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Vista scraps small business loan program

San Marcos ranks 25th in state for safety By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos was recently ranked as the 25th safest city in the state in SafeWise’s sixth annual Safest Cities report, which is based on the rate of violent crimes and property crimes in each city. The safety report was created using FBI crime statistics and U.S. census population data to rank the safest cities in each state and across the country. San Marcos, with a population of more than 98,000, has some of the lowest crime rates in San Diego County, according to San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). “In San Marcos, domestic violence is about 70 percent of the violent crime, so the people who are not in those specific households and in those situations are even safer than it looks on paper. In terms of property crime, shoplifting, or petty theft, is the vast majority of it,” said Dave Brown, commander of the patrol division for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and former captain of the Sheriff’s Department’s San Marcos Station. Violent crimes include aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery, while property crimes include petty theft, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. For years, San Diego County has had lower crime rates when compared with other metro regions in the United States, and the city of San Marcos has had declining crime rates for about a decade, according to Brown. Poway, Encinitas, Escondido, Carlsbad and Vista have also seen declining crime rates over the past several years, with Poway (13th) and Encinitas (29th) also ranking in the report’s top 30 cities. “It helps that our neighbors are doing well also,” Brown said. “There are no TURN TO SAFETY ON 11

By Steve Puterski

A DOCTOR at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, holds hydration packets produced by Escondido-based Vitalyte. Courtesy photo

Hydrating NYC’s health care heroes Escondido firm Vitalyte donates to Bronx hospital, looks to do more By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — When Sarah McClure, a nurse in hard-hit New York, saw her co-workers struggling — she reached out to an Escondido business for help. Vitalyte, a hydration company founded by marathon runner Bill Gookin 40 years ago, happily responded to her request. The com-

pany donated more than 600 hydration packets to help the employees at Lincoln Medical Center in New York to replenish their bodies as they care for the tens of thousands of people infected by the COVID-19 disease. With the help of the public, the company hopes to help more health care workers on the front lines of

the coronavirus pandemic. “We are doing our part and are so happy to have helped those brave doctors, nurses and other staff in the Bronx,” Vitalyte Chief Operating Officer Evan Lucas said. “Now, we are focused on helping many others across the country TURN TO HYDRATION ON 7

SEE PAGE 7: A 202-bed field hospital is ready to go at Palomar Medical Center, if needed. Photo by Tigist Layne

VISTA — The complexities and stipulations with federal COVID-19 relief programs was too much for the Vista City Council to overcome to lend a financial hand to its small businesses. During its April 28 meeting, the Vista City Council unanimously denied the proposed Small Business Emergency Loan Program for businesses with 20 or fewer employees. City staff brought forward, at the council’s request, a proposal making $500,000 available through the city’s Structural Deficit Reserve Fund. However, the money was initially set aside to cover city operations during stressful economic times, according to Mayor Judy Ritter. Additionally, the requirements for Vista’s plan required businesses to have been approved by one of the two federal programs — Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) — and repaying the city within 120 days. The council decided it would be against small businesses’ best interests to offer the program and creating more financial uncertainty, especially since the Vista program was designed as gap funding while businesses wait for federal funds to come through. “Money from federal government can’t be used to pay back this loan,” Councilwoman Amanda Rigby said. “This puts us in a higher position of default. This reserve fund is to get the city through this time.” The PPP has come under fire after Congress made businesses with 500 or fewer employees eligible, which has led to many wealthy businesses, notably Shake Shack and the Los Angeles Lakers, to secure funds while many small businesses have been shut out. On top of the initial $350 billion, Congress approved an additional $310 billion last week. Instead of the loan program, Vista will aggressively engage in marketing efforts to support its businesses. “I did really want to do something to help our small businesses,” Councilman Joe Green said. “I think our intent was good … but it’s just not practical to do. It’s not really effective. I want to do something effective. I do like the idea of marketing our local businesses.”


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Three Key Differences Between Nursing Homes, Senior Living SAN MARCOS, CA – May 1, 2020 – As nursing homes around the country continue to be affected by the coronavirus, many families face confusion about the differences between nursing homes and assisted living communities. Typically, families have very little experience with either type of care. Here’s a closer look at the key differences between the two: #1 Key Difference – Personal Choice vs. Medical Necessity The main difference between assisted living and nursing home care is assisted living offers personal care in a home-like, social setting while nursing homes provide medical and personal care in a clinical setting. In general, living in an assisted living community is a personal choice, whereas entering a nursing home usually follows a significant medical event like a stroke, heart attack or surgery. Since assisted living communities maximize quality of life and foster a more independent lifestyle, families often prefer them over nursing home care when possible. #2 Key Difference: Levels of Care & Length of Stay While assisted living communities and nursing homes both offer healthcare services, the levels of care and length of time a senior stays are considerably different. Seniors residing in an assisted living community are often inde-

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pendent or require some assistance with activities of daily living (or ADLs), like medication management, mobility or memory loss. By contrast, care levels at nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing, administer to more serious medical conditions. Patients often require around-the-clock care and monitoring, to oversee more complex health care conditions such as respiratory care, rehabilitation from surgery and physical or speech therapy. Nursing homes usually tend to all or most of the ADLs seniors face each day. About a quarter of people in nursing homes stay for less than three months according to, a trade association website, which makes nursing homes a necessary option for complex or advanced medical care. #3 Key Difference: Active Lifestyle vs. Isolated Recovery Assisted living usually resembles an upscale apartment community and is built to meet the needs of a more demanding senior consumer. They can feel more resort-like with stylish, contemporary apartment homes that can be personally furnished, decorated and have a key to the front door. These vibrant communities offer events, activities and the opportunity for new friendships all while providing added peace of mind knowing that their future care needs are met. Nursing care centers are more institutional because of the type of care being provided to

the most vulnerable seniors. Patients are more likely to be isolated as a result of their weakened conditioned and even share a room with others. They receive their meals in-room to accommodate recovery efforts, and there is limited engagement in activities and socialization. Assisted Living Communities – A Safe Solution As families learn more about the real differences between assisted living and nursing homes, they can have greater confidence in the safety of assisted living communities for their loved ones. Experienced operators like Silvergate Retirement Residences, an award-winning senior living provider across north county San Diego, have enacted the highest health standards to protect their residents during the stay-at-home order. With daily monitoring, families enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that their loved one is being watched over carefully. Silvergate San Marcos offers independent living, assisted living and memory care apart-ment homes. During the state stay-at-home order, Silvergate is offering Virtual Tours of the community to provide a video view of floorplans and highlights of the community. For advice or assistance with a Virtual Tour, please call community Marketing Director, David Nelson at (760) 744-4484 or visit

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Escondido council deadlocks on District 2 pick, will try again By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met last week to interview applicants for the District 2 council seat, previously held by John Masson until his death in March, but after hours spent interviewing candidates, the meeting ended without an appointment. The four council members — Mayor Paul McNamara, Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez, Olga Diaz and Mike Morasco — interviewed nine candidates for the City Council seat during the April 22 meeting that lasted nearly three hours. The council members narrowed the group down to five: Tina Ostrem Inscoe, a membership executive of the Escondido

