees, as well as seven part-time employees and 24 volunteers.

CSUSM to go ‘smoke free’ in the fall By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The California State University system is set to ban smoking on all of its campuses — including Cal State San Marcos — beginning in the fall. The move comes after CSU Chancellor Timothy White issued an executive order on April 7 to ban smoking on the 23 campuses in the CSU system. Smoking is currently allowed in designated areas on campus. The ban also covers e-cigarettes. “Becoming a smokeand tobacco-free campus protects and promotes the health and well-being of our campus community,” said Dr. Kimberly Pulvers, a CSUSM associate professor of psychology who has researched addiction and tobacco use extensively. “The smoke- and tobacco-free campus initiative supports the mission and values of our university, prepares our students to enter workforces which are increasingly smoke and tobacco-free, and supports environmental sustainability and litter reduction.” Pulvers said that the current set up of desig-

nated smoking areas does more harm than good, as they may encourage non-daily smokers to light up. “If you think that a

Until the university consistently enforces the current rule, a more stringent rule will not be effective.” Cara Morris Parent of CSUSM Freshman

lot of other people are engaging in a behavior, it makes it more likely that you will engage in that behavior,” she said. The ban takes place Sept. 1. A recent survey showed that most of Cal State San Marcos’ student body — threeTURN TO SMOKE FREE ON 16


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Film director: Animal rights activists on ‘right side of history’ By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Five years ago, Christopher Grimes said he wanted to answer what he thought was a straightforward question — how are the owners of commercial dog kennels, sometimes referred to as “puppy mills,” able to keep states and the federal government to not better regulate their operations, which have come under scrutiny in some cases for the inhumane treatment of the pets they breed. Activists for years have cast a light on the mistreatment of animals from these facilities, which wind up in the hands of unsuspecting consumers who purchase them at retail pet shops in local malls or shops. Those consumers are often saddled with hundreds or thousands of dollars in medical expenses — or worse. “This seemed like an easy political win,” said Grimes, the owner of the Illinois-based 5414 Productions, Inc. with his wife, Leigh Cavich-Grimes. “Why wouldn’t any politician jump at the chance to protect what for many families is their family pet? Who really would be on the side of allowing inhumane conditions to continue at these facilities?” The answer to the question, as Grimes found out, was complex and inexorably tied to big money, which has shielded some of the most inhumane of dog breeders from the regulations that would halt the animal mistreatment. It is this interplay between politics, animal welfare and money that became the heart of his 90-minute documentary, “Dog by Dog,” which is screening May 7 at La Paloma Theatre. “The most revealing thing to me was that it wasn’t the guys in overalls, but the guys in the suits on Wall Street, and big ag money flowing into the sys-

A billboard in Lancaster, Pa., generates more than 3,000 calls and emails to county officials against so-called “puppy mills,” two days after it was first installed by animal activists, according to the documentary, “Dog by Dog,” which is screening at La Paloma Theatre May 7. Courtesy


tem that was putting the political pressure on state and federal lawmakers not to regulate puppy mills,” said Grimes, who graduated with a Master’s degree in public policy from Northwestern University. Grimes documentary took him into 19 states over the five-year period, with the crux of the film focusing on the states of Missouri, Pennsylvania and Ohio, states with large concentrations of such kennel operations. Among others, Grimes interviewed animal welfare activists, lawmakers and consumers who fell victim to purchases of animals from such kennels to tell the story of how puppy mills legislation has been thwarted by big agricultural interests. “Big Ag sees it as a slippery slope argument, that if you protect a dog, how long is it before you give the same protection to livestock such as a cow,” Grimes said. “The breakdown is that dogs are companion animals, they are with families 12 to 14 years, and we would never think of them in the same

way we think of a cow. “There is a clear distinction between the two, and big ag fails to respect that difference,” he said. Grimes said he hopes that the documentary helps to raise awareness about the treatment of animals in these facilities and complements the work of activists who carry the mantle of animal welfare on a daily basis. “I see it as one tool in the toolbox of education,” Grimes said about the film. “There is nothing out there like local activism, no film could copy their drive, these activists are the ones getting this done by education and by forcing politicians to pay attention. “The folks who organized this screening (the Spay and Neuter Action Project and Not One Animal Harmed) are doing this every day, they are mostly volunteers,” Grimes said. “But I think everyone has a role to play, and one of those roles is to not purchase a dog in a pet shop. If everyone did this one simple thing, it would change TURN TO DOCUMENTARY ON 20

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VISTA — The Vista Planning Commission approved 81 affordable apartments for seniors along Civic Center Drive, Tuesday night. The commission voted 6-0, with Commissioner Michael Carroll absent, to adding requirements for additional landscaping, and changes to the affordability requirements that align a previous development agreement with state law. “I think this is a project the city needs. There’s a ton of assurances it will be maintained, and annual audits to make sure

units will be rented as they should be,” Commissioner Rick Rosaler said. The project sits on 2 acres on Civic Center Drive, just north of South Santa Fe Drive, and is current the site of a 1950s motel that was converted into multi-family housing. The final project will result in three stories, with one- and two-bedroom units, community rooms, laundry, and outdoor courts. Commissioners were mostly concerned with the proposed entrance to the parking lot, landscaping along Civic Center Drive, and ensuring that only seniors are able to live in the

units. Chairman Debra Cramer told the project’s developer that the site needed the landscaping because it is part of the gateway to downtown. “Wakeland, it’s pretty. It’s very, very pretty, but kick it up a little on Civic Center Drive,” Cramer said. “There should be ‘wow’ appeal as your moving downtown.” A number of residents opposed the project because it was too dense, created traffic, and didn’t provide enough parking. “It seems to be the TURN TO APARTMENTS ON 11

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Palomar College receives $2 million award from state By Aaron Burgin

The Kiwanis Club’s Fishing Derby is a 20-year tradition at Escondido’s Lake Dixon. Last month, more 1,000 anglers fished in the derby. Photo by Adam Sullivan

Numbers Up for anglers, fish at Lake Dixon Trout Derby By Adam Sullivan

ESCONDIDO — Between 6 a.m. April 22 and 4 p.m. April 23 more than 1,000 anglers descended upon Escondido’s Dixon Lake for the 20th annual Kiwanis Club Trout Derby. “Overall, it was very successful,” says Coordinator James J. Mac Isaac. “We increased our revenue 25 percent.” Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby has been a part of Escondido history for two decades. In preparation of the event, the city closed the Lake from April 18 through 21, stocking it with 4,500

pounds of Nebraska Tailwalker Rainbow Trout. “The number of anglers was up as well,” says Isaac. “There were 1,055 fishing licenses over the weekend.” The weekend also included a “Kiddie Pond” event this year, with approximately 300 bluegill in an area adjacent to Pier 2. The Kiddie Pond was staffed by volunteers from the Senior Anglers of Escondido. The addition to the derby was a success. Isaac notes: “It was pretty much fished out the first day. We’ll have to

order more for next year.” Asked for trout-fishing tips, Isaac says: “Trout are fragile. The best time is usually early in the morning. As a matter of fact, trout can die off in the summer months, so early in the year is best.” The city of Escondido also stocks the lake with trout in autumn, in preparation for their own Derby. The Kiwanis is an organization founded in 1915. It takes its name from an Ojibwe expression meaning “to fool around.” Each year, the 600,000-member Kiwanis club raises in excess of $100 million to strengthen communities and serve children.

