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North County mayors, Levin call for federal aid
City Council vacancy goes to Nov. ballot
By Lexy Brodt
REGION — Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, billions of dollars are being funneled to jurisdictions throughout the country to help them cope with the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the vast majority of cities are ineligible for such assistance, as the established Coronavirus Relief Fund is specifically reserved for jurisdictions with populations of over 500,000. San Diego is the only city in the county that stands to receive federal funding due to this limitation. Now North County cities are speaking out for a lower threshold — particularly as many anticipate a significant decline in revenue for this fiscal year and the year to come. On May 7, U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) and nine mayors from Del Mar to San Juan Capistrano — including Vista’s Judy Ritter — announced their call for direct
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ESCONDIDO — Unable to agree on a replacement, the Escondido City Council will let voters decide in November who will fill the District 2 vacancy created by the March death of John Masson. At the council meeting on May 6, the four members again deadlocked in their attempt to appoint a replacement. In a repeat of the vote at the April 22 meeting, two candidates were nominated but both nominations failed on a 2-2 vote. Masson’s replacement will now be decided in a special election during the Nov. 3 general election. The winner will serve the remaining two years of Masson’s term. Both last week and on April 22, Vanessa Valenzuela and Tina Ostrem Inscoe were nominated, with Valenzuela supported by Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez and Councilwoman Olga Diaz and Inscoe backed by Councilman Michael Morasco and Mayor Paul McNamara. Valenzuela is a Democrat and Inscoe is a Republican, although the City Council is technically nonpartisan. Valenzuela ran against Masson for the District 2 seat in 2018. “What we’ve done tonight is be fair and let the voters decide,” Diaz said after last week’s vote. “I think that’s the wise thing to do.”
federal funding for smaller jurisdictions. “While the CARES Act included funding for states and large cities, it wasn’t enough, and it’s time for House and Senate leadership to rectify that,” Levin said in a press release. “The next Coronavirus relief package that Congress passes must provide more money to cities, and it must set aside funding for cities with fewer than 500,000 residents.” Jurisdictions pitching in to the call include Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in late March, Levin said the impact to such small and medium-sized cities is “immediate and stark.” “Key revenue sources such as sales tax and transit occupancy tax have been dramatically reduced as consumer and visitor-serving activity has come to a standstill,” he wrote.
Parents, school districts battle over grading policy By Steve Puterski
CHALK AND CHEER
Mayah Carlton, a 17-year-old junior at San Marcos High School, has been spending her newfound free time during the COVID-19 pandemic making chalk drawings in her driveway to give her neighbors out for a walk something to smile about. Above, Carlton mimics one of her chalk creations, Japanese anime character Sailor Moon. STORY ON PAGE 9. Courtesy photo
REGION — Growing feelings of fury, frustration and desperation are sweeping through two North County school districts. Parents, students and even teachers in the Vista Unified and San Dieguito Union High school districts are pleading with their respective school boards and superintendents to offer a
hybrid grading criteria for students after schools went to distance learning models due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In early April, both districts implemented a credit/ no credit (pass/fail) policy, which does not record letter grades for students. In early April, the VUSD board
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Seniors alone at home asking: “Who will take care of me?” SAN MARCOS - May 15, 2020 - For scores of seniors who live at home alone, the coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a number of serious questions about the inherent risks of being on their own. Questions like: What happens if I catch the virus? Who will take care of me if I get sick? And…Should I be living someplace safer right now? Seniors At Risk Before the pandemic, families frequently dropped in to check up on elderly loved ones. Now, even if relatives are just across town, they are often busy home-schooling their own children, working from home or locked down themselves. Out-of-state relatives cannot jump on a plane and be there if they are needed. With seniors being identified as the population most at risk for contracting the virus, family members often choose not to make unnecessary home visits to elderly relatives to prevent any possibility of exposure. Instead, seniors are relying on deliveries of basic provisions at home or putting themselves at greater risk by visiting grocery stores and pharmacies on their own. Seniors Turn To Assisted Living For seniors who have never been afraid to live alone before, the new risks associated with COVID-19 have them worried about being more isolated and their safety. Even senior couples who are at home alone together run the risk of picking up the virus and bringing it home to a spouse with each trip out of the house. Caretaking under the “new normal” of pandemic circumstances has become difficult for many as the isolation sets in. As a result,
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many seniors are turning to assisted living as a safer option. Retirement communities offer an insulated environment with significant virus protections already in place, like controlled visitor access, daily temperature monitoring, and the added peace of mind of having professional caregivers watching over residents. “My friend Irene Grahn, who now lives at Silvergate [Retirement Residences], has macular degeneration and some hearing loss. If she were still at home with this pandemic going on, she’d be in real trouble,” said Norm Halus, a long-time friend who has been social distancing and serenading Grahn from 6 feet away on her patio to keep her spirits high . “Just having food delivered would be hard for her to manage right now if she were still home alone. At Silvergate, all of her meals are prepared and served directly to her, so she doesn’t have to worry about it. The community’s safety mea-
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Vista couple create free food pantry Vista restaurant opens to ‘amazing’ response By Hoa Quach
VISTA — A Vista couple is hoping to “nourish the souls and bodies” of neighbors with the help of a free food, toy and book pantry in their driveway. Mark and Jannah Loigman said the idea for their pantry began when the county implemented the stay-at-home order, forcing the closure of non-essential businesses such as the local libraries. “This began with Mark being an avid reader and having many books to share,” Jannah said. “Once the library system shut down, and remembering the little lending libraries we have seen in neighborhoods, this seemed like a great match.” The couple asked neighbors for a donation of cupboards, which were then repurposed to build the pantry. From there, the Loigmans’ idea grew to include a food bank and a variety of toys to keep children busy as they stay home from schools and playgrounds. “The book library developed into a larger food bank as the needs of the community and our neighbors became apparent,” said Jannah, who has lived in Vista since 2016. “This has further evolved with the donations from our community to include lots of kids and adult books, movies, games and toys as well as many other items for people in need.” So far, dozens of families have stopped by the home at the corner of Collyn Street and Stewart Drive to take advantage of the couple’s generous offering. Donations are also accepted to keep the pantry filled with necessary items. Jannah said an 85-yearold man stopped by the pantry and was excited to receive a can of his favorite “LeSuer Peas.” The man, alongside his daughter, now visit the pantry every week. “Another woman and
By Hoa Quach
A VISTA COUPLE, Mark and Jannah Loigman, have created a free food pantry for neighbors. Mark Loigman, above, stands next to pop-up pantry in his driveway Courtesy photo
her children made the trip to the pantry and the kids were very excited to find books, toys and games to occupy themselves and feed their spirits,” Jannah said. “We overheard a child say to his mother ‘Oh mommy, this is like the outings we used to have before the sickness.’” The couple has also been moved by stories from their own circle of friends and relatives. “We have been aware of and touched by our family, neighbors and friends suffering, job loss, financial challenges and overall anxiety,” Jannah said. “Personally, we are in the higher risk category and have experienced the fear of gro-
cery shopping and being in public spaces.” Giving back has also helped the couple who has been married for three decades, Mark said. “I see our children without employment and our uncertain futures and want to reach out in the way we can to make a difference,” Mark said. “It is hard to know what the truth is and who to believe, so to focus on helping others and giving back keeps us busy and distracted from our own fears, concerns and worries during these challenging and difficult times. We have created a safe and calm environment for folks to give and receive gifts.”