Chamber of Commerce; Vanessa Valenzuela, who ran against John Masson for the District 2 seat two years ago; Barbara C. Aguilar, a development specialist at Escondido Community Child Development Center; Scotty Lombardi, a business leader with broad human resources experience; and Richard Paul, a director at an electronics manufacturer in San Marcos. Two candidates were then nominated, but each nomination failed. Valenzuela, a Democrat, was nominated by Martinez, which was seconded by Diaz. However, the nomination was opposed by Morasco and McNamara. Next was Inscoe, a Republican, who was nominated by Mo-

rasco. The nomination was seconded by McNamara but opposed by Martinez and Diaz. Diaz then proposed a rankedchoice voting process, which both McNamara and Morasco opposed. McNamara, a Democrat, told The Coast News that he chose not to vote along party lines because he was trying to be faithful to the voters of District 2. “First of all, this is a nonpartisan race. Secondly, the goal is to find someone to replace John Masson,” McNamara said. “Do you pick someone who is aligned with your feelings and your views of the world, or do you pick someone who better represents John’s views of the world? The reality is that the majority of the people of District 2 picked John, and I want

to honor that.” The Coast News reached out to the Escondido Democratic Club, which said it’s “not taking a position at this time on who the City Council should appoint to fill the vacant seat. However, the EDC did endorse Vanessa Valenzuela for that seat in the 2018 election. As we get closer to the November election that will select the permanent city council member for that district, the EDC will hold its usual endorsement process, inviting all Democratic candidates to speak to our membership, and then holding a membership endorsement vote.” The council will revisit the appointment at its next meeting on May 6. If a candidate is appointed, they will serve until No-

vember. They will then have the opportunity to run in the election for the remaining two years of Masson’s term. “I nominated a candidate who I felt had the most depth of knowledge,” Martinez said. [Valenzuela] knew a lot about the issues, she’s already involved in a lot of the work in the platforms that she was advocating for and I think she could work well with the council. Although I am glad that there’s an election coming up because I do think the most democratic thing is for the people of District 2 to choose who they want to represent them.” If the City Council fails to agree on a candidate on May 6, the District 2 seat will remain vacant until the Nov. 3 election.

San Marcos’ $3M stimulus flowing to small businesses By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — As businesses across the country continue to take major financial hits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal emergency lending program, established for small businesses, has burned through funds and come under fire for providing loans to several larger chains. Around the same time, the City of San Marcos launched its COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program with a similar goal: The city would provide low-interest loans to small businesses, giving its residents a solution much closer to home. “We always viewed our program as a sort of a bridge for businesses to get to larger programs offered by the federal government that will have longer payback period,” San Marcos City Manager Jack Griffin said. “However, we recognized that the federal government was not going to be as quick as we could be, that’s one of the reasons we did it.” The program set aside $3 million of the city’s General Fund Reserves, which is projected to be more than $30 million for the current fiscal year. “Our City Council has a policy to maintain 40 percent of our budget in reserves, so for the current fiscal year, our operating budget is around $80 million in the General Fund, meaning 40 percent of $80 million would go into our General Fund Reserves,” Griffin said. The reserve is split up into three categories: Emergency, Budget and Pension Stability, and Economic Opportunity. The Business Sustainability Program would fall into the emer-

gency category, a category worth roughly $10 million. According to Griffin, the reserves have been built up through sales tax, property tax and rent that the city gets for a nonresidential property they own, and because of the city’s extensive real estate portfolio, it makes $10 million to $12 million in rent revenue annually. That rent revenue alone would pay for the emergency portion of the General Fund Reserves. Griffin told The Coast News that there will be no cost to the taxpayer down the line, and though he admitted that there are some risks, the reward, he said, is worth it. “Assuming that everyone pays their loans back, and there is some interest on some of those loans, the $3 million will be replenished within 5 years,” Griffin said. “It was important for us because we rely on sales tax and rent as significant parts of our revenue, and because we do have the means, it’s an investment into our business community.” There have been more than 100 loan applications from small businesses in San Marcos representing a total of 1,277 employees. With 79 of those 100 businesses approved so far, almost 80% of the $3 million budget has been allocated. “In this challenging time, we believe that the right thing to do for our businesses and citizens is to invest in our businesses so that as many of them as possible can exit this emergency in as close a fiscal condition as when it started,” said Economic Development Director Tess Sangster. “In supporting our businesses, we are supporting our entire community.”


Epic rains last month resulted in a giant sinkhole on April 10 in Carlsbad, which swallowed up a parked van and caused a sewage pipe to rupture in the 6300 block of Yarrow Drive. The owner of the van, a transient, was not injured. The pipe is owned by the Buena Vista Sanitation District, a city of Vista entity, prompting the Vista City Council to hold a special meeting to approve $575,000 for repairs. Courtesy photo

Fire prevention project wins grant Vista parks ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Creek Conservancy has won a grant for $552,097 to reduce weeds and prevent fires in the heart of the Escondido Creek watershed. The funding was awarded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program and was the only implementation grant funded south of Ventura County. The work is set to begin this fall along Escondido Creek between Harmony Grove and Olivenhain. “Dry, invasive weeds

create a tinderbox throughout our open spaces and surrounding communities,” said Fred Cox, fire chief for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. The project area spans an approximately 8-mile stretch of Escondido Creek and aims to treat at least 70 acres of public and private lands along Escondido Creek, including three Conservancy-owned Preserves and about 3,000 linear feet of creek frontage on at least four private neighboring sites that border and intercede conserved lands. “One of the greatest

threats to California’s native landscapes is infestation from non-native invasive plants. These weeds, such as highly flammable non-native grasses, put our neighborhoods and wild areas at risk of devastation due to catastrophic wildfires,” Cox said. The funding from this grant will support fire prevention as part of a watershed-wide invasive plant management strategy. The Conservancy will hire arborists and restoration contractors, including youth from the San Diego Urban Corps.