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SAN MARCOS — Palomar College recently received a $2 million award from the state for innovation in higher education, the only college in the county to receive the award. The state’s Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education, awarded 14 community colleges and districts statewide with the $25 million award, which was given to schools that had developed programs to increase community college completion and make attending community colleges more affordable. The award specifically highlighted the state’s interest in redesigning curriculum and instruction, such as the implementation of three-year bachelor’s degrees; allowing students to make progress toward completion of degrees and credentials based on their demonstration of knowledge and competencies, including skills acquired through military training, prior learning, and prior experiences; and creating programs that make college more affordable by making financial aid and other supports and services more accessible, including by increasing the number of students who apply for these programs, or by reducing the costs of books

and supplies. Palomar College in recent years has initiated several programs that help students either fully or partially pay for tuition, such as the Palomar Promise Program, which will provide free tuition and $1,000 in free textbooks over a student’s first two semesters for students who attend 21 local high schools. The college in 2016 also created a program that guarantees San Marcos Unified School District students with a minimum 2.5 grade point average free tuition at the college for two years. “We are so proud and happy to receive this award,” Palomar College Superintendent/President Joi Lin Blake said. “It shows how Palomar has already stepped up to the needs of our students and our community with innovative programs and procedures. The extra funds will allow us to go even farther in helping students reach their goals in a timely and economic manner.” A committee consisting of the state’s director of finance, four members selected by Gov. Jerry Brown, an appointee of the state Senate Committee on Rules and an appointee of the Speaker of the state Assembly reviewed the applications and selected the winning campuses.

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The thin line between drinking too much and alcoholism By Scott H. Silverman

Running scared makes Darrel Issa look different California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


hink of Congressman Darrel Issa, the former car alarm magnate who made a fortune off the Viper system, and you picture the ultimate Republican loyalist, the former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee who bedeviled ex-President Barack Obama over everything from his birth certificate to his conduct of the Food and Drug Administration. But these days, it is Issa who is bedeviled, with a target on his back in his San Diego County district, which stretches north into Orange County’s Dana Point. The target comes courtesy of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has named Issa as one of seven California Republicans in Congress it considers vulnerable in next year’s voting. Not only did Issa barely win re-election last year, by about a 1,600-vote margin, but the outcome of that race wasn’t known until weeks after the election. And his 2016 opponent, retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, is coming after him again next year, while Democrat Hillary Clinton actually carried the district narrowly in 2016 presidential voting. One result is that Issa is now focusing much more on his district rather than spending most of his time on investigations that went nowhere and were mostly designed to harass Obama and his aides. Not a single person was indicted or removed from office because of any Issa-inspired probe and Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy, the second-ranking House Republican, admitted their prime purpose was to harass Obama and his

aides. Calvin Moore, his energetic deputy, insists Issa — one of the wealthiest members of Congress and perhaps best known around California for funding the petition drive that led to the recall of former Gov. Gray Davis — has always maintained a strong focus on his district. “He’s working on the same stuff he always has,” Moore said. “He wants the nuclear waste issue at San Onofre settled, he wants veterans to be able to get jobs more easily and he wants immigration reform.” Those are staple issues in a district which includes the huge Camp Pendleton Marine base and hosts the shut-down nuclear power plant whose spent fuel will be stored just yards from the beach under current plans. But although Issa insists he’s visited the spent fuel site frequently since San Onofre shut down in 2012, few in his district recall such visits prior to one staged with much publicity last winter, when he brought fellow Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois there to plump for a bill setting up new nuclear waste disposal sites. Issa clearly hopes the retirement of former Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada will open the way for a storage site at Yucca Mountain not far from the gambling Mecca of Laughlin, a project Reid resisted for years because of reported danger to aquifers that form much of southern Nevada’s underground water supply. Meanwhile, Issa has still not taken a position on the San Onofre cost settlement that is now under reconsideration by the state Public Utilities Commission because of evidence it was a sweetheart deal between former PUC president Michael Peevey and execu-

tives of Southern California Edison Co. That settlement saddled consumers with about 70 percent of the cost of decommissioning the plant, which failed largely because of an Edison blunder. It’s a major issue for consumers in his district. Issa has had five years to consider a stance, but taken none. Issa also submitted his own plan to replace Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, seeking to open all government employee health insurance plans to the general public and contending this could bring rates down so far that current federal premium subsidies would not be needed. Such subsides were not in his plan, which differs greatly from others put forward by fellow GOP House members. His plan has gone nowhere. Issa also staked out a position far from other Republicans on possible investigation of Russian intelligence links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign. He’s called for an independent prosecutor, contending Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions cannot do the job objectively enough for most Americans to trust conclusions he might reach. The upshot is that constituents in the 49th Congressional District shared by Issa and Applegate are seeing more of their representative than most can ever remember. He’s also seeing more of his constituents, one positive aspect of a close vote in a district that formerly was one-sided. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is tdelias@

We all have friends who enjoy letting loose on the weekend. They are the first to announce company happy hours, always offering to be the one at the bar ordering drinks and begging us to keep the night going strong well after last call. In short, they are the life of the party. Yet, sometimes our friend or family member turns from the life of the party to the person we are hesitant to invite out. Whether it is the intense pre-gaming beforehand or the frequent blackouts or the embarrassing scenes they make during the night, calamity seems to follow whenever our friend starts drinking. Then we start to notice other things as well, such as the “Monday Flu.” Friends or colleagues sluggishly making their way to the office every week, sometimes suffering occasional shakes as the effects of an entire weekend of drinking start to wear off. Other responsibilities start slipping as well, or become completely ignored. You start to wonder if your friend has gone from vibrant casual drinker to struggling with alcohol. The reality is there is a thin line between the two, but crossing that line can develop lasting problems.

• Relationships start to alter, change or an individual withdraws completely • Individual responsibilities start to get ignored • Drinking blackouts or memory loss become frequent • Drinking tolerance increases, which promotes heavier drinking • Excuses justifying drinking become common place • Drinking at inappropriate times, such as before work or during breaks • Struggling with withdrawals when the alcohol starts to wear off • Getting into trouble with the law, such as a DUI • Physical well-being seems to be an afterthought or ignored altogether

If you fear someone you love exhibits a few too many of these signs, or perhaps are raising red flags in other areas of their life, it is time to get help. Start by equipping yourself with knowledge about alcoholism. Reach out to a recovery expert to have a conversation that can help you determine if their drinking has escalated to a problem. Then, learn more about the different treatment options in your area. A clinDefining a Problem ical assessment can determine a definiDoes everyone who goes out to par- tive diagnosis of an alcohol disorder. ty hard on the weekend have an alcohol problem? Of course not. Yet transition- What to Do Next? ing from occasional weekends of partyShould you approach the subject ing to frequent benders starts to raise with your loved one, it is best to have red flags. this conversation when your loved one is The hard truth is that approximate- sober. Remember to always use positive ly 14 percent of Americans struggle with language and avoid judgmental tones. an alcohol use disorder. Rather than something as abrasive as, That means when a group of ten of “You have a drinking problem,” start your friends go out, research suggests with, “I’m concerned your drinking may that one person relies too heavily on al- be hurting your health,” or, “I don’t cohol to cope with the challenges of the know if you are aware, but when you week. drink you start to (insert behaviors).” When your extended family has Make sure to avoid stigmatized words, a large gathering, it is likely someone such as “alcoholic.” in the group is letting alcohol redefine The bottom-line is it is okay to ask their life and relationships. for help when you feel your friend or relSo how can you tell when it has gone ative is in trouble with alcohol. from casual drinking to a disorder? Arming yourself with knowledge is Signs and symptoms vary depending the first step in saving their lives. on each person, but here are some warning signs indicating a loved one might be For over 32 years, Scott H. Silverman has nearing the line: been working to break the cycle of substance abuse in San Diego County. He is the CEO and co-founder of Confi• They become defensive, even agitated, when you comment on exces- dential Recovery, an intensive outpatient substance abuse recovery program. sive drinking