Although Mark said the idea began with his love for books, it’s his wife who has maintained and organized the pantry for the community. He said she has been able to sort through donations, organize the items and fulfill any requests from neighbors. Jannah said they’ll continue to host the pantry for as long as it is needed. “We intend to nourish both the soul and the bodies of those neighbors in need,” Jannah said. “A further benefit is to foster a spirit of community for those that can donate as well as those that receive. This is a small offering that has a daily impact on lives and hearts.”
VISTA — A pandemic isn’t stopping a Vista couple from moving forward with opening their new restaurant. Jim and Jenn Clark are the owners of Brewed Vista, an eatery that recently opened despite the challenges of the stay-at-home order and restrictions on businesses. The Clarks, who said they live just a mile away from downtown Vista, said their love for the community compelled them to open their first restaurant. “After we moved to the area we really fell in love with the city and culture in the downtown area especially,” said Jenn Clark, who started an animal nonprofit in Oregon alongside her husband. “It's just a wonderful place to call home.” The couple had planned to open in March but were delayed when the stay-at-home order was announced. “We were starting to schedule interviews in March at the beginning of the shutdown,” Jenn Clark said. “At first, when it was announced, we thought we would just wait it out. Sixplus weeks in, we needed to at least try to make some income.” So the couple opened their doors without any employees. They serve everything from panini and salads to coffee, beer, wine
JIM AND JENN Clark own the recently opened Brewed Vista. Courtesy photo
and kombucha. They pride themselves on offering a rotating menu of craft beers popular in the region. As they navigate a new normal, Jenn Clark said they just hope to keep their doors open. “It’s really just survival at this point,” she said. “It's such uncharted territory and there's no playbook to make it work.” For now, the couple is grateful for the support they’ve received from the community. “People in Vista are amazing,” Jenn Clark said. “We've gotten so much love and support already. Everyone has been fantastic.” Brewed Vista is located at 324 Main Street in Vista. The restaurant is currently open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The couple hopes to expand hours in the future. For more information, go to facebook.com/ brewedvista/.
4 pedestrians killed; witnesses sought ESCONDIDO — A man, a woman and two boys from the same family were fatally struck by a car near an Escondido intersection, and police were looking for witnesses. The crash happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. May 5 when a 28-year-old Escondido woman driving
a 2014 Mazda3 north on San Pasqual Road struck the victims near Oak Hill Drive, Escondido police Lt. Scott Walters said. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Officer Mike Nelson at 760-839-4407. — City News Service
O’side cancels annual Independence Parade By Samantha Nelson
OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Independence Parade, which attracts thousands of onlookers and participants each year, has been canceled this summer. The MainStreet Oceanside Independence Parade Committee announced the parade’s cancellation on May 6. The parade is usually held on the Saturday prior to July 4 and was scheduled this year for June 27. According to Parade Committee Chair Cathy Nykiel, the committee based its decision mostly around the restrictions on mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nykiel said the parade attracts between 12,000 and 20,000 people who watch the parade. The pa-
rade, which usually lasts over two hours, has between 120 and 140 participating groups, and the size of each of those groups can vary between 5 and 125 people. There are also 100 volunteers who help with the parade each year. “Everything is kind of focused around group gatherings,” Nykiel said. “We want to comply and make sure everyone is safe and well.” The Parade Committee has discussed alternatives to the parade, such as a community parade sometime in the future, but how and when such a parade would take place will be determined by the pandemic and whether stay-at-home orders are still in place. The Oceanside Independence Parade has been a local tradition since 1892.
FIRE DEPARTMENT EARNS TOP RATING
San Marcos Fire Chief Daniel Barron announced the city of San Marcos Fire Department has achieved a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating, the highest level of recognition available from the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). The ISO ratings are designed to evaluate a fire department’s ability to protect local communities. A Class 1 rating generally represents superior property fire protection and can lower the price of insurance within a community. Courtesy photo
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Opinion & Editorial
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How the rampaging virus led to a new no-bail policy
We the people can be trusted
hould we open businesses “OR” stay safe? It is not an either/or answer — We can do both. It’s about moving from essential to safe. San Diego County can stay safe AND be open for business. We proved it with the essential businesses being open, and flattening the curve AND trends at the same time. We are a government of, for, and by the people. We the people of California, are facing the state’s new restrictions that hold our freedoms, our jobs and our economy hostage. As recently as May 7, the governor created a new unattainable goal for continuing, the effort of opening businesses. For non-compliance to an unattainable goal, he is threatening local governments that attempt to get people back to work with the loss of state tax funds (your dollars). He is threatening small businesses owners, who are only trying to survive, by revoking previously earned, and certified, professional licenses. Not only did he move the goal posts — he tore them down. For us to move beyond the current limited curbside business, the governor’s new order requires San Diego County to have no coronavirus-related deaths for 14 consecutive days. San Diego County, with a population of 3.3 million people, has little to no chance of achieving 14 consecutive days with zero COVID-related deaths. It is an impossible, unobtainable hurdle that will stagnate any forward progress toward moving beyond curbside retail. 97% of the unfortunate
around the county Jim Desmond deaths in San Diego County related to coronavirus had underlying health complications. Of the 175 San Diego County coronavirus-related deaths to date, six were due solely to the virus. In order to open businesses, we must continue to protect our most vulnerable and abide by our public health officer’s personal protection orders of the masks, gloves, social distancing, and hand washing. We the people have done what is asked of us: We, not the government, flattened the curve. We, not the government, reduced the trend. We, not the governor, want to stay healthy AND see our economy thrive. We now have, over 25% unemployment in San Diego County. The people making the decisions to keep your businesses closed are all collecting their pay, pensions and health benefits. We the people can stay healthy, abide by the personal protection requirements AND be open for business. Government can’t run a business. Government can obviously ruin them, but not run them. The governor has shuttered the people’s businesses, while the corporations, large big boxes, thrive. You can get baked goods at Costco but not your local bakery. You can buy clothing at Walmart but not at a clothing store. We, safely, can get thousands of people a day through grocery stores, but
not a furniture store, not an electronics store, nor a car dealership can be fully open for business. We the people can create safe environments within all our businesses. This isn’t a choice of either-or. We can get our economy going AND keep our county safe. I believe we need to continue to follow all of San Diego County’s health officers’ personal safety protections. We need to allow more non-essential businesses to open. Law enforcement should focus on health protection orders. Not unattainable orders. Businesses should set the gold standard of health safety. Empowering all their employees to enforce health and safety regulations. I’m calling for the safe opening of retail stores beyond curbside pickup, to the safe opening of restaurants for dining in, and the safe opening of offices and large retail warehouse business. I’m asking our Sheriff and law enforcement officers to prioritize enforcement of safety guidelines at all businesses, rather than essential versus non-essential. We can open businesses AND be safe. And I’m calling on complete local control. Let Gov. Newsom know — we the people will rise to this challenge. We the people can stay healthy, we the people can follow personal health guidelines AND we the people can safely be open for business. County Supervisor Jim Desmond represents District 5, which San Marcos and Vista