Survey suggests support for smoke-free outdoor dining policy in San Marcos VISTA — Vista Community Clinic is launching a campaign to promote a community-wide, smokefree outdoor dining policy in San Marcos to protect restaurant customers and employees from toxic secondhand smoke. Clinic staff conducted an in-person survey of 309 San Marcos residents, students and frequent visitors

in late 2019. Results indicated high levels of public support for smokefree outdoor dining. Eight of ten (81%) respondents agreed that cities should have laws that prohibit smoking on outdoor restaurant patios and sidewalk cafes. The majority (91%) preferred to eat in outdoor dining areas that are smoke-free and half would eat in

outdoor dining areas more often if secondhand smoke were eliminated. The San Marcos survey showed that more than nine of ten (92%) respondents believe that secondhand smoke is bad for their health, even outdoors. And 74% reported being bothered by secondhand smoke when eating outside. To assist those who are par-

ticularly vulnerable to the health effects of secondhand smoke, VCC has posted a list of the 60 San Marcos restaurants that already offer smoke-free outdoor dining areas at VCC is sharing the results of the public opinion survey with members of the San Marcos City Council.

reopen for limited use VISTA — The city of Vista reopened its parks for “passive use” beginning April 24, following just over three weeks of COVID-19-related closures. Parkgoers are limited to individual or household unit activities, such as walking, jogging or running. Dogs on leashes are permitted. Group activities and active sports are not allowed, meaning athletic fields, skate parks, playgrounds, and all other areas related to group activities remain closed until further notice. Parkgoers are still required to practice physical distancing and are recommended to wear face coverings while outdoors. — City News Service


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Newsom loses transparency — and the unity it brought early on


Time to move forward safely


hank you, San Diego County. The sacrifices you’ve made are extensive and there has been a willingness for you to do what was necessary to stay inside. We are now at a crossroads when it comes to COVID-19. We must decide the best course for the entire population. At these crossroads, we see despair and economic devastation from the virus. One of the biggest things we have learned over the past month is how to combat the virus. Washing your hands for 20 seconds works, social distancing works and wearing masks and gloves work. The trends show it as we continue to have fewer and fewer positive cases. So, how do we keep using these tools and apply them not only to continuing fighting the virus, but also towards reviving the economy and opening businesses? The narrative for the past month has been, businesses that are essential are allowed to be open and those that aren’t having to

around the county Jim Desmond close. We need to change the narrative from what is essential to what is safe. What is the safest path to take, applying those same tools that for the most part have staved off the virus and open businesses in San Diego County. The safety of our county is essential, but so too is the economy. Work is essential, food on the table is essential, mortgages are essential, and rents are essential. Last week, I launched a website,, where we asked businesses to submit their plans for opening back up. We received over 300 plans from businesses that are willing to abide by safety protocols, such as wearing masks, maintaining

social distance and taking temperatures. At our last Board meeting, I made a motion for three things. 1. Open outdoor recreational actives, as soon as possible (beaches, parks, golf courses, etc.). 2. Start now to draft the reopening criteria for gyms, salons, restaurants and large warehouse businesses. 3. Start lobbying the Governor to open businesses in San Diego on May 1. Unfortunately, the motion was defeated by a 3-2 vote with Supervisor Gaspar supporting the motion. Safety is greatly important, but businesses can also work in a safe manner on a parallel path. Our next Board meeting is May 5 and we will be putting more pressure to get our economy open. Hopefully with your support and more momentum we will be able to get more people back to work in a safe and effective manner! Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

SCOTUS ruling has local implications The U.S. Supreme Court has found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act requirements cannot be bypassed merely by passing pollutants through groundwater, as was recently argued by the county of Maui (Hawaii) and the Trump administration. The language from the opinion is explicit and terse: The Clean Water Act forbids “any addition” of any pollutant from “any point source” to “navigable waters” without an appropriate permit from the EPA. This decision bears directly on the mismanagement of stormwater in Encinitas generally and Leucadia specifically. For example, from the city of Encinitas’ Jurisdictional Runoff Management Program (January 2017), we already know that Cottonwood Creek is listed for DDT, selenium, and sediment toxicity stressors.

Further, the Pacific Ocean at Moonlight Beach, where Cottonwood Creek meets the ocean, is listed as an impaired water body for total coliform bacteria. Encinitas Creek drains the north-central portion of the city and drains into Batiquitos Lagoon, which is designated a Critical Coastal Area in the State of California 2002 Critical Coastal Areas Strategic Plan. Encinitas Creek is listed for selenium and toxicity. Escondido Creek, listed for DDT, enterococcus, fecal coliform, manganese, selenium, sulfates, total dissolved solids, total nitrogen, phosphate and toxicity, drains the southern and northwest (Olivenhain) portion of the city and drains into the San Elijo Lagoon. San Elijo Lagoon is an impaired water body listed for sediment/siltation, indicator bacteria and eutrophic condition. One can only wonder

how or why the discharging of similarly polluted, possibly more concentrated, stormwater into Batiquitos Lagoon via a soon-to-be-constructed, 60-inch stormwater sewer, at the cost of at least a contractor-estimated $5 million, can be viewed as rational? Any polluted water that is not collected by this storm sewer will percolate into groundwater and traceably flow to the open coast through the bluffs. How can this be allowed by federal and state regulators and how can any local politician, supposed environmental steward and representative of the people who lives, works, and plays at the coast, advocate such a plan? The county of Maui has been doing it for a long time in Lahaina. But not anymore. John J. Helly Encinitas

alifornians have shown with great clarity during the coronavirus pandemic that if they’re convinced something needs to be done, they’ll cheerfully do it even when it’s uncomfortable and terribly expensive. So when Gov. Gavin Newsom in a mid-March first-in-the-nation move ordered most of this huge state’s citizenry to stay home in a quasi-quarantine condition in hopes of limiting the spread of the virus, they complied, with few exceptions. But now, with far less ambient panic in California’s air, there are cracks in that united front. Demonstrators in places as diverse as San Diego, Newport Beach and Sacramento have turned out in respectable numbers demanding an end to the lockdown. It’s true, some of those demonstrations are orchestrated by ultra-conservative national organizations. Many protesters ardently back President Trump, who calls for a gradual “opening up” of America. They demand restoration of all rights to freedom of movement and association, never mind social distancing. Some of the demonstrators had been seen on the state Capitol steps before, protesting last year’s new laws making it a bit tougher to get children exempted from vaccination requirements. The month of March saw nothing like that after Newsom issued his first order. This was partly because the governor was open about estimates of the potential extent of viral spread, contagion and fatalities. But Newsom, who gets high poll marks for most of his conduct this spring, now must contend with two things he helped create:

california focus thomas d. elias One is the fact staying home meant California has seen far less contagion and death than predicted. This lessens the panic that first gave him free rein. The other is that as the crisis persisted and one emergency executive order followed another, often in fields only peripherally related to the virus, Newsom gradually lost the aura of transparency that created the early unity. Usually, when important new laws are passed in California, they follow a series of public hearings and much discussion. Not so with Newsom’s sudden edicts on everything from blocking evictions for non-payment of rent to freeing felons from jails and prisons early to prevent their becoming infected when those same felons didn’t previously worry about protecting anyone else. There were also orders to rent or buy hotels for housing thousands of the homeless and other decrees authorizing suspension by the courts of virtually all bail requirements for the duration. Most of these moves lacked the detailed explanation that went into the original stay-home order. Newsom has also been closed about how he’s spent much of the 7 billion state tax dollars consumed so far in the crisis, especially about his contract to buy almost $1 billion worth of personal protective equipment, including millions of face masks, from a Chinese company previously blacklisted by some federal tran-

sit agencies. It turns out no one knows when this stuff will show up, or many conditions of the huge deal. But we do know the state was gouged. It’s all been justified — with a warranted shot at Trump — by the fact that the federal government has not unified national purchases or production of masks, face shields, gowns and rubber gloves, thus creating ferocious competition between states and hospital systems for vital equipment. That encouraged price gouging that’s illegal in most crises. There’s also the question of where Newsom and other governors get the authority to issue myriad fiats and decrees without so much as the right for anyone to petition the government for redress. The Constitution gives governors, presidents and mayors vast leeway to protect public health and safety in emergencies, as when then-Gov. Pete Wilson paid contractors large bonuses for completing bridge rebuilds ahead of schedule after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. But all previous emergencies were finite, with known needed corrective measures (as with evacuations in the face of wildfires) or definite time frames. There are no time lines here, Newsom and other governors telling their constituents they can’t know how long current orders will be enforced because as yet there is no vaccine for the coronavirus. The bottom line: While the governor was open about what he did, he enjoyed near-unanimous support. He needs to get back on the transparency track, or California will see more and more cracks in its harmony. Email Thomas Elias at