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A merchant approaches the queen at The Escondido Renaissance Fantasy Faire. Photo by Adam Sullivan

Escondido park transforms into a ren faire to remember By Adam Sullivan

ESCONDIDO — Felicita County Park underwent a transformation over the weekend. Tents and tarpaulins were erected, King Richard’s Tavern was established and hundreds of lords and ladies descended upon the park for the annual Escondido Renaissance Fantasy Faire. The popular annual event is a festive occasion for all ages, for anyone interested in learning about English life in the 1400s. The weekend was packed with events that ranged from battle re-enactments, to musical performances and even a “Bawdy Juggler.” Located at various intervals throughout the park were guilds, manned with Renaissance-era experts to teach visitors about life in the 1400s. The “Guardians of Midgard” were a Viking guild that demonstrated the economics of the day. They began with a box of silver chalices, bowls

and jewelry that were “liberated” from one of the Viking’s “charity missions.” “We’d save women and children from houses on fire,” explained Jay, the Guardians’ blacksmith. “’course, we don’t talk about who started the fires in the first place.” The Vikings, it seems, were a powerfully sarcastic lot. “Afterward, well, there was all this silver laying around that nobody seemed to want anymore,” he added. The bowls and goblets were melted down and cooled as sheets. Small, dimesized coins were then hammered out and stamped with the logo of the guild that created them. “The marking doesn’t really mean anything,” said Jay of the Guardians. “It all comes down to the weight of the silver.” Merchants of the day all had scales, so having smallish coins allowed a TURN TO FAIRE ON 16

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own here in San Diego, we mock how driving to or from anywhere on the 405 Freeway is a traffic jam crap shoot, and the house usually wins. I rolled the dice a few weeks ago, drove up 405 on a Wednesday early afternoon, and it was a predictable 2.5hour drive in crowded, but moving, traffic. Then I had the audacity to drive home on a Friday afternoon. That was unwise. The 2.5-hour route became a 4.5-hour slog-athon. I vowed then and there, the next trip I would take the train. Now, until a month ago, I didn’t even realize there were two separate train lines. Now I know that “taking the train” means simple and generally reliable Amtrak, with occasional ocean views, for $56 round trip — or you can have more frequent stops at inland stations on Metrolink for $16. Well, who can resist a bargain? I then learned the two lines never speak to one an-

other. In this age of email and such, and because passengers use both lines from the same station, would it be such a stretch to expect that each might be apprised of the others idiosyncrasies? But if you foolishly go in the Oceanside Amtrak ticket office and so much as breathe the word Metrolink, you will get “the hand,” and a curt, “This is Amtrak. I don’t know anything about Metrolink!” Like when the tracks are closed from Oceanside to Laguna Niguel — both ways, all weekend — for maintenance. The closure affected both lines, but each was ignorant of the other’s methods to address the general confusion. But wait. There’s more. You cannot buy Metrolink tickets on the train. And you cannot by them online. Nope. It has to be from rather confusing and elusive kiosk machines at the station. Two of those machines in Oceanside were out of order. The third is tucked way over by the buses and I would never have found it without help from a savvy passenger. So now we see why Amtrak costs more. Nonetheless, I found the right bus, jumped on and then had to stand up, like it was a subway, with a death grip on TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 16

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MEMBERS LAUDED The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC honors its officers and long-time members, with, from left, back: Tom Stinson, from Assembly member Marie Waldron’s office, presenting to Corresponding Secretary Linda Story, First Vice-President Dean Judy Pantazo, Director Alice Reule, President Nancy B Jones, Recording Secretary Janet Winters and, from left, front, Shirley Lahr (38-year member), Director Sylvia Buesch (29-year member), Treasurer Ruth Schneider (25-year member), and Past President Lynn Sapin (21-year member). The club meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Road Drive, Vista. Courtesy photo



ing. The meeting, which lasts approximately two hours, teaches families what they need in order to be successful foster homes. Jackie Nobel is the supervisor of the Humane Society’s Kitten Nursery. “Foster volunteers receive complete training to be able to care for kittens, including bottle feeding,” she said. “San Diego Humane Society provides all supplies, equipment and support to care for foster animals, including food, bowls, bedding, toys, litter, medication and any veterinary services.” The kittens who need care are broken up into two

categories. Neo-natal kittens are those from birth up until two weeks old. These are the most labor-intensive adoptees, and thus hardest to place. “The Kitten Nursery is staffed 24 hours a day so that these orphaned, newborn kittens receive the around-the-clock care they need,” Nobel said. “These tiny kittens are very vulnerable and their health can change hour by hour. The medical team makes several rounds to the Kitten Nursery each day, so that we can constantly monitor these young kittens and provide any care that they may need.” The Kitten Nursery is separated into three designated areas, to ensure diseases don’t spread: One section is for queens

At 38 days old, Trina is ready to enter a foster home. The Humane Society relies on dedicated foster homes to care for kittens until 8 weeks old, when they are ready to get spayed, neutered, and ultimately adopted into forever homes. Photo courtesy San Diego Humane Society

and their kittens, another is a quarantine area for kittens 0-4 weeks. The third section is the foster home itself, where the kitten lives until ready for spaying, neutering and adoption. Kittens between 2 and 4 weeks old are considered “transitional.” These kittens are a little easier to manage, having graduated from bottle-feeding, they are now on a diet of wet food at 3.5 weeks, and eventually they move on to solids. This is also the period during which they learn to use the litter box. Ideally, foster kittens should get quarantined, away from other household pets. A rarely used bathroom is ideal. There, they can get the rest and the food they need, while safe and secure from the elements. But whether you decide to quarantine or not, prospective fosterers should have their pets fully vaccinated prior to accepting a foster kitten. Schry explained that most adoptions last from four to eight weeks. At eight weeks, the kittens are old enough to get fixed — an important step in stemming the tide of future kitten seasons. Schry said that spaying or neutering pets is crucial. “There are 45,000 homeless animals entering San Diego shelters each year,”

she said. “Spaying or neutering your pets is the only way to make an impact on the overpopulation of animals in our community.” Foster homes preferably take kittens in pairs, or even more. This is to help socialize the kittens in their foster home, to provide some companionship. “Growing up with other kittens is an essential part of a kitten’s early development, and how they learn appropriate play style,” Nobel said. “If a kitten comes to the nursery as a singleton, we will always give them an age-appropriate buddy so he receives that essential behavioral development.” Close to 3,500 kittens received care through the Kitten Nursery in 2016, the vast majority of which occurred during kitten season. Fortunately, the foster program often serves as a gateway to full adoption. “It’s fairly common for foster families to fall in love and adopting their foster pets,” Schry said. “But it’s certainly not a requirement. Many foster families know that, as hard as it may be, bringing them back to be adopted into new families means that they will be able to continue helping other animals in need of that specialized care that only a foster home can provide.”