irst there were the “geriatric police,” cops who occasionally stopped senior citizens near the beginning of this spring’s coronavirus pandemic and told them to get home and stay home, with no one quite sure what right they had to enforce such a condescending, age-discriminating policy, however well-meant. Then Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened to institute “neighborhood police,” saying if the folks who elected him don’t behave in ways he pronounces good for them, he’ll force them not to go outside their neighborhoods for an indefinite period. These were both the result of decrees stemming from emergency powers the Constitution grants public officials for use only in times of extreme emergency. No one responsibly suggests this spring has not been a time of public health emergency. Hospitals have been crammed with victims of the rogue coronavirus. Convention centers and basketball arenas were converted into temporary hospitals. Death and disease tolls are totted up daily in ways unseen since the Vietnam War, and in numbers exponentially higher than even those myriad casualties. That means many measures taken under emergency rules are justified. Then come edicts in other categories. Where, for example, did Gov. Gavin Newsom get the power to authorize state Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the California Judicial Council to change this state’s bail laws, as he did without so much as a token public hearing or Zoom
california focus thomas d. elias social media session? Of all the many measures state and local officials imposed on tens of millions of Californians, none appears to have less legal justification than this one. Few would seriously protest other measures the court system adopted on its own, even if there were no checks or balances on its choices. Defendants now can appear by remote technologies for pretrial criminal hearings. Time frames are extended for many temporary restraining orders. Electronic depositions are now OK in civil lawsuits. Courts have given up for the nonce their power to make eviction orders, no matter the cause. These are mostly matters of judicial procedure, and the more sophisticated electronics become, the less some of these measures appear to intrude on basic American rights. But then there are bail bonds. Among the changes the Judicial Council made without a peep from Newsom was a statewide emergency measure forbidding judges to set bail in any but the most serious felonies, like murder and rape. For misdemeanors and so-called “lower level” felonies, including child abuse, there now will be no bail required. The justification is a desire to thin out jail populations and create for inmates something like the social distancing enforced on the rest of the populace.
The thinking: Without such distancing, jails can become like petri dishes where the virus might infect and kill prisoners in droves. But bail itself is a matter of hot public debate, a policy issue on which Newsom took sides last year when he signed a bill ending bail for virtually all criminal defendants. Immediately, the bail bond industry raised millions of dollars and qualified a referendum for November’s ballot that would rescind that law. Once the measure qualified for the ballot, the law was put in limbo, and bail remained as before, pending the voters’ say-so this fall. Now, the proposed new policy is getting a trial run without even one public hearing. If crime rises in this time of myriad empty stores and offices, voters will quickly realize that no-bail is bad public policy. If there are no new problems from the “minor” criminals who will be given their freedom pending trial, then it’s possible public sentiment, which previously favored keeping the old bail system, will turn around to register a no vote on the referendum. Whatever the outcome, no one can seriously challenge the court system’s new rules, if only because of this classic catch-22: The only place for such a challenge would be the very court system that set those rules. All of which raises legitimate questions about just how much democracy Californians ought to be willing to cede even during emergencies that inevitably arise in a state subject to frequent earthquakes and wildfires. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com
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ne man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Anyone’s trash is my daughter’s treasure. All I can say is, it doesn’t come from my side of the gene pool. Too quick to blame? Am I? Let me just say that no car of ours has ever seen the inside of our garage. Let me add that you cannot walk a straight line through my husband’s home office, for the piles of papers, books, clothes and stuff. Let me introduce Exhibit C, my husband’s car. He rarely ferries children anywhere because his back seat is filled with stuff. Jackets, hats, maps, more books, newspapers, tools. I didn’t dig below the first layer. I was afraid I’d lose a finger to something that had made its home there. He also has shirts he wore in college. It seems time to give up the fight. I would have held strong but I foolishly had children. One of them snatched up every strand of pack-rat DNA. The other one is a boy. Now I’m basically outnumbered. If you want my daughter’s eyes to absolutely shine, give her $3 and point her toward a garage sale. This one weekend was a particularly disastrous encounter. The garage sale was right across the street, and by the time we got over there, everything had been marked free for the taking. If my then-12-year-old could have backed up a truck, she would have done it in a New York minute. As it was, she nearly came to blows with another woman who was matching her grab for grab. My sweet, generally shy
child started stuffing boxes like she hadn’t a toy to her name. Within 10 minutes, you could no longer find my living room floor. You could find a slot-car set with no cars, several sheets of leftover tile, an old dish drainer, a dirty rug, a broken basket made of pine cones sprayed gold, a really swell plastic Halloween bowl, half a travel game, a red tulle dress that might actually add to our costume box and a miniature spa that squirted water all over. There was more, but those are the highlights. When asked to pick up her newly acquired pile of stuff and find a place to put it all, she turned to me without the smallest twinge of conscience and said, “But there’s no room left in my bedroom.” The space in the playroom attic and beneath her bed is filled with brimming Rubbermaid containers. Her closet floor is covered with plastic baskets, also brimming with every cheap party favor ever given her, every “Archie” comic book, 100 dried-up marker pens, one-eyed stuffed animals and assorted game pieces. I have quit hoping to win the lottery. I just want “Antiques Roadshow” to roll through town. Something in that tacky pile must be worth something. But I know, with the words “No, don’t throw that out” ringing in my ears, the item that would have caught us a spot on that show and an appraisal in the thousands will be that one absolutely hideous, useless thing that sat untouched in the bottom of her drawer until I gave it to the thrift shop, just a week ago. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer longing for a trash dumpster. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
before noon, Jan. 4. The motion stated that in exchange for the government agreeing to the motion, Hunter will not seek any sentence modification or pre-surrender credit for home confinement prior to serving his prison term. Hunter’s wife, Margaret, pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge last summer. Her sentencing has been delayed numerous times, with recent continuances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is currently set for June 8. The Hunters were charged in 2018 in a 60-count indictment, which alleged they used campaign credit cards to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on family vacations, restaurant and bar tabs, clothes and other frivolous expenses over the course of several years. The prosecution’s sentencing memorandum states
Junior infielder Joseph Bahna of the Cal State San Marcos baseball team has been named a CCAA Baseball All-Star. In the abbreviated season, Bahna led the team with a .353 batting average, an .841 OPS, a .417 on-base percentage and 30 hits in 85 at-bats. The Upland native ended the season on a 20-game reached-base streak, and at one time, he had a 17-game hitting streak.