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San Marcos residents launch volunteer group By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — What began as a post on a social media website, Nextdoor, has spiraled into a 60-member strong volunteer group in San Marcos. The San Marcos COVID-19 Neighbor Assistance Program is a newly created group where volunteers help their at-risk neighbors in running errands. The group, which began with just a handful of low-risk volunteers, offers daily assistance in tasks such as grocery delivery, prescription pickups and check-ins. “The San Marcos COVID-19 Assistance Program wants to spread a message of hope and compassion by serving and loving our neighbors who are at risk of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sethu Madhava, who co-founded the group. “San Marcos is full of loving, compassionate and kind people. During this time of social distancing, many elders and at-risk members of our community need assistance for picking up groceries or prescriptions, picking up and delivering a meal, or simply call

them and check on them every couple of days.” Madhava, who has lived in San Marcos with his wife and two daughters for 18 years, said the group now has 60 volunteers with more people signing up every day. Those volunteers are helping about 15 families in their daily errands. “We wanted to provide an easily accessible service to our neighbors who were deemed at-risk of COVID-19 and also create a centralized way for volunteers to sign up to help,” Madhava said. Madhava said the San Marcos COVID-19 Assistance Program has proved to be crucial during the pandemic as people struggle to complete their errands while also keeping safe. “Many of our community members are going through a rough time and are unable to independently perform the errands they used to in order to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Madhava said. “Many people are afraid that going out will exacerbate their chronic illness and cannot risk their life. So many members of our

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community have lost their jobs and are unable to afford food for their families.” For volunteer Debra Driza, the group has also helped her through the crisis. She said prior to the group, she was “stuck in a seemingly endless loop of surfing Twitter and news sites.” “Mostly, I fretted about things over which I had zero control, like the rising hospitalization rates in other countries, and how those issues might soon be our fate here at home,” said Driza, who has lived in San Marcos since 2003. “My constant information-seeking wasn’t helping anyone. Then a moment of clarity struck: What if I channeled that anxiety into something productive? What if, instead of the relentless worrying, I took action to try to help protect the most vulnerable among us?” Driza said the pandemic has given her the boost she needed to get to know her neighbors and learn about ways she can help the community. That is just one message the group hopes to send to the public: There

are neighbors who might need your help. “We also want to set an example for other neighborhoods who can also help support elderly and at-risk members of their community as well,” Madhava said. “This is an unusual and stressful time for everyone, but we can still make a positive impact and put a smile on someone's face.” Most importantly, Madhava said he just wants people to know that there are neighbors who care. “We believe the recipients, just knowing that somebody is looking out for them, gives them the comfort level and reduces the risk,” Madhava said. “This group is here for our community members to lean on during this tough time, so we can all come out of this stronger. We hope with our assistance our community members get through this pandemic with minimal disruption and impact.” For more information about the San Marcos COVID-19 Neighbor Assistance Program, go to SanMarcosCovid19he.wixsite. com/help or call 442-9994887.

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ne of my dad’s favorite expressions popped out of my mouth the other day. I didn’t expect it, really, but the situation called for it and it certainly made my point. “You know why they don’t send donkeys to school, don’t you?” I asked my son archly. Then the comedic pause. “Because nobody likes a smart a—.” In our family, it got so Dad didn’t even have to deliver the punch line. We knew we were getting too sassy and we had better cut it out. That expression may sound a tad risqué, but that was as racy as it got. I believe I heard my father swear only twice in my life. My mom had just one off-color word and she was mortified every time it slipped out. I think this contributed to their regular use of goofy yet pithy expressions. Once I had children old enough to verbally chastise, these same expressions, long dormant and not commonly used, came flying out, perfect for the parental occasion. I delighted in their renaissance. It was also then I fully realized how funny my parents were. They could have just said, “Stop being sassy,” or something equally ordinary. Instead, they had a host of phrases they used as part and parcel of our discipline, and most of them made you laugh. If we stood in front of the television, successfully and thoughtlessly blocking everyone’s view, we’d hear, “Your father wasn’t a glassblower” or “You make a better door than a window.” The one we really hated to hear was, “Don’t give me the idiot treatment!” That one came only when we were busted for trying to pull something over on them. But most of the funny things my folks would say were said with a smile, to make a point or ease a situation with a little humor. When we’d answer a question with an ineloquent, “Huh?” the standard retort was, “You can kick a pig and get that much out of it.” If someone called

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small talk jean gillette for us and we were in the restroom, my dad would thoroughly confuse them by saying we were “in the sandbox.” And if any of my girlfriends should accidentally catch my dad in his undershirt, he teased them gleefully, saying, “You know this means we’re engaged.” And how many of you know what a “Stella Dallas” party is? That’s a ’30s classic movie my mom always referenced, about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who tries to enter society. When she throws a party, no one comes. My all-time favorite, which was actually from my very Irish and very superstitious paternal grandmother, was, “Whistling girls and cackling hens never come to any good end.” She delivered this without fail and with a grin each time she heard me whistling absent-mindedly. Her other contribution to our list was, “I don’t chew my cabbage twice.” That means you have no intention of repeating something, because whoever wasn’t listening the first time. It may sound random but used in context and with the proper wounded expression, believe me, your husband and your children will know exactly what you mean. And when it came to treating small wounds with antiseptic, your whining would prompt, “If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not working.” There were dozens and I wish I could remember them all, but, as my mother often said, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who knows where she got her love of words. Contact her at jean@


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Elected officials talk reopening for business Health clinics face grim By Steve Puterski