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to its “Big 1/2 Price Sale” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit BREAK OUT YOUR WHEELS The MiraCosta College Automotive Technology Program will hold its seventh annual Car and Motorcycle Show from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 6 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, Parking Lot 1A, with free spectator parking in lot 2A. For information, contact Steve Vail at svail@ or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6354. RHYTHM & BREWS The San Diego Brewers Guild’s Rhythm & Brews music and craft beer festival returns from 1 to 6 p.m. May 6 along “Hop Highway” in downtown Vista Village, for an afternoon block party. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $40 for VIP at POLITICS FOR YOUTH The Wagon Circle, a local political action and community-service group, will hold a Youth Summit from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 6 to engage K-8 students in exploration of current news topics and provide an opportunity for students to discuss their questions and concerns. A donation of $20 is suggested. For more information and to register, visit youth-summit/. FESTIVAL OF COLORS Join the Holi Festival of Colors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 at the Oceanside Pier Ampitheater, 200 N. Strand, Oceanside, Online tickets $5 at festival-of-colors/festival-colors-oceanside-ca/. ORCHID AUCTION The Palomar Orchid Society announces its 2017 annual Orchid Auction May 6, at The Pavilion at Lake San Marcos, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. Preview of Orchids at auction and registration for bidders at 9:30 a.m. with auction at 11

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a.m. including orchid types and species not normally seen or available in the marketplace. FLOWER SHOW The Vista Garden Club will hold its free Standard Flower Show and Plant sale noon to 5 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Brengle Terrace Recreation Center in Vista, with floral designs, educational exhibits and plants. For more information, visit vistagardenclub. org.


BOOK CLUB Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club at 6 p.m. May 9 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. This month’s selection

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is “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” by Tom Reiss. For more information, visit HATS AND HIGH TEA The North Coast Women’s Connection invites you to its High Tea & Hat Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 held at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Cost is $26. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, visit

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LET’S GO FISHING Senior Anglers of Escondido will host fine artist and angler Jill Field-Duerr at 9:30 a.m. May 12 at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. For more information, visit VINTAGE MARKET Queen Bee Market, An artisan market, will happen May 12-13, giving back to the North Coast Auxiliary Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital. The urban-style handmade market will feature vintage and handmade goods from local and national vendors. TURN TO CALENDAR ON 16


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SANDAG records downturn in crime rate REGION — The number of homicides, aggravated assaults, and motor vehicle thefts in the San Diego region went up in 2016, compared to 2015, while the number of rapes, robberies, burglaries, and larcenies went down, according to the annual crime report released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Division. The 2016 violent crime rate per 1,000 residents was 3.33, and the property crime rate was 18.66. Both rates were the second lowest recorded since SANDAG began preparing annual regional crime reports in 1980. “San Diego County remains a very safe place to live,” said Director of Criminal Justice Research Cynthia Burke. “However, there are a couple areas of concern: homicides are up, so are robberies committed with a firearm, as well as violent crimes against seniors.” The full report, which includes data from 1980 through 2016, is available here. A concise, one-page summary of the findings is available here. Below are selected highlights: There were 17 more homicides in the region — a total of 101 in 2016 compared to 84 in 2015. While this was considerably lower than the high of 278 reported in 1991, it was the third con-

secutive increase and the highest number reported since 2012. Violent crimes against seniors (those 60 and older) went up 37 percent over the past five years — an increase that’s not solely attributable to an aging population. (This segment of the population has increased 15 percent over five years.) While the number of robberies were down overall from 2015 to 2016 (-1 percent), the number committed with a firearm increased 30 percent. Similarly, the number of aggravated assaults with a firearm increased 14 percent. The number of motor vehicles stolen across the region increased 11 percent from 2015, with more reported stolen vehicles than burglaries for the first time since 2008. Even though property crime was down, the value of the property stolen was up, driven in part by the increase in vehicle thefts. On average, $468,080 worth of property was stolen daily in the region in 2016.

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SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY WINNER Nathaniel Goodman, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize his selection as a Distinguished Finalist for California in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Goodman has used his filmmaking skills to raise money and awareness for “ReSurf San Diego,” a youth outreach nonprofit he helped create with a small group of other teenagers three years ago. For more information on Nathaniel’s volunteering, visit honoree /2017/ca /nathaniel-goodman.

STAR OF MS SOCIETY The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has honored Carlsbad resident Tricia Bothmer with its 2016 Community Engagement Volunteer of the Year award, at the meeting for the Pacific South Coast Chapter. Bothmer, first vice-president with RBC Wealth Management in La Jolla, was honored for founding “Hit an Ace for MS,” a fundraising tennis tournament for wom- STUDENT WINNER Sallie en at the Omni La Costa Re- Mae student loan company sort and Spa in Carlsbad. named Canyon Crest Acad-

emy high school student, Gabriel Gaurano, as second place winner of the “Make College Happen Challenge” on Facebook Live, earning $10,000 for college. Gaurano was picked from hundreds from the contest that asked students to creatively describe how they plan to pay for college. CARSON SCHOLAR Oceanside resident, Rose Kelley, a 17-year-old junior homeschool s t u dent at Spr i ng s Charter Schools, has received a $1,000 Carson Scholars Fund award to

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ART AND FISHING Senior Anglers of Escondido will host fine artist and angler Jill Field-Duerr at 9:30 a.m. May 12 at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Part of her mission is to donate to organizations and foundations that participate in the preservation and conservation of land and fisheries that support the great tradition of fly fishing. For more information, visit Courtesy image

VISTA — The Vista Irrigation District presented awards to three high school seniors and three fourthgrade students for their winning poster art. Jacob Toney, from Rancho Buena Vista High School, received first place, a $1,500 scholarship, for his poster entry in the district’s 2017 scholarship contest. Sawyer Post and Thomas Montero both from Vista High School were awarded $750 scholarships as runners-up in the contest. Brook Michelle Furgal, a fourth-grade student from Lake Elementary School, received first place and $100 for her drawing for the 2017 Water Awareness Poster Contest. Caitlyn Enciso from Joli Ann Liech-

tag Elementary School received a second-place award of $50 and Paul Stewart from St. Thomas Elementary School received a third-place award of $25 for their entries in the contest. The purpose of the scholarship contest, open to high school seniors living or attending school within the district’s service area, is to increase the knowledge and awareness of water related issues impacting the Vista Irrigation District. The district received 10 applications this year. The poster contest, which targets students in the fourth-grade, is designed to promote understanding of water issues in elementary schools. This

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toiletries and tours. At The Oaks at Ojai, a destination hotel and spa, this means special facials, massages and pedicures, as well as boxes and bowls of Pixies scattered throughout the property. The Oaks, ideally located in the center of town, is a century-old, Spanish-style oasis that reflects the architecture of Ojai’s signature arcade. Once called El Roblar, The Oaks has a mixed history that includes a famous financier, business successes and failures, owner suicides and a gangster or two. Today, it is a beautifully renovated and maintained jewel that attracts patrons from all over the country seeking refuge from busy and chaotic lives. Many come to get a fresh start on a lifestyle change by choosing from 15 fitness classes a day, poolside dining, evening entertainment and seminars and calorie-conscious meals designed to promote weight loss. We found most of the meals to be sizable and tasty — with one caveat. If you can’t do without salt, bring your own. We weren’t the only cheaters; we caught other salt shakers materializing from purses, and saw a few tacos and beers being smuggled into the bungalows. (And I confess: we made an impulsive foray to the nearby ice cream store.) One morning, we joined the brisk, 6:30 a.m. uphill hike led by energetic local high school counselor, Judy Oberlander. After apologizing for being her less-thanpeppy-self because of a cold, most of us had to hustle to keep up as we gained altitude on North Signal Street. The pavement and quaint neighborhood gradually give way to a dirt trail that snakes through public open space (thank you, Ojai