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Judge approves request to delay Duncan Hunter surrender date REGION — A San Diego federal judge on May 7 approved a joint request from the federal government and Duncan Hunter’s attorney to delay the ex-congressman's self-surrender date until as late as the first week of January to begin serving an 11-month prison sentence for misusing campaign funds. The motion filed May 5 states “this extension is appropriate due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the unknown impacts the disease will have in the coming months.” Hunter, 43, who pleaded guilty last year to a federal conspiracy charge for misusing campaign funds, was sentenced in March to 11 months in federal prison, with his surrender date originally slated for May 29. U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan granted the joint request and ordered Hunter to surrender on or
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the Hunters were “virtually penniless” and amid dire financial straits and resorted to using campaign credit cards to support “a profligate lifestyle leading to continual debt and an ever-increasing need to find cash to pay bills.” Despite the family bank account not carrying a positive balance throughout any single month between 2009 and ’17, prosecutors say the family lived extravagantly, racking up thousands of dollars on expensive family trips and scores of other improper personal purchases. Prosecutors also say in court filings that Duncan Hunter gave his wife a campaign credit card despite her having no official role in his campaign, and later hired her as campaign manager amid protests from members of his staff. — City News Service
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The Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) research conference scholarship committee has selected this year’s winners. MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program students Margaux Hingey and Jonathan Broberg won awards during the 20th annual event. Hingey won the top award given by the conference, the Director's Award, which is given to the firstplace winner of the Outstanding Abstract awards. Broberg received an Exemplary Achievement Award from the HTTC. Candidates were nominated by their honors program directors or coordinators.
Per the California Health and Safety Code, facial coverings are now required at San Diego International Airport (SAN) for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property. As stated by the County of San Diego Health Officer, persons with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents SMART COOKIE wearing a face covering Victoria McRae of shall be exempt from this Carlsbad was recently initirequirement. ated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the naP.E.O SCHOLARSHIP tion's oldest and most selecP.E.O. Chapter VL, tive all-discipline collegiate Rancho Santa Fe selected honor society. McRae was Madeline (Maddy) Burich, initiated at University of of Solana Beach, for the the Pacific. P.E.O. STAR Scholarship. Burich is one of the 880 SHOP FOR SURF MUSEUM high school seniors nationThe California Surf ally from 2,172 eligible Museum, at 312 Pier View applicants awarded the Way, Oceanside, reminds $2,500 scholarship for the fans that they can still shop 2020-2021 academic year. the California Surf Museum Online Store 24/7 at CARDIFF STRONG surfmuseum.org. The CalCardiff 101 has re- ifornia Surf Museum is a cently helped launch and 501(c)(3) non-profit organiraise funds for the Encini- zation.
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Fair Housing & COVID-19: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
s the coronavirus continues to cause job loss and financial burden for Californians, it is crucial for tenants to know their rights. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, state and local governments have worked together to create new policies to protect homeowners and renters, and to offset the hardships that the pandemic has inevitably caused. COVID-19 AS A DISABILITY Under the Fair Housing Act, a condition is considered a disability if it substantially limits one or more major life activities. When someone has a disability, they are entitled to certain rights, like requesting a “reasonable accommodation” from their housing provider so they
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passed its policy, while SDUHSD Superintendent Robert Haley made the decision granted under emergency authority. The opposition, meanwhile, is demanding an approach incorporating credit/no credit and letter grades. As a result, the fallout rankled parents and students, leading to the potential of recalling board members in VUSD. Parents in SDUHSD, meanwhile, have already served recall papers to two board trustees, President Beth Hergesheimer and Joyce Dalessandro. “There is a lot of misunderstandings,” VUSD parent Jana Anderson said. “This is a paradigm shift in the way we are doing everything. They made a decision very early, being proactive I think. Come to find out … 75% of the largest districts in the state are doing grades.” Equity among students A number of school districts in San Diego County, and the state, initially implemented the credit/no credit policy. Over the past several weeks, dozens have reversed course to allow parents and students the option of choosing between letter grades or credit/no credit. Carlsbad, San Marcos, Sweetwater, San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno and dozens of others have switched to allowing for the option of grades. In addition to VUSD and SDUHSD, only Oceanside and Poway have kept a credit/no credit policy. In Vista and San Dieguito, the boards and superintendents have championed the credit option as the most fair and equitable option for all students. To pass the credit option, a student needs a 60% or higher, although the letter grade will not appear on a
can use their housing on an equal basis as everyone else. Therefore, when an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they may experience breathing problems, fatigue, and other symptoms, labeling them as a person with a disability and entitling them to a reasonable accommodation. Examples of reasonable accommodations for household members that have contracted COVID-19 include deadline extensions to complete yardwork or other household maintenance, acceptance of late paperwork, or the appointment of another person to handle their tenancy-related tasks during the illness. Tenants may also request that their landlord accommodate them with payment plans or waivers of late charges if COVID-19 has prevented them from
days (depending on the city) waives the protections of the eviction moratorium. Notice MUST be provided each month a tenant cannot pay rent because of COVID-19. The emergency eviction moratorium applies to every residential tenant, regardless of the type of unit they live in or how long they have lived there. For city-specific guidelines, please visit Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s website for a fact sheet TENANTS MUST INFORM their landlords in writing that they on Housing & COVID-19 polare unable to pay rent due to a COVID-19-related issue and icies.