REGION — North County mayors and elected officials representing the state Route 78 corridor discussed the creation of a multi-phase plan by May 1 to address reopening non-essential businesses and recreational activities. Supervisor Jim Desmond, along with mayors Matt Hall (Carlsbad), Peter Weiss (Oceanside), Rebecca Jones (San Marcos), Julie Ritter (Vista) and Paul McNamara (Escondido) held a virtual press conference on April 28 to discuss slowly rebuilding their economies and helping residents get back to work. According to a recent SANDAG report, nearly 430,000 San Diego County residents have lost jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The average unemployment rate in the county rose to nearly 25% between April 11 and April 18. For perspective, on March 7, the unemployment rate in the county was just 3.4%. Desmond, who helped draft a recently approved $5 million loan program for small businesses in unincorporated areas of the county, said the state is seeing en-

couraging results in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. And while returning to work will not be immediate, Desmond said non-essential businesses should have plans ready to be implemented once the state-mandated closures are lifted. “The best-case scenario is the governor allows more local control to open up local businesses,” Desmond said. Desmond said his goal is to have a plan ready by May 1. Each mayor gave some examples of industries, specific to their cities, that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 — tourism, hotels and recreation in Carlsbad; breweries in Vista; restaurants in San Marcos; and lower-wage workers in Escondido. They all agreed on reasonable approaches in line with protocols from healthcare professionals are critical. But, they all championed those protocols be applied to non-essential businesses. Weiss noted that while Oceanside beaches are open for limited use, boating is still prohibited, impacting critical revenue gained

from fishing, sailing, tours and water equipment rentals. Oceanside recently approved a $1.18 million loan program on April 22 to provide short-term gap funding to small businesses. The program will apply to independently owned, consumer-oriented businesses in retail sales and consumer services that were mandated to close or significantly impacted due to COVID-19. On April 24, the Oceanside City Council sent a letter to Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, demanding the current health order be amended to allow individual cities to decide when to reopen their businesses and public spaces. Desmond and McNamara said Escondido is a blue-collar city and its workers are struggling mightily. “We want to maintain the proper procedures and social distancing the essential workers are using now,” McNamara said. “A lot of people are not getting paychecks and they are wondering where the money is going to come from to get the essentials. We really need to get these people back to work. Sooner is better than

later. We want guidance from the county health professionals, but we can’t wait forever.” Jones said opening up leisure activities is important for people to ease stress and be mentally healthy. Additionally, Jones conveyed stories about San Marcos’ once-thriving restaurant scene and how 220 food-service establishments, along with 3,600 workers, have been left without a steady income stream. “We want people to remain active and it’s important to their total well-being,” Jones added. “We need balanced decisions and get people back to work. We need to crawl, move forward and take small steps.” Last month, the City of San Marcos launched its COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program to provide low-interest loans to small businesses, giving its residents an alternative solution to federal loan programs, such as the Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program. Hall said the reopening of non-essential businesses will take time, therefore a TURN TO OFFICIALS ON 11

Escondido store launches online homesteading classes By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — An Escondido business launched a variety of homesteading classes in April to cater to a growing response as people worldwide are in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Heather Thelen, the owner of Hawthorne Country Store, said her employees, along with local experts, will be teaching a series of classes online. “We have had so many inquiries about gardening, baking, preserving, chickens, goats, beef and milking cows,” Thelen said. “We have been happy to see the trend go this way.” For Thelen, the art of homesteading was instilled in her at an early age. “I grew up with an organic garden, preserving a large portion of our food,” Thelen said. “My mom is

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years.” Thelen said she’s excited to see a growing interest in homesteading. More and more Americans are choosing to learn to make their own food at home as certain groceries have become difficult to find, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune article published April 11. Thelen said the report proves to be true among the people who have called upon her store for advice. “Folks are seeing that food availability is not guaranteed,” Thelen said. “Some folks have always wanted to raise some of their own food but lacked time. Time, concern, interest and education (looking for ways to teach kids while at home) lends to farming and homesteading easily.” In response, Hawthorne Country Store will Spanish-Mexican history author Christian Clifford, visited all 21 California missions, on foot. If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Junípero Serra, visit photos / ?tab = a lbu m & a lbum_id=624072944389566. See virtual tours of the California Missions at flickr. com/photos/19189311@N00/ albums. SPRING AT THE LIBRARY

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be teaching audiences how to raise chickens, make bread, garden, among other homesteading tasks. The videos will appear on YouTube. “We are launching videos like: How to raise chicks, Chicken 101, Cheese-Making, Canning, etc.,” Thelen said. “We will continue to work on subjects based on our customer feedback.” The video series will be free, while live online classes will be $10. “They can expect solid basic practices colored with our own personal experiences and those of our customers,” said Thelen, who noted a relative has contracted the COVID-19 disease. “We are really happy that this tragedy has the benefit of bringing people back to the skills that we hold so dear.”

future without funding By Samantha Nelson

REGION — Community health centers around the county and nation are concerned about making more cuts and possibly closing clinics in the future if federal relief funding doesn’t come soon. On March 27, President Trump signed the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided $100 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers — all currently dealing with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that amount, $50 billion is allocated for general distribution to Medicare facilities and providers impacted by COVID-19. From that, $30 billion was distributed between April 10 and April 17, and the remaining $20 billion began distribution on April 24. Though some Community Health Centers (CHCs) throughout the country received funds like those in rural areas, clinics in urban and suburban communities, including in San Diego, are going without. Local CHCs only received $1 million of that first $30 billion, according to Henry Tuttle, president and chief executive of Health Center Partners of Southern California. That amount barely makes a dent in the loss of revenue those health centers are facing, he explained in a letter addressed to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. “Given this or similar distribution formula, these additional dollars are woefully insufficient to stem the current state of loss at $241 million over the next six months, $1 billion for all California Community Health Centers over the next three months,” Tuttle said in his letter. In mid-April, Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) sent a letter to Azar signed by 72 other House representatives asking for funds to go specifi-

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cally to CHCs. Vista Community Clinic (VCC) is one of the CHCs being affected by COVID-19 and is currently in need of funds. According to CEO Fernando Sañudo, Vista Community Clinic has stopped optometry, chiropractic and acupuncture medical services and only provides dental service if it’s an emergency. “That reduces the volume of patients by about 25%,” Sañudo said. Sañudo said the clinic is losing about $1 million a month as a result of not having those services. VCC, which has six clinics throughout Oceanside and Vista, one in Orange County and another in Riverside, has furloughed 70 employees and reduced the hours for an additional 50 employees. So far, VCC has closed three of its clinics in Oceanside and Vista. The clinic has also seen a drop in patients coming in for medical and behavioral health services. Right now, the clinic is handling 85% to 90% of patients’ regular visits using telehealth, either by phone or another media platform. “We’re very disappointed in the fact that Community Health Centers were not noted as one of the health care centers of concerns since we oversee a majority of the population’s health,” Sañudo said. VCC has more than 280,000 patient visits yearly and serves over 70,000 low-income patients. Sañudo said the clinic also sees the largest minority population, with 68% of patients who are Latino and 4% African American. “We serve a greatly underserved population,” Sañudo said. “They don’t have too many options and they look to us as sole health care providers.” VCC, like other community health centers, is concerned about an increase in the number of patients testing positive for COVID-19. TURN TO CLINICS ON 11

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Casa de Amparo invites the community to get tickets now for its Zoom Casa Family Reunion, a virtual event to benefit the Casa, at 6 p.m. May 28. Supporters will receive drinks and a party pack, delivered to their home and are encouraged to order delivery from restaurants scheduled to participate in the original Meet the Chefs event.