Valley Land Conservancy), and eventually leads to the Los Padres National Forest. It’s a vigorous workout, but the reward for those who make it to the top is a spectacular view of the Ojai Valley, rightly compared to the mythical Shangri-la of the novel “Lost Horizons.” Judging by the many locals we passed on the trail, it’s apparent that residents do appreciate their outdoors. They also love their artists. Downtown’s East Ojai Avenue and its side streets are replete with galleries featuring works in every medium and then some, most created by valley residents. With so many galleries and shops to see, we never got further than a block from The Oaks during our first afternoon of exploration. The following morning, we returned to see the Ojai Art Center and lovely Libbey Park, the pastries at the Ojai Café Emporium (oh, those gluten-free blueberry muffins!), and Rains, a unique, 100-year-old department store whose inventory is incredibly contemporary and smart. Bottom line: A stay at The Oaks at Ojai is what you make it. The opportunities for a variety of activities, contemplation, exploration and sightseeing are there for the taking in whatever amounts you like — with or without salt. Visit and For more photos and commentary about The Oaks at Ojai and the town of Ojai, visit elouise.ondash. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@


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his is one of my favorite themes. Every so often, my in-box gets over-run with “short subjects.� They’re not enough to go for a whole column, but worth a few words for your interest and wisdom. So let’s get to it. AAA says that its food and wine focused travel is easily the most in demand, and Italy is where they want to be. AAA and the Auto Club of SoCal report that some 22 million Americans expect to take a drinking and dining vacation. Castles, restaurants, wineries, chefs and winemakers are all in demand. In Italy, it’s Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast below Naples, the countryside’s of Rome and Florence, and the lake country near Milan, are all in demand as vino and foodie destinations. Encinitas Wine Merchants, the little wine bar in Encinitas that could, with a “Cheers� feeling to it, apparently can’t no more. With their lease up at the end of May, the team of Mark, Ellena and Katie will close their doors. They had some magic going in the years where they were offering a cozy, intimate setting with some beautiful wines to offer. Mark had a lot of connections for wines that had great ratings and Ellena, the orchestra leader behind the bar, brought customers together to form lasting friendships. The team is offering 30 percent off on six bottles or more, 35 percent off on 12 bottles or more and 50 percent off on selected cellar wines from the first bottle. Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday

from 1 to 6 p.m. Call (760) 407-4265 for directions. We go now from David to Goliath in the wine business. COSTCO, the giant wine goliath just keeps on ringing up sales records with its generic Kirkland brand. It’s been reported that in the previous fiscal year, COSTCO sold $3.8 billion of alcoholic Kirkland brand products, with wine accounting for almost half the total, a growth of 46 percent in the past five years for their 508 locations. The perception is that it’s a well-known name with lots of value and a good deal. They will name the district that the wine grapes come from, but never the exact vineyard. This is to protect the vineyard’s local name. Analysts calculate that the Kirkland wine margins are from 10 percent to 14 percent. That would be a minimum 25 percent lower than the markup at liquor stores with similar wines. Wine is turning out to be the brightest spot in the COSTCO inventory, in an otherwise difficult environment for retail. Why is it that wine lovers almost always give me a blank stare when I ask them to comment on Syrah wines? I don’t know who is stocking up on this easy to grow, forgiving grape, but in California it’s growth is 10 times what it was in the 1990s and in Washington, which is even more unusual, it’s the third largest produced grape behind Chardonnay and Cabernet. What happens to an easy-to-grow grape is typical in this quirky industry. A glut developed and went way beyond demand and prices quickly fell. I think Syrah is not a very good wine under $20 and a recent column in the Wall Street Journal supported that conclusion. Then there is the confusion over Syrah and Shiraz TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 20

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Escondido Art Center rolls out earth-friendly exhibits By Adam Sullivan

ESCONDIDO — In advance of the annual Earth Day celebration on April 22, The California Center for the Arts in Escondido opened two new environmentally conscious exhibits on April 8. Kirsten Vega, Arts Education program supervisor at the center, was pleased with the turnout on opening night. “The museum was full of energy the night of the opening,” she said. “One professional artist in attendance noticed a student’s work with a similar aesthetic, and offered to mentor the student in her work. It’s in

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Repurposed hubcaps hang on the wall that make up the Second Time Around exhibit. Photos by Honey Photographs by Alyss

this way that museum openings celebrate the core of the center’s mission of bringing community members together to discover the arts.” The first exhibit, titled “Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art” makes a statement about consumption as artists from around the world transformed discarded hubcaps into fine art. The hubcap is an apt medium, as it is a purely cosmetic, nonessential part of the automobile. The second exhibit also deals with second-usage. “Reuse Recreate Reimagine” explores the physical transformative nature of art. A faceless bust flecked with discarded Perrier labels. The

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art seen in “Reuse Recreate Reimagine” is comprised entirely of materials that were destined for a landfill, were it not for the artists’ intervention. Selecting the two exhibits was a deliberate move, with Earth Day just around the corner. “It was important to us to recognize environmentalism and the importance of improving the

status of our planet by having the exhibition run over Earth Day” Vega said. “A large part of our audience are educators and students and this way the museum becomes a vehicle of what this audience is teaching and learning.” Both “Second Time Around” and “Reuse Recreate Reimagine” run through May 28.

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person to avoid overpaying. In addition to the informative guilds, dozens of merchants set up tents in a sort-of makeshift bazaar. Visitors walked up and down the aisles as the merchants hawked and peddled their wares, which ranged from toys to jewelry to authentically Medieval clothing. Getting into the spirit was the name of the game, and everyone was happy to play along. One merchant even had a sign proclaiming: “We gladly accept Master Card, Lady Visa, New World Express, and Discover (The New World).” Some of the merchants have been coming to the faire for years. Dawn Bradley owns and operates Dream Lizard, a booth (and Etsy store) that offers freshwater pearl and genuine gemstone jewelry. “I’ve been doing this ever since the faire started in 2000, it’s my home faire,” Bradley, a San Marcos resident, said. “It’s a really good turnout. You couldn’t ask for a better day.” Of course, the community itself is a major element of the ambiance. Howard Clarke and his wife have been traveling to events such as these for 21 years. “This one’s small but it’s fun,” he said. Though this was their first time at the Escondido Renaissance Faire (they attended as observers), they travel to more than 60 events each year, operating as authentic cooks. They do renais-

T he C oast News - I nland E dition sance faires, mountain man retreats and Civil War re-enactments, cooking up dishes that were authentic to the time and place. A popular soldier’s ration during the Civil War, for example, was hard tack — a square of biscuit so dry soldiers had to dunk it in coffee to soften it before eating. Clarke said many of the merchants involved have similar schedules, structuring their annual calendars around the events they want to hit. “Everyone does their own thing depending on their schedules,” he said. “After a while you just get to know most people.” The money collected by the merchants isn’t making anyone rich (Clarke is an electrical contractor by trade). But if it’s one part vacation, one part reunion and three parts time-travel, everyone walks away happy. The faire stands out from others because, in addition to the usual ren-faire events like jousting and an archery tournament, there’s also a pirate-themed section complete with mermaids and Captain Jack Sparrow impersonators. If you missed the action, there’s still time to get in on the fun. The Escondido Renaissance Fantasy Faire is a two-weekend event, so you can still attend May 6 and 7, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Event t-shirts are available, the proceeds of which go to Wounded Warrior’s homes and the Coalition of Sailors.