student’s transcript and it cannot be lower from March 13 when schools closed and transitioned to distance learning. Letter grade policies, such as in Carlsbad Unified, also do not allow a grade to drop from the March 13 starting point. Both districts have said the credit option allows disadvantaged students, especially those pre-pandemic, the best opportunity to obtain a passing “grade.” Those students come from lower income households where parents work several jobs and may not have access to a wireless internet connection. In Vista, 63% of students are classified as low income, while SDUHSD has a population of about 10%. Districts, though, have distributed laptops and helped many lower-income families with wireless internet connections to service those students. VUSD Trustee Cipriano Vargas said there is no best policy, only guidelines given by the California Department of Education giving school districts local control. He added some parents have been demanding the option for grading and credit/no credit. Vargas said it creates a two-tier system where one group is able to earn grades and boost their GPA, while another group remains stagnant as it relates to GPA. “From students who are going through the death of a loved one, to families who are in financial distress and others who are simply trying to survive in this environment,” Vargas said,” there will be student regression in academics regardless of grading policies, but I am confident that if given the resources, our staff will rise to the challenge. Specifically to our board policy, under a credit/no credit policy, a student’s GPA will not be lower under this policy.” Anderson and attorney
Seema Burke, who has kids in both districts, said the “equity” argument falls flat and assumes disadvantage students are not succeeding in school and don’t want a choice between a grade or credit. “We said how about we take the grades they had on March 13 and give students those grades,” Burke said. “And then as long as they are continuing to get credit, which is D-level work, then they are able to show the grades through March 13. It’s a really ugly assumption made about low-income or disadvantage families that none of their kids had grades that they would want to show or are college-bound.” VUSD Superintendent Matt Doyle referred questions to one of his community announcements outlining the policy, board action and guidance from external sources.
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being able to pay rent on not afford to pay their rent due to COVID-19. Tenants time. MUST inform their landlords in writing that they RENT PAYMENTS & are unable to pay rent due EVICTION POLICIES Depending on which to a COVID-19-related isCalifornia city a tenant sue and provide supporting lives in, there are specif- documentation. Failure to ic guidelines on how to provide notice or documenmove forward if they can- tation within the required
Silence and turmoil Parents, teachers and students in both districts recently participated in drive-by protests at their respective school district offices calling for the hybrid option. Parents in SDUHSD are also questioning Haley’s dedication to the district. Although he works in Encinitas, he lives in Palo Alto and commutes weekly to work, according to parents Dr. Kim McLachlan and Jane O’Hara said. Petitions in both districts have circulated and accumulated about 2,000 signatures requesting the letter grade option be included in the policy. Additionally, recall papers were submitted and the women said not only will parents take it to the ballot box, but is a reminder to the board it answers to parents. Regardless, the SDUHSD board called a special meeting for May 14, to address the hybrid option. Two SDUHSD trust-
ees, Maureen “Mo” Muir and Melisse Mossy, support the hybrid option. Muir, vice president of the SDUHSD board, stated her position in an op-ed on May 5 in The Coast News. Mossy said she doesn’t understand the hesitancy from the board to act in the best manner and provide a variety of options to protect all students. Trustee Kristin Gibson said until she hears more information from staff and discussion with the other board members, she is not committed to one policy. Another issue is high schools on quarter systems such as Canyon Crest and San Dieguito academies and Sunset and Mission Vista high schools. Those schools were able to give their students letter grades, even after distance learning went into place in March. “They got their grades adjusted,” McLachlan said. “We got a third-quarter progress report. But we never get them calculated or noted, according to Dr. Haley. All that goes away and just becomes credit or no credit for the entire semester.” Vista parents are also looking at filing recall papers for a number of board members. Hundreds of emails and calls to those board members and superintendent have gone unanswered, which is a source of frustration, confusion and anger for many parents, Anderson and Burke said. The VUSD board, meanwhile, has not called for a special meeting, although Vargas said the board retains the power to do so.
College admission The University of California and California State University systems have both said they will allow for credit/no credit options in the admissions process. Still, many state schools want as many data points,
WHAT LANDLORDS CAN AND CANNOT DO Landlords are also subject to new policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fair Housing Act prohibits them from inquiring about an individual’s disability, including COVID-19. They may not ask a tenant to move out because they such as letter grades, as possible. While those universities will not hold a credit against a student’s application, opponents say it doesn’t mean a student will be accepted. O’Hara said since other districts are using grades, their students will be at a further disadvantage when colleges consider who to accept and will even impact transfers to in-state and out-of-state districts. Anderson compiled a list of at least 60 colleges and universities in California and out of state with their positions on letter grades or credit/no credit. All said they want as many data points as possible, including SAT or ACT scores, and evaluate other factors such as class ranking, athletics, clubs and community service. “Dr. Haley made this unilateral decision without consulting the school board of directors. It was very disturbing the way it all went down,” O’Hara said. “We are very capable of making our own decision. We are asking this because many districts … are given the option.” Another part of the debate has centered on a “holistic” view of a student’s profile. All those data points are included, plus letters of recommendation from teachers or administrators. Those points also impact scholarship, merit funding and other financial aid opportunities for students. “This is important because when colleges and universities consider students, they look at the school profile,” Vargas said. “Students in a school profile are compared to students within the same school district. This is important to note because when you have school districts that have grading choice, students that opted
have COVID-19, or otherwise treat them differently than tenants who have not contracted COVID-19. Therefore, they may not segregate elderly people or those with serious health conditions from other tenants in an effort to protect them from COVID-19. Finally, a housing provider cannot harass tenants based on their status as a person with a disability, which applies to tenants who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well. QUESTIONS? For more detailed information on how to request a reasonable accommodation related to COVID-19 or on your specific situation, please contact Legal Aid Society at (877)534-2524, Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., or visit our website for a fact sheet on city-specific guidelines. for grades will have a boosted GPA versus those who went with credit/no credit. “While I don’t believe there is a perfect solution, Credit/No Credit is a balanced approach to ensure no student’s GPA is brought down and that we all move forward in an equitable manner.” Haley, meanwhile, echoed those sentiments and said state schools are providing flexibility for incoming freshmen. “Every institution of post-secondary institution we have contacted has said students, regardless of the grading system in place will not be negatively impacted by the spring 2020 semester,” he added. “I believe the Spring 2020 semester will result in significant changes in how post-secondary institutions look at the admissions process. UC Berkeley after instituting credit/no credit allowed students to petition for grades, if their professor agreed, however, said those grades would not be used for internal UC decisions.” For more about the issue, listen to the North County Beat Podcast hosted by Kelli Kyle. A new episode airs May 15.