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Field hospital ready in case of COVID-19 surge By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO – A 202bed field hospital has been installed and is ready for use at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, but will be activated only if needed, according to San Diego County health officials. County health officials and elected representatives unveiled the facility at a news conference and media tour on April 23. The beds were installed on the 10th and 11th floors of the hospital, weeks after County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher first made the announcement. Each bed has a single chair at its side and holds a thin mattress, a pillow, and a package containing toilet paper, face masks, a toothbrush and other supplies. The beds and supplies were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Federal Medical Station (FMS) would be used for patients who may be recovering from an illness, COVID-19 or other, and no longer need intensive care, but are not well enough to be sent home. Another field hospital with 350 beds has already been set up at UC San Diego dorms, but county officials say they would use that site first if the need arises. County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nick Yphantides estimated they might consider using the UCSD and Palomar facilities if hospitals in the region become about 80% occupied because of a sudden surge. He said hospitals are currently only at 45%-55% capacity. “I hope these doors on the FMS open for the last


including in our hometown of San Diego. We stand together with these amazing men and women.” Vitalyte is asking the public to make donations, which will then be matched by the company, to help as many health care workers as possible. Milena Glusac, vice president of marketing for Vitalyte, said the product easily caters to the hardworking health care workers. She said the company’s product can be poured into a 16-ounce water bottle before drinking to help refuel the body. “Those on the front lines require both mental and physical sharpness to be at their best,” Glusac said. “Being dehydrated affects intellectual acuity and physiological response. The brain is the most sensitive organ in the body. By the time you have become dehydrated as little as 1% of your body weight, your mental reaction and alertness has suffered.” Those “key functions are vital for health responders when every minute matters while saving lives,” Glusac said.

time today for your tour, and I hope the worst is behind us and we can start healing,” Supervisor Kristin Gaspar said at the news conference. Voicing their concern about low hospital capacities, health officials also urged residents to seek medical care if they need it. “We’ve had individuals who have been so afraid to come to the emergency room that their appendix burst and they experienced major complications,” Yphantides said. “Please do not hesitate, do not be reluctant, do not be afraid to come and receive the care that you need.” The group of officials added that it is unknown how long the field hospital will remain at Palomar Medical Center.

HEALTH CARE WORKERS PROTEST LAYOFFS To protest and demand the rescinding of layoff and furlough notices of registered nurses, caregivers and health care employees at Tri-City Medical Center and Palomar Health, Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union members and community supporters held a solidarity caravan and protest April 27 in both Oceanside and Escondido. Palomar Health announced 317 layoffs, including 50 registered nurses, effective April 29, citing a loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo

CSUSM launches programs to help struggling businesses By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — In an unprecedented time for business owners in San Diego, California State University San Marcos has launched two programs to help businesses that are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senior Experience Program is an initiative that was established before the COVID-19 outbreak, but has now been expanded and modified to specifically reach businesses and nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the crisis. The program matches teams of CSUSM students and faculty with projects submitted by regional and national businesses and orMcClure in New York echoed Glusac’s comments, noting how difficult it was to hydrate her body prior to getting a donation from Vitalyte. “Our employees are having to wear masks and respirators 100% of the time to avoid getting the illness,” McClure said. “Every night I go home so exhausted and dehydrated because I can no longer drink fluid through the 12-hour shift due to risks of contamination. I have used Vitalyte in the past at summer camps where dehydration was a problem.” Glusac also noted that sometimes drinking more water, without intaking the necessary vitamins, can cause hyponatremia. “This is a very dangerous situation in which ingesting too much water leads to a decrease in serum sodium concentration,” Glusac said. “Essentially blood sodium levels fall to life-threatening levels. These are all extreme scenarios but point to the importance proper hydration is to one’s health and physical function.” With the help of the public, the company can help health care workers from risking their own well-being while caring for COVID-19

ganizations. “We are hoping to help as many organizations in San Diego County as we can to reposition and pivot their businesses to the realities of the post-COVID-19 world,” said Miguel A. de Jesús, director of business development. “We have access to students, faculty and experts that can help businesses redefine their business models and survive.” The second initiative is a partnership with the Chairmen’s Roundtable organization of San Diego (CRT), a collection of about 45 former CEOs and business executives who provide pro-bono consulting to local businesses. Typically, the CRT only mentors established, stable

businesses with $2 million or more in annualized revenue. Due to the economic impact of the coronavirus, however, the CRT has temporarily relaxed its requirements in order to help struggling businesses. “There’s a clear need. There are a lot of businesses that have never really come across anything like this. So, we thought that this would be a good opportunity for those of us who have been around the block a few times and have been through a few crises to lend some expertise and help them get through it,” said Paul Thiel, CEO and Chairman of CRT. A longtime partner of CSUSM, the CRT is made up of professionals who

patients. The company said it will not send unsolicited donations to hospitals but is asking anyone who participates to contact their friends or acquaintances in the medical field to send the donation. “During these difficult times we can have some peace of mind that those affected by the pandemic have access to the product they need,” Glusac said. “Therefore, our entire staff is happy to put in the extra hours and effort during these times because we know it is making a

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have been in the business for 20 to 40 years. All of them have been through major economic events, including the financial crisis of 2007-08. “Many of us have manufacturing expertise, where we’ve transformed business to change on a dime to make a different product,” Thiel said. “Before, it may have been because there was a new opportunity on the horizon that we wanted to capitalize on, but in this case there may be an urgent need for masks or hand sanitizer. But since our members have been through similar urgent transformations, we could apply those lessons to the crisis situation today.” Those interested, are encouraged to apply at or “We understand that a lot of the companies we are going to be dealing with are struggling, so we’re ready for that,” Thiel said. “We’re ready, willing and able to help.”

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Shelters see adoption surge amid outbreak By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The COVID-19 pandemic has closed businesses and suspended services across San Diego County, but animal shelters remain open and committed to finding homes for their animals. And it seems a growing number of San Diegans are on the same page. Though shelters have had to restrict some of their services and change the way they conduct business, many of them are continuing to help residents foster and adopt pets. The San Diego Humane Society, which has a campus in Escondido, is among the local shelters that are still offering many of their services to the animals and people who need them. These services include fostering, adoptions, stray animal intake and helping owners find their lost pets. All services, including adoptions, are now done by appointment only. “We have far fewer animals in our shelters than we normally would this time of year, which is great,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society. “This community has really come together. In fact, 72 percent of our animals are being fos-

STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS at the San Diego Humane Society wear masks and gloves while continuing to care for the animals. The Humane Society has seen a surge in pet adoptions and fosters from the community amid the coronavirus outbreak. Photo courtesy San Diego Humane Society

tered right now, usually it’s about 15 to 20 percent.” Many of these fosters will eventually lead to adoptions, according to Weitzman, which means avoiding overcrowded shelters and honoring their promise to keep healthy and treatable animals from being euthanized. The Humane Society’s Project Wildlife division, which is a program dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation, has also seen a spike

in activity as emptier streets have resulted in wild animals venturing closer to cities. “As people are walking outside more, we are trying to inform the public to avoid picking up wild animals and bringing them to us unless they are injured. Most of the animals that you find outside, if they aren’t hurt, they will be fine,” Weitzman said. As for household pets, shelters across the county are encouraging residents to

keep getting involved. “This is the best time to foster a pet, they are walking, breathing comfort creatures,” Weitzman said. “San Diego really cares about the environment and about animals. We put out a call for fosters, and people really stepped up to it.” The San Diego Humane Society is also distributing pet food to residents at all three of their campuses, seven days a week. They’ve also partnered with Feeding San Diego, San Diego Unified School District and Escondido school districts to have pet food distributed with human meals at some of their distribution sites. “My wish is that people don’t stop doing this when this is over; we are on the cusp of truly changing the way animal shelters work. For decades, people have been using this broken model, when really it’s a community responsibility,” Weitzman said. “Animals truly become themselves in a home, not in a shelter.” The Humane Society will hold its annual Walk for Animals event virtually on May 2 to help raise money for safe shelter, medical care, rescue and rehabilitation and protection from cruelty and neglect for pets and wildlife in San Diego.

Escondido’s aid to homeless gets results By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — As the public learns more about the nature of the coronavirus, one thing has become clear: The virus is most harmful to those who are most vulnerable. This includes people 65 years and older, people with underlying health conditions and people who generally may be more exposed to it than others. One group that has raised concerns at the state, county and city levels is the homeless population. In San Diego County, there are about 5,000 individuals without housing. The city of Escondido has around 400 homeless individuals. About half of those are considered “sheltered homeless,” and the other roughly 240 individ-

uals are unsheltered homeless individuals. Because of efforts by the county and the region, the coronavirus is not adversely affecting the homeless the way the Hepatitis A outbreak did in 2017. “When Hepatitis A happened, everything was all about, ‘What are you doing for the homeless?’ because that’s where the disease was most afflicting. This is not the same,” Deputy City Manager William Wolfe said. “Nonetheless, common sense tells us that if you’re living outdoors, you’re probably living in less sanitary conditions than those who are living indoors, which means you are at a higher risk than the average person.” To address these concerns, the county has pro-

vided 2,000 motel rooms for homeless individuals, 80 of which are in Escondido. These rooms, managed by Interfaith Community Services, provide shelter for those who are considered to be high-risk or for anyone exhibiting symptoms and needs to be quarantined. The city has also provided hygiene kits to homeless individuals that include bottled water, hand sanitizer, wipes and toilet paper; park bathrooms are being cleaned and sanitized more frequently; and cloth face masks, donated by Palomar Health, have been given to every individual in the city without housing. The Escondido Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS)

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unit has also been utilized during the crisis to locate individuals without housing. The specialized unit helps determine if individuals are either in a highrisk group or are COVID-19 symptomatic in order to shelter them in one of the county-provided motel rooms. Interfaith Community Services, which is headquartered in Escondido, has partnered with the city in many of these efforts, as well as extending the hours of their Escondido shelter, Haven House, and providing free to-go meals for anyone in the community who needs them. “There are people in the community who can’t ‘shelter-at-home.’ The sad reality is that there are many whose options are very limited,” Interfaith CEO Greg Anglea said. “It just highlights, that 365 days a year, even in the good times, there are thousands of people in our community who live on our streets.” These widespread efforts to limit the spread of the virus within the homeless population seem to be working, according to both Wolfe and Anglea. “There’s not a real high number of homeless individuals that have contracted the virus; however, it’s still important to do these things above and beyond, because they need our help above and beyond,” Wolfe said. “Somebody has to look out for them and make sure they have access to resources, and that’s where we come in.”


TERRELL BURGESS, a defensive back at Utah, was drafted in the third round by the L.A. Rams. Photo via Twitter

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he Los Angeles Rams were on the phone with a call that brought tears and cheers. “I didn’t really get a chance to get everyone’s reaction,” Terrell Burgess said. “I was crying so much.” Burgess, a former star at San Marcos High School, was selected in the NFL draft by the Rams for his toughness. But few fault Burgess for getting weepy in his mother’s Escondido home when his dream came true last week. “I had no clue who would pick me,” said Burgess, a defensive back. “I kind of went into this thing blind.” Those who mentored Burgess knew better. Like Jason Texler, his former San Marcos coach now directing the Eastlake High program. It’s Burgess’ concoction of skills and smarts that led Texler to believe Burgess would continue playing after his stint at the University of Utah. “While he is a tremendous player, there is no better person than Terrell,” Texler said. “He’s a tremendously hard worker and it’s kids like him that make coaching high school football worth it.” The Rams saw value when eyeing the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Burgess in the third round and executed the 104th overall pick on the physical and cerebral athlete who is comfortable at safety and cornerback. He was sensational in his senior season at Utah, with 81 tackles and an interception, shining on a squad that was among the nation’s best. “If you can be a star on that defense, that is really saying something,” Texler said. Burgess is a man of few words, but they come with an impact. Texler said Burgess’ leadership traits were off the charts, but not because of his decibel level. “He wasn’t a hoot-andholler guy,” Texler said.

sports talk jay paris “He mostly led by example, although he was vocal if he needed to be. But he took his leadership role very seriously.” Burgess laughs at his good fortune of being a Ram as he follows in the cleat marks of his favorite player, Eric Weddle. Like Burgess, Weddle, an All-Pro safety, went to Utah and played with the Rams last season before retiring. Weddle also spent nine years with the Chargers. Weddle gave Burgess advice before the NFL draft. “I think the biggest thing that he said was just to be patient and understand that everything’s on God’s plan of what happens,” Burgess said. Burgess showed the patience of Job at Utah. Despite being a standout wide receiver and defensive back at San Marcos, Burgess was pointed toward the bench at Utah. He didn’t become a starter until years later, revealing the dedication and perseverance that Texler predicts bodes well for his NFL future. Instead of squawking about his lack of playing time at Utah, Burgess learned every defensive position. “His football IQ is very high,” Texler said. “That is going to make him a tremendous asset at the next level.” Bring it on, Burgess barked. “This is amazing and I’m so happy right now,” Burgess said. “I don’t know what to say.” Don’t worry, Terrell. Your misty eyes said it all. Contact Jay Paris @ Follow him @jparis_sports

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t looks like demon, sounds like lemon,” she said, explaining how to pronounce her name during the first interview I performed for the soon-to-be-dropping Cheers! North County Podcast, where I have a drink with an interesting member of our community. Featured guests may be politician, entrepreneur, brewer or, in this case, food and beverage industry writer Beth Demmon. Beth has local columns in the West Coaster and San Diego CityBeat while contributing to national publications like Good Beer Hunting, VinePair, Vice and more. “I would say that covering beer is kind of my specialty, specifically, covering the culture of craft beer,” she said. When asked what she was drinking on this day, she replied, “I waited to crack it open. I have a fresh can of Burning Beard’s Circle of Hops, their San Diego Pale Ale. I just picked it up day before yesterday so it should be nice and fresh.” I popped the top on my own can of