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fourths of the respondents — supported a tobaccoand smoke-free campus. Cara Morris, whose daughter Alanah is a freshman at Cal State San Marcos, said she enthusiastically supports a ban, but questions if it is realistic. “I believe that smoking is harmful to health,” Morris said. “And I have a child that is severely asthmatic and an athlete



Hodgee represents something beautiful, fun and eye-catching that came from a tree that was diseased, dying and had become a hazard. Truly wonderful.” “Art makes us look at ourselves,” she continued. “As individuals and as a society. Really great art makes us look and feel.” As is often the case with cryptozoological beasts, origin stories can vary. Richetts explained that the legend of Hodgee, as she heard it, stems from the silhouette of the lake itself. In years past, when the lake contained more water, the outline of Lake Hodges resembled a water-dwelling dinosaur, possibly a pilosaurus. Hodgee, and its Scottish counterpart Nessie, aren’t


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Friends of the Encinitas Library’s First Sunday Music Series presents the Patrick Berrogain Hot Club Combo at 1:30 p.m. May 7 at the Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit

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that is very affected by second hand smoke. My preference would be that smoking is not allowed on college campuses, however, I don’t think this is realistic. “Until the university consistently enforces the current rule, a more stringent rule will not be effective,” Morris said. CSU joins the 30 percent of the country’s 4,700 institutions of higher learning that have declared their campuses “smoke free.”

The University of California system made the move in 2014. Cal State San Marcos recently received a $20,000 grant as part of an effort to accelerate and expand smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. The American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative funds will be used for educational materials, supplies and personnel needed to implement and evaluate the initiative.

alone. Other lakes around the world have their own local legends, of perpetually shy dinosaurs that live beneath placid lake waters. “Champ,” for instance, is the mysterious creature rumored to make its home beneath the surface of Lake Champlain, which borders New York, Vermont and Canada. These stories tend to be embraced by the communities found on the other side of the beach, as evidenced by a local minor league baseball team called the “Vermont Lake Monsters.” Del Dios is a quiet little neighborhood in the southwestern corner of Escondido, nestled in between the 5 and 15 corridors. It’s a small community that behaves like a small community, which is exactly the way the residents like it. “I love that our community truly is one,”

Richetts said. “We know and help each other out, we support each other in hard times — i.e. the 2007 fire — we tell each other off at times. We live and let live.” Lake Hodges is the main attraction, but there are plenty of reasons to seek out this community. There are miles of hiking trails. There’s the Rattlesnake Viewing Platform, overlooking the Lake Hodges Dam, and of course, there’s Hernandez Hideaway — the place to eat when you visit. The creature, still ensconced in 2x4 scaffolding, stands vigilant at the intersection of Date and Lake, its kindly face welcoming visitors to Del Dios Community Park, and the lakeside hamlet itself. The statue, like the story itself, is just one more reason to visit this quaint little pocket of San Diego

County. The existence of an elusive creature below the lake’s surface is a fun story, and just like Bigfoot, Champ and Nessie, belief is a matter of faith, and responses vary from person to person. Richetts, for one, believes. “Of course I believe in Hodgee,” she said. “Since the very first time I set eyes on her!” But with this new statue, there’s now a public face to Hodgee, above the water and out on the open, for everyone to enjoy. So: Could there be a Lake Hodges monster, gliding along just under the surface, just out of sight? Barring any documented physical evidence (Hodgee poking his head out for a photo, for example), it’s ultimately a matter of faith — she’s real, if you want her to be.

FAMILY ART DAY The Oceanside Museum of Art offers a Free Family Art Day from noon to 5 p.m. May 7 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Celebrate the art of John Dillemuth with a fun afternoon of making artful gizmos and gadgets. Supplies and instruction provided by Scott Paulson from the UCSD Library. Spring Concerts at MiraCosta College presents Applied Classical Recital & MiraCosta Chamber Choir at 3 p.m. May 7 in the MiraCosta College Concert Hall. on campus at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside.

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‘LYNDON!’ North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Lyndon!” at 7:30 p.m. May 8 and May 9 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. The stage reading stars and was written by Laurence Luckinbill. For tickets, call (858) 4811055 or visit: northcoastrep. org.


“Revealed,” an all media, juried student art awards show will be open through May 15 in the Kruglak Gallery, Oceanside Cam-


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a strap, as we hurtled down the freeway for 40 minutes. The trains got me where I was going as promised, and I managed the reverse drill on Sunday, but I am once again reminded “you get what you pay for.” I’ll visit L.A. again (maybe) probably by train, but I’ll toss my budget to the wind. And if the tracks are closed, I will take it as a sign from God to just stay home. Happy trails.

GATOR BY THE BAY North County musicians and bands, including Ben Powell, Farmer’s Band, Whitney Shay & Igor Prado Band, Doug Buchanan, Lady Rogo with Clint Davis, Johnny Vernazza with Carlos Reyes, Casey Hensley Band, Nathan James & Chino Swingslide and Holla Pointe will be joining more than 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages at the Gator By The Bay May 11 through May 14 at Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. For

MARK THE CALENDAR FRANKIE VALLI ON STAGE Get tickets now for this year’s Don Diego Scholarship Foundation’s Gala and Concert at 4:30 pm June 22 at the San Diego County Fair, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, featuring Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Tickets are available at dondiegoscholarship. org. Included is all-day VIP Preferred Parking. Individual tickets are $250 on or before June 7; $275 on or after June 8. More information is at SISTERHOOD THEATRE AUDITIONS Sign up for an appointment to audition between June 12 and June 17 or July 10 and July 14 at San Marcos Sen. Center for a new fall country-western musical production, Hoedown in the (Sister) Hood. Roles for male and female singers, actors, dancers. Rehearsals July and August. Show performances will September through November. Contact (619) 846-7416 or for more information.

185 Union St., Encinitas. For tickets and information, visit BLUEBERRY PANCAKES Blue Wave Kiwanis of North San Diego County will host a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. May 13, at the Assembly of God Church, 290 N. Melrose Drive, Vista. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or by contacting Dianne Hilbert at (760) 721-8025. Proceeds benefit a scholarship

program. For information, visit START THE SUMMER Get tickets now and salute the arrival of summer at the Del Mar Village Summer Solstice, from 5 to 8 p.m. June 22 at Powerhouse Park, 1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Join them for live music, wine and beer selections, tastes and the sunset. Tickets are $85 at

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LUNAFEST FILMS Temple Etz Rimon presents Lunafest. A film festival that connects women, their stories, and their causes through film from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 10 at the Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove, Carlsbad. Tickets are $18 in advance, by calling (760) 7532102 or (760) 295-0606 or $20 at the door.

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The North County Derby Alliance routs the Inland Empire Derby Divas last Saturday during the Spring Roll match at Carlsbad’s Army Navy Academy. Courtesy photo

N.C. Derby Alliance routs Divas at bout By Adam Sullivan

CARLSBAD — Last weekend The North County Derby Alliance routed the Inland Empire Derby Divas in a sport that’s not quite underground, but oftentimes under the radar: Roller Derby. Equal parts speed, dexterity, strategy and combat, Roller Derby is a sport that is quickly gaining traction all across the U.S. The Spring Roll bout took place at Carlsbad’s Army Navy Academy, where there’s a rink dedicated to the sport. It’s also where the NCDA meets for their twice-weekly practices and scrimmages. Teams are comprised of three positions: pivots, blockers, and jammers. Points are awarded when jammers are able to pass opposing team members. The North County Derby Alliance won the Spring Roll bout by more than 100 points.