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Prepare before wildfire season starts REGION — There are two peak fire seasons in California — the early summer months, fueled by vegetation growth from the previous spring, and late fall, when the Diablo and Santa Ana winds return — according to a report from Kelly Glover, Mercury Insurance Director of Personal Property Underwriting. However, California residents can take actions to protect their homes from wildfires. “Everybody has to be on their toes and prepared this year,” said Douglas Kent, professor of ecological land management at Cal Poly Pomona. “COVID-19 may change fire response and evacuation procedures. We just don’t know, yet.” Prepare your home: Start by turning your home into a fire shield. Composite shingles, metal, concrete and clay tile roofs offer the best protection against wildfires. Dual-pane tempered glass windows and fire-resistant siding such as brick, fiber-cement, plaster or stucco are also good flame barri-
ers. Eaves should be boxed in, but provide ventilation to prevent condensation and mildew. Roof and attic vents should be covered with 1/8inch mesh screens to prevent ember entry. Prepare your landscape: Glover advises homes to be lean, clean and green to establish a Home Ignition Zone. The “immediate zone” (0-5 feet from a house) should be constructed of hard surfaces like concrete, stone or asphalt to prevent embers from catching fire. Replace flammable vegetation in the “intermediate zone” (5-30 feet) containing resins, oils and waxes with non-combustible ground cover — plants such as aloe, rockrose and ice plants. The “extended zone” (30-100 feet) should be designed to interrupt the fire’s path, and keep flames smaller and on the ground by removing dead vegetation and thinning heavy clumps of plants. Routine upkeep of trees on property can prevent fire from spreading to the house via branches. Tree limbs
shouldn’t come within 10 feet of any dwelling or structure. Install an irrigation system, such as outdoor sprinklers, throughout your Home Ignition Zone to help create a fire break and influence the wildfire’s behavior and direction around your home. If your home has a pool, it can be used as a water supply for firefighters. It can also serve as a place to safely store combustible outdoor furniture, should a fire be near your property. Prepare your family: Create or review your emergency plan — make sure you know at least two ways out of your neighborhood, where to go, who to call and what to grab before evacuating your home. Also, well in advance of an emergency, grab your smartphone and record what’s currently in your home with both video and pictures to help maintain an accurate inventory of your belongings and building materials. Go to nfpa.org for more information.
gage or can be stowed under the seat with space to spare. It might take a couple of minutes to figure out how the bags work because, with folding, magnetic hangers, zippered pockets and compact design, the bags are quite the feat of space-saving engineering. Swaddle masks I guess it’s come to this: Face masks are now an essential travel accessory. One Seattle company, founded by a registered nurse, de-
cided to switch from making baby blankets to non-medical masks. Swaddle Designs (swaddledesigns.com) offers three-layer masks of 100% cotton with 180 thread count. (Lab tests show, she says, that woven cotton out-performed cotton knit, polyester and fleece when it comes to filtering airborne particulate.) Masks have an adjustable, bendable nose piece and soft ear elastic, and come in adult-size and medium for smaller adults. Machine wash and dry.
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Northern Pine GoFundMe push brings out community’s best Cheers! North County
orthern Pine Brewing in Oceanside is a business built on the experience of beer, and the community around it. In their comfortable 12-tap tasting room the reclaimed wood bar is overlooked by an imposing split wood backbar. The brewery is a place that infuses the vibe of a Northwestern or upper Northeastern forest right into downtown Oceanside. If you close your eyes while taking a sip of a piney IPA at the bar you can almost imagine you are camping in a national forest along the coastline. Step outside, and you’ll be right back in SoCal only a short walk to the O-side Pier. Northern Pine opened in 2017, and in their third year were looking to expand on their success by upgrading their brewhouse, beginning construction on
a second location and planning to begin canning their beers. Then COVID-19 hit us all like a 95-mph fastball from Padres great Trevor Hoffman in his prime. The ownership team at Northern Pine, including Marine veteran owners Bobby Parsons, Aaron Ortega and co-owner Anne Ortega, closed the doors to keep their employees and customers safe. Like the rest of us they have been waiting and hoping for a break in the storm. They applied for the federal PPP loan. So far that hasn’t come through, and unlike more established breweries they weren’t yet packaging their beer, leaving a potential revenue stream untapped during a time it could really help. Deciding they couldn’t wait any longer, they started a GoFundMe fundraising campaign in hopes of raising $7,500 to purchase a crowler canning machine. Crowlers are those oversized cans that allow us to take home draft beer right from the brewery, and the machine would allow Northern Pine to start selling their beer again for
Takeout in North County North County restauOceanside: oceansrants offering takeout, de- idetogo.com livery or drive-up service. San Marcos: san-marCarlsbad: carlsbad. cos.net/departments/ org/carlsbad-restaurants- city-manager/economduring-covid-19/ ic-development/open-forbusiness Escondido: escondido.org/support-local-foodVista: downtownvisdrink.aspx ta.org/takeout
NORTHERN PINE BREWING used a GoFundMe campaign to buy a canning machine to allow the brewery to sell beer while their Oceanside tasting room is closed. Photo via Facebook
takeout and delivery while still fresh and cold. Donors to the campaign would also receive 20% back in the form of a gift card to be used later and be added to a VIP list allowing them to purchase new beers before they were available to the public. They launched the
campaign the first week of May, and I imagine sat back with a beer to wait once more. They didn’t have to wait long. Less than 24 hours later they had obliterated their goal of $7,500. Anne Ortega responded to their supporters, “YOU ALL ARE INCRED-
IBLE! We hit our goal in 24 hours! The messages and donations that came from all over the country filled our hearts with so much love. While we have been trying to stay optimistic, it was refreshing to have such a positive day. To not feel helpless, and to feel like we are moving forward with a plan, brings back happy and hopeful feelings that we’ve not experienced in a very long time.” With donors still asking if they could contribute, Northern Pine raised their goal to $10,000 to help them order additional cans, supplies and to pay employees to help design and create labels. At the time this article is being written, during day 7 of their campaign, 123 donors have donated $10,690, and filled the feed with comments of support for the brewery. This is a tough time to be a local brewery, and for lots of local brewery customers. To see this outpouring of support for Northern Pine, both financial and emotional, is a great example of the type of community North County is, and the power of craft beer to bring
us together. Congratulations to Northern Pine. The North County community can’t wait until they can safely join you in a cheers! in the tasting room again. Until then we’ll be waiting for the ribbon-cutting on the new crowler machine and looking for the first opportunity to buy some beer to take home. • May 11-17 is American Craft Beer Week. Breweries throughout the county are facing unprecedented challenges. This is a great week to support your neighborhood brewery by buying beer for delivery or takeout, gift some craft beer to a friend, order gift cards and merchandise or check in with your favorite local spots to find out how you can best support them. • Look out for the new Cheers! North County podcast where I have a (virtual for now) drink with someone to talk about, well, anything. The first two podcasts are out this week on all your favorite podcast platforms featuring local beer writer Beth Demmon and Justin Sliwinski, the local market manager for Deschutes Brewery.
The five S’s: The essence of wine tasting of smell and taste.