Fort Point Beer Co. Westfalia Red Ale to share in the tradition of happy hour. Beth has a background in painting and printmaking, and after college worked in content marketing while food blogging on the side. A colleague told her about an opportunity to take over a beer column, and “on a lark” she applied for the position with CityBeat in 2015. Since then she’s become a fixture in the local craft beer community. While food, coffee or beer is at the core of her written work, she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics like diversity, sexuality and community experience, including the loss of the social interactions we took for granted before the COVID-19 pandemic restricted those opportunities. Her recent piece for the Good Beer Hunting online magazine, titled “Where Everyone Knows Your Name,” delved into the value of those interactions we as a community have built at our local brewery, pub or restaurant. “I think that the craft beer community, specifically, relies so heavily on that concept of community,” she said. “There is really no substitute for walking into a place and [having] that tangible interaction of people, whether you know them, or whether they are friends or

BETH DEMMON, who covers the food and beverage industry, has local columns in the West Coaster and San Diego CityBeat. Courtesy Rich Soublet Photography

strangers. Pubs have historically been egalitarian meeting spaces, and now they are serving a very different purpose, if they are even open at all. …” Over the course of a beer, our conversation veered into the post COVID-19 future for San Diego’s beer scene. “I think it’s going to be difficult for San Diego,” she said. “Just because we’re so heavily based in tourism as a culture, and just for economic growth. … We’re going to see a little bit of the struggles that were already reflected in the competitive landscape. … I think the really big guys who have

the capital to ride out this pandemic are gonna be able to do a little bit better, and I think the really, really small guys, the hyper-local guys who were already working on a shoestring budget and skeleton crew, they’re going to be doing fairly well, and have the best shot at success. … It will be the mid-sized ones [breweries] who will have difficulty.” She pointed to Tribute Pizza as a great example of a business that has leaned into the pandemic, and quickly adapted their business to serve customers, while also commending Bagby Brewing for choosing to close entire-

ly, for a variety of reasons, being a model for businesses making the best choices for their business model during this difficult time. “I don’t think there is any right or wrong way with how everyone has been handling this” pandemic, she said. “I’ve been impressed with how everyone has coalesced together, and it seems like people are able to hang on. The community has rallied.” Beth hosts a weekly Instagram Live happy hour for the SD Brewer’s Guild, Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m., checking in with local brewers, as well as brewery industry leaders. Watch at @sdbrewers, and her recent interview with Sandy Cockerham, the nation’s highest-ranking female beer judge, was just published on I closed our interview by asking about that Burning Beard Pale Ale she opened earlier. “It’s so good,” she said. “It’s 5.3% [ABV]. It’s perfect for mid-afternoon.” We said our goodbyes, and she left our conversation to “take this beer party outside” with her family. Follow @CheersNorthCnty on Twitter for updates on the new podcast, and follow Beth @theDelightedBite on Instagram or @DelightedBite on Twitter, for great new beer content.

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y any measure, Mark Ransom has led enough life to fill a dozen autobiographies, taking a wildly circuitous route to his relatively normal existence today in Anchorage, Alaska. He lives there with his life partner and my second cousin, Panu Lucier. Our fathers were first cousins. Her father arrived in Alaska in 1942 and married an Inupiaq (Native Alaska) woman. Panu was their firstborn; her name means “daughter” in her mother’s language. We first met Panu and Mark in 2014 when they hosted us in their Anchorage home for a week. Mark astutely guided us on a walking tour around the city, entertaining us with both history and gossip. Both took us hiking on a glacier at 10 o’clock at night, accompanied us on a road trip to the tiny, historic town of Talkeetna, and stood with us on the roadside as the clouds parted on cue and Denali appeared like some heavenly apparition. We’ve continued to correspond and this past week, Mark’s Facebook page led

IN THIS FAMILY PHOTO, the Ransoms pose at the Alaska border on the Alaska Highway upon their arrival in the summer of 1967. Mark is at the far right. The 1961 Corvair Greenbriar van, left, died as they drove into the driveway of their new home in Anchorage. Courtesy photo

me to his unpublished autobiography, just the antidote for isolation ennui. In his nearly 65 years, Mark writes that he has “marked time as a journalist, a television news anchor, a used car salesman, a software test engineer, a teacher of Japanese language and culture and a senator’s chief of staff…” He also says he’s “a fellow who drove sled dogs in the arctic, scuba dived on shipwrecks in the tropics, piloted multi-engine aircraft, traveled around the world twice, survived cancer, smuggled human remains out of Japan, saw his death in premonitions, survived a helicopter crash and escaped from a marriage to a Japanese psychopath…” – all of this before earning a bachelor’s degree at 45.

MARK RANSOM, with his partner, Panu Lucier, in their Anchorage back yard. Panu’s mother was an Alaska Native and Mark’s heritage includes a member of the Cherokee Nation. The two reunited in 2009, several decades after attending school together in the late 1960s. Courtesy photo

Mark wrote it all down in 2011 in the autobiography “Trails of Kidnap Money” (a nod to his last name), which tells of a life reinvented multiple times and one that took Mark to far corners of the globe. “I come from a clan cursed by wanderlust,” he writes. Luckily, Mark also is adept at drawing detailed verbal pictures. “Once I discovered I could tell a good story just from an experience — common or unusual — then I was often induced to record the experience in a way that I thought interesting or entertaining,” he writes in an email. Mark’s memory was aided by letters written during military service in Japan, correspondence while working on Guam and miscellaneous clippings and news accounts that “often inspired my personal spin on certain events.” Sometimes the notes of others helped him fill in the memories, like the musings of his mother during the family’s migration in 1967 from Wyoming to Anchorage. It was several days before the family of six (plus dog and caged canary) reached Dawson Creek in British Columbia, where the Alaska Highway begins. Eighty miles later, however, the pavement ended and the gravel began. At this point, “Mom

swore the people (coming south) peered back at us with eyes of sympathy.” At 11, Mark viewed the trip as high adventure as they rumbled over the gravel in a 10-year-old pickup and a ’61 Corvair Greenbriar van, camping most of the way. The family contended with rain, mud, heavy dust, Alaska’s legendary giant mosquitoes, and 18-hour days at 35 miles an hour to prevent tires from being destroyed by the brutal, bone-shaking highway. Tension and suspense reigned as they wondered if they’d survive until the next rest stop with services, which were few. The road-weary Ransoms arrived in Anchorage 10 days after leaving Wyoming, and their van died as they pulled into the driveway of their new rented home. It would be another 43 years before Mark drove the Alaska Highway again. By then, it was much more civilized; it had been straightened and paved, and Mark observed that “…towns that were quaint oases of a few buildings in 1967 were, in 2009, larger towns and cities where one could get lost trying to find the ubiquitous Wal-Mart.” Contact Mark Ransom at For more photos of 1967 Alaska, visit Want to share your travels? Email

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