With teams all over the world, more than 13 in California alone, roller derby is one of the biggest little sports you can find. “This is all run by word-of-mouth,” said Spunky BruiseHer, one of the skaters who preferred to go by her derby name. “Everyone seems to have someone they know who is involved — an aunt, a cousin, or a friend.” Permeating everything, however, is a layer of intimacy and friendly competition only found in small-time sports. “One of the great things,” explained Motor Mouth, who also preferred to be identified by her derby moniker. “Is that you can go on vacation and bring your skates. Wherever you go, there’s always a team. You can drop in on a practice session, and they always love it.” Motor Mouth is the CEO of the board of directors for the team. For her, it’s a legacy business. She has both


a daughter, and a granddaughter, on the team. Another element to the fun is that skaters adopt pseudonyms for the sport. These monikers, often pun-based and always clever, provide a sort-of ‘tough-guy feminism’ that helps complete the picture. Think more “Pro Wrestling” than “Exotic Dancing.” To wit: The Derby Alliance includes a “Stinkerbell,” a “Sweet Cyanide,” and of course, “Spunky BruiseHer.” NCDA is always recruiting for the team, and recently formed a junior league for younger skaters. The next NCDA home bout is coming up June 24, versus South Coast Derby.

t was a drive Bud Black made countless times, the trek from his Rancho Santa Fe residence to Petco Park. “This was a different sensation,’’ Black said. “But once I got here, I felt comfortable.’’ Black was back home this week even if he was doing so in a visitor’s uniform. The former Padres manager played tourist in San Diego for the first time as the Colorado Rockies manager. So that meant a left turn instead of right one when reaching the downtown ballpark’s first-floor corridor. “Hey, this is OK,’’ Black said when eyeing the visitor’s clubhouse. “The builders of Petco did a nice job.’’ For nearly nine seasons Black’s task was making the Padres competitive. It was a challenge, with the Padres’ payroll among the lowest in the majors. There was also a revolving door in the front office, where Black was constantly introducing himself to new owners and general managers. So like most men in his occupation, Black was ultimately shown the door. His exit stage left came in 2015, after a season that started with promise thanks to an influx of veteran players, but fizzled by the All-Star break. Black was the fall guy, never mind the Padres hardly supplied him with a wealth of talent. But that’s baseball — which is among Black’s favorite phases in explaining the

unexplainable. Black’s tenure here is easy to decipher. He was often asked to make chicken salad out of chicken feathers and you know how that usually turns out. Not good, and Black’s 649-713 record with the Padres proved it. But Black’s legacy can’t be measured on a ledger. He gave class to an organization, which often leaned on him to fall on the sword with regularity. Despite the tough times and despite the mountain the Padres were always trying to ascend without much rope, Black never hung anyone out to dry. The Padres had protection thanks to Black, as he

would deliver a daily dose of optimism that fuels the fire that must burn in any player. It’s among the tougher things a coach has to accomplish. “It’s tough, man,’’ Black said. “It’s not easy to win.’’ Black, the 2010 National League manager of the year, was always a winner and what the scoreboard might read be damned. Black’s reputation and character was on full display at Petco. Those toiling for the Padres, from high-level executives to those sweeping the lower-level bowl, acknowledged Black being in the building. When Black emerged TURN TO PARIS ON 20



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years ago, and yes, in some ways, those really were the good old days. “It brought a smile to my face to be back and seeing people that were smiling,’’ Black said. “A lot of familiar faces.’’ Black now has his

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Come and view inspirational short films produced by youth across California. These young filmmakers created films to change the conversation about suicide prevention and mental health at their schools and in their communities. Winners will be announced and recognized at the award ceremony.

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(same grape) and Petite Syrah, (different grape) a tannic, smaller grape more concentrated and darker. All right, like the old song says, “Que Sera, Sera…whatever will be, will be,” and let’s move on. COHO Wines are the creation of Gary Lipp, a winemaker who has worked the dirt in Napa Valley for some 35 years, acquiring skills to bottle his passion. COHO is really the name of a type of salmon with a legend behind it that embodies wisdom and a knowledge of the environment in order to do your best work. Gary’s body of work covers a lot of Napa Valley’s greatest wines over the years — names like Robert Mondavi, Heitz Cellars, Paul Hobbs, Chalone and Chappellet. His COHO Winery has

“It hasn’t happened overnight, but I believe we are trending in the right direction,” Grimes said. “And it’s hard work, but I know for these people, it is very rewarding. “I think Dog by Dog came at the right time for this issue,” Grimes said. “I get a little rewarded knowing that we are playing a part letting people know what is happening, and hopefully deciding make different purchasing decisions.” Grimes also said he is excited about the contingent of local lawmakers scheduled to attend the screening, which include Carlsbad Councilman Keith Blackburn, Oceanside council members Chuck Lowery and Esther Sanchez, who have carried the mantle of animal welfare into the council cham-

bers. “Those are the folks who really impress me, because this isn’t a hard issue,” Grimes said. “This is one issue where there is a right side of history and a wrong side of history, and we are going to look back and ask what side were you on, the side of basic humane treatment of dogs, or the opposite. “You have to credit those who are making decisions now despite running into headwinds but still are holding to the principle that they want to be on the right side of history,” Grimes said. For more information on the screening, visit the event web page at dog-by-dog-document a r y- s c re e n i n g- t ic kets-32603613285?aff=efbnreg.

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early admission. Details and tickets at Carruth Cellars Urban Winery in Solana Beach has its Bordeaux Bash May 6 from noon to 7 p.m. Big discounts on bottles, live music and a food truck; $20. Tickets include 10 tastings. Details and tickets at (858) 846-9463. Father Joe’s Village Gala is at the U.S. Grant Hotel downtown San Diego May 13. Reception at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner and auction. Dance to Atomic Groove. This benefits the Father Joe therapeutic childcare program. Details at (619) 446-2100 or

Wine Bytes Cesar, the tapas restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe, has a May schedule of delicious events planned, including May 5, for a special Mexican menu to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. On May 8, an Osaka Soul Food dinner, and a Southern Black Top Pig Roast May 20. Call for details at (858) 771-1313. The San Diego Brewers Guild has a Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival at Vista Village May 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. Sample IPAs, barrel aged sour ales and more. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $40 for VIP with

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be counted on for a worthy weekend tasting menu paired with wine and their regular winemaker dinners. Toward the end of Firefly’s run, I always wondered why they did not give the place a makeover as it had so much potential. Breakfast Republic saw that potential and they have completely transformed it and the results are quite nice. Before I get into what’s going on at this new hotspot, I should preface it by saying it takes a really fresh, innovative breakfast concept to impress me for this meal. I’ve been known to whip up some crowd-pleasing breakfasts that include unique scrambles, quiche, frit-

tata’s breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches. My point is that going out to breakfast, for the most part, is a social occasion or the rare occasion where daytime drinking happens in the form of brunch mimosas or Bloody Mary’s. Locally, the only places that have impressed me with their offerings are Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach and the quiche from Pannikin. The occasional gut bomb breakfast burrito from a number of Mexican joints also happens on a morning after a night out. That said, news of this innovative breakfast concept coming to Encinitas piqued my interest. With locations in North Park, Liberty Station, East Village, Ocean Beach and Encinitas, Breakfast Republic is on

a roll with their expansion throughout San Diego County. They serve up tasty takes on American classics such as Oreo Pancakes, Shrimp & Grits and S’mores French Toast as part of their innovative breakfast menu that locals and visitors will flock to when they’re in search of a fun and unpretentious place to begin the day. Another unique element of Breakfast Republic is the rotating list of 20 beers on tap, which are available as samplers to complement many of the unique dishes they serve. On that note, they also have a full bar and I really should revisit this place on a weekend when some daytime cocktails are in order as they have a very creative list going. Besides a fun mix of

mimosas, they offer super fun sounding cocktails like the Summer Breeze that has Purity Vodka, a Tropical Detox antioxidant shot, muddled blueberries and raspberries, lemon squeeze, a splash of soda, water and orgeat. Hey, if daytime drinking is in order, might as well keep it healthy right? I should mention that cocktail runs $13 so I’m hoping it’s substantial. The creative mix of cocktails run from $6 to $13, so they are not all that pricy but they all sound delicious. Alright now, let’s get into the main attraction here, the breakfast options. I should preface this with besides the innovative twists on classics, it is possible to get your basic eggs, bacon, potatoes