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ast week, I got to thumbing through my earlier wine columns from some years ago. The wine world has changed so much since those halcyon days when life was a little calmer, prosperous and most of the wine we reported on was Cabernet and Chardonnay. But what hasn’t changed and what I focused on in those columns is that wine is a celebration of life and it makes sense to know how to celebrate to get the most out of it. Pour about a third of a glass of your favorite red and stay with me as I take you through the basics of elevating your celebration, POGGI of Batasiolo Wines in Piedmont Italy demonwith a review of the five S’s. STEFANO strates how to smell and grip a wine glass. Courtesy photo SIGHT: The first thing that happens in this fivepart harmony in the romance of wine is the sight of the wine. Wine should be poured into a clear tulip-shaped glass with a long stem to grip. The color will vary from a deep red approaching black, in wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, from France and California, and the Nebbiolo grape, found in Barolo and Barbaresco in Italy. The sight of brick red might be a Pinot Noir, Merlot or a Sangiovese and other lighter red colored wine.
You are also scanning for any foreign objects in the wine that would compromise the flavor. It could be cork fragments, even tiny sticks or other impurities from the crush of the grapes prior to barreling. SWIRL: Swirling, the second of the five S’s, is done to prepare the nose for this step as it aerates the wine, allowing oxygen to mix with the wine to create a perfumed smell and flavor. When swirling, hold the glass firmly vertical by the stem, never by the
glass to avoid warming, and briskly move it in a circular motion. “Legs,” or “tears,” may be seen running down the inside of the glass after the swirl. These result from higher levels of alcohol and sugar and hint at the wine’s power. On my trips to meet Italian winemakers in Italy, I always got a laugh out of the vigorous swirling of their wines while expressing themselves, concluding it was just a nervous habit. Not at all! They were simply seeking the maximum “bouquet,” a combination
SMELL: The smell of a wine is its “bouquet.” It’s a fitting description, like the best flowers bundled up into a bouquet as a gift for a loved one. Another expression would be the “nose” of the wine. The human nose can distinguish thousands of unique smells. Wines have over 200 of their own. So get your nose down in the glass as close to the wine as possible. Take deep, short, sharp inhalations and try to detect smells such as flowers, fruit, herbs, oak, coffee and licorice. Younger reds will smell fruity, old wines will smell more earthy. SIP: The sip or taste of the wine is indeed the most enjoyable of this fivepart harmony. With the smell still lingering in the nose, place the glass to your lips and take in a healthy mouthful. Work it around your mouth, but make sure it’s not so much that you have to swallow right away. Keep the wine making contact with your palate and tongue with an awareness of the flavors it presents, as well as body, and acidity that will come from the tannins in the wine, essential for maturity. SAVOR: The last is the finish, or savor. In the swallow/savor, be aware of how long the taste lasts in your mouth. Great wines have a long finish that last as long as a minute. It should leave a very pleasant aftertaste. It is your final impression of a wine and should reflect its excellent quality and taste.
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San Marcos teen brings cheer with chalk By Hoa Quach
SAN MARCOS — North County residents have found a bit of joy during this troubling time thanks to the kindness of a local and talented teen artist. Mayah Carlton, a 17-year-old junior at San Marcos High School, has been spending her newfound free time creating dazzling art on her sidewalk and driveway. Equipped with chalk, the teen artist has taken requests from neighborhood children, creating every character imaginable from Sailor Moon to Moana. “Making others around me smile on their walks past my house or while scrolling through Facebook really fills my heart,” Mayah said. “(It) makes me so happy and inspired to create more art and spread happiness in these uncertain times.” Mayah, who comes from a Navy family of five, said she’s always enjoyed art as a pastime. It’s been years since she’s used chalk though — something that has been popular in recent days as people use chalk to color their sidewalks or write inspirational messages. “I used to play with chalk a lot when I was younger, but I haven’t really used it until I started doing the chalk art during the social isolation period of this pandemic,” Mayah said. “Because I have a lot more free time than I usually would if we weren’t socially isolated, I make a new chalk drawing almost every day.” Mayah said she keeps her artwork flowing outside of her home because of the joy it has brought to those around her. “My neighbors walking past while I’m working on a new piece sometimes compliment my work,” Mayah said. “My favorite responses to my work are people saying things like how they like to walk past my house with their kids to look at the art and little char-
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MAYAH CARLTON, a junior at San Marcos High School, creates artwork after taking requests from neighborhood children. Courtesy photo
acters.” For Lily Carlton, Mayah’s mother, nothing has made her more proud than seeing how much her daughter cares for others. “It’s been tough for my daughter as she loves school and her friends, but instead of dwelling on something she has no control over, she has found something she can do for others,” said Carlton, whose family settled in San Marcos five years ago after her husband’s tour in Okinawa, Japan. “She has been fulfilling requests from the neighbors and looks forward to this time she can spend outside creating, after her classwork.” Lily Carlton said the extra steps taken by her daughter to spread happiness isn’t something new. “In Okinawa, the neighboring kids would all gather at our house because Mayah would draw for them as well,” said Carlton, a mother of three girls. “Recently she helped a high school friend by making 28 encourage-
ment cards using watercolors for an assisted living facility in San Marcos. She is always thinking of others.” Carlton said she hopes her daughter’s generosity compels the public to also think of others as the world remains on a partial lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “For the public and our community of San Marcos, a simple act of kindness goes a long way,” Carlton said. “If we help each other and build each other up we will get through this as a stronger community.” Although Mayah is the one bringing joy to those around her, it’s the essential workers who inspire her, she said. “All the essential workers that work tirelessly to keep our families safe and fed and allow us to stay home and safe while they are out there working (inspire me),” Mayah said. “They all do their part to keep us all safe and I hope to do my part to keep everybody’s spirits up.”
REGION — More than 200 newsrooms across the United States and Canada, including the Los Angeles Times and Voice of San Diego, were awarded nearly $16 million in grants from Facebook’s Journalism Project in the wake of COVID-19. After receiving more than 2,000 applications, Facebook’s COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program handed out $10.3 million to 144 U.S. news organizations, providing much-need financial support to publishers negatively impacted by the ongoing health crisis. Individual grant awards ranged from $25,000 to $100,000. Additionally, participants in the Facebook Local News Accelerator program, which focuses on memberships and subscriptions, were eligible to receive $5.4 million. Each of these initiatives is part of the social media company’s broader $100 million global investment in news organizations. The campaign launched in January, after the social media behemoth vowed to fight misinformation and “fake news” on its platform. Facebook came under fire by lawmakers after Russian groups used the site to spread misinformation and discord during the 2016 presidential election. The grant program
comes at a critical time for struggling news agencies who have lost valuable advertising revenue due to business closures and stayat-home orders. On May 1, The Los Angeles Times, which received a total award of $225,000 from both Facebook grant programs, announced it had reached an agreement with its newsroom guild, Media Guild of the West, to cut both hours and wages from nearly 440 journalists for three months. California Times, the parent company of The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, permanently closed three of its weekly newspapers — Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun — and laid off 14 staff members, citing significant losses in advertising revenue. Starting April 3, the Union-Tribune and its nine community newspapers began downsizing staff by offering buyouts to allow some employees an opportunity to leave on their own terms, according to a Times of San Diego article. Voice of San Diego, a donation-based digital news source, also received $96,250 from Facebook’s COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant program. The Coast News submitted an application for a grant but did not receive funding.
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Escondido police officer creates board game By Hoa Quach
ESCONDIDO — Brandon Byler said he understands stress well. After all, he has proudly protected the community as a member of the Escondido Police Department for 15 years. In recent weeks, he’s also had
“By working in patrol divisions for as long as we have, we are constantly thrust into corrosive and stressful environments,” Byler said. “Maintaining mental health has become an increasingly important issue in police work and
masterminds behind Code 3, an ’80s-themed game board about cops. “Matt and I determined that there really were no good 'cop games,’ ” Byler said. “Furthermore, to keep it tongue in cheek and away from any social issues, we
BRANDON BYLER, pictured with his family, co-created Code 3, a board game about police officers. A portion of the proceeds from the game will go to help officers — including Byler’s brother and fellow Escondido officer, Brett Byler, who has brain cancer. Courtesy photo
to work around the pandemic while helping his terminally ill brother, who is also a police officer. To deal with the stress that comes with the uniform, Byler said he took to game boards — playing with longtime friend and San Diego police officer Matt Ruggiero.
Matt and myself found our outlet playing board games and having that face to face quality time on a weekly basis. It's often a venting session and an outlet to relieve stress.” Their love for game boards compelled the duo to create one themselves. Byler and Ruggiero are the
decided to set it in an overthe-top world of ’80s action movies. That way it's fun enough and light enough for the family to play. It definitely has a sense of humor and there are numerous inside jokes that are specific to police work.” The game consists of about 30 police officers who
are represented in a deck of cards. Players select two officers and an “adventure” to play against. “These scenarios are typically some sort of crime boss that players must work cooperatively together to take down,” Byler said. “We created a game that we want to play. Whatever style of game you like to play, you will be able to find interesting combinations of beat partners to combine and create unique strategies with. Our goal was to create a sandbox game with near infinite replay ability.” The game is currently in its first print run in China and will soon be available for purchase on blackkeygames.com. Although, the duo hope players enjoy their game — they also plan to donate a portion of proceeds to police charities and causes, including to Byler’s own brother. Brett Byler, a fellow police officer in Escondido, was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Loved ones and fellow police officers are currently raising money to support Brett Byler’s family on fundraising platform GoFundMe (gofundme.com/f/ byler-family). “Matt and I are going to continuously donate a portion of our profit to police charity as long as the game remains in print,” Byler said. “In light of the new struggles with my brother, we also plan on the game being in support of him and dedicated to him.”
Bike to Work Day event canceled due to COVID-19 REGION — The San Diego Association of Governments canceled its 30th Annual Bike to Work Day, originally scheduled for May 14. The event is scheduled to return next year, and instead of the in-person commuting event this year, SANDAG will focus on providing digital resources for bike commuting and education and launching a new Shared Streets pilot program.
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“There’s no time like the present to get outside and jump on your bike,” SANDAG Vice Chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear said. “The SANDAG iCommute program is working hard to support biking and walking as a form of exercise and an alternative to get to and from work. “While there are fewer cars on the road, take advantage of the opportunity to try bike commuting for shorter trips. SANDAG is also launching the Shared Streets pilot program this month. It will provide up to $5,000 to each of the 18 cities and the county of San Diego for temporary improvements that create safe and healthy spaces for people to bike, walk, run, scoot and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. — City News Service
GOVERRE FOUNDERS Regan Kelaher and Shannon Zappala launched their successful portable wine glass company in San Marcos, where they’re part of a thriving group of female entrepreneurs. Courtesy photo
Women-led business thrives in San Marcos SAN MARCOS — In San Marcos, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, and in a certain corner of the city — La Costa Meadows — there is a cluster of women business owners who are trailblazing their way to success. In honor of Economic Development Week, May 4 to May 9, the city of San Marcos highlighted five female business founders in the community. “The San Marcos area is a really well-kept secret. It’s a great place to manage your overhead, and we are close to everything we need to manage our business,” said Kerri Leslie of Verity, a sustainable packing company, and Noniko, a clean beauty company. “Our location in particular is a buzzing entrepreneur community. It’s a different energy, and it’s fun to be a part of that.” Verity and Noniko are not alone. Women-owned businesses, including Boobie Brands, Goverre, and Wander & Perch, also chose to open up shop in San Marcos. They are founded by women. Inspired by their own experiences and expertise, these business owners are addressing market needs while advancing their personal passions. Leslie’s background in the medical device industry was the perfect primer for creating Verity, and she has experience working with durable materials that can be sterilized and reused like stainless steel, and recyclable materials like aluminum. Being in San Marcos helps her tap into a pool of likeminded talent who share her commitment to reducing single-use plastics. Wendy Colson, found-
er of Boobie Brands and the Boobie Bar that started it all, wanted to help her lactation patients get the nutrition they needed without the hassle of teas and multidose supplements. Goverre was founded by Shannon Zappala and Regan Kelaher when they noticed a market gap they wanted filled – along with a nice glass of wine on the go. They were the first to create a portable wine glass made of actual glass. Based on their research, drinking wine from a glass container is preferred by most wine, and is far better for the environment than plastic. But unprotected glass is not ideal for an outdoor lifestyle, so they invented a new type of glassware — thicker with a silicon sleeve and lid. Eileen Zimmerman of Wander & Perch was inspired to create her line of eco-friendly waterproof travel tote bags after living in San Francisco and Encinitas. Zimmerman could not find a stylish waterproof bag for transporting her wet post-beach and workout gear, so she created one herself. Zimmerman noted that the community this group of female entrepreneurs has created in San Marcos feels special and unique. “There is a level of support for one another,” Zimmerman said. “We are all local, and we are all connected to our community. It’s a rarity.” If you’re thinking of starting a businesses in San Marcos, contact Tess Sangster, economic development director for the city of San Marcos at tsa ngster @ sa n-ma rcos. net or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.
Safari Park reveals winning name of giraffe calf ESCONDIDO — The San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the San Pasqual Valley on May 10 announced the name of a giraffe calf born April 4. The winning name of the female calf — after a weeklong online poll of more than 18,000 voters — is Zahara, San Diego Zoo
Global officials said. The name is derived from Arabic origins. The other name voters could have chosen in the poll was Zeena. Zahara was born to first-time mom Zawadi. Although the Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park are tempo-
rarily closed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, visitors to the zoo and Safari Park websites — sandiegozoo.org and sdzsafaripark. org — can watch Zahara on Giraffe Cam as she explores her home. — City News Service
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