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MAY 5, 2017 and toast. They divide the menu up into Playing Fare, Benedicts, Omelets, Scrambles and Pancakes. Playing Fare offers up about 15 options ranging from Turkey Meatloaf Hash to Shrimp & Grits to Breakfast Jambalaya to Steak & Eggs to Breakfast Hot Dogs to a Vegan Madras Curry Scramble. Side note, I’m wondering if the pot-smoking crowd has gotten wind of this place. Some of these dishes sound perfect to quell a case of the munchies. I was a bit boring in my selection here, going with the California Breakfast Burrito with skirt steak, eggs, pico de gallo, infused guacamole, potatoes, bacon, cheddar and sour cream served with black beans Mexican rice and salsa. It was a very good meal for $12. The Benedicts section offers a fun twist on several classics with my favorite being the Croque Monsieur with ham, gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce. Omelets come in five varieties including an Asiago-Fennel Sausage, Shrimp and Ricotta Frittata; Hickory Smoked Sausage Omelet; and a very interesting looking Mashed Potato Omelet with bacon and cheddar cheese topped with sour cream. My son Quinn had the Portuguese Linguisa Sausage scramble with bacon, hot sauce, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes, thyme and oregano. It was a good scramble, but with all the other creative options I was feeling that we ordered a bit conservatively. Pancakes are where Breakfast Republic lets its freak flag fly. Not really, but there are some very creative options from traditional Buttermilk, to Oreo Cookie, Churro,

Cinnamon Roll, Strawberry Cheesecake, Pineapple Upside Down and a mix and match option. French Toast is the same kind of crazy good with Lemon ‘n Coconut, Banana Split, S’mores, Mascarpone and Strawberry, a Mr. Presley which is a fun take on Elvis and his peanut butter thing as they stuff the French toast with it topped with banana fosters and bacon. And of course they have a gluten-free option with the Cinnamon Raisin and a Brioche. Pancakes and French Toast run from $7 to $13. I should note that all the OJ is fresh squeezed and there is a nice selection of kombucha and cold brew to enjoy on premise or to fill your growler to go. Lots of interesting coffee and tea options as well including a Café de Olla, the Mexican staple that is the house blend infused with cinnamon and piloncillo. My visit was on a Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. and it was bustling. Word is that weekends are very busy so take that into consideration. My only request is that they add some quiche options to the menu, there is definitely room for some creativity with that dish. Breakfast Republic is located at 251 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas. They are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (760) 452-2121 or visit David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative an Encinitas based integrated marketing firm. He also hosts Lick the Plate Radio that airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. on FM94/9, Easy 98.1, and KSON. Reach him at or (858) 395-6905.

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Dr. Jack Schim Neurologist

for a FREE Stroke Prevention Lecture

MAY 23 • 10 a.m. Tri-City Wellness Center


CLASSES & EVENTS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES Behavioral Health Support Group for patients discharged from the Emergency Department/ Crisis Stabilization Unit/Behavioral Health Unit. 6-7 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7878. Meets Tuesdays Grupo De Apoyo Para Enfermedades Mentales/Mental Illness Support Group 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Spanish speaking. Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.722.3754. 1st Friday of Every Month/ Primer Viernes de Cada Mes

All classes are held at locations below unless otherwise indicated. Tri-City Medical Center – 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside Tri-City Wellness Center – 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Please note, classes are subject to change. Please call to confirm.


CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Orientación de Maternidad En Español Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.940.5750. May 6 3-3:30 p.m. May 25 7:30-8 p.m. eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Available 24/7


Cancer Fitness at Tri-City Wellness Center 3 p.m. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Comprehensive Itrim Weight Loss Program at Tri-City Wellness Center Info Session 6 p.m. Call 760.931.3171 for more information.

Bereavement Support Group 2:30-4 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 888.328.4558 for more information. Meets Wednesdays

Young At Heart 9-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Better Breathers 1:30-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3055 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program 1-2 p.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Women’s Cancer Support Group 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3540 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. May 30

Diabetic Exercise 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Mended Hearts Support Group 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 858.592.9069 for more information. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Accelerated Course 8-11:30 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. May 4 / May 18

Diabetes Self-Management Course Times may vary, Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register. Meets first 3 Wednesdays of the month

Ostomy Support Group of North County 1-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Dates may vary.* Call 760.470.9589 for more information. * Last Friday of Every Month

Next Step in Control – Basic Diabetes and Meal Planning Class 12-1p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register. Meets Mondays & Wednesdays

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CLASSES Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Update Course 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. May 5 / May 22

Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved. May 20

CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Breastfeeding Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. Meets Wednesdays Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. Baby Safe Class 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Next class June 15

Diabetes Support Group Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register. 1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7-9 p.m. Aphasia Support Group 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7151 to register. Meets Thursdays Bariatrics Support Group 2385 South Melrose Drive, Vista, 92081. Call 760.206.3103 for more information. May 3 (Nutrition) 4:30-5:30 p.m., May 8 (Peer Support) 4-5 p.m. May 22 (Peer Support) 5:30-6:30 p.m., May 31 (Bariatric Support) 4:30-6 p.m. Survivors of Suicide Loss 7-8:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 619.482.0297 for more information. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month

Baby Care Class 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved. Next class June 8 Maternity Orientation Tri-City Medical Center. Registration required. Call 760.940.5784. May 8 6:30-7 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m. May 22 6:30-7 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m.

AA Young People’s Group 7:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.758.2514. Meets Saturdays Narcotics Anonymous 7:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3333. Meets Fridays & Sundays

Parkinson’s Exercise 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 for more information. Meets Fridays Stroke Exercise 10-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7272 to register. Meets Thursdays

ORTHOPEDICS CLASSES Spine Pre-Op Class 12-2 p.m.,Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. May 9 / May 24 Total Joint Replacement Class 12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. May 3 / May 17 Total Shoulder Replacement Class 12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information. May 10


“Memory Loss 101” Alzheimer’s San Diego • May 10 • 10-11:30 a.m. • Tri-City Wellness Center

Learn about the risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and other causes of memory loss, how to get a diagnosis, and important next steps if you’re concerned about yourself or someone you know. Register at 858.492.4400

Mona Lisa Touch Info Session Dr. Jan Penvose-Yi, OBGYN • May 15 • 2-3 p.m. • Tri-City Wellness Center

Learn how to treat menopausal symptoms that come with aging, or changes occurring from chemotherapy treatment with the use of this technology. Find out how women are improving their quality of life, and why they are calling the Mona Lisa, “life changing.”

Doc is In - “Stroke Prevention” Dr. Jack Schim, Neurologist, Medical Director of Stroke Program at TCMC • May 23 • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. • Tri-City Wellness Center

Dr. Jack Schim is a Board Certified Neurologist and Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Tri-City Medical Center. In honor of Stroke Awareness month, join him for a presentation on stroke prevention: learn about the types of strokes, their signs and symptoms, your personal risk factors, and the importance of seeking immediate 911 assistance.

For more information call 855.222.8262 or visit